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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Peter the Puppy Free Crochet Pattern

Peter the puppy would make a great gift or keep one for yourself!  I did, my husband says we need one of each pattern.  Please enjoy this free pattern and SHARE!  I'd love to see your puppies as they are born!  Be creative...add embroidery for toes or even eyelashes!

I have checked and rechecked for typos and errors and maths, but please, if you come across something amiss, let me know so I can correct it right away.

Disclaimer:  This is a free pattern...I have not had it tested.  :)


Peter the Puppy



1 skein each Alize Cotton Gold Batik and solid
3mm crochet hook
Basting needle
18mm safety eyes and nose
1 yard ribbon
Doll stuffing



US Terms

sc single crochet
hdc half double crochet
sl st slip stitch
inc increase
dec decrease
hdc dec half double crochet decrease
(#) number of stitches in round

NOTES: Use a piece of yarn to mark the beginning of each row when you are working in continuous rounds.

BODY

Row 1: 8sc in magic ring
Row 2: inc times 8 (16)
Row 3: (sc, inc) times 8 (24)
Row 4: (2sc, inc) times 8 (32)
Row 5: (3sc, inc) times 8 (40)
Row 6: (4sc, inc) times 8 (48)
Row 7: (11sc, inc) times 4 (52
Row 8: (12sc, inc) times 4 (56)
Row 9: (6sc, inc) times 8 (64)
Row 10: (7sc, inc) times 8 (72)
Row 11: (11sc, inc) times 6 (78)
Row 12-17: sc around (78)
Row 18: (11sc, dec) times 6 (72)
Row 19-20: sc around (72)
Row 21: (10sc, dec) times 6 (66)
Row 22-23: sc around (66)
Row 24: (9sc, dec) times 6 (60)
Row 25: (8sc, dec) times 6 (54)
Row 26: (7sc, dec) times 6 (48)
Row 27-31: sc around (48)
Row 32: (6sc, dec) times 6 (42)
Row 33-35: sc around (42)
Row 36: (5sc, dec) times 6 (36)
Row 37-39: sc around ( 36)
Row 40: (4sc, dec) times 6 (30)
Row 41-43: sc around, sl st to finish(30)

Stuff body. Do not sew hole closed.

HEAD

Row 1: 6sc in magic ring
Row 2: inc times 6 (12)
Row 3: (sc, inc) times 6 (18)
Row 4: (2sc, inc) times 6 (24)
Row 5: (3sc, inc) times 6 (30)
Row 6: (4sc, inc) times 6 (36)
Row 7: (5sc, inc) times 6 (42)
Row 8: (6sc, inc) times 6 (48)
Row 9: (7sc, inc) times 6 (54)
Row 10: (8sc, inc) times 6 (60)
Row 11: (9sc, inc) times 6 (66)
Row 12: (10sc, inc) times 6 (72)
Row 13-23: sc around (72)
Row 24: (10sc, dec) times 6 (66)
Row 25: (9sc, dec) times 6 (60)
Row 26: (8sc, dec) times 6 (54)
Row 27: (7sc, dec) times 6 (48)
Row 28: (6sc, dec) times 6 (42)
Row 29: (5sc, dec) times 6 (36)
Row 30: (4sc, dec) times 6, sl st to finish (30)

Stuff head. If using safety eyes and nose, attach to face. Sew head to body.

NOSE/SNOUT

Ch4
Row 1: In second ch from hook, make 1 inc, sc in next st, inc times 2 in last ch. Continue along other side of ch, sc in next st, inc in the beginning ch, sl st join to first st. Do not turn, continue in the round. (10)
Row 2: ch1, inc in first st, inc in next st, sc in next 2 st, inc in next 4 st, sc in next 2 st, inc in 2 next st, sl st join to first st. (18)
Row 3: ch1, (sc, inc) times 9, sl st join to first st. (27)
Row 4-5: ch1, sc around, sl st join to first st. (27)
Row 6: ch1, (8sc, inc) times 3, sl st join to first st. (30)
Row 7-8: ch1, sc around, sl st to finish. (30)
Attach plastic nose or embroider nose. Stuff nose and attach to face.

EARS

Row 1: 8sc in magic ring
Row 2: inc times 8 (16)
Row 3: (7sc, inc) times 2 (18)
Row 4: (8sc, inc) times 2 (20)
Row 5: (9sc, inc) times 2 (22)
Row 6: (10sc, inc) times 2 (24)
Row 7: (11sc, inc) times 2 (26)
Row 8: (12sc, inc) times 2 (28)
Row 9: (13sc, inc) times 2 (30)
Row 10: (14sc, inc) times 2 (32)
Row 11: (15sc, inc) times 2 (34)
Row 12: (16sc, inc) times 2 (36)
Row 13-18: sc around (36)
Row 19: (16sc, dec) times 2 (34)
Row 20: (15sc, dec) times 2 (32)
Row 21: (14sc, dec) times 2 (30)
Row 22: (13sc, dec) times 2 (28)
Row 23: (12sc, dec) times 2 (26)
Row 24: sc around. (26)
Row 25: sc around. Sc in the next st and now mark the beginning of the row. This will help with the shifting edge due to working in continuous rounds.
Row 26: (11sc, dec) times 2 (24)
Row 27: sc around (24)
Row 28: sc around. Sc in the next st and now mark the beginning of the row.
Row 29: (10sc, dec) times 2 (22)
Row 30: sc around (22)
Row 31: sc around. Sc in the next st and mark the beginning of the row.
Row 32: (9sc, dec) times 2 (20)
Row 33-24: sc around, sl st to finish (20)

Do not stuff ears. Attach to head.



LEGS

Ch4
Row 1: 2sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next st, 4sc in next st, sc in next, 2sc in first ch, ss join (10)
Row 2: ch1, inc times 2, sc in next, inc 4 times, sc in next, inc times 2, sl st join (18)
Row 3: ch1, inc, sc in next, inc, sc in next 2, inc times 2, sc in next 4, inc times 2, sc in next 2, inc, sc in next, inc, sl st join (26)
Row 4: ch1, sc in first st, inc, sc in next , inc, sc in next 4, inc times 3, sc in next 4, inc times 3, sc in next 4, inc, sc in next, inc, sc in next, sl st join (36)
Row 5-7: ch1, sc around, sl st join (36)
Row 8: ch1, sc in next 10, hdc dec times 2, sc in next 8, hdc dec times 2, sc in next 10, ss join (32)
Row 9: ch1, sc around, sl st join (32)
Row 10: ch1, sc in next 9, dec times 3, sc in next 4, dec times 3, sc in next 7, sl st join (26)
Row 11: ch1, sc around, sl st join (26)
Row 12: ch1, sc in next 9, dec times 2, sc in next 4, dec times 2, sc in next 5, sl st join (22)
Row 13: ch1, sc in next 10, dec times 3, sc in next 7 (19)
Row 14: (no ch1, continue pattern in continuous round) 20sc in the round  (20)

Change color now.

Row 15-37: sc around, sl st to finish (20)

Stuff and sew to body.



ARMS

Row 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
Row 2: inc times 6 (12)
Row 3: (sc in next st, inc) repeat 6 times (18)
Row 4: (sc in next 2, inc) repeat 2 times, inc times 6, (sc in next 2, inc), repeat 2 times (28)
Row 5: sc in next 10, inc, sc in next 6, inc, sc in next 10 (30)
Row 6-8: sc around (30)
Row 9: sc in next 10, dec, sc in next 6, dec, sc in next 10 (28)
Row 10: sc in next 8, dec times 6, sc in next 8 (22)
Row 11: sc in next 4, dec times 3, sc in next 2, dec times 3, sc in next 4 (16)
Row 12: sc around (16)

Change color now.

Row 13-39: sc around, sl st to finish (16)

Stuff and sew to body.


TAIL

Row 1: 6sc in magic ring
Row 2: (sc, inc) times 3 (9)
Row 3-4: sc around (9)
Row 5: (2sc, inc) times 3 (12)
Row 6-8: sc around (12)
Row 9: (3sc, inc) times 3 (15)
Row 10: sc in next 2 st, sl st in next 5, sc in next 2, hdc in next 6 (15)
Row 11: sc around (15)
Row 12: sc in next 2, sl st in next 5, sc in next 2, hdc in next 6 (15)
Row 13: sc around (15)
Row 14: (4sc, inc) times 3 (18)
Row 15: sc around (18)
Row 16: sc in next 3, sl st in next 6, sc in next 3, hdc in next 6 (18)
Row 17-18: sc around (18)
Row 19: sc in next 3, sl st in next 6, sc in next 3, hdc in next 6 (18)
Row 20: sc around (18)
Row 21: (5sc, inc) times 3 (21)
Row 22-24: sc around, sl st to finish (21)









  
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Friday, April 27, 2018

New Journey in Watercolor

For a really long time I've wanted to learn to watercolor.  Something held me back, which, if I'm honest, was a bit of insecurity.  I've admired other's work, but didn't have the courage to try it myself.  Well, living here in the UK and all the beautiful scenery that is here and that comes from all our travels has inspired me to give it a go.  I was hesitant to put my firsts up to be scrutinized by others, but I've realized that there is a whole community of artists out there who are some beginners like me, but also other more seasoned artists who want to give encouragement and advice.  And I've found some strength in their words.  I admit my first attempts are rather child-like, but it didn't take long to start to get a feel for the paints and the water.  Not sure I've found my "style" yet, but it's coming. 

Here a few early ones and I'll continue to note my progress as I go along in this new and wonderful world I've stepped into!

These I call my mini skyscapes.  I was basically learning to blend the paints and the skies made that easy.






Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Venice Travel Photos

I day dreamed about visiting Venice and, so, had high expectations about what it would be like.  And, it was amazing...definitely a dream come true.  We did the usual touristy things, a gondola ride and tours of St. Marks Basilica and the Doge's Palace.  The tour group, Walks of Italy, is who we used and have had wonderful tours every time with them.  Their guides are very educated with lots of knowledge in history and the arts.


We meandered for hours along narrow streets and passageways sometimes running into a dead end at the canals.  Our hotel, the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, was across the Giudecca Canal in Giudecca so we had fabulous views looking toward Venice.  We also had incredible dinners on this side of the canal with an easy walk to access.  Water shuttles were provided by the hotel in order to get to the mainland, Venice.

I'm going to start including fewer pictures on the blog...highlight just a few special ones.  But, I'll give you a link to the full up file with all the trip photos so you can browse at your leisure.  You can find Venice, http://aimeecunninghamphotography.zenfolio.com/venice



St. Marks Basilica




 



Famous Bridge of Sighs



Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday Quote Freebie

Took this photo a while back when we first got to England.  It reminds me to always look for the good in all things.  Not everything is as it appears.  We need to be willing to look past the surface and see what lies beyond. 

Sometimes it's...

friendship in an unexpected person,
a better job after a door closes,
new experiences in places you never expected to be,
flowers after the rain,
a lesson in the storm of life.

May you see the "wish."  Enjoy this free download available here.


FREE QUOTE DOWNLOAD
HERE!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Skyline Art Work

Oh...wow!

I hadn't realized how I've neglected my art work.  I have been busy this past year creating some pen and ink.  Here are the skyline pieces I've finished since being here in the UK.  It all kind of started with the idea of Zentangle.  But Zentangle is hard for me as I'm an "in-the-lines" kind of gal so I started creating these that combine mandalas and Zentangle into fun skyline art of some of my favorite cities.  Downloadable prints are available here...Aimee's Shoppe.

LONDON

London was my first piece.  The idea was the sun shining over the city and the river currents flowing beneath it.

PARIS
Paris was depicted with more flowers as I loved Paris in the Springtime.

ST LOUIS
Our hometown back in the States...St. Louis.  The arch, of course, with fireworks setting off around it and the river flowing in front of it.

LOUISVILLE
Louisville was a commission for trade piece.  The idea was that the compass always leads you home.  The fleur de lis, I learned, is a symbol of the city. 

Available as Instant Downloads HERE!  @ Aimee's Shoppe

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