Friday, 30 March 2018

newt scamander


Its just been my birthday and I really wanted to release a free pattern as a massive thank you to everyone. You guys really are awesome.

I know a lot of you are enjoying my new range of geeky doll patterns (you can find the full range here) so I decided to share the first of my new set inspired by the wizarding world of harry Potter

Please note this pattern is written using UK crochet abbreviations.

A USA abbreviations version will be available when the full set of patterns is released later this year.

This conversion chart may help till then


Newt Scamander
Inspired by The wizarding world of Harry Potter
By Liz Ward – Amigurumi barmy
www.lizwardcrochet.com

Skill level: intermediate
Time: 3-4 hours each
Size: 12x7cm
Tension: Tension is not critical for this amigurumi

You will need
4ply cotton yarn in cream, light brown, mustard, white, teal, grey, light grey and yellow (recommended yarn – Drop safran and colours 4ply cotton)
3mm crochet hook
15mm safety toy eyes
Wool needle
Toy stuffing
pink embroidery thread
navy felt scrap
cardboard

Abbreviations (UK)
ch: chain
sl st: slip stitch
dc: double crochet
tr: treble crochet
sts: stitches
dc2tog – double crochet the next two stitches together
blo – work in the back loop of the stitch only

The pattern is worked using the amigurumi method. Work stitches continuously in a spiral without closing off each round with a slip stitch. It may help to use a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round, moving it up as you work.



Head, body and legs are all made in one piece.

Head and body
Make one, start in light brown yarn.

Make a magic ring and work 6dc into the ring. 6sts
Rnd 1: 2dc in each st to the end. 12sts
Rnd 2: (dc in the first st, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 18sts
Rnd 3: (dc in the first two sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 24sts
Rnd 4: (dc in the first three Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 30sts
Rnd 5: (dc in the first nine Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 33sts
Rnd 6: (dc in the first ten Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 36sts 
Rnd 7: (dc in the first eleven Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 39sts Change to cream yarn at end of this round.
Rnd 8: (dc in the first twelve Sts, blo 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 42sts
Rnd 9: (dc in the first thirteen Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 45sts
Rnd 10: (dc in the first fourteen Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 48sts
Rnd 11 - 12: dc in each st to the end. 48sts *mark round 11 with a stitch marker
Rnd 13: (dc2tog, dc in next six sts) repeat to end. 42sts
Rnd 14: (dc2tog, dc in next five sts) repeat to end. 36sts
Rnd 15: (dc2tog, dc in next four sts) repeat to end. 30sts *insert the toy eyes. These go on the marked round ten stitches apart.
Rnd 16: (dc2tog, dc in next three sts) repeat to end. 24sts
Rnd 17: (dc2tog, dc in next two sts) repeat to end. 18sts
Rnd 18: (dc2tog, dc in next st) repeat to end. 12sts *stuff the head now now*
Rnd 19: (dc2tog) repeat to end. 6sts *change to white yarn after this round
Rnd 20: (dc in the first st, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 9sts
Rnd 21: (dc in the first two sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 12sts *change to mustard yarn after this round
Rnd 22: (dc in the first three Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 15sts
Rnd 23: (dc in the first four sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 18sts
Rnd 24: (dc in the first five sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 21sts
Rnd 25: (dc in the first six Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 24sts
Rnd 26: (dc in the first seven sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 27sts
Rnd 27: (dc in the first eight sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 30sts *change to grey yarn after this round
Rnd 28: dc in each st to end. 30sts
Rnd 29: (dc2tog, dc in next eight sts) repeat to end. 27sts
Rnd 30: (dc2tog, dc in next seven sts) repeat to end. 24sts
Rnd 31: (dc2tog, dc in next six sts) repeat to end. 21sts
Rnd 32: (dc2tog, dc in next five sts) repeat to end. 18sts


*stuff the body now

Split to make the legs.

Put a pin or stitch marker through the stitch on the last row, that is at the centre front of your doll.

*The easiest way to do this is lay your doll on a hard surface facing forward and flatten slightly. Find the middle of the eyes with your pin and then run it straight down the body of the doll and attach it to the stitch on the last worked row.

Rnd 33: dc in each st skipping the marked st and the next 8sts. 9sts *work continues on these 9 sts only*
Rnd 34-37: dc in each st to end. 9 sts *change to light brown yarn after rnd 36
Fasten off.

Leg two
Re-join with grey yarn to any of the unmarked sts from round 32
Rnd 33-37: dc in each st to end. 9sts *change to grey yarn after rnd 36


Fasten off. Stuff legs and sew closed hole in base of the legs

Arms
Make two in starting in cream yarn

Make a magic ring and work 6dc into the ring. 6sts
Rnd 1: (dc in the first st, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 9sts
Rnd 2: dc in each st to end. 9sts
Rnd 3: (dc2tog, dc in next st) repeat to end. 6sts
Rnd 4-9: dc in each st to end. 6sts *change to teal yarn after rnd 5


Face decoration
Use pink embroidery thread to make a small V stitch to form the mouth. Use photo as a guide for placement.

Working the hair – Wrap lots of light brown round around the handle of a small crochet hook or knitting needle tie in place to secure. Wet the yarn and leave to dry. Use this curly hair around the front of the head when following the instructions for working the hair below.

The hair is worked by stitching long embroidery stitches over the head. Starting at the back of the head, work round the bottom edge of the hair line, working stitches that are approx 2 cms long over and over to completely hide the head. Start and finish all lengths of yarn by leaving 3-4cm of yarn at the front of the hair line. Continue working the stitches in the same way as the back to surround the face, continue until all the hair area is covered. Try not to keep the stitches too regimented to give the hair a natural look. Once covered sweep the loose end back and style.

Coat
Back
Make one in teal yarn
Ch 11
Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook. dc in each ch st. 10sts
Row 2-5: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end. 10sts
Row 6-12: ch1, turn, dc2tog, dc in each st to end. 3 sts at end of round 12
Row 13-14: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end. 3sts

Fasten off
Sides
Make two in teal yarn
Ch 6
Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook. dc in each ch st. 5sts
Row 2-14: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end. 5sts

Fasten off
 Pin the coat together at the neck and side then sew together to secure in place.
Inner coat.

Make two in light brown yarn

Ch10
Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in each st to end. 9sts
Fasten off.
Sew onto the inside front edge of each side of the coat.


Lapels
Make one of each in mustard yarn
Ch 6
Row 1: htr in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next st, sl st in next two sts.
Fasten off
Ch 5
Row 1: sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next st, dc in next st, htr in last st.
Fasten off
Sew to the top of the shirt, use photo as a guide.
Cut a bowtie out of blue felt and stick or sew in place.

Scarf
Make one starting in yellow yarn and changing colour every two rows between grey and yellow.
Ch 4
Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook. dc in each ch st. 3sts
Row 2-22: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end. 3sts

Fasten off. Place around the neck of the doll

Wand
Chop a cocktail stitch down to about 3cm. stick in place on the hand

Briefcase
Front and back
Make two in light brown yarn

Ch 11
Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook. dc in each ch st. 10sts
Row 2-4: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end. 10sts
Fasten off

Edge
Make one in light brown yarn

Ch 4
Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook. dc in each ch st. 3sts
Row 2-28: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end. 3sts
Fasten off.

Sew the edge all around the front piece of the case. Cut a little rectangle of cardboard to fit inside and keep the shape. Stuff slightly then sew the back on the same way.

Handle
Make one in light brown yarn
Ch6
Fasten off.

Sew in place on top of the case so that it forms a little arch.

Sew the briefcase to the hand to finish.


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Tina, Queenie and Jacob patterns coming soon available

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

March so far


 Time to sit down and write a catch up post. Its been a busy March so far.

First up I have released the Black Panther amigurumi pattern set. Don't these look fab :)
Pattern is available now from my Etsy pattern shop (click the link )
This has been such a fun set to create. I get more confident with these designs the more I do and its all gearing up to the big one Avengers Infinity war. The films out in April and my massive pattern set to go along with it will be release soon after.
I know a lot of people have been making these patterns and really enjoying them. One lady - Kelly send me this photo on Etsy to show me all the ones she's made. Isn't this just amazing, I think she made everyone I've released. Thank you Kelly for sending me this xxx
There will be other pattern sets coming soon.
I've had a few crochet commissions for magazines and books on this month that have been taking up a lot of time but I've been trying to fit in a bit more knitting.

 We've had weeks of snow and cold weather here in York and so I decided to make myself a pair of glove. This is a free pattern on Ravelry and its really good. I used some Drops Lima that I had in my knitting stash.

I didn't have enough yarn to finish the pair but I'd memorized the cable pattern repeat so I didn't want to start a new project and risk forgetting it. Instead I used the same cable pattern and made a dog coat for the adorable George at The York Makery.

Keighley for The York Maker and Alice of Alice yarns have started a lovely yarn podcast called String Theory Link to youtube 
Go have a listen. George makes an appearance in the podcast and they asked for knitters to send in things for George to wear.
 Doesn't he look fab. I'll be tweaking this pattern and then it will be available. I'll probably upload it to Ravelery just to keep my knitting and crochet pattern separate.

 This is my little yarn hoard from my visit. This is all going to be for knitting projects.
Its lovely to have knitting as a hobby again. I love crochet but sometimes it does feel like work. Its also very nice to be able to buy yummy yarns that are just for me.

 Little fun picture of Cal in a Wool warehouse bag :)

Next up is a bit of a diversion for me. As a treat I bought myself a yarn dyeing kit. I have become a bit addicted to watching knitting podcasts and yarn dyeing videos on Youtube. I really wanted to have a go myself so I got a nice starter kit of Etsy.

The kit came with 200g of mini skeins so I had lots to play with.


 This is the first pot I dyed. My plan was that it was going to be a yellow base and the I'd add red and create patches or fire colours. As you can probably see I failed and it all turned orange. Its still very lovely.
 The next pot looked like it was going to be more successful. However I didn't keep it on the heat for long enough and most of the colour came out.

 These are the results of the first two pots.
I decided to try a different way of dyeing and hand-painted the yarns, wrapped them in clingfilm and steamed them. This worked much better. I got a lovely rainbow and a blue mix.

 This is a pic of me knitting up the rainbow skein. There were times when I had a perfect rainbow of stitches on my needle. Its was lovely. Yes, that is both my cats on my knee in the background.
 Look how lovely this knits up. I've made this into a little bag for me. It feels very special to have something made thats from a yarn I dyed.

 I've done a bit more dyeing since. I tried a self stripping, it didn't go to plan but I still love it.

 This is it knitted up. I'm making a sock but I have since found out I don't have enough dyed yarn to make a pair. I can either make just one or a pair with a really long contrasting toe. I haven't decided yet.
Cal makes a great yarn holder :)
 This was my other dyeing session. Thats the self stripping from above. I also made another rainbow and a blue based speckle. I decided to stop here until I've made these into something.

 I can't really share any of the crochet work I've been doing. This is just a tiny sneaky peek.
You may have noticed that there is a advert on the telly for a new crochet magazine called Big and little crochet. Thats what I've been working on so soon I'll do a post and show off the projects that I've contributed to this love set of books.

 Another pic of Cassi and Cal. Cassi was sat on my knee and the Cal came and sat on top of her. She wasn't very happy about it. My knee ends up being a bit of a war zone in my house.

 Some finished knitting projects now. This is the sirdar colour wheel ball band shawl. I showed one off in my last post and I enjoyed making it so much I knit another. Its very tempting to make some more of these but I think I need a new knitting challenge next.

 These are the finished gloves. Made just in time for more snow this weekend. I'm using this same cable pattern on a hat I'm making at the mo. I still can't believe I can actually do cables so its very exciting.

It seems impossible for me to take any work in progress photos without getting a cat in it. Hers another picture of Cal. She looks like shes about to get her hair cut in this photo.

Last up just a quick note on the Infinity gauntlet kits. The first lot of these sets has sold out. I've been able to get the bits together to and have listed another five kits in my etsy shop
I'm going to try and keep these in my shop for as long as I can, but I'll only every be listing them in small numbers as I don't want my house to turn into a factory.
If you want one and you see they are sold out, send me a message and I will add you to the list of pre-orders.

Thanks again to everyone who's been buying and enjoying my patterns. Your support means everything to me xxx

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There will be another blog post before the end of March because its my birthday on the 28th and I'll be posting a free crochet pattern to celebrate.

Till then...
Happy crocheting
love
Liz xxx

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Calm before the storm

This year started of busy and there is more busy to come very soon, but at the moment I'm in this little oasis of calm.

I have plenty of projects that I want to work on but as I'm not sure how long I have before the busy starts again. I haven't really wanted to take on anything too big.

I guess I've been pottering but there is still lots to share.

 First up I started working on some of my Groot dolls. These are available to buy in my Etsy shop for people who don't want to make their own. They sell slowly but steadily and its always good to have most of the bits made so I can make them up to ship quickly.

 I also played around with the pattern because I'll be releasing a teenage Groot pattern before Avengers infinity war comes out. No pics yet but he's looking great.

You can find the pattern for the original here. The new version will be out mid March.


I've also been watching a lot of knitting and crochet podcasts and decided to challenge myself to some new knitting projects.
First up was Brioche knitting. Not something I've ever attempted before and I'm not very comfortable with it. I did a bit of flat work, made a head band, then progressed to using cables. I'm just single colour at this stage.

 This is Cal being a very good holder for my cable needle. There was only minimal crying as I fiddled around with the first few rows of cables but I soon got into the swing of things.
I even started to enjoy it towards the end.

This is the finished cowl. I would have liked to continue and make this into something longer that I would wear but I stopped here. It'll still make a lovely gift for someone.

Next was an idea that turned into a project, that turned into a new pattern set.
Power Rangers. I get a lot of people saying I should make this or that. I love getting new ideas and most of the time they go on the long "maybe" list. When someone suggested power rangers, I didn't really think I'd be interested. However I have two little nephews who I thought would love them.

All in all, it was about a three day project to create the dolls and the pattern set.
 I think they are great fun. I loved working with such bright colours. My nephews love them.
You can find the pattern here

Next up I went on a little shopping trip to The York Makery where I bought the yarn for my brioche knitting. While I was there I was tempted by some beautiful Opal sock yarn.

For those who don't know knitting socks was my big addiction before I learned to crochet. I knit lots of single socks and bought far too much sock yarn, but I didn't ever finish an actual pair.

Part of my knitting challenge is I can't start a project without finishing it and that meant I had to get over the dreaded second sock syndrome.

 I cast on a pair of the Hermione every days socks (pattern free on ravelery). I wanted a sock with a bit of pattern but not too much, this would be my first sock knit in nearly 8 years.

There are cats in pretty much every one of these photos as the socks grow the cat on my knee changes every hour or so. See if you can spot the difference.

 These two picture are pretty much all I did one Sunday. It was a lovely relaxing Sunday :) This is also the second sock in this photo. There was a bit of mental resistance when I started the second and working the cuff was very slow but as I got near the heel they joy of having a finished pair of socks made the rest of the project fly by.


Look I did it. My first ever pair of finished hand knit socks. I love them. I will be making more.

 The next project is another crochet one. This started of when I saw a lady with a crochet cowl that was kind of a lace, but not. It gave me the idea to develop a pattern. I went for a design that reminded me of golf socks (I know, my addiction is creeping in, tell me to shut up if I just talk about sock from now on).

 You can see the pattern here. Its very simple but it has enough interest about it to keep you going to make a long scarf. The yarn is red with twist of black so I decided to add black tassels. Cal helped.


 This is the finished scarf. It needs a proper photo shoot and the pattern typing up but then I'll be releasing it to my etsy shop
 Last up I when to see the latest Marvel movie Black Panther. The film was amazing, love, love , love it.
Oh course I am going to do a doll pattern set for it.

 I have most of the dolls made. I'm a bit stuck on who to put in the set as there are lots of characters I love and I can only put eight of them in the set. To bypass this slightly I done a pack that is just the suited versions of Black Panther.

 Its so adorable. This set is already available and you can grab yours now here

The only other doll that is finished is Okoye. Isn't she prefect :)
I want these to be perfect so I'm not rushing them. The full set of Black panther pattern will be out by the 11th of March so there isn't that long to wait.

 I did get slightly distracted but another small knitting project. Another thing I want to master is lace knitting. This pattern doesn't have much lace work but it was enough to get me started.  Its a lovely pattern to knit and I've gone and wooshed through it and finished it in a weekend.

 The cats still aren't used to knitting needles they much prefer crochet hooks.
This is the finished project. Look at the amazing colours. Its just a joy. I have made this for me and I'm hoping I can keep it,
but if my Mum or Aunt does steal it I think I'd be quite happy to knit another one.

Finally I few post ago I talked about the infinity gauntlet. I have a few updates on this.

 The pattern can be used to make a right or left hand version. You can find the pattern here

 You can also buy a made version if you don't want to make your own. Also available in left or right handed versions find it here
If you do want to make your own but don't want to hunt around for the yarn and gemstones you can buy a kit. At the mo these are pretty limited in stock. Grab yours here
I will do my best to get these back as soon as possible when they sell out.

So thats all for this post. I know its been a bit of a mixed bag but I hope you enjoyed it.
Thank you to everyone who reads this blog and supports me buy buying and making my patterns.

Happy crocheting
love
Liz xxx