Hi there!

Picking the right colors of yarn for your crochet project can be challenging. Choosing the perfect color combination can really give your work that bit of extra pop. But which colors match and which aren’t so great together?

How do you pick colors when you’re about to paint your house? With color swatches! Super easy to use, pick a few, hold them next to each other and you’ll quickly see if the combination is a winner. So why not use color swatches for crochet yarn :) They are super easy to make. Let me show you how.

What do we need

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Thread bobbins
  • Optional: double sided tape

color Swatches materials

Let’s get started. Take a thread bobbin and put a small piece of double sided tape on the back. You can skip this step if you want. I like to secure the thread to the bobbin this way, but it also works without the tape.


Now stick the end of the thread to the double sided tape and start winding you thread around the bobbin.


Wind and wind and wind and wind..


Secure the end in the notch of the bobbin and cut off the thread.


Now write down the brand and color number of the yarn on the bobbin. I use one letter to remember the brand (in this case P for Phidar coton 3) and then the number for the color.

And that’s it! Just repeat this for all the yarn lying around in your house and you’re all set to mix and match yarn colors.

When you make it a habit to make color swatches every time you buy new yarn, you won’t have the problem of not knowing the brand or color number anymore (happend to me too often haha..).

color Swatches2

Easy peasy right? Let me know what you think of yarn color swatches!


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Yayy they are almost ready. The very first Sugaridoodle kits are in production and will be finished end of next week! Walter the whale is the first pattern that was turned into a mini DIY crochet kit. You can download the pattern for Walter in this blog post.



With this giveaway you can win one of the first two crochet kits for the Sugaridoodles. How cool is that? I will be givving away two kits for Walter the whale. They will be shipped as soon as they are ready next week.

What do you need to do?

Good question :) It’s very simple actually. Just leave a fun comment down below and maybe next week you will win a crochet kit! I would love for you to follow Sugaridoo on Instagram of Facebook, or via email:

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For each channel you follow Sugaridoo you may place an extra comment and increase your changes of winning.

>> Max 4 comments per person

>> The giveaway will end next monday 15th of August at 22.00 (Dutch time)

We’ve got a winner!

Well actually we’ve got two :) I numbered all comments (Dutch and English) and then random.org picked two numbers. En those are …. drum roll ….


Stephanie Linske and AS de Jong

Congratulations to both of you! I will contact you via email and send the Whale Walters kits your way as soon as they get delivered at the Sugaridoo headquarters.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Thanks for leaving all your lovely comments, loved everyone of them.


The Sugaridoodles are taking over the Sugaridoo headquarters. They are everywhere!
Not that I can blame them, I’m getting a bit addicted to crocheting them to be honest. The are so fun to make. Quick little cute projects that make you stay up way to late and postpone de dished three days. (Yesterday: Let me make one more, I really have to add purple whale to the collection.)
Well, I guess you get the idea :) If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some of the Sugaridoodles already.
This week I started writing out the crochet patterns. Super exiting, because shortly everyone can start their own Sugaridoodle collection. Walter the Whale was the first one to be turned in to a pattern. And I would like to share it with you guys as a preview for all the patterns to come. Just grab your download below and let me know what you think.

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The pattern uses the following abbreviations:
sc.    –    single crochet
inc.  –    increase (2sc in the next sc)
dec.  –   decrease (crochet the next 2sc together)
BLO –   crochet in the back loops only

What do you think? Isn’t he a cutie? I just want to make him in all colors of the rainbow.

I also received these perfect little boxes in the mail this week. The crew already checked it out and approved ;) These boxes will be turned in to mini crochet kits. Yay!
So, I’m off to make some more Sugaridoodles. Oh and before I forget, there is a little giveaway running on the blog!

Hallo daar! Vandaag was ik met een vriendin naar de Kreadoe, en Mike the Monkey was ook mee. Hij vond het fantastisch! Mike brengt een fotoverslag van vandaag :)

Wauw! Wat is Kreadoe gigantisch! Zo veel verschillende hobby’s, en zo ontzettend veel kramen ook. Echt genieten. Het is niet alleen een handwerkbeurs, je vindt er echt álle creatieve uitspattingen die je maar kunt bedenken. Deze kraam van Creatotaal had zulke mooie kleurtjes kralen, blauw staat me wel volgens mij!


Bij Kraaltotaal kwamen we deze Hollandse kralen tegen, maar welke moeten we nou kiezen? Kunnen we ze niet gewoon allemaal meenemen?


Bij MooiVilt mocht ik even tussen alle gekleurde (fairtrade) balletjes duiken. Een ballenbad vol met wolvilt balletjes, wie wil dat nou niet?


Zo’n beurs is best vermoeiend, halverwege dus maar even een tukje doen op de mooise stofjes van Modystoffen. Zzzzzz…


Whoaaa kijk nou!! Een mega grote rooide kater! Die staat hier voor de lepra stichting. Je kunt hem zelf haken met dit patroon, en dan steun je gelijk de stichting


Op de Kreadoe kom je ook heel veel andere amigurumis tegen. Zelf bekende exemplaren! Dit is Dendennis in zijn clownskostuum.


Op het haakplein kom je niet alleen bekende amigurumis tegen, maar ook ontwerpers, haaksters en bloggers! Dit is Lisanne van Draad&Praat. Samen met de kikker prins op de foto. Zo leuk om kikker en Lisanne te ontmoeten!


Vlak voor we naar huis gingen kwamen we deze mooie borduurstofjes tegen van Online borduurplezier. Daar moest er zeker eentje van mee naar huis.

Wat een super dag was het vandaag! Op naar de volgende crea beurs :D

Xx Mike

Yeah finally I turned my favorite monster in to a pattern! I’m in love with this funny guy. His happy face, his wiggly toes, just too cute not to cuddle him. He has found a new home in the mean time. I did start to miss him, so at the moment I’m working on a new Pinky just for myself :)

Sweet monster Pinky

Do you wanna make you own Pinky? You can find the pattern in my shops on Etsy and on Craftsy.

Pinky the o-so-friendly monster on Etsy

Pinky the o-so-friendly monster on Craftsy 

I would love to see your version of Pinky if you are going to make him!

Monster feet

Pinky wiggly toes


Those feet! Aren’t they the cutest? I love how they turned out. It’s always exiting to see a design on paper turn into a real crocheted toy!

When you are going to make Pinky and have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m happy to help along the way!


One more close up of his feet. Sewing everything together is actually my least favorite part of making a toy. Strange isn’t it? Only by putting it together you’ll get to cuddle your monster. But still sometimes all the part will lay around in the house a long time before I will finish it.

Pinky feet

Happy crocheting,
Love Irene






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!


  • 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.


(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.

(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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!)


Love Irene