It's a long weekend, you've got some time...how about an Angry Owl Graphgan? It would make a great holiday gift and then you'd be ahead on your shopping! And JoAnn's and Michael's is having a sale this weekend.......oooooh sale.
Click HERE or on the picture for the free pattern and happy crocheting!
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What a great week of patterns and Etsy crafters! I feel like running out and making one of my own....and I DID! This guy is from a free pattern on Ravelry that you can find HERE
This pattern was really fun to work on and was relatively easy. His head antennae and body are worked as one piece, then the feet and legs are sewn on. I think you could easily make just the head and antennae and it would be adorable, but I admit that the feet add a little something. The fangs are totally me though. It may make him look a bit more monster-like, but it works on him.
The hardest part of this pattern is the feet and it's not that they're super hard, it's just very hard to describe on paper what you're meant to do. The one thing to remember when you try out the pattern is each tow is 4 rows long and 6 single crochet stitches round. So as long as your first row is 6sc and you make 4 rows before finishing the toe off, you'll do fine. Or feel free to cry/kick/scream and/or whine on my Facebook page. I'll totally sympathize.
Adventures in space travel! guaranteed to make you laugh, smirk and maybe giggle.
I imagine the two of them sitting by some rocks in the forest laughing about something the glookgocks were doing on the intergallactic transmitter the night before and throwing stones at the abyssnal horizon. Right?
And then Bisney asks Kelna if he thinks things will always be like this and Kelna sighs and says "Booshna kerina kis boosiny choolinfar." Which as we all no means "if we're lucky I think so."
And then out of NO WHERE a huge rock lands on them, and then kicks off the largest intergalactic war between them and the Insecularumsms since the great rising. Right? Or does is that something I'm just vaguely remembering? It might be a movie...hmmm.
Well, in any case. These two LOVELY and clearly gregarious fellows were created by Stacey Hunter who is quite the prolific crochet artist - see her website at: www.freshstitches.com
Stacey also has a shop on Etsy which can be found here: Freshstitches If you get a chance to check out her site, my faves are the Lion, Kangaroo and the Goat.
I asked Stacey what her favorite stitch was and she loves loves loves the single crochet. Many stuffed creature designers use and love the single crochet stitch and you might wonder why, well Stacey has answered it. "It's a dense stitch that's really great for making stuffed animals" You might notice that Stacey's creations have 'ribs' on the outside - or a lined pattern. This is created by her crocheting in only the back loops of each stitch. Stacey says she likes the look of the ribs and it's easier on her wrists when crocheting.
I think it looks great and I'm sure you guys too. If you get a chance, check out Stacey's store and let me know what you think Bisney and Kelna are up to.
[PS. in case you hate the name, they are totally my creation - don't blame Stacey! :P]
I spent all week crocheting an alien from a free pattern I got from Ravelry, can you guess which one? If not, come back on Friday for my pattern review and find out!
When going out for a day on the town it's important to go prepared - bring an umbrella, jacket, gum, etc. The worst is when you get there and it starts pouring rain and you're wearing shorts and flip flops.
Take this three-eyed alien for example. I imagine on an alien planet with low light/visibility and a lot of fog, five eyes is a must have. This handsome creature was made by Etsy Crafter Purple27Crochet and you can purchase a pattern and many more at Purple27Crochet Etsy store.
While the three-eyed alien was made using single crochet, this designers favorite stitch is the Shell Stitch. One reason being the many different ways you can use it and mix it with other stitches.
Here's a quick tutorial on making a shell stitch: Click HERE
Here's a quick tutorial on making a weaved shell stitch: Click HERE
And who can forget this one on the 5DCcluster / Shell stitch: Click HERE
Somewhere out there, on a ridge, in a canyon, in a convenience store - an alien is sneaking up on someone and is about to tickle those little hairs on the back of your neck. Turn quick! Else you miss them.
Ally-Lyn the Crochet Alien is a fashionable, hip lady with some serious awesome-appeal. She was crocheted by Denise Barrett and is available in Denise's Etsy shop: NiecysKritters. Ally-Lynn the crochet alien was made using single crochet and pops in a red, blue and green scarf.
Denise says she really likes single crochet, but cable stitch is also a favorite. Having not made something using cable stitch before, I'm running right out to try it.
To see more pictures of Ally-Lyn and all of Denise's patterns, see her Etsy shop at: NiecysKritters and stop by and say hi on her Facebook page.
This week I'll be paying tribute to the many crochet crafters on Etsy who have braved the final frontier and created what no man would call a man. When crocheting an alien, sure there are a lot of movies/comics/cartoons/etc, that one can use as a reference, but in a large way you are making use of your own imagination and asking yourself - what do you think you'd encounter on an alien planet. And such inner speculation tends to result in some spectacular and strange connotations. All wonderful and creative.
This adorable two eyed cutie was crocheted by Michael Murdock of CascadiaCrochet and is one of several crochet aliens available in Michael's store. Oga is also pretty cool and definitely worth a look.
Michael says that all of his animals are made using single crochet as this tends to be best for holding in the stuffing, but loves all stitches that create texture and interest.
One approach that I find adds texture is to crochet over several rows of single crochet either by using slip stitch or trying something like this pattern for double crochet over single crochet to add stripes.
In the dim of night after the haze of dusk, from no where came the
Alien named Musk.
He seemed nice enough, good manners, kind eyes; but he kept
looking at me and complaining about flies. I helped him the best I could, but what he wanted, I barely understood. I know everyone thinks I dreamed it, or maybe I'm crazy, but I swear the alien did visit. But just wait, it'll come true, the alien will soon visit you.
Who could have believed that an alien, an ALIEN! Would pick mouse monster to be the first earthien he would ever meet. It was dark that night and mouse monster was out tracking down bunnies to scare - really, don't ask - when there was a humming, kind of like cicada endlessly chirping.
And then nothing. Utter silence.
Spooked, mouse monster had turned to head home when the alien stepped out from behind a tree. The alien seemed dazed and asked for directions to Costco. Which seemed odd, but who knows, maybe Costco really is the best place to get cheap gas. Introducing himself as Musk, the alien waved goodbye and disappeared behind another tree.
Good Morning lovely Crochet by Karin followers and first time visitors. For your viewing pleasure I have a pattern review for Birds of a feather ... family of charming birds designed by Teresa Alverez in August of 2013. The free pattern can be found on Ravelry HERE.
Teresa has 74 patterns posted on Ravelry and all of them are pretty cute. This pattern is actually for 4 birds, a Mom, Dad and two kids, but for the purposes of this posting I tried out the Dad pattern.
First off, this is a really cute pattern!
The face is very sweet and overall the pattern was easy to follow. I like the idea of the exaggerated legs and the concept of the tale was good.
I think in regards to the tale something I missed something when reading the pattern as I'm pretty sure I put the tale on backwards (yikes!) and while I think the doll still looks cute, the tale stands out as 'not being quiet right.'
The pattern does have a typo when it comes to the feet. The pattern calls to chain 10, then slip stitch to make a ring (this makes the starting circle for the foot), but then you have this huge hole where the base of the foot should be. When asked the designer suggesting using a magic ring with 10 single crochet so I did this instead. You could also (chain 2, 10 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook).
Also, when crocheting around the 10sc ring for your foot, crochet only in the front loops as the back loops will be used in step two to make the leg. It doesn't clearly say this in the pattern, but it's implied when you get to the leg step.
For the legs, the pattern called for 47 rows of single crochet, I got nervous and stopped at 26 rows - I thought they were getting too long! But in retrospect, a little longer would have looked cute also.
A few items of note:
The full pattern was 30 pages! This is because it is 4 patterns not one.
There are no page numbers. I mixed up all the pages by the end and had to search around, I suggest you write the page numbers on there before you get started just to save your sanity.
Overall I'd say the pattern is medium difficulty, took about 8 hours, and I was happy with the results.