Moru's Crafts


Shoulder Shrug and More Amigurumi
March 21, 2012, 9:38 pm
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I finished a few projects recently. My mother’s purse was one of them, and now I’ve finished more presents for people. Everyone is so patient when they know I’m making them something. I really love that they don’t seem to complain much even though it takes me ages. I wish that I had the same kind of patience. I think it’s a family trait … the impatience. My mother doesn’t have much of it either (although, she does have more than I do).

My two projects were an Amigurumi Master Shake, using this pattern, on one of my favorite blogs: nerdigurumi . It’s a great pattern… and after I remembered how to crochet in the round (I do it often… I just forgot how to join and still have the right amount of stitches. I had to pull out a whole 6 rows of stitching, before I figured out how to do it correctly). I love all of the tutorials on this blog, and the patterns are just nerdy enough for my liking.

Mine turned out pretty well. I didn’t take many pictures of it, but here are two:

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Just before I made the eyes.

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all sewn up~!

I really like how he turned out. I would have liked him more if I used cotton yarn (which is really good to use in amigurumi because it holds shape better, and doesn’t stretch as much as synthetic yarns). I needed to use up some scraps though… I had the end of a red heard white skein to use and the arms are also scraps.

Other than that, I had a little shoulder shrug that I made for S. She asked me for it months ago. She even bought the yarn (simply soft from Caron. It was a pinkish). Sadly, I got side tracked with all of the presents other people wanted from me. Finally I decided to just make S’s shrug. Couldn’t take that long, right? Right. It took me a few hours of concentrated effort, and only one skein of yarn!

Plus it turned out really cute.

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Front

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side/back

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stitches close up.

The edging is done in star stitches, and the middle bit is just HDC. It needed to be breathable, but not too seethrough, because it’s for work. She got compliments on it, today! I might put the pattern up in my Etsy shop, once I get it written. It’s a very simple, but stylish design!

If enough people want the pattern, I may make another version of it that will be free.

Happy Crafting!

Up next: What to do with all these scraps?!

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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.))