Sweet Strawberry

These tiny strawberries are very quick to make. You need under an hour to finish one (I am slow at crochet; some of you might need less than 30 minutes). But they are super cute! I am planning on making at least 10 and putting them in a small favor jar (the one in the picture is 3.4 oz).

Materials:

  1. Aunt Lydia’s size 10 thread – red, green, and white
  2. Clover Amour crochet hook, 1.5 mm
  3. Stuffing
  4. Sewing needle
  5. Hot glue gun (or tacky glue if you prefer)

Abbreviations:

mr – magic ring

ch – chain

st – stitch

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

trbl – treble crochet

inc – increase

dec – decrease (invisible)

Strawberry Pattern:

Crochet in spiral.

Round 1: with red 6 sc in a mr – 6 sts

Round 2: 6 inc – 12 sts

round 3: (sc, inc) x 6 – 18 sts

Rounds 4 – 5: sc around – 18 sts

Round 6: (2 sc, inc) x 6 – 24 sts

Round 7: (3 sc, inc) x 6 – 30 sts

Rounds 8 – 10: sc around – 30 sts

Round 11: (3 sc, dec) x 6 – 24 sts

Round 12: (2 sc, dec) x 6 – 18 sts

Start stuffing the strawberry. You will need to stuff more before finishing the last round.

Round 13: (sc, dec) x 6 – 12 sts

Round 14: 6 dec – 6 sts

Fasten off and finish off. Insert the beginning and end tail through the same stitch, tie a knot, and stuff the ends inside the strawberry.

Leaves Pattern:

Round 1: with green, 10 sc in a mr; sl st to join and ch 1 – 10 sts

Round 2: *in same stitch (1 hdc, 1 trbl, ch 1, and 1 hdc), sl st in next* repeat 5 times

Fasten off and tie a knot securing the beginning and end tail. Set aside.

Stem Pattern:

With green, ch 6

1 sl st in the back bump of the 2nd ch from hook, 1 sl st in back bump of each ch – 5 sts

Fasten off.

Insert the ends of the stem through the mr hole of the leaves. Tie knots with the ends of the leaves and the stem and cut excess thread.

Glue to the top of the strawberry. Do not glue down the tips of the leaves.

OPTIONAL: Use white to sew small Vs around the strawberry.

And your tiny strawberry is finished! Now make a whole bunch more! These are FUN.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Happy Crocheting!

Miniature Ice Cream Cone

I love summer for so many reasons – the beach, the sun, the delicious ice cream… I know you can get ice cream any time of the year but wouldn’t you agree that in the hot summer months, ice cream is especially yummy?!

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So, in celebration of the hot summer months, here’s a recipe for a no calorie ice cream cone. It is super quick and easy to make. Although if you are not used to making miniatures, start with thicker thread (Aunt Lydia’s 10 or Lizbeth 20 with 1.5 mm hook would be great).

Materials:

Oren Bayan cotton perle size 12 thread – two colors (one for the cone and one for the ice cream flavor)

Clover Amour hook – 0.9 mm

Stuffing

Sewing needle

Abbreviations:

mr – magic ring

sc – single crochet

inc – increase

dec – decrease

sl st – slip stitch

ch – chain

BLO – back loop only

Notes:

Crochet in the round. Join each round with a slip stitch and chain 1.

This pattern is seamless. (because I hate sewing so I avoid it at all cost)

Pattern:

The pattern is worked from the top down – we will make the ice cream flavor first and then finish with the cone.

Round 1: mr, ch 1, 6 sc in the ring

Close the ring. Join to 1st sc with a sl st and ch 1

Round 2: 6 inc; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 12 sts

Rounds 3 – 4: 12 sc; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 12 sts

Change color to brown (or whatever other color you picked for the cone). 

Round 5: 12 sc in BLO; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 12 sts

From now until the end, we will crochet in both loops.

Round 6: (4 sc, dec) x 2; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 10 sts

Round 7: (3 sc, dec) x 2; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 8 sts

Round 8: 8 sc; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 8 sts

Round 9: (2 sc, dec) x 2

Slip stitch to join. Fasten off and secure the stitches.

 

Go back to Round 5 where you crocheted in the BLO. Use the thread for the ice cream flavor. Insert in a st and ch 1.

Round: *3 sc in 1st st; sl st in next* repeat until the end of this round

You should have 6 shells.

Fasten off and secure the stitches.

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And voila! You have made a teeny tiny ice cream cone!

Leave me a comment to let me know what you think! 🙂

Happy Crochet!