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Little Mouse Tea Party Crochet Set

profile4The idea of creating a miniature set of female mice in pretty dresses gathered around a sumptuous cake was too enticing to ignore. For this pattern I chose complimenting colors so that the mice would all appear individual and well, frilly!  The addition of the cake just seemed to bring it all together.

This amigurumi set was made using a very small hook! The mice stand at  three inches tall and the cake just one inch!

I will work on putting a pattern together as I’m sure lots of young girls will simply adore having their own little trio of colorful party mice.

Follow my blog for  an update on the pattern release!

 

Buzzle the Bear and Friend

Who couldn’t love the new Buzzle Bear?

Introducing Buzzle and his ladybug friend Lucy, the latest seasonal stock design in my inventory. If Buzzle ever starts chomping down on too many mince pies or cupcakes on Christmas day, Lucy the bug will gently have a word in his ear about the little extra belly fat he seems quite oblivious to.xmasbuzzle1

Buzzle is a crochet bear I designed this summer, hoping to achieve a soft toy that has a sweet balance of expression, individuality, topped off with cuteness.

You can find the Buzzle Bear Crochet Pattern at Ravelry 

Free Pattern Rolo the Baby Bird

 

I have to admit that I don’t really see too many tiny bird amigurumi patterns these days whilst the craze for afghans and cowls continues, so here is a sweet little guy who just happened to turn up in-between my usual projects.He’s only a couple of iches tall, so if you don’t really get along with using a small hook just use a hook that feels comfortable for you. Life’s too short right?

Enjoy making sweet Rolo, or even a flock of Rolos? Just don’t forget to come back to show off your own little bird creations!

MATERIALS

Small hook size US C/2, 2.5 mm

Any DK acrylic worsted yarn. I used denim blue, medium brown, scrap of white and red.

A black fine liner pen.

Sewing Needle

HEAD/BODY

The head and body are worked as one piece.

Rnd 1: 5 sc in MR

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc x 5 (10 sc)

Rnd 3: (1 sc, 2 sc in next) x 5 (15 sc)

Rnd 4: 15 sc around

Rnd 5: (1 sc, dec) x 5 (10 sc) Stuff Head.

Rnd 6: (1sc, dec) x 5 (5 sc)

continuing to body…

Rnd 7: (2sc in each sc) x 5 (10 sc)

Rnd 8: (1sc, 2 sc in next) x 5 (15 sc)

Rnd 9: 15 sc around (15 sc)

Rnd 10: (5 sc, 2 sc in next sc x 5, 5 sc) (20 sc)

Rnd 11: 20 sc around

Rnd 12: (5 sc, dec x 5, 5 sc) (15 sc)

Rnd 13: (1 sc, dec) x 5 (10 sc) Stuff body

Rnd 14: (1 sc, dec) x 5 (5 sc)

FO

WINGS (make 2)

Using same hook and brown yarn:

Rnd 1: 5 sc in magic ring

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc  (10 sc)

Rnd 3: ( 1 sc, 2 sc in next sc) (15 sc)

Fold piece in half and sc along the edge to join together.

FEET (make 2)

Rnd 1: 6 sc in MR

FO

BEAK

Attach yarn to a stitch on the birds face. Ch 3 then slip stitch to a stitch beside. FO and weave in ends.

ASSEMBLE

Sew both wings and feet to the body. Add ear tufts by pulling red yarn through top of head and cutting a short stem. Do this twice for each ear.

Add face by sewing two small stitches of white yarn above the beak and make two dots in the centre with a black fine liner. You can also add some eyebrows or leave them out as desired,

End of Pattern.

I hope you enjoyed making him! Don’t forget to come back and show your creations! You can check out my paid patterns at my Etsy Store for more animal creations.

Love Birds Crochet Purse Pattern

I loved designing this purely for the cuteness factor!

We all need a little bit of glitz in our lives, and so do young ladies now and then! This little shoulder purse will add a bit of sparkle and brighten up any young girl’s day.

It was quick and easy to whip this project together and I created a full PDF pattern on my Etsy Store for instant download. Skill level, Easy! Stitches used in this project are US terminology – sc, dc and hdc, but it’s very easy to make this pattern if you follow UK terms by using this conversion chart.

The purse measures approx 6″ x 6″ but you don’t need to be too fussy with your sizing on this one, and you can work it up in a couple of hours. The applique birds, branch and flower are hand sewn on to the front of the purse.

Yarn used: King Cole DK Baby Glitz  in white and mint for the purse, and spare yarn in blue/black/green/brown/fuschia for the appliques. Plus a cute heart button from a thrift store.

Don’t forget to leave some feedback if you give it a go! I always love to see other people’s creations and hear  what they think!

Cheers!

Carla anne

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Woodland Fairy Dolls

I adore this little mother and daughter doll set which I created as a gift for a young girl. The pattern is taken from a ‘kokeshi’ doll design, but this particular project was adapted to suit the style that I wanted to create; firstly by creating the dolls to my liking, adding an embroidered design on their bodies, then adding wings to their backs. The addition of a flower and mushroom just seemed to add that fairy woodland feel to the whole creation. Definitely a unique gift.

fairy dolls

Here are some other adapted kokeshi dolls I designed myself with various individual character infusions.

Doll Family

 

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in one of these doll designs or sets for custom purchase, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

Free pattern Boy’s Sweater

Traipsing round the net for hours to find a suitable pattern for a boy’s sweater was pretty hard work. There are plenty of patterns for babies and toddlers but very few choices for older children, but finally I discovered just the right pattern for my eight year old son.

It worked up pretty simply too. I used a chunky 100% acrylic wool from an italian brand called Verto Di Roma. The pattern I sourced was a free download though I did have to register to the site to receive it.

As I read through the instructions I came to a tricky decision. My son is rather tall but also fairly slim, so I decided to adapt the pattern for a better fit using the (6 – 8 years) instructions for the width of the chest and back piece, and the (8 – 10 years) instructions for the length and sleeves. This produced a less bulky and saggy sweater but a good length for a taller than average boy.

Let me say that if one crochets the entire piece without a drop of alcohol there should be no cause for confusion in using two sets of instructions. (I admit there was a huh? moment or two.) But the trick is to keep notes (lots of them!) With that in mind the pattern itself was pretty easy and worked up quickly in 3 to 4 days.

Materials which I used:

Hook 5.5mm to suit pattern gauge

Chunky Verto Di Roma = (2 x Multi) (1 x Grey) (1 x Burgundy) acrylic.

Free Pattern Link: Sporty Sweater -Note that Free Patterns.com will require  you to register  (for free) before  you can download the actual pattern. I did not have a problem with this.

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As modelled by the young man himself!

boy sweater 2

 

Sally Doll – The Perfect Lady

Ever since watching The Nightmare Before Christmas I’ve had a teeny bit of an obsession with both Jack and Sally. It’s a love story with a gothic twist and it was obvious that I was going to have to crochet them both one day.

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The very first doll I made I sold instantly and since then I have been showcasing a few Sally and Jack dolls around craft fairs and other venues around Christmastime.

I generally change Sally’s dress colour with each doll so that no two dolls are the exact same, making them a completely individual item. This Sally wears a gorgeous silky sparkly dress in various mauve and cream colours.

Here are some beautiful pictures of our classy girl. If you are interested in purchasing a Sally Doll please visit my Etsy store.

 

 

jackandsally

Soft and Snuggly Teddy Blanket

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I have been working on this blanket throughout the past month bit by bit. My time has been taking up fostering some cute little puppies recently and so I’ve had less crochet time than normal. But on the plus side, I managed to finish the latest project that I had been working on.

The blanket is teddybearblankie1made using a method called C2C (corner to corner) crochet. It is basically worked diagonally starting at a corner. I have never worked up this type of stitch before and I was dubious about attempting this first project using quite a lot of colour changes, though I found that once I got into the first few rows it really was very easy indeed.

As you can see, the effect is slightly cross-hatched as the rows are each worked in the opposite direction. You will also notice that some blocks or bricks (as they can be called) in this patter appear raised and others depressed.

The blanket is light using baby soft acrylic wool and measures 24″ x 18″, A perfect summer blankie for a crib, baby basket or car seat.

teddybearblankie3If you would like to check out the original pattern you can do so here. I found the video tutorial on how to crochet the C2C method immensely useful also.

Teddy Bear Blanket Pattern