Yarn Treasures

Month: July 2014

Free Panda Sleep Mask Pattern

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Pandas are all the craze these days. I’ve been seeing them everywhere from piggy banks and stuffed animals to T-shirts and public art displays. I can see the allure with their adorable faces and unique coloring. When a friend posted this sleep mask found on Ebay I was inspired to make my own.

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It ended being pretty simple so I thought I would share the pattern with you all so you could make your own.

Materials:

  • Elastic band
  • Black felt
  • Black yarn ( I used Bernat Satin in ebony)
  • White or cream yarn (I used loops and threads impeccable in aran)
  • Backing fabric of your choice.
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook

Ch=chain
Sc=single crochet
Sl st = slip stitch

Mask (small)
Ch 25
R1: starting 2nd ch from the hook sc back across the chain and around the other side (48)
R2: sc, inc, sc 21, inc, sc, inc,sc 21, inc (52)
R3: sc, inc, sc 22, inc, sc, inc, sc 22, inc (56)
R4: sc 39, 6 sl st, sc 11 (56)
R5: sc 39, 6 sl st, sc 11 (56)
Fasten off and weave end.

The slip stitches should make the piece dip in for your nose. The side with the dips with be the bottom of your mask.

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image: Single crochet around a foundation chain.

Ears (make 2)
Ch 10
R1: Starting 2nd ch from the hook sc back across the chain and around the other side (18)
R2: sc,inc, sc 8, inc, sc, inc, sc 8, inc (22)
R3-5: sc 22
Fasten off leave tail to sew to mask

Attach both ears to the top side of the mask at either end.

Eyes (make 2)
Using the black felt cut out egg shaped eyes and sew or glue them onto the mask with the smaller end facing each other.

You could crochet black circles to use instead but I liked the flat look of the felt and the mixing of textures.

Backing
Cut out your fabric to fit on the back of your mask and sew or glue this to the mask. It will make for a softer feel against your face and help block out light.

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Lastly attach your elastic band to either side of the mask. If you don’t have elastic you could use yarn/ribbon and just tie in the back instead. I’m doing this until I can get to the store to buy some elastic.

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Voila all done.

This makes a pretty small mask but it can easily be altered to make a bigger mask. Simply start with a chain long enough to cover across your face and crochet around increasing at the ends on either side of the chain.

I hope you enjoy this simple pattern. An easy an fun project to make for kids especially. Please let me know if you find any mistakes. I’d love to see your project so feel free to send us pics at info @yarntreasures.com or post them on social media with #YTpandamask

Thanks for visiting!

Colorful birds free pattern

While I was yarn shopping at Michael’s I found the most beautiful color changing yarn by Red Heart. It’s part of their boutique line called Unforgettable. It’s a worsted weight yarn and is 100% acrylic though it feels super soft and almost like wool. My photos can’t really quite capture the true color but the yarn is almost iridescent and very bright. There were several colors to choose from and I couldn’t resist so I bought 3 different ones in the colors of Parrot, Dragonfly and Winery. Aren’t those pretty names for the colors? My only tip is that this yarn is very delicate. If you pull too hard the strand will literally fall apart so take care to be gentle while working this yarn.

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I wasn’t sure what I was going to make with the yarn but after some thought decided on some beautiful brightly colored birds. I’ve always been a big animal lover which is why amigurumi really appealed to me. I came up the with the simple pattern below and I’m happy to share it with you all. You can make it with any yarn you like in fact I plan on making a black bird with a colorful beak. I hope you enjoy. Please let me know what you think and if you make one of my birdies I’d love to see them! E-mail them to us at info@yarntreasures.com or post it on social media with #YTbirdies.

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Materials:

  • Yarn of your choice for the body, orange or yellow yarn for the beak
  • 9mm safety eyes
  • Embroidery needle
  • Stuffing
  • Recommended hook size 2.3mm or 2.5mm

Head
Magic circle with 6 sc
R1: Inc X6 (12)
R2: *sc 1, inc* x6 (18)
R3: *sc 2, inc* x6 (24)
R4: *sc 3, inc* x6 (30)
R5: *sc 4, inc* x6 (36)
R6: *sc 36 (36)
R7: *sc 5, inc* x6 (42)
R8-11: sc 42 (42)
R12: *sc 5, dec* x6 (36)
R13: *sc 4, dec* x6 (30)
R14: *sc 3, dec* x6 (24)
Place safety eyes toward the lower half of the head 10 stitches apart.
R15: *sc 2, dec* x6 (18)
R16: *sc 1, dec* x6 (12)
R17: dec x6 (6)
Fasten off and leave a long tail. String the long tail through to the top of the head and make a bow for the little feathers.

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Body
Magic circle with 7sc
R1: inc 7 (14)
R2: *sc 1, inc* x7 (21)
R3: *sc 2, inc* x7 (28)
R5: in back loops only sc 28 (28)

Note: This will help birdie sit better on his own but creating almost like a 90 degree angle. Since he will be very top heavy he’s not going to sit on his own very well. If you absolutely need him to balance and sit on his own I recommend filling the body section with some marbles or beans or something to keep it heavy during assembly.

R6-8: revert back to working in both loops
R9: *sc2, dec* x7 (21)
R10: *sc1, dec* x7 (14)
Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing

Beak
I use Red Heart’s Soft line in the color Tangerine. It’s my favorite orange yarn and I use it frequently for my tigers as well. It’s also super soft and the color is bright and iridescent not muted and dark like some of the others.

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You will create a foundation chain and crochet around it

Ch 5
R1: starting 2nd chain from the hook sc 4 continue around the other side sc 4
R2: sc,inc, sc 2 inc, sc, inc, sc 2, inc, sc
R3: sc around (14)
Wings (make 2)
Create a magic circle with 10sc but don’t close it up all the way. This should produce a U shape out of the stitches. Leave a tail for sewing

Tail
Ch 4,
R1: Second from the hook inc 3 (6)
R2: ch 1, turn *3dc, sl st* x3 this should create 3 scallops along the long end of the flap you just created. Weave the remaining tail back torward the beginning. You’ll be sewing the small end of the triangle to the body.

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Assembly:
Attach the beak to the head between the eyes.
Attach the body to the head
Attach the wings on either side half way down the body
Lastly attach the tail and voila. All done!

*Please note this pattern is intended for personal use only and may not be used for commercial purposes or claimed as your own. You may link to this pattern but please don’t copy the pattern and list it on your own page.

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