Miss Dolkapots Krafties

Author Archive

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.

IMG_8648

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!

IMG_8654

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.

IMG_8651

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.

IMG_8650

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.

IMG_8653

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.

IMG_8649

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!

Advertisements

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.

IMG_8627

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.

IMG_8629

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.

IMG_8630

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).

IMG_8631.jpg

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.

IMG_8635

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!

IMG_8636

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.

IMG_8489

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.

IMG_8487.jpg

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.

IMG_8490

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.

IMG_8493

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.

IMG_8492

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.

IMG_8158

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).

IMG_8159.jpg

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.

IMG_8161

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!

I will be honest, I have never played Little Big Planet but I immediately fell in love with its main protagonist when one of my friends showed it to me. I usually like to make fan art based on movies, video games, or music artists that means a lot to me, and Sackboy is somewhere on that list even though I still have to try the game (shame on me).

Sackboy is a knitted character, but since I do not knit I thought it would be fun to make a crocheted version. It was not very difficult to make, and the result looks very similar to the original. Now he spends most of his time sitting by the computer, but sometimes I catch him wandering around the house…

IMG_8094

The arms and legs are jointed with pins that allows him to sit or stand, and take different poses. I couldn’t find a small zipper so I had to cut one down to the size I needed, then used a glue gun to stick it to the body.

IMG_8101

He is quite small, 8 inch tall standing. I really wanted the mouth to be three dimensional so I used a method that is explained in one of my tutorials that you can check out here: How to Make a Three Dimensional Mouth .

IMG_8118.jpg

I think he turned out really cute, I absolutely adore him. If he gets too lonely I will make a Sackgirl to keep him company, they would make a great pair on my office table!

IMG_8111.jpg

I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it will inspire you to learn crochet, or to keep on crocheting! 🙂

I don’t crochet Fan Art dolls often, but every once in a while I like to challenge myself with a project that involves characters I love from movies, video games, or books. Last week I got inspired, and decided to try my hands on a Tinkerbell, the beloved fairy from Peter Pan.

When I said I like a challenge, I wasn’t joking. It took me three weeks to make her, with trials and errors, and even though I am very happy with the results I would modify a few things on the pattern if I was to crochet something similar.

IMG_7937

The two challenges I encountered are the facial features, and the hair. I really wanted to give her eyes an almond shape but I wasn’t sure how to proceed. At first I wanted to make them just using felt, but I changed my mind and insted used a pair of 12mm blue safety eyes, white felt for the shape, and black felt for the contour. I added some plastic eyelashes to make her look more girlie. I feel that the eyes are a little too big, but it still look cute.

IMG_7948.jpg

I don’t know why but I always thought that Tinkerbell had her hair pulled back in a bun, that tells you how much I pay attention to detail! She definitely have a bun, but the rest of her hair is shaped into a pixie cut style. I was tempted to crochet a wig to put on her head, but I opted for strands of yarn instead.. Lots of them! I did crocheted the bun however, which I embroidered afterward with yarn.
IMG_7940

The wings on her back are very simple, I used double crochet and treble that I worked around a chain. I sprayed them with starch to keep them from flopping over. I will upload a tutorial next time if anybody is interested, they are very easy to make.

IMG_7943.jpg

Voila! This was my attempt at crocheting a Tinkerbell. I learned a lot from it, and even though she is not perfect I still like her a lot. Practicing crochet on characters that inspire you is a lot of fun, it helps you improve your skills and gives you inspiration.

Happy crocheting!

Two months ago I made a post about a panda bear pattern I had created for my ETSY shop, a cute little amigurumi crocheted with regular acrylic yarn. I enjoyed that project so much,  I thought it would be fun to try a different version of the panda using the same pattern but with a type of yarn that would give it some fur. Both versions are cute, but the result is so different that it doesn’t look like it was made from the same pattern.

IMG_7910

the second version of the Panda, so fuzzy!

The first version was made with Caron Simply Soft, which is labeled as a medium weight #4, and 100% acrylic. It is quite small for a yarn of that category, I usually end up with smaller plushes when I use Caron.

IMG_7912

the first version of the panda

You can really tell the difference in size. The first version of the panda is about 5.5 inch tall, the other one is 7 inch. I used the same 2.75mm crochet hook for both plushes without any alterations in the rounds, but the yarns I used for my second panda are thicker, hence the result.

IMG_7911

Big fuzzy panda and its little acrylic version.

I used two different brands of yarn to crochet the fuzzy panda. I usually prefer to work with the same brand on one project when I need different colors but in this case I couldn’t find both in the same collection so I settled for Butter Cream Angel Air in black, and Yarn Bee Tender Touch in white. The black yarn is 50% Acrylic, 28% Nylon and 22% Wool. The white yarn is 100% acrylic but still has a fuzzy feel to it, which is what I needed to create fur.

IMG_7894

In order to create the fur, I gently brushed each parts of the panda with a pet brush before sewing the parts together. I think it is better to brush after the parts are stuffed with fiberfill, otherwise you might end up with stretched parts (it happened to me the first time I tried this method).

IMG_7917

On top, the fuzzy yarn and at the bottom, regular acrylic yarn

IMG_7913

the magic pet brush (which I never used on my cat)

Trying two versions from the same pattern was a fun experiment, and I cannot tell you which one I like best because I love both pandas. I hope you enjoyed this post and that it will inspire you to also try different type of yarns for your projects.

As always, happy crocheting!


Archives

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 348 other followers