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It is already the end of the year, Christmas is right around the corner. This year has gone by so fast I cannot believe that 2018 is almost over! It has been a while since I posted any free pattern so today I am going to write a tutorial to make a really cute owl ornament for your Christmas tree. It has been requested on my Facebook after I posted pictures from last year. So here it is, I hope you will enjoy it. The finished size is 3.5 inch/10 cm. I suggest making a few of them using different colors for fun.

  • Materials you will need for this project: 
  • Brown, cream, green and white yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
  • 2.75mm hook (you can use a larger hook, your owl will be bigger)
  • Beige and orange felt
  • 12mm brown or black safety eyes (you can opt for googly eyes)
  • White glittery pompom
  • Fiberfill for stuffing
  • Yarn needle, and a glue gun (or fabric glue)

Abbreviations: 
Rnd = round 
Sc = single crochet
Inc = increase
Dec = decrease
st = stitches

Body:
With brown 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 to 10: sc in each st around (30)
Change color to light brown
Rnd 11 to 14: sc in each st around (30)
Hold your work to work on the eyes
Cut two oval shapes in a piece of beige felt. Make a little cut in the center and insert the safety eyes. Attach the eyes to the body by inserting them between row 10 and 11.
Row 15: [3 sc, dec] 6 times (24)
Row 16: [2 sc, dec] 6 times (18)
Stuff the body with fiberfill and continue along the way
Row 17:[1 sc, dec] 6 times (12)
Row 18: dec 6 times (6)
Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing the rest of the stitches together to close the hole.

Glue the off-white felt part of the eyes to the body (this way they will remain flat).
Cut a small triangle in orange felt and glue it between the eyes to make a beak.

The eyes
Make sure the eyes touch in the middle.

Wings (make 2):
With brown 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 to 5: sc in each st around (12)
Fasten off, and leave a long tail at the end. Sew the wings on each side of the body.

The wings.

Hat:
With green yarn, make a magic ring
Rnd 1: 6 sc in center of the ring (6)
Rnd 2 to 3: sc in each st around (6)
Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 2 times (8)
Rnd 5: sc in each st around (8)
Rnd 6: [3 sc, inc] 2 times (10)
Rnd 7: sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 8: [4 sc, inc] 2 times (12)
Rnd 9: sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 10:[1 sc, inc] 6 times (18)
Rnd 11: sc in each st around(18)
Rnd 12: [2 sc, inc] 6 times (24)
Rnd 13: sc in each st around (24)
Rnd 14: [3 sc, inc] 6 times (30)
Rnd 15: sc in each st around (30)
Rnd 16: [4 sc, inc] 6 times (36)
Change color to white
Rnd 17 to 18: sc in each st around(36)
Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew the hat around the head using the stitches of the last row. (You can opt to glue the hat to the head instead)
Put a dot of glue on one side of the hat and bend the top to glue it to the bottom half.

The hat before…
and after.

Hook:
I have a cool trick to make the hook with yarn. Follow the instructions in pictures:

1. Insert your needle in a top stitch and through the back
2. Insert into the closest stitch and back to where you started. (don’t pull your yarn completely through, leave a loop hanging)
Make a double knot. Now you should have two loops, one on top and one in back. Pull your yarn down until the knot disappears into the hat. (don’t pull too much or it will go out on the other side)
Pull the top loop on the other side. Voila!

I hope you enjoyed this pattern and that it will be a nice addition to your Christmas tree. Don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any questions.

Happy crocheting!

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Phase two of my “improving my skills” with my latest challenge: a doll and her bear. Last year I went through a creativity crisis that put me into a funk for a while. It is during this phase that I started sulking in front of the TV and became addicted to a reality show from Japan called Terrace House. If you are not happy about your own life, lose yourself by watching over people live! Ironically, this reality show was my inspiration to get back to what I love to do and break the wall that kept me from improving. Terrace house is a dating show but it also involves people who use that bridge to find out what they want out of life or achieve their goals. They were my inspiration to turn off my TV and work harder. Lauren Tsai in particular, a talented artist who spent most of her time drawing and focusing on her passion, is the one that motivated me the most. This doll is the product of that inspiration, I am in love with making toys again.

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Now let’s talk about the doll. I used mercerized yarn to make this doll. Mercerized yarn is mostly used to make dollies but it is also great to crochet small amigurumi toys. I really liked working with that type of yarn and I think I will use it a lot more in future projects.

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I embroidered the eyes but this time I used a different technique that made the task much easier than my previous attempts. Still, I found it very hard to embroider eyes on a small head, there isn’t a lot of room to do your stitches and you are not careful you can end up with eyes too big for the face.

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The bear and the hat was a last minute decision. I had intended to just make the doll with her bag but since I am in challenge mode I thought I might as well try to add more. I am glad I did because it turned out really cute.

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So if you ever get into a creative hole and need to find a way out, I recommend Terrace House. It’s a great distraction to stop thinking about yourself while vegetating in front of the TV. You might find the inspiration to get back to what you love to do like I did!

Happy crocheting!

I have been crocheting for years and even though I get a lot of compliments on my work, the feeling that I haven’t reached my full potential yet has been frustrating lately.  At this time of the year, I usually get ready for the Christmas fairs and events that take place during the winter season. Not this year, this time I decided to solely focus on learning new techniques to improve my skills and just practice.

My first challenge was embroidery. My Rurouni Kenshin was my first attempt in embroidering eyes and I was very happy with the result. For my next step, I was going to make a shapeable doll with clothes, and shoes made separately. I also wanted that doll to have a body shape to look a little bit more realistic. For this task, I used this Catwoman tutorial to help me with the steps (this pattern was probably translated from another language because there are a lot of terms that do not make sense, I had to guess a lot).

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First steps: arms and legs

I normally use Caron Simply Soft yarn to crochet dolls but since this was an experiment I tried a yarn with a different texture, the more sturdy Sugar’n’ Cream. I am not sure I will use it again to crochet the body because I like the softer texture of Caron better. I do like the sturdiness of the clothes, I think I will use that brand for that exclusively.

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It took me three weeks to make this doll, I had no problem with it until I reached the torso. It was the most difficult part, I had to redo it three times. I am still not happy with the shoulders but with practice, I will figure it out.

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I had never made clothes separately so it was quite a challenge, especially the shoes. I wanted her to wear sneakers but I couldn’t find a pattern small enough to fit her size. I used this baby sneakers tutorial as a base for the shoes and improvised to make them smaller. The skirt was the easiest part of the entire doll, surprisingly. I loved how it turned out, very casual and sporty.

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Like I mentioned earlier, this is my second time embroidering the eyes. This doll was more challenging because the head is quite smaller than my Himura doll. I also embroidered the lips for the first time, it was quite easy.

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Now that I am a little more familiar with this type of pattern I am ready to crochet another one. I think I will crochet a smaller version of this doll in different clothes. The more you practice the more you learn!

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I hope you enjoyed this post and that it will give you the inspiration to try new challenges in your crochet adventures. I will post about the next doll I am going to make and talk about what I did differently and what I learned from my mistakes. Also, stay tuned because I am going to post a really cute tutorial to make a really cute owl ornament. So many projects, so little time!

Happy crocheting!

 

You might or might have not heard of a Korean TV series called “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God” (Goblin). If you have, you are probably a K-drama fan just like me. I have been watching this series on and off for the past two weeks and it really inspired me to drop everything and start another fanart project: Kim-shin, and his bride.

Kim Shin is an immortal goblin who is in search for his bride, the only one who can remove the sword piercing through his chest. Once the sword is removed, he may finally move to the afterlife and rest in peace. That’s the first character I decided to take on, an exciting challenge for my crochet cravings.

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I was so inspired, it took me three days to make this Goblin… I just couldn’t stop. The first day I worked on the head, body, and feet. The second day was spent crocheting the arms, then the hair. The third day was the most excruciating because I had no idea how to make a sword.

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The head, body, and feet was the easiest part, I just wanted the doll to be very cute and small. the fun part began with the hair, Kim Shin has a very stylish haircut that is not easy to replicate with yarn. I had to play hairdresser with scissors, glue, and hairspray for a good couple of hours. I tried to work slowly because one mistake would ruin the entire doll (I think I held my breath for the entire time.)

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I saved the best for life, the sword. My first attempt was to crochet the entire piece, but after several attempts, I realized that I didn’t have a hook small enough for that. The sword ended up being too big for his small body and for a while, I wondered if I would find a solution to my problem. I really tried to think outside the box and ended up using a wood stick and some cardboard that I wrapped with yarn. It took me an entire afternoon to do it but in the end, I was happy I had found a way.

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Now that I am done with the Goblin, I can work on his bride. She is going to take longer to make because she wears more layers of clothing and carries a backpack on her back. Her trademark is a red scarf she wears most of the time so I will have to make that as well. I can’t wait to have the bride join my Goblin on the shelf. They are going to look so cute together!

 

It has been too long since I posted a free pattern on this blog so I decided that today would be the day! I am going to share a very cute and easy tutorial to crochet a caterpillar. This little bug is very easier to make and perfect for beginners.

Without further ado, let’s begin!

CATERPILLAR PATTERN

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MATERIALS:
– Medium/4 worsted yarn in the following colors: white, green, red, yellow, blue and black. (You can pick any colors you like, I just liked that combination.)
– 2.75mm hook
– Fiberfill for stuffing
– 12mm safety eyes (you can also use googly eyes)
– Yarn needle
– Ribbon

ABBREVIATIONS:
– ch = chain
– rnd = round
– sc = single crochet
– inc = increase
– dec = decrease
– beg = beginning

HEAD:
With green 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: sc in each st around (30)
Rnd 7: [6 sc, inc] 4 times, 2 sc (34)
Rnd 8 to 10: sc in each st around (34)
Change yarn to white
Rnd 11: sc in each st around using back stitches only (34)
Rnd 12: [6 sc, dec] 4 times, 2 sc (30)
Rnd 13: sc in each st around (30)
Rnd 14: [3 sc, dec] 6 times (24)
Rnd 15: [2 sc, dec] 6 times (18)
Rnd 16: [1 sc, dec] 6 times (12)
Rnd 17: dec 6 times (6)
Fasten off and sew the remaining stitches together to close the hole: Insert your yarn needle in each front stitch and pull.

Note: Do not forget to stuff the head with fiberfill and insert the safety along the way.

BODY:
With red 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 11: sc in each st around (36)
Rnd 12: [4 sc, dec] 6 times (30)
Rnd 13: [3 sc, dec] 6 times (24)
Start stuffing and continue along the way
Rnd 14: [2 sc, dec] 6 times (18)
Rnd 15: [1 sc, dec] 6 times (12)
Change color to yellow
Repeat from rnd 3 to 15 three more times with different colors (if you want your caterpillar to be longer you can add more).
Decrease 6 times on the last row of the last ball just like the head.

ANTENNAS
With black 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 (18)
Start stuffing with fiberfill and continue along the way
Rnd 5: [1 sc, dec] 6 times (12)
Rnd 6: dec 6 times (6)
Change color to green
Rnd 7 to 11: sc in each st around (6)
Fasten off and sew on top of the head with the remaining threads.

LEGS (make 2 for each ball in the respective colors):
Leave a long tail at beg and end.
10 in ch.
Row 1: 9 sc.
Fasten off. Use the remaining threads of each leg to attach the legs on the
sides. Hide the extra threads into the body.

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Voila! I hope you will enjoy this crochet pattern but if you run into difficulty or have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below. I usually answer really fast. Happy crocheting!

This month I decided to go back to one of my favorite crochet hobbies and challenge myself with another fan art project. This time I picked Jasmine from Aladdin because I love her costume and her hairstyle. After three weeks of on and off crafting sessions I finally finished it today:

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Every doll I make is always a new challenge, and this one was no exception. I thought the hardest part would be to recreate her almond shaped eyes but truly the hardest part was her outfit, especially the pants. It took me a few trials and errors to achieve what I wanted but it was all worth it because I learned some new techniques in the process.

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I think she turned out really pretty, I really love her face. I had a lot of fun playing hairdresser while styling her hair and working on her accessories. I decided to crochet all of her jewelry instead of buying metal pieces from the craft store for a change. I wanted to see if it would look pretty just using yarn. I think it turned out well!

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I am very happy with my little fan art doll, she is now standing next to my computer. Who knows, maybe Aladdin and his magic lamp will join her someday!

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I love squirrels, I think they are really cute and funny. Not long ago I had an encounter with a poor little critter that was desperately trying to escape the trap a friend of mine had set behind her house. I felt so bad for it that I opened the trap to set if free, unbeknownst to my friend who wouldn’t have been happy if she had known what I had done. That little episode gave me the idea to work on a squirrel crochet pattern for my next ETSY project.

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That little squirrel was really a source of inspiration, I really enjoyed making this amigurumi which turned out to be very easy to create. The squirrel is about 9 inches tall and crocheted with a 2.75mm hook.

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I think it turned out really cute. Some of the parts are glued together like the feet to the thighs and the tail to the back. I crocheted a little acorn which I glued to the hands. I was going to use velcro which would have allowed removing the acorn I but decided at the last moment to make it permanent.

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I love my little squirrel, and I am really happy with the pattern. If you are interested in this project, the crochet tutorial is available on ETSY.

Now that I am finished I wonder if my next crochet inspiration will come from another animal rescue! Recently, I did save a bird from my being shred to pieces from my cat so maybe I could do that next?

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Happy crocheting!


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