Oh how sweet Spring is! All the flowers blooming, sun shining, and my daughters finding bugs in the garden! Yes, you read that right. 

They love to find a bowl, fill it with grass and leaves, and start hunting. Looking for potato bugs, caterpillars, lady bugs and worms to name a few. 

The hardest part? Telling them they can't keep them or bring them in the house.... so I have made them one they can keep.

In case you were wondering, yes they do pretend to feed her real leaves! In fact, they have found that they can have her hold her own leaf by sticking the stem into the bottom of her arm (gotta love the imagination of 3 and 5-year-olds).

If you have a little one who is fascinated with bugs and insects they will love this cuddly caterpillar too! The body is worked as one piece and the arms are made for fast and easy sewing, making this a perfect pattern for beginners. 

This is also a great way to use up left over yarn as each segment only requires a small amount!

If you are new to amigurumi be sure to check out my tips and materials page to help get you started!


Want to accessorize your caterpillar? It would be so cute with a bow for a girl (like the one used on Holly the Honey Bear) or a bow tie for a boy (like this one used on the Berry Patch Bunny!). You can easily adapt this pattern for a boy by switching up the colors and excluding the eyelashes!

This pattern uses my favorite alternative for plastic safety eyes, I used the 12 mm size to have a nice pop! Since she was a 'cuddly' caterpillar I really wanted the eyes to sparkle with that reflection! 

If you would prefer to use a plastic safety eye it would still look equally cute!

If you have any questions along the way or want to share your project with us, join the Grace and Yarn Crochet Group on Facebook! I'll also keep you updated on new patterns, giveaways and tutorials!



You may make and sell items made from this pattern but please do not sell, share or reproduce the actual pattern. If you sell finished items online (Etsy, etc) please provide a link to the pattern and credit to me as the designer, thank you. I hope you enjoy this pattern! 



The Cuddly Caterpillar measures about 14 inches from top to bottom! 


This is a free pattern here on my blog, if you would prefer an ad-free printable version you can purchase one for a small fee from Ravelry or Etsy

Don't forget to PIN this pattern and save to your favorite board!

This post contains affiliate links, please click here for more info. Thank you for supporting Grace and Yarn!




Materials:

  • Size 4 worsted weight yarn in your choice of colors 
    • 25g for each of the 4 segments 
    • Small amount for: 
      • Antennae 
      • Arms 
      • Cheeks 
  • 3.5 mm and 2.25 mm crochet hooks 
  • Black and white crochet thread for eyes and mouth 
  • Scissors 
  • Tapestry/Sewing needle
  • Stuffing (Poly-Fil and Morning Glory are my top favorites!)
  • Stitch markers (optional)

US Abbreviations: 

SC- Single crochet
SC INC- Single crochet increase
INV DEC- Invisible decrease
HDC- Half double crochet
Sl st- Slip stitch
Rpt- Repeat

*Slowly stuff as you go, you want it to be firm but not stretched. You will be working in the round, I like using a stitch marker at the beginning of each round.


Let's get crocheting! Using 3.5 mm hook throughout (eyes are made with 2.25 mm)

Body- 

The body is worked from the bottom up and is one continuous piece.

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, rpt around (18)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next, rpt around (24)

Round 5: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC in the next, rpt around (30)

Round 6: SC in the first 4 stitches, SC INC in the next, rpt around (36)

Round 7: SC in the first 5 stitches, SC INC in the next, rpt around (42)

Round 8: SC in the first 6 stitches, SC INC in the next, rpt around (48)

Rounds 9-16: SC around (48)

Round 17: SC in the first 6 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rpt around (42)

Round 18: SC in the first 5 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rpt around (36)

Round 19: SC in the first 4 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rpt around (30)

Round 20: SC in the first 3 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rpt around (24)

Round 21: SC in the first 2 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rpt around (18)

Rounds 22-75: Repeat rounds 4-21 three times (to have a total of 4 segments)

Round 76: SC in the first stitch, INV DEC in the next, rpt around (12)

Round 77: INV DEC around (6)

Fasten off and sew remaining part closed, weave in your end






It may be Spring but these crochet flower hair clips can really be made year round. They are inexpensive to make and take about 5 minutes! 

I've used them for photo shoots, gifts, craft fairs and accents on other crochet projects!



I have a fascination with crochet thread and I love the colors they come in now! My favorite places to find them are Amazon, WalMart or Hobby Lobby (I always see who has the best prices). 

When I was preparing for a craft fair I was given the advice of having small items as well as big ones. These are what I made for my small items. 

I made combinations of layered flowers with pearl beads and roses of many colors (I recommend making the roses or excluding the pearl bead if you intend these for little ones under 3 as they can be a choking hazard).


The pattern for the rose is very similar to my pattern here that I used on my bunny headbands. With the rose below I kept the petals the same size instead of tapering so they are nice and full. 

Using crochet thread gives them a dainty delicate look that is great for all ages! My favorite hair pieces to use are alligator clips and metal hair clips, but these also work great on french barrettes or sewn onto nylon headbands!


If you'd like to save this for later you can PIN it to your favorite board!

If you have any questions along the way or want to share your project with us, join the Grace and Yarn Crochet Group on Facebook! I'll also keep you updated on new patterns, giveaways and tutorials!

You may make and sell items made from this pattern but please do not sell, share or reproduce the actual pattern. If you sell finished items online (Etsy, etc) please provide a link to the pattern and credit to me as the designer, thank you!



This post contains affiliate links, please click here for more info. Thank you for supporting Grace and Yarn!



Materials for Rose Hair Clip

  • Crochet hook size 2.75mm
  • Crochet thread size10 in choice of color(s) (5 or 3 will work as well)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Alligator Hair Clips 35mm (I found mine at Hobby Lobby but can be found at any craft store)
  • Hot glue gun


Materials for Layered Flower Hair Clip

  • Crochet hook size 2.75mm
  • Crochet thread size 10 in choice of color(s) (5 or 3 will work as well)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Pearl beads (not recommended if being made for children under 3)
  • 50mm metal hair clips (I purchase mine from here but they can also be found at your local craft store)
  • Hot glue gun

US Abbreviations

Ch - Chain
SC - Single crochet
Sl st - Slip stitch
DC - Double crochet





My daughters love themed animals and are a big inspiration to my patterns. After making my amigurumi cow, I knew I wanted to create a farm theme. 

The next installment is here, these sweet little ducks! (Funny enough, when I started designing them they were chicks. 

After frogging and trying to get the details to match what I pictured in my head, they started to look more and more like ducks. My awesome pattern testers helped me pinpoint which animal they should be!)

If you are new to amigurumi be sure to check out my tips and materials page to help get you started!


By including or excluding the bow and eyelashes this pattern is easily adaptable to make in a boy or girl version! 

Equally fun is deciding the colors to make them in. Both work up to be about 13 inches tall, perfect cuddling size!


If you have any questions along the way or want to share your project with us, join the Grace and Yarn Crochet Group on Facebook! I'll also keep you updated on new patterns, giveaways and tutorials!

In most of my patterns I use plastic safety eyes, they are easy and fast to install. However, they are not recommended for children under 3. 

If you are making this for a little one or don't have the size needed on hand, I recommend using my crochet thread eyes as an alternative!



You may make and sell items made from this pattern but please do not sell, share or reproduce the actual pattern. If you sell finished items online (Etsy, etc) please provide a link to the pattern and credit to me as the designer, thank you. I hope you enjoy this pattern!



This is a free pattern here on my blog, if you would prefer an ad-free printable version you can purchase one for a small fee from Ravelry or Etsy

Don't forget to PIN this pattern and save to your favorite board!

This post contains affiliate links, please click here for more info. Thank you for supporting Grace and Yarn!

Materials:



US Abbreviations: 

MC- Magic circle
SC- Single crochet
SC INC- Single crochet increase
INV DEC- Invisible decrease
DC- Double crochet


*Slowly stuff as you go, you want it to be firm but not stretched. You will be working in the round, I like using a stitch marker at the beginning of each round.

Legs and Body-

Make 2: Using orange
Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC
Round 2: SC INC in each stitch (12 SC)
Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next stitch, repeat around (18 SC)
Round 4: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next stitch, repeat around (24 SC)
Round 5: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC in the next stitch, repeat around (30 SC)
Round 6: SC around in the back loops only (30 SC)
Rounds 7-8: SC around (30 SC)
Round 9: SC in the first 9 stitches, INV DEC 6 times, SC in the last 9 stitches (24 SC)
Round 10: SC in the first 6 stitches, INV DEC 6 times, SC in the last 6 stitches (18 SC)
Rounds 11-22: SC around (18 SC)

Fasten off (When you finish the 2nd leg do not fasten. At the end of Round 22 on the 2nd leg, complete a SC in each of the next 6 stitches, this will line up your legs to be straight when we join. 
Round 23 joins the legs together and starts the body.) 

Round 23: Chain 3 and attach to the first leg with a SC (be sure both feet are facing the same direction), SC in the remaining stitches around the leg, when you reach the chain make a SC across each of the 3 chains, SC in the remaining stitches of the next leg and SC across each of the 3 chains (42 SC) This completes your join and is where your next round will start.





Round 24: SC in the first 6 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (48 SC) Change to body color
Round 25: SC around (48 SC)
Round 26: SC in the first 7 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (54 SC)
Rounds 27-38: SC around (54 SC)
Round 39: SC in the first 7 stitches, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (48 SC)
Round 40: SC around (48 SC)
Round 41: SC in the first 6 stitches, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (42 SC)
Round 42: SC around (42 SC)
Round 43: SC in the first 5 stitches, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (36 SC)
Round 44: SC around (36 SC)
Round 45: SC in the first 4 stitches, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (30 SC)
Rounds 46-47: SC around (30 SC)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing

Head-

NOTE: This head will be worked from the top down, meaning the first few rounds will be the top of the head and our closing rounds at the end will be the bottom of our head.

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC
Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 3: SC in the first st, SC INC in the next, repeat around (18 SC)
Round 4: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (24 SC)
Round 5: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (30 SC)
Round 6: SC in the first 4 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (36 SC)
Round 7: SC in the first 5 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (42 SC)
Round 8: SC in the first 6 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (48 SC)
Round 9: SC in the first 7 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (54 SC)
Rounds 10: SC in the first 8 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (60 SC)
Rounds 11-20: SC around (60 SC)

NOTE: Here is where we will attach the safety eyes. Place them 6 stitches apart between rounds 15-17 (If you would like eyelashes you will want to sew them on before securing your safety eyes)





Mother's Day is almost here! But there is still time to make something purposeful that she will cherish!



The gift of time is so very precious these days, we are busy. And that's an understatement. That's why a handmade gift is cherished! 

To give a beautiful crocheted (or any handmade) item to a loved one means we've given them our time. 

We've thought about what they like or need, their favorite colors, searched for the perfect pattern, used our favorite yarn and watched our fingers fly. 

With this post I hope I have saved you some time in searching for awe-inspiring patterns!

I have compiled 13 patterns that will give you inspiration for your special gift(s). Each has its own unique usefulness, texture and endless color possibilities (I love color!)

Within these patterns I have narrowed it down into a couple sections: items for the home and items for the kitchen (or cleaning to be exact). 

All things that are needed and won't collect dust anywhere!

*The images used in this post belong to the individual designer and have been used with permission*


In a hurry? Feel free to PIN to your favorite board and come back later!

Without further ado here starts the 'around the home' theme:




1. Spring Shawl by Hooked on Homemade Happiness - This shawl is wonderful in so many ways! 

The different stitches make for a beautiful texture, the shape is flattering and feminine and I just love the tassels on the end!

2. Crochet Koala Bear Basket by Repeat Crafter Me - I'm grinning ear to ear right now.....because you know my love for amigurumi! 

I was thrilled when I stumbled upon this idea and yes, I think it's perfect for Mother's Day! This pattern is fun, useful and perfect for organization.

If you are new to amigurumi check out my tips and materials page to help you get started!

3. Everia Picot Clutch by Whistle and Ivy - This clutch is quite unique and we moms love anything we can fill up! 

Bonus: Bethany has more awesome patterns for various clutches, the hardest part will be choosing which one to make!

4. Cascades Pillow from CAAB Crochet (Cute As A Button) - The name really describes this pillow quite well. 

A beautiful accent piece for any room in the house with a beautiful knit-look!
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