Christmas/winter WIPS and WIMS

Christmas is coming up..and fast.  As usual, around this time every year I suddenly realize how close it is to Christmas time and I panic.  You’d think, since Christmas is every year, I wouldn’t be so surprised when it gets to that time of year.  I mean the date doesn’t change.  It doesn’t just randomly pop up yelling “surprise!”  So anyway, I have very little time to get all that I would like to get done before the big day.

My neice and nephew are pretty much the only ones I plan on making gifts for.  Hailey loves Hello Kitty so I plan on making her a pillow with a picture of HK on it, and perhaps her mane on the back.  She will also get the HK teddy I made her since I never gave it to her… I know, I am a terrible aunt lol. 

I found this pattern for a HK ear flap hat.  I started it last night and it worked up quickly.. though I’m not too sure about the size, mine looks alot narrower than the creators. 

I also found this pattern for a monkey hat for Aiden.  His mom calls him a monkey so I thought it would be cute.

I participated in another swap at crochetville and my partner sent me some really nice yarn which I can’t get in any stores up here.. she was from the States.  The yarn is I Love This Cotton from Hobbly Lobby, colourway is Summer Sky.  It is soooo soft and has such nice drape, when I get a chance I will definately have to order some online.  I digress though..

So it has been pretty cold here lately and since I got this lovely yarn, I would make myself a scarf.  I though I would knit it instead of crochet because I really need to work on my knitting skills and let’s face it, a scarf isnt brain surgery so I figured I would be successful.  Looking through my copy of Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Knitting, I found some really pretty stitch patterns.  I finally settled on the Diamond Brocade pattern.  I don’t really know why but I had to restart it about 5 times because I kept messing up.  I got frustrated and put it down to start on the HK hat or my neice.  Well this morning I decided to tackle it and I am loving how it is looking.

  After about 2 or so hours I now have this:

I’m surprised at how fast it’s working up… not as fast as crochet does but alot faster than I thought it would.

2 comments November 17, 2011

How to Attach the Arms to a Stuffy

So there a couple ways I attach the arms.   The first and my favorite way to do the arms is what I call the “open” way, the second is what I call the “closed” way.  The legs are done similarly, but I will do another tutorial for the legs.

You will need a finished body and finished legs and arms.. all stuffed.

WAY 1– open

What I mean by open is that you haven’t closed it off.  Stuff hand firmly, but stuff the arm lightly.

Start with the teddy/dolls left arm.  You want to end off so you are at the front side of the arm.. sl st to do that then end off,  leaving long tail to sew to body.

1) Thread yarn through the stitch beside where you ended off on the arm.

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2) Figure out where you want the arm to go and anchor it by pulling needle and thread through the stitch on the body where you want the arm to begin.

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3) Pull needle and thread through next st on arm on both the outside and inside of arm.  Only go through the outside loops.

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4) Go into next st on the body.

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Repeat going into sts n arm and body until the arm is attached.

attached

Go into a stitch under the last st you attached arm to and pull through to front of arm.

Go into arm again.

Go through this st in body:

Pull through and knot then pull yarn through under arm and cut off end.

Then go back through st on other side beside where you ended off.

Finish attaching arm in the same way you did the first.

WAY 2– closed

By closed I mean you close the hole up and completely finish off the arm.  Stuff and weave in ends and cut off.  Thread needle with an extra long peice of yarn.

1) Again, start with the teddys left arm.  Figure out where you want the arm to go on the body, then go into the stitch below it.

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2) Come out on the other side of the body where you want the arm to go.. not below it.

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Leave a tail where you went into the body.  You will use this to tie after.

 

you will have this

 

3)  Go into arm, from the inside and go out through the outside.  Then go into st beside where you came out from and go back in, outside to inside.  When you pull yarn through, keep it tight and try to push the arm towards the body as you pull or it will get stuck.

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4) Now go onto the stitch beside where you came out of the body. These pics are for legs, for some reason I stopped taking pics while doing the arms and didn’t realize until I had started the legs.  As you can see the legs and arms are done the same way lol.

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5) Come out on the other side of the body, above where you first went in.

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Do other arm in the same way you just did the first (steps 3 & 4).  Nowgo into the body where you came out and come back out beside the beginning tail.

Pull each end so legs are firmly attached but will still move.  When you have it as tight as you want it, knot, weave in ends and cut off.

2 comments October 19, 2011

How to attach a Head on a Stuffy

I had someone ask me how I attach the body parts on teddy bears, so here is a quick tutorial.  I am going out of town but when I get back I will do a better one, this was just to quickly show anyone who is interested.

The head is the one part I’m really not that good at lol.. I’m only slightly better at attaching the legs.

First you need a body and a head, both already finished and stuffed.  Weave in the end from the body.  After you close up the head leave a very long tail and weave it through the stitches so it is centered.. or as centered as you can get it.

Then push the needle and yarn through the top of the body.. down the centre.  It might be a little hard because of the stuffing but just wiggle it around and it should go through.

Okay, I don’t have pictures for the next part but it’s pretty simple and when I get a chance I will add pictures.

Weave the needle and yarn through a couple stitched at the bottom… Make sure you keep the tension fairly firm on the yarn.  This anchors the head so it’s easier to attach.  

Now we will put a stitch at the front, back and both sides of the head.  Weave the yarn back up the body and come up at the front of the head.  Go through one of the stitches in the head.. I usually go into one that is right at the bottom of the head. 

 Go back into the body with the needle and yarn and come up at the back and do the same as you did for the front.  Do the same for both sides.  

Knot and weave end and cut off.

Add a comment October 9, 2011

How to embroider a nose on a teddy bear

I have had a few people ask me how I do my noses so I thought I would do a picture tutorial.  This is by no means the only or even the best way, but this is how I do it and so far it has worked lol.  Also, I’m not the best at always explaining in writing and even though there are pics that should help, if you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask.

First you will need to make the muzzle… or if you are making a teddy and don’t do the muzzle you can just do this straight on the head.  Then you will need a needle that is big enough to thread your embroidery thread through.  Note:  for thread bears I just use sewing thread that I have doubled.  Knot the thread after you have threaded it through the needle head.   The thread should be doubled now.

1) Ok, so now you need to figure out how big you want the muzzle to be.  I usually do it 4 stitch holes across. I do a triangle for the nose so there will be 3 corners.  I start at one of the top corners and going in from the back, pull the needle and thread through (see pic)

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2) Now count four stitch holes across and go into the hole from the front.  This forms the top line of the nose.

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3) Next from the back pull needle and thread through the hole below the big hole… so descriptive I know lol but I have no clue what to call it.

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4) Now go into one of the top corner stitches from the front.  This forms one of the sides.

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5) Go back into the bottom corner and pull needle and thread through front and go into the other top corner.  Now you have a triangle.  This is pretty much just a guide to follow while you close in the nose.

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6) Now we need to fill in the nose.  Come back up through the bottom corner and go down into the middle of the top line.  Work over the original triangle lines you made.

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7) We will fill one side at a time.  Repeat the above step 2 more times, moving over on the top line slightly.

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8 ) Now, come up through the next hole beside the bottom corner and go through beside where you just went through on the top line.

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9) Do the same thing but go through the next hole on the side.

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Okay, you’re done the one side for now.  You should have this:

Now do the other side the same way you did the first side.

 

Come through the bottom corner and go into one of the top corners.  This will clean up the side.  Do the same for the other side.

You can either leave it like this or clean up the top of the nose.  Go from one top corner to the other.

You’re done the nose.  You can add a mouth if you want.  Going from the bottom corner I go through one hole down (I do this twice so the line is more visible).  Then go 2 holes over on either side (I do twice as well).  This is where you can add a bit of an expression by doing one side of the smile longer than the other or only doing one side, doing more of a straight line or even making the lines point down.

Note:  You might have tiny gaps in the nose.. I usually do… that’s ok.  Take a sharpie or felt pen in the colour you did the nose (this is why I usually do black noses lol) and just colour it in.

6 comments October 8, 2011
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Old Fashioned Teddy Bear Pattern

Materials:

  • Yarn (any weight you want.. the thinner the yarn the smaller the bear and vice versa)
  • Crochet hook (appropriate for the yarn you choose)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Craft/dolls eyes or buttons will do
  • Stuffing
  • Row/st marker

I have tested this pattern, but that doesn’t mean there are no mistakes.  If you find any or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

BODY:

1)  ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8)

2) 2 sc in each st around (16)

3) *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (24)

4)  *sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (31)

5) sc in easch st around

6) *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (39)

7) sc in each st around

8 ) *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (48)

9-17) sc in each st around

18) *sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (39)

19-20) sc in each st around

21) *sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (32)

22) *sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (24)

23) sc in each st around

24) *sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (18)

25) *sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (12) Stuff

26) sc2tog around.  End off leaving a long tail sew hole closed.

 

LEGS: make 2

1) ch 7.  sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, 3 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st (16) This will form an oval for the bottom of foot.

2) 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st, 2 dc in next 3 sts, dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st (21)

3-4) sc in each st around

5) sc in next 11 sts, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc in next 6 sts (19)

6) sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, sc2rog, sc in next 5 sts (17)

7) sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts (16)

8-13) sc in each st around

14) 2 sc in next st, sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next 6 sts (23)

15-19) sc in each st around

20) sc2tog, sc in next 14 sts, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts (20)

21) *sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (16)

22) *sc in next2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (12)

23) *sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (8) Stuff

24) sc2tog around.  End off leaving long tail to sew hole closed

 

ARMS: make 2

1) ch 2.  8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8)

2) 2 sc in each st around (16)

3) *sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around.  End with sc in next 2 sts (20)

4) sc in each st around

5) 2 sc in next 4 sts, sc in each st for the rest of the round (24)

6-8) sc in each st around

9) sc2tog, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc in each st for the rest of round (20)

10) sc2tog, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc in each st for the rest of round (16)

11-22) sc in each st around

23) *sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts* repeat around, sc in last st (12)

24) *sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts* repeat around, sc in last st (10)

25) sc2tog around.  End off leaving long tail to sew hole closed.

It should look like this

EARS: make 2

1) ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8)

2) 2 sc in next 5 sts. (13)  sl st and end off leaving long tail to sew to head.

 

MUZZLE:

1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)

2) 2 sc in each st around (12)

3) 2 sc in each st around (24)

4) sc in each st around. End off leaving long tail to sew onto head.  Emboider nose and mouth.  Lightly stuff when sewing onto the head.

 

HEAD:

1) ch 2, 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook (10)

2) 2 sc in each st around (20)

3) *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (25)

4) *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around, sc in last 2 sts (30)

5-6) sc in each st around

7) *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (36)

8) *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around, sc in last 2 sts (42)

9-12) sc in each st around

13) *sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (34)

14) *sc in next 3, sc2tog* repeat around, sc in last st (28)

15) sc in each st around

16) *sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (21)

17) *sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (14)  Attach muzzle and eyes.  Stuff.

18) sc2tog around.  End off leaving long tail to sew hole closed and to attach to body

Assembly:

Sew muzzle and ears onto  head, then sew the head, arms and legs onto the body

Copyright Amber deGoutiere 2011.  This is my own original design.  Please do NOT claim this pattern as your own or sell it.  However feel free to use for personal use, gifts or charities

9 comments October 8, 2011
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Hello Kitty!

I was having trouble coming up with ideas on what to get my neice and nephew for their birthdays…which are a month apart.  Usually they get clothes and toys… which are fine but I wanted something different.  My neice discovered Hello Kitty and as I was making a teddy bear I suddenly knew what I could make her.  A HK doll! 

Ok, So I had the gift idea, now to look for a pattern.  I did a Google image search of crochet HK dolls and found exactly what I wanted it to look like.  Then I looked through ravelry and found some cute looking patterns but none of them were what I wanted sooooo… I had to come up with my own pattern.

I love how she turned out!  I’m sooo tempted to keep her lol but I know my neice is going to love her and I can’t wait to see her face when she gets the doll.

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back of dress detail

 

 

Making this doll has renewed my love for Hello Kitty… I will definately be making more of these, maybe in different themes.

4 comments October 6, 2011

Ahhh wifi, why must you hate me?

My wifi apparently doesn’t want me to blog.  I can go on FaceBook and Crochetville, Crochetpatterncentral and my email… but can I get on to my blog?  Nope.  It’s decided to be nice today though, so I won’t keep bashing it incase it changes its mind lol.

I’ve been busy the last few weeks….

I joined a swap at the ‘Ville… shawl/wrap swap.  My partner is so nice and we have alot in common.  I am really enjoying being her as a partner.  I finished her shawl last week and after washing and blocking, I absolutely LOVE it!  I will have to make myself one.

My niece has recently found a love for Hello Kitty so I have been making her a HK doll.  I have always liked HK, but looking at pics of her and designing the doll have made me love her.  I am done with the doll part, I just need to finish the dress.. which I will do as soon as I get my swap package sent out.  The pattern will be posted as soon as I am done… providing my wifi continues to play nice.

I started to proof my Old Fashioned Bear pattern and hope to be able to post that soon as well.

Add a comment September 27, 2011

Back..yet again

Wow..finally.  I ended up moving but my wifi isnt the greatest so I have been pretty much without the internet for the past few months.

This summer has been pretty busy, so i haven’t crocheted anything since the last bear I made… I am hoping to change that soon though.  When I can find my notebook I plan on posting another bear pattern as well.

Add a comment August 21, 2011

Teddy Bear

Size: about 15 inches tall (head to toe) with chunky yarn.

Materials:

  • Yarn (any weight you want.. the thinner the yarn the smaller the bear and vice versa) I used about three 50g balls for the blue bear
  • Crochet hook (appropriate for the yarn you choose)
  • Tapestry needle
  • 15 mm size craft/dolls eyes or buttons will do (1/2 inch I would say)
  • Stuffing
  • Row/st marker

This is my first pattern that I am sharing.  I have tested it, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be mistakes, so if you find one please let me know so I can correct. 🙂

Head

1.  Ch 2.  10 sc in 2nd ch from hook (10)

2.  2 sc in each sc around (20)

3.  *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (30)

4-5.  sc in each st around

6. *1 sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (40)

7-8.  sc in each st around

9.  *1 sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat around (50)

10.11.  sc in each st around

12.  *1 sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (40)

13-14.  sc in each st around

15.  *1 sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (30)

16-17.  sc in each st around

18.  *1sc in next sts, sc2tog^ repeat around (20)

19.  *sc2tog* repeat around (10) I attach the muzzle here and then put the eyes on and then stuff.

20. *sc2tog* repeat around.  End off, leaving a long tail.  There will still be an opening so I just weave the yarn through each stitch around and pull closed.

Body

1. Ch 2.  8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8)

2.  2sc in each sc around (16)

3. *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (24)

4.  *1sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (32)

5-6.    sc in each st around

7.  *1sc in next 3sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (40)

8.  sc in each st around

9.  *1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat around (48)

10-15.  sc in each st around

16.  *1sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (40)

17-19.  sc in each st around

20.  *1sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (32)

21-22.  sc in each st around

23.  *1sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (24)

24. *1sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (16)

25.  *1sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (11)  I stuff here

26. *sc2tog* repeat around.  End off leaving long tail.  Weave through remaining stitches and draw closed.

Arms make 2

1.  ch 2.  6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)

2.  2sc in each st around (12)

3.  2sc in next 3 sts, 1 sc in next 9 sts.  (15)

4.  2sc in next 3 sts, 1 sc in next 12 sts (18)

5-7. sc in each st around

8.  [sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc in next 12  sts (15)

9.  [sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc in next 9 sts (12)

10-17.  sc in each st around Stuff

18.  *sc2tog* repeat around.  End off leaving long tail for sewing to body.  Do not close

Legs make 2

Bottom of foot: This is where I used the different coloured yarn.

   1.  ch 7.  1sc in second ch from hook, 1 sc in next 4 ch, 4 sc in last ch.  Turn and work on other side of beginning chain.  1sc in next 4 ch, 2 sc in last ch.  place marker  (15)

2.  2 sc in next st, 1sc in next 2 sts, [2sc] 8 times, 1sc in next 4 sts. (24)

3.  sc in each st around  If you are using a different colour for the bottom of foot, join original(body) colour in same st as last sc and sc.

4-9.  sc in each st around

10.  1sc in next 12 sts, [sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc in next 6 sts. (21)

11.  1sc in next 11 sts, [sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc in next 4 sts (18)

12.  1sc in next 12 sts, sc2tog, 1sc in next 4 sts  (17)

13.  sc in each st around Stuff foot

14- 28.  sc in each st around

29.  [sc2tog] 8 times, 1 sc in last st (9)  End off, leaving long tail and weave through remaining stitches then draw closed.

Ears make 2

1.  Ch2. 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn (7)

2.  1 sc in each st across

For bigger ears:  3.  Ch1 turn.  2 sc in each st across (14)

You could even make 2 small ears in one colour and make 2 bigger ears and then sew the smaller ears onto the bigger ones.

Muzzle

1.  Ch2.  6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)

2.  2 sc in each st around (12)

3.  *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (19)

4.  1sc in each st around.  End off leaving long tail to sew to head.  Embroider nose and mouth.

Assembly

Sew muzzle and ears onto  head, then sew the head, arms and legs onto the body.

Copyright Amber deGoutiere 2011.  This is my own original design.  Please do NOT claim this pattern as your own or sell it.  However feel free to use for personal use, gifts or charities.


77 comments April 21, 2011
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Totally stoked…

I had my appointment with the eye surgen this morning.  I was nervous as I usually am when I need to go to the doctors .  Anyways he put the numbing drops in and looked at my eyes then told me the haze is getting worse.. which I know because my vision has gotten worse over the past year.  The he put the drops in that make your pupils go really wide so they can see into the back.. and even the front of the brain..  I don’t mind the drops, but man are they weird!  I was ok at first and then as I continued to sit and wait to be called back in I could feel the numbing drops wear off and my pupils were getting bigger.. So not only were my eyes sensitive to light, but they were kinda tingly, watery and I looked like I was hopped up on drugs.   So anyways I go back in and he suggests I go ahead and get the laser surgery.  He has assured me it was pain free.. which I was glad to hear because I have been nervous about having to have it done and I’ll be honest.. I am a total wimp when it comes to pain lol.  I got the surgery booked for May 5th.. just the one eye.. I’m excited but still a little nervous.  Guess we will see what happens.

I got finished testing the pattern for the teddy bear on Tuesday night.

This guy is for my Grandmother, who has liver cancer.  Originally I was going to make it for her birthday but considering the situation she is going to get it on Sunday.

I really like how he turned out.. though his muzzle got sewn on slightly crooked (he looks like he is saying “hmm” to me lol)  The yarn is Patons Diana, which may or may not be discontinued, I am not sure.  As soon as I type it out I will post the pattern.

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