Another bird has left the increasingly overcrowded nest, and waddling in the steps of the toucan is a mallard

The next bird I decided to make from Edwards Menagerie: birds was the mallard, there’s so many I am wanting to make I couldn’t quite decide which to start next so I actually started on a few at the same time. I now have a few (well at least 5!) birds in various stages of completion with bodies and legs and wings in different bags! I didn’t have enough wool to finish a few of the half made birds but I had just enough to finish the mallard so he was the lucky one to get finished next! 

  
Love this little duck, such a cutie! 

Bit of a bird make takeover from Eds Birds has been happening this last week, and flapping in the front of the pack is a toucan

I recently received a copy of Edwards menagerie: birds by Kerry Lord (thank you Santa!!), I really liked the previous Edwards Menagerie book so was hopeful I would enjoy this new one as much, and I wasn’t disappointed. 
There were so many birds I liked I wasn’t too sure where to start but after much thought I decided to start with the toucan, I just love the beak on this, it looks great! I opted to do the feet in a steely blue after looking at some itches of toucans and seeing some do have bluey feet, which was a big saviour to the problem I had of having no grey wool late one evening while making it! 
I’ve already got the parts to a few other birds underway so be prepared for quite a few birds to be flocking on here over the next few days! 
  

Floating in with a wail and a howl comes a Minecraft ghast, watch out for any fireballs! 

Following on from my creeper and squid patterns I next decided to make a pattern for a ghast. This pattern comprised of the square body, 9 legs, and quite a bit of stitched face and body detailing. This black detailing is what really brings the ghast to life, through my personal preference I opted just to do the black closed eyes ghast facial expression rather than the red eyes, but you could do whichever you prefer.


Minecraft ghast pattern: 

Materials:

5mm hook

100g ball of white chunky wool

50g ball of black chunky wool

Sides (make 6):

Ch16
Row 1: Dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc along row

Rows 2-15: ch1(doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row
Legs (make 9):

Make a magic ring, ch1, 6dc into ring
Round 1-11: dc around
Sew the sides together than sew in the base, stuff and finally sew on the top. Slightly stuff the legs and sew on to the base. Hand sew on the face and body detail using the black chunky wool.
Front:  
Right side:

Top: 

Back:

Left side:  

Gracefully walking in amongst all the Minecraft makes (and wondering what is going on) is one very happy giraffe!

This very cute giraffe is from Edwards Menagerie by Kerry Lord, I really like the animals in this book and find them really good fun to make. I’ve had the giraffe on my makes list for a while now and I was very pleased to finally get round to making it. I love the spot detail throughout and what makes it even better is that you work it into the giraffe as you go so there is no adding of spot detail once you have finished.  
I opted to use quite a bright yellow for this and a medium brown and black, all in DK. I really like how the colours have worked out well together.  

  

Speedily swimming in is a new pattern for a Minecraft squid! 

The next Minecraft pattern I decided to make was for a squid. This pattern basically consists of just a rectangle and 8 legs so hasn’t got too much to it and doesn’t take too long to make as a result. I am really happy with how it came out, I think it was the eye and mouth detail that really finished it off as I was a bit unsure before adding it how good it would look, but I knew I had got it right once I had finished the eyes.

Minecraft squid pattern: 

5mm hook

150g of blue chunky wool

Some black and white wool for adding eye and teeth detail
Front and back (make 2):

Ch16

Row 1: Dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc along row

Rows 2-20: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row
Sides (make 2): 

Ch13

Row 1: Dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc along row

Rows 2-20: ch1(doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row
Top and bottom (make 2):

Ch16

Row 1: Dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc along row

Rows 2-12: ch1(doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row
Legs (make 8):

Make a magic ring, ch1, 8dc into ring

Rounds 1-19: dc around
Red mouth:

Ch10

Dc 2nd ch from hook, dc along rest of row

Row 2-9: Dc along row
Putting together:

Sew the sides and base together, put in stuffing and then sew on the top. Sew the red mouth into the middle of the base of the squid. Place a small amount of stuffing in the legs and see these onto the base around the side of the mouth. Using white wool sew on some teeth and the whites of the eyes. Using black sew on the black parts of the eyes.


First a sneaky creeper now it’s time for a slightly more friendly mooshroom cow blanket

I really enjoyed making the Minecraft creeper blanket – despite the massive number of grannies I needed to make to put it together. I was surprised how quickly I got through them all to be honest and they were great to make when I only had a little bit of time free and before I knew it I had all 100 made. I do find it quite relaxing doing them (which is a good thing since there are so many!), as once you have done a few you know pattern so you don’t have to concentrate too hard while doing it. As this previous blanket went so well I decided to make another, this time I chose to make a mooshroom cow. To make it a bit different to the previous minecraft blanket I decided to use a different granny square and opted for a solid granny square.

To make the solid granny square:
1- ch4 and slip stitch into first dc to make a round.


2- ch5, then 3trb into the round. ch2 3trb into the round twice. ch2, 2trb into the round then slip stitch into the 3rd dc of the ch5 you started with.


3- ch5, 2trb into 2ch space, 3trb, 2trb into 2ch space. *ch2, 2trb into 2ch space, 3trb 2trb into 2ch space, repeat from * once more . ch2 2trb into 2ch space, 3trb, trb into 2ch space, then slip stitch into 3rd ch of the starting 5ch.


  
 4- ch5, 2trb into 2ch space, 7trb, 2trb into 2ch space. *ch2, 2trb into 2ch space, 7trb 2trb into 2ch space, repeat from * once more . ch2 2trb into 2ch space, 7trb, trb into 2ch space, then slip stitch into 3rd ch of the starting 5ch.


  
5- ch5, 2trb into 2ch space, 11trb, 2trb into 2ch space. *ch2, 2trb into 2ch space, 11trb 2trb into 2ch space, repeat from * once more . ch2 2trb into 2ch space, 11trb, trb into 2ch space, then slip stitch into 3rd ch of the starting 5ch.


Fasten off.
To join I placed two of the squares right sides together and slip stitched down the seam with a needle.  I added a round of dc stitches around the edge of the blanket to finish it off, I think it really makes the blanket stand out.
I’ve got a few more ideas for these blankets I am excited to try, I think I may be making a few hundred more granny squares soon!


Sneaking up quietly is the first of a few Minecraft patterns I have been working on, run quick…it’s a creeper!! 

Following the previous success of my Minecraft creeper blanket I have been wanting to make some Minecraft characters but was so busy with my Christmas makes they got put on the back burner. Finally now Christmas (and the ridiculous number of quilts and other gifts) is over I can concentrate on them. The one great thing when making something from Minecraft is everything is square or rectangular – no curved edges, which makes it so much easier to make the pattern and put together.

I thought I would start first with one of the most recognisable characters in Minecraft (and the match the blanket I made) the creeper.

 

Minecraft creeper pattern 
4mm hook

1 100g ball of DK wool in green

50g ball of DK wool on black
Head (make 6):

ch15

dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc along row

Rows 2-14: ch1, dc along row
Body :

Sides (make 4) 

ch11

dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc along row

Rows 2-20: dc along row
Base

ch11

dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc along rest of row

Rows 2-11: dc along row
Legs:

Sides (make 16) 

Starting in green

ch8

dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc rest of row

Row 2: dc along row

Change to green

Rows 3-7: dc along row

Bottom pieces (make 4)

In black

ch8

Dc 2nd ch from hook, dc rest of row

Row 2-7: dc along row

Top sides (make 4)

In Green

ch8

Dc 2nd ch from hook, dc rest of row

Row 2-7: dc along row
Putting together: 

Sew the leg pieces together with a black piece on the base, the black and green pieces around the sides, stuff then sew onto the tops.

Next sew the head pieces together sewing the base and sides together, stuffing then sewing on the top. Repeat this for the body. Sew the head and body together.

Sew the 4 legs onto the corners of the base of the body.


Sew on the eye and mouth detail in black wool.


Another animal hat completed, a tiger this time. It’s going to be like a zoo in here soon with all these hat animals!

After completing the leopard hat I had a lot of yellowy wool left over so decided to use it to make the tiger from Vanessa Mooncie’s Crocheted Animal Hats. I love the hats in this book, I think making them is a bit addictive!

Unlike the leopard hat where the spot detail was added in afterwards, on this tiger hat the stripe detail is worked in while you are making the hat, which meant it came together much quicker. It took a me little while to get used to having all the seperate balls of wool on the go at once and making sure they didn’t get too tangled, but after a few rows I had got the hang of it and was off! As all the detail was crocheted in while making the main hat it was much quicker to make than the leopard hat. Similarly to the leopard hat I did plaited ties for the ear flaps using the yellow and the black wool.
Now I’ve added the tiger to the completed hats of the leopard and frog, the hardest decision to make now is which hat to do next!

I didn’t think I was going to do it but after some very late nights I did manage to get the final quilt finished just in time for Christmas!

The final Christmas quilt I made was a square blocks quilt, I’m was so glad I managed to get it finished in time – I was getting worried it was going to have to be gifted late. Luckily I didn’t encounter too many problems with this one, although being squares you would think it would be easier to get all the squares to line up unlike the triangles but I did have to redo a couple that manage to misalign themselves a little – and it really was just a little that no one else would notice (I’m talking millimetres here!) but I had to just get them perfect!