I love Sheila!
She’s so round and fluffy and soft!
She was an Ami Club pattern last year and now she’s in the shop for stand-alone purchase – yay!
Milo Mouse is all decked out for Christmas!
I’ve got free patterns below for both the tree and the hat – plus some extra fancification ideas for both at the bottom of the post. Have fun with these!
Milo Mouse is the Ami Club pattern for December. Sign up here and you’ll get instant access to the pattern – plus other member benefits. 🙂
You can use these patterns for any holiday decorations – the repeat pattern is easy to follow to make them larger if you need. Or just use thicker yarn!
The tree and the hat both start the same way. . .
Round 1 sc 4 in 2nd ch from hook (4) This post will help you find that second chain from the hook.
Round 2 sc twice in next st, sc in next 3 sts (5) This video will help you if you find it tricky to start the second round.
Round 3 sc twice in next st, sc in next 4 sts (6)
Round 4 sc twice in next st, sc in next 5 sts (7)
Round 5 sc twice in next st, sc in next 6 sts (8)
Round 6 sc twice in next st, sc in next 7 sts (9)
Round 7 sc twice in next st, sc in next 8 sts (10)
Round 8 sc twice in next st, sc in next 9 sts (11)
Round 9 sc twice in next st, sc in next 10 sts (12)
Round 10 sc twice in next st, sc in next 11 sts (13)
Round 11 sc twice in next st, sc in next 12 sts. (14)
Round 12 sc twice in next st, sc in next 13 sts. (15)
Round 13 sc twice in next st, sc in next 14 sts (16)
Round 14 sc twice in next st, sc in next 15 sts (17)
Round 15 sc twice in next st, sc in next 16 sts (18)
Round 16 sc twice in next st, sc in next 17 sts (19)
This is where the pattern changes, depending on whether you’re making the tree or the hat.
Round 17-20 Change to white yarn and sc in each stitch (19, 4 rounds) This video shows how to change colors cleanly.
Fasten off and weave in the tail.
Make a small white pompom and tie it to the end of the hat. There’s a video showing how to make a pompom here. I wrapped mine around the times of a fork for a nice small puffball. 🙂
If you’re making a hat for a larger softie, just follow this pattern of increasing one stitch per round until the hat is big enough to fit, then stitch at least four rounds of straight single crochet for the contrasting band. You may need to add more rounds of contrast to feel like it’s in the right proportion with the hat, depending on how much bigger you make it. Trust your judgement. 🙂
Picking up after round 16 above.
Round 17 sc twice in next st, sc in next 18 sts (20)
Round 18 sc twice in next st, sc in next 19 sts (21)
Round 19 sc twice in next st, sc in next 20 sts (22)
Round 20 sc twice in next st, sc in next 21 sts (23)
Round 21 sc twice in next st, sc in next 22 sts (24)
Stuff the tree and slip a large washer across the stuffing at the base of the tree. This will give your tree a nice flat base and the washer adds a nice weight.
Round 22 [sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts] 6 times (18)
Here’s what it looks like after that first decrease round wraps around the edge of the washer.
If you don’t have a metal washer, you can cut a circle of cardboard. It will give you the flatness without the weight.
Round 23 [sc2tog, sc in next st] 6 times (12)
Round 24 [sc2tog] 6 times (6)
If you want to make your tree bigger, keep following the same increase pattern after round 21. To make your decrease rounds easier to calculate, make sure to make your last increase round one whose stitch count is evenly divided into 6.
I dressed up my tree with some simple white-headed pins – but there are tons of possibilities to dress up both the tree and the hat!
For the tree. . .
For the hat. . .
If you decide to give a holiday Milo Mouse as a gift, I suggest pairing it with these books.
Have fun with these patterns!
She’s the new Ami Club pattern for November.
Isn’t she a cutie?
She’s super easy to make. Everything is crocheted together – the only sewing you need to do is a simple bit of running stitch to attach her wig to her head. Easy peasy!
If you’re already an Ami Club member, make sure to download your pattern before the end of the month.
If you’re not a member yet, join now! It’s just $4 a month. Every month you get an exclusive new pattern, 50% off four selected patterns, and 10% off safety eyes and noses all the time. It’s a great deal!
These squishy monsters are fast and easy to make – and super fun to play with. 🙂
The skills you’ll need for just about any amigurumi are. . .
This project uses just one fancy skill – stitching one row below to get that mouth. Don’t worry – there’s a link in the pattern to a video showing how, right at the spot where you’ll need it.
You can go through all those posts now, or just hop to them as you get to those points in the pattern – whatever works best for you!
This pattern can be used with any weight yarn. The samples are crocheted with Big Stitch worsted weight yarn, and all yardage/hook recommendations are calculated based on the sample. If you use a different weight yarn you may need to adjust how many plastic pellets you use to fill it.
This pattern doesn’t specify a gauge. It’s a stuffed toy, and you don’t need to be too picky about exact sizing. The most important thing is that you use a hook size that creates a nice looking fabric for your yarn. If you use the recommended hook size, and your fabric looks very loose (so that stuffing would show through), then you will want to use a smaller hook. Other than that, no measuring required!
Stitch into the Back
All stitches in this pattern (that are worked in the round) are worked through the back loop only, unless otherwise directed. Look at this picture.
See how one loop is highlighted in black? This is the back loop, and it’s what you’ll stitch into. Stitching into the back loop creates ridges on the right side of the piece.
Want to see crocheting through the back loop in action? Check out this blog post. It talks all about why Stacey crochets through the back loop and even has a handy dandy video showing how to find that loop. 🙂
Ready? Let’s jump in!
Round 1 sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook (6) This post will help you find that second chain from the hook.
Round 2 sc twice in next st (12) This video will help you if you find it tricky to start the second round.
Round 3 [sc twice in next st, sc in next st.] 6 times (18)
Round 4 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 2 sts.] 6 times (24)
Round 5-6 sc in each st. (24, 2 rounds)
Round 7 sc in next 7 sts. Sc in next 10 sts, one row below. Sc in last 7 sts. (24) This video will help with stitching one row below.
Round 8 sc in next 7 sts. Sc in next 10 sts, back in the original (inner) round of stitching. Sc in last 7 sts. (24)
Round 9 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 3 sts.] 6 times (30)
Round 10-11 sc in each st. (30, 2 rounds)
Insert the eyes in round 4, centered on the lip, with 3 stitches between them.
Round 12 [sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts.] 6 times (24)
Round 13 [sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts.] 6 times (18)
Fill a section of nylon knee high with 1/2 cup plastic pellets. Tie the end closed in a knot.
Stuff the bag of pellets into the monster body. It will be a very tight fit.
Round 14 [sc2tog, sc in next st.] 6 times (12)
Round 15 [sc2tog] 6 times (12)
Congratulations! You have squishy little beanbag monster. Make some more! They’re so much fun to play with!
Stacey designed ten (TEN) free crochet monster patterns in partnership with Ella Rae yarns!
I’m a huge fan of monsters and these guys are adorable! Mixtro is my favorite. 🙂
The patterns are all posted on the Knitting Fever website. You can find the direct links to each monstrous pattern here. . .
Have fun with these weirdos! 🙂
Meet Maxwell Monster! He’s the new Ami Club pattern for October!
I just love him. 🙂 I love his hairy ears, his adorable underbite, his meaty monster hands, and his old man pants hiked almost all the way up to his armpits. 🙂
Want to make him? Sign up for Ami Club! You’ll be able to download the pattern right away – plus you’ll get lots of other perks. Get all the details here.
October is Monster Month (of course) so we’re having a Monster Craft-Along and a Monster Pattern Sale!
Stacey and I both LOVE monsters, so you’ve got a lot of patterns to choose from. 🙂 Those images up there are just a tiny sample.
Use the discount code SILLY for 20% off.
Sale ends Monday 10/7 at midnight eastern time.
Stacey and I both have really terrific monster classes on Craftsy. The Shiny Happy World sale code doesn’t work on them, but Craftsy has sales all the time and if you use these links you’ll get the current sale price.
Stacey’s Design Your Own Monster class is fantastic – my favorite of all her classes. Get that class here.
My Cute Quilt-As-You-Go Applique Monsters class includes my Mix & Match Monsters pattern. It’s so much fun to make! Get that class here.
September is almost over!
You know what that means – your Ami Club perks are about to change! On Sunday there will be a new pattern, a new discount code for eyes and noses, and a new set of four patterns at 50% off – just for members!
That means the September links are about to disappear – so download your patterns before Saturday night.
Here are links to the four 50% off patterns.
This sale is for Ami Club members only. You’ll find your discount code in the Ami Club newsletter that you received on September 1st. There’s also a PDF of that email in your account download page.
While you’re on that download page – don’t forget to download and save the pattern for the adorable Ruth the Red Fox.
I can’t wait to show you the new pattern for October! It’s super fun and slightly goofy. 🙂
If you haven’t joined Ami Club yet, you can sign up here.
Ringo Rabbit was the Ami Club pattern way back in the early spring.
Now he’s in the shop for everyone!
This cutie is so much fun to make – I made him three times!
Once in spring green.
Once in Easter Egg-ish stripes. (There’s a video tutorial here showing how to crochet stripes with almost no jog.)
And once (maybe my favorite) in Caron Simply Soft Tweeds in a warm and woodsy taupe.
I can’t wait to see the colors you all make!
Remember Henrietta Hedgehog?
She was the Ami Club pattern earlier this year – the first one where I used that no-tears surface crochet technique for eyelash yarn. 🙂
Well – it’s Woodland Critters month here at Shiny Happy World, so I needed to release sweet Henrietta as a stand-alone pattern so people can make her for the craft-along.
Remember – Ami Club members get patterns early – and at a discount! Join Ami Club here.
Get sneak peeks, free patterns, discounts and happiness. 🙂