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Nutcracker Crochet Christmas Tree Decoration – the Quickest Pattern ever!

Yesterday I have watched the beautiful love story between Marie and the Nutcracker in ballet and it was just wonderful! The magical show has inspired me to create the decorations for a Christmas tree: simple figures of the characters.

The Nutcracker is ready so I share with you this simple pattern. Maybe some of your friends celebrate Christmas on Januar 7th? This would be a perfect last minute gift!

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You will need:

  • 3,5 mm crochet hook
  • black, red, yellow, beige yarn
  • decoration for the hat (I used an old earring)
  • sewing needle
  • scissors
  • fiberfill

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • dec – crochet 2 sc together (used to decrease the number of stitches)
  • X N – repeat N times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown

If it is your first amigurumi attempt ever, you might want to have a look at my tricks for crocheting amigurumi . I am sure you will find it helpful! Have fun crocheting!

The Pattern:

Start with the black yarn.
Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Round 2: (inc) X 6 (12)
Rounds 3 – 13: sc in all 12 st (12)
Change to the red yarn.

Rounds 14 – 20: sc in all st (12), do not cut the yarn. On the front side of the shirt sew two horisontal parallel stripes with yellow yarn (4 st long each). Stuff legs and body with fiberfill using the back side of a crochet hook. If your hook has a handle and does not fit here, use a chopstick or a manicure wooden stick.

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Change to the beige yarn.
Rounds 21 – 25: sc in all st (12). On the third beige round sew the eyes using black yarn (2 st between the eyes), stuff the head as you go.

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Change to the black yarn.
Rounds 26 – 30: sc in all st (12). Do not cut the yarn. Leave the crocheting to the side and make the decoration for the hat.

For that take the yellow yarn, crochet 2 ch (Important: Leave a long tail before the first st, we will need the long string for hanging the Nutcracker on a tree). Make a hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook and make 10 ch more. Then 1 ch, and again 1 hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook. Fasten off and cut the yarn leave a long tail (ideally as long as the first one).

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Now sew the yellow chain to the hat, and the long strings pull outside through the hole, knot them together, this is now a loop for hanging the Nutcracker. Place a decoration element you have prepared on the hat as well. As I said earlier, I just use a simple earring.

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Stuff the hat and continue crocheting:

Round 31: (dec) X 6 (6), fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in the end.

Make a mustache: just pull a knot with several strings of the black yarn through a st in the first beige round, cut the ends.

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Voila, the Nutcracker is ready!!! Find a nice place on your Christmas tree for him!

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Did you like to crochet with the tutorial? Check out my other patterns here!

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3 Simple Stuffings Which Make Your Amigurumi Special

The New Year has arrived! This is time of new ideas for us. If the cuteness of your amigurumi is not enough for you anymore and you are wondering how to make the figures really special and interesting, this post is for you.

Instead of stuffing amigurumi just with a fiberfill you can be a bit more creative and your amigurumi will be brought to live 🙂 Here are 3 simple tricks I use to add a cool function to amigurumi figures. I am sure everyone of you has all the supplies at home.

1) Dried peas or coffe beans

If you want to make somthing heavy and stable (like a door stopper, for example) or you want that your toy sits without loosing a balance, just put dried peas or beans instead of fiberfill (or partly). This trick is also helpful if you want to make a small antistress toy. I often use coffee beans for that, because of nice aroma 🙂

 

2) Wires

You want to make a flexible ballerina or a doll, whos arms position can be changed? Just put soft wires inside while stuffing. You should just take care that the sharp ends do not look out by making small circles on every end.

 

3) Noise makers

Amigurumi is a perfect gift for a kid, and we all know how much kids love noise 🙂 Good news: it is really easy to make and you do not need anything special for that. Just take a plastic egg from the Kinder surprise egg or any other small plastic container, fill it with dried beans. If you do not have a plstic container of a right size, use packages of candies. They make a lot of noise and you get some candies 🙂 Of course you could always buys a squeaker for toys, it would better fit for “flat” toys.

 

 

I hope this post has inspired you to play with amigurumi stuffing and see what happens!

Did you find the article helpful? Have a look at my other patterns, maybe you will find something you like there!

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Five tips that make your amigurumi look great

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Crochet Halloween Decoration Spider in less than an hour!

Winter is coming! But first comes Halloween!
Perfect opportunity to show some creativity and crochet a scaaaring deco! Or maybe scaring and sweet, or just sweet!
Little spiders for your mailbox will scare all your neighbours and contribute into the special atmoshere on the Halloween days!
The most important: the pattern is quick and easy and you don’t have to invest a lot of time into it!
Don’t forget to buy some sweets! I am sure, kids will be attracted by the little cute spiders!

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You will need:

  • 5.00 mm crochet hook
  • black yarn matching the hook, white thiner yarn
  • googly eyes
  • scissors and a sewing needle
  • fiberfill

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in the same st
  • dec – 2 sc together
  • X 6 – repeat 6 times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown in brackets

Instructions:

Spider body:
Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 )
Round 2: inc X 6 (12)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)

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Round 4-5: sc in all st (18)
At this point you can make a spider net: just insert the white yarn in the body through the magic ring, make a knot with the end of the black yarn inside the spider body (see pictures below).

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Round 6: (sc in next st, dec) X 6 (12)
Stuff the body but not full (so there is some space left for inserting the legs).
Round 7: dec X 6 (6)
Close the body with a sewing needle.

Spider legs:
Make a chain 25 ch and cut the ends as short as possible. This is one pair of legs. As you know, we need 8 legs so make 3 more pairs.

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Insert the hook through the body and pull one of the chains through in the way that its two ends have the same length (as shown on the picture below). Do the same for other 3 chains.

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Stick the eyes on the body and the spider is finished! It did’t take long, right? Now you can attach it to your mailbox or enterance. Or you can crochet more spiders and decorate a room! This will look scaring! Have fun on Halloween!

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Think about crocheting a small basket for sweets? You can use this pattern for it, just take orange and/or black yarn instead of the packing twin!

Did you like to crochet with the tutorial? Check out my other patterns here!

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Crochet Key Ring Sushi

We moved into a new flat 3 months ago and my husband still has a key ring of a person before! It would be ok, but it is a big pink band with PETRA written on it. So I decided that it’s time to change it! We are huge sushi fans so I just thought: why don’t I crochet a sushi instead of being annoyed about the PETRA key ring? 🙂

The pattern is really easy, you should be able to make only the basic single crochet stitch. It will not cost you a lot of time but the result is quite impressive and you will get an unique key ring or an interesting idea for a present!

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You will need:

  • a crochet hook
  • pink/salmon colour, green, light yellow, white and black yarn
  • carabiner keyring (it’s optional, just make the total thing look fancier)
  • fiberfill
  • scissors and a sewing needle

Important to note: you can use a hook of any size (depending on desired size of the key ring), but it should match to the yarn size and that all yarns have the same thickness! Crochet the key ring tightly and try to weave in all the ends carefully – the key ring will be always in use and it should be durable!

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in the same st
  • X 6 – repeat 6 times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown in brackets

Instructions:

Front part:
Work with pink, yellow and green yarn. Start with pink yarn.
Round 1:  start making magic ring, crochet 2 sc in it, change to yellow yarn, crochet 2 sc in the same magic ring, change to green yarn, make two 2 sc (6 )
Round 2: change back to the pink yarn, inc X 2 (take care that you crochet in the pink st), change to the yellow yarn, inc X 2, change to the green yarn, inc X 2 (12)

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Round 3: change to white yarn (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)
Round 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)
Round 5: change to black yarn (sc in next 3 st, inc) X 6 (30)
Cut all the yarns leaving a tail (black yarn) for sewing.
Follow the instructions again to crochet the second side of the sushi, but use green yarn after pink, and only then yellow! On the picture below the sides look exactly that same and it was my mistake, so not repeat it! 🙂

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Side of the sushi:

Make 30 + 1 ch, turn to the other direction
Round 1: sc in all st, 1 ch
Round 2: sc in all st
Fasten off and cut the yarn.

 

Now you should think of the way you want to attach the sushi to the key. I will make a chain loop to attach the carabiner keyring. Crochet 20 ch, insert in the carabiner and pull both ends of the chain through the side part of the sushi. Connect the ends on the other side and do that really good!

Sew the front parts to the side (take care that the colours on both sides match!) aaaaand … the Sushi key ring is finished!!!

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Was it fun to crochet with this tutorial? Have a look at my other patterns, maybe you will find something you like there!

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Octopus for Preemies: Save Lifes Crocheting! Free Pattern here!

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Did you know that you can save lifes crocheting? It was found that snuggling crocheted octopuses might make preemies feel safer!

The idea originated in Denmark, where researchers found that preemies who cuddles up with their octopus had more regular heartbeats, better breathing, and higher levels of oxygen in their blood. Moreover, the babies were also less likely to pull out their monitors and tubes. Apparently the tentacles of the octopus remind the babies of their mom’s umbilical cords, and the soft bodies of the toys remind them of the womb. Now hospitals in the whole world recieve the crocheted life savers from volunteers!

So if you want to make the world a little better and donate an octopus to a hospital, to make a perfect gift for newborn or just to crochet something for your baby, take a hook, yarn and follow the tutorial!

You will need:

  • 3.00 mm crochet hook
  • Blue cotton yarn (recommended for the hook size)
  • 6 mm safety eyes
  • Scissors and sewing needle
  • Fiberfill
  • Red embroidery floss for the mouth

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • dec – 2 sc together (used to decrease the number of stitches)
  • X N – repeat N times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown in brackets

For safety reasons there are some things you should think of:

  • The size of the toy: the head should not be smaller than 5 cm and the length of the arms should not exceed 20 cm.
  • Materials: the yarn should be 100% cotton. The toy should be able to hold 60° washing temperature. Because of that it’s better to stuff it with fiberfill. Don’t use wool, a baby can be allergic to it.
  • The toy should not include a lot of details and any decoration. It has to be as simple as possible! Use safety eyes and take care that the sewing holds very good.

Ok, now you know everything you need and we can finally start crocheting! Before you start have a look at my tricks for crocheting amigurumi. I am sure you will find it helpful! Have fun crocheting!

Bottom part:
Round 1: 5 sc in magic ring (5)
Round 2: inc X 5 (10)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 5 (15)
Round 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 5 (20)
Cut the yarn.

Upper part:
Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Round 2: inc X 6 (12)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)
Round 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)
Round 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc) X 6 (30)
Round 6: (sc in next 4 st, inc) X 6 (36)
Rounds 7 – 10: sc in all st (36)
Round 11: (sc in next 16, dec) X 2 (34)
Round 12: (sc in next 15, dec) X 2 (32)
Round 13: sc in all st (32)
Round 14: (sc in next 14, dec) X 2 (30)
Round 15: (sc in next 13, dec) X 2 (28)
Round 16: sc in all st (28)
Round 17: (sc in next 12, dec) X 2 (26)
Round 18: sc in all st (26)
Round 19: (sc in next 11, dec) X 2 (24)
Round 20: sc in all st (24)
Round 21: (sc in next 10, dec) X 2 (22)
Round 22: sc in all st (22)
Round 23: (sc in next 9, dec) X 2 (20)
Round 24: sc in all st (20)
Don’t cut the yarn. Stuff the head, take the bottom part.

Arms:
The whole next round we crochet through the both parts making the arms. Insert the hook in both layers: upper and bottom parts.
Round 25: (sc in next st, 50 ch, 2 dc in next ch, sc in next 2 st, 50 ch, 2 dc in next ch) X 4
Cut the yarn and weave in the end.

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Was it fun to crochet with this tutorial? Have a look at my other patterns, maybe you will find something you like there!