Category Archives: Crochet

Happy Valentines Day!

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Crocheted Kirby (more old projects)

So I also found some of my older art projects while organizing my computer files.  This is the Kirby I made my BF as a birthday gift last year.  This is NOT one of my original patterns; I got the pattern for it here (so go make your own! :D)

Crocheted Flower Case for Kindle eReaders

Told you I’d be working on some new projects! This is a sleeve I crocheted for my mom’s kindle (an early Christmas gift).  The largest purple flower is actually part of the closure.  You can find more pictures and instructions on how to make it here on instructables.com.

Sewing project, busy month, happy gluten-free birthday to me!

So, my latest craft project is a Princess Leia hooded tank top, which you can find on instructables.com.  No, not posting pictures of it here because I’m modeling it – I don’t care to post pictures of myself in more than one place if I can help it!  I’ve entered it in the instructables Fashion contest as well, so take a look at all the entries and place some votes *hint hint*

I’m also currently working on a Gameboy Advance amigurimi!  I’ve got most of it done, just need to do the detail and felt work.  I’ll hopefully get that done within the week or so.  I just recently cleaned so now I have space to work on crafts again (the amount of just stuff I can accumulate is amazing).   Here’s a sneak peek of the gameboy advance:

I’ve got a lot coming up for me this July…my sister is getting married and coming to Florida to spend her honeymoon, so I’ll be spending some time with her and my new brother in law.  I’m also helping out with the VBS for the younger kids at my church, and my family is going to go on a 3 day getaway at a nearby state park where we are going to rent a cabin.   I’ll probably be putting more wear on my kindle next month than my crocheting hooks.

Today is also my 22nd birthday, and I feel very old :/  The family has already had a birthday celebration for me as last week I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and had to cut out all gluten (so that very same day we had my birthday cake before I went on a gluten-free-for-the-rest-of-my-life plan).   Guess next year I’ll be making a gluten-free cake!

 

Harvest Moon and Crochet

I love this! It’s a scan of an old promo for Harvest Moon 64; I found it on vintagecomputing.com

I’ve been pretty obsessed with Harvest Moon lately – I suppose because I just finished the SNES game, and I’m excited to be playing the N64 game again (I’ve played it several times but only once came close to finishing it – then the season before my farm was to be judged all my cows got sicks so I failed that…).  The N64 game has a lot of nostalgia for me because it’s the first Harvest Moon game I ever played, back when I was only 10 years old.  I’ve just started the first fall season of the game!  I’m also considering posting some of my many game notes on the Harvest Moon games I’ve played…however I may start a different, Harvest Moon-only blog to do that on.  I’ll have to see.

Other than playing Harvest Moon, I’ve been super busy with several children events I volunteer to do crafts for.  I’m a regular volunteer in the children ministry at my church and we just finished a weekend camp for the kids – I’m still recovering, lol! I’ve been prepping for these events for nearly a month so I haven’t had much time to work on my own arts and craft projects.  I’m also right in the midst of starting a local crochet club, so I’ve been prepping stuff for that.  I haven’t crocheted anything but granny squares for a while, but I’m hoping to get back to working on some amigurumi soon.  I really liked how my Game Boy color came out and want to make crocheted versions of all the Nintendo hand helds, just not sure which one to start next.  Right now it’s a toss up between the original Game Boy or the Game Boy Advance.   The Game Boy Advance will probably win out as I have fond memories of playing it (okay, so it actually wasn’t mine, it was my sister’s that I put more hours on than she did) but the biggest problem is that I haven’t found a yarn I like – especially as the Game Boy Advance I remember was a semi-clear fuchia model!  I suppose I could do it in white or that purpley-blue color…will have to see..

Random things that I think are amazing and make me happy :)

Just a random list of things I think are the best – in random order :D

The soundtrack to Harvest Moon: Back to Nature.  My favorite HM game (actually, my absolute favorite game of ALL TIME), hearing the sound track makes me absolutely fuzzy with happiness.

Han and Leia’s first kiss. I think Star Wars was my first real introduction to romance, and as such it has stuck with me over the years. Plus, Harrison Ford was just hot, and I’m not the type to fangirl over actors, lol.

The smell when you walk into a bookstore.  Do I need to explain this?

Finding a copy of an old game or book you loved from your childhood.  I found a new Zoo Tycoon Ultimate pack for like $5.  Does it get better?

Going to Disney World. I’m lucky to live in Florida and Disney World has been part of my life since childhood – and it’s still a magical place to go, only now I’m old enough to appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to make that tiny corner of the world truly magical.

Thinking you just deleted your game file but finding out by some miracle you still have it.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s done this!

That moment when you add the chocolate chips to the cookie dough and it transforms from just cookie dough into epicness.
You know it’s true!  Adding the chips gives the dough like, 50+ magic points.

Solving a coding problem that I’ve been struggling with for days.  My family is used to hearing a sudden “YES!!” from my desk when I solve such problems, and the bouncing-in-desk-chair victory dance that ensues.

Finishing a really large crochet project.  I was crocheting before it was cool ;)

Settling down to play Harvest Moon with a cup of decaf no-sugar-cream-only coffee after a long day at work.  I have one of those jobs where I’m up and down and moving pretty much all day (plus I walk/jog six miles most mornings) so finally sitting on the couch to feed my virtual cows is bliss.

A multiplayer round of COD or Age of Empires with my family. Another family tradition that usually involves us making a dessert before hand to eat while we play (brownies topped with ice cream is a popular choice).

The soundtrack to Mickey’s Speedway USA for N64.  My siblings and I got our first video game console (an aqua blue Nintendo 64) for Christmas in 2000, and Santa had set it up so that when we came down the stairs the intro to Mickey’s Speedway USA was playing on the TV screen, with that catchy theme song flooding the house (and driving us crazy with curiosity as we waited at the top of the stairs for permission to come down and see our gifts).

 

Crocheted Hello Kitty Hat

This is the hat I made my sister for her birthday, to keep her ears warm up in Alaska :) I used a thick, bulky yarn that worked up quickly and made the entire hat in about 4 hours.  Because the yarn is thick, make sure you keep testing the sizing or else it’s easy for it to turn out too big.

 You will need:

Bulky Yarn in white and red (I used Loops and Threads Charisma Super Bulky yarn – I love this stuff, it’s soft and easy to use but thick so projects work up quickly)

Size H hook

Yarn needle

 HAT:

With white yarn, CH 1

Rnd 1: SC x 8 in ring, join with slipstitch, CH 1, turn

Rnd 2: SC x 2 in each stitch, join with slipstitch, CH 1, turn

Rnd 3: SC x 1, SC x 2 in next stitch, repeat around, join with slipstitch, CH 1, turn

Rnd 4 SC x 2, SC x 2 in next stitch, repeat around, join with slipstitch, CH 1, turn

Rnd 5: SC x 3, SC x 2 in next stitch, repeat around, join with slipstitch, CH 1, turn

Rnd 6: SC in each stitch around, join with slipstitch, CH 1, turn

Rnd 7: SC x 4, SC x 2 in next stitch, repeat around, join with slipstitch, CH 1, turn

Rnd 8: SC in each stitch around, join with slipstitch, CH 1, turn

Rnd 9: SC x 5, SC x 2 in next stitch, repeat around, join with slipstitch, CH 1, turn

Rnd 10: SC in each stitch around, join with slipstitch, CH 1, turn

Rnd 11: SC x 6, SC x 2 in next stitch, repeat around, join with slipstitch, CH 1, turn

Rnds 12+: SC in each stitch around, join with slipstitch, CH 1, turn.  Repeat row until the hat is the length you want it to be.  You can leave the entire hat white or do the last row in red like I did.

 EARS:

Each ear is made by crocheting two identical ear shapes and then crocheting them together at the sides.

Row 1: with white yarn, CH 8

Rows 2 & 3: SC x 8, turn

Row 4: DEC, SC x 4, DEC

Row 5: SC x 6

Row 6: DEC, SC x 2, DEC

Row 7: SC x 4

Row 8: DEC x 2, tie off

Repeat to make 4 kitty ear shapes.  Lay two ears on top of each other and with white yarn, SC around the edges (making sure to increase the stitches around the tip of the ear to make a rounded shape).  Repeat with remaining two ear shapes.

Once your ears are assembled, sew them to the hat.  It’s helpful to have someone wear the hat first so you can mark where you want the ears to go, I have mine about 1/3 from the front of the hat.

 BOW:

Row 1: with red yarn, CH 8

Rows 2 & 3: SC x 8

Row 4: DEC, SC x 4, DEC

Rows 5 & 6: SC x 6

Row 7: DEC, SC x 2, DEC

Rows 8, 9 & 10: SC x 4

Row 11: INC, SC x 2, INC

Rows 12 & 13: SC x 6

Row 14: INC, SC x 4, INC

Rows 15 & 16: SC x 8, tie off.

Repeat for second bow side.  Place sides on top of one another and SC around the edges with red yarn, making sure to increase around the corners to give them a rounded shape.  Sew bow to ear.

Amigurumi Gameboy Color & Instructions

Way back in 2001 my siblings and I received our first hand held, the wonderful Nintendo Gameboy Color, which was probably used and abused more than it deserved by four eager children.  While our original gameboy is now long gone, I’ve tried my hand at making a cuddly, cutesy version of it, and here’s the end result! ^.^

You will need:

-cotton yarn (I used hot blue because it reminded me of the teal gameboy I used to have, but you can use any color you like)

-size G crochet hook

-yarn needle

-stuffing

-cardboard (I used an old box)

-black, dark gray and light gray felt

-embroidery floss in black, white, red, pink, purple, green, yellow and blue (I picked up a package of 36 skeins for $3.99 that had all the colors I needed)

-embroidery needle

-tacky glue

Crocheting the Gameboy

The gameboy is made of a front and back and one long strip for the sides. The front and back have a squared top and a slightly rounded bottom to replicate the Nintendo Gameboy Color’s shape.

Front & Back:

Row 1. CH 14, SC in first stitch from hook, SC x 13, turn

Row 2. SC x 14, turn

Rows 3 – 20. Repeat row 2

Row 21. Skip first stitch, SC x 12, turn

Row 22. Skip first stitch, SC x 10, slip stitch to next stitch, tie off

Repeat for back piece.

Side piece:

Row 1. CH 3, SC in first stitch from hook, SC 2, turn

Rows 2 – 68. SC x 3, turn

Tie off.

Assembling the Gameboy

1. Starting at one of the squared corners, sew the side piece all the way around either the front or back piece (seeing as they’re the exact same it doesn’t really matter). Sew the ends of the side piece together. You should now have something like a crocheted tray.  Place the second piece on top and sew it like you did the first, WITHOUT sewing closed the top side (the squared side). You need to leave this open so you can stuff the gameboy.  Make sure you’ve sewn both of the pieces with the rounded ends down.

2. Cut two pieces of cardboard roughly the size and shape of the gameboy front piece (see picture).  It doesn’t have to be exact, just enough of the right size and shape to fit inside the gameboy.

3. Slip the two pieces of cardboard inside the gameboy and stuff the stuffing in between, to make a sort of sandwich.  The cardboard gives the gameboy the proper shape and a flat front and back.  Once it’s stuffed to your liking, sew the opening closed and weave in the yarn ends.

Making the Face/Screen and Buttons

1. To make the back piece, cut a piece of black felt that is 3 ¼” x 2 /34”.  Round the corners and gently round the bottom just a bit (see pictures for example)

2. To make the screen, cut a piece of light gray felt that is 1 ¾” x 1 /12”.  Using black floss, stitch on a simple face.  Check out my face examples for ideas. Don’t worry about tying off the thread as you’ll be covering the back in glue next anyway.

3. Using plenty of glue, attach the screen to the back piece.  The felt will quickly adsorb the glue so use a lot! Make sure no threads are sticking out and that the screen is placed closer to the top of the back piece than the bottom (once again, use the example pictures for reference).

4. Using the dark gray felt, cut out two circles for the A and B buttons, the thumb pad and two small rectangles for the Select and Start buttons. Put these pieces aside for the moment.

ALTERNATIVE: You could also draw the face on the screen with a black sharpie or paint it on with acrylic paint, and use sewing/craft buttons for the A and B buttons.

Embroidering the Details

1.  With white floss, embroider GAMEBOY under the screen, making sure to leave enough room to add the rest of the name.  This can be pretty tricky and unless you are a world-class needle worker more likely than not your text may not be perfect, but it’s ok!  I suggest you cut the thread after you finish each letter to your liking.  That way, if you realize you’ve made a mistake on one letter you can carefully tear the thread out without having to undo all your other stitches.  Be careful not to pull or tear the felt while sewing. (picture 1)

2.  Starting with pink floss, start embroidering the COLOR part of the name, switching to purple for the O, green for the L, yellow for the second O and blue for the R.  Unlike the GAMEBOY part of the name, the COLOR is made to look more like scrawl so it’s okay if the letters are misshapen a bit – note that my R is sadly squashed as I was running out of room.  (picture 2)

3.  To make the power light and white arrows on the side of the screen, start with red floss and embroider a small square for the power light (you could also do a knot or other stitch, whatever you think looks best).  Using white floss, make three > in a row after the light.  (picture 3)

ALTERNATIVE: if the idea of all this embroidery is scary, you could either skip it all together (though it really does add to the project).  Or you could carefully paint on the details using acrylic paint.  A small red bead could also be used for the power light.

Finishing

1. Using plenty of glue, attach the face/screen to the gameboy (make sure the squared edge is right-side up and the rounded edge is the bottom!).  Make sure to spread plenty of glue over the back of the embroidery to keep the thread in place.  Press firmly onto the gameboy.

2.  Using the pictures for reference, glue the buttons, thumb pad and start/select buttons onto the gameboy’s lower half.  Once again, use a LOT of glue, the yarn and felt will absorb it quickly.

Congratulations, you’re done!

Amigurumi Master Yoda Instructions

A few posts ago I shared a little Yoda I had made, and since then I’ve worked out some guides on how to make him. I crocheted him free-hand so I can’t give the exact method I used, but here’s some rough instructions to make your own Yoda: (I’ve also added some new pictures to help at the bottom of the post)

Here are the crochet abbreviations I’ll use when describing how I made Yoda:
CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
DEC = Decrease
INC = Increase (2 SC in one stitch)

BODY: You can find the pattern I based my body off of here.  It gives you the same big head/little body I used and is the same size.

EARS: I believe I did the following for the ears:
1. CH 3, SC in first CH from hook, SC x 1, turn (2)
2. SC x 2, turn (2)
3. SC x 2, turn (2)
4. SC x 1, INC, turn (3)
5. SC x 3, turn (3)
6. SC x 1, INC, SC x 1, turn (4)
7. SC x 4, turn (4)
8. SC x 4, turn (4)
9. SC x 1, DEC, SC x 1, turn (3)
10. SC x 1, DEC, turn (2)
11. SC x 2, turn (2)
12. Skip first stitch, SC x 1 (1)
13. Tie off and weave in ends.

ARMS: These are really ‘work as you go’, you can make them as long or short as you want.  Mine were about an inch long.
1. CH 6, join with slip stitch to make a ring
2. SC in rounds until desired height is achieved
3. DEC in each stitch until closed off, tie off and wave in ends

ASSEMBLING THE YODA: (I’m assuming you’ve already attached the head to the body and stuffed it as described in the pattern).  Using the same yarn you used for the body, attach the ears to the head, pinching the bases a bit to give them more of an ear-like look.  Attache the arms at the desired height on the torso.  Using black yarn, stitch simple eyes on the face.

UNDERSHIRT: While it looks like a full shirt, it’s actually more of a bib.
1. CH 27 (or the appropriate amount to go all the way around the base of your doll), join with a slip stitch to make a ring
2. SC in rounds until it reaches just under the arms
3. Turn, SC x 8, turn
4. repeat step 3 for another 3 rows (or until the bib reaches the neck of your doll)
5. Tie off, leaving a long tail.  Use the tail to loop around the back of the neck and attach to the other side of the bib to keep it in place (see my pictures, I also criss-crossed it in the back to keep the back edge from being pulled down).

ROBE: This is the trickiest part to make, and I can only attempt to explain how I made mine.  Just make sure to keep trying it on your doll to get a good fit.  Remember that these are only guidelines, you probably have to modify this to fit your doll properly and get the right look.
1. CH 31, SC in first stitch from hook, SC x 29, turn
2. SC x 30
3. Repeat step 2 for the next 4 rows (or until you reach where you want the armholes to go)
4. SC x 4, CH 6, skip next stitch, SC x 20, CH 6, skip next stitch, SC x 4 (we’re making the armholes now), turn
5. SC x 10, DEC the next 20 stitches, SC x 10, turn
6. SC x 10, DEC the next 10 stitches, SC x 10, turn
7. SC x 10, INC next 5 stitches, SC x 10, turn
8. SC x 10, INC next 10 stitches, SC x 10, turn
9. SC x 40, turn
10.  If it looks how you want, tie it off and weave in the ends.  You may want to modify it more or ad more rows however.  Remember these are only the estimates of how I made my robe :)
11. To make the sleeves, I crocheted them directly to the armholes, SC all around then INC in rounds until they were the length and width I wanted.

There, you should now have something that looks like my Yoda.  I’m sorry I couldn’t give definite instructions on making him, but if you have any questions or need help just ask and I’ll do my best to help you :)

Crocheted Yoda Amigurumi

“Do, or do not. There is no try.”

So here’s my latest crochet project – a little master Yoda!  The majority of this little guy was constructed while watching Back to the Future: Part Two so the geek levels on this one are high ;)

"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?"

I made the body using sage green cotton yarn and this pattern.  The ears and arms I made free-style.

"You must unlearn what you have learned."

The under shirt and robe were made from brown and cream acrylic yarn to provide a slight texture difference, I liked how it looked a little more rough than the body.

"When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good, you will not."

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