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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!

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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!

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!

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!

Oink! Oink! Here is a little pig right out of the yarn farm. He is very easy to make, anybody  will fall for its cuteness! I had several requests for a pig pattern so today I am posting one to make you own Mr Piggy.

Pig Amigurumi

This plush is about 5 inch in length (13cm). I used Red Heart Super Saver in pink, and a 2.75mm hook. Here is the list of material you will need:

Materials:
– 1 medium/4 worsted yarn – pink
– 2.75mm hook
– 6mm safety eyes, black
– Polyester fiberfill for stuffing
– Yarn needle
– Embroidery thread, black
– Pins
– Ribbon of choice (I used grey)
– Stitch marker (to mark end of each row)

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
inc = increase
dec = decrease
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
BLO = back loop only

Note:
This amigurumi is crocheted in continuous spirals without joining the rounds.

– THE PATTERN –

HEAD/BODY (start at nose):
With pink 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, BLO (18)
Rnd 5 to 6: sc in each st around (18)
Rnd 7: [2 sc, inc] 2 times, 12 sc (20)
Rnd 8: sc in each st around (20)
Rnd 9: [3 sc, inc] 2 times, 12 sc (22)
Rnd 10: sc in each st around (22)
Rnd 11: [3 sc, inc] 3 times, 10 sc (25)
Rnd 12: [4 sc, inc] 5 times (30)
Rnd 13: [5 sc, inc] 5 times (35)
– Insert safety eyes, between row 6 and 7, 7 sc apart.
Rnd 14 to 23: sc in each st around (35)
– Start stuffing, and continue along the way.
Rnd 24: [5 sc, dec] 5 times (30)
Rnd 25: sc in each st around (30)
Rnd 26: [4 sc, dec] 5 times (25)
Rnd 27: [3 sc, dec] 5 times (20)
Rnd 28: [2 sc, dec] 5 times (15)
Rnd 29: [1 sc, dec] 5 times (10)
Rnd 30: dec 5 times (5)
– Fasten off. Using a yarn needle, embroider the rest of the stitches together to close the hole. Hide the rest of the yarn in the body.

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LEGS (make 4):
With pink 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: sc in each st around, BLO
Rnd 4 to 5 : sc in each st around (12)
– Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff the legs with fiberfill, and sew them to the body. (I recommend that you pin all the legs before sewing to make sure they are placed properly).

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EARS (make 2):
With pink yarn, make a magic ring
Rnd 1: 4 sc in center of the ring (4)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (8)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around (8)
Rnd 4: [1 sc, inc] 4 times (12)
Rnd 5: 6 sl st, 6 sc (12)
Rnd 6 to 8: sc in each st around (12)
– Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. Do not stuff the ears, leave them flat and bend them at row 5 level. Sew to each side of the head.

TAIL:
With pink yarn, 14 in chain. Leave a long thread of yarn at beginning
Rnd 1: 13 sc
– Use the threads to attach the tail to the body with a tight knot. Hide the remaining threads in the body.

Finishing touches:
– Use a piece of embroidery thread to make 2 stitches for the nose.

– Attach a little grey ribbon, or color of your choice by one of the ears.

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Voila! Your cute little pig is done. I hope you enjoyed this pattern, and If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section.

Happy crocheting!

The year has just started and we are already half way through the month of January. I have so many projects, time slip through faster than I can crochet! One of my resolutions this year is to post more patterns on my blog, and since Valentine’s day is not too far away, I decided to start with this cute teddy bear you can make for your love or loved ones. (You can wrap it in a bag with candies or chocolates… Yum!)

Valentine's day Teddy Bear

– Note: this plush is worked in continuous spiral without joining the rounds. The final size of this teddy bear is 4 inch tall.

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Materials:
– Brown yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver – Cafe color)
– 2.75mm hook
– 6mm safety eyes, black
– Felt, red and copper brown
– Embroidery thread, brown
– Ribbon of your choice
– Fiberfill for stuffing
– Yarn needle
– Pins
– stitch marker (to mark the end of your row)
– Glue gun, or fabric glue

Abbreviations:
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
inc = increase
dec = decrease
st – stitch

PATTERN
Head:
Rnd 1: make a chain with 2 stitches, 5 sc in second stitch from chain (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 9 : sc in each st around (20)
– Insert the safety eyes, between row 7 and 8, about 5 st apart.
Rnd 10: [2 sc, dec] 5 times (15)
Rnd 11: [1 sc, dec] 5 times (10)
– Fasten off, and stuff firmly with fiberfill.

Body:
Rnd 1: make a chain with 2 stitches, 5 sc in second stitch from chain (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 7: sc in each st around (20)
Rnd 8: [2 sc, dec] 5 times (15)
Rnd 9 to 11: sc in each st around (15)
Rnd 12: [1 sc, dec] 5 times (10)
Rnd 13: sc in each st around (10)
– Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff firmly with fiberfill.

Arms: (make 2)
Rnd 1: make a chain with 2 stitches, 5 sc in second stitch from chain (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 4: [3 sc, dec] 2 times (8)
Rnd 5 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. Stuff half way through with fiberfill.

Legs: (make 2)
Rnd 1: make a chain with 2 stitches, 5 sc in second stitch from chain (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3 to 4: sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 5: [3 sc, dec] 2 times (8)
– Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff firmly with fiberfill.

Ears: (make 2)
Rnd 1: make a chain with 2 stitches, 5 sc in second stitch from chain (5)
Rnd 2: [1 sc, inc] 2 times, 1 sc (7)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around (7)
– Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing. Do not stuff.

Assembling:
Sew the body to the head, using the remaining thread from the body. Use the stitches of both parts to embroider them together. Sew the arms to the each side of the body, and ears to top sides of the head. For more details, you can check my tutorial How to Sew Parts Together.

For the legs, make sure you do not sew them to close to the bottom, or your bear will fall backward and won’t stand on his legs. I used pins first to make sure the legs are in the right position.

Nose:
Cut an oval in a piece of copper color felt, large enough to fit between the eyes. Embroider a noise with brown embroidery thread, then glue on the face.

Heart:
Cut a heart shape in a piece of red felt, glue to the front of the body.
Tip: To make both side the same shape, cut a rectangle first, fold in two, and cut one side of the heart starting at the fold.

Cut a piece of ribbon and wrap it around the neck, make a bow.

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Your little Valentine’s Day bear is done! I hope you enjoyed this pattern, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section.

Happy crocheting!

My last post was about the Elephant Tiramisu Blanket I made for a friend. Here is the pattern or the elephant applique, it’s very easy to make and I hope you will enjoy it!

Crochet elephant applique

I used a 4mm/G hook and Red heart Super Saver in grey and pink. Goggly eyes, and some glue. the head and ears of the elephant are crocheted in spiral without joining the rounds. The size of the applique is about 7 inch wide and 5 inch in length with the trunk. You can use a smaller crochet hook if you want a smaller applique.

Abbreviations:
rnd = round
inc = increase
dec = decrease
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
st = stitch

Head:
with grey 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)
Fasten off, and weave in loose ends.

Trunk:
With grey yarn, 20 in ch (leave a long tail at beginning for sewing)
Rnd 1: 5 hdc, 2 hdc in same st, 5 hdc, 2 hdc in same st, 1 hdc, 5 dc (24)
Fasten off, weave in loose end and sew to the head at center.

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Ears (Make 2):
With pink yarn, 10 in ch
Rnd 1: 8 sc, 3 in last st, turn and continue on the other side, 7 sc, 2 in last st (20)
Rnd 2: [3 sc, inc] 5 times (25)
Rnd 3: [4 sc, inc] 5 times (30)
Change yarn to grey, sl st to first st
Rnd 4: ch1, sc in same st and in each st around (30)
Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing. Weave in the thread to the side of the ear to use for sewing. Sew the head and ears together using only front loops of each part (about 7 stitches will be enough). Fasten off and weave in loose ends.

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Glue the goggly eyes, your elephant applique is done. (you can embroider the eyes if you prefer, or useblack felt like I did for the baby blanket.)

Voila! I hope you will find this tutorial useful. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me. Happy crocheting!

 

 


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