Thursday, 29 November 2012

That's a Big Penguin



Okay, so it's probably not the biggest penguin you've ever seen but it is one of the biggest toys I've made so far. He is 41cm, 16in tall and based on the adorable penguin in Oliver Jeffer's illustrated children's book, Lost and Found.


He was crocheted using 4 strands of DK acrylic yarn held together and a 7.00mm hook. I made him for a Christmas raffle my mum is having at her workplace and I'm really pleased with the way he has turned out. Add a bottle of champagne and a Toblerone and I think he'll make a very sweet prize.

Also, since I last posted, I had time to make another very short stop-motion. And when I say very short, I mean blink and you'll miss it. Here it is -



I bet you're all busy working on your holiday projects so I shall leave you to it. Hope you're all having fun. Until next time ...

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Mini Santa Hat


This is the pattern for the mini Santa hat I made for the Christmas Kangaroos. It, of course, can be used for any of your amigurumi. If you would like the hat to have a fold-up rim, just add a few even rows to the end of the pattern.

 

Mini Santa Hat

Size
5cm/2in tall

Skill Level
Easy.

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
Yarn
Red
White

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Tapestry needle

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
Rnd – A round of a continuous spiral
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

Hat (in Red and White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (8)
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st*  twice (10)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (12)
Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st*  twice (14)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (16)
Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 st*  twice (18)
Rnd 8: sc in each st around
Change to white.
Rnd 9-10: sc in each st around
Rnd 11: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  three times (21)

Make the Pom-pom (in White)
Wrap the yarn around two fingers 7 times. Cut yarn and slip yarn off fingers, making sure the loops don't unravel.


Cut another length of yarn. You might need someone to help you out here. Tie the length of yarn around the middle of the loops. Make sure to tie it tightly. Don't cut the ends of the length of yarn, instead leave them long so that you can use them to join the pom-pom to the hat.


Cut the loops.


Trim and shape the pom-pom. Fluff it up by rubbing it between your fingers. Attach to the top of the hat. You may want to trim it a little more once it's attached.


And now you have a simple Santa hat to give to on of your toys.

Have a wonderful holiday season, guys!


Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2012

Christmas Kangaroo



I've been working on a Christmas project inspired by Rolf Harris' song "Six White Boomers" (a Boomer is a male kangaroo). In the song, six kangaroos pull Santa's sleigh when the reindeer find it too hot to go on while traveling through Australia. I'm planning on making all six boomers - so far I've made three. I wanted to share this pattern with you as sort of an early Christmas present. I've included instructions for a pouch so your kangaroo doesn't have to be a boomer if you don't want it to be. There is also a pattern for a little joey. I figured you can't have a pattern of a Kangaroo without a joey. You can find a link to the pattern for the little Santa hat at the bottom of this post.

Enjoy, guys!


Christmas Kangaroo


Size
18cm/7in tall,

Skill Level
Moderate. Nothing too tricky with the Kangaroo. The legs require a few short rows to shape the foot and all up there are 8 pieces to join. The Joey, because he is so small, is quite fiddly. Felt could be used for some of his smaller features - his arms, ears and tail.

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
Yarn
White - suggested alternatives: grey, brown, red
Black or Blue for the eyes
Grey for the nose - suggested alternatives: black, pink

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Tapestry needle

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
Rnd – A round of a continuous spiral
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

Body (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (30)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (36)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (42)
Rnd 8-9: sc in each st around
Rnd 10: sc in next 4 st, sc2tog, sc in next 6 st, sc2tog, sc in next 10 st, *sc in next st, sc2tog*  four times, sc in next 6 st (36)
Rnd 11-13: sc in each st around
Rnd 14: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  six times, sc in next 18 st (30)
Rnd 15-16: sc in each st around
Rnd 17: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  five times, sc in next 13 st, sc2tog (24)
Rnd 18-20: sc in each st around
Rnd 21: sc in next 2 st, *sc2tog* four times, sc in next 14 st (20)
Rnd 22: sc in each st around
Start stuffing.
Rnd 23: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (15)
Rnd 24-25: sc in each st around
Rnd 26: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (10)
Rnd 27-28: sc in each st around
Finish stuffing firmly. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the body to the head.

Head (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (9)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (12)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (15)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 8: sc in each st around
Rnd 9: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 10: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (30)
Rnd 11-12: sc in each st around
Rnd 13: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Rnd 14: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Start stuffing.
Rnd 15: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Rnd 16: sc2tog around
Finish stuffing firmly. Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches, pulling tight to close up hole. Weave in ends.

Tail (in White)
Remember to stuff the tail as you go.

Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in ring (4)
Rnd 2: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (6)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (8)
Rnd 5-6: sc in each st around
Rnd 7: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (10)
Rnd 8-11: sc in each st around
Rnd 12: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (12)
Rnd 13-20: sc in each st around
Rnd 21: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (14)
Rnd 22: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (16)
Rnd 23: sc in each st around
Finish stuffing firmly. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the tail to the body.

Legs (in White)
Before we start making the legs, I just want to mention how to stuff them. The legs become quite narrow and so you will have to stuff as you go. The top, rounded part of the leg, the part that will eventually be attached to the body, only needs to be stuffed lightly. Use the picture below as a guide. If it is stuffed too firmly, it will sit awkwardly on the body. The rest of the leg should be stuffed nice and firmly.


Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 5-6: sc in each st around
Rnd 7: *sc2tog*  six times, sc in next 12 st (18)
Rnd 8: *sc2tog*  five times, sc in next 6 st, sc2tog (12)
Rnd 9: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (8)
Rnd 10-16: sc in each st around
Rnd 17: To make the heel of the foot you'll work three short rows. Sc in next 6 st. *Turn your work, sc in next 4 st* twice. You have now made a small flap. Insert your hook into the middle of the side of the flap, pull yarn through, insert hook into the next st, pull yarn through then pull yarn through all three loops on the hook. Sc in next st (8)

Small flap made after working three short rows in Rnd 17

Rnd 18: Sc in next st. Insert hook in next st, pull yarn through, insert hook into the middle of the side of the flap, pull yarn through then pull yarn through all three loops on the hook. Sc in next 6 st (8)
Rnd 19-20: sc in each st around
Rnd 21: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (10)
Rnd 22-23: sc in each st around
Rnd 24: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  twice (8)
Rnd 25: sc in each st around
Rnd 26: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  twice (6)
Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches, pulling tight to close up hole. Weave in ends. Make two.

Arms (in White)
The arms are left unstuffed.

Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in ring (4)
Rnd 2: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (6)
Rnd 3-9: sc in each st around
Rnd 10: 2 sc in next 3 st, sc in next 3 st (9)
Rnd 11: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  three times, sc in next 3 st (12)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the arms to the body. Make two.
Ears (in White)
When you make your foundation chain, leave a tail of yarn at the start of the chain to use when joining the ears to the head.

Chain 5
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in three chains, turn (4)
Row 2: sc in each st to the end, turn (4)
Row 3: sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next st, turn (3)
Row 4: sc in each st to the end, turn (3)
Row 5: sc2tog, sc in next st, turn (2)
Row 6: sc2tog (1)
To finish off, slip stitch evenly around the edges of the ear. Cut yarn and fasten off, weaving the end into the ear. Don't weave in the tail of yarn left at the beginning of the foundation chain. Make two.

Pouch (in White)
Chain 15.
Row 1: Working in the back loops only, sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 13 chains to the end, turn (14)
Row 2: sc2tog, sc in next 10 st, sc2tog, turn (12)
Row 3: sc in each st to the end, turn
Row 4: sc2tog, sc in next 8 st, sc2tog, turn (10)
Row 5-7: sc in each st to the end, turn
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the pouch to the body. Weave the tail of yarn up through the side of the pouch and out through the top corner (the top edge of the pouch is the widest edge.



Assembly
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eye at all times.***

Join the head to the body. Position the head on the open end of the body and pin into place. Use the tail of yarn on the body to sew the head on.


Join the legs to the body. There is an arch/bend in the body. This is the Kangaroo's back. Pin the legs to the body so that the toes face away from the arch/bend. Cut a length of yarn and attach to the body close to the edge of the leg and use this to stitch the leg to the body. Stitch all the way around the rounded part of the leg.



Join the tail to the body. You want the tail of the Kangaroo to touch the ground when the Kangaroo is standing on a flat surface. So when you pin the tail to the body, stand the Kangaroo up and make sure the tail is sitting in a nice position. Use the tail of yarn left on the tail to stitch it onto the body.


Join the arms to the body. One side of the opening of the arms flares out a little more than the other. This will be the top of the arm/shoulder. Flatten the opening, pin to the body and stitch on flat using the tails of yarn left on the arms.


Join the ears to the head. I find the easiest way to stitch on the ears is to pin them flat to the head with the points pointing towards the nose. Then use the tails of yarn on the ears to stitch the bottom edge to the head.


Join the pouch to the body. If you're making a female Kangaroo (called does, flyers or jills; I think I prefer the term jills) then you'll want to add a pouch. Pin the pouch to the tummy, between the legs. You'll want the top of the pouch to balloon out a little. Use the tail of yarn on the pouch to join it to the tummy. This should be obvious but just in case I'll say it anyway - remember not to sew down the top edge of the pouch or else your pouch will end up being just a patch.


Stitch on facial features. Using black or blue yarn, stitch in some eyes. Using grey yarn stitch in a triangular nose.

Okay, we've finished the Kangaroo. Let's start on the Joey. You'll be using the same yarn used to make the Kangaroo.

Joey


Okay, so I'll admit it, you can only tell this little guy is a joey when he's in his mum's pouch. When he's out of it, he looks a bit like a dodgy dog or a wolf or, if we're going to stick to the Australian theme, like a little white dingo. Still, his mum loves him and that's all that matters, right?

We'll join all the parts as we go so we don't lose any of them. Joining his arms, ears, tail and snout can be a bit of a pain because of his tiny size. If you think it will be easier, cut out these features from matching felt and glue to the body.

Alrighty, here we go ...

Size
4.5cm/ 1.8in long

Instructions

Body and Legs (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3-4: sc in each st aorund
Rnd 5: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (9)
Rnd 6-7: sc in each st around
You can start stuffing. Only the body needs to be stuffed and you don't need to stuff very firmly. When you start making the legs later, don't worry about stuffing them.
Rnd 8: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (12)

Start making First Leg.
Rnd 1: Skip the next 6 st, sc in next 6 st (6)
Rnd 2: sc in each of the 6 st you just made (6)
Rnd 3: sc2tog, sc in next 4 st (5)
Cut yarn and weave through last 4 st, pulling tight to close up hole. Fasten off.

Rnd 1: Skip 6 st, sc in next st

Start making Second leg.
Row 1: Attach yarn to one of the unworked st of Rnd 8 of the body. Sc in each of the unworked stitches (6)
Row 2: sc in each of the 6 st you just made (6)
Row 3: sc2tog, sc in next 4 st (5)
Cut yarn and weave through last 4 st, pulling tight to close up hole. Fasten off. Weave in yarn ends.

Row 1: Attach yarn to one of the unworked st of Rnd 8

Ears (in White)
Chain 3.
Row 1: Working in back loops only, sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next chain (2)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining to the head. Make two. Join the ears to the top of the head.


Arms (in White)
Chain 4.
Row 1: sl st in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next 2 chains (3)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining to the body. Make two. Join the arms to the body.


Tail (in White)
Chain 6.
Row 1: sl st in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next chain, sc in next 3 st (5)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining to the body. Join the tail to the back of the body, just above the legs.


Snout (in White)
Make a ring.
Row 1: 5 sc in ring
Sl st in next st, cut yarn and pull through. Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the the body. Join the snout to the middle of the head.


To finish off, stitch in some eyes with black or blue yarn just above the snout and a nose with grey yarn on the tip of the snout.

And that's it! Would you like to make a little Santa hat for your Kangaroo? Pop over here for a simple pattern.







Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2012

Monday, 12 November 2012

Swedish Translation of the Mini Stockings

The Mini Stockings pattern will now be available in three different languages!! An extremely talented crocheter, Jenny from lubbsen.blogspot.com, has recently translated the pattern into Swedish. You can find the Swedish version of the pattern here.

Jenny, I love your work and I'm so thrilled that the Mini Stockings pattern can now be shared with your readers. Thank you so much for doing the translation!


Friday, 9 November 2012

An Attempt at Stop-Motion

... a very, very short attempt. I was taking photos for an upcoming pattern for the blog and, on the spur of the moment, I decided to give stop-motion a go. I realise I have a lot to learn but I really did have so much fun making this :)

Monday, 5 November 2012

Dutch Translation of Mini Stockings

I'm so excited by this  - the wonderful and extremely talented Melanie from melanie-mijnknutsels.blogspot.com has translated the Mini Stockings pattern into Dutch! You can find that version here.

I think it is awesome that Melanie was able to do this and it is very exciting to know that more people will be able to enjoy the pattern.

Thanks, Melanie!!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Goofy Mini Stockings

Dutch version of pattern; Swedish version of pattern; Charted version of pattern


Christmas is coming. So much crocheting to do. Anybody else panicking? Deep breaths, people. We still have time.

I made these mini stockings as little gifts for family and friends last year, and even though there are quite a few patterns for this type of project floating around the internet, I thought it wouldn't hurt to share mine.

The great thing about mini stockings is you can use them for different things.
You can use them as gift tags.


Attach a loop of yarn to the cuffs to make them into Christmas tree ornaments,



Or make them into fridge magnets. (For more details on how to attach magnets to your stockings, scroll down past the pattern.)


Have I left anything out?

They're fun and quick to make so why not give them go.

Goofy Mini Stockings

Size
7cm/2 ¾in long

Skill Level
Easy to moderate.

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
Yarn
White
Your Favourite Colours

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Tapestry needle
Black felt for pupils
Felt in different colours for decorating
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

Stocking (in Favourite Colour and White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 4-8: sc in each st around
To make the heel you'll work 4 short rows, 9 sc long. To begin, turn your work and work a sc in the last 9 stitches of Rnd 8. *Turn and work a sc in the next 9 st*  three times. You've now created a little flap.



Rnd 9: Insert your hook in the middle of the side of the flap, pull yarn through, insert hook in the next sc at the base of the flap (marked by the white yarn in the photo below), pull yarn through, then pull yarn through 3 loops on hook. Mark this as your first st of the round.


Sc in the front loops of the next 7 st. Insert hook in the next sc, pull yarn through, insert hook in the middle of the side of the flap, pull yarn through then pull yarn through all 3 loops on hook.


Sc in next 9 st (18)

Rnd 10-15: sc in each st around
Change to White
Rnd 16: sc in each st around
Rnd 17: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (21)
Rnd 18-22: sc in each st around
Your stocking is now finished. If you wanted to add a pretty edge to the stocking cuff, finish with a round of crab stitch. Fasten off and weave in ends. Fold down the white part of the stocking to make the cuff.

Big Eye (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Sl st in next st and pull through yarn. Leave a tail of yarn to use when joining to the stocking.

Small Eye (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Sl st in next st and pull through yarn. Leave a tail of yarn to use when joining to the stocking.

Attach a small circle of black felt to each eye to make the pupils, using needle and thread or glue.


Attach to the stocking. You can just add one eye or three. Whatever takes your fancy.

Felt Features
If you want to add some eyebrows, cut some strips from black felt and attach above the eyes use a needle and thread or glue. Create other features from felt - a moustache, a tongue, big lips, whatever wacky features you can think of. Attach using needle and thread or glue.

Eyelid (in colour matching stocking)
If you'd like to make a one-eyed stocking like the green one in my photos, you may wish to add an eyelid over the eye. The eyelid is very easy to make. Make a chain a little wider than the eye. Sc in 2nd chain from the hook, then sc in each chain to the end. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn. Curve this strip over the eye and attach to the stocking using the tail of yarn, stitching around the sides and top edge of the strip.

Make Your Mini Stockings into Fridge Magnets
You'll need a hot glue gun, some of those thin promotional magnets you can get in the mail, scissors and, of course, your mini stocking.



Cut out a rectangle from the magnet that will fit along the back of the stocking cuff. Cut out another larger rectangle to cover the back of the body of the stocking. The larger the rectangles, the better your stockings will stick to the fridge.



Attach the magnets to the back of the stocking with hot melt glue.


 After the glue has cooled down and set, your magnets will be ready to go.




Hope you had fun with this one.



Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2012
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