Igloo and Christmas Tree

If you have been following me for a while, you know that I love making houses for my dolls. So, even before I made the polar bear (see my last post), I knew I was going to make an igloo for him. And since tomorrow it’s Christmas, I also had to make a Christmas tree. I hope you like this set and enjoy making it!

And if you have missed my last post, click HERE to see the pattern for the polar bear.

Materials:

  1. Super chunky yarn – white
  2. Worsted weigh yarn – light blue, green, brown
  3. Crochet hooks: 6 mm (Clover Amour) for igloo and 4 mm (Clover Amour) for the Christmas tree
  4. Large piece of cardboard (optional)
  5. Sewing needle
  6. Hot glue gun (optional)
  7. Stuffing

Abbreviations:

  1. Mr – magic ring
  2. Ch – chain
  3. Sl st – slip stitch
  4. Sc – single crochet
  5. Hdc – half double crochet
  6. Inc – increase
  7. Dec – decrease
  8. FLO – front loop only
  9. BLO – back look only

Pattern

Base Pattern:

We will start by creating the base. Use white yarn.

Join each round with a slip stitch and chain 1.

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

Crochet Round 6 in the BLO.

Round 6: (4 sc, inc) x 2; (4 hdc, hdc inc) x 4; (4 sc, inc) x 2 – 48 sts

Continue crocheting in both loops.

Round 7: (5 sc, inc) x 2; (5 hdc, hdc inc) x 4; (5 sc, inc) x 2 – 56 sts

Round 8: (6 sc, inc) x 2; (6 hdc, hdc inc) x 4; (6 sc, inc) x 2 – 64 sts

Round 9: (7 sc, inc) x 2; (7 hdc, hdc inc) x 4; (7 sc, inc) x 2 – 72 sts

Round 10: 72 sc

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Optional: You can make a second base, put a cardboard piece between the two, and sew the two together. That way your base will be sturdier. I left mine without a bottom base for now.

Basket Pattern:

After finishing the base, we will create the inside of the igloo.

Continue with white yarn.

For Round 1, crochet in the FLO stitches of Round 5.

Join each round with a slip stitch and chain 1.

Rounds 1 – 3: 40 sc

Round 4: 40 sl st

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Igloo Pattern:

Join each round with a slip stitch and chain 1.

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: 32 sc

Round 6: (3 sc, inc) x 8 – 40 sts

Round 7: (9 sc, inc) x 4 – 44 sts

Note: If you want a tighter fit, do not make Round 7 increases but continue with 40 stitches in each round. I wanted a looser fit so my daughter can open and close the container easily.

Rounds 8 – 10: 44 sc

Note: We will now start crocheting in rows to create an opening for the igloo. We will continue the count from where we stopped with the rounds.

Row 11: 39 sc; ch 1 and turn

Row 12: 39 sc; ch 1 and turn

Row 13: 39 sc; turn

Row 14: 39 sl st

Igloo Opening:

Row 1: When you get to the opening, make 3 sc going up; then 6 sc (in the 5 sts you left empty and 1 extra from where you were joining rounds earlier); and make another 3 sc going down the opening. See pictures below.

Once you make the 3rd sc going down chain 1 and turn. You should have 12 sts for the opening of the igloo.

Row 2: 12 sc

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Optional: To make the igloo more detailed, you can sew blue lines using the back stitch. I started on Round 4 of the igloo and went all around. Then I did the same for Rounds 8 and 12. I also used the back stitch to sew around the opening of the igloo. Then every few stitches I sewed down starting from the very top. You can make the “ice bricks” of the igloo as big or small as you wish.

Christmas Tree Pattern:

Start with green yarn and 4 mm crochet hook. Join each round with a slip stitch and chain 1.

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

Round 2: (2 sc, inc) x 2 – 8 sts

Round 3: (3 sc, inc) x 2 – 10 sts

Round 4: in FLO (2 hdc in 1st st, sl st in next) x 5

Round 4: same round as above because we will crochet in the BLO of Round 3. (4 sc, inc) x 2 – 12 sts

Round 5: (5 sc, inc) x 2 – 14 sts

Round 6: in FLO (2 hdc in 1st st, sl st in next) x 7

Round 6: same round as above because we will crochet in the BLO of Round 5. (6 sc, inc) x 2 – 14 sts

Round 7: (7 sc, inc) x 2 – 16 sts

Round 8: in FLO (2 hdc, inc) x 8

Round 8: same round as above because we will crochet in the BLO of Round 7. (7 sc, inc) x 2 – 18 sts

Round 9: (4 sc, dec) x 3 – 15 sts

Round 10: (3 sc, dec) x 3 – 12 sts

Stuff the Christmas tree well. Change color to brown.

Rounds 11 – 12: 12 sc

Finish stuffing the tree and the tree trunk.

Round 13: 6 dec – 6 sts

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

You can use festive buttons and beads to decorate your tiny Christmas tree.

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!

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!