I Like Crochet Magazine |Dachshund Through the Snow Amigurumi


The December 2018 issue of I Like Crochet is full of holiday season and winter classics to crochet including a brand new pattern from yours truly…

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Introducing the Dachshund Through the Snow Amigurumi! I happen to really love this amigurumi because once upon a time I had a daschund (called Cabbage) and this little ami was definitely inspired by him.

Kitted out in a cute hat and scarf he’s ready for a frolic through the snow – o’er the fields he’ll go, barking all the way!  

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For this design I used Scheepjes Catona which I really love for making amigurumi – and it’s really handy that they do the 10g cutie pie balls of yarn which are just perfect for little accessories.

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Make as a fun alternate gift for the holiday season or make just because you love doxies.

As well as my amigurumi pattern the December issue features 38 patterns to enjoy including one-skein projects, cosy winter wearables including hats, mittens, cowls and scarves, and unique projects you haven’t seen anywhere else!

SUBSCRIBE TODAY for a copy straight to your desktop or iPad.

Until next time folks! Happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Stitch Story Crochet Along | Design 10 – Cabled Ropes


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Stitch Story CAL Block 10 is a fun block featuring a simple cabled design which gives it a lovely texture – and after this block, it’s just 2 to go!

If this is the first you are hearing about this CAL you can find the full schedule and Scheepjes yarn amounts here and a link to the crochet along page here. Would you like to see photos and specification all at once? Then click here for the Pinterest Board!

So let’s just quickly run through some of the pattern particulars…

Pattern:

This pattern will be free here on the blog but it’s also available in an e-book on Ravelry.  There is a small charge for the downloadable 46 page PDF e-book (payable once). The booklet will be released in instalments, along with the CAL, so as not to spoil anyone’s fun. This PDF has the full pattern descriptions, charts and information all in one place without adverts (as requested).

Through the course of this crochet-along I will provide you with patterns to make twelve different blocks, each in two different sizes. Which one you make is totally up to you! Make all one size or mix and match, whatever takes your fancy!  However to give you a helping hand I have included some schematics which you can see on this post here.

Support:

  • The KCACO-UK Community Facebook Group  is a great source of support and helpful tips from fellow Crochet-a-longers.
  • A Dutch translation will be available by Iris from Een Mooi Gebaar (and a Dutch e-book will be coming soon to Ravelry). Link to Part 10 here.
  • For support with the Stitch Story CAL on  Ravelry there is a thread facilitated by Reimy.
  • Accompanying CAL videos are being created by Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell. Link to Part 10 will be available soon.

Social Media Links:

The hashtag for this years CAL is #SSCAL18 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Stitch Story…

Cabled ropes: a tribute to the fisherman’s daily life,   representing the fisherman’s ropes and symbolising a safe and fruitful days work.

Design 10: Cabled Ropes

Hook: 4mm / US size G or size needed to obtain 15cm /6” square 

Abbreviations (same for both blocks):

  • Chain (Ch)
  • UK Half Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc)
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc)
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (FPtr/FPdc)
  • UK Back Post Treble / US Back Post Double Crochet (BPtr/BPdc)

Note: The 15cm / 6 inch pattern does differ from the 30cm/12 inch block

Stitch Guidance (same for both blocks):

  • UK Half Double Treble / US 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.
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated 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.
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (fptr/fpdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • UK Back Post Treble / US Back Post Double Crochet (bptr/bpdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.

15cm / 6 inch block:

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Row 1: (WS) Ch27, 1tr/dc in 4th ch from the hook (counts as first tr/dc), 1tr/dc in each ch along until end, turn (25sts).

Row 2: Ch2 (counts as htr/hdc now and throughout), 1htr/hdc in the next 3 sts, skip 2 sts, 1FPtr/FPdc in the next 2 sts, then IN FRONT of the FPtr/FPdc just made work 1FPtr/FPdc in each of the skipped sts, 1htr/hdc in the next 2 sts, 1FPtr/FPdc in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next 3 sts, 1FPtr/FPdc in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next 2 sts, skip the next 2 sts, 1FPtr/FPdc in the next 2 sts, then IN FRONT of the FPtr/FPdc just made work 1FPtr/FPdc in each of the skipped sts, 1htr/hdc in the last 4 sts, turn.

Row 3: Ch2, 1htr/hdc in the next 3 sts, * 1BPtr/BPdc in the next 4 sts (around the FPtr/FPdc of row 2), 1htr/hdc in the next 2 sts, 1BPtr/BPdc in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next 3 sts, 1BPtr/BPdc in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next 2 sts, 1BPtr/BPdc in the next 4 sts, 1htr/hdc in the last 4 sts, turn.

Row 4-17: repeat row 2 & 3 for pattern until the last row.

Row 18: Ch2, 1htr/hdc in each st along until end,  finish off and weave in ends.

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30cm / 12 inch block:

Hook: 3.75 mm / US size F or size needed to obtain either square 

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Note: The 30cm/12 inch pattern does differ from the 15cm / 6 inch block.

Row 1: (WS) Ch 52, 1tr/dc in 4th ch from the hook (counts as first tr/dc), 1tr/dc in each ch along until end, (50sts).

Row 2: Ch2 (counts as htr/hdc now and throughout the pattern), 1 htr/hdc in the next 4 sts, *skip next 2sts, 1 FPtr/FPdc in the next 2 sts, then working in front of the FPtr/FPdc sts you have just made, work 1 FPtr/FPdc in the skipped 2 sts, 1 htr/hdc in the next 5 sts * repeat from * to * until end, turn.

Row 3: Ch2, 1 htr/hdc in the next 4 sts, *1 BPtr/BPdc around the next 4 sts, 1 htr/hdc in the next 5 sts * repeat from * to * until the end, turn.

Note: Measure as you go; end on a row 3 repeat (final row is row 37).

Row 4-36: Repeat rows 2-3 for pattern, turn

Row 37: Ch2, 1htr/hdc in each st along until end, finish off and weave in ends.

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Edging for all blocks: 

On the right side of your work evenly work dc/sc along each side of your block working 3 dc/sc in each corner (25sts for smaller block / 50sts for larger block).  Fasten off and weave in ends.

You do not need to use the same number of stitches I have for each square, you just need to evenly spread the single crochet border along the rows and edges.  Whatever number edging you use just keep the same number of stitches for ALL of your blocks – with the same count of single crochet border on each edge then they will line-up when its time to turn them into a finished blanket.

And that’s it!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Mrs Christmas and the Little Elves


Issue 106 of LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine is out in shops now and it’s a thoroughly festive affair! I have two Christmas designs in this months issue and I was delighted that my Mrs Christmas is this months cover star! You can also see Figgy and Pudding, my other designs, on the cover on the left hand-side.

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I’m a big Christmas fan! It’s definitely my favourite holiday, so when I was asked to design Mrs Christmas I quickly formed an image in my head of how I wanted her to look.  Because of this she came together quite quickly and the fluffy yarn, that comes with the kit, was just perfect for a bit of a blue rinse hair style under a traditional mop cap! 

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I was also asked to design some elves for this months edition – now this was a little bit more tricky because over the years I’ve designed 3 boy elves and 2 girl elves already! So with numbers 6 and 7 I was very conscious that I wanted not to even subconsciously make them look like the other designs.  But that’s what I love about making amigurumi there’s always a new way you can create little characters to make them unique – and I was really pleased with how Figgy and Pudding turned out in the end.

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I love the styling for this months magazine and if it’s seasonal amigurumi you are looking for then this edition is just full of Christmas toys!

This issue comes with a six wonderland yarns which are lovely pastel Christmas colours;

  • 3mm hook & 3mm knitting needles
  • 65 exclusive patterns
  • Plus… your 68 page magazine

LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine is available in major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK.  If you hook up either Mrs Christmas or the Little Elves please share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) – I love to see what you make! So why not hop to it and get your copy of the magazine now! 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

 

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Stitch Story Crochet Along | Design 9 – Fisherman’s Basket


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Okay! Who stole the last two weeks? That seems to have zoomed by! Are you ready for block 9 of the Stitch Story Crochet Along?

If this is the first you are hearing about this CAL you can find the full schedule and Scheepjes yarn amounts here and a link to the crochet along page here. Would you like to see photos and specification all at once? Then click here for the Pinterest Board!

So let’s just quickly run through some of the pattern particulars…

Pattern:

This pattern will be free here on the blog but it’s also available in an e-book on Ravelry.  There is a small charge for the downloadable 46 page PDF e-book (payable once). The booklet will be released in instalments, along with the CAL, so as not to spoil anyone’s fun. This PDF has the full pattern descriptions, charts and information all in one place without adverts (as requested).

Through the course of this crochet-along I will provide you with patterns to make twelve different blocks, each in two different sizes. Which one you make is totally up to you! Make all one size or mix and match, whatever takes your fancy!  However to give you a helping hand I have included some schematics which you can see on this post here.

Support:

  • The KCACO-UK Community Facebook Group  is a great source of support and helpful tips from fellow Crochet-a-longers.
  • A Dutch translation will be available by Iris from Een Mooi Gebaar (and a Dutch e-book will be coming soon to Ravelry). Link to Part 9 here.
  • For support with the Stitch Story CAL on  Ravelry there is a thread facilitated by Reimy.
  • Accompanying CAL videos are being created by Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell. Link to Part 9 is available at the link below:

Stitch-Story-Part9-Video-Link

Social Media Links:

The hashtag for this years CAL is #SSCAL18 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Stitch Story…

The variation of the basket weave stitch depicts a fisherman’s basket and represents the hope of a good day.           

Design 9: Fisherman’s Basket

Hook: 4.5mm / US size 7 or size needed to obtain 15cm /6” square 

Abbreviations (same for both blocks):

  • Chain (Ch)
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc)
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (FPtr/FPdc)
  • UK Back Post Treble / US Back Post Double Crochet (BPtr/BPdc)

Note: The 15cm / 6 inch pattern does differ from the 30cm/12 inch block

Stitch Guidance (same for both blocks):

  • UK Half Double Treble / US 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.
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated 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.
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (fptr/fpdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • UK Back Post Treble / US Back Post Double Crochet (bptr/bpdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally behind of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.

15cm / 6 inch block:

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Row 1: (RS) Ch27, 1tr/dc in 4th ch from the hook (counts as first tr/dc), 1tr/dc in each ch along until end, turn. (25sts).

Row 2: Ch2 (counts as 1st htr/hdc now and throughout), FPtr/FPdc in the next 4 sts, BPtr/BPdc in the next 4 sts, FPtr/FPdc in the next 2 sts, BPtr/BPdc in the next 3 sts, FPtr/FPdc in the next 2 sts, BPtr/BPdc in the next 4 sts, FPtr/FPdc in the next 4 sts, htr/hdc in the last st, turn.

Row 3: Ch2, BPtr/BPdc in the next 4 sts, FPtr/FPdc in the next 4 sts, BPtr/BPdc in the next 2 sts, FPtr/FPdc in the next 3 sts, , BPtr/BPdc in the next 2 sts, FPtr/FPdc in the next 4 sts, BPtr/BPdc in the next 4 sts, htr/hdc in the last st, turn.

Rows 4-5: Repeat row 2

Row 6: Repeat row 3

Rows 7-8: Repeat row 2

Row 9: Repeat row 3

Row 10-11: Repeat row 2

Rows 12: Repeat row 3

Rows 13-14: Repeat row 2

Row 15: Repeat row 3

Rows 16-17: Repeat row 2

Row 18: Ch1, 1htr/hdc in same st as beginning ch1 and each st along until end, finish off and weave in ends.

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30cm / 12 inch block:

Hook: 4.5mm / US size 7 or size needed to obtain 30cm/12” square

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Note: The 30cm/12 inch pattern does differ from the 15cm / 6 inch block.

Row 1 (WS): Ch 52, 1tr/dc in the 4th ch from hook (counts as first tr/dc), 1tr/dc in each ch across until end, turn (50 sts)

Note:  Measure the first row; you want your block to measure 12 inch x 12 inch / 30.5cm x 30.5cm (or your own desired size depending on your first row measurements). 

Row 2-4: Ch3 (counts as 1 tr/dc), *FPtr/FPdc around the post of each of next 4 sts, BPtr/BPdc around the post of each of next 4 sts * repeat from * to * in each st along until the beginning ch3, 1tr/dc in the top of turning ch, turn.

Row 5-7: Ch3 (counts as 1tr/dc), * BPtr/BPdc around the post of next 4 sts, FPtr/FPdc around the post of each of next 4 sts * repeat from * to * in each st along until the beginning ch3, 1tr/dc in the top of turning ch, turn.

Row 8-37: Repeat rows 2-7 for pattern.

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Edging for all blocks: 

On the right side of your work evenly work dc/sc along each side of your block working 3 dc/sc in each corner (25sts for smaller block / 50sts for larger block).  Fasten off and weave in ends.

You do not need to use the same number of stitches I have for each square, you just need to evenly spread the single crochet border along the rows and edges.  Whatever number edging you use just keep the same number of stitches for ALL of your blocks – with the same count of single crochet border on each edge then they will line-up when its time to turn them into a finished blanket.

And that’s it!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Stitch Story Crochet Along | Design 8 – Garden Trellis


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It’s time for block 8 of the Stitch Story Crochet Along and this fun pattern and simple repeated pattern makes a great textured square.

If this is the first you are hearing about this CAL you can find the full schedule and Scheepjes yarn amounts here and a link to the crochet along page here. Would you like to see photos and specification all at once? Then click here for the Pinterest Board!

So let’s just quickly run through some of the pattern particulars…

Pattern:

This pattern will be free here on the blog but it’s also available in an e-book on Ravelry.  There is a small charge for the downloadable 46 page PDF e-book (payable once). The booklet will be released in instalments, along with the CAL, so as not to spoil anyone’s fun. This PDF has the full pattern descriptions, charts and information all in one place without adverts (as requested).

Through the course of this crochet-along I will provide you with patterns to make twelve different blocks, each in two different sizes. Which one you make is totally up to you! Make all one size or mix and match, whatever takes your fancy!  However to give you a helping hand I have included some schematics which you can see on this post here.

Support:

  • The KCACO-UK Community Facebook Group  is a great source of support and helpful tips from fellow Crochet-a-longers.
  • A Dutch translation will be available by Iris from Een Mooi Gebaar (and a Dutch e-book will be coming soon to Ravelry). Link to Part 8 here.
  • For support with the Stitch Story CAL on  Ravelry there is a thread facilitated by Reimy.
  • Accompanying CAL videos are being created by Esther from It’s All in a Nutshell. Link to Part 8 is below:

Stitch-Story-Part8-Video-Link

Social Media Links:

The hashtag for this years CAL is #SSCAL18 for Twitter and Instagram. Though you you can join in with any progress photos by linking your projects on your favourite social media sites: RavelryFacebook page or Facebook group and Pinterest.

Stitch Story…

The Trellis Stitch represents the shape of stone walled gardens of Irish farmsteads and symbolises protection.

Design 8: Garden Trellis

Hook: 4 mm / US size G or size needed to obtain 15cm /6” square 

Abbreviations (same for both blocks):

  • Chain (Ch)
  • UK Half Double Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc)
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc)
  • UK Front Post treble / US Front Post double crochet (FPtr/FPdc)
  • RS = Right Side

Stitch Guidance (same for both blocks):

  • UK Half Double Treble / US 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.
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated 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.
  • UK Front Post Treble / US Front Post Double Crochet (fptr/fpdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated stitch below (your hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the st that you’re working around), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops on hook (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through remaining loops on hook.

15cm / 6 inch block:

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Row 1: Ch27, 1tr/dc in 4th ch from the hook and in each st along, turn. (25sts).

Row 2: Ch3 (counts as first tr/dc now and throughout) * 1FPtr/FPdc in the next 3 sts, 1 tr/dc in the next * repeat from * to * until the last st, 1 tr/dc in the last st, turn.

Row 3: Ch3, * 1tr/dc in the next 3 sts, 1 FPtr/FPdc in the next * repeat from * to * until the last st, 1 tr/dc in the last st, turn.

Note: Measure your block when on row 12 as if you are nearly at 15cm / 6” you can omit rows 13-14 and go straight to row 15.

Row 4-14: repeat row 2 & 3 for pattern

Row 15: repeat row 2

Row 16:  Ch2, 1htr/hdc in each st along until end, finish off and weave in ends.

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30cm / 12 inch block:

Hook: 4mm / US size G or size needed to obtain 30cm/12” square 

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Row 1: Ch 52, 1tr/dc in 4th ch from the hook and in each st along, turn. (50sts).

Row 2: Ch3 (counts as first tr/dc now and throughout) * 1FPtr/FPdc in the next 4 sts, 1 tr/dc in the next * repeat from * to * until the last 4sts, 1FPtr/FPdc in the next 3sts, 1 tr/dc in the last st, turn.

Row 3: Ch3, 1tr/dc in the next 3 sts, *1 FPtr/FPdc around each of the tr/dc of the previous row, 1tr/dc in the next 4 sts, * repeat from * to * until the last st, 1 tr/dc in the last st, turn.

Note: Measure your block when on row 28 as if you are nearly at 30cm / 12” you can omit rows 29-30 and go straight to row 31.

Row 4-30: repeat row 2 & 3 for pattern

Row 31: repeat row 2

Row 32:  Ch2, 1htr/hdc in each st along until end, finish off and weave in ends.

Block8LRG-SSCAL-CHART

Edging for all blocks: 

On the right side of your work evenly work dc/sc along each side of your block working 3 dc/sc in each corner (25sts for smaller block / 50sts for larger block).  Fasten off and weave in ends.

You do not need to use the same number of stitches I have for each square, you just need to evenly spread the single crochet border along the rows and edges.  Whatever number edging you use just keep the same number of stitches for ALL of your blocks – with the same count of single crochet border on each edge then they will line-up when its time to turn them into a finished blanket.

And that’s it!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Free Crochet Pattern | Rascal the Raccoon


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So you already for the free pattern I mentioned yesterday? Rascal the Raccoon is a fun loving curious little fellow that occasionally get’s into mischief! From sneaking through the forest to exploring your shelves he’s always looking for new places to investigate.

This pattern will be free here on the blog but it’s also available on Ravelry where there is a nominal fee for a downloadable 6 page PDF pattern free of advertisements.

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I used Marriners DK Cotton for this pattern, if you’d like to learn more about that yarn then you can more  read my yarn review here or just scroll straight down to the pattern below.

Rascal the Raccoon Amigurumi

Materials:

Yarn:

Marriner Mercerised DK Cotton (100g / 201m) used in photos :

  • 1 x 65g (130m) Cyclamen
  • 1 x 5g (10m) Violet
  • 1 x 5g (10m) White

Pattern will work in other hooks and yarns though finished size will be different.

Hook: 3mm (US size 5/0)

You will also need:

  • Stitch markers
  • A yarn needle
  • Polyester toy filler
  • 2 x 6mm black safety eyes
  • 1 x black cat nose

Gauge: 4dc/sc = 2.5cm (1inch). Obtaining the correct gauge is not critical to this project.

Finished Size:

  • 18cm high (7inches) x 20cm (8inches) from feet to tail

Abbreviations:

  • st(s) = stitch(es)        
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch(s) = chain
  • dc/sc = UK double crochet / US single crochet
  • dc/sc2tog = UK double crochet 2 together / US double crochet 2 together
  • htr/hdc = UK half treble crochet / US half double crochet
  • tr/dc = UK treble crochet / US double crochet
  • P = Picot Stitch
  • BLO = working through the back loop only
  • ( ) = Work any sts in brackets into one st

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • UK Double Crochet/US Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and draw up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, draw through both loops on hook.
  • Invisible UK Double Crochet 2 together / US Double Crochet 2 together (dc/sc2tog): Insert hook in the front loops only of the sts indicated and draw up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook in the front loop of the next st, draw up a loop (three loops on hook) draw through all loops on hook.
  • UK Half Treble / US Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in indicated 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.
  • Picot (P): Ch-3, insert hook back into the center of the base st you’ve just worked, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
  • Back loop only (BLO): Insert your crochet hook underneath the back loop of your stitch then continue as indicated in your pattern.

Pattern Notes:

Using a stitch marker: Most of the sections of this pattern are worked without joining in   continuous rnds. Place the stitch marker in the top of the first st to mark start of rnd.

Pattern:

Head:

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

Rnd 2: * 2dc/sc in each st * rep from * to *  until the end of the rnd. (12sts).

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

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

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

Rnd 6: * 1dc/sc in next four sts, 2dc/sc in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (36sts).

Rnd 7: 1dc/sc in each st until the end of the rnd.

Rnd 8: * 1dc/sc in the next 17sts, 2dc/sc in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (38sts).

Rnd 9: 1dc/sc in each st until the end of the rnd.

Rnd 10: * 1dc/sc in the next 18sts, 2dc/sc in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (40sts).

Rnd 11: 1dc/sc in each st until the end of the rnd.

Rnd 12: * 1dc/sc in the next 19sts, 2dc/sc in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (42sts).

Rnd 13: * 1dc/sc in the next 19sts, dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (40sts).

Rnd 14: * 1dc/sc in the next 18sts, dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (38sts).

Rnd 15: * 1dc/sc in the next 17sts, dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (36sts).

Rnd 16: * 1dc/sc in the next 4sts, dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (30sts).

Rnd 17: * 1dc/sc in the next 3sts, dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (24sts).

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

Rnd 19: * 1dc/sc, dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd. Fasten off with a sl st to the next st but leave a long yarn tail for sewing onto the body. (12sts).

Eye Patches (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With White either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) OR ch-4 then sl st to join to form a ring to start. Work 6dc/sc into the ring, do not tighten middle ring as you will later thread the stalk of your safety eye through the centre of this ring (6sts).

Rnd 2: * 2dc/sc in each st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd. Fasten off white. (12sts).

Rnd 3: Attach Violet with a sl st to BLO of any st; * 1dc/sc, 2dc/sc in next st * rep from * to * four times, 1htr/hdc in the next st, 2tr/dc in the next st, 1htr/hdc in the next st,  2dc/sc in the last st (18sts).

Rnd 4: * 1dc/sc in next two sts, 2dc/sc in next st rep from * to * four times, 1htr/hdc in the next 2sts, 2tr/dc in the next, P, 1htr/hdc in the next 2sts, 2dc/sc in the last st. Fasten off with a sl st to the next st, but leave a long yarn tail to attach eye patches to the head (24sts).

Eye Stripe: 

Row 1: With Violet ch7; sl st in second ch from hook, sl st in the next 2sts, 1dc/sc in the next 3sts. Fasten off but leave a long yarn tail for attaching to the head. (6sts)

Ears (Make 2):

Ears should not be stuffed.

Rnd 1: With Cyclamen either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or 2ch, work 3dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (3sts).

Rnd 2: * 2dc/sc in each st * rep from * to *  until the end of the rnd (6sts).

Rnd 3: * 1dc/sc, 2dc/sc in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (9sts).

Rnds 4-5: 1dc/sc in each st until the end of the rnd.

Rnd 6: * 1dc/sc, dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd. Fasten off with a sl st to the next st but leave a long yarn tail for attaching to the head. (6sts).

Nose:

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

Rnd 2: * 2dc/sc in each st * rep from * to *  until the end of the rnd. (12sts).

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

Rnd 4: 1dc/sc in each st until the end of the rnd.

Add safety nose to the middle of rnd 1, stuff nose.

Body:

Rnds 1-6: With Cyclamen work as as head (36sts).

Rnd 7: * 1dc/sc in next five sts, 2dc/sc in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (42sts).

Rnd 8: * 1dc/sc in next six sts, 2dc/sc in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (48sts).

Rnds 9-11: 1dc/sc in each st until the end of the rnd.

Rnd 12: * 1dc/sc in next six sts, dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (42sts).

Rnds 13-14: 1dc/sc in each st until the end of the rnd.

Rnd 15: * 1dc/sc in next five sts, dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (36sts).

Rnds 16-17: 1dc/sc in each st until the end of the rnd.

Rnd 18: * 1dc/sc in next four sts, dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (30sts).

Rnds 19-20: 1dc/sc in each st until the end of the rnd.

Rnd 21: * 1dc/sc in next three sts, dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (24sts).

Rnd 22: 1dc/sc in each st until the end of the rnd.

Rnd 23: * 1dc/sc in next two sts, dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (18sts).

Start to stuff; then continue to stuff as you go.

Rnd 24: * 1dc/sc, dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (12sts).

Rnd 25: * dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (6sts).

Fasten off and sew up the remaining six stitches

Neatly dc/sc around whole outer edge of the  tummy patch.

Fasten off with a sl st to the first st but leave a long yarn tail for attaching to the body.

Feet and Legs (Make 2):

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

Rnd 2: * 2dc/sc in each st * rep from * to *  until the end of the rnd. (12sts)

Rnd 7: * 1dc/sc, 2dc/sc in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (18sts)

Rnds 4-5: 1dc/sc in each st until the end of the rnd.

Rnd 6: * 1dc/sc, dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (12sts)

Rnds 7-11: 1dc/sc in each st until the end of the rnd. On the last rnd fasten off with a sl st to the next st but leave a long yarn tail for attaching to the body.

Stuff legs

Tail:

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

Rnd 2: 1dc/sc in each st until the end of the rnd.

Rnd 3: * 1dc/sc in two sts, 2dc/sc in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (8sts)

Rnd 4: * 1dc/sc in three sts, 2dc/sc in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (10sts)

Rnd 5: * 1dc/sc in four sts, 2dc/sc in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd. (12sts)

Rnds 6: * 1dc/sc in two sts, 2dc/sc in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd. (16sts)

Rnd 7: * 1dc/sc in three sts, 2dc/sc in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd. (20sts)

Rnd 8: * 1dc/sc in four sts, 2dc/sc in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd. On the last rnd fasten off with as sl st to the next st and weave in ends  (24sts).

Rnd 9: Attach Violet to the top of any st, 1dc/sc in each st around until end.

Rnds 10-11: 1dc/sc in each st until the end of the rnd. Fasten off with as sl st to the next st and weave in ends.

Rnds 12-14: With Cyclamen repeat rnds 9-11

Rnd 15: With Violet repeat rnd 9

Rnd 16: * 1dc/sc, dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (18sts).

Rnd 17: * 1dc/sc, dc/sc2tog in next st * rep from * to * until the end of the rnd (12sts).

Rnd 18: Attach Cyclamen to the top of any st, 1dc/sc in each st around until end.

Rnds 19-21: 1dc/sc in each st around until end. On the last rnd fasten off with a sl st to the next st but leave a long yarn tail for attaching to the body. Stuff tail.

Making up:

  • Pin eye patches into place on head starting on rnd 7. Eye patches should be touching each other.
  • Push the safety eyes through the middle of the eye patches and the head and secure.
  • Sew eye patches into place
  • Sew centre head stripe into place next to eye patches
  • Attach nose to head just below eyes
  • Attach ears to either side of head on rnds 4-6 at least 6 sts apart
  • Attach tummy panel to front of body
  • Attach head to top of body
  • Attach arms on either side of the body
  • Attach legs to the front of the body on rnds 11-15 at least 6sts apart
  • Pin tail to back of raccoon to check balance, then sew into place.

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And that’s it!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Marriner Yarns | 100% Mercerised Cotton Review


A few months ago I was approached by the company Marriner Yarns to see if I would like to review some of their products.  They weren’t a brand that I was familiar with so I said sure – if you’d like to pop over a sample for me I’ll have a look at it.

I was expecting maybe one or two balls of yarn – what I wasn’t expecting was a huge parcel full of cotton, double knit, chunky, super chunky and variegated yarn! Just look at this lot…

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For this post I did a little research into Marriner Yarns and was surprised to discover that they are one of Britain’s oldest suppliers of knitting yarns and accessories (dating back to 1784). I love the fact that they use British Wool in their wool range and I fell in love reading about their own special flock which they are currently growing; you can read more about that on their blog – those little lambs are just darling!

As well as wool blends they are also big suppliers of different acrylic yarns. Now I know acrylic yarn isn’t everyone’s favourite but I use a lot for my design work, I like it and think there is a definite place for it – and I certainly don’t think it means, as a rule, that just because it’s acrylic that it’s lacking in quality. They are some beautiful acrylic yarns out there which is usually available in an array of different colours. If you are just learning crochet for instance using acrylic yarns can actually be a really cost-effective way to get started and find your favourites.

If you are looking for a large range of different yarn types and weights then Marriner Yarns definitely have the variety – and at prices that won’t break the bank. And they have some very pretty colourways like this Heritage Double Knit…

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And I also like the hues of the Empress Chunky…

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What a lot of stuff to play with! Being a crochet blogger certainly comes with it’s perks!

As I work a lot with cotton I decided to give some of that a try first. I love cotton for amigurumi though it’s also great for garments (as the natural fibres mean it’s breathable) or for house decor items.

The cotton I selected from my package was mercerised, which means that the cotton fibre has been treated in a way to make it stronger, it reduces fabric shrinkage (which you obviously want for garments) and the process gives the yarn a silky shiny lustre – which I quite like for ami’s.

Marriners 100% mercerised cotton range is classed as a double knit (8ply) comes in 9 different colours: Berry,  Cream, Oatmeal, Violet, White, Azure, Cyclamen, Asparagus and Poppy and it’s suitable to be used with any DK pattern.  

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So let’s check out the yarn’s vital statistics we: 

  • Weight:  Double Knit (3)
  • Blend: 100% Mercerised Cotton
  • Yarn Ball Weight: 50g
  • Yarn Ball Length: 201m
  • Wash instructions: Machine Wash / Wool Wash 30°C
  • Price: £2.95 (at the time of this post)

I actually had a little amigurumi project in mind that I wanted to work out so I chose the Violet and the Cyclamen which I planned to mix with some of the White. Incidentally the recommended hook and needle size for this yarn is 3.25mm – 4mm (US size D/3 – G) but I chose my trusty favourite 3mm (C/2) for a tighter amigurumi stitch.

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I was very pleased with the vibrancy of the colours and I really like the hues of the purples. When crocheting the mercerised-ness of the cotton (I’m claiming that as a word!) allows the yarn to slide through your fingers which means I also found it very easy on the hands to work with.

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I can’t comment on any of the other yarn I received yet, as I’ve not had time to play with them, but I will say that the Marriner cotton is comparable to other mercerised cottons I’ve used and good value for money.  I’d use it again for another project – though I’d love to see more colours made available! 

So do you want to see a little sneaky peek of the pattern I came up with? 

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He’s not quite ready to meet you quite yet but pop back tomorrow for the FREE pattern release of Rascal the Raccoon!

Many thanks to Marriner Yarns for supplying the yarn so I could make this pattern for you.

Until next time folks! Happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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