New house, new projects!

We are finally settling in our new home. It has been a very busy couple of weeks for me, with packing, painting, moving, and working all at the same time. We’re still not completely done with painting the house, but the most important rooms are usable 🙂
Before the move, I’d been having some problems with a package that was sent to me, namely my third kit club shipment. Eventually, it turned out that it got lost in the mail and nothing could be done for me. Luckily, Stacey from FreshStitches hooked me up with a replacement kit, which arrived safe and sound yesterday. And I love it ^_^

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It’s the pattern for the cutest little slug you’ve ever seen, together with a rainbow of colours and an adorable snail measuring tape.
So today, I set to work and check out what rolled of my hook:

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The yarn included in the kit is pretty easy to split and Stacey suggested making a marbled slug, so that’s what I did.

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She goes great with the orchid we got from a friend as a housewarming gift.

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Plus, she gets along great with the tape measure ❤

Check out the FreshStitches Kit club for more info about the club!

I have plenty of projects lined up for the coming time, so hopefully, I will be able to update more regularly again 🙂

What have you all been up to lately?
Cheers, Lydia

Teddy bear troubles

A cousin of mine asked if I could make a big teddy bear for his youngest son. It took a while to find the right pattern, but after a lot of searching online, I suddenly realised I had the perfect pattern all along. So I dove into my pattern folders and dug up a polar teddy pattern from a Dutch crafts magazine. The pattern is made by Christel Krukkert, one of my favourite Dutch crochet designers.

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The pattern ended up needing a lot more yarn than I anticipated, so after making the head and an arm, I needed to look for more. Sadly though, the yarn I had used, didn’t have a band on it and since I got it from a friend, I didn’t know which brand it was. So I had to find a matching yarn in the right colour and thickness, which turned out to be much more of a challenge than I could’ve imagined. Eventually, I found a colour that came close enough and thanks to a tip from the shop lady, I realised it was probably the best idea to frog the arm I had already made, so that the difference wouldn’t be too noticeable.

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I had finally made all the parts and was getting ready to put everything together. That’s when I saw that the arms seemed way too big for the body. It was as if this teddy spends all his time at the gym lifting. So I ended up frogging the arms again (well, one entirely and the other about halfway) and with some adjustments, they look a lot better to me. Now I just hope my cousin’s little boy likes this teddy as well 🙂

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On the rigth: the arm as it was described in the pattern. On the left: the arm with my adjustments

How do you handle mistakes in patterns? Do you make your own adjustments, ask the creator, or give up on the pattern all together? I almost choose option three, I was pretty much done with the bear at that point ^_^’ but in the end, I’m glad I didn’t!

Cheers, Lydia

Second Fresh Stitches Kit club!

The next kit is already on its way, but I still haven’t shared the last one. I believe I haven’t even shared the results of the first kit! I did post about the kit here, but what I didn’t mention is that I forgot to check out the special kit club website and I found out after I was done with the pattern, I needed to felt my work in the washing machine. So I had to take it all apart, make some changes in the pattern and wash all the parts (some several times) to get them to felt. In the end it looks pretty cool, but it isn’t a technique I would quickly use or choose myself. I like my projects to really have that crocheted look, I guess ^_^”

Then again, the kit club is a great way to try some new techniques and patterns, so I’m not really complaining 🙂

The second kit was more down my alley: a cute little robot.

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First off, I absolutely loved the pattern. Second, it has some great technique to really make great corners. I usually prefer round shapes, since squares don’t seem to come out right, but with this technique, it looks really good! Apart from that, the kit included red felt for the heart and tiny, shiny beads to make it extra special. We needed to do some beading!

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The end result looks pretty cute if you ask me ^_^
I did something a little bit different while stuffing this little guy though. The pattern kept open the underside of the head and the top of the body in order to stuff and sew together. I stuffed and closed up the head, but kept the body empty and open. In the body, I put a small glass cube, so that I can now use the robot like a little jar ^_^

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For now, it’s full of little lucky stars, but once we move, I will probably store my USB-sticks and such in it next to my laptop ❤

Can’t wait to see what the next kit club kit will bring!

If you want to make this little robot for yourself, I’m afraid you will have to wait a couple more months. The kits are club exclusives for six months and this pattern was especially constructed for the club! (I feel so special :3 ) But of course, you can join the club and get an awesome kit every other month!

Cheers, Lydia

My Apologies

I’m so sorry guys. I really feel kind of terrible for not posting anything for so very long.
For some reason, life really caught up with me and I just couldn’t find the time to blog. To be honest, I didn’t think there was an awful lot to blog about.

But now, I will take some time to let you guys know what I’ve been up to!

First off, as usual, I’ve been working a lot. Right now we’re smack in the middle of vacation season, so we’re missing co-workers and the ones that aren’t on holiday need to work a little bit more. So that’s pretty busy. Next to that, last month it was time for Animecon 2014, one of the biggest J-pop culture conventions in the Netherlands and I’m one of the lucky people who help to organise the whole thing. It was a blast, but also a very stressful time, which left me pretty much exhausted. Luckily, my duties are mostly during the convention only, so the rest of the year is more peaceful. But that one weekend a year can sure take a lot out of me.

Then, there’s some great news: Boyfriend and I bought a house! We will get the keys in a couple weeks, so I’ll be pretty busy packing up all our stuff and moving. It’s all very exciting and a little bit stressful, but I believe it’s amazing that we are able to take this huge step in life together ^_^ Sadly, it will cut into my crocheting and blogging time though, but it’s the best reason I can think of. Plus, I get my very own room to work in, so I’m trying to get lots of inspiration for decorating it.

More exciting news: I joined a Dutch crafts group called Tegendraads (Dutch site!). They sell different kinds of handmade goods and usually give workshops at different conventions in the Netherlands. This august will be the first time I will try to sell my work, so I’m trying to figure out what to bring and how to price the items. Thankfully, the girls are really helpful with giving loads of tips. But it will always be a surprise what will sell well and what I will have to bring back home with me. I’ll keep you updated.

I’ve gotten in touch with a new craft at Animecon as well. Needle felting! I find that it’s almost therapeutic to stick a needle into a bunch of felting wool until it gets the shape you want it to have. I bought a small starting kit at the convention and really enjoyed working on it. So when I ran into some kits at a local story, I just couldn’t resist. I’m working on trying to make some really small creatures. Not sure why, but for some reason it seems like more of a challenge to make things as tiny as possible, while still being recognisable. Here are the ones I’ve made so far:

Bunny made with the starter kit

Bunny made with the starter kit

Tiny piglet :3

Tiny piglet :3

And a teeny, tiny blue Totoro <3

And a teeny, tiny blue Totoro ❤

Next to that, I am still crocheting of course!
Right now, I’m working on a teddy bear for one of my little cousins and of course the items I would like to try and sell for Tegendraads.
Pics or it didn’t happen:

Hedgehog made using a pattern from Zoomigurumi 3 and a Stone Washed yarn

Hedgehog made using a pattern from Zoomigurumi 3 and a Stone Washed yarn

Another African Flower Owl, this one will stay with me (hopefully)

Another African Flower Owl, this one will stay with me (hopefully)

This one was a commission for a friend. It's supposed to be the avatar from some YouTuber, but I wasn't familiar with the little dude until my friend asked me to make her one ^_^"

This one was a commission for a friend. It’s supposed to be the avatar from some YouTuber, but I wasn’t familiar with the little dude until my friend asked me to make her one ^_^”

Pokéballs! These are keyrings that I will try to sell :) The ultraball got cancelled by me though, it just wouldn't come out the way I wanted it to

Pokéballs! These are key-rings that I will try to sell 🙂 The ultra ball got cancelled by me though, it just wouldn’t come out the way I wanted it to

So yeah, busy times and I’m not taking the time I need to take to blog. But I will try to keep you all updated a bit more. As usual, if you happen to miss me for too long, check out my FaceBook page. It’s a lot easier to update, since I don’t feel the need to write long stories. I keep that one up to date with pictures of current projects!

So once again, my apologies for disappearing and hopefully I will be able to write to you guys a lot more in the future, with more original patterns to come!

Cheers, Lydia

Happy the African flower happypotamus

I don’t have much time to blog, but I really want to share this little cutie with you guys:

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Happy  the happypotamus, from a pattern by Heidi Bears :3
He was a lot of work: crocheting 44 different African flowers and then having to sew them all together… but the end result is definitely worth all the time (and stuffing!) it took ^_^

Have some work-in-progress pictures!

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A lot of African flowers were needed

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Unstuffed Happy, he ate almost all the stuffing I had!

I really like the ‘African flower’ animals, especially because they take up a lot less yarn than you’d expect. Since I bought a boatload to make the owl last year, I’ve got plenty left over to make lots of different animals ^_^

You can find some inspiration over at Heidi Bears or Jo’s Crocheteria. Which would you like to make?

Cheers, Lydia

Octopi Family – the tale of a Crochet Lounge gone wild

A while back, I joined a FaceBook group called Briljant (Brilliant) Crochet. The group was started by two very enthusiastic ladies who love to crochet so much they just had to share with others. They started organising Crochet Lounges, either evenings or Saturday afternoons when you could come in and crochet together with other people with the same interest. Like the Hook-ins I go to every once in a while, except a lot closer to home ^_^

I hadn’t had the chance to join in any of them though, since work and other obligations held a tight grip on my time. But at the end of April there was one that I just couldn’t pass up: a Lalylala themed Crochet Lounge. Some of you may remember Paul the Toadstool that I made last year. He is one of the patterns in ‘the Doll Project‘ from Lalylala. I really enjoyed making him, even though there were some bumps along the road.

But I digress. Back to the Lalylala Crochet Lounge. The idea was that you’d pay a certain amount, pick the pattern you wanted, and come to the Crochet Lounge to pick up your kit to build your very own Lalylala doll. It was quite the task to pick out the pattern that I really wanted to make, up until the point where my eye fell on Oleg the Octopus. I have no idea why, but I adore octopi. They are just too darn cute with all their squiggly legs and puffy bodies. So the choice was made. I dragged along my friend Doretta from Hagoort&co (Dutch blog!) who picked Buzz as her first Lalylala project.

The project turned out to be a bigger challenge than normally is the case with a big pattern. But I believe the story is best told in pictures, because for once, I took loads of them while working 😛

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Upon arrival at the crochet lounge, everyone could pick up their kit containing the pattern they chose together with the yarn, stuffing, eyes and other accessories to make their own Lalylala doll.

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The pattern for Oleg

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Everyone was asked to bring any and all Lalylala’s they made before. So many different kinds of cuteness! (and no, my Paul isn’t in this picture, because he doesn’t live at home any more ^_~) There were 70 crocheters gathered at the lounge, but luckily, not as many dolls or else there would’ve been no room left on stage

 

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At the end of the evening, I had finished the head already!

Continued working hard on Oleg at home, but Murphy showed his ugly head: I ran out of yarn!

Continued working hard at home, but Murphy showed his ugly head: I ran out of yarn!

Ran out of yarn again, so no arms yet for Oleg...

Ran out of yarn again, so no arms yet for Oleg…

As if that wasn't enough, my hook broke! It was one of my favourites...

As if that wasn’t enough, my hook broke! It was one of my favourites…

Finally Oleg is done and able to play with his little elephant friend

Finally Oleg is done and able to play with his little elephant friend

A wild girlfriend appeared! (Olga? Help me name her!)

A wild girlfriend appeared! (Olga? Help me name her!)

The happy couple with their pet elephant (that's not weird at all!)

The happy couple with their pet elephant (that’s not weird at all!)

Luckily, working on his girlfriend didn’t take me quite as long and I came prepared for any yarn-shortages. I ran into that lovely coral colour at the crochet lounge and instantly the idea of a little female Oleg popped into my head. When I had to order more blue yarn, I immediately included some skeins of coral to make sure I wouldn’t run into the same problems again (Paul flashback >_<) I’m not sure why she looks so different from Oleg, though. I followed the exact same pattern with the exact same brand of yarn and the same hook. Only difference is the stuffing and that I excluded a few rounds on the hat part. But I really like how they both ended up with their own looks and personalities!

They now live happily ever after on our dinner table until I have found a better spot for them ^_^ These dolls can take up a lot of time and yarn, but in the end, it’s all totally worth it!

Right now, I kind of can’t wait for the next themed Crochet Lounge!
Cheers, Lydia

ps: the elephant pattern was translated by All About Ami and can be found here for free!

Saber Lion Plush big version – pattern

It’s been rather busy in my little world lately. With work demanding a lot of my time and what little free time there is getting gulped up by convention work and looking for a house to buy, I’ve been lucky to get a little crocheting in every once in a while. Ok, that’s not completely true, I have been able to get quite a few things done, but to be honest, I should be spending my time on all those other things ^_~
Sadly, I didn’t get to blog a lot (as I’m sure you’ve all noticed) This, however, was mostly due to me not having a lot to say. I have been keeping up the FaceBook with little updates though ^_^

But now, I finally found the time to type out the pattern for one of my latest finished projects: the big version of Saber’s Lion Plush! Some of you may remember the small version I posted a while back and now, her/his big brother/sister is done! The story behind this is that a friend of mine asked if I could make her a ‘life-sized’ version and a small one, both for herself (she cosplays a lot) and her Dolfie Dream Doll (please don’t ask me what that is, I’m not sure either >_<) There was really nothing I could say but “Challenge Accepted!”

And a challenge it turned out to be! First off, it was rather difficult to get some good quality images of the plush shown in the series. Then I had to figure out whether it was a lion, a teddy bear, or a mixture of both (it was the first combined with the last, I guess). And finally I had to figure out a way to get the colour changes right and certain shapes of body parts (the muzzle 0_O) But I think I managed rather well:

The picture my friend send me

A little reminder of how the plush looks in the anime

The result!

The result!

As for the pattern. I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re just starting to crochet, mostly because of the many colour changes in the legs and arms. And a little bit because of shaping the muzzle. Other than that it uses mainly single crochet stitches, so stitch wise it isn’t very difficult. I hope you all enjoy this pattern and as usual: if you notice anything off or get stuck working with it, feel free to contact me through here or via email (can be found in my profile)

Fate/Stay Night Saber Lion Plush pattern Big version

Materials
– Light brown and beige yarn of your choosing, but be sure to use a light weight yarn, because if it is too thick and heavy, your end result will be bigger!
– Crochet hook that matches your yarn (I used a 3mm hook)
– A pair of safety eyes (I used 15mm)
– One safety nose (I used 15mm, but bigger would have been better)
– Stuffing (loads of it!)
– Needle with an eye big enough to pull the yarn through.

Abbreviations
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
inc – increase
dec – decrease
st – stitch
BLO – back loops only
fo – finish off
repeat – repeat what is in between **
(x) – x is the amount of stitches you should have at the end of the round

Pattern

Head
With light brown yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)
R6: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R7: *sc5, inc* repeat 6 times (42)
R8: *sc6, inc* repeat 6 times (48)
R9: *sc7, inc* repeat 6 times (54)
R10: *sc8, inc* repeat 6 times (60)
R11: *sc9, inc* repeat 6 times (66)
R12: *sc10, inc* repeat 6 times (72)
R13: *sc11, inc* repeat 6 times (78)
R14: *sc12, inc* repeat 6 times (84)
R15: *sc13, inc* repeat 6 times (90)
R16-35 (20 rounds): sc1 around (90)
R36: *sc14, inc* repeat 6 times (96)
R37: *sc15, inc* repeat 6 times (102)
R38: *sc16, inc* repeat 6 times (108)
R39-41 (3 rounds): sc1 round (108)
R42: *sc16, dec* repeat 6 times (102)
R43: *sc15, dec* repeat 6 times (96)
R44: *sc14, dec* repeat 6 times (90)
R45: *sc13, dec* repeat 6 times (84)
R46: *sc12, dec* repeat 6 times (78)
R47: *sc11, dec* repeat 6 times (72)
R48: *sc10, dec* repeat 6 times (66)
R49: *sc9, dec* repeat 6 times (60)
R50: *sc8, dec* repeat 6 times (54)
R51: *sc7, dec* repeat 6 times (48)
R52: *sc6, dec* repeat 6 times (42)
R53: *sc5, dec* repeat 6 times (36)
Start stuffing at this point and attach the safety eyes between rounds 25 and 26 with about 12 stitches between them.
R54: *sc4, dec* repeat 6 times (30)
R55: *sc3, dec* repeat 6 times (24)
R56: *sc2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
R57: *sc1, dec* repeat 6 times (12)
R58: dec around (6)
FO and weave in the end.

Muzzle
With beige yarn.
Ch16 and start from the second chain from the hook
R1: sc14, inc and continue on the other side of the chain, sc14, inc (32)
R2: *sc7, inc* repeat 4 times (36)
R3: *sc5, inc* repeat 6 times (42)
R4: *sc6, inc* repeat 6 times (48)
R5: *sc7, inc* repeat 6 times (54)
R6: *inc3, sc21, inc3* repeat 1 times (66)
R7: *sc1, inc* repeat 3 times, sc21, *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times, sc21, *sc1, inc* repeat 3 times (78)
R8-11 (4 rounds): sc1 around (78)
R12: *sc11, dec* repeat 6 times (72)
R13: *sc10, dec* repeat 6 times (66)
R14: *sc9, dec* repeat 6 times (60)
R15: *sc8, dec* repeat 6 times (54)
R16: *sc7, dec* repeat 6 times (48)
R17: *sc6, dec* repeat 6 times (42)
R18: *sc5, dec* repeat 6 times (36)
R19: *sc4, dec* repeat 6 times (30)
FO and leave a long tail to sew the muzzle to the head. Attach between rounds 32 and 46. Take a bit of beige yarn, thread it through the first round of the muzzle and the underside and pull it tight. This way, you get the shape a bit better.

Nose
With light brown yarn.
Work this one in rows!
Row1: ch11, turn
Row2: start in the second chain from the hook, sc10, ch1, turn (10)
Row3-9 (7 rounds): sc10, ch1, turn (10)
Row10: dec, sc6, dec, ch1, turn (8)
Row11: dec, sc4, dec, ch1, turn (6)
Row12: dec, sc2, dec, ch1, turn (4)
Row13: sc1 around (about 34)
FO and leave a long tail. Sew the smaller part to the muzzle first, then position the nose in the middle. After the nose is secure, you can sew the rest of the piece to the muzzle and the head, leading up a little bit from the muzzle. Stuff very lightly as you go along.

Muzzle detail

Muzzle detail

Ears (make 2)
With light brown yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)
R6: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R7-12 (6 rounds): sc1 around (36)
R13: *sc4, dec* repeat 6 times (30)
R14: sc1 around (30)
FO and leave a long tail.

Inner Ears (make 2)
With beige yarn.Work this one in rows!
Row1: ch4, dc 5 in 4th chain from the hook (3 of the chains count as the first dc) (6)
Row2: ch3, turn, dc1 in first st, dc inc in next 5 st (12)
Row3: ch3, turn, dc1 in first st, dc1, *dc inc, dc1* repeat 5 times (18)
FO and leave a tail to sew onto the ears.
After sewing on the inner ears, slightly stuff the ears and sew them shut with a whip-stitch, then sew them onto the head.

Body
With light brown yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)
R6: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R7: *sc5, inc* repeat 6 times (42)
R8: *sc6, inc* repeat 6 times (48)
R9: *sc7, inc* repeat 6 times (54)
R10: *sc8, inc* repeat 6 times (60)
R11: *sc9, inc* repeat 6 times (66)
R12: *sc10, inc* repeat 6 times (72)
R13: *sc11, inc* repeat 6 times (78)
R14: *sc12, inc* repeat 6 times (84)
R15: *sc13, inc* repeat 6 times (90)
R16: *sc14, inc* repeat 6 times (96)
R17-26 (10 rounds): sc1 around (96)
R27: *sc14, dec* repeat 6 times (90)
R28-30 (3 rounds): sc1 around (90)
R31: *sc13, dec* repeat 6 times (84)
R32-34 (3 rounds): sc1 around (84)
R35: *sc12, dec* repeat 6 times (78)
R36-38 (3 rounds): sc1 around (78)
R39: *sc11, dec* repeat 6 times (72)
R40-41 (2 rounds): sc1 around (72)
R42: *sc10, dec* repeat 6 times (66)
R43-44 (2 rounds): sc1 around (66)
R45: *sc9, dec* repeat 6 times (60)
R46-47 (2 rounds): sc1 around (60)
R48: *sc8, dec* repeat 6 times (54)
R49-50 (2 rounds): sc1 around (54)
R51: *sc7, dec* repeat 6 times (48)
FO and leave a long tail. Stuff and sew the body to the head.

Legs (make 2)
Begin with beige yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)
R6: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R7: *sc5, inc* repeat 6 times (42)
R8: *sc6, inc* repeat 6 times (48)
R9: BLO sc1 around (48)
R10-13 (4 rounds): sc1 around (48)
This is where things get tricky
R14: *sc5, change to light brown yarn, sc1, change to beige yarn* repeat 8 times (48)
R15: *sc4, change to light brown yarn, sc2, change to beige yarn* repeat 8 times (48)
R16: *sc3, change to light brown yarn, sc3, change to beige yarn* repeat 8 times (48)
R17: *sc2, change to light brown yarn, sc4, change to beige yarn* repeat 8 times (48)
R18: *sc1, change to light brown yarn, sc5, change to beige yarn* repeat 8 times (48)
Make sure you change to light brown yarn in the stitch before the light brown stitches of the previous round and back to beige yarn in the stitch after the light brown stitches of the previous round. This way, you get the pointed colour changes. At the end of round 18, don’t change back to beige yarn, but continue the rest of the leg with light brown.
R19-24 (5 rounds): sc1 around (48)
R25: *sc6, dec* repeat 6 times (42)
R26-27 (2 rounds): sc1 around (42)
R28: *sc5, dec* repeat 6 times (36)
FO, leave a tail. Stuff the leg and sew to the body between rounds 8 and 24.

Arms (make 2)
Begin with beige yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)
R6: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R7: *sc5, inc* repeat 6 times (42)
R8: *sc6, inc* repeat 6 times (48)
R9: BLO sc1 around (48)
R10-13 (4 rounds): sc1 around (48)
This is where things get tricky
R14: *sc5, change to light brown yarn, sc1, change to beige yarn* repeat 8 times (48)
R15: *sc4, change to light brown yarn, sc2, change to beige yarn* repeat 8 times (48)
R16: *sc3, change to light brown yarn, sc3, change to beige yarn* repeat 8 times (48)
R17: *sc2, change to light brown yarn, sc4, change to beige yarn* repeat 8 times (48)
R18: *sc1, change to light brown yarn, sc5, change to beige yarn* repeat 8 times (48)
Make sure you change to light brown yarn in the stitch before the light brown stitches of the previous round and back to beige yarn in the stitch after the light brown stitches of the previous round. This way, you get the pointed colour changes. At the end of round 18, don’t change back to beige yarn, but continue the rest of the leg with light brown.
R19: *sc6, dec* repeat 6 times (42)
R20-24 (5 rounds): sc1 around (42)
R25: *sc5, dec* repeat 6 times (36)
R26-30 (5 rounds): sc1 around (36)
FO, leave a tail and stuff the arm. Sew the arms to the body between rounds 37 and 49.

Detail of the colour changes in the arm (the legs are the same)

Detail of the colour changes in the arm (the legs are the same)

Ruffle Part 1
With beige yarn.
Work this part in rows!
Ch21 and start working in the second chain from the hook
Row1: sc20, ch1, turn (20)
Row2-3 (2 rounds): sc20, ch1, turn (20)
Row4: *sc7, ch1, turn, dec, sc5, ch1, turn, dec, sc4, ch1, turn, dec, sc3, ch1, turn, dec, sc2, ch1, turn, dec, ch1 but don’t turn, sc down the side until you reach row3* (this makes the first spike in the ruffle). sc6, ch1 turn, dec, sc4, ch1, turn, dec, sc3, ch1, turn, dec, sc2, ch1, turn, dec, sc1, ch1, turn, dec, ch1, turn, sc down the side until you reach row3 (this makes the second spike) repeat ** 1 time.
Sc around until you reach the end of row4. FO and leave a tail to sew the ruffle to the body, just below the head and in between the arms.

Ruffle Part 2
With beige yarn.
Work this part in rows!
Ch26 and start working in the second chain from the hook
Row1: sc25, ch1, turn (25)
Row2: sc25, ch1, turn (25)
Row3: *sc6, ch1, turn, dec, sc4, ch1, turn, dec, sc3, ch1, turn, dec, sc2, ch1, turn, dec, sc1, ch1, turn, dec, ch1, turn sc down the side until you reach row2* repeat 4 times.
Now you have 4 spikes on this ruffle. Sc all around until you reach the end of row3. FO and leave a tail to sew the ruffle to the head, just above the body.

Tail
With light brown yarn.Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: *sc1, inc* repeat 3 times (9)
R3: *sc2, inc* repeat 3 times (12)
R4: *sc3, inc* repeat 3 times (15)
R5: *sc4, inc* repeat 3 times (18)
R7: *sc5, inc* repeat 3 times (21)
R8: *sc6, inc* repeat 3 times (24)
R9: sc1 around (24)
R10: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)
R11: sc1 around (30)
R12: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R13-15 (3 rounds): sc1 around (36)
R16: *sc4, dec* repeat 6 times (30)
R17: *sc3, dec* repeat 6 times (24)
R18: *sc2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
Stuff this part and continue stuffing the tail lightly as you go along.
R19: *sc1, dec* repeat 6 times (12)
R20: *sc3, inc* repeat 3 times (15)
R21-50 (30 rounds): sc1 around (15)
FO and leave an end of yarn to sew the tail to the body between rounds 16 and 23.

And that should do it: one Lion Plush for you to cuddle and enjoy ^_^

Side view

Side view

Family portrait

Family portrait

Please, do not sell or post this pattern as your own. You’re welcome to use it, but please link back and give credit to this site ^_^
Note that Fate/Stay Night is copyrighted by Type-Moon. I am not the original creator of the character, but I am of this pattern.

Cheers, Lydia

Happy little accidents

Earlier this week I was trying to get some work done on a pattern I had been thinking of for a while. For some reason, I just couldn’t get it the way I wanted to. Probably because of the yarn I was using (Phildar Douce, it’s of the fuzzy kind) The proportions just wouldn’t come out like they needed. But then, something strange happened. I suddenly realised that even though the project wasn’t going to look like I wanted it to, it started to look like something I could work with. And after a little while, this little cutie rolled of my crochet hook:

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And, lets be honest, who would have the heart to frog something like this?

In order to spread some of the cuteness, I decided to share the pattern with you guys, even though there might be a gazillion different teddy/panda/bear patterns out there. Enjoy!

Fuzzy Panda pattern

Materials
Phildar Douce Ecru and Taupe
4mm crochet hook
Stuffing
Needle with a big enough eye to fit the yarn through
A little bit of black yarn for the nose and mouth
A pair of 9mm safety eyes

Abbreviations
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
inc – increase
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 round

Pattern
Head
With ecru.
chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)
R6: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R7-12 (6 rounds): sc1 around (36)
R13: *sc4, dec* repeat 6 times (30)
R14: *sc3, dec* repeat 6 times (24)
R15: *sc2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
Start stuffing and continue to do so until the last round.
R16: *sc1, dec* repeat 6 times (12)
R17: dec around (6)
FO, close the hole and weave in end.

Eyes (make 2)
With taupe.
chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
Fo, leave a tail for sewing. Position the safety eyes in the middle of the circles and sew the eyes onto the head. Embroider the nose and mouth with black yarn.

Ears (make 2)
With taupe.
chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3-6 (4 rounds): sc1 around (12)
Fold your work and sc through both layers to close the hole. Fo and leave a tail to sew the ears to the head.

Body
With ecru.
chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)
R6: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R7: *sc5, inc* repeat 6 times (42)
R8-11 (4 rounds): sc1 around (42)
R12: *sc5, dec* repeat 6 times (36)
R13: sc1 around (36)
R14: *sc4, dec* repeat 6 times (30)
R15: sc1 around (30)
R16: *sc3, dec* repeat 6 times (24)
R17: *sc2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
Fo and leave a tail, stuff and sew to head.

Tail
With taupe.
chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
Fo, leave a tail and sew to the body.

Arms (make 2)
With taupe.
chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: *sc1, inc* repeat 3 times (9)
R3: *sc2, inc* repeat 3 times (12)
R4-6 (3 rounds): sc1 around (12)
R7: *sc2, dec* repeat 3 times (9)
R8-11 (4 rounds): sc1 around (9)
Fo and leave a tail. Stuff and sew to body.

Legs (make 2)
With taupe.
chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc3, inc* repeat 3 times (15)
R4-7 (4 rounds): sc1 around (15)
R8: *sc3, dec* repeat 3 times (12)
R9-12 (4 rounds): sc1 around (12)
Fo, leave a tail. Stuff and sew to body.

Give your panda-teddy a nice little bow if you want and tadaa~ it’s all done ^_^

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Can't resist those cute panda eyes <3

Can’t resist those cute panda eyes ❤

The tail doesn't stick out much

The tail doesn’t stick out much

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me through comment or email ^_^ And make sure to share your own panda-teddies with me if you use my pattern.
Also, please do not post or sell this pattern as your own. You are free to share, of course, but be kind and give credit/link back

For those who are wondering what I was trying to make: it’s Puppycat from Bee&Puppycat (go check it out on youtube). But that pattern will have to wait ’till another day.

Cheers, Lydia

Fate/Stay Night Sabers Lion Plush (small version)

A little while back, a friend of mine asked me for a favour. Could I make her the lion plush that Saber has in the anime series Fate/Stay Night? I said I’d have a go at it. Then came the tricky part: she needs a small version and a life-sized one. With no patterns available and a lot of fan-art to make things a little confusing, I set out to make the best representation that I could. And besides the fact that the colours aren’t exactly as they should have been (a bit more orange than brown) I think I managed quite nicely to make a ‘tiny’ version:

The picture my friend send me

The picture my friend send me

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My small version

Especially the fuzzy part below its muzzle was difficult to imitate, but I think I managed.

I also finally found the time to type out the pattern! So here it is ^_^

Fate/Stay Night Saber Lion Plush pattern

Materials
– Light brown and beige yarn of your chosing, but be sure to use a light weight yarn, because if it is too thick and heavy, your end result will be bigger!
– Crochet hook that matches your yarn (I used a 2mm hook)
– A pair of safety eyes (I used 6mm)
– One safety nose (I used 9mm)
– Wire or pipe cleaners
– Stuffing
– Needle with an eye big enough to pull the yarn through.

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

Pattern
Head
With light brown yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)
R6-11 (6 rounds): sc1 around (30)
R12: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R13: *sc5, inc* repeat 6 times (42)
R14: sc1 around (42)
R15: *sc5, dec* repeat 6 times (36)
R16: *sc4, dec* repeat 6 times (30)
R17: *sc3, dec* repeat 6 times (24)
Position eyes between rounds 9 and 10 with about 5 stitches in between. Start stuffing the head, continue stuffing until the last round
R18: *sc2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
R19: *sc1, dec* repeat 6 times (12)
R20: dec around (6)
FO, close the hole and weave in end.

Ears (make 2)
With light brown yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc3, inc* repeat 3 times (15)
R4-5 (2 rounds): sc1 around (15)
R6: *sc3, dec* repeat 3 times (12)
Fold your work and sc through both layers to close the hole. Fo and leave a tail to sew the ears to the head.

Inner ears (make 2)
With beige yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
Fo and leave a tail to sew onto the inside of the ears.

Muzzle
With beige yarn.
Ch7 and start from the second chain from the hook
R1: inc2, sc2, inc2, continue on the other side, sc6 (16)
R2: sc1, inc, sc1, inc, sc2, inc, sc1, inc, sc7 (20)
R3: sc3, inc2, sc1, ss2, sc1, inc2, sc9 (24)
R4: sc1 around (24)
R5: *sc2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
Fo, leave a tail to sew the muzzle to the head, just below the eyes. Position the nose in the middle of the top of the muzzle. Stuff slightly and sew to head. You have to shape the muzzle a little bit while sewing.

Body
With light brown yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)R6: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R7-9 (3 rounds): sc1 around (36)
R10: *sc4, dec* repeat 6 times (30)
R11: *sc3, dec* repeat 6 times (24)
R12: *sc2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
Fo and leave a tail to sew the body to the head. Stuff the body.

Tail
With light brown yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc4 (4)
R2: *sc1, inc* repeat 2 times (6)
R3: *sc2, inc* repeat 2 times (8)
R4: *sc3, inc* preat 2 times (10)
R5: dec around (5)
R6-11 (6 rounds): sc1 around (5)
Fo, leave a tail and sew the tail to the body. In order to be able to position the tail a little bit, insert some wire instead of stuffing before sewing it onto the body.

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Legs (make 2)
With beige yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: BLO, sc1 around (18)
R5: *sc1, dec* repeat 6 times (12)
Switch to light brown
R6-9 (4 rounds): sc1 around (12)
Fo, leave a tail. Stuff the legs and sew them onto the body.

Arms (make 2)
With beige yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc5 (5)
R2: inc around (10)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 5 times (15)
R4: BLO, sc1 around (15)
R5: *sc3, dec* repeat 3 times (12)
Switch to light brown
R6-7 (2 rounds): sc1 around (12)
R8: *sc2, dec* repeat 3 times (9)
R9-10 (2 rounds): sc1 around (9)
Fo, leave a tail. Stuff and sew the arms to the body.

To make the fluff, I attached small threads of beige yarn below the muzzle and on the top of the body, then frayed them and cut them to the right length.

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Hand for scale

And there you have it, my version of a small Lion plush inspired by the one from Fate/Stay Night.
I hope you enjoy this pattern. Please let me know if there are any problems. Also, do not sell or post this pattern as your own. You’re welcome to use it, but please link back and give credit to this site ^_^
Note that Fate/Stay Night is copyrighted by Type-Moon. I am not the original creator of the character, but I am of this pattern.

Cheers, Lydia

A Challenge: The FreshStitches Kit Club

This January, I joined the FreshStitches Kit Club. The idea is you pay a two-monthly fee and get a complete kit to make an amigurumi every other month. I figured I could try it out, since I bought a few FreshStitches patterns in the past. They’re fun to do and the bonus with the Kit Club is that you get to make yours with a little twist, apart from just the pattern.

So when I got my first package last week, I got pretty excited! Here’s what it looked like:

The package

The package

Unwrapping

Unwrapping

All materials are ready to go!

All materials are ready to go!

It’s a chick that turns into an egg! Or maybe it’s the other way around… I started on the pattern right away and managed to finish working on it today:

All parts are done

All parts are done

The egg

The egg

From the bottom

From the bottom

Something is coming out!

Something is coming out!

It's Russ the chick!

It’s Russ the chick!

Of course, I got too excited. I checked out the special Kit Club Web page today and found that I’d been too quick. In order for the special twist to work, you needed to make some minor changes to the pattern and keep all parts separate. So I ended up frogging everything T_T Now I have to start all over again.

For now, I will keep the special twist a secret. That is, until I’ve managed to create the intended product 😛
Which, I will have to admit, might take a while. It’s been busy lately to say the least. Work is demanding a lot of my time and free days aren’t a certainty any more. Also, Boyfriend and I have been looking in to buying a house, for which I am also very excited, but we still need to do a lot of research, view possible houses and get everything together. Plus, one of our cats has been a bit sick the past few days, so we need to keep an extra close eye on him. All in all, I’m certainly not bored, but I’m afraid this also means that I will be less able to blog the coming month or so. Please bear with me, I have some patterns lined up still (one’s already done, but I just don’t have the time to type it up right now…)

What have you guys been up to lately?
And remember, I try to keep the Crochetnanigans FaceBook page updated a bit more than I am able to do here, so if you want to keep an eye on my current projects, be sure to check it out!

Cheers, Lydia