Mini human, crochet doll pattern

How about that! I didn’t make an animal this time but a human. This actually started as my holiday fun project but because it took quite some effort to design this doll, I found it a waste to not publish a pattern for it. This is the result, meet Mini Me, just an example to make Mini You or any sturdy doll amigurumi.

sturdy amigurumi crochet doll

You probably wonder how this all started. Why on earth would I make a human? Well, I was browsing Instagram when I saw this terribly cute Doctor Who doll and I immediately got this idea of making myself as crochet doll so ‘I’ could pose with my crochet animals in pictures. Hah! How much fun would that be?! So, I started working on the doll and it was easier said than done. It took me quite some time to get everything as I wanted and of course my doll had to have a special feature too, I wanted a head that could turn. Long ago I made a doll with a rotatable head. It was very easy to make and the result was amazing. A head like that you make in one piece, the smallest part at the bottom you push into the actual head part, to create a cavity. It’s very effective and also gives your doll a nice chin and neck.

When most of the doll was finished I realised what a special and sturdy looking doll it had become. Nothing like the ones I found on the internet. It would be such a waste to not write a pattern for it, but a ‘mini me’? I can’t expect you crafters wanting to make me! That is why the pattern is called ‘Mini human’. You can make yourself or just a doll with it by changing the colours and by doing different hairstyles.

This crochet doll pattern includes extra suggestions and tips for different hairstyles. You only have to stick to a skin colour but as for the rest, you can use any colour you like to make your own special doll. Here are some more pictures of my doll and below them you can find information about the pattern

Info about & links to buy the pattern

This crochet doll is made with Istex Lett Lopi, a 100% wool with a lot of fuzziness. It is standing 7 inch/ 18 cm hight.

This is an easy to crochet pattern, creating the hairstyle takes the most time. The pattern contains a clear description of how to crochet and assemble the doll, with extra images and example pictures at the bottom to help you get everything right. In the pattern you can also find what materials you need, the yarn colour numbers, in short, everything you need to know to make your own sturdy doll. All the additional information you need to know about this pattern you can find in the shop listings. You can buy this pattern in my shop at Craftsy and in my shop at Ravelry or order it here.

This pattern has a one dollar release discount till Wednesday the 6th!

And post scriptum, I LOVE the hair of my doll. Lopi is so suitable for creating wild hair and you don’t even need hair gel for it, it stays in shape all by itself. I wish I had Lopi hair.

My dapper crochet badger!

Dapper crochet badger

Doesn’t he look dapper, this cute crochet badger amigurumi? Almost a year ago I found in a local bookshop, this utterly amusing postcard with the portrait of a rather realistic badger wearing a striped sweater. It inspired me to make a little sweater pattern for Falun and of course I made a portrait of him wearing it. Some of you may even remember seeing it on my Instagram.

It was my intention to add the pattern for that sweater to Falun’s pattern, but somehow it never really came to it. Because of the lovely reactions I got after posting another picture on IG where Falun was wearing the sweater, I decided to update the pattern as soon as possible.

What has changed and what do you need to do if you already purchased the pattern?

The pattern is completely updated. Falun’s original body was on the chubby side, so I rewrote that part and made a better looking version. There is also an instruction for an even slimmer body, which will fit the dapper sweater. And last but not least, the instruction for the cute sweater is included in the pattern.

Good news for those of you who already have the pattern, you’ll receive an automatic update about this and can download the new version (for free) anytime you like, how about that!

If you don’t have the pattern yet, you can buy it in my shop at Craftsy and Ravelry or order it from me here.

Now go and make yourselves a bunch of dapper creatures. Have a lovely end of summer dear crafters!

Fun before Autumn, oak leaves & acorns pattern

oak leaf crochet pattern

This time of year, when strolling in the forest, you see an abundance of green coloured leaves around you. Some leaves have fallen down already and have changed colour into beautiful yellows and browns on the ground. On the edges of the branches, hidden between the oak leaves, you can see the first signs of Autumn, little acorns are starting to form.

This joyful sight inspired me to make a simple free pattern for oak leaves and acorns. I love oak leaves, their shape is somehow cheerful. The curvy edges that vary in shape, sweetly rounded instead of pointed and often multi coloured by all the little invaders that live from them, make them a special natural beauty.

The leaves you can crochet with this pattern are 9 cm / 3.5 inch long, when made with worsted weight yarn and hook 3.5 / E. You can make a leaf in 15 minutes.

Oak leaves & acorns pattern

crochet oak leaves

You’ll need worsted weight yarn in as much greens and autumn colours as you like and hook 3.5 / E. You’ll also need an embroidery needle to weave in the two yarn ends. The yarn I’ve used for the leaves is Istex Lett Lopi.

Always mark the 1st stitch of a round.

Abbreviations (US terms)

ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, hdc = half double crochet, dc = double crochet, pm = place marker in stitch

Leaf

Crochet around the chain to create an oval shape.

Round 1

1. ch 10, in 2nd ch from hook sc (pm), sc in next 4, hdc in next 3, 3 dc in last, rotate your work and continue in the bottom loops (if you are not sure where to start, count 9 loops back at the bottom, starting counting at the loop opposite to the 1st you’ve marked. You make your first st in the 9th loop) 3 dc in 1st (pm in 1st dc), hdc in next 3, sc in next 5 = 22

If you did it correctly, you have 11 stitches at both sides, counting the marked ones as first.

Now you are going to make the curved sides of the leaf. It’s done in one round all around, but I’ve written it down in steps.

Round 2 (work normal > in both loops of the stitches)

sc in next (the marked one), pm, 2 dc in next, ch 2 in same, sl st in same, sl st in next

sc in next, 3 dc in next, ch 2 in same, sl st in same, sl st in next

sc in next, hdc in next, 2 dc in next, ch 2 in same, sl st in same, sl st in next

sc in next, hdc in same, dc in same

Now you’ve worked till the second marker. The next stitch you’ll do is in the marked stitch. Now you are going to make the curvy edge mirrored for the other side of the leaf:

dc in next, hdc in same, sc in same

sl st in next, sl st in next, ch 2 in same, 2 dc in same, hdc in next, sc in next

sl st in next, sl st in next, ch 2 in same, 3 dc in same, sc in next

sl st in next, sl st in next, ch 2 in same, 2 dc in same, sc in next

The little stem:

sl st in 1st, ch 4, in 2nd ch from hook sl st, sl st in next 2. Now you are back at the first st, do an extra sl st in that one and cut yarn. Weave in the yarn ends to finish your leaf.

Acorns

Bottom part in a lighter colour

1. magic ring of 4

2. (sc in next, 2 sc in next) x 2 = 6

3. (sc in next 2, 2 sc in next) x 2 = 8

4. (sc in next 3, 2 sc in next) x 2 = 10

5-6. sc in each around =10 (stuff acorn)

7. (sc in next 3, s2tog) x 2 = 8

8. s2tog x 4 = 4, sl st, sew hole closed and weave in end.

 

Top in a darker colour

1. magic ring of 5

2. 2 sc in each around =10

3. (sc in next 4, 2 sc in next) x 2 = 12

4. sc in each around = 12, close with sl st and weave yarn end to the top, so you can make a little loop (as stem), make sure your loop does not close and use the rest of the tail to sew the top to the bottom of the acorn. I needle felted the loop at the top so it forms a tight stem.

Happy crocheting!

Noof, crochet cow pattern

Meet my newest creation, Noof the crochet cow amigurumi.

realistic crochet cow pattern

To some of you this may come as a surprise. I didn’t announce the cow pattern here with a sketch. At Instagram I did post some sneak previews, but skipped the blogpost this time. No worries, there is a little drawing in the pattern.

I seem to be into farm animals lately I suppose. After I made the pig and ram, my boyfriend suggested I had to make a cow now too. That sounded quite tempting so I started thinking about what kind of cow I should design. Most important, it had to look like a real cow, even if it would be made without spots. Secondly, I wanted it to have a rustic feel, so no bright white and black, but more textured colours. My crochet cow also needed little horns and an udder of course, how much fun would that be to crochet! Last but not least important, it needed to have the famous new hooves. So, I set down at my desk for many hours and came up with this rustic and realistic looking doll shaped cow and called her Noof.

Just look at this slide of Noof’s sides, you can clearly see how all the spots are matched up to create a neat and  realistic cow appearance.

Noof is quite spotty isn’t she? I decided to place her spots delicately over her body to create the crochet pattern for a more complex looking cow. But, you can of course make a different sort of cow. A single coloured one or just place the spots somewhere else. Or you could make my pattern but rotate the body and limbs for a different look. It is completely up to you!

Info about & links to buy the pattern

Noof is made with Istex Lett Lopi, a 100% wool with a lot of fuzziness. She is sitting 6 inch/ 15 cm tall.

This crochet cow pattern contains a clear and colour coded description of how to crochet and assemble the cow, with extra illustrations and example pictures at the bottom to help you get everything right. In the pattern you can also find what materials you need, the yarn colour numbers, in short, everything you need to know to make your own realistic looking cow doll. All the additional information you need to know about this pattern you can find in the shop listings. You can buy this pattern in my shop at Craftsy and in my shop at Ravelry or order it here.

This pattern has a one dollar release discount till Thursday the 19th!

Staruman, crochet sheep pattern

With pride and delight, I present to you, Staruman the crochet sheep pattern.

crochet sheep pattern

Staruman is a sheep, but of course a ram too. It is always hard to say which of the amigurumi’s I made is my favourite and it changes occasionally, but this one is very special for sure. The majestic horns and wooly texture of the loop chain stitches of the body make him unique and stunning looking. I had no experience at all with the chain loop stitch (twisted loop stitch) but it is so easy to do and worth the effort.

When I started working on this crochet animal, I had a clear image in my mind of how I wanted him to look. I knew the horns had to be partly worked in the back loops to create the lined structure and the body needed a special stitch too, something that would exaggerate the wooly coat. I started practicing with the loop stitch but didn’t like the result. The loops where thin and when cut the body looked like a pompom. I needed a bulkier, textured sort of loop. That is when I discovered the chain loop stitch. It is easier to make than a loop stitch, just takes more time because of the chains you make before each single crochet stitch. But the result is fabulous.

And about the light spots behind the eyes. For a while now I’m trying to create a more subtile looking eye patch. For this sheep I found a very simple and effective solution and nothing needs to be sewed on, so it always looks the same.

Staruman might look a bit more complicated than most of my patterns, but don’t let it fool you because he is just as easy to make. Crocheting the body and horns only takes a bit more time, that’s all.

Here are a few more pictures of Staruman the crochet sheep and below them you can find info about and links to buy the pattern.

Info about & links to buy the pattern

This impressive, cute and curly sheep is made with Istex Lett Lopi, a 100% wool. He is sitting 14 cm / 5.5 inch tall. Despite his looks, he is quite easy to make and you can finish your sheep in a day or so. I strongly recommend using a fuzzy yarn because it gives the best result for both the eye patches and chain loop stitches.

This crochet sheep pattern contains a clear and colour coded description of how to crochet and assemble the sheep, with extra illustrations and example pictures at the bottom to help you get everything right. In the pattern you can also find what materials you need, the yarn colour numbers, in short, everything you need to know to make your own loopy friend. All the additional information you need to know about this pattern you can find in the shop listings. You can buy this pattern in my shop at Craftsy and in my shop at Ravelry or order it here.

This pattern has a one dollar release discount till Friday the 16th!

An exciting new design

Sometimes a small coincidence can make all the difference. After I finished the piglet pattern, I started thinking about what animal to make next. Usually, I already know what to make next when I am working on another one but this time that wasn’t the case. That was until I saw this lovely crochet horned sheep on someone’s Instagram feed. It was not made in my style but it looked so nice and interesting that I could immediately visualise how I could make a fabulous sheep, it was instant inspiration. In fact, it made me so excited I wanted to start right away!

And I did. The sheep is already finished and looking spectacular. Now only the pattern needs to be written, edited and tested and I can hit publish.

I assume you are curious about the kind of sheep I made. I based my sheep on a local heather sheep called Drents heideschaap. It is a sheep I often see on our hikes through the countryside. The sheep are curious and friendly grazers with a slender build and long tails. The males have these gorgeous horns that grow in a lovely curl.

In my ‘about’ story I added a picture on which you see me walking with a tail of curious sheep, that is them indeed, but just the hornless females. In the last picture below (from the web) you see how the males look with their impressive horns.

Oh, I am so excited to show you the finished sheep and hope to be able to do so by the end of this week. Here are some glimpses and one funny pic of a curious young sheep I met this week.

See you at the end of the week!

Gus, crochet piglet pattern

The past few weeks I have been working on a very pink animal and today I can publish the pattern. Meet Gus, my crochet piglet!

crochet pig pattern

Pigs are super intelligent and social animals and I’ve been thinking a while of designing a crochet pattern for a piglet. And although I am more fond of the wilder looking brown pig, I decided to make the domestic pink version, as an ode to this special but unrated animal. The reason I postponed making an amigurumi piglet has something to do with my sadness about how pigs are treated by humans. I knew that if I would do the research I normally love doing, I would stumble upon many pictures I prefer not to see. But, I also saw so many lovely and delightful pictures. Thankfully, more and more farmers realise you cannot treat animals like products and biological farms where the pigs can go outside are not as rare as they were in the past. The pictures I saw of happy pigs outside, rolling in the mud or even jumping in pools, really made me smile and it felt good making this crochet version.

I wasn’t able to make this piglet in my favourite Lètt Lopi yarn (no good pink), so I found an alternative. I’ve used Phildar Phil Aventure to make Gus. It is an alpaca acrylic blend, which gives a smooth but slightly fuzzy texture. To add enough realisme to this pattern, I decided to go for split-hoofed paws. It was a bit of a kerfuffle to find out how to make them, but in the end it was very striking looking and easy to make. I am very happy with this pink piglet amigurumi and I think I will make him a boarlet friend someday soon.

Here are some more pictures of this fuzzy crochet pig and below it you can find info about and links to buy the pattern.

Info about & links to buy the pattern

This fuzzy and cute piglet is made with Phildar phil aventure, a worsted weight wool blend. Gus is 13 cm / 5 inch when sitting. The pattern is easy to crochet and you can make this doll in a day.

All the additional information you need to know about this pattern you can find in the shop listings. You can buy this pattern in my shop at Craftsy and in my shop at Ravelry or order it here. It contains a clear and colour coded description of how to crochet and assemble the piglet, with example pictures at the bottom to help you get everything right. In the pattern you can also find what materials you need, the yarn colour numbers, in short, everything you need to know to make your own special friend.

This pattern has a one dollar release discount till Thursday the 25th of May.

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