Top Ten Toys

May 16, 2012 § 9 Comments

Top ten free crocheted toy patterns for babies and kiddies.

I’ve decided to do a top ten series, there soooo many kind, talented designers out there offering their patterns for free. The web is a veritable treasure trove such things, there’s no need to go out and spend lots of money on fancy books (although they’re good too) everything is right there waiting to be discovered.

I’ll start with toys. I have made some of these myself and a few are on my to-do list. I love making handmade toys for kiddies, in my experience they are always the ones they treasure the most.

I just love this guy, how could you not. This Valentine Teddy was designed by Stephanie Jessica Lau, her blog All About Ami is just divine and definitely worth a visit. She is one clever lady – she also designed the Spring Bunny below.

From left to right

Baby Snow Dragon by Marjorie Jones – What a perfect present for a little boy (or little girl of course). I just adore those big black dragon eyes.

Kids Crown by Alli Hyer – Technically more of an accessory than a toy but I had to include it. I made this one for Amelie and a matching one for her teddy bear, it was so quick and easy that I’ve made some more since to give to other little princesses.

Spring Bunny by Stephanie Jessica Lau – I LOVE these bunnies, I’ve seen them around a lot but each crochet artist gives them a new personality and adds something a bit different  – so I never get tired of seeing them.

Baby Ball by Hobby Blogo – The classic, trusty old baby ball, every baby should have one. I adore the colours they’ve used for this one. NOTE: You may need google translate for this blog.

Crochet Toadstool by Annaboo’s House – What a cute toadstool! I can just imagine miniature forest creatures having a miniature tea party underneath. I especially like the climbing vine and the little door.

Amigurumi Doughnut by Lion Brand Yarn – You’ll need to sign up for a free subscription for this one but it’s worth it, they have lots of great crochet patterns.

Fruits and Vegetables Basket by Michele Wilcox – To balance out the naughtiness with the crocheted doughnuts. It’s important to have a balanced diet after all.

LOOP Baby Toy by Amy Herbst – These toys are a must for little ones. Plus they are really quick and easy to make!

And last but not least:

Princess Poppy  by  Janette Williams – Isn’t she cute? I’m in the process of making this one for Amelie for her second birthday. I can’t wait to give it to her, I know she will just love it to bits.

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Crochet Cardigan

May 10, 2012 § 1 Comment

I made this cardi for my daughter with this free pattern. I made the buttons from an old hand embroidered doily. It was a bit sad cutting it up but thankfully it wasn’t one of my favorites. I still have to crochet around the neckline and armholes but it’s 2 sizes too big for her so I figure I have a few years to do it.

Baby Brain

May 7, 2012 § 9 Comments

I made this pixie bonnet and matching booties for a good friend of mine. I LOVE the light/dirty pinky sort of colour and I’ve been using it a lot lately but it is IMPOSSIBLE to photograph. This is where all those years studding photomedia should come in handy. But alas, I’ve drawn a blank. Thousands of study hours (and dollars!!!!) and nothing. I guess it was a fair few years ago now and in my defense all I’ve done since then is look after my baby girl – playing baby games and talking gibberish – not exactly intense brain exercise.

If anyone is interested in a pattern for these I’m sure I could whip one up.

OBEY CROCHET

May 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Just found this amazing blog. Check out these clever and witty drawings over at Obey Crochet

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