Trust in the Lord, and do good;dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord,and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Crochet Directory!

I'm pleased to announce the creation of a new crochet pattern directory, Crochet At Play.  It can be found at www.crochetatplay.com .  The first batch of links was just posted today, but the site's owner is working full time to add more.  Let's help her out!  If you have a blog or website that posts free crochet patterns, follow the link on the site to contact Megan so she can add them to her site.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas is coming...

No new pattern yet this week; I had a bit of a melt-down (which seems to have become an integral part of my creative process) and decided my patterns are too rushed and I need to FOCUS.  Does anyone else spend so much time multi-tasking that the idea of doing just one thing becomes daunting?  Part of it, of course, is that I work retail; one never can catch up to all the things that need doing working retail during the Christmas shopping season.  And if I stay extraordinarily busy I don't have time to think too much about all the nagging details I can't figure out or am uneasy about or the fact that I'm generally unsure of where my life is headed AND I still have far too many Christmas presents left to buy.  Yes, I should be making more of my  Christmas presents and no, I really don't have time.  I found myself seriously considering today the idea of crocheting a little something for each of my cashiers before our supervisor meeting Thursday and then realized that even I am not that insane or ambitious.  One of these days, someone is going to have to give me a lesson in the fine art of planning ahead, but I do work so well under pressure, it almost seems a shame.  Which brings me to my point, if I can stop rambling long to get to one, that I especially need a more concrete plan for this blog, and if anyone has any ideas, by all means let me know.  If I ever get time, I thought I'd write and/or gather some articles about amigurumi design; I also have considered making a pattern links list as my go-to list was recently taken over by an advertiser and has stopped updating.  Contests would be fun once I get more regular readers and amigurumi reference material all in one place would be good and now I'm rambling again.  I think I'll go sign off and see if I can't manage to get a good start on the crocheted polar bear-ling I've been mulling over.  Good night, all.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Free crochet amigurumi pattern: Little House-Mouse


Little House-Mouse
Worsted Weight Yarn Colors:
Gray-one skein or less
Black and beige-small amounts

Other Supplies:
F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook
Yarn or tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitchmarkers
Polyester Fiberfill
Ears
Use gray. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Head
Use gray yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 3 times (9 sts)
Rnd 3:  Sc 9 (9 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 3 times (12 sts)
Rnd 5: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 3 times (15 sts)
Rnd 6: (Inc, Sc 4) rep 3 times (18 sts)
Rnds 7-8: Sc 18 (18 sts)
Rnd 9: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 6 times(12 sts)
Stuff. Sew on ears and use black yarn to make French knot eyes.
Rnd 10: Dec 6 (6 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Arms
Rnd 1: Sc 4 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 4 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnds 2-3: Sc 4 (4 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc, Sc) rep 2 times (6 sts)
Rnd 5: (Dec, Sc) rep 2 times (4 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Feet
Use gray yarn and make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Body
Use gray yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 4 times (16 sts)
Rnds 4-6: Sc 16 (16 sts)
Rnd 7: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 4 times (12 sts)
Rnd 8: (Dec, Sc) rep 4 times (8 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends, leaving the piece open.  Sew the feet to the bottom of the body (the closed end).  For the tail, knot the end of a strand of beige yarn and thread it, from the inside of the body to the outside, leaving the knot in the body.  Sew an arm to either side of the body.  Stuff the piece and then sew the head to the opening at the top of the body to finish your mouse.

All designs on this blog are my original work.  Please do not sell these patterns.  Feel free to sell items made from these patterns  if you credit me as designer.

Free Crochet Amigurumi Pattern: Deadly Cute Crochet Ninja


Deadly Cute Crochet Ninjas
Worsted Weight Yarn Colors:
Peach-one skein or less
Black-one skein or less
Gray and brown-small amounts

Other Supplies:
F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook
Yarn or tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitchmarkers
Polyester Fiberfill

Head/Body
Start with peach yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 4 times (16 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc 2, Sc2) rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnds 5-9: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 10: (Dec 2, Sc 2) rep 4 times (16 sts)
Rnd 11: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 4 times (12 sts)
Use black yarn to make French knot eyes or sew on safety eyes on the front of the face.  Use peach yarn to sew a nose; I used 3 or 4 straight stitches . Stuff.  Switch to black yarn and continue crocheting in the round.
Rnd 12: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 4 times (8 sts)
Rnd 13: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 4 times (12 sts)
Rnd 14:  (Inc, Sc 2) rep 4 times (16 sts)
Rnd 15: Sc 16 (16 sts)
Rnd 16: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 4 times (20 sts)
Rnd 17: (Inc, Sc 4) rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnd 18: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 19: (Dec,Sc 1) rep 6 times (12 sts)
Stuff.
Rnd 20: Dec 6 (6 sts)
Finish off; weave in ends.
Arms
Use black yarn and make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc  12 (12 sts)
Rnd 4: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 4 times (8 sts)
Rnds 5-7: Sc 8 (8 sts)
Finish off, leaving the end open.  Stuff and set aside.
Feet
Use black and make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc  12 (12 sts)
Rnd 4: Dec 3, Sc 6 (9 sts)
Rnds 5-7: Sc 9 (9 sts)
Finish off, leaving the end open.  Stuff and set aside.  Sew the legs to the bottom of the body and the arms to either side.
Sash
Use brown.
Row 1: Ch 21.
Row 2: Starting in the second ch from hook, Sc 20
Finish off.  Attach the sash at the left hip (your left, not the ninja’s), right shoulder, and left hip again.
Hood
Use black yarn. .
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)        
Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 4 times (16 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc 2, Sc 2) rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnd 5: (Sc, Inc 2, Sc3) rep 4 times (32 sts)
Rnds 6-7: Sc 32 (32 sts)
Work the next section in rows.
Row 1: Ch and turn, Sc 23
Row 2: Ch and turn, Sc 23, Ch 9
Go back to working in the round.
Rnd 8: Sc 32 (32 sts)
Rnd 9: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 8 times (24 sts)
Rnd 10: (Dec, Sc) rep 8 times (16 sts)
Finish off and weave in ends.  The hood can be kept loose so that it can be taken on and off.
                                                                                Ninja Weapons
Nun chucks
Handles
Use brown; make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnds 2-5: Sc 5 (5 sts)
Finish off. Weave in ends.
Chain
Use gray.
Row 1: Ch 10
Sew one of the handles to each end of the chain.
Bo (Staff)
Use brown.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnds 2-13: Sc 5 (5 sts)
Finish off. Weave in ends.
Sword
Use brown.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnds 2-5: Sc 5 (5 sts)
Switch to gray yarn.
Rnds 6-13: Sc 5 (5 sts)
Finish off. Weave in ends.  Flatten the end of the sword and sew it shut.

All designs on this blog are my original work.  Please do not sell these patterns.  Feel free to sell items made from these patterns  if you credit me as designer.