Cutie Cupcake Project Bag is Live!

I posted the pattern on Ravelry yesterday. Please note that this is still being tested, so if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

This is based off of my Cutie Cupcake ami, hence the name. It follows the same basic methods but

  • it’s bigger
  • it’s made seamlessly
  • it’s made from the bottom up
And, you know, it’s a bag 😉

Gauge is not important; size can be changed by changing hook size, or doing more/less repeats.

Any worsted weight will do to make this. If you feel adventurous/ambitious, a smaller hook size may be substituted. There will be notes about this in the pattern.

The pattern has a link to my FPDC tutorial + a photo tutorial for my version of surface crochet.

Please note that if you choose to line the bag, some basic sewing skills are required.

You are allowed to do whatever the hell you want with your FOs. All I ask for is credit for the pattern if you decide to sell your FOs. 😀

You can download it via Ravelry or here: Download Cutie Cupcake Project Bag – it’s free! 😀

Happy Hooking!

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Update for Cutie Cupcake!

I have fiiinally come up with a top for the Cutie Cupcake I am happy with. I have revised the .pdf and posted it on Ravelry.

Here are some updated pictures:

The ice cream in the pictures is an old pattern I found the notes to and updated in December. I sold a bunch of them at the Bryant park Holiday Market in NYC. They are so cute and so easy to make! I suppose y’all would want a pattern for it too huh? 😛
Speaking of patterns, I actually have two ami patterns (the ice cream and an Erlenmeyer flask), a hat, and two crocheted sock patterns that need typing up… I should get on that soon, huh? 
The big sister to Cutie Cupcake will be released soon!

Cutie Cupcake

Mmm, Deelicious!

The pattern… as is. I have several people testing it. If you find anything wrong, please let me know 🙂

You can find the pattern on 4Shared, or on Ravelry.

Due to the FPHDC stitch featured, I would rate this advanced beginner/lower intermediate…. If you’re an adventurous beginner, you can do this! It’s not as hard as it looks, promise!

Happy Hooking!

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Berry Warm Hat!

This is my Berry Warm Hat!
I had a hankering for a chunky knit hat with flaps. I browsed through ravelry and couldn’t find one to my liking, so I decided to fudge one… and I think it came out amazingly! Hopefully you like it too. This is more like a recipe than a pattern (as I took no direct notes; this is all from memory, see..) and you can modify it anyway you like (length, width, etc).

PDF available on 4shared and Ravelry

Here’s the recipe:
You’ll need:
  • At *least* 110 yards of super bulky yarn (yarn pictured is Kraemer Yarns Bear Creek in Berry Blast. I used most of the skein. I dunno how much. The yardage is 130 for this and I guesstimate I used ~100-110)
  • #15 16-inch circular needle
  • Either #15 DPNs or a 36 in circular needle (I have an interchangeable set, so I added cords to make a 36 in and used the magic loop method;  easy peasy! Look it up on YouTube. The KnitWitch’s tutorials are the best!)
  • Four stitch markers [few places have markers big enough for 15’s; luckily I make some. Check out my Etsy shop for some ;)]
  •  Four locking stitch markers
  • A large eyed yarn needle
  • A 4×8 in piece of cardboard (for the tassels/ bootleg pom pom) [if you have a pom pom maker,t hat works too…]
  • Scrap super bulky yarn for tassels (I used LB Thick and Quick in black for my tassels; you can use whatever the hell you have on hand, or even the same yarn from the body)
Abbreviations:
CO=cast on
BO=bind off
St= stitch,
k=knit,
p=purl
k2gth=knit two together
ssk= slip slip knit
pm=place marker
ST st= stockinette stitch
Dec=decrease
sl= slip
Hat Body
Using the Long Tail Cast On, CO 50 st, join for knitting in the round and pm, making sure your stitches aren’t twisted.
  1. Knit six rounds of garter st, starting with a k row (in the round, that’s one row knit, one row purl. I started with a knit row by accident; technically, when you use the LTCO, the first row looks knitted. This worked out to my benefit as you will see later).  Six rows of garter gives you three ridges. You may do more or less as you like; I liked the way three looked.
  2.  Switch to ST st and place remaining markers as follows:  k 12, pm; k 13, pm; k 12 pm; k 13, pm. Knit until the piece measures 5 in (or longer. Mine fit right to my hair line; I wanted it a little longer. I should have done 6!) from CO edge.
  3. To decrease, simply either k2gth or ssk after each marker. My dec look like ssk, but that’s ‘cause I knit bass ackwards. Dec as established every row and switch to DPNs/longer circular when necessary (my point of change was after two decrease rows). Dec until 14 st remain. Cut yarn 8 inches from work, thread yarn needle and pass through remaining sts. Past needle through hole in hat and draw tight. Knot and weave in end.
Flaps
Turning the hat so the tail of the CO is in the back-middle of your head, try on the hat. Fit well? Great! Place the locking markers so that you have two in the front with 14 st between them, and place the remaining two in the back with 14 st in between those; you’ll be fussing with the 11 stitches in between the sets of markers.
(sl the first st of every row and use the circular or DPNs for this part… you’ll thank me later ;))
  1. With the right side facing you, pick up 11 st [starting from the right going to the left], then purl your way back.
  2. Commence ST st for about 2-2 ½ inches, and then: sl 1, dec, k to last three, dec, k 1. P wrong side. 
  3. Keep dec in right side rows until you get to five st left, then dec, k1, dec.   
  4. Slide the stitches down to the other end of the [circular or DPN] and start i-cord. Do i-cord for as long as you like. I did it for 10 in. BO i-cord, leaving 6 inches of yarn behind.
Repeat for other flap.
Tassels and Pom Pom
  • For the tassels: With scrap yarn, cut two 8 in pieces of yarn and set aside. Take one of these and tape to the cardboard lengthwise, or hold in place. With cardboard, wrap yarn around the 4 in side of the cardboard 20 times.  Untape/unhold long piece and slide up to the top of the wrapped yarn and knot tightly. Cut the other end, trim to even out if necessary. Repeat for the other tassel.
  • For the pom pom, fold the 4×8, so it becomes a square (haha). Wrap the yarn around the side where the fold meets. I wrapped it like 25-30 times, but you can more or less accordingly. Cut a 10 in piece of yarn and tie at the open end of the fold. Tie it tight! Cut the other end.  Voila! A bootleg, floppy pom pom. Sew to top middle of the hat.
To attach tassels, sew one of the ends into the tip of an i-cord; try to get it as centered as possible. Tie a securing knot and trim remaining yarn (if needed) and add to the fringe. Wrap the tail from the i-cord BO around the base where the tassel meets the i-cord, do a loop knot once or twice, trim off extra yarn.
That’s it!
*whew*
This pattern is untested, reconstructed from memory so if you find any issues, please let me know and I will try to correct it the best way I can. I’m tastee.chaos[@]gmail.com.

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Nail Polish Amigurumi

I am on a roll with butter and cheese!

 I made this for my nail technician Judy… she always hooks me up and I wanted to make her a lil plushie to show my appreciation. What better than a little toy to show off at her station?

I actually made this into a .pdf file, which you can download if you’re on Ravelry. If you’re not on Rav (or too lazy to login), you can download it from 4 Shared.

Please feel free to send me pictures of your finished items! I’d love to see them 😀 (my email addy is tastee.chaos @ gmail.com –no spaces of course 😉

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Pattern: Little Empanada

I decided to post my first pattern… I’ve only made it once. Methinks it needs some *slight* tweaking, but I like the way it came out on the first try… hopefully you will too 🙂

I made it for my boyfriend, who calls me his little empanada (excuse me, his SEXY little empanada. But whatever). I am all about the cheese, so what better than to give him a little amigurumi that would remind him of me? Or so I thought. [Was it too cheesy?? :/]

You’ll need:

  • Size F (3.75mm) Hook
  • Golden brown worsted weight yarn (I used TMA’s Easy Craft; Red Heart Super Saver or some frou frou wool yarn would suffice. I chose a golden-y brown to make a *fried* empanada. You can use a paler color for an uncooked one, or a lighter bown for a baked one. I was even thinking to make a whole wheat one for the health conscious! Heh)
  • stitch marker (one for crochet, like the ones I have at my shop *shameless plug* or even a safety pin would work… as long as you can remove it as you go along. You don’t wanna use a knitting one. Just trust me on this one.)
  • Polyfill stuffing (or cotton, or yarn scraps…)
  • 8mm safety eyes with washers (optional; you can embroider the eyes if you don’t have any)
  • Embroidery thread (I used bright pink for the mouth, and used pale pink to sew on the cheeks. If you want to embroider the eyes, black will be needed as well)
  • light pink felt (optional if you don’t want cheeks)
  • about an hour of your time and a comfy place to sit 🙂
Pattern notes: When you see directions with “*….*” it means to repeat whatever’s between the stars around until the end. This is crocheted in a continuous spiral around; DO NOT JOIN ROUNDS. The numbers in parenthesis at the end of each row denotes the correct number of stitches that should be completed at the end of that given round. 
Abbreviations used: SC= single crochet; inc.= increase (sc in same stitch twice); st= stitch; ch= chain; hdc= half double crochet; sl st= slip stitch; hdc shell = 3 hdc in same st
Ready? Set! GO!
  1. Using the magic circle technique (you can look this up on YouTube for a great visual tutorial; it’s where I learned it! Easy peasy!), ch 7, tighten circle. (7)
  2. Increase in all st around (14)
  3. *SC 1, inc 1* around (21)
  4. *SC 2, inc 1* around (28)
  5. *SC 3, inc 1* around  (35)
  6. *SC 4, inc 1* around (42)
  7. *SC 5, inc 1* around (49)
  8. *SC 1, inc 1* around (73)
  9. SC all around (73); when you get back to the round, fold the circle in half  (make sure the right side of the work is on the outside of the fold!) and ch 1, then sc through both thicknesses of the fold once in the corner. 
I stopped here and attached the safety eyes, embroidered the mouth and attached the cheeks. For the cheeks, I used the washers from the eyes to trace a circle… it was still a bit of a FAIL as I can’t cut felt straight to save my life… *ahem* 
So finish up your face as you like… or omit it entirely to make play food that isn’t as cute 😛 
Onwards…. Part deux of the pattern. Get your stuffing ready.
  1. Continuing with the circle folded in half, hdc shell in same space as the sc we did in part one. 
  2. Skip 1 st, sl st in next st, *hdc shell, skip 1 st, sl st* 5 more times; stop here and liberally stuff your little guy. No one likes an empanada that’s cheap on the filling, so STUFF!! Take care not to overstuff; you’ll know you’ve done exactly that when little pieces of stuffing is visible through the crocheting/is squeezing out the fabric. [This is the half way point of the hdc shells :)]
  3. Continue the established pattern (*hdc shell, skip 1 st, sl st*) until you have three more repeats to the end. Finish the stuffing now.
  4. *hdc shell, skip 1 st, sl st* twice more. If you can squeeze a bit more stuffing in, do so. hdc shell, skip 1 st, sl st and fasten off. Weave in the end, and shazaam! You’re all done 😀
I ended up with 12 hdc shells. It’s not an exact science; if you end up with slightly less or more than I did it’s fine. I realized afterwards 73 isn’t the bestest number to leave a circle at if you want something 100% symmetrical *smh*
Sorry for the loquaciousness; I hope you enjoy your empanada!

I tried to write this as I’ve seen zillions of crochet patterns written. If it’s not clear enough/you get stuck, please feel free to email me: tastee.chaos @ gmail.com [no spaces]

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