How to attach tassels - tutorial (Toy's hair or decor)

One of the most common ways to make hair to your crocheted doll is to attach separate pieces of yarn as tassels. Here I'll show you how to attach tassels to a crocheted detail and in a next post I'll demonstrate how I use them in quite a creative way 😊 You can also download this tutorial as one jpg file.


American Indian and Leprechaun - new patterns are already in my shop

I'm happy to introduce you my new penguins patterns. Now they are the American Indian Penguin and Leprechaun Penguin. You can find these patterns in my Patterns section. And here I want to tell you how they where created.

I had wanted to make a Leprechaun Penguin for a long time. Since I saw how cute he looked in the violet Halloween Hat I had been thinking how to design the one in green. But couldn't figure out what else to add into the pattern.

And then suddenly I bump into some photos from old crocheting magazines with free form patterns. And they include this rounded shape suggested to be a firm button. Perfect for golden coins! And as it is the middle of February all social medias are full with hearts (oh! they remind me of a lucky clover!). And in just a few days I have this cute green guy! :) (and a bunch of thrown away green hats, and a lot of different 'tries' for clover, and some cool ideas what else I could do with this amazing coin shape)


How to attach thread to a crocheted surface

When you are crocheting an amigurumi toy you almost always need to attach a decorative or strong thread to embroider some face features, tighten fingers or a mouth and so on. Many patterns instruct, "attach thread to the middle of the face and backstitch the mouth", or something like that. But it is not always obvious what "attach" means and how you are supposed to do in neatly. 

Download the photo tutorial for 3 simple ways to attach thread to a crocheted piece. Use and share.


Tiny the Monkey - FREE pdf amigurumi pattern

I'm happy to introduce you my Tiny the Monkey free amigurumi crochet toy pattern!

 It is a perfect company to the Tiny the Sheep that I posted earlier in my blog :)

They are both of the same style with wooden beads for legs. And the size is just cool for fast presents.

The pattern includes:

  • Monkey text and photo instructions 
  • tutorial on small details sewing
  • how to tighten beads to make eyes
  • how to make face  


How to tighten a round opening - tutorial

So, you have finished crocheting your last stitch on one of the details. What now?

You are looking at a strange phrase «Fasten off, stuff and tighten the opening». Or maybe there is nothing at all instructed in your pattern. 

Does the designer suppose you know what to do with this loop you are now having on your hook? Does it obvious how to stuff, fasten off and so on? – Not always.

Especially if you are just learning how to crochet toys such simple things that are “supposed to be known” may totally frustrate you all the time. I crocheted for a few months before it occurred to me that I’m crocheting wrong side out.

So. Here it is :) (how I sew long openings I will show a little later)

 A detailed tutorial about round finishing 


Tiny Sheep - Free crochet toy pattern - amigurumi pattern

Do you like sheep as much as I do? :)

Cute, fluffy, soft! They give us wool and became really symbolic for every knitter or crocheter!

I already have Daisy the Sheep crochet toy pattern in my etsy shop and website that include wires tutorial and headphones.

But I wanted to design the sheep that is is also extremely cute but can be done very very fast  and will be small enough to carry as a keychain.

So meet the Tiny Sheep free pattern!


How to sew arms to a crocheted toy and make them movable

One of the simplest ways to connect the arms/paws/wings/what else does your crocheted toy has? :) 

You just need a strong thread and a needle long enough to pierce through the body. 

The main idea is to stuff the body of your amigurumi very well and to pierce it through the same points all the time.