My Little Friends

squid and octopus crochet

Aren’t they cute πŸ˜€ I promised to show you guys what I gave my friends for their birthdays, so here they are πŸ™‚ Now for the squid I used the same pattern I showed you guys here. The octopus is a new pattern πŸ™‚ What do you guys think?

octopus crochet

 

octopus crochet

 

octopus crochet

I had fun taking photo’s of this guy πŸ˜‰ I think my friends liked these little guys (anyway I hope so :D) If you want to make your own octopus you can find the pattern here (Link) It’s another ravelry pattern. It can be a bit hard to follow since there is no indication of how many st you should have at the end of a round. It is possible to figure it out since it is a simple pattern. Just try it πŸ™‚ If you guys have too many issues with it let me know and I’ll help you out πŸ™‚ I guess I’ll leave you guys with a few more pictures of Mr. Octopus and his friend πŸ™‚

And don’t forget, my Kickstarter is still going and I NEED help! Please check it out πŸ™‚ (link) There’s only 11 days left!

squid and octopus crochet

 

squid and octopus crochet

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Free Octopus Crochet Pattern

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Isn’t he a little cutie πŸ™‚ and guess what? It’s my own pattern!!! XD This time instead of giving you guys a link and some tips…I’m giving you a pattern! Isn’t this exciting?! (or is it just me ;))Β  So here we go πŸ™‚ :

Materials:

Any yarn you like
Any crochet hook you like
(the size of the hook and yarn will determine how big your octopus will be)

Abbreviations:

sc=single crochet
inc=increase
dec=decrease

Instructions:

Head:

start with 6 sc in magic loop (video instructions)
Round 1: inc around (12)
Round 2: 1 sc, inc (18)
Round 3: inc, 2 sc (24)
Round 4: 3 sc, inc (30)
Round 5: inc, 4 sc (36)
Round 6-9: sc around (36)
Round 10: dec, 4 sc (30)
Round 11: 3 sc, dec (24)
Round 12: dec, 2 sc (18)
Round 13: dec, 14 sc, dec (16)

Now you’re done with the head πŸ™‚

Tentacles: Don’t tie off yet. Now chain 16 (or however long you want the tentacles to be) Now two sc from the hook begin to double crochet. Double crochet in each stitch until you get back to the head. Skip one sc on the head and sc to attach the second side of the tentacle. Then repeat the first step.

When you finish all eight tentacles you can add the eyes and stuff the octopus. After you finish stuffing it you will notice that there is a large hole at the bottom of the head where you stuffed it. To close this hole you will need to crochet a patch and sew it on.

Patch:

sc 6 in magic ring.
Round 1: inc around (12)
Round 2: 1 sc, inc (18)
If the patch is still too small:
Round 3: inc, 2 sc (24)
Round 4: 3 sc, inc (30)

Now sew on the patch and hid all the yarn ends and you’re done πŸ˜€

See he’s a cutie right πŸ™‚ Now what to name him? πŸ™‚

This is the first pattern I’ve ever written so if you think there’s an error or something doesn’t make sense, just let me know and I’ll do my best to fix it as fast as possible πŸ˜€

I hope you enjoy my cutie of an octopus :3 now go build your octopi army (mwahahaha ;))

Free Candy Colored Arm warmers Pattern

Hi!

I promised you guys more crochet patterns…well I’ve obviously been procrastinating. I promise I wasn’t only slacking off!! I was on a family vacation for a week (the rest of the time was lazing around…hehe). I finally decided to show you guys another project you can crochet (that doesn’t involve baby patterns :D)

I have a wonderful fake leather jacket but it has frigid sleeves πŸ˜› So I have to wear something with sleeves underneath in the winter. But I have some outfit ideas in mind involving some tank tops I bought this summer…and I don’t want to freeze. To combat the cold (not that Oregon gets very cold, I’m just a walking icicle) I made myself a set of arm warmers. I also really wanted to use my wonderfully bright coral yarn πŸ˜€

striped arm warmers(Sorry but the pictures are going to suck today… I’m using my phone and it’s not cooperating. It doesn’t help that the coral color I used is disliked by my camera because it’s so bright πŸ™‚ )

Anyway these arm warmers go up to about my elbows. I’m sure you can make them shorter or longer easily. The pattern is fairly simple. The ribbed edges are made using a single crochet back and forth in the back loops only. The rest is made using double crochets.

LINK TO PATTERN: www.mooglyblog.com/all-grown-up-arm-warmers/

Tip: Now the pinstripe is a bit more difficult. I have two different types on mine. If you look closely you’ll see that most of the pinstripes are upraised and you can see the braiding clearly. It also gives the arm warmers a stacked cup look. At the wrist the pinstripe is flatter. I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be the second way.

striped arm warmersThe top line is the first way I was describing. The bottom line is the second way. Following is the description of how I did both ways. I think I just misunderstood the pattern so do whichever way you think is according to the pattern (personally I think it’s the second way). These both require back post stitches.

1st method: In this method you do a back post stitch but you do the easy way around the post of the double crochet. In other words do not go through any loops in the back. Don’t hook into the row you just made. Go just below the top edge of the double crochet. There will be little resistance when you do this.

2nd method: This time when you back post crochet go through the loop in the bottom of the top edge of the double crochet (if that makes sense). It will be a bit difficult to pull thru. This way you make sure to hook through the top edge of your double crochet.

I suggest looking up tutorials of back post crochet and see what you make of it. I’m a fairly new crocheter so I don’t know how to explain this properly. Whatever way you do it I’m sure it will turn out great πŸ˜€

Now I’ll leave you guys with a photo from my lovely vacation to the Cove Palisades πŸ™‚

Cove Palisades, Oregon

What projects would you guys like me to attempt? I could use some more ideas πŸ˜›

By the way all you lovely people, don’t forget to check out my Etsy shop πŸ™‚

Free Baby Related Crochet Patterns

So I finally completed all the projects I was planning on for my pregnant cousin πŸ™‚ I think I’m done anyway…hehe πŸ™‚

The photo’s in this post are my versions of the projects. I also included links to the actual patterns and any comments I may have about the process.

The first and easiest crochet pattern is for this lovely squid πŸ™‚

Free Crochet Squid Pattern

Free Crochet Squid Pattern

Cute isn’t he πŸ™‚ He’s fairly easy to make. The only difficult part is you have to estimate how long to make each section of his head. The pattern doesn’t include how many rows to crochet but it’s a quick crochet so if it looks funky then you can just try again πŸ™‚

Link: http://genuinemudpie.ca/2012/06/26/make-a-young-kraken/

 

The next one up is an adorable teddy bear πŸ™‚

Free Teddy Bear Crochet Pattern

Free Teddy Bear Crochet Pattern

Surprisingly this teddy bear wasn’t that hard to make. The only difficult part is there are many pieces to this bear. So it’s a bit time consuming to make then sew together. Actually crocheting is fairly easy.

Link: http://craftyhanako.blogspot.com/2011/09/basic-teddy-bear-pattern.html

 

The last toy is the giraffe that I mentioned in my last post πŸ™‚

Free Giraffe Crochet Pattern

Free Giraffe Crochet Pattern

This one took all of my patience πŸ˜› This giraffe is bigger than any of the toys I’ve made…and there’s a reason I stick to small stuff. I get bored πŸ˜› But I finished it πŸ™‚ The only difficult thing about this giraffe is keeping track of how many stitches you have around. I miss counted at some point or something so the tummy is a bit off. It still looks good πŸ™‚ This pattern is on revelry and normally you need an account to download the pattern, but I didn’t sign in when I found this pattern so it seems that you can get away without an account πŸ™‚

Link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gigi-giraf

 

Now the last pattern isn’t a toy. It’s an adorable baby aviator hat πŸ™‚

Free baby aviator hat pattern

Free baby aviator hat pattern

I love this hat! It’s so cute! And really fast to make πŸ˜‰ The only thing I have to say about this hat is that some of the directions are a bit confusing. It’s made with all double crochet. Because of that you have to start the rows in a special way. I wouldn’t listen to what the pattern says. When I followed it the hat had a weird shape to it. When you start a row chain 2 then double crochet in the next stitch, not the same one like it says. Other than that it’s an easy pattern πŸ™‚

Link: http://thesequinturtle.blogspot.ca/2013/03/naptime-day-10-free-crochet-baby.html

 

These were all fun to make πŸ™‚ I’ll probably end up making more stuff πŸ™‚ I’ll make sure to post more as I find them. Let me know if you guys end up making any of these πŸ™‚ And whether I should make more posts like this πŸ™‚ I like input (and comments) πŸ˜‰

My New Little Friend

Hello!

Summer has hit Portland, OR full force! This means that we finally have hot weather. Sadly I dislike hot weather immensely, so I get to spend my days in an air-conditioned house while whining about how hot I’m feeling πŸ™‚ I loooovvvveee Oregon because this weather doesn’t last very long πŸ˜€

To keep myself busy I’ve been crocheting. One of my cousins is pregnant with a baby boy, so as a present I decided to crochet a set of animal toys for the baby πŸ™‚ This child is going to be spoiled! The family can’t wait until he is born XD

Here isΒ  my newest favorite of the set πŸ˜€

Blue and Grey Crochet GiraffeIsn’t he a cutie πŸ™‚ I just finished him.

When I finish all the animals I’ll post photo’s of them and where you can find all the patterns…..for FREEEEEE!!!!!! XD So stay tuned πŸ™‚ See what I did there? Now you have reason to keep up on my blog πŸ˜‰

Happy Fourth of July!!! I’ll see you guys soon πŸ™‚