Saturday, 27 February 2016

Free Crochet Pattern - Mushroom Mitts

I made these mushroom inspired mittens on our trip to the snow last winter. I really like mushroom paraphernalia, and as you can see my two year old likes the mitts too. He likes the sound they make when he claps. 



I decided to omit the thumb section that is usually included for children. I find that at his younger age my toddler can't seem to keep his thumb in the thumb section of regular mitts anyway, so it seems a little pointless to go to the effort. These mitts still leave enough room for him to move his fingers around while at the same time offer protection from the cold. They are especially good for those extra cold days or snow visits. 

The pattern is very quick to make too. And easy for a beginner. I hope you enjoy the pattern and feel free to leave any comments or feedback below.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE   This pattern is copyrighted material. Please do not reproduce any part of this pattern without permission. Items created from this pattern may be sold by individuals on a small-scale, but please acknowledge Roaming Pixies as designer. Mass production is not permitted.

Materials
4.5mm Hook
Light Worsted
Dk/ 8 ply Yarn or Light Worsted (11 wpi)  – see sizes for amount

Total = 25 grams  (51.5 yd/ 47 m)
Cuff  – 11 gr (22.6 yd/ 20.6 m)
MC – 14 gr (28.9 yd/ 26.4 m)
+ small amount of white yarn for spots.

3 months – 12 months
Measurement - Bottom of Cuff to top of mitten – just 4 inches (10 cm)

Total = 30 grams (61.8 yd/ 56.5 m)
Cuff – 11 gr (22.6 yd/ 20.6 m)
Main Colour – 19 gr (39 yd/35.9 m)
+ small amount of white yarn for spots.

12 months -2 years
Measurement - Bottom of Cuff to top of mitten – 5.5 inches (14.5 cm)

Total = 40 grams  (82.4 yd/ 75.3 m)
Cuff  – 18 gr (37 yd/ 33.8 m)
CMC – 22 gr (45.4 yd/ 41.5m)
+ small amount of white yarn for spots.

Gauge
17 dc stitches and 10.5 rows per 10cm (4 inches)
Or
– (Newborn – 3 months) (3 - 12 months)  - the finished ribbed cuff section measures approximately 5 inches
  (12 months- 2 years) - the finished ribbed cuff section measures approximately 5.5 inches


Newborn – 3 months (3 months – 12 months)

 Ribbed Cuff (Make 2) 

Row 1   Ch 9, sc in 2nd ch and each ch across (8)

Row 2-20   sc in each st BLO, ch1 turn (8)

The next row you will join the two edges of your work together by working slip stitches through the last row just worked and the first row worked. 

ss 8 across joining last row to first row. 

Fasten Off and turn inside out. You now have the right side of your work facing. 

Mitts

Join Red Colour with slip stitch into top edge of cuff. Just above where you just fastened off. 

Rnd 1   work dc evenly around the cuff edge – 20 dc in total (20)

Rnd 2   dc in next st, 2dc in next (30)

Rnd 3 (3-5)   dc in each st [3 rounds for 3-12 months sizing) (30) 

Rnd 4 (6)   dc in next st, dc2tog around (20)

Rnd 5 (7)    dc2tog around (10)

Rnd 6 (8)  repeat previous round (5) 

Fasten off. Weave in end to close up hole and secure loose thread. 

Repeat for 2nd mitt.

Now you’re ready to make the white spots.


12 months -2 years


Ribbed Cuff (Make 2) 

Row 1   Ch 11, sc in 2nd ch and each ch across (10)

Row 2-24   sc in each st BLO, ch1 turn (10)

The next row you will join the two edges of your work together by working slip stitches through the last row just worked and the first row worked. 

ss 10 across joining last row to first row. 

Fasten off and turn inside out. You now have right side of your work facing. 

Mitts

Join Red Colour with slip stitch into top edge of cuff. Just above where you just fastened off. 

Rnd 1   work dc evenly around the cuff edge – 24 dc in total (24)

Rnd 2   dc in next st, 2dc in next (36)

Rnd 3-5   dc in each st around [3 rounds] (36)

Rnd 6   dc in next st, dc2tog around (24)

Rnd 7-8   dc in each st around [2 rounds] (24)

Rnd 9   dc2tog around (12)

Rnd 10   dc2tog around (6)

Fasten off. Weave in end to close up hole and secure loose thread. 

Repeat for 2nd mitt.

Now you’re ready to make the white spots.


White Spots


Small spot (Make 1)

Rnd 1   6sc in magic circle (6)


Larger spots (Make 2)

Rnd 1   6sc in magic circle (6)

Rnd 2   2sc in each st around (12)


Fasten off your spots, leaving a small length of yarn to sew the spots to the mitts. 

Weave in and secure any last ends. Your mitts are now complete. Enjoy. 

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern - Love Heart Bunny Rabbit

In the spirit of Valentine's day, I'd like to share this free pattern for an Amigurumi love bunny. This cute little bunny is easy to make and is a super fast project, ideal for a last minute gift. So share the love, and get making some love bunnies!


Construction
The Amigurumi bunny rabbit is created in two separate pieces (plus ears). The front side has a motif heart, so has colour changes as you work. The reverse side is worked in one colour. The pieces are then seamed together and finally, the ears are attached at the end.So here it is. I hope you enjoy this free crochet pattern. Feel free to ask any questions or leave comments below. 

Gauge 
I used bulky yarn - 16 ply yarn and a 5.5 mm hook, though you can make it in any yarn weight, as long as you adjust your hook to suit. Keep in mind this will change the size of the finished toy. My softie Amigurumi bunny measures approximately 5.5 inches (14 cm) plus ears.

Yardage
 I used approximately 52.5 yards (48 m) to make my bunny.


Front Side


Section 1


For the sake of ease I have written each step as a “round”, however Section 1 includes a combination of both rounds and rows. The changes are specified in the pattern. 
The chains do not count as a stitch.

Rnd 1   7sc in magic circle but do not join (7)

Rnd 2   ch 2 turn, (2 hdc, 2sc ) in first st, sc in next 2 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, (2sc, 2 hdc) in last st – To fasten off pull the thread through your last st worked. That is, don’t slip stitch into first st to fasten off, as you will lose the shape of your heart. You can secure this loose thread now, or when you are finished the front piece. (13)

Rnd 3   Attach CC1 with slip stitch into the centre of the magic circle ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc into the side of ch 2, 2 sc in next 2 sts, sc in next 5 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next 2 sts, sc in side of hdc, Fasten off using the invisible join method. Refer to notes. (21)
You will now work in continuous rounds.

Rnd 4   Attach CC2 in beginning stitch (i.e. the stitch formed with the invisible join). Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next 3 sts, sc in next 6 sts, 3sc in next st, (bottom of heart), sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next 3 sts, sc in last 2 sts (29)

Rnd 5   sc in 6 sts, 2sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts 2sc in next st, sc in next st, 2sc in next 2 sts, sc in next 5 sts,  2sc in next 2sts, sc in next st, 2sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st, sc in last 5 sts (37)

Rnd 6   sc in 5 sts, *sc in next st, 2sc in next st* twice, sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st, sc in next 11 sts,  2sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts, *2sc in next st, sc in next* twice, sc in last 4 sts (43)
Do not fasten off. Continue to next section.

Section 2


This section is worked entirely in rows. The chain at beginning does not count as a stitch.

Row 1   sc in next 8 sts

Row 2-3   ch 1, turn, sc in first st, and next 14 sts across [2 rounds] (15)

Row 4   ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc2tog, sc in next 9 sts, sc2tog, sc in last st (13)

Row 5   ch 1, turn, sc in each st across (13)

Row 6   ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc2tog, sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog, sc in last st (11)

Row 7   ch 1, turn, sc in each st across (11)

Row 8   ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog, sc in last st (9)

Row 9   ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, sc in last st (7)

Row 10   ch 1, turn, sc in first st, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in last st (5)
Fasten off, leaving a long length of yarn to seam the bunny pieces together.

Reverse side


The reverse side is worked the same as the front but with one difference. That is, you will work in one colour so will not need to fasten off or reattach yarn as you did for the front side. This makes some slight adjustments in the first few rounds. These are worked as follows:

N.b - Keep in mind, as with the front side, the reverse side – Section 1 – is a combination of both rounds and rows but I refer to each step as a round.

Rnd 1   7sc in magic circle but do not join (7)

Rnd 2   ch 2 turn, (2 hdc, 2sc ) in first st, sc in next 2 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, (2sc, 2 hdc) in last st 
You will now work in continuous rounds.

Rnd 3   sc in middle of magic circle stitch, sc into the side of ch 2, 2 sc in next 2 sts, sc in next 5 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next 2 sts,

Rnd 4   2sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next 3 sts, sc in next 6 sts, 3sc in next st, (bottom of heart), sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next 3 sts, sc in last 2 sts (Note – the last stitch worked will go into the first st of the same round. This will even out your count to be the same as the front side. Now, you can continue work to work the reverse the same as the front side. Begin at Round 5.


Ears (Make 2)


Work in continuous rounds

Rnd 1   6sc in magic circle

Rnd 2   *sc, 2sc in next st* repeat around (9)

Rnd 3-4   sc in each st around (9)

Rnd 5   *sc, sc2tog* repeat around (6)

Rnd 6-8   sc in each st around [3 rounds] (6)

Fasten off, leaving enough yarn to attach ears to bunny rabbit.

Assembly

Now it’s time to get that bunny in one piece.
Line up the front and reverse side, wrong sides facing, and whip stitch the edges together. Alternatively, you might like to work a reverse crab stitch in a contrast colour for something a little different.

If using safety eyes ensure you put them in place before seaming the bunny shut. Don’t forget to add your stuffing too!

Attach the ears to the bunny’s head. I like to work through the outer loop stitches of the piece I am attaching.

Finally, embroider the face details as desired. I used a buttons for the nose and eyes, and used fingering yarn to embroider the whiskers. Feel free, to create the facial features of your bunny in your own way. Just keep in mind if it is for a baby/toddler it’s best to embroider the facial details rather than use small parts.

So that’s it!

Your love bunny Amigurumi toy is complete.


Love, hug, enjoy! 



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