Monday, November 17, 2014

Knit Burton Bear Cowl

...and then some!

A girlfriend of mine wanted one of the adult sized Burton Bear cowl and a few others without ears - so I obliged! :)

I wanted to share the pics of the one with ears here with you! :D These hoodies are so much fun! :D







Friday, November 14, 2014

Studying the Stars... 5 Free Star Crochet Patterns

..it was absolutely necessary if I wanted to make them for my etsy shop again. Since we moved halfway across the country I managed to pack my patterns and am at a loss for which box they might be in. I've already exhausted my pinterest boards to see if I may have pinned said star pattern. No dice, if I did pin it, it wasn't labelled "star". I had to figure out the pattern to make these stars to list in my shop - ergo, I studied the stars.I suppose it's okay though, it's given me another project AND pattern to share with you here. Though I need to stop this! ;) If I show you all the patterns I use you'll never buy anything from my etsy store - lol  




All stars were made using worsted weight cotton yarn and size H/8-5.00MM

*****
Small Star: 

Average Measurement: 1 1/2 inches wide

Row 1: Chain 5,  Slst into first Chain.

Row 2: Sc 10 into middle of the circle you just made (10) Slst into the first Sc of the row.
Row 3: Sc 2 in next st, hdc ch2 hdc all in the next st, Sc 2 in next st, hdc ch2 hdc all in the next st, Sc 2 in next st, hdc ch2 hdc all in the next st, Sc 2 in next st, hdc ch2 hdc all in the next st, Sc 2 in next st, hdc ch2 hdc all in the next st, slst into 1st Sc and weave in ends.


*****
Small/Medium Star: 


Average Measurement: 1 3/4 inches wide

Row 1: Chain 5,  Slst into first Chain.
Row 2: Sc 10 into middle of the circle you just made (10) Slst into the first Sc of the row.
Row 3: Sc 2 in next st, dc ch2 dc all in the next st, Sc 2 in next st, dc ch2 dc all in the next st, Sc 2 in next st, dc ch2 dc all in the next st, Sc 2 in next st, dc ch2 dc all in the next st, Sc 2 in next st, dc ch2 dc all in the next st, slst into 1st Sc and weave in ends.


*****

Medium Star: 

Average Measurement: 2 inches wide

Row 1: Chain 5,  Slst into first Chain.
Row 2: Sc 10 into middle of the circle you just made (10) Slst into the first Sc of the row.
Row 3: Hdc 2 in next st, tr ch2 tr all in the next st, Hdc 2 in next st, tr ch2 tr all in the next st, Hdc 2 in next st, tr ch2 tr all in the next st, Hdc 2 in next st, tr ch2 tr all in the next st, Hdc 2 in next st, tr ch2 tr all in the next st, slst into 1st Hdc and weave in ends.


***** 
Medium/Large Star: 

Average Measurement: 2 1/4 inches wide

Row 1: Chain 5,  Slst into first Chain. 

Row 2: Sc 10 into middle of the circle you just made (10) Slst into the first Sc of the row.
Row 3: Hdc 2 in next st, tr ch3 tr all in the next st, Hdc 2 in next st, tr ch3 tr all in the next st, Hdc 2 in next st, tr ch3 tr all in the next st, Hdc 2 in next st, tr ch3 tr all in the next st, Hdc 2 in next st, tr ch3 tr all in the next st, slst into 1st Hdc and weave in ends.


*****
Large Star: 

Average Measurement: 2 1/2 inches wide

Row 1: Chain 5,  Slst into first Chain.

Row 2: Sc 10 into middle of the circle you just made (10) Slst into the first Sc of the row.
Row 3: Dc 2 in next st, tr ch2 tr all in the next st, Dc 2 in next st, tr ch2 tr all in the next st, Dc 2 in next st, tr ch2 tr all in the next st, Dc 2 in next st, tr ch2 tr all in the next st, Dc 2 in next st, tr ch2 tr all in the next st, slst into 1st Dc and weave in ends.


*****

There are lots of things you can make with these stars! 
Use them as ornaments to decorate your tree! 
Or, crochet them together and make them into a garland!
They would look lovely adorning gifts under your tree 
or attached to a gift basket as well!
Enjoy!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Free Amigurumi Pattern for Body of Large Doll

It's always quite an anticlimactic thing to finish a project. You work steadily for a while  and pour over the details of each stitch and then... you're done! Projects I take on without a pattern are at first quite daunting I'll admit. I have a perfectionist streak in me so there are times of frustration to be sure - lol. In the end its all worth it though. I have the finalized product and am usually pretty pleased with it. If not, I know much more when I go for round two!

This pattern came to fruition because a friend of mine wanted these for her grandchildren after seeing my tinier version of a zombie - see photos here. I plan to offer the dolls themselves for sale in my etsy shop here.  For those of you who may be smitten with them but don't crochet this is definitely the way to go. They will be offered for a limited time, as the yarns used for at least one of the dolls is discontinued. Speaking of...specifically the pink hair on one of the zombies... (we'll call her strawberry ;) and the other with blue hair blueberry ;)) was discontinued, so I had to do some digging. I was able to find a few people willing to part with a skein or two for the right price to make sure I had enough to work with. Then I set to work. I started out with a large sketch to make sure I liked the proportions of the body, then tried several (about 5 -6 ) different versions of the "Ideal Sphere" to give me the head size I wanted. 











Amigurumi Large Doll Pattern
for the BODY only

Materials Needed:

- H Hook 8-5.00mm
- Skin color yarn worsted weight suggested
- Yarn for pants worsted weight suggested
- Yarn for shirt worsted weight suggested
- Tapestry Needle

Finished size: Approximately 11 inches tall & 8 ½ inches wide.

Abbreviations:

·         Sc = Single Crochet
·         X = times
·         Dec = Decrease
·         Inc = Increase
FLO = Front Loop Only
BLO = Back Loop Only
FO = Fasten Off

Gauge per inch: 4 stitches x 5 rows

With Light Gray Yarn: Work The Ideal Sphere  pattern with 22 Rows through row 20. You will have 18 stitches at this point.

BODY 

Using yarn selected for the shirt


Row 21: Sc around (18)

Row 22:  *Sc 2, Inc 1* Repeat 6 times to end (24)

Row 23:  Sc 1, *Inc 1, Sc 3* Repeat 5 times, Inc 1, Sc 2 (30)

Row 24:  *Sc 4, Inc 1* Repeat 6 times to end (36)

Row 25:  Sc 2, *Inc 1, Sc 5* Repeat 5 times, Inc 1, Sc 3 (42)

Row 26:  Sc 6, ch 2, skip the next 10 stitches from row 23, Sc into 17th St Sc 10, ch 2, skip the next 10 Stitches from row 23, Sc 5 ( At the end of Row 24 you should have 26 stitches, you will have 10 stitches on each side from Row 23 that you'll come back to finish later)

Row 27: Sc 6, Sc 2 across the ch 2, Sc 11, Sc 2 across the ch, Sc 5  (26)

Row 28:  Sc around (26)

Row 29:   Sc 6, Inc 1, Sc 1, Inc 1, Sc 10, Inc 1, Sc 1, Inc 1, Sc 4 (30)

Row 30:  Sc around (30)

Row 31:  Sc 7, Inc 1, Sc 2, Inc 1, Sc 11, Inc 1, Sc 2, Inc 1,  Sc 4 ( 34)

Row 30:  Sc around (34)


Row 31:   Sc 10, Dec 1, Sc 15, Dec 1, Sc 5 (32)

Row 32-33:  (2 Rounds) Sc around (32)

Switch to yarn selected for pants

Row 34 - 36: Sc around (32)


Row 37: Sc 2,  ch 2 skip next 16 stitches, sc in St 19, sc 13. this is the first leg round,  only work around on this leg until end: (18 stitches on 1st leg)

Row 38: (1st leg) Sc 2, Sc 2 in chains, Sc 14 (18)

Row 39: Sc around (18)

Row 40: Dec 1, Sc 2, Dec 1, Sc 12 (16)


Row 41: Sc around (16)

Row 42: Sc 1, Dec 1, Sc 13 (15)

Row 43 - 51 (9 rounds): Sc around (15)

Row 52: Work through Front Loop Only ( hc 1, dc1, sc 1, trc1, hc2, trc1, dc1, hc1, trc1, dc1, sc1, hc1, trc1 slst in 1st st (15) Fasten Off Blue.

Switch back to yarn selected for skin

Row 52 - 53 :Sc through Back Loop Only around (15)


Row 54: *Dec 1, Sc 3* Repeat 3 times (12)


Row 55 - 56: Sc around 12

Row 57: Dec 1 until 6 stitches remain, weave in end in the last 6 stitches and tie ends up.


***Stuff the leg and the body at this point***

Second Leg: 

Using yarn selected for pants


Row 37: Sc 16, chain 2, (18 stitches on 1st leg)


Row 38: Sc 16, Sc 2 in chains (18)

Row 39: Sc around (18)

Row 40: Dec 1, Sc 2, Dec 1, Sc 12 (16)


Row 41: Sc around (16)

Row 42: Dec 1, Sc 14 (15)

Row 43 - 51 (9 rounds): Sc around (15)

Row 52: Work through Front Loop Only (hc 1, dc1, sc 1, trc1, hc2, trc1, dc1, hc1, trc1, dc1, sc1, hc1, trc1, sc1, slst in 1st st (15) Fasten Off.

Switch back to yarn selected for skin

Row 52 - 53 :Sc through Back Loop Only around (15)


Row 54: *Dec 1, Sc 3* Repeat 3 times (12)


Row 55 - 56: Sc around 12


***Stuff the leg and at this point***

Row 57: Dec 1 until 6 stitches remain, weave in end in the last 6 stitches and tie ends up.

On the side that does not have the seam of round changes - consider this the back of the doll - with the front side facing you...


Right Arm: 

Switch to yarn selected for shirt

Row 1: Sc 4 in the bottom portion of the arm, Sc 10 (14)

Row 2 - 12:  Sc around (14)

Row 13: Work through Front Loop Only (hc 1, dc1, sc 1, trc1, hc2, trc1, dc1, hc1, trc1, dc1, sc1, hc1, trc1, slst in 1st st (14) Fasten Off.

Switch to yarn selected for skin

Row 14: Sc through Back Loop Only around (14)

Row 15: Sc around (14)

Row 16: *Dec , Sc 2 * Repeat  times (10)

Row 17 - 18: Sc around (10)

Row 19:  Dec 1 until 5 stitches remain, weave in end in the last 5 stitches and tie ends up.


   Now work the left arm same as the right. Stuff the body till it's as stiff as you want it.

   Sew up in between the legs using the yarn selected for the pants.

Add hair and facial features as you please. If there are enough requests I will add the description for the face and hair of the zombie dolls. This pattern is however just for the body of the doll.

*****

Please NOTE: 
This pattern is Copyright of Lostsentiments 2014.  All rights reserved.
You have permission to sell the finished item from this pattern but rewriting, reselling, distributing or copying the pattern itself is prohibited. 
Please include a link back to my etsy shop or blog in all sales/listings of items. 
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
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