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13 February 2009 @ 08:13 am
Star Gift Book 150- Potholders  
As promised. I even colorized the picture so you could get an idea how they look colorized. The reversed colors for the matched set, I didn't do. But I'm sure you'll be able to imagine. And shudder. Be afraid. Be very very afraid.


Pot Holders


Pot Holders
Materials Required:
AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY "STAR" BLEND YARN, Article 75
1 skein each White and Red will make 2 Clown Potholders reversing colors
1 skein each Cerise and Lt. Yellow will make 2 Girl Potholders reversing colors
1 Bone Ring for each Potholder for hanging
2 Bone Rings for Earrings
Scrap of Black Felt for Clown
Scrap of Red Felt for Girl
Aluminum crochet hook size F

CLOWN
FACE:With White chain (ch) 4, 11 double crochet (dc) in 1st stitch (st) of ch, join in 4th st of ch.
2nd ROUND: Ch 3, counts as 1st dc, 1 dc in same space, 2 dc in each remaining dc, join in 3rd st of ch.
3rd ROUND: Ch 3, dc in same space, * 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * all around ending with 1 dc in last dc, join in 3rd st of ch.
4th and 5th ROUNDS: Repeat 3rd round
6th ROUND: Ch 3, 1 dc in each dc, join in 3rd st of ch.
EARS: Ch 3, *yarn over hook, insert in next dc, pull through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, repeat from * twice, yarn over and pull through all loops on needle, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, * yarn over, insert in next dc, pull through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, repeat from * twice, yarn over and pull through all loops on needle, ch 3, sc in same space with last st, ch 3, turn. 1 sc in each st ending with a slip stitch (sl st) cut yarn. With right side facing, skip 36 dc, attach yarn in same space, and complete Ear in same manner. Work a 2nd section to correspond and crochet both sections together with sc.
EYES AND EYEBROWS: Cut strips of Black Felt as illustrated for Eyes and Eyebrows and applique in place.
NOSE: With Red work 1st round same as Face, cut yarn leaving an end. Thread yarn into needle and applique Nose in place.
MOUTH: Ch 35, join, cut yarn and applique in place as illustrated.
HAIR: With wrong side of Face toward you, join Red in next sc after Right Ear, work 3 loops in same space and in each of next 4 sc (loop st: wind yarn around index finger to form a 1 1/4 inch loop, insert hook in st, and complete sc) ch 1, turn.
2nd ROW: Work 1 sc in each loop st, ch 1, turn.
3rd ROW: Work 1 loop st in each sc, cut yarn.
Join Red in 5th st from Left Ear and complete Hair section to correspond.
NECK RUFF: With Red and right side facing, skip 10 sts after Right Ear, and join in next st, * work 1 sc in each of next 18 sc, ch 1, turn, work 1 sc in each sc, ch 1, turn, work 3 loop sts in each sc, ch 1, turn.
NEXT ROW:: Work 1 loop in each loop st, cut yarn.
With White cover a bone ring with sc and attach to wrong side of Potholder. Reverse colors for 2nd Potholder

GIRL
Work 2 crocheted sections same as Clown.
HAIR: With wrong side facing join reversed color in 6th st from Right Ear and work 3-1 1/2 in loop sts in each of the 16 center sts, cut yarn.
EYES: Wind yarn 15 times over a 1 inch cardboard, sew strands in position one after the other, slip strands from cardboard and sew loops in place shaping as illustrated.
MOUTH AND NOSE: Cut sections from Red felt as illustrated and applique in place.
EARRINGS: Cover bone rings with sc, join, ch 20, cut yarn. Draw sc in center of bone ring. Form ch into bow and sew in place. Finish with bone ring same as Clown. Reverse colors for 2nd Potholder.




E said the clown eyes were dead eyes, and nobody should be afraid of dead clowns. But I just can't help it. These potholders scare me.
 
 
Feeling: amusedamused
 
 
 
awfiefawfief on February 13th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
heh. I don't know if this is generational or cultural (or just me!), but I think of a potholder as something you stick your hand in. I know that what you call a potholder has traditionally been used both as a trivet and potholder, but these days I have wooden trivets, and stick-your-whole-hand-in-em potholders.

(I guess those are called "oven mitts"?)
revia: going madrevia on February 13th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
OK... you were right. These are scarier than the yak.

I was just noticing that the cover of the book has a doily with two teacups. The way that they are arranged makes it look like some sort of fluffy alien life-form (the cups being the eyes).

Or maybe I am sleep deprived!
shala_beads: alien danceshala_beads on February 13th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
It really really does. I hadn't noticed that before.
The potholders are just a perfect gift aren't they? I can imagine the look in someone's eyes. "Oh, they're hideous, but she made them for me.. so I should say thank you.. what if she expects me to use them? To hang them in my kitchen?.. How do I say thank you for this?"
Very scary.
shala_beads: felt_eyeballshala_beads on February 13th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
Plus the dead clown looks like it wants to take a bite of something. *shudders in fear*
Teresa "Meepa"meepa on May 5th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
...maybe there's something wrong with me, but I just don't find this as scary as the yak.

On the other hand, I have to make a disclaimer here:

We actually had these when I was growing up.

That's right. We actually owned a set of these. They're... a lot less scary once sufficiently stained with tomato sauce and what all. And possibly it helps to have grown up with these.
shala_beads: vintage crochet headshala_beads on May 6th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
They terrify me. The clown is a scary eat your head kind of clown.
I still need to get the rest of this book done!