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Oct 31, 2015

Little Icicle Boys and Girls: The Pattern

I introduced you to the little icicle boys and girls earlier. Now I want to share the pattern with you. It  is a straight forward pattern that I don't think will be difficult to follow.


The ornaments are crocheted from the bottom tip of the icicle up, crocheted in rounds as amigurumi is done. The icicle itself is one piece while the hat and scarf are crocheted separately. The hat is sewed on while the scarf, a simple chain of 25-30 stitches is simply tied around the neck.



Acrylic or cotton yarn works best for making the icicle figures. A yarn that is stiff, with little stretch, like cheaper acrylic or cotton is preferred. Because it has less stretch it will be easier to shape long and thin like an icicle. Softer yarn has more of a tendency to stretch which can make it more challenging to keep the intended shape. I used Red Heart Super Saver. Cotton yarn like Sugar and Cream will hold the shape nicely as well.

For the hat any kind of yarn (wool, acrylic, cotton, etc) will work as long as it's the same weight used for the icicle. If the yarn is thinner or thicker the hat may need some tweaking. I also used a hook that was one size larger for the hat ensuring that it would fit well.


After crocheting a number of little hats I found that I liked variegated yarn the best. It adds dimension and color without all the trouble of changing colors. Plus the hat and scarf can look different and yet coordinate. And for some of the hats I used a different coordinating color for the pom pom on top.





Using letter and number beads, I attached names and the year, along with a jingle bell to each icicle. Some of the names are almost longer than the icicle itself! For some I put the year at the bottom tip along with the bell, and hung the name at the neck, often with a glass bead or two at the end. For others I threaded the name and year in one long string adding some of the glass beads in between the name and year.


PATTERN: 
I've included a number of links to videos that explain certain techniques in case you need further help. Finished size, including hat with pom pom, is about 5 inches or 13 cm tall if worked with the recommended yarn and hook. Pattern is worked using single crochet (US terminology) in continuous rounds.

Difficulty Level: Easy, but some experience with amigurumi techniques is very helpful

Materials:
~medium worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver), white, for the icicle itself and various colors of various types (whatever I had in my stash!) for the hat and scarf. 
~size 3.5 mm and 3.75 mm hooks
~yarn needle for fastening off and sewing in ends
~toy stuffing
~fabric glue
~stitch marker to keep track of each round, (a piece of yarn will do)
~stuffing stick or eraser end of pencil to push the toy stuffing into the icicle and help with the shaping
~fishing line or yarn for hanging loop
(The following are optional) 
~a dinner fork used to make the mini pom pom on the top of hat
~embroidery thread, tiny beads, or 4 mm plastic safety eyes for the eyes
~Letter beads
~Number beads
~little jingle bells
~glass or plastic beads
~needle and thread to attach beads and jingle bell

Abbreviations and Tips:
magic ring: check out this video tutorial by Planet June
rnd: round
st: stitch
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
inc: increase, (single crochet 2 stitches in one stitch)
rsc: reverse single crochet, check out this video tutorial by Planet June
dec: decrease, single crochet 2 stitches together, I recommend the invisible decrease method, check out this video  tutorial by Planet June
( ) x: Within the brackets will be the given number of stitches to be repeated. The x with a number after it indicates how many times the sequence will be repeated.  Example: (inc, 3 sc) x 2 means you will do an increase followed by a sc in each of the next 3 stitches) and you will repeat this sequence 2 times.
F/O: finish off, check out this video tutorial, by Planet June

Instructions:
Beginning at the bottom tip of the icicle:
Use the 3.5 mm hook and the white worsted weight yarn. Leave a 3-4 inch tail before making the magic ring. The excess yarn will be used to stuff the very tip of the icicle.

Rnd 1: Make a magic ring with 4 sc

Rnd 2: (inc) x 1 = 5 sc, (Increase in the first stitch and then sc in each of the rest of the stitches in the round)

Before moving to rnd 3 carefully push the stitches right side out. This video has excellent tips to manage this step easily.

Rnd 3: sc in each st around = 5 sc

Rnd 4: (inc) x 1 = 6 sc

Rnd 5: sc in each st around = 6 sc

Rnd 6: (inc) x 1 = 7 sc, Carefully push the yarn tail into the tip of the icicle before moving on. A stuffing stick or a slightly pointed narrow dowel helps with the shaping.

Rnd 7: sc in each st around = 7 sc

Rnd 8: (inc) x 1 = 8 sc

Rnd 9: sc in each st around = 8 sc

Rnd 10: (inc) x 1 = 9 sc

Rnds 11-12: sc in each st around = 9 sc

Rnd 13: (inc) x 1 = 10 sc

Rnds 14-15: sc in each st around = 10 sc, Begin stuffing and shaping the icicle body. Be careful not to stretch the fabric too much. You want it firm and nicely shaped.

The “neck” of the icicle:
Rnd 16: (dec, 3 sc) x 2 = 8 sc

Beginning the “head” of the icicle:
Rnd 17: (inc, 3 sc) x 2 = 10 sc

Rnd 18: (inc, 1 sc) x 5 = 15 sc

Rnds 19 (inc, 4 sc) x 3 = 18 sc

Rnd 20-22:  sc in each st around = 18 sc

Rnd 23: (dec, 4 sc) x 3 = 15 sc

Rnd 24: (dec, 1 sc) x 5 = 10 sc, Stuff and shape the neck and head.

Rnd 25: (dec) x 5 = 5 sc, then F/O, refer to video above if needed


Hat for Icicle Boy or Girl
Worsted weight yarn in color of your choice and a 3.75 mm hook

Rnd 1: Make a magic ring with 5 sc

Rnd 2: (inc) x 5 = 10 sc

Rnd 3: (inc, 1 sc) x 5 = 15 sc

Rnd 4: (inc, 4 sc) x 3 = 18 sc

Rnds 5-8: sc in each st around = 18 sc, After rnd 7 check how the hat fits and decide if you want to add row 8 or even an additional row before finishing with the final rsc row. I have found that depending on what yarn you use or how tightly you crochet you might want to add or subtract a row at this stage.

Rnd 9: rsc around, join with sl st. Leave long tail for sewing hat to icicle head.

* Optional Rnd 9: sc or rsc last row with contrast color.

Pom Pom for top of hat
To form the pom pom, loosely wrap yarn around two fingers approximately 30 times. Tie securely in the center with piece of yarn approximately 12” long. This piece will be used to secure the pom pom to the top of the hat. Trim the pom pom to approximately 1/2 inch.

An optional method for making a pom pom can be found in this video. The only thing that is different for our purposes is that the piece of yarn used to secure it snugly after wrapping the yarn needs to be at least 12” long. Do not cut that piece of yarn as shown in the video. It will be used to attach the pom pom to the hat.

To attach the pom pom to the hat, use a yarn needle and insert first one end of the long piece of yarn through the top. Then using the yarn needle insert the second end through the top of the hat at a stitch or two over from the first one. Bring both ends through to the underside and tie securely in a knot. Several drops of fabric glue can be applied under the pom pom to make it more secure, if desired.

After the pom pom is attached then sew the hat to the head with the long tail.

Scarf
Using worsted weight yarn in the color of your choice and a 3.75 mm hook, chain 30. Tie overhand knots at both ends of the chain and cut the yarn leaving approx 1/4 inch of a yarn tail at both ends. Wrap it around the neck of the icicle and tie it in a knot.

Finishing:
I like my icicle figures without any eyes but if you want to add eyes there are several options; embroidery, tiny seed beads, or 4 mm plastic safety eyes. If you opt for the safety eyes the best way to attach them is by gluing them on after you’ve sewn the hat to the icicle.

If you want to add a name/date with letter and numeral beads or a jingle bell or plastic or glass beads they can be added as well.

Using yarn, embroidery thread, or fishing line attach a hanging loop just in front of the pom pom on the top of the hat.

This is my original pattern. Please do not post it to your blog or claim it as your own. Feel free to give away or sell any finished ornaments but I would appreciate it if you would include a link to the source of the pattern. Thank you so much!

Have Fun! 

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