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Summer Fling Tutorial

Moogly - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:35

How to have a summer fling? No no no, this is how to crochet the Summer Fling Throw – a free crochet pattern on Moogly! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links. Materials for this video were provided by Lion Brand and Furls. How to Crochet: Summer Fling Throw – Right Handed How to Crochet: Summer Fling [...]

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Kirsten Holloway Designs: Designer Showcase!

Moogly - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 15:00

Every so often, I get the chance to highlight another fantastic crochet designer – and today, I’m excited to share Kirsten Holloway Designs in the Moogly Designer Showcase! Kristen Holloway is (drumroll please) the smartie behind Kirsten Holloway Designs! Here’s a bit more about her in her own words: Hello! I’m Kirsten, the owner of Kirsten [...]

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Modern Tapestry Crochet: Review & Giveaway

Moogly - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 15:00

I got to meet Alessandra Hayden of Just Be Happy Crochet last year when she was working on this book – and I’m so excited to be able to share the finished product with you! Because Modern Tapestry Crochet is gorgeous! Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book for review, but all opinions [...]

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Quicksilver Shawlette

Moogly - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 13:51

You know when you’ve made something you just love, can’t stop touching, and can’t wait to wear? For me, that’s the Quicksilver Shawlette – a free crochet shawl pattern here on Moogly! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Lion Brand Yarn. The Quicksilver Shawlette is, to date, my favorite piece. I love [...]

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Babay Fay Back to School Giveaway!

Moogly - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 15:00

It’s Back to School time, and that means a new Babay Fay discount code – and a giveaway to help you with all those hats you’ll make this school year! Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Babay Fay, but all opinions are my own. This post includes affiliate links. Babay Fay makes truly amazing Hat [...]

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Teaching a Child to Crochet

Moogly - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 15:00

Today I’m excited to bring you a guest post by Mary Walton! Mary Walton is an editor at UK Writings. She loves everything DIY and inventing new crochet patterns. And today she is sharing her thoughts on Teaching a Child to Crochet! Crocheting is a hobby and a passion loved by many people around the world. I [...]

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Starfish Collection crochet pattern

Planet June - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 13:53

Today I have a colourful new addition to add to my AquaAmi crochet pattern range: the Starfish Collection! These puffy starfish are a fast and easy no-sew pattern and look equally good as toys or home decor.

Starfish Collection is a mix-and-match no-sew pattern that includes 4 sizes of sea stars, ranging from 3 to 7 inches (7.5 to 18cm) across:


L-R: Tiny, Small, Medium and Large Starfish

You can make each size in any of three colour patterns (plain, striped top, and pale underside):


Clockwise from top left: striped top, pale underside, plain underside, plain top

The pattern also includes options (for any size and style) for making a flat appliqué starfish, and amigurumi-style starfish with a cute happy face:


Left: flat starfish appliqué; right: happy amigurumi starfish

About the Designs

These Starfish are fun to crochet – with no sewing needed (yay!), and the same basic technique for all the different sizes and options, once you’ve made one, you’ll find them very fast to work up.

Choose size, pattern, colour(s), flat or 3D, and whether it has a face – you can mix-and-match endlessly to make new combinations. Choose whites and pale neutrals to decorate your home with an elegant seaside vibe, or make colourful smiley toys (as they are made in one piece, they’re perfect baby-safe toys too, with embroidered or no features).

And that’s not all! Why not make a starfish Amigurumi Wall Hanging, or add a couple to a Turtle Beach blanket..?


Starfish on a Turtle Beach square

About the Pattern

Starfish Collection is a detailed pattern including written patterns, step-by-step photo tutorials, and right- and left-handed stitch diagrams for each size of starfish.

This is a modular pattern, so you can save paper and ink by reading all the background tutorial information on-screen and just printing the pages you need for the written instructions (p6-8) and stitch diagrams (right-handed p10-12; left-handed p14-16).

Buy Now & Launch Discount

Ready to start crocheting? You can pick up the entire Starfish Collection from my shop right now for only $5.50!

If you’re not ready to buy just yet (or even if you are!), please remember to heart and queue it on Ravelry:

But let’s make that deal even better: for one week only, I’ll give you an extra 10% off the price! To take advantage of this deal, add the Starfish Collection to your shopping cart, and enter the discount code SEASTAR at checkout! (Offer ends Wednesday 30 August, 2017.)

I hope you’ll enjoy my new mix-and-match pattern – I can’t wait to see which size, colours and options you choose for your first starfish. (And if you don’t feel like mixing it up, please feel free to copy my sea stars exactly – that can be just as much fun!)

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5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Started Crocheting

Moogly - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:00

Today I’m pleased to bring you a guest post by Carly Jacobs from Melbourne, Australia. She runs Crochet Coach (crochetcoach.com), an online crochet school and community. Thank you, Carly!  Disclaimer: This post includes an affiliate link. I’ve been crocheting seriously for about six years now. I’d tried to knit many times. I come from a family of [...]

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Lucky Pineapple Plant Hangers

Moogly - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 14:18

The pineapple has an interesting history – and has been associated at different times with hospitality, and with good fortune. And of course, pineapples are an ever popular crochet motif. These days, we could all use a little extra hospitality and good luck, and that inspired the Lucky Pineapple Plant Hangers! Disclaimer: This post includes [...]

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#MooglyCAL2017: Afghan Block #17

Moogly - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:00

It’s almost time for back to school, and that means business and schedules – and CAL squares are the perfect project for this time of year! Short, sweet, satisfying, and easy to take on the go! I thnk you’ll love #17 in the Moogly CAL for 2017, designed by Alexis Middleton of Persia Lou! Disclaimer: [...]

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10 Free Back to School Crochet Patterns with Lion Brand Yarn

Moogly - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:00

I can’t believe it, it isn’t true… but it’s time for Back to School! This summer has flown by, but here we are, just weeks from when most kids will head back to school for a new year of learning, fun, and friends. But first things first – school supplies! Here are 10 free back [...]

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Hookin On Hump Day #149: A Yarny Link Party!

Moogly - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 01:00

Fall schedules are firming up – I hope you are planning in some crochet and knitting time! Because there are so many fantastic new patterns coming out every single month – and we love highlighting some of the best here on Hookin On Hump Day! Thank you all so much to those who link up! [...]

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Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball August Giveaway!

Moogly - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 15:00

Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball is one of my favorite yarns – for shawls, and other projects! I’ve designed quite a few patterns in it, and it’s quickly becoming a go-to yarn for other designers as well. So let’s give some away as we enter the dog days of summer! Disclaimer: This giveaway was [...]

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Opal Arrows Infinity Scarf

Moogly - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:31

I can’t get enough of Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball! It’s such a great size for one skein projects, and this colorway just spoke to me – gorgeous! I was inspired to create a filet mesh arrow pattern that is worked across the whole width of this super cozy and luxurious piece – the [...]

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The 5 Essential Techniques for Amigurumi

Planet June - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 16:31

Amigurumi is a special subset of crochet that requires its own skills. Even the most experienced crocheters can be startled when they pick up their first amigurumi pattern and discover it’s full of new terms and techniques!

In this post, I’ll cover all the essentials you’ll need to be able to tackle an amigurumi pattern with confidence and end up with great-looking crocheted stuffed toys.

Note: All the posts linked below include both right- and left-handed video tutorials!

1. Magic Ring

The magic ring gives the perfect start to any piece of amigurumi: you can start crocheting in the round without any trace of a hole in the middle.


L: magic ring; R: standard ‘chain 2’ start

2. Invisible Decrease

Decreasing without leaving any bumps or gaps sounds too good to be true, but the invisible decrease (abbreviated invdec) really does live up to its name!

3. Changing Colour

Changing colour correctly lets you make clean colour changes without dots of the wrong colour peeking through.


Note: To manage your colour changes perfectly, you’ll also need to deal with the yarn you’re not currently using. My Managing the Yarns tutorial explains how!

4. Seamless Join

My Seamless Join technique creates a smooth, almost invisible join whenever you’re stitching an open-ended piece to a closed piece.

5. Ultimate Finish

The Ultimate Finish is the equivalent of another magic ring at the end of your piece! Close up the remaining hole with a smooth, gap-free finish.

Practice Makes Perfect!

Master these 5 techniques and you’ll be all set to conquer any amigurumi pattern and get a beautiful result!

Why not pick a favourite from my extensive nature-inspired PlanetJune pattern range and practice your skills?

Further reading:
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Scalloped Edging or Shell Stitch Border

Moogly - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:47

One of the very first edgings or borders I learned in crochet was the simple Scalloped Edging, or Shell Stitch Border. It’s easy, feminine, and adds just the right touch to blankets, hats, little girl’s dresses – the applications are endless! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links. Materials for this video were provided by Lion [...]

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Knit Stars 2.0 Flash Sale on NOW!

Moogly - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 15:00

I am so excited to share that Knit Stars is having a FLASH SALE! Which means you can enroll in Knit Stars 2.0 now and save money – and still get to see all the amazing teachers (plus me!) when the class debuts! Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. First, a quick recap if you [...]

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Emoji Crochet by Charles Voth: Review & Giveaway!

Moogly - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 15:00

This summer I got to see my friend Charles Voth and get a copy of his new book, Emoji Crochet! And of course I got a second copy to giveaway to one lucky Moogly reader! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links. Material for this giveaway provided by Spring House Press. If you ask me, it [...]

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Tango Shawl

Moogly - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 13:45

I designed and crocheted the Tango Shawl while at the CGOA Chainlink conference this year – surrounded by all the lovely crochet, there was so much inspiration! And I got a unique opportunity to have some special models that you just might know too! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Lion Brand [...]

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#MooglyCAL2017: Afghan Block #16

Moogly - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 15:00

August!!? It’s true! Time for square #16 in the free yearly Moogly CAL for 2017, and this time it’s a super fun, summery square from Laurinda Reddig at ReCrochetions! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links. First some important links: Just getting started? Welcome! Now… CLICK HERE! There is a Ravelry group for the CAL HERE, and [...]

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