Under the sea

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.

Crochet starfish pattern 

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Crochet turtle pattern

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Crochet whale pattern 

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Freeform crochet shell pattern

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Amigurumi sea creatures

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Happy Hooking xoxo

Gorgeous free crochet cat pattern!

During my current kitten obsession, I care across these gorgeous dumpling kitten patterns.

The pattern comes courtesy of Sarah Sloyer and can be be found on her Ravelry store here. They were recently featured on crochetnow.co.uk so you know they’re bound to be a big hit. I know my Ragdoll Poppet is going to love one.

Dumpling Kitty is a cute pudgy kitty whose pattern is available for free! Her body is crocheted with a flat base so she sits nicely wherever you place her, waiting patiently for treats.

Finished size: Approximately 4” tall when made with the indicated yarn and hook size, though your finished size may vary depending on your yarn brand and tension.

Difficulty level: Easy – Intermediate (Previous experience and familiarity with amigurumi recommended)

Time to finish: Approximately 3 hours

Materials:

• Approximately 42 yd of Color A (body)

• Approximately 4 yd of Color B (stripes)

• Polyester fiberfill

• 9 mm safety eyes (2)

• Embroidery floss

• Regular needle and yarn needle

Sarah is happy to offer email support if you need any help while working through my patterns, or notice any errors! This pattern is for personal use only.

They look super cute and a really quick project for any experienced crocheter.

Happy Hooking xoxo

Gotta catch ’em all!- A collection of pokemon crochet patterns

When it comes to crochet being able to surprise your friends with something they love (in this case pokemon) in crochet form is always a great feeling.

To celebrate the latest craze Pokemon Go, I’ve rounded up my favourite collection of pokemon crochet, there’s something for everyone.

Happy Hooking!

Pikachu amigurumi

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Pokeball beanie hat

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Charmander keyring

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Every Pokemon character plushie you can think of…

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Boxy bear crochet pattern

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!

The force is strong with this one!

Secret Santa, a bunch of designers, handmade only rule! Sounds epic.

Well that’s what I thought when my friend started a new job at a design agency. She’s in her first 3 months (probation period uh oh) so needless to say she went all out on her project. Not only did she learn to crochet in about 4 weeks, she managed to pull off a pretty complicated pattern for both an R2d2 and a death star, and that’s coming from me!

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If you fancy a go at your own Star Wars crochet, links to both patterns can be found below.

FREE crochet R2D2 pattern here

FREE crochet death star pattern here

Lils and Raph – Crochet ninja turtle pattern

Isn’t a ninja turtle just the best present for a 4 year old.

Meet Lils and Raph. When she’s not fashioning her own nunchucks from key-rings she’s busy driving Raphael around in the turtle van!

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Having been distracted by the unfathomable Russian garment patterns proliferating Pinterest recently; I forgot how much fun amigurumi is.

If you fancy a bash the pattern can be found here.

Yarn: Acrylic DK

Hook: 4mm.

Time: 8-10 hours

Say Hello to my Neighbour Totoro

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.

Who’s HAPPY NOW…Minion Dave deffo is…

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.

Winter Wabbit – Amigurumi Rabbit Pattern

With Lincoln deep in snow and the heating ramped up to full, I’ve had plenty of time to stay tucked up under a blanket and try my hand at designing another Amigurumi Pattern.  I’m not sure what it is about the Amigurumi Rabbit that makes it such a popular choice.  It’s possibly the addition of the gorgeous ears, which allow you to get beautifully creative with lots of wonderful fabric ear inserts.

This little fella was created with my current creation style of organic crochet whereby I start crocheting and increase and decrease as I go and then manically try to scribble down what I’ve done into some form of pattern.  I haven’t yet managed to type this up and post for my fellow crocheters, however this will be coming shortly.  Worked in single (US) double (UK) crochet stitches it’s a very simple contruction of the usual sphere and oblongs.

I was a little unhappy with the way I decreased on the head, it came out very holey and I have struggled to find, amidst the tonnes of decrease techniques, a method which produces a decrease as neat (without bumps of holes) as the initial increase stages do.  Shortly after I finished this project I stumbled across what I would say is the best technique for a decrease.  It goes a little something like this:

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Insert hook into front loop of first stitch, insert hook into front loop of second stitch (you have to tip the hook back to get into the second one) – yarn over and pull through two loops, two loops left on hook, yarn over and pull through remaining two…voila.  This little trick is courtesy of All About Ami – a wonderful blog definitely worth following.

I’m hoping that for my next creation I can work out the pattern first and then look to hook it. I hear you can try this method with the help of some graph paper and a simple bit of mathematics…here’s hoping.  I will keep you posted on how well this technique works.

Enjoy and happy hooking!

New Year…New Inspiration

Happy New Year Everyone…Blessed Be…and Happy Hooking!

After a few months of hibernation and serious blog neglection I finally have some exciting new projects, tips and patterns to share.  I have content for about 6-7 posts scribbled in my craft book and aim to post one every Sunday from now on…(New Year’s Resolution)

Sexy Spheres…

One of the most exciting things I have finally found is a method of creating the perfect crochet sphere.  I was sure I’d stumbled across this some time ago but could not for the life of me find it again. This time with my ‘bookmark’ firmly clicked and double checked I have the pleasure of sharing this with you all.  Finally a little handy mathematics to help crocheters everywhere achieve a perfect sphere. So whether you’re looking to make a cute little amigurumi head or a ball toss game for the kids I hope this resources helps.  You can find the link to this in my free patterns page…enjoy.  Image above kindly borrowed from www.repeatcrafterme.com a fantastic site with lots of lovely patterns…also worth a look.

Let’s Get Geometrical…

The second really handy link I stumbled across was by fellow crafter mooglyblog.com who has put together a really easy to follow post featuring 5 basic crochet shapes.  These handy tutorials are perfect for free styling and a must have when you come to start designing your own patterns.  You can also find this link in my free patterns page.

Top Shelf Goodness…

I love magazines – the way they feel in your hand – the excitement when they drop through the letter box – clicking the kettle on knowing the next few moments are dedicated to seeing what exciting inspiration lies inside. As much as I love the digital world and couldn’t be without my netbook, laptop, smartphone and kindle fire, you just can’t beat a shiny magazine.  At the moment my favourites are Mollie Makes, the Simple Things and Simply Crochet.  If you are looking to get yourself a crafty mag subscription then these are definitely worth it! In fact I think you can still get 3 issues of Simply Crochet for £5.00 #Bargain visit http://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk for more info.