The Big Acorn Race

A Squirrel Picnic Story with Crochet Patterns and Projects


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Mayor Snack Frog Free Crochet Pattern

Did you know that you can get the crochet pattern for Mayor Snack Frog (the frog who referees the big acorn race) for free? All you have to do is hop on over to the picnic. From his dapper black hat on down to his roly-poly belly, Mayor Snack Frog is brimming with good cheer. He’s the life of the party. Learn more about his adventures in the Squirrel Picnic webcomics and enjoy making a frog of your own.

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Podge’s Sunflower Crochet Pattern

Podge’s sunflowers just keep getting taller and taller. At this point, she’s expecting to be able to climb them all the way up to the clouds by September!

I should probably clarify, these sunflowers are only tall by Podge’s standards. At just 1.75 inches wide, they look tiny to us humans.

If you are new to miniature crochet, this pattern would be a great one to try. It calls for fine-weight yarn and a B-1 (2.25 mm) crochet hook, which are large in the world of miniature crochet. However, if you find you are having trouble getting your fingers to work with these materials, try the pattern again with a heavier yarn and larger hook (worsted-weight and a G or H hook should do) until you are comfortable moving down to the smaller sizes.

Celebrate the dog days of summer by crocheting some sunflowers of your own. They would make great appliques for small items like phone cases, coin purses, and barrettes.

Sunflower

Podge’s Sunflowers

Difficulty rating 1Finished size: 1.75 inches

Materials

Fine-weight yarn in brown
Fine-weight yarn in yellow
For the sunflowers in The Big Acorn Race, I used Lion Brand BonBons Cotton Yarn in Chocolate Brown and Yellow
B-1 (2.25 mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle or tapestry needle

Abbreviations

ch = chain
ea = each
FO = fasten off
rep = repeat
sc = single crochet
slst = slip stitch

Instructions

With brown, make a magic loop.

Rnd 1: 6 sc into the magic loop. Close magic loop. (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (12)

Rnd 3: * Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst to 1st sc. (18) FO.

Rnd 4: Join yellow with a slst in any sc of Rnd 3. * Ch 5, slst in next sc, rep from * 17 more times. (18 petals) FO and weave in all ends.


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Tiny Daisy Crochet Pattern

Pattern for Crochet Daisy from The Big Acorn Race

Are you and your squirrel friends as excited as I am that winter is finally over and springtime is here? Celebrate the arrival of spring by crocheting some daisies like those featured in The Big Acorn Race.

I made the daisies for the scenes from the book out of fine-weight yarn (Lion Brand Bonbons Cotton Yarn in white and yellow) and a size B-1 (2.25 mm) crochet hook. If you have never experienced mini-crochet before, these flowers are a great opportunity to practice. Here are a few tips to help get you started:

  1. Ease yourself and your hands into the task of crocheting on a small scale by using a heavier weight yarn and appropriate crochet hook for the pattern first. I’d start with a medium-weight yarn for the first daisy, just to give the pattern a try, then move down in weight from there.
  2. Crocheting tiny takes patience. If you find yourself getting frustrated, put your work aside, and go do something else for a while or even put it away for a day or two. Your work and your nerves will benefit from a fresh perspective.
  3. Be sure to stretch your hands now and then. Whenever my hands start to tense up, I find it helpful to take a break and do a few hand and wrist stretches like these offered by Kathryn of Crochet Concupiscence.
  4. Have fun! Trying out something new always brings ups and downs, but paying attention to the aspects of the new project that you really love will help you crochet it with a smile on your face.

Tiny Daisy from The Big Acorn Race

Difficulty rating 1

Finished measurement: about 1” in diameter from petal tip to petal tip

Daisy Crochet PatternMaterials & Tools

Small amount of fine-weight yarn in white
Small amount of fine-weight yarn in yellow
B-1 (2.25 mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle or tapestry needle

For this daisy I used…

Lion Brand Bonbons Cotton Yarn in white and yellow (10 g./0.35 oz; 26 m/28 yds)

Petals

With white, ch 3 and join with slst to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: *Ch 4, slst in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, slst in next ch, slst into the ring, rep from * 7 more times. (8 petals made)

FO and weave in ends.

Center

With yellow, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. FO, leaving a long tail for sewing. Weave in other end.

Assembly

Use the long tail to sew the center circle to the center of the petals. I like to pull the tail tight as I sew the center on to draw the stitches in and give it a three-dimensional look.

Weave in all remaining ends.