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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! 😘

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Camera play and yarn advice

Happy Monday readers!

Over the weekend I’ve dug out my camera and tried taking pictures using a few settings. I used my reef fish amigurumi (the one I tested for Starbeamer Patterns) and a few different backgrounds.

Which one do you prefer?

I also have some questions to ask you about buying yarn online. I have had an idea lately to design a shawl, but I can’t really find any yarn that would be good for it in local stores. So I wanted to order yarn online but I’m a bit afraid that I won’t like it once it arrives (I really like to squish and pat yarn before buying it). Do you guys have any suggestion of yarn that would be good for a shawl and that you have tested? I was thinking sports weight or 4ply, maybe cotton blend for a better stitch resolution?

I’d love to hear from you! Have a great week 😊

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On Star Wars Day, crochet you should

Happy Friday!

In honour of Star Wars Day yesterday, I finally gave a go to the Star Wars Crochet kit I received for Christmas.

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The kit comes with enough yarn to make Master Yoda and a stormtrooper, and I set out to make Yoda. I have to say that although the yarn was a bit splittey, it was the perfect colour and the pattern was great too. My Yoda turned out super cute!

His little coat is completely removable, and I think that he went very well with the Yoda shirt I wore for Star Wars Day. Maybe you can tell, but Master Yoda is actually my favourite Star Wars character 🙂

I really want to make all of the characters, but first, I have a blanket to finish!

Have a great weekend!

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A bit of a roundup 

Happy Friday lovely readers!

What a week! And I can’t believe it’s already the end of April, which means that a third of the year has already gone by. I thought that this called for a roundup on my year so far. I have been bad and actually have more wips than when I started the year, with only one project that I finished from my previous wips 🙊 oh well!

So currently I have 4 big projects on my hooks, with one other (it’s a secret!) to be added this weekend (but hopefully a finish as well!)

  • The LOTR blanket, which I haven’t touched in a week
  • My Mandala Madness, which I haven’t touched either in some time (but I’m planning on doing some over the weekend)
  • My virus shawl, I’m actually doing well on this, I’m mostly hooking it on the car when it’s not my day to drive (we alternate with my husband)
  • The beautiful shells baby blanket, which I absolutely need to finish by Sunday (no pressure!)

Then on my hoops I have only two projects, but one is actually an ongoing thing over the year

And I also have socks to knit!

Thankfully I also had plenty of finished projects in the last 4 months, here are the photos to prove it!

I wish you all a beautiful weekend, here we have Monday off for Labour day and you know what that means: more crochet time for me! Yay!

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Easter eggs and frogs

Happy Monday lovelies!

This weekend of four days has been great, but I started more projects and didn’t finish much! Oh well! It felt good to put some fresh ideas on the hook, and I’m sure I’ll get there eventually.

I did get to finish a small object, and it was actually very relevant to Easter!

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It could be either a pokemon or a yoshi egg, and it’s now my new needle/pin cushion.

One of my big projects this weekend was to continue cleaning up in sight of our imminent move (we should be getting the keys this week and hopefully moving on Saturday). I found an old project in one of my hip containers, a wanna be granny square blanket. There were so many issues with this project, first I don’t know what I was thinking with those colours, they just do go together at all! Then, I was pretty silly and decided that each square would be a different design, which just did not work as they weren’t even the same size and ended up making the joining a nightmare. As a reminder, here are some pictures.

So, I decided to frog it all!

The only thing is that I don’t know what to make out of all this scrap yarn! Do you guys have any idea?

I hope you all had a great Easter weekend 🙂

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Snail amigurumi pattern

Happy Monday crafters!

I have finally found the time to write up my snail amigurumi pattern, I still need to finalise the PDF but here is the free pattern for you to use! Once I finish it, the PDF will be available for AU$2 on my Ravelry and Etsy stores 🙂

My little snail has also been finally named, and after my best friend, which is fitting because he is French: Arno the escargot!

Now, without further ado, the pattern for this cute little guy.

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Materials

  • DK or 8ply yarn in two different colours (Main Colour for the body and Contrast Colour for the shell)
  • 3.75 (F) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle and scissors
  • Polyfill

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

 

Abbreviation used

Ch: chain         Sc: single crochet        St: stitch          *…*: repeat

sc2 tog: single crochet 2 stitches together (invisible decrease)

All pieces are worked through both loops of the stitches and the body is worked in the round without joining

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Body – make 1

In main colour

Round 1. sc 6 in magic ring

Round 2. 2sc in each st around

Round 3. *2sc in the next st, sc 1* around

Rounds 4-6. sc in each st around

Round 7. ch 5, sl st 4 from second st from

hook, sc 6, ch 5, sl st 4 from second

st from hook, sc 12 (antennae)

Add the safety eyes in front of the antennae

Round 8-12. sc in each st around

Round 13. *sc2 tog, sc 1* around

Rounds 14-17. sc in each st around

Round 18. *sc2 tog* around

Round 19-20. sc in each st around

Round 21. *sc2 tog* around

Stuff to desired firmness

Cast off and sew shut

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Shell – make 1

In contrast colour

Ch 2

Row 1. 2sc from second st from hook, ch 1, turn

Row 2. 2sc in the next st, sc 1, ch 1, turn

Row 3. sc 3, ch 1, turn

Row 4. sc 1, 2sc in the next st, sc 1, ch 1, turn

Row 5. sc 4, ch 1, turn

Row 6. sc 1, 2sc in the next st, sc 2, ch 1, turn

Row 7. sc 5, ch 1, turn

Row 8. sc 2, 2sc in the next st, sc 2, ch 1, turn

Row 9. sc 6, ch 1, turn

Row 10. sc 2, 2sc in the next st, sc 3, ch 1, turn

Row 11. sc 7, ch 1, turn

Row 12. sc 3, 2sc in the next st, sc 3, ch 1, turn

Row 13. sc 8, ch 1, turn

Row 14. sc 3, 2sc in the next st, sc 4, ch 1, turn

Row 15. sc 9, ch 1, turn

Row 16. sc 4, 2sc in the next st, sc 4, ch 1, turn

Row 17. sc 10, ch 1, turn

Row 18. sc 4, 2sc in the next st, sc 5, ch 1, turn

Row 19. sc 11, ch 1, turn

Row 20. sc 5, 2sc in the next st, sc 5, ch 1, turn

Row 21. sc 12, ch 1, turn

Row 22. sc 5, 2sc in the next st, sc 6, ch 1, turn

Row 23. sc 13, ch 1, turn

Row 24. sc 6, 2sc in the next st, sc 6, ch 1, turn

Row 25. sc 14, ch 1, turn

Row 26. sc 6, 2sc in the next st, sc 7, ch 1, turn

Row 27. sc 15, ch 1, turn

Row 28. sc 7, 2sc in the next st, sc 7, ch 1, turn

Row 29. sc 16, ch 1, turn

Row 30. sc 7, 2sc in the next st, sc 8, ch 1, turn

Row 31. sc 17, ch 1, turn

Row 32. sc 8, 2sc in the next st, sc 8, ch 1, turn

Row 33. sc 18, ch 1, turn

Row 34. sc 8, 2sc in the next st, sc 9, ch 1, turn

Row 35. sc 19, ch 1, turn

Row 36. sc 9, 2sc in the next st, sc 9, ch 1, turn

Row 37. sc 20, ch 1, turn

Cast off leaving a very long tail

Sew the shell along the long side of the triangle

to obtain a cone, still leaving a long tail

 

Assembly

  1. Stuff the shell loosely and sew the cone on itself to make a spiral
  2. Sew the shell to the top of the snail body

 

I hope that you guys enjoy this pattern, if you make it I’d love to see your snail. You can tag #emmacraftprojects on Instagram as well so that I can find your creations more easily 🙂

Have a great week!

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200 followers giveaway

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Hello readers!

I am very excited to announce that over the weekend I’ve reached 200 followers! This is truly great, I can’t believe how amazing and supporting you guys are and I am so thankful to all of you for following my crafty adventures, liking my posts and commenting. I’ve got to ‘know’ a lot of you from blogging and I’m happy that you’re part of my crafty world 🙂

What will you receive? For this giveaway, I’ll be sending one of my Millie the Manta Ray plush toy – you can let me know which colour you’d prefer and I’ll make it for you (also if you have small children I can embroider the eyes rather than use safety eyes). I’ve also got some gorgeous yarn bought from mini haul at Yarn Glorious YarnAnd finally you will get a cross stitched bookmark made with my latest design (soon available on my Etsy).

How to enter? It’s super simple! First, make sure you follow me, either by email or with WordPress. Second, leave a comment on this post telling me about your favourite crafty experience (it could be something you made, going to a show, learning a craft with you family, etc.)

This giveaway will be open until Friday the 24th of March, 8:00 pm AEST (Brisbane time), and the winner will be selected randomly from participants.

Good luck to all and thanks again so much for reading me!

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FO Friday – Snail amigurumi 🐌 

Happy Friday!

Sometimes, I really feel like I have issues focussing on only 1 project at the time… I know that many of you feel the same way, so at least I’m happy that I’m not alone. 

I’ve discovered recently that I really like making my own amigurumi. So, when I feel unmotivated with my bigger current projects, designing new, cute crochet toys  seems like the perfect alternative! This only took me a few hours in front of TV, and I’m hoping to write a pattern for it soon. 

This little guy started out as a slug. But I had planned on giving him a house to bring along, so I set out to crochet a shell. 


And here it is, all set up with his brand new home on its back 🙂


What do you guys do when you’re getting bored with big projects? Power through of get distracted like I do? 

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Millie the Manta Ray

Happy Monday crafters!

Today I’d like to share my latest amigurumi with you, Millie the Manta Ray. I have named it after one of my friends who works on the Project Manta.

I’ll post the pattern here for free but if you want to get a shiny PDF pattern with extra pictures, I’ll also put it for sale on my Ravelry page for AU$2 (Click here to buy now).

If you would like to get the PDF for free, I will also send it to you in exchange for pattern testing.

Enter your email address here

And without further ado, the pattern for the Manta Ray.

Materials

• DK or 8ply yarn in two different colours (Main Colour for the back and Contrast Colour for the belly)
• 3.75 (F) crochet hook
• Tapestry needle and scissors
• Polyfill

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

Abbreviation used
Ch: chain
Sc: single crochet
St: stitch
*…*: repeat
2sctog: single crochet 2 stitches together (invisible decrease)

All pieces are worked through both loops of the stitches and the body and tail are worked in the round without joining

Body – make 1

In main colour
Round 1. sc 6 in magic ring
Round 2. 2sc in each st around
Round 3. *2sc in the next st, sc
Round 4. *2sc in the next st, sc
Round 5. *2sc in the next st, sc
Round 6. *2sc in the next st, sc
Round 7. *2sc in the next st, sc 5* around
Rounds 8-11. sc in each st around Change to contrast colour
Round 12. sc in each st around
Round 13. *[sc2 tog] twice, sc 3* around
Round 14. sc in each st around
Round 15. *[sc2 tog] twice, sc 1* around
Round 16. sc in each st around
Add safety eyes between round 10 and 11 and stuff the body to desired firmness
Round 17. *sc2 tog, sc 1* around
Round 18. sc2 tog around
Cast off

Tail – make 1

In main colour
Round 1. ch 8, join to rst st with a slip stitch
Rounds 2-4. sc around
Round 5. *sc2 tog, sc* twice, sc2 tog
Rounds 6-9. sc around
Cast off leaving a very long tail
Sew the top of the tail shut and thread the yarn through the tail

Mouth piece – make 1

In main colour
Ch 4
Row 1. sc 3 starting in second chain from hook
Row 2. *ch 3, then sc 2 down the chain starting from the second chain from hook, sc in foundation st* sc 1 in middle sc from previous row, repeat the sequence between **
Cast off

Wings – make 2 in main colour and 2 in contrast colour (4 total)

Ch 2
Row 1. 2sc in second chain from hook, ch 1, turn Row 2. 2sc, sc, ch 1, turn
Row 3. 2sc, sc, 2sc, ch 1, turn
Row 4. 2sc, sc 3, 2sc, ch 1, turn
Rows 5-6. sc across, ch 1, turn
Row 7. 2sc, sc 5, 2sc, ch1, turn
Row 8. sc across, ch1, turn
Row 9. sc across
Cast off leaving a really long tail

Assembly

1. Using a whip stitch, sew the tail to the back of the body and the mouth piece between the two eyes at the front of the body.
2. For the wings, align 1 main colour and 1 contrast colour with the cast off tails together and use a whip stitch to sew them along two sides of the triangle (see picture below). Then, turn them inside out (to put the seam on the inside). Repeat with the second wing, making sure to put the opposite colour on top (contrast colour if you put main colour on top first and vice versa). Sew the wings on both sides of the body, trying to have them as symmetrical as possible.

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Note: Do not stuff the tail and the wings.

Let me know if you decide to make this pattern, I’d love to see your finished products!

 

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Butterfly fish pattern testing 

Hi guys! 

I am a bit late on my usual Friday post because my little brother arrived yesterday and  he will be staying for a week. So, I might not post much next week either about craft but I might share our adventures around Brisbane 🙂

Anyways, back to craft, I have decided to sign up to test patterns in ravelry and I’ve completed my first project, this adorable butterfly fish. 


The pattern was actually really good and there are 2 other colour patterns for them so I might make them as well. You will be able to find the pattern on ravelry here

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