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Jelly Belly Bunny Crochet Pattern

Jelly Belly Bunny is ready to visit your home for Easter! No, she’s not the Easter Bunny. She’s more the Easter Bunny’s awkward sister, the one who finds and eats all the Easter Bunny’s candy before anyone else gets a chance. She’s a hoot to have around, but you’ve been warned, you’ll need go out and get more candy.

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Jelly Belly Bunny Pattern by Squirrel Picnic

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Mayor Snack Frog Crochet Pattern

Crochet Mayor Snack Frog from The Big Acorn Race: A Story with Crochet Patterns and Projects

Mayor Snack Frog was the very first fatimal I ever crocheted. What’s a fatimal, you ask? A fatimal is, well, a fat animal. And at Squirrel Picnic, the fatimal clan is a bunch of fun-loving, easygoing, party animals. From their embroidered noses to their tiny little hands and feet, there’s just so much to love about them. They never consider their size to be a disadvantage. They never let anything get them down — they’re too busy having fun.

Of all the fatimals, Mayor Snack Frog could be considered the leader, but the truth is that there’s not really an organization to lead and fatimals aren’t much for being led anyway. In fact, he’s the one who gave himself the title of mayor. No one else seems to mind, so what the hoot. He has friends from all over the world who sometimes stop by to visit. He really does know how to throw a good party.

Mayor Snack Frog Crochet PatternDifficulty rating 1

Finished size without top hat: 6″ tall and 11 1/2″ around at the widest point
Finished size of top hat: 2″ tall and 12″ around the outside of the brim

Materials

(A) 85 yds worsted-weight yarn in green (Caron Simply Soft in Dark Sage, 6 oz [170 g] / 315 yds [288 m])
(B) 32 yds worsted-weight yarn in black (Caron Simply Soft in Black, 6 oz [170 g] / 315 yds [288 m])
(C) 5 yds worsted-weight yarn in light green (Caron Simply Soft in Pistachio, 6 oz [170 g] / 315 yds [288 m])
(D) small amount of worsted-weight yarn in white (Caron Simply Soft in White, 6 oz [170 g] / 315 yds [288 m])
G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook
Size 12 mm safety eyes
Polyester Fiberfill
Tapestry needle

Gauge

5 sts = 1″
5 rows = 1″

Instructions

Mayor Snack Frog Parts by Squirrel Picnic

Eyes (Make 2)

With D, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around, join with slst. (12)

FO. Weave in ends.

Set aside for now.

Eyelids (Make 2)

With A, ch 7.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea ch across (BL only is ok), ch 1, turn. (6)

Row 2: Sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, slst.

FO, leaving long tail for sewing.

Set aside.

Body

With A, ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (12)

Rnd 3: * sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (18)

Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (24)

Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (30)

Rnd 6: * 4 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (36)

Rnds 7-15: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 16: * 5 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (42)

Rnd 17: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 18: * 6 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (48)

Rnd 19: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 20: * 7 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (54)

Rnds 21-30: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 31: * 7 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (48)

Rnd 32: * 6 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (42)

Rnd 33: * 5 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (36)

Rnd 34: * 4 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (30)

Rnd 35: * 3 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (24)

Insert safety eyes into the center of the white eyes and attach to head. Sew eyelids to the frog’s head so that it wraps around the white part of the eye.

Stuff frog lightly.

Rnd 36: * 2 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (18)

Rnd 37: * Sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (12)

Rnd 38: * Sk, sc, rep from * 5 more times. (6)

Join with slst. FO, leaving a tail. Thread tail through remaining sts and pull to close. Weave in end.

Nose and Mouth

Using B, embroider two French knots for the nose and using a back stitch embroider a smile for the mouth.

Using C and back stitch, embroider an M above the nostrils and a line below the mouth to outline a snout.

Belly

With C, ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. Slst in 1st sc to join. (12)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, * sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in 1st sc to join. (18)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in 1st sc to join. (24)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in 1st sc to join. (30)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, * 4 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in 1st sc to join. (36)

FO, leaving long tail for sewing.

Sew to the middle of Mayor Snack Frog’s belly.

Feet and Hands (Make 4)

With A, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 4 sc into 2nd ch from hook. (4)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (8)

Rnds 3-5: Sc in ea sc around.

Tuck in ends and press flat.

Row 6: Sc this closed with 3 scs (skipping the sts on either end where it is folded). Turn. (3)

Row 7: Ch 2, 2 dc in each of next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 2, slst) in last sc.

FO, leaving a tail for sewing.

With the tail, thread through the 1st of the 3 sc in Row 6. Pull the thread up and over the dcs in Row 7 and back through the same space. Then thread through the 3rd sc in Row 6. Pull the thread up and over the dcs in Row 7 and back through the same space. Weave in to secure, but don’t trim just yet. (You’ll use the rest of the tail to sew the arms and legs to the frog.)

For feet, sew two of these to the bottom of the frog so that the toes stick out from under his belly. For hands, sew two of these to the sides of the frog so that the fingers reach out just in front of his belly.

Mayor Snack Frog's Top Hat by Squirrel PicnicTop Hat

With B, ch 2.

Starting at the flat top of the hat:

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around, join with slst, ch 1. (12)

Rnd 3: * sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times, join with slst, ch 1. (18)

Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times, join with slst, ch 1. (24)

Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times, join with slst, ch 1. (30)

Rnd 6: * 4 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times, join with slst, ch 1. (36)

Rnd 7: * 5 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times, join with slst, ch 1. (42)

Moving on to the sides of the hat:

Rnd 8: Sc in BL only of ea sc around.

Rnd 9: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 10: * 5 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (36)

Rnd 11: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 12: * 4 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (30)

Rnds 13-15: Sc in ea sc around, join with slst, ch 1.

To create the brim:

Rnd 16: Sc in FL only of ea sc around, slst, ch 1.

Rnd 17: * 4 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times, join with slst, ch 1. (36)

Rnd 18: * 5 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times, join with slst, ch 1. (42)

Rnd 19: * 6 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times, join with slst, ch 1. (48)

Rnd 20: * 7 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times, join with slst, ch 1. (54)

FO, weave in ends.


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Monsieur and Madame Champagne Crochet Pattern

Make amigurumi champagne flutes for your New Year’s gala! Monsieur and Madame Champagne famously bring the party with them wherever they go. Displayed on the T.V., bar, or buffet table, they are sure to liven up your New Year’s festivities.

We’d love to see photos of them at your event. Post your champagne amis on Instagram with the tag #squirrelpicnic and we’ll share them with everyone on January 1.

Monsieur and Madame Champagne Crochet Pattern by Squirrel Picnic

Monsieur and Madame Champagne Crochet Pattern

Difficulty rating 2

Finished size: 8″ tall

Materials:

22 yards of worsted-weight yarn in cream (Caron Simply Soft in Off White: 6 oz., 315 yds)
28 yards of worsted-weight yarn in gold (Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Maize: 6 oz., 315 yds)
G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook
Cardboard
Pencil
Scissors
Tapestry needle
Polyester Fiberfill
Black embroidery floss
Black safety eyes
Beads and thread for necklace (optional)
Felt for bow tie (optional)

Gauge:

6 sc = 1″
5 rnds = 1″

Instructions:

Top of Champagne

With gold, ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. Slst in 1st sc to join. (12)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, * sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in 1st sc to join. (18)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in 1st sc to join. (24)

FO, leaving long tail for sewing.

Base (make 2)

With cream, ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. Slst in 1st sc to join. (12)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, * sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in 1st sc to join. (18)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in 1st sc to join. (24)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in 1st sc to join. (30)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, * 4 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in 1st sc to join. (36)

FO, leaving a long tail on one of the Base circles for sewing.

Lay one of the Base circles on top of the cardboard and trace around it. Cut out circle along traced line. You may need to trim it a little smaller.

Sandwich the cardboard circle between the two Base circles (RS facing out) and sew the two Base circles together using the long tail from one of them.

Stem

Rnd 1: Pull up a loop in Rnd 3 of the Base. Ch 1. Continue to pull up loops and sc in ea st of Rnd 3. Do not join with slst. (18)

Make sure you are going clockwise around the Base.

Note: This first step can be rather tricky. An alternative would be to ch 18 and join with a slst into a ring. Then continue with the pattern, but sew the bottom of the Stem to the Base before stuffing.

Rnd 2: Sc in ea sc around. (18)

Rnd 3: *Dec, rep from * 8 more times (9)

Rnds 4: Sc in ea st around. (9)

Rep rnd 4 until Stem measures 3″ tall from start of Stem.

Do not FO. Stuff the Stem firmly and continue with Bowl.

Bowl

Rnd 5: * Inc, rep from * 8 more times. (18)

Switch to gold.

Rnd 6: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (24)

Rnd 7: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (30)

Rnd 8: Sc in ea sc around.

Rep rnd 8 until gold part of Bowl measures 2″.

Rnd 9: * 4 sc, dec, rep from * 4 more times (24).

Rep rnd 8 until gold part of Bowl measures 3 1/2″.

FO.

Attach eyes and embroider mouth.

Stuff lightly and sew Top of Champagne onto top of Bowl.

Note: If you’re feeling adventurous, you could skip sewing the Top to the Bowl and sc the two together instead. I had success doing this after pinning them together.

Switch to cream.

Pull up a loop in top of Bowl along the edge (through both the last round of Top and through the top loop of Bowl), ch 1.

Rnds 7-10. Sc in each st around. (24)

FO, and weave in ends.

 

This pattern is now available in Dutch! Thanks to Mootje Krootje for getting the pattern translated.
Click here for the pattern pdf in Dutch:
Meneer en Mevrouw Champagne – Jennifer Olivarez

 

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You’re Invited to the Fatimals’ New Year’s Party!

You're Invited!Hi there, Friend! It’s me, Mayor Snack Frog.

You are cordially invited to join us for a fatimal New Year’s Eve party at my home on December 31. We’ll have appetizers, cocktails, and a cotton candy machine! Dinner will be served at 7:30 followed by dancing on the tables and a spirited game of Twister. And of course there will be plenty of cheering and smooching at midnight.

Champagne Pattern by Squirrel PicnicThis year we welcome some special guests, Monsieur and Madame Champagne, who famously bring the party with them wherever they go.

If you won’t be able to make it to the party this year, perhaps you’d like to make a Monsieur and Madame to liven up your own event. I’ve enclosed the crochet pattern for your convenience. They are sure to keep you smiling all night long.

We’d love to see photos of them at your event. Post any photos to our Facebook page or tweet @SquirrelPicnic. I’ll share these and photos of our party on the 1st, after I’ve properly woken, located my camera, and gotten my head on straight.

Even if we don’t see you, we wish you a happy and healthy new year!

Sincerely,

Mayor Snack Frog
for The Fatimals