A New Cuddler: Doo Doo Doo Doo

As mentioned before, I am a huge fan of 3am Grace Designs.  The amazing, adorable patterns these ladies have written are free (or you can support them by purchasing the ad-free, printable version for a small fee).

Our family loves Shark Week.  Every year we would snuggle up, popcorn in hand and submerge ourselves in the watery, dark world of the sharks.  And every year, I would find a new crochet pattern that coincided with this fishy week.  This year, I had been itching to start this adorable Shark Cuddler.  Although being delayed and starting my project a week after Shark Week had aired,  I was so pleased with the outcome.

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This pattern is written in US terms and is very easy to follow.  I would definitely classify it as a pattern that a novice or beginner could complete with ease, as only basic stitches and crochet knowledge are required.  This cuddler works up relatively quickly – I was able to finish my project in two sittings.  As with my Unicorn Cuddler, I used a large shank button for the eye rather than a safety eye.

Be sure to count your rows for proper fin placement.  I was in a hurry with mine and “eye-balled” the placement of the bottom fin.  After completing the white belly portion, I had to remove my bottom fin and reposition it.  Always follow the instructions, kids!

 

Have you tried this pattern?  I would love to see your creations.  Follow me on social media to share.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

 


The fine print: the above is my own opinion regarding this pattern.  I did not receive any type of compensation for this post or links associated with it.

Crochet Cuddler: Unicorn

Next to amigurumi, my favourite things to crochet are infant security cuddlers and lovies.  Cuddlers and lovies are a cuter version of a security blanket.  Cuddlers have a kawaii pillow look.  Unlike traditional crochet stuffies, these Cuddlers are lightly stuffed so that small arms can wrap around them easily.  Lovies, on the other hand are part security blanket  and part stuffie – with a crochet stuffie head (and sometimes arms).  As both items are intended for toddlers, they are small in size.

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I knew I wanted to start creating Cuddlers right away when I stumbled across 3AM Grace Designs a few weeks ago.  The ladies at that site have created so many adorable (and free!) patterns.  If you are interested in showing support, the ad-free, printable versions of the patterns may be purchased for a small fee.

The first design I was drawn to was, of course, the unicorn.  This pattern, written in standard US terms, was very easy to follow.  Pictures through out made the addition of the snout, ears and horn a breeze.

I did not test my gauge prior to starting this project – which is not uncommon for me when creating non-wearables.  Using the required 5.0mm hook, my completed Cuddler measured 12.75inches from horn tip to neck base and 9.5inches across, from snout to the back of neck/mane.  For the eye, I used a large shank button (I am unsure of the actual size) rather than the safety eye that the pattern called for.  Also, I did not use a popsicle stick for the horn, I simply stuffed the horn slightly firmer than the rest of the Cuddler.

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I am so happy with how this project turned out – I do plan on making several more versions of this magical Cuddler!

If you have attempted a Cuddler as well, I would love to see it – tag me on social media.

Happy Crocheting!

 

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