Christmas Owl Ornament Pattern

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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Little Caterpillar

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!

January Bugs

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!!!

Little bear and panda ornaments

I recently made little pandas and bears ornaments inspired by a pattern by All About Ami  that I found on Pinterest. I wanted mine to be smaller so I changed the pattern for the body and scarf. I also used a different size hook, and a different brand of yarn. Credit goes to Stephanie for creating this pattern.

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To make these bears I used regular acrylic yarn, a 2.75mm hook, some felt and fiberfill for stuffing. I glued googly eyes but you can opt for plastic safety eyes or embroidery (I always recommend embroidery for small children).

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I started round 1 to 5 like her pattern, then continued with:
Rnd 6 to 11: sc in each st around (30)
Change color to black for the panda
Rnd 12 to 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

For the scarf, I made a row of 55 stitches, and 1 row of half double crochet. I followed the original instructions for the ears.

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To finish, I glued a little black pom-pom to make the nose. I think they turned out really cute! I love both versions of the ornaments, you can try both if you want to make small ones and larger ones. You can also check out all the cool free patterns she has on her blog, All About Ami.

Happy crocheting!

Snowman with earmuffs

The holidays season is right around the corner, and Christmas craft projects as well! I started crocheting all kind of ornaments this month to hang on the tree, and one of them is a cute little snowman wearing a scarf and ear muffs. Since it is a very simple project that doesn’t take long to make, I thought other crocheteers would be interested in the pattern. You can make one in one hour, and end up decorating your tree with lots of snowmen.

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For this project you will need:
– white yarn
– blue yarn
– burgundy yarn (scraps)
– burgundy red pom-poms, 1 inch
– black pom-poms, 1/2 inch
– fiberfill for stuffing
– orange felt
– googly eyes, 5mm
– glue gun or fabric glue
– yarn needle

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

The snowmen is worked in spirals without joining the round. The final size is about 3 inch tall, depending on the kind of yarn you use. I recommend to crochet with a 2.75mm hook, but you can use any size you feel comfortable with (if you use a larger hook, your snowman will be larger).

Body:
With white 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 13: sc in each st around (30)
Rnd 14: [3 sc, dec] 6 times (24)
Start stuffing, and continue along the way
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 leave long tail for sewing. Close the hole by embroidering your yarn into a loop in all your stitches. Pull the thread to close the hole, and hide the remaining thread in the stitches of the body.

Scarf:
With blue yarn, ch 55
Row 1: in 2nd ch from hook, 53 hdc

Fasten off, hide the remaining thread by embroidering them in the stitches.

Now comes the fun part’s all about glue!

With a glue glun, wrap the scarf around the body.

Glue the googly eyes right above the scarf.

Cut a small rectangle in orange felt, about half an inch, and glue as you roll it. Pour a little bit of glue on one of the extremities and glue the nose between the eyes.

Now you can make the earmuffs: With burgundy color yarn, ch 14, fasten off. (depending on your yarn you might need to make a little less or more. Check that it is long enough to fit from one ear to the other. Glue it from one side to the other on top of the head, be careful to not pour too much, just little dots along the way will be enough. Hide the remaining threads inside the body using a yarn needle. Now you can glue the large pom-poms on each side.

Glue two small black pom-poms under the scarf to make buttons on the belly.

Last, the hook: cut a piece of thread in white yarn, and insert it on top of the head, then make a double knot. You can hide the knot inside the body by moving the thread (I used a yarn needle to push it in)

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Your snowman is finished! You can choose different colors for the scarf, muffs and buttons to make several of them. I hope you enjoyed this little pattern, I will have more ornaments tutorials coming up in the next two weeks.

Happy crocheting!

Little bee and booties

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!

Drawstring Bags

Every once in a while I go into a phase where I just want to crochet one kind of thing and nothing else. It can go from a series of dolls to blankets to beanies or even mandalas, one obsession at a time.  Lately I have been obsessed with bags, all kind of purses from shopping bags to coin purses. Right now I am enjoying crocheting drawstring bag from patterns I found on Pinterest. I like them so much, I want to try them all!  The one I just finished is a granny square wrist purse, created by Joy Ballena, Crochet Crochet.

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Her pattern is very easy, and if you love making granny squares like I do, you will have a lot of fun! You can make several bags in no time.

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The ones I crocheted ended up being about 5 inch tall. I want to make smaller ones, and try different color combinations. Maybe add a flower on some of them to add a dose of cuteness.

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I used wood beads for the strings that I got at the craft store. I had to return the first set I bought because the hole wasn’t large enough for the yarn. I found these at Jo-Ann, and they worked perfectly.

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My pink and green string bag. I love these colors, they remind me of my favorite summer fruit, watermelon!

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It opens and close very easily, I am really happy with these bags. It is also a great project for beginners with a basic knowledge of crochet stitches.

This was a fun project, and I can’t wait to try some of the other patterns I pinned on my Pinterest!

Happy crocheting!