Thursday, February 14, 2019

Free Crochet Pattern-- Fauxy Cocoon


The Fauxy Cocoon is by far my most worn crocheted item that I personally designed. The shrug is made with Lion Brand's Go For Faux and Coboo. Not only are these two yarns soft, it really brings the heat. If you are someone who easily gets cold, please don't hesitate with this one. You will want to hibernate in it all winter long.


When Lion Brand released the Go For Faux yarn, I couldn't resist ordering a dozen skeins of it and I am so glad that I did. I couldn't stop petting the skeins when my box arrived and then it dawned on me that I had no idea what to do them. Then I wondered how this yarn would feel like if I had it wrapped around my body. I'm so happy that I ended up designing this cocoon because it saved me from a very cold winter last year. 

Pattern


For the ad-free and inexpensive PDF version, please visit Etsy or Ravelry. The PDF version comes with additional step-by-step pictures for the collar and cuffs.

To pin this pattern for later, visit Pinterest.


Materials

-6 (6) skeins of Lion Brand Go For Faux in Pink Poodle
-4 (6) skeins of Lion Brand Coboo in Pink
-10.0mm hook
-5.5 mm hook
-tapestry needle
-lint roller

Gauge

Body: every 7 stitches and 4 rows = 4"
Ribbing: every 6 stitches and 7 rows = 2"

Measurements

The body (essentially a rectangle) in S/M is roughly around 33“ x 36” and for L/XL 35”x 38”. 
For S/M, the width of your rectangle should measure 33" across and for L/X 35" across. Adjust your tension or switch to a different hook size if needed. 

Small/Medium: Wrist to Wrist 50 “, Length from top to bottom 38”
Large/X-Large: Wrist-to-Wrist 52”, Length from top to bottom 40”

Keep in mind that when worn, it has the ability to stretch. 

Abbreviations

ch- chain
slst- slip stitch
st(s)- stitch(es)
sp(s)- spaces
sc- single crochet
dc- double
dc2tog-double crochet 2 together
rSC- reverse single crochet

Notes

Please check your gauge. I recommend doing a swatch before beginning. Adjust your tension or hook size to achieve the gauge. 
If you would like to make your cocoon smaller or larger, simply chain an odd number plus 4 for your starting chain or simply crochet more rows.
If you are finding your rectangle turning out smaller than anticipated, simply crochet more rows.
Beginning chain counts as a stitch unless otherwise noted. 
Sizing available in S/M and L/XL. The pattern is written as follows: S/M (L/XL).

Pattern

Chain 59 (63)
Row 1: dc into the 5th ch from the hook (counts as a dc and a st), *ch 1 and skip a st, dc in the next st* repeat to the end, ch 3, turn your work (57 (28 ch sps and 29 dc), 61 (30 ch sps and 31 dc))
Row 2: ch3, *dc into the next ch sp, ch 1 and skip a st* repeat to the end, dc in the last ch sp, turn your work (57, 61)
Row 3-36 (38) : Repeat row 2


Lay your finished piece on the floor with the foundation chain on the left and the last row on the right. 


 Fold your piece in half by pulling the top down to the bottom.

With your tapestry needle and some Coboo yarn, sew up the sides stopping at the double crochets after the 7th chain space. (Make sure that all double crochets and chain spaces are aligned to their respective counterparts.) 

I used the mattress stitch to seam up the sides of the body. 

You should have 14 (16) chain spaces that are not seamed. We will continue working into these chain spaces to create a sleeve.

We will work in one direction for the remainder of the sleeve.
With your 10.0mm hook, attach the faux fur yarn to the last double crochet where you seamed.

Sleeves

Row 1: ch3 (counts as a st and ch 1 and for the remainder of the sleeve), dc into the first ch1 sp, *ch 1 and skip a st, dc into the next ch sp* repeat to the end, ch1 slst into the first ch sp of the row (15 ch sps, 17 ch sps)
Row 2: ch3, dc2tog in the next two ch sps , *ch 1 and skip a st, dc into the next ch sp* repeat until you have two ch sps left, ch1, dc2tog in the last two ch sps, slst into the turning chain (13 ch sps, 15 ch sps)
*Note*
Row 3: ch3, dc2tog (insert in the ch sp before and after the previous row’s dc2tog), *ch 1 and skip a st, dc into the next ch sp* repeat until you have two ch sps left, dc2tog, slst into the turning chain (11 ch sps 19 ch sps)
Row 4: repeat row 3 (9 ch sps, 13 ch sps)

SIZE SMALl/MEDIUM  **(SIZE L/XL skip down to SIZE LARGE/X-LARGE)**

Row 5: ch 3, dc in the next ch sp (the ch sp before the last row’s dc2tog),  *ch1, dc in the next ch sp* repeat to the end, sl st into the beginning ch (9 ch sps)

SIZE LARGE/X-LARGE

Row 5: repeat row 3 (11 ch sps)
Fasten off and weave in your ends. 

Cuffs

With your 5.5mm hook, hold two strands of your Coboo yarn together and attach it into a chain space at the bottom of the armhole opening (where it will be least visible when worn).
Row 1:ch 3 (counts as a dc), 3 dc in the same ch sp where you attached your yarn,  *4 dc in the next ch sp* repeat to the end, sl st into the top of the ch 3 from the beginning of the row (36, 44)

Row 2:ch 3 (counts as a dc), *dc into the 3rd loop of the dc from the previous row* repeat to the end, sl st into the top of the ch 3 from the beginning of the row (36, 44)

Row 3: ch 1, rsc across 

Fasten off and weave in all loose ends.
Do the same to the other armhole. 

Collar  

With your 5.5mm hook, hold two strands of your Coboo yarn together and attach it into a chain space somewhere on the bottom of your cocoon.
Row 1: ch3, 3dc in the same ch sp you attached your ch 3, *4 dc in the next ch sp* repeat to the end, slst to the top of the ch 3 from the beginning on the row (288, 304)
Row 2: ch3, *dc in the 3rd loop of each dc from the previous row* repeat to the end, slst into the top of ch 3 from the beginning of the row (288, 304)
Row 3-10: repeat row 2
Row 11: ch 1, rsc to the end, slst into the ch 1 from the beginning of the row (288, 304)
Fasten off and weave in all your loose ends. Give it a good roll with the lint roller.


Hope that you were able to complete your own Fauxy Cocoon cause it is a definite must-have. As always, I would love to hear from you! Keep in touch via social media! 

Happy crocheting!




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Friday, February 1, 2019

Free Crochet Pattern-- This Little Piggy Keychain

I truly give my respect to those crocheters who design Amigurumi. I feel like it takes a lot of patience to work with only single crochet and the tapestry needle. Does anyone else dread sewing and weaving in ends into small Amigurumi parts? For this reason, the only Amigurumi patterns I will design will be little keychains. Whenever you have scraps of yarn, come on over to Modesty and see if you can use any of those scraps to make a small cute keychain. I'll do my best to keep adding small keychain patterns on this blog. 
To tell you the truth, I wasn't planning on designing anymore Amigurumi patterns, at least not so soon. However, my children's Sunday School teacher ordered ten keychains.
You see, I had made a bunch of Amigurumi keychains for several craft fairs last fall. However, I wasn't making enough money to make it worth while. So with the leftover keychains that I had, I gifted them all to the children and Sunday School teachers for Christmas. So, a week and a half ago my kids' Sunday School teacher ordered ten keychains and I happily said yes. After posting a picture of some of them on Instagram, I decided to write up a few of the Amigurumi keychain patterns I had crocheted for her. So today I will be sharing with you This Little Piggy Keychain. 
I think the timing of releasing this keychain is perfect. Lunar New Year is next Tuesday and this year is the year of the pig. Plus, who doesn't like a cute pig?

Materials

-any worsted weight yarn (pink and brown, Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn was used in the picture)
-one pair of 9mm or 10 mm safety eyes
-stitch marker
-polyfil stuffing
-a keychain of your choice
-3.5 mm or 4.0mm hook
-tapestry Needle

Abbreviations

sc- single crochet
inc- single crochet increase (2 single crochets in 1 stitch)
invdec- invisible decrease If you are unfamiliar with this stitch
slst- slip stitch
* - repeat stitches from first asterisk to second asterisk
MR- magic ring  If you are unfamiliar with the magic ring or magic circle
( )- the number of stitches at the end of the round

Notes

Make stitches tight as to not let the stuffing come through the stitches.

Pattern

For an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern, visit Etsy or Ravelry.
To pin this pattern for later, visit Pinterest.


Ears (Make 2)

Round 1: Create a MR and crochet 5 sc into the ring, pull on the tail to close the MR
Round 2: sc around (5)
Round 3: 2sc in the first st, sc in the next 2 sts (this round will not be finished)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Snout

Round 1: Create a MR and crochet 5hdc into the ring, sl st into the first hdc, pull on the tail to close the MR
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Head

Create a MR

Round 1: crochet 6 sc into the ring, pull on the tail to close the MR

Round 2: *2sc in the next st* 6 times (12)

Round 3: *sc in the next st, 2sc in the next* (18)

Round 4: *sc in the next 2 sts, 2sc in the next st* (24)

Round 5: sc around

Round 6-7: Repeat row 5

Round 8: *sc in the next 2 sts, invdec*repeat 6 times (18)

Round 9: sc across




Sew in your ears. This is the time to attach your keychain.

Round 10: *sc in the next st, invdec* repeat 6 times (12)



Sew on your pig’s nose. Get some brown yarn and make nostrils on your piggy’s little snout. Place your safety eyes between rows 7 and 8 about 3 sts apart. Stuff your pig with poly-fil.

Row 11: invdec to the end (6)




Fasten off and fill up on poly-fil and close up the bottom. I find that using the end of a pencil with an eraser does a good job getting the poly-fil inside the head. Weave in your loose end.

Hope you enjoyed this pattern. As always, leave your thoughts and comments down below. I would love to hear from you! 



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