Bonjour, mes amours! And a Happy, Happy New Year! Wow, a whole week off from blogging. Did you miss me? 😉 Have you been following along with my Paris/London travels on Instagram?
I am so excited to be back online. I’ve got lots of great blog ideas for 2017 (WOW, it’s 2017 already?!) I wanted to start off this year by blogging about two Christmas gifts I crocheted for my friend and travel companion, Chelsea.
Chelsea loves unicorns and bears, so I decided to make her one of each. A while back, my (awesome and amazing) parents sent me this mini-toy crochet kit in a care package. Though there weren’t instructions for either a unicorn or a bear, I figured I could modify the patterns from the book to make Chelsea’s toys.
First, I modified the squirrel pattern to make the body and head of my unicorn. After several failed attempts at modifying other patterns in the book, I finally just decided to wing it and make the arms on my own. I don’t think they look great, but they are the best of the options I tried.
Chelsea is a bit of a punk rocker, so I decided her mini unicorn should have a similar ‘tude. For the rainbow main, I just looped individual pieces of yarn through the head and tied each one off. It was somewhat time consuming, but easy to do. For the horn, I just chained a few loops and attached it to the head.
Here is a picture of my unicorn, Jennifer, with her new little friend seated on her lap. 🙂 Aww, aren’t they cute? (If I say so myself.)
For the bear, I modified the beaver crochet pattern from the book. I accidentally finished stuffing it before I attached the plastic safety eyes included in the kit, so I just crocheted a magic circle using 3 stitches to make eyes, and looped black yarn through the middle to make the irises.
I opted not to give the bear limbs for several reasons: 1) I am lazy. 2) I wasn’t entirely happy with the way the unicorn’s legs turned out. 3) I wanted the bear to look similar to a Ty Beanie Ballz.
Also, I used a smaller crochet hook on the bear than on the unicorn … I didn’t realize it would make such a difference in their sizes! The bear looks a bit like R2D2. 🙂 He also definitely looks home made!