Free pattern: Elephant coaster #1 (Side profile)

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Hello again!

I made some elephant coasters a while back (thanks to a friend’s request) and I was pretty happy with how they turned out. Unfortunately it took me way too long to post the patterns! I had the rough outline written already, but I really needed the motivation to edit and then finally post on here. Well, here is pattern #1 which is a side-profile elephant! Pattern #2 will be coming sometime in the near future. So for now, if you want to make an elephant coaster, you can follow this pattern for a side-profile elephant. Or, you can wait until I post pattern #2 which is the “upright” elephant (you can find a pic of it on my Instagram @JoselynCrochets). Or, you can make both elephants because you just really like elephants. Or, you can make neither because you don’t like elephants. So many choices!!

As usual, please let me know if you come across errors!

Stitches (US terms):

  • Sc – single crochet
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Tc – triple crochet
  • Sl st – slip stitch

SIDE ELEPHANT

  1. Ch 8, then Dc into the 3rd loop from the hook. Dc into each of the remaining stitches. When you’ve finished the last Dc, do 4 more Dc into that same stitch. You should now have 10 Dc’s total. Your work will naturally start to curve.1
  2. Position your work so that the last few Dc’s you did (which were all in the same stitch) are on the right side. You should notice that the bottom of the other Dc’s are now at the top. We will Dc into those stitches: 1 Dc into each stitch. In the final stitch, do an additional 3 Dc. You should have done a total of 8 stitches in this step, for a total of 18 stitches in this oval shape. Sl st to join.
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  3. Now we will continue to Dc into all of these 18 stitches for the next few rows. For the new row, we will do 2 Dc’s into each stitch. When starting each row, remember to Ch 2 and start the Dc in the 3rd loop from the hook. Note that the Ch 2 counts as a Dc. When finishing each row, remember to Sl st to join.
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  4. In this row, the pattern is: 2 Dc in 1 stitch, 1 Dc in the next stitch.
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  5. In this row, the pattern is: 2 Dc in 1 stitch, 1 Dc in the next stitch, 1 Dc in the next stitch. When you get to roughly the same place as in the pic below (note that I’ve rotated the work so that the starting point is at the bottom left instead of top right), switch to Tc so that you follow the pattern of 2Tc 1Tc 1Tc (instead of 2Dc 1Dc 1Dc). Do 3 sets of this pattern and switch back to Dc’s so that you finish the row with Dc’s. The Tc’s should stick out a little more than the Dc’s and will be the foundation for the elephant’s head.567
  6. Now we will work on only the head of the elephant. Flip your work so that the underside is now facing up. Do the following: Sl st 5 times. Then, ScSc Hdc Dc Dc DcDc Tc Tc Tc DcDc Hdc Sc Slst Slst Slst. (If I typed 2 stitches together like ScSc, then that means they’re within the same stitch).8910
  7. The next row will continue the head and include the nose. Flip the work. [First photo shows what your elephant looks like when you’ve flipped it]. Do the following: Hdc Dc Dc Tc Tc Tc Tc Tc Dc Hdc Sc. Start the nose by chaining 10. Then, starting in the 3rd loop from the hook: Hdc Dc Dc DcDcDc Dc. Then do Tc’s for the rest of the chain. Slst the nose onto the head.11]121314
  8. Sl st along the body (about 5 times) until you reach an appropriate place to start making a leg. Ch 8. Tc along the chain (start in the 3rd loop from the hook). Sl sl to the body.15
  9. Sl st along the body (I did about 11 times) until you reach an appropriate place to start the next leg. Repeat the same steps as the previous leg.16
  10. Sl st until an appropriate spot to make a tail. Ch5 and Sl st thru those 5 stitches in the chain. That’s the tail! Now, to finish the elephant, Sl st around the body until you’ve Sl st-ed around the nose. Finish off.
  11. Hold the phone! You’re missing an ear! Let’s make an ear. Make a magic circle; Ch 2. 6 Dc into the magic circle. Ch 2, then 2 Dc into each of those stitches you just made. For the very last stitch, do a Sl st (after you’ve done the 2 Dc’s). Then insert your hook into the magic ring (center base of the ear) and Sl st. Finish off with a length of yarn so you can sew the ear to the head.
  12. To sew the ear onto the head: position the ear where it looks “natural”, but make sure it’s in a spot where a coffee mug can be placed on your coaster and not have a bumpy bottom. You wouldn’t want to spill coffee on your coaster! Loop the yarn back and forth through the magic circle a few times to connect the ear to the main coaster. When you’re satisfied, loop the yarn along the base of the ear to further connect the ear to the main coaster.
  13. Et voila! If you’d like, you can make a leaf (or a heart, or a flower, etc) and sew it onto the trunk tip. Plenty of these tutorials can be found on Youtube 🙂

Thanks for visiting! Please remember to post pics and credit me if you make this coaster (and please don’t sell the finished product). Stay tuned for the next elephant coaster pattern, and let’s hope it won’t take me as long to post it! 🙂

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Free Pattern: Princess Leia amigurumi

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Hello there! Here is my pattern for the Princess Leia amigurumi doll. Hope you enjoy. I actually haven’t watched much Star Wars (I will fix that soon, hopefully!) but I think any female badass character is awesome, and she is iconic, so of course I wanted to make her. Plus, her hair buns are super easy to crochet (and that was the main reason I wanted to make her, was to make the hair buns).

As usual, this pattern may have errors since I’m still new at writing patterns. If you need clarification on any part or notice a mistake, please let me know so I can fix it!

This pattern is worked in continuous rounds, so there’s no slip stitch to join each round. Therefore, you may find using a stitch marker useful for marking where you are in each round. If you’ve never made amigurumi before, I recommend starting with something easier than this project so you can practice first!

Materials:
– Skin-colored yarn
– Brown yarn for her hair
– White yarn (or whichever color) for her clothes
– Pink yarn, if you wish to make a mouth
– Black beads for her eyes. You can either sew them on with thread like I did, or use safety eyes, or glue on beads. Whichever works best for you!
– Hook (I used 3.75 mm)
– Yarn needle to weave ends and sew pieces together
– Stitch marker to mark your place
– Stuffing

Stitches (all in US terms):
– Ch = chain
– Sc = single crochet
– Sc2tog = sc 2 stitches together. A type of decrease technique — if you need help, here is a tutorial)
– Dc = double crochet
– Hdc = half double crochet
– Tc = triple crochet
– Sl st = slip stitch

Head:

Using skin-colored yarn:
1. Magic circle; Sc 6 inside the ring.
2. 2 sc in either of the previous sc’s (12 stitches)
3. Repeat this pattern for this round: 2 Sc in 1 stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch (18)
4. Repeat this pattern for this round: 2 sc in 1 stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch (24)
5. Repeat this pattern for this round: 2 sc in 1 stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch (30)
6-10. For these 5 rounds: 1 sc all around (30)
11. Now we start decreasing! For this round, repeat this pattern: Sc2tog, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc. (24)
12. Repeat this pattern for this round: Sc2tog, 1 sc, 1 sc. (18)
13. Repeat this pattern for this round: Sc2tog, 1 sc (12)
14-15. For these 2 rows, Sc all around (12).
Fill the head with stuffing when the opening starts to get small (sometime when you begin decreasing). Make sure the head is nice and firm from the stuffing.
Finish off with some length of yarn which you will use to sew the head onto the body.
This next part is up to you — how to design the face! I sewed (with needle and black sewing thread) 2 black beads as eyes, and I used pink yarn for her mouth. This is entirely up to you how you want to design her face. If you sew stuff onto her face, you can leave the ends peeking out through the back of her head since you will be covering that area with her hair cap later.

Hair “cap”:

For the hair, we will make a “cap” of hair and sew it onto the head. This is separate from the hair buns. Use brown yarn.
1. Magic circle, sc 6 in the ring.
2. 2 sc in each stitch (12)
3. Repeat this pattern for this round: 2 Sc in 1 stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch (18)
4. Repeat this pattern for this round: 2 sc in 1 stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch (24)
5. Repeat this pattern for this round: 2 sc in 1 stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch (30)
6. Now we make the bangs. In this round: Sc, Hdc, Dc, 24 Tc’s, Dc, Hdc, Sc (30).
7. Repeat #6 for this round, but replace the final Sc with a Sl st.
Finish off with a good length of yarn which you will use to sew the “hair cap” onto the head.

Hair buns (brown yarn):

1. Magic circle with 8 sc in the ring.
2. 2 sc in each stitch (16)
3. Repeat this pattern for this round: 2 sc in 1 stitch, 1 sc in the next (24)
4. 1 sc in each stitch (24)
5. Repeat this pattern for this round: Sc2tog, 1 sc in the next stitch (16)
6. Sc2tog all around (8)
Fill each bun with stuffing when the opening gets small. Finish off with some length of yarn which you will use to sew the buns to the cap. Repeat these instructions to make the 2nd bun.

Body (skin-colored yarn):

1. Magic circle with 8 sc in the ring.
2. 2 sc in each stitch (16)
3. Repeat this pattern for this round: 2 sc in 1 stitch, 1 sc in the next (24)
4. Repeat this pattern for this round: 2 sc in 1 stitch, 1 sc in the next, 1 sc in the next (32)
5-12. 1 sc all around for 8 rows (32)
13. Repeat this pattern: Sc2tog, 1 sc in the next stitch, 1 sc in the next (24)
14. Repeat #13 (16)
15. Repeat this pattern: Sc2tog, 1 sc in the next stitch (8)
16. Sc2tog all around (4)
Finish off. You don’t need to leave a length of yarn here.
Fill with stuffing when the opening starts to get small.

Dress (white yarn):

1. Ch 32, connect with Sl st.
2. Ch 2, Dc all around. Sl st to join.
3. Ch 2, then repeat this pattern all around: 2 Dc in 1 st, 1 Dc in the next. When you finish the round, Sl st to join.
4-6. Ch 2. Dc all around, then Sl st to join. Repeat for a total of 3 rounds.
7. Sc all around.
8. Attach this dress about halfway up the body by sewing with yarn needle and some extra yarn. Try to be minimal with the sewing. You do want the dress to be fixed on the body, but you don’t want the sewing to be bulky or too visible. When I sewed, I just went along the top of the dress with whip stitches (see youtube for great tutorials), but you may have a more elegant method that you prefer.

Arms (skin-colored yarn):

1. Magic circle with 8 sc in the ring.
2-12. Sc all around for 11 rows.
Finish off with some yarn which you will use to sew each arm to the body. Make 2 arms.
Fill each arm with stuffing.

Legs:

1. Start with brown yarn — we are making the boot first. Magic circle with 8 sc in the ring.
2-4. 3 rows of sc all around.
5. Change color to skin-colored yarn. Then do 2 rows total of sc all around.
Finish off with some yarn which you will use to sew each leg to the body. Make 2 legs.
Fill each leg with stuffing.

Sleeves (white yarn):

1. Magic circle with 10 sc in the ring.
2-6. 5 rows of sc all around.
7. 2 sc in 1 stitch, 1 sc in the next. Repeat this pattern for this round.
8-11. Sc all around for 4 rounds.

Now to connect all the pieces!

1. Sew the hair cap to the head. I used whip stitches; you may have a different preference. Position the hair cap so that the head is covered with “hair” in the back, and has bangs in the front.
2. Sew the buns onto the head. Make sure they are symmetrical with each other.
3. Sew the head onto the body (which already has the dress sewn on).
4. Sew the legs onto the body.
5. Put the arms into the sleeves. This may be a bit tight. What I did was pull the loose yarn of each arm all the way through a stitch near the top of each sleeve. I wanted the shoulders to come up above the body, so I purposely didn’t pull the yarn through the magic circle of the sleeve because then there wouldn’t be a shoulder at all. I didn’t do any sewing for this step since I will be sewing the arm (which is now connected to the sleeve) to the body, and therefore the sleeve is already attached. Hope that makes sense!
6. Sew the arm to the body. I did most of the sewing along the side of the arm/sleeve so that the arm isn’t sticking straight out like a scarecrow. Try to be minimal with the sewing, since that yarn is skin-colored (instead of white like the outfit) and will show up against the outfit if you are messy with the sewing. This step can be tricky, so try your best!

And that’s it! Hope these instructions made sense — again, please let me know if I should clarify any points. I unfortunately don’t have step-by-step photos for this pattern, and I know that can make things tough to follow! I want to mention, though, that when you get stuck, it never hurts (most of the time, anyway) to improvise. I found that I learned so much by doing my own thing whenever a pattern didn’t make sense to me!

If you make a Princess Leia, please post a photo and credit me by tagging my instagram. I’m so excited to see what you come up with!

And once again, please don’t sell the finished product. 🙂

~ May the force be with you ~

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Free Pattern: Totoro Coaster

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*Edited on 12/8/17 for clarification*

Hello! This is the first pattern I’ve ever written, woohoo! Hope you enjoy 🙂 Feel free to ask questions or bring up issues with the pattern.

Abbreviations (US terms):
Sl st = slip stitch
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet
Tc = triple crochet

Supplies:
Hook – I used 5 mm (H), but you can use any hook size — the bigger the hook, the larger the coaster.
Gray and white yarn
Green yarn if you want a leaf
Yarn needle

Instructions:

  1. Start with white yarn. Magic circle, Ch 2. 11 Dc in the circle, then Sl st to join. Ch 2. (12 stitches)
  2. 1 Dc in the same stitch where you did the Sl st. Then 2 Dc in each of the next stitches. Ch 2. (24)19449469_10213751113878688_11596412_o
  3. 1 Dc in the same stitch where you did the most recent Sl st. Then, 1 Dc in next stitch. *2 Dc in the next stitch, 1 Dc in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * 4 times. Then, *2 Sc in the next stitch, 1 Sc in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until you finish the circle. Sl st to join. (36)
  4. Switch to gray yarn. (HERE is a great Youtube tutorial on how to change colors. You can use any color-changing method that you prefer, as long as you stay at the same stitch location along your white circle.)
    Ch 2, and Dc in the same stitch as the Sl st. 1 Dc in each of the next 2 stitches.
  5. This row has a lot going on. Get ready.
    *2 Dc in the next stitch, 1 Dc in the next stitch, 1 Dc in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * 3 times.
    Then, *2 Hdc in the next stitch, 1 Hdc in the next stitch, 1 Hdc in the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * 1 time.
    Then, *2 Sc in the next stitch, 1 Sc in the next stitch, 1 Sc in the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * 2 times.
    Then, * 2 Hdc in the next stitch, 1 Hdc in the next stitch, 1 Hdc in the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * 1 time.
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  6. Now we start the arms. In the 3rd loop from the hook, 1 Hdc. Then in the next 4 stitches: Dc, Dc, Tc, Tc. To join the arm to the body, Sl st into the 4th stitch from the most recent Sl st. Now, continuing up the shoulder: Hdc in the next 2 stitches. Dc in the next 6 stitches. Hdc in the next 2 stitches. Ch 7.19403593_10213751113798686_24116685_o19238438_10213751113518679_65695484_o19457887_10213751114478703_1427035078_o
  7. Here’s the other arm. In the 3rd loop from the hook, 1 Hdc. Then in the next 4 stitches: Dc, Dc, Tc, Tc. To join this arm to the body, Sl st into the stitch that is 4 stitches down from where the arm is attached to the body (which is a Hdc).19490055_10213751114238697_1717032529_o
  8. Sl st all around and stop when you’ve Sl st around the first arm. See pic below for where you should be. Then, Ch 2. Hdc in the same stitch as the Ch2. In the next 8 stitches, Dc. Hdc in the next stitch, Sl st in the next stitch.7
  9. Flip the work. See pic below for where you should be. In the next 10 stitches: Sc, Sc, Hdc, Dc, Dc, Dc, Dc, Hdc, Sc, Sc.19495574_10213751113438677_1067135079_o
  10. Flip the work again. See pic below for where you should be.19478428_10213751113358675_970667745_oa) Now we start the ears. Ch 9. In the 3rd loop from the hook, 1 Hdc. In the next 6 stitches: Dc, Tc, Tc, Tc, Dc, Dc. Connect the ear to the head with a Sl st a few stitches away from where the ear is attached to the body (it’s ok to estimate, whatever looks good to you!).19457870_10213751113118669_502476067_oThen Sl st in the next few stitches (maybe 2-3) until you reach a good location to start the next ear. The number of Sl st’s may vary per Totoro depending on where you attached the first ear — wherever looks good and symmetrical to you!

    b) Now, create the second ear. The process is the same as the first: Ch 9. In the 3rd loop from the hook, 1 Hdc. In the next 6 stitches: Dc, Tc, Tc, Tc, Dc, Dc. Connect the ear to the head with a Sl st a few stitches away from where the ear is attached to the body.

  11. Sl st along the remaining part of the body where you haven’t made a Sl st yet. You should stop at the armpit of the second arm you made (see photo below).19451675_10213751112918664_1722651585_o
  12. Finish off; weave ends!

To add the carets to the belly:

Use gray yarn to tie a knot to a spot in the belly where you’d like to make your first caret. With a yarn needle, loop through the white yarns to make 2 lines that form a caret. Then pull the yarn to the next location where you’d like to make the next caret, and repeat. If you’re not satisfied with the way your carets look, you will need to do some trial and error — I don’t think there’s an elegant way to do this!

To make a leaf:

With green yarn, Ch 8. In the 3rd loop from the hook, Dc. In the next 5 stitches: Tc, Tc, Dc, Sc, Sl st. Ch 1. Rotate so that you can start stitching along the other side. Note that this is different from flipping the work. In the next 6 stitches: Sl st, Sc, Dc, Tc, Tc, Dc. Sl st to join. Finish off with a length of yarn (maybe about 3 times the length of the leaf) so that you can use the yarn needle to sew the leaf onto the head where you see fit.
Note: You can find many leaf tutorials on Youtube, if you’d like a different leaf style or length!

Here’s a pic of the coaster with a mug on it. This mug is smaller than most mugs, so you can definitely fit a good-sized coffee mug on this coaster.

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Thanks for trying out this pattern! Hope you’re satisfied with your finished result and that you get a lot of use from the coaster (and hopefully get compliments from friends too).

Please post a pic and remember to credit me / tag me on Instagram (@JoselynCrochets). I’m excited to see what you come up with! Please do not sell the finished product.