In My Project Bag

Strange noises are coming from inside my project bag… I think it's haunted!!! =P

These past few weeks I've been working on my new crochet project: Buddy Wallets - Spooky Edition.

Frankenstein crochet wallet

First up had to be Frankenstein, one my favorite ghouls. ^^

First I wanted to make him scary but he just took control of my crocheting and he came out the sweetest Frankenstein ever! I love when this happens, you look at your work and they tell you what they want to look like! =D

Mummy crochet wallet

Now I'm working on the second spooky buddy, the Mummy. I made him with a off white colored yarn to give him a dirty and weathered look. He's got this crazy eyes that I love but I'm not sure on how to make his mouth… maybe he will tell me… =)

Vampire crochet wallet

While the Mummy doesn't show me how he want's his mouth, I started on the third buddy. The yarn is a really pale grey that I think will be look great for this eerie buddy's skin! (The photo came out darker.)

Appart from these three guys I already have sketched out three more buddy wallets perfect for Halloween! They'll be available to buy on Etsy and their patterns will be bundled up in a spooky pack on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy! I will let you know when they are coming out so you can run… to get them! Hehe =P

On the Road Pet House

The On the Road House is finished!!! =D

This pet house is inspired in vintage caravan, it has enough room for three cats or three small dogs! It has windows on all sides and a cushion to make our furry friends comfy! ^^

On the Road vintage caravan

Check out the video to know all the details!

I'm already working on the pattern and I expect it to be ready very soon! =) 

Amigurumi Pattern: Mini Pony Keychain

The pattern for Mini Pony is here! It's quick and easy to make and in the end you will have an adorable partner for every adventure! =D

Mini pony keychain
Amigurumi pony

I love his crazy mane and tail! ^^

Off the Hook: Custom Amigurumi Pony

These guys are the reason I've been MIA these past few weeks!

Custom amigurumi pony and pony keychain

The big pony is inspired in the Shetland Ponies with sweaters, that I'm sure everyone has seen because they are so cute! ^^ 

They are going to be a gift, I hope the person who requested them and the person who is going to receive them like them! =D

Amigurumi Pattern: Mini Penny Keychain

A faithful buddy to take with you anywhere, anytime! =D

Amigurumi dog keychain

Originally I made Mini Penny to accompany Penny in her journey and as a surprise to Penny's mommy! Now you can have your Mini Penny as well! =)

Amigurumi keychain pattern

I think she came out really cute! ^^

Amigurumi dog keychain

Custom Amigurumi Dog

If you want a detailed amigurumi version of your dog, a faithful and forever lasting reminder of your friend, now you can amigurumify your furry buddy! =)

Custom amigurumi crochet dog

These projects are a collaboration between me and you where your input is always welcome! I will send you photos along the way to make sure you are updated and satisfied with your amigurumi dog.

Check out the video below to see in detail the finished amigurumi Penny!

Visit me at my Etsy store if you want to know more details on how to amigurumify your dog!

House Report: On the Road Kitty House

Hello everyone!

Today I want to show you the progress on the "On the Road" cat house, what's done and what cute details I still want to add to it. ^^

Vintage caravan crochet cat house

Watch the video below to see the full report! =D

The On the Road House is made with off white and blue t-shirt yarn, and bulky yarn in blue for the cushion! 

I hope you are as excited as I am to see this project complete!

Off the Hook: Amigurumi Penny

Hello everyone!

Today I want to show you a great project I have been working on these past few weeks! 

Like most of my favorite projects so far it was an amigurumification! =D

Meet Penny, a furry terrier mix cutie! ^^

Photos taken by Penny's mommy, Jennifer.

Photos taken by Penny's mommy, Jennifer.

The pictures above show the main characteristics that I wanted to capture in Penny's amigurumification: her spots and fur. I also tried to be true to her forms and shapes as much as possible, I always like to put as much detail as I can in my amigurumifications.

Custom amigurumi dog

Jennifer, Penny's mommy, suggested I leave Penny's right ear up! In my first sketch I had both ears folded, but I promptly made the change, and after looking at Penny's many Instagram photos I realized that she has the tendency to leave that ear up, which makes her even more cute and funny. ^^

The collar with the bone and name give her a special touch!

Custom crochet dog

 I'm really pleased with the shapes of the body and legs, especially the chest and belly. It's something that, from the beginning, I knew I had to capture well.

Amigurumi terrier puppy

The spots on the back were a must!

Amigurumi crochet doggie

I think she came out really cute and every time I look at her it gets harder and harder to let her go! ^^

This project was fun, challenging and very rewarding! I loved making her, it's one of my favorites this year! =D

Join Penny on the dance floor! =D

Free Amigurumi Pattern: Jellyfish

This simple and quick to crochet buddy can be used as toy for children and cats or as a nursery decoration!

Amigurumi jellyfish free pattern

I made my jellyfish for Leeloo to play with! =D

Materials:

  • 3,5mm hook  (US E / UK 9)
  • Medium weight yarn in blue, light blue and white
  • Yarn needle
  • Optional: 12mm safety eyes

Abbreviations (US terminology):

  • Rnd: round or rounds
  • st: stitch
  • ch: chain
  • slst: slip stitch
  • sc: single crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • dc: double crochet
  • inc 2: increase by working two stitches into the same stitch
  • inc 3: increase by working three stitches into the same stitch
  • inv dec 2: decrease using the invisible decrease technique

Head

Using the 3,5mm hook, and the blue and light blue yarns.

The head is worked in continuous rounds. Don't join rounds at the end. You may want to use a marker to indicate the beginning of rounds. All stitches are worked in both loops unless stated otherwise.

- Using the blue yarn.

Rnd 1: 6sc in Magic Ring     (6st)

Rnd 2: (inc 2) x 6     (12st)

Rnd 3: (1sc, inc 2) x 6     (18st)

Rnd 4: (2sc, inc 2) x 6     (24st)

Rnd 5: (3sc, inc 2) x 6     (30st)

Rnd 6: (4sc, inc 2) x 6     (36st)

Rnd 7-10: 36sc     (36st)

Rnd 11: 5sc, inc 2) x 6     (42st)

Rnd 12-15: 42sc     (42st)

Rnd 16: Front loops - (inc 3) x 42     (126st)

- Change color to the light blue yarn.

Rnd 17: 126sc     (126st)

- Slst, needle join and weave in ends.

- Optional: Place safety eyes.

- Change color to the blue yarn.

Rnd 18: Back loops - join with sc to the 1st st of Round 16, 41sc     (42st)

Rnd 19: (5sc, inv dec 2) x 6     (36st)

Rnd 20: (4sc, inv dec 2) x 6     (30st)

Rnd 21: (3sc, inv dec 2) x 6     (24st)

Rnd 22: (2sc, inv dec 2) x 6     (18st)

Rnd 23: (1sc, inv dec 2) x 6     (12st)

Rnd 24: (inv dec 2) x 6     (6st)

- Close and weave in ends.

Tentacles (make 3)

Using the 3,5mm hook and the light blue yarn.

The tentacles are worked in rows. All stitches are worked in booth loops.

Ch21

Row 1: 1slst in the 4th ch from the hook, skip 2 st, (dc, 3ch picot*) x 3 in the same sp. Work (dc, 3ch picot) x 3 in all the ch up to the penultimate ch. In the last ch: (dc, 3ch picot, hdc, 3ch picot, sc, 3ch picot).

- Finish off and leave a long tail.

*3 chain picot: ch3, slst to the 3rd st from the hook.

Top spiral with loop

Using the 3,5mm hook and the white yarn.

The top spiral in worked in rows. All stitches are worked in both loops.

Ch 75

1: 1 slst in the 25th ch, (inc 2) x 49, slst.

- Finish off and leave a long tail.

Assembly

- Attach the tentacles to the bottom of the jellyfish's head.

- Attach the top spiral with loop to the top of the head.

Cute amigurumi crochet jellyfish

To make this little buddy even more cuter you can add eyes! But if you are making him for children or pets make soft eyes instead of using the safety eyes.

Download PDF file.

In My Project Bag

Hello everyone!

My project bag is bursting at the seams! There's cat beds, amigurumi kitties and doggies, and gardens made of crochet! Let's take a look before it explodes! =)

I'm already in the final stages of the On the Road cat bed.The structure and cushion are finished, I just need to add some cute details and it's done! 

T-shirt yarn cat house

The front has a big door, and windows that your furry buddy can use to see what's going on outside! The On the Road pet house is spacious enough for two kitties or two small dogs.

Vintage caravan pet bed

The back has three windows. There are windows on the sides as well just like the real vintage caravans!

Custom amigurumi

This doggie is a custom request! The model is a cute Jack Russel Terrier mix named Penny!

I'm working on the main shapes of the body and latter I will add the spots and fur. I'm really pleased with how she is turning out. ^^ 

Minion amigurumi crochet

I started to make the small Minion first, for a keychain, but I realized I didn't have anymore safety eyes for his size, so I decided to make a bigger version while I wait for the small eyes to arrive! =)

Amigurumi cat

This one is a special project, it is inspired by Leeloo! ^^

I really want to capture the shape of her cheeks and nose, I'm trying out different techniques to see which I one like.

Amigurumi cactus

After all this, when I have a little bit of extra time, which is almost never,  I experiment with new shapes for my crochet succulent and cacti garden. These are the new shapes I came up with, all inspired by cacti and succulents I have in my own collection. =)

And that's it gang! Better start working because I don't have more space in my project bag(s)! =D

Pet Toys from Yarn Scraps II

As promised here is the second part of the pet toys made from scraps of yarn!

Rope to catch or pull

DIY cat toys

The rope is made using the Kumihimo technique, and if like me, you don't have a Kumihimo loom, here's how to make one:

DIY kumihimo loom

1. Cut a circle from cardboard with a diameter of about 10.5cm (4.13 inches). 

2. Draw a line dividing the circle in half.

3. Turn the circle 90º and draw another line dividing the circle in 4 equal parts.

4.  Turn the circle 45º and draw another line.

5. Turn the circle 90º and draw another line.

6. The circle should be divided into 8 equal parts.

7. Cut out a little triangle at the end of the line.

8. Cut a slit on top of the line.

9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for all lines.

10. Cut a hole in the center of the circle big enough for the yarn to pass through.

11. To make the loom for the t-shirt yarn rope I used a stronger cardboard and made a bigger hole in the center.

Making the rope

Kumihimo cat toy

1. Cut 7 pieces of chunky yarn 40cm (15.75 inches) long and tie a knot holding all the ends together.

2. Insert the knot through the hole in the loom, leaving the long parts of the yarn to the front.

3. Secure the yarns in the slits leaving one empty. The empty slit is always on the top (marked as I in the picture). Counting clockwise the other important slits are II, III and IV.

4. Grab the yarn in slit number IV.

5. Move the yarn to slit number I.

6. Now slit number IV is empty.

7. Turn the loom counterclockwise until the empty slit is on top.

8. Grab the yarn in slit number IV.

9. Move the yarn to slit number I.

10. Turn the loom counterclockwise until the empty slit is on top.

11. Keep repeating steps 8 to 10 and the rope will start to grow on the other side of the loom.

Keep going until you can't secure the yarn in the loom anymore. Take the rope out of the loom carefully without letting go of the ends. Tie a knot securing all ends. 

DIY pet toys

The ropes are fun for cats and dogs alike! =D

I made a thicker one with t-shirt yarn. I used two pieces of yarn for each slit. The t-shirt yarn is more durable and is easier to wash. I left the ends long on this one because Leeloo likes to catch them!

Cat Teaser Wand

Cat teaser wand toy how to

For this one you will need a plastic wand from an old toy. Leeloo is ruthless with hers and the original feathers are long gone! =)

Assembling cat toy

1. Cut several pieces of t-shirt yarn 1.80m (1.97 yards) long. Fold them in half, tie a knot making a loop at the end where they were folded. I included some pieces that were half the length, but I didn't fold those.

2. The clasp is optional but it makes it easier to take the t-shirt yarn from the wand whenever it needs to be washed. The clasp I used has a base that swivels 360º which allows more fun movements to be made.

3. Cut a piece of string, more or less 20cm (7.87 inches) long, fold it in half and tie the ends together.

4. Insert the string into the base of the clasp.

5. Insert the ends of the string through the loop on the other side of the base of the clasp.

6. Pull the string securing it to the base of the clasp.

7. Secure the string to the base of the wand with tape. I used electrical tape which is sticky, malleable and strong.

8. Insert the t-shirt yarn loops into the clasp.

T-shirt yarn cat dog

A simple and fun toy for our furry friends!

This is Leeloo's favorite toy!!! Wherever it is, if she wants to play, she will get it, drag it around the house and drop it at mine or hubby's feet! =D

Download PDF

And because there can't be enough of Leeloo, here is the video of her playing with her toys again! =D

Pet Toys from Yarn Scraps I

Every time I finish a t-shirt yarn project I end up with scraps that I know that I won't be able to use in a new project, but I keep them just in case! If you are like me here is your chance to finally put them to use and make your pet even happier with these fun toys! =D

Note: Originally I wanted to share all the toys together in the same post, but because it was turning out to be a long post, and to be easier for you to find them I decided to separate them into two posts. This is the first part and latter this week I will post the second part. Enjoy! =)

Interactive Pet Ball                                                                                                                                                 

Interactive cat ball toy

Materials:  

  • 8mm hook
  • T-shirt yarn
  • Galvanized wire (diameter of 1.8mm)
  • Craft wire
  • Wire cutter
  • Yarn needle
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Felt
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Small toy (preferably one that rattles)                                                                                                                                                  

Abbreviations (US terminology):

  • Rnd: round or rounds
  • st: stitch
  • ch: chain
  • slst: slip stitch
  • sc: single crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • inc 2: increase by working two stitches into the same stitch.

Cups (make 2)

The cups are worked in continuous rounds. Don't join rounds at the end. You may want to use a marker to indicate the beginning of the rounds. All stitches are worked in both loops and over the galvanized wire.

Ch10, slst to the 1st st to form a circle

Rnd 1: 16hdc in the circle     (16st)

Rnd 2: (1hdc, inc 2) x 8     (24st)

Rnd 3: (2hdc, inc 2) x 8     (32st)

- 2sc, 1slst, needle join and weave in ends.

Panels for the First Cup

The panels are worked in rows. All stitches are worked in both loops and over the galvanized wire.

Panel 1

Row 1: join with hdc to where you made the needle join at the end of the cup, 7hdc, ch2, turn (8st)

Row 2: 8hdc     (8st)

- Finish off and leave a long tail.

- Bend the wire over the last row, cut with a bit of excess wire.

Panel 2

Row 1: Skip 3 st to the left of the first panel and join with hdc, 7hdc, ch2, turn     (8st)

Row 2: 8hdc     (8st)

- Finish off and leave a long tail.

- Bend the wire over the last row, cut with a bit of excess wire.

Panel 3

Row 1: Skip 3 st to the left of the second panel and join with hdc, 6hdc, ch2, turn     (7st)

Row 2: 7hdc     (7st)

- Finish off and leave a long tail.

- Bend the wire over the last row, cut with a bit of excess wire.

Panels for the Second Cup

The panels are worked in rows. All stitches are worked in both loops and over the galvanized wire.

Panel 1

Row 1: join with hdc to where you made the needle join at the end of the cup, 7hdc     (8st)

- Finish off and weave in ends.

Panel 2

Row 1: Skip 3 st to the left of the first panel and join with hdc, 7hdc     (8st)

- Finish off and weave in ends.

Panel 3

Row 1: Skip 3 st to the left of the second panel and join with hdc, 6hdc     (7st)

- Finish off and weave in ends.

The two halves should look like this:

T-shirt yarn puzzle toy ball

Assembling the ball

Interactive pet ball toy tutorial

1. Bend all the wire tips and cover them with the felt using the hot glue gun.

2. Place the small toy inside the ball. I chose a plastic ball that rattles.

3. Place the 2 halves on top of each other making sure that the correct panels are aligned (remember that one of the panels, on each side, only has 7 stitches).

4. Use the long ends left at the end of the first half of the ball to sew the 2 halves together. Make sure to catch the wire left on top of the panels on the first half.

5. Sew all the panels and weave in ends

Finishing

Pet ball toy how to

1. Cut a length of craft wire long enough to make a circle to cover the windows between the panels. Leave excess wire on both ends.

2. Wrap the excess ends on the opposite sides of the wire, closing the circle. Make sure the tips of the wire are flush.

3. Make a slipknot on your hook.

4. Yarn over. Secure the yarn with your fingers to make sure that it doesn't slide.

5. Insert the hook into the circle.

6. Yarn over and pull up a loop.

7. Yarn over.

8. Pull yarn through all loops on the hook. The first half double crochet is completed.

9. Continue to work half double crochets into the circle until it is completely covered. Needle join to the first stitch and weave in the ends.

10. Sew the circle on top of the window covering its edges. Repeat for the other two windows to complete the ball.

Here is a taste on what's coming in part 2:

Leeloo is enjoying all her new toys!!! I'm sure your furry buddies will too!!! =D

Crochet Pattern: Buddy Wallets #2

The second volume of the Buddy Wallets is out!

Crochet wallet

Six new buddies to keep your valuables! They are great to keep your money, your cards, coupons and more! They make great gifts and are fun and easy to make! Everyone will want one! =D

Check out this video to get to know them better: 

Stitches and Techniques Guide Now in French!

Maintenant en Français! =D

The Stitches & Techniques Guide now has a French version!!! =D

Thank you so much to Clémence Bes, from The Knitting Marmotte, for her wonderful work on the translation!!! Merci beaucoup Clèmence!!! ^^

Now I'm working on the translation to Portuguese! I'm also working on updating some of the tutorials and pictures, and adding some new tutorials in all three versions (English, French and Portuguese)! A lot of work awaits! =)

Télécharger le Guide des Point & Techniques 

Apartment Therapy Feature

Kitty Kat House feature on Apartment Therapy

The Kitty Kat House was featured on Apartment Therapy, a site dedicated to inspire people in making their home beautiful, organized and healthy! It's a beautiful site full of beautiful images, ideas and resources! The Kitty Kat House (second on the list) is featured in the article 7 Cute Cats Enjoying DIY Projects Their Humans Made For Them alongside other six cute creations by other artists.

Thank you!!! ^^ 

Off the Hook: Amigurumi Puppet and Crochet Wallets

Hello everyone! Let's see what amigurumi and crochet wonders I have ready to show you! ^^

First up is one of my favorite projects I made so far this year! The horse puppet! =D

It was the first time I tried to make an amigurumi horse and the first time I tried to make a puppet! I love challenges and I loved making him!

Amigurumi horse puppet

I made this little buddy for my nephew, he is two years hold, and he needed a puppet to accompany a music he chose at the kindergarten. He chose a music where a horse is the main character and, like the good aunt that I am, I made him this little buddy! At first he was afraid of him, but now he loves him!!! ^^

Crochet horse puppet

To play with him we insert the hand on the back of his head, where there's a special compartment, and move his mouth with our fingers.

Amigurumi puppet

I wanted to give him a really fun look so I made him a wild mane and tail with felt. I love the end result and I love to see my nephew play with him!!! ^^

Secondly I want to show you the new members for the second volume of the Buddy Wallets. After the success of the first volume I decided to make a second one! So far I have three new buddies! =D

Minion crochet wallet

I love the Minions and they couldn't be left out! I love how he came out! I love the eyes and glasses, and his little pocket in the front!

Personalized minion crochet wallet

This one I made for a friend that wanted the name of the child on the wallet. I made the name with felt and sew it to the back with the blanket stitch, all wallets can be customized like this one! =)

Pig crochet wallet

The second addition to the new Buddy Wallets is this sweet piggy, but don't let him fool you, he has a secret...

Piggy crochet purse

… his nose is very special, it can hold small objects separate from the main pocket!

Crochet wallet little bird

For the third member I decided to have fun with colors and shapes! I made this sweet buddy with bright tropical colors and for his beak I made a little heart! So cute! ^^

Well, that's all I've got for now!

See you next time everyone! Have a great weekend! =D