Barking Balloon

🎈Barking Balloon 🎈 
Level: intermediate 

4 mm hook

RHSS(Red Heart Super Saver)

Stitch marker or counter 

Polyfil

Needle and thread for securing

Pattern is worked in the round and uses single crochet. Stuff pattern  tightly with polyfil as you go. 
***Magic circle(start)

Tail:

1.) 3sc in magic circle 

2-15.) sc in each st around. 
Butt:

1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6.)Sc in each. 

7.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

8.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

9.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

10.) dec 5x (5)

11.) dec, sc, dec (3)
2 rows of sc in each st around
Leg 1:

1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6-18.) Sc in each. 

19.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

20.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

21.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

22.) dec 5x (5)

23.) dec, sc, dec (3)
2 rows of sc (3)
Leg 2:

1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6-18.) Sc in each. 

19.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

20.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

21.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

22.) dec 5x (5)

23.) dec, sc, dec (3)
2 rows of sc (3)
Body:

1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6-18.) Sc in each. 

19.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

20.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

21.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

22.) dec 5x (5)

23.) dec, sc, dec (3)

2 rows of sc (3)
Leg 3:

1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6-18.) Sc in each. 

19.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

20.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

21.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

22.) dec 5x (5)

23.) dec, sc, dec (3)
2 rows of sc (3)
Leg 4:
1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6-18.) Sc in each. 

19.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

20.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

21.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

22.) dec 5x (5)

23.) dec, sc, dec (3)
2 rows ac (3)
Neck:

1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6-16.) Sc in each. 

17.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

18.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

19.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

20.) dec 5x (5)

21.) dec, sc, dec (3)
2 rows sc (3)
Ears:

1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6-9.) Sc in each. 

10.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

11.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

12.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

13.) dec 5x (5)

14.) dec, sc, dec (3)
2 rows of sc (3)
X2
Muzzle:
1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6-12.) Sc in each. 

13.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

14.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

15.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

16) dec until 3sc remain. Slst in first sc. ch1(3)

Balloon knot nose:

1.) 3 sc in each sp around. Join. (9sc) 

***Fasten off weave in ends. ***

End result should look like this:


Assembly:   I decided to use video tutorials for an easy way to show you how to twist the balloon together 🙂
1.) tail and hind legs. 


To hold in place you can either sew at the twist joint or use a glue gun on the pieces. Or both!

2.) body, front legs and neck


…and in true raising Robertsons fart fashion. Here’s part three interrupted by my daughter (7mo) farting. 💨

3.) ears and muzzle

👶🏻💨

Welcome to the world Virginia Marie!!

Our daughter was born ten days ago!!  I’ve finally gotten around to making and update post for you all in the form of a ginormous pattern showcase too!

      Here she is! 🎀💜🍼 getting all cozy and settled in at home a few days ago at a week old. 


This blanket it the very first thing i ever crocheted for her.   The blanket is a bunch of African Flower Hexagons assembled together. The pattern is by Heidi Bears Crochet and can be found HERE


And here she is just hours old!  Getting all snugly in this cute Newborn Apple Hat. This pattern is a Cream of The Crop Crochet original and can be found HERE

       And now for the debut of her nursery and nursing nooks.  I’ve been posting progress pics on my Instagram account but here I’ll be linking where to find the patterns I used to set it all up with!

Let’s start in the corner where I set up a recliner and cozy supplies for breastfeeding!  The hammock is by Dvortygirl and can be found HERE

I whipped up this dragon fly mobile using the dragonfly appliqué pattern created by JKW Designs. The pattern for the appliqué can he found HERE

I had to match the darling mobile with a blanket to keep my baby and my boobies warm during feedings so I of course went with the ever popular radiating Dragonflies Throw by Pattern Paradise. This pattern can be found HERE

And now onto the Nursery Nook!


The blanket is the same blanket as I mentioned above using the African Flower Hexigon by Heidi Bears. 

Making Mandalas has always been some of my favorite things to crochet!  Top Left Mandala i made using Sophie’s Mandala in size Medium. Left side below is the size small of Sophie’s Mandala which both are designed by Look At What I Made. The pattern can be found HERE. Right hand side is the Star Bright square by Stitch11. I  edged the square with picots. The pattern for the Star Bright square can be found HERE


Lastly I made a ton of flowers and strung them up into a bunting. I used my very own Fast Flower pattern. You can find that pattern HERE
I’m beyond in love with this little girl. 🎀💜🎀💜🎀Her brother and daddy are too. I’m happy I get to share her with all of you and I’m so glad I have crochet in my life so that my babies can be cozy and my eyes have some crochet candy to gaze over too. 

One Skein and One Day Scarf

My mum sent me such a fun find!  A box of vintage yarn.

  My favorite. My mum is an avid collector. She hunts around at auctions and antique malls for neat finds to sell and fix up. She found this box ofnyan . Some of the skeins are from the 80’s and some are as old as the 1950’s!!  
   My oldest son snatched up the two fuzziest blue yarns and asked for a scarf. While waiting for my daughter to be born I decided to try and whip up a scarf as fast as I could during early labor!  


One skein & One Day scarf. 

This pattern is great for beginners or for those who started making Xmas gifts at the last minute ;). it’s literally only two lines of pattern and lots of repetition. 
     *You will need*

*Bulky yarn. (I used Lion Brand homespun) 

*9 mm hook

This pattern uses the Half Double Crochet. 


Start with Ch12

1.) Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each sp across. (11hdc). 

2.) turn. ch1, hdc in each sp across. Repeat until end of skein. 

**Add fringe or flair as desired. 

Cute Butterfly Pencil Topper/guest pattern by Rebeckah’s Treasures 

This pattern is copyrighted to Rebeckah Ferger of http://www.rebeckahstreasures.com. It is for your own personal use only. No part of this pattern may be copied or distributed in any way. If you sell what you make from this pattern, please credit “Rebeckah Ferger of Rebeckah’s Treasures” as the designer, and be sure to link to the above website if you sell online.

Skill Level: Easy

You’ll Need:

crochet cotton thread size 10 (I use Circulo Clea) about 10m (2 grams / scraps) – in three colours (black + 2 choice colours)

1.05mm hook

stitch markers

tapestry yarn needle

scissors

Abbreviations: ~US Terminology~

*…** – repeat instructions between the two asterisks as directed.

(…) – work the stitches between the parentheses into the space as directed.

[…] – work stitches between the brackets however many times called for.

avail – available

BL – back loop

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

dtr – double treble crochet – yo 3

FL – front loop

f/o – fasten off

hdc – half double crochet

lp(s) – loop(s)

picot – (instructions below)

prev – previous

rep – repeat

rnd – round

RS – right side

sc – single crochet

sk – skip

sl st – slip stitch

sp(s) – space(s)

st(s) – stitch(es)

tog – together

tr – treble/triple crochet

ttr – triple treble crochet – yo 4

yo – yarn over

Special Abbreviation:  
*Picot = ch 3, insert hook into the v-ridge of the last st made, yo and pull though it right on thru the st and the ch-lp on the hook. See the first example in this video tutorial by Moogly (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQmO74im2N0).

Sizing:

Designed to fit a standard pencil or pen.

The base of this pencil topper, the part that slips onto the pencil, is approximately 1” (2.5 cm) in height.

Gauge:20 single crochet stitches x 24 rows = 2” (5 cm), or 10 single crochet stitches fit around the pencil snuggly but not too tight.

TIP: Thread/Yarn weight and hook size are flexible. Most lace or fine weight yarns will work well for creating a pencil topper. Whereas, thicker yarn weights such as DK or WW work great for turning it into a finger puppet.
All you have to ensure before you begin, is 10 single crochet stitches wrap snuggly, but comfortably around the pencil, pen, chalk, finger or whatever staple you wish to accessorize!

Cute Butterfly Pencil Topper Instructions:
This butterfly pencil topper is worked in five parts. The first part creates the pencil topper base and antennae. The remaining parts create the wings.

Base Instructions:



Make 1
The base of this butterfly pencil topper is worked in continuous rnds from top to bottom. The third rnd creates the antennae and serves as a base for the wings to be worked into later.
Work continuously and do NOT turn at the end of rnds unless directed otherwise to do so. *Side facing you = RS.
Starting with black… 

rnd 1:
sc 5 into a magic circle (5 sts).

rnd 2:
sc 2 in each st around (10 sts).

rnd 3:
[ch 2, sk 1 st, sc] x 2, starting the antennae → *ch 5 (change to ch 7 or ch 9 for longer antennae), sl st in the bottom lp (a.k.a. back hump) of the 2nd ch from hook & in each ch across,** sl st in the same sp on the circle, rep * to ** – antennae complete, sc in the same sp on the circle, [ch 2, sk 1 st, sc] x 2, (hdc, dc 2) in the FL of the next st, (dc 2, hdc) in the FL of the next st – 

tip: mark the 2 unworked BL sts so they are easier to find for the next rnd (4 ch-sps, 11 sts + antennae). *This is the wing base rnd. The taller sts are the tail or bottom of the butterfly.


rnd 4:
sc 2 in each skipped st from the prev rnd – pulling the ch-2-sps to the front of work so they stay on the RS or the outside of the butterfly, sc in each unworked BL from the prev rnd – it helps to pull the tail sts inwards towards you, so you can easily find the BL and work the last sts of this rnd (10 sts).

rnd 5-16:
sc 10 – 12 rnds or until desired height is reached, sl st & f/o at the end of the last rnd (10 sts). *The number of rnds you work here may vary according to your project and preference.


Bottom Left Wing Instructions:

Make 1

The bottom left wing of this butterfly pencil topper is worked directly into the ch-sp on rnd 3 of the base, nearest to the tail on your right, when looking at the butterfly base from above. *Side facing you = RS.


rnd 1
: make a slip knot in bottom wing thread colour (red in tutorial) & with the RS or top of the base facing you → sl st attach to the ch-2-sp from rnd 3 of the base nearest to the tail on your right or the left of the butterfly, ch 2, (tr, dtr, picot, tr 2, dc 4, sc, sl st) into the same ch-2-sp, ch 1, f/o (10 sts). *The ch-2 in this set counts as one st.



Top Left Wing Instructions:
Make 1
The top left wing of this butterfly pencil topper is worked directly into the ch-sp on rnd 3 of the base, nearest to the antenna on your right, when looking at the butterfly base from above. *Side facing you = RS.


rnd 1:
make a slip knot in top wing thread colour (orange in tutorial) & with the RS or top of the base facing you → sl st attach to the next avail ch-2-sp from rnd 3 of the base next to the antenna, ch 3, (tr 3, dtr 2, ttr 2, picot, ttr, dtr, tr, dc) into the same ch-2-sp, ch 3, sl st into the same ch-2-sp, ch 1, f/o (13 sts). *Both of the ch-3 in this set count as one st.


Top Right Wing Instructions:

Make 1
The top right wing of this butterfly pencil topper is worked directly into the ch-sp on rnd 3 of the base, nearest to the antenna on your left, when looking at the butterfly base from above. *Side facing you = RS


rnd 1:
make a slip knot in top wing thread colour (orange-red-purple in model) & with the RS or top of the base facing you → sl st attach to the next avail ch-2-sp from rnd 3 of the base on the other side of the antenna, ch 3, (dc, tr, dtr, ttr, picot, ttr 2, dtr 2, tr 3) into the same ch-2-sp, ch 3, sl st into the same ch-2-sp, ch 1, f/o (13 sts). *Both of the ch-3 in this set count as one st.

Bottom Right Wing Instructions:



Make 1
The bottom right wing of this butterfly pencil topper is worked directly into the ch-sp on rnd 3 of the base, nearest to the tail on your left, when looking at the butterfly base from above. *Side facing you = RS.

rnd 1:
make a slip knot in bottom wing thread colour (red in model) & with the RS or top of the base facing you → sl st attach to the final ch-2-sp from rnd 3 of the base, (sc, dc 4, tr 2, picot, dtr, tr) into the same ch-2-sp, ch 2, sl st into the same ch-2-sp, ch 1, f/o (10 sts). *The ch-2 in this set counts as one st.
Weave in all ends.

 Attach to your favourite stationery staple!

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Razzle Dazzle Receiving Blanket

Another baby item I notice that moms and dads can’t do without are receiving blankets. They have so many uses from car rides to a portable changing mat to makeshift burp cloths.  I know from my previous babies (now toddlers) that I never had enough of these things. I decided to whip up an electric and fun looking receiving blanket pattern to share with you all!

Introducing the Razzle Dazzle Receiving Blanket !

Razzle Dazzle Receiving blanket:

You will need:

Three varying colors of Red Heart Suoer Saver.

6.5mm hook


Razzle Dazzle Receiving Blanket:

Ch53

Starting with color A: 

1.) dc in 3rd ch from hook(ch 3 counts as first dc). Dc in next sp and each sp across(51dc). Turn

2-4.) Ch3(counts as first dc) Dc in next sp and each sp across. Turn. 

Switch to color b:

5.) ch1. *sc, Spike stitch in one row below, sc, repeat from * across. Turn

6.) ch2(counts as first hdc.) Ch1, skip next sp. *hdc, ch1, skip next sp, hdc. repeat from *around. Turn

7.) ch1. Sc in each sp across. Turn. 

Switch to color a: 

8.) ch3(counts as first dc) Dc in each sp across. Turn

Switch to color c:

9.) ch1, *sc, Spike stitch in one row below, sc, repeat from * across. Turn

10.) ch2(counts as first hdc.) Ch1, skip next sp. *hdc, ch1, skip next sp, hdc. repeat from *around. Turn

11.) ch1. Sc in each sp across. Turn 

12-23) Ch3(counts as first dc) Dc in next sp and each sp across. Turn

Switch to color c:

24.) ch1, *sc, Spike stitch in one row below, sc, repeat from * across. turn

25.) ch2(counts as first hdc.) Ch1, skip next sp. *hdc, ch1, skip next sp, hdc. repeat from *around. Turn

26.) ch1. Sc in each sp across. Turn

Switch to color a:

27.) Ch3( counts as first dc) Dc in next sp and each sp across. Turn

Switch to color b:

28.) ch1. *sc, Spike stitch in one row below, sc, repeat from * across. Turn

29.) ch2(counts as first hdc.) Ch1, skip next sp. *hdc, ch1, skip next sp, hdc. repeat from *around. Turn

30.) ch1. Sc in each sp across. Turn

Switch to color a:

31-35.) Ch3(counts as first dc, Dc in next sp and each sp across.
Edging:

I just used a simple sc around the edges. When I came to a corner I made sure to (sc, ch1, sc) in each of the four corner spaces. 

Rinse and re-use Ridge Scrubby. 

We no longer use sponges. That’s right. Threw them all away because I am in love with the Scrubby Yarn by Red Heart Yarns. They have been so supportive and generous yet again and sent me some Scrubby yarn to try! The color is called green tea. You can find Scrubby yarn HERE

I am so happy with this yarn and the pattern I came up with. I made TWO with just one ball and some leftovers to spare. I also pitched all sponges forever and am using these scrubbies because I can just throw them in my washing machine for re-use! 


The cool thing is the pattern which is essentially a ridged pocket, leaves room for you to use it however you like!


Hands inside for some extra scrubby elbow grease scrubbing. 

Or


Slip a sponge inside for some sturdy scrubbing. You could also shove a bar of soap inside and turn it from a sink scrubby to a shower scrubby. 

🛀🏻🛀🏻🛀🏻🛀🏻🛀🏻🛀🏻🛀🏻

The scrubby yarn is very textured so remember to rely on your sense of touch as well as some stitch counters to keep your place. I’m including pictures of the rinse and re-use ridge scrubby in regular Red Heart Super Saver Yarn so you can use it as a guide for the ridge rows of the pattern. 


Rinse n Re-use Ridge scrubby:


You will need:

*Red Heart Yarn Scrubby (green tea)

*6 mm hook

*yarn needle
Stitches used:

Hdc-half double crochet 

FPhdc-front post half double crochet

BPhdc- back post half double crochet 

BLO- back loop only
1.) ch 16, Hdc In 2nd ch from hook. Hdc in each remaining 14 sp. (15 hdc). Turn. 

2.) ch1, hdc in first sp, *fphdc, hdc in next 2 sp, fphdc. Repeat from * across ending with hdc in last sp. turn

3.). Ch1, Hdc, *bphdc, Hdc in next 2 sp, bphdc. Repeat from * across ending with Hdc in last sp. turn.

4-11.)?alternate rows 2&3 so a ridge on the right side of the scrubby forms. 

12.) ch1, Hdc in BLO of each sp across. Turn. 

13.) ch1, HDC in FLO of each sp across. Turn

14.) ch1, hdc in first sp, *fphdc, hdc in next 2 sp, fphdc. Repeat from * across ending with hdc in last sp. turn

15.) Ch1, Hdc, *bdhdc, Hdc in next 2 sp, bdhdc. Repeat from * across ending with Hdc in last sp. turn.

16- 23.) alternate rows 16&17 so a ridge on the right side(outside) of the scrubby forms. 

24.) ch1, Hdc in BLO of each sp across. Turn. 

Fasten off. Leave long tail for sewing. 
Sewing:

Sew together row 1 and the BLO of row 28. Turn inside out. 

Sew up one side of the scrubby. Turn right side out. Use as a pocket to put a sponge or a bar of soap inside or sew up final side. 

^Base pictured above^

Bumpy Bobble Burp Cloth

More baby hugs yarn please!  


This yarn by Red Heart Yarns is so soft I just want to rub it on my face. What a good idea!  Soft and safe for a cute little baby face. Reminds me of burp cloths since they are used so much on a babies face. 

I can’t tell you how many of these things I go through in a day with babies!  I’ve had two baby boys already and my third baby boober is on her way!  The best part is the Baby Hugs yarn is safe and tested free of over 300 substances so it’s prefect to use for those little faces!  I figured throw in a little extra oomph and use the bobble stitch to help get all those messes off of baby’s face.  It also is great for an added massage  for those little cheekies. 


Bumpy Bobble Burp cloth: 

You will need:

*5.0mm hook. 

*Red  heart yarns baby hugs yarn(recommended since burp cloths are used in baby’s face)

*Yarn needle for sewing in ends. 
Stitches used

*Sc- single crochet 

*Dc- double crochet(part of bobble)

*Bobble stitch-video how to by Red Heart❤️

—I used 3dc for my bobble instead of 4+ (video tutorial explains both ways)

*Crab(reverse single crochet) stitch- Video how to by Red Heart❤️
Bumpy Bobble Burp cloth:

   Ch53

1.) Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch sp across. Ch1 turn(51)

2.) Hdc in first stitch. front facing bobble in next stitch, hdc in next stitch. Rear facing bobble in next stitch. Repeat til end of row. 

3.) hdc in first stitch and each stitch til end of row. Ending with hdc in last stitch. 

4.) Hdc in first stitch, Hdc in next stitch. rear facing bobble in next stitch. Hdc in next stitch. Front facing bobble in next stitch. Repeat til end of til end of row. Ending with Hdc in each of the last 2 stitches 

5.)repeat row 3

6.)repeat row 2

7.)repeat row 3

8.)repeat row 4

9.)repeat row 3

10.)repeat row 2 

11.)repeat row 3

12.) repeat row 4

13.) repeat row 3

14.) repeat row 2

15.) Hdc in first stitch and each stitch across. 
Edging:

1.)Join with slst using color b. 

*2.)Ch1, Sc evenly along outer edge of burp cloth. In corner stitches, make sure to sc, ch1 sc in each corner. Join to first sc with slst. 

3.)Ch1 crab stitch/reverse sc in each stitch around(including ch1 sp) Join to first crab/reverse. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Block if necessary. 

The best part is these cloths can be made along with my other pattern I used Baby Hugs with to make a perfect baby shower gift set!

You can find the pattern for the Nanny Square Lovie/teether HERE