My 52 Week Crochet Challenge: Week 8

A few days ago I joined a 52 week crochet challenge.  Each week there is a new task to be completed.  The challenge started 7 weeks ago, but they say just jump in and join there is no need to start at the beginning.  So this is MY 52 Week Crochet Challenge.
 Week 8
This week your challenge is to go through any unfinished projects you’ve had sitting around and either work it or frog it.  If you don’t have any unfinished projects (really?!) then show us what you’ve been working on.
Last month I started working on a Pokemon inspired Charmander doll for my son.  I got about half way done and then got side tracked.  Well, for this challenge I have resumed working on the doll and hope to finish him soon.  
This is the only before photo I have.  Note, there is no legs, no feet and no tail.  The mouth is not finished and I still need to add the eyes and nose.

*The free bunny rattle pattern can be found here Easy Amigurumi Bunny by Tangled HappyMade for my nephew for Easter!

After
Before

 I guess I didn’t complete this challenge because I’m still missing the felt eye and felt flames for the tail.  Still need to pick up some red, yellow and orange felt to complete, but my son plays with it as is.

 

My Cute Little Bags

With Easter around the corner I decided to make these cute little Easter bags that can be used to put little Easter goodies into.  Depending on colours used, it can be a great little bag for any occasion.  Red and green for Christmas, oranges and browns for Thanksgiving or pastels for Easter.  Make them in your child’s favourite colour and put little goodies in them and hand them out as loot bags, or give them to little girls and little boys to put their little toys inside!

This is the first pattern I have written and I hope it makes sense to you.  It makes sense to me, but then again, I know what I’m trying to say!!!

If there are any problems or corrections needed, please feel free to leave a message and I will fix it up.

So here it is, my first pattern, enjoy!

Cute Little Bags
© Copyright 2014 Nyela d’Endel

Materials needed
Worsted weight (4) cotton yarn in 4 colours (A, B, C, D)
H/8 – 5.00mm hook
Chain marker
Tapestry needle
No gauge required
Abbreviations
Rnd = round
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
st = stitch
sts = stitches
sl st = slip stitch
dec = decrease
F/O = fasten off

Using your H/8-5.00mm hook and working in rounds. Place a stitch marker in the last st of the rnd and move marker up at the end of each rnd.
**How to change the colour of yarn working in hdc rounds.  Start by making an hdc as you would normally… insert hook, pull up a loop, there should be 3 loops on your hook, but now use the new colour to pull through all 3 loops on hook.    
With yarn (A)
Rnd 1 – Ch 16, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and then 1 hdc across.  Work 1 extra hdc in last ch.  Do not turn, instead, work on bottom loops of the chain and 1 hdc across working 1 extra hdc in last ch. Place stitch marker (32)
Rnd 2 – 1 hdc in each hdc around.  Place a stitch marker (32)
Rnd 3 – 1 hdc in each hdc around changing to colour (B) yarn with last stitch** (32)
Rnd 4 – 1 hdc in each hdc around (32)
Rnd 5 – 1 hdc in each hdc around (32)
Rnd 61 hdc in each hdc around changing to colour (C) yarn with last stitch** (32)
Rnd 7 – 1 hdc in each hdc around (32)
Rnd 8 1 hdc in each hdc around (32)
Rnd 9 – 1 hdc in each hdc around changing to colour (D) yarn with last stitch** (32)
Rnd 10 – 1 hdc in each hdc around (32)
Rnd 11 – 1 hdc in each hdc around (32)
Rnd 12 – 1 hdc in each hdc around changing back to colour (A) yarn with last stitch** (32)
Rnd 13 – 1 sc in each hdc around (32)
Rnd 14 – *1 sc in next 4 sc, ch 8, skip 8 stitches, 1 sc in next 4 sc*.  Repeat from * to * once around (32)
Rnd 15 – 1 sc in each sc and each ch space around (32)
Rnd 16 – 1 sc in next 4 sc, 1 hdc in next 8 sc, 1 sc in next 8 sc, 1 hdc in next 8 hdc 1 sc in next 3 sc and 1 sl st in last stitch around (32)
F/O and weave in all tails inside the bag.
Large Flower
1.  12 sc in a magic ring, sl st to close.  
2.  Ch 2, 2 dc in same place as the ch 2.  2 dc in next sc, ch 2 and sl st in same stitch.  
3.  *Sl st in next sc, ch 2, 2 dc in same sc as sl st, 2 dc in next sc, ch 2 and sl st in same stitch*.    Repeat from * to * 4 more times for a total of 6 petals.   
4.  F/O and make sure to leave a long tail for attaching to the bag.
Small Flower
1.  6 sc in a magic ring, sl st to close.  
2.  Ch 2, 1 dc in same sc as chain, sl in same sc  
3.  *Ch 2, 1 dc in next sc, sl st in the same sc as dc*.  Repeat from * to * 4 more times for a total of 6 petals.  
4.  F/O and make sure to leave a long tail for fastening to the bag.  

 

My Plunge into Amigurumi

I have been working with a lot of amigurumi lately; stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something different.  It all started when my sister-in-law announced that she was pregnant.  I wanted to make something special for her that no one else would.  My mother-in-law knits, so I figured she’d be getting a lot of clothes, hats, blankets…the usual baby knit goods.  I started looking up gift ideas and I came across this super cute pattern for an airplane.  I crocheted one up and loved it.  I crocheted 3 more and turned it into a baby mobile.  I wish I had taken a photo of it.  It was so adorable.  I will be asking my sister-in-law if she could send me a photo so I can post one!

With that in hand I came across a course on Craftsy all about amigurumi and how to create patterns for toys from drawings.  My son begged me to take the lesson because he wanted me to make some toys out of drawings of his, so I decided to take the plunge and learn how to create my own amigurumi patterns.  I loved this course.  It was so eye opening.  I had no idea that’s how patterns are created.  I’ve already got a few of my own I’ve started.  One is from a drawing my son made!!  I loved the course so much I enrolled in the second course ‘how to create amigurumi woodland animals’, but I haven’t had time to start it yet.

Currently I have been working on some other amigurumi toys (patterns others have created).  A Charmander doll…er…toy for my son, which is about half completed.  A Pokeball pattern I created (I will be posting my first free pattern soon!) for my younger son and some Plant vs. Zombie (computer game) inspired toys for both my boys.  I have finished making 2 monsters and an Owl Amigurumi and a Bunny Softie Amigurumi for my nephew.

It has been a busy few weeks!