The Big Five: Big Knit Hats

A friend of mine set the challenge to make at least five hats for the Innocent Big Knit. In our case, we crocheted the hats. Here’s my result:
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I tried to follow a pattern for the first one (the owl) but ended up improvising all five ^_^”

All there’s left to do now is put them in the mail and wait for January, that’s when they will appear in supermarkets 🙂

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Like this!

Cheers, Lydia

Ps: there are two days left to vote in the AmigurumiPatterns.net design contest. Follow this link and vote for your top five designs. Don’t forget to check out my entry, Dr. Bearnard and nurse Octopus!

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

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

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 🙂

Some more pictures to finish up!DSC03979

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Cheers, Lydia

Purple minion prototype

The past few days I have been working on a purple, evil minion from the movie Despicable Me 2. I fell in love with the ‘normal’ minions once I’d seen the first movie and I once again fell head over heels when I saw the second.

At first the pattern came along quite well, but the biggest problem I came across was the hair. I didn’t feel like making it strand by strand, so I tried using fuzzy yarn. Sadly, it didn’t give the effect I was going for.

I also think I made the eyes too small and the mouth is a little weird.

All in all, I’m really not happy with how he came out, but I also ran out of purple and dark grey yarn and frankly, I just don’t have the funds right now to stock up. So you will have to wait for me to be able to redo the pattern before I will feel comfortable to put it up.

For now, you will have to do with one picture (I’m a little bit ashamed 😦 )

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Then again, working out a pattern is a process of trial and error. So all I can do is try again 🙂

Cheers, Lydia

More Minion Mayhem!

As you might have noticed in my previous posts, I’ve been working on a minion again (from the movie “Despicable Me”). I have been working roughly from the same pattern as before, but this time, I modified it for my own personal need: size.

My brother asked me if I could make him a big minion. When I asked him ‘how big’, he said: “however big you can make it.” Well, I did my best and though I could have made it a lot bigger if I wanted to, this looked like the right size for one.

So, without further ado, here’s the result!

He looks so cheeky!

He looks so cheeky!

Chair for scale ^_^

Chair for scale ^_^

 

Like the original pattern, you can remove his goggles and overalls, but this time, I didn’t sew on the gloves either. So you can basically take off all his clothes until you have a hairy jelly bean with arms ^_^’

Naked Minion :-O

Naked Minion :-O

Some close-ups of details:

Eye behind the goggle

Eye behind the goggle

Button holes that actually work!

Button holes that actually work!

Gru logo on the front pocket

Gru logo on the front pocket

When I made the last one, I didn’t like how the face came out. This time, I think the arms are slightly too long, but then again, I didn’t have the motivation to redo them, so that’s a lesson for next time (if I will ever do one this big again, that is!)

I have written down how I made him, but I don’t think I will post the pattern online, since it’s pretty much a redo of the original by AllAboutAmi. Basically, what I did was make the body, arms and overalls with mostly half double crochets instead of singles. Then, to get him even bigger, I added some extra rounds and kept increasing. If you want to get the pattern, you can contact me and I’ll try to get it to you.

Cheers, Lydia

Catbus!!

As promised, here are some pictures of the Catbus I made for a friend. By now, he has pretty much a complete collection of My Neighbour Totoro. Luckily for me, his girlfriend is starting with crochet as well, so with a bit of hard work and practise, she’ll be able to make the next one for him 😛

Frontview

Frontview

From an angle

From an angle

Side view

Side view

Top view

Top view

From the back

From the back

Toppled over

Toppled over

And before anyone mentions it: I know I said it has twelve legs, but I ran out of the golden-yellow yarn and, frankly, the will to make even more. So I stopped at ten ^_~

The pattern will follow later, I need to revise a few parts and don’t have a lot of free time this week to type it all out. So stay tuned!

Cheers, Lydia

Work in progress Catbus

A while back, I was asked to make a Catbus and of course, I couldn’t decline. I’ve been working on it a little bit, trying to write out the pattern as I go, but progress has been slow. Mostly because of work and other social obligations, but also because things aren’t really going as smoothly as I’d like them to. I finally finished the head today. I think the face looks a bit iffy, but overall, it could look a lot worse.

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Well, here’s hoping things will start to look up and I can present my friend with a Catbus soon!

Cheers, Lydia