I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted on my blog. I have been so busy that I didn’t see time go by. Finally, I am able to take time off to get back to my favorite hobby, crochet. This month I worked on a little giraffe pattern for my ETSY shop, and I can say that I am quite please with the results!
This is my first time trying to crochet a giraffe, I wasn’t sure how I wanted it to look like, there are different ways to do it (long nose, big nose, tall leg or short legs) but I finally opted for something little kids could play with, one with a big nose, long neck and short legs.
I will admit that it took trials and errors, I had intended to make the head, neck and body separate but as soon as I finished the head I realized that it would be better to start with the body and seamlessly continue with the neck and head.
I tried to make long legs at first, but it didn’t look right. I ended up making them very short, I think it makes the giraffe look very cute and easier to play with. It ended up being about 12 inch tall, which is a good size but not too big.
This pattern is available on my ETSY shop. The skill level is easy, I put lots of step by step pictures to help along the way.
Now I am ready to start my next project, a different version of the Panda Bear I made last January. This one will be crocheted with a different type of yarn, and a safety nose. I can’t wait to get started.
Do you know this song? “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas, Only a hippopotamus will do, Don’t want a doll, No dinky tinker toy, I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy”
Well, it’s not Christmas anymore, but one can wish for a hippo all year long! I was looking for ideas for baby showers and small gifts easy to make, so I made this hippo and wrote a pattern that I have made available on my ETSY Shop
As usual I used acrylic yarn, and a small hook to make the stitches really tight. He is only 6 inch and fits in the palm of my hand. I think he turned out really cute! All he needs now is a puddle of water to splash in it.
I really enjoy making small animals, I have a lion, an elephant, a monkey and now a cute hippo with big dorky eyes. My next project is a giraffe, soon enough I will be able to open a zoo!
The list of things I want to make this year is getting so long that I will need more than one set of hands to crochet all of them. I can never work fast enough, time always goes by too fast, and there are only 24 hours in a day. So I am taking it one project at a time, one step at a time, without thinking to much ahead or how slow I am. One of these many projects is a series about dogs. I just finished my first one, a little Dachshund that turned out really cute even though he gave me a little bit of trouble along the way.
I decided to start with a Wiener dog because I thought it would be the easiest to crochet, but I had the great idea to pick some left over yarn instead of a brand new one. I convinced myself that it would be enough to crochet the entire thing, until I ran out of yarn for the head. No problem, all I had to do was buy another ball to finish the project… Except that the craft store didn’t carry that color anymore, and I came back home empty ended and very frustrated.
I don’t know how much time I spent staring at my headless wiener dog, feeling defeated. There was no solution, I had to start over again from scratch, a lesson learned. This time I made sure to pick a brand new and large ball of yarn. I picked gold and decide to go for two colors instead of one, brown for the ears and tails.
His name is Frank, it suits him well. I crocheted it with a 2.75mm hook, and Red Heart Super Savers acrylic yarn. You cannot really tell his size from the photo, but he is about 9 inches long. I like to make my plushes small, they don’t take a lot of room.
I think I would like to make a hot dog version of my wiener dog, with little buns on the side and a thread of mustard on top.. Just something to add to my scrollable list. I wrote a pattern that is available on ETSY, the finished item will join my donation box. As for my headless wiener dog, I haven’t given up on it! Someday I will find the yarn, today, tomorrow or a year from now, but I will find it (when I do I will have a party to celebrate).
It’s January and after a break during the holidays I am back in full swing. I just finished my first crochet project of the year, a little panda bear! He’s cute and tiny, only 5 inches tall. I decided to make two versions of it; one with regular yarn, and the other with wool to make him look furry. I haven’t crocheted that one yet, I need to go to the craft store to get the supplies. In the mean time, here is my first version:
I used a 2.75mm hook, and Caron Simply Soft in black and white. I like to use the same brand of yarn when I need different colors because threads have a different thickness from one brand to another. The patches are made with felt, and I used safety plastic buttons for the eyes.
He looks so cozy with his little scarf! This project was easy to make, it only requires basic skills such as single crochet, increase and decrease. It took me a day to make it (but I will admit that I work fast). I was tempted to put a safety nose instead of embroidery but the ones I have in stock are too big, so I will reserve that for the second version of this panda I am going to make soon.
The question now is where this panda is going to go? I am thinking about donating some of my plushes for children in need this year, I just need to find the right place. If you know any organizations let me know, and I will look them up.
In the mean time, happy crocheting!
I recently made little pandas and bears ornaments inspired by a pattern by All About Ami that I found on Pinterest. I wanted mine to be smaller so I changed the pattern for the body and scarf. I also used a different size hook, and a different brand of yarn. Credit goes to Stephanie for creating this pattern.
To make these bears I used regular acrylic yarn, a 2.75mm hook, some felt and fiberfill for stuffing. I glued googly eyes but you can opt for plastic safety eyes or embroidery (I always recommend embroidery for small children).
I started round 1 to 5 like her pattern, then continued with:
Rnd 6 to 13: sc in each st around (30)
Rnd 7: [3 sc, dec] 6 times (24)
Rnd 8: [2 sc, dec] 6 times (18)
Rnd 9: [1 sc, dec] 6 times (12)
Rnd 10: dec 6 times (6)
For the scarf, I made a row of 55 stitches, and 1 row of half double crochet. I followed the original instructions for the ears.
To finish, I glued a little black pom-pom to make the nose. I think they turned out really cute! I love both versions of the ornaments, you can try both if you want to make small ones and larger ones. You can also check out all the cool free patterns she has on her blog, All About Ami.
The holidays season is right around the corner, and Christmas craft projects as well! I started crocheting all kind of ornaments this month to hang on the tree, and one of them is a cute little snowman wearing a scarf and ear muffs. Since it is a very simple project that doesn’t take long to make, I thought other crocheteers would be interested in the pattern. You can make one in one hour, and end up decorating your tree with lots of snowmen.
For this project you will need:
– white yarn
– blue yarn
– burgundy yarn (scraps)
– burgundy red pom-poms, 1 inch
– black pom-poms, 1/2 inch
– fiberfill for stuffing
– orange felt
– googly eyes, 5mm
– glue gun or fabric glue
– yarn needle
– rnd = round
– sc = single crochet
– inc = increase
– dec = decrease
The snowmen is worked in spirals without joining the round. The final size is about 3 inch tall, depending on the kind of yarn you use. I recommend to crochet with a 2.75mm hook, but you can use any size you feel comfortable with (if you use a larger hook, your snowman will be larger).
With white yarn, make a magic ring
Rnd 1: 6 sc in center of the ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: [1 sc, inc] 6 times (18)
Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 6 times (24)
Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] 6 times (30)
Rnd 6 to 13: sc in each st around (30)
Rnd 14: [3 sc, dec] 6 times (24)
Start stuffing, and continue along the way
Rnd 15: [2 sc, dec] 6 times (18)
Rnd 16: [1 sc, dec] 6 times (12)
Rnd 17: dec 6 times (6)
Fasten off, and leave long tail for sewing. Close the hole by embroidering your yarn into a loop in all your stitches. Pull the thread to close the hole, and hide the remaining thread in the stitches of the body.
With blue yarn, ch 55
Row 1: in 2nd ch from hook, 53 hdc
Fasten off, hide the remaining thread by embroidering them in the stitches.
Now comes the fun part’s all about glue!
With a glue glun, wrap the scarf around the body.
Glue the googly eyes right above the scarf.
Cut a small rectangle in orange felt, about half an inch, and glue as you roll it. Pour a little bit of glue on one of the extremities and glue the nose between the eyes.
Now you can make the earmuffs: With burgundy color yarn, ch 14, fasten off. (depending on your yarn you might need to make a little less or more. Check that it is long enough to fit from one ear to the other. Glue it from one side to the other on top of the head, be careful to not pour too much, just little dots along the way will be enough. Hide the remaining threads inside the body using a yarn needle. Now you can glue the large pom-poms on each side.
Glue two small black pom-poms under the scarf to make buttons on the belly.
Last, the hook: cut a piece of thread in white yarn, and insert it on top of the head, then make a double knot. You can hide the knot inside the body by moving the thread (I used a yarn needle to push it in)
Your snowman is finished! You can choose different colors for the scarf, muffs and buttons to make several of them. I hope you enjoyed this little pattern, I will have more ornaments tutorials coming up in the next two weeks.
I love owls, they are cute but mystical creatures. Since it’s almost time for Holidays season, I decided to make a little Christmas owl. It’s really cute, I took some photos to show it off to the world.
Its size is about 5 inch tall, crocheted with a 2.75mm hook. I like to use small hooks for my plushes to get a very tight stitch. The fiberfill won’t show through the holes using a smaller hook.
I used felt to make the contour of the eyes, the feet, and the beak. I used a glue gun to attach these pieces, I like it better than fabric glue even if it can get very messy.
Here is a side view of Mr Owl, I think he is very proud! His little wings are sewed to the side, but I glued the hat on the head, I didn’t want any white thread to show on the head, it looks cleaner this way.
Another view from the back. His hat is folded in two and glued to the bottom. I added a pom-pom because there is no Christmas hat without a pom-pom!
Voila! My little Christmas owl is really excited about celebrating the Christmas season, he is a great addition to Holidays decor, don’t you think?