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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!

 

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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!

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!!!

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!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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

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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!

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted on my blog. I have been so busy that I didn’t see time go by. Finally, I am able to take time off to get back to my favorite hobby, crochet. This month I worked on a little giraffe pattern for my ETSY shop, and I can say that I am quite please with the results!

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This is my first time trying to crochet a giraffe, I wasn’t sure how I wanted it to look like, there are different ways to do it (long nose, big nose, tall leg or short legs) but I finally opted for something little kids could play with, one with a big nose, long neck and short legs.

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I will admit that it took trials and errors, I had intended to make the head, neck and body separate but as soon as I finished the head I realized that it would be better to start with the body and seamlessly continue with the neck and head.

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I tried to make long legs at first, but it didn’t look right. I ended up making them very short, I think it makes the giraffe look very cute and easier to play with. It ended up being about 12 inch tall, which is a good size but not too big.

This pattern is available on my ETSY shop. The skill level is easy, I put lots of step by step pictures to help along the way.

Now I am ready to start my next project, a different version of the Panda Bear I made last January.  This one will be crocheted with a different type of yarn, and a safety nose. I can’t wait to get started.

Happy crocheting!

Do you know this song? “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas, Only a hippopotamus will do, Don’t want a doll, No dinky tinker toy, I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy”

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Well, it’s not Christmas anymore, but one can wish for a hippo all year long! I was looking for ideas for baby showers and small gifts easy to make, so I made this hippo and wrote a pattern that I have made available on my ETSY Shop

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As usual I used acrylic yarn, and a small hook to make the stitches really tight. He is only 6 inch and fits in the palm of my hand. I think he turned out really cute! All he needs now is a puddle of water to splash in it.

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I really enjoy making small animals, I have a lion, an elephant, a monkey and now a cute hippo with big dorky eyes. My next project is a giraffe, soon enough I will be able to open a zoo!


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