Friday, May 15, 2015

Free Pattern! Summertime Fishy Phone Case

Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day. LOTS of rain here in Texas lately. Secretly I LOVE it, but warm days and buckets of rain just means swarms of mosquitoes, my sworn enemy. They love the flavor of my blood. 

Let's pretend its sunny, with a warm breeze, and you're packing your bag for the pool.


When I thought about what I could crochet for a day at the pool, a cute bikini wasn't the first thing that popped into my head. Eh, no, something a little more practical came to mind. How would I protect my phone from cannonball splashes and sunscreen fingers? A cute fishy case with a handy clip to attach to your favorite tote bag will hold your phone, ipod, or you could even use it to hold your ID and credit card. 

Fishy Phone Case

Materials List:
Tapestry needle
Embroidery Needle 
Black felt
Black embroidery floss

Notes:
The fish's head is crocheted in the round in unjoined spirals. Use a locking stitch marker if necessary to mark the beginning of each round. When you complete a round, move the marker to the loop on your hook and continue crocheting. 
The pattern is written to fit an iPhone or iPod. Make adjustments in the width of the body by starting with a longer or shorter beginning chain.  

Body 
Leaving a long beginning tail, with yarn A and a G hook, ch 14.
Rnd 1: Hdc into 3rd ch from the hook and next 11 sts (12 sts)
Rnds 2-32: Ch 2, turn, hdc into each st across (12 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long strand of yarn for sewing. Rectangle should measure 3in/7.6cm wide and 10in/25.4cm long. Rectangle should fit around phone when folded in half. If case is too small, continue crocheting more rows. Fold Body in half and stitch edges closed with tail.




Head 
Starting at the top of the Head, with yarn B and a G hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 3 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (15 sts)
Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 4 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 4: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (21 sts)
Rnd 5: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 6 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnds 6-8: Sc into each st. 
Rnds 9-10: Hdc into each st.
Rnd 11: *(3 hdc into next st, sl st into next st), rep around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Flatten Head. Insert Body, lining up Rnd 10 to top of Body. Stitch to top of Body piece, from one side of the front, around the back, to the other side of the front. 



Tail Fin (Make 1)
With yarn B and G hook, ch 5.
Row 1: Sc into 2nd ch from hook and next 3 sts (4 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc into next st, sc into next 2 sts, 2 sc into next st (6 sts)
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc into each st.
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc into next st, sc into next 4 sts, 2 sc into next st (8 sts)
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc into each st.
Row 6: Ch 2, turn, hdc into next st, dc into next st, hdc into next st, sc into next 2 sts, hdc into next st, dc into next st, hdc into last st.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Weave tail through to Row 1 and sew Tail Fin to bottom edge of Body. Weave in ends. 



Pectoral Fins (Make 2)
With yarn B and G hook, ch 7.
Row 1: Sc into 2nd ch from hook and next 5 chs (6 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, turn, working into back loops only (BLO) of each st, sc into next 2 sts, hdc into next 2 sts, dc into next 2 sts (6 sts)
Rnd 3: Ch 3, turn, working into front loops only (FLO), dc into next 2 sts, hdc into next 2 sts, sc into next 2 sts.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, turn, working into BLO, sc into next 2 sts, hdc into next 2 sts, dc into next 2 sts.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Weave yarn tail to short edge of fin. Sew to front and back of Body as shown.




Dorsal/Pelvic Fins (Make 2):
With yarn B and G hook, ch 8. 
Row 1: Sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next 2 chs, dc in next 2 chs, trc in last ch.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Weave tail through to beginning ch and sew fins to side seams of case as shown. Weave in ends.



Finishing
Cut two small circles from black felt and two slightly larger circles from white felt for the eyes. With straight stitches and black embroidery floss and embroidery needle, stitch the eyes down to either side of Head. With black embroidery floss, stitch a smile from one side to the other with straight stitches.



Thread yarn needle with a length of yarn B, knotted at one end. Weave yarn up through tip of Head. Thread yarn through the loop of a clasp and back down into Head. Knot securely and weave in ends.




Abbreviations
Ch: Chain
Sc: Single Crochet
Hdc: Half Double Crochet
Dc: Double Crochet
Trc: Triple Crochet
St: Stitch
Rnd: Round
Rep: Repeat
Sc2tog: Single Crochet 2 stitches Together

Techniques
Adjustable ring: Make a ring with yarn. Insert hook into ring, yarn over and draw up a loop. Ch 1, as directed in pattern. Work the stitches required in pattern into the ring. When complete gently, but firmly, pull tail to close up the ring.

Hope you like this fun summery project! Join me on Facebook and show me your fishy! Prefer Instagram? Use the hashtag #craftyiscool and see all the cool projects people are doing!

*This pattern was previously published on Michaels.com

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Jane Krakowski and Seth Meyers immortalized as AmiguruME!

What Jacqueline Vorhees wants, Jacqueline Vorhees gets! When I made the cast of Kimmy Schmidt, Jane Krakowski loved them. I made her some dolls too, and she was awesome to take them to Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday night, along with an extra doll she asked me to make, a little Seth!


I love her! Thanks Jane, and Seth, and you fast Fedex people, and everyone involved in making this bit of magic happen!

Here's photos of the Kimmy Schmidt dolls I made. See Kimmy's flashing Skechers??

These are now in the hands of someone involved in the show. ;-)


Ellie Kemper as The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Titus Burgess as Tituss Andromedon

Jacqueline, Lillian, Tituss, and Kimmy Schmidt amigurumi from The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 

Carol Kane as Lillian

Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline Voorhees 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thank you for being a friend.

Buy GOLDEN GIRLS crochet patterns on ETSY
Buy GOLDEN GIRLS crochet patterns on RAVELRY

I have a running list of "dream projects" in my Erin Condren Life Planner. There's things I might never get around to, and there's things I'm working on right now. One of the projects that has been on there the longest is to do a full set of The Golden Girls.

I used to watch it when it came on in prime time. Truthfully, I wasn't killing myself to never miss an episode, and many (many) of the jokes were way over my head. I thought it was funny, though, and my sisters and mom and I still reference it to this day.

You know how you like a show when you're a kid, and you go back and watch it as an adult, and it is sooo different from what you remember? Either it's WAY lamer than your 4th grade mind imagined it (I'm looking at you, "Silver Spoons" and "Three's Company"), or it's so much better than you remember ("Good Times", "The Jeffersons", and yes, even "Murder, She Wrote").  Golden Girls is a prime example of that. If you haven't watched it in a while, PLEASE, watch some clips right now. It is hilarious.



SO FUNNY!

Anyway, I finally got to mark the Golden Girls off my list! Yahoo! Here they are:

Dorothy Zbornak crochet amigurumi

Golden Girls crochet amigurumi

Sophia Petrillo crochet amigurumi

Golden Girls crochet amigurumi

Golden Girls crochet amigurumi set

By now you are ready to make your own, right?! The patterns are available in my Etsy shop and my Ravelry shop. Make them for yourself or give them to a friend. They use simple crochet techniques and the set is 31 pages long with lots of photos and illustrations. Each pattern includes a comprehensive list of materials, with a list of yarns I used for each example. Let me know if you have any questions!

So, are you a Dorothy, a Blanche, a Rose, or a Sophia?


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Doctor Who's Done

Well, I'm done! Kinda sorta done, I mean. I fulfilled my order, and that means done. A couple of years ago I made a full set of Doctor Who doctors with the TARDIS and the Doctors 1-11. The same client that ordered them asked me to make a set of Companions and Villains to go along with them. These are some fans, y'all, and I can't blame them. There are some really cool characters on Doctor Who so she named off all of her favorites and I went to work. I finished the dolls in time for Christmas and now the patterns are all done too!


Doctor Who Companions and Villains Amigurumi Set

I have all of them listed on Ravelry and Etsy individually, and there are now two sets you can buy: The Doctors and the TARDIS set, and the Companions and Villains set. These sets are enormous. They have lots and lots of photos, illustrations, a list of yarn for each doll, and should be easy to follow. Here are some photos.

Amy Pond Amigurumi

River Song Amigurumi

Clara Oswald Amigurumi

Rory Williams Amigurumi

Weeping Angel Amigurumi

Dalek Amigurumi

Cyberman Amigurumi

The Master Amigurumi


All the Doctor Who Amigurumi together!

Anyone missing here? I've had several requests for Martha, so I'll probably do one of her some time in the future. What else can you think of? I feel like I've given the Doctor a pretty thorough treatment (ha see what I did there?), but I'm always open to suggestions!

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