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It is almost time to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, and I thought it would be nice to share a pattern I came up with for a cute Shamrock that you can use to decorate for the occasion.

I hope you will enjoy this pattern, I have tried to make it as simple, and as easy to understand as I could with  help of photos. The shamrock is about 5 x 6 in. (12.5 x 15 cm).

Shamrock Crochet Pattern, by Miss Dolkapots

Shamrock Crochet Pattern, by Miss Dolkapots

Abbreviations:
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain

Leaves (make 4):
4 in chain. 
Row 1: sc in 2nd st from hook, and next 2 sc, turn
Row 2: ch.1, inc, 1 sc, inc, turn
Row 3: ch.1, 5 sc, turn
Row 4: ch.1, inc, 3 sc, inc, turn
Row 5 to 6: ch.1, 7 sc, turn
Row 7: ch.1, dec, 3 sc, dec, turn
Row 8: ch.1, dec, 1 sc, dec.
Fasten off, and weave in the remaining ends.

The 4 leaves of the shamrock

The 4 leaves of the shamrock

Assembling leaves together:
Row 1: With green yarn, make a loop at the base of one of the leaves, sc in same hole, then 2 more sc along the edge. Join another leave with a sc, then make 2 more sc. Continue with third and fourth leave. You should end with a row of 12 stitches.
Row 2: ch.1, dec 6 times, turn
Row 3: ch.1, dec 3 times, turn
Row 4: ch.1, dec, 1 sc, turn
Row 5 to 10: ch.1, 2 sc, turn
Rnd 11: ch.1, inc 2 times.
Do not fasten off

First leave: make a loop to start a row at base of leave, then 1 sc in same hole

Then 2 more sc along the edge

Second leave: sc into the next leave

then 2 more sc along the edge of second leave

Continue with the next 2 leaves. You end up with a row of 12 stitches

After decreasing on row 2, 3 and 4

Row 5 to 10, stem of the shamrock.

Edge:
Now that you have assembled the leaves together, continue with the same yarn and sc around the edge of the shamrock. sl st with the first st when you reach the end. Fasten off, and weave in the loose ends.

Finish your shamrock with sc around the edge.

sc around the edge to finish up the shamrock.

Voila! You can straighten your shamrock with pins and spray some starch on if you want to stiffen it, or you can leave it as it is. I hope you liked this pattern, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to comment!

Happy crocheting!

A cute shamrock to decorate for St Patrick's Day

A cute shamrock to decorate for St Patrick’s Day

I am using mine as a base for my crochet hooks pot holder.

I am using mine as a base for my crochet hooks pot holder.

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Today I am featuring Jenny, from JRPcrochet.  She is an artisan crafter that makes really cute crochet animals that look like figurines sculpted in yarn. Here I will showcase some of my favorites,  with a few questions I asked Jenny about her craft.

Snow Leopard, by JRPcrochet

This snow leopard was made with white acrylic yarn, and colored with fabric markers. She used a pet brush to give the leopard a furry look.

Reindeers, by JRPcrochet

The antlers of these cute reindeers are made with pipe cleaners. They look like they are talking to each other, I wonder what they are saying…

Unicorn, by JRPcrochet

Her creations are made with a wire skeleton that allows  them to be poseable. This fairy unicorn is available as a pattern on her ETSY shop.

Mama bear and its cub, by JRPcrochet

Dogs playing (Anabelle and Tatiana), by JRPcrochet

How long have you been doing crochet?
I’ve been crocheting for about three years this summer. I had a little experience with it when I was a kid, but it was only making chains and no real stitches.

What inspired you to start crochet?
I had seen cute little amigurumis for a while before I started. I wanted to buy a few from the artists I had seen, but without the extra money, I decided to give it a go myself. I found some great free patterns on Ravelry.com. I read what stitches were needed for the patterns, then looked up how to do those stitches on youtube. Once you learn a handful of stitches, you can make a ton of things.

What do you like best about your craft?
I suppose the best thing about crochet is its flexibility. You can make a large variety of things. Clothing, accessories, dolls, it just depends on what you want to make.

You can see more of her crochet amigurumis on Deviantart-Pickleweasel360, from dragons  to lamas, birds, horses etc..  Check out her gallery!

Jenny also has a shop on ETSY called JRPcrochet where she sells her creations, as well as patterns if you want to make some of these lovely creatures yourself.

This had been a tuff week.  I had to fight a cold, so I didn’t spend too much time writing on my blog. I had all these projects in mind but everything had to be put aside until I felt better.  Now that I have won and defeated this flu (it took more than one battle),  I decided to celebrate my victory by making this cute horse amigurumi.

horse amigurumi

I love horses, and I wanted to make one for the longest time. I wanted it to be able to sit and stand but I didn’t want to make the project too difficult by putting joints, so I just sewed the legs on the side instead! I am so happy with this little plush, I think I am going to keep it for myself! (I always say that).

This little horse can sit, or stand,

I just finished my first doll for the holidays, a little elf girl I have named Aleia! She is very cute, and pose very prettily! .

Elf girl, by Miss Dolkapots

Elf girl, by Miss Dolkapots

Sitting down.

Aleia likes to pose for the camera!

I really had a lot of fun creating this doll, and I cannot wait to make more cute crochet items for the holidays season!

Happy crocheting!

 

Here is a very easy tutorial to make a cute little rose. I use this kind of flower as a hair accessory for my amigurumi dolls, or plushes, but you can use it for any kind of craft projects that requires a flower.

What you need:
– 3 pieces of felt (colors of your choice, I used purple and pink for the petals, green for the leaves)
– glue gun, or fabric glue
– scissors

1. Cut two bands of the same length, 9.5 x 1.5 inch (your rose will be about 1.5″ in diameter).

2. Cut the two bands into arches as shown below:

3. Glue the two bands together, alternating the arches. Only glue the bottom part of the felt, as shown with the arrows. Do not glue the leaves.

4. Start rolling the band and glue the bottom part as you go along.

5. Start Pulling the petals outward one at a time, until you get the shape of a rose. You can squeeze it to flatten it a bit afterward. You can also cut the edges of the petals a bit if they need reshaping.

6. Cut 2 pieces of green felt in the shape of a leave, and glue them underneath the rose. You rose is done!

You can choose to make them at different sizes, use just one piece of felt instead of two different colors.  You can also cut your felt in the shape of triangles instead of arches if you want to make a different type of flower. Have fun with it!

I hope you find this tutorial useful, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

I stumbled upon some funny crochet memes while browsing the web, and I wanted to share them with you. Here are my favorites:

That would be me if I was to beg on the streets:

crochet_memes

Anybody that knows Tardar Sauce, the grumpy cat, will appreciate this one:

grumpy_cat_memes

This must have happened to any crocheters at list once:

Batman_memes

If people still don’t get the difference between crochet and knitting, you can always ask Ryan Gosling to come to the rescue:

Ryan_Gosling_memes

Who said that crocheting wasn’t a perilous task :

Austin_Powers_memes

This is every crocheter’s worst nightmare:

crochet_memes

You can take anything but ….

crochet_robber_Erika_Himsl

At last but not least, the truth about crocheting:

memes-crochet

Happy crocheting 😉

I am from France, where people eat snail. I don’t eat them, I rather make crocheted ones. Here is my first attempt at making a snail, I called it Sluggy. I like him because he won’t eat my plants, or leave any foamy slug behind him.

Snail Crochet Pattern


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