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Ladybug

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These ladybugs are part of my Backyard Bugs collection. You can see the whole collection on my Ravelry. Made with worsted weight yarn, these finished ladybugs measure approximately 6½ inches long, and work up very quickly.

If you want a pattern that you can save on your computer and easily print, this pattern is available in my Ravelry shop for only $2.00. I love printing patterns and saving them in a binder to keep track of the ones I’ve done and the ones I still plan to do.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

Materials needed:

Any worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart Super Saver.

G (4mm) crochet hook

Poly-fil

Yarn needle

15mm safety eyes

White felt

Bottom:

With black yarn, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * around. (55 stitches)

Row 11: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 10 stitches, repeat from * around. (60 stitches)

Tie off.

Top:

With red yarn, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Row 11: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * around. (55 stitches)

Row 12: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 10 stitches, repeat from * around. (60 stitches)

Rows 13-16: Sc in each stitch around. (60 stitches)

Hold bottom and top together and sc around. Before you close it up, stuff tight with poly-fil.

Head:

With black yarn, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Rows 8-9: Sc in each stitch around. (35 stitches)

Row 10: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 11: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Tie off. Cut white felt to use behind eyes. Insert safety eyes between rows 4 and 5 with 6 stitches in between them. Stuff tight with poly-fil. Sew head onto body.

Antenna:

With black yarn, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 6 sc inside of circle. (6 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (12 stitches)

Row 3: Sc in each stitch around. (12 stitches)

Row 4: Dec around. (6 stitches)

Stuff with poly-fil.

Rows 5-7: Sc in each stitch around. (6 stitches)

Tie off. Make two. Position and sew onto top of head.

Legs:

With black yarn, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 6 sc inside of circle. (6 stitches)

Rows 2-7: Sc in each stitch around. (6 stitches)

Tie off. Make six. Position and sew onto bottom of body.

Dots:

With black yarn, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Tie off. Using black yarn, sew a line down the middle of the top of body. Sew or hot glue dots onto body.

If you want to pick up the whole Backyard Bugs collection, you can do that on my Ravelry. There are a lot of cute bugs in this collection, along with Becky and Bo, the bug collectors.

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I hope you enjoy this pattern! You’re welcome to sell items that you make using my patterns, as long as you don’t post the pattern anywhere else, and link back to my page if you’d like to. If there are any mistakes, or something is unclear, please feel free to message me on Facebook.

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9 Free Christmas Crochet Patterns

It’s July, which means it’s time to get started making your Christmas crafts. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and despite the fact that I have tons of Christmas decorations, I add to it every year. My favorite ones are the ones I’ve made myself. I always feels so rushed at Christmas time, though, trying to get all of my handmade gifts done, plus any decorations made that I’ve decided I can’t live without. July is such a great time to get started on these things if you want to avoid the rush and enjoy your holidays.

So I scoured Pinterest to find my favorite 9 free patterns for Christmas decor. Check these out, and maybe give one or two of them a try. I know I will be!

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  1. This cuddly Christmas tree by Repeat Crafter Me is so adorable. It would make a great throw pillow to cuddle on the couch with during the holidays.
  2. Eventually I want to make stockings for all 12 of us, and there are so many great free stocking patterns out there. This Holly and Berry Stocking pattern can be found over on Red Heart’s website, and it would be easy to customize for different people.
  3. I am definitely making these Christmas trees by Airali Design, which is a free download on Ravelry. Aren’t they so cute?
  4. This Christmas tree skirt is another free download by Smoothfox on Ravelry. It’s a fairly simple design that you could make in colors to match your decor.
  5. I love the idea of a tree decorated in all handmade ornaments. These Christmas Baubles are so pretty, and they’re a free Ravelry download designed by Carmen Heffernan.
  6. Speaking of ornaments, The Cookie Snob used ornament patterns from many different designers to create this beautiful advent calendar. You can find the links to each of these little ornaments on her page.
  7. Want a gingerbread house that you won’t be tempted to eat? How about crocheting one? I love the colors on this one on crochet-news website.
  8. Crocheted blankets can take some time, so if you want a nice Christmas-themed one, July is a good time to start on it. This Snowflakes and Ribbons Throw by Katherine Eng is gorgeous, and would be so comfy to cuddle under while you watch Christmas movies and sip on some hot cocoa.
  9. Your Christmas decorating isn’t complete without a cute wreath for your door. This Christmas Wreath is another fun pattern by Repeat Crafter Me.

I hope you find something fun to make for Christmas this year. Do you have a pattern that you plan to make, or have made, that you’d like to share? Go tell me about it on my Facebook page. I’m always looking for new Christmas decor to make for our house.

Butterfly

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These butterflies are part of my Backyard Bugs collection. You can see the whole collection on my Ravelry. Made with worsted weight yarn, these finished butterflies measure approximately 7 inches tall (with their antenna), and work up very quickly.

If you want a pattern that you can save on your computer and easily print, this pattern is available in my Ravelry shop for only $2.00. I love printing patterns and saving them in a binder to keep track of the ones I’ve done and the ones I still plan to do.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

Materials needed:

Any worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart Super Saver.

G (4mm) crochet hook

Poly-fil

Yarn needle

15mm safety eyes

Embroidery thread

Head and Body:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Rows 9-13: Sc in each stitch around. (40 stitches)

Row 14: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 15: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 16: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 17: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Insert safety eyes between rows 10 and 11 with 6 stitches between them. Sew mouth on with embroidery thread. Stuff head tight with poly-fil.

Row 18: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 19: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 20: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 21: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Rows 22-25: Sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Row 26: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 27: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Row 28: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 29: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Row 30: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 31: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Stuff tight with poly-fil. Continue stuffing as you go.

Row 32: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Row 33: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 34: Dec around. (5 stitches)

Tie off and sew end shut.

Antenna:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 6 sc inside of circle. (6 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (12 stitches)

Row 3: Sc in each stitch around. (12 stitches)

Row 4: Dec around. (6 stitches)

Stuff with poly-fil.

Rows 5-7: Sc in each stitch around. (6 stitches)

Tie off. Make two. Position and sew onto top of head.

Wings:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Rows 4-5: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Make two. Tie off first one. Don’t tie off second one.

Row 6: With yarn still attached to second piece, attach to first piece and sc around. (30 stitches)

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Rows 7-9: Sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Row 10: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 11: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Row 12: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 13: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Row 14: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 15: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Tie off. Make two. Lay flat and sew onto back of body.

If you want to pick up the whole Backyard Bugs collection, you can do that on my Ravelry. There are a lot of cute bugs in this collection, along with Becky and Bo, the bug collectors.

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I hope you enjoy this pattern! You’re welcome to sell items that you make using my patterns, as long as you don’t post the pattern anywhere else, and link back to my page if you’d like to. If there are any mistakes, or something is unclear, please feel free to message me on Facebook.

Squid

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These little squids are part of a fun set I just did called Under the Sea. This finished pattern measures approximately 5 inches tall.

If you want a pattern that you can save on your computer and easily print, this pattern is available in my Ravelry shop for only $2.00. I love printing patterns and saving them in a binder to keep track of the ones I’ve done and the ones I still plan to do.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

Materials needed:

Any worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart Super Saver.

G (4mm) crochet hook

Poly-fil

Yarn needle

15mm safety eyes

Embroidery thread (optional)

This pattern is worked “in-the-round”, and stitches are worked through both loops unless otherwise noted. 

Bottom:

With buff yarn, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Tie off.

Body:

With pink yarn, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Rows 11-13: Sc in each stitch around. (50 stitches)

Row 14: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Rows 15-16: Sc in each stitch around. (45 stitches)

Row 17: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Rows 18-19: Sc in each stitch around. (40 stitches)

Row 20: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Rows 21-22: Sc in each stitch around. (35 stitches)

Row 23: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Rows 24-25: Sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Don’t tie off. Insert safety eyes between rows 20 and 21 with 6 stitches in between. Stuff tight with poly-fil.

Place bottom over opening and sc around with pink yarn to close. Sl st to first stitch. (30 stitches) Don’t tie off.

To make the tentacles, *ch 20. Work 2 sc’s in each of the first 5 ch’s, sc in the remaining ch’s. Sc in the next 2 stitches. Repeat from * around. (See photos)

You should end up with 10 tentacles. If you’d like, you can make 2 longer ones on each side and skip curling them at the ends.

Mouth (optional):

With pink yarn, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Rows 2-3: Sc in each stitch around. (5 stitches)

Tie off. Position and sew onto face. You could also just sew a mouth on with black embroidery thread.

If you want to pick up the whole Under the Sea set, you can get it in my Ravelry shop. Check out the other cute animals and mermaids that you can make with this set.

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I hope you enjoy this pattern! You’re welcome to sell items that you make using my patterns, as long as you don’t post the pattern anywhere else, and link back to my page if you’d like to. If there are any mistakes, or something is unclear, please feel free to message me on Facebook. If you create any squids of your own, be sure to post a photo on my Facebook page so I can see. I love seeing all of the things people are creating, and I’d love to see the different variations that people make of these.

 

6 Free Crochet Bag Patterns

With the increase in farmer’s markets and the increasing awareness of how bad plastic bags are for our environment, market bags are all the rage lately. You can buy reusable bags at every store you go to, but it’s so great having a nice market bag to put your fresh produce in. I personally plan to make a couple of them for me to take out to my garden when I go out to harvest my veggies.

The weather is also getting nicer, with hotter temperatures and longer days. I wanted to find some crochet bag patterns that would work for the market, for the park for a picnic, or for a day at the beach. There are a lot of free bag patterns out there, but I picked my 6 favorites to share with you.

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  1. This Lacy V Shopping Bag by Cathy Phillips has beautiful textures and patterns. You can find this pattern free on Ravelry.
  2. Dabbles and Babbles has designed this gorgeous crochet beach tote bag pattern, and I love the bright colors.
  3. This easy beach bag on Girlie’s Crochet looks delicate and sturdy all at the same time.
  4. The Stitchin’ Mommy’s summer fun market or beach tote is quick to work up and looks great.
  5. The Milo crochet market bag by Rescued Paws Designs is made with a double layer of tape yarn that makes it extra sturdy, while the pattern keeps it looking pretty.
  6. Valerie’s Market Tote by The Lavender Chair would be the perfect bag to throw a towel, some sunblock, sunglasses and a book into when you head off to the beach.

I hope you find a pattern here that will work for you. I’ll definitely be using a few of these patterns in the next couple of weeks. Do you have a favorite crochet bag pattern that you use? Head on over to Facebook and tell me about it!

Seahorse

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These little seahorses are part of a fun set I just did called Under the Sea. This finished pattern measures approximately 8 inches long.

If you want a pattern that you can save on your computer and easily print, this pattern is available in my Ravelry shop for only $2.00. I love printing patterns and saving them in a binder to keep track of the ones I’ve done and the ones I still plan to do.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

dc: double crochet

sl st: slip stitch

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

Materials needed:

Any worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart Super Saver.

G (4mm) crochet hook

Poly-fil

Yarn needle

12mm safety eyes

This pattern is worked “in-the-round”, and stitches are worked through both loops unless otherwise noted. 

Head:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Rows 3-5: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Rows 11-14: Sc in each stitch around. (35 stitches)

Row 15: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 16: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 17: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Stop at this point and insert safety eyes between rows 10 and 11 with 12 stitches between them. Stuff tight with poly-fil. Continue stuffing as you work.

Row 18: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 19: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Row 20: Dec around. (5 stitches)

Sew end shut and tie off.

Tail and Body:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 4 sc inside of circle. (4 stitches)

Rows 2-6: Sc in each stitch around. (4 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (6 stitches)

Rows 8-12: Sc in each stitch around. (6 stitches)

Row 13: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (8 stitches)

Rows 14-15: Sc in each stitch around. (8 stitches)

Row 16: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Row 17: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 18: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (12 stitches)

Row 19: Sc in each stitch around. (12 stitches)

Row 20: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (14 stitches)

Row 21: Sc in each stitch around. (14 stitches)

Stop at this point and stuff with poly-fil, leaving the first few rows unstuffed. Continue stuffing as you work.

Row 22: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (16 stitches)

Row 23: Sc in each stitch around. (16 stitches)

Row 24: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (18 stitches)

Row 25: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 26: Sc in first 8 stitches, inc in next 5 stitches, sc in last 7 stitches. (25 stitches)

Row 27: Sc in first 10 stitches, inc in next 5 stitches, sc in last 10 stitches. (30 stitches)

Rows 28-32: Sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Row 33: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Rows 34-35: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Row 36: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Rows 37-38: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Row 39: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Rows 40-41: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil. Position and sew head onto body. Curl tail and sew in place.

Mane:

Ch 35

Row 1: *Sc in first 2 stitches, dc in next 2 stitches. Repeat from * across.

Tie off. Position and sew onto head and body.

Fins:

Ch 4

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each across. (3 stitches)

Row 2: Work 2 sc’s into first stitch, 2 dc’s into next stitch and 2 sc’s in last stitch. (6 stitches)

Tie off. Make two. Position and sew onto sides of body.

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If you want to pick up the whole Under the Sea set, you can get it in my Ravelry shop. Check out the other cute animals and mermaids that you can make with this set.

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I hope you enjoy this pattern! You’re welcome to sell items that you make using my patterns, as long as you don’t post the pattern anywhere else, and link back to my page if you’d like to. If there are any mistakes, or something is unclear, please feel free to message me on Facebook. If you create any seahorses of your own, be sure to post a photo on my Facebook page so I can see. I love seeing all of the things people are creating, and I’d love to see the different variations that people make of these.

Putting Hair on Crocheted Dolls

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There are many different ways you can add hair to your crocheted dolls. I’m going to talk about three methods that I use often, and then show a couple of combination methods that also work well for me.

Looped Hair

This is the method I use the most. Cut the yarn twice as long as the length you want, but make it longer so you can trim it afterward to get it all even. Put the hook through the loop where you want the hair, grab a strand or two of your yarn and pull it through. Grab the end of the yarn and pull that through the loop.

You can cover a doll’s head in hair like this, but it would end up being way too much hair. When I use this method, I generally put the hair in ponytails or braids. Then you can just add the loops around the edges, leaving a bald spot in the middle.

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Seamed Hair

This method is a bit more complicated, but also takes less yarn and looks a bit cleaner.

Cut your yarn the length you want it, but as always leave it longer so you can trim it and make it even. Starting at the top of the head, hold a couple of strands of yarn on there and use your yarn needle and yarn of a matching color to sew it in place. Continue placing strands and sewing all the way down the back of the head.

This is a pretty quick method of putting on hair, but it will also leave a bald spot on their head.

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When I use this method, I put their hair in ponytails or braids to cover that bald spot.

While I think this method is quick and looks nice, it’s not a very good method to use if a child is going to be playing with the doll since it’s possible they could pull those strands out.

Wig Cap

This is the method that I use the most if I’m making a doll that’s going to be played with. A wig cap doesn’t look as natural, but it stays on better and is pretty easy to do.

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Wig caps are easy to make. You can do this by following the pattern for the dolls head, but instead of decreasing, add a few more rows. When I make caps, I keep testing it on my dolls head until it’s the size I want it.

You can sew the wig cap on and extend your stitches down a bit to make it look more like hair, or you can make a scalloped or shaped wig cap.

Combinations

There are many ways you can combine these methods to get the hair that you want. Here are a few combinations that I use.

Adding a Hat

This is my absolute favorite because, like using a wig cap, it stays in place well and will hold up to play. By adding hair under the hat, though, you also get the real look of hair.

Just add looped hair under the brim of the hat, or add some curls. Speaking of curls, they’re pretty easy to make too. You just crochet a chain longer than you want, then work two or three sc’s into each chain. Play around with it until you get the length you want, and leave a long tail at the beginning and end to attach it to the head.

With a hat, you can do different hair styles too. Leave the hair loose, or put it in braids or pigtails.

Adding Hair to a Wig Cap

If the wig cap is just too plain, you can always add hair to it. Try looping hair at the back to create a ponytail, or attach curls on each side to create curly pigtails.

Using a Wig Cap Under Looped Hair

Sometimes, looped hair will still leave gaps and bald spots, especially if you’re only looping one strand to keep the weight of the hair down. In this case, you can use a wig cap underneath the hair to disguise those spots.

These are just a few methods you can use to add hair to your crocheted dolls. There are so many different ways, it’s good to try a few and find what you like the best. You can totally change the look of a doll just by doing their hair differently, so you may find that you like to use many different methods like I do.

I hope this helps you to add hair to your crocheted dolls. If you have other neat methods that you use, go visit me on Facebook and tell me about it.

 

 

 

Birthday Cake Hat

 

May is my birthday month, which means I’ve got all kinds of fun stuff going on on my Facebook page. A few years ago, I made myself this cake hat for my birthday, and this year I decided to remake it and write up the pattern or everybody. It would make a great birthday gift for any age, but I like having them here for everybody in my family to wear on their birthday. This pattern is written as a “one size fits most” but if you need to make it bigger or smaller it wouldn’t be difficult.

If you want a pattern that you can save on your computer and easily print, this pattern is available in my Ravelry shop for only $2.00. I love printing patterns and saving them in a binder to keep track of the ones I’ve done and the ones I still plan to do.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

Materials needed (with affiliate links):

Any worsted weight yarn will work. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice and Loops and Threads Impeccable for most of the ones I made.

J (6mm) crochet hook

H (5mm) crochet hook 

Yarn needle

This pattern is worked “in-the-round”, and stitches are worked through both loops unless otherwise noted. 

Top:

With your J (6mm) hook, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * around. (55 stitches)

Row 11: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 10 stitches, repeat from * around. (60 stitches)

Row 12: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 11 stitches, repeat from * around. (65 stitches)

Row 13: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 12 stitches, repeat from * around. (70 stitches)

Tie off.

Cake Round:

With your J(6mm) hook, ch. 70. Sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Row 1: Sc in each ch around. (70 stitches)

Rows 2-23: Sc in each stitch around. (70 stitches)

 

Tie off.

Line the top piece up with the top of the cake round and sc together using your trim color. For the second row, work 4 sc’s into each stitch. Tie off.

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Candle:

With your H(5mm) hook, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 8 sc inside of circle. (8 stitches)

Rows 2-13: Sc in each stitch around. (8 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff with poly-fil. Loop and attach pieces of orange yarn to the top for the flames. Sew onto top of cake.

 

Add any embellishments that you’d like on your hat. I crocheted a chain to attach along it, then made some little pom-poms and put them on, but you can do whatever you want to decorate your cake.

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Or you can just leave it plain if you want to.

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They really work well for any gender, and any age.

 

You know what also goes great with one of these hats? A cake!

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You can also pick up the pattern for the cake in my Ravelry shop for only $2.00. Or if you want, you can find it free on my blog.

I hope you enjoy this pattern! You’re welcome to sell items that you make using my patterns, as long as you don’t post the pattern anywhere else, and link back to my page if you’d like to. If there are any mistakes, or something is unclear, please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know. Or message me on Facebook. If you create any cake hats of your own, be sure to post a photo on my Facebook page so I can see. I love seeing all of the things people are creating, and I’d love to see the different variations that people make of these.

12 Free Birthday Crochet Patterns

In honor of my birthday this month, I’m doing all kinds of birthday-ey (that’s my new word) things on my Facebook page, including giveaways and fun patterns. I decided I needed a roundup of other fun things you can make for a birthday, so I scoured the internet (ie. Pinterest) and found 12 of my favorite things to share with you.

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  1. Wouldn’t these cute little balloons make a great centerpiece on a table? You can find this pattern over on Planet June and it’s free, although she does have a button to donate if you can.
  2. Twinkie Chan makes such adorable food accessories, and these swirly cupcake hair clips would be perfect for the birthday girl. They’re so adorable, why not make one for each person at the party to wear?
  3. Have you seen these crochet water balloons by Left in Knots? What a fun birthday party activity, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning up all of those messy little balloon pieces afterward.
  4. Rock n Roll Bride has this great pattern and tutorial that Twinkie Chan did for this cupcake garland. I think this would be really cute above a table at a party, but I also kind of just want to make some to string around my bedroom.
  5. Want to make some party hats for people to wear? Mamachee has this free pattern, and I think these would be adorable.
  6. Who wouldn’t want to carry around this awesome cupcake purse? Mary Maxim has the pattern free on her blog. I think these would be great for any time of the year.
  7. I’m in love with this cupcake pincushion by Esshaych. Let’s face it, I’m in love with any cupcake, but this one is particularly cute.
  8. Everybody needs a crown to wear on their birthday (or any other day). This free pattern by IraRott works up quickly and doesn’t take much yarn to make.
  9. Want to make a birthday banner to hang on the wall? This free pattern by Flushed With Rosy Colour is really cute.
  10. Petals to Picots has this free pattern to make some balloon appliques, which you could use to decorate a card, or even put on a blanket or hat.
  11. How about a slice of yummy cake? Repeat Crafter Me has the free pattern for this cake on her website.
  12. And one last one from Twinkie Chan because she really does make cute food items. This cake tissue box cozy looks good enough to eat. I wouldn’t suggest that, though.

So here are a few ideas of things you can make for an upcoming birthday. Oh, and don’t forget my Smiling Birthday Cake.

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Have you found any other cute birthday patterns? Go share them with me on my Facebook page!

Smiling Birthday Cake

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May is my birthday month, which means I’ve got all kinds of fun stuff going on on my Facebook page. A few years ago, I made myself this cake for my birthday, and this year I decided to remake it and write up the pattern or everybody. It would make a great birthday gift for any age.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

Materials needed (with affiliate links):

Any worsted weight yarn will work. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice for most of the ones I made.

H (5mm) crochet hook 

15mm safety eyes

Yarn needle

Poly-fil 

This pattern is worked “in-the-round”, and stitches are worked through both loops unless otherwise noted. 

Top and Bottom:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * around. (55 stitches)

Row 11: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 10 stitches, repeat from * around. (60 stitches)

Row 12: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 11 stitches, repeat from * around. (65 stitches)

Row 13: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 12 stitches, repeat from * around. (70 stitches)

Tie off.

Cake Round:

Ch. 70. Sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Row 1: Sc in each ch around. (70 stitches)

Rows 2-6: Sc in each stitch around. (70 stitches)

Row 7: Sc in first 27 stitches, ch 15, skip 15 and sc in the last 28 stitches. (Hole for mouth made.)

Row 8: Sc in each stitch around, working a sc into each ch of the ch 15. (70 stitches)

Rows 9-14: Sc in each stitch around. (70 stitches)

Tie off.

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Mouth:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Fold the mouth in half and sc across the back to create the crease. Tie off.

 

Tongue:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: Sc in first 8 stitches. Leave last 2 stitches unworked. (8 stitches)

Tie off. Sew tongue to mouth only at the flat end so it sticks out.

 

Insert mouth inside of cake round and line it up with the opening. Using the same color as the cake round, sc the pieces together.

 

Line the top piece up with the top of the cake round and sc together using your trim color. For the second row, work 4 sc’s into each stitch. Tie off. Position and insert the safety eyes.

 

Stuff your cake, making sure the poly-fil doesn’t push the mouth outward. Line up the bottom piece and repeat the instructions for the top.

 

Candle:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 6 sc inside of circle. (6 stitches)

Rows 2-10: Sc in each stitch around. (6 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff with poly-fil. Loop and attach pieces of orange yarn to the top for the flames. Sew onto top of cake.

 

There you have your finished cake.

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Try making them in different colors to create different flavors of cake.

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If you want a pattern that you can save on your computer and easily print, this pattern is available in my Ravelry shop for only $2.00. I love printing patterns and saving them in a binder to keep track of the ones I’ve done and the ones I still plan to do. The purchased pattern also comes with the instructions to make a unicorn cake:

 

You know what goes great with one of these cakes? A cake hat!

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You can also pick up the pattern for the cake hat in my Ravelry shop for only $2.00. Or if you wait, it will be posted free on my blog soon.

I hope you enjoy this pattern! You’re welcome to sell items that you make using my patterns, as long as you don’t post the pattern anywhere else, and link back to my page if you’d like to. If there are any mistakes, or something is unclear, please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know. Or message me on Facebook. If you create any cakes of your own, be sure to post a photo on my Facebook page so I can see. I love seeing all of the things people are creating, and I’d love to see the different variations that people make of these.