The bunny and his snack

I just finished working on my latest crochet pattern which is now available on Etsy: a cute bunny rabbit and his favorite snack, a fresh and yummy carrot from the garden. He was inspired by another pattern I made a few months ago to crochet a squirrel holding an acorn. I am very happy with the result, It turned out exactly how I pictured it! Maybe I should turn it into a series of animals holding their favorite snacks!

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He’s about 11 inches tall and crocheted with a 2.75mm hook. I used Red Heart Super Saver for the bunny and Caron Simply Soft for the carrot but using these specific brands is not mandatory. I picked an off-white color to crochet the bunny because pure white gets dirty too quickly.

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This little bunny is easy to make. I like to keep my patterns simple by using basic stitches and techniques such as single crochet, increase and decrease. I also use a lot of descriptive photos to give help with visuals.

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I Think I am going to take this bunny for a stroll in the garden and see if he will start hopping around or make friends with the real rabbits.

You can visit my Etsy shop If you are interested in this pattern or would like to see more pictures.

Happy crocheting!

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Squirrel Pattern

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!

White Seal

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!

1950 Vintage Bear

Not long ago my neighbor knocked on my door to show me a toy she had cherished since she was a baby. She knows I like to crochet stuffed animals and she thought I would be interested to see what her grandma made for her when she was born, a crocheted stuffed bear from 1950. Since I had never seen one before I was delighted to see it.

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Her grandma was a native american from the Chataw tribe in Oklahoma. She was very skilled in crafts and liked to make things for her family. Crochet was one of her talents and when Candy was born she decided to make her this little bear. There was no such patterns available at the time so she had to improvise all of it. I am very impressed with the result, it is unique and so cute!

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I can’t believe she kept that bear in such good shape for so many years. It doesn’t any tears or scratches, it looks like it was made yesterday! I was very interested in the technique she used so I took some close up pictures to show how it was made.

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She crocheted half circles that she slip stitch together for both the head, ears and body. I have never tried this method before but I really like the result.

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The arms are not crocheted in spirals but slip stitch at the end of each round. They are not stuffed at the shoulders, she kept them flat to sew them to the seam of the body. I couldn’t tell what she used for stuffing but it felt like cotton.

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She used pink yarn she crocheted in spiral and sewed to the arms. I would like to try to crochet arms this way and see how it turns out. Her method is different than the one used for Amigurumi but I really like it.

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You can tell that a love of love was put into her craft and I understand why Candy took good care of it, it’s a very special gift made from the heart. I am very glad she shared it with me, and I want to thank her for allowing me to take pictures and post them on my blog.

I hope you enjoyed this little story as much as I did. I find it very inspiring!

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 Piggy

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!

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!