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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Both or Back Better Brushed?

 Hello everyone!

Most of the time amigurimi is made by crocheting through both loops. Lately however, it seems to me that there are more and more people who are making amigurumi, that only crochet through the back loop. Which way is better is not the topic of this post. I have made amigurumi crocheting through both loops and using the back loop only method. When I was thinking about the differences between the two methods, I started wondering: "Which way is the best to brush?"

If you aren't familiar with brushing your crochet I will explain it quickly for you. Once you are finished crocheting your project, you take a pet brush like the one in the photo below and you brush your project until it is fuzzy.

Brush I used to brush my crochet circles

     I wanted to make a little experiment to find out if something crocheted through both loops or through the back loop only would get fuzziest/fluffiest when brushed.

     I  made two circles. I used the same hook size, the same yarn, and I made both circles the same size. The only difference between the two circles was one was crocheted through both loops and one was crocheted through the back loop only.

Before being brushed

Before being brushed

Here you can see the two circles next to each other before they were brushed.

After taking pictures of the circles, I began brushing them. I noticed that the circle that was crocheted through the back loop only seemed to get fuzzy quicker than the other circle. I brushed each circle until it was really fuzzy. Here are the results:

After being brushed

After being brushed

Here you can see the two circles next to each other after being brushed.

I did not notice a large difference between the two circles on how fuzzy they were. I think they ended up being about equally fuzzy. The back loop only circle took less time to become fuzzy than the both loop circle. If I were making a larger project that I was planning on brushing, I would use the back loop only method if possible.

Which do you think looks fuzziest?

This was a really fun experiment!

Happy crocheting everyone!

Monday, August 6, 2012


Let me get these links out of the way first.The links are to the pattern I used to make my Elephant (I find it easier to post links to patterns links in the beginning rather than posting them throughout my post)  Link to the Padma pattern on Ravelry: Padma pattern page on Ravelry. Here is the link directly to the pattern: Direct link to Padma pattern

I wasn't planning on making any amigurumi for the Ravellenic Games, but that changed. One of the patterns for my Ravelry group, Awesome Amigurumi, August CAL was Padma designed by Dawn Toussaint. All I can say is, "Wow!" One of my least favorite things about amigurumi is sewing on or together the pieces. I didn't have to do any sewing with this pattern! No sewing! It is fantastic! The ears are crocheted on! It is difficult to explain, so I am not going to try to explain it, I would just suggest you try this pattern out (or at least take a peak at it).

I did have trouble with my stitch count (my stitch count was off for nearly the entire body) I know where I went wrong, but I didn't go back and fix it because I wasn't really worried about it. In the end it turned out okay :)
I haven't finished an amigurumi project in a while and I have really missed making them. 
Here is my finished elephant

I decided to only do one hat for my Ravellenic Game projects. I don't think I will get too many more projects done for the games because school starts this Thursday for me (August 9th). I am going to try and start posting regularly. I am planning on trying to post once a week, but right now I am not sure what days. Hopefully, I will know a little bit more soon. I get the schedule of my classes tomorrow (August 7th)

Have a great day everyone!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympic and Ravellenic Games

      As you may or may not know the Olympic Games start today and that also means that the Ravellenic Games start today as well. I have several projects planned for the Ravellenic Games. I have several crochet projects as well as knit projects planned. When choosing my projects I tried to choose projects that I could get done in a relatively short amount of time. I wanted to challenge myself with how many project I could get done but not over extend myself.

     Ravellenic Games Flag Logo Thingy

I have three crochet projects planned and three knitting projects planned.

Two of the three crochet projects are baby hats. I am using a different pattern for each hat. The pattern that I am using for the first hat is Lickety Split Crocheted Newborn Hats The pattern I am using for the other hat is Crochet Baby Beanie. I am planning on donating these hats to a charity so I am using acrylic yarn to make them. I am planning on using the purple yarn with the silver strand in it for the first hat and the sage green color yarn for the second hat.

My other crochet project is Round Bumpy Scrubbie. I am making this out of some cream colored cotton yarn. 

For my knitting projects, I chose projects that would help me get better at knitting and learn more knitting skills. 

My first knitting project I have planned to make is the Waffle Knit Dishcloth. I have not knit very many different stitch combinations so this will be an adventure to try. I chose this pattern because it isn't like anything I have knit before (which isn't really saying much haha) I am planning on making this in purple cotton. I will most likely not use it as a dishcloth but I will probably use it as a blanket square.

My second knitting project is one that I have made before it is Monster Chunks. The first time I made a Monster Chunk the stitches weren't very tight and I had to put lining in it so the stuffing wouldn't show through. I chose this project because I want to improve my knitting in the round. I am using a multicolored blue yarn for the body (I think, I might change my mind) and a light dusty blue color for the feet. 
Body Color (Maybe)
Feet Color (It is kind of hard to see but it is a gray blue color)

My last knitting project that I have planned is Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth. I have made this pattern before, but I did not do the increases and decreases that are suggested in the pattern. This time I am planning on doing the increases and decreases that are suggested in the pattern. I chose this pattern to learn and practice a different way to increase and decrease. I am not sure what yarn I am going to use for this project yet. Perhaps I will use scrap yarn.

I know this post had a lot about knitting in it that is why I am planning on starting a blog just about my knitting adventures. 

I will post updates on the progress of all my Ravellenic projects both knitting and crochet throughout the games. I am really excited for the Olympics and Ravellenic Games to start!! :D :D

I hope you all have great days today!! 

A question for the comments: Are you excited for the Olympics to start? 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Quick Crochet Hook Holder Free Pattern

Quick Crochet Hook Holder

5.5mm Crochet Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn

Stitches Used
ch- chain
dc- double crochet
sc- single crochet
sl st- slip stitch

Note: The starting chain length determines the length of the hook holder. To make a hook holder for more hooks, use a longer starting chain.


Ch 28
R1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc across (25)
R2: Turn work, ch 3 (count as first dc now and throughout) dc across (25)
R3-5: Repeat Row 2
R6: Turn work, ch1, sc across
Finish off, Weave in ends

Optional Strap
Sl st on the end of the middle row, ch 30, sl st into each ch space
Sl st into base, ch 30, sl st into each ch space
Finish Off

Insert crochet hooks into the holder by weaving them in and out of the rows of double crochet.

Roll up the holder and tie with the straps or a piece of scrap yarn loosely around the holder to keep it from coming unrolled (optional)

You can also single crochet around the outside edge of the holder to give it a more completed look if you would like. :)

Please leave a comment telling me what you think of the pattern! :)

Have a great day!! 

Coming Soon: Quick Crochet Hook Holder

I have another free pattern for you all! It is a crochet hook holder. I had made a little pouch for my crochet hooks, but after reading some information I found out that it is not good for your crochet hooks to hit against each other. That is what mine were doing in the pouch I made so I came up with a solution! 

You simply weave your crochet hooks between the rows!

I did not make mine with a strap but there is an option for a strap in the pattern. It is a very very easy pattern. The pattern is worked in rows. I wanted this pattern to be easily adaptable and very customizable. I will try to put the pattern up today or tomorrow. :)

Have a great day everyone!! 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Finished Hat and Mozart

First topic: I finished my hat! (Yay!)
I finished my hat! I really like the pattern. It is a very simple hat and the pattern is very simple as well. I finished my hat in a few hours. It just took me a while to post an update. Here is my hat! Tada!!

I had run out of the tan color but I thought it needed one more row. I used dark brown yarn for the last row. I am really happy I did the last row in dark brown because I think it gives the hat a nice look. I showed a picture of it to my sister and now she wants one. Since she asked for professional colors, I will either make her a gray hat with the last row black or a light gray hat with the last row dark gray.

Here is the link to the pattern if you would like to make your own hat :)

Now, onto the second topic: Mozart
I stumbled upon a blog and one of the blog posts was about taking care of your dogs on July 4th. (Here is the link to the post: Take Care of Your Doggies This Fourth!!!) I really wish I saw this before the Fourth because I have dogs and they did not have fun! They stayed inside, but they were still scared of all the loud noise from the fireworks. One of the suggestions was to play some calm music for your dogs. That reminded me of something that I had heard before (I am not sure where I heard it). It reminded me that classical music calms dogs. One of the more calming classical composers I know of is Mozart. I looked up what Mozart songs are calming for dogs, then I looked those songs up on YouTube. I started playing the music and all my dogs fell asleep. I will definitely start playing classical music for my dogs more often!! 

Question: Do you like classical music?   Please feel free to leave an answer in the comments :)

Have a great day everyone!! 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Making a Hat

I am making a hat.

I have been crocheting for a while now and I have not completed an item that can be worn yet. I am not talking about a sweater or a shawl. I am just talking about a hat or a scarf. I have started a scarf for my mom, but I have not completed it yet. I would like to make myself something as well. That is why I am making a hat.

I have not made a hat before so I want to start of with a simple and basic hat pattern. Nothing fancy, I just want to make a basic hat. Luckily, I found exactly what I was looking for!! I am making Basic Hat Pattern Version 1 by Sherry Etheridge. I found it on Ravelry but the pattern is actually on her blog. Here is the link to  the pattern on her blog, Basic Hat Pattern Version 1 by Sherry Etheridge

I am off to start on it now! Hopefully I can finish it in one day!!
I will update you all when I have finished it :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Multicolored Owl Free Pattern

The Multicolored Owl pattern is now available! Multicolored Owl is also available as a PDF! Here is the download link: Multicolored Owl Download Link

Multicolored Owl

Three different colors of Worsted weight Yarn
WhiteWorsted Weight Yarn
12mm Safety Eyes
5.5mm Hook
3.75mm Hook
Yarn Needle
Stitch Marker
Felt or small amount of different colored yarn for beak

**Multicolored Owl is worked from the bottomup**

Colors I Used
Color A
u Color A will be used in both the bottom and top part of the owl.
Color B
Color C

Body and Head
Using 5.5mm hook and Colors A and B
Placea knot towards the ends of the colors A and B (As seen in photo to the right)

Make a magic ring, 6 sc in ring (6)
R1: 2sc in each st around (12)
R2: 1sc, 2sc in next st(18)

R3: sc 2, 2sc in next st (24)
R4: sc 3, 2sc in next st (30)
R5-8: Sc around (30)
Change to Colors A and C
R9-13: Sc around (30)
R14: sc 7, 2hdc in next st, sc 14, 2hdc in next st, sc 7 (32)
Tie off
Leave a long strand for sewing

Eye Circles (Make 2) Using 3.75mm hook and White yarn (single strand)
Make magic ring, sc 6 in loop 
R1: 2sc in each st around (12) 
R2: 1sc, 2sc in next st (18) 
R3: 1sc in next st, make sl st in next st and use to tie off

Attach the safety eyes to the white eye circles you made.
Weave in the ends. Sew eyes onto the owl.
Attach the beak.
Stuff the owl. Fold the opening to where the stitches are aligned across. Sew together.

More photos for reference are available on the PDF version of this pattern

©Carissa Teixeira
Donot sell this pattern
Donot distribute this pattern as your own

Friday, June 29, 2012

Coming Soon: Another Pattern

Hello everyone!!

Yes, it is true. I am working on another amigurumi pattern! I didn't plan on making a pattern when I started making it. One thing led to another though and I decided to make a pattern for it. This is actually not like my other amigurumi patterns though. It is based of an actually animal. "Whooo?" you ask? Well, it asks "Whooo?" too!

I introduce to you Mister Multicolored Owl!

You will be able to make your own Mister or Misses Multicolored Owl very soon!! They are very quick projects. 

I am still in the process of writing the pattern. I am not sure the exact date it will be released, but be sure to keep an eye open for the pattern!

Please let me know what you think of Multicolored Owl in the comments :) 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I Need to Get Motivated!

I need to get motivated. I have several projects in progress right now that I would really like to finish. I also have several projects I need to start on. I need to start on a toy that my sister wants to give to her friend's daughter. I have been putting off making one for a few weeks now. I am starting on it tomorrow or perhaps later today.

Today I have several works in progress (WIPs) that I would like to work on. I have a simple scarf I have been working on for a while now. I have a giant granny square blanket that need completing. I also have a blanket square that is halfway done. I am going to work on the blanket square first. It is the smallest of the three projects and it is will be the quickest to complete. I am planning on making a few squares from the same pattern as the one I am currently working on. Here is the link to the blanket square pattern: Drop in the Bucket 12" Square

None of these WIPs have to be done anytime soon. I would just like them to be. :)

Please feel free to leave a comment telling me about your current WIPs :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Awesome Amigurumi Friend Free Pattern

Awesome Amigurumi Friend

4.0mm Hook
Yarn Needle
Worsted Weight Yarn
Stitch Marker
10mm Safety Eyes (optional)
A small amount of a different colored yarn to make the mouth (optional)

Head and Body
Make Magic Ring, Sc 6 (6)
R1: 2 sc in each st around (12)
R2: Sc 1, 2 sc in next st (18)
R3: Sc 2, 2 sc in next st (24)
R4: Sc 3, 2 sc in next st (30)
R5: Sc 4, 2 sc in next st (36)
R69: Sc in each st around (36)
R10: Sc 4, sc2tog (30)
R11: Sc 3, sc2tog (24)
Place Safety Eyes and sew on mouth
R12: Sc 2, sc2tog (18)
Begin stuffing
R13: Sc 1, sc2tog (12)
R1415: Sc in each st around (12)
R16: Sc 1, 2 sc in next st (18)
R17: Sc 2, 2 sc in next st (24)
R1819: Sc in each st around (24)
Continue stuffing firmly
R20: Sc 3, 2 sc in next st (30)
R2134: Sc in each st around (30)
Continue stuffing firmly
R35: Sc 3, sc2tog (24)
R36: Sc 2, sc2tog (18)
R37: Sc 1, sc2tog (12)
R38: sc2tog around (6)
Finish Off

Arms (Make 2)
Magic Ring, Sc 4
R1: 2 sc in each st around (8)
R212: Sc in each st around (8)
Stuff lightly
Finish Off, Leave long tail for sewing

Legs (Make 2)
Magic Ring, Sc 5
R1: 2 sc in each st around (10)
R215: Sc in each st around (10)
Finish Off, Leave long tail for sewing

Sew arms and legs onto body

Arm and Leg Suggested Placement
This is where I put the arms and legs. Feel free to attach them where ever you prefer.

I placed the arms on the sides of the body around Row 18.
I placed the legs on the bottom of the body.

© Carissa Teixeira
Do not sell this pattern
Do not distribute this pattern as your own

New Pattern Release

Hello everyone!

I wanted to make a quick blog post to announce that I am realeasing a new pattern. It is going to be a free pattern. It is for an amigurumi. I designed it to celebrate having 50 members in my Ravelry group Awesome Amigurumi. Here is a link to the group if you would like to take a look at it: Link to Awesome Amigurumi group on Ravelry

I would also like to share that I will be updating this blog more often. I will be sharing with you my crochet projects I am working on and updating you on there progress. I will also be sharing some tips that I have learned so that maybe they can help you as well!

Thank you!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Free Purple Monster Pattern

Purple Monster Pattern

Purple Monster Pattern

Hook: 4mm
Purple Worsted Weight Yarn (or any color for a different colored monster)
A small amount of a different colored yarn for the mouth (optional)
12mm Safety Eyes (optional) (Safety eyes are not safe for small children)
Stitch Marker
Yarn needle

You need to know how to make a magic ring for this pattern.


**Make a magic ring, sc 5 in the ring (5)**
R1: 2sc in each st around (10)
R2: Sc1, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (15)
R3: Sc 2, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (20)
R4: Sc 3, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (25)
R5: Sc 4, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (30)
R6: Sc 5, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (35)
R7: Sc 6, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (40)
R8: Sc 7, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (45)
R9: Sc 8, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (50)
R10-17: Sc in each st around (50)
R18: Sc 8, sc2tog; Rep 5 times (45)
R19: Sc in each st around (45)
R20: Sc 7, sc2tog; Rep 5 times (40)
R21: Sc 6, sc2tog; Rep 5 times (35)
R22-24: Sc in each st around (35)
R25: Sc 6, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (40)
R26: Sc 7, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (45)
R27-29: Sc in each st around (45)
R30:Sc 7, sc2tog; Rep 5 times (40)
R31:Sc 6, sc2tog; Rep 5 times (35)
R32:Sc 5, sc2tog; Rep 5 times (30)
Begin stuffing firmly
R33:Sc 4, sc2tog; Rep 5 times (25)
R34:Sc 3, sc2tog; Rep 5 times (20)
R35:Sc 2, sc2tog; Rep 5 times (15)
Continue stuffing firmly
Tie off, leave long end for sewing


**Make a magic ring, sc 5 in the ring (5)**
R1: 2sc in each st around (10)
R2: Sc1, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (15)
R3: Sc 2, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (20)
R4: Sc 3, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (25)
R5: Sc 4, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (30)
R6: Sc 5, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (35)
R7: Sc 6, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (40)
R8: Sc 7, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (45)
R9: Sc 8, 2Sc in next st; Rep 5 times (50)
R10-13: Sc in each st around (50)
R14: Sc 8, sc2tog; Rep 5 times (45)
R15:Sc 7, sc2tog; Rep 5 times (40)
R16:Sc 6, sc2tog; Rep 5 times (35)
R17:Sc 5, sc2tog; Rep 5 times (30)
Place Safety eyes and begin stuffing firmly
R18:Sc 4, sc2tog; Rep 5 times (25)
R19:Sc 3, sc2tog; Rep 5 times (20)
R20:Sc 2, sc2tog; Rep 5 times (15)
Continue stuffing firmly
Tie off

Arms (Make 2 or more)

**Make a magic ring, sc 5 in the ring (5)**
R1: 2sc in each st around (10)
R2-23: Sc in each st around (10)
Stuff lightly
Tie off, leave long end for sewing

Sew the head and body together. Sew the arms on the body.
Sew a mouth (optional)

© Carissa Teixeira
Do not sell this pattern
Do not distribute this pattern as your own

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Project Projects and more Projects!!

I have so many projects going right now! Okay, only about five but to me that is a lot!! I am going to try to get some done today! Hopefully I will succeed!

A side note, I have a new pattern that I am about to release for my Purple Monster. I can't wait!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Hobby Lobby Here I Come!!

I am going to Hobby Lobby today to get some much needed pink yarn. I am also getting some knitting needles! I can't wait to try knitting with actual needles. Up until now I have been using pencils. Haha Anyways, I will post an update after I get home from there.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Back again!

I am so sorry everyone! I have been really busy focusing on all my projects!! I have just designed an amigurumi. It is pretty simple in my opinion. I have written the pattern and typed it up. However, I can not release the pattern until I have it tested. If you are interested in testing please leave a comment. Here is a picture of my Purple Monster amigurumi

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Quick Update

Sorry I haven't been active lately! I have been really busy. I have been busy with crochet projects and my friends.

The main crochet project I am working on right now is a monkey. I will put the web address at the bottom. It is a fairly easy pattern. I am also making a simple scarf and a granny square blanket.

I really enjoy amigurumi but the one thing that bothers me is that some amigurumi projects require so much sewing (sewing the pieces together or on the body).

What is your favorite crochet project?

Monkey website address:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Free Wallet/Card Holder Pattern

4.50mm Hook

Ch. 18
R1: sc17 - sc in 2nd loop from the hook
R2: *sc 17 under BOTH loops, ch1, turn
R3 - R29: Repeat from *
R30: sc2tog, sc 13, sc2tog (15), ch1, turn
R31: sc2tog, sc 11, sc2tog (13), ch1, turn
R32: even (13), ch1, turn
R33: even (13), ch1, turn
R34: sc2tog, sc 9, sc2tog (11), ch1, turn
R35: 2 sc2tog, sc 3, 2 sc2tog (7), ch1, turn
R36: 2 sc2tog, sc 1, 2 sc2tog (4), ch1, turn
R37: even (4), tie off, weave in ends

Fold Row 1 up to Row 27, sew sides together and stitch around top flap OR single crocheted sides together, and then continue up around the flap

sc2tog = sc decrease (single crochet two stitches together)
sc = single crochet

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Not Again!!

It seems like as soon as I start feeling better I get sick again! Bleh!! I don't know when my pattern will be up yet. I am hoping by this weekend, but I am not 100% sure yet. Hopefully I feel good this weekend too!! I am somewhat in between crocheting projects as well.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Working on a Pattern!!

Sorry I haven't posted anything lately. I have been busy working on developing a pattern! :D I am really excited to share it with all of you! I am not done with it yet. I just wrote the pattern rough draft and still have to test it and fix any mistakes it may have.
The pattern makes a wallet/car holder. I will post a picture when post the pattern! I can't wait! Hope you guys will like it!! :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Decisions! Decisions!

I finished my amigurumi elephant the other day. Now, I need to decide on my next project!! I am working on two VERY simple scarves of my own design. One scarf is single stitch and the other is double stitch and both are less than halfway complete. I am also about to make an octopus (from my own pattern that I still need to test) for my friend's birthday next week. I need to get started on that! My favorite types of projects are amigurumi. :)

These are just some random questions that I was curious about. Answer in a comment! :)
Do you guys have any projects that you're working on? Do you make you're own patterns? What is your favorite type of project to make?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Feeling better? Not really...

I haven't been feeling well for the past few days. It is nothing serious, just a fever. I went to school today despite not feeling 100%.
Yesterday I did work on my amigurumi elephant and almost completed it. I finished it today! Yay! Here is a picture of it:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What are we going to do today Brain?

Unlike most teenagers I really don't like missing school. Why? Mainly due to all the make up work I will have when I get back. Unfortunately I am sick again today with a fever and sore throat.
Having said all that, I think I am going to work on my elephant. I'm not really sure how to link, but if I do I will put a link to the pattern I am using. I am crocheting it (this being a crochet blog and all). I started using a 5mm hook then switch to a 4.5mm. I know you shouldn't switch hooks mid project but I was/am being lazy.

Here is the website address for the pattern I am using:

Monday, April 23, 2012

First Post!!

This is my first blog post (obviously) Yay!!! This blog is mainly going to be about crocheting, which is a hobby of mine. I will post pictures of things I crochet and updates on how projects I work on are going. I will probably also just share random things on here every once in awhile! I never really thought of having a blog before but I was home sick today and wanted to do something that didn't require a lot of moving around. I don't really know if there is a specific "way" that you are suppose to blog so I am just going to do it my way and see how it goes!! :)