Ubi the Dragon

Quite a while ago I finished another crochet plushy: this time a little lavender dragon. I got the pattern from Ravelry (click here to go directly to where you can download the pattern). Instead of making it a rattle, like it said in the pattern, I just put stuffing in it to make it a plushy.

I didn’t know what to name him, because I don’t really know of any dragon names. Dad suggested to name him Ubi, because of his lavender color. “Ube” is a popular flavor of ice cream where we live (even though Dad is not a fan of its taste), and it happens to be purple. So I thought Ubi would be the perfect name for the newest addition to the crochet family.

Here are the photos of Ubi, my little dragon:

Ubi 1

Ubi 2

The misalignment of his muzzle will forever bug me.

Ubi 3

The assembling of the dragon was the hardest. The muzzle is not centered, which will always bug me. The spikes were a pain to sew in, as I (almost) always sewed them in slightly in the wrong place. Anyway, I think even with the wonky spikes and misaligned muzzle, Ubi looks great!

Crochet Flower Lanyard: Free Pattern

Today is a very special day for me. Today I will post my very first crochet pattern — a pattern I made all by myself!

I wanted a new lanyard for my phone because what I had at the time was old and boring. I wanted to crochet one instead of getting a new one so that it would be unique. However, when I searched the Internet for a nice pattern, all I could find were patterns that either only used single crochet (which I think is boring) or were too complicated for my taste. So I decided to challenge myself by making my own pattern.

So, without further ado, here is my first ever official pattern:

Crochet Flower Lanyard

MATERIALS:

  • 4-ply yarn (I used less than one 18-gram skein of Monaco Acrylic yarn.)
  • A 3.75 mm hook
  • Metal clip (the ones used in lanyards)
  • Yarn needle

LANYARD:

Crochet a chain about 33 inches long (or however long you want the lanyard to be.)

  1. Single crochet (sc) in second chain from hook and in the rest of the stitches until you reach the end of the row. Chain 1 and turn the work.
  2. Slip stitch (ss) in second stitch from hook and in the rest of the stitches until you reach the end of the row. Chain 1 and turn the work.
  3. Sc in second stitch from hook and in the rest of the stitches until you reach the end of the row. Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

FLOWER:

Work in joined rounds. What I usually do is at the end of the round I join to the first stitch of the same round with a slip stitch. Chain 1, and then do as the pattern says.*

*For round 3, do not chain 1 before doing the chain 3.

  1. Magic ring, sc 6. (6 stitches)
  2. 2 sc in each stitch. (12 stitches)
  3. (Chain 3, do 3 triple crochets in next stitch, chain 3, join with a slip stitch to next stitch.) x 6. (This will create six lovely petals.) Do not join to the first chain 3. Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Crochet Flower

Sew the ends of the lanyard together first, with the metal clip in between. Then sew the flower on top of the spot where you sewed the lanyard together to hide any messy sewing. We’re done!

Crochet Flower (back view)

Crochet Flower Lanyard 2

The row of slip stitches creates a raised bit in the middle of the lanyard.

Crochet Flower Lanyard 1

The finished lanyard — yay!

Here is the same pattern in Microsoft Word form:

Crochet Flower Lanyard Free Pattern

Easter Egg

It’s finally Easter! Well, it is for me, but I’m sure in other parts of the world it’s still Saturday. But anyway, for this Easter, I crocheted a little cozy for a plastic egg I had. I used a multicolored Red Heart yarn (I don’t know what color it is, but the packaging says its shade is 08307.)

Since I was pretty sure that my egg was different from what the patterns on the Internet used, I decided to try making my own pattern. I basically used half double crochets to make it fit each half of my egg and decreased at the end so that it would fit snugly. I also used Elmer’s glue to stick the yarn to the plastic. The yarn seems to be sticking to the egg, so I guess glue would also work on other crochet projects!

Here are the photos of my lone Easter egg:

 Easter Egg 1

Easter Egg 2

Happy Easter everyone!

A Big Ball of Yarn

Last week my mom and I found a scarf made from a type of yarn we’ve never worked with before in a store. We think it might have been arm knitted. Anyway, we bought it so that we could unravel it so that we could use it for a crochet project! We suspect it to be super bulky wool yarn. It alternates between blue and white, making a sort of striped pattern. We were able to make it into a giant yarn ball! Here are a few pictures of the ball:

Yarn Ball 1

Yarn Ball 2

The only problem was: What were we going to make with it? I wanted it to be cat-related, like a bed for the kitties or a cat toy. Mom agreed to make a little cat bed! We used a pattern that was meant for a small basket, but because of the super bulky yarn, it turned out quite big. (Sorry, I don’t know where Mom got the pattern.) We placed it down for the kitties to use and waited. The kitties love it! Here are a couple of photos of the cat bed (and one picture of the kittens loving it!):

Crochet Cat Bed 1

Crochet Cat Bed 2

Cat Bed with Cats 1

Crochet Spring Bunny: Meet Snowflake!

I have finally completed my second big crochet project: a cute little bunny! Here is the link to my previous blog about it. I had trouble with the pattern for the rose that went with the bunny, so I just searched the Internet for an easier pattern. I found one at attic24.typepad.com. Here is the direct link to the rose tutorial.

Here are the photos of Snowflake, the newest addition to my crochet amigurumi family:

Snowflake 1

Snowflake 2

Snowflake 3

Snowflake 4

Snowflake 5

New Crochet Project: Spring Bunny!

I have been having so much fun crocheting amigurumi lately. My newest crochet creation is another animal! (I really am an animal lover.) This time I made a cute little bunny! Well, it’s not done yet, I still need to sew the parts together and add the finishing touches. It’s also not that small. I think the pattern maker used really thin crochet thread (I’m not sure exactly what it’s called) so hers turned out smaller than mine.

I got the spring bunnies pattern from allaboutami.com. Here is the direct link to the tutorial. For my bunny, I think I’ll position the ears downwards to make it look girly.

Here is a photo of my unfinished bunny:

Spring Bunny

Mystery Crochet Project Reveal: Blueberry!

In my previous crochet blog, Mystery Crochet Project, I showed you the unfinished project I was working on. I added a poll asking you readers to guess what amigurumi I was making. As of right now the poll has four votes, 50% of which are votes saying Bear (25% said Kitty, and the last 25% said Other.) Now I’ve decided to post about the big reveal.

What I crocheted was a little teddy bear! It measures about six inches tall (including the ears.) I think it took me about a week to finish it. I used a different sized hook from the one stated in the Milo Teddy Bear pattern, so my bear turned out bigger than the one the pattern maker made. I really like the sort of greenish-blue color of the yarn I used. Because of this color, my mom had an idea to name it Blueberry (because it’s a bear, and it’s blue.) Here are the photos of my completely finished Blueberry, in his cozy little white scarf:

Blueberry 1

Blueberry 2

Blueberry 3

Mystery Crochet Project

For the past few days I haven’t been posting any crocheting blogs. This is because I have been working on a brand new amigurumi! This mystery amigurumi is my biggest yet. I thought I’d use about four skeins of yarn but it turned out I only needed two skeins. Oh well, I can use the beautiful blue yarn for another project.

I’m not revealing what I’m making yet because I haven’t finished assembling it yet. But, I would like to show the unfinished project to you readers! Here is the picture I took of my mystery amigurumi:

Mystery Crochet Project

Yes, those are safety eyes in the top right corner! The package finally arrived, and I finally can make amigurumi with proper eyes! Thank you, Gantsilyo Guru!

Here is a poll so that you can vote what you think my newest crochet project is. This is also my very first poll in WordPress!

Crochet Owl Amigurumi

Recently I made my third crochet amigurumi, this time of a lovely little owl! I got the pattern from http://www.ravelry.com. Here is the link to the tutorial for baby owl ornaments (you’ll have to download the pattern from Ravelry). I used black felt for the eyes instead of safety eyes because I (still!) don’t have any safety eyes. We’re just waiting for the package with the safety eyes we ordered to arrive.

Here are photos of my finished owl:

Crochet Owl 1

Crochet Owl 2

Crochet Kitty Cat

A few days ago I made my second crochet amigurumi, this time of one of my favorite animals: cats! I found a pattern that I wanted to try at nerdigurumi.com. The tutorial for the chubby cat can be found here.

I know that my kitty for some reason has a bump on its face that looks like a snout, so it looks more like a pig than a cat. I tried to make a cat nose, but it still poked out like a snout. I used the same beads for the eyes as I used for my crochet star amigurumi, but I tilted them in a way so that you can’t see the black thread. I also added some eyelashes in an effort to make it more cat-like.

Here is my crochet kitty cat:

 Crochet Kitty Cat 1

Crochet Kitty Cat 2

Sorry that that first picture is a little blurry, the camera just didn’t want to focus.