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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Paddy the Panda Pattern 99 cent sale


Hey everyone. Paddy the Panda pattern is now 99 cents for the entire month of November 2012!
He makes a great gift! Make one for those special Christmas gifts now! Click here!
Paddy the Panda

Friday, October 12, 2012

New Skull Chick Pattern 1.99


Skull Chick PDF

Skull Chick now a PDF Pattern
Well, it's finally completed! Skull Chick PDF now available on Ravelry for $1.99.
Just thanking Prima Dora for giving me the opportunity to create as an idea.
Also, thanking  Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on South Lamar for letting me use their space to work on these delightful dolls. In fact, several of my customer and great critics are the great barristas at this great coffee shop.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Longhorn


Longhorn PDF

Longhorn
My Longhorn PDF now available on Ravelry for $1.99 as promised. It debut at Hill Country Weavers in Austin, TX from this last week-end Yarn Crawl.
Now it's avalaible to you. I make several Longhorns for my gift stores in Austin and can't make enough and always in demand..
I've used several types of medium worsted yarn and still yield 9-10 inches tall. Popular with the UT crowd..
Remember, for personal use only.

Elf Chick added for the upcoming Holidays.
Fresh off the press, is my new free pattern for you!
Elf Chick for the Holidays


True to getting everything ready for the Holiday season, Elf Chick is now available to you!
She’s based on Little Pigtail Girl is essence but she has a few new qualities to share.

Supplies:
1 skein any medium worsted weight yarn in Peach  color
1 skein any medium worsted weight yarn in White color
1 skein any medium worsted weight yarn in Red color
1 skein any medium worsted weight yarn in Variegated color
Size E/ 4 (3.5mm) crochet hook or any size to obtain correct gauge
1 set of 15 mm safety plastic eyes or 1 pr of black buttons
Optional: black embroidery thread to make a pair of eyes if not using safety eyes
Pink embroidery thread to shape mouth.
Polyester fiberfill
1 Stitch marker
1 weaving needle
Holiday colored ribbon
Optional: Fabric Tac if adding Gems to decorate ears
Piece of pink felt to use for mouth instead of embroidering mouth


Skill level:
Easy and fun to make. Gauge is not important.
This pattern has photo references.
Need to know the basic stitches, seen in Abbreviations section.
Notes:
After making numerous dolls, I found that crochet hook E/4 (3.5 mm)
yields the tightest stitches.
The basic rule is to work stitches tightly so stuffing does not show.
With this type of doll, amigurumi, work in the round but do not join. 
I use a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the next row as the work progresses.
Refer to photos to see the progression of this project.
You may use the adjustable ring method to start your round shaping.
I still use ch 2, 6 sc in the second ch (or indicated # of stitches noted in
pattern) to start shaping a ball.
There is no right or wrong, mostly, preference. 

Abbreviations:
ch: chain stitch
sl st: slip stitch
inc: 2 single crochet stitches in 1 sc
dec: decrease or in this pattern, 2 sctog is acceptable
[ ] : work directions inside brackets as many times as indicated.
st(s): stitches
tc: triple crochet (reference from About.com)
1. Yarn over hook twice, then insert hook into next stitch.
2. Yarn over hook and draw yarn through stitch - (there are four loops on the hook).
3. Loop yarn over hook and draw through two loops, (there are now three loops remaining on the hook).
4. Yarn over hook and draw through two loops.
5. Again, loop yarn over hook and draw through the last two loops on the hook (there is now one loop remaining.)
6. This completes one triple crochet.


Head: Make 1 in Peach.

1. Ch 2. 6 sc in the 2nd ch st. (6)     
2. Place marker (PM). 2 sc in the next 2 sc. (12)     
3. PM.   [2 sc in the next sc, 1 sc in the next 1 sc] 6 times. (18)   
4. PM.  [2 sc in the next sc, 1 sc in the next 2 sc] 6 times. (24)
5. PM.  [2 sc in the next sc, 1 sc in the next 3 sc] 6 times. (30)
6. PM.  [2 sc in the next sc, 1 sc in the next 4 sc] 6 times. (36)
7. PM.  [2 sc in the next sc, 1 sc in the next 5 sc] 6 times. (42)
8. PM. 1 sc in the next 42 sc (42)
9. PM. 1 sc in the next 42 sc (42)
10.PM. 1 sc in the next 42 sc (42)
11.PM. 1 sc in the next 42 sc (42)
12.PM. 1 sc in the next 42 sc (42)
13.PM. [Dec (2sctog) in the 1st sc and 1 sc in the next 5 sc] 6 times. (36)
14.PM. [Dec (2sctog) in the 1st sc and 1 sc in the next 4 sc] 6 times. (30)
15.PM. [Dec (2sctog) in the 1st sc and 1 sc in the next 3 sc] 6 times (24)
16.PM. [Dec (2sctog) in the 1st sc and 1 sc in the next 2 sc] 6 times (18)
17.PM. [Dec (2sctog) in the 1st sc and 1 sc in the next 1 sc] 6 times (12)
Turn the head over and begin to place the eyes as seen in the photo before stuffing and closing head.

Placement of the eyes (using safety eyes, buttons, or even embroidery) is at this point because it is extremely hard to do after you close the shape of the head. I usually place at row 7 at 6 sts apart. 

Hair: Using Red
1. At the center of the head, with a 3 inch tail, draw up a loop and chain 7.
2. Bring back to the same st and slip st and ch 7 again following the shaping of the top of the head. Makes the loopy hair. 
3. Refer to photos as reference.  
4. When 2-3 rows are completed, follow at behind the 1st ear, begin 1 sc around to the base of the head up to behind the other ear. Refer to photos.
5. Continue the looping until completed.

Pointy Ears: Make 2 in Peach.
1. Ch 2. 1 sc in the 2nd ch. Ch 1& turn. (1)
2. Inc in the 1 sc. Ch 1 & turn. (2)
3. Inc in the 1st sc and 1 sc in the next sc. Ch 1 & turn. (3)
4. Inc in the 1st sc and 1 sc in the next 2 sc. Ch 1 & turn. (4)
5. Fasten off and leave a long tail to weave.

Body:  Make 1.  Starting at the base using White.
1. Ch 2.  6 sc in 2nd ch. (6)
2. PM.   (Inc in the 1 sc )6 times.(12)
3. PM.   (Inc in the 1st sc and 1 sc in the next 2 sc) 6 times (18)
4. PM.  (Inc in the 1st sc and 2 sc in the next 2 sc) 6 times (24)
5. PM.  (Inc in the 1st sc and 3 sc in the next 2 sc) 6 times (30)
6. PM.  Sc in the next sc. (30)
7. PM.  Sc in the next sc. (30)
8. PM. [Dec or (2sctog), 1 sc in the next 3 sc] 6 times. (24)
9. PM.  Sc in the next sc. (24)
10.PM.  Sc in the next sc. (24)
11.PM. [Dec or (2sctog), 1 sc in the next 2 sc] 6 times. (18)
12.PM.  Sc in the next sc. (18)
13.PM.  Sc in the next sc. (18)
14.PM. [Dec or (2sctog), 1 sc in the next 1 sc] 6 times. (12)
15.PM.  Sc in the next sc. (12)
16.PM.  Sc in the next sc. (12)
Start stuffing  body with polyester fiberfill at this time.
17.Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing. 
Turn body the other way. Narrow side is the neck side.

Arms:  Make 2 using Red and White.
Starting with Red gloves.
1. Ch 7.  1 sc in the 2nd ch and 1 sc in the next 5 sc. (6) Ch 1 & turn.
2. 1 sc in the next 6 sc. (6) Ch 1 & turn.
3. 1 sc in the next 6 sc. (6) Ch 1 & turn.
4. 1 sc in the next 6 sc. (6) Ch 1 & turn.
5. 1 sc in the next 6 sc. (6) Ch 1 & turn.
6. 1 Triple crochet in the 1st sc and 1  in the next 5 sc. (6) 
7. Fasten off. Leave a long tail for weaving.
Starting at the initial side of the work, add White by making 1 sc in the initial loops. (6) 
8. Ch 1 and turn.
9. 1 sc in the next 6 sc. (6) Ch 1 & turn.
10.1 sc in the next 6 sc. (6) Ch 1 & turn.
11.1 sc in the next 6 sc. (6) Ch 1 & turn.
12.Fasten off and leave a long tail for weaving.
To start weaving, sew up the sides making sure the Triple crochet is
prominent for the thumb effect then weave the White yarn up which
makes the upper arm. 
13.Do the same for the other arm.

Pointy Tips of shoes: Make 2 with Red.
1. Ch 2.  3sc in 2nd ch. (3)
2. PM.   (Inc in the 1 sc )3 times.(6)
3. PM.   (Inc in the 1 sc )6 times (12)
4. Fasten off and leave a tail for weaving.


Shoes: Make 2 with Red.

1. Ch 2. 6 sc in the 2nd ch st. (6)     
2. Place marker (PM). 2 sc in the next 2 sc. (12)     
3. PM.   [2 sc in the next sc, 1 sc in the next 1 sc] 6 times. (18)   
4. PM.  [2 sc in the next sc, 1 sc in the next 2 sc] 6 times. (24)
5. PM.   1 sc in the next 24 sc. (24)
6. PM. [Dec (2sctog) in the 1st sc and 1 sc in the next 2 sc] 6 times (18)
7. PM. [Dec (2sctog) in the 1st sc and 1 sc in the next 1 sc] 6 times (12)
Change to Variegated yarn for stockings.
8. PM.   1 sc in the next 12 sc. (12)
9. PM.   1 sc in the next 12 sc. (12)
10.PM.   1 sc in the next 12 sc. (12)
11.PM.   1 sc in the next 12 sc. (12)
12.PM.   1 sc in the next 12 sc. (12)
13.PM.   1 sc in the next 12 sc. (12)
14.PM.   1 sc in the next 12 sc. (12)
15.PM.   1 sc in the next 12 sc. (12)
16.Fasten off and leave a tail for weaving.

Assembly and Embellishment:

Add the pointy ears to the head.

Add the arms to the top of the body.
Add the head to the body.
Add the pointy tips to the shoes.
Add the legs to the body.
Embellish by making a dress or adding tulle as in the photo.
Add a belt or buckle or gems as earrings to the pointy ears.
Red shoes with tips

Stockings added

Body added

Setting up red gloves and arms

Gloves and arms completed

Head with pointy ears and now adding red hair

Loopy hair

Loopy hair halfway done

Hair completed in back

Face with hair completed in front

Basic Elf Chick ready for embellishment and imagination!


Make Elf Chick delightful to showcase for the Holidays!
Thanks for making Elf Chick.
For any questions regarding this pattern or to showcase your completed project, please notify me at pjcraftsinaustin@gmail.com
All patterns are sold in good faith. Every effort has been made to ensure that all instructions are accurate and complete.
Not responsible for human error, typographical mistakes, or variations in individual work
Please do not copy, or redistribute this pattern or its photos in part or as a whole, or sell items made using it without permission.
Protected by federal copyright laws.
Warning: Be careful and mindful in making this pattern for infants, toddlers, and young children.
Swallowing hazard for children 3 years and younger.
Small pieces are in this project that a child can dislodge and there is potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries.
Copyright 2012 PJ Crafts in Austin

Monday, September 10, 2012

Milo, the Pup PDF now free download!

Check out on my PJ Crafts in Austin blog. I just released Milo, the Pup PDF as a free download!

 I have new patterns to be released soon and still at 1.99. Enjoy!
Welcome Gail E aka Stitch Frog as my first new follower! PJ

Friday, August 31, 2012

Simple Store Added to bottom of post

New Simple Store added to the bottom of this post to make it more convenient to order and see
what is new to my shop. You may also see my work at my website PJ Crafts in Austin.

New Photos

Skull Chicks made so far:
My original Skull Chick
Trying out different yarns for hair


Learning as I go along in creating

Trying out new fabric
Work in progress



Trying out curly hair
Adding embellishment 


Adding a theme

I tried different yarns for my Sweetie Dolls and used a skull theme, too. She had a little personality.




I have two favorite dolls from scratch. One was a unique request for Madeye Moody.
Madeye Moody
My other was making my own Medusa. She was a blast to make.
Medusa, all hair-styled up!
But I do love my Skull Chicks. I can do so many creative things and so far, I love the results.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Welcome to Dolls Like Us.
This is dedicated to those that love the unusual and one of a kind dolls...like us.
Aren't we all unique and special? I know I am!
So, here is a new approach to sharing my dolls and ask that you help me by letting me know what you would like to see. Please, let's try to keep this simple and fun and you know, PG.
My first doll is my favorite I call Skull Chick. She is basically a one of a kind doll and she can be made very simply by my pattern. What makes her stand out is the the way you can add embellishments and  go crazy in how you want her to look.
Guitar Skull Chick
Now, be patient because the pattern is in my head but I made so many and they are very popular.
Check out my other blog at http://pjcraftsinaustin.blogspot.com for my other original designs.
Let's get some feedback and see if this is a cool relationship.
Til next time. PJ