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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!

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It is Springtime and all the birds are back and chirping, so today I am posting a pattern to make cute little birdie to celebrate my favorite season of the year. This is a plush I actually made two years ago when I started writing my own patterns, but I do no longer have the little bird because my mum fell in love with it and took it home.

Crochet bird pattern

This is an easy project, but I took step by step pictures to make it even easier. I used a 2.75mm hook because I like tight stitches, but feel free to use a larger hook if you want your bird to be larger.

crochet bird pattern

To make this birdie you will need:
– 1 medium/4 worsted yarn – yellow
– 1 medium/4 worsted yarn – orange
– 12mm safety eyes, black
– Felt, orange and yellow
– Ribbon of your choice
– Polyester fiberfill for stuffing
– Yarn needle
– Pins
– Glue gun, or fabric glue
– Stitch marker

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
inc = increase
dec = dec
rnd = round

Note: This amigurumi is crocheted in continuous spirals without joining the rounds. The
finish size is about 5 inch in height.

THE PATTERN

HEAD:
With yellow 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: [5 sc, inc] 6 times (42)
Rnd 8 to 11: sc in each st around (42)
Rnd 12: [5 sc, dec] 6 times (36)
Rnd 13: [4 sc, dec] 6 times (30)
Rnd 14: [3 sc, dec] 6 times (24)
Rnd 15: [2 sc, dec] 6 times (18)
At this point, cut a piece of felt in a shape of a heart, make holes for the eyes. Insert the safety eyes, and pin them to the head. Stuff firmly with fiberfill

The face with the heart shape felt and safety eyes.

The face with the heart shape felt and safety eyes.

– Glue the edges of the felt on the head with a glue gun, or fabric glue. You don’t need a lot of it, just a small film around the edge is enough.

Body:
With yellow 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 10: sc in each st around (36)
Rnd 11: [4 sc, dec] 6 times (30)
Rnd 12: [3 sc, dec] 6 times (24)
Rnd 13: [2 sc, dec] 6 times (18)
Rnd 14: [1 sc, dec] 6 times (12)
Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff the body with fiberfill, then sew to the head by embroidering the stitches together.

The shape of the body

The shape of the body

Tail:
With yellow yarn, make a magic ring
Rnd 1: 5 sc in center of the ring (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 4: [1 sc, inc] 5 times (15)
Rnd 5: [2 sc, inc] 5 times (20)
Rnd 6: [3 sc, inc] 5 times (25)
Rnd 7: [4 sc, inc] 5 times (30)
Fasten off, and leave long tail for sewing. Stuff the tail with fiberfill. Pin it with
needles on the back of the body, then sew it.

Shape of the tail. Sew it to the back of the bird.

Shape of the tail. Sew it to the back of the bird.

Wings (make 2):
With yellow 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 to 7: sc in each st around (18)
Rnd 8: [1 sc, dec] 6 times (12)
Fasten off. Do not stuff the wings. Sew the wings to the body

Shape of the wings

Shape of the wings

Feet:
With orange yarn,ch 4
Rnd 1: 3 sc, turn, 2 sc (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3: [1 sc, inc] 5 times (15)
Rnd 4 to 5: sc in each st around (15)
Rnd 6: [1 sc, dec] 5 times (10)
Rnd 7 to 8: sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 9: dec 5 times (5)
Fasten off, embroider the thread in the remaining stitches to close the hole. Do not stuff the feet, and glue them to the bottom of the body.  

The shape of the feet. Only put glue half way through the back of the foot.

The shape of the feet. Only put glue half
way through the back of the foot.

I used pins on the feet to check their position before gluing. The feet should be able to keep the body balanced.

I used pins on the feet to check their position before gluing. The feet should be able to keep the body balanced.

Finishing touches:
– Cut a piece of ribbon of your choice, wrap it around the knot and make a bow.

– Cut a piece of yarn, and make a loop by inserting it in a stitch on top of the head. Yarn over thread, pull in loop and close tightly. Repeat with another piece of yarn, and cut the threads short.

How to make the hair of the bird.

How to make the hair of the bird.

Voila! Your little birdy is done! I hope you enjoyed this pattern, and as usual do not hesitate to comment if you have any questions or remarks.

Happy crocheting!

amigurumi bird

 

 

This is an awesome crochet pattern I found online when I was looking for something cute to crochet for a friend’s daughter. It’s a French poodle with pink pompons, and it’s beyond adorable.

The level is intermediate. I was a beginner when I made mine, but it helped me learn new techniques and improve my skills. The file is downloadable as a PDF, and it’s free! There is even a video on the page that explains how it is done. I think this is a great pattern if you’re looking for something to make for a little girl: Pomp_A-Poodle Crochet Pattern

The PDF file is well written, the plush is worked in round and single crochet. I made mine black and white, and I inserted safety eyes instead of the buttons. It took me some time to make it, but the effort was worth it!

Here is mine. If you have an acute eye, you will notice that I crocheted it inside out, I didn’t know which was the right side at the time. Oh well! live and learn, it still came out really cute.

My Pomp-A-Poodle

My Pomp-A-Poodle

I made this 3 years ago, and the little girl still has that poodle, it’s her favorite toy! She calls it “Mademoiselle”, which is the French word for “Miss”.  The best gifts are the one you make with your own hands, and this pattern is definitely one I recommend if you like to crochet!

Happy crocheting!


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