Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Mini Crown

Pattern for the small crown made for my Queen Bee, Bess.




Size
3cm/1.2in across

Skill Level
Easy.

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
Yarn
Yellow

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Tapestry needle

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

If you would like a larger crown, you can start the pattern with a longer foundation chain just as long as it has an even number of stitches in it. Alternatively, you can use a heavier weight yarn and a larger hook.

Chain 12. Sl st in first st to make a ring.
Rnd 1: sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 2: *sc in next st, chain 3, sl st in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next chain, sc in next st* repeat all the way around (12, plus 6 points)
Cut yarn and fasten off. Leave a tail of yarn if you plan to attach the crown to a toy. You can use some watered-down pva glue to stiffen the points if they are a little wonky. Just dampen the points with the mixture, pinch into shape and let dry.

And that's it! Now all your amigurumis can be royalty …









Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2013


Worker Bee

The pattern for Queen Bess' worker bees. Let me know if you have any problems. Enjoy!







Size
7cm/2.8in long

Skill Level
Moderate. This pattern requires frequent colour changes. I recommend these two tutorials on changing yarn colour: Colour Changes in Amigurumi by June Gilbank and Crocheted Jogless Stripe by NeedleNoodles.

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
Yarn
Black
Yellow
White

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Tapestry needle
Black felt
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

Body (in Black and Yellow)

If you're not sure how to change yarn colour then check out these two great tutorials: Colour Changes in Amigurumi and Crocheted Jogless Stripe.

Start with Black.
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2-3: sc in each st around
Rnd 4: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 5: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Change to Black.
Rnd 7-8: sc in each st around
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 9-10: sc in each st around
Change to Black.
Rnd 11-12: sc in each st around
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 13-14: sc in each st around
Change to Black. Cut Yellow yarn and weave in end.
Rnd 15: sc in next 11 st, chain 6, 3 sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next 4 chains, sc in next 2 st, chain 6, 3 sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next 4 chains, sc in next 11 st (24, plus two antennae)
Rnd 16: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog*  around (20)
Rnd 17: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (16)
Start stuffing.
Rnd 18: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Finish stuffing firmly.
Rnd 19: sc2tog around (6)
Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in all loose ends.

Legs (in Black)

Close-up of legs. You'll be making two sets of three legs.


Chain 7, sl st in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next 5 chains, chain 6, sl st in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next 4 chains, chain 5, sl st in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next 3 chains
This gives you one set of three legs. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the legs to the body. Weave in other loose ends. Make two.

Wings (in White)
Chain 5.
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 3 chains, chain 1, turn (4)
Row 2: sl st in next st, sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, chain 1, turn (5)
Row 3: sc in next 4 st, sl st in next st (5)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the wings to the body. Make two.

Big Eye (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Sl st in next st and pull through yarn. Leave a tail for joining to the body.

Small Eye (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Sl st in next st and pull through yarn. Leave a tail for joining to the body.

You can now attach a small circle of black felt to each eye to make the pupils, using needle and thread or glue. They should sit off-centre, close to the edge of the eye.




Assembly
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eye at all times.***

Join wings to the body. The wings sit on the middle black stripe. Pin to the body and use tails of yarn left on the wings to stitch them on. I like to give a slight curve to the front of the wing.






Join the legs to the body. The legs sit on the same stripe as the wings but on the other side of the body. The smallest leg (chain 5, sl st in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next 3 chains) should be at the front. Pin to the stripe and use the tails of yarn on the legs to stitch them to the body.






Join the eyes to the body. The eyes sit closer together on the front of the bee. Use the tails of yarn on the eyes to stitch them to the body.





Add facial features. Use white yarn to stitch in a mouth. You can use some red felt to make a tongue and then glue or stitch it on to the face.

Now you have your first bee. Ready to make your own swarm?

Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2012



Monday, 25 March 2013

Queen Bee

A Spanish translation of the pattern is now available on the blog Los Enredos De Lyanne.

Here is the pattern for Bess the Queen Bee. Sorry this took me so long to post. Patterns for her worker bees and for her mini crown are now up on the blog.

Queen Bess is surrounded by her bumbling worker bees: Bertha, who has a terrible fear of flying, Beatrice, who is sickeningly sycophantic, and Frank (don't ask about Frank). Queen Bess likes lavender, the Golden Girls, and lazy Sunday mornings. One day she'd like to take over the world and enslave all bear-kind but for the moment she's happy looking after her single hive and enjoying being a young Queen Bee.





Queen Bee






Size
12cm/4.5in tall when made with dk weight yarn

Skill Level
Moderate to Advanced. This pattern requires frequent colour changes and for you to crochet around a chain. I recommend these two tutorials on changing yarn colour: Colour Changes in Amigurumi by June Gilbank and Crocheted Jogless Stripe by NeedleNoodles.

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
Yarn
Black
Yellow
White

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Tapestry needle
Black felt
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

Body (in Black and Yellow)

If you're not sure how to change yarn colour then check out these two great tutorials: Colour Changes in Amigurumi and Crocheted Jogless Stripe.

Start with Black.
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2-3: sc in each st around
Rnd 4: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 5: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 6: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (30)
Change to Black.
Rnd 8-9: sc in each st around
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 10-11: sc in each st around
Change to Black.
Rnd 12: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Rnd 13: sc in each st around
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 14: sc in each st around
Rnd 15: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Start stuffing. Change to Black.
Rnd 16: sc in each st around
Rnd 17: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Rnd 18-19: sc in each st around
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 20: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog*  around (10)
Rnd 21: sc in each st around
Change to Black.
Rnd 22: sc in each st around
Cut black yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the head to the body. Cut yellow yarn and weave in end. Weave in all other loose ends. Finish stuffing firmly.

Head (in Black)
This part requires you to crochet around a chain. Take a look at this tutorial if you're unfamiliar with this technique.

Chain 6.
Rnd 1: Working in the back loops, sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 4 chains, chain 1, flip work over, working in the unworked loops of the chains, sc in next 5 chains, chain 1 (12)
Rnd 2: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (16)
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (20)
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (24)
Rnd 5-8: sc in each st around
Rnd 9: sc2tog, sc in next 8 st, sc2tog twice, sc in next 3 st, *chain 9, 3 sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next 7 chains, sc in next 2 st*  twice, sc in next st, sc2tog (20, plus two antennae)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail to use when stitching the head closed.


Legs (in Black)



*Chain 8, sl st in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next 6 chains*  three times. This gives you one set of three legs.
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the legs to the body. Weave in other loose ends. Make two.

Wings (in White)
Chain 7.
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 5 chains, chain 1, turn (6)
Row 2: sl st in next 2 st, sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, chain 1, turn (7)
Row 3: sc in next 5 st, sl st in next 2 st (7)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the wings to the body. Make two.

Eyes (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn.

Fold circle in half and stitch closed. This gives you a nice angular, kind of bulging, eye. Make two.






Assembly
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eye at all times.***

Close up head and stuff. The top of the head/the face is the side without the antennae. When you stitch the head closed the antenna should stick up over this side. Stuff the head then start to stitch it closed with the tail of yarn. Before you finish stitching you can add more stuffing if it's needed.

The side my thumb is on is the top of the head/the face.
If you need to, add stuffing before you finish closing up.


Join the head to the body. Carefully pin the head to the neck and stitch on using the tail of yarn left on the body.






Join the wings to the body. The wings should sit close together on the broadest black stripe of the bee. Pin them on and attach using the tails of yarn left on the wings.






Join the legs to the body. The legs also sit on the broadest black stripe of the bee. Pin and stitch on using the tails of yarn left on the legs.






Join eyes to the head. Pin the eyes to the head then stitch on using the tails of yarn left on the eyes. Cut a circle of black felt for the pupil and attach to the eyes using glue or needle and thread. Alternatively you can use black yarn to stitch on some pupils.










Your Queen Bee is finished. Oh wait, every Queen needs a crown ...


Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2013

Friday, 1 March 2013

Micro Pig

Here's the pattern for the little pig, Petrie, from my last post. He now has a larger friend called Pedro. Pedro was made using the same pattern but with thicker thread and a larger hook. I've used photos of Pedro for the assembly instructions.

Let me know if I've made any mistakes. Happy crocheting!

Micro Pig







Size
The size will depend on the hook and thread you use. My 1.5cm/0.6in pig was made with 1 strand of 6-strand embroidery floss (sewing cotton could be used) and a 0.6mm hook. My 3cm/1.2in pig was made with crochet thread, size 20, and a 1.25mm hook.

Skill Level
I'm not sure how to rate the skill level. It's a straightforward pattern but if you're attempting to make a very small pig and want to work with sewing thread and a fine hook, crocheting and joining will be difficult. Micro crochet is still new to me and I'm still learning all the tricks but really the key is patience. Take it slow and you'll get there.

Materials
Thread (Refer to information under Size for what type)
Pink
Black

Crochet Hook - 1.25mm or preferred size
Filling
Sharp needle
Scissors

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

Body (in Pink)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: Working in back loops only  sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 4: sc in each st around
Rnd 5: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 7-17: sc in each st around
Rnd 18: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Start stuffing.
Rnd 19: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Rnd 20: sc2tog around (6)
Finish stuffing firmly. Cut thread and weave through remaining stitches. Pull tight to close up hole and weave in ends.

Ears (in Pink)
Tip: In rows 3 and 4, if you're finding it too hard to crochet 2 stitches together, skip one stitch and crochet in the next.

Note: I do not include a turning chain at the end of the rows for the ears. I find that leaving out the turning chain can give a neater edge. If you feel more comfortable adding the turning chain, then please do.

Chain 4. Leave a tail of thread at the start of the chain to use when joining ears to the body.

Leave a tail of thread at the start of the foundation chain.

Row 1: Working in back loops only  sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 2 chains, turn (3)
Row 2: Continue working in both loops of stitches for the rest of the pattern sc in each st to the end, turn (3)
Row 3: sc2tog, sc in next st, turn (2)
Row 4: sc2tog (1)
Cut thread and fasten off. Weave in end. Remember to leave the tail of thread made at the beginning of the foundation chain so that you can use it when you attach the ears. Make two.

Legs (in Pink)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2-3: sc in each st around
Cut thread and fasten off, leaving a tail of thread to use when joining legs to body. Leave unstuffed. Make four.

Tail (in Pink)
Chain 9.
Row 1: Working in back loops only  sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 7 chains (8)
Cut thread and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the tail to the body.

Assembly
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eye at all times.***

When you're working with such small pieces, it might not possible to pin them before joining. Take your time to position each piece and make sure you leave space for the other pieces.

Join ears to the body.  The ears should sit about six rows back from the nose. Lay the ears flat against the head, the tips pointing towards the snout. Use the tails of thread on the ears to stitch the base of the ear to the head.





Join the legs to the body. Join the front legs on before the back legs. The front legs should line up with the ears.









Join the tail to the body. You might need to give the tail a bit of a twist to make it curl.






Add eyes and nostrils. Use some black thread to stitch in some eyes. For the nostrils stitch in two vertical lines on the snout.




Your little piggy is finished. Let me know how he or she turned out :)

Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2013

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