Gracefully Walking In Is A Crochet Giraffe From Edward’s Menagerie

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.  

Minecraft Crochet Pattern: Squid – Speedily Swimming To The water!

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: 

Materials:

  • 5mm hook
  • 150g of blue chunky wool
  • Some black, red, and white wool for adding eye and teeth detail

Squid Body:


Front and back (make 2):

In Blue.

Ch16.

Row 1: sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc along row.

Rows 2-20: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row.

Fasten off.


Sides (make 2): 

In Blue.

Ch13.

Row 1: sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc along row.

Rows 2-20: ch1(doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row.

Fasten off.


Top and bottom (make 2):

In blue.

Ch16.

Row 1: sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc along row.

Rows 2-12: ch1(doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row.

Fasten off.

Legs (Make 8):

In Blue.

Make a magic ring, ch1, 8sc into ring.

Rounds 1-19: sc around.

Fasten off.

Red Mouth:

In Red.

Ch10.

sc 2nd ch from hook, sc along rest of row.

Row 2-9: sc 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.



Crochet Leopard Hat From Vanessa Mooncie’s Crochet Animal Hats

Following in the leaps of the frog hat, sneaking in is a very cute leopard one

I really enjoyed making my frog hat from Vanessa Mooncie’s crocheted animal hats book and wanted to make a few more as Christmas gifts for friends. I managed to find a little time Inbetween some quilts I am making (and that are starting to take over!) to make a leopard one – this took me a little longer than the frog to finish as you have to make and sew on all the individual spots which takes a little while as there are quite a few. It was definitely worth the extra work though.  


For the ear flap ties I did a slightly different finish and plaited three strands of yellow wool.  
Now I’ve got the difficult decision of which animal to pick next – I like them all! 

Crochet Mini Bat Pattern: Perfect For Halloween Decorations

Flapping in to join the spiders is Benjamin the crochet Halloween bat!

I’m continuing on my Halloween item making spree with Benjamin the crochet bat. I already have one bat I made a few months ago from Edwards Menagerie but wanted a few more for my Halloween decorations. I didn’t want these to look as realistic as the menagerie one so decided on doing a overly large body with small wings, and by using purple for the body I think I have made sure they don’t look too much like any bats you would come across – I would be worried if you did, although at Halloween anything is possible! 

If I have time I think I will make a few more of these in different colours!    

Crochet Halloween bat pattern 

Materials

50g ball of DK wool in purple.

25g ball of the wool in black.

4mm hook.

Body:

In your chosen colour, 4mm hook. 

Make a magic ring, ch1, 5sc into ring.

Round 1: 2sc into each sc.

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

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

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

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

Round 6: : 2sc into same stitch, 5sc. Repeat around.

Round 7-11: sc around.

Round 12: 2sc into same stitch, 6sc. Repeat around.

Round 13-19: sc around. 

Round 15: sc2tog, 6sc. Repeat around. 

Round 16: sc2tog, 5sc. Repeat around.

Round 17: sc2tog, 4sc. Repeat around.

Round 18: sc2tog, 3sc. Repeat around.

Put in stuffing and continue to stuff as you go:

Round 19: sc2tog, 2sc. Repeat around. 

Round 20: sc2tog, sc. Repeat around. 

Fasten off leaving a long thread to fasten off and create a loop for hanging. 

Wings – Make 2:

4mm hook, black wool:

ch13.
Row 1: sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc along rest of row. 

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row. 

Fasten off.


Fasten on in the 5th sc on the row, ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 4sc. Turn leaving remaining 4sc unworked.

Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog twice, turn.

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog.

Fasten off. 
 


Now working on the bottom of the wing:

Working on the foundation ch and starting in the first ch, ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 6sc, turn leaving remaining sc unworked.

Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog, 4sc.

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 3sc, sc2tog.

Row 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog, 2sc.

Row 4: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc, sc2tog.

Row 5: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog.

Fasten off.

 

Fasten on into the next sc after the end of the previous section, ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), sc to end of row. 

Row 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog, 2sc, sc2tog. 

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog twice. 

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc2tog. Turn ch1 then sc around the whole edge of the wing, slip stitch into top of the first sc and fasten off. 

Sew to either side of the body half way down. 

 

Ears – Make 2:

4mm hook, In the same colour as the body:

Ch8, slip stitch into first ch to make a round. Then working in rounds:

Round 1-3: sc around. 

Round 4: 2sc into same sc, sc. Repeat around. 

Round 5: sc around. 

Round 6: sc2tog, sc. Repeat around. 

Round 7: sc2tog. Repeat around.

Fasten off.

Sew the ears to either side of the top of the head.

Eyes – Make 2:

4mm hook, black wool:

Make a magic ring, ch1, 6sc into ring. 

Round 1: 2sc into same stitch, 2sc, 2sc into same stitch, 2sc, slip stitch into first sc. 

Fasten off. 
Sew onto the front of the body.

Mouth and teeth details:

  • In black sew on a mouth.
  • In white sew on two pointy teeth either side of the mouth.

Halloween Patchwork Spider Tutorial: Part 2 – English Paper Pieced Spider

You can never have too many spiders at Halloween – only fabric ones that is! 

I was so pleased with my quilted patchwork spider I decided to make another fabric spider for Halloween. I wanted this to be a bit different to the previous spider so decided to make the body out of patchwork hexagons using one of my favourite patch working methods – English paper piecing. I really enjoy patchworking with this method, using the paper templates gives such sharp edges and it’s so easy to do – although it is a bit more time consuming than using a machine. Since I was going to hand sew all the hexagons together I decided I would use on my hand stitching for the whole spider, it’s nice to get a break from the machine every now and then!


Similarly to the previous spider I was lucky to receive some of The Craft Cotton Company fabric and the Brights fat quarter bundle was perfect for this – the Orange and green colours are ideal for Halloween and the navy provides a perfect darker contrast. I was a bit nervous on how it would look in all different colours rather than just in black and white but I think it’s really worked out we, and is s great contrast to the other patchwork spider. I hope I have enough time to make a few more of these, it would be great to have them all in different sizes!


Hexagon patchwork spider tutorial:

Materials:

Brights fat quarter set by The Craft Cotton Company.

  • Ruler.
  • Paper.
  • Pencil.
  • Scissors.
  • Toy Stuffing.
  • Pins.
  • Thread.
  • Needle.
  • White felt.
  • Black felt.

Hexagons:

For this I made hexagons which were 4 cm long on each side, but you could do as big or as small as you want.

  • Need in total: 14 hexagons, 6 diamonds  (instructions for the diamonds come later).

  • You can choose whatever colour combination you would like, I’ve chosen to use a bright green, bright orange and a dark navy from the Craft Cotton Company fat quarter set in Brights.
  • I wanted the top and bottom of mine to be mirrored so to make this easier for sewing the individual hexagons together and making sure I got them all in the right places.
  • I laid the top pieces out right side up and the bottom side pieces in the same position but facing right side down as this the positioning I wanted once the body has been sewn all together. I alternated between the colours and chose to use the layout in the picture below.

  • Next you need to cut out the fabric, make sure you leave a 1cm seam allowance around the hexagon template. Now tack stitch the fabric onto the template by turning the seam allowance around the template and tacking around the edge, repeat this for all the hexagons.

  • Now your ready to start putting them together: I joined the top and bottom sections together separately so I didn’t get too confused with all the hexagons and start getting them in the wrong place! To join them together take two hexagons and place right side together and sew down the side seam to join them using a colour similar to one of the hexagons.
  • Repeat this until all the hexagons of the top and then the bottom are joined together. I started by sewing one side of each of the hexagons surrounding the middle piece to the middle piece, then I sewed each side of the surrounding ones together.

Diamonds:

  • Now you have the top and bottom sections completed, you need to make the diamonds. To make the diamond template: take 4 of the hexagon templates and lay them out in two rows on top of each other, this will leave a triangular shape in between the four hexagons, place a piece of paper in this gap and draw the diamond shape, cut it out and there is your diamond template.
  • You will need 6 of these, I chose to do 2 in each of the three colours. Now sew these diamonds onto the top piece in between the hexagons by placing the right sides together and sewing down the seams, the positions and the colour layout I chose I shown on the picture.

The Legs:

  • Cut a paper template 5cm wide and 20cm long. Now cut out 8 legs in different colours. Now for the leg filling – cut out a template 3cm wide and 19cm long and cut out some batting, fold the batting in half and place inside the centre of fabric leg.
  • Now fold over the bottom short edge of the fabric, then fold over one side of the long edge of the fabric and slip stitch along the bottom of the leg to seal, then fold over the other side of the fabric tucking it under itself to make a seam and slip stitch down the side of the leg to seal.
  • Now to create the bend – sew a line across the leg 8cm from the top.

Sewing the body together:

  • Pin the legs to the body four on each side, with 2 legs to a hexagon side separated by a diamond infill piece. Pin them to the right side of the body with 1cm of the top of the leg hanging over the outside edge.

  • Now pin the top and bottom pieces together with right sides together keeping the legs tucked in on the inside and sew around to join the top and bottom pieces together making sure when you sew those sides with the legs on that the 1cm of the top of the leg is sewn in on the inside between the top and bottom, leaving 3 hexagon sides unsewn so you can turn it the right way around.
  • Before turning take out the tacking stitch and the paper templates, turn right side around then stuff and hand sew the 3 sides closed.



  
Eyes:

  • In white felt cut out two round eyes, I drew around a cotton reel to get the size I wanted.
  • In black cut out 2 circles, I drew around a smaller cotton reel for this.
  • Next place the black pupils in the white eyes – position then in a place you like best – its a great way of getting different expressions depending on where you put the pupils!
  • Now sew them onto the head in your desired position.


Teeth:

Cut two small triangles out of white felt and sew onto the spider for the teeth. I just did a line of stitching along the top of the tooth so the bottom half of the tooth remains unsewn.

All finished!

He is very happy with his spider friend too – Tutorial is also available for this giant quilted patchwork spider.

Pom Pom Halloween Spider Decoration Tutorial 


This little one looks quite mean in these photos – he looks so much happier in person! Although the mean face is actually perfect for Halloween! Now to make some more Halloween themed Pom poms – First up a pumpkin.

I love making Pom poms, any chance and I’m making them. They are so easy and quick to make, perfect for Halloween decorations! I made some spiders last year but wanted to make a few more, this time I have stuck to using black orange and white but you could use any colours you like. Also size wise you can make these as big or as small as you please – I have made some really large ones before and they look great.

Pom Pom spider instructions: 

Materials:

  • Card.
  • Pencil.
  • Scissors.
  • Wool – in black, orange and white (or any other colours you prefer).
  • White Felt.

Making the pom pom spider:

  • Cut out two cardboard circles, I drew around a juice bottle to get the size I wanted, then I drew around a 2p coin in the middle of the bigger cardboard circle and cut it out. The bigger the spider you want – the bigger you should make the size of the cardboard circles.
  • Place these two cardboard circles on top of each other.
  • Next cut a long length of wool in one of you chosen colours, I started with dark blue. Hold on to the loose end on the cardboard circle then wrap the wool around the cardboard, when this length runs out continue in your next colour, my second was orange.  Continue this process until the circle in the centre of the cardboard is completely filled, towards the end you might find you need to thread the wool onto a needle to get it to go through. You want to make sure this centre is tightly filled otherwise it will easily fall apart.
  • Once you have first few rounds completed and the two cardboard circles are not going to move you can actually wrap around a few threads together at the same time to speed up the making a little bit, I did this with three threads together one of each of the three colours I was using.
  • Once the centre is full it is time to cut around the Pom Pom to remove it from the cardboard. To do this cut around the edge of the cardboard, making sure you cut in between the two cardboard pieces. Next take a length of wool and wrap around the strands making sure it is tied tightly – this is what holds the Pom Pom together. Next remove the cardboard and there’s your Pom Pom!

Legs:

  • You need 8 legs in total, therefore you need 4 lengths of wool. I chose to do all the legs the same colour but you could do them in the different colours used.
  • Once the wool for the legs has been cut thread a length onto a needle and sew through the middle of the Pom Pom. I did mine 35 cm long for the size of spider I made, I like the legs to be long and dangly too! Repeat this for the remaining legs.

Eyes:

  • Cut out small white circles in felt for the eyes, then using black wool sew the felt into the Pom Pom making the centre pupil of the eye at the same time. To do this tie a knot into one end of the black wool, thread the other onto the needle and pull through from the back to the front, then sew back to the back and sew into the centre of the Pom Pom and then back out into the eye to secure it to the spider.
  • Now the white felt is fixed, sew from front to back on the white felt a few times to make the pupil. Fasten off and repeat for the other eye.



Loop:

If you want a loop to be able to hang it up, take a long length of wool, tie a knot into one end, sew into centre of Pom Pom then leaving a long loop see back into the Pom Pom and fasten off.

All finished!