Friday, 21 October 2016

Crochet Amigurumi Doll CAL - Ep1 Head and Sewing Anime Eyes

Welcome to episode one of my latest crochet-a-long! for my Amigurumi dress up doll crochet pattern, where each Friday for the next few weeks I shall be releasing a new written pattern and video tutorial for the lead up to Christmas.

In my first tutorial today I show you how to crochet the head and sew the anime eyes. I hope you enjoy.

The episodes will include (subject to change)
Episode 1: 21st October: Head and Eyes
Episode 2: 28th October: Body, Legs and Arms
Episode 3: 4th November: Hair Tutorial
Episode 4: 11th November: Dress Pattern
Episode 5: 18th November: Bag and Accessories
Episode 6: 25th November: Cardigan and Finishing

This pattern is in US terminology, but details are given below, and in the video for UK terminology. The finished doll measures about 30cm approx in length.

Why not make a boy doll too, simply change the hair style and I'll add some extra tutorials after the main CAL for some trousers or shorts and tops. Maybe some dungarees. Let me know in the comments below what you would like to see in this crochet-a-long.

For the whole CAL you will need the following suggested material

  • DK/Light Worsted weight cotton yarn (yarn weight of 3) in the following colours;
    Suggested yarns are for Rico Design Essential Cotton DK but you can use any yarn you like!
    • A skin colour - suggestions: Rose 01 (pink) or Nougat 78 (brown) 
    • A hair colour - suggestions: Banana 63 (yellow) or Nougat 78 (brown)
    • An eye colour - suggestions: Light Blue 27 or Nougat 78 (brown) or Grass Green 66 
    • Colours for clothes and accessories - suggestions: Fuschia 14 (dark pink), Violet 20 or any of the colours named above
    • Black and White for eyes
  • 3.5 E/4 crochet hook or any hook that is suitable for the yarn you are using
  • Toy stuffing or yarn scraps for stuffing. I chose 100% polyester toy stuffing available in my most craft stores
  • Yarn needle and scissors
  • 1 small button measuring 1cm in diameter, if making the bag
Terminology and conversions for today's tutorial
US single crochet (sc) = UK double crochet (dc)
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
ea = each
sc2tog = single crochet two stitches together (see video for invisible decrease)

Video Tutorial - Head and Eyes

Written Pattern - Head

Round 1
Using your skin coloured yarn, ch4, sl st in first chain to form a loop, crochet 6sc into loop, do not join round - (6)
Alternatively you can use the magic circle/loop technique if you prefer, just crochet 6sc into a magic loop.

Round 2
Without chaining, as you are now working continuously like a snail shell to avoid a seam, crochet *2sc in next st* repeat from * to end - (12) You may wish to use a stitch marker.

Round 3
*1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to end - (18)

Round 4
*1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to end - (24)

Round 5
*1sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to end - (30)

Round 6
*1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to end - (36)

Round 7
*1sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to end - (42)

Rounds 8 - 17 (10 rounds)
1sc in ea st around - (42)

Round 18
*1sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog* repeat from * to end - (36)

Round 19
*1sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* repeat from * to end - (30)

Round 20
*1sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat from * to end - (24)

Pause your work and now sew the eyes. See video for exact detail on how to sew them, but work your eyes 13 rounds down for the top, and over 2 rounds, with a space of 7 sts in between. Work the eye colour first, then the eyelashes and pupil in black, followed by the small dot of white light and white around the edge. Try not to sew them too circular, instead sew straight down when working the inside line, then diagonally down, curve out to the outer edge and then up straight back to the top, and straight back to start across the top. When you have your basic outline of your eye, 'colour' it in by sewing with the same colour, then continue with the details in the other colours to finish.

Round 21
*1sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat from * to end - (18)

Round 22
*1sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat from * to end - (12)

Stuff your head at this point. Using your darker pink sew a small V shaped mouth.


Rounds 23 - 24
1sc in ea st around - (12)

Pause your work here and tune in next week for Episode 2 Body, Legs and Arms!

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Paintbox Yarn Review and Free Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern

'Fallen Leaves' - Cotton DK 10 Colour Pack
Another gorgeous yarn review coming your way today, this time for the new Paintbox yarns! and of course a free crochet pattern from me for this squishy soft Loop Stitch Braid Baby Blanket.

I was delighted to be one of the first to get my hands on the new range of yarns by Paintbox, which are exclusive to and who I am big fans of as you know, and I've been working with their DK (double knit) range for over a week now with this blanket and I have to say, I am loving it.

I'm a big fan of 100% acrylic and 100% cotton yarns anyway for ease of use as a mum, so what better than a whole host of colours to choose from, which can all be shoved in the wash at a moment's notice! The name Paintbox is most definitely apt for this range of yarns because they literally do come in every conceivable colour!

60 shades to choose from!
Paintbox describe their yarns as "modern, playful and all about colour" and I have to agree.

The range comes in 3 weights in the acrylic, DK (light worsted), Aran (worsted) and Chunky (bulky), and the cotton comes in a DK (light worsted) weight, which is perfect for those amigurumi projects!

I have yet to experiment designing and crocheting with the Aran and Chunky weights yet (stay tuned for that), but the DK weight has been an absolute pleasure to work with. The texture is smooth, soft and easy to crochet. I haven't found a single knot and the yarn doesn't smell chemically at all. These are some of the big things I look out for in a new yarn I haven't tried, as well as of course the most important squish factor he he, which in this case is extremely high!

'Winter Frost' - Simply Chunky 10 Colour Pack
There are 60 shades in total to choose from, and the Paintbox yarns are an affordable choice as well. 

There are also lots of free patterns that come with this new yarn range, which you can download now on their website, such as this adorable Caitlin the Caterpillar.

But for now, why not try my Mile-A-Minute Loop Stitch Braid Baby Blanket (phew what a mouthful), which I designed to show off a rather plummy pink palette choice. This blanket measures approximately 30 inches x 30 inches, so works perfectly as a cot blanket or stroller blanket.

This took me about a week to finish so it also works up really quickly, strip by strip, or millipede by millipede as I called it. It has also become a huge hit with my daughter who now takes it everywhere with her! If that isn't a good enough sign of just how gorgeous this yarn is, I don't know what is he he

Part 1 Video Tutorial

Finishing the Blanket Video Tutorial

Written Pattern

You can of course use any brand, or weight of yarn for this blanket. A thicker yarn used with an appropriate sized hook for that yarn will make a bigger blanket, and a thinner yarn a smaller one.

If using Paintbox yarn, I chose 5 colours in total; 1 ball in each of Dark Aubergine, Pansy Purple, Dusty Lilac, Blush Pink and Peach Orange in DK weight, and with this yarn I used a 4mm crochet hook.

Step 1. Chain 132 half double crochet (half treble in UK terms) foundation stitches - (132) 

If you prefer you can chain 133 normal chains, and work 1hdc in your 2nd st from hook and in ea st along - (132)

Step 2. Ch1 (don't count as st), turn, 1hdc loop stitch in ea st across - (132 loops)

Step 3. Sl st twice down edge to opposite side, and crochet 1hdc loop stitch in ea foundation ch across - (132) Fasten off, keeping a short tail for securing braids.

Finishing & Braiding
- Repeat steps 1-3, 19 more times until you have 20 strips with 132 loops either side. Take two strips and braid them together by dividing the loops into sets of 4. Pass 4 loops onto your hook from one strip, then take 4 loops from the opposite strip and pull them through the first 4. Then take 4 loops from the opposite strip (the first one you started with) and pull them through the 4 loops now on your hook. Repeat this until the end. Secure the last 4 loops with your tail end.

- Now take your next strip and repeat the same process, but start from the opposite side. This is important to level off your blanket. If you start the same side each time your blanket will look wonky. See video if unsure of any of these steps.

- To finish braid edges, take 4 loops, and another 4 from the same strip (you have to as there is no joining of strips) and pull the second lot of 4 loops through the first 4, take another 4 loops and repeat until the end. Secure with tail end and repeat for other side of blanket. Make sure they face the same direction as all your other braids. Tie in all tails.

Optional Edging: Re-join yarn in one corner, *crochet [2tr, 2dc, 2tr] into centre of first two sets of loops (2dtr, 2tr, 2dtr in UK terms), sl st in centre of next strip* repeat from * until end. Repeat for opposite edge. Tie in all tails.

This blanket used about half of each ball as shown here.
Happy crafting and see you soon for some more crochet fun! #pickyourpalette


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