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11  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Babushka's (Nesting Dolls) w/ pattern on: January 10, 2012 06:38:12 PM
I totally love these nesting dolls, but in town they cost £30 a set! So I figured, I could just crochet myself a set Smiley I should have worked in rows (not rounds, so the faces arn't stepped) but I didnt really think about that untill it came to stitching features... So that why they are quite plain (I was a little disheartend) but still, I'm pleased with the final outcome, and have plans for more exhuberant sets Cheesy (Not that the pattern was hard to figure, but I kept a note anyhow, so future sets will be easy to work up and spare all that counting! LOL)

The finished project:

And one mid-project:

As always C&C more than welcome, and thanks for taking a look Cheesy

Ok, cool!

I worked them all in single crochet with dk yarn and a 3mm hook, and I like to use the magic ring to start... but I'm sure a chain would be fine:) (pull me up if I make a mistake, I tend to write my own patterns in a cross between US and UK terminology, So I'll try and get it all right Cheesy) and I recommend using a ss to join rounds, but I'll write it as I worked it, which was in in the rounds...

First doll:

6st magic ring....... 6st
inc in ea st........... 12st
*1sc, inc*............ 18st
sc in ea st - (Here I did 8st in red, 2 in white, 8st in red)......18st
sc in ea st - (here I did &st in red, $st in white, 7st in red)....18st for 3 rounds
sc in ea st - (Here I did 8st in red, 2 in white, 8st in red)......18st (8rounds so far)
sc in ea st (all in the red)......18st
*2sc, inc*...........24st
sc in ea st........ 24st (4 rounds)
*2sc, dec*........18st - Stuff firmly
*1sc, dec*(in back loops).....12st
*dec*.... 6st (17rounds altogether)
finish off

Doll 2 (In halves now)

Bottom half:
6st magic ring..... 6st
*1sc, inc*.........18st
*2sc, inc* (in back loops)..... 24st
*3sc, inc*..........30st
sc in ea st........ 30st (4 rounds)
finish off

Top half:
6st magic ring.....6st
*1sc, inc*..........18st
*2sc, inc*...........24st
sc in ea st...........24st (I did 11red stiches, 2 white stitches, 11 red stitches)
sc in ea st..........24st (I did 10 red, 4 white, 10 red for 3 rounds)
sc in ea st.........24st (11 red, 2 white, 11 red)
*3sc, inc*.......30st
sc in ea st.......30st (for 3 rounds - 15 rounds altogether. But depending on thickness of yarn, you may need to add or take off rows from this last set of 5 untill it sits over the first doll and meets the bottom half)

3rd Doll:

6st magic ring
*1sc, inc*
*2sc, inc*
*3sc, inc* (in back loops)
*4sc, inc*
sc in ea st for 5 rounds

6st magic ring
*1sc, inc*
*2sc, inc*
*3sc, inc*
sc in ea st (14 red, 3 white, 13red)
sc in ea st (13 red, 5 white, 12 red) x 3 rounds
sc in ea st (14 red, 3 white, 13 red)
sc in ea st (all red)
*4sc, inc*
sc in ea st for 2 rounds
finish off

4th Doll:
Same as before with an additional row of increases so: bottom = *3sc, inc* the nxt row is *4sc, inc* (in bk loops)
top:*4sc, inc* before you start the sc in ea st for the face....
Adjust final rows of sc in ea st so that the bottom half lines up with the other bottom halves, and the top half meets the bottom and covers the previous doll Cheesy

my 5th doll had the same increases to make it bigger and the pattern just carries on for more dolls if desired Cheesy

Hope this makes some sense  Wink if not, let me know and I'll try to explain myself better Cheesy


I've made another set with thinner yarn and I did need to sort of wing it with those 5 rows of sc at the end of the top half to make sure I did do enough rows to cover the previous doll... Simple enough, at least I  thought so :S Also, I did the second set still working in rounds but changed the face shape to a sort of 'shield' shape, and found this looks much better at the 'step' from the rounds and the colour change isnt as obvious Smiley so for example on the face, I did the top row, 2nd row, 3rd row, 4th row of the white with 5 stitches and then the last row of the face was the only row I did fewer white stitches (for the chin)

12  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Makka Pakka on: December 29, 2011 11:18:06 PM
Well, this is he Smiley (I assume Makka Pakka's male)

 A friend asked if I could make one for them, and I figured I probably could, so I tried and this is the result... This'll be heading to a totally gorgeous little boy after the bank holiday, whom I hope will tug on him and squeeze him and adore him Cheesy (everything is stitched and glued down well in a child friendly way, of course... and those are obviously safety eyes. The boy is still a preschooler, so I'm extra paranoid :s )

I am quite proud of him, a few people seem to like him very much, but I'm very self critical, and the flaws are all too obvious to me... But that just gives me ammo for the next one I make. I work on a tight budget and because of this tend to work without patterns, but I did find this one: http://luckynumbered.blogspot.com/2009/05/makka-pakka.html That I modified a bit to suit me Smiley (and unusually wisely of me wrote down most my modifications!)

While I'm hoping he'll be loved by the boy, I can't bear to send him off without anything familiar to help him settle in, so I'm packing in those rocks for him to take along too Cheesy I'm pleased with the rocks, I just sorta crocheted random shapes so I love the rawness of them, perfect for rocks Smiley

As always c&c more than welcome, I love feedback, helps me learn and improve Cheesy

Thanks for taking a look Cheesy

P.s Sorry for the less than ideal pic... dont have batteries in the camera :S
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Learning all the time on: December 05, 2011 06:48:02 PM
I saw the beautiful filet stitch heart blanket on here a few days ago and I'd never heard of filet stitching, so armed with a little inspiration I google it! I guess it took me all of ten minutes to get a grasp of it, so I started on this pillow for a gift for my daughter. I know a heart is a simple shape and I'm certain there are thousands of patterns for them, but I made this one up on my own, without following a pattern. I'm pretty pleased with myself, and hopefully this pillow will be just the thing for her to take to school for nap time!

It's about 22cm x 22cm

Any comments or criticism welcome, any tips to help me improve would be awesome Cheesy
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mini lapghan! on: December 04, 2011 06:42:03 PM
I've never been so good with flat work, but I wanted to make something for  my daughters for Christmas. I decided on something for my youngest daughters dolls, so made a small (1mx60cm ish) afghan. Knowing my daughter though, I think she'll end up sharing it with her dolls and using it for a lapghan for herself! I made this up in under two and a half evenings (whilst at work). I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out Smiley she has a matching pillow to go with it thats ready for stuffing Cheesy I know it could do with being blocked, but I don't have anything I could use to block it on, and then there is the added dilema of having somewhere to keep it while its drying without my daughter seeing it (she's still a stay at home tiddly)...

Comments and criticism more than welcome Smiley I'm always looking for ways to improve Cheesy

15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Busy, busy, busy! (several pics :s) on: November 28, 2011 05:43:50 PM
I've not been here for a little while, but I've made a ton of stuff! Some I'm pleased with, some OK and some not worthy of posting but it seems like I havent put my hooks down in ages! I wanted to share some of my recent things with you and dont want to flood craftster with however many posts, so I'm gonna stick them all in this post Smiley

Poppies, the pattern isn't mine but I love them none the less! (original pattern: http://kittyboocrochet.wordpress.com/2008/06/01/poppy-brooch/)

Egg Cozys! I made some frog egg cozys with bulging googly eyes, my girls saw them and decided they wanted some of their own, and this was the result..

Simple ribbed scarf for my nephew:

My eldest wanted juggling balls, so I made these up for her. I stuffed some wadding in the middle that I dropped violet fragrance onto, so as she tosses them about the beads should make the smell waft out!

Tweety. No pattern, I just guessed... and the yarn isnt great(it changes thickness alot) but I'm pleased with it, and I wrote down the pattern, so hopefully with a couple tweaks I can get him just right another time!

A simple flower pin that I made to go on a pair of wrist warmers I'd made for my niece:

Earrings, made with embroidery silks. The discs hang quite low, but there were comfy to wear!

Cherry Earrings for my daughter:

Strawberry pendant for another daughter. She wants earrings, but I dont have any gold posts at the moment, so she settled for this!

Puddle of stockings. I love these, I think they are sooo cute... and so do other people seemingly, as this set are now half the country away in a new home!

And lastly, my set of stockings. I love the darker red and the more classic feel about these. I'll proudly hang them on the tree in a couple weeks!
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Strawberries!! on: October 11, 2011 06:17:19 AM
Well, I haven't done an awful lot just recently but I finished this last week, and my daughter (the recipient) will not go out without it on and has been proudly boasting to all that would listen that Mummy made it for her :S (cringe)
Still, I am quite pleased with it, especially as (per usual) I didn't use a pattern. It took me almost 3 evenings to whip it up and although I was unsure about the deep red to start with I think it looks just the part now Smiley

Thoughts, comments and criticism more than welcome Cheesy

17  COOKING / Dessert / Princess Cake on: August 01, 2011 05:24:23 PM
I made this cake with a little help from the dh (to save time) back in April for my daughters 6th birthday. Proved to be rather popular!

It took 3 evenings to bake all the cake, we used a pudding basin and standard cake tins. It was a challenge keeping the cake a surprise once all the layers were baked! It has vanilla buttercream frosting between each layer (Though only a small amount) and home made jam Smiley

We had to shape the layers to match the domed top :s but the effort was worth it I think.... Then we crumb-coated it, and left it to set till the next morning (her birthday)...

We made up a batch of pink strawberry frosting for the top coat and smoothed it on, before adding a little more colour to the frosting ready for the flowers and her top. Here DH is patting on glimmer sugar with a pastry brush. Not quite the effect we wanted, but this was our first attempt at anything like this, so we were pretty pleased with our efforts Smiley

(oh, we also had added those silver cake balls to each flower and the top of the skirt)


Being devoured... We used an actual barbie, wrapped to her armpits in clingfilm. Double the fun for my daughter, plus I think it looks by far better than those doll pin things you can get to stick on top cakes.

Appologies for the photo quality, all taken on a phone!

C&C appreciated Cheesy
18  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Learning Curves on: July 28, 2011 06:27:01 PM
Ok, So these are a few of my projects that I've worked on since I picked up the hooks again a few months ago Smiley Some I like, some are not so good... But still, I wanted to share Smiley

The starting point for me and Amigurumi... Love these beads and the colours!!

My first piece that I made without a pattern.. I personally think it's obvious who she is but just in case, This is Bayonetta

The Bayonetta Doll was such a familiar shape that it inspired me to make my next project for my girls... It's been super popular with them.... Princess Bowling!

One for the nephews Smiley

And one of the more recent ones, Alice. Clearly I like to game Smiley

What'ya think? Criticism welcome Smiley I'm still learning!
19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Friendly Hippo on: July 26, 2011 08:50:50 PM
Well, this is a gift for a friend who so kindly donated yarn to me! She is hippo and dolphin mad and whilst I've tried a few times, I just cant come up with a dolphin design that I like... So, the hippo came about instead. I'm pretty pleased with him, I wrote out my pattern first and corrected it as I stitched, took no time at all Smiley

I keep looking at the head though, and it's inspired me to make some Moomins. That's probably going to be coming up next!

Let me know what you think?? Critics welcome too Cheesy
20  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Ami Pacman Ghost Earrings. on: July 26, 2011 09:41:25 AM
I'm pretty new to Amigurumi, though I learnt to crochet when I was quite young... My DH brought me some hooks and such a few months ago after a long break from crocheting (over ten years!) and I just haven't stopped since. My projects are improving (I think) and I'm definitely getting faster at making them up Cheesy So, after stumbling across you guys, I thought I'd share some of my work with you Cheesy

Here's the most recent thing I've been working on, finished just a short while ago today in fact Smiley Honest opinions please??

 People tell me they like what I'm coming up with, but its only close family and friends that have been able to see my things up till now... And we all know family can be nice when criticizing work!

These are clearly simple (are infact the same size too) but I whipped them up without following a pattern, using embroidery floss and a 1.5mm hook. They are my first ever pair of earrings, and I'm really quite pleased with them Smiley

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