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Friday, September 25, 2015

The Littlest Witches: A Free Crochet Pattern For You

Last November,  I released my Littlest Angels as a free pattern, and it quickly became the most visited page on my blog. I thought it would be fun to do a variation on them for Halloween, so I have designed the Littlest Witches for you. 
I had a lot of fun creating them, and 
I hope you will enjoy them!
The Littlest Witches 
By Elizabeth Ann White
For BellaCrochet


Size: About  6” tall including Hat

Materials for One Witch and One Pumpkin:
Size 10 Crochet Cotton Thread:
  100 yards Black
   50 yards Rust or Dk. Orange for Hair
   50 yards   Peach  
   Small amounts Lt. Brown and Dk. Brown for Broom
   20 yards Orange for each Pumpkin
   Small amount Dk. Green for Pumpkin Leaf
Stitch markers  or scrap of thread to mark rounds
Small amount of fiberfill (to stuff head and pumpkin)
3” Piece of Chenille Stem (for arms)
3” Twig (for Broom handle)
1” square of cardboard (for wrapping Broom Straw)
Toothpick (for pumpkin stem)
Brown Craft Paint (to paint pumpkin stems)
Craft Glue
Size 7 (1.65mm) Steel Crochet Hook

Special Stitches:
For Vst: (dc, ch 2, dc) in st or ch sp indicated

For beginning shell (beg shell): (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in st or ch sp indicated

For shell (shell): (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in st or ch sp indicated

Witch
Note: Work Rnds 1-9 in rnds, do not join. Mark first st of each round.

Rnd 1: Starting at top of head, with peach, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc made)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12)

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

Rnds 4-6: sc in each st around. (18)

Rnd 7: (Sc next 2 sts tog, sc in next st) around. (12)

Stuff head with small amount of fiberfill, being careful not to stuff too tightly.

Rnd 8: (Sc next 2 sts tog) around. (6)

Rnd 9: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 10: Sc in each st around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 11: Join black with sl st in first st, (ch 3, 2 dc) in same st as joining, 3 dc in each st around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (Ch-3 counts as first dc; 18 dc made)

Rnd 12: Ch 3, dc in each of  next 2 sts, ch 2, skip next 4 sts for first arm opening, dc in each of next 5 sts, ch 2, skip next 4 sts for second arm opening, dc in each of last 2 sts, join. (10 dc, 2 ch-2 sps made)

Rnd 13: Ch 1, sc in each st and in each ch-2 sp around, join with sl st in first sc. (12 sc made)

Rnd 14: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, 2 dc in each st around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (24)

Rnd 15: (Ch 5, dc) in first st (counts as beginning Vst), skip next st, *Vst (see Special Stitches) in next st, skip next st; repeat from * around, join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch-5.  (12 Vsts made)

Rnd 16: (Sl st, beginning shell- see Special Stitches) in ch sp of beginning Vst, shell (see Special Stitches)  in ch-2  sp of each Vst around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (12 shells made)

Rnds 17-19: Sl st across to ch-2 sp of first  shell, beg shell in ch-2 sp of first  shell,  shell in ch-2 sp of each  shell around, join.

Rnd 20: Sl st across to ch-2 sp of first shell, sc in ch-2 sp of first shell, ch 1, (dc, ch 1) 7 times in ch-2 sp of next shell, *sc in ch-2 sp of next shell, ch 1, (dc, ch 1) 7 times in ch-2 sp of next shell; repeat from * around,  join. (6 scallops made)

Rnd 21: (Sl st, ch 1, sc) in first ch-1 sp on first scallop, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) 7 times, *sc in first ch-1 sp on next scallop, (ch 3, sc n next ch-1 sp) 7 times; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc.  Fasten off.

Sleeves
Note: Work in rounds, do not join. Mark first st of each round.

Rnd 1: With black, ch 10, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 1, sc in each ch around. (10 sc made)

Rnd 2: Sc in each sc around.

Repeat Rnd 2 until Sleeves measure 2 ½”.  At end of last round, sl st in first st of last round, fasten off.

Hand (make 2)
Note: Work in rounds, do not join. Mark first st of each round.

Rnd 1: With peach, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc made)

Rnd 2: Sc in each st around. (6 sc)

Repeat Rnd 2 until Hand measures  3/4.  Fasten off.

Hat
Rnd 1: With black, ch 4, 5 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch-4. (First 3 chs count as first dc; 6 dc made)

Rnd 2: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in next dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (9 dc made)

Rnd 3: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in each of next 2 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts) around, join. (12 dc)

Rnd 4: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in each of next 3 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts) around, join. (15 dc)

Rnd 5: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in each of next 4 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 4 sts) around, join. (18 dc)

Rnd 6: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in each of next 5 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts) around, join. (21 dc)

Rnd 7: Working this round in front lps only, (ch 3, dc) in first st, 2 dc in each dc around, join. Fasten off. (42 dc)


Broom
For Straw, wrap lt. brown thread 30 times around 1” square of cardboard. 
Cut all strands at one fold; carefully remove strands from cardboard. 
Wrap a 10” strand of dk. brown thread tightly around folded strands 12 times, placing about 1/2” below remaining fold.
Secure ends of dk. brown strand. 
Cut all strands of lt. brown at remaining fold. 
Trim all ends of lt. brown strands.

Glue to end of stick as shown in photo.


Pumpkins
Small Pumpkin
Rnd 1: Starting at the top of the Pumpkin, with orange, ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch-4. (First 3 chs count as first dc; 12 dc made)

Rnd 2: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in next st, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) around, join. (18 dc made)

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join. (18 dc) Stuff with fiberfill.

Rnd 4: Ch 2 (not worked in or counted as a stitch), dc in next dc, (dc next 2 dc together) around, join with sl st in first dc. Fasten off. (Note: the bottom of the Pumpkin will not be completely closed; a small opening will remain. This opening will be the base on which the Pumpkin will sit.) 

Large Pumpkin
Rnd 1: Starting at the top of the Pumpkin, with orange, ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch-4. (First 3 chs count as first dc; 12 dc made)

Rnd 2: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in next st, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) around, join. (18 dc made)

Rnds 3&4: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join. (18 dc) At end of last round, stuff with fiberfill.

Rnd 5: Ch 2 (not worked in or counted as a stitch), dc in next dc, (dc next 2 dc together) around, join with sl st in first dc. Fasten off. (Note: the bottom of the Pumpkin will not be completely closed;  a small opening will remain. This opening will be the base on which the Pumpkin will sit.) 

Pumpkin Leaf (make one for each Pumpkin)
Note: For picot, (ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook)
With green, ch 3, in 3rd ch from hook work  (dc, picot,—see Note--  ch 3, sl st.) Fasten off.

Finishing
1: For Hair, cut 60 strands of Hair Color thread, each 6” long. Wrap a separate strand of thread around center of all strands and tie securely. Fold top portion of strands down over tie. Arrange and shape upper portion of strands to cover lower portion. When you have the desired shape, glue to head of Witch. When glue dries, trim ends of all strands evenly if desired (see photos.)
These photos are from my Littlest  Angels  pattern, but the hair for the Witches is made exactly the same way (Guess who was too lazy to do another set of photos?) 
2: Insert Sleeves through Arm Openings on Witch. Insert 3” piece of chenille stem into Sleeves. Place one hand on each end of chenille stem, tucking ends of Hands inside openings of Sleeves.


3: To assemble Pumpkins, break 1” pieces from ends of toothpick. Paint about ½” at broken end with brown craft paint and allow to dry.
Insert pointed end of toothpick into center of Rnd 1 of Pumpkin.
Glue one Pumpkin Leaf to stem. Allow to dry.       




4: Place Hat on Witch’s head and glue in place if desired. Shape Witches arms as desired.


This little cutie was made by Rosina Smith.
Thank you for letting me share your photo, Rosina, she is adorable!

Every effort has been made to ensure this pattern is as accurate, clear, and complete as possible. All instructions have been checked and double checked and are presented in good faith. However, BellaCrochet makes no warranty and assumes no responsibility for human error, typographical mistakes or variations in individual work.

Add the Littlest Witches to your Ravelry queue: Littlest Witches. 

Special thanks go to Rosina Smith, Karen Misiunas and  Jolene Ortiz for testing this pattern.

Copyright BellaCrochet 2015. All rights reserved. Please do not redistribute or share this pattern; do not post it on any website. DO NOT make videos or tutorials of it for distribution on YouTube or any other site. You may share the link to the pattern only (and link shares are greatly appreciated, please tell your crocheting friends who might enjoy this pattern!)
This pattern has been tested for accuracy and clarity, and I can offer no additional information, photos or help with it.
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10 comments:

Rosina Smith said...

Such an adorable design! Fun and quick to work up, too. Love it! Thank you, Ann, for another wonderful design!

Bailey said...

Cute witch. What a creative way to make hair.

Phyllis Moynihan said...

Thank you so much Ann... These are adorable!

Lois Anderson said...

I love this pattern. It is so cute. Thank you, Ann, for sharing it.

Elly D said...

Ann, Thank you so much for sharing your very cute witches and pumpkin design. My thread is ordered ;)

Concha Mendi said...

Hello Anna congratulations because it is a beautiful witch, will try to make it to my sister because she collects them. Thanks for sharing the pattern. I'll take as a follower. Kisses

Emma-Jane Harley said...

Hi there, love these adorable witches! I'm relatively new to crochet but your instructions are so clear that I've enjoyed this very much! Is there a simple (ish) way of making bigger versions of these witches please? Would really appreciate your help.

Ann White said...

Thank you, Emma-Jane! The easiest way I know of to enlarge these little cuties would be to use a size 3 thread instead of the size 10 called for. If you cannot find size 3, you can use two strands of size 10 held together as one throughout. Of course you will need to use a correspondingly larger hook as well.

Emma-Jane Harley said...

Thank you so much for your help Ann White! I'll have a little experiment I think! 🙂

Pauline Perry said...

Your Littlest Witches are delightful and thank you so much for the free pattern. I hope to make some for my 5 grandchildren. They are adorable too!
Pauline
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