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Monday design – Cooper the Copepod

Happy Monday beautiful people!

I am very pleased today to show you my newest design idea, Cooper the Copepod! I got the idea for this little guy from one of my friends when I was back in Brisbane. We were in undergrad together and she suggested I made a copepod (we are all pretty nerdy and really enjoy plankton, weird I know!).

Anyway, this is what I came up with ๐Ÿ™‚ You will notice that it is pretty similar to the design I drew last week as well.

I’m very happy with how he turned out, and I think I will ask for pattern testers when I get back from my second trip to Brisbane in April. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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FO- Baby Humpback Whale

Happy Wednesday lovely readers!

It’s alive! My baby humpback is finished, and will be delivered next week to my friend, I hope he loves it as much as I do! One of my friends suggested that I make a huge version of it and sleep with it, that would be totally awesome, maybe a should give it a go! If you fancy making your own, the pattern is free on 1dogwoof‘s website. Have you ever tried making giant amigurumi?

I love it so much! It’s already in the suitcase, all ready for it’s travel back to Brisbane. I hope you are all having a great week!

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Wiley the Wisp pattern and call for testers

Happy Wednesday beautiful readers!

I hope you have been well, the week here has been busy! I have finally started writing the patterns I entered in the amigurumi design contest and I have actually just finished writing up Wiley the Wisp’s pattern. I have decided to make Wiley a free pattern, which you can find on my Ravelry page following the link below.

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Find the pattern here!

If you decide to make him, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @emmacraftsdesign so that I can see your creations ๐Ÿ˜Š

I am also in the process of writing up Sandy the Sea Dragon’s pattern. I think that Sandy will be a paid for pattern but I will need a couple of testers to make sure the pattern is correct and easy to understand.

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If you would like to be a tester for Sandy, please let me know in the comments and I’ll chose two people that I’ll announce on next Monday.

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FO Friday – Happy Christmoose!

Happy Friday lovely readers!

With the end of the year, I wanted to thank you all for following my little blog and wish you the happiest of Christmas, surrounded by friends and family. I will be taking a little break next week to enjoy my family as much as I can and I will be back probably around the 1st of January.

I didn’t have many goals for 2017, except to read 30 books and finish 30 craft projects. Unfortunately with the crazy busy year we’ve had (2 house moves, including one overstate, hubby starting a new job, the end of my PhD) I didn’t get much time to just sit and read so I’ve only finished 16 books but I have completed a whopping 45 craft projects (of the ones I wrote down) so I’m still pretty happy with myself ๐Ÿ™‚ I will set goals for next year in a post in a couple of weeks or so.

I just have one goal before that, it’s to do a Christmas eve cast on with my first crochet socks! I’m really excited for it and if you have good sock patterns to recommend I would love that as I’m sure I won’t be stopping at one pair!

And now, let me show you my finished Chritsmoose!

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He just turned out so cute I love him! So he has taken residence in my christmas tree as hubby has decided that we should put my crochet in the tree to represent our house better! He is the best!

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Once again, a very happy Christmas to everyone and I’d love to hear if you are doing a Christmas eve cast on ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bunny lovey – Finished object

Happy Monday my lovely readers!

I hope that you all had a great weekend. I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but at the moment my husband’s family is getting bigger and bigger, and with new babies, I obviously have to make cute baby gifts!

This one is for a soon to be little girl, so I decided to make a softie/blanket. For the head, I used the pattern from Edward’s Imaginarium by Kerry Lord, with the rabbit ears (H4 if you have the book). For the blanket part, I used a free pattern from the Hobbicraft website, the Bernat Star blanketย and stopped when I thought the blanket was big enough. All that was left to do was to sew the two together and to add details like the nose and eyes (making sure to secure everything really really well). I really love this softy, it’s super cute and I hope the future parents love it too!

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Wiley the Wisp

Hello lovely readers!

This year I have decided to participate more in events. I have been to two conferences for work, I am going to one of the biggest pop culture conventions next weekend, I’ve decided to join NaNoWriMo (more on that on Wednesday) and then I have also decided to join an amigurumi contest! Pfiou!

Some of you who love amigurumi will probably know that every year, amigurumipatterns.net organises a contest for amigurumi design, and this year I have decided to take the plunge. This year’s theme is Fantasy Creatures, here is what the sites says about the contest

Whip out your wands (I mean, hooks): this year’s design contest will conjure up the most amazing Fantasy Creatures! Fascinating fairies, unique unicorns, dramatic dragons, mesmerizing mermaids and many more from all corners of your imagination can compete to see who’s the most magical of them all, and gets to spirit away the amazing prize basket!

Doesn’t this sound super exciting? There are a lot of mermaids and unicorns in the designs already (which you can check out here), so I though I would do something different. I though about what kind of creature I could make and came up with a Will’O’Wisp. You may have noticed but I absolutely adore Halloween, and one of my favourite stories is the one of Jack’O’Lantern, or Will’O’Wisp. This is how mine turned out.

I named my wisp Wiley and he has been entered into the contest! He will also be part of my Halloween decorations this year.

I am planning on making at least another amigurumi to enter, as the submissions end on November 30th. The voting will take place from December 1st to December 8th, and I’m pretty excited and nervous at the same time, I hope that people will like Wiley as much as I do!

Have a wonderful week!

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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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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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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,ย but I can’t really findย 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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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