Friday, March 30, 2012

New Pattern: Little Hoppy Creature (mini)

Here is a new pattern just in time for Easter.  It is very simple and requires only a small amount of yarn, so even if the Easter Bunny is running behind this year it should be easily completed in time for the holiday.  This is a perfect project for beginners.  Yarn weight is not really important.  Just match the yarn weight with the hook size and you should be set.  You want fairly tight stitches when doing  any amigurumi project so keep that in mind when choosing your materials.  I used a local acrylic yarn that they make here in Egypt.  The weight of the yarn is not specified but it is probably closest to sports weight yarn.  I made these using a size E hook.

Feel free to comment and let me know what you think.  I also love seeing other people's projects so please post photos of your little creatures on Ravelry.  If you like this patterns please check out the side bar for other little creature patterns.  I hope you enjoy!

E or F hook
Sport weight or worsted weight yarn in two colors (white for tail and color of choice for body)
embroidery thread or yarn to sew on eyes (small buttons or safety eyes if you can find them)
poly-fil or stuffing of choice
yarn needle

sc- single crochet
inc- increase or single crochet twice into one stitch
sc2tog- single crochet two together
ch- chain
hdc- half double crochet

Row 1:  Start by making 6 sc into a magic ring (6)
Row 2:  Increase into each stitch (12)
Row 3:  *sc, inc * around (18)
Row 4:  sc in back loops only around (18)
Rows 5-11:  sc in all stitches around (18) 
Row 12:  *sc, sc2tog* around (12)
Sew on eyes and stuff firmly
Row 13:  sc2tog a total of 6 times (6)
Fasten off, close hole, and weave in ends.
Ears (make 2)
Ch 9
hdc into one loop of the second stitch from the hook. Continue the hdc until you reach the end for a total of 8 hdc.  Fasten off leaving a long tail.  Sew ears to the body.
Row 1:  Start by making 6 sc into a magic ring (6)
Row 2:  Increase into each stitch (12)
Row 3:  sc2tog a total of 6 times (6)
Fasten off and sew the tail onto the body 

That is all there is too it.

Hoppy Easter!


Sunday, March 25, 2012

New Designs

 These little monsters are half the size of my little creatures... but they still have all the bite.

I will be posting some free patterns soon for some mini monsters and some finger puppet ideas.

If you'd like to get your hands on some of these monsters or any of my other little creations then stop by the facebook page and have a look.  Or purchase one of my little creatures patterns online using the links in the sidebar.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Plarn Mini Flyer

I made this mini flyer using plarn (plastic yarn).  You make plarn out of plastic shopping bags.  Here in Egypt there are tons of plastic bags and no way to recycle them so I decided to make them into something my kids could use.  Between now and Earth Day I plan to work on some other projects using plarn and other recycled materials.  You can check out my Ravelry project page here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Little Creatures Come to Egypt...

I have started making my little creatures here in Egypt.  Here they are on my front gate.  There will be more to come.  I'm starting another line of smaller ones that I am working on right now. Stop by our Facebook page if you are interested in getting a Little Creature of you own.

If you happen to crochet then take a look at the sidebar.  You can buy a Little Creature pattern for only 2 dollars US and make as many as you like.

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