Amigurumi Polar Bear

It’s almost Christmas and I wanted to create a tiny design that anyone can make. This little polar bear is super special. He is tiny and adorable and comes with his very own… Hmm… I think I will keep that a secret until next week. 

NOTE: This pattern is designed by Diana Moore from PINK MOUSE BOUTIQUE. This pattern is available for free only on my blog pinkmouseboutique.com. If you see the pattern and pictures posted on another website, please let me know. Thank you!

MATERIALS:

  1. Worsted weight yarn:
    1. white – for the bear 
    2. red – scarf
    3. black – eyes and nose
  2. Clover Amour crochet hook, 3.25 mm
  3. Sewing needle
  4. Stuffing
  5. Glue gun
  6. Snowflake button (optional)

ABBREVIATIONS:

mr – magic ring                                              dec – decrease

ch – chain                                                         inc – increase

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

NOTES:

  1. Crochet in continuous rounds unless otherwise specified.
  2. Use the invisible decrease technique when decreasing. 

PATTERN:

We will begin by making the head, body, and legs (in one piece).

Start with white yarn.

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

Rounds 4 – 7: 24 sc

Round 8: (sc, dec) x 8 – 16 sts

Round 9: (sc inc) x 8 – 24 sts

Rounds 10 – 13: 24 sts

Stuff the head and body well.

The legs will be made with 9 sts on each side of the body. The 6 sts (3 in the front and 3 in the back will be sewn later).

Leg 1:

Continue from where you stopped with the body.

Round 1: 8 sc, sk 15 sts, 1 sc – 9 sts

Rounds 2 – 3: 9 sc

Leave a long tail and fasten off.

Leg 2:

Leave 6 sts in the middle for sewing (3 in the back and 3 in the front of the body). Join yarn to one of the 9 sts you left for the 2nd leg. Continue following the instructions for the first leg. 

Once you finish both legs, stuff them well, finish them off and secure the stitches.

Face:

Sew the eyes on Round 5, 5 stitches apart.

Sew the nose in the middle 3 stitches between the eyes. Then sew one long line starting from the middle of the nose and going down 2 rounds.

Arms (x 2):

Round 1: mr, ch 1, 5 sc in the ring – 5 sts

Rounds 2 – 5: 5 sc around

Leave a long tail for sewing and fasten off.

Ears (x 2):

mr, ch 1, 5 hdc in the ring

Leave a long tail for sewing and fasten off.

Tail:

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

Round 2: 6 sc

Leave a long tail for sewing and fasten off.

Scarf:

Use red yarn or any color of your choice.

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Fasten off.

Assembly:

Sew the arms on Round 8 (or 9) of the body. Sew the tail in the back a round above the legs. Sew the ears on top of the head (a round below the magic ring). Using a cotton swab and blush, make pink cheeks. NOTE: Cover the body with a piece of fabric so the blush doesn’t stain it.

Fold the scarf in half and find the middle. With the glue gun, glue the middle of the scarf to the front of the bear (Round 9).

You will wrap it around a few times while gluing in a few places to make sure the scarf will stay in place. Note: Add only a little bit of glue at a time so it doesn’t look messy. Tuck both ends under the scarf and glue to secure.

Optional: Sew a small snowflake to the scarf (a little to one side).

And voila! You have made an adorable little polar bear! Now you can also add a ribbon to its head and make it an ornament. 🙂

Stay tuned! In a few days, this little guy will show you something special!

HAPPY CROCHET!

Sweet Little Bird

My daughter loves birds. So, for her birthday party, I made seven crochet birds – one for each of her guests. The kiddos loved them. My daughter likes to put hers in a little basket and walk around the house. I should make more because these cuties are perfect for a child to hold and great for learning colors or counting.

Materials:

  1. Red Heart worsted weight yarn – 2 colors
  2. Boye crochet hook – size G
  3. Solid black eyes – 6 mm
  4. Stuffing
  5. Sewing needle

Notes:

  1. Crochet in continuous rounds.
  2. Use the invisible decrease technique.
  3. Crochet with the right side out.

Abbreviations:

mr – magic ring

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

st(s) – stitch(es)

yo – yarn over

sl st – slip stitch

Pattern:

Leave a long tail (you’ll make feathers later).

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

Pull yarn to close the mr.

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 – 7: 24 sc

Round 8: (3 sc, inc) x 6 – 30 sts

Round 9: (4 sc, inc) x 6 – 36 sts

Round 10: (5 sc, inc) x 6 – 42 sts

Rounds 11 – 13: 42 sc

Round 14: (5 sc, dec) x 6 – 36 sts

Round 15: (4 sc, dec) x 6 – 30 sts

Round 16: (3 sc, dec) x 6 – 24 sts

Round 17: (2 sc, dec) x 6 – 18 sts

Put the eyes on round 7. Leave 3 sts between them.

Round 18: (sc, dec) x 6 – 12 sts

Stuff the bird.

Round 19: 6 dec x 6 – 6 sts

Fasten off.

Do not secure the stitches just yet. First, we will make the feathers on top of the head.

 

Feathers:

The feathers are made on top of the head of the bird. I made three feathers using the long tail I left before starting the magic ring.

Insert hook anywhere you want on top of the head (I keep it close to where the tail starts), YO, pull and sl st. Now make a ch of 6 or 7 (this is the smaller feather). Insert hook in same st you started, YO, pull and sl st. Make a ch of 10 or 11 (bigger feather). Insert hook where you started, YO, pull and sl st. Fasten off.

You can make the feathers longer by making longer chains.

Now you can finish off and secure the stitches. If you are not sure how to do that, follow the tutorials here:

The Ultimate Finish for Amigurumi

Secure Stitching

Beak:

You’ll make the beak a row below the eyes in the 3 sts between them. I start by making an outline (a little triangle). After you make the outline, you can keep sewing until you fill in the beak. I usually sew right in the middle (from the bottom of beak until very top).

And voila! You have a cute little crochet bird.

I hope you like this pattern. It’s the very first one I ever made.

Happy Crochet!

Pictures were taken by my very talented friend Kristen Willden. 

Amigurumi Mouse

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Since my blog is called Pink Mouse Boutique, I had to create a mouse pattern. And this one is super adorable and very easy and quick to make. You can use any color thread or yarn. These mice are perfect to teach the children in your life about numbers, colors, sorting, counting, etc. The fun is endless! And I am so addicted to them!

  1. Aunt Lydia’s size 10 thread (color of your choice) + black for the eyes
  2. Clover Amour, 1.5 mm crochet hook
  3. Scissors
  4. Sewing needle
  5. Polyester stuffing

Abbreviations:

mr – magic ring

sc – single crochet

dec – decrease

inc – increase

sl st – slip stitch

ch – chain

Notes:

  1. When forming the magic ring, leave a long tail. We will  need it later to braid the tail of the mouse.
  2. Do not join rounds.

Pattern:

Round 1: mr, ch 1, sc 8 – 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

Rounds 6 – 10: 40 sc

Round 11: (3 sc, dec) x 8 – 32 sts

Round 12: 32 sc

Round 13: (2 sc, dec) x 8 – 24 sts

Rounds 14 – 15: 24 sc

Sew the eyes on round 15, 5 sts apart from each other.

Round 16: (4 sc, dec) x 4 – 20 sts

Round 17: 20 sc

Stuff the body well.

Round 18: (3 sc, dec) x 4 – 16 sts

Round 19: (2 sc, dec) x 4 – 12 sts

Stuff more if needed before finishing Round 20.

Round 20: 6 dec – 6 sts

Fasten off. Leave a long tail. Bring it all the way through the body of the mouse and through the magic ring.

Ears (x 2):

Leave long tails. After you sew the ears in place, you will bring the tails through the magic ring.

Round 1: mr, ch 1, sc 8; sl st to join and ch 2 – 8 sts

Round 2: 8 hdc inc; sl st to join and ch 1 – 16 sts

Round 3: 16 sc; sl st to join

Pull the mr tight and sew in place (about 3 rounds above the eyes).

Tail:

You should have 6 pieces of long thread coming out of the magic ring. Braid those until you reach a desired length for the tail. Make a knot and cut the excess thread.

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And voila! You made a cute little mouse!

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

Happy Crochet!

Black Halloween Cat

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This is one of the very first patterns I wrote. It took me four years to finally take the pictures and actually write it properly so others can make the little kitty too.

This is a very quick and easy pattern. It is perfect if you are new to crochet or miniatures.

Materials:

  1. Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread – size 10 (black)
  2. Clover Amour crochet hook – 1.5 mm
  3. Old gift card (or cardboard)
  4. Stuffing
  5. Sewing needle
  6. Scissors

Abbreviations:

  • mr – magic ring
  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • tr cr – treble crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • BLO – black loop only
  • inc – increase
  • dec – decrease

Pattern:

Crochet in spiral. Do not join rounds. We will make the kitty from the bottom up.

Body and Head

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

Pull tight to close the ring.

Round 2: 8 inc – 16 sts

Round 3: (sc, inc) x 8 – 24 sts

Round 4: (2 sc, inc) x 8 – 32 sts

Trace the circle on cardboard or thicker piece of plastic. I used an old gift card. We will put the circle inside the cat’s body before we start decreasing. This will help the cat be able to stand on its own.

Round 5: 10 sc, sk 3 and ch 3, 19 sc – 32 sts (counting the 3 chains you made)

Round 6: 10 sc, 3 sc in the BLO of the chains, 19 sc – 32 sts

Rounds 7 – 9: 32 sc

Insert the plastic circle in the cat’s body.

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Round 10: (2 sc, dec) x 8 – 24 sts

Round 11: 24 sc

Round 12: (sc, dec) x 8 – 16 sts

Start stuffing as you are working on the doll. Stuff well.

Rounds 13 – 16: 16 sc

Round 17: 8 dec – 8 sts

Rounds 18 – 19: 8 sc

Round 20: 8 inc – 16 sts

Round 21: 16 sc

Round 22: (sc, inc) x 8 – 24 sts

Rounds 23 – 25: 24 sc

Round 26: (sc, dec) x 8 – 16 sts

Round 27: 16 sc

Stuff the head well but do not over stuff. You should be able to shape the head with your hands.

Round 28: 8 dec – 8 sts

Round 29: 2 dec

Do not crochet in the rest of the sts in this round. Fasten off. Finish off your work and secure the sts by inserting both tails (from the magic ring and from the last round) into the same stitch. Tie a knot. Cut the excess thread and stuff it into the cat’s body.

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Tail:

The tail should be about 2 1/4 inches long. Cut your wire to be slightly longer than that (maybe 2.5 inches). Use the back of your crochet hook to move the stuffing right above the plastic piece you have at the bottom of the cat. That will make space for the wire to be inserted more easily. Insert the wire in the space you made. You will crochet around the wire.

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Crochet the tail in the 3 chains and 3 front loops you left after Round 6. Insert the hook in any one stitch, ch 1 and 1 sc in the same st you made the 1 ch. This will count as the first st of the round. Keep your sts tight in this first round so there are no holes.

Round 1: 5 sc – 6 sts

Single crochet around until the tail is about 2 1/4 inches long (a round above the wire).

Fasten off and finish off.

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Ears x 2:

Round 1: mr, ch 1, 3 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 3 sc

Slip stitch into the 1st stitch of the round. Leave a long tail for sewing. Fasten off.

Sew the ears on round 26 or 27 about 3 or 4 sts apart.

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And voila! You have made a cute little black kitty that you can add to your Halloween decor.

I hope you enjoyed this pattern. Leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

Happy Crochet!