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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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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