Happy Easter – Free Pattern Easter Chicken.

I put this little guy together for a friend of mine who requested a little chicken toy to go along with some of my little fruit pieces.  I decided to add some little eggs and a straw nest for them to sit in as a little centrepiece as my lovely customer has a little store of her own with a chicken themed logo.  So I thought if she decided have a market stall this little hen could keep her company.

I figured I should take a note of the pattern as I created it to share with you guys for easter.  So here goes.

Pattern:  

Acrylic yarns in 8ply:  I used white, red and gold.

5mm crochet hook

Safety eyes

Wool needle to sew in ends and attach pieces.

Stuffing

Body: (white)

Round 1: Start with a magic circle and Sc 6 stitches into it.

Round 2:  Continue working in a spiral.  Sc 2 in the first stitch and Sc 1 in the next.  Repeat around.

Round 3: Sc 2 in first stitch and Sc 1 in the next two stitches.  Repeat around.

Round 4: Sc 2 in first stitch and Sc 1 in the next three.  Repeat.

Round 5: Sc 2 in first stitch and Sc 1 in the next four.  Repeat.

Round 6: Sc 2 in the first stitch and Sc 1 in the next five stitches.  Repeat.

Round 7-11:  Sc around all stitches.

(Begin stuffing the body and continue to fill it as you close the hole. )

Round 12:  Decrease in the first stitch and Sc in the next five stitches.  Repeat Around.

Round 13-15: Sc around all stitches.

Round 16:  Decrease in the first stitch and Sc in the next four stitches.  Repeat Around.

Round 17-19:  Sc around all stitches.

(Attach your safety eyes  or buttons if using them.  Otherwise close the body as normal and simply sew on little circle shaped eyes at the end. )

Round 20:  Decrease in the first stitch and Sc in the next three stitches.  Repeat Around.

Round: 21:  Sc around all stitches.

Round 22: Decrease in the first stitch and Sc in the next two stitches.  Repeat Around.

Round 21:  Sc around all stitches.

Round 22:  Decrease in the first stitch and Sc in the next one.  Repeat Around.

Round 23:  Decrease in each stitch until the hole is closed.

The Comb: (Red)

Row1: Chain 10 stitches.

Row 2: Sc across them. Ch1 and turn.

Row 3: Sc in the first stitch. *( Hdc, Tc, Hdc) in the next stitch, Slip in the next stitch*.  Repeat * until the last stitch and then Sc into it.  Tie off leaving a long tail for attaching.

Wattle under beak.  (Red)

Row 1: Chain 5 stitches.

Row 2: Sc in next, Hdc in the next two stitches and Sc into the last stitch.  Tie off leaving a long tail.

Beak: (Gold)

Round 1:  Start with a magic circle and Sc four stitches into it.

Round 2:  Sc two in the first stitch and then one into the next. Repeat.

Round 3: Sc two in the first stitch.  Sc one into the next two stitches.  Repeat.

Round 4:  Sc around all stitches.  Tie off leaving a long tail.

Squeeze the beak flat and stuff lightly.

Wings: (White)  Make 2. 

Row 1:  Chain 12 stitches.

Row 2-4:  Sc across all stitches.

Row 5-7: Decrease one stitch at each end 0f the next row.  Sc across the rest of the stitches.

Row 8: Sc around the edges and Sc three stitches into the corners.  Tie off and leave a tail.

Tail: 

Row 1: Sc 8.

Row 2-3:  Sc across all stitches.

Row 4: Decrease into the first stitch.  Slip into the next stitch,  (Hdc, Tc,Hdc) in the next stitch, slip into the next stitch and then decrease into the last two stitches.

Feet: (Gold) Optional.  Make 2.  

Repeat the same steps as the tail.  Attach under the body at the front.  I didn’t feel it’s necessary as my chicken had a nest.

Construction:   

Attach the comb to the head.  Attach the wattle to the beak and then attach the beak to the body.  Attach a eyes if not using safety eyes or buttons.

Attach wings, tail and feet if making them.  And that is it.

Please let me know if you come across anything that is unclear and I will try to adjust it asap.

You are free to sell your creations made from this pattern if you like.  Just remember to credit me and share my link.  Sharing is caring right?

Enjoy.

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Feature Pattern – Crochet Dinosaur.

I have recently had the fun task of completing this pattern as a gift for my sons second birthday. It is easy to follow, a good stash buster for those balls of yarn you don’t quite have enough of for bigger projects and it is fast to make.  You can make it as colourful or realistic as you like.  Take a look at my version.

The only problem I came across was his brother wants to claim it as his own so this led to another project for x-mas.  Next project, A dragon for Oliver!  More on that later.

Enjoy!

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Featured on Plushka’s Craft.

I have exciting news.  I had the great pleasure of writing up a guest post and pattern for the delightful Plushka.  I just adore her sense of style and colour as you can see by my previous feature.

The pattern is for this cute little hat I made for a beautiful little friend Miss Lily’s first birthday.  So here you can see it on that sweet little head.  It’s so nice to finally know a few little baby girls I can make things for.  Everything had been so boy orientated for me up until now.

 

Little Red Riding Hood Bonnet.

 

This is a free use pattern with a short tutorial and photos of the progress for you to follow.  Enjoy the pattern and give it a try!

 

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Feature – Plushka & Plushka’s Makery

Because I am someone who likes to share I have another feature crafter to show you.  Please welcome Plushka.  I have admired the adorable craft of this young lady for some time now.  I was first in awe of her tiny cross-stitched buttons and such but have come to notice she is a multi-talented lass who can also crochet, knit, sew, stitch and even source and supply craft notions in her Craftumi store Plushka’s Makery.    This girl has style.  I love her choice in fabrics and colours.  She makes bias binding to die for and has a love of Japanese fabrics and doilies.

But most of all I do love the cross-stitch.  I had to purchase a little hedgehog keyring just now.  Couldn’t resist.  It’s really hard to look through her page and talk about her and resist the temptation.  I was so torn between the hedgehog and this blue rabbit.  I am still not 100% that I have made the right choice.  Gah!

Anyways I hope you love her work as much as I do.  Super inspiring and beautiful.  Delicious!  You can also find her on facebook here and here.

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What’s new?

I have gotten a fair few things done since the granny square post.  I’m really getting into the swing of combining craft with kids and working.  I am really pushing to try to get involved in the Mathildas Market down here in Sydney.  The weather is starting to get chilly so it is the perfect time to spread the word about my little knits.   So you should be seeing a whole lot more goodies being pumped out over here.

I have finished off the little pink blanket and even managed to make up a blue one too.  I have worked on a couple of bulky beanies and also being sewing some clothing for my boys.  I have been working on my sewing skills and purchasing a few little patterns from I think Sew to add to my list of little items to make.

I am also in the process of taking a serious look at an eco angle for some of my items… more on that later.

Don’t forget to check out the recent additions to my MadeIt store and spread the word.

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My Creative Space – Granny Squares.

I’m in the process of stitching together a group of crochet granny squares to make a baby girl blanket to add to my store.  I will be starting on a blue one next for the boys.  Its all Australian wool so is nice an warm and cozy but still lite and soft.  I’m loving the colours.  Wouldn’t mind one for myself actually.

Have a look at some other creative spaces over at Kootoyoo.
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The big move.

So I know I have been quiet lately.  I’m in the process of packing to move interstate in two weeks.  I’m working heaps and also trying to make some items to deliver to a friend to add to her stall.   But I have managed to put a few things together so here are a few pics.

I’ve been playing with some cute buttons and ribbons too.  And who says girls don’t do blue anyway.   If you see something you like I am more then happy to make you one up so feel free to ask.  These items are all newborn sizes.


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My Creative Space – For the Boys.

I’ve finished off the boys booties that I had pictured previously.  I’ve popped them into my space in handmade heaven and they will now be available as a regular item to compliment the girls mary-janes.

I’ve also been looking at some sewing info and am looking to dive into the projects to get me going.  I’ll post things as I go and link to anything useful I find along the way.  First up i’m thinking i’ll explore making my own bias binding.  It looks like a good way to use up spare bits of material.

As always check out Kootoyoo for more creative spaces.

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Feature Pattern – Buddy Bear

I wanted to share with you a nice pattern from Lion Brand Yarns. It’s a cute little crochet bear Amigurumi called Buddy Bear that I am rather fond .  I of course customised and modified it to my tastes but there is no reason why you could not follow the pattern exactly.  Check my guy out.  I’ve decided he is an Éclair Bear.  Oh, and I put a little bell in his foot too, so he jingles.  Why not give it a go?

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