My first crochet project – Ernesto the Bird!
I finally gave in and tried to learn crochet (like I can make four different stitches). My first project is an amigurumi bird, who my friend named Ernesto. It was kinda fun and I will likely make more animals as time allows.
Moving on to the details.
Hook – 4.5mm Clover Amour
Pattern – Jay the Bird (Ravelry pattern here) from Stacey Trock. I actually got this pattern as part of her Woodland Animals class of Craftsy. I previously started another “Learn to Crochet” type class but didn’t really like how the instructor taught. I viewed some of Woodland Animals class during Craftsy Unlimited’s free weekend (I didn’t subscribe to Craftsy Unlimited though) and really like Stacey Trock. The class includes about four patterns/animals. The individual pattern is $5.00 US on Ravelry.
Yarn – All of the yarn used is Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, which is an aran weight acrylic yarn. The colorway for the bird’s body is Scarlet and the beak is Mustard.
I stuffed the bird with poly-fil and attached the safety eyes. My project page on Rav is here.
A little finished project – knitted knittens!
Tell me those aren’t the cutest? My boss in Colorado is a cat person but they don’t have any cats at the present time (multitude of reasons). So, I knit these kittens with the rationale that they don’t require feeding or litterboxes, don’t shed, are soft to pet, and don’t require care when she’s out of town. I sent them off to her with some brownies and muffins. The gray and white kitten is intended to resemble a cat named Jasper she had as a child. The pattern is for a solid colored cat so I knit the black cat first, then did some experimenting to get the white on the feet, belly (can’t see in the pictures) and face.
Moving on to the details.
Needle – US 2 or 3 straight needles
Pattern – Kitten Knit Pattern (Ravelry pattern here) from Amy Gaines (AmyGaines on Ravelry). I looked at a couple different knitted cat patterns and liked this one the best. There are a fair number of pieces (six) – I think the seaming and assembly takes more time than the knitting. However, it does sit up on its own and the knitting itself is pretty easy. Pattern is $3.00 US on Ravelry.
Yarn – I knit the black one out of Knit Picks Swish Worsted (merino wool), using the serrano color for the collar. I knit the gray one out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (blend of corriedale and merino wool), I think in the Lace Ice Heather color, but I’m not positive. Personally, I don’t think the Wool of the Andes very soft and wouldn’t use it for next to the skin, although the Swish was amazingly soft. A 50 gram ball of either yarn is 110 yards. I used the following colors: Cloud, Brass Heather, Chestnut, Bittersweet Heather, Firecracker Heather, Pink Posy Heather and Rouge .
I stuffed the kittens with poly-fil and attached the safety eyes and bell. My project page on Rav is here.