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Free Crochet Rooster Pattern

It’s almost Chinese New Year. I’m continuing with my tradition of presenting my grandmother with an amigurumi of each year’s animal. I was inspired to make this little guy and happy to be able to share this free rooster pattern with you all.  This will be a short post. I’ll try to take some time to update you all with a longer post soon but for now enjoy! Please tag me if you make him and are sharing your photos. Let me know if you see any errors.

Here’s a few alternate views as well so you can see all the components.

Rooster Front

Rooster Side

Rooster Top

2017 Rooster
Yields a doll about 3 inches tall not including the comb

Level: Beginner

Materials
2.5mm crochet hook & 1.5mm crochet hook
Yarns (worsted weight)
Premier Deborah Norville Everyday in snow white
Red Heart Soft in Really Red
Yellow embroidery thread. I used some I got from Daiso
9mm Safety Eyes
Pink felt for cheeks
Stuffing (Polyfil etc.)
Tapestry Needle
Stitch Marker

Abbreviations
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
inc = increase (2 single crochet in each stitch)
dec =decrease (2 single crochet together)

Head/Body
Using White Yarn with 2.5mm crochet hook
R1 Make a magic ring with 6 sc
R2 Inc 6 (12st)
R3 Sc 12 (12)
R4 [Sc 1, Inc 1] Repeat 6 times (18)
R5 Sc 18 (18)
R6 [Sc 2, Inc 1] Repeat 6 times (24)
R7 Sc 24 (24)
R8 [Sc 3, Inc 1] Repeat 6 times (30)
R9-12 Sc 30
R13 [Sc 3, Dec 1] Repeat 6 times (24)
Place safety eyes between R8 and R9 5sc apart and start stuffing
R14 [Sc 2, Dec 1] Repeat 6 times (18)
R15 [Sc 1, Dec 1] Repeat 6 times (12)
Finish stuffing
R16 [Dec] Repeat 6 times (6)
Fasten off and weave in ends

Rooster Comb
Using Red Yarn with 2.5mm crochet hook
Ch 4 (Foundation chain)
R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 3 and slst in each of the 3 links

Optional: To make the middle round stand up more you can substitute the sc for dc
Leave a tail for sewing on to the head.
Wings (make 2)
Using White Yarn with 2.5mm crochet hook
R1 Make a magic ring with 6 sc
R2 Inc 6 (12st)
R3 Sc 12 (12)
R4 [Sc 1, Inc 1] Repeat 6 times (18)

Fold the circle in half and sew the open end closed leaving a long tail for sewing onto the body

Tail
Using White Yarn with 2.5mm crochet hook
Make a magic ring with 4 sc
3dc and slst (repeat in 3 of the 4 loops)
You’ll end up with a clover shape.
Leave a tail to sew onto the body

Beak
Using yellow embroidery thread and 1.5mm hook
Ch 7 (foundation chain)
R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 6 in back loops of foundation chain. Turn and Sc 6 in front loops of the foundation chain (12 sts)
[we are making an oval by crocheting around the chain].
R2 Inc, sc 4, inc,inc, sc 4, inc (16)
R3 Inc, sc 5, inc,inc, sc 5, inc (20)
R4-5 Sc 20 (20)
Fasten and leave a tail for sewing

Feet (make 2)
Using yellow embroidery thread and 1.5mm hook
Ch 9 (foundation chain)
R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 8 in back loops of foundation chain. Turn and Sc 8 in front loops of the foundation chain (16 sts)
[we are making an oval by crocheting around the chain].
R2 Inc, sc 6, inc,inc, sc 6, inc (20)
R3 Inc, sc 7, inc,inc, sc 7, inc (24)
R4 *Sc 2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
R5 *Sc 1 dec* repeat 6 times (12)
Sew the opening closed so that there is a vertical seam
Leave a tail for sewing

Assembly
Sew the wings at an angle half way up the body
Sew on the tail to the back
Sew the comb to the top of the head
Sew the beak on between the eyes
Sew the feet on wide enough apart for it to balance and stand
Cut pink circles out of the felt for cheeks and glue them on

Crochet Polar Bear Ornament Free Pattern

Hi Everyone! I know I’ve been MIA lately. Being a mom and work has quickly taken up most of my waking hours but I was determined to come up with something for you guys for the holidays. I also wanted to make something special for my son on his first Christmas.  I had some soft pipsqueak yarn left and come across some polar bear art and was inspired to create this polar bear ornament and now I’m happy to share it with you as a free pattern.

Those of you that have followed me for a while know I’m horrible about writing patterns and I usually freehand everything so if you find any mistakes please let me know.

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Polar Bear Ornament gift

Polar Bear Ornament
Yields a 4 inch tall ornament

Materials
-2.5mm crochet hook & 5mm Crochet hook
-Yarns
Bernat Pipsqueak Yarn in Whitey White
White Cotton Yarn Worsted Weight
(I used Lion Brand Cotton-Ease but it has been discontinued)
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Silver Grey
Red Heart Soft in Cherry Red
-Black Embroidery Thread
-9mm Safety Eyes
Black Mini Brads (approx 5mm)
-Stuffing (Polyfil etc.)
-Tapestry Needle
-Stitch Marker
-Twine

Abbreviations
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
inc = increase (2 single crochet in each stitch)
dec =decrease (2 single crochet together)

Head
Using white pipsqueak yarn & 5mm crochet hook

The pipsqueak yarn takes a bit getting used to since it’s hard to see your stitches. I highly recommend using a stitch marker to mark your rounds.

R1      Make a magic ring with 6 sc
R2      Inc 6 (12st)
R3      [Sc 1, Inc 1] Repeat 6 times (18)
R4      [Sc 2, Inc 1] Repeat 6 times (24)
R5      [Sc 3, Inc 1] Repeat 6 times (30)
R6-7    Sc 30
R8      [Sc 3, Dec 1] Repeat 6 times (24)

Place safety eyes toward the middle of your ball leaving room for the nose in between
Begin to stuff with polyfill

R9      [Sc 2, Dec 1] Repeat 6 times (18)
R10      [Sc 1, Dec 1] Repeat 6 times (12)
Finish stuffing
R11      [Dec] Repeat 6 times (6)
Fasten off and weave in ends

Ears (make 2)
Using Cotton Yarn and 2.5mm Crochet hook
R1:      Make a magic ring with 6 sc
Leave long tail for sewing

Snout
Using Grey Yarn and 2.5mm Crochet hook
R1      Make a magic ring with 6 sc
R2      Inc 6 (12)
R3      Sc 12 (12)
Using black thread sew on the nose

Body
Using white Cotton Yarn and 2.5mm Crochet Hook
R1      Make a magic ring with 6 sc
R2      Inc 6 (12st)
R3      [Sc 1, Inc 1] Repeat 6 times (18)
R4      [Sc 2, Inc 1] Repeat 6 times (24)
R5      In back loops only Sc 24]
R6-8   Sc 24
R9      [Sc 2, Dec 1] Repeat 6 times (18)
R10      [Sc 1, Dec 1] Repeat 6 times (12)

Tie off and leave a long tail for sewing onto the head

Arms (make 2)
Using white pipsqueak yarn & 5mm crochet hook

R1 Chain 5
Turn and insert into 2nd chain from hook to go back on the chain
R2 Sc 4 sl st fasten off and leave tail for sewing

Feet
Using white Cotton Yarn and 2.5mm Crochet Hook
R1 Chain 4
Turn Insert hook into 2nd chain from end to go back the other direction
R2. Sc 2, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 2, sl st

Insert 3 brads for foot pads

Tail
Using white pipsqueak yarn & 5mm crochet hook
R1 Make a magic ring with 6 sc
Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing

Scarf
Using red yearn and 2.5mm hook
R1:        Chain 4 turn
R2:        Sc 4 turn
R3-35:   Repeat row 2
Change to white yarn
R 36-37   Sc 4 turn
Change to red yarn
R38-40   Sc 4 turn
Sl st . Fasten off

Assembly
Recommended assembly in this order
Head, snout between the eyes, body to the head,arms, feet, tail
Lastly wrap the scarf around the body and over the tops of the arm and secure. I used an additional piece of red yarn to sew it down.

Now use the twine to make a loop on the top of the head for hanging.

Here’s my little guy already on my tree.

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If you decide to make this little guy please tag me in your photos. I’d love to see!

Sorry for the rushed post. I’ll be cleaning it up over the next few days but wanted to get this out since it’s overdue.

Crocheted Fawn Scarf

Hi Everyone,

Sorry it’s been so long since the last post.  Work has been keeping me busy but I’m definitely working on some new projects for 2015. I saw the most adorable knit scarf at Anthropologie recently but I can’t knit so I decided to try and create my own crocheted version with a Yarn Treasures spin. Here’s a sneak peek at my first attempt a crocheted fawn scarf. I’ll be blogging more about this soon and hope to get a few into the store early next year. I know the store front has been a bit barren. I have a ton of new ideas and inspirations, now just need to find some time to work on them.  Thanks for sticking with me.

xoxo

 

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“SEASONS” Bunnies

 

 

GroupBunniesOne of the first projects I ever learned to crochet was this bunny pattern by Stephanie Lau of Allaboutami.com  I loved the easy pattern and all the ways I could easily dress the bunnies up and make each on my own.

It actually was spring when I first decided it would be amazing to create a set of bunnies each representing a season. I recently finished the last bunny (fall) and got such positive feed back I thought I would share a bit about each bunny.

As I mentioned the first bunny was spring. I decided to give this bunny a feminine look using sets of double crochets to give the bunny a skirt.  Looking a little barren I felt she needed extra accessories and decided to give her some leaves a little bee on her head made from embroidery thread and a 1.5mm hook to keep the items small.  You can create you own leaves using this awesome pattern on lookwhatimade.com
spring_bunnyOnce spring bunny was finished I couldn’t help but keep going. Next was summer bunny. I knew I wanted to make her with a little swim suit and a floaty. I started with a red and white striped floaty but felt it was missing something whimsical.  I eventually settled on a ducky floaty. The yellow and blue gave bunny good contrast and I finished her off with a small starfish I had left over from a previous project.

Ducky can easily be created crocheting in small rounds. For the eyes I used small scrap-booking brads and the beak was done crocheting rounds around a small chain.
summer_bunnyNext I moved on to winter bunny. I actually had some thin yarn leftover that I got at the 99cent store of all places. It was perfect Ice blue I was looking for to represent winter. Again I gave her a little skirt this time giving it ruffles using a simple technique. You can achieve this by crocheting multiple single crochets into one stitch. The “stuffing” of the many stitches will eventually create a wave effect.  To complete the look I gave her little pom pom earmuffs. You can do this using a pom pom maker (clover brand makes one) or I did it old fashioned way with my hands. You can find many videos on Youtube showing you how. Like this! I Lastly I gave bunny ice skates using cut pieces of floral wire.

winter_bunnyShe looked pretty sad still like something was missing and so I decided to make her a little snowman friend. Again I used a thin white yarn I found at the 99cent store. he was made crocheting in small rounds and black brads for the eyes.  His hat is made from felt and the buttons small pearls.

snowmanI was just about to start on the last bunny for fall when I realized I completely ran out of the Bernat baby softee yarn in antique white I was using (2.3mm hook). The project stalled for months since I never got around to getting more yarn. By the time the yarn was replenished it was fall! I guess it was appropriate for fall bunny. This was the hardest one for me to get inspired. I bounced around ideas of giving her a Halloween costume or dressing her like a pilgram. In the end i just went the old fashioned route. A cute scarf and fun friends like pumpkins and a turkey to keep her company. Her buttons again are made from scrap-booking brads. I gave her a small pumpkin and corn headpiece as well.

You too can make small pumpkins simply by crocheting a small ball and creating sections by weaving the yarn from top to bottom. The turkey is made using embroidery thread and working in rounds. The tail is a flat circle embellished with groupings of 5 double crochets to give it the feathered look.  I will be sharing this pattern shortly and showing you how you can use it as a place card decoration for your thanksgiving table. So check back soon!

Fall_640TurkeyI hope you enjoyed this look into my bunny making and I hope you get inspired for new projects of your own. Till next time happy crocheting!

Colorful birds free pattern

While I was yarn shopping at Michael’s I found the most beautiful color changing yarn by Red Heart. It’s part of their boutique line called Unforgettable. It’s a worsted weight yarn and is 100% acrylic though it feels super soft and almost like wool. My photos can’t really quite capture the true color but the yarn is almost iridescent and very bright. There were several colors to choose from and I couldn’t resist so I bought 3 different ones in the colors of Parrot, Dragonfly and Winery. Aren’t those pretty names for the colors? My only tip is that this yarn is very delicate. If you pull too hard the strand will literally fall apart so take care to be gentle while working this yarn.

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I wasn’t sure what I was going to make with the yarn but after some thought decided on some beautiful brightly colored birds. I’ve always been a big animal lover which is why amigurumi really appealed to me. I came up the with the simple pattern below and I’m happy to share it with you all. You can make it with any yarn you like in fact I plan on making a black bird with a colorful beak. I hope you enjoy. Please let me know what you think and if you make one of my birdies I’d love to see them! E-mail them to us at info@yarntreasures.com or post it on social media with #YTbirdies.

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Materials:

  • Yarn of your choice for the body, orange or yellow yarn for the beak
  • 9mm safety eyes
  • Embroidery needle
  • Stuffing
  • Recommended hook size 2.3mm or 2.5mm

Head
Magic circle with 6 sc
R1: Inc X6 (12)
R2: *sc 1, inc* x6 (18)
R3: *sc 2, inc* x6 (24)
R4: *sc 3, inc* x6 (30)
R5: *sc 4, inc* x6 (36)
R6: *sc 36 (36)
R7: *sc 5, inc* x6 (42)
R8-11: sc 42 (42)
R12: *sc 5, dec* x6 (36)
R13: *sc 4, dec* x6 (30)
R14: *sc 3, dec* x6 (24)
Place safety eyes toward the lower half of the head 10 stitches apart.
R15: *sc 2, dec* x6 (18)
R16: *sc 1, dec* x6 (12)
R17: dec x6 (6)
Fasten off and leave a long tail. String the long tail through to the top of the head and make a bow for the little feathers.

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Body
Magic circle with 7sc
R1: inc 7 (14)
R2: *sc 1, inc* x7 (21)
R3: *sc 2, inc* x7 (28)
R5: in back loops only sc 28 (28)

Note: This will help birdie sit better on his own but creating almost like a 90 degree angle. Since he will be very top heavy he’s not going to sit on his own very well. If you absolutely need him to balance and sit on his own I recommend filling the body section with some marbles or beans or something to keep it heavy during assembly.

R6-8: revert back to working in both loops
R9: *sc2, dec* x7 (21)
R10: *sc1, dec* x7 (14)
Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing

Beak
I use Red Heart’s Soft line in the color Tangerine. It’s my favorite orange yarn and I use it frequently for my tigers as well. It’s also super soft and the color is bright and iridescent not muted and dark like some of the others.

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You will create a foundation chain and crochet around it

Ch 5
R1: starting 2nd chain from the hook sc 4 continue around the other side sc 4
R2: sc,inc, sc 2 inc, sc, inc, sc 2, inc, sc
R3: sc around (14)
Wings (make 2)
Create a magic circle with 10sc but don’t close it up all the way. This should produce a U shape out of the stitches. Leave a tail for sewing

Tail
Ch 4,
R1: Second from the hook inc 3 (6)
R2: ch 1, turn *3dc, sl st* x3 this should create 3 scallops along the long end of the flap you just created. Weave the remaining tail back torward the beginning. You’ll be sewing the small end of the triangle to the body.

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Assembly:
Attach the beak to the head between the eyes.
Attach the body to the head
Attach the wings on either side half way down the body
Lastly attach the tail and voila. All done!

*Please note this pattern is intended for personal use only and may not be used for commercial purposes or claimed as your own. You may link to this pattern but please don’t copy the pattern and list it on your own page.

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Ariel Doll Hair Tutorial

When I first started doing dolls I found figuring out how to give the dolls hair was the hardest part.  There are tons of techniques out there and I use different techniques depending how I want the hair.  A few people did ask me recently how I did the hair on my Ariel doll. I thought I’d do a short tutorial and hopefully it will help some of you out there. I know I was desperately looking for info when I did my first doll.

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My technique is actually quite simple. The key is to work with an infinite loop of yarn rather than strands. Create a loop of yarn for as long as you want the hair.  I know yarn can be expensive but I tend to make the hair longer so I can trim it later if need be. I learned the mistake of making it too short and not being able to add later on.  After that you’ll want to decide where you want the bangs to sit. I did Ariel off the side. I used pins to secure one end of the loop to where I wanted the section of hair to sit and sewed it down. Next take that same section of hair and twist it. This will make up Ariel’s front bang.

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Once the hair has been twisted, secure the bottom section to lower portion of her head near the neck. I cut another piece of yarn to use as a hair tie and leave a tail to sew into the head. Repeat the whole process with another section of hair parted to the other side. This time I tuck the new section under the old one.

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Once both sections are secured you can start working on the back of the hair. I repeat making the bundled sections and securing them along the hairline you have now created from the bangs. This time I simply didn’t twist the hair. You can also insert layers underneath for thicker hair.

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That’s pretty much all there is to it. Once the hair is the way you want it just give the hair a trim and cut the loops at the bottom if desired. I kept the loops. I felt like it kept the hair together better.  Sorry I didn’t have an unfinished head to show you guys the pinning and sewing. I’ll add more pictures when I do another doll.  I hope this helps. Feel free to let me know if this is helpful.

EDIT:  I started creating a base cap out of the same color as the hair so you can’t see through to the scalp. I’ve found this to be extremely helpful. I also can secure the twists to the end of the wig cap to hold them in place rather than securing to the head or neck.