• How To's

    How to Get Your Crojo Back Overcoming Creative Block as a Crocheter

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    How to Get Your Crojo Back.  Overcoming Creative Block as a Crocheter.  #Crochet #Crojo #Creativeblock #CrochetInspiration #Inspiration

    We’ve all been there. You want to pick up your crochet hook and get started on your next project but you’re not sure what to make. You try a few things and nothing feels right. Then it hits you: maybe you’ve lost your “crojo” (crochet mojo). I’ve been there on a number of occassions and it can be frustrating. Here are some ideas for helping you overcome your creavtive block and get your crojo back.

    Just Make Something… Anything!

    This one works for me when I suspect that my creative block may actually be just indecision. I check out my Ravelry Queue and I eenie miny moe that shit. Then, I just make it. Full disclosure: sometimes I get my kids to pick it for me so I don’t cheat with this process! Then I just work on the project. Even if I feel like I hate it and I want to frog it, I just push through. The relaxation that comes from crocheting tends to kick in and I get into the project. Once I’m done I’m ready to tackle something new and get creative again.

    Go Through Your Stash

    When just making something doesn’t work, I shop my own stash. I am an incredibly tactile person so I touch different yarns and just go wherever my eye takes me. I have a few skeins of yarn that I keep around just as inspiration (don’t tell my husband this. I keep saying I’ll make something with them someday). These yarns are beautiful and inspire me in different ways. Sometimes all it takes is a good old fashioned yarn cuddle to get the juices flowing. (Check out my tips HERE for organizing your yarn stash.)

    Check Out a Stitch Dictionary

    After checking my yarn stash I tend to break out my stitch dictionaries to see if anything there sparks interest. It typically does. Sometimes I just grab a ball of yarn and a stitch dictionary and do some swatches. This kind of ties back to my first point. Just make something. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had inspiration strike while making swatches. Plus, these swatches could be seamed together later to make another project. Score! (THIS book is a good stitch dictionary to start with)

    Surf the Net!

    Pinterest is a wonderful thing and inspiration is plentiful. Do a search for crochet and literally a million results comes up. Explore the results. Discover new makers and projects. Be sure to pin anything great you find so you don’t lose it (and you support the maker at the same time!). You can follow me on Pinterest HERE to see the pins that I’m pinning.

    Youtube is great for inpiration too! Search for crochet stitches to learn a new technique, crochet patterns and tips. There are so many incredible makers creating videos on Youtube that you’re sure to find something great to inspire you.

    Try Instagram too! There are so many stunning projects shared by makers on Instagram everyday that it can make your head spin. Try searching using the hashtags crochet, yarnpunk, crochetersofinstagram, amigurumi to get you started. You can follow me on Instagram HERE.

    Take a Break

    I know, I know. This is a blasphemy to even suggest but let’s be real. Sometimes, you just need to take a break. Go for a walk, exercise, have coffee with friends, meditate, take a nap. Do whatever helps you relieve stress and recharges you. Personally, I love to put on some energetic music and go for a walk.

    I hope that this has given you some ideas on how to get your crojo back. What do you do to try to get your crojo back? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!


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  • Pattern Round Up

    Crochet Spring Shawl and Wrap Round up

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    Spring Shawl and Wrap Crochet Round Up - Free Crochet Patterns Perfect for Spring #shawl #wrap #crochet #crochetshawl #crochetwrap #spring #summer #crochetpatterns #freecrochetpattern

    Although it seemed like winter may never end this year we can finally say that spring has arrived! YAY! Time to get started on making yourself a beautiful spring shawl. Here I’ve gathered some of my favourite crochet spring shawls and wraps from the internet to share with you.

    Seamróg Shawl

    Spring Shawl and Wrap Crochet Round Up - Free Crochet Patterns Perfect for Spring  #shawl #wrap #crochet #crochetshawl #crochetwrap #spring #summer #crochetpatterns #freecrochetpattern

    Isn’t this shawl seriously gorgeous?! I love the colours! You can check out this new design from Annie Design Crochet HERE.

    Summer Breeze Shawl

    Spring Shawl and Wrap Crochet Round Up - Free Crochet Patterns Perfect for Spring #shawl #wrap #crochet #crochetshawl #crochetwrap #spring #summer #crochetpatterns #freecrochetpattern

    Although this shawl is worked up using a worsted weight yarn, it’s open work pattern keeps it feeling light and breezy. Find it HERE

    Spring Me Forward Triangle Scarf

    Spring Shawl and Wrap Crochet Round Up - Free Crochet Patterns Perfect for Spring #shawl #wrap #crochet #crochetshawl #crochetwrap #spring #summer #crochetpatterns #freecrochetpattern

    Got a couple of Lion Brand Mandala cakes laying around? Give this beautiful scarf ago. I know it technically isn’t a shawl but it could be easily made larger to be a shawl. Check out the free pattern HERE at Nana’s Crafty Home.

    Lavender Delight Shawl

    Lavender Delight Spring Shawl

    This spring shawl uses a self-striping yarn cake and works up in a jiff. Plus it has those chunky tassels that I love. Check it out on Yarnhild’s website HERE.

    Pineapple Peacock Shawl

    Pineapple Peacock Spring Shawl

    This spring shawl has been on my to-make list for a while. Some of the projects on Ravelry for this shawl made with Lion Brand Mandalas or Caron Cakes are amazing. This would be a great shawl to dress up an outfit for date night. Check it out HERE.

    Marina Wrap

    Marina Wrap

    Isn’t this wrap stunning? This wrap uses only one ball of Red Heart’s It’s a Wrap yarn. Check out the free pattern HERE.

    Crochet Diamond Blanket Scarf Wrap

    Crochet Diamond Blanket Scarf Wrap

    This wrap from YarnHookNeedles is really versatile. You can make it to wear during cool spring evenings but it’s breezy enough for warmer summer wearing as well. Check it out HERE.

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Clawdia Cat – Free Crochet Pattern

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    Clawdia Cat - Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb  #crochetcat #cat #kitten #amigurumi #amigurumicat #marymaxim #amigurumiyarn #amigirumipattern #crochet #crochetpattern #freecrochetpattern
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    This week’s free crochet pattern is for Clawdia Cat. When I was trying to name this pattern I had a few things in mind: J.K. Meowling, Cindy Clawford, Catrina. Obviously, I had to go with some sort of pun and Clawdia Cat eventually won out.

    Clawdia is a sweet little amigirumi cat made with Mary Maxim’s Amigurumi yarn. I discovered this yarn on a visit to my local Mary Maxim location and was intrigued. The yarn was cost-effective and I liked the feel of it so I decided to pick up a few balls to try it out. Mary Maxim Amigurumi yarn is a cotton/acrylic blend (51% acrylic/49% cotton) that gave this project a really nice finish. There was barely any of the typical halo you get when using 100% acrylic yarn. It’s a size 3 yarn and currently comes in 14 different colours.

    Don’t lose it! Add it to your Ravelry queue HERE.

    If they ever make this yarn in a worsted weight, I’m going to buy a ton of it. I really enjoyed working with it but I do have a preference for using worsted weight yarn for my projects. The balls of this yarn have 142 yards in them so I was almost able to get 2 full Clawdia cats from a single ball of grey which is pretty awesome. Ready to make your own Clawdia Cat? Let’s get started.

    Mary Maxim Amigurumi Yarn and Furls Crochet Hook on top

    Get an ad-free PDF version of this pattern for a small fee HERE and help me keep my patterns free.

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Amigurumi cat drinking tea

    Supplies:
    – Approx 77 yards (0.95 oz) of Mary Maxim Amigurumi yarn in Grey (colour Y150-0920) and approx. 12 yards (0.15 oz) in Red (colour Y270-0150) or another comparable size 3 yarn. 
    – 3.0 mm crochet hook
    – Pink and Black Embroidery Thread
    1 Craft Pipe Cleaner (optional)
    2 – 6mm safety eyes
    Polyester Stuffing
    Tapestry needle for weaving in ends and embroidery
    Stitch Markers
    Scissor

    Abbreviations:
    CH = Chain
    SC = Single Crochet
    SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
    HDC = Half Double Crochet
    DC = Double Crochet
    MC = Magic Circle
    SL ST = slip stitch
    FO = Finish Off

    Size: Finished size:  Approximately 5” from base to tip of ears

    NOTES: This pattern is worked in continuous rounds (unless indicated) which means you do not join the end of the rounds with a sl st. 

    Pattern

    Head & Body

    Using Grey yarn, make a MC.
    Row 1: SC 6 in the MC. (6)
    Row 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Row 3: (SC 1, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Row 4: SC 1, SCINC (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC 1 (24)
    Row 5: (SC3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
    Row 6: SC 2, SCINC (SC 4, SCINC) x 5, SC 2 (36)
    Row 7: (SC 5, SCINC) x 6 (42)
    Row 8: SC 3, SCINC (SC 6, SCINC) x 5, SC 3 (48)
    Rows 9 – 16: SC around (48) *Insert safety eyes in Row 11 with 4 stitches in between them*
    Row 17: SC 3, SCDEC (SC 6, SCDEC)x5, SC 3 (42)
    Row 18: (SC 5, SCDEC) x 6 (36) *Start stuffing, adding a bit more every couple of rows.  Stuff firmly*
    Row 19: SC 2, SCDEC (SC 4, SCDEC) x 5, SC 2 (30)
    Row 20: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6 (24)
    Row 21: SC 1, SCDEC (SC 2, SCDEC) x 5, SC 1 (18)
    Row 22: (SC 1, SCDEC) x 6 (12) *Stop stuffing*
    Row 23: (SC 1, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Row 24: SC 1, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC1 (24)
    Row 25: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
    Rows 26 – 32: SC around (30)
    Row 33: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6 (24) *Start stuffing, adding a bit more every couple of rows.  Stuff firmly*
    Row 34: SC 1, SCDEC (SC 2, SCDEC) x 5, SC 1 (18)
    Row 35: (SC 1, SCDEC) x 6 (12)
    Row 36: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    FO and weave in ends.

    Ears (Make 2)

    Using Grey yarn, make a MC.
    Row 1: SC 6 in the MC. (6)
    Row 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Rows 3 – 4: SC around (12)
    Row 5: (SC1, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Rows 6 – 8: SC around (18)
    FO leaving a long tail to sew onto head.  Sew an ear on either side of the head.

    Arms (Make 2)

    Using Grey yarn, make a MC.
    Row 1: SC 6 in the MC. (6)
    Row 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Rows 3 – 9: SC around (12) *start stuffing as you go; stuff firmly*
    Row 10: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    FO leaving a long tail to sew onto the body.  Secure onto the body.

    Legs (Make 2)

    Using Grey yarn, make a MC.
    Row 1: SC 6 in the MC. (6)
    Row 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Rows 3 – 9: SC around (12) *start stuffing as you go; stuff firmly*
    Row 10: (SCDEC, SC1) x 4 (8)
    FO leaving a long tail to sew onto the body.  Secure onto the body.

    Tail

    Using Grey yarn, make a MC.
    Row 1: SC 6 in the MC. (6)
    Rows 2 – 16: SC around (6)
    FO leaving a long tail to sew onto body.  If using the pipe cleaner so the tail is bendable, bend the tip of the pipe cleaner on itself so the wire won’t stick out the end.  Cut the pipe cleaner to the same size of the tail and insert it into the tail.  Sew the tail onto the body.

    Skirt

    Using red yarn, CH 30.
    Row 1: SC in the 2nd CH from the hook and in each stitch across.  CH 1 and turn. (29)
    Row 2: SC in the first stitch and in each stitch across.  CH 2 and turn. (29)
    Row 3: DC 2 in the first stitch.  DC 4 in the next 27 stitches.  DC 2 in the last stitch. (112)

    Bow

    Row 1: Using red yarn, CH 11.  DC 2 in the 3rd CH from the hook.  DC, HDC, SC, SL ST, SC, HDC, DC, DC 5 in the last CH.  Working on the other side of the chain, DC, HDC, SC, SL ST, SC, HDC, DC, DC 2 in the last CH.  Join with a SL ST.
    Row 2:  CH 1.  SC 5, SL ST, SC 11, SL ST, SC 5. Join with a SL ST to the first stitch.  FO and weave in ends.  Using a long piece of red yarn approximately 15” long, secure the end to the back, center point of the bow and wrap the yarn around the center of the box a few times.  When done wrapping, secure the yarn in the back and use the remaining length of yarn to sew the bow onto the head of your Clawdia Cat.

    Face

    Using the pink embroidery thread, embroider a nose.  Start in the stitch indicated below and insert your needle into the one stitch below and to the right of the starting stitch.  Fill in the stitches between the starting stitch and the indicated finishing stitch.  FO.

    Clawdia Cat Embroidery step 1

    To embroider the mouth, using black embroidery thread, start in the same stitch that the point of the nose is in.  Insert the needle in the stitch indicated below.

    Clawdia Cat Embroidery step 2

    Insert the needle through the indicated stitch below (three stitches to the right and one stitch up) and back through the last stitch.

    Clawdia Cat Embroidery step 3

    Insert the needle into the stitch three stitches over and one stitch up.

    Clawdia Cat Embroidery step 4

    Using the black yarn, embroider some eyelashes next to each eye.  Start in the stitch directly next to the centre/side of each eye.  Insert the needle into the next stitch and back up through the stitch you started the eyelashes in.  Bring the needle back out one stitch above the first eye lash.  Repeat with the other eye.

    Clawdia Cat Finished Embroidery

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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  • How To's

    How to Organize Your Yarn Stash

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    How to Organize Your Yarn Stash - Got a pile of yarn and don't know where to start taming your stash?  I share some tips to get started that will help you be more efficient and help you feel more creative.  #yarnstash #yarnorgnization #howto #organizeyarn #yarn #crochet


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    This week I wanted to talk about some tips to organize your yarn stash. I can appreciate crocheter’s that have it all together. You know the ones I’m talking about. The people sharing pictures on Instagram and Facebook of their yarn stash beautifully organized in a room that has never had a child in it. Everything is perfectly in it’s place. They have their hooks organized in beautiful containers and they’re sorted by size. If you’re one of those people, I bow down to you, yarn organization god/goddess. I will think of your yarn room jealously as I search for the crochet hook that I have forgotten in my mom bun…again.

    I’m guilty of having multiple works in progress which I leave on my side table so they are accessible when I fancy picking them up again. I always vow to do better but I follow my creativity and then forget I vowed to do better… yeah, I kinda suck. After my son recently told me “Mom, your yarn is everywhere” I realized it was time to get my sh** together and organize my yarn stash for good this time.

    Let’s put this out there now: there is no one right way to do this. This is all up to personal preference. So if you start organizing your yarn and then realize that it just isn’t working for you, try something different. Just do what works for you and your space.

    Assess Your Stash

    First things first, take a quick stock of what you have. You’re going to have to do this Marie Kondo style and just make a big old pile of all your yarn. Do you have more than you thought you had? *Eeek* Me too.

    Clean it Up

    Got a bunch of messy hanks/skeins/balls in your stash? Take the time to wind them up and make them look pretty again. It may seem tedious now when you have all this yarn laying about everywhere to put away but you’ll thank yourself later. This will help your yarn look it’s best when you put it away and could save space if you’ve got a bunch of messy skeins laying around.

    Tame Those Scraps

    Got a bunch of scraps laying around? Maybe you’re saving them for a fun scrappy blanket or you’re like me and you use them as stuffing for amigurumi. If you’re going to keep them, get em organized. Put them in a container or wind them up if you can. I keep mine in a fun container that has opaque sides so they aren’t visible and they’re all contained.

    Decide How You Want to Sort It

    This can be done a few different ways. Here are a few organization method ideas to get you started:

    • Fiber content
    • Yarn Size
    • Yarn Packaging (i.e. yarn cakes together, yarn skeins together, yarn balls together, etc.)
    • Colour
    • Skein Size
    • Brand/Label

    Make sure that you keep yarn of the same dye lot together so you aren’t ripping your newly organized stash apart trying to find them later. My current stash is organized by colour and then by yarn weight within the colours.

    Write It Down

    This is a great opportunity to make a quick inventory of what you have. I like to keep my stash inventoried in an Excel workbook but Ravelry also has a great feature where you can track your yarn stash. It also gives you pattern suggestions for your yarn stash. Thanks Ravelry!

    Let it Go

    I’m totally singing the popular Disney song in my head as I type this and I did so as I sorted my stash too. If you’re not going to use it and/or it doesn’t inspire you – let it go my friend. I know it’s hard but there’s no sense in keeping if if you won’t use it. Gift it to another crafter, sell it or donate it. Oh look! Room for more yarn!

    Wrangle Your WIPs

    If you have a load of WIPs that are needing to be frogged, do it now so it isn’t hanging over your head. Wind the yarn up and add it to the stash. If you’re not going to do that, maybe donate your project to another crocheter that may be interested in completing it or is at least willing to frog it for the yarn. If you have other WIPs that are still in the queue, assign a specific place for them. I like to keep mine in project bags so it looks a little neater.

    Regardless of how you organize your stash, make sure it works for you and inspires you. I like opening my yarn cabinet and knowing that something will likely jump out at me (not literally, I just organized it!) and inspire me.

    I hope you enjoyed this article on how to organize your yarn stash. Which tip helped you the most? Happy organizing!

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhal

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    Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhal - Free Amigurumi Pattern from The Loopy Lamb  #whale #narwhal #amigurumi #amigurumipattern #amigurumitoy #crochettoy #crochetpattern #crochetwhale #crochet #freecrochetpattern #crochetnarwhal

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    I had a whale-y good time coming up with the pattern for Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwal. This is my first published amigurumi pattern that I’ve designed that isn’t a cactus so I’m pretty excited about these guys. They are easily customized by adding bows, eyelashes etc. and they would make a cute baby shower gift or child’s gift. (If you are giving as a gift to a child, I would recommend embroidering eyes as safety eyes can be dangerous for young children).

    I feel like I can’t move in my house without finding one of these guys laying around. Once my kids saw what I was making, they each wanted one. Add in the extras I made to test the pattern and get it just right and there are a lot of whales. So I’m happy to say that I finally have it done and I won’t be making any more whales (at least for a week or two because I have a whale of a time making them).

    Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhale - Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb

#freecrochetpattern #crochetwhale #narwhal #crochetnarwal #whale #crochetpattern #moderncrochet #amigurumipattern #amigurumi #amigurumiwhale #amiguruminarwhal

    For this pattern you’ll need to know how to make a magic circle, single crochet, slip stitch, single crochet increase and single crochet decrease. Althought not necessary, you should know how to do the ultimate finish to get the best looking end to your tail fins. Planet June has a great tutorial and I highly recommend checking it out if you don’t already know how to do this technique. Check out Planet June’s Ultimate Finish Tutorial here.

    Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhal are made from the same pattern, just done in different colours and Ned is given a tusk to make him a Narwhal. I hope you enjoy making your own whales. Share them on Instagram by tagging me or using the hashtag #theloopylamb.

    Get an ad-free PDF version of this pattern for a small fee HERE and help me keep my patterns free.

    Ned the Narwhal

    Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhal Crochet Pattern

    Skill Level: Intermediate


    Supplies


    Abbreviations:

    CH = Chain
    SC = Single Crochet
    SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
    MC = Magic Circle
    SL ST = slip stitch
    FO = Finish Off

    Size: One Size – approximately 7.5” long from head to tail and 4.5” from pectoral fin to pectoral fin.

    NOTES:

    • Both Wanda and Ned are made from the same pattern but to make Ned, you’ll need to make the tusk in order to make Ned.  Wanda is Pink and Ned is Teal.
    • When finishing off your tail fins, I recommend using the ultimate finish technique.  You can find a wonderful tutorial for this technique HERE via the Planet June website.
    Wanda the amigurumi whale

    Pattern:

    Body:

    Row 1: Using your main colour, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Row 2: SCINC x 6 (12)
    Row 3: (SCINC, SC1) x 6 (18)
    Row 4: SC1, SCINC, (SC2, SCINC) x 5, SC1 (24)
    Row 5: (SC3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
    Row 6: SC2, SCINC (SC4, SCINC) x 5, SC2 (36)
    Row 7: (SC5, SCINC) x6 (42)
    Rows 8 – 21: SC around (42) – Insert safety eyes in stitch 21 and with 40 of Row 15.
    Row 22: (SC5, SCDEC) x 3, SC21 (39)
    Row 23: SC around (39)
    Row 24: (SC4, SCDEC) x 3, SC21 (36)
    Row 25: SC around (36)
    Row 26: SC2, SCDEC, (SC3, SCDEC) x 3, SCDEC, SC15 (31)
    *Start stuffing, adding a bit more stuffing every few rows.  Stuff firmly.*
    Row 27: SC around (31)
    Row 28: (SCDEC, SC2) X 4, SCDEC, SC13 (26)
    Row 29: SC around (26)
    Row 30: (SCDEC, SC1) X 4, SCDEC, SC10, SCDEC (20)
    Row 31: SC around (20)
    Row 32: (SCDEC, SC1) X 3, SCDEC, SC5, SCDEC X2 (14)
    Row 33 – 35: SC around (14)
    Row 36: SCDEC, SC5, SCDEC, SC5 (12)
    Row 37: SC around (12)
    Row 38: SCDEC, SC4, SCDEC, SC4 (10)
    Row 39: (SCINC) X 2, SC2, (SCINC) X 3, SC2, SCINC (16)
    Row 40: SC around (16)
    Row 41: SC4, (SCINC) x 2, SC6, (SCINC) X 2, SC2 (20)
    Row 42:
    (SCINC) X 4, SC6, (SCINC) X4, SC6 (28)
    Row 43: SC around (28)
    Row 44: SC11, SLST through 12TH and 25TH STS together.  Place a stitch marker in stitch 24. Turn work and work right tail fin in the next stitch to the left of the SL ST. SC2 (14)

    How to crochet the whale tail


    Row 45: SC4, SCDEC, SC5, skip SL ST from previous round, SC 2 (12)
    Row 46: (SCDEC, SC2) X 3 (9)
    Row 47:
    (SCDEC, SC1) X 3 (6)FO and weave in ends.

    LEFT TAIL FIN

    Row 1:  Attach yarn into stitch 24 of Row 44.  SC in that stitch and place a stitch marker (this is now your first stitch). SC around (13)  * Start stuffing, adding a bit more stuffing every few rows.  Stuff firmly.*
    Row 2: SC6, SCDEC, SC5 (12)
    Row 3: (SCDEC, SC2) x3 (9)
    Row 4: (SCDEC, SC1) x 3 (6)
    FO and weave in ends.

    PECTORAL FINS (make 2)

    Row 1: MC 5 (5)
    Row 2:  (SCINC) x 5 (10)
    Row 3:  SC around (10)
    Row 4: (SCINC, SC4) x2 (12)
    Row 5 – 6:  SC around (12)
    Row 7: (SC4, SCDEC) x 2 (10)
    Row 8: (SC3, SCDEC) x 2 (8)
    FO leaving a long tail to sew fin on to the body.  Sew a fin on either side of the body

    TUSK (optional for if you’re making Ned the Narwhal)

    Row 1: Using white yarn, leave a long enough chain to sew the horn onto the body, CH12.  Join with SL ST to the first CH to make a circle, taking care not to twist your chain. (12)
    Row 2: CH 1, SC in the 1st stitch and in each stitch around.  Do not join at the end of the round.  (12)
    Row 3: (SC4, SCDEC) x 2 (10)
    Row 4:  SC around (10)
    Row 5: (SC3, SCDEC) x 2 (8)
    Row 6: SC around (8)
    Row 7: (SC2, SCDEC) x 2 (6)
    Row 8: SC around (6)
    Row 9: (SC1, SCDEC) x 2 (4)
    FO and weave in ends.  Sew onto the middle of the head and weave in ends.

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

    I’d love to see your finished Wanda the Whale and Ned Narwhal  Please share your finished makes by tagging the pattern on Ravelry, sharing it to our Facebook page or using #theloopylamb on Instagram.  Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest 

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    Ready for another fun amigurumi pattern? Try Clawdia Cat!

  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Snuggle and Play Crochet – A Crochet Book Review

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    Snuggle and Play Crochet by Caroline Guzman Benitez - A Crochet Book Review by The Loopy Lamb

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    A baby! A baby! Everyone I know is having a baby! Maybe it’s just me but I feel like there are spurts where I am crocheting a lot of baby shower gifts. I don’t like to make everyone the same things over and over because hey, that’s boring and not fun for me. So I’m always on the look out for inspiration or patterns to use in a pinch when making baby shower gifts. Snuggle and Play Crochet by Carolina Guzman Benitez. I found this book during my last trip to the library and I wanted to share this little gem with you all.

    What drew me to this book initially were the adorable little monkeys on the cover and the fact that the cover says there are “40 amigurumi patterns for lovey security blankets and matching toys”. With 40 different patterns how can you get bored? Unless you’re invited to 40 baby showers in a year (if you are attending 40 baby showers, I am so so so sorry) you could likely make something different for each shower you attend over a couple of years and eliminate hours of searching for a new pattern each time.

    Snuggle and Play Crochet has 20 different toy patterns and matching lovey blankets. The toys in the book include:

    • Teddy Bear
    • Bunny
    • Dog
    • Cat
    • Zebra
    • Rhino
    • Giraffe
    • Hipp0
    • Frog
    • Sheep
    • Panda
    • Cow
    • Dug
    • Pig
    • Reindeer
    • Mouse
    • Fox
    • Monkey
    • Girl doll
    • Boy doll
    Snuggle and Play Crochet by Caroline Guzman Benitez - A Crochet Book Review by The Loopy Lamb

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    The patterns in this book are C-U-T-E! You will be a big hit at any baby shower (or other gift giving occassion for babies/kids) giving something you made from this book. For the loveys, 5 basic blanket patterns are used and it’s easy enough to switch up the blanket you use for the lovey you’re making.

    I found this book to be really accessible for beginners. Each pattern includes the written instructions and the charts. Snuggle and Play crochet also has a clear, concise references section in the back to explain basic stitches, abbreviations and various techniques. The book is loaded with crisp, clean pictures that make the characters jump out and scream “make me!”.

    All the amigurumi and loveys in Snuggle and Play Crochet use safety eyes which of course, makes them look uber adorable and polished looking. However, safety eyes aren’t a great idea for items for small children that are likely to put their precious playthings in their mouth. The author does recommend embroidering the eyes for toys being made for young children but never actually gives instructions anywhere on how to do that. If you don’t mind the book providing you with those alternatives and are ok to wing it/google how to do it then it’s fine. But if you’re a beginner picking the book up and have never embroidered before, you’ll need to do a quick google or youtube search.

    Other than missing that small detail, the book is great. It’s clear, comprehensive and just darn cute. Snuggle and Play Crochet by Carolina Guzman Benitez makes a great, quick resource with plenty of options for baby/kids gifts which can help eliminate hours of research on google/pinterest/ravlery etc.

    If you’re interested in buying Snuggle and Play Crochet, it can be purchase from Amazon HERE. If you purchase through this link, I will get a small commission which helps keep my site running and free.

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  • How To's

    How to Read a Yarn Label

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    How to Read a Yarn Label - Make sure you're buying the right yarn for your next project!

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    When you’re a beginner, wanting to pick out yarn for that new project you’re wanting to tackle, it can be easy to get overwhelmed or confused by all the choices available. You pick up a pretty yarn and turn it over to look at the label and you have no idea what any of that means. What does that number on the yarn ball mean? What the heck are those little squares with the needles on them? It may not seem overly important at the time, especially if you’re just buying the yarn based on it’s squish-factor but that label has a lot of important info on it that you’ll need. Here I’ll walk you through how to read a yarn label so next time you go yarn shopping, you can easily determine what that label is trying to tell you and whether it’s the yarn you need.

    Here is a yarn label I have from a skein of Bernat Blanket yarn.

    How to Read a Yarn Label - Make sure you're buying the right yarn for your next project!

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    1. Weight: Whenever you see this symbol, it indicates what the weight of the yarn is. Yarn weight standards are determined by the Craft Yarn Council. You can check out their standards system HERE. This particular yarn is a super bulky weight yarn.
    2. Knitting Gauge: This symbols shows the knitting gauge of the yarn. You should be able to get a 10cm x 10 cm or 4 in by 4 in square by knitting 8 stitches by 14 rows using 8mm needles.
    3. Crochet Gauge: This symbol shows crochet gauge of the yarn. You should be able to get a 10cm x 10 cm or 4 in by 4 in square by crocheting 6 single crochets stitches for 8 rows. The gauge information is helpful if you are considering substituting a yarn for your project. If the gauge on the yarn you want to use matches the gauge of the yarn the project calls for, generally, you should be able to use that yarn for your project.
    4. Washing Information: If you’re spending that time to create something, you’ll want to take care of it. The label includes information about how to care for your finished item made from the yarn. Symbol a) means that items are machine washable in cold water. Symbol b) means do not use bleach. Symbol c) means you can tumble dry this item on low heat (bonus!) Symbol d) means do not iron. Symbol e) means do not dry clean. You can get the list of what all the washing instruction symbols mean here at the Craft Yarn Council Website.
    5. Material(s): This tells you what the yarn is comprised of. In this case, 100% polyester. Some yarns are made of a blend of multiple fibers and how much of each fibre is used to make up the content will be listed here. I.e. 20% merino wool, 60% acrylic, 20% nylon.
    6. Net Weight, Yards/Meters: Here you’ll find how much yarn is in the skein. This information is vital. If your project needs 800 yards of Bernat Blanket yarn, you are going to need to make sure you buy enough yarn for your project. This skein has 220 yards of yarn in it so I would need to by 4 skeins in order to have enough for my project.

    I hope this helps you decipher your yarn labels! Happy yarn shopping!

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Penny the Bunny Cactus Crochet Pattern

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    Penny the Bunny Cactus - Free Crochet Pattern Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog

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    If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love to crochet cacti with personality. When brainstorming my list of projects, a bunny cactus was high on my list. I had a lot of ideas floating around in my head and I decided that I wanted something with a clean and simple but adorable look. Soon after, Penny the Bunny Cactus was born.

    Originally, Penny was going to be named Betsy but it just didn’t feel like the best fit for her. So thank you to everyone on Facebook and Instragram that suggested names for Penny. There were a lot of great suggestions which made it very difficult to choose. Eventually I narrowed it down to two and it was a coin toss after that.

    You can make your very own by following the free crochet pattern for Penny the Bunny Cactus below.

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    Level: Intermediate

    Materials:

    Terminology: US terminology

    Stitches Used and Abbreviations:

    MC:    magic circle
    CH: chain
    SC: single crochet
    SCINC: single crochet increase
    SCDEC: single crochet descrease
    HDC: half double crochet
    HDCINC: half double crochet increase
    SLST: slip stitch
    BLO: back loop only
    ST(s): stitch (es)
    FO: finish off

    Measurement:  Approximately 5.5” tall from bottom of soil to top of head once assembled (ears not included in measurement)

    Important Notes:

    • No matter your skill level, I always suggest that you read through the pattern from beginning to end before beginning your work just to be sure you don’t have any questions that might cause frustration in the midst of your project.
    • Instructions within the brackets () are to be repeated the number of times specified next to the brackets.
    Penny the Bunny Cactus - Free Crochet Pattern Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog

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    Penny the Bunny Cactus Crochet Pattern

    SOIL

    Worked in continuous rounds.

    Row  1:  Using  brown  yarn,  make  a  MC  and  SC  6  into  the  MC (6)
    Row  2:  (SCINC)  x  6  (12)
    Row  3:  (SCINC,  SC  1) x 3  (18)
    Row  4:  SC,  SCINC,  (SC  2,  SCINC) x  5,  SC  1  (24)
    Row  5:  (SCINC,  SC  3) x  6  (30)
    Row  6:  SC  2,  SCINC  (SC  4,  SCINC) x  5,  SC  2  (36)
    Rows  7  –  16:  SC  around  (36)
    Row  17:  SC  2,  SCDEC,  (SC  4,  SCDEC) x  5,  SC  2  (30)
    Row  18:  (SCDEC,  SC  3)  x  6  (24)
    Row  19:  SC,  SCDEC,  (SC  2,  SCDEC) x  5,  SC  1  (18)
    Row  20:  (SCDEC,  SC)  x  6  (12)
    Row  21:  (SCDEC)  x  6  (6)
    FO  and  weave  in  ends.

    Cactus Body

    Using green and leaving a long tail, CH20.

    Row 1: SC in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each chain across.  CH1 and turn. (19)
    Row 2: SC in the first stitch.  SC in the back loop of the next 17 stitches.  SC under both loops of the last stitch (19)
    Repeat row 2 until the piece measures 16 cm.
    FO, leaving a long tail.  Work a running stitch along the long side of the cactus, working into the row ends.  Pull the yarn tight to close the cactus (like a drawstring).  Without fastening off, seam the two short sides together by putting the needle through the bottom loop of both stitches to recreate the ribbing effect for the seam. Insert the safety eyes with two ridges between them. Stuff firmly.  Work a running stitch along the open edge and pull tightly to close the cactus completely.  Secure and weave in your ends.  Sew onto soil.

    Ears (make 2 in pink (inner ear) and 2 in white (outer ear))

    CH 11
    Row 1: SC in the 2nd CH from the hook.  SC 6.  HDC 2, HDC 5 in the last CH.  Working on the other side of the chain, HDC 2, SC 7.  CH 1 and turn.(23)
    Row 2:
    SC 7, HDC 2, HDCINC x 5, HDC 2, SC 7.(28)  FO.

    Ear Assembly: To assemble the ears, we are going to crochet through the stitches of both ear pieces (one pink and one white).  Take a pink ear and a white ear and put the two wrong sides together.   Attach the white yarn in the first stitches of both the pink and white pieces.  SC in the first stitch of both pieces.  SC 6, HDC 2, (HDCINC) x 10, HDC 2, SC 7.  FO with long tail to secure the ear to the head.  Repeat with remaining ear pieces to create the second ear.

    Secure each ear to the head of the cactus approximately an inch to an inch and a half apart.

    Bow

    Row 1:
    Using red yarn, CH 11.  DC 2 in the 3rd CH from the hook.  DC, HDC, SC, SL ST, SC, HDC, DC, DC 5 in the last CH.  Working on the other side of the chain, DC, HDC, SC, SL ST, SC, HDC, DC, DC 2 in the last CH.  Join with a SL ST.
    Row 2:  CH 1.  SC 5, SL ST, SC 11, SL ST, SC 5. Join with a SL ST to the first stitch.  FO and weave in ends.  Using a long piece of red yarn approximately 15” long, secure the end to the back, center point of the bow and wrap the yarn around the center of the box a few times.  When done wrapping, secure the yarn in the back and use the remaining length of yarn to sew the bow onto the head.


    Using the pink embroidery thread, embroider a nose.  Using the black yarn, embroider some eyelashes next to each eye.

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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    Penny the Bunny Cactus - Free Crochet Pattern Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog

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    Want to try another cactus character? Try one of these:
    Randy the Reindeer Cactus
    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler

  • Pattern Round Up

    Free Valentine’s Day Crochet Pattern Round Up

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    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

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    Love is in the air and I’ve rounded up some adorable free Valentine’s Day crochet patterns and projects for you all.

    Crochet Conversation Hearts

    These Crochet Conversation Hearts from Once Upon a Cheerio are so fun! The Netflix & Chill one sounds like my kind of Valentine’s Day. Check out the free pattern HERE on the Once Upon a Cheerio blog.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Wool You Be Mine Cards

    So this one isn’t exactly a crochet project but it is still insanely adorable and definitely needs to be on this list. It’s perfect for the yarn addict in your life, someone that enjoys puns or anyone that knows you’re a little nutty for crochet. Check out the tutorial on the All About Ami blog HERE.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Little Sweetheart Hat

    This Little Sweetheart Hat from Lace Kennedy Crochet is beautiful and the colours are just perfect for Valentine’s Day for your little one. Check it out HERE.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Crochet Heart Keychain

    Learn how to make these cute an easy heart keychains with this video tutorial from Jennae’s DIY Studio HERE.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Crochet Strawberry Hearts

    Move over chocolate covered strawberries! These crochet strawberry hearts are way cuter and they are calorie free. Check out the free pattern HERE on the Magic Loop Blog.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Heart Corner to Corner Scarf

    This heart scarf is so pretty and fun! Nana’s Craft Home blog gives you instructions on how to make this great scarf but there is also a pattern to make a matching hat. Check it out HERE.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.


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  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Crochet Animal Rugs: A Crochet Book Review

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    Crochet Animal Rugs by Ira Rott - A Crochet Book Review by The Loopy Lamb

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    If you’ve been following my blog or have read one of my crochet book reviews, you may have caught on that I love books and my local library. I typically discover many of the books I review with a visit to the library or looking online at the library’s online catalogue. My discovery of this book is no different.

    My local library has this section of books right when you walk in where they feature a different topic, author or genre. When I visit the library I’m usually on a mission so this shelf gets a passing glance and unless something catches my eye, this shelf is barely registered other than to avoid crashing into it. (This may have happened to me before but that’s a story for another day). Anyways, the last time I walked into the library this shelf practically jumped out and screamed at me to look at it (which I wish it had done that time I crashed into it…). The whole shelf was dedicated to fiber arts!

    After having a little fangirl type scream in my head, I started some serious browsing. There were books on spinning, dying yarn, crochet, knitting, weaving, etc. That’s when Crochet Animal Rugs by Ira Rott caught my eye. Having seen some of Ira’s work shared online previously, I knew who the book was by before picking it up.

    Ira has this whimsical, fun style to her designs that I absolutely LOVE. The crochet animal rugs in this book are fun, accessible to crocheters of any level and kids will love them. Well, at least both my kids do since I had to wrestle the book out of one of their hands just to get some pictures for this post. 🤦 My son has already placed orders for the crab and dinosaur rugs. Kids aren’t the only ones drawn to the designs either. My husband wants one of the crab pillows from this book.

    Although the title is Crochet Animal Rugs, you’ll find matching accessories for each rug so you can really deck out your little one’s room. Some of the accessories include, pillows, security blankets, stool covers and toy bags. Everything in this book is beyond adorable and you could really have some fun making a menagerie of animal items for your kids.

    Crochet Animal Rugs also covers instructions for techniques you’ll need to create one of these lovlies including how to add a non-slip lining. Charts and written instructions are provided for the patterns as well as some beautiful photos to help with construction.

    Overall I LOVE this book and will definitely be making it a part of my collection soon. The book can be purchased HERE from Amazon or you can check out Ira’s website (https://irarott.com/) where she has other fabulous patterns available for purchase.

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