This week would usually be a video release, rather than a blog post. But as its Easter at the weekend, I wanted to release a special Easter pattern. So for this week only, I have an Easter Special – My Cuddle Size Bunny.
Last year around Easter time I released the Easter Baskets and mini bunny pattern, but this year I wanted to make a more cuddly sized bunny. My initial thought was just to make the same pattern but using blanket yarn. However, after trying this out I just wasn’t finding the pattern as cute as the tiny bunnies, so I decided to start again. I also decided that this year I wanted the bunny to have floppy ears (although this does remind me a lot of a puppy) and that the arms and legs needed to be reshaped. I added some additional nose shaping too and made a pom pom tail this time around.
Like many of the toy patterns, the bunny features join as you go limbs and ears, although the pom pom tail is sewn on separately. I also added some additional sewn features, such as the mouth and also the claws on the limbs. This is the third draft of designing this bunny, I kept ending up the wrong sized limbs or ears not placed right. I still think maybe the ears could be a little longer, but generally I am happy with this final draft of the cuddle bunny.
The pattern is fairly straight forward and although I have not had time to make a video for this bunny yet, should be easy enough to make from the written pattern which you can find for FREE here.
I hope you enjoy the Cuddle Bunny pattern – she works up quickly so would be perfect for that last minute Easter present. I will join you again next back on my regular schedule to continue with the Polar Playmat Patterns.
Although it is Christmas very soon, if you are still looking for a quick home made Christmas gift idea, then these Chocolate Orange Covers would be perfect. They are cheap and quick to make and look fantastic. I didn’t have to buy anything except the chocolate oranges to make these as they basically used odds that I had left from other projects. In addition to this they probably took around an hour to make each one and I think they make this tasty chocolate a fun present too!
I started off using this pattern from Crochet with Kate as a basis for my covers, but after making one they came out way too big for the Chocolate oranges I had made. Either my gauge was way off or her chocolate oranges were much bigger!!
It wasn’t too difficult to make them smaller, I just one less increase row on each half and only had 3 rows before adding the closing method. Pretty much everything else I kept the same and just adjusted the patterns to make different characters. I did end up using the embroidery french knots as eyes rather than safety eyes as I found they dug into the chocolate and didn’t give quite as good a finish.
I ended up making the reindeer, robin and Christmas pudding that was suggested on the blog, but also adapted the robin to make a penguin and a snowman. Having completed all of them I am not quite sure who is my favourite but I think Rudolf may just be my favourite!
If you have any more last minute presents you want to make for family, friends or even teachers then I would definitely recommend making these!
I hope that everyone has a fantastic Christmas however you are celebrating. See you next week for the final post of the year!
Since I finally worked out how to do planned pooling when making my bag a couple of months ago I wanted to do some more, but this time with a Christmassy feel. Although I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to make with it initially I bought as many balls of Christmas colours I could find for a reasonable price in the UK. This turned out to be more of the Lily Sugar n Cream and although I wanted to experiment with acrylic rather than cotton the price dictated and I got more cotton.
The mistletoe colour actually ended up being slightly easier to pool than the moonstone, I guess because there are less colours in it, but I also found the colour changes to be a little more consistent in length than the moonstone, although it was definitely not perfect.
I started with pooling one ball, and then ended up working 4 balls in a strip. At this point I sort of wished I had doubled the pattern to increase the width but had spent quite a bit of time on it and didn’t want to start again. So the sensible solution seemed to be to use 4 more balls to make another strip the same size and use the final ball to join them together then work a simple single crochet border.
The whole pooling effect actually matched up quite well considering it was done in 2 strips, but next time I try I am going to increase the width of the pooling. I think that now having completed this project with larger pieces I feel more confident in tackling a bigger pooling project, or perhaps in a different pattern next time.
The Christmas colours of the mistletoe make it the perfect colour table runner for the Christmas period and it really looks great with the Christmas lantern on it.
I hope that you enjoyed seeing my Christmas table runner and join me next week for the final Christmas post this year.
I have always wanted a wreath on my door at Christmas, but have never bought one before. This past year I have been much more involved with crochet facebook groups and have seen a whole load of wreaths made for all different times of the year. Feeling inspired, I decided this year would be the year I would have a wreath on my door at Christmas.
To start off I bought a polystyrene wreath base from Hobbycraft for £4.00 and for the rest I used scraps of wool that I already had. As I have been making all my Christmas presents this year, I haven’t had loads of spare time to make Christmas decorations so I wanted to make the wreath as quickly as possible. As a result of this I decided not to crochet the part that goes around the wreath base, but decided instead to wrap the wool around the base and superglue the ends. I used the Aldi baby wool I got a couple of months ago in blue and white to create the background.
The decorations I all made and glued on using scraps of paintbox aran yarns and silver crochet thread I already had at home. The snowman and his hat I just made up as I went, using basic circles and single crochet increases and decreases to make his shape. The snowflakes and Holly leaves I probably could have worked out but being as I didn’t have much time, I used the excellent patterns from Attic24. The berries I used the embroidery technique French knots which also held all the leaves together.
Finally I made some small pompoms in white using my finger as the wrap around size. All the decorations I simply glued onto the wreath, I much prefer to sew as little as possible as I’m not wonderful at it. After everything dried, I attached a plaited loop to the top of the wreath, threading it through the back of the wrapped wool to hang the wreath up.
The whole wreath took around 2 to 3 hours to make, most of it was made whilst my daughter was napping so definitely easy to do and I love looking at it hanging on the inside of the front door every time
I come down the stairs, it really cheers up the hallway which doesn’t often see many Christmas decorations!
I’m definitely going to make more wreaths in the future as they are quick and fairly cheap to make. Join me next week for more Christmas decorations.
This week in Cosy Crochet’s Christmas I would like to show you all the Nativity scene I made last year.
We have always had a nativity scene under the Christmas Tree (since it is the reason for Christmas!) and most of the child friendly displays avaliable are not toddler friendly. Last year Lily was just about 1 and didn’t really know not to eat the small figures, so when I saw the nativity pattern in a magazine, I knew this was the solution. There would be nothing dangerous about a crocheted nativity. They wouldn’t be ruined and it would also provide the kids with a distraction, rather than playing with the Christmas Tree decorations.
Last year the kids just played with it, but this year I hope we can use it to act out the nativity story. You can find the pattern for the nativity figures part 1 here for FREE and Part 2 here also for FREE. The pattern includes all the figures; Mary, Joseph, Jesus (and manger), 2 Shepherds and a lamb, 3 wise men and an angel. I added my own donkey and a stable with a star on top. To hold the stable in its shape I put cardboard between crochet panels and sewed them together. It seems to be holding ok, even after being in storage for a year! I also added my own mat for the whole nativity to sit on.
I hope you enjoyed my crochet nativity scene, and if you get a chance the pattern took me less than a week to make and is definitely worth it if you have little ones in the house. I’ll get a photo of it under my tree this year and put it on my social media sites.