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Last Minute Easter Decoration: Crocheted Egg

If you have not enough time to order any Easter decorations and shops are closed, grab your hook, couple of actual eggs and save the situation!

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You will need:

  • 3,5 mm crochet hook
  • stitch marker
  • velvet yarn
  • scissors
  • an egg

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • dec – 2 sc togetherย (used to decrease the number of stitches)
  • X 6 – repeat 6 times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown

First prepare the egg:
Make two small holes in the egg and blow in one of them to get out the insights of egg (hold the egg over a plate while doing that). Put the egg in an egg holder for an hour so the leftover eggwhite can drop out.

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The pattern:
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 all stย (18)
Round 5: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)
Round 6: sc in all st (24)
Round 7: (sc in next 3 st, inc) X 6 (30)
Rounds 8-10: sc in all st (30)
Round 11: (sc in next 3 st, dec) X 6 (24)
Round 12: sc in all st (24)
Place the egg in the crochetness, we will crochet around the egg from now on.

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Round 13: (sc in next 2 st, dec) X 6 (18)
Round 14: sc in all stย (18)
Round 15: (sc in next st, dec) X 6 (12)
Round 16: (3 sc together) X 4 (4)
Fasten off, cut the yarn and pull the end in the egg. That’s it!

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Enjoy the Easter days!

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Zero Waste Crochet: 10 Ideas How to Crochet Environmentally Friendly

I am very excited to finally share this post with you! The idea to write about Zero Waste Crochet came to me about 3 years ago after I have watched a documentary movie about huge damage we make to our planet by producing tonnes of waste. Then I thought that the post was not good enough and I kept postponing finishing it. But I can’t hold it anymore so here it is ๐Ÿ™‚

So here are my tips and ideas how to be an environmentally friendly crocheter!

  • 1. Recycling & crochet: use trash as a noise makers

Some of the things which we usually throw to the trash bin might be very useful for our crochet projects! For example, candy packaging or a chocolate surprise egg (well, its plactis part) can be used as noise makers for rattle toys or crochet baby books. Here is a post about unusual amigurumi stuffings!

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  • 2. Recycling & crochet: stuffing for bigger projects

For bigger crochet projects which have to be heavy and full of stuffing you can use old (and clean ๐Ÿ™‚ ) clothing, for example socks, leggings, t-shirts.

I have stuffed my window draught stopper with old clothes!

And I don’t even remember what I have put in the monster door stopper, but it is very heavy!

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  • 3. Recycling & crochet: T-Shirt Yarn

Speaking of the t-shirts! The best way to recycle old t-shirts is to make stylish modern yarn out of it! Here you can find a good tutorial how to do that.

  • 4. Recycling & crochet: don’t throw away old crochetness!

Sometimes old funny things I have crocheted lay around in my closet for years and when I finally what to get rid of it, my first thought is to throw it away. Instead, you can use the yarn for another project!

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Or the same idea but hte other way around: if you need yarn of certain colour for your next project: don’t run to buy it right away but have a look if you have an old scarf or a hat of this colour. Maybe it is time to give the yarn a second life ๐Ÿ™‚ Using the yarn of my old hat and scarf, I have crocheted a baby yoda hat for my son:

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  • 5. Recycling & crochet: combine old clothes with crochet

There are so many great ideas how to refresh your old clothes by adding crochet elements to it! I am sure if you have a look at couple of ideas, you will be very inspired!

This post has inspired me to keep my old jeans jacket and turn it into something cool:

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  • 6. No plastic & crochet: wooden crochet hooks

There are so many amazing handmade wooden crochet hooks out there! We use crochet hooks every day and for a long time so it is nice to use natural materials instead of supporting cheap plastic hooks production.

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  • 7. No plastic & crochet: amigurumi eyes

Instead of going to a store and buying plastic safety eyes for amigurumi, consider crocheting them! You will be surprised how nice they can turn out! And you are much more flexible with the style and shape, even better! Here is a tutorial how to crochet amigurumi eyes.

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  • 8. No plastic & crochet: left over yarn as a stitch marker

Stitch marker is also one of the typical plastic crochet supplies. If you want to use zero plastic and if you don’t want to support plastic manufacture, consider using just a left over yarn end. It is much easier to use than the plastic one which you have to unlock/lock every round.

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  • 9. Smart Crochet: do not throw away yarn left overs!

If the left over yarn balls are so small that it is not enough for anything useful, do not think of throwing it away (even if you need space in the yarn shelf)! You can use the yarn for small things like amigurumi accessories or Barbie clothing. Or think of combining all the left overs in a colourful project. You can get some inspiration here:

Also very short yarn ends you should not throw away. Instead, you can stuff with it small details of your amigurumi: arms, legs, ears. Or use it as a stitch marker (I mentioned it above). If you do not know where to store it, you can crochet a stylish storage box, there it will look like decoration for your room!

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  • 10. Smart Crochet: Change colours smartly

If you go for colourful prjects, research how to change the colours smartly. It is crazy how much yarn you can save by taking care of it! Here is a very good post whith some changing colours techniques.

So these are my ideas how to respect our planet while crocheting ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe you have some more tips? I am looking forward to hearing them! Contact me here or on Instargam @nicecrocheting or just mark your post with the hashtag #crochetforfuture.

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Nicecrocheting on Instagram!

Hello dear friends!

I want to share great news with you: nicecrocheting is on Instagram now! It is very exciting and new for me so I need your support there as well!

If you like my patterns, want to be updated about my crochet ideas and want to know more about me – please follow me on Instagram!

Here is the link one more time: https://www.instagram.com/nicecrocheting/

I am very excited and motivated about new crocheting adventures with you and I am looking forward to the different forms of our communication!

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

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