Snuffles & Sniffles the Snake PATTERN!

Snuffles & Sniffles the Snake

I would like you to meet Snuffles the Snake, & his twin sister, Sniffles! The newest members of the LCT family, & my own PATTERN!! Yay! Yep, i wrote a pattern!Β  So you can make your own Snuffles or Sniffles (or both) see below for links to purchase yours.

Of course, i had to make both Snuffles & Sniffles in rainbow colours 🌈 using Paintbox Yarns Cotton from LoveCrochet.  Its so lovely to work with, & both snakes only use scraps to make, so you will have plenty left over.  Below is how much i had leftover from each 50g ball AFTER making both snakes!!

Yarn

Aren’t the colours just divine?! It was actually my first time working with the cotton yarn from Paintbox, & as with all their yarns, i fellΒ  in love very quickly.Β  It is beautiful yarn to work with, no knots or splits, & i found the centre pull fairly easily (love that).

The snakes are made using long stitches to create their scale striping effect, its very simple.Β  I think a beginner wouldn’t have to many problems making this pattern (i am always available to help).

As soon as they were done, these two cuddly snakes were handed over to my two cute product testers bubbas, my twins – Layla & Wolf, who ADORE their new snake “babies”.Β  Wolf gave Snuffles a cuddle & a good head bashing into the floorboards, & Layla decided to give Sniffles a bit of a lick (kiss).Β  No snakes were harmed (or babiesΒ πŸ˜‚).

The pattern for Snuffles & Sniffles the Snake can be purchased here:

Etsy here

Ravelry here

LCT Shop here

LoveCrochet (COMING SOON)

I hope you love making your own Snuffles & Sniffles the Snake!! 🐍 i might have to start designing some more patterns!

Love Nat xx

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Hot Air Balloon – Crochet Pixel Blanket

Up Up & Away… 🎈

6 months & i’ve lost count how many granny squares.. but my Hot Air Balloon is finally finished!!

Here is how i made it (**scroll down to the end of this post for links).

All the yarn used is Stylecraft Special DK – I will put a list of the colours i used at the bottom of this post πŸ˜‰. My first time using Stylecraft & i LOVED working with it. It’s very soft, & is lovely to work with. It’s acrylic yarn, & creates a nice shape to the granny square, a bit more of a solid structure perfect for this style. There are many yarn stores who stock Stylecraft, i purchased mine from Love Crochet.

Pattern is a cross stitch chart by Fuzzy Fox Designs. i love Fuzzy Fox Designs for crochet as they convert so easily. Rachel uses very little backstitching on her charts (the stitched black lines) & uses full squares. Not only that, but her patterns are so gorgeous, you’ll want to make them all!

Photo: Fuzzy Fox Designs – Rainbow Hot Air Balloon Cross Stitch Chart

When converting a cross stitch pattern to a crochet pattern, each square of the cross stitch chart is converted into a granny square, then joined together to form the picture. One square on the chart = one granny square.

I used the traditional granny square for my balloon. i joined the squares together using the JAYG (join as you go) method. So as i finished a square i attached it to the blanket. This does make it feel less overwhelming when you’re finished, creates less ends to sew in, & you can see your progress as you go 😊

This was my first time doing the JAYG method, & now i couldn’t use any other way. The tutorial i used is by Attic 24, you can find it here.
But you can easily sew them together later too if you prefer using a tapestry needle.

TIP – Sew in those ends as you go!! Unfortunately there will be a lot of ends, even with the JAYG, & i made the mistake of not doing it after each row.. it made for days of just sewing in ends. Ugh. Highly do not recommend this πŸ˜£πŸ˜‚

And that’s it! One very colourful Hot Air Balloon 🎈 now to plan my next pixel blanket.. think i will pick something a tad smaller this time.

**Scroll down for yarn colours & links to where i purchased my supplies.

Love Nat 😘 xx

Layla & Wolf love the Hot Air Balloon, its the perfect size for them.

Even Sweep approves πŸ‘

**Further info:

Pattern – Rachel at Fuzzy Fox Designs

Instagram @fuzzyfoxdesigns

Etsy Shop – www.etsy.com/shop/fuzzyfoxdesigns

Yarn – Stylecraft Special DK

Instagram @stylecraftyarns

Colours:

  • Citron (1263)
  • Fiesta (1257)
  • Matador (1010)
  • Mocha (1064)
  • Jaffa (1256)
  • Kelly Green (1826)
  • Lobella (1825)
  • Turquoise (1068)
  • Grey (1099)

Yarn purchased from Love Crochet (@lovecrochetcom) – www.lovecrochet.com

A turtle named Teddy… free amigurumi crochet pattern

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This is Teddy, he is a turtle!  Teddy wasn’t meant to be a turtle, he was meant to be a … bear!!  That is why he is now named Teddy.  You see, I was wanting to make one of the dolls i crocheted a little stuffed teddy bear.  It was late at night, and I didn’t want to bother with a pattern, and I couldn’t find one small enough for the doll, so I thought I would just make one up my myself.  Well, it didn’t work.  The shape was just wrong, and I wasn’t happy with him.  So poor Teddy nearly ended up in the bin!!

Just as I went to toss him in, i looked at him again and thought.. he kind of looks like a turtle… what about if i made him a shell? So i did!! And i am so happy i did, because that was when Teddy the Turtle was born!!

There are no mistakes in crafting…

Just unique creations!

Here is a quick pattern on how i made Teddy the Turtle, he was just something I whipped up late at night, so I hope the pattern makes sense!! Please let me know if you see any mistakes, or need help.  And I would love to see your finished Teddy Turtles!! You can share them on Instagram with the hashtag #aturtlenamedteddy, and feel free to tag @littlecosythings as well πŸ™‚

Click here for the PDF download, if you prefer – Teddy the Turtle by Little Cosy Things

Teddy the Turtle Pattern

What you will need:

  • Scrap yarn in brown and green (you can use whatever yarn you have on hand, i have used 8ply cotton yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills
  • Safety eyes, or you can use black yarn or thread if Teddy will be for a baby
  • 3mm hook (or the smallest size you can use with your yarn, so its nice and tight)
  • A little bit of toy stuffing
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker or scrap of yarn, I use a bobby pin πŸ™‚

Abbreviations (US terms):

  • Single crochet – sc
  • Slip stitch – sl st
  • Stitch – st
  • Increase – inc (2 single crochet stitches in the same stitch)
  • Decrease – dec (2 single crochet decrease together)

Legs (make 2)

Round 1 – 6 sc into magic ring (6)
Round 2 – Inc in each st around (12)
Round 3 to 12 – 1 sc in each st around (12)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Now we will join the legs together. How to join Amigurumi legs together – I have put a little mini tutorial here on how to do this with photos, if you need help.

Place both legs together, side by side and so the openings are up the top.  Insert your hook through one stitch on right leg and one stitch on left leg, pull through yarn, chain one.  Sc into the same stitch, and sc all the way around (24) continue now with the body.

Body

Round 4 – 1 sc in the next 11 st, inc, 1 sc in the next 12 st (25)
Round 5 to 7 – 1 sc in each st around (25)
Round 8 – *1 sc in the next 5 st, dec* 3 times, 1 sc in the next 4 st (22)
Round 9 – *1 sc in the next 4 st, dec* 3 times, 1 sc in the next 4 st (19)

Stuff the body, not too firmly that you make the stitches pop.  Teddy is only little, so he doesn’t need that much stuffing πŸ™‚ continue to stuff him from now on as you go.

Round 10 – *1 sc in the next 3 st, dec* 3 times, 1 sc in the next 2 st, dec (15)
Round 11 – *1 sc in the next 2 st, dec* 3 times, 1 sc, dec (11)
Round 12 – dec, 1 sc in the next 9 st (10)

Fasten off and weave in ends, make sure he’s stuffed

Head

Round 1 – 6 sc into ring (6)
Round 2 – inc in each st around (12)
Round 3 – *1 sc, inc* (18)
Round 4 – *1 sc in the next 2 st, inc* (24)
Round 5 – *1 sc in the next 3 st, inc* (30)
Round 6 – *1 sc in the next 4 st, inc* (36)
Round 7 to 9 – 1 sc in each st around (36)
Round 10 – *1 sc in the next 4 st, dec* (30)
Round 11 – *1 sc in the next 3 st, dec* (24)
Round 12 – *1 sc in the next 2 st, dec* (18)

Stuff head firmly, and insert safety eyes.  If hand sewing eyes, you can do this now or after you have finished the head.

Round 13 – *1 sc in the next st, dec* (12)
Round 14 – dec, 1 sc in next 4 st, dec, 1 sc in next 4 st (9)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing the head.  Thread tapestry needle with the tail, and sew the head to the body.  I stuff a little more stuffing in between the head and the neck as i go using a chopstick so the head isn’t floppy.

Arms (make 2)

Round 1 – 6 sc into magic ring (6)
Round 2 – *1 sc in the next st, inc* (9)
Round 3 to 8 – 1 sc in each st around (9)

Fasten off and sew opening closed.  I left the arms unstuffed, but you can lightly stuff them in you wish!  Sew the arms to the body.

Tummy Plate

Round 1 – 6 sc into ring (6)
Round 2 – inc in each st around (12)
Round 3 – *1 sc, inc* (18)
Round 4 – *1 sc in the next 2 st, inc* (24)
Round 5 – *1 sc in the next 3 st, inc* (30)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.  Thread tapestry needle with tail and sew the tummy plate onto the Teddy’s belly.

Shell

Round 1 – 6 sc into ring (6)
Round 2 – inc in each st around (12)
Round 3 – *1 sc, inc* (18)
Round 4 – *1 sc in the next 2 st, inc* (24)
Round 5 – *1 sc in the next 3 st, inc* (30)
Round 6 – *1 sc in the next 4 st, inc* (36)
Round 7 to 9 – 1 sc in each st around (36)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.  Put a little tuft of stuffing in the shell and sew to Teddy’s back.  Stuff a little bit more as you sew it around, till the shell is nice and firm.  I sewed the shell onto the back of Teddy’s neck a little as well.  If you find the shell too big for Teddy’s back, skip round 6.

And TA DA!! You now have your own Teddy the Turtle (not a bear, hopefully haha!).  I hoped you enjoyed making your new little friend πŸ™‚

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Love Nat xx

Invisible Decrease Tutorial… for crochet amigurumi

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Once i found out how to do an invisible decrease, i haven’t been able to go back to doing a decrease any other way πŸ™‚ so i wanted to share my tutorial with you all on how to do this marvellous handy stitch!

An invisible decrease creates a smoother finish, and a stitch that looks more like a normal stitch.Β  Rather than a normal decrease (sc2tog or single crochet decrease) that bunches up leaving holes and bumps and lumps, the invisible decrease is (almost) invisible!

Step (1)

In the photo above,Β we have normal single crochet stitches; we are going to do an invisible decrease in the next two stitches.

Step (2) Step (3)

Above, in the left photo, I have used a tapestry needle to show the stitch we are going to go into first with our hook.

For the invisible decrease we will use the front loops only, instead of both loops like a normal decrease.

Step One – Insert hook into front loop only of next stitch. You will now have 2 loops on your hook (photo above right).

DO NOT yarn over (as tempting as it is, I know!)

Step Two – Insert hook into the front loop only of the second stitch. 3 loops on hook (photo below)

Step (4) Step (5)

Note – this step can be a little tight, you may need to wiggle your hook a bit to get it into the second front loop stitch.

Step Three – Yarn over, and pull through 2 loops (the two front loops). You will be left with 2 loops on your hook.

Step (6)Β Β Step (7)

Step Four – Yarn over again, and pull through one loop. 2 loops on hook.

Step (8) Step (9)

You are nearly finished..

Step Five – Yarn over, and pull through two loops on hook.

Step (10) Step (11)

AND TA DA – finished, you have made an invisible decrease stitch! πŸ™‚

Step (12) Step (13)

As you can see in the photo, the invisible decrease is hardly detectable.Β  You can use invisible decrease on any pattern that calls for a sc2tog or single crochet decrease.

You won’t want to do it any other way now!

I hope you found this little tutorial helpful, would love to hear what you think! Happy hooking πŸ™‚

Love Nat xxx