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Hawaiian Aloha Spirit Crochet

Recently I was lucky enough to take a trip to Hawaii, more specifically, Kauai. I absolutely love it there.  It is beautiful, green, full of flowers, and the people are just wonderful and easy going.  This trip has left me in an aloha spirit and I’ve decided to seek out some Hawaiian-inspired crochet patterns.

The most iconic symbol of Hawaii, in my own humble opinion, would have to go to the beautiful plumeria flowers of the islands.
PlumeriaPatternPhoto_PlanetJuneI found this pattern awhile back and have not had a chance to try it out yet.  It is a 3D flower and is a great likeness to the actual plumeria.  This pattern was created by the very talented June Gilbank of PlanetJune Craft Blog.  She offers the pattern for free on her site.  If you would like a .pdf of the pattern that is formatted for printing, all she asks is a donation to her site, which is well worth it for such a lovely pattern.

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This next pattern is a baby hula girl photo prop.  Isn’t it cute?  This pattern is also offered for free via Craftsy.  It was designed by Aimee Arnold.  Her Craftsy store is called Chain Four.  Go check it out!  You do have to create an account to get it, but Craftsy is a great pattern resource.  You can even find Heather’s Craft Corner patterns there! (Shameless plug!)

 

 

HulaGirlAmigurumi
The next pattern is an amigurumi hula girl doll by Sayjai of K and J Dolls.  She is just plain adorable.  This pattern is available on Etsy for $4.99.  There are a bunch of cute patterns available in her shop.  She is incredibly talented.

 
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Let’s not forget about the dolphins.  I was able to take a dinner cruise while in Hawaii and we saw two large pods of dolphins.  They really do like to play with the boat.  This dolphin amigurumi pattern is available on Etsy.  I’m not sure who the creator is.  The shop says that all funds will go to fund dutch artist Joyce Overheul’s projects, but I’m not sure if she actually made the pattern.  Regardless, it is very cute.

If you know of any other cute Hawaiian-themed patterns, please post a comment with the link.  I’d love to see them.

Aloha!

Crocodile Stitch Help

It was brought to my attention by one of my wonderful pattern testers that there is a little detail in the crocodile stitch that if done incorrectly can ruin the look of the piece.

The crocodile stitch is basically a two row repeating stitch where the 2nd row is worked in front of the 1st row (instead of above).  The 1st row is a simple v-stitch row.  The 2nd row is the “scale” row.  When working the 3rd row (2nd v-stitch row), the v-stitches that land between scales should catch the scale to secure it in place.

Here is my little help photo explaining this part of the stitch:

Hope that helps!

Crochet Technique – Weaving in Ends

As I have previously said, I want this blog to help with even the most basic steps in crafting.  In crochet, one of these basic steps is weaving in ends of your work.  No one ever explains this.  I have done my best to figure it out on my own, but here is a link to a tutorial that I found very helpful:

Hopefully you find this as helpful as I did!

Crocodile Stitch

If you have ever seen the crocodile crochet stitch and wanted to do it, I have found a great tutorial for it.  I looked all over trying to find one.  This is a video from Annie’s Attic.  The best thing about it is there isn’t a lot of chatter, they just instruct you like a pattern would read.  I really liked it.

Check out the Video

I will have to make something with this stitch and post a picture so you can see what it looks like.  It’s pretty neat.