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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!

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!

Mr. Creeper says Hi

There are several free patterns to find at my blog, but Mr. Creeper is my favourite and he deserves some extra attention. If you feel linke making something creepy but cute, try this pattern, it is fun. The legs acquire some patience to crochet but this amigurumi is so worth the effort because let’s face it, Mr. Creeper is one cute spider. You can find the free pattern below the image, go for it!

crochet animal patterns

For this pattern you’ll need worsted weight yarn and hook US E/3.5 mm. to get an approximately 6 inch / 15 cm tall spider, measured from front to back paw. I’ve used the darkest brown colour of Lètt Lopi, a 100% wool. You will also need fiberfill, animal eyes, I used 7 mm eyes. Safety eyes with big backs won’t fit in the head so make sure you are going to use eyes that do fit. You also need pipe cleaners for the legs, so you can bend them into shape.

 

Body

1. magic ring of 6

2. 2 sc in each around = 12

3. (sc in next, 2 sc in next) x 6 = 18

4. (sc in next 2, 2 sc in next) x 6 = 24

5. 2 sc in next 2, sc in next 10, 2 sc in next 2, sc in next 10 = 28

6-7. sc in each around = 28

8. s2tog, sc in next 10, s2tog x 2, sc in next 10, s2tog = 24

9. (sc in next 2, s2tog) x 6 = 18

10. (sc in next, s2tog) x 6 = 12

11. s2tog x 6 = 6

Now close the gap by inserting the needle from the inside out, trough all the outside loops of the 6 st clockwise. If you do it correctly, you can pull the tail and it will close the gap. Sew in the end.

 

Head

1. magic ring of 5

2. 2 sc in each around = 10

3-4. sc in each around = 10

Leave yarn end for sewing.

 

Legs (make 8)

1. magic ring of 4

2-11. sc in each around = 4

Leave yarn ends for sewing. You can now insert the pipe cleaners. Stretch the paws so they get the desired length and leave the tip of the pipe cleaner sticking out, so you can later push it into the body.

 

Jaws

ch of 2, in 2nd ch from hook sl st. (leave both tails long enough for sewing)

 

Assembling the spider.

Finish the spiders face by attaching the eyes and sew on the jaws. I sewed Mr. Creepers jaws tight by sewing both ends to the head. Now you can attach the head to the body. After this I attached the paws neatly opposite to each other, by inserting the ends of the pipe cleaners first. If they are in the right spots, sew them tight.

There, your creepy crawler is finished, Happy Friday!

Spring fun!

It is Spring and I am celebrating it with a relaunch of my Spring & Easter packs. A few years ago a created these lovely packs and forgot about them the past two years. But here they are again! You can choose between a Finse and Jonesy pack or Finse and Balloo pack. The packs both come with the pattern for the basket with eggs and only cost $9.98!

Just look at them, don’t they make the loveliest Spring home decor?

Now how can you get these packs?

In my Craftsy shop you can buy the packs as an instant download. You just choose the pack you like and download the patterns right after your purchase. One pack contains two pattens, the rabbit pattern contains the basket with eggs.

In my Ravelry shop you can add the two patterns you want to your basket and use coupon code ‘Springpacksheep!’ for the sheep version and ‘Springpackduck!’ for the duck version. The rabbit pattern contains the basket with eggs. Here the patterns are instant downloads too so you’ll have them right away.

No accounts there? No worries, just give me a note and I’ll send you a Paypal payment request for the pack you like to have.

Have a happy spring!

Working on Ida monkeys

Hi peeps, it seemed appropriate to give you an update about what I’m up to. I am doing something I normally would not do. I am making two Ida monkeys as assignments. When I started Adi’s pattern, I planned on making an extra monkey for my friend and illustrator Esther van Hulsen. But I didn’t plan on making another one. When Esther showed Adi to the professor that bought the Ida fossil, he was so delighted with the result he wanted to have one too. Well, I could not reject that, it felt fair to make him one too.

img_4346So, now I am working on the monkeys. I have to change their appearance a bit to make these look exactly like Esther’s version, but that makes it more fun.

You probably wonder why I never take assignments to make animals. Well, the main reason is that I get attached to them. When working on them I start to love them and have trouble giving them away. Also, if I would take more assignments like these, it would mean I would be constantly making the same animals and have less time designing new patterns, and that is what I love doing most. Every time it’s a challenge to create a new and fabulous looking doll and it keeps me fresh!

Now about a new design. I haven’t decided yet what animal I am going to make after I have these monkeys finished and I am open to suggestions. If you come up with something I really like, it might be the animal I am making next. So don’t be shy and let me know what you would like to see!

Oakie, crochet armadillo pattern

Sitting as promised in my original Popke style, I proudly present to you Oakie the crochet armadillo.

armadillo crochet pattern

Wow, what a process this was. I never expected all the bumps on the road of designing this crochet armadillo pattern. In my previous post I explained about the challenge of making this interesting looking creature. Making an animal that would never, ever even think of sitting on its bottom, sit on its bottom was for starters a classical design issue. But the body armour was so utterly complicated to design that the sitting thing seemed nothing. I wrote about the smooth textured Linen stitch I was planning to use for the armour. When I started everything seemed so jolly well. What a perfect stitch for armadillo armour. But then some in- and decreasing had to be done and how on earth could I do that with this stitch? I googled for info and found nothing, who would have thought about that? People only seem to crochet scarfs and pillowcases with this stitch, not animals. So I had to find a way myself. After testing all sorts of solutions and almost writing a post here begging someone to help me, I found the solution to my problem. Decrease three stitches instead of two. How simple could it be. Not everything was rough on this road. From the start I knew how I was going to design the arms. The legs and feet just fell into place when I made them and the tail looks fabulous because it is worked flat.

I really like the almost reptile looking appearance of Oakie’s face. The smaller eyes, unworked back loops and chain stitches form a perfect whole to create that characteristic armour texture. The rugged Lopi yarn accentuates it even more. Oakie might be unable to roll himself into a ball, but you can easily imaging him to do so. Just look at him! This armadillo is the most special creature I have ever made a crochet pattern for. Below the pictures you can find info about this armadillo amigurumi and the links to buy the pattern.

armadillo-amigurumi

crochet-armadillo-amigurumi

Info about & links to buy the pattern

This very rugged but cuddly crochet armadillo is made with Istex Lett Lopi, a worsted weight wool. He is 14 cm / 5.5 inch when sitting. 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 armadillo 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 ancient looking friend.

And heads up, this pattern has a one dollar release discount till Wednesday the 28th.

Son’s Popkes Holiday gifts CAL & photo contest!

santa-and-rupert-guinea-pigs

Hi there lovely Crafters!

It still feels a lot like autumn but the holiday season is getting so close. Many of you crafters will be making their own gifts and a lot of Popkes will be made. Therefor, let’s share some crafty fun! I thought it would be a splendid idea to give a crochet along another try. And, by adding an Instagram and Ravelry photo contest to this CAL, you can win two of my patterns.

You can join this festive crochet along in my Ravelry group. It starts now and ends December 24, just before Christmas. You can choose any of my patterns.

There will be a discount on all my patterns for this CAL too. The coupon code for a 10% discount you can find in the CAL’s topic in my group.

There’s also an Instagram and Ravelry photo contest attached to this CAL, where the winner can win two of my patterns by their choice and a second price of one pattern.

  • To join the photo contest, simply post a gorgeous picture of the end result in the CAL thread on Ravelry and add it is your entry for the contest.
  • If you do not have a Ravelry account but are making Popkes as Christmas gifts, you can also join via Instagram, if you do, use hashtag #popkejoy
  • You can enter the maximum of three pictures
  • The winner will be announced on boxing day, December the 26th.

Do not be shy and join my group and this CAL, it is so much fun. You meet lovely new people and can even make friends, and you can win two patterns. If you can, share the word about this CAL and photo contest, the more people who join, the merrier.

See you in my group!