Squirrel Picnic

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Podge’s Pretty Princess Hat Crochet Pattern

Podge's Princess Hat Pattern by Squirrel PicnicPodge wants to be a pretty princess this year for Halloween. Seeing as her favorite color is pink and she’s a total princess the other 364 days of the year, this comes as little surprise. Podge just loves dressing up!

Podge loves trick or treating too. Every year it’s the same story. At the end of the night she dumps her candy out on the floor and picks out all the pink ones to stash away for herself. She gives the rest to Hodge and I. Her favorite pink candies are Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape, cotton candy Jelly Belly Beans, Bubble Yum, Good n Plenty, strawberry Nerds, watermelon Jolly Ranchers, and strawberry Laffy Taffy to name a few. Did you know you can shop for candy by color? I’ll have to remember that for her next birthday party.

Is your squirrel going trick or treating this year? Now you can dress them up like a princess too with this free pattern!

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A New Sugar Candy Skull Crochet Pattern for You… This one’s big!

Large Skull Crochet Pattern by Squirrel PicnicIt’s hard to believe that it’s October already. Halloween and Day of the Dead will be here before we know it, so I wanted to get this larger skull pattern ready for you to use. Well, that’s not entirely true… I designed it for my own use too. You see I’m using them on some of the items I’ll be selling at the Pirate Gallery’s Celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Pirate has been hosting this vibrant festival for the last 30 years! This will be my second year to attend and I’m so excited that I get to be a part of it. This year I’m selling hoodies with small crochet skulls on the elbows, like elbow patches. I’m calling them Skullbows. You may have seen photos of them in the small skull pattern post. I’ll also embroider and embellish larger skulls, like the one featured here, with beads and sew them to the backs of other hoodies. The festival will be held on November 1, so I better get to work!

Right now, my bed/craft room is buried in boxes of hoodies and yarn and beads. I’d show you a picture, but I’ve lost my camera somewhere under there. In fact, if you don’t hear from me for a week or two, don’t despair. It just means I’m buried amongst the piles and I’ll be working my way out shortly.

I’ll be sure to share photos of all my preparations for Muertos Mart as we get a little closer. In the meantime, enjoy crocheting some large and small sugar candy skulls! Continue reading


Sugar Candy Skull Crochet Pattern

Candy skull coin purse

Sugar skulls and many other forms of calavera are a popular feature of Day of the Dead celebrations throughout the world. Traditionally, these skulls are made of cane sugar that is molded in one piece and then decorated with line art, flowers, and often the name of a deceased loved one as a way of honoring them.

I drew inspiration from these designs to crochet my own version of the sugar skull. The pattern starts out with a fan to create the forehead, then you work on the opposite side to create the eyes, nose, cheeks and teeth. Within the PDF pattern, I’ve included a very detailed step-by-step photo tutorial to guide you along. It’s a lot of fun to embellish these motifs with beads, embroidery, and crochet flowers to really make them look like sugar candy skulls.

Squirrel Picnic Crochet Skull AppliquesEmbellished or just plain, I’ve found so many uses for these skulls. I’ve worked them into scarves, using floral motifs in between each skull. I made a small coin purse (pictured above) by sewing the bottom half of two skulls together and adding a lining and metal clasp. They also make fantastic appliques. They look great on just about anything! Sew them to pillows, bags, scarves, hats, mittens, and jeans. Sew them to your pockets for an original and fun look. But by far my favorite use for them has been as elbow patches on hoodies. It’s so easy to do, and it creates a garment that will definitely get people’s attention.

Check out photos of all these projects at the end of this post. And download the free pattern below to give yourself a great head start on your Halloween and Dia de los Muertos preparations.

Sugar Candy Skull Crochet Pattern

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The Squirrel Tail Mystery Is Solved!

Squirrel Crochet Pattern by Squirrel Picnic

The choice is yours! Would you like your squirrel with a crochet tail or a faux fur one? Now the pattern includes instructions for both.

The biggest dilemma in Squirrel Picnic’s history has finally been solved! With my new and improved crochet squirrel pattern, we can dress our squirrel friends up in fancy costumes and clothing without their pesky tails getting in the way. Now we can all sleep at night. Continue reading


The Creepiest Crochet on the Web

Let’s face it, Squirrel Picnic is more cute than creepy. You won’t ever see an impaled fatimal or a squirrel skeleton. It just doesn’t happen here, but that doesn’t stop us from appreciating the macabre, especially around Halloween. So I thought I’d take advantage of the approaching holiday to explore the darker side of the fiber arts and gather what I consider to be some of the creepiest, most disturbing crochet on the web.

In addition to having the guts to bring some pretty amazing (and yucky) things to life in crochet, these artists are also exceptionally talented. What I find most interesting is that whether they are crocheting bacteria, skeletons, or dismembered limbs, each of these artists explores some of life’s most disturbing aspects through an art form that is essentially soft and comforting. Through its cuddly nature, crochet provides a unique opportunity to reexamine and explore some of the more uncomfortable aspects of life such as the human body, violence, and mortality. I found myself wanting to dip my hand into the skeleton’s crocheted intestines, slip on a pair of bacteria-inspired gloves, and pet the impaled stuffed animals. I can’t think of any other medium that can evoke that kind of reaction.

Check out the links below for more examples of crochet creepiness and let us know what you think of the evil-yet-cuddly creations. But beware… these crochet masterpieces aren’t for the faint of heart.

Shove Mink’s Croshame

Photo property of Shove Mink and Croshame. Used by permission.

Photo property of Shove Mink and Croshame. Used by permission.

Shove Mink recreates horrific scenes from films like Sid and Nancy, Pulp Fiction, and The Exorcist. In fact, her “Exorcist Playset (featured above) is one of her most famous works. On her blog, Croshame, you’ll find other sinister and devilish characters from Gilly the Guillotine and Henri the Executioner to Carrie Bear. Check out her Antigurumi Gallery for more creepy cuddly fun.

Shanell Brooke Papp’s The Lab

Photo property of Shanell B. Papp. Used by permission.

Photo property of Shanell B. Papp. Used by permission.

Shanell Papp crocheted a replica of a human skeleton and vital organs for her exhibit titled “The Lab” in 2006. About the idea that yarn helps people relate to difficult subjects, Shanell offered these thoughts:

“I think an audience is more receptive to textiles/knitting/crochet since it seems more comfortable somehow. It is just easier to hold a textile heart and think about mortality in a sincere/thoughtful way than if you are holding a real heart or a plastic heart. It seems like a kinder way to talk about difficult things.”

I agree. Unlike other exhibits (I’m thinking of the “BODIES” exhibit that has been touring the country), Shanell’s skeleton welcomes us to reach out and touch all the different organs made from various yarns expertly chosen for their color and texture.

Patricia Waller’s Wonderfully Deranged Crochet

Photo property of Patricia Waller. Used by permission.

Photo property of Patricia Waller. Used by permission.

Patricia Waller’s work is both exquisitely crafted and beautifully demented. On her website, you’ll notice that her works are divided into categories such as Broken Heroes, which features beloved children’s characters in unthinkable situations and Happy Gardening, which depicts woodland creatures getting mutilated by gardening tools (poor squirrel!). Other works include crocheted prosthetics, Siamese twins, accidents, bad luck, animal experiments, and how to kill your first love. Hers is the best crocheted blood I have ever seen!

And if that wasn’t scary enough, check out these morbid gems…

Sonja Bäumel’s Bacteria Crochet

Sonja Bäumel is the artist behind several textile projects inspired by what she found from studying the fiber qualities of bacteria growth. Her “crochet membrane” fashion design explores how bacteria on our skin could be used to create clothing.

Lauren Seiffert’s Crochet Autopsy

For her BFA thesis project in 2011, Lauren Seiffert crocheted a full-scale human body complete with organs and then performed an autopsy. The video’s pretty amazing!

TinyBully Crochet Zombie Apocalypse Wear

Casey Storm of TinyBully creates knit and crochet fingerless zombie gloves torn to reveal wounded flesh and a zombie hat with eyes that pop out of their sockets!

Alana Noritake’s Brain Hat

(It’s not crochet, but I had to sneak this in.) According to 9BYTZ.com, medical student Alana Noritake designed and knit this awesome brain hat, perhaps after being inspired by her anatomy textbooks.