Cut Out + Keep: Knit & Crochet Superstar

BitsyGreetings, fellow hookers!

I have been featured as the (Knit &) Crochet Superstar on the UK based craft website Cut Out + Keep where, in an interview with its founder Cat Morley, I talk about my designs, my favorite knit and crochet toy designers, Animal Nepal, and how my first attempt at making an amigurumi went horribly wrong. You can read the interview here.

From May 9 to 15, seven of my amigurumi patterns will be featured on the Cut Out + Keep Superstar section, one pattern a day. The first pattern featured today is Baby Bitsy. Visit Cut Out + Keep from Monday to Sunday to see all the featured patterns.

Follow Cut Out + Keep on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to keep up with all the amazing craft tutorials.

Happy hookin’!

Serah

Celebrate with Stitchee!

Pattern-covers_cmprsdErika de Niet is celebrating and she has invited you to join the fun! To mark the 5th anniversary of her craft shop Stitchee, Erika is holding a contest with the theme “celebrate” that challenges you to explore your fun, creative side. The winners stand to win some awesome prizes too!:)

THEME: Crochet/ knit/ felt/ cross stitch/ sew/ quilt/ paper craft something that goes with the theme of “celebration”.

CATEGORIES: This contest has the following five categories (of which the first four are open to BeNeLux participants only).

  1. Bring out your needles and hooks and knit and/or crochet something with the theme of celebration.
  2. If you are a sewing or quilting wiz, dip into your fabric stash and create the magic of celebration.
  3. If other forms of handicraft are more your style, go ahead, create and celebrate your craft. You can felt, cross stitch, paper craft—use any medium, it’s up to you.
  4. The fourth category is open to children from primary school where they can create a project on the theme using any of the crafts they are comfortable with.
  5. The final category is open internationally. So if you live outside the BeNeLux Union, this category is exclusively for you. You can create anything on the theme using any form of crafts mentioned above and you too stand to win some amazing goodies.

PRIZES: Oh yes, now we’re talking!😉 There’s a first prize and runners up prizes for each of the five categories and these are the prizes.

  1. Knit/Crochet: Scheepjes kit: CAL 2014 worth €50
  2. Fabric: A surprise package with six fat quarters and more worth around €40
  3. Other forms of handicraft: A package for making felt elephants worth €40
  4. Children from primary school: A clay package
  5. International category: A bundle of 14 knit and crochet patterns of the winner’s choice from 10 designers! The patterns are provided by Rebeckah’s Treasures, Cilla Webb, Mary’s Amiland, Yarn Society, Lalylala, Spicy Tuesday Crafts, Susan Claudino/NoKnitSherlock, Tiny Owl Knits, Carola van Groen, and yours truly, Tales of Twisted Fibers.😀

To top it with a cherry, Erika is offering a Grand Prize of a BOM quilt with all fabric worth a whopping  €300! Sweet, isn’t it!

So, a recap: make something crafty with the theme ‘Celebrate’ using any or all forms of handicrafts. Send your finished project(s) to Stitchee, Molendijk 47, 3262AH Oud-Beijerland, The Netherlands. Or you can post two to three images of your creation on Stitchee’s Ravelry group here. Your project(s) must be submitted by August 20, 2016.

For more information, visit Erika’s blog or Stitchee’s Ravelry page.

ABOUT ERIKA DE NIET: Erika is a crochet designer and the queen of all things crafty. By her own admission, she’s dabbled in it all: be it crochet, knitting, sewing, felting, cross stitch, or paper craft. And loved every minute of it! After working as a primary school teacher for 10 years (during which she always made time to indulge in her passion for crafts), Erika started on her “dream job” and opened Stitchee, a handicraft shop on September 1, 2011. Her shop is chock-full of crochet, knit, felt and sewing supplies. You can check out her shop on Facebook.

Erika lives in Oud-Beijerland, the Netherlands, with her husband Jurgen and their cat Poekie.

The Amazing SuperKids

Hello! Long time! I know I’ve not been posting much lately but you know how life tends to get in the way of crocheting. We’ve all been there. The struggle is real.😉 This post is going to be short because I managed to get my right hand stuck between the jaws of an angry dog(!). Yeah, I know, I can be exceptionally good at being stupid but don’t worry, the dog is fine (and sleeping next to my desk as I type this).

So allow me to quickly unveil my first amigurumi pattern of the year (and it’s free!). Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for the Amaaaazing SuperKids!😀

SuperKids by Tales of Twisted Fibers_free superhero amigurumi pa

Made with sock weight yarn, this adorable crime fighting duo stand 8 inches tall and come with their own removable capes.

SuperKids by Tales of Twisted Fibers_free superhero amigurumi patternOh, and the boy has a cool eye mask.


I decided not to give the girl an eye mask because she already has too many details around her face (eyelashes and green fringe) and adding more to it—and this is entirely my opinion—would be an overkill. But you can totally make her an eye mask if you want. If I can design an prepubescent superhero with a mohawk, I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t craft a pink eye mask for little superhero with green hair.😉

SuperKids by Tales of Twisted Fibers_free superhero amigurumi patternDOWNLOAD PATTERN

To download the pattern in DUTCH, translated by our fellow crocheter Nanske, click here.

If you prefer to add the DUTCH version of this pattern to your Ravelry library, we’ve got that covered for you too! Amigurumi designer Amifan and I collaborated to  bring you this Dutch edition of De verbazingwekkende SuperKids. How cool is that!:) Click here to get this pattern.

Before I wrap up this post, I want to thank amifan, Monika Weber, Mia Svensson, Anouska Wheeler and Jade Cordova for helping me test this pattern. You ladies are a joy to work with. Thank you so much!😀 Thanks to P, my partner in crime, for coming up with the mohawk idea. This little superhero looks badass because of you.😛


If you liked this free amigurumi pattern, would you please consider making a small donation to Animal Nepal? Animal Nepal is a not for profit, animal welfare and rights organization based in Lalitpur, Nepal, which runs two sanctuaries for abused and injured homeless/working animals. This organization is also in the forefront of campaigning for animal rights. If you want to see the wonderful work these folks do, you can check out their Facebook page or their blog. You can also help them by donating here.

Thank you for caring.

I guess it’s time to bring out the tree

Would I be wrong to assume that most of you have already finished decorating your homes, ticked everything off your Holiday shopping list, wrapped the gifts, and are now proudly surveying your handiwork while enjoying a cup of delicious hot chocolate and counting down to Christmas? I, for one, have accomplished absolutely none of the above. Truth be told, my artificial Christmas tree is yet to be taken out of the storage, and I still need to figure out where the hell are those boxes containing all the bells and baubles. But I have a feeling I’m not the only one who leaves everything to be done at the eleventh nerve-wracking hour.

So in honor of all those late Kates who’re yet to dust off their Christmas ornaments, whose homes still don’t look like something straight out of a Holiday special magazine spread, those toiling to get their handmade Christmas gifts ready (or at least are toying with the idea of making a handmade gift or two), I present to you Pucci, your personal Holiday assistant.

Pucci_a free Holiday Special amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted Fibers

Pucci [pronounced Pu-chhi] translates to “the little one” in colloquial Nepali. It could mean the person is younger to you in age or is slight in built. Though not necessarily a nice way to address people (in fact, it is quite a condescending term), you can get away with it if you’re extremely chummy with the person being addressed. So, to put it in a nutshell, to call someone Pucci, you either have to be on backslapping terms with that person or be ready to get your eye blackened and your nose bloodied. But our Pucci is very sweet and I promise she won’t break your nose if you call her by that name; she may accidentally misplace your house keys though.😉

Pucci_a free Holiday Special amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted Fibers

Though her resume says she’s a highly skilled personal holiday assistant, I’m not exactly sure how much help an 8 inch amigurumi can be. All I can say is that she will make your Holiday photos look good.

Pucci_a free Holiday Special amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted Fibers

DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN HERE

To download the pattern in DUTCH, translated by our fellow crocheter Jeannette Kemp, click here.

To get the pattern in GERMAN, visit Gabi Donner’s blog here. Thanks for translating the pattern, Gabi.

Pucci_a free Holiday Special amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted Fibers

Happy Holidays!

If you liked this free amigurumi pattern, would you please consider making a small donation to Animal Nepal? Animal Nepal is a not for profit, animal welfare and rights organization based in Lalitpur, Nepal, which runs two sanctuaries for abused and injured homeless/working animals. This organization is also in the forefront of campaigning for animal rights. If you want to see the wonderful work these folks do, you can check out their Facebook page or their blog. You can also help them by donating here.

Thank you for caring.

P.S. The pattern was designed and written in a hurry so it is possible it may contain some errors. If you spot any, would you please be kind enough to let me know?

P.S.S. I used loop stitch to make Pucci’s hair. If you’re unfamiliar with this stitch, here’s an excellent photo tutorial by Stacey of Fresh Stitches.

Vote for Mimi & Choppy!

The circus is here and the town is swathed in bright, vibrant colors. Clowns, jugglers, human cannonballs, magicians, strongmen, trapeze artists, tightrope walkers, acrobats, stilt walkers, unicyclists—you name it, they are there. And the best part is, they are all made of yarn! Isn’t that exciting!contestcircus_banner_characters

This amazing amigurumi circus is brought to you by AmigurumiPatterns.net and over a hundred amigurumi designers from around the world. Among these talented circus acts are two of my designs—Mimi, the mime artist, and Choppy, the clumsy juggler.

Mimi&Choppy_Tales-of-Twisted-Fibers-(1)Aren’t they adorable!

First, let me introduce you to Mimi – the mime artist.Mimi,-the-mime-artist2_talesoftwistedfibersMimi is not just another pretty face. Besides being a hugely popular one panda mime act, she is also an acclaimed animal rights activist. After barely escaping with her life from a notorious fur trader, she joined the circus. Now she uses the stage and her talent to educate the audience on animal welfare and rights.Mimi,-the-mime-artist3_talesoftwistedfibersDid you know Mimi is also pursuing her degree in International Animal Welfare, Ethics & Law?

Choppy – the clumsy juggler, on the other hand, is not exactly what you’d call a smart fella.Choppy_Tales of Twisted Fibers (2)Choppy_Tales of Twisted Fibers (3)Choppy always wanted to be a swashbuckling pirate and wield cutlasses but because of his clumsiness he never made the cut. So now he’s joined the circus as a juggler. Though he’s not terribly good at it—his clubs mostly land on his head—he is extremely popular because of the comic relief he provides.

Mimi and Choppy are only two of the many lovable acts who make this amigurumi circus the most fun circus you’ve ever seen. And now you get to decide which of these performers get to shine as the most popular circus acts by voting for them. The most popular characters with the highest number of votes will then be selected to be a part of a circus themed amigurumi pattern book*.

So if you think Mimi and Choppy have the star quality, could you please take a moment to vote for them?:)

How to vote

  1. Go to AmigurumiPatterns.net
  2. Click on the heart button of five of your favorite designs. It is important that you select exactly 5 designs; selecting less or more than five will disqualify your vote.
  3. On the pop-up screen, enter your name and email address and click on the Submit button.

Voting will take place from December 1 to 9, 2015.

Thank you!😀

* Every year, Amigurumipatterns.net—the folks behind the popular Zoomigurumi series—hosts a themed amigurumi design contest. The popular designs with the highest number of votes are then compiled in a pattern book. The results of the design contests held in 2013 and 2014—Amigurumi Animals at Work and Amigurumi Parent and Baby Animals—can be viewed here.

Amigurumi Parent and Baby Animals

Amigurumi Parent and Baby Animals_BannerI have some exciting news to share with you all. My pattern for Mama Bear, Papa Bear and Baby Bear can now be found in Amigurumi Parent and Baby Animalsa fabulous book of “soft and snuggly moms and dads with the cutest babies”.

Amigurumi Parent and Baby Animals_book cover_tales of twisted fibers

The book—which is a culmination of the design contest held earlier this year by AmigurumiPatterns.net—contains 25 of the cutest characters by 12 designers, including yours truly.:)

Row 1: Mom Tilda & Baby Earl Armadillo (Patchwork Moose) | Butterfly Bree & Baby Caterpillar Calin (Zabbez) | Papa Penguin & Baby Pierre (Moji-Moji Design) | Row 2: Dashy the Beagle & his Baby Boy (Ennadesign) | Mama Lulu & Baby Bea the sloths (Mevvsan) | Mama Bear, Papa Bear & Baby Bear (Tales of Twisted Fibers) | Row 3: Mama Frida Monkey & Baby Lila (Jamaica Y Tamarindo) | Mama Octa & her Baby Octopi (Diceberry Designs) | Maisy Mouse & Baby Charly (Little Aqua Girl) | Row 4: Little Tim the Fawn & his Mommy (Stuff The Body) | July the Kangaroo & her Baby Jumpy (Kamlin Patterns) | Rosy the Mama T-rex & her Baby Boys (Lia Arjono)

Row 1: Mom Tilda & Baby Earl Armadillo (Patchwork Moose) | Butterfly Bree & Baby Caterpillar Calin (Zabbez) | Papa Penguin & Baby Pierre (Moji-Moji Design) | Row 2: Dashy the Beagle & his Baby Boy (Ennadesign) | Mama Lulu & Baby Bea the sloths (Mevvsan) | Mama Bear, Papa Bear & Baby Bear (Tales of Twisted Fibers) | Row 3: Mama Frida Monkey & Baby Lila (Jamaica Y Tamarindo) | Mama Octa & her Baby Octopi (Diceberry Designs) | Maisy Mouse & Baby Charly (Little Aqua Girl) | Row 4: Little Tim the Fawn & his Mommy (Stuff The Body) | July the Kangaroo & her Baby Jumpy (Kamlin Patterns) | Rosy the Mama T-rex & her Baby Boys (Lia Arjono)

Like all other books published by Joke Vermeiren and her team at AmigurumiPatterns.net, Amigurumi Parent and Baby Animals has projects for crocheteers of all skill levels. What you can expect from this book is clear instructions accompanied by step by step pictures to guide you through all the difficult bits of the pattern; and lots and lots of pictures of the animals that allow you to see what the finished product will actually look like from various angles. What’s more, there’s even a handy illustrated section on how to make all of the stitches used in these patterns. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect amigurumi book?😀

The pre-sale of this book is on from now till September 27. If you order your copy now, you’ll also receive a free PDF edition of the book, which means you can start making your favorite amigurumis right away! To order your copy, click here.

Before I sign out, a massive thank you to everyone who voted for these fabulous designs and helped us create this wonderful amigurumi book. This book would never have been possible without you.:)

Not a Good Guy

Chucky - free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted FibersEverything must be amigurumi-fied, even knife wielding dolls with a murderous streak. So here’s Chucky, the dude responsible for my childhood nightmares.

Chucky - free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted FibersI had quite a bit of fun making this little bad guy because at 8.5 inches, he’s the right sized amigurumi that allows you to add in a lot of details. So I went detail crazy! Right from the stripes on his Converse shoes to colorful stripes on the cuffs of his overalls to the scar on his face. I even gave him eyebrows!  And the result is nothing short of fabulous, if I say so myself. ;) Chucky - free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted FibersI must warn you though. This pattern requires that you have some basic embroidery skills. Patience is also right up there in the list of must-have skills since you will need to sew several tiny crocheted pieces. If you are not particularly a fan of changing color every row, let me warn you, your patience will be put to the ultimate test. Phew! This is an intermediate pattern as it requires working with four different colored yarns at a time, switching between working in the front loops and back loops, working in back posts, making loop stitches, and every other kind of amigurumi technique that drives the lazy out of you. ;) Chucky - free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted FibersThough I’ve tried to include photos that explain the difficult bits, a tutorial on making loop stitch—which is what I have used to make the wig—is probably the only thing this pattern does not include. Trust me, I would if I could but apparently, a pair of hands isn’t enough to hold the hook, the yarn, and the camera. I have a nagging suspicion that crocheteers who post photo tutorials either have an extra pair of limbs or they have a crochet slave stashed away in their basement. So here’s what we will do. We’ll make a quick run to FreshStitches.com where Stacey has an excellent photo tutorial on how to make a loop stitch.

Now with that out of the way, let get to the good part.:) The pattern is FREE! Yes, absolutely free; that is, unless you want to tip me for coming up with this marvelous pattern for you, in which case you can always donate to Animal Nepal. :D Chucky - free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted Fibers

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

If crazy killer dolls don’t freak you out, you know this is what should be on your Halloween to-do list. Even if you don’t care for the scary variety, you can always customize it and make Chucky the most adorable boy that ever lived.

Have fun hookin’!


TRANSLATIONS

Castilian Spanish: Would you like Chucky’s pattern in Castilian Spanish? You can find the translated pattern at Montse’s blog.

Dutch: Nanske has been kind enough to translate Chucky’s pattern for our Dutch readers. Click here to download the pattern in Dutch.


If you liked this free amigurumi pattern, would you please consider making a small donation to Animal Nepal? Animal Nepal is a not for profit, animal welfare and rights organization based in Lalitpur, Nepal, which runs two sanctuaries for abused and injured homeless/working animals. This organization is also in the forefront of campaigning for animal rights. If you want to see the wonderful work these folks do, you can check out their Facebook page  or their blog. You can also help them by donating here.

Thank you for caring.