Monday, June 4, 2012

Boobies for Haiti!!!

I spent the past few months frantically working on several big crochet design projects, which I cannot post about until they are published. Not talking about the exciting things I am working on is possibly the most difficult part of my new career as a crochet designer. But now I finally have a crochet project I CAN post about, and I need your help...

A Lactation Consultant friend of mine asked me to help her make/collect Crocheted (or Knitted) Breasts for her upcoming trip to Haiti. She will be teaching Breastfeeding to hospital staff, and wants to leave these crocheted breasts as models for teaching hand expression and latching to new mothers. She would like at least 20 breasts to take when she leaves in just a little over two weeks.

Here is a quick pattern I whipped up for anyone who would like to help us by making a Boobie or two to help (note: I needed to post this, so please let me know if you catch any errata). If you are able to, please whip up a couple "boobies" and send them my way by Monday, June 18th. If you are not local, you can email me at crochetedcreations-rowan at yahoo dot com for where to send them. Thanks! Laurinda

CROCHETED "BOOBIE" PATTERN
Designed by Laurinda Reddig
(photos coming soon)

MATERIALS

Worsted Weight cotton and cotton blend yarns in dark brown and light brown (or any colorful worsted weight yarn, just remember not caucasian flesh tones), polyfil stuffing, E or F hook.

GAUGE

Rounds 1-7 of base should equal approximately 4 1/2 inches in diameter. However, gauge is not too important here, as breasts come in all shapes and sizes, just so long as the stuffing does not poke through.

TIPS

  • Work first 2 rounds with wrong side facing out, then push center up so right side is facing out before working round 3.
  • Hold yarn ends under stitches as you work. Stitches should be tight enough to keep the ends hidden and save time weaving them in.
  • Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the rounds.
PATTERN

Top:

With Dark Brown Magic Loop, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 5 sc in second ch from hook, pull magic loop tight, join with slst in first sc. (5 sc)

Rnds 2-3: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with slst. (5 sc)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around, join. (10 sc)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) repeat around, join. (15 sc)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, (sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st) repeat around, join. Finish off. (20 sc)

Rnd 7: Join Light Brown with slst in first hdc, ch 1, work entire row in back loop only, hdc in next st, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st) repeat around to last st, hdc in last st, hdc in same st as first hdc, do not join. (30 hdc)

Rnd 8: Ch 1, (hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around. (36 hdc)

Rnd 9: Ch 1, (hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around. (42 hdc)

Rnd 10: Ch 1, (hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around. (48 hdc)

Rnd 11: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, join with slst.

Rnd 12: Ch 1, (hdc in next 11 sts, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around. (52 hdc)

Rnd 13-17: Repeat Rnd 11. After last Rnd, sc in next st, join with slst in next st, finish off.

Base:

Rnd 1: 8 hdc in second ch from hook, pull magic loop tight, join with slst in first hdc, do not join. (8 hdc)

Rnds 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around. (16 hdc)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, (hdc in next st, 2 sc in next st) repeat around. (20 hdc)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, (hdc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st) repeat around. (28 sc)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, (hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around. (36 hdc)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, (hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around. (44 hdc)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, (hdc in next 11 sts, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around, hdc in next st, join with slst in next st. (52 hdc)

Rnd 8: Ch 1, holding edges of Top and Base with wrong sides together, sc through last Rnd of both most of the way around, fill firmly with polyfil before stitching last few stitches of the Rnd. Finish off. Weave in ends.

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