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Topic: Pocket Ricewarmers **Free Pattern!** Happy New Year!  (Read 5410 times)
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« on: January 01, 2010 11:01:45 AM »







Happy New Year, everyone!  My parents have a New Years Day family party instead of a Christmas party--(because December is just too busy) and we have a little treasure chest that we put little gifts in for the kids.  This is my contribution this year for my youngest. Her pockets are smaller, but these ricewarmers should fit snugly inside of a regular coat pocket for those cold winter days.

Here's the pattern!

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Sport weight yarnI used red Heart Sport for the hamster, and baby yarn for the frog. 
Size E crochet hook
1 size small (6-10 ) girls bobby sock
jasmine rice or whatever rice you have on hand
All details must be embroidered on. DO NOT USE SAFETY EYES FOR THIS PROJECT!! They will melt!  Plus the metal backs wont do so well in the microwave, either.

Start with the filling: Fill the sock with about 5 of rice, then sew twice across the sock opening at about the 6 line. Cut off the excess sock at top.  Set aside.

Cover
1.  ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
2. (2 sc in each sc) around (12 sc)
3. (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around (18 sc)
4. (sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around (24 sc)
5. (sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around (30 sc)
6. (sc in each sc) around (30 sc)
7. Repeat row 6 until you have a cover long enough to fit the entire sock. If you are making a hamster, make 9 rows of white, then switch colors and continue with the next color until you have a cover long enough to fit the entire sock.  Keep checking by placing the sock inside the cover as you go.  Leave the sock in place for the next step.
8. in back loops only, (sc in next 3 sc, decrease over 2 sc) around (24 sc)
9. in both loops again, (sc in next 2 sc, decrease over 2 sc) around (18 sc)
10. (sc in next sc, decrease over 2 sc) around (12 sc)
11. (decrease over 2 sc) around (6 sc)
12. sl st in next st, finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
13. Whipstitch opening closed, hide end.

Ears/Eyes (make 2)
1. ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
2. (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc ) around (9 sc)
3-4. (sc in each sc) around (9 sc)
5. sl st in next st, finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
6. flatten and pin the Ears/Eyes to top of head and sew in place.

Arms/Legs (make 4)
1. ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
2. (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc ) around (9 sc)
3-6. (sc in each sc) around (9 sc)
7. sl st in next st, finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
8. Stuff the arms/legs with scraps of yarn. Press the opening flat and whipstitch closed across the top.
9. Sew the arms to the sides and the legs along the back loop only row at the bottom.  Hide ends.

Add embroidered details.
Microwave on high for about 1 minute. Times may vary depending on microwaves.  Never warm them for more than 90 seconds, to avoid burns.

You can make other animals by changing the colors or adding other small details.  You can also use this pattern to make plain beanie dolls using the plastic filler beads if you don't plan to microwave them.  Have fun!
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2010 11:53:24 AM »

What a great pattern, thank you so much!
I can see how it can be adapted very easily to make other animals.
Thanks again!
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2010 01:33:42 PM »

These are adorable!  Thanks so much for the pattern!!

We have a neck warmer filled with lentils like these.  My kids fight over sleeping with it-- now I can surprise them with their own little creatures!
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2010 05:11:15 PM »

these are so cute!! thank you so much for the pattern  Smiley

i have a couple of leftover xmas presents for people im seeing in the new year, and these are absolutely perfect. can i ask tho - if i use normal rice, is it easy to heat up? im totally new to figuring out what goes inside a handwarmer, and am intrigued by using rice!
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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2010 07:15:23 PM »

Normal rice is fine--Jasmine rice just smells nice. Smiley 
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2010 12:02:55 PM »

love, love, love!  I'm definitely have to whip up a few.  Kiss Thank you so much for the pattern!
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2010 10:39:07 AM »

I think this wins next small project for me!  I might even have to make some for my boyfriend- he works on the train- so lots of being outside in the wicked cold.  If I can figure out a way to embroider his favorite team on a shirt on the critter, he just may carry them!
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2010 10:48:10 AM »

My fiance's family (hunters and farmers) makes small bags out of deer corn that you heat up and use to warm yourself, but these are so much cuter! I bet you could use deer corn with these too, maybe making them a bit bigger. Perhaps I can start a new trend in the family with these little guys. Thanks for the idea and the tutorial!
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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2010 11:00:32 AM »

Thanks so much for the pattern!  This is such a great idea, I know I will be making so many of these, thanks again  Smiley
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Le Mieux
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2010 04:25:58 AM »

say hello to......well, at the mo his name is "beanbagbear"  Cheesy  i made him for my bro's girlfriend - sorry for the bad pic quality, i had to send it out this morning so only got a quick pic last night.

the instructions were so easy to follow - thank you so much!! i can see this isnt going to be my last....

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