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Soft Fish Toy

Yesterday, I have found a wonderful idea on Pinterest but sadly could not save it as it was blocked. So I was sitting and being afraid of leaving it out there because I can forget it and, unfortunately, I could not even save a picture on my iPad. Therefore, I decided to sew one straight away. Oh my, it took me a few hours to be done with such a small project (I am not good at sewing, you know)! When I was done and bragged to my husband about it (he thought it was very cute), went on searching for new ideas. And what do you think? I found not broken link to the original tutorial. Lucky me, huh. I will share my tiny tutorial with you and the link to the better one which inspired me to make a lovely soft fish toy for a baby. Here you can find a tutorial: The Latest from Lauri. Thank you!

As I did not have a pattern so I drew one myself. You can do it too, then our fishes will be different and original. I bet that everyone can draw a fish, if not – follow the link above. 

For this project you will need:

  • fabric (I used linen and some fabric samples I got on sale, sadly it does not say what fabric it is)
  • sewing machine
  • thread (any color, you choose it)
  • scissors
  • pencil (I do not have a special fabric pen, if you do, definitely use that one)
  • stuffing for toys
  • pins
  • 2 buttons for the eyes

When you gather everything start with drawing your fish. Then cut out the details and trace them on to the fabric. Remember to leave some space around (1/2 cm) for sewing it. I left a bit more because I was afraid that I will not manage to sew it. Cut everything out. Now, start sewing.

I began from scales. I cut them out and had 24 pieces in total. In the link, she makes scales only on one side of the fish, I chose to make on both. 

Then, you should sew them together and end up with 12 scales. Mine are very skew, I managed to sew right on my line just on the last scale. I need to practice more if I want to sew.

Then, you can follow the directions for sewing all the parts together on the link I gave in the very beginning. Here how it should look before sewing the fish together.

When sewing it together remember the fins! I stuffed them a bit. 

Join everything with the help of pins and sew. I left the open space at the end of the tale and I was sorry because it was quite difficult to turn it out (all the fins and scales). Then, stuff it and finish up. I did it with a sewing machine right on top after folding the ends inside. Do not forget to sew the eyes on. I wanted them to be blue but did not have two identical blue buttons, hence they became pink-red.Here is my not perfect but cute result:

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It is also possible to make a fish that can make sound, just put in kinder-surprise egg with beans inside and you have a rattle fish. You can also use some special fabric that makes noise while folding and put it in  scales, or any other interesting stuff for making babies curious about your toy. 

If you make one, remember to share it in the comments.

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Security Blanket – Mr. Fox

Hello. I know that I’m quite unproductive lately but I promise I’ll get better after next week. Knitter’s word! 😉

Today I’ve finally finished a new security blanket – Mr. Fox. After I was done with it, it reminded me of something but I couldn’t remember what. I know it has to be something from a cartoon. I asked my beloved man about it and he agreed with me. Sadly, he couldn’t remember either. Maybe you can give me a hint if you do.

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I also made a pattern for it.

PATTERN:

The base:

I started it making as in this helpful tutorial by Just Do and here.

I made 16 rounds.

In first 10 rounds I used orange yarn.

In next 6 I used white (2 rounds), brown (2 rounds), and black (2 rounds.)

The last 2 rounds (orange):

R1: sc 10, hdc in next 4, dc in next 4, tr in next 4, dbtr in next 4, ch 3, dbtr in next 4, tr in next 4, dc in next 4, hdc in next 4, sc 9. –> rep 4 times.

R2: hdc all the time except in the corners; corners: 2 hdc, dc, ch, dc, 2 hdc.

Slip stitch to the next stitch, fasten off, hide loose ends.

Head:

Start with orange:

MR, sc6 in the ring

R1: 2sc in each sts

R2: 2sc, sc –> rep 6 times (12)

R3: 2sc, sc2 –> rep 6 times (18)

R4: 2sc, sc3 –> rep 6 times (24)

R5: 2 sc, sc4 –> rep 6 times (30)

R6: 2sc, sc5 –> rep 6 times (36)

Change to white:

R7-R9: sc in each sts (36)

Change back to orange:

R10-R12: sc in each sts (36)

R13: dec, sc4 –> rep 6 times (30)

R14: dec, sc3 –> rep 6 times (24)

R15: dec, sc2 –> rep 6 times (18)

R16: dec, sc –> rep 6 times (12)

R17: dec  –> rep 6 times (6)

Slip stitch to the next stitch. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sowing it to the base.

Ears (make 2):

Start with brown:

MR, 4sc in a MR

R1: 2sc in each (8)

Change color to orange:

R2: 2sc, sc –> rep 4 times (12)

R3: 2sc, sc2 –> rep 4 times (16)

R4: 2 sc, sc3 –> rep 4 times (20)

Slip stitch to the next stitch, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing it to the head.

Nose:

Start with black:

MR, sc 4 in MR

R1: 2sc –> rep 4 times (8)

Change to orange:

R2: 2sc, sc –> rep 4 times (12)

R3-R4: sc around (12)

R5: 2sc, sc2 –> rep 4 times (16)

R6: sc around (16)

Slip stitch to the next stitch, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing it to the head.

Eyes (make 2):

Use white color.

MR, sc 4 in MR

R1: 2sc –> rep 4 times (8)

R2: 2sc, sc –> rep 4 times (12)

Slip stitch to the next stitch, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing it to the head.

You can embroider it or just sew a black pearl to each eye.

Sew everything together.

Of course, I’ve made more pictures of my Mr. Fox. You might ask why Mr., I don’t know, I just feel that he is a man.

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*** You may make and sell products from my patterns but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***

Security Blanket – Bunny

I know, it’s been a long time since I posted something. I was (and still am) busy with my exams. Nevertheless, I am happy to have a little break before next week and share my new project with you.

I have made a lovely security blanket – bunny, and also wrote down a pattern for it.

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Pattern

Base:

Granny square (as big as you wish). Finishing: crab stitch.

Bunny head:

MR, sc6 in the ring

R1: 2sc in each sts (12)

R2: 2sc, sc –> rep 6 times (18)

R3: 2sc, sc2 –> rep 6 times (24)

R4: 2sc, sc3 –> rep 6 times (30)

R5: 2 sc, sc4 –> rep 6 times (36)

R6: 2sc, sc5 –> rep 6 times (42)

R7-R12: sc in each sts (42)

R13: dec, sc5 –> rep 6 times (36)

R14: dec, sc4 –> rep 6 times (30)

R15: dec, sc3 –> rep 6 times (24)

R16: dec, sc2 –> rep 6 times (18)

R17: dec, sc –> rep 6 times (12)

R18: dec –> rep 6 times (6)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sowing it to the base. Remember to stuff it.

Ears (make 2):

MR, sc6 in the ring.

R1: 2 sc in each sts (12)

R2: 2sc, sc –> rep 6 times (18)

R3: 2sc, sc2 –> rep 6 times (24)

R4-R6: sc24

R7: dec, sc2 –> rep 6 times (18)

R8-R10: sc18

R11: dec, sc –> rep 6 times (12)

R11-R14: sc12.

Slip stitch to the next stitch, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing it to the head.

Sew everything together.

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The Grey Giraffe with a Bow Tie (Pattern)

Hello Everyone!

Earlier I promised you to post an improved pattern for a giraffe I made before by I Love Buttons. But when I started to crochet my giraffe again I thought that I wouldn’t improve the pattern. It would be better if I added the things I like to it and recount everything. I’m finally done with it. I didn’t expect it to take so much time to write down a pattern. It took me a whole two days with crocheting, correcting, deleting etc. Here is the result: a lovely grey giraffe with a bow tie. 

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Pattern

I used the invisible decrease all the time I had to decrease (dec).

I also crocheted in back loops while making legs and arms because I love how it looks.

The bow tie pattern can be found here. I used my bow pattern + made a collar (ch31, hdc in second chain from hook, hdc all the time, fasten off), and sew them together on a giraffe.

The only thing I didn’t really change and left the same as Emma (I Love Buttons) did (except that I always start with a magic ring) were ears.

Please, follow instructions and pay attention. If there is “join” you should join, if I don’t write it then it means you should crochet around without joining.

Arms (make 2):

R1: Magic ring, 6 sc in a MR, join.
R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12), join.
R3: [2sc, sc] repeat 6 times (18), join.
R4: work only in back loops. sc 18, join.
Change color.
R5: deep sc 18, join.
R6: dec1, sc 1 (12).
R7-R23: sc 12.
Slip stitch in next, fasten off, leaving a long tail for sowing together.
Stuff firmly, don’t stuff too much near the end.

Legs (make 2):

R1: Magic RIng, 6 sc in MR, join.
R2: 2sc in each sc around (12), join.
R3: [2sc, sc] rep 6 times (18), join.
R4: [2sc, sc in next 2] rep 6 times (24), join.
R5 – R6: sc 24, join.
R7: in back loops, sc 24, join.
Change color.
R8: deep sc 24, join.
R9: [dec, sc in next 2] rep 6 times (18).
R10: [dec, sc] rep 6 times (12).
R11 – R33: sc 12.
Slip stitch in next, fasten off, leaving a long tail for sowing together.
Stuff firmly, don’t stuff too much near the end.

Horns (make 2):

R1: Magic Ring, 6sc in MR
R2: 2sc in each sc around (12)
R3 – R6: sc 12
Stuff firlmy.
R7: dec, sc (8)
R8 – R14: sc 8.
Slip stitch in next, fasten off, leaving a long tail for sowing together.
Finish stuffing.

Head:

R1: Magic Ring, 6sc in MR.
R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
R3: [2sc, sc] rep 6 times (18)
R4: [2sc, sc in next 2] rep 6 times (24)
R5: [2sc, sc in next 3] rep 6 times (30)
R6: [2sc, sc in next 4] rep 6 times (36)
R7-R11: sc 36.
Change color.
R12-R14: sc 36.
R15: [2sc, sc 5] rep 6 times (42). Remember to add your eyes if you are using pearls.
R16: [2sc, sc 6] rep 6 times (48)
R17-R19: sc 48.
R20: [dec, sc 6] rep 6 times (42)
R21: [dec, sc 5] rep 6 times (36)
R22: [dec, sc 4] rep 6 times (30)
R23: [dec, sc 3] rep 6 times (24)
Stuff firmly.
R24: [dec, sc 2] rep 6 times (18)
R25: [dec, sc] rep 6 times (12)
R26: dec 6 (6)
Slip stitch in next stitch, fasten off, and weave in the ends.

Ears (make 2):

R1: Magic Ring, sc 6 in MR
R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
R3: [2sc, sc] rep 6 times (18)
R4-R10: sc 18.
Slip stitch to next stitch, fasten off, leaving a long tail for sowing.

Body:

R1: Magic Ring, sc 6 in Mr.
R2: 2sc in each sc around (12)
R3: [2sc, sc] rep 6 times (18)
R4: [2sc, sc in next 2] rep 6 times (24)
R5: [2sc, sc in next 3] rep 6 times (30)
R6: [2sc, sc in next 4] rep 6 times (36)
R7: [2sc, sc in next 5] rep 6 times (42)
R8: [2sc, sc in next 6] rep 6 times (48)
R9: [2sc, sc in next 7] rep 6 times (54)
R10-R19: sc 54.
R20: [dec, sc in next 7] rep 6 times (48)
R21: [dec, sc in next 6] rep 6 times (42)
R22: [dec, sc in next 5] rep 6 times (36)
R23: [dec, sc in next 4] rep 6 times (30)
R24: [dec, sc in next 8] rep 3 times (27)
Stuff firmly.
R25-R37: sc 27.
Slip stitch to next stitch, fasten off, leaving a long tail for sowing.
Stuff firmly.

Tail:

R1: Magic ring, sc 6 in MR.
R2: 2sc in each sc around (12)
R3: 2sc, sc in next 3 (15)
R4-R15: sc 15.
Slip stitch in next stitch.
Stuff very lightly.
Sow all parts together. 
Add hair.

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In the picture above you can see the stripy giraffe I made earlier using I Love Buttons by Emma pattern. They look adorable together!

When I was taking pictures outside our dog was playing around. I think she loves these two little ones too.

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I cannot say that this pattern is totally mine as I used another one as inspiration and basis. But if you do make it please link back to my blog. Thank you and have fun crocheting!

I just got a wonderful idea! One great girl called Camila suggested me to make a dragon! Isn’t it awesome? I should be able to use this pattern as basis and then make it more dragonish 😀 I will definitely give it a try once I’m done with other projects. Thank you, Camila! Maybe someone else has any great ideas as well?? Share it, I will be more than happy to hear them and maybe fulfill some 🙂

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The Owl Family with Braids

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Do you remember when I made my first ever owl? The one with the different wings? After my sister-in-law to be saw it, she asked me to make one for her little daughter as well.  She wanted it to be pink and light red.  After agreeing to do it, I thought that I could crochet the whole family. So here I am, done with all three: a daddy, mommy and a little girl. After I was done sowing them together, I thought: wait a minute, I can make braids! Isn’t it a great idea? It also meant that I wouldn’t totally copy Sarah’s owl family. I do understand that I am not as good as she is. I can still see my mistakes, but I promise, I will get better!!!

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As we went for a walk with our little beagle, I had a chance to take loads of pictures. Well, to be honest, I got a bit wild.

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I am also working on my heart baby blanket, which should be done any moment. I am just trying to figure out how to knit the edges so they look nice and don’t curl. At the same time I have to finish writing down a pattern for it, so I can share it with you guys. 

I know, that I promised to share my improved stripy giraffe pattern some time ago. I swear, I am working on it… or getting closer to working on it. I have probably at least 6 projects to be done. I would love to learn to do one thing at a time, but it is so difficult. How do you keep up with all those projects? Do you have a secret or special recipe to be fast in knitting or crocheting? 

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