Saturday, January 11, 2014

Mystery Transformable Crochet

As I write this, the temperatures outside are below freezing.
I am dreaming about springtime.
I hope this pattern brings a smile to your face and warms your heart.

This pattern should only take an hour or two of your time and a bit of scrap yarn.
And it has a surprise inside, when you open it.
All you need is:
Worsted Weight yarn (Weight Category: 4 Medium
(like Red Heart Supersaver or Lily Sugar n Cream Cotton)
This can be made in all one color (Total yardage: about 15 yards)
Although, I would suggest using two:
(About 12 yards of a cheery color like yellow or red 
and about 3 yards of a contrasting color like green or blue)
3.75mm / F hook (Hook size needs to be smaller than the recommended size for the type of yarn being used)
A tiny bit of stuffing and a yarn needle.

If you have difficulty with any part of this pattern, send me a message, and of course, I will help.
If you find any errors, I would appreciate a quick note.
I am open to any and all criticism, suggestions and ideas.
And I would love to see pictures.

Materials: WW Cotton
               (Red Heart or Sugar n Cream):
Various colors
Main Color = About 10 yds.
Contrasting Color = 2.5 yds.
               F / 3.75mm Hook
               Yarn needle to sew
                Small amount of Stuffing

Gauge is not critical. 
Size:   about 2.5” high / 3” wide (6.4 x7.6 cm)

Beg = Beginning
BLO = Back Loop Only
Ch(s) = Chain(s)
Dc = Double Crochet
Dc-Inc = 2 double crochets into one stitch
FLO = Front Loop Only
FO = Fasten Off
Hdc = Half Double Crochet
Lp(s) = Loop(s)
MR = Magic Ring
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
Sc = Single Crochet
Sc-Dec = Single crochet 2 sts together
Sc-Inc = 2 single crochets into one stitch
Sk = Skip
Ss = Slip Stitch
St(s) = Stitch(es)

US Terminology

Regarding copyright:
This is a free pattern for your personal use.
You are welcome to sell any items that you make.
But please, do not sell the pattern or reproduce the text without permission.

Pattern Notes:
Þ    You can change the type of yarn, but I would advise using a sturdy yarn.
Be sure to use a hook size smaller than the yarn recommendations. 
Þ    You can work over the beginning yarn-ends to eliminate weaving in later. 
Þ    Be sure to pull and cinch the beg yarn-end very tight to completely close the center circle.  Worsted weight yarn is pretty strong so you can tug, and it usually won’t break.
Þ    Do not overstuff.  It just needs a little puff of stuffing to shape.

Here goes!

Begin at the Top:

Rnd 1:  MR, Ch 2 (does not count as a dc now and throughout).
10 Dc in the ring.  Join with a ss to the first dc.  (10 dc)
Note: Pull and cinch beg yarn-end to completely close the center circle. 

Rnd 2:  Ch 1, Sc in the joined st and each around. 
Join to the first sc.  (10 sc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 1, Sc-Dec around.  Lightly stuff.  Join.  (5 sc)
Rnd 4:  Ch 1, Sc-Inc in first st.
Ss in next st.
Ch 6, sk 2 chs, Sc in the next 2 chs, sk next ch, Ss in last ch.
Then ss once more in the same st as last ss on made on rnd 3.

Sc-Inc in the next st of the head.

Ss in next st.
Ch 6, sk 2 chs, Sc in the next 2 chs, sk next ch, Ss in last ch.
Then ss once more in the same st as last ss on made on rnd 3.

Sc-Inc in the last st of the head.  Join.  (6 sc + 2 extended segments)

Rnd 5:  Ch 1, Sc in first 2 st.
                        Mark the back loop of the first sc with a st marker. 
Move the extended stitches down out of the way.
Sk the slip-stiches and the extended segment.

Sc in each of the 2 sts between the extended stitches.

Sk the slip-stiches and the next extended segment.

Sc in the last 2 sts.   Join in the FLO of the first sc.  (6 sc)  

Rnd 6:  Work this round in FLO
Ch 2, Dc-Inc around.  Join to the top of the first dc.  (12 flo-dc) 

Rnd 7:  Ch 2, (Dc in 3, Dc-Inc) 3xs.  Join.  (15 dc) 

Rnd 8:  Work this round in BLO
[Ch 1, (Hdc, Ch 1) 3xs in the next st, ss in next 2 sts] around. 
[Note: The last ss will be in the back loop of the joined ss from rnd 7.] 
Ch 1, FO and weave in. (5 petals)

Now, invert Rows 6 through 8 by pushing the Top down inside.
You will be working on the inside on the free loops of rnd 5.
You may need to stretch the center hole a bit to see the 6 free loops from rnd 5 (See Photo).

Final Part: 
Rnd 1:  With a contrasting color:
Join  with a Ss in the Marked loop.
Ch 1, Sc in each free loop around.  Join.  (6)
Rnds 2-5: Ch 1, Sc around.  Join.   FO after rnd 5.  (6)

This can be made longer if you want:
Just repeat the last row as many times as you wish.

It could also be wider to accommodate fatter-sized pencils or adult fingers:
Just add one (or more) single crochet increase on rnd 1.


  1. Oh, you made me smile. Thank you! I am so happy when others enjoy my patterns. I know it's just a silly little toy, but sometimes it's the little things that make us happy. Smiles to you! Thanks again.