sobota, 8 października 2016

Long time no see!

Hello everybody! 
I wasn't logging here for quite a long time - more than two years now. It does not mean I've lost my interest in crocheting, no! I've been crocheting more than ever, and made some really lovely creations. Most of them can be viewed on my Facebook fanpage, though I will show you some of them today.


My recent favorite, Belisama, made out of the free Yun Shu pattern (available on Ravelry). The dress was my design and the hair is made out of roving wool. The eyes are crocheted. She's got pipe cleaners in her arms so she's poseable.


Another doll made in the last months - this time one of my favorite patterns, Mini Free Spirit by Beth from By Hook, By Hand blog. This was my sixth or seventh doll made out of this pattern and definitely not the last!


I've also had a chance to have a small stand with my crocheted stuff at an anime convention in the Polish city of Łódź. Not all of those were for sale, but I've earned some okay money. 


And another doll based on the Mini Free Spirit pattern. I wasn't really satisfied with her, as I made her dress unremovable and her hair turned out not like I wanted it to be, but she's still cute.

I am planning on returning to crochet blogging and publishing my patterns for free - I've made quite a lot of them last years, so keep your eye on my blog :) 

poniedziałek, 13 maja 2013

The Wedding Dolls!

 Here's a pattern I made in April. Easy and fun to make!




Materials needed:
- tan, black and white yarn. Also, some wool for hair.
- red felt for decoration
- some ribbons, little roses etc.


mr - magic ring (adjustable ring)
sc - simple crochet
dec - decrease (sc2tog, 2 stitches together)
inc - increase (2 sc in one st)
*...* - repeat the steps from between the asterisks around.
sl st - slip stitch
sk - skip





THE BRIDE
HEAD:
1. mr, 5 sc in ring (5)
2. inc around (10)
3. *sc, inc* (15)
4. *2 sc, inc* (20)
5. *3 sc, inc* (25)
6. *4 sc, inc* (30)
7. *5 sc, inc* (35)
8. - 15. sc in each st around. (35)
16. *5 sc, dec* (30)
17. *4 sc, dec* (25)
18. *3 sc, dec* (20)
19. *2 sc, dec* (15)
end with sl st. cut off yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing later.

BODY: (starting with 2 legs)
in white:
1. mr, 5 sc in ring (5)
2. inc around (10)
3. *sc, inc* (15)
Change yarn to tan
4. -16. sc in each st around (15)
sl st. cut off yarn.
When you finish making the second leg, do not cut off the yarn. Hold both legs together and keep working on the other leg. This is how the legs are joined. You will be now working in round on top of both legs.
stuff legs and hold them together. Now you will be working on top of both legs.
1. - 4. sc in each st around (30)
5. 13 sc, dec, 13 sc, dec (28)
6. - 7. sc around (28)
change to white
8. 12 sc, dec, 12 sc, dec (26)
9. sc around (26)
10. 11 sc, dec, 11 sc, dec (24)
11. 10 sc, dec, 10 sc, dec (22)
12. - 13. sc around (22)
14. 9 sc, dec, 9 sc, dec (20)
15. 8 sc, dec, 8 sc, dec (18)
16. sc around (18)
- stuff
17. 7 sc, dec, 7 sc, dec (16)
18. 6 sc, dec, 6 sc, dec (14)
19. 5 sc, dec, 5 sc, dec (12)
- stuff more
20. 4 sc, dec, 4 sc, dec (10)
21. sc around (10)
- stuff completely. do not sew the top of the body. Make a sl st and fasten off.
Do not sew head to the body right now.

ARMS:
with white
1. mr, 5 sc in ring (5)
2. inc around (10)
3. - 6. sc (10)
7. dec, 8 sc (9)
8. - 9. sc around (9)
10. dec, 7 sc (8)
11. - 13. sc around (8)
change to tan
14. - 17. sc around (8)
18. 4 dec. (4)
fasten off. leave long tail for sewing.


THE GROOM:

HEAD:
1. mr, 5 sc in ring (5)
2. inc around (10)
3. *sc, inc* (15)
4. *2 sc, inc* (20)
5. *3 sc, inc* (25)
6. *4 sc, inc* (30)
7. *5 sc, inc* (35)
8. - 15. sc in each st around. (35)
16. *5 sc, dec* (30)
17. *4 sc, dec* (25)
18. *3 sc, dec* (20)
19. *2 sc, dec* (15)
end with sl st. cut off yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing later.

BODY: (starting with 2 legs)
in black
1. mr, 5 sc in ring (5)
2. inc around (10)
3. *sc, inc* (15)
4. - 8. sc in each st around (15)
9. -16. sc in each st around (15)
sl st. cut off yarn.
When you finish making the second leg, do not cut off the yarn. Hold both legs together and keep working on the other leg. This is how the legs are joined. You will be now working in round on top of both legs.
stuff legs and hold them together. Now you will be working on top of both legs.
1. - 4. sc in each st around (30)
5. 13 sc, dec, 13 sc, dec (28)
6. - 7. sc around (28)
change to white
8. 12 sc, dec, 12 sc, dec (26)
9. sc around (26)
10. 11 sc, dec, 11 sc, dec (24)
11. 10 sc, dec, 10 sc, dec (22)
12. - 13. sc around (22)
14. 9 sc, dec, 9 sc, dec (20)
15. 8 sc, dec, 8 sc, dec (18)
16. sc around (18)
- stuff
17. 7 sc, dec, 7 sc, dec (16)
18. 6 sc, dec, 6 sc, dec (14)
19. 5 sc, dec, 5 sc, dec (12)
- stuff more
20. 4 sc, dec, 4 sc, dec (10)
21. sc around (10)
- stuff completely. do not sew the top of the body. Make a sl st and fasten off.
Do not sew head to the body right now.

ARMS:
with tan
1. mr, 5 sc in ring (5)
2. inc around (10)
3. - 5. sc (10)
change to black
6. sc (10)
7. dec, 8 sc (9)
8. - 9. sc around (9)
10. dec, 7 sc (8)
11. - 13. sc around (8)
14. - 19. sc around (8)
20. 4 dec. (4)
fasten off. leave long tail for sewing.






For the groom, it's best to embroider his hair on the head. I made a tutorial HERE.

For the bride, it's best to attach some strands and make her a nice hairdress.


Hope you'll have fun making them!

środa, 10 kwietnia 2013

Classic little bear pattern

 Hello! Today I'd like to share the pattern I was working on  last days. This time it's not a doll, but a cute, quick to make teddy bear. I hope you'd like him :)

 


HEAD:
1. mr, 5 (5)
2. *inc* (10)
3. *sc, inc* (15)
4. *2 sc, inc* (20)
5. *3 sc, inc* (25)
6. *4 sc, inc* (30)
7. - 12. sc around (30)
13. *4 sc, dec* (25)
14. *3 sc, dec* (20)
15. *2 sc, dec* (15)
16. *sc, dec* (10)
fasten off. Do not close the bottom of the head.
EARS:
1. ch 2, turn
2. 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook
3. ch 1, turn. inc, 3 sc, inc
4. ch 1, turn. 2 inc, 3 sc, 2 inc. fasten off.
Sew ears to the head.

ARMS:
1. mr, 5 (5)
2. *inc* (10)
3. sc around (10)
4. *sc, inc* (15)
5. - 6. sc around (15)
7. dec, 13 sc (14)
8. 5 sc, dec, 5 sc, dec (12)
9. - 12. sc around
13. dec, 10 sc (11)
14. 4 sc, dec, 4 sc, dec (10)
15. 3 sc, dec, 3 sc, dec (8)
16. dec around. end with sl st. 
fasten off.



BODY: (starting with legs)
1. mr, 5 (5)
2. *inc* (10)
3. *sc, inc* (15)
4. - 9. sc around (15)
end with sl st. fasten off. do not close!
Make second leg. Hold them together and join them with sl st. Now you'll be working on top of both legs.
1. - 6. sc around (30)
7. dec, 13 sc, dec, 13 sc (28)
8. sc around (28)
9. dec, 12 sc, dec, 12 sc (26)
10. sc around (26)
11. dec, 11 sc, dec, 11 sc (24)
12. sc around (24)
13. dec, 10 sc, dec, 10 sc (22)
14. dec, 9 sc, dec, 9 sc (20)
15. dec, 8 sc, dec, 8 sc (18)
16. dec, 7 sc, dec, 7 sc (16)
17. dec, 6 sc, dec, 6 sc (14)
end with sl st. fasten off. Do not close!


SCARF:
(with thinner yarn)1. ch 62, dc in 2nd ch from hook
2. 60 dc, ch 2, turn
3. 60 dc. End with sl st.

Sew parts together.

Ta-daa! You now have a nice, little teddy bear!

poniedziałek, 14 stycznia 2013

Short-haired doll


Size depending on the yarn and hook size you'll choose
I make all my dolls with small hook and thin yarn (mostly Red Heart Margareta or Altin Basak Myra) , because I like to keep them small - but you can even use worsted weight yarn and get a big doll! :)
Remember that you need to keep proportions in hook size / yarn thickness!



To do this doll I used 2.0 mm hook

With this pattern, you get the doll, hair technique and basic clothes :)
I've lost the photos about making hair, sorry, but it has been embroidered right on the head.

mr - magic ring, adjustable ring
ch - chain
inc = 2sc in one st
dec = sc2tog
sl st = slip stitch
*...* = repeat around


LEGS: 

1. mr, 5 (5)
2. *inc* (10)
3. *sc, inc* (15)
4. *sc* (15)
5. *sc, dec* (10)
stuff feet
6. *sc* (10)
7. *sc* (10)
8. *sc* (10)
9. dec, dec, 6 sc (8)
10. *sc* (8)
stuff more, leave long tail for sewing.



BODY:
1. mr, 5 (5)
2. *inc* (10)
3. *sc, inc* (15)
4. *2 sc, inc* (20)
5. *3 sc, inc* (25)
6. *4 sc, inc* (30)
7. *5 sc, inc* (35)
8. - 9. *sc* (35)
10. *5 sc, dec* (30)
11. *sc* (30)
12. *4 sc, dec* (25)
13. - 14.  *sc* (25)
15. *3 sc, dec* (20)
16.- 18. *sc* (20)

leave a long tail for sewing to head. Sew legs to the body.




HEAD:
1. mr, 5 (5)
2. *inc* (10)
3. *sc, inc* (15)
4. *2 sc, inc* (20)
5. *3 sc, inc* (25)
6. *4 sc, inc* (30)
7. *5 sc, inc* (35)
9. - 16. *sc* (35)
17. *5 sc, dec* (30)
18. *4 sc, dec* (25)
19. *3 sc, dec* (20)
20. *2 sc, dec* (15)


DRESS:
Tip: If you want the doll to have nice striped skirt, change colour every two rounds :)
1. ch 30, join with sl st
2. *5 sc, inc* (35) join with sl st
3. *sc* (35)
now you won't join rounds, but work around.
4. *6 sc, inc* (40)
5. *sc* (40)
6. *sc* (40)
7. *7 sc, inc* (45)
8. *sc* (45)
9. *sc* (45)
10. *8 sc, inc* (50)

Put the skirt on the doll before you sew the head to the body.

ARMS:
1. mr, 5 (5)
2. *inc* (10)
3. *sc* (10)
4.dec, 2 sc, dec, 2 sc, dec (7)
5. - 12. *sc* (7)

I did not stuffed the arms, because my doll turned out to be really small, but you, of course, can do that :)

- put the skirt on the body
- sew arms to body




DOLL'S BAG:

1. ch 30
2. 28 sc, one in each st, starting from 2nd ch from hook. ch 2, turn
3. - 6. 28 sc, ch 2, turn (do not make ch 2 in the last round, just fasten off and cut off the yarn)
You should have a rectangular crocheted strip. Fold it two times to shape a simple bag. Sew sides of the bag.
Make a chain of 48, sew it so it'll make a bag strap.
You can decorate the bag with the button or a bead, to make it look more realistic :)

niedziela, 11 listopada 2012

Simple Totoro pattern

Hello!
I wasn't here for a long time, due to lot of schoolwork and... lack of ideas! :)

Today I bring to you a simple Totoro pattern. I was requested to create a amigurumi Totoro keyring for a friend of mine, but all the patterns I saw on the Internet were for a too big or too small softie.
So, here's the one I created - you should be able to make your own Totoro even if you've just began crocheting.


My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film follows the two young daughters of a professor and their interactions with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan.(source: wikipedia.org)



Pattern:
use hooks and yarn of your choice.


We start with making the egg-shaped body, from head to bottom.
1. magic ring, 5 (5)
2. inc in each st (10)
3. sc in each st (10)
4. *sc, inc* around (15)
5. *2 sc, inc* (20)
6. sc in each st (20)
7. *sc, inc* around (30)
8. sc in each st (30)
9. *sc, inc* around (45)
10. - 13. sc in each st (45)
14. *4 sc, inc* around (48)
15. - 18. sc in each st around (48)
13. *4 sc, dec* (45)
14. sc in each st (45)
15. *sc, dec* around (30)
16. sc in each st (30)
17. *sc, dec* around (15)
18. decrease around to close.

Ears (make 2) :
with smaller hook.
1. ch 3, sc in 2nd  and 3rd sc from hook. (2)
2. ch 2, turn, sc in each (2)
3. ch 2, turn, inc in each st (4)
4. - 7. ch 2, turn, hdc in each st (4)
Bend it in half (vertically), so it'll shape an ear :)
Sew it to the body.

Tail:
with same hook as used for ears.
1. ch 3, sc in 2nd  and 3rd sc from hook. (2)
2. ch 2, turn, sc in each (2)
3. ch 2, turn, inc in each st (4)
4. - 8. ch 2, turn, hdc in each st (4)
sew to the bottom of the body.


sew (or glue) eyes, mouth and belly, created from felt or other white (or any color you like your Totoro to be) material. 
Remember to make the "^ ^ ^"s on his belly :)

środa, 27 czerwca 2012

Aurora Mini Doll Pattern + my mothers works

Hi everyone! I finally made another doll pattern, this time with hair, dress and joining legs tutorials!
I always wanted to make a tiny doll, enough small to keep her in a purse or even use as a keychain. She turned out a bit bigger than I expected, but I still like her looks. 
I hope you'll like her :)




The pattern is very easy, the only things you need to know to make her are:
*...* - repeat around until you have the number of stitches that is in brackets.
sc - single crochet
st - stitch
sl st - slip stitch
dec - 2 stitches togeter, sc2tog
inc - 2 single crochets in one stitch.
how to make magic (adjustable)  ring

Pattern for the Aurora Mini Doll:




Notes:
- Before sewing head to body, work on face and hair. It's harder to make them when the doll parts are sewn together.
When sewing a doll, you can wrap some yarn between head and body, to make it less wobbly.

HEAD:
1. magic ring, 4 sc in ring
2. increase around (8)
3. *sc, inc* (12)
4. *2 sc, inc*  (16)
5. *3 sc, inc* (20)
6. - 10. sc in each st around (20) 
11. *3 sc, dec* (16)
12. *2 sc, dec* (12)
13. *sc, dec* (8)
14. sl st, leave long tail for sewing.

LEGS:
1. magic ring, 4 sc in ring (4)
2. *sc, inc* (6)
3. *2 sc, inc* (8)
4. - 8. sc in each st (8) 
stuff and make second leg:
1. magic ring, 4 sc in ring (4)
2. *sc, inc* (6)
3. *2 sc, inc* (8)
4. - 8. sc in each st (8) 
do not fasten off second leg.
Join it to the other leg with a sl st. Change to dress color and crochet a round of scs on joined legs (16) as shown on photos:






BODY:
1. - 4. sc in each st (16)
5. *6 sc, dec* (14)
6. *5 sc, dec* (12)
7. sc in each st (12)
start stuffing body here
8. *4 sc, dec* (10)
9. sc in each st (10)
10. *3 sc, dec* (8)
11. sc in each st (8)
finish stuffing body, sl st, leave a long tail for sewing.



ARMS:
1. magic ring, 4 sc in ring (4)
2. *sc, inc* (6)
3. one inc around (7)
4. - 6. sc in each (7)
7. one dec around (6)
8. sc in each st (6)
Sl st, leave a long tail for sewing.
Arms do not need stuffing.


SKIRT:

Change hook to smaller one. You can also change color of yarn if you wish.
1. (working in front loops of 3rd round of the body) sc in each st. (16) join round with a sl st, ch 2, turn
2. inc in each st (32) join with sl st, but don't make ch 2 and don't turn!
3. *sc, inc* around (48)
4. sc in each st (48)
change yarn to edging color:
5. *11 sc, inc*  (52) join with a sl st
You can also add decorative frills:
ch 6, attach to next st with sl, repeat around.


FACE:
For face you can use felt, french knots, sequins, buttons, anything you like.
I made the doll's face with glued on felt shapes.
You can also use safety eyes, if you know where to buy tiny ones :)

HAIR:
You can make hair your own way - there's a lot of great tutorials on the internet.
The techinque I use here is:
1. Wrap some yarn around a book.
2. Cut one side of it
3. Divide yarn into some groups
4. Sew it to the dolls head with the similar color thread





Sew the doll now.  

The final doll should look like this, but you can improvise too!





Please do not redistribute this pattern without giving me a credit :)


Announcement:

Me and my mother finally decided to make an Etsy shop! We don't have anything in store yet, so I'll put up the link when we'll list something to sell. 
My mom is a maker of wonderful, decorative clothespins, made with technique of decoupage. Here you can see one of my favorite sets, which will be available for sale soon.