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.

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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.

Lazy Bears

lazybears1With the Holiday season almost upon us, there are gifts to make for those on our “nice list” and handmade gift shops to stock. And there’s soooo little time. Keeping in mind the craziness of the season, I designed (what I think is) the perfect little bear, which uses the simplest of stitches, requires only small amounts of yarn to make, and demands very little of your time. What’s more, you can customize the colors to make it appropriate for any season. And the pattern is free!

lazybears2Made with sock weight yarn and a 2.5mm hook, these bears stand 3.5 inches tall (till the tip of their ears). Add the hat and the height comes up to approximately 5.5 inches. Because they are so quick and easy to make—and so very cute to look at if I say so myself, they’ll make great gifts for your amigurumi loving friends and family.

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lazybears4You can even add a string on top and use these Lazy Bears as Christmas tree ornaments (if you are into big ornaments) or you can use a lighter weight yarn and make smaller versions of them. When made with thinner yarn or crochet thread, they will also make great charms for key rings and tote bags.

lazybears5I hope fellow crocheters who sell what they make and crocheters who hook for charity will love this pattern too because, as I pointed out earlier, it is a quick and easy pattern that requires very less craft resources.

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I hope you enjoy making these Lazy Bears as much as I enjoyed designing them for you. And I hope you’ll use your mad crochet skills to make a few of them as gifts because right now the world really needs hugs and teddy bears.

Hugs (and teddy bears!),

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P.S. I named them Lazy Bears not because they’re lazy but because I think they make a perfect project for lazy crocheters like me. 😛 Also because they were inspired by my two lazy furbabies, one of whom turned seven today.

Our lovely birthday girl

Our lovely birthday girl


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.

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

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

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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.

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. 😀 Chucky - free amigurumi pattern by Tales of Twisted Fibers

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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.