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Updated on June 19, 2015
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Lemming13 has been crocheting for years, and over the last five has also been creating her own designs and patterns.

Lemming's World of Crochet

If you have seen my other crochet hubs, you will know that I am a keen crafter with a special fondness for those charming toys known as amigurumis: and I love to make up my own patterns. In fact I love it so much that my original page, Home-Mades and Handicrafts, is getting rather too full for convenient skimming through. So I have decided to set up a new page dedicated just to my toy patterns, all of which can be used for free. All of my work is in UK notation. Some patterns use characters which I don't hold copyright to, so I do ask if you make them that you do not sell them for commercial profit (charity use is okay by me). Hope you enjoy them!

What's In Store

To help anyone browsing for a particular type of pattern, here's a list of the patterns contained in this hub page.

1: Scary Snowmen (for that creepy kind of Christmas)

2: Hello Kitty Topsy Turvy Doll (an angel with a dark secret).

3: Owlet (a quick cuddly owl)

4: Tiny Norman (an easy little hedgehog pattern)

5: Chenille Kitty (a soft kitty in a luxury yarn)

6: Rainbow Chick (an easy way to use eyelash yarn)

7: Fuzzy Tomato (a toy inspired by the legendary cult movie 'Return of the Killer Tomatoes')

8: Speckle the Dragon (a sweet and simple baby dragon pattern)

Scary Snowmen - a collection of customisable cute creepies for Christmas

Scary Snowman and Snowthulhu
Scary Snowman and Snowthulhu | Source

I was looking for something a bit different to decorate with this Christmas when I got the idea of making scary snowmen - cute, but sinister. This is the result. The picture shows the first two I made - Snowthulhu and Scary the Snowman. Feel free to use them, but I would like to ask one thing: if you use the pattern, make a donation, however small, to any charity for autism. Millions of people worldwide are affected by autistic spectrum disorders, but often charities and support groups struggle for funding, and every little helps. There is a lot of fear and misunderstanding about autism sufferers, mainly because of media sources identifying all kinds of criminals as ASD (usually with no basis in fact). So please give something, even just five minutes of your time to finding out the truth about autistic spectrum disorders. Thanks!

REQUIRES

Yarn - about 25 g white dk, small amounts of other colours (black, orange, etc)

Hook / Needles - 3mm, 2.50 mm or smaller

Sundries - toy stuffing, coloured felt, pipe cleaners, sewing thread, fabric glue, stick on jewels, large and small black faceted buttons, trimmings and ribbons as desired

INSTRUCTIONS (Given in UK notation)

All snowmen use the same body, and most use the basic head, but use different accessories; Snowthulhu has a modified head. You can mix and match the trimmings and accessories to customise your snowmen.

BODY

Using white DK and a 3mm hook, make a magic ring and work 6 dc into it. Rd 1; inc all round. 12. Rd 2; (dc 1, inc 1) to end. 18. Rd 3; (dc 2, inc 1) to end. 24. Rd 4; dc. Rd 5; (dc 3, inc 1) to end. 30. Rd 6; (dc 4, inc 1) to end. 36. Rds 7 - 11; dc. Rd 12; (dc 4, dec 1) to end. 30. Rd 13; (dc 3, dec 1) to end. 24. Rd 14; dc to end. Rd 15; (dc 2, dec 1) to end. 18. Rd 16; (dc 1, dec 1) to end. 12. Stuff body now. You may wish to insert something to weight the snowman down, but I find they stand pretty well without weighting. Rd 17; dec all round, fasten off. 6.

BASIC HEAD

Using white and 3 mm hook, make magic ring and work 6 dc into it. Rd 1; inc all round. 12. Rd 2; (dc 1, inc 1) to end. 18. Rd 3; (dc 2, inc 1) to end. 24. Rd 4; (dc 3, inc 1) to end. 30. Rd 5 - 9; dc. Rd 10; (dc 3, dec 1) to end. 24. Rd 11; (dc 2, dec 1) to end. 18. Rd 12; (dc 1, dec 1) to end. 12. Insert toy safety eyes now if you are using them. Stuff. Rd 13; dec all round. 6. Fasten off and stitch to body.

CTHULHU HEAD

Work as for basic head to Rd 7. Rd 8; dc 13. Over the next four dc work as follows: dc into front loop of stitch, ch 7. Dc 3 into 2nd and each succeeding stitch of chain. (18 tentacle stitches). Dc to end of round. Rd 9; dc all round, working through back loops of the four stitches used on previous round for tentacles. Complete as for basic head.

TOP HAT

Using black and 3mm hook, make magic ring and work 6 dc into it. Rd 1; inc all round. 12. Rd 2; (dc 1, inc 1) to end. 18. SS from last to first stitch. Rd 3; working around back posts of last round, or thorough back loops if preferred, dc all round. Rds 4 - 8; dc. Rd 9; working into back loops, inc all round. 36. SS from last to first stitch and fasten off. Stuff lightly if needed, trim as desired and stitch to head.

CARROT NOSE

Using orange dk and a hook at least 2 sizes smaller than you have used for the main parts, make 5 chain. Row 1; dc into 2nd chain from hook, dc into next 2 st, htr into last stitch. Turn. Row 2; htr into 1st st, dc 1, ss into next st. Turn. SS row 1 to row 2 to form a small cone, fasten off and stitch to face.

BOBBLE HAT

Using any colour you like (or for a striped one, use 2 and change after 2 rows) and 3 mm hook, make magic ring, work 6 dc into it. Rd 1; inc to end. 12. Rd 2; (dc 1, inc 1) to end. 18. Rd 3; (dc 2, inc 1) to end. 24. Rd 4; (dc 3, inc 1) to end. 30. Rd 5 - 11; dc. Ss from 1st to last stitch and fasten off. Make small bobble with same yarn and attach to crown. Position on head, folding back last dc row to form brim and stitching into place.

STOCKING CAP

You can use any two colours you like; I used red and white. Using colour A and a 3 mm hook, make a magic ring and work 3 dc into it. Rd 1; inc in each stitch. 6. Rd 2; dc to end. Rd 3; (dc 2, inc 1) to end, changing to colour B at end of round. 8. From now on change colour every 3rd round. Rd 4; dc. Rd 5; (dc 3, inc 1) to end. 10. Rd 6; dc. Rd 7; (dc 4, inc 1) to end. 12. Rd 8; dc. Rd 9; (dc 3, inc 1) to end. 15. Rd 10; dc. Rd 11; (dc 4, inc 1) to end. 18. Rd 12; dc. Rd 13; (dc 5, inc 1) to end. 21. Rds 14 - 15; dc. Rd 16; (dc 6, inc 1). 24. Rd 17; dc. Rd 18; (dc 3, inc 1). 30. Rds 19 - 23; dc. Fasten off, stitch to head.

SCARF

Using any colour yarn and 3 mm hook (or you can stripe it by changing colours every couple of rows), make 4 chain. Dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc into next 2 chain. 3. Working on these 3 stitches work 32 rows dc and fasten off. Add fringes using your preferred technique.

BOW TIE

Using any colour you like and 3 mm hook, make 21 chain. Dc into 2nd chain from hook, dc to end. 20. Fasten off and stitch row ends together around neck of snowman to form a ring.

Now make the bow: make 5 chain. Row 1; dc into 2nd chain from hook, dc to end. 4. Row 2; dc. Row 3; dec to end. 2; Row 4; dc. Row 5; inc to end. 4. Row 6 - 7; dc. Fasten off. Sew bow to front of ring.

EYES

You can use whatever gives the look you like. For Snowthulhu I used amber coloured oval stick on jewels; for Scary the Snowman I used triangles of red felt, and for the Cyclops I’m using a small black faceted button.

TWIG ARMS

For these I used brown pipe cleaners. I cut a longish length, about 4 inches, for the arm and central finger, then two shorter lengths of about an inch for the two outer fingers. I secured these outer fingers to the main one to form a hand, using a matching coloured sewing thread, and then used fabric glue to coat the joined section and hold the thread securely. Slide the other end of the arm between stitches on the snowman and secure with another dab of glue.

FLY ARM

This was simply a length of black pipe cleaner bent to shape and one end inserted into the body.

“HUMAN” ARM

Using white and a 3 mm hook, make a magic ring and work 6 dc into it. Rd 1; inc to end. 12. Rd 2; dc. Rd 3; (dc 2, inc 1) to end. 9. Rd 4; dc. Rd 5; (dc 2, inc 1) twice, dc 1. 7. Rd 6 - 7 dc. Stuff. Dec all round till opening closed, fasten off and stitch to body.

FLY PROBOSCIS

Using orange and 3 mm hook, make 7 chain. Row 2; dc into 2nd chain from hook, dc to end. 6. Rows 2 - 3; dc. Row 4; working into back loops of rows 1 and 4, ss along the row to form a tube. Now working into the row ends, work 8 dc all round forming a circle around the base of the tube, joining 1st to last with a slipstitch. Fasten off and stitch to head.

The Sinister Snow Crew

Here are all four of my snowmen - Snowthulhu, Scary (aka The Claw), Cyclops and Snowfly.

Hello Kitty Topsy Turvy Angel/ Devil - My first reversible doll pattern

This cute angel hides a secret - in the photo below you can see what it is.

REQUIRES

Yarn - 50g each of white, black, red and lilac; small amounts black and white Twinkle or other sparkling yarn)

Hook / Needles - 3 mm

Sundries - 4 toy eyes, 2 noses (or black and yellow felt), toy stuffing

INSTRUCTIONS (Given in UK notation)

HEAD (make 2 - one white, one red)

Begin with Head A in red.

Make 11 chain. Rd 1; work 1 dc into 2nd chain from hook, dc into next 8 chain, 3 dc into last chain. Turn the work and work down the other side of the base chain - 8 dc, inc in last stitch. 22 stitches. Rd 2; inc 1, dc 8, inc 3, dc 8, inc 2. 28. Rd 3; Inc 1, dc 9, inc 1, dc 1, inc 1, dc 1, inc 1, dc 9, inc 1, dc 1, inc 1, dc 1. 34. Rd 4; inc 1, dc 10, inc 1, dc 2, inc 1, dc 2, inc 1, dc 10, inc 1, dc 2, inc 1, dc 2. 40. Rd 5: inc 1, dc 11, inc 1, dc 3, inc 1, dc 3, inc 1, dc 11, inc 1, dc 3, inc 1, dc 3. 46. Rd 6; dc. Rd 7: inc 1, dc 12, inc 1, dc 4, inc 1, dc 4, inc 1, dc 12, inc 1, dc 4, inc 1, dc 4. 52. Rd 8; dc. Rd 9: inc 1, dc 13, inc 1, dc 5, inc 1, dc 5, inc 1, dc 13, inc 1, dc 5, inc 1, dc 5. 58. Rd 10 - 12: dc. Rd 13; dec 1, dc 13, dec 1, dc 5, dec 1, dc 5, dec 1, dc 13, dec 1, dc 5, dec 1, dc 5, 52. Rd 14; dc. Rd 15: dec 1, dc 12, dec 1, dc 4, dec 1, dc 4, dec 1, dc 12, dec 1, dc 4, dec 1, dc 4. 46. Rd 16; dc. Rd 17; dec 1, dc 14, dec 1, dc 4, dec 1, dc 17, dec 1, dc 3. 42. Rd 18; dc. Rd 19; (dec 1, dc 3, dec 1, dc 7), repeat twice. 36. Rd 20; dc. Rd 21; (dec 1, dc 2, dec 1, dc 6) repeat to end. 30. Rd 22; dc. Rd 23; (dec 1, dc 1, dec 1, dc 5) repeat to end. 24. Rd 24; dc.

On head A, ss from last to first and fasten off. On Head B (white) do not fasten off but put last stitch on a holder while fixing features and stuffing. On both heads position and fix eyes and nose, and stuff. Embroider whiskers with black yarn.

BODY

Using lilac, attach yarn to last stitch of Head B. Rd 1; dc. Rd 2; dc 5, inc 1, dc 11, inc 1, dc to end. 26. Rd 3; dc 1, inc 1, dc 12, inc 1, dc to end. 28. Rd 4; dc 5, inc 1, dc 1, inc 1, dc 11, inc 1, dc 1, inc 1, dc to end. 32. Rd 5; dc 7, inc 1, dc 13, inc 1, dc to end. 34. Rd 6; dc. Rd 7; dc 8, inc 1, dc 16, inc 1, dc to end. 36. Rd 8; dc 8, inc 1, dc 17, inc 1, dc to end. 38. Rd 9; dc. Rd 10; dc 9, inc 1, dc 18, inc 1, dc to end. 40. Rd 11; dc. Change colour to black. Rd 12; dc. Rd 13; dc 9, dec 1, dc 18, dec 1, dc to end. 38. Rd 14; dc. Rd 15; dc 8, dec 1, dc 17, dec 1, dc to end. 36. Rd 16; dc 8, dec 1, dc 16, dec 1, dc to end. 34. Rd 17; dc. Rd 18; dc 7, dec 1, dc 13, dec 1, dc to end. 32. Rd 19; dc 5, dec 1, dc 1, dec 1, dc 11, dec 1, dc 1, dec 1, dc to end. 28. Rd 20; dc 1, dec 1, dc 12, dec 1, dc to end. 26. Rd 21; dc 5, dec 1, dc 11, dec 1, dc to end. 24. Rd 22; dc. Ss from last to first and fasten off. Stuff body and stitch Head B in position facing same way as A.

EARS (make 2 red, 2 white)

Begin with magic ring, make 6dc into it. Rd 1: (inc 1, dc 1) to end. 9. Rd 2; (inc 1, dc 2) to end. 12. Rd 3; (inc 1, dc 3) to end. 15. Rd 4; (inc 1, dc 4) to end. 18. Rd 5; (inc 1, dc 5) to end. 21. Fasten off, stuff, and stitch to head.

BOW (make 1 lilac, 1 black or Twinkle black)

Part 1: make 8 chain. Rd 1; Work 1 dc into 2nd chain from hook, dc into next 5 chain, 3 dc into last chain. Turn so you are working down back of chain; work 5 dc, inc in last stitch. 16. Rd 2; (inc 1, dc 5, inc 1, dc 1), repeat. 20. Rd 3; (inc 1, dc 7, inc 1, dc 1), repeat. 24. Ss from last to first stitch, fasten off.

Part 2: make magic ring, work 6 dc into it. Rd 1; (inc 1, dc 1) to end. 9. Ss from last to first and fasten off.

Using length of same yarn, draw Part 1 up tightly at the centre and stitch to hold, leaving a long tail. Stitch Part 2 to centre of Part 1, then use tail to sew bow to head next to one ear.

ARMS (make 2 red/black, 2 white/lilac).

Begin with red for Devil Kitty, white for Angel Kitty. Make magic ring and work 6 dc into it. Rd 1; inc all round. 12. Change to lilac for angel, black for devil. Rd 2; dc through back loops only. Rd 3 - 14; dc. Rd 15; dc 3, dec 1, dc 3, dec 1, dc 2. 10. Fasten off, stuff and attach to body.

RUFF (make 1 in lilac or sparkling white, I in plain or sparkling black)

Make 8 chain. Row 1; dc into 2nd chain from hook, dc to end. 7. Row 2; ch 1 (does not count as stitch), dc into back loops of all dc. 7. Repeat Row 2 x 58 (you ma=y have to make it longer or shorter, depending how wide your kitty’s neck is and how thick your yarn; remember it is gathered up, so has to be wider than the actual neck measurement). Fasten off leaving very long tail. Using this and darning needle run yarn through row ends along one edge and gather up, not too tightly - you can check it by placing it round the neck and loosening or tightening as required. Position on neck with gathered edge at top and open ends at back, sew in position and finally sew first and last row together to form ruff seam.

WINGS

(DEVIL - make 2)

Using red make 4 chain. Row 1; dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc to end. 3. Ch 1, turn. Row 2; dc 3, dc 4, turn. Row 3; dc into 2nd chain and next 2 chain, htr into 3 dc of last row. 6. Ch 1, turn. Row 4; dc 3, ch 5. Turn. Row 5; dc into 2nd ch from hook and next 3 ch, htr into 3 dc of last row. 7. Ch 1, turn. Row 6; dc 4, ch 6. Turn., Row 7; dc into 2nd ch and next 4 st, 4 htr. 9. Ch 3. Work 8 dc evenly along top edge opposite points, ss into 1st chain made and fasten off. Stitch to back.

(ANGEL - make 2)

Using white make 4 ch. Row 1; dc into 2nd chain from hook, dc to end. 3. Turn. Row 2; ss into 3 dc, make 3 ch. Turn. Row 3; dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc to end. 5. Turn. Row 4; ss into all 5 stitches, make 3 ch, turn. Row 5; dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc to end. 7. Turn. Row 6; ss into all 7 stitches, make 3 ch. Turn. Row 7; dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc to end. 9. Turn. Row 8; ss into all 9 stitches, make 3 ch. Turn. Row 9; dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc to end. 11. Do not turn. Make 3 chain, work 6 dc evenly along top edge to starting ch. Fasten off and stitch in place.

TAIL

(ANGEL)

Using white make magic ring, work 6 dc into it. Rd 1; dc 2, inc 1, dc 2, inc 1. 8. Rd 2 - 4; dc. Fasten off, stuff lightly and stitch to outside of gown. (I recommend you attach the tails during working of the gowns, when they are about half the full length - it is easier to attach the tails before you have the full gown completed).

(DEVIL)

Using red, make 8 chain and join in a ring with ss. Rd 1; dc in every chain. 8. Rd 2 - 4; dc. Rd 5; dc 2, dec 1, dc 2, dec 1. 6. Rd 6; dec all round till gap is closed. Do not fasten off. Down side of tail work 2 dc, ch 3, turn. Dc into 2nd chain from hook, dc into 2 dc already made. Now work down opposite side making 2 dc and 3 chain. Turn. Work dc into 2nd chain from hook, dc 2, ss into next dc. Turn. Dec I, fasten off. Stuff and stitch to outside of gown.

GOWNS (Make 2 - 1 using black and black twinkle for devil, 1 using lilac and white twinkle for angel)

Using body colour, attach yarn to row immediately above colour change and work 40 dc evenly round waist, working around the stem of your original stitches where possible. Be sure you are working in the right direction to have your gown right side out, and keep an eye on the size - you may need to make it wider or narrower, longer or shorter, depending on your yarn.

Rd 1; dc. Rd 2; (dc 3, inc 1) to end. 50. Rd 3; dc. Rd 4; (dc 4, inc 1) to end. 60. Rd 5 - 7; dc. Rd 8; (dc 9, inc 1) to end. 66. Rd 9; dc. Rd 10; (dc 10, inc 1) to end. 72. Rd 11; dc. Rd 12; (dc 11, inc 1) to end. 78. Rd 13 - 15; dc. Rd 16; (dc 12, inc 1) to end. 84. Rd 17 - 32; dc. Change to sparkly yarn for frill. Rd 33; dc through back loops only. Rd 34; (dc 1, htr 1, tr 3 into next 2 st, htr 1, dc 1) to end. 140. Ss from last stitch to 1st and fasten off. You may wish to stitch the two gowns together at the bottom edge; if you do I recommend you attach them where the frills begin, using invisible thread if possible. But It is not essential to do this as it is quite easy to turn them over without it.

Nobody's All Good - Or All Bad...

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Owlet - a very easy little cuddly

REQUIRES

Yarn - about 1og each of two colours DK, small amount of white, black and brown DK for eyes and beak.

Hook / Needles - 2.5

Sundries - toy stuffing

INSTRUCTIONS (Given in UK notation)

BODY

Beginning with colour A, make a magic ring and work 6 dc into it. Rd 1: inc in all stitches. 12. Rd 2: (dc1, inc 1) to end. 18. Rd 3: (inc 1, dc 2) to end. 24. Rd 4: (dc 3, inc 1) to end. 30. Rd 5: (inc 1, dc 4) to end. 36. Rd 6 - 16: dc. Change to colour B. Rd 17 - 25: dc. Stuff owl now. Fold top in half so you have a seam with your hook at one end. Working through stitches on both sides of the seam, work 2 dc. Then slip stitch sides together through back loops of stitches on both sides to last 2 dc. Work 2 dc and fasten off. You should have a flat seam with pointed ‘ears’ at each end.

EYES (make 2)

Using black make magic ring, work 6 dc. Ss from last stitch to first and switch to white. Next rd; inc in all stitches, ss from last to first and fasten off. Sew to head.

Embroider triangle beak with brown.

Tiny Norman

a quick and easy cuddly hedgehog

REQUIRES

Yarn - approx 40g DK and small amount of black DK

Hook / Needles - 3.5 hook

Sundries - stuffing

INSTRUCTIONS

Special stitch: Loop stitch

To work loop stitch, wrap yarn around forefinger of free hand. Insert hook as for normal dc, but pull through loops from both sides of your finger so you have 3 loops on hook, not two. Yarn over hook and pull through all three to finish. The loops always form at the back of the work.

Loop stitch decrease

Insert hook into first of two stitches you are decreasing over and draw yarn through as normal dc, but do not yoh and finish. Insert hook into second stitch and work first step of Loop stitch. Yoh and draw through all 5 stitches on hook.

Worked all in one. Begin with magic ring, work 6 dc into it. Rd 1; (dc 1, inc 1) to end. 9. Rd 2; (dc 2, inc 1) to end. 12. Rd 3; (dc 3, inc 1) to end. 15. Rd 4 - 6; dc. SS from last to first stitch of Rd 6 and then turn work around so you are working in the opposite direction. Rd 7; work 2 Loop stitches into each dc to end. 30. Rd 8; (work 1 Loop stitch into next stitch, 2 Loop stitches into next) to end. 45. Rd 9 - 18; Loop stitch into each stitch to end. Rd 19; (1 Loop stitch decrease, 1 normal Loop st) to end. 30. Rd 20; Loop stitch decrease all round. 15. Stuff firmly. Rd 21; continue to Loop stitch decrease round till opening is closed. Fasten off. Using black DK, embroider nose and eyes.

You can vary this by using beads for eyes, or adding little felt feet. Also, you can cut through the loops to make a fur-like texture if you prefer; the stitches should not come undone.

Chenille Kitty

a little Halloween pet in a luxury soft yarn

REQUIRES

Yarn - about 25 g black chenille yarn

Hook / Needles - 2.5 mm

Sundries - toy eyes and nose, or felt, embroidery silk or fabric paint to make eyes, whiskers and nose, toy stuffing, small piece of plastic canvas.

INSTRUCTIONS (Given in UK notation)

HEAD

Make magic ring, work 6 dc into it. Rd 1; inc in each stitch. 12. Rd 2; (dc 1, inc 1) to end. 18. Rd 3; (dc 2, inc 1) to end. 24. Rd 4; (dc 3, inc 1) to end. 30. Rd 5; (dc 4, inc 1) to end. 36. Rd 6; dc to end. Rd 7; (dc 4, dec 1) to end. 30. Rd 8; (dc 3, dec 1) to end. 24. (If using toy safety eyes and nose this is a good time to put them in). Rd 9; (dc 2, dec 1) to end. 18. Rd 10; (dc 1, dec 1) to end. 12. Rd 11; dec all round. 6. Stuff and then continue decreasing till hole is closed up. Fasten off.

EARS (make 2)

Chain 5, turn and dc into 2nd chain from hook, dc to end. 4. Turn and dc to end. Turn, dc 2, dec 1, turn. Dc 1 , dec 1, turn. Dec 1 and fasten off.

Attach ears to head and if you have not already done so, put eyes and nose on face, and add whiskers.

BODY

Make magic ring and work 6 dc into it. Rd 1; inc in every stitch. 12. Rd 2; (dc 1, inc 1) to end. 18. Rd 3; (dc 2, inc 1) to end. 24. Rd 4; (dc3, inc 1). 30. Cut a circle of plastic canvas to fit in this circle and secure it inside the base now. Rd 5 - 6; dc. Rd 7; (dc 3, dec 1) to end. 24. Rd 8; (dc 2, dec 1) to end. 18. Rd 9 - 10; dc. Rd 11; (dc 1, dec 1) to end. 12. Rd 12 - 14; dc. Fasten off and stuff. Attach head to body.

BACK LEGS (make 2)

Make magic ring, work 6 dc into it. Rd 1; inc in every stitch. 12. Rd 2; (dc 1, inc 1) to end. 18. Ss from last stitch to first, but do not fasten off. Make 6 chain. Row 1; dc into 2nd chain from hook, dc to end. 5. Turn. Work 3 rows dc on these 5 stitches, then fold the rectangle thus formed in half and slipstitch ends together to form a tube (remember to seal the end) leaving a long tail. Stuff this tube. Position against body with end of tube against body and round part of leg above it, forming a thigh. Stitch to body, lightly stuffing the thigh section before closing completely.

FRONT LEGS (make 2)

Make 4 chain. Dc into 2nd chain from hook, dc 1, dc 3 into last chain. Working down other side of starting chain work 1 dc into next 2 stitches. 7. Rd 1; dc in these 7 stitches. Rd 2; dc 2, dec 1, dc 3. 6. Rd 3; dc 2, dec 1, dc 2. 5. Work 4 more rounds dc on these 5 stitches. Fasten off and stuff, then attach to body so front legs sit in between back paws.

TAIL

Make 17 chain. Dc into 2nd ch, dc to end. 16. Work 1 more row dc, fold into tube and ss ends together to top. Fasten off and stitch to body.

Some of the Collection - These are some I made using other people's patterns.

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Thread bears; I call these ones Plum, Apple, Blueberry and ClementineSweet curly octopusAnother variation on the thread bear - this one is MexicoThis came from the Cute and Cuddly Crochet Book by Nicki Trench.A rather lurid dayglo squidCthulhu needs hugs too!Another from Nicki Trench's book, but I added a horn to make a unicorn of a horse.An elicorn inspired by a Dawn Toussaint patternThis Calavera has two zip pockets.Takochu are really quick and easy.
Thread bears; I call these ones Plum, Apple, Blueberry and Clementine
Thread bears; I call these ones Plum, Apple, Blueberry and Clementine | Source
Sweet curly octopus
Sweet curly octopus
Another variation on the thread bear - this one is Mexico
Another variation on the thread bear - this one is Mexico
This came from the Cute and Cuddly Crochet Book by Nicki Trench.
This came from the Cute and Cuddly Crochet Book by Nicki Trench.
A rather lurid dayglo squid
A rather lurid dayglo squid
Cthulhu needs hugs too!
Cthulhu needs hugs too!
Another from Nicki Trench's book, but I added a horn to make a unicorn of a horse.
Another from Nicki Trench's book, but I added a horn to make a unicorn of a horse.
An elicorn inspired by a Dawn Toussaint pattern
An elicorn inspired by a Dawn Toussaint pattern
This Calavera has two zip pockets.
This Calavera has two zip pockets.
Takochu are really quick and easy.
Takochu are really quick and easy.

Rainbow Chick Amigurumi - An easy pattern to use up oddments of eyelash or fun fur yarn

Abbreviations:

Dc - double crochet

Dec - decrease

Dk - double knitting

Ss - slip stitch

Tr - treble

Worked in Sirdar Boa on 3.5 mm hook; requires approximately 30g wool, plus toy eyes, small amount of felt, toy stuffing. The form of the eyes and beak are optional; you can use toy eyes, felt ones, or embroider them on with contrasting wool (but if you do, use a normal dk or darning wool).

BODY/ HEAD: Make two chain. Into the second chain from hook work 3 dc (US single crochet). Do not join after the end of each round. (I advise you use a stitch marker to keep track of your rounds). In the next round, work 2 dc into each stitch (6 stitches). Next round work 2 dc, 1 dc in next stitch, repeat to end (9 stitches). Continue to increase the space between increases by 1 dc per round till you have 36 stitches. Work 2 rounds straight. Then begin to decrease; on the first decrease round you should be working 4 dc, dec 1. Each round, reduce the dc between decreases by 1. You should have a ball shape forming. If you are using toy eyes you will need to place them before the hole becomes too small; just experiment to see which eyes look best and where to place them, then fix them in place. This is also a good time to catch down the starting end of your wool inside the ball, and stuff the ball to about a row below the top. Continue to decrease till you have six stitches. On the next round, decrease over each pair of stitches, then ss to the first stitch and fasten off, leaving a long tail. Finish stuffing the ball through the small hole, then use the long end of your wool to sew up the little opening and fasten off. If you are not using toy eyes, either make and attach your felt eyes, or embroider eyes with black darning wool.

WINGS (make 2): Make two chain. Into second chain from hook work 2 dc. Turn. Make 1 chain, work 3 dc into the 2 dc of last row. Turn. Make 1 chain. Continue to work this way, with 1 chain at the start of each row and increasing by 1 dc each row till you have six stitches on the row. Work one row straight. Fasten off. Sew wings to place on side of body, approximately one row below the level of the eyes.

TAIL: Make 4 chain. Work 1 dc into second chain from hook, 1 dc into each dc to end (3 stitches). Turn. Make 1 chain, work 4 dc across row. Turn. Keep on this way, increasing 1 stitch on each row till you have 6 stitches. Work one row straight. Fasten off. Stitch tail to back of body, low down.

BEAK AND FEET: I made mine out of felt. The best way to do this is to sketch the shape you want onto a piece of thin card, cut it out and place it on your bird to see how it works. You can do this for the eyes as well. If you don't like the look, keep trying different shapes and sizes till you do like it. Then use the card as a template to cut out the shapes in felt, and attach them with a few stitches or fabric glue. Then your bird is ready to fly.

Fuzzy Tomato - The famous film star of Return of the Killer Tomatoes

My daughter wanted her own FT after watching the Return of the Killer Tomatoes, so I created this design for her - not quite life-size, but a handier version.

REQUIRES

Yarn - Approx 25g red DK, 10g green DK

Hook / Needles - 3.5

Sundries - toy stuffing

INSTRUCTIONS (Given in UK notation)

BODY

Using red, make a magic ring and work 6 dc into it. Rd 1; inc in every stitch. 12. Rd 2; (dc 1, inc 1) to end. 18. Rd 3: (inc 1, dc 2) to end. 24. Rd 4; (dc 3, inc 1) to end. 30. Rd 5; (inc 1, dc 4) to end. 36. Rd 6; (inc 1, dc 5) to end. 42. Rd 7; (dc 6, inc 1) to end. 48. Rd 8 - 17; dc. Rd 18; (dec 1, dc 6) to end. 42. Rd 19: (dc 5, dec 1) to end. 36. Rd 20; (dec 1, dc 4) to end. 30. Rd 21; (dc 3, dec 1) to end. 24. Rd 22; (dec 1, dc 2) to end. 18. Rd 23; (dc 1, dec 1) to end. 12. Stuff firmly. Rd 24; dec all round until opening is closed. Fasten off, and when sewing in the end pass your needle in through the centre of the last rd and out at the bottom, pulling down so the top indents a little. Using a hard brush, brush the outside of the body till it is as fluffy as you want (be careful not to overdo it and make a hole).

STALK AND LEAVES

Using green make 7 chain. Dc into second chain from hook, dc to end. 6. This forms the stalk. Now make another 7 chain off the base of the stalk. Into the 2nd chain work ss; then work 2 dc, 2 htr and 1 tr into remaining chain, finishing by slipstitching into the base of the stalk. Repeat this four more times, working your way around the base of the stalk and ending the last leaf by slipstitching into the base of stalk and then the 1st stitch of the first leaf. Fasten off and stitch to head.

LEGS (make 2)

Using green, make 6 chain and join with ss. Ch 1 (does not count as dc). Work dc into each chain. 6 stitches. Work 5 rounds of dc onto these 6 stitches, joining at the end of each round. Fasten off.

FEET (make 2)

Using green make a magic ring and work 6 dc into it. Rd 1; inc in first 4 dc, normal dc to end. 10. Join round end.

First leaflet: inc in first 2 dc, turn. Miss first dc, dc 3, turn. Miss first dc, dc 2, turn. Miss first dc, dc 1. Slipstitch down side of leaflet to stitches of Rd 1.

Second leaflet: inc in next 3 dc of Rd 1, turn. Work as for first leaflet, decreasing one stitch on every row and slipstitching down side of leaflet to stitches of Rd 1.

Third leaflet; as first leaflet, finishing by ss into next stitch of Rd 1 and fastening off.

Stitch leg to round part of foot and stuff firmly. Sew to body.

And More... - Some more cuties from other people's patterns

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This is from Jenna Krupa's Owl Puff pattern, but adapted from knitting to crochet.Actually this is from my own Chenille Kitty pattern - this one went to my daughter, who demanded blue eyesTiny Norman again; this one is mascot for a school gardening clubgroupgroupgardening club.This is my adaptation of a pattern from Tis the Season to Crochet; Santa penguin!Another from Tis the Season to Crochet, Party Girl PenguinThis loving couple are from Creepy Cute Crochet, and brightened up our Halloween.
This is from Jenna Krupa's Owl Puff pattern, but adapted from knitting to crochet.
This is from Jenna Krupa's Owl Puff pattern, but adapted from knitting to crochet.
Actually this is from my own Chenille Kitty pattern - this one went to my daughter, who demanded blue eyes
Actually this is from my own Chenille Kitty pattern - this one went to my daughter, who demanded blue eyes
Tiny Norman again; this one is mascot for a school gardening clubgroupgroupgardening club.
Tiny Norman again; this one is mascot for a school gardening clubgroupgroupgardening club.
This is my adaptation of a pattern from Tis the Season to Crochet; Santa penguin!
This is my adaptation of a pattern from Tis the Season to Crochet; Santa penguin!
Another from Tis the Season to Crochet, Party Girl Penguin
Another from Tis the Season to Crochet, Party Girl Penguin
This loving couple are from Creepy Cute Crochet, and brightened up our Halloween.
This loving couple are from Creepy Cute Crochet, and brightened up our Halloween.

Speckle the Dragon

REQUIRES

Yarn - 50g mingled green, small amount dark green DK

Hook / Needles - 3.25

Sundries - toy stuffing, toy eyes

INSTRUCTIONS (Given in UK notation)

HEAD

Using mingled green, make a magic ring and work 6 dc into it. Rd 1; inc in every stitch. 12. Rd 2 - 5; dc. Rd 6; (dc1, inc 1) to end. 18. Rd 7; inc in next 4 stitches, dc to end. 22. Rd 8; dc. Rd 9; dc 3, inc in next 2 stitches, dc to end. 24. Rd 10 - 11; dc. Rd 12; (dc 2, dec 1) to end. 18. Rd 13; (dc 1, dec 1) to end. 12. Stuff head now, and place and fix eyes. Rd 14; dec all round, continuing till opening is closed up. Fasten off. Embroider nostrils with dark green.

NECK AND BODY

Attach mingled green yarn to base of head and work 12 dc in a ring on the surface (if preferred, make 12 chain and join in a ring, working 12 dc into these chain and work the neck as a separate tube, sewing to head afterwards). Work 6 rows dc on these 12 stitches. Rd 7; (dc 2, inc 1) to end. 16. Rd 8; (dc 1, inc 1) to end. 24. Rd 9; dc. Rd 10; (dc 3, inc 1) to end. 30. Rd 11 - 16; dc. Rd 17; (dc 3, dec 1) to end. 24. Rd 18; dc. Rd 19; (dc 2, dec 1) to end. 18. Rd 20; dc. Rd 21; (dc 1, dec 1) to end. 12. Rd 22; dec to end. 6. Fasten off leaving long tail. Stuff. Run tail through last 6 stitches, draw up tight and fasten off.

TAIL

Using mingled green, make 12 chain, join in ring. Rd 1; work 12 dc into chain. Rd 2; dc. Rd 3; (dc 2, dec 1) to end. 9. Rd 4 - 6; dc. Rd 7; (dc 2, dec 1) to last stitch, dc. 7. Rd 8 - 10; dc. Rd 11; dc 1, dec 1, dc to end. 6. Rd 12; dc. Rd 13; dec 1, dc to end. 5. Rd 14; dec 1, dc to end. 4. Continue decreasing one stitch each rd till you have only one stitch left, then fasten off. Stuff and stitch to body.

BACK PAWS (Make 2)

Using mingled green, make 4 chain. Rd 1; dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc 1, 3 dc into last chain. Now work down the back of the starting chain as follows; dc 1, 2 dc into last ch. 8. Rd 2; inc 1, dc 2, inc 2, dc 2, inc 1. 12 Rd 3 - 4; dc. Rd 5; dc 4, dec 2, dc 4. 10. Rd 6 - 8; dc. Fasten off and stuff. Embroider toes using dark green yarn. Sew to body.

FRONT PAWS (Make 2)

Using mingled green, make magic ring and work 6 dc into it. Rd 1; (inc 1, dc 1) to end. 9. Rd 2 - 3; dc. Rd 4; (dec 1, dc 1) to end. 6. Rd 5 - 8; dc. Fasten off and stuff. Embroider claws with dark green. Sew to body.

WINGS (Make 2)

Using mingled green, make 4 chain.

Row 1: miss 1 ch, 1 dc into next 3 ch, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: 1 dc into next 3 dc, ch 4, turn.

Row 3: Miss 1 ch, 3 dc into next 3 ch, 3 half trebles into next 3 dc, ch 1, turn.

Row 4: One dc into 3 half trebles, 5 ch, turn.

Row 5: Miss first ch, 1 dc into next 4 ch, 1 half treble into next 3 stitches, ch 1, turn.

Row 6: 1 dc into next 4 stitches , 6 ch, turn.

Row 7: 5 dc into next 5 ch, 4 half trebles into next 4 stitches. Ch 3.

Work 8 dc evenly along top edge of wing (opposite the points). Ss into first ch, fasten off leaving long tail. Stitch to body.

EARS (Make 2)

Using mingled green, make 3 chain. Turn at the end of each row. Row 1; work dc into 2nd chain from hook and last chain. 2. Row 2; dc 1, inc 1. 3. Row 3; dc. Row 4; dec 1, dc. 2. Row 5; dec. Fasten off and stitch to head.

BACK SPINES

Using dark green attach yarn to centre of head just in front of ears. Work surface crochet along top of head, down neck and back of body, and along the top of the tail as follows. Dc 1, htr 1, tr 3 into next stitch, htr 1, dc 1, ss 1. Repeat this till you are almost at the end of the tail, working the last crest as follows; dc, 3 htr into next stitch, dc, ss to tip of tail. Fasten off.

And Another Gallery... - I think maybe I do spend too much time making these things, but - I love them!

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I had a Halloween frenzy with the book Creepy Cute Crochet - so here's little Cthulhu.Grim Reaper, also from Creepy Cute CrochetNOT from Creepy Cute Crochet; this little Santa penguin is adapted from 'Tis the Season To CrochetAnother adaptation from Tis the Season, a party girl penguin.Back to the Creepies with the Skeleton Bride and GroomAnd the Corporate Zombie from Creepy Cute Crochet, whom I call Bob.
I had a Halloween frenzy with the book Creepy Cute Crochet - so here's little Cthulhu.
I had a Halloween frenzy with the book Creepy Cute Crochet - so here's little Cthulhu.
Grim Reaper, also from Creepy Cute Crochet
Grim Reaper, also from Creepy Cute Crochet
NOT from Creepy Cute Crochet; this little Santa penguin is adapted from 'Tis the Season To Crochet
NOT from Creepy Cute Crochet; this little Santa penguin is adapted from 'Tis the Season To Crochet
Another adaptation from Tis the Season, a party girl penguin.
Another adaptation from Tis the Season, a party girl penguin.
Back to the Creepies with the Skeleton Bride and Groom
Back to the Creepies with the Skeleton Bride and Groom
And the Corporate Zombie from Creepy Cute Crochet, whom I call Bob.
And the Corporate Zombie from Creepy Cute Crochet, whom I call Bob.

I hope you like my little patterns and find them easy to follow; please, chip in and tell us what you think about making your own toys, crochet or crafts in general.

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    Susan Hazelton 14 months ago from Summerfield, Florida

    I can't believe how cute you little creatures are. When I got to the killer tomato I had to laugh out loud. I remember watching the movie with my girls more years ago than I like to admit. Terrific hub.

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    Lemming13 2 years ago

    Thank you very much, I'm glad you like them.

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    Laurie Kelley 2 years ago from Sunrise Beach, Missouri

    I was searching the web for softies that I could whip up for the local children's hospital. Your designs are wonderful! I just wanted to let you know that on Christmas morning, because of your generosity in sharing your patterns, there will be some very happy children.

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    so cute, i wish i know how to read those crochet readings. voted up

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    Pippalatte 3 years ago

    sc=dcdc=tr

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    Lemming13 4 years ago

    @CassandraCae: Well the basic differences are that UK double crochet is US single crochet; Uk treble is US double crochet; and that DK yarn is worsted weight in the US. Hope that helps.

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    Cassandra Kuthy 4 years ago from Ohio

    Do you have US notation for any of these, they are all so wonderful

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    Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

    What a grand idea for a lens, I just love the topsy Hello Kitty. How cute thanks.

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    caravancat 4 years ago

    Oh I so want a dragon like Speckle! Wonderful ideas - now if I can just finish this sweater.

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    Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

    What a bunch of cuties.... love them all, as I do any and all crocheted animals since, like you, I also spend my time creating them...LOL.

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    cool ideas

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    EpicFarms 4 years ago

    Love to crochet, but haven't tried to make any of the little critters as yet. Have to say, though, that Norman was my favorite. Too cute!

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    TriviaChamp 4 years ago

    I loved the rainbow chick. I might even give this one a try!

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    getmoreinfo 5 years ago

    Aww I love them all, you are really talented.

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    SquidooPower 5 years ago

    Many members of my family and friends love this type of thing!

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    aquariann 5 years ago

    Your crochet creatures are sooo cute!! How nice of you to offer the patterns for free. ^.^

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    Angel_Lou 5 years ago

    How come I was the first one to like this lens? It's nice reading really!