Sunday, April 23, 2017

Piggy MCAL


Thank you for joining me in a fun filled mystery crochet along!

In this mystery crochet along you will be crocheting a piggy. Your finished piggy will measure around 8 inches from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet. Your size will vary depending on the yarn you choose, the crochet hook you choose, and your tension while crocheting. I used worsted weight yarn and a size D hook to get my piggy to this size.


Clues for this mystery will be given every 2 days as listed below…


Clue #1 - May 7, 2017
Clue #2 - May 9, 2017
Clue #3 - May 11, 2017
Clue #4 - May 13, 2017
Clue #5 - May 15, 2017
     Assembly  - May 17, 2017

Clues will be posted around 4pm pacific time on the days listed above.

Clues will be available on Ravelry in pdf form to download and print, as well as in my Ravelry Group, on my Facebook Page, and on Instagram.


Here are some helpful tutorials on my blog to help you better understand this pattern.

Photo Tutorial of Sewing the Pieces Together (I will give you sewing instructions on the assembly day.)

Crocheting through both sides of an arm/leg/ear together


You will need…
  • Yarn Color A - 100 yards - Pink yarn, or the main color yarn for your pig
  • Yarn Color B - 35 yards - Any color yarn, your favorite color yarn, or whoever you are making this piggy for
  • Small amount of brown or black yarn, or desired color for embroidering the face
  • 12mm-15mm safety eyes, or desired
  • 3.25mm crochet hook (Size D), or desired crochet hook
  • Fiberfill Stuffing
  • Yarn Needle
  • Sewing Pins to hold pieces in place before sewing (optional)
  • Stitch Markers
Stitches and Abbreviations used…
  • Ch - chain
  • Sl - slip stitch
  • Sc - single crochet
  • Hdc - half double crochet
  • St - stitch
  • Sts - stitches
  • Rpt - repeat
  • Inc - increase, 2 sc in the same space
  • Dec - decrease or sc2tog (single crochet 2 together)


Please use your imagination when making your piggy. Pigs would look wonderful in any color combination, purple, blue, green, yellow, and more!

Different threads will be opened to go along with the mystery in my Ravelry group - a spoilers thread to share pictures, a question thread for anyone with questions, and a regular thread to talk with others about the mystery.


Feel free to contact me throughout the mystery if you have any questions.
MelissasCrochetPatterns@gmail.com
Ravelry ~ MelissaTrenado
Instagram - melissascrochetpatterns use hashtag #piggymcal

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St. Patrick's Day 4 Leaf Clover Necklace

St. Patrick's Day 4 Leaf Clover Necklace


You will need…
  • Green Yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver Solids in Spring Green)
  • Pony Beads in the color of your choice (I used 32 beads for one necklace)
  • Stitch Marker
  • 3.25mm/ Size D crochet hook, or desired size hook


Stitches and Abbreviations used…
  • Ch - chain
  • Sl st - slip stitch
  • Trb - treble crochet
  • St - stitch
  • Sts - stitches
  • Rpt - repeat

Note - The length of this necklace is made for an adult, if you are making this for a child you will need to put less beads on your necklace.

As with any bead necklace, you can create the color pattern of your choice.



Leave a couple inches of yarn for beginning tail (You will use this to tie to the end tail).

Chain 4, pull the remaining loop out about 1-2 inches.



Pinch the loop, and insert it through one pony bead.



Insert the hook back into the loop, pull back into place, then complete a sl st.



Chain 2, pull the remaining loop out about 1-2 inches.

Pinch the loop, and insert it through one pony bead.

Insert the hook back into the loop, pull back into place, then complete a sl st.



Repeat until you have about 15 beads on your necklace.




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Chain 3, place a stitch marker in the last ch. Chain 5, place a sl st in the first ch made of the ch 5.



Chain 2, place 2 trb in the ring previously made, chain 2, sl st in the ring. Repeat until you have 4 leafs. 



Chain 5, skip the first ch, sl st in the remaining 4 chs. Sl st in the same ring as the leaves. 


Chain 3, add a pony bead, sl st.

Repeat from owl to owl, until you have 3 four leaf clovers, or the desired amount of clovers. 


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Chain 2, repeat the beginning pattern of chains and beads. 

Fasten off, leaving a tail for tying. Tie the beginning and end tails together. Cut off excess yarn.
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I hope you enjoyed this crochet pattern! Feel free to share your pictures on my Facebook page and Ravelry.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me at any time! Please do not claim this pattern as your own, I do not mind if you sell the finished product but do not sell or claim this pattern as your own.
MelissasCrochetPatterns@gmail.com
Ravelry ~ MelissaTrenado
Etsy Shop - MelissasPatterns





Monday, March 6, 2017

Ami Donations for Elementary School

Some of you probably know I have been making amis for the school I work at. I work at an elementary school where we have a student store. Kids earn tickets from doing good things, helping out, etc. With these tickets they can buy things from the student store. Because of school funding the school mainly relies on donations for the student store now.



If you are any other crocheter/knitter would like to donate amis to the school I would be so grateful. Small clean items are preferred.
If I have a crochet pattern that you would like to make for a donation I will happily gift you the pattern(s).

This is a ongoing project I am working on, the student store is every other Friday, during the entire school year.
Some of the things I have made for the student store…










If you would like to donate amis to my elementary school please mail them to..

Student Store
Bachrodt Charter Academy
102 Sonora Ave
San Jose, CA 95110

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sea Otter MCAL


Thank you for joining me in a fun filled mystery crochet along!

In this mystery crochet along you will be crocheting a sea otter. Your finished sea otter will measure around 9 inches from the top of the head to the bottom of the body, 13 inches including the tail. Your size will vary depending on the yarn you choose, the crochet hook you choose, and your tension while crocheting. I used worsted weight yarn and a size D hook to get my sea otter to this size.

Link to the Sea Otter MCAL on Ravelry is HERE.


Clues for this mystery will be given every 3 days as listed below…

Clue #1 - Friday, January 27th, 2017
Clue #2 - Monday, January 30th, 2017
Clue #3 - Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
Clue #4 - Sunday, February 5th, 2017
Clue #5 - Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
    Assembly  - Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Clues will be available on Ravelry in pdf form to download and print.



Here are some helpful tutorials on my blog to help you better understand this pattern.

Photo Tutorial of Sewing the Pieces Together (I will give you sewing instructions on the assembly day.)

Crocheting through both sides of an arm/leg/ear/tail together

How I embroider animal noses and mouths


You will need…
  • Yarn Color A - 170 yards - Brown/Dark Brown/ or desired main color
  • Yarn Color B - 70 yards - Light Brown/Tan or desired secondary color
  • Yarn Color C - 10 yards - Color for a Starfish
  • Yarn Color D - 10 yards - Color for a Sand dollar
  • Small amount of black yarn, or desired color for embroidering the nose.
  • 12mm-15mm safety eyes, or desired
  • 3.25mm crochet hook (Size D), or desired crochet hook
  • Fiberfill Stuffing
  • Yarn Needle
  • Sewing Pins to hold pieces in place before sewing (optional)
  • Stitch Markers
Stitches and Abbreviations used…
  • Ch - chain
  • Sl - slip stitch
  • Sc - single crochet
  • Hdc - half double crochet
  • Dc - double crochet
  • St - stitch
  • Sts - stitches
  • Rpt - repeat
  • Inc - increase, 2 sc in the same space
  • Dec - decrease or sc2tog (single crochet 2 together)
Please use your imagination when making your sea otter. Sea otters would look wonderful in any color combination, purple, blue, green, and yellow!

Different threads will be opened to go along with the mystery in my Ravelry group - a spoilers thread to share pictures, a question thread for anyone with questions, and a regular thread to talk with others about the mystery.


Feel free to contact me throughout the mystery if you have any questions.
MelissasCrochetPatterns@gmail.com
Ravelry ~ MelissaTrenado
Instagram - melissascrochetpatterns use hashtag #seaottermcal




Some facts about sea otters -

1. Like polar bears in the Arctic, sea otters are considered keystone species in their ecosystems, because they affect great influence on their environments. For instance, they plentifully eat sea urchins, which eat kelp in great abundance. When the sea urchins’ populations are controlled by sea otters, vital kelp forests can flourish.

2. To keep from drifting apart while they snooze, sea otters often sleep holding paws.

3. With populations once estimated at close to 300,000, sea otters were hunted extensively for their pelts. Following an international ban on hunting, their numbers rebounded significantly in the 20th century, particularly in Bering Sea and Alaskan waters, their main stomping ground. Still, they remain classified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as “endangered.”

4. Sea otters do not migrate far. Their rafts—usually comprised of a single sex—can range from as few as 10 individuals to as high as 1,000.

5. If a sea otter’s fur becomes dirty, it has trouble absorbing the air needed to keep it warm. Therefore, sea otters are obsessive about keeping their fur clean, and groom themselves practically non-stop when they’re not eating or sleeping. Oil spills, therefore, can affect sea otters perhaps more so than any other marine mammal; oil coating their fur can lead to death by hypothermia.

6. The sea otter must consume between 25 and 40 percent of its body weight daily, just to keep warm. They gorge on more than 100 different prey species.

7. Another underwater superlative: The sea otter is the only marine mammal capable of flipping over boulders on the sea floor—in this case to search out food. And the only marine mammal to catch fish with its forepaws and not its mouth.

8. The sea otter is one of the few mammal species on Earth to use a tool to help it hunt and feed. It wedges a rock between its chest and the “armpit” of a foreleg and pounds shells against it to open them up. The sea otter also hammers rocks against strongly gripping abalone shells to pry them off of rocks and feed on their tasty insides.

9. Its fur is the densest of any animal on Earth—an estimated 1 million hairs per square inch. That’s because, unlike its fellow marine mammals, it has no blubber to keep it warm.

10. The sea otter can live its entire life without leaving the water.