Recent Makes

So I haven’t posted lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been crocheting🙂 I’ve gotten two projects started AND completed in the last couple of weeks.

First, I made this little granny square blanket. It’s about 30 inches square. Big enough to be a lapghan or crib blanket, or a play blanket for on the floor. I based it on a pattern from an old book I picked up at a flea market 3 or 4 years ago.

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And then next, I just finished this hooded sweater this morning for my 15 month old daughter. I followed a pattern from a free e-book I downloaded a few years ago called Winter Fashions For Toddlers. The pattern is called “Simplest Toddler Sweater”. I added a few extra rows to it, and also an extra button. It really is a simple pattern. It took only a few days to make, and that’s with a toddler hanging off my leg, lol. I’m thinking I might change the buttons at some point. These are just buttons that I had on hand.

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And now I don’t know what to make. We will be moving in a few days, so maybe I should make some boxes, lol. On that note, we won’t have internet access at our new place, for how long I don’t know. But I’ll try to pop in whenever I can.

Until next time!

Amanda

Valentine Doll- Free Pattern

I had intended to post the pattern for this doll quite a few days ago, but life got in the way. And when I had the time to do it, I just didn’t feel up to it. But there’s still some time before Valentine’s Day in case you want to make this little doll. It only took me a couple of days to design and make it, so if you have at least a little bit of experience in amigurumi then you should have no problem getting it made in time to give it to that special little child.

The pattern is pretty much completely customizable. You can change the colors of the clothing, skin and hair. You can also change how to make the hair, if you’re familiar with how to make hair. Different accessories can be made, depending on what you want. And it was all made with little balls of left over yarn.

Valentine Doll Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2016

Materials Used:

Left over balls of worsted weight yarn (I used all Red Heart Super Saver)

  • Color A (Skin, ears and nose)- Aran
  • Color B (Dress, Shorts, Hat and mouth)- Cherry Red
  • Color C (Shoes)- Black
  • Color D (Socks)- White
  • Color E (Heart, Trim, Purse and Hair Ties)- Light Pink
  • Color F (Hair)- Coffee

3.75 mm hook

9 mm black plastic safety eyes

Decorative button

Polyester Fiberfill

Stitch marker

yarn needle

Height of completed doll: about 10 inches.

Notes:

  • The head and body are crocheted as one piece. Arms, legs, ears and accessories/decorations are created separately and then sewn into place.
  • The hair is attached to the inside of the hat and then the hat and hair together are sewn to the head as one piece.
  • The skirt is crocheted directly onto the body using the free/unused front loops of Round 27 of the body. Hold the doll upside down and work in the round.
  • Use a stitch marker to note the beginning and end of each round.
  • Parts of the doll are made in a continuous, non-joining round. Some parts are joined however. Read the instructions carefully.
  • If you are using safety eyes, I recommend that when it is time to place them, you first stuff the head and mark where you want the eyes placed. Then, unstuff, attach the eyes, and re-stuff. It sounds like a bit of work, but helps assure the eyes are placed properly before you snap the backing onto the eyes permanently.

Instructions:

Head & Body:

Starting at the top of the head with Color A, make a magic ring.

Round 1- make 6 sc in the ring

Round 2- make 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- (sc in the first sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (18 sc)

Round 4- (sc in ea of the first 2 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (24 sc)

Round 5- (sc in ea of the first 3 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (30 sc)

Rounds 6- 10- sc in ea sc around (30 sc)

Round 11- (sc in ea of the first 3 sc, sc2tog) repeat around (24 sc)

Round 12- (sc in ea of the first 2 sc, sc2tog) repeat around (18 sc)

**now would be a good time to place the safety eyes- between about rounds 6 & 7 (see notes)

Round 13- (sc in the first sc, sc2tog) repeat around (12 sc)

**stuff the head firmly

Round 14- (sc2tog) repeat around (6 sc)

Rounds 15-16- (neck)- sc in ea sc around (6 sc)

Round 17- make 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Round 18- make 2 sc in ea sc around (24 sc). Sl st in the next st and fasten off.

**stuff the neck firmly

Round 19- Join Color B with a sl st, ch 1, sc in the next sc and in ea sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (24 sc)

Rounds 20-24- Ch 1, sc in the next sc and in each sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (24 sc)

Round 25- Ch 1, (sc in ea of the first 3 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc)

Round 26- Ch 1, sc in the next sc and in ea sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc. (30 sc)

Round 27- Ch 1, in back loops only sc in the next sc and in each sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc) ** this is the round where the skirt will be crocheted onto)

Rounds 28- 29- Ch 1, in both loops again sc in the next sc and in each sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc)

Round 30- Ch 1, (sc in ea of the first 3 sc, sc2tog) repeat around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc. (24 sc)

Round 31- Ch 1, (sc in ea of the first 2 sc, sc2tog) repeat around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (18 sc)

**stuff the body firmly

Round 32- Ch 1, (sc in the first sc, sc2tog) repeat around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (12 sc)

Round 33- Ch 1, (sc2tog) repeat around. Join with a sl st to the first sc and fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail.

Using the yarn needle, weave the yarn tail through the last 6 sts and pull closed tightly. Secure the yarn tail and weave it in.

Legs (make 2):

Starting at the foot, with Color C make a magic ring.

Round 1- make 6 sc in the ring

Round 2- make 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Rounds 3-4- sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Round 5- (sc in ea of the first 4 sc, sc2tog) repeat around (10 sc). Sl st in the next st and fasten off.

Round 6- Join Color D with a sl st, sc in each sc around (10 sc)

Round 7- sc in ea sc around (10 sc). Sl st in the next st and fasten off.

Round 8- Join Color A with a sl st, sc in ea sc around (10 sc)

**stuff the leg as work progresses

Rounds 9-11- sc in ea sc around (10 sc). After round 11 sl st in the next st and fasten off.

Round 12- Join Color B with a sl st, sc in ea sc around (10 sc)

Rounds 13-14- sc in ea sc around (10 sc). After round 14 sl st in the next st and fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing.

**Sew the legs to the bottom of the body. If you’d like your doll to be able to sit, first sew the top opening of the leg closed before sewing it to the body.

Arms (make 2):

Starting with the hand, using Color A, ch 5.

Round 1- sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in ea of the next 3 ch’s. Then, working in the round, sc in ea of the unused loops across the opposite side of the foundation chain. (8 sc)

Rounds 2-4- sc in ea sc around (8 sc)

Round 5- (sc in ea of the first 2 sc, sc2tog) twice (6 sc)

*stuff hand and continue to stuff arm as work progresses

Rounds 6- 9- sc in ea sc around (6 sc). After round 9 sl st in the next st and fasten off.

Round 10- Join Color B with a sl st and make 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Rounds 11-12- sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Round 13- (sc2tog) repeat around (6 sc)

**At the end of round 13 either sew the top of the arm opening closed with a yarn needle (using the long yarn tail after you fasten off), or, fold the opening closed and sc through both thicknesses (3 sc across). Fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing. Sew arms to the sides of the doll, lining the arm up with round 19 of the body (where the dress color begins).

Hat:

Beginning at the crown of the hat with Color B make a magic ring.

Round 1- make 6 sc in the ring

Round 2- make 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- (sc in the first sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (18 sc)

Round 4- (sc in ea of the first 2 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (24 sc)

Round 5- (sc in ea of the first 3 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc) repeat around (30 sc). Join with a sl st to the next sc.

Round 6- Ch 1, in back loops only, sc in ea sc around, join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc)

Round 7- Ch 1, in both loops again, sc in ea sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc)

Round 8- Ch 1, in front loops only, sc in ea sc around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc). Fasten off.

Hair:

Cut 30- 6 inch strands of Color F. Fold one strand in half and hook it through the back unused loop of round 8 of the hat. Repeat with each of the other strands, having one folded strand hooked through each of the back loops of round 8 of the hat, for a total of 30 folded strands. If you would like longer hair, cut a longer strand. After all strands are hooked into place, sew the hat, at a slight angle towards the back of the head, making sure that the strands of hair don’t get stuck under the hat. Before completely stitching the hat to the head, add a tiny bit of stuffing under the hat. Trim the bangs, if desired.

(see the photo below for what the hair looks like attached to the inside of the hat)

Hair Ties (make 2):

With Color E, ch 30. Fasten off. Divide the hair evenly and tie each side into a pony tail.

Skirt:

Holding the doll upside down (so that the Right Side of the work is showing when completed), join Color B with a sl st to an unused front loop of round 27 of the body.

Round 1- Ch 1, sc in the next loop and in ea loop around. Join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc)

Round 2- Ch 1, (make 2 sc in the next sc, make 1 sc in the next sc) repeat around. Join with a sl st in the beginning sc( 45 sc)

Rounds 3-5- Ch 1, sc in ea sc around. Join with a sl st in the beginning sc (45 sc). At the end of Round 5 fasten off.

Round 6- Trim- Join Color E with a sl st, ch 3 (counts as a dc), dc in the next st and in ea st around. Join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-3. (45 dc). Fasten off.

Ears (make 2):

With Color A, ch 2. Make 5 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing. Using a yarn needle, weave in the beginning tail to the backside of the ear. Using the long end-tail, sew the ears to either side of the head, at about rounds 7-9.

Nose:

With a long strand of Color A and using a yarn needle, make a few overlapping stitches.

Heart Motif (on front of dress):

Color E- I used a pattern that I found HERE. Since the chest of the doll isn’t very big, I made the heart using only round 1 of the pattern. I sewed it to the front of the doll and then sewed a decorative flower button into the middle of it.

Purse:

Color E- The heart shaped purse is made using the same heart pattern I used for the motif for the front of the doll’s dress. Again, it can be found HERE. I made two hearts (using both Round 1 and Round 2 this time) and then sewed them together, leaving the top of the purse opened. Next, I added a strap. The strap was made holding 2 strands of yarn together. I joined the yarn to the sewn edge of the purse, made a ch of 25 and then (careful to not twist the ch) attached it to the other sewn edge of the purse.  Then I made sure it was secured and weaved in all the loose ends. When completed, hang the purse strap over a shoulder (and then fill the purse with a little candy or two!)

Mouth:

Stitch the mouth on, as seen in the photo, with Color B.

And so there it is. I hope you enjoy making this little doll, and especially that the special child you give it to will cherish and love it forever🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Amanda

 

 

Progressing with leftovers for Valentine’s Day

So, yesterday I went through all my leftover’s and separated my worsted weight yarns (mostly Red Heart Super Saver with some Bernat mixed in) into “Valentiney” colors and “other” colors. This is what it looked like:

Then I sat and thought about what Valentine’s Day projects I could turn this mess into. This is what happened:

So far I have one stuffed heart and an armless, hairless and almost faceless doll, lol. I hope that I’ll have the doll finished by sometime tomorrow. Then, if it all works out well enough, I can share the pattern with you.

Have a wonderful day🙂

Amanda

Just another update…

I’m still working on using up my leftover yarn.  Actually, today I am going through all that I have and will be trying to devise a Valentine’s Day related pattern, depending on how much red and pink yarn I find. It seems lately I’ve made a lot of hats, which are useful and have brought a lot of views to my blog. But truth be told, I’m tired of hats, lol.  HOWEVER, here is a hat I made (last week sometime), using the pattern for the You Are My Sunshine Infant Hat. The first photo is using a flash, the second photo, no flash.

The difference between the original hat and this hat, is that I used a 6 mm hook and Bernat Chunky yarn (the color is Plum Mist) for this hat. With both the yarn and the hook being larger than what the original pattern calls for, there were less rounds to make. I followed the pattern up to the end of round 4 (so there were 24 clusters and 24 ch-1 spaces around), and then worked even until the hat was about 5 1/2 inches long, and then followed the instructions for the brim. The hat will fit about a 6-9 month old child. The circumference around is about 18 inches. I am thinking about trying this hat again, but with a larger hook (maybe a 6.5 mm), and seeing if I can recreate the pattern for all the children’s sizes using the chunky yarn. But, like I said, I’m tired of making hats, for now, lol.

So, now I must go and delve into my stash. If you don’t hear from me in a week send out the search party! lol

Happy Hookin’ Y’all!

Amanda

Merry-Go-Baby Hat- Free Pattern

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This little hat will fit a child about 3 months to 6 months old. It is made using Front Post Double Crochet stitches. If you’re not familiar with how to work this stitch, you can read a tutorial HERE. Once you get the hang of it, it’s very easy, and addictive🙂 It is worked in the round with sport weight baby yarn. I can’t remember the color I used, as once again I’m using leftover yarn (and I don’t have the label anymore), but I do know that it’s Bernat Baby Sport.

Merry-Go-Baby Hat Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2016

Materials Needed:

3.5 mm hook

Bernat Baby Sport yarn

sewing or embroidery needle

Hat Measurements- about 15″ circumference and 5″ in length

Gauge- 5 fpdc= 1 inch, 5 rounds= 1 inch

Abbreviations Used:

sl st- slip stitch

sc- single crochet

dc- double crochet

fpdc- front post double crochet (see tutorial HERE)

Instructions:

Starting with a magic ring-

Round 1- make 8 sc in magic ring, join with a sl st in first sc (8 sc)

Round 2- ch 3 (counts as a dc), dc in same st as join, make 2 dc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-3 (16 dc)

Round 3- ch 2 (counts as first fpdc here and throughout), (make 2 fpdc in next dc, 1 fpdc in the next dc) 7x’s, make 2 fpdc in the last dc, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-2 (24 fpdc)

Round 4- ch 2, (make 2 fpdc in next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the next 2 fpdc) 7x’s, make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, 1 fpdc in the last fpdc, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-2 (32 fpdc)

Round 5- ch 2, (make 2 fpdc in next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the next 3 fpdc) 7x’s, make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the last 2 fpdc, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-2 (40 fpdc)

Round 6- ch 2, (make 2 fpdc in next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the next 4 fpdc) 7x’s, make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the last 3 fpdc, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-2 (48 fpdc)

Round 7- ch 2, (make 2 fpdc in next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the next 5 fpdc) 7x’s, make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the last 4 fpdc, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-2 (56 fpdc)

Round 8- ch 2, (make 2 fpdc in next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the next 6 fpdc) 7x’s, make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the last 5 fpdc, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-2 (64 fpdc)

Round 9- ch 2, (make 2 fpdc in next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the next 7 fpdc) 7x’s, make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, 1 fpdc in ea of the last 6 fpdc, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-2 (72 fpdc)

Round 10- ch 2, make a fpdc in next fpdc and in ea fpdc around the hat, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-2 (72 fpdc)

Rounds 11- 23- repeat round 10

**If you wish to make the hat slightly longer, simply repeat round 10 until you reach your desired length.

Fasten off and weave in your yarn tails with your sewing needle.

There is no trim on the hat, but the last round will curl up slightly. I played around with different stitches for a trim, but in the end found that the hat looks much cuter with a little curl. But that is only my personal opinion. Feel free to add a trim to yours🙂

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Springtime Beanie- Free Pattern

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Still using up my leftover’s, I made this hat following the pattern I created for the You Are My Sunshine Infants Hat Pattern. There are a few differences, however.  First of all, I used size 5 crochet thread and a 3.25 mm hook, rather than yarn and the larger hook. Secondly, this one fits an adult, and I didn’t make a pattern for a child sized one (although going by gauge and textbook measurements, I could guess at the pattern for a child sized, if you’re interested). And last but not least, there is no pointy little brim on it, just a trim of hdc’s.

Springtime Beanie Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2016

Materials:

Bernat Handicrafter crochet thread size 5- Fresh Fern (Color A) and Iris (Color B)

3.25 mm hook

sewing or embroidery needle

Gauge: 6 clusters= 2 inches; 6 rounds= 2 inches

Hat Measurements: approx. 22 inches circumference (unstretched); approx. 7 inches in length

Abbreviations Used:

ch- chain

beg cl- beginning cluster

cl- cluster

yo- yarn over

st- stitch

sl st- slip stitch

sp- space

hdc- half double crochet

Instructions:

Beg Cl- ch 2, (yo and insert hook into st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops) 2 times, yo and pull through all 3 loops on the hook

Cl- (yo, insert hook into st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops) 3 times, yo and pull through all 4 loops on the hook

Start with a Magic Ring and Color A

Round 1- make a Beg Cl, (ch 1, Cl) 5 times, ch 1, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (6 Cl and 6 ch-1 spaces)

Round 2- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *(Cl, ch 1, Cl) in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1*, repeat from * to *around,  join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (12 Cl and 12 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 3- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1*, repeat from * to * around,  join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (18 Cl and 18 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 4- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 2 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1* repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (24 Cl and 24 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 5- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 3 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1* repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (30 Cl and 30 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 6- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 4 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (36 Cl and 36 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 7- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 5 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1 Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (42 Cl and 42 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 8- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 6 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (48 Cl and 48 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 9- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 7 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (54 Cl and 54 ch-1 spaces made)

Round 10- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, (Beg Cl, ch 1, Cl) in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, *Cl, ch 1 in each of the next 8 ch-1 spaces, (Cl, ch 1, Cl in the next ch-1 sp), ch 1*, repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl (60 Cl and 60 ch-1 spaces made)

Rounds 11- 16- sl st in the first ch-1 sp, Beg Cl in the same ch-1 sp, ch 1, (Cl, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl

At the end of round 16 fasten off Color A

Rounds 17- 21- Join color B with a sl st in the first ch-1 sp, Beg Cl in the same ch-1 sp, ch 1, (Cl, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl.

At the end of round 21 fasten off Color B

Rounds 22- 25- Join color A with a sl st in the first ch-1 sp, Beg Cl in the same ch-1 sp, ch 1, (Cl, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp around, join with a sl st to the top of the Beg Cl.

At the end of round 25 fasten off Color A.

Round 26 (the trim)- Join Color B with a sl st in the top of the Beg Cl of the previous round (the same one that you fastened off Color A in), ch 2 (counts as a hdc), and make 1 hdc in each ch-1 sp and in the top of each Cl around. Join with a sl st in the top of the beginning ch-2. Fasten off.

With your sewing needle, weave in all loose thread tails.

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