Saturday, March 2, 2024

Piney The Sprout - Free Amigurumi Pattern

Hello all!

I am so excited to share with you all the first amigurumi pattern for 2024. It's been quite the adventure into toy making, and one I am having an absolute blast with. 

These patterns will be free to access on the blog, but if you would like a PDF option, that will be available for a small fee over on my Ko-Fi account. It's a great way to help support me if you have a few extra dollars, or if you want a more portable pattern option that can be printed. 

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Piney is a fun and adorable little sprout dude, with fancy pants. He stands 20cm tall and about 15cm wide when made using similar weight yarn. I used 4 Seasons Marvel 8ply from Spotlight for my Piney but if your hook size is adjusted, you can use any acrylic or cotton yarn you like.

Piney The Sprout

For this pattern you will need:

3.5mm hook

8ply/DK/Light worsted weight yarn in a light green, dark green and brown. 

2 x 14mm safety eyes

Needle for sewing

Small amount of stuffing

Bphdc - Back post half double crochet. There is a good video here if you are unfamiliar with this stitch:

Inc - 2sc in the same stitch

Pieces are made in continuous rounds. Place a marker at the end of each round to keep your place.

Arms - Make 2 with main green

Rnd 1: 4sc in a magic ring - 4

Rnd 2: inc in each st - 8

Rnds 3-10: sc in each st - 8

Lightly stuff the hand section of the arm. Fold the opening of the arm flat and make 4 sc across the top of the arm, catching stitches from both the front and back sides to close the opening.

*Alternative finish* If you do not want to close the arm using sc press the opening flat and stitch closed with the yarn tail.

Leave a long tail for sewing the arm to the body. 

Legs - Using brown, make 1 to end at round 5. 

First leg: 

Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring - 6

Rnd 2: inc in each st - 12

Rnd 3: sc in each st - 12

Rnd 4: *sc, inc*, repeat around - 18

Rnd 5: sc in each st - 18

End off for the first leg. 

Second leg:

Repeat rounds 1 through 5, do not end off.

Rnd 6: ch2, join to the first leg with a sc, continue around with 17 more sc, sc in each of the 2 chains, sc 18 around the second leg, sc in each of the chain stitches. Place your marker here as the new round start. - 40

Rnd 7: *sc9, inc* x 4 - 44

Rnd 8: sc in each st - 44

Rnd 9: *sc10, inc* x 4 - 48

Rnd 10-13: sc in each st - 48

Rnd 14: *sc10, dec* x 4 - 44

Rnd 15: sc in each st - 44

Rnd 16: sc in each st, front loop only - 44 

NOTE: Place a marker in the first unworked back loop of this round. You’ll need this to join the body colour.

Slst to the next stitch and ch1

Rnd17: Bphdc around, join to the first hdc and end the brown. - 44 Start stuffing legs here.

Continue for body

Rnd18: Join the main green to the marked stitch from round 16 with a sc, sc in all back loops around - 44

Rnd 19: sc in each st - 44

Rnd 20: *sc9, dec* x 4 - 40

Rnd 21: *sc3, dec* x 8 - 32

Rnd 22: *sc2, dec* x 8 - 24

Rnd 23-24: sc in each st - 24

Rnd 25: *sc, dec* x 8 - 16 Add more stuffing here.

Rnd 26: In the front loops only, inc in every st - 32

Rnd 27: *sc3, inc* x 8 - 40

Rnd 28: *sc4, inc* x 8 - 48

Rnd 29: *sc5, inc* x 8 - 56

Rnd 30: sc in each st - 56

Rnd 31: *sc6, inc* x 8 - 64

Rnd 32-38: sc in each st - 64

Place eyes between rounds 33 and 34, with 13 to 14 visible sc between the eyes. Stuff the body.

Rnd 39: *sc6, dec* x 8 - 56

Rnd 40: *sc5, dec* x 8 - 48

Rnd 41: *sc4, dec* x 8 - 40

Rnd 42: *sc3, dec* x 8 - 32

Rnd 43: *sc2, dec* x 8 - 24

Stuff the head.

Rnd 44: *sc, dec* x 8 - 16

Rnd 45: dec x 8 - 8

End off and use the tail to gather the opening closed. Add more stuffing before closing if you feel like it needs more.

Leaves - Make 3 in dark green.

Rnd1: 4sc in a magic ring - 4

Rnd 2: *sc, inc* x2 - 6

Rnd 3: sc in each st - 6

Rnd 4: *sc2, inc* x 2 - 8

Rnd 5: *sc3, inc* x 2 - 10

Rnd 6: *sc4, inc* x 2 - 12

Rnd 7: *sc2, inc* x 4 - 16

Rnd 8: *sc3, inc* x 4 - 20

Rnd 9: *sc4, inc* x 4 - 24

Rnd 10-13: sc in each st - 24

Rnd 14: *sc2, dec* x 6 - 18

Rnd 15: *sc, dec* x 6 - 12

Rnd 16: dec x 6 - 6

End off. Very lightly stuff the wider section of the leaf leaving the tip unstuffed, and push the leaf flat. 


Pin pieces to the body to ensure they do not move while sewing them on. Arms should be attached at the sides of the body at rounds 23/24

Sew the central leaf on the head first, it should sit directly on top of the gathered close for the head. Sew the 2 remaining leaves on, one on each side of the central leaf, so that they are close enough to be touching.

Weave in all tails and Piney is complete! 

This pattern cannot be sold or redistributed in any form. You can sell the finished toy made from this pattern.
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Happy crocheting! 

Thursday, October 19, 2023

How to crochet lavender - A simple tutorial.


Hi peeps! 

Hot dang, it's been a moment hasn't it. 2 years since my last pattern.

But that's ok. Sometimes you need a break to find your crojo, and my gosh, mine has come flying on back lately!

I've decided I need to take a break from designing preemie items for a bit. Honestly, my heart and my head were just so overwhelmed, and it burnt me out pretty badly. The positive side to that is, I've spent some time exploring other types of crochet and boy do I have some fun stuff to share with you all!

Today, I want to show you how to crochet lavender! I've been making flower bouquets lately and I really wanted to include some. I tried a couple of patterns but I couldn't find something that worked the way I wanted it to, so in typical me style, I tossed the lot and came up with my own pattern. I wasn't going to bother much with sharing this one but there was quite a lot of interest in a fantastic crochet group I'm in so here it is for everyone that wants to have a crack at making it themselves. 

Not that it's much of a pattern, it's only 3 rows, if you count the chains! I'll include some pictures of construction but honestly these are super simple. They take no time at all to whip up. Let's go make some!


  • Wooden Skewers
  • Florist Tape in green
  • Scissors
  • Glue - I use clear dry quick set fabric glue but a hot glue gun would work fine too.
  • 3.5mm hook
  • Purple yarn in either worsted/10ply or dk/8ply weight
To make your stem: Wrap the florist tape around a wooden skewer. 

To make the lavender:

  1. Chain 60
  2. sc in the second ch from hook and each ch across
  3. ch3, turn, dc in the next stitch *ch3, slst in the 3rd ch from hook, dc in the next stitch* repeat across until you reach the end. End off. This will be the row that faces outwards as the stitches look nicer once wrapped.
You can choose to weave in your ends or you can glue them down when you attach the flower to the stem. I glue them, I like the way it looks at the base of the flower piece. 

So now you need to take your skewer and glue. Make sure you have the first row at the bottom and that the 3rd row is facing so that it will be the outside when you wrap, and run a bead of glue along the edge of the dc on the end of the piece. 

Place your skewer on the glue, fold the yarn piece slightly and hold in place until the glue is dry enough to keep it there. Run a few cm of glue down your stem and start wrapping the flower piece around and down the skewer. Keep adding small runs of glue and wrapping your flower around the stem. When you get to the end you can either wrap the tail of the yarn around the base of the flower a few times with some glue or you can wait for your flower to dry and then weave the end back through the flower. 

And that is it lovelies, I told you it was simple! Different thicknesses of yarn will give you different looking lavender. The dark purple I used was worsted weight (Red Heart SS), the 2 thin lighter coloured lavender was made with DK (Moda Vera/ 4 Seasons, Marvel) and the middle purple was a mystery yarn from my stash that I'd rate as an 8ply/DK but it was thicker than Marvel. 

You can also change the overall length of your lavender simply by chaining more or less, and if you wanted to get really fancy, you could absolutely make it 2 toned by doing either the 3rd row with an alternate colour, OR you could do part of the 3rd row with an alternate colour so just the tip is different. Have fun with it!