Back for a short while! + small pattern!

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Heyyy it’s really been a long time! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I won’t be permanently back for some time, but I do miss posting, especially when I see all those really lovely crochet posts on my reader ๐Ÿ™‚

for a bit on what I’ve been up to, here are a few pictures:

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I made this bear for a Secret Santa gift exchange last year ๐Ÿ™‚ The colour of the yarn reminds me of grape ice-cream, hehe ๐Ÿ˜›

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Made these bees! Actually someone wanted to order a hundred, but I had to decline because of school and also I might get bored with the repetitiveness… But it was a great learning experience anyway, I learnt how to do a quotation. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Made this for a friend’s birthday! Apparently he doesn’t wear undies that’s why there are 3 of them hanging from that line LOL and the rest of the charms are for significant memories/for luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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This was for another friend, the pastry/cream/strawberry thing is removable ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s the first time I made a toy that was meant to lie on its stomach instead of sitting up!

And also I finally finished Ealserb! (see the new header? xD) Ealserb is actually this plesiosaur that I started making agessss ago, and my sister named it (it’s ‘seal’ in Ferb Latin, incidentally).

Now for the pattern mentioned in the title LOL; it’s a pattern for the bees!

Materials used:

-yellow daiso acrylic yarn
-chocolate brown daiso acrylic yarn
-white 8ply acrylic yarn from spotlight
-black 8ply acrylic yarn from spotlight (for embroidering features)
-japanese 3/0 crochet hook
-japanese 5/0 crochet hook
-fibrefill
-yarn needle

NOTE: This pattern is worked in joined rounds. At the end of each round, slip stitch into the first stitch of the round and ch1 before starting the next round.
Also, I’m really sorry for using different yarns and hooks, it’s actually rather a scrapbuster project ><; but I think it wouldn’t make that much of a difference if you used the same yarn throughout. I may be wrong though.

Small bee:

~BODY~
In yellow, with the larger hook,
Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring [6]
Rnd 2: inc in every sc around [12]
Rnd 3: *sc, inc* around [18]
Rnd 4: 1 sc in every sc around [18]

Switch to brown.
Rnd 5-6: 1 sc in every sc around [18]

Switch to yellow.
Rnd 7-8: 1 sc in every sc around [18]

(At this point you might want to embroider on the face using the black yarn so that you can hide the knots inside the body, up to you. Then start stuffing while your fingers/stuffing equipment still can fit in the hole)

Switch to brown.
Rnd 9: *sc, dec* around [12]
Rnd 10: dec across every 2 sc around (basically, do 6 dec stitches) [6]

Fasten off, sew up the hole and weave in loose ends.

~WINGS~ (make 2)
In white, with the smaller hook,
Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring [6]
Rnd 2: inc in every sc around [12]
Rnd 3: 1sc in the first sc. Try to pull the wing a bit so it looks slightly more elongated

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

Sew the wings onto the bee’s body, around the middle top. You now have a small bee yay ๐Ÿ˜€

Big bee:

~BODY~
In yellow, with the larger hook:
Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring [6]
Rnd 2: inc in every sc around [12]
Rnd 3: *sc, inc* around [18]
Rnd 4: *2sc, inc* around [24]
Rnd 5: *3sc, inc* around [30]
Rnd 6: 1sc in every sc around [30]

Switch to brown.
Rnds 7-10: 1sc in every sc around [30]

Switch to yellow.
Rnd 11: 1sc in every sc around [30]
Rnd 12: *3sc, dec* around [24]
Rnd 13: 1sc in every sc around [24]

Switch to brown.
Rnd 14: *2sc, dec* around [18]

(Again, you might want to embroider the face on at this point in time to hide the knots inside. Then start stuffing.)

Rnd 15: *sc, dec* around [12]
Rnd 16: dec across every 2 sc around (basically, do 6 dec stitches) [6]

Fasten off, sew up the hole and weave in loose ends.

~WINGS~ (make 2)

Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring [6]
Rnd 2: inc in evvery sc around [12]
Rnd 3: *sc,inc* 3 times, sc, hdc,dc,trc,dc,hdc,slst in first sc [sorry I lost count]
Rnd 4: *2sc, inc* 3 times, sc, hdc, 2dc in next st, 2trc in next st, 2dc in next st, (hdc,sc) into next st, slst in first sc. [whoa that was long]

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

Sew the tips of the wings to the bee’s body. You’re done! ๐Ÿ˜€

I hope anyone who tries the above pattern has fun! If there are any questions/anything is unclear please comment and I will do my best to help. Feel free to use this pattern for personal use/to make as gifts, but please do not mass produce them to sell. If making small amounts to sell, for example at a craft fair, please give credit to me and provide a link back to this pattern.

Please do not reproduce any part of this pattern or try to sell it or claim it as your own or whatever. I know most people are decent enough not to, but there might still be some people floating around the Internet doing that and it makes me sad when I hear of such cases, especially when it happens to some of the crafters I respect and admire.

Love,
Ealserb

Hiatus…maybe?

Oh goodness I only have about 5 posts and I’m taking a break already… yeah. I realise I have been taking very long to post and I’m being really lazy (although I don’t have any proper deadlines or anything and probably nobody reads this)

Yep so I’m probably going to have a hiatus. I am really really bad at sustaining anything onlineย i mean, look at my livejournal so yeah I am stopping, probably for good. If I have a huge batch of free time (not in the forseeable future) maybe I’ll restart/recontinue this blog, so I’ll leave it here for now, but for the main part maybe I’ll try out making pdfs for ravelry. (i haven’t made a pdf before, to be honest)

bye~

horse pattern

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It’s been some time since I last posted. and I did say that the horse pattern would be up soon… I sorely lack time management skills. ;A; but anyway here it is~! it was actually based on the photo of this horse here, which I eyeballed and came up with a pattern for. I hope you like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
dec – (single crochet)decrease
inc – (single crochet)increase
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Note: pattern is crocheted in joined rounds (unless stated otherwise), meaning the last st of each round is joined to the first stitch of the round with a sl st, and 1 ch is made before beginning the next round.

~HEAD~

Round 1: 6sc in magic ring [6]
Round 2: inc in all [12]
Round 3: *sc, inc* around [18]
Round 4: *2sc, inc* around [24]
Round 5: *3sc, inc* around [30]
Round 6: *4sc, inc* around [36]
Round 7-12: sc evenย [36]
Round 13: *4sc, dec* around [30]
Roundย 14: *3sc, dec* around [24] ย -note: stuffing can be added anywhere between rows 14-16
Round 15: *2sc, dec* around [18]
Round 16: *sc, dec* around [12]
Round 17: dec around [6]

Fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing. Eyes can be attached at the same time as the nose/muzzle for more accurate positioning.

~NOSE/MUZZLE~ย 

Round 1: 6sc in magic ring [6]
Round 2: inc in all [12]
Round 3: *sc, inc* around [18]
Round 4-7: sc even [18]

Fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing. Using black yarn, embroider a smile on the muzzle, as well as 2 French knots for nostrils. Stuff the muzzle and sew to head between the eyes. Refer to photo if in doubt.

~EARS~ (MAKE 2)

For mine, I did the ears by picking up stitches on the head and continuing. I was just lazy to make them separately and sew them on afterwards, I guess… an alternative method (not tested) is provided later. Ears are crocheted in rows, not rounds.

Row 1: pick up 4 stitches on head, ch1 and turn [4]
Row 2: sc in each sc, ch1 and turn [4]
Row 3: sc, dec, sc, ch1 and turn [3]
Row 4: sc in each sc, ch1 and turn [3]
Row 5: sc, dec, ch1 and turn [2]
Row 6: ch1, sl st down the side of the ear. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Alternative method:

Row 1: ch5, sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each chain [4]
Row 2: sc in each sc, ch1 and turn [4]
Row 3: sc, dec, sc, ch1 and turn [3]
Row 4: sc in each sc, ch1 and turn [3]
Row 5: sc, dec, ch1 and turn [2]
Row 6: ch1, sc down the side of ear

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

~BODY~

It’s just kind of like a sausage… oh well.

Round 1: 6sc in magic ring [6]
Round 2: inc in all [12]
Round 3: *sc, inc* around [18]
Round 4: *2sc, inc* around [24]
Round 5: *3sc, inc* around [30]
Round 6-15: sc even [30]
Round 16: *3sc, dec* around [24]
Round 17: *2sc, dec* around [18]
Round 18: *sc, dec* around [12]
Round 19: dec around [6]

Fasten off, weaving in the loose ends as best as you can. Sew head to one end of the body, preferably aligning the joins at the end of each round.

~LEGS~ (MAKE 4)

Using hoof colour,
Round 1: 6sc in magic ring [6]
Round 2: inc in all [12]
Round 3: *sc, inc* around [18]
Round 4: in back loops only, sc even [18]
Round 5: continuing in both loops, *4sc, dec* around [15]

Change to body/leg colour,
Round 6-7: sc even [15]
Round 8: *3sc, dec* around [12]
Round 9-11: sc even [12]
Crocheting in rows now, for the flap at the top of the leg,
Row 12: 7sc, ch1, turn [7]
Row 13: sc, dec, sc, dec, sc, ch1, turn [5]
Row 14: sc even, ch1, turn [5]
Row 15: dec, sc, dec, ch1, turn [3]
Row 16: sc even, ch1 [3]

Fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing. Stuff and sew the legs to the body, flaps upwards against the sides of the body.

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Look at its wee pinned legs :3 Pardon the messy table though.

~MANE AND TAIL~

Cut pieces for yarn about twice the length of what you want each mane/tail hair to be. Latch hook the yarn onto the back of the horse’s head as well as its backside. A nice tutorial for attaching hair can be found here, which is the technique I used ๐Ÿ™‚

For the frizzyness shown on the horse in my pictures, I used my hook to separate each of the individual plys in the yarn after latch hooking everything on. It now kind of resembles Albert Einstein.

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Have fun making your own horse! ๐Ÿ˜€

NOTE: Any part of this pattern, and items made from this pattern, MAY NOT BE SOLD. Feel free to make some as gifts, or for yourself to keep, but PLEASE DO NOT use for profit of any kind.

Bonus: for taking so long to update, I have a couple of photos yay~

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Yatta! Baby Charmander โค

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Charmander viewing the creation of Squirtle :3

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Playtime!

White horse (minus Prince Charming)

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EDIT: pattern can be found here!

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I made this horse for an auntie at the workplace – her daughter was born in the year of the horse. I’d made another one previously, based on an online pattern, so I wanted to create one, and I wanted it to be smaller so I wouldn’t have to spend so much time on it. (I’m slow) Pattern will come soon!

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This is the horse I made from the pattern here! it was bigger than expected but anyway the person it was meant for was happy with it so it’s ok. In fact she thought I bought it because she didn’t know I crocheted at that time.

Other angles of my horse:

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the gingerbread man

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Today’s post will be about the gingerbread man that i made by myself yay ๐Ÿ˜€ (it’s my first pattern!) although it doesn’t really look like one because it’s 3D and looks more like Sackboy from Little Big Planet (or so I’m told.) Personally I’ve never played Little Big Planet, I don’t know what it’s about but it apparently has this character Sackboy which has a cute big round head and a zipper down his front.

Without further ado, I present to you: The 3D Gingerbread Man!

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(I did get rid of the little loop at the bow tie later, but I don’t have a better picture before I gave him away, sadly.)

Free pattern:ย 

this pattern assumes you have basic crocheting knowledge and can single crochet, increase, decrease, slip stitch and know your back loops from both loops. this pattern is worked in both loops most of the time, and in one continuous spiral. I suggest a small piece of scrap yarn or a stitch marker to be used at the beginning of each row so you don’t lose count.

Abbrieviations:

sc: single crochet
inc: increase – 2sc in one stitch
dec: decrease – sc2tog may be more familiar.
sl st: slip stitch
ch: chain

~HEAD AND BODY~

Row 1: 6sc in magic ring [6]
Row 2: inc in all [12]
Row 3: *sc, inc* x6 [18]
Row 4: *2sc, inc*x6 [24]
Row 5: *3sc, inc*x6 [30]
Row 6: *4sc, inc*x6 [36]
Row 7: *5sc, inc*x6 [42]
Row 8-15: sc even [42]
(if adding shank eyes like I do, put them around row 15. At row 15, I sc
15, sc one eye in, sc 10, sc the other eye in, and sc 15 to complete the row. Ifย using safety eyes, refer to the picture and try to judge where the general
area for poking them in should be. I think most people use safety eyes but I
use shank buttons so ><; sorry.)
Row 16: *5sc, dec*x6 [36]
Row 17: *4sc, dec*x6 [30]
Row 18: *3sc, dec*x6 [24]
(Here’s a good time to embroider the smile or whatever mouth you
want – sad, horizontal line, etc – in red/whatever colour you want. Then, you
might want to stuff the head here, and add a bit more once you’re past the
neck.)
Row 19: *2sc, dec*x6 [18]
Row 20-21: sc even [18]
(this is the neck. I put it in so he has a place to have a bow tie, but you
can dec all the way and make the head into a sphere and join the body on
separately if you prefer.)
Row 22: *2sc, inc*x6 [24]
Row 23: *3sc, inc*x6 [30]
Row 24: *4sc, inc*x6 [36]
Row 25-29: sc even [36]
(if you want the body to be shorter, longer, fatter or thinner just
adjust the number of increase/sc even rows as you wish, I suppose. It would
be best to have a piece of paper or something to keep track of the row
number, though.)
Row 30: *4sc, dec*x6 [30]
Row 31: *3sc, dec*x6 [24]
Row 32: *2sc, dec*x6 [18]
(Note: you might want to start stuffing here, or maybe a bit before if you’re
using thinner thread)
Row 33: *sc, dec*x6 [12]
Row 34: dec x6 [6]

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing the bottom hole. Sew it up, then hide the
end inside the body.

~ARMS~ย (MAKE 2)

Row 1: 6sc in magic ring [6]
Row 2: *sc, inc* x3 [9]
Row 3-5: sc even [9]
(originally I wanted longer proportionate gingerbread man arms but I got lazy and pressed the first stub to the body and was all like *squeeeeeee omg so cute* so I left it as that.)

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing. Make both arms first, position them on the body with pins if needed (and a wee bit of stuffing!), then sew them on.

~LEGS~ (MAKE 2)

Row 1: 6sc in magic ring [6]
Row 2: inc x6 [12]
Row 3: in back loops only, sc even [12]
Row 4-5: in both loops, sc even [12]
Row 6: *sc, dec* x4 [8]
Row 7-8: sc even [8]
(since I made the arms before the legs, the legs are tiny too. and the blo stitches helps make a little angle – I think – so that the legs look better. to me, anyway xD )

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing. As with the arms, I suggest you make both first and then position them – sitting/standing/funny angles – before sewing them on.

~BOW TIE~

Row 1: ch 6
Row 2: sc in second chain from hook, continue sc down the row [5] ch 1, turn
Row 3: 5sc [5]
(okay these kind of aren’t rows anymore so I’ll just list them as dashes)
-3 sl st (to the centre st)
-turn your work 90 degrees and sl st down the centre of the rectangle tightly and continue to the other side. (this makes the rectangle pinched in the centre and so makes it look like a bow tie shape)
-at the centre of the back, ch 20
-arrange the bow tie around the neck and sew the free end to the centre of the bow part.

Fasten off, weaving in the loose ends as best as you can.

You’re done~!

Optional: If you want him to be able to hang from a bag or something, pick up a stitch from the top of his head using his main body colour/grey/any colour if you don’t mind so much. chain a chain twice as long as his body and then a few more so it can loop around him easily. sew the free end to where you picked up the stitch.

Ideas/variants: Embroider gumdrop buttons, make a belt, vest, a diaper, anything! Be creative (:

Please don’t sell or reproduce any part of this pattern. Feel free to make some for yourself or as gifts, and you may sell the dolls if you make some, but not for any factory/mass production purposes! When selling, please do not claim the design as your own. Please clearly credit the design to Ealserb/amiguruminutiae, and if you want to share the pattern, please do not put any part of this pattern on your site/store and, instead, provide a link to this wordpress blog. Thank you for your understanding, and hope you have fun crocheting! ^^

why I started

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What is your happiest memory? Describe it in rich detail — the setting, the sights, the sounds, the smells.

When I gave P the leopard I’d made for him – and it wasn’t even beautifully crafted or anything – he’d smiled and said thank you; and left it on the table, so people could see it.

After that, I even heard that he’d taken a photo of it and put it on facebook, but since I don’t have his facebook I can’t see the photo. But I have a photo that I took, and here it is:

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I basically used Nekoyama’s amineko pattern for the main body (I always wanted to try making one anyway) and changed the ears and embroidered the details in brown yarn. To be really honest, I know it looks nothing like leopard print unless I directly say so. Oh, and I made the bow tie in hot pink :3 ‘cos P is a fashion icon hehe ^^

I might put the pattern for my ears and bow tie up if I have more time, but I dunno because it isn’t a complete pattern by me, but rather I modified it from an already available cat pattern (because there kinda wasn’t a leopard pattern online which I felt was satisfactory >_>) and I didn’t write it down so I might have forgotten.

Anyway, I started amigurumi as a way of making gifts for the people I care about, because I felt origami was too fragile and easily lost/crumpled. I feel happy when I see people enjoy my gifts, and especially when they’re so amazed that I actually made them ^^

Thanks for reading โ™ก