Crochet Minion Egg

Author: mrsflythe

So cute and fun! Here’s how I made it 😀

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Materials:

G6 4.25 mm crochet hook

Stuffing (yarn scraps are also great for this)

Stitch Marker

Scissors

Worsted Weight yarn in yellow, blue, white and black

Yarn needle for weaving in ends and sewing on the eyes

Abbreviations:

dec – decrease (insert hook into next stitch yarn over and draw up a loop, insert hook into next stitch and yarn over and draw up another loop,
yarn over and draw through both loops decrease made)

inc – increase (put 2 single crochets in the same stitch)

sc – single crochet

Pattern:

We will be working in a continuous loop

With blue make a magic ring and and chain one

Round 1: sc 6 times into magic ring and pull tail to close (6)

Round 2; inc around (12)

Round 3: (inc, 1 sc) around (18)

Round 4: (inc, 2 sc) around (24)

Round 5: sc around (24)

Break off blue and join in yellow

Round 6: sc around (24)

Round 7 – 10 repeat round 6

Round 11: (dec, 2 sc) around (18)

Round 12: sc around (18)

Break off yellow and join black

Round 13 – 14: sc around (18)

Break off black and join in yellow

Round 15: (dec, 1 sc) around (12)

Round 16: sc around (12)

Round 17: dec around (6)

Round 18: dec around (3)

Finish off and weave in ends

Eye(s):

With black make a magic ring and chain 1

do 3 sc in the circle, pull tail to close and join with a slip stitch to the first sc

Fasten off black and join in white

inc around (6) finish off with white and leave a long tail for sewing on.

You
can also do these in the purple and add a pom pom to the top for the
evil Minions. I would LOVE to see your finished work either here or on
IG (mrsflythe14).

Enjoy 😀

Author: mrsflythe
 

A Day at Stitches

Author: kerriknits

I filled you guys in on my last post that I had the opportunity to attend Stitches Midwest while Ben and I were in Chicago visiting friends and family. I was only there on Saturday afternoon, but it was such a fun experience! I arrived a little before noon, and stayed until just after 5. I was definitely tired by the end of the day, since I spent most of that time walking around on the show floor!

I arrived at the perfect time to attend the Podcaster Meetup. Silly me, I did not get out my camera as I was having too much fun chatting with Danie & Susie of Prairie Girls Knit & Spin, Jen of Down Cellar Studio, Megan of the Stockinette Zombies, and Sarah of In a Sknit. It was great getting to meet the people behind the voices of these podcasts! Yes, I know that a couple are videocasts, but I usually just listen & have the video turned off while doing other work. After attending the meetup and grabbing a bite to eat, I hit the show floor to shop. There was an incredible range of vendors, from small indie dyers to big retailers like Webs and the Yarn Barn of Kansas.

I went into the show mostly looking to buy tools, since I had just bought a few skeins of yarn the week before at the Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair. So, I just took my time wandering through the booths, making notes of vendors I would love to purchase from in the future. There’s really nothing that compares to being able to see and feel yarns in person. One of the first booths I stopped at was Shalimar Yarns. I was first introduced to Shalimar in the inaugural knitspot Fall in Full Color club, and I also saw them at Maryland Sheep & Wool in 2013. Kristi creates a gorgeous range of colors on a variety of decadent bases.

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While walking along the show floor, I noticed the Purrfectly Catchy Designs booth, which had an entire wall full of sock blockers! They offered 3 sizes to fit a small woman’s foot, a medium/large woman’s foot, and a man’s foot. Each blocker pair has a fun design cut out of the top – I just loved these!

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I had heard so many good things about Erin Lane bags, but I never had the chance to see her bags in person before Stitches. She offers a range of sizes from a mini bag (just barely fits a sock project — I tested it out!) all the way up to large totes. I love that her smaller bags have a tab with a snap, so you can attach it to one of your bigger bags, or around a belt loop so you could walk and knit at the same time. The prints on her bags are also so pretty!

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The Miss Babs booth was, of course, another highlight. Her booth had a constant stream of traffic, but there was still enough room to move and check out all of the gorgeous yarns. I love going to her booth at shows, because you can really see the scale of her large skein yarns, like the 560 yard worsted weight skein Yowza, or the massive 1750 yard fingering weight skein Katahdin.

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Stitches was the first time I have ever seen Sun Valley Fibers in person. I had heard a few podcasters mention Sun Valley Fibers, and of course I’ve poked around the website. But, wow, what gorgeous colors! I definitely need to keep this shop in mind for future purchases.

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Of course, you can never pass up The Verdant Gryphon booth when she is at a show! I can only describe her color sense as elegant. It really is a treat to see so many beautiful skeins in person!

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I initially walked by the Lickin Flames flames booth since they didn’t have any yarn (ha!) but on a second pass around the floor, their gorgeous raku items caught my eye. Good thing too, or I would have missed their stunning buttons and coasters!

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Fiberstory was one of my favorite booths. I don’t think I had ever heard of this hand-dye company, and man, had I been missing out! This shop is definitely going to be on my radar going forward. Their skeins beautifully integrate even contrasting colors so they seem to fit right in together. Once I get through my next round of designs, I think I need to buy myself something from their shop as a treat.

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Dragonfly Fibers has been on my radar from a while, thanks to The Loopy Ewe. I love the range and depth of colors that Dragonfly offers.

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Gnome Acres was my favorite booth display by far. I usually try to get booth photos here and there, along with overall atmosphere photos, but you can tell that I got very distracted by yarn! The setup of this booth made me feel the need to step back to make sure I could capture the whole thing. The booth theme comes together incredibly well, and it really draws you into the space.

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See what I mean? Not only is the booth gorgeous, but that bunting that they have strung about the booth actually serves a purpose. Each little flag is one of their colorways so you can see how each one looks knit up. How clever is that?

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That’s all I have for today — sorry for the photo overload! Stitches Midwest was such a fun experience, and I would love to go again in the future. I probably spent 4 hours on the show floor, and I still feel like I missed seeing some vendors. I’ll be back very soon with my purchases from Stitches — I didn’t go too overboard, but I’m very happy with my purchases. Until next time, happy knitting!

Author: kerriknits
 

Conversation Heart

Author: stitchem

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Valentine’s Day is getting closer!! Which means all the heart shaped candy and chocolate are for sale! I actually dislike the candy conversation hearts. I have never liked powdery candy, but a crocheted conversation heart is a lot better! But the sayings on conversation hearts are pretty sweet!

Materials:

– medium weight yarn in red and white

– 4.0mm hook

Notes:

– Steps 1-15 are worked in rows. Ch 1 and turn to start the new row.

– sc (single crochet), hdc (half double crochet), dc (double crochet), tr (treble crochet), sl st (slip stitch), sts (stitches), inc (increase)

Heart: make 2

In red

1) ch 4. Starting in the second ch from the hook, 1sc in each ch (3)

2) 1sc, inc, 1sc (4)

3) 1sc, inc, 1sc in the next 2 sts (5)

4) 1sc in the next 2 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 2 sts (6)

5) 1sc in the next 2 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 3 sts (7)

6) 1sc in the next 3 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 3 sts (8)

7) 1sc in the next 4 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 3 sts (9)

8) 1sc in the next 4 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 4 sts (10)

9) 1sc in the next 5 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 4 sts (11)

10) 1sc in the next 5 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 5 sts (12)

11) 1sc in the next 6 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 5 sts (13)

12) 1sc in the next 6 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 6 sts (14)

13) 1sc in the next 6 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 7 sts (15)

14) 1hdc, 1dc, 4tr, 1hdc, 1sc, 1hdc, 4tr, 1dc, 1hdc (15)

15) 1dc, 1tr, tr inc, tr inc, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sl st in the next 3 sts, 1hdc, 1dc, tr inc, tr inc, 1tr, 1dc (19)

16) Now working in rounds on the edge of the heart, 1sc in the next 37sts, inc, 1sc, inc, 1sc in the next 23sts, 1sl st in the next 3sts, 1sc in the next 2sts, inc, 1sc in the next 2sts, inc, 1sc in the next 2sts. (78) change to white

17) 1sc in the next 17sts, inc, 1sc in the next 19sts, inc, 1sc in the next 2sts, inc, 1sc in the next 3sts, 1sl st in the next 3sts, 1sc in the next 3sts, inc, 1sc in the next 2sts, inc, 1sc in the next 2sts. 1sl st in the next 2sts. Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing.

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Since I wanted this to be a conversation heart, I needed to sew a cute little saying onto one of the hearts. I used my tapestry needle, and a long strand of white yarn.

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate hand sewing? The “B” took me a long time to do!

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Sew the 2 hearts together. This will help the hearts keep their shape, and not curl onto itself.

I love how these hearts can be personalized depending on what you phrase you decide to sew on! They also make great drink coasters!

Happy crocheting and happy Valentine’s Day!

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Please use this pattern for personal use only. Do not claim this pattern as your own or sell items made from this pattern. If you want to share this pattern, link it to Stitch-em. Do not reprint this pattern on your website. Thanks!

Author: stitchem
 

Alright, So my mother crochets

Author: korkunpine

Alright, So my mother crochets things occasionally when she gets the chance but of recently she’s been on medical leave from her job but she is trying new things to crochet, she usually crochet’s baby blankets and baby stuff but she decided to try crocheting a teddy bear. 

The bear didn’t go as she planned so we called it “Crack Bear” because it’s limbs were off and such. But I obtained the lucky dong munch and so I decided it would be a nice gift for my boyfriend. So, I start the journey of “C.B“‘s new life. 

As you can see, C.B doesn’t really like puddles.

C.B looked a little dead on the way until

Until we reached Tim Horton’s

A bus bench

And kentucky fried chicken sign. But after a tiring journey we made it.

Author: korkunpine
 

15 Patterns for the Adventurous Crocheter

Some are advanced crochet patterns, others have multiple colors or are unusual in some other way.

If you’re looking for a crocheting adventure, it’s likely you’ll find it here!

Crochet Overlay Mandala No. 4 by CAROcreated design

Crochet Overlay Mandala No. 4
by CAROcreated design

Crochet Overlay Mandala No. 4 by CAROcreated design

Crochet Overlay Mandala No. 4 by CAROcreated design

Crochet Overlay Mandala No. 4
by CAROcreated design

Kaleidoscope from Eclectic Gipsyland

Kaleidoscope
from Eclectic Gipsyland

Kaleidoscope
from Eclectic…

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Zaken doen in het verre Oosten

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Om inzicht te krijgen in deze cultuurverschillen bied The Culture Team u een pallet van mogelijkheden en inzichten waarmee het internationale zakendoen een stuk makkelijker voor u wordt.
Uw succes op het gebied van internationaal management hangt daarom af van een goede communicatie met uw buitenlandse handelspartners.

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Fox Basket/Pillow

Author: allaboutami

This past weekend I attended a good friend’s baby shower, and I was so happy to gift her with some crocheted goodies!  A while back, I came across a really cute pattern for a “Foxy Stash Basket” on the “Yarnspirations” website HERE.  I thought it would be a wonderful gift as it would not only make an adorable addition to the baby’s nursery, but also have the functional ability of storing items such as little hats, socks or towels!  I had a lot of fun crocheting baskets in the past (see posts HERE and HERE), so I was very excited to make a cute animal basket!  

I went out and looked for red and beige cotton yarn: I ended up purchasing “Bernat Handicrafter Cotton” yarn in “Off White” and “Country Red”.  You need to hold two strands of yarn together when crocheting this basket.  I did not buy enough skeins of yarn during my first shopping trip- in total, I used 4 skeins of the beige yarn and 2 skeins of the red yarn!  Some black yarn is also needed for the eyes and nose, but I simply used some black acrylic worsted weight yarn that I already had in my stash.  

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I began by working on the base of the basket with the beige yarn.  I loved the look and feel of it already!  I used a 6 mm crochet hook for the basket and a 4 mm crochet hook for the ears and eyes as recommended in the pattern.

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After crocheting the base, the basket started to build upwards…

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Then after all the increase rounds, it was time to build up the height of the basket!

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Next, I added the nose with some black yarn!

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I was excited to begin working with the red yarn!  Rather than cutting the yarn every time you need to switch colours, this basket is worked with the tapestry method of crochet in which you hold both colours at the same time, carrying and crocheting around the strands that are not currently in use.  If you are unfamiliar with this technique, check out this video HERE to see it in action!  Since you are working with two colours in the round, that essentially means that you are working with two strands of one colour while carrying along two strands of the other colour (thus four strands going at once)!

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As I was following the pattern exactly and building up the red in subsequent rounds, I noticed that the red appeared to be going lopsided upwards.  Even in the photo provided in the pattern (appearing below), I thought that the face looked crooked or lopsided.  When I read the pattern through, I thought it made sense in theory if each stitch were placed exactly ontop of one another round after round.  However, as you can see, stitches are not exactly aligned ontop of each other (e.g. third stitch of Round 3 will not be perfectly below third stitch of Round 4), as they tend to build up at an angle.  Thus, I tried to make some modifications and eyeballed it as I went along, trying to make the face as symmetrical as I could!

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This is what I came up with as I crocheted more and more of the face…

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Then it was time to cut off the beige yarn and continue working only with the red yarn!

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I tried my best, but I admit that I did not do a perfect job of making the face exactly symmetrical.  As you can see in the image below, the sides are not identical (left side curves more at an angle while right side falls more steeply).  I did not have the patience to undo my work and start that part over again, but you can always give it a try yourself and see what you come up with!

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After some decrease rounds, the last round was given a nice finishing touch as it was worked with the reverse single crochet.  I absolutely love the beautiful roped and textured feel that the reverse single crochet gives to the basket!

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The basket was not as sturdy as I expected it to be (compared to the other baskets which I had crocheted using two strands of super bulky yarn and using an 8 mm crochet hook).  Thus, we thought it would be neat to give this basket another function: by adding buttons to the top, the basket could be closed up to be a pillow or cushion!

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I enjoyed crocheting the ears as they were worked from the bottom to the top which is opposite to how I usually make my ears.  The shape turned out beautifully, and I love the pointed tips!  To give a bit more shaping and dimension, we pinched the ears in the middle and sewed the back, giving them a creased look.

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The eyes were simple to crochet as they were simply black circles with some white strands of yarn added!

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After attaching the ears and eyes, here was our finished product!

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These are the modifications I made to the original “Foxy Stash Basket” pattern by Yarnspirations (all modifications made to the FACE part, not the base):

  • 3rd rnd: With A, 1 hdc in each of next 6 hdc.  
  • 4th rnd: With A, 1 hdc in each of next 9 hdc.
  • 5th rnd: …………..Do not break MC.  With A, 1 hdc in each of next 12 hdc…………..
  • 6th rnd: With A, ch 2, 1 hdc in each of next 21 hdc……….With MC, 1 hdc in each of next 7 hdc…With A„ 1 hdc in each of next 13 hdc………
  • 7th rnd: WIth A, ch 2.  1 hdc in each of next 22 hdc…..Do not break MC.  WIth A, 1 hdc in each of next 14 hdc…….
  • 8th rnd: With A, ch 2.  1 hdc in each of next 24 hdc…..With A, 1 hdc in each of next 15 hdc………….

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I presented this Fox Basket packed with some goodies to my friend during her baby shower, and it was a hit!  I think it look so cute, don’t you?

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It would be such a beautiful and whimsical addition to the nursery of any baby boy or girl!  Here it is pictured with some of the steel bins from Myla’s nursery (purchased from Ikea and Home Sense).  Most of Myla’s stuffies in her nursery were actually my previous stuffies that I brought from home….that goes to show how much stuffies can be loved and cherished and passed down the generations, amigurumi included 🙂

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Here is the Fox Basket serving its dual purpose as a cushion or pillow!  Doesn’t it look so huggable?  And how adorable would this fox pillow look on any sofa or bed?

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Thus, if you don’t feel like using the basket as storage anymore or if a cute pillow is needed for a big boy or girl bed, it can be converted easily into a cushion or pillow simply by closing up the top with the buttons!

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We used fiberfill to show what it looked like stuffed as a cushion, but we would not recommend using it as the actual stuffing unless you sewed the top shut (hazardous for children as they might remove it, play with it or eat it)!  You could try finding a small pillow or cushion that would fit inside to keep the button closure and to easily switch from using this as a basket or a pillow!

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And here’s a third use for the basket….as a Fox Mask!  Haha all joking aside, I thought it was funny how this basket was pretty much head size!

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If you liked this basket, check out these baskets pictured below that I crocheted HERE.  I still use them to this day in Myla’s nursery and my workspace as they hold so much and look so beautiful.

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If you’re interested in crocheting a matching amigurumi fox, here’s a round-up of some cute FREE fox patterns that I found on-line:

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{1. “Cute Amigurumi Fox” by Anna S. of “Spool of Sunshine”,  2. “Amigurumi Fox” by Timea Venter of “Timic’s Home”, 3. “Fox Amigurumi” by Nimoe Galad of “Nimoe’s Blog”, 4. “Mother Fox and Baby Fox” by Allison Hoffman}

As I mentioned above, I think this Fox Basket would be so cute in a nursery, particularly if it had a “Woodland Forest Theme”.  I enjoy looking through the beautiful handiwork of different artists on Etsy, and I found the following items that would go perfectly in such a themed nursery!

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{“Charlie the Fox Baby Toddler Onesie by Le Trango, “Teacup Fox Original Watercolor Painting” by Alisa Belzil of Sweet Afternoons, “Organic Kawaii Fox Baby Swaddle Blanket” by Simply Boco Baby, “Mini Plush Woodland Animal Set” by A Little Bit of Joy }

Hope you enjoyed reading about the making of this fun project and how we made some modifications to the original pattern and made it convertible from a basket to a pillow!  Keep in mind that the Yarnspirations website gives it a 3 out of 4 “Intermediate” difficulty level as it does involve switching yarn colours using tapestry crochet.  To access the free pattern, click HERE and download it!  I love this idea of making baskets into animals- you could add bunny ears, cat ears, bear ears…the sky’s the limit!  Thank you for reading, and don’t forget to stay updated with my work by following me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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Author: allaboutami
 

George the Snowman

Author: stitchem

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Have you ever heard of Happily Hooked Magazine? My pattern for George the Cable Stitched Snowman is featured in their “Winter Wonderland” (Issue 9) edition. If you want to find out how to make him, check out the magazine HERE or, come back to my blog in 2-3 months where I will be posting my pattern.

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Doesn’t the cover of the magazine look amazing? I love how it is so festive!

I had such an awesome time making him. I love how I could apply the technique of cabling into the front of the snowman, giving him more texture! Unlike my other amigurumi. I actually used the half double crochet stitch instead of my regular single crochet stitch. This made the snowman build up more quickly, and made the cabling (the front post treble and back post stitches!) a lot easier!

But my favourite part about him is definitely his carrot nose!

I want to make more snowmen with different coloured scarves so I can have a family of snowmen! I think they would make a perfect Christmas decoration!

Happy crocheting!

Author: stitchem
 

Finished something!

Author: sewcrow

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I finally finished something! Actually, I had most of the cowl finished a while ago; I was just too lazy to sew the ends together. 

I’m an avid follower of allaboutami’s patterns, so when I saw her “The Twist Cowl” pattern, I had to make it! You can find the pattern here

I made this cowl using Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in “Fisherman”. I absolutely love working with Thick and Quick. Actually, the first thing I ever crocheted was a circle scarf using Thick and Quick. I also got the yarn on sale at Joann’s ($9.78 for two skeins), so it was a double-win! I only ended up using about 1.5 skeins, so now I need to find out what I want to make with the rest. 

It’s finally getting colder where I live, so I can’t wait to test out my new cowl! In the mean time, here’s my makeshift model. 

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Doesn’t she look cozy?

Author: sewcrow
 
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