Friday, March 30, 2012

CROCHET PATTERN: Pillow Pal Sea Turtle - Ready for You!


Next up in the Pillow Pals Series is a beautiful sea creature, the Sea Turtle.
I often watch the Animal Channel as part of the homeschooling with my children, and by far, I always enjoy the creatures of the Ocean.




This little Sea Turtle is perfect for the little turtle lover in your life.  The back shell is basically a blank slate.  You can customize it with 'plates', a name, or even little hearts.



10 pages of written instructions, with detail oriented photographs to help make this little Sea Turtle come to life for you. Order your copy of the Pillow Pal Sea Turtle today and get ready to snuggle up with this cutie in no time.




Purchase Pillow Pal Sea Turtle on Etsy.com

** WARNING ** Young children, toddlers and infants should ALWAYS be supervised when playing with this toy. There may be small pieces that a child can dislodge and there is potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries. Check all toys periodically for breakage and potential hazards. Broken toys can develop small parts which may present the potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries. A toy that cannot be repaired should be thrown away immediately. Please remember to use a yarn which is safe, as young children are likely to put toy in their mouth.

Pattern:
 

Materials Used in Model:

Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0668 Honeydew, 0408 Medium Thyme and 0334 Buff
poly-fil fiberfill
Size US H/6-5.00mm crochet hook
Crochet Needle for sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning/outlining



This pattern is written in English, using US Crochet Terms.
Patterns are sent in PDF form as an attachment to the eMail address that you have on file with PayPal, within 24 hours of your payment. You will need an Adobe Reader, or like software to view written materials.  You can visit http://get.adobe.com/ to find out more about Adobe and it's products.


By ordering any product from FiberDoodles by K4TT, whether by clicking over the internet, telephone, facsimile or otherwise, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the FiberDoodles by K4TT End User Licensing Agreement or qualification.
Purchasers may not redistribute, resell, and/or translate pattern into another language for reselling. Questions regarding sale of finished items is answered on this FiberDoodles by K4TT Blog, under the heading of EULA.

Please note that there may be certain orders that FiberDoodles by K4TT is unable to accept and must cancel. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to refuse or cancel any order for any reason. FiberDoodles by K4TT may also require additional verifications or information before accepting any order. You will be contacted if all or any portion of your order is canceled or if additional information is required to accept your order. If your order is canceled after your credit or debit card has been charged, we will issue a credit to your card in the amount of the charge.

Due to the format and ease in reproduction, patterns are non-refundable.

All patterns are sold in good faith. Every effort has been made to ensure that all instructions are accurate and complete. FiberDoodles by K4TT cannot, however, be responsible for human error, typographical mistakes or variations in individual work. If you should find any errors that you feel need attention, please notify me.

All patterns purchased from FiberDoodles by K4TT are protected under Federal copyright laws. Reproduction/distribution, in part or in whole, is strictly prohibited unless specifically authorized. This includes, but is not limited to, any form of reproduction or distribution on or through the Internet, including posting, scanning, "Crochet-A-Longs" and/or eMail transmission. Each pattern is encrypted with identification unique to each individual purchaser.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Re-Release: K.I.S.S. - Silly Ole Bear



A Silly ole' Bear - K.I.S.S. Style and he is BACK!
There have been many requests for the easily customizable 'familiar' looking bear from the K.I.S.S. Series.  Finally, I have begun to rework the patterns as not to infringe upon any trademark characters. The K.I.S.S. Silly ole' Bear was the first to get his make-over.



The  K.I.S.S. Silly Ole Bear contains 9 pages of pattern instructions, with detail oriented photographs and instructions for both the 'new' version and colors/changes for the tribute item.



Those who already ordered the  K.I.S.S. Silly ole' Bear, you are not losing out!  You can contact me via eMail at fiberdoodles [at] gmail [dot] com with your original purchase date and email address, and I will gladly send you out this version of the pattern.  (NOTE: Aside from removal of the trademark colors of the popular character, there is no significant change from the original pattern.)




Order your copy of the K.I.S.S. Silly Ole Bear today and customize him for your little bear lover in your life.




Purchase KISS Series Silly Ole Bear on Etsy.com

** WARNING ** Young children, toddlers and infants should ALWAYS be supervised when playing with this toy. There may be small pieces that a child can dislodge and there is potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries. Check all toys periodically for breakage and potential hazards. Broken toys can develop small parts which may present the potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries. A toy that cannot be repaired should be thrown away immediately. Please remember to use a yarn which is safe, as young children are likely to put toy in their mouth.

Pattern:
 

Materials Used in Model:

Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0382 Country Blue, 0313 Aran, 0330 Linen, and 0365 Coffee
poly-fil fiberfill
Size US G/6-4.25mm crochet hook
Crochet Needle for sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning



This pattern is written in English, using US Crochet Terms.
Patterns are sent in PDF form as an attachment to the eMail address that you have on file with PayPal, within 24 hours of your payment. You will need an Adobe Reader, or like software to view written materials.  You can visit http://get.adobe.com/ to find out more about Adobe and it's products.


By ordering any product from FiberDoodles by K4TT, whether by clicking over the internet, telephone, facsimile or otherwise, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the FiberDoodles by K4TT End User Licensing Agreement or qualification.
Purchasers may not redistribute, resell, and/or translate pattern into another language for reselling. Questions regarding sale of finished items is answered on this FiberDoodles by K4TT Blog, under the heading of EULA.

Please note that there may be certain orders that FiberDoodles by K4TT is unable to accept and must cancel. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to refuse or cancel any order for any reason. FiberDoodles by K4TT may also require additional verifications or information before accepting any order. You will be contacted if all or any portion of your order is canceled or if additional information is required to accept your order. If your order is canceled after your credit or debit card has been charged, we will issue a credit to your card in the amount of the charge.

Due to the format and ease in reproduction, patterns are non-refundable.

All patterns are sold in good faith. Every effort has been made to ensure that all instructions are accurate and complete. FiberDoodles by K4TT cannot, however, be responsible for human error, typographical mistakes or variations in individual work. If you should find any errors that you feel need attention, please notify me.

All patterns purchased from FiberDoodles by K4TT are protected under Federal copyright laws. Reproduction/distribution, in part or in whole, is strictly prohibited unless specifically authorized. This includes, but is not limited to, any form of reproduction or distribution on or through the Internet, including posting, scanning, "Crochet-A-Longs" and/or eMail transmission. Each pattern is encrypted with identification unique to each individual purchaser.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Flip is Ready!

Flip the Frog is Ready for Sale!


Flip wants to make your pad, his pad!
This wonderfully whimsical little guy is ready to come life for your little one's enjoyment!  Simple to crochet, consisting of single crochet, working in back loops and some simple finishing stitches is all you need to make this spring time doodle.



A wonderful compliment to and friend for JellyBean (sold separately); Flip the Frog is approximately 12 inches in height and about 7 inches wide.


10 pages of pattern instructions, with detail oriented photographs and a visual 'Webbed Feet' tutorial, help make Flip come to life for you.



Order your copy of Flip today and have him ready in time for Easter surprises and Springtime fun!

Purchase Flip the Frog on Etsy.com

** WARNING ** Young children, toddlers and infants should ALWAYS be supervised when playing with this toy. There may be small pieces that a child can dislodge and there is potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries. Check all toys periodically for breakage and potential hazards. Broken toys can develop small parts which may present the potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries. A toy that cannot be repaired should be thrown away immediately. Please remember to use a yarn which is safe, as young children are likely to put toy in their mouth.

Pattern:
 

Materials Used in Model:

Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0672 Spring Green, 0313 Aran, 0312 Black, 0365 Coffee and 0311 White
poly-fil fiberfill
Size US F/5-3.75mm crochet hook
Crochet Needle for sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning



This pattern is written in English, using US Crochet Terms.
Patterns are sent in PDF form as an attachment to the eMail address that you have on file with PayPal, within 24 hours of your payment. You will need an Adobe Reader, or like software to view written materials.  You can visit http://get.adobe.com/ to find out more about Adobe and it's products.


By ordering any product from FiberDoodles by K4TT, whether by clicking over the internet, telephone, facsimile or otherwise, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the FiberDoodles by K4TT End User Licensing Agreement or qualification.
Purchasers may not redistribute, resell, and/or translate pattern into another language for reselling. Questions regarding sale of finished items is answered on this FiberDoodles by K4TT Blog, under the heading of EULA.

Please note that there may be certain orders that FiberDoodles by K4TT is unable to accept and must cancel. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to refuse or cancel any order for any reason. FiberDoodles by K4TT may also require additional verifications or information before accepting any order. You will be contacted if all or any portion of your order is canceled or if additional information is required to accept your order. If your order is canceled after your credit or debit card has been charged, we will issue a credit to your card in the amount of the charge.

Due to the format and ease in reproduction, patterns are non-refundable.

All patterns are sold in good faith. Every effort has been made to ensure that all instructions are accurate and complete. FiberDoodles by K4TT cannot, however, be responsible for human error, typographical mistakes or variations in individual work. If you should find any errors that you feel need attention, please notify me.

All patterns purchased from FiberDoodles by K4TT are protected under Federal copyright laws. Reproduction/distribution, in part or in whole, is strictly prohibited unless specifically authorized. This includes, but is not limited to, any form of reproduction or distribution on or through the Internet, including posting, scanning, "Crochet-A-Longs" and/or eMail transmission. Each pattern is encrypted with identification unique to each individual purchaser.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Holy Flippin' Smokes

I have had some quick 'testers' before, but Claudia set a record I think...



Flip isn't even done on MY end yet, but he's all tested and ready to be published ..  which I will most likely get around to doing tonight - 
those who are eagerly awaiting Flip... blame the people!


I have promised the people a 'Day Out'..
The weather has turned here - spring is in the air and because the people are still considered 'home schooled' (although they do go to school for a few hours) - MCAS means they do not get time at school today.. 
Since one is missing gym and the other absolutely hates not being able to go to school for a few hours everyday  ...
I am thinking a walk to the beach may be in order .. and definitely a 'yard clean up'...
perhaps I will find something in the soil which will inspire me for even more fiber goodies!

In the mean time.. 
My very good friend Erin has a tantalizing little friend for everyone who is feeling the Spring bug's bite...


"The legendary, slightly annoying guardian of the forest... the Lorax."



Which you can pick up completely FREE from her Facebook Page - so please, go take a look at Erin's Toy Store,  "Like" her page and get out today and PLANT A TREE!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Flip? Flipp? Flippin?

Oh it's a Frog!  :)
Here is your first real look at Flip the Frog. 



Admittedly, frogs are not my favorite of all nature's creatures.. although, when I see them in my garden; I often just have to hold them for a minute or find a nice juicy worm to feed them, before allowing them to go on their merry way.. (yeah, I am weird like that.. the Mother in me, have to make sure everyone eats..)...
but Flip really has stolen my heart.. I don't think I am going to let him get adopted out.


I think it's those big, soulful eyes of his that got me.  Or maybe it's just that he looks so sad because it took me nearly a month to finish him up and give him a name...
Standing, he is roughly 12 inches in height and about 7 inches wide at his largest point.  I placed him here will JellyBean (sold separately) so that you could see just how well they compliment each other.  
Boys and Frogs.. a natural match right?  Even in the Bunny world.

Flip has been sent off to an associate, as of a few minutes ago, and I will begin work on a photo tutorial for his adorable webbed feet later this afternoon to be included in the pdf which should be out later this week.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Leave It to a Man...

to compromise a perfectly planned day of.....   ....  crocheting. (what else?)



Generally, St. Patrick's Day is just like any other March day... Oh no, not today, Why?  Because I had a plan.. a schedule... people waiting...
The Hub decided that today needed to be a family trip day ... With such a rough start to the year and issues which have put undue stress on the entire family... and for him, a work schedule that had been mentally and physically draining; we needed the mental recharge!
Now, I won't say that he's a bigger kid than the 10 & 11 year old are...  but ..... he is!
So, a day which I had all set aside to finish up 2 patterns - will keep me up late into the evening to get them both off to associates for testing...

One, you've already seen.. the Froggy - which is about half the size of JellyBean will be sent off soon, and hopefully, if I did my job correctly; will be available later on this week for purchase.

and one which you .. don't know about...
a *NEW* Pillow Pal...
in keeping with this month's GREEN theme..
here is a shot from earlier this morning in good lighting so you can see his color - 



and a hazy photo taken at 9:35 this evening in not-so-good-lighting..


I need to fix a few of my notes on the Sea Turtle and then it will be off to my Turtle Enthusiast who will oversee his final stage, testing and approval. So when she says he's ready - he will also be made available for purchase.


but on a more positive note, I did manage to grab a hold of a little leprechaun magic today and received my "pot o' gold"
.... a brand new Michael Jackson shirt, to add to my collection  :)  yeah!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Features ...

YOU!

I wanted to show off some of the lovely photos that I received this past week of wonderful doodles created by your hands.
(This is the BEST part of designing!!)

These lovely JellyBean and Peeps are so ready to share Easter with their some lucky someones...




Claudia had her Peeps and JellyBean made before they had even been on sale for an entire week!  THAT gets me so tickled!!  And I had just received a photo of Peeps from Karen when BOOM - there was JB ready to go as well!


And who couldn't help but just want to cuddle up with this adorable little pillow?!?  


I immediately fell in love with this little blue bundle!  The sweet little heart* embellishment makes this a truly unique and heartfelt gift!

And I love... Love... no... LOVE!!  these guys!


As a designer, I often play it safe.. ducks are yellow and bears are brown, etc .. etc.
These vibrant color combinations just scream individuality!   

Thank you to all you ladies for allowing me to feature your work here on fiberdoodles.blogspot.com    It is not only inspirational, but continues to remind me how blessed I am to know each of you.

Please continue to eMail me photos and I will continue to display the beautiful work here!



* heart embellishment not included in the Pillow Pals Puppy pattern

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Quickie, While I Race to Catch Up...


So... a week ago, I went into see my doctor, for what I assumed would be a routine 'sinus infection' and round of antibiotics. As I am "maturing",  (sounds so much better than "getting older" huh?)  I am learning that things my body previously had no issue with - seasons, cold weather... chocolate - are no longer playing nicely together.

So,  I left learning that I had a pretty bad ear infection, caused by and in addition to the sinus infection... and, of course, a round of antibiotics.  yeah...  (Not!!)
That was Wednesday...

By Friday morning, I was flat on my back and feeling like I was knocking on death's door!
Somewhere between the doctor's office and the pharmacy, I picked up a nasty stomach flu which had me sleeping (basically) 23 hours a day from Friday to Monday!

I am feeling better today, finally, - but I wanted to make a general public announcement so that no one thinks that they have been ignored, while I get to personally answering all my emails.
There have been many beautiful photos sent to me, including a "Bad Bunny" which I am hoping to get permission to share with you all here on my blog.

I will also get back to work on getting the Frog and Duckling out to you soon.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

When Words Fail.. Photos are Best

Cluny the St Paddy's Day Cow sports 'em...



and so does JellyBean..



but what are they?  do I have to sew them on?  Ugh!  I don't understand!!
Let me make it easy for you!

Creating the look of layers is easier and less time-consuming that actually creating layering.
If you want a plushy to look like he's wearing pants, or a sweater - you have 2 choices.  You can either create a separate item of clothing, or you can incorporated it into the design itself by making use of color changes.  

The problem with creating an entirely separate item (aside from the measurements and joining - which would be more the designer's headache), is that you'll be doing twice the work.
The issue with a simple color change... is that it often looks like just that, a simple color change...
but when you add depth to it, you change the entire perception of the project.
Notice how the cuff's and waistlines make the clothing on these plushies appear removable.

Although these are not the actual instructions for either project, the principle behind the look is the same.  Those who are scratching their head wondering how to accomplish this look..
Here you go :)



So here is your simple round - instructions will tell you where (or if you are ad-libbing, you'll decide on your own where you want a sweater to hit the belly, cuff to hit arm, etc)
But let's say for the sake of argument - the variegated yarn represents the animal/doll body and the flat color will represent the 'item of clothing'
so, the pattern reads Rnds 1-4 have increases of 8 per rnd - so here at the end of Rnd 4 we have a total of 32 sts.

Instructions for Round 5 state that you are to crochet (most often with a new color) in the FRONT loops only - single crocheting in each of the next 3 sts and Increasing in each 4th stitch, 8 times for a total of 40 sts at the completion of this round.



So that is what you do, crochet the round according to the instructions.  Why?  because you will NEED those unworked backloops ... eventually...



around and around.. 



and from the "wrong side"...


Here in this photo, are completed Rnds 5 and 6 - so far it's all good .. a little odd, but all good... nothing difficult... 
but then you have to take 40 single crochet stitches back down to 32 single crochet stitches, while rejoining this to the round that only has 32 sts - 
Hey ... wait a minute!  There is no corresponding stitch for Rnd 4, it only has 32 stitches, and Rnd 6 has 40..
Now what?  You are going to need to decrease, but how will that work?

Overall, most stitches will be made from the current round (2 loops) and the reserved back loop of Rnd 4 (1 loop) and drawing the yarn through all these loops to reconnect the piece and create a 'layered' look.  But what of the needed decreases?

Many people are familiar with a "hacked stitch" that was created by crocheters called the "invisible decrease" - this method of decreasing using only the front loops of the 2 stitches being decreased instead of using the entire stitch.
This, lessens the bulk in the decrease and creates a nicer looking stitch overall (and, in theory, with less bulk, the decrease is less noticeable.)



This is what is depicted in the photos above; and in most instances, yarn over and drawing through all loops on the hook would produce the (invisible) decrease - but for our purposes, we need to rejoin this flapping rnd with the rest of the project..
so at this point, before yarning over, you will want to add one more 'loop' to the hook.. that of the reserved back loop from rnd 4 - (the variegated round in this tutorial).



NOW, yarn over and draw through all the loops on the hook. 
and another look.. from a different angle (the photo below is just a single crochet rejoining and NOT a decrease)



continue to work the pattern with single crochet and this 'invisible' decrease until end.  **Note, the last 2 stitches placed will take PATIENCE, they will be the most difficult to work into the round, so make sure before you continue on with the pattern, count your stitches and make sure your count is accurate. 

and all done..
you work the rest of the pattern as written, but when it's all done, you get a result that looks like this...