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2021 Crochet Round-up

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas holiday. Ours was filled with family, friends, and food. We made tamales at our houses, and other family members brought rice, beans, and a brisket. Of course, I also made a few pies. My niece loves strawberry pie, so that was a must! It was so much fun watching the children open their gifts, playing games with the family, and my SIL brought a pinata for the kids. So much fun!

Once Christmas is over, thoughts turn to New Year’s Eve and the goals for the coming year. Have you started working on your resolutions yet? I’ve compiled some of my most popular blog posts to help with that.

Pets

Are you adopting a pet this year, or did you get a puppy for Christmas? My Bruno was a Christmas gift from my husband last year, and I published the sweater pattern I designed for him. There are 2 puppy sizes, and I’m going to work on an adult pug sweater before the weather gets cold in Texas.

Bruno Sweater Small
Bruno Sweater Small

 

Sweater Crochet Pattern for the New Puppy

 

Pug Puppy Sweater Update

 

 

 

 

Organization

Many people love to organize their home for the new year, so here are several adorable eyeglass holders to crochet so you’ll always know where your glasses are.

owl crochet pattern

 

Owl Eyeglass Holder

YouTube tutorial: https://youtu.be/HElfSTxQy5s

 

 

 

 

Poodle Eyeglass Holder Crochet Pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Octopus Eyeglass Holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redecorate

Want to give your home a new look for the new year? Here are some potholders to brighten up the kitchen and pillows for the rest of the house.

Duck Potholder Crochet Pattern
Duck Potholder Crochet Pattern

 

Smiling Duck Potholder Crochet Pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bald Eagle Crochet Potholder

 

 

 

 

 

Mushroom Pillow
https://youtu.be/pYUdO4X3Uvg

 

Mushroom Pillow on Addi King Knitting Machine

 

 

 

 

 

 

sunflower crochet

 

Picasso Sunflower Pillow

 

 

 

 

 

Learn a Craft

If you’ve been wanting to learn how to crochet, start with this simple Rainbow Scarf. The YouTube tutorial gives you step-by-step instructions to make yourself a lovely scarf, or you can gift it to your favorite person.

rainbow scarf

 

 

 

Snowflake Kitchen Boa Crochet Pattern in Tunisian Stitch
Snowflake Kitchen Boa Crochet Pattern in Tunisian Stitch

 

Already know how to crochet but want to learn a new stitch? Try Tunisian with this lovely Snowflake Kitchen Boa tutorial.

Snowflake Kitchen Boa Crochet Pattern in Tunisian Stitch

YouTube tutorial: https://youtu.be/_4QHPqtdys4

 

 

 

 

Save Money

Start your 2022 gift list by making these wonderful handmade gifts for a fraction of what they would cost to buy.

Easy Infinity Scarf
elephant hand puppet
Elephant Hand Puppet

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Happy Birthday!!!

birthday gift tags

Another year has come and gone, and this one has been rough. What I thought was a pulled muscle in my back causing pain turned out to be a symptom of gallstones. Today I am 3 weeks post cholecystectomy, and I’m pretty much back to feeling normal. Well, normal for my age anyway. Yes, I’m at the age now where things just don’t work as well as I would like. Fortunately, I have this little crochet business which allows me to work my own schedule. As the story goes, I’m working 80 hours a week for myself in order to avoid working 40 hours a week for someone else! The great part is most of that time is spent crocheting, which really isn’t work to me at all. Enough about me! Today I have some more gift tags for you to download, this time Birthday Tags.

birthday gift tags

 

Happy Birthday Gift Tags

Handmade Gift Tags – Cats

Baby Shower Gift Tags

Super Squishy Pillow & Plushie Crochet Patterns Ebook

These designs have been so much fun to make!

Squishy is in this year, and these pillow and plush toy designs take squishy to the ultimate level. Use super bulky Bernat blanket yarn to crochet some ultra soft amigurumis and decorative pillows. Imagine a Horny Toad Cushion in your game room. Your favorite feminist will treasure a Pink Power Pillow in her living room (including sign language I Love You and Middle Finger Designs). Your teens will love having pillows shaped as their favorite foods – Taco, Ranch Dressing, and Ice Cream Cone. The younger ones will adore these cuddly plushies for playtime – Axolotl, Baby Penguin, Donkey, and Snake.

Twelve unique crochet designs included:
* Ice Cream Cone Pillow
* Baby Penguin Plushie
* Axolotl Pillow
* King Snake Plushie
* Ranch Dressing Pillow
* Teddy Bear
* Pink Power Fist Pillow
* Rainbow Power Fist Pillow
* Archie the Donkey Plushie
* Horny Toad Cushion
* Taco Tuesday Pillow
* Roller Skate Pillow

Today only, you can get this new ebook 50% off as my birthday gift to you. Super Squishy Pillows and Plushies Crochet Pattern Ebook – Using Bernat Blanket Yarn

More Amigurumi

Learn to Crochet an Octopus

Xolo Dog Plush Toy

Bearded Monkey

Baby Gator Amigurumi

Tokyo Olympics

Have you been watching the Olympics. The other evening I saw watching the beauty of synchronized diving. I don’t know anything about the sport except less splash means a higher score, but when they’re in perfect synch, it’s beautiful to watch. They did a backstory about Tom Daley hoping to win gold, as he has been an Olympic diver since he was 14. Of course, that guaranteed that I would root for him, because everyone loves an underdog story. Then yesterday in a crochet group on Facebook, someone posted a story about Daley learning to knit and crochet. Now I’m definitely a fan! Congratulations Tom and his diving partner Matty Lee on winning gold!

https://news.yahoo.com/olympic-diver-tom-daley-knits-011142915.html

As fiber artists, most of us are not Olympians and spend entirely too much time sitting down. Take a look at this great video from Brittany for some great exercises – Yoga for Crafters.

https://youtu.be/0DqS7_QfcqA

Birthday Sale

Don’t forget, all patterns and ebooks are 25% off through 7/31/2021 in my Etsy shop.

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Coming Attractions

  • Have you tried Premier’s new Chameleon yarn yet? New pattern coming soon!
  • August 7-12 – New Amigurumi Bundle from Anvi’s Granny
  • August 1-16 – 2021 Preemie Crochet Challenge 2021
  • August 9-14 – Home Crochet Bundle from Nicki’s Homemade Crafts

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What Do You Get When You Cross an Octopus with a Tomato?

Octopus tomato amigurumi

Octomato!!

Recently while scrolling through Tiktok (I love following other crocheters), I saw @medisweetscrafts challenged her viewers to combine an animal and a fruit into one amigurumi. Since I just finished another octopus eyeglass holder, and I’m eating lots of cherry tomatoes from my garden, the first thing that popped into my head was an octopus with a tomato head. Voila! Octomato!

octopus tomato amigurumi

 

Finished measures approximately 8 tall (including tentacles) by 3” wide.

 Materials:

Worsted weight yarn

1.5 oz. red

20 yards green

Crochet hook size G (4.0 mm)

Safety eyes

Fiberfil

Directions:

BODY:

Rnd 1: With red yarn, ch 2 (or magic circle). Sc 6 in second ch from hook. Do not join. Work in continuous rnds throughout.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc).

Rnd 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (18 sc).

Rnd 4: *1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 5: *1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 6: *1 sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnd 7: *1 sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (42 sc).

Rnd 8: *1 sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (48 sc).

Rnds 9-15: Sc in each st.

Rnd 16: *Dec, sc in next 6 sc,* repeat around (42 sc).

Rnd 17: *Dec, sc in next 5 sc,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnd 18: *Dec, sc in next 4 sc,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 19: *Dec, sc in next 3 sc,* repeat around (24 sc).

Insert safety eyes at Rnd 11 approximately 5 sts apart. Stuff firmly.

Rnd 20: *Dec, sc in next 2 sc,* repeat around (18 sc).

Rnd 21: *Dec, sc in next sc,* repeat around (12 sc). Finish stuffing.

Rnd 22: Dec around (6 sc). Join with sl st. Fasten off red leaving 6” length for sewing. Gather outer lps of remaining 6 sts and pull tightly to close.

TENTACLES: (Make 8)

Rnd 1: With red yarn, ch 20. 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, 3 dc in each remaining ch. Sl st in last ch. Fasten off leaving 9” length for sewing.

LEAVES: (Make 9)

With green yarn, ch 4. Hdc in second ch from hook and next ch, In last ch work sc, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch, sc. Hdc in last 2 lps on opposite side of starting ch.

Fasten off leaving 4” length for sewing.

Sew one leaf onto end of each tentacle and one onto top of head. Sew tentacles to bottom of body. Weave in all ends.

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More Amigurumi

Learn to Crochet an Octopus

Baby Penguin

Xolo Dog Plush Toy

Bearded Monkey

Baby Gator Amigurumi

Narwhal Amigurumi

Birthday Sale

Don’t forget, all patterns and ebooks are 25% off through 7/31/2021 in my Etsy shop.

https://etsy.me/2Za7p5W

Coming Attractions

  • Have you tried Premier’s new Chameleon yarn yet? New pattern coming soon!
  • August – New Amigurumi Bundle
  • Preemie Crochet Challenge 2021 
  • Super Squishy Pillows & Plushies Ebook

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Learn to Crochet an Octopus

octopus amigurumi

If you have been following my blog, you saw last month’s National Zoo Animal Blog Hop. June 1 was National Reef Awareness Day, so we had several sea animal crochet patterns for that day, one of which was an Octopus Eyeglass Holder. Even though I started a YouTube tutorial for the Octopus, the blog hop took more time than I thought, and the days flew by! Then I found out I had gallstones and had to undergo a cholecystectomy (yuk) which put me even further behind. This is such a fun pattern, though, so I promised myself I would get it finished this week. I finally finished the edits and published it on YouTube today. Please reach out to me if you have any issues with the tutorial.

octopus amigurumi

 

YouTube tutorial: https://youtu.be/pkUo3ku9yko

Blog post: https://myfingersflyblog.com/2021/06/01/national-zoo-aquarium-month-blog-hop-day-1-national-reef-awareness-day/

PDF download: https://www.myfingersfly.com/products/crochet-eyeglass-holder-pattern-octopus-amigurumi-octopus-crochet-pattern

More Eyeglass Holders

Owl Eyeglass Holder

Eyeglass Holder Crochet Patterns Ebook – 17 Designs

Poodle Eyeglass Holder Crochet Pattern

Elephant Eyeglass Holder Crochet Pattern

Birthday Sale

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