Beach Time For Barbie

It’s February. That means it’s winter here in the Pacific Northwest. Which means it’s probably the worst time of the year to go to the beach. That doesn’t stop me from dreaming, though, which is what led to this particular crochet pattern.

Presenting the Barbie Ocean Waves Ball Gown! (I am good at some things, but naming is not one of those things.) This is my newest free pattern on Crochet Spot, and I am particularly pleased with this one.

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The bodice was tricky, but I’m happy with how it turned out. For once, it’s exactly how I pictured it in my head. Don’t you love when that happens? I pictured flowy sleeves, lacing up the front, and a closely fitted torso that didn’t distract from the Extra™ skirt. And it was a great way to use up all those yarn scraps. Come on, we all have them.

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Anyway, why don’t you head over and check it out if you want to make a new Barbie dress? I don’t make them so much these days, and I miss it. You’re never too old. I actually was given a new Barbie for my 22nd birthday, at my request, and have some dresses in the works for her. So keep an eye out for those. 🙂

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It’s been a while since I’ve been around here, but college is standing on top of me and refusing to get off. How have you guys been?

Dorks Have More Fun

I’m a senior in college. I have a part-time job and two paid blogging gigs. I wake up at EIGHT O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (which was unthinkable to my younger self). It would seem that I know how to Adult, right? In some ways, I guess so. But in other ways…not so much. See, I decided to make myself a new pencil case in honor of my senior year, and this is the result…

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PURPLE DINOSAUR YESSSSS.

Yeah, I’m not a fan of this whole “adults don’t have stuffed animals” business, so I’m starting a rebellion. Care to join me?

I saw a pencil case similar to this in a store, but part of this whole “adulting” thing is trying not to buy as many plush things, so I had to leave it behind. But obviously the idea would not leave my mind, so after a couple weeks’ design struggle this was the result.

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I got to mess around with a zipper, which was both fun and stressful. Sewing is not my strong suit. I can sew on a button with confidence, but zippers onto a rounded crochet thing? Yikes. Still, it has held up so far. I’m bringing it to college for the first time today, so we’ll see. My plush Pusheen pencil case has been well-received.

Here’s a secret: most college students are 100% on board with the cute stuffed-animal thing. They’re just afraid to admit it. So if you lead the way with being unashamedly pro-cute, everybody else will appreciate it!

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And the free pattern is available on Crochet Spot should you wish to create your own little dinosaur companion 😉

What should I name it? It doesn’t feel right having this little guy without a name! Please leave your suggestions in the comments and I shall be eternally grateful!

Itty Bitty Shoes for Mini Free Spirit

Hey guys! Today I have a quick pattern for how to make shoes for the Mini Free Spirit. You’ll probably remember this doll from all the fandom dolls I make. Well, these characters needed shoes, so this is what I came up with.

These are so cute and tiny and VERY easy to lose, haha. If the dolls are for playing with, it might be best to avoid the shoes. But since these ones were for display, the shoes were appropriate. (I wonder how many Barbie shoes my sister and I have lost over the years…)

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Materials

  • G hook
  • 2 yards of worsted weight yarn

Pattern

Round 1: Ch 4. Hdc in 2nd chain from hook. Hdc in next chain. 5 dc in last chain. Turn to work across other side of starting chain, hdc in next ch, 2 dc in last ch. Sl st to first sc.

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in back loops only around. Sl st to first sc.

Round 3: Ch 1, sc 2, (sc2tog) 3 times, sc in remaining stitches. Do not join.

Fasten off, leaving long enough tail so that you can sew that gap together neatly. It’s easiest to slide the shoe onto the doll BEFORE you attempt this. Ask me how I know. Then weave in ends and you’re done! Tip: Crochet over the starting tail as you go to save trying to weave in two ends on this tiny shoe.

A Dress For Nancy

Thank you all for your kind words about Nancy and Sluggo! They have been happily delivered to their new home. However, I did write down the patterns for how I made their clothes, which I will be sharing with you should you wish to make your own wardrobe for these little dolls. I’m especially pleased with how Nancy’s dress turned out. I would wear one of these myself.

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Materials

  • Worsted-weight yarn in red, black, and white
  • G (4.00 MM) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle & scissors

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Dress

Row 1: With black, foundation dc 20. (Alternatively, ch 22, dc in 3rd ch and in each ch across.)

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, 2 dc in next 3 sts, sk 5, 2 dc in next 5 sts, sk 5, 2 dc in last 2 sts (20 sts – armholes formed)

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, *dc 4, 2 dc in next st* across (24 sts)

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, dc across.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc across. Sl st to first sc to begin working in the round. Fasten off black.

Rnd 6: With red, and working in the back loops only, *dc 5, 2 dc in next st* 4 times. Sl st to first dc to join. (28 sts)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *dc 6, 2 dc in next st* 4 times, sl st to first dc. (32 sts)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, *dc 7, 2 dc in next st* 4 times, sl st to first dc and fasten off. (36 sts)

Sleeves

Make 2 with white.

Row 1: Ch 9. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (8 sts)

Row 2-8: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across (8 sts)

Ch 1, turn to work across short end, work 8 sc evenly spaced across.

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. Sew long end together and then sew sleeve to shirt, placing it slightly inside the black armhole so it looks like there’s a white shirt underneath.

Slide the dress onto the doll, stick her arms through the armholes, and use the long tail from the black portion of the dress to whipstitch it closed.

Collar

With white, ch 11, sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across for 10 sc total. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. With wrong side facing out, sew collar to the top of the black shirt, making sure to leave a little bit of black showing between the collar and the sleeves. There should also be room between the collar in the front.

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The one with the rainbows

Someone please help me think of titles so this blog doesn’t look like a season of FRIENDS.

I’m thinking about deleting Instagram and posting shorter posts here instead. What do you think about that? Social media has become such a time-suck and isn’t entirely positive for me anymore. Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated.

Today’s post is basically just me squealing because my newest design is up on Crochet Spot, and I’m over the moon about this one. It’s one of those rare cases where the finished product looks exactly how I envisioned it, and it came together pretty easily.

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View the free crochet pattern here! Crochet Spot is way too fun to be considered a job. It really is a dream come true!

Okay, so there were a few snags along the way with the design process for this one, namely when I managed to crochet a rainbow with red at the bottom and purple at the top. I am a grown adult who forgot what the rainbow color sequence is. After giggling for quite a while at that mistake I sorted it out.

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I made three of them to sell at the craft fair I went to this month. They were successful because all three of them went to new homes within a couple hours. Which makes me happy! I figured since Pride month is right around the corner this would be a good time to put this pattern out into the world. 🙂

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Have a rainbowy day, you guys, and please send your prayers and good vibes to help me through finals. They sure would be appreciated! ❤

Adventures in Crochet Design

Hello lovely followers! My class got canceled for today, so I have a few minutes to update good ole Once Upon a Yarn. I thought it might be nice to post the links to the last few months’ designs on Crochet Spot and tell you a little about them. I miss posting free crochet patterns here, so I’m really happy to be designing again.

By the way, I’m updating Ravelry regularly with my designs. I recently discovered that my Ravelry links have been directing to my old URL for a good six months. Which explains why my views have been low. So I got to update all 50+ of those. But that’s fixed now so Ravelry is pretty much up to date. In case any of you thought I had my act together… 🙂

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Of course I’m the most excited about this one because, well, it’s a Barbie outfit. That’s pretty much the reason I learned to crochet. 🙂 I’m happy with how the texture on this one turned out, especially the ribbed fins.

Free pattern here.

 

 

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A classmate last term always wore scrunchies on her wrist and I became intrigued enough to crochet one. I wish these would come back in fashion, I really like how they look. Even if this one is a little frillier than usual.

Free pattern here.

 

 

IMG_2563-1024x1024_medium2My dad asked for juggling balls for Christmas and I was happy to take him up on that. I made him a pair of socks from this yarn a few Christmases ago, actually, and I had an extra half-skein of it. So since he liked the stripe pattern on the socks (he came with me to pick out the yarn) I used the same yarn for the juggling balls. And there was extra yarn, so a carrying case was made. This whole project was super fun. I wish I could juggle.

Free pattern here.

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This was the first pattern that was published on Crochet Spot, back in February, when snow was still relevant. (For the Pacific Northwest, anyway. I know some of you may still very well be getting snow…)

Free pattern here.

 

 

IMG_1935_medium2This was last month when I was going through a bit of a flower crown phase. Although, arguably, my entire life could be described as a flower crown phase. A classmate asked me last term, “Are you sure you’re not from The Lord of the Rings?” Which is pretty much the biggest compliment I can imagine. 🙂

Free pattern here.

 

 

I can’t wait for the next pattern to go up on the site, it’s my favorite one yet. I get so excited every time a new one gets published. This is honestly my dream job and I’m just so happy to be part of the Crochet Spot team! It’s been one of my favorite crochet websites for years, and I can’t recommend it enough. (I would’ve said that even before I became involved. 😉 )

What have you guys been up to? Do you still have snow in your part of the world? What should I design next?

 

Solar Eclipse Amigurumi: Free Crochet Pattern

Two posts in two days? Unlike me! 🙂 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. 🙂

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! 😉 I’m 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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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! 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

BB-8: Free Crochet Pattern

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe it’s 2016 already. Stay tuned for more of Unraveled next Saturday. Today I’m super excited to share a new crochet pattern with y’all!

A couple weeks ago I watched Star Wars for the first time. I know, I know, I’ve been living under a rock. The good news is I absolutely loved the movies, prequels included*, so I went to see The Force Awakens. No spoilers here, but I cried buckets and came home wanting to crochet everything Star Wars-related. So here we are!

I didn’t think I would become so fond of BB-8, to be honest. I was quite attached to R2-D2, after his large role in episodes 1-6, so I didn’t expect to like another droid nearly as much. R2 is still my favorite, but there’s something quite endearing about BB-8. I looked at a bunch of crochet patterns, but eventually I decided to create my own. I hope you enjoy it, and maybe you’ll consider crocheting your own – this is the droid you’re looking for.

And as usual – free pattern, this is. 😉

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*What’s the deal with people hating the prequels? I respect your opinion, of course, but I honestly don’t see why so many people dislike them. I still prefer the originals, but I enjoyed the prequels too; devil’s advocate I guess. Or maybe I’m on the dark side. 😉

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Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn in the following colors: white, gray, black, and orange. I used a mix of Red Heart Super Saver, Red Heart Soft, and I Love This Yarn. As long as your yarns are the same weight, you’ll be fine. I used silver Patons Metallic for the gray color changes, which I think makes BB-8 look more droid-like. It’s on the thinner side but it worked fine for me.
  • G (4.00 MM) crochet hook
  • stitch marker

Notes

  1. Most of the pieces are worked in unjoined rounds, in a spiral, so use a stitch marker to keep track of the beginning of each round.
  2. Feel free to substitute your own color-changing techniques. If you have a perfect jogless join, go ahead and use that. Or you can follow what I did.
  3. Spike single crochet (spike sc) = Insert hook into stitch two rows below, pull up a long loop, and yarn over & pull through two loops. See pictures below.

Body

Using white yarn for the whole thing:

Rnd 1: 6 sc in a magic ring OR ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hk

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around

Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc 1* around

Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc 2* around

Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc 3* around

Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc 4* around

Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc 5* around

Rnd 8: *2 sc in next st, sc 6* around

Rnd 9: *2 sc in next st, sc 7* around

Rnd 10-18: sc in each st around

Rnd 19: *sc 7, sc2tog* around

Rnd 20: *sc 6, sc2tog* around

Rnd 21: *sc 5, sc2tog* around

Rnd 22: *sc 4, sc2tog* around

Rnd 23: *sc 3, sc2tog* around. Stuff.

Rnd 24: *sc 2, sc2tog* around

Rnd 25: *sc 1, sc2tog* around. Add more stuffing.

Rnd 26: sc2tog around

Fasten off, sew hole closed, first adding more stuffing if necessary.

Head

Starting with white yarn:

Rnd 1: 6 sc in a magic ring OR ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hk

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around

Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc 1* around. Sl st to next st, changing to gray. Don’t cut the white yarn, you can carry it up the back to minimize weaving in ends.

Rnd 4: * 2 sc in next st, sc 2* around. Make the last sc where you slip stitched in the last round to hide the color changes.

Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc 3* around. Sl st to next st, changing to white. Fasten off gray.

Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc 4* around. Make the last sc where you slip stitched in the last round. Sl st to next st, changing to orange. Again, don’t cut the white yarn.

Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc 11* around. Make the last sc where you slip stitched in the last round. Sl st to next st, changing back to white. Fasten off orange.

Rnd 8-12: Sc in each st around

Rnd 13: In back loops only, *sc 8, sc2tog* around until you have 9 sts remaining, sc 9

Rnd 14: *sc 4, sc2tog* around

Rnd 15: *sc 3, sc2tog* around

Rnd 16: *sc 2, sc2tog* around

Rnd 17: *sc 1, sc2tog* around. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew the head onto the body, matching Rnd 17 from the head to Rnd 25 from the body. Weave in ends.

Cut a long piece of gray yarn and backstitch a line around Rnd 12 all the way around the head. Then backstitch a line of orange above that, but leave a space of about 10 stitches blank.

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Sensors

I’m not sure what to call these – they’re the two black eye-like things on BB-8’s head. I’m not well versed in droid terminology. 😉

Large Sensor:

Rnd 1: 6 sc in a magic ring OR ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hk

Rnd 2:  2 sc in each st around

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. Sew to head.

Small Sensor:

Rnd 1: 6 sc in a magic ring OR ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hk

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. I used an invisible join. Sew to head.

Cut a piece of white yarn and split it in half, so you have a thinner piece of yarn (2 plies). Backstitch a smaller white circle on the small sensor. Weave in ends.

Circles (make 4)

Again, not sure what to call these, but they’re the decorative parts on BB-8’s ‘body.’ If anyone knows what these things are supposed to be called…help! This is worked in joined rounds, and the chain never counts as a stitch.

Rnd 1: With white, make 6 sc in a magic ring OR ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hk. Sl st to first sc, changing to silver.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, make 2 sc in each st around, sl st to join. Change to white.

Rnd 3: Ch 1. Starting in same st, *sc 1, 2 sc in next st* around. Sl st to join.

Rnd 4: Ch 1. Starting in same st, *sc 2, 2 sc in next st* around. Sl st to join, changing to orange.

Rnd 5: Ch 1. Starting in same st, *sc 3, spike sc two rows below, sc in next st on current row* around. You’re basically repeating the increase round, but sticking a spike single crochet in there. Sl st to join.

Rnd 6: Ch 1. Starting in same st, *sc 4, 2 sc in next st* around. Sl st to join. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sew circles to body, spacing them evenly around.

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What are your thoughts on the new Star Wars movie? (I’ll be editing comments to remove spoilers; please think before you post in case one of my followers hasn’t seen it yet!) Do you have a favorite episode? Any thoughts on what character I should crochet next?

May the force be with you!

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Disclaimer stuff: I’m not affiliated with Disney or Lucasfilm in any way, unfortunately, because that would be super cool. Please don’t sell items you make from this pattern, since neither you or I own the rights to BB-8. (Unless you do, in which case do whatever you want.) Star Wars and everything is copyrighted and I’m not making any claim otherwise. I crocheted BB-8 and wanted to share the pattern to show my (newly discovered) love for Star Wars and not for any monetary gain or Dark Side purposes. Cheers!