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My first YouTube tutorial adventure with Kawaii Amigurumi Heart!

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  So, I stepped outside my comfort zone with a new type of video. Up until this point, I have been making videos that detail the basics of crochet. This time I am doing my first tutorial for an original pattern - the Kawaii Amigurumi Heart .  The reason I chose to do this video is that I wanted to show the increase and decrease stitches but felt that just a video on these stitches would be pretty boring. The heart uses both increase and decrease and   working in rounds which is the topic of the previous video. My strategy for increasing interest in this video may not be the prescribed way of doing things (or maybe it is... who's to say), but it's my way. First, I posted a picture of the finished piece on my socials. This was done three days before the writing of this blog entry. Then one day before the writing of this post, I put the pattern on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I probably could have posted on the various free crochet pattern boards on Facebook, but I always end

Crochet Basics: Working in Rounds & When to Use the Magic Ring

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Let's talk about the magic ring! Something I hear all the time... "I don't know how to do the magic ring. That's too hard." I totally agree that the magic ring is a difficult skill to master. However, you can  master it. Before the end of this post, you will know how. Once you know how to do it, you will be addicted and want to use it on everything that requires working in rounds - hats, amigurumi, granny squares, etc. However, as with everything, there is a right time to use the magic ring and a right time to go a different route, namely, the chain.  When you are working in rounds, you want to consider what type of project you are making. Most of the time, when we are reading patterns, the pattern's author makes the decision for us. Authors usually get it right, but at the same time, we should think critically about what stitch is the best stitch for the type of project we are doing.  Amigurumi, for example, is a great option for the magic ring because you ca

Merkitty - Free Pattern!

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I love mermaids and I love cats, so one day it just made sense to me to combine the two to create: the Merkitten.  Because I used whatever yarn I had on hand, the color scheme, in my opinion, is not the best. I should try to make it again sometime and make better color selections. Until then... let's do this! Any color of yarn may be used. You are working in continuous rounds unless otherwise stated. Materials: - Yarn weight 4 - pink (fur), variegated (tail), green (bow) - black embroidery floss (mouth / nose) - 3.5 mm crochet hook - Fiberfill - 14 mm safety eyes - 5/8" foam hair roller  - Yarn needle Skill level: intermediate Abbreviations: mr - magic ring sc - single crochet inc - increase (2 sc in same stitch) dec - decrease (sc 2 together) st - stitch ch - chain hdc - half double crochet dc - double crochet sl st - slip stitch BLO - back loop only Head and Body Begin with fur color (I used pink) and work in continuous rounds. Rnd 1: 6 sc in mr (6) Rnd 2: inc x 6 (12) Rnd

Crochet Lessons on YouTube!! The First Three Lessons

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Ladies and Gentlemen - I give you Confusionmaven on YouTube ! That's right! Now you, too, can learn to crochet. Buttercup does not seem impressed. I know. I know. Seems like everyone is starting a YouTube these days. What makes mine so special? Well, I'll tell you!    I started the Confusionmaven channel last weekend so I could post tutorials for those of us who need a reference. Eventually, it will be a way for me to keep a record or journal of my crochet projects. On the plus side - it's fun. On the minus side - it's not a piece of cake! There's actual work involved and because I work a day job that is kicking into high gear this time of year, the scheduling has been ... a challenge, to say the least. Having said that, in my opinion, the plus side outweighs the minus. I am not one to balk at a little challenge.  With this channel, I plan to create both a beginner and an advanced crochet series, where I talk about standard stitches that form the basics of croc

Easter Bunny Amigurumi Pattern

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Hello, my friends! I'm getting in the spring spirit and could not help but to put everything else aside and work up this adorable Easter bunny. This is the second bunny I've come up with ( See my first! ) and they are so much fun to create. This cutie can be made in any color and is just the right size for snuggles. The carrot can be attached or remain free for feeding time. This is an easy pattern perfect for amigurumi beginners. If you'd like to purchase the .pdf pattern for printing, you can find it in my Etsy shop . The .pdf comes with lots of pictures to help you along the way.  Be sure to check out my other patterns ! If you have questions or pattern suggestions, find me on Instagram , Facebook , Email , or Comment below. Please note that any color of yarn may be used and any type (acrylic, cotton, etc.). I used Red Heart worsted weight (size 4) in light jasmine for the bunny's body. If you use a smaller gauge yarn than listed in the materials, be sure to adjust y

I'm baaack!!

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So, this has been a whirlwind of a year, but one thing I love about this space right here is that I can take time away, get some things done, and come back here ready to pick up where I left off with no judgment. Thank you for that! How has my life changed during this last year?  My biggest accomplishment - I completed a six-month certification program that will open up some opportunities and allow me to advance in my day job.  I continue to crochet every day. Some of my creations from this year can be found below. These are not all my patterns.  Plans for the future - Something I bet you didn't know is that, in addition to crochet, I create low-content coloring books, activity books, journals, and recipe trackers just for the fun of it! This has taken a backseat over the last year to allow me space for completing my certification program, however, I'm starting to pick this back up along with this blog and pattern writing. I'm hoping to put my crochet p

Kawaii Sunshine Flower Amigurumi Free Pattern!

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  I missed last week because I wasn't feeling so great. I'm back now and ready to share with you a great little scrap busting project that would make a perfect Easter basket filler or shelf sitter.  I came up with these little cuties because I needed to use up some of my tiny little yarn balls and I think we all could use a little sunshine and flowers in our lives these days.  Materials : Small amounts worsted weight yarn in any color you choose. I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Small amount black embroidery floss for mouth 3.5 mm hook (E) 14 mm safety eyes (or small amount black thread if you prefer) Yarn needle Skill Level : beginner Abbreviations : mr - magic ring sc - single crochet inc - increase (2 sc in same stitch) tr - treble crochet st - stitch ch - chain sl st - slip stitch Remember that you can use any color of yarn that you want, but if you change the weight of the yarn adjust your hook size to match. Larger weight yarn = larger hook size and vice versa. As always