Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Free Pattern: Colored "Plarn" Eggs


I wanted to experiment with different shapes and sizes of eggs because...Well, that's the way they are in nature! And with the results, turn some trash-to-be into an adorable little springtime decoration. This can be a great way to use up unique and limited colored bags, or let the (older) kids color some with permanent markers for a customized look.
Large, medium and small, make them all! Stuff these cuties with scraps of plastic from "plarn-making" for a no-waste project. Sizes are chicken, goose, and ostrich (or maybe pterodactyl).
Never used plarn before? See how to make plarn

Skill Level:
Easy

Materials:
At least a few yards each of different colored plarn;
  or white/light colored bags and permanent markers for coloring
It should be cut about 3/4 - 1in(2 - 2.5 cm) wide (yardage listed at beginning of patterns)
Crochet hook size G/6
Tapestry needle or smaller hook for weaving in ends

Gauge:
(Varies by size of plarn)
2 in x 2 in = About 6 dc x 4 rows
                              6 hdc x 5 rows

Stitches:
Chain stitch (ch) (st)

Half-double crochet (hdc): Yarn over, insert hook into st, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook).Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops.

Hdc 2 together: Yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), pull through 1 loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook in next st, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all 5 loops.

Double crochet (dc): Yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops (1 loop on hook).

Dc 2 together: Yarn over, insert hook, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook in next st, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops. 

Patterns:


Small Egg2+ yards

Round 1:
With color A, ch 3(counts as dc). In farthest ch from hook make 11 dc. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (12 dc)

Round 2:
Ch 2, make 1 hdc in same st (counts as 2 hdc). Make 1 hdc in next 3 sts. *Make 2 hdc in next st. Make 1 hdc in next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * one more time. Change to color B in last st. Join to beg ch-2 with a sl st. (15 hdc)

Round 3:
With color B, ch 2, make 1 hdc in same st (counts as 2 hdc). Make 1 hdc in next 4 sts. *Make 2 hdc in next st. 1 hdc in next 4 sts.* Repeat from * to * one more time. Join with a sl st to beg ch-2. (18 hdc)

Round 4:
Ch 2 (counts as hdc). Make 1 hdc in next 17 sts. (18 hdc)

Round 5:
Repeat round 4, change to color A in last st.

Round 6:
Ch 2 (counts as hdc). *Hdc next two sts together. Make 1 hdc in next 4 sts.* Repeat from * to * one more time. Hdc next 2 sts together, make 1 hdc in last 3 sts, change to color B in last st. Join with a sl st to beg ch-2. (15 hdc)

Round 7:
With color B, ch 2 (counts as hdc). *Hdc next 2 sts together. Make 1 hdc in next 2 sts.* Repeat from, * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-2. (12 hdc)

Round 8:
Turn project right side out. Stuff with plastic scraps. Ch 2 (counts as hdc). *Hdc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. 1 hdc in next st. Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-2. Bind off, fill with more stuffing if needed and use tail to weave hole shut.


Medium Egg: 10+ yards


Round 1:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). In farthest ch from hook make 11 dc. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (12 dc)

Round 2:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next st. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in st after that.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (18 dc)

Round 3:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in next 2 sts. * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (24 dc)

Round 4:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). Make 1 dc in each st around. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (24 dc)

Round 5:
Repeat round 4.

Round 6:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 3 sts, dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 4 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to *4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (18 dc)

Round 7:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 2 sts, dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 2 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (12 dc)

Round 8:
Turn project right side out. Stuff with as much plastic as possible.  Ch 3 (counts as dc). *Dc next 2 sts together. * Repeat from * to * 2 more times. 1 dc in next st. Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Add extra stuffing if needed, bind off, weave closed with tail.


Large Egg20+ yards

Round 1:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). In farthest ch from hook make 11 dc. Join to beg ch 3 with a sl st. (12 dc)

Round 2:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st. 2 dc in each st around. Join with a sl st to beg ch 3. (24 dc)

Round 3:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st. Make 1 dc in next 3 sts. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (30 dc)

Round 4:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 4 sts. *Make 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 sts.* repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (36 dc)

Round 5:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 5 sts. *Make 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 5 sts.* Repeat from * to *  4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (42 dc)

Round 6:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 13 sts. *Make 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 13 sts.* Repeat from * to * 1 more time. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (45 dc)

Round 7:
Ch 3 (counts as dc). 1 dc in each sts around. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (45 dc)

Round 8:
Repeat row 7, changing to color B in last st.

Round 9-10:
With color B, repeat row 7 twice. 

Round 11:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 6 sts. Dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 7 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (40 dc)

Round 12:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 5 sts. Dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 6 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times, changing to color A in last st. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (35 dc)

Round 13:
With color A, ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 4 sts. Dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 5 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (30 dc)

Round 14:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 2 sts. Dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 3 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (24 dc)

Round 15:
Ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next st. Dc next 2 sts together. *1 dc in next 2 sts, dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (18 dc)

Round 15:
Turn project right side out, stuff with as much plastic as possible. Ch 3 (counts as dc), *dc next 2 sts together.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. 1 dc in next st. Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-3. (10 dc) Bind off, stuff again, weave hole shut with tail.
*Tip: I ran out of scraps to stuff this one with, so I just used whole bags. Cut them into 3 or 4 pieces first so they don't get too lumpy.



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