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Odin the Viking Crochet Pattern

I love me a man with a beard.

A few weeks ago, I shared a pattern I found for this cute gnome-inspired Santa Claus…and I was instantly inspired to create another bearded cuddle buddy.

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Inspired by 1dogwoof’s pattern for the Santa Gnome crochet pattern, this Odin the Viking sports a flaming orange beard instead and has a horned Viking helmet as well.

Again, I take no FULL CREDIT for this pattern, as it was inspired from the pattern of another blogger.  The hat portion was written by me, but the remaining instructions are similar to that of the Santa, with just different colored yarn.

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I used fluffy brown yarn for the belt, shoe ties, and mitten brims, then used thick orange yarn for the beard which I unraveled to give it that bushy look. For the mustache, I used the same technique to insert yarn for the beard, however, I inserted it into the bottom of the nose, then cut the yarn short to form the mustache.

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In Norse culture, Odin is a man of many contradictions. He’s a war god, but a poetry god. He’s worshiped by those in search of honor and nobility, but is also often portrayed as a trickster. It’s no surprise then that this doll should share that name, as his rough exterior is mirrored only by the fact that he’s a great cuddler!

Odin the Viking Crochet Pattern

Materials:

  • Tan yarn
  • Dark grey yarn
  • Brown yarn
  • Pink/Peach yarn
  • White yarn
  • Fiberfill
  • 4 mm. crochet hook

Instructions:

BODY

Round 1: (in TAN) Work 6 sc into a magic circle. Join with sl st to first sc. (6)

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 2 sc into each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (12)

Round 3: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into next st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. (18)

Round 4: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 2 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (24)

Round 5: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 3 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (30)

Round 6: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 4 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (36)

Round 7: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 5 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (42)

Round 8: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (42)

Round 9: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 6 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (48)

Round 10: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 7 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (54)

Round 11: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (54)

Round 12: (in DARK GREY) Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 8 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (60)

Round 13: (in BROWN) Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (60)

Round 14: (in BROWN) Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (60)

Round 15: (in DARK GREY) Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (60)

Round 16-19: (in TAN) Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (60)

Round 20: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 8 st, 1 sc2tog] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (54)

Round 21: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (54)

Round 22: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 7 st, 1 sc2tog] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (48)

Round 23: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (48)

Round 24: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 6 st, 1 sc2tog] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (42)

Round 25: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (42)

Round 26: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 5 st, 1 sc2tog] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (36)

Round 27: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (36)

Start stuffing the body.

Round 28: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 4 st, 1 sc2tog] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (30)

Round 29: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 3 st, 1 sc2tog] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (24)

Round 30: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 2 st, 1 sc2tog] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (18)

Round 31: Ch 1. Work [1 sc next st, 1 sc2tog] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (12)

Finish stuffing the body before closing off.

Round 32: Ch 1. Work 1 sc2tog 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (6)

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Pull yarn through last stitch. Sew yarn end into the front loop of each of the 6 st around. Pull tight to close the circle. Fasten off.

FEET: (WORKED IN SEAMED ROUNDS)
MAKE 2

Round 1: (in DARK GREY) Ch 4. Work 1 sc into the 2nd ch from hook. Work 1 sc in next ch, 3 sc in next ch (turns the corner), 1 sc in next ch, 2 sc in last ch. Join with sl st to first sc. (8)

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in next st, 2 hdc in each of next 5 st, 2 sc in each of next 2 st. Join with sl st to first sc. (16)

Round 3: Ch 2. Work [1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st] 8 times. Join with sl st to first sc. (24)

Round 4: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st] 8 times. Join with sl st to first sc. (32)

Round 5: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (32)

Round 6: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each of next 6 st, 2 sc2tog, 6 hdc2tog, 2 sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 6 st. Join with sl st to first sc. (22)

Round 7: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each of next 5 st, 2 sc2tog, 2 hdc2tog, 2 sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 5 st. Join with sl st to first sc. (16)

Round 8-10: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (16)

Stuff the shoe just enough to fill it out.

Round 11-17: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (16)

Round 18 (WHITE) : Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (16)

Round 19-32 (TAN): Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (16)

Stuff leg lightly.

Round 33: Ch 1. Work 1 sc2tog 8 times. Join with sl st to first st. (8)

Squeeze round together and align stitches. Insert hook through all 4 loops and work 1 sc. Repeat for the next 2 st. Fasten off and cut a long tail.

Wrap brown yarn around boot as desired. Secure with knot.

ARMS: (WORKED IN SEAMED ROUNDS)
MAKE 2

Round 1: (in WHITE) Work 6 sc into a magic circle. Join with sl st to first sc. (6)

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 2 sc into each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (12)

Round 3: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into next 3 st, 2 sc into next st] 3 times. Join with sl st to first sc. (15)

Round 4: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 3 st, 1 sc2tog] 3 times. Join with sl st to first st. (12)

Round 5: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first st. (12)

Round 6: (in BROWN) Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first st. (12)

Round 7-10: (in TAN) Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first st. (12)

Round 11: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 4 st, 1 sc2tog] 2 times. Join with sl st to first st. (10)

Round 12-14: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first st. (10)

Round 15: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each of next 4 st, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 4 st. Join with sl st to first st. (9)

Round 16-17: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first st. (9)

Stuff the arm lightly.

Squeeze round together and align stitches. Work 4 sc across to close off. Fasten off and cut a long tail.

NOSE: (WORKED IN SEAMED ROUNDS)

Round 1: (in PINK/PEACH) Work 6 sc into a magic circle. Join with sl st to first sc. (6)

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 2 sc into each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (12)

Round 3: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into next 3 st, 2 sc into next st] 3 times. Join with sl st to first sc. (15)

Round 4: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. (15)

Round 5: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 3 st, 1 sc2tog] 3 times. Join with sl st to first st. (12)

Stuff the nose.

Round 6: Ch 1. Work 1 sc2tog 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (6)

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Pull yarn through last stitch. Sew yarn end into the front loop of each of the 6 st around. Pull tight to close the circle. Fasten off.

HAT:

Round 1: (in DARK GREY) Work 6 sc into a magic circle. Join with sl st to first sc. (6)

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 2 sc into each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (12)

Round 3: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into next st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. (18)

Round 4: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st. around. Join with sl st to first sc. (18)

Round 5: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 2 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (24)

Round 6: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st. around. Join with sl st to first sc. (24)

Round 7: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 3 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (30)

Round 8: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st. around. Join with sl st to first sc. (30)

Round 9: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 4 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (36)

Round 10: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st. around. Join with sl st to first sc. (36)

Round 11: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 5 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (42)

Round 12-13: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st. around. Join with sl st to first sc. (42)

Round 14: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 6 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (48)

Round 15: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st. around. Join with sl st to first sc. (48)

Round 16: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 7 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (54)

Round 17: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st. around. Join with sl st to first sc. (54)

Round 18: Ch 2. Work 1 hdc in each st around. Join with sl st to first hdc. Fasten off. Cut yarn, leaving long tail.

HORNS
MAKE 2

(WHITE) Work 4 sc in magic circle (4)

Row 2: 2 sc in next st. 1 sc in remaining 3 st. (5)

Row 3: 2 sc in next st. 1 sc in remaining 4 st. (6)

Row 4: 2 sc in next st. 1 sc in remaining 5 st. (7)

Row 5: 2 sc in next st. 1 sc in remaining 6 st. (8)

Row 6: 2 sc in next st. 1 sc in remaining 7 st. (9)

Row 7: 2 sc in next st. 1 sc in remaining 8 st. (10)

Row 8: 2 sc in next st. 1 sc in remaining 9 st. (11)

Row 9: 2 sc in next st. 1 sc in remaining 10 st. (12)

Row 10 (DARK GREY): 2 sc. in each st. around. sl. st. to beginning st. (24). Bind off, leaving long tail.

Stuff horns.

ASSEMBLY:

Sew horns onto helmet with curves pointed in.

Sew legs to body, positioning them right under the belt of the Viking.

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Sew arms to side of body so fur brim of mittens lines up just under fur of belt.

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Sew hat to head.

Sew nose to body, positioning nose right in the middle of line where hat and body meet.

BEARD:

Using lark’s knots, attach thick orange yarn body, moving in concentric half-circles around bottom of nose. Carefully separate strands, if desired, to get bushy beard.

For braids, I left three yarn strands as is on each side of beard, then braided them together. I used some leftover brown yarn to tie off the braids.

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Repeat for mustache, inserting yarn into bottom of nose, unraveling yarn, then cutting short to form mustache.

Trim beard and mustache as needed.

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Scandinavian Santa Gnome

I think it’s safe to say that I’m fully embracing this hygge lifestyle…so much so that when I came across the pattern for this Scandinavian Santa Gnome, I couldn’t resist the urge!

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This adorable little crocheted Santa gnome is so cute and cuddly. With an extra tall hat and an extra full beard, this little guy is great for hiding in between the branches of your Christmas tree.

*For the beard, I used a textured white yarn that I had on hand. But you can get a similar effect by using regular white yarn and pulling the strings apart to make the beard look full and styled. Then just trim it as necessary!

I loved this pattern so much and can’t wait to make another little gnome…maybe a little fat Viking man?! 😉

Scandinavian Santa Gnome

Materials:

  • Red yarn of choice
  • White yarn of choice
  • Black yarn of choice
  • Peach yarn of choice
  • G crochet hook (4.00 mm)
  • Fiberfill

You can find the pattern for this Santa Gnome at 1dogwoof.com.

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Adorable Little Crocheted Pumpkins

It’s FINALLY fall in Chicago!

For a few days there, Chicago was experiencing weird 80 degree fall days and I was having NONE OF IT.  BRING ON THE SWEATER WEATHER!

To help cozy up my house for cool weather, I decided to make a couple of these adorable little crocheted pumpkins.  Aren’t they the cutest?!

crocheted pumpkins

This pattern is very forgiving and you can make a whole series of pumpkins smaller and bigger than this by stopping or continuing your increase rows.

You can find this pattern at 5littlemonsters.com.  I made two of the “large” pumpkins, but there’s also a pattern for a pumpkin about half the size of these.

You can also add a little face for a fun jack-o-lantern or just leave them as is to decorate your home for Halloween and Thanksgiving!  I think I might even make some pumpkins in a series of fall colors to help cozy up the living room!

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7 Cute Crochet Projects to Decorate Your Home for Fall

These aren’t your grandma’s crochet patterns.  Liven up your fall décor by creating a cozy space with these adorable fall crochet projects.  Cute pumpkins, festive garlands, cozy blankets…these projects will help you turn your living room into a comfy, cushy fall oasis!

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7 Cute Crochet Projects to Decorate Your Home for Fall

Plaid Crochet Pumpkin
crochet pumpkin

Fall in Love Afghan
fal afghan

Fall Apple Basket
apple basket

Crochet Succulent Planter
succulent planter

Tea Time Pumpkin Coasters
pumpkin coasters

Thanksgiving Crochet Banner
give thanks banner

Cozy Crochet Pinecones
cozy pinecones

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12 Crocheted Afghans for Fall

Fall is right around the corner, so now’s the perfect time to get those hooks ready and start crocheting your cozy and comfy fall afghans!

Great for beginners, crocheted afghans instantly cozy up your home and work best when accompanied with a book and a cup of coffee!

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12 Crocheted Afghans for Fall

Shades of Blue Afghan

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Grey Crocheted Blanket

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Purple and Orange Crocheted Blanket

afghan 3

Rainbow Blanket

afghan 4

Brown and White Striped Blanket

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Cozy Afghan

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Cream and Coffee Afghan

afghan 7

Large Hexagon Afghan

afghan 8

Granny Square Afghan

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Southwestern Print Afghan

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Teal and Brown Cozy Afghan

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Fall Colors Afghan

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9 Cool Crochet Bags and Purses

If you get bored of crochet projects or love a classic one-skein wonder or stashbuster, than crochet bags are for you.

Often easy to work up in a couple hours or less, crochet bags make shopping at stores and farmer’s markets so much easier.  Clear out your stash by making bags in various colors or just practice the basics with these simple crochet bags for “hookers” of all skill levels!

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Grey and White Winter Clutch

Granny Square Bag

Teddy Bear Coin Purse

Tapestry Bag

Fox Bag

Pineapple Bag

Pizza, Watermelon, and Candy Corn Bags

Farmer’s Market Bags

Slushee Bags

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Crochet Granny Square Baby Blanket

I usually avoid making crochet blankets because I will NEVER finish them.  I’m much more of an amigurumi girl…or scarves or hats or basically anything I can make over the course of binging a few episodes of Dawson’s Creek.

Then a few months ago I began a project to use up some extra yarn.  I started making these little granny squares and kept going until my stash ran out.  As luck would have it, I had JUST ENOUGH to make into a small baby blanket!

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After realizing this, the little crochet squares continued to sit in my stash for yet another three or four months because I just didn’t want to commit to starting a blanket…but after going through a deep apartment purge, I finally decided to get started…I began laying out my squares and started assembling…

Well after weaving in all my ends (SO MUCH WEAVING) I’ve finally completed it!  I think it looks kind of cute!  I had some extra yarn left over so I made little pom-poms for the corners.

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To join my squares, I used the single crochet method, but there are several methods for joining granny squares if you don’t like the look of the border.  The reason I liked the single crochet method is that the front and back of the blanket look totally different, so you can showcase either side:

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I also arranged my squares in Excel before starting because I’m a nerd that way…it also ensures that you have enough squares AND that you don’t screw up your pattern as you numbly assemble all these squares.

granny square layout

If you’d like to make this blanket, you’ll need about 1 skein of each color (I used 7 colors).  Follow the instructions for making the little granny squares and keep going until you have about 156 squares (this blanket is 12 squares x 13 squares and measures about 24 in. x 26 in.).  If you follow my pattern, your blanket will be slightly small, perfect for a tiny human…but approximate that each granny square will give you about 2 in., so you can plot out the size of your blanket that way.

To assemble, I made one row at a time.  I joined back sides of 2 squares together and single crocheted to join the squares…then just repeated until the row was complete.  Once all my rows were done, I joined the rows together by placing back sides of the rows together and single crocheting to join row to row.

THEN I WEAVED IN ALL THE ENDS.

That took forever…mostly because I just got sick of it…but after a few cheesy movies, you should make good progress…especially if you weave in ends as you create the squares…which I didn’t do…so I was weaving like a mad-woman.

After making all my squares, I had a few strands of extra yarn…so I added some cute pom-poms to the corners of the blanket and tah dah!!

Whoever has a baby next, you have a cute little blanket comin’ your way!  😉

 

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