Monday, December 4, 2017

Hexagon patchwork Christmas Stocking - free pattern

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This is the free pattern that I mentioned in my last post. It took me nearly a whole day to design this. The hexagon motif is a basic pattern, so nothing complicated there, but figuring out where to fit what to get the shape was like solving a giant jigsaw puzzle for me. I almost gave up on it, then finally it clicked. After that it was a breeze. 

Materials:
I used light worsted weight yarn in red which is the main color, green, brown and blue. 
Size 3.5 mm crochet hook
Tapestry needle to weave in the hundreds of yarn ends
Scissors

Size:
The stocking measures 13 inches from top to bottom, 10 inches wide at the top and 12 inches wide at the bottom

Abbreviations Used (US terms)
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet 
dc - double crochet

Note: Ch 3 at the beginning of a round will be counted as a stitch
Instruction
Hexagon
Round 1: Make a magic ring, ch 3 and dc into ring, ch 2, [2 dc, ch 2] 5 times into ring. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch.
Round 2: Ch 3, dc in next dc, **[dc, ch 2, dc] in ch-2 space, dc in next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** around, [dc, ch 2, dc] in last ch-2 space. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch. Cut off yarn.

You need to make 56 hexagons. 

How to join: 
First join 8 hexagons in a row. This will be your first row. For the second row join the hexagons one by one to the hexagons in the first row. Work one sc at the corner ch-2 spaces of hexagon in the first row and new hexagon of the second row holding them together, sc in next 4 dc of both the hexagons held together, sc in next ch-2 space, ch 1, sc in same ch-2 space of the 2nd row hexagon and ch-2 space of the next hexagon together, continue until all the hexagons of the 2nd row are joined to the hexagons of the 1st row. 
First join the hexagons in the order shown below. Weave in the thousands of loose ends. Phew!
Then join as indicated in the image above matching the letters on the left and right side, i.e., join A on the right side to A on the left side. 
To make it easier I first folded it and using stitch marker I marked all the sides that needed to be joined. Then I joined using the same technique as the other hexagons. Finally join at the bottom. 

Cuff:
Round 1: Join red to the joint at the left corner, ch 3 (counts as dc), **dc in next ch-2 space, dc in next 2 dc, hdc in next dc, sc in next dc, 2 sc in ch-2 space, sc in next dc, hdc in next dc, dc in 2 dc, dc in next joint** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch. 
Round 2 to 5: Ch 3, dc in each dc around. Join.
Round 6: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join. Cut off yarn and weave in the loose ends. Join yarn at the left top corner and make a loop.

Finally my stocking looked as in the 1st image, but I didn't like the pointed heel, so I tucked the hexagon at the corner in and I liked it better as seen in the 2nd image.
Now your stocking is ready to be filled.    


Friday, December 1, 2017

Heidi and more

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Meet Heidi, the cute little golden haired girl! I released the pattern for Heidi few days ago but couldn't find the interest to talk about her here. Lately I seem to be losing interest in writing blog posts or even reading one. I hope I'll get over it soon. Currently I'm working on a free pattern for the blog. I'm not going to reveal what it is now not because I want to keep it as a secret but because I may not even complete it. I'm like that, very unpredictable and easily distracted. I may lose interest and put it aside. Anyway I'm hoping to complete it by this weekend if possible.


My first knit sweater is half done. I have to start the sleeves. There are no decreases or increases so far and nothing complicated, just knit and purl, but still I have managed to make mistakes and since I don't know how to correct them I just carried on.


I took a break from doll making and finished a baby blanket. It's called the sampler stripes blanket and the pattern will be ready soon. Ok, now more about Heidi ...

She looks very studious with her book and school girl looks, right?



 
The pattern includes lot of step-by-step photos. Her skirt is detachable but not the sweater. You can buy the pattern from here or from any of my other shops.

Have a nice weekend!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Flame of the forest - 30% off

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This potholder pattern was one of the first few to be listed when I opened my Etsy shop 5 years ago. Then it was known by a different name. I was new to pattern writing and the pattern had an error in it which was pointed out by a buyer. Since then the pattern has had many updates in the form of pattern correction, name change, addition of new and improved photos and improvement in formatting. 


Today I made one more update and included a chart. Now that I know how to prepare charts I'm planning to add charts in more patterns where necessary. So yesterday I started with my first pattern and today I updated my second pattern which is also a potholder - Viola. 

Purchase the "flame of the forest" potholder pattern from my webstore and get 30% off. Just use the coupon code "FF30" at the time of checkout and you will receive 30% off on the price of the pattern.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Becky

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I think Becky is very pretty. Don't you agree? I enjoyed each and every stitch of her. Unlike my previous two dolls I used wire frame this time, but for arms alone. I'm still not bold enough to use it for the entire body. She has removable skirt, shoes and hat. The pattern for Becky is now available in my online shops. So if you wish to make one yourself  go ahead and purchase it now from my webstore and get 30% off using coupon code "becky30" The offer is valid till the 10th of November. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Halloween bunting - free pattern

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I have a free pattern for you - after a long time. Of late I have been designing only amigurumi and I'm loving it. Before starting my next doll pattern I thought I would design something free for you and since it's the Halloween season what else can I think of other than a Halloween themed pattern? I chose to make a bunting since it is the best way to include as many Halloween characters as possible in one pattern. I made 8 triangles.


Halloween Bunting 

Materials:
Sport weight yarn in black, white, orange, yellow, green, lilac and grey
Crochet hook size 2.5 mm
Buttons 6 pairs - 2 black and 1 white
Embroidery threads

Size:
Each triangle measures approximately 3.5 inches wide and 3.5 inches high.

Abbreviations Used (US terms):
ch - chain
st/sts - stitch/stitches
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
sc2tog - single crochet 2 consecutive stitches worked together (sc decrease)

Note: Ch 1 at the beginning of a row will not be counted as a stitch.

Basic triangle pattern:
This is the basic pattern you will be using for all the triangles with variations in color.
Row 1: Ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (20). Turn
Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 16 sts, sc2tog (18). Turn
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across (18). Turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 14 sts, sc2tog (16). Turn
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across (16). Turn
Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 12 sts, sc2tog (14). Turn.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc in each st across (14). Turn
Row 8: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 10 sts, sc2tog (12). Turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, sc in each st across (12). Turn
Row 10: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 8 sts, sc2tog (10). Turn.
Row 11: Ch 1, sc in each st across (10). Turn
Row 12: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 6 sts, sc2tog (8). Turn.
Row 13: Ch 1, sc in each st across (8). Turn
Row 14: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 4 sts, sc2tog (6). Turn.
Row 15: Ch 1, sc in each st across (6). Turn
Row 16: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog (4). Turn.
Row 17: Ch 1, sc in each st across (4). Turn
Row 18: Ch 1, sc2tog twice (2). Turn.
Row 19: Ch 1, sc in each st across (2). Turn
Row 20: Ch 1, sc2tog (1). Turn.
Row 21: Ch 1, sc uniformly along the sides of the triangle working 3 sc at each corner. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc. Fasten off.

Triangle 1:
Follow the basic triangle pattern using orange. Using black thread embroider eyes and mouth.


Triangle 2:
Follow the basic triangle pattern working first 7 rows in yellow, next 7 rows in orange and the rest of the rows in white. While working sc along the sides of the triangle switch to orange for the orange part and yellow for the yellow part.


Triangle 3:
Follow the basic triangle pattern using white. 
Eyes (make 2): Using black ch 4, sc in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook, 3 sc in last ch, sc in next ch on the other side, 2 sc in next ch. Join with a sl st to the 1st ch (8). Sew the eyes on the triangle as shown.


Triangle 4:
Follow the basic triangle pattern using black for rows 1 to 4 and green for rest of the rows. While working sc along the sides of the triangle change to black for the black part. Sew 2 black buttons for eyes and embroider mouth and scar


Triangle 5:
Follow the basic triangle pattern using black for rows 1 to 4 and lilac for rest of the rows, sc along the edges using lilac yarn for the lilac part and black for the black part. Embroider a triangle below the black part at the center as shown.  Sew 2 black buttons for eyes. Embroider mouth and fangs.


Triangle 6:
Follow the basic triangle pattern using grey. Using white thread embroider two eyes as shown and also embroider nose and whiskers

Triangle 7
Follow the basic triangle pattern using black. Sew 2 white buttons for eyes and embroider mouth and fangs using white thread.
Triangle 8
Follow the basic triangle pattern using black. Embroider webs as shown using white thread.


Joining the triangles
I used black yarn in heavy worsted weight and G/4.00 mm crochet hook. You can use any yarn and hook. Make chains long enough to accommodate all the triangles. Sew the triangles to the chains one after the other leaving about an inch between each triangle.



Hope you enjoy the pattern.  

  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ginger and Wilma

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Hi everybody, I know I have again started neglecting my blog. I'm currently obsessed with doll making and nothing could make me take my mind away from it. I have a shawl that I abandoned midway and I'm not going to pick it up anytime soon.
Ginger and Wilma are now available in my shops. Both measure about 11 inches tall when crocheted using sport weight yarn and 2.00 mm crochet hook. What I most love about these dolls is the dress. I have pinned hundreds of outfit ideas and I can't wait to design new dolls with new outfits.
My son is always very eager to help me. He always gives me ideas and advices though I ignore almost all of them for being too childish. This time I decided to let him help me. He offered to photoshop an image for me and I let him do it and this is it.  

He is teaching me the basics of photoshop but I'm not a good learner.  I edited the one below using Ribbet but it is not as good as picmonkey and picmonkey is not free anymore.

Hope you all have a great day!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Appu

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I LOVE elephants! My love for elephants inspired me to create Appu. I normally use sport weight yarn for my toys but for Appu I used heavier worsted weight yarn since I wanted the size to be slightly bigger than my usual amigurumi animals. Appu stands 16 inches tall and is 11 inches wide. Designing the trunk was challenging. Initially I wanted to make embroidered cartoon eyes but later on settled for the safety eyes as it would be easier for a newbie. 


The pattern is currently available in my web store. The pattern will soon be available in my other stores also. 
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