Archive for September 5th, 2012

Purploids, and Pinkloids, and Bloops (oh my) – 3 Free Patterns

Created somewhat on whim and without excess thought, these are my three simplest patterns. If you’re a speedy yarner you can easily get all three done in one afternoon.

Oh My! - 3 free patterns by Karissa Cole

These were all actually prototypes, but they’re still fun stash buster projects. Enjoy! ( And as always feel free to contact with any questions; I will throughout this week be retesting all three patterns and instructions to make sure they work as they should, but if you find something that doesn’t make sense, just let me know :] )

S U G G E S T E D  M A T E R I A L S:

• Worsted weight yarn
• G/7 4.50MM crochet hook
• Two pairs of 8MM safety eyes (One pair for the Bloop, one for the Pinkloid) & One pair of 9mm eyes (Purploid)
• Scissors
• Needle & thread AND/OR Hot glue
• Fiberfill stuffing

A B B R E V I A T I O N S:

MC – magic circle (magic loop/magic ring)
sc – single crochet(s)
hdc – half-double crochet(s)
inc – increase
dec – decrease
sl st –  slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch – chain
*actions in asterisks should be repeated until round completion or to the indicated stopping point in the round*
(number in parentheses indicates total number of stitches after round/row completion)
FO – fasten off
RND – Round
RW – Row
IBL – in back loops

P U R P L O I D  B A B Y  P A T T E R N

Purploid Baby Pattern by Karissa Cole

Often appearing out of nowhere, Purploids signal their startling arrival by staring intently at you – whether you know it or not. About a week ago I found this out, rather late at night. I soon realized this is just how they size a person up though. Once they’ve decided they like you they’re quite sweet, very protective and excellent sources of good advice. More people could do with a Purploid baby for a friend, but unfortunately so many people are too busy and serious they never even notice when a Purploid has come to visit them. Two Purploids showed up at my door yesterday after have been dejected and let me tell you, a sad Purploid is a heart-wrenching thing to witness.

Raise Purploid awareness: they have feelings too!

B O D Y (x1) (Follow this pattern for a baby Purploid [use 10mm eyes to really sell the itty bitty little one effect]. For a grown-up Purploid add a row between RNDs 7 & 8 and 11 & 12 and use the 9mm eyes.)

MC 6)
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 4-7) *sc* (24)
RND 8) *3sc, inc* (30)
RND 9) *4sc, inc* (36)
RND 10) *sc* (36)
RND 11) *4sc, dec* (30)
RND 12) *3sc, dec* (24)
RND 13) *2sc, dec* (18)
Attach eyes and antennae (to make antennae simply chain 4, cut yarn leaving long tail, and pull through. Attach to head and fray long yarn tail). Stuff.
RND 14) *sc, dec* (12)
RND 15) *dec* (6)
FO

 

***ALTERNATE*** Some pattern users have had trouble getting the Purploid shape to come out right. I’m not sure why this is, but I suspect there’s some difference in tensions and materials (I crochet very, very tightly sometimes >.<). Although I have not recently tested the following variation, for a shorter Purploid (such as the one pictured) you could try using this pattern instead:

MC 6)
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 4-5) *sc* (24)
RND 6) *3sc, inc* (30)
RND 7) *4sc, inc* (36)
RND 8) *sc* (36)
RND 9) *4sc, dec* (30)
RND 10) *3sc, dec* (24)
RND 11) *2sc, dec* (18)
Attach eyes and antennae (to make antennae simply chain 4, cut yarn leaving long tail, and pull through. Attach to head and fray long yarn tail). Stuff.
RND 12) *sc, dec* (12)
RND 13) *dec* (6)
FO

F E E T (x2)

MC 5
RND 1) *inc* (10)
RND 2-5) *sc* (10)
RND 6) *dec* (5)
FO

A R M S (x2)

(You may wish to try doubling your yarn for this, depending on the weight)
Ch 2
3 hdc in second ch from hook
FO
Attach to side of head

(For experienced ami makers I recommend simply picking up and crocheting this directly to the side of the head for that no-sew ease.)

I feel I should note these may not exactly look like “arms.” I’ve had ’em called gils or ears, but I figured arms was more descriptive for a pattern than “funny looking things on side of head.” :]

OPTIONAL:

The original Purploid was freeformed and gifted so this version is just slightly different. For instance, the first incarnation boasted a long tail with a pop-pom on the end. To make this for your Purploid: Ch 21, starting in second chain from hook sc 20; attach to body; make pop-pom (see Melvin post for brief written tutorial for pop-pom creation); attach pom to tail.

After you attach all the body parts (mainly the feet) your Purploid should be good to go!

P I N K L O I D  P O D L I N G  P A T T E R N

Pinkloid Podling Pattern by Karissa Cole 2

Pinkloid Podling Pattern by Karissa Cole

While most Pinkloids are pink (just as most Purploids are purple) this is not always the case. Red, orange, and even brown Pinkloids abound. Many people don’t realize this though, and usually assume Pinkloids are all pink. This is a common misconception, but Pinkloids tend to become very defensive about their color if they happen to exhibit a different hue than what their name suggests. I suppose this is why Pinkloids seem to relate to ladybugs quite well; ladybugs know all about being misjudged because of their name.

Still, Pinkloids don’t hold too much of a grudge. They’ll just brush it off and get straight back to work.

What is it Pinkloids do for work?

Well, they’re Word Sprites, of course. Have you ever been trying to say something, but you can’t find the right word, or it’s right on the tip of your tongue, you just can’t seem to get it out? Pinkloids are the ones who come along when this happens. They bring along the missing word and fling it into the conversation before it’s too late. Of course, occasionally a Pinkloid doesn’t make it in time, or perhaps they accidentally brought the wrong word, or maybe even too many Pinkloids converged at once and they all tried to use the word they each brought which causes things like “Haflapple” and “Splonge” to come tumbling out of a person’s mouth. But with all the people out there forgetting words – or worse, using the wrong words –  Pinkloids are kept very busy, so it’s no wonder they can’t always get it just right; they try their best though. And the funny thing is, thousands of people have encountered Pinkloids and didn’t even realize it.

To make your very own Pinkloid Podling:

B O D Y (x1)

MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 4) *3sc, inc* (30)
RND 5-9) *sc* (30)
RND 10) *3sc, dec* (24)
RND 11) *2sc, dec* (18)
RND 12) *sc, dec* (12)
Attach eyes. Stuff.
RND 13) *dec* (6)
FO

W I N G S (x2)
Worked back and  forth. Always start in second chain from hook.

Ch 6
RW 1) 5sc, turn, ch 1
RW 2) 5sc, turn, chain 5
RW 3) Including the 5 ch you just made and the 5sc you should be able to work 9sc in this row. So do that. Then turn and ch 1
RW 4) 9sc, turn, ch 4
RW 5) Working with the 9sc and the 4 ch, sc across (this should be 12 sts)
FO

With a contrasting color, crochet along the bottom edges of the wings. (I recommend going totally bananas with the color here; I only had pink on hand, but it’d be fun to make some really wild color combos here!)

F E E T (x2)

MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *2sc, inc* (16)
RND 3) *sc* (16)
RND 4) 6dec, 4sc (10)
RND 5) 3dec, 4sc (7)
RND 6-9) *sc* (7)
FO

A N T E N N A E (x2)

Ch 7
3hdc in second ch from hook
sl st in remainder of chains. cut yarn (leave long enough tail to sew to head).

See photos for suggested positioning and attach all the pieces. . . sort of like Mister Potato Head. . .

P O C K E T  B L O O P  P A T T E R N

Purploids are great to go to for advice, Pinkloids are masters of the Right Words, so what is it Bloops do, you may ask?

Typically they steal fresh laundry and try to nest in it.

Pocket Bloop Pattern by Karissa Cole

B O D Y (x1)

MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 4-6) *sc* (24)
RND 7) *3sc, inc* (30)
RND 8-9) *sc* (30)
RND 10) *3sc, dec* (24)
RND 11) *sc* (24)
RND 12) *IBL sc* (24)
RND 13) *2sc, dec* (18)
Attach eyes. Stuff.
RND 14) *sc, dec* (12)
RND 15) *dec* (6)
FO

F E E T (x2)

MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *IBL sc* (12)
FO

A N T E N N A E (x2)

Ch 10
RW 1) starting in second chain from hook, sc 9
FO

See photos for suggested positioning.

And there you go!

Simple though these are, they’re pretty fun and cute each in their own way.

**P L E A S E  N O T E** These are original designs and patterns. I believe in the free sharing of techniques and ideas. Please do not abuse my desire to share with others. You are not permitted to sell any products made as the result of these patterns (in part or in whole) and/or designs, nor are you permitted to sell the patterns or designs. Please, if you do use these patterns or designs, give credit where credit is due: direct others to this original posting so that they too can benefit.**

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