CAL’s

I joined a few more Crochet-Alongs. The bunny with the antler headband is called Christopher the Bunny. The designer is LittleAquaGirl. Her Esty shop is here.  For $5 a month, amigurumipatterns.net is hosting CAL’s. I decided to try it. The pattern was very well written. There was a lot of pictures which helps when sewing the bunny together. There is a forum where the designer is active. This comes in handy if there are questions regarding the pattern. I probably won’t keep this subscription as $5 a month adds up and I already have a lot of patterns I want to make. My payment for December already processed, so I will be doing it for one more month at least 🙂

The mitten was super fun and fast to make. It is designed to be a gift holder but I plan on using it as a decoration. I can see making more of them. There are so many color combinations. This was hosted by Happily Hooked Magazine. I have an annual subscription to the magazine. The pattern was also well written. You can get the pattern on Ravelry here (you do not need to have the magazine.) The designer is Sonya Blackstone.

Snowman!

For some reason these two snowmen took me awhile to finish.. They aren’t very big but they had accessories to be made and buttons to attach. I don’t always enjoy making things with lots of pieces so I think I was procrastinating some.

I fell in love with the pink scarf one. Although the pom pom on his hat caused me a lot of problems. I have made pom poms in the past with no issues. This time I tried 4 times and they kept falling apart. I gave up and found a store made one in my stash. I just added some glue and it is staying in place with no problem. He has joined my Christmas decor.  That pattern came from a Happily Hooked magazine. I have an annual subscription to the on-line version of the magazine.  I go back and forth as to if I will continue my subscription. You can get the issue on Ravelry here or on their website http://www.happilyhooked.com. It is in Happily Hooked Magazine #43 October 2017.

The snowman with the ear muffs was also fun to make. His nose ended up reminding me of Pinocchio.  This pattern is out of the book Amigurumi Winter Wonderland. You can find it here on Amazon.

Christmas Trees

I made a few Christmas trees from free patterns. My favorite is the cream one. It worked up really quickly. The pattern had some mistakes but easy to catch and adjust. The pattern is here.

The red, green and white striped one my mom confiscated. It is written in UK terms. It still needs a little tlc in shaping and the ribbon trimmed up. The pattern is here.

The other one with the face was fun to make. I had one with a pink base that my sister wanted. It was quick and fun to do. I think the face adds a lot of character (but there are some people that don’t like faces on inanimate objects 🙂 ) The pattern can be found here.

Moose

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The Friendly Redfox hosted another CAL. This one was for a moose and reindeer. The pattern is here.  The pattern was well-written and the moose worked up quickly.  She released the pattern in three pieces. I wasn’t reading too closely and missed the directions on where to attach the legs. They were at the bottom of day one – oops! I attached them a little too far back so it doesn’t sit as easily as it would if the legs were attached closer to the front.  He is a nice addition to winter decor.

Cardigan

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I haven’t made many adult sweaters. Cre8tion Crocheter hosted a Fall CAL with her Keep Me Warm Cardigan.  I decided to join. I used Caron Big Cakes. This was the first time I had used the yarn. I really like it. It works up nice, has smooth color changes and has a slightly mottled look.

I did make gauge (I hate swatching but I did do it for this sweater). It ended up big and is a little boxy. There isn’t a lot of shaping that is done in the pattern. It is a well written and easy to follow. I will wear this Cardigan as more of a jacket. The pattern was released in  parts for free on her blog during the CAL but she also has it for sale here.

Pumpkins!

I love pumpkins but the patterns can be tedious. I recently tried three new ones and enjoyed two of them.

The rustic pumpkin is the brown one and the orange one in the other photo. These worked up quickly with bulky yarn. It was made with the inside of the pumpkin used for the outside and done in the back loops to help give it a bumpy look. The pattern is here by Meg Made With Love.

The tall orange pumpkin with ridges is also by Meg Made With Love.  I didn’t like it as well as it didn’t form like a pumpkin as well as I would like. The pattern is here.

The blue pumpkin is a pattern from Yarnspirations. I liked it because it is formed with sc’s and dc’s. There is no need for you to do any shaping. The placement of the sc’s and dc’s makes the pumpkin shape. I made it blue as I liked the ones that Yarnspirations showed on their pattern.  You can get that pattern here. The pattern has three sizes of pumpkins. I made the small size.