Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Quick and Easy Pin

There is still time for those last minute gifts.  I keep finding reasons to keep on crocheting.  When time is running out there is not better way to make something quick.

To make this snowman pin/ornament, all you need is white worsted weight yarn, black felt for the hat and wool for the scarf and leaves.  You can also just use felt for the leaves if you don't have any wool.  I just happened to have some.

Crochet the snowman face and neck.

I used the H hook

Round 1 - Make a loop, chain 1, 6sc inside the loop. Join with a slip stitch to the first sc

Round 2 - Ch 1, 2sc in ea sc, join with a slip stitch to the first sc. - 12 sc

Round 3 - Ch 1, 1sc in each sc, join with a slip stitch to the first sc. - 12 sc

To make the neck:

After slipping the stitch in round 3 continue working in the same direction.

Row 1 - Ch 1, work 3sc and turn - 3 sc

Row 2 - Ch 1, 1 sc in ea sc , fasten off - 3sc

Cut a small length of the wool the width of the neck, enough to wrap around the neck and make a knot. To secure the scarf, you may put a dab of glue on the back.  I use fabric glue. Make two french knot eyes.  For the nose, use one strand of orange cotton yarn and secure with knots in the back. Secure the two leaves to the snowman by making two or three french knots.  To hide those knots in the back, simply cut out a circle from felt and glue to the back.  If you want this snowman to be a pin, hot glue the pin on the back of the head.  If it will be an ornament, simply, glue a loop of your string of choice and sandwich between the snowman and the felt used to finished the back.  I think this should work.  I have not tried it yet.

You are done.

There are two ways to finish the edge around the hat.  The quicker way is to just do a running stitch.  The hat above was finished doing the blanket stitch.  This one takes a little longer and work to get the stitches even.

Additional notes.
For the Eye French knots you will need to use a sport weight yarn, and wrap only one loop.  For the berries on the leaves I used red Paton's Grace, but DMC floss would also work well.

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