Pattern #9: Magikarp!

I can’t get away from making Pokémon patterns, but then again, it seems like it is easier for me when I know what the amigurumi should look like before I translate into crochet. I’m still having a hard time figuring out certain shapes, but I am also getting better. So after a friend of mine asked if I could make him a Magikarp, I first ventured onto the Internet to see if there was a pattern fitting for my needs already. I couldn’t find much really, apart from hats, so I decided to make my own.

So without further ado:

Magikarp Crochet Pattern!

A wild Magikarp appeared!

A wild Magikarp appeared!

Materials
Orange, white, yellow, pink, and black yarn. 4.5mm safety eyes, stuffing.

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.

Eyes (make 2)
With white yarn, ch2
Round1: 4sc in second chain from the hook (4)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (8)
Fo, leaving a tail of yarn to sew the eyes to the body.

Body
With orange yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 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)
Round5-6 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (18)
Round7: *1sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round8-11 (4 rounds): 1sc in every st (24)
Round12: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round13-14 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st (18)
Round15: *1sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (12)
Round16: 1sc in every st around, front loops only! (12)
Fo, attach the eyes and stuff the body. Make sure not to stuff too tightly, since the body needs to be flattened a bit to get the right shape.

Mouth
To make the mouth, attach black (or in this case, dark grey) yarn to round 16 of the body, back loops only!
Round1: 1sc in every st around (12)
Round2: dec6 (6)
Fo and weave in the ends, closing the gap with an end of yarn.
Then, you attach pink yarn to round 16 of the body and sc1 all around (12) this gives you the lips. Fo and weave in the ends.

DSC05274Tail
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)
Switch to orange yarn, fold your work and crochet together with about 15sc. Fo, leave an end of yarn to sew the tail to the body. With black yarn, embroider two lines down the tail.

Now it’s time to work on the fins! Please note that these are worked in rows! Also, if you’re having trouble figuring this part out, you can always cut the right shapes out of felt and glue them to the body ^_^

Backfin
With yellow yarn
Row1: ch4, turn
Row2: starting from the second chain from the hook sc in every ch, ch1, turn (3)
Row3: 1sc in every st, ch3, turn
Row4: starting from the second chain from the hook sc5, ch1, turn (5)
Row5: sc2, ch2 turn
Row6: starting from the second chain from the hook sc3, fo and leave an end of yarn to sew the backfin on top of the body.
Your end result should look like this:

Backfin

Backfin

Bellyfin
With yellow yarn
Row1: ch3, turn
Row2: starting from second chain from the hook, sc2, ch1, turn
Row3: sc1, ch2, turn
Row4: sc2, ch1, turn
Row5: sc1, ch3, turn
Row6: sc3, ch1 but don’t turn
Row7: work a row of sc along the side of your work. Fo and leave a tail of yarn to attach the belly fin to the underside of the body.
Your end result should look like this:

Belly Fin

Belly Fin

Pectoral Fins (make 2)
With white yarn
Row1: ch7, turn
Row2: sc6, ch1, turn
Row3: sc4, ch3, turn
Row4: sc6, fo.
Attach orange yarn to the side of the fin and ss around the side and top of the fin. Fo and leave a tail of yarn to attach the fins to the sides of the body. using black yarn, embroider two lines across the fins.
Make sure you make a right and a left fin, by ss across a different side for each fin. Or else, the orange rim will be at the bottom of one of the fins!

The end result should look like this:

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For the feelers, cut a length of yellow yarn and make a nice big knot at the end. Thread it in a needle and insert the yarn through a gap between stitches. Make it come out through a stitch just below the eyes, so that the knot at the end stays firmly inside. Do the same on the other side and cut the ends to be the desired length.

Tadaa~, your very own Magikarp is done!

Note that Magikarp 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 give credit to me and link back to my site, thank you in advance! If you have any questions regarding this pattern, or just want to show off your work, feel free to contact me ^_^

Cheers, Lydia

Release the Kraken!

Or rather, Octo-Bear!

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I couldn’t help myself. I’d been walking around with this idea ever since I saw the internet meme at the beginning of the month:

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Octo-Bear: 50% octopus, 50% bear, 100% adorable! I just knew I had to crochet something like this.

I’m not new to internet memes in crochet form. I’ve made a Nyan-Cat quite a while back, by combining two patterns into one:

Nyannyannyannyan~

Nyannyannyannyan~

But this is a pattern completely by me. That’s why I’m going to share it with you guys, so next year (or tomorrow, if you crochet really fast!) you can have an Octo-Bear all of your own ^_^ He’s rather small, so he shouldn’t take up too much of your time and it’s a great way to get rid of some left over bits of yarn. I made the octopus with a dark pink, but you can make her any colour you’d like. I imagine the octopus being a girl and the bear being a boy… I’m weird like that ^_^”

Octo-Bear pattern

Best of friends

Best of friends

Materials
Brown yarn, dark pink yarn. White felt and a textile marker. One pair of safety eyes 6mm for the bear. One pair of safety eyes 7,5mm for the octopus.

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.

Bear-part
Head
With brown 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, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (36)
Round7-12 (6 rounds): 1sc in every st (36)
Round13: *1sc in first 4st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (30)
Round14: *1sc in first 3st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Attach the safety eyes.
Round15: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Start stuffing the head
Round16: *1sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (12)
Finish stuffing
Round17: dec6 (6)
Fo and weave in the ends.

Ears (make 2)
With brown yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3-4 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st (12)
Fold your work together and crochet through both layers to close the gap.
Fo and leave an end for sewing the ears to the head.

Legs (make 2)
With brown yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3-6 (4 rounds): 1sc in every st (12)
Fo the first leg, there is no need to leave a tail of yarn, so weave in the end.
Do NOT finish off the second leg! You need to keep going with this one to make the body.

Body
Take both legs and put them together. Sc 3 times through both layers to attach them to each other and then continue to work around both.
Round1: Not counting the first 3sc you used to attach the legs together, sc1 in every st around (18)
Round2-5 (4 rounds): 1sc in every st (18)
Round6: *1sc in first 4st, dec1* repeat ** 2 times (15)
Round7: 1sc in every st (15)
Round8: *1sc in first 3st, dec1* repeat ** 2 times (12)
Fo and leave a tail of yarn to sew the body to the head.

Arms (make 2)
With brown yarn, ch2
Round1: 4sc in second chain from the hook (4)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (8)
Round3-7 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st (8)
Fold your work together and crochet through both layers to close the gap.
Fo and leave an end for sewing the arms to the body.

Tail
With brown yarn, ch4
Round1: starting from the second chain from the hook, 1sc in every ch (3) continue on the other side of the chain, 1sc in every ch (3). This gives you a total of 6 sc all around. (6)
Fo and leave an end of yarn to sew the tail to the body.

Sew all the parts together and cut a little tummy and snout out of white felt. Glue or sew the tummy onto the body and give him a little belly-button using a black textile marker (you can also use acrylic paint, felt or yarn for this, whichever you prefer)
Glue or sew the snout on the face and draw a little happy mouth and nose on it with the textile marker. (once again, you can of course use whatever you prefer)

Front

Front

Back

Back

The bear is all done! Now, all you need is a little octopus for the top of his head ^_^

Octopus-part
Head
With dark pink 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)
Round5-9 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st (24)
Round10: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round11: 1sc in every st around (18)
Attach the eyes and start stuffing the head
Round12: *1sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (12)
Finish stuffing
Round13: dec6 (6)
Fo and weave in the ends.

Legs (make 8)
With dark pink yarn, ch16
Row1: starting from the second chain from the hook, 2sc in the first half of the leg and 1sc in the second half.
Finish off and leave a tail of yarn to sew to the head.

I switched the amount of double sc in the legs, so they don’t all curl for exactly the same length.
Sew the legs to the bottom of the head and your little octopus is done!

She's a little cutie, isn't she? ^_^

She’s a little cutie, isn’t she? ^_^

Now all there is left to do, is put the octopus on the bears’ head and voilá: Octo-Bear!

If you have any problems using this pattern, be sure to let me know! And as usual, I’d love to see your work ^_^
But also: please to not post or sell this pattern as your own. If you use it, make sure to give credit and link back here. Thank you!

Cheers, Lydia

Busybody (Pony hair patterns!)

Even though the past week has been very busy with work and other appointments, I did find time to finish up working on both Applejack and Twilight Sparkle. Just one more pony to go (Dr. Whooves was a late addition to the set) and my shipment is ready to cross the ocean! I actually managed to finish up Pinkie Pie a while back, but I don’t believe I shared her with you guys back then. So this will be a pony-filled post ^_^

The basic pony pattern that I used is still the same one from Hooked on Anime, but she doesn’t have a pattern for the hair. So I tried some different techniques myself and wrote down what I did.

For Twilight Sparkle, I used the same loom-technique I had used to create the mane for Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. I will most likely be using this technique for Dr. Whooves as well. I used a piece of cardboard as a loom. It takes a while to get the hang of crocheting like this, but in the end, it is definitely worth it.

What you get during the process is this:
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This was for the tail, I used a bit too much lavender and pink, but I still like the way it looks in the end.
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I’ve already posted about Rarity, but now I’ve got the time to type out the pattern ^_^

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Rarity Hair Pattern

Tail
Row1: ch71, turn
Row2: starting from second chain from the hook, sc1 in every chain, ch1, turn (70)
Row3-10 (8 rows): sc1 in every chain, ch1, turn (70)
Finish off and sew the tail so that it is round at the top, then sew it to the body.

Manes (make about 4, or as many as you like)
Row1: ch36
Row2: starting from second chain from the hook, sc1 in every chain, ch1, turn (35)
Row3-6 (4 rows): sc1 in every chain, ch1, turn (35)
Finish off and sew the manes in a row to the head and neck, slightly overlapping each other.

Bangs
Row1: ch21, turn
Row2: starting from second chain from the hook, sc1 in every chain, ch1, turn (20)
Row3-7 (5 rows): sc1 in every chain, ch1, turn (20)

Whenever I work in rows, the end result tends to curl up a little. Usually, I pull it straight, but since the hair needs to be curly, I left it like this.

For Pinkie Pie, I needed some tighter curls, which were pretty easy to make
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Pinkie Pie Hair Pattern

Tail
Row1: ch81, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every chain
Row2: repeat Row1
Row3: repeat Row1
Row4: ch66, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every chain
Row5: repeat Row4
Finish off.

This should leave you with five long, curly hairs stuck together. Bunch them together at the top and sew to the body.

Manes part 1
Row1: ch36, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch, ch1, do not turn!
Row2: ch31, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch, ch1, do not turn!
Row3: ch26, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch, ch1, do not turn!
Row4: ch15, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch, ch1, do not turn!
Row5: ch15, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch, ch1, do not turn!
Finish off

This should leave you with five strands of curly hair with one chain separating each.

Manes part 2
Row1: ch16, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch, ch1, do not turn!
Row2: ch26, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch, ch1, do not turn!
Row3: ch31, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch, ch1, do not turn!
Row4: ch36, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch, ch1, do not turn!
Row5: ch36, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch, ch1, do not turn!
Finish off

Manes part 3
Row1: ch6, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch, ch1, do not turn!
Row2: ch11, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch, ch1, do not turn!
Row3: ch16, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch, ch1, do not turn!
Row4: ch21, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch, ch1, do not turn!
Row5, ch26, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch, ch1, do not turn!
Row6: ch31, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch, ch1, do not turn!
Finish off

Sew the parts of the manes onto the head and neck on top of each other with the shortest strands of hair in the front.

Bangs
Row1: ch21, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch
Row2: ch21, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch
Row3: ch21, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch
Row4: ch31, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch
Row5: ch31, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch
Row6: ch31, starting from second chain from the hook, sc2 in every ch
Finish off and sew to the head.

(I didn’t have a lot of the lighter pink yarn that I used, so I alternated between dark and light pink. Eventually, I didn’t want to make the hair too dark, so I didn’t make any more. If you have plenty of yarn, you can make more parts for the manes and give her a fuller head of hair)
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Applejack was a whole different story, I decided to make it a bit easier on myself and work in rounds for her hair. (there is no need to join rounds)
I have to admit that I’m not entirely happy with the tail, but I didn’t see it until it was already sewn onto the body and I didn’t feel like redoing it. If I were to make her again, I would make the last part of the tail a bit shorter (so fewer rounds in the end). The following pattern is the way I have made it as you can see in the picture.
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Applejack Hair Pattern

Tail
R1: ch2, sc4 in the second chain from the hook (4)
R2: sc2 in every second st (6)
R3: sc2 in every third st (8)
R4: sc2 in every second st (12)
R5: sc2 in every fourth st (15)
R6: sc2 in every fifth st (18)
R7-9 (3 rounds): sc1 in every st (18)
R10: *1sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (12)
Lightly stuff the point of the tail
R11: dec6 (6)
R12: 1sc in every st (6)
R13: sc2 in every st (12)
R14: 1sc in every st (12)
R15: sc2 in every second st (18)
R16: 1sc in every st (18)
R17: sc2 in every third st (24)
R18-21 (4 rounds): 1sc in every st (24)
R22: sc2 in every fourth st (30)
R23-26 (4 rounds): 1sc in every st (30)
R27: sc2 in every fifth st (36)
R28-31 (4 rounds): 1sc in every st (36)
R32: *1sc in first 4st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (30)
R33-34 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st (30)
R35: *1sc in first 3st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (24)
R36-37 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st (24)
R38: *1sc in first 4st, dec1* repeat ** 3 times (20)
Start to lightly stuff the tail at this point and continue stuffing while working.
R39-41 (3 rounds): 1sc in every st (20)
R42: *1sc in first 3st, dec1* repeat ** 3 times (16)
R43-44 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st (16)
R45: 1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 3 times (12)
R46-60 (15 rounds): 1sc in every st (12)
Finish off. Stuff the last part very lightly and sew the tail to the body.

Manes
R1: ch2, sc4 in the second chain from the hook (4)
R2: sc2 in every second st (6)
R3: sc2 in every third st (8)
R4: sc2 in every second st (12)
R5: sc2 in every fourth st (15)
R6: sc2 in every fifth st (18)
R7: sc2 in every sixt st (21)
R8: sc2 in every seventh st (24)
R9-11 (3 rounds): 1sc in every st (24)
R12: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (18)
R13: 1sc in every st (18)
R14: *1sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (12)
Lightly stuff the point of the manes
R15: dec6 (6)
R16: 1sc in every st (6)
R17: sc2 in every st (12)
R18: sc2 in every second st (18)
R19: sc2 in every third st (24)
R20-21 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st (24)
R22: sc2 in every fourth st (30)
R23-24 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st (30)
R25: sc2 in every fifth st (36)
R26-32 (7 rounds): 1sc in every st (36)
R33: *1sc in first 4st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (30)
R34-36 (3 rounds): 1sc in every st (30)
R37: *1sc in first 3st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (24)
R38-40 (3 rounds): 1sc in every st (24)
R41: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 5 tmies (18)
R42-43 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st (18)
Stuff the manes lightly, fold your work together and sc through both layers to close it up. Finish off and sew to the head and neck.

Bangs
R1: ch2, sc4 in the second chain from the hook (4)
R2: sc2 in every second st (6)
R3: sc2 in every third st (8)
R4: sc2 in every second st (12)
R5: sc2 in every fourth st (15)
R6: sc2 in every fifth st (18)
R7-11 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st (18)
R12: *1sc in first 4st, dec1* repeat ** 2 times (15)
R13: 1sc in every st (15)
R14: *1sc in first 3st, dec1* repeat ** 2 times (12)
Stuff the bangs lightly, fold your work together and sc through both layers to close it up. Finish off and sew to the head.

Hairbands, make 2
R1: ch11, turn
R2: starting from the second chain from the hook, hdc in every st (10)
Finish off and put the hairbands around the small part of the tail and manes, then sew the ends together.

Without her hat, Applejack should look like this:
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That is a serious bald-spot she’s got there! ^_^” So we need to make a hat for her!

Hat
R1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
R2: 2sc in every st around (12)
R3: 2sc in every second st (18)
R4: 2sc in every third st (24)
R5: 2sc in every fourth st (30)
R6: back loops only, 1sc in every st (30)
R7-11 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st (30)
R12: front loops only, 1sc in every st (30)
R13: 2sc in every fifth st (36)
R14: 2sc in every third st (48)
R15: 2sc in every fourth st (60)
R16: ch3, turn, starting from second chain from the hook, sc in next 60 st, ch3, turn, starting from second chain from the hook, sc in next 2 st, finish off.

DSC05174Fold the top of the hat a little bit inwards and sew it onto the head. Stuff it lightly while sewing.

And there you have it: Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Pinkie Pie and Applejack are all done!
Now just to get myself to finish working on Dr. Whooves and my friend in the States will be all set for Christmas ^_^

Cheers, Lydia

Goomy, plz

The new Pokémon games were officially released all over the world yesterday! Many people managed to get them earlier, but Boyfriend, being the amazing guy that he is, got me Pokémon X yesterday ^_^ I’m instantly hooked!

To celebrate, a Pokémon group on Ravelry has announced that the theme for this months CAL/KAL (Crochet/Knit Along) will be any creature from the new games. (You can find the thread here.) I only know about it because the topic starter linked to my Dedenne pattern, but I felt like I couldn’t miss out on the fun. So I made some time in between building ponies to make a Goomy.

Goomy in the game

Goomy in the game

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My very own Goomy, getting all nice and warm by the fire, since it’s been very cold lately

I thought it looked really cute, so I couldn’t resist making a pattern. And here it is:

Goomy Crochet Pattern

Materials
White yarn, light purple yarn, light green yarn. One pair of safety eyes 4.5mm.

Abbreviations
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
hdb – half double crochet
db – double crochet
tc – triple 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, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (36)
Round7-13 (7 rounds): 1sc in every st (36)
Round14: *1sc in first 4st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (30)
Round25: *1sc in first 3st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Attach the safety eyes in between rounds 5 and 6 with about 4 stitches in between.
Round16: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Start stuffing the head
Round17: *1sc in first st, dec1`* repeat ** 5 times (12)
Finish stuffing
Round18: dec6 (6)
Fo and weave in the ends.

Small Horns (make 2)
With white yarn, ch2
Round1: 4sc in second chain from the hook (4)
Round2: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat once more (6)
Round3 and 4 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st (6)
Round5: *1sc in first st, dec1* repeat once more (4)
FO, leave a tail of yarn to pull the hole closed and sew on top of the head.

Big Horns (make 2)
With white yarn, ch2
Round1: 4sc in second chain from the hook (4)
Round2: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat once more (6)
Round3-7 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st (6)
Round8: *1sc in first st, dec1* repeat once more (4)
FO, leave a tail of yarn to pull the hole closed and sew on top of the head, right behind the small horns.

Body
With light purple 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, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (36)
Round7: 1sc in every st, back loops only! (36)
Round8: 2sc, hdc, 2dc, sc, ss, sc, hdc, dc, 2tc in same st, dc, hdc, sc, ss, 3sc, hdc, 2dc, sc, ss, sc, hdc, dc, 2tc in same st, dc, hdc, sc, ss, 2sc This creates a wavy line.
FO and leave a long tail for sewing the body to the head.

Attach light purple yarn to the loops left over on Round7 of the body
Round1: 1sc in every loop (36)
Round2: *sc, hdc, sc, ss, sc, dc, sc, ss* repeat around to make a wavy underside to the body.
FO and weave in the end.

Eyes (make 2)
With light green 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)
FO, leave a tail of yarn to sew the eyes to the sides of the body.

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Your very own Goomy is done!

Note that Goomy 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! And, of course, feel free to send me pictures of your work ^_^

If you have any questions about this pattern, or notice that something is off, please let me know!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to a certain game ^_^

Cheers, Lydia

The wedding planner

My cousin is getting married today and I almost forgot to crochet him and his fiancee a little gift! Luckily, Google always has the answer when it comes to quick little projects and I found a really cute pattern on Lion Brand.

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They look adorable together, don’t they?

This morning I said to Boyfriend that when (not if :P) we get married, I want all the guests to give me a skein of yarn. He then decided that he wants a set of guitar strings from everyone. He also thought my idea was weird, but let’s ignore that part ^_~

I’ve got a bit of a headcold, so I’m pretty much rambling today. I have built a little crochet cave on the couch with a blanket and food and all my supplies together and I’ve been watching Graham Norton all morning.

And now I’m babbling again… I’d better get back to bed or something, seeing how I need to go to a wedding party tonight ^_^

Cheers, Lydia

New pattern: Dedenne!

It has been a while since I’ve posted a pattern of my own, but today, I finally finished a new one! I’ve been keeping up with news about the new Pokémon games X and Y (I desperately need X once it comes out!) and fell in love with this little guy:

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Dedenne

Luckily, I had all the colours I needed in my stash already, so I could get to work as soon as I’d finished all the other projects I’d set out for myself.

And here’s the result:

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Some parts came almost naturally to me and others I had to frog over and over again to get them right. Some parts can be replaced by felt (like the whiskers and back stripe) but I really kind of wanted to try to make some more difficult shapes with yarn. And I have to say, I believe I succeeded pretty well ^_^

Well, without further ado, here’s the pattern, so you can make one of these cute little guys yourself! If you do, feel free to share your work with me, I would love to see what you can make! Sometimes I really wonder if people use my patterns at all >_<”

Dedenne crochet pattern

Materials
Golden-brown yarn, (fuzzy) black yarn, orange yarn and off-white yarn. Black and white felt, wire.

Abbreviations
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
hdb – half double crochet
db – double crochet
tc – triple 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 golden-brown 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, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (36)
Round7: *1sc in first 5st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (42)
Round8-17 (10 rounds): 1sc in every sc (42)
Round 18: *1sc in first 5st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (36)
Round19: *1sc in first 4st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (30)
Round20: *1sc in first 3st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round21: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Start stuffing the head
Round22: *1sc in first st, dec1`* repeat ** 5 times (12)
Finish stuffing
Round23: dec6 (6)
Fo and weave in the ends.

Body
With golden-brown 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, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (36)
Round7: *1sc in first 5st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (42)
Round8: *1sc in first 6st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (48)
Round9-13 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st (48)
Round14: *1sc in first 6st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (42)
Round 15-19 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st (42)
Round 20: *1sc in first 5st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (36)
Fo, leave a long tail of yarn to sew the body to the head. Stuff the body and sew the head on top.

Ears (make two)
With black 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)
Round5-7 (3 rounds): 1sc in every st (24)
Round8: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round9: 1sc in every st (18)
Round10: *1sc in first st, dec1`* repeat ** 5 times (12)
Flatten the piece and stitch the hole closed with 5 or 6 sc.
Fo, leave a tail of yarn to sew the ears to the body.

Inner Ears (make two)
With off-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)
Fo, leave a tail of yarn to sew the inner ears onto the ears.

Fold the ears a bit so that they get a bit more rounded at the bottom and sew them onto the top of the head.

Tummy
With off-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, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (36)
Round7: 1sc in first 12st, *1sc in next st, 2sc in second st* repeat ** 5 times, 1sc in next 12st (42)
Round8: 1sc in first 18st, 2sc in next 6st, 1sc in next 18st (48)
Fo, leave a tail of yarn and sew the tummy onto the body. Make sure the round end is on the bottom of the body, so that the pointed end is right beneath the head.

Cheeks (make two)
With orange yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Fo and leave a tail of yarn. Sew the cheeks on the sides of the face.

Whiskers (make two)
With black yarn, ch16
Round1: working your way back along the chain ss2 then ch3, ss in second ch from hook, ss and return working along the original chain. Ss2, ch2, ss in second ch from hook and return working along the original chain. Ss along the rest of the chain (should be about 11ch left) and continue on the other side of the chain. Ss10, ch2, ss in second ch from hook and return working along the original chain. Ss2 then ch3, ss in second ch from hook, ss and return to original chain, ss2 and fo, leaving a tail of yarn.
Fold the whiskers in half and sew them onto the cheeks so that the halves without the antennae are at the bottom.

I’m sorry, but I can’t find an easier way to make the whiskers using crochet. You could of course always substitute these with felt whiskers, which should be a lot easier to make ^_^”

Front paws (make two)
With golden-brown yarn, ch2
Round1: 4sc in second chain from the hook (4)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (8)
Round3-6 (4 rounds): 1sc in every st (8)
Stuff the paws lightly, flatten the piece and stitch the hole closed with 3 or 4 sc. Leave a tail of yarn and sew the paws onto the body, just beneath the head and to the sides of the tummy.

Feet (make2)
With golden-brown yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3-7 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st (12)
Round8: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 2 times (9)
Round9: 1sc in every st (9)
Round10: *1sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 2 times (6)
Fo, leave a tail of yarn to sew the feet to the body. Flatten the piece and pull the tail of yarn through the feet to the top, then sew the feet to the bottom of the body, a little bit apart and pointing slightly outwards.

Back stripe
With black yarn, ch22
Work your way back along the chain, starting from the second ch from the hook.
Round1: 1sc in first 3st, 1hdc in next 3st, 1dc in next 3st, 1tc in next 3st, 1dc in next 3st, 1hdc in next 3st, 1sc in next 3st, continue on the other side of the chain, 1sc in first 3st, 1hdc in next 3st, 1dc in next 3st, 1tc in next 3st, 1dc in next 3st, 1hdc in next 3st, 1sc in next 3st (42)
Round2: *1sc in first 6st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (48)
Fo and leave a tail of yarn. Sew the stripe to the back, starting at the 6th round of the body and ending about halfway on the head.

Tail
Start with fuzzy black yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 times (9)
Round3: *1sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 times (12)
Round4-5 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st (12)
Round6: dec6 (6)
Change to normal black yarn, ch1 and turn (this is so you don’t have to turn the fuzzy yarn ‘right side out’ since most of the fuzz tends to go on the ‘wrong side’ of the piece. The normal black yarn is turned ‘right side out’ by turning your work)
Round7-57 (51 rounds): 1sc in every st (6)
Fo and leave a tail of yarn to sew the tail to the body. You don’t have to stuff the tail, but I did insert a length of wire so that it is pose-able.  Sew the tail to the bottom of the back stripe.

Cut two ovals out of black felt and glue them onto the face, in between the cheeks. Then cut two small circles out of white felt and glue them on top of the black ovals. Cut a small tooth out of white felt and the shape of the mouth out of black felt and glue them onto the face. Either embroider the nose onto the face or make it out of a tiny piece of black felt.

Your very own Dedenne is done!

Note that Dedenne 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 give credit to me and link back to my site, thank you in advance! And, of course, feel free to send me pictures of your work ^_^

Also, if you find anything wrong with this pattern or if you can’t figure something out, feel free to contact me 🙂

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Cheers, Lydia

Slinky Dog ^_^

It took me a week, but the “Slinky Dog” is finally finished! It was a fun project to do, even though I had to sew a lot of the parts together. But this one is definitely fit to be a baby-gift ^_^

Just look at those sad puppy eyes, she wants you to take her home!

Just look at those sad puppy eyes, she wants you to take her home!

Sideview, the 'slinky' part sags a bit when you put the doggy upright, so it takes a lot of posing to get it to stand

Sideview, the ‘slinky’ part sags a bit when you put the doggy upright, so it takes a lot of posing to get it to stand

Trying to climb the couch, but that can be pretty difficult when the back of your body doesn't want to go there >_<"

Trying to climb the couch, but that can be pretty difficult when the back of your body doesn’t want to go where the front wants to go >_<“

I’m not sure who created the pattern, as all I’ve got is a link to the translated version in Dutch. The person who posted it did say that all honour goes to the person who created it, but did not put up a link to the original. (I’m guessing it’s someone Russian, seeing the watermark in the pictures, but I can’t be sure)

You can make this dog in many different colours, I’ve seen it with a palet of blue and in the pattern it looks a bit like a ‘rainbow’ dog. But I’ve decided to use pink, seeing how it’s going to a little baby girl :3

Right now, I’m trying to work on a small project, creating a pattern for one of the new Pokémon! But I’ll keep you guys in the dark for now as to which one it will be. Feel free to guess though! ^_~

Cheers,
Lydia

Cheese, Gromit!!

Last night, I watched ‘Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit’. It’s a pretty awesome movie, with some very cute characters. The bunnies really stole the show for me.

It made me think of a project I’d done at the beginning of my ‘crochet career’: the hungry, hungry bunny.

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I always say that I don’t like making a pattern twice, but in the end, I usually don’t mind doing the same thing again. But this one will probably never be remade by me. It was so hard to make, especially since I wasn’t very experienced and it has this bag inside its body that you have to work around and it took soooo long to get it right. But in the end, I’m really happy with the result.

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(These are some pretty old pictures, taken with an even older mobile phone, so it’s not great quality, sorry ^_^”)

Right now, I’m trying to work hard on my latest project, a pattern that resembles the Slinky Dog from Toy Story. I came across the pattern via Facebook and it’s been my second project for this week. But due to extra hours at the store, I got a little less time to work on it than I had originally planned. Thankfully, now I’ve got three days off, so I should get it done tomorrow or the day after 🙂

How are you spending your weekend?

Cheers, Lydia

Just keep swimming…

I finished work on the big minion that was requested by a friend of mine a couple days ago and now I’ve already finished the goldfish! I’m pretty glad that it turned out to be a quick project, even despite the slightly difficult pattern. I really needed something that didn’t take me a couple weeks to finish. (Even though work on the minion didn’t take nearly as long as the last time)

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I think maybe the eyes came out a little too big, but I still really like this fish. Especially the fins and scales have been brilliantly thought up!

I’ve got quite a couple projects going on, more in my head than in real life, since I have been able to keep myself from starting too many things at once. I kind of feel like I’m starting to drown in my own work and that can’t be a good thing. But then again, I can’t seem to be able to stop crocheting >_<”

Right now, I’m working on the penguin from All About Ami and tonight I’m going to another Hook-In at Echtstudio, where I can get the yarn I need to get started on the afghan I want to make during my vacation.

Actually, I’m pretty excited about tonight, since DenDennis will be there. He has created some very cute crochet patterns and I’m pretty curious as to what he will be making in the future. If you like anything from Mario to Star Wars to original designs, go check out his blog! I’ve still to buy one of his patterns, but I think I will do that either tonight or after my vacation ^_^

In the meantime, while I haven’t been sitting still, neither has my blog. I guess someone mentioned me on Facebook, since a lot of people got directed here in the past few days. I haven’t been able to find out where they came from, but I want to take this opportunity to thank whoever linked here and everyone who liked it enough to take a look!

Well, I guess it’s back to the grindstone. Have a great everybody!

Cheers, Lydia

Lemmings

For a lot of people the Lemmings games are something they grew up with. I have to admit, I am not one of them, but I did buy the game for PSP a few years ago. It can be pretty addictive, but then again, if you fail a level thirty or more times, it gets really frustrating.

Basically, what you need to do is get a certain amount of your lemmings safely from one side of the level to the other. Sounds simple enough, but there’s a catch: the lemmings will continue walking in a straight line as long as nothing blocks them. This means they will easily walk off a cliff and dive to their deaths if you don’t do something about it. This is why you can assign special abilities to your lemmings. There are eight different abilities: Climber, Blocker, Miner, Digger, Floater, Basher, Builder and Bomber.

A while back I came across a pattern online for so-called Mop Top Mascots by PlanetJune. The first thing that came to mind when I saw her pictures was: “those are Lemmings!” And sure enough, when I’d read a bit more, I found she’d actually made a set of five, including the little accessoiries needed for them to use their skills. There wasn’t really a pattern for the accessoiries, more like notes on how to make them. But the pictures are very clear and makes them easy to reproduce (for the little more advanced crocheter that is, I think).

The full set of five

I have to say, making these little guys is almost as addictive as the game! They’re fun and easy to make, although they did make my hands hurt. The pattern calls for 3.5mm and 5mm hooks and approximately 8mm eyes, but I used a 2.5mm hook with thinner yarn than I usually use and a 4mm hook for the fuzzy stuff, so my lemmings came out a bit smaller than they were supposed to be. Therefore, I had to use 4mm eyes, which were a nightmare to fasten.

I had two  pairs of safety eyes with metal washers, which slided on like nothing, but then I had to use new sets, which came with plastic washers. After battling with them for a full afternoon, I very nearly gave up on making the whole set. First I decided to order some new eyes with metal washers, but then, I need to  wait for them to come in the mail and I wanted them done ASAP. Then I tried to find out if there was a surefire way to get the washers to click into place. It’s pretty hard to find tutorials on fastening eyes, I must say. Only a few tips could be found online. I tried soaking them in hot water to make the plastic more bendable, but only ended up with a bit of a mess and washers that were still as hard as a rock. Then I read that you could push them on using something like a screwdriver that has a hole in it to switch heads. Of course, I have no such thing in the house, but I decided to look for something similar. I ended up taking a pen apart and using the clicky-top, which just happened to have the perfect sized hole to go over the pens of the eyes, but not entirely over the washers. It was still pretty hard to get a grip on it, since the clicky-top is pretty small as well, but it gave just the extra leverage I needed to push on the washers. So succes was mine and I could move on to making all the lemmings the pattern provided for!

And here’s the result:

Your everyday, average Lemming, designed to just walk and walk and walk until it either reaches the goal or plumges to its untimely death...

Your everyday, average Lemming, designed to just walk and walk and walk until it either reaches the goal or plunges to its untimely death…

The Blocker, stopping Lemmings from walking too far. When a Lemming comes across a Blocker, it turns around to walk in the opposite direction.

The Blocker, stopping Lemmings from walking too far. When a Lemming comes across a Blocker, it turns around to walk in the opposite direction.

Busy doing his job ^_^

Busy doing his job ^_^

This is what the Lemmings see when they approach the Blocker, would you pass that?

This is what the Lemmings see when they approach the Blocker, would you pass that?

The Digger, capable of digging a safe, slanted way down, so nobody falls to their death straight down!

The Digger, capable of digging a safe, slanted way down, so nobody falls to their death straight down!

Digger, with his mighty pick-axe

Digger, with his mighty pick-axe

The Builder, building stairs to get to a whole new level

The Builder, building stairs to get to a whole new level

A bit of wire provides the lift crochet can't give it

A bit of wire provides the lift crochet can’t give it

Its little backpack for storing those building blocks

Its little backpack for storing those building blocks

The Floater, floating down to safety using its trusty umbrella.

The Floater, floating down to safety using its trusty umbrella.

From the top, a bit of wire makes a great standard, though the wire I used is a bit too thin, so I have to carefully place the Lemming to avoid it falling over.

From the top. A bit of wire makes a great standard, though the wire I used is a bit too thin, so I have to carefully place the Lemming to keep it from falling over.

The pattern is available for free on PlanetJune’s blog, but you can also make a donation to her and get the pattern in a handy PDF file. It will only cost you what you want to give for it and it helps her keep her creativity available for the world!

The set I made will be going to a game-crazy friend. And my boyfriend already requested a Floater ^_^ Normally, I’m not much for repeating a pattern, but these little guys are so much fun to make that I wouldn’t mind making another set and maybe even figuring out the accessoiries for the other skills…

Cheers, Lydia