Monday, July 10, 2017

Giraffe CAL - Bubbles the Baby Giraffe

Hi everyone!

I just released my new pattern, Bubbles the Baby Giraffe, you can find the crochet pattern on Ravelry here - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bubbles-the-baby-giraffe


Bubbles the Baby Giraffe is also the crochet pattern featured for the
Giraffe CAL which starts July 14th. 

Use the coupon code below on Ravelry to get 40% off the crochet pattern
until 7/12 at midnight pacific time.







Come join my Ravelry Group for lots of fun during the Giraffe CAL - 




Friday, June 30, 2017

Translators Wanted...



Hi everyone!

I am looking for someone that can help translate my crochet patterns to any language. I have almost 200 crochet patterns and would love to have some of them translated. Any language is welcome!

Take a look at my crochet patterns on Ravelry here - http://www.ravelry.com/designers/melissas-crochet-patterns 

You can send me a message on Ravelry, or email me at melissacrochetpatterns@gmail.com if you are interested.

Thank you!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday Facebook Giveaways for 10 Weeks




For the next 10 weeks every Friday I will post a picture of a pattern on Facebook, comment on that picture for your chance to win the crochet pattern. I will choose 10 winners each Sunday. I will use random.org to find random winners. Only 1 comment is needed, multiple comments will not give you any more chances to win.

I will post a list of the winners and send each one of you a message on Facebook with the crochet pattern attached to the message.

Week 1 ~ Friday, June 2, 2017 - Sunday, June 4, 2017



Week 2 ~ Friday, June 9, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017



Week 3 ~ Friday, June 16, 2017 - Sunday, June 18, 2017



Week 4 ~ Friday, June 23, 2017 - Sunday, June 25, 2017



Week 5 ~ Friday, June 30, 2017 - Sunday, July 2, 2017



Week 6 ~ Friday, July 7, 2017 - Sunday, July 9, 2017



Week 7 ~ Saturday, July 15, 2017 - Monday, July 17, 2017


Week 8 ~ Friday, July 21, 2017 - Sunday, July 23, 2017
Week 9 ~ Friday, July 28, 2017 - Sunday, July 30, 2017
Week 10 ~ Friday. August 4, 2017 - Sunday, August 6 2017




Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pre-MCAL Fun!





This is NOT the Piggy MCAL, just something fun to crochet while we wait.
The yarn used in this Pre-MCAL is NOT included in the Piggy MCAL yardage.
This Pre-MCAL has no reflection of the Piggy MCAL, they are completely 2 separate patterns.
You ARE crocheting a little piggy.
Some pieces in this pattern can be “fiddly” because of the small rounds.


You will need…
  • Yarn Color A (the main color of your piggy)
  • Brown, Black, or another color yarn to embroider nostrils
  • Fiberfill Stuffing
  • Stitch Markers
  • 10mm Safety Eyes (or desired)
  • 3.25mm crochet hook (or desired hook for amigurumi)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Sewing pins (optional for holding pieces in place before sewing)


Stitches and Abbreviations used…
  • Ch - chain
  • Sl st - slip stitch
  • Sc - single crochet
  • Hdc - half double crochet
  • St - stitch
  • Sts - stitches
  • Rpt - repeat
  • Inc - increase, 2 sc in the same space
  • Dec - decrease or sc2tog (single crochet 2 together)


Note : All pieces are made in a continuous spiral unless otherwise stated. Most pieces begin with a magic ring, but you can also use a ch 2 to start.


All pieces are made in Yarn Color A


Assembling instructions are at the end of the pattern.

Head and Body (made in one piece)
  • Starting at the head
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 6 sc into the magic ring (6 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ inc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ sc in the next st, inc / rpt around (18 sc)
Rnd 4 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, inc / rpt around (24 sc)
Rnds 5-6 ~ sc around (24 sc)
Rnd 7 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, inc / rpt around (30 sc)
Rnds 8-9 ~ sc around (30 sc)
Rnd 10 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, dec / rpt around (24 sc)
Rnd 11 ~ sc around (24 sc)
Rnd 12 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, dec / rpt around (18 sc)
  • Insert Safety eyes between Rnds 7 & 8, about 5 sts apart
  • Start stuffing head
Rnd 13 ~ sc in the next st, dec / rpt around (12 sc)
Rnd 14 ~ sc around (12 sc)
Rnd 15 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, inc / rpt around (15 sc)
Rnd 16 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, inc / rpt around (20 sc)
Rnds 17-21 ~ sc around (20 sc)
Rnd 22 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, dec / rpt around (15 sc)
  • Add more stuffing to head if needed, stuff body.
Rnd 23 ~ sc in the next st, dec / rpt around (10 sc)
Rnd 24 ~ dec around (5 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.
  • Using your yarn needle, sew the remaining hole closed.


Arms (make 2)
  • Do not stuff
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 6 sc into the magic ring (6 sc)
Rnds 2-5 ~ sc around (6 sc)
Rnd 6 ~ ch 1, fold in half, crocheting through both sides at the same time, sc across (3 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.


Legs (make 2)
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 5 sc into the
magic ring (5 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ inc around (10 sc)
Rnds 3-4 ~ sc around (10 sc)
Rnd 5 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, dec / rpt (8 sc)
  • Add a small pinch of stuffing, you can use your crochet hook
or pen to help push in the stuffing.
Rnd 6 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, dec / rpt (6 sc)
Rnd 7 ~ sc around (6 sc)
Rnd 8 ~ ch 1, fold in half, crocheting through both sides at the same time, sc across (3 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.


Ears (make 2)
  • Do not stuff
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 4 sc into the magic ring (4 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, inc (5 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ sc in the next 4 sts, inc (6 sc)
Rnd 4 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, inc / rpt (8 sc)
Rnd 5 ~ sc around (8 sc)
Rnd 6 ~ ch 1, fold in half, crocheting through both sides at the same time, sc across (4 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.


Tail
Chain 5, in the 2nd ch from the hook increase with 3sc, in the next 2 ch spaces increase with 3 sc, hdc in the last ch (10 sts)


Snout
Rnd 1 ~ Chain 4, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in the next st, increase with 3 sc in the last ch. Now working on the other side of the foundation chain, sc, inc in the last st. (8 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ in the back loops only - sc in the next 3 sts, inc/ rpt (10 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ back to both loops - sc in the next 4 sts, inc / rpt (12 sc)
  • Sl st in the next st.
  • Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.


Assembling Mini Piggy


Step 1 ~ With your yarn needle, sew the remaining hole of the body closed.

Step 2 ~ Sew the arms to the side of the body, in a slanted position.


Step 3 ~ Sew the legs to the bottom of the body, pointing away from the face.


Step 4 ~ Sew the snout onto the head, right below the eyes, centered.






Step 5 ~ Sew the ears onto each side of the head. After sewing on the ears, fold the tips of the ears inward.
    


Step 6 ~ Sew the tail on the back/bottom of the body.


Step 7 ~ Embroider nostrils onto your piggy’s nose. With this piggy being so little, I found it very hard to get both nostrils to be exactly equal. I do think this adds even more character!




Share your Mini Piggy in the “Pre-MCAL Fun” thread on Ravelry.


Come get your first clue of the Piggy MCAL on May 7th, 2017.

Feel free to contact me throughout the mystery, if you have any questions, through email, Ravelry, or Facebook page. I will have a thread in my Ravelry Group - Melissa's Crochet Patterns for discussion with others about the mystery.
Ravelry - MelissaTrenado
Instagram - melissascrochetpatterns use hashtag #piggymcal

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Piggy MCAL



Thank you for joining me in a fun filled mystery crochet along!


In this mystery crochet along you will be crocheting a piggy. Your finished piggy will measure around 8 inches from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet. Your size will vary depending on the yarn you choose, the crochet hook you choose, and your tension while crocheting. I used worsted weight yarn and a size D hook to get my piggy to this size.


Clues for this mystery will be given every 2 days as listed below…


Clue #1 - May 7, 2017
Clue #2 - May 9, 2017
Clue #3 - May 11, 2017
Clue #4 - May 13, 2017
Clue #5 - May 15, 2017
     Assembly  - May 17, 2017


Clues will be posted around 4pm pacific time on the days listed above.


Clues will be available on Ravelry in pdf form to download and print, as well as in my Ravelry Group, on my Facebook Page, and on Instagram.


Here are some helpful tutorials on my blog to help you better understand this pattern.


Photo Tutorial of Sewing the Pieces Together (I will give you sewing instructions on the assembly day.)


Crocheting through both sides of an arm/leg/ear together


You will need…
  • Yarn Color A - 100 yards - Pink yarn, or the main color yarn for your pig
  • Yarn Color B - 35 yards - Any color yarn, your favorite color yarn, or whoever you are making this piggy for
  • Small amount of brown or black yarn, or desired color for embroidering the face
  • 12mm-15mm safety eyes, or desired
  • 3.25mm crochet hook (Size D), or desired crochet hook
  • Fiberfill Stuffing
  • Yarn Needle
  • Sewing Pins to hold pieces in place before sewing (optional)
  • Stitch Markers
Stitches and Abbreviations used…
  • Ch - chain
  • Sl - slip stitch
  • Sc - single crochet
  • Hdc - half double crochet
  • St - stitch
  • Sts - stitches
  • Rpt - repeat
  • Inc - increase, 2 sc in the same space
  • Dec - decrease or sc2tog (single crochet 2 together)


Please use your imagination when making your piggy. Pigs would look wonderful in any color combination, purple, blue, green, yellow, and more!


Different threads will be opened to go along with the mystery in my Ravelry group - a spoilers thread to share pictures, a question thread for anyone with questions, and a regular thread to talk with others about the mystery.


Feel free to contact me throughout the mystery if you have any questions.
MelissasCrochetPatterns@gmail.com
Ravelry ~ MelissaTrenado
Instagram - melissascrochetpatterns use hashtag #piggymcal








Arms (make 2)
  • With Yarn Color A
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 4 sc into the magic ring (4 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ inc around (8 sc)
  • Stuff lightly as you crochet along.
Rnds 3-13 ~ sc around (8 sc)
  • Stuff hand, stuff the rest of the arm lightly as you crochet along.

Would you like your pig to be in one solid color? If so, DO NOT change colors.

  • Change to Yarn Color B (You are done using Yarn Color A)
Rnd 14 ~ sc around (8 sc)

If you are crocheting in one solid color, crochet in BOTH loops on the next round.
Rnd 15 ~ in the back loops only, sc around (8 sc)
Rnd 16 ~ ch 1, fold in half, crocheting through both sides at the same time, sc across (4 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
  • Pieces will be sewn together at the end of the MCAL.

Continue ONLY if you changed colors on Row 14, and left the front loops out to crochet.

The next step with be to make your piggy sleeves, if you have a solid colored piggy you do not need to crochet sleeves.

Tip - Depending which way you hold the body when crocheting, your piggy’s sleeves will have a slightly different look. When crocheting think of which side you want showing so you know which way to hold the piggy’s arms.

With Yarn Color B, join with a hdc (where the color change is) to any remaining loop of Rnd 15. Hdc in the next 6 loops around, increase with 2 hdc on the last loop. Join with a sl st in the first hdc made. (9 hdc) Weave in ends.


You are all done with your first clue!
Your next clue will be on May 9, 2017.
Please note clues will be posted around 4pm pacific time.


Feel free to contact me throughout the mystery, if you have any questions, through email, Ravelry, or Facebook page. I will have a thread in my Ravelry Group - Melissa's Crochet Patterns for discussion with others about the mystery.
Ravelry - MelissaTrenado
Instagram - melissascrochetpatterns use hashtag #piggymcal





Note : Piece is made in a continuous spiral. Piece begins with a magic ring, but you can also use a ch 2 to start.

Head
  • With Yarn Color A
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 8 sc into the magic ring (8 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ inc around (16 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ in the back loops only, sc around (16 sc)
Rnd 4 ~ back to both loops, sc in the next 3 sts, inc / rpt around (20 sc)
Rnds 5-6 ~ sc around (20 sc)
Rnd 7 ~ in the front loops only, sc in the next 6 sts, inc in the next 8 sts, sc in the last 6 sts (28 sc)
Rnd 8 ~ back to both loops, sc in the next 6 sts, inc / rpt around (32 sc)
Rnds 9-12 ~ sc around (32 sc)
Rnd 13 ~ sc in the next 14 sts, dec / rpt (30 sc)
Rnd 14 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, dec / rpt around (24 sc)
  • Insert Safety eyes between Rnds 7 and 8, about 7 sts apart. The increases made in round 7 will be between the eyes.
  • To see a picture of the head to help with eye placement, click HERE.
  • Start stuffing head, add more stuffing as needed.
Rnd 15 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, dec / rpt around (18 sc)
Rnd 16 ~ sc in the next st, dec / rpt around (12 sc)
Rnd 17 ~ dec around (6 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.
  • Pieces will be sewn together at the end of the MCAL, but if you would like to close the remaining hole with your yarn needle, you can choose to do that now.

You are all done with your second clue!

Your next clue will be on May 11th, 2017.




Legs (make 2)

  • With Yarn Color A
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 6 sc into the magic ring (6 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ inc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ sc in the next 5 sts, inc / rpt (14 sc)
Rnd 4 ~ sc around (14 sc)
Rnd 5 ~ sc in the next 5 sts, dec / rpt (12 sc)
Rnd 6 ~ sc in the next 4 sts, dec / rpt (10 sc)
  • Stuff foot, stuff the rest of the leg lightly as you crochet along.
Rnds 7-10 ~ sc around (10 sc)
Rnd 11 ~ ch 1, fold in half, crocheting through both sides at the same time, sc across (5 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
  • Pieces will be sewn together at the end of the MCAL.

You are all done with your third clue!

Your next clue will be on May 13th, 2017.


Feel free to contact me throughout the mystery, if you have any questions, through email, Ravelry, or Facebook page. I will have a thread in my Ravelry Group - Melissa's Crochet Patterns for discussion with others about the mystery.
Ravelry - MelissaTrenado
Instagram - melissascrochetpatterns use hashtag #piggymcal





Body
  • With Yarn Color A
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 6 sc into the magic ring (6 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ inc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ sc in the next st, inc / rpt around (18 sc)
Rnd 4 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, inc / rpt around (24 sc)
Rnd 5 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, inc / rpt around (30 sc)
Rnd 6 ~ sc around (30 sc)
Rnd 7 ~ sc in the next 4 sts, inc / rpt around (36 sc)
Rnd 8 ~ sc around (36 sc)
Rnd 9 ~ sc in the next 5 sts, inc/ rpt around (42 sc)
Rnd 10 ~ sc around (42 sc)
Rnd 11 ~ sc in the next 5 sts, dec / rpt around (36 sc)
Rnd 12 ~ sc in the next 4 sts, dec / rpt around (30 sc)
  • Do not change colors if you are making a solid colored piggy.
  • Change to Yarn Color B (You are done using Yarn Color A until the last round)
Rnd 13 ~ sc around (30 sc)
  • On the next round, crochet in BOTH loops if you are making a solid color piggy.
Rnd 14 ~ in the back loop only, sc in the next 3 sts, dec / rpt around (24 sc)
Rnds 15-17  ~ back to both loops, sc around (24 sc)
Rnd 18 ~ sc in the next 4 sts, dec / rpt around (20 sc)
Rnd 19 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, dec / rpt around (16 sc)
  • Change to Yarn Color A (You are done using Yarn Color B)
Rnd 20 ~ sl st in each st around (16 sl st)
  • Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
  • Stuff the body.
  • Pieces will be sewn together at the end of the MCAL.


Continue the next steps if you are giving your piggy clothes.
If you are making a solid colored piggy you are done with Clue #4.


Tip - Depending which way you hold the body when crocheting, your piggy’s shirt/skirt will have a slightly different look. When crocheting think of which side you want showing so you know which way to hold your body.


With Yarn Color B,  join with a hdc on the back side of the body (where the color change is) to any remaining loop of Rnd 14. Hdc in each loop around. Join with a sl st in the first hdc made. (30 hdc) Weave in ends.




Rnd 1 ~ With Yarn Color B,  join with a hdc on the back side of the body (where the color change is) to any remaining loop of Rnd 14. Ch 1, hdc in the same st as joining. Skip the next st.
[hdc, ch 1, hdc in the next loop, skip the next loop] repeat around. (15 sets of hdc, ch 1, hdc) join with a sl st in the first hdc made.


Rnd 2 ~ sl st into the first ch 1 space, ch 2 (counts as the first hdc), hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc in the same ch 1 space. [2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc] in each ch 1 space around
(15 sets of 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) join with a sl st into the first hdc made.


Rnd 3 ~ sl st into the next hdc, and in the first ch 2 space, ch 2 (counts as the first hdc), hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc in the same ch 2 space. [2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc] in each ch 2 space around
(15 sets of 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) join with a sl st into the first hdc made.


Rnd 4 ~ repeat Rnd 3.


If you would like a longer dress, keep repeating Rnd 3 until you have the desired length dress. Weave in ends.
You are all done with your fourth clue!
Your next clue will be on May 15th, 2017.







Ears (make 2)
  • With Yarn Color A
  • Do not stuff
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 4 sc into the magic ring (4 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, inc, sc in the last st (5 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ sc in the next 4 sts, inc (6 sc)
Rnd 4 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, inc / rpt (8 sc)
Rnd 5 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, inc / rpt (10 sc)
Rnd 6 ~ sc in the next 4 sts, inc / rpt (12 sc)
Rnd 7 ~ sc around (12 sc)
Rnd 8 ~ ch 1, fold in half, crocheting through both sides at the same time, sc across (6 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
  • Pieces will be sewn together at the end of the MCAL.

Tail
  • With Yarn Color A
Leaving a beginning tail for sewing, chain 8,  in the 2nd ch from the hook, increase with 3 sc, increase with 3 sc in the next 2 chains. Increase with 3 hdc in the next 2 chains. Increase with 2 hdc in the last 2 chs.
(19 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing at the end of the MCAL.

Mouth
  • With Yarn Color A
  • Do not stuff
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 5 sc into the magic ring (5 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ inc around (10 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ ch 1, fold in half, crocheting through both sides at the same time, sc across (5 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
  • Pieces will be sewn together at the end of the MCAL.

You are all done with your fifth clue!

Assembly instructions will be on May 17th, 2017.





It is finally time to assemble your piggy!



Step 1 ~ With your yarn needle, sew the remaining hole of the head closed.


Step 2 ~ If you haven’t already, weave in the ends of
your piggy’s shirt or dress.

Step 3 ~ With your yarn needle and the
tail of the body, sew the head and body together.
Make sure your piggy’s eyes are facing the
right direction before sewing. You can use pins
to hold the head and body in place
while you sew.






Step 4 ~ With your yarn needle, sew the arms onto each side of the piggy’s body. Sew the arms slightly slanted. The blue line in the picture shows the last Rnd of the arms.





Step 5 ~ Sew the legs onto the bottom of the body. I sew my legs in a slight V shape, the legs should be pointing away from the face.


Step 6 ~ Sew the tail onto the bottom / back of the body.




Step 7 ~ Sew the ears onto each side of the head. After sewing on the ears, fold the tips of the ears inward.


Step 8 ~ Sew the mouth piece onto the bottom of your piggy’s snout.






Step 9 ~ With a small piece of brown, black, or desired color yarn, embroider your piggy nostrils and any other facial detail you want. I gave my boy piggy eyebrows and my girl piggy eyelashes.










I hope you enjoyed this mystery crochet along!


Post a picture of your finished piggy in my Ravelry Group in the “My Finished Piggy!” thread and make a project page linked to the Piggy MCAL for your chance to win $5 in my Ravelry Store. There will be 5 winners announced Thursday, June 3rd around 4 pm.


If you have any questions feel free to contact me at any time! Please do not claim this pattern as your own, I do not mind if you sell the finished product, but do not sell this pattern as your own.


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