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Naiad the Nudibranch – free crochet pattern

Happy Friday readers!

What a week it has been, I am very glad that it’s over. Sometime during the madness of writing my mid-term document for my PhD, I found the time to crochet freestyle! And I thought I would make a nudibranch amigurumi. Why not?

So I picked up my hook and I carefully noted down what I did as I went, so that I could share it with you lovely bunch ūüôā

Now, what’s a nudibranch, I hear you say? They are marine gastropods, and they look a lot like sea slugs. They come in a bunch of shapes and colours and I think they are the prettiest.

And now without further ado, the pattern. I did my best to make it understandable but it is my first time writing a pattern, so please let me know if it’s unclear, and I’ll try to clarify.

I used DK yarn and a 4mm hook (because I tend to crochet very tight, especially when making amigurumi). Tension is not important for this pattern though, using a smaller hook will just give you a smaller toy and vice versa. I used 3 different colours for my nudibranch, one main body colours (MC) and two contrast colours (CC1 and CC2).

Abbreviation list

ch – chain

Sc – simple crochet

Dc – double crochet

Sl st – slip stitch


Main body – worked from top to bottom in the round

With MC

Ch 26 (starting chain + turning ch)

Round 1: Sc in the second ch from the hook, sc 24 (you should now be in your first ch), sc 3 more in your first ch. Sc 24 on the other side of your starting chain, sc 2 more in your last ch. You should have 4 sc at each end ch of your starting chain and 23 sc either part of your starting chain (see photo) Р54 st


Round 2: sc all around –¬†54 st

Round 3-5: Repeat round 2¬†–¬†54 st

Round 6: sc 24,  *2 sc in next st* x 2, sc 25, 2sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc 1 Р58 st

Round 7-8: Repeat round 2¬†–¬†58 st

Round 9: sc 25, 2sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc 27, 2sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc 2 Р62 st

Join in CC1

Round 10: Ch3 (counts as the first dc), 2 dc more in the same st, 3dc in each st all around. sl st at the top of the first dc. Fasten off and weave in ends


Gills – at the back of the body

This part of the amigurumi is worked in the round. I used the MC but you can also use CC2 if you feel like it.

Using MC, pick-up 8 st in a circle at one end of the body. This will be the base for your gills.

Round 1-3: Sc around. This is the tube at the base of the gills – 8 st

The next step is working on the gills.

Ch 6, sl st in each ch down, sl st back into the ring (in the sc at the bottom of the 6 ch). Repeat 8 times all around the tube. You will now have 8 gills. Fasten off  and close up the tube using the long tail.


Rhinophores – antennae-like structures – make 2

This part of the amigurumi is worked in the round.

Using CC2, ch 2.

Round 1: Sc 4 in the second chain from the hook (or sc 4 in a magic circle)

Round 2-4: Sc in each st around. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing


Base of the body

The start of the base is exactly the same as the start of the body, except that you start with 21 ch rather than 26.

Using MC, ch 21 (main chain + turning chain)

Round 1: Sc in the second ch from the hook, sc 19 (you should now be in your first ch), sc 3 more in your first ch.¬†Sc 19 on the other side of your starting chain, sc 2 more in your last ch –¬†44 st

Round 2: Sc 19, *2 sc in next st* x2, sc 20, *2 sc in next st* x2, sc 1 Р48 st

Round 3: Sc 19, *2 sc in next st* x4, sc 20, *2 sc in next st* x4, sc 1  Р56 st

Round 4: Sc 20, *2 sc in next st* x6, sc 22, *2 sc in next st* x6, sc 2  Р68 st

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew the base to the body.



Sew the rhinophores on, at the opposite end from the gills. Then, sew the base on the body, joining to the MC of the body.¬†When there is only a small opening left, stuff the body and finish sewing the base on. You’re done!

If you do try this pattern, please tell me what you think about it. I hope you enjoy it ūüôā You can find me on Instagram @emmacraftsdesign I look forward to seeing your nudibranchs!




EDIT: if you want to download a free PDF of this pattern, which has been re-written with clearer instructions and more pictures, you can find it on my Ravelry store.



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LOTR CAL week 10


We have reached week 10 of the LOTR crochet along, which means that there are only 3 weeks left after this one! How exciting!

The last 4 weeks will be the heroes of each race, Gimli for the dwarves, Aragorn for the men and Legolas for the elves, as well as the last corner panel. You will have a choice for this one between Arwen’s star and the tree of Gondor.

This week though is dedicated to Gimli, son of Gloin.

PDF available hereLOTR_CAL_week10

I hope you enjoy the graph, and you can find week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5, week 6, week 7, week 8 and week 9 by clicking on the links!


With love,

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LOTR CAL week 5


I cannot believe that today is the first day of May already. We are now kicking off our second month of LOTR graphghans. As promised, today I will share with you Samwise Gamgee and Peregrin Took.

Again, because they are characters, they take quite a lot of yarn change.

Here is Sam, notice how he is a bit bigger than the other hobbits? Our Sam definitely likes his food!

LOTR_CAL_week5PDF here

And here is Pippin, with his typical scarf.

LOTR_CAL_week5_altPDF here


You can find the other graphs for the LOTR crochet along by clicking on the LOTR CAL tab

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or in the week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4 posts.


I wish you all an amazing week!


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Who is excited? I sure am!

I might have a bit overestimated my capacity to make the whole centre square (which is 60×60) but I’ll make sure to share my progress with you ASAP. In the mean time, you can definitely join me and start your very own LOTR centre square!

So this square will be 60 x 60 and I have planned 12 smaller (30 x 30) squares to go around.

PDF available here

The colours suggested are in Vanna’s choice as it seems to be a pretty popular yarn choice for graphghans, but I won’t be using those colours exactly as it is difficult for me to get this yarn where I am. If you have easy access to Vanna’s choice and you find colours that fit better, I’d love your feedback. Obviously, if you want to¬†use bits and pieces from your stash, you are more than welcome to do so as well!

There is no written instruction for the CAL so far, but if you feel like the graph is overwhelming and you would like written instructions, leave me a message and I will make it available as soon as possible.

I will be using the bobble stitch (you can find my photo tutorial here) but again if ¬†you want to use a different type of stitch (like the c2c or hdc), please do so ūüôā

I hope you guys will join and that you will share your pictures with me!

Until next time,


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Edit: Thanks Natascha for letting me know there was a problem with the pdf. In the mean time, here is the png version of week 1 if you are also having issues with the pdf!



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Avatar afghan – free graph!


Hi guys,

I just realised today that I forgot to give you the graph I used for my avatar afghan! I designed this pattern so if you use it, I would be grateful if you link back to my blog (and also I would LOVE you to share a pic and to see what you made of it ^^)

I used a 5.5mm crochet hook with 2 strands of acrylic yarn (I used Marvel 8ply from 4 Seasons).

The colours I used were:

Black for the background (approx 8 skeins)

White for Air (approx 1 skein)

Aqua for Water (approx 1 skein)

Claret for Fire (approx 1 skein)

Green for Earth (approx 1 skein)

But of course, you can always use yarn from your stash!

So here it is, the graph I used!


You can also use the graph for cross stitch and hama beads ūüôā




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Off to the beach!


Happy Christmas a bit early!

We are leaving on mini holidays, so I probably won’t post much until Christmas!

I hope you all have a great time with loved ones and, as promised, the patterns for bulbasaur plushy¬†are attached!¬†ūüôā

Lots of love


Bulbasaur1 Bulbasaur2


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Craft achievement unlocked!

Happy Monday everyone!

After working on it this weekend, I released my first crochet pattern on ravelry! Yay! You can download it for free here!¬†It is for a snowflake pattern I created on Friday. I was looking for a motif that wasn’t too lacy because I would like to join several of those to make a shawl eventually. I’ve made the first one in white but will be adding pale blue ones as well, for an icy effect. ¬†
Over the weekend I’ve also been doing some Christmas cards. One of my colleagues also loves crafts and lended me some of her paper punchers and her glitters! So much fun! I haven’t taken pictures yet though but I will tomorrow (I need a few more for my Aunty and my godfather).

So it’s been a busy weekend craft wise. Non craft wise, Supanova was really cool, I got some new fantasy books that I can’t wait to start (I need to finish my current book first – the assassin’s fool by Robin Hobb). But, of course, I forgot to take pictures! So instead, I’ll go stalk the Facebook page and make a montage of the coolest costumes to show you guys later this week ūüėä

Hope everyone had a great weekend and that you had some time to relax and enjoy!




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