Bakeneko ( Louise Belchers amazing toys

Yet again Bobs Burgers has infiltrated my crochet world. Louise has the best toys in her room and all I ever want to do is make real versions of them! Bakeneko has always been my favorite of her collection and after catching “Flu-ouise” on repeat again the other evening I knew I had to just do it.
My main criteria for him was that he had to be true to size. Best way to do that, blanket yarn! It made him super soft and squishy as well. I decided to go darker in his color and followed the triangle pattern from the actual episode as opposed to when he’s just lying around her room.
I have to say, blanket yarn is a bit trying to work with when you’re intentionally making tight stitches!! He took a bit longer than I expected to work out, however I’m very pleased with him now that he’s done. Now, whenever I walk into my living room, this 19inch Bakeneko stares at me from the corner. All I can hear is him singing! 😂

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He’s oh so cute!

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Tiny bendable monkey

I’ve been having fun playing around with different techniques lately. First with making something glow in the dark and now with making bendable limbs. After messing around with a few different approaches, it seems the simplest way is the best way!
So here’s how I made a little monkey that can grab at fingers!
Supplies:

* F – hook ( 3.75mm )
* Worsted weight yarn in two colors ( main color, second color for details )
* Small amounts of poly-fil stuffing
* Pipe cleaners ( 2 per animal )
* scissors ( no need for super special sharp ones )
* Yarn needle
* Black yarn for eyes
* Stuffing tool ( not 100% necessary, however I find it extremely helpful. My favorite is the one that comes in the bag of poly-fil )

Terms used:

* ch – chain
* sc – single crochet
* inc – increase
* dec – decrease

These require following the pattern in perfect order.

We’re going to start by preparing the pipe cleaners.
Using one ( the average sized ones you can purchase at Walmart, Michaels, etc. I believe they are 12inches in length ):

* Fold the pipe cleaner in half
* Cut right at the bend

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* Repeat on second pipe cleaner
* You now have four 6 inch pieces

Body/Head:

The head and body are one piece worked from the body up.

Ch2 in main color
1. 5sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st – around
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. sc around – 15
5. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
6. sc around – 10
7. sc around – 10

* Insert pipe cleaner for legs ( see end of pattern for instructions )
* Stuff the body halfway

8. dec, sc, dec, sc, dec, sc, sc – 7

* Insert pipe cleaner for arms ( see end of pattern for instructions )
* Continue stuffing body ( this where the stuffing tool can come in handy, it will help to make sure your stuffing under and around the pipe cleaner, not just above )

9. inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, sc – 10
10. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
11. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
12. sc around – 20
13. sc around – 20
14. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
15. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
16. dec 5
Fasten off, weave in ends.

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Arms: ( make two )

Ch 2 in second color
1. sc 4 in second ch from hook – 4
2. sc around – 4

* Switch to main color

3 – 10. sc around – 4 ( each row )
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. Do not stuff.

* Another good use for the stuffing tool, every few rows, insert the thinner end into the arm ( legs and tail ) it will open up the piece and help you see your stitches.

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Legs: ( make two )

Ch 2 in second color
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. sc around – 5

* Switch to main color

3 – 9. sc around – 5 ( each row )
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. Do not stuff.

Tail:

Ch 2
1. sc 4 in second ch from hk – 4
2 – 12. so around – 4 ( each row )
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. Do not stuff.

Ears: ( make two )

Ch 2 using second color
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5

* Switch to main color

2. 2sc in each st around – 10
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Muzzle:

Using second color:
4sc in a magic circle.
Pull circle tight and slip stitch into the first sc.
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Inserting the pipe cleaners for arms and legs:

* The process for setting up the bendable arms and legs can be a bit trying. It will take some practice and patience to line them up the way you’d like.

* Use your finger to hold open the body while inserting the first side. You’re going to go from the outside in, then run the pipe cleaner through the body coming out the second leg location.
* My example has the legs set up at just above row #3.
* The arms are set one row below the neckline.
* I find when pulling the second side through, it’s helpful to insert your hk where you’d like the pipe cleaner to exit the body. It will open up the stitch a bit making it easier to find.

Legs:

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Arms:

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Construction:

* Sew muzzle onto head. It can face any direction you’d like.
* Sew on eyes
* Sew on ears
* We’re now going to add limbs and tail:

1. Make sure the pipe cleaners are as even as possible on each side of body.
2. Line up one arm to the pipe cleaner, fold over at the end. You want it as close as possible to the length of the arm, however shorter is better than longer here!
3. Wrap the excess around itself, leaving a small loop at the end.

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4. Run yarn through the loop, thread BOTH ends of the yarn through the needle.

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5. Insert the needle through the arm, making sure to come through the center of the arm.

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6. Use the yarn ( threaded through the pipe cleaner loop ) to pull the pipe cleaner up, while pulling the arm down.
7. Sew the arm into place before moving into the next one.
8. Repeat the process for both legs.
9. For the tail, take a piece of pipe cleaner, make the loop on the end and loop yarn through for helping to place in tail. Fold any excess length ( after sizing against your tail ) and wrap ALL of it around itself. I like the tail to have the extra thickness and stability. Sew in place.

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Kuchi Kopi!

One of my favorite shows on t.v. right now is Bobs Burgers. We don’t really watch shows, mainly the television is just on for background noise, but come Sunday nights the yarn gets put aside, my guy puts down his drawings and all attention goes to Bobs. There’s just something about this show….. We see ourselves in the characters a little too easily!! Linda is my spirit animal, my guy is Bob ( the amount of times a day he says “oh my god” in response to something myself or offspring has said or done 😂 ) and somehow offspring is all three of the kids rolled into one!
And then there’s kuchi kopi. My guy loves the episodes where he “comes to life”, so I knew I had to make him. My problem was I wanted him to glow. Looking online I only found glow in the dark yarn that was white and we all know that wouldn’t do! So after many trial and error prototypes and I found what I think is the best solution. ( cats not complaining, he has quite a few little crocheted balls that glow in dark to bat around the house now 😃 )
Here he is in all his glowing happiness, hope you like him.

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Kuchi Kopi:

Supplies:

* Cotton yarn, I prefer the cotton for this project due to its absorbent qualities. ( I used Lily Sugar’n Cream Hot Green ) one skein is plenty.
* G – hook ( 4mm )
* Poly-fil stuffing
* Yarn needle
* Small amount of white ( again I used cotton, for eyes )
* 1 can of Tulip Color Shot glow in the dark fabric spray ( I purchased this at Michaels )
* Black craft paint for pupils
* Gloves ( either disposable or dish, doesn’t matter, but make sure to wear gloves! )
* Circle of cardboard ( optional. The circle will need to be big enough to fit in the bottom of the body. Do not use cardboard if you intend on having to wash him )

Terms:

* Ch – chain
* Hk – hook
* St – stitch
* Sc – single crochet
* Inc – increase
* Dec – decrease

Eyes: make two

* We’re going to work eyes first.

Using white: ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3. ( sc, inc )4x – 12

* Slip stitch into next st, fasten off, leave long tail for sewing
* Set aside

Body/Head:

* The body is worked from bottom up

Ch 2
1. 5sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
6. ( sc 4, inc )5x – 30
7. ( sc 5, inc )5x – 35

* If using cardboard, trace the base now and cut out. Put the cardboard circle aside for now.

8. *in back loops only* ( sc 6, inc )5x – 40
9. sc around – 40 each row
10. ( sc 7, inc )5x – 45
11. ( sc 8, inc )5x – 50
12 – 18. sc around – 50 each row
19. ( sc 8, dec )5x – 45
20. sc around – 45
21. ( sc 7, dec )5x – 40
22. sc around – 40
23. ( sc 6, dec )5x – 35
24. sc around – 35

* Insert cardboard now

25. ( sc 5, dec )5x – 30
26. sc around – 30

* Begin stuffing, make sure to stuff firmly throughout.

27. ( sc 5, inc )5x – 35
28. ( sc 6, inc )5x – 40
29. ( sc 7, inc )5x – 45
30 – 37. sc around – 45 each row
38. ( sc 7, dec )5x – 40
39. ( sc 6, dec )5x – 35
40. ( sc 5, dec )5x – 30
41. ( sc 4, dec )5x – 25
42. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
43. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
44. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
45. dec 5
Fasten off, sew shut, weave in ends.

Arms: ( make two )

Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3 – 7. sc around – 10 each row
Stuff just the bottom lightly, fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Ears: ( make two )

Ch 2
1. 3sc in the second ch from hk – 3
2. ch1, turn, inc, sc, inc
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

* Sew arms, ears, and eye whites onto body
* In a well ventilated area, evenly coat the entire piece with glow spray. I can’t stress enough how important gloves are right now, my hands were glowing for days…..
* Set aside to dry.
* I strongly suggest going for it in one go. I had issues with this spray, it works amazing the first time but gets a little difficult when you try to use it again. So to combat struggling, I used the entire can in one sitting. Just try to keep it as even as possible. ( it is worth the effort! )
* Repeat if necessary as many times as you’d like.
* Add the pupils to the eyes once the piece has dried. Set under a light, let charge up and enjoy!

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Rug making

Last spring we moved into an old house. Built in the 1870s, it has all the charm and little details one would expect. And while I like the majority of them, creaky floors, low narrow staircase and “quaint” bedroom, there is one thing that I can’t get used to. Those old creaky floors…. Love the sound, love the look, hate the cold!! In the summer, they’re great, in the winter, not so much. There’s nothing worse than getting out of bed to use the bathroom and freezing the soles of your feet instantly.
Luckily I was gifted quite a few bags of rag strips and knew what had to be done!
I grabbed my Q hook, dug through the bags, picked out a couple of colors and got to work. Unfortunately I learned quickly that what looks like a lot of material is in fact not as much as you think…. so it came out a bit more eclectic than I planned, however the more I look at it the more I love it! It matches the wallpaper, fits perfectly next to my bed in my tiny little room and no more cold feet!!

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I googled away and found this great pattern here: crafts.tutsplus.com
I’m already pairing up colors for more, planning a half circle for in front of the kitchen sink and possibly an oval for the upstairs hallway.
Using the rag strips makes it so thick and squishy under foot, and the animals love laying on it!
If you don’t have pre-stripped material you can use t-shirt yarn ( as the original pattern suggests ) or cut up old sheets for yourself.( your local thrift store is a great place to buy them cheap!)

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There’s something so satisfying about making something instead of buying it, plus the final product will be unique to you, your home, and your family!

Knit flat yoga socks!

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My daughter loves yoga and really “needed” a pair of yoga socks. I can knit with circular needles if I’m working something decent sized such as a hat, however dpns still give me a hard time. Plus in usual fashion I wasn’t feeling going out and spending money on sock yarn or new needles. So, I jumped on the Internet and began the search. Criteria: knit flat, worsted weight yarn, an entire evening wasted, couldn’t find a thing! Plenty of crochet versions, but she really wanted knit and momma was not going to disappoint. I almost appreciate the fact I couldn’t find a pattern that would work, it pushed me to try something I’ve never done before. I wrote it as I did it, I’ve never written a knit pattern before, so hopefully it’s easy to understand.
These will fit a size 7 1/2 to 8 woman’s foot ( American sizes ). They do stretch around, so I assume adding a few extra rows in the “bridge” section will adjust them to a bigger foot.
Hope you enjoy!
Yoga Socks

Materials:

* Worsted weight yarn ( I used Lion Brand Heartland, less than one skein )
* Size 8 flat needles
* Yarn needle

Terms:

* K – knit
* P – purl
* RS – right side ( all knit )
* WS – wrong side ( all purls )
* sts – stitches

Pattern:

Toe edging:
Cast on 40 stitches

1. K1, P1 across – 40
2. K1, P1 across -40

* Repeat rows 1 and 2 ( rib stitch ) until it measures 1 inch.

Bridge of foot:

1. Knit across – 40
2. purl across – 40

* Repeat rows 1 and 2 ( stockinette stitch ) until entire piece ( including edging measures 3 1/2 inches )

* Make sure to end with a WS row

Heel/Ankle:

1. Bind off 20 sts, K next 20 – 20
2. Purl 20, using the working yarn, cast on 20 sts – 40
3. Knit across – 40
4. Purl across – 40

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* Photo above: what cast on stitches will look like, row 2

* Repeat row 3 and 4 until cast on 20sts measures 2 inches, ending with a WS row.

* Main part of the foot should measure about 6 1/2 inches.

5. K1, P1 across – 40

6. K1, P1 across – 40

* Repeat row 5 and 6 once more, binding off on row 6 ( WS row )

* Fasten off, seam shut.

* Optional: use H hook, join yarn with slip stitch and continue to slip stitch around the heel opening.

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I like to knit them at the same time. It helps me make sure I’m doing the exact same number of rows and my tension is consistent.

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I use both the center pull and outside end of the skein ( just make sure they don’t twist too much while knitting ) each sock has its own separate working yarn strand.

Double knitting is genius!

I’m certain I’m late to the game here, but I’ve just discovered double knitting!! My personal preference for mittens and fingerless gloves is flat knitting, seaming up after. What I wasn’t a fan of was one at a time and risking tension issues. Now having both going at the same time has solved my problem, consistent tension through out both items, brilliant!!

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Also, let’s talk about Caron Cakes. Love them for these! Just let the yarn change at its own pace. No two are alike. I made a whole bunch of each, dropped them into bins and let the family pick which ever two struck their fancy. Guaranteed to “match” color family and yet have some character and quirk, plus such fun watching them all dig and fight over ones they wanted! Theses are the sets my daughter picked out.

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Rick and Morty

My daughter and guy are obsessed with Rick and Morty. Which means of course that I have to sit through it whenever it’s on. There’s only so much of watching something I can handle before my brain goes “psst, you can make that”. Fought the urge for weeks, finally gave in.
I also tried something new and used puff paint for detail work on these. Very pleased with the outcome and my Rick and Morty fans are in love. So, win win for all!

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They ended up larger than I anticipated, Rick is 18 inches and Morty 13.5! But that’s what happens when you just free hand…

Always keep those hands moving!

I have a problem where I can’t simply sit and watch t.v. It makes me feel like I’m wasting time if I don’t have a hook or needles in my hands! However, there are always down times, you’re in between projects or the inspiration is just not there. Luckily a few months back I came up with a solution, one that is easy to pick up and put down, plus you never need to buy yarn for it, win win!!
I’ve started making mitered squares. Instead of connecting as you go, typical of the “memory” style blanket, I’m simply making the squares and storing them away in a box. No need to buy yarn, just use the left over balls from previous projects. When I finally decide I have enough, I’ll sew them all together and have a squishy warm blanket to remind me of all past projects. 😍
I haven’t settled on a game plan yet for construction, but I’m totally leaning towards dropping them all in a bag and just pulling them out in a random order. Thinking a fun patchwork look to it. Someday in the next few months hopefully, I’ll be posting the actual blanket!

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The Dobby inspired Huggable House Elf

A little over a year ago I joined a Halloween Gift Swap. My recipient was a Harry Potter loving soul and also requested something handmade. Being who I am, that obviously meant an Amigurumi of some kind, after days of character image searching ( I’ll admit, I’m not really a fan of Harry Potter, had to look up the movies ), I settled on making her a Dobby. Everyone else seemed a bit to bland and I was looking to make something in a larger size. Little bit of drawing, little bit of frustration, and a lot of “does this look right” texts to my sister ( she loves that series! ) Dobby was born.
Fast forward to now and I finally decided to clean up his pattern to share with everyone else. It’s only been a year after all!!
I think he’s an easy pattern to follow, you’ll need basic stitch knowledge, no fancy stitches used! And I’m always here to help and answer questions. I also teach how I connect fingers and toes in this pattern ( always a good technique to know for Amigurumi makers 😉 )
He is available for purchase in my Ravelry store:
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/huggable-house-elf

Hope you enjoy!!

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