Friday, October 21, 2011

Amy’s Free Small Butterfly Embellishment Pattern

It's taken me longer than I thought, but I finally finished designing a small butterfly embellishment! Here is the pattern. If you find any errors or need clarification, please let me know.

Materials Needed:
• Any yarn you want to use
• Any crochet needle that works with your yarn
• Gauge & finished size will change depending on yarn used

**Fine yarn was used for the butterfly in picture, measuring approximately 2 inches by 2 inches (not including antennae)**

Ch 7, sl st back into first ch.
Row 1: Sc 11 in loop, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Dc 5, sl st in next st, dc 5, ch 1, turn.
Row 3 : Dc 2 in each of next 2 sts, in 3rd st [dc, sl st, dc], dc 2 in next st, dc 3 in next st, sl st in sl st from row 2 (left wings completed). Dc 3 in next st, dc 2 in next st, repeat [] in 3rd st, dc 2 in next sc, dc 4 and sc 1 in last st (right wings completed). Sc 1 around post of dc from row 3, sc in ring, sc 1 around post of dc from row 3, sl st in 1st st from top left wing (finishing on top wings). Fasten off and weave in ends.

Cut 6 inches of yarn (or less if you plan to weave in) and use hook to wrap yarn around both sides of the center loop (on the wings). Tie a knot in back, securing the loop together. Leave the strands for attachment to an object or weave in if you want them hidden.
For the body, cut 7 ½ inches of yarn and fold in half. Holding the loop end behind the middle of the top wings, fold the yarn under the lower wings and bring up along the front to the loop. Pull the strands through the loop and arrange the antennae. **Starching the antennae helps maintain the shape and durability of the yarn**

You can download the PDF pattern by clicking on the image below.


If you don't have Adobe Reader, you can download it free.

Happy Crocheting!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Vote Tote!

With GOP elections coming up on November 8th in January (whoops, my bad!), I thought this would be a fun pattern to post. It's free online from Caron yarns, and I'm hoping I'll be able to find the yarn and the time to make one as well! Behold, the "Vote Tote"! 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Good Ole' Dad

I know my dad is checking up on his married daughter when he texts me under the guise of the dog. Yeah, Lucie the dog. I play along--it's quite cute. The exchange goes something like this:

Dad: Hi Amy this is Lucie using dad's phone. I've been buzzed again!
Me: Oh, poor defiled little thing ;) I'll bet it feels cooler tho.
Dad: Not only that I got a BATH too! I'm depressed but at least now I can sit next to dad.
Me: Awwww, is daddy being nice to you? Tell him amy says so!
Dad: Um... just normal.
Me: Tsk tsk!
Dad: How are you guys doing today?

Thus is the progression. It's his sweet, non-intrusive way to make sure that we're doing ok. And I wouldn't have it any other way!
Love you, Dad!