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Crocheted Grinch Doll

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store…maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

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Yes, I know it’s July…but YOU GUYS – that only means 6 more months until CHRISTMAS!!

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Don’t worry, I promise I’m not THAT excited…but I am excited to share with you this little crocheted Grinch doll that’s just waiting to liven up your holiday décor!

With a heart that’s 3x the size it should be and a little removable Santa hat to add some holiday cheer, this crocheted Grinch doll makes a splendiferous holiday gift for anyone on your list, Who’s and Grinches alike! Make one for yourself following this Crocheted Grinch Pattern* or buy this one fully made and ready to go at my Etsy shop (coming soon!)!

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*This pattern does NOT include the crocheted Santa hat, which I made on a whim or the crocheted heart, which can be found here. The original Grinch pattern also includes facial features, which I decided not to include on this doll.

Grinch Pattern: http://yarnwars.com/free-patterns-created-yarnwars/free-mr-grinch-inspired-doll-crochet-pattern/

Heart Pattern: http://www.dailycrochet.com/super-quick-and-easy-crochet-heart-amigurumi-pattern/ (Large heart made)

Or just buy this one on Etsy, COMING SOON! Stay tuned! 🙂

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Crocheted Apple Amigurumi

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

I love this quote from The Painted Drum, by Louise Erdrich. Beautiful and sad, this passage is a subtle reminder of the importance of being thankful for simple pleasures and accepting those things we can’t change.

I, for one, almost always need a reminder to take a moment and be thankful…and this little crocheted apple buddy is just the reflection I need to slow down and breathe.

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The pattern for this crocheted apple can be found at GateandO Crochet. There are also super helpful images to help you complete your apples. You will need to translate the page into English, so some of the steps are slightly confusing, but I found it understandable, especially with the photos.

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I’ve made these in a handful of colors and I love having them on display to remind me to “taste the sweetness” as often as possible. They’re also great for decorating your home come fall!

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12 Super Summertime Crochet Patterns

Here in the Midwest, summer is in full swing. We’ve already had 90 degree days and near 100 degree days that have made it difficult to enjoy anything outside. Couple that with some solid 100% humidity and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an indoor crafternoon!

These 12 super summertime crochet patterns are great for afternoons spent inside plopped next to your window air conditioning unit. Light and airy, these patterns can be worked up in near a couple hours, so you could be beach ready in no time.

12 Super Summertime Crochet Patterns

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  1. Pom-Pom Happiness Shawl
  2. Summer Vibes Bikini Top
  3. Watermelon Dishcloth 
  4. Crochet Flip Flop Key Chain
  5. Crochet Cover/Shawl
  6. Sweet Summer Vest
  7. Summer Clutch
  8. Granny Square Top
  9. Light Summer Necklace
  10. Crochet Tote
  11. Pineapple Washcloth
  12. Crocheted Summer Sun Wreath

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Charlotte’s Web Wilbur the Pig Amigurumi

Perhaps one of the best stories about friendship and acceptance is E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. A story about a little pig with big dreams, this book was one of my favorites growing up and teaches valuable lessons about life, death, and the circle that connects us all.

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A while ago I stumbled upon this cute pig plushie crochet pattern and couldn’t wait to make a little piggie of my own! I love how easy this pattern is to understand and it results in a large pig toy that would make a great gift for kids of all ages.

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To give my pig a little personal touch, I added a sparkly spider necklace as a throwback to Charlotte. I really like how this little guy turned out and he’ll surely be keeping my bookshelves nice and cozy!

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This pattern is available for purchase on Etsy, along with a slew of other adorable plushies for crocheting a whole farm!

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Crochet Tea Buddy

What’s cozier than a fresh cup of tea? A cozy, cuddly cup of tea!

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This cute crochet tea buddy is perfect for snuggling up with on a cool spring morning…and he’s always happy to see you.

Complete with a little crocheted tea bag, this little buddy is great for tea lovers of all ages!

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You can find this pattern at Amigurumi Today.

Want to adopt this little guy? He’ll be up for sale on my ETSY store soon!

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10 Crochet Bunny Patterns

It may be hard to believe here in the Midwest, but spring is coming!

To help get ready for blooming flowers, pastel colors and an abundance of delicious chocolate candies, here are 10 absolutely too-cute-for-words bunny crochet patterns that you can make during these dark and dreary last days of winter.

10 Crochet Bunny Patterns

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  1. Snuggle Bunny Pillows
  2. Crochet Bunny Slippers
  3. Crochet Baby Chick and Bunny
  4. Crochet Rabbits
  5. Bunny Ornament
  6. Newborn Bunny Hat
  7. Toddler Bunny Hat
  8. Bunny Ear Headband
  9. Crochet Stuffed Bunny
  10. Crochet Bunny Garland

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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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