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Easter Chicks March 24, 2010

Filed under: Free pattern,Quick Projects — crochethook @ 9:40 am
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I have spent a happy couple of evenings working up a half-dozen on Easter chicks to send as a gift. There are numerous patterns on the web for chicks. I was mainly inspired by this one but I ended up making my own version, mostly because I always think I know best. I would have used bead eyes and glued on felt for the beaks but, as these are going to small children, I had to embroider the features this time.

My version of the pattern allows the beak to be centred between the wings.  It also makes the wings less bulky and adjusted some of the proportions from the original pattern.  I used double-knit wool and 4.5mm hook but any adjustments for the scraps of yarn you have should work fine.  Each one took about half an hour to complete.

Round 1: Make a magic loop. 6 dc into loop
Round 2: 2dc in each stitch (12 dc)
Round 3: 2dc in first stitch, 2 dc in second stitch, *2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next stitch**, repeat *-** to end of round (19 dc)
Round 4-5: 1dc in each stitch (19 dc)
Round 6: 1 dc in first four stitches, in FLO of fifth stitch (1dc, 1htc, 1 tc, 1 htc, 1 dc – wing made), 1 dc in next 9 stitches, repeat (-) to make second wing, 1 dc in each stitch to the end of the round. (27 stitches)
Round 7: 1 dc in first four stitches, 1dc in unused back-loop of the wing stitch from round 7, 1dc in next 9 stitiches, 1 dc in unused back-loop of the wing stitch from round 7, 1 dc in next 4 stitches. (19 stitches)
Round 8-10: 1 dc in each stitch (19 stitches) Stuff and embroider eyes and beak if required at the end of round 10.
Round 11: decrease first 2 dc, decrease next 2 dc, *decrease next 2dc then dc in next stitch**, repeat to *-** to end of the round. (12 stitches)
Round 12: decrease 2 dc all round. Sew closed and weave in ends. (6 stitches)


Flying without wings March 16, 2010

Filed under: Completed projects — crochethook @ 2:19 pm
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Peter the wingless duck, star of Harry Hill’s K Factor, has got through to the not live final on Saturday night.  My brother wanted a Peter to keep his Knitted Character company so I promised to have a go even though the original is knitted not crocheted.  I made up a basic amigurumi shape and added a beak, a hat with a little bobble and two feet.  He’ll be off in the post tomorrow while I have a look for something to hook next.

Another DSi XL photo.  I still can’t find the camera charger.  I should never tidy the living room – it just confuses me.


I had a spare couple of hours this afternoon so I used up a bit more wool and made a mini version of Peter the Duck to keep.


Short and Sweet. March 15, 2010

Filed under: Completed projects — crochethook @ 9:22 pm
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There has been a severe lack of posting due to a number of ripped projects recently.  Sometimes you just have to admit defeat when a project just isn’t working out right and roll the wool back up again.  I am hoping that I have broken the spell now with Knitted Character mark III.  (I really have to stop offering to make these for people.)  This time he took no thought at all so it was a nice easy bit of crocheting.  I am planning a Peter the Duck to go with him which should make for another quick and fun project to keep me going.

I have also been playing with my new DSi XL – not sure how the picture quality works out but, damn it, I have lost my proper camera charger again so it will have to suffice for now.