Posts Tagged ‘handmade’

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

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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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To make this triangle cowl scarf you will need a 7mm crochet hook along with 2 skeins x (100 gr/3,53 oz = 170 meters/ 186 yards) of chunky wool.  For the one in the photo I used Drops Big Merino – Anthracite (03) available from Wool Warehouse.

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The pattern is designed by Eleven Handmade and can be purchased for £2.84. This is possibly the most used pattern I have ever bought and I’m now starting my 6th scarf.  They make really great gifts and can easily be worked up over a weekend or a couple of evenings.  The pattern is well detailed and includes plenty of diagrams and photos.

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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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