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Well I saw the thing comin’ out of the sky
It had the one long horn, one big eye
I commenced to shakin’ and I said “ooh-eee”
It looks like a purple eater to me

 

What better amigurumi pattern to offer this week than a monster?  And there’s no doubt that Mary Peuschner had the song in her thoughts when she designed this guy. 

 

Have a great Halloween everyone. And watch out for the ghosts and goblins…… and Purple People Eaters!

 

Purple People Eater

designed by Mary C. Pueschner

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Amigurumi measures approximately 3”/7.5cm tall

 

YARN: Caron International’s Simply Soft (100% Acrylic; 6oz/170g, 315yds/288m):

#0001 Vanilla (A), #9747 Iris (B ), #0004 Blueberry (C), #9727 Black (D): 1 skein, and #9605 Mango (E)

 

CROCHET HOOK: One size US C-2 (2.75mm).

 

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Yarn needle, Fiberfill stuffing, 6mm wiggle eyes or safety eyes, Stitch marker

 

GAUGE:  Exact gauge is not critical for this project, stitching should be tight.

 

STITCHES USED: Chain (ch), Single crochet (sc), Slip stitch (slip st)

 

SPECIAL TERMS:  sc2tog: Single crochet 2 together—Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through all three loops on hook.

 

To Change Color: Work sc until 2 loops remain on hook, drop first color, yarn over with 2nd color, draw through last 2 loops on hook.

 

DIRECTIONS

 

Horn

With A, ch 2.

Round 1: 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook—7 sc. Place marker in last stitch.

Round 2: Sc in each st around—7 sc.

Round 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * 2 times, sc in next st—10 sc.

Round 4: Sc in each st around.

Round 5: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around—15 sc.

Rounds 6-9: Sc in each st around. Drop A, join B.

 

Body

Round 10: With B, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * 6 times, sc in last st—22 sc.

Rounds 11-14: Sc in each st around.

Round 15: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * twice, sc in last st—25 sc.

Round 16: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * twice, sc in next 4 sts—28 sc.

Rounds 17-20: Sc in each st around. Stuff the amigurumi and continue to stuff as work progresses.

Round 21: *Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts; repeat from * 4 times, sc in next 3 sts—23 sc.

Round 22: *Sc in next st, sc2tog over next 2 sts; repeat from * 6 times, sc in next 2 sts—16 sc.

Round 23: [Sc2tog over next 2 sts] 8 times—8 sts.

Round 24: [Sc2tog over next 2 sts] 4 times—4 sts, sl st in next st. Fasten off leaving a long sewing length. With yarn needle and sewing length, weave through final rnd of sts, pull tight and secure.

 

Eye

With D, ch 2.

Round 1: Ch 2, 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Place marker in last stitch.

Round 2: 2 sc in each st around—14 sc. Drop B, join C.

Round 3: With C, sc in each st around.

Round 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * 3 times, sc in next 2 sts—18 sc. Drop C, join A.

Round 5: With A, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * 8 times—27 sc.

Round 6: Sc in each st around.

Round 7: *Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts; repeat from * 4 times, sc in next 2 sts—22 sc.

Fasten off leaving a long sewing length. Stuff eye and with yarn needle and sewing length, sew eye on body approx 1/8”/3mm below horn as pictured.

 

Wing (make 2)

With D, leaving a long sewing length, ch 9.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—8 sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first 7 sts, turn, leaving remaining st unworked—7 sc.

Row 3: Ch 1, skip first st, sc in next 6 sts, turn—6 sc.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, turn, leaving remaining st unworked—5 sc.

Row 5: Ch 1, skip first st, sc in next 4 sts. Fasten off. With yarn needle and sewing length, sew one wing to each side of body as pictured.

 

FINISHING: Weave in ends.

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Yarn Ball Wreath

I just wanted to share this photo one of our customers sent to us. Check out this terrific yarn ball wreath made by Amy Green.  Love it!!!!!! What a great way to use up those leftover scraps of yarn.  Thanks for sharing this with us, Amy!

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Carol Moore and her Simply Soft win

 
While I know I’m SO late in writing about this (some of the delay thanks to my ongoing issues with WordPress), mostly the delay in putting this up was because there was SO much good stuff going on, I actually didn’t know where to begin.  But I’ll be brief:  you should – no, you NEED – to come to one of these conferences.  Fun, crocheting with friends, learning, more crocheting and knitting with friends, winning prizes, knitting, dancing, crocheting, eating, knitting and crocheting with friends, shopping – and did I mention knitting and crocheting??  And with buds you haven’t seen in way too long, like a year.  And meeting with designers to choose, review and commission design work for the upcoming year was also a lot of fun.
 
What I love so much about these events (yes, there are 2 per year now) is not just hanging out with fellow crochet buds, but learning lots of new techniques:  how to make porcelain buttons and jewelry from Maggie Weldon; how to do continuous crochet motifs from Jenny King and learning how to do reversible bead crochet from Darla Fanton.
 
One of the most inspiring parts of the event was the Design Competition, run virtually single-handedly by designer extraordinaire, Doris Chan.  You can see the winning entries here.  There’s almost more inspiration in these entries than any one crocheter can handle, me included!
 

The Party getting started...

 
And what was fun for everyone, including instructor Karen Ratto-Whooley who broke her foot while at the event – and kept on teaching – and (almost) dancing, was Club Caron.  DJ Doris (yes, a former DJ professional – we all have “other” past lives) did the spinning – er, iTuning – and everyone else just had tons of fun!
 

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Halloween is just a little over a week away!  I decided to take a week off from “amigurumi of the week” and take a look back through our Halloween themed projects.  If you decide to make any of these projects, we would love it if you shared your pictures with us on Facebook!

Just recently Allison Hoffman shared her spooky spiders made with Sheep(ish).  They are not only colorful, but totally adorable—certainly not the typically description of a spider!

And Vickie re-made her TooDee-frutti poncho as the Spooky-frutti poncho by changing up the colors.  Isn’t Clover adorable?  And how she has grown since the TooDee-frutti poncho!

Last year Vickie shared with us her crocheted skully appliqués.  These work great on pillows, bags, even a shirt!

Going back some years to the days of Glimmer yarn, Deb Richey designed a spider and spider web– yep, another cute spider!  While glimmer is gone, you can still make the  spider—just use 2 strands of Simply Soft Party in Black Sparkle. 

If you are looking for a larger project, check out this Halloween Throw designed by Noreen Crone-Findlay.

And lastly, want to dress your pooch up?  Check out this super fun hot dog coat that KJ Hay created.

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KnitSimpleCowlMagenta

Hey there! I’m thrilled to announce that the first, Stitch.Rock.Knit-Along for Sheep(ish) yarn starts today on both Ravelry and Facebook! We’re all casting-on for the Cover Cowl (pictured) from the holiday issue of Knit Simple Magazine. Wontcha join in the fun? This cowl was designed with busy people like you in mind. It’s lush, beautiful, but quick to knit. Make one for yourself to fight off the upcoming winter chill, or knit a few for holiday gifts. Either way, we’ll do it together starting next week. All you need to do is chime in that you’re “in”, and get knitting! It’s a virtual event, so you can participate at your leisure. Log on to Ravelry OR Facebook today!
KnitSimpleCowlsflat
Stitch.Rock.Love,
Vickie

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The Pea-Wee Coat pattern is now available on Caron.com! Get the pattern, Sheep(ish) yarn and Tulip crochet hook in a select JoAnn  & Michaels or online.

Stitch.Rock.Love,

Vickie

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Turtle-ally Cute!

This week we are offering this cute little turtle amigurumi pattern designed by Tracie Barrett. With his bright green shell and the smile on his face, he is sure to be a favorite!

Turtle Amigurumi
designed by Tracie Barrett

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Amigurumi measures approximately 4”/10cm long

YARN: Caron International’s Simply Soft: ##9750 Chocolate (A): 1 skein and #9607 Limelight (B)

CROCHET HOOK: One size US F-5 (3.75 mm), or size to obtain gauge.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Yarn needle, two 6mm safety eyes, fiberfill stuffing, stitch markers

GAUGE: 20 sts and 24 rows sc = 4″/10 cm. Exact gauge is not critical for this project, stitching should be tight.

STITCHES USED: Chain (ch), single crochet (sc), slip stitch (slip st)

SPECIAL TERMS: sc2tog: Single crochet 2 together—Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through all three loops on hook.

To Change Color: Work sc until 2 loops remain on hook, drop first color, yarn over with 2nd color, draw through last 2 loops on hook.

NOTE: Do not join rounds. Place a marker in the last stitch of round and move up as rounds progress.

DIRECTIONS:
Shell
With B, ch 2.
Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not join—6 sc. Place marker in last stitch.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around, change to A in last stitch—12 sc.
Round 3: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—18 sc.
Round 4: *Sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—24 sc. Drop B, join A.
Work in the following color sequence throughout shell: *2 rows A; 2 rows B; repeat from * throughout.
Round 5: *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—30 sc.
Round 6: Sc in each sc around.
Round 7: *Sc in each of the next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—36 sc.
Round 8: Sc in each sc around.
Round 9: *Sc in each of the next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—42 sc.
Rounds 10-14: Sc in each sc around, at end of last round, join with sl st in next sc. Fasten off.

Base
With A, ch 2.
Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not join—6 sc. Place marker in last stitch.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
Round 3: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—18 sc.
Round 4: *Sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—24 sc.
Round 5: *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—30 sc.
Round 6: *Sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—36 sc.
Round 7: *Sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around, join with sl st in next sc—42 sc. Fasten off.

Head
With B, ch 2.
Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not join—6 sc. Place marker in last stitch.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc..
Round 3: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—18 sc.
Round 4: *Sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—24 sc.
Round 5: *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—30 sc.
Rounds 6-7: Sc in each sc around.
Round 8: *Sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sc; repeat from * around—24 sc.
Round 9: *Sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sc; repeat from * around—18 sc.
Round 10: *Sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next sc; repeat from * around—12 sc.
Rounds 11-15: Sc in each sc around.
Fasten off.

Edging: Stuff turtle shell. With base facing you, with wrong sides of base and shell facing, working through double thickness, matching sts, join B in any st, ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st in first sc.

FINISHING: With yarn needle and sewing length, whipstitch head to base. Weave in ends.

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