We are living in harrowing times & I hope everyone is staying happy & safe, despite the distress & tragic outcomes many are going through right now.
Filling the lock-down hours can be difficult but it can also be a time to finish UFO’s, try new things & start new projects. That’s why I’ve created these Aussie patterns. Although I don’t have a great deal of experience with Amigurumi, I do make these little Aussie animals & birds to sell at my local market & people love them. I’m also constantly asked for the patterns… Well, the patterns were on slips of paper with scrawls & scribbles that only I can decipher. So the task was to sit down & write them down so others can understand them. It’s taken a while but I think each of these 6 patterns will be a fun project for those who enjoy the Amigurumi technique.
Amigurumi is worked in continuous rounds therefore it’s important to use stitch markers, either commercial ones, if you have them, or do as I do & use a long scrap of yarn that you bring up as you work.
I don’t consider Gauge important, working with a smaller or larger hook will produce a smaller or larger toy. I give hook sizes for both crochet cotton & 8 ply yarn. Choose what works best for you.
Because these are small projects, they use small amounts of yarn. Great for stash-busting & no need for racing off to the craft shop, use what you have. These are quick little projects using simple stitches so, hopefully, even beginners can have a go.
I’ve used embroidery thread for eyes & facial features, but use plastic eyes with safety backs if you prefer. However be aware that these toys are then not suitable for young kiddies.
… due to some health issues of late, large projects have been put on the back-burner for the time being. However, one can’t be completely idle. I’ve been working on a few small, quick crochet projects like the Booties Pattern posted a short while ago. Patterns that are fun to make & will delight your friends & fundraising groups.
Today I have a collection of 5 stash busting crochet purse patterns for you just in time for the holiday season. The Patterns are worked in multiples of 2 chs, therefore, can be made larger, smaller, even tiny, to suit any purpose.
All you need to make these vibrant, useful little purses is: youryarn of choice & appropriate hook, Buttons/beads, large eye darning needle & scissors.
Each of the 5 patterns includes: both UK & US terminology, written & chart formats with stitch drawings & instruction for lesser known stitches, photos & assembly instruction.
Have a rummage through your yarn stash & buttons/beads box, you’ll be surprised what you’ll find. Experiment with different yarns & colour combinations. And don’t forget embellishments; sew on some beads, a crochet flower, straps & handles. Make this project your own.
Enjoy these 5 versatile patterns & have hours of creative fun…
This Sampler is a bit different from the usual Sampler Pattern as it’s worked horizontally instead of in a collection of squares. The 17 different stitches that make up this sampler are worked in rows that are repeated as many times as you like, in colour combinations that you prefer & using the hook your comfortable with… therefore , although I’ve given yarn & hook requirements, this is your project – work with your own preferred yarns, colours & appropriate hook.
~ Requirements for rainbow rug (afghan) as featured in photo: 200g (7.1 oz) of each: yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, green. Chocolate Brown 50g (1.77oz)
Hook size: 4.50 (US: G)…I used Bendigo Classic yarn.
~ Requirements for Beige/brown rug (afghan) as featured in photo: 270g (9.53oz) of each: siege, brown, cream, 23g (.9oz) orange
Hook size: 4.50 (US: G)…I used economy yarns from my stash.
I hope this is an enjoyable new project for you to try & create something that you will be proud to show off or gift to family or friends.
The Big Flower crochet pattern is one for those of you who love making rugs (afghans). The squares are largish, work up quickly & so your project grows at a satisfying rate.
& remember… you don’t have to follow my colours… work in your own favourite combinations or go through your stash & use up some of those lovely tiddly bits that aren’t enough for complete projects but you’ve never had the heart to discard…
I probably wouldn’t recommend this pattern to an absolute crochet beginner but if you have some basic crochet skills & are willing to try something a little different, I think you’re really going to enjoy this one…
This bright, cheerful BIG FLOWER crochet pattern with squares measuring approx 24 cm (9 ½”) x 24 cm (9 ½”) can be made using scrap yarn from your stash or you can create your own favourite colour combos.
Make as many squares as you need depending on your project: a little cot cover, a medium TV knee rug or a king size bedspread
The pattern includes:
afghan square pattern
joining squares together & border instructions
both UK & US terminology
clear stitch drawings & pattern diagrams (charts)
The Big Flower Afghan Crochet Pattern can be purchased from here, or if you prefer from Ravelry, Etsy or Zibbet
The Crochet Lace Motif pattern is one of many that I (hopefully) will be posting over the next few weeks as I complete them – what I like about this one in particular is that it’s a great little exercise for learning how to join motifs as you go… the pattern isn’t too complicated & the easy to follow joining instructions will have you creating in no time… You can purchase The Crochet Lace Motif pattern from here… or if you prefer, you can also go to Ravelry, Etsy, or Zibbet – I hope you enjoy it…
This is a lovely crochet lace motif that works up very quickly &, once mastered, is easily committed to memory – ideal for shawls, scarves & wraps but also works well for shrugs, boleros, vests & tops. Each motif can be made separately & then sewn or crocheted together… or, you can do what I do & join motifs as you go
The pattern includes:
the motif pattern & clear instructions to join as you go