Boot Liners

Lately, it’s been snowing nearly every day. I have some nice boots, but they could use a little extra insulation. (Plus, these things are so cute.)

See? Snow. Brrrr...
See? Snow. Brrrr…

So, here is your basic recipe for boot liners:

ch=chain

Sc=single crochet

dc=double crochet

tc=triple/treble crochet

4Dc-Shell=4dc

6Dc-Shell=6dc

***Make sure you take notes on what you do for the first sock, so that you can replicate your work on the second, and they’ll fit the same. You’ll want to try these on periodically, to be sure yo’ll have the right fit.

1) Get a pair of socks that fits you well. I’d recommend some ankle socks, preferably ones that aren’t too thin. Since these are a bout to be made into something completely different, don’t use ones you’ll miss as normal socks. Pick out some yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver; just use something you won’t miss, the feel of it isn’t too much of an issue, though I wouldn’t use twine.)

2) Get a small-ish crochet hook (I used a G hook), and just push the hook through the weave of the sock, in order to add 1 round of sc to the top edge of the sock. Make sure to stretch out the sock as much as possible while you do this, so that the crocheted work has the right amount of give. Stretching it also opens up the weave of the sock’s fabric a bit for you to get the hook in.

3) After 1 round of sc, skip 3 between each 4dc-shell. Join rounds with 1 sl, and ch2 to make up the first dc of the next round. (For me, 1 round=11 shells) In each of the following rounds, make 1 4dc-shell between each of the previous round’s shells.

4) Continue using 4-dc shells until the curve in your calf, ( For me, this was at 10 rounds) then change to 6-dc shells. You shouldn’t need to increase the amount of shells. Continue using 6dc-shells until your boot liners have reached the height you want. This depends on what boots you have, or a matter of preference, but I stopped mine at 18 rounds of shells. Whenever you’re ready to finish off, all you have to do is end at the completion of a round, sl the round closed, and cut the work from your yarn. Then, just weave in the tails.

Ta-daa! A sock, plus a crocheted liner for the boots of your choice. :)
Ta-daa! A sock, plus a crocheted liner for the boots of your choice. 🙂
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Crafting for two <3

So, between making stuff for me (since the weather is getting pretty cold), making stuff for the upcoming baby, and the holidays, I completely neglected to blog about any of the stuff I’ve been doing.

See? I made stuff.
See? I made stuff.

 

We begin with the burp cloth! (That’s the rectangle on the bottom, there.)

Burp Cloth:

  • J hook, Sugar ‘N Cream cotton
  • ch 31, turn and hdc in 2nd from hook, hdc 13 rows, go around the edge with 2dc “shells”, doing 2 of then in each corner to keep flat. Cut & weave in.

Newborn Shell Beanie:

sl=slip stitch, ch=chain, dc=double crochet, tc=treble/triple crochet

1 “shell”=4 of either dc or tc.

G hook, 2 strands of unknown fluffy purple yarn (it was a gift from someone else’s yarn stash, sans labels… 2 strands equals about the same thickness of your regular Red Heart Supersaver, not including the fluff halo.)

  1. magic circle, dc 12, join with 1 sl.
  2. dc 6 shells, doing one in every other stitch. Join with 1 sl.
  3. ch 2 for the first dc in the shell, shell 12 total. Join with 1 sl.
  4. ch 3, tc 12 shells. Join with 1 sl.
  5. ch 3, tc 12 shells. Join with 1 sl.
  6. ch 3, tc 12 shells. Join with 1 sl.
  7. ch 3, tc 12 shells. Join with 1 sl.
  8. ch 3, tc 12 shells. Join with 1 sl. cut off, weave in ends.

And now,

THE DRAGON!

Dunn dun DUNNNNN!

Dunn dun DUNNNNN!

Isn’t it the cutest. I love this thing. All I did with this adorable beastie was:

  1. draw out a silhouette of your basic long-necked dinosaur (whether you call them brontosaurus or brachiosaurus)
  2. cut out 2 of this shape in fleece. (make sure the neck isn’t thinner than 1&1/2 inches, mine was tough to turn out)
  3. draw a symmetrical leaf-shape (the kind that’s pointed on both ends) that reaches in length from the breastbone of your “dino” to the base of its tail, from tip to tip.
  4. Then, trace the shape of the legs, and add the silhouette to the leaf shape.  You should end up with a leaf with 4 nubbins sticking out. Once you have your leggy leaf shape, cut out 1 of the fleece. *I can’t really provide a link for this one, obviously.*
  5. draw a bat wing shape, and cut out 4 of these from the fleece.
  6. stack up your wing shapes in pairs. Sew the tops together (you know, the sides with only one point?) and keep as close to the edge as possible. When you get to the end, just sew right of the edge. Start again at the central point of the wing, and sew a line from there to the tips of the serrations in the wings. This should give the effect of the ribs of batlike wings. If necessary, go over these lines more than once.
  7. Trim the fabric as close to your wings’ “ribs” as possible.
  8. Sew the “dino” shapes together, starting at the point on its breastbone, where the leaf shape will go, and up the front of its neck, around the head down the spine. When you get to where you want the wings to go, insert both of the completed wings directly into the seam, serrations toward the tail, and sew them into the back seam of the “dino” pieces. *You may need to go slowly here, depending on your machine’s strength, just make sure you keep the wings where they should be.*
  9. Finish sewing the “dino” shapes together, down to the point under the base of the tail that you’ve started the leaf shape at. *it helps to put a pin at these spots, so you don’t forget where it is*
  10. Sew the leaf shape to the almost all the inside of the legs and belly, leaving a space (preferably on one of the belly seams) to turn it all right-side-out. *Make sure to line up the right legs with the ones you traced, so they match up correctly.*
  11. Once you have the dragon right side out,  make sure you’ve poked out all the legs, tail, and nose as they should go. (It helps to use a chopstick or the end of a thicker crochet hook in order to get these right.)
  12. Stuff the beast! You may want to use a chopstick to get the stuffing down into the smaller spaces.
  13. Once you have it stuffed (it should look like it’s almost overstuffed), hand-sew the opening in its belly closed.
  14. Embroider eyes, or sew on buttons for its eyes.
  15. For the spine scallops, blanket stitch along the spine seam, from the crown of its head almost to the end of its tail.
  16. Then, crochet shells of 4 dc each, with 1 sc between each shell, in the structure provided by the blanket stitches. I used crochet thread, and a D hook.
  17. Enjoy your cuddly new monstrosity! 😀
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