Coronavirus Amish Puzzle Ball

I know these times are stressful. We are dealing with work and kids and dishes…the DISHES! (Does your family want to eat every day like mine?)

And everybody deals with stress differently. Some bake bread, filling the house with that delicious aroma. You might escape the circumstances by binge watching a show or getting lost in a book.

I’m the kind that deals with stress by making irreverent fun. So here’s the result of my stress crocheting….

The Coronavirus Amish Puzzle Ball!

Start with the virus. Discover how to destroy the virus. Then discover a cure!

Fight the virus!
Wash your hands to destroy the virus!
Discover a cure!

Finished Size: Approx. 5 inches
Materials:
Worsted weight yarn (#4)
1 ball red, 1 ball gray, 1 ball any color for the cure side (CC)
US G hook
Polyester fiber fill
Basic Crochet supplies (scissors, tapestry needle, etc.)

Gauge: not critical

Abbreviations:

beg – beginning
ch – chain
lp – loop
m – marker
ML – magic loop
rnd – round
rpt – repeat
sc – single crochet
sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
sl st – slip stitch
st – stitch

Cure Side

Using CC, beg w ML.

Rnd 1: In ML, ch 1, sc 4 in lp. Do not turn.
4 sc

Note: Do not ch 1 at the beginning of rnd here and throughout. Work in a spiral.
Use an open m to mark your beg of rnd.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around.
8 sc

Rnd 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 4 times.
12 sc

Rnd 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] 4 times.
16 sc

Rnd 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] 4 times.
20 sc

Rnd 6: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st] 4 times.
24 sc

Stop here or continue in pattern for a larger finished project. Finish off. Hide ends.

Make 12 pieces.

Virus side

Note: The beginning of this piece is very fidgety. If it’s too frustrating, use Gray to make pieces just like the Cure Side. Then use a lark’s head or other knot to attach short pieces of red yarn to the centers of each gray piece.

Using Red, ch 8, sl st in bottom lp of beg ch to form a lp.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc2tog around.
4 sc

Rnds 2 & 3: Sc around. Finish off changing to gray in last st.

Continue as for Cure Side starting with rnd 2.

Make 12 pieces.

Assembly

Using gray, hold 1 virus side and 1 cure side with wrong sides together making sure the cure side is closest to you. Working through both layers, join with a sl st. Ch 1, sc in same st and next 12 sts.

*Hold another pair of virus and cure sides together with the cure side closest to you, and working through both layers and beg in any st, sc in 13 sts. Rpt from * until 4 sections are attached. Join to beg sc being careful not to twist work.

Rotate work to continue around the other half making sure the cure side is still closest to you. * Sl st in top of first sc of next section. Working through both layers, sc in same st as last sc, sc in next 11 sts stopping halfway to stuff section, sc in same st as next sc. Rpt from * around. Join sl st to beg st. Finish off weave in ends.

Rpt 2 more times to make 3 rings with 4 sections in each ring.

Need a hint to put it together? Coming soon! Try it yourself first!

A Merry Star Wars Christmas

Thanksgiving is over, and the Christmas season has started. Disney has blessed us this season by introducing us to an adorable Baby Yoda. Of course, I had to have one, so I made my own Baby Yoda!

And you can have one, too! Here’s the crochet pattern to bring home your own Baby Yoda. Merry Christmas!

Baby Yoda

Materials
• Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in green and tan
• Stuffing
• 12mm safety eyes (I used the brown colored eyes)
• Tapestry needle
Abbreviations

ch(s) – chain(s)
dec – decrease
flo – front loop only
lp(s) – loop(s)
ml – magic loop
rev sc – reverse single crochet
rnd(s) – round(s)
rpt – repeat
sc – single crochet
sc2tog – single crochet two together
st(s) – stitch(es)
yo – yarn over

Notes on Amigurumi

• When working in rounds, do not join. Just continue crocheting in the next stitch creating a spiral. Use an open stitch marker to keep up with beginning of round.

• Decrease: (Insert hook in flo of next stitch, yo, pull up a lp) twice, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook.

• Invisible Finish Off: Pull the last lp up until tail comes through st. Using tapestry needle, sew tail under next st and then through the center of the previous st. Draw yarn to back and secure. Weave in end.

Instructions for Baby Yoda with attached coat

Head (green)

Rnd 1: Starting with a ml, ch 1, sc 6 times.
6 sc

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around.
12 sc

Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around
18 sc

Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) around
24 sc

Rnd 5: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts) around
30 sc

Rnds 6-8: Work 3 rnds even.

Rnd 9: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts) around
24 sc

Rnd 10: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts) around
18 sc

Rnd 11: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st) around
12 sc

Add eyes in center of ball about 6 sts apart. Stuff firmly.

Rnd 12: Dec over next 2 sts around. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.
6 sc

Sew 1 long st each for top eye lid and bottom eyelid.

Ears (green)

Right Ear

Row 1: Ch 4, sc in 2nd st from hook. Turn.
1 sc, 2 chs

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in sc. Turn.
1 sc

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in sc. Turn.
2 sc

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc. Turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc. Turn.
3 sc

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc. Turn.

Rpt last row twice more.

Ch 1. Rev sc in end of each row along long edge of ear. Reverse sc in first ch, 3 rev sc in second ch, rotate ear and rev sc in remaining loop of first ch. Continue rev sc in end of each row along edge of ear. Finish off leaving long tail for sewing.

Left Ear

Work rows 1-4 same as first ear.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next sc. Turn.
3 sc

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc. Turn.

Rpt last row twice more. Turn.

Sl st across 3 sts on end of ear. Finish the same as the other ear. Turn.

Sew on ears onto head in a slight curve.

Body (tan)

Rnd 1: Starting with a ml, ch 1, sc 6 times.
6 sc

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around.
12 sc

Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around
18 sc

Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) around
24 sc

Rnd 5: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts) around
30 sc

Rnd 6: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts) around
36 sc

Rnds 7-12: Work 6 rnds even.

Rnd 13: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 4 sts) around
30 sc

Rnd 14: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts) around
24 sc

Rnd 15: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts) around
18 sc

Rnd 16: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st) around
12 sc

Stuff.

Rnd 17: Dec over next 2 sts around.
6 sc

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Whip st in each st around and cinch hole closed. Sew yarn through opposite end, pull tight and secure end.

Sew body to head.

Collar (tan)

Leaving a long tail for sewing, ch 5.

Row 1: Sc in second st and next 3 sts. Turn.
4 sc

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st. Turn.

Rpt row 2 until you have 37 rows or collar is long enough to wrap around the widest part of body with 3 extra rows overlapping.

Last row: Ch 1, sc 2 together twice. Invisible finish off.

Sew ends together with rounded end overlapping square end by a few rows. Slip collar around coat and sew in place.

Hide all ends inside body and head.