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Pania swam up to me one cold stormy day as I strolled along the shore. She was ever so tired of the wintry ocean and longed for the warmer seas. I suggested she spend the winter ashore in my warm cosy house, and she heartily agreed.

She has found herself quite at home here and seems to have become best friends with Miss Octopus, both of whom have a love of the ocean and ocean jewels. She has been entertaining me with tales of her namesake, Pania, the mythical Maori maiden of the reef, and as a thank you for my hospitality she has agreed to share how you too can have your very own turtle visit.

Pania the Turtle (or Tortoise!) Amigurumi Pattern

My patterns are written down as I create my amigurumi, but let me know if there is anything missing.
 

Techniques

You will use the basic amigurumi crochet techniques: magic circle, slip stitch, single crochet (sc), increase, and invisible decrease. The pattern gets you to practice making a flat circle and a half sphere.
Note: US crochet stitch terminology is used. ch=chain, sc=single crochet, 2sc in next sc=increase, sc2tog=decrease (crochet two sc together to make one sc). I use the invisible decrease method for all decreases. 

Materials

* Yarn: Dark Green (Shell), Light Green (Head, legs, tail), brown (underside) (your turtle can be different colours of course! These are just what I used)
* Safety eyes (I used 7mm). You can also stitch your eyes or make them out of felt
* Black embroidery thread (for mouth)
* Polyfill stuffing
* Crochet Hook (I used 3.5mm)
* Needle (one with an eye big enough for yarn, and one for your embroidery thread)
* Any other materials to decorate 

Pattern

Turtle: Shell

Dark Green Yarn
RND1:  6sc magic circle [6]
RND2:  2sc in each sc [12]
RND3:  sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [18]
RND4:  sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [24]
RND5:  sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [30]
RND6:  sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat. [36]
RND7:  36 sc around [36]
RND8:  36 sc around [36]
RND9:  36 sc around [36]
Slip stitch to finish off,  leave a long length for stitching (will be used to stitch base to shell). 30-40cm should be more than enough.

Turtle: Underside

Brown Yarn
RND1:  6sc magic circle [6]
RND2:  2sc in each sc [12]
RND3:  sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [18]
RND4:  sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [24]
RND5:  sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [30]
RND6:  sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat. [36]
Slip stitch to finish off, trim excess yarn.

Turtle: Head

Light Green Yarn
RND1:  5sc magic circle [5]
RND2:  2sc in each sc [10]
RND3:  sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [15]
RND4:  15 sc around [15]
RND5:  15 sc around [15]
RND6:  15 sc around [15] **insert safety eyes & embroider mouth**
RND7:  sc in next sc, sc2tog. Repeat. [10]
RND8:  10 sc around [10] **stuff head**
RND9:  10 sc around [10]
RND10: 10 sc around [10] – optional.
Add as many extra rounds of “10 sc around” as you like, depending on how long you want the neck. Remember, when the head is stitched to the body you will lose a round or two to the inside of the turtle.
Slip stitch to finish off, trim excess yarn.

Turtle: Legs (make 4)

Light Green Yarn
RND1:  4sc magic circle [4]
RND2:  2sc into first, 3 sc around [5]
RND3:  5 sc around [5]
RND4:  5 sc around [5]
Yes, the legs are easy but fiddly! For the sake of simplicity, once you have completed round 2 you can just keep single crocheting in each stitch around until the legs are the length you want. Just make sure all your legs are the same length!
Slip stitch to finish off, trim excess yarn.

Turtle: Tail 

Light Green Yarn
RND1:  4sc magic circle [4]
RND2:  sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [6]
RND3:  sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [8]
RND4:  8 sc around [8]
Slip stitch to finish off, trim excess yarn.

Assembly

Your turtle is assembled by stitching the top shell of the turtle to the underside. As you stitch the two together, you will gradually sandwich in the head, legs, and tail between the two and stitch them in. Look at my photos so you can see how it should look.

To visualise how your assembled turtle will look, place the underside on a flat surface. Position the ends of the head and tail on opposite sides of the circle, so that approximately one row of stitching overlaps and rests on the turtle underside. Do the same for the legs. Now position the shell over the top. This is how your turtle will look when finished. Now, you can either pin the head, tail, and legs in position to the underside so they will stay in place as you stitch around, or just remember where you will position them.

Stitching Together
1/ Using spare thread from the shell, use a yarn needle and sew the shell to the underside. The 36sc on the shell and the 36sc on the underside will match up to allow easy sewing (if you are unsure how to, use this website to help).
2/ As you stitch around and get to the point where you will need to add a body part, just sandwich in approx a row of the body part between the shell and the underside. Keep stitching as before, but just run the stitches straight through the body part so it all gets stitched neatly together! Easy peasy.
3/ Before you have nearly stitched up your turtle, stuff the body with polyfill.

 

Your turtle can now be decorated with other facial features (eyebrows, eyelashes, different mouth shapes), clothing (scarf, hats, pins), and whatever other embellishments you can think of. Enjoy! 😀

 

Note: You are free to use this pattern to make as many turtles as you like, but please do not post this pattern anywhere else. The pattern consists of basic crochet shapes so I imagine there are many, many similar turtles elsewhere! But if you follow my pattern exactly and  blog about it I would appreciate a link back to my website (so others can make it too!). I do not mind if you sell items you make from my patterns, but please be fair and acknowledge the pattern source. More information about pattern use here:
https://amysodyssey.wordpress.com/2010/07/26/my-crochet-patterns/

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These are some answers to queries I have had about the use of my patterns. The information below is given briefly at the bottom of my patterns, but there was a need for it to be explained in more detail.

About Reproducing My Patterns…

The crochet patterns I have created and have posted here on my website will remain free and open for all to use. However I must insist that the patterns are not to be reproduced on any other website, magazine, book, etc.

Once a pattern starts getting reproduced (even with good intentions, such as those who want to translate it), the greater the chance the source will get lost over time, and the greater the chance that someone will try to claim it as their own and sell it. If you are able to help with any translating concerns others might have, I am happy for you to put a comment on the pattern page and provide a link to your email or website where you can offer advice, but I don’t want even translated patterns posted elsewhere.

About Selling Finished Products Made With My Patterns…

As I am providing the patterns for free, you are free to do whatever you like with the finished product. Gift, donate, sell, I don’t mind.

If you are selling the finished products online: I ask that credit is given to my pattern. So you are welcome to sell the bumblebees, flowers, etc that you make on your online store (etsy store, ebay store, etc), but please provide a link to the pattern on each page you sell the product from. This is also fair and honest for your customers. There are plenty out there who may like the finished products, but aren’t adept at crocheting. I would also appreciate a comment on the relevant pattern page giving a link to the online store (etsy, ebay, etc) you plan to sell the items in (do not advertise price etc – I will edit out blatant advertising) because 1) it’s good manners to let me know, and 2) it informs people where they can buy the finished products if they can’t/don’t want to make them.

If you are selling the finished products elsewhere (not on the internet): obviously it would be hard to insist on giving credit if you were selling the finished products at a school/church fete, market, swapmeet, etc, so I do not require credit in those situations. But of course it is good manners to mention where you found the pattern if anyone asks – keep up the free nature of the patterns!

Just a note: I wouldn’t advise selling products based on copyrighted characters (Day of the Tentacle, Dizzy), but that is your choice.

I obviously don’t imagine the patterns being used to make products sold in any huge commercial quanties, just crafty people who want to earn some extra money. And I am all for that!

Final Notes

I do not make any money from my website or patterns. I put in the hard work creating these patterns. I also do not make the products to sell myself (no time or inclination!). Insisting the patterns remain on this website and insisting that credit is given to my patterns if you choose to sell the finished product online are fair requests. I hope you understand these requests!

Keep enjoying the patterns,

Amy 😀

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These little sassy stars fell from the sky and onto my Christmas tree just for Christmas, but you will find they can appear all year round :D. They can appear as a Mario Invincibility Star (and make friends with your Mario Mushrooms), as a garland for your bedroom, as a good luck charm on a birthday card, or even as cute little decorations on your scarf.

There are lots of different crochet patterns out there for stars, but as usual I like to try my own! I wanted one that was small, easy, based off the Amigurumi style of crocheting and didn’t require me to cut the yarn at the end of each star arm. So lets get straight into the pattern.

Super Stars Amigurumi Pattern

My patterns are written down as I create my crochet patterns, but let me know if there is anything missing.

Techniques

You will use the basic amigurumi crochet techniques: magic circle, slip stitch, single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), and triple/treble crochet (tr). The hdc and dc are demonstrated in the sweet spring flowers crochet tutorial.
The triple/treble crochet stitch is similar: yarn over twice, insert into stitch, yarn over again, pull through, then yarn over. You should have five loops on your hook. If you count the loops starting from your hook (i.e. the one nearest to your hook is #1 and your most recent yarn over; the one at the end is #5 was the one originally on your hook), pull through lops 2&3. Yarn over again – you will have four loops on your hook. Pull through the new loops 2&3. Yarn over again – you will now have three loops left. Pull through the final two loops (2&3), and you will have one loop left on your hook – congratulations, you have done a treble crochet! As soon as I get around to making my crochet stitch photo tutorial, I will remove this lengthy description 😛
Note: US crochet stitch terminology is used.

Materials

* Yarn in whatever colour you like (plus black yarn if you want faces)
* Crochet Hook
* Needle (if you want to do faces or sew two stars together)
* Ribbon, etc, if you want to make a garland.

Pattern

RND1:  5sc magic circle [5]
Slip stitch to join (you don’t have to though)
RND2:  3sc in next sc. Repeat [15]
Slip stitch to join (you don’t have to though)

RND3:  you will use three stitches per star arm (i.e. 3×5 arms = the 15 stitches from the previous round ;)). What you need to do in each of these three stitches for a star arm is explained next:
In first stitch: slip stitch then chain 1.
In the second stitch: half double crochet, chain 1, triple/treble crochet, chain 1 or 2 [*see below]
In the third stitch: double crochet, half double crochet, chain 1.

Now repeat these steps for each star arm. Slip stitch and knot to finish off. Give each star arm a pinch to make it a bit more pointed.

*= whether you chain 1 or 2 at this point will depend on your yarn thickness, hook size, and/or your tension. I found that when I used a smaller hook I needed 2 chains to make a nicer point, but with the same yarn and a larger hook I only needed 1 chain (as 2 made a big gap). Play around and see what looks best!


Kawaii cupcake faces for inspiration! **Click photo for source**

Decorate and use your star as you please! I stitched kawaii (cute) faces on mine with some black yarn.

A few ideas…
You can attach spare yarn or ribbon to the top to use as a Christmas tree ornament, or string a bunch of stars together as a garland. The stars can be attached to other crochet items, such as blankets, scarves, hats, toys, or to other items like hair clips, bags, hairbands, etc. You may also like to make a second star to stitch to the first (to hide the stitches on the back of the face), which you can fill with stuffing, cloves, potpurri, etc.

Note: Although this pattern is so basic it would have been made many times before, do not repost my writing anywhere else! More information about pattern use here: https://amysodyssey.wordpress.com/2010/07/26/my-crochet-patterns/

I’m half crazy, all for the love of you

It won’t be a stylish marriage

I can’t afford a carriage

But you’ll look sweet on the seat

Of a bicycle built for two!

My Nanna seems to always sing this whenever she sees daisies…so the first two lines always pops in my head too whenever I see them now! More daisies for my welcome to summer – and a reminder of summer for those of you in the north of the world ;) . Until January 4th I’ll have the wordpress snow on my pages, so it is quite interesting to see snow falling over my daisies!

Mini Mario Mushroom Amigurumi

The mini mushrooms in the world of Mario are tasked with many things. The little red ones have the special job of helping Mario and his friends grow bigger and stronger to assist them on their adventures.

However, not all the mushrooms are sure of their fate. This mini Mario Mushroom is questioning whether it is really his destiny to help people grow large. He is off on a journey of self discovery, to see whether he can find a more fulfilling place in the world. So far he has become enamoured with the idea of Christmas, and plans to spend the next month as an ornament on a Christmas tree. He is waiting for my tree to go up, so he is practising in a Christmas-tree-like bush in my backyard.

He is very grateful for my hospitality and has shared with me the secret of how the mini mushrooms are created. He is very emphatic that more mushrooms should have the opportunity to find their destiny too, so make sure you mix up the colours and embellishments to create your own individual mushies :D They would love to hang out with you this Christmas, so make sure to make a bunch of them to pop on your tree, hang up as a garland, or put in a bowl with pinecones and other lovely Christmassy-smelling stuff.

Mini Mario Mushroom Amigurumi Pattern

My patterns are written down as I create my amigurumi, but let me know if there is anything missing.

Techniques

You will use the basic amigurumi crochet techniques: magic circle, slip stitch, single crochet (sc), increase, and invisible decrease.
Note: US crochet stitch terminology is used. ch=chain, sc=single crochet, 2sc in next sc=increase, sc2tog=decrease (crochet two sc together to make one sc). I use the invisible decrease method for all decreases.

Materials

* Yarn: Red, White, and Scrap length of Black for the eyes (but try all different colours for your mushrooms!)
* Polyfill stuffing
* Crochet Hook
* Needle (one with an eye big enough for yarn, and one for your embroidery thread)
* Optional: other decorative items (e.g. beads, buttons, sequins)

Pattern

Mushroom

Start with Red Yarn

RND1:  6sc magic circle [6]
RND2:  2sc in next sc. Repeat [12]
RND3:  sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [18]
RND4:  sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [24]
RND5:  24 sc around [24]
RND6:  24 sc around [24]
RND7:  24 sc around [24]
RND8:  24 sc around [24]
RND9:  sc2tog. Repeat [12]
**Slip stitch in back stitch only to add in white.**
RND10: 12 sc around in back stitch only for this round [12]
RND11: sc in 2 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [16]
RND12: 14 sc around [16]
RND13: sc2tog. Repeat [8] **stuff mushroom**
RND14: sc2tog. Repeat [4]
Slip stitch and finish off.

Mushroom: Spots [make 3-4 in white]

RND1:  4sc magic circle [4]
RND2:  2sc in next sc. Repeat [8]
RND3:  sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [12]
Slip stitch and finish off. Leave a long yarn for sewing.
Sew spots to top of mushroom.

Whip stitch (just stitch “over-and-under” a couple of times with needle and black yarn) eyes onto white part of mushroom.

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The mini mushrooms in the world of Mario are tasked with many things. The little red ones have the special job of helping Mario and his friends grow bigger and stronger to assist them on their adventures.

However, not all the mushrooms are sure of their fate. This mini Mario Mushroom is questioning whether it is really his destiny to help people grow large. He is off on a journey of self discovery, to see whether he can find a more fulfilling place in the world. So far he has become enamoured with the idea of Christmas, and plans to spend the next month as an ornament on a Christmas tree. He is waiting for my tree to go up, so he is practising in a Christmas-tree-like bush in my backyard.

He is very grateful for my hospitality and has shared with me the secret of how the mini mushrooms are created. He is very emphatic that more mushrooms should have the opportunity to find their destiny too, so make sure you mix up the colours and embellishments to create your own individual mushies 😀 They would love to hang out with you this Christmas, so make sure to make a bunch of them to pop on your tree, hang up as a garland, or put in a bowl with pinecones and other lovely Christmassy-smelling stuff.

Mini Mario Mushroom Amigurumi Pattern

My patterns are written down as I create my amigurumi, but let me know if there is anything missing.

Techniques

You will use the basic amigurumi crochet techniques: magic circle, slip stitch, single crochet (sc), increase, and invisible decrease.
Note: US crochet stitch terminology is used. ch=chain, sc=single crochet, 2sc in next sc=increase, sc2tog=decrease (crochet two sc together to make one sc). I use the invisible decrease method for all decreases.

Materials

* Yarn: Red, White, and Scrap length of Black for the eyes (but try all different colours for your mushrooms!)
* Polyfill stuffing
* Crochet Hook
* Needle (one with an eye big enough for yarn, and one for your embroidery thread)
* Optional: other decorative items (e.g. beads, buttons, sequins)

Pattern

Mushroom

Start with Red Yarn

RND1:  6sc magic circle [6]
RND2:  2sc in next sc. Repeat [12]
RND3:  sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [18]
RND4:  sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [24]
RND5:  24 sc around [24]
RND6:  24 sc around [24]
RND7:  24 sc around [24]
RND8:  24 sc around [24]
RND9:  sc2tog. Repeat [12]
**Slip stitch in back stitch only to add in white.**
RND10: 12 sc around in back stitch only for this round [12]
RND11: sc in 2 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [16]
RND12: 16 sc around [16]
RND13: sc2tog. Repeat [8] **stuff mushroom**
RND14: sc2tog. Repeat [4]
Slip stitch and finish off.

Mushroom: Spots [make 3-4 in white]

RND1:  4sc magic circle [4]
RND2:  2sc in next sc. Repeat [8]
RND3:  sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [12]
Slip stitch and finish off. Leave a long yarn for sewing.
Sew spots to top of mushroom.

Whip stitch (just stitch “over-and-under” a couple of times with needle and black yarn) eyes onto white part of mushroom.

Now send your mushroom off on an adventurous journey! These mushrooms would love to hang out with you this Christmas, so make sure to make a bunch of them to pop on your tree, hang up as a garland, or put in a bowl with pinecones and other lovely Christmassy-smelling stuff. If you would like to make a much bigger mario mushroom, WolfDreamer has learnt the secrets of a big one.

Note: I developed this pattern myself, but it is so basic it would have been made many times before! I would still love a link and to see your creations in the comments if you found this helpful 😀 More information about pattern use here: https://amysodyssey.wordpress.com/2010/07/26/my-crochet-patterns/

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I found Bazzil just buzzing about his business in my newly planted basil this weekend. He was having quite a feast on the flowers of my other herbs (just look at the size of him!) and was hoping to have some basil flowers to finish off his meal.

“You’re out of luck, Bazzil” I shook my head, “They won’t flower until the end of summer”.

I offered him some of my special sweet spring flowers instead and he cheered up so much he let me in on the secret to getting your own buzzing bumblebees. And here it is…

Bazzil the Buzzing Bumblebee Amigurumi Pattern

My patterns are written down as I create my amigurumi, but let me know if there is anything missing.

Techniques

You will use the basic amigurumi crochet techniques: magic circle, slip stitch, single crochet (sc), increase, and invisible decrease. But you will also learn a simple way to change colours.
Note: US crochet stitch terminology is used. ch=chain, sc=single crochet, 2sc in next sc=increase, sc2tog=decrease (crochet two sc together to make one sc). I use the invisible decrease method for all decreases.

Materials

* Yarn: Yellow, Black, and White (your bee can be different colours of course!)
* Safety eyes (I used 9mm black). You can also stitch your eyes or make them out of felt
* Black embroidery thread (for mouth)
* Black/brown soft fuzzy pipe cleaner for antennae (or crochet your own)
* Polyfill stuffing
* Crochet Hook
* Needle (one with an eye big enough for yarn, and one for your embroidery thread)
* Any other materials to decorate

Pattern

Bumblebee: Head/Body

Start with Yellow Yarn
RND1:  6sc magic circle [6]
RND2:  2sc in each sc [12]
RND3:  12 sc around [12]
RND4:  sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [18]
RND5:  18 sc around [18]
RND6:  18 sc around [18]
RND7:  18 sc around [18] **insert safety eyes & embroider mouth**
RND8:  sc in next sc, sc2tog. Repeat. [12]

Switch to Black Yarn with a slip stitch
[How to: Insert hook into back loop/stitch only of the next stitch, yarn over with black yarn (not yellow), then pull through both stitches to make a slip stitch. You will now have a black loop over your hook. If you want a cleaner join, you will need to join each round: as soon as you finish a RND, slip stitch to next stitch (back stitch only if changing colour, and yarn over with new colour), then chain one, and continue to next RND]
RND9:  12 sc around [12] **stuff head**
RND10: sc in next 5 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [14]
RND11: sc in next 6 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [16]

Switch back to Yellow yarn with a slip stitch
RND12: 16 sc around [16]
RND13: sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [20]
RND14: 20 sc around [20]

Switch back to Black Yarn with a slip stitch
RND15: 20 sc around [20]
RND16: 20 sc around [20]
RND17: 20 sc around [20]

Switch back to Yellow yarn with a slip stitch
RND18: sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog. Repeat. [16]
RND19: 16 sc around [16]
RND20: 16 sc around [16]

Switch to Black Yarn with a slip stitch
RND21: sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog. Repeat. [12]
RND22: 12 sc around [12] **stuff body**
RND23: sc2tog. Repeat. [6]
Do a couple more sc2tog to close off the hole and make the bottom pointier.
Slip knot to finish off (you can leave a small yarn tail out as a “stinger” if you like).

Bumblebee: Wings (make 2, use the white yarn)

Chain 2
RND1:  3 sc in second chain from hook [3]
RND2:  2sc in each sc [6]
RND3:  sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [9]
RND4:  9 sc around [9]
RND5:  9 sc around [9]
RND6:  9 sc around [9]
RND7:  sc in next sc, sc2tog. Repeat. [6]
Slip st and finish off. Leave long yarn tail to sew to body.
Sew wings to body using the yarn tail.

Bumblebee: Antennae (make 2)

These are optional – if you have a black/brown pipecleaner you can use that instead (I used a brown pipecleaner).
1/ Chain for as long as you want your antennae (I chained 7)
2/ Starting from the second stitch from the hook, slip stitch into each stitch along until you get to the end.
3/ Finish off with a slip knot, cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing.

Your bumblebee can be decorated with other facial features (eyebrows, eyelashes, different mouth shapes), clothing (scarf, hats, pins), and whatever other embellishments you can think of.

Now your bumblebee is off and ready to travel the world! Perhaps you might want to make some flowers for your bee to rest on?

Note: You are free to use this pattern to make as many bumblebees as you like, but please do not post this pattern anywhere else. If you follow my pattern and  blog about it I would appreciate a link back to my website (so others can make it too!). I do not mind if you sell items you make from my patterns, but please be fair and acknowledge the pattern source. More information about pattern use here: https://amysodyssey.wordpress.com/2010/07/26/my-crochet-patterns/

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We are in the last month of spring here in the southern hemisphere, and before we move into the sultry days of summer I thought I had better make the most of the spring flowers! Thanks to the late regular September showers there has been an abundance of flowers in my area. And who can’t feel sunny and happy looking at flowers?

Some of the flowers are starting to fade into the summer greens (goodbye dear Jasmine!), and for those of you in the northern hemisphere your autumn hues are going to change to the winter starkness. I think we all need some everlasting vibrant flowers to brighten up the place!

So here is the pattern for some simple super sweet everlasting spring flowers. I made flowers first from the delightful tutorial by maedchenmitherz (the pink and purple 6-petal flowers under my double flowers are from her pattern), then decided to adapt the pattern and make my own  smaller ones that followed the more amigurumi format for crocheting in a round.

Techniques

If you are new to crochet and/or amigurumi, this pattern is perfect for you. This pattern is simple, will teach you some of the main stitches used in amigurumi, and is so fast you can make lots of flowers to practice your stitches! Techniques used: magic circle, slip stitch, single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), and half double crochet (hdc). Note: US crochet stitch terminology is used.

Materials

* Yarn in any colour (you won’t need much – use up any scraps)
* Crochet Hook
* Any other materials to decorate (buttons, pins, hair ties, etc).

Pattern

Instructions

I have written out the basic instructions in the text for those of you who are familiar with the stitches involved. For those of you who are unsure or are still a beginner, the photos and the captions underneath will give you more detailed instructions. If you want a bigger photo, just click on it and it will take you to my flickr page where you can choose larger sizes 🙂

 

RND 1. How to make a Magic Circle: 1/ Wrap yarn around fingers to make a double loop, 2/ Insert hook under the double loop, yarn over, and pull back through. This first move does not count as a stitch. Continue by making 5 single crochets by hooking under the loop. 3/ When complete, remove circle from fingers. You can see the 5 stitches around the outside. Pull the yarn tail lighty until you see which loop pulls - pull this loop to make the other loop smaller. Keep doing this to make both loops pull in tight until you get... 4/ Your little circle! Starting from the hook, you should be able to count back the 5 stitches. Next: do a slip stitch to join to the first single crochet.

RND1: Make a 5 single crochet magic circle. Slip stitch into the first single crochet of the circle to join. You should now be able to identify 5 stitches around the circle.

RND2. The 10 single crochets - you can count them, starting from the hook. How to Single Crochet: insert hook through stitch, yarn over, pull through. You will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over again, and pull those loops through. You just made a single crochet!

RND2: Make 2 single crochets into each of the 5 stitches around the circle. Repeat. You should now be able to see 10 stitches around the circle.

RND 3. How to Add Colour: 1/ You will need to add the new yarn in at the very first slip stitch for RND3. 2/ When you insert your hook into the stitch, yarn over with the new colour yarn (instead of your usual yarn), then pull through for your slip stitch. 3/ The yarn over your hook will now be your new colour, which you will use for the rest of the flower. 4/ When you turn over your flower, you can see the two yarn tails close together where you changed. Cut the old yarn and leave a small tail. The two small tails can be knotted together and the spare thread cut. The remaining new yarn (the yellow yarn leading out of the photo) will be used to crochet the rest of the flower.

RND3: Slip stitch into first stitch of the circle [for colour change see photo above]. Chain 2. In the next stitch along, do a double crochet and a half double crochet. This will create one petal (so for each petal you make, you will use two of the stitches in the circle).

RND3. The Petal: 1/ Do a slip stitch then chain 2 (don't do another slip stitch if you just did one for a colour change). 2/ Yarn over, insert hook through next stitch, then yarn over again. 3/ Pull through and you will have three loops on your hook. Yarn over again. Pull through the middle two loops on the hook. 4/ You will now have two loops on your hook. Yarn over, and pull those two loops through so you just have the one loop left. Steps 2-4= one double crochet!

RND3. The Petal: 5/ To make a half double crochet: Follow step 2 (in previous shot) , then do step 3 the same except that instead of pulling through just two loops, you will pull through all three. This will leave just one loop on the hook (so step 4 is unnecessary!). Hooray you have now made one petal!

You will need to repeat the steps for RND3 (i.e. slip stitch, chain 2, double crochet, half double crochet) until you have 5 petals total.

Slip stitch and finish off. Add buttons, beads, ribbon, and other embellishments as you please 🙂

You can use these flowers for many things. Add as embellishments to clothing, bags, hair pins, hair bands, journals, and more! String together to make a garland, attach hooks to make earrings, stitch a couple together with potpurri in the middle for your cupboard, or pop on your tree as Christmas decorations. What are some of your ideas?

Now make many, many more flowers in all different colours to make a whole garden!

Note: I developed this pattern myself, but it is so basic it would have been made many times before! I would still love a link and to see your creations in the comments if you found this helpful 😀 More information about pattern use here: https://amysodyssey.wordpress.com/2010/07/26/my-crochet-patterns/

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Oliver taking a nap on his favourite rock...luckily its cloudy or hed be hiding in his burrow!

Oliver taking a nap on his favourite rock...luckily it's cloudy or he'd be hiding in his burrow!

Meet Oliver the baby Amigurumi Wombat! Oliver is a very inquisitive wombat who loves to snuffle about the place, and his favourite things are sleeping, digging holes, messing up my stuff, and eating flowers.

Wombats are one of my favourite animals, so when I couldn’t find a free amigurumi pattern online I just had to make my own! These Australian mammals are herbivores who live in burrows and typically come out at night to go about their business. As a wombat’s young are raised in the pouch of a female until about 6 months, they are more specifically classified as marsupials. There are three main species of wombat that live in south-eastern Australia, although some small pockets of them still apparently exist in south-west Australia. Being a West-Aussie I have never seen them in the wild – only in the zoo.

As cute as wombats look, they would not make very good pets (I have to come to terms with that ;)). They are about a metre long and weigh about 20-35kg. Although they move slowly, if threatened they can sprint short bursts up to 40km/h and won’t hesitate to attack you! Their powerful back legs can give you a nice swift kick, their sharp teeth and claws can give you a severe gouge, and their size and weight can bowl an adult human over at a run. Wikipedia offers some funny (but very useful) advice: “Humans who accidentally find themselves in an affray with a wombat may find it best to scale a tree until the animal calms and leaves.

They are quite clever and can be tamed somewhat to be patted and cuddled, but they have strong instincts so even if they have been bred in captivity they can still be released into the wild to thrive. Fortunately for you, my amigurumi wombats have been bred to enjoy your love and home environment! To find out how to breed your very own wombat, read on below.

I thought wombats couldnt climb trees...

I thought wombats couldn't climb trees...

Baby Wombat Amigurumi Pattern

My patterns are written down as I create my amigurumi, but let me know if there is anything missing. This is quite a general pattern and could easily be adapted to make other animals (e.g. pig, bear, etc).

Techniques

You will need to know how to crochet in the round and sew separate items together. See my Amygurumi page for details if you get stuck!

Materials

Wombat fur can range from cream to grey, brown, or black, so you have a choice of colours to choose from. But of course, your wombat can be whatever colour you choose!

* Yarn (one colour for whole wombat)
* Stuffing/filler (I used polyfill/polyester fibre)
* Crochet Hook
* Yarn Needle
* Materials for eyes and nose (purchased plastic ones, ones made of wool or tapestry yarn, felt, etc)

Pattern

Note: US crochet stitch terminology is used. ch=chain, sc=single crochet (US), 2sc in next sc=increase, sc2tog=decrease (crochet two sc together to make one sc). I use the invisible decrease method for all decreases.

Wombat: Head/Body

RND1:  4sc magic circle [4]
RND2:  sc in next 1 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [6]
RND3:  2sc in next sc. Repeat [12]
RND4:  sc in next 5 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [14]
RND5:  sc in next 6 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [16]
RND6:  sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [20]
RND7:  20 sc around [20]
RND8:  sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog. Repeat [16]
RND9:  sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog. Repeat [14]  **stuff head**
RND10: sc in next 6 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [16]
RND11: sc in next 7 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [18]
RND12: 18 sc around [18]
RND13: sc in next 8 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [20]
RND14: sc in next 4 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [24]
RND15: 24 sc around [24]
RND16: 24 sc around [24]
RND17: 24 sc around [24]
RND18: 24 sc around [24]
RND19: 24 sc around [24]
RND20: sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog. Repeat [20]
RND21: sc in next 8 sc, sc2tog. Repeat [18]
RND22: sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog. Repeat [16]
RND23: sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog. Repeat [12] **stuff body**
RND24: sc2tog. Repeat [6]

Finish off, put yarn tail inside body.

Wombat: Ears (make 2)

RND1:  5sc magic circle [5]

Slip stitch, cut yarn with plenty spare. Squish ear together so the third stitch will be the “point” of the ear. Tie the two threads at the bottom together, and sew this bit to head.

Wombat: Feet (make 4)

RND1:  4sc magic circle [4]
RND2:  2sc in next sc. Repeat [8]
RND3:  8 sc around [8]
RND4:  8 sc around [8]

Slip stitch, cut yarn with plenty spare. Sew each foot to body.

Wombat: Finishing Touches

Create and attach eyes and nose to wombat, and even stitch a small mouth beneath the nose if you like. You may also want to create and add other decorative touches to pretty up your wombat (they do like to be spoilt) – perhaps a nice flower, scarf, button, or hat?

Now you have your very own little Aussie wombat! Why not make a whole family of them to forage round your house?

Oliver in his flowers

Oliver in his flowers

Note: You are free to use this pattern to make as many wombats (and similar animals) as you like, but please do not post this pattern anywhere else. If you follow my pattern and  blog about it I would appreciate a link back to my website (so others can make it too!). I do not mind if you sell items you make from my patterns, but please be fair and acknowledge the pattern source. More information about pattern use here: https://amysodyssey.wordpress.com/2010/07/26/my-crochet-patterns/

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