Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Animal Tamer

In my weeks off I decided to do a crochet tutorial. My first ever, so here goes...

Let your child's inner animal come out. I have 6 kiddos and they love to pretend to be all sorts of animals. I saw a pattern for horse reins, and thought what a great idea. I made one up and it is ok, but I thought I could simplify the pattern to be faster to work up and maybe be a little more durable!

So here is my Animal Tamer....
you will need:
small amount worsted weight yarn in 2 contrasting colors
G hook
needle for sewing in ends
*see the end of post for pictures of cross over and dec.
with MC
Chain 31
row 1 sc in second chain from hook and across, ch2 turn

row 2-4 dc across, ch2 turn
row 5 (cross over design) dc in next 6 dcs, *skip next open st, dc in st, dc back into skipped st*, repeat from * to * 8 times (should have 9 cross overs), dc in next 7 st, ch 2 turn
row 6-7 dc across, ch2 turn
row 8-9 dc dec. over first two sts, dc across decreasing in the last two sts, ch2 turn
over head loop
add in your coordinating color

hold both colors of yarn throughout the end
Ch 40
attach to the other top corner with a sc

sc back across the top (using both yarns)
continue sc down the side to the bottom
Ch 250 then attach to the other bottom corner
sc back up the other side
finish off
sew in ends with the needle.
There you have it!

cross over stitch:
skip one stitch and dc in the next stitch then cross back and dc in the skipped stitch

skip the next open stitch and dc in the next ... continue the pattern

finished stitch
dc dec stitch (double crochet decrease)
YO and insert in next st pick up yarn and pull through

pick up next stitch, pick up yarns and pull through
you should now have 4 loops on your hook.

pick up yarn and pull through 3 loops

pick up yarn and pull through last 2 loops

There you have it!
Let me know what you think, I would love to hear from you!
If you make one and wanna send me a picture I will welcome that too!


Funnyface said...

very nice

vilatesniftynook said...

thanks, it was rather fun to make up! my kids love them too!

Jennifer said...

Very cute!! And cute models too:)