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Granny Square Muff Pattern

Stupid Samantha

When I was little I wanted an American Girl Doll SO BAD! Samantha, the Victorian era doll, was my favorite, and part of what I liked so much about her was her amazing plaid cape, fuzzy white hat and matching muff. This love intensified when my elementary school frememy not only got Samantha for as a birthday present at her American Girl Doll themed birthday party, but also the matching fuzzy muff she could wear! It was torture!

20+ years later and I’ve finally gotten my revenge with this ridiculously awesome and way better than a fuzzy white muff Granny Square Muff pattern. Crocheted granny squares seamed together and assembled around a knit lining to keep your hands extra warm.

Eat your heart out, Samantha.

Granny Square Muff!

GRANNY SQUARE MUFF PATTERN

Finished Size Muff is 12 1/2” wide and 7” tall.

MATERIALS

Yarn About 500 yards of worsted weight yarn. This is a great stash busting project if you want to make all your granny squares different colors, otherwise get a couple healthy skeins. Main color as shown requires about 300 yards.

Granny Squares FTW!

Needles Size G (6 mm) crochet hook, size 8 (5 mm) knitting needles, and 2 size 11 (8 mm) double pointed needles.

Notions Tapestry needle.

The Knit Lining! Muff Inside Out.

GAUGE

For lining in MC and with size 8 needles, 14 sts and 21 rows = 4” square in St st.

Ravelry Pattern Page

for $3.50

Half Fabric, Half Crochet Infinity Scarf Pattern and Tutorial

I’ve never been much of a shopper before spending extended amounts of time in Minneapolis and discovering the Mall of America: The Mall of Malls. I don’t think I can ever go to another mall again as long as I live! It’d be like eating chocolate cake and then only getting to eat Hersey’s Kisses for the rest of your life.

I was strolling along the Mall of America one day and came across this Floral Print Crochet Eternity Scarf at Urban Outfitters. I loved the idea of putting fabric together with crochet, and was determined to figure out how to do it myself.

Half Fabric Half Crochet Infinity Scarf

What You’ll Need

  • 44″ by 16″ square of fabric that is the same on both sides – I used polka dot silk
  • 330 – 400 yards of worsted weight yarn – I used three skeins of Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Bok Choy, Copper, and Dusk
  • Crochet hooks, size 1 (2.35 mm), and size J (6 mm)
  • Small single hole puncher

Directions

Holes Punched Along One End

1. With the small hole puncher, punch between 36 – 42 holes along a short end of the fabric, slightly less than 1/2″ apart.

Single Crochet Into Holes

2. With your smaller crochet hook, pull up a loop of yarn through the first hole in your fabric. Slide that loop onto your larger crochet hook. With your smaller crochet hook, pull up another loop of yarn through the second hole in your fabric. Slide it onto your larger crochet hook. With your larger crochet hook, yarn over and pull that loop through both loops on your crochet hook, completing your first single crochet stitch.

Continue in this manner – pulling up a loop of yarn through the next hole in your fabric with your smaller crochet hook, putting that loop on your larger crochet hook, and making a single crochet, until all your holes have single crochet stitches in them.

One Row Down!

3. When you are done with this first row of single crochet, chain 2 and turn. Work in double crochet until crocheted section measures 44″, so half your scarf is fabric and half your scarf is double crocheted.

All Done and Ready to Join!

4. Punch the same number of holes in the other side of fabric that you have stitches. Make sure to count so that if you lost or added a stitch along the way you can either correct it or adjust the number of holes you make in your fabric.

Joining

5. With your fabric laying over your crochet section, and being careful not to have a twist in your scarf (unless you want one!), with your smaller crochet hook pull up a loop of yarn through both the next DC and the first hole in your fabric.

Pull Up Loop Through Both Sections

And put that loop on your larger crochet hook.

Ready to Single Crochet

And complete the single crochet stitch!

Crocheting Both Pieces Together!

6. Repeat in this manner – pulling up another loop through both next DC and hole in your fabric with your small crochet hook, putting it on your larger crochet hook, and single crocheting  it, along the entire row.

Single Crocheting it Together

And you are done! Weave in your ends, and get ready to have a gigantic scarf to master!

SO BIG!

But this scarf is a winner whether you rock it doubled up or tripled up around your neck.

Triple Wrapped

I’ve been wearing it every time the temp drops below 75 and people are convinced I’m wearing two scarfs! It’s awesome!

Crochet and Fabric! Together at Last

Ravelry Project Page

FO: Mary Jane Slippers

I’ve had these on my to crochet list forever.

Mary Jane Slippers

If I knew they’d take me only 4 hours to put together I probably wouldn’t have waited like 10 years to finally make myself a pair!

Cute Slips!

I used Lisa Gutierrez’s Mary Jane Slippers crochet pattern, and it was very straight forward and easy. The pattern itself, however, is all in this blog post, full of step by step pictures, which I’m sure are very helpful if you are a beginner. They are pretty annoying, though, if you want to copy the instructions to your phone so you don’t have to be in front of your computer crocheting. There is a printer friendly version, but it refers to the pictures for some of the instruction, so there is no way around it.

Cute Feet

Never the less, these slippers turned out great! I’ll be wearing the crap out of them once it starts getting chilly, and teaching them this fall! These are fantastic gifts since they are so freaking fast to work up. And throw a couple fabric covered buttons on these bad boys and you’re set to go!

Pattern: Lisa Gutierrez’s Mary Jane Slippers

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Worsted in Gray and Pink

Hook: Size G

Ravelry Project Page

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Krumm Toilet Paper Cozy

It takes a while to truly appreciate things. They come into your life, and you get use to it being around, and then it’s gone and you’re left with Rocket Power and you’re like, WHA?! Repeat this process for everything that was awesome in the 90s that was replaced with something way less cool in the 2000s. TLC -> Pussycat Dolls?! Hangin’ With Mr Cooper -> Super Nanny?! Barf.

What better way to celebrate the 90s than with a toilet paper cozy? And what more hilariously iconic cartoon character to keep your toilet paper safe than the lovable Krumm from Nickelodeon’s Aaahh!!! Real Monsters?

So turn on some Ace of Base, pull out your crochet hook, and get cracking on a project that’s sure to get laughs from everyone you invite into your house until the end of time.

AAAHH!!! REAL MONSTERS KRUMM TOILET PAPER COZY PATTERN

Teeth! Blue Lips! Terrifying!

Finished Size This cozy will fit over a double roll of toilet paper, and can be easily customizable by adding or subtracting increase rows at the top and crocheting more or less length.

MATERIALS

Protecting Your Toilet Paper!

Yarn Any worsted weight yarn in cream (MC – 150 yds), and very small amounts of light blue, white, and black. I used Loops & Threads Impeccable, 100% acrylic; 268yds/128g: Heather for my MC.

Hook Size G (4 mm) crochet hook.

Notions Small amount of stuffing for eye ball arms, and a tapestry needle.

GAUGE

Not important.

SPECIAL STITCHES

Back Stitch With your tapestry needle threaded with black, bring your needle and thread up from the back to the front of your work. Put the needle back down through your work about half an inch away from where you started. Bring your needle back up another half inch away from where you went down, in a line. Pull your yarn through. Put the needle back down in the same spot you did before, working backwards to complete your stitch and make a clean line.

Working Hard

Ravelry Pattern Page

FO from the Road: Despicable Me Minions

We’re still in Boston for another day, but it was a LONG trip here! It took about 24 hours from Minneapolis to get to NYC and another 4 to get from NYC to Boston, so needless to say I’ve been knitting a lot!

Despicable Me Minion!

I finished this Despicable Me Minion somewhere in Ohio. My sister in law hinted that my nephew Baby Nolan’s favorite movie is Despicable Me, a movie that I’ve never seen myself, but immediately I remembered seeing patterns for these guys around ravelry. With Nolan’s first birthday quickly approaching I had to get on it!

One Eye! Dashboard!

Like the dashboard pic complete with bloody bug stains on the windshield?! We hit some major, crazy bug farms driving through the mountains so the PT Cruiser got really messy.

TWO Minions!

Then I finished up the second Minion in the dark somewhere in Pennsylvania on our way to PT’s family house in Western New York. I waited to take the second minion pics until sunrise.

The View from the Cottage Porch

I took these shots from the cottage porch in the morning before we headed to New York City. Beautiful, right?! We are headed back to the cottage tomorrow so I’ll take more pics then.

The Minion pattern was very clear for the most part and easy. It has some more challenging shaping parts, and making the overalls was a little confusing because there was a lot of turning and I just had to look at the picture and guess.

Chillin!

They are in the mail to Michigan right now and will hopefully make it for Nolan’s birthday tomorrow.

More FOs from the road to come!

Pattern: Minion by Lupita Suarez

Yarn: Lots of scraps I had around the house – some Lion Brand Wool Ease Worsted mostly

Hook: Size G

Ravelry Project Page