Croshades Yarnbombing Accessory

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The ultimate yarnbomb accessory. Guaranteed to produce a smile.
 
Walking through the city on my lunch break one hot summer day, I realized that statues must get pretty hot in the sun. It should come as no surprise that my next thought was “I should crochet them some sunglasses.”
 
So that’s exactly what I did. And on a particularly nice day, I set off down Pearl Street in Boulder with my friend to help out some sweltering statues. It was by far the most fun I have ever had downtown! People really seemed to get a kick out of us. Tourists photographed our handiwork. A waiter got in on our fun. Even the cops were smiling.
 
Since that day, I take a pair of croshades with me whenever I travel and photograph famous statues wearing them. I encourage you to do the same. If you love yarnbombs, these are guaranteed to make you smile. Share your croshades photos with us on Facebook/SquirrelPicnic.

Step 1

Materials:
 
(A) Small amount of worsted weight yarn in black
(B) Small amount of worsted weight yarn in a bright color of your choice
(C) Small amount of worsted weight yarn in white
2 pipe cleaners cut to 7 inches long
D-3 (3.25 mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle

Step 2

Lens (make 2)
 
With A, ch 2.
 
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
 
Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. Slst in first sc to join. (12)
 
Rnd 3: Ch 1, *sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in first sc to join. (18)
 
Rnd 4: Ch 1, *sc 2, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in first sc to join. (24)
 
Rnd 5: Ch 1, *sc 3, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * 5 more times. (30)
 
Switch to B yarn. Slst.
 
Rnd 6: Ch 1, *sc 4, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in first sc to join. (36)
 
Rnd 7: Ch 1, *sc 5, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * 5 more times. Slst in first sc to join. (42) FO.
 
When you get to the end of the second lens, don’t FO. Continue with the following instructions.
 
Ch 5.
 
Dtr 3 in next sc. FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.
 
Connect the lens by sewing this 3 dtr “nosepiece” to the other lens. Weave in ends.

Step 3

Arms (make 2)
 
With B, ch 11.
 
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. (10)
 
Rows 2-3: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn.
 
Row 4: Sc, dec, sc 4, dec, sc, ch 1, turn. (8)
 
Rows 5-6: Rep rows 2-3.
 
Row 7: Sc, dec, sc 2, dec, sc, ch 1, turn. (6)
 
Rows 8-9: Rep rows 2-3.
 
Row 10: Sc 2, dec, sc 2, ch 1, turn. (5)
 
Repeat rows 2-3 until piece measures 7 inches long. (I used the pipe cleaner as a guide.) FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.
 
After you’ve crocheted both arms and made sure that they are the same length, place one pipe cleaner in the middle of one arm and fold arm lengthwise. Use the tail to sew up the back and sides. Sew the wider end to the side of one lens. Repeat for the other arm.

Step 4

With C, embroider a reflection spot on each lens.

Step 5

Attach croshades to your favorite statue and step back to admire your handiwork!
 
Note: I think it goes without saying that you shouldn’t wear these while driving, operating heavy machinery, or well, moving about in any way. They're really just for decorating your favorite inanimate objects.
 
While croshades work really well on statues with ears, it's good to bring a little extra yarn with you when you go yarnbombing in case you need to tie your croshades on the statue... or fire hydrant.



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