Crochet Chick free pattern

Cheep cheep the crochet chick

As promised, a new friend for your bunnies! Here’s a cute easy chick for you to crochet:Crochet Chick free pattern This chick is super easy, I promise you will be able to whip 1 or 3 up in no time at all – I know Easter is almost here… but these guys are a breeze to make!

If you would like to make some chicks in time for Easter you will need:

  • Various scraps of yarn and a corresponding hook – I used 8ply and a 4mm hook.
  • 2 x 9mm safety eyes (or beads or buttons)
  • A needle to sew your creation together with.

1. The body- this is the SAME as the bunny – so for detailed round by round photos check out this tutorial.

Crochet Chick free pattern Round 1: Make a Magic Circle and chain 3, then crochet 13 DC into the circle and pull tight, join with a SS to complete the round (14 DC). I’ve had a few questions about the magic circle before, it’s my preferred way to start a round. You can find a video showing how it’s done here. If you prefer chain 4 and DC into the fourth chain from the hook (then your DCs) or chain four, join with a SS to form a ring and then chain 3 and 13 DC into the ring. All techniques work equally well, I think it just comes down to preference.

Round 2. Join yarn in space between two DCs, chain 3 and DC in between the same space. 2 DC between each stitch around, join with a SS to the top of chain 3 to complete the round. Fasten off.(14 2DC pairs).

Round 3. Join yarn in space between two pairs of DCs, chain 3 and 2 DC in same space. Make 3DCs in each space between two pairs of DCs around, join with a SS to the top of chain 3 to complete the round. Fasten off. (14 3DC pairs).

Round 4. You are now working in the top space between each stitch, not the space beside the stitch. Join your new colour through the top loop of the stitch only. Chain 2, 2DC into next stitch, 1 DC into next, 1 DC into next, 2DC into next stitch, 1 DC into next, 1 DC into next, 2DC into next stitch, 1 HDC into next, Chain 1, SC into each remaining stitch around.  Complete round by joining with a SS into the Chain 2. Do not fasten off.

Round 5. Chain 1, SC into each stitch around. SS into chain 1.

Round 6. Chain 1, HDC in next 11 stitches, chain 1, SS into next stitch. Fasten off leaving a long end to sew your two bunny halves together. Repeat – you need a front and a back!Crochet Chick free pattern2. The beak:

Round 1: Magic circle (see notes above), CH 1 and 6 SC into the circle, do not join this or any round, continue working in a circle without joining. Use a stitch marker if necessary to mark your rounds (personally I just count the stitches) (6)

Round 2: *SC in the next stitch, 2 SC in the next stitch*, repeat between * and * around (9).

Round 3: *SC in the next 2 stitches, 2 SC in the next stitch*, repeat between * and * around (12).

Round 4: SC in each stitch around. Fasten off leaving a long tail.Crochet Chick free pattern 13. The wings (make two!):

Round 1: Magic circle (see notes above), CH 1 and 6 SC into the circle, do not join this or any round, continue working in a circle without joining. Use a stitch marker if necessary tp mark your rounds (personally I just count the stitches) (6)

Round 2: SC in the next stitch, 2 SC in the next stitch*, repeat between * and * around (9).

Round 3:*SC in the next 2 stitches, 2 SC in the next stitch*, repeat between * and * around (12). Change colour.

Round 4:*SC in the next 3 stitches, 2 SC in the next stitch*, repeat between * and * around (15).

Round 5:SC  in each stitch around (15). Change colour.

Round 6:SC  in each stitch around (15).

Round 7:SC  in each stitch around (15). Change colour.

Round 8: *SC in the next 3 stitches, 2 SC together (decrease) in the next stitch*, repeat between * and * around (12).

Round 9: SC  in each stitch around (12).

Round 10: Sc in each stitch around. Fasten off leaving a long tail.Crochet Chick free patternThat’s all your chick parts assembled…. now to put them all together.

Crochet Chick free pattern Position eyes and secure, and sew on beak: Crochet Chick free pattern 6With wrong sides together sew front to back: Crochet Chick free pattern Leave a small gap, stuff, then finish sewing together. Looking pretty cute! Crochet Chick free pattern Sew wings in place: Crochet Chick free pattern Almost done… just a little tuft on the top! Sew through 2 strands of each color: Crochet Chick free pattern Tie in a knot and snip to desired length… you’re all finished!Crochet Chick free pattern Happy Easter everyone! Janette xoxCrochet Chick free pattern

Crochet Christmas Mouse

I’m overwhelmed by so much mouse love!  Thank you!

Crochet mouse free pattern Here’s a little Christmas hat and scarf for your wee mousie… complete with holes to let those ears through!

Crochet mouse free pattern christmas 3Mouse hat.
The hat is made using 4ply yarn and. 2.5mm hook.

Round 1: Ch 16 join with ss to form a ring
Round 2: Sc in each st around, continue to work in rounds do not join. 16
Round 3: Change color. Sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 7, sc 2tog. 14
Round 4: Sc in next 4, ch3 sk 3, sc in next 2, ch3 sk3, sc in next 2. 14
Round 5: Change color. Sc in each st around.14
Round 6: Sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 6, sc 2tog, sc in next 2. 12
Round 7: Change color. Sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 5, sc 2tog, sc in next 2. 10
Round 8: Sc in each st around. 10
Round 9: Change color. Sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 4, sc 2tog, sc in next 2. 8
Round 10: Sc in each st around. 8
Round 11: Change color. Sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 3, sc 2tog, sc in next 2. 6
Round 12: Sc in each st around. 6
Round 13: Change color. Sc in each st around. 6
Round 14: Sc in each st around. Ss in next st. 6. Fasten off, tie ends and weave into hat, leaving long strand of white to sew Pom Pom in place.

Mouse Scarf.
Using 2 strands of 4ply held together and 2.5mm hook. Chain 30. Fasten off, sew short section of white throughout each end, leave short tassels.

Have a happy day 🙂 Janette xox

Crochet mouse tutorial and free pattern

Squeakers!

Crochet mouse free pattern 110Its finally here!!

How to make your own tiny, adorable crochet mouse… just in time for Christmas!

I found the best results with these mousies using 4ply sock yarn and a 2.5mm hook. I also made some with 3ply and a 2mm hook. I’ve yet to try this pattern with any heavier weight yarn, and I must admit I’m reluctant to, as I like the small size that the lighter weight yarn and small hook gives… I may well yet try one an even smaller mouse (squeakness… baby mice!)

These mice are about 6-7cm tall (2.5 inches) and are perfect for small hands. Holding….Crochet mouse free pattern 24and loving♥…crochet mouseor even adventuring…Crochet mouse free pattern tutorialThese cuties are made in four pieces- the body, with arms, legs and tail are crocheted all as one piece. Head and ears are crocheted separately and then sewn together. A clever little stitch called a 3 dc pop (or popcorn stitch) is used for hands and feet. It goes like this: Work 3 dc into third ch from hook, take hook out leaving loop, put hook through 1st dc & pull loop through. Hopefully the photos below will help this make sense!

Other stitches/abbreviations (all US crochet terms):

  • ss = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • Sc2tog = single crochet two together (decrease)

One other note, please use a marker to mark your rounds and keep track of where you are up to. And count your stitches at the end of each round. If you don’t, the arms and legs are less likely to match up.

I know some of you are going to go ahead and not use a marker. If you lose your place or end up a stitch or two out you can always eyeball it – just remember to make sure your legs are in the same stitch on the round as your arms (so they line up)!Crochet mouse free pattern tutorialLets begin….

First up we are going to make the body:
Round 1: Make a magic circle ch 1 and work 6 sc;

Crochet mouse free patternPull tight – 6 st.

Crochet mouse free pattern Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 st.

Crochet mouse free patternRound 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] repeat around – 18 st.

Crochet mouse free patternRound 4: Sc in each st around – 18 st.

Crochet mouse free patternRound 5: Sc in next 6 st, [arm: ss into next st, ch 6, Crochet mouse free pattern…3dc pop into 3rd ch from hook, Crochet mouse free pattern…ss into next 3 ch, ss back into original st], Crochet mouse free pattern…sc in next 6 st, [arm], sc in next 4 st – 18 st.

Crochet mouse free patternRound 6 – 11: Sc in each st around – 18 st.Crochet mouse free patternRound 12:  Sc in next 8 st. [leg: ss into next st, ch 8, Crochet mouse free pattern3dc pop into 3rd ch from hook, ss into next 5, ss back into original st],Crochet mouse free pattern sc in next 6 st, [leg], sc in next 2 st (18)Crochet mouse free patternRound 13: Sc2tog, sc in next st, ss into next st, [tail: ch 22, ss into second ch from hook and each st, back into original st] Crochet mouse free patternsc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog (12) Crochet mouse free patternAt this point you are going to stuff your wee mousie… Crochet mouse free patternRound 14: Once you have stuffed it, sc 2tog until hole is closed. Fasten off leaving long end, sew in ends and securely close hole.

Head:
Round 1: Make a magic circle ch 1 and work 6 sc into mc – 6 st.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 st.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] repeat around – 18 st.
Round 4-5: Sc in each st around – 18 st.
Round 6: Sc2tog, sc in next 2x 4, Scin last 2 – 14 st.
Round 7: Sc2tog, sc in next st x4, Sc2tog – 9st. Stuff as much as possible.

Crochet mouse free pattern 18Round 8: Sc2tog, sc in next st x4, ss into next st and FO leaving a long end.Crochet mouse free patternSew head onto body…Crochet mouse free pattern 20

Ears:
Round 1: Magic circle, ch1 and 8 sc in circle. Pull tight, do not join. 2sc in each st around, ss into next st. Fasten off and leave long end… Crochet mouse free pattern 17Sew in ends, then sew ears to head.Crochet mouse free pattern 21Sew face in place… no real instructions here, just use your imagination. I like mousies with a pink nose and black 8ply yarn for the eyes and a tiny mouth. I tried a french knot for eyes but actually just like eyes which are a tiny stitch or two in the right spot. The face gives each one an individual personality 🙂Crochet mouse free pattern Crochet mouse free pattern 232Enjoy your new wee friend!

Crochet mouse and MaiaBut be careful… they’re addictive and before you know it they multiply… like… well… mice!Crochet mouse free pattern 25I hope you enjoy making these mousies as much as I do! If you do give them a try, Id love to see how they turn out so send me a pic. If you notice any errors in the pattern, please let me know!

Edit to add: Find a Christmas hat and scarf for your mousie here.

And you can find out how to make a cute mouse bed, here.

 

Tomorrow…

Crochet mouse tutorialThe tutorial’s almost ready, I promise!!  I’ve made 6 prototypes – the pattern is complete, the photos are taken…. I just need to get it all in order and post it up! xx

Rainbow band bracelets

I had seen these rubber band creations on the internet quite a bit recently, and just last week found some for sale at our local video store (I know, random). When I questioned the guy behind the counter about how you turn the little rubber bands into bracelets he informed me everything I needed was in the bag.

Except it wasn’t. In the bag were little rubber bands, and some catches to hold the completed bracelets together. That’s all. No tools. No instructions. No loom. Nada.

Anyhoo, Not to let that small problem get in the way, we used a little kiwi ingenuity and created a simple tool to make these very cool bracelets:

maia and rainbow bands

Maia has been happily creating these bracelets for everyone she knows… they are crafty, creative, and simple enough for a six year old to manage! Love ♥diy loom If you’ve seen these tiny bright colored bands around and want to give these bracelets a try, without spending loads of cash, here’s what you do:

Put two drawing pins into an eraser or other small object (like a block of wood maybe?). Twist the first band:Rainbow band chevron braceletThen add two more bands on top (only the first band is twisted, none of the others need to be):Rainbow band DIY Pull the bottom band over the top two (on both sides, one side first, then the other), add another band and repeat…Its easier to pull the bottom band over the top two if you use tweezers.Maia making rainbow bandsKeep going (add a band to the top, pull each side of the bottom band over the top two) until the bracelet is the right length, then pull the last bands over each other one at a time:Rainbow band DIY Our bands come with these nifty little joiners which act as a catch. So there was something useful in the bag 🙂 Fit the catch into the open ends, and you’re all done. If you don’t have a catch, you could just tie two bands together. Easy huh! Rainbow band chevron braceletHope you are having a happy weekend, it’s been very warm here – almost like summer. We’ve had a nice quiet weekend at home, I’ve spent a lot of time in the garden, which is starting to look lovely now Im getting on top of the weeds. What have you been up to? Have you (or your children) been making these bracelets? xo J

Sew Together Grow Together a Review and Giveaway!

Recently I was contacted by designer Trixi Symonds asking me to review her new book Sew Together Grow Together: Sewing Projects for Parents and Children. As you can imagine I jumped at the opportunity!

Trixi is a teacher who lives in Sydney, Australia. She has spent more than two decades exploring the excitement and endless creative fun of hand-sewing with students.

The book has 20 fun projects which kids (and parents) are bound to love, with lots of photos and clear  instructions to guide you through each step. Here are some of the projects included in the book:

The children spent ages deciding what to sew, Maia eventually settled on the starry night pillow. A friend came to play one rainy afternoon so we ended up making two… they had great fun!Starry night pillowAnd were both incredibly proud of their creations… Maia and starry night pillowBoth girls are six, and needed a bit of guidance with the instructions. I printed out the patterns and helped them cut out the shapes, they did the sewing themselves and (aside from my role of untangling messes, and re-threading a gazillion needles) it all went very smoothly. Maia and starry night pillow 2The book is the perfect inspiration for any budding crafter, like Maia, who has done a little sewing before, and is always asking about new projects she can make by herself.

Carter’s choice surprised me, I was sure he would pick one of the monster projects… but instead he chose the cute little froggy and this too was a breeze to make. Although not much sewing was actually carried out by Carter, he did fill the frog up with rice and glue the eyes on at the end 🙂 Carter filling froggy

He was proud as punch of his new froggy friend! kids sewing But getting a sensible photo was clearly out of the question 🙂Simple kids sewing Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! There are loads more projects the children want to make, and it’s a perfect resource for ideas and techniques. You don’t even need a sewing machine as all patterns are hand sew. If you’d like to purchase a copy of the book or find out more about it click here. You also might like to check out Trixi’s blog coloured buttons for more fun ideas. There’s a fun pencil case tutorial I’d love to try too!

Giveaway time! I’m very happy that one lucky reader can win an electronic copy of this book by leaving a comment below… The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world and Ill draw the winner next Monday 4 November. Good Luck!!  Janette xox