wor·sted[woos-tid, wur-stid] noun 1. firmly twisted yarn or thread spun from combed, stapled wool fibers of the same length, for weaving, knitting, etc. Compare woolen. 2. wool cloth woven from such yarns, having a hard, smooth surface and no nap.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Crochet Nativity Set (Part 2): Shepherds, Sheep, & Donkey

I know I promised this up and done by last fall, and I am really sorry I didn't follow through with it.  I have an excellent excuse, you know.  Between the last time I posted the part 1 of the Nativity, we moved from Utah to Oklahoma for a while, and then on to Tennessee with the Army.  Then last Halloween I had my 4th son.  So the last year and half, things have been a little crazy, to say the least.

But better late than never right??

(Note: You can find Part 1 of the Nativity Set: Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Angel, & Stable here!)


Crochet Nativity Set (Part 2):
Shepherds, Sheep, & Donkey

For the shepherds I used the same designer and writer (6ichthusfish) that made the earlier set.  You can find the pattern for the shepherds here:

My changes:

I did not make the finger puppet versions, and stuffed mine.  I also wanted to make them a little bigger than her designs and used a G hook.  Belt:  I really only liked chained only belt (brown one), going back on it with a sc made it thicker than I wanted (the green one).  If you prefer to do the sc, I suggest using a smaller hook.  I used the long beard pattern for the white one, and the short for the brown.  I haven't yet made a crook that I like, this one above is just a twist tie I did really quick.  I wanted to get the patterns up asap and haven't made it to Hobby Lobby yet.

That's it!

Now, her pattern design didn't include animals... but what Nativity is complete without the animals, right??

So for the last 2 years, I have searched for patterns for the animals that would preserve the integrity of the style of the Nativity characters I already made.  Most designs were too cartoon-like for what I wanted.  I thought of making my own, but I didn't know clue one about designing crochet animals.  This last month, though, I have been on bed rest with the pregnancy and I had time to learn the basics about crocheting dolls, and I learned so much, I was finally able to sit down and design the animals that had been floating around in my head these last couple years.  So here are my patterns, originals by me, Cat, for your private use.  If you choose to sell anything you make, please make sure you give credit to me and this website for your designs.  (Also don't forget to properly credit 6ichthusfish for her beautiful designs as well.)

Sheep Pattern for Nativity

Pattern and Design by Catherine Lang 2015 @ theworstedcrochetblog.blogspot.com 

You will need:

-F Hook (US) 3.75 mm
-4 Ply Yarn: white/off-white/OR ivory AND grey, black or brown -- or whatever colors you want to use.
-Soft stuffing

Special Stitches:

Magic Circle

Puff Stitch (ps)Yarn over (yo), insert the hook in the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook. In the same stitch, repeat the preceding step twice. Yarn over and draw the yarn through all 4 loops on the hook.

Ear Picot (ep): sc in next st, ch 3, ss in 3nd ch from hook.


dec: decrease = sc next 2 st together.
ep: ear picot (see special stitches)
inc: increase = 2 sc in next same stitch.
ps: puff stitch (see special stitches)
scbl:  single crochet in back loop ONLY.


Tip: since you are working in rounds, make sure you use a stitch marker so you don't lose count.


Make a magic circle.

Rnd #
1:  sc 6 in magic circle and pull tight. (6 st)
2:  sc 6. (6 st)
3:  (sc, inc) x3 (9 st)
4:  sc 2, ep, (inc) x3, ep, sc 2 (12 st)
5:  (inc) x2, scbl (work behind the ear), scbl, sc 5, scbl (work behind ear), scbl, inc. (15 st)

Switch to white or ivory (to make a smooth color change, check out this video tip!)


6:  scbl 7, (inc) x3, sc 5 (18 st)
7:  (hdc, ps) x9 (18 st)
8:  (sc 2, inc) x6 (24 st)
9:  (hdc, ps) x12 (24 st)
10:  (sc 2, dec) x9 (18 st)
11:  (hdc, ps) x9 (18 st)
12:  (sc, dec) x6 (12 st)  STUFF NOW!
13:  (dec) x6 (6 st)
14:  (dec) x3 to close off OR you can try this super cool close off method that I LOVE: click here!! (the tutorial is near the bottom of the page with pictures included)

Legs (Make 4)

Magic circle with 2nd color (non-white)

1:  sc 6 into circle and tighten (6 st)
2:  scbl 6 (6 st)
3:  sc 6 (6 st)

Fasten off leaving long tail to use to stitch on body.


With 2nd color, non-white, Magic circle and sc 6 and tighten circle.  Fasten off leaving tail to use to attach.

Finish off!!

Stitch on the parts by following the picture or how you would best like.

Donkey Pattern for Nativity

Pattern and Design by Catherine Lang 2015 @ theworstedcrochetblog.blogspot.com 

You will need:

-F Hook (US) 3.75 mm
-4 Ply Yarn: white/off-white/OR ivory, grey, black, and brown -- or whatever colors you want to use. -Soft stuffing

Special Stitches:

Magic Circle

Special Ear Picot (sep): sc in next st, ch 4, ss in 2nd ch from hook, sc 2 (down the ch), ss in front of bottom of the original sc before the ch -- see picture below for where to insert hook for the last ss:


dec: decrease = sc next 2 st together.
sep: special ear picot (see special stitches)
inc: increase = 2 sc in next same stitch.
scbl:  single crochet in back loop ONLY.
sc3tog: single crochet next 3 stitches together.


Tip: since you are working in rounds, make sure you use a stitch marker so you don't lose count.


Make a magic circle with white/ivory.

Rnd #
1: sc 6, pull circle closed tight (6 st)
2: sc 6 (6 st)
3: (sc, inc) x 3 (9 st)

Change to grey, (to make a smooth color change, check out this video tip!)

4: sc 3, (inc) x 3, sc 3 (12 st)
5: sc 3, (inc) x 6, sc 3 (18 st)
6: sc 18 (18 st)
7: (sc, dec) x 6 (12 st)
8: sc 4, sep, sc 3, sep, sc 3 (10 st + 2 ears = 12 st)
9: (dec) x2, scbl, ch 1 (work behind the ears), sc3tog, scbl, ch 1 (work behind the ear), dec, sc. (9 st) Start stuffing NOW -- and stuff the neck as you go along.

10: inc, sc 2, sc in ch sp, sc 2, sc in ch sp, sc, inc. (11 st)
11: (inc) x 2, sc 3, (dec) x 2, sc, inc. (12 st)
12: (sc, inc) x 2, sc, (dec) x 3, inc. (12 st)
13: sc 2, (inc) x 2, sc 7, inc (15 st)
14: sc 2, (inc) x 3, sc 2, (dec) x 3, sc 2 (15 st)
15: sc 3, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 4, dec, sc 2 (16 st)
16: sc 5, (inc) x 3,sc 5, dec, sc (18 st)
17: sc 18 (18 st)
18: sc 6, (inc) x 6, sc x 6 (24 st)
19-28 (10 rounds): sc 24 (24 st)
29: (sc x 3, dec) x 4, sc 4 (20 st)
30: sc 20 (20 st)
31: (sc 2, dec) x 5 (15 st)

Finish off stuffing body NOW!

32: (sc, dec) x 5, dec (10 st)
33: (dec) x 5 (5 st)
34: dec until sewn up to close off OR you can try this super cool close off method that I LOVE: click here!! (the tutorial is near the bottom of the page with pictures included)

Legs- Make 4

Magic circle with black yarn.

1: sc 6, tighten circle (6 st)
2: scbl 6 (6 st)
3: sc 6, (6 st)
Switch to grey yarn
4-8 (5 rounds): sc 6 (6 st)

Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing onto body later.


With grey yarn ch 7,  ss in 2nd ch from hook, ss 2, sc 3 (6 st)

Fasten off leaving a tail to attach to body.  Tie on black fringe on the bottom.  I do it the same way I do the mane: see bottom picture guide.



With brown yarn ch 25, ss in 13th ch from hook, ch 12, ss to first chain and fasten off.

Finishing Off

Attach the parts using my pictures as guides or however you want!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me @ nutsinanutshell(at)gmail(dot)com. Enjoy!!!


(Note: You can find Part 1 of the Nativity Set: Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Angel, & Stable here!)

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Minion hats! Nice ones... and Evil ones :)

Along with millions of other kids around the world, my kids are big Despicable Me fans... Including myself (nothing better than a movie they play repeatedly that doesn't bother me.. and still makes me chuckle!!) So, I made some hats. I started with the basic minions. Then, I received a request from a friend to make one that is more girly. So I made a female minion. Then I had no choice but to make an evil one to complete the set. So here they are! I have them available on my Etsy site at https://www.etsy.com/shop/AmysCrocheting. At the moment I do not have the evil one up yet, but I should by the end of today. With these hats, I have had several people order some for the kids.. then come back and order adult sizes for themselves. It has been really fun... especially when I find out how much the kids that receive them love them! They are high quality.. I put my all into every hat I make :)

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Crochet Nativity Set (Part One)

I am so excited to finally post about this project I have been doing this year.  The idea came from a fellow crocheter and blogger, Chelsea from A Chick w/ Sticks.  But of course, I really wanted to make it my own.
(I actually made 7 sets, but had already sent out 2 before I remembered to take pics!)

I made 7 Nativity Sets.  Well, they aren't complete YET.  Since I am making so many, I have scheduled this as a 3 year project.  This year, my family received these:

This basic set included:
Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Angel, and stable carrier case.

You can find the original patterns here:
Baby Jesus
Stable Carrier Case (Crocheted Cheche) {UPDATE!! If you have a hard time getting this, please email me: nutsinanutshell(at)gmail(dot)com and I will "help" you out.} 

And then I made my own adjustments:

For the figures, I didn't want finger puppets, and I wanted to make them bigger.  So I used a G hook, and then I used the stuffing option that the pattern gives.

Mary: I gave her some white trim.

Joseph: I used a darker green, and I added a belt for him.

Baby Jesus:  I made the baby with the smaller hook required in the pattern, I tried it with the G but the baby was WAY to big!  Then I made the manger from the magazine pattern -- but I made the straw a little more loopy.  AND the manger is reversible... so I can turn the straw in and put baby on top if I want.

Angel:  I didn't like the pattern wings -- I thought they looked more like a butterfly's.  So I designed my own.  I wanted them to look graceful and "falling".

Stable Carrier Case:  I actually made this a little bigger than the pattern asks for.  I also made the star bigger too.


This project is the first installment of a 3 year project.  This next year (2014) I will be adding the shepherds, some sheep (my own design), and a donkey (which will be my own design as well), and my family members will get to add them to their collections.

In 2015, I will be doing the 3 wise men, and a camel (again, will be my design).  I will be including the patterns for FREE on this site when I get them done so you will be able to add them to your own nativity sets... yay!


2015 UPDATES!!!!

The Nativity Part 2 is up!!!  It includes the links to the shepherds and my own patterns for FREE for the Donkey and the Sheep!!  Click here!!

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Cute Sock Monkey Hats

So I had to share my cute little sock monkey hats I made for my nephews. All I can say is that it's about time I got them done! Whew, sick kids will do that to your schedule. Lol.

These hats are so easy and fun to make.

The pattern is from our very own Cat! She wrote this pattern and used to sell it in her etsy site until she closed it. If you would like to purchase the pattern you can contact her through email at (nutsinanutshell(at)gmail(dot)com). Or if you want to purchase it I am selling them in my etsy shop here. I make them in all sizes, newborn to adult.

I made these with 100% Pure Wool for the majority of the hat. The wool was really easy to use. I had no problems with it. It went very smoothly following her pattern. I loved that there were so many options available in the pattern. I made identical hats so my 2 yr old nephew would steal his younger brother's hat. The pattern has different mouth options and ear flap sizes too.

I really enjoyed making these for my nephews. It was a lot of fun and I have another one on my list to make. My husband wants one to and I've been promising it for forever, it's about time I got it done!


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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Free E-Book!!

Ok so I had to share this awesome FREE e-book. There are so many great patterns in here!

"Winter Fashion for Toddlers + Baby Crochet Patterns"

These are just three of the nine patterns that are included in this book. You can get download it here.

There are sweaters, jackets, boots, hats, etc. A lot of super cute ideas and patterns! There are 40 pages in this e-book. Sweet deal! Don't wait, run on over and get your free book now. It's really easy to do. You enter your email address to sign up for the newsletter and it will start downloading. It's very easy to do and if you decide you don't want to get the emails you can unsubscribe. I love taking a look at the emails and seeing what crafts they have.

Enjoy! And if you do make something from the patterns we'd love to see pictures!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pumpkin Hat Pattern

This past week a friend of mine asked if I could make a pumpkin hat for her new little niece that is arriving next month. I was thinking about making the one from our blog.

If you recall it's this one.

You can find the pattern posted here. It's really cute and I thought it would be great for her. But the very next day I got an email with several crochet patterns, and there was this little cute newborn pumpkin hat. I just thought it would be so perfect, so I had to try it out. I love this one we have but I do love to try out new patterns, so I had to make it. I'm planning on doing a pattern review on it. I just have to buy more yarn! I used the last of it up giving the pattern a try. So look forward to the review coming, hopefully by early next week.

 You can find the pattern here. Here is a picture of their hat:

And here is mine:

I did change up the stem and vine color but kept to the orange. I just love how it turned out. I'm thinking of running over and trying it out on my new little niece. I think she'd just look so adorable in it. Also, if you are interested in it and aren't a crocheter, I am selling them at my Etsy site here.

If you try it out let us know how it went for you and send pictures!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New Season, New Projects!

Here we are again. It's October and time to get out all that winter gear. It was snowing last week at my family's house. Brrr... And here it's been in the 60-70s. Ahh, how nice. ; ) Lol, it is getting cold here too but hopefully not too fast. I'm enjoying the great weather.

So much has happened in the last few months. Cat has moved states. Amy and Cat both have started their own businesses. It feels like I'm the one that things are staying basically the same. Though I do have to brag that I have the cutest new niece. She was just born last week. Soo cute! I can't wait to get her into one of my hats. : )

Onto my latest projects. I have a list a mile long and I just can't get to anything during the late Spring/Summer. It's just crazy here and hey, it's hot. So making my little crocheted creations goes on the back burner. But now, it's Fall and cooling down to very nice temperatures. So without further ado I wanted to introduce my projects.

Halloween Fun Hat

We sponsored Cat's Summer Fitness Challenge at her other blog. This is the hat that I made for it. It's so festive, huh! It was a lot of fun to make. You can check out the challenge at her blog and the challenge here.

My other project is:

Utah State Aggie "Big Blue"

I have to admit I am not the creative one. I can use a pattern, I can make things and try them out, but I just am not creative. Cat is sooo creative. She created this pattern and has been making the USU Big Blue hat for a couple of years, but with her recent move and new business venture she just doesn't have time to make them. I bought her pattern a couple years ago and with her very gracious permission she is allowing me to make and sell them now. I wanted to add a little something, and that's where the pink Big Blue comes in. Every little girl I know loves pink. I wanted to give people options. Here are my infant Big Blue hats. (Adult hat pictures will be forthcoming, I just need to get to the store to get buttons!)

Honestly, what do you think?

Do you like the pink one? I really want an honest opinion and would love your response.

They are a lot of fun to make and I think they turned out really cute. If you would like one, I will be selling them in my Etsy shop. You can find both the Big Blue and the fishnet beanie here. Or you can contact Cat about purchasing the Big Blue pattern. Now onto the next pattern on my list!

What have you been wanting to make? Have you made anything new this year/season? Share pictures with us and we'd love to have a whole post about YOU, our fans and what you've been up to.

***Update: I finally was able to get the right buttons. Who knew it could be so hard to find the perfect one! Lol. Anyway, here's my adult sizes. 


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