Last week, I showed off my new crochet hooks with polymer clay hook grips. Well, now that I had the new hooks, I needed a new crochet hook case. (I had been toting around my hooks in a plastic Ziploc baggy, so it was time for something a little nicer.)
--yarn for monster body
--yarn for eyes
--2 plastic safety eyes (optional)
--crochet hooks of a couple different sizes (I used F for the body and D for the horns and eyes)
Step 1: I started out by using this monster pattern as the template. The only parts I followed were the beginning telling the number to chain and how to know where to put the mouth. (I think her hook case is really cute with the stripe running down it.)
Step 2: Crochet your foundation chain (about 22 SC), and go all the way around it. Then, I went around it with a DC. Increase base to make it as big as you want/need.
Step 3: SC rounds until crochet hooks fit inside and only the tips stick past.
Step 4: Create your mouth. Figure out how big you want your mouth to be, and crochet that amount of SC. (Ex: If you want it 14 SC long, then make a 14 SC chain, then count 14 SC and attach at the new spot) Continue SC rows until you have desired height (minus closing).
Step 5: Closing your monster head. There are different ways to do it.
--The way I chose was to do decrease rounds until I reached 6SC total, and then close using a decrease stitch using first and fourth SC.
--Another way to close would be to just sew across the top or to reduce some and sew across the top. The across the top sewing would be for a more boxy shaped head.
Step 6: Decorate your monster. I added horns, arms, and eyes.
--To make eyes: Ch2; Rd 1= 4 SC in ch that is second from hook. Increase until you have the width you want. (I did 4, 8, 12) Then, 1 plain SC round to make eyes pop out. For the eyes, I'm pretty sure I used the smaller D hook. I added plastic safety eyes, but you could also do yarn, felt, etc.
--To make the horns, I used a smaller D hook. I think I started with 4 SC, but I cannot remember.
--To make arms, I used the same size hook as the body (F), and did the following: Ch 2; Rd 1= 6 in ch that is second from hook; Rd 2= 2 SC, Sc (9); Rds 3-9= SC (9)
Step 7: I added a button and yarn to close off my monster's mouth, so that my hooks wouldn't fall out easily.
Update: This post was featured on We Made That Linky #53.