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Mom Cave

In August, we moved to Kuna, Idaho just south of Boise. It’s been a big adjustment since everybody we love (including half of my kids) are still back in Spokane. We’re slowly adjusting to life here, though. It’s much quieter where we’re at, in a small housing development south of town. It’s been great for me because I love country living, but my kids are very much city kids and are having a harder time getting used to the quiet.

Our new house is amazing. It’s so much bigger than our old house, and the best part for me is my Mom Cave. It’s been a long time since I’ve had my own crafting space, so I’ve had a lot of fun getting everything set up. I absolutely love seeing other people’s craft rooms, so I took lots of pictures to share of my Mom Cave.

My room has double doors that lead to the living room, which makes it really easy for me to be a part of the house even when I’m working, but it’s also really easy for me to shut the doors when I need some quiet. I made this sign to hang outside of the door.

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I’m so happy I’m finally able to use my cubbies to hold yarn, which is what they were intended for when I bought them. I have TONS of yarn….really, an obscene amount. So I went through and pulled out worsted weight yarn because it’s what I use the most, then arranged it by color in my cubbies. (The other tubs of yarn are stacked in my bedroom for now.)

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I pulled out some of the finished projects that I’ve done to put on my shelves, and printed out covers of the ebooks that I’ve released to put in frames on the wall.

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I made a wreath to hang on my door, and an “emergency case” inspired by Repeat Crafter Me to hang on the wall.

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I set up my garden oasis by one of the windows….and a couple of imposters snuck in.

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And, of course, I have a cozy place to sit and work on projects while I watch tv or stare out the window and daydream.

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I finally got to put my project cart to use that I purchased from Michaels, and the rolling wheels made it really handy when we had movie night. I was able to just roll it out next to the couch to keep working while we watched Deadpool 2.

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And I made myself a cozy blanket to cover up with when it gets cold.

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There’s even a place for my assistant….

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That’s Daisy. She’s 12 years old now, and she likes comfy places to lay down so I made her a dog bed out of Bernat Blanket Yarn. She’s been my shadow now for over a decade, so whatever room I’m in, she has to be in too. I’ve been moving the dog bed to my bedroom at night for her until I can find the time to make her another one. She really loves her fluffy pillow.

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We have another dog who is in here all the time too, and now the cats have started creeping in. They love my big window.

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I hope you enjoyed these photos of my Mom Cave. Do you have a space where you do your crafting? Head on over to my Facebook and show me some pictures or tell me about it!

 

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Giant Crab

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The giant crabs are taking over. Made with Bernat Blanket yarn, these crabs measure approximately 14 inches side to side without the legs and 20 inches side to side with the legs. They’re perfect for cuddling with or using as a place to rest your head.

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 $4.00. 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:

Bernat Blanket yarn

L (8mm) crochet hook

Poly-fil

Yarn needle

30mm safety eyes

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 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (48 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (56 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (64 stitches)

Row 11: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (72 stitches)

Row 12: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (80 stitches)

Row 13: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * around. (88 stitches)

Row 14: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 10 stitches, repeat from * around. (96 stitches)

Row 15: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 11 stitches, repeat from * around. (104 stitches)

Row 16: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 12 stitches, repeat from * around. (112 stitches)

Row 17: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 13 stitches, repeat from * around. (120 stitches)

Row 18: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 14 stitches, repeat from * around. (128 stitches)

Tie off. Your piece will be a bit wavy, but that’s ok. If it’s wavier than this, you might need to change your hook size. In any case, those waves will go away when you stuff it with the poly-fil.

Top:

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 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (48 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (56 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (64 stitches)

Row 11: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (72 stitches)

Row 12: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (80 stitches)

Row 13: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * around. (88 stitches)

Row 14: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 10 stitches, repeat from * around. (96 stitches)

Row 15: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 11 stitches, repeat from * around. (104 stitches)

Row 16: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 12 stitches, repeat from * around. (112 stitches)

Row 17: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 13 stitches, repeat from * around. (120 stitches)

Row 18: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 14 stitches, repeat from * around. (128 stitches)

Rows 19-20: Sc in each stitch around. (128 stitches)

Do not tie off. Insert safety eyes between rows 17 and 18 with 12 stitches between them. With yarn still attached to top, hold bottom and top together with wrong sides facing and sc around. Stop before you close it off and stuff tight with poly-fil. Be sure to stuff it extra full with the poly-fil and shape it as you stuff.

Claws:

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: Sc in each stitch around. (5 stiches)

Row 3: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 4: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

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

Row 5: With yarn still attached to second piece, attach to first piece and sc around. (20 stitches)

Rows 6-8: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Row 9: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Rows 10-19: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil, leaving last few rows unstuffed. Make two.

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Legs:

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 stiches)

Row 4: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Rows 5-9: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

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

Rows 11-15: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil, leaving last few rows unstuffed. Make six.

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Using yarn needle and yarn, position and sew claws and legs onto underside of crab.

Be sure to check out the patterns for my Giant Octopus and Giant Narwhal and Shark too.

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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.

 

Get Ready for Craft Fairs Part Two

Last week, I talked about some great wearable items to make to sell at craft fairs, and included a lot of free patterns from great designers. If you missed that post, be sure to go check it out because there are also some tips on there that you might find useful. This week, I’d like to talk about other items you can make for craft fairs.

While wearables (hats, scarves, etc.) are pretty popular items for people to buy, there are other things you can fill your table with. The most common one that I usually see are washcloths. Many people will only use handmade washcloths, and since they’re relatively cheap and easy to make, you can whip up a batch of them in no time. You can really make these using any stitch, but textured stitches work the best. Here are 4 stitch ideas that look great.

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  1. Crochet Washcloths on Craftaholics Anonymous
  2. Basket Weave Stitch Washcloth Pattern by Medmade with Love
  3. Diagonal Weave Crochet Dishcloths by 5 Little Monsters
  4. Prettiest ‘lil Crocheted Washcloths by Mama In A Stitch

Another quick and popular thing to make are scrubbies. Whether you’re making them for washing dishes, or packing them up to be used on the face or body, they really are a great gift idea. Here are 4 of my favorite scrubby patterns.

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  1. Handy Palm Scrubby on Red Heart Yarns
  2. Crochet Flower Cleansing Pad by Petals to Picots
  3. Here’s My Heart Scrubby on Red Heart Yarns
  4. Thick & Quick Bumpy Scrubby by Beatrice Ryan Designs

Washcloths and scrubbies are both great items to sell as “spa” accessories. Or you can use these patterns by The Stitchin’ Mommy and make this whole spa gift basket. It even includes the recipe to make your own sugar scrub.

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It seems these days everybody is obsessed with coffee. Why not dress up those coffee mugs or cups with a sleeve to keep your hands from getting too warm? These can be made to fit on a coffee mug or to fit around a cup. Once you know the basics and dimensions, it’s easy enough to create your own designs. Here are 4 free patterns to get you started.

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  1. Give Me Some Sugar Coffee Cozy by The Stitchin’ Mommy
  2. Striped Mug Cozy by Little Monkeys Crochet
  3. Simple Crochet Mug Cozy by Midwestern Moms
  4. Brain Waves Coffee Cozy by Playin’ Hooky Designs

You can also find a free printable for your cup sleeves to go on by Frogging Along.

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Gift cards used to be a last resort for me, until I had teenagers. I discovered that teens really love to receive gift cards because part of the joy of their present is the shopping trip to pick things out. In addition to other gifts, I always like to get my kids at least one gift card so they can pick out something they’ve been wanting. I love to dress up those gift cards with a handmade gift card holder. These are great for using up those scraps of yarn you have around your house, and a good way to make some money at craft fairs. Here are 4 patterns you can use to start out with.

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  1. Snowman Gift Card Holder by One Dog Woof
  2. Mini Stocking/Gift Card Holder by AllieCat’s Hats and Crafts
  3. Holiday Gift Card Holder by Petals to Picots
  4. Coffee Mug Gift Card Holder by Repeat Crafter Me

And lastly, my favorite thing to make for craft fairs (or any time really) is amigurumi. I admit I am a total amigurumi addict, and that tends to be what I want to make the most. For craft fairs, look for patterns that aren’t too complicated so that they’re fairly quick to make and don’t use a lot of materials. That’s the best way to maximize your earnings. For this section, I’m giving you links to 12 of my personal amigurumi patterns that are on this blog for free.

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  1. Avocado
  2. Sammy the Sloth
  3. Floppy Bunny
  4. Elf Shelf Sitter
  5. Snowman Shelf Sitter
  6. Octopus
  7. Oscar the Otter
  8. Freddy the Fox
  9. Stanley the Unicorn
  10. Bailey the Bear
  11. Eddie the Yeti
  12. Marty the Moose

You can find links for all of my free crochet patterns here.

This wraps up my posts on getting ready for craft fairs. I hope you found some useful information here, and that you found a lot of things you want to make. Have you done craft fairs before? Are you about to do your first one? What kinds of things are you making? Go post on my Facebook wall and tell me about it.

Get Ready for Craft Fairs Part One

There are a few seasons where craft fairs are more popular, and the fall is one of the biggest ones. Everybody is gearing up for Christmas and starting their shopping. And what’s better than a handmade gift?

If you sell at craft fairs, or you’re thinking about having your first booth, this will be a great post for you. This post is filled with free patterns from lots of great designers for things that will sell in your booths this fall. I’ve separated it into categories to make it easier to find the things you want to make.

If you’re doing your first craft fair, here are a couple of tips:

  1. Be sure to have plenty of stock on hand. You don’t want to run out of products before the craft fair is over.
  2. Make some items in multiple sizes so you’re sure to have the perfect fit for your customers.
  3. Don’t overcrowd your table. Keep extra stock in boxes or tubs under the table to replenish as people purchase items.
  4. Don’t undercrowd your table either. Make sure you fill your table. Bring boxes or crates to put items on that will give your table layers. Lay hats directly on the table, or hang them up on the side, but bring a couple of mannequin heads to put your more popular hats on so that people can see what they look like.
  5. Make sure you have business cards to include with purchases, or to hand out to people who are interested in purchasing custom work.
  6. If you can, print up photos of your items and put them in a book on the table. It gives people an idea of other things you can make, and if you sell out of a certain product then they’ll still be able to see it and order it for you to make later.

Now on to the patterns. First up is hats. With winter approaching, crocheted hats are wildly popular at craft fairs. There are tons of free crochet hat patterns online, but here are 4 of my favorites.

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  1. Elegant Slouchy Hat by Posh Patterns
  2. 1920’s Cloche Hat by Hopeful Honey
  3. Alabaster Slouch by Croyden Crochet
  4. Snowfall Slouchy Hat by Whistle and Ivy

Last year, messy bun hats were all the rage. I have a feeling they’ll be just as popular this year. With so many new designs created last year, there are plenty to choose from. Here are 4 of my favorite free ones.

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  1. Quick & Textured Bun Hat by MegMade with Love
  2. Mommy and Me Messy Bun Hats by Repeat Crafter Me
  3. 1 Hour Messy Bun Beanie by Sewrella
  4. Messy Bun Hat Pattern by Mary Maxim

Making full hat and scarf sets might be a bit much, but they’re such a great gift for people to give for Christmas that it’s beneficial to have a few of them on hand. Here are 4 of my favorite free patterns, including one of mine.

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  1. Elena Slouch by Little Monkeys Crochet
  2. Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf set by Lion Brand
  3. Rustic Slouch by Little Monkeys Crochet
  4. V-Pop Hat and Scarf set by Left-Handed Crocheter

Sometimes people don’t want to buy a whole set, and are just looking for a scarf. Here are 4 free scarf patterns, including one made especially for men.

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  1. Moss Fringe Scarf by All About Ami
  2. Honey Bird Triangle Scarf by Hopeful Honey
  3. Simple Scarf from Yarnspirations on Stitch and Unwind
  4. The Gentlemen’s Scarf by YARNutopia

Another great thing to make for craft fairs are cowls. They’re much quicker and take a lot less yarn than a full scarf, and they’re also very popular. Here are 4 free ones for you.

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  1. Quick One Hour Cowl by Rescued Paw Designs
  2. Twisted Crochet Neck Warmer by Crochet in Paternoster
  3. Outlander Cowl by Dabbles and Babbles
  4. Comfy Squares Buttoned Cowl by Little Monkey Crochet

Another quick item to make for craft fairs are ear warmers. Some people really prefer them because they don’t mess up their hair as much as a hat does, but they help keep their ears from getting too cold in the winter. Here are 4 free patterns.

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  1.  Easiest Head Wrap Ever by I’m Frayed Knot
  2. Golden Fave Twist Headband by Mama In A Stitch
  3. Knotted Headband by All About Ami
  4. The Katelyn Ear Warmer by The Friendly Red Fox

Another great wearable to make for craft fairs are boot cuffs. They’re pretty quick to make, and people love looking a bit more stylish. Here are 4 great patterns.

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  1. Crochet Plaid Boot Cuffs by Whistle and Ivy
  2. Lace Boot Cuff by Kitty Adventures
  3. Easy Reversible Crochet Boot Cuffs by Dabbles and Babbles
  4. Even Moss Stitch Boot Cuff by Ideal Me

Don’t forget to include some fun hats for the kids. (And make some in adult sizes too, because these type of novelty hats are popular with adults as well.) These type of hats were always my biggest sellers. Here are 6 fun free ones, including one of mine.

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  1. Snowman Hat by Repeat Crafter Me
  2. Sir Sprinkles the Unicorn Hat by Left-Handed Crocheter
  3. Fox Hat Pattern by The Friendly Red Fox
  4. Sock Monkey Hat by Repeat Crafter Me
  5. Shark Hat by Repeat Crafter Me
  6. Owl Hat by Daisy Cottage Designs

That’s all for the crochet wearables. Next week, I’ll give you some patterns of other popular things to sell at craft fairs. Do you do booths at craft fairs? What are your biggest sellers? Head on over to my Facebook page and tell me about it.

Parrots

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These little parrots are perfectly happy on their pirate ship, or hanging out in your home. Made with worsted weight yarn, the finished parrot measures approximately 8 inches tall.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

dc: double crochet

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

18mm safety eyes

Head:

With green 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)

Rows 12-18: Sc in each stitch around. (55 stitches)

Row 19: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Row 20: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 21: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 22: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

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

Row 24: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil. Insert eyes between rows 14 and 15 with 11 stitches between them. I like to position and sew the beak on before I put the backs on the eyes, to make sure it’s all centered.

Beak:

With yellow 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)

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: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Tie off. Position and sew below and between eyes.

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Body:

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

Rows 11-15: Sc in each stitch around. (45 stitches)

Row 16: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 17: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 18: Sc in each stitch around. (35 stitches)

Row 19: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 20: Sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Row 21: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil. Sew head onto body.

Wings:

With blue 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)

Rows 3-4: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

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

Row 5: With yarn still attached to second piece, attach to first piece and sc around. (20 stitches)

Switch to red.

Row 7: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Row 8: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Switch to green.

Rows 9-10: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Row 11: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Rows 12-13: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Tie off. Make two. Sew onto sides of body.

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Tail:

With blue 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: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Switch to red.

Row 4: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

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

Row 5: With yarn still attached to second piece, attach to first piece and sc around. (20 stitches)

Switch to green.

Row 6: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 7: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Row 8: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Tie off. Position and sew onto back of body.

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Feet:

With yellow 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 2-4: Sc in each stitch around. (5 stitches)

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

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 $3.00. 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 pattern to make a baby parrot.

These parrots are part of an ebook, that you can also purchase on my Ravelry.

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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.

Monkey

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Monkeys are always fun, and they’re even more fun when there’s more than one. Made with worsted weight yarn, the finished monkeys measure approximately 8 inches tall.

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

18mm safety eyes (for big monkeys)

12mm safety eyes (for baby monkeys)

Head:

With brown 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)

Rows 11-17: Sc in each stitch around. (55 stitches)

Row 18: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Row 19: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 20: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 21: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 22: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 23: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil. Insert eyes between rows 14 and 15 with 8 stitches between them.

Snout:

With beige 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: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Row 7: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff with poly-fil. Position and sew between and below eyes. Sew a nose on with brown yarn.

Ears:

With brown 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)

Rows 5-6: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Row 7: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 8: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Tie off. Make two. Position onto sides of head and sew on.

Body:

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

Rows 11-15: Sc in each stitch around. (45 stitches)

Row 16: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 17: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 18: Sc in each stitch around. (35 stitches)

Row 19: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 20: Sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Row 21: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil. Sew head onto body. Stop and stuff more poly-fil in before you close it up to reinforce the neck.

Arms:

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

Row 6: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Row 7: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Switch to brown yarn. Stuff hand tight with poly-fil.

Rows 8-17: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

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

Legs:

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

Row 7: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Row 8: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Switch to brown yarn. Stuff foot tight with poly-fil.

Rows 9-17: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Row 18: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff halfway with poly-fil. Make two. Position and sew onto bottom of body.

Tail:

With brown 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, 8 sc inside of circle. (8 stitches)

Rows 2-30: Sc in each stitch around. (8 stitches)

Tie off. Don’t stuff. Position and sew onto back of body.

 

 

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 $3.00. 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 pattern to make a baby monkey.

 

These monkeys are part of an ebook, that you can also purchase on my Ravelry.

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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.

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.

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.