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Purploid Baby

Ever get the feeling you’re being watched? I guess most people have. This strange and often unexplainable sensation could creep up on you when you’re hard at work on a project; or deep in thought; or maybe just doing the laundry. But have you ever felt like, whatever the situation, all of a sudden and maybe out of nowhere a little pair of eyes are staring directly at the back of your head, willing you to turn around so that these same little eyes can stare just as intently into your soul and quite possibly take over your brain?

Ever get that particular feeling?

Personally, I have yet to experience this exact thing (and I am in no rush to). But according to a friend of mine it could happen to anyone. Of course if I’m being honest, I stopped taking him at his word when he said a race of highly intelligent fruit bats stole his pizza that one time at the laundromat.

I did actually almost start to believe his story (the one about the eyes staring into your soul and taking over your brain; not the bat thieves with a taste for pizza) though. Go ahead and call me crazy, but at the time, it was all I could think about.

I was sitting at my desk, right where I am now as a matter of fact, quietly wrapped up in reorganizing some files when I felt a chill skitter down my spine; I was being watched. I’ll admit, it was quite late at night and my sudden spike in paranoia – feeling like I was being observed – could very well have been attributed to a severe lack of sleep. And that’s what I would’ve done, too, in any other case; brush off the feeling and move on. But I did have that eyes-boring-into-your-head-and-soul story fresh in my mind, ridiculous though I thought it was.

But unlike most times when that feeling turns out to be nothing, this time it turned out to be something. I was actually, honestly, and truly being watched.

I don’t know where she came from or how she got here. But as soon as I knew there was a gaze turned on me for real, slowly, timidly even, I turned around in my chair and saw two dark purple eyes staring at me:

Purploid Baby

To my great surprise these eyes did not belong to a creepy stalker or a soul-sucking alien being, but instead to a Purploid Baby. You can imagine my relief. Purploids are far more desirable than creepy stalkers and soul-sucking aliens, I can’t even tell you.

I still really don’t know where this little one came from. But there she was just sitting on the edge of the desk contently staring at my file organization prowess. She’s been quite a wonderful house guest since that night, for she doesn’t take up much space and is happy to eat whatever she finds (she does seem to have a fondness for donuts, though – eating them, sleeping on them, whatever. She just like donuts).

The little Purploid comes and goes as she pleases. But thankfully she no longer stares at someone unannounced; she’s kind enough to make sure we know she’s in the room before she stares.

Melvin the Misunderstood Monster – Free Pattern

Melvin the Misunderstood Monster by Karissa Cole (2012 all rights reserved)

Melvin the Misunderstood Monster [Free Pattern] by Karissa Cole

He’s a nice guy. Nicer than nice. He bakes cupcakes for everyone he knows, helps little old ladies cross the street, always says ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and is never one to make a fuss. He never says no to someone in need, and always has a smile and a cheerful thought from the bottom of his big ‘ol heart. Why, he’d even balance your checkbook if you asked! (He’s really quite good with numbers.)

But even given all this, everyone still calls Melvin a monster. And for the life of him, he can’t figure out why. He’s cute, he’s little, he’s sweet. So where do they get monster in that?

Perhaps Melvin will never know. But in the meantime he keeps his positive disposition, taking comfort in fresh coloring books, caramel apples and watching the Olympics.

Here’s how to make your very own misunderstood monster:

S U G G E S T E D  M A T E R I A L S:

• Worsted weight yarn in two (2) colors such as:
* Red Heart Super Saver (1) Red  [Main color] (2) Gold [Secondary color]
• G/7 4.50MM crochet hook
• One (1) pair of 10MM safety eyes (available in many craft stores or online at http://www.crscrafts.com)
• White felt
• 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)
inc – increase
dec – decrease
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

T H E  P A T T E R N

Please read through pattern before you start. In addition, the PDF version of the pattern (available below) contains extra photos for the body and head sections of the pattern. And also please note that while you may use any materials you like, just keep in mind other types of yarn or hook sizes have not been tested and thus your results may differ. Using suggested materials and keeping a tight tension, the pictured Melvin is approximately 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) tall.

(Click here for PDF Download with photo walkthroughs for head and body)

(Direct PDF URL: https://ea1701.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/melvin-the-misunderstood-monster-by-karissa-cole2.pdf)

Use main color unless otherwise indicated. For neater stitches I recommend staggering increases and decreases for the head.

E A R S (x2)

Worked back and forth
ch 5 (5th ch counts as turning chain; at the end of all future rows ch 1 to use as turning chain)
RW 1-3) *sc* (4)
RW 4) sc, 2inc, sc (6)
RW 5) 2sc, 2inc, 2sc (8)
RW 6) 3sc, 2inc, 3sc (10)
RW 7-21) *sc* (10)
RW 22) 3sc, 2dec, 3sc (8)
RW 23) *sc* (8)
RW 24) 2sc, 2 dec, 2sc (6)
RW 25) sc, 2dec, sc (4)
RW 26) 2dec (2)
RW 27) dec (1)
FO

Using the finished ear as a reference cut out an inner ear shape from felt. Attach to ear. Crochet around outside of ear to form a neat edge.

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H O R N S (x2) Use secondary color

MC 3
RND 1) *inc* (6)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (9)
RND 3) *sc* (9)
FO

H E A D (x1)

The head is started with a foundation chain, then worked in the round.

Ch 6
Working in the back loops of the ch and starting in second ch from hook sc 5, ch 1, working along the other side of the 5 sc just made, sc 5, ch 1. You should now have 12 sts (see PDF for photo walkthrough)
From now on work in the round. Do not join rounds.
RND 1) *sc, inc*  (18)
RND 2) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 3) *3sc, inc* (30)
RND 4) *4sc, inc* (36)
RND 5-9) *sc* (36)
RND 10) *5sc, inc* (42)
RND 11) *6sc, inc* (48)
RND 12) *7sc, inc* (54)
RND 13) *4sc, dec* (45)
RND 14) *3sc, dec* (36)
RND 15) *2sc, dec* (27)
Attach eyes, horns, and ears. See photos for suggested positioning.
RND 16) *sc, dec* (18)
Stuff firmly
RND 17) *dec* (9)
FO

A R M S (x2)

MC 3
RND 1) *inc* (6)
RND 2-4) *sc* (6)
FO

T A I  L (x1)

Create a pom-pom
Easy how-to: Wrap yarn of your choice around two of your fingers until you have a sizable bundle of yarn (be sure to wrap loose enough so as to not cut off circulation!). Cut yarn end. Remove wrapping of yarn from your fingers. Taking another piece of yarn (same color) tie a knot around the bundle. Cut off the edges (loops) or yarn until you have an almost pom-pom. Take a brush and brush out yarn until fluffy.  (See photos)

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B O D Y (x1)

The body and feet are worked as one piece, starting from the top (with a foundations chain that is joined once) and then worked down. Do not join rounds unless otherwise stated.

Ch 24, join and work in the round on 24 sts.
RND 1-3) *sc* (24)
RND 4) *5sc, inc* (28)
RND 5-6) *sc* (28)
RND 7) *6 sc, inc* (32)
RND 8-9) *sc* (32)
We will now start making the first leg by splitting our 32 sts into 2 sets of 16 stitches. Place a stitch marker at the beginning of the next round (I use the tail end of my piece)(note that this would be round 10 if we were continuing the body). Sc in the first 8 sts then, without breaking the yarn, skip all the way around to the first of the last 8 sts (see PDF for photo walkthrough)

RND 1-3) *sc* (16)
RND 4) *dec* (8)
RND 5) *dec* (4)
FO
Repeat these rounds for second leg by working the remaining 16 sts in the round (see PDF for photo walkthrough). Sew up hole between body/legs and at bottom of feet if necessary.

Cut out an egg shaped piece of felt and attach to the body. If attaching the tail via needle and thread, attach to the body now. If gluing the tail, I suggest first attaching the head to the body, then adding tail. See photos for suggested assemblage.

**Tip:If you want to soften up your Melvin try blocking the pieces; if your yarn type allows, I find running my crocheted pieces through the dryer with my laundry really softens up my amigurumi, evening out the stitches nicely. (I would recommend trying this on scraps to test first).

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Once complete, be sure to give your Melvin plenty of love! And crayons. Fresh crayons. They’re important too.

**P L E A S E  N O T E** This is an original design and pattern. 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 this pattern and/or design, nor are you permitted to sell the pattern or design. Please, if you do use this pattern or design, give credit where credit is due: direct others to this original posting so that they too can benefit.**

Pivot, the Good Gremlin – Free Pattern

Pivot (Free Pattern) by Karissa Cole

Pivot the Good Gremlin by Karissa Cole Free PDF Download

S U G G E S T E D  M A T E R I A L S:

• Worsted weight yarn in two (2) colors such as:
* Red Heart Super Saver (1) Thyme  [Main color] (2) Black [Secondary color]
• G/7 4.50MM crochet hook
• One (1) pair of 10MM saftey eyes (available in many craft stores or online at http://www.crscrafts.com)
• Black felt
• Scissors
• Needle & thread AND/OR Hot glue
• Fiberfill stuffing

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

M – magic circle (magic loop/magic ring)
CH – chain
IBL – in back loops
sc – single crochet(s)
inc – increase
dec – decrease
MC – Main color
CC – Secondary color
*actions in asterisks should be repeated until round completion or to the indicated stopping point in the round*
(number is parentheses indicate total number of stitches after round/row completion)
FO -fasten off

T H E  P A T T E R N

Use main color unless otherwise indicated

H E A D (x1)

M 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 4) *3sc, inc* (30)
RND 5) *4sc, inc* (36)
RND 6) *8sc, inc* (40)
RND 7-11) *sc* (40)
RND 12) *8sc, dec* (36)
RND 13) *4sc, dec* (30)
RND 14) *3sc, dec* (24)
RND 15) *2sc, dec* (18)
RND 16) *sc, dec* (12)
FO

Using black felt cut out two-four triangles for ears. Place and attach with needle/thread or hot glue. Attach eyes. Stuff head.

Pivot (Side1) by Karissa Cole1

A R M S (x2)
CH 30
FO
Simply shape the first little gremlin finger by folding the chain onto itself and then either sew or glue in place. Repeat for the second finger.

F E E T (x2)

M 6
RND 1) *sc, inc* (9)
RND 2) *inc* (18)
RND 3) *sc, inc* (27)
RND 4) *IBL sc* (27)
RND 5-6) *sc* (27)
RND 7) dec x10 (10 decreases, over 20 stitches, successively), sc 7 (17)
RND 8) dec x5 (5 decreases, over 10 stitches, successively), sc7 (12)
RND 9-10) *sc* (12)
FO
B O D Y (x1)

M 6
RND 1) *sc, inc* (9)
RND 2) *inc* (18)
RND 3) *sc, inc* (27)
RND 4) *8sc, inc* (30)

The basic body pattern is divided up into thirds, with two thirds MC and one third CC. The standard color blocking goes like this:

RND 5-9) 10(sc)MC, 10(sc)CC, 10(sc)MC (30)
RND 10) 11(sc)MC, 8(sc)CC, 11(sc)CC
RND 11) 12(sc)MC, 6(sc)CC, 12(sc)CC
RND 12) 13(sc)MC, 4(sc)CC, 13(sc)CC
RND 13) (in MC from now on) *sc* (30)
RND 14) *sc, dec* (20)
RND 15-16) *sc* (20)
RND 17) *dec* (10)
RND 18) *sc* (10)
RND 19) *dec* (5)
FO

Pivot (Side2) by Karissa Cole2

Once complete attach arm and feet. See photos for suggested positioning. Stuff firmly. Attach head.

**P L E A S E  N O T E** This is an original design and pattern. 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 this pattern and/or design, nor are you permitted to sell the pattern or design. Please, if you do use this pattern or design, give credit where credit is due: direct others to this original posting so that they too can benefit.**

Skittles Amigurumi – Free Pattern

Skittles Free Pattern Pre by Karissa Cole

Give me extreme boredom, a bag of Skittles, and a few skeins of yarn and this is apparently what I come up with. Enjoy!

Skittles Crochet Pattern by Karissa Cole

Do not sell this pattern. If you wish to distribute this pattern [free of charge] either in print or on other web sites please provide a link to this original post.

This pattern is for the full size Skittle (shown in image: Red, Orange, Yellow and Green). The mini Skittle (Purple) is made with the same pattern except:

Head: Keep stitches at 24; use 6mm safety eyes
Body: Keep stitches at 12 (increase to 15 if you feel it’s necessary)
Feet: 3 hdc in second chain

Difficulty level: ** – Two stars – good for a beginner with just a bit of experience in making amigurumi.
Finished size: Approximately 2.25 inches from top to tush. But YMMV.

Suggested Materials:
F/5 3.75MM crochet hook
Small amounts of worsted weight yarn [such as Red Heart Super Saver Worsted Weight]
(2) 9mm safety eyes [if not found in your local craft store I highly recommend http://www.crscraft.com%5D
Small amounts of fiber fill stuffing
Darning needle
Scissors

Abbreviations Used:
sc – single crochet
inc – increase
dec – invisible decrease
FO – fasten off
IBL – in back loops only
hdc – half double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Head (x1)
Woked in a continuous spiral. Do not join rounds.
Magic circle 6 stitches
Round 1) Inc in each stitch (12)
Round 2) *sc, inc* repeat around (18)
Round 3) *2 sc, inc* repeat around (24)
Round 4) *3 sc, inc* repeat around (30)
Round 5-9) sc around (maintain 30)
Round 10) *3 sc, dec* repeat around
Round 11) *2 sc, dec* repeat around FO

Body (x1)
Worked in a continuous spiral. Do not join rounds. Only round 3 is worked in the back loops.
Magic circle 6 stitches.
Round 1) Inc in each stitch (12)
Round 2) *sc, inc* repeat around (18)
Round 3) IBL sc around (18)
Round 4-7) Sc around (18) FO

Legs/Feet (x2)
Chain 3 (leave a long tail end)
3 hdc in second chain from hook
sl st into last chain
FO leaving a long tail. Thread this tail (along with the tail from your starting chain) through the Skittle body. Tie a few tight knots to secure.

Arms/Hands (x2)
Cut a length of yarn (approximately 8 inches should do, but if you’d like to be on the safe side, go a bit longer). Folding the yarn in half, tie a knot at the end (not at the free ends) leaving just a tiny loop to serve as the hand. Thread the little apendage through the body and secure.

Antennae (x2)
Similar to the arms/hands, simply cut a piece of yarn (length is up to you) and thread it through the head. Tie knots at either end to secure the yarn and/or add a decorative spin to your Skittle’s dreads.
Option: Instead of using a piece of yarn make a chain of about 12 and attach.

Assemblage:
Attach the safety eyes and stuff the head firmly. I recommend not stuffing the body with fiberfill, but rather with the loose ends of the yarn used to attach the feet and arms. Stuffing the body this way (or if your yarn ends are too short, with just a tiny bit of stuffing) makes the Skittles stackable. Once everything is appropriately stuffed, attached, and arranged, go ahead and sew on the head. . . because a decapitated Skittle is something too awful to think about for too long.

Okie doke! Your Skittle is done. Now, go forth, and make an army of amigurumi Skittles. WORLD DOMINATION BY CUTENESS! Or something. Oh, and questions or comments are welcome (about the pattern, not the world domination – I’m not supposed to give advice on taking over the planet anymore.)
Skittle Action Shots by Karissa Cole

If amassing a small army of amigurumi bats is wrong, I don’t want to be right

Admittedly, photographing small, dark colored things is not a skill I currently possess. But I gave it a go. And I really had to. I saw some cute amigurumi bats a little while back and finally decided to try to make one for myself (naturally I did so while I should have been doing something else).

I’ve made four so far. I had no pattern so I tried something different for each one. Above, the bat I’ve called Smart (I was watching Get Smart when I worked on him – my imagination waned a bit I suppose), is my fourth and most recent one. He’s also the largest, and honestly, the cutest I think.

I’ve decided to create a small army of amigurumi bats.I’m not sure how, but I just know they will come in handy some day.

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10/17/2013: Pattern added!

Crochet now, study later

Cute doesn’t need a reason.

Picture of two crochet creatures

Last week I accidentally ordered safety eyes about 1/4 the size I actually needed; I’m notoriously bad with measurements. I went looking for something small and quick I could make so these tiny eyes didn’t go to waste. I found exactly what I wanted when I came across a picture of Roxycrafts’s Gabu creatures.

I’ve actually made three, and a fourth and final one is on the way.

At just over two inches wide and one inch tall, I’m finding these things really fun to spread out around the house and see who notices.

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