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Christmas Elves

Christmas Elves - AmigurumiBB

Few more details to finish and if all goes well, as planned will share the pattern in few days.

Finished size of these elves made in cotton DK and with 2 mm crochet hook is 24 cm (9.5 inches) -without hat. What is special and new in this pattern are two different hair styles you will learn.

Hope you like them so far! 🙂

See you in few days with the patter and more photos to show.

Wishing you all wonderful Friday!

Vanja

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Quack? Quack, quack!

What do you call the female duck?

Today learned that female duck is duck! 🙂 It is male who is called the drake!  We’ll call these little two just simple ducklings 😉Ducklings - 1

Yes, that is the lovable couple! I love old photography, and just had to make them in b&w 🙂

Was thinking the other day how I haven’t seen that many ducks made as crocheted toys or amigurumi. So gave it a try. Really enjoyed working on them and hope you will like them as much 🙂

Here they come in colorDucklings - 4

Hope you like them, because the pattern is already done.

Everything is done in continues rounds. Head was started as an oval, while the rest of the pieces out from magic ring. Legs are done little bit different. Used triangle shape instead of round. Everything I could think of I have explained in the pattern. In advance I apologize for my bad english or any misunderstandings caused because of it. If you will find any mistakes, please let me know and will correct them immediately.

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Here is the pattern for all duckling lovers or those that will become one!

Abbreaviation:

Ch: chain

St: stitch

Sc: single crochet US (double crochet UK)

Inc: increase, two stitches in one stitch

Inc+: increase, three stitches in one stitch

Inv.dec: invisible decrease

Dec+: use invisible decrease through 3 stitches (or 3sctog)

 

Materials used:

8 ply cotton yarn (pastel yellow, orange, pink)

bits and pieces of left over yarn for details (bows, neacklace….)

2 mm crochet hook

4 mm round black beads for the eye

needles for sewing up the eyes and body parts

fiberfill stuffing

 

Head

Yellow yarn

Ch6

R1:  sc4, inc3, (continue around the chain), sc3, inc. (12 sts)

R2: inc., sc3, *inc* x3, sc3, *inc* x2 (18 sts)

R3: sc1, inc.1, sc4, *inc.1, sc1* x2,  inc.1, sc4, inc1, sc1, inc.1 (24 sts)

R4: sc2, inc1, sc5, *inc1, sc2* x2, inc1, sc5, inc1, sc2, inc1 (30 sts)

R5: sc3, inc1, sc6, *inc1, sc3* x2 inc1, sc6, inc1, sc3, inc1 (36 sts)

R6: sc4, inc1, sc7, *inc1, sc4* x2 inc1, sc7, inc1, sc4, inc1 (42 sts)

R7: sc5, inc1, sc8, *inc1, sc5* x2 inc1, sc8, inc1, sc5, inc1 (48 sts)

R8: sc6, inc1, sc9, *inc1, sc6* x2 inc1, sc9, inc1, sc6, inc1 (54 sts)

R9-R18: sc54 sts

If you are using safety eyes, place them in between the rows 15 and 16, leaving 7 stitches in between them)

R19: *inv.dec1., sc7* x6 (48 sts)

R20: sc48 sts

R21: *inv.dec.1, sc4* x8 (40 sts)

R22: *inv.dec.1, sc2* x10 (30 sts)

R23: *inv.dec.1, sc1* x10 (20 sts)

R24: *inv.dec1, sc8* x2 (18 sts)

Tie off. Stuff the head nice and firm.

 

Body

Yellow yarn

R1: sc6 in magic ring

R2: inc1 x6 (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: *inc1, sc5* x6 (42 sts)

R8: *inc1, sc6* x6 (48 sts)

R9-R13: sc48 sts

R14: *inv.dec.1, sc4* x8 (40 sts)

R15: sc40 sts

R16: *inv.dec1, sc2* x10 (30 sts)

R17: sc30 sts

R18: *inv.dec.1, sc1* x10 (20 sts)

R19: sc20 sts

R20: *inv.dec1, sc8* x2 (18 sts)

R21: sc18 sts

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

 

Beak

Orange yarn

Ch9

R1: Sc7, inc+, (continue around the chain), sc6, inc1 (18 sts)

R2-3: sc18 sts

Tie of and leave long end for sewing the bark to the head later.

The bark will be placed between rows 15-20. Place it nice, pin it well and sew it nicely al around.

 

Tail

Yellow yarn

Tail is done with two little parts joined together and continued to be crocheted as one piece.

First make little piece

R1: sc5 in magic ring

R2: inc x5 (10 sts)

R3-R4: sc10 sts

Tie off.

 

Next piece:

R1: sc5 in magic ring

R2: in. x5 (10 sts)

R3-R6: sc10 sts

Now take the first piece made, slip stitch to any stitch to connect these two pieces together and continue stitching al around both pieces until you make 20 stitches.

That was our R1 at joined tail (20sts)

R2: *inv.dec.1, sc8* x2 (18sts)

R3: *inv.dec1, sc7* x2 (16 sts)

R4: *inv.dec1, sc6* x2 (14 sts)

R5: *inv.dec.1, sc5* x2 (12 sts)

R6: *inv.dec.1, sc4* x2 (10 sts)

Cut off leaving long end for sewing the tails end and sewing the tail on the body.

 

Wings (make2)

Yellow yarn

R1: sc6 in magic ring (6sts)

R2: inc1 x6 (12 sts)

R3-R4: sc12 sts

R5: *inc.1, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R6-R7: sc18 sts

R8: *inc1., sc2* x6 (24 sts)

R9-R10: sc24 sts

R11: *inc1, sc3* x6 (30 sts)

R12-R13: sc30 sts

R14: *inv.dec.1, sc1* x10 (20 sts)

R15-R16: sc20 sts

R17: *inv.de1* x10 (10 sts)

R18-R19: sc10 sts

Flatten the wing and stitch across both sides with single crochet. Tie off and leave long end for sewing the wings to the body later.

 

Legs (make2)

Orange yarn

R1: sc6 in magic ring

R2: *Inc+, sc1* x3 (12 sts)  don’t forget! In legs every increase is 3sc in one st. in order to reach triangle shape)

R3: sc1, *inc+, sc3* x2, inc+, sc2 (18 sts)

R4: sc2, *inc+, sc5* x2, inc+, sc3 (24 sts)

R5: sc3, *inc+, sc7* x2, inc+, sc4 (30 sts)

R6: sc4, *inc+, sc9* x2, inc+, sc5 (36 sts)

R7: sc36 sts

R8: sc4, inv.dec+, sc9, inv.dec+, sc17 (32 sts)

R9: sc3, inv.dec+, sc7, inv.dec+, sc16 (28 sts)

R10: sc2, inv.dec+, sc5, inv.dec+, sc15 (24 sts)

R11: sc1, inv.dec+, sc3, inv.dec+, sc14 (20 sts)

R12: inv.dec+, sc1, inv.dec+, sc13 (16 sts)

R13: inv.dec.+, sc12 (14 sts)

R14-R16: sc14 sts

Tie off and leave long end for sewing. Stuff the legs lightly. Just enough to form the nice shape. Close and sew the end nicely so can be attached to the body later.

 

Now time to attach the parts together.

Sew body and the head nicely through the 18 stitches you have on both sides. That should give you nice and tidy connection. Put some more stuffing if needed so they stick together nicely and firmly.

Wings place on the sides of the body. Place them evenly, pin them and sew them.

Legs are placed in between rows 4-5 (looking from the bottom side of the body). Center them leaving 2 stitches in between and see them nicely.

Tail is placed centered on the back side of the body between the rows 6-7.

If you didn’t use safety eyes, sew them on on between rows 15-16, leaving 7 stitches between them.

Place the bark between the eyes in between  the rows 15-20. Pin it and sew it all around nicely.

 

Details such as hair, bow or necklace!

 

Drake’s hair:

Ch10

Slip stich all the way back,

Ch8

Slip stitch through the chain, tie off leaving long end for sewing the hairs on top of the head

 

Duck’s hair:

Ch15

Inc x15

Repeat for as many hairs as you want duck to have

Tie off leaving long end for sewing the hair on the top of the head

 

Bow:

Leave long end before the chain Ch6

R1-3: sc5

R4: skip1 stitch, sc2, 2 stitches together (3 sts)

R5: sc1, 2 sctog (2 sts)

R6: inc.1, sc1 (3 sts)

R7: sc1, inc. x2 (5 sts)

R8-10: sc5 sts

R11: skip1, sc2, 2 sctog (3sts)

R12: sc1, 2sctog (2sts)

Tie off here and go back to the first row.

With the yarn you left at the beginning of the chain use to repeat R11 and R12

Tie off.

Fold the end of the bow to the center of the bow. Use the access yarn from the ends to wrap around the middle and sew so the bow stays closed and firm.

You can sew the bow directly on the body, or tie it behind the neck line so can be taken off and replaced with some other detail.

 

Necklace:

Depending what yarn you will use for making the necklace, measure it before starting R2 so can be placed all around ducklings neck.

In my case I used 25stitches in the chain

R1: ch25 (or as many as you need to make a chain all around the ducklings neck)

R2: sc24 sts

Change color

R3: skip one st, slip stitch next, ch3, skip one st, slip stitch next, ch3… repeat all the way around.

Reaching the end, chain to make circle you will use to lock the necklace. Close the ring, cut off. Sew and hide the ends.

On the other side, sew on the bead or very small buttonDucklings - 2

That’s it! Your ducklings are done! Hope you enjoyed making them as much as I did, and hope kids will love playing with them too!

Until next week, keep calm and crochet 😉Ducklings - 3

Sleeping buddies, lavender stuffed doll

This week was inspired by my first doll I ever got (had). Was a plush, red, patch doll think is called in English, with rubber face. Was one of those you take for sleeping. Soft and cuddly. This week remembered that doll again, and said, why not making one. In my yarn stash had this ball of very old white cotton yarn. Even the way it looked you could say  was very old. That was inspiring as well. “Vintage” looking doll, old yarn to go with..could not be better.

Added few details at the end and came up with this little one. Rice stuffed dolls - 11

Little sleeping buddy doll in cow pijama. Topic of this post is sleeping buddies stuffed with rice/lavender. This doll is stuffed with rice and fiber fill  stuffing. As I was stuffing the doll, was stuffing her in layers, mixing rice and fiber fill together. Only the head is stuffed with fiber stuffing all the way (but because had this head made some time ago).

The first doll was done! Now I had to try out the pattern and make new doll. Used tiny bits of different colors, to match the yarn weight and gauge. Basically left over yarns I found, but were the same producer. In second try I got the pattern done completely and finished doll looking like this:Rice stuffed dolls - 10

Difference at this one is the filling. This doll is mainly stuffed with rice. Fiberfill is added on top of each part for easier closing and sewing the parts later. I must say that this dolls fills great when held in hands, and I like her the most. It is heavy, when you squeeze her you can feel the rice grains inside and is fun to touch and play with.  Head I stuffed with fiberfill at this one as well. To be honest, wasn’t in the mood to experiment with rice. 🙂

While working on the second doll, this idea of stuffing the doll with lavender crossed my mind. While having breaks, took a trip to wardrobe in search of the lavender bags hiding there. Picked up fw, took the lavender out and now had to make one more doll to try this out! Lavender stuffed doll!

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That is why the third doll is all flowery looking 😀 She is lavender one!

Stuffing it just with lavender doesn’t work. I was using last years lavender, and was pretty dry and light weight. You can’t really “stuff” the doll. Furthermore, lavender breaks and makes dust. To avoid this breaking of lavender and dusting, again used the layers stuffing method. Little bit of stuffing, little bit of lavender and at the end you get this beautifully nice smelling soft doll, what makes ideal sleeping buddy.

Here are all three of the dolls made together 🙂

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Think we can start with the pattern. I am giving you the basic pattern, no details on the flowers or cow pijames.

Even the colors I didn’t mention in the pattern, so you can work based on own wishes or yarn availabilities. Important is to keep the yarn weight same or very similar.

Here is the Rice/Lavender stuffed Doll pattern:

Abbreviations (US terms):

Sc: Single crochet

St: Stitch

Inv.dc: Invisible decrease

Ch: chain

Materials used:

5ply or sports weight yarn in different colors

2mm crochet hook

black embroidery thread

embroidery needle

4mm round beads for eyes (if you are making the doll for babies, use safety eyes or sew the eyes on the face. do not use beads!)

Head

R1: Sc6 n magic ring (6)

R2: 2sc in each st around (12)

R3: *2sc in one st, sc1* x6 (18)

R4: *2sc in one st, sc2* x6 (24)

R5: *2c in one st, sc3* x6 (30)

R6: *2sc in one st, sc4* x6 (36)

R7-R10: sc36

R11: *2sc in one st, sc5* x6 (42)

R12: *2sc in one st, sc6* x6 (48)

R13: *2sc in one st, sc7* x6 (54)

R14-R16: sc54

R17: *inv.dec.1, sc7* x6 (48)

R18: sc48

R19: *inv.dec1, sc4* x8 (40)

R20: *inv.dec.1, sc2* x10 (30)

R21: *inv.dec.1, sc1* x10 (20)

R22:  inv.dec. x 8, sc4 (12)

Tie off. Stuff the head nice and firm.

Body

Ch12

R1: starting from the secong ch from hook, sc10, 3sc in one st (turn around),  sc9, 2sc in one st.

R2: 2sc in ne st, sc9, *2sc in one st* x3, sc9, *2sc in one st* x2 (30)

R3: sc1, 2sc in one st, sc10, *2sc in one st, sc1* x2, 2sc in one st, sc10, 2sc in one st, sc1, 2sc in one st. (36)

R4: sc2,  2sc in one st, sc11, *2sc in one st, sc2* x2, 2sc in one st, sc 11, 2sc in one st, sc2, 2sc in one st. (42)

R5-R14: sc42

R15: sc2, inv.dec.1, sc11, *inv.dec.1, sc2* x2, inv.dec1, sc11, inv.dec.1, sc2, inv.dec.1 (36)

R16: sc36

R17: sc1, inv.dec.1, sc10, *inv.dec.1, sc1* x2, inv.dec.1, sc10, inv.dec.1, sc1, inv.dec.1 (30)

R18: sc30

R19: inv.dec.1, sc9, inv.dec. x3, sc9, inv.dec. x2 (24)

R20: sc24

R21: sc1, inv.dec.1, sc4, *inv.dec.1, sc1* x2, inv.dec.1, sc4, inv.dec.1, sc1, inv.dec.1 (18)

R22-R23: sc18

R24: inv.dec.1, sc3, inv.dec. x3, sc3, inv.dec. x2 (12)

R25:  sc12

Tie off and leave long end for sewing the body with the head. Stuff the body well.

Legs  (x2)

Ch6

R1: sc4, 3sc in one st (turn around) sc3, 2sc in one st (12)

R2: 2sc in one st. sc3, *2sc in one st* x3, sc3, *2sc in one st* x2 (18)

R3:  sc1, 2sc in one st, sc4, *2sc in one st, sc1* x2, 2sc in one st, sc4, 2sc in one st, sc1, 2sc in one st (24)

R4- R6: sc24

R7: *inv.dec.1, sc10* x2 (22)

R8-R9: sc22

R10: *inv.dec.1, sc9* (20)

R11-R12: sc20

R13: *inv.dec.1, sc8* x2(18)

R14-R15: sc18

Stuff the leg. Flatten the ends and single crochet through both sides (two stitches across), making 8 stitches in total.

Cut the tread, log enough for sewing the leg to the body and pull out through the last stitch.

Arms (x2)

Ch6

R1: sc4, 3sc in one st (turn around) sc3, 2sc in one st (12)

R2: 2sc in one st. sc3, *2sc in one st* x3, sc3, *2sc in one st* x2 (18)

R3-R5: sc18

R6: *inv.dec.1, sc7* x2(16)

R7-R8: sc16

R9: *inv.dec.1, sc6* x2(14)

R10-R11: sc14

R12: *inv.dec1, sc5* x2(12)

R13-R14): sc12

Stuff the arm. Flatten the ends and single crochet through both sides (two stitches across), making 5 stitches in total.

Cut the tread, log enough for sewing the arm to the body and pull out through the last stitch.

Hood

Ch51

R1-R18: sc50

Fold piece in the half, and stitch across side, through both stitches, making 25 st along the way.

Cut the thread and tie off at the end.

Ch60, and with needle pass and pull trough stitches on the bottom of hood (as shown on the photo).

Cut off the access yarn, hide the ends, flip the hood inside out and is ready to be placed on dolls head.

I like to fold out one row in the front of the hood. Find it nice looking on dolls head.

Here is how your crocheted piece for hood will look like: Rice stuffed dolls - 01

Now fold it in two like this and stitch 25sc through both sides (two stitches at same time):Rice stuffed dolls - 02Now ch60, yarn over embroidery needle and sew through the stitches at the bottom of the hood, pulling the chain you crocheted thorugh those stitches:

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At the end the hood will look like this:Rice stuffed dolls - 05Rice stuffed dolls - 06

Assembling the parts together:

Sew he body and the head together.

Decide where the front/back will be so can start positioning and sewing the legs. Sew legs between the 4th and 5th row counting from the bottom (first, starting row). Leave one stitch between each leg.

Place arms on the sides of the body. Sew them nicely through 5 stitches we have made while finishing the arms.

Designing the face: 

Place the eyes, between between rows, 11-12. Leave 5 stitches between them

Embroider the smiling mouth. Without mouth doll looks great as well.

For any details on the face, or on the body, free your mind and play! 😀

At the end place the hood on doll’s head and your sleeping buddy is done!

Hope you enjoyed reading this and will enjoy making the doll! Make as many as you wish for your family and friends. Let me know what you did for stuffing, how the work went and what was your experience with the pattern.

If you will encounter any mistakes done, let me know, and will correct them immediately.

Thank you all for your time spent reading my post!Rice stuffed dolls - 08

P.S.

I have forgotten to mention few details.

Finished size of the doll is 16 (hight) x 8 (width) cm / 6 x 3,5 inches  (if done with sport weight yarn and 2mm hook, as I did)

The work is done in continuous round (at least it is how I did it, you do it the way you like and prefer).

After each row is finished, continue without slip stitching or chain one. Mark the beginning of each row  for easier counting and pattern following.

Bee Girl

Since I started this blog, just few months ago, encountered so many great bloggers that I would like to thank for all their effort and work done blogging. For their kindness to share with us their thoughts on some ordinary and non so ordinary issues, to share their knowledge trying to teach us new things, or just for being here so kind and so nice as they are and make this blogging space be a nice, warm and happy place for all of us that follow them.

One among these great bloggers I encountered is Tales Of Twisted Fibers one. Name suits her perfectly! If you haven’t been there yet, I warmly recommend you to go and check her out. Check and see why “twisted” and why we love her so much.

About two weeks ago she came up with this Bee girl. Ami doll that I really liked. Was thrilled when she posted the pattern for that doll as well. Could not resist giving her a try and  to make one Bee doll just for me 😉

Here is the link of her Bee Girl! Check her out before you proceed!

http://talesoftwistedfibers.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/free-bee-girl-amigurumi-pattern/

Making the doll was so much fun. Pattern is easy to follow. Outcome, the finished doll looks great! I love it and am sure all of you will!

So hurry, hurry and make one Bee Girl as well! 😀

Here is my Bee Girl made out of pattern designed and published by Tales Of Twisted Fibers. Thank you ToTF for this wonderful pattern and your kindness and generosity to share it with us! DSC01373 DSC01375 DSC01378

 

Ella the elephant and her boy friend

 

Few weeks ago I have introduced you my Ella the elephant , and promised how soon will write the pattern (readable one 😉 as well. Meantime got several mails, asking me if this pattern is available. So to all who asked, yes, and here it is. While working on the pattern made the second elephant. Made few changes on the boy one. His legs and arms are slightly longer than Ella’s. In this pattern I have wrote down both options. For making a boy (in my case it is grey elephant) all you will have to do is add few more rows on arms and legs as indicated in the pattern. You will see, it is all written and easy to follow.AmigurumiBB - 21

Abbreviations:

Ch: chain

St: Stitch

Sc: Single crochet

Inv.dec.: Invisible decrease

 

Materials used:

2mm crochet hook

8 ply cotton yarn in light blue or grey color

black embroidery thread for eyes and mount

embroidery needle for sewing up the parts and details

white yarn for tusks and toenails

for stuffing I used polyester fiberfil

 

You will work in continuous rounds. Make sure to mark the first stitch, but only for the easier row count. You will not be working any slip stitches at the end of each row, or any ch1. As you finish, just continue working the next round as indicated in the pattern. When finishing the piece, after making last single crochet, slip stitch to the following stitch and tie off pulling the thread out of the stitch.

For those that wish to make identical size doll to these that I have made, here is the gauge used:

1×1 cm:  4 rows x 3 stitches

1×1 inch: 9 rows x 8 stitches

 

And we are ready to get started 🙂

Here is the Ella the elephant pattern.

Head

R1: sc6 in magic ring (6 sts)

R2: 2sc in one st  x6 (12 sts)

R3: *2sc in one st, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R4: *2sc in one st, sc2* x6 (24 sts)

R5: *2sc in one st, sc3* x6 (30 sts)

R6: *2sc in one st, sc4* x6 (36 sts)

R7: *2sc in one st, sc5* x6 (42 sts)

R8: *2sc in one st, sc6* x6 (48 sts)

R9-R12:  sc48

R13: *2sc in one st, sc7* x6 (54 sts)

If you work with safety eyes, place them here leaving 6 stitches space between each one.

R14: *2sc in ne st, sc8* x6 (60 sts)

R15-R16: sc60

R17: *Inv.dec, sc8* x6 (54 sts)

R18: *Inv.dec., sc7* x6 (48 sts)

R19: *Inv.dec., sc6* x6 (42 sts)

R20: *Inv.dec., sc5* x6 (36 sts)

R21: *Inv.dec., sc4* x6 (30 sts)

R22: *Inv.dec., sc3* x6 (24 sts)

R23: *Inv.dec., sc2* x6 (18 sts)

Tie off, stuff the head firmly.

Ears

Ch11

R1: sc9, 3sc in one st (last one on the chain), sc8, 2sc in one st. (22 sts)

R2: *2sc in one st, sc1* x10 (33 sts)

R3: *2sc in one st, sc2* x10 (44 sts)

R4-R8: sc44

R9: *Inv.dec., sc2* x10 (33 sts)

R10: sc33

R11: *In.dec., sc1* x10 (22 sts)

R12: sc22

R13: Inv.dec x11

Tie off and leave long end for swing the ears on the head later.

Nose

R1: sc5 in magic ring (5 sts)

R2: 2sc in each st x5 (10 sts)

R3: *2sc in one st, sc1* x5 (15 sts)

R4: sc15 in the outer loop  (15 sts)

R5: sc15 (both loops) (15 sts)

R6: Inv.dec.3, sc9 (12 sts)

R7-R16: sc12

R17: sc3, 2sc in one st, sc1, 2sc in one st, sc1, 2sc in one st, sc4 15 sts)

R18: sc15

Tie off and leave long end for sewing the nose on the head later.

Body

R1: sc6 in magic ring (6 sts)

R2: 2sc in one st all around (12 sts)

R3: *2sc in one st, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R4: *2sc in one st, sc2* x6 (24 sts)

R5: *2sc in one st, sc3* x6 (30 sts)

R6: *2sc in one st, sc4* x6 (36 sts)

R7: *2sc in one st, sc5* x6 (42 sts)

R8: *2sc in one st, sc6* x6 (48 sts)

R9-R18: sc48 (48 sts)

R19: *Inv.dec., sc6* x6 (42 sts)

R20: sc42

R21: *Inv.dec., sc5* x6 (36 sts)

R22: sc36

R23: *Inv.dec., sc4* x6 (30 sts)

R24: sc30

R25: *Inv.dec., sc3* x6 (24 sts)

R26: sc24

R27: *Inv.dec., sc2* x6 (18 sts)

R28: sc18

Tie off and leave long end to sew the body with the head later. Stuff the body well.

Legs

R1: sc6 in magic ring (6 sts)

R2: 2sc in each st all around (12 sts)

R3: *2sc in one st, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R4: *2sc in ne st, sc2* x6 (24 sts)

R5: sc24 in the outer loop only (24 sts)

R6-R10: sc24

R11: *Inv dec., sc2* x6 (18 sts)

R12-R13: sc18

R14: *Inv.dec., sc1* x6 (12 sts)

R15-16: sc12

(if you wish to make legs longer as they are made at grey elephant, add 3 more rows)

Tie off and leave long end for sewing the legs later. Stuff only the wide, bottom part of the legs with the stuffing.

 

Arms

R1: sc6 in magic ring (6 sts)

R2: 2sc in each st all around (12 sts)

R3: *2sc in one st, sc1* x6 (18 sts)

R4: sc18 in the outer loop only

R5-R8: sc18 (for grey elephant arms add one more row)

R9: *Inv.dec., sc1* x6 (12 sts)

R10-R15: sc12 (12 sts)

For grey elephant kind of arms, add 4 more rows.

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

Stuff only the wide lower part of the arms with the stuffing.

Tail

Ch10

Tie off. Make a simple knot at the end. You can add few more threads in the last loop before fastening to give end of the tail have few hairs (and sew all as kind of little tassel), but it is optional.

Assembling the parts

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Sew body and head first.

You will have 18 stitches to connect at both sides, so it should be pretty easy and give you nice clean connection. Start sewing, connecting end stitch of the head (where you tied off ) with end stitch of the body (where your thread for sewing begins), facing each other. Before finishing the sewing, add some more stuffing to the head and/or body so they connect nice and fill all empty spaces there might be between head and the body.

Now before sewing the rest look at your elephant carefully.

Turn her around looking at the head, until you notice the points where you started to make decreases. Pick one you like the best, as this peak will be the one onto which we will sew on the nose. Safe place the nose, with bobbin pins and sew it on the head. Sew through both loops of each stitch, for every stitch around nose. It is little picky work, but be patient so it will look nice later.

Arms you will sew on sides of the body. Take nose as the center point. Leave 5 stitches between each arm (looking from front side). Position the arms, safe them with pins and sew them nicely.

Sewing the legs.

Turn the Ella upside down.

Count 7 rows from the middle towards the front of the belly. You will be sewing the legs between row 7 and 8.  Take the bottom ring as your center point to position the legs evenly. Leave 3 stitches between legs, safety pin the legs on the body and sew them nicely.

Ears:  Position the ears evenly on the sides of the head. Place the ears starting R8 downwards, till R13. Sew them nicely, tie off, hide the ends.

Sew the tail between row 7 and 8 (counting from the starting ring of the body) centering it at the back side of the body.

Now you Ella is sewed completely.

Eyes:

Sew on the eyes one row above the nose level, leaving 6 stitches between each eye.

Sew them through only one stitch.

If you would like to use safety, eyes. Place them right after R13, leaving 6 stitches space between them.

Tusks:

Using white yarn or embroidery thread, sew the tusks on the sides of the bottom of the trunk. Go through one stitch several times to create ball kind shape to indicate small growing tusks here.

Mouth:

Two rows below the trunk, using black yarn or embroidery thread, embroider the mouth, stitching through three vertical stitches. Then curve them with diagonal stitch both sides, to make it smiley effect.

Feet/Arms toenails:

I made three on each arm and leg (but you can make it up to 5 as it is that many elephant can have ☺

Using white yarn or embroidery thread, sew the toeanails same way as you did with the tusks, leaving 2 stitches space between each. Start the stitch at the bottom of the leg or arm and sew over the edge ending in the first stitch above (the edge). Tie off at the end and hide thread inside the arm or leg.

At the end if you wish to make hair or two at the top of Ellas head. Cut two or three strings of yarn, 5-6 cm long. Using crochet hook (try some smaller size so you don’t make big gap on the stitch) pull it through one stitch at top of the head, hook the yarn folded at half, pull out through the stitch. Pull just enough to create a small loop you will use to yarn over and pull the rest of the strings through. Make two or three hars like that, cut them to the length you find likable.

And your Ella the elephant or her boy friend are done.

Thank you for trying this pattern out, and make sure you show us your finished dolls.

Pass these pattern to your friends. Make Ellas or her boyfriend for people you love, but please do not sell them or try to make profit out of them.

Allow me, as their designer, to enjoy the joy giving them for free and available for public use. At the end it is not the money that make people happy, but us being kind and respectful to each other.

If you will encounter any problems during your Ella amigurumi work, with the pattern or work itself, let me know, feel free to contact me. Will be glad to help you.AmigurumiBB - 02

 

 

BB Dolls

BBDolls - 3This week wanted to talk about amigurumi doll’s hair making. If you ask me, it is the hardest part of finishing the doll and making her look the way we imagine. At least it is for me.

Tried so many different versions of hairs to be done on the doll, and hardly ever was satisfied with the final outcome. Those tapestry way, with wool and pulling out hair by hair; works fine I guess. Eats a lot of wool, but what you can do with it is either freaking out looking doll or to make it look “decent” is pony-tail(s) or braids.

Then there is a wig making. Sorry to say, but for that am complete idiot. Tried it several times, but each and every doll looked so sad with this helmet looking wig on.

Crocheting “discs” as I call them (small round pieces) and placing one or two on top of the head, as you can see at some of my doll photos in the gallery, worked fine. Liked the results. Making tassels to go with them or braids, and placing them on sides or top of the head….. yes, many possibilities and are easy to make, and at the end doll looks nice. Cute and “dolly”.

I wanted more out of hair! That kept me busy thinking and trying.

I am sure I didn’t invent anything new; specially to those that are in amigurumi world for quite some time, but it is new to me.

For today I made one new pattern that I called BB Dolls. Made few different hair styles so you can see the possibilities that can be done. Encourage all of you to give it a try and play with it for a while. Specially to ones that love dolls as much as I do. Hair making this way is fun! Really is! 😉

The pattern for entire doll I tried to make simplest possible. For some problem might be making legs and body in one peace, but if so, just make two legs and body separated, counting the stitches used in the pattern.

For any questions you might have, I am here, and will be glad to help you.

So here we go with the BB Doll pattern

Abbreviations:

Sc: Single crochet

ch: Chain

St: Stitch

inv.dec: invisible decrease

Materials you will need:

2 mm crochet hook

8 ply cotton yarn in various colors

4,5 mm round, black, wooden beads for eyes

stuffing of your choice

needle for sewing up the body parts together

embroidery thread if you will want to sew on the eyelashes to the doll’s eyes

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CH 6

R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 4. 3 2sc in last st. Turn Continue your work stitching around the other side,  Sc 4, 2sc in last st.   (12 sts)

R2: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next st*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)

R3: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next st*, rep 6 times. (24 sts)

R4: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next st*, rep 6 times (30 sts)

R5: *Sc 4, 2 sc in next st*, rep 6 times (36 sts)

R6-10: Sc 36

If you are using safety eyes, place them between row 10 and 11, leaving 6 stitches between them.

R11: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next st*, rep 12 times (48 sts)

R12: *Sc 7, 2 sc in next st*, rep 6 times (54 sts)

R13-R17: Sc 54

R18: *Sc 7, inv.dec 1*, rep 6 times (48 sts)

R19: *Sc 6, inv.dec 1*, rep 6 times (42 sts)

R20: *Sc 5, inv.dec 1*, rep 6 times (36 sts)

R21: *Sc 4, inv.dec 1*, rep 6 times (30 sts)

R22: *Sc 3, inv.dec 1*, rep 6 times (24 sts)

R23: *Sc 2, inv.dec 1*, rep 6 times (18 sts)

R24: *Sc 1, inv.dec 1*, rep 6 times (12 sts)

Fasten off and stuff head firmly. Stuff little by little and form so you shape the head nicely.

HAIR

R1: stitch 4sc in magic ring ch1 turn around

(Do not close the ring, chain one and continue stitching backwards, as you would with the flat peace. We will be crocheting the rows here. Every row finish with the chain1, turn around,  and continue stitching in the second stitch from the hook.)

R2: 2sc in each st (8 sts) ch1 turn around

R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next st*, rep 4 times. (12sts) ch1 turn around

R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next st*, rep 4 times (16 sts)

R5: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next st*, rep 4 times (20 sts)

R6: *Sc 4, 2 sc in next st*, rep 4 times (24 sts)

R7: *Sc 5, 2 sc in next st*, rep 4 times (28 sts)

R8-13: Sc 28

R14: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next st*, rep 8 times (36 sts)

R15: Sc 36

Ch1 and begin single crochet stitching to the side, toward the top of the head, where magic ring and first row is started.

Reaching the magic ring we will start making bangs.

Slip stitch 1 in the magic ring, chain 10, and return back slip stitching 9 at each stitch on the chain.

Slip stitch again to the magic ring, ch 10, return back slip stitching to 9 stitches on the chain, slip stitch to the magic ring, and repeat 3 more times, or until you create desired number of the bangs. (in my case there are 5).

Finishing last peace of hair, single crochet to the working side of the hair, and continue sc into each last row stitch (14 sts).

Reaching the end, tie off and leave long end for sewing the hair on the head.

Here are few samples of what you can do. Some you could see at presentations photo on the start of this post. Would have been to much if I tried to write down each and every pattern for different hair styles I’ve done; but as I said, if you will need any help, feel free to contact me and ask. Will be glad to help you.

Hair we are making in this pattern is the one shown on the first photo published here; look at the last doll in the line. One with light brown hair (yellow and blue dress).

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LEGS & BODY

Leg1:

R1: 6 Sc in magic ring (6)

R2: 2 sc in each st around (12)

R3:  *2sc in one st, sc1* x6 (18)

R4: 18 sc

R5: Inv.dec6, sc6 (12)

R6: Inv.dec3, sc6 (9)

Stuff the bottom of the leg.

Change color of the thread and continue with R7.

R7-R16: 9 sc

Tie off and leave long end for sewing later. Stuff the leg.

Leg2:

R1: 6 Sc in magic ring (6)

R2: 2 sc in each st around (12)

R3:  *2sc in one st, sc1* x6 (18)

R4: 18 sc

R5: Inv.dec6, sc6 (12)

R6: Inv.dec3, sc6 (9)

Stuff the bottom of the leg.

Change color of the thread and continue with R7.

R7-R16: 9 sc

At this point stuff the leg and bring both legs together.

R17: ch1, sc to the second last stitch on the next leg, sc7, ch1, sc to next leg, leaving one stitch free. Sc8. (18)

Pull out the yarn from the first leg you left for sewing later, through the gap between the legs. So it doesn’t come to your way while crocheting. You will use this yarn to sew this gap after body is done and stuffed.

R18-25: 18 sc

R26: *Inv.dec.1, sc1* x6 (12)

R27-29: 12 sc

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

Stuff the body as firm as you can.

Now take the sewing needle and the yarn there is between the legs (one you left from finishing the first leg) and sew the gap nicely.

ARMS X2

R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)

R2-6: 6 sc

Change color

R7-R9: 6sc

Tie of and leave long end for sewing the arms to the body.

DRESS

R1: 18 Sc in magic ring (18) (don’t close the ring completely)

R2-R3: 18 sc

R4: *2sc in one st, sc next 2* x6 (24)

R5-R6: 24 sc

R7: *2sc in one st, sc next 3sts* x6 (30)

R8-R9: 30 sc

R10: *2sc in one st, sc next 4 sts* x6 (36)

R11: 36 sc

Change color

R12: *ch3, sc in next st* repeat all around

Tie off and hide ends.

Put the dress over the body and sew the body on the head.

Sew on the hair, and finally place and sew the arms (I find it best if you leave 6 stitches looking in front of the dress, between each arm). I also suggest to sew the arms on the dress only. Not only it is easier, but gives you space to sew and hide ends nicely.

And you own BB Doll is done.

I hope you have enjoyed making it, and the hair you have learned will open up a whole new possibilities. Experiment and try different styles. Share what you have learned and teach us something new as well.

Looking forward to see and hear you experiences in making BB Doll. Thank you for staying with me and reading this post. Thank you for following and all kind and sweet comments you always leave behind. Thank you 🙂

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Karla’s Hats

Since published Little Karla Girl pattern, many times have been asked about different hat patterns for the little Karla. Blame it on me for not posting more back then, but when I crochet, I crochet without any pattern and usually don’t write what I am dong. So I end up repeating same doll and same pattern several times before it “hits” me that I could write it down for some future use. 🙂

Since I started with this blog, I do try to write down all I do. Even first time doing it. Now need time writing it all nice and readable 😀 Let us get back to what we have started here; hats for little Karla doll. You all met Karla. Since last time you saw her, her hair grew a little, but still not enough to take the hat off 😀 Will show you, her recent photos, but please, if you will must laugh, turn your head around and laugh quietly. We really did our best to comb and make nice hair style for photo shooting today.

So here comes Karla:

Karla Hats - 04🙂 we said no laughing loud!!!!

Today, tried to make up few hats together with patterns, so all of you that asked for something different to put on Karla’s head, now have few options to choose from.

Here are hats I have made today.

Karla Hats - 26These are really basic models and very, very simple to make. You can use them to make so many different styles. Once you’ll start and let your imagination lead you, you will see how it becomes never-ending story (when it comes to creating something new 🙂 So do not hesitate, take your little Karla, some yarn and needle and start creating new hats for this little one! Let’s continue with the hat patterns!

Starting with little mint green hat.

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Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle (6)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)

Round 3: *2 sc, sc in next st*, repeat 6 times (18)

Round 4: *2sc, sc in next 2 st*, repeat 6 times (24)

Round 5: *2 sc, sc in next 3 st*, repeat 6 times (30)

Round 6: *2 sc, sc in next 4 st*, repeat 6 times (36)

Round 7: *2 sc, sc in next 5 st*, repeat 6 times (42)

Round 8: *2 sc, sc in next 6 st*, repeat 6 times (48)

Round 9: *2 sc, sc in next 7 st*, repeat 6 times (54)

Round 10: *2 sc, sc in next 8 st*, repeat 6 times (60)

Round 11 – 12: Sc in each st around (60)

Round 13: *Inv dec, sc in next 8 st*, repeat 6 times (54)

Round 14: *Inv dec, sc in next 7 st*, repeat 6 times (48)

Round 15: * Inv dec, sc in next 6 st*, repeat 6 times (42)

Round 16-17: Sc in each st around (42)

Round 18: *slip stitch, sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, slip stitch*  repeat all the way around (42)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Lilac (purple) hat

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Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle (6)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)

Round 3: *2 sc, sc in next st*, repeat 6 times (18)

Round 4: *2sc, sc in next 2 st*, repeat 6 times (24)

Round 5: *2 sc, sc in next 3 st*, repeat 6 times (30)

Round 6: *2 sc, sc in next 4 st*, repeat 6 times (36)

Round 7: *2 sc, sc in next 5 st*, repeat 6 times (42)

Round 8: *2 sc, sc in next 6 st*, repeat 6 times (48)

Round 9: *2 sc, sc in next 7 st*, repeat 6 times (54)

Round 10: *2 sc, sc in next 8 st*, repeat 6 times (60)

Round 11 – 12: Sc in each st around (60)

Round 13: *Inv dec, sc in next 8 st*, repeat 6 times (54)

Round 14: *Inv dec, sc in next 7 st*, repeat 6 times (48)

Round 15: * Inv dec, sc in next 6 st*, repeat 6 times (42)

Round 16-17: Sc in each st around (42)

Round 18: 2Hdc in each st around, front loop only (84)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Pastel Yellow Hat

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Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle (6)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)

Round 3: *2 sc, sc in next st*, repeat 6 times (18)

Round 4: *2sc, sc in next 2 st*, repeat 6 times (24)

Round 5: *2 sc, sc in next 3 st*, repeat 6 times (30)

Round 6: *2 sc, sc in next 4 st*, repeat 6 times (36)

Round 7: *2 sc, sc in next 5 st*, repeat 6 times (42)

Round 8: *2 sc, sc in next 6 st*, repeat 6 times (48)

Round 9: *2 sc, sc in next 7 st*, repeat 6 times (54)

Round 10: *2 sc, sc in next 8 st*, repeat 6 times (60)

Round 11 – 12: Sc in each st around (60)

Round 13: *Inv dec, sc in next 8 st*, repeat 6 times (54)

Round 14: *Inv dec, sc in next 7 st*, repeat 6 times (48)

Round 15: * Inv dec, sc in next 6 st*, repeat 6 times (42)

Round 16: 2hdc in each st around (84)

Round 17: Hdc in each st around (84)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Elf green HatKarla Hats - 18

Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle (6)

Round 2-3: sc in each st around (6)

Round 4: *2 sc, sc in next st* repeat 3 times (9)

Round 5-6: sc in each st around (9)

Round 7: *2sc, sc in next 2 st*, repeat 6 times (12)

Round 8-9: sc in each st around (12)

Round 10: *2 sc, sc in next 1 st*, repeat 6 times (18)

Round 11-12: sc in each st around (18)

Round 13: *2 sc, sc in next 2 st*, repeat 6 times (24)

Round 14-15: sc in each st around (24)

Round 16: *2 sc, sc in next 3 st*, repeat 6 times (30)

Round 17.18: Sc in each st around (30)

Round 19: *2sc, sc in next 4 st*, repeat 6 times (36)

Round 20: sc in each st around (36)

Round 21: * 2sc, sc in next 5 st*, repeat 6 times (42)

Round 22: Sc in each sc around (42)

Round 23: *2sc, sc in next6 st*, repeat 6 times (48)

Round 24: sc in each st around (48)

Round 25: *2sc, sc in next 7st*, repeat 6 times (52)

Round 26: *2sc, sc in next8 sc*, repeat 6 times (60)

Round 27-28: sc in each st around (60)

Round 29: *inv.dec., sc in next 8 st*, repeat 6 times (52)

Round 30: *inv.dec., sc in next 7 st, repeat 6 times (48)

Round 31: *in.dec., sc in next 6 st, repeat 6 times (42)

Round 32: reverse single crochet around (42)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

For those that don’t know how to make reverse single crochet stitch, here is little tutorial. If I could learn from this, so will you!http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-crochet-a-reverse-single-crochet-stitch.html

And final one is Teddy Bear hatKarla Hats - 22Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle (6)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)

Round 3: *2 sc, sc in next st*, repeat 6 times (18)

Round 4: *2sc, sc in next 2 st*, repeat 6 times (24)

Round 5: *2 sc, sc in next 3 st*, repeat 6 times (30)

Round 6: *2 sc, sc in next 4 st*, repeat 6 times (36)

Round 7: *2 sc, sc in next 5 st*, repeat 6 times (42)

Round 8: *2 sc, sc in next 6 st*, repeat 6 times (48)

Round 9: *2 sc, sc in next 7 st*, repeat 6 times (54)

Round 10: *2 sc, sc in next 8 st*, repeat 6 times (60)

Round 11 – 12: Sc in each st around (60)

Round 13: *Inv dec, sc in next 8 st*, repeat 6 times (54)

Round 14: *Inv dec, sc in next 7 st*, repeat 6 times (48)

Round 15: * Inv dec, sc in next 6 st*, repeat 6 times (42)

Round 16-17: Sc in each st around (42)

Round 18: Hdc in each sc around (42)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Nose

Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle (6)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

Round 3: *2 sc, sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (18)

Round 4-5: sc in each st around (18)

fasten of and leave long end for sewing the nose to the hat.

Ears

Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle (6)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

Round 3: *2 sc, sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (18)

Round 4-6: sc each st around (18)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing ears to the hat.

Sew nose and ears to the hat. Glue some black cloth pieces on the top of the nose and in place of eyes (or sew them on with black thread).

This way you can make polar bear, duck, panda, koala, frog….so many different animal hats.

The tiny flower used on the hats you can make as follows:

Round 1: sc5 in magic circle

switch color if you wish to make two color flower

Round 2: *slip stitch to next st, ch2, hdc in same st, ch2* repeat 5 times

fasten off, leave long end for sewing the flower to the head.

Karla Hats - 12If you have any idea of new hat pattern you would like to see, or have a pattern you would like to share with us, let me know! Send me e-mail, or post a comment!

Till next time… happy hats making 😉