The Little Yellow Duck Project


Back in February 2015 I blogged about The Little Yellow Duck Project which I had just learnt about.  If you haven’t heard about the project before it involves people around the world handcrafting little yellow duck gifts as random acts of kindness that are then left in public places for others to find. A special tag on each one of the ducks invites the finder to take their gift home to brighten their day and to visit the  The Little Yellow Duck Project website to register where they found their gift. The Little Yellow Duck Project is a global initiative highlighting the life-saving donation of blood, bone marrow, and organ and tissue. 

Little-Yellow-DuckI made ten little ducks to support the project and hid them all over everywhere – even taking some with me to hide when I went away for a couple of weekends so that they would be spread out far and wide.  You can see all the ducks I made in my original post here.

Excitingly a couple of months later someone posted a photo to say that they had found one of my ducks which had prompted them to fill in an application form to be a blood donor! What an amazing feeling that was! And so nice to find out what had happened to a duck that had been hidden.

After I had finished making and hiding my pledge of little ducks I offered my services as a designer to The Little Yellow Duck Project to create a new free duckling crochet pattern which they could use…and not long after Doodle the Duckling was born! 

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Well one of the lovely people at the project contacted me this week to say that the pattern had never gone live on their website (although they thought it had). Needless to say they were mortified – but I know only too well how technology can be a fickle mistress (as I find out ever time I schedule a post when I’m on holiday…every. single. time!).  All is now fixed however and you can now find Doodle the Duckling under the Crochet Pattern section of their website. If you want to add Doodle the Duckling to your Ravelry queue or favourite him so you can make him later then use this link here

I hope you do check out The Little Yellow Duck Project when you get a moment – as well as crochet patterns they have knitting, sewing and machine embroidery patterns you use to support them if you fancy a different craft.

And just to finish off I’ll end with a photo of Little G from a year or so ago when she got to meet some real life little yellow ducklings…because too cute right! 

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Until next time, happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Doodle Zoo No. 9: Rory the Lion | Free Pattern


Ooops first I need to apologise for my lateness with my next Doodle animal. You may have noticed I’ve been a tad absent lately on the blog apart from CAL postings.  Well it’s pretty much just a case of life just getting in the way of things at the moment…I’m hoping they will improve shortly so I can get back on track with more regular postings.

But any way right now it’s time for Doodle Zoo character no. 9! Let me introduce to you Rory the Lion! Tah-dah!

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If you haven’t heard about Doodle Zoo it’s my mini challenge to myself this year to design 12 free little animals built on one simple base design so they all look related. For details about the other Doodle Zoo characters; see my posts about Doodle DuckRowan RabbitFinlay Frog, Ezra Elephant, Peggy PandaPetunia Pig, Ruby the Dragon and Kimberlie Koala

I’m still planning on 12 little characters to form the eclectic menagerie that is our Doodle zoo so watch this space for future additions!  

All the Doodle Zoo animals are designed to work up in about an hour and because they are just the right hand size they become very steal-able so be prepared to make a few! Furthermore Rory is a great little stash buster only using about 30g / 90 yards of yarn. Rory would also make a cute additional gift for family and friends or an quick addition to a craft stall.

This is an easy pattern suitable for beginners looking to learn some new crochet techniques. Click here to add this pattern to your favourites / queue on Ravelry or click here to access on Craftsy or scroll down for the pattern.

Rory the Lion

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Yarn: (8ply / yarn weight #3 or #4)

  • 30g / 90 yards of any tan/yellow double knit yarn
  • 2g of rust / orange yarn
  • Scraps of black and white yarn

Hook:

4mm (US size G)

You will also need:

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • 2 x 9mm black safety eyes
  • Polyester toy stuffing

Gauge:

4 dc/sc = 1 inch / 2.5 cm

Size:

Finished lion measures (from bottom to top of mane) = 4 inches / 10.5 cm

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Treble / Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet 2 sts together (dc/sc2tog): Insert hook in st  indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook in next st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.

Pattern Guidance:

All the parts of the lion are worked without   joining using a stitch marker to keep track of the rounds. Place the stitch marker in the top of the first st to mark start of round.

Pattern:

Body:

Rnd 1: With tan/yellow yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnd 3: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *   repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 4: * 1 dc/sc in next 2 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (24 sts).

Rnd 5: * 1 dc/sc in next 3 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (30 sts).  

Rnd 6 – 12: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

  • Add your safety eyes in between rows 7 and 8 about 8 stitches apart.

Rnd 13: * 1 dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of rnd, begin to stuff your lion (24 sts).

Rnd 14: *1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 15: *1 dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (12 sts).

  • Finish off stuffing the body

Rnd 16: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd, cut thread leaving a long tail (6 sts)

  • Using your tail end and using your yarn needle sew the last 6 stitches closed, finish off and weave in ends.

Muzzle:

Rnd 1: With white yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: * 3 dc/sc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts * repeat from * to * once more (10 sts).

Rnd 3: 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 3 dc/sc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 4 sts, 3 dc/sc in the next st 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts (14 sts).

Rnd 4: 1 dc/sc in each st around until end, finish off but leave a long tail for joining (14sts)

  • With black yarn embroider a nose and whiskers onto the muzzle (see photo below).
  • Sew nose into place between the eyes with the top edge of the nose just below row 9.

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 Mane:

Rnd 1: With rust / orange yarn 32 ch, sl st to join, ch 1 (doesn’t count as first dc/sc), 1 dc/sc in the same st as beginning 1 ch and in each st around until end, sl st the top of the first dc/sc to join (32 sts)

Rnd 2: *miss 1 st, 5 tr/dc in next, miss 1st, sl st to next st * repeat until you reach the last 8 sts., finish off but leave a long yarn tail for joining.

  • Sew main into place; about 1/4 inch apart from bottom of nose and edges of eyes. The 8 remaining sts should be placed at the bottom of your lion.

Feet (Make 2)

Rnd 1: With tan/yellow yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *   repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (9 sts).

Rnd 3-5: 1 dc/sc in each st around until end, finish off but leave a yarn tail for joining (9 sts).

  • Sew the sides of the feet together then sew onto the front of your lion on rnd 13   approximately 0.25 inch / 1.5 cm apart.

And that’s it! Simple, cute and addictive!

Doodle Zoo No. 8: Kimberlie the Koala | Free Pattern


Wow how time flies… it’s time for Doodle Zoo character no. 8 already! Let me introduce to you Kimberlie the Koala!  Tah-dah!

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If you haven’t heard about Doodle Zoo it’s my mini challenge to myself this year to design 12 free little animals built on one simple base design so they all look related. For details about the other Doodle Zoo characters; see my posts about Doodle DuckRowan RabbitFinlay Frog, Ezra Elephant, Peggy PandaPetunia Pig and Ruby the DragonDon’t forget to look out for the next addition to the Doodle Zoo next month! You know what I just realised! I’ve missed out January so look out for an extra Doodle animal in the next few months so we have 12 little characters to form the eclectic menagerie that is our Doodle zoo.

Making good on an old promise and named after a good friend of mine; Kimberlie the Koala is a great little stash buster using roughly 30g / 90 yards of yarn. All the Doodle Zoo animals are designed to work up in less than an hour and because they are just the right hand size they become very steal-able so be prepared to make a few!  Kimberlie would make a cute additional gift for family and friends or an quick addition to a craft stall.

This is an easy pattern suitable for beginners looking to learn some new crochet techniques. Click here to add this pattern to your favourites / queue on Ravelry or click here to access on Craftsy or scroll down for the pattern.

Kimberlie the Koala

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Yarn: 8ply / yarn weight #3 or #4

  • 30g / 90 yards of any grey double knit yarn
  • Scraps if black and white yarn

Hook: 4mm (US size G)

You will also need:

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • 2 x 9mm black safety eyes
  • Polyester toy stuffing
  • A pet brush or some velcro

Gauge: 4 dc/sc = 1 inch / 2.5 cm

Size: Finished koala measures = 3.25 inches / 8.3 cm

These measurements are approximated, and actual subjects may vary. Pattern will work in other yarns though gauge/size will be different.

Stitch Guidance:

Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.

Double Crochet/Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.

Treble / Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

Popcorn Stitch (PC): Work 5 tr/dc in st  indicated, remove hook completely, insert hook in 1st tr/dc (1st tr/dc of the 5), insert hook in loop that you just removed your hook from (5th tr/dc of the 5), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.

Double Crochet/Single Crochet 2 sts together (dc/sc2tog): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook in next st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.

Pattern Guidance:

Working without joining:

All the parts of the koala are worked without   joining using a stitch marker to keep track of the rounds.  Place the stitch marker in the top of the first st to mark start of round.

Pattern:

Nose:

Rnd 1: With black yarn ch 4, 3 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc/sc in the next st, 3 dc/sc in the next st then working down the other side of your beginning ch 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts (9 sts).

Rnd 2: * 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc/sc in the next st * repeat from * to * around, finish off but leave a yarn tail for sewing nose onto the body (12 sts).

Body:

Rnd 1: With grey yarn either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnd 3: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *    repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 4: * 1 dc/sc in next 2 sts,  2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to *  until the end of the rnd(24 sts).

Rnd 5: * 1 dc/sc in next 3 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (30 sts).

Rnd 6 – 10: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

Rnd 11- Arms: PC in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 14 sts, PC in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the in each of the remaining sts (30 sts).

Rnd 12: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

  • Add your safety eyes in between rows 7 and 8 about 1.25 inches/ 3.3cm apart and in-between the PC arms.
  • Sew the nose into place centrally just below the eyes.

Rnd 13: * 1 dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of rnd, begin to stuff your koala (24 sts).

Rnd 14: *1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 15: *1 dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (12 sts).

  • Finish off stuffing the body

Rnd 16: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd, cut thread         leaving a long tail (6 sts).

  • Using your tail end and using your yarn needle sew the last 6 stitches closed, finish off and weave in ends.

Ears (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With white yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary body (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnds 3-4: 1 dc/sc in each st around; on the last rnd sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing (12 sts).

  • Using either a pet brush or the rough part of a strip of Velcro either brush or rub the Velcro on the ears to make them fluffy.
  • Fold ear in half (so it forms a semi circle)then sew the sides together with tail end of yarn. Then sew ears into place on top of your koala’s head.

Feet (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With grey yarn; ch 6, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end (5 sts), then working down the other side of your sts work 1 dc/sc in each st until end (10sts).

Rnd 2 – 3: 1 dc/sc in each st around, on the last row sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing (10 sts).

And that’s it!  Simple, cute and addictive!

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Doodle Zoo No. 7: Ruby the Dragon | Free Pattern


My next Doodle Zoo animal was made and named by my Train Your Dragon obsessed daughter!  I can’t tell you how many times she has watched those movies, and whilst watching the movie (again) I decided to add a dragon to the Doodle Zoo menagerie and so Ruby (or Ruben) the Dragon was born!

If you haven’t heard about Doodle Zoo it’s my mini challenge to myself this year to design 12 free little animals built on one simple base design so they all look related. For details about the other Doodle Zoo characters; see my posts about Doodle DuckRowan RabbitFinlay Frog, Ezra Elephant, Peggy Panda and Petunia PigDon’t forget to look out for the next addition to the Doodle Zoo next month!

So without further ado let me introduce you to my little dragon.

Doodle Zoo | Ruby the Dragon

Ruby is a great little stash buster using roughly 30g / 90 yards of yarn. All the Doodle Zoo animals are designed to work up in less than an hour and because they are just the right hand size they become very steal-able so be prepared to make a few!  Ruby would make a cute additional gift for family and friends or an quick addition to a craft stall.

This is an easy pattern suitable for beginners looking to learn some new crochet techniques. Click here to add this pattern to your favourites / queue on Ravelry or click here to access on Craftsy or scroll down for the pattern.

Ruby the Dragon

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Yarn: 8ply / yarn weight #3 or #4

30g / 90 yards of any colour double knit yarn

Hook: 4mm (US size G)

You will also need:

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • 2 x 12mm cat safety eyes or 2 x black safety eyes
  • Polyester toy stuffing

Gauge:

4 dc/sc = 1 inch / 2.5 cm

Size:

Finished dragon measures = 3.25 inches / 8.3 cm

These measurements are approximated, and actual subjects may vary. Pattern will work in other yarns though gauge/size will be different.

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half Double Treble / Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, draw through all three loops on hook.
  • Treble / Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Popcorn Stitch (PC): Work 5 tr/dc in st indicated, remove hook completely, insert hook in 1st tr/dc (1st tr/dc of the 5), insert hook in loop that you just removed your hook from (5th tr/dc of the 5), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet 2 sts together (dc/sc2tog): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook in next st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.
  • Bobble (bo): Yarn over; (as you would with a tr/dc) not too tightly and draw up a loop 3 times in the st where your bobble is to be. Yarn over and draw through 6 loops. Yarn over and draw through last 2 loops on hook – bobble made.

Pattern Guidance:

Working without joining: All the parts of the dragon are worked without  joining using a stitch marker to keep track of the rounds.  Place the stitch marker in the top of the first st to mark start of round.

Pattern:

Body:

Rnd 1: Either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnd 3: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *    repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 4: * 1 dc/sc in next 2 sts,  2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to *  until the end of the rnd(24 sts).

Rnd 5: * 1 dc/sc in next 3 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (30 sts).

Rnd 6 – 10: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

Rnd 11- Arms: PC in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 14 sts, PC in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the in each of the remaining sts (30 sts).

Rnd 12: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

  • Add your safety eyes in between rows 7 and 8 about 1.25 inches/ 3.3cm apart and in-between the PC arms.

Rnd 13: * 1 dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of rnd, begin to stuff your dragon (24 sts).

Rnd 14: *1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 15: *1 dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (12 sts).

  • Finish off stuffing the body

Rnd 16: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd, cut thread         leaving a long tail (6 sts).

  • Using your tail end and using your yarn needle sew the last 6 stitches closed, finish off and weave in ends.

Snout:

Rnd 1: Ch 4, 3 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc/sc in the next st, 3 dc/sc in the next st then working down the other side of your beginning ch 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts (9 sts).

Rnd 2: * 1 dc/sc in the next st, 2 dc/sc in the next st * repeat from * to * around (12 sts).

Rnd 3: 1 dc/sc in the next st, 2 dc/sc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc/sc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 2 dc/sc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc/sc in the next st (16 sts).

Rnd 4: 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, bo in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 10 sts, bo in the next, 1 dc/sc in the last 2 sts (16 sts).

Rnd 5: 1 dc/sc in each st around, finish off but leave a long yarn tail to sew snout to body (16 sts).

  • Lightly stuff snout and using your tail end sew the snout to the body in-between the eyes.

Tail:

Rnd 1: Either make a magic ring (adjustable ring)

to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnds 2-3: 1 dc/sc in each st around (6 sts).

Rnd 4: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *    repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (9 sts).

Rnd 5: 1 dc/sc in each st around (9 sts).

Rnd 6: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *    repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (13 sts).

Rnds 7-8: 1 dc/sc in each st around, on the last st of rnd 7 finish off but leave a long yarn end to sew tail to body (13 sts).

  • Lightly stuff tail and using your yarn end sew the tail on the rear of the body.

Spikes: 

Although I make my spikes a little differently the following link is an excellent video by Friendly Nettle to show you how to crochet a chain of  triangles: https://youtu.be/M_V13M2owHc

Row 1: * Ch 4, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 htr/hdc in next st, 1 tr/dc in the next st * repeat from * to * five times (6 spikes in total), finish off but leave a yarn tail for sewing to the body.

  • Sew spikes to the middle of the head (on rnd 1) running down the back and onto the tail (as photo below)
Photo courtesy of GrammyJo’s Lids

Photo courtesy of GrammyJo’s Lids

Feet (Make 2): 

Rnd 1: Ch 6, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end (5 sts), then working down the other side of your sts work 1 dc/sc until end (10sts).

Rnd 2 – 6: 1 dc/sc in each st around, sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing. (10 sts).

  • Sew the sides of the feet together then sew onto the front of your dragon on rnd 13 approximately 0.25 inch / 1.5 cm apart.

And that’s it!  Simple, cute and addictive!

 

 

 

Doodle Zoo No. 6: Petunia the Pig | Free Pattern


I think it’s time for a new little Doodle Zoo animal don’t you.  This next little gal is the sixth animal I’ve made this year.  For details about the other Doodle Zoo characters; see my posts about Doodle DuckRowan RabbitFinlay Frog, Ezra Elephant and Peggy Panda. If you haven’t heard about Doodle Zoo it’s my mini challenge to myself this year to design 12 free little animals for you all built on one simple base design so they all look related.

So without further ado let me introduce Petunia the Pig!

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Petunia is a great little stash buster using roughly 30g / 90 yards of light pink and dark pink yarn. All the Doodle Zoo animals are designed to work up in less than an hour and because they are just the right hand size they become very steal-able so be prepared to make a few!  Petunia the Pig would make a cute additional gift for family and friends or an quick addition to a craft stall.

This is an easy pattern suitable for beginners looking to learn some new crochet techniques. Click here to add this pattern to your favourites / queue on Ravelry or click here to access on Craftsy or scroll down for the pattern.

Don’t forget to look out for the next addition to the Doodle Zoo next month!

Petunia the Pig

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Yarn: (8ply / yarn weight #3 or #4)

  • 25g / 85 yards of light pink double knit yarn
  • 5g / 15 yards of dark pink double knit
  • Scraps of white and yellow yarn

Hook: 4mm (US size G)

You will also need:

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • 2 x 9mm blue or black safety eyes
  • Polyester toy stuffing

Gauge: 4 dc/sc = 1 inch / 2.5 cm

Size: Finished pig measures = 3.25 inches / 8.3 cm

These measurements are approximated, and actual subjects may vary. Pattern will work in other yarns though gauge/size will be  different.

Abbreviations:

  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch(s) = chain  
  • dc/sc = UK double / US single crochet
  • dc/sc2tog = UK double Crochet / US Single Crochet 2 sts together
  • popcorn (PC) = see specialist stitch guidance

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half Double Treble / Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Treble / Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Popcorn Stitch (PC): Work 5 tr/dc in st indicated, remove hook completely, insert hook in 1st tr/dc (1st tr/dc of the 5), insert hook in loop that you just removed your hook from (5th tr/dc of the 5), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet 2 sts together (dc/sc2tog): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), Insert hook in next st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.

Pattern Guidance:

Working without joining:

All the parts of Petunia are worked without  joining using a stitch marker to keep track of the rounds.  Place the stitch marker in the top of the first st to mark start of round.

Pattern:

Tail:

With dark pink yarn ch 5, 3 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end, the tail should curl up on it’s own, finish off and weave in ends but leave a length of yarn for sewing.

Ears (Make 2):

  • The ch 1 does not count as a st

Row 1: Using darker pink yarn ch 2 then work 2 dc/sc in the 2nd ch from hook, turn (2 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 dc/sc in the same ch as ch 1, 2 dc/sc in the next st, turn (4 sts)

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 dc/sc in the same ch as ch 1, 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc/sc in the next st, turn (6 sts)

Row 4: Ch 1, 1 dc/sc in each st until end, finish off and weave in ends but leave a length of yarn for sewing (6 sts)

Nose: 

Rnd 1: With darker pink yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: * 3 dc/sc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts * repeat from * to * once more (10 sts).

Rnd 3: 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 3 dc/sc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 4 sts, 3 dc/sc in the

next st 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, sl st to the next st to join, finish off but leave a long tail to sew your nose into place (14 sts).

Mini Flower:

With white yarn ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring, then work * ch 2, 1 tr/dc, 1 htr/hdc, sl st * into the ring 5 times to make 5 petals, finish off and weave in ends but leave a length of yarn for sewing; add some yellow embroidered lines to the centre of your flower with a scrap of yellow yarn and your yarn needle.

Body:

Rnd 1: With light pink yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnd 3: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *    repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 4: * 1 dc/sc in next 2 sts,  2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to *  until the end of the rnd (24 sts).

Rnd 5: * 1 dc/sc in next 3 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (30 sts).

Rnd 6 – 12: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

  • Add your safety eyes in between rows 7 and 8 about 8 stitches apart.
  • Sew ears onto the top of the body on either side of the head, curve them slightly as you attach. The top corner of each ear should start on row 2.
  • Sew your mini flower into place beside one ear.

Rnd 13: * 1 dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of rnd, begin to stuff your pig (24 sts).

Rnd 14: *1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (18 sts).

  • Sew nose into place between the eyes with the top edge of the nose just below row 9.
  • Sew the curly tail onto the rear of Petunia

Rnd 15: *1 dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (12 sts).

  • Finish off stuffing the body

Rnd 16: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat

from * to * until end of the rnd, cut thread leaving a long tail (6 sts).

  • Using your tail end and using your yarn needle sew the last 6 stitches closed, finish off and weave in ends.

Feet (Make 4):

Rnd 1: With darker pink yarn; ch 6, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end (5 sts), then working down the other side of your sts work 1 dc/sc until end (10sts).

Rnd 2: 1 dc/sc in each st around (10 sts).

Rnds  3-5: Change colour to lighter pink yarn (finish off the darker pink yarn), 1 dc/sc in each st around, sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing. (10 sts).

  • Sew the sides of the feet together then sew onto the front of your pig on rnd 13 approximately 0.25 inch / 1.5 cm apart.

And that’s it!  Simple, cute and addictive! 

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Doodle Zoo – No. 4: Ezra the Elephant (Free Pattern)


For all the elephant fans let me introduce Ezra!  I can’t take credit for the fabulous name which came from my fabulous 11 year old nephew (thanks again Master T!).  

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Ezra is a great little stash buster using only 30g / 90 yards of blue yarn and some scraps of pink.  All the Doodle Zoo animals are designed to work up in less than an hour and because they are just the right hand size they become very steal-able so be prepared to make a few!  Ezra the Elephant would make a cute additional gift for family and friends or an quick addition to a craft stall.

This is an easy pattern suitable for beginners looking to learn some new crochet techniques. Click here to add this pattern to your favourites / queue on Ravelry or click here to access on Craftsy or scroll down for the pattern.

For details about the other Doodle Zoo characters; see my posts about Doodle DuckRowan Rabbit and Finlay Frog

Don’t forget to look out for the next addition to the Doodle Zoo next month! 

Ezra the Elephant

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Yarn:

(8ply / yarn weight #3 or #4)

  • 30g / 90 yards of blue (or alternative) double knit yarn
  • Scraps of pink yarn

Hook: 4mm (US size G)

You will also need:

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • 2 x 9mm black safety eyes
  • Polyester toy stuffing

Gauge:

4 dc/sc = 1 inch / 2.5 cm

Size:

Finished elephant measures = 3 inches high / 8 cm high

These measurements are approximated, and actual subjects may vary. Pattern will work in other yarns though gauge/size will be different.

Abbreviations:

  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch(s) = chain  
  • dc/sc = UK double / US single crochet
  • dc/sc2tog = UK double Crochet / US Single Crochet 2 sts together

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet (dc/sc):           Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half Double Treble / Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Treble / Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet 2 sts together (dc/sc2tog): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), Insert hook in next st, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.

Pattern Guidance:

Working without joining:

All the parts of the elephant are worked without  joining using a stitch marker to keep track of the rounds.  Place the stitch marker in the top of the first st to mark start of round.

Pattern:

Body:

Rnd 1: With blue yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnd 3: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *    repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 4: * 1 dc/sc in next 2 sts,  2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to *  until the end of the rnd (24 sts).

Rnd 5: * 1 dc/sc in next 3 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (30 sts).

Rnd 6 – 12: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

  • Add your safety eyes in between rows 7 and 8 about 1.25 inches/ 3.3cm apart.

Rnd 13: * 1 dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of rnd, begin to stuff your elephant (24 sts).

Rnd 14: *1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 1dc/sc2tog

over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 15: *1 dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (12 sts).

  • Finish off stuffing the body

Rnd 16: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd, cut thread         leaving a long tail (6 sts).

  • Using your tail end and using your yarn needle sew the last 6 stitches, finish off and weave in ends.

Ear Outer (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With blue yarn, either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in next 4 sts, sl st to the next st, turn, ch 1 (8 sts)

Rnd 3: 1 dc/sc in the next st, 2 dc/sc in the next st, repeat from * to * until end, sl st to the next st, turn, ch 1 (12 sts)

Rnd 4: 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc/sc in the next st, repeat from * to * until end, sl st to the next st, turn, finish off but leave a long tail for sewing (16 sts)

Ear Inners (Make 2):

  • With pink yarn repeat rnds 1-3 of the outer ears.
  • Sew together inner ear and outer ear parts and then attach to either side of your elephant.

Trunk:

Row 1: With blue yarn ch 6, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end, turn (5 sts)

Row 2-5:  Ch 1, 1 dc/sc in the same st as the ch 1 and in each st along until end, turn (5 sts)

Row 6: Ch 1, 2 dc/sc in the same st as the ch 1 and in each st along until end, finish off but leave a long tail for sewing together and joining (10 sts)

  • Sew down the length of the trunk to make a tube shape.
  • Sew into place in-between the eyes (about rnd 9 – but position where happy with it); row 6 (the larger end) should be the end that is sewn onto the elephant’s face.

Legs (Make 4):

Rnd 1: With blue yarn; ch 6, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end (5 sts), then working down the other side of your sts work 1 dc/sc until end (10sts).

Rnd 2 – 3: 1 dc/sc in each st around, sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing. (10 sts).

Rnd 4: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd, finish off but leave a long tail for sewing feet to the body (5 sts).

  • Sew the top of the legs together then sew two legs onto the front of Ezra and two onto the back of Ezra on rnd 13 (as photo below).

And that’s it!  Simple, cute and addictive!

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April in a Nutshell (2015)


So we took Spring cleaning to the MAX this month by deciding to decorate the whole house!  It meant that I pretty much couldn’t find anything for the majority of April as things were packed and moved into other rooms and we changed furniture around.  I seriously cannot believe how much STUFF we have accumulated over the years! DSC02673 I found 5 pairs of glasses of old prescriptions whilst cleaning!  Why I still have them all who knows but I have now donated them to Vision Aid Overseas, I also recycled some old mobile phones to Oxfam.  With all the decorating I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to go through and sort out drawers, wardrobes everything really before putting it back – that took infinitely longer than anticipated but at least we are now not only clean but we are also rather organised.  How long it will all last is another story!  We donated so much paraphernalia  to the MacMillan Cancer Support Charity shop down the road it was unreal.  But it was all good gear just that we no longer needed and I’d rather not throw anything away if it’s still useful. I’m rather ashamed that this stuff has been sitting around gathering dust in drawers for years – I should have done this ages ago!  It’s really a very cathartic exercise having a really good clear out!

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I have to say though sorting out my stash was a part I enjoyed!  All safe and sound in my spare room we set up some shelves and cleared some space for my yarn babies. This bookshelf is pretty much filled with Sidar and Stylecraft double knit as that’s what I tend to work with the most and I had some of my special yarns (many different brands) on the second to top shelf, it’s really great to be able to see what I’ve got quickly.  All the rest of my stash is now in 5 x 7 litre tubs!  Is it strange that I love just looking at the shelves?

I knew I had a lot of yarn but I’ve never had it all in one place really until now.  My plan is to start using up some of the stash but it always happens that you will need a colour / weight of yarn you don’t have!  And its super hard when you get your hands on one of these…my new Stylecraft shade card – squeal! I LOVE IT!!!   I wish all brands did this, it would be sooooo helpful!

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We also enjoyed an early Easter didn’t we in April and for once the weather, particularly on Bank Holiday Monday, was really lovely. As we were decorating we did our Easter in one day on the Monday, an egg hunt in the morning followed by a trip out in the afternoon to a local wildlife park then tea out at a carvery!  Little G loved the adventure playground the best; it really was just lovely to be outside without coats on for a change!

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Crochetwise I have been very busily hooking away this month; I released into the world my new beaded make-up bag pattern exclusively available in Happily Hooked Magazine which I blogged about here, my Spring Grace Ponchette which I blogged about here and another free pattern for the Doodle Zoo gang; Finlay Frog which I blogged about here. I have also been hooking up Block 7Block 8 and Block 9 this month for the CAL. The UK weather remained obliging and I had a great photo shoot with the first 8 blocks – I’m thinking I need to add a bit more green though as it’s perhaps the colour I have used least.

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I also did a pattern test for a cute little amigumuri which I’ll blog about soon!  Finally I finished up my Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds square for the Deramores Blog competition which I blogged about herephew!

Nothing like keeping busy!  

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