My buddy Andrea a.k.a. Giggles, Craft Wars Winner, asked if I’d be part of a promotional blog hop and create a fun pattern in support of her latest project: The Paint Chip Pals, a posse of 7 color-inspired plush, all with their own powers and personalities. The Paint Chip Pals currently have a Kickstarter campaign which will be up for only 2 more weeks, so check it out if you’d like to be one of the first to grab your own Paint Chip Pal, while also supporting indie designers, fun plush toys, and I quote from their Kickstarter page, “grown ups that simply refuse to grow up!”
You can also enter a contest to win a Paint Chip Pal by leaving a comment on my blog and telling me who your favorite Paint Chip Pal is. Your name will go into a big pool of entries from other blogs on the blog hop, and Andrea will choose a winner on December 12. So if you want more chances to win, comment on the other blogs, too!
To help celebrate their campaign, I created a fun and easy pattern for you guys inspired by Plinky, who loves sparkle-hunting and eating cotton candy! We threw in one for her buddy Blooty, too! So here are the instructions to crochet your own Cotton Candy Christmas Tree Ornament!
Cotton Candy Christmas Tree Ornament!
This project works up in about an hour and only uses chains and single crochet (sc) stitches. What makes this project super fun is using a wire slicker dog brush to turn a regular crocheted project into a super fuzzy hairy crocheted beast! Naturally “hairy” yarns like wool, alpaca, and mohair work best, but I’ve seen people also do it with acrylic yarn, with slightly different results. I’ll be using wool for my cotton candy (Cascade 220), because that’s what I have on hand.
Not only does this cotton candy buddy make a cute ornament, but you can also turn it into a pin for your sweater, a clip for your hair, or a necklace for your neck!
- Pink worsted weight yarn (I am using wool, Cascade 220)
- 9 mm safety eyes (2 of them)
- 4 inch lollipop stick
- small wire slicker brush for dogs
- glue (hot glue or Tacky glue should do the trick)
- H or I hook
- Polyfill stuffing
- tapestry needle
- depending on what you want to make, you will need ribbon or invisible thread to create a hanging loop for your ornament, OR, a pinback for a brooch, OR, a hair clip of your choice, OR a jump ring and chain to make a necklace.
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
( ): work what’s inside the parentheses into the next st – e.g. (2 sc) = 2 sc into the next st
[ ] : work what’s inside the brackets the number of times indicated
With pink yarn, make magic circle or ch 3 and sl st to 1st ch to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1 and work 6 sc into ring. Don’t join rounds. (6)
Rnd 2: (2 sc) 6 times. (12)
Rnd 3: [(2 sc), 1 sc] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4: [(2 sc), 2 sc] 6 times. (24) You may want to stick a marker in your work now, or use a scrap piece of yarn, to help count the following rnds.
Rnds 5-14 (10 rnds): Work sc evenly around. (24) At this point, my project is about 3 inches long. Don’t break off yet. I prefer for the right side of my sts to show on the outside of my projects.
Here comes the fun part. Get your wire brush and start brushing your project to make it fuzzy. Tamie from Roxycraft has a really great tutorial on how to do this here. The longer you brush it out, the fuzzier your project will get. It takes longer than you might think. Sit down in front of the tv while doing it! After getting your project fuzzy, insert and attach your safety eyes.
Rnd 6: [sc2tog, 2 sc] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 7: [sc2tog, 1 sc] 6 times. (12) Don’t forget to stuff your project with polyfill!
Rnd 8: [sc2tog] 6times. (6) Break off, leaving about 8 inches of yarn. Thread your tapestry needle with your 8 inches of yarn, weave through the remaining 6 sts, and pull to close, but don’t close too tightly. You still need to squeeze a lollipop stick in there. If you want, you can stick the lollipop stick in there now and close your sts around it. The stick won’t stay without glue, but at least you will know what kind of tension to close your project with. If you are finding it hard to push your stick through the polyfill, just stir it around a little bit as you jab. Finish off, and weave in all ends.
Carefully brush out the bottom of your cotton candy now, avoiding the eyes. Don’t worry if everything gets stretched and mutated during this process. You can always squish it back into shape!
Okay, at this point, my cotton candy dude was freaking me out a little bit. It looked too human to me, or like, a pink alien head, so I twisted up some of the hair, liberty-spike style. Even though real cotton candy does not do this, I thought it was a cute touch. The spiking is entirely up to your discretion!
Coat about an inch and a half of your lollipop stick with glue and stick it into the bottom of your cotton candy, leaving about 2 inches of lollipop stick hanging out. I find that when I twist the stick back and forth while inserting it into the cotton candy, less glue will gather at the base and leak outside. Let this dry completely before messing around more with your project. You can also tie a cute little bow at the base for a little extra fancy decoration!
If you want to turn this into a tree ornament, simply loop some ribbon or invisible thread through the top of your cotton candy to hang on a tree. Or glue or sew a pin back or a hair clip to the back of the cotton candy to wear your new buddy out and about! You could also buy extra long lollipop sticks from the craft store to make hair sticks, although, the pink one kinda looked like a tumor sitting on my head.
If you end up trying out this pattern, please let me know if you find any errors! This pattern has not been tested by any body else yet!
* This pattern is intended for your personal use only and not for creating items to sell. Please do not sell this pattern or re-post it without my permission. Thank you!