Squirrel Picnic

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Big Acorn Race Update: Backgrounds and Foregrounds

The first full month of work on Squirrel Picnic’s Big Acorn Race is ending, and I am pleased to say that progress has been made. My main goal for this month was to make the backgrounds for the main set for the scenes in the book. As you may recall, the objective is for everything in the book to be crocheted, including the grass and sky. Continue reading


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Crochet Picture Frame: A Pattern for Father’s Day

Photo Frame Crochet Pattern by Squirrel Picnic

My dad playing the bugle! That’s me on drums.

My dad loves photography. There’s a wall in my parents’ house that is covered with all his photos from their various trips around the world. I thought I’d crochet a frame to go around a photo of us together when I was a kid.

I bet your dad would love a crochet framed photo of you both together too!

The key to this project is the photo frame itself. The clear acrylic frames I chose to use are inexpensive, versatile, and easy to load your picture into. Each comes with Velcro and a magnet on the back, so you can hang your finished piece on your cubicle wall, file cabinet, or even your fridge.

As for the crochet pattern, it’s so much easier than it looks! I’ve been reading up on intermeshing crochet patterns a bit lately. I got the inspiration for this one from The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet. Check it out for some really cute intermeshing patterns and ideas. I did my frame with a different color for every row, but I bet two contrasting colors would look great too!

Picture Frame Crochet Pattern

Difficulty rating 1
Finished size: 5 1/2″ by 7 1/2″

Materials

Worsted-weight yarn: try using two contrasting colors or a different color for each row.
Here are the yarns I used for this project:
* Caron Simply Soft in Country Blue, 6 oz [170 g] / 315 yds [288 m])
* Caron Simply Soft in Sunshine, 6 oz [170 g] / 315 yds [288 m])
* Caron Simply Soft in Dark Country Blue, 6 oz [170 g] / 315 yds [288 m])
G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle
4” x 6” acrylic photo frame with Velcro and magnetic backing

Instructions

Photo Frame Front

Ch 89. Careful not to twist the chain, join with slst to 1st ch.

Rnd 1: For this rnd, feel free to crochet into only one loop of each chain (so much easier). Ch 1, sc in ea of next 12 ch, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch, sc in next 18 ch, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch, sc in next 25 ch, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch, sc in next 18 ch, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch, sc in next 12 ch, join with slst to 1st st.

Photo Frame Row 1

Rnd 2: Ch 4, sk 1st st, * (dc, ch 1, sk next st) rep to turning ch. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in turning ch. Rep from * to end of rnd. Join with slst in 3rd ch of beginning ch.

Rnd 2

Rnd 3: Ch 2, * (dc into next sc of Rnd 1 that had been skipped in Rnd 2, ch 1) rep to turning ch. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in turning ch. Rep from * to end of rnd. Join with slst in 1st st. FO and weave in ends.

Photo Frame Back

Ch 33.

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in ea dc across. FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sew these Back pieces onto the back of the Photo Frame.

Sew on back

Tuck your frame into the pockets.

Insert photo frame

The magnet will hold your crochet frame tight to the fridge.

Photo Frame Crochet Pattern by Squirrel Picnic

See a mistake or something I overlooked, please let me know in the comments or at squirrelpicnic{at}gmail{dot}com. Thanks!

 


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The EZ Cube: Great Gift Idea for Artists, Photographers, and Crafters

EZ Cube SetupSoon after starting this blog, I realized that it would be worthwhile to invest in a photography system to give photographs of my creations a more professional look. While visiting my parents last October, I was working on the Toddler Turkey Hat, and my mom allowed me to use her EZ Cube, essentially a light tent, to photograph my process shots. I was amazed at how the photographs came out, especially since I only had my camera phone at the time. Continue reading