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Koalas

Hello dear friends!

Hope all had  wonderful Christmas and fun and fabulous New Year’s eve party 🙂

I have to say I am glad holidays and all the madness they bring are behind me and can return to everyday routine (little less crazy)!

I don’t wish to start my first post in this year with the retrospective on what I have accomplished (or failed) last year but wish to focus on year that is ahead of me and all of you who follow this blog and push me each week to work harder in order to come with something new and tempting for all to try. All I can say, last year was fun and hope this one will be even more.

This year I am starting with online classes on how to create a crochet doll or toy and write the pattern. First one I will make with my Facebook group friends and ladies that are interested and waiting patiently for the past two months (for the holiday season to be done). This first class will start in week or two. I will try to keep you updated on the progress what is done. At the end of the class or maybe better say course, will show you the patterns and dolls girls came up with.

In the last two years I have received many mails asking me what brand of yarn I use for my toys and dolls. This year with each pattern I will offer you the yarn I worked with, for sale, through Etsy store. This way anyone who is interested in working with exact type of yarn will be able to find it and buy it online.

Regarding my patterns and posts on the blog, will continue to share my work in as many details and photos as possible. With each pattern will try to show you something new you can learn and use in your future work.

I am sure it will be fun!

Let us return to the topic of this post and Koalas! This year is starting with competition. I am not very competitive person but I decided to participate. I just wish I had more time to make panda family as well (this is one of the patterns I wish to make this year).

Amigurumipatterns.net has organized competition where everyone was invited to participate. Theme was animal parents and children. For that competition I made my favorite, koala bears. Mama and shy little baby koala.

These are made with heart to all my Aussie friends! Specially dear blogger friend Sharon and her Gentlstitches blog.

Koalas have been accepted, voting has started and now it is all in your hands!

Here are few photos of my little family.

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You can place your votes here

So many beautiful designs are there. Hope you will enjoy and find your favorite.

Best of luck to all designers and their fabulous designs.

To all of you who will go and check the page, thank you for taking your time.

Hugs

Vanja

p.s.

The pattern of these koalas is coming soon!

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Teddy Eddy Pumpkin Head

Hello everyone!

This week I wanted to share new doll pattern, but meantime I made a promise to Donna who is crocheting animals for kids at her local hospital that will try to make this pattern alive, and here we are Teddy Eddy Pumpkin Head is free to be done for little ones and those not so little!

My first Teddy Eddy was made for my sweetheart, as a key holder (and named after him). Made many of these teddies. Not only as bears but it is easy to be done/adjusted as koala or panda.

It is really cute and small one! Hardly makes 10 cm (with dk cotton and 2 mm hook). One fast and easy project to do.

Here are the photos of my little Teddy Eddy

On first photo is my first TeddyEddy done. Was one of those projects, when I just took the yarn and the needle and crocheted without anything in my mind. Waited to get surprised what will come out from my work.

On the second photo are some of little ones I made later. Whoever saw TeddyEddy, wanted one immediately!

TeddyEddy4Friends will be friends

This one I made today, while writing down the pattern.

TeddyEddy

Think we can start!

Materials I used:

2 mm crochet hook

Patons 100% cotton yarn DK

Wooden black beads, 4 mm, for the eyes

needle for sewing the parts together, nose and shaping the head.

Small piece of black yarn for making the nose

 

Abbreviations:

sc – single crochet

inc – increase (2sc in one stitch)

dec – decrease (I used invisible decrease)

 

Head

R1 sc6 in magic ring

R2 inc6 (12 sts)

R3 *inc1, sc1* x6  (18 sts)

R4 *inc1, sc2* x6 (24 sts)

R5 *inc1, sc3* x6 (30 sts)

R6-R9 sc30 sts  (for those that use safety eyes, pčace the eyes in between R9 and R10 leaving 4 sc between them.)

R10 *inc1, sc4* x6 (36 sts)

R11 *inc1, sc5* x6 (42 sts)

R12 *inc1, sc6* x6 (48 sts) – mark this row, as here we will sew a little to shape the head

R13-R14 sc48 sts

R15 *dec1, sc6* x6 (42 sts)

R16 *dec1, sc5* x6 (36 sts)

R17 *dec1, sc4* x6 (30 sts)

R18 *dec1, sc3* x6 (24 sts)

R19 *dec1, sc2* x6 (18 sts)

Tie off, stuff the head nice and firm.

 

Body

R1 sc6 in magic ring

R2 inc6 (12 sts)

R3 *inc1, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R4 *inc1, sc2* x6 (24 sts)

R5 *inc1, sc3* x6 (30 sts)

R6 *inc1, sc4* x6 (36 sts)

R7-R11 sc36 sts

R12 *dec1, sc4* x6 (30sts)

R13 *dec1, sc3* x6 (24 sts)

R14 *dec1, sc2* x6 (18 sts)

R15-R16 sc18 sts

Tie off and leave long end for sewing the body to the head later. Stuff the body nice and firm.

 

Arms (make 2)

R1 sc6 in magic ring

R2 inc6 (12 sts)

R3 sc12 sts

R4 *dec1, sc1* x4 (8 sts)

R5-R8 sc8 sts

Tie off leaving long end for sewing the arm to the head later. If you want you can stuff the bottom of each arm a little.

 

Legs (make 2)

R1 sc6 in magic ring

R2 inc6 (12 sts)

R3 *inc1, sc1*x6 (18 sts)

R4 *inc1, sc2* x6 (24 sts)

R5-R6 sc24 sts

R7 dec6, sc12 (18 sts)

R8 sc18 sts

R9 *dec1, sc1* x6 (12 sts)

R10-R12 sc12 sts

Stuff the bottom of the leg. Flatten the top and single crochet through both sides for 5 stitches total. Tie off leaving long end for sewing the legs to the body later.

 

Ears

R1 sc6 in magic ring

R2 inc6 (12 sts)

R3-R4 sc12 sts

R5 *dec1, sc1* x4 (8 sts)

Tie off leaving long end for sewing the ears later.

 

Belly

R1 sc6 in magic ring

R2 inc6 (12 sts)

R3 *inc1, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R4 *inc1, sc2* x6 (24 sts)

R5 *inc1, sc3* x6 (30 sts)

Tie off leaving long end for sewing the belly on the body.

 

Tail

R1 sc6 in magic ring

R2 *inc1, sc1* x3 (9 sts)

R3 sc9 sts

R4 *dec1, sc1* x3 (6 sts)

Tie off leaving long end for sewing the tail to the body later.

 

Shaping the head:

Take the bears head in your hands. By now should be well stuffed and nicely firm. As you can see, there are 6 peaks around the bottom part of the head (where we started to decrease). Pick one of these peaks. On R12 that we have marked earlier at one of these peaks mark 3 stitches using safety pins.

What you will do now, is wave the yarn with the needle through these three stitches (from the bottom of the head opening, through the head, through the stitch out, into the second stitch, through the head to the bottom, pull, through the head up to the next  stitch …repeat for each stitch).

where to wave in and sew to shape the head

To make few hairs on top of the head, when done shaping the head, pull the needle through the head to the top. Sew few lops (as if making the tassel-1-2 are enough). Finish off pulling the needle through the head, towards the bottom, cut and hide ends in the stuffing.

When done with this waving and sewing, you will get this pointing nose looking shape, when looking from the side.

assembling the parts

Assembling the parts together:

Sew body and the head together through 18 stitches on each side.

Arms will go on sides of the body

Sew the legs in between the row5 and 6. Center them, leaving 2 stitches in between them.

Tail will go on the back of the body, right after row 5.

Place the ears on the sides of the head, starting row 4 downwards.

Place the belly and sew it all around to fin nicely on the center of the body’s front.

And your TeddyEddy is done.TeddyEddy

Hope you have enjoyed making it. If you will need any help regarding the head shaping and sewing, please feel free to contact me and ask. I will try to make some good photographs of the whole process as well, for your easier following and understanding how it goes.

’till next time wishing you all great time crocheting 🙂

 

 

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Blue Bear friends you can make

My dear friends. Last week I shared Blue Bear pattern. Bears are classics and are suitable for big and small, young and old…

This week wanted to show you what you can make out of one pattern you like or find easy; will show you on Blue Bear pattern example, but in same manner you can play and make different animals from any pattern you like or find easy to make.

I have made just few examples, but possibilities are endless. Will show you how to make a cat, dog, bunny and koala.

Head, body, arms and legs are done all the same as in Blue Bear pattern. Ears and noses are changed in order to make different animal expressions.

For each animal will give you instructions on how to make. If you will wish to make some other animal that is not listed here and you don’t know how to do it, let me know and will try to help you out.

Let us start with the kitten!

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As mentioned, from the Blue Bear pattern, I have added new ears and have made different nose base.

 

Ears (make2)

R1 sc4 in magic ring

R2 inc1, sc1, inc1, sc1 (6sts)

R3 *inc1, sc1* x3 (9 sts)

R4 *inc1, sc2* x3 (12 sts)

R5 *inc1, sc3* x3 (15 sts)

R6 *inc1, sc4* x3 (18 sts)

R7 *inc1, sc5* x3 (21 sts)

R8-R9 sc21 sts

R10 *dec1, sc5* x3 (18sts)

tie off and leave long end for sewing the ears later

 

Nose base

R1 sc6 in magic ring

R2 inc6 (12 sts)

R3 sc12 sts

tie off. Make another circle the same way. Connect both circles with one stitch and with black yarn sew the nose and mouth on.

Next one is little koala

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Koala ears (make2)

R1 sc6 in magic ring

R2 inc6 (12 sts)

R3 *inc1, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R4 *inc1, sc2* x6 (24 sts)

R5 *inc1, sc3* x6 (30 sts)

R6-R7 sc30 sts

R8 *dec1, sc3* x6 (24 sts)

R9 *dec1, sc2* x6 (18 sts)

Tie off and leave long end for sewing the ears later

Nose

I have made the nose base, but  it is not necessary at all. You can sew the big black nose right on the head. If you want to make the nose same way I did, make a nose base this way:

Ch6

R1 sc4, 3sc in on st, sc3, 2sc in one st (12 sts)

R2 inc1, sc3, inc3, sc3, inc2 (18 sts)

tie off leaving long end for sewing the nose later.

Bunny

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For making bunny, again, we will change the ears. Nose I have used same as made for the kitten.

Bunny ears (make2)

R1 sc 6 in magic ring

R2 sc6 sts

R3 inc6 (12 sts)

R4 sc12 sts

R5 *inc1, sc1* x6 (18sts)

R6 sc18 sts

R7 *inc1, sc2* x6 (24 sts)

R8-R12  sc24 sts

R13 *dec1, sc2* x6 (18 sts)

R14-R16 sc18 sts

R17 *dec1, sc1* x6 (12 sts)

R18-R23 sc12 sts

Tie off and leave long end for sewing the ears later.

 

And the last one is little puppy

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Little puppy is made out of bunny ears and kitty nose. You can use kitten ears as well. You can sew hem on the sides pointing down, or more up on top of the head (pointing up). It is really the way you like more.

Like I mentioned earlier, possibilities are really endless. You can make a mouse, elephant, monkey, fox…

I hope you have enjoyed this post. Also hope I gave you something to think about when starting on next project. You should remember one thing, there is anything you can’t do!  😉

Fingers crossed that by next week my new doll will be done.

Wish you all great end of the week and happy relaxing weekend!

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Blue Bear pattern

To all marvelous grandmothers and great-grandmothers who have asked and waited patiently for this pattern to be written, I would like to thank.

This little one is really done as a softy toy. Little pocket on his belly makes him nice hiding treasure bear as well 😀

Wish you all great Blue Bear crocheting!

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Blue Bear Pattern:

Abbreviations:

sc -single crochet

ch -chain

inc -2sc in one stitch

dec -decrease (I used invisible decrease on this one)

sl.st. – slip stitch

Materials used:

2 mm crochet hook

8ply cotton yarn in blue for the bear, white for the nose and pocket belly and starting ups on the legs and arms.

embroidery thread in black, embroidery needle for sewing up the parts and to embroider nose. eyes.

 

Head

(rounds. Ch1 at the beginning of work and sl.st finishing the row)

Ch11

R1 sc9, 3sc in one st, sc8, 2 sc in one st (22 sts)

R2 inc1, sc8, inc3, sc8, inc2 (28 sts)

R3 inc1, sc9, inc1, sc1, inc1, sc1, inc1, sc9, inc1, sc1, inc1, sc1 (34 sts)

R4 inc1, sc10, inc1, sc2, inc1, sc2, inc1, sc10, inc1, sc2, inc1, sc2 (40 sts)

R5 inc1, sc11, inc1, sc3, inc1, sc3, inc1, sc11, inc1, sc3, inc1, sc3 (46 sts)

R6 inc1, sc12, inc1, sc4, inc1, sc4, inc1, sc12, inc1, sc4, inc1, sc4 (52 sts)

R6 inc1, sc13, inc1, sc5, inc1, sc5, inc1, sc13, inc1, sc5, inc1, sc5 (58 sts)

R8 inc1, sc14, inc1, sc6, inc1, sc6, inc1, sc14, inc1, sc6, inc1, sc6 (64 sts)

R9-R18 sc64 sts

R19 dec1, sc14, dec1 sc6, dec1, sc6, dec1, sc14, dec1, sc6, dec1, sc6 (58 sts)

R20 sc58 sts

R21 dec1, sc13, dec1, sc5, dec1, sc5, dec1, sc13, dec1, sc5, dec1, sc5 (52 sts)

R22 sc52 sts

R23 dec1, sc12, dec1 sc4, dec1, sc4, dec1, sc12, dec1, sc4, dec1, sc4 (46 sts)

R24 dec1, sc11, dec1, sc3, dec1, sc3, dec1, sc11, dec1, sc3, dec1, sc3 (40 sts)

R25 dec1, sc10, dec1, sc2, dec1, sc2, dec1, sc10, dec1, sc2, dec1, sc2 (34 sts)

R26 dec1, sc9, dec1, sc1, dec1, sc1, dec1, sc9, dec1, sc1, dec1, sc1 (28 sts)

Stuff the head well.

Tie off, stuff the head nice and firm.

Body

(rounds. Ch1 at the beginning of work and sl.st finishing the row)

Ch11

R1 sc9, 3sc in one st, sc8, 2 sc in one st (22 sts)

R2 inc1, sc8, inc3, sc8, inc2 (28 sts)

R3 inc1, sc9, inc1, sc1, inc1, sc1, inc1, sc9, inc1, sc1, inc1, sc1 (34 sts)

R4 inc1, sc10, inc1, sc2, inc1, sc2, inc1, sc10, inc1, sc2, inc1, sc2 (40 sts)

R5 inc1, sc11, inc1, sc3, inc1, sc3, inc1, sc11, inc1, sc3, inc1, sc3 (46 sts)

R6 inc1, sc12, inc1, sc4, inc1, sc4, inc1, sc12, inc1, sc4, inc1, sc4 (52 sts)

R6 inc1, sc13, inc1, sc5, inc1, sc5, inc1, sc13, inc1, sc5, inc1, sc5 (58 sts)

R8 inc1, sc14, inc1, sc6, inc1, sc6, inc1, sc14, inc1, sc6, inc1, sc6 (64 sts)

R9-R18 sc64 sts

R19 dec1, sc14, dec1 sc6, dec1, sc6, dec1, sc14, dec1, sc6, dec1, sc6 (58 sts)

R20 sc58 sts

R21 dec1, sc13, dec1, sc5, dec1, sc5, dec1, sc13, dec1, sc5, dec1, sc5 (52 sts)

R22 sc52 sts

R23 dec1, sc12, dec1 sc4, dec1, sc4, dec1, sc12, dec1, sc4, dec1, sc4 (46 sts)

R24 sc46 sts

R25 dec1, sc11, dec1, sc3, dec1, sc3, dec1, sc11, dec1, sc3, dec1, sc3 (40 sts)

R26 sc40 sts

R27 dec1, sc10, dec1, sc2, dec1, sc2, dec1, sc10, dec1, sc2, dec1, sc2 (34 sts)

R28 sc34 sts

R29 dec1, sc9, dec1, sc1, dec1, sc1, dec1, sc9, dec1, sc1, dec1, sc1 (28 sts)

R30 sc28 sts

Stuff the body. Stuff it well, but try it to stay nice and soft.

Tie off, leave long end for sewing the body to the head. Stuff the body nice and firm.

 

Arms (x2)

(continuous rounds)

R1 sc6 in magic ring

R2 inc6 (12 sts)

R3 *inc1, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

Change color

R4-R8  sc18 sts

R9 *dec1, sc1* x6 (12 sts)

R10-R27 sc12 sts

Stuff the arms softly. Try to push the stuffing only to the bottom of the arms. Leave the rest empty.

Tie off leaving long end for sewing the arms to the body.

 

Legs (x2)

(continuous rounds)

R1 sc6 in magic ring

R2 inc6 (12 sts)

R3 *inc1, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R4 *inc1, sc2* x6 (24 sts)

Change color

R5-R9 sc24 sts

R10 dec6, sc12 (18 sts)

R11-25 sc18 sts

Stuff the legs softly. Try to push the stuffing  to the bottom of the leags only. Leave the rest empty.

Tie off and leave long end for sewing the legs to the body.

 

Ears (x2)

(continuous rounds)

R1 sc6 in magic ring

R2 inc6 (12 sts)

R3 *inc1, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R4-R6 sc18 sts

R7 *dec1, sc1* x6 (12 sts)

R8 sc12

Tie off leaving long end for sewing the ears to the head later.

 

Nose

(continuous rounds)

Ch6

R1 sc4, 3sc in one st, work around the chain, sc3, in1 (12 sts)

R2 inc1, sc3, inc3, sc3, inc2 (18 sts)

R3 inc1, sc4, inc1, sc1, inc1, sc1, inc1, sc4, inc1, sc1, inc1, sc1 (24sts)

R4-R5 sc24 sts

Tie off, leaving long end for sewing later.

 

Tail

R1 sc6 in magic ring

R2 *inc1, sc1* x3 (9 sts)

R3-R4 sc9 sts

Tie off leaving long end for sewing the tail later.

 

Pocket Belly

We are working in rows here. Finishing each row, ch1, turn the work and continue as indicated in the patter.

R1 sc4 in magic ring

R2 inc4 (8sts)

R3 *inc1, sc1* x4 (12 sts)

R4 *inc1, sc2* x4 (16 sts)

R5 *inc1, sc3* x4 (20 sts)

R6 *inc1, sc4* x4 (24 sts)

R7 *inc1, sc5* x4 (28 sts)

R8 *inc1, sc6* x4 (32 sts)

R9-R10 sc32 sts

When done, chain one and sc through the edge. Make 2sc in the magic ring, continue with 1sc till the end.

Tie off and leave long end for sewing the pocket on the body later.

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Assembling the parts:

Sew the head and the body. You should have nice joint of 28 stitches all around. Add some stuffing as you go if needed.

Sew on the arms. Flatten them and sew them through both side stitches to the body. Try to leave 11-12 stitches between looking at front side.

Before sewing, place them nice, pin them well and sew.

Sewing the legs. Sew them between rows 6-7 (looking from the bottom).

Flatten the leas, place them close one to another, pin them and sew them nicely through he stitches between row 6 and 7.

Now sew the ears. Place them on the sides of the head. Looking from the top of the head, place them on sides starting row4 until row 10. Pin them and sew them nicely.

Sew on the tail. Place it right after row 6, in the middle of back side of the body. Sew it nicely.

Nose

You can design the tip of the nose now, or you can do it later. It depends how you like it and feel comfortable with it. Important is that you embroider the tip of the nose on the upper side of the nose construction.

Embroider mouth on the bottom part of nose construction, using black embroidery thread.

Stuff the nose (construction) a little,  place it on the bottom half of the head, pin it and sew it nicely.

Sew the eyes to the very top edge of the nose construction, leaving 7 stitches between them. It is optional to make the eyebrows or eyelashes (if you will be making a girl bear)..

At the end, place and pin the pocket belly. Sew it nicely, hide the ends.

Your Blue Bear is done and ready to play with.

Hope you enjoyed making it and kids will have fun playing!Blue Bear - 1Blue Bear - 6

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WheeWhee the Shy Bear

Just recently finished this little shy teddy called WheeWhee.

She talks a  little but loves to play with ChubiChu the Cute who is her best friend. Free amigurumi pattern of this WheeWhee the shy bear will try to post by the end of this week. By that time enjoy the photos of this little one 🙂Image