Thursday, November 26, 2015

Mr. Frosty

He's a crocheted toilet seat lid cover. I used worsted weight scraps of yarn to make him. But first, I put a piece of cardboard under the toilet seat and traced around it. Then I cut along the cardboard line to get a mighty fine template to use so I'd be sure to make it the right size the first time.

Started with black yarn, and a size H hook. I used sc and worked 15 rows, increasing as I went to make it the same size as the cardboard template. Then I switched to white yarn, increasing as needed. Finally, I had to start decreasing. Towards the end I switched to red yarn so it would look like he was wearing a scarf around his neck.

When you come to the end of the cardboard template, fasten off. Then begin working around the sides. The first 6 rows around the sides I matched the color of yarns. On row 7, I switched over to black and for that row only I worked sc in the back loop only (blo). Then I worked one row of hdc and one row of sc. Fasten off. Sew a casing for the elastic using the free loop and the loops on the last row. Then work 3 rows of sc in black on the section that will be at the hinge of the toilet seat. Work one row in the back loop only (blo), followed by one hdc row and one sc row. Fasten off and make a casing for the elastic. I used elastic cord. Pull it tight so it fits the toilet seat, but no so tight you have to fight to get it off and on. Tie a knot, dab some glue on the knot and cut the cord as close to the knot as you feel comfortable with.

For the eyes, I used black yarn and made a circle with dc. I increased 6 stitches on the 2nd and 3rd round and I was done. For the nose, I used orange yarn. I made a chain the length I wanted the nose to be plus 2 more. Sc in the 2nd chain from the hook, Sc in the next 2 sts, hdc in the next 3 sts, dc in the next 2 sts. 6 dc in the last ch, turn and repeat on the other side of the chain. Fasten off. Use the tails to sew the nose (and yes, the eyes) to the face. I knitted an I-cord for the mouth. Mine is 12 inches long. I had a long tail on both ends that I used to make the stars and to sew the I-cord onto the face.

And that's it. I had no pattern when I started and I still don't. I just had an idea and was willing to try something new and different. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Dallas Cowboys tissue box couch

Now if we could just make a real couch...but until then I will be content to sew these tissue box couch covers. If you know how to sew these are great for gift giving. Make a few of them for those impromptu gift giving situations you did not see coming. Or for that person on your gift list that is so hard to shop for. Everybody uses tissue, and there is a design printed on fabric to fit everybody on your list. Think about that for a minute. And get to sewing. Scrap fabric will also do.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Mr. Pumpkin Head cover is born

My friend and I decided the pumpkin needed a little personality. So I added a face using embroidery. I also made tiny arms and hands and attached them to the side. Well, then he needed a name. And that is how Mr. Pumpkin Head came to be born.

He now resides on the lid of my friend's toilet. But he is facing the tank. I knew when I made it that everyone that walked into her bathroom was going to comment on which way he was facing. And they did. So now when I make Mr. Frosty he will be facing the other way.

From my house to yours, Happy Halloween! 

Crochet Pumpkin Toilet Lid Cover

I found myself making one of these for a friend. It helps if you get a piece of cardboard and place it under the lid and trace around the outside of that. Cut along the line you drew to get a cardboard blank for sizing and fitting purposes.

I crocheted the top part the size of the cardboard. Then I crocheted several rounds on the outer edges. I folded back the last 2 rows and sewed that down to make a casing for the elastic. I just used elastic cording. The cardboard blank helped me get the elastic the right length. I knew if it would fit before it ever got put on a real toilet.

Since it was to be a pumpkin, I crochet a short tube for the stem. Then I crocheted a leaf and a vine. I used surface crochet to make the vertical lines that gave the pumpkin dimension (they aren't flat in real life?).

I know this is not an actual pattern. Just helpful information that I did not have when I started to make this. Since I never made one before I thought it would be nice if someone gave away ideas on how to make one on your own. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mr. Ribbet

Mr. Ribbet is a free crochet pattern by Sandi Hagan Designs to make a frog hand puppet

Materials List
Caron Simply Soft, DK SAGE approx. 4 oz
Size G/6/4mm crochet hook

Finished Size
10 1/2 inches long and 5 inches wide

15sc and 21 rows = 4 inches

*Fits a small adult size hand. You may go up or down a hook size without having to alter the pattern as written.
*Inc sc is done by putting 2sc into one stitch.
*Dec sc is done by inserting the hook into one st, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

The Pattern

Ch 20
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn. (19sc)
Rows 2 - 20: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn.
Row 21: Ch 1, work 2 sc into first sc (inc), work one sc in next 17 sts, 2 sc into last sc (inc). Turn. (21sc)
Row 22: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. Turn.

First Arm

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in first 6 sts. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc dec, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. (6sc)
Row 4: Ch 1, sc dec, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Row 6: Ch 1, sc dec, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, turn.
Row 7: Ch 1, 2 dc in 1st sc, sc, dc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, turn.
Row 8: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st st, sc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, 2 sc in each of 1st two sts, sc in next st, hdc, dc, trc, dc, hdc, sc, 2 sc in last st.
Fasten off.

 Second Arm

Turn and work on opposite side beginning at edge. Attach yarn with a sc. Repeat as for first arm.


In the 19 unworked sts between arms, begin by attaching yarn with a sc in first unworked stitch next to an arm.
Row 1: Work sc across to next arm, turn. (19sc)
Row 2 - 11: Ch 1, work sc across, turn.
Row 12: Ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, then using Front Loops Only dc in next 3 sts, sc in Both Loops in next 4 sts, then using Front Loops Only dc in next 3 sts, sc in last 4 sts, turn.
Row 13: Ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, sc in the unused loops from previous row and continue to sc across row. Push dc sts out of your way.
Row 14: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, pull the dc sts down out of the way--do not work them.
Rows 15 - 19: Sc across, turn.
Rows 20 - 25: Work on dec at beg and end of each row.
Fasten off.

The puppet is made from 2 pieces of identical shape. When making the 2nd piece you only change the head by leaving off the eyes. Do this by working 19 rows of sc instead of following rows 12 - 14. Otherwise it is the same.

Put the 2 pieces together with RS facing out and work sc evenly around edges to join. Be sure to leave an opening at bottom for your hand.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Get a Grip on Your can, Man!

A free crochet pattern by Sandi Hagan Designs. Items made from this pattern may be sold.

These are for holding soda cans or whatever is your canned drink preference. The crochet keeps your hands from warming the can, and keeps the rings off your tabletops. The handle helps you keep a grip on things!

This handle really works and supports the weight of a full can.

My inspiration for this pattern came by having bought so many of the kind they offer at the store and thinking "Gee, I would use these more if only they had a handle on them.

Materials List

Worsted weight yarn (number 4 on the label)--two strands worked together.
Size K (US) hook (6.5 mm)
Tapestry needle

Finished Size

Fits a 12 ounce can of soda pop, approx. 3 1/2 inches tall.

Gauge is not given because you will need to test the fit as you work by placing a can inside a few times. What matters most is that it fits the way YOU want it to. I like mine snug, but not so tight I have to force the can in or out of it.


Two strands of yarn held together throughout pattern.
Sc is used and sc in back loop only.
Sl st
Worked in rounds
Some basic sewing skills is required, nothing fancy.

The Pattern

Rnd 1: Ch2, 6 sc in second chain from hook, join with sl st.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around, join. (12sc)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, (sc in first st, 2 sc in next st) around, join. (18sc)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, (for this round only, sc in back loops), work one sc in back loops of each st around, join.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, (working in both loops now and throughout), sc in each st around, DO NOT JOIN.

Continue in this way until can holder measures approx. 3 1/2 inches tall. Fasten off.


Ch 12, sc in second chain from hook and in next 9 chains.

Work 3 sc in last chain. Working on opposite side of chain now, sc 9 times in back of beg chain, work 3 sc in end loop. Sc all around once more. Fold handle in half and sc the two long sides together. Fasten off.

Using tapestry needle and two strands of yarn, sew handle to top and bottom of can holder. Be sure to anchor it very well so that it will be sturdy enough to support the full weight of the can. Check the fit of your hand to be sure it is to your liking. When you are satisfied that is is the way you want it then show it off and start taking orders to make more.