Making Hot Pads To Go With My Chickens

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Or they could be table mats, place mats, pot holders, dish cloths…

The chickens can stand alone but I thought they would look nicer sitting on top of something. So, I created these mats. They are double-sided, nice and thick. I played around with the design, had a few flops, but finally got it to match up with the design in my head.

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The hot pad is my own design. (Chicken potholder pattern is in Gooseberry Patch, Fun-to-Crochet Gifts book.)

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I am calling them Granny Hexie Hot Pads/Table Mats. I used Patons Classic Wool. Ecru and Rich Red.


Update 2-2-13: Pattern is available for purchase here. Thanks much!!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/96058755/pattern-hexie-granny-crocheted-hot-pad

Lined Up Like Chickens

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Oh. They ARE chickens!! Just don’t tell KFC. 😀

I made more chicken potholders. One is a special order. Just don’t know yet which one that is.

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I really like how the wine one came out with the red tail. 

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Here’s the gray one. I changed up on this one. Did 4 dc’s instead of 3 all around. It tightened up the “holes.”

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I am making more. In brown, tan, black. And I am designing a larger version. Don’t know how it will turn out. Will show you when finished.

All were made with Patons Classic Wool. Pattern can be found in Gooseberry Patch’s Fun-To-Crochet-Gifts book.

Introducing the “Holiday” Squares

It’s been several days since I updated you on my Project 101. I have been working on the Holiday squares and just finished them up today.


Square 92 – Halloween

  • orange, gray & black
  • hook G
  • measures 8″

I really like this one and have an idea to combine several together. Make a Family of Cats.  This was my 1st cat. It came out better than I expected.

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Here’s the back view which gives a better picture of the colors and the granny square design.

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Square 85 – St Patrick’s Day

  • dusty green & forest green
  • hook G
  • measures 5″
  • added a row of single crochet around edges

I like this one too.  It was kind of nice getting back to the simple granny square pattern. The little shamrock was easy to make. I attached it to the square using Trilene fishing line.

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Square 7 – Wreath

  • red, green & white
  • hook G
  • measures 6″
  • popcorn stitch

Can’t you just see this larger!! With cute little glass lights or crystals?

I made a couple changes.  Increased stitches in the corners and also added an extra round of single crochet around the edges.

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Don’t know if this “dome” is supposed to be here in the center but I flattened it. Looks better.

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I made the 8 berries per the instructions but found a better way to insert them in between the popcorn stitches.  Pattern called for making one berry, finish off, weave in ends. Then, make 2nd, 3rd, etc.

No way was I going to be left with 16 dangling pieces of yarn. Just for the berries!!  So…  I cut a LONG piece of yarn, threaded an embroidery needle and weaved in and out of the popcorn stitches along the first row. Made a berry, moved on to the next one. I ended up with just TWO ends to weave in, not 16!!

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Square 86 – Poinsettia

  • red, gold & ivory
  • hook G
  • measures 6 1/4″

I like this square but it kind of pulls in. If I make it again, I will allow for that.  The poinsettia flower is just gorgeous!!  I didn’t have any acrylic red yarn so had to use Patons Classic Wool. I thought the petals would turn out flat but it worked out nicely.

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Square 91 – Santa

  • green, red & white
  • hook G
  • measures 7″

Look at the face in the 1st photo. Notice anything? I didn’t until I was finished. The face and beard are flip-flopped. LOL!!  So, I had to make a 2nd face. Was good practice since it took a bit of time figuring out how to make the 1st one. I breezed through the 2nd one.

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Square 62 – Holly

  • red, green & white
  • hook G
  • measures 7 1/2″

I saved the BEST for last.

LOVE, love, love this square. I will definitely make more!! Even with all the pieces to it.  The square was fast to make so I had extra time to make the 3 holly berries and 3 leaves. I assembled and sewed them together as one piece before attaching with fishing line to the square.

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Well, that does it for the holiday squares. There is one square with what looks like a cross. I guess that one could be an Easter square. But I will make it later.

Only a few more to go!! Bet you didn’t think I was going to make all of them, did you!!


Patterns can be found in the book, 101 Crochet Squares, by Jean Leinhauser.