新年快樂!

Lunar New Year is just around the corner, and I’ve got a little piggie ready to go!

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If you’ve got a copy of my book Literary Yarns, you can modify little Napoleon to be a festive little Lunar New Year piggie! Much friendlier and nicer than a ruthless dictator. 😉

Read on for directions on how to make this lucky little oinker!

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CHUBZILLA, ROAR!

BEHOLD. A GREAT BEAST ARISES. He’s come to terrorize your cities and maybe raid your kitchen. FEAR THE CHUBZILLA.

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I’ve teamed up with Louie of Club Crochet and Louie’s Loops for his little monsters theme and designed this little chubster for everyone to make! Louie makes a lot of great stuff, and I’ve been referring people to him for years for commissions. Now he’s got a shiny new site Club Crochet to help new hookers learn to hook, and it’s pretty great! The pattern for little Chubzilla is available for free over at Club Crochet, all you need to do is sign up for an account for access to loads of other fun patterns and video tutorials!

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He might look menacing, but he just wants to share some cookies with you!

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Visit here to get the pattern to make a little Chubzilla of your own! Happy hooking!

You want a porg?? Make your own!

Man. If there’s one thing I’ve learned since my last blog post, it’s that y’all really, REALLY like porgs. They weren’t my favorite, but I didn’t hate them either, so I made one since so many people suggested it for Comic-Con. And holy hell did that open a can of worms. My top-liked post on Instagram EVER was when I posted up this little Christmas porg over the weekend.

At any rate, you want a porg? You got it. But you gotta make it yourself. BEHOLD! THE SACRED PORG PATTERN! For the low, low, price of free fiddy. You can find it HERE. Make all the porgs so I don’t have to! Have fun, and don’t forget to tag me if you post photos of your work! Happy hooking everyone!

EDIT 1/5/2018:

Since I’ve had several people ask (and thank you to everyone who gave me that courtesy!): I don’t mind if you sell finished products from the pattern as long as you credit back for the design, either by tagging me in your social media posts or linking back to the pattern directly! Please do not sell or reproduce the pattern itself. Happy hooking!

Gear for the littlest heroes

A few weeks ago I got an email from a staff member of WhedonCon, a charitable fan convention that celebrates all things Joss Whedon. She told me that she organizes an event called WhedonKnit Nights, where people come together to knit and crochet things to donate items for Newborns in Need, and was wondering if I could donate a pattern of my own design for the cause. She said that the charity was in need of baby hats, blankets, booties, and sweaters. I’ve been crocheting for 6 years. I’ve never made anything wearable or remotely useful in that time. Try something new? Make something geeky? And for a good cause? I’ll bite!

I asked her how “Whedon-strict” the items needed to be. Would Avengers be kosher? Or are we looking more along the lines of Firefly? She told me anything that was related to Joss Whedon or made a reference towards his work was fine. WELL THEN. That opened up LOTS of options. This was going to be fun.

Baby Jayne Cobb hats seem to be an obvious choice, but there are already plenty of free patterns out there for those, so I wanted to try something different. Captain America immediately came to mind. A little Captain America baby beanie with a little shield blankie sounded perfect to me. Here’s the thing. Everything I’ve made for the past 6 years has been in the 3″ range. The hat wasn’t too much of an issue. Since it was all done in one color, I was able to keep adding rows until it got to a good size. The blanket is where things went wrong.

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FAIL. FREAKING FAIL.

I wish I had a better picture to show just how stupidly small the “blanket” initially turned out. It ended up being 9.5″ across, and that’s AFTER I stretched it out a bit. It was barely bigger than a personal pan pizza. This was a blanket meant for preemies, and it wasn’t even big enough to be a napkin.

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I had to take it apart down to the blue center and work it up all over again. Surprise! Babies (even premature babies) are juuuuuust a little bigger than the 3″-sized items I’m used to making. Just a little.

I worked it up over again, and finally! Much better! Managed to add a good extra 5 inches or so to the diameter.

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It’s not exactly made out of vibranium so it doesn’t hold up too well on your forearm, but I think it’ll do well enough to keep a baby safe and warm.

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And of course you’ll need a little helmet to go with that shield. Safety first, folks.

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Hopefully everything will be fit to keep the littlest heroes warm.

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Patterns for the baby beanie and shield blanket are up for FREE can be found here. Tag me in any photos you post of your work, I’d love to see how it all turns out! Share your work if you make anything from the patterns, and share the patterns too! Happy hooking!

Here’s the link to the pattern again: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/captain-america-baby-beanie–shield-blanket

  • Credit is given where credit is due, the pattern for the star in the center of the shield can be found here, written by Jodie over at her Jelly Wares blog.
  • To find more patterns for items that can be donated to Newborns in Need, look here.
  • For more information about donating to Newborns in Need, see here.

It’s that time of year.

UPDATE: As of 8/5/17, the pattern has been removed due to a DMCA takedown notice per Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. Boooooo. 😦

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now Christmas season is in full swing. I scowled when I saw Hobby Lobby putting up Christmas paraphernalia before Halloween even started. I just about ripped my car stereo out when our local soft-pop station started the 24-hour Christmas music a week earlier than their usual start date of Thanksgiving Day. I’m a certified Christmas Grinch, and for all the other Grinchy hookers out there, I present to you all again my little Grinch pattern:

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For those of us who need a little stink, stank, stunk for this season, here’s my free Grinch pattern again to add a little grump to your holiday season. Also: two years later, a ravelry user with an eagle eye noticed an error in my pattern! If you’re going to make a little Grinch, note the following:

Rows 7-9 of the Grinch’s body should be as follows:

Rows 7-8: Should be SC 24 around
Row 9: Should be [SC 2, dec 1] x6 (18 stitches)

Otherwise happy hooking to everyone out there! And to everyone who’s hooking up a storm for holiday gifts: godspeed, and may your giftees appreciate your carpal tunnel-inducing efforts.

Liked Mike? Now you can make your own!

I don’t write patterns very often but I felt like Mike Wazowski deserved some love! He was relatively easy to make…the only parts that were a pain in the ass were the horns, but I tend to struggle with the exceptionally tiny parts. Otherwise the pattern is posted up on Ravelry FO’ FREE! I only did a quick one-time look through the pattern after I transcribed all of my scribbles, so feel free to let me know if you find any mistakes!

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Go forth, and make a little monster of your own! Happy hooking!

Wanna make a Grinch? Now you can!

UPDATE: As of 8/5/17, the pattern has been removed due to a DMCA takedown notice per Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. Boooooo. 😦

Christmas has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t a spirit of giving floating around. FOR BEHOLD! I HAVE A PATTERN FOR YOU ALL!

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Make a Grinch!

I wrote up a pattern, and then I went to create a Ravelry.com account, since that seems to be the popular place to post free patterns. And then I discovered that apparently I already had an account. I HAVE NO MEMORY OF THIS.

Whatever the case is, the pattern is uploaded and good to go here. Happy hookin’, everyone!