2015/1 – gecko plushie

Say good-bye to January Blues with this cute, colourful project, courtesy of Raphael Blumenbunt.

Lots of repetition makes this an easyish pattern, with lots of customisation options. I love the colours they’ve used here – nice and bright and not wintery at all! 🙂 plus, if you make the distance between the front legs and the back legs larger, you get an awesome kids’ scarf!

Here you go…

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gecko-frecko

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/88 – make a bunny!

This one is an absolutely adorable pattern – for a stuffed bunny!

Unfortunately what you see in the image to the right is all that is available on the website, no tutorial or description of the size of the panel you need to make etc.

Have a go, and post in the comments below what dimensions and hooks you used and maybe include a picture 🙂

Image comes from here:

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/82 – 5 things to crochet this winter

Do you ever get to that time of year when everyone (work, school, friends, etc) wants something from you and you’re so busy and overwhelmed you just give up and do something you enjoy?

Well that’s what today’s post is for me.

Plus I’m feeling somewhat festive at the moment – which is nice since last year I felt fairly Grinch-y. So without much further ado, here are some ideas about what to crochet this winter. Some are great gift ideas, others are just perfect for the cold season.

#1

Sukigirl has provided the pattern for this adorable little plush toy, Hobbes, by Bill Watterson. To be honest I am entirely unfamiliar with the creator or brand, I just think that the cat is adorable, and very easily customisable. But those familiar will appreciate this even more!

You can switch the orange-black pattern for tabby-brown-and-black, ginger-and-blond, or any colours you like really. You could give it a more Coraline/Tim Burton feel by using buttons for eyes. You could add a flower or bow to girlify it for little girls.

It’s in US terms so please refer to our stitch translation guide if you get stuck!

Note: this one looks a little fiddly, so is probably good for intermediates and experts.

Find the tutorial here: http://sukigirl74.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/free-hobbes-crochet-pattern.html

#2

This is Micah Makes’ awesome mug warmer design! Use other embellishments to it (like the flowers or hearts or ice-skate patterns we’ve posted previously) or leave it plain, both look great, and perfect for not burning hands on very hot drinks this winter.

Free tutorial here:

http://www.micahmakes.com/blog/free-pattern-mug-coaster-cozy

 

#3

 Good luck getting cold in this baby. Such a professional-looking style of bobble-hat, that looks really warm thanks to the densely-packed stitches! I would probably go with purple and black, or grey, or maybe white and pink and navy blue to match my new Christmas jumper 😛

You can thank June C WannaB for this one. Download the tutorial here:

http://thishousewifelife.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/trinity-hat-beanie-with-or-without.html

 

 

 

#4

These baby boots are so cute! I couldn’t resist sharing these with you. They look absolutely adorable.  For those with little ones in the family, this going to be useful, and for those who don’t have any in the family, you can just squee along with me at these :p

You can find the pattern on All About Ami – see here:http://www.allaboutami.com/post/31922998270/babybuttonboots

 

 

#5

Almost as cute as the boots is this XS dog jumper. (Picture not available but trust me you want to take a look). And a great idea too! Keep your doggy warm this winter with Stitch 11’s pattern – and add your own individual flair. Perhaps some wintery designs could be sewn on top?

Find the tutorial (US terms) here: http://stitch11.com/xs-dog-sweater/

Enjoy!

-Leeloo the Tall

2014/66 owl pattern in US terms

The cutest owl pattern ever has just been posted for free by Craft Queens, and I just think it’s incredibly adorable. Great for keyrings or decorations (perhaps use a greyish-white colour of wool and it’s a snowy owl Christmas tree decoration?).

Be advised that it’s in US terms so don’t forget to check out our stitch translation guide.

Here it is:

http://craftyqueens.nl/2014/05/04/hoot-hoot-free-crochet-pattern/

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/24 Another lovely from our friend Jane Burns

The very clever Jane Burns has just emailed us about some quick and cute bear ears! She’s attached them to hair clips so they can just be worn by themselves, as well as with fancy dress. How cute are they?! Think of the possibilities!

Pattern in UK terms here.

2014/14: Be the octopus, young padawan

I just love this and I’m going to make it RIGHT NOW.

An octopus cowl!

You didn’t know you needed one until you saw this pic, am I right?

It’s dead easy: crochet a UK DC when it asks for an sc, crochet a UK HTR when it asks for an hdc.

You could really lengthen those tentacles or change up the colours, or keep crocheting upwards into a hat.

Click here for the pattern from NyanPon!

2014 number 6 – Spider slippers – pattern translation

We know, these are a bit Hallowe’eny, but we don’t follow rules ‘cuz we’re, like, totally dangerous ‘n’ stuff. Our love for crochet slippers is no secret, so we think these spider slippers are flippin’ awesome!

They are all UK DC so they’re really easy! You can customize these to suit: how about pastels for Easter? With chocolate circles? Or red and green for Christmas, with coloured baubles?

Click here for the pattern from Crafttown.