This is a quick and easy one.  Last year I made a bunch of these to decorate our Christmas tree. Also, these make decent cat toys. There are many patterns for pinecones online, but I chose to follow this one on the Planet M Files blog.

Crocheted pinecone hanging on a Christmas tree

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As a vegetarian, there isn’t much in the way of turkey in our house.  However, I was very excited about making this little guy to decorate the shelf outside our apartment.

I made this guy using the pattern on bitter sweet blog.

I found making the tail to be the most fun part of this project (and assembly to be the most painful).  It was really fun to choose the colors and patterns.  Like the ghost, I struggled for while with eyes and a nose for this guy.  The pattern includes instructions for a beak, but I wasn’t happy with the way it turned out.  In the end, I decided to go without a face.

Crocheted turkey

Since I only finished this project one week before thanksgiving, I was hesitant to pack him away in December.  Instead, I decided to leave him out for all December, and made him a festive hat!  I made the hat by making a simple cone with a puff ball on top.  If you don’t have access to a cone pattern, you can just follow the first part of the tutorial for Holiday Lights.

Crocheted Turkey wearing a Santa Hat

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One of my favorite things about my new apartment is that there is a small shelf outside our apartment door, which is the perfect place to display crochet projects! My first project for our hallway was this spooky ghost for Halloween.

I followed this guy from the pattern on Lion Brand’s website. However, I was annoyed that I couldn’t get him to look quite as shapely and bulbous as the photo in the pattern.  Also, I struggled with the eyes for this guy for about a week.  I kept trying to sew the eyes, but was never happy with them.  Luckily, I was able to use these beads from a broken necklace.

Crocheted ghost with blue beaded eyesNote: I shouldn’t get all the credit for helping make our hallway the most festive in the building, but I will admit that I was the first person to use this shelf space for holiday decorations.  I am currently trying to figure out if there is anything I should make for January, or just start planning for Valentine’s day.

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Clip on Bow-tie

Ever since I saw this in Craft, I have been looking for an excuse to make one of these.  Luckily, the perfect opportunity came when a friend of a friend got promoted at his job, and wanted to “classy up the place”.

Note that the original pattern is for a “real” bow-tie. I modified this pattern and made a clip on bow-tie instead because I wanted to focus on usability, not authenticity for this project. (For the interested, here are the 16 simple steps to tying a real bow-tie).

I followed the pattern to make the bow, and then took some elastic cord and covered it with a simple chain.  I then up-cycled a clip from a conference name badges and used this to clip the ends together.

Unfortunately, I never got a photo of the friend of a friend wearing the tie, and lost the pictures I took of a friend wearing it before I shipped it.

Crocheted clip on bow-tie

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Catnip Mouse

This is one for the kitties.

There are many patterns online to crochet cat toys. Unfortunately, I made this a year ago and can’t find the website where I found the pattern.

This mouse is stuffed with cotton balls and a catnip refill pouch.

crocheted mouse filled with catnip

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Holiday Dove

One of my nieces loves birds. Since she also likes pink and glitter, I spruced up the Lion Brand Pattern Holiday Dove pattern to make it a little less Holiday-ish. I

Crocheted Holiday Dove in a Christmas Tree

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Tea Cup Toy

Last Christmas I had fun making toys for my nephlings. My favorite (and the most popular) was this tea cup (with removable tea). I followed this pattern by Lion Brand Yarn for a Tea Cup Pin cushion, but I didn’t sew in the top to the tea. This made for a fun toy because you can hide treasures in the cup.

Child enjoying a teacup toy I crochetedcrocheted teacup next to several bags of tea

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