• Pattern Round Up

    Last Minute Crochet Gifts Pattern Round Up

    Last Minute Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up - The Loopy Lamb

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    December is here and many of us are crocheting our hands to the bone trying to get all those Christmas presents done in time.
    Some of us were successful planners and ahead of the game… and some of us weren’t…*ahem*. If you and I are aligned in
    that “oh $&%^!” feeling of needing to get your stuff together, you are in the right place. This list of quick projects are sure
    to impress and make you look like an organized maven that is at the top of their game. This list of last-minute gifts are beautiful, thoughtful and take no time at all to whip up. P.S. They’re all FREE!

     

    Cabled Mittens

    Last Minute Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up - The Loopy Lamb

    To say that I’m in love with these cabled mittens is an understatement.  I recently made these as a gift for someone in red and fell head over heels.  I want to make myself a pair in every colour.  Since you can make a pair in a couple of hours (less if you’re quicker than I am), you can do just that.  Find the pattern HERE on the All about Ami blog.

    Sloth Cup Cozy

    Free Crochet Sloth Cup Cozy Pattern - The Loopy Lamb - Great Cup Cozy Pattern for Beginners

    Sloths are crazy popular this year! I had no idea that so many people loved sloths. My sloth cup cozy can be made in an hour
    or so and is great for your friends, as stocking stuffers for family or for coworkers. Better make one for yourself too. Get the pattern HERE.

     

     

    The Winter Dreams Velvet Cowl

    It is hard to resist a beautiful crochet piece made with velvet. This pattern uses 1 skein of Bernat Velvet yarn and a size 10mm hook so it should work up in a flash. Check this beauty out HERE.


    Tiny Pebbles Ear Warmer

    Last Minute Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up - The Loopy Lamb

    Who doesn’t love a good ear warmer? These textured ear warmers are easy enough for beginners and look great on everyone.  Whip up a few in an evening and you’re suddenly ahead of the game.  Get the pattern HERE.

     

    Baby  Dinosaur Triceratops Comforter

    Last Minute Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up - The Loopy Lamb

    This adorable lovey is wonderful for the babies and toddlers on your list.  Who am I kidding?  I want one too!  Cosy Crochet gives you all the instructions for making this sweet lovey on their blog HERE.

    Polar Puff Messy Bun Hat

    Polar Puff Messy Bun Hat Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb

    The Polar Puff Messy Bun Hat is a fun and easy messy bun hat made with Caron X Pantone yarn which is a really soft merino wool blend.  This hat can be worked up in an evening and will be a big hit with the ladies on your Christmas gift list this year.  Find it HERE.

     

    Tiger Teething Ring

    Last Minute Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up - The Loopy Lamb

    Mary’s Cute and Cozy Crochet’s Tiger Teething Ring is also great for the baby on your list.  They’re not just cute, they can be a big helper for the tired or stressed out momma with a teething baby.  Mary has a whole series of these cute teething rings on her blog HERE.

     

    Aspen Beanie and Cowl Set

    Last Minute Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up - The Loopy Lamb

    This Aspen Beanie and Cowl pattern from No Hooks Given is a great way to make someone a matching hat and cowl set in a flash.  Using worsted weight yarn and a 6mm hook, you’ll be on your way to checking another person off your Christmas gift list in no time.  Find the free pattern HERE.


    Christmas Pudding Hat

    Last Minute Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up - The Loopy Lamb

    If you’re looking for a festive christmas gift to give, these Christmas Pudding Hats from Dora Does are sure to fit the bill.   The toddler size for this pattern will make the little one look good enough to eat and is available for free on the Dora Does blog HERE.

    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler

    Last Minute Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up - The Loopy Lamb

    This cactus is seriously huggable.  Because he is made using Bernat Blanket and a size 6mm hook, he can be made in an evening in front of the T.V..  He’s great for kids or anyone that just likes to snuggle.  The Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler pattern can be found HERE.

    Handmade gifts are so special and are something the people receiving them can treasure for years to come.  I hope you enjoyed this round-up of last-minute Christmas gifts.

     

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler Free Crochet Pattern

    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler - Free Crochet Pattern

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    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here and I am back with another Christmas cactus pattern this week. It’s called the Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler! Related to his much tinier relative Saint Prickolaus, the Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler is a giant amigurumi that is made with Bernat Blanket yarn, making it PERFECT for cuddling.

    When the original Saint Prickolaus pattern was released for the 30 Days of Cozy Bundle, a lot of people kept telling me that Saint Prickolaus was the only cactus that they wanted to cuddle. It gave me the idea to make a cuddle sized cactus friend. My kids are completely obsessed with this. My son cuddles it when he is watching TV when he gets home from school. I’m going to have to make a second giant amigurumi so they each have one.

     

    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler - Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb. #Giantamigurumi #amigurumi #amigurumipattern #freecrochetpattern #crochetcactus #christmascactus #christmasamigurumi #bernatblanket

    With a Santa Hat and scarf, the Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler is all ready for the holiday season. Use him as holiday decor or a fun holiday-themed toy for kids. I have designed the hat for the Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler to fit snugly on his head to make sewing the hat on unnecessary. You may have to tug it on him a little. I’ve used a faux fur pompom because I LOVE them but any kind of pom pom will do.

    I have been having a ton of fun making these Christmas Cactus patterns and I hope you all have enjoyed them.  I’m going to be starting my planning for next year’s blog posts and crochet patterns and I want to hear from you!  Let me know what you would like to see more of on the blog next year.  More amigurumi patterns?  More baby stuff?  Tutorials on how to do different stitches?  I love you guys and want to give you more of what you want so let me know in the comments below!

     

     

    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler - Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb. #Giantamigurumi #amigurumi #amigurumipattern #freecrochetpattern #crochetcactus #christmascactus #christmasamigurumi #bernatblanket

    If you have been digging my christmas cactus collection, you can purchase the Christmas Cactus Bundle from my Etsy shop.  You’ll get the following 4 ad-free PDF patterns for the cost of 3:

    • Saint Prickolaus
    • Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler
    • Stanley the Cactus Snowman
    • Randy the Rudolf Cactus

    Check it out HERE.

     

    If you like this free pattern, please like, share and pin this post.

     

    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler - Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb. #Giantamigurumi #amigurumi #amigurumipattern #freecrochetpattern #crochetcactus #christmascactus #christmasamigurumi #bernatblanket

    Instagram: @Thelooopylamb #cuddlycactus

    Skill Level: Intermediate

     

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    Materials:

    6.5 mm and 7.0 mm Hooks
    Bernat Blanket Yarn (1 ball of each colour) in Go-Go Green, Race Car Red and White
    18 mm Safety Eyes
    PomPom – I’m using a fur pompom (HERE) but any pompom you choose will work.
    Polyester Stuffing
    Scissors
    Tapestry Needle
    Stitch marker

    Terminology: US terminology

    Stitches Used and Abbreviations:

    MC: magic circle
    CH: chain
    SC: single crochet
    SCINC: single crochet increase
    SCDEC: single crochet decrease
    SLST: slip stitch
    BLO: back loop only
    FLO: front loop only
    FO: finish off
    ST(S): stitch(es)

    Measurement(s): Approximately 19” tall from bottom of cactus to top of hat once assembled.

    Important Notes:
    • No matter your skill level, I always suggest that you read through the pattern from beginning to end before beginning your work just to be sure you don’t have any questions that might cause frustration in the midst of your project.
    • Instructions within the brackets () are to be repeated the number of times specified next to the brackets.

    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler

    Body
    Row 1: Using green yarn and 6.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Row 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Row 3: (SCINC, SC 1) x 6 (18)
    Row 4: SC 1, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC 1 (24)
    Row 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
    Row 6: SC 2, SCINC, (SC 4, SCINC) x 5, SC 2 (36)
    Row 7: (SC 5, SCINC) x 6 (42)
    Insert safety eyes in Row 14, with 2 stitches in between them. Stuff the body of the cactus as you go.
    Rows 8 – 38: SC in each stitch around (42)
    Start stuffing the cactus and continue stuffing as you go from this point on.
    Row 39: In BLO, (SC 5, SCDEC) x 6 (36)
    Row 40: SC 2, SCDEC, (SC 4, SCDEC) x 5, SC 2 (30)
    Row 41: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6 (24)
    Row 42: SC 1, SCDEC, (SC 2, SCDEC) x 5, SC 1 (18)
    Row 43: (SCDEC, SC 1) x 6 (12)
    Row 44: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    FO and sew body onto the soil.

    Arms (make 2)
    Row 1: Using green yarn, make a MC and SC 10 into the MC. (10)
    Row 2: (SCINC) x 10 (20)
    Row 3: (SCINC, SC 1) x 10 (30)
    Rows 4 – 13: SC around (30)
    Row 14: Stop working in rounds, CH 1 and turn. SC in the first stitch. SC 14. (15)
    FO leaving a long tail for sewing onto each side of the body. Attach an arm onto either side of the body.

    Santa Hat
    Using white yarn and 6.5mm hook, CH 42. Join with a sl st to first ch to form a ring.
    Row 1: CH 1. SC in the first stitch and in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch. (42)
    Rows 2 – 5: CH 1. SC in the first stitch and in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch. (42)
    Switch to red yarn. The rest of the hat will be worked in rounds.
    Rows 6 – 10: Working in both loops, SC in each stitch around. (42)
    Row 11: (SC 5, SCDEC) x6 (36)
    Row 12: SC in each stitch around. (36)
    Row 13: (SC 4, SCDEC) x 6 (30)
    Row 14: SC in each stitch around. (30)
    Row 15: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6 (24)
    Row 16: SC in each stitch around. (24)
    Row 17: (SC 2, SCDEC) x 6 (18)
    Row 18: SC in each stitch around. (18)
    Row 19: (SC 7, SCDEC) x 2 (16)
    Row 20: SC in each stitch around. (16)
    Row 21: (SC 6, SCDEC) x 2 (14)
    Row 22: SC in each stitch around. (14)
    Row 23: (SC 5, SCDEC) x 2 (12)
    Row 24: SC in each stitch around. (12)
    Row 25: (SC 4, SCDEC) x 2 (10)
    Row 26: SC in each stitch around. (10)
    Row 27: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 2 (8)
    Row 28: SC in each stitch around.
    Row 29: (SC 2, SCDEC) x 2 (6)
    Row 30: SC in each stitch around. (6)
    FO leaving a long tail.

    Secure pompom to hat. Bend the top of the hat off to one side and use the tail to secure the tip of the hat to the side of the hat. Weave in your ends. It will be a snug fit getting it onto the cactus so the hat should be able to stay on the cactus without sewing it to the cactus however, feel free to sew it to the cactus if you feel it is needed.

    Scarf
    Using red yarn and 7.0mm hook, CH 81.
    Row 1: SC in the 2nd stitch from the hook and in each stitch across. CH1 and turn. (80)
    Rows 2 – 3: SC in each stitch across. CH 1 and turn. (80)
    FO and weave in ends. Wrap the scarf around the cactus body, just above the arms and either sew onto body at the point where the scarf crosses over itself or tie the scarf onto the cactus.

    Disclaimer:
    This pattern and its images are copyright protected and the sole property of Ashley Parker of The Loopy Lamb. Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design. Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.

    Feel free to sell the finished item created with this pattern but please provide pattern credit to The Loopy Lamb when posting online and provide a link to my blog: www.theloopylamb.com.
    If you encounter any difficulties or have questions about the pattern, please feel free to contact me at theloopylamb@hotmail.com. I’ll do whatever I can to help.

    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler - Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb. #Giantamigurumi #amigurumi #amigurumipattern #freecrochetpattern #crochetcactus #christmascactus #christmasamigurumi #bernatblanket

  • Crochet Patterns

    Randy the Reindeer Cactus Free Crochet Pattern

    Randy the Cactus Reindeer Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb #crochetcactus #Cactus #cactusreindeer #christmascactus #holidaycactus #amigurumi #amigurumicactus #christmasamigurumi #reindeer

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    There has been such an awesome response from everyone to my Saint Prickolaus and Stanley the Cactus Snowman patterns and I had so much fun making them that I just had to make it a trio.  Since  Saint Prickolaus and Stanley were taller cacti, I decided I wanted to go with something a little smaller.  Randy the Reindeer Cactus was the natural addition to the trio and I’m so excited to share him with you.

    Randy is made of a single small barrel cactus, a red nose and some antlers.  You could make yourself a whole team of adorable cactus reindeer if you made one with a red nose and another 8 without the nose.  How adorable would that be?!  I’ve had the idea of making the cactus reindeer team for a while and wasn’t sure if I wanted to add soil to the cactus pattern or not but decided to add it at the last moment so if you’re interested in making only one cactus and putting it in a pot, you’ll have the soil instructions in the pattern.

    Randy the Cactus Reindeer Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb #crochetcactus #Cactus #cactusreindeer #christmascactus #holidaycactus #amigurumi #amigurumicactus #christmasamigurumi #reindeer

    When I first started out making and sharing my own crochet patterns, I really loved making crochet cacti.  I started making crochet cactus characters with names and their own little personalities.  Some people told me that I had an “oddly specific hobby” and that my designs were a little weird.  I could’ve have let that deter me and stopped making my little cactus designs but no way!  I embrace my weird and I love it.  Weird or not, you can’t argue with Randy’s cuteness.  So even though Randy isn’t your typical holiday decor, that’s what makes him special.  Enjoy your cactus reindeer and don’t forget to tag me in your posts or use #theloopylamb so I can see your makes.

    Stay tuned for another free crochet pattern next week!

     

    Randy the Cactus Reindeer Crochet Pattern

    Randy the Cactus Reindeer Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb

     

    Instagram: @theloopylamb          #Cactusreindeer

     

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    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Materials:

    3.5 mm Hook

    Worsted Weight Yarn in Green, Brown and Red.  I’m using Bernat Premium in Spring Green,  Red and Loops and Threads in Chocolate Brown.

    6 mm Safety Eyes

    Polyester Stuffing

    Scissors

    Tapestry Needle

    Stitch markers

    Terminology: US terminology

    Stitches Used and Abbreviations:

    MC:    magic circle

    CH:     chain

    SC:      single crochet

    SCINC: single crochet increase

    SCDEC: single crochet decrease

    SLST: slip stitch
    BLO:   back loop only

    FLO:    front loop only
    FO:      finish off
    ST(S): stitch(es)

     

    Measurement:  Approximately 5.5” tall from bottom of soil to top of head once assembled (antlers not included in measurement)

     

    Important Notes:

    • No matter your skill level, I always suggest that you read through the pattern from beginning to end before beginning your work just to be sure you don’t have any questions that might cause frustration in the midst of your project.
    • Instructions within the brackets () are to be repeated the number of times specified next to the brackets.

     

    SOIL

    Row  1:  Using  brown  yarn,  make  a  MC  and  SC  6  into  the  MC (6)
    Row  2:  (SCINC)  x  6  (12)
    Row  3:  (SCINC,  SC  1) x 3  (18)
    Row  4:  SC,  SCINC,  (SC  2,  SCINC) x  5,  SC  1  (24)
    Row  5:  (SCINC,  SC  3) x  6  (30)
    Row  6:  SC  2,  SCINC  (SC  4,  SCINC) x  5,  SC  2  (36)
    Rows  7  –  16:  SC  around  (36)
    Row  17:  SC  2,  SCDEC,  (SC  4,  SCDEC) x  5,  SC  2  (30)
    Row  18:  (SCDEC,  SC  3)  x  6  (24)
    Row  19:  SC,  SCDEC,  (SC  2,  SCDEC) x  5,  SC  1  (18)
    Row  20:  (SCDEC,  SC)  x  6  (12)
    Row  21:  (SCDEC)  x  6  (6)
    FO  and  weave  in  ends.

     

    Cactus Body

    Using green and leaving a long tail, CH20.

    Row 1: SC in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each chain across.  CH1 and turn. (19)
    Row 2: SC in the first stitch.  SC in the back loop of the next 17 stitches.  SC under both loops of the last stitch (19)
    Repeat row 2 until the piece measures 16 cm.
    FO, leaving a long tail.  Work a running stitch along the long side of the cactus, working into the row ends.  Pull the yarn tight to close the cactus (like a drawstring).  Without fastening off, seam the two short sides together by putting the needle through the bottom loop of both stitches to recreate the ribbing effect for the seam. Insert the safety eyes with two ridges between them. Stuff firmly.  Work a running stitch along the open edge and pull tightly to close the cactus completely.  Secure and weave in your ends.  Sew onto soil.

     

    Right Antler

    Using brown yarn, CH 8
    Row 1: SL ST into the 2nd CH from the hook.  SL ST into the next stitch.  CH 3 and SL ST into the first CH.  SL ST into the next 2 stitches.  CH 4 and SL ST into the first CH.  SL into the remaining stitches (7)
    FO leaving a long tail and sew onto the right side of the head.

     

    Left Antler

    Using brown yarn, CH 8
    Row 1: SL ST into the 2nd CH from the hook.  SL ST into the next 2 stitches.  CH 4 and SL ST into the first CH. SL ST into the next 2 stitches.  CH 3 and SL ST into the first CH.  SL into the remaining 2 stitches (7)
    FO leaving a long tail and sew onto the left side of the head.

     

    Nose

    Row 1: Using red yarn, make a MC and SC 6 into the ring (6)
    Row 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Rows 3 – 5: SC around (12)
    Add stuffing.
    Row 6:
    (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    FO and leave a long tail to sew on to the head.

     

     

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.

     

    I’d love to see your finished items!  Please share your finished makes by tagging the pattern on Ravelry, sharing it to our Facebook page or Instagram.  Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest

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    Mommy’s Go-To Fingerless Gloves Crochet Pattern

    Mommy's Go-To Fingerless Gloves - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #Fingerlessgloves #CrochetPattern #Freecrochetpattern #Quickcrochet #Stripedgloves #gloves #Mittens

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    This is an unsponsored post and the thoughts/opinions are all my own.

     

    It has been a crazy couple of weeks!  It’s been so busy with the 30 Days of Cozy promotion going on and right in the middle of the promotion, my husband had a business trip to Halifax and I’ve been alone with both kids.   I’ve also been working away on a few new patterns for you as well so stay tuned!  This week’s free crochet pattern is Mommy’s Go-To Fingerless Gloves.

    My awesome husband brought me back this beautiful yarn from his trip.  It’s made by the Mineville Wool Project which is a local Halifax yarn dyer.  I’m so lucky that he supports my crazy yarn addiction.  I can’t wait to get my hooks into these babies.  If you have any suggestions on what I should make with this yarn, leave me a comment below.  I’m having a hard time deciding!

    Mommy's Go-To Fingerless Gloves Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb

     

    I must confess: I lose A LOT of gloves.  I’m almost on par with my little one who loses mittens almost as fast as I can make and buy them.  I must also confess that I am a little particular when it comes to my gloves.  I don’t like the tops of the gloves to be too long because they can sometimes stretch out and look sloppy.  My preference is fingerless gloves so I can zip up zippers, tie up shoes and text with ease.

     

    Mommy's Go-To Fingerless Gloves - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #Fingerlessgloves #CrochetPattern #Freecrochetpattern #Quickcrochet #Stripedgloves #gloves #Mittens

    So Mommy’s Go-To Fingerless Gloves were born out of my need for a cute and quick pair of fingerless gloves.  They are super quick to make so you can replace those lost gloves in a flash but you don’t have to substitute your cuteness factor.  This is also a beginner friendly pattern.  If you sell your crochet, these are great since you can make a pair in well under an hour.  The pattern is easily adaptable so if you need/want the tops or bottoms to be a bit longer, just add a few rows.  So without further ado, let’s get to that pattern!

     

    Mommy’s Go-To Fingerless Gloves

    Mommy's Go-To Fingerless Gloves - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #Fingerlessgloves #CrochetPattern #Freecrochetpattern #Quickcrochet #Stripedgloves #gloves #Mittens

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Materials:

    Abbreviations:

    CH = Chain

    Sl St = Slip Stitch

    SC = Single Crochet

    HDC = Double Crochet

     

     

    Size: Woman’s – One Size fits most
    Finished size: 5.25 inches tall x 3 inches wide.

    Gauge:  8 sts across x 6.5 rows = 2” square

    NOTES:
    The end of each round is joined with a SL ST to the first stitch of the round.  It is noted in the pattern as “Join”.

    Mommy's Go-To Fingerless Gloves Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb

     

    Pattern:

    Right Glove:

    Using black, CH 24, join with a sl st to first chain to form a circle, being sure not to twist your chain.

    Rows 2-3: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around, join with sl st to first HDC. (24)
    Change to Grey
    Row 4: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to Black
    Rows 5 – 6: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to White
    Row 7: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join.  (24)
    Change to Grey
    Row 8: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to Black
    Rows 9 – 12: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)

    Row 13:  CH 1. HDC in first 19 stitches, chain 5 and skip the last 5 stitches. Join. (24)

    Rows 14-16: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Row 17: CH1. SC in each stitch around, join to first SC, fasten off and weave in ends. (24)

     

    Left Glove:

     

    Using black, CH 24, join with a sl st to first chain to form a circle, being sure not to twist your chain.

    Rows 2-3: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around, join with sl st to first HDC. (24)
    Change to Grey
    Row 4: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to Black
    Rows 5 – 6: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to White
    Row 7: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to Grey
    Row 8: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to Black
    Rows 9 – 12: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)

    Row 13:  CH 1. HDC in first 4 stitches, chain 5 and skip the next 5 stitches. HDC in the last 15 stitches.  Join. (24)

    Rows 14-16: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)

    Row 17: CH1. SC in each stitch around, join to first SC, fasten off and weave in ends. (24)

     

    Disclaimer:

    This pattern and its images are copyright protected and the sole property of Ashley Parker of The Loopy Lamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.

    Feel free to sell the finished item created with this pattern but please provide pattern credit to The Loopy Lamb when posting online and provide a link to my blog: www.theloopylamb.com.

    If you encounter any difficulties or have questions about the pattern, please feel free to contact me at theloopylamb@hotmail.com .   I’ll do whatever I can to help.

     

    I’d love to see your finished items!  Please share your finished makes by tagging the pattern on Ravelry, save it on Pinterest, sharing it to our Facebook page or Instagram.    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheLoopyLamb

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    Mommy's Go-To Fingerless Gloves - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #Fingerlessgloves #CrochetPattern #Freecrochetpattern #Quickcrochet #Stripedgloves #gloves #Mittens

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    Saint Prickolaus – Free Crochet Cactus Pattern

    Saint Prickolaus - Free Crochet Cactus Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #crochetcactus #cactus #saintprickolaus #stprickolaus #crochetpattern #christmascrochet #Chrsitmascactus

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    This has been a crazy week!  Last week, my Stanley the Cactus Snowman pattern was featured on Crochetpreneur.com.  You can see the free pattern here.  Thank you for all of the love you have given to Stanley so far!  Your kind words have meant so much to me!  An ad-free version of Stanley the Cactus Snowman’s pattern can be purchased HERE for a small fee.

    Stanley the Cactus Snowman Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #30DaysofCozy #CrochetCactus #Cactus #CrochetPattern #ChristmasCactus #SnowmanCactus

    This has been such an exciting adventure to be a part of this program.  It has been a wonderful opportunity to connect with some other designers as well as share some of their beautiful work with you all.  Follow me on Instagram to see all content from the bundle I’ve been sharing!

    On November 10th, I will be featured as a guest designer for a second time on Crochetpreneur.com.   This time it will be my pattern for Saint Prickolaus that will be featured. This cute little guy decided that it was time to take a Christmas vacation this year so he bundled up in his holiday finest for his trip.

    Saint Prickolaus Crochet Pattern - Available in the 30 days of cozy pattern bundle

     

    I sometimes struggle trying to come up with a name for my patterns so I enlisted the help of my family to come up with something for this guy.  We had a lot of fun trying to come up with something fun and punny.  Since Saint Prickolaus wears a Santa hat and Saint Nickolaus is another name for Santa, we decided to go with Saint Prickolaus!

    The awesome thing about being a guest designer in this program is that

    You can get an ad-free version of the Saint Prickolaus pattern for a small fee from my Etsy shop HERE.

    Saint Prickolaus Crochet Pattern - Available in the 30 days of cozy pattern bundle #CrochetCactus #CrochetPattern #Cactuspattern #30DaysofCozy #SaintPrickolaus

    Have you checked out the 30 Days of Cozy Pattern Bundle?  Every day for the month of November, Pam Grice of Crochetpreneur.com will feature a different pattern from up and coming designers for free.  She has bundled all of these patterns and a TON of extras into a bundle.  There are 30+ patterns  in the bundle for only $10 USD!  The bundle is only available until the end of the month so don’t wait too long before checking it out.  You can check the bundle out here:  HERE.

    Saint Prickolaus and Stanley the Cactus Snowman Crochet Patterns by The Loopy Lamb

  • Uncategorized

    30 Days of Cozy Pattern Bundle

    30 Days of Cozy Pattern Bundle

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    Want to purchase the 30 Days of Cozy bundle?  Click this link.  I earn a small commission on sales made through this link at no cost to you.

    I have a secret!  Well….I had a secret.  I was just too excited to keep it to myself that I spilled the beans on Instagram and Facebook earlier this week.    I have been working on a top secret project for a while and I am finally allowed to tell everyone about it.  So, hear ye! Hear ye!  My official blog announcement!

    Pam Grice of The Crochetpreneur (www.thecrochetpreneur.com) gathered together a group of up and coming crochet designers to be part of a design project called 30 Days of Cozy.  When I got the invitation from Pam I thought I was seeing things.  I was so excited about the opportunity to work with Pam and the other designers that the only option for me was to say yes.  Pam asked me to create some amigurumi designs for the package and of course, I was thrilled to do that.

    Stanley the Snowman Crochet Pattern - Available as part of the 30 Days of Cozy Pattern Bundle

     

    So, stay tuned folks.  I have two designs submitted to the project and they will be available for FREE.  That’s right, you read FREE on Pam’s blog, crochepreneur.com on November 4th and November 10th.

    My contributions to this bundle are my Saint Prickolaus and Stanley the Cactus Snowman patterns.

    Saint Prickolaus Crochet Pattern - Available in the 30 days of cozy pattern bundle

    When I created Saint Prickolaus, I was thinking about what if there was a cactus that had always wondered what snow was like since they were in the desert.  I know, a weird and random thought but I went with it and Saint Prickolaus was born.  My weirdness has a use…sometimes.
    Stanley the Snowman Crochet Pattern - Available as part of the 30 Days of Cozy Pattern Bundle

    Stanley the Cactus Snowman was also born of that same weird train of thought.  What if a barrel cactus was in someone’s window, warm and cozy but looking out on a winter wonderland was jealous of a snowman?  I know, the dark places that I go for inspirations, right?  But, I like to think the result is adorable.

    There are a lot of other wonderful patterns available in the 30 days of cozy bundle by some incredibly talented designers.  There will be a free pattern featured for free from the bundle, everyday of November on Pam’s blog.

    Purchasing the bundle helps support designers that provide their patterns for free.  So if you’re interested in purchasing, please click this link here.  Again, I earn a small commission from purchases made through this link, which helps support me and helps me continue to provide my patterns for free on my blog.  Ad-free versions of each pattern are also available to purchase on my Etsy page:

    Saint Prickolaus: Click here.
    Stanley the Cactus Snowman: Click here.

    Know someone that may enjoy one of these patterns or loves a good deal?  Please share this post/link with them.

    Saint Prickolaus Crochet Pattern - Available in the 30 days of cozy pattern bundle

    Saint Prickolaus and Stanley the Cactus Snowman Crochet Patterns by The Loopy Lamb

     

    Disclaimer:

    This pattern and its images are copyright protected and the sole property of Ashley Parker of The Loopy Lamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.

    Feel free to sell the finished item created with this pattern but please provide pattern credit to The Loopy Lamb when posting online and provide a link to my blog: www.theloopylamb.com.

    If you encounter any difficulties or have questions about the pattern, please feel free to contact me at theloopylamb@hotmail.com .   I’ll do whatever I can to help.

    I’d love to see your finished items!  Please share your finished makes by tagging the pattern on Ravelry, save it on Pinterest, sharing it to our Facebook page or Instagram!

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  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Christmas Ornaments to Crochet by Megan Kreiner: A Crochet Book Review

    Christmas Ornaments to Crochet by Megan Kreiner - A Crochet Book Review

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    This week I want to tell you what NOT to do when you go to the library with a toddler.  Oh, and also review this adorable book that I got while at the library: Christmas Ornaments to Crochet: 31 Festive and Fun-to-Make Designs for a Handmade Holiday by Megan Kreiner.

    Recently I made a library trip to get myself another pile of crochet books to bring home.  I had put some books on hold and expected to be picking up 1 or 2 books.  When I got to the library with an already fussy toddler in tow, I found out that I had a lot more books waiting for me.  I was expecting a max of 2 and found there were 9.

    My first instinct was to get excited about getting my hands on those glossy pages and finding new techniques, projects and inspiration.  My fussy toddler’s first instinct was to drop on the ground and go limp.  I, being the brilliant person that I am, did not bring a bag with me.  I, also being the stubborn person that I am thought “I can do this.  Take the books to the check out, your child will suddenly comply with your requests and you’ll walk out of here a superstar.”  I am an idiot.  None of those things happened.

    My daughter decided that this was the day to experiment with running away, screaming in public and rolling around on the floor.  While trying to balance 9 books under one arm, I tried to hold my daughter with the other arm and make my way to the librarian’s desk.  Well, my daughter wasn’t having that.  She wriggled out of my grip and after running a few feet away, dropped to the ground while screaming.  A smart person would take their child and leave.  I am not that smart person.

    After what felt like forever, I was able to get to the librarian’s desk with both my screaming child and my books.  The librarian offered to help me and lent me a bag to carry the books in.  I was so grateful to this woman for not just helping me but for not judging me and my child’s tantrum that was happening in the library. I can now tell you from experience that a toddler’s screaming never sounds louder than when you’re in the library.  It may not seem like a huge gesture but in that moment, when my stress level was through the roof and my hands were full, this woman felt like my saviour.  So if you’re ever reading this: Thank you so much for your kindness and making my day so much better.

    Christmas Ornaments to Crochet by Megan Kreiner - A Crochet Book Review by The Loopy Lamb

    In this nightmare of a trip, I picked up Megan Kreiner’s book “Christmas Ornaments to Crochet: 31 Festive and Fun-to-Make Designs for a Handmade Holiday“.  I’m so glad that I persevered to bring these books home or I would not have remembered to go back for this book.

    “Christmas Ornaments to Crochet” is a book of mini amigurumi Christmas ornaments that are beyond adorable.  Some of the projects include:

    – a Christmas tree
    – Santa and Mrs. Claus
    – Woodland creatures: Owl, Fox and Moose
    – Baby’s first Christmas ornaments and,
    – A nativity scene, complete with Camel, Donkey and Christmas star

    Megan’s designs are clear, easy to follow and come with illustrations to assist you in various steps like attaching limbs or doing embroidery.  The pictures are clear and fill me with Christmas anticipation.

    One of my favourite things that Megan has included is how to make decorative wire ornament hangers. These are gorgeous and I need to hit Michaels up for some wire ASAP to make some. Instructions are also given on how to customize/personalize the hangers with things like adding gems or initials and dates to the hangers.   Combine this with her fun and easy designs and you can make some seriously awesome stuff using her book.  I don’t know anyone on my Christmas list that wouldn’t be impressed when receiving something made from this book.

    So if you’re interested in checking out Megan’s book “Christmas Ornaments to Crochet: 31 Festive and Fun-to-Make Designs for a Handmade Holiday”, it’s definitely worth checking out.

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    Christmas Ornaments to Crochet by Megan Kreiner - A Crochet Book Review by The Loopy Lamb

  • Crochet Patterns

    Super Quick Chunky Cowl Crochet Pattern

    Super Quick Chunky Cowl Free Crochet Pattern - Excellent beginner's crochet pattern that can be made up in approximately an hour. Makes a great last minute gift.

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    I was going through my Christmas gift planner the other day and had this moment of panic when I looked at how much I had planned to make this year.  Rather than get totally stressed out and throw myself a pity party, I pulled myself together and started making an action plan.  My goal was to create something quick and easy.  I wanted it to be so easy that even an absolute beginner should be able to pump out dozens of these by the holidays.  Nothing works up quicker than chunky wool and a super-sized crochet hook.  With that in mind, I picked up one of the biggest crochet hooks I’ve got and some chunky wool and got to work.  Soon, the Super Quick Chunky Cowl Crochet Pattern was born.

    Super Quick Chunky Cowl Free Crochet Pattern - Excellent beginner's crochet pattern that can be made up in approximately an hour. Makes a great last minute gift.

    A few months ago, I made myself a cardigan using Bernat Beyond chunky yarn and I really enjoyed working with it.  I also ended up buying a TON of it when it went on sale.  When my husband saw me packing away 30 skeins of the stuff the day it was delivered, he just shook his head and walked away.  I’m pretty sure he said something about me being a nut bar, but I can live with that so I kept unpacking my new squishy yarn.

    When I say this cowl works up super quick, I mean it.  I was able to get one done in an hour with two little kids running around like our house is some modern version of The Lord of the Flies.  So if I can do it, you can too.  If you are in a bind and need a last-minute gift, make this your new go-to.

    Super Quick Chunky Cowl Free Crochet Pattern - Excellent beginner's crochet pattern that can be made up in approximately an hour. Makes a great last minute gift.

    You’ll need a 15mm crochet hook, your favourite super bulky yarn (if you aren’t using Bernat Beyond) to complete this project and you’ll need to be be able to crochet the following stitches: single crochet, double crochet and slip stitch.  That’s it!  The giant hook gives this cowl a bit of a lacy look and the alternating rows give a very subtle diagonal striping.  So grab your hook and let’s make us a Super Quick Chunky Cowl!

    Super Quick Chunky Cowl Free Crochet Pattern - Excellent beginner's crochet pattern that can be made up in approximately an hour. Makes a great last minute gift.

    Super Quick Chunky Cowl Crochet Pattern

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Supplies:
    Approximately 110 yards of Bernat Beyond in Smoke or your favourite Super Bulky yarn.
    15 mm crochet hook
    Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
    Scissors

    Abbreviations:
    CH = Chain
    SC = Single Crochet
    DC = Double Crochet
    SL ST = slip stitch
    FO = Finish Off

    Size: One Size
    Finished size: Approximately 10 inches tall x 12 inches wide.

    Gauge: 6 sts across x 8 rows = 4” square

    NOTES:
     – Instructions within the ** are to be repeated the

    PATTERN:

    CH 36 and join with a sl st, making sure not to twist your chain.
    Row 1:  CH 1.  SC in the 1st stitch and in every stitch around (36)
    Row 2:  CH 1.  SC in the first stitch.  DC in the next.  *SC1, DC1* until the end.  Join with a sl st.
    Row 3: CH 2.  DC in the first stitch.  DC in the next.  *DC1, SC1* until the end.  Join with a sl st.
    Row 4: Repeat row 2.
    Row 5: Repeat row 3.
    Row 6: Repeat row 2.
    Row 7: Repeat row 3.
    Row 8: Repeat row 2.
    Row 9: Repeat row 3.
    Row 10: Repeat row 2.
    Row 11: Repeat row 3.
    Row 12: Repeat row 2.
    Row 13: Repeat row 3.
    Row 14: Repeat row 2.
    Row 15: Repeat row 3.
    Row 16: Repeat row 2.
    Row 17: Repeat row 3.
    Row 18: CH 1.  SC in first stitch and each stitch.  Join with a sl st.
    FO and weave in your ends.

     

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.

     

    I’d love to see your finished items!  Please share your finished makes by tagging the pattern on Ravelry, sharing it to our Facebook page or Instagram!    Use #Theloopylamb when sharing on Instagram.

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    Super Quick Chunky Cowl Free Crochet Pattern - Excellent beginner's crochet pattern that can be made up in approximately an hour. Makes a great last minute gift.

  • Freebies

    Free Crochet Pumpkin Carving Stencils

    Crochet Pumpkin Carving Stencil from The Loopy Lamb

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    Every year for Halloween, my husband and I love to carve pumpkins for our porch.  We like to do different types of carvings that aren’t the typical pumpkins you see on someone’s porch. We’re definitely no carving artists but we can hold our own. The kids always want to do a dinosaur or something from their favourite shows. My husband and I tend to pick things that are weird, geeky and fun. When I told my husband that I wanted to find a crochet pumpkin carving stencil online for my pumpkin this year, he said something about “going too far” and “that’s just weird”. Looking online, the results that came back were very limited and by limited, I mean non-existent.

    Well, if I can’t find it, I’ll make it. And so, I set out to make my own crochet-themed pumpkin carving stencils and I decided to share it with all of you. Hopefully I’m not the only one out there looking to share their crochet love in pumpkin form.

    To get your own free crochet pumpkin carving stencils, click on the link below image you want to use below to download it. You’ll need to have an a PDF reader to open it. Once it’s downloaded, print it out. Pin it to your pumpkin and carve along the lines for the crochet hooks. For the yarn ball, you can either cut on the inside of the lines (leaving a small piece of pumpkin in between) or you can scrape/etch that section off which leaves a translucent orange shade.

    Let’s see those pumpkins! Share your pictures of your completed pumpkins on Instagram using the hashtag: #Theloopylamb.

    If you like this post, please pin it and share it with your crochet friends!

    Crochet Pumpkin Carving Stencil from The Loopy Lamb

    Crochet-Pumpkin-Stencil-3.pdf (54 downloads)

    Crochet Pumpkin Carving Stencil from The Loopy Lamb

    Crossed-Crochet-Hooks-Pumpkin-Stencil-2.pdf (30 downloads)

  • Pattern Round Up

    Halloween Crochet Pattern Round-Up

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

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    I don’t know how it has happened, but Halloween is almost here again. For those of you that are looking for something festive and fun free Halloween crochet patterns, I’ve created this roundup to give you some fun suggestions and inspiration.

     

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    So I’m starting with this adorable Baby Bat Costume by Amanda Saladin of Amandasaladin.com because seriously, this kid in the costume is ridiculously cute.  It makes me wish my kids were smaller so I could squish them into one of these and enjoy some untamed cuteness.

     

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    Got a little cutie in your life that loves Cinderella?  Head on over to Lovableloops.com to try out this great little dress and wig pattern for your little one.  The pattern was recently updated to include sizes 18 – 24 months!

     

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    These little ghosts are cute and quick.  When I first saw this on Pinterest, I knew I had to make it.  I made it about a year and a half ago and gave it to my kids to play with and they love it.  Check it out here: Baby Ghost Ornament for Halloween by A Morning Cup of Jo Creations

     

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    Need a last minute but beautiful Halloween costume?  Check out this feminine and gorgeous Crochet Masquerade Mask from blog.darice.com.

     

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    These shark bags from cookiesnobcrochet.com would make fun candy bags!

     

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    Make one of these Extra Thick Knight’s Helmet for the knight in shining armor in your life.

     

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    I love these adorable little Glowing Crochet Ghosts by Jen’s A Little Loopy.  Plus, I LOVE her blog name.  These are cute AND they light up!  So much fun!

     

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    For those that love to accessorize for the holiday, JenniferQ.com has a free Halloween crochet pattern for these great Halloween Frankenstein Cozies!

     

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    Puns are one of my favourite things and this pattern is pun-tastic!  The Eye-Candy Toddler Crochet Halloween costume is hilarious and awesome.  Now to go work on convincing my son that he needs to be this instead of Iron Man this year…wish me luck!

     

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    This Jumbo Crochet Pumpkin pattern from doriyumi.com is awesome.  I love the curlicue used instead of a standard-looking leaf.

     

    What’s your favourite Halloween crochet pattern?  Let me know in the comments below!  I’d love to know what everyone is making for Halloween this year.

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb