Miss Dolkapots Krafties

A friend of mine asked me if I could make a little bee to add to a baby blanket her grandmother crocheted, as well as a pair of baby booties to match the blanket. She wanted the bee to be three dimensional with a length of 4.5 inches, and the boots to be all black and yellow with a white top. I love to work with bees, and I love to work with different colors so I knew this would be a fun project!

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The booties are based on a pattern by Sarah, from Repeat Crafter Me. I followed the same instructions for the shoes but changed colors along the way. The sole is all black, followed by 3 rows of yellow and 2 rows of black. From row 9 I changed the pattern with 2 rows of single crochet in yellow, 2 rows of single crochet in black, and one row of single crochet in white with 3 increase in front. I finished by I adding little Poms Poms for an extra dose of cuteness.

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I came up with my own pattern to make the bee, which I wrote down on a piece of paper to share on my blog if anybody is interested. I used a 2.75mm hook, and basic acrylic worsted yarn (Red heart Super Savers) in white, yellow and black. The nose and eyes are made with felt, I had to use sharp small scissors to cut the pieces that small. I stuffed the bee with fiberfill, which can find at any craft store.

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BEE PATTERN

Abbreviations:
Rnd: round
sc = single crochet
inc = increase
dec = decrease
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
ch = chain
beg = beginning

– Body:
With black yarn, make a magic ring
Rnd 1: 5 sc in center of the ring (5)
Rnd 2: 1 sc in each st around (5)
Rnd 3: inc, 1 sc, inc, 1sc (7)
Change color to yellow
Rnd 4: inc, 3 sc, inc, 2 sc (9)
Rnd 5: inc, 8 sc (10)
Rnd 6: [1 sc, inc] 5 times (15)
Change color to black
Rnd 7: [2 sc, inc] 5 times (20)
Rnd 8: [3 sc, inc] 5 times (25)
Change color to yellow
Rnd 9 to 10: sc in each st around (25)
Change color to black
Rnd 11 to 12: sc in each st around (25)
Change color to yellow. Start stuffing and continue along the way
Rnd 13 to 14: sc in each st around (25)
Change color to black
Rnd 15 to 16: sc in each st around (25)
Change color to yellow
Rnd 17 to 18: sc in each st around (25)
Change color to black
Rnd 19: sc in each st around (25)
Rnd 20: [3 sc, dec] 5 times (20)
Change to yellow
Rnd 21: [2 sc, dec] 5 times (15)
Rnd 22: [1 sc, dec] 5 times (10)
Change to black
Rnd 23: inc each st around (20)
Rnd 24: [3 sc, inc] 5 times (25)
Change to yellow
Rnd 25 to 27: sc in each st around (25)
Rnd 28: [3 sc, dec] 5 times (20)
Rnd 29: [2 sc, dec] 5 times (15)
Rnd 30: [1 sc, dec] 5 times (10)
Rnd 31: dec each st around (5)
Fasten off, leave a long tail to embroider in the stitches to close the hole.

-Wings (make 4):
With white yarn, 10 st in a chain
Rnd 1: 1 sc, 1 hdc, 5 dc, 1 hdc, 3 sc in last st, turn to the other side of the chain, 1 hdc, 5 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, sl st to beg of ch
Fasten off, and embroider the remaining thread into the wing. Glue them on top of the body with a glue gun, or fabric glue.

– Antennas (make 2):
With black yarn, 6 st in a chain
Row 1: [1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 sc] in second st from ch, 4 sl st
Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach the antennas on top of the head with a double knot. Hide the remaining threads inside the head.

 – Eyes and nose:
Cut 2 circles in white felt, and slightly smaller ones in black. Glue the white ones in front of the head, and the black ones slightly below. Cut a circle in red felt for the nose and glue it underneath the eyes.

Voila, your fly is ready to fly! I made this bee to add to a blanket, but it can also be used as a very cute ornament, or a toy. I hope you enjoy this pattern, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments.

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Happy crocheting!

My previous post was about a Chibi doll I made that required large manga eyes. It was my first time trying that style, and since I had to figure out how to make them I thought it would be nice to share a tutorial to show you how I did it. It turned out to be very simple!

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Before starting on the eyes, I spent some time browsing through images of manga eyes to find a design I liked that would be easy to replicate with felt.  My doll had black eyes so I used felt in the following colors: black, dark brown, and white. I also used scraps of black yarn to embroider the top edges. If your doll has blue eyes, use the blue instead of dark brown.

You will need really good scissors to cut the felt, preferably small ones to cut the small pieces. I bought two pairs at the craft store, one large and one small, and they come very handy!

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  • Cut two ovals shapes with black felt, the size will depend on the head. You can start with large ovals and cut them down until you are happy with the size. Mine were about 1.5 inches because the head of my doll was quite large.
  • Next you will cut two small circles using white felt, and two rounded croissant shapes with brown felt.
  • Finally, cut two triangles with your white felt for the corner of the eyes. Curve them at the bottom to fit the shape of the side of your eyes.

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Glue the pieces together (except for the white triangles). Glue  your eyes to the head, then glue the triangles on each side of the eyes (I used a glue gun, it holds the pieces really well together).

With a long strand of black yarn, embroider from top to side on each eyes just once.

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That is it! You can even glue some eyelashes to make her look even cuter. I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments.

Happy crocheting!!!

A friend of mine got tickets for a meet and greet with his idol, Gwen Stefani. He asked me if I could make a 90’s version of Gwen for the occasion, Chibi style. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, or if I would be able to do it  but it never hurts to try. I spent the last three weeks working on this doll, I really took my time. I don’t know  if I succeeded but at list I can say that I tried my best.

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I cannot tell you which part was the most challenging, every step seemed more difficult than the previous! I did look at tons of pictures of Gwen Stefani from the mid-90s, and I opted for the pants, tank top look that was her trademark during the Tragic Kingdom era.

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I had never made anime eyes before, so this was really an experiment that took several trials and errors before I was happy with the result (I probably lost a few hair over it). I used felt in 3 different colors: black, white, and dark brown. I based the design on a drawing I saw online that looked simple and easy to make. I will get more into it in my next post which will be a tutorial to make anime eyes (I will put the link here once it is posted).

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Well, now that I am finished with this doll, I can focus on Halloween and spooky fun things. I Just finished a black cat pattern that I will upload on ETSY very soon. I also would like to publish a free pattern for my blog. I am a bit behind, but I will try to catch on!

Happy crocheting!

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!

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