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Why you should make a Kira the Kangaroo by Lalylala

Kira the Kangaroo

Kira the KangarooI love making amigurumi, I pretend I’m making them for Rowan but really they are for me! Kira the Kangaroo has been on my list for ages and I had the perfect yarn, tiny hook and pattern all ready to go. I finally decided the time was right and at the start of September I made a tiny head with little beady black eyes!

 

Kira the Kangaroo

The kangaroo is made up of:

  • head in white yarn,
  • hood,
  • two ears (a little fiddly but super cute!)
  • two arms (mine are a bit long as I lost count but at least they are symmetrical),
  • legs and body crocheted as one piece,
  • tail,
  • pouch
  • and knitted scarf.

The hood is stitched to the base of the head and then the head to the body. Don’t do what I did and sew the head on backwards. Oops! The ears are stitched to the hood and the arms to the top of the body followed by the pouch and tail.

Kira the Kangaroo not only calls for a tiny head and body but another even tinier one!  Her little baby follows the same basic pattern but on a minuscule scale. Once the pouch has been stitched in place, the baby nestles perfectly inside.

Kira the KangarooIf you talk to toy makers, most will tell you they don’t enjoy stuffing their creations.  I’m the opposite.  I love it!  The great thing about Lalylala’s patterns is that they require a good solid filling.  I hate floppy toys or those with stuffing poking out through the stitches.  I’m a tight hooker so this style suits me, even if it makes my hands sore!

I love the feeling of satisfaction when I complete an amigurumi piece. I can easily see how it can become addictive. Not only are they super cute but they don’t use much yarn and are a great way of using up oddments of your favourite hand dyed yarns.

Dirk Dragon

Last year I made Dirk the Dragon. He is slightly larger as I used a 3mm hook rather than 2.5mm. For both I used hand dyed sock/fingering weight yarn. Dirk has lots his scarf somewhere in Rowan’s bedroom! It’s green to match his cuffs.

Next I want to make Vlad the Vampire Bat! I’m going to end up with a rainbow of little chaps and chapettes and I’m very happy about that!

Buy your Kira the Kangaroo pattern here:  Ravelry      Etsy

 

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Cloudy Day Hat

Cloudy Day Hat - Crochet Pattern

Cloudy Day HatToday I have made a simple bobble hat. This pattern is ideal for beginners; easy to adapt and really quick to make – perfect for a cloudy afternoon!

Equipment
Aran weight yarn (I used a wool/acrylic mix)
6.5mm crochet hook (I’m a tight hooker)
Darning needle
Pom pom maker

Abbreviations
Trc = treble or triple crochet (UK)
Htc = half triple crochet
Ss = slip stitch
Sts = stitches
Ch = chain

Pattern

  • Starting with a magic circle, ch 3 (counts at 1 trc) then work 11 trc (UK terms) into the ring.
    (If you find a magic circle tricky, ch 4 then join with a slip stitch to form a loop).
    Join your last trc to the top of ch3 with a slip stitch (12 sts).
  • Ch3. 2trc into each stitch around. Join to ch3 with a ss. (24 sts).
  • Ch3 trc into next stitch then 2trc. (Trc, 2trc) repeat to end. Join with ss. (36 sts).
  • Ch3. (Trc, trc, 2trc) repeat to end. Join with ss. (48 sts).
  • Ch3. (Trc, trc, trc, 2trc) repeat to end. Join with ss. (60 sts).
  • Ch3. 60trc. Join with ss. Repeat this row until the body of the hat is long enough. Approx 9 times.

Ribbing
This section is worked at 90 degrees to the main body of the hat. Half triple crochet (htc) should be worked into the back loop only to create a ribbed effect.

  • Ch 8. Turn.
  • Skip 2ch. 6htc. Slip stitch into next stitch on hat body to join row to main hat. Ss into next stitch. Turn.
  • 6htc. Turn.
  • Ch2 (counts as htc). 5htc. Ss into next stitch on hat body. Ss. Turn.
  • 6htc. Turn.
  • Ch2. 5htc. 2ss. Turn.
  • Repeat this row to the end. Slip stitch the final htc row to the first. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Use a pom pom maker or other method of your choice to make a nice big pom pom. Stitch to the top of your finished hat securely and weave in ends.

Wear and enjoy!

This pattern is available on Ravelry.