Design contest: voting is now open!!~

Hey guys,

you might remember my entry for the Amigurumi Patterns.net design contest, Dr. Bear and his lovely nurse Octopus:
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From today until saturday (25th till the 30th of november) you can vote for your five(!) favorite designs here! Check it out and please vote for me? It would be totally awesome to win something with my very first completely-not-based-on-any-existing-character-ever design! In other words, this was the first (and so far, only) design I’ve ever made without pictures to work from.

I know there are loads of great designs that entered in the contest, but please take your time to check them out and hopefully, mine will be in your top five!

Also, if I win anything, I will háve to do a giveaway/contest kind of thingy, cause lets face it: what’s a crocheting girl to do with two copies of Zoomigurumi? ^_~

Here’s the link one more time: Amigurumi Patterns.net design contest voting page. Click the little hearts on your top five so that they turn green and leave your name and email. Thanks!

Check out the cuteness once more:

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Cheers, Lydia

PS: choosing five favorites is hard! I know, I’ve done it. If you’re having trouble finding five to vote for, consider Chance the Football Cheeta, by Lelie. He was made by a friend of mine ^_^

Docto-Bear (design contest entry)

Octo-Bear works really hard during the month October as a mascotte, but that doesn’t mean the duo just sits around the rest of the year! Instead, they try to rid the world of illness using the best medicine there is: cuteness overload.

Meet Dr. Bearnard and his trusty Nurse Octopus:

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I had loads of fun designing this duo and it was a challenge for me to make the clothes (well, jacket) I’d never made anything like this from scratch and I’m pretty proud to say that they got accepted as my entry for the AmigurumiPatterns.net Design Contest. The theme of the contest is animals at work and the other entries look amazing! So I’m crossing my fingers, hoping I might win something. But the best part is, all the visitors of the site get to vote, so when the time comes, please vote for me? Don’t worry, I’ll remind you guys when you can vote ^_~
You can check out all the entries here.

In other news: Crochetnanigans is now on FaceBook! Just check the sidebar on the right side of your screen and you will find the link to like this page! Here I will post WIP’s and tiny tidbits that just aren’t big enough to make into a blogpost. And it will be easier for you guys to post about the things you’ve made using my patterns, or anything else you’d like me to know about ^_^ So I hope you will join me there as well!

Have a wonderful sunday!
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