Charlie the Cat [You should try yoga they said]

Charlie was a pretty happy kitten. Spend his days chilling in the sun, snoozing from meal to meal. Saving energy during the day to have dance parties on his humans beds in the middle of the night. Nothing strange so far. Until one day he was introduced to yoga. Really something for you Charlie they said.

“You should try yoga”, they said. “It’ll be fun”, they said..

Well, Charlie wasn’t so sure when he took his first steps into the yoga classroom.

How could yoga be better than taking a nap in a basket of freshly washed clothes? But he gave it a try. And turned out, he kind of liked it!

Downward facing cat. By far Charlies most favorite yoga pose!

[ Download your copy of the pattern now! ]

You can crochet your own Charlie with this pattern: Crochet Pattern Charlie EN. Or you could order the right materials with the pattern and choose with the complete kit: Crochet Kit Charlie.

In the mean time Charlie will keep on practicing his Forward Fold. Nose to your toes and keep breathing Charlie!

Whith what color are you going to make Charlie?

Love,
Irene (and a paw from Charlie)

 

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