Where has all the nice weather gone? I think I blinked and missed it. We're all feeling under a cloud at the moment with all the exams and misersable weather so I made a little something to cheer us up.
If you feel you need cheering up why not make your own or give one to someone you know who needs a smile. Here's the pattern.
Little Ray of Sunshine
To make your own sunshine you will need:
Yellow double knitting yarn – the sunnier the better
3mm crochet hook or whatever feels right
Notions – row marker, toy stuffing, oddments of black yarn
(English terms used)
dc (English) = sc (American)
tr (English ) = dc (American)
Finished size – approximately 14 cm (5 ½ inches) in diameter.
With yellow and 3 mm hook make 2 chain.
1st round: 6 dc (US = sc) into 2nd chain from hook. Do not join at end of round, instead continue to work in a spiral – a row marker will be useful to keep track of the beginning of the round.
2nd round: [2 dc into next dc] 6 times. (12 dc)
3rd round: [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next dc] 6 times. (18 dc)
4th round: [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 2 dc] 6 times. (24 dc)
5th round: [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 3 dc] 6 times. (30 dc)
6th round: [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 4 dc] 6 times. (36 dc)
7th round: [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 5 dc] 6 times. (42 dc)
8th round: [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 6 dc] 6 times. (48 dc)
9th round: [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 7 dc] 6 times. (54 dc)
Slip stitch into next dc and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing up later.
Work as given for back but do not fasten off after ninth round.
10th round: [1 dc in next 3 dc, 1 ch, miss 1 dc, 1 dc in next 2 dc] 9 times.
11th round: [ 1 dc in next dc, miss 2 dc, (3 tr, 5 ch, sl st into 4th ch from hook, 1 ch, 3 tr) all in 1 ch space, miss next 2 dc] 9 times, sl st into 1st dc and fasten off.
Using black yarn, embroider a very smiley face on the front piece. Sew the back to the front leaving a small gap for stuffing. Stuff and then close the gap. Attach a hanging loop made by either a twisted cord or a crocheted chain.