Solar Eclipse Amigurumi: Free Crochet Pattern

Two posts in two days? Unlike me! ๐Ÿ™‚ But I wanted to do something to commemorate the solar eclipse that’s happening tomorrow. I happen to live in the path of totality (well, 99% totality), and it seems that we got the last few pairs of eclipse glasses in the country. All that’s left to do is find a good viewing spot amongst the hundreds of tourists that have flocked to the city. ๐Ÿ™‚

Instagram has a special sticker for the solar eclipse, and I thought it was the cutest thing ever. So I had to make a commemorative amigurumi inspired by it.

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You could also modify this to make a lunar eclipse – just put the sun in front of the moon! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’mย kidding. I know that’s not how lunar eclipses work, hehe.

Here’s the super cute sticker that inspired this. I can’t handle how adorable it is! ^__^

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Materials

  • Worsted-weight yarn in light yellow, gold, and light gray. I used a mix of acrylic yarns like Red Heart Super Saver and Caron Simply Soft.
  • G (4.00 MM) crochet hook. I’ve been loving my new Clover ergonomic one…it saves my wrists!
  • 3 x 6MM safety eyes (you only need one for the sun).
  • Small amount of thin black yarn to embroider the mouth
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • Stitch marker
  • A pink crayon for the blush (optional)

Notes

-I use US crochet terms in all my patterns.

-This is worked in amigurumi style, so don’t join your rounds.

-There are some strange construction steps, but I’ll walk you through them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the view from the back. I wanted it to look more realistic (well, as realistic as amigurumi can get) by having the sun entirely visible from this angle.

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Sun

Circles (make 2 in light yellow)

1: 6 sc in a magic ring

2: 2 sc in each st around

3: *sc 1, 2sc* around

4: *sc 2, 2sc* around

5: *sc 3, 2sc* around

6: *sc 4, 2sc* around

Fasten off, invisible join.

Joining the circles

Hold the two circles together with the right sides facing out. Using gold, join to the stitch after the one you fastened off. You’ll be stitching through both circles. *Sc 5, 2sc* 4 times. Now switch to crocheting only on the BACK layer, so the front one is left unworked. *Sc 5, 2sc* 2 times. You’ll have a little opening. Sl st to join.

Ch 2, dc in next st. Ch 2, sl st in top of dc. Ch 2, sl st in next st.

*Ch 2, sk 1, dc in next st. Ch 2, sl st in top of dc. Ch 2, sl st in next st.* Repeat between * and * all the way around. At the end of the round, fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

With the hole facing to the right, attach the eye between Rounds 3 and 4, one stitch up from the center. I waited to embroider the mouth until I’d sewn the sun and moon together.

Moon

Circles (make 2 in light gray)

1-6: Work as for Sun.

Hold the two circles together with the right sides facing out. Using gray, join to the stitch after the one you fastened off. You’ll be stitching through both circles. *Sc 5, 2sc* 4 times. Now switch to crocheting only on the FRONT layer, so the back one is left unworked. *Sc 5, 2sc* 2 times. You’ll have a little opening. Sl st to join. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

With the hole facing to the left, attach the two eyes between Rounds 3 and 4, one stitch down from the center. I waited to embroider the mouth until I’d sewn the sun and moon together.

Essentially, the moon and the sun are the same in this pattern except for which side the hole is on.

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Assembly

Stuff the insides lightly, on the side away from the holes. We’ll add more stuffing as we sew.

Slide the sun and the moon together so they look like a solar eclipse: From the front, the moon should be overlapping the sun, and from the back, the sun should be overlapping the moon. Basically, you don’t want the sun sandwiched inside the moon, because that’s not astronomically correct: the moon does not gobble up the sun during a solar eclipse. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sew the front edge of the moon to the sun with the gray tail. At this point, you can add in some more stuffing – you want it to be evenly distributed through both circles. Then flip it over and sew the sun to the moon with the gold tail. I left the sun rays loose and just sewed through Round 7.

Last, embroider mouths with black yarn. I decided to add some blush on their cheeks with pink crayon for some added cuteness. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now you have your own solar eclipse to commemorate this amazing event!

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Are any of you planning to watch the eclipse tomorrow? Remember your eclipse glasses! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Peaceful Earth Mandala Cardigan

Hello my lovely blogging friends!

I know it’s been awhile since I last posted, but I’ve been quite busy. I finished my summer Mythology and Folklore class, finished writingย Unraveledย (which is now calledย Magicalย Thinkingย and is drastically different from the draft you guys read), and started a new blog and Instagram. I’ve been wanting to start book blogging for a year or so, and I finally did! I’m on Instagram as @the.bookish.orca, and my book blog is The Bookish Orca. I’m having a bunch of fun writing book reviews, so if you want to come visit, I’d love the company. ^_^ย No pressure to follow, but I thought you guys might like to know where I’ve been lately. Surprising though it is, crochet is not my only passion…I’ve always been a big reader. ๐Ÿ™‚

I saw this beautiful mandala cardigan from Morale Fiber and fell in love with it. It’s a FREE pattern, amazingly, and the designer did a gorgeous variation with cardigan sleeves. And since it’s made with Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball, there are very few ends to weave in…the color changes are in the yarn itself. I was lucky enough to find some Shawl in a Ball at Michaels; I didn’t think Michaels sold it in stores. I loved the colorway Peaceful Earth. And I’m so happy with how the finished cardigan turned out. It actually fits!

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Please forgive the awkward poses throughout the post. I’m terrible at modeling. ๐Ÿ˜› My mom was very kind to take these pictures for me…I couldn’t get a picture by myself!

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This sweater is quite comfortable, and I’m really picky about how clothes fit. I love how the yarn looks, these colors are so pretty together…and it’s aptly named, I think! I thought it would bother me having two different-colored sleeves, but I actually like it. And the shell edging is so much fun to fiddle with.

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The blogger has a face! ๐Ÿ™‚ This cardigan is sort of off-the-shoulder, as you can see, so I added some ties to hold it on. I’m also thinking a shawl pin might work nicely.

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Maisie approves. ^_^

I honestly have a new favorite brand of yarn. First, it’s just so PRETTY… look at those lovely skeins! โค I actually felt kind of bad unwinding them, because they’re just so pretty as is. Each skein has a different order of colors, as you can see. It’s not exactly cheap at 9.99 a skein, I think, but each skein has a LOT of yarn (hence the name Shawl in a Ball). It’s just so much fun to crochet with! I love seeing what color comes next, and the texture is super cool…some parts are skinnier and some are fluffy, like handspun yarn. I think it’s 100% acrylic, but it feels almost wooly, yet not itchy. I Love This Yarn will always be my favorite, but this comes next. Well worth the money. Plus, a sweater for $30 is not bad at all. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I love the edging. I felt like people were giving me weird looks when I took this picture outside my classroom, during a break. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I like having rainbow nail polish. I pick my nails so having a picture where they look decent is quite rare. Anyone else? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Have I mentioned how much I love making mandalas? ๐Ÿ™‚

This was such a fun pattern to make, and I’m so happy that Morale Fiber provides it for free! I’d love to make more of these in different colorways.

What have you lovely people been up to recently? Thank you, as always, for reading…and for all the lovely comments you’ve been leaving! Your friendship is much appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚

Amigurumi Fringe Observer

I am beyond excited about this project! I’m crocheting the main characters from my favorite TV show, Fringe. ๐Ÿ™‚

You may have gathered by now that I’m a big fan of this show. It’s been off the air since 2013, but my parents spoke highly of it, so I started watching. It’s an absolutely fantastic show: the plot is complex and interesting, it’s science fiction for non-sciencey people, and the characters are likable and well-developed. Plus, it’s not overly violent or racy like a lot of the shows running today (although there are a fair amount of squeamish things), which is a win in my book. It was pulled from Netflix and Amazon Prime, so I was delighted when I found out all 5 seasons are on Go90. I know I sound like a Fringe spokesperson, but sadly I am not sponsored. ๐Ÿ˜› I can’t recommend it enough, though!

Without giving away too much, there are characters in the show called Observers. As you might guess by the name, they just watch what’s going on, and they’re very mysterious (at least until season 5…) One of them is named September and is friends with Walter, who is the mad scientist of the main characters. What’s cool is there’s an Observer in every single episode of Fringe – some of them are easier to spot than others, but it’s fun to look for them!

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Here’s crochet September, and real September for comparison. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This was one of the most fun amigurumi projects to date. I know I say this every time, but I think he might be my new favorite. Both of my parents thought he was hilarious, and he keeps making me giggle. Definitely one of the sillier amigurumi I’ve made, which is why I’m so pleased. ๐Ÿ˜€

Poor September looks quite chilly without his hat:

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Anyway, here are some details on the process! :}

Hat

Using Lion Brand Heartland in grayish black, and G hook:

1: 7 sc in a magic ring

2: 2 sc in each st around

3: *sc 1, inc*

4: *sc 2, inc*

5: *sc 3, inc*

6: sc around in back loops only

7-10: sc around

11: in front loops only, *dc 1, 2 dc* around. Join, fasten off, weave in ends.

Coat

Using Loops and Threads Woollike in Black, and C (2.75 MM) hook:

Body

Ch 22. Dc in 3rd ch and in each ch across.

2-5: Ch 2, turn, dc across.

6: Ch 2, turn, dc 2, ch 5, sk 5, dc in rest of stitches.

7-16 (10 rows): Ch 2, turn, dc across.

17: Ch 2, turn, dc across until 7 sts remain, ch 5, sk 5, dc 2.

18-22: Ch 2, turn, dc across

Sleeves

Ch 14, dc in 3rd ch and in each ch across

2-6: Ch 2, turn, dc across

Fasten off, sew sides together and sew sleeves to armholes.

Fold back lapels and sew down, then sew front of jacket together in one spot. Or you could attach a hook-and-eye clasp. I attempted this and discovered it was beyond my skill level. ๐Ÿ˜›

Tie

Using G hook and whatever yarn floats your boat:

Ch 8. Starting in second ch, work the following stitches across: sc, dc, hdc, sc 4. Fasten off, leaving long tail. Wrap the tail around the top of the tie to resemble a knot, then weave in end.

I chose to sew a snap onto the tie and his shirt so he could have interchangeable ties. Which means, should September feel like it, he can wear ties like this:

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Spiffy? ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve always wanted to see the Observers in brightly colored outfits!

I’m so excited to start on the rest of the Fringe team… are there any Fringe fans out there? What shows are you guys obsessed with? ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks so much for your interest in my fandom crocheting, I really appreciate your lovely comments and you reading! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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Oso gonplei nou ste odon

Hello my faithful friends!

I’ve been watching The 100 for about a year now, and I’ve become a little obsessed. (By now you likely are familiar with my obsessive personality, so I doubt this comes as a surprise.) It takes place after a nuclear apocalypse where humanity lives in a space station, the Ark, and 100 teenagers are sent to the ground to see if the earth is habitable. Hence the name. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s definitely more violent than I care for, but the characters make it worth watching, so I’m hooked. I just caught up on all four seasons and am now waiting in agony with the rest of the fandom for Season 5. That cliffhanger was awful! ๐Ÿ˜›

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Another reason I like the show so much is that it has a language invented for it, created by the guy who did languages for Game of Thrones! It’s called “Trigedasleng” and it’s basically a derivative of English, and I believe it’s verbal only (of course you can transcribe it, but in the show they speak rather than write it). The title of this post is Trigedasleng and means “Our fight isn’t over.” I’m absolutely fascinated by languages, so I really enjoy this aspect of the show – I think it’s amazing that a linguist actually created a language with working grammar, and he translates stuff into Trigedasleng for the writers of The 100. Also, the grammar is super interesting because of how the verb tenses are formed: from what I understand, there are a bunch of little words added to verbs that make the tense different. Which is super interesting to me, a French and English major. (French has at least 12 verb tenses, including the subjunctive, which doesn’t exist at all in English – we just have a subjunctive “mood”!) But you probably didn’t come here for an unsolicited French grammar lesson, so let’s move on. ๐Ÿ™‚

So I made Clarke and Lexa, two of the main characters! Clarke is the main character, and Lexa is introduced in Season 2.ย Major spoiler alert! Scroll down and highlight to read:

 

 

 

 

 

 

ย Lexa is Clarke’s love interest later in the show, and I thought they were perfect for each other, so I wanted to pay homage to it in crochet form. :}

As usual, I used the Free Spirit pattern from By Hook, by Hand. Click on the ‘Fandomgurumi’ link at the top of the screen to see the basic details of how I do fandom dolls! My sister helped me do Lexa’s warpaint, with some of her eyeshadow. I’m very grateful for her help, and I absolutely love how it turned out!

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Clarke Griffin

I’m trying something new and just posting the notes I took. If you’re keen on making one of these dolls, it should be fairly self-explanatory by the time you get to my notes, but please feel free to ask for clarification!

Same as Cinder’s pants and shirt.

She has a quilted coat in the show, so I learned a new stitch for this purpose: the Diamond Stitch, with a super awesome tutorial from Hopeful Honey! I used Loops and Threads Woollike and a C (2.75 MM) hook. For the sleeves, I chained 17, and for the main coat body I chained 40. Then when it came time to divide for the armholes, I left nine stitches for the fronts and three for the armholes. Other than that, I worked straight in the pattern.

Hair was Red Heart Super Saver in this light blonde color. I think it’s called “Buff.”

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Shirt

Using 2 strands of Loops & Threads Woollike held together, and an E (3.50 MM) crochet hook:

Ch 30.

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hk and in each ch across (28)

Row 2-4: Ch 2, turn, hdc across

Row 5: Ch 2, turn, hdc 10, ch 8, sk 8, hdc 10

Row 6-9: Ch 2, turn, hdc across

Row 10: Cut the yarn. Flip the shirt over so the WS of Row 9 is facing, skip 10 stitches, and join to the 11th one. 2 hdc in that st. Hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st. *Hdc 1, 2 hdc in next st* 2 times. Now work on the chain side, and do the same thing: skip 10 stitches and work that same sequence. Do not join; we’ll be working in rows, and sewing it up the side once it’s on the doll. (That whole thing counts as Row 10.)

Row 11: Ch 2, turn. Hdc across, doing one increase at each armpit.

Row 12-14: Ch 2, turn, hdc across. Fasten off.

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Corset

Using Patons Metallic yarn (I think that’s the name), and a G hook:

Ch 30, sl st to join.

Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2). Sk 2 sts. *Dc, ch 2, sk 2 sts* around, sl st to 3rd ch.

Ch 5, sk chain sp, dc in next dc. *CH 2, dc in next dc* around, sl st to join.

Shoulder Guards:

Using same yarn and hook, ch 4, 7 dc in 3rd ch from hk. Fasten off.

Cape

Using dark red yarn and an H (5.00 MM) hook:

Row 1: Ch 31. Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in next ch, hdc 3, dc to end.

Row 2: Ch 2, turn (or use a standing dc). Dc until 7 sts remain. Hdc 5, sc 2.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Sc 2, hdc 3, dc to end.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sl st loosely across.

Fasten off and sew to shoulder guard on left shoulder.

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The hair was the really fun part! I followed this YouTube tutorialย and was super happy with the result. Although it’s really implausible that Lexa could manage this hairdo on her own, but I’m willing to suspend my disbelief. The costumes on this show are amazing!

 

Have any of y’all watched The 100? Are there any shows you’d recommend to watch in the long wait for season 5? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank you so much for reading! I’m so grateful for your blogging friendship. โค

 

Wonder Woman’s Blue Dress (DC Superhero Girls)

I went to see Wonder Woman with my dad for Father’s Day, and it was incredible! Or should I say wonderful? ๐Ÿ™‚ย All bad jokes aside, it surpassed all my expectations. No spoilers here, but I’ll just say it was fantastic to have a female-led superhero movie. It makes me beyond happy to know that little girls will grow up with not only Iron Man and Captain America, but also Wonder Woman.. I’m quite disappointed that Black Widow hasn’t gotten her own movie by now, so props to DC for giving Wonder Woman a chance in the spotlight!

I think Gal Gadot did a fantastic job as Diana, and I can’t believe she filmed part of the movie while five months pregnant. There were so many amazing fight scenes, which are normally my least favorite part, but I actually found myself getting emotional during them – it’s so refreshing to see women onscreen who can defend themselves and don’t need anyone to save them. I later read I was not the only person to cry through the fight scenes.

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I suppose you guys know me well to guess where this is going, especially given the post title! I was delighted to see that Diana wears a variety of outfits throughout the movie, and in the theater I was trying to figure out how to adapt them to crochet. I designed this one for the DC Superhero Girls, which I learned about from my wonderful blogging friend Grace! She wrote a review on DC Superhero Girls Wonder Woman (which you should definitely check out!), and I ended up acquiring a Diana to bring along to the theater. ๐Ÿ™‚ The first outfit I made was her gorgeous blue dress – and because she’s Wonder Woman, there’s a sword hidden in the back. ๐Ÿ™‚

The most gorgeous dress, and Gal Gadot is ridiculously beautiful. Do a google image search for ‘wonder woman blue dress’ and you’ll see!

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I’ll admit I knew virtually nothing about Wonder Woman before seeing this movie, but now I feel inspired to consume ALL the Wonder Woman movies and comics I can get my hands on. Any suggestions on where to start would be much appreciated!

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Materials

Loops & Threads Woollike in “Denim Blue” (Super Fine, #1 weight)
E (3.5 MM) crochet hook

Notes

  • A note on the yarn: I don’t usually like to use super-fine yarns in my designs, for the simple reason that it takes too long. ๐Ÿ˜› But this yarn was the perfect color, it was in my stash, and it’s also super soft. For a yarn that’s called “woollike,” it doesn’t feel itchy at all. I heldย two strands togetherย for the entire pattern, with the exception of the flowy shoulder thing (like my specific terminology?) So if you preferred, you could use a slightly thicker yarn – I’m not sure exactly what weight it would be. Perhaps fingering weight?
  • Extended double crochet or ex-dc: Yarn over, insert hook into st, YO, pull through (3 loops on hook). YO, pull through 1. (YO, pull through 2 loops) 2x. I have a tutorial on extended stitches here if you’re new to them!

Bodice (make 2)

Bodice is worked in back loops only, except for the last hdc of the row, which is worked through both loops to prevent holes.

Ch 19.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd st from hk and in each st until you reach the last 5. Hdc 5.

Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Hdc 4, sc across until 5 sts remain, sl st 5 (loosely!)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st until you reach the last 5. Hdc 5.

Row 4-5: Rep rows 2 and 3.

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Fold the bodice in half as shown and sew the two stitches under the armpit together. Do the same on the other side. Leave the back open (we need to stick a sword in there, after all!), but overlap the front by one row, and sew that closed.

Skirt

Ch 85. (Yes, 85, trust me. I know it seems absurd.)

Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hk, sc 40, hdc 4, dc 1, extended dc until the end of the row. (WS)

Row 2 (RS): Ch 3, turn. Extended dc in each ex-dc, dc 1, ย hdc 4, sc in back loops of each sc.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Sc in back loops of each sc, hdc 4, dc 1, extended dc to end of row.

Row 4-11: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.

Row 12: Ch 3, turn. Extended dc in each ex-dc, dc 1, hdc 4, leave remaining 40 sc unworked.

Row 13: Ch 1, turn. Hdc 4, dc 1, extended dc to end of row.

Row 14-22: Repeat last two rows.

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. With the RS facing out, whipstitch the ends together, leaving the sc part hanging out.

You’ll have this weird-looking shape before sewing. With Fringe in the background, because that’s how I roll. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sash, part 2

This is for the second part of the sash – the first part is the sc portion of the skirt.

Ch 41. Work in back loops throughout, except the last sc of the row – this goes for sc2tog as well.

Row 1: Sc2tog in 2nd and 3rd ch from hk, sc in each st across.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sk first st, sc in each st across.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across until 2 sts remain, sc2tog.

Row 4-11: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. Sew the slanted end to the end of the ribbed skirt portion, then sew the other end of the sash to the bottom of the bodice.

Flowy Shoulder Thing

I just used one strand of yarn for this, instead of holding 2 together, to make it flowier. But if you’re using a thicker yarn and can’t manage this, no worries!

Make a magic ring, ch 3. 3 dc in ring.

Row 2-3: Ch 3, turn. 2 dc in first st, dc across.

Row 4-13: Ch 3, turn. Dc across.

Row 15: Rep row 2.

Row 16-19: Ch 3, turn. Dc across.

Row 20: Rep row 2.

Row 21: Ch 3, turn. Dc across.

Row 22: Ch 3, turn. Skip first 2 sts, sc in next. Ch 3, sk 1, sc. Ch 3, sk 1, sl st in last st. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Use beginning tail to sew to left shoulder.

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Have any of y’all seen Wonder Woman? If so, what did you think? ๐Ÿ˜€ As I mentioned before, I’d love any suggestions on how I can further my Wonder Woman education – where does a person start when reading comics? ๐Ÿ™‚

Ooh, I just thought of a question: who’s your favorite superhero? Before this, mine was probably Thor (although Black Widow is undeniably fantastic, and I really like Iron Man because he’s my mom’s favorite!) I would totally love to get into this in the comments. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you all have a fantastic day!

My Final English Project – “Ghosts” Amigurumi

I’m super excited for today’s post! This has been in the works for about a month or so, and I really wanted to share it with you guys. The short story is that I managed to get permission to crochet something for my English 104 final project. But you know me, I can never keep it to a short story…so if you want the long one, keep reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I don’t really mention “everyday” life here, because it’s not conducive to a happy crochet blog! But a little background: I’m an English major in my first year of college, and one of my classes this term wasย ENG 104: Intro to Literature. It was a really fascinating class because my teacher taught it with a theme: “Illness Narratives.” This meant we read a bunch of pieces about illnesses, and analyzed not only things like literary devices and authorial intent, but also the perception and portrayal of illnesses in the media. This is something I’ve thought about quite a lot, having mental health problems myself, and itย was wonderful to explore it in this class.

One of the assigned “textbooks” was actually a book I had previously read and loved: Ghostsย by Raina Telgemeier.ย My sister and I love Telgemeier’s graphic novels, and she owns them all and kindly lets me borrow them.ย Ghostsย just came out this year, so I was astonished to see it in the syllabus. Here’s the summary:

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahรญa de laย Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahรญa de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake – and her own.

 

It’s a really fantastic book and I can’t recommend it enough. For our final project, we had three options: a creative writing project, an art project, or a seven-page literary analysis (!). I opted for the art project, despite the fact I can barely draw a stick figure (much to my chagrin, as I would love to be able to doodle in class without mortifying myself). I can’t draw, but I can crochet… ๐Ÿ˜€

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My project was about the connection between visible and invisible illnesses, and I used Cat and Maya fromย Ghostsย to illustrate this – Maya has cystic fibrosis, which is a very visible illness because of her breathing tube, while her sister Cat suffers from anxiety, which is a mental illness.

For the art project, we had to do a 2-4 page analytical essay describing how our project related to the course content, and incorporating several texts from the term. After a conference with my teacher, mine turned into 5 pages. ๐Ÿ˜› And I decided to upload it here in case any of you were interested in reading it – not that you have to, because it’s kinda long and definitely not about crochet, but perhaps you’re curious. ๐Ÿ™‚

The other book I reference in this essay is Lucy Grealy’sย Autobiography of a Face, which is a fascinating read and one I would recommend as well.

Here’s the link if you’re interested in reading:ย Visible and Invisible Illnesses

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I was really excited to incorporate crochet into my English class – it’s been such a fun term! And my dolls weren’t even close to the best project (not that it’s a competition) – I was really lucky to have such fantastic classmates. I think my next post will include the details on how I made Cat and Maya, because this post is pretty long already. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you guys read any of Raina Telgemeier’s books? I’m not usually a graphic novel person, but I really enjoy her work! And if you do happen to read my essay, I’d absolutely love to hear your thoughts – I’m still waiting to get a grade on this one, so fingers crossed, haha. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

 

 

Crochet Rosary Pattern

Hello lovely followers!

Today I have a different sort of crochet pattern, but one that I’m very happy about. I may have mentioned before that I’m Catholic – I was confirmed when I was fifteen, and my sponsor gave me a beautiful pink rosary as a Confirmation gift. ย For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, a rosary is a string of beads used for counting prayers. Here’s a guide on praying the rosary if you’re curious. ๐Ÿ™‚ (I’m certainly not trying to convert anyone to Catholicism, I’m just excited to share this.)

Since then I’ve sort of acquired a small collection of rosaries. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love seeing how they can range from delicate beaded ones, like my sponsor/godmother picked out for me, to wooden ones, and everything in between. I even have a rosary bracelet. I really like the repetitive nature of the prayers, as it’s very calming, and I’ve started carrying a rosary around in my backpack to ward off panic attacks. The trouble is that I’m afraid of the fancier ones breaking, as I have quite a lot of stuff in my backpack (last I checked it weighs 20 pounds). So the obvious solution here was, of course, to crochet one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Joan of Arc is my patron saint, or Confirmation saint – the one I chose when I got Confirmed. She’s the patron saint of France, and I am now a French and English double-major. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, am I the only one who really likes small version of books? The Pocket Gospels is the cutest thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

There are several patterns for crochet rosaries out there, such as this one, but I wanted to try something different for the beads. Years ago I discovered the “Sparkle & Shine Necklace” by Red Heart, which has a fantastic “bead” pattern for the necklace. It worked perfectly for my purposes. That’s why I don’t want to claim any design credit here; I guess you could think of this as a really big modification to the pattern. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I did want to share the modifications I made!

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On the left is the rosary my sponsor gave me. It’s definitely my favorite – pretty and meaningful! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

Materials

  • Size 10 crochet thread – I used Aunt Lydia’s Bamboo Crochet Thread in coral, I believe. Not positive on the color name. It’s super soft and lovely. I want to experiment with different yarn weights as well – I think thinner would work better.
  • 2.1 MM crochet hook
  • Cross charm for the end – rosaries traditionally have a crucifix. I had some cross charms I got at Michaels a while back, so I used one of those. I don’t think there’s anything “wrong” with having a cross rather than a crucifix, just that the latter is generally preferred. I think it’s because it’s helpful to look at a crucifix while you’re praying. I’m still learning. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Pattern

I actually don’t want to copy the bead pattern here for fear of plagiarizing, so please check out that necklace pattern to find out how to do the beads. ๐Ÿ™‚ When I say “make a bead” in this pattern, I’ll be referring to chaining 2, and doing the hdc stuff as described in the pattern.

I chose to make the Hail Mary and Our Father beads the same size, instead of making the Our Father beads larger.

Ch 5, bead. (So you’re really chaining 7 here – the ch 2 starts the bead.) Ch 4, bead. *Ch 1, bead* 2 times. Ch 4, bead.ย Ch 5.

Now we’re going to do the triangle that divides the bottom part from the five decades. (I’m not sure what the bottom part, with the cross, is called!) I chose to make this crocheted instead of trying to attach a charm. Again, not sure what that’s called. I need to take a class on rosary vocabulary. ๐Ÿ™‚

Row 1: Ch 2. 2 sc in 2nd ch from hk, going under two loops of the chain.

Row 2: Ch 2, turn. 2 sc in each st.

Row 3-4: Ch 1, turn. 2sc in first st, sc across.ย Ch 5 at the end of Row 4.

Decades:

Bead. *Ch 1, bead* 9 times (so you have 10 beads total). Ch 4, bead, ch 4.

Repeat this four more times, so you have five decades total. The only difference after the last one is that you’ll chain 5 instead of 4. Then sl st to the other side of the triangle. Fasten off, weave in ends, and sew your cross of choice to the starting tail.

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A photo that might help with bead placement.

I know this post is different than usual, but I hope you liked it – I really wanted to share this with y’all! I don’t talk much about religion here because this is a crochet blog, and I don’t want to spark any arguments, but I trust you guys to know I’m not trying to force my religion on anyone. I just get great happiness from sharing my latest projects, and I also happen to really like being Catholic. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think there’s space for all religions and philosophies!

I’ll be back soon with more crochet stuff. There are more dolls I can’t wait to show you…and I collaborated with my sister, who’s an extremely talented artist, to design an amigurumi we’re really excited about. I’m still crocheting it, but I already can’t wait to show you. You’ll never guess… ๐Ÿ˜€

Thank you so much for reading and for all your wonderful comments. You guys are the best. โค Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

Updates

Hello lovely followers!

I just wanted to give a quick update to happenings around Once Upon a Yarn. I’ve been remodeling, because I decided it would be nice to have a professional-looking home page for my blog…mostly just to see if I could pull it off. And also because when I give out my blog address to people, I’d like to make a good impression. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, you may have been getting weird email updates while I was doing this, and if that’s the case I apologize. All should be well now…and I’m anxious to see what you think!

Also, I made a page for fandomgurumi – thank you for your support and feedback on the idea! I’ll be updating it when I get a chance; I’m really excited about this bit.

Advice? Criticism? I always welcome your thoughts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Amigurumi Feyre & Sarah J. Maas Launch Party

Hi friends!

You may remember the Lunar Chronicles dolls I crocheted a while back… two years or so ago, actually. I made them because I was going to the launch party forย Winter and I got to meet the author, Marissa Meyer, which was the coolest thing ever! You can see Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter if you’re interested.

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I’m a huge fan of fantasy novels, and I got into theย Throne of Glassย series by Sarah J Maas about three years ago. When I started reading,ย her third book was about to release, and now she has EIGHT books published – five in that series, and a trilogy called “A Court of Thorns and Roses” (which is such a pain to say that she, and the fandom, call it ACOTAR). Well, I found out she was coming to my town for the release of the third book in the trilogy, and I immediately started fangirling.

It will probably come as no surprise that I wanted to crochet something for the occasion! Since I made an Iko as a gift for Marissa Meyer, I wanted to crochet a character for Sarah J Maas too.ย I’m in a fan group for Throne of Glass on Facebook, and they suggested I crochet the main character from ACOTAR, who’s named Feyre. (Weird names, I know, but what do you expect from fantasy? It’s pronounced Fay-ruh. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Disclaimer: I knowย some people read The Lunar Chronicles at my recommendation, so I want to make it abundantly clear that although SJM books areย labeled ‘young adult,’ I would DEFINITELY classify them as ‘adult.’ There’s a reason I didn’t read ACOTAR until I was 18!ย Both of her series are of the ‘dark and edgy fantasy’ vein…I’ve heard it compared to “Game of Thrones.”ย Just fair warningย so you know what you’re getting into. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Well, here she is! Excuse the awful embroidery on her hand, which is supposed to resemble the main character’s tattoo, a sort of flowery/viney thing. My embroidery skills are not up to par. But apart from that, I rather like how she turned out. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m going to do my best to write up the notes on how I made her, because it’s really handy for future reference, and who knows – maybeย some of you are ACOTAR fans!

Materials

  • Red Heart Super Saver in Aran for skin
  • Lion Brand Heartland for hair. I don’t remember the color name, but it’s this lovely reddish color – it was hard to find the perfect yarn for her hair!
  • ย Loops & Threads Woollike yarn in black for dress, and gray for cape – it’s a #1 weight yarn and is super soft. Not itchy at all.
  • Silvery embroidery floss for detail on top
  • Thin silver shiny thread to hold along with Woollike yarn for the bodice. I bought this in a little spool for about $3 and still have a bunch left.
  • Safety eyes – I painted these with nail polish. Not too thrilled with how they came out, so for future amigurumi dolls I bought safety eyes that you can paint on the back, so they’re still shiny on the front. I can’t wait to show you how they turned out, in a future post!
  • 3 pipe cleaners, 1 per leg and half for each arm
  • G (4.00 MM) crochet hook for doll and hair
  • D (3.25 MM) crochet hook for dress (I’mย almostย positive this is the hook I used – I forgot to write it down)
  • C (2.75 MM) crochet hook for detail on dress

It’s hilarious how many supplies are required for a tiny amigurumi doll!

The pattern

I used the absolutely wonderful Mini Free Spirit pattern from By Hook, By Hand. It’s by far my favorite doll pattern, and the designer, Beth, is kind enough to provide it for free. I can’t recommend it enough! I took three rows out of the head because for some reason it was turning out oblong for me (same with the Lunar Chronicles dolls) and followed the rest of it to the letter.

The dress was a bit of a challenge. I based it off the cover forย A Court of Wings and Ruin, which is theย book that was releasing, on which Feyre is wearing her High Lady dress. The fandomย seems to be rabid over this dress, and I can see why, it’s gorgeous! Take a gander:

I really like it. Sophisticated and sparkly. A little too edgy for my personal tastes, but then again, I am not a sword-wielding faerie. It’s kind of funny to take such a fierce heroine in her edgy dress and turn her into a chubby little amigurumi doll…but it was a fun challenge!

Feyre’s High Lady Dress

I used 2 strands of black Loops & Threads Woollike yarn held together for this, and stranded some sparkly thread along for some of it. I’ll specify when to do that.

Start with sparkly thread held along.

Round 1: Foundation dc 26, sl st to join.

Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch, now and throughout). (Dc 1, inc) 2x, sk next 6 sts. (Inc, dc 1) 3x. Inc, sk next 6 sts. Inc, dc 1, inc. Join with sl st to first dc.

Round 3: Ch 2, dc in each st around, increasing at each armpit. Sl st to join.

Round 4-5: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Sl st to join. Drop sparkly thread at end of Round 5.

Round 6: Ch 2. (Dc 3, inc) around. Sl st to join.

Round 7: Ch 2, dc in each st around, sl st to join.

Round 8: Ch 2. (Dc 4, inc) around. Sl st to join.

Round 9: Repeat Round 7.

Round 10: Ch 2. (Dc 5, inc) around. Sl st to join.

Round 11-14: Repeat Round 7.

Pick up sparkly thread again. Ch 2. Starting in same st, *(dc, ch 1, dc) all in same st, sk next st, rep from * around. Join with sl st to first dc. You’ve added a sparkly V-stitch edging, hurray.

I still need to write down directions for the cape. But for the part at the top, use sparkly embroidery floss and add about 10 stitches of double crochet like you see in the picture. Just trial and error for this bit. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hair

My favorite part!

I made the wig cap the same as I did for Cinder. Then Iย cut pieces of yarn by measuring them out around ACOTAR. =) The yarn was really helpful and it actually un-plied itself while I did this, so I barely had to separate the strands of yarn – it was fantastic! Then I hooked them into the wig cap and ran a hair straightener over it. I also added a part line by making a chain of 10 and hooking yarn strands into either side of the chain, then sewing that onto her head. I trimmed her bangs as well.

And guess what?

Completely unintentionally, she looks a good deal like my favorite TV show character EVER… Fauxlivia from Fringe!

Hehe, fandoms colliding. This made me greatly happy – and now I know how to go about crocheting Fauxlivia! ๐Ÿ™‚

Theย actual event

Like I said, I was planning to give crochet Feyre to Sarah J. Maas when I got my books signed. Well,ย unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a ticket for the signing line, even though I showed up four hours early – the signing was at 6:30, but apparently people had arrived early in the morning to snag their tickets. There were only 250. I was disappointed, but I perked up when I realized this meant I could keep ami Feyre. I finished her about a month before the signing, so she’d been decorating my bookshelf for quite awhile, and I must confess I grew rather attached to her. So I didn’t get to meet the author, but I got to keep my little crochet companion!

I did manage to snag a copy of the book, though, which was fortunate as they sold out super quickly. There were probably five hundred people there – it was insane! I nearly got trampled trying to get a chair.

This is as close as I got. ๐Ÿ˜› Author on the right.

I did still get to see Sarah J. Maas be interviewed, which was super entertaining. Apparently she’s a Hufflepuff, like yours truly – and Thor is her favorite Avenger. Mine too! Maybe I should crochet some Avengers… ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I think I will keep crocheting characters and bringing them to book signings… time to see when Marissa Meyer will be in town next, I guess! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m actually working on some characters from the 100 right now, you may have seen my progress over on Instagram. So they’ll be making it to the blog in the near future. This post took me forever to write, haha… I think I’m going to make a page for fandom amigurumi. Fandomgurumi, perhaps? ๐Ÿ˜€ There’s definitely going to be more of them!

Have y’all read any Sarah J. Maas books?ย Any suggestions on future fandomgurumi adventures? I always love to hear from you! ๐Ÿ˜€