Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Rudolph the Reindeer - Christmas Ornament Pattern


Here in Slovenia we have a custom to set up the Christmas tree on the Christmas Eve. So, I still have some time to make Christmas ornaments :) Yesterday I finished Rudolph the reindeer ornament – my very first design :) - and since he turned out quite cute I wanted to share with you a free pattern. I hope you are going to like it.

HERE you can find the free pattern in a printer friendly format.



MATERIALS
·         Brown yarn for the head and ears.
·         Beige yarn for the antlers.
·         Red yarn for the nose.
·         2.00mm crochet hook
·         Yarn needle
·         Fiberfill
·         6mm safety eyes

       ABBREVIATIONS
·         Ch – chain
·         Sc – single crochet
·         Sts – stitches
·         Dec - decrease


Head

Use brown yarn. Work in spiral.
Row 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6 sts)
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sts)
Row 3: Sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc. (14 sts)
Row 4: Sc in each sc around. (14 sts)
Row 5: Sc in each sc around. (14 sts)
Row 6: Sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc. (16 sts)
Row 7: Sc in each sc around. (16 sts)
Row 8: Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc. (18 sts)
Row 9: Sc in each sc around. (18 sts)
Row 10: Sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc. (22 sts)
Row 11: Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 14 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last 3 sc. (24 sts)
Row 12: Sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last 8 sc. (26 sts)
Row 13 – 15: Sc in each sc around. (26 sts)
Row 16: Sc in next 5 sc, dec 1, sc in next 12 sc, dec 1, sc in last 5 sc. (24 sts)

Place 6mm safety eyes. Begin stuffing head.

Row 17: Sc in next 6 sc, dec 1, sc in next 6 sc, dec 1, sc in next 6 sc, dec 1. (21 sts)
Row 18: Sc in next 2 sc, dec 1, sc in next 5 sc, dec 1, sc in next 5 sc, dec 1, sc in last 3 sc. (18 sts)
Row 19: *Dec 1, sc 1* repeat 6 times. (12 sts)
Row 20: *Dec 1* repeat 6 times. (6 sts)
Fasten off and weave in end.

Ears (make 2)

Use brown yarn. Work in spiral.
Row 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6 sts)
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sts)
Row 3: Sc in each sc around. (12 sts)
Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Sew to head.


Nose

Use red yarn. Work in spiral.
Row 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6 sts)
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sts)
Row 3 – 5: Sc in each sc around. (12 sts)
Begin stuffing nose.
Row 6: *Dec 1* repeat 6 times. (6 sts)
Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Sew to head.

Antlers 1 (make 2)

Use beige yarn. Work in spiral.
Row 1: Ch 2, 5 sc in second ch from hook. (5 sts)
Row 2 – 7: Sc in each sc around. (5 sts)
Begin stuffing antler.
Row 8: Sc in each sc around. (5 sts)
Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Sew to head.

Antlers 2 (make 2)

Use beige yarn. Work in spiral.
Row 1: Ch 2, 5 sc in second ch from hook. (5 sts)
Row 2 – 3: Sc in each sc around. (5 sts)
Begin stuffing antler.

Row 4: Sc in next 3 sc. (3 sts)
Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Sew to Alter 1.

FINISHING
Use a brown cord to make a loop on the Rudolph’s head. Tie the ends in a knot. You can hide a knot in Rudolph’s head.



Happy holidays!
Anja



Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The winter is here


The real winter is finally here! We have 40cm of snow and the temperature is below zero :) Because it’s freezing outside, I decided to make my first crochet mittens and I believe I’ll be able to complete the first mitten today. As soon as I’m done with crocheting I will post the free pattern (which will be more precise than the one for the turban headband! :))

Here is my work in progress:




The countryside looks really beautiful covered with snow. Here are some photos I took in our garden. Our furry family member Leda enjoys playing in the snow.















I would also like to share with you some photos of yesterday’s event. A few weeks ago a local artist, who also works as an art teacher in my town’s grammar school, called me and asked me if I wanted to present his exhibition. Since I’m a student of art history I was really happy to accept this task. To make this story short, yesterday was the opening of the exhibition Barvite (which in Slovene means colourful) and everything went well. We had a really nice time and I am really honoured to part of it. 




You can visit his website HERE and you can also like his facebook page HERE :)

Have a nice day!!
Anja


Sunday, 2 December 2012

Crochet turban headband - FREE PATTERN

I like to wear my hair up but in this time of year it can get quite cold for the ears :) That's why I decided to make myself a warm turban headband.





Skill level: Easy
Abbreviations:  ch – chain
                                hdc – half double crochet

Pattern note: Chain 2 at beginning of the row counts as first half double crochet.

Row 1: Ch until it matches your head size.
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each of the remaining ch, turn.
Row 3 - ?:  Repeat Row 2. Make as many rows as you wish but don't forget that this is going to be only half of the width of your headband.

At the end of the last row fasten off, leaving long end.


Finishing:

Here is a little video which will show you how to tie a headband.


video



Slowly take the headband off your head and sew both ends together and upper and lower part of the headband.




And voilà, here is your turban headband :)



Have a nice week!
Anja

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Amigurumi Bunny


Here is a little bunny I made some weeks ago. I really like how chubby and cute he turned out. I think I’ll be making more “ball” shaped animals in the near future :)



P.S.: Next week I'll post the pattern for turban headband. I promise :)

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Monday, 5 November 2012

Amigurumi Lion

Hello!

Rainy days are just perfect for crocheting :) Today I finished a little lion for my boyfriend and I think he turned out quite nice. I have to say that I am really pleased with my progress :) I found the pattern for this cute amigurumi in the book I mentioned in a previous post (Ana Paula Rímoli: Amigurumi Toy Box).

Have a nice day! 




Saturday, 3 November 2012

Amigurumi Polar Bear

Here is my little polar bear. The pattern for this adorable amigurumi can be found in a book called Amigurumi Toy Box, which is written by Ana Paula Rímoli. The book is full of cute creations and the patterns are really simple to follow and are perfect for beginners.

 


I think a tiny fish is a great addition to this cute polar bear :)