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I’m Octo-sessed!

Or maybe I’m an Obsess-topus? I’m not sure. All I know is that I CANNOT stop making octopuses. (I did some research and grammar nerds say it is octopuses, not octopi, but feel free to debate amongst yourselves. That didn’t stop me from making an “Octo-pumpkin-pi” for Thanksgiving, though.)

Anyway, here are a few samplings that will have their unveiling at Lake Forest Park Holiday Market December 16 from 10-3. Be sure to grab them before they are gone FOR-EV-ER, or at least until I make another one (which could be forever).

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My name is Bat.. Baseball Bat

This summer brought the Stitch & Pitch event to Safeco once again! It was a blast to share two of my loves: Baseball and Yarn. I designed a pattern that was sold in kits through Mad Cow Yarn in Washington.

In typical fashion, I couldn’t let such an event go by without some kind of pun, so I designed a bat in a hat. A baseball bat, if you will. I loved the responses and laughter. It’s one of the reason I love what I do: I make people smile.

Now I am releasing the pattern to you, to the interwebs, to all the crocheting baseball players and fans. Or people who like bats. Or hats. Or named Matt. Or just who knows where it’s at. (Ok, I’ll stop now.)

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You will need:

  • Baseball Bat crochet pattern (below)
  • 2 safety eyes with washer backing
  • 15 g (approx. 33 yds) each of Cascade 220 SW Merino in #35 Teal (Color A) and #33 Navy (Color B) – Or any two team colors in a worsted weight yarn
  • Poly-fil
  • F/5 3.5mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Abbreviations

  • CH: chain
  • ST: stitch
  • SC: single crochet
  • DC: Double crochet
  • HDC: Half double crochet
  • INC: Increase (2 SC in specified st)
  • DEC: Decrease (insert hook into first stitch, YO and pull loop through. Insert hook into second stitch, YO and pull loop through. YO and pull through all loops on hook. 1 stitch decreased.)
  • BLO: Back loops only
  • FLO: Front loops only
  • SL: slip stitch
  • (…): Repeat within brackets the specified number of times.

PATTERN NOTES

  • Rows are not worked continuously. All rows are joined with a sl st and ch 1 before beginning next row.
  • Unless specified, Ch at the beginning of a row DO NOT count as the first st. (This is especially important in the Bat Wings.)

Helpful Tutorials

Bat Head

Using an F hook and Color A

Row 1: SC 6 in magic ring

Row 2: INC 6 times (12 sts)

Row 3: (SC, INC. In FLO of next st SC, 2 HDC, and SC) twice. (SC, INC) twice (16 sts)

Row 4: SC in next 2 sts, INC, SC.  2 HDC in BLO from previous row. INC, SC, SC, INC. 2 HDC in BLO from previous row. (INC, SC) three times. (24 sts)

Row 5-10: SC around

Add safety eyes between rows 6 & 7, 3 sts apart, centering them between the ears.

Row 11: (SC in next 2 sts, DEC) 6 times. (18 sts)

Begin stuffing head and continue through row 13.

Row 12: (SC, DEC) 6 times (12 sts)

Row 13: DEC 6 times (6 sts)

Do not finish off, but continue working into the body.

Bat Body

Continuing from head piece with Color A

Row 1: INC around (12 sts)

Row 2: (SC, INC.) 6 times (18 sts)

Row 3-12: SC around

Row 13: SC in first 11 st. In FLO of next st, (SC, ch3, sl in 1st ch of the ch3, SC). SC in next three sts. In FLO of next st (SC, ch3, sl in 1st ch of the ch3, SC). SC in last 2 sts.

NOTE: If the feet are not centered, adjust the number of beginning SC. You want the feet to align with the eyes.

Row 14: (SC, DEC) 6 times, working in the BLO of the previous row when applicable. (12 sts)

Stuff the body, leaving out a small amount of filling for the hat.

Row 15: DEC 6 times (6 sts)

Cut yarn and use tail to close bottom of body.  (See helpful tutorials)

Bat Wings

With Color A, Chain 11

Row 1 (RS): DC in 3rd ch from hook (counts as first DC), and next 2 chs. HDC in next 3 chs. SC in last 3 chs. Turn.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1. In FLO, SC in first 3 sts, HDC in next 3 sts, DC in last 3 sts. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 3. In BLO, DC in first 3 sts. HDC in next 3 sts, SC in last 3 sts.

Row 4-5: Repeat rows 2 & 3

Row 6-8: Ch 3. (Does not count as first st) DC across.

Row 9-12: Starting with Row 3, repeat rows 2 & 3, ending with Row 2. Cut yarn.

NOTE: It is easier to weave in all ends at the last step while bordering the wings. This creates a more cohesive join from the wing ribs to the border.

With Color B and RS of wings facing,  use sl st to join to BLO of Row 2. Ch 1. SC in first st and across the BLO. Cut yarn. Rejoin at the next FLO row and repeat for each BLO or FLO row on the right side.  Starting in the middle of the top of the wings with RS facing, SC around the border working over the tails of the yarns from each rib detail and 3 SC in corners.

Cut a long tail for stitching.

Stitch Bat wings to the base of the head/ neck of the bat. If desired, stitch wings down to the body using Color A.

Baseball Hat

With Color B:

Row 1: SC 6 in magic ring

Row 2: INC 6 times (12 sts)

Row 3: (SC, INC) 6 times (18 sts)

Row 4-5: SC around

Row 6: SC in first 7 sts. HDC in next st. (HDC, DC) in next st. (DC, HDC) in next st. HDC. SC in last 7 sts. (20 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving a tail long enough to stitch hat to head.

Stuff slightly before sewing to head.

I hope you enjoy your baseball bat and it helps you root for your team in the World Series soon!!

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Well that went well

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Thank you all for coming out and supporting me at my very first show ever! I had an absolute blast and enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones. I knew I would enjoy the making of all the things for a show, but I wasn’t sure I’d like the show itself. Sure, they were long days, but I had help from a couple very special people (who I appreciate and love so much) and was situated next to two very nice and helpful vendors. One of my favorite things was MacGyvering the display so signs stayed up and looked nice. On a whim, I brought T-pins and I used them ALL OVER the booth. I learned so much over the weekend: about myself, business, and people!

My main take away is: You like me. You really like me. My top sellers were manatees and miniatures. I was blown away by their popularity. They are my favorite things to make, so that works out REALLY well. I’d made some things simply because I thought that’s what people would expect to find at a fair booth, but they didn’t do so well. What sold was MY IDEAS and MY DESIGNS. I think I’ll just keep doing whatever the hell I want, because that’s who I am. I started doing this to be me, make all the things and make people laugh. (My business cards even say I’m a humorist.) I’m just not a very good “corporate” employee, nor am I good at conforming. So now I have bins of inventory I thought were my guaranteed sellers staring at me, reminding me that people want genuine-ness and made up words. I’m already applying to my next shows and I hope to see you at one of those!IMG_5442