Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Crochet Mandala for Wink

Today is a very sad day in the world of crochet as we come to terms with losing one of our own. Marinke, known as Wink to many of you, was such an amazing crochet designer and beautiful person, but sadly she has lost her fight against depression.

In memory of her amazing achievements and creativity many crocheters have taken to making mandalas and sharing them with the hashtag ‪#‎mandalasforwink‬ and ‪#‎wearingflowersinmyhairforwink‬ on Twitter and Facebook, and I too wish to share my own mandala design I wrote today just for Wink, which you can find below.

My deepest sympathies go out to Marinke's family and friends, and I hope that by sharing these mandala we can help you find peace knowing how much she was loved and will be greatly missed.

Peaceful Mandala Star for Wink

W = white
G = green
P = peach

Round 1
Using W and a 3.5mm E/4 crochet hook ch4, sl st in ch1 to form a loop, ch3, *1dc in loop, ch1* repeat from * to * 9 times, join G with sl st in top of ch3 to join - (10 dcs including chs)

Round 2
Ch1, *2dc in next ch1 sp, ch1* repeat from * to * until end, join P with sl st in 1st dc to join

Round 3
Ch1, *1 front post sl st around next 2 green dc posts, 1sc in next 1ch sp, ch3, sl st in same 1ch sp* repeat from * to * until end, join G with sl st in top of previous 2nd green dc from round 2

Round 4
Ch3, 3dc in same st as previous sl st (below chs), *4dc in next 2nd green dc of 2dc from round 2* repeat from * to * until end, join W with sl st in top of ch3 to join

Round 5
Ch1, *1tr front post st around next previous 2 green dcs from round 2, sl st in middle green dc of 4 from round 4, ch4* repeat from * to * until end, join O with sl st in top of 1st tr to join

Round 6
Ch4, 4hdc in next 2ch sp, *ch2, 4hdc in 2ch sp* repeat from * to * last 2ch sp, ch2, 3hdc in last 2ch sp, join W with sl st in ch2 of 4

Round 7
Ch1, *[1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1tr front post st around previous white tr below, ch3, sl st in top of tr just made, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc] in next 2 ch sp* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in ch1 to join



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Friday, 12 June 2015

How to Crochet a Pig - Farmyard Specials



I thought it was time I designed some little animals again, and what better to go alongside my Crochet-a-Long Road Play Mat than some farm yard animals, and to begin with a little piggie.

For this project you will need the following materials

  • DK/Light worsted weight yarn in two shades of pink but you can just use one shade of pink if you prefer.
  • 3.5 mm E/4 crochet hook
  • Yarn needle and scissors
  • Toy stuffing or yarn scraps for stuffing

This pattern is in US terminology

st(s) = stitch(es)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
sc2tog = single crochet two stitches together for decrease

DP = dark pink yarn
LP = light pink yarn
B = black

Pattern

Body

Rows 1 and 2 (round 1)
Using DP and a 3.5 mm E/4 crochet hook ch3, 2sc in 2nd st from hook (middle ch), 2sc in last ch, now crochet back into your chains again, but in the opposite direction with 2sc in 1st st (same st as last 2 scs - so you end up with 4 in same st), 2sc in last ch - (8 sts in total from both rows)

Round 2
Sl st in next st, join LP with ch1 (don't count as st here or throughout),  In BACK LOOPS ONLY work 1sc in same st as previous sl st, 1sc in ea st around, sk ch1, sl st in first sc - (8)

Round 3
Ch1, 1sc in same st as previous sl st, 2sc in next st, *1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sk ch1, sl st in first sc - (12)

Round 4
Ch1, 1sc in same st as previous sl st, 1sc in ea st around, sk ch1, sl st in first sc - (12)

Round 5
Ch1, 1sc in same st as previous sl st, 1sc in next st, 2sc in next 4 sts, 1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next 4 sts, sk ch1, sl st in first sc - (20)

Round 6
Ch1, 1sc in same st as previous sl st, 1sc in ea st around, sk ch1, sl st in first sc - (20)

Round 7
Ch1, 1sc in same st as previous sl st, *1sc in next 4 sts, [ch4, 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1hdc in next ch, 1dc in next ch]* repeat from * to * once more, 1sc in last 11 sts, sk ch1, sl st in first sc - (20 not counting ear sts)

Rounds 8 - 13
Ch1, 1sc in same st as previous sl st, 1sc in ea st around skipping ear sts, sk ch1, sl st in first sc - (20)

Round 14
Ch1, starting in same st as previous sl st sc2tog, sc2tog until end, sk ch1, sl st in first sc - (10)

Stuff your pig at this point.

Round 15
Sc2tog until end or it gets too fiddly, without chaining or joining, sl st across any remaining hole to close, ch3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, ch3, fasten off and tie in all tails.

Legs (make four)

Round 1
Ch4, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop, crochet 5sc into centre of loop, sl st in 1st sc to join - (5)

Round 2
Ch1 (don't count as st here or throughout),  In BACK LOOPS ONLY work 1sc in same st as previous sl st, 1sc in ea st around, sk ch1, sl st in first sc - (5)

Round 3
Ch1, 1sc in same st as previous sl st, 1sc in ea st around, sk ch1, sl st in first sc - (5) Fasten off and sew onto body. Repeat for other feet.

Eyes

Take a short length of B and sew on some eyes. See video for suggestion on how to do this.

And now you're done!

    

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© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in an offline crochet group. Items made from any of my patterns can be sold in your own stores however. Patterns are not for re-sale. Thank you.