Beginner level crafting and crocheting.
Red Heart® Super Saver® Yarn: 100% acrylic, Art. E300 (8 and 6 ounce skeins) or Art. E301 (3 and 2 ½ ounce skeins): Wreath: 6 Ounces No. 254 Pumpkin*; Cat: ½ ounce No. 312 Black; Basket: 2 ounces No. 254 Pumpkin*, ½ ounce No. 312 Black.
* or No. 354 Vibrant Orange.
Wreath: 12" vine wreath; pom-pom maker; 1 yard 1" wide black ribbon.
Cat: Two black 12" chenille stems; pom-pom maker; white covered wire; two 8mm wiggle eyes; small amounts of black and pink felt.
Basket: Gallon size empty, clean plastic bleach bottle; pencil, hole punch; orange spray paint; crochet hook size H-8 [5mm]; small amount black felt.
All: Hot melt glue gun and glue sticks; ruler; scissors; white craft glue.
Make ten (10) 3" diameter Pumpkin pom poms.
Make a black bow. Glue pom poms and bow to vine wreath with hot melt glue.
Cut twenty four (24) 16" long Black strands for body and legs. Cut six (6) 6" long Black strands for ties.
Body: With the ends of the 16" strands even, place one chenille stem over the strands, 4" from one (head) end. With a 6" strand, tie yarn and stem together 1" from top of chenille stem. Divide the 24 strands into three bundles of 8 strands, hold the stem together with one of the bundles and make a braid until braid length is approximately 4" long and approximately 5" of unbraided yarn remains. With 6" strand, tie yarn and stem together to secure the braid. A long length of stem will remain for the tail.
Legs: Cut second stem into two 6" pieces. Twist the 1" stem remaining at the head end over the center of a 6" piece to secure, leaving 3" at each side for front legs. Repeat with the stem at the tail end for the back legs. Divide the 5" yarn ends at each end of body into 2 bundles of 12 strands for each leg. Then braid 3 bundles of 4 strands together with a 3" stem until end of stem is reached. Secure braid at "ankle" with a 6" strand of yarn. Trim ends.
Head: Make one 2" Black pom pom and glue to remaining stem at head end of body with hot melt glue. Cut two ¾" triangles from black felt for ears; cut on ¼" triangle from pink felt for nose; cut six (6) 1 ¼" long pieces of white covered wire for whiskers. Glue features in place with craft glue. Bend legs and tail as desired. Glue onto wreath or use as separate decoration.
Mark 4" from the bottom of the bleach bottle and repeat around the bottle. Mark again 1" above the 4" marks. Cut from the bottle opening down to the 4" mark, then around the bottle following the 4" marks for the basket. Cut following the 1" marks for the handle.
Punch holes down the center of the handle every ½", beginning ½" from the end. Cut the corners of the handle to round the ends. Make 32 evenly spaced marks ¼" from the top edge of the basket; punch holes over the center of the marks.
Spray basket and handle on all sides with orange paint and allow to dry.
Basket Cover: With Pumpkin yarn, ch 5; join with a sl st to form a ring. Rnd 1: Ch 3, 15 dc in ring; join with a sl st to top of ch-3 -16 sts. Rnd 2: Ch 4, * dc in next dc, ch 1; rep from * around; join to 3rd ch of ch-4 -16 sps. Rnd 3: Sl st in next sp, ch 5, dc in same sp, * (dc, ch 2, dc) all in next sp; rep from * around; join to 3rd ch of ch-5. Rnds 4-10: Sl st in next sp, ch 6, dc in same sp, * (dc, ch 3, dc) all in next sp; rep from * around; join to 3rd ch of ch-6. Fasten off. (Note: Stretch cover over basket to check height of cover before fastening off and work more or fewer rnds to fit.) Edging: Stretch cover over basket and align ch-3 sps with holes. With Black, make a slip knot on hook, * insert hook between dcs and into hole of basket and complete a sl st, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp and hole, ch 1; rep from * around; join to first sl st. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Handle: With Pumpkin, make a slip knot on hook, work 2 sc in each hole across long sides and 6 sc in each of the 2 end holes; join. Fasten off. With hot melt glue, glue ends of handle to inside of basket.
Face: Cut three 1" triangles from black felt for two eyes and a nose. Cut one mouth from black felt following template. Glue features to front of basket with craft glue.
ABBREVIATIONS: beg = beginning; ch = chain; dc = double crochet; mm = millimeters; rep= repeat; sc = single crochet; sl st = slip stitch; sp(s) = space(es); st(s) = stitch(es); * or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.
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