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I’ve been pretty much obsessed with the sea since my early childhood days, spent fossil hunting in Scarborough. From the gorgeous colours of the ocean to the beautiful ocean animals what’s not to love. There’s a plethora of sea inspired crochet ideas from amigurumi to blankets and the latest craze in all things mermaid.

Here’s a run down of my top favourite ocean inspired crochet projects from my recent Pinterest frenzy. You can find links to all patterns by clicking on each photo.

Plus check out my mermaid dedicated post here for the best in crocheted mermaid tails, just in time for those snugly nights in.

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Happy Hooking xoxo

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It’s been a year since I put the hook down, due my claw hand getting worse. However now the clock are soon to go back and the heatings been on for a few days I’m feeling ready to get the crochet hooks out.

Projects I have my eye on include:

Octopus for my friends newborn baby. I honestly didn’t realise how popular these were and how great they are for newborns.

Pattern courtesy of the friendly red fox.

Some lovely crocheted cat toys for my darling ragdoll Poppet Aurora. Patterns here.

I’ve recently moved house and have been looking for some new puffies for the lounge. These look perfect and the colours so inspiring.

No pattern alas, however I’m sure I could freestyle something very similar.

So that’s the first few of my projects.

I’d love to hear your latest projects or ideas, what you most looking forward to this autumn?

Happy hooking!

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This happy chappy makes the perfect last minute present. Brought to life in just under 3 hours, this bear pattern is a pretty straight forward assemble for any amigurumi fanatic.

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As the name suggests the bear is basically a box shape. One of the most appealing parts of the method is that the limbs are made first and then crocheted into the body as it is built.  I’m definitely in the camp of crocheters that start to get a little antsy when it’s assembly time and there’s only so much whip stitching I can do before my interest wanes.  So the ease and speed with which this one came together was a refreshing style, one which I will certainly be employing more in my own designs.

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Credit for this pattern goes to crochet designer Erica Dietz, whose other patterns can be found on her blog 5littlemonsters or her Ravelry listings.

I used my favourite yarn DK Rico Essential Cotton from Wool Warehouse with a 4mm hook. The nose was substituted with a larger safety eye.

Happy hooking!

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I’ve been Googling crochet slouchy hat patterns for a while and never managed to find quite the right one for me.

The key was that the hat should be made from a thick chunky yarn and would wash and age well. It also had to have a relatively quick build and easy stitch sequence.

I’ve developed the following slouchy hat pattern and after 5 pull down and re-works I’m pretty happy with the end result.

The hat should take around 3 hours to complete.  You will need 100 metres of super chunky wool and hook sizes: L (8mm) and Q (15.75mm).

I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick n Quick – Charcoal (149) – 170 from Wool Warehouse.

FREE Pattern - crochet slouchy hat

Pattern Abbreviations

sc: single crochet – Insert hook under both loops, yarn over, pull yarn
through stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through both loops on hook.

sc2tog: single crochet two stitches together – Insert hook into front loop of stitch then insert hook into front loop of next stitch yarn over then draw through all 3 loops on hook.

ch: Chain

Ribbed band

Row 1: ch 9. sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across (8 sc). If you are more experienced you can try the foundation single crochet (fsc), which I absolutely love. Details of this can be found here.,

Row 2: ch 1, turn. sc in both loops in first stitch, SC in back loop only next 6 stitches, sc in both loops in the last stitch.

By only crocheting into the back loops of each row you create a natural rib effect which gives the hat some stretch; ensuring a nice comfy fit.

Row 3-40 same at row 2.

Assembling the band 

Join the ends of the band together to form a ring and sc through the stitches on each edge to join the piece together.

Turn the band inside out so the joining row sits on the inside [which will then be hidden when you wear the hat]

You will see that at the top of each rib [20] there forms a natural hole, it is this hole that we will be using to build the body of the hat.

Building the Hat

Please note that rows are not joined, keep crocheting around continuously. Use a stitch marker to keep track of your rows.

Using your larger hook [15.75mm] ch 1.

Round 1: 2 sc in each of the holes discussed earlier at the end of each rib, you will end up with 40 sc.

Round 2 sc2tog, sc 1, repeat times 10 until you have 30 stitches.

Rounds 3 – 10: [2sc in first stitch, skip next stitch] repeat.

Round 11: Decrease 30 -20 [sc2tog, sc] repeat x10.

Round 12: Decrease 20-10 [sc2tog ] repeat x 10.

Leave yourself a 6 inch piece of yarn to draw up through the 10 stitches and pull together in a drawstring effect, fasten off.

Enjoy and wear!

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Ever since I first watched this amazing Studio Ghibli film, I’ve envisaged crafted a crochet Totoro. He’s possibly one of the cutest animated characters around. Who wouldn’t want this lovely creature to snuggle up with at night.

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This one was made for a who had recently moved into his own flat. As a hardcore Ghibli fan I knew it would take pride of place in his new abode.

Made from hard wearing synthetic yarn he’s guaranteed to keep his shape and also scrub up well, in case of any rogue drooling after you’ve fallen asleep…!

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If you fancy your hand at making your own you can find the pattern here.

The next mission has to be making his adorable blue and white friends.

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Following the current trend of cute crocheted film characters I couldn’t resist bringing one of Grew’s minions to life. One of my old colleagues had a seriously big minion obsession and I’d planned to make her this little fella long before I got around to hooking him up!

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He was pretty easy to crochet and his dungarees and goggles are fully detachable making him a real treat for any little ones in your life. I cheated a little on some of the parts assembly, and relied a little more than normal on the glue gun rather than stitching. How shameful I hear you cry, however if it means I get to start on the next project a bit quicker then I sleep happy.

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The pattern I used can be found here and I’m sure you’ll have him whipped up in no time and then you can ‘whip’ him into doing your bidding like only a minion knows how.

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With winter looming and Christmas on the tip of everyone’s tongues I found myself already starting to think about Christmas crafting. Giving and receiving homemade gifts is one of my favourite things and I think it’s a fantastic way to re-ignite the spirit of Christmas by spending your precious time crafting something for a loved one. Inspired by the many wondrous crocheted baubles, Christmas puds, mug cozies and jar covers out there I decided it was time to put my hookin’ skills to the test and have a go at making something both cute yet simple. Inspired by a recent feature piece in Mollie Makes I figured I’d have a go at creating my own apple cozy.

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It’s a pretty simple pattern using mainly (US) half double crochet, a row of double crochet for the decrease round followed by a single crochet edge.  If you fancy having a go the pattern is detailed below. I’m a huge fan of the half double crochet stitch, it’s such a great stitch for quickly building up a sturdy yet tight project, so it was a no brainer that it would form the basis of my design.

I’ve seen some lovely designs out there including Christmas puddings, cute animals or just general colourful cuteness.  These are perfect for the tradition of including an apple or an orange in the bottom of a stocking.

Apple Cover Pattern

US Stitches

Yarn: DK

Hook: 4 – 4.5

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Rnd 1: ch2,10 hdc into ring. Join with sl st. (11 st)

Rnd 2: ch2, 1 hdc in first st. 2 hdc in each st to end.

Join with sl st. (22 st)

Rnd 3: ch 2, 1hdc in first st. 1 hdc in next st. 2 hdc in next st. Repeat 1 hdc, 2 hdc in alternate stitches to end. Join with sl st. (33 st)

Rnds 4-7: 2 ch then hdc into each hdc. Join with sl st at end of each row. (33 st)

Rnds 8-9: ch 1, hdc into same stitch then all stitches until 4th st before the end of the row (29 stitches) TURN

Row 10: ch 1 , 1 dc in same st, then dc2tog. Repeat 1 dc, dc2tog in alternate stitches to end (20 st) TURN

Row 11: Add row of sc to edge.

Finish: ch 12 – 15 (dependent of desired button) for button loop, slip stitching back into work to form loop.

Sew on Button…Enjoy!

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