Another animal make – I know they are really starting to get out of hand now, but I really couldn’t resist these dashingly cute dachshunds! 

I’m slowly starting to make a bit of a dent into my to do list – it maybe only a small dent but it’s all progress! The number of animal makes I have completed and have still yet to do is just insane, although finally they are starting to reduce in number and I have resisted adding any more – for now! I’ve managed to squeeze in this animal make before starting quite a big project I have been putting off for quite a while. I’m quite excited for this next make and surprisingly it’s not going to be animal related, although I have a feeling it’s going to be one of my biggest challenges I have taken on so far! However, back to this post and all of its animal cuteness! 
I saw a pattern for these patchwork dachshunds in Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine (Issue 8) – it’s actually the reason I bought the magazine! I have been looking forward to doing them for a while and after the success of the patchwork rabbits I was confident I could give them a go! I made one with pinks, blues and biege, and the other in blues, greens, and biege. These were small pieces of some of my favourite fabrics I have had leftover from other projects so was very happy to be able to use them.  

  
I think doing the rabbits first helped me a lot with doing these as I kind of knew what I was doing, rather than the unknown I experienced with the rabbits! I had no real problems at all, well until I sewed a head piece on upside down! But luckily I realised and got it sorted out without any trouble – the joys of unpicking! 

 

I knew these dogs would look cute, but I really couldn’t believe how cute they have come out, I know they are going to be very well lived in their new homes – although they will have a little wait until they go as these are part of my ridiculous number of Christmas makes! 

   
   

Looking sweet and crisp like a Granny Smith! A crochet Apple! 

I’ve had this one on my list a while now after a few friends mentioned about them having to get gifts for school teachers, it gave me the idea to do these little crochet apples which would be great as present decorations!
I couldn’t decide whether to do one completely green or do one like an apple had been cut in half so decided to do both and see how they looked, I still don’t think I can decide which I like best!


  
I have used green for those as this is what I had in my stash! But you could also use red, which would look really good with the green leaf, and you could also leave the lead off of you didn’t want to include it.
All this apple making is making me hungry!
Apple pattern 
 4mm hook
Wool in cream, green, brown
In cream

Make a magic ring ch1, 6dc into ring

Round 1: 2dc into each dc

Round 2: 2dc into same stitch, 1dc. Repeat around

Round 3: 2dc into same stitch, 2dc. Repeat around

Round 4: 2dc into same stitch 3dc. Repeat around

Round 5: 2dc into same stitch 4dc. Repeat around

Change to green

Round 6: Slip stitch whole way around the edge

Round 7: slip stitch around again Into the previous green slip stitch round, and slip stitch into first green slip stitch to finish.

Fasten off


For a whole green apple, work rows 1-6 in green, completing the first round of slip stitches around the edge only, then fasten off. Then attach stem and leaf.


Stem

Fasten on at end of previous round, but fasten on into the row down from the last row, dc, ch4, slip stitch into second ch from hook and the remaining, slip stitch into same dc stitch at the base that you started on.


  
Leaf

Row 1: Ch2, 2dc into 2nd ch from hook

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch, dc

Row 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row

Row 4: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog, dc

Row 5: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog

dc around edge of leaf.

Fasten off

Sew line down the centre of the leaf in green with two long stitches.

Sew leaf onto back of stem half way down


Pips

Sew on pips diagonally in brown onto the 3rd round 4dc apart, sew the stitches diagonally and do two stitches into the same space to make them stand out.

I have a feeling the sea is going to start getting a bit crowded with all these sea makes! Joining Sidney the squid is Oscar the crochet Octopus, designing this pattern was quite a challenge! 

After finishing my squid I have been thinking of some other sea makes to complete, and decided to make an octopus! Similarly to the squid I didn’t want it to be too cartoony – which was quite a challenge when doing the pattern, but after a few attempts at getting it right and a lot of unraveling and re-writing I have finally got the look I was wanting.

I really couldn’t decide what colour wool to go for, and then came across some wool right at the bottom of my stash which was a mixture of reds, creams, and greys which I thought would be perfect, although it wasn’t until I finished that I knew I had made the right choice! It’s hard to tell how it’s going to come out while you are making it, it’s only once all the stuffing is in you can see how it has come together with the colour choice and I am really happy with it.
For the suckers I decided to do surface stitch ones, as I didn’t want them to stand out too much, however, if you want more of a 3d effect you could do a chain of 10, slip stitch into the starting chain to make a round and then dc another round before fastening off. These would then need to be sewn on to the legs.
This very lovely octopus will soon be off to join his friend the squid and I am sure they will be enjoying a lot of adventures together! Now I will have to think of some more sea creatures to do, maybe a jellyfish or even a shark!


  


Octopus pattern: 
Final size of octopus is 70cm from the top of the head to the end of the front tentacles.
I used 3 100g balls of a chunky knit wool.
5mm hook.

For the body: 
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 8dc into ring

Round 2: 2dc into each dc

Round 3-4: dc around

Round 5: 2dc into same stitch, dc. Repeat around

Round 6: 2dc into same stitch, 2dc. Repeat around

Round 7: 2dc into same stitch, 3dc. Repeat around

Round 8: 2dc into same stitch, 4dc. Repeat around

Round 9-10: dc around

Round 11: 24dc, (2dc into same stitch, 2dc) six times, 2dc into same stitch

Round 12-13: dc around

Round 14: (2dc into same stitch, 5dc) 4 times, (2dc into same stitch, 3dc) seven times

Round 15: dc around

Round 16: 2dc into same stitch, 6dc. Repeat around, dc into last 4dc of the round

Round 17: 2dc into same stitch, 7dc. Repeat around, dc into last 5dc of the round

Round 18-21: dc around

Round 22: dc2tog, 7dc. Repeat around, cd into last 5dc of the round

Round 23-33: dc around

Round 34: 38dc, (dc2tog, 3dc) rest of round

Round 35: dc around

Round 36: 34dc, (dc2tog, 2dc) rest of round

Round 37: dc around

Round 38: (dc2tog, 5dc) 4 times, (dc2tog, dmc) rest of the round and dc into last dc

Round 39-43: dc around

Round 44: (dc2tog, 4dc) 4 times, dc rest of the round

Round 45-47: dc around

Round 48: 21dc, turn leaving remaining stitches unworked. Now working on these 21 stitches in rows.
Row section:

Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) dc2tog, 18dc, dc2tog

Row 2-4: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) dc along row

Row 5: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) dc2tog, 16dc, dc2tog

Row 6: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) dc2tog, 14dc, dc2tog

Row 7: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) dc2tog, 12dc, dc2tog

Row 8-11: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitches) dc along row

After completing this last row, continue down the sides of the previous rows and around the head and back up the rows on the other side. Fasten off with a slip stitch in to the last row.

    
Tentacles:

First tentacle: 

With the row section facing you, fasten on into last dc on the right.


  
Round 1: 7dc, ch7 then slip stitch into the first dc to make a round of 14dc. Now working on these 14dc only:
Stuff legs as you go

Round 2-42: dc around

Round 43: (dc2tog, 3dc) 2 times, dc2tog, 2dc

Round 44-50: dc around

Round 51: (dc2tog, 2dc) twice, 3dc

Round 52-59: dc around

Round 60: dc2tog 4 times

Fasten off.

Second tentacle:

Fasten on into the dc to the left of the previously completed tentacle, and complete rounds 1-60 of the first tentacle.

Fasten off.

Third tentacle:

Skip two dc to the left of the second tentacle and fasten on into the third dc, 6dc, ch6 then slip stitch into the first dc to make a round of 12dc. Now working on these 12dc only:

Stuff tentacle as you go

Round 2-42: dc around

Round 43: (dc2tog, 2dc) 3 times

Round 44-50: dc around

Round 51: (dc2tog, dc) 3 times

Round 52-59: dc around

Round 60: dc2tog 3 times

Fasten off.

Fourth tentacle: 

Fasten on into the next dc to the left of the previous tentacle, 6dc, ch6 then slip stitch into the first dc to make a round of 12dc. Now working on these 12dc only:

Stuff legs as you go

Round 2-42: dc around

Round 43: (dc2tog, 2dc) 3 times

Round 44-50: dc around

Round 51: (dc2tog, dc) 3 times

Round 52-59: dc around

Round 60: dc2tog 3 times

Fasten off.

Fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth tentacles:

Repeat process completed for fourth tentacles, leaving the last two dc unworked.
Infill piece for base of head:

Make a magic ring ch1, 6dc into ring

Round 1: 2dc into each dc

Round 2: 2dc into same stitch, 1dc. Repeat around

Round 3: 2dc into same stitch, 2dc. Repeat around

Round 4: 2dc into same stitch, 3dc. Repeat around

Round 5: 2dc into same stitch, 4dc. Repeat around

Round 6: dc around

Round 7: 2dc into same stitch, 5dc. Repeat around

Round 8: 2dc into same stitch, 6dc. Repeat around

Round 9: (2dc into same stitch, 7dc) twice, turn leaving remaining stitches unworked

Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 8dc, 2dc Into same stitch, 8dc

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 18dc

Fasten off

Stuff head and sew closed top of tentacles, next sew the infill piece onto the base of the head, with the row section of the infill piece lining up with the row section on the head. Make sure you add extra stuffing in the row section while sewing this infill piece in.



Eyes – make 2:

In cream:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 5dc into ring

Round 1: 2dc into each dc

Round 2: 2dc into same stitch, dc. Repeat around

Round 3-4: dc around

Fasten off leaving long thread to attach to octopus

Eyelid: 
In octopus colour – make two

ch11

Row 1: dc into second ch from hook, dc along rest of row

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog, 6dc, dc2tog

Row 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as stitch) dc along row.

Fasten off leaving long thread to attach.


  
  

Sew white eyes on the side of the head on the flap section, put some padding in while sewing to make them stand out. Then sew the lid over the eye so it covers the top quarter, with the longest side along the eyeball and the shortest onto the octopus flap section.

Finally, ch8, then sew this chain underneath the eyeball.
For the pupil detail sew on a black line onto the cream pupil to make the pupil. Make one long stitch and repeat a few times to make it really stand out.

The suckers:

Surface stitch in dc circles of different sizes at random locations down all legs and also place some in the middle infill section lining up with the legs.


  
  


  

Two patchwork rabbits: I took on a bit of a challenge with these two and by the time I finished then I was hopping along in excitement with them! 

I saw these in Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine issue 12 a while ago and they looked so cute I really wanted to make them. However, I haven’t really made much patchwork apart from quilts and a couple of Easter eggs so I wasn’t too sure how well I would fair making them, especially as I had no idea what the markings and descriptions on the pattern for cutting out the fabric even meant! Luckily after a few frantic phone calls to my mum – who I would love to be as good as at sewing one day (but am a long long way off!), I knew roughly what I was doing and felt confident enough that I might be able to at least get started and see how I got on.  
I wanted to make two of these rabbits, one in a cream with red tartan, and the other in a duck egg with flowery fabric. I set about cutting out all the fabric – making sure to cut out the triangle marking points too – good thing I checked about these as I would have just cut straight over then otherwise! Took me a little while to get it all cut out – I didn’t want to rush it and mess it up but I got there eventually with no disasters! 

  
Now it was time to follow the instructions to make the rabbit, and I could believe how easy the instructions were to follow and the diagrams made anything I was a bit unsure of completely clear, and as a result I had no problems at all in sewing any part of the rabbits together – even the little fiddly bits!.  I was pretty shocked to be honest, I thought I might have come across at least one or two problems, but no I managed to get them all put together without anything going wrong! I was beyond happy with myself, I really should have more confidence in my sewing! 

      
Once I added the embroidered detail to the faces it really bought them to life, and I have also added the name of the recipients onto the back of one of the legs to make them a little more personalised. I really wanted to keep one of these for myself they are just so lovely! But it will soon be time for them to go to their new homes, at least I will get to see them again when I go and visit! 

      
I am starting to think I may have a slight obsession with animal makes, they seem to be taking over and I still have quite a few left on my list! 

Even though the menagerie makes have come to an end the creature makes are continuing – now for a family of owls! 

My list of makes to do is starting to get out of hand, I barely seem to get one item finished off the list and am adding at least two new ones! I’ve decided to try and get through some of the smaller makes on the list to try and get it down a bit in size so I can then focus on some big quilting projects I am wanting to get on with. 

I started these owls quite a while ago from a DMC crochet pattern: family of owls amigurami, 14934L/2, and used DMC Natura cotton,  but they got pushed to the bottom of my craft box and I had forgotten about them until I came across the pattern for them and realised I hadn’t finished them! I had made some of these owls before so knew they wouldn’t take me too long once I got going with them, I already had the small body finished and medium half finished so only had that to finish off and to do and the large and then add the beaks and eyes.  

  
I love these owls, they always make me smile, the effect of the ears really finished them off. I have made these in matching colours but you can make them all different, or not do the striped effect so they are just one colour – so many different effects you could go for. So far I have only made them in the green and purple on both occasions that I have made a set, but the next lot I do I will be having a bit of a play with the colours! 
Now to work on the next make from my list, think I might go for some patchwork next! 

Sadly my week of menagerie animal makes has come to an end, but it’s ended on a high with a fabewelous sheep!  

I opted to make the Dorset Down Sheep as my final menagerie make in my week dedicated to making animals from Edwards menagerie by Kerry Lord – How could I not it’s just adorable!

I used a slightly lighter colour for the nose arms and ears as I didn’t have a darker one in my stash. I also decided to use different colours on the fleece, firstly because I didn’t have enough chunky cream wool to do both the body, head, and fleece, and second because I thought the fleece would look good in varying shades of cream. I had a plain cream and a speckled black cream in my stash which I knew would work perfectly together. So I used the chunky cream to do the head and body and a bit of the fleece, and used the cream with black speckle and cream for the rest of the fleece. I used a 5mm hook as the cream wool for the body an head was a chunky knit as was the brown I used for the nose, arms, legs and ears.  

To compete the fleece I first went around in the chunky cream, next the cream with black speckle and finally filled in the remaining gaps with the cream.

   
 
I think I spaced out my loops more than in the book, and didn’t sew the ch8 loop into the next stitch along from the start of the chain but 3, 4 or even in some cases 5 stitches away from the start of the chain, so the fleece doesn’t stick out as much but I was happier with the effect of the loops when they were a bit more spread out. The fleece took me a long time to do, it’s amazing how many loops are needed to cover the whole body, I started to think I was never going to get there and I am sure I will be seeing them in my sleep for quite a while to come! 
I wasn’t too sure how it was going to work out, is wasn’t until all the fleece has been completed I could see my use of different colours was a good choice and I am really pleased I opted for using a few different colours. I was really worried while making it as I was doubting myself a bit half way through. 

  
Now that my week of making these is over I need to get back onto my list of projects I need to finish off! On the plus side I do have a couple of animal makes on this (I love making animals!). A few of these makes I need to have finished in the next few weeks so I really need to get moving! 
Wool used 
Chunky knit wool In cream – 50g ball for head and body 

Chunky kit wool in brown speckle for arms, nose, and legs 

DK in cream and black speckle and cream for fleece 

Went a bit batty trying to finish this one off but have managed to complete my third animal make of the week – flapping in is a very cute bat…

I have managed to complete a third animal from Edwards Menagerie by Kerry Lord this week, I wasn’t too sure how many I would get finished when I set out on my week of making these animals but I am happy that at day 5 I have got three made.

I opted to use a 3mm hook on this one and a striped brown and cream wool for the body and black for the wings. This one has taken me the longest out of the three made so far as the legs took a little longer with 2 of them being a bit longer and the wings proved to be a bit of a challenge! It took me quite a few attempts to get the wings looking right, I lost count of the amount of times I had to unravel all of what I had done as it wasn’t lining up correctly. All the unravelling drove me a bit batty but it was worth it and in really happy with how they have turned out, almost back to being my non-batty self now – although think I was a bit before I started to be honest! 

   
  

Despite being a bat I think this make is pretty cute, I love it’s ears! This one is going to be a perfect gift for Halloween – long time away I know but I like to be prepared and have things made with plenty of time to spare!  

Now it’s time to get back to crocheting more of these animals – I think I might have time to squeeze in one more before I have to get back to my other projects! 

  

Freshly hooked and straight off to the seaside, this hippo is making the most of this nice weather! 

Days two and three of my week of crochet animal making were focussed on this lovely hippo! Pattern was again from Kerry Lords book, Edwards menagerie. Similarly to my elephant make I opted to use a 4mm hook and again choose a multicoloured wool, this time using a 50g ball of Sirdar Click chunky DK in indigo. These animals are perfect for using up leftover 50g balls, as there is often not too much you can do with only a small amount of wool.

I came across a bit of a problem with this one – but luckily it didn’t take too much to sort out, the problem occurred as the pattern in the book for the head only went up to row 20, which didn’t finish off the nose and left a large hole at the end – clearly a couple more rows were needed, I couldn’t see anywhere in the book that mentioned any more about finishing this nose so I worked out how to do it myself:

Round 21: dc, dc2tog. Repeat around

Round 22: dc2tog. Repeat around

Fasten off.


 Once I had put the hippo together I don’t know why but I straight away thought – it would look brilliant with a rubber ring for swimming at the beach – my mind is a bit random I must admit! All this hot weather has probably gone to my head!
I decided to do one like the red and white striped life-rings you see, but instead of using red I used a pale orange with the white. I also did it quite large, as a small one would be no use to a hippo!
I can’t help but smile at this!
Swimming ring:

4mm hook

Orange and White DK wool

Stuff as you go to make it easier – I didn’t until the end and it was a bit fiddly!

In Orange, Ch14, then slip stitch to first dc to make a ring

Round 1-6: dc around

Change to white, don’t need to fasten off the Orange, just leave that head loose ready to change back to

Round 7-12: dc around

Change to orange

Round 13-18: dc around

Change to white

Round 19-24: dc around

Change to orange

Round 25-30: dc around

Change to white

Round 31-36: dc around

Change to orange

Round 37-42: dc around

Change to white

Round 43-48

Fasten off

Stitch the last row to the starting round to make a ring.