Baby Animals (Crochet Pattern)

Baby Panda and Baby Bear were a special request from my daughter.

Because they are only 1.5 inches tall (in sitting position), they fit perfectly in her dollhouse and she loves playing with them over and over and over.

The pattern is a quick and easy one to make. I used Copper for Baby Bear and White and Black for Baby Panda, but Curio has so many beautiful colors that you can make a whole collection of colorful baby bears. If you sew the eyes with Curio Black thread instead of using plastic eyes, these bears made in all of Curio colors can be used to teach little ones colors and counting and sorting and make math more fun!

You can download the PDF file here for free: BABY ANIMALS

MATERIALS:

  1. Thread – Curio size 10 (various colors)
    1. Natural – face and hands
    1. Copper – bear costume
    1. Black and White – panda costume
    1. Pistachio/Tea Rose – binky
  2. Plastic eyes – 2 mm
  3. Hook: Clover Amour, 1.50 mm
  4. Stuffing
  5. Tacky glue
  6. Cotton swab and blush

ABBREVIATIONS:

MR – magic ring                                                  Inc – increase

Ch – chain                                                             Dec – decrease

St(es) – stitch(es)                                                  Sc – single crochet

Sl st – slip stitch                                                   Hdc – half double crochet

HEAD

Join rounds with a slip st and chain 1.

Round 1: with ecru 6 sc in a mr – 6 sts

Round 2: 6 inc – 12 sts

Round 3: (sc, inc) x 6 – 18 sts

Round 4: (2 sc, inc) x 6 – 24 sts

Rounds 5 – 10: sc around – 24 sts (6 rounds)

Round 11: (2 sc, dec) x 6 – 18 sts

Round 12: (sc, dec) x 6 – 12 sts

Stuff the head.

Round 13: 6 dec – 6 sts

BODY

Change color depending on animal costume. Continue crocheting in spiral.

If you are making a baby panda, use black thread for Rounds 14 – 17. Then change color to white to finish the body.

Rounds 14: 6 inc – 12 sts

Round 15: (2 sc, inc) x 4 – 16 sts

Rounds 16 – 17: sc around – 16 sts (2 rounds)

Round 18: (3 sc, inc) x 4 – 20 sts

Round 19: (4 sc, inc) x 4 – 24 sts

Rounds 20 – 23: sc around – 24 sts (4 rounds)

Round 24: (2 sc, dec) x 6 – 18 sts

Round 25: (sc, dec) x 6 – 12 sts

Stuff the body.

Round 26: 6 dec – 6 sts

Fasten off and secure the stitches. Set aside.

ARMS (x 2):

Round 1: with ecru 5 sc in a mr – 5 sts

Round 2: (inc, sc) x 2, inc in last st – 8 sts

Round 3: sc around – 8 sts

Change color depending on animal costume.

Round 4: (2 sc, dec) x 2 – 6 sts

Rounds 5 – 9: sc around

Leave a tail for sewing and fasten off.

LEGS (x 2):

Use the color for animal costume.

Round 1: (2 sc, 3 hdc, 2 sc) in a mr – 7 sts

Round 2: sc inc in 2 sts, hdc inc in 3 sts, sc inc in 2 sts – 14 sts

Rounds 3 – 5: 14 sts (3 rounds)

Round 6: 1 sc in 3 sts, 4 sc dec, 1 sc in 3 sts – 10 sts

Stuff the foot.

Round 7: 1 sc in 3 sts, 2 sc dec, 1 sc in 3 sts – 8 sts

Rounds 8 – 10: sc around – 8 sts (3 rounds)

Stuff the leg lightly.

Round 11: 4 dec – 4 sts

Leave a tail for sewing and fasten off.

EARS (x 2):

Use the color for animal costume.

Round 1: 6 sc in a mr – 6 sts

Round 2: 6 inc – 12 sts

Rounds 3 – 5: sc around – 12 sts (3 rounds)

Round 6: sl st around – 12 sts

Leave a tail for sewing and fasten off.

TAIL:

Use the color for animal costume.

Round 1: 6 sc in a mr – 6 sts

Round 2: 6 inc – 12 sts

Rounds 3 – 4: sc around – 12 sts (2 rounds)

Round 5: 1 sl st in next 2 sts

Leave a tail for sewing and fasten off.

HAT:

With animal color

Round 1: 6 sc in a mr – 6 sts

Round 2: 6 inc – 12 sts

Round 3: (sc, inc) x 6 – 18 sts

Round 4: (2 sc, inc) x 6 – 24 sts

Round 5: (3 sc, inc) x 6 – 30 sts

Rounds 6 – 10: sc around – 30 sts (5 rounds)

Round 11: 1 sl st in next 2 sts

BINKY:

Leave a long tail before you begin.

Round 1: with pistachio 8 sc in a mr

Sl st to join and fasten off.

ASSEMBLY:

Glue the eyes between Rounds 8 and 9, about 5 stitches apart.

Use the eyes as a guide when sewing the legs and arms.

The legs are sewn between Rounds 22 and 23. Turn the doll to one side. The very back of the leg should be about 6 stitches away from the eye (the foot would be closer to the animal’s tummy that way). Sew several times and in several places so the leg is securely attached to the body. Then repeat with the other leg.

Sew the arms on Rounds 15 and 16. Turn the body to one side (just like we did with the legs). The back end of the arm should be about 4 stitches away from the eye. I sewed the back of the arms to the body and then I sewed the “hands” to the belly, so they stay snugged.

Position the hat so it’s about 4 rounds above the eyes and sew it to the head.

Using the whip stitch, sew the ears on Rounds 2 through 5 of the hat. Once you finish, wet the ears and press the middle with the back of a metal hook. This will give the ears a nice shape.

Sew the tail at the back of the bear, between the legs. Before finishing, insert a little stuffing.

Before attaching the binky to the face, insert the mr tail through the mr.

Insert the needle through a front loop on any stitch on the right side of the piece. Refer to the picture on the right.

Before pulling the needle all the way through the stitch, wrap the thread around it 10 times. Carefully pull the needle through the thread and the stitch. Then insert the needle back through the mr and pull.

Attach the binky to the face, a round below the eyes. I used tacky glue in addition to sewing it to the face.

Use a cotton swab and blush to add a little pink to the cheeks.

HAPPY CROCHETING!!!

Apple Muffins (Cake)

This blog is for crochet mostly. But I also love baking. So I decided to share with you a few of my favorite recipes.

I am not a professional baker. I am just typing these recipes the way my grandma and my mom have written them in their notebooks. I hope you like them.

The first recipe comes from one of my grandma’s friends. I made this apple cake for the first time when I was a kid. My mom used to make it a lot too. It is truly a family favorite.

The only thing I have changed is the amount of sugar. I only add 1/2 cup sugar so I can use the cake (or muffins) for breakfast. To me, they are sweet enough that way.

Ingredients:

4 eggs

3/4 cup white sugar (I only add 1/2 cup)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

4 apples (medium size)*

2 tblsp cinnamon

2 cups flour (scoop with the measuring cup and level with a butter knife)

1 tsp baking soda

Optional: walnuts and/or dried cranberries

*You can use whatever apples you have. I have made these with just granny smith, or just fuji, golden delicious, or even a mix. The muffins always come out delicious.

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350F and spray your muffin tin or cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. Beat eggs and sugar until white.
  3. In the meantime, grade the apples.
  4. Add the oil and graded apples.
  5. Add the cinnamon, flour, and soda and beat until well mixed.
  6. Add chopped walnuts and/or cranberries.
  7. Bake at 350F until a toothpick comes out clean. If you are making muffins, it takes about 15 minutes to bake.

NOTE: I have only made this recipe the way I have written it here. I don’t know if you can substitute the oil for something else, or the flour, etc. You can try different substitutions if you’d like, but I don’t know what would work and what wouldn’t.

ENJOY!

Amigurumi Holidays – St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Christmas

Last week, I had a CAL on Facebook and Instagram and I loved seeing everyone’s wips as they followed along and made these cute little dolls – a leprechaun, a bunny, and a Santa.

Now that the CAL has ended, I thought it will be much more convenient to have the pattern in one place and not spread out in several different social media posts. So, I have put together a PDF file with detailed instructions and many step by step pictures. Just click on the link below to access the file.

AMIGURUMI HOLIDAYS – ENGLISH

AMIGURUMI HOLIDAYS – RUSSIAN

AMIGURUMI HOLIDAYS – SPANISH

Note, this pattern is ONLY available through my blog. If you see it anywhere else, please notify me.

HAPPY CROCHETING!

Sweet Strawberry

These tiny strawberries are very quick to make. You need under an hour to finish one (I am slow at crochet; some of you might need less than 30 minutes). But they are super cute! I am planning on making at least 10 and putting them in a small favor jar (the one in the picture is 3.4 oz).

Materials:

  1. Aunt Lydia’s size 10 thread – red, green, and white
  2. Clover Amour crochet hook, 1.5 mm
  3. Stuffing
  4. Sewing needle
  5. Hot glue gun (or tacky glue if you prefer)

Abbreviations:

mr – magic ring

ch – chain

st – stitch

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

trbl – treble crochet

inc – increase

dec – decrease (invisible)

Strawberry Pattern:

Crochet in spiral.

Round 1: with red 6 sc in a mr – 6 sts

Round 2: 6 inc – 12 sts

round 3: (sc, inc) x 6 – 18 sts

Rounds 4 – 5: sc around – 18 sts

Round 6: (2 sc, inc) x 6 – 24 sts

Round 7: (3 sc, inc) x 6 – 30 sts

Rounds 8 – 10: sc around – 30 sts

Round 11: (3 sc, dec) x 6 – 24 sts

Round 12: (2 sc, dec) x 6 – 18 sts

Start stuffing the strawberry. You will need to stuff more before finishing the last round.

Round 13: (sc, dec) x 6 – 12 sts

Round 14: 6 dec – 6 sts

Fasten off and finish off. Insert the beginning and end tail through the same stitch, tie a knot, and stuff the ends inside the strawberry.

Leaves Pattern:

Round 1: with green, 10 sc in a mr; sl st to join and ch 1 – 10 sts

Round 2: *in same stitch (1 hdc, 1 trbl, ch 1, and 1 hdc), sl st in next* repeat 5 times

Fasten off and tie a knot securing the beginning and end tail. Set aside.

Stem Pattern:

With green, ch 6

1 sl st in the back bump of the 2nd ch from hook, 1 sl st in back bump of each ch – 5 sts

Fasten off.

Insert the ends of the stem through the mr hole of the leaves. Tie knots with the ends of the leaves and the stem and cut excess thread.

Glue to the top of the strawberry. Do not glue down the tips of the leaves.

OPTIONAL: Use white to sew small Vs around the strawberry.

And your tiny strawberry is finished! Now make a whole bunch more! These are FUN.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Happy Crocheting!

Baby Penguin

This Baby Penguin pattern happened by accident. I was actually trying to make a little puppy but somewhere in the process, I decided that the puppy looks more like a penguin. I am loving this little guy! He is super cute and very, very quick to make. There is almost no sewing which to me is always a plus!

This is a free version of the pattern. If you would like a downloadable or printable version of this pattern, an inexpensive PDF file could be downloaded from my Etsy or Ravelry shops. The premium version also includes more step by step pictures as well as a pattern for a tiny Santa hat to go with your little Baby Penguin.

MATERIALS:

  1. Thread:
    1. DMC Baroque size 10, white – body
    1. Aunt Lydia’s size 10, color of your choice – coat and flippers
    1. Aunt Lydia’s size 10, yellow – beak
    1. Aunt Lydia’s size 10, light pink – cheeks
  2. Hook: 1.5 mm (Clover Amour)
  3. Plastic eyes, 2 mm (or use black thread to sew the eyes)
  4. Stuffing
  5. Sewing needle and scissors
  6. Tacky glue

ABBREVIATIONS:

MR – magic ring                                                                    Trbl – treble crochet

Ch – chain                                                                               Inc – increase

St(es) – stitch(es)                                                                    Dec – decrease

Sl st – slip stitch                                                                    

Sc – single crochet                                                                

Hdc – half double crochet    

NOTES:

  1. Crochet in continuous rounds unless otherwise specified.
  2. This doll is crocheted with the RS (right side).
  3. When decreasing (sc2tog), use the invisible decrease technique.

                              

PATTERN

BODY

Round 1: with white 6 sc in mr – 6 sts

Round 2: 6 inc – 12 sts

Round 3: (sc, inc) x 6 – 18 sts

Round 4: (2 sc, inc) x 6 – 24 sts

Rounds 5 – 6: sc around – 24 sts

Round 7: (3 sc, inc) x 6 – 30 sts

Round 8: (4 sc, inc) x 6 – 36 sts

Rounds 9 – 11: sc around – 36 sts

Round 12: (4 sc, dec) x 6 – 30 sts

Round 13: (3 sc, dec) x 6 – 24 sts

NOTE: Stuff the body well. You may need to stuff more before finishing the last round.

Round 14: (2 sc, dec) x 6 – 18 sts

Round 15: (sc, dec) x 6 – 12 sts

Round 16: 6 dec – 6 sts

Fasten off. Finish off and secure stitches. Set aside.

COAT

Do not cut the tail from the magic ring. We will need it later.

Round 1: with pink 6 sc in mr – 6 sts

Round 2: 6 inc – 12 sts

Round 3: (sc, inc) x 6 – 18 sts

Round 4: (2 sc, inc) x 6 – 24 sts

Round 5: sc around – 24 sts

NOTE: We will start crocheting in rows, but the count will continue from where we stopped with the rounds.

Row 6: 1 sc in 16 sts; ch 1 and turn – 16 sts

Row 7: (3 sc, inc) x 4; ch 1 and turn – 20 sts

Row 8: (4 sc, inc) x 4; ch 1 and turn – 24 sts

Rows 9 – 11: sc in each st; ch 1 and turn – 24 sts

Row 12: sc in each st do not turn but continue up the side

Sc 5 sts evenly spaced

1 sc in last worked st of Round 5. See Picture A.

1 sc in next 2 sts, 1 hdc in next, 1 trbl in next, 1 hdc in next, 1 sc in next 3 sts. You should have 9 sts across the top.

Continue down the side. Sc 5 sts evenly spaced. See Picture B

NOTE: We will go back to rounds. The count continues from where we stopped with the rows.

Insert the beginning tail of the coat through the magic ring of the body and out through another stitch.

Then place the coat on the body and continue with the next round.

Round 13: 1 sc in next 24 sts, ch 8 and 1 sc in 1st st of Round 13 (that counts as the 1st st of Round 14) – 32 sts See Picture C

Round 14: (2 sc, dec) x 8 – 24 sts

Round 15: (sc, dec) x 8 – 16 sts

Round 16: 8 dec – 8 sts

Fasten off and finish off.

Secure the stitches by inserting the beginning and ending tails through the same stitch, tying a knot, and stuffing it inside the body.

FLIPPERS (x 2)

With pink, 8 hdc in mr

Do not join to other side. Leave a tail for sewing. Fasten off and set aside.

ASSEMBLY:

  1. Using the yellow thread, sew the beak starting with the treble stitch from the coat and going one round down on the body. I sewed a few times.
  2. Glue the plastic eyes with tacky glue a round below the coat and 2 sts away from the beak.
  3. With pink thread, sew twice directly under each eye to create the cheeks.
  4. Sew the flippers 2 sts from the edge of the coat, about a round under the round where you glued the eyes. The flippers are sewn with the wrong side facing out. Picture D shows the left flipper. When you finish sewing, insert both ends through the same stitch of the coat, tie a knot, hide the excess thread inside the coat.

NOTE: For the right flipper, weave the ending tail through a few loops to get to the other end of flipper. That way you can sew it to the penguin with the wrong side facing out. See Picture E

OPTIONAL: Make it an ornament by inserting a thin ribbon through the top of the penguin.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:

If you have used the materials suggested, your baby penguin should be about 1 inch (about 2.5 cm) tall.

Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you enjoyed this pattern.

Let me know in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you!

HAPPY CROCHETING!

Mr. Chatters’ Acorn House

I thought little Mr. Chatters needed a house so I made him one.

This is a super quick and easy project. I am even thinking of making several to create a village. Wouldn’t that be fun?!

Note, this house will fit a squirrel made with Oren Bayan cotton perle 12 (or Lizbeth 40) and a 1 mm hook.

Materials:

1. Lizbeth 10 thread: light brown

2. Crochet hook, 1.5 mm

3. Oren Bayan cotton perle 12 (or Lizbeth 40): green and dark brown

4. Crochet hook, 1 mm

5. Acorn top (have several handy to pick the one that will fit your house)

Abbreviations:

mr – magic ring

ch – chain

st – stitch

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

BLO – back loop only

FLO – front loop only

House:

With Lizbeth 10 light brown thread and a 1.5 mm hook

Round 1: mr, ch 1, 8 sc; sl st to join and ch 1
Round 2: 8 inc; sl st to join and ch 1 – 16 sts
Round 3: (sc, inc) x 8; sl st to join and ch 1 – 24 sts

Turn your work. We will leave the wrong side at the bottom and the right side will be on the inside of the house.

Round 4: in BLO sc around; sl st to join and ch 1 – 24 sts
Round 5: (2 sc, inc) x 8; sl st to join and ch 1 – 32 sts
Rounds 6 – 10: sc around; sl st to join and ch 1 – 32 sts
Round 11: sl st around
Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Door:

With Oren Bayan 12 green and a 1 mm hook
Ch 4
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next; 4 sc in last ch; on opposite side of chain 1 sc in last 2 chains; ch 1 and turn
Row 2: 1 sc in 2 sts; 4 inc; 1 sc in last 2 sts

Leave a long tail for sewing and fasten off. Sew to house.

Cross stitch two windows with dark brown Oren Bayan thread on either side of the door, about 2 stitches apart in the following pattern

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Pick an acorn top that fits for the roof of the house.

And your wee little acorn house is finished!

Make several and create a village! Make some taller, some shorter, some wider, some thinner! Use your imagination!

Happy Crochet!

Little Red Wagon

A while ago I had this idea to create an autumn elf pattern. Once I made the doll, however, I started adding to it – a dress, a shrug, a hat, hair… Then came the wagon. Of course, the little doll needed a wagon. How else would she gather acorns and leaves?

The entire pattern set which also includes an adorable squirrel friend (Mr. Chatters) will be available in my shops tomorrow.

But today, I wanted to share with you the pattern of the little red wagon. I hope you like it.

MATERIALS:

Thread: red, black, and dark brown (very small piece of the the handle of the wagon

I used Oren Bayan cotton perle 12 but you can use any size thread or yarn that you like. The size should be the same size that you used to make the doll. A good substitute for Oren Bayan thread is Lizbeth 40.

Crochet hook – 1 mm

A piece of plastic or cardboard

Hot glue gun

Wire (optional)

Sewing needle

ABBREVIATIONS:

MR – magic ring

Sc – single crochet

Ch – chain

BLO – back loop only

Hdc – half double crochet

Inc – increase

Sl st – slip stitch

Wheels (x 8):

Round 1: with black thread, mr, ch 1, 8 sc in the ring;

sl st to join and ch 2 – 8 sts

Round 2: in the BLO 2 hdc in each st; sl st to join – 16 sts

Fasten off.

With the right side out, sew the wheels two by two to make them thicker.

Weave in the ends and set aside.

Wagon:

With the red thread, make two bottom pieces. When you finish the first one, fasten off and weave in the ends. Then begin the second piece.

Ch 19

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc until end of row; ch 1 and turn – 18 sts

Rows 2 – 11: 1 sc in each st; ch 1 and turn – 18 sts

Row 12: 1 sc until the end of row – 18 sts

Finish off the first piece.

Make the second piece but do not fasten off.

Trace the piece on a piece of plastic or cardboard and cut out the piece. Trim so it will fit between the two crocheted pieces of the wagon we just made.

Put the two crocheted pieces together. Chain 1 without turning. Continue crocheting going down on the side. 1 sc in each space. When you get to the corner, ch 1 and continue crocheting along the bottom of both pieces.

When you get to the next corner, ch 1 again and go up the side of the two pieces.

When you get to the corner (you will have 3 of the sides crocheted together), insert the plastic piece inside.

Ch 1 and continue crocheting in each stitch to close.

When you get to the last corner, sl st to join the round and ch 1.

That’s the end of Round 1. In this round, you should have 64 stitches (this includes the 4 chains you made at each corner of the bottom of the wagon.

Round 2: in BLO 1 sc in each stitch and chain; sl st to join and ch 1 – 64 sts

Rounds 2 – 4: in both loops 1 sc in each stitch; sl st to join and ch 1 – 64 sts

Round 5: 1 sc in each stitch; sl st to join – 64 sts

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

In the 5 middle front loops of the wagon (either one of the shorter sides), we will create a little part to which a piece of thread will be attached to pull the wagon. Insert the hook in one of the loops and 1 sc.

1 sc in the next 4 loops; ch 1 and turn

With a sewing needle, insert the tail through the front loop (here you made the 1st sc of the first row). Secure the stitches.

Insert thread through the brown part and tie a knot. Tie the other end too to create a loop so the doll can “hold” the end of the wagon’s handle.

Then with the glue gun, glue the wheels to the sides of the wagon.

And voila! The little red wagon is finished!

International Amigurumi Day, April 25th

When Marcia Scarpelli contacted me and told me about International Amigurumi Day, I jumped up and down at the idea.

She and her friend, Bianca Moraes, had been researching the history of the International Day of Crochet and found out that someone just started it because they wanted to. Well, Marcia and Bianca wanted to create an International Day to celebrate Amigurumi and here we are…

April 25th is now the official day to celebrate the wonderful art of amigurumi! And there are so many ways to celebrate!!!

Here are some fun ideas:

  1. Buy that amigurumi pattern that has been sitting in your cart forever. You know you want it! And April 25th is just the perfect day to get it.
  2. Get together with some other amigurumi lovers to crochet, share ami stories, etc.
  3. Create a collage of your favorite amis (you may want to make several collages; if you are like me, you have made hundreds of cute amis and you LOVE them all equally).
  4. Start a new ami project.
  5. Finish an ami project you have started ages ago.
  6. Write a post about why you love amigurumi.
  7. Introduce someone to amigurumi. Spread the LOVE!
  8. Display that ami collection you have! Show the world your love for amigurumi and your amazing talent!
  9. Learn a new technique! Advanced or beginners, there is always a lot to learn!
  10. Don’t forget to use the tags #amigurumiday #diadoamigurumi #amiday on social media to spread the news!

For more fun ideas on how to celebrate and a little more information about this holiday and amigurumi, head over to Sweet Softies. Jade wrote a wonderful and very informative post about this super special holiday!

Happy Amigurumi Day!!! 🙂

Little Miss Turtle (Free Crochet Pattern)

I made a promise a long time ago to someone that I will write up the pattern of this turtle and post it for free on my blog. That was years ago. Recently I discovered that I had lost the pattern for the original turtle that I made at least 4 years ago. So, I decided to not waste any more time and create a new one and this time write the pattern, take the pictures, and post it. And here we are! I hope you enjoy it.

COPYRIGHT: This pattern is intended for PERSONAL USE only. You may not sell or share the pattern in any form, or distribute it (full or partially), or post it on the Internet, or translate it into other languages.

You may sell the finished products created from this pattern. Any items for sale must state in the item description that they are based on ‘PinkMouseBoutique’ pattern and also include a link to my website (www.pinkmouseboutique.com).

The items you sell based on this pattern must feature only your own photographs. You do not have permission to use my photographs to help sell your work.

To download the PDF follow the link here: LITTLE MISS TURTLE

MATERIALS:

  1. Aunt Lydia’s size 10:
    1. Ecru
    2. Variegated thread
    3. Black (for eyes)
  2. Crochet hook, 1.5 mm (Clover Amour)
  3. Stuffing
  4. Plastic eyes (2 mm) – optional
  5. Clear tacky glue (if using 2 mm eye)
  6. Sewing needle

NOTE: For the step by step photos, I used Loops&Threads CAPRI yarn with a 3.75 mm crochet hook.

ABBREVIATIONS:

MR – magic ring

Sc – single crochet

Ch – chain

BLO – back loop only

FLO – front loop only

Trbl – treble crochet

Inc – increase

Dec – decrease

Sl st – slip stitch

RS – right side

PART 1: Shell – Top and Bottom

TOP SHELL

Use variegated thread of your choice.

Crochet in continuous rounds.

Round 1: (RS) mr, ch 1, 8 sc in the ring – 8 sts

Round 2: 8 inc – 16 sts

Round 3: (sc, inc) x 8 – 24 sts

Round 4: (5 sc, inc) x 4 – 28 sts

Rounds 5 – 7: 28 sc (3 rounds)

Round 8: in FLO (sk 1, 3 trbl in next, sk 1, sl st in next) repeat until the end of this round

You should have 7 shells at the end of Round 8.

Leave a long tail for sewing and fasten off.

BOTTOM SHELL

Use ecru thread.

Follow instructions of top shell until Round 4.

Round 5: 1 sl st in next 2 sts; end the round here

Leave a long tail for sewing and fasten off.

PART 2: Head and Legs

HEAD

Use ecru thread.

Crochet in continuous rounds.

Round 1: (RS) mr, ch 1, 8 sc in the ring – 8 sts

Round 2: 8 inc – 16 sts

Rounds 3 – 5: 16 sc (3 rounds)

Round 6: 3 sc, 5 dec, 3 sc – 11 sts

Start stuffing the head. Stuff firmly. You will need

to stuff a little more after Round 7.

Round 7: 4 sc, sc3tog (dec), 4 sc – 9 sts

Rounds 8 – 10: 9 sc (3 rounds)

Fasten off.

EYES: For the little turtle I used 2 mm plastic eyes. After I finished the head, I glued them on Round 4, 7 to 8 stitches apart using tacky glue.

For the yarn turtle, I used black yarn to sew the eyes. The positioning of the eyes is the same.

Pull the two tails through the same stitch at the back of the head (neck area). We will use those later to sew the neck to the shell so the turtle will stay up straight.

LEGS x 4

Use ecru thread.

Crochet in continuous rounds.

Round 1: (RS) mr, ch 1, 6 sc in the ring – 6 sts

Rounds 2 – 3: 6 sc

Fold the leg and crochet through the front and back stitch closing the leg (see picture). You should have 3 stitches left.

Fasten off.

Pull the yarn tails through the same stitch. Make a knot and cut the excess ends. Stuff the rest inside the legs.

PART 3: Assembly

We will start by sewing the legs and head to the bottom shell of the turtle.

Use the tail from the bottom shell you left earlier.

Refer to the diagram below when sewing the legs and head to the bottom shell.

When sewing the pieces together, the RS of the bottom shell should be turned towards you.

Refer to the pictures below.

………………RIGHT SIDE (RS)…………………………………….WRONG SIDE (WS)…………..

Sew in the FLO. The BLO will be used to sew the bottom and top shells together.

To sew the legs and head to the bottom shell, we will use the long tail we left after finishing the bottom shell. When you are not sewing body parts, sew through the stitches of the bottom shell to carry the thread. See pictures below.

Start by sewing one of the legs. You will need to sew the three stitches of the leg to only two BLO stitches of the bottom shell.

BLO stitches are left empty (see picture below). We will use them later to sew the bottom and top shells together.

Sew around for 2 stitches to carry the thread and then attach the head. You will be attaching 4 or 5 stitches of the front of the head (neck area) to only 3 stitches of the shell. Make sure the head is centered. Refer to the diagram on Page 6 and to the pictures below.

NOTE: The back four stitches of the head (neck area) will be attached to the top shell later.

Sew around for 2 stitches to carry the thread and then attach the second leg the same way you did the first.

Sew around for 4 stitches to carry the thread and attach the third leg.

Sew around for five stitches to carry the thread and sew the last leg.

Weave in the ends.

Sew the top and bottom shells together using the empty loops you left earlier.

Stuff the shell well before finishing.

NOTE: If you are making your turtle with yarn, make sure you are not over stuffing. If you over stuff the body, the turtle’s belly (bottom shell) will not stay flat and the turtle will not be able to stand straight on its own.

Sew the neck to the shell.

Use water to straighten the details you made earlier for the top shell.

And voila! You have made a tiny turtle!

I hope you enjoyed this pattern. Let me know in the comments below.

HAPPY CROCHET!

Toadstool Ring Holder (Crochet Pattern)

Toadstools are the cutest! So when I was asked by a customer to make a larger toadstool container, I couldn’t say “no.” But don’t be deceived by the word “larger.” This adorable container is still very small with a diameter of 2 inches and a height – about 2.5 inches.

Materials:

  1. Thread – Lizbeth 10: white and red
  2. Crochet hook: Clover Amour, 1.50 mm
  3. Sewing needle
  4. Scissors

Abbreviations:

mr – magic ring

ch – chain

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

inc – increase

dec – decrease (use invisible decrease)

Pattern:

Start with the base or the container. Use Lizbeth 10 white thread. Join each round with a slip stitch and chain 1.

Keep your stitches tight.

Round 1: mr, ch 1, 8 sc in the ring – 8 sts

Round 2: 8 inc – 16 sts

Round 3: (sc, inc) x 8 – 24 sts

Round 4: (2 sc, inc) x 8 – 32 sts

Round 5: (3 sc, inc) x 8 – 40 sts

Round 6: (4 sc, inc) x 8 – 48 sts

Round 7: (5 sc, inc) x 8 – 56 sts

Round 8: (6 sc, inc) x 8 – 64 sts

Round 9: (7 sc, inc) x 8 – 72 sts

Round 10: (8 sc, inc) x 8 – 80 sts

Rounds 11 – 23: sc around – 80 sts

Do not chain 1 after Round 23.

Round 24: sl st around – 80 sts

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

We will make the top of the toadstool with red thread. Join each round with a slip stitch and chain 1.

Keep your stitches tight.

Round 1: mr, ch 1, 8 sc in the ring – 8 sts

Round 2: 8 inc – 16 sts

Round 3: (sc, inc) x 8 – 24 sts

Round 4: (2 sc, inc) x 8 – 32 sts

Round 5: (3 sc, inc) x 8 – 40 sts

Round 6: (4 sc, inc) x 8 – 48 sts

Rounds 7 – 8: sc around – 48 sts

Round 9: (5 sc, inc) x 8 – 56 sts

Round 10: (6 sc, inc) x 8 – 64 sts

Round 11: (7 sc, inc) x 8 – 72 sts

Rounds 12 – 15: sc around – 72 sts

Round 16: (8 sc, inc) x 8 – 80 sts

Round 17: (9 sc, inc) x 8 – 88 sts

Round 18: (10 sc, inc) x 8 – 96 sts

Rounds 19 – 24: sc around – 96 sts

Round 25: (10 sc, dec) x 8 – 88 sts

Round 26: (9 sc, dec) x 8 – 80 sts

Do not chain 1 after Round 26.

Round 27: sl st around – 80 sts

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Once you finish both parts, you can create the spots of the toadstool either by cross stitching them or by sewing hashtags. See my miniature toadstool container pattern for an example: MINIATURE TOADSTOOL.

I chose to cross stitch the spots. I made a few different sizes. See picture below.

Your container is complete! You can use it to store small items such as safety pins, paper clips, stitch markers, buttons, etc. Or you can use it as a doll house for a small doll.

I hope you enjoyed this pattern!

Happy Crochet!