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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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