Simon the Turtle

Hi there!

Simon the turtle is a project I finished at the end of April. He has been hanging around on the counters in our kitchen for the past three months.  I experimented with his face a little, since in the original pattern by Christel Krukkert, he does not have a face. I settled on a cute, crooked mouth.

  
    This little turtle was made with Christel Krukkert’s Ollie the turtle pattern. That I found in one of her little books. I’ve previously made a Zebra she designed!

Lambert the Lamb

Hello there!

I’m a little behind on blogposts, I have about five finished projects waiting to be written about, so I’m going to try to catch up! Let’s start with this extremely cute and extremely fluffy little lamb.

Lambert the Lamb is another one of Stephanie Lau’s (All About Ami) Chinese New Year creations. Every year she and her husband design a new pattern for Chinese New Year, this one is from 2015, the year of the sheep. I have previously made two little dragons with her dragon pattern from 2012. Check them out here and here.
  

Isn’t he adorable?? This was my first time working with fluffy yarn and I have to say, it was not easy. It’s very hard to see your stitches, so it’s difficult to count them, I had to go back several times because I noticed I had skipped a stitch. In the end, he turned out great, despite the many mess-ups that I didn’t even correct!
I also gave Lambert some sweet, little, red cheeks.

  
(He’s even cuter with his head cocked to the side!!!)

If you would like to make your own little Lambert, you can find Stephanie’s free pattern here and her step-by-step blogpost with detailed pictures on how to make him here.

Now, enjoy this picture I took a few days ago of Lambert with a little friend 😉

  
There is one more thing I would like to say about this little lamb that I felt I could not leave unmentioned. Lambert is also the face of the Lambert Collection. The Lambert Collection was started by Stephanie from All About Ami and is a collection of cute accessories such as tote bags, mugs, pillow covers and shirts that feature two different designs with Lambert in it. The passage below comes from the description of one of the products on their online shop.

This design is a collaboration between Stephanie of “All About Ami” and Laura of “Art + Soul Creative Co.”. Stephanie loves designing and crocheting cute stuffed animals called “amigurumi” and sharing her free patterns with crafters all over the world through her blog. Stephanie designed and crocheted Lambert the lamb for Chinese New Year and wanted to create some fun and unique illustrations featuring him! Laura, a talented artist with a unique and whimsical style, helped bring Stephanie’s vision to life!

The best part is that 100% of the profit goes to charity! If you want to know more about this, check out Stephanie’s post right here.

I hope you liked this post, see you soon!

Bonus picture

 

Aiden the Monkey

Hello there everyone! It’s been a while, but here I am with another post.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen this little monkey already, since I finished him in the beginning of March.

This cheerful little monkey is named Aiden, isn’t he sweet?

It took me quite a while to make him, especially the face and eyes. I designed this little guy myself and just could not make his eyes and snout look like I wanted them to, but I got there eventually and I’m very happy with the result.
  

One thing I personally thought was important, is that the legs had to look good when he was sitting down and when he was standing up, and I succeeded in that so yay!

  

This was more of a personal project, so I don’t think I’ll release this pattern, at least not in the near future, but if you’d like to make your own monkey, there are a lot of adorable patterns out there. Since 2016 is the year of the monkey, I made a post on Chinese New Year listing 9 free monkey patterns, so maybe that’ll help you!

Anyway, that was my little monkey, I hope you like him as much as I do, and see you later!

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 🙂

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!

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!