Crochet Rattle Bunny

The other evening while I was looking for something cute and quick to crochet I came across this adorable “Rattle Bunny” made by the talented Lucia from Lanukas. Now, although Lucia’s blog is written in Spanish, she does provide English instructions to some of her patterns. Like this one!

Crochet Rattle Bunny

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Here’s mine. :) I am very happy with how it turned out!

My Notes

  • Although the above pattern calls for a size E hook (3.5mm), I used a size H hook (5.00mm).
  • For color A I used white yarn (Caron Simply Soft) and for color B I used pink (Caron Simply Soft in Watermelon).
  • For the stuffing I used some regular pollyfill.
  • I used black yarn for the eyes and nose; the white spot around the right eye is a piece of felt.
  • The required stitches are very simple. However, if you are just beginning to crochet I recommend heading over to YouTube and watching some how-to videos. Here are some good ones: How to single crochetHow to slip stitchHow to decreaseChanging colors in crochet. Also, here is a wonderful magic circle tutorial.
  • In the pattern section for the legs, if you look at R5 – R16 you’ll see it says “24 sc in each st around”. This confused me; but after I thought about it for a bit, I realized that it meant 1 single crochet in each of the 24 stitches around.
  • Speaking of confusing, when you reach the beginning of the body section you’ll be told to join the two legs together with a slip stitch… I spent a good half hour trying to figure this out on my own but all I achieved was a headache. At last, I decided to take my own advice and visit YouTube where I found THE PERFECT TUTORIAL! I followed the teacher’s instructions exactly as she says; then, where she stops crocheting, I kept going until I reached the stitch marker again. I then returned to the bunny’s pattern where it says to change to color B.
  • I did the eyes and nose right after R37, before I stuffed the legs and body.
  • I also made a pom pom tail using white and pink yarn which I attached to the bunny at the same time as the eyes and nose. How to make yarn pom poms.
  • Lastly, I attached the ears using the whipstitch.

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Crochet Tea Cosy

Here we have a crochet teapot cosy tutorial by Sarah-Jayne from Bella Coco. I love this pattern, although I have yet to make this cosy; the stripe, the button, and the pom pom go perfectly with its overall dainty look.

If you prefer following a written pattern, visit Bella Coco.

 

 

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(Photo and video tutorial belong to Sarah-Jayne from Bella Coco.)

Tea Cup Bird Feeder

Hello there! Here is a quick and inexpensive craft that can easily be made at home. Visit Bushel & A Peck for instructions!

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(Photos is from Etsy.)

Tea Bags

A tea bag is a small, porous, sealed bag containing tea leaves that is used with water for brewing the beverage called tea.

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Some tea bags have an attached piece of string with a paper label at the top that assists in removing the bag while also displaying the brand and variety of tea.

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The first tea bags were hand-sewn fabric bags. First appearing commercially around 1904, tea bags were successfully marketed by the tea and coffee shop merchant Thomas Sullivan from New York, who shipped his tea bags around the world. The loose tea was intended to be removed from the sample bags by customers, but they found it easier to brew the tea with the tea still enclosed in the porous bags. Modern tea bags are usually made of paper fiber. The heat-sealed paper fiber tea bag was invented by William Hermanson, one of the founders of Technical Papers Corporation of Boston. The rectangular tea bag was not invented until 1944. Prior to this, tea bags resembled small sacks.

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Most tea bags today contain fannings, the leftovers after whole tea leaves have been sorted and selected for loose tea packaging. There are, however, a few premium companies today, who use whole tea leaves in their tea bags providing optimal flavor.

Wouldn’t it be fun to make your own tea bags? Here is a wonderful tutorial by Yours Truly, G.

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Studio Ami’s Micropig

Today I thought I’d share the pattern for the little pig that I crocheted for my mom. The pattern is from Studio Ami and is called the Micropig. Click here to go directly to the pattern.

Here is my finished piggy.

She was very easy to make, requiring only simple stitches, materials, and  techniques. I used a 5.00mm crochet hook, peach colored yarn, some Polyfill stuffing, a small piece of white felt, some dark embroidery thread, hot glue, a yarn needle, and a stitch marker. I also used white and mint colored yarn for the bow, and brown yarn for the eyes.

Usually, when making amigurumi, the patterns call for safety eyes or buttons. However, since I did not have either on hand, I decided to try something different. I followed this tutorial on how to make french knots which I then used for the eyes. (You have to add the french knot eyes before you stuff or close up the body, of course.) The little bow is also a touch that I added myself using this other YouTube tutorial.

The last change I made was the pig’s tail. I did not follow the directions provided in the Micropig pattern, but instead followed those given by Stephanie from All About Ami who had also made a pig. Stephanie’s directions are as follows;

“Ch 5.  3 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain across (12 sc).  Fasten off and leave long end to attach tail to bottom-back of pig.”

Voilà! A piggy tail.

I always found attaching amigurumi limbs to be a pain. However, after finding out how to do a whipstitch, I am no longer stressed out by it. The author of Freshstitches says, “So, in this post, I’ll show you how to attach limbs easily and evenly… taking all the stress out of sewing. The trick to easy attaching is planning out your placement ahead of time. It’s a piece of cake after that!” I completely agree! If you’d like to learn how to do a whipstitch click here.

So that’s it! The first written pattern I’ve ever done. She turned out pretty cute, I think. 😊 One other thing, heathergreg2015 asked, “What tea goes best with crocheting?” What a great question! I like a nice cup of black tea with mint while I crochet. It sets a lovely calming mood.

Bye for now!

A Word About Crochet

When I began crocheting, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It’s true that, visually, it seems a rather tedious process. However, there is something very relaxing and satisfying to crocheting that I have only found in a few activities. Much like drawing or any hands-on crafty thing, it takes time and patience that soon rewards you with your very own handmade treasure. I love to watch my projects begin to take form; each stitch adding shape and size, and buttons and thread adding lovely embellishments. Scarves, hats, blankets, and stuffed dolls are but a few of the many possible goodies you can crochet.

Amigurumi (the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting stuffed animals and creatures) is my favorite to crochet and there are so many beautiful patterns! It’s wonderful how many people share their creations for free (I thank all who do so, for I am not at all skilled enough to come up with my own patterns). In fact, my first attempt at reading a written pattern was a couple of months ago. It was a little amigurumi pig that I gave to my wonderful mother. It was as simple as they come but still had me frowning, unraveling, and scratching my head. However, despite my few difficulties, I triumphed and presented the finished piggy to my mom. I am happy to say that her meager gift is now sitting atop her dresser. 😁

Before that, I watched YouTube “crochet along videos” until I felt comfortable trying a written pattern. The videos have helped me learn the crochet terms and lingo while also providing me with visual clarity. Click here for the first video I watched which taught me how to crochet an amigurumi ball. (Click here for the last part of the tutorial.) This is a very helpful tutorial for beginners. It teaches you how to crochet “in the round” which is how amigurumi is made.

You can also find crochet cheat sheets explaining the abbreviations used in written patterns.

To begin crocheting, there are only a few essential tools that are needed:

  1. crochet hooks (size H/8, 5.00MM is the most commonly used)
  2. yarn
  3. stitch markers (paperclips work well)
  4. a yarn needle
  5. scissors

To my fellow beginner crocheters out there, don’t worry if you hit a couple of speed bumps. I almost stopped trying to learn because I simply couldn’t figure out the directions in my crochet booklet. However, after finding and watching some well made crochet along videos, I caught on swiftly. I can now read written patterns (simple ones, mind you) and understand my now helpful booklet.

Goodbye for now! ❤

Tea Party Printables, And Something For Bloggers

I have found some lovely printables which would be adorable little touches at your next tea party. The last is something very handy to keep all your blog info organized. 😊 Have a happy Sunday and a pleasant new week!

Tea Party Printables courtesy of A Night Owl blog.

Adorable toppers and food label cards, perfect tea party printables for throwing your very own tea party!

Tea Bag Envelopes from Homespun With Love.

Vintage Alice In Wonderland Printable Tags from The Graffical Muse.

To finish, a helpful, beautiful, and printable 2015 Blog Planner courtesy of Life With My Littles.

2015 Free Printable Blog Planner: 18 different page designs including stats, goals, income and expenses, and schedules!

TTFN, ta-ta for now!