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!

Miniature Balloons

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I love making mini balloons. They are perfect for any occasion. Or no occasion at all. And they are super easy and quick to make. If you are new to using thinner threads and smaller hooks, this might be the perfect starter pattern for you.

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 Materials:

  1. Aunt Lydia’s size 10 thread (colors of your choice)
  2. Boye crochet hook – 1.3 mm
  3. Polyester filling
  4. Sewing needle
  5. Wire
  6. Glue gun

Abbreviations:

  • mr – magic ring
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st – stitch

Pattern:

Make 3 balloons in three different colors.

Round 1: mr, ch 1, 7 sc in the ring

Pull tight to close.

Round 2: 7 inc – 14 sts

Round 3: (sc, inc) x 7 – 21 sts

Round 4 – 7: 21 sc

Round 8: (sc, dec) x 7 – 14 sts

Round 9: 14 sc

Stuff the balloon well before finishing the next round.

Round 10: 7 dec – 7 sts

Round 11: 7 sc

Round 12: 7 inc

Round 13: 2 sl st

Fasten off and finish off following this tutorial.

Cut the wire (about 3 inches long). Insert the wire into the balloon and glue with the glue gun.

Bow:

Leave long tails.

Chain 8

Row 1: 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook; 1 hdc in 5 chains; ch 2 and turn

Rows 2 – 15: 6 hdc; ch 2 and turn – 6 sts

Fasten off and sew both sides together. Fold and wrap the left over thread several times in the middle. Make sure to pull tight the first few times to shape the bow. Tie a knot in the back of the bow.

Make between 12 to 20 chains (twice) with the left over thread.

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Put the balloons together and wrap thread around the middle of the wire. Wrap several times and glue with the glue gun to secure the thread. Now glue the bow to the thread you just wrapped around the wire.

And voila! You finished  your balloons!

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

Happy Crochet!

 

 

Miniature Ice Cream Cone

I love summer for so many reasons – the beach, the sun, the delicious ice cream… I know you can get ice cream any time of the year but wouldn’t you agree that in the hot summer months, ice cream is especially yummy?!

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So, in celebration of the hot summer months, here’s a recipe for a no calorie ice cream cone. It is super quick and easy to make. Although if you are not used to making miniatures, start with thicker thread (Aunt Lydia’s 10 or Lizbeth 20 with 1.5 mm hook would be great).

Materials:

Oren Bayan cotton perle size 12 thread – two colors (one for the cone and one for the ice cream flavor)

Clover Amour hook – 0.9 mm

Stuffing

Sewing needle

Abbreviations:

mr – magic ring

sc – single crochet

inc – increase

dec – decrease

sl st – slip stitch

ch – chain

BLO – back loop only

Notes:

Crochet in the round. Join each round with a slip stitch and chain 1.

This pattern is seamless. (because I hate sewing so I avoid it at all cost)

Pattern:

The pattern is worked from the top down – we will make the ice cream flavor first and then finish with the cone.

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

Close the ring. Join to 1st sc with a sl st and ch 1

Round 2: 6 inc; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 12 sts

Rounds 3 – 4: 12 sc; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 12 sts

Change color to brown (or whatever other color you picked for the cone). 

Round 5: 12 sc in BLO; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 12 sts

From now until the end, we will crochet in both loops.

Round 6: (4 sc, dec) x 2; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 10 sts

Round 7: (3 sc, dec) x 2; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 8 sts

Round 8: 8 sc; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 8 sts

Round 9: (2 sc, dec) x 2

Slip stitch to join. Fasten off and secure the stitches.

 

Go back to Round 5 where you crocheted in the BLO. Use the thread for the ice cream flavor. Insert in a st and ch 1.

Round: *3 sc in 1st st; sl st in next* repeat until the end of this round

You should have 6 shells.

Fasten off and secure the stitches.

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And voila! You have made a teeny tiny ice cream cone!

Leave me a comment to let me know what you think! 🙂

Happy Crochet!