Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Free Christmas Elf Crochet Pattern


Free Christmas Elf Crochet Pattern by Laura Eccleston

It's that time of year again and I have a few extra Christmas crochet tutorials and patterns for you, which I am so excited to share, starting with my little Elf.

This Elf is perfect for Christmas but also for any special occasion.

Video tutorial can be found here:


For this pattern you will need the following material

- DK/Light worsted weight yarn in green, red, white and a little black
- 2.5mm crochet hook or similar
- Toy stuffing or yarn scraps for stuffing
- Yarn needle and scissors
- 1 small button measuring 1cm in diametre (optional)
- A little bell (optional)

Body

Round 1
Using white, ch4, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop, 8sc in loop, sl st in 1st sc to join - (8)

Round 2
Ch1 (don't count as st here or throughout) and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet *2sc in ea st around* rep from * to end, sl st in 1st sc to join - (16)

Round 3
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st *1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* rep from * to end, sl st in 1st sc to join - (24)

Rounds 4 - 8
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet 1sc in ea st around, sl st in 1st sc to join - (24)

Rounds 9 - 15
Join green in ch1 on 1st round and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet 1sc in ea st around, sl st in 1st sc to join - (24)

Pause your work here and using black sew on some eyes and a mouth, and sew on your button if desired. Now work the arms.

Arm (make two)

Round 1
Using white, ch4, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop, 5sc in loop, sl st in 1st sc to join - (5)

Rounds 2 - 3
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet 1sc in ea st around, sl st in 1st sc to join - (5)

Rounds 4 - 8
Join green in ch1 on 1st round and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet 1sc in ea st around, sl st in 1st sc to join - (5)

*Note* If you get fed up of joining rounds on the arms and legs once you have joined your green, you can work continuously instead, without slip stitching at the end or chaining 1 at the beginning. We only work joined rounds for a neat colour join.

Repeat rounds 1-8 of arm for your second arm and sew on your arms. Stuff your body and continue with body.

Body continued...

Round 16
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet *1sc in next st, sc2tog* rep from * to end, sl st in 1st sc to join - (16)

Rounds 17 - 18
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st *sc2tog* rep from * to end, sl st in 1st sc to join - (8 then 4) Sew remaining hole closed and add any extra stuffing as needed before closing.

Leg (make two)

Rounds 1 - 8
Repeat steps 1 - 8 of arm.

Rounds 9 - 13 or more

Repeat round 8 for as many times as needed.

Sew on legs.

Hat

Round 1
Using red ch24, sl st in 1st ch to form a large loop - (24)

Alternatively you can ch24 single crochet foundation stitches and skip round 2. 
Watch my tutorial here

Rounds 2 - 4
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet 1sc in ea st around, sl st in 1st sc to join - (24)

Round 5
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet *1sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* rep from * to end, sl st in 1st sc to join - (18)

Rounds 6 - 7
Repeat round 2 - (18)

Round 8
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st crochet *1sc in next st, sc2tog* rep from * to end, sl st in 1st sc to join - (12)

Rounds 9 - 10
Repeat round 2 - (12)

Round 11
Ch1 and starting in same st as previous sl st *sc2tog* rep from * to end, sl st in 1st sc to join - (6)

Rounds 12 - 13
Repeat round 2 - (6) Sew remaining hole closed and sew on a small bell if desired.

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed this pattern and tutorial. For more Christmas patterns please visit my website here: www.happyberry.co.uk or watch my playlist of Christmas videos tutorials here: www.youtube.com

  



© 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. Patterns are not for re-sale. Thank you.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Miniature Crochet Bag, Shoes & Booties - Final CAL Episode

Welcome to episode five, and the final episode of my latest crochet-a-long for my Amigurumi dress up doll crochet pattern, where each Friday over the last few weeks I have been releasing a new written pattern and video tutorial for the lead up to Christmas.

In my fifth tutorial today I show you how to crochet some shoes, a bag and some booties for your doll. I hope you enjoy.

The episodes include
Episode 1: 21st October: Head and Eyes
Episode 2: 28th October: Body and Legs
Episode 3: 4th November: Hair Tutorial and Arms
Episode 4: 11th November: Dress Pattern
Episode 5: 18th November: Bag, Shoes and Booties

This pattern is in US terminology, but details are given below, and in the video for UK terminology. The finished doll measures about 30cm approx in length.

Why not make a boy doll too, simply change the hair style and I'll add some extra tutorials after the main CAL for some trousers or shorts and tops. Maybe some dungarees. Let me know in the comments below what you would like to see in this crochet-a-long.

For the whole CAL you will need the following suggested materials

  • DK/Light Worsted weight cotton yarn (yarn weight of 3) in the following colours; Suggested yarns are for Rico Design Essential Cotton DK but you can use any yarn you like!
    • A skin colour - suggestions: Rose 01 (pink) or Nougat 78 (brown) 
    • A hair colour - suggestions: Banana 63 (yellow) or Nougat 78 (brown)
    • An eye colour - suggestions: Light Blue 27 or Nougat 78 (brown) or Grass Green 66 
    • Colours for clothes and accessories - suggestions: Fuschia 14 (dark pink), Violet 20 or any of the colours named above
    • Black and White for eyes
  • 3.5 E/4 crochet hook or any hook that is suitable for the yarn you are using
  • Toy stuffing or yarn scraps for stuffing. I chose 100% polyester toy stuffing available in my most craft stores
  • Yarn needle and scissors
  • 1 small button measuring 1cm in diameter, if making the bag

Terminology and conversions for today's tutorial
US single crochet (sc) = UK double crochet (dc)
US half double crochet (hdc) = UK half treble (htr)
US double crochet (dc) = UK treble (tr)
sc2tog = single crochet two stitches together
fps = front post stitch
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
ea = each

Video Tutorial


Written Pattern

Bag


Round 1
Ch5, *2sc in second st from hook, 1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in last st*, turn your work and working back into your chains again rep from * once more - (12 sts in total from both rows) Do not join rounds.

Round 2
1sc in ea st around - (12)

Round 3
*1sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st* rep from * once more - (16)

Rounds 4 - 6
1sc in ea st around - (16)

Row 7
1sc in next 2 sts, TURN, sk1, 1sc in next 7 sts

Row 8
TURN, sk1, 1sc in next 6 sts

Row 9
TURN, sk1, 1sc in next st, ch2, sk2, 1sc in last 2 sts

Row 10
TURN, sk1, 1sc in next st, 2sc in 2ch sp, 1sc in last st

Row 11
TURN, sc2tog twice

Finishing
5 sl sts down edge back to main bag, ch30, sl st in opposite side. Fasten off and tie in all tails. Sew on button

Shoe

Round 1
Ch5, *2sc in second st from hook, 1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in last st*, turn your work and working back into your chains again rep from * once more - (12 sts in total from both rows) Do not join rounds.

Round 2
1hdc in ea st around - (12)

Round 3
1hdc in next 8 sts, sl st in remaining 4 sts - (12)

Round 4 (ish) - ignore stitch count
1hdc in next 8 sts

Rows 5 - 6
Ch1, TURN, 1hdc in next 6 sts (make sure to do this twice)

Round 7
1hdc in same st as last st from row 4, ch6, 1hdc in same st as last st from row 5

Round 8
Jump up to next st on top row, 1hdc in next 7 sts to chains, 6hdc in 6ch sp, 1hdc in next st to join, 1dc in next 6 sts, sl st in next st to finish. Fasten off and tie in all tails, repeat for second shoe.

Bootie

Round 1
Ch5, *2sc in second st from hook, 1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in last st*, turn your work and working back into your chains again rep from * once more - (12 sts in total from both rows) Do not join rounds.

Rounds 2 - 3
1hdc in ea st around - (12)

Round 4 (ish) - ignore stitch count
1hdc in next 8 sts

Rows 5 - 6
Ch1, TURN, 1hdc in next 6 sts (make sure to do this twice)

Round 7
1hdc in same st as last st from row 4, 1hdc in next 6 sts, 1hdc in same st as last st from row 5

Rounds 8 - 10
Jump up to next st on top row on first round, 1hdc in ea st around - (14)

Rounds 11 - 12
1hdc fps around ea previous st around, sl st in next st to finish on last round.
Alternatively just work two more rounds of normal hdc. Fasten off and tie in all tails. Repeat for second bootie.

And that's it for this crochet-a-long! I do hope you've enjoyed the main patterns for this CAL and I have loved seeing all the dolls being made on the Facebook group page. There will be a few more patterns for this doll coming soon over the next few months so do look out for them, but they will just be written patterns. I shall now be putting together my next CAL so do stay tuned for that!

If you would like more crochet tutorials and patterns to enjoy then please do check out my channels;

Official HappyBerry CAL Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HappyBerryCALs

  

Visit my website at: www.happyberry.co.uk



© 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. Patterns are not for re-sale. Thank you.

Friday, 11 November 2016

HappyBerryCrochet is on Instagram

It's official, I've finally made it to Instagram!

Well, I've actually been on Instagram for a few months, but I was using my hubby's phone as mine was something from the stone age, but it was proving very difficult to enjoy it to its full extent. I am happy to say that I have now been lucky enough to purchase my own smart phone and I have to confess I am enjoying the camera a lot! It is so handy to just catch a moment and then share it with you guys.

So my Instagram account is a wonderful way, as I now live on there, to get in touch with me! It is also where I share behind the scene photos of what I am currently working on designing, as well as my travels out and about. You can get so many sneak peeks, but also catch up on previous designs of mine that you may not know about.

I do hope you will pop by and say hello if you have Instagram yourself. You can find me at https://www.instagram.com/happyberrycrochet See you there! (^-^)


    

Visit my website at: www.happyberry.co.uk



Crochet Amigurumi Doll CAL - Ep4 Doll Dress



Welcome to episode four of my latest crochet-a-long! for my Amigurumi dress up doll crochet pattern, where each Friday for the next few weeks I shall be releasing a new written pattern and video tutorial for the lead up to Christmas.

In my fourth tutorial today I show you how to crochet a dress for your doll. I hope you enjoy.

The episodes will include (subject to change)
Episode 1: 21st October: Head and Eyes
Episode 2: 28th October: Body and Legs
Episode 3: 4th November: Hair Tutorial and Arms
Episode 4: 11th November: Dress Pattern
Episode 5: 18th November: Bag and Accessories

This pattern is in US terminology, but details are given below, and in the video for UK terminology. The finished doll measures about 30cm approx in length.

Why not make a boy doll too, simply change the hair style and I'll add some extra tutorials after the main CAL for some trousers or shorts and tops. Maybe some dungarees. Let me know in the comments below what you would like to see in this crochet-a-long.

For the whole CAL you will need the following suggested materials

  • DK/Light Worsted weight cotton yarn (yarn weight of 3) in the following colours; Suggested yarns are for Rico Design Essential Cotton DK but you can use any yarn you like!
    • A skin colour - suggestions: Rose 01 (pink) or Nougat 78 (brown) 
    • A hair colour - suggestions: Banana 63 (yellow) or Nougat 78 (brown)
    • An eye colour - suggestions: Light Blue 27 or Nougat 78 (brown) or Grass Green 66 
    • Colours for clothes and accessories - suggestions: Fuschia 14 (dark pink), Violet 20 or any of the colours named above
    • Black and White for eyes
  • 3.5 E/4 crochet hook or any hook that is suitable for the yarn you are using
  • Toy stuffing or yarn scraps for stuffing. I chose 100% polyester toy stuffing available in my most craft stores
  • Yarn needle and scissors
  • 1 small button measuring 1cm in diameter, if making the bag

Terminology and conversions for today's tutorial
US single crochet (sc) = UK double crochet (dc)
US half double crochet (hdc) = UK half treble (htr)
US double crochet (dc) = UK treble (tr)
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
ea = each

Video Tutorial - Dress



Written Pattern - Dress

Round 1 - top part of dress
Ch36, sl st in first ch to form a loop - (36)

Round 2
Ch1 (don't count as st here or throughout), starting in same st as previous sl st crochet 1hdc in ea st around, sl st in ch1 to join - (36)

Round 3
Ch1, starting in same st as previous sl st crochet *1hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog* rep from * to end, sl st in ch1 to join - (30)

Round 4
Ch1, starting in same st as previous sl st crochet 1hdc in ea st around, sl st in ch1 to join - (30)

Round 5
Ch1, starting in same st as previous sl st crochet *1hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog* rep from * to end, sl st in ch1 to join - (25)

Round 6 - 7
Ch1, starting in same st as previous sl st crochet 1hdc in ea st around, sl st in ch1 to join - (25)

Finishing
- Ch1, sl st in same st as previous sl st and in next 8 sts, *sk1, [3hdc, 1dc, 3hdc] in next st, sk1* sl st in next st, rep from * to * once more, sl st in remaining 9 sts, sl st to join.
- *ch10, sl st in top of fan opposite, sl st back along chs, sl st on edging again to join* rep from * once more for opposite fan. Fasten off and tie in all tails.

Round 1 - skirt part
Re-join yarn near seam at back of dress in chs from round 1 of top part, ch1 and crochet 1sc in ea st around, sl st in ch1 to join - (36)

Round 2
Ch4, 1dc in same st as previous sl st, *sk1, 1dc in next st, sk1, 2dc in next st* rep from * to end, sl st in top of ch4 to join

Rounds 3 - 6
Sl st over to first gap between previous dcs, ch4, *1dc in next gap, ch1* rep from * to end, sl st in top of ch4 to join. Fasten off and tie in all tails.

If you would like more crochet tutorials and patterns to enjoy then please do check out my channels;

Official HappyBerry CAL Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HappyBerryCALs

    

Visit my website at: www.happyberry.co.uk



© 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. Patterns are not for re-sale. Thank you.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Crochet Amigurumi Doll CAL - Ep3 Arms and Hair

Welcome to episode three of my latest crochet-a-long! for my Amigurumi dress up doll crochet pattern, where each Friday for the next few weeks I shall be releasing a new written pattern and video tutorial for the lead up to Christmas.

In my third tutorial today I show you how to crochet the arms and make the hair. I hope you enjoy.

The episodes will include (subject to change)
Episode 1: 21st October: Head and Eyes
Episode 2: 28th October: Body and Legs
Episode 3: 4th November: Hair Tutorial and Arms
Episode 4: 11th November: Dress Pattern
Episode 5: 18th November: Bag and Accessories

This pattern is in US terminology, but details are given below, and in the video for UK terminology. The finished doll measures about 30cm approx in length.

Why not make a boy doll too, simply change the hair style and I'll add some extra tutorials after the main CAL for some trousers or shorts and tops. Maybe some dungarees. Let me know in the comments below what you would like to see in this crochet-a-long.

For the whole CAL you will need the following suggested materials

  • DK/Light Worsted weight cotton yarn (yarn weight of 3) in the following colours; Suggested yarns are for Rico Design Essential Cotton DK but you can use any yarn you like!
    • A skin colour - suggestions: Rose 01 (pink) or Nougat 78 (brown) 
    • A hair colour - suggestions: Banana 63 (yellow) or Nougat 78 (brown)
    • An eye colour - suggestions: Light Blue 27 or Nougat 78 (brown) or Grass Green 66 
    • Colours for clothes and accessories - suggestions: Fuschia 14 (dark pink), Violet 20 or any of the colours named above
    • Black and White for eyes
  • 3.5 E/4 crochet hook or any hook that is suitable for the yarn you are using
  • Toy stuffing or yarn scraps for stuffing. I chose 100% polyester toy stuffing available in my most craft stores
  • Yarn needle and scissors
  • 1 small button measuring 1cm in diameter, if making the bag

Terminology and conversions for today's tutorial
US single crochet (sc) = UK double crochet (dc)
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
ea = each

Video Tutorial - Arms and Hair


Written Pattern - Arms and Hair

Arm (make two)

Round 1
Ch4, sl st in first ch to form a loop, crochet 6sc into loop, do not join round - (6)

Alternatively you can work the magic loop and crochet 6sc into a magic loop

Rounds 2 - 4
1sc in ea st around - (6)

Round 5
*2sc in next st, 1sc in next 2 sts* rep from * once more - (8)

Rounds 6 - 24
1sc in ea st around - (8)

Finish by stuffing your arm up to the hand using some blunt scissors. Fasten off and sew onto body. Repeat steps 1-24 for second arm.

Hair 

Step 1
Take your hair colour and cut 60-70 strands measuring how long you want your hair to be from one side to the other. The centre of your yarn strand will be at the top of the head.

Step 2
Cut a really long strand of the same hair colour and place it vertically down on a table. Now place your 60-70 strands on top horizontally (you can also add them 2-3 at a time if easier), making sure the vertical strand is in the middle.

Step 3
Make a slip knot on your hook and take 2-3 strands of your hair yarn, and placing your hook over them hook the long vertical piece of yarn and work a slip stitch, catching the 2-3 strands as you do so. Take another 2-3 strands and repeat process until you can slip stitch all the way across your hair strands in the centre. See video if unsure.

Step 4
Place the long tail end of your long strand at the front of your doll's head. Sew along your slip stitched seam, catching and joining the head as you do to secure. Now sew back up along one side of your seam, and again back down to the base of the neck on the opposite side of your seam. This extra sewing secures the strands even more and stops them from being pulled out as much.

Step 5
You can leave your hair like this if happy, which works well for plaits, but for better coverage fold over one set of your strands to the other side and hide your seam. Repeat steps 1-5 again for the opposite side, making sure to sew very close to your previous seam.

Pause your work here and tune in next week for Episode 4 Dress Pattern!

If you would like more crochet tutorials and patterns to enjoy then please do check out my channels;

Official HappyBerry CAL Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HappyBerryCALs

    

Visit my website at: www.happyberry.co.uk



© 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. Patterns are not for re-sale. Thank you.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Crochet Amigurumi Doll CAL - Ep2 Body and Legs

Welcome to episode two of my latest crochet-a-long! for my Amigurumi dress up doll crochet pattern, where each Friday for the next few weeks I shall be releasing a new written pattern and video tutorial for the lead up to Christmas.

In my second tutorial today I show you how to crochet the body and legs. I hope you enjoy.

The episodes will include (subject to change)
Episode 1: 21st October: Head and Eyes
Episode 2: 28th October: Body and Legs
Episode 3: 4th November: Hair Tutorial and Arms
Episode 4: 11th November: Dress Pattern
Episode 5: 18th November: Bag and Accessories

This pattern is in US terminology, but details are given below, and in the video for UK terminology. The finished doll measures about 30cm approx in length.

Why not make a boy doll too, simply change the hair style and I'll add some extra tutorials after the main CAL for some trousers or shorts and tops. Maybe some dungarees. Let me know in the comments below what you would like to see in this crochet-a-long.

For the whole CAL you will need the following suggested materials

  • DK/Light Worsted weight cotton yarn (yarn weight of 3) in the following colours;
    Suggested yarns are for Rico Design Essential Cotton DK but you can use any yarn you like!
    • A skin colour - suggestions: Rose 01 (pink) or Nougat 78 (brown) 
    • A hair colour - suggestions: Banana 63 (yellow) or Nougat 78 (brown)
    • An eye colour - suggestions: Light Blue 27 or Nougat 78 (brown) or Grass Green 66 
    • Colours for clothes and accessories - suggestions: Fuschia 14 (dark pink), Violet 20 or any of the colours named above
    • Black and White for eyes
  • 3.5 E/4 crochet hook or any hook that is suitable for the yarn you are using
  • Toy stuffing or yarn scraps for stuffing. I chose 100% polyester toy stuffing available in my most craft stores
  • Yarn needle and scissors
  • 1 small button measuring 1cm in diameter, if making the bag
Terminology and conversions for today's tutorial
US single crochet (sc) = UK double crochet (dc)
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
ea = each
sc2tog = single crochet two stitches together (see video for invisible decrease)

Video Tutorial - Body and Legs





Written Pattern - Body and Legs

Body - continuing on from the neck from last week...

Round 25
*1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* rep from * to end - (18)

Round 26
1sc in ea st around - (18)

Round 27
*1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st* rep from * to end - (24)

Rounds 28 - 30
1sc in ea st around - (24)

Round 31
*1sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st* rep from * to end - (30)

Rounds 32 - 35
1sc in ea st around - (30)

Round 36
*1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st* rep from * to end - (36)

Rounds 37 - 40
1sc in ea st around - (36)

Round 41
*1sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* rep from * to end - (30)

Leg 1

Round 1
Now crochet 1sc around to centre of eyes at front. Do not worry about your stitch count or beginning/end of round. ch6, sk15 sts, 1sc in next st - (21)

You now have a 21 st count for your first leg. (30sts from last round, divided by 2 = 15 + 6chs = 21) The remaining 15 sts will be for your second leg.

Rounds 2 - 3
1sc in ea st around (and across chains on first round Leg 1 only) - (21)

Round 4
*1sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* rep from* to last 3 sts, 1sc in last 3 sts - (18)

Rounds 5 - 9 (5 rounds)
1sc in ea st around - (18)

Round 10
*1sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* rep from * to end - (15)

Rounds 11 - 15 (5 rounds)
1sc in ea st around - (15)

Round 16
*1sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog* rep from * to last st, 1sc in last st - (13)

Rounds 17 - 21 (5 rounds)
1sc in ea st around - (13)

Round 22
*1sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* rep from * to last st, 1sc in last st - (11)

Rounds 23 - 27 (5 rounds)
1sc in ea st around - (11)

Foot

Round 28
2sc in next st, 4sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st, 1sc in last 7 sts - (19)

Rounds 29 - 30
1sc in ea st around - (19) Stuff leg and body at this point.

Round 31
1sc in next st, *sc2tog* rep from * until end. Sew remaining hole closed using a draw string technique, sew into next st and out through next until hole is closed. Fasten off and hide all tails.

Leg 2

Round 1
Re-join yarn in first st before chs, 1sc in same st, 1sc in next 6 chs, 1sc in remaining 14 sts - (21)

Rounds 2 - 27
Repeat steps 2 - 27 of Leg 1 but on last round stop 2 sts before the end. (Your end of round will have moved back by 2 sts now, don't worry about this, it's so the foot lines up).

Round 28 - 31
Repeat steps 28 - 31 of Leg 1's Foot, not forgetting to stuff your leg before you decrease and sew closed.

Pause your work here and tune in next week for Episode 3 Hair and Arms!

If you would like more crochet tutorials and patterns to enjoy then please do check out my channels;

    

Official HappyBerry CAL Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HappyBerryCALs
Visit my website at: www.happyberry.co.uk


© 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.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Crochet Amigurumi Doll CAL - Ep1 Head and Sewing Anime Eyes

Welcome to episode one of my latest crochet-a-long! for my Amigurumi dress up doll crochet pattern, where each Friday for the next few weeks I shall be releasing a new written pattern and video tutorial for the lead up to Christmas.

In my first tutorial today I show you how to crochet the head and sew the anime eyes. I hope you enjoy.

The episodes will include (subject to change)
Episode 1: 21st October: Head and Eyes
Episode 2: 28th October: Body, Legs and Arms
Episode 3: 4th November: Hair Tutorial
Episode 4: 11th November: Dress Pattern
Episode 5: 18th November: Bag and Accessories

This pattern is in US terminology, but details are given below, and in the video for UK terminology. The finished doll measures about 30cm approx in length.

Why not make a boy doll too, simply change the hair style and I'll add some extra tutorials after the main CAL for some trousers or shorts and tops. Maybe some dungarees. Let me know in the comments below what you would like to see in this crochet-a-long.

For the whole CAL you will need the following suggested material

  • DK/Light Worsted weight cotton yarn (yarn weight of 3) in the following colours;
    Suggested yarns are for Rico Design Essential Cotton DK but you can use any yarn you like!
    • A skin colour - suggestions: Rose 01 (pink) or Nougat 78 (brown) 
    • A hair colour - suggestions: Banana 63 (yellow) or Nougat 78 (brown)
    • An eye colour - suggestions: Light Blue 27 or Nougat 78 (brown) or Grass Green 66 
    • Colours for clothes and accessories - suggestions: Fuschia 14 (dark pink), Violet 20 or any of the colours named above
    • Black and White for eyes
  • 3.5 E/4 crochet hook or any hook that is suitable for the yarn you are using
  • Toy stuffing or yarn scraps for stuffing. I chose 100% polyester toy stuffing available in my most craft stores
  • Yarn needle and scissors
  • 1 small button measuring 1cm in diameter, if making the bag
Terminology and conversions for today's tutorial
US single crochet (sc) = UK double crochet (dc)
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
ea = each
sc2tog = single crochet two stitches together (see video for invisible decrease)

Video Tutorial - Head and Eyes




Written Pattern - Head

Round 1
Using your skin coloured yarn, ch4, sl st in first chain to form a loop, crochet 6sc into loop, do not join round - (6)
Alternatively you can use the magic circle/loop technique if you prefer, just crochet 6sc into a magic loop.

Round 2
Without chaining, as you are now working continuously like a snail shell to avoid a seam, crochet *2sc in next st* repeat from * to end - (12) You may wish to use a stitch marker.

Round 3
*1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to end - (18)

Round 4
*1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to end - (24)

Round 5
*1sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to end - (30)

Round 6
*1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to end - (36)

Round 7
*1sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to end - (42)

Rounds 8 - 17 (10 rounds)
1sc in ea st around - (42)

Round 18
*1sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog* repeat from * to end - (36)

Round 19
*1sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* repeat from * to end - (30)

Round 20
*1sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat from * to end - (24)

Pause your work and now sew the eyes. See video for exact detail on how to sew them, but work your eyes 13 rounds down for the top, and over 2 rounds, with a space of 7 sts in between. Work the eye colour first, then the eyelashes and pupil in black, followed by the small dot of white light and white around the edge. Try not to sew them too circular, instead sew straight down when working the inside line, then diagonally down, curve out to the outer edge and then up straight back to the top, and straight back to start across the top. When you have your basic outline of your eye, 'colour' it in by sewing with the same colour, then continue with the details in the other colours to finish.



Round 21
*1sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat from * to end - (18)

Round 22
*1sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat from * to end - (12)

Stuff your head at this point. Using your darker pink sew a small V shaped mouth.

Neck

Rounds 23 - 24
1sc in ea st around - (12)

Pause your work here and tune in next week for Episode 2 Body, Legs and Arms!

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Paintbox Yarn Review and Free Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern






'Fallen Leaves' - Cotton DK 10 Colour Pack
Another gorgeous yarn review coming your way today, this time for the new Paintbox yarns! and of course a free crochet pattern from me for this squishy soft Loop Stitch Braid Baby Blanket.

I was delighted to be one of the first to get my hands on the new range of yarns by Paintbox, which are exclusive to LoveKnitting.com and LoveCrochet.com who I am big fans of as you know, and I've been working with their DK (double knit) range for over a week now with this blanket and I have to say, I am loving it.

I'm a big fan of 100% acrylic and 100% cotton yarns anyway for ease of use as a mum, so what better than a whole host of colours to choose from, which can all be shoved in the wash at a moment's notice! The name Paintbox is most definitely apt for this range of yarns because they literally do come in every conceivable colour!

60 shades to choose from!
Paintbox describe their yarns as "modern, playful and all about colour" and I have to agree.

The range comes in 3 weights in the acrylic, DK (light worsted), Aran (worsted) and Chunky (bulky), and the cotton comes in a DK (light worsted) weight, which is perfect for those amigurumi projects!

I have yet to experiment designing and crocheting with the Aran and Chunky weights yet (stay tuned for that), but the DK weight has been an absolute pleasure to work with. The texture is smooth, soft and easy to crochet. I haven't found a single knot and the yarn doesn't smell chemically at all. These are some of the big things I look out for in a new yarn I haven't tried, as well as of course the most important squish factor he he, which in this case is extremely high!


'Winter Frost' - Simply Chunky 10 Colour Pack
There are 60 shades in total to choose from, and the Paintbox yarns are an affordable choice as well. 

There are also lots of free patterns that come with this new yarn range, which you can download now on their website, such as this adorable Caitlin the Caterpillar.

But for now, why not try my Mile-A-Minute Loop Stitch Braid Baby Blanket (phew what a mouthful), which I designed to show off a rather plummy pink palette choice. This blanket measures approximately 30 inches x 30 inches, so works perfectly as a cot blanket or stroller blanket.

This took me about a week to finish so it also works up really quickly, strip by strip, or millipede by millipede as I called it. It has also become a huge hit with my daughter who now takes it everywhere with her! If that isn't a good enough sign of just how gorgeous this yarn is, I don't know what is he he

Part 1 Video Tutorial


Finishing the Blanket Video Tutorial


Written Pattern

You can of course use any brand, or weight of yarn for this blanket. A thicker yarn used with an appropriate sized hook for that yarn will make a bigger blanket, and a thinner yarn a smaller one.

If using Paintbox yarn, I chose 5 colours in total; 1 ball in each of Dark Aubergine, Pansy Purple, Dusty Lilac, Blush Pink and Peach Orange in DK weight, and with this yarn I used a 4mm crochet hook.

Step 1. Chain 132 half double crochet (half treble in UK terms) foundation stitches - (132) 

If you prefer you can chain 133 normal chains, and work 1hdc in your 2nd st from hook and in ea st along - (132)

Step 2. Ch1 (don't count as st), turn, 1hdc loop stitch in ea st across - (132 loops)

Step 3. Sl st twice down edge to opposite side, and crochet 1hdc loop stitch in ea foundation ch across - (132) Fasten off, keeping a short tail for securing braids.

Finishing & Braiding
- Repeat steps 1-3, 19 more times until you have 20 strips with 132 loops either side. Take two strips and braid them together by dividing the loops into sets of 4. Pass 4 loops onto your hook from one strip, then take 4 loops from the opposite strip and pull them through the first 4. Then take 4 loops from the opposite strip (the first one you started with) and pull them through the 4 loops now on your hook. Repeat this until the end. Secure the last 4 loops with your tail end.

- Now take your next strip and repeat the same process, but start from the opposite side. This is important to level off your blanket. If you start the same side each time your blanket will look wonky. See video if unsure of any of these steps.

- To finish braid edges, take 4 loops, and another 4 from the same strip (you have to as there is no joining of strips) and pull the second lot of 4 loops through the first 4, take another 4 loops and repeat until the end. Secure with tail end and repeat for other side of blanket. Make sure they face the same direction as all your other braids. Tie in all tails.

Optional Edging: Re-join yarn in one corner, *crochet [2tr, 2dc, 2tr] into centre of first two sets of loops (2dtr, 2tr, 2dtr in UK terms), sl st in centre of next strip* repeat from * until end. Repeat for opposite edge. Tie in all tails.

This blanket used about half of each ball as shown here.
Happy crafting and see you soon for some more crochet fun! #pickyourpalette

    

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