Project update

I’m sorry I’ve been too busy to write a proper blog post, so I thought I’d show you some of the things I’ve made in the last few weeks 🙂

After the pokéball, I tried my hand at some more amigurumi. First I made a shark and narwhal.

Then I made this cow for my aunt’s birthday!

The patterns I used were from here (for fishies) and here (cow).

I also made three cowls, one of which is a moebius cowl with this pattern. I also used this pattern to make a big slouchy hat in the same colour. I’m quite happy with how it turned out!

At the moment, I’m knitting a chunky grey scarf out of a kit I was given from Aldi. It came complete with the correct needles and everything! As you can guess, I have been busy, so I hope you’ll forgive me for my absence from the blogosphere! 🙂

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Crochet Scalloped Edges

This is a cute way of adding a little something to any project. Be it the tops of socks or the ends of hats, cardigans or scarves!

One scallop extends over 5 stitches.

  • At the beginning of your row, skip the first two stitches.
  • Do 5 double crochets into the third stitch.
  • Skip another 2 stitches and do a slip stitch.
  • Repeat this all the way down your row… AAAND you’re done!
I put it onto the edge of a hat. Happy crocheting!

take two…

I’ve been using the same wool as Amy, a pompom wool. I started making a scarf, just knit. no purl. Unfortunately I just relised I don’t have enough wool and seeing as I don’t want to buy more and I’ve messed up on one or two stitches, I undid my 1/8th of a scarf, made a pretty ball and will start again.

Snowball Scarf

If, like me, you HATE being cold in winter, this little project is a quick and easy must for you to do!

What you need:

  • Snowball (Scarf-In-A-Ball) wool 200 g in whatever colour you like
  • 8 mm (UK 0/US 11) needles
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle and matching thread
Pattern:
  1. Before you begin, cut off 10 strips of wool, 4 baubles in length each for fringing  when you finish the scarf.
  2. Make 5 stitches. To cast on, make loops with the thin part of the wool, twisting them around the needles twice.
  3. 1st row, knit stitch using thin section A for the first stitch, B for the second stitch, etc  (below)
  4. 2nd row, purl in the same way as above.
  5. Repeat these two rows to the end of the wool, leaving at least one thin section of wool free for fastening off.
  6. Secure the fringes you made earlier to the scarf at each of the 5 stitches still on the needle and attach the other 5 to the thin sections between the baubles at the cast on the edge (as below).                                                                                                       
  7. Sew the last thin section of wool into the base of the last stitch and the thin section at the beginning of the cast on row into the first stitch.
And there you have it!
Apologies for my makeshift diagrams. All I had to work with was MS Paint!

Amigurumi Pokéball

This is a great pattern which I found on WolfDreamer’s blog. It’s a great way if, like me, you’re starting with the basics of amigurumi.

What you need:

  • Aran (worsted) weight yarn in white, black and red.
  • Any crochet hook between 4.25 and 4.75mm. (I used 4.5mm).
  • Stuffing for the pokéball. (I used the ends of balls of yarn from previous projects).
  • Darning/yarn needle.
Pattern:
-For the ball
  • Round 1: Starting in red, make a magic ring with 6 sc [Image 1] (6)
  • Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
  • Round 3: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (18)
  • Round 4: sc in next 2sc, 2 sc in next sc around (24)
  • Round 5: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (30)
  • Round 6: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (36)
  • Round 7: sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (42)
  • Round 8 & 9: sc in each sc around [Image 2]. Change to black yarn in last stitch of round 9 (or the join ss if joining rounds) (42)
  • Round 10 & 11: sc in each sc around. Change to white yarn in last stitch of round 11 [Image 3] (42)
  • Round 12 & 13: sc in each sc around (42)
  • Round 14: sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc tog around (36)
  • Round 15: sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc tog around (30)
  • Round 16: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc tog around (24)
Start stuffing your ball as tightly as possible at this point, and continue doing so as you go along.
  • Round 17: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc tog around (18)
  • Round 18: sc in next sc, 2 sc tog around (12)
  • Round 19: 2 sc tog around (6)
F/O leaving a tail. Finish stuffing the ball as tightly as possible. Thread the tail through the last round and pull tightly to close [Image 4].
– For the button
  • With the black yarn, make a magic circle with 7 sc (7)
  • 2 sc in each sc around (14)
  • F/O
  • With the white yarn, make a magic circle with 7 sc (7)
  • F/O
  • Sew the white button onto the black button and then sew those onto the black line in the centre of your now finished pokéball!