Sunday, 17 December 2017

CUTE CROCHET WHALE AMIGURUMI & MATCHING HEADBAND

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CUTE CROCHET WHALE AMIGURUMI & MATCHING HEADBAND


This cute crochet whale with a matching headband is a project I loved working on. 
Thank you for joining me in our fun creativity session today.

Materials used : Today I’ve used some of our lovely Indian Oswal 4-ply yarns with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ; a little 4-ply knitting cotton ; embroidery needle

Skill level : Intermediate.  Basic sewing skills needed.


Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.
 
How to join the two ends of your work : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUGb9pIcsXE


Instruction information


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For this darling plump little whale,  I have been inspired by these two patterns at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/my-little-blue-whale  and

free crochet whale stuff toy pattern, free crochet whale amigurumi pattern, free crochet whale headband pattern, free crochet whale motif pattern

free crochet whale stuff toy pattern, free crochet whale amigurumi pattern, free crochet whale headband pattern, free crochet whale motif pattern

For my headband, I used the whale applique pattern.  I made two (mirror-image) little motifs and then stuffed it slightly before attaching it to the headband.

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Here are some of my older stuff toy creations.  Have fun with these patterns too.
































I have a few pieces of headwear already made as well, and just in case you want a dekho at those free patterns … here you go 














































































Saturday, 16 December 2017

ADORABLE MONKEY AMIGURUMI & MATCHING HEADBAND

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ADORABLE MONKEY AMIGURUMI & MATCHING HEADBAND


This adorable monkey amigurumi with a matching headband is the fifth project I have worked on ... a combo like this is interesting and I’ve had great fun thinking the set up. 
Thank you for joining me in our fun creativity session today.

Materials used : Today I’ve used some of our lovely Indian 4-ply knitting cotton yarns with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ; embroidery needle
Materials that you could use : I think any 4-ply yarn is suitable.  Using a thinner yarn will give you a smaller project, but also increase the skill difficulty level.

Skill level : Intermediate to Advanced.  Basic sewing skills needed. 

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

Here is a sizing chart for general head sizing :
 



Pattern information

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Get this awesomely cute monkey with a banana amigurumi, at http://www.crochetyamigurumis.com/mono-amigurumi/
 Hit Google Translate ;)

For my headband, I used the ears from the monkey amigurumi.  So if you are making this as well as the toy, just make 4 ear bits at the same time, and join two together for one side of each ear – just to give it a little thickness and cuteness.
Once done, I attached the monkey ears onto my headband.
Cute ain’t it?

Right then, let’s get our headband base done.
For our headband, we start with a fdc.  I urge you to try this lovely way to start as this is a tiny project and a good place to start this new stitch.
In case you are unable to get the hang of it, don’t hang up on this project – just go with your chain start.

We will also use a ch-3 picot, which is (ch 3, sl-st into the 3rd st from hk).  For a quick “how to work a picot”, check this neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8

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Start Row 1 : with 3 fdc. Turn.
If starting with regular chain, work 6 chain, and in Row 1, work your 1st dc in the 4th ch from hk.  Work dc in the last 2 ch and Turn.  Continue now with instructions of Row 2.

Row 2 : ch 1 + picot + ch 1, dc in the 1st fdc and next 2 fdc. Turn.

Row 3 : ch 1 + picot + ch 1, dc in the 1st dc and next 2 dc. Turn.

Continue Row 2 till you have the length needed for your headband.  Length in this case, would be the as long as you’d need it to go around the little kiddo’s head – so circumference of head.

So you see how the cute little picots come out every alternate row – they create a little peaked effect that is just too darling, isn’t it?

Fasten off and weave in ends.

For this, a tweak / idea right off the bat (or top of my head! ;) )

I have decided to make this a little slim, so am going per pattern.  If you want a wider headband, start with 5 fsc, and work 5 dc.  Got it?

As I am making this headband for a little baby girl, I plan on adding a satin headband off the ends of my headband, so that it can be easily tied into a bow.  You could add in an elastic rubber band at the end to give it a slight tightness or if working with acrylic or wool, just join the ends of your headband together. Acrylic & wool have a natural stretch that will give elasticity to your headband.

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I’d appreciate if you could credit my blog (and link the original pattern link) when you make your own creation.  Thanks.

Check out my awesome pins on Pinterest at https://in.pinterest.com/shyamanivas/ 



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Have a great day and see you soon. J

Here are some of my older stuff toy creations.  Have fun with these patterns too



































I have a few pieces of headwear already made as well, and just in case you want a dekho at those free patterns … here you go