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.

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Funky Donkey

Can you tell me which animal plays a very important role in the Christmas story? You guessed it right! It’s the humble donkey; the strong, silent hero who carries a very pregnant Mary all the way from Nazareth to Bethlehem. So, in keeping with the season’s theme, please allow me to present to you the Funky Donkey! funky-donkey-Tales-of-Twisted-FibersAs you must have noticed, this cute 5 inch amigurumi donkey is based on my free pattern for Rudy, the reindeer. [In case you missed my post on Rudy, you can go here and download the free pattern.] While the basic pattern is the same, I’ve made alterations to the ears, nose, tail and added a mohawk which gives our Funky Donkey quite a badass look.

I used eyelash yarn to make the mohawk and I must say it has seriously upped the cuteness factor of our darling little donkey. But be warned, this yarn is a pain to work with. It was my first time working with eyelash yarn and I had to feel my way through since it’s practically impossible to see the stitches. Thankfully, the mohawk is just a few short rows of single crochet stitches and it gets over quickly. So if you have crocheted with black yarn in a not very well lit room and lived to tell the tale, you’ll live through this one too. 😉 If you have worked with eyelash yarn, please feel free to share your (horror) stories here. You know what they say about misery loving company. 😉

So, without further ado, here’s the free pattern for our Animal of the Month, Funky Donkey!

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DOWNLOAD FREE PATTERN

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

If you liked this free amigurumi pattern—and also since ’tis the season of giving—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, that runs two sanctuaries for abused and injured homeless/working animals. One of these sanctuaries—The Godavari Donkey Sanctuary—provide care and shelter to donkeys rescued from Nepal’s brick factories notorious for working their animals to death. You can meet some of the rescued donkeys, currently enjoying their retirement at the sanctuary, here.

If you want to read more about Animal Nepal and their work, you can check out their Facebook page or their blog. You can also help them by donating here.

Thank you for caring.

Merry Christmas! 🙂

Christmas Angels

Christmas Angels Amigurumi Pattern Angels come in all shapes and sizes. These two maybe only 9 inches tall but they are super powerful (not to mention super cute!). That’s why this year they have been assigned the special responsibility of hovering around your Christmas tree to make sure no naughty goblin steals your Christmas gifts away. Christmas Angels Amigurumi PatternChristmas Angels Amigurumi PatternIt is a very simple pattern that requires the use of very basic stitches such as magic ring, single crochet, increase, decrease, half double crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, crochet BLO and FLO. The angels are 9 inch/23cm tall when made with sock weight yarn and 2.5mm hook. Christmas Angels Amigurumi Pattern The 10 page pdf pattern for these angels includes over 30 step by step photos, which makes the pattern very easy to follow. The pattern also includes instructions on how to make moveable amigurumi head and arms. These angels will make not only a great Christmas project but also a wonderful gift at any time of the year for someone who loves angels. In the unlikeliest of case that you don’t care for angels much, you can leave out the wings to make a sweet little doll for a little girl. Christmas Angels Amigurumi PatternThe pattern for these cute little angels can be purchased here or here.

And before I forget, another free Holiday themed amigurumi pattern will be posted on this blog very soon. Can you guess what it will be? 😉

Happy Holidays! 🙂

Rudy, the reindeer

Christmas is only about a month away. So who gets an early Christmas gift? YOU! 😀 And my gift to you is this super cute free amigurumi pattern for Rudy, the reindeer.Rudy, the reindeerMade with sock weight yarn and 2.5 mm hook, Rudy is around 4.5 inches tall. As the pattern only uses basic stitches (if you know how to make a magic ring, single crochet stitch, increase and decrease, you’re set to go!) and is relatively quick to make, this amigurumi will make a great Christmas project. Rudy, the reindeerThis is one cutie you should have around you and your loved ones during Christmas. So download the pattern and start hookin’, folks! Christmas is already around the corner.

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

Rudy, the reindeer


If you liked this free amigurumi pattern—and also since ’tis the season of giving—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. It runs two sanctuaries for abused and injured homeless/working animals, besides 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.


Keep warm and carry yarn. 😉

The Runaway Snowman

Runaway Snowman Amigurumi - Tales of Twisted FibersLast time, the first rays of the sun heralding the end of winter had done it for him. From a handsome snowman adored by the neighborhood children, he had been reduced to slush, trampled on by practically everyone. One nasty kid had even kicked his hat away! It was at that point he had made up his mind that next time he’d run away to North Pole where that spoil sport sun would never be able to melt him.

And that’s exactly what he did this time. The moment people started building him, our little hero started working on his master plan. First, he focused on figuring out where he could find a pair of snow boots. That one was easy—out on the patio of that yellow house. It was a slightly old pair, but it would get the job done.

His next move was to wait patiently until everyone went indoors and retired for the night. This one was certainly not easy. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Even snowmen get bored, you know! After the last kid went indoors, our brave snowman slowly inched towards the yellow house, grabbed the boots from the patio, and off he went—to boldly go where no snowman had gone before. To the North Pole!

Finally after days of walking (and minimal adventure), he reached the North Pole where he told all the snow folks the story of his  great escape. Mesmerized by his tales of adventure (apparently it doesn’t take much to impress the snow people), the snow folks unanimously decided to make him the head of their North Pole Decoration Committee. Their reasoning for offering him this position: he was the only one among them who had seen how people around the world decorated their homes for Christmas, which made him the best snowman for the job!

Of course, there was that red-nosed fellow named Rudolf who had probably seen more over the years during his annual jaunts with jolly old Nick, but the poor fellow’s area of expertise laid more towards taking off the decorations (albeit unknowingly) with his antlers than putting them up for display. This practically ruined any chances of Rudolf ever being offered a membership to this hallowed committee. But I digress.

As I was saying, for the first time in his several lifetimes, our little snowman was truly happy. And he was home, among his own kind! The end of Christmas would also no longer mean the end of him, thanks to his presence of mind and a pair of muddy old boots. Runaway Snowman Amigurumi - Tales of Twisted FibersSo there is our runaway snowman, showing other snow folks how to make little Christmassy banners to hang all over the North Pole. And going by the looks of it, he seems to be doing a mighty fine job.

This little fella is certainly going to add some Christmassy cheer to my place. If you love cute little amigurumi snowmen and cheerful banners, you can download this free pattern and make one for yourself.

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For the DUTCH version of the pattern, translated by our fellow crocheter Nanske, click here.

I hope you will enjoy this pattern as much you’ve loved all my other amigurumis.

Wish you a Merry Christmas and an amazing New Year!

Miniature Christmas Tree & Angels

Now that the spooky season is over, this post is all about treats—no tricks whatsoever 😀 Grab your hooks, ladies and gentlemen who crochet, I bring free patterns! Introducing *drumrolls* my miniature amigurumi Christmas tree and angels! Miniature-Christmas-Tree-&-Angels--Tales-of-Twisted-FibersThese tiny angels are 4.5 inches tall and require only small amounts of yarn to make. Miniature-Christmas-Tree-&-Angels--Tales-of-Twisted-Fibers Miniature-Christmas-Tree-&-Angels--Tales-of-Twisted-FibersStanding 5 inches tall, just 0.5” taller than these little winged cuties, is the miniature Christmas Tree, which is so simple to make, even your cat can hook up one in an evening 😉 So if you are looking for a fun, quick and easy Christmas-themed stash busting project, this one is just what the doctor ordered. Miniature-Christmas-Tree-&-Angels_download--Tales-of-Twisted-FibersWant more free patterns for quick and easy Christmas amigurumi projects? My dear friend Vanja’s blog too has caught the Christmas fever. Check out her adorable Christmas tree ornaments, if you haven’t already.

And just in case you missed my last post, there’s more Holiday-themed goodies in there (think cute little teddy bears in warm, nice hats).

Until next time, keep warm and crochet on 🙂

Update (November 10, 2013): The Miniature Christmas Tree & Angels pattern is now available in Danish, thanks to Marianne who translated the pattern. The Danish pattern can now be downloaded from her blog.

Linking this project to “From Dream To Reality #91” hosted by Christine

The DIY Dreamer

Naughty or Nice, free patterns for all

Naughty-or-Nice-Holiday-Bears-Free-Amigurumi-Pattern---Tales-of-Twisted-FibersIs it too early for a Holiday themed blog post? I hope not because two very sweet darlings want me to ask you what do you think they should expect to find in their Christmas stockings this year.Naughty-or-Nice-Holiday-Bears-Free-Amigurumi-Pattern---Tales-of-Twisted-FibersThis is the naughty little Holiday bear. See that troubled expression on his face? That’s because he’s been naughty throughout the year, giving his mama a hard time. Now that Christmas is approaching, he’s worried he’s going to end up with a lump of coal in his stocking.Naughty-or-Nice-Holiday-Bears-Free-Amigurumi-Pattern---Tales-of-Twisted-FibersThis cheerful fella, on the other hand, has been really nice this year and he is excited to see what Santa will bring for him. Personally he’d prefer a 3D printer but he knows Santa’s elves don’t do 3D printer because promoting that kind of technology would practically leave them jobless.

While these two Naughty and Nice Holiday Bears chalk up their wish list, I’ll let you into a secret—I cheated while making these amigurumis! Now that I have your undivided attention, let me explain. Both these amigurumi bears have been designed in such a way that they can be out on display throughout the year, and not just on Christmas. Naughty-or-Nice-Holiday-Bears-Free-Amigurumi-Pattern---Tales-of-Twisted-FibersSince they do not come in traditional Christmas colors as you must have noticed, all you need to do is remove their hats and scarves and hide away their stockings and they are good for any season 😀 Naughty-or-Nice-Holiday-Bears-Free-Amigurumi-Pattern---Tales-of-Twisted-FibersAnd now, it’s time for some free goodies! Who wants free patterns for these amigurumi Holiday Bears? Each of these two PDFs contain crochet patterns for the bear, its hat and scarf, and a miniature Christmas stocking.

Naughty Little Holiday BearNaughty-or-Nice-Holiday-Bears-Free-Amigurumi-Pattern---Tales-of-Twisted-Fibers

Nice Little Holiday Bear Naughty-or-Nice-Holiday-Bears-Free-Amigurumi-Pattern---Tales-of-Twisted-Fibers I hope you have fun hookin’ up these cuties.

Naughty-or-Nice-Holiday-Bears-Free-Amigurumi-Pattern---Tales-of-Twisted-FibersCheers!

Update (November 1, 2013): The patterns for the Naughty and Nice Holiday Bears are now available in DANISH, thanks to Marianne who translated both the patterns. The Danish patterns for the Naughty Little Holiday Bear and Nice Little Holiday Bear can now be downloaded from her blog.

Update (November 10, 2013): For SPANISH translation of the Nice Little Holiday Bear pattern, please visit Lyanne’s blog. Thanks for taking the time to translate and share this pattern with your readers, Lyanne.

Update (May 07, 2016): To download the pattern for Nice Little Holiday bear in DUTCH, translated by our fellow crocheter Nanske, click here.

Update (November 08, 2016): To download the pattern for Naughty Little Holiday bear in DUTCH, translated by Anja Van der Spiegel, click here.