Okay, so I alluded to this two weeks ago, and here it is. I wasn’t super happy with the original tiny jellyfish pattern I made, so I’ve been playing with it. I’ve got something now that I think is much better.
This is it’s final form. There are about three changes.
I added a loop to the top, so it hangs from things. I think this helps it to look pretty, especially as a display piece.
I made the tentacles a LOT more loosely coiled. I like this because they hang a lot prettier now and tangle together a lot easier.
I made it so the tentacles and the base are in the same piece. This isn’t really an aesthetic change, but it makes finishing a lot easier because you don’t have to sew a bunch of tentacles into the body.
So yeah. The new pattern is here. I’m going to leave the old pattern up on its page as well. Enjoy!
Yes! The thrilling conclusion to the epic saga is here! Bask in its glory!
Or, you know, just admire the pretty basket I made. That works to.
This one uses the daisy stitch! Which, as it turns out, is a little bit harder to translate to basket form than I thought it’d be. See, the daisy stitch pulls the yarn together a little bit (it almost acts like a decrease) meaning that the first version I made looked a lot more like a cone than a basket. I fixed this by adding a little bit of an increase to the first row of the side, effectively canceling out that decrease.
For this one, I decided to use the basket weave stitch because that seems like far and away the obvious choice for use in making a basket. Also because it’s one of those stitches that I really like but rarely end up using. I like the way it turned out, visually, although the top is pretty wavy due to the nature of the stitch.
Additionally, I was still going through yarn scraps while making this one. For this, I chained together a ball of black, a ball of gray, and a ball of white. As a result, I wound up with a cool grayscale effect that I am definitely a fan of.
So yeah. The pattern is here. Take a look if you want. See you guys next week!
So, I had some little yarn balls left over from the laundry bag, so I decided to use them to make some baskets to help organize my stuff. And now I’m going to show them off one by one. Starting with this one.
For these, I wanted to do something for the sides other than just basic single or double crochet. The first thing that came to mind was the shell stitch, so that’s what I started with.
I like the way this turned out. It kind of looks like a flower.
I’ll have the pattern written up within the day. Things have been a little hectic this past week, and I wanted to take the time to make sure I did it right. So…yeah.
Two monsters in two weeks? Awesome! Of course, this one has a little bit less to do with the monster than the Vampire Scarf, but eh. It counts.
So, fun fact. I moved to Virginia last week for work. This provided two interesting challenges. First, I needed something to do on the plane to get there, and second, I needed to acquire a laundry basket (there were more challenges, but those are the important ones). So I figured, why not kill two birds with one stone, and also do a little scrap busting in the process. So I took as many of the tiny balls of yarn from my stash as I could find, chained them together into one big frankenyarn (see, it connects), and crocheted me a laundry bag. It has handles and everything!
And, since I kind of made it up as I went along, I wrote it up as a pattern. You can find it here. I’m keeping the Frankenstein reference because 1) it is a bag made up of many different types of yarn, much like Frankenstein’s monster was made up of many different corpses, and 2) I think it’s funny.
So yeah. I’ve got a few other projects that I’ve been working on in relation to my move to Virginia, but I’m going to save them for future posts. For now, I bid you all adieu.
So yeah. This is another spur of the moment inspiration that I worked up right after I thought of it. Of course, I was procrastinating really, really hard at the time, but it only took an hour to make and anyway I needed the break.
Anyway, I’m really proud of the way this turned out. I’ve spent the past two days playing around with it in between bouts of essay writing, which I think is the mark of a well-made toy. I’m also excited that now the octopus isn’t the only aquatic animal in my arsenal.
The pattern is here. Use as you will. Send me a picture if you make one. I’d love to see it.
All right. So. One of my friends at college is in a sorority. Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi) specifically. Last week was big/little week which, for the uninitiated (like me) basically means she was assigned a new member of her sorority chapter to, essentially, shower in gifts all week. (I don’t know if that’s 100% accurate, but that’s my understanding of the process.) ADPi’s mascot is a lion. So, she commissioned a tiny lion from me to give to her little. And that is why this pattern exists.
It’s debatable whether I would have ever gotten around to designing a lion in the absence of these very specific circumstances. Literally all the other animals in the tiny animal series were made because I, personally, am a fan of that animal. And while lions are cool, they’re not my favorite animal. But I digress. Point is, I probably would have gotten around to them eventually, but I doubt it would have been this quick if I was left to my own devices.
Of course, I wasn’t left to my own devices, so let’s talk about the design process.
The basic form of the lion was easy. I copy-pasted it out of the bunny pattern. I used the bunny pattern because the body is rounder than the fox or cat, and my original copy-paste out of the cat pattern looked really weird. Note to self: lions do not reduce to cones, they reduce to rotund semi-cylinders.
The ears were also easy. They’re basically classic teddy bear ears—little circles folded in half, rounded and sewn to the head. No big deal.
The mane was a little more complex, but I correctly assumed that it would be easier to just make it into a geometric shape and not try to build one out of short strands of yarn knotted together. I modeled mine off a potato chip scarf, with a little bit of light scalloping. I like how that turned out. I think it gives it dimension without becoming really hard or complicated to make. Although, if you’re looking for a lion with a mane that covers the back of its head, maybe look elsewhere.
The tail gave me some trouble. It went through a few different iterations before I finally decided to reduce it to its basic geometric shapes (a line with a little pointed cylinder on the end). I wound up exaggerating the proportions of the fur tuft at the end of its tail to make it remotely doable, but I think it turned out cute.
So, yeah. Tiny crochet lion. Super cute. Great for ADPis. Apparently. I’ll have it listed on Etsy once I have one that I can take more salable pictures of. Until then, if you’re of a crafting mindset, here’s the pattern. Feel free to give it a shot. Send me pictures if you do. I like seeing my creations out in the world.
Okay, one bunny. Apparently I’m too lazy to make multiple bunnies. Don’t worry, I’m sure it will multiply soon.
This pattern was blissfully easy to make, partly because it’s kind of a Frankenstein’s monster of other patterns I’ve done. I took the head pretty much word for word from the cat pattern, and the ears are a sized down version of what I did with the matoki, sans pipe cleaners. The body is new because I wanted the bunny to be chubbier than the fox and the cat, but it didn’t really give me any trouble for some reason. Maybe I’m just getting better at creating specific shapes. Yay!
The only part that gave me any trouble was the tail. Mainly because I originally thought it should be a lot bigger than it had any right to be, and it took a few attempts to get one that wasn’t enormous. Rabbits have nubs for tails. I’m not sure why that wasn’t obvious.
So…yeah. Quick little January pattern. If you want to make one of these rabbits, by all means, do so. The pattern is here. Go nuts. Go rabbits? I don’t think that works.
If you don’t want to make one, but still want a tiny rabbit (because really who doesn’t), you can buy one here.