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Christmas Tree Garland Pattern





Hello, all!  I hope you're staying safe wherever you are.  In my part of the world we're still dealing with a rising second wave of Covid cases, so I'm finding myself with a lot of free time (and yarn).  


The temperatures here in Canada are starting to drop, and the local stores have been full of Christmas decorations since before Halloween.  I've been seeing so many adorable Christmas and winter themed garlands, so I wanted to try making my own!




The trees can be sewn onto a garland, or left separate as a cute gift tag or tree ornament.  


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To make these you'll need:

  • Green Yarn (I used Scheepjes Catona in colour numbers 412, 515, and 244)
  • Dark brown yarn (same weight as the green yarn)
  • Beige yarn (or any colour you want for the garland chain)
  • A crochet hook to match your weight of yarn.  I used a 2.75mm hook.  If you use a thicker yarn, you might want a larger size
  • A tapestry needle for weaving in your ends
  • Green felt
  • Hot glue gun

  • Small led lights (optional)
  • Gold thread (optional)

Abbreviations
  • SC = single crochet
  • BLO = back loop only
  • INC = increase
  • CH = chain
  • FO = fasten off


The Pattern 

Using either plain yarn, or yarn with gold thread held together

Set up: CH 2, in 2nd CH from the hook SC 3 (3 stitches in row)
Row 1: SC, INC, SC (4 stitches in row)
Row 2: In BLO, SC across (4 stitches)
Row 3: SC, INC 2, SC  (6 stitches)
Row 4: In BLO, SC across
Row 5: SC 2, INC 2, SC 2 (8 stitches)
Row 6: In BLO, SC across
Row 7: SC 3, INC 2, SC 3 (10 stitches)
Row 8: In BLO, SC across
Row 9: SC 4, INC 2, SC 4 (12 stitches)
Row 10: In BLO, SC across
Row 11: SC 5, INC 2, SC 5 (14 stitches)
Row 12: In BLO, SC across
Row 13: SC 6, INC 2, SC 6 (16 stitches)
Row 14: In BLO, SC across
Row 15: SC 7, INC 2, SC 7 (18 stitches)
Row 16: In BLO, SC across
Row 17: SC across
FO



To add the trunk, count across 7 stitches from row 17, and attach brown yarn, crocheting 4 SC.  Turn, and crochet four more SC, FO




Weave in all ends but the thread at the top of the tree (you'll use this to sew it to your CH)

Make a crochet CH the length that you want your garland to be. I added a gold thread into mine, but you can also just use plain yarn.

Attach the trees using that leftover thread.  I spaced mine 5 inches apart. 

I found that my trees were curling at this point, so I cut out felt triangles slightly smaller than the trees and glued them to the backs. 




Let me know if you have any questions in the comments, or feel free to get in contact with me using the contact form to the right.  Happy crocheting!













Giant Squirtle Pattern

 

Two patterns in one month?  It's almost like I'm procrastinating from something.  (I am.)

I really need to take new pictures of Squirtle, but that update will have to wait for another time.  For now, happy crocheting! 





What You'll Need

Bernat blanket yarn in:

-Royal blue

-Vintage White

-Taupe

Scrap chunky white yarn (about 3 meters) (alternatively, use white bernat blanket yarn)

Brown, black, and white felt

Polyester stuffing

Glue Gun

Tapestry needle

Scissors

6.5mm crochet hook


Each new line is a new row unless it says otherwise 

Head

(Using blue)

SC 8 in magic loop

Inc x 8

*Sc, inc* X 8

*Sc 2, inc* X 8

*Sc 7, inc* X 4

Sc around for 4 rows

Sc 16, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 16

Sc around for 3 rows

Sc 3, Dec 16, sc 3

Sc 3, Dec 8, sc 3

Continuing on to the body

(using vintage white)

Inc 6, sc, inc 6 

*Sc 5, inc* X 2, sc 2, *inc, sc 5* X 2

Sc 9, inc. X 3

Sc 9 rows

Dec to close, FO


Shell

(Using Taupe)

SC 8 in magic loop

Inc x 8

*Inc 5, sc 3* X 2

Sc 2, inc. X 8, sc, inc

Sc 3, inc. X 8, sc 2, inc 

Sc 10, inc. X 4

Sc 11, inc. X 4

(Switching to your white scrap yarn OR white bernat blanket yarn)

Slip stitch around the outside, creating the white border.  FO


Tail

Sc 8 into magic loop

Inc x 8

Sc 3, inc. X 4

Sc around for 7 rows

Sc 8, Dec. X 2

Sc 7, Dec

Sc 6, Dec

Sc 5, Dec

Sc 12

Sc 4 more rows

DEC to close, FO


Arms

SC 6 into magic loop

Inc 3, sc 3

*Sc, inc* X 3, sc 3

Sc 3 rows

*Sc 2, Dec* X 3

FO


Legs

CH 12 and join ends with slip stitch

*Sc 3, inc* X 3

Sc 3 rows

*Sc 3, Dec* X 3

Inc 4, sc 8

Sc 8, Dec 4

Dec to close, FO


Now sew all the parts together, making sure to stuff the arms, legs, and tail as firm as you want.  


For the eyes I cut out the felt, and simply glued it on with a glue gun.  


Have fun making him!  If you have issues, feel free to ask in the comments and I'll get back to you asap (I'm trying to check in on them more often)


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Giant Bulbasaur Crochet Pattern

 Well hello there.  I know I promised scheduled patterns when I published my Charmander pattern.... but it turns out I have once again underestimated my ability for procrastination.  

On the bright side I've cast on two blankets, a sweater, and started designing yet another knit top.  

On the not so bright side, I'm behind on publishing my Kanto set.  So it's time to get on that.  

Here's Bulbasaur.  Hopefully Squirtle isn't too long off (I know better than to make promises now.)


Enjoy making it!  If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments!


Bulbasaur Crochet Pattern




What You'll Need:

Bernat blanket yarn in Teal and Green

Dark Teal Felt

Red Felt

White Felt

7mm Crochet Hook

Scissors

Hot Glue Gun

Tapestry Needle


Head

Row 1: Make a magic loop and SC 8 into it

Row 2: INC x 8

Row 3: *SC, INC* x 8

Row 4: *SC 2, INC* x 8

Row 5: *SC 7, INC* x 4

Row 6-10: SC around

Row 11: INC 2, SC 9, INC 2, SC 23

Row 12-13: SC around

Row 14: DEC 12, SC 8, DEC 4

Row 15: DEC 7, SC 4, DEC 3

Stuff Head

Row 16-close: DEC to close, FO


Body

Row 1: CH 24, join into a loop using a slip stitch

Row 2: SC 5, INC 2, SC 10, INC 2, SC 5

Row 3: SC 6, INC 2, SC 12, INC 2, SC 6

Row 4: SC 7, INC 2, SC 14, INC 2, SC 7

Row 5-11: SC around

Row 12-close: DEC to close, FO


Legs 

Make 4

Row 1: SC 6 into magic loop

Row 2: INC 3, SC 3

Row 3: *SC, INC* x 3, SC 3

Row 4: SC 3, INC 3, SC 6

Row 5-7: SC around

Row 8: *SC 3, DEC* x 3, FO


Ears

Make 2

Row 1: SC 8 into magic loop

Row 2: *SC, INC* x 4

Row 3: *SC 2, INC* x 4, FO


Pod

Row 1: SC 6 into magic loop

Row 2: SC x 6

Row 3: INC x 6

Row 4: *SC, INC* x 6

Row 5: *SC 2, INC* x 6

Row 6: *SC 2, INC* x 8

Row 7: *SC 3, INC* x 8

Row 8: *SC 7, INC* x 5

Row 9-12: SC around

Row 13: *SC 2, DEC* x 11, SC


Now, stuff the body, and sew the head onto it.  I find it useful to use sewing pins to confirm the placement.  


Sew the ears onto the head, sew the pod and legs onto the body.  


Lastly, add your felt details!  I've provided some pictures below for felt placement as well as limb placement when sewing stuff on.



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Giant Charmander Crochet Pattern



Hello, all!

It's (once again) been a while since I've posted a pattern. But I have THREE lined up, which I'll be posting over the next three weeks.

With the pandemic still keeping me home, I have a bit more time on my hands. In between working on a few paid patterns, I really wanted to publish a few free ones for those of you who are also stuck inside.

The first patterns I shared on this blog were tiny versions of the original Kanto starters. My next three will be GIANT versions of them.

First up: Charmander.




Each of these next three patterns are made using Bernat Blanket yarn. I suggest that you use the recommended yarns, as I haven't tested with any other materials or weights.

If you do try out a different yarn, be sure to let me know how it went in the comments!


The Pattern



What You'll Need

6.5mm crochet hook

Bernat blanket Yarn in Pumpkin Spice

Felt in:

-Green

-Black

-White

-Beige

Tapestry Needle

Glue Gun

Scissors

Polyester stuffing

Acrylic yarn in:

-Red

-Yellow

-Orange




Pattern Notes:

Each new line is a new row, unless I say otherwise




Head and Body

SC 8 into magic loop

INC (16)

*SC, INC* x 8 (24)

*SC 2, INC* x 8 (32)

SC for 4 rows

INC 3, SC, INC 3, SC 25 (38)

SC for 3 rows

DEC 11, SC 10, DEC 3 (24)

DEC 5, SC 12, DEC (18)

Stuff Head

*SC 5, INC* x 3 (21)

SC 7, *SC, INC* x 7 (28)

*SC 6, INC* x 4 (32)

SC for 9 rows

DEC to close, stuff body before it's fully closed, FO




Legs

SC 6 in magic loop

INC (12)

SC

SC

DEC 4, INC 4 (12)

SC 6, INC 2, SC 4 (14)

SC 9, INC 2, SC 3 (16)

DEC 4, SC 6, DEC (11)

Stuff legs

DEC to close, FO




Arms

SC 5 into magic loop

INC (10)

SC 4 rows

DEC, SC 3, DEC, SC 3 (8)

FO

Stuff Arms




Tail

SC 4 in magic loop

INC 2, SC 2 (6)

SC, INC 2, SC 3 (8)

SC 2, INC 2, SC 4 (10)

SC 3, INC 2, SC 3, DEC (11)

SC 4, INC 2, SC 3, DEC (12)

SC 4, INC 2, SC 4, DEC (13)

SC 5, INC 2, SC 5, DEC (14)

SC 6, INC 2, SC 5, DEC (15)

SC 6, INC 2, SC 6, DEC (16)

Now to shape the tail, I did SC on the bottom (no increases or decreases), and slip stitched on the top. The top of the tail will be with that line of increases you made pointing up.

Should you not want to bother with this, you can just put some modeling wire in the tail to shape it.

I did 5 more rows after the increases and decreases.

Stuff Tail




Putting it all Together

At this point I made the flame for the tail. I took acrylic yarn in orange, yellow, and red, and unraveled it giving it a looser, softer look, I tied a large knot in it, and put it through the magic loop in the tip of the tail. If the loop was still too loose I tightened it at this point.


I then sewed the tail on, and cut the beige felt to size to cover the tummy and underside of the tail. Then I just glued it on. 

  








Next sew your arms and legs on, weaving in all ends as you go (including the tail end.



For the eyes I examined many pictures of Charmander until I found my favourite design, and cut the pieces of felt out. Set them up before you glue them together to make sure they're perfect.





Glue the eyes together, and stick them on your Charmander.




And you're done!




Let me know in the comments if you have any questions, if I missed a step, or if anything was unclear. 

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Stay safe and healthy <3  









A Child Pattern




Hello, all! This following pattern is unlabeled, and is the pattern only. I've made it for an educational
reference, and as such I can't provide step-by-step photos.
(I'm trying to avoid any issues with copyright, so I apologize if this is challenging for beginners to make.)

Want to see how I make things? I often post progress photos in my instagram stories

If you enjoy my free patterns, please consider supporting me! (Button is in the column on the right.)
That way I can budget more time of my week designing new free resources. I'm also considering
re-opening my Patreon, so please let me know if you're interested in that down in the comments.



Abbreviations
SC = Single crochet
INC = Single crochet increase
DEC = Single crochet decrease
FO = Fasten off
CH = Chain
slst = slip stitch

*SC 3, dec* x 4 = single crochet for 3 stitches, decrease once. Repeat the directions in the **'s 4 times.

Supplies:
Needle felter
Loops and threads Charisma in: (I JUST FIXED THIS, I HAD THE WRONG NAME)
-Sage (1-2 balls)
-Pecan (1 ball)
-Taupe (1 ball)
Light pink roving
Dark brown roving
White Roving
Polyester stuffing
Scissors
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends/sewing doll together
18mm safety eyes
4mm crochet hook (this was used for everything)




Head


Rnd 1: Using the magic loop technique, CH 8 into it. (There’s tons of Youtube tutorials if you don’t
know what this is. 
Rnd 2: INC x 8 (16 stitches total)
Rnd 3: *INC 4, SC 4* x 2 (24 stitches total)
Rnd 4: SC 2, INC 4, SC 8, INC 4, SC 6 (32 stitches total)
*If you place stitch markers right in the middle of the increase sections on both sides, you'll know exactly where the sides of the head are. This helps with placing the eyes.
Rnd 5: SC 3, *SC, INC* x 3, SC 10, *INC, SC* x 3, SC 7 (38 stitches total)
Rnd 6: SC 7, INC, SC, INC, SC 16, INC, SC, INC, SC 9 (42 stitches total)
Rnd 7-13: SC
Rnd 14: *SC 5, DEC* x 6 (36)
Rnd 15: *SC 4, DEC* x 6 (30)
Rnd 16: *SC 3, DEC* x 6 (24)

Place eyes 11 rows down, about 10 rows apart. I also put an oval of dark brown felt behind the eyes.
(Although I ended up needle felting even more dark brown around the eyes later).
**Make sure the eyes are centered! (With the increase sections at the sides of the head)

Stuff the head.

Rnd 17: SC 3, DEC 4, SC 4, DEC 4, SC (16)
Rnd 18: SC (16)
Rnd 19: *SC 3, INC* x 4 (20)
Rnd 20: *SC 4, INC* x 4 (24)
Rnd 21: *SC 5, INC* x 4 (28)
Rnd 22: *SC 6, INC* x 4 (32)
Rnd 23-30: SC 
*Last row, make sure you SC to middle of back

Stuff the body/finish stuffing the head.


Divide for legs
You should be at the back.  SC at the front, so you now have two rounds of 16 stitches.

Here's an example of this technique from another pattern:


Leg Rnd 1-6: SC around (16 stitches total)
Rnd 7: *INC 3 (in 1 stitch), SC 2* x 3 across the front of the foot. SC across the back (25 stitches total)
Rnd 8: SC (25)
Rnd 9: DEC to close
FO


Repeat for the other leg, stuffing the body/legs as you go.


Arms


Rnd 1: CH 10, join with a slst. (to make a loop)
Rnd 2: *SC 4, INC* x 2 (12 stitches total)
Rnd 3-11: SC (12)


using the same technique as the divide for legs, make three fingers 4 around.  


For each finger you'll SC 3, DEC.  FO. You can also just make 3 magic loops (of 4 SC each)


Ears
Rnd 1: CH 16
Rnd 2: SC 7, INC 2, SC 7 (18)
Rnd 3: SC 8, INC 2, SC 8 (20)
Rnd 4-7: SC
Rnd 8: SC 9, DEC, SC 9 (19)
Rnd 9: SC 8, DEC, SC 9 (18)
Rnd 10: SC 8, DEC, SC 8 (17)
Rnd 11: SC 8, DEC, SC 7 (16)
Rnd 12: SC 7, DEC, SC 7 (15)
Rnd 13: SC 6, DEC, SC 7 (14)
Rnd 14: SC 5, DEC 2, SC 5 (12)
Rnd 15: SC 4, DEC 2, SC 4 (10)
Rnd 16: SC 3, DEC 2, SC 3 (8)
Rnd 17: SC 2, DEC 2, SC 2 (6)
close: DEC to close, FO



Sew the ears to the head, and the arms to the body (at the shoulders.)

Now for the details. I used needle felting, but without step-by-step photos here, I strongly recommend you use reference photos.

Here's a video on needle felting for those of you who are beginners:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHxeOBl3Luc

To needle felt ears, I simply took some light pink roving, and slowly added layers. I wanted a faded effect, so many layers is best! When needle felting I also find it helpful to step back and look at my work.

The face was the trickiest part. To achieve ridges/raised areas you need to make many layers. I find it helpful to make loose "sausages" from the felt, and felt that in with my needle felter. Then I'll add thinner layers to blend everything together.
* If you can't find felt in the same colour as your face, use your yarn and just unravel and brush it!

Felt can be REALLY packed down, so if something doesn't look right, just continue to felt until the shape is correct.

Worst case scenario, pry the felted layers off and start fresh.

I also like to add more eye details, like little white accents at the outside corners.


A Little Jacket
with brown yarn
Row 1: CH 38
Row 2: In 3rd CH from hook DC. Continue to DC across. (36 stitches)
Row 3: CH 2, DC 9, CH 4 (skipping 4 stitches below), DC 9, CH 4 (skipping 4), DC 10. (36 stitches)
This makes the arm holes
Row 4-10: DC across (36 stitches)
FO

Going back to the top of your work, attach your beige yarn to the start of Row 1, and work across as follows:
Row 1a: CH 3, TC 8, DC 6, SC 8, DC 6, TC 8
This will start to make a beige collar
Row 2a-3a: DC across
FO

For the arms, reattach the brown yarn at the arm holes, and DC around 12. DC 2 more rounds.
DC 1 round at the end in beige. FO

Weave in all ends, and you've made a little jacket!



This pattern is for personal use only. Please do not share it as your own, or sell it or any parts of it.







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