Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Frog Tongue Bookmark

Material List-

*“G” crochet hook.
*Red Heart Super Saver (economy)
in colors Spring Green and Cherry Red. (Very small amount needed of each.)
*Needle to sew on eyes
(I used sew on wiggly eyes.--use what you have on hand
for your eyes.
Example-Sew on a "X" in Black)

Sl st - Slip Stitch.
Sc- Single Crochet.
Hdc-Half Double Crochet

With Red, Ch 50 (or length desired for “book mark”.)
Hdc in 3rd ch from hook. Hdc in remaining 45 chains.
Tie off and weave/hide yarn ends.
Row 1~With Green, Ch 3, sl st into 1st ch to form ring
(hide yarn ends as you crochet.)
Row2~Ch 1-work 6 sc in ring, sl st to first sc (and pull that yarn
end tight to close the beginning circle.) (6 Sc.)
Row 3~Grab your tongue. Hold the end of the tongue that you tied off
against your work. With tongue in front- Sc through one edge of tongue
and in 1st sc of green circle. Sc through middle of tongue and into
second sc of green circle. Sc through last end edge of the tongue and into the
3rd sc of green circle behind the tongue. Sc in each of remaining 3 sc
of green circle. Sl st to 1st sc-ch one and turn.
Row 4~One sc in each of 6 sc-sl st to 1st sc. Ch 2 and turn. (ch 2 counts as Hdc
in next row.)

Row 5~Hdc in the same space as ch 2. 2 Hdc in each of remaining 5 sc.
Sl st to top of 1st Hdc. (12 Hdc)
Ch 2. (your tongue should be hanging down in front of you) 4 Hdc in same
space as ch 2. Ch 3, sl st in that same space.
Sl st in next 4 hdc.
Ch 2. 4 hdc in same space. Ch 2, sl st in same sp.
Sl st in next 4 hdc. This will put you under the tongue.

Tie off, weave in ends. Add your eyes .
© 2008 Sandyfroglegs Designs

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Spider to Web Bookmark

Material list-
Red Heart Crème De La Crème in Royal Blue (or yarn of your choice.)
**Mine took .2 ounces--so this takes very little yarn.
Size “E” crochet hook (or hook that will give you the size you want
using your choice of yarn.)

Slip Stitch-sl st.
Double Crochet-dc.
Single Crochet-sc.
Half Double Crochet-Hdc.

Spider Web~
Row 1~ Ch 5, sl st in first ch to form ring. Ch 3, 15 dc in ring, join
with sl st to top of beginning ch 3. (16 dc.)
Row 2~ Ch 3, dc in same st, ch 2, skip next st
*2 dc, ch 2, skip next stitch around . Join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
(16 dc.)
Row 3~ Ch 4, dc in next dc.
*Ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc around. Sl st to top of
beginning ch 3.
Line From Web to Spider~
Chain 53 (or chain the length of the height of the book that book mark
will be used for.)
Hdc in second ch from hook (into line from spider web), hdc in next
5 chains (6 hdc.)
1st leg-Turn, ch 9. Sl st in second ch from hook and sl st in 7 ch.
(8 slip stitches.)
2nd leg-Sl st into first hdc off spider, ch 9, sl st in second ch from hook,
Sl st in 7 chains (8 sl st.)
3rd leg-sl st into next hdc, ch 9, sl st in second ch from hook and in
next 7 chs (8 sl st)
4th leg- Sl st into next hdc, ch 9, sl st in second ch from hook and
next 7 ch (8 sl st.) Sl st into same st of first st of leg 4.
Spider head~
Sc in next 3 hdc. 3 sc in next stitch. Sc in the 5 beginning Hdc of the spider.
5th through 8th legs~
Repeat directions the legs 1 to 4---tie off and hide yarn ends.

Optional beads or wiggly eyes can be added for spider eyes!
Press flat with iron if needed, taking care not to burn or melt your yarn.
(I would love to hear how your Spider to Web bookmark turns out.)
© 2008 Sandyfroglegs Designs

Friday, April 4, 2008

Baby Booties

My grandma crocheted granny squares and
looked for ways to use them. Turning matching granny
squares into baby booties was one of those ideas. Below
is what that idea evolved into for me.

With "H" hook ("G" hook will also work )- (I use baby yarn--the softer
the better for the babies feet)
To Start : Leave a tail of about 8 or so inches (for sewing the heal) and
Chain 14. DC in third chain from hook. DC in each remaining chain,
for a total of 12 DC. Chain 2 and turn.

Row One - Six : DC in each DC across, for a total of 12 DC in each row
(be sure to chain 2 at end of each row, and turn, to start next row).

This will give you a little square, and you will end at the opposite end
that you started the square.

Step 1--Gather toe end, by inserting the hook, into the end of each DC row,
draw a loop onto the hook.--you will have 7 loops on the hook. Draw
another loop, and pull that loop through all 7 loops on the hook. then slip
stitch this tight (this gathers the toe and closes it) . Push your work, into
the middle of your hook to save it.

Step 2- Take a large eye embroidery needle - put your yarn tail for the heal,
into the needle, and stitch your heal closed, tie off. Weave in/hide your
end tail that you stitched your heal closed with .(or, you can hide the heal
yarn tail in your work as you crochet the sock cuff) (you could also just use
a hook, if you do not have the large eye needle to do this).

Step 3- With hook, slip stitch six stitches for the top (or for a little ridge,
single crochet the six stitches for the top), from toe to middle of top of bootie.

Step 4- *Chain 3, Dc in each stitch around the bootie ankle opening, and
Slip stitch closed. Continue * for the number of rows desired, and tie off.
Weave/hide yarn end.
(The bootie top can be embellished to match your hat brim, and sweater

(To make using HDC--repeat above pattern, except make with
8 rows instead of 6.)

(The bootie can be enlarged, by adding more chains on to lengthen, and
adding more rows to widen. You can also "not" slip stitch the ankle rows,
so the cuff folds down, for a traditional baby bootie or moccasin look.
For my ankle cuff-I like using 2 DC, then 2 HDC, and ending with 1 SC--
which makes a nice roll down, and keeps on babies foot better, --like a sock.)

**Nice addition-chain 30, attach with a slip stitch into center of back, right
where the ankle starts. Then do another 30 chains and tie off. Weave each of
these two 30 count chains, through each separate side of the bootie and tie in
front of bootie. The slip stitch at the back is so the "bootie tie's" will not get lost.

© 2006 Sandyfroglegs Designs