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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Meep, the Catyr on: April 01, 2011 08:24:46 AM
I love mythical creatures, and was trying to come up with a new doll pattern. I got inspired reading my blogroll the other day, and started thinking hmm... what if a cat bred with a satyr. Hence the Catyr. So this is Meep, the Catyr. What do you think?



2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Starfish Crochet Pattern on: June 28, 2010 09:29:33 PM
I have been working on an under the sea themed baby mobile for the past month and it's slowly coming to completion. I finished up the clam and am now working on the crab and seahorse pattern, but I have just finished up the starfish pattern. You can get a downloadable PDF at http://magicalmaus.blogspot.com/2010/05/starfish-pattern.html if you want.

Here is a picture of the completed starfish.




I used a 3.75 mm crochet hook and Red Heart yarn in Bright Yellow, Black and Pumpkin.

Front of the Large Starfish

Round      
Start   5 sc in an adjustable ring   (5 sts)
1   2 sc (inc) in each st around   (10 sts)
2   *sc in the first st,  bo in the same st* repeat from * to * around   (20 sts)
3   *sc in the next 3 sts, 2 sc (inc) in the next st* repeat from * to * around   (25 sts)
4    *sc in the next 2 sts, bo in the next 2 sts, 2 sc (inc) in the next st* repeat from * to * around   (30 sts)

Work each tentacle as follows:

turn, ch 1, sc in the first 6 sts, *turn, ch 1, sc in the first 2 sts, bo in the next 2 sts, sc in the last 2 sts, turn, ch 1, sc in the next 6 sts* repeat from * to * one more time.

Turn, ch 1, sc the first 2 sts tog (dec), bo in the next 2 sts, sc the last 2 sts tog (dec), turn, ch 1, sc in all 4 sts, turn, ch 1, bo in the first st, sc the last 2 sts tog (dec), turn, ch 1, sc the in the next st, sc the last 2 sts tog (dec), ss down side of tentacle and repeat above instructions four more times.

Next, make 18 sc around each tentacle. Fasten off and leave a long yarn tail to attach the front to the back.

Back of the Large Starfish

Round
Start   5 sc in an adjustable ring   (5 sts)
1   2 sc (inc) in each st around   (10 sts)
2   2 sc (inc) in each st around   (20 sts)
3   *sc in the next 3 sts, 2 sc (inc) in the next st* repeat from * to * around   (25 sts)
4   *sc in the next 4 sts, 2 sc (inc) in the next st* repeat from * to * around   (30 sts)

Work each tentacle as follows:

*turn, ch 1, sc in the first 6 sts* repeat from * to * three more times, turn, ch 1, sc the first 2 sts tog (dec), sc in the next 2 sts, sc the last 2 sts tog (dec), turn, ch 1, sc in all 4 sts, turn, ch 1, **sc in the first 2 sts tog (dec)** repeat from ** to ** one more time, turn, ch 1, sc in the next 2 sts, ss down side of tentacle and repeat above instructions four more times.

Next, make 18 sc around each tentacle. Fasten off and leave a long yarn tail to attach the front to the back.

Attach the front of the body to the back by making another 18 sc around each tentacle. Do not forget to stuff the starfish with Poly-Fil before completely closing the starfish!


Front of the Small Starfish

Round   
Start   5 sc in an adjustable ring   (5 sts)
1   2 sc (inc) in each st around   (10 sts)
2   *sc in the first st, bo in the next st, sc (inc) in the same st* repeat from * to * around   (15 sts)

Work each tentacle as follows:

*sc in the first 3 sts, turn, ch 1, sc in the next st, bo in the next st, sc in the last st, turn, ch 1* repeat from * to * one more time.

sc in the next 3 sts, turn, ch 1, bo in the next st, sc next 2 sts tog (dec), turn, ch 1, sc next 2 sts tog (dec), turn, ch 1, bo in next st, ss down side of tentacle and repeat above instructions four more times.

Next, make 16 sc around each tentacle. Fasten off and leave a long yarn tail to attach the front to the back.

Back of the Small Starfish

Round
Start   5 sc in an adjustable ring   (5 sts)
1   2 sc (inc) in each st around   (10 sts)
2   *sc in the first st, 2 sc (inc) in the next st* repeat from * to * around   (15 sts)
3   *sc in the next 2 sts, 2 sc (inc) in the next st* repeat from * to * around   (20 sts)

Work each tentacle as follows:

*sc in the first 4 sts, turn, ch 1* repeat from * to * four more times.


**sc next 2 sts tog (dec), turn, ch 1 ** repeat from ** to ** one more time.

***sc in the next 2 sts, turn, ch 1*** repeat from *** to *** one more time.

sc next 2 sts tog (dec), ss down side of tentacle and repeat above instructions four more times.

Next, make 16 sc around each tentacle. Fasten off and leave a long yarn tail to attach the front to the back.


Attach the front of the body to the back by making another 18 sc (pick-up and extra 2 sc at the tip of the tentacle) around each tentacle. Do not forget to stuff the starfish with Poly-Fil before completely closing the starfish!

For the face I just used black yarn and made two french knots for eyes and whip stitched the mouth.

Here's also a sneak peak at the baby mobile...as soon as I get it done I will post instructions on how to make it.  Grin

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Need Fabric Help! on: June 28, 2010 12:53:21 PM
Hi! I'm trying to make some organic safe for baby toys, and I pretty new to sewing and don't know much about fabric. Can anyone recommend a good fabric type? I keep reading about 100% cotton and then it comes in like rib knits, woven, fleece, etc. I haven't got a clue as to what type specifically would be best for children's toys.  Huh
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Under the Sea Baby Mobile on: June 27, 2010 09:51:41 PM
I have been working on an under the sea themed baby mobile for the past month for a friend. I plan on posting instructions once I've finished it. I finally got the main piece done and the clam and starfish. I was working on a crab and going to add a seahorse to the other tentacle, but do you think I should add something to the center of the octopus?

Here's some pics of what I've completed so far.





Close-up of starfish:



Close-up of clam:

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