One of my friend’s little ones absolutely loves frogs (especially the five little speckled frog song) and as soon as I saw this pattern I knew I had to make it for him. This pattern was again from ‘Crocheted Wild Animals’ by Vanessa Mooncie. I used two different shades of green to achieve a good contrast and the pattern was very simple and easy to follow. Compared to the pattern in the book, I changed the colour scheme slightly. Rather than only using a different colour for the underbelly of the frog, I decided to continue this colour to halfway down the legs, as I like how it looked with more of the lighter green.
I chose to use a 4mm hook and quite chunky wool so it ended up slightly bigger than what was shown in the book, which suggested a 3mm hook. I wanted it to big, as the bigger and chunkier the better for little ones for cuddling into.
I can’t stop smiling at this make, it is just so cute, and I know it is going to make someone’s day when they open it!
During the summer holidays we visited a zoo with some family and during the visit one of the youngsters in our group got to do something they had wanted to do for a long time… hold a real live snake! They were over the moon with this so I had the idea to make them a snake for Christmas.
Again the pattern is from the book ‘Crocheted Wild Animals’ by Vanessa Mooncie (I really do like this book!). For the colours I choose a yellow brown, creamy beige and blue for this (blue is their favourite colour). To get the snakeskin effect, on some rows the dc stitches are worked into stitches 1, 2 and then 3 rows down. This gave half of a diamond effect that was completed by doing the same using a different colour over the next few rows. It took a few rounds and goes at this to really get the hang of it, but once I had done, I was off and it came together really quickly.
One thing to make sure you don’t forget… keep stuffing the snake as you go along! This is mentioned in the book but once engrossed in completing the rounds, I, at times, forgot to remember this. It then makes getting the stuffing down and evenly distributed into the body much more difficult.
I didn’t want the snake to be too long so reduced the amount of rounds I did. The pattern is 1.6m long but I completed it at around 1 m long.
I did the inside of the mouth in the same blue that I used on the body and used the creamy beige for the tongue. I didn’t use beads for the eyes as didn’t want them coming loose whilst being played with.
Very very happy, meet Sidney the Snake…
I love making crochet cuddly toys and therefore have no complaints in having plenty to complete this year!
My first animal make for Christmas was a chameleon, and not just any chameleon… a reversible one! This pattern I found in Crocheted Wild Animals by Vanessa Mooncie. I really like this book – it has very clear patterns and plenty of photographic illustrations that are always helpful on a make that has a number of component parts that need assembling. I have previously made the fox from this book and will also be making some of the other animals over the next few weeks.
I chose a dark blue on one side and a variegated colour of cream to blue on the other for this make.
With only having made a few simple soft toys in the past, I thought this make would be very difficult, especially with it being reversible and having a number of different component parts to make and attach. However, most of these parts you attached to one another as you went along through the pattern, such as the lower jaw, body and tail. The only separate parts that required attachment on completion were the legs and eyes. Also the process of attaching the two different colours of the chameleon so it would be reversible was surprisingly simple, with clear instructions in the book and the good photos provided.
I am very pleased with this make, as I wasn’t too sure whether I would be able to do it or not! I also wasn’t sure whether it would actually look like it does in the book… I’m quite proud of myself with this make and don’t think I’ve done too badly! Great make!