tutorials, tutorials, tutorials

Remember sakura mochi? :D

He’s the first ever posted pattern on this blog!! Feels like ages ago. It is ages ago. It was in March 2010 that I started this blog, and today it is home to over 40 tiny plush patterns, almost 20 wearable patterns, and over 30 other craft tutorials.

When I came up with the numbers I was quite blown away myself! Actually I was more blown away by the fact that I never counted or took stock of what has been created on this blog until now. Really because I have two days off, with nothing planned, but only had to use up the vacation hours that would otherwise be lost by the end of the year. 

So I did a tutorial overhaul! :D

I realized that even when I was scrolling through my own tutorials it was tedious to have to scroll forever back and forth to find what I need. So I categorized them! 

If you go to the Tutorials page now, you’ll see a list of categories, from tiny plush to non-yarn crafts! 

I don’t know how to do this just yet but in the future I hope to layout the tutorials in a grid rather than a list, like I see on other nice modern looking blogs :) But I hope at least the categories make things easier to find.

In the beginning this blog was more for me as a way to feel motivated to create, and record patterns and how-to’s that I come up with so I can go back to them later if I need to remake something. I really only expected about a dozen people reading it, mostly my family and friends. It’s never intended to make profit. I welcome yarn and related products and promote yarn-related businesses by writing review posts, but I always turn down offers for ads. I have not yet written a pattern for sale. I’m lazy about the blog’s appearance (hence the long overdue tutorial overhaul and the early 2000’s look, kind of like my everyday appearance :S). But it’s a comfortable place that I always go back to, a virtual home, updating and writing posts even when I’m swamped, even when I don’t feel like it, even when I thought it’s not amounting to anything, even when WordPress tells me that my readership is dwindling. Somehow, I want to keep it alive.

Since then I’ve met many great people through this blog, sharing such kind comments and crafting along, letting me know that they’re trying out my patterns, exchanging notes so we can figure out modifications together, communicating in different languages across the continents (me using Google Translate), actually exchanging snail mail and hoping to one day meet in person… I’m so grateful for the connections and for the kindness you’ve shown me and genuine mudpie. Perhaps it is not really the blog that I want to keep alive, but the connections and creativity that sustain this blog.

So cheers to you! Let’s craft forward! :D

 

loom knit a plum pudding!

It’s my latest craze! I can’t seem to get back to the needles at the moment… I’m sure I will, but right now I’m just looking for all kinds of things to loom knit. I saw some really cute crocheted and knitted tea cozies in the shape of plum pudding lately, and I thought I could probably loom knit one! So here it is :D

I’ve actually never had plum pudding, but always thought it’s the cutest-looking Christmas-related thing! The lighting in my apartment is quite poor especially in the evening, but here’s a better look at the tea cozy.

I thought I’d share what I did here, in case you’re a loom knitter and want to give it a try, or if you also want to try your hands on loom knitting (it’s so much fun!), and for myself to remember when I need to make one or a few more next year :D 

I used this 31-peg loom, it came in a set of 4 by Loops and Threads at Michaels. I bought it because it’s affordable, especially with the weekly Michaels coupon, for my first try with loom knitting. I’m not sure why this particular loom has an odd number of pegs, because I thought all round looms have even number of pegs… but it worked anyway.

I used:

Worsted weight yarn in brown and white, with 2 strands held together throughout

A bit of worsted weight yarn in green and red

3.5 mm crochet hook

Yarn needle

How to:

To begin, cast on using chain cast on (I learned using this video) with brown.

Then, using e-wraps (here’s a tutorial), work 8 rows around. The tea cozy uses e-wraps throughout.

We now separate front and back pieces.

Front:

Work 16 stitches back and forth (to create a flat panel) for 7 rows (video on how to make a flat panel here).

Then, incorporate white using this chart.

Start with the bottom row. Work two stitches of brown. Make a slip knot with white and put on next peg, and work this stitch. When wrapping the next peg with white, make sure that the brown working yarn is laying on top of the white working yarn, thus carrying the brown yarn along. Continue following the chart, carrying the brown when wrapping with the white, and vice versa.

After finishing the chart, work 10 rows back and forth in white. (My teapot is a bit on the tall side standing at 6.5″ including lid, so if your teapot is smaller, you can probably omit a few rows.) Cut yarn.

Back:

Attach brown to the first unworked peg at row 8. Wrap and knit the remaining 15 unworked stitches for 7 rows. 

Follow the chart for the next 3 rows. If you have the same loom as me you would need to omit either the far left or far right column of the chart.

Work 10 rows in white (or the same number of rows on the other side). 

Work 5 rows in the round. Tie and secure the yarn tail when you get to the peg where the yarn was cut at the end of the front piece.

Leaving a long tail, cut yarn. Thread yarn tail in needle, weave needle through each stitch while taking the stitch off the peg, gather and cinch the stitches together, turn piece inside out, weave the needle through the gathered stitches a few more times and tie off. Weave in all the ends. Turn piece right side out. 

Here’s close up of the completed icing chart…

Holly:

Leaves (make 3): Leaving a long tail for sewing, ch 10, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, through back loop only, *sc in next ch, dc in next ch, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next ch, sc in next ch, dc in next ch, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next ch, sc in next ch*, sl st in next ch. Now working on the other side of the foundation chain, repeat from * to *, sl st in last ch, fasten off, weave in this end.

Berries (make 3): Leaving a long tail for sewing, 6 sc in magic ring, don’t join in the round, 1 sc in each sc for 2 rounds (or just work 12 sc’s), fasten off. Stuff tail end into berry. Thread beginning tail in needle, pull on tail to ensure magic ring is closed as tightly as possible, pass needle through the magic ring and the berry and prepare to sew on the pudding.

Assembly:

Sew leaves and berries onto the top of the plum pudding with the yarn tails, like so…

Put teapot in cozy, and we’re done! Pretty quick and easy. Makes a great gift for tea lovers :)

Have a cozy, happy weekend, everyone!

 

 

make a bath otter!

When we went to Vancouver a couple of months ago one of the most memorable things was seeing the adorable sea otters.

*heart eyes x1000*

So when the nice folks at Yarn Canada sent me some Red Heart Scrubby Cotton to try out and write a blog post about (they even sent candy and a nice note, aren’t they awesome?), I knew exactly what to make :)

A bath otter, floating on its back, holding your soap! XD

Actually, our test shows that the otter sinks after the holding the soap for a while… but still, it’s fun to see it floating on its back.

It makes a great bath toy, and a soap saver. If you have a tiny bit of soap left just stick it in it’s back pocket and scrub away :D

This cotton yarn is super absorbent and softer than regular polyester scrubby yarn, so it makes a great wash cloth. 

 

One skein of scrubby makes 2 otters with plenty leftover for a knit wash cloth, which is quite economical for holiday gift-making. 

If you make it with regular wool or acrylic, the pattern would also make a cute hand puppet! :D

I used:

One skein each of Red Heart Scrubby Cotton in tan and loofa

A bit of brown acrylic yarn for embroidering facial features

5.5 mm hook

Tapestry needle

Note:

The otter is worked from top down in the round in the top part, then worked back and forth in the lower part and seamed at the sides in order to create an opening in the back. Then arms and legs are crocheted separately and sewn on. Ears are crocheted directly onto the head. The texture of the yarn makes it a bit challenging to see the stitches, and it is sometimes a bit difficult to undo stitches, but it’s great for blending in yarn ends and sewn seams. This pattern is written with this in mind and the structure is made as simple as possible. 

This pattern requires knowing how to do colour change in mid row. If you’re not familiar, please check out this handy tutorial by Moogly :) 

Pattern:

Head & upper body:

Round 1: with tan, 10 sc in magic ring, don’t join in the round.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc (20 sc).

Round 3: [1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around (30 sc).

Round 4: 1 sc in each sc around.

Repeat round 4 until piece is 3.5″ tall.

Mid-section area:

6 sc, attach loofa (white), 3 sc in white, switch back to tan.

sc in each sc around using tan, until the sc before the first white stitch in the row below, switch to white, sc in the next 5 sc using white, wrap the white strand and the working tan yarn in the stitches as you go, like so…

Switch back to tan and 1 sc in each sc using tan, until the stitch before the first white stitch in the row below, switch to white, sc in next 7 sc using white, switch back to tan.

Continue crocheting in the round, using tan in tan stitches and white in white stitches until there are 4 more rows with white stitches.

Then, sc in each sc around using tan until the first white stitch in the row below, sc with tan in first white stitch, switch to white, sc with white in next 5 sc, switch back to tan.

sc in each sc around around using tan until first white stitch in the row below, sc with tan in the first white stitch, switch to white, sc with white in the next 3 sc, switch back to tan, fasten off white. sc in next 6 sc using tan, turn, leave remaining stitches unworked.

Lower body:

Lower body is worked back and forth in rows over 15 stitches.

Row 1: ch 1 (does not count as sc), sc in next 15 sc, turn.

Rows 2–8: repeat row 1, leave a long tail for sewing, fasten off.

With right side facing, fold lower body piece up in half, sew side seams together.

Turn lower body piece right side out. At the back opening, sew together the top and bottom stitches closest to the seam on each side, like the picture below. To sew the other stitches closest to the other seam, I didn’t fasten off, I just wove the working yarn through the top edge of the bottom part of the opening, and actually cinched / gathered the stitches a bit to make the opening more sturdy.

Fasten off and weave in ends. The back would look like this…

Arms (make 2):

Row 1: Using tan, ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 4 ch, turn.

Row 2: ch 1 (does not count as sc), sc in next 5 sc, turn.

Rows 3–5: repeat row 2, leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off.

Fold arm in half so the first row meets the last row, using the yarn tail, sew along side and top of arm using whip stitch, then sew arm to body along the side, also using whip stitch.

Legs (make 2):

Row 1: Using tan, ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 4 ch, turn.

Row 2: ch 1 (does not count as sc), sc in next 5 sc, turn.

Rows 3–7: repeat row 2, leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off.

Fold leg in half so the first row meets the last row, using the yarn tail, sew along side and top of arm using whip stitch, then sew arm to body along the bottom of body, also using whip stitch.

Tail:

Row 1: ch 12, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next 2 ch, sc to end of row, turn.

Row 2: ch 1 (does not count as sc), sc in each sc, hdc in each hdc, turn.

Row 3: ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in next 2 hdc, sc in each sc, leaving a tail for sewing, fasten off.

Sew tail to edge of bottom park of opening on back using whip stitch, like so.

Ears:

Insert hook through a stitch on the side of the head.

Pull up a loop of yarn and secure yarn.

Insert hook in a stitch to the left.

Pull up a loop, then yo and pull through both loops on hook, thus making an sc. Make 4 more sc in the same stitch, then sl st in a stitch to the left in head.

Repeat for the other ear on the other side of head.

Embroider eyes, nose and mouth with acrylic yarn. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Ta-da!

As usual, let me know if you have any questions about the pattern! 

Special thanks to the nice people at Yarn Canada for thinking of me and sending the yarn :) Please do check out their website if you live in Canada, free shipping for orders over $45, or flat rate of $5!

Happy crafting!

 

ode to drumheller: albertosaurus!

*Drum roll* the final dinosaur to be unearthed is Alberto the albertosaurus! 

This calls for a dinosaur dance :D

The name Albertosaurus honours Alberta, the Canadian province in which the first fossils of this dinosaur was found the same year that the province was established, in 1905! (source) This whole series of mystery tiny dinosaurs is also inspired by our trip to Drumheller, Alberta, so I thought it’d be fitting to wrap up the series with the Albertosaurus.

I made them with bulky yarn and 4 mm hook. I have this variegated yarn that I thought would be perfect, and then thought it would also look rad in bright pink :D

While the Albertosaurus looks very much like Tyrannosaurus Rex, it is about half the size of T-Rex. Nevertheless, it was a fearsome dinosaur that hunted in packs. (source)

Unlike other dinosaurs in the series, which have the same features on both sides, Alberto is a one-sided dinosaur, because of the way the legs are made, so it won’t look quite right on the back side, but it would make a nice brooch or ornament.

The design is based on the Albertosaurus on the back of the ticket for Tyrrell Museum :D

This dinosaur is probably the most complicated of all in the series because of the legs. But there are lots of process photos so I hope that helps! If you need any clarifications please feel free to leave a comment!

You’ll need:

  • Small amount of Bulky weight yarn
  • 4 mm hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Black seed bead, black sewing thread and sewing needle

(You can also use worsted weight yarn and 3.5 mm hook for a smaller dinosaur)

Pattern:

The body begins as a circle.

Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd sc from hook, don’t join in round.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc around).

Round 3: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] five times, 2 sc in next sc, sl st in next sc (17 sc and 1 sl st around).

Head/neck:

ch 7, [yo twice, pull up a loop] three times in 4th ch from hook, yo and pull through 4 loops on hook, yo and pull through the rest of the loops on hook (4 tr tog completed), ch 1, 4 sc around last tr made, it will look like this…

sl st in next ch in neck, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, hold body in half, sk next sc in body, sl st in next 6 sc in body/back of the dinosaur through both loops and both layers of the body piece, don’t fasten off and continue on to tail.

Tail: ch 8, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 2 ch, sc in next 2 ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, sl st in a stitch at the tip of the folded body piece, like so…

Don’t fasten off, continue on to make legs.

Front leg:

Holding the dinosaur belly side up, insert hook into a stitch in round 2 of body, next to where the last sl st was made, and bring the hook out 2 stitches from where the hook was inserted in round 2 of body, like so…

yo and pull through loop on hook. It will look like this.

yo and pull through loop on hook again, so it looks like this…

See there’s a long vertical strand of yarn made, essentially a very elongated sc. Work 2 dc tog around this vertical strand, like so…

This makes the thigh! :D

ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, pull up a loop in next 2 ch, then pull the last loop on hook through the other 2 loops on hook, sl st in next 2 ch, ch 1, don’t fasten off and continue on to back leg.

Back leg:

Insert hook from the bottom (a stitch in round 1) of body to a stitch in round 2 of body in the back, like so…

yo and pull through loop on hook. There will be a vertical strand of yarn made like the one in front leg. sl st around the vertical strand in back, then continue to make the leg with the front facing you. It will look like this from the front.

ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, pull up a loop in next 2 ch, pull last loop on hook through the other 2 loops on hook, sl st in next ch, sl st in the vertical strand…

ch 1, pull out a 20″ length of yarn, cut yarn.

Arms:

Thread yarn tail in tapestry needle, insert needle in the underside of body, and out in the front of body where the arm would be, like so…

Remove the needle. From the front of the body, insert hook where the yarn tail came out and draw up a loop. It will look like this.

ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st in next ch, remove hook and pull out the yarn tail.

Using the hook, pull the yarn tail to the back of body where the other yarn would be, insert hook where the yarn tail came out, draw up a loop, like so…

ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch, pull up a loop in next 2 ch, pull last loop on hook through the 2 other loops on hook, remove hook and pull out yarn tail.

Thread yarn tail through tapestry needle, insert needle at the beginning of the back arm and come out through a stitch at the top in the back, fasten off, weave in end. Sew on eye. Rawr.

I hope you enjoyed this series! Don’t forget to share your dino pics by:

 

  • Bloggers: leaving a comment on any of the Mystery Dino CAL posts with a link to your blog post with the picture.
  • Instagrammers: tag me @genuinemudpie and use the hashtag #mysterydinocal
  • Ravellers: joining the Ravelry group and posting your FOs to my Ravelry dino project pages!

There will be a virtual dino party with all your pictures in the near future, stay tuned! :D

 

You can find all the other mystery dino CAL posts here:

Mystery dino CAL intro post

Stu the Stegosaurus

Dmitri the Dimetrodon

Trixie the Triceratops

Bronwyn the Brontosaurus

Nessie the Plesiosaurus

Kintaro the Pterosaur

 

Have a rawring week, everyone! :D

 

 

mystery dino CAL: pterosaur!

Can’t believe we’re at the second last episode of mystery dino CAL already! This week’s dinosaur is Kintaro the pterosaur!

Pterosaur is technically a flying reptile and not a dinosaur, but that doesn’t make it any less iconic in our collective imagination of the prehistoric world! The word pterosaur literally means “winged-lizard”, the largest of this species had a wingspan as wide as a small plane. It is believed that they could fly as soon as they are hatched, and ate small fish and could filter small fish from water with teeth like those of whales. (source)

Kintaro, on the other hand, means “golden boy” in Japanese, and is a hero of extraordinary strengths and friends of animals in Japanese folklore :) (source)

The construction for Kintaro is a bit more complicated than other dinosaurs because of the wings, it’s a good next step in level of crochet challenge if you have been crocheting along! If you are new to the series, this is still not too difficult and there are some photos to guide you along, and you can find all the other dinosaurs here.

You’ll need:

  • A bit of worsted weight yarn
  • 3.5 mm hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Black thread, sewing needle, and seed beads for eyes

Pattern:

The body begins as a circle.

Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd sc from hook, don’t join in round.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc around).

Round 3: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] five times, 2 sc in next sc, sl st in next sc (17 sc and 1 sl st around).

Neck and head:

ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch, [yo, pull up a loop] twice in next ch, [yo, pull up a loop] twice in next ch, pull through all loops on hook (head made), ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next 3 ch, hdc in the same ch as second half of the head (skull crest made), sc in next 2 ch of neck, continue on to wings…

Wings, tail and leg:

The rows of the wings run perpendicular to the body.

With body piece folded in half, sl st in first 2 sc of back after the neck through both layers of body. 

Then, ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 5 ch, skip next sc in body, working in the front loops of the front layer of body only, sl st in next 2 sc in body, turn.

sc in next 4 sc of wing, sl st in next sc, turn.

Skip first sc, sl st in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, sl st in next sc in body through front loops only, pull up a very long loop of yarn — I used 1.5 of a human wingspan’s length — and cut yarn.

Using tapestry needle and the long yarn tail, sew together the back towards the neck, through the remaining back loops of the front piece of body, and the back loops of the back piece of body, like so…

Remove the needle and using the long yarn tail, pull up a loop in the stitch to the right of the second sl st on body after the neck, like so…

Repeat pattern for wing.

sl st through both loops and both layers of body in next sc in body after the second wing, sl st in the last sc in body, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in the last sc in body (tail made), sl st in a stitch between the 2nd and 3rd round of body towards the underside of the body, ch 4, fasten off (one leg made).

Other leg:

Attach yarn to back of the body in the stitch between the 2nd and 3rd round, same as where the first leg is attached. ch 4, fasten off.

Weave in ends. Trim the yarn tails on the end of the legs and fray them a bit so they look like claws. Sew on eyes. And it’s done!

Here’s Kintaro flying over Mike’s head reminding him to work hard ^_^; 

 

To recap, here are the mystery dino CAL posts so far:

Mystery dino CAL intro post

Stu the Stegosaurus

Dmitri the Dimetrodon

Trixie the Triceratops

Bronwyn the Brontosaurus

Nessie the Plesiosaurus

 

Share your dinosaur pics by:

  • Bloggers: leaving a comment on any of the Mystery Dino CAL posts with a link to your blog post with the picture.
  • Instagrammers: tag me @genuinemudpie and use the hashtag #mysterydinocal
  • Ravellers: joining the Ravelry group and posting your FOs to my Ravelry dino project pages!

 

Stay tuned for the grand finale of the mystery dino CAL! :D Happy weekend everyone!

 

mystery dino CAL: plesiosaurus!

 

The 5th dinosaur is Nessie the Plesiosaurus!

The name plesiosaurus derives from Greek words for “almost-lizard”. Contrary to popular imagination, plesiosaurus were not great swimmers and could not breathe underwater. It also laid eggs and buried them in soft sand like sea turtles. It measured twice as long as a horse, and weighted twice as much as a pig. (source)

Here are two Nessies bobbing along in the ocean. The larger blue version is made with bulky weight yarn and 4 mm hook, and the pale green version is made with the usual worsted weight yarn and 3.5 mm hook.

As you may notice, plesiosaurus is crocheted mostly the same as brontosaurus, but with flippers. I took some process pictures to show you how I got the flippers on :D

I used:

  • Small amount of worsted weight yarn
  • 3.5 mm hook
  • 2.5 mm hook (optional, but it’s easier for weaving in ends)
  • Sewing needle, black thread and seed beads for eyes

Pattern:

Make body, neck and tail the same as brontosaurus, as follows.

The body begins as a circle.

Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd sc from hook, don’t join in round.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc).

Round 3: [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] six times (18 sc).

Round 4: sc in next 17 sc, sl st in next sc, don’t fasten off.

Neck & head: ch 8, [yo, pull up a loop] twice in the 3rd ch from hook, pull through all loops on hook, ch 1 (popcorn stitch made), 2 sc in the same ch as popcorn stitch, 1 sc in each ch down the neck, continue on to back of the dinosaur…

Back: Fold body in half, skip the sc immediately next to the neck ch (on both sides), sl st in next sc and each sc through both layers of body across back, continue on to tail…

Tail: sl st in last st through both layers on back, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in last 2 ch of tail, sl st in a space between the 3rd and 4th round in the body (belly part of the dinosaur). Fasten off.

Flippers:

ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc and hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in next ch, pull yarn through loop, leaving a tail 18″-20″ long, cut yarn. It will look like this.

With right side facing, insert hook from the back of the dinosaur into a stitch where you want to position the first set of flippers, between the 2nd and 3rd rounds of body, like so…

Then, pull the yarn tail of the flipper just made through the body, like so…

With the wrong side of the dinosaur facing and the dinosaur positioned upside down, insert hook through the body again in the same stitch, then pull up a loop using the yarn tail, like so…

Then, ch 5, and continue with stitches for the other flipper.

After the last sl st made in flipper, pull out yarn tail, and weave it into the body through the same stitch where the flippers are attached.

Repeat as the start of the other flippers.

With right side facing and the dinosaur right side up, insert hook from the back in a stitch between rounds 2 and 3 of body, where you want to position the other set of flippers, like so…

Repeat as the other set of flippers.

Sew on eyes, and we’re done! :)

 

To recap, here are the mystery dino CAL posts so far:

Mystery dino CAL intro post

Stu the Stegosaurus

Dmitri the Dimetrodon

Trixie the Triceratops

Bronwyn the Brontosaurus

 

Make a splash with your dinosaur pics by:

  • Leaving a comment on any of the Mystery Dino CAL posts with a link to your blog post with the picture.
  • Instagram: tag me @genuinemudpie and use the hashtag #mysterydinocal
  • Joining the Ravelry group
  • Posting your FOs to my Ravelry dino project pages!

 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! :D

 

mystery dino CAL: brontosaurus!

Meet Bronwyn the brontosaurus!

Brontosaurus means thunder lizard! And this crocheted dino is named Bronwyn after the girl with mighty strength and the kindest heart in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children :)

Here the Brontosaurus are enjoying a peaceful moment sharing a snack of ferns. 

It was one of the largest creatures ever walked on earth, yet lived entirely on plants. In defense, its tail could produce a sound louder than the firing of a cannon when it was cracked like a bullwhip! (source)

But I picture brontosaurus living peacefully among trees, eating plants most of the time.

Because of the way the yarn twists in crochet stitches, the neck of the dinosaur tends to twist and not stay flat. I would suggest using a stiff-feeling heavy worsted (like acrylic) or even bulky weight yarn to help maintain its shape.

To make your own peaceful dinosaur friend, you will need:

  • A bit of worsted weight yarn in main colour
  • A length of worsted weight yarn in contrasting colour, for the spots
  • 3.5 mm hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Black seed beads, for eyes
  • Sewing needle and black thread

Pattern:

By now, you probably notice that all the mystery dino patterns follow the same dumpling base, with slight modifications for the prominent features of the different dinosaurs. So for the brontosaurus, it is its long neck! But the body is the same as the other dinosaurs in the series. If you’re new to the CAL, visit the first dinosaur of the series, stegosaurus, for a photo tutorial of crocheting the body, tail and the legs! 

The body begins as a circle.

Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd sc from hook, don’t join in round.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc).

Round 3: [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] six times (18 sc).

*Note that the last round is different from previous dinosaurs!*

Round 4: sc in next 17 sc, sl st in next sc, don’t fasten off.

Neck & head: ch 8, [yo, pull up a loop] twice in the 3rd ch from hook, pull through all loops on hook, ch 1 (popcorn stitch made), 2 sc in the same ch as popcorn stitch, 1 sc in each ch down the neck, continue on to back of the dinosaur…

Back: Fold body in half, skip the sc immediately next to the neck ch (on both sides), sl st in next sc and each sc through both layers of body across back, continue on to tail…

Tail: sl st in last st through both layers on back, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in last 2 ch of tail, sl st in a space between the 3rd and 4th round in the body (belly part of the dinosaur). Remove hook and pull out the loop. Pull through enough yarn so that you have a 12″ tail. Cut yarn.

Hind leg: Thread the yarn tail through the tapestry needle, weave the needle through the belly of the dinosaur so that the needle comes out through a stitch between the 2nd and 3rd rounds of body in the front. Pull the yarn tail through, remove the needle. Insert hook through the stitch where the yarn tail came through. Pull up a loop using the yarn tail. 

ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, remove hook and pull the yarn tail out.

Thread the yarn tail through the tapestry needle again, insert needle in a stitch between 1st and 2nd round in body, then come out in a stitch between 1st and 2nd round in body in the front on the opposite side.

Front leg: Work as the same as hind leg, as follows: remove needle, insert hook through the stitch where the yarn tail came through, pull up a loop with the yarn tail. ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, pull out yarn tail, thread yarn tail back in tapestry needle, insert needle through a stitch between 2nd and 3rd round of body, then come out near the top on the back of the piece, fasten off.

Using contrasting colour yarn and tapestry needle, make French knots on body for spots.

Using black seed beads, sewing needle and thread, attach eyes. Weave in all ends.

Woohoo! That wasn’t too hard, right?

 

To recap, here are the mystery dino CAL posts so far:

Mystery dino CAL intro post

Stu the Stegosaurus

Dmitri the Dimetrodon

Trixie the Triceratops

 

Don’t forget to share your dinosaur pics by:

  • Emailing genuinemudpie[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Bloggers: leave a comment on any of the Mystery Dino CAL posts with a link to your blog post with the picture.
  • Instagram: tag me @genuinemudpie and use the hashtag #mysterydinocal
  • Joining the Ravelry group
  • Posting your FOs to my Ravelry dino project pages!

 

Stay peculiar, friends! :)

 

mystery dino CAL: triceratops!

This week’s feature dinosaur is everyone’s favourite vegetarian — Trixie Triceratops! Yes, she is named after the dinosaur toy down the street from Toy Story 3 :D

I made both versions of Trixie with a heavy worsted / bulky yarn and a 4 mm hook, because I’ve always had the idea that it’s a chunky kind of dinosaur. So the finished dinosaur is slightly larger than the other dinosaurs we have been making. The head of a triceratops is 1/3 of its total length! So I’ve also made the body a bit smaller.

Triceratops is named for the 3 horns on its head (literally means “3-horned face”), so it was important to get this feature right, and I spent quite some time figuring out a way to make the horns look like they are seamlessly attached to the head. I’m quite happy with the way it turned out and it’s actually not difficult to do :)

Materials:

  • A bit of heavy worsted or bulky weight yarn for body and head
  • A bit of sport weight yarn in white, for horns
  • 4 mm hook
  • 2.5 mm hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Sewing needle, black thread, 4 mm round black bead (if you don’t have that, the regular black seed bead would look fine too)
  • Fabric glue (optional)

Pattern:

The body, tail and legs of triceratops is the same as stegosaurus, except that it has one less round on the body, and skips the head. Check out the stegosaurus pattern page for photo tutorial especially on how to make the legs! But I’ll write the entire pattern below so it’s easy.

The body begins as a circle, and with larger hook and main colour.

Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd sc from hook, don’t join in round.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc).

Round 3: [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] six times (18 sc).

Fold piece in half, sl st across back of dinosaur through both layers until last sc, don’t fasten off.

Tail: sl st in last st through both layers on back, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in last 2 ch of tail, sl st in a space between the 3rd and 4th round in the body (belly part of the dinosaur). Remove hook and pull out the loop. Pull through enough yarn so that you have a 12″ tail. Cut yarn.

Hind leg: Thread the yarn tail through the tapestry needle, weave the needle through the belly of the dinosaur so that the needle comes out through a stitch between the 2nd and 3rd rounds of body in the front. Pull the yarn tail through, remove the needle. Insert hook through the stitch where the yarn tail came through. Pull up a loop using the yarn tail. 

ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, remove hook and pull the yarn tail out.

Thread the yarn tail through the tapestry needle again, insert needle in a stitch between 1st and 2nd round in body, then come out in a stitch between 1st and 2nd round in body in the front on the opposite side.

Front leg: Work as the same as hind leg, as follows: remove needle, insert hook through the stitch where the yarn tail came through, pull up a loop with the yarn tail. ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, pull out yarn tail, thread yarn tail back in tapestry needle, insert needle through a stitch between 2nd and 3rd round of body, then come out near the top on the back of the piece, fasten off.

Head: 

Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, don’t join in the round.

Round 2: 1 sc in every sc around (6 sc).

Round 3: [2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc] three times (9 sc).

Round 4: hdc in next sc, *[dc, ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, dc] in next sc*, * to * will be known as the “V-stitch”. Repeat V-stitch in next 2 sc, hdc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, sl st in next st, pull out a long yarn tail for sewing, cut yarn. 

Horns:

Using white yarn and smaller hook, and leaving a 3″ tail, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 3 ch, ch 8, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 3 ch, ch 8, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 2 ch, fasten off, leaving a 3″ tail.

You will end up with something that looks like this — 2 longer (forehead) horns separated by ch 3, and a shorter (nose) horn separated from one of the longer horns by ch 4.

Remember the V-stitch in the last round (round 4) of the head? Insert smaller hook (or an even smaller hook if you have one) into the base of the first V-stitch you made in round 4 (the V-stitch on the most right when you’re facing it), then insert tip of the hook through a loop at the top of the forehead horn on the right. Pull the horn through the stitch in head.

Then, insert hook into the base of the last V-stitch made in round 4 (the V-stitch on the most left when you’re facing it). Insert tip of the hook through a loop at the top of the remaining forehead horn, pull the horn through the stitch in head. 

Finally, insert hook into a space between two sc’s in round 1 of head, then insert tip of the hook through a loop at the top of the nose horn, pull the horn through the stitch in head.

Tie the yarn tails of the horns together. You can put some fabric glue at the stitches where the horns were pulled through inside the head to secure them more, but that’s optional.

Here’s a close up of the head so you can see how the horns are positioned…

Now we sew the head to the body. (When I took process pictures I forgot to put the horns on before sewing the head to the body, hence the head without horns in these pictures. That makes sewing on the horns more difficult — but not impossible — I would still suggest sewing on the horns first before attaching head to body)

Thread the tapestry needle through the yarn tail left on head. We’re attaching the base of the head to the nub on the neck end of the body.

You’re folding the head piece in half, and the head will sandwich the “neck” part of the body, like so. Stitch through all layers a few times, then fasten off.

Sew the eye right below the forehead horn. Weave in all the ends. And here she is, in Trixie colours! :D

 

To recap, here are the mystery dino CAL posts so far:

Mystery dino CAL intro post

Stu the Stegosaurus

Dmitri the Dimetrodon

Don’t forget to share your dinosaur pics by:

  • Emailing genuinemudpie[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Bloggers: leave a comment on any of the Mystery Dino CAL posts with a link to your blog post with the picture.
  • Instagram: tag me @genuinemudpie and use the hashtag #mysterydinocal
  • Joining the Ravelry group
  • Posting your FOs to my Ravelry dino project pages!

 

Have a beautiful week everyone! :D

 

mystery dino CAL: dimetrodon!

Welcome to the second episode of mystery dino crochet-along! Meet Mike’s favourite, Dmitri the Dimetrodon! Known for the awesome sail on its back! Its construction is very similar to Stu the stegosaurus, with the same dumpling base :D

The prototype for Dmitri was made while we were waiting for our flight home at Calgary airport. The bulky light blue yarn was all I had, but I think it turned out great! 

Fun facts about Dmitri: It is a Greek name that means earth-lover, and the name of my grade 12 math teacher, Ms. Dmitri :)

Fun facts about dimetrodon (from here and here):

  • It’s actually not a dinosaur, but a prehistoric reptile! (but we love you anyway, Dmitri!)
  • It used its sail to regulate body temperature
  • Its name refers to its 2 different types of teeth, rather than its famous sail (and it’s a meat-eater!)

I didn’t have beads with me so the poor thing was eyeless the entire flight home :S

For the light blue one with chunky yarn, I used a 4mm hook for the body, and 2.5mm hook and a light worsted yarn for the sail on its back. It’s slightly bigger than the regular size one. Hook and yarn for the regular size is below.

 

Material:

  • Small amount of worsted yarn — for body (green)
  • Small amount of light worsted or sport weight yarn — for sail (pink)
  • 3.5 mm hook — for body
  • 2.5 mm hook — for sail
  • Tapestry needle
  • Sewing needle, black thread, black seed bead

Pattern:

It’s the same as stegosaurus for the body, tail and legs, so if you’ve made Stu the stegosaurus, you’d have no problem making Dmitri! But I’ll repeat the entire pattern here anyway so it’s easy. You might still want to check out the link for Stu though, because it has some explanatory photos that might help clarify the steps.

The body begins as a circle, and with larger hook and green yarn.

Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd sc from hook, don’t join in round.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc).

Round 3: [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] six times (18 sc).

Round 4: sc in each sc around (18 sc), don’t fasten off.

Next, we make the head: in the same sc where last sc was made, [yo, pull up a loop] three times, pull through all loops on hook, ch 1 (cluster made), sc in same sc as cluster. Don’t fasten off.

We now fold the piece in half, and from here on crochet through both layers across the back of the dinosaur.

Sail: sl st in next 2 sc, sl st in next sc and attach pink yarn when pulling up loop to finish the sl st.

Don’t fasten off green, carry it as you work across the back with pink.

The sail is worked in rows perpendicular to the back of the dinosaur.

Row 1: ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st in next sc through both layers in body/back of dinosaur, turn.

Row 2: In front loops only (FLO), sc in next 2 sc, turn.

Row 3: ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, in back loops only (BLO), sc in next 2 sc, sl st in next sc in body, turn.

Row 4: sc in next 3 sc FLO, turn.

Row 5: ch 1, sc in next 3 sc BLO, sl st in next sc in body, turn.

Row 6: sc in next 3 sc FLO, turn.

Row 7: Skip first sc, sc in next 2 sc BLO, sl st in next sc in body, turn.

Row 8: sc in next 2 sc FLO, turn.

Row 9: Skip first sc, sc in next sc BLO, sl st in body by pulling up a loop using the green yarn that you’ve been carrying, fasten off pink, continue with green for tail.

Tail: sl st in last st through both layers on back, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in last 2 ch of tail, sl st in a space between the 3rd and 4th round in the body (belly part of the dinosaur). Remove hook and pull out the loop, as shown in the picture. Pull through enough yarn so that you have a 12″ tail. Cut yarn.

(You might want to check out the pictures in the stegosaurus post for the legs — it’s really easier than it looks in writing.)

Hind leg:

Thread the yarn tail through the tapestry needle, weave the needle through the belly of the dinosaur so that the needle comes out through the 2nd and 3rd rounds of body in the front. Pull the yarn tail through, remove the needle. Insert smaller hook (if you have it) through the stitch where the yarn tail came through, then pull up a loop using the yarn tail. 

ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, remove hook and pull the yarn tail out.

Thread the yarn tail through the tapestry needle again, insert needle in a stitch between 1st and 2nd round in body, then come out in a stitch between 1st and 2nd round in body in the front on the opposite side.

Front leg:

Work as the same as hind leg, as follows: remove needle, insert hook through the stitch where the yarn tail came through, pull up a loop with the yarn tail. ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, pull out yarn tail, thread yarn tail back in tapestry needle, insert needle through a stitch between 2nd and 3rd round of body, then come out near the top on the back of the piece, fasten off.

Weave in all the ends. Pull the long yarn tail into the body of the dinosaur to fill it out a bit :)

Using sewing needle and black thread, sew on the seed bead as eye. Weave in thread end.

And it’s done! :D

Hope you enjoy making the dinosaurs! Don’t forget to share your creations by:

 

  • Emailing genuinemudpie[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Bloggers: leave a comment on any of the Mystery Dino CAL posts with a link to your blog post with the picture.
  • Instagram: tag me @genuinemudpie and use the hashtag #mysterydinocal
  • Join the Ravelry group
  • Post your FOs to my Ravelry dino project pages!

If you’re just joining now, here’s the recap of what we got so far!

 

As the saying goes… May the road rise up to meet you, and may the wind always fill your sail :) Have a terrific week! 

 

 

stegosaurus love

When this pattern goes online I should be arriving in Drumheller, Alberta — dinosaur capital of the world! I’ve been looking forward to this trip for ages, and stegosaurus is my all-time favourite dinosaur since childhood, so I thought I’d share a pattern to mark the occasion :D

It’s been a while since I wrote an amigurumi pattern, hope I’m not too rusty! This stegosaurus actually evolved from the dumpling pattern I wrote a long time ago. I wonder what the stegosaurus would think about that, evolving from a dumpling…

Anyway, here he is sitting on my hand for scale. Probably makes a nice pin/brooch or magnet!

This pattern is super easy and takes very little time and yarn. To make your own tiny stegosaurus, you’ll need:

  • A bit of worsted weight yarn for main colour for body, and contrasting colour for spikes
  • 3.5 mm and 3 mm crochet hooks (if you only have either size, that’s fine too)
  • Tapestry needle (very important! You’ll see in the pictures)
  • Black seed beads
  • Black thread and sewing needle

Pattern:

The body begins as a circle, and with larger hook.

Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd sc from hook, don’t join in round.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc).

Round 3: [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] six times (18 sc).

Round 4: sc in each sc around (18 sc), don’t fasten off.

Next, we make the head: in the same sc where last sc was made, [yo, pull up a loop] three times, pull through all loops on hook, ch 1 (cluster made), sc in same sc as cluster. Don’t fasten off.

We now fold the piece in half, and from here on crochet through both layers across the back of the dinosaur.

Back: sl st in next sc on body through both layers, like so…

sl st in next sc — attach contrasting colour yarn when pulling up loop to finish the sl st, like so…

Carry the main colour as you work across back with contrasting colour.

Spikes: with contrasting colour, [ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next sc in body (working through both layers)] five times.

Here is a picture of the spikes in progress, notice that the main colour is being carried and wrapped in the stitches across back.

In the last sl st of spike, pull up loop using main colour, thereby switching back to main colour. Fasten off contrasting colour.

Tail: with main colour, sl st in last st through both layers on back, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in last 2 ch of tail, sl st in a space between the 3rd and 4th round in the body (belly part of the dinosaur). Remove hook and pull out the loop, as shown in the picture. Pull through enough yarn so that you have a 12″ tail. Cut yarn.

Hind leg: Thread the yarn tail through the tapestry needle, weave the needle through the belly of the dinosaur so that the needle comes out through the 2nd and 3rd rounds of body in the front, like so…

Pull the yarn tail through, remove the needle. Insert smaller hook (if you have it) through the stitch where the yarn tail came through…

Pull up a loop using the yarn tail…

ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, remove hook and pull the yarn tail out, like so… 

Thread the yarn tail through the tapestry needle again, insert needle in a stitch between 1st and 2nd round in body, then come out in a stitch between 1st and 2nd round in body in the front on the opposite side, like so…

Front leg: Work as the same as hind leg, as follows: remove needle, insert hook through the stitch where the yarn tail came through, pull up a loop with the yarn tail. ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, pull out yarn tail, thread yarn tail back in tapestry needle, insert needle through a stitch between 2nd and 3rd round of body, then come out near the top on the back of the piece, fasten off.

Weave in all the ends. Pull the long yarn tail into the body of the dinosaur to fill it out a bit :)

Tail spikes: Cut a length of contrasting colour yarn about 3 inches long. With wrong side facing, pull up a loop through a stitch at the end of the tail with the short length of yarn, then pull the two short yarn tail through the loop just made. Pull tight carefully. Trim spikes. Apply a bit of fabric glue at the base of the spikes. 

And it’s done!

Stegosaurus in its natural habitat…

Let me know if you do make your own tiny stegosaurus, I’d love to see it! If there are enough pictures we’ll have a virtual stegosaurus party and it will be fun, so please share! :D

Happy crocheting!