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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Snow, cacti and flamingoes


I think I went a little stir crazy this week after three days at home after all the snow. Probably just the same as normal really! We had quite a bit of snow here in Norfolk, the buses stopped running and postman didn't come for three days. It was quite exciting when all my yarn deliveries arrived at once on Saturday morning. Anyhow there I was converting my little bunny wabbit pattern into an egg cosy and suddenly I thought why not make a cactus egg cosy, then one became three and here they are.
Made with Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK from Lovecrochet. Hope you like them.




You will need:
3.5mm/4mm crochet hook depending on your tension and the size of your eggs
50g ball green DK cotton yarn (I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Lime Green, Spearmint Green and Grass Green)
A small amount of bright cotton yarn for the edging and flower, together with a small amount yellow for the centre (I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Bubblegum Pink, Lipstick Pink, Bright Peach, Buttercup Yellow and Daffodil Yellow)
Yarn needle 

This pattern is written in UK terms (1dc is equivalent to 1sc in US terms)
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
dc - double crochet
dec - decrease (dc two together)
tr – treble
tr2tog – tr two together (Yarn over hook (yoh), insert hook through first stitch, yoh, pullthrough, yoh and pull through first two loops leaving two loops on hook. Yoh, insert hook through same stitch, yoh, pull through, yoh and pull through first two loops leaving three loops on hook. Yoh pull through all three loops) 

Basic Cactus Cosy
Work in continuous rounds throughout unless stated
Using green, ch 2
Round 1: 6dc in second chain from hook (6)
Round 2: 2dc in each st around (12)
Round 3: (dc, 2 dc in next st) six times (18)
Round 4 to 5: 18dc
Round 6: (2dc, 2dc in next st) six times (24)
Round 7 to 12: 24dc
Edging: Join contrasting colour, * dc, then make an extended dc into row below, repeat from * to end, sl st to first dc.
Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Flower
Using flower colour, ch 3, tr2tog in third chain from hook, ch 2, sl st into centre, * ch 2, tr2tog, ch 2, sl st into centre, repeat from * till 5 petals made.
Fasten off leaving a long thread to attach to cactus.
Using yarn needle and yellow yarn make three loops in centre of flower.
Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Saguaro
Make the basic cosy, a flower and arm as follows:
Using green, ch 2
Round 1: 6dc in second chain from hook (6)
Round 2: 2 dc in each st around (12)
Round 3: (dc, 2 dc in next st) six times (18) 

To form top of arm
Round 4: Miss 9 sts, 9dc around (9)
Round 5: 9dc
Round 6: 9dc
Round 7: (dc, dec in next st) three times (6)
Fasten off and weave in ends. 

To form bottom of arm
Round 4:Join yarn to first unworked st on Round 3, 9dc around
Round 5: 9dc
Fasten off leaving a long thread to attach to cosy.Stuff arm. 

Prickly Pear
Make the basic cosy, a flower and the following two pieces:
Middle
Using green. ch 2
Round 1: 6dc in second chain from hook (6)
Round 2: (dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (9)
Round 3: (2dc, 2dc in next st) three times (12)
Round 4: (3dc, 2dc in next st) three times (15)
Round 5: 15dc
Round 6: (3dc, dec) three times (12)
Round 7: (2dc, dec) three times (9)
Round 8: (dc, dec) three times (6)
Fasten off leaving a long thread to attach to cosy.
Stuff lightly. 

Top
Using green, ch 2
Round 1: 6dc in second chain from hook (6)
Round 2: (dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (9)
Round 3: (2dc, 2 dc in next st) three times (12)
Round 4: 12dc
Round 5: (2dc, dec) three times (9)
Round 6: (dc, dec) three times (6)
Fasten off leaving a long thread to attach to middle
Stuff lightly. 

To Finish
Sew pieces together using picture as a guide.



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Thanks Flo and Dot

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