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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Heeeeeeere chick chick chick! on: February 15, 2015 01:45:06 AM
They look so real and cuddly! You've done a great job with the pattern.
12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Crocheted Dragon Dog on: November 04, 2014 11:53:18 PM
That's brilliant, I love it!
13  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Itty Bitty Bat - free pattern! on: October 31, 2014 02:02:47 AM
Thank you! And Happy Halloween everyone!
14  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Itty Bitty Bat - free pattern! on: October 20, 2014 05:29:06 AM
Thanks everyone - I'm so pleased you like them!
15  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Clarence's Awkward Halloween (with process pics) on: October 20, 2014 05:27:18 AM
Brilliant! I love Clarence so much, and the whole look is great. Thanks for showing how you made it too.
16  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Itty Bitty Bat - free pattern! on: October 17, 2014 11:48:44 AM
Thanks guys! bushbaby - I love that you made one already. elderflower - they do look cute with the wings folded, but it seems to depend on the yarn as to whether you can get them to stay folded, I could only do that with the brown one.
17  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Itty Bitty Bat - free pattern! on: October 17, 2014 01:37:21 AM
Ever since October started I've been feeling more and more autumnal, and when I looked out the window one evening and saw a bat flying overhead (something I've never seen in the 17 years of living in this house) I was instantly in the mood for Halloween. With that in mind I decided to work on a pattern for a small bat.


Itty Bitty Bat

This tiny little bat, depending on the yarn you use, will end up about 2” tall, with a wingspan of about 5”. The feet are actually small loops, so your bat can hang upside down from a small stick or length of yarn or cord. The loops are large enough to fit the crochet hook you are using through, so you can use that to pull yarn or cord through. You could make several bats and hang them up on a length of chained yarn as decorations, or just wear one as a cute Halloween necklace! If you want to hang your bat on something thicker, just do more chain stitches when you make the feet in round 13.

ch = chain
st = stitch or stitches
ss = slipstitch
sc = single crochet (US), double crochet (UK)
dc = double crochet (US), treble crochet (UK)
tog = together
sc2tog = decrease by working two sc together
FLO = work in front loop only
FO = fasten off

General instructions:
Work in rounds unless otherwise stated and do not join rounds unless told to. Use a stitch marker to mark the start of a round - a small piece of different coloured yarn placed under the stitch at the start of the round will do. To start a round, you can use the magic ring method, but I prefer (ch 2, work 6 sc into 1st ch). If you work the 6 sc over the tail of yarn as well you can use that to pull the hole tight.

Work through both loops of stitches unless otherwise indicated.

You will need:
Small amount of black, purple or light and dark brown yarn, double knitting or worsted weight.
1 Pair of 7.5mm brown safety eyes, or 6mm black safety eyes, or yarn to embroider them.
Small amount of stuffing.
3.5mm (E) hook.
Tapestry needle.

Special stitch instructions:
5 dc pop: popcorn stitch for ears. Work 5 dc into 1 st, take hook out leaving loop, put hook through 1st dc & pull loop through.

Start at top of head.
Round 1: Ch 2, work 6 sc into 1st ch - 6 st.
Round 2: [2 sc in next st, (sc and 5 dc pop in next st), 2 sc in next st] 2 times – 12 st.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times - 18 st.
Round 4 - 6: (3 rounds) Sc in each st around – 18 st.

If using safety eyes, fit them now between rounds 4 and 5, four stitches apart.

Round 7: [Sc2tog] 9 times – 9 st.
Round 8: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] 3 times – 12 st.
Round 9 - 10: (2 rounds) Sc in each st around – 12 st.
Round 11: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] 3 times – 15 st.
Round 12: Sc in each st around – 15 st.
Round 13: Sc in next 8 st, [foot: ss in next st, ch 4, ss back into same st], sc in next 5 st, [foot: ss in next st, ch 4, ss back into same st] – 15 st (the first ss used to make each foot counts as a stitch, the second one doesn’t).
Round 14: [Sc2tog, sc in next 3 st] 3 times – 12 st.
Ss in next st then FO, leaving a length of yarn. Embroider eyes if you haven't used safety eyes. Stuff and use yarn to sew up the bottom in a line between the two feet.

Wings (make 2):
Ch 15, turn.
Row 1: Ss in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 6 ch, miss next ch, sc in next 6 ch, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 10 st, turn.
Row 3: Miss 1st st, ss in next st, sc in next 3 st, miss next st, sc in next 4 st, turn.
Row 4: Miss 1st st, ss in next st, sc in next 2 st, miss next st, sc in next 3 st, turn.
Row 5: Ch 2, sc in next st, ss in next 4 st, ch 2, ss in next st.
FO, leaving a length of yarn. Work this yarn through to the end of the wing and use it to sew the wing to the body.

18  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Roman Soldier on: September 24, 2014 02:37:33 PM
Thank you!
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Big Barda cosplay (4 images) on: September 24, 2014 12:03:49 PM
Oh wow, that is so cool! It must have been a lot of work, all that crochet. What's the texture on the gauntlets, waist and legs?
20  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Roman Soldier on: September 24, 2014 11:58:04 AM
It's been ages since I posted new projects here,  but I've still made lots of amigurumi over the last few months. I thought I'd start with the project I've completed most recently, a set of three Roman soldiers. From the same basic pattern they have three different types of armour, two different helmets, a sword and a cloak.

I've always liked Roman history - I live in Britain so evidence of the Romans is all around, not least in the only straight roads around here! I also live quite close to a couple of Roman villas (with beautiful mosaic floors), and I've enjoyed visiting them with my kids, especially when they have re-enactors in great costumes to chat to. I was also inspired to make these because I'm a fan of Doctor Who, and I really liked the storyline with Rory, who, for timey-wimey reasons, ended up being an immortal Roman, called the Last Centurion.

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