Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Changed my Designer Name

I thought I'd be designing amigurumi or baby items forever but nope, things change! I have a ton of other ideas that I want to make. I've been designing wearables for adults such as tops, vests, and hats... so it's time to change my designer name to something that is not so limiting. (By the way - not saying I'm giving up on amigurumi completely. It's just put on hold.)

On Ravelry, my designer name is now Amanda Michelle. You can still search for Adorably Kawaii or use the old link and it'll redirect you to the new page. 

I just put together a pattern collection of my crochet amigurumi on Ravelry so they can all be purchased for one fancypants price. (I didn't forget that request!!) The discount promos I already have up will remain for those that just want to buy a couple patterns or so.

I'm still using Adorably Kawaii for my Etsy and other sites where it can't really be changed. But I'll only be adding patterns for amigurumi or baby items on Etsy. And on my Ravelry and Craftsy, I'll be adding all designs.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Downloading Patterns From Craftsy

I've been getting some questions about how Craftsy works so hopefully this will help.

The patterns on Craftsy are instant downloads and not hard copy patterns. When you download or purchase a pattern, it automatically gets saved to your Craftsy Pattern Library.

You can find the patterns you downloaded or purchased by going to "My Patterns" which is found on the left sidebar under "My Craftsy".

To download the file, find the pattern you want to download and click on the image. Or you can click on the little download icon after the pattern name.

Just below the image, it says "Contact Info" to encourage you to contact the designer if you need any help with the pattern or have any comments.

Sometimes the file may not download correctly. If it's a PDF file, make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader. Or if it's a ZIP file, make sure you have the right program to open them such as WinRar, WinZip, or 7-Zip. Then try downloading the file again in a different browser such as Chrome or Firefox. If it still doesn't work, you should email Craftsy at help@craftsy.com or contact the pattern designer for assistance.

If you find anything confusing in a pattern or any errors, please do contact the pattern designer so they can fix it. If you don't bring it to their attention, they won't know.

If you have any other problems, you can go to the Help Center and hopefully your solution will be found in there. If not, email Craftsy.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Helloo

Shop updates:

I reopened my Etsy shop. I decided to change it to instant download patterns only. I took down the listings for the pattern bundles that I email out. I don't really go on the computer anymore so that makes it difficult to get the patterns out in a timely manner. So for bundles, discounts are automatically applied on Ravelry at checkout.

Owl Rug Pattern:

I've been getting asked a lot of questions about the Owl Rug pattern and I'm sorry that I can't help much. I only made it once and it involved a bit of improvisation so I didn't keep track of all the stitch counts. And I'm not sure about how much yarn I used because I mainly used leftover balls.

I'm planning on making another one (with bulky yarn) to figure out how much yarn is used and get more detailed notes on the rounds/rows. I'll probably make it after the holidays.

Future patterns:

There are some patterns that I definitely want to get out eventually. One being the Pink Flamingo but I have to redo it because I made some parts too complicated and I want to simplify it a bit. There's also another knit version pattern I started working on last year that I'd like to finish.

But for the other designs I've posted, I'm not really in a rush to get those patterns out unless there's a high demand for them. Let me know what you'd like~!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Winnie the Pooh Crochet Hat Pattern for Toddler (+ sizing guide)


I'm getting ready for winter and Halloween by making my son some hats of his favorite characters. I started with Winnie the Pooh. :D

I usually don't work with bulky yarns but I found the perfect color for Winnie the Pooh in that weight. It's Loops & Threads Charisma in Yellow. Not too light or too orangey!

I made this hat to fit my almost 2 year old and he has a head circumference of 19". There's more information on sizing and gauge below. I also added a little guide at the end of the pattern so you can make it in a different size.

Note I've only made this pattern once and it hasn't been tested. This pattern isn't as detailed or photo heavy as my other ones. But if I keep writing up patterns this way, I think I'd be able to offer more free patterns. :)



Materials & Tools:
  • Loops & Threads Charisma in Yellow 
  • Loops & Threads Charisma in True Red
  • I/5.5mm hook
  • Loops & Threads Impeccable in Chocolate Brown for the nose & eyebrows
  • E/3.5mm hook
  • Pair of black 18mm domed sew on eyes or buttons
  • Polyfil
  • Yarn needle

Abbreviations & Stitches:
  • ch - chain
  • dc - double crochet
  • sc - single crochet
  • sc2tog - single crochet 2 stitches together
  • sl st - slip stitch
  • sk - skip
  • st(es) - stitch(es)
  • R# - Round/Row

Measurements & Sizing:
  • Head circumference: 19"
  • Finished size: 17"
  • Height: 7"
It fits my 2 year old.


Gauge:
  • 2.5 stitches per inch

Pattern:
  • Ch 3 at beginning counts as a stitch. When working increases at the beginning of the round, dc in same st as the join. When working even rounds, don't crochet in the same st as the join. Skip it and crochet the next st.
  • Join rounds with a sl st to the first stitch (the beginning ch 3 or sc).
  • At the end of single crochet rows, ch 1 and turn.

Hat:

With yellow yarn and I/5.5mm hook,

R1: 10 dc into magic ring. (10 sts)

R2: 2 dc around. (20 sts)

R3: *2 dc, dc* to end. (30 sts)

R4: *2 dc, dc 2* to end. (40 sts)

R5: *2 dc, dc 19* to end. (42 sts)

R6-10: Dc around. (5 rounds)

Don't fasten off, start on the earflap.


Earflap:

R1: Ch 1, sc 10. 

R2: Sc2tog at the beginning and end of the row. (8 sts)

R3: Sc to end.

R4: Sc2tog at the beginning and end of the row. (6 sts)

R5: Sc to end.

R6: Sc2tog at the beginning and end of the row. (4 sts)

R7: Sc to end.

R8: Sc2tog at the beginning and end of the row. (2 sts)

R9: Sc2tog. (1 st)

Fasten off.


Second Earflap:

Skip the next 12 sts (this is the front of the hat), work as for first earflap.

Fasten off.


Edging: 

With red yarn and I/5.5mm hook,

R1: Sc around. 

Fasten off.

Weave in all the ends.


Ears (Make 2):

With yellow yarn and I/5.5mm hook,

R1: 7 dc into magic ring. (7 sts)

R2: 2 dc around. (14 sts)

R3: Sc around.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew onto the hat. Weave in the ends.


Snout:

With yellow yarn and I/5.5mm hook,

R1: 7 dc into magic ring. (7 sts)

R2: 2 dc around. (14 sts)

R3: *2 dc, dc* to end. (21 sts)

R4: *2 dc, dc 2* to end. (28 sts)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff with polyfil. Sew onto the hat centered just above the red edging.


Nose:

With brown yarn and E/3.5mm hook,

R1: Ch 13, sk ch, sc 12 sts. (12 sts)

R2: Sc to end.

R3: Sc2tog at the beginning and end of the row. (10 sts)

R4: Sc2tog at the beginning and end of the row. (8 sts)

R5: Sc2tog at the beginning and end of the row. (6 sts)

R6: Sc2tog at the beginning and end of the row. (4 sts)

R7: Sc2tog at the beginning and end of the row. (2 sts)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew on the top of the snout.


Eyes:

Sew on the eyes about 2-3 stitches away from the snout.


Eyebrows:

With brown yarn and yarn needle, stitch on the eyebrows a couple rounds above the eyes.


Sizing Guide:

If you'd like to make this in a different size, here is a mini guide.

If you don't have measurements, you can use ones from these sizing charts:


1. Take the head measurement and minus 1 or 2 inches for negative ease.
Example: 19" - 2" = 17"

2. Start working the pattern and after a few rounds, measure the stitches per inch and multiple it by the finished measurement.
Example: 2.5 stitches per inch x 17" = 42.5

3. Figure out how many increase rounds you need to reach that number. Depending on the number, you can round the number up or down.
Example: 10 (starting number) x 4 increase rounds = 40
Since my number is already two inches negative ease, I decided to add another increase round to add 2 more stitches to get to 42.

4. Now work even in double crochet until you reach just about the height you want and leave some space to do the red single crochet edging after.
Example: I did 5 rounds to get to 6 3/4 inches. 

5. Next the earflaps! This isn't exact-- it's just some guesswork here. Decide on how many stitches you need for each earflap and the spacing between them. They're positioned to be closer to the back of the hat with more stitches in the front than the back.

6. Now you can add the edging and other details. You may need to size up or down the eyes, ears, snout, and nose.


If you make this hat, I'd love to see it! Please add it on Ravelry or post photos in the comments.


© Adorably Kawaii. Pattern is for personal use only. Please don't redistribute/resell the pattern in any way or form.

If you'd like to share my free patterns, please link to my pattern instead of copying and pasting the written pattern.

If you post the finished items you make online, my only request is that say something like “Pattern designed by Adorably Kawaii - www.adorablykawaii.com”

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hiatus

Oops! Sorry, no updates in months. I just kinda moved onto other hobbies. Crocheting toys is fun but unfortunately takes up too much time that I don't have anymore. That's why I closed my Etsy & Craftfoxes shops a while ago. My other shops (that have automated downloads) are still up.

I'm still alive~ and can be reached by email. ;)

Just wanted to put up an official note!

P.S.
I had plans to write up the rest of my patterns but I don't know if I'll actually get around to doing that for years. I might come back to toys someday!!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Owl Rug Crochet Pattern


I felt like crocheting items for home and started with a rug. It took me a while to decide on what animal to make. I picked the owl since it'd be a fun shape to make! 

This project uses a variety of stitches (ch, sc, hdc, dr, htr, tr, htr cluster, v st, tr v st, increasing, decreasing, sl st) and some parts are worked in rows and joined rounds.

These are my pattern notes. I didn't keep track of all the stitch counts and the pattern hasn't been tested yet. If there are errors or you find something confusing, please let me know.



Materials & Tools:

• Worsted weight yarn, held doubled (or use bulky weight yarn)
• I/5.5mm hook (or larger hook size)
• Yarn needle

Abbreviations & Stitches:

• beg - beginning
• ch - chain
• dc - double crochet
• dc3tog - double crochet 3 stitches together
• hdc - half double crochet
• htr - half treble
• htr cluster - Wrap yarn around hook twice and insert hook into st, pull up a loop, yarn over, and pull through 1 loop. (4 loops on hook) Wrap yarn round hook twice and insert hook into same st, pull up a loop, yarn over, and pull through 1 loop. (7 loops on hook) Yarn over, pull through all loops.
• RS - right side
• sc - single crochet
• sc2tog - single crochet 2 stitches together
• sc4tog - single crochet 4 stitches together
• sl st - slip stitch
• sk - skip
• sp - space
• st(es) - stitch(es)
• R# - Round/Row
• tr - treble crochet
• tr v st - Tr in st, ch 1, tr in same st.
• v st - Dc in st, ch 1, dc in same st.
• WS - wrong side

Finished Size:

• Approximately 24" (61cm) long and 13.5" (34cm) at the widest.





Eyes (Make 2):

R1 (RS): 18 sc into magic ring, leaving hole in center. Sl st to first sc. Turn.

R2 (WS): Ch 3 (counts as tr), tr in first st (counts as first increase), tr in next 2 sts. *2 tr in st, tr in next 2 sts* to end. Sl st to beg ch 3. Turn. (24 sts)

R3 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as tr), tr in first st (counts as first increase), tr in next 2 sts, *2 tr in st, tr in next 2 sts* to end. Sl st to beg ch 3. (32 sts)

For the first eye, fasten off after R4. 

For the second eye, don't turn in R4. Work it in the round. (On the WS, then turn it back to the RS.) Don't fasten off.

R4 (WS): Ch 3 (counts as dc). Turn. Dc in the first st (counts as first increase), dc in next st, sk st, ch 2. *2 dc in st, dc in next st, sk st, ch 2* x8. Dc in next st, hdc in st, 3 tr in last st. 2 sts left unworked.

Now you'll connect the two eyes together:

R5 (RS): Sl St into the first eye's last tr st. Ch 1. Turn to WS. Sc in next 44 sts and chs. 5 sts left unworked.

Crochet together both eyes: 2 sc into ch sp, sc in next 3 sts. Fasten off.

Still on WS, attach yarn and ch 1 in the next st of the other eye, sc in same st. Sc in next 43 sts and chs. Sl st to join. Fasten off.


Body:

With RS facing, rotate work to crochet on the bottom of the eyes.

R1 (RS): In the 14th st to left of the ear, ch 4 (counts as dc + 1), sk st, v st, *Sk 2 sts, v st* x8, ch 1, sk 2 sts, dc in st. Ch 1, turn. (9 v sts and 2 dc)

R2 (WS): Sc in sts and chs. (sc in the last ch sp and in top ch 3) Turn. (31 sts)

R3 (RS): Ch 4 (counts as dc + 1), sk st, dc in st. *Sk 2 sts, v st* x10. Ch 1, turn. (11 v sts)

R4 (WS): Sc in sts and chs. (sc in the last ch sp and in top ch 3) Fasten off. (32 sts)


Circle Lower Body:

R1: 8 sc into magic ring. Sl st to first sc.

R2: Ch 3 (counts as htr), htr in same st, ch 3. *2 htr cluster in next st, ch 3* x7. Join to beg ch.    

R3: Ch 4 (counts as tr), tr in same st, 3 tr in ch spc. *2 tr in st, 3 tr in ch sp* x7. Join to beg ch.

R4 (WS): Ch 4 (counts as dc + 1), turn. Dc in first st, sk st. *V st, sk st* x15. Sc in next 9 sts. Join in beg ch.
                                                                  
R5 (WS): Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next 3 st. *2 sc in st, sc in next 3 sts* x11.

R6 (RS): Ch 4 (counts as dc + 1), turn. Dc in first st, sk st. *V st, sk 2 sts* x18. V st, sk st, dc in last st.

R7 (WS): Ch 1, turn, sc in the sts and chs.

R8 (RS): Ch 4 (counts as tr), turn, sc to end.

R9 (WS): Ch 4 (counts as dc + 1), turn, dc in first st, sk st. *V st, sk 2 sts* to end.

R10 (RS): Ch 1, turn, sc to end. (sc in last ch spc n in the top ch 3)

R11 (RS): Ch 1, rotate work to work on side of the tr posts: 2 sc around 1st tr row, ch 1, sk sc, 2 sc around next tr row, ch 1, sk sc, 3 sc around next tr row. Dc3tog over next 3 sc. Ch 1, sk st, v st, sk st, v st, sk st, v st, sk st, ch 1, dc3tog over next 3 sc. Sc 3 around tr row, ch 1, sc 3 in next tr rowt, ch 1, sc 3 in last tr row, sl st in sc. Turn.

R12 (WS): Sl st in next 4 sts, sc in st, hdc in st, dc in st, ch 1, sk 2 sts, v st, sk 2 sts, tr v st, sk 2 sts, tr v st, sk /2 sts, tr in st, sk 2 sts, tr v st, sk 2 sts, tr v st, sk st, v st, sk 2 sts, ch 1, dc in st, hdc in st, sc in st, sl st in next 3 sts.

With RS of the head and lower body pieces facing each other, sc both of the piece's edges together. Or you can fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing the two pieces together.


Beak Edging:

The stitches that were left unworked in the eyes create the opening for the beak. Now you'll create an edging into it to make it smaller.

With RS facing, attach yarn and ch 1 around the tr st. Sc 3 into the tr sp. Sc4tog on the side. Sc 3 at the top. Sc4tog on the other side. Sc 3 around the other tr st. Sl St to join. Fasten off.


Right Ear:

R1 (RS): In the 18th st to the right of the center at the top, ch 3 (counts as tr). Tr in next 2 sts, htr in st, dc in st, hdc in st, sc in st. Ch 1, turn.

R2 (WS): Sc2tog, dc in next 4 sts, 2 tr in last st. Fasten off.


Left Ear:

R1 (RS): In the 11th st to left of the center at the top, ch 1, sc in st. Hdc in next st, dc in st, htr in st, tr in next 3 sts. Ch 1, turn.

R2 (WS): Ch 4 (counts as tr), tr in st, dc in next 4 sts, sc2tog.


Border:

Attach yarn in a st and ch 1. Sc all around. Sl st to join. Fasten off.

Weave in all the ends.


If you make this owl, please post photos in the comments! :)


© Adorably Kawaii. Pattern is for personal use only. Please don't redistribute/resell the pattern in any way or form.

If you'd like to share my free patterns, please link to my pattern instead of copying and pasting the written pattern.

If you post the finished items you make online, my only request is that say something like “Pattern designed by Adorably Kawaii - www.adorablykawaii.com”

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Daisy Granny Heart Bags


It was birthday last weekend so I wanted to make some things for myself. I added the Daisy Center Granny Heart pattern from Daisy Cottage Designs to my queue earlier in the month. I've been wanting to make it but not as a dishcloth since it'd be too pretty to use! So I decided to make them into some bags.



I made 2 hearts, single crocheted them together, and added a strap. It turns out the day after I made mine (on my birthday!), the pattern designer put up a Granny Heart Purse pattern on her blog!! Go check it out! It's cute!
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