Unicorn Zombie (Free Version)

The idea to create a Unicorn Zombie was given to me by one of my followers on Instagram last year. It took me a while, but finally I was able to make this cute little guy. And I am so happy with the final look! The bone is a challenge though. πŸ™‚

This version of the pattern is FREE. You can also find a PREMIUM version that includes a drawing of the unicorn that you can use to create fun Halloween cards. The premium version is a PDF file that you can conveniently download and print.

Link to the premium version: UNICORN ZOMBIE

I hope you like the pattern. Let me know in the comments below!

MATERIALS

  1. Curio, size 10 (you can find it here: KnitPicks)
    • Clarity (light blue)
    • Heliotrope
    • Black
    • Conch
  2. DMC floss:
    • Metallic, gold
    • Black
    • White
  3. Hooks, Clover Amour (1.5 mm and 1 mm)
  4. Stuffing
  5. Hard Pastels (I used Prismacolor)
  6. Small brush or a cotton swab

ABBREVIATIONS:

MR – magic ring                                                                

Ch – chain                                                                           

St(es) – stitch(es)                                                               

Sl st – slip stitch                                                                 

Sc – single crochet                                                             

Hdc – half double crochet                                                

Dc – double crochet

Inc – increase

Dec – Decrease (invisible decrease)

BLO/FLO – Back loop only/Front loop only

Sk – skip

HEAD

Round 1: with Clarity 8 sc in a mr – 8 sts

Round 2: 8 inc – 16 sts

Round 3: (sc, inc) x 8 – 24 sts

Rounds 4 – 7: sc around – 24 sts (4 rounds)

Round 8: 4 sc, 4 inc, 8 sc, 4 inc, 4 sc – 32 sts

Round 9: sc around – 32 sts

Change color – Heliotrope

Rounds 10 – 11: sc around – 32 sts (2 rounds)

Round 12: sc in 30 sts, ch 4 and sk 4 (we are moving the beginning of the round) – 32 sts

Round 13: 2 sc, 4 dec, 8 sc, 4 dec, 2 sc, in BLO of chain 4 sc – 24 sts

Round 14: (sc, dec) x 8 – 16 sts

Start stuffing the head.

Round 15: 8 dec – 8 sts

Round 16: 2 dec – 6 sts

We will end Round 16 there. Fasten off, finish off, and secure the stitches.

BODY

Turn the head upside down with the back of the head facing you.

You will notice that there are 2 sets of unworked stitches – 4 that are closest to you (this is where the back of the body will be once you make it) and 4 are further away from you (where the front of the body will be once you make it). Insert the hook in the 2nd to last st beginning with the back (closest to you) and with a sc join Clarity.

Round 1: sc again in same st where you joined thread and inc in next st

Insert hook through the same st as last inc and through the stitch at the front

Inc (but the second sc should be made only in the 1st st at the front; do not grab the last st from the back)

Inc in next 3 sts

Insert hook through the same st as last inc and through the stitch at the front

Inc (but the second sc should be made only in the 1st st at the back; do not grab the last st from the front)

Inc in last st

After you finish Round 1, you should have 16 sts.

Round 2: (3 sc, inc) x 4 – 20 sts

Rounds 3 – 4: sc around – 20 sts (2 rounds)

Round 5: (4 sc, inc) x 4 – 24 sts

Round 6: (5 sc, inc) x 4 – 28 sts

Rounds 7 – 8: sc around – 28 sts (2 rounds)

Round 9: (5 sc, dec) x 4 – 24 sts

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Stuff the body well. Leave 8 stitches on each side of the body for legs. Mark the middle 8 stitches (4 at the front and 4 at the back) with thread. Make sure the spaces you are leaving for legs are aligned with the head.

LEGS (x 2)

Turn the body upside down (back side facing you) and with a sc join Clarity thread in one of the stitches you left for the 1st leg.

Round 1: sc in each st until you get to the thread marking the middle sts. Insert hook in same st as last sc and in the st at the other side of the body. 1 sc ; sc until the end of round – 8 sts

Round 2: sc around – 8 sts

Stuff well.

Round 3: 4 dec – 4 sts

Fasten off.

Repeat for the second leg.

Once finished, sew the middle 8 stitches to close.

Secure the stitches.

ARM

Crochet in spiral.

Round 1: 8 sc in a mr – 8 sts

Rounds 2 – 7: sc around – 8 sts (6 rounds)

Round 8: 4 dec – 4 sts

Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing.

BONE

Crochet tight.

Because I used thread, I didn’t need to stuff the bone. If you are using yarn, you may need to stuff a little.

Suggested color – DMC cotton perle 12 with a 1 mm hook (NOTE: I used yarn for the step-by-step pictures)

Ch 4

Round 1: 1 puff stitch in 2nd ch from hook (Please follow the steps below and refer to the pictures)

YO and insert hook through 2nd chain from hook, YO and pull (three loops on hook)

YO and pull through 2 loops (two loops left on hook)

YO and insert hook in same ch, YO and pull (four loops on hook)

YO and pull through 2 loops (3 loops left on hook)

YO and insert hook in same ch, YO and pull (five loops on hook)

YO and pull through all loops (puff stitch created)

1 sc in next chain

2 puff stitches in last ch

Now we will crochet on the other side of the chain

1 sc in next ch

1 puff stitch in last ch

At the end of Round 1, you should have 6 stitches.

Rounds 2 – 7 : sc around – 6 sts (6 rounds)

Round 8: 1 puff stitch, 1 sc, 2 puff stitches, 1 sc, 1 puff stitch – 6 sts

NOTE: Make sure the two ends are aligned.

Fasten off, finish off, and secure the stitches. Leave one of the tails for sewing later.

EAR 1

Round 1: with light blue 2 sc, hdc, 2 sc in a mr; sl st to join and ch 1 – 5 sts

Round 2: 1 sc in 1st st, inc in next, (hdc, dc, hdc) in third st, inc in next, 1 sc in last st; sl st to join – 9 sts

Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing.

EAR 2

Round 1: with light blue 2 sc, hdc, 2 sc in a mr; sl st to join and ch 1 – 5 sts

Round 2: 1 sc in 1st st, inc in next, (1 hdc, ch 2 and sl st in 3rd st), inc in next, 1 sc in last st; sl st to join – 8 sts

Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing.

EYE

Suggested color: DMC cotton perle 12, black with a 1 mm hook

Round 1: 6 sc in a mr; sl st to join and ch 1 – 6 sts

Round 2: (1 sc in 2 sts, 3 sc in next st) x 2; sl st to join – 10 sts

Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing.

Use DMC cotton perle 12, color white thread to sew a few times in a stitch in the eye to make a large sparkle. Then sew a couple of times in another st to make a second sparkle (a bit smaller than the first one).

HORN

Suggested color – DMC metallic thread (2 or 3 strands)

Round 1: 8 sc in a mr; sl st to join and ch 1 – 8 sts

Round 2: in BLO sc around; sl st to join and ch 1 – 8 sts

Round 3: in BLO (2 sc, dec) x 2; sl st to join and ch 1 – 6 sts

Round 4: in BLO sc around; sl st to join and ch 1 – 6 sts

Round 5: in BLO (sc, dec) x 2; sl st to join – 4 sts

Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing.

TAIL (x 6)

Suggested colors – Curio size 10, Hollyberry and Eggplant

Ch 6

Row 1: in back bump only 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc until the end – 5 sts

Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing.

MANE (5 or 6)

Suggested colors – Curio size 10, Hollyberry and Eggplant

Ch 15

Row 1: in back bump only 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc until the end – 14 sts

Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing.

ASSEMBLY

Sew the eye to the head, right above the muzzle. I sewed the eye on the left part of the face.

Using Curio size 10, black thread and a needle, sew a line going up 4 rounds at an angle on the right side of the head. The bottom of the line should be 7 stitches from the eye and the top – about 4 or 5 stitches from the top of the eye. Once the line is sewn (I sewed twice to make it thicker), sew 3 smaller lines crossing the longer one. Secure the thread.

Sew the horn 4 rounds above the eyes.

Sew the ears about 2 stitches behind the horn, about 3 stitches apart.

Sew the arm one round below the head and the bone – two rounds below the head making sure both align with the legs.

Sew the pieces you made for the tail at the back of the body, one or two rounds above the legs.

Sew the pieces you made for the mane at the back of the head, between the ears.

With black thread, sew a line going down the arm about four rounds. Then sew two smaller lines crossing the longer one.

With the Conch color (also light or salmon pink), cross stitch in 5 stitches below the right ear (about 2 rounds above the eye).

Using a small brush or cotton swab, apply your choice of color of the hard pastel around the scarred eye and arm patch. I also applied some on the broken ear, the bottom of the legs, and a little around the left eye (the round one).

HAPPY CROCHET!!!

Sweet Little Acorn (Crochet Pattern)

I love everything about the fall season – the rain, the colors, the falling leaves. Everything…

And this year I was inspired to make a sweet little acorn. You can add a cute face or leave it plain for a more stylish fall decor.

The pattern is below.

Or you can download the free PDF by visiting my amigurumi patterns (dot) net store here: PINK MOUSE BOUTIQUE

MATERIALS

  1. Aunt Lydia’s size 10:
    1. Light brown – acorn
    1. Dark brown – acorn top
    1. Light pink – cheeks
  2. DMC cotton perle 12 (or single strand DMC floss)
    1. Black – mouth
  3. Plastic eyes – 3 mm
  4. Clover Amour hooks – 1.5 mm and 1.00 mm
  5. Stuffing
  6. Clear tacky glue

ABBREVIATIONS:

MR – magic ring                               

St(es) – stitch(es)                               

Sl st – slip stitch                                

Sc – single crochet    

Inc – increase 

Dec – decrease (invisible decrease)

RS – right side

PATTERN

ACORN

Crochet in continuous rounds.

Round 1: (RS) with light brown 6 sc in a mr – 6 sts

Round 2: sc around – 6 sts

Round 3: 6 inc – 12 sts

Round 4: (sc, inc) x 6 – 18 sts

Round 5: (2 sc, inc) x 6 – 24 sts

Round 6: (3 sc, inc) x 6 – 30 sts

Round 7: (4 sc, inc) x 6 – 36 sts

Round 8: (5 sc, inc) x 6 – 42 sts

Rounds 9 – 18: sc around – 42 sts (10 rounds)

If you are using safety eyes, attach them between Rounds 11 and 12, 7 spaces apart.

Round 19: (5 sc, dec) x 6 – 36 sts

Round 20: (4 sc, dec) x 6 – 30 sts

Round 21: (3 sc, dec) x 6 – 24 sts

Round 22: (2 sc, dec) x 6 – 18 sts

Stuff firmly. You may need to stuff more before finishing the last round.

Round 23: (sc, dec) x 6 – 12 sts

Round 24: 6 dec – 6 sts

Fasten off, finish off, and secure the stitches.

STEM

Crochet tight. The stem is not stuffed.

Round 1: with dark brown 4 sc in a mr – 4 sts

Round 2: 4 inc; ch 1 and turn – 8 sts

Round 3: sc in BLO – 8 sts

Round 4: (2 sc, dec) x 2 – 6 sts

Rounds 5 – 7: sc around – 6 sts (3 rounds)

ACORN CAP – Continue crocheting from where you stopped with the stem.

Round 8: 6 inc – 12 sts

Round 9: (sc, inc) x 6 – 18 sts

Round 10: (2 sc, inc) x 6 – 24 sts

Round 11: (3 sc, inc) x 6 – 30 sts

Round 12: (4 sc, inc) x 6 – 36 sts

Round 13: (5 sc, inc) x 6 – 42 sts

Round 14: (6 sc, inc) x 6 – 48 sts

Rounds 15 – 18: sc around – 48 sts (4 rounds)

Round 19: (6 sc, dec) x 6 – 42 sts

Stuff the cap and place it on the acorn. Hold in place while crocheting the last round. Pictures B and C

Round 20: sl st around – 42 sts (Picture D)

Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing.

Sew Round 19 of the acorn cap to the space between Round 15 and Round 16 of the acorn. Because we did a round of slip stitch, we don’t need to sew every single stitch. Sew every 4 or 5 stitches. (Picture E)

SHAPING THE ACORN CAP

You can leave the acorn cap as is (Picture F) or you can create a slight indentation and add more shape to it (Picture G).

To do that, we will sew between Rounds 8 and 9 of the acorn cap pulling tightly to create the indentation. Use the same color thread you used to make the cap. I used ecru for the step by step pictures to show the process better.

Insert your needle through a stitch in the acorn and through a space between Rounds 8 and 9 of the acorn cap (Picture H). Insert the needle through the next stitch of the acorn cap (Picture I) and through any stitch of the acorn.

Pull tight while holding the beginning tail (Picture J).

Insert your needle through the same stitch in the acorn you just pulled it out of (Picture K) and through the next space in the acorn cap (Picture L).

Pull tight and insert your needle through the next space between Rounds 8 and 9 of the acorn cap and any one stitch of the acorn. Pull tight. (Picture M)

Repeat until you create an indentation all around the stem. Make sure to pull tight to create the indentation but be careful not to break the thread.

LEAVES (x 2)

Ch 6

Round 1: 1 sc in 4 sts, 3 sc in last st; going around the chain 1 sc in 4 sts; sl st to join sides and ch 1 – 11 sts

Round 2: 1 sc in 1st st; 3 hdc in 2nd st, sl st in next, (3 dc in 4th st, sl st in next) x 3; 3 hdc in 2nd to last st, 1 sc in last st; sl st in the sl st you made earlier; ch 3 and 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next; sl st in the sl st where you began the ch

Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing.

Sew the stems of the leaves together and then to Round 8 of the acorn cap. The leaves are to the right of the eyes.

EYES: Glue the eyes between Rounds 11 and 12, 7 spaces apart if you have not done so already.

CHEEKS: With light pink thread sew three times a round below each eye, about 3 stitches long.

MOUTH: Use DMC cotton perle 12 black thread (or single strand DMC floss).

Insert both ends a stitch away from each eye. Pull until you have enough thread to form the smile.

Put clear tacky glue on the black thread and press on the acorn’s face with the back of your hook forming a cute smile.

And your Sweet Little Acorn is now complete!

HAPPY CROCHETING!

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

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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 β€œhands” 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 β€œhold” 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!!! πŸ™‚