Friday, March 17, 2017

Beast and Prince Adam -- FREE NOTES!

 
Here he is, the main event…Beast!  I know there are some people out there who really like him as Beast, and some people who really like him as Prince Adam so I made two versions.  I'll list the info as Beast first, then I'll do Prince Adam so hopefully it's not quite so confusing. 

He is made from my Crown Prince Blanket Buddy base pattern.  You can go here to get the pattern then use these FREE NOTES to work up either Beast or Adam.  The blanket is the trickiest part of this whole Blanket Buddy…it's worked in the round but has color changes in each row in order to make the cravat, vest, top coat and coat tails.  If you would rather make his a simple as possible, you can use just the colors listed and not change colors within each row.  But if you're feeling adventurous and want to try your hand at in-line color changes and carrying colors, here we go!

And again, both are just for my own collection…yours should be, too.  :)
 



Beast

Colors -- Blanket - RHSS in Blue (another old skein from an estate sale)
                             - RHSS in Navy
                             - RHSS in Gold
                             - RHWL in White
            -- Skin - RHSS in Buff
            -- Head/Hair - RHSS in Warm Brown and RHWL in Chocolate
            -- Beard - RHSS in Buff
            -- Horns - RHWL in Chocolate
            -- Collar - RHWL in White

Blanket
R1 - with White, as written
R2 - Switch to Blue (carrying white behind) work the first 7 sts, add Gold and work next st, with White work 1 5dc-bobble in next st, work 1 5-dc bobble in next st, with Gold work next st, with Blue work remaining sts in row.
R3 - With Blue (carrying Gold and White behind), work next 12 sts, sw to Gold and work next 2 sts, with White, work 1 5-dc bobble over next 2 sts, with Gold work next 2sts, with Blue work remaining sts.  FO White here.
R4 - With Blue (carrying Gold behind) work next 16 sts, sw to Gold and work next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, 1dc in next 3 sts, sw to Blue and work remaining sts.
R5 - With Blue (carrying Gold behind) work the next 16 sts, sw to Gold and work next 10 sts, sw to Blue and work remaining sts.  FO Gold here.
R6 - Add Navy and work 1 st, sw to Blue and work next 10 sts, sw to Navy and work next 38 sts, sw to Blue and work the next 10 sts, sw to Navy and work the last st.
R8 - With Navy work the next 3 sts, sw to Blue and work the next 8 sts, sw to Navy and work the next 48 sts, sw to Blue and work the next 8 sts, sw to Navy and work the remaining sts.
R9 - With Navy work the next 5 sts, sw to Blue and work the next 6 sts, sw to Navy and work the next 58 sts, sw to Blue and work the next 5 sts, sw to Navy and work remaining sts
                                          
R10 - With Navy work the next 7 sts, sw to Blue and work the next 4 sts, sw to Navy and work the next 68 sts, sw to Blue and work the next 7 sts, sw to Navy and work the remaining sts.
R11 - With Navy work the next 9 sts, sw to Blue and work the next 2 sts, sw to Navy and work the next 78sts, sw to Blue and work the next 2 sts, sw to Navy and work the remaining sts.  FO Blue here.
R12 through R7 - In Navy, work as written.

Collar - With White,
Attach yarn to R2 of Blanket right where the first Gold stitch is, surface crochet 1dc in next st, 1hdc in next, 1sc around R2 until you come to the last Gold st, 1hdc, 1dc over the Gold st.  FO and weave in ends.  Sew Head to R2 on top of this Collar.



Head - as written

Ears - make 2, in Buff
R1 - Ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook,
R2 - 2sc in ea st around, FO leaving a long tail for sewing, sew to sides of Head.

Horns - In Chocolate,
Ch5, 1dc in 2nd from hook, 1dc in next, 1hdc, 3sc, turn, working down the opposite side work 1hdc, 1dc in next 2 sts, FO leaving a long tail for sewing.  Fold in half and sew the long sides together, sew to Head.



Arms/Paws -
With Warm Brown,
R1— Ch5, 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in next 2 sts, 3sc in next st, 1 long dc bobble in same st, 1 long dc bobble in next 2 sts, 1 long dc bobble in next st, 2sc in next st.
R2— 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in nest st, 1sc in next 5 sts. 
R3 — 1sc in ea st around.
R4 —  1 long dc bobble into R2, 1sc in ea st around. 
R5 — Switch to White, 2sctog over next 2 sts, 1sc in next 5 sts, 2sctog over next 2 sts, 1sc in remaining 5 sts. 
R6 — Switch to Blue, 1sc in ea st around. 
R7 — 2sctog over next 2 sts, 1sc in next 3 sts, 2sctog over next 2 sts, 1sc in next 3 sts, 2sctog over next 2 sts. 
R8 through R19 — 1sc in ea st around.  FO. 

Hair -
Cut yarn pieces about 12 inches long, attach to Head behind Ears and Horns using the Latch Hook Method.  You'll need some in Warm Brown and some in Chocolate.  See photos for reference.  Pull back into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic band. Tie on the ribbon bow if desired.

Face -
Using the photos for reference, embroider on the facial features.  I used yarn but you can use embroidery floss if you like the look of that better.  For his Beard, I cut 16 yarn pieces in Buff and attached them to his chin using the Latch Hook Method.  Once all the pieces were attached, I trimmed them to a point. 



Prince Adam

 Blanket and Collar - same directions as listed above

Arms -
R1 through R4 - as written in Buff
R5 - Switch to White, as written
R6 through R19 - Switch to Blue, as written

Head -
In Buff, as written

Wig Cap -
In Warm Brown, as written

Hair -
Cut many yarn pieces about 12 inches long and attach all around the outer edge of the Wig Cap.  Pull back into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic band.  Tie on a ribbon bow if desired.


 The following photo shows the bottom points on his coat tails.
 

 You have my permission to do whatever with any blanket you make from this pattern (of course you can, it’s your blanket!). I’d love a link back to this pattern if you post a finished prince online. But PLEASE do not sell, distribute, or rewrite-and-call-your-own these FREE NOTES or any part of them to anyone at any time (of course you won’t, because they're mine). I spend a bunch of time making up and testing my patterns and getting them ready to share…please respect this so I can keep on doing it! Thanks!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

FREE NOTES -- A princess and 2 princes!



Whenever we watch a movie as a family, my kids love to get out a stuffed animal or two to enjoy the show with them.  Anybody will do in a pinch, but it's even better if they have a character from the movie we're watching...good thing I have an extensive plush collection that I've gotten over the years from the D Store and visiting D-land!  In honor of the much anticipated new live-action movie coming out this weekend, I decided to see if I could make up a buddy or two to take to the theater to see the show.  Here's the first in the series of three that I'll be posting today and tomorrow…Belle!
 

I realize I've worked her up before, but this new version is a bit more detailed and I like her even more than my first attempt.  Her base pattern is my Purty Girl Blanket Buddy pattern which you can get here (so that these FREE NOTES make sense!).  Otherwise, all her info is listed below…enjoy!  And I'd love to see your finished Belles if you make one…tag me on Facebook so I can see!

And as always, I made her for my own collection…you should probably do the same. 


  
Belle

Colors -- Dress - Yellow from Kmart (a REALLY old skein I got years ago from an estate sale - no label)
                         - RHSS in Gold
           --  Skin - RHSS in Buff
           --  Hair - RHWL in Chocolate

Blanket --
R1 - as written in Buff
R2 - as written in Buff, worked in hdc
R3 - Switch to Gold, as written, worked in hdc
R4 and R5 - work in dc, as written
R6 through R11 - Switch to Yellow, as written
R12 - Switch to Gold, as written
R13 - Switch to Yellow, work in Back Loops Only (BLO), as written
R14 through R17 - as written in dc (no picot stitch)

Arms --
R1 through R16 - work as written in Gold
R17 through R19 - work as written in Buff

Attach Arms as directed.

Shoulder Sash --
In Yellow, attach yarn to back of Dress.  Ch10, insert hook into one stitch at top of first Arm and work 1sc, ch10, insert hook into one stitch at front of Dress and work 1sc, ch10, insert hook into one stitch at top of second Arm and work 1sc, ch10, join to back of Dress where you first attached the yarn, FO.





Head --
Work as written in Buff.  For her eyelashes, I used brown embroidery floss and stitched the lashes on.  See photos for reference.

Wig Cap --
Worked as written in Chocolate

Bun -- In Chocolate,
Work a second Head pattern through R3, work 4 more Rows of *1sc in ea st around*, FO leaving a long tail for sewing, sew to Head.


Hair Decoration --
Ch 30, turn.
Work 1hdc in 2nd ch from hook, 1hdc in next 13sts, picot in next st, 1hdc in next 14sts, FO leaving a long tail for sewing, sew around Bun.

Curls --
In Chocolate,
Ch22, 3dc in 2nd ch from hook, 3dc in ea ch across. 
FO and sew to wig cap, placing them randomly around under the Decoration.  I made only 4 but you can add extra if you'd like.

 You have my permission to do whatever with any blanket you make from this pattern (of course you can, it’s your blanket!). I’d love a link back to this pattern if you post a finished prince online. But PLEASE do not sell, distribute, or rewrite-and-call-your-own these FREE NOTES or any part of them to anyone at any time (of course you won’t, because they're mine). I spend a bunch of time making up and testing my patterns and getting them ready to share…please respect this so I can keep on doing it! Thanks!


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Prince Collection #1

And here are all the boys together...aren't they handsome!

FREE NOTES are posted below...get your copy of the base pattern here (because the notes don't make sense without it!) and get started on your prince collection today! 

Day 5 - Prince Ferdinand

And our last prince is actually the first Disney prince...Prince Ferdinand from Snow White.  He's also known as Prince Florian (not sure why) so if you Google pictures of him you can use that name as well.  He has a couple trademarks that make him different than just a generic prince...those floppy sleeves and that huge feathery thing on his hat...and I included them for all the Snow White lovers out there.  Swing by and get the base pattern here (so these FREE notes make sense) and get started today!

I've also included a couple of sleeve options in case you don't like the flop, and I made the hat optional so you can decide if you want it sewn on or not.  I used Fun Fur for the feathery thing but you can use regular worsted yarn (and the feather pattern from Prince Phillip) if you're worried about giving Fun Fur to the recipient of the Blanket Buddy.

Thanks for sticking with me this week as I introduce my new Prince Collection...I hope you love them as much as I do! 

And again, just padding my own collection...you probably should keep yours (or gift, cuz you're awesome like that), too.  *wink*

Prince Ferdinand/Florian -- Snow White
Colors:  Blanket -- Red Heart Super Saver in Blue (another old skein)
                           -- I Love This Yarn in Black
                           -- RHSS in Gold
             Arms -- RHSS in White
                       -- RHSS in Buff
              Head -- RHSS in Buff
               Hair -- ILTY in Brown
                Hat -- RHSS in Blue
                       -- RHSS in Gold
                       -- Lion Brand Fun Fur in White
              Cape -- RHSS in Claret (another old skein)


Blanket - R1 through R6 - as written in Blue
               R7 - as written in Gold
               R8 through R16 - as written Black

Arms - R1 through R5 as written in Buff
            R6 - Sc2tog in first st, 2sc in each st around (16sts)
            R7 - 1sc in ea st around (16sts)
            R8 - 1sc in ea st around (16sts)
            R9 - (Sc2tog, 1sc in next 2sts), rep around (12sts)
            R10 through R19 - 1sc in ea st around (12sts)
            FO leaving long tail for sewing, sew to R2 of the blanket across from each other.
 Alternate Arms - in Buff
        R1 through R5 - as written
        R6 - Switch to a lighter blue, work as written
        R7 through R15 - as written
        R16 - Switch to Blue, 2sc in ea st around (16sts)
        R17 & R18 - 1sc in ea st around (16sts)
        R19 - Sc2tog around (8sts)
        FO leaving a long tail for sewing, sew to Blanket.

Head - as written in Buff
Hair - Wig Cap as written in Brown up to R11 then,
          Turn, ch1, 1hdc in next 3 sts, 1sc in next 3 sts, sl st in next 3 sts.  FO and sew to Head.
Hat -
        R1 - Ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6sts)
        R2 - 2sc in ea st around (12sts)
        R3 - (2sc in next st, 1sc in next st) rep around (18sts)
        R4 - (2sc in next st, 1sc in next 2 sts) rep around (24sts)
        R5 - (2sc in next st, 1sc in next 3 sts) rep around (30sts)
        R6 - (2sc in next st, 1sc in next 4 sts) rep around (36sts)
        R7 - (2sc in next st, 1sc in next 5 sts) rep around (42sts)
        R8 - (2sc in next st, 1sc in next 6 sts) rep around (48sts)
        R9 - (2sc in next st, 1sc in next 7sts) rep around (54sts)
        R10 & R11 - 1sc in ea st aroun (54sts)
        R12 - (Sc2tog, 1sc in next 2 sts) rep around (41sts)
        R13 - Switch to Gold,  1sc in ea st around (41sts).  FO.

Feather (with Fun Fur) -
        Ch11, turn
        1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in ea st across, turn (10dc)
        Ch2, 1dc in ea st across (10dc).  FO and sew to side of Hat.

Cape - In Claret,
        Ch7, turn
        Row 1 - 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in ea st across, turn (6sts)
        Row 2 - Ch2, 1dc in same st, 1dc in each st across, 2dc in last st, turn (8sts)
        Row 3 - Ch2, 1dc in same st, 1dc in ea st across, 1dc in last st, turn (10sts)
        Row 4 - Ch2, 1dc in same st, 1dc in ea st across, 1dc in last st, turn (12sts)
        Row 5 - Ch2, 1dc in next st and ea st across, turn (12sts)
        Row 6 through R11 - 1dc in ea st across, turn (12sts)
        Ch1, turn, work 1sc evenly into ea st around the outside edge of the Cape.  FO leaving a long tail for sewing.  Sew to back of R2 of the Blanket, on top of the Arms.
  
You have my permission to do whatever with any blanket you make from this pattern (of course you can, it’s your blanket!). I’d love a link back to this pattern if you post a finished prince online. But PLEASE do not sell, distribute, or rewrite-and-call-your-own these FREE NOTES or any part of them to anyone at any time (of course you won’t, because they're mine). I spend a bunch of time making up and testing my patterns and getting them ready to share…please respect this so I can keep on doing it! Thanks!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Day 4 - Eric

And today -- our favorite sea-faring prince.  He's apparently a HUGE favorite of Disney fans far and wide, overwhelmingly voted Most Handsome in many internet forums.  I would agree, especially if you don't count that hideous statue of him from the first scene.  His Blanket Buddy is a pretty easy one...just a few extra rows for his hair (yes, there are sc's right beside dc's...that was on purpose and helps add to the wind-swept look on the sides.  Trust me :) ) and some strategic color changes for his clothes.  And yes, I DID include his open-chested shirt.  :)  Swing by my Ravelry shop here to get the base pattern (otherwise these FREE notes won't make sense) and give him a whirl!

Again, he's just for my own collection...no need to make 'em mad out there in Anaheim. 

Prince Eric - Little Mermaid 
Colors:  Blanket -- Red Heart Super Saver in Soft White
                               RHSS in Claret (same old skein from Prince Charming)
                               I Love This Yarn in Black
                               Red Heart With Love in Peacock
              Skin -- RHSS in Buff
              Hair -- ILTY in Black


Blanket --
     R1 - as written in Soft White
     R2 - Switch to Buff for 2 sts, then back to Soft White (see photo above)
     R3 - Switch to Buff for 1 st then back to Soft White (see photo above)
     R4 - as written
     R5 through R6 - as written
     R7 - Switch to Claret for this round, work as written
     R8 through R14 - Switch to Peacock, work as written
     R15 through R16 - Switch to Black, work as written

Arms - In Buff,
     R1 through R8 - work as written in Buff
     R9 through R19 - work as written in Soft White
Sew to R2 of Blanket

Collar - In Soft White,
     Attach yarn to R2 of the Blanket, on top of the Arms,
          2dc in first st, following round 2 of the blanket work 1sc around using a surface crochet method.  Work 2dc in the last stitch over his other Arm, FO and weave in ends.

Head - as written in Buff

Hair - Wig Cap as written in Black up to R11, turn.
          Ch1, 1dc in next 2 sts, 1hdc in next 3sts, 1sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next 2 sts, 1dc in next 7 sts, 1sc in next 4 sts, 1dc in next 7 sts, 1hdc in next 2 sts, turn.
          Ch2, 1dc in next 5 sts, 1hdc in next st, 1sc in next 6 sts, 1hdc in next st, 1dc in next 5 sts, FO leaving a long tail for sewing.  Sew to Head.

You have my permission to do whatever with any blanket you make from this pattern (of course you can, it’s your blanket!). I’d love a link back to this pattern if you post a finished prince online. But PLEASE do not sell, distribute, or rewrite-and-call-your-own these FREE NOTES or any part of them to anyone at any time (of course you won’t, because they're mine). I spend a bunch of time making up and testing my patterns and getting them ready to share…please respect this so I can keep on doing it! Thanks!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Day 3 -- Prince Phillip

Today's prince is my favorite of all of them.  He had the best personality and let's face it...his horse was by far the funniest!  I give you Prince Phillip, beau of Aurora, hero of the movie Sleeping Beauty.  Go to my Ravelry shop here to get the base pattern then let 'er rip! 

Oh, and I made him blonde because he has always looked blonde to me in the movie but I've seen Mattel dolls of him with light brown hair instead.  So you pick...use what makes you happy!

Again, I made him for my own collection...you should probably do the same.  :)

Prince Phillip -- Sleeping Beauty

 Colors:  Blanket -- Red Heart With Love in Pewter
                               ILTY in Black
                               ILTY in Brown
                  Cape -- RHWL in Holly Berry
                   Hair -- ILTY in Gold
                   Skin -- Red Heart Super Saver in Bufff
                    Hat -- RHWL in Holly Berry
              Feather -- ILTY in Brown

Blanket -- R1 thru R6 -- work as written in Pewter
                 R7 -- as written in Black
                 R8 thru R14 -- as written in Brown
                 R5 thru R16 -- as written in Black

Arms -- R1 thru R5 - as written in Buff
             R6 thru R19 - as written in Black

Head -- as written in Buff
Hair -- Wig Cap as written in Gold

Cape -- (This version is a little wider at the top than the one included in the base pattern.  Use the one you like better.)  Use the I hook, Ch13, turn
       Row 1 - Ch2 (counts as dc), 1dc in same st, 1dc in ea st across, 2dc in last st, turn (14sts)   
       Row 2 - Ch2, 1dc in same st, 1dc in ea st across, 2dc in last st, turn (16sts)
       Row 3 - Ch2, 1dc in same st, 1dc in ea st across, 2dc in last st, turn (18sts)
       Row 4 - Ch2, 1dc in same st, 1dc in ea st across, 2dc in last st, turn (20sts)
       Row 5 - Ch2, 2dc in same st, 1dc in ea st across, 2dc in last st, turn (22sts)
       Row 6 - Ch2, 1dc in next st, 1dc in ea st across, turn (22sts)
       Row 7 thru Row 14 - Ch2, 1dc in next st, 1dc in ea st across, turn (22sts).  FO leaving a long tail for sewing.  Sew to Blanket R2 on top of Arms.

Hat -- In Holly Berry, with 7 hook, in the round.
       R1 - Ch2, 4sc in 2nd ch from hook (4sts)
       R2 - 2sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc (6sts)
       R3 - 1sc in ea st around (6sts)
       R4 - 2sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc (9sts)
       R5 - (2sc in next st, 1sc in next st), rep around ending with 1sc (14sts)
       R6 - 1sc in ea st around (14sts)
       R7 - (2sc in next st, 1sc in next st), rep around (21sts)
       R8 - 1sc in ea st around (21sts)
       R9 - (2sc in next st, 1sc in next st), rep around ending with 1sc (31sts)
       R10 - 1sc in ea st around (31sts)
       R11 - 1sc in ea st around (31sts)
       R12 - (2sc in next st, 1sc in next 2 sts) rep around ending with 1sc (41sts)
       R13 thru R17 - 1sc in ea st around (41sts)
FO.  Fold up back edge and tack down to the body of the hat.

Feather - In Brown,
       Ch10, turn.  Sl st in first 2 sts, 2sc, 1hdc, 3dc, 1hdc, 1sc, picot in the same st, (now work down the other side of the beginning chain), 1sc, 1hdc, 3dc, 1hdc, 2sc, 2 sl sts in last st.  FO leaving long tail for sewing.  Sew to one side of the Hat (see photos for reference).

You have my permission to do whatever with any blanket you make from this pattern (of course you can, it’s your blanket!). I’d love a link back to this pattern if you post a finished prince online. But PLEASE do not sell, distribute, or rewrite-and-call-your-own these FREE NOTES or any part of them to anyone at any time (of course you won’t, because they're mine). I spend a bunch of time making up and testing my patterns and getting them ready to share…please respect this so I can keep on doing it! Thanks!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Day 2 -- Sultan Aladdin

Here's my next new Prince for your collection...Sultan Aladdin!  In case you missed it, you can grab the base pattern here and get started right away.  And if you didn't join me until today, you can get the FREE notes for Prince Charming on yesterday's post.  Enjoy!

Again, I made these for my own collection...and you should, too.  Probably shouldn't sell them or Big Name Company might get upset.  ;)

Sultan Aladdin
Colors:  Blanket -- Red Heart Super Saver in Claret (an old skein, before they darkened the color)
                               RHSS in Aran
             Skin -- Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Honey
             Vest -- RHSS in Purple (another old skein)
             Hair -- I Love This Yarn in Black
             Hat (Fez) -- Red Heart With Love in Holly Berry

Blanket --
          R1 thru R6 - as written in Honey
          R7 - switch to Claret, as written
          R8 - switch to Aran, as written

Arms -- In Honey, as written

Head -- In Honey, as written

Hair -- work Wig Cap as written thru R11, then to make his "bangs":
ch2, turn, 1dc in  next 6 sts, 1hdc in next 2 sts, 1sc in next st, ch1, turn, 1sc in next 6 sts, 1hdc in next st, 1dc in next 3 sts, FO leaving a long tail.  Roll the "bangs" you just made up and use the tail to tack the bangs to R10.  Then sew Wig Cap to Head.

Fez-- in Holly Berry
          R1 - Ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook  (6sc)
          R2 - 2sc in ea st around (12sc)
          R3 - In Back Loop Only, 1 sc in ea st around  (12sc)
          R4 - In both loops, (2sc in next st, 1sc in next 3 sts), rep around  (15sc)
          R5 thru R7 - 1sc in ea st around (15sc)
          FO leaving a long tail for sewing, sew to head.

Vest -- In Purple 
         Ch 22
         Row 1 — Turn, 1dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1dc in ea st cross, ch 2, turn (20)
         Row 2 through Row 6 — 1dc in ea st across

         Row 7 — Ch1, turn, sl st in next 5 sts, ch2, 1dc in next 10 sts, ch2 turn.

         Row 8 through Row 10 — 1dc in ea st across, do not finish off.



         Sleeve holes and sides —

                  - Ch8, sl st to last st of R6, ch1, work 1sc in ea row evenly across (should be 10sc across)

                  - Ch2, turn, sk 1 st, 1sc in ea st across, ch8, sl st to 1st st of R6, ch1 work 1sc
                     across evenly.

                  - Ch2, turn, sk 1st st, 1sc in next 30 sts, sl st in next 9 sts, FO.

           Put vest on your prince and sew a few stitches around the lapel area to tack vest down 
                   in place.
                                   Sleeve hole:

                                   Finished Vest:


You have my permission to do whatever with any blanket you make from this pattern (of course you can, it’s your blanket!). I’d love a link back to this pattern if you post a finished prince online. But PLEASE do not sell, distribute, or rewrite-and-call-your-own these FREE NOTES or any part of them to anyone at any time (of course you won’t, because they're mine). I spend a bunch of time making up and testing my patterns and getting them ready to share…please respect this so I can keep on doing it! Thanks!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Princes...because every Princess needs a hero!

So, after a ridiculously long time since my last post, I'm finally here again with some more FREE notes!  Don't get me wrong...I haven't just been sitting around.  I have published many of my Blanket Buddy patterns on Ravelry (come by and check them out here ) and my hooks have been smokin' with all the items I've been making.  But over the holidays I had a sudden inspiration...Princesses like to play with Princes!  So I set to work coming up with a super easy prince base pattern that could be easily customized to represent the Prince of your dreams.    Lots of trial and error...and gallons of coffee later...I give you my Crown Prince Blanket Buddy.  He is fully customizable and I included optional items such as a cape and a crown.  He's ready to follow his Princess on all their adventures!

I also came up with five versions of my Prince to go with five of the Princesses that I have posted before.  Each day this week I'll post FREE notes on how to turn my Crown Prince Blanket Buddy pattern into a different prince...Prince Charming, Prince Ferdinand, Sultan Aladdin, Prince Eric, and Prince Phillip.

Now, these FREE notes won't make much sense without the Base Pattern...actually they won't make ANY sense at all!...so swing by my Ravelry shop to get your copy (you can get it here...thank you!!).  Then come back each day this week to collect your notes and get started working up your collection!  And as always, I'm around to help if you need me.  The best way to reach me is my Facebook page...send me a message anytime!

Oh, and I made these princes for my own collection.  You probably shouldn't make them to sell or the Big Name Company will get upset.

Today's Prince:  Prince Charming (Cinderella)
 Colors used:
 Blanket -- Red Heart Super Saver in Aran
              -- RHSS in Gold
              -- RHSS in Cardinal (an old skein)
              -- RHSS in Black
 Arms    -- RHSS in Buff
              -- RHSS in Aran
              -- RHSS in Gol
Head     -- RHSS in Buff
Hair      -- RHSS in Chocolate


Blanket -- With Aran, work R1 through R7 as written.  Switch to Gold, work R8 as written.  Switch to Cardinal, work R9 through R15 as written.  Switch to Black, work R16 as written.

Arms -- With Buff, work R1 through R4 as written.  Switch to Aran, work R5 through R15 as written.  Switch to Gold, work R16 - (2sc in the next st, 1sc in the next st), repeat around (12 sts)
              R17 - 1sc in ea st around (12 sts)
              R18 - 1sc in ea st around (12 sts)
              R19 - 1sc in ea st around (12 sts).  FO.

Work Head as written.

Hair -- With Chocolate, work Wig Cap as written to R11.
            R12 - 1hdc in next st, 1dc in next 5 sts, 1hdc in next st, 1sc in next 3 sts, turn, 1sc in next 10 sts, sl st in next 2 sts, 1hdc in next, 1dc in next 5 sts, 1hdc in next 2 sts, 1sc around to the "turn."  FO leaving a long tail to sew Wig Cap to the Head.

Gold Chain -- With Gold, Ch11 and FO.  Sew to each sleeve cap (see photos for reference) and tack down to Blanket on Chain #6.

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