Hi all! Welcome to the new Mad Crochet Lab Blog! You may notice that this post isn’t the earliest one here but that is simply because I’ve moved all my crochet and Yarndango related posts to this blog. But this post is the actual first one I’m doing “live” here.
This past week was extremely difficult for me to find quality crochet time since Igor was home from work on vacation time. We did get to do some lovely day trips and I found a fabulous magnifying glass necklace in the shape of a ladybug that is going to help me with the tinier crochet work so that was fun.
Amiguruthi created a pattern for a character in an old television show! I’d never heard of nor seen it before, but it is adorable and was done in stop-motion animation. How cool is that? Her little character is also adorable and though she is not yet happy with the finished product, she put up her free pattern and marked it as unfinished. I think it actually stands alone quite nicely as is and I am sure if you had ever seen the show you would immediately recognize her little Clanger for what it is. I just recognize it as a cute amigurumi! Woot! But I totally understand how it is when one is not happy with something in their work. And I have plenty of projects that I keep in a bag hidden up in a closet to remind me of that – I will have to post about them sometime, as embarassing and as horrible as that may be, it could also be pretty funny. Regardless, Amiguruthi went on and also winged a jellyfish to contribute to a coral reef installation art piece! If you have never seen one of these coral reefs, you especially need to check this post. They are amazing and usually put together by a number of artists. I am just totally impressed by this gal who is now finding crochet art everywhere and not only that, finding ways to contribute! Hugs to you, Ruthi!
Pumpkin is amazing me with her knifty knitter projects. She came up with that cat design herself that I posted about last week and she made a change to the pattern to make it smaller and OMG, now we have KITTENS!!!!!!!!!! And KITTENS WITH STRIPES! The cuteness is abundant! I just don’t know if she can ever top this one in my books! LOL. Of course, as you can tell, I’m kind of fond of kittens. 😉
Finally, my Yarndango project is a little hummingbird. This is one of the first patterns I ever came up with and I’ve made him several times before with different wing and tail variations. It has some slight shaping to it just so it wouldn’t look like a ball with wings stuck on it but is still very easy to do. He is only 4 inches tall so I thought this time he would be a great hummingbird.
Following is the pattern for this little guy.
This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted. It should remain free and finished objects made from it may be sold, but credit must be given to me as the designer.
Copyright 2012 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved
Easy Amigurumi Hummingbird
Small amount variegated worsted weight variegated yarn
Small amount of solid complimentary color for wings/tail in worsted weight yarn
Small amount yellow worsted weight yarn
Hook Size F (3.75mm)
Stitch marker to mark last round of each stitch and move with each round
Head and Body
Round 1 – 6 SC in Adjustable Ring
Round 2 – INC in each SC = 12 SC
Rounds 3-5 – SC in each SC around = 12 SC
Attach safety eyes now. Holding the hook in the work at 12:00, fasten the eyes at approximately 4:00 and 8:00, see photo
Round 6 – *SC in next SC, INV DEC over next two stitches (repeat from * around) = 8 SC
Round 7 – *SC in next SC, INC in next* (repeat from * around) = 12 SC
Round 8 – INC in next SC, SC in next SC, INC in next, SC in remaining stitches = 14 SC
Round 9 – INC in next, SC in next 4 SC, INC in next SC, SC in remaining 8 stitches = 16 SC
Round 10 – SC in next 2 SC, INC in next SC, SC in next 2 SC, INC in next SC, SC in remaining 10 stitches = 18 SC
Round 11 – SC in next 4 SC, INC in next 2 SC, SC in next 7 SC, DEC in next 2 SC, SC in last SC = 18 SC
Round 12 – SC in next 14 SC, DEC in last 2 = 16 SC
Round 13 – SC in next 6 SC, INC in next SC, SC in next 7 SC, DEC over last 2 SC = 16 SC
Round 14 – DEC, SC in next 12 SC, DEC = 14 SC, stuff
Round 15 – DEC over next 2 SC around = 7 SC. Add any additional stuffing, then slip stitch in next stitch and finish off, leaving a tail for sewing. Thread yarn tail into tapestry needle and weave through all remaining outer loops of stitches. Gather tight to close opening, knot and hide tail inside body.
Feet (Make 2) with Yellow
Chain 6 (one is to turn)
SC back down the next 3 back bumps of the chain, then chain 4 more and SC back down the next 3 back bumps of that chain to return to the original chain. SC across side of stitch and in last 2 chains of original chain. Finish off.
Wings (Make 2)
With complimentary color, Chain 4 (one is to turn). SC in each of next 3 chains, then chain 1 and turn (counts as first HDC).
HDC in same stitch, HDC in next and 2 HDC in last stitch = 5 HDC. Chain 2 and turn (counts as first DC).
DC in next stitch and each across = 5 DC. Chain 1 and turn (counts as first HDC).
HDC decrease in same stitch and next stitch. HDC decrease over last two stitches = 3 HDC. Chain 1 and turn (counts as first SC).
SC decrease, SC in last stitch. = 2 SC. Chain 1 and turn (counts as first SC).
SC decrease = 1 SC. Finish off.
With yellow, chain 4. SC in back bump of chain, then chain 5 and slip stitch down four back bumps of that chain to return to original chain. SC in original chain and in last chain. Finish off.
With complimentary color, chain 5 (two to turn and counts as first DC).
DC in same stitch as turning, and across to last chain. 2 DC in last chain. (5 DC) Chain two and turn.
DC in same stitchas turning and across to last chain. 2 DC in last chain. (7 DC) Finish off, leaving a yarn tail to attach to body. I actually ran the yarn through the bottom stitches and pulled on it a little to gather them a little tighter and make a fan shape out of the tail before attaching.
Sew your legs, wings, beak and tail to your bird and he’s ready to fly!