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Pattern Review: Abigail the Unicorn Pillow

I came across this pattern on social media and immediately had to buy it! It was the most adorable unicorn I had ever seen, and knew my daughter would go crazy for it! I purchased the pattern from Accessorize This Designs on Ravelry here. I ran out and bought the yarn (that just so happened to be on sale at JoAnn’s! Blanket yarn is crazy expensive), batting, and pillow form to start my project as soon as possible.

Then,…..I read the pattern – all 10 pages. and started feeling very intimidated! Don’t get me wrong, amigurumi is adorable but it is not for me. I don’t like making such small parts with thin yarn, and small hooks (anything less than a 3.5mm and I avoid like the plague). I also am not the biggest fan of blanket yarn because it usually makes my wrist hurt after awhile. So, all my supplies just sat on the floor in my craft room for months as I debated starting it then would talk myself out of it.

I received a set of Clover Armour hooks for Christmas and fell in love! I have had carpal tunnel issues since I was in high school, and I have yet to experience any wrist pain since using these hooks. I decided to go for it and, let me tell you – this is the way to do amigurumi!!! Big yarn, big hooks, big pieces – I think it took me 2 1/2 days from start to finish. It was a lot easier than I expected, so don’t succumb to the fear ๐Ÿ™‚

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All my pieces ready to assemble

The full size version is huge! It stands as tall as my 4 year old. I hope to try making the take along version with worsted weight yarn when I get the chance. Just make sure you are holding the head straight (with the seam from row 1 perfectly horizontal) before you start sewing on your nostrils. You can see from the picture below that mine was a little crooked.

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Overall, this was a really fun project once I committed to it. If you love amigurumi, or are thinking about trying a stuffed buddy, I totally recommend this project!

Happy Crocheting!

Kara

Pattern Review: Fox C2C Baby Blanket

I absolutely love corner to corner (C2C) crochet! One of my first few C2C projects was this fox baby blanket by 2LittleCraigsCrochet. (click here to purchase the pattern from Etsy) I’m not going to lie – it’s a big graph with lots of color changes! But, it’s adorable and well worth the effort.ย I’ve made 4 of these blankets now, and it gets easier each time.

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Work in progress!

I like to buy extra skeins ofย  yarn and use jumbo wooden clothes pins (pictured with white yarn) to help with small areas on the graph. Winding new balls of yarn is not my strong suit. I also decided not to include a name on any of my blankets just for preference. It would be super cute either way!

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All finished!

I added a simple single crochet border (1 round in silver, 2 rounds in brown). It measures approximately 38 inches x 38 inches using a 5mm hook and Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solids yarn.ย This blanket would look great in a woodland themed nursery, and is a great size for tummy time and in the carseat/stroller.

I definitely recommend this fox baby blanket pattern if you are looking for a fun C2C project!! You can also purchase this blanket as pictured above in my Etsy shop.

Happy Crocheting!

Kara

 

Intro

Hi! Welcome to Smiley Goose – I hope you find lots of crochet inspiration and projects as you read my posts.

A little about me-

I’m a thirty-something, stay-at-home mom to my smiley goose, Madison (she’s almost 4 years old, What?!!?). She loves yarn shopping with me and trying to crochet her own projects. Before I was a mommy, I completedย  my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. I worked as an exercise physiologist in cardiac rehab then as a trial assistant in clinical research. I married my best friend, Mike, in 2010. He’s very supportive of my yarn addiction and need to crochet 24/7 ๐Ÿ™‚

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I have always enjoyed some time of crafting whether it was painting, jewelry making, cross stitch, etc. I taught myself to crochet about 10 years ago but didn’t open up my Etsy shop until 2017. Since then, I just can’t stop crocheting! I have a LONG list of projects I want to try, and I never seem to have enough yarn no matter how much I buy.

I have started designing my own patterns, and have many more in my head that I just haven’t had the time to write down yet. I love corner to corner (C2C) crochet! I never thought I could make a blanket, or at least one that was not all wavy and wonky, until I tried C2C. But wait, then I discovered graphgans!!! I didn’t realize life could get any better. I am starting my 3rd fox blanket and will share that with you soon.

Here, I want to share with you my favorite yarn, tools, blogs, and patterns. And, hopefully, some original designs. As always, feel free to contact with me questions or concerns. I am new to the blogging world and have much to learn. If you like to crochet, I hope you draw inspiration for your projects here. If you don’t crochet but love it – you can purchase completed items from my Etsy shop, Smileygoose, as well as my patterns.

Happy Crocheting!

Kara