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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New doll

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!

 

Fuzzy Panda

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!

Mouse crochet pattern

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!

Back from vacation with a new camera

I am back from a long vacation that started at the beginning of June and just ended two days ago. While I was away, I didn’t take any of my yarn or crochet hooks with me, nor did I post anything on my blog while I was away. This was a nice break that I imposed on myself to recharge my batteries before getting ready for another round of stitches and rows!

I did bring something back with me though, a brand new camera!  Until now I was using a Coolpix which made it difficult to take clear and crisp pictures. I decided it was time to upgrade, so I bought a Canon Rebel T5 which I hope will allow me to take better photos of my cat.. uh I mean, photos of my craft. Here is one of my wedding bride and groom I took this afternoon just for fun.

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So now it’s back to the grind, I cannot wait to start new projects, post patterns and talk about all kind of things related to crochet. I better get busy!

Happy crocheting!

CraftSeller magazine

One of my dolls is featured in a UK magazine called Craftseller. I bought the magazine today at Barnes & Nobles,  I was very excited to see one of my creations listed there. This issue is about Geisha dolls, and the doll that was featured is my kokeshi Japanese girl.

I ran home, and scanned the page.. Well, I should say tried to figure out how to make the scanner work since I had never used it before. After a few tweaking with the scanner settings, I was able to scan the page on my computer.

I am going to frame this page for prosperity!
I am going to frame this page for prosperity!

I had never bought or read that magazine before, so I went through it after I got over my excitement. This is a very interesting magazine for people who want to turn their craft into a profit. From crochet to sewing, jewelry etc… It offers patterns and templates,  and a lot of neat ideas. This issue even has a recipe for a beautiful wedding cake!

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Issue N# 27

They also have a web site where you can download their pdf templates for free: CraftSeller site.

In the mean time… Yeah me!!!

amigurumi hippo – Lucky magazine

I Just found out that my amigurumi hippo was featured in a shopping & style magazine called Lucky. The topic is untitled “20 Quick and Classic Etsy Gifts Perfect For Any Occasion”.

Lucky is a shopping guide that offers shopping tips, fashion advice, and articles detailing current trends. I am very flattered that they picked an item from my ETSY shop. This is a good day, and I had to share it!