Squirrel Picnic

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St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Hat for Your Squirrel Friend

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Hat by Squirrel PicnicHodge and Podge are wishing you a very happy and festive St. Patrick’s Day. To celebrate they crocheted leprechaun hats for themselves. Don’t they look dapper?

Now with my free pattern, your squirrel friend can join the fun. As an added bonus, if you don’t have anything green to wear today, let your squirrel wear it for you and take them with you everywhere that you go. I bet they’d look really cute with just their head and giant green leprechaun hat poking out from the breast pocket of your shirt or peeking out from a pocket on your backpack or purse.

Share photos of your squirrel friend all decked out for St. Patty’s Day at squirrelpicnic(at)gmail(dot)com or on social media. We’d love to see them! Continue reading


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They Say You Gotta Make Your Own Luck: Crochet a Pot o’ Gold

Your days of sloshing through puddles in search of rainbows and pots of gold are over. Whip up your own pot o’ gold and every day can be your lucky day.

Sometimes you gotta make your own luck... so crochet a pot o' gold!

Pot o’ Gold

Difficulty rating 1

Finished Size: 3″ tall

Materials

Small amount of worsted-weight yarn in black
Small amount of lace-weight yarn in gold
Small amount of worsted-weight yarn in green
Polyester Fiberfill
Size G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook
Size C-2 (2.75 mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle

Instructions

Crochet the Black Pot

With size G-6 hook and black yarn, ch 2

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

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each 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)

Rnds 6-10: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 11: * Sc, dec, rep from * 9 more times. (20)

Rnd 12: Sc  in the FL of each sc around. Join with slst to the 1st st of the rnd.

Rnd 13: Crocheting in the FL again, * sc, inc, rep from * 9 more times. Join with slst to the 1st st of the rnd. (30)

FO and weave in ends.

Crochet the Gold

With size G-6 hook and gold yarn, ch 2

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

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12)

Round 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (18)

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

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

Round 6: Sc in each sc around.

FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Crochet the Shamrock

With a size C-2 hook and green yarn, ch 3. Join with slst to 1st ch to form a ring.

For the petals: * Ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, slst in ring. Repeat from * 2 more times. Do not FO yet.

For the stem: Ch 4, sc in 2nd chain from hook, and slst in remaining 2 chains. FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Assemble

Sew the shamrock to the side of your pot of gold.

Stuff the pot with Fiberfill.

Using the long tail of gold yarn and your tapestry needle, sew the “gold” to Rnd 11 of the pot.

Fiercely guard your gold from leprechauns.