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!

Reading crochet charts

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Many crocheters find the thought of reading a crochet chart a little intimidating. When faced with pages of symbols the thought of navigating your own way around can be a daunting task.

For the last few years I have found the ability to ready charts has helped to progress my level of crochet. When you start to work on garments that are often constructed by joining multiple motifs and then working in a neckline and sleeves, so being able to visual how these are constructed by looking at the symbol charts really helps.

I recently came across one of the best articles on how to progress to chart / symbol reading and I definitely recommend it for anyone wanting to move to that level.

The main benefit for me is that the language of crochet symbols is universal regardless of country. So if you’ve spent hours on Pinterest pinning beautiful crochet with only Greek or Russian patterns, you can simply use the charts to recreate them yourself.

Give it a go, start small with a motif and you’ll be surprised how much you’ll favour charts over traditional patterns full of rows and rows of text.

You can read the full article here.

Scribble Sunday

Loving the newly discovered drawing app called 53 for iPad. Such a cute interface with a library of sketch books and some lovely tools, which are pretty easy to master.

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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.

Crochet Apple Cover…Christmas crafting is upon us!

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!

Kawaii Sunday – Adventures in Illustration part II

I’m slowly getting there..! Discovered graphic styles, clipping masks, offset paths and the wonderful blob brush!  A few more tutorials and then it’s time to look at creating some designs of my own…eeek! If you fancy a go you can find the tutorial here.  Enjoy

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Say hello to Amineko (“crocheted cat” in Japanese)

I have just discovered the wonder of Amineko Crocheted Cats.  Firstly I must give credit to Else’s Bellas Arteswhere I kindly borrowed the Amineko cat picture.  You can visit her blog at http://bellasartes.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/my-first-amineko.html.

It seems that most of the styles of these cats originate from the book Hello My Name is Amineko: The Story of a Crafty Crochet Cat 

The thing I love most about these cute crochet cats is their wonderful arms and legs which make them pose-able in almost any position or situation.  For me the key to creating a successful crochet project is about breathing a life and personality into a character, with carefully position facial features and other embellishments.

I understand that Amineko literally means cat, so I would love to see if there are other styles and variations of cats.

I have seen patterns where people use rice and other things to weigh down limbs so that they can be positioned.  I think my next project will definitely be a take on the Amineko cat with pose-able arms and legs.  If anyone can recommend a patterns where rice is used I would love to see it.