Cat in a Stovepipe Hat!

Cat in a Stovepipe Hat!

I was all set to write up the pattern for my amigurumi bunny scarf, to go with the amigurumi bunny kits I make, but we had such unexpectedly lovely weather at the end of February that it no longer seemed appropriate (though I will get round to doing this in the future).  Instead, I decided to design a top hat to go with my amigurumi cat kits.   It took me a lot longer than I anticipated – I decided to take photographs to explain parts of the pattern so it’s more of a thorough job than I originally intended!

So here it is!  I hope you like it!

 

Stovepipe Hat

A free accessory pattern to go with my amigurumi cat kits

Key – UK crochet stitch terms used

htr – half treble                       dc – double crochet
ch – chain                                BLO – back loop only
ss – slip stitch                         FLO – front loop only
st/s – stitch/es

For this pattern I used Stylecraft Special Chunky and a 4mm hook 

R1:  Make a magic ring, ch1 and crochet 9htr into it, join with a ss to the first htr made

      

(Click here to take you to my how to make a magic ring tutorial)

R2: ch1, 2htr in each st around, join with a ss (18 sts)

R3: ch1, dc in BLO of each stitch around, join with a ss (18 sts)

  

Instead of going under both loops of the ‘v’ as you usually would you go through the back loop only.

(if you haven’t crocheted over your initial end then now is a good time to sew it in)

You end up with the front loop making a ridge and you’ll now be crocheting up the sides of the hat.

R4 – 8: ch1, 1htr in each st around, join with a ss (18 sts)  This row is repeated 5 times

    

R9: ch1, dc in FLO around (18 sts)

   

You have how changed direction again and will be crocheting the rim of the hat

R10: ch1, 2htr in next 9 sts, turn (18 sts)
(check the hat on your cat’s head to see if this a good size, as you can see for me my cat’s ears are roughly central so 9 sts works, you may have to adjust for your own cat)

            

R11: ch1, 1htr in next 2 sts (the first of these will go directly below the ch1 you just made.  I’ve put a wool needle in the space to show you), then 2htr in the next st (repeat the pattern of 1htr, 1htr, 2htr till the end of the row) (24sts)
fasten off.

         

Now you’re going to make the front on the hat rim.

To make space for the ears you need to miss a stitch out on each side.  So join the yarn one stitch in, in the 2nd picture the yarn needle shows you the missed stitch and the crochet hook shows you where to join.  On my hat I have 7 stitches to crochet into.

   

R12: ch1, 2htr in the same place as the join (shown where my yarn needle is again) then 2htr in the next 6 sts (or as many as you need for your hat making sure you leave the last st empty) (14 sts) turn.

   

R13: ch1, 1htr in the next 2 sts (again the first stitch you go into is shown with my yarn needle), then 2htr in the next st (repeat the pattern of 1htr, 1htr, 2htr till the end of the row) finishing with 1htr in the last 2 sts (do not turn) (18 sts)

   

R14: ch1, then 1dc around the whole of the hat brim being careful not make the stitch that jumps the gaps too loose.  Join to the 1st dc of the round with a ss and fasten off (42 sts)

         

Weave in the ends.

Lastly pop it on your cat’s head!  Ta da!

      

 

I hope you enjoy making your top hat for your cat!

Vicki x

P.S.  You can find my amigurumi cat kits in my Etsy shop and also at Quillies a bricks and mortar shop in Rhayader, mid Wales; Talgarth Mill Craft Shop, Talgarth and The Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells.

 

Blanket talk!

Blanket talk!

A few months ago I asked my friend if I could do a photo shoot with her children for my blankets, she very kindly agreed.  I’m so very grateful to her!!  Her son is around 2/3 years old and was very happy to oblige, he was intrigued by the colours in the blankets and keen to see which one was coming next.  I couldn’t have asked for a better model he was so fab!  He chatted along to me as he sat in our local park looking extremely cosy under the blankets.

When it came to photograph his little sister it was another matter!  She was not having any of it, it was clearly a ‘not today thankyou!’ situation – oh well, can’t have it all I guess.   As you can see I got some amazing photos.

I do love crocheting baby blankets!  They are one of my favourite things to do, the whole process is delightful from start to finish.

Usually, I start from the yarn, picking out what colours go together and deciding what yummy yarn to use – sometimes a difficult job because there are so many gorgeous yarns available to choose from!  Occasionally I’ll start with the design as some yarns seem to go better with some designs than others.  I like to use a cotton or baby merino to make a traditional continuous granny square blanket for example.

Each blanket takes me anything from 12 to 24 hours to make depending on the design and size, so the initial design process is pretty important, I don’t want to be unhappy with the result at the end of all that work!  The type of yarn I pick is important too, I like to use natural fibres wherever possible, not only do they produce something very special at the end, they’re also amazing to work with. 

A cotton or merino blanket feels luxurious to touch, very soft and supple, perfect to have next to a babies skin; the pure wool and wool/alpaca blankets have a lovely sumptuousness to them and a weight that you just don’t get with acrylic fibre yarns. 

Acrylic yarns do have their place though, they make the best lightweight blankets which are great for that extra layer or for slightly warmer weather when you only need a light covering.

You can find my blankets in my Etsy shop and also at Quillies a bricks and mortar shop in Rhayader, mid Wales.

I also offer a custom service, I can make a blanket in colours of your choice and design – contact me to discuss the details of your heirloom in the making!

Vicki x

Fun with Stop Motion Animation

Hello!

I’ve always had a bit of a longing to make little stop motion animations and I have had a go here and there in the past.  The first time I did one was while (not) doing my homework many moons ago!  I remember taking a series of photographs of a prit stick rocket taking off and the lid falling off to land on some unsuspecting blu tac model of a person – splat!  Ha ha!  I’m not sure the quality of my videos is any better than it was back then but it’s so much fun to try!

I have a couple of little films on my youtube channel – yes I have one of those!  Much to my own surprise too!  I added another one a couple of days ago, this one is showing how to make one of my amigurumi kits and to start off it looks like that’s all it is, but wait for it …….. I have some teeny little helpers turn up!  I hope you have as much fun watching it as I did making it, I do plan to do more in the near future too.

Here is my latest video:

If you wanted to buy one of my kits or my little helpers they are available in my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MissGsGorgeousGifts

I also have some in Quillies in Rhayader, Talgarth Mill Craft Shop in Talgarth, Charlotte of Hay in Hay-on-Wye, and The Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells.

Vicki x

Amigurumi Kits Part 2

Amigurumi Kits Part 2

Hello!!

I made a video of what you’ll find inside my brand new amigurumi kits!  This one features my amigurumi dog.  And here it is!  https://youtu.be/W3Jih8KnQ3c

 

I am planning on doing some more videos – hopefully of me making them.  I quite fancy doing a stop frame animation type of the making process, that could be fun!

I’m pleased to announce that my kits are all in my Etsy shop now!  There are lots of different colours for you to choose from I have a feeling pink is going to be popular!

Amigurumi Cat Kit

 

Bye for now!

Vicki x

New Amigurumi Kits!

New Amigurumi Kits!

I’m about ready to launch my amigurumi kits, these are larger versions of my little amigurumi made using chunky yarn and a 4mm hook so much easier to make than my little fiddly ones.

Amigurumi Dog Kitamigurumi dog kit

Here are the contents, everything you need to make an amigurumi dog:

amigurumi dog kit contents   amigurumi dog kit patterntoy stuffing

 

The finished dog is about 10cm high.  I’ve also made kits for my bunny and cat patterns too.

It doesn’t end there though!  I also have a support page set up on my website here, with some little videos on techniques used in the patterns and an FAQ page too – these will be added to over time as people get in touch with questions, I’ve started them off with help from my pattern testers.
I’m also hoping people will send me in pictures of their finished creations I can then add those too.

These kits will be available for the first time at Wonderwool Wales, (on stand B11 with Powys Creative) I’ll then be adding them to my Etsy shop and some of the bricks and mortar shops that I supply too – exciting times!!

Vicki x