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Pattern review: Salty, the crocodile

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Pattern: Salty, the crocodile

Designer: Stacey Trock van Freshstitches

Difficulty: gemiddeld

The yarn I used: Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted cotton

Crochet hook size: 4,5 mm

Size finished item: 48 cm van staart tot neus

REVIEW

This one has already been a while on my “must-make-someday”-list.  And I am so happy that I finally got the chance to make this cutie!  Not only is this the cutest crocodile crochet pattern that I’ve ever seen, he is also extremely cuddly.

Although the pattern states an intermedium difficulty-level, I believe that it is also suitable for a beginning crocheter. All the separate pieces are crochet using (almost) only basic stitches.  So you do need to know the basics of crochet, but besides that, you should be fine as a beginner.

Assembling the toy can be a tiny bit more tricky and you really need to keep an eye on what your doing here.  I find that you get the most beautiful result if you line out the bobbles from the head and back of the crocodile.  In the pattern itself it is suggested to first assemble the little pieces (limbs, eyes, nostrils, …), so you can tug away the yarn ends inside the body/head.  However, I find that this technique doesn’t quite work for me, but that’s just a personal thing.  I always start with the head and body and next attach the smaller pieces.  I love to hear from you guys, what’s your preferred technique to assemble an amigurumi.

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I want to buy this pattern!

The pattern is published in a book called “Crocheted Softies” and available in printversion and e-book version.  And if you like, there’s even a German version available of the printed book.  I definitely recommend this book for any crocheter that loves to make cuddly cute crochet items.  This crocodile is only one of many super cute critters available in the book.

Have fun crocheting!

creative greetings,
Wendy

Designer discovery: Happy Patty crochet

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Whenever I discover a designer that really made me go “wow!”

This week I stumbled upon the website Happy Patty Crochet.  And I have to admit… I was blown away with the beautiful designs I saw!

Happy Patty Crochet sells crochet patterns for flowers.  But her designs are just so breathtakingly beautiful, that you just don’t know what you’re looking at if you go to her site for the first time.

What I really like is the option to buy a bundle to make a whole bouquet of flowers.  Yes, I know… it might be a little bit more expensive than a real bouquet, but hey… you can keep it for life!  While a real bouquet only last for an average of 2 weeks, this bouquet last forever.  Maybe a lovely idea to buy as a gift for yourself?  If you start now, you might end up with a beautiful bouquet of flowers on mothers day!

I bought the pattern of the Gerbera Daisy, the rose applique en for the rose bouquet.

The patterns come with a clear written instruction.  To obtain the lovely look, designer Patty has come up with a fun variation on the Tunisian Simple Stitch.

The pattern states that it has a difficulty level for the intermediate crocheter.  So, if your more a beginner level, it might be a bit of a challenge in the beginning, but if you’re all for challenges, I’d say go for it!

The yarn itself is also a bit more difficult to find. She used crochet thread no.20 and no.40.  lovecrochet.com has a lovely selection of this type of yarn in a variety of lovely colors.  For example Anchor en DMC have some really beautiful colors in their selection.

I am absolutely fan of her patterns.  I already ordered my yarn and hope to start my bouquet soon!

Creative greetings,
Wendy

 

Book review: Crochet in color

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Colorful crochet projects…  What’s not to love about a crochet project made with happy colors.  If the colors are well chosen, I truly believe that a colorful blanket can make you smile.  I do.

But how do you know that you used the right colors?  Where do you find your inspiration?  Especially when you did not had the privilege to have an education in fashion or color techniques…

 

Well, one tip I can tell you… don’t overthink it!  I get my inspiration from my neighbourhood.  In fact you can draw your inspiration from anything!  From a bouquet of flowers, or maybe your favorite piece of clothing, from the cover of a book, wallpaper, a photo, …  Just try it, you’ll see that you’ll discover some really great color combination, that didn’t even think about before.

Still a bit in doubtful about your skills?  Why not try a book filled with colorful crochet projects and start from there?  One book that is great for inspiration is “Crochet in color” from “Kazuko Ryokai”.  It has plenty of happy projects with lovely preset color combinations.  The projects are suitable for a beginner level.  I especially love the blanket that’s on the cover of the book.  But there’s also lot’s of other fun projects in it, like coasters, a pillow, a cozy for your coat rack, …

Have fun with your colors!