Crochet Acorns and Felted Pumpkin Bowls : A Tutorial
You may have noticed these little things on the thanksgiving table from last weekend. I wanted to share with you how to make them before my american friends have their celebration next month. These little acorns use up scrap sock yarn and you can make up a bunch of them in a very short time. Warning you might find making these to be more than a little addictive.
Materials : small amounts of sock yarn , a crochet hook ( I used a size 5 american) , acorn caps , some roving or other stuffing material and a glue gun .
Step 1: Start by making a chain of 5 stitches and join to make a very small circle. Make a single crochet in every stitch of the chain circle, five total to make the first row. Now for the second round make 2 single crochet stitches in every stitch , thus doubling the number of stitches to 10 at the end of this row. Continue now on these 10 stitches for at least four more rows or until you have reached the desired height for your acorn. Remember not all acorns are created with the same dimensions. You should at this point have a very small crocheted bowl .
Step 2: Stuff the acorns with a little wool roving or other suitable stuffing.
Step 3: With your glue gun place a small amount of hot glue on the inside of an acorn cap and then gently press it onto a stuffed acorn.
Wasn't that easy :) I bet you can't just make one.
Now for the knitted and felted small pumpkin bowls. They make wonderful little treat holders . I made these last year for thanksgiving so I don't have all the photographs along the way to making them. This was way pre blog . I am sure you will be able to follow along without them.
Materials: orange feltable wool ( I used lamb's pride), a set of 4 size 6 double pointed needles, a darning needle , access to a washing machine or hot soapy water for felting, green felt for leaves, cotton twill tape and stamping pad with letter stamps ( optional) , fabric covered buttons ( you can substitute any button here ).
Step 1 . Cast on 24 stitches on three needles , divided evenly . Knit in the round for about 6 rows. Next row begin your decreases.* Knit 2 , knit 2 stitches together *, repeat this until the round is done. Knit one row plain. *Knit 1, knit 2 stitches together* repeat this until the round is done. Knit one row plain. Knit 2 together all around. You should have 6 stitches left. Knit 2 together all around , then you will have only three stitches one on each needle. Cut the yarn and thread it on a yarn needle. Pull it through all the three stitches gathering them up . Sew both end of yarn in.
Step 2: Make as many little bowls as you want and then throw them in a hot washing machine with a little bit of wool soap. This will felt the wool and make it firmer.
Step 3: I dried the little bowls using apples to mold the shape.
I didn't have a picture of the small bowl's before felting but here is one of a larger version.
Step 4. Cut a leaf out of felt or fabric . Sew a piece of twill tape onto the leaf with the letters spelling thanks stamped on if you so desire. Attach a covered or plain button from your stash. It is really fun to make your own fabric covered buttons. I used some japanese fabric with owls .
You can fill these little felted pumpkins with treats for your friends and family.
On the topic of felt I , my lazy girl's guide to felting rocks was posted on the apartment therapy blog today ( thanks ) but I was reading through the comments and there seem to be not very many warm fuzzy felt lovers amongst them . I mean " sheep torture " , come on people. I know it is a full moon , maybe that might explain some of it. If you have a chance read the comments and leave one of your own if you like. What is really funny is that I ( the girl who has nothing better to do) felted a whole new pile of rocks with my daughter on the weekend with some amazing merino roving sent by my dear friend Maria who was in Canada with her husband for a few weeks. It is the same beautiful wool that she uses to make her jewelry. The stones are fantastic and I have a very special project in mind for them but only after I have had some fun taking pictures of them. Stay tuned:)