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1  Cherry Blossom/Sakura necklace in Crochet: Completed Projects by meekssandygirl on: April 06, 2011 10:34:36 AM
It took me longer to write the pattern than to make the necklace Smiley

So here is my entry to the contest, a Japanese Sakura/Cherry Blossom necklace.

I hope you all like it!






PATTERN:

Cherry Blossom/Japanese Sakura Necklace

Finished length 19 inches, design size 6 x 3 inches

You will need:
Crochet hook size US C2/2.75 MM
Fingering weight yarn in: brown, light pink, medium pink, deep pink, celery green
small yarn needle
small sharp scissors
gel super glue (optional)

For toggle side, with brown:
ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook, 2 sc in each of 6 sc (12)
2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next st, 4 times (12 sc)
slip stitch in next chain,
chain 8, sc in 2nd chain from hook, 6 times (this gives you the length for the necklace, you can add another ch 8 sc in 2nd chain from hook, or you could take one of those out to increase the length or decrease the length as needed)
end off, leaving plenty of yarn for sewing onto center design.

For loop side, with brown:
ch 11, sc in 11th chain from hook (this makes the loop)
chain 8, sc in 2nd chain from hook, 6 times (this gives you the length for the necklace, you can add another ch 8 sc in 2nd chain from hook, or you could take one of those out to increase the length or decrease the length as needed)
end off, leaving plenty of yarn for sewing onto center design.

Center design, with brown:
(this is the top part of the center design)
Chain 14, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook, slip stitch in next 2 chains, do this 2 more times, then ch 11
(working back across this row, sc into each stitch (40 sc)
ch1, turn
slip stitch in first 4 sc,
(now working on smallest branch)
chain 7, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in last chain
Slip stitch into next 4 sc,
(medium size branch)
chain 9, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and in next 2 chains, chain 7, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in remaining 6 chains,
Slip stitch in next 4 sc
(small branch)
chain 7, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in last chain
Slip stitch into next 4 sc,
(large branch)
chain 15, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stich in next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in remaining 5 chains,
Slip stitch into next 4 sc,
(extra large branch)
chain 9, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and in next 2 chains, chain 12, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook, slip stitch in next 3 chains, chain 10, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in next 4 chains, slip stitch in next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in next 3 chains, slip stitch in remaining 5 chains.
Slip stitch into next 4 sc,
(large branch)
chain 15, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stich in next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in remaining 5 chains,
Slip stitch into next 4 sc,
(small branch)
chain 7, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in last chain
Slip stitch into next 4 sc,
(medium size branch)
chain 9, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and in next 2 chains, chain 7, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in remaining 6 chains,
Slip stitch in next 4 sc
(small branch)
chain 7, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in last chain
Slip stitch into last 4 sc,
end off.

Pink flowers

With light pink, ch 4, dc into 4th chain from hook, chain 3, slip stitch in same stitch as previous dc, (one petal made), chain 3, dc in same chain, chain 3, slip stitch in same chain, continue until there are 5 petals, end off, weave in yarn ends.
With medium pink (for the centers of the flowers), thread a small yarn needle, stick the needle in the flower from in front of the flower to the back and bring it back to the front again, leaving enough yarn on both ends, then tie in a knot (I knot it 2 times) cut yarn.

Leaves

With green, chain 6, hdc in 3rd chain from hook, hdc in next chain, sc in next chain, slip stitch in last chain, chain 2, slip stitch in same stitch, then working around end on underneath side, sc in next stitch, hdc in next stitch, hdc in last stitch, chain 1, slip stitch in same stitch, end off, weave in yarn ends.

Flower buds

With dark pink, ch 2, sc into 2nd chain from hook, chain 1, end off, leaving several inches of yarn on both ends. Take the 2 pieces of yarn and tie them together into a knot, the result will be a small bud, leave enough yarn for sewing onto necklace design.

Assembly, sew the toggle and loop strands onto the brown tree branch piece, one on each side. Glue (or sew, I prefer gel super glue) flowers randonly onto brown tree branch piece. Glue (or sew) leaves onto piece, sew flower buds onto brown tree branch piece.

Finished Smiley
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2  My mini mushroom house village! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by meekssandygirl on: April 05, 2011 06:57:34 PM
Someday I will make more of these because I can totally see them all together in a village scene, however I made them individually.

I made mushroom houses in the past on a much larger scale, 9 inches tall or so, but these are very small, only 2 1/2 inches tall at the most and 3 inches wide. They were sooooo much fun to make, I want to make more but as you all know, not enough time in the day right?

Anyways, here they are:

This one has a little pond with a lily pad, and a climbing pink rose bush up the side:

more views:

This one has an orange tree with a pink rose bush on the left side:

more views

This one has cute flowers with more shrubbery

More views

Lastly, this one has cute apple trees with a basket of apples

more views
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3  I want to say "Thank you Craftster!" [Crocheted Coral Necklace] in Crochet: Completed Projects by meekssandygirl on: September 15, 2010 03:25:28 PM
What for you ask?

For giving me the confidence to push myself artistically, for giving me encouragement when I needed it, and the desire to create things bigger, and better! Smiley

It all started out with a little mushroom house, and the rest for me is history Smiley

The support I have received here is incredible, and for that I am grateful, and so very thankful.

You see, recently I have been asked to design and make a line of products to be sold in the Smithsonian Institute in the National Natural History Museum in Washington DC. It is to reflect the upcoming exhibit about Hyperbolic Crocheted Coral Reefs.

I have some designs I've been working on, and I am still awaiting the official order from them, but even if it falls through, you all still gave me the encouragement to go out on a limb, to try new things, and to push myself.

Again, thank you so much Craftster, I owe it all to YOU!

These are proto-types, first necklaces:




And little 1 1/2 inch pins:



*UPDATE* October 4th, Here is the first order I'm sending to them tomorrow Smiley I spread everything out on my couch to take a picture before they were gone Smiley





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4  A Pumpkin House :) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by meekssandygirl on: August 04, 2010 08:49:32 AM
I haven't made a sculpture like this one in quite some time and got inspired the other day and decided to make it so Smiley

I wanted a fantasy "Cinderella" type pumpkin, maybe one day I'll actually make a Cinderella pumpkin carriage (my daughter has been watching this movie a lot lately, can you tell? lol!)

It is made from all recycled yarn, and it stands about 5 inches tall, 13 inches long and 9 inches wide.




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5  Eyeballs!! Muahahaha! in Crochet: Completed Projects by meekssandygirl on: July 08, 2010 10:46:14 AM
I'm in the gore mood again, been making some eyeballs LOL! I think the 3-d one would make a great pin, I think even the flat ones could be hair barrettes too Cheesy

Here are the 2 necklaces I made the other day:



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6  Summer drinks! in Crochet: Completed Projects by meekssandygirl on: June 30, 2010 05:03:15 PM
Inspired by the cool refreshing drinks of summer:

Root Beer Float:



Cherry Limeade (the blue blocks are ice cubes):



Lemonade:



And Kiwi Strawberry:

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7  A new crocheted sculpture: Pierrot Clown in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by meekssandygirl on: June 28, 2010 10:58:48 AM
I have always loved Pierrot clowns, and wanted to create something new that wasn't jewelry lol!

Made from cashmere yarn, a classic Pierrot clown frolicking on a light turquoise star covered ball. For the stars I used a silk yarn so they have a kind of metallic shimmer to them. Stands about 8 inches tall and 4-5 inches wide at the widest point.

Free formed the whole thing, getting the proportions correct was a little tricky Smiley



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8  It's been awhile! :) I have made tons of things in the past few months (Pic HEAV in Crochet: Completed Projects by meekssandygirl on: January 11, 2010 01:14:11 PM
Happy New Year everyone!! I have been so busy with my hook, I haven't posted in some time but I have lots to show for it Smiley

Been making some new necklaces in a slightly different design, and also made some classics as well:

My first try at a realistic looking lavender:



A different Daffodil design:



A delicate pansy:



Of course for Valentine's Day:



And I LOVE this design:



I made lotsa bracelets, things for the hair, tons of hats (my family loves me even more now lol!)

This cool scarf for my MIL (Jack Skellington):




Other scarves:






And many more, but I don't wanna make this post too big LOL!

Happy crocheting ya'll!


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9  Scary Halloween necklaces, and back to the pretty ones! :) in Crochet: Completed Projects by meekssandygirl on: October 21, 2009 05:20:58 PM
I have been super busy but have made some more necklaces, some gruesome ones, then back to some prettier ones:

First is the Vampire Bite necklace:



Then a bloody eyeball:



And Mistletoe for the adventurous ones Smiley  :



And my latest, a winter necklace with a white orchid, blue mum, and a green witch hazel bloom with brown leaves:

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10  Update: Christmas Candy and Snowflakes necklaces :) in Crochet: Completed Projects by meekssandygirl on: September 29, 2009 12:34:40 PM
With Halloween and the Christmas holidays in the near future, I have been inspired to go with these themes for some new designs Smiley

I wanna make a snowflake one, a snowman one, a turkey one, fall leaves one, gingerbread one, lol ..... Somebody stop me lol!

Whatcha think? Critiques are welcome Smiley











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