Moru's Crafts


Amigurumi, Inspiration, and Rain, oh my!
March 19, 2012, 5:38 pm
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Amigurumi is probably my favorite of all the crochet crafts. To me it is the most satisfying, because each ami works up very quickly. I recently made a crocheted mustache using the pattern found here He loved the present, and now I have a hundred people asking me if I can make one for them, too.

It’s the most fun, because almost anything you can imagine can become an amigurimi doll. I have seen whole blogs dedicated to amigurumi of all types. One for “nerdy” Amis, one for food Amis and it doesnt stop there. There are dozens of great amigurumi blogs out there. Including one called free amigurumi patterns, which is just what it sounds like.

Most recently, I made a small whale using a pattern I found here. My mother will be happy to receive this along with a small crocheted pot of petunias. I would have been better if I had learned how to crochet before last march, since it was my mother’s Douglas Adams themed 42nd birthday, but it’s better late than never :)

I am now working on another amigurumi. I am making master shake. He’s nothing to look at, yet, but soon I’ll post pictures (at the moment he is a 3 round circle. Not much to look at). I got the idea from the Nerdigurumi site. I’ve been looking there a lot lately. It has given me some great inspiration.

This year, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to make amigurumi presents for everyone for Christmas and the various holidays. I have already been scoping out the market on what kind of patterns to use for my family specifically. I have some ideas so far, but nothing solid.

I think one of the most important things to know about amigurumi is that cotton yarn is better than acrylic, and invest in some Amigurumi eyes. They come pretty cheap for a lot of them, and they look much better than hand-stitched eyes. I like french knots… but only to a certain extent. I highly recommend getting the eyes.

Crocheted Petunias

Oh! I finished the purse, and took pictures of it, finally. I got the original pattern from April Draven’s Blog. She has a bunch of cool crochet patterns and charts to crochet. Mine varies very slightly, because I wanted mine to say something else. Plus I didn’t use her exact tardis. My mother has been waiting… so patiently for this purse. I’m surprised she hasn’t flown to Texas just to get it from me.

 

It has been raining for about an hour. There are thunderstorm warnings, and it was hailing a few minutes ago. The dogs are not too happy about it. They’ve taken to either panting and shivering, or just laying there… pretending not to care that there is a big scary monster outside. I keep getting stared at while I try to browse pinterest.

 



Yarn scrap bracelet
March 18, 2012, 1:41 pm
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I have been crocheting like a madwoman in the past few days. I’m very close to finishing my mother’s purse. So close. I just have to finish the edging and the inside pocket. This is much more work than I thought it would be, but it is worth it. I have to start on another present for my mom’s friend. Amigurumi Master Shake. I even got the pipe cleaner for the straw part.

Actually what. Am sharing with you today is a crochet pattern for a bracelet using yarn scraps. I had a very small amount of a very pretty yarn left. It is the same yarn from my slouch hat pictures. I wanted to find a way to use the rest of the yarn, so I made myself a bracelet to wear on st. Patty’s day.

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For the first bracelet:
Foundation single crochet enough to fit comfortably around your wrist, fasten off.

Chain enough to fit around your wrist, turn and slip stitche into the second chain from the hook. Sl st into the next chain. Chain 3 and sl st into the first on the chain, *slip stitch into the next three chains, ch 3 and sl st into the first chain. Repeat to the end.
(if you want, turn and do it again on the other side of the starting chain, alternating where the picots are. ) fasten off

Chain enough to fit your wrist. Sl st into each chain, turn and sl st into the other side of the starting chain. Fasten off.

In an alternating color, chain enough to fit your wrist, fasten off.

Now, we’re going to join those four bracelets and hide the ties with a centerpiece.

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The centerpiece will be the same color as the plain chain bracelet you made last.

Chain enough to wrap around all four bracelet strands four or five times.
Sc in each chain, ch 1 and sc on the other side of the starting chain.

To assemble:

Tie each of the ends of your bracelets together, and wrap the centerpiece around the bracelet. Use a yarn needle to see it in place, hiding all of the other bracelet ties. Weave in ends!

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Wear your new creation with pride! :)



An adventurous day of crafting.
March 15, 2012, 2:47 am
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As I have mentioned before, my mother’s birthday was just the other day. My presents for her are late because I did not anticipate being busy and my hand cramping up every time I say down to crochet.

Anyway, as I was doing the middle part of the purse I am making for her, I realized that there are not very many video tutorials for changing colors to create a pattern in the same row. If I can figure out how to get a video camera set up, I might make one. I see a lot of picture tutorials, but to me, videos are more helpful — depending on the quality of it, of course.

I spent my day out and about around town, and found the most charming antique store. I love the store now, even though I bought nothing. It is a labyrinth of antiquities. So many things that would be amazing to own. There was an old Singer sewing machine, and I’d say dozens of vintage vogue patterns.

I would like to go back when I have money enough to look seriously for something. There was just so much in the store. It was almost sensory overload. I love stores like that.

And on another note I finished that peasant top I mentioned.

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It’s a neat project, and I recommend it to anyone wanting to practice upccling tshirts. :) I’ll have to find the link to the blog I found the tutorial on. I’ll edit that in when I have full use of the computer again.

I wasn’t aware that WordPress had an app for the iPhone. So now I’m never going to get any sleep.

Ever.

I have a few other crafts to share, but those will have to be in another post. I hope this week isn’t too stressful for anyone <;3 happy crafting!



Everyone’s doing it!

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I keep seeing people on pinterest post things about wrapping headphones with embroidery thread, and so I tried it! I think the best thing about this is that if you get tired of the color… you can just snip off the thread, and do it with a different color. I’m so indecisive and fickle that this completely works for me. I loved this craft, and I hope you do too!

Materials:

  • embroidery thread/yarn/crochet thread. Any kind of string works.
  • headphones!
  • hot glue gun
  • time.

All right. To get started, I cut a piece of thread that was 4 times the length of one of the sections of the headphones. Then, using that string, I cut two more just like it.

Tie a knot around your headphones, and start wrapping. You could also use the Chinese Staircase technique to make this. This method takes a lot longer. I tried that at the beginning , but I got bored with it fairly quickly. It was taking too long. I can’t just sit and knot a bunch of thread all day unless there is some amazing television on.

I even got bored of just wrapping, so I crocheted part of it on there.

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That was fun. I just tied a single piece of yarn around the headphone, created a slip knot, and then started making my single crochets around the headphone wire. I used a D crochet hook, and I like the size that mine came out. This is really about your own creative attitude.

Mine is a little kooky at the moment (probably due to a lack of sleep).

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When I was done wrapping and crocheting and knotting, I took a hot glue gun and went over some of the fraying edges of my various mediums. I put a little dab here, a little dab there, and got rid of any of the threads sticking up. Now, I have one complete pair of headphones that won’t tangle!

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Can’t wait to share my next project with you guys!

(meep! Better get on my mother’s belated!birthday gift. I think she might fly here just to force me to make it soon. It’s coming mom! I promise!)



Slouch hat crochet pattern
March 8, 2012, 2:03 pm
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The winter season is almost over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared for next year, right? My favorite crochet patterns are the easiest ones to follow. I don’t want to have to decipher meaning from strange instructions. This crochet pattern is very simple, easy to follow, and uses simple stitches to create a hat that is comfortable and stylish.

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Here is my pattern:

I used worsted weight (4) red heart yarn.

I used an I hook.

Abbreviations:
sc: single crochet
fpdc: Front Post double crochet
bpdc: back post double crochet.
ss: slip stitch
sk: skip
FO: Fasten Off
(Stitch count can be found in parenthesis.)

NOTE: Don’t join at the end of the round unless otherwise stated, use a stitch marker and work in continuous rounds.

Pattern:

Either use a magic circle or chain 4.
(If you chain, join to the first stitch with a slip stitch to form a ring.)

Rnd 1: 8sc in the ring. (8)
Rnd2: 2 sc in each stitch around. (16)
Rnd 3: *sc in next stitch, 2 sc in the next stitch.* Repeat from * around. (24)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* Repeat from * around. (32)
Rnd 5: *sc next 3 stitches, 2sc in next sc* Repeat from * around. (40)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc in next sc* Repeat from * around. (48)
Rnd 7: Sc in each stitch around.. (48)
Rnd 8: *sc in next 5 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* Repeat from * around. (56)
Rnd 9: Sc in each stitch around.. (56)
Rnd 10: *Sc in next 6 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* repeat from * around. (64)
Rnd 11: Sc in each stitch around.. (64)
Rnd 12: *Sc in next 7 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* Repeat from * around (72)
Rnd 13: Sc in each stitch around.. (72)
Rnd 14: *Sc in next 8 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* Repeat from * around. (80)

**From this point on, if you add more pattern rows, the slouchier the beanie will be at the end. Each row from now on will have 80 stitches.**

Rnd 15: work even.
Rnd 16: *fpsc (front post single crochet), bpsc (back post single crochet) * repeat around.
Rnd 17: *fpdc, bpdc* Repeat from * around.
Rnd 18: *fpsc, bpsc* Repeat around.
Rnd 19-23: Sc in each stitch around.
Rnd 24-25: *fpdc, bpdc* Repeat from * around.
Rnd 26: *fpsc, bpsc* Repeat from * around.
Rnd 27-31: Sc in each stitch around.

**Attach second color here, for brim, if you want to. From now on you can join the rounds.**

Rnd 32-36: Ch 3, *Fpdc, bpdc* Repeat from *around. The last two stitches in the round should be bpdc to continue the pattern. join with a slip stitch at the top of the Ch 3 at the beginning of the round.

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I also added a puff stitch flower, and leaves behind it.

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My hat! If you have any questions about the pattern, feel free to leave a comment!

((Note!: My crochet patterns are for personal use only. If  you want to sell the items you make, please contact me.
Please do not redistribute my pattern as your own.))