Puck the Penguin – Giveaway

And? Did you finish you Puck the Penguin yet? So excited that you crocheted along! (If you have no idea what we are talking about, hop over to the first lesson to get started!)

I already received a few awesome pictures of Puck in all rainbow colors. You can link up your version of Puck below to have a change to win three balls of Phildar cotton 3 yarn and a clover amour crochet hook. My favorite hook of all times :)

To participate your picture doesn’t have to be on a blog or anything, just click on ‘Add you link’ and click on ‘Upload’ to get your picture in there.


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I extended the deadline to Sunday October the 2nd so everyone has enough time to finish Puck.

And we have a winner! Inges Puck won, I’ll contact you via email. Thank you all so much for participating!

Love,
Irene

Puck The Penguin – CAL lesson 5

You made it to the final lesson! By now you have made all the parts for Puck the Penguin. Today we will learn how to sew an amigurumi together.


These are all the lessons in this series:

  • Materials: Here you can find all the materials you need to start with your first crochet lesson.
  • Lesson 1: Making your first stitches (called ‘single crochet’) in a magic loop. Really magical I promise ;)
  • Lesson 2: You will learn about eyes, making decreases, stuffing and closing your amigurumi.
  • Lesson 3: Time for tiny parts, they are fiddly, but I’m sure you can do it!
  • Lesson 4: Oval shapes, you will learn to make ‘chain stitches’ and crochet around them.
  • Lesson 5: Finally you will assemble your amigurumi like a pro.

Let’s assemble Puck.

Thank you so much for crocheting Puck with me. I hope you had a lot of fun making him. I sure had while making these videos ;) Don’t forget to check back in tomorrow to show me your Puck and get a chance to win the Phildar yarn and crochet hook!

Love,
Irene

Puck The Penguin – CAL lesson 4

Lesson 4 today! It’s time for the last parts of Puck the Penguin. We will learn how to make chain stitches so we can make oval shapes. Whoop whoop! excited much? Haha I sure am :)


These are all the lessons in this series:

  • Materials: Here you can find all the materials you need to start with your first crochet lesson.
  • Lesson 1: Making your first stitches (called ‘single crochet’) in a magic loop. Really magical I promise ;)
  • Lesson 2: You will learn about eyes, making decreases, stuffing and closing your amigurumi.
  • Lesson 3: Time for tiny parts, they are fiddly, but I’m sure you can do it!
  • Lesson 4: Oval shapes, you will learn to make ‘chain stitches’ and crochet around them.
  • Lesson 5: Finally you will assemble your amigurumi like a pro.

The pattern for today:

Belly

Make 6 chain stitches. Crochet around this row of chain stitches, start from the second chain stitch from your hook. Check the video for details.

R1: {4 sc, 1 x inc.} x 2            (12)
R2: {1 sc, 1 x inc.} x 6            (18)
R3: {2 sc, 1 x inc.} x 6            (24)

Fasten off and leave a tail to sew the belly to the body tomorrow.

Beak

Make 4 chain stitches. Crochet around this row of chain stitches, start from the second chain stitch from your hook.

R1: {2 sc, 1 x inc.} x 2            (8)
R2: 8 sc

Fasten off and leave a tail to sew the beak to the body tomorrow.

 

That’s it already! Did you manage to make the chain stitches? Easy peasy right? ;) If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below!

Love,
Irene

 

Puck The Penguin – CAL lesson 3

Yayy you’re still here! That is so awesome, you get a gold star ;)

Or maybe you landed on this page and have no idea whats going on, then check out this page first.


These are all the lessons in this series:

  • Materials: Here you can find all the materials you need to start with your first crochet lesson.
  • Lesson 1: Making your first stitches (called ‘single crochet’) in a magic loop. Really magical I promise ;)
  • Lesson 2: You will learn about eyes, making decreases, stuffing and closing your amigurumi.
  • Lesson 3: Time for tiny parts, they are fiddly, but I’m sure you can do it!
  • Lesson 4: Oval shapes, you will learn to make ‘chain stitches’ and crochet around them.
  • Lesson 5: Finally you will assemble your amigurumi like a pro.

Today it’s time for tiny pieces. I think this was the hardest part for me when I started crocheting. 4 single crochet in a magic loop doesn’t give much room to see what you are doing. Just be persistent, don’t panic, take a sip of your tea, you will get there! (If you’re like me, you will never have hot tea when crocheting because you just want to finish one more round.)

The pattern for the feet and the wings is as follows:

Feet (make two)

R1: 4sc in a magic loop          (4)
R2: {1sc, 1 x inc. } x 2            (6)
R3: {1sc, 1 x inc. } x 3            (9)
R4: {2sc, 1 x inc. } x 3           (12)

Press the foot flat. Crochet the edges together with 5 sc. Check the video for all the details. Fasten off and leave a tail to later sew the foot to the body.

Wings (make two)

R1: 4sc in a magic loop          (4)
R2: {1sc, 1 x inc. } x 2            (6)
R3: {1sc, 1 x inc. } x 3            (9)
R4: {2sc, 1 x inc. } x 3           (12)
R5: 12 sc
R6: 12 sc
R7 6 x dec.                            (6)

Close the last round and fasten off. Leave a tail to later sew the wing to the body.

When you have made two feet and two wings you are all ready for today! Did you manage to make the fiddly small pieces? It takes a bit of patience to learn doesn’t it? But you will see you will get better with every stitch.

How are you liking this crochet project so far? (Are you using as many fingers on your hook as I am? Looks a bit silly I noticed in the videos. haha!)

Love,
Irene

Puck The Penguin – CAL lesson 2

And? How did it go yesterday? So great you’re crocheting along. Today will be about filling and finishing off the body. We will also give Puck some safety eyes.


These are all the lessons in this series:

  • Materials: Here you can find all the materials you need to start with your first crochet lesson.
  • Lesson 1: Making your first stitches (called ‘single crochet’) in a magic loop. Really magical I promise ;)
  • Lesson 2: You will learn about eyes, making decreases, stuffing and closing your amigurumi.
  • Lesson 3: Time for tiny parts, they are fiddly, but I’m sure you can do it!
  • Lesson 4: Oval shapes, you will learn to make ‘chain stitches’ and crochet around them.
  • Lesson 5: Finally you will assemble your amigurumi like a pro.

Ready for some more crochet? Let’s get started!

The eyes

First we can place the eyes. Take a safety eye and place it in the center of the magic loop of one of the white circles you made yesterday. Then push it through the body on one of the BLO stitches in the 6th round. You recognize them by a small horizontal stitch. Do the same for the other eye. Secure the saftey eyes by placing the washers inside of the body.

Leave all the tails of the eyes where they are. We will sew the white part of the eyes to the body on the last day.

The body, continued

R13: { 4sc, 1 x dec. } x 6          (30)

dec. means decrease. To make a decrease you will crochet two single crochets together.

R14: { 3sc, 1 x dec. } x 6          (24)
R15: { 2sc, 1 x dec. } x 6          (18)
R16: { 1sc, 1 x dec. } x 6           (12)

Now you can stuff the body of the penguin. Use a pencil or the back of your crochet hook to get the stuffing in easily.

R17: 6 x dec.                            (6)

Close the small hole that is left in your final round. Fasten off the thread.

And we’re ready for today :)

I think I’m going to start another Puck in a multi color yarn. What color are you using for Puck?

Love,
Irene

Puck The Penguin – CAL lesson 1

Whoop whoop! Are you as exciting as I am? :) So great to have you here. We are going to have lot’s of fun crocheting Puck together. Do you have all your materials ready? If not, check out this blog post about what you need for Puck.


These are all the lessons in this series:

  • Materials: Here you can find all the materials you need to start with your first crochet lesson.
  • Lesson 1: Making your first stitches (called ‘single crochet’) in a magic loop. Really magical I promise ;)
  • Lesson 2: You will learn about eyes, making decreases, stuffing and closing your amigurumi.
  • Lesson 3: Time for tiny parts, they are fiddly, but I’m sure you can do it!
  • Lesson 4: Oval shapes, you will learn to make ‘chain stitches’ and crochet around them.
  • Lesson 5: Finally you will assemble your amigurumi like a pro.

Today we will be learning how to make a magic loop, how to make your first single crochet and how to increase. I’ll be crocheting with you through a YouTube video.

This is the pattern of what we will be making today.

Body

With amigurumi you crochet in rounds. A pattern will tell you for each round what you need to do.

Round 1:  6 single crochets in a magic loop
Round 2: make 6 increases. This will give you 12 single crochets in your round.

In most patterns you will find these lines like this:

R1: 6sc in a magic loop          (6)
R2: 6 x inc                         (12)

Does that make sense? Let’s see if you understand the next line:

R3: { 1sc, 1 x inc } x 6           (18)

This means that you make 1 single crochet and 1 increase and repeat that 6 times. This will give you 18 stitches in your round. This is the rest of the pattern:

R4: { 2sc, 1 x inc } x 6          (24)
R5: { 3sc, 1 x inc } x 6          (30)
R6: 4sc, 1 x inc, 4sc, 1 x inc, 1sc, 1sc in BLO, 2sc, 1 x inc, 1 sc, 1sc in BLO, 2sc, 1 x inc, 4 sc, 1 x inc, 4sc, 1  x inc    (36)

Wow round 6 sounds complicated! Check the video to follow along with the counting, counting could be a bit difficult in your first project. Once you get the hang of counting and all the terminology for crochet it such a row in a pattern will be much less intimidating. (‘1sc in BLO’, means one single crochet in the back loop only. BLO will be explained in the video.)

R7: 36sc
R8: 36sc
R9: 7sc, 3sc in BLO, 14sc, 3sc in BLO, 9sc

Please note, row 9 is a tiny bit different then I mention in the video. Oops. It won’t be a huge problem if you’ve followed the video instructions ;)

R10: 36sc
R11: 36sc
R12: 36sc

That is all we will do for the body today. We’ll continue on that tomorrow. You can also make two eyes today:

Eyes

R1: 6sc in a magc loop         (6)
R2: 5 x inc                       (11)

Fasten off and leave a tail to later sew the eyes to the body. Check the video on how to finish off your yarn.

 

That is it for today. Tomorrow we will finish the body and give Puck some eyes :)

Comment down below to let us know you’re joining the crochet along!

Love,
Irene

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puck The Penguin – Crochet Along

Would you like to make a cute amigurumi (crocheted toy) but don’t know where to start? Yay! You’re in the right place. I’m hosting a crochet along where we will make these cute little penguins together. We will take baby steps, so even if you have no clue what a crochet hook looks like you can follow along!

Who is Puck?

Puck is a funny penguin fellow. He loves that he weares a tuxedo all day. At fancy weddings he only has to add a bow tie. Other things Puck loves are ice skating with his friend Pippa and decorating cupcakes. Well mostly eating the cupcakes while Pippa decorates them. I’m not sure if she is just a friend or maybe a little bit his girlfriend. Puck comes from a very special penguin family. They normally paint the eggs before they hatch so all penguin babies come out in special colors. Only Puck was a little bit early to climb out of his egg, so his dad was too late to paint it..

What are we going to do?

By following all lessons you will learn every technique you need to crochet Puck. We will brake everything down in baby steps, so you will have time to practice what you learn. Every lesson has a video to help you on your way.

  • Materials: today we will talk about the materials. What do you need to start with your first crochet lesson.
  • Lesson 1: Making your first stitches (called ‘single crochet’) in a magic loop. Really magical I promise ;)
  • Lesson 2: You will learn about eyes, making decreases, stuffing and closing your amigurumi.
  • Lesson 3: Time for tiny parts, they are fiddly, but I’m sure you can do it!
  • Lesson 4: Oval shapes, you will learn to make ‘chain stitches’ and crochet around them.
  • Lesson 5: Finally you will assemble your amigurumi like a pro.

If you’re running into any crochet related trouble along the way just let me know in the comments on the blog or the Youtube videos. I’ll be here to help you!

So tell me about the prizes!

Whoop whoop! You can win a prize with this crochet along. The crochet along runs until the 20th of september. Just finish your version of Puck and upload a photo to the final blogpost before the 24th of september to enter the giveaway (or send me an email/facebook message with your picture).

Tell me what can I win? By showing me your finished version of Puck you can win three balls of Phildar coton 3 of your color choice together with a Clover Amour 2.5 mm crochet hook!

Learn to make your very first Amigurum
Materials

So let’s talk materials. What will you need to make Puck the penguin. Well we need yarn, a crochet hook, safety eyes, some stuffing, a darning needle and a pair of scissors.

Yarn and a crochet hook

Puck in the pictures above is made with Phildar coton 3 and a 2.5 mm crochet hook. That combination makes him about 5 cm tall. If you already have some yarn you can just make him with whatever you have lying around. Pick a crochet hook that matches the yarn (check the label of the yarn for this) or that is slightly smaller than the recommended hook size.

Are you completely new to any yarn related activities? :) No worries! I posted an article over HERE about all the yarn I like to use for amigurumis and the crochet hooks that go with them. If you have any doubts or questions about the yarn / crochet hook just ask in the comment.

Safety eyes

Safety eyes are the little black eyes you see with Puck. These eyes have washers that go on the back which cannot be pulled off. You can buy them online for example at Etsy or Probeer. Most safety eyes have soft white washers or metal backings which can be attached easily by hand. (Some cheap safety eyes come with very hard yellowish washers. Then you might need some strong force to attatching them.)

For Puck crocheted with a 2.5 mm hook you will need 6 mm black safety eyes. The bigger the yarn you use, the bigger the eyes should be. When crocheting with a 4 mm hook you can probably use 8 mm or 9 mm eyes.

Stuffing

For stuffing you can use any material used to fill pillows or toys which you can get in the most craft stores. You need just a tiny bit for this small project.

Darning needle and scissors

Last things you will need is a darning needle to put the penguin together. That is a needle with a big eye and a blunt point. And of course you need some scissors.

 

And that’s it! Everything you need to make Puck the Penguin. Are you exciting go get started? I sure am! Yayy

Love,
Irene

Yarn and hook combination for Crocheting Amigurumi

While writing the introduction for the Puck the Penguin crochet along, I kept adding and adding information to the yarn and crochet hook section. Apparently there is a lot to say about that. I think this topic deserves it’s own blog post. Lets discuss some yarns and their matching hooks shall we?

Different brands of cotton yarnDifferent brands of cotton yarn. Red: Phildar coton 4, green: Phildar coton 3, pink: Catania Original, blue: Catania Grande, yellow: Drops Paris

Yarn

You can make amigurumi with many different types of yarn, but some work better than others. I personally love to work with 100% cotton yarn. It’s easy to wash and it keeps it shape very well. I use brands like Phildar, Catania and Drops. Phildar is a very soft cotton, they worked Aloe vera into the yarn, best idea ever if you ask me.

Phildar has a coton 3 and coton 4 version which differ in the thickness of the thread. Phildar cotton 3 is the same thickness as Catania Originals and they can therefor be mixed together perfectly. Most of my amigurumi’s are made with Phildar cotton 3 and Catania. Catania also has a thicker version which is called Catania Grande.

Difference between Phildar coton 3 and phildar coton 4

Drops Paris is about the same thickness as Catania Grande. If you want to compare two cotton threads you can look at the weight/length which are both mentioned on the label of the yarn. For example Drops Paris weights 50g/75m, Catania Grande weights 50gr/63m, thats about the same.

What crochet cotton to use // Catania Grande and Paris Drops

I love the look of this thicker yarn. It will make amigurumi a bit bigger and bulkier. For thicker yarn I prefer Catania Grande over Drops Pars. Paris tends to split a little bit more than Catania, so your crochet hook will slipt in between the strands of the yarn sometimes.

How to choose your yarn and crochet hook for amigurumi

The recommended crochet hook for Drops Paris is 5 mm. I like to use a 4 mm hook, the 3.5 mm is a bit to tight and with the 4.5 mm my stitches become to big.

I do use acrylic yarn sometimes. I like Stylecraft Special DK a lot, it is soft and very easy to work with. It gives a more cuddly feel to your amigurumi. The Mike the Monkeys below are crocheted with Stylecraft. Because acrylic yarn it is a bit more stretchy than cotton, the stuffing can show through the stitches more easily. For the monkeys this was something that happened in the arms. In the bodies and heads it didn’t show at all.

Mike the monkey // Crocheted wit Stylecraft special DK, click to learn everything about different types of yarn for amigurumiMike the Monkey and friends, crocheted with Stylecraft Special DK and a 3mm hook

So, which yarn is best for a beginner? I’m not sure. I started my first project with Catania, but really any smooth pretty colored yarn will do. Find a yarn that comes in all the colors you like and that feels nice to you. You’ll be holding it a lot during your crochet project, so make sure it doesn’t feel itchy to you ;)

Crochet hook

Yes a crochet hook. That’s the next thing you will need. So you picked a pretty yarn, now you need a hook that matches the yarn. On the label of the yarn there will be a mention of recommended hook/needle size for that type of yarn.

Hook size

I usually take a slightly smaller hook than recommended. With a bigger hook the stitches will get bigger. For an amigurumi you want the stitches to be tightly stacked on top of each other so the filling won’t show through. Using a smaller hook than recommended on the label can help with that. For Stylecraft Special DK a 4 mm hook is recommended. However, I prefer to work with a 3 mm hook with that yarn for amigurumis.  In the picture below you can see a slight difference in size between the 3.5 and 3 mm hook. Also you see some small holes with the 3.5mm piece.

Stylecraft with 3mm and 3.5 mm hook

Stylecraft recommends a 4 mm hook for the Special DK yarn. I prefer to use a 3 mm hook to get a tight finish.

These are the yarn and hook combinations that I usually use for amigurumi.

  • Phildar cotton 3
    Recommended: 2,5 – 3 mm
    I use: 2.5 mm
  • Phildar coton 4
    Recommended: 3.5 – 4 mm
    I use: 3.5 mm
  • Catania
    Recommended: 2.5 – 3.5 mm
    I use: 2.5 mm
  • Paris Drops
    Recommended: 5 mm
    I use: 3.5 mm
  • Stylecraft Special DK
    Recommended: 4 mm
    I use: 3 mm

These are all hook sizes in metric. To convert them to the US system you can check the conversion chart below. Note that not all metric sized are available in US sizes.

MetricUS
2 mm
2.25 mm1 / B
2.5 mm
2.752 / C
3 mm
3.253 / D
3.5 mm24 / E
3.75 mm5 / F
4 mm6 / G

Type of crochet hook

So now you have an idea of what size hook you need. But there are still many many options of hooks you can buy. Plastic, aluminium, wood, bamboo. It’s really a personal preference what type of hook you like te work with.

Sugaridoo // Which crochet hook to use for amigurumi

I started with the one in the bottom, a simple aluminium hook. That one is fine to work with, but can give you cramp in your hand when you crochet for too long. The black one in the bottom, a Prym hook, has a rubber handle and is much better already. But since it is completely round it’s not my favorite. The hooks I like best are the Clover crochet hooks (the four in the top). The once I use most are the special clover hook, called Clover Amour. Those are the yellow and red one, in that series each hook size has it own color. I’m pretty hooked to those ;)

A thing to keep in mind is that two people with the same yarn and same hook will make different sized stitches. One person will crochet tighter than the other. Nothing to worry about yet. First thing is to get used to making stitches and making consistent sized stitched. After that you can try out using a smaller or bigger hook with to see if that improves your work or not.

Tony The Turtle // Super cute amigurumi turtlesTony the Turtle crocheted with Catania and Phildar Coton 3 and a 2.25 mm hook

When I just started I used to crochet with Catania and a 2.25 mm crochet hook, I thought that would give a very neat and tight look. The stitches were indeed very neat and tight, but when I tried the 2.5 mm hook and released my yarn tension a bit, my amigurumis got a much softer while the stitches were still tight enough to not show any stuffing.

Do you wan to know more about a specific yarn or want to check you yarn/hook combination, just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you soon!

Love,
Irene