New to the Queue: Cute crochet this week

Owl Basket

Owl Basket

Photo courtesy of Deja Jetmir.

As soon as I saw this pattern, I not only added it to my queue but also purchased it. My sister loves owls, and I think this will be an adorable addition to her room. I like that the basket itself is a basic shape and the eyes are added on, so this could be customizable to be many other animals or designs. I have a lot of kitchen cotton around, I’m going to try doubling it up to make this.

Price: $2.99 USD

Craft: crochet

Designer: Deja Jetmir


Monty Moose

Monty Moose

Photo courtesy of Southern Gal’s Crochet

I just want to pick this moose up and give him a hug! His arms are even held out at the ready. I actually have a stuffed moose that my fiance gave me, and I may have to make Monty so my moose can have a friend.

Price: $4.60 USD

Craft: crochet

Designer: Southern Gal’s Crochet


Kawaii bee amigurumi

Kawaii bee amigurumi

Photo courtesy of mohu mohu.

I love this little bee. Apparently I was in the mood for adorable animal-themed items this week because this is the second of four on the list today. This little guy reminds me of the adorable Teeny-Tiny Mochimochis, and I think the size is part of the appeal. I’m not a fan of bees in real life, but I just want to cuddle this one.

Price: free

Craft: crochet

Designer: mohu mohu


Tiny Turtle

Tiny Turtle

Photo courtesy of Anna Hrachovec.

Speaking of mochimochis, Anna Hrachovec released four new tiny animal patterns, this little guy, a dog, a cat, and a parrot. You can buy the set of patterns here. I love her little patterns, and this little guy stands out from the other little pets. I don’t know if it’s his adorable little head or the lovely pattern on his shell, but I just fell in love with him.

Price: $6 USD for the pattern set

Craft: knitting

Designer: Anna Hrachovec


Tina-ease Cowl

Tina-ease Cowl

Photo courtesy of Tina Turner.

Last but not least, the only non-animal-related item I’m featuring this week: the Tina-ease Cowl. I queued this cowl for a few reasons. It looks simple but interesting, and it looks like a great pattern to knit in some of my madelinetosh tosh merino light. In fact, I think I may bring this with me as a vacation project this summer.

Price: free

Craft: knitting

Designer: Tina Turner

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It’s the little fainting orange texting monster!

If you’ve seen the commercials for the AT&T Windows 7 phones that involve cute, colorful little monsters (each of those links to a different commercial), then you’ll recognize one of my latest projects: my Orange Texting Guy.

Descriptive name, isn’t it? After seeing this phone commercial, I knew I had to make one of these guys for my sisters for 3 reasons: 1) he’s adorable, 2) he texts, and 3) he’s bright orange.

Orange Texting Guy

Look! He’s reaching to text!

Luckily, I actually found a pattern on Ravelry (Ravelry link) that was almost perfect: The Monsties – Amigurumi Mini Monsters (blog link). All I did was add a couple of arms, and voila! A little orange texting guy!

For the arms, I made a 10-stitch crochet chain, joined it, crocheted a tube until it was as long as the guy was tall, then make the fingers. I crocheted in 3 stitches, then broke the yarn and joined and closed the top for one finger; for the second finger I made 3 sc in each of the stitches right next to the first finger, joined and did another round, then broke the yarn and closed off; for the third finger I did the same as for the first finger.

I used regular, feltable wool (Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Full o’ Sheep) with the intent of felting him. However, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get the arms on right if I felted before stuffing, and I didn’t know if I could guess the right amount of stuffing if I stuffed first then felted.

What I did instead, and I think it worked pretty well, was take a wire pet brush like this one (never used on an animal, only yarn) and vigorously brushed out the yarn to make him fuzzy. On a side note, a little PSA: be very careful when vigorously brushing out yarn with a wire brush, especially when the hand holding the object has very dry skin, as this can result in several painful little cuts that burn when you put on lotion.

Tim the Tiny Elephant

elephant

This tiny elephant was created to use up scraps of yarn that I had left over after knitting a hat. I used Wool-Ease, but any sturdy yarn would work. Just make sure to crochet tight enough that stuffing won’t come out.

Head (make 1):

Round 1: sc 8 into magic loop ring, join with sl st, ch 1 (8)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st, ch 1 (16)

Round 3: *1 sc, 2 sc in next st* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (24)

Rounds 4-9: sc around, join with sl st, ch 1 (24)

Round 10: *1 sc, sc dec* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (16)

Round 11: sc dec around (8)

Fasten off and stuff

Body (make 1):

Round 1: sc 8 into magic loop ring, join with sl st, ch 1 (8)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st, ch 1 (16)

Round 3: *1 sc, 2 sc in next st* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (24)

Round 4: *2 sc, 2 sc in next st* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (32)

Rounds 5-15: sc around, join with sl st, ch 1 (32)

Round 16: *2 sc, sc dec* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (24)

Round 17: *1 sc, sc dec* repeat between * * around, join with sl st, ch 1 (16)

Round 18: sc dec around (8)

Fasten off and stuff

Ears (make 2):

Ch 4

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2, ch 1, turn (3)

Row 2: 2 sc in each across, ch 1, turn (6)

Row 3: sc, 2 sc in each of next 4 sts, sc, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 4: sc in each across, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 5: Sc in each, 2 sc in last st, 3 sc along top edge (14)

Fasten off

Trunk (make 1):

sc 6 into magic loop ring

sc around until trunk measures about 2 inches.

2 sc in each of next 3 stitches, ch1, turn

sc in each across for two rows

Fasten off

Legs (make 4):

sc 8 into magic loop ring

sc around until leg measures about a half inch, join with sl st

Fasten off and stuff

Tail (make 1):

Ch 8

sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each across

Fasten off

Tie small amount of fringe to fasten off edge

Sew ears and trunk to head, then sew head and tail to body, then sew legs to body. Place the legs so that elephant can stand.

Harry Potter Time-Turner

time turner light

I came up with this little piece at home while trying to think of a small supplemental birthday gift for my friend’s upcoming birthday. I tried to make it look as much like the movie one as possible in crochet, but there were too many little moving parts in the real ones.

Hourglass:

with beige, ch 12, join with sl st, being careful not to twist, ch 1

Round 1: sc in each ch around, join with sl st, ch1 (12)

Round 2: sc in each st around, join with sl st, ch1 (12)

Round 3: sc in each st around, join with sl st, ch1 (12)

Round 4: *sc in next 2 sts, sc dec*, repeat from * around, join with sl st, ch1 (9)

Round 5: *sc, sc dec*, repeat from * around, join with sl st, ch1 (6)

Round 6: sc dec three times, join with sl st, ch1 (3)

Round 7: 2 sc in each st around, join with sl st, ch1 (6)

Round 8: *sc, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * around, join with sl st, ch1 (9)

Round 9: *2 sc, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * around, join with sl st, ch1 (12)

Round 10: sc in each st around, join with sl st, ch1 (12)

Round 11: sc in each st around, join with sl st, ch1 (12)

fasten off, leaving a long enough tail for sewing

stuff both sides of hourglass with small amount of stuffing and sew ends together.

Casing (make 2):

 with yellow, ch 3

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and next st, ch 1, turn (2)

Row 2: 2 sc in each sc, ch 1, turn (4)

Row 3: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, 3 sc in last st, ch 1, turn (7)

Row 4: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 5 sts, 3 sc in last st, ch 1, turn (10)

Row 5: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in last st, ch 1, turn (12)

Row 6: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in last st, ch 1, turn (14)

Row 7: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in last st, ch 10, turn upside down (16)

Row 7.5: sc in bottom loop of 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st across and join at main piece. fasten off.

 Finish by sewing loose ends of casings to ends of hourglass.

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