Sunday, 31 December 2017

THREE UNIQUE UNICORN HEADBANDS


THREE UNIQUE UNICORN HEADBANDS


Not too long ago, I’d made one unicorn headband with a tiny unicorn stuff toy.  Day before yesterday, I posted a blog with the project I’d worked on for a cuddly, much larger unicorn stuff toy.  These three headbands were then requested for three lil kids also crazy about unicorns – I mean, who isn’t enamored by that elusive creature, right?

As you know, I like making something new and different each time – so while part of the pattern stays the same, there are differences in each headband.
Thank you for joining me in our fun creativity session today.

Materials used : Today I’ve used some of our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarns with a 3 mm crochet hook ; a light metal headband ; embroidery needle

You could use cotton as well – I just had acrylic ready in all the colours I wanted, so went with this selection.

Skill level : Easy to intermediate.  Basic sewing skills needed.

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                                     ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                                     rep : Repeat


Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Hdc : Half Double Crochet : yo, insert hk into st ; yo (3 lps on hk), yo, draw through all 3 lps.  One hdc made.

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 :
 



Instructions using U.S terminology

For the basic unicorn ears, horn and curly wurly insane mane, for all three projects, I have followed the pattern at https://theknottyredhead.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/unicorn-mane-headband/


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free crochet headband pattern, free crochet unicorn headband pattern

The last time I’d made this, I too used a plastic headband to hold the unicorn ears and horn.  This time, I’ve used a lighter metal headband for one of the projects.
I have covered the metal headband with white sc all through – not just to give it a neater finish but also to give the ears, horn and mane a space to be neatly attached onto.


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free crochet headband pattern, free crochet unicorn headband pattern

For the 2nd headband, I’ve just attached the ears, horn and mane onto a satin ribbon.


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free crochet headband pattern, free crochet unicorn headband pattern

For the 3rd headband, I’ve used the headband pattern from the monkey amigurumi & headband pattern I’d made before at

Just for another difference, thrown in different colours when working the mane – so that each child gets a unique combination – that is still mysterious, cute, colourful and all unicorn!

I’ve included this small foot note that I’d used for the earlier unicorn headband project – just in case you’ve missed that.. of course, I do think you may want to check that project as well – just click on the links at the right hand side of this blog and check the “Labels” to see all the projects listed.

For the mane : The designer has given a start count of 77 sts.  What I’d suggest is that you first work that number and see if the length works for you (with the yarn and hook you’re using, assuming you are not using the same materials as used by the designer). 
In case the length does not work for you, just go ahead and add as many stitches as you need and then work the 3 hdc as instructed, and you will still get a superbly curly wurly mane.  After all, there is no specified length – and with girls, longer is probably better and more fun ;)

Oh, I also preferred to work a fsc chain instead of plain chain.  I find that not only do you get a better stitch to work the hdc into, but also get a better end result – but then I am always partial to this start J

Finally one big Thank You to the Knotty Redhead for this lovely free pattern.  I had great fun whipping this headband up – hope you have as well.

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Thursday, 28 December 2017

CUDDLY CROCHET UNICORN STUFF TOY

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CUDDLY CROCHET UNICORN STUFF TOY

Unicorn Amigurumi


If you are following my blogs, you’ll know that not too long back I made a unicorn headband.  This is the off-shoot of that headband.
Today, I am making a cuddly crochet unicorn stuff toy for my client.
Thank you for joining me in our fun creativity session today.

Materials used : Today I’ve used some of our lovely Indian Vardhaman Millennium 4-ply yarns with a 4 mm crochet hook ; poly fill stuffing ; 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.
 



Instruction information

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cuddly crochet unicorn stuff toy, crochet unicorn amigurumi, crochet unicorn stuff toy

cuddly crochet unicorn stuff toy, crochet unicorn amigurumi, crochet unicorn stuff toy

and  this cute little cuddly toy is nearly 12" tall, and the client absolutely loves it.. so yaaay :)

For this project too, I worked with the stuffing balls - i.e stuffed the poly fill stuffing into stocking net and made large balls that I then stuffed into  the stuff toy. These are much smaller balls, but this is an idea of what I did - just larger sized.

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