Friday, November 11, 2011

Needle Little Christmas


Hello, Dear Ones! I'm joining How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday. Thank you, Beverly, for hosting!

Now as I've been recooping from my illness, I just couldn't sit and rest so I managed to pick up my crochet hooks and yarn and go to town! :) I'm so talented like that! :)

Christmas is around the corner so I thought I would crochet some little things for my little grand daughter, Carter!

The Christmas Pony! Isn't she sweet?

I sure hope little Carter will enjoy her pony.

Just look at that face!

She is a very relaxed pony, too!

Really a button or little animal eye would be used but I didn't want to risk
Carter pulling a button off and poking it down her little throat,
so...being the most talented creative one that I am ~
I just crocheted a circle for the pony's eye.
That'll work, won't it?
I thought green eyes would work well with a magical pony.

Look at that mane! Gorgeous!

Chest and neck area ~ no plastic surgery needed!

Long lanky legs, yellow hoofs and a glorious bushy tail!

Here she is again and I did enjoy crocheting her.
I got the pattern from allfreecrafts.com and here it is if you'd like to make your own magical pony.






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How to Crochet a Horse or Unicorn Toy



contributed by Grandmas Hookery


Here's a great free crochet pattern that shows how to make a crocheted horse or unicorn - either is sure to be popular with the younger horsey set in your family!

Horse or Unicorn Crochet Pattern


Materials List:
  • Knitting worsted weight yarn
  • 8 oz. main color, MC
  • 7 oz. of contrasting color, CC
  • Quilting thread
  • 4 (1/2") flat buttons
  • crochet hook size G
  • Tapesty needle
  • Stitch Markers
  • Fiberfill
  • 6x6" piece of cardboard
  • 2 (5/8") half-round shank black buttons OR 2 (15mm) Wiggley Eyes
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    Crocheted Horse or Unicorn Pattern


    Instructions:
    HORSE and UNICORN:

    Legs: Make 4

    Do not join rounds. Mark the first stitch of each
    round (a safety pin makes a good marker).
    With Leg Color
    Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6sc)
    Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (12 sc)
    Rnd 3: Repeat Rnd 2. (24 sc)
    Rnd 4: (sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 4 times, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc.. (29
    sc)
    Rnd 5: (sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 4 times, sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc. (34
    sc)
    Rnd 6: Working in Back Loops, for this round only, sc in each st around.
    Rnd 7: Sc in ea sc around.
    Rnd 8: Repeat Round 7.
    Rnd 9: (sc in next 7 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 3 times, sc in each of next 5 sc,
    sc dec over next 2 sc. (30sc) Rnd 10: Repeat Rnd 7
    Rnds 11: (Sc in each of next 5 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 4 times,
    sc in each of next 2 sc (26 sc)
    Rnds 12-14: Repeat Rnd 7. At end of Rnd 14, fasten off.
    Rnd 15: With Main Color, join, and sc in each sc aroundsc in ea sc around. (52 sc)
    Rnds 16 & 17: Repeat Rnd7.
    Rnd 18: Sc in each of next 5 sc, (sc dec over next 2 sc, sc in each of next 5 sc) 3 times (19sc)
    Rnds 19-27: Repeat Rnd 7.
    Rnds 28: (Sc in each of next 4 sc, sc dec over next 2sc) 3 times, sc in each of next 3sc, sc dec over next 2sc. (19sc)
    Rnd 29: Repeat Rnd 7
    Rnd 30: (Sc in each of next 3 sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc) 3 times, sc in each of next 4sc (16 sc)
    Rnd 31: Repeat Rnd 7.
    Stuff bottom of hoof area of leg firmly and remaining leg lightly.
    Rnd 32: (Sc in each of next 3 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 3 times, sc in next sc. (13 sc)
    Rnd 33: Repeat Rnd 7
    Rnd 34: Sc in ech of next 2sc, sc dec over next 2sc, (sc in next sc, sc dec over next 2sc) 3 times (9sc)
    Rnd 35: (Sc in next sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 3 times, sl st in next st, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off (6sc)
    With remaining length, sew opening closed
    Weave in end.

    Head:

    Rnds 1 - 5: With MC repeat rnds 1 - 5 of leg.
    Rnds 6: Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, (sc in each of next 7 sc, 2 sc n next sc) 4 times (39sc)
    Rnd 7: Sc in each sc around
    Rnds 8 -9: Repeat Rnd 7
    Rnd 10: Sc in each of next 2sc, 2 sc in next sc, (sc in each of next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 4 times. (44sc)
    Rnds 11-25: Repeat Rnd 7.
    Rnd 26: Sc in each of next 2 sc, (sc in each of next 4 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 7 times (37sc)
    Rnd 27: Sc in next sc, (sc in each of next 2 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 9 times. (28sc)
    Rnd 28: Sc in next sc, (sc in next sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 9 times (19sc)
    Stuff head with fiberfill.
    Rnd 29: Sc in next sc, (sc dec over next 2 sc) 9 times, sl st in next st, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.
    With remaining length, sew opening closed

    Ears Back: Make 2

    Row 1: With MC ch 7, sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in each rem ch across.(6sc) turn.
    Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
    Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each of next 5 sc, turn.
    Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each of next 4 sc, turn.
    Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each of next 3 sc, turn.
    Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each of next 2 sc, do not turn.
    Row 7: Sc evenly sp around outer edge, working 3 sc in each of the bottom corners of ear, sl st in next sc, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.
    Ears Front: Make 2

    Rows 1-6: With CC repeat rows 1-6 of ear back. At end of Row 6, fasten off.

    Body:

    Rnds 1-5: With MC repeat Rnds 1-5 of leg. (34sc)
    Rnd 6: (Sc in each fo next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 5 times, sc in each of next 3 sc,
    2 sc in next sc. (40sc)
    Rnd 7: Sc in each of next 5 sc, (2sc in next sc, sc in each fo next 4 sc) 7 times. (47sc)
    Rnd 8: Sc in each sc around.
    Rnds 9-17: Repeat Rnd 8.
    Rnd 18: Sc in each of next 2 sc, (sc in each fo next 7 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 5 times.
    Rnd 19: Sc in each of next 2 sc, (sc in each of next 6 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 5 times. (37 sc)
    Rnds 20-29: Repeat Rnd 8.
    Rnd 30: Sc in next sc, (sc in each of next 2sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 9 times. (28 sc)
    Rnds 31 & 32: Repeat Rnd 8.
    Stuff body with fiberfill.
    Rnd 33: (Sc in each of next 2sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 7 times. (21sc)
    Rnd 34: (Sc in next sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 7 times. (14 sc)
    Rnd 35: Sc dec over next 2 sc, (sc in each of next 2 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc ) 3 times, sl st n next st. leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.
    With remaining length, sew opening closed.

    Neck:

    Rnd 1: With MC ch 42, using care not to twist chain, sl st to join in beg ch to form a ring, sc in each ch around. (42sc)
    Rnd 2: Sc in each sc around.
    Rnds 3-6: Repeat Rnd 2
    Rnd 7: (Sc in each of next 5 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 6times. (36sc)
    Rnd 8: Repeat Rnd 2.
    Rnd 9: Sc in next sc, (sc in each of next 5 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 5 times. (31 sc)
    Rnd 10: Repeat Rnd 2
    Rnd 11: Sc in next sc, (sc in each of next 4 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 5 times. ( 26sc)
    Rnds 12 & 13: Repeat Rnd 2.
    Rnd 14: Sc in each of next 2 sc, ( sc in each of next 2sc, sc dec over next 2 sc) 6 times (20sc)
    Rnd 15: Sc in each of next 2 sc, (sc dec over next 2 sc) 9 times, sl st in next st, leaving a length of yarn. Fasten off.
    Partially fill neck with fiberfill.

    Assembly:

    Ears:

    Line up bottom edges of ear back and front, with front centered on back. With a length of MC st around both pieces. Leaving a 5 sts on head between ears, position ear between Rnds 22 and 23 of head and sew in place.

    Eyes:

    Thread long tapestry needle with double length of quilting thread. Working over Rnd 17 at each side of head, sew black shank buttons with several sts through the stuffing of head indenting slightly, know to secure, weave thread end into head.
    If using wiggly eyes, glue eyes in place using picture as placement guide.

    Nose:

    Thread long tapestry needle with length of MC. Working through both sides of head at Rnd 7, sew from side to side several sts indenting slightly, knot to secure, weave yarn into head.
    With yarn needle and length of MC using photo as guide, position head on neck, adding more stuffing as needed to fill any voids, pin in place until desired position is reached. Sew head to neck.
    Position neck on body at a slight angle so the head is upright, add stuffing in neck area as needed, pin into place until desired position, then sew in place.
    For hind legs, thread double long length of quilting thread, make a knot that will not pass through crocheted sections. Insert needle through the 10th Rnd from back of body, (insert the needle through approx. Rnd 32 of leg, holding a button in place at Rnd 32, insert needle back through button, leg, body and out opposite side of body) twice, pull gently to indent. Continue to pass the needle back and through legs and body from button to button secure legs, knot to secure, weave remaining length into body.
    For front legs, repeat the same as hind legs, securing front legs at junction of base of neck and body.

    Mane & Forelock

    Thread needle with long length of CC. Beg at top of head between ears, draw yarn through until there is about a 4 inch length of yarn remaining, then take a short tight st near the first loop st. (Work another 4 inch lp st, then a short tight st near the first loop st) repeat this process between ears, making 2 or 3 rows of loops and short sts from the back of neck near the ears to near the back of neck.

    Tail

    Working with CC cut a 10 inch length and set aside. Wrap CC around cardboard 35 times, pass the 10 inch piece under center top, knot ends to secure, remove from cardboard. Attach tail to center back of body.

    Decorative Leg Buttons

    Rnd 1: With CC, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. (6 sc)
    Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in next st, leaving a length of yarn. Fasten off
    With remaining length of yarn, sew crocheted button cover over button that attached leg to body.

    FOR UNICORN ONLY: UNICORN HORN

    Rnd 1: With white, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc)
    Rnd 2: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) 3 times. (9 sc)
    Rnds 3-9: Sc in each sc around. At the end of Rnd 9, sl st in next st, leaving a length of yarn. Fasten off.
    Stuff horn with fiberfill and sew to center front of head above eyes.
    Weave in any ends.

    Be a bunch of sweeties,
    Shelia ;)

    I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

    Watercolour Ponies


    There are watercolour ponies
    On my refrigerator door
    And the shape of something I don't really recognize
    Brushed with careful little fingers
    And put proudly on display
    A reminded to us all of how time flies
    Seems an endless mound of laundry
    And a stairway laced with toys
    Gives a blow by blow reminder of the war
    That we fight for their well-being
    For their greater understanding
    To impart a holy reverence for the Lord
    Chorus
    But baby, what will we do
    When it comes back to me and you
    They look a little less like little boys every day
    Oh the pleasure of watchin' the children growin'
    Is mixed with a bitter cup
    Of knowin' the watercolour ponies
    Will one day ride away
    And the vision can get so narrow
    As you view thru your tiny world
    And little victories can go by with no applause
    But in the greater evaluation
    As they fly from your nest of love
    May they mount up with wings as eagles for His cause
    ~ sung by Wayne Watson