Crocheted Jelly Fish Toy – Amigurumi – Free Pattern

Crocheted Jelly Fish Toy – Amigurumi – Free Pattern

crocheted jellyfishAs you may know by know my youngest daughter will be having her second child this summer and she’s kept me busy with all sorts of baby projects.  She’s been searching the internet for all sorts of cute and adorable things that I can make.  One of our favorites are these adorable crocheted jellyfish.

 

They’re very easy to make, beginners will catch on real quick!  And those curly tentacles, well think of them as free form crochet, you can make them as long as you want and as straight or curly as you want.

 

crocheted jellyfishI found the pattern for these adorable crocheted jellyfish online and I just had to share.  Of course I added my own touch by crocheting the ruffled fringe at the bottom.

The pattern I used is from One Dog Woof blog.  It was so nice of them to share!  You can use the online version for free or if you prefer you can purchase the ad free version from their Etsy or Craftsy stores.  Click here to see the online version of  the pattern.  To purchase just click on the links on their site, it should take you directly to their Etsy or Crafsy stores.

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crocheted jellyfishAs you can see I couldn’t stop at just one crocheted jellyfish, I made 5!

I used 5 colors of Lion Brand Ice Cream Yarn.   This yarn comes in a variety of colors.  The ones I used are Strawberry, Grape, Mint, Blueberry, and Lemon Meringue.  They’re all variegated and you end up with a lovey combination of colors.

I used a 6mm hook but you can use whatever size you like to get the correct gauge.  Better yet experiment with different hooks and get variety of crocheted jellyfish in different sizes!

I also added the ruffle you see at the bottom edge of each crocheted jellyfish.  This is definitely optional, they look just as cute without.

If you want to add the ruffle just do this after you attach the bottom to the stuffed head:

*sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc in first stitch, sl st in next* Repeat all the way around ending with a sl st in the last stitch.  Fasten off and weave ends in.

Other than the changes I just mentioned I followed the pattern from One Dog Woof to the tee!

Click here for the pattern!

Love these adorable crocheted jellyfish? Check out the crocheted octopus pattern I shared!

 

 

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Crocheted Hightop Sneaker Booties -Newborn Size- Free Pattern

Crocheted Hightop Sneaker Booties -Newborn Size- Free Pattern

crocheted hightop sneakersAs you know my daughter is having her second baby this summer.  That means she’s kept me busy making cute baby items she’s finding on Pinterest and Instagram!  So of course she came across these crocheted hightop sneakers that look like the ever popular Converse Chucks.

I searched high and low (no pun intended) for a pattern to make these crochet hightop sneakers.  There are actually several out there for free and for a fee.  The patterns run about $5 on Ravelry where even I post some free patterns (here’s a free legwarmer pattern I shared on Ravelry).  Anyway I digress.

Back to the crochet hightop sneakers.  I actually made some booties using some of the free patterns I found on the web.  I wasn’t happy with any of them!  A couple were too big, I mean really big like toddler or even child size!.  And one of the most popular ones was so difficult to follow, at least I found it difficult.  So in the end I decided I had to figure it out for myself.  And that’s just what I did!

crocheted hightop sneakersThe Crocheted Hightop Sneakers  that I’m showing on this article are actually those that I’ve made using the pattern I made up.  Actually I made the pattern up as I went then after the third or fourth pair I decided I needed to write it down so that I can make the same booties again in the future and also to share with you my readers.

I used Caron Simply Soft Yarn and a size C 2.75mm crochet hook.  And of course you need scissors and a yarn needle.  If you need to you may want to use a stitch counter and markers.  And of course you will need yarn in 2 colors or more if you like.  You will not use a whole skein for one pair so it’s a great project to make if you have lots of left over yarn from previous projects.

This project may seem difficult but it’s really not as long as you follow the pattern and have the correct number of stitches and rows.   Hence the counter and markers, they’re helpful tools for everyone, specially beginners.

 

 

The stitches you will need to make these crocheted hightop sneakers are:

Magic Circle (If you don’t know how to make a crochet magic circle here’s a quick video to show you how)

Chain (Ch)

Slip Stitch (Sl St)

Single Crochet (SC)

Half Double Crochet (HDC)

Double Crochet (DC)

Back Loop Single Crochet (BLSC) – This means you work the SC in the back loop of the stitch under it.

Increases are made by making 2 stitches in the same stitch

Decreases are made by SC stitches together (SC2Tog, SC3Tog, SC5Tog)

So here’s the pattern for Newborn sized Hightop Sneakers!

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crocheted hightop sneakersCrocheted Hightop Sneakers

*The 1st Ch on every round/row does not count as the 1st. stitch of that round or row.

Sole

Using white or whatever color you want the bottom rubber part to be.  (Main Color is the color of the tongue and upper sides.)

Rd. 1 – Ch 11  Sc into second ch from hook and every ch to end – 10 total.

2Sc more into last ch and then turn work so the foundation chain is now on the top.

8SC in each chain back to where you began. 2Sc twice into last ch.

Join using a Sl St to the 1st. ch st you made but skipped in this round.   Total 22 SC

Rd. 2 –  Ch 1. Inc in 1st st.(2 sc in 1st. st), SC 7 (this means SC in next 7 sts.) 2SC in the next 3 Sts , SC 8, 2SC in last 2 sts.  Sl St to join. Total 27 SC

Rd. 3 – Ch 1. 2SC 1st st, SC10, 2SC in next 4 st, SC 10, 2SC last 3 sc. Join with Sl St  Total 36sc

Rd. 4. – Ch 1. Sc into 1st st,2SC in next st. Sc 10, [2SC next st, SC] x 2,  [SC, 2SC next st] x 2,  Sc 11, [2SC next st, SC] x2, SC, 2SCin last st. Join.  Total 44 SC
Rd.  5 – Ch 1. SCinto 1st st, 2SC   next st, SC 12,  [2SC next st, SC 2] x 3, 2SC next st, SC 12,  [2SC next st, SC 2] x 2, 2SC  next
st, SCin last st. Join.  Total 52SC

Rd. 6 – Ch 1. SC1st st, 2SC next st. SC 14. {2SC next st, SC 3, 2SC next st,SC 2, 2SC next st}, SC 3, 2SC next st. Sc 14(.
Repeat  between { } , then SC into last 2 sts. Join.  Total 60SC

Rd. 7 –  Ch 1. SC into 1st st, 2SC next st., SC 16, {2SC next st, SC3, 2SC next st, SC 4, 2SC next st}, SC3, 2SC next st, SC 16, Repeat pattern between{ }, SC into each of last 2 sts. Join.  Total 68 SC

Fasten off and Block so it lies flat.

Rubber rim –

Attach yarn to where you fastened off on the sole.  You will be working around the sole and gradually form the sides up.

Rd.  1 – Ch 1, SC in every st around, join.  Total  68sc

Rd 2-6. Ch 1 , BLSC (back loop SC) in every stitch around, join.  Total 68 blsc (You will notice the sides will start to form up)

Sl St at end rd 6 fasten off

Join main color between rds 4-5, slip stitch all the way around to make the contrasting line on the rubber rim

 

Toe-

Find center, count 12 on either side so you have 24 st to work with

Row 1-2. Ch 1, 24sc

Row 3. Ch 1, sc2tog 12 times

Row 4-6. Ch 1, sc 12 turn

Row 7. Ch 1, sc3tog 4 Times

Row 8. Ch 1, 4sc

Row 9. Ch 1, sc4tog

Fasten off but don’t cut yarn

Take yarn to 1st sc an beginning row 1 and slst

Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc) DC across total 18dc

Switch to main color and make tongue

 

Tongue

Row 1 – 18 dc turn

Row 2-4 – Ch 1, sc across 18sc

Row 5 –  Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 14, sc2tog, turn 16SC

Rows 6-16- Ch 1, sc 16, turn

Row 17 – Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 12, sc2tog, turn 14SC

Row 18 – Ch 1, sc2tog, sc nxt st, hc nxt st, dc in nxt 6 sts, hdc in nxt st, sc in nxt st, sc2tog on last 2 sts.

Fasten off

Slst red on first row of toe part

 

Sides

Using main sneaker colour, pick up and sc remaining sts from around the “rubber” section. Once you have completed this first row, work as follows: You should have  44SC

Row 1: Ch 1, sc all sts, turn. 44sc

Row 2: Ch 1, Sc2tog, sc 1, ch 1, sc to last 3 st, ch 1, sc 1, sc2tog. Turn. 42sc

Row 3: Ch 1, sc all st (inc 1 sc in ch spaces), turn. 42sc

Row 4: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc to last 2 st, sc2tog, turn. 40sc

Row 5. Ch 1, 18sc, sc2tog 2 Times, 18sc turn. 38sc

Row 6. Ch 1, Sc2tog, sc 1, ch 1, sc 14, sc2tog 2 times, sc 14, ch 1, sc 1, sc2tog. Turn.

Row 7. Ch 1, sc 15 inc sc in ch space, sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, sc15

Row 8. Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 14, sc2tog, sc13, sc2tog, turn.

Row 9 ch 1, sc all st, turn, 30sc

10 Ch 1, Sc2tog, sc 1, ch 1, sc to last 3 st, ch 1, sc 1, sc2tog. Turn 28sc

11ch 1, sc all inc ch spaces, turn. 28sc

12 ch 1, sc2 tog, sc to last 2 st, sc2tog, turn sc 26

13-14. Sc around sc 26

Fasten off.

Trim –

Attach white or your contrast color to the tongue and SC around 3 sides ( make 3SC in the corners)

Attach white or your contrast color to the front of the one of the sides by the tongue and SC up to the top, across the top, and back down to the other side.

Logo

Make 2

Make 10HDC in a magic circle.

Pull tight to make a circle of HDC, join.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

With a yarn needle and main color sew a 5 point star on the circle you just made.

Stitch to the sides of each sneaker.  Be sure you put each logo on the opposite sides so that they can be seen when baby wears them.

Laces

Chain 150.  Thread appropriately to the front of the sneaker.

Loving your creation?  Share it with us!  Post a picture in comments!

 

 

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Octopus Amigurumi – Free Crochet Pattern

Octopus Amigurumi – Free Crochet Pattern

My youngest daughter is due to have her second baby this summer.  This means I’ve got to get busy making baby stuff.  Of course my daughter sent me a list of crochet projects ranging from baby blankets, swaddles, booties, and stuffed toys.   I thought I’d begin with the cute Octopus Amigurumi.

First of all  Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed yarn critters.  While the art has been known in Japan for decades it only becameoctopus amigurumi popular in the West recently in 2003.  In recent years thanks to online craft market places like Etsy, Ravelry, and Pinterest it has become very popular.

I used the free pattern designed by Dorteja the designer behind Croby Patterns.  I experimented with her original pattern by using different size hooks and also added a few rows to make different size ocotpus amigurumi.

Her Octopus Amigurumi are pretty simple to make, her pattern very easy to follow.  In fact the pattern is down right addictive!

 

octopus amigurumiI ended up making several octopus amigurumi.

For the 3 small octopus amigurumi pictured here, the pink, yellow, and blue I used a smaller hook than the pattern required and #3 weight yarn.  The result are these smaller critters.

The red octopus was made with the required hook and #4 yarn.  The blue one was made with a larger hook and the big multicolored octopus was made with a large K  6.5mm hook and I used 2 strands of yarn through out the who piece.

 

octopusI ended up making 5 small octopuses, or is it Octopi?  I strung them up on a wooden hoop and made this adorable mobile!

octopus

 

Anyway here’s the free pattern from Croby Patterns!

Round Up of Star Wars Crafts for Kids

Round Up of Star Wars Crafts for Kids

star warsHere we go again.  Just in time for summer vacation Disney is releasing the newest Star Wars movie.  This one’s called Han Solo – A Star Wars Story.

Just like Roque One released two summers ago this movie is not part of the original Star Wars saga.  Instead it’s a stand alone story designed to eventually tie all the movies together by filling in the background for characters and events brought to life in one of the movies starting with the very first Star Wars classic now called the New Hope or episode 4.  Long story and actually even debatable as to which order the first 6 movies should be viewed.  I’m not going to even get into that debate.  I’m a Star Wars fan pretty much but I’d hardly call myself a hardcore fanatic.

star warsRegardless what order one chooses to view the Star Wars saga I know that this latest addition will stir up interest in all things Star Wars yet again.  Just like how The Last Jedi stirred up interest in the later part of last year when it was released during the holiday season.

So to give you a heads up here are a few Star Wars related crafts that should keep the kids busy for a while.  So go ahead take them to see Han Solo and gather your craft supplies and let them get creative.   I know I’ll be taking the grandkids to see the movie and we’ll probably end up making some of the crafty things I’ve posted here!

By the way Star Wars aren’t just for kids, adults love them too!  I’ll be posting some crafting ideas and even recipes that are Star Wars related in the coming weeks so check out my posts this may get interesting!  If you can’t wait check out my round up of Star Wars  free crochet patterns!

star warsChewbacca Hand Puppet

Since the movie is clearly about Han Solo it’s only fitting that the first craft the kids make is this cute Chewbacca Hand Puppet.

A Grande Life gives you step by step instructions on how to make them out of brown paper bags!

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star warsStar Wars Magnets

I just love these Star Wars Magnets by the Rural Mom!

They seem pretty easy to make, they look super cool, and they’re practical!

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star warsStained Glass BB-8

BB-8 is the adorable little drone we met in The Force Awakens.  He’s become a favorite with kids and adults alike!

Here’s a frugal craft featuring this beloved character by Raising Whasians!

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star warsYoda Puppet

Yoda is timeless.  Who doesn’t love this sometimes silly little green man with the pointy ears?  Learn how to make this super easy Yoda puppet from Coffee Cups and Crayons.

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star warsSponge Printed Death Star

A round up of Star Wars crafts wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t make a Death Star.  Gotta have a Death Star!

Here’s a cool one from Crafts on Sea!

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star warsLight Sabers

You know it’s all about the light sabers!  Here are 3 different crafts that make some sort of light saber.

Play Trains will show you how to make these super cute mini light sabers for your plush Star Wars critters to hold.  The kids can play with them too!

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star warsThe mini light sabers a bit too small for you?  Or you’d prefer something a bit more educational.  How about these Light Saber Sensory Bottles by Little Bins for Little Hands?

They look super cool.  I’ sure the kids will love them!

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star warsStill want something useful?  How about these Light Saber Popsicle Holder by Celebrating with the Bug?

 

Still looking for more Star Wars related crafts?  Check out my round up of Star Wars crafts for the Family.

Keep an eye out for more Star Wars crafts and even recipes!  I’ll be sharing some soon!

 

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DIY Crochet Twin Bunny Hat & Diaper Cover Sets – FREE Patterns!

DIY Crochet Twin Bunny Hat & Diaper Cover Sets – FREE Patterns!

Bunny Hat & Diaper Cover

With Easter right around the corner it was time to make Easter outfits for my twin grandbabies.  I found a couple of crochet patterns for the hat and diaper cover and made a tutu for my granddaughter. I tweeked them a bit for a better fit.

The twins are 6 months old so I used the 6-9 month old hat pattern but changed the hook to a smaller “F” size to make it a bit smaller.  The pattern calls for a size “H”.

Here is the bunny hat pattern from Repeat Crafter Me.  She has step by step directions from newborn to adult sizes.  I used this same patter for both hats, just changed the color of the inside part of the bunny ears.

The pattern for the diaper covers are from Crochet A Flower that has instructions for 0-9 month covers.  The diaper is adjustable.  For the girl’s cover I used the same color yarn for the border and added a pink pom-pom to match the bunny ears.  For the boy’s I used a contrasting color to match the bunny ears and pom-pom.

I made a Tutu for the girl using the same technique I used for her Elf Tutu I made for Christmas.  I just made the tulle strips shorter so you can see the pom-pom.  I used 6″ strips so the tutu is about 3″ all the way around.

Bunny Hat & Diaper Cover

For FREE bunny ears hat pattern from Repeat Crafter Me Click Here!

For FREE diaper cover pattern from Crochet a Flower Click Here!

Bunny Hat & Diaper Cover

For FREE bunny ears hat pattern from Repeat Crafter Me Click Here!

For FREE diaper cover pattern from Crochet a Flower Click Here!

For a great Tutu tutorial from My Frugal Family Click Here!

Both projects took me about 6 hours.  I’d love to see your bunny hats!  Enjoy!  Happy Easter!

For a cute Peek A Boo Bunny Crochet Easter Basket FREE Pattern and instructions Click Here!

Bunny Hat & Diaper Cover
Peek A Boo Bunny Basket

The Bunny Ear Hat pictured above uses the same FREE Pattern in this post, just used a different color combo.

Sherbet Easter Basket

Sherbet Easter Basket

It’s Easter time again, and one of my favorite Easter crafts is making Easter Baskets for my grandchildren.  I know there are many plastic and metal baskets out there, and they’re all very inexpensive.  But I like to make them baskets that a different from those you can buy at Walmart.

Sherbet Easter BasketThe other day I went to our local craft store and found this pretty yarn by Red Heart.  It’s color is called Sherbet.  When I saw it I just knew I had to turn it into a Sherbet Easter Basket.

This basket is very simple to make.  It would be a perfect project for a beginner.  It does however use foundation single crochet for the handle.  So it’s a great way to learn one of my favorite techniques if you aren’t familiar with it.

Foundation single crochet is a technique that combines the foundation chain with the first row of any project.  Instead of making a row of chains, something I find tedious, and going back to make the first row of single crochet, or any stitch for that matter, this technique is initially worked vertically and you have the chain on one the left side and the single crochet on the right.  Using it for the basket handle is a great way to learn it!

To make the basket a bit sturdier I used 2 strands of yarn held together for a thicker strand.  To do this it’s easier to use 2 skeins of yarn, but you can roll a skein into 2 balls and work with that.  The Basket doesn’t use a whole skein.

To make the sides of the basket round 5 is worked in backloops only.  This brings the sides up from the bottom of the basket.

The handle is also made with 2 strands of yarn.  You make 2 separate handles which are then twined together.  If you want it to be stiffer you can twine the bands around a pipe cleaner.

The basket is worked in rounds that are joined at the end of each round.  The beginning Ch 2 if each round counts as the first stitch of that round.

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Here’s the pattern!  You can make it any color you want and even use bulkier yarn and a larger hook if you prefer.

If you want to print the pattern Click here to download the free PDF version.

Stitches:

Ch = Chain

Sl St = Slip Stitch

FSC = Foundation Single Crochet

HDC = Half Double Crochet

DC = Double Crochet

Backloop DC = Backloop Double Crochet

DCdec = Double Crochet Decrease

 

Supplies:

Hook size I (5.50mm)

#4 Worsted yarn in Sherbet

Directions:

Ch 5, join to first Ch to form ring

Rd. 1:  12 HDC in ring, Sl St to first HDC (12HDC)

Rd. 2:  Ch 2, DC in same st, 2 DC in each st around, join to top of Ch 2.  (24DC)

Rd. 3:  Repeat Rd. 2.  (48DC)

Rd. 4:  Ch 2, DC in same st, DC in next st, *2DC in next st, DC in next st*, repeat **around, join to top of Ch 2.  (72DC)

Rd. 5:  Ch 2, Backloop DC in each st, join to top of Ch 2.  (72DC)

Rd. 6-8:  Ch 2, DC in each st, join to top of Ch 2.  (72DC)

Rd. 9:  Ch 2, *DC decrease over next 2 sts, DC in next st* repeat ** around, join to top of Ch 2.  (48 DC)

Do not fasten off.  You will now make the first band of the handle.

Make 45 FSC, fasten off.  Leave 6” tail for attaching to opposite side.

For the second band of the handle attack a double strand of yarn to the DC next to the first band and make 45 FSC, fasten off.  Leave 6” tail for attaching to opposite side.

 

 

 

Foundation SC: Its basically worked in 2 parts – the chain part which you make first, and the SC part made right after it.

Ch 2, insert hook in 2nd. Chain from hook, yarn over, pull up loop, you will have 2 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull thru 1 loop, (you just made the chain part of the FSC and you will have 2 loops on your hook),  yarn over and pull thru 2 loops, (this is the SC part of the FSC and you will have 1 loop on the hook).  You’ve now completed the first FSC.

Now insert hook between the chain st you made in the first part of the st and the SC you made in the second part.  Yarn over, pull up loop so you have 2 loops on hook.   Yarn over, pull thru 1 loop, you now made the chain part and have 2 loops on hook.  Yarn over, pull thru 2 loops, you made the SC part and have 1 loop on the hook.  Continue this pattern until you have the length you need.

Click here for a FSC photo tutorial by Craftsy!

Or watch this video tutorial from Futuregirl.com

Sherbet Easter Basket
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Sherbet Easter BasketHolding both bands together make a knot at the base by the basket’s rim.  You need the knot so that when you twine the bands together it will stay twined and not unravel.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

 

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Sherbet Easter BasketInsert the 2 tails of yarn from each FSC band into 2 stitches on the opposite side of the basket.  Make sure it is positioned evenly with the other side of the handle.  Knot both tails together and trim ends.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

Sherbet Easter BasketYour basket is done!  You can fill it up with all sorts of Easter goodies.  I filled this one up with Pom Pom Bunnies and Chicks.  Click here to learn how to make them!

 

 

 


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