Crochet yourself into a kitten

Just in case you’re in the need for a last minute costume or want to get a head start for next year, check out these cute crocheted kitty ears!

Supplies:
1 Skein No. 312 Black.
Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9].
Yarn needle, plastic headband.

Size:
Ears measure approx 2.5″ high.

Gauge/tension:
14 sts = 4″; 8 rows = 4″ in sc. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Instructions:
Ear (Make 4): Ch 8.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 7 sc.
Rows 2 and 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Row 4: Ch 1; draw up a lp in each of next 2 sc, yarn over and draw through all 3 lps on hook – sc2tog made; sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog over last 2 sc; turn – 5 sc.
Row 5: Rep Row 2.
Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next sc, sc2tog; turn – 3 sc.
Row 7: Rep Row 2.
Row 8: Ch 1, draw up a lp in each of next 3 sc, yarn over and draw through all 4 lps on hook. Fasten off.

Finishing: Sew 2 ears together along the 2 shaped sides leaving bottom open. Repeat with other 2 ears. Checking placement, sew bottom of ears to headband. Weave in ends.

Nordstrom’s is helping one stitch at a time

This inspiring story is about Krochet Kids, a hats and accessories company, that has partnered up with Nordstrom to help support women in Uganda. Not only are they giving women in need a wonderful opportunity to help their families, but also Nordstrom customers a way to give back!

Kohl Crecelius learned to crochet from his older brother and then taught his friends Travis Hartanov and Stewart Ramsey; the three guys sold their hats to their fellow high school students. Together, they became the “Krochet Kids.”

In 2007, Kohl, Travis and Stewart founded Krochet Kids International (KKi), a non-profit organization working with a growing number of women in war-torn, northern Uganda to create a collection of men’s and women’s crochets hats and fashion accessories. More than 85 women in Uganda are employed to create the hats, earning fair wages, training and education so they can provide for their families and begin planning for a better future.
The right fit

“Krochet Kids is a perfect fit for Nordstrom because it’s a great quality product, it’s fun and all of the proceeds go to help the women in Uganda,” said Janae Schain, assistant buyer, B.P. Accessories. “It looks amazing and you’re giving back.”

KKi believes in quality, handmade products that bring comfort and style while serving as a vehicle for social change. Introduced to a select number of Nordstrom stores in October 2010, the Krochet Kids hats were popular with customers and the product soon sold out.

“When customers hear the story behind the product, they fall in love with it,” said Janae.
Buy a hat. Change a life.

Each hand-crocheted hat features a label that is personally signed by the woman who made it. Customers can learn the woman’s story and thank her through the Krochet Kids website. That personal contact is soon going to be even more accessible.

“This year’s new line of hats will have smart phone tags sewn in the labels which will take you directly to the website so you can write a thank you note to the woman who made the hat,” said Janae.

The purchase of crocheted hats and accessories helps KKi sustain and grow current job and income programs as well as empower future generations through education.

“The cooperation of our staff in America and artists in Northern Uganda has created a sustainable cycle of employment and empowerment,” said Kohl Crecelius, CEO and co-founder.

Crocheting a place for your treats!

Still trying to think of creative costume ideas? Well while you still have some time for that, it might be a good idea to try crocheting a cute bag to carry all of your treats in on the big night! This adorable bag designed by Cylinda Mathews would be great for anything you wanted to bring with you, including candy, party favors or even just make it a part of your costume!

Materials:
1 Skein worsted weight yarn (Black)
Sm amt worsted weight yarn (Orange, White)
Crochet hook, size F

Finishing Materials:
2 (1/4″) plastic eyes
Glue
Tapestry needle

Finished Size: 10″ T x 7 1/4″ W
Gauge: 2 rows of V sts = 1″

Skill Level: Medium

Special Stitches:
Beg V St: (Ch 5, dc) in indicated st.

V St: (dc, ch 2, dc) in indicated st.

Dc Dec: (yo, insert hook in next st, pull up a lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook) 3 times, yo, draw through last 4 lps on hook to complete the st.

Bag: (Using Black)

Rnd 1) Ch 31; (2 sc) in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 28 ch, (2 sc) in last ch, working up opposite side of foundation ch in free lps, sc in next 28 sc; join with a sl st in first sc: 60 sc.

Rnd 2) Ch 1, sc in joining; * sc in next sc; rep from * around; join with a sl st in first sc: 60 sc.

Rnd 3) Ch 3 (counts as first dc); * dc in next sc; rep from * around; join with a sl st to first dc: 60 dc.

Rnd 4) Ch 3; * dc in next dc; rep from * around; join with a sl st to first dc: 60 dc.

Rnd 5) Beg V st in joining see special sts), sk next 2 dc; * V st in next dc see special sts, sk next 2 dc; rep from * around; join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 5: 20 V sts.

Rnds 6-16) Sl st in next sp; Beg V st in same sp; * V st in next V st sp; rep from * around; join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 5: 20 V sts.

Rnd 17) Ch 3, dc in next sp, dc in next dc of V st; * dc in next dc of V st, dc in next sp, dc in next dc of V st; rep from * around; join with a sl st to first dc: 60 dc.

Rnd 18) Ch 3; dc in next 9 dc, ch 14, sk next 14 dc (creating handle), dc in next 16 dc, ch 14, sk next 14 dc (creating opposite handle), dc in last 6 dc; join with a sl st to first dc: 32 dc.

Rnd 19) Ch 3, dc in next 9 dc, dc in next 14 ch, dc in next 16 dc, dc in next 14 ch, dc in last 6 dc; join with a sl st to first dc: 60 dc. Fasten off, secure ends.

Handle Edging: (Optional) (Using orange) (Make 2)

Join orange yarn to first unworked dc on bottom edge of handle with a sl st; working across the bottom edge of handle, sl st in next 13 dc, sl st over dc post on rnd 18, sl st in next 14 dc working on opposite side of ch in free lps directly across from each dc worked on rnd 19, sl st over dc post on opposite side of handle; join with a slist in first st. Fasten off, secure ends.

Ghost: (Using white)

Rnd 1) Starting with head: ch 4; (13 dc) in 4th ch from hook (first 3 chs skipped count as first dc; join with a sl st to first dc: 14 dc.

Row 1) Shoulders: ch 1; (5 sc) in joining: 5 sc.

Row 2) Ch 2, turn work; (3 sc) in first st, sc in next 3 sc, (3 sc) in last sc: 9 sc.

Row 3) Ch 2, turn work; (2 sc) in first st, sc in next 7 sc, (2 sc) in last sc: 11 sc.

Row 4) Body: ch 1, turn work, sl st in first 4 sc; ch 3, (2 dc) in same st, dc in next dc, dc dec over next 3 dc see special sts, leaving last 3 sc unworked: 5 sts.

Row 5) Ch 2, turn work; dc dec over next 2 sts (beg 3 dc dec made), dc in next dc, (3 dc) in last st: 5 sts.

Row 6) Ch 3, turn work; (2 dc) in first st, dc in next dc, dc dec over next 3 sts: 5 sts.

Row 7) Ch 3, turn work; (2 dc) in first st, dc in next st, dc decr over last 3 sts: 5 sts.

Row 8 ) Ch 2, turn work; dc dec over next 2 sts, dc in next dc, (2 dc) in last st: 4 sts.

Row 9) Ch 2, turn work; dc dec over next 2 sts, (2 dc) in last st: 3 sts.

Row 10) Ch 2, turn work; dc dec over last 2 sts: 1 st. Fasten off, secure ends.

Finishing:

Attach ghost to front of bag by clipping two lengths of orange yarn. Tie one length around the ghost, just below the head, through the bag. Tie into a bow at center front under head. Tie the 2nd length around the tail of ghost,working the length through the bag. Tie into a bow at center front. Glue eyes to face of ghost.

So many things to Knit in October!

With Halloween to look forward to at the end of this month, we thought it would be fun to give everyone from beginners to experienced knitters and crocheters some fun ideas to work on! Our first project is a knit ghost, perfect for a fun Halloween decoration!

This knit ghost is really easy to work up on three double-pointed needles. Use a few as decoration on your dining room or entry way table, hang a couple from the light fixtures, hang it on a string around your kid’s bedroom door, or use it as a zipper pull on your purse or backpack.

To make this a hanging project instead of a sitting project like you see, leave an extra-long tail when you cast on. After you close up the top of the head and the neck, bring the yarn back out through the top of the head and use it to hang the ghost.

Materials:

about 7 yards white acrylic worsted weight yarn
a scrap of black acrylic worsted weight yarn
three size 6 US double-pointed needles
scissors
yarn needle
two cotton balls or a small amount of fiberfil.

Gauge

5.5 stitches and 6 rows per inch knit in the round. Gauge is not critical.
Size

Finished size is four inches tall.
Instructions:

Cast on 10 stitches.
Distribute evenly on two double-pointed needles. Join in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a marker to mark the end of the round if desired.
Knit for one inch.
On the next row, knit one, *yarn over, knit two together. Repeat from * to the last stitch, knit one.
Knit in the front and back of each stitch; 20 stitches total.
Knit the next two rows.
Knit in the front and back of each stitch; 40 stitches.
Knit every round until piece measure 4 inches.
Bind off.
Cut thread.

Finishing:

To finish the ghost’s face, knit on two eyes using the duplicate stitch technique.
Thread the cast-on yarn tail onto a yarn needle. Weave the needle through the cast on edge. Pull tight until the top closes up.
Stick a couple of cotton balls or a bit of fiberfill into the head of the ghost.
Use the cast-on tail to weave in and out of the yarn over holes at the base of the head. Pull tight. Weave in the end or pull back through the top of the head to hang.
Weave in the bind-off yarn end and enjoy!