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1  Spring Flower Tote in Crochet: Completed Projects by MarjorieCrochets on: March 22, 2007 07:13:31 AM
I've got major Spring Fever, and while waiting for signs of flowers to pop up around here, I was inspired to make this flower tote. I think the rows of flowers and leaves look like tulips, or at least I hope they look like it, but my daughter says they are roses, daffodils, and tulips. Works for me!



It's a pretty big tote, for me at least, as you can see from the 12 inch ruler propped on the front here:



I made the bag using Bernat Softee Chunky yarn in Natural, Medium Sea Green, Too Purple, True Yellow, and Carnival. Here's a close-up of the popcorn stitches I used to form the flowers and leaves.



I've also done a back pack version of the same design, only with all purple flowers, and purple trim. I have to finish the straps for that one though. I'd love to know what you think.
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2  Baby Lamb in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by MarjorieCrochets on: March 02, 2007 04:51:23 AM
It took me two days (which seemed like forever to me!) to work out this pattern, but here's my newest baby, a lamb! Just in time for Spring!





And if anyone is interested in trying out the pattern, here it is:

Baby Lamb

Materials needed:
ww or 4 ply yarn, white and black. (I used I Love This Yarn in white, and Caron Simply Soft in black)
Size F crochet hook
snap post eyes and nose or buttons or beads. (For young children, I would recommend embroidering the face details on.)
stuffing material
darning or tapestry needle for sewing the parts together

Abbreviations used:
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
ss = slip stitch
inc = increase (do 2 single crochets in one stitch)
dec = decrease ( insert hook into first stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through the two loops on your hook)

NOTE: As amigurumi is made in spirals, do not join rounds. Use a stitch marker or a piece of thread or yarn to mark the end of your rounds.


Head:

Using white yarn:
Rnd 1: 6 sc in a magic ring
Rnd 2: * 2 sc (inc) in next st* repeat from * to * around. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: *1 sc in first st, 2 sc (inc) in second st* repeat from * to * around. (18 sc)
Rnd 4: *1 sc in first  2 st, 2 sc (inc) in third st* repeat from * to * around. (24 sc)
Rnd 5: *1 sc in first 3 st, 2 sc (inc) in fourth st* repeat from * to * around. (30 sc)
Rnd 6 - 8: work even, no inc or dec (30 sc)
Rnd 9: *1 sc in first 3 st, sc2tog (dec) in fourth st* repeat from * to * around. (24 sc)
Rnd 10: *1 sc in first 2 st, sc2tog (dec) in third st* repeat from * to * around. (18 sc)
Rnd 11: *1 sc in first st, sc2tog (dec) in second st* repeat from * to * around. (12 sc)
ss in the next st, and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing

Face:

Using black yarn:
Rnd 1: 6 sc in a magic ring
Rnd 2: * 2 sc (inc) in next st* repeat from * to * around. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: *1 sc in first st, 2 sc (inc) in second st* repeat from * to * around. (18 sc)
Rnd 4: *1 sc in first  2 st, 2 sc (inc) in third st* repeat from * to * around. (24 sc)
Rnd 5: *1 sc in first 3 st, 2 sc (inc) in fourth st* repeat from * to * around. (30 sc)
ss in the next st, and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing

Body

Using body color yarn:
Rnd 1: 6 sc in a magic ring
Rnd 2: * 2 sc (inc) in next st* repeat from * to * around. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: *1 sc in first st, 2 sc (inc) in second st* repeat from * to * around. (18 sc)
Rnd 4-8:  work even, no inc or dec (18 sc)
Rnd 9: *1 sc in first st, sc2tog (dec) in second st* repeat from * to * around. (12 sc)
ss in the next st, and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing


Arms: (make 2)

Using black yarn:
Rnd 1: 6 sc in a magic ring
Rnd 2: sc in each st around (6 sc) FO Join white yarn
Rnd 3 - 7: sc in each st around (6 sc)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing


Legs: (make 2)

Using black yarn:
Rnd 1: 6 sc in a magic ring
Rnd 2:  sc in first st, 2 sc (inc) in next, around (9 sc)
Rnd 3: sc even (9 sc) ss in next sc and FO. Join white yarn
Rnd 4: sc even (9 sc)
Rnd 5: sc in first 3 sc, sc dec three times (6 sc)
Rnd 6 - 9: sc even (6 sc)
ss in next sc and FO leaving a long tail for sewing.

Ears: (make 2)

With black yarn:
Rnd 1: 6 sc in a magic ring (6 sc)
Rnd 2 - 3: sc even (6 sc)
Rnd 4: *sc in first sc, 2 sc (inc) in the next sc* repeat around (9 sc)
Rnd 5 - 7: sc even (9 sc)
Rnd 8: *sc in first sc, sc dec in next sc* repeat around (6 sc)
ss in next sc, and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.


Tail:

With white yarn:
Rnd 1: 6 sc in a magic ring (6 sc)
Rnd 2: *sc in first two sc, 2 sc (inc) in next sc* repeat around (8 sc)
Rnd 3 -6: sc even (8 sc)
ss in next sc, and FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Assembly Directions:

I find it easiest to pin my pieces into place before sewing them to ensure proper placement.

Position and sew face onto head. (I sewed it on one row up from the bottom row of stitches.)
Gather ears closed by weaving yarn through last row of stitches. Flatten head with face panel in front. Sew ears to the sides of the head between rounds 6 and 9.
Attach eyes and nose. Stuff head and set aside.
Stuff body, and sew body to head.
Stuff legs and sew to front of body between rounds 3 and 5.
Stuff tail, and weave yarn through the last row of stitches to gather closed. Sew to back bottom of body, in rounds 3 and 4, or where it will balance lamb in a sitting position.
Do not stuff arms. Sew to body between rounds 6 and 8. Use extra long tail to sew arms into position if desired. Weave in all your ends.

 
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3  Please Meet Bimbette... in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by MarjorieCrochets on: February 27, 2007 07:19:56 PM
My newest baby bunny, Bimbette, is here. She was inspired by the LionBrand Best Bunny pattern which I really liked the ears on, but not the rest of the pattern. She's crocheted with ModaDea Dream yarn, and an F hook. I haven't finished writing up the pattern yet. couldn't wait to share her with y'all!



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4  Tiny Baby Has New Outfit Now in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by MarjorieCrochets on: February 25, 2007 09:54:27 AM
I didn't like the 'watermelon dress', so I made Lana's tiny baby a new outfit. I like this one much better!



Here's a view of the back of the outfit and hat. I think she's very well dressed now!

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5  Feeling Small? IMG Heavy in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by MarjorieCrochets on: February 25, 2007 04:45:23 AM
Lana was so happy with the tiny baby dragon I made her, that I was inspired to make more 'tiny toys' for her.

First I started with a tiny baby doll for her. The doll turned out cute, but I hate the dress.



So here she is, without thre dress:



She's fully jointed and posable, as you can see:



Then I decided that the baby doll should have a 'baby' of her own, so I crocheted this tiny teddy bear for her.



This is the smallest teddy bear I've ever made, and I'm actually happy with the way his face turned out:



I even gave him a teeny, tiny tail, so he'll sit up with no trouble:



Here's both of them, with a ruler, so you can get an idea of how small they are:



Now I'm off to design something better for the baby to wear. I really hate that dress!
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6  Baby Peep and Baby Duck - Img Heavy in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by MarjorieCrochets on: February 21, 2007 08:48:03 AM
Yes, I definately have Easter on my mind. (Still haven't found the duck or bunny applique patterns I'm looking for BTW)

Since I love marshmallow peeps, and can't justify eating them now that I've been diagnosed with diabetes, i had to make my own sweet treat, a baby peep:





My first attempt at making/writing this pattern didn't turn out the way I intended, so I made a baby duck out of it, and I just love him!





And a view from the top:



Anybody interested in the pattern?? LOL

Baby Peep/Duck

Materials used:
Bernat Softee Chunky yellow yarn, Caron Simply Soft mango
E crochet hook
2 eye posts
polyfill for stuffing

6 sc in a magic ring
2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)
*1 sc, sc inc in next sc* repeat around (18 sc)
work even (18 sc) for 6 rows
sc inc in the first 9 sc, sc in last 9 sc (27 sc)
sc in first 6 sc, sc inc in next 6 sc, sc in last 15 sc (33 sc)
work even (33 sc)
work even (33 sc)
work even (33 sc)
sc in first 9 sc, do 3 sc dec, sc in last 18 sc  (30 sc)
*sc  in four sc, sc dec* repeat around (25 sc)
*sc in 3 sc, sc dec* repeat around  (20 sc)
*sc in one sc, sc dec* repeat around,  end with 2 sc (14 sc)
Position eyes and attach
Stuff
dec around to close


Beak

ch 4
sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch accross, sc in the back side of the ch (6 sc)
do not join!
work even (6 sc)
work even (6 sc)
ss in nxt sc and fo, leaving long tail for sewing
sew to body

Baby Peep


6 sc in a magic ring
2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)
*1 sc, sc inc in next sc* repeat around (18 sc)
work even (18 sc)
sc in first 7 sc, sc inc in the next 3 sc,  sc in last 8 (21 sc)
sc in first 9 sc, sc inc in next 2 sc, sc in last 10 ( 23 sc)
sc in first 7 sc, sc dec 5 times, sc in last 6 (18 sc)
work even (18 sc)
work even (18 sc)
sc inc in the first 5 sc, sc in nextt 9 sc sc inc in last 4 sc (27 sc)
sc inc in first 3 sc, sc in next 21 sc, sc inc last 3 sc (33 sc)
work even (33 sc)
work even (33 sc)
work even (33 sc) (Note: I find it's easiest to attach the eye posts at this point, before I start decreasing)
sc in first 18 sc, do 3 sc dec, sc in last 9 sc  (30 sc)
*sc  in four sc, sc dec* repeat around (25 sc)
*sc in 3 sc, sc dec* repeat around  (20 sc)
*sc in one sc, sc dec* repeat around,  end with 2 sc (14 sc)
Stuff
dec around to close


If you have any problems or questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
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7  Quicky the Bunny in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by MarjorieCrochets on: February 20, 2007 06:31:25 PM
I needed a quick project today, something that wouldn't take much time, and this is what I came up with. (He's influenced by a Easter Egg bunny I saw) Here's Quicky the Bunny:



And a view from the side:



Yeah, I've got Easter and spring-time on my mind!
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8  A Crown For Lana in Crochet: Completed Projects by MarjorieCrochets on: February 19, 2007 06:21:12 PM
From what I understand, Lana likes to play dress-up, but only with hats! As her new 'adopted' grandma, I've been busy crocheting things for her. I planned on sending the package out to her today, but since I couldn't, I decided she needed a hat to play with. Here is what a came up wth, a beanie/crown, in case she ever wants to play princess:



I just took a standard beanie pattern, and added a 'crown edging'. My granddaughter, Brianna, picked out one of her favorite buttons for the center crown 'jewel'. She also picked out some sparkly pony beads in Lana's favorite colors, pink and green, for the other 'jewels'.



I hope she likes it!

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9  Re: Big eyed amigurumi pear and happy orange! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by MarjorieCrochets on: February 19, 2007 02:51:42 AM
and now a question, does anyone know how to stop large holes from appearing when you decrease,
this is what i mean

anybody? its happened before too, i don't like it!

I don't know how to stop them from appearing, but I have two suggestions that you may find helpful. One is to crochet as tightly as you can, using as small a hook as you can. I crochet very tightly, and still I have holes sometimes, so I have a second suggestion. I always leave a very long tail when I finish off, and I weave that over and under through the decrease rows, through the gaps. It takes a little practice, but it makes for a nice finish, hiding those holes quite nicely.

I'll be watching this thread, too, to see if anyone else has suggestions for avoiding those ugly gaps!
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10  Tiny Thread Dragon in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by MarjorieCrochets on: February 17, 2007 02:54:07 AM
Here's my 'biggest' challenge yet! A tiny dragon made in thread. I made this baby dragon for a special little girl who requested a baby brother or sister for her other baby dragons that I made for her. She doesn't know she's getting it yet, as I've tried to keep it a secret so shhh.... don't tell Lana!








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