Friday, December 22, 2017

Amigurumi Star Wars Porg! Free Pattern

Free Amigurumi Star Wars Porg
The breakout star from the new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, for me anyway, was the Porg. Everyone saw them in the previews and was like "awww! Porgs!" But when Chewbacca was sitting there roasting a Porg over an open fire and that little Porg stood there pleading with him not to take a bite, how could you not fall in love with them?! So cute.

There are lots of super cute Porg patterns with lots of realistic detail and you should definitely buy those patterns because they're amazing. If you want a quick Porg fix and you're kind of a new crocheter, I've written an easy tutorial that's based on my popular "Baby Monsters Amigurumi". Add some color changes, duck feet, and wings, and you've got yourself a Porg.

Star Wars Porg Baby Monster Pattern

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn: Taupe (A), Gold (B), White (C)
*I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice
Black embroidery floss
Black 15mm safety eyes (you can use 12mm if you can't find 15mm)

Tools:
E/3.5mm crochet hook
Yarn needle
Embroidery needle

Head/Body: 
R1: Starting at the top of the Porg’s head, with worsted weight yarn A (taupe) and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, chain (ch) 1, and single crochet (sc) 6 stitches into the ring. Pull the ring closed with the loose yarn tail.
R2: 2sc into each st (12)
R3: (2sc into next st, sc into next st)* rep around (18)
R4: 2 Sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, change to gold yarn B, (2 Sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) four times for a total of 16 gold sts, change to taupe yarn A, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 (24 sts)
R5: Sc in next 4, change to yarn B, sc in next 6, change to white yarn C, sc in next 4, change to yarn B, sc in next 6, change to yarn A, sc in next 4 (24 sts)
R6: Sc in next 4, change to yarn B, sc in next 5, change to yarn C, sc in next 6, change to yarn B, sc in next 5, change to yarn A, sc in next 4 (24 sts)
R7: Sc in next 5, with B sc in next 4, with C sc in next 6, with B sc in next 4, with A sc in next 5 (24 sts)
(Cut yarn B--you're done with it!)
R8-13: Sc in next 8, with white C sc in next 8, with A sc in next 8 (24 sts)
Fasten off. Set aside.

Feet:
Join yarn B at front loop of first st of white on bottom rnd of Body (see photo) with a sl st, ch 3, 2 dc in front loop. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Repeat for second foot by joining at last st of white on last round of body.

Base:
R1: With white yarn C, make an adjustable ring, chain (ch) 1, and single crochet (sc) 6 stitches into the ring. Pull the ring closed.
R2: 2 sc into each st (12)
R3: (2 sc into next st, sc into next st)* rep to end of rnd (18)
R4: (sc into next st, 2sc into next st, sc into next st)* rep to end of rnd (24)
Fasten off.

Insert eyes into Head between R5 and R6, 4 sts apart. Insert stuffing into Body and sew Base to Head/Body.

Wings (Make 2):
With yarn A, ch 10. Trc in 5th ch from hook and next ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next 2 ch. Fasten off and weave in one yarn tail. Weave in second yarn tail and use it to sew wing to body as shown.


Use a scrap of yarn B and a yarn needle to make eyelids. Stitch two diagonal stitches across tops of eyes as shown. Weave in ends.

Use an embroidery needle and black embroidery floss to stitch two tiny nostrils and an upside down V shape for the mouth.

For a Christmas tree ornament, cut a string (I used baker's twine) 6" long, knot ends, insert hook into top of Head, pull up a loop and pull ends through loop.

Merry Christmas and enjoy your Porgs!
Amigurumi Porg
*There are a few links in this article that will give me a little kickback if you order something! Thanks for playing.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Free Tiny Stockings Advent Calendar



Advent calendars are so fun! I remember waking up each December morning, popping open a little door on my cardboard advent calendar, and treasuring each delicious (at least to my 8 year old mind--we all know it tastes sorta waxy and cheap) piece of chocolate. This handmade advent calendar will bring the magic of Christmas to your home each morning, as a treasure is revealed inside each tiny stocking. Crocheted in a rainbow of colors and labeled with chipboard number stickers, this fun decoration will be a treasured heirloom to keep forever. Hung as a garland on the fireplace mantle, or straight up and down on a wall, the string of stockings will fill kids with anticipation for the big day.

The stockings are so quick to crochet, and with no sewing involved, you'll be crocheting many in no time. Use lots of different colors, or make them in traditional red and white.


Instead of Christmas colors, crochet eight little stockings in a Winter white and blue color scheme and fill them with gelt for a gorgeous Chanukah decoration.

Tiny Stockings Advent Calendar

Materials List
Caron "Simply Soft Party" Yarn -- Red, Fuchsia, Snow, Purple
Red Heart "Soft" Yarn -- Tangerine
American Crafts "Thickers" Number Stickers -- Sprinkles Glitter White
*Full disclosure: Some of these are affiliate links and will earn me a little cash! 

Abbreviations
Ch: Chain
Sc: Single Crochet
Hdc: Half Double Crochet
Dc: Double Crochet
Sl St: Slip Stitch
Rnd: Round
Rep: Repeat
Hdc2tog: Half Double Crochet 2 stitches Together

Note: Stockings are made in two colors, A and B. Choose from any two colors of worsted weight yarns.

Stocking
Starting at the toe of the Stocking, with yarn A and a G hook, make an adjustable ring, ch1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.

Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnds 2-5: Sc into each st.
Change to B at the end of Rnd 5.

Heel
Row 6: Sc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, 2 dc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, sc in next st (10 sts)

Row 7: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sc in next st, hdc2tog four times, sc in last st (6 sts)
Change to A at the end of Row 8.

Leg of Stocking
Rnd 9: Working down into sts of Rnd 5, without turning (see photo above for where to crochet), sc into next 6 sts, working into top edge of Row 8, sc into next 6 sts (12 sts)

Rnds 10-12: Sc into each st around (12 sts)
Rnd 13: Sc into next 9 sts, change to B, sc into next 3 sts.

Rnd 14: Sc into each st.

Rnd 15: Sc into next 11 sts, ch 6, join with a sl st to same st.
Fasten off and weave in end.

Finishing:
Arrange stockings in order for assembling garland.

With desired worsted weight yarn and a G hook, ch 9, join to first ch with a sl st, ch 10, *(sc into loop at top of stocking, positioning it left or right, ch 15), repeat from * for each until last stocking. For last stocking, sc into loop, ch 19, join with a sl st into 9th ch from hook. Fasten off and weave in ends.


Apply stickers to stockings in numerical order (or not, if you want to be tricky!). Use craft glue or hot glue if necessary to make sure stickers stay adhered. (Mine stuck fine without extra glue).

Use beginning loop and ending loop for hanging.

Do NOT stress out about this. You have lots and lots of time to make this before December 1st, even if its for next year :)

Hope you enjoy! If you make this, please tag me @craftyiscool on twitter and instagram, or tag @Crafty is Cool on Facebook!

*This pattern was previously posted and written for Michaels.com. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Amigurumi Thanksgiving Turkey



You want to make the turkey on Thanksgiving but your mom always calls dibs? You feel like having leftovers but everyone always leaves just the dark meat? You want to make something totally impressive to take to dinner besides your green bean casserole? You're in the right place. Crocheted turkey keeps well, is shelf-stable, and is 100% vegan, assuming you use acrylic yarn!

Here's a video tutorial I made to make this super cute Thanksgiving Turkey!


For those of you who want the pattern too, of course, here you go!

Materials:
Rust worsted weight yarn
Off-white sock yarn
Off-white worsted cotton yarn
Royal blue sport yarn (optional)
Artificial leaves
Polyester fiberfill

Tools:
D crochet hook
B crochet hook
Yarn needle
Hot glue gun

Body: 
Rnd 1: With rust yarn and D hook, make adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 in ring. Pull closed.
Rnd 2: 2 Sc in each st.
Rnd 3: *(2 sc in next st, sc in next st), repeat around (18 sts)
Rnds 4-5: Sc in each st.
Rnd 6: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 7 sts), repeat around (16 sts)
Rnd 7: Sctog, sc in each st (15 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc2tog, sc in each st (14 sts)
Rnd 9: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts), repeat around (12 sts)
Rnd 10: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts), repeat around (10 sts)
Stuff Body firmly.
Rnd 11: Sc2tog around (5 sts)
Weave in ends.

Legs (make 2):
Rnd 1: With rust yarn and D hook, make adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 5 in ring. Pull closed.
Rnd 2: 2 Sc in each st.
Rnd 3: Sc in each st (10 sts)
Rnd 4: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts), repeat around (8 sts)
Rnd 5: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts), repeat around (6 sts)
Change to B hook and off-white sock yarn for bones with a sl st.
Rnd 6: Working into back loops only of each st, sc into each st (6 sts)
Rnd 7: Sc2tog, sc in each st (5 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc2tog, sc in each st (4 sts)
Rnd 9: Bobble in next st, sl st in next st, bobble in next st, sl st in next st (4 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends. No stuffing is necessary.

Wings (make 2):
Row 1: With rust yarn and D hook, ch 12. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2, sl st in next ch, skip 3 chs, sl st in next ch, sc in next 2 chs, 2 hdc in last ch, sl st in same ch.
Fasten off and leave a long tail.

Assembly:
Stitch Wings into place towards the top of the Body on each side. Using the same tail, stitch Legs on each side of Body. Weave in ends.

Platter:
Rnd 1: With worsted off-white yarn and D hook, ch 5. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 chs, hdc 6 into last ch, turning to work into opposite side of ch, sc in next 3, hdc 6 into last ch (15 sts)
Rnd 2: Sc in next 5, 2 hdc in next 3, sc in next 6, 2 hdc in next 3, sc in next st (24 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc in next 7, 2 hdc in next 2, sc in next 10, 2 hdc in next 2, sc in next 3 (28 sts)
Rnd 4: *(2 sc in next st, sc in next 3), repeat from * around (35 sts)
Rnd 5: Change to blue sport yarn and sl st in each st around.
Rnd 6: Change to worsted off-white yarn, *(2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts), repeat from * around (42 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Use hot glue to attach pieces of greenery to platter. Attach turkey to platter with hot glue.

Hang from the center of the turkey or edge of platter with colorful twine.

Yummy!




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