Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Scaly Fingerless Mittens by Stephanie Alldred

                         

Hello my friends! I am so excited to share with you a new version of Dragon Scale Fingerless Gloves.   These little lovelies were created by Stephanie Alldred. She is clearly very talented and I am so glad she chose to share her adapted version with me. She put her spin on it and I love it. She added a stretchy ribbed cuff on the wrist which many will find more comfy and easier to slip on. She also brought down the scales to go past the thumbs and meet the wrist. I really can't wait to try out her version. I love how the crafting community can take one idea and put a new fresh spin to it and be so willing to share. I think we all love to find new ideas and inspiration and create something wonderful for ourselves and more importantly, loved ones. I'm sorry...you just might be a little busy crocheting several of these mitts for the holidays. Better get to hookin'. If you want to to try these out you can find her free pattern here or you can just follow along below.

SCALY FINGERLESS MITTENS
ORIGINAL INSPIRATION AND PATTERN IDEA THANKS TO:
Yolanda Oliver of Londie’s Handmade Crochet 
www.londieshandmadecrochet.com
  
pattern edit by: Stephanie Alldred
Materials:
One skein of Baby Luv 100% acrylic or similar #3 fingering weight yarn.
Hook: 3.5mm; 4mm
note: 4mm hook ensures that the ch’s are looser to add more flexibility to the mitten and to ensure the mitten fits comfortably at the top.
With 4mm hook chain 32 Join with sl st to form ring. Switch to 3.5mm hook for rest of mitten.
Rnd 1 Ch 3 (counts as dc and throughout). 1 Dc in same st as join. Ch 1. Skip 1 chain loop. 1 dc in next chain loop. Ch 1, Skip 1 chain loop. * 2 dc in next stitch. Ch 1, skip 1 chain loop, 1 dc in next stitch, ch 1. Continue around. Sl st to top of beginning ch 3 (dc) to join. You should have 8 pairs of dc. Do not turn your work.
Rnd 2 Ch. 3. At first dc pair, front post DC (fpdc) around first dc post. (6 dc)
Turn your work counter clockwise upside down to work 6 fpdc up and around the second dc post. (first scale made). Sl st into next 1 dc st to secure your scale.
  • 6 fpdc around first post of next DC pair. Turn counter clockwise to work 6 more fpdc up and around second post to complete scale. Sl st into next dc st to secure scale . Repeat around. Insert your hook into the corner of the last scale and sl st into last dc in the round. This will close the gap between the two scales and look neater. (8 scales made)
Rnd 3 Ch 3. dc in same st. Ch 1. * Dc in center of scale stitch. Ch 1. 2 dc into top of dc that is in between the 2 scales, ch1 * and repeat around.Sl st in top of beginning ch 3 (dc)
Rnd 4-14 Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until you have completed 7 rounds of dragon scales.
Rnd 15 make thumb hole Ch 3. dc in same space as ch3. CH1. * 1 Dc in center of scale stitch. Ch 1. 2 dc into top of dc that is in between the 2 scales. Ch 1* and repeat around until you have made 7 pairs of DC’s. Ch 11 loosely to make thumb hole. Sl st in top of beginning ch 3 (dc). You should have 7 pairs of DC’s. Turn your work to work the next row in opposite direction.
Rnd 16 Ch. 3. At first dc pair, front post DC (fpdc) around first dc post. (6 dc). Turn your work counter clockwise to work 6 fpdc up and around the second dc post. (first scale made). Sl st into next 1 dc st to secure your scale.
  • 6 fpdc around first post of next DC pair. Turn counter clockwise to work 6 more fpdc up and around second post to complete scale. Sl st into next dc st to secure . Repeat around until the 7th scale is made. Insert your hook into the corner of the last scale and sl st into the first Ch 1 of Ch 11 from last row. (7 scales made)
RND 17: Sl st. To center of ch. 11. (5 sl. St’s) Ch 3. dc in same st. Ch 2, Dc in center of scale stitch. Ch 1. 2 dc into top of dc that is in between the 2 scales. Ch 1. * Dc in center of scale stitch. Ch 1. 2 dc into top of dc that is in between the 2 scales.* and repeat around until you have made 8 pairs of DC’s. Ch 2. Sl st to beginning ch 3 (dc) to join. Do not turn your work.
Rnd 18: Repeat round 3 with 8 scales.
Rnd 19-26 Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until you have completed 4 rounds of dragon scales. Finish Off,
To Make Cuff: (this will be a flat panel)
With 4mm hook, Ch 26. (loosely)
Row 1: in 2nd last ch, CH 1 counts as first SC. Sc in each ch to end. Turn. (25 sc)
Row 2: ch2 counts as first SC Sc 1 in back loop of each SC in last row to end. sc 1 in ch 1 at the end of Row 1. Turn. (25sc)
Row 3: ch 2 counts as first SC Sc 1 in back loop of each SC in last row to end. sc 1 in ch 2 at the end of Row 2. Turn. (25sc)
Row 4-48: Repeat row 3. Do not Finish off.
PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER
Switch to 5 mm hook. Fold panel in half and sl. St last row to beg. Ch. 25 (25 sl.st.) Do not finish off.
turn working pieces inside out
Switch to 4mm hook. Working in the round of the cuff, attach with sl. st. To any ch. In last round (round 26) of the mitten,
Explanation: the cuff has 48 stitches while the body of mitten has 32 stitches in the round. For every 1 SC in the cuff, you will have to SC 2 in the same stitch in the body of the mitten
Work the following stitches through the bottom of mitt and top of cuff. Ch1, Sc in same spot as sl. st.counts as first sc * 1 sc together mitt and cuff in next stitch. in the same stitch on cuff 1 sc together in next ch of mitt. * Repeat * all the way around. (48 sc). Sl st. To beginning Ch1. Finish off.
Note: some of the ch’s in the bottom row of body of mitten can be hard to Sc in. Do your best to SC the body and the cuff together evenly.
Finish off ends.
FANCY EDGING OPTIONAL:
Rnd 1: Sl St into bottom of Cuff. Ch 1 counts as 1st sc SC 45 more evenly around cuff. Sl st to beginning Ch 1 (46SC)
Rnd 2: CH 3, (counts as 1st DC.) DC 1 in same Ch 3 Space. 1 sl. St in next 2 sc of last row. * DC3 in next stitch. Sl st. in next 2 sc of last row * Repeat * to begining. DC 1 in same space as beginning. Sl. St to top of beginning ch. 3. Finish off.
Note: there should be 16 sets of 3 DC in Rnd 2.
Stephanie Alldred

     


Pretty scales all in a row


This is what she worked up following the pattern using Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight yarn and a 3.5mm hook.


Stephanie added a fancier border to hers. I like the feminine touch of the shells. Thank you Stephanie for sharing your pattern with me and inspiring me to new techniques.  Hugs to you!

Happy Crocheting Friends!

Yolanda

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Super Easy and Super Tender Carnitas Recipe in the Skillet!



This recipe is a family favorite! My son absolutely love this and requests for dinner all the time. It's perfect to make on the stove in a skillet or in a slow cooker just make sure you brown the pork before you add it to the cooker. Of course, you can adjust the seasonings to your taste. All recipes are not set in stone. Thank goodness! If you want to give it a try here's the recipe below. Leave a comment if you try it and like it. I'd love to know what you think.


Easy Tender Carmita's in the Skillet
serves 4  (or two if you have a manly appetite)

Ingredients:

2 lb              Pork shoulder, cut into big pieces
2-3               Garlic cloves, chopped
1/2- 3/4 Tsp Oregano (Mexican Oregano if you have it)
1 Tsp            Cumin (heaped tsp. for me)
1/2 - 1 Tbsp Chili powder (I like a heaping Tbs)
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 Tbs           Oil
 Juice of 1 lime
1 cup of water


  1. Season the pork on all sides with salt and pepper. 
  2. In a deep skillet, heat your oil to medium-high heat and brown the pork on all sides to get a good dark color. This is flavor! 
  3. When it's good and tanned, take it out and set it aside for a minute and add your water to the pan. You'll want to loosen up all those yummie bits on the bottom. 
  4. Now add your beautifully tanned pork back to the pan and add everybody to the pool.  Get it? Lol. I laugh at myself sometimes. Anyway, add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and let it come up to a boil. Now you can lower the heat to a simmer and cover it. Let the magic happen for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Doesn't it smell divine?
  5. Your pork should be ready to break apart and shred and use as your heart desires. We usually just stop here and plate it up, because we can't wait any longer.
  6. But if you want to make it to the end, remove your pork from the skillet BEFORE shredding it and remove the excess fat from the liquid and reduce it down to about 1 cup or so. 
  7. Shred the pork while you're waiting and place it in a baking sheet. Add your reduced liquid.
  8. Place it under the broiler just until it's a little crispy. This just takes a few minutes so don't walk away. Give it a good stir and broil for another few minutes.
Now you're all done! Did you make it through to the end? Hope you enjoyed it.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Dragon Scale Fingerless Gloves




My daughter saw these gloves somewhere online, Pinterest no doubt, that's where all the good stuff is, and asked if I could make them for her. Of course I'll make them. Isn't that what we crafting momma's do? So I looked up these glove which are from the talented Kristine on her Mareshop in etsy. Sadly she doesn't have a pattern and seems like I will have to figure this out on my own. Now I'm not very good at making up my own patterns so I was hoping I can create something that my daughter would be happy with. I think I did it. They look pretty cool and my daughter loves them. I also have a few people who seen them and have asked me if I could also make some for them. Looks like I'm going to be a busy momma.

The yarn I used is Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable. It's the first time I worked with this yarn and where have I been? It's a lovely soft yarn and the colors are so pretty and vibrant. The ball band says it's a medium 4 weight yarn but I know that all weights are not created equal. I go by wraps per inch / wpi. This yarn has 14 wpi which technically makes it a fingering weight. I used a size F / 3.75 mm hook.

If you need to adjust the size you can start with a number of chains that is divisible by 6 in order to fit your hand and have completed scales in the round. The lower part of the gloves can easily by adjust by decreasing or increasing your number of dc clusters. Using a hook one size larger will give you a larger size also. I think this pattern is a good place to start and easily adjustable to you. Just have fun with it.

Materials:

One skein of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable Yarn 100% acrylic (14 wpi) or similar fingering weight yarn.

Hook: F / 3.75 mm


Finished size: 10 long, 3 3/4 inches at widest part, 3 1/2 inches at decrease.
Finished weight: 3.2 oz / 90 g. 242 yards / 221 meters

Chain 36 Join with sl st to form ring.    Or foundation single crochet 36


Rnd 1    Ch 3 (counts as dc and throughout). 1 Dc in same st as join. Ch 2. Skip 2 stitches. 1 dc in next st. Ch 2, Skip 2 stitches. *2 dc in next stitch. Ch 2, skip 2, 1 dc in next stitch, ch 2*. Continue around. Sl st to top of first dc to join. (see example 1).  You should have 6 pairs of dc. Do not turn your work.
example 1:  Join with a slip stitch into the top of the beginning dc
 Rnd 2     Ch. 3.  At first dc pair, make 4 dc around first dc post. (see example 2)  (5 dc)


example 2
ch 1. Turn your work counter clockwise to work 5 dc up and around the second dc post. (first scale made). Sl st into next dc st to secure your scale. (see example 3)

example 3
 *5 dc around first dc post of next pair. Ch 1. Turn counter clockwise to work 5 more dc up and around second post to complete scale. Sl st into next dc st to secure*. Repeat around. Insert your hook into the corner of the first scale and  sl st into last dc in the round. This will close the gap between the two scales and look neater. (6 scales made)


First scale made
Rnd 3     Ch 3. dc in same st. *ch 2. Dc in center of scale stitch. Ch 2. 2 dc into top of dc that is in between the 2 scales. Ch 2* and repeat around (see example 4). Sl st in top of beginning dc.
example 4
Rnd 4-14   Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until you have completed 7 rounds of dragon scales.

Rnd 15     Ch 3. 2 dc in the same stitch as join. *Ch 1. 3 dc in center of scale. Ch 1. 3 dc in top of dc that is between the 2 scales* Repeat around 8 more times. When you reach the last scale, ch 7 for thumb hole. Sl st to top of first dc to join. (50 stitches)

Rnd 16    Ch. 4. (Counts as first dc, ch 1). 3 dc in ch 1 space. Repeat around 10 more times. 3 dc in first ch of chain 7. Ch 1. Skip 2 chains. 3 dc in next chain. Ch1. Skip 2 chains. 2 dc in same stitch as first dc. Join (52 stitches)

Rnd 17     Ch. 3. Dc in same stitch. Do not ch 1 throughout. 3 dc in next space. Repeat around. 2 dc in last space. Join (37)

Rnd 18     Ch. 3. Dc in same stitch. 3 dc in next space. 2 dc in next two spaces, Repeat 3 times. Join (30)

Rnd 19     Ch 3. Dc in same space. 2 dc in each space around. Join (26)

Rnd 20     Ch 3. 3 dc in next space. *Skip 1 space. 3 dc in next 3 spaces*. Repeat around. Work 2 dc in last space and join to first dc. (30)

Rnd 21     Ch 3. 2 dc in same space. 3 dc in each space around. Join (30)

Continue to work 3 dc in each space for 8 more rounds or until you get desired length.

Rnd 29-30     Ch 1. Sc in each stitch around. Join (30)

Last Rnd     Ch 3. Sl st in third chain from hook (picot made). Sc in next 5 stitches. ch 3. Sl st in third chain from the hook. Repeat around and join in first stitch. Finish off.

Hope you like this pattern and enjoy making it.













Disclaimer: This is an original pattern by me Yolanda Oliver of Londie's Handmade Crochet (May 2016).  Please do not claim it as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern. You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Yolanda Oliver of Londie's Handmade Crochet. and provide a link to my blog www.londieshandmadecrochet.com.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Some Cute Crochet and A Couple of Class Trips!

I can't believe I totally forgot to share this video! This was back in May. We had a blast! The one good thing about living in Florida is that my son's school has very cool class trips.


Monday, August 1, 2016

The Hungry Caterpillar Pattern - Amigurumi


How cute is this little guy? Let's be honest. I don't usually think bugs are cute except for the occasional butterfly and ladybugs. Certainly not caterpillars, but when my son's class read "The Hungry Caterpillar" last year and studied all about the life cycle of a butterfly, I had to make one for him. I took a look at my yarn stash and found that I had the perfect colors for this little critter. I didn't want to make a lot of separate sections to sew together (I hate sewing parts together) because I'm not very good at it. So I made it in one piece and worked from the end of the tail on to the head. I'm a little backwards that way. I don't know exactly how much yarn I used because I used what I already had. Some of the skeins were partially used. I do know however that one skein of each color is more than enough. You might have enough to make two little caterpillars.

This is my first ever attempt at writing my own pattern so I will try my best to not make it very clear and understandable.

Materials:

Hooks: I - 9/5.5mm, H - 8/5mm
1  skein  Red Heart Super Saver-  Paddy Green
1  skein  I Love This Yarn- Limelight
1  skein  Red Heart Super Saver- Cherry Red
Small amount of  Red Heart Super Saver- Monet
Small amount of  Red Heart with Love- Chocolate
Small amount of Red Heart Super Saver- Bright Yellow (for eyes)
Very small amount of Red Heart Super Saver- Hunter Green (for mouth)

Stitch Marker
Polyfill stuffing
Yarn needle
Gauge is not needed. Finished project is approximately 23 inches long,  6.5 inches tall.

Stitches used: (US terms)

ML - magic loop
sc - single crochet
sl - slip stitch
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
invdec - invisible decrease
st - stitch

Special Stitch Meaning:

invdec - Insert hook into front loops only int the next two stitches, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through final 2 loops on the hook. Counts as 1 sc.

All parts of the caterpillar are worked in the round. Stitch marker is important to keep track. I always place my marker in the last stitch of the round.  Increase stitches or invdec stitches will always end on last stitch of the round. Do not over stuff each body segment. I aimed to just place the filling towards the outer edges of the segments and add enough to fill out to smooth rounds.

Pattern: *Remember to place your stitch marker in last stitch of each round*

With I - 9/5.5mm hook: I Love This Yarn Limelight

Rnd.  1:  ML- 6 sc  (6)
Rnd.  2:  2 sc in each stitch around.  (12) Place stitch marker in last stitch of round.
Rnd.  3:  1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,  Repeat around. (18)
Rnd.  4:  1 sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next. Repeat around. (24)
Rnd.  5:  1 sc in next 3 stitches, 2 sc in next. Repeat around. (30)
Rnd.  6:  1 sc in next 4 stitches, 2 sc in next. Repeat around. (36)
Rnd.  7:  1 sc in next 5 stitches, 2 sc in next. Repeat around. (42)
Rnd.  8:  1 sc in next 6 stitches, 2 sc in next. Repeat around. (48)
Rnd.  9 - 10:  1 sc in each stitch around.  (48)
Rnd.  11:  1 sc in next 6 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (42)
Rnd.  12:  1 sc in next 5 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (36)
Rnd.  13:  1 sc in next 4 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (30)
Rnd.  14:  1 sc in next 3 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (24)

Begin stuffing

Rnd.  15:  1 sc in next 2 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (18)
Rnd.  16:  1 sc in next stitch, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (12)

First body segment made. Begin stuffing.
Next body segment: (Limelight)
Rnd.  17:  1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st.  Repeat around. (18)
Rnd.  18:  1 sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next. Repeat around. (24)
Rnd.  19:  1 sc in next 3 stitches, 2 sc in next. Repeat around. (30)
Rnd.  20:  1 sc in next 4 stitches, 2 sc in next. Repeat around. (36)
Rnd.  21:  1 sc in next 5 stitches, 2 sc in next. Repeat around. (42)
Rnd.  22:  1 sc in next 6 stitches, 2 sc in next. Repeat around. (48)
Rnd.  23-24:  1 sc in each stitch around.  (48)
Rnd.  25:  1 sc in next 6 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (42)
Rnd.  26:  1 sc in next 5 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (36)
Rnd.  27:  1 sc in next 4 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (30)

Begin stuffing

Rnd.  28:  1 sc in next 3 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (24)
Rnd.  29:  1 sc in next 2 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (18)
Rnd.  30:  1 sc in next stitch, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. Change to new color in last                        stitch. (Paddy Green)  (12)

Continue to repeat rounds 17 to 30 changing colors in desired pattern.  Continue until you have completed 8 body segments in total or until the desired length.

Head: Red Heart Super Saver Cherry Red

Rnd.  129:  1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,  Repeat around. (18)
Rnd.  130:  1 sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next. Repeat around. (24)
Rnd.  131:  1 sc in next 3 stitches, 2 sc in next. Repeat around. (30)
Rnd.  132:  1 sc in next 4 stitches, 2 sc in next. Repeat around. (36)
Rnd.  133:  1 sc in next 5 stitches, 2 sc in next. Repeat around. (42)
Rnd.  134:  1 sc in next 6 stitches, 2 sc in next. Repeat around. (48)
Rnd.  135:  1 sc in next 7 stitches, 2 sc in next. Repeat around. (54)
Rnd.  136-137:  1 sc in each stitch around.  (54)
Rnd.  138:  1 sc in next 7 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (48)
Rnd.  139:  1 sc in next 6 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (42)
Rnd.  140:  1 sc in next 5 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (36)
Rnd.  141:  1 sc in next 4 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (30)
Rnd.  142:  1 sc in next 3 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (24)
Begin stuffing
Rnd.  143:  1 sc in next 2 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (18)
Rnd.  144:  1 sc in next stitch, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (12)
Rnd.  145:  Invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (6)

Cut yarn and use a leave a long enough of a tail to stitch the opening closed. Finish off and weave in ends.

Antennae:  Red Heart Super Saver - Monet    (make 2)
With H - 8/5mm hook
Make 2:

Rnd.  1:  ML- 6 sc  (6)
Rnd.  2:     2 sc in each stitch around.  (12)
Rnd.  3-5:  1 sc in each stitch around.  (12)
Rnd.  6:     1 sc in next 2 stitches, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (9)
Rnd.  7-9:  1 sc in each stitch around. (9)
Rnd. 10:    1 sc in next stitch, invdec in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. (6)
Rnd. 11-13:  1 sc in each stitch around,  (6)  Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.
Stuff firmly.

Legs:  Red Heart with Love - Chocolate  (make 6)
With H - 8/5mm hook
Stuff firmly.

ML -      6 sc  (6)
Rnd.  2:  2 sc in each stitch around.  (12)
Rnd.  3:  1 sc in each stitch around.  (12)
Rnd.  4:  Invdec in next 2 stitches, twice. 1 sc in next 8 stitches.  (10)
Rnd.  5:  Invdec in next 2 stitches, twice. 1 sc in next 6 stitches. (8)
Rnd. 6-9:  1 sc in each stitch around. (8)  Finish off leaving long tail for sewing.

Eyes pt. 1:  Red Heart Super Saver - Bright Yellow  (make 2)
With I - 9/5.5mm hook

Rnd.  1:  ML sc 5  (5)
Rnd.  2:  2 sc in each stitch around. (10)
Rnd.  3:  2 sc in next stitch. 1 sc in next stitch. 2 sc in next stitch. sl in next stitch. sc in next stitch. (hdc, dc, hdc) in next stitch. sc in next stitch. (hdc, dc, hdc) in next stitch. sc in next stitch. sl in last stitch. Finish off leaving long tail for sewing.

Eyes pt. 2:  Red Heart Super Saver - Paddy Green  (make 2)
With H - 8/5mm hook

Rnd.  1:  ML sc 5  (5)
Rnd.  2:  sc in next stitch. sl in next stitch. (hdc, dc, hdc) in next stitch. sc in next stitch. slip stitch to first stitch to join. Finish off leaving long tail for sewing.  Sew each green eye piece onto each yellow eye piece. Weave in ends.

Mouth:  Red Heart Super Saver - Hunter Green
With H - 8/5mm hook

ML sc, dc, sc, sc, dc, sc, slip stitch to first stitch to join. Finish off leaving long tail for sewing.

Attach pieces to body. You can make a couple of stitches to the a few of the segments to make your caterpillar bend.
Happy Crocheting!!!!




Disclaimer: This is an original pattern by me Yolanda Oliver of Londie's Handmade Crochet (May 2016).  Please do not claim it as your ownIf you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern. You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Yolanda Oliver of Londie's Handmade Crochet. and provide a link to my blog www.londieshandmadecrochet.com.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

I Finally Made Another Video!

Well it has been quite awhile since I made a video. I make no excuses. I lost my crojo, therefor I didn't have anything to share. I may have found it and I hope it's here to stay.

Thanks for watching!

Cute Little Hedgehog Named Hendley!

Hello all! I just wanted to share my latest project. A friend of mine asked if I could crochet a hedgehog for her and said sure! If I can find a pattern, I can make it. Well, I consider myself a beginner/intermediate crocheter. I tend to stay in my comfort zone but I am wanting to change that. I looked online for cute patterns and found the cutest little pattern. Hedley the Hedgehog is a paid for pattern and I absolutely love it. I will make more and play with different yarns. The designer is Janine Holmes from Moji-Moji Design and she did a great job. She's very talented and has a wide variety of patterns to try out for yourself. I followed the bod portion of the pattern exactly but did have to alter the prickle part just a bit and I used different yarn and hook size. I also learned a new stitch.
I used Red Heart Super Saver in the colorway Buff Flec (2.85 oz.) for the body. I thought it added a little more interest with the small flecs of color throughout. For the prickles I used 2- 4oz. skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA in the colorway Little Rock Granite. All was done with a H - 5mm hook.
As you can see the parts are small and worked up so fast. Learning to get into the rhythm of making the loop stitch took a little time but found my groove at about the second round. 
Here's a side view of my loop stitch portion. I did have to alter the number of rows and where I started the decreases in order for it to fit better around the head and body. I didn't write it down and I'm sorry about that. I was "in the zone" and forgot to jot down the specifics. It wasn't difficult so all you need to do is work up the rounds and keep checking it on the body to see if it's large enough and then begin your decrease rounds. I think he came out pretty darn cute. Let me know what you think and leave me a comment. I also show him on my youtube channel so you can click here to check it out. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for visiting.