Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Free Crochet Amigurumi Pattern - Christmas Snowman & Family


I'm so excited to post my first free crochet pattern. In the spirit of Christmas I made a gorgeous little snowman amigurumi decoration,and then I couldn't help but wonder, why arent' there any snowwomen? So I made a snowwoman too. And then I thought, why not a snow baby too? Ahhh, it's a gorgeous little Christmassy snow family. These amigurumi toys are so easy to make are are ideal for first-time amigurumi makers. They are fast to crochet and make wonderful last minute Christmas gifts. I hope you enjoy this pattern and please ask, if you have any questions.



Snowman and Family Pattern

Materials
4mm Hook
Dk (8 ply) Yarn - White, Red and Green
Eyes - I used 7.5mm Black Safety Eyes for the bigger dolls and embroidered the snow baby's eyes.
Cardboard (optional)

Gauge not important

Pattern Notes
I placed a thick piece of cardboard at the base of my amigurumi dolls to help with stability. This step is optional.

Work in continuous rounds, and place marker at 1st stitch of each round


If you are new to amigurumi and don't know how to do a Magic Circle, then you can replace this step with the following:ch4, join last chain to 1st chain with ss to form circle, 6sc in the centre of the chain circle.Otherwise,there is a great tutorial on how to do Magic Cirle over at Crochet Spot. It's really not that hard to learn and it's definitely worth learning, as it closes up the hole created in the beginning circle.

 

Body
Rnd 1  Work 6 sc in Magic Circle
Rnd 2   2 sc in each sc around  (12)
Rnd 3   *sc in next stitch, 2sc in next stitch* around  (18)
Rnd 4   *sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* around  (24)
Rnd 5   *sc in next 3 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch * around  (30)
Rnd 6:  *sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* around  (36)
Rnd 7    sc around in back loop only (36)
Rnd 8 - 10  sc around (36)
Rnd 11 *sc in next 5 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* around (42)
Rnd 12-14   sc in each stitch around (42) 
(Optional) Place cardboard circle piece at base of amigurumi doll
Rnd 15   *sc in next 5 stitches, sc2tog* around (36)
Rnd 16-17   sc around (36)
Rnd 18 *sc in next 4 stitches, sc2tog* around (30)
Rnd 19   sc around (30)
Rnd 20  *sc in next 3 stitches, sc2tog* around (24)
Rnd 21  *sc in next 2 stitches, sc2tog* around (18)
Fasten Off leaving enough yarn to attach to head later


Head
Round 1  Work 6 sc in Magic Circle
Rnd 2   2 sc in each sc around  (12)
Rnd 3   *sc in next stitch, 2sc in next stitch* around  (18)
Rnd 4   *sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* around  (24)
Rnd 5   *sc in next 3 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch * around  (30)
Rnd 6-14   sc around (30)
If using safety eyes, attach now. I attached the eyes between rows 10-11
Rnd 15  *sc in next 3 stitches, sc2tog* around (24)
Rnd 16  *sc in next 2 stitches, sc2tog* around (18)
Rnd 17  *sc in next stitch, sc2tog* around (12)
Rnd 18   sc2tog around (6)
Close up hole and Fasten Off

Attach head to body. This excellent tutorial by Planet June provides easy to follow instructions on how to attach amigurumi pieces together.

Hat (Stripes)
Round 1  With Main Colour (MC) Work 6 sc in first ch.
Rnd 2   2 sc in each sc around  (12)
Rnd 3   *sc in next stitch, 2sc in next stitch* around, changing to Contrast Colour (CC) for last yarn over of last stitch (18)
Rnd 4   *sc in next  2 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* around  (24)
Rnd 5   sc in next 5 stitches, 2sc in next 3 stitches, sc in next 9 stitches, 2sc in next 3 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches – changing to MC for last yarn over of last stitch (30)
Rnd 6-7   sc around – changing to CC for last yarn over of last stitch (18)
Rnd 8-9    sc around – changing to MC for last yarn over of last stitch (18)
Rnd 10- 11   sc around
Fasten Off

Hat (One Colour)
Rnd 1   Work 6 sc in first ch.
Rnd 2   2 sc in each sc around  (12)
Rnd 3   *sc in next stitch, 2sc in next stitch* around (18)
Rnd 4   *sc in next  2 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* around  (24)
Rnd 5   sc in next 5 stitches, 2sc in next 3 stitches, sc in next 9 stitches, 2sc in next 3 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches (30)
Rnd 6-11   sc around (30)
Fasten Off

Scarf
Chain 56
Hdc in 3rd chain from hook then each chain after (54)
Fasten Off



Snow Baby
Note - Snow baby body and head are worked together

Rnd 1  Work 6 sc in Magic Circle (6)
Rnd 2   2 sc in each sc around  (12)
Rnd 3   *sc in next stitch, 2sc in next stitch* around  (18)
Rnd 4   *sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* around  (24)
Rnd 5    sc around in back loop only (24)
Rnd 6-7   sc around (24)
Rnd 8   *sc in next 2 stitches, sc2tog* around (18)
Rnd 9-10   sc around
Rnd 11   *sc in next stitch, sc2tog* around (12)
Rnd 12   sc around
Rnd 13   *sc in next stitch, 2sc in next stitch* around  (18)
Rnd 14-16   sc around (18) 
Rnd 17   *sc in next stitch, sc2tog* around (12)
Rnd 18   sc2tog around (6) 
Close up hole and Fasten Off 

Snow Baby Scarf
Chain 41, ss in 2nd chain from hook and every other chain (40)
Fasten Off 

Snow Baby Ear Warmers
1st Piece
Work 6sc in Magic Circle
Chain 6 
Fasten Off

2nd Piece 
Work another 6sc in Magic Circle
ss in each chain of the 1st piece, then sc in next 6 sc, working on other side of chain, ss in each chain, sc in next 6 sc. (24)   
Fasten Off, keeping one long end to stitch ear warmers to baby's head

Weave in all ends.
I made a cute flower for the snowwoman's hat. There are lot's of free flower crochet patterns on the Internet, like this great tutorial here.
For the rosy cheeks, I just used a pale pink acrylic paint, suitable for fabrics, and dabbed it on lightly.

Thank you for looking. Please do not reproduce this pattern without permission. You may sell products made from this pattern on a small non-commercial scale.

Monday, 19 November 2012

DIY Buttons with Polymer Clay - Free Tutorial -

Make your own buttons!

It's so easy. This free tutorial will show you how to make these cute and colourful buttons from polymer clay or fimo. 

You can use the buttons to make earrings or a beaded necklace, or decorate a cuff bracelet. They are really simple and fun to make, and you can whip them up in hardly any time at all. You only need the smallest amount of clay, so it is an awesome way to use up any leftover or scrap clay. So here is the tutorial and I hope you have fun with it


Tools
2 colours of fimo or sculpey polymer clay
Needle for piercing
Oven for baking

Note - When working with clay you may like to wear latex gloves, to avoid getting your fingerprints on the beads. It is also good idea to use a seperate pair of gloves for each colour so you don’t get any other colours bleeding into each other.


Step One
Select the two colours for your button. Condition your clay by rolling and squashing between your hands. When your clay feels nice and soft and doesn’t crack, make two little balls. As the white clay is going to be the base it needs to be a little big bigger than the red top colour.


Step Two
Press down each ball firmly with your thumb. Make the white clay about 3mm thick and the red clay about 1mm thick.


Step Three
Place the red clay on top of the white clay and push down firmly without losing the shape of the button.


Step Four 
Pierce two holes with a needle, ensuring your needle goes all the way through to the other side





Step Five
Bake your button/s for approximately 15 minutes (130 degrees celcius). Check your packet directions for exact time and temperature requirements, or go here for sculpey and here for a general guide on several other different polymer clay types including fimo.

That’s it. So all you have to do now is find a way to use your buttons. They are great as clasps for any of your handcrafted work, or perhaps you may want to make a bead and button necklace like the very talented Don Mae from This Years Dozen. I made a girls button bracelet simply by stitching them onto a basic beaded peyote stitch bracelet.


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