Anyway, it's no secret that the life of The Animator's Wife has pretty much been completely consumed by Little Lovely this last year. I guess that's what happens when someone has a baby, so I won't hold it against her. The only thing I'm kind of disappointed about is she doesn't have as much crochet time as she did before. I think she's a little sad about that, too, because she used to like to make crochet gifts for her family and friends.
Well it just so happens that while she was planning Little Lovely's epic birthday party, she came up with the idea of making crocheted greeting cards. What a lovely way to give someone a gift card! This way the recipient can pick out exactly what they want (I know The Animator's Wife loves getting gift cards), but they still get something handmade to go with it.
She made this one for The Animator for his birthday. You may recognize the Companion Cube from Valve's Portal. His gift was a sponsorship for Tex Murphy's Project Fedora.
She made these as special thank-yous for those who contributed something extra-special to Little Lovely's Alice in Wonderland party. We'll be publishing the pattern for it in the near future.
One could make these cards with pretty much any crochet applique pattern. Even large appliques worked in yarn could be made in thread instead so that they fit on a card. Then simply skip the blocking step, dip them in clear-drying glue, and lay them out on the front of the card to dry.
I think this card is especially cute. Owls are all the rage for baby gear these days, so The Animator's Wife created this card for a cousin who's expecting a baby this week. The pattern follows. Enjoy!
Skill Level: Easy
Main Color: worsted-weight yarn
Brown: worsted-weight yarn
White: worsted-weight yarn
Orange: worsted-weight yarn
Size H-8 (5.0mm) crochet hook
Size H-8 (5.0mm) crochet hook
5x7-inch blank greeting card
Eyes - make 2.
Worked in the round.
With Brown, ch 4.
Rnd 1. 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1) 3 times in same ch; join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. Finish off. 11 dc and 4 ch-1 sp.
Rnd 2. Join White with sl st in any ch-1 sp. Ch 2, (dc, ch 1 dc2tog) in same sp as joining, ch 1, (dc2tog, ch 1) twice in ea rem ch-1 sp around. Join with sl st in top of beg ch. Finish off. 8 dc clusters and 8 ch-1 sp.
Rnd 3. Join Main Color with sl st in any ch-1 sp. Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp as joining, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * around. Join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. 24 dc and 8 ch-1 sp.
Rnd 4. Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining and next 2 dc, 2 sc in next ch-1 sp, *sc in next 3 dc, 2 sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * around. Finish off. 40 sc.
Worked from bottom up.
With Orange, ch 4.
Row 1. 2 dc in 4th ch from hook. 2 dc.
Row 2. Ch 3; turn. 2 dc in first dc, skip next dc, 3 dc in last dc. Finish off. 6 dc.
Ears - make 2.
With Main Color, ch 3.
Row 1. 2 dc in 4th ch from hook. Finish off. 2 dc.
Weave in all ends. Coat the back of each piece and arrange on front of greeting card as shown in photo. Allow to dry completely. If desired, layer a sheet of wax paper and a heavy book on top to keep the card from wrinkling as it dries.
dc double crochet
sc single crochet
sl st slip stitch