Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Wee Yeti - Crochet Pattern

It's hard to be heard when you have no mouth...

I had made the Rainbow Unicorn and the Travoltacorn for Iona. Ian asked if I could make him a snow monster, no a yeti, no a snow monster, no! Actually, yeah a Yeti. But a little Yeti I can out in my pocket. He has to be strong Yeti to beat up the snow monster...

I think this fella fits the bill. Ian did declare 'Mum he is cool. And so strong. Look at his muscles!' when he got up in the morning. Usually my makes are greeted with a Gru's Mum style 'Mehhh...'

If you want to make a Wee Yeti then this is how.

First you will need some yarn.
You only need tiny amounts, I used scraps of a sparkly white DK yarn and scraps of Stylecraft Special DK in Cloud Blue.
You will need some stuffing and a set of small safety eyes, I used 6mm ones.
A 3mm hook will keep the stitches nice and tight so the stuffing won't show through.

This is Amigurumi so is worked in spirals, without joining or turning at the end of each row.

Arms (make 2)

Start with a magic loop in Cloud Blue
1. 6dc in the loop
2. *2dc in next dc, dc in next dc* repeat 3 times (9 stitches)
3-4. dc in each dc
Change to white yarn
5. dc in each dc
6. 2dctog, 5 dc, 2dctog (7 stitches)
7-12 dc in each dc.
Cut yarn but leave a tail for sewing to body later.
Stuff his hands well, but don't stuff all the way up arms.

Face panel.

Chain 5 in Cloud Blue
Starting with 2nd chain from hook dc in first 3 dc then 2dc in last chain.
Work on other side of chain stitches
3dc then 2dc in last chain. This leaves a loop of 10 stitches.
dc in first 4 dc

dc in next dc, 2dc in next, dc in next 4, 2dc in next, dc in next dc.
slip stitch to next dc and fasten off leaving a tail for sewing on body later.

Legs (make 2)

Start with a Magic Loop in Cloud Blue
1. 6 dc in the loop
2. *2dc in next dc, dc in next* repeat 3 times (9 stitches)
3. dc in each dc
Change to white yarn
4. dc in each dc
5. dc in each dc.

Fasten off yarn on first leg, on second leg don't.

Join legs to start body as below.

Take the two legs and chain 2 from the second leg and slip stitch to the first leg.
Then 7 dc on second leg (leaving 2 dc unworked, the stitch you joined with slip stitch to first leg and one stitch next to it.
Chain 2 and join with slip stitch to the first leg (the second stitch from the base of two chain stitches to join the first and second leg.)
Now 7 dc on first leg as before.

You will be left with two joined legs.

Start the body.

1. dc in each of the first 7dc, dc in each of the 2 chain stitches, dc in each of the next 7dc and dc in each of the second set of chain stitches. (you will now have 18 dc in your round)
2. dc in each dc (18 stitches)
3. dc in first 16 dc, 2dc in next 2 dc (20 stitches) - your increases should be at the front of your yeti to make his chubby tummy.
4. dc in each until last 2 dc. 2dc in last 2 dc (22 stitches)
5 - 9 dc in each dc
10. *dc in next dc, 2dctog* repeat 7 times, dc in last dc (14 stitches)

Now use the safety eyes to attach the face panel to the front of work and use the tail end of blue yarn to stitch fully. Stuff the legs and body now.

11. *dc in next dc, 2dctog* repeat 5 times, (9 stitches)

12. 2dctog around until you have 5 stitches.

Cut yarn and use the tail to sew the hole on top of head up and then finish off yarn.

Sew on arms.

Use some sparkly white yarn to add a tiny tassle hairdo if you wish.

Now give him a name and let him scare tiny snow monsters...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Meet Maile the Mermaid, a free crochet pattern

Maile is a very shy mermaid, she only pops her head out of the water for the sparkliest of stars or the gentlest of people...


She is only tiny you see and is scared those seagulls will swoop her up.

If you want to make Maile I have written the wee pattern for you.

Maile the Mermaid

She is crocheted in the amigurumi style, in a spiral without joining or turning at the end of rounds.
Her tail fins are crocheted in little rows.
I use a magic loop but if you prefer you could *Chain 4, joining with slipstitch, ch 1* and then follow rest of pattern instead.
I use UK terms.

You will need

DK yarn in skin colour (I used Stylecraft stone), and whatever colours you wish for hair and tail. I used scraps of Violet, Blue and Sparkly white.
3mm hook, or whatever size you require for a tight stitch so her stuffing stays in
8mm safety eyes
Yarn needle for sewing in ends and attaching body parts.


Make a magic loop in Stone
1. 6dc into loop
2. 2dc in each dc (12 stitches)
3. *dc in next dc, 2dc in next dc* 6 times (18 stitches)
4. *2 dc, 2dc in next dc* 6 times (24 st)
5. * 3 dc, 2dc in next dc* 6 times (30 st)
6-9. dc in each dc
10. * 3 dc, 2dctog* 6 times (24 st)
11. *2 dc, 2dctog* 6 times (18 st)
Attach eyes between rows 7 & 8 approx 10 stitches apart
12. *1dc, 2dctog* 6 times (12st)
Stuff head
13. 2dctog 6 times (6 stitches)

Finish yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing head to body later.


Make a magic loop in Stone
1. 6dc into loop
2. 2dc in each dc
3. dc in each dc (12 st)
Stuff the hand a little.
4. 2dctog 6 times (6 st)
5-13. dc in each dc. finish yarn leaving a tail for sewing arms to body later.


Using Blue yarn, leaving a longish tail to sew to tail later)
1. 3 chain
2. starting in second chain from hook, dc in each dc (2st)
3. Ch1, turn, 2dc in first dc, dc (3 st)
4. Ch1, turn, 2dc in first dc, 2 dc (4 st)
5. Ch1, turn, 2dc in first dc, 3 dc (5 st)
6. Ch1, turn, dc in each dc (5 st)
7. Ch1, turn, 2dctog, dc, 2dctog (3 st)
8. Ch1, turn, 2dctog, dc (2 st)
9. Ch1, turn, 2dctog (1 st)
Finish yarn, weave in this end.


Working from bottom up

With Violet yarn
Make a Magic Loop
1. 6dc in ML
2. dc in each dc (6 st)
3. *1dc, 2dc in next dc* 3 times (9 st)
4. dc in each dc
5. dc in each dc
6. *2 dc in next dc, 2 dc* 3 times (12 st)
7. dc in each dc
8. *2 dc, 2dc in next dc* 6 times (18 st)
9. dc in each dc
10. * 3 dc, 2dc in next dc* 6 times (24 st)
11-18 dc in each dc
Change to Stone yarn
19. 5dc, 2dctog, 12 dc, 2dctog, 5dc (22 st)
20. 5dc, 2dctog, 10 dc, 2dctog, 5dc (20 st)
21. *2dctog, 2 dc* 5 times (15 st)
Stuff tail and body (but leave the very tip of tail unstuffed, up to row 5 ish)
22. *2dctog, dc* 5 times (10 st)
23 *2dctog* 5 times (5 st)

Fasten off yarn. Sew HEAD to BODY


Using sparkly white make a Magic Loop
1. 6 dc into ML
2. 2dc in each loop
3. *1 dc, 2dc in next dc* 6 times (18 st)
4. *2 dc, 2dc in next dc* 6 times (24st)
5. *3 dc, 2dc in next dc* 6 times (30st)
6-8. dc in each dc
The next two rows create a wavy hairline. If you prefer you could just dc in each for a further 2 rows for a straight hair edge.
9. 3dc, 2htr, 4tr, 3htr, dc, htr, 5tr, htr, dc, 3htr, 2tr, 2htr, 2dc.
10. 5dc, 4htr, 5dc, 5htr, 5dc, 2htr, 4dc, slip stitch to next stitch. Leave a tail for sewing to head.

Using Blue yarn
1. starting 2nd ch from hook. dc, 3tr in next ch, dc, dc, 3tr in next ch, dc
2. chain 18 and slip stitch to other side of bikini.
Place over body, cut yarn leaving a tail for sewing to body.
Now at the top of one Bikini shell reattach yarn, chain 10 and attach to other shell, going around back of Mermaids neck.

Place the HAIR over the head and use pins to help sew to head.
Attach lengths of yarn to the base of the HAIR at the back and sides, use the same method you would to attach tassels to a scarf.


Make a magic loop in Blue Yarn
1. 8dc in magic loop,
2. *dc, htr* 4 times, slip stitch to join.
Sew to hair

And there you have it. Maile the Mermaid. A small crochet Mermaid.

If you make her I would love to see her...


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mr Fox

I haven't told you about this fellow yet have I? Meet Mr Fox. He was a last minute crochet Christmas gift for Ian. He is very long limbed, big eared, lanky with thoughtful eyes and a cunning personality. Just like Ian (shhh, don't tell him I said he has big ears haha)
The pattern is by A[mi]dorable in Issue 56 of Inside Crochet (which is a back issue. The same one I got the Fidra Mitts pattern from. But you can still get it in digital format). Jackie of A[mi]dorable Crochet creates the cutest Amigurumi - including a crochet version of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. Genius.
Anyway, this pattern is easy to make. A little bigger than most of my Amigurumi but he was well worth the extra time. The long lanky legs and those epic ears! I just love those ears!
 I made this Mr Fox with my old faithful Stylecraft Special DK (copper, black and cream) and a 3.5mm hook.
Ian loves him, even if the bigger flashier gifts he got outshone Mr Fox on Christmas day. Mr Fox goes to bed each night with Ian. Now that is a success as Ian normally takes only his Copper dog and a car park worth of toy cars. Seriously? How do kids sleep with hard toys in their space?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Travoltacorn! Another Rainbow Unicorn.


 Yesterday, I posted about the little Tinycorn I made from Ahooka'migurumi's lovely little pattern. But as I was Stylecraft Special DK yarn instead of the cotton yarn she used the chain rows that made up the mane and tail didn't have the same 'drape'. By that I mean they looked like Tinycorn had been electrocuted within 5 minutes of Iona picking him up... poor little crochet Tinycorn.

So, I made another. Also used bigger eyes for this one. This has given him an Anime kind of look. To make the main on this one, I atttached the yarn to the head and chained the suggested amount given in Ahooka's pattern, then added 2 chains to this and starting from second chain from hook simply dc'ed (or sc if you use US terms) until the last chain. Then slip stitched to the same stitch I attached yarn to head. Then secured.

The cutest thing happened with this fella, his hair curled itself into a quiff. When I shared my photo with Ahooka's Facebook page, she came up with the name Travoltacorn! I adore it. So, meet Travoltacorn...

Travoltacorn is much cooler than Rainbow Tinycorn and prefers to hang out racing fancy unicorn Buicks rather than do trivial things like slide down rainbows. Although if there is a rainbow dancefloor flashing he will bust a few moves.

Hope you like Travoltacorn and his lil pompoms.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A tiny rainbow unicorn

A tiny rainbow unicorn came to stay with us. We had seen his brother at Ahooka'migurumi and just had to make one of our own.

He's a playful wee guy with a crazy mane of rainbow hair. He loves sliding down raindrops and has a soft spot for gumdrops. Which don't do his unicorn teeth any good at all.

 This wee fella is crocheted with Stylecraft Special DK and a 3mm hook. His brother was made with cotton yarn which works much better for the chain row mane and tail. I made another one with a quiff (but you'll have to wait until tomorrow for that post... hehe)

And we took a break from unicorn making to have a drive up a 'mountain'. The kids love the snow and the last few weeks we had to do some snow chasing as the snow has just missed where we live... we are desperate to go sledging, but sadly the snow god is just listening to us so far.

I just love the pinky glow that falls over the snowy hills on an evening. Candyfloss clouds and snow dusted mountains, just so peaceful.

Hope you are all keeping well, whatever the weather is where you are...


Monday, January 12, 2015

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 - a near failure

Ok, I pretty much failed my Crochet Mood Blanket. But I did get 25 weeks done. I had planned to 'catch up' the other 25 squares before joining and edging. But then decided I would probably never get round to it. So, in keeping with my attempt to get stuff done, finished or reused I joined the 25 squares.
I joined them with a sparkly white yarn. Then added a row of granny edging in the same sparkly yarn.
Dolldoll seems quite happy with her new blanket.
Not quite the Crochet Mood Blanket I had in mind.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Fox Scarf, it's a long 'un

Before Christmas I made the kids some Panda Scarves. I loved the Panda scarves but there was one thing on my 'Oh my goodness I have to make it' list. It's a list.
I was sat faffing about on Pinterest and suddenly decided to step away from the virtual pin board and grab the wool to make it..
It is a lovely pattern to work from. I worked the body and tail in the amigumuri method to make it easier to mindlessy crochet whilst watching tv in the evening.
I am utterly in love with my Fox Scarf. Cosy, unique, fun and did I say cosy? Boy is it cosy.

Pattern used : Fox Scarf by Bees Knees Knitting
Yarn used : Orange, cream and black Aran weight from stash
Hook used : 7mm (larger than pattern asked for as I wanted it looser and slightly bigger)

Hope you like my Fox Scarf, Thank you for reading...

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