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New and improved Pop Holders - FREE PATTERN - Unicorn and Mermaid

This is the second part in my 3 part series about updating my basic Freeze Pop Holders.  If you haven't heard of them yet, they are toddler (and adult) hand savers.  Holding those freeze pops are so cold on those little hands.  These freeze pop holders are the perfect solution to that.  My children love them, and have used the same 6 or so for 2 years now.  Two years later and they are still in great shape.  My kids wanted some new ones though, so that when their friends come over, there were more color options, and enough, for everyone.                                                                                                  
Instead of making the basic ones that we are used to, I decided to make some that were more interesting and fit my children's personalities.  I made my son a dino and giraffe holder, which can be found through the link at the bottom of this post.  Next, I was working on my middle child, my 7 year old daughter.  I didn't have to give it thought for more than 10 seconds.  Her favorite animals are mermaids and unicorns, so I knew those would be my next ones to make.

Below I have written up the pattern for the add-ons that make up these animals.  You can start by finding the basic pattern for the ice pops here:

Free Freeze Pop Holder


4mm hook for all pieces
4ply yarn in the needed color
crochet needle for sewing in pieces


Row 1: ch 3, sc in each ch, (2)
Row 2: turn, ch 1, sc in each sc (2)
Row 3: turn,ch 1 sc 2 together (1)
Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in st (1)
Row 5: Turn, ch 1, sc in st (1)
Tie off.
Sew to the top of the holder.

Pick out your colors that you want for your mane.  Cut pieces about 3-4 inches long.  Fold 2 pieces in half at a time, and pull it through a stitch with your hook in order to attach.  Place as many pieces as you wish to obtain the thickness that you want.

I took a piece of 4 ply black yarn and split it into two 2 ply pieces.  Then I used one 2 ply piece to sew on my face with a yarn needle.


****Using the basic pattern crochet the whole piece.
on the base of the pop holder, take the tail and weave around the base strip, skipping every other stitch, so when you pull tight, it has a pointier end.
****After making this first one, I realized that a multicolored yarn would be perfect for this pattern!

Row 1: ch 7, sc 6
Row 2: ch 1 sc in next 5 blo (back loop only)
Row 3: turn, sl sl in 1st sc next 4 blo
Row 4: turn ch1 sc 3 blo
Row 5: turn ch1 2sc in st, sc in next 2 blo
Row 6: turn ch 1 sc in 3, 2sc in last blo
Row 7: turn 1 2sc in 1st, sc in next 4 blo

Row 8: sc 6 across base
Row 9: ch 1 sc 3 (every other)
Row 10: turn ch 1 2sc.