Elephant Amish Puzzle Toy (but not quite a ball)!

Here he is at last the finished Elephant!

Amish Ball ElephantI have to admit that I have rather mixed feelings about him, he certainly has not been the easiest of makes. I found the pattern quite tricky to follow but I am not sure if some of this was in the translation. Has anyone else made him? If so I would be interested to hear how you found it. Maybe I was just having a bad week!!

Anyhow he is done now and I thought you might like to see all the bits that make him. The principles are the same as the other Amish ball puzzles, made up of three rings. Two leg section.

Amish Ball Elephant Legs x2And the third section hosts the head and tail.

Amish Ball Elephant Head SectionHere are all the parts together in a collapsed heap.

Amish Ball Elephant CollapsedI got a little disheartened and confess that he stood eyeless and without his tail on my mantlepiece for a week until my eldest daughter came home at the weekend for a visit. She was rather taken with him and gave me the encouragement to spend the required 10 minutes to finish him off, so on went the eyes and the all important tail.

Amish Ball Elephant RearHe has started to grow on me and I love the idea of a crochet toy that has an interactive measurement to him, kiddies can take him apart and build him up again. I have thought about making a couple more, maybe a hippo and a giraffe so you could mix them up and make a giraffaphant an elippo or a hipporaffe.

If you fancy having a go you can buy the pattern for £2.00 on Ravelry, it is another from the Dedri Uys collection.

Flower Version – Amish Puzzle Ball

I am so taken with these fun little balls, I have made 3 regular ones now and I also had a go at an elephant but that is another story!

Flower Amish Ball Pieces

Thought I would try the flower version to add to my growing collection. It works pretty much the same as the other pattern in principle except you make flowers for the tops instead of the oval shapes. I did download a pattern here which is free, thank you to Dedri Uys, check out her pages on Ravelry she has lots more ideas using this unusual pattern.

I regret to say that I was not keen on the four petal flowers so decided to adapt the flowers a bit and have tried making a 5 petal version. I also chose to make a multi coloured version rather than the monochrome style shown in the pattern. I am hoping to get it finished in the next couple of days so I will let you see how it goes.

Crochet Amish Ball with Free Pattern Link

Amish Ball and Baby Blanket gift set

This is something that as soon as I saw it I knew I had to make one. I have created this one in the same pinks as the baby blanket I made to make cute little gift set.

Made up of segments, the shaping of this little ball is ideal for little hands to grip and will also help with development and coordination, once they start crawling little ones will be able to push it or roll it along.

So here is how is looks through the stages, first, you make 12 segment pouches.

Crochet Amish Ball SegmentsThen you make a string of lids for your segments. This can be done as one long string or in 3 batches of 4, it really depends on your choice of colours, if you are using all one colour you can do it it one string.

Crochet Amish Ball Segment LidsOnce you have made all your segments and lids you can start to join them together stuffing them as you go. Once you have completed the first 4 they should look like this.

Crochet Amish Ball RingContinue stuffing until you have all 3 done.

Crochet Amish Ball Rings 3Then all you have to do is slot them together to complete your ball.

Crochet Amish Puzzle BallI saw this on make my day creative where you will find the link to this free pattern. There are others too, animal and flower versions by the author Dedri Uys on Ravelry. I am going to try the flower one next.

Crochet Amish BallI am a little puzzled by the name Amish Ball, does anyone have any information?

Stripy Mouse All Finished

I am so happy to say “ta dah” the colourful stripy mouse is finished at last! I know you cannot tell from the images but inside his tummy, hands and feet are some bags of plastic beans so he is nicely weighted and sits really well.

Crochet Stripy Mouse and BlanketHe looks so sweet on his matching baby blanket.

I just popped off to replace the battery in my camera and when I came back he was helping himself to some cheese and crackers, with a few grapes on the side no less! Think I have created a rather sophisticated chap?Crochet Stripy Mouse 2Really happy with how he has turned out especially considering he was originally going to be a giraffe! See link below for more on that little mishap.

Crochet Stripy Mouse

I wanted to make an animal that would match the colourful baby blanket I made. For some reason I have had a recent hankering to make a giraffe. I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked so thought I would have a go at making one up.  I had a picture in my mind about how he would look with lots of colourful stripes and long, long limbs.

Stripy Mouse YarnAll was going well until I got so engrossed with the decreasing at the top of the body that I forgot to make the long long neck………………..ooops!

Stripy Mouse Head and BodyNot being one to enjoy taking things back I decided he would become a mouse instead and made some nice big ears and a long nose.

Stripy Mouse Ears and NoseI forgot to do the long neck but made up for it by making loooong legs.

Stripy Mouse Legs 2He is not quite the long legged stripy giraffe I started out making but I am sure I will love him when he is finished.

Need to make the arms next, sew on his facial features and put all the pieces together. Here is a sneak preview of his parts so far pinned into place and with black headed pins posing as eyes..

Stripy Mouse Pinned Together

More Colourful Crochet Stripy Cats for the Cat Gallery

I so love making these gorgeous cats, this little chap was for my sister-in-law who loves cats. I chose colours from C’s favourite colour palette of blues and greens. I don’t know what she has called him yet but I know I can be assured he has gone to a loving home.

Blue Cat 2And here is Thomas.

Colourful Crochet Stripy CatI was so flattered when my colleague at work asked me to crochet a Stripy Cat for her friend who had just found out that she was expecting. It was great as I got to choose the colours, I went a bit mad and just used all my favourites so there was no particular plan at the start. I really like how he turned out though and thankfully so did my colleague.

Before Thomas left for his new home he did have a bit of a frolic with my Henry.

Two Stripy Crochet CatsPlease find a link to this fabulous book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Baby-Crochet-Designs-Babies-Months/dp/1904485871 . Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Baby Booties With Teddy Bear Faces – Lois Daykin Baby Crochet

Here at last, these cute little crochet baby shoes, I just adore the teddy bear faces on them. They were really fun to make, well maybe a bit fiddly when it came to making the ears, but they are worth a bit of faffing wouldn’t you say?

Photo: Liv Cawston

You may remember I told you back in August about my colleague NG who was expecting her second child when I wrote about the Teddy Bear (thegrangerange.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/teddy-bear-for-a-baby-boy-from-lois-daykins-baby-crochet-book/). Well the expected little man has made his entrance to the world and is now the grand old age of 2 weeks. NG and son number one, Master R, brought Baby S into the office last week to see us, so sweet, so little, so sleepy.

Big brother Master R,  was so excited as he proudly introduced little Baby S as my new sister! Well, he is only three and a half himself, bless.

Anyway back to these lovely little baby boots. I used the same as for the Teddy, Rico Soft Essentials Merino Aran from www.crafty-yarn.co.uk/shop/115/175/index.htm the delicate pale blue for the main bootee colour with beige for the face and paws and a touch of cream for the finishing touches.

I am definitely intrigued by baby shoes, you see so many fabulous designs from cute Baby Jane shoes to mock Wellies, Converse baseball styled boots and trainers.

I was a bit confused at first as other shoes that I have made have always started with the sole and worked up but with these you start at the top. By making a chain and joining to form a circle then working in rounds you create the boot cuff.Then you add the top of the boot, it looks like a big blue tongue at this stage.

Then you pick up and work in rounds again the form the sides, heel and toe.

That leaves the sole to do.

So with the sole completed and a line of cream trim around the top of the bootee it’s time to make the sweetest of Teddy Bear faces, their cuteness being the essential element for these baby feet treats.

Finally stitch the face onto the bootee, I actually applied the features before stitching on the face as it was easier to manage and gave a neat finish as any ends were tucked away.

Make another one to match and you have the cutest little Teddy Bear Bootees fit for a prince, or in this case Baby S.

Photo: Liv Cawston

This is my favourite photo of both Teddy and Booties taken by my lovely friend and photographer Liv, you can probably tell that she also took the image of the boots at the start of this post. I do my best with the photography but find it quite trying at times as I get shadows and dark patches or cannot get the composition to look on the image the way I had envisaged it in my head.  I was struggling with this image when Liv just happened to pop round and quick as a flash (pardon the pun) it is done. You can see more of Liv’s work on her website www.livcawston.co.uk . Thank you Liv.

Crochet Monster Cyclops And Friends

Meet Cyclops the crochet monster.

He has been on his adventures in the garden with his mate Boris the Annoying Monster who I bought earlier this year  from The Discovery Store. They had an instant connection  as soon as they met (I think it was the one eye thing).

Boris was a bit camera-shy at first.

I am getting a bit worried about what they might be planning to get up to what with Halloween coming up, I caught them outside having a bit of a conference with George the Garden Dragon and he is always up to no good. I do hope they are not planning on scaring the children.

Cyclops was inspired by craftyiscool.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/wanna-make-monster.html . There is a fab tutorial that is really easy to follow with lots of photos for guidance. Definitely recommend this fun project for beginners.

I added some feet and used yarn for his features rather than using felt and glue as I wanted to give him to a child. You can get safety eyes as advised in the tutorial but as usual I was impatient to get him finished and could not wait for them to arrive.

Tutorial for Stripy Cat Upper Body

Sorry if this post appears a bit unusual but I got a message from a fellow hooker who was having some problems with the Upper Body part of the Stripy Cat pattern from Lois Daykins Baby Crochet book.

I love my Stripy Cat so much I think the world should be full of them! Obviously I had to try to  help.

Row 1

Chain 7 and follow pattern to 4dc in last chain.

Work down the loops on the back of the chain.

You will now have an arch shape with the starting tail on the right hand side.

Before commencing row 2 you need to turn the work over so the tail is on the left.

Row 2

Work back around the arch following the pattern, the increases should all be at the top, rounded end of the arch shape. Note that having worked back around the arch the tail is now on the right again.

Turn the work over so the tail switches to the left hand side ready to start the next row.

Row 3

As Row 2 work back around the arch following the pattern, the increases should all be at the top, rounded end of the arch shape. Again you will note the tail is back on the right.

Once again turn the work over so the tail switches to the left hand side ready to start the next row.

Row 4

As above following the pattern.

Again remember to turn the work so the tail is back on the left before starting Row 5.

Row 5

There are no increases in Row 5 so you will see the work start to curve for the roundness at the top of the body.

Row 6

Continue following pattern remembering to turn work at the end of the row so the tail is on the left ready to start the next row.

Rows 7 to 16

Having formed the arch at the top of the body and started the curve shaping in Row 5, these 10 rows form the length of the body.

I have only gone up to Row 16 but will happily do the rest if required. I was guessing that it might be the ‘turn’ at the end of the rows that was confusing. Anyway I hope the tutorial makes it a bit clearer, if you need any more help please let me know.

I would love to see a photo of your Stripy Cat when you have finished it. I hope you love yours as much as I love mine. Happy hooking my friend!

Lois Daykin Stripy Crocheted Cat Pattern

Here it is, my lovely Stripy Cat, another project from Lois Daykin’s Baby Crochet book. I did not quite follow the guidance for the features but think he worked out rather cute in the end. Although I have to admit I cannot make up my mind about the whiskers.

  • Should they stay?
  • Should they go?
  • Should they be sewn flat onto his face?

I have used some of the yarn left over from the Blooming Flower Cushion as I had lots of colours and plenty of bits and pieces that could be put to great use on this project as it doesn’t take too much of any of the individual colours.

I really love this colourful crochet Stripy Cat, I cannot decide whether to make another one in different colours.

He sits so nicely.

And can be rather playful and cheeky too!

Please find a link to this fabulous book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Baby-Crochet-Designs-Babies-Months/dp/1904485871 . Hope you enjoy it as much as I have. And let me know what you think about the whiskers?