Fashion Doll and 100 Themes

Hi there everyone! Months ago I came across a fun list of inspiration for amigurumi's. There are 100 words to inspire themes for your amigurumi that were written by MoogleyMog on Deviant Art. I decided to create a share-able image with all the themes on it and plan on using #amigurumi100 on all my social media when I use this list to inspire my work.


From that list I was inspired to crochet this super cute doll! This gorgeous girly was inspired by the work "skinny" because of her long skinny legs and arms and a thinner body which makes her easy to work up. She is my take on a fashion doll and stands about 11 inches tall when finished. You can dress her up to your hearts content in different colors and accessories to make her completely your own!


I named this one Darcy! Doesn't she look like a Darcy? LOL. Her pattern is for sale in my ravelry shop. This Darcy doll will be available for purchase in my Etsy shop soon.

She has a lot of parts but is so super cute in the end. I did knit the skirt on this girl (which I didn't write the pattern for since this is a crochet blog), but I added the directions for a crocheted version of the skirt in the pattern.

Make your own version of this girl and please feel free to share what you've made with me on my social media or in my email so I can see and comment! :D

Happy crocheting,
Chassity O.

8 Fun Birthday Crochet Patterns

January is my birthday month, in fact it was yesterday! I always love to make birthdays more fun with crocheted goodies! Last year I crocheted my daughter a birthday badge to wear for her party and it was a lot of fun. I decided that it would be great to compile a list of birthday inspired patterns for everyone to enjoy.


There are so many different possibilities that you could use these patterns for. Make centerpieces, decorations, accessories, and so much more with the different patterns below. You can choose to make just one for the birthday child or make one for everyone invited as a fun favor.

Birthday Inspired Patterns

1. Cupcake Bag by Red Heart

2. Amigurumi Balloons by Plane June

3. Party Hats by Petite Purls

4. Cupcake Garland by Twinkie Chan

5. Cupcake Hat by Repeat Crafter Me

6. Cupcakes by Lalylala

7. Rainbow Cake Slice by Genuine Mudpie

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Well there it is! Some fun birthday crochet for all sorts of birthday goodness! 

What would you use these patterns for?

Crochet Birthday Badge Tutorial

January is my birthday month, so I wanted to celebrate by posting birthday related crochet. Last year I created a super cute birthday badge for my daughter to wear at her 7th birthday party. I knew my daughter would be jumping around in a bouncy house and running around with her friends, so crocheting it seemed like the perfect fit!


This little cutie is so easy to customize for any theme, the ideas are endless! Change the colors, use different appliques on the front, and use them over and over again every year!


I looked at Pinterest for inspiration and found these super cute paper badges from Paige and Chris. The bright colors are perfectly eye catching, and the layers make it dynamic. I knew I could recreate something similar in my own way!

I set out to make all sorts of layers to sew (and glue) together into a cute badge. This post contains affiliate links so you can buy them all easily without having to leave the house, LOL. 

Here is what you will need:

• worsted weight yarn in varying colors of your choice
• crochet hook of choice, I used a size G
• a tapestry needle for sewing pieces together
• strips of tulle (details below)
• needle and thread (or embroidery floss) (color doesn't matter)
hot glue gun (optional)


Let's get Started!

Birthday Badge Tutorial

Cupcake Applique

With your cake color, ch 6.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 4 sts, Turn
Row 2-4: ch 1, sc in back loops only, Turn
Fasten off 

With your frosting color, 
Row 1: create a magic loop and hdc 4 in the loop.
Row 2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each st, Turn
Row 3: ch 1, 1 hdc in first st, 2 hdc in next, 1 hdc, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts. 
Row 4 (worked along the straight edge below the at the bottom of the circle): (ch2, 2 dc) in the side of row 3, slst in the next row, (ch2, 2 dc) in the same space as the previous slst, slst in the side of row 1, (ch2, 2 dc) in the other side of row 1, slst in the side of row 2, (ch2, 2 dc) in the side of row 2, slst to the end of the circle.
FO, leaving a long tail to sew the frosting to the cucpake.

Sew the cupcake to the back of the frosting right where the scallops and the circle meet. when you are sewing, pull tightly on the edges to make the pinch in a little so you get a cute pudgy frosting look.

Cherry On Top
With a red color, make a magic loop and sc 6 times into the loop. slst to the first sc and FO.
You can sew or hot glue the cherry to the top of your cupcake.

Layers
You can make any layers you like. Have fun with it!


Scalloped Flower Under the Cupcake
Rnd 1: make a magic loop, ch 1 and hdc 8 into the loop, slst to the first hdc (8 sts)
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around, slst to the first hdc (16 sts)
Rnd 3: (ch 3, skip 1 st, slst into next st) 8 times around (the last st will go into the first st you slst into) (8 loops)
Rnd 4: (sl into the next loop, ch 2, 3 dc into the loop, ch 2, slst into the same loop) in each loop around (8 scallops)
FO and weave in end.

Back Circle
Rnd 1: make a magic loop, ch 1 and dc 12 into the loop, slst to the first dc (12 sts)
Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, slst to the first dc (24 sts)
Rnd 3: ch 2, (dc, dc inc) around (36 sts)

Making a Tulle Ruffle Medallion
You will need a strip (or two) of tulle that's roughly 3 inches wide and about 20 inches long. I used a layer of glittery purple and a layer of pink for my badge. If you are using more than one layer, make sure the back layer is a little wider than the top layer. You can always trim it if it's too wide, but you can never add more if it's not right. (You can find spools of tulle around the sewing section at Hobby Lobby.)

With your sewing needle and thread you will knot it to one end of your tulle strip. I recommend doing each strip separately for a nice uneven layered look. Sew a running stitch along one long edge of your tulle (a running stitch is just weaving it in and out, or up and down, along the edge you are sewing). 

Once you get all the way to the end of your tulle then pull it tightly so the strip curls up into a circle. I like to pull it as tight as I can. Weave your thread through the edge a few times, sewing the edge shut and together, then finish it off with a knot.

"Ribbon" Strips
For your ribbon strings, crochet strips in different stitch heights. Length isn't as important because you can stagger them around when you sew/glue them together. 

Tip: If you make your chains a little tight and your sts a little loose it will force the strips to curl up.

I made 6 single crochet strips in all different colors.
ch  21, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each st across, FO

I made 1 half double crochet strip.
ch 21, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each st across, FO

I made 2 double crochet strips.
ch 28, dc in 4th ch from hook and each st across, FO

Specialty Strips
I made one of each of these.

Picot Strip
ch 21, sk first ch, (sc, ch 3, slst in first ch, sc in st) across (makes 20 sc and 10 picots)

Super Curly Cue
ch 51, sk first ch, 3 sc in each st across (150 sc) 

Put It All Together!

Once all of your layers and strips you want are done, you can sew them together or hot glue them. I chose to hot glue everything together. It helps to make the tulle lay nicely.

• Glue your cupcake to the flower, and then glue that to the circle.
• Arrange the strips to the back of the circle the way you like before glueing them down. 
• Glue your tulle medallions behind your strips. 


All done! Enjoy your new birthday badge!

Happy crocheting,
Chassity O.

What is your favorite birthday theme for you or your kids?

Charities

I absolutely love crocheting for charity. I'm always on the lookout for organizations to crochet for. I decided to compile a list of websites that are accepting items that are handmade with love. Lets share the love and bring a smile to someone's face with what we do.

Visit the page I created to see the links, and feel free to comment with charities you know of. You can find a link in the navigation bar for easy access.

What do you like to crochet for charity?

10 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for a Crocheter

I'm bringing you an easy list of stocking stuffers that I think any crocheter would like. Ok, maybe not all, but you get my gist! Use it to hint to your hubby (or wife) about what he could put in your stocking, or maybe give your family friends some inexpensive ideas on what to get you.

10 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for a Crocheter

Each item on my list is under $20, so something is sure to jump out at you! Of course everything I've picked can be bought online at Etsy or Amazon, because the sellers there are sure to work with you and would probably appreciate your business greatly. Plus there are lots of variations on these in their shops. This post contains affiliate links.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas 

1. The Miles Kimball "Knitting" Tote Bag is not only perfect for knitters (as it says) but crocheters as well! I love the little holes in the top to keep your yarn organized and winding freely.



2. Does your crocheter ever complain of cramping fingers? The Yarn Ring by ItsVera is perfect for holding the yarn straight without having to crank your fingers to do it. 



3. Most every crocheter would love a cute little yarn bowl. This one by The Mad Potter Kimberly happens to be at a good price and will certainly keep your yarn balls from rolling around.



4. I absolutely hate when I lose count of my rows (or stitches) and have to stop to count the rows over and over again! This Clover Stitch Counter is perfect for that. It's worn around the neck and kept close so counting is easy.



5. Crocheting is hard on the hands and sometimes hurts for those that grip their hooks tightly. An ergonomic, cushiony grip on the hook like these Festival Hands Crochet Hooks are perfect for making it a little easier.



6. If a neck hanging row counter isn't your crocheter's style, this clipable row counter by JudySwag is perfect. You can even leave it clipped to your work so you know exactly what row you're on when you pick it back up. The best part about these are that you can pretty much customize them with your choice of charms and clasps. There's more to choose from in her shop!



7. Speaking of clipable, these crochet hook size markers by Jill's Handmade Stuff are perfect for marking what hook you were using on a work-in-progress once you put it down. Many of us crocheters know all to well what it's like to put our work away for awhile only to forget what hook we used when we started it. Shame shame!


8. Just for fun, these crochet hook and yarn ball earrings by Jwhiz are a cute addition to any stocking. I'm sure your crocheter will think they are fun, even if they wouldn't wear them on a regular basis.



9. And this ball of yarn with crochet hook is one of my personal favorites by Hoffee and a Nuffin. It's perfect for marking everything from hang tags on finished work to holiday cards and envelopes. Show off your love for your craft!



10. When all else fails, if you can't figure out what to buy, you can't go wrong with a Gift Card from your local hobby store. For many of us crocheters, buying the goods is half the fun. Let your crocheter pick out their own custom yarn with an Etsy Gift Card or their own supplies with an Amazon.com Gift Card. Pick your own amount to make it perfect for your crocheter!



Whatever you put in your favorite crocheter's stocking, I'm sure they will love it! 

For all my crocheters, what would you love in your stocking?


Happy crocheting,
Chassity O.