Pascal!

A friend of mine asked if I could make her a Pascal, the chameleon from the movie ‘Tangled’. I’d seen the movie as well and I simply loved his character. Animal sidekicks are always awesome, but there was something about his look that made me fall in love with him as soon as he came into view.

The pattern was a bit of a challenge, since I just couldn’t find one for free that suited my needs. I had made a crochet chameleon before from one of my pattern books (‘Kleine Knuffels Haken’ by Christel Krukkert, only available in Dutch). He came out like this:

Crochet Chameleon

But when you look at Pascal, that pattern just wouldn’t do:

Pascal

The feet are the wrong shape and Pascal really has to be able to stand up straight. Plus, his face has so much expression to it. It was going to be hard to recreate this in crochet form.
But I was willing to try either way.

Sadly, I only wrote down about half of the pattern I made. Maybe once I get better at making patterns and writing them down, I will redo him and make a full pattern. There are some things that I would like to change about him. Like the tail, I believe I made it too short. The face has a weird expression to it. And some of the details could have been better, but then again, I haven’t been into making my own patterns for very long. So for now, you will have to make do with just the pictures. Enjoy!

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I stuffed his tail slightly and placed a pipecleaner in it, so you can bend and unbend it all you want.
I hope you guys like him, I know I do either way ^_^

Cheers, Lydia

ZOMGOSH Ponies!!!11!1one

I have to admit that in my youth, I had loads of ponies and a stable for them to live in, but then again, didn’t every little girl? Nowadays, I’m not into the whole “MLP: friendship is magic” and all that. So when I first came upon the My Little Pony pattern from Hooked on Anime, I didn’t really feel the need to make myself a pony. But when a friend of mine asked me if I could make her one, I knew just where to turn.

Rainbow Dash

Rainbow Dash

Fluttershy

Fluttershy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pattern is pretty easy to follow, once I got the hang of using double crochets (or treble crochets if you’re from the UK) instead of single ones. Also, the unfolded wings can be a little hard to do, but thankfully, the pattern also provides for folded wings.

This was a really fun project for me, because I had to learn a few new techniques.
I had never really given an amigurumi hair before. Well, once, with the Christmas set, I gave the angel some blonde hairs, but it didn’t really look right. Luckily for me, the pattern comes with some links to how you can make the hair. And that’s how I learned the loom-technique. It’s pretty easy to do once you get the hang of it. I used a thick piece of cardboard instead of a lace loom though, but it worked out pretty well. I think using a real loom would be a bit easier though, but then again, I’ve never used one in real life, so I can’t say for sure.

Then there were the eyes. They’re pretty detailed, so the usual black safety eyes were useless. I had to find another way. For Fluttershy, I made the eyes using bits of felt, which came out ok for one eye, but the other looks totally evil (luckily, the mane covers that one). It was also quite a hassle to glue together all the tiny pieces.

For Rainbow Dash, I decided I needed another technique. I found some white iron-on cloth, the stuff that’s used to repair tears in clothing and such and figured I would be able to use that. I got the outline of the eyes onto the iron-on cloth by finding a picture online on our Ipad (the thing had to come in handy sometime), putting the cloth onto it and carefully trace the eye with a pen. Then I ironed it on and coloured the eye with acrylic paint. It came out looking pretty good, if I may say so myself.

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The same goes for the cutie marks. The one from Fluttershy I made with felt, which made for a bit of a mess and some fiddling to get it right. Rainbow Dash’s was easier with the cloth and paint.

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The wings were also fun to figure out. The unfolded version can be a bit difficult at first, but once you get the hang of it, it isn’t too much trouble anymore. For Fluttershy, I made two sets of wings, one folded, one unfolded and attached buttons on them so they are interchangeable. Rainbow Dash just got the unfolded version, cause she doesn’t strike me as the kind of pony who would fold her wings for very long (if I have to believe the internet, which I usually do).

Once again, my work came out a bit smaller than the pattern suggests, but then again, I’m used to pretty small hooks. Rainbow Dash came out bigger than Fluttershy because I used a 3,5mm hook on her and made Fluttershy with a 2,5mm. It’s pretty cool to see just how much influence hooksize can have on your work. They do take up quite a bit of yarn, Rainbow Dash a bit more than her friend. Eventually, I ran out of blue while working on the last leg. That’s how I learned to always get more yarn than you think you’re going to need, because man, was it ever a problem to find the same colour again. I actually had the same problem once while working on a Companion Cube from the game Portal, but this time, I really learned my lesson.

All in all, this was another crazy fun pattern to work with and I hope many more ponies will be made using it. Maybe, one day, when I really run out of projects, I might make the full set… But for now, my friend will have to make do with these two.

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Cheers, Lydia

PS: the bunny pattern came from a pattern book: “Amigurumi & More” by Tessa van Riet-Ernst. I believe it’s only available in dutch, but I’m sure a tiny bunny pattern can be found online as well ^_~

Minion Mayhem

A little while back I watched the movie ‘Despicable me’ for the twentieth time (it could also have been the third time, I’m not entirely sure…) and suddenly it struck me: I haven’t even made a minion yet!
Luckily, a pattern was quickly found and I set to work. The project did have to be put on the backburner for a while, due to holidays, work and other things that got in the way, but shortly after New Year, I was able to finish this little guy.

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You can find the pattern here. And a step-by-step guide to putting him together here.
The pattern wasn’t the easiest I’ve ever followed, so I don’t recommend it when you’re just starting. But if you are a little more experienced, it’s a great project!

I noticed too late that I’d made a couple mistakes, mostly with the eyes and mouth, but I really don’t want to redo them. The beauty of the minions is that they are all slightly different, so it isn’t a really big problem if it doesn’t come out exactly like the pictures with the pattern, right?

Another thing I love about this pattern is that most parts are removable. You can take your minion apart!

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Mine gets a real butt-face without his goggles though -_-”

What’s also pretty cool is the fact that the buttons on the overalls really work:
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The patterns gives the straps real life button-holes, which I think is awesome and very clever!

I don’t think my minion got as big as the one from All About Ami. Mostly because I used a smaller hook (2,5mm) and I think I used thinner yarn (never quite sure about the weights and such when it comes to yarn…)

Here’s one last picture of him guarding my pot of lucky stars:

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I had loads of fun making this little guy and I hope you guys will as well!

Cheers, Lydia

Kyubey crochet pattern

A challenger appeared! A friend of mine asked me to make her a Kyubey (or Kyube, Kyuubee, QB or however you want to spell it) from the anime “Puella Magi Madoka Magica“. This was a really fun challenge, since I don’t know the series personally. So the ever so trusty internet was set to work for me to find out what I needed to know about this cute little critter. Turns out, its character isn’t as cute as it might look at first, but then again, looks are all that counts in the whacky world of amigurumi. So I set to work on making the cutest Kyubey I could make. And here’s the result:

Kuybey front view

And what kind of person would I be if I don’t share this pattern with the world? I do need to point out that this pattern can be a bit difficult. Especially the ears can be quite a pain to put together and I’m not sure if I explained it clearly enough. So as always, feel free to comment or contact me with any questions you have regarding the pattern.

Kyubey crochet pattern

Materials
White yarn, yellow or gold yarn, black embroidery thread, pink felt, pink and red acrylic paint.

Abbreviations
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
dec – decrease
st – stitch
fo – finish off
repeat ** – repeat what is in between **
(x) – x is the amount of stitches you should have at the end of the row

The Pattern
The pattern is worked in rounds unless it says otherwise. You do not need to join rounds.

Head
With white yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4: *1sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round5: *1sc in first 3st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (30)
Round6: *1sc in first 4st, 2c in next st* repeat ** 5 times (36)
Round7-16 (10 rounds): 1sc in every st around (36)
Round17: *1sc in first 4 st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (30)
Round18: *1sc in first 3 st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Start stuffing the head
Round19: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round20: *1sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (12)
Finish stuffing
Round21: dec6 (6)
Fo, leave a tail of yarn to close the hole and sew the head onto the body.

Cut two small circles out of pink felt and glue or sew them onto the front of the face between round 9 and 12, roughly 5 stitches apart. Make the pupils either with two tiny circles of red felt or with a drop of red acrylic paint.
Using black embroidery thread, embroider on the mouth.

For a tutorial on how to embroider the mouth, visit Nerdigurumi, she has some awesome videos that clearly show how to make the cutest smiles ^_^

Body
With white yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4: *1sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round5-13 *(9 rounds): 1sc in every st around (24)
Start stuffing the body
Round14: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round15: *1sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (12)
Finish stuffing
Round16: dec6 (6)
Fo, leave a tail of yarn to close the hole and weave in the ends.

Sew the head onto the body between round 3 and 6. Make sure the face points forward.

With either red felt or red acrylic paint, make a circle on the back. (see picture)

Kuybey from above

Feet (make 4)
With white yarn, ch2
Round1: 5sc in second chain from hook (5)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (10)
Round3: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 4 times (15)
Round4-5 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (15)
Round6: *1sc in first 3st, dec1* repeat ** 2 times (12)
Round7: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 2 times (9)
Round8-9 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (9)
Fo, leaving a tail of yarn. Stuff the feet and sew them to the underside of the body.

Kuybey underside

Tail
With white yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 1sc in every st around (6)
Round3: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3: 1sc in every st around (12)
Round4: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round5-9 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st around (18)
Round10: *1sc in first 4st, dec1* repeat ** 2 times (15)
Round11: 1sc in every st around (15)
Round12: *1sc in first 3st, dec1* repeat ** 2 times (12)
Stuff the tail
Round13: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 2 times (9)
Round14-16 (3 rounds): 1sc in every st around (9)
Finish stuffing and fo, leave a tail of yarn. Attach the tail between round 14 and 16 of the body.

Ear part 1 (make2)
With white yarn, ch2 (make sure you leave a tail of yarn sticking out, so you can attach the ear to the head!)
Round1: 6sc in second chain from hook (6)
Round2-3 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (6)
Round4: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 times (9)
Round5: 1sc in every st around (9)
Round6: *1sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 times (12)
Round7: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round8-10 (3 rounds): 1sc in every st around (18)
Round11: *1sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round12-13 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (24)
Round14: *1sc in first 3st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (30)
Round15: 1sc in every st around (30)
Round16a: 1sc in first 5st, skip 20 st, 1sc in 21st st from the hook, 1sc in next 4st (10)
Round17a-19a (3 rounds): 1sc in every st of round 16a (10)
Round20a: dec5 (5)
Stuff the ear and the first lobe
Fo, close up the hole and attach the yarn left of the earlobe.
Round16b: 1sc in first 6st, skip 10st, 1sc in 11th st from the hook, 1sc in next 6st (13)
Round17b-20b (4 rounds): 1sc in every st of round16b (13)
Round21b: 1sc in first st, dec1, 1sc in next 3st, dec1, 1sc in next 3st, dec1 (10)
Round22b: dec5 (5)
Stuff the second earlobe
Fo, close up the hole and attach the yarn left of the second earlobe.
Round16c: 1sc over the remaining st of round15 (10)
Round17c-19c (3 rounds): 1sc in every st of round 16c (10)
Stuff this earlobe before you make the hole too small!
Round20c: dec 5 (5)
Fo, leave a tail of yarn to close the hole and weave in the ends.

With red acrylic paint or tiny circles of red felt, place a dot above the middle of each earlobe on both sides. Using pink acrylic paint, blush the ends of the lobes.
For a tutorial on blushing, I would like to once again point to Nerdigurumi, it’s where I learned to do it as well ^_~

Ear part 2 (make 2)
With white yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from hook (6)
Round2: 1sc in every st around (6)
Round3: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round4-5 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (12)
Round6: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Flatten the piece and stitch the hole closed with 8sc (8)
Fo, leaving a tail of yarn to sew the ears to the head.

Rings (make 2)
Using yellow or gold yarn
Round1: ch36, close ring with 1 ss in the first st
Round2: 1sc in first 35st, ss 3 times, fo (35)
Weave in the ends and slip the rings over part 1 of the ears before attaching them to the head.

Attach part 1 of the ears to the sides of the head, between round 5 and 6.
Sew part 2 of the ears above part 1, arching them slightly. Using pink acrylic paint, blush the insides of the ears.

Kyubey ears

Note that Kyubey (and all other things related to Puella Magi Madoka Magica) is copyright of Aniplex.

Please do not sell or publish this pattern as your own. If you do use it, please do give credit to me and link back to my site, thank you in advance!

Mudkip crochet pattern

I herd U liek them ^_____^ 
Being the ‘nerd’ that I am, I could not resist making a Mudkip. They’re probably some of the weirdest Pokémon out there, but there is something about that huge mindless grin that attracts me to them. 

This one came out small enough to function as a keychain. Simply attach a ball chain or keychain to the body or back of the head and this little guy is ready to travel the world with you.

As usual, if you have any questions about this pattern, feel free to contact me or leave a comment.

Mudkip crochet pattern

Mudkip

Mudkip crochet pattern

Materials
Dark blue yarn, light blue yarn, black embroidery thread, two 6mm black safety eyes, orange felt.

Abbreviations
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
dec – decrease
st – stitch
fo – finish off
repeat ** – repeat what is in between **
(x) – x is the amount of stitches you should have at the end of the row

The Pattern
The pattern is worked in rounds unless it says otherwise. You do not need to join rounds.

Head
Using dark blue yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st (12)
Round3: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next*, repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next 2st*, repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round5-7 (3 rounds) : 1sc in every st around (24)
Change colour to light blue
Round8: 1sc in every st around (24)
Attach the safety eyes between round 4 and 5, roughly 5 stitches apart.
Round9: *1sc in first 2st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (18)
Start stuffing the body
Round10: *1sc in first st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (12)
Finish stuffing
Round11: dec 6 times (6)
fo, leave a tail of yarn to close the hole and sew the head to the body.

Embroider the mouth over the line where the colours change. Cut two small circles out of orange felt and glue or sew them over the ends of the mouth (on the sides of the head). Cut the gills out of orange felt and glue them onto the circles. Feel free to use a little extra glue and make sure to press them on tightly.

Head crest
Using dark blue, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st (12)
Round3-8 (6 rounds): 1sc in every st around (12)
Round9: dec 6 times (6)
Flatten the piece and stitch the hole shut with 3sc.
Fo and leave a tail of yarn to sew the crest tot the head.
Sew the crest on top of the head.

Body
Using dark blue, ch2
Round1: 5sc in second chain from hook (5)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (10)
Round3: *sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 4 times (15)
Round4-9 (6 rounds) 1sc in every st around (15)
Start stuffing the body
Round10: *sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 4 times (10)
Finish stuffing
Round11: dec5 (5)
Fo, leaving a tail of yarn to sew the hole shut.

Sew the head onto the body between round 1 and 4. The face should point straight ahead.

Belly
With light blue yarn, ch6
Round1: 2sc in second chain from hook, sc in next 4 st, continue on the other side of the chain, 2sc in first st, sc in next 4 sc (12)
Round2: 2sc in first st, sc in next 4 st, 2sc in next 2 st, sc in next 4 st, 2sc in last st (16)
Round3: 2sc in first st, sc in next 6 st, 2sc in next 2 st, sc in next 6 st, 2sc in last st (20)
Fo, leave a tail of yarn to sew the belly to the underside of the body.

Feet (make 4)
With dark blue yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2 and 3 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (6)
Fo and leave a tail of yarn to sew the feet to the body. Stuff the feet lightly and attach them to the underside of the body.

Tail
With light blue yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3: *sc in first st, 2sc in second st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4-6 (3 rounds): 1sc in every st around (18)
Round7: *sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (12)
Round8: dec6 (6)
Flatten the piece and stitch the hole together with 3sc, fo leaving a tail of yarn and sew the tail vertically to the back of the body.

Your very own Mudkip is all done and ready to go!

Note that Mudkip and all other Pokémon are copyright of Nintendo.
Please do not sell or publish this pattern as your own. If you do use it, please do give credit to me and link back to my site, thank you in advance!

Vulpix crochet pattern

A wild pattern appeared! Lydia used ‘Crochet’. It’s super effective!
Yes, another Pokémon pattern, simply because they are all so very lovely to make ^_^ I’ve got a few more up my sleeve, but for now, you’ll have to make due with Vulpix.

If you have any questions about this pattern, feel free to contact me. Do note that I have slightly altered this pattern since I made my Vulpix, so if anything doesn’t come out quite like the picture, it’s because this one is based on the old pattern. The biggest changes are that the body is less fat (my Vulpix is a little chubby) and the hind legs have been altered to look more sleek.

Vulpix crochet pattern

Vulpix

Materials
Light pink yarn, dark pink yarn, orange yarn, white and black felt, one 9mm black safety nose (or black embroidery thread if you want to embroider on the nose)

Abbreviations
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
dec – decrease
st – stitch
fo – finish off
repeat ** – repeat what is in between **
(x) – x is the amount of stitches you should have at the end of the row

The Pattern
The pattern is worked in rounds unless it says otherwise. You do not need to join rounds.

Ears (make 2)
With light pink yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from hook (6)
Round2: 1sc in every st around (6)
Round3: *sc in first st, 2sc in second st* repeat ** 2 more times (9)
Round4: *sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 more times (12)
Round5 and 6 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (12)
Fold your work flat and stitch together with 5sc. Fo and leave a tail of yarn for sewing the ears onto the head.

Inside of the ears (make 2)
With dark pink yarn, ch2
Round1: sc6 in second chain from hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in first 3 st, sc in next 3st (9)
fo, leaving a tail of yarn to sew onto the inside of the ears.

Head
With light pink yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from hook (6)
Round2: *sc in first st, 2sc in second st* repeat ** 2 more times (9)
Round3: *sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 more times (12)
Round4: *sc in first 3st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 more times (15)
Round5: *sc in first 4st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 more times (18)
Round6: *sc in first 5st, 2sc in next sc* repeat ** 2 more times (21)
Round7: *sc in first 6st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 more times (24)
Round8-12 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st around (24)
Attach the safety nose between round 3 and 4.
Round13: *1sc in first 2st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (18)
Start stuffing the head
Round14: *1sc in first st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (12)
Finish stuffing
Round15: dec 6 times (6)
fo, leaving a length of yarn to sew the hole shut and for sewing the head to the body.

Cut two almond shaped eyes from black felt and two tiny half circles out of white felt. Glue the white pieces onto the black ones and glue an eye on each side of the head. See picture.

Hair roll
With orange yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in the second chain from the hook.
Round2: *sc in first st, 2sc in second st* repeat ** 2 more times (9)
Round3 and 4 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (9)
Round5: *sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 more times (12)
Round6: *sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 2 more times (9)
Round 7 and 8 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (9)
Round9: *sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 2 more times (6)
Fo, leaving a long tail of yarn. Close up the hole, flatten the piece and roll it up tightly, sewing it together so it doesn’t unroll.

Flat hair

The flat hair is worked in rows, so back and forth instead of in rounds.
With orange yarn, ch6
Row1: starting from the second chain from the hook sc 5, ch1 turn (5)
Row2: sc4, ch1, turn (4)
Row3: sc3, ch1, turn (3)
Row4: sc2, ch1, turn (2)
Row5: sc1, ch1, but do not turn! (1)
Sc all around the edges, so you get a nice clean edge, then fo, leaving a tail of yarn to sew the flat hair to the top of the head.

Sew the hair on top of the head with the point of the triangle pointing towards the nose then attach the hair roll on top of the base of the triangle.

Put together the ears and sew one on either side of the hair.

Body
With light pink yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st (12)
Round3: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next*, repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next 2st*, repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round5-14 (10 rounds) : 1sc in every st around (24)
Round15: *1sc in first 2st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round16: 1sc in every st around (18)
Start stuffing the body
Round17: *1sc in first st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (12)
Finish stuffing
Round18: dec 6 times (6)
fo, leave a tail of yarn to close the hole and sew the body to the head.

Fasten the head onto the body, roughly between round 16 and 14.

Hind legs (make 2)
With dark pink yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2-5 (4 rounds): 1sc in every st around (6)
Change colour to light pink
Round6-8 (3 rounds): 1sc in every st around (6)
Round9: *sc in first st, 2sc in second st* repeat ** 2 more times (9)
Round10: *sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 more times (12)
Round11: 1sc in every st around (12)
Stuff the leg, not too tight, flatten the piece and start working back and forth.
Row1: sc the opening closed with 5sc, ch1, turn (5)
Row2: sc in the first 3 st, ss in the next and finish off (3sc and 1ss)
Leave a long tail of yarn to attach the hind legs to the body.

Front legs (make2)
With dark pink yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2-5 (4 rounds): 1sc in every st around (6)
Switch colour to light pink
Round6 and 7 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (6)
Round8: *sc in first st, 2sc in second st* repeat ** 2 more times (9)
Round9: 1sc in every st around (9)
Round10: *sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 2 more times (6)
Fo, leaving a long tail of yarn to close the hole and sew the front legs to the body.

Attach the front legs on the underside of the body, below the head and sew the hind legs to the sides of the body at the back.

Tails (make 6)
With orange yarn, ch2
Round1: 3sc in second chain from the hook (3)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (6)
Round3: 1sc in every st around (6)
Round4: *sc in first st, 2sc in second st* repeat ** 2 more times (9)
Round5-19 (15 rounds): 1sc in every st around (9)
Stuff the tail slightly while working these rounds, but do not stuff all the way to the top!
Round20: *sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 2 more times (6)
Fo, leaving a long tail of yarn. Close the hole and roll up the top of the tail like you did for the hair roll, but leave the first seven rounds unrolled. Make sure to fasten the rolled up part tightly so it will not unroll itself. Thread the rest of the yarn through the tail to the tip (round1) and use it to fasten the tails to the body. Fan them out evenly (two should point straight upwards, while the other four are spaced out evenly on the sides)

And there you have it, your very own little Vulpix!

Note that Vulpix and all other Pokémon are copyright of Nintendo.
Please do not sell or publish this pattern as your own. If you do use it, please do give credit to me and link back to my site, thank you in advance!

Holiday Hangover

Hello everyone and to everyone a happy new year!
I hope the holidays went by without a hitch and that you all received some great gifts for Christmas, cause I know I have.

At first when I was asked to make a wishlist for Christmas, I didn’t really know what to ask for. But then it hit me: I still needed some more pattern books! And so, for Christmas I got two amigurumi books that I’d been wanting for a while now, but didn’t get the chance to order myself: Amigurumi Toybox by Ana Paula Rimoli (who is amazing and you should check out her blog!) and Crobots by Nelly Pailloux.

I already have the first two books from Ana Paula, so I knew what to expect: absolutely amazing cute creatures that make the most awesome baby gifts. Her patterns are easy to follow and pretty much always turn out very cute, even if you’re not that much of an experienced crocheter yet. I immediately made the little tugboat that’s in there, since I needed a quick and simple project after the huge Moogle I made (pics come further down this post). It made the perfect gift for the grandson of my mothers hairdresser (yes, I am that desperate to find babies to give my ami’s to). Now I just need to make the koala’s, tree, unicorn, garden snake… and every single other pattern in there ^_^

Crobots was a bit more of a gamble for me, since I’d only ever seen the cover. But as soon as I had this book in my hands, I just knew I had to make all of these cute little critters as soon as possible (no, I haven’t started yet..) They do require a bit more skill and a lot more details. I already fear the embroidering I’m going to have to do on them, but then again, it’s always good to learn new techniques. I am also going to need to search the house for any nails, screws, bolts and pretty much anything that looks techy. But I’m pretty sure we have a big bag over leftovers somewhere from when we put together our furniture (yay IKEA!). I also ordered a few mixes of coloured beads, bugle beads and sequins and am still looking for a perfect batch of mixed buttons. It may seem like a lot of trouble over a few crochet patterns, but I can assure you, they nééd these details. The pictures in the book look really cute and I kind of want to make the entire set all at once. But I do believe I need to pace myself here and calmly start with the first pattern in there. The great thing is that they’re sorted by difficulty, so you can start with the easiest one and work your way up to the more difficult patterns.

Not only did I receive awesome gifts, I also got to give out a few. A while back, I gave you guys a glimpse into a work in progress: the giant Moogle head. Well, it isn’t just a head anymore!

Mog close-up

Just for scale: Mog in my reading-chair

From the back

This guy was requested by my sister-in-law, who wanted a life-sized Moogle named Mog to go with her cosplay for one of the upcoming conventions in the Netherlands. This is a creature from the video game Final Fantasy XIII-2.
He was a lot of fun to figure out, but surely took a whole lot of work. I used about seven skeins of white yarn, half a skein of light pink yarn, half a skein of orangy pink yarn, one and a half bags of stuffing and four sheets of purple felt. The tips of the wings are a bit yellowish, which I tried to replicate by using acrylic paint. I finally managed to get the antenna to stand up by itself using about a mile of wire. I don’t really like the way that looked, but then again, I had no idea how to fix it otherwise. My sister-in-law loves it either way and we will get to see some action photos after the convention.

By the way, this is the picture I used to figure him out:

Sadly, I did not write the pattern down as I went along, but maybe in the future, I’ll ask if I can borrow him back again and figure it out.

Which brings me to my three new year’s resolutions:
– Write down patterns for everything that I work out myself. Looking back on what I’ve made so far made me realise that I let slip quite a few, which is a shame really, especially if I want to continue to fill this blog.
– Never ever get fake nails again, even though they look awesome and I can still crochet with them. For new year, I thought it would be nice to get my nails done. About halfway through, it came to me that it might be very hard to crochet with these things. Luckily, I can still do it, but it isn’t as easy as it is with my own nails. I’m missing a lot of feeling on my fingertips and it’s pretty hard to pick at knots and stuff.
– Share every pattern I make with the world. Which shouldn’t be too much of a problem, as long as my boyfriend lets me use the computer. He’s been hovering for a while now, so I believe it is time for me to wrap this up.

Cheers, Lydia