Amigurumi Globetrotters Giveaway

Would you like to win a copy of this fabulous book? My friend Ilaria Caliri of Airali Design [author of Amigurumi Winter Wonderland] has her new book out and her publisher Meteoor Books has generously offered to give away copies of Amigurumi Globetrotters to three of my Instagram followers.

This book presents 15 easy and fully customizable crochet patterns for the most adorable and adventurous globetrotters who will be your travel buddies and take you on an unforgettable crochet journey. You can get more information on the book here.

 

Entering the giveaway is simple.
1. Head over to my Instagram account [click here] and follow me there.
2. Follow AmigurumiPatterns’ Instagram account [click here]
3. Find my latest Insta post on this giveaway and tag a crochet buddy who lives in another country and mention where you both are from [for example, “I’m from Kathmandu and I’m tagging (insert your friend’s Instagram handle here) from Belgium”] in the comments
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If you love taking your hooks and yarn along with you on your vacation, simply tell us about your favorite vacation crochet spot.

Please note, this is an Instagram only giveaway.

This giveaway is open worldwide and ends August 20. Every entry will be assigned a number and I’ll use a random number generator to pick three winners. Winners will be announced on my Instagram the same day. The winners will need to provide me with their mailing address within 24 hours of the result announcement. The book will be shipped to your address by Meteoor Books on August 28 from Germany with Deutsche Post.

Good luck! ❤️

 

Crochet a cover for your Kindle

Raise your hands if you love crochet and reading. Now raise your hooks if you’ve been looking for a quick and simple [and free!] crochet sleeve pattern for your Kindle. I’m happy to tell you, your search ends here. 😄

They say you make handmade gifts for those you love. Since I love reading, I decided I needed to make something for the device that lets me read at night without blinding me. 😉 Now that I’ve made two of them for my Kindle and can personally vouch for how handy this little sleeve is, I’m sharing this pattern with you.

For this project, you’ll need around 50gm of sports weight yarn in the primary color and another 20-25gm in the secondary color, a 3.5mm hook, and a 38mm round button. The piece is worked flat and later joined at the seams. What makes this otherwise simple pattern fun to make is the use of spike stitch which—with its triangular motifs in a contrasting color—makes the design pop. If you are not familiar with this stitch, don’t panic. I’ve included a full-page photo tutorial on how to make a spike stitch. 😇

This crochet sleeve is designed for Kindle Paperwhite [7th generation] but the pattern can be adapted to fit other eReaders and tablets as well. Look up the section on sizing [under Special Notes] in the PDF to see how this can be done.

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Happy hookin’!

 

If you liked this free 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.

A Dose of Vitamin Cute

I’m so excited to tell you my Fruity-Mons are in the June issue of your favorite Happily Hooked Magazine. And, as you can see in the pic below, these naughty little fruit monsters are pretty thrilled to be a part of this publication too!

You can get hold of this pattern and your dose of Vitamin Cute by logging into www.happilyhooked.com.

Special thanks to Monika Weber, Fiona McQueen, Veronique Flawine, Mia, Crystal Thompson, Amifan, and Viviana Lores for helping me test this pattern. You guys are the best. ❤️

Twenty One Pilots Amigurumi Pattern

Chances are you’ve already seen these two if you’ve been following me on Instagram. In case social media is not your thing, please allow me to present *drum rolls* the amigurumi version of TWENTY ØNE PILØTS! 😀

Tyler Joseph as “Blurryface”

Six-inch star Josh Dun

Tyler and his backpack

Josh strikes a pose next to a clump of yarn ends

Honey I shrunk TØP!

If you’ve been looking to make your very own miniature TØP, your prayers have been answered. 😋 After almost 12 hours of typing, photo editing and illustrating diagrams, the pattern is now ready. Phew! So go ahead and download the pattern below; you can thank me later. 😉

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Enjoy!

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.

Buddy & Chum

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Guess who’s been keeping me company while I write my patterns? These two sweet little fellas, Buddy and Chum. And whenever I feel too tired to work (or sometimes just too lazy to work), they shake their bushy tails in tandem like cheerleaders and howl at me to go on.

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Buddy is an absolute gentleman; he never goes anywhere without his tie.

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His busy tail is always well combed and styled with just the right amount of hairspray.

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Just look at him—he even makes sure everything is color coordinated! Blue shirt, blue planter. Wow, this guy is sorted.

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Chum, on the other hand, likes to keep it simple, so much so that his closet is full of button-down shirts—and no, he doesn’t own a tie.

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Buddy & Chum are 5 inches tall and will make great desk accessories. Because they have a flat base, they can stand upright without any support. This is a quick project with a fairly simple pattern. The PDF contains step by step photo guide to help you with the slightly difficult bits. If you have not yet tried your hands at colorwork, this pattern will show you how to change colors cleanly. Don’t know how to make back post single crochet stitch? There’s a photo tutorial on how to do it too.whats-inside

Buy the pattern for Buddy & Chum at AmigurumiPatterns here, Ravelry here or at Craftsy here. Because we all need cute little critters to sit with us at our desks and make our work hours less dreary. 🙂

Happy hookin’!

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Here Come the Monsters

Not all monsters are alike. Some are scary, some are cute, some live to scare you, and some… well, they’re just different. For instance, look at Mister Fang. He sent me this photograph to show you how unscary he is.

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No, please don’t let his name scare you. Mister Fang is the sweetest monster you’ll ever meet. While all his friends are out scaring folks, you will find him picking wildflowers to give to the lovely ladies around. Looks like today’s your lucky day. He picked this flower just for you.

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Isn’t he a sweetheart! With his toothy grin, protruding belly, and a cute belly button (not to mention his charming manners), he’s definitely the most eligible monster bachelor in town.

And then, there are the naughty Fruity-Mons, a gang of teenage fruit monsters, who are always up to some mischief.

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Dragon Fruit, Kiwi & Lemon carry vitamins in the tiny backpacks and sneak them into your food when you’re not looking. Though they may think they’re being super naughty, they are actually helping us stay healthy. So you see, they’re not the bad guys after all.

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And here are they, with their little backpacks, ready to dive into your fruit salad bowl. I’ve managed to acquire a few of their most recent photos. Please take a good look at them.

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Fruity-Mon: Dragon Fruit

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Fruity-Mon: Lemon

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If you see any of these Fruity-Mons sneaking around in your kitchen, don’t be afraid. They are the good—though a bit naughty—monsters.

Mister Fang and the Fruity-Mons are my entries for the Amigurumi Monsters Design Contest* hosted by AmigurumiPatterns.net. They are among the over 400 creepy cute designs submitted by designers around the world!

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If you like goofy but charming Mister Fang and the naughty but nice Fruity-Mons, could you please take a moment to vote for them? I’d really appreciate it if you did. 🙂

HOW TO VOTE

  1. Go to AmigurumiPatterns.net OR click on the direct links provided below for Mister Fang or Fruity-Mons.
  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.

VOTE FOR MISTER FANG

VOTE FOR FRUITY-MONS

Voting is open from now till December 10, 2016.

 

Thank you for you continued love and support.

Love,

 

 


Every year, Amigurumipatterns.net—the folks behind the popular Zoomigurumi series—hosts a themed amigurumi design contest. The popular designs are then handpicked and compiled in a pattern book. The results of the design contests held in 2013, 2014 and 2015—Amigurumi Animals at WorkAmigurumi Parent and Baby Animals, and Amigurumi Circus—can be viewed here.