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Striped crochet giraffe

Aster the striped giraffe

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Once upon a time there lived a stripy giraffe. Well… Not so much as lived but existed.

She was ostracised. She was bullied.

Why? Because she looked different.
Instead of being yellow with brown spots, it was stripy. The other giraffes didn’t like it. Not one bit at all. They couldn’t understand why she had stripes.

And so no one wanted to be her friend. No one wanted to be associated with her…

But she didn’t know that. She thought it was something she did. She tried very very hard to please the other giraffes, hoping that she would be accepted one day.

This continued for many years… Until one day after an especially bad episode of bullying, she thought “I have had enough of this!” So she sat up and gave all those who bullied her a good dressing down, and then she left the herd.

She walked, she walked, and she walked even more. She encountered many other animals, some who treated her nicely, and others who treated her with disgust.

She came across dangerous animals. Many looked at her with suspicion because of her unusual colour.

As she walked aimlessly across the grasslands, she would watch the beautiful sun rise above the horizon, and then watch the exact same sun go down.

She felt the cooling breeze caress her body. How the trees and flowers swayed side to side under the wind’s gentle touch.

She watched the clouds float by and forming cloudy shapes of castles, flowers and faces.

There were also days where she thought of the herd. Of how maybe, just maybe, if she had stayed, everything would have gotten better. And then she would feel lonely as she thought longingly of the past that she could have had.

And then one day she saw…

Down below was…

Another stripy giraffe.

She blinked once. She blinked twice. She almost did not dare believe it. And then she started running towards the other giraffe.

Her name was Emma. She was absolutely gorgeous. The stripes she had on her skin complemented each other perfectly. And she too had left the herd for a life of solitude.

Emma tilted her head in surprise when she saw another stripy giraffe running towards her.

“Hello dear, what is your name?” Emma asked

“What… is a name?” the giraffe replied quizzically.

“Oh… A name…” Emma frowned as she tried to explain it, “A name is a word used to distinguish someone. Umm… Something used to identify one from the other? It is like your identity… Sorry dear. This is really hard to explain.” Emma said in an apologetic tone.

“I see” came the simple reply.

And then they walked together, each enjoying the comfort of the silence between them.

Breaking the silence first, Emma asked “You know, I was thinking… Would you like it if I gave you a name?”

“Give me a name?”

“Yeah. Actually I was thinking Aster would be a nice name” Emma replied cheerfully.

“Aster?” Aster said, as she tried to say her name. Pausing for a moment, she discovered she quite liked the sound of it.

“Yes. It is actually the name of those purple flowers centred with yellow you see over there.They sometimes come in pink shades as well. Don’t you think they look absolutely beautiful? Exactly like you.” Emma said as she looked admiringly at the flowers.

“But I am not beautiful,” Aster replied

“Oh, don’t be silly.” Emma said as she rolled her eyes dramatically, “Everyone is beautiful in their own way. Don’t let others’ illusions of perfection cloud your beauty.”

“But I had no friends” Aster replied sadly.

“And? Since when did the number of friends determine what you should think of yourself?” Emma said in a teasing voice.

“If you don’t have any confidence and walk around moping all day, expecting one day some kind soul will to accept you unconditionally… Well then, I think you are very… Idealistic. Well not to say that it would never happen… But it is rare to have such things happen.” Emma told Aster bluntly.

They continued walking in silence.

—-

So now there were two stripy giraffes walking across the grasslands.

Their names were Emma and Aster.

Emma taught Aster many things. She taught Aster that sometimes, you mustn’t take everything too seriously. She taught her confidence, kindness, respect.

On nice windy days, Emma would make sure they stopped and watched the formless clouds float by.

Sometimes, when they came across a lake, they would stay around for a few days and splash around in the water.

One night, as they were watching the sun setting from a cliff, Aster asked Emma “do you ever regret leaving your herd?”

There was a pause as Emma thought to consider.

“No… I don’t regret leaving them. In fact, I think it was one of the best things I ever did for myself.” Emma said sincerely.

“How about you?” She asked as she looked kindly at Aster.

“I think I feel the same way too… After all, I would rather be with someone who enjoys my presence then otherwise” Aster said, as she looked back towards the setting sun.

As she said that, she thought back on her journey through life so far and realised something. Life doesn’t get better on its own. If she had just continued enduring the teasing hoping one day the other giraffes would accept her, she would not have met Emma, and she would not be having the life of happiness she was having now. If you want something to get better, you have to do something about it. But along our way to achieve what we want ultimately in life, we must never forget the simple pleasures of life. Otherwise, all will be naught.

As the last of the sun disappeared down the horizon, Aster thought she heard Emma whisper, “it is so good to be alive isn’t it?”

-the end-

On many side notes:

It is a striped giraffe and NOT a zebra. (Must never be confused for a zebra of any sort)

And the pattern to this awesome pattern is from here.

There is also other bloggers who used/modified her striped giraffe pattern, here and here.

It is also good to note that there is something called the invisible join invented by planetjune (it makes perfect stripes!!!)

And actually I modified the whole pattern -__- because I made a mistake at the start and was too lazy to correct it. (But I basically got the idea from Emma’s blog ^_^). The story was a joint thing with the striped giraffe as a birthday present for my younger cousin.

And YES! I finally finished it! *clapclapclap* I shall never do something so stupidly large again. (This took me 1 month •__•)

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Wedding pattern (part 1)

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Yeah~ finally finished the wedding doll I was making. It looks… rather… well… I was expecting it to be more elegant and everything else… *sigh* (sometimes skills and expectations don’t meet)

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Abbreviations

Ch -Chain
Dec- Decrease
Inc- increase
Rnd- round
Rep- Repeat
Sc- Single Crochet
Dc – double crochet
Sc2tog- Single Crochet 2 together (a decreasing st)
Sl st- Slip Stitch
St(s)- Stitch(es)
[ ]- Sets apart a group of stitches to be repeated as a whole

Material
-yarn: black, white and flesh colour
-crochet hook
-stuffing
-safety eyes (size you deem appropriate)

Head/body
R1: flesh colour yarn, magic ring work 5 in ring. Do not join. Insert stitch marker. (5)
R2: [2 sc in the each st] 5 times (10)
R3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 5 times (15)
R4: [sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] 5 times (20)
R5: [sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st] 5 times (25)
R6: [sc in each st] (25)
R7: [sc in each st] (25)
R8: [sc in next 3 st, sc2tog] 5 times (20)
Insert stuffing and eyes
R9: [sc in next 2 st, sc2tog] 5 times (15)
R10: [sc in next 1 st, sc2tog] 5 times (10) change colour to white
R11: [sc in each st] (10)
R12: [sc in each st] (10)
R13: [sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] 3 times, 1 sc (13)
R14: [sc in each st] (13)
R15: [sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] 4times, 1 sc (17)
R16: [sc in each st] (17)
R17: [sc in next 2 st, sc2tog] 4 times, 1 st (13)
R18: [sc in next 2 st, sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc (10) *remember this row. The skirt is going to start here*
R19 to R26: Continue sc in each st[10]
Finish stuffing doll

Bottom:
R1: Using white coloured yarn, magic ring, work 5 sc into ring (5) Do not join
R2: [2 sc in the each st] 5 times (10)
Join this to the base of the head/body

Skirt:
R1: In the outer loops of Round 18 of the torso [Join the white yarn, and sc in each st around] —- 10 sts.
R2: chain 3, [dc in next 2 st, 2dc in next st] 3 times, 1 dc st — 13sts
R3: dc in each st (until the skirt reaches the ground)

Hair:
First you make the wig cap then you embroider the hair on. (I haven’t figured out the other methods of adding hair…)
-Wig cap
R1: black colour yarn, magic ring work 5 in ring. Do not join. Insert stitch marker. (5)
R2: [2 sc in the each st] 5 times (10)
R3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 5 times (15)
R4: [sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] 5 times (20)
R5: [sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st] 5 times (25)
R6: [sc in each st] (25)
Sew this onto head. Start embroidering from where you want the hair to part.

How everything looks like without the bun.

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-bun
R1: black colour yarn, magic ring work 5 in ring. Do not join. Insert stitch marker. (5) do not tighten all the way. (You will be embroidering through the hole. So you would want to keep it loose)
R2: [2 sc in the each st] 5 times (10)
R3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 5 times (15)
R4: [sc in each st] (15)
R5: [sc in next 2 st, sc2tog] 5 times (10)
R6: [sc2tog] 5 times (15)
Start embroidering!

How doll looks with bun attached:

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Hahaha! If you are wondering how I attached the hair bun to the head, I used glue ^_^ (it takes less effort)

For the finishing touches, you could give it a touch of pink cheeks (well I generally give it a blush for females -> so people can tell it is a female doll…) and eyelash (I do it the lazy way. I use permanent markers to draw them on)

I will be doing the groom to match the bride soon ^_^ so stay tuned!

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P.s: a male classmate told me that my crocheted dolls looked like voodoo dolls. The urge to do something horrible was almost overwhelming. Gah I absolutely dislike those people >;( Has this ever happened to anyone else? (or is it just me?)

Free pattern – Jinx (teen titans)

Alright here is the free pattern to your own crochet Jinx!! Just in case you don’t know, but this is how Jinx looks like in the show ^_^

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^look at the similarity!! (Okay it isn’t very similar… But I swear the hair is her defining feature)

Haha. Anyways somethings to know about her:

“I’m bad luck. Good was never an option for me.” -Jinx

Oh and her hair is the symbol of good luck (because it looks like an upward pointing horseshoe) [it is almost like the irony because her powers come from bad luck)
And she is very smart. (*sigh* sometimes I wished I were smarter.)

Do not sell this pattern. If you wish to distribute this pattern [free of charge] either in print or on other web sites please provide a link to this original post.

Abbreviations:
Ch -Chain
Dec- Decrease
Inc- increase
Rnd- round
Rep- Repeat
Sc- Single Crochet
Sc2tog- Single Crochet 2 together (a decreasing st)
Sl st- Slip Stitch
St(s)- Stitch(es)
[ ]- Sets apart a group of stitches to be repeated as a whole

Material
-yarn: black, purple, pink and flesh colour
-crochet hook
-stuffing
-safety eyes (size you deem appropriate)

Head/body
R1: flesh colour yarn, magic ring work 5 in ring. Do not join. Insert stitch marker. (5)
R2: [2 sc in the each st] 5 times (10)
R3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 5 times (15)
R4: [sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] 5 times (20)
R5: [sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st] 5 times (25)
R6: [sc in each st] (25)
R7: [sc in each st] (25)
R8: [sc in next 3 st, sc2tog] 5 times (20)
Insert stuffing and eyes
R9: [sc in next 2 st, sc2tog] 5 times (15)
R10: [sc in next 1 st, sc2tog] 5 times (10) change colour to black

R11: [sc in each st] (10)
R12: [sc in each st] (10)
R13: [sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] 3 times, 1 sc (13)
R14: [sc in each st] (13)
R15: [sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] 4times, 1 sc (17)
R16: [sc in each st] (17) change colour to purple
R17: [sc in next 2 st, sc2tog] 4 times, 1 st (13) change colour to black
R18: [sc in next 2 st, sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc (10)
Finish stuffing doll

Bottom:
R1:Magic ring, work 5 sc into ring (5) Do not join
R2: [2 sc in the each st] 5 times (10)
Join this to the base of the head/body

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Triangular stuff
Chain 3, skip and sc 1. Repeat 5 times. Or as many to go around the neck.
Sew it onto neck

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Hair:
Okay to make her hair pointy at the ends basically make a rectangle. (Why am I not making sense…)

Anyways for my doll. I took 23 chain stitches for it to go round the head. And four rows of dc. Before joining at the top. Then simply embroider the parting on appropriately.

You can use black yarn to go round her hair at the ends for the black stuff or… Just colour them black with permanent markers.

For the finishing touches, you could give it a touch of pink cheeks (well I generally give it a blush for females -> so people can tell it is a female doll…) and eyelash (I do it the lazy way. I use permanent markers to draw them on)

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The beautiful end result!!

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Free pattern – Flash (the hero)

And I just crocheted a Flash (well I was going to do a kid flash but then I didn’t know if it was supposed to be orange or red… So I decided to do a Flash.)

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Finished product ^_^ he was going to have hands and legs actually but then it didn’t look as cute so….

Do not sell this pattern. If you wish to distribute this pattern [free of charge] either in print or on other web sites please provide a link to this original post.

Abbreviations

Ch -Chain
Dec- Decrease
Inc- increase
Rnd- round
Rep- Repeat
Sc- Single Crochet
Sc2tog- Single Crochet 2 together (a decreasing st)
Sl st- Slip Stitch
St(s)- Stitch(es)
[ ]- Sets apart a group of stitches to be repeated as a whole

Material
-yarn: red, yellow, white and flesh colour
-crochet hook
-stuffing
-safety eyes (size you deem appropriate) -> I think I used 7.5mm

Head/body
R1: flesh colour yarn, magic ring work 6 in ring. Do not join. Insert stitch marker. (6)
R2: [2 sc in the each st] 6 times (12)
R3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (18)
R4: [sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (24)
R5: [sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (30)
R6: [sc in each st] (30)
R7: [sc in each st] (30)
R8: [sc in next 3 st, sc2tog] 6 times (24)
Insert stuffing and eyes
R9: [sc in next 2 st, sc2tog] 6 times (18)
R10: [sc in next 1 st, sc2tog] 6 times (12) change colour to red

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R11: [sc in each st] (12)
R12: [sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] 4 times (16)
R13: [sc in each st] (16)
R14: [sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] 5 times, 1st (21)
R15: [sc in each st] (21) change colour to yellow
R16: [sc in each st] (21)
R17: [sc in next 2 st, sc2tog] 5 times, 1 st (16) change colour to red
R18: [sc in next 2 st, sc2tog] (12)
Finish stuffing doll

Bottom:
R1:Magic ring, work 6 sc into ring (6) Do not join
R2: [2 sc in the each st] 6 times (12)
Join this to the base of the head/body

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Mask (okay frankly all I can say is that this really depends on where your eyes are sewed on/glued on/ stuck on. So you have to use this with discretion)
This is based on where my amigurumi eyes are located.
R1: red colour yarn, magic ring work 6 in ring. Do not join. Insert stitch marker. (6)
R2: [2 sc in the each st] 6 times (12)
R3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (18)
R4: [sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (24)
R5: [sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (30)
R6: [sc in each st] (30)
R7: [sc in each st] (30)
R8: [sc in next 3 st, sc2tog] 6 times (24)

Here is the slightly tricky part (?) Well almost. (Or it will be due to poor explanation skills)

Position the mask titling backward, then crochet one row of sc from the first eye to the second eye. And continue until it is in a suitable size, so that it can enclose the eye. Chain3, and skip 3 and treble crochet 4 times chain 3 and join to other side of mask. You can sew on the mask so it will never come off [hopefully the picture below explains better]

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Lightning thingy that sticks at the side of the mask (make 2)
Chain 3
Skip, sc in next 2
Attach to sides of the head

Crest on chest
Magic ring work 5. Join. Embroider/sew/crochet onto the chest

Embroider the lightning symbol.

Yeah and you are done!!!

How did you like it? (Actually this is my first project I made an effort to remember my stitches…) anyways if you have any questions feel free to ask! Oh and subscribe for future free cute patterns ^_^ thanks! Hope you found this useful.