Monday, July 23, 2007

Crocheted Bacon: The Light Side and the Dark Side

Well, I may be revealing myself as a total freak with this post, but I truly think bacon is a force--of love, joy, comfort, friendship and community. But like the Force, it has a light side and a dark side. The light side revels in indulgence without a care in the world! The dark side is of guilt, heart disease and zits. So that's why I created my crochet BLT with two different faces--a happy one and a dark one.

I love crocheting food. I love the utter uselessness of this object. Even stuffed animals are somewhat useful--you can cuddle them, playact or display them proudly in a glass case (for those QVC types, that is). This BLT just sits there, perfectly useless; the most you can do with it is mime eating it--which is rather fun.

Here's my pattern--for projects like this I usually use washable acrylic craft yarn, or whatever's laying around, with my trusty pink metal 2.75 mm crochet hook. For bacon, I used a rusty orangey brown color and a light beige for the fatty bits. Inserting the wire is optional, depending on your desire for bacon shape variability.

Bread (you'll need 4 of these):
  • ch22, sc for 3.5 inches.
  • After 3.5 inches, sc in first 11 st, turn work
  • dec 1, sc 9, dec 1, turn work
  • continue until you have five st left in your row.
  • sc all the way across, bind off.
  • insert hook in second set of 11 sc, repeat decreases as above, bind off.
  • ch 4, sc in each row until it fits all the way around your bread, measure as you go.
  • Sew on eyes and stitch on mouth with embroidery thread and needle.
  • Line up two white halves, attach crust to one side of your bread.
  • Fill loosely with poly-fill
  • Attach other side of the bread.
  • ch 30, sc all the way across.
  • join darker color, repeat
  • join lighter color, repeat
  • join darker color, 2 dc in each st, bind off.
  • insert flower wire into the middle of each piece, so that you can form it in the shape you want.
  • ch 5, join to make a circle with sl st.
  • ch 2, 2 sc in each st
  • ch 2, yo, pull up 2 puffy stitches
  • pull through, ch 3, skip 2 st
  • yo, pull up 2 puffies
  • pull through, ch 3, sk 2, repeat until you reach your desired size, connect with sl st.
  • ch 6, join with sl st.
  • sc in each st once around
  • 2 sc in each st. once around
  • dc in each st. for 4 rings
  • 2 dc in each st, repeat until desired size is reached, connect with sl st.

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