Crochet Christmas gifts were next on my list – and after I got the fairy to a point where I was happy with her I starting thinking about Christmas and what I was going to make for my daughter, Heather, and my granddaughters – Rebecca, Jordyn, and Hailey – time was running out and I needed to get busy!

When the girls had been up at the end of June, we talked about what they would like for Christmas that I could crochet for them.

Rebecca said she would like a monkey, Jordyn and Hailey were more undecided.  Hailey finally said that she though she would like an owl and Jordyn said that she would like one as well (although I think Jordyn just went along with that because she just didn’t know – which is what she said repeatedly).

So off I went in search of a crochet monkey pattern, and finally decided to use a pattern that I found on a website called All Free Crochet for a hanging monkey.   Rebecca turned 15 in September, so I knew that anything that I made for her, she wasn’t going to “play with” that it would be more of a decorative item in her bedroom than anything else.

I wasn’t really happy with the monkey from his original picture, mainly because it was just too dark, so I thought with some modifications and some lighter colored yarns he’d turn out to be pretty cute.  The finished size of the Monkey is 36″ from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet.  Unfortunately, the picture of the monkey in the hanging position is too dark.  But the one of the monkey sitting is much better – and I couldn’t help but think that this is a somewhat typical teenage attitude and look!

hanging crochet monkeysitting monkey

Next, was a search for something for Jordyn, who has always been into horses and unicorns.  So when I found this Unicorn pattern on Ravelry, I knew this was going to be her gift! The unicorn is 10″ tall, in a sitting position, to the top of his horn.  I just love this pattern and the finished unicorn and will be making more of them.

finished unicorn

For Heather, I decided to make her a double-wrap infinity crochet cowl – another pattern that I found on Ravelry and dress it up with a couple of crocheted leaves that I found on Pinterest.  The pattern for the leaves was a charted pattern and any written instructions were written in Russian!  I am NOT good at reading charted patterns – even when I can enlarge the picture on my iPad – but all in all I was very happy with both the cowl and the leaves and would make both again.  I decided not to attach the leaves, but rather pin them on with a safety pin so they could be moved around or left off entirely.

cowl-two

Poor Hailey, hers was the last gift to make.  I know she wanted an owl – but all of the crochet owl patterns I had found up to this point were so small – less than 6″ tall – and I didn’t want her to feel that she received the littlest gift.  I finally found the cutest pattern for a crocheted bunny called Simpleton the Rabbit – unfortunately there was something wrong with the pattern and the finished bunny looked nothing like the one pictured.  I was so disappointed that I never even took a final picture of him!  I could of sworn I took pictures from my iPad – but they aren’t there!  I must have deleted them – silly me.

bunny

He was kinda cute when he was all finished though.

 

Nancy Smyth

Hi, I'm Nancy I'm a yarn addict, number cruncher/bookkeeper, and software developer. Strange combination right? I get the same feeling of joy when working with high quality yarns that I do when a column of numbers are all neatly aligned and add up properly.

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