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Hookin On Hump Day #180: A Yarny Link Party!

Moogly - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 02:00

Hookin On Hump Day is back with 5 more fantastic freebies! This round, we have a beautiful mix of crochet and knit patterns – and a chance to be featured in the next round! Hookin On Hump Day is a knit and crochet link party hosted here on Moogly and on Petals to Picots! On HOHD, you [...]

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Red Heart Hygge Charm Giveaway

Moogly - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 16:52

Red Heart Hygge Charm is a subtly sparkly, slightly fuzzy yarn that’s full of fun and cozy possibilities! And this month totally feeling those comfy-bling vibes – I’ve designed two new patterns in this yarn, I have a video yarn review on the way, and top it all off, I’m giving away 5 skeins of [...]

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Deflecto Washi Tape (and More!) Storage Cube Giveaway

Moogly - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 16:00

Every December, I find myself wanting to get organized for the new year – and Deflecto products are always a huge help with that! So today I’m excited to share the new Deflecto Washi Tape Storage Cube with you all – and give one away on Moogly! Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Deflecto but [...]

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Waterlily Throw Tutorial

Moogly - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 15:42

The Waterlily Throw Tutorial will walk you through this beautiful multi-colored blanket – all the special stitches you need to know are covered in right and left-handed video tutorials on Moogly! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Red Heart Yarn and Furls. Waterlily Throw Tutorial: How to the Waterlily Throw – Right [...]

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Facebook Live and YouTube Live: November 2018

Moogly - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 16:19

Happy Holidays! This month’s lives share all the Moogly news and sneak peeks. And on YouTube, I’ll have special tips to keep you crocheting and knitting comfortably this busy season! Watch the November Moogly Lives now live – or in the embedded videos below! Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Red Heart Yarn, and may [...]

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EzPacking Holidays Giveaway

Moogly - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 16:00

It’s travel season – and crochet and knitting season! These are the days of running around like crazy and squeezing in more crafting time than ever. So make it a bit easier (and more organized!) with the EzPacking Holidays Giveaway on Moogly! Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by EzPacking but all opinions are my own. [...]

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Waterlily Throw

Moogly - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 16:00

The Waterlily Throw is a circular afghan with lots of color and texture, ready for cozying up with this winter! And it’s a free crochet blanket pattern here on Moogly! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Red Heart Yarns and Brittany. The Waterlily Throw was sort of a “doodling” pattern for me. [...]

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Moogly CAL 2018 – Afghan Block #23

Moogly - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:00

Moogly CAL 2018 Block 23 is coming to you one day “early” due to American Thanksgiving – and it’s a square to be grateful for! So a big thanks to Kirsten Holloway Designs for contributing the gorgeous Magnolia Square – and Happy Thanksgiving! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Red Heart Yarns, [...]

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Hookin On Hump Day #179: A Yarny Link Party!

Moogly - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 02:00

Hookin On Hump Day is having a hat week – must be autumn! This round, all 5 featured patterns are free – and crochet! And ideal for taking along on your holiday travels! Hookin On Hump Day is a knit and crochet link party hosted here on Moogly and on Petals to Picots! On HOHD, you can [...]

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Crochet A-B-Sea by Pony Tate: Giveaway!

Moogly - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 16:00

Crochet A-B-Sea is a fun new book by Pony McTate, full of delightful sea creatures – all alphabetically arranged in a beautiful blanket! Get a peek inside, and enter to win your own copy on Moogly! Disclaimer: Materials for this giveaway were provided by Pony McTate. This post includes affiliate links. Pony McTate is a [...]

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Pompadoodle Christmas Tree: Guest Pattern by Winding Road Crochet

Moogly - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 16:00

I have something special for you today – a pattern guest post! Lindsey from Winding Road Crochet approached me with a fantastic holiday idea for Red Heart Pomp-a-doodle – a Pompadoodle Christmas Tree! And it turned out so cute – read on to find out how to make your own on Moogly! Both written instructions [...]

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Harvest Bandana Cowl Tutorial

Moogly - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 15:28

The Harvest Bandana Cowl Tutorial will walk you through this exciting take on the corner to corner stitch – and show you how to finish it off with this beautifully textured edging! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Red Heart Yarn and Furls. Harvest Bandana Cowl Tutorial: How to the Harvest Bandana Cowl [...]

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Yarn Love: Red Heart Colorscape

Moogly - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:28

Red Heart Colorscape is a lovely, brushed yarn that’s non-allergenic, and features gorgeous “painterly” colorways. Let’s take a closer look at Colorscape in this month’s Moogly Yarn Love yarn review – and I’ve got 14 free patterns for you to try it out with too! Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Red Heart Yarn, but [...]

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Happy Hat-days with Babay Fay Hat Templates: Giveaway!

Moogly - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 16:00

Babay Fay Hat Templates are a tool that makes crocheting top-down hats easy as can be – no tape measure needed! With a chill in the air and the holidays on the horizon, it’s definitely hat season – so make this one the best ever with this Moogly giveaway (and there’s a discount code too)! Disclaimer: [...]

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Harvest Bandana Cowl

Moogly - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:46

The Harvest Bandana Cowl is a fun, quick, and easy one ball pattern that features the corner to corner stitch and the twisted single crochet. And it’s a free crochet pattern here on Moogly! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Red Heart Yarns and Furls Crochet. I love the look of shawls [...]

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Moogly CAL 2018 – Afghan Block #22

Moogly - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 16:00

Moogly CAL 2018 Block 22 is pretty, relaxing, and fun to customize – and courtesy of Fiber Flux! Also, please note that I had the wrong date down for the last block – it will be December 6th, not 13th! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Red Heart Yarns, Furls Crochet, and [...]

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Chic Moroccan Slippers Tutorial

Moogly - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 15:45

The Chic Moroccan Slippers Tutorial includes both right and left-handed videos – and will teach you how to make this colorful free crochet slippers pattern! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Red Heart Yarn and Brittany. Chic Moroccan Slippers Tutorial: How to Crochet Chic Moroccan Slippers – Right Handed How to Crochet [...]

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Hookin On Hump Day #178: A Yarny Link Party!

Moogly - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 02:00

Hookin On Hump Day is feelin’ the fall vibes! Cozy, warm.. and oh lucky day, all free crochet! Hookin On Hump Day is a knit and crochet link party hosted here on Moogly and on Petals to Picots! On HOHD, you can submit your blog posts to be featured – and/or see the best new projects available [...]

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PlanetJune Accessories 2018 Shawl Collection

Planet June - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 14:42

Note: Don’t miss the launch discounts, at the end of this post!

I’m delighted to reveal my 2018 PlanetJune Accessories shawls and wraps crochet pattern collection – it’s been over a year in the making!

My 2018 collection comprises three different shawl shapes, all very versatile: as well as making them in the same size and similar yarn to my samples, you can use pretty much any yarn weight and customize them to any size, if you prefer.

To demonstrate this, I’ve made two very different samples for each pattern, so you can see what I’m talking about! Let’s take a look…

Half-Hexagon Shawl

The Half-Hexagon shawl wraps you in a crocheted hug without any excess fabric, and drapes almost like an elegant cardigan. The lacy pattern is simple enough to take advantage of a yarn with long colour changes, or use the optional contrast-colour version of the border to give a standout finish if you’re working in a single colour. Worked from the centre top, you can just keep crocheting until the shawl is the size you want and then add the decorative border.

For the main sample above, I used Loops & Threads Woolike (acrylic/nylon super fine) yarn in Teal Lake, with the contrast-colour border in Gray, which I think makes such an elegant finishing touch.

For my second sample, I used Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Ball (cotton/acrylic light DKish) yarn – as the name suggests, you really can make an entire shawl from one ball of this yarn, which comes in some lovely colourways! I used the delicious Community Coral colourway, and I think it turned out beautifully:

Diamond Lace Wrap

Wear this lovely wrap as a rectangular shawl to show off the stunning diamond pattern to the full, or as a lacy scarf. Choose your favourite solid or semi-solid colour and watch the alternating solid and lacy diamonds appear as you crochet. The pattern includes full instructions to make a shawl as deep as you want, or whip up a narrower scarf/wrap in a fraction of the time with equally eye-catching results!

For the main sample above, I used most of a 100g hank of Natural Dye Studio Angel 2-ply lace (baby alpaca with a touch of silk and cahmere) in Heather, and it’s so light and floaty.

For my second sample, I was lucky enough to try a new test colourway for up-and-coming indie dyer Incyanity (her shop will be opening for business soon, but you can follow her on Instagram in the meantime!) This wonderful tonal teal shade in merino/nylon fingering weight really made the stitch pattern in my scarf-sized version pop:

Sweetheart Lace Shawl

Sweetheart Lace Shawl is a triangular shawl with an elegant curve along the top edge so it hugs your neck and won’t fall off your shoulders. Using only basic stitches, the lace grows from the centre top so you can keep crocheting until the shawl is the size you want, then add the picot border as the finishing touch.

For the main sample above, I used Carlton Silky Aran yarn (DK acrylic microfibre) in a delicious raspberry shade.

For my second sample, I used Incyanity’s Amethyst Sky colourway in merino/silk fingering – isn’t this just gorgeous? The stitch pattern in this shawl is lacy enough to take advantage of those ever-changing sky blues and purples without being obscured.

So, what do you think of my new designs? Do you have a favourite in the collection? I truly can’t decide! If you can’t either, I’ll make your choice easier with some discount prices…

Links and Launch Discounts

Links to buy: You can buy the new shawl patterns individually from my shop:

…or as part of a Custom Set of any 3 PlanetJune Accessories patterns for a special price.

But, to celebrate the launch, I have three special offers, for one week only:

  • Buy one of the new shawl patterns and save 10% (code: SHAWL1)
  • Buy two and save 17% on each (code: SHAWL2)
  • Buy all three and save 25% on each (code: SHAWL3)

Just add the shawl(s) to your shopping cart, and enter the appropriate code in the Discount box at checkout to receive your automatic discount! Valid until next Tuesday, 6 November 2018.

(Please note: you must have all the shawls you’ve chosen in your shopping cart at once for the discount codes to work. Not valid on the Custom Set – but the SHAWL3 code gives you a better discount than the Custom Set anyway!)

Crochet-Along

If you’re making one of these shawls this year, please join us for the Accessories CAL in the PlanetJune Ravelry group and let us know right away which shawl you’re planning to make first and what yarn you’ll be using! I can’t wait to see which colours you choose…

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Extreme Amigurumi: Extreme Whale!

Planet June - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:14

After the success of my giant amigurumi baby bunny, Mega Bun, I decided to try some more extreme amigurumi experiments using regular yarn that’s currently available in stores, so I can give you some recommendations.

As before, I used my Susan Bates Xtreme crochet hook, which is size 50 (that’s 25mm, or 1 inch!) and this time I decided to use my smallest, simplest amigurumi animal pattern, Tiny Whale. Is it possible to make an extreme Tiny Whale?! Why yes, it is:

And now let’s look at how I got to this point…

First Attempt: Jumbo Yarn

Bernat Blanket Big is a #7 jumbo weight yarn with a recommended hook size of 25mm – exactly what I was looking for!

(Note: this is a completely different yarn from the #6 super bulky weight Bernat Blanket yarn, which is only a fraction of a size of this monster yarn! You may find ‘Bernat Blanket Big Ball Yarn’ for sale online, but that’s just a big ball of Bernat Blanket, not a ball of Bernat Blanket Big…)

This chenille-style yarn works up beautifully to make a massive and super-soft amigurumi with no large holes. Look at these huge single crochet stitches:

And then: disaster! A ball of Blanket Big weighs 300g but only contains 32 yards (29m) of yarn. It turns out my one ball made less than half of a Tiny Whale, and I had no way to get more of the same colour…

So that was the end of this attempt, but at least my experiment proved that the #7 jumbo yarn is a viable choice for extreme amigurumi.

Verdict: Thumbs up for this yarn, provided you’re prepared to buy several balls to make a single amigurumi! (But please check that your jumbo yarn recommends a 25mm hook size if you’re going to replicate this: “jumbo” covers everything larger than super bulky. Most jumbo yarns I’ve seen are designed for a 19mm hook, and are much less bulky than this.)

Second Attempt: Super Bulky Yarn

Jumbo yarn isn’t very common, so, for my next experiment, I wanted to know how many strands of super bulky yarn, held together, would make the equivalent of a single strand of my jumbo yarn.

I used Bernat Blanket yarn, which has the same chenille-style construction as Blanket Big, but is a much more usable size (the recommended hook size for this yarn is US L/8mm).

I tried to gauge how many strands I’d need by holding several strands up against the jumbo yarn to compare visually and by feel, and then crocheting with them to see what gave the most similar result to my first experiment. And the result? You need a whopping six strands of super bulky yarn to replicate the weight of one strand of the jumbo!

I came up with a variation of chain plying that let me wrangle 6 strands relatively easily, but it was still hard work on such a massive scale. The multiple strands, held tightly together, are clearly visible in the amigurumi and don’t give as soft a finish as the jumbo yarn, but I quite like the effect, and, most importantly, it worked!

Extreme Whale used 500 yards (460m) of Bernat Blanket yarn with a 25mm hook. Despite this huge stitch size, there are no large holes between the stitches and I was able to stuff him directly (unlike Mega Bun, who needed a net to contain the stuffing).

Verdict: The end result is a definite success, but wrangling 6 strands of yarn was an added challenge!

Extreme Whale is exactly six times the size of the original Tiny Whale, at 24″ (60cm) long vs 4″ (10cm) in the original pattern, and weighs in at over 1kg (well over 2lbs) including stuffing!

Final Thoughts

These experiments have shown that it’s definitely possible to scale up an amigurumi pattern by multiple times, provided you don’t mind the look of the huge stitches and you choose an appropriate hook and yarn for your project.

Mega Bun is very happy to finally have a friend of her own size!

If you’d like to make an extreme ami and are debating buying ridiculously thick yarn vs using multiple strands of a finer yarn, you may be interested to know that I compared the cost of each yarn, and the cost of an ami made with 6 strands of Blanket yarn is the same as making the same ami from 1 strand of Blanket Big yarn.

If I make another extreme whale, I’d try to use the jumbo yarn to save on having to hold all those strands together! But Bernat Blanket is very readily available in a wide range of shades, whereas Blanket Big is often unavailable (I think it may be released seasonally in the winter and discontinued every summer) and only comes in a handful of shades. So either option is fine, depending on what you can find.

Pattern Info

If you’d like to make your own extreme (or standard-sized!) amigurumi whale and bunny like mine, the PlanetJune patterns I used are:

What’s Next?

Will I be putting away my giant hook now? Oh no, I’m not done with extreme crochet just yet!

I’ve come up with lots of recommendations throughout this journey so far, and I’ll be compiling all my extreme amigurumi tips for you – and the pattern for my giant crocheted ami eyes – when I’ve finished my final supersized crochet experiments.

Stay tuned for the next extremely thrilling update…

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