As promised, I've got a couple of cute little hooky animals to share with you today, well one wide-eyed bird and one hoppity animal.
I just love these sort of quick, decorative projects, they are fun and satisfying to work on with odd scraps of leftover yarn, and they make great gifts.
I made this cute owl a little while ago as a Birthday present for a friend. I had a fair idea she would like it as she is part of my Monday night pub crochet group and she has a real passion for animals and birds. I really loved making it for her.
This owl is not my own design, no no. For once I chose to follow someone else's carefully created pattern which was written much as I write out
my own patterns, in picture-heavy tutorial style. It was a great experience I
have to say, and I can now fully appreciate the appeal of my own patterns and
tutorials, if that makes sense?! It made the whole crochet experience fast, fun and easy, and was so much nicer than being faced with a paragraph of abbreviated gobbledegook. Yay for pictures and plain English!
Yesterday when I was resting my leg and catching up with my wonderful Ravelry group, I spotted the most adorable little Easter Bunnies on the Members Project page. Ravelry is such an amazing resource, and I love the community spirit of it. These bunnies had been made and shared, listing yarn and pattern info so it was a breeze to track down the original source (thank you Katalin).
I soon realised that the bunny pattern was actually an adapted version of the original owl pattern. And once again, full credit was given and links provided back to the original source. I love good, kind, respectful sharing. I cannot abide thoughtless sharing with no source info (naughty bad peeps, this happens a lot on Facebook I've found)
My bunny turned out great...so cute with those stripy ears! The pattern was beautifully written (another picture heavy tute, hooray!), and I only made one adjustment. I added an extra row across the top of the bunny's head as I couldn't seem to quite fit the eyes in properly (they were too near the edge). Speaking of eyes, I really love these safety eyes for projects like this. I bought mine (6mm ones) from here.
I know this little hoppity critter won't get packed away after Easter as he is way too lovely to spend the next year inside a cardboard box.
Right....I need to give you the pattern links now, cos I feel quite certain that many of you may be inspired to hook up one (or many) of these little beauties.
The original owl pattern was created by the super talented Jacquie who writes Bunny Mummy blog. Just click on the above picture to go straight there for some twit-twoooo loveliness.
And the sweet little Easter bunny pattern was created by Janette who writes The Green Dragonfly blog. Click on the above picture to go straight there for some hoppity-hop happiness.
Happy hooking my lovelies!
Edit to add :: Sorry, I completely forgot to mention this.....these two patterns are written differently, the Owl being in English crochet terms and the Bunny being in US crochet terms. So depending on where you are in the world, you may need to do a little translating.
UK treble (tr) = US double crochet (dc) (the main body/tummy of the critter)
UK half treble (htr) = US half double crochet (hdc) (the head shaping)
UK double crochet (dc) = US single crochet (sc) (the outer edge)
and vice versa! x