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Fox Rug (Pattern Review)

I absolutely adore Ira Rott patterns. She wrote the amazing pattern that I used for my elephant pillows. I actually have about 30 of her patterns, and am very slowly working my way through them. The next one I found time to work through (during my AMAZING free week according to my new organizational system!), it happened to be this super cute fox rug pattern. Now, I did not add a backing to it, because I like the idea of it being a blanket or a rug on the carpet or a photo prop, as opposed to an actual rug; but the pattern does give detailed instructions on how to add a non-slip backing to it.

This pattern worked up super quickly, I did it in 2 days or just working on it part time, and turned out SO cute. The stitches are simple, with a crab stitch and a picot being the only real “non-basic” stitches in it. And, as always, she gives detailed instructions on how to complete these stitches.

The most difficult part of the entire pattern is sewing things together. But, that is because I am super lazy and hate to hand-sew things. 🙂

Seriously, from beginner to experienced crocheters, I highly, highly, highly recommend Ira Rott’s patterns. It is all so STINKIN ADORABLE, so many options, and so easy to follow.

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Daisy is Getting Married!

A while back, I posted about creating a Donald Duck amigurumi for my pending vow renewal. Well, I have finally gotten some time and was able to sit down and create his beautiful bride.

Daisy here, see, she is no ordinary bride, to dress herself in all white. She needs some color, some pizzazz, some oomph. So, she is sporting a glorious dress with a bride red top and a skirt of reds and whites. Isn’t Donald a lucky man?

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Goofy’s Face C2C Blanket Pattern

I am back with some more Disney goodness for you. I have been working on character patterns for C2C and bobble stitch blankets. I have this pattern written out for C2C color changes. But, it would be super simple to convert this to a bobble stitch blanket too! Then, all you need is the graph for the color changes!

I have recently discovered the art of the bobble stitch and I am totally in love with it. So, while I will keep writing out of the C2C patterns, I think I will end up making them all bobble stitch blankets. That is, if I ever find time to crochet for myself again. 🙂

 

Disney’s Goofy, C2C Crochet Graphgan

Goofy Face C2C

 

Blanket starts in the bottom right hand corner
Each block is 1 corner to corner stitch (1 set of chains, 3 stitches)
Worsted weight yarn
J hook (should make for an approx. 37in x 51in blanket)
C2C stitch is a DC

Color chart:

BL = Black
DG = Dark Green
G = Green
O = Orange
P = Pink
R = Red
S = Silver / Gray
T = Tan
W = White

 

Row 1:   1O
Row 2:   2O
Row 3:   3O
Row 4:   4O
Row 5:   5O
Row 6:   6O
Row 7:   7O
Row 8:   8O
Row 9:   9O
Row 10: 10O
Row 11: 11O
Row 12: 6O, 5BL, 1O
Row 13: 7BL, 6O
Row 14: 6O, 8BL
Row 15: 8BL, 7O
Row 16: 7O, 9BL
Row 17: 9BL, 8O
Row 18: 2O, 3BL, 4O, 9BL
Row 19: 8BL, 4O, 2BL, 2T, 2BL, 1O
Row 20: 1O, 1BL, 5T, 1BL, 6O, 6BL
Row 21: 3BL, 2T, 2BL, 3O, 3BL, 6T, 1BL, 1O
Row 22: 1O, 1BL, 2T, 3BL, 2T, 1BL, 1W, 2BL, 1O, 1BL, 4T, 3BL
Row 23: 4BL, 4T, 2BL, 3W, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 2P, 1BL, 2T, 1BL, 1O
Row 24: 1O, 1BL, 2T, 1BL, 3P, 2BL, 3W, 1BL, 6T, 4BL
Row 25: 1O, 4BL, 6T, 1BL, 3W, 1BL, 4P, 1BL, 2T, 2O
Row 26: 2O, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 5P, 1BL, 2W, 1BL, 7T, 1O, 3BL, 1O
Row 27: 2O, 2BL, 1O, 1BL, 7T, 1BL, 2W, 6P, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 2O
Row 28: 3O, 2T, 6P, 1BL, 1W, 1BL, 7T, 1BL, 1O, 3BL, 2O
Row 29: 3O, 2BL, 2O, 8T, 2BL, 3P, 1BL, 2P, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 3O
Row 30: 4O, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 2P, 1BL, 2P, 2BL, 8T, 5BL, 3O
Row 31: 4O, 5BL, 8T, 1R, 3BL, 3P, 2T, 5O
Row 32: 5O, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 3P, 1BL, 2R, 1BL, 7T, 1BL, 2T, 1O, 2BL, 4O
Row 33: 5O, 3BL, 1T, 2BL, 7T, 1BL, 2R, 1BL, 2P, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 6O
Row 34: 7O, 2T, 3P, 3R, 4T, 2BL, 5T, 1O, 2BL, 5O
Row 35: 6O, 4BL, 3T, 4BL, 2T, 1BL, 2R, 1BL, 2P, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 7O
Row 36: 8O, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 1P, 1BL, 3R, 2T, 4BL, 1T, 7BL, 6O
Row 37: 7O, 12BL, 1T, 2BL, 2R, 4BL, 9O
Row 38: 10O, 1BL, 2W, 3BL, 2T, 5BL, 1T, 1W, 6BL, 7O
Row 39: 7O, 5BL, 2W, 7BL, 3T, 1BL, 3W, 1BL, 10O
Row 40: 10O, 1BL, 3W, 1BL, 3T, 6BL, 1T, 4W, 4BL, 7O
Row 41: 7O, 4BL, 4W, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 2W, 2BL, 4T, 1BL, 3W, 11O

(Stop Increasing, DO NOT Decrease)

Row 42: 10O, 1BL, 2W, 1BL, 4T, 2BL, 2W, 4BL, 4W, 4BL, 7O
Row 43: 8O, 3BL, 4W, 2BL, 1T, 1BL, 3W, 2BL, 4T, 1BL, 1W, 1BL, 10O
Row 44: 10O, 1W, 1BL, 5T, 2BL, 2W, 1BL, 1T, 3BL, 4W, 3BL, 8O
Row 45: 8O, 3BL, 4W, 4BL, 1T, 1BL, 2W, 2BL, 5T, 2BL, 2O, 2BL, 5O
Row 46: 4O, 3BL, 2O, 1BL, 6T, 4BL, 1T, 1BL, 1S, 3BL, 4W, 2BL, 9O
Row 47: 9O, 2BL, 6W, 1BL, 1S, 2BL, 2T, 2BL, 6T, 1BL, 2O, 3BL, 4O
Row 48: 3O, 4BL, 1O, 1BL, 9T, 4BL, 1S, 2BL, 5W, 2BL, 9O
Row 49: 7O, 2BL, 1O, 2BL, 6W, 1S, 3BL, 1W, 1BL, 9T, 1O, 4BL, 3O
Row 50: 3O, 5BL, 7T, 1BL, 1T, 2W, 3BL, 1S, 6W, 3BL, 1G, 1BL, 7O
Row 51: 8O, 2G, 2BL, 6W, 1S, 2W, 1BL, 2W, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 7T, 5BL, 2O
Row 52: 2O, 5BL, 6T, 2BL, 1T, 1BL, 2W, 2BL, 1W, 2S, 4W, 2BL, 1G, 1DG, 1BL, 3O, 2BL, 3O
Row 53: 3O, 1BL, 1G, 1BL, 3O, 2G, 2BL, 4W, 1S, 7W, 1BL, 2T, 1BL, 6T, 4BL, 2O
Row 54: 2O, 4BL, 5T, 2BL, 1T, 2BL, 7W, 2S, 2W, 2BL, 1G, 1DG, 4BL, 1DG, 1G, 1BL, 3O
Row 55: 4O, 2G, 1DG, 1G, 2BL, 1G, 1DG, 5BL, 8W, 4BL, 1O, 1BL, 4T, 4BL, 2O
Row 56: 2O, 4BL, 2T, 2BL, 3O, 3BL, 8W, 4BL, 2G, 1BL, 2G, 2DG, 1G, 1BL, 4O

(Begin Decreasing)

Row 57: 4O, 1BL, 1G, 3DG, 1BL, 1G, 2DG, 4BL, 7W, 13BL, 3O
Row 58: 4O, 13BL, 6W, 2BL, 2G, 1DG, 1G, 1BL, 2G, 1DG, 2G, 4O
Row 59: 3O, 1BL, 1G, 3DG, 2BL, 2DG, 1G, 3BL, 5W, 12BL, 5O
Row 60: 13O, 4BL, 5W, 3BL, 2DG, 1G, 1BL, 1G, 2DG, 1G, 1BL, 3O
Row 61: 2O, 2BL, 2G, 1DG, 2BL, 2G, 4BL, 3W, 5BL, 13O
Row 62: 13O, 10BL, 2G, 1DG, 1G, 1BL, 5G, 2O
Row 63: 1O, 2BL, 2G, 1DG, 2BL, 1G, 11BL, 14O
Row 64: 14O, 8BL, 4G, 1BL, 3G, 1BL, 1G, 1O
Row 65: 1BL, 3G, 1DG, 2BL, 1G, 3BL, 1O, 4BL, 16O
Row 66: 21O, 1BL, 1G, 1BL, 1G, 1BL, 4G, 1BL
Row 67: 6BL, 1G, 1DG, 2BL, 20O
Row 68: 21O, 3BL, 5O
Row 69: 7O, 2BL, 19O
Row 70: 18O, 1BL, 2O, 1BL, 5O
Row 71:  6O, 1BL, 1O, 1BL, 19O
Row 72: 17O, 1BL, 2O, 1BL, 4O
Row 73: 5O, 1BL, 1O, 1BL, 16O
Row 74: 17O, 1BL, 1O, 1BL, 3O
Row 75: 22O
Row 76: 21O
Row 77: 20O
Row 78: 19O
Row 79: 18O
Row 80: 17O
Row 81: 16O
Row 82: 15O
Row 83: 14O
Row 84: 13O
Row 85: 12O
Row 86: 11O
Row 87: 10O
Row 88: 9O
Row 89: 8O
Row 90: 7O
Row 91: 6O
Row 92: 5O
Row 93: 4O
Row 94: 3O
Row 95: 2O
Row 96: 1O

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Elephant Pillow – Pattern Review

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about not giving up when  you are struggling. This is the project that I was having such a hard time with. As I said before, I cannot pinpoint why I was struggling, as looking at it now, it was really very simple. I think I was just reading too much into it and making it far more difficult than it needed to be.

So, here she is, the grand and viral Ira Rott Elephant Pillow! I love how she turned out!

This pattern is really, really well written. Ira included several graphs, lots and lots of pictures, and it is written from a really basic standpoint. There are some more advanced stitches in this, such as the picot. But, she even includes a brief tutorial on how to make these stitches.

I think this is a wonderful pattern for a slightly more experienced hooker to work on. The ears may be too much for a beginner. But, I have faith that someone with enough dedication, even if not the experience, can make this lovely elephant.

Oh, and this is my new favorite bow pattern. Ever…It is pretty much amazing.

You can also pick up the completed pretty lady right here.

 

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Fat Cat – Free Crochet Pattern

This is easily one of the easiest, quickest, most fun patterns I have worked on in a long time. I really enjoy making these fat cats, and there is a plethora of them now in my amigurumi army.

This pattern is very well written, simple to follow, and even includes pictures and diagrams to help you through the slightly more difficult parts. (There is only one part that isn’t super easy, which is connecting the ears.)

The actual pattern is written to include a strip on the cat, so you will need to be able to color changes. I prefer a single color cat, as I am boring like that. But I do adore them.

When I first made them, I gave them different colored tails and feet from the main body. I ended up not liking it very much, but I kept the photo because my awesome friend photoshopped a face onto it for me, when I was debating how on earth I was going to give this thing a unique and adorable face.

 

These are my finished guys with their faces. I think I came pretty close, considering my embroidery skills are horrendous and it has been a constant learning process.

 

These cats are a MUST for any crocheter who adores cats or knows someone who does. And if you don’t crochet, don’t worry, I can totally make them in a million colors for you!

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Ice Cream Sugar Cone – Free Pattern

While on vacation, I decided to start working on a new product line. I needed something quick and easy, something at a lower price point and easy to make lots and lots of for shows. And since it was hot and I was in Hawaii, I figured, why not go for ice cream!?!


I love the little sugar cones; they are super easy to make and such a fun little project! They would make a great first project for any newish crocheter!
I used worsted weight yarn (HL crafters secret), an H hook, safety eyes, and yarn art crochet thread for the mouth.

This pattern is worked in rounds, do not join or turn.

 
Ice Cream

Rnd 1 :           magic circle, SC 6 into magic circle (6)
Rnd 2 :           2SC into each st around (12)
Rnd 3 :           *2Sc into first st, SC into next st* 6 times in total (18)
Rnd 4 :           *2Sc into first st, SC into next 2 st* 6 times in total (24)
Rnd 5 :           *2Sc into first st, SC into next 3 st* 6 times in total (30)
Rnd 6-11 :      SC around (30)
Rnd 12 :         *SC2TOG, SC into next 3 st* 6 times in total (24)

Finish off, leave long end for sewing.
Insert safety eyes, embroider mouth, stuff

 

 

Sugar Cone

Rnd 1 :             magic circle, SC 6 into magic circle (6)
Rnd 2,3 :         SC around (6)
Rnd 4 :            *2Sc into first st, SC into next st* 3 times in total (9)
Rnd 5,6 :         SC around (9)
Rnd 7 :            *2Sc into first st, SC into next 2 st* 3 times in total (12)
Rnd 8,9 :         SC around (12)
Rnd 10 :          *2Sc into first st, SC into next 3 st* 3 times in total (15)
Rnd 11, 12 :      SC around (15)
Rnd 13 :           *2Sc into first st, SC into next 4 st* 3 times in total (18)
Rnd 14,15 :      SC around (18)
Rnd 16 :           *2Sc into first st, SC into next 5 st* 3 times in total (21)
Rnd 17,18 :      SC around (21)
Rnd 19 :           *2Sc into first st, SC into next 6 st* 3 times in total (24)
Rnd 20-22 :     SC around (24)

Finish off.
Stuff and sew ice cream to cone.


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Cockatiel

Back in March, I had a customer contact me about making a parrot blanket for her.Well, she loved it, and contacted me shortly after it’s arrival asking me if I could make one to match her cockatiel as well. I was thrilled for the challenge, as this one had REALLY COOL HAIR! And I love to put hair on things…So, once again, using the free Lion Brand owl pattern as a base for the body, I was able to whip together something that I thought was great for the cockatiel. Now, the beak and feet are actually a different color than the body, it is a lighter gray, with some speckles of black in it, but it is hard to tell with the picture. I used LB Hometown USA, which is quickly becoming my favorite yarn of all time, and the project worked up very quickly.

I think that custom blankets are my favorite thing, as there is really a challenge in them, and that is so exciting for me. I am always amazed at how good I am getting at the LB owl pattern. This is now the fourth time I have made one based off of it, and I am glad I stuck with it. The first time I used the pattern, I was ready to give up for all eternity on it.