Summer is on the way! Lovely weather and all those beautiful colors outside. This cute caterpillar will fit right in don’t you think?In this blog post you’ll find a free pattern to crochet him yourself!
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Materials:

  • Light blue yarn (~18m)
  • Dark blue yarn (~18.5m)
  • Grey yarn (20m)
  • Pink yarn for the nose
  • Black yarn for the mouth
  • Safety eyes (4 or 5 mm)

Lets start!
Are you ready? Lets start crocheting.

Body, large balls
(Make 5: 2 in light blue, 2 in dark blue and 1 in grey)
R1: 6sc in a magic loop                                    (6)
R2: 6 x inc.                                                           (12)
R3: {1sc, 1 x inc.} x 6                                       (18)
R4: {2sc, 1 x inc.} x 6                                      (24)
R5-R8: 24sc
R9: {2sc, 1 x inc.} x 6                                       (18)
R10: {1v, 1 x min.} x 6                                     (12)

Fill up the ball.

R11: 6 x dec.                                                         (6)
Finish off and leave a tail to be able to sew the balls together later on.

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Head
(grey yarn)
R1: 6sc in a magic loop                                    (6)
R2: 6 x inc.                                                           (12)
R3: {1sc, 1 x inc.} x 6                                       (18)
R4: {2sc, 1 x inc.} x 6                                      (24)
R5-R8: 24sc
Place the safety eyes between R3 and R4 with about 3sc in between.
R9: {2sc, 1 x dec.} x 6                                      (18)
R10: {1sc, 1 x dec.} x 6                                    (12)
Fill up the head.
R11: 6 x dec.                                                        (6)
Finish off and leave a tail to sew the head to the body later on.

Feelers
(Make 2 of these in light blue yarn)
R1: 4sc in a magic loop                                   (4)
R2-R3: 4sc
Fasten off and leave a tail to attach them to the head.

Tail, small ball
(grey yarn)
R1: 6sc in a magic loop                                   (6)
R2: 6 x inc.                                                          (12)
R3: {1sc, 1 x inc.} x 6                                      (18)
R4-R6: 18sc
R7: {1sc, 1 x dec.} x 6                                      (12)

Fill up the ball.

R8: 6 x dec.                                                          (6)
Fasten off leave a tail to attach the tail to the body later on.

Tail, mini ball
(Dark blue yarn)
R1: 6sc in a magic loop                                   (6)
R2: 6 x inc.                                                          (12)
R3-R4: 12sc
R5: 6 x dec.                                                          (6)
Fill up the ball, fasten off and leave a tail.

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Putting the caterpillar together.
Sew the caterpillar together. First you attach the five balls of the body to each other.  Then you can sew on the balls for the tail. Then the head with the feelers.  Now stitch on a nose with the pink yarn and a sweet little mouth with the black yarn.

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And you’re done! Wasn’t that fun? Go make another one in an other happy color!

Have fun crocheting!

Love Irene

 

Love is in the air! This little bunny is in love! Would you like to learn how to crochet his heart yourself? Just get your favorite yarn and your crochet hook and crochet some hearts. You can make one for your mom, your friends, your granny or just make one for yourself!

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Abbreviations
ch = chain stitch
sc = single crochet
R = round
{…} x 3 = repeat everything between the {} as many times as directed
(..) = This indicates the number of stitches at the end of a round
inc.  = increase: crochet 2 sc in the next sc
dec. = decrease: crochet the next 2 sc together

Lets get started!
We will first crochet two cups and then crochet these together.
R1: 6sc in a ring (6)
R2: 6 x inc. (12)
R3: {1sc, 1 x inc.} x 6 (18)
R4: {2sc, 1 x inc.} x 6 (24)
R5: {3sc, 1 x inc.} x 6 (30)
R6-9: 30sc

Finish off and crochet a second cup. Don’t finish off the second cup and continue with R10.

R10: crochet 22sc on the second cup, jump to the first cup and crochet 22sc over the first cup.

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R11: Jump bak to the second cup, skip 8sc and crochet 44sc over both cups as shown in the figure above. You will skip 8sc on both cups. Sew these 8 sc together on the inside of the heart. Then continue with R12
R12: {20sc, 1 x dec.} x 2 (42)
R13: {5sc, 1 x dec.} x 6 (36)
R14: 36sc
R15: {4sc, 1 x dec.} x 6 (30)
R16: 30sc
R17: {3sc, 1 x dec.} x 6 (24)
R18: 24sc
R19: {2sc, 1 x dec.} x 6 (18)
R20: 18sc

Fill up the heart.

R21: {1sc, 1 x dec.} x 6 (12)
R22: 12sc
R23: 6 x dec. (6)

Finish off and wave in the end.

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And there you have your heart! Wouldn’t this be sweet for mothers day? Have fun crocheting!

Love Irene

Let me introduce you to Mike and his friends. Mike was created on a sailing trip in Denmark last summer. It’s so lovely to crochet, sitting outside close to the water, that could only bring something beautiful. I got a lot of nice comments on Mike, so I wrote him out in to a pattern.

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Would you like to crochet you own Mike? You can find the pattern on Etsy, Craftsy and Dawanda. The pattern will be sended to you via email. The pattern includes lots of pictures and a clear description on how to make your own Mike.

Mike monkey amigurumi15_blogMike is crocheted with acrylic yarn, Stylecraft Special DK and a 3mm hook. He measures about 40cm from head to toe. (His tail is even a bit longer!)

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Love Irene

Ollie is a small amigurumi that I made after I visited the zoo in Rotterdam (Olifant is the Dutch word for Elephant). Please read on to see how you can make your own!

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I used acrylic yarn, Stylecraft Special DK, and a 3mm crochet hook. But you can just use any of your favorite yarn.

 

What do you need

  • Yarn in a dark colour
  • Yarn in a light colour
  • Safety eyes
  • Little bit of filling
  • Crochet hook that suits your yarn
  • Thick needle to assemble Ollie

And now, just grab a cup of thee, settle on the couch and lets get started.

 

Abbreviations
ch = chain stitch
sc = single crochet
R = round
{…} x 3 = repeat everything between the {} as many times as directed
(..) = This indicates the number of stitches at the end of a round
inc.  = increase: crochet 2 sc in the next sc
dec. = decrease: crochet the next 2 sc together

 

The body
R1: 6sc in a ring (6)
R2: 6 x inc. (12)
R3: {1sc, 1 x inc.} x 6 (18)
R4: {2sc, 1 x inc.} x 6 (24)
R5: {3sc, 1 x inc.} x 6 (30)
R6-9: 30sc
R10: {3sc, 1 x dec.} x 6 (24)
R11: {2sc, 1 x dec.} x 6 (18)
Place the safety eyes between rounds 4 and 5 with 2 or 3 sc in between.
R12: {1sc, 1 x dec.} x 6 (12)
Fill the body
R13: {1 x dec.} x 6 (6)
Fasten off and wave in the end.

 

Ears
Start with the light yarn.
R1: 6sc in a ring (6)
R2: 6 x inc. (12)
Change colour to the dark yarn
R3: {3sc, 1 x inc.} x 3 (15)
R4: crochet one chain stitch, turn your work and crochet 13sc in R3
Fasten off, leave a tail. Crochet two of these ears and attach them to the body.

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Trunk
Crohet the trunk with dark yarn.
R1: 4sc in a ring (6)
R2-R7: 4sc
Fasten off and leave a tail. Use the needle to wind the end of the yarn around the trunk, following the arrows in the picture. This will thicken the end of the trunk a little bit. Fasten off and sew the trunk in between and just under the eyes.

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Feet 
Crochet the feet with dark yarn
R1: 6 sc in a magic loop (6)
R2: sc 2 in each sc around (12)
R3: 12 sc in back loop only.
R4: 12 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a tail to sew the feet to the body. Make four of these feet and sew them to the body while filling them a little bit.

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Tail
Light and dark yarn
Take 3 strands of yarn of about 15cm. Pull the through the body on the place where you want the tail. Fold the strands in two and make a short braid of the six strands. Ty a knot and cut off the ends.
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And there you have your own Ollie! I hope you like him. Just let me know if you have any questions!

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