Goblin Fan Art – Part 1

You might or might have not heard of a Korean TV series called “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God” (Goblin). If you have, you are probably a K-drama fan just like me. I have been watching this series on and off for the past two weeks and it really inspired me to drop everything and start another fanart project: Kim-shin, and his bride.

Kim Shin is an immortal goblin who is in search for his bride, the only one who can remove the sword piercing through his chest. Once the sword is removed, he may finally move to the afterlife and rest in peace. That’s the first character I decided to take on, an exciting challenge for my crochet cravings.

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I was so inspired, it took me three days to make this Goblin… I just couldn’t stop. The first day I worked on the head, body, and feet. The second day was spent crocheting the arms, then the hair. The third day was the most excruciating because I had no idea how to make a sword.

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The head, body, and feet was the easiest part, I just wanted the doll to be very cute and small. the fun part began with the hair, Kim Shin has a very stylish haircut that is not easy to replicate with yarn. I had to play hairdresser with scissors, glue, and hairspray for a good couple of hours. I tried to work slowly because one mistake would ruin the entire doll (I think I held my breath for the entire time.)

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I saved the best for life, the sword. My first attempt was to crochet the entire piece, but after several attempts, I realized that I didn’t have a hook small enough for that. The sword ended up being too big for his small body and for a while, I wondered if I would find a solution to my problem. I really tried to think outside the box and ended up using a wood stick and some cardboard that I wrapped with yarn. It took me an entire afternoon to do it but in the end, I was happy I had found a way.

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Now that I am done with the Goblin, I can work on his bride. She is going to take longer to make because she wears more layers of clothing and carries a backpack on her back. Her trademark is a red scarf she wears most of the time so I will have to make that as well. I can’t wait to have the bride join my Goblin on the shelf. They are going to look so cute together!

 

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Little Caterpillar

It has been too long since I posted a free pattern on this blog so I decided that today would be the day! I am going to share a very cute and easy tutorial to crochet a caterpillar. This little bug is very easier to make and perfect for beginners.

Without further ado, let’s begin!

CATERPILLAR PATTERN

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MATERIALS:
– Medium/4 worsted yarn in the following colors: white, green, red, yellow, blue and black. (You can pick any colors you like, I just liked that combination.)
– 2.75mm hook
– Fiberfill for stuffing
– 12mm safety eyes (you can also use googly eyes)
– Yarn needle
– Ribbon

ABBREVIATIONS:
– ch = chain
– rnd = round
– sc = single crochet
– inc = increase
– dec = decrease
– beg = beginning

HEAD:
With green 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: sc in each st around (30)
Rnd 7: [6 sc, inc] 4 times, 2 sc (34)
Rnd 8 to 10: sc in each st around (34)
Change yarn to white
Rnd 11: sc in each st around using back stitches only (34)
Rnd 12: [6 sc, dec] 4 times, 2 sc (30)
Rnd 13: sc in each st around (30)
Rnd 14: [3 sc, dec] 6 times (24)
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 sew the remaining stitches together to close the hole: Insert your yarn needle in each front stitch and pull.

Note: Do not forget to stuff the head with fiberfill and insert the safety along the way.

BODY:
With red 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: [4 sc, inc] 6 times (36)
Rnd 7 to 11: sc in each st around (36)
Rnd 12: [4 sc, dec] 6 times (30)
Rnd 13: [3 sc, dec] 6 times (24)
Start stuffing and continue along the way
Rnd 14: [2 sc, dec] 6 times (18)
Rnd 15: [1 sc, dec] 6 times (12)
Change color to yellow
Repeat from rnd 3 to 15 three more times with different colors (if you want your caterpillar to be longer you can add more).
Decrease 6 times on the last row of the last ball just like the head.

ANTENNAS
With black 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: sc in each st around (18)
Start stuffing with fiberfill and continue along the way
Rnd 5: [1 sc, dec] 6 times (12)
Rnd 6: dec 6 times (6)
Change color to green
Rnd 7 to 11: sc in each st around (6)
Fasten off and sew on top of the head with the remaining threads.

LEGS (make 2 for each ball in the respective colors):
Leave a long tail at beg and end.
10 in ch.
Row 1: 9 sc.
Fasten off. Use the remaining threads of each leg to attach the legs on the
sides. Hide the extra threads into the body.

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Voila! I hope you will enjoy this crochet pattern but if you run into difficulty or have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below. I usually answer really fast. Happy crocheting!

Jasmine Fan Art

This month I decided to go back to one of my favorite crochet hobbies and challenge myself with another fan art project. This time I picked Jasmine from Aladdin because I love her costume and her hairstyle. After three weeks of on and off crafting sessions I finally finished it today:

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Every doll I make is always a new challenge, and this one was no exception. I thought the hardest part would be to recreate her almond shaped eyes but truly the hardest part was her outfit, especially the pants. It took me a few trials and errors to achieve what I wanted but it was all worth it because I learned some new techniques in the process.

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I think she turned out really pretty, I really love her face. I had a lot of fun playing hairdresser while styling her hair and working on her accessories. I decided to crochet all of her jewelry instead of buying metal pieces from the craft store for a change. I wanted to see if it would look pretty just using yarn. I think it turned out well!

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I am very happy with my little fan art doll, she is now standing next to my computer. Who knows, maybe Aladdin and his magic lamp will join her someday!

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Squirrel Pattern

I love squirrels, I think they are really cute and funny. Not long ago I had an encounter with a poor little critter that was desperately trying to escape the trap a friend of mine had set behind her house. I felt so bad for it that I opened the trap to set if free, unbeknownst to my friend who wouldn’t have been happy if she had known what I had done. That little episode gave me the idea to work on a squirrel crochet pattern for my next ETSY project.

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That little squirrel was really a source of inspiration, I really enjoyed making this amigurumi which turned out to be very easy to create. The squirrel is about 9 inches tall and crocheted with a 2.75mm hook.

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I think it turned out really cute. Some of the parts are glued together like the feet to the thighs and the tail to the back. I crocheted a little acorn which I glued to the hands. I was going to use velcro which would have allowed removing the acorn I but decided at the last moment to make it permanent.

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I love my little squirrel, and I am really happy with the pattern. If you are interested in this project, the crochet tutorial is available on ETSY.

Now that I am finished I wonder if my next crochet inspiration will come from another animal rescue! Recently, I did save a bird from my being shred to pieces from my cat so maybe I could do that next?

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Happy crocheting!

Petal

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!

Table Runner project

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!

 

White Seal

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!