Just because…

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The crown pattern is from Sarah London, I just folded down the hdc part and added some elastic. There’s nothing quite as cute as guinea pigs in crowns!

Hope you’re having a great day! Oh, and stay tuned for a <3 day pattern soon… :)

The Great Granny Square Repair

Also known as: The Most Nerve-Wracking Experience of My Life (or one of them.) :)

My mother made this gorgeous Daisy Square Afghan. There must have been over 1,000 ends to weave in, and she wove them all in securely, but Magic Rings aren’t the most durable things. It is truly a crochet masterpiece, which was why when this happened, we were horrified.

NOOOOOOOO!

NOOOOOOOO!

Luckily, Pinterest has never failed me, and I had pinned a link a few months prior on “Mending  a Friend’s Granny.” So I dug that up, found some sort-of-matching yellow yarn, looked up the Daisy Square pattern, and had a go.

Here are some in-process pictures, although if you have this problem, you should check out the tutorial. Seriously, bookmark this page, staple it to your wall, tattoo it on your arm – IT WILL SAVE YOUR GRANNY SQUARE AFGHAN.

After putting in a safety line, I cut out the unravelling yellow center (the most stressful part - make sure that safety line is sturdy!)

After putting in a safety line, I cut out the unravelling yellow center (the most stressful part – make sure that safety line is sturdy!)

Then I started crocheting the center.

Then I started crocheting the center.

A couple of stitches in, everything was going smoothly, but this is a very stressful procedure...

A couple of stitches in, everything was going smoothly, but this is a very stressful procedure…

Joined, cut off the yarn, and wove the ends in SECURELY.

Joined, cut off the yarn, and wove the ends in SECURELY.

YAAAAAAY, just like new! *cue choir singing*

YAAAAAAY, just like new! *cue choir singing*

I’m so glad this magnificent afghan could be saved – an ENORMOUS thank you to Creative Fidget for posting the tutorial!

See, I knew those hours of browsing Pinterest would come in handy someday. ;)

Please help me name this dress!

I need your help! I’ve crocheted another dress for Ever After-/Monster High (modeled on a Disney Fairy doll…they can wear each others’ clothes) and I have no idea what to name the pattern.

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It’s supposed to look like one of those ball gowns with the swoopy things on the side (I have no idea what they’re called.) It can be done in one or two colors, though I like the 2-color version best.

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Your suggestions are appreciated!

I’ll post the pattern soon…but it needs a name!

Thank you for any help you can offer! :)

Grumpy Octopus Coffee Cup Cozy

I’ve always liked crochet cozies, they’re along the lines of amigurumi – a somewhat useless decorative itembut super adorable! Actually, I’m amending my statement. Some cozies can be very useful to keep beverages hot, or cold, depending on the item. Which brings us to today’s post topic!

You may remember that I’m also kind of fond of cephalopods, particularly octopi. (Maybe that’s my next project – an octopus adorned with π!) Then the stars aligned and I discovered this.

The Grumpy Octopus Coffee Cup Cozy. How awesomely creative is that?

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I think it’s designed to fit a typical Starbucks cup, but it fits the “Mini LiquiSeal Travel Mug” which was a nice surprise. Since the coffee cup fits most single-serving coffee makers, this would make a great gift, if you know the recipient has that kind! Or put it on a Starbucks cup and send it with a gift certificate. Ooh, maybe this can be my next white elephant gift. :)

It has gotten several compliments already…I mean, who can resist a grumpy octopus? Thanks, Twinkie Chan, for creating this awesomeness.

Hope you’re having a non-grumpy day (but the octopi would probably be okay!)

Ever After High Cupcake Dress ~ Free Crochet Pattern

Hello there! I’ve previously posted some crochet patterns for Ever After High, but there still aren’t a ton of free crochet patterns for them. I’m sure you can guess where this is going…I’m planning to post some more, and we’re starting off with a cupcake dress!

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This is a relatively quick and easy dress, once you get the hang of the bobbles. It can be a bit challenging with the smaller crochet hook, but I’m pleased with the end result. And if it’s summer where you live, your EAH can wear it right away…although since when do dolls pay attention to the weather? :)

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn in cake color and frosting color (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Buff and Baby Pink, respectively)
  • F (3.75 MM) crochet hook

Notes & Special Stitches

  • Cluster = *Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 1st two loops* three times into the next stitch (4 loops on hook.) Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops. This forms a bobble, and when worked with the wrong side facing, it will pop through to the right side.
  • For the bodice (the cake part), I used back loop slip stitch to create ribbing. I’ve found it’s hard to crochet for EAH because of their weird proportions. The slip stitching works well because it’s stretchy enough to stretch over their hips, but then it’s tight around the torso. The main thing to remember is to keep your stitches loose so you can work into them later.

Bodice

With cake color, ch 11.

Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across (10).

Row 2-16: Ch 1, turn, sl st in back loop of each st across.

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing. Hold the last row and the starting chain together and, working through the back loops of the last row and both loops of the starting chain, whipstitch them together. Weave in ends.

Skirt

Join frosting color to the open end of the bodice, where you seamed it up (this will conceal the seam in the back.) Working clockwise into the 16 spaces in the row ends:

Rnd 1: *Sc in next row end, 2 sc in next row end* 8 times. Sl st to 1st sc. (24)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, TURN. (This is the only time you will turn in the skirt section – now the wrong side should be facing.) Sc in same st, cluster in next st. *Sc in next st, cluster in next st* around. Sl st to 1st sc. (12 sc, 12 clusters)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, cluster in same st, sc in next st. *Cluster in next st, sc in next st* around, sl st to 1st cluster.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, cluster in next st. *Sc in next st, cluster in next st* around, sl st to 1st sc.

Rnds 5-6: Repeat Rnds 3 and 4.

Fasten off and weave in ends. Make sure the back of the clusters are facing out so they “pop”.

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I hope you enjoy this pattern! It would be adorable to include one of these with a birthday doll (it does not look exactly like a cupcake, but what if you added sprinkles?)

Now I’m off to crochet another dress! Have a great day.

The All-Purpose Fashion Doll Dress ~ Free Crochet Pattern

Hello there, and happy Christmas Eve! Although I love making super fancy Barbie dresses, there are some times where you just need a quick and casual outfit, so I designed this dress with that in mind. I’ve made ten or so of these dresses, and it’s now my go-to dress pattern, because it’s so easy! It’s made all in one piece, and it takes me less than a half hour.

Because I like lots of different kinds of dolls, I have sized this dress to fit four popular types, as demonstrated in the picture below. If you’re quick, you could make a few as stocking stuffers for any of these kind of dolls!

From left to right: Barbie, Fairy Tale High, Ever After High, and Monster High. (What's with all the Highs?)

From left to right: Barbie, Fairy Tale High, Ever After High, and Monster High. (What’s with all the Highs?)

There’s one version for Barbie and FTH, and another version for EAH and MH. The dress is kind of loose on Monster High, so let me know in the comments if you’re interested in a modified version!

Materials

  • Small amount of worsted weight yarn (I don’t know the exact yardage, but I would estimate 20-30 yards.) A note on yarns: All worsted-weight yarns seem to be slightly different thicknesses, but I’ve tried it with Red Heart Super Saver, I Love This Yarn, and Caron Simply Soft (RHSS and ILTH are on the thicker side, while CSS* is on the thinner) and it worked equally well with both. Sorry for the run-on sentence there!
  • H (5.00 MM) crochet hook

*CSS = Caron Simply Soft, not Cascading Style Sheets. I’m not that high-tech. :)

Notes

Chain join = This is used to join the straps, and it looks smoother than a slip stitch. Remove your hook from the loop, insert hook through indicated chain space, put the loop back on your hook, pull the loop through the chain loop and chain 1.

At the end of the bodice, you’ll be directed to fasten off and sew the ends together, but I cheat on this part because I hate weaving in ends. Just leave a long tail when you start the bodice, and when you finish it, slip stitch to the opposite side and start going on the skirt. You’ll have a gaping hole in the back of the bodice which you can sew up with the beginning tail. If you do it this way, you can make the whole dress with just 2 ends to weave in. 😄

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Barbie & Fairy Tale High

Bodice

Row 1: Ch 8. Sc in second ch from hk and in each ch across (7).

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across (7)

Row 3: Ch 8, turn. Sc in each st across (7)

Rows 4 – 6: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across.

Row 7: Ch 4, chain join into chain 8 loop from Row 3, ch 3, turn to work back across last row (strap made.) Sc in each st across.

Rows 8 – 10: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across.

Row 11: Repeat Row 3.

Rows 12 – 14: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across.

Row 15: Ch 4, chain join into chain 8 loop from Row 11, ch 3, turn to work back across last row (strap made.) Sc in each st across.

Row 16: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across. Fasten off, leaving approximately 8″ tail for sewing. Whipstitch the beginning chain edge and the final row together.

Skirt

Round 1: Join contrasting color to bottom, strap-free edge. Work 16 sc evenly spaced around edge (1 in the end of each row.) Join with a slip stitch to join.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc now and throughout), 2 dc in same st. *Skip next st, 3 dc into next st* around. Sl st into 2nd chain of beginning chain 2 to join.

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining. Sc in each st around. Sl st to join.

Round 4: Repeat Round 2.

Round 5: Repeat Round 3.

Round 6: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st. *Skip next 2 sts, 3 dc into next st* around. Sl st into 2nd ch of beginning chain 2 to join.

Rounds 7-11: Repeat Round 3 and 6, two more times, then repeat Round 3 once more. If you want the skirt to be longer or shorter, add or subtract repeats of Rounds 3 and 6, ending with Round 3. Do not fasten off, continue on to the edging as follows.

Edging

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in same st. *Ch 5, sk next 2 sts, sc in next st* around to last 2 sts. Ch 2, dc in first sc (counts as last ch loop.)

Round 2: Ch 1, sc over post of double crochet just worked. *Ch 5, sc in next ch-5 loop* around. Sl st to first sc to join.

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Ever After High & Monster High

Bodice

Row 1: Ch 7. Sc in second ch from hk and in each ch across (6).

Row 2: Ch 7, turn. Sc in each st across (6)

Row 3-5: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across (6)

Row 6: Ch 3, chain join into chain 8 loop from Row 2, ch 3, turn to work back across last row (strap made.) Sc in each st across.

Row 7: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across.

Row 8: Repeat Row 2.

Rows 9-11: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across.

Row 12: Ch 3, chain join into chain 7 loop from Row 8, ch 3, turn to work back across last row (strap made.) Sc in each st across. Fasten off, leaving approximately 8″ tail for sewing. Whipstitch the beginning chain edge and the final row together.

Skirt

Round 1: Join contrasting color to bottom, strap-free edge. Work into the ends of the rows as follows (you’ll have 12 sts to work into): *sc into next row end, 2 sc in next row end*. You should have 18 sts at the end. Sl st to 1st sc to join.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc now and throughout), 2 dc in same st. *Skip next st, 3 dc into next st* around. Sl st into 2nd chain of beginning chain 2 to join.

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining. Sc in each st around. Sl st to join.

Round 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st. *Skip next 2 sts, 3 dc into next st* around. Sl st into 2nd ch of beginning chain 2 to join.

Round 5: Repeat Round 3.

Round 6: Repeat Round 4.

Rounds 7-8: Repeat Round 3 and 4 once more, then repeat Round 3 one more time. If you want the skirt to be longer or shorter, add or subtract repeats of Rounds 3 and 4, ending with Round 3. Do not fasten off, continue on to the edging as follows.

Edging

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in same st. *Ch 5, sk next 2 sts, sc in next st* around to last 2 sts. Ch 2, dc in first sc (counts as last ch loop.)

Round 2: Ch 1, sc over post of double crochet just worked. *Ch 5, sc in next ch-5 loop* around. Sl st to first sc to join.

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I hope you enjoy this pattern! What kind of dresses would you like to see in the future? I have another one planned for Ever After High, but I would welcome your thoughts on the matter. You can never have too many Barbie dresses! :) Have a wonderful day!

I donut know what to title this post! 🍩

Last year I went to a Christmas party where we had a white elephant gift exchange. 🐘 For my gift, I crocheted a white elephant from Lucy Ravenscar’s pattern. It was a big hit and it got “stolen” twice, as everyone loved how obvious it was. So when I found out we were doing a white elephant at this year’s party, I knew I wanted to crochet something…but what?

I’m sure you can make an educated guess by this post’s title, so here’s a picture of this year’s white elephant gift.

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By the way, I think the proper spelling is “doughnut”, but to make things easier I’m going to take the “ugh” out of “doughnut” and use the abbreviated, more popular version. Also, to shake things up, I think I’ll use donut emoticons instead of smiley faces throughout the post! 🍩

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I used the Crochet Donuts Pattern from Little Things Blogged, and it was absolutely perfect for the cause! As for yarn, I used Red Heart Super Saver (is there any surprise there?) in Buff for the cake color, and Baby Pink and White for the frosting. I don’t know the brand of the dark brown yarn, but I used it for chocolate cake and frosting.

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I have to say, I’m really pleased with how they turned out. I fooled someone into thinking they were real donuts, too, and I wasn’t even in the room! I will be sad to part with them, but they’ll be immortalized here as long as WordPress is around. 🍩 (Sorry for getting all existential there!)

I used fabric glue to do the swirly frosting, but I hand-sewed all the seed beads on. It was one of the most monotonous experiences of my life, but I think it was worth it. I also made a smaller donut necklace with sprinkles, too, which I’ll be posting about sometime.

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All of these donuts are making me hungry…and they’re also making me think of Twinkie Chan! I’m a big fan of food-themed crochet, and I’m hoping these donuts go over well.

How are you doing on your holiday crochet? It’s hard to believe Christmas is only four days away! I think these donuts would make a pretty good gift…they don’t have calories, and they’re high in fiber!

P.S.The WordPress “circle” gallery seems like it was designed for this purpose, so here are three donuts in their own gallery:

Guinea Pig Sweater ~ Free Crochet Pattern

Although I have crocheted accessories for the guinea pigs in the past, I was surprised to find that I had never made them a sweater! So here’s a pattern in case you had the same realization as me, or your favorite piggie is cold, or you’re just looking for a great photo op. :)

Your daily dose of cuteness!

Your daily dose of cuteness!

Materials

  • Small amount of worsted weight yarn (category 4)
  • H (5.00 MM) crochet hook
  • Guinea pig!

Notes

The guinea pig who modeled the sweater, Clover, is a bit bigger than the typical pet-store variety, so you may need to adjust the number of rows to fit the pig in question. (If your pig is skinnier, I suggest replacing the “Rows 7-39″ with “Rows 7-31″ to make it shorter (make sure to end on an odd-numbered row, or the armholes will be off.)

The entire sweater is worked in BACK LOOPS ONLY! This makes the ribbed effect (which will also help the sweater stretch to fit.)

Also, a note on turning: After you chain 1, if you turn the crochet like you’re turning the pages of a book, it will create the neatest edges and will also minimize curling.

Edit: Sorry, I forgot to write Row 42 in the pattern. It is fixed as of 1/11/15. :)

Guinea Pig Sweater

Row 1: Ch 16, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. (15)

Row 2-4: Ch 1, turn*, sc in each st across.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 3 sts, ch 7, sk 7, sc in last 5 sts.

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 5 sts, sc in back loop of next 7 ch, sc in last 3 sts.

Row 7-39: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Row 40: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 5 sts, ch 7, sk 7, sc in last 3 sts.

Row 41: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 3 sts, sc in back loop of next 7 ch, sc in last 5 sts.

Row 42: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 5 sts, sc in back loop of next 7 ch, sc in last 3 sts.

Row 43-45: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

I added a sc border across the top. Then fasten off and weave in your ends (you could add a fancy edging, too, like ruffles or picots!)

The chain 7 spaces are the armholes, and the sweater is open on the bottom for ease of dressing. I was afraid buttons would get caught on their fur, but if you have a short-haired pig, try adding buttonholes and sewing on buttons. I will warn you, it’s very hard to get a guinea pig in a sweater (although it’s easier than a chicken!). Keep a sharp eye on them so they don’t eat it…that’s too much fiber for their diet!

Clover wishes you happy holidays!

Clover wishes you happy holidays! Thank you, Clover, for modeling! :D

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Turkey

Hope your Thanksgiving is filled with peace, love, and yarn…and maybe even a crochet turkey! After all, what fun is a holiday if it doesn’t involve yarn?

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The turkey was made from THIS pattern, and it only took an afternoon. Don’t worry, this is a vegetarian’s turkey – perhaps I should call it a tofurkey instead! But I don’t know what to name it – do you have any suggestions?

Have a great day! :)

Mokeskin Pouch ~ Free Knitting ‘Pattern’ (or ‘Guideline’)!

To date I’ve published over 50 free crochet patterns, so I’m delighted to finally be posting a knitting pattern! Granted, it’s a super easy knitting pattern (just a rectangle)…but that means it’s great for beginning knitters like myself! The other great thing about knitting with eyelash yarn rather than crocheting it: it’s much easier to see where your next stitch is.

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If you’re not familiar with mokeskin pouches, they’re a magical item in the seventh Harry Potter book that I’ve always been fascinated with. It was described as being a “small, slightly furry drawstring pouch.” You can “hide anything in there and no one but the owner can get it out.” Sounds pretty useful to me!

I translated “slightly furry” to “super fluffy fun fur”, knitted a garter-stitch rectangle, seamed the edges, crocheted a chain strap, and added a drawstring. But if you want a little more detail, read on for the super easy pattern! (I’m somewhat embarrassed, actually, to be calling this a ‘pattern’. Let’s call it a ‘guideline’ instead!)

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Materials

  • Small amount of fun fur yarn (mine was Lion Brand, I don’t remember the name – but any furry yarn will work! You could also try it in a smoother yarn and maybe brush it after if you don’t want yours so furry.)
  • US 6 (4 MM) needles
  • Any size crochet hook if you want to crochet the strap and drawstring (or stick with your knitting needles – that works just fine too!)
  • Small amount of brown yarn for the drawstring (I happen to know mine is I Love This Yarn, but it really doesn’t matter)
  • Yarn needle

Cast on 15 stitches.

Knit every row until your rectangle measures about 6 inches. If you want a longer or shorter pouch, now is the time to adjust the rows. When you fold it in half, that’s the length of your finished pouch.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Fold the pouch in half and sew down the side, across the bottom (which is creased) and up the other side. Weave in the end. Sewing across the crease makes it sturdier, plus then you don’t have to reattach the yarn!

Speaking of reattaching the yarn, join it to the side (where the seam runs) so you can make the strap. There are a few things you can do for the strap, which I’ve written in a lovely list:

  1. Use your crochet hook and crochet a chain as long as you want the strap to be. Slip stitch to the other side, fasten off, weave in ends.
  2. Use your knitting needles and pick up 1 stitch, then work in stockinette stitch until the strap is as long as you like. (Garter stitch works too – can you tell this is a versatile procedure?) Then fasten off and sew the strap to the other side of the strap.
  3. Or you can travel off the beaten path and make an I-Cord! :)

To make the drawstring, pick one of the above choices and crochet/knit a chain/cord until the drawstring is as long as you like (sorry, I forgot to measure mine.) Fasten off, weave it through the stitches and tie in a bow.

Then cast a theft-proofing charm* on your finished pouch, and wear proudly!

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*Or, if you’re a Muggle like myself, you can attach a padlock instead. If you do know a theft-proofing charm, do tell! ;)