Pine Tree Ornament

Hello there! It’s December, the last month of the year. And I know, to all of you who celebrate Christmas,  this is the month that you’ve been waiting for every year. I don’t celebrate Christmas, so this is one of a very long holiday in a year where my family enjoying sit back and relax for almost 2 weeks in a row 😀

I like Christmas ornaments, they all look so festive. And here, I already finished making a free tutorial as a present for you who celebrate Christmas, a Pine Tree Ornament 😀

 

 

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But basically, it’s a very versatile pattern. It’s not only used as a Christmas ornament but also can be used as non-thematic moments such as a garland, a finishing touch for your present, bookmark, and etc. Just let your imagination be free and think what is it for 🙂  So.. Enjoy the pattern!

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PINE TREE ORNAMENT

The pattern is in America terminology.

MATERIALS I USE:

  • Cotton yarn (lime green) and brown. You can use any types of yarn in different colors.
  • Scrap yarns of your choice as an embellishment.
  • Blunt tip needle/ tapestry needle.
  • Scissor.

ABBREVIATIONS:

  • MR [magic ring].
  • ch [chain].
  • ss [slip stitch].
  • dc [double crocehet].
  • st [stitch].
  • sts [stitches].
  • inc [increase].

LEVEL: easy [friendly for beginner].

LEAVES

  • Start with ch 3 in every row (count as 1 dc).
  • Use lime green.

R1. Make 6 dc inside the MR. ss in the 1st st. (6 dc).

R2. 2 times of (dc in the next 2 sts – inc).  ss in the 1st st. (8 dc).

R3. 2 times of (dc in the next 3 sts – inc).  ss in the 1st st. (10 dc).

R4. 2 times of (dc in the next 4 sts – inc).  ss in the 1st st. (12 dc).

R5. 2 times of (dc in the next 5 sts – inc).  ss in the 1st st. (14 dc).

R6. 2 times of (dc in the next 6 sts – inc).  ss in the 1st st. (16 dc).

R7. 2 times of (dc in the next 7 sts – inc).  ss in the 1st st. (18 dc).

R8. 2 times of (dc in the next 8 sts – inc).  ss in the 1st st. (20 dc).

R9. 2 times (dc in the next 9 sts – inc).  ss in the 1st st. (22 dc). cut a long yarn end to sew.

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And here’s the fun part…

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TRUNK

  • Use brown.

 

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Make them as much as you wish 🙂 Pardon me if my embroidery looks so ugly, I’m not really good at them >.< Below I used a daisy stitch, french knots (my most fav), running stitch, and what else the other one? Hmmm.. just say it, it looks like some sparkly-things on a tree 🙂

 

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This is a fast and easy project, isn’t it? Now, I really looking forward to seeing your creations soon 🙂 🙂 Please tag me on Instagram to make it easier @kenjiku_

Note: You can sell your creations in the limited amount using my pattern. Don’t forget to give me a credit by linking my account (this blog or my Instagram account). Please don’t copy this pattern, sell it, and other things that can harm. Please appreciate others creations so others will appreciate you in return.

Regards,

Martika.

 

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Amigurumi Exhibition

I’ve convinced myself to join 4th Amigurumi Exhibition 2017 during this winter. The exhibit will be held at Resobox Gallery in New York, USA. This is my 2nd chance to join. My 1st chance was when I lived in Tokyo, it’s about 3 years ago. Not really went well, but I was thankful had such a good opportunity at that moment. It such a big deal for me to join this moment again this year. I needed a moment to think twice and more before I’ve finally decided to join in.

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all the gang that I’ve made and already sent

Every year Resobox organizes this exhibit in a different theme. This year’s theme is daily needs. It’s a very common theme and sounds easy for me. When I applied, I had to write down my personal theme about daily needs. What was that? I was so confused. But then I thought… I usually made an amigurumi pattern about some things that baby always needs or child usually loves. So I decided to write down this theme: baby need. Yes, a baby need is my personal theme. I already had some finished items as a sample pattern I made awhile ago and some amigurumi patterns which already listed both on my Etsy Shop and Ravelry (so you can make it one by yourself). I use my own pattern with a little mix and match with my other pattern. It really made my works easier and faster, no need to consume much time. I only needed a few more ideas to get more new designs.

Ok, enough for my prolog. I’m gonna show you all my 21 amigurumis that I’ve sent yesterday (I know it too soon to be sent. But hey, complicated things may happen during the shipment. Who knows? But I’m hoping they are all arrive there safely, in the right place and time).

 

Finger Puppets. This team was the last thing I’ve made. No idea at all at the end, then they came up in sudden. Thanks gang for coming to my brain 😀 So here they are, tiny team but success to make a happy face and smile from ear to ear 🙂

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Koala, Crocodile, Cat (inspired by my kitten, Ginger), and Puppy

 

Fish Baby Rattle. In the middle of working these 2 fishes, somebody asked me about the pattern, and somebody put her custom order. Happy me, of course 😀 The pattern ready both on my Etsy and Ravelry.

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love to see their ear to ear smile 🙂

Mouse Coaster. They are my old creations then I did a makeover. They’re not in a baby need’s theme because I can put other creations outside the main theme I’ve applied. They join to ignite the exhibition 😀

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no need to afraid of them because they’re too cute!

 

Pear Patchwork. 2 pear patchworks are for a baby rattle and the last one as a pin cushion. I added some sequins and beads.

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messy join
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as a baby rattle
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this one as a pin cushion

 

Baby Barefoot Sandal. Maybe not really a common thing, but it’s the fancy one to be worn on your baby’s little feet 😀 By simply hooking the little circle into index toe and wrap a along the long strap around baby’s ankle.

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barefoot sandals
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puppy barefoot sandal
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bear barefoot sandal

 

 

 

Tree Baby Rattle. Inspired by my childhood, I always drew a tree with a shape like this.

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the summer tree and the autumn tree

 

Big Nose Puppy Baby Rattle. I made the grip using mushroom baby rattle amigurumi pattern, and the head part using big nose puppy amigurumi pattern. And I added a ruffle as a collar. My daughter said that this is a clown puppy haha!

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big nose puppy baby rattle

Cloud Mobile. This is the biggest one. It’s not a toy but for decorative purpose. Hang it in baby room or kid’s room, and even your room. It’s just perfect for everybody who loves cute little things. The basic pattern ready to download here.

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cloud mobile

 

Mushroom Baby Rattle. I think this is the most wanted amigurumi pattern on my Etsy shop 😀 Need no more reason why these two mushrooms had to join the exhibition 🙂

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mushroom baby rattle

 

I guess that’s all the stories I have. Most of them are a baby rattle. Why? Because I concern about baby development. When babies play, they learn something new from the toys through their 5 senses. Hope all my creations useful for babies and bring a joy to anyone who sees them.

Regards 🙂

Fish Baby Rattle

I’ve finished my 21 amigurumi at last! 21 amigurumi at one time. Almost every day I made it one by one. I haven’t shared this story yet, so now I’m going to tell you. I’m joining 4th amigurumi exhibition in New York. The exhibition will be held during this winter at Resobox Gallery in New York USA. I feel so excited!

This is my 2nd chance to join this exhibition. My 1st chance was about 3 years ago. It didn’t go well, but I was pretty happy got new experience at that time. I was just happy 🙂 For now, I’m hoping that luck is on my side. Really hoping that it will be going to be as perfect as I expect. I’ll talk about the detailed story in the next blog post.

This little guy I’ve made is one of the members of 21 amigurumi that I’m going to send. It’s a fish baby rattle. Once I uploaded it on my Instagram, somebody asked me about the pattern and another somebody asked me to make a custom order. I was so happy 😀

And I told her (the one who asked the pattern) that the pattern will be released soon. But it seems not that kind of soon in the real meaning haha! Of course I need some time to make the pattern. And now I can announce the pattern is already listed both on my Etsy Shop and Ravelry.

Here’s my result…

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Custom Orders

So happy finally I’ve done doing my custom orders within 2 weeks. I’m happy keeping myself busy though sometimes I feel too overwhelmed. It’s really hard to do lot of things at one moment – household things and crocheting at one time. Sometimes it makes me too lazy to cook (but I have to), regularly doing a laundry but too lazy to fold them, and so many things I should do but not yet finished properly 🙈 Plus now, I have a new pet, it’s a stray kitten. My son brought her home without any plans at all, and I was confused because I’m a newbie at taking care of animal especially kitten. But in the other way, she’s really cute yet looked so aweful.. skinny, dirty, and hunger 😩😢 I bathed her and fed her, hope she’s happy to be here now.

Oh I’m sorry, my story is out of the line 😄 where were we? it’s about custom orders, rite? Ok.. Here’s some custom orders that already finished and ready to be delivered to their new homes..

He’s Panda Boy in ochre striped shirt. Plus red bow tie as his finishing look. Cute rite? 🐼 I love stripes, I love ochre (or mustard?), I love white, I love red. All my favorite colors attached on his body!

Glowey in pink! I don’t know why my customers love Glowey in pink rather than other colors. I’m wondering.. how does his look in another color? 🤔 Unfortunately, I deleted his picture for no reason 😑 But you can click here to see his look.

Mobile Cloud Amigurumi. I’ve changed the droplets colors… but hopefully my customer will still love it 😍 she still looks cute, rite?

Tea Time Banner. I designed and made this teacup crochet patchwork because I love tea than any kind of drinks in this world 😄 Then I attached the appliqué on a piece of fabric and create a banner. FYI, I’ve got this one hanging on my wall 😃 And I added hand embroidery letters on the top of the appliqué as a statement words. I love making this piece. I crocheted, embroidered the words, and sewn the fabric at once. All in one piece of banner 💛

I do what I love, I love what I do 😊💛

Free Crochet Applique Pattern: Hot Air Balloon

Been so long I really wanted to make this hot air balloon crochet applique, but it seems that my mood just didn’t get along with my wish. Now, finally, my mood and my wish are already getting along 😀 As I always claimed that I love and enjoy making a small project, this one really makes me happy. I only need some yarns in a small amount. A small project means a quick project. But don’t get it wrong, the smaller it is, the more you should pay attention to the details (such as the tension and how to sewing neatly – if you think it’s should be neat 🙂 ). So, here’s the pattern, let’s get started.

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HOT AIR BALLOON CROCHET APPLIQUE

Designed by Martika

August 2017


Abbreviations: ch (chain), sc (single chain), inc (increase), dec (decrease).

Finished size: about 6 cm height.

Materials used: small amount of Balinese cotton yarn (Indonesia made) in 5 various colors (or you can use your most favourite yarn), hook no.4, blunt tip needle, a small piece of felt, gold lace yarn (or embroidery floss), pin (I make this as a brooch because I love wearing brooch).


Use brown yarn.

Row 1. ch 6, make sc in the next 5 ch, start from 2nd ch from the hook.

ch 1, turn. Total = 5 sc.

Row 2-3. sc in the next 5 stitches in each row. ch 1, turn. Total = 5 sc.1


Note: Before you continue to the next step, please learn the technique of “how to change the color”. Use this way everytime you’re going to change the color.

When you working on the last sc in current color, make the unfinished sc (2 loops on the hook). Prepare a new color, yarn over and pull it through 2 loops on the hook, and ch 1. Cut the original yarn and you finish making the last sc perfectly. Continue working on the next row using a new color.2


Use gray yarn.

Row 4-6. sc in the next 5 stitches in each row. ch 1, turn. Total = 5 sc.3


Use baby blue yarn.

Row 7. inc in the 1st stitch – sc in the next 3 stitches – inc in the last stitch. ch 1, turn.   Total = 7 sc.

Row 8. sc in the next 7 stitches. ch 1, turn. Total = 7 sc.
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Row 9. sc+ch 1 in the 1st stitch – 2 times of (sc in the next stitch – ch 1 – skip the next stitch) – sc+ch 1 in the next stitch – sc in the last stitch. ch 1, turn. Total = 9 stitch.
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Use shocking pink yarn.

Row 10. sc in the first stitch – sc in the stitch of R8 (marked in dot purple-picture below). 2 times of (sc in the next stitch – sc in the stitch of R8 (the stitch under the ch space which marked in purple)). sc in the stitch of R8 (marked in dot purple) – sc in the last stitch. ch 1, turn. Total = 9 sc.78

 

Row 11. inc in the 1st stitch – sc in the next 7 stitches – inc in the last stitch. ch 1, turn. Total = 11 sc in each row.9

Row 12. sc in the next 11 stitches. ch 1, turn. Total = 11 sc.10

Row 13. dec – 3 times of (ch 1 – skip the next stitch – sc in the next stitch) – ch 1 – skip the next stitch – dec. ch 1, turn. Total = 9 sc.11


Use lime green yarn.

R14. 4 times of (sc in the next stitch – sc in the stitch of R12 (marked in white on the picture below) – sc in the last stitch. ch 1, turn. Total = 9 stitches.

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R15. dec – sc in the next 5 stitches – dec. ch 1, turn. Total = 7 sc.

R16. dec – sc in the next 3 stitches – dec. ch 1, turn. Total = 5 sc.

R17. dec – sc in the next stitch – dec. ch 1, turn. Total = 3 sc.14


Use gray yarn (same color as R4-6). sc along the left edges (marked in colors).
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It should be 4 sc at the edge of green rows + 4 sc at the edge of shocking pink rows + 3 sc at the edge of baby blue rows + 3 sc at the edge of gray rows + 3 sc at the edge of brown rows (as well as the right edges). Total = 17 sc on each side, 5 sc at the bottom (not include the ch 1 at the before and after this 5 sc), and 3 sc at the top.

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sc along the left edges

ch 1 – sc in the next 5 stitches at the bottom (marked with white dots) – ch 1. sc along the right edges (marked in colors – image above). sc in the next 3 stitches at the top. Cut the long yarn end. Close with an invisible join. 17


Invisible join: Using blunt tip needle, insert the needle under the loops of the 1st sc.18

Insert the needle between the top loops of last sc. Pull through, fasten on the back of the work. 19


Neaten all the yarn ends.

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the front view
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the back view

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Sew all around the edges using hemming stitch. I use gold lace yarn. If you don’t have it,  you can use an embroidery floss as an alternative choice.2324

Cut the excess felt about 1-2 mm away from the edges of the applique, and sew the pin on the back. If you want the result to be thicker, before you cut the excess felt, take another piece of felt and sew them together. Then you can cut the excess felt and attach the pin.

Then, this brooch is ready to wear now 😀

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I’m looking forward to seeing your hot air balloons 🙂

Regards,

Martika

 

 

Panda Boy

Panda Boy is a panda who loves to wear a striped shirt (so do i). He always put a bow tie as the finishing touch to his look. His face is so innocent but has an ignorant smile. He’s so kind, thoughtful, and friendly to others. Take a look at his face…

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He loves striped shirt with so many colors combination. Do you want to make him by yourself? What colors will you choose for his shirt? As a trial, I’ve made a striped shirt in white and green (click this). But then I’ve made up my mind to make another one using this color. This one’s my favorite striped shirt, white and ochre.

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My kids said that his green-white striped shirt is way better than this one. But I love ochre more.. so, this one is my fav!

Now it’s your turn to make one for you. Choose your favorite colors to his striped shirt. Color doesn’t matter to him, as long as it’s striped shirt, he won’t disappoint with it 🙂

The pattern is ready to download both on my Etsy Shop and Ravelry . Hope you have a wonderful day today 🙂

 

Regards,

Martika.

Cloud Amigurumi

Hello again, it’s been awhile since my last post… Looks like I’m drowning in daily routine and forgot to write down my project progress.

Well, in early July, I’ve finished making and writing a new pattern. It’s about a cloud, it’s a very versatile amigurumi cloud pattern. Yeah, I love making a versatile pattern so you won’t stuck only in one idea. Why I said it a versatile pattern? Because only from one pattern you can create more than one creations. Please tell me now, what you’re going to make from this one? 😀

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I say it could be a cloud mobile, baby rattle, or brooch. See? I got three ideas from one pattern. So tell me what you’re going to make using this basic pattern? 😀

This pattern I made by request from my friend who wanted this kind of cloud mobile for her pre-teen daughter. I admit it’s so hard to make the cloud-shape in amigurumi, need so many times of trials and errors. Instead of complaining about the difficulty parts, better I show you the result…

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I didn’t expect the result really blown my mind… it’s SO cute, maybe too cute! Don’t you think so? 😀

I’ve sent it away and she’s happy with the result 😀 And then I wrote the pattern after that, but only the cloud as a basic pattern, plus “drop” as the bonus pattern. The pattern is ready to download both on my Etsy shop and Ravelry (yes, finally I have a new store on Ravelry).

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Tree Baby Rattle Amigurumi Pattern

Yoohoo! I finally finished this tutorial, so relieved 😀

Before I tell you a story behind this tree baby rattle, I want you to know that the pattern is already listed in my shop, here. You won’t be sorry to download it.. it’s cute overload and really photogenic ^_^ V

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So, the story is, there are 2 things that inspiring me. First, I inspired by my childhood when I always drew this kind of tree. Even my friend or I think almost kids at my age (in my country or in my town) loved to drew this typical of tree! I didn’t know why older people (read: drawing teachers or parents) taught us to drew that kind of typical tree. Now I can say that was weird and not creative at all. Even for some other images, they taught us to did the same way in the same step and shape, so our creation looked just the same. Well… what can I say now..

Luckily, that memory sticks on my mind and gave me an idea to create this baby toy (and I don’t want to do the same way to nowadays generation, or at least to my kids to draw something that looks so typical ). I have to admit that it’s so hard to implement this typical of tree to amigurumi and create the pattern. But at the end, I did it 🙂 That’s so relieving. I really enjoyed and excited to make this tutorial. And the result was awesome. I had a positive feedback on my Instagram when I uploaded a short video of the sample pattern. It made me feel more excited to finish the pattern as soon as possible.

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Second, I always curious about baby’s development. Once when my kids were just born until they reached 2 years old, sometimes I was in my mood swing. I always nervous and curious about baby’s development. I had their diaries so I could make sure that they grew well, or maybe just in case that I missed something out. The important thing that I always think is stimulation for baby is a must. Even we do a simple thing, it is important to baby’s development. Trust me 🙂

So, I can’t ignore the basic things when I designed this baby rattle. Baby needs something playful to stimulate the sensory. This baby rattle is good to stimulate the vision, hearing, and tactile. It is all-in-one toy, with adorable look as a bonus 🙂

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And another bonus is, this tree baby rattle is so photogenic! I can’t stop taking their picture in a different angle. Wish I had a baby (oops!) so the baby could be a model and play with this rattle. Does anyone out there have a cute baby to hold and play with this tree baby rattle with me? 😀

Ps: Just in case you seek another baby rattle pattern I designed, you can find it here. It’s one of my best seller pattern 😀

I can’t wait to find another idea to make more baby toy..

 

Granny Square Sophie

About a month ago, my mother asked me to make a crochet cushion as a birthday gift for her darling neighbor. I said okay instead of no, didn’t want to disappoint her though I wasn’t in a good mood to make that kind of thing. I’ve tried 1 or 2 patterns but still, I had no feeling about what I’ve done. One reason that made me lazy to did that was, it’s a cushion. Actually, I never enjoy making a crochet cushion-thing, unless the pattern is interesting. It’s important for me to avoid boredom and sleepy, or it will end with a goodbye (means it’s wasting time, energy, and of course yarns :p ).

Then I remembered long while ago I really crushed on Granny Square Sophie by Marianne and waited the right time to make it happen (and I thought that “now” was the right time). Her blog full of stories to read and free crochet patterns to try. And her Instagram (that I already followed) is so awesome, she did amazing works. I was so sure and decided to make that pattern as crochet pillow cushion, for my mother’s sake 🙂

But you have to stop here first because I want you to show you what I’ve done as the first start. I use a local product of soft cotton yarn with hook no.6. In my opinion, Granny Square Sophie will be more outstanding with crochet lace yarn, it will give a delicate look for sure.

I made 9 GS Sophie, and this is the first time in my life to try wet blocking. The final size is 32 x 32 cm (after wet blocking).

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I attach them to a cotton fabric cushion that I’ve sewn before, in size 34 x 34 cm. I made it bigger than the GS Sophie on purpose so the pattern will be seen beautifully. This is one side crochet cushion, fast and easy to make 🙂

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So, what do you think?

I already sent this image to my mother but she hasn’t reply my text yet. But I’m sure she will happy with this result!