Monday, October 16, 2017

Halloween bunting - free pattern

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I have a free pattern for you - after a long time. Of late I have been designing only amigurumi and I'm loving it. Before starting my next doll pattern I thought I would design something free for you and since it's the Halloween season what else can I think of other than a Halloween themed pattern? I chose to make a bunting since it is the best way to include as many Halloween characters as possible in one pattern. I made 8 triangles.


Halloween Bunting 

Materials:
Sport weight yarn in black, white, orange, yellow, green, lilac and grey
Crochet hook size 2.5 mm
Buttons 6 pairs - 2 black and 1 white
Embroidery threads

Size:
Each triangle measures approximately 3.5 inches wide and 3.5 inches high.

Abbreviations Used (US terms):
ch - chain
st/sts - stitch/stitches
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
sc2tog - single crochet 2 consecutive stitches worked together (sc decrease)

Note: Ch 1 at the beginning of a row will not be counted as a stitch.

Basic triangle pattern:
This is the basic pattern you will be using for all the triangles with variations in color.
Row 1: Ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (20). Turn
Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 16 sts, sc2tog (18). Turn
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across (18). Turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 14 sts, sc2tog (16). Turn
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across (16). Turn
Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 12 sts, sc2tog (14). Turn.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc in each st across (14). Turn
Row 8: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 10 sts, sc2tog (12). Turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, sc in each st across (12). Turn
Row 10: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 8 sts, sc2tog (10). Turn.
Row 11: Ch 1, sc in each st across (10). Turn
Row 12: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 6 sts, sc2tog (8). Turn.
Row 13: Ch 1, sc in each st across (8). Turn
Row 14: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 4 sts, sc2tog (6). Turn.
Row 15: Ch 1, sc in each st across (6). Turn
Row 16: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog (4). Turn.
Row 17: Ch 1, sc in each st across (4). Turn
Row 18: Ch 1, sc2tog twice (2). Turn.
Row 19: Ch 1, sc in each st across (2). Turn
Row 20: Ch 1, sc2tog (1). Turn.
Row 21: Ch 1, sc uniformly along the sides of the triangle working 3 sc at each corner. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. Fasten off.

Triangle 1:
Follow the basic triangle pattern using orange. Using black thread embroider eyes and mouth.


Triangle 2:
Follow the basic triangle pattern working first 7 rows in yellow, next 7 rows in orange and the rest of the rows in white. While working sc along the sides of the triangle switch to orange for the orange part and yellow for the yellow part.


Triangle 3:
Follow the basic triangle pattern using white. 
Eyes (make 2): Using black ch 4, sc in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook, 3 sc in last ch, sc in next ch on the other side, 2 sc in next ch. Join with a sl st to the 1st ch (8). Sew the eyes on the triangle as shown.


Triangle 4:
Follow the basic triangle pattern using black for rows 1 to 4 and green for rest of the rows. While working sc along the sides of the triangle change to black for the black part. Sew 2 black buttons for eyes and embroider mouth and scar


Triangle 5:
Follow the basic triangle pattern using black for rows 1 to 4 and lilac for rest of the rows, sc along the edges using lilac yarn for the lilac part and black for the black part. Embroider a triangle below the black part at the center as shown.  Sew 2 black buttons for eyes. Embroider mouth and fangs.


Triangle 6:
Follow the basic triangle pattern using grey. Using white thread embroider two eyes as shown and also embroider nose and whiskers

Triangle 7
Follow the basic triangle pattern using black. Sew 2 white buttons for eyes and embroider mouth and fangs using white thread.
Triangle 8
Follow the basic triangle pattern using black. Embroider webs as shown using white thread.


Joining the triangles
I used black yarn in heavy worsted weight and G/4.00 mm crochet hook. You can use any yarn and hook. Make chains long enough to accommodate all the triangles. Sew the triangles to the chains one after the other leaving about an inch between each triangle.



Hope you enjoy the pattern.  

  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ginger and Wilma

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Hi everybody, I know I have again started neglecting my blog. I'm currently obsessed with doll making and nothing could make me take my mind away from it. I have a shawl that I abandoned midway and I'm not going to pick it up anytime soon.
Ginger and Wilma are now available in my shops. Both measure about 11 inches tall when crocheted using sport weight yarn and 2.00 mm crochet hook. What I most love about these dolls is the dress. I have pinned hundreds of outfit ideas and I can't wait to design new dolls with new outfits.
My son is always very eager to help me. He always gives me ideas and advices though I ignore almost all of them for being too childish. This time I decided to let him help me. He offered to photoshop an image for me and I let him do it and this is it.  

He is teaching me the basics of photoshop but I'm not a good learner.  I edited the one below using Ribbet but it is not as good as picmonkey and picmonkey is not free anymore.

Hope you all have a great day!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Appu

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I LOVE elephants! My love for elephants inspired me to create Appu. I normally use sport weight yarn for my toys but for Appu I used heavier worsted weight yarn since I wanted the size to be slightly bigger than my usual amigurumi animals. Appu stands 16 inches tall and is 11 inches wide. Designing the trunk was challenging. Initially I wanted to make embroidered cartoon eyes but later on settled for the safety eyes as it would be easier for a newbie. 


The pattern is currently available in my web store. The pattern will soon be available in my other stores also. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Nikki

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This is Nikki. Isn't she a beauty? Currently I'm into dolls with removable clothes, embroidered eyes and poseable limbs though I have to admit that inserting wires to make the limbs poseable didn't turn out well for me. So I'm giving up on that aspect but I'm pretty satisfied with how her eyes turned out.

 


I don't have a pattern for Nikki since she was my first attempt but I'm working on my next doll now and you can expect a pattern soon. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Asymmetrical shawl - new pattern

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Do I love this color because I'm a piscean? I don't know but I know that I love this color. Safia is my new pattern - an asymmetrical triangle shawl. I used the same color that I used for my earlier shawl pattern Neela and if I have to use it for every shawl I make I would do so happily. The shawl has a depth of 31 inches and a wingspan of 65 inches when crocheted using sport weight yarn and D/4.25 mm hook.


The pattern is now available in all my shops. Did I mention that I'm on Instagram now? I'm not very active right now, anyway if you wish to follow me on Instagram click here. Thanks for visiting me. Take care!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Amarelo doily - free pattern

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Hey everybody, I have a new free pattern for you to keep you busy this weekend. Pick up your yarns and hook and lets get started. 

Materials required:

Sport weight yarn in 2 colors
Crochet hook size D/3.25 mm

Size:

Using the specified weight yarn and hook the completed doily measures about 9.5 inches across.


Stitches and abbreviations used:

st - stitch/stitches
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet (UK - double crochet)
dc - double crochet (UK - treble)
dc2tog - double crochet 2 consecutive stitches together (dc decrease)
puff stitch - double crochet 5 stitches together in same space/stitch


Instruction:

Round 1: Using color A (lilac) ch 5 and join the last ch to the 1st ch with a sl st to form a ring.
Round 2: Ch 6 (counts as dc + ch 3), **dc in next sc, ch 3** Repeat from ** to ** around and join the last ch with a sl st to the 3rd ch at the beginning of round. (10 ch-3 spaces)
Round 3: Sl st in next ch-3 space, ch 2, work 4 dc together in same space (counts as 1st puff st), ch 5, **puff st in next ch-3 space, ch 5** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join. Fasten off.
Round 4: Join color B (yellow) in any ch-5 space, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same space, ch 2, **dc in next puff st, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-5 space, ch 2** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join.
Round 5: Ch 3, dc in same dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2, **2 dc in next 2 dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join.
Round 6: Ch 3, dc in same st, **dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next dc** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join.
Round 7: Ch 2, dc in next dc (counts as dc2tog), **dc in next 2 dc, dc2tog, ch 2, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next dc, ch 2, dc2tog** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to 1st dc2tog.
Round 8: Ch 2, dc in next dc (counts as dc2tog), dc2tog, **ch 3, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, ch 3, dc2tog twice** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join.
Round 9: Ch 2, dc in next dc (counts as dc2tog), **ch 4, puff st in next ch-1 space, ch 5, puff st in next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc2tog** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join. Fasten off.
Round 10: Join color A in the same st where you fastened off, ch1, (sc, ch 3, sc) in same stitch, ch 3, dc in next ch-5 space, (ch 3, sc in dc - forms a picot), dc and picot 4 more times in ch-5 space, dc in same space, ch 3, **(sc, ch 3, sc) in next dc2tog, ch 3, (dc, picot) 5 times in next ch-5 space, dc in same space, ch 3** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join and break off yarn. Weave in all the loose ends.


See you soon!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Scrapy hexagon blanket

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If you are a regular reader of my blog you would remember my scrap yarn rug from here.  I used up plenty of my scarp yarns for that rug and I used some more for this blanket but still I'm left with loads and loads of small balls of leftover yarns. So I have started a new blanket hoping to empty at least half of these yarns but progression is slow because I have at least 5 other patterns that I'm working on simultaneously. I'm using the hexagon pattern from here. Progression may be slow but working on this blanket is very therapeutic.   

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