Crochet plant covers.

I love having plants in my house. Granted I’m not claiming to have the greenest thumb out there, so I keep to the easy to care for types. Nonetheless, I have managed to get quite a group going. While the plants are lovely to look at, the plain plastic pots are not, and who needs to go out and buy expensive decorative pots when you have yarn?!
So I’ve crocheted two pot covers and am in the process of at least one more right now. I love them, no rhyme or reason to it, just whatever happens to strike my fancy at the time.

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Here’s how I did it! First I traced the base of each pot on a piece of cardboard ( I totally used a cereal box! ):

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You’ll notice numbers in each circle, that is the height of each pot!! I measured how high I wanted to go and simply kept the ruler with me while crocheting. No need to keep getting up and trying it on for height!
Then I did the basic flat circle increase until it fit the circle:

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The next row was done in the back loops only, to help the base stay nice and flat.
From that point on I simply kept crocheting, some rows are single crochet, some are double. I just went with it!
Here are close ups of each.

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They are easy to customize to match decor and make your plants look so much cuter wearing their sweaters!!
Hope you enjoy.

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Homemade Blocking block

For awhile I’ve been working on a new blanket. I’ve made a few squares, put it aside, etc. recently I picked it back up again and am going strong!
My mister, who says he can’t wait for it to be finished, surprised me today by making a custom sized “blocking block”!
He said there had to be a more efficient way to do that and proceeded to make one!! Love him. 😍

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Now I have 25 squares going at one time with enough air flow space for drying between each. So much easier!
About a third of the way through only a hundred or so more squares to make…..

Monster Mash!

I love everything fall especially Halloween! The weather here has finally turned, we’re getting the lovely 70 degree days and perfect for sleeping cooler evenings. It was time to whip some Halloween inspired amigurumi for you!
How cute are these little guys?! They work up quickly and can be easily altered for many more characters. They all follow the same basic arms and legs with slightly altered heads on a couple.
I’ll post one pattern every Monday, sort of a Halloween countdown! Ok, let’s be honest….it also gives me a bit of a buffer on pattern making. 😂
So, stay tuned, first one will be up in a couple of days.

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Radish Spirit!! 

Here’s the last Studio Ghibli amigurumi I made. He’s been done for a bit but I’ve been holding onto him, he’s not for the faint of heart. While he’s done using the basic of crochet terms, he can get a bit tricky when it comes to his legs and face.  So, if you go for it and have any questions or issues with his pattern, please ask, I’m here to help.

  
Supplies:

* Yarn for body
* Red yarn 

* White/black embroidery floss or safety eyes

* Poly fil stuffing

* Yarn needle

* G hook

Terms:

* hk – hook

* ch – chain

* sc – single crochet

* skp – skip

* st – stitch

* inc – increase

* dec – decrease

* bls – back loops only

* slp st – slip stitch

* F/O – fasten off

Body:

Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6

2. 2sc in each st around – 12

3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18

4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24

5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30

6 – 10. ( sc 4, inc )6x – 36 each row

11. ( sc 5, inc )6x – 42

12. ( sc 6, inc )6x – 48

13 – 21. sc around – 48

22. ch 10, skp next 10 sts, sc 3 in front loops only, ch 10, skp next 10 sts, sc 24      -48

23. sc 10 ( on chain ), sc 3 ( using the back loops of row 22 ), sc 10 on chain,      sc 25 – 48

24. sc around – 48

25. ( sc 11, inc )2x, sc 24 – 50

26. ( sc 12, inc )2x, sc 24 – 52

27 – 28. around – 52 each row

29. inc, sc 26, inc, sc 24 – 54

30. sc around – 54

31. ( sc 14, inc )2x, sc 24 – 56

32 – 33. sc around – 56 each row

34. sc 4, ( sc 3, inc )7x, sc 24 – 63

35. sc around – 63

36. sc 4, ( inc, sc 3 )8x, sc 27 – 71

37 – 46. sc around – 71 each row

47. sc 10, ( sc 8, dec )4x, sc 21 – 67

48. sc 10, ( sc 7, dec )4x, sc 21 – 63

49. sc 10, ( sc 6, dec )4x, sc 21 – 59

50. sc 10, ( sc 5, dec )4x, sc 21 – 55

51. sc around – 55

52. sc 10, ( sc 4, dec )4x, sc 21 – 51

53. sc around – 51

* Make sure your last stitch is in the center of the back * 

 * Begin stuffing now, make sure to stuff well, it’s going to get very hard to stuff soon.

* Pinch the front me back together, insert the hook through the front center, yarn over pull through. This separates leg spaces. Try your best to have the same number of stitches on each side of the join.

 

* Continue crocheting to your left.

* Make sure to continue stuffing as you work up the legs.

54. sc around – 24
55 – 58. sc around – 24 each row

59. ( sc 4, dec )4x- 20

60. sc around – 20

61. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15

62. sc around – 15

63. ( sc, dec )5x – 10

64. Dec 5, fasten off, sew shut, weave in ends

* Slp st into the second leg spot.
* Repeat row #54 – 64.

* If your row number in the second leg doesn’t match, increase or decrease as needed. Make sure to do so within the first two rows otherwise the legs will not look even.

Mouth pieces:

Slp st into corner of right space from row 22. 

 

1. sc around in front loops only – 19

2 – 8. sc around – 19 each row 

9. sc 9, dec, sc 8 – 18

10. ( sc 4, dec )3x – 15

11. sc around – 15

12. ( sc, dec )5x – 10

13. sc around – 10

14. dec 5 – 5

Repeat on other side.

Arms: make two

Ch 2

1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4

2. 2sc in each st around – 8

3. sc around – 8

4. ( sc, inc )4x – 12

5 – 7. sc around – 12 each row

8. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 16

9 – 27. sc around – 16 each row

28. sc 8, ch 1, turn, sc 8

F/O, leave long tail for sewing.

Stuff lightly.

Chest piece:

Ch 16

Starting in 2nd ch from hk, sc across – 15

ch 1, turn, sc across – 15

ch 1, turn, sc across – 15

ch 1, turn, sc across – 15

ch 1, turn, sc across – 15

ch 1, turn, dec, hdc, dc 2, hdc, sc, slp st, sc, hdc, dc 2, hdc, dec

F/O, leave tail for sewing on.

Tail:

Ch 2
1. 4sc in 2nd ch from hk – 4

2. inc, sc 3 – 5

3. sc around – 5

4. inc, sc 4 – 6

5 – 6. sc around – 6 each row

F/O, leave tail for sewing

Towel:
Using white
Ch 13

1. Starting in second ch from hk, sc across – 12

2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 12

3 – 4. Repeat row #2 – 12 each row

F/O, weave in ends

Hat:
Ch 2 
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6

2. 2sc in each st around – 12

3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18

4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24

5. sc around in back loops only – 24

6. sc around – 24

7. ( sc 3, inc )6x in front loops only – 30

8. sc around – 30

9. ( sc 4, inc )6x – 36

10. sc around – 36

11. ( sc 5, inc )6x – 42

12. sc around – 42

13. ( sc 6, inc )6x – 48

14. ( sc 7, inc )6x – 54

15. ( sc 8, inc )6x – 60

Slp st around entire edge.

F/O, weave in all ends.

Apron:

Ch 10
1. Starting in 2nd ch from hk, sc across – 9

2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 9

3 – 8. Repeat row #2

F/O, weave in ends. Tie a long piece of string to top corners for tying on body. 

Assembly:
* Sew on tail

* Sew on chest piece, sew down tight

* Sew on arms

* Embroider on eyes

* Tie apron around body

* Attach hat with a few stitches

* Sew towel to hand

* Add any additional details you’d like 

P.s. He’s a big guy. I forgot to measure him but he’s the same size as huggable Totoro. Somewhere around 12 inches.

  

friends for Totoro! Chuu and Chibi Totoro.

This post is a tad long, however there are two patterns in it! One for Chuu Totoro and the other for Chibi Totoro. They are originally made as key chains, however it is not necessary to do so. So grab your hook and go make Totoro some friends!!

Chuu:

 

Supplies:

* Blue yarn

* Small amount of white yarn

* White felt

* Black yarn or safety eyes

* Poly fil stuffing

* Yarn needle

* Keychain hook ( optional )

* G hook

Terms:

hk – hook

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

inc – increase

dec – decrease

F/O – fasten off

Body:

Ch 6

1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6

2. 2sc in each st around – 12

3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18

* If making a keychain, I suggest attaching it now.

4 – 6. Sc around – 18 each row

7. ( sc 8, inc )2x – 20

8. sc around – 20

9. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25

10 – 14. sc around – 25 each row

15. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20

16. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15

Start stuffing

17. ( sc, dec )5x – 10

18. dec 5

F/O, sew shut, weave in ends. 

Ears: make two

Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5

2 – 4. sc around – 5 each row

F/O, leave tail for sewing.

Arms: make two

Ch 2

1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5

2. inc, sc 4 – 6

3. sc around – 6

4. inc, sc 5 – 7

5. sc around – 7

F/O, leave tail for sewing

Belly:
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6

2. 2sc in each st around – 12

3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18

4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24

F/O, leave long tail for sewing

Tail:
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 4

2. sc around – 4

3. ( inc, so )2x – 6

4. ( inc, sc 2 )2x – 8

F/O, leave tail for sewing

Assembly:
* Sew on belly
* Sew on arms

* Sew on ears

* Sew on tail

* Embroider on eyes

Chibi:

 

Supplies:

* White yarn

* Poly fil stuffing

* Yarn needle

* Black yarn or safety eyes

* F hook

Terms:
hk – hook
ch – chain
sc – single crochet

inc – increase

dec – decrease

F/O – fasten off

Body:
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6

2. 2sc in each st around – 12

3 – 5. sc around – 12 each row

6. ( sc 3, inc )3x – 15 (. If wanting to make him a keychain, attach it now )

7 – 8. sc around – 15 each row

9. ( sc, dec )5x – 10

* Stuff

10. dec 5, F/O, sew shut, weave in ends

Tail:

Ch 2
1. 3sc in second ch from hk – 3

2. sc around – 3

3. inc, sc 2 – 4

F/O, leave tail for sewing

Sew onto body.

Ears: make two

Ch 5

1. Starting in 2nd ch from hk, slp st, sc 3 

2. ch 1, turn, sc 2, slp st 

3. ch 1, turn, slp st, sc 2

F/O, roll in half, sew the two sides together, makes a tube shape

Sew onto head.

Embroider on eyes.

Progress makes everything worth while….. ( a WIP )

I’m sorry to say that I have no new patterns for you today. My life has completely revolved around my current project.  It’s one of those “this is going to be great! What was I thinking?! Wait, it’s totally working!” types of projects.

It actually started weeks ago. Small, simple, quick enough. And then….. Well I got this brilliant idea at 1:00 a.m. ( yes I know, ideas at one in the morning are very rarely brilliant ). I woke up the next morning still on the “Yes!” high and ran off to the craft store to buy supplies. 

Let’s now fast forward about three weeks. After very many hours of questioning my judgement and sanity level, it has finally shown itself. I’m pleased as punch, it’s working the way it did in my mind!! 

I’m patterning out the entire thing ( which is not helping the time it’s taking ) and will be including it in group or set of patterns for sale. Not much longer, I can see the finish line, getting ready for detail work!

But for now, a sneak peek: 

  

Estimating height is just over a foot tall, once it’s done, I’ll actually take a ruler to it.

Soften that yarn, save yourself some dollars 😄

I originally started as a crocheter making Amigurumi.  Due to that, I have a ridiculous plethora of Red Heart Super Saver kicking around.

Everyone knows cost wise Red Heart won’t let you down however if you’re after soft and cuddly you’re better off steering clear and paying that little bit extra.  But, if you need a lot of yarn for a project, that “little bit” extra can quickly become a lot extra! So in the spirit of saving money and using up what’s on hand, I’ve set up a step by step on how to make that scratchy super saver much nicer to touch.

I have one disclaimer here: Do not attempt this unless you own a washing machine or the patience level of a saint. I have neither…..good times.

What you need:

  • Hair conditioner ( any brand you have on hand is fine )
  • Finished project ( I highly recommend making your blanket, hat,scarf, whatever first)
  • Washing machine or patience of a saint



I ended up with this conditioner in a holiday pack, I don’t actually use conditioner so my yarn gets some fancy treatment! You don’t have to use anything super expensive, the results are the same.

First, lightly wet your piece. I used a bowl, filled it up, dunked in my scarf, and dumped the water out immediately. You don’t want it dripping wet.



I then give it a quick roll to squeeze out any extra water. 



Now the fun, squeeze some conditioner into your hand and gently rub it into the yarn.  You don’t want to overly agitate the yarn, I used small circular motions. This is what my scarf looked like “conditioned”.



You can see a slight white tinge to the colors.

Let sit for 1 – 2 hours.

Rinse time! If you have a machine ( whatever, stop bragging ) put the piece in on the gentlest RINSE ONLY cycle. For those of you who fit into the “cool” club of having to this by hand, I found using the tub the easiest. Hold it directly under the tap for maximum water penetration.

Make sure you have rinsed out all conditioner. Use the drying time wisely, block now if you need to! 

The results, much softer almost silky feeling yarn. The best part, everytime you wash the piece from this point on, the softer it becomes. 😃

Foxes in Love ( free pattern )

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So I ended up making another Valentine themed Amigurumi. They started out of pure laziness, I’m just being honest here, I had the Orange and cream downstairs and didn’t want to walk upstairs to get different yarn! But I fell in love with him and decided he needed a girlfriend, I mean who was he supposed to give his balloons to?!
They were officially finished last night and this morning I looked out my bedroom window and saw a fox walking across the frozen pond out back! Perfection! I took it as a sign so here’s the pattern so you can make your own little couple.

Supplies:

* G – hook ( I used a F-hook to make the girl )
* Worsted weight yarn in choice of colors ( I suggest three different colors )
* Poly fill stuffing
* Yarn needle
* Safety eyes and safety nose ( optional )

Terms:

* ch – chain
* hk – hook
* st – stitch
* sc – single crochet
* inc – increase ( 2 sc in same st )
* dec – decrease ( dc two st together )
* bl – back loops only
* F/O – fasten off

Head:
Starting in white
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. sc around in bl only – 12
4. sc around – 12
5. *in Orange: ( sc 4 ), *in White: ( sc 8 ) – 12
6. *in Orange: ( sc, inc )2x, *in White: ( sc, inc )4x – 18
7. *in Orange: ( sc 6 ), *in White: ( sc 11 ) – 18 (you’ll stop one st before row ends, it is counted in the next row)
– If using a safety nose, attach now –
8. *in Orange: ( sc 8 ), *in White: ( sc 10 ) – 18
9. *in Orange: ( sc 2, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 2 ), *in White: inc, ( sc 2, inc )3x – 24
10. *in Orange: ( sc 3, inc )2x, sc 3, *in White: inc, ( sc 3, inc )3x – 30
11. *in Orange: ( sc 13 ), *in White: ( sc 17 ) – 30
12 – 14. Repeat row #11 – 30
15. *in Orange: ( sc 4, dec )2x, sc 1, *in White: sc 3, dec ( sc 4, dec )2x – 25
16. *in Orange: ( sc 3, dec )2x, sc 1, *in White: sc 2, dec, ( sc 3, dec )2x – 20
– If using safety eyes, attach now, begin stuffing –
17. *in Orange: ( sc 2, dec )2x, sc 1 *in White: sc 1, dec, ( sc 2, dec )2x – 15
18. *Use only orange* (sc, dec )5x – 10
19. Dec 6, F/O weave in ends.

Eyebrows: ( make two )
1. ch 4
2. starting in 2nd ch from hk, slp st across.
F/O, leave long tail, sew above eyes.

Ears: ( make two )
Ch 2
1. 7sc in 2nd ch from hk – 7
2. sc around – 7
3. 2sc in each st around – 14
4 – 8. dc around – 14 each row
F/O, leave long tail for sewing.

Feet/Legs: (make two)
Starting with black
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4 – 6. sc around – 18 each row
7. dec, sc, dec, sc 13 – 16
8. dec 3, sc 10 – 12
9 – 11. sc around – 12 each row
– switch to Orange –
*i did row #12 by switching color on every stitch, you do not have to do this.
12 – 15. sc around – 12 each row
F/O, weave in ends

Body:
-stuff both feet.
-line up legs, insert hk from the inside of right foot through to the left:

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-yarn over hk, pull through both legs, yarn over hk, pull through loops on hk:

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-sc into next three st on both legs, the legs are now connected. Continue in the next st on left leg, sc around both legs. You should have 22 sts.

1. ( sc 10, inc )2x – 24
2. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
3. sc around – 30
4 – 12. sc around – 30 each row
13. ( sc 4, dec )5x – 25
14. sc around – 25
15. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
16. sc around – 20
17. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
F/O leave long tail for sewing

Belly:
Ch 6
1. Starting in 2nd ch from hk, sc across – 5
2. ch 1, turn, inc, sc 3, inc – 7
3. ch 1, turn, sc 3, inc, sc 3 – 8
4. ch 1, turn, inc, sc 6, inc – 10
5. ch 1, turn, sc across – 10
6 – 8. Repeat row #5 – 10 each row
9. ch 1, turn, sc 4, dec, sc 4 – 9
10. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 5, dec – 7
11. ch 1, turn, sc across – 7
12. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 3, dec – 5
13. ch 1, turn, sc across – 5
14. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 1, dec – 3
F/O leave long tail, sew onto body.

Arms: make two
Ch 2
1. 5sc in 2nd ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3 – 5. sc around – 10 each row
6. dec 2, sc 6 – 8
7 – 16. sc around – 8 each row
17. ( sc, dec )3x – 5
F/O leave long tail, sew shut, sew onto body.

Tail:
Starting in White
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2 . sc around – 6 each row
3. 2sc in each st around – 12
4. – 5. sc around – 12 each row
– Switch to black –
6. sc around – 12 each row
– switch to Orange –
7 – 8. sc around – 12 each row
9. dec, sc 4, inc, sc 5 – 12
10 – 15. Repeat row # 9 – 12 each row
16 – 17. sc around – 12
18. sc 8, dec, sc 2 – 11
19. sc around – 11
20. sc 4, dec, sc 4, dec – 9
21 – 22. sc around – 9
F/O, leave long tail.- stuff firmly, leaving last 3 rows unstuffed, sew onto body, last 3 rows flat.

Bows:
Boy necktie:
Ch 9
1. starting in 2nd ch from hk, sc across – 8
2 – 4. ch 1 turn, sc across – 8 each row
F/O, wrap yarn around middle to cinch, toe around neck

Girl ear piece:
Ch 8
1. Starting in 2nd ch from hk, sc 6, 3sc in last ch
2. continuing around bottom of ch, sc 7
3. 3sc in next st, sc 7
F/O, wrap yarn around middle to cinch, tie to ear.

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Quick and Easy cat toys ( free pattern )

For years we had one cat. An older, gentle little lady who didn’t do much but sleep all day and ask for some pets. And then one evening a few months ago my mister texts me from work to say he’s bringing home a surprise. Well surprise it was when he walked in the door:

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He has grown, both in body and insanity! We were not ready for crazy kitten hood thats for sure, our house had no toys to keep him occupied. So I pulled out my yarn and made him a few things. Turns out he loved them, so much I thought I would share the patterns with you.

Cat Toys:

Supplies:

* Yarn – any color/weight you have
* Hook – drop the hook size by two based off your yarn ( for example of the yarn states a H hook, use a F. You want as little space as possible between stitches.
* Poly fill stuffing
* Bells, catnip, plastic shopping bags ( all optional )

I used worsted weight yarn and a F-hook for these.

Fish:

Ch 2
1. 5sc in 2nd ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4 – 8. sc around – 15 each row
9. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
10 – 11. sc around – 10 each row
– begin stuffing with whatever you choose –
12. dec 5 – 5
13. 2sc in each st around – 10
14. 2sc in each st around – 20
F/O, sew tail shut flat
Sew on eyes if you’d like.

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Mouse:

Ch 2
1. 6sc in 2nd ch from hk – 6
2. sc in each st around – 6
3. 2sc in each st around – 12
4 – 5. sc around – 12 each row
6. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
7 – 9. sc around – 18
– begin stuffing –
10. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
11. dec 7
F/O sew shut

Ears:
Ch 2
1. 4dc in 2nd ch from hk
F/O, leave long tail, sew onto head.

Tail:
Ch 10
– starting in 2nd ch from hk, 2sc in each st across
F/O, sew onto body

Or, you know, you can save yourself the work and just let them have the yarn….

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