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Alice in Wonderland Bridal Shower

Alice in Wonderland Shower

While I absolutely adore amigurumi, I love all things crafty. Back in May I had the pleasure of hosting my sister’s bridal shower and I decided to get crafty with it.  For as long as I can remember my sister has loved Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and as soon as we started talking about a shower she asked if it could be Alice themed.  I thought long and hard about how I was going to make the event whimsical without being childish. After lots of internet browsing for inspiration I was able to put together a an event everyone had a great time at. I thought I’d share how it all went and hopefully inspire you for parties of your own.

What’s an Alice themed shower without a tea party? It seemed like the natural choice so we decided on hosting it at a popular local tea house. I knew they had a great outdoor space with beautiful water features as well. Once the location was secured I took to invitations.

There were tons of choices to choose from.  Here are some of my favorites:

By Cupiddesigns on Etsy
By P27Creative Etsy Shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the end I decided to go digital and went with a fun, bold and colorful design from paperless post.

Alice in Wonderland Invitation

The bride and I decided not to go the costume route but instead asked guests to wear Alice inspired attire.   Forseeing that some guests may not have time to get inspired outfits I decided to have a backup plan, create head pieces for photo ops. I ended up with 3 different ones to choose from.

The first was bunny ears inspired by the white rabbit and the March hare. I decide to try and create something inspired by a Japanese trend of usamimi headbands.  They are appropriate for everyday wear since they are subtle but still very reminiscent of bunny ears.  Traditionally they are made of fun fabric and I found two awesome patterns, one on the minted strawberry blog and also a different take on the twirling betty blog

EASY USAMIMI (RABBIT EAR) HEADBAND on Minted Strawberry Blog
bunny ear headbands on Twirlingbetty blog

Not having a sewing machine I decided why not put my crochet talents to good use the do the same with yarn? I decided to try and create the look with yarn ears. I was able to buy a few plastic headbands at my local dollar shop and transformed them using a variety of techniques covering them with fabric, felt and spray paint. They turned out great and the guests really enjoyed them. I’ll be doing another post down the line with the pattern and will link to it soon.

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Bunny ears

The second was a play on the flowers scene from the book. I used the same plastic headbands and sprayed them with matte gold paint. Being on a budget I was able to grab some faux flowers from the dollar store as well. I trimmed them to size and glued each blossom onto the headband.

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The last was a top crocheted top hat. I’ll be working on patterning out this project for a future post as well.

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For the table centerpiece, I recreated the flowers scene with a a little Alice figurine, some silk flowers and a large candy jar. For the rest of the table I was able to find hardcover copies of Alice in Wonderland and through the looking glass. The tea cups and tea pots provided by restaurant fit right in with the theme.

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To round out the decorations I was able to find some metal keys at Michael’s and some tea ware at my local Goodwill for $2 each. I created a dormouse to go with the sugar bowl.

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A beautiful cake and some themed cupcakes tied everything together nicely. This cake was created by Los Angeles baker Eleana Perez of Elemakescakes.

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What party would be complete without games and prizes? I created a jumbo version of my white rabbit as a prize for our shower games.

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As the guests started showing up I was ecstatic to see all the inspired outfits. We specifically asked that people avoid costumes but encouraged fashion inspired by all the characters. We had our own Mad Hatter, Tweedles dee and dum, and of course our bride found a white apron to go with her chic navy dress.

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I hope this has provided some great inspiration for you to throw your own Alice themed celebration. I’ll be following up this post with some patterns soon!

All photos courtesy of Raechel Denise Photography.

Free Dinosaur Pattern

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I’ve always liked dinosaurs and was looking for a small dinosaur project to work on. When I couldn’t find one I decided to try to come up with one of my own. The outcome was this dyno-mini design. Hope you all enjoy the pattern.

Materials
2.2 mm crochet hook
Fine or superfine yarn in color of choice
(For larger dinosaur can substitute a 3mm crochet hook and worsted weight yarn)
2 black 1/8 inch black brads (for eyes)
2 pink 1/8 black brads (for cheeks)
black embroidery yarn for nose slits and mouth
emboridery yarn in color of choice for back plates
White felt cut into small triangles for teeth
Polyfil stuffing

Abbreviations
sc – Single crochet
inc – increase
dec – decrease
dc – double crochet
slst – slip stitch

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Head
R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring. (6 sts)
R2: Inc, rep 6 times. (12 sts)
R3: *Sc 1, inc*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)
R4: *Sc 2, inc*, rep 6 times. (24 sts)
R5: *Sc 3, inc*, rep 6 times. (30 sts)
R6-9: Sc 30.
R10: *Sc 3, dec 1* rep 6 times. (24 sts)
R11: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)
Place eyes towards bottom half of head. Begin stuffing head.
Place pink brads for the cheeks if desired. Can also use pink felt
R12: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)
Continue stuffing head firmly.
R13: *Dec 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)
Fasten off and weave in end.

Body
R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring. (6 sts)
R2: Inc, rep 6 times. (12 sts)
R3: *Sc 1, inc*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)
R4: *Sc 2, inc*, rep 6 times. (24 sts)
R5-8: Sc 24.
R9: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)
R10: Sc 18.
R11: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)
R12: Sc 12.
Leave long tail for sewing.

Arms (Make 2)
R1: 5 sc in Magic Ring. (5 sts)
R2-4: Sc 5.
Leave long tail for sewing.

Legs (Make 2)
R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring. (6 sts)
R2-5: Sc 6.
Leave long tail for sewing.

Tail
R1: 4 sc in Magic Ring. (4 sts)
R2: *Sc 1, inc*, rep 2 (6 sts)
R3: *Sc 2, inc*, rep 2 (8 sts)
R4: *Sc 3, inc*, rep 2 (10 sts)
R5-6: Sc 10
Leave long tail for sewing.

Assemble and sew on mouth and nose slits using black embroidery yarn
Sew or glue on teeth.

Back Plates
Using embroidery yarn
Chain a string long enough to run from the head to tail +3 sc
*Dc 3 into the same st, sl st into the next st* repeat the length of the chain
Bind off and leave tail for sewing.
Sew onto dinosaur

Voila! That’s all. Wasn’t that simple?

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If you make these little guys, we’d love to see! Post on social media with #dynomini. Please feel free to let me know if you see any mistakes.

©2014 Yarn Treasures. This pattern is intended for personal use only. You are not allowed to resell, redistribute or share this pattern. Products made from this pattern may not be use sold or used for commercial purposes.

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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Free Aviator Fox Pattern

I got such positive feedback for Foxtrot and Echo, my aviator fox and his wife I wanted to create a simple mini version to share with you all. Enjoy this free fox pattern!

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Materials:
3.0 mm Crochet hook
Embroidery needle
1 pair 9 mm safety eyes
1 12 mm safety nose
3 mini gold brads
polyfil stuffing
Worsted weight orange yarn, brown yarn, grey yarn, white yarn
Recommended yarns:
Lionbrand Vanna’s choice in the following colors:
Chocolate (or Taupe), Terracotta and silver heather
Lionbrand pound of love in Antique white

Abbreviations
sc – Single crochet
inc – increase
dec – decrease
slst – slip stitch

Head
With orange yarn
Magic circle with 6 sc
R1: inc (x6) – (12)
R2: sc, inc (x6) – (18)
R3: 2 sc, inc (x6) – (24)
R4: 3 sc, inc (x6) – (30)
R5: 4 sc, inc (x6) – (36)
R6-10: sc 36 -(36)
R11: 4 sc, dec (x6) – (30)
R12: 3 sc, dec (x6) – (24)
Place safety eyes between rows 9 and 10 approx 9-10 stitches apart
Start stuffing head
R13 2 sc, dec (x6) – (18)
R14 1 sc, dec (x6) – (12)
Finish stuffing head
R15 dec (x6) – (6)
Bind off and weave in ends.

Nose

With orange yarn
Magic circle with 4 sc
R1: sc 4
R2: inc (x4) – (8)
R3: sc 3 inc (x2) – (10)
R4: sc 1, inc (5) – (15)
fasten off and leave tail to sew onto face
Insert the safety nose
Lightly stuff before sewing to the head.

Hat

With brown yarn
Magic circle with 7 sc
R1: inc (x7) – (14)
R2: sc, inc (x7) – (21)
R3: 2 sc, inc (x7) – (28)
R4: 3 sc, inc (x7) – (35)
R5-10: sc 35
R11: sc 6, chain 1 turn (6)
R12: Dec 3 (3)
R13: Dec (1)
Bind off and weave
Attach brown yarn on the opposite end of the flap you just created (R11)
Repeat
sc 6, chain 1 turn (6)
dec 3 (3)
dec (1)
Attach white yarn and sc all the way around to trim the hat.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Goggles
Using white yarn (make 2)
Magic circle with 5 stitches
R1: inc (X5) – (10)
R2: sc,inc (x5) – (15)
Switch to grey yarn
R3-4: sc 15

For the first disk bind off and weave in tail.
For the second disk chain one at the end and slst to any part of the 2nd disk

Finally opposite the slst connection on one of the disks attach the grey yarn and chain 30
connect with the other circle using a slst and sc back along the chain until you are back where you started.
This will make the goggle band. Bind off and weave in ends.

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Ears (make 2)
With orange yarn
Magic circle with 4sc
R1: sc4
R2: in (x4) -(8)
R3: sc 3, inc (x2) -(10)
R4: sc 1, inc (x5) -(15)
R5: Sc 15

Body
With Orange yarn
Magic circle with 6 sc
R1: inc (x6) – (12)
R2: Sc, inc (x6) – (18)
R3: 2 sc, inc (x6) – (24)
R4: 3 sc, inc (x6) – (30)
R5: 4 sc, inc (x6) – (36)
change to brown yarn
R6: sc 36 in back loops only
R7: sc 4,dec (x6) -(30)
R8: sc 30
R9: sc 3, dec (x6) – (24)
R10: sc 24
R11: sc 2, dec (x6) – (18)
R12: sc 1, dec (x6) – (12)
swtich to white yarn
R13: sc 12
Leave tail for sewing

Now go back to row 6 where you crocheted in the back loops there should be a set of front loops
where you can attach your white yarn and crochet around to create the trim for the jacket.

Insert your gold brads for the buttons and stuff the body.

Arms (make 2)
with orange yarn
Magic circle 5 sc
R1-2 sc 5
Change to chocolate yarn
R3: sc 5
R4: sc 5 in back loops only
this will create a line of raised stitches where you can easily attach the trim later
R5-7 sc 5 (both loops)
bind off and leave tail for sewing
go back and attach white yarn to the row of raised stitches and sc around. Bind off and weave in tail.

Legs (make 2)
With orange yarn
Magic circle 9
R1: sc 2 inc (x3) – (12)
R2-6 sc 12
Fasten off and leave tail for sewing

Tail
With white yarn
Magic circle with 4 sc
R1: 4 sc (4)
R2: inc (x4) – (8)
R3: sc, inc (x4) – (12)
R4: 2 sc, inc (x4) – (16)
R5: sc 16 – (16)
switch to orange yarn
R6-8 sc 16 – (16)
R9: sc 2, dec (x4) – (12)
R10: sc 12 – (12)
R11: sc 2, dec (x4) – (8)
R12: sc 8 – (8)
R13: dec (x4) – (4)
R14: sc 4 (4)
bind off and leave tail for sewing

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Scarf
R1: Chain 35 turn
R2: Sc 35 back along the chain
Fasten off and weave in tail

You now have all your pieces simply assemble! Note that the ears go onto the hat and the hat should be sewn down to the head.

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Thank you so much for supporting us! If you make Foxtrot, we’d love to see! Post on Instagram with #foxtrotYT. Please feel free to let me know if you see any mistakes.

©2014 Yarn Treasures. This pattern is intended for personal use only. You are not allowed to resell, redistribute or share this pattern. Products made from this pattern may not be use sold or used for commercial purposes.

“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!

Crochet Tinkerbell Doll

 

 

TinkerbellWhen my god daughters asked me to make them some dolls I immediately knew I wanted to make something from one of the Disney movies. There are a few specific characters they especially love and Tinkerbell is one of them.  It seemed like the obvious choice since I had all the right colored yarn left.

My favorite yarn for making dolls is Lily’s Sugar and Cream cotton yarn in Camomile.  It’s from a line that also is scented so smells especially good.  The yarn is stiff if you use a small hook so the dolls hold their shapes well.  I used this yarn for the head and limbs.

crochet_tinkerbellUsing a 2.5mm hook and 12mm safety eyes Tinkerbell finally started to take some shape. After getting the base done I wove in her hair with Impeccable yarn in butterscotch.Impeccable yarn is not my favorite for crochet but I do love it for doll hair.

I love adding little details to my dolls so I knew I had to make her little foot pom poms and figure out a unique way of giving her wings and sparkle.  I decided on using some leftover tulle that I had to give her wings a delicate look.

Tinkerbell_backTinkerbell_wingsAfter cutting the wings into shape I secured it with a strand of yarn and sewed them onto her back.  After a sprinkle of glitter Tinkerbell was all ready to go home to one of two special little girls. Sorry no pattern at the moment but I hope you enjoy a look into one of my projects.

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Free Panda Sleep Mask Pattern

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Pandas are all the craze these days. I’ve been seeing them everywhere from piggy banks and stuffed animals to T-shirts and public art displays. I can see the allure with their adorable faces and unique coloring. When a friend posted this sleep mask found on Ebay I was inspired to make my own.

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It ended being pretty simple so I thought I would share the pattern with you all so you could make your own.

Materials:

  • Elastic band
  • Black felt
  • Black yarn ( I used Bernat Satin in ebony)
  • White or cream yarn (I used loops and threads impeccable in aran)
  • Backing fabric of your choice.
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook

Ch=chain
Sc=single crochet
Sl st = slip stitch

Mask (small)
Ch 25
R1: starting 2nd ch from the hook sc back across the chain and around the other side (48)
R2: sc, inc, sc 21, inc, sc, inc,sc 21, inc (52)
R3: sc, inc, sc 22, inc, sc, inc, sc 22, inc (56)
R4: sc 39, 6 sl st, sc 11 (56)
R5: sc 39, 6 sl st, sc 11 (56)
Fasten off and weave end.

The slip stitches should make the piece dip in for your nose. The side with the dips with be the bottom of your mask.

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image: Single crochet around a foundation chain.

Ears (make 2)
Ch 10
R1: Starting 2nd ch from the hook sc back across the chain and around the other side (18)
R2: sc,inc, sc 8, inc, sc, inc, sc 8, inc (22)
R3-5: sc 22
Fasten off leave tail to sew to mask

Attach both ears to the top side of the mask at either end.

Eyes (make 2)
Using the black felt cut out egg shaped eyes and sew or glue them onto the mask with the smaller end facing each other.

You could crochet black circles to use instead but I liked the flat look of the felt and the mixing of textures.

Backing
Cut out your fabric to fit on the back of your mask and sew or glue this to the mask. It will make for a softer feel against your face and help block out light.

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Lastly attach your elastic band to either side of the mask. If you don’t have elastic you could use yarn/ribbon and just tie in the back instead. I’m doing this until I can get to the store to buy some elastic.

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Voila all done.

This makes a pretty small mask but it can easily be altered to make a bigger mask. Simply start with a chain long enough to cover across your face and crochet around increasing at the ends on either side of the chain.

I hope you enjoy this simple pattern. An easy an fun project to make for kids especially. Please let me know if you find any mistakes. I’d love to see your project so feel free to send us pics at info @yarntreasures.com or post them on social media with #YTpandamask

Thanks for visiting!

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.

Flounder Ball Free Pattern

 

One of my favorite Disney movies growing up was The Little Mermaid. She still holds a special place in my heart.  She’s also recently captured the hearts of my two little god daughters.  They asked me to make them some dolls and I knew Ariel would be a great choice. My Ariel turned out to be such a big hit I decided to offer my flounder pattern for free.  If you haven’t seen the doll you can see her in our gallery section. Sorry Ariel has not been patterned out yet. I’m horrible about writing my patterns down but I’m working on it.  Flounder is pretty easy to make so it’s great for beginners.  The body is basically a ball.  If you find any mistakes feel free to reach out.  Enjoy!

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Materials

  • 2.5mm crochet hook (will yield a fishy of about 5cm in diameter)
  • Worsted weight yellow yarn (I use Loop and thread’s Impeccable in butterscotch)
  • Worsted weight green or blue yarn ( I use Red Heart Soft in seafoam)
  • 9mm safety eyes (1 pair)
  • White felt
  • Embroidery needle
  • Stuffing (polyfil)
  • Glue gun (optional)

Body
Magic circle 6sc (6)
R1: Inc 6 (12)
R2:* Sc 1 , inc* x6 (18)
R3: *Sc 2, inc* x6 (24)
R4: * Sc 3, inc* x6 (30)
R5-8: Sc 30 (30)
R9: *Sc 3, dec* x6 (24)

Cut out two circles using the white felt and feed the front of the safety eyes through but cutting slits in the circle.

Insert safety eyes into the body at between rounds
R10: *Sc 2, dec * x6 (18)
R11: *Sc 1, dec * X6(12)
R12: Dec 6 (6)
Fasten off and weave in tail

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Side Fins (make 2)
Magic circle 8sc (8)
Do not close the circle too tightly leaving a U shape
Leave a tail for sewing

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Top Fin

Ch 15
Starting 2nd ch from hook 1 sc
*Chain 3, sl st, sc* x 4
This will create 4 scallops on top
Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.

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Tail

R1: Ch 8
R2: Starting 2nd chain from the hook sc 6
R3: Ch 1 turn sc 4
R4: Ch 1 turn dec
Fasten off leave tail for sewing

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Stripes

Make 3 stripes but creating chains in the counts below. Fasten and leave tail for sewing or if using glue gun, fasten and trim off excess yarn.
1: Ch 10
2: Ch 7
3 Ch 5

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Assembly

I typically assemble in this order

  •  Side fins
  •  Tail
  •  Stripes (longest one toward front and spacing the other two evenly)
  • Top fin

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If you make flounder I’d love to see!  Feel free to email pics to us at info@yarntreasures.com or post on social media with #YTflounder.

If you decide to change up the colors he could easily turn into Nemo as well.

*Please note this pattern is intended for personal use only and may not be used for commercial purposes or claimed as your own.

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Welcome!

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Welcome to YarnTreasures.com. I’m so excited to finally be starting this blog and to have the opportunity to share my love of crochet.  I learned to crochet by reading blogs and watching youtube videos so I encourage those who are interested to take a stab at it.  It’s actually less daunting than it seems and can be very therapeutic.

This blog  will focus on amigurumi, the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll.

I was initially inspired by a cute crocheted rabbit I found on pinterest and it quickly led to me Googling everything I could on the subject. I had a cousin who had already learned on her own so that was promising.  I think the key for me was all the research.  I read and watched videos for about a week before I even attempted to go out and buy supplies or make anything.

I started making small circular balls and basic shapes. Once I got those down I moved on to simple patterns and now I’m making my own.  It has been the most rewarding experience to see peoples faces light up when I gift them one of my creations.  I hope to be able to give some guidance and encouragement for new beginners and also inspire some of you more advanced crocheters.

Thanks for joining me on this adventure and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, comments, advice or just want to chat. It’s been amazing to connect with people all over the world through a shared love of crochet.

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