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Happy Year of the Sheep!

Author: smallandgreat

Or Goat, depending on how you translate. But you know me — I’m all about that yarn, so for me, it’s mostly about the sheep. But then again… goats do give us fibers too. Uhoh, now I’m torn. 

Either way, it seems like a good excuse for a quick roundup for sheep-related patterns, all of which can be found for free somewhere on the interwebs. I haven’t made these myself (though I most definitely did make the basically life-size lamb pictured above!), but I found them all on Ravelry. 

Especially if you’re stuck inside under a zillion feet of snow (I’m looking at you, Boston), why not crochet yourself a little wooly friend today? Yes, it does help if you have some kind of squishy-wooly-textured-curly novelty yarn around, but if you’re not stuck under a zillion feet of snow, you can always add to your stash (does telling you this make me an enabler?). 

Chinese New Year Sheep/Lamb by Stephanie Lau (All About Ami): Oh my gosh, if Lambert does not make you squee with cuteness, you’ve got problems.

Sheep Earmuffs by Joanne Loh (Craft Passion): Want sheep that can actually keep you warm? This pattern says it’s for kids, but I’d totally wear these. (And aren’t earmuffs pretty much one-size-fits-all anyway?)

Fluufie the Sheep by Marissa and Sami (Momomints): This little dude is also squeal-inducing, and their photography is gorgeous.

Chinese Zodiac Sheep by Shinpindo: Feeling ambitious? This is written in Japanese, but you can follow along with the charts and schematics (there are several pages — you need to click the numbers at the top of the page to go through the whole pattern). 

Baa Baa Sheep Hat by Melissa Mall (Inner Child Crochet): Feeling sheepish? (Dude, you know I was going to make that terrible pun at some point.) Whip up this adorable lamb hat!

Year of the Sheep Amigurumi by Pierrot Yarns: You may remember I LOVE Japanese yarn company Pierrot’s patterns — no need to know the language, their charts are awesome. Crochet yourself up a — well, with the horns, I guess this is a ram? — with their free pattern. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the thumbnail to go to the pattern PDF.

Happy hooking!

Author: smallandgreat
 

HUGE Auctions!

So, since I am just starting out my life in working multiple fields and finishing up school, I just came up with an idea that will benefit you guys as well!

What do you all think about me crocheting huge, and I mean HUGE amigurumi creations to be auctioned off? Here are a few reference pictures that I am willing to make out of giant amigurumi:

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ALSO I can auction off pixelated afghan blankets of your choosing instead of amigurumi! Since these will be WAY bigger than the giant amigurumi, the starting bid for one will be $200. Here are some of these examples:

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Etc. (Whichever you choose so long as it’s pixelated!)

Keep in mind that these will become HUGE amigurumi, so the starting bid will be at $100. If you have a different suggestion you’d like to add to the list then please do so! I’ll decide on a project by the end of May depending on how many votes I get.

You can vote for one of the three designs that I’ve given you, what others have suggested OR one you suggest.

I hope to make this a fun event for not only myself but to you all as well! Good luck!

What will you choose?

 

Hook Sizes

Author: stitchem

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Today I will try to explain why hook size is important. I experimented with my own little Totoro pattern found HERE to demonstrate the different sizes.

When making amigurumi (stuffed animals), I typically like to use a smaller hook size. This way the stitches will be tighter and will have less holes, so no stuffing can escape!

I made 3 Totoros, with 3 different hook sizes, 5.0mm, 4.0mm, and 3.5mm hook.

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The Totoro made on the 5.0mm hook is 13.5cm tall.

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The 4.0mm hook Totoro is 10.5cm tall,

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The 3.5mm hook Totoro is 9.5mm tall. The smaller the hook, the smaller the stuffed animal will be.

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Hook size determines the size of the Totoro. The smaller the hook, the smaller the stuffed animals will be.  I think the smaller hook used makes the overall product look better. The finish is cleaner than a bigger hook. I think it’s because the stitches are tighter and closer together.

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From the back, I can tell how much the Totoro’s differ in sizes! No matter what the size, I love all my Totoro’s!

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Choosing the hook size depends on how big you want the finished product to be. But I would recommend not to go bigger than what the yarn weight suggests on the label for amigurumi. Then the holes between the stitches would be too big!

Happy crocheting!

Author: stitchem
 

Hookabee Cutie Crochet!

Author: merry-go-sims

Are any of you into crochet? I have been thinking about making this post for a while, because sisters, and I asked permission to use her picture and everything, so it’s okay.

My ickle sister Megan has started up an adorable website Hookabee where she posts about crocheting and sells the cutest plush animal patterns! She has an adorable narwhal, and a spiked doggy collar (for free!) Her latest one is Flora (named after our niece!), a cute bunny that you can make for your loved ones just in time for Easter! What do you get someone that has everything? How about something that you made yourself with love! ❤ The pattern is on sale through to March 29th!

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Even if you don’t crochet feel free to visit her site and pass the word on! Not only do I want my sister to be successful, but I actually, well … think her stuff is really good!! What. So I am advertising with a clear conscience. 

Thank you!!

Author: merry-go-sims
 

Free Crochet Pattern  You can

Free Crochet Pattern 

You can make this set in less than 1 hour – to be honest it took me about 40 minutes to make the set but I am familiar with the hook, thread and stitch.

What you Need:

  • Seed Beads (6/0) 4 mm round
  • Aunt Lydia’s Classic 10 Crochet Thread
  • 2.25 mm (B) Crochet Hook

Forever Summer Necklace and Bracelet Set

Forever Summer Necklace

Forever Summer Necklace Free Pattern @OombawkaDesign

Finished Length: 40″ long

Step 1: Thread 158 seed beads onto your Aunt Lydia’s Classic 10 Cotton Thread with a small needle, or using a Big Eye Beading Needle (the brand I have is Beadalon and I purchased a 4 pack at Michaels)

R1: (ch 3, slide 2 beads down) 79 times, ch 4, turn

Chain 3 and slide 2 beads down | Forever Summer Necklace Free Pattern @OombawkaDesign

Ch 1 to secure beads | Forever Summer Necklace Free Pattern @OombawkaDesign

Beads Secure | Forever Summer Necklace Free Pattern @OombawkaDesign

Ch 3 sequence | Forever Summer Necklace Free Pattern @OombawkaDesign

R2: Beg in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sl st in each of the next 2 chs, sl st in the next ch, between the loops the beads are on and the other 2 loops of the ch st. *Ch 3, skip 2 chs, 1 sl st in the next ch in both remaining loops (the beads are on the 3 rd loop)* repeat from * to * 77 times. 1 sl st in each of the remaining 3 chs. Finish off and sew the two ends together. Weave in ends.

Sl st under both loops | Forever Summer Necklace Free Pattern @OombawkaDesign

Remember to begin in the 2nd ch from the hook and then work 1 sl st in each of the next 2 chs. Then 1 sl st under both loops of the ch securing the bead.

Ch 3 Skip 2 Forever Summer Necklace Free Pattern @OombawkaDesign

Stitches Example | Forever Summer Necklace Free Pattern @OombawkaDesign

This makes your completed 40″ long necklace. You can wear it like this – it is very delicate and quite lovely!

Long Version | Forever Summer Necklace Free Pattern @OombawkaDesign

Or you can pick it in your hands – one hand on each end of the strand and then twist it gently so it winds about itself (not too tight!).

Twist the necklace strands | Forever Summer Necklace Free Pattern @OombawkaDesign

Then use the following clasp to secure the two ends you were holding together to wear this pretty necklace as a choker style instead! When worn as a choker it is approximately 20″.

How to Attach the Clasp | Forever Summer Necklace Free Pattern @OombawkaDesign

 

Necklace 3 | Forever Summer Necklace Free Pattern @OombawkaDesign

Clasp:
Ch 3, 8 sc in the 2nd ch frm the hook, sl st to the 1st sc to join. Chain 8 slide 2 beads down, ch 1, turn and sl st back in each of the ch 8. Finish off and weave in ends.

Chain 3 Forever Summer Necklace Free Pattern @OombawkaDesign

Ch 8 | Forever Summer Necklace Free Pattern @OombawkaDesign

Closure finished | Forever Summer Necklace Free Pattern @OombawkaDesign

To make a pretty bracelet to match follow these instructions:

Bracelet | Forever Summer Necklace Free Pattern @OombawkaDesign

Forever Summer Bracelet

Finished Length: 16″ long

Step 1: Thread 64 seed beads onto your Aunt Lydia’s Classic 10 Cotton Thread with a small needle, or using a a Big Eye Beading Needle.

R1: (ch 3, slide 2 beads down) 32 times, ch 4, turn

R2: Beg in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sl st in each of the next 2 chs, sl st in the next ch, between the loops the beads are on and the other 2 loops of the ch st. *Ch 3, skip 2 chs, 1 sl st in the next ch in both remaining loops (the beads are on the 3 rd loop)* repeat from * to * 30 times. 1 sl st in each of the remaining 3 chs. Finish off and sew the two ends together. Weave in ends.

You can wrap this around your wrist twice as is or using the same method to twist/wind the bracelet about itself. You can either use the same clasp as above or you can sew the ends together and slide this over your hand to wear on your wrist. The finished length when twisted is approximately 8″.

Forever Summer Necklace and Bracelet Set

Free Crochet Pattern  You can make this set in less than 1 hour – to be honest it took me about 40 minutes to make the set but I am familiar with the hook, thread and stitch.

 

Hand-dyed Yarn: \\\”Wild Hunt\\\”

Author: coffeedogyarn

The night is deep on the moor; you’re thankful for the crackling fire and steaming mug of tea beside you. Pull the blanket up a little higher on your lap—wait!

What’s that? Bells? Hoofbeats?

At the far-off blare of a hunting horn, you’re certain you can hear the deep blue of the growing night torn by black. The shadowed depths of forest green shudder as the wind picks up. As the floor beneath you ceases its trembling, you smile grimly, sip your tea, and stoke the hearth.

The Wild Hunt rides tonight, me dearies!

Not to worry, though! We’ve got a brand new, hand-painted Aran weight yarn all set to become a part of your next project. 100% Andean wool, its 92 yards of warmth will take the chill from even the deepest, darkest of nights.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/219509525/hand-dyed-yarn-wild-hunt?

Author: coffeedogyarn
 

Granny Square Blanket

Author: stitchem

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I made my first blanket! I found this free pattern on Lion Brand’s website. You do need to make an account, but it’s free!

The blanket worked up very quickly, which I was happy about. I was afraid it was going to take me a long time!

The yarn I used was Impeccable Loops and Threads in True Grey, Lavender, Soft Rose, and White.

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This was my first time ever doing a granny square. I thought they would be a lot harder to make! I can’t wait to make more granny square blankets. Does anyone know why it is called a granny square?

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I’m sad I didn’t get any better pictures. I made this blanket as a present, and finished it an hour before I had to give it away! The sun was also setting quickly, making the picture quality not as nice. Oh well, I know my friends are getting a good use out of this warm blanket!

Happy crocheting!

Author: stitchem
 

Got yarn?

Author: scorpiontoxin

Hey, everyone! As most of you probably know, I am a knitter. I love knitting. I love knitting for people.

And guess what? I’d love to knit for you!

Would you be interested in maybe some wristlets?

How about a scarf?

 

Or even something fandom related?

Knitted things not for you? chickenhiddle is a talented crocheter and makes some beautiful, out-of-the-box stuff! (And I think we make a pretty great team!)

Like Scoodies (Scarf/hoodie hybrid)

 

Blarves (blanket/scarf hybrid)

 

Or wristlets and cowl set?

 

Or hats?

  

See something up there that tickles your fancy? Do you have a different pattern you’d like us to use for something for you? We are happily taking commissions for anyone and everyone, and we would love to make something for you!

If you have an order you’d like to place with us, you can go ahead and do so here or here. If you have any additional questions or comments about our works, feel free to go ahead and drop them here.

Thank you so much for your time, and I hope you consider Bird Bug for commission!

Author: scorpiontoxin