• Product Reviews

    We Crochet Spring & Summer Yarns for Crocheters Review

    Collage of yarn with text indicating Spring and summer yarns review of yarns from We Crochet
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    Spring is in the air and that means people are putting away those super chunky and wool yarns to make way for light and breezy summer yarns. I don’t know about you but I don’t think I have ever been this excited for spring and summer projects. Our friends over at We Crochet sent me some of their spring and Summer Yarns to review and I’m so excited to share them with you. This week I’ll be doing an overview of each of the yarns I’m reviewing and each week, check back here for a more detailed, in-depth review of each of the yarns here. My hands are itching to get hooking up some dreamy spring makes so let’s get started.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    Lindy Chain

    three balls of Lindy chain yarn with a furls crochet hook in a flat lay

    Lindy Chain is a fingering weight yarn that’s a 70% linen, 30% Pima Cotton Blend. Great for garments, bags, spring and summer accessories, Lindy Chain makes a beautiful, light-weight fabric that will get softer as you wash and wear it. Available in 26 colours. Check it out HERE.

    CotLin

    hand holding a ball of cyan cotlin with a crochet swatch and furls crochet hook

    Oh CotLin, how I love thee. CotLin is one of my favourite yarns on this list. It’s a DK weight yarn that’s a blend of 70% Tanguis Cotto, 30% Linen. I’ve been working on a garment design with this yarn and it is L-O-V-E. I’ve already done a detailed review of this yarn, including why I think it may be one of the best yarns for summer HERE. Available in 44 incredible colours HERE.

    Comfy Worsted

    Comfy worsted yarn on a grey crocheted fabric with a hand holding a furls odyssey hook

    Comfy Worsted is another of my favourite yarns on this list. It’s a worsted weight 75% Pima Cotton/25% acrylic blend yarn that is oh so soft. It’s dreamy. I used this yarn to design my first garment pattern, the Comfy Spring Cardi and it is incredible next to skin. Great for garments, bags, accessories and even amigurumi. Available in 33 great colours HERE. It is also available in fingering weight HERE. Check out my detailed review of this yarn HERE.

    Watch the Video Version of this Spring and Summer Yarns Review Here:

    Shine Worsted

    three different colours of one of the summer yarns being reviewed: shine worsted

    Shine is a very soft worsted weight yarn that’s a blend of 60% Pima Cotton and 40% Modal natural beech wood fiber. The Pima Cotton brings that great soft touch while the beech wood fiber brings along that shine, for which this yarn is named. Available in 30 different great colours HERE, this yarn can be used for a wide variety of different projects. Shine is also available in sport weight HERE.

    Snuggle Puff

    Snuggle Puff yarn, one of the spring and summer yarns availble from We Crochet

    Probably the softest yarn on this list, Snuggle Puff is an Aran/Heavy Worsted weight 70% Pima Cotton/30% Nylon roving yarn. It’s fluffy and super lightweight. I’m working on a large amigurumi design with it and it has been an absolutely joy to work with. Available in 16 different colours HERE.

    Billow

    Billow is a Bulky weight 100% Pima Cotton yarn that is lushiously soft. If you’re into chunky makes and you are bummed to put away those bulky winter yarns, then you’re going to love Billow. Billow has a thick and thin texture in the strand which I’m not normally a huge fan of but between the gorgeous colours and lovely softness, this yarn is calling me from my shelves to come and play. Available in 18 different beautiful colours HERE.

    I really enjoyed checking out these spring and summer yarns for crocheters and I hope that I’ve introduced you to something new. If you’ve tried using these yarns, I’d love to hear what your experience was and what you made with them. Let me know in the comment section below.

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Free Crochet Teddy Bear Pattern

    hands holding a furry crochet bear that was made with this free crochet teddy bear pattern
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    This week, I have a free crochet teddy bear pattern to share with you to make my little friend named Bearrison Bear. Bearrison is a quick and easy crochet teddy bear made with faux fur yarn. The faux fur yarn elevates this simple project to give it a store-bought look and it’s just way too cute.

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    After I released my patterns for my crochet bear ornament and my teddy bear lovey, I got a lot of requests for a classic teddy bear so I wasted no time getting work on a free crochet teddy bear pattern for you all. While I was working on this pattern, my son came over and asked me if I was making a “Bearrison” which is the name he gave to his favourite teddy bear. Bearrison is an important part of our lives and I thought it would be fun to name this little guy Bearrison too. Once I told my son that yes, this would be a Bearrison too, there was no discussion as to where Bearrison would be ending up after I took photos of him. My son loves his new Bearrison and has even taken it to school for show and tell.

    This free crochet teddy bear pattern is worked with simple crochet stitches and shaping. I used We Crochet’s Fable Fur for this design and it’s my absolute favourite faux fur yarn. The names of the colours of Fable Fur yarns are all named in different languages for the word “bear” so I kind of enjoy that this teddy bear is made in the colourway bear, when translated to english anyways.

    close up image of the furry teddy bear face

    Tips for Working with Faux Fur Yarns

    If this is your first time making faux fur amigurumi, don’t be intimidated. Faux fur yarn is incredibly forgiving so even if you think you’ve made a mistake, the odds are, it’ll be hidden by the fur. I recommend that first time faux fur yarn users check out my tips & tricks for working with faux fur yarns video below. I’ve included my tops tips & tricks for working with faux fur yarns, some of which, are amigurumi pattern specific. If you’d prefer the written version of the video, you can check that out HERE.

    Other Free Crochet Patterns Using Faux Fur Yarns:

    If you haven’t seen my other faux fur yarn crochet patterns that I’ve published so far, check them out here:

    hand holding a faux fur teddy bear made with this free crochet teddy bear pattern

    Skill Level:

    • Easy


    Terminology:

    • U.S. Terminology

    Supplies:

    If you’re planning on buying the materials for this project, please consider doing so through this affiliate link. It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free crochet patterns like this one.

    Abbreviations:

    • CH = Chain
    • FO = Finish Off
    • MC = Magic Circle
    • SC = Single Crochet
    • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
    • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    • SL ST = Slip Stitch
    • ST = Stitch


    Finished Size:
     

    • Approximately 8” tall

    Gauge: 

    • 4 sts x 5 rows = 2”

    You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this crochet teddy bear pattern for a small fee HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.


    Notes:

    • Gauge is not vital to project as long as the same tension is maintained throughout the project and there are no holes that stuffing can be seen through in the bear parts.  Yarn amounts are based on the gauge given so not matching gauge may affect the amount of yarn needed for the project. 
    • A 5.5mm crochet hook is recommended but if you find you are unable to feel your stitches with the fur, you can adjust your hook until you can more easily feel your stitches to know where to place your stitches.  This may however affect your gauge and therefore, the amount of yarn needed. 
    • Parts are crocheted in continuous rounds (unless stated otherwise).  Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated.  A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.
    • All pieces made in the Fable Fur are worked and sewn onto the project with the wrong side facing out to show the better-looking side of the fur. 

    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 blog: https://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

    Free Crochet Teddy Bear Pattern: Bearrison Bear

    amigurumi bear made with faux fur yarn, next to a ball of fable fur and a furls crochet hook

    Head & Body

    Round 1: Make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)

    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)

    Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6 (18)

    Rounds 4 – 8:
    SC around (18) – Place safety eyes in Row 4 with 2 sts between them

    Start adding stuffing, adding a bit more as you work.
    Round 9: (SC 1, SCDEC) x 6 (12)

    Round 10: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)

    Round 11: (SCINC) x 6 (12)

    Rounds 12 – 18: SC around (12)

    Round 19: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)

    FO leaving a long tail to sew up the hole.  Add a bit more stuffing and sew up the hole.  Weave in ends.

    Nose

    Round 1: Make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)

    Rounds 2 – 3: SC around (6)
    Join last ST for the first ST with a SL ST. FO, leaving a long tail to sew onto the face of the bear.  Put safety nose through the center of the MC of the nose, add a bit of stuffing and sew onto the face just below the eyes. 

    Ears (Make 2):

    Round 1: Make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)

    Join the last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long tail to sew onto the head.  Sew each ear onto the head.

    Arms (Make 2)

    Round 1: Make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)

    Rounds 2 – 7: SC around (6)

    FO leaving a long tail to sew onto body.  Lightly stuff.  Sew onto either side of the body, just below the neck.

    Leg (Make 2)

    Round 1: Make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)

    Rounds 2 – 7: SC around (6)

    FO leaving a long tail to sew onto body.  Lightly stuff.  Sew onto either side of the body.

    Finishing:

    Use your scissors to trim the fur lightly around the nose and eyes so that the fur doesn’t obstruct them.  This is an optional step but helps make his features more visible.

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  • Product Reviews

    We Crochet CotLin Yarn Review

    Hand holding a ball of We Crochet CotLin yarn with a crochet swatch, word overly indicating a yarn review
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    It’s another Yarn Review Saturday here and today we’re taking a look at some We Crochet CotLin Yarn. I’ve been working on some spring designs and exploring some new yarns that are great for spring and summer, and CotLin is one of the yarns I’ve been checking out. So I thought I’d share with you my experience working with CotLin yarn with you today. Check out last week’s cotton blend yarn review of Comfy Worsted HERE.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    Before we get into our yarn review, let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here:

    We Crochet CotLin Yarn:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 45. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen
    • Weight: 3 (Dk)
    • Package Size: 50g
    • Yardage: 123 yd / 50 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 4.5 – 5.5mm (G+ – I)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 3.75 – 4.5mm (US 5 – 7)
    • Crochet Gauge: 12 – 17 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 5.5 sts = 1″
    • Care: Machine washable, tumble dry low
    If you’re planning on buying some We Crochet CotLin Yarn, please consider doing so through this affiliate link. It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free yarn reviews like this one and free crochet patterns.

    Check out the video review of We Crochet CotLin yarn:

    We Crochet CotLin Yarn in a bowl next to a hand making notes about a crochet swatch

    We Crochet CotLin yarn comes in an impressive array of beautiful colours. I knew I was going to want to design something for summer with this yarn so I got a bunch of CotLin yarn in the colour Cyan. I am a total sucker for this colour so when I saw it was an option, it became the only option for me in that moment. The colour is bold and fantastically vibrant. I love it.

    Now this yarn came to me in the same box as the Comfy Worsted yarn that I reviewed last week. Both of these yarns are cotton blends but they have totally different feels to them. The CotLin doesn’t have that instant soft, squish appeal as the Comfy Worsted does, but to be fair, Comfy Worsted is made with Pima Cotton and that’s pretty hard to beat or be compared to.

    Working with CotLin was great. I didn’t have any issues with splitting and the fabric created in my swatches were softer to touch than the yarn was in while in the ball. I did two different swatches with this yarn as I usually do: one with basic stitches and one with tunisian stitches. Stitch definition was great on both swatches. The tunisian sample felt softer than the basic stitches after finishing my swatches. I have no idea why that is but it’s just something I observed. What I’m really excited to see is how this yarn will feel after washing it a few times. Linen tends to soften the more you wash it.

    Crochet swatch in simple stitches using CotLin Yarn
    Tunisian crochet sampe swatch in a flat lay with crochet accessories

    I went full nerd when doing my reviews of cotton yarns because I wanted to learn all about the benefits of different cottons, what some of their properties were and ultimately just learn as much as I could about them. I won’t get into the nitty gritty of everything I learned but I’ll give you some facts I learned that made me SUPER excited to use CotLin for a summer wearable design this year. Tanguis Cotton (the cotton used for CotLin) is a really strong and absorbant cotton. Garments made with tanguis cotton are known for being more breatable because this cotton absorbs and releases moisture quickly. Pair those qualities with linen, which is known for being breathable and keeping you cool, summer garments made in CotLin will likely be a dream to wear. And the more you wear and wash them, the softer they’ll get. I doubt my hands can crochet fast enough to keep up with my excitement about this.

    Besides garments, this yarn would be fantastic for bags. Super strong, durable and comes in a variety of gorgeous colours? Sounds like everything I look for in a yarn for bags! I can’t wait to get started on my project using this yarn. In fact, I’m going to go get started on that now. Happy Hooking friends!

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried CotLin yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

    If you’re intersted in giving CotLin yarn a try, check it out HERE.

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Teddy Bear Lovey Free Crochet Pattern

    Teddy Bear Lovey made with this free crochet pattern in a flat lay with crochet accessories
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    I’ve been getting requests from many of you for some lovey toy patterns and I’m happy to say that I have a teddy bear lovey free crochet pattern to share with you all today. My Cuddle Bear Lovey comes with two different blanket types that you can choose from for your toy: a striped blanket made with worsted weight yarn and another blanket made entirely with faux fur yarn. The faux fur yarn version is so soft and lushious that I kind of want one for me. If this is your first time working with faux fur yarns, I’ll include some resources here as well to help you be successful when working with faux fur yarns.

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    I have two new free crochet lovey patterns available now to complete the My Cuddle Friend series:

    Using faux fur yarns to make amigurumi can be intimidating for some people. I get it. I used to be really nervous about trying it but once I actually gave it a try I fell head over heels for working with it. If this is your first time using faux fur yarns, this teddy bear lovey free crochet pattern is a great pattern to finally give it a try. The bear is small and quick to make so it’s not a huge committment in terms of time or resources. Faux fur yarn is incredibly forgiving so if you don’t have the tidiest seaming when putting your teddy bear lovey, no one can tell. The fur hides it all and still looks great! Check out my tips and tricks for using faux fur yarns in the video below (or find the write up HERE) so you can hit the ground running. If you’re looking to give faux fur yarns a try, I recommend using Fable Fur from WeCrochet (found HERE). It’s my favourite faux fur yarn as it has a thick strap on the back of the yarn which helps you feel the stitches, even if you can’t see them.

    Other Free Crochet Patterns Using Faux Fur Yarns:

    If you haven’t seen my other faux fur yarn crochet patterns that I’ve published so far, check them out here:

    Polar bear baby lovey in a flat lay with a plant, crochet hook and scissor

    Skill Level:

    • Easy


    Terminology:

    • U.S. Terminology

    Supplies for Bear with Fur Blanket:

    two amigurumi bears turned into lovey toys in a flat lay next to eachother.

    Supplies for Bear with Granny Square Blanket:

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    Abbreviations:


    Finished Size:
     

    • Bear Head: Approximately 3.5” tall
    • Blanket Size (Both Versions): 12” x 12”

    Gauge: 

    • Bear Head & Arms: 4 sts x 5.5 rows = 2”
    • Fur Blanket: 2 sts x 2 rows = 2”
    • Granny Square Blanket: 16 sts x 8 rows = 4”


    Notes:

    • Gauge is not vital to project as long as the same tension is maintained throughout the project and there are no holes that stuffing can be seen through in the bear parts.  Yarn amounts are based on the gauge given so not matching gauge may affect the amount of yarn needed for the project. 
    • A 5.5mm and 8.0mm crochet hooks are recommended for the faux fur portions of the project but if you find you are unable to feel your stitches with the fur, you can adjust your hook until you can more easily feel your stitches to know where to place your stitches.  This may however affect your gauge and therefore, the amount of yarn needed. 
    • The Bear head, ears, nose and arms are worked in continuous rounds (unless stated otherwise).  Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated.  A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.
    • All pieces made in the Fable Fur are worked and sewn onto the project with the wrong side facing out to show the better-looking side of the fur. 
    • The CH 3 at the beginning of each round in the granny square blanket counts as a DC.
    • The CH 2 spaces in the corners of the blanket are not included in the stitch count for each row.

    You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.

    Teddy Bear Lovey Free Crochet Pattern

    close up image of an amigurumi bear head made with faux fur yarn

    Head

    Round 1: Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Rounds 4 – 8:
    SC around (18) – Place safety eyes in Row 4 with 2 sts between them
    Start adding stuffing, adding a bit more as you work.
    Round 9: (SC 1, SCDEC) x 6 (12)
    Round 10: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    FO leaving a long tail to sew up the hole.  Add a bit more stuffing and sew up the hole.  Weave in ends.

    Nose

    Round 1: Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Rounds 2 – 3: SC around (6)
    Join last ST for the first ST with a SL ST. FO, leaving a long tail and sew onto the face of the bear.  Put safety nose through the center of the MC of the nose, add a bit of stuffing and sew onto the face just below the eyes. 

    Teddy Bear Lovey with a fur blanket in a flat lay

    Ears (Make 2):

    Round 1: Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Join the last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long tail to sew onto the head.  Sew each ear onto the head.

    Arms (Make Two)

    Round 1: Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Rounds 2 – 7: SC around (6)
    FO leaving a long tail to sew onto body.  Do NOT stuff.  Sew onto either side of the bottom, center-point of the head.

    Fur Blanket

    Row 1: Using Fable Fur and 8.0mm hook, CH 24.  SC in the 2nd CH from the hook and each CH across (23)
    Rows 2 – 24: CH 1 and turn.  SC across. (23)
    FO and weave in ends.

    Teddy Bear Lovey in a flay lay with a crochet hook and scissors

    Striped Blanket

    Round 1: Using Brava Worsted in Cornflower, CH 4 and join last CH to the first CH with a SL ST to form a ring.  CH 3 (counts as first DC here and throughout), DC 2, CH 2, *DC 3 into the ring, CH 2* repeat instructions in the **3 times. Join last ST to the top of the first ST (not the CH 3) with a SL ST (from here on out referred to only as Join). (12)
    Round 2: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 3* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP.  Join. (28)
    Round 3: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 3, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 7* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 2.  Join. (44)
    Round 4 CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 5, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 11* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 4.  Join. (60)
    Change to White
    Round 5: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 7, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 15* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 6.  Join. (76)
    Round 6: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 9, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 19* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 8.  Join. (92)

    polar bear lovey cupped in a woman's hands


    Change to Cornflower
    Round 7: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 11, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 23* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 10.  Join. (108)
    Round 8: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 13, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 27* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 12.  Join. (124)
    Change to White
    Round 9: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 15, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 31* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 14.  Join. (140)
    Round 10: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 17, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 35* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 16.  Join. (156)
    Change to Cornflower
    Round 11: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 19, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 39* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 18.  Join. (172)Round 12: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 21, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 43* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 20.  Join. (188)FO and weave in ends.

    Assembly:

    Position the head with the arms already sewn to it in the center of the blanket, facing one of the corners.  Using a length of yarn that matches the blanket you chose to make, sew the blanket to the bottom of the head in a circle approximately 1.5 – 2” in diameter.  FO and weave in ends.

    That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this teddy bear lovey free crochet pattern! I’d love to see your finished makes so if you’re sharing it on Instagram, don’t forget to tag me or use the hashtag #theloopylamb.

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the teddy bear lovey created with this free crochet pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: https://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Snowy Pines Free Crochet Christmas Ornament Pattern

    Pinecones topped with faux fur to look like snow, made with this free crochet christmas ornament pattern in a flat lay
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    Today I’m sharing a super quick and simple free crochet christmas ornament pattern that is so fun to make. Seriously, you can make this ornament start to finish in about 10 minutes. Beginners can absolutely make this project too. The Snowy Pines Christmas Tree Ornament uses a small amount of Fable Fur to create a snowy cap for a pinecone (mine of course had to be sparkly) to recreate the look of pinecones just after a fresh snowfall. I hate snow in real life but I just love these! Cue the Hallmark movie music guys because these ornaments totally make this winter grinch nostalgic for a big and fluffy, white Christmas.

    Don’t Forget to Pin this Free Crochet Christmas Ornament Pattern for Later Save

    I’ve been a little Christmas ornament crazy lately and this is my 5th free crochet christmas ornament pattern to be released this year. If you want to check those other ornaments out, you can find their free pattern links below. The first three are made with Fable Fur yarn and the last, is a gift card holder that doubles as an ornament, made with worsted weight yarn:

    Polar Bear and snowy owl Free Crochet Christmas Ornament Pattern samples in a flat lay

    Check out my tips and tricks for using faux fur yarns in the video below (or find the write up HERE) so you can hit the ground running. If you’re looking to give faux fur yarns a try, I recommend using Fable Fur from WeCrochet (found HERE). It’s my favourite faux fur yarn as it has a thick strap on the back of the yarn which helps you feel the stitches, even if you can’t see them. If this is your first time using faux fur yarn, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: the fur hides EVERYTHING. So don’t be nervous about whether you’re not able to see your stitches or if your seaming techniques are less than perfect. No one will be able to tell. Be sure to check out the part about doing the Magic Circle in this video. It’s a lifesaver!

    Other Free Faux Fur Yarn Crochet Patterns Available:

    If you haven’t seen my other faux fur yarn crochet patterns that I’ve published so far, check them out here:

    Pinecone ornament made with this Free Crochet Christmas Ornament Pattern hanging in a. tree

    Skill Level:

    • Beginner


    Terminology:

    • U.S. Terminology

    Supplies:

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    flat lay of fable fur yarn, pinecones and furls crochet hooks - materials used in this crochet christmas ornament pattern

    Abbreviations:

    Get an ad-free PDF version of the Snowy Pines Crochet Christmas Ornament Pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

    Close up image of a snowy pines ornament with brown fur hanging in a tree

    Finished size:

    • Approximately 4” in diameter (instructions provided in pattern to adjust to your size of pinecone)

    Gauge:

    • 12 sts x 5 rows = 2 inches

    NOTES:

    • Gauge is not vital to the project but it may affect the amount of yarn needed for the project. 
    • A 5.5mm crochet hook is recommended for the project but if you find you are unable to feel your stitches, you can adjust your hook until you can more easily feel your stitches to more easily know where to place your stitches.  This may however affect your gauge and therefore, the amount of yarn needed. 
    • This pattern is worked in continuous rounds (unless stated otherwise).  Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated.  A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.
    • Place the piece on your pinecone with the wrong side facing out to show the better-looking/furrier side of the fur. 

    Watch the Video Tutorial for my Snowy Pines Free Crochet Christmas Ornament Pattern Here:

    Pattern

    Round 1: Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Round 4: SC, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC (24)
    Round 5: *SC, CH3, SC in the next ST* repeat 12 times.  Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST. (12 SC, 12 CH 3’s)
    FO and weave in ends.
    Round 5 of the piece should over-hang the edge of the pinecone slightly.  If you find that your piece is too big or too small for your pinecone, add or remove increase rounds until the piece just covers the bottom of the pinecone and then add Round 5 to your piece before finishing off.

    Two Snowy Pines ornaments in a flat lay with Fable Fur and christmas ornaments.

    Creating the Hanger

    Thread the ribbon or piece of yarn onto a tapestry needle.  Insert tapestry needle through one of the stitches near the top/center point of the piece and out through the stitch directly opposite the stitch you went into.  Tie the ends together in an overhand knot and slide the knot inside to the bottom of the piece.

    Pinecone topped with fur to look like snow made with this Free Crochet Christmas Ornament Pattern

    Assembling Your Ornament

    After pre-heating your glue gun, lay your piece with the wrong side down, keeping the fluffiest part of the piece facing down.  Add hot glue to the piece you crocheted and press the base of the pinecone against the hot glue, wrapping the edge of the crocheted piece around the edge of the pinecone so it slightly overhangs it.  Let cool.


    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 blog: https://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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    Crochet Bear Ornament Free Pattern

    Crochet bear ornament held in cupped hands.
    This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    Last week, I released my Baby Owl Crochet Tree Ornament Free Pattern and the same night that I designed that ornament, I designed this Crochet Bear Ornament Free Pattern. I wasn’t sure what to name this adorable little guy so I just called him Polar Bear Crochet Tree Ornament. It’s a quick and easy project to whip up for a last minute addition to your tree or a last minute gift. If you’re prefer a bear other than a polar bear, you can use any of the other Fable Fur yarn colours to make a bear of a different colour.

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    It’s honestly hard to tell which of my recent ornament designs my kids like the best – my Crochet Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament, my Baby Owl Crochet Tree Ornament Free Pattern or this Crochet Bear Ornament free pattern. Everyone in my house loves owls but my son definitely seems to gravitate towards the polar bear, my daughter the owl and my husband loves the gnomes. At least I’ve got a little bit of something for everyone I guess!

    If you haven’t used faux yarn to crochet amigurumi before, this crochet bear ornament free pattern is a great pattern to finally give it a try. The bear is small and quick to make so it’s not a huge committment in terms of time or resources. Faux fur yarn is incredibly forgiving so if you don’t have the tidiest seaming when putting your crochet bear ornament together, no one can tell. The fur hides it all and still looks great. Check out my tips and tricks for using faux fur yarns in the video below (or find the write up HERE) so you can hit the ground running. If you’re looking to give faux fur yarns a try, I recommend using Fable Fur from WeCrochet (found HERE). It’s my favourite faux fur yarn as it has a thick strap on the back of the yarn which helps you feel the stitches, even if you can’t see them.

    Other Free Faux Fur Yarn Crochet Patterns Available:

    If you haven’t seen my other faux fur yarn crochet patterns that I’ve published so far, check them out here:

    Faux fur crochet bear ornament hanging in a christmas tree

    Skill Level:

    • Beginner


    Terminology:

    • U.S. Terminology

    Supplies:

    If you’re planning on buying the materials for this project, please consider doing so through this affiliate link. It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free crochet patterns like this one.

    crochet owl and polar bear ornaments hanging in a christmas tree.

    Abbreviations:

    • CH = Chain
    • FO = Finish Off
    • MC = Magic Circle
    • SC = Single Crochet
    • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
    • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    • SL ST = Slip Stitch
    • ST = Stitch

    You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this crochet bear ornament pattern HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.


    Finished Size:
     

    • Approximately 3.5” tall

    Gauge: 

    • 4 sts x 5.5 rows = 2” – Not vital to project as long as the same tension is maintained throughout the project and there are no holes that stuffing can be seen through. 


    Notes:

    • Gauge is not vital to the project but it may effect the amount of yarn needed for the project. 
    • A 5.5mm crochet hook is recommended for the project but if you find you are unable to feel your stitches, you can adjust your hook until you can more easily feel your stitches to more easily know where to place your stitches.  This may however effect your gauge and therefore, the amount of yarn needed. 
    • This pattern is worked in continuous rounds (unless stated otherwise).  Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated.  A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.
    • All pieces made in the Fable Fur are worked and sewn onto the project with the wrong side facing out to show the better-looking side of the fur. 

    Crochet Bear Ornament Free Pattern:

    two crochet ornaments in a flat lay with some Furls crochet hooks

    Head

    Round 1: Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Rounds 4 – 8:
    SC around (18) – Place safety eyes in Row 4 with 2 sts between them
    Start adding stuffing, adding a bit more as you work.
    Round 9: (SC 1, SCDEC) x 6 (12)
    Round 10: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    FO leaving a long tail to sew up the hole.  Add a bit more stuffing and sew up the hole.  Weave in ends.

    Nose

    Round 1: Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6
    Rounds 2 – 3: SC around (6)
    Join last ST for the first ST with a SL ST. FO, leaving a long tail and sew onto the face of the bear.  Put safety nose through the center of the MC of the nose, add a bit of stuffing and sew onto the face just below the eyes. 

    crochet bear ornament being held in a hand surrounded by christmas decorations

    Ears (Make 2)

    Round 1: Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Join the last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long tail to sew onto the head.  Sew each ear onto the head.


    Creating the Hanger

    Thread the ribbon or piece of yarn onto a tapestry needle.  Insert tapestry needle through one of the stitches near the top/center point of the head and out through the stitch directly opposite the stitch you went into.  Tie the ends together in an overhand knot and slide the knot inside the head.

    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 blog: https://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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  • Product Reviews

    We Crochet Palette Yarn Review

    4 balls of We Crochet Palette Yarn in a flat lay
    This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    It’s another Yarn Review Saturday here and today we’re taking a look at some We Crochet Palette Yarn. This is a fingering weight wool yarn that comes with an impressive colour selection to choose from. I’ve had the opportunity to try out some really fabulous fingering weight yarns so I’m interested to see of We Crochet Palette Yarn stacks up in comparison.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    Before we get into our yarn review, let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here:

    We Crochet Palette Yarn:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 156! Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
    • Weight: 1 (Fingering)
    • Ball Size: 50g
    • Yardage: 231 yd / 211 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 2.25 – 3.5 mm (B – E)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 2.25 – 3.5mm (US 1 – 3)
    • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″
    • Care: Hand Was/Lay Flat to Dry
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    I received a few different colourways of We Crochet Palette Yarn to try out. I got some of the Palette Twist yarn, two different shades of pink and some Ashphalt Heather. The colours were really pretty and I loved the Palette Twist yarn the second I saw it. I wasted no time starting a project with this yarn because the colours just worked together so well.

    I am seriously impressed the the array of colours available in We Crochet Palette Yarn. 156 colours in total?! That’s crazy and I love it. It’s designed for colourwork so if you want to make a project that has an ombre effect or has a ton of different colours, the selection of colours in this yarn can’t be beat.

    Crocheting with We Crochet Palette Yarn

    Crochet swatches done with We Crochet Palette yarn

    This fingering weight yarn is durable and soft enough to be worn next to skin. The yarn was enjoyable to work with and once I got past the foundation rows of my project, started to work. up quickly. There were couple of issues with splitting while doing my foundation rows with the Ashphalt Twist crochet swatch but it was minimal and once I got further into the swatch, it was no longer an issue.

    Crochet swatch done in Ashphalt heather

    For the Ashphalt Twist swatch, I did the basic stitches and then finished off the swatch withsome tunisian simple stitch. Stitch definition is minimal due to the marled effect of the yarn. I’d probably stick to simple stitches when creating with the Palette Twist yarn to let the twist be featured instead of the stitchwork.

    For my pink swatch, I did the basic crochet stitches starting with double crochet, moving to half double crochet and then finishing off the swatch with single crochet. The yarn was great to work with, not issues with splitting and it had great stitch definition. As I work with more fingering weight yarns, I’m finding that starting with foundation stitches instead of working into a chain is much quicker and less tedious. If you haven’t tried doing foundation stitchces before you can learn how to do them here:

    Pink crochet swatch with a lime Furls Odyssey crochet hook next to it.

    This yarn would be great for a wide variety of projects and I am still blown away by the colour availability in the Palette yarn line from We Crochet. I’ve already started a project with my yarn and am hoping to design a shawl with it. Have you tried We Crochet Palette yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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    We Crochet Stroll Gradient Yarn Review

    4 Cakes of We Crochet Stroll Gradient Yarn and a Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook
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    It’s another yarn review Saturday here on the blog and today I’m sharing my review of the Stroll Gradient Yarn from We Crochet. I’ve been absolutely loving working with fingering weight yarns since I tried Hawthorne Fingering Weight yarn also from We Crochet, earlier this year. I found out that it doesn’t take nearly as long as I feared it would to make things with it so I decided that I needed to try all the fingering weight yarns now. Last week we chatted about Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn and this week’s yarn, Stroll Gradient Yarn is also a fingering weight yarn.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    Before we get into our yarn review, let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here:

    We Crochet Stroll Gradient Weight:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 15. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 75% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
    • Weight: 1 (Fingering)
    • Ball Size: 100g
    • Yardage: 458 yd / 419 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 2.25 – 3.5 mm (B – E)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 2.25 – 3.5mm (US 1 – 3)
    • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″
    • Care: Machine Wash Gentle Cold and Tumble Dry Low
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    The vibrant, bold colours of the We Crochet Stroll Gradient is what caught my attention in my first impressions upon opening the box. Stroll Gradient yarn is a gradient yarn with long colour changes. There are 15 different colourways available and they have some really fun names. I got to check out Pet Rock, Camper Van, BFF and FOMO. This is a sock yarn so it is thinner than the Muse Hand Painted Fingering Weight yarn or the Hawthorne Hand Paint Speckle Yarns that I’ve tried previously. I’d probably say this is a light fingering weight yarn.

    4 Cakes of We Crochet Stroll Gradient Yarn and some Clover Tunisian Crochet Hooks
    Moving from left to right (from the top-left): Pet Rock, Camper Van, BFF and FOMO

    According to the We Crochet website, due to the long colour change, you would need 2 cakes of this yarn to make a pair of identical socks. If you don’t mind weaving in ends and you had the right pattern, you could possibly split the colours up and get away with one cake. There are lots of free patterns listed on Ravelry that use betwee 300 – 400 yards of yarns. It just depends on how much work you want to put into it and how you want the socks to turn out.

    The yarn is really soft to the touch and I bet wearing a pair of socks made with this would be dreamy. I’ll level with you. I’ve been scared to try crochet socks but I’m definitely willing to try it to make a pair in the Camper Van colourway I got to try. I don’t know what it is about this colour way that I’m so drawn to but I just love it and really want a pair of socks made with it.

    Two cakes of We Crochet Stroll Gradient next to hands holding Furls Odyssey Crochet Hooks

    Crocheting with We Crochet Stroll Gradient

    I chose the Camper Van and BFF colourways to do my crochet swatches for testing out the yarn. For the Camper Van sample, I did the basic stitches, starting with single crochet, moving to half double crochet, double crochet and then some tunisian stitches up top. For the BFF sample, I did some tunisian knit stitch and a few rows of Tunisian garter stitch up top.

    Crochet swatch of Camper Van
    Tunisian crochet swatch sample done in BFF colourway of We Crochet Stroll Gradient
    Tunisian Crochet Swatch in BFF

    The samples did take quite a bit of time due to the fact that the yarn is so thin. Once I got a few rows into my swatches, things sped up a bit. The yarn did split a little bit as I was working with it but nothing crazy or overly frustrating. It’s worth mentioning that the colours are not solid. They have a bit of a tonal variation through the colours (at least in the colours I used).

    This yarn would be great to pair with a solid coloured yarn for shawls or on it’s own for socks. I’d personally like to try holding two strands of the same yarn doubled for a project to see how that turns out. I enjoyed the yarn, loved the colours and the name of the colours but I think if it came down to it and I had to choose, I’d go with Muse Hand Painted Fingering Weight or one of the Hawthorne fingering weights instead just because the yarn is a little plumper and works up a bit faster than the stroll gradient.

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried Stroll Gradient Yarn yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Crochet Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament Pattern

    Two crochet gnome christmas tree ornaments being held in hands.
    This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    Whether you’re ready or not, the holiday season is upon us and soon we’ll be decorating our trees (if you haven’t already). Adorn your tree with these quick, easy and oh so adorable Gnome Christmas Tree Ornaments.

    For this free crochet pattern, I’ve included two different versions which will help you get similar results using two different materials for the base of the ornament. Version 1 of the pattern includes making a beard for your Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament with faux fur yarn that takes only a few minutes to make. If you’re pressed for time or aren’t comfortable with using faux fur yarns, I have made Version 2. For Version 2, the beard of the Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament is made using a faux fur pom pom. Both versions are quick, easy and (more than) a little addictive. You have have a tree full of them before you know it.

    This Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament Free Pattern has been sponsored by Clover USA. All opinions are my own.

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    If you haven’t used faux yarn to crochet amigurumi before, this Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament pattern is a great pattern to finally give it a try. The beard of Version 1 of this pattern is made with faux fur yarn and is only a few rounds so it isn’t a big committment and will give you some practice working with it. Faux fur yarn is incredibly forgiving so if you don’t have the tidiest seaming when putting your Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament together, no one can tell. The fur hides it all and still looks great. Check out my tips and tricks for using faux fur yarns in the video below (or find the write up HERE) so you can hit the ground running. If you’re looking to give faux fur yarns a try, I recommend using Fable Fur from WeCrochet (found HERE). It’s my favourite faux fur yarn as it has a thick strap on the back of the yarn which helps you feel the stitches, even if you can’t see them.

    Other Free Faux Fur Yarn Crochet Patterns Available:

    If you haven’t seen my other faux fur yarn crochet patterns that I’ve published so far, check them out here:

    supplies used in this free crochet gnome pattern.

    Supplies for Gnome Crocheted with Faux Fur (Referred to as Version 1):

    crochet gnome ornament made with faux fur yarn

    If you’re planning on buying the materials for this project, please consider doing so through this affiliate link. It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free crochet patterns like this one.

    Supplies for Gnome with Pom Pom Base (Referred to as Version 2):

    gnome tree ornament made with faux fur pompom

    Abbreviations:

    • CH = Chain
    • MC = Magic Circle
    • ST = Stitch
    • SL ST = Slip Stitch
    • SC = Single Crochet
    • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
    • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    • FO = Finish Off

    Get an ad-free PDF version of this Crochet Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.


    Finished size:

    • Approximately 4.5” tall

    Gauge:

    • Faux Fur Gauge: 5 sts x 5 rows = 2 inches
    • Hat Gauge: 12 sts x 12 rows = 2 inches
    • Gauge is not vital to project

    NOTES:

    • Gauge is not vital to the project but it may affect the amount of yarn needed for the project. 
    • A 5.5mm crochet hook is recommended for the project but if you find you are unable to feel your stitches, you can adjust your hook until you can more easily feel your stitches to know where to place your stitches.  This may however affect your gauge and therefore, the amount of yarn needed. 
    • This pattern is worked in continuous rounds (unless stated otherwise).  Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated.  A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.
    • All pieces made in the Fable Fur are worked and sewn onto the project with the wrong side facing out to show the better-looking side of the fur. 

    Crochet Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament Free Pattern

    crochet gnome tree ornaments made with a faux fur pom pom and a gnome made with faux fur yarn

    Hat for Both Gnome Versions


    Round 1:
    Using 3.5mm hook and Brava Worsted Weight in Red, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: SC around (6)
    Round 3:
    (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Rounds 4 – 5: SC around (12)
    Round 6: (SC, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Rounds 7 – 8:
    SC around (18)
    Round 9: SC, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC (24)
    Rounds 10 – 11: SC around (24)
    Round 12: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
    Round 13: SC around (30)
    Round 14:  SC 2, SCINC, (SC 4, SCINC) x 6, SC 2 (36)
    Round 15: (SC 5, SCINC) x 6 (42)
    Rounds 16 – 18: SC around (42)Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.
    If using the faux fur yarn base, FO leaving a long tail to sew the hat onto the base.

    If using the pompom as your base (Version 2), FO and weave in ends.


    Creating the Hanger (for both versions):

    Cut a length of yarn that matches your hat colour to approximately 8 – 10” long.  Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle and pull the yarn through a stitch near the top of the hat.  Do NOT pull it all the way through.  Thread it through another stitch at the top of the hat and pull it inside the hat.  Take the two ends of your yarn and tie a knot inside the hat, making sure that you leave enough yarn outside of the hat to hang it on the tree. Pull the loop up to finish the hanger. (Need help with this step? Check out my YouTube video below)

    How to Assemble Your Crochet Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament (Version 2)

    trio of crochet gnome tree ornaments made with this free crochet pattern.

    Beard (for Version 1 Only)

    Round 1: Using 5.5mm hook and Fable Fur in Eisbar, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Round 3: (SCINC, SC) x 6 (18)
    Rounds 4 – 6: SC around (18) – Add stuffing.  Continue to add more stuffing as you go.
    Round 7: (SCDEC, SC) x 6 (12)
    Round 8: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    FO leaving a long tail to sew the bead onto the Beard.  Finish stuffing. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle and feed the needle down through the center hole left from finishing off the beard and out through the side of the beard towards you.  I like to go down approximately 3 rows. 

    needle coming out the side of a faux fur yarn pompom
    bead sewn onto side of faux fur yarn pompom

    Use the tail to sew the nose onto the side of the beard near the top of the beard (make sure the hat will cover the top part of the nose before securing it).  FO and weave in ends.  Alternatively, if you don’t want to sew on the nose, you can use some hot glue to glue it to the side of your beard.  Just make sure you’re confident of your placement before applying the glue.

    Assembly:

    Version 1:

    Stuff your hat with stuffing and place over top of your gnome beard so one edge slightly overhangs the nose.  Sew around the bottom of the hat, securing it to the beard, adding stuffing as you go.  When you get to the bead, pull the yarn through the stitch closest to the end of the bead in the hat and then through the hole in the bead to the other side and then through the stitch closest to the bead’s other side and pull taught(see image below).  Continue sewing the hat to the beard.  FO and weave in ends. Alternatively, if you don’t want to sew the hat on, you could glue it on using the hot glue and glue gun.

    image showing which stitches to use when attaching hat to crochet gnome

    Version 2:

    Use a scrap piece of yarn and thread it through your bead.  Tie the yarn to the elastic on your pompom so the bead hangs slightly against the top/side of the pompom. 

    fur pompom showing it has an elastic attachment
    pompom with bead nose attachment

    Use an elastic to wrap around the pompom to hold the fur down to make adding glue easier and less messy.  Stuff your hat with stuffing and place over top of your pompom to test the placement of your bead.  When satisfied add hot glue around the top of the pompom where the edge of your hat will meet/touch the pompom, making sure to add some to the top of the bead.  Place stuffed hat on top of the pompom and hold in place until glue cools/hat is secure.


    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 blog: https://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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  • Product Reviews

    Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn Review

    Two hanks of Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn in a flat lay with Furls Crochet Hooks
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    It’s another yarn review Saturday here on the blog and today I’m sharing my review of the Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn from We Crochet. I’ve been absolutely loving working with fingering weight yarns since I tried Hawthorne Fingering Weight yarn also from We Crochet, earlier this year. I found out that it doesn’t take nearly as long as I feared it would to make things with it so I decided that I needed to try all the fingering weight yarns now.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    Before we get into our yarn review, let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here:

    We Crochet Muse Hand Painted Fingering Weight:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 7. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
    • Weight: 1 (Fingering)
    • Ball Size: 50g
    • Yardage: 423 yd / 385 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 2.5 – 3.5 mm (B – E)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 2.25 – 3.25mm (US 1 – 3)
    • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″
    • Care: Machine Wash Gentle Cold and Tumble Dry Low
    • Other Yarn Weights Available?: Yes! Also available in Aran/Heavy Worsted Weight. Check it out HERE.
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    Check out the video review of We Crochet Muse Hand Painted Fingering yarn:

    Muse Hand Painted Fingering yarn cakes in a flat lay with crochet hooks

    The Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn has been, as the name suggested, hand painted. The We Crochet site says Muse Hand Painted Fingering is “meticulously dye by Japanese artisans, who blend and apply colors by hand to achieve a range of colors and chromatic explosions. Precis districution of color minimizes the streaking and pooling you might see in other hand-painted yarns.” The colours I am checking out in my review ar ethe Impulse and Exquisite colourways of this yarn. I was immediately drawn to the Impulse colour and Equisite is the absolute perfect match for it. After reading on the site about how the colours are dyed I couldn’t wait to start hooking this up to see how it worked up.

    The yarn in the hanks is gorgeous and soft. Hanking it up on my swift was fun (yes, I am aware that I am a total yarn geek right now) because seeing the beautiful colours in the Impulse hank unwind was stunning. It seriously got me really excited to work with it. In the hank, the yarn looks like a small piece or watercolour art. This yarn was giving me some serious build up to the make.

    Muse Hand Painted Fingering yarn cakes in a flat lay with crochet hooks

    Crocheting with Muse Hand Painted Fingering was a lot of fun. I loved watching the ways the colour changed as I stitched up my sample. The colour changes were really gradual, with the colours blending together in a really beautiful way. By the time my brain registered that a colour change was even happening, I was in the next colour and watching it blend into the next.

    Muse Hand Painted Fingering has a tighter ply so I didn’t experience any issues with splittling while I worked with it. For my sample in the Impulse, I did the three basic stitches as I normally do (single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet) and then I transitioned into some tunisian crochet. I did a few rows of Tunisian Simple Stitch and Tunisian Knit Stitch. Just when I thought that the yarn couldn’t look more beautiful it upped it’s game and looked stunning in the tunisian stitches. The colours blended even nicer in the tunisian stitches and is seriously making me consider making a sweater in this yarn for myself.

    Bright multicoloured yarn in a crochet swatch

    The Exquisite yarn was beautiful and had variations between black, grey and the occassional speck of white. It’s harder to capture a good picture of this swatch due to how dark it is but it makes a fantastic contract to the Impulse which is this gorgeous explosion of colours. Working the two into a project together would no doubt be stunning. For my swatch with the exquisite I did some of the basic stitches and then tried some Thicket Stitch to see how the yarn did with a simple, textured stitch. In person, it’s really pretty and spread over a larger sample, I think you’d be able to pick up that texture much more easily.

    Black Yarn in a crochet swatch

    Shortly after starting this review it was brought to my attention that you can get Muse Hand Painted Fingering yarn in an Aran/Heavy Worsted weight (find it HERE). I obviously ran over to the We Crochet site to check it out and found out that there are 15 different colourways of this in the worsted weight version. You don’t get as much yardage but now that I’ve fallen in love with the fingering weight Muse I’m drooling over a couple of the worsted weight Muse colours that I’m definitely adding to my wish list.

    Crochet swatches using hand painted yarn from We Crochet

    This yarn can be used for a wide variety of projects like socks, tops, shawls and accessories. The Impulse colours remind me of a gorgeous sweater that I saw in a movie once and I would seriously wear a sweater made with this everyday. Those that know me in real life, will attest that I tend to wear a mix of blacks, greys and blues so it would probably surprise my family to see me sporting something with so much colour but I’d absolutely do it without hesitation. It would be too beautiful not to be worn. Muse Hand Painted Fingering may be close to taking the the place of my beloved Hawthorne Fingering Weight yarn as my favourite fingering weight yarn but shhh.. don’t tell Hawthorne.

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried Muse Hand Paint Fingering yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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