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Petal is a character from a video game called Vainglory. I haven’t played it yet but one of my friends who is a big fan introduced me to some of the heroes involved in the gameplay. I fell in love with Petal, a really cute but deadly sniper who lives in the jungle. Since I am a big fan of video games and fan art, I couldn’t resist making a crocheted version of that character.

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There are different versions of that character that involve different costumes, but I picked the bee skin because I loved the hat and the big antennas. It was a little bit challenging because I didn’t have a lot of pictures to work with for that particular one.

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I used a 2.75mm hook and Caron Simply Soft to make this doll. She is very small, except for her ears and wings that are almost as long as her body. I really had a lot of fun with this project, I wasn’t sure if I would succeed but I am very happy with the result.

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I think the most challenging part was the three-dimensional snout and mouth. I didn’t know what technique to use because I had never crocheted anything like this before.  It took some trial and error but I have learned a lot in the process.

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This fan art project was really inspiring, I love my little Petal. I am tempted to play the game but PVP is not my forte, it stresses me out and I usually get very frustrated.

Happy crocheting!

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Blankets and other Household items are not my specialties but I really wanted to add a splash of colors in my living room this spring. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for until I ran into a table runner pattern while looking for ideas on Pinterest. Created by a lady named Marinkle, it’s a simple but beautiful crocheted piece made of hexagons that can be used in different ways or different projects. I was hooked from the beginning!

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If you love playing with colors like I do, this tutorial is a treat. I picked two shades of blue, light brown and tan colors as well as some white for the border (I used Lily Sugar’n Cream yarn). I had to make 22 hexagons for my table runner, and it didn’t take very long as each piece only took half an hour to crochet.

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My table is very narrow so I only make two rows of hexagons instead of three. The pieces are joined together with a single crochet but the pattern also suggests also using a slip stitch as an alternative.

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I really think it’s a great project for beginners, the tutorial is very easy to follow and simple enough to understand. I had a great time working on this project and I loved how it turned out. It’s the first thing people notice when they walk into the living room, it really stands out.

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I intend to make matching cushions for the sofa someday, and coasters. I think it will really make the room sparkle with colors. If you are interested in this pattern, it’s free and available on Merinkle’s blog.

Happy crocheting!

 

I was looking for new patterns ideas for this year but I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do. Dragons? more animals? dolls? It took me a while to make up my mind but when I realized that I had not made one single sea animal since I have opened my ETSY shop I knew exactly what I was supposed to do, to focus on animals that live in the sea or by the sea. So this is my theme this year, and I am very excited about the prospect of creating all kind of exotic creatures with my yarn and crochet hook.

I just finished my first one, a white seal which is also known as harp seal. For this project, I used off-white yarn and a 2.75mm hook. It was easy to make and I am very glad because I do not want people to struggle with my patterns. I am very happy with the result, I think it turned out really cute.

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I used 15mm safety eyes and nose but you can choose to embroider them instead with black yarn. I am glad that this little seal didn’t require a lot of materials, it is very basic. I used off-white yarn because pure white gets dirty very fast, I avoid using that tone when I can get away with it.

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I used bead wire to make the whiskers, but I would recommend using black yarn or anything softer if this was for a child.  It doesn’t really need them though, this seal will still look very cute regardless if it wears whiskers or not.

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It was truly a fun project for me to create, I love seals and especially baby seals. When I decided to work on a “sea animals” theme it was the first thing that came to mind. I really hope people will enjoy this pattern, it is available in my ETSY SHOP.

My next crochet pattern project will be a crab. I do intend to make a few fish such as a whale and a dolphin. If you have any ideas that I could add to this theme, let me know!

Happy crocheting!

Not long ago my neighbor knocked on my door to show me a toy she had cherished since she was a baby. She knows I like to crochet stuffed animals and she thought I would be interested to see what her grandma made for her when she was born, a crocheted stuffed bear from 1950. Since I had never seen one before I was delighted to see it.

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Her grandma was a native american from the Chataw tribe in Oklahoma. She was very skilled in crafts and liked to make things for her family. Crochet was one of her talents and when Candy was born she decided to make her this little bear. There was no such patterns available at the time so she had to improvise all of it. I am very impressed with the result, it is unique and so cute!

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I can’t believe she kept that bear in such good shape for so many years. It doesn’t any tears or scratches, it looks like it was made yesterday! I was very interested in the technique she used so I took some close up pictures to show how it was made.

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She crocheted half circles that she slip stitch together for both the head, ears and body. I have never tried this method before but I really like the result.

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The arms are not crocheted in spirals but slip stitch at the end of each round. They are not stuffed at the shoulders, she kept them flat to sew them to the seam of the body. I couldn’t tell what she used for stuffing but it felt like cotton.

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She used pink yarn she crocheted in spiral and sewed to the arms. I would like to try to crochet arms this way and see how it turns out. Her method is different than the one used for Amigurumi but I really like it.

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You can tell that a love of love was put into her craft and I understand why Candy took good care of it, it’s a very special gift made from the heart. I am very glad she shared it with me, and I want to thank her for allowing me to take pictures and post them on my blog.

I hope you enjoyed this little story as much as I did. I find it very inspiring!

It’s been a while since I posted anything on my blog but the end of the year was such a busy time for me that I didn’t get a chance to post anything. One of my resolutions for this year is to upload content every Friday with more showcases and projects, tutorials and patterns. If you have any suggestions feel free to let me know in the comments.

Today I am going to talk about some really cute crocheted bugs I made from a pattern I found on Pinterest. I definitely recommend this one if you are looking for craft projects this year.  The pattern is from Belova Elena, a very talented lady who posted the tutorial on a Russian craft site (link at the end) . I was able to use the google translator to figure out the words and if you are familiar with crochet patterns I think you will have no problem reading it either.

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I followed her instructions to crochet the head, body, arms and legs then decided to take a shortcut and made the eyeballs and the wings with felt. I think both versions are very cute, mine just didn’t take as much time.

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I also used pompoms to make the nose and crocheted the antennas instead of using wires. One of the bug is a bee, the other a ladybug, and the third one is….green! They are about 8 inch tall using a 2.75mm hook and Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Size of crocheted animals always depend on the hook you use and the type of yarn you buy, it might end up larger or smaller.

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I love this ladybug, I think she turned out adorable. The original pattern ask for eyelashes but I didn’t have any and I thought it is cute enough as it is. Still, I am still considering adding some if I remember to pick some up when I go to the dollar store (I will need a lot of eyelashes).

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I made the wings of the ladybug with felt and glued some black dots that I cut from black felt. I always use a glue gun for my project, but fabric glue would work as well.

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I also used felt to make the stripes on the bee’s body. I could have crocheted them with black yarn but sometimes I just like to do things differently. Maybe I will crochet a little pot of honey to go with it if I have a chance it would look so cute!

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The bugs on the original pattern have an embroidered mouth. I might add one later, again when I have a chance but regardless, it’s cute as it is! I really loved her pattern, it is very easy basic therefore easy to make. You can make tons of different bugs of different colors and have a lot of fun with it.  I almost made a fly but Christmas was right around the corner and I had to get busy with other things.

If you are interested in this project, you can go to Elena’s insect patterns.  It’s a free pattern by the way! If you do try it but find it difficult to translate the language, you can always ask me for help.

I wish you a happy new year full of wonderful crocheted stuffed animals and fun projects!!!

If anybody wonders where I have been this whole month I can tell you that I have been spending my time in a land called Kingdom Hearts, wandering around with no other luggage than my bag of yarns and crochet hooks. I spent it with a little character called Heartless Soldier, a fierce and challenging little guy that gave me a run for my money!

the Heartless Soldier was my summer project, a crochet challenge suggested by one of my youngest friends who used to play the video game when he was a kid. I am not one to say no to challenges, especially when they are as exciting as this one. Obviously I didn’t know what I was getting myself into but I was going to do it no matter how much time it would take to achieve my goal.

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One month… One month that included big fails, small victories, small fails, and big victories. The easiest part was the head and the body which is very standard if you are experienced with that type of crochet. The fun started with the feet which I thought was going to be the most difficult but ended up being a piece of cake compared to what was to follow.

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The hands… Even though I loved working on the hands I managed to make them too big the first time around. I had been so proud of the result, it broke my heart when I realized that there was no hope for them, no hope at all. I had to say goodbye to the beautifully crafted hands to start on a smaller set. RIP larger than life hands, life of a crocheteer is tuff and full of heartbreaks.

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I was almost there, I could already feel the triumph of overcoming this challenge! I just had to crochet the helmet, but a second look made me realize that it wasn’t going to be that easy, oh no, sir!  I couldn’t figure it out and for a week I just stared at my doll thinking that I was so close but so far away. First, the heartbreak, now the frustration… Life of a crocheter is tuff, full of heartbreaks and frustrations.

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I wasn’t going to let a helmet let me declare defeat, no way! I woke up one morning and a light bulb turned on,  I had to make it in three parts! I crocheted the top of the helmet, the bottom and the cone shaped top separately and sew everything together around the head. Life of  crocheter is tuff, full of heartbreaks, frustrations, and triumphs.

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I am so proud and so happy with my doll, I absolutely adore it. I bought a little doll stand where it proudly sits on top of my dresser.   It’s a reminder that for every challenge there is an accomplishment, it’s one of the many things I love about crocheting.

May I present to you my latest creation, a little pig plush made out of yarn and love.. Oink! This is a crochet project I had in mind for a while because I love pigs and I have been playing a lot of farm games on Facebook.

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I am very happy with the result, he looks exactly like I pictured it in my head (I have terrible artistic skills so I never draw what I want to crochet).

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Actually I should have said that “he almost look like I pictured” because I had to redo the eyes. I had crocheted round bulgy eyes but the result was harsh, my little plush looked unfriendly. I really wanted big eyes but a soft look, felt and a pair of scissors did the trick.

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I also made a pattern available on ETSY if anybody is interested in this project, the skill level is easy and it is really fun to make. Now, I already have a lot of farm animals in my collection: a chicken, a cow, a duck, a pig… What should I do next?

I hope you enjoyed this post, happy crocheting!


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