Friday, September 1, 2017

Dinosaur MCAL ~ a free mystery crochet along

Jonathan the dinosaur was a very friendly one. In fact, he was the most friendly in his lovely group of lovely dinosaurs. Jonathan did sometimes, get lonely. He always wanted to venture out to find more dinosaurs. His dinosaur friends were upset by this, thinking that Jonathan thought they weren’t good company. Jonathan was soon left with no one. Now, with no one to stop him, Jonathan makes many new friends, and travels very often. Can you help Jonathan make more friends?


Clues for this mystery will be given every other day as listed below…


Clue #1 - Tuesday, Sept. 12th, 2017
Clue #2 - Thursday, Sept, 14th, 2017
Clue #3 - Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2017
    Assembly  - Monday, Sept. 18th, 2017


Clues will be given around 10am pacific time on the days above.


Clues will be available on Ravelry in pdf form to download and print, and on my Facebook page in the notes.


You will need…
  • Yarn Color A - 90 yards - the main color of your dinosaur
  • Yarn Color B - 50 yards - the secondary color of your dinosaur
  • Small amount of black yarn, or desired color for embroidering the nose and mouth.
  • 8mm safety eyes, or desired size
  • 3.25mm crochet hook (Size D), or desired crochet hook for amigurumi
  • 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
  • St - stitch
  • Sts - stitches
  • Rpt - repeat
  • Inc - increase, 2 sc in the same space
  • Dec - decrease or sc2tog (single crochet 2 together)


Use your imagination when making your dinosaur. Dinosaurs would look wonderful in any color combination, purple, brown, green, or pink!


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 #dinosaurmcal

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