Amigurumi Despicable Me Minion

Minions are so popular right now! I decided to give it a try and crochet one myself! I am really happy with the result, although a lot of trial and error occurred as I really wanted the proportions to be exact! Searching the web I found out that there are many like a gazillion versions of minion faces but the main proportion characters are two! A taller and a shorter one! I went for the taller version! As said details come in a variety but for now I decided to make a one goggle version and a happy one!:)

Minion Pattern
Materials
4mm (G) and 3mm (E) crochet hook
yellow, blue, grey, black, white and brown yarn
black embroidey thread
2 buttons
stiffener for the hair (optional)

Body:
With yellow and 4mm (G) hook:
R1: Ch 2 then make 6 sc in second ch from hook (6)
R2: 2 sc in each stitch around (12)
R3: 1 sc , 2 sc in next stitch, repeat 5 times (18)
R4: 2 sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat 5 times (24)
R5: 3 sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat 5 times (30)
R6: 4 sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat 5 times (36)
R7: 5 sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat 5 times (42)
R8-36: sc in each stitch around (42)
R37: 5 sc, dec, repeat 5 times (36)
R38: 4 sc, dec, repeat 5 times (30)
Start to stuff.
R39: 3 sc, dec, repeat 5 times (24)
R40: 2 sc, dec, repeat 5 times (18)
R41: 1 sc, dec, repeat 5 times (12)
Continue to stuff.
R42: dec, repeat 5 times (6)
Fasten off.

Overalls:
With blue and 4mm (G) hook:
R1: Ch 2 then make 6 sc in second ch from hook (6)
R2: 2 sc in each stitch around (12)
R3: 1 sc , 2 sc in next stitch, repeat 5 times (18)
R4: 2 sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat 5 times (24)
R5: 3 sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat 5 times (30)
R6: 4 sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat 5 times (36)
R7: 5 sc, 2 sc in next stitch, repeat 5 times (42)
R8-11: sc in each stitch around (42)
R12: ch1 turn and sc in next 9 sts (9)
R13-15: repeat R12.
Fasten off.
Repeat the exact same for back of overalls by attaching new yarn by leaving 12 sts unworked on both sides.
Sew on the lower part part of his body!

Straps:
Make 2
With blue and 4mm (G) hook
R1: ch 25, hdc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, leaving 8 sts unworked at the end (this will be your buttonhole), ss in next and fasten off.
Sew on both sides of overall. Remember to add 2 buttons to his overalls on the front side, right where your buttonhole is.

Pocket:
With blue and 3mm (E) hook:
R1: Ch 2 then make 3 sc in second ch from hook (3)
R2: 2 sc in each stitch around (6)
R3: ch 1, turn and sc across both sides. (6)
Fasten off and sew on front part of overalls.
Embroider a G letter with black embroidery thread.

Fingers & Arms:
Fingers-Make 6 / Arms-Make2
With black and 3 mm (E) hook:
R1: Ch 2 then make 4 sc in second ch from hook (4)
R2-3: sc in each stitch around (4)
Fasten off.
Grab two fingers attach new yarn and sc around both by joining them with sc st (8)
R4: sc in each st around (8)
R5-6: repeat R4
Stuff  fingers.
Change to yellow and 4mm (G) hook
R7-17: sc in each st around
Stuff arms.
R18: dec, repeat 2 times (4)
Fasten off and sew under the strap. Sew on the remaining finger (thumb). Repeat for other arm.

Glove ending:
With black and 3 mm (E) hook:
Ch 8, fasten off and sew where black yarn meets yellow on hands/arms.

Shoes & Legs:
Make 2 for both
With black and 4 mm (E) hook:
R1:Ch 2 then make 6 sc in second ch from hook (6)
R2: 1 sc, 2 sc in next st, repeat 2 times (9)
R3-5 sc in each st around (9)
R6: 1sc, dec, repeat 2 times (6)
Stuff shoes.
Change to blue
R7: sc in each st around (6)
R8: 2 sc in each st (12)
R9: 1 sc, 2 sc in next st (18)
Stuff legs.
Fasten off and sew onto bottom part of overalls.

Eye:
With black and 4 mm (E) hook:
R1: Ch 2 then make 3 sc in second ch from hook (3)
Change to brown
R2: 2 sc in each st around (6)
Change to white
R3: 2 sc in each around (12)
R4: 2 sc in each st around (24)
Fasten off.

Goggles
With grey and 4 mm (E) hook:
R1: ch 25 and ss to form a ring
R2: dc in each st around (25)
Fasten off.

Goggle Strap:
With black and 4 mm (E) hook:
R1: ch 32 and sc in ech st around (32)
Sew on the 10-11 row. Sew the gogle in the middle of the black strap and sew the eye inside the grey goggle.

Hair:
Cut some strands of black yarn and attach to upper part of body. If you want you can use some stiffener to make them stand!
Embroider a smile and you're done!
Have fun making your own amigurumi minion! Enjoy the rest of your day!

The Yarn Over List - Grey Mountains

Snowy Mountains Cardigan / / I love the chunkiness and colors of this cardigan!
Bracelets / / I love this idea! Made of fabric yarn via Lebenslustiger!
Baskets / / I love storage solutions! Especially crochet ones!
Doily Rug / / I love such huge crocheted rugs!
DIY / / Adorable and cute little pom-pom mountains!
Illustration / / Tea Kettle via Charmaine Olivia.


Happy Monday to all! This Yarn Over List is devoted to winter, snow and grey shades! I really love those crochet baskets and the rug!

After a long period of almost springish weather here, the temperature dropped and it even snowed in the centre of Thessaloniki! This happens almost once in like ten years!:) So yesterday was all about staying inside, under a blanket, drinking lots of tea and crocheting!:)

I am currently trying to finish my minion pattern and hopefully within the week it will be ready to show off!:) I have also been working on a secret project that involves beautiful shades of pastel colored yarn but I will share more on that later on!

My blanket is also nicely coming along! I can't wait to show more of my progress! 

How did you spent the weekend? Did you finish / start any projects?
Wishing you a happy new week!

5 Things I Love Saturday

1. Who doesn't love a good freebie? Especially one so fun?
2. These are so pretty and have a wonderful vintage-theme, too.
3. It's a great time to learn a new stitch! Don't you think?
4. This or this? I choose both!
5. Sometimes the simplest things are the absolute prettiest.

Image via Turnicote!
Wishing you a happy weekend!

Amigurumi Horse

Chinese New Year is quite a popular holiday! What I like most is that each year an animal of the Chinese calendar is associated with their holiday! So 2014 is perceived as the Year of the Horse! I couldn't resist and attempted to make this little guy plus I hadn't posted any amigurumi for quite a while now! He's blue, small and has got a long mane! :) He looks a bit funny, yet so cute and I really loved making him!

Materials:
3.5mm (E/4) crochet hook
yarn in blue (or any color you like) & white 
12mm amigurumi eyes
embroidery thread for nose

Pattern
Head:
With white and 3.5mm (E/4) crochet hook
R1: Ch 2 then make 6 sc in second ch from hook (6)
R2: 2 sc in each stitch around (12)
R3: 1 sc , inc, repeat 6 times (18)
R4: 2 sc, inc, repeat 6 times (24)
R5: 3 sc, inc, repeat 6 times (30)
R6:sc around (30)
Change to blue yarn
R7-9 sc around (30)
R10: 8sc, dec, repeat 3 times (27)
R11: sc around (27)
R12: 7sc, dec, repeat 3 times (24)
R13: sc around (24)
Start to stuff.
R14: 6sc, dec, repeat 3 times (21)
R15: sc around (21)
R16: 5sc, dec, repeat 3 times (18)
R17: sc around (18)
R18: 4sc, dec, repeat 3 times (15)
R19: 3sc, dec, repeat 3 times (12)
R20: 2sc, dec, repeat 3 times (9)
Continue to stuff.
R21: 1 sc, dec, repeat 3 times (6)
R22: dec. repeat 3 times (3)
Fasten off. Attach eyes between R14-15.

Body:
With blue and 3.5mm (E/4) crochet hook
R1: Ch 2 then make 6 sc in second ch from hook (6)
R2: 2 sc in each stitch around (12)
R3: 1 sc , inc, repeat 6 times (18)
R4:8 sc around (18)
Start to stuff.
R9:4sc, dec, repeat 3 times (15)
R10: 3sc, dec, repeat 3 times (12)
R11: 2sc, dec, repeat 3 times (9)
Continue to stuff.
R12: 1 sc, dec, repeat 3 times (6)
R13: dec. repeat 3 times (3)
Fasten off and sew on lower part of head (see above pictures for reference)

Legs: (make 4)
With white and 3.5mm (E/4) crochet hook
R1: Ch 2 then make 3 sc in second ch from hook (3)
R2: 2 sc in each stitch around (6)
R3: 1 sc , inc, repeat 6 times (9)
Change to blue
R4-8: sc around (6)
Fasten off and stuff. Sew to lower part of body.

Ears:
With blue and 3.5mm (E/4) crochet hook
R1: Ch 2 then make 3 sc in second ch from hook (3)
R2: 2 sc in each stitch around (6)
R3: 1 sc , inc, repeat 6 times (9)
R4: sc around (9)
Fasten off. Fold in half and attach to head.

Nose:
Using black embroidery thread sew on two little x for the nose!

Mane:
Cut some yarn in white! Remember to cut  your yarn a bit longer! You can always  trim your mane afterwards. I used different color and another amigurumi to demonstrate the technique! You will follow the exact same guidelines to make the mane!
Grab a smaller hook (I used a 2.5 mm (C/1). Fold your yarn strand  in the middle and insert it under your stitch.
 Using your hook grab the yarn and pull it through the existing loop on your hook.
Done!
Following the exact same procedure add hair to your amigurumi!
Tail:
Using 3 strands of white yarn together attach the yarn to the lower back of the body, and fold the three pieces together. That's it!
Have fun making your own amigurumi horse and of course a Happy Chinese New Year! 
Enjoy the rest of your day!

Crochet Mood Blanket Progress

I love everything about this blanket!

I love the way this blanket is turning out! I love the idea of making a different square every day! I love making blankets! I am currently growing into another addiction! That of blanket making! Believe it or not I have already decided on my next one! Haha! 

I have been making my squares every day! Honestly speaking I have not been joining them every day but I have decided that when I don't have time to join the squares to the rest of the blanket I will be doing this during the weekend!


Anyhow, I wanted to share a few photos of my progress so far. I love how the colors look together! I think I will make it around 12 x 14 squares but I still have not made up my mind as I want it to be really big!:) I am so glad I finally decided to start a blanket and participate in the crochet mood blanket 2014 project!

Also Monica from MonMakesThings created a blog post regarding the crochet mood blanket project and has an assortment of inspiring yet beautiful coming along blankets of other people involved! Go check it out here!
How are your projects coming along? Have a wonderful day!

The Yarn Over List-Pretty Pastels

Pastel Eyes Shrug / / I loooove this shrug by Linda Skuja! Pretty and unique!
Coaster / / This pale pink star motif coaster is simply adorable! Love the stitch!
Cupcakes / / Simply yummy!
Hexagon Blanket / / The colors used in this blanket are so pretty!
Stenciled Macarons / / I love macarons; even stenciled ones!
Art / / via Caroline-Andrieu.

Happy Monday to all! Oh, the pastels! I really love pastel colored items especially crocheted ones! In fact I'm currently working with some pastel yarn for a special project and I have simply fallen in love!:)

This weekend was full of crocheting! I am trying to finish up some projects I have been working on the last few weeks and a special one, which I am  hoping to share this week on the blog!:)

During the weekend I also had the chance to meet up with the lovely Treliz who visited my town Thessaloniki for the weekend! It was so fun and nice to actually meet a fellow blogger and yarn addict! We had the most wonderful time discussing over yarn, crochet and knitting!:)

I hope you had a wonderful weekend as well!
What are you up to? Have you ever worked with pastel colored yarn?
Wishing you a happy new week!

5 Things I Love Saturday

1.Functional and absolutely precious!
2.This is such a simple way to add that special something!
3.I'd love to try this!
4.Cozy at home.
5.Seriously gorgeous. Make them. Lots of them.

Image by Tarjeta d Embarque.
Hi there! Each Saturday I will be posting about 5 things I love, found useful and unique, inspirational and would love to share with you!:)
Wishing you a happy weekend!

Crocheting Away

My crochet mood blanket is progressing according to the plan!
I worked on a little amigurumi bunny for something special!
I really love reading crochet magazines and books for inspiration accompanied by a nice cup of coffee!
I am also currently working on an amigurumi fox pattern! I love foxes!:)
One of my favorite winter outfits! I wear my Mr.Fox Mittens almost every day!
My Kokeshi Dolls were featured in this month's Brava Magazine (Greek Crochet & Knitting Mag)! Yay!
Working on something special here!:)
Like candy!:)
I bought some two tone tulis from the flower market! Love this color combo!
My amigurumi minion is slowly(!) progressing!

These are just some of my recent doings! And yes I have been working on multiple projects once again! When I come to think of it, I always work on more than one projects!:)

My faves are the amigurumi fox which I have been meaning to try and  make for quite a time now, and of course the little minion! I really can't wait to see those projects finished!  I will be sharing my progress on the blog!

Did you check the colorful bunting Alessandra shared on the blog? It was so fun having her! You should definitely pop over to her blog for more crochet color goodness!

What projects are you currently working on? I would love to see!
Have a wonderful day!

Crochet Colorful Bunting Pattern-Homemade@myplace

I am excited to have Alessandra from homemade@myplace here with us today! If you haven’t, pop on over her site, it has all sorts of fun, colorful and lovely crochet projects. And today, she is here to share her pattern for an easy colorful bunting. I can't wait to give this a try! 

The Little Things Bunting Tutorial
Hello! My name is Alessandra and I’m really honoured that Tanya invited me to write a guest post (my first one!) on her lovely and happy blog! THANK YOU!
During our emails exchange, Tanya underlined how much she likes my colourful style and she thought that it would have been nice to add some colour to the New Year! I totally agreed with her request!
This is the simple reason behind the birth of my “Little Things Bunting”, a colourful garland dedicated to Tanya and all the nice people who follow her blog!

Before starting this project, you’ll need to collect:
-Some colourful yarns (I’ve used acrylic, but you can choose any yarn you prefer to work with)
-A hook (in my case: 5mm)
-A yarn needle
-A pair of scissors
-glue
Please note, that the pattern is written using US crochet terminology.
Tip: each time you end a row, after fastening off, with the help of the yarn needle, trim in the ends of your work! Less work later!
You’ll need to crochet a total of 9 rectangular flags: 
-3 small (“S”) flags 
-2 medium (“M”) flags 
-4 large (“L”) flags 
You can choose how many colours you want for each flag. 
Remember you’ll work each row in the front of your work, because each time you finish a row, you need to fasten off and cut the yarn. No “turning” is needed here. 
I suggest you leave a tail (10 cm long) at the beginning of each flag and one tail at the end. Both tails will be helpful in the embellishments of your bunting!

FLAG “L” (large)
Choose a colour to start with and pick the hook. Make a slip knot and chain 23 (20+3, where 3 is considered as your first double crochet or DC) and insert the hook in the 5th stitch from the hook and work a proper DC. Crochet another 18 DCs till you reach the end of your starting chain. You’ll have a total of 20 stitches (your first “3 chains” and 19 DCs). This is your first row. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Row 2: choose a new colour and insert your hook in the top of your first stitch (=”3 chains”) and chain 3. Crochet 19 DCs, one for each previous DC of row 1.
Rows 3- 9: as row 2.
Cut yarn and fasten off.

FLAG “M” (medium)
The pattern to follow is the same as the large flag, but this time you have to crochet a smaller foundation chain: 13 stitches.You have to complete 5 rows.The first row will consist of 10 stitches: the fake DC (given by the “3 chains”)+ 9 actual DCs.
Rows 2-5: as row 1
Cut yarn and fasten off.

FLAG “S” (small)
You have to crochet only 3 rows, following the same pattern as before!At the end of the 3rd row (as for each row!), cut yarn and fasten off.

POINTY EDGE
As you can see from all the pictures, each flag has some points at its bottom:
-4 points for FLAG “L”
-2 points for FLAG “M”
-1 point for FLAG “S”
They are very easy to crochet and they give the right touch to the flags!

PATTERN
Choose a colour and make a slip knot on your hook.Insert the hook in the space between “3 chains” and your first DC of the first row of any flag. Make a single crochet (SC). Chain 7. Slip stitch in 2nd chain from the hook. Make a single crochet in 3rd stitch. Make a half double crochet in 4th stitch. DC in 5th stitch. Make a half treble in 6th stitch. Complete with a treble in 7th stitch. Crochet a single crochet in the space between “3 chains” and your first DC of the third row of your flag. If you are working on a large flag, you need to repeat the pattern 3 more times! On a medium flag, you have to add an extra point! For a small flag the work is done
!Cut yarn and fasten off. Block your flags.

ASSEMBLING
Pick a new colour and the hook and start to chain 50 stitches.Choose a small flag, insert the hook in the top space between 2 DCs and crochet 2 single crochets in this first row. Crochet 4 more single crochets, 2 in each row.
Now, collect a large flag and repeat the previous scheme: insert the hook in top right space, make 2 single crochets. Crochet 2 single crochets for each row. 
Add all the other flags in the same way, following this flag selection:
-1 small (done)1 large (done)1 medium,1 large,1 small (center of the bunting),1 large,1 medium, 1 large,1 small.
After you have crocheted the last single crochet in your final flag, chain another 50 stitches. Cut yarn and fasten off. To give a little extra embellishment to your bunting, knot little bows between the flags, using the 10cm tails I told you to keep!
Add a dab of clear glue over the knots and cut the excess of yarn.
Enjoy your new bunting!

Thank you so much for sharing this amazing pattern Alessandra! I'm definitely making a colorful bunting soon!
Have you ever made a crochet bunting? Do you like using colorful yarns in your projects too?