Why Should I Crochet Something For the Holidays?


I don’t know how many of you are subscribed to the Etsy Seller Tips Newsletter. If you are not, I highly recommend getting yourself on that list. I would consider this newsletter to be a must-have for everyone who has an etsy shop, or online store. They always have some great ideas and suggestions for optimizing, and bettering what’s already going on.

I’ve not really been much of one for holiday-specific crafting. Or on keeping track of international holidays, or the big holidays that other countries might celebrate. I might be the definition of a selfish American here. However, after reading their latest article on key shopping dates, I have decided to make this a priority for the new year.

Obviously, it’s too late now to start working towards monthly holidays. My to-make list is way too big for me to finish this year, and that’s just considering gifts for my family, and current WIP (works in progress). But definitely, a New Year’s resolution for the Family Bugs Crochet Designs business (FBCD, can I do that?)

So, I’m not going to plagiarize and copy off every relevant fact that the article shares, but to find out that “Halloween” was searched on Etsy more than “Mothers” or “Father’s Day” definitely hit a cord with me. Hhmmnn…maybe there is something to this holiday-specific thing than I’ve given it credit for.

Like a good aspiring business-woman, I also follow several “coaches” for lack of a better term. All of them are currently talking about how to gear up for holiday sales. There is definitely something worth considering here. I mean, I knew that there was a spike in people looking for Christmas presents…it’s a big deal. But, for Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Years, and then fall and winter in general? I am definitely going to have to up my crochet pattern designing game!

I used to pride myself in having generic crochet patterns that weren’t holiday-specific, but now I am beginning to understand that these types of items can bring me a boost in sales, and also profits. Everyone likes seeing a little extra profit. And people are willing to spend more money during the holidays.

Plus, the winter months are perfect for crocheters, the weather is cold, the sky is dark, people stay in-doors more, and have more time to hook like they want to. And those that aren’t fanatics about the craft, like I am, will be more in the mood to create sweaters, and scarfs, and cold-weather attire like that.

So, there is something that you can look forward to from the FBCD business in the next year! More holiday-specific crochet patterns. Since I’m doing really well with my state pillows, I may continue on with this trend. Or, you might get to see some Family Bug’s originals as I continue to do research and plan for the future 🙂

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Thanksgiving Crochet Pattern Round-upi


From turkeys to cornucopias, pilgrims and Indians, to pumpkins and gourds…Thanksgiving is looming ever nearer! But if you are tired of crocheting the same old generic pumpkins and giant turkeys, why not try these crochet patterns to spruce up your holiday decor!

I really enjoy this Harvest Crow from PamsPatterns. Definitely not your typical Thanksgiving decor, but with scare-crows and sunflowers being very much “fall”, I think he fits right in. Plus, he looks pretty well-done from what I can see.

The idea of newborn cocoons is a fun one. They are so versatile. My kids were all a bit too old by the time I discovered the novelty, so I’m not sure how practical they are…but definitely great for photo shoots. This corn on the cob cocoon from June Bugs Crochet is definitely different and worth considering for all of your baby needs. I think if you were to swaddle the baby, then wriggle them into the cocoon, it might make for easier passing around to the relatives (if you are so inclined).

Is there such a thing as “thanksgiving gift giving”? I’ve never heard of it, but for the more generous of you out there, this gift basket from Yarnovations might be a must!

I love most of Planet June’s patterns. I’m not sure what these mushrooms have to do with thanksgiving, but they are pretty adorable and very well-done to boot. I definitely recommend checking out all of her patterns!

There aren’t a whole lot of crochet wreaths out in the market. There might be a desire for them, if done properly (hint, hint). This fall-themed one by Crochet Shop Carolina would be adorable on someone’s door to welcome feast goers for sure! I’m not sure if the little animal is suppose to be a hedgehog or a possum, but either way it’s pretty cute…oh, if I were to actually read the description, it is a hedgehog 😛

This acorn pattern by Caper Crochet is absolutely precious! How much fun would it be to make up a bunch of these, give them to the children attending your feast, and letting them pelt each other (preferably not within reach of breakables…so, send them outside!)? OR, as favors for all of your visitors. Whatever you want to use them for, I love it!

These cow dolls from Pams Crochet might be one of the best things Ive come across in a long time. They are patriotic, and summery, and Christmas-y, and halloween-y, and a bit of some thanksgiving-Ness thrown in there too. This is how I need to be marketing all of my crochet dolls 😛

I think we need to work together to expand this list! Please, find some “interesting” crochet patterns that are marketed as Thanksgiving, or fall. Comment below with your treasures, and not only will I edit this post to include it, but I will also include a link back to you. So, free publicity on your part, and a really fun, interactive, list on my part.

Harry Potter Newborn Hat and Necktie Onesies


When one of my dearest childhood friends announced recently that he is expecting twins, I knew exactly what I needed to make him for a baby gift. It needed to have something to do with Harry Potter, because him and his wife adore the wizard in world and even had a subtle undertone of such at their wedding a couple years ago. It needs to be gender neutral, or easily transferred to the other gender, since it’s still too early to know for certain, AND dr’s still mess up from time-to-time. It really was a no-brained. I’m going to make them some Harry Potter beanies (with removable flower clips). As I did some quick research, I also decided to make some necktie appliqués that I could sew onto some onesies to make it a more complete “costume”. So, like always, you guys get to enjoy the patterns 😊

Materials Needed

  • Three different hook sizes: K/6.5, J/6.0, E/3.5
  • Worsted weight yarn in the proper colors: Slytherin – Green and Grey, Ravenclaw – Blue and White, Hufflepuff – Yellow and Black, Gryffindor – Maroon and Gold
  • Hair clippers for the flowers
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends and attaching the appliqués to the onesies
  • Onesies in newborn sizes

Basic Hat

With the J/6.0 sized hook, choose which colors you want to use, and starting with the main color (which is listed first in the list above ^), ch 2.

RND 1: Work 8 sc stitches all in the second ch from hook (8), do not ss to join, do not ch 1, do not turn. These hats are worked in one continuous round. Use a stitch marker if you need to keep track of the start of each RND.

RND 2: Work 2 sc stitches in each stitch around (16)

RND 3: Hdc 1, *Work 2 dc in the next, dc 1* (24)

RND 4: *Dc 2, Work 2 dc in the next* (32)

RNDs 5-11: dc all the way around (32, 224 total)

Finish Off: hdc, sc, ss, finish off.

Making the Stripe

With the largest hook (K/6.5 MM) and secondary color, starting at the bottom of the hat and working in 5e middle of the dc stitches, LOOSELY ss all the way up.

The Flower

With the smaller E/3.5 sized hook and starting with the paler color (grey, gold, yellow, or white)

RND 1: ch 2, Work 10 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook. Ss to first to join.

Color change to the darker color (green, maroon, black, or blue, respectively)

For each petal: *ch 2, dc in same stitch, dc, ch 2, ss in same stitch, ss* Repeat four more times to make five petals

Finish off and attach to the hair clippies

The Necktie

With the E/3.5 sized hook, and main color, ch 10

ROW 1: skipping second ch from hook and sc 7, sc2tog (8), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 2: sc 6, sc2tog (7), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 3: sc 5, sc2tog (6), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 4: sc 4, sc2tog (5), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 5: sc 3, sc2tog (4), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 6: sc 2, sc2tog (3), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 7: sc all the way across (3), ch 1 and turn

ROW 8: inc, sc 2 (4), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 9: sc across (4), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 10: sc 3, inc (5), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 11: sc across (5), ch 1 and turn

ROW 12: inc, sc 4 (6), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 13: sc across (6), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 14: sc 5, inc (7)ch 1 and turn.

ROW 15: sc across (7) ch 1 and turn.

ROW 16: inc, sc 6 (8), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 17: sc across (8) ch 1 and turn.

ROW 18: sc 7, inc (9) ch 1 and turn.

ROW 19: sc across (9), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 20: sc2tog, sc 5, sc2tog (7), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 21: sc2tog, sc 3, sc2tog (5), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 22: sc2tog, sc 1, sc2tog (3), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 23: sc3tog (1), ch 1 and finish off

With a yarn needle, take some of the secondary color and stitch the stripes into the Necktie

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You can do whatever you want with it, now. I decided to hand-sew the neckties onto some newborn onesies using the main colors. I’d LOVE to see what sort of crafts you do with these Necktie appliqués, so share your pictures, and you might just get featured in my monthly newsletter!

How To Handle Project Overload


HAve you ever been here? Where there’s just too much in your mind all at the same time and you don’t know where to start, or what to work on next. I am there right now. Project overload. My brain is overwhelmed. My house is a disaster, I’m behind on blog posts, I’ve got three crochet projects in mid-completion, with another 3 that need to get done sooner rather than later, there are school programs, PTO duties, we are going out of town in a couple of weeks, Mr. Lovely’s birthday party which is also doubling as a halloween party, and I am so behind on laundry it is ridiculous. And this doesn’t even take into account the normal every day activities, like helping the kids with homework, daily bible readings, weekly bible lessons (I teach Wednesday evening bible classes, and participate in a Monday morning lady’s study), cleaning the kitchen at least twice a day, preparing food for all of my Little’s to eat…yeah, they need to eat too,. And I’ve been in such an artistic rut the last two weeks that I’ve literally been flitting from one crochet project to the next without really accomplishing much on any of them. So, I am sitting down and I am making a plan, and you get to be privy to my plan, because I guarantee you this is a universal plan that will get you through your project overload as well!

  1. Write it all out. Get a planner, use a calendar, or just grab some notebook paper, and write out your to-do list. Don’t use a digital app, or editable download…I know it’s “easy” and tempting, but you need to write it down on physical paper with a pen (or I like to use crayola markers, lots of colors make me happy). A digital copy of your to-do list is way too easy to close out of and forget. Yeah, your calendar app is able to send you notifications, but be honest with yourself here, how often do you just click on it to make it go away without every accomplishing what you were suppose to? I do that way more often than I care to admit. Write it down on paper.
  2. Include daily tasks and calendar events. I don’t like to do it, but if I don’t then it is all to easy for me to forget entirely. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Monday morning, and that is time that I will not have to work on something else. Write it down on the list, plan around it accordingly.
  3. Prioritize. Some projects are going to be time-sensitive, and others are not. For example, I’ve got a Halloween costume for a customer that is right smack at the top of my list. It needs to get done as soon as possible, so that I can mail it off, and make sure that she is going to get it in plenty of time for her precious little trick-or-treater. Making a Harry Potter themed baby gift for my dear friend is not a huge priority right now, he only JUST announced that he is expecting twins. But, it is a quick project that will take an afternoon, maybe two, and those kind of projects can be a nice break, and rewarding to cross off the to-do list. Crocheting some fingerless gloves for myself, though, that can get put way at the bottom of the list…I don’t NEED fingerless gloves. I’ve survived the past 7 years in the bitter winters of West Texas without them, one more isn’t going to cause frostbite so severe that I lose my fingers. Laundry is only sort of important, BUT, it can get accomplished in between the other tasks, I can throw a load of laundry in, and while it’s washing I can get the floor ready for my Roomba, or work on a project, or any other item on my to-do list.
  4. Get dressed. Very seldom do I go through my day in my yoga pants (I.e. my pajamas). Getting dressed will create a productive mentality, and you will be ready to get done what you need to. Even on those days when I don’t “get dressed”, I do still put on appropriate undergarments and my shoes. It makes a noticeable difference.
  5. Keep to your daily schedule and routine as much as possible. I have a very predictable routine now that all of my kids are in school: wake up at 6:00, eat breakfast, help the kids get ready, take them to school, get myself dressed, clean the house and run errands, fix lunch for me and Mr. Lovely, sit down to work on my business, pick them up from school, help them with homework while working on dinner, eat dinner, spend some time with my family (or other evening event), get the kids ready for bed, and then I get a few hours to work on my business some more, before I start crashing at 9:30. When I am feeling overwhelmed by everything that needs to get accomplished, it is important that I keep to this routine as much as I possibly can. This helps so much with the overall stress of my life (and in direct correlation, the rest of my family can run smoothly and stress-free as well). Sometimes, the urge to just sit down and crochet the day away is very strong, but it require self-discipline to keep on task and get life situated properly. I can work on my Crochet much more efficiently if my surroundings are clean, organized, and fresh-smelling.
  6. Mark things off of your list. As you are able to, “get ‘er done!” Start at the top of your list, because you already prioritized what was most important, and start crossing them off as you get them accomplished. It is so very satisfying to be able to visually see what you have gotten done in the course of the day, or week. And maybe you need to add some stuff to the list, or change the order around, and that’s ok. Draw arrows, change numbers, scratch it up however you need to. There’s an art-form in there, as well. If it becomes too illegible, rewrite another clean and fresh one. No shame in that.
  7. Unwind. This point cannot be stressed enough (pun unintended). In order to keep your stress levels under control, and optimize your own efficiency, it is important for you to take some time to decompress. Twenty minutes. Take a walk outside, draw up a hot bubble bath, enjoy a nap, journal. Spend twenty minutes doing something therapeutic for yourself. When it’s done, take a deep breath, and get back to work feeling rejuvenated and refreshed!
  8. Feel accomplished and unstressed. You got it all done. Looking back, you may not be sure HOW you got it all done, but you did. Take a deep breath, pat yourself on the back, and take the next day or two “off”.

This is how I have handled “project overload” in the past, and I’ve been very successful at keeping my productivity high and my stress levels low. A question that I pose to my children often (that they’ve grown to hate) is, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is “one bite at a time”. You can only be in one place at a time, Do one thing at a time…so, make the most of the time that you have available. What sort of routine do you use to manage those feelings of overwhelm?

Yoda inspired Crochet hat


I have a short friend. My short friend just happens to also be a teacher. This teacher has a team that she works with. Her team is planning on Star Wars themed Halloween costumes this year. So, naturally, the shortest member of this team of teachers, my friend, has to be Yoda. She isn’t too thrilled with this idea, but I told her that she just needs to let me Crochet her a hat, and then she can drape a bed sheet around her, and the costume is finished. It’s so easy. Because I love my friend dearly, I knew I couldn’t just make a basic crochet hat for her. I need to make something pretty and feminine, and something that won’t always have Yoda’s pointy ears sticking out of it. Hhmmnn…

First of all, I needed a good yarn. I chose some Caron Simply Soft in dark sage. It’s a nice swampy Yoda color. But not too grody so that she can’t match it with other outfits if she so chooses. I think it’s a nice, neutral green color. Then, I did a ton of research in the lovely world of Pinterest to find a pretty hat pattern. My criteria was pretty strict: single color, pretty texture, no gaping holes, not slouchy, no buttons or flowers, or pompoms.

After about an hour of looking, I finally settled on the diamond ridges hat. It’s a free revelry download, which is always a bonus. But as far as Patterns go, this one was actually pretty complicated. My first complaint is that there is no indication of what hook size to use. I think a small hook will result in a more clearly defined texture, but too small of a hook means it might be a bit small for an adult head. I used a j-hook because it’s one of my favorites. It took three tries before I got ROW 6 to come out to the right stitch count. I’m not even sure I got it right. The written pattern is confusing so I had to rely on the pictures. I really liked how she did the pictures, though. Each new ROW was done in yellow, while the main hat was in blue. It definitely took a lot of time and effort to put all of that together. Overall, I’m not terribly fond of the pattern, and after three tries working on ROW 7, I frogged the whole thing. And continued my search. After spending another hour looking, and not finding anything, I finally decided to just use a hat pattern that I’ve already designed…the sea shell pony tail hat. And instead of leaving the hole at the top for a messy bun, I just added another RND of dc2tog and closed it off.

Now that the hat is finished, it’s off to make the ears. Again, I perused the wonderful world of Pinterest trying to find a free pattern that I liked. Once again, the Pinterest world came up short. I really liked these yoda ears from Bee Mine Crochet, but I’m not willing to pay $5.00 JUST for the ears. I know, I’m a cheapstake. So, once again, I just designed my own. And I’ve included the pattern for those down below. So, instead of attaching the ears directly to the hat, I put them on little green felt rounds, which I then attached to some hair clips, and voila! Removable yoda ears!! I am quite pleased with how it all turned out and know my short little teacher friend is going to love it as well.

YODA’s EARS

RND 1: ch 2, work 5 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook, ss to first to join (5).

RND 2: ch 1, sc all the way around (5), do not ss to first to join, but work around in one continues RND.

RNDs 3-17: inc once for every RND. Final stitch count should be 20

Unique Fall Crochet Patterns


Fall is a beautiful time of the year. The colors, the weather, the flavors, the smells, the activities…ah, it’s a happy time. For the crochet artist who doesn’t have a hook in her hand all year long, fall signals a time for Yarn, scarfs, hats, sweaters, and cozies. The days are shorter giving more time during the evening, and the outside activities start to dwindle as the weather becomes colder. While some can easily decide what to crochet next, some will spend countless hours perusing the internet to find the perfect project. Instead of making another basic crochet accessory, why not try out these unique crochet patterns just perfect for fall!

Wearing food? Only if you are bold enough! These scarfs from Fierce Pixy Boutique are adorable. I know several teenage and college-aged girls who would love to add these to their wardrobes. And, she offers a discount if you want to purchase several patterns at once, score!

There is a whole slew of “interesting” Crochet vest patterns out there in the world. I am personally pretty fond of this fringed toddler vest by Beauty Crochet Pattern. However, I kind of want the fringe to go all the way around the vest instead of just on the front flaps. I imagine it’s pretty warm, though.

Personally, I don’t think crochet shorts should be a thing…but, there seems to be plenty of disagreement about that. Take these men’s shorts by Mermaid Cat Designs for example. If you don’t use the right yarn, though, there might be future problems to deal with. Bound to keep you warm during the cooler morning hours and not too hot for those warmer afternoon times that are typical of fall days.

As someone with poor blood circulation with constantly cold hands, I am a big fan of fingerless gloves. There are lots of options to crochet your own, but I kind of really like these geometric ones from BLASK studio. Colorful, tasteful, and functional. I might be making these for myself this fall 😊

Every year I make my mom some slippers for Christmas. Usually one pair will get her through the first six months of the year, so my goal is to make her two of them. Unfortunately, I don’t always manage my time well enough to get them done in time. I’ve made her some elf slippers before, and I think I will make some for her again this year. Don’t you just love these by Hookedo Patterns?

There exists a plethora of unique crochet patterns for hats, but these whimsical holiday hats from Uniquely More caught my eye. They remind me of a Christmas trees a little bit.

Have you found any deliciously unique crochet patterns this fall? Because I think this list definitely needs to be expanded! Comment below, and I’ll be sure to include them next time.

State-shaped Flag-colored Pillow Crochet Patterns


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I am one of those people. A blissfully ignorant soul who doesn’t watch the news. I know that most people do not understand how I can go through life not knowing the events that are going on. Really, I find the news to be horribly depressing and scary, and I like to fill my life with positive influences. For the most part, I see the world as being safe and good and honest. And I’m happy, and I want to keep believing that way. Besides, if something big enough happens, word always gets around via Facebook or word of mouth. I don’t live in a bubble.

It was a Monday of the last week of August, and I was working on the girls’ Halloween costumes. Mr. Lovely’s birthday is in mid October, and I am throwing him a party this year, because it’s a big number-year. The kids decided that it should be a Texas-themed party complete with costumes. So, Mr. Lovely is going to be the Texas flag, I am going to be a mockingbird, the Grasshopper has decided to be an armadillo, and Bumblebee and Ladybug want to be a Bluebonnet and Cactus, respectively. So, I was crocheting some hats to go with their costumes (of course I’ll be publishing THOSE patterns, too), and I started getting texts from friends that live elsewhere in the U.S. “hope you are safe from these storms.” Well, as a person who also doesn’t watch the weather, I just shrugged my shoulders and answered, “we are high and dry, sunny and hot. I appreciate your concern.” Mostly, I don’t think people realize how big Texas really is. I didn’t think much of it until I got on Facebook the next day. Even then, I didn’t comprehend the magnitude of what was happening, “flooding in South Texas? What a tragedy.” And my life continued going as it always had. But, as more and more people kept talking about what happened and what was continuing to go on, I started to realize just how catastrophic this thing really was.

By Wednesday afternoon, I made the decision to do something to help. After some quick research, I came up with the idea to create a Texas-shaped flag-colored decorative pillow Crochet Pattern. And everything that I made from the sale of the pattern would go to help fund relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey. I loved the idea of sending money directly to people, but I also realized how incredibly biased and unprofessional that would be. As a business, I didn’t feel that I could honestly do that. So, Mr. Lovely suggested Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF). After a bit of research I agreed.

LCIF sent $100,000 to aid victims to Hurricane Harvey just as soon as they could. And as a foundation, they can help in ways that an individual just can’t. We have been very active in the local Lions Club for several years, so I know that it is a trustworthy foundation that is going to use the $$ I send in an appropriate and helpful way, not pocket it like so many other foundations.

And so I got to work designing. This first pillow was definitely not the hardest thing I’ve ever designed. In fact, it was actually quite simple. I found a graph for perler beads and just adapted it for crochet stitches. Each square (or bead) represented one single crochet stitch. Of course I wasn’t happy with the first one I made, so I had to make another one and tweak the colors a bit. The end result, though was quite pleasing to me. So pleasing, in fact, that I soon decided to abandon my previous designing plans and create more state-shaped Flag-colored decorative throw pillow Crochet patterns.

Of course I had to start with the states that I’ve lived in, so after I completed the Texas Flag state Pillow (where I have been raising my own family for the past seven years), I made Tennessee (I was born and raised there), and then Florida (where I went to college and met Mr. Lovely), and I’m currently working on Kentucky (which is where I lived for a few short months while Mr. Lovely was interning). So, those patterns are all currently available on my etsy shop. I am taking requests for which state to make next, so feel free to comment that bellow!

As I’ve been overhauling the FamilyBugs design business, my first goal has been to keep the crochet patterns as simple as possible so that they can be easily duplicated. What’s the point of designing a crochet pattern if it is too complicated for anyone else to follow it? So, each of these pillows use basic crochet stitches: single crochet (sc), chains (ch), slip stitch (ss), and single crochet two together (sc2tog). Most of them don’t even include color changes (because I know how much you hate changing colors all the time). Tennessee has a lot of color changes (it’s done in a method called tapestry crochet), but I’m thinking about changing that to make it even more simple for y’all. I remember how daunting tapestry crochet was to me at first.

All you need to crochet your own decorative pillows is a size f crochet hook. You can use a larger size if you want, but it’s going to result in a looser stitch which will result in some of the stuffing showing through. I HATE seeing the stuffing, so I recommend a smaller hook. Definitely nothing larger than an I. Worsted weight yarn in your desired colors are also needed. I think red heart super saver is perfect for these pillows. It’s a durable yarn, easy to work with, easy to buy, and washes well without fuzzying up. Plus, I’m pretty sure it’s resistant to sun damage (although I’ve never tested that), just in case you want to make these pillows for outside usage. The last thing you need to make your own pillow is the stuffing.

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Korok Child *Free* Crochet Pattern


At the beginning of the summer, we invested in the new Nintendo switch video game console. Of course that means we also got our hands on the Zelda: Breath Of The Wild game. I played the game for a while, and then I became “the girl in the chair” to walk my husband through the game. All three of the kids got invested in the story line. After my husband beat the game the first time, we decided…or rather I decided, that he should play through again but differently. So this time, the first focus was to find these cute little tree people that are hidden all over the place. They are called Korok children, and when you find them they give you Korok seeds that you can then exchange to expand your inventories.

Naturally, I just had to crochet some korok seeds and a korok Child for my children to play with. They’ve had the best time with these relatively simple little toys, and you guys are also in luck! Because I wrote down my pattern process, took pictures along the way, and am now sharing the pattern with you for *FREE* I hope you guys enjoy this one, and share your pictures with me, I’d LOVE to feature some of your beautiful artwork (just send them to familybugs@gmail.com).

If you’d like to download the PDF to print off and keep, you will have to go to my etsy store and purchase it…I know, I know, but I’ve gotta make a living somehow!

MATERIALS NEEDED

• Hook size E/4-3.50MM

• Worsted weight yarn in desired colors – whatever color or combination of colors you would like. I used a light brown and tan color for the body and limbs, and manually changed at random intervals. A variegated yarn might be easier, or just using a solid color will work as well. I have not written in the color changes. And then a light green and medium green for the leafy face mask.

• Black felt – just a tiny bit for the face details

• Safety eyes

• Stuffing – polyfil or other

STITCHES YOU NEED TO KNOW

– Ch – Chain – YO, pull through

– Ss – Slip Stitch – Insert hook, YO, pull through both loops on hook

– Sc – Single Crochet – Insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through both loops on hook

– Sc2Tog – Single Crochet 2 Together – insert hook in first stitch, YO, pull through, insert hook in second stitch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through all loops on hook

Korok Seed

With gold, yellow, or brown color ch 2

RND 1: work 7 sc stitches all into that second ch from hook (7), ss to first to join and ch 1

RND 2: inc around (14), do not ss, do not ch 1, continue working in continuous round

RND 3: *inc, sc 1* around (21)

RND 4: *inc, sc 2* around (28)

RND 5: *inc, sc 3* around (35)

RNDs 6-8: sc all the way around (35, or 105 total)

RND 9: Sc 3, *sc2tog, sc 1* 5 times, sc 17 (30)

RND 10: sc 3, *sc2tog, sc 1* 5 times, sc 12 (25)

RND 11: *sc 3, sc2tog* around (20)

RND 12: *sc 2, sc2tog* around (15)

Stuff the seed being careful to not overstuff

RND 13: *sc 1, sc2tog* until the peak is formed and there are approximately 4 stitches left. Ch 1 and finish off.

Korok Child

While there are several different “styles” of the korok children, I am only offering one on this pattern. Each of Hestu’s korok children are made in 6 pieces that are whip-stitched together. Then the leaf mask/face is created and added last.

Legs

Make two of these in the main color.

RND 1: ch 2, work 5 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (5), ss to first to join and ch 1.

RND 2: sc 1, inc, sc 2, inc (7), do not ss to first to join, do not ch 1. Continue going around in a continuous circle.

RND 3: inc, sc 2, inc, sc 3 (9)

RND 4: sc 4, inc, sc 5 (10)

RND 5: sc all the way around (10), finish off.

Arms

Make two of these in the main color.

RND 1: ch 2, work 5 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (5), ss to first to join and ch 1.

RND 2: sc 1, inc, sc 2, inc (7), do not ss to first to join, do not ch 1. Continue going around in a continuous circle.

RND 3: inc, sc 2, inc, sc 3 (9)

RND 4: sc 4, inc, sc 4, inc (11)

RND 5: sc 2, inc, sc 5, inc, sc 2 (13)

RND 6: sc all the way around (13)

RND 7: sc all the way around (13), finish off

Head

The head is made of three different “branches” that are whip-stitched together. Using the main color.

Left Branch

RND 1: ch 2, work 5 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (5), ss to first to join and ch 1.

RND 2: sc 1, inc, sc 2, inc (7), do not ss to first to join, do not ch 1. Continue going around in a continuous circle.

RND 3: inc, sc 2, inc, sc 3 (9)

RND 4: sc 4, inc, sc 4, inc (11)

RND 5: sc 2, inc, sc 5, inc, sc 2 (13)

RND 6: sc all the way around (15) finish off

Tiny Branch

RND 1: ch 2, work 5 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (5), ss to first to join and ch 1.

RND 2: sc 1, inc, sc 2, inc (7), do not ss to first to join, do not ch 1. Continue going around in a continuous circle.

RND 3: inc, sc 2, inc, sc 3 (9) finish off.

Main Branch

RND 1: ch 2, work 5 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (5), ss to first to join and ch 1.

RND 2: sc 1, inc, sc 2, inc (7), do not ss to first to join, do not ch 1. Continue going around in a continuous circle.

RND 3: inc, sc 2, inc, sc 3 (9)

RND 4: sc 4, inc, sc 4, inc (11)

RND 5: sc 2, inc, sc 5, inc, sc 2 (13)

RND 6: inc, sc 5, inc, sc 6 (15)

RND 7: sc 10, inc, sc 4 (16)

RND 8: sc 5, inc, sc 10 (17)

Attach the tiny branch here

RND 9: inc, sc 16 (18)

RND 10: sc 11, inc, sc 6 (19)

RND 11: sc 4, inc, sc 14 (20)

RND 12: sc all the way around (20)

RND 13: sc 9, inc, sc 10 (21)

RND 14: sc all the way around (21)

RND 15: sc 17, inc, sc 3 (22)

RND 16: sc all the way around (22)

RND 17: inc, sc 21 (23)

RND 18: sc all the way around (23)

Attach the left branch here

RND 19: sc 4, sc2tog, sc 6, sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog (20)

RND 20: sc 2, sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog, sc 3, sc2tog, sc 2 (17) finish off

The Body

RND 1: ch 2, work 2 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (7), ss to first to join, ch 1

RND 2: inc all the way around (14), do not ss to join, do not ch 1, work around continuously

RND 3: *inc, sc 1* around (21)

RND 4: *inc, sc 2* around (28)

RND 5: *inc, sc 3* around (35)

RND 6: *inc, sc 4* around (42)

RND 7: *inc, sc 5* around (49)

RNDs 8-15: sc all the way around (49, 343 stitches total)

Attach the legs

RND 16: sc2tog, sc 14, sc2tog, sc 15, sc2tog, sc 14 (46)

RND 17: sc 7, sc2tog, sc 13, sc2tog, sc 13, sc2tog, sc 7 (43)

RND 18: sc 3, sc2tog, sc 12, sc2tog, sc 12, sc2tog, sc 10 (40)

RND 19: sc2tog, sc 11, sc2tog, sc 12, sc2tog, sc 11 (37)

RND 20: sc 5, sc2tog, sc 10, sc2tog, sc 10, sc2tog, sc 6 (34)

RND 21: sc 7, sc2tog, sc 9, sc2tog, sc 9, sc2tog, sc 3 (31)

RND 22: sc2tog, sc 8, sc2tog, sc 9, sc2tog, sc 8 (28)

RND 23: sc 4, sc2tog, sc 7, sc2tog, sc 7, sc2tog, sc 4 (25)

Attach the arms

RND 24: *sc 4, sc2tog* around (20)

RND 25: sc 4, sc2tog, sc 5, sc2tog, sc 5, sc2tog (17) finish off leaving a long tail to whip stitch the head to the body.

Stuff the body, stuff the head, and whip-stitch them together. This might be one of the creepiest things you will ever make 😖 thankfully, we are going to be putting an adorable leaf mask on this puppy and all will be right with the world again.

LEAF MASKWith light green, ch 4, skip first ch from hook and sc across (3), ch 1 and turn

ROW 2: inc, sc 2 (4), ch 1 and turn

ROW 3: inc, sc 3 (5), ch 1 and turn

ROW 4: inc, sc 4 (6), ch 1 and turn

ROW 5: inc, sc 5 (7), ch 1 and turn

ROW 6; inc, sc 6 (8), ch 1 and turn

ROW 7: inc, sc 7 (9), ch 1 and turn

ROW 8: inc, sc 8 (10), ch 1 and turn

ROWs 9-11: sc across (10), ch 1 and turn

ROW 12: sc 3 sc2tog (4), ch 1 and turn

ROW 13: sc 2, sc2tog (3), finish off

Insert hook on other side, draw up a loop, ch 1, and Repeat ROWs 12-13

In light green, sc around (42)

With dark green, ss the leaf details and around the edge.

8 Professionals Share Their Best Kept Crochet Secrets


Crocheting is not an easy craft. Simple, maybe. With the “yarn over, pull through” repetition an unnumbered amount of times for each project. But definitely not easy. The yarn gets tangled, the hand gets cramped, the work gets unraveled, the pattern is confusing, the pictures are unprecise, the stuffing shows through…there is a lot that can go wrong with every stitch. As budding artists, though, we keep trekking on, we keep hooking, we research how to make this craft we love easier, we develop our own quirks of the trade. And, we read blog posts like this one, that shares the tried and true methods of the greats that have come before us. We aren’t afraid to stand on the shoulders of the yarning giants!

WEAVING IN ENDS

We’ve all had to do it before. That granny square afghan, or multi-colored Amigurumi, or just running out of yarn and needing to start a new ball…those ends can be obnoxious and time-consuming. Joy Of Motion Crochet has a technique that will save you TONS of time, energy, and frustration. I’ve used this method lots of times with great results!

GAUGE SWATCHES

For the longest time, I didn’t know what a gauge swatch was, how to make one, or what it All meant. If I didn’t even know what it was, how on earth was I suppose to figure out how to make one, and adjust as necessary. Thankfully, I have demystified the gauge swatch, and while I still try to avoid them, they aren’t nearly as daunting as they once were. I’ve even created and included a gauge swatch for my *free* basic beanie pattern. That shows how far I’ve come in my knowledge of crocheting. If you are JUST as confused about gauge swatches as I once was, I strongly recommend this post from Crochet 365 Knit Too on how to check gauge swatches.

HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?

As a designer, I mostly make smaller projects that can be made with scrap yarn, or portions of a skein. I will admit to having a lack of patience to make blankets or sweaters, or other large crochet projects. However, I have made the occasional blanket, and I can understand the need to know before hand how much yarn a project will need. Once again, Joy Of Motion Crochet has come to our rescue with a very detailed set of directions about calculating yardage. Plus, she has even provided a free downloadable workbook to make a daunting task a little simpler ❤️

SYMBOLS IN PATTERNS

I have recently fallen in love with the moogly brand; I get her emails, read all of her blog posts, and generally strive to be like her in all things crochet. Yes, I hero worship her maybe a little bit too much. But, she has an awesome blog post clarifying Crochet Pattern Symbols for the masses, and I use most of these in my own patterns, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

As a beginner, it can be very confusing to decide what all of the different hook sizes means, and how to work with so many different kinds of yarn. I know I’m guilty of trying to use bulky yarn for a pattern that calls for worsted weight. It just doesn’t work. All Free Crochet has a great color-coded info Graph to get your knowledge of hook and yarn sizes started.

SIZING

Yes, there are tons and tons of patterns available to make blankets, gloves, and Slippers where the designer has already done the hard work of sizing for you. But, if you want to make a blanket larger, or try a certain pattern stitch to make some gloves for your husband, it is useful to have size charts handy. Seams and Scissors has a great printable bedding chart. Glamour 4 You includes size charts for hats, feet, and hands. Suntail Mermaids actually has a sizing chart for their mermaid tail swimsuits, with a bit of alteration, I’m sure this would also work for the mermaid tail blankets that are so popular right now.

PINTEREST

Of course you can go peruse the vast work of Pinterest to find even more useful information about crocheting. I have a ton more resources already pinned on my Crochet Techniques board that you should definitely check out. And opt to follow, because I am constantly adding to it. The internet is a beautiful place 😊 do any of y’all have some useful Crochet techniques that you’ve developed (or stumbled upon) over the years? I know we’d all love to share in your knowledge!