Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bradley Dogg

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Meet Bradley Dogg, the cool dog! Purchase the pattern from my new Etsy shop Whimsical Little Fox and get 40% off using the coupon code littlefox2014. Offer only until 31st Dec, 2014.

Happy Weekend!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Amelia and Patrik the pirate

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Meet Amelia and Patrik the pirate. Aren't they cute? You can buy the patterns from my new Etsy shop Whimsical Little Fox. Use coupon code: littlefox2014 to get 40% discount until 31st December.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Breaking the silence with a new shop announcement

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I can't believe it's been more than a month since my last post. I had been really very busy the past few days. I think I even mentioned to you in my last post that I am up to something. This is it! I had been creating some cute creatures for a new shop. Yes, I opened another Etsy shop exclusively for amigurumi patterns. It's called Whimsical Little Fox. Have a look around. There are 9 patterns right now. I'll be adding more after I give myself a short break. As a promotional offer I am giving 40% discount on all the patterns. The discount offer will be available until 31st December. Please use coupon code littlefox2014 to get the discount. Have a great day! 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

White doilies and dried roses

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Thanks everyone for your response to the Christmas tree pattern. I was planning to make more those trees in various sizes but now my attention is diverted. I'm moving deeper into something else.

I made these doilies one day on a whim long ago. I wanted to make a collage sort of thing using plenty of doilies.

Ideas! There is no dearth of them in my mind and I think that is my biggest problem, I'm not patient enough to execute my ideas. Even before one project is completed I lose interest in it and pick up another. This is one such abandoned project. These doilies are now gathering dust. There are plenty of such temporarily abandoned projects that are lying around in bags and baskets and I have happily hopped into a new mission.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Crochet Christmas Tree - free pattern

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Hi everybody, thanks for visiting and thanks for all the lovely comments that you leave here. I hope you are all having a great week. I guess most of you will be busy with your Halloween preparations and enjoying the beautiful colors of the season. I have been sketching a lot lately and crocheting less. Except for these Christmas trees, I haven't done anything much. 

If you are a regular reader of my blog you might remember the Christmas tree that I made few years ago here. It was a free pattern that I found on net but the link doesn't work anymore. I searched but couldn't find the pattern anywhere else on the internet. I don't even have that tree now to figure out how it was made. So this year I decided to create one myself. I didn't have much difficulty in coming up with the pattern. I used the technique that we use to create ruffles by working into one loop only. I think anyone with a little knowledge of basic crochet stitches would be able to do it. 

A small ball of yarn is enough to make a tree. I used size G/4.00 mm crochet hook and DK/light worsted weight yarns which will make a tree that is about 3.5 inches high. There are no fancy stitches. I have used only single crochet (sc) stitch (American) which is known as double crochet (dc) in British terminology. 

Christmas Tree Pattern
Approximately 3.5 inches high

Materials Needed:
DK/light worsted weight yarn
Size G/4.00 mm crochet hook
Stitch marker
Bead and sequins for decoration (optional)

(Work in continuous rounds without joining at the end of each round. You may use a stitch marker to identify the beginning of a round)

Round 1: Start by making ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook  (4 sc)
Round 2: Sc in each sc (4 sc)
Round 3: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] 2 times (6 sc)

Look at the image below. The loop that is closer to you is the front loop and the loop that is farther away from you is the back loop. Starting from round 4 every other round which is the increasing round will be worked into back loops only.   

Round 4 (only back loops): [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc] 2 times (8 sc)

In the above image you can see the free front loops.

Round 5: (You will work this round into both the loops as you normally do). Sc in each sc (8 sc)
Round 6 (only back loops): [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc] 2 times (10 sc)
Round 7 (both loops): Sc in each sc (10 sc)
Round 8 (only back loops): [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc] 2 times (12 sc)
Round 9: Sc in each sc (12 sc)
Round 10 (only back loops): [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc] 2 times (14 sc)
Round 11: Sc in each sc (14 sc)
Round 12 (only back loops): [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc] 2 times (16 sc)
Round 13: Sc in each sc (16 sc)
Round 14 (only back loops): [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc] 2 times (18 sc)
Round 15: Sc in each sc (18 sc)
Round 16 (only back loops): [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc] 2 times (20 sc)
Round 17: Sc in each sc (20 sc)
Round 18 (only back loops): [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc] 2 times (22 sc)
Round 19: Sc in each sc (22 sc). Join with a slip stitch to next sc. Do not break the yarn but continue working the branches of the tree.

This is how your tree will look at this stage.

Ch 3, join this with a slip stitch to the front loop of 1st st in round 18.

In the front loop of each of the 22 stitches you will be making [sc, ch 6, sc]. When you have completed the round join with a slip stitch to the 1st stitch of the round. 

Again ch 3 and join with a slip stitch to the front loop of 1st stitch of the previous back loop round which is round 16.

Repeat what you did in round 18. Similarly when round 16 is complete go to round 14. 

In rounds 14 and 12 you will make the loops with 5 chains, i.e., [sc, ch 5, sc] in the front loops of each stitch.

In rounds 10 and 8, make loops with 4 chains.

In round 6 make 3 chain loops and in round 4 make loops with 2 chains. 

Now you have a cute little Christmas tree. Decorate it as you wish. 

They don't need any stuffing but you may do so if you wish. Cut out a small circle of felt to fit the base of the tree and after stuffing you can sew the circle to the base but this is optional, I didn't do it. 

I hope you enjoy making this Christmas tree. If you come across any errors (I don't think there will be any), please do let me know so that I can correct them.

Won't they make lovely Christmas gifts?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Autumn scarf and some sketches...

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A new scarf pattern is now available in my shops. This is an easy pattern and I have added an interesting element to it in the form of leaf tassels and swirls in autumn colors. The pattern will be available in my Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy stores.

I have been sketching a lot (I should say learning to sketch) recently. I handmade some sketch pads in different sizes. I use color pencils but I would love to learn water color. 

My favourite is this tiny handmade notebook.

Withered or not, a rose is always beautiful!

My next post will be the Christmas tree pattern. Have an exciting week!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Coming soon!

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How about a free pattern?
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