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Virus Shawl

Happy Monday lovely readers!

I have finally finished my virus shawl using the beautiful Holst Garn Coast in Harbour, Marlin and Nimbus. I totally love those colours and they do really go so well together ๐Ÿ˜Š

The yarn is also super nice to work with I really love the feel of it and it was great to work on in the plane as the pattern is super repetitive. The shawl ended up being quite big and I used all three skeins.

The pattern of course is the beautiful virus shawl. This had been on my list for ages, and I’m so glad I’ve finally finished it!

I hope you guys are having a great week ๐Ÿ˜˜

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Dumbo the Deep Sea octopus – free pattern

Happy Saturday readers!

I had planned to have this pattern up earlier than today but I just didn’t have time to finish my test amigurumi until this afternoon! Anyway, better late than never, here is the free pattern for my Dumbo octopus amigurumi.

If you want an easy to read PDF version, I have also put one for sale in my Ravelry store, which you can find here. I would also love to see your creations, so if you make Dumbo or any of my other amigurumi don’t forget to tag me @emmacraftsdesign on Instagram, and #dumbotheoctopus for this little guy!

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Materials
โ€ข DK or 8ply yarn in two different colours (Main Colour for the body and Contrast Colour for the belly)
โ€ข 3.75 (F) crochet hook or appropriate hook for the weight of yarn chosen
โ€ข Tapestry needle and scissors
โ€ข Polyfill

Optional: 2x 7.5mm safety eyes (not meant for children under 3 y.o.)

Abbreviation used (U.S. terms)
Ch: chain Sc: single crochet St: stitch *…*: repeat sl st: slip stitch
Hdc: half double crochet Dc: double crochet
sc2 tog: single crochet 2 stitches together (invisible decrease)

Body – make 1

In main colour
Round 1. sc 6 in magic ring
Round 2. 2sc in each st around
Round 3. *sc 1, 2sc in the next st* around
Round 4. *sc 2, 2sc in the next st* around
Round 5. *sc 3, 2sc in the next st* around
Round 6. *sc 4, 2sc in the next st* around
Round 7. *sc 5, 2sc in the next st* around
Rounds 8-14. sc in each st around
Round 15. *sc 6, 2sc in the next st* around
Rounds 16-27. sc in each st around
Round 28. *sc 4, sc2tog* around
Place the safety eyes (or embroider them)
now, between rounds 17 and 18

We are now starting the body tentacles (top of the tentacles). The first tentacle will be made in the continuity of the body, without breaking the yarn. For all other tentacles (7 of them) the yarn will be joined to the body in the next st after the previous tentacle, and the tentacles instructions repeated.

Body Tentacles – Make 8

In main colour, continuing from the body
Rows 1-5. sc 5, turn (do not chain when you turn, or your edges will be wonky!)
Row 6. sc 1, sc2tog, sc2, turn
Rows 7-8. sc 4, turn
Row 9. sc 1, sc2tog, sc1, turn
Row 10. sc 1, sc2tog, turn
Row 11. sc2tog, turn
Row 12-13. sc 1, turn

Fasten off. Join your yarn on the body edge, in the next stitch and repeat the instructions until you have 8 tentacles.

Belly – Make 1

In contrast colour
Round 1. sc 8 in magic ring
Round 2. 2sc in each st around
Round 3. *sc 1, 2sc in the next st* around
Round 4. *sc 2, 2sc in the next st* around
Round 5. *sc 3, 2sc in the next st* around
Round 6. *sc 4, 2sc in the next st* around
Round 7. *sc 5, 2sc in the next st* around

We are now starting the belly tentacles (bottom of the tentacles). They will be worked the same way as the body tentacles but joining back to the belly instead.

Belly Tentacles – Make 8

In contrast colour, continuing from the belly
Rows 1-2. sc 7, turn (do not chain when
you turn, or your edges will be wonky!)
Row 3. sc 2, sc2tog, sc 3, turn
Row 4. sc 6, turn
Row 5. sc 2, sc2tog, sc 2, turn
Rows 6-9. sc 5, turn
Row 10. sc 1, sc2tog, sc2, turn
Rows 11-12. sc 4, turn
Row 12. sc 1, sc2tog, sc1, turn
Row 14. sc 1, sc2tog, turn
Row 15. sc2tog, turn
Row 16-17. sc 1, turn

Fasten off. Join your yarn on the belly edge, in the next stitch and repeat the instructions until you have 8 tentacles.

Ears/ fins – Make 2

Round 1. sc 6 in magic ring
Round 2. sc 2, *2 sc in next st* twice, sc 2
Round 3. sl st, sc 1, 2 hdc in next st, *2 dc in next st* twice, 2 hdc in next st, sc 1, sl st
Round 4. sl st, sc 3, *2 sc in next st* 4 times, sc 3, sl st

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew on the body.

Assembly

1. Sew the ears on the body facing forward, roughly between rounds 13 and 16.
2. Weave in all the yarn tails at the tips of the body and belly tentacles.
3. Stuff the body to desired firmness and sew the belly on using a whip stitch, making sure to align the tips of the tentacles together. Make sure that there is no polyfill in your tentacles or they will be too bulky. Note that the base of the tentacles do not align.

If you have any question about the instructions, you can just leave me a comment ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you guys are having a great weekend!

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July wrap up

Happy Wednesday lovelies โค๏ธ

The time has come again to look back on the past month. I’m not sure how much I will get done in the next few months, as we are planning our big move interstate by the end of August andย I will be aways for most of September. One thing is sure, I’ll be busy!

Here are my yarny makes, I got one more of my LOTR squares finished, I finished a pair of socks and started a new pair. Oh and let’s not forget Dumbo, my cute deep sea octopus ๐Ÿ™ย (I’m hoping to have the pattern up next week).

I didn’t get much needlecraft done, actually I did but I had no finish, so nothing to show you yet. I always feel like winter is a better time for crochet and knitting, and my stitching always suffers a bit during the colder months. I did try a new craft though, English Paper Piecing, and I really enjoy it!

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And of course, I participated in the Fantastic Bake Along, for which I chose the recipe! A quiche lorraine! Yum ๐Ÿ™‚

So not many makes this month, but hopefully I’ll get a few more things finished before we move away and I have to pack all my craft gear (yes, when you’re at the point that it takes half the couch, I’m calling it gear!)

I hope you guys have had a great July and that you’re ready for August!

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Jumpers and Jazz in winter

Happy Saturday my lovely readers!

Today I went to a pretty exciting festival that’s local(ish) to me (if you count 2 hours away being local ๐Ÿ˜‚). It was all about the yarn and the jazz!

I bribed my hubby to come with me by driving there and back myself and I think he did end up having fun too. It was a really lovely day, very sunny but the air was quite crisp so I was able to wear some of my yarny accessories! I got plenty of compliments on my Blurre shawl, which was very exciting. I think I’ll let the pictures talk for themselves!

We also were lucky to see two wonderful ladies spin, and it was so fascinating, it actually made me want to try it! That might have to wait a little, though, as I have neither the money nor time to invest in spinning right now!

I hope that you are all having a beautiful weekend

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Finned octopus amigurumi

Happy Monday beautiful readers!

My regular readers will know that I have a huge love for amigurumi and that recently I’ve ventured into designing a couple of my own. You might remember Millie the manta and Arno the snail. Well let me introduce you to my newest addition, Dumbo the octopus!

It all started when we visited the Melbourne museum in early June. I actually saw a few pictures of deep sea octopi and I got really inspired, I think they are super cute!

So I set out to work a couple of days ago and I was pretty happy with the main body of it.

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I did want to have a different colour for the underneath of the tentacles though, so I chose a grey which I think really complements the blue. And here he it! He is probably my favourite so far, but I’m pretty partial because I really love octopi!

Isn’t he cute? I decided on Dumbo for his name because he looks like a dumbo octopus!

I hope you guys are having a good week! ๐Ÿ˜˜

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LOTR CAL – Gandalf’s pipe square

Happy Monday lovely readers!

It has been a while but I have finally finished square 9 of my LOTR CAL! I have been seriously distracted by other projects but I hope that I can get back in the groove and finally get done with this huge blanket!

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It’s a very short one today because I’m actually at a conference all week and so I won’t have much time for blogging. I do hope you all have a great week and I’ll try to be back on Wednesday with some plane knitting updates ๐Ÿ™‚

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June wrap up

Happy Monday!

Can you believe how fast this month has gone by? This was a super busy month for me, I’ve actually been knitting like a madwoman! Can you believe I’ve finished 2 and half pairs of socks? Yes! I have finished my beautiful Aquagirl socks (actually not mine, they are Tracy’s!) From left to right, the patterns I used are Sock it to me! by Patons, Mercury socks byย Kim Drotar and Glynis byย Cookie A.

I’ve also been crocheting fingerless gloves (Charmed gauntlets by Nerdish Delights) and a shawl (Blurre by Addydae Designs) to keep me warm.

And of course I’ve been doing some cross stitching as well, albeit not as much as I would have wanted (it’s actually quite hard to stitch with cold fingers). I’ve only just finished the May SAL from Helene et Mahelia, in June, shame on me!

One of my main goals for July will be to catch up on my SAL and to decorate my project bag, and because I like multitasking, I’m actually going to stitch the SAL on my bag! Talk about genius! I also have plans to finish a beautiful crochet top from Oceans Originals, I have been delayed slightly as I ran out of yarn (I’m sorry Kelley I’m getting on to that asap!) And of course, I can see more socks in my future, now that I’ve started there is no stopping me!!

I wish you all a super productive month! I hope it’s productive for me too ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Blurre Shawl

Happy Friday!

I have finished it!!! I’m so so excited about this shawl, and it’s been finished just in time to enter into Deanne CAL (finishing today, mind you!)ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

Anyway I’ve already rambled a lot about how much I love this shawl, so without further ado here are some pictures.

I love the colours I’ve chosen so much! My favourite part in probably in the middle, the variegated yarn kind of looks like a leopard print ๐Ÿ˜Š

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I’m probably going to wear this shawl a lot, I’m planning on making a second one as well once I have a bit more sock yarn minis! Have a great weekend!

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I shawl make all the pretty things!

Happy Monday lovely people โค๏ธ

I hope you all had a fab weekend, we came back from our trip down to Melbourne and today was back to work. I have been trying to catch up with all of your wonderful blogs but I have to say that today was really busy so hopefully I will get more time during the week to do this ๐Ÿ˜Š

I don’t know if it’s because the weather has been so much colder or because I’ve been trying to be a bit more active on Instagram, but I’m just feeling so inspired right now, I just want to make all the things!

I’ve been working quite a lot on my virus shawl over my mini holidays and I have made it to the second skein of Holst Garn Coast. Yay!

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This colour is called Marlin and I just love it! because the shawl is getting so much bigger, I think I’ll only be able to get two or three more pattern repeats with this colour, and then I still have my third blue to add.

I have also recently stumbled on the Blurre shawl from Addydae Designs. I LOVE it! It’s just so clever how the colours blend into each other to form this really cool effect. I had to make it! I’m using some Schoppel yarn I bought in Amsterdam last year and the leftovers from my socks for this. This is where I’m at so far and I think it looks like a sunset, so pretty! ๐Ÿ˜

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If you want to make your own Blurre, Deanne (the designer) is hosting a CAL on her Ravelry that will run until the 30th of June, so you still have time to join if you want to ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s it for me for today, I wish you all a great week and I’ll be back on Wednesday with some sock WIP!

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Charmed Gauntlets – Nerdish Delights

Happy Wednesday readers!

As you may know I am in Melbourne, Victoria this week and it is freezing cold! So cold in fact that I thought I needed to make myself a pair of wrist warmers! I’ve wanted to make those for a while, as I won the pattern from Denise from Nerdish Delights on one of her giveaway on Instagram (I was super excited, as I had never won anything before!). I guess it just wasn’t cold enough in Brisbane but here, it sure is. I used LionBrand Heartland to make those and they turned out so warm and cosy.

I just LOVE the pockets on them! They are just so handy to carry some loose change/ credit card/ lip balm. I’m super glad I finally got around to making those as I’ve worn them everyday since I finished them last Saturday. If you want to make those, you can find the pattern in Denise’s Etsy shopย and I think she also sells finished wrist warmers there as well.

I hope you guys are all having a great week, and hopefully I haven’t frozen to death by Friday for my next post ๐Ÿ˜‚

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