Thursday, 4 February 2016

owl doorstop live tweet feed

This is the live tweet feed from Sundays re-making of the owl doorstop x

pattern can be found here

 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Pattern of the week 3 parker the spider

This weeks pattern of the week is Parker the spider.

This pattern is one of my first patterns and was written before I started doing magazine work. It is therefor written using American crochet terms.

It was made to complete the amigurumi bugs pattern group.

I had always planned to make more of these and have a rainbow of spiders but alas over time it never happened. So I've made it pattern of the week and next Sunday 7th feb I've been live tweeting making a one at least.

If you want to join in the live crochet follow me @lizwardcrochet #amigurumibarylive on twitter

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Fat friends polar bear free pattern

The free pattern for January is this new member of the fat friends family.



This polar bear is the first of the winter fat friends and is available below as a free pattern. 

I will be posting a new free pattern next month please comment with any suggestions as to what that pattern should be.

Happy crocheting
love Liz xxx

Fat friends polar bear by Liz Ward

You will need
DK weight yarn in white
3.5mm crochet hook
12mm safety toy eyes
Wool needle
Toy stuffing
Embroidery thread
Embroidery needle
Scraps of grey felt
Fabric Glue

Abbreviations
Sl st –slip stitch
dc – double crochet
htr – half treble crochet
tr – treble crochet
st/sts – stitch/stitches
dc2tog – double crochet the next two stitches together

 Feet.
Make two in white yarn

Make a magic ring and work 6dc into the ring. 6sts
Rnd 1: 2dc into each st to the end. 12sts
Rnd 2: (dc in the first st, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 18sts
Rnd 3-4: dc in each st to end. 18sts
Rnd 5: (dc2tog) repeat to end. 9sts

  Cut the yarn leaving a long tail and pull through loop to secure.
Stuff your feet and leave them to one side for now.

Arms
Make two in white yarn
Make a magic ring and work 6dc into the ring. 6sts
Rnd 1: 2dc into each st to the end. 12sts
Rnd 2-3: dc in each st around. 12sts
Rnd 4-7: dc2tog, dc in next and each following st to end. 8sts at end of round 7
Rnd 8-15: dc in each st to end. 8sts                           

Cut the yarn leaving a long tail and pull through loop to secure.
Stuff your arm lightly and leave them to one side for now.

Ears
Make two in white yarn
Make a magic ring and work 6dc into the ring. 6sts
Rnd 1: 2dc into each st to the end. 12sts
Rnd 2: (dc in the first st, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 18sts
Rnd 3: (dc2tog, dc in next seven sts) repeat to end. 48sts
Rnd 4: (dc2tog, dc in next six sts) repeat to end. 42sts
Rnd 5: (dc2tog, dc in next five sts) repeat to end. 36sts
Rnd 6: (dc2tog, dc in next four sts) repeat to end. 30sts

Fasten off and press flat to form shape.

Body
Make one in white yarn
Make a magic ring and work 6dc into the ring. 6sts
Rnd 1: 2dc into each st to the end. 12sts
Rnd 2: (dc in the first st, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 18sts
Rnd 3: (dc in the first two sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 24sts
Rnd 4: (dc in the first three Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 30sts
Rnd 5: (dc in the first nine Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 33sts
Rnd 6: (dc in the first ten Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 36sts 
*Mark this round with a contrasting thread*
Rnd 7: (dc in the first eleven Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 39sts
Rnd 8: (dc in the first twelve Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 42sts
Rnd 9: (dc in the first thirteen Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 45sts
Rnd 10: (dc in the first fourteen Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 48sts
Rnd 11: (dc in the first fifteen Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 51sts
Rnd 12: (dc in the first sixteen Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 54 Sts
Rnd 13 - 14: dc in each st to the end. 54sts
*pause to insert the toy eyes. These go on the marked round 6 stitches apart*
Rnd 15: (dc2tog, dc in next seven sts) repeat to end. 48sts
Rnd 16: (dc2tog, dc in next six sts) repeat to end. 42sts
Rnd 17: (dc2tog, dc in next five sts) repeat to end. 36sts
Rnd 18: (dc2tog, dc in next four sts) repeat to end. 30sts
Rnd 19: (dc2tog, dc in next three sts) repeat to end. 24sts
Rnd 20: (dc2tog, dc in next two sts) repeat to end. 18sts
Rnd 21: (dc2tog, dc in next st) repeat to end.           12sts *stuff your toy now*
Rnd 20: (dc2tog) repeat to end                                    6sts

Cut the yarn leaving a long tail and pull through loop to secure.
Using a wool needle weave the yarn through the last 6 Stitches and pull tight to close. Weave in yarn ends and cut off remaining yarn.

Now attach the arms, legs and ears to body using the photo as a guide

Cut a small oval of grey felt and use grey thread to work long embroidery stitches to form the nose and mouth. Glue or sew onto face to finish.

Monday, 25 January 2016

amigurumi live stripy elephant

This is the screenshots from the live twitter feed I did for making the pattern of the week 24/01/16







To join me for the next amigurumi live follow me on twitter @lizwardcrochet 

Pattern of the week 2

This weeks pattern is one of my all time favorites. It was one of the first magazine commissions I got and I put a lot of thought and time into creating it.


Owl doorstop pattern pattern of the week 25/01/16
only £1





This weeks pattern of the week is my owl doorstop. This one one of the first magazine commission I ever received and I took a long time working out the pattern so it would be really good.

It uses chunky yarn and you need a multi colour and a plain in the same yarn weight. You will also need felt in the colours that go with the yarn and something to make it heavy.



It was first published in Craftseller magazine and it was the first of my patterns to come out in a magazine. You can imagine my delight at seeing my first ever pattern in print and on the cover. Its in the bottom corner.


Then to my surprise a while later it turned up again and this time as the main feature of the cover of love crochet magazine.

So for one week only you can grab this cute pattern for only £1

I am hoping to re-making this design again this week. I'll be going for different colours this time as its a good excuses to have a yarn shop visit and pick out something pretty :)

It'll be next Sunday as long as I have all my other work done and I'll be live tweeting it as I did the re-make of last weeks pattern of the week. You can follow me @lizwardcrochet or follow the hashtag #amigurumibarmylive

This was last weeks pattern of the week. Its back to full price now but you can still get the pattern here

Yesterday I live tweeted the re-making of this elephant it was great fun. It took longer than expected, 6 hours in total. I'll be adding the tweet feed to this blog later today so if you are not on twitter you can still join in the fun.

For now, Happy crocheting
Love Liz xxx