Monthly Archives: January 2016

Things I’ve been up to.

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Things I’ve been up to.

I wanted to come up with a Valentine’s Day themed item. I love double knitting and working with bright colors. I came up with a chart and swatched it to see if it would work. I had some really fun red variegated yarn from Knit Picks that was on clearance. After swatching, I realized that it wasn’t enough to make a full project. I started toying with the idea of a scarf, but finally decided on a reversible cowl that could be worn many ways. I also am quite partial to lime green and hot pink. (I must be channeling my inner pre-teen.)

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Hot Pink and Lime Green cowl shown three ways.

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Swatches

I haven’t posted the pattern yet, as I still need to test it.

After this time intensive project, I wanted to do something small and fun.

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Rainbow Unicorn

How cute is this? The pattern is from ahookamigurumi. Check out her blog. There are tons of versions of this cute little guy.  As you can see, I have a new photo area that I am really liking right now.

Finally, I working on kits. Remember Mr. Sniffles, the cold virus that is simply adorable? Now he is available in a kit.  The pattern will stay free, but if you are having trouble getting the yarn or don’t want to buy extra eyes when you only want one set order the kit.

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Mr. Sniffles completed and ready to be made.

Let me know if you have any suggestions for other kits that I should hurry to get in the shop.

Hope everyone is enjoying this January.

Wendy

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Topsy Turvy – Free Pattern

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Topsy Turvy – Free Pattern

 

Topsy flips over to create his friend Turvy.  He was created to explore the idea of one creature flipping over to make a completely different stuffed friend. This little amigurumi is super cute no matter which way you turn him.

 

 

Materials

 

Worsted Weight Yarn

 

I love this yarn – Hot Orchid

 

I love this yarn – Graphite

 

I love this yarn – Black

 

18 MM Safety Eyes

 

Size E crochet hook

 

Polyfiberfill

 

Large Eye Needle

 

Small Sharp Embroidery Needle

 

 

 

Abbreviations

 

SC – Single Crochet

 

CH- Chain

 

FO – Fasten Off

 

SL ST – Slip Stitch

 

INC – Make two Single Crochet in Same Stitch

 

DEC – Single Crochet two stitches together

 

BLO – Back Loops Only

 

LS – Loop Stitch

 

LSINC – Loop Stitch Increase

 

 

 

Note: Entire project is worked in the round. Use a stitch marker or a scrap piece of yarn to mark the beginning of each row. Then you don’t have to count every row. Do not join unless instructed to.

 

 

 

Parentheses indicate a repeat. Repeat the stitches in the parentheses for the number of times indicated.

 

 

 

The bracketed number [] is the number of stitches at the end of each row.

 

 

 

I spread my increases out so there isn’t a seam on the finished piece. If you do not like this method, you can do regular increases.

 

 

 

I have not included a step by step tutorial on how to do a loop stitch. Here is a helpful tutorial on Crochet Me’s website. http://www.crochetme.com/forums/t/28870.aspx

 

 

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at drunkenauntwendy@gmail.com.

 

 

 

HEAD/BODY – in Graphite

 

Note: The head is started in Loop Stitch. As Loop Stitch shows on the wrong side of the fabric, you will reverse your stitching to end up on the right side when you start single crocheting. Work a Loop Stitch Increase by doing two Loop Stitches in the same stitch. 

 

 

 

 Ch 2

 

Round 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook [6].

 

Round 2: LSINC in each stitch around [12 LS].

 

Round 3: (LS, LSINC) 6 times [18 LS].

 

Round 4: (LS, LSINC, LS) 6 times [24 LS].

 

Round 5: (3 LS, LSINC) 6 times [30 LS].

 

Round 6: (2 LS, LSINC, 2 LS) 6 times [36 LS].

 

Round 7: You will be changing colors to Hot Orchid in the last stitch of this row.

 

(5 LS, LSINC) 6 times [42 LS].

 

Round 8: Turn the work so the right side (the loops) are facing outward  Reminder the rest of the creature is worked in single crochet. (3 SC, INC, 3 SC) 6 times [48].

 

Round 9: (7 SC, INC) 6 times [54].

 

Rounds 10-23: SC in each stitch for 14 rows [54 SC per row].

 

Round 24: (7 SC, DEC) 6 times [48].

 

Round 25: (6 SC, DEC) 6 times [42].

 

Place Eyes between Rows 16 and 17 approximately 7 stitches apart. This should be right underneath the hair.

 

Embroider the face using the pictures as a guide. Hide the mouth for Turvy under the loops for the hair.

 

Start Stuffing. You want to stuff firmly and make sure that the stuffing doesn’t cause lumps on the outside of your creature.

 

Round 26: (5 SC, DEC) 6 times [36].

 

Round 27: (4 SC, DEC) 6 times [30].

 

Round 28: (3 SC, DEC) 6 times [24].

 

Round 29: (2 SC, DEC) 6 times [18].

 

Round 30: (SC, DEC) 6 times [12].

 

Round 31: (DEC) 6 times [6].

 

Fasten off leaving a 6-10 inch tail. Using the tail weave in and out of the last 6 stitches and pull tight to close up the hole.

 

 

 

ARMS– in Hot Orchid (make 2)

 

Ch 2

 

Round 1: 6 SC in 2nd Chain from hook [6].

 

Round 2: SC row [6].

 

Round 3: SC row [6].

 

Round 4: (SC, INC) 3 times [9].

 

Round 5: SC Row [9].

 

Round 6: SC Row [9].

 

Round 7: (2 SC, INC) 3 times [12].

 

Round 8: SC Row [12].

 

Round 9: SC Row [12].

 

Round 10: SC Row [12].

 

Round 11: SC Row [12].

 

Round 12: SC Row [12].

 

Round 13: SC Row [12].

 

Round 14: SC Row [12].

 

Round 15: SC Row [12].

 

Round 16: SC Row [12].

 

Round 17: SC Row [12].

 

 

 

Fasten off and fold the arms flat. Sew to side of creatures between rows 9-10 in line with the eyes.

 

 

 

LEGS/ANTENNA – in Graphite (make 2)

 

Ch 2

 

Round 1:  6 SC in 2nd Chain from hook [6].

 

Round 2: (INC) 6 times [12].

 

Round 3: (SC, INC) 6 times [18].

 

Round 4: (SC, INC, SC) 6 times [24].

 

Round 5: SC row in BLO [24].

 

Round 6:  SC row [24].

 

Round 7: SC row [24].

 

Round 8: SC row [24].

 

Round 9: (2SC, DEC) 6 times [18].

 

Start stuffing

 

Round 10: (SC, DEC) 6 times [12]. Change colors to Hot Orchid in last stitch.

 

Round 11: SC row [12].

 

Round 12: SC row [12].

 

Fasten off and after it has been firmly stuffed sew to bottom of creature.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year

Welcome to 2016! Christmas orders are finally over. I was challenged with creating a couple of interesting animals.

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One of the biggest challenges was this rather large Hippo/Rhino Push Me Pull Me. I’m excited to make them into their own creatures instead of the combination. Check out those super cute toenails.

The Rhino head went through no less than 4 different versions until I settled on this one. One day, I’ll post a picture of my rejected body parts basket.

Right now I am trying to come up with a couple of Valentine’s Day patterns. Here are my swatches for what was originally supposed to be a knitted scarf.

After working on it for several hours, I decided it would work better as a cowl. The first one will be in hot pink and lime green. It is still in progress. After 2 days, I’ve finished about 5 rows. I don’t know if I will finish it in the next two weeks.

I am using a double knitting technique for the color work so it will be reversible.

New for this year will be kits. I’m working on packaging the yarn and notions to make it easier for people to make their own yarn creatures. Just add stuffing.

The first kit will be Mr. Sniffles. The pattern will remain free, but a make it yourself option will be available in the Etsy Shop.