This week’s pattern of the week is MICI, an amigurumi mermaid! I was blown away when I saw this pattern. She is so perfect! Be sure to check out the projects on Ravelry! There are some very pretty ones! This one by petitepimprenelle is one of my favorites! You can read more about the pattern here (with links to where you can get the pattern).
Let’s have a pickle-along! I tried out this Christmas pickle pattern last night and I really enjoyed it so I plan on making several more as gifts. I think you’ll have fun with it, it was quick and easy!
In case you’re wondering what a Christmas pickle is exactly, here’s the story:
“A Christmas pickle is a tradition of mysterious origins, although most likely American. According to tradition, a pickle is hung in the Christmas tree, and the first child to find it on Christmas morning receives a special gift.”
Who wants to join me in making pickles?! Here’s what to do:
♥ Get the (free) pattern here and make a pickle or a whole jar full!
♥ Post a picture of your pickle(s) somewhere public such as Ravelry, Instagram, Flickr, or your blog.
♥ At the end of the month, I’ll make a post where we can all link up and show off our pickles!
P.S. If you want to make a sparkly pickle like mine, I used Caron Simply Soft Party in Spring Sparkle!
My awesome long time sponsor, Rengawk, has a fun giveaway for us today! You may remember her from her previous giveaway, she makes the cutest amigurumi cupcakes! Today she’s offering a free custom designed amigurumi cupcake to one lucky winner! You design it and she’ll make it for you!
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As I mentioned before, JoAnn’s sent me their new Cape Discovery catalog, which features 72 projects perfect for kids & teens to make as Summer projects! They asked me to make a project from the catalog and this crochet octopus just looked way too awesome to pass up! If you’d like to make your own, you can find the free pattern right here!
They encouraged me to add my own twist to the project so I made a few modifications. First of all, I used Caron Simply Soft (pagoda & passion) & Bernat Satin (aqua) rather than the yarns the pattern recommended. Also, I thought it would be even more awesome if I made the octopus bigger so I made the entire thing holding two strands of yarn together! He ended up being about 8 inches high and has a leg span (when they’re stretched straight out) of about 30 inches. I made his eye balls using embroidery floss rather than yarn.
I have a few notes about the pattern to share:
– The pattern calls for you to join at the end of rounds when making the head and I didn’t do that because I think it’s unnecessary and looks better without the seam.
– This pattern actually makes a heptapus not an octopus, which means it only has seven legs. I was kinda bummed about this and would have modified it had I noticed soon enough, but when I use someone else’s pattern I tend to just follow it and not think ahead. So he has seven legs! If you want to make one with eight legs, it’s a really easy fix. In the first round of the head it says, “7 sc in 2nd ch from hook”. Instead make 8 sc and everything will work out!
– It’s designed to be assembled so that the bottom is wrong side out and this sort of thing drives me nuts. I’m one of those people who hates to see inside out amigurumi! haha! :P I know, it’s really just a personal preference thing but it bugs me so I modified it to be right side out. It’s kind of hard to explain what I did so refer to the two pictures below:
I only partially made the bottom, and stopped at the part where you start chaining to make the legs. Then I made the legs by crocheting in the chain I made for the top part of the leg. Afterwards, I sewed the bottom in place and single crocheted along the edge with the purple to finish it off! A lot of extra work but I think it was worth it!
It was a somewhat time consuming project but he turned out so well that I think it was worth the effort! It’s one of the coolest looking octopus patterns I’ve seen, so I recommend it if you’re a slightly more advanced crocheter!
I would love to hear what you think of him! Will you try making one of your own?
EDIT: The pattern was moved to a different URL. The links in this post have been updated. You can now find the pattern right here!
I hope you like pink because I’m having a big pink giveaway! One lucky person will win everything in the picture above! You get a High Tide Skully with ear flaps, a Heartbeat Skully, a Beary, and a pair of Peacock Barefoot Sandals.
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P.S. The winner of the previous giveaway, for the Heartbeat Skully Hat is Francie! Congrats Francie! I’ll be contacting you by email! :)