Woo…it’s getting hot out there (94 today, 98 tomorrow!). While I’m busy sitting in the A/C working on new patterns to share with you, I thought I would re-share with you a pattern that doesn’t take any real amount of lap space/coverage. I made these dolls a little over 3 years ago. They are almost completely customizable…you can change the color of their clothing, skin, hair…and make them to look like your own little girl! If you prefer embroidered eyes you can do that instead of using safety eyes, or you can pick a safety eye in the color of your choice!
Enjoy!
~Amanda~

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I made these dolls in the Spring of 2015, but have just now typed up the pattern for them. A little girl who lives local to me now owns them, and the last I heard she sleeps with them nightly and they are her “Best Friends”. So, I’ve named this pattern for that 🙂 My husband and I had named them Myrtle (on the left) and Mavis (on the right), but of course you are free to call them whatever you wish! The colors are completely customizable. You can use whichever colors you wish to, perhaps make them look like your own little girl! Each doll is roughly 11 inches tall. Gauge really isn’t important, so long as the stitches are tight together so that the stuffing doesn’t pop through. The pattern was very lengthy to type out, so please overlook any typo’s I might’ve made 🙂 On that note…

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Best Friends Amigurumi- Free Pattern

A New WIP- Crossbody/Sling Purse

The other day I decided I wasn’t happy with the size of my purse (too big), and so I figured I may as well make one! I bought a couple of single fat quarters of fabric with a cute owl design on them at Walmart for 97 cents each (not wanting to waste much money should this endeavor of mine not work out). This fabric will be the lining of the purse.

It’s not done yet, but I wanted to show off what I’ve accomplished so far. I still need to tie in loose ends, maybe add a border around the straps and top opening of the purse, and then sew in the lining.

I used all Red Heart Super Saver and a 5.5mm hook.

What do you think? Worthy of sharing the pattern?

~Amanda~

Neck Pillow- Free Pattern

Good Thursday to you!
Today’s re-blogged post is a pattern for a really simple neck pillow, which I created two years ago for my husband while he was getting ready to come home from a lengthy stay at the rehab hospital after having major spinal surgery. I remember the anxiety and impatience I was feeling to have him home with us again. Working on this project helped ease those feelings.
The pillow was made with Crafters Secret yarn from Hobby Lobby, which is a medium weight yarn. You can substitute any other brand for the pillow. Actually, you could change the size of the yarn as well, just remember to use a hook size better suited for the yarn you use. It would also look cute with crocheted embellishments such as flowers sewn to it, which is something I’ve thought about doing myself, should I ever remake it.
Enjoy the pattern, enjoy your Thursday!
Happy Hookin ‘
~Amanda~

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Bath Pouf- Free Pattern (With Photo Tutorial)

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Still in the theme of trying to use up my stash of yarn, most notably my cotton yarn, I thought I’d try my hand at designing a basic bath pouf. I know there are many patterns for them floating around out there, and they’re pretty much all the same, or close to the same. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if what I’ve created here already exists! (I hope not, but there’s never that guarantee!).  I’ve tried a number of them, but they’re always so thick and never dry properly. The ones here that I’ve created, I hope that you’ll agree that they aren’t quite as dense as other pouf patterns. Some people love, and swear by, these crocheted bath poufs, others are firmly set against them…it’s really a matter of what you personally prefer. **I must note that I’ve found that the better air circulation you have in your home, most notably in the bathroom, the better and faster any handmade bath pouf will dry.**

You’ll see in the photo above that one of those poufs looks different…I have a lot of Red Heart Scrubby (the polyester kind), and so I thought I would also make a pouf that can act as an exfoliant too! My thought was that it would make a great foot scrubber, or if you have a messy occupation or hobby, like painting or working in a garage, it would work wonders at helping get the extra filth or grease off.  Myself, well, it’s officially barefoot and sandal season and I need something to get my tootsies clean, lol.  And being polyester, you can just throw the pouf in the wash (machine wash warm, gentle cycle, tumble dry low…but you could hang dry it if you prefer). I also find that the polyester lathers up a bit better than the cotton.

The photo tutorial below shows the brightly colored/multicolored pouf being made. I changed colors with every round.

Before you begin making one of these, I must warn you that this is a huge yarn-eating pattern. I used left-overs, so I can’t really give you an exact measurement in how much yarn was used.  But it would be best if you buy at least 5 oz to 7 oz worth of yarn to make one pouf.

The first pouf I made with this pattern is the brown/white one. I used a 6.5 mm hook, but then changed to a 5.5 mm hook for the other two poufs. The 6.5 mm hook made it too loose, I think, but if that’s what you prefer, then by all means use the larger hook 🙂

Materials Used:

For the multi-colored pouf (looks blue in the photo above, but is the one in the photo tutorial below)– a 5.5 mm hook, Peaches & Creme 100% Cotton, medium (“4”) weight yarn, sold in 2.5 oz/70.9 g; approx. 120 yards/109 meters balls– a small amount in the color “Black Currant”, a small amount in the color “Bright Pink”, about a 1/4 to 1/2 ball in the color “Sunshine”, and almost one full ball in the color “Bright Blue”. (I was working with left-over balls of yarn, so I don’t know exact measurements, sorry).

For the brown/white pouf– a 6.5 mm hook, Peaches & Cream 100% Cotton, medium (“4”) weight yarn– in the color “Chocolate Milk”–, sold in 14 oz cones- again, this was left-overs, and it took up in between 1/4 to 1/2 of a cone.

For the yellow exfoliant scrubby- a 5.5 mm hook, Red Heart Scrubby 100% polyester, worsted (“4”) weight yarn–in the color “Duckie”–, sold in a 3.5 oz/100 g ; approximately 92 yards/85 meters balls.  And a small amount of the Peaches ‘n’ Creme cotton for the hanging loop and first round–in the color “Royal”. I used almost exactly one full ball of the polyester Scrubby. In fact, I was left with only about 100 inches/2.5 meters/2.7 yards. So if you use a larger hook, or your tension is looser than mine, you might want to buy an extra ball of this.

OH, and for all the poufs, make sure you use a stitch marker to mark the first dc of each round, so that it’s easier to see where you have to join at the end of each round.

Finished Measurements- the Multi-colored pouf and the Yellow scrubby pouf, approximately 5 inches in diameter; for the brown/white pouf, approximately 6 inches in diameter (using the larger hook).

Gauge: I don’t find that gauge is overly important because there are multiple stitches in each stitch, and the rounds have to become wavy and unruly. However, if you are keeping track, it’s roughly 4-5 dc in 1 inch. And 3 rounds of dc’s is about 2 1/2 inches. Since the stitches are so bunched up, it’s a bit hard for me to get an exact measurement.

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

ch- chain

sl st- slip stitch

dc- double crochet

Instructions: ***The instructions for all poufs are the same, just the color scheme is different. The instructions below show how to make the multi-colored pouf. Change your colors as you wish 🙂

With Black Currant,

Step 1- Ch 6, sl st to first ch to form a ring

 

Step 2- Ch 35, sl st into the first ch to form the hanging loop, then sl st into the small ring from step 1 

 

Round 1- Ch 2 (does not count as dc), make 20 dc in the smaller ring, join with sl st to the beg dc (20 dc) 

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Ch 2 (does not count as dc), make 20 dc in the smaller ring, join with sl st to the beg dc (20 dc)

Change to Bright Pink,

Round 2- Ch 2 (does not count as dc), make 3 dc in ea dc around, join with a sl st to the beg dc  (60 dc) (It will start to look wavy now, which it is suppose to do)

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Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 3 dc in ea dc around, join with a sl st to the beg dc  (60 dc)

Change to Sunshine,

Round 3- Ch 2 (does not count as a dc), make 3 dc in ea dc around, join with a sl st to the beginning dc (180 dc) (It’s getting really wavy now)

 

Change to Bright Blue,

Round 4- Ch 2 (does not count as a dc), make 3 dc in ea dc around, join with a sl st to the beginning dc (540 dc). Fasten off and weave in your loose ends.

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Voila! And this is what it looks like when all done! Pretty!

 

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Weekly Update- June 3, 2018

Finally, a day with nothing to do, in the real-life world that is (except for maybe some laundry), lol. I’m hoping that I can get at least somewhat caught up here on the blog today, as well as with crocheting. I haven’t touched a crochet hook or yarn in a few days!

June is here! Hurray! The month of May, despite my saying last week that it’s hard to believe that the month was almost over, seemed to take forever to complete! Maybe it was just the last week of May that seemed to drag on by. Whatever the case, I am happy that we’ve made it to June now!

In addition to the anticipated beautiful June weather, I look forward to this month because it’s also my birthday month! To celebrate, I have been considering doing some party/celebration types of patterns and posts. But first things first, I need to catch up on what I’ve already started (every crocheter’s dilemma, lol).

Because I fell behind this week, I didn’t make my weekly WIP Wednesday post, and I missed publishing my newest free pattern (which is still being typed up…with a photo tutorial to boot! lol) and my weekly pattern Round-Up too. And then of course that Monthly Newsletter. I was so hoping to get it sent out on June 1st. If you were expecting or anticipating it, please accept my humble apology. It WILL come!

In regards to that Monthly Newsletter, I have been thinking that since I’m usually quite busy at the end/beginning of the month (a lot of errands), perhaps it would be best if I send out that newsletter in the middle of each month. By then things have slowed down, if not come to a complete halt. If you’re interested, you can subscribe to the Monthly Newsletter by clicking HERE.

But to make up for the absence of new blog posts this week, I DID re-blog a couple of older patterns… first my Springtime Beanie pattern from January 2016, made using size 5 crochet thread, and next, my Keychain Pouch With Drawstring pattern from (originally) 2012, made using size 10 crochet thread. With the weather warming up just about everywhere, it’s nice to have some lightweight crochet projects to work on! (It was in the mid 90’s here in Albuquerque all week!).

On the Crochet On The Brain Facebook Fan Page I created a poll, asking for input in regards to what sort of content readers would like to see here on the blog. The poll is closing very soon (about one day left as I type this up). If you visit it, the poll is pinned to the top of the page. There’s been a handful of votes thus far. Facebook would allow only two options for the poll, so if what content you’d like to see here isn’t listed on the poll, just add your idea to the comments under the poll 🙂

And I think that just about covers it for this week’s update!

Happy Hookin’!

~Amanda~

 

Keychain Pouch With Drawstring FREE PATTERN

Since I’ve fallen behind this week, I thought I’d fill the gap in blog posts by resharing this old pattern, which I made about 6 years ago. I know in the original post I wrote that it would be good for beginners, however, I think I’ll clarify that it’s good for those who are beginning with crochet thread. Of course, you can use a larger yarn and hook size and make the pouch bigger in doing so. But then it might be too big to put on a keychain…but maybe you’re somebody who likes big keychains!
Anyway, enjoy and have a great Saturday!
~Amanda~

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I was just browsing through my old bookmarks online and came across the link to one of my old blogs which contains some of my first original patterns. I believe this is the first pattern I ever posted online, back in May 2012. You can find the original post at the following link ( http://amandascomfortcreations.blogspot.ca/2012/05/keychain-pouch-with-drawstring.html ), but I’ve also copied and pasted it below to make it easier.

KeychainPouchwithDrawstringKeychain Pouch With Drawstring ©Amanda (Mills) Bryant 2012

A very easy project, ideal for beginners.

Materials Needed:
Size 10 Crochet Thread (one skein will make MANY pouches)
2.75 mm hook/U.S. size…
keyring
tapestry needle

Instructions:

Make a magic ring (or ch3, slip st in 1st ch to form a ring), 10 sc in ring. Pull ring closed, join with sl st to 1st sc in ring.

Next: 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st (20 sc)

Next: sc in 1st sc…

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