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Every once in a while I go into a phase where I just want to crochet one kind of thing and nothing else. It can go from a series of dolls to blankets to beanies or even mandalas, one obsession at a time.  Lately I have been obsessed with bags, all kind of purses from shopping bags to coin purses. Right now I am enjoying crocheting drawstring bag from patterns I found on Pinterest. I like them so much, I want to try them all!  The one I just finished is a granny square wrist purse, created by Joy Ballena, Crochet Crochet.

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Her pattern is very easy, and if you love making granny squares like I do, you will have a lot of fun! You can make several bags in no time.

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The ones I crocheted ended up being about 5 inch tall. I want to make smaller ones, and try different color combinations. Maybe add a flower on some of them to add a dose of cuteness.

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I used wood beads for the strings that I got at the craft store. I had to return the first set I bought because the hole wasn’t large enough for the yarn. I found these at Jo-Ann, and they worked perfectly.

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My pink and green string bag. I love these colors, they remind me of my favorite summer fruit, watermelon!

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It opens and close very easily, I am really happy with these bags. It is also a great project for beginners with a basic knowledge of crochet stitches.

This was a fun project, and I can’t wait to try some of the other patterns I pinned on my Pinterest!

Happy crocheting!

If I had to make a list of things I love to do it would pick in no particular order: crocheting, reading books, watching movies, listening to music, and playing video games. Since crochet is my main hobby, I thought it would be cool to combine it with my other hobbies by incorporating all my favorite characters from diverse venues into my craft. I started on Fan Art projects a few years ago, and I can’t say that my first attempt was great but it allowed me to improve my crochet techniques in the process.

Today I am displaying my favorites. They represent my passion for stories and their characters that inspired me to pick up my yarn. Fan Art is a way to pay homage to the things you love, a form of expression.

Star Wars
Let me say that there is life before Star Wars, and life after Star Wars. These movies got me into science fiction when I was a kid, I spent my entire childhood dreaming about space travel, I still do.

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This little Jedi was one of the first Fan Art I successfully made, I spent an entire weekend crocheting the base, undoing and redoing rows until I was happy with the result. The most challenging part was the coat, I had never crocheted clothes before. I raided the garage to find something remotely similar to a lightsaber until I found a little piece of hardware in a box or random things. I absolutely love him!

World of Warcraft
I started playing World of Warcraft when the first expansion was released 9 years ago. I absolutely love that game, even though I hardly have enough time to play these days because it is time consuming. Raiding dungeons with friends on Saturday night was more fun than going out to a club or a bar. The prospect of getting some epic gear was more exciting than getting a glass of the finest beer.

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I crocheted this Tauren at the suggestion of a friend who wanted to see if I was up to the challenge. Challenge it was! I had no idea how I was going to do it, and it took me one month to finish it. Patience is the key, to not give up is the reward!

The Walking Dead
One of my favorite TV series is The Walking Dead, I have been following it religiously since the beginning. I am a big fan of Daryl Dixon, and if he dies, I riot!

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This is the first doll I made with wires inside the body, it allowed me to bend his arms to hold his crossbow, and pose him. I also used metal wire to make the weapon that I wrapped with yarn. He does has his wings on the back of his jacket, never forget the trademark.

Frida Kahlo
I didn’t know very much about Frida’s life until I watched a movie about her life years ago. I have great admiration for her work, and who she was. She lived a short but unapologetic life driven by art and bohemia, she was a force of nature. I love the way she dressed, she had a unique style that was part of the inspiration to make this doll.

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Making this doll was a lot of fun, especially dressing her up. I think this is the first time I used the help of a sewing machine, and fabric. I also put wires in the arms to pose them, but not the legs since they are hidden by the dress. I think she turned out really cute, my little Frida Kahlo.

Chrono Trigger
I love role-playing games since the days of Dungeons and Dragons, show me one and I will forget about anything else, even dinner. Crono is from a classic 90s video game called Chrono Trigger, a very likable but silent character with red spiky hair.

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Even though this was an easy doll to make it took a lot of patience to crochet all the pieces for the hair. I embroidered them to the head, and used hairspray to keep them from curling. I didn’t emphasized any details since the character is pixelated in the game, but just enough to make him recognizable.

Where the Wild Things Are
This book has everything I love about children stories, but who doesn’t love it? Max is a beloved character, and I love his wolf costume that inspired me to make this doll.

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This is one of my most adorable Fan Art project.  I crocheted the tail with acrylic yarn, then used a metallic brush to simulate fur. I couldn’t find an appropriate crown, so I bought some gold paper at the craft store that I cut in the shape of a crown, and added felt to go around it. I also used felt for the claws. I think he turned out really cute with his little whiskers which you can barely see on the picture by the way. I would like very much to make one of the monsters someday, when I have the time.

Star Wars – The Old Republic
Last but not least… This is a video game I was very excited about when it came out. It takes place long before Luke Skywalker was born, one of the many stories of the Star Wars Expanded Universe (you would need an encyclopedia to keep up with all of them). I played it on one of my friend’s computer where I picked a cute little Jawa named Blizz as a companion character. I completely fell in love with it, even though it is as lethal as it is cute with his blaster gun!

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One of the challenges with this doll was the head. It is supposed to be hidden under the hood, so you are only supposed to see the eyes in a dark shadow. I managed to achieve that effect by making the head black, and adding yellow felt that I painted with fluorescent fabric paint. It was also my first time making a hood, it took several trials and errors to get it right. The side band was cut from a piece of vinyl, which turned out not to be the best material to work with because it doesn’t hold glue very well. I found a way around it but my advice is to avoid it if you need to use glue!

Do you like Fan Art? What are your favorite characters you have made, or would love to crochet? Let me know if the comments!

 

Note: I do not have patterns for any of these amigurumi dolls, I usually improvise and take notes along the way when I need to repeat a technique, but that’s about it.

Not long ago my mum asked me if I wouldn’t mind making a Pikachu for my little nephew who is only two years old but already crazy about that little Pokemon character. I said no, because I hate my nephew… I am joking of course, I adore him and I was really excited to make something for that little cutie pie.

I looked for free patterns online until I found one that I really liked. It is a tutorial by Sabrina which she published for free on her blog, Sabrina’s Crochet.  It is really easy to make,  and it took only a few days of my time to finish it. I didn’t follow the pattern to the letter, I made some modification to my liking like changing the numbers of rows, partly because I used a different brand of yarn and hook (I used Red Heart Super Savers and a 2.75mm hook).

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It ended up being about 12 inch tall, and I think it turned out really cute. The pattern was easy to follow, I added some augmentations at the bottom of the body to simulate the legs. I also used a different technique to make the feet just because I like to change things around when I use other people’s patterns, put my own touch!

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I really liked the way she made the tail, I thought it would be the hardest part but it turned out to be very easy. I didn’t use yarn to make the stripes, or the cheeks. I cut pieces of dark brown felt that I glued on the back of the body, and red circles that I glued on the face.

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The tail is a bit heavy, so I put some glue on the bottom instead of sewing, which allows it to stand up. (about 1.5 inches, all the way up to the first stripe).

My nephew really enjoyed his new toy, and I can’t think of anything better but the smile of a child when you give him something you made with love.

Happy crocheting!

It’s been a while since I blogged any patterns, so I thought I would post a tutorial today to make a cute little mouse. It is a very small little thing, about 4 inch tall, crocheted with a 2.75mm hook. I like to use small hooks to make stitches tighter. You can use a larger size hook if you wish, just know that your mouse will be bigger if you do.

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The mouse is crocheted in continuous spirals without joining the rounds. I used a brush and eyemakeup to color the inside of the ears (optional).

Materials:
– 1 medium/4 worsted yarn – white
– Scraps of pink yarn
– 2.75mm crochet hook
– 1 pair of 6 mm safety eyes, black
– Polyester fiberfill for stuffing
– Stitch marker
– Yarn needle
– Pink ribbon
– Pink blush or eye make-up, and a small brush

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
inc = increase
dec = dec
sl st = slip stitch
rnd = round

PATTERN

HEAD:
– With white yarn, start with a magic ring
Rnd 1: 5 sc in center of the ring (5)
Rnd 2: sc in each st around (5)
Rnd 3: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 4: [4 sc, inc] 2 times (12)
Rnd 5: [5 sc, inc] 2 times (14)
Rnd 6: [6 sc, inc] 2 times (16)
Rnd 7: [7 sc, inc] 2 times (18)
– With pink yarn, embroider the nose on the tip. Secure with a double knot on the
other side.
Rnd 8: [2 sc, inc] 6 times (24)
Rnd 9 to 10: sc in each st around (24)
– Insert the eyes between row 8 and 9, about 8 stitches apart. Start stuffing, and
continue along the way.
Rnd 11: [2 sc, dec] 6 times (18)
Rnd 12: [4 sc, dec] 3 times (15)
Rnd 13: [3 sc, dec] 3 times (12)
Rnd 14: dec 6 times (6)
– Fasten off, embroider the thread in the remaining stitches to close the hole.
Weave in loose end.

BODY:
– With white yarn, start with a magic ring
Rnd 1: 5 sc in center of the ring (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3: [1 sc, inc] 5 times (15)
Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 5 times (20)
Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] 5 times (25)
Rnd 6 to 8: sc in each st around (25)
Rnd 9: [1 sc, dec] 5 times, 10 sc (20)
Rnd 10 to 11: sc in each st around (20)
Rnd 12: [2 sc, dec] 5 times (15)
– Start stuffing the body
Rnd 13: sc in each st around (15)
Rnd 14: [1 sc, dec] 5 times (10)
Fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing. Finish stuffing the body. Pin the body
with the head, then sew them together by embroidering in the stitches. Weave in
the loose end.

LEGS (make 2):
– With white yarn, start with a magic ring
Rnd 1: 5 sc in center of the ring (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3: [3 sc, dec] 2 times (8)
Rnd 4: sc in each st around (8)
Rnd 5: [2 sc, dec] 2 times (6)
– Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff the legs, pin them to the body,
and sew them by embroidering the stitches together. Weave in loose ends.

ARMS (make 2):
– With white yarn, start with a magic ring
Rnd 1: 5 sc in center of the ring (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3: [3 sc, dec] 2 times (8)
Rnd 4 to 6: sc in each st around (8)
Rnd 7: [2 sc, dec] 2 times (6)
– Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing.

EARS (Make 2):
– With white yarn, start with a magic ring
Rnd 1: 5 sc in center of the ring (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3: [1 sc, inc] 5 times (15)
Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 5 times (20)
Rnd 5 to 6 : sc in each st around (20)
Rnd 7: [2 sc, dec] 5 times (15)
Rnd 8: [1 sc, dec] 5 times (10)
– Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing.Do not stuff the ears, but flatten
them into shape. With a small brush and some eye makeup (or blush), dab the
inside of the ears in pink. Sew the ears to the side of the head, about 2 rows
from the eyes.

TAIL:
– With pink yarn, ch. 18 (leave a long tail at beginning)
Row 1: Starting at second ch from hook, make 16 sl st.
– Insert one of the remaining thread into the stitches in the back of the body, and
make a double knot. Hide the loose ends inside the body

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You can have a lot of fun with this basic crochet pattern. I made a version with embroidered eyes, and I added a little hat and scarf for winter!

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I hope you will enjoy this pattern, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section of the page.

Happy crocheting!

Kokeshi dolls are traditional miniatures originated from Japan. There are different styles, but they share the same characteristic, they have no legs, and no arms. They are made with wood, and since amigurumi has become a popular form of crochet, you can also find them made with yarn.

I love these dolls, they are so cute. I have been making a few in the past years, but every time I make a new one I try to do something different. Here is the last one I crocheted, I think she turned out really cute.

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I love using different colors for the hair and dress every time I crochet one. It’s a lot of fun to try new combination, I picked burgundy, green, and blue this time around. I embroidered the eyes with black yarn, sometimes I use safety eyes but I think I like it better this way. I like to try different shapes for each one.

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It’s also fun to try different hairdo, one bun on top, or two buns on each side. You can really get creative and try pig tails, add braids etc… I went with the simple bun on top, and decorated it with a flower, and a ribbon. I added a little piece of accessory on the side to add to her looks.

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If you look at traditional Japanese costumes, you will see that there are different kind of bows attached to the back of the dresses. Mine is very simple, I just used felt and some glue.

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I finished my project by gluing a wood circle to the bottom of the doll. It keeps the doll from falling over, and the yarn from getting dirty. Watch out, once you start making these miniatures, it’s hard to stop!

Happy crocheting!

 

Here is a little graduation owl that just made it through the school of cuteness, class of 2016. It even has his little diploma under his wings to prove it!  This is a crochet pattern that is available on ETSY. This project only take a few hours to make, and doesn’t require a lot of materials.

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Crocheted with a 2.5mm hook, the size of this owl is approximatively 5 inch tall. You can check out more photos, and details about this pattern at The Lofty Loop.

Happy crocheting!

Recently, a friend of mine asked me if I could make two little outfits for a newborn’s photoshoot; a bear beanie with a diaper cover, and a caterpillar cocoon. I am not familiar with baby sizes and clothes, so I looked online for patterns to help me figure it out. After looking through many tutorials, I found one on youtube to make the hat and cocoon, and two different ones on Ravelry to make the bear hat, and diaper cover.

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I started with the diaper cover with a pattern by Casey Braden on Ravelry. I like her pattern because it is very easy to follow. I put two buttons on the front lap instead of one, I thought it would be easier to fasten them up, or readjust if needed.

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The pom-pom wasn’t part of that pattern, I found a youtube tutorial by GiddyUpWorkshop to make small ones. It teaches you how to make a pom-pom with a fork, I had so much fun I wanted to keep making more!

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Once I finished the diaper cover, I picked another pattern from Ravelry to make the bear hat. It is a tutorial by Amanda Kuhn  that includes a bow if the hat is for a girl. I just love its design, my little hat turned out so cute.

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The next outfit, a caterpillar cocoon and hat, was made using a youtube tutorial created by Nadia, YARNutopia. I used the same yarn she used for the cocoon, Red Heart Super Saver in green tones. The different shades of green are so pretty!

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I used a darker shade of red to make the hat. I did like the brighter version but I didn’t have it in stock. I just picked a lighter shade of purple to make the nose and the antennas to balance it out.

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I think these outfits are a great ideas for a newborn photo session, they do not take long to make. You can also choose to just make the hats for baby to wear when it is cold outside.

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I cannot wait to see the photos of the baby with these little outfits, they are so cute! I I do get them, I will post them on my blog.

Happy crocheting!

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