Sunday, January 24, 2021

Totoro Lovey Free Pattern

Hello everyone, hope you're all doing well. I recently decided to make my totoro pattern free, Enjoy :)

Materials Needed: 
Size F Crochet Hook (3.75mm) 
Size H Crochet Hook (5.00 mm) 
2.70mm Hook 
Grey, white and black worsted yarn 
White Crochet Thread 
2 9mm Safety Eyes 
Yarn needle 

Stitches and Abbreviations 
st – stitch 
ch- chain 
sc - single crochet 
dec - decrease 
dc – double crochet 
hdc – half-double crochet 
sl st - slip stitch 
f/o – finish off 

Note: For all pieces apart from the blanket section, do not connect rows. Once a row is finished go directly into the next row. It is worked in a spiral.

Ears - Make 2
Grey yarn
F hook 
R1: 4 sc in magic circle (4) 
R2: Sc around (4) 
R3: 2 sc, sc , 2 sc, sc 1(6) 
R4: 2 sc, sc 2, 2 sc, sc 2 (8) 
R5 -6 : Sc Around (8) 
R7: Dec 1, sc 2, dec 1, sc 2 (6) 
R8: Dec 1, sc 1, dec 1, sc 1 (4) 
F/o, leave long end for sewing 

Eyes - Make 2
White crochet thread 
2.70 mm hook 
R1: 6 sc in magic circle 
R2: 2 sc in each st around (12) 
Sl st, f/o, leave long end for sewing 

Grey Yarn 
F Hook 
R1: 6 sc in magic circle (6) 
R2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
R3: (2 sc, sc 1) around (18) 
R4: (2 sc, sc 2) around (24) 
R5: (2 sc, sc 3) around (30) 
R6: (2 sc, sc 4) around (36) 
R7: (2 sc, sc 5) around (42) 
R8-13: sc around (42) 
R14: (dec 1, sc 5) around (36) 
R15: (dec 1, sc 4) around (30) 
R16: (dec 1, sc 3) around (24) 
R17: (dec 1, sc 2 ) around (18) 
Sew ears on top of head at row 4 
Put safety eyes through the white circles and then attach between R10 and R11 
Sew around the white to attach 
Use black yarn to sew on nose at row 12 and whiskers beneath eyes 
Stuff firmly with fiber fill 
R18: (dec 1, sc 1) around (12) 
R19: Dec 1 around (6) 
F/O and sew up the hole 

Arms -Make 2 
Grey Yarn 
F Hook 
R1: 5 sc in magic circle (5) 
R2: 2 sc in each st around (10) 
R3-14: Sc around Stuff with fiberfill 
F/O and sew hole closed Leave long end to sew onto head Use black yarn to give him “claws” 

Start with white yarn 
H Hook
You will connect rows on this section. You will need to ch 1 extra at the start of the magic circle to make room for the first dc. 
R1: (3 dc, 2 ch) four times in magic circle, join at the top of first dc with a sl st. Pull hole closed. *The dc’s are the sides of the square, the ch’s are the corners.

R2: Ch 2, turn, dc in the same stitch the chain is in. 5 dc into the corner (the corner being space made by the 2 ch on the previous row). Dc around doing 5 dc in each corner. Join with a sl st in the first dc of the round. 

Notes: Skip over the original ch 2 and put the sl stitch directly in the first dc to avoid a seam! 

Optional: For extra pointy corners make the 3rd dc of the corner a triple crochet stitch (tc) 

R3: Ch 2, turn, dc in each st across. At each corner do 5 dc in the middle stitch of the previous row’s 5 dc. 
R4-8: Repeat R3. Switch to grey yarn 
R9-14: Continue to repeat R3. Switch to black yarn 
R15: Sc around. At corners chain 2 and then continue to sc around. 
F/o, weave in ends

Sew the arms securely onto the bottom of the head at row 16, pointing outward. Sew the head onto the middle of the blanket, face pointed toward one of the corners. Sew upside down grey V’s onto the front of Totoro’s belly. 

Troubleshooting: Is a piece coming out way too small? I tend to crochet between medium and loose tension. If you crochet tight and things are coming out small you might want to move up a hook size or two. Also make sure you are using the right weight of yarn. This is written for worsted weight, if you are using something lighter it may affect the finished size. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Hello again, it's 2019

According to Blogger my last post was in 2015. It's been awhile. I moved a couple of times since then but now I live in North Carolina. What have I been up to? I still crochet, though way less than I use to. Here is a bunny toy I made for my friend's baby. I really like how it turned out. I may post the pattern eventually.

Way back in 2013 my #1 favorite game of all time (Tales of Symphonia) was rereleased and my best friend and I had a small party in celebration. I handmade a paper chain of the characters as decoration. 

I bought a paper cutting machine (cricut) this year and decided to make it again. Super pleased with how it came out and thanks to the cutting machine my hand isn't aching for a week from the scissors. I've had a few requests come through since I posted the original to buy one, I went ahead and put it up in my etsy shop for anyone that loves that game as much as I do.

Here is what it looked like with all the pieces laid out before I glued them:

On Netflix there is a show called Miraculous Ladybug. I put it on to watch with my kindergartener and accidentally got completely hooked. I am not the target demographic but the main characters are so precious. I've become incredibly emotionally invested. I made another paper chain with the main Ladybug characters. I especially like Rena Rouge, the fox one. That one is up on my etsy as well. I have a ton of fun making these chains and I will probably be making more. I'm hoping to put up a video soon of the process.

I went back to school for my Computer Science degree. I'm about a year in and I love it. I also work at a programming school for children. I still do a lot of crafts and I'm going to resurrect my blog and include stuff I made with my cutting machine cause goodness, it can do a lot. I've changed the blog name to Forgotten Fox so you'll see a new banner roll out soon. I might even post some of my illustrations. Thanks for sticking with me. I'm making an Instagram soon and I'll post it when it's ready so we can all follow each other.

Edit: I made an Instagram it's @ForgottenFoxDesigns

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mabo Curry Buns - Tales of Zestiria

I’ve been playing through Tales of Zestiria and they make Mabo Curry Buns look soooo good that I had to try and make them. I decided to bake them but they could be steamed (more traditional) just as easily.

What you need:
Plastic wrap
Cookie sheet
Cooking spray
Mabo Tofu Sauce
S&B Curry Bricks
10 ounces Ground Pork
10 ounces Firm Tofu
Dinner Roll Dough (I found it in the frozen section)

So first things first, if your roll dough is frozen you need to de-thaw it. I put it on cookie sheets covered for about two hours.

Once they are thawed, brown the meat and chop the tofu.

Dissolve two sections of the curry brick into ¾ a cup of water. (Put the other three sections away to make curry rice later. Curry rice? Dissolve them in 1 ½ cups of water and pour over rice.)

Stir until smooth.

Add Mabo Tofu sauce to the meat. Stir.

Add the curry sauce to the meat. Add ¼ cup of water. Stir.

Let simmer for 5 minutes. Add Tofu. (If you try it at this point and think it seems salty, don’t worry. The bread balances it out)

Simmer for three minutes then take off the heat.

Now to make the buns. Use a rolling pen to flatten a roll on some plastic wrap. My rolls were tiny, so I combined two for each bun.

Put in a couple of spoonfuls of the mabo curry.

Pull up the sides and pinch at the top.

Place on a greased cookie sheet. I made 5 buns and put the rest of the filling in the fridge to make more tomorrow. Also good with rice.

Once all the buns are filled, let them rest for about 5 minutes. Repinch in any areas that have come undone. Now place them in a 375 degree oven for 12-14 minutes.

Done! Mabo Curry buns! I recommend making these during the water trial because you are going to need something to make you love the game again.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Another Pikachu Pattern

I've written yet another Pikachu pattern for you all. Enjoy :)

Please note that this pattern has not been tested. If you find any mistakes or oddities please let me know so I can update. If you find yourself stuck and needing help don’t hesitate to email me, we can work through it together.

Yellow Worsted Yarn
Brown Worsted Yarn
Red Sock Yarn
Black Worsted Yarn
F Hook
10 mm Safety Eyes

Instructions between * * are to be repeated until the end of the row.

Ears – Make 2
Start with Black Yarn
R1: Magic Circle 6
R2: *2 sc, sc 1* around (9)
R3: Sc around
R4: 2 sc, sc 2 (12)
Change color to yellow
R5 -11: Sc around (12)
R12: *Dec 1, Sc 4* around (10)
Finish off, stuff with fiberfill leave long end for sewing

Yellow Yarn
R1: Magic Circle 6
R2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
R3: *2 sc, sc 1* around (18)
R4: *2 sc, sc 2* around (24)
R5: *2 sc, sc 3* around (30)
R6: *2 sc, sc 4* around (36)
R7: *2 sc, sc 5* around (42)
R8-12: Sc around (42)
R13: *Dec 1, sc 5* around (36)
R14: *Dec 1, sc 4* around (30)
R15: *Dec 1, sc 3* around (24)
Stuff with fiberfill
R16: *Dec 1, sc 2* around (18)
R17: *Dec 1, sc 1* around (12)
Finish off. I left the bottom open to sew onto the body. You can close it if you prefer by decreasing around until it’s closed.

Red Sock Yarn
R1: Magic circle 6
R2: 2 sc in each stitch around (12)
*Note* If the increases leave large holes then do the first stitch of the increase in the back loop and the second stitch of the increase in the front loop.
R3: 2 sc, sc 1 around (18)
Finish off, leave long end for sewing

Yellow Yarn
The body is worked from the bottom up. To get the oblong shape start with a chain.
R1: Ch 7, turn, sc back across. After the last stitch on the chain instead of turning back you will go around and start working the starting chain’s other loop. sc in the each loop of the other side of the starting chain. You should end up with 14 stitches around that looks something like this:

R2: *2 sc, sc 1* 4 times, sc 6 (18)
R3: *2 sc, sc 1* 5 times, sc 4, 2 sc, sc 3 (24)
R4: *2 sc, sc 1* 9 times, sc 5, 2 sc (34)
R5-8: sc around (34)
R9: Dec 1, sc 15, Dec 1, sc 15 (32)
R10: *Dec 1, sc 6* around (28)
R11: *Dec 1, sc 5* around (24)
R12: Sc around (24)
R13: *Dec 1, sc 4* around (20)
R14: *Dec 1, sc 3* around (16)
R15: Sc around (16)
R16: Sc around (16)

Arms – Make 2
Yellow yarn
R1: Mc 6
R2-3: Sc 6
Finish off, leave long end for sewing

Legs – make 2
Yellow yarn
R1: Mc 8
R2-5: sc 8
Finish off, leave long end for sewing

Tail – Make 2
Yellow Yarn
R1: Ch 8, turn
R2: Sc 7, ch 1, turn
R3: Sc 7, ch 1, turn
R4: Sc 7, ch 5, turn
R5: Sc 7, Ch 1, turn
R6: Sc 7
Change color to brown
R7: Turn the tail and put three stitches of brown right in the bottom. These aren’t worked in existing stitches. Just stitch 3 across the side of the previous three rows. Ch 1, turn. 
R8-9: Sc 3, ch 1, turn
Finish off, leave long end of yellow for sewing to the other tail for better structure. Leave long end of brown for sewing onto the body.

Stripes - Make 2
Brown yarn
Ch 10
Turn, sc across
Finish off, leaving yarn to sew to body


Put safety eyes between rows 9 and 10, 8 sts apart. Sew ears on top of head, they should span between rows 4 and 7. With black yarn sew a nose on row 11 between eyes with the mouth below on row 12. Place the cheeks between row 11 and 15. About 11 stitches in between. On the body, attach arms between rows 11 and 14, 7 sts apart. Place feet at row 4, 7 sts in between. Sew two tails together to increase sturdiness. Sew tail on the back middle at the bottom. If your Pika is heaving trouble balancing the tail can help it steady. Sew stripes on back, above the tail at rows 10 and 12.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

New Pattern in Store, Link Lovey

Good morning everyone, I have a new pattern available in my shop. It's a Legend of Zelda Link lovey.

Enjoy :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tales Series Apple Gel Recipe

Anyone who really knows me knows that I LOVE the game Tales of Symphonia. I'm a fan of the Tales series in general but my heart lies with Symphonia. It has been my favorite game since I was 15. They recently re-released it for the PS3 with better graphics and added content. If you were wondering why I haven't posted lately that's why.

On the day it came out my friend and I made apple and orange gels. The orange gels were made by getting orange jello and following the directions for jigglers. Did you know that Jello doesn't make an apple flavor? We had to do it from scratch, it took three tries but was really fun.

This is what you need:

1 1/2 C Apple Juice
2 Packets Unflavored Gelatin (Found in the Jello section)
Red food coloring
Silicone molds - I got mine on Amazon here 

Put the apple juice in a sauce pan and simmer until it is reduced to 1 cup. This is necessary to enhance and amplify the apple flavor. You can add sugar but I didn't. Stir in 1 and half packets of the gelatin. It will clump up but turn the heat down and just keep stirring until it all dissolves. Put in 3-5 drops of food coloring until it is red like a real apple gel. 

Now you get to pour it into the molds. For this I put it in a ceramic tea pot so I could pour with more accuracy. Spray the molds with cooking spray.  Put the molds on a big tray or cookie sheet and make room in your fridge. Once you have filled each of the little mold cups put the tray in the fridge for an hour or two, until they are firm and pop out easily.  

For future batches you can mess with the amount of gelatin to change the texture and make them firmer or softer.

On release day we had a whole tales themed spread including Panacea (which was Pom pomegranate juice and I painted the bottle brown) and we mixed that with sprite. We also made Lil Smokies-Bacon-Pretzel pow hammers with little cheese stars. I spent two days making the character chain. I actually might love this game too much. Whatevs, can't help it.

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