Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (free shamrock pixel graph)

St. Patrick’s Day is not really something we celebrate here, since it’s an Irish holiday, but I know it’s also celebrated in other countries, such as the U.S. and England.

I was drawing some pixel graphs on paper, procrastinating on things that were actually urgent, and one that actually turned out pretty okay, was a shamrock. I thought, since it’s St. Patrick’s Day today, why not share it with all of you? (Graph at the end of this post)

  
This graph is 18×18, so it isn’t very big. I made my little square using a 3mm hook and it measures about 8×8 cm

  

Every square on the graph below equals a stitch. Feel free to use it and make your own adjustments if you need to.

  

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

Winnie the Pooh snuggle

Hi!

I spend a lot of time on Instagram, and I follow a lot of different crochet-related accounts there. One thing I’ve been seeing more and more of lately, are crocheted snuggle toys, or security blankets (does anyone really know if there is one, correct, term for these? If so, tell me, because I have no idea). I prefer calling them snuggles, because it’s such a cute word. Anyway, I had been wanting to make one myself, and now I started seeing more and more on my feed. I took it as a sign, and started designing my very own Winnie the Pooh snuggle.

First attempt, January 15th: I ran out of yellow yarn..

 
I started with a scrap of yellow, obviously it was not enough. Of course I’d thrown the label away already, so I had no clue what yarn to look for. I had to order some new yarn and start over.

Second attempt, February 1st: finished, and oh so adorable:

   
 
Of course, I managed to mess up another time. Here I am, making a baby toy, and I used safety eyes. Stupid me.. But, he is adorable, isn’t he? 

   
 
I think I’ll just keep this one for myself ūüôā

I will be remaking this little guy, but this time baby proofed, I will show you the third, and hopefully final, attempt when I finish it!

Thinking about maybe selling some patterns in the future, would the pattern for this cutie interest anyone? 

  
Bye bye!

Snow White Amigurumi Doll

Hi there!

It’s been a while again. I’ve been really busy lately with all sorts of things, but I’m finally here with a post! I actually finished this project early January hehe.. Better late than never, I suppose.

I made my very own Snow White, everybody, and she is too cute.

   

I was slightly addicted to working on this doll, I did not want to do anything else. I’m very happy with how she turned out!

   
The hardest part about this project was probably the hair, it consists of 40 (!) small crochet circles. Imagine having to crochet 40 of those, then place them on the head in a way that looks good and then sewing each of them on separately. It’s tedious work, but it has a really fun and original look, so I am proud of myself for finishing it. In the end, I only needed 35 circles. I’m not exactly sure why, maybe because the yarn I used for the head and hair weren’t the same type, maybe because I didn’t let them overlap as much as the pattern actually asked you to do, but who knows.     

This pattern comes from a book called ‘Amigurumi Fairy Tales’ by Tessa Van Riet-Ernst or Woolytoons. I won this book in Dendennis’ monthly #BYAF (Bring Your Amigurumi Friday) contest (check it out!) and I had been waiting to try out a pattern. It’s a lovely book, especially for me, someone who has always adored fairy tales. It’s available in Dutch and English, in case you are interested.

I ended up loving this project more than I expected and was pleasantly surprised by that. Enjoy a bonus picture below, Snow does not always wear her cape, you know.

 

Crocheted ‘knit v’-cowl

Hi there!

It’s been a while, I’ve been so busy with schoolwork that I haven’t even had the chance to post about projects I finished last month.

So, here I am again, with…. another scarf (it’s winter, people). This the third out of four scarves I made over the course of a month. They are just such easy and fast projects, I might be a little addicted.

While making this ribbed scarf for my mother I first discovered that by crocheting half double crochet stitches through back loops, you could create the ‘v’-look that is so typical for knitted projects. I wanted to make a cowl and using this technique seemed like a fun idea.

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What I like the most about this stitch, is that it creates two very different sides to your work (see below), so you can turn it inside out if you’re bored with one side.

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I made this design up myself, and, like I said, it’s not very hard. Just chain a certain amount of stitches (depending on how long you want it, or what size hook you’re working with), join into a circle with a slip stitch and do half double crochets through back loops. Don’t forget to start each row with two chainstitches and end it with a slip stitch to join the rows.

If you would like to have a clear, step-by-step pattern. I discovered that Stephanie from All About Ami has designed the ‘Triple Luxe Cowl‘, which uses that same technique. The pattern is completely free, so check it out if you are interested!

 

9 free amigurumi monkey patterns: Happy Chinese New Year!

Today is Chinese New Year!

2016 is the year of the monkey, so I decided to make a small list of amigurumi monkey patterns for this occasion. They are all 100% free!

The header image was created by freepik, by the way, I thought it was just too cute. You can find it here.

Now, 9 free amigurumi monkey patterns

  1.  Kiko the monkey from All About Amitumblr_inline_o1y1wwTim51qfosqa_500

This adorable little monkey was made by Stephanie from allaboutami.com. Stephanie has been creating a new amigurumi for Chinese New Year every year since 2011. I absolutely love this little monkey!

2. Little Bigfoot Monkey from Amigurumi To Go

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These monkeys are precious. Created by Sharon from Amigurumi To Go, they even have a second, bigger option for the ears (as you can see in the picture).

3. Crocheted monkey by ChimuChimu

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This creator, originally from Japan, but now living in the UK, has created three monkey patterns. Two for free and one that can be purchased on ravelry. Even though there aren’t that many pictures, I thought these monkeys were adorable, so I’m sharing the pattern here with you!

4. Sock Monkey Amigurumi from Craft Passion

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The creator behind Craft Passion does tons of different crafts, but she also has a variety of amigurumi designs, and this is one of them. This monkey was based on the popular Sock Monkey. I think the monkey and use of colours is gorgeous.

5. Charlie Chimp from Crochet en Acción

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This pattern comes from the Spanish blog Crochet en Acción. Luckily, the pattern is in English! I love the detailed hands and feet of this chimpansee.

6. Crocheted Monkey from knitted-patterns.comm_047

This monkey might be my personal favourite on the list, I absolutely adore the look of him. Yes, this is a crochet pattern, don’t let the website’s name fool you!

7. Daichiki the monkey from Craft Passion 

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Another monkey pattern from Craft Passion. I really like this one because it is very unique.

8. Amigurumi Sock Monkey from Amigurumi To Go

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Another amigurumi design based on the sock monkey.

9. Cheeky Little Monkey from Heart and Sew

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Ah, so adorable! Julie from Heart and Sew created this lovely guy, and I adore him. His facial expression is just too cute!

 

There you go, I hope this list has helped you if you were looking for a fun and free amigurumi monkey pattern. If you weren’t looking for anything, I hope I have inspired you to pick up your hook and some yarn anyway!

Let me know what you think of this list and happy Chinese New Year everyone!

Cookie Monster cookie jar

Crocheting gifts is one of my favourite things to do, and this year I am going to try to give a crocheted present to each member of my family (2 parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters) on their birthday.

My birthday is always the first of the year (January 13th), but my father’s birthday is only a week later.

I knew making a gift for my father would not be an easy task. I started browsing the internet weeks in advance, but could not find a single project my father would be interested in. Only days before, I was looking for ideas to decorate jars and came across crocheted jar lid covers. I looked a little bit further on that subject and finally saw a picture of this project. A jar filled with chocolate chip cookies, decorated with a crocheted cookie monster jar lid cover.

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I knew my big goofball of a father would love this gift. I made heart-friendly chocolate chipped cookies using this recipe and crocheted the cover. I glued the cover to the lid and sewed the eyes onto it.

I ended up giving him two jars and I decorated the second one with a cute tag.

He loved it, both the cookies and the jar. Mission accomplished!

Fibi the Fox

Hi,

It’s me again, with a blogpost about my fourth Lalylala doll!

When I first received a couple of Lalylala patterns last year, Fibi the fox was the first one I wanted to make. However, fox hair has a very particular colour and I noticed it was hard finding a colour I thought was right for a fox. During the holidays I finally decided to just go for it and bought two skeins of this orange-y yarn.

Not long after that, I finished Fibi. Here she is:

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Just like with the previous lalylala patterns I made, I had a lot of fun making this fox and she is a great addition to my collection!

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Fibi’s scarf in the original pattern is knitted, but I decided to make it differently. I found some gorgeous, leftover yarn from my mother’s stash and crocheted it into this cute scarf. I created the knitted v-look by doing half double crochets in the back loops of every stitch.

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I absolutely love how she turned out. Making Lalylala dolls never gets old for me!

If you want to make your own Fibi, check out Lalylala’s website, there are so many dolls to choose from. However, the patterns are not free.

If you’d rather not spend money on a pattern, there is also a page on the website called ‘minis & mods‘ where you can find free patterns based of Lalylala patterns, but created by other people!