Sunday, March 13, 2016

Giggles!




    While working from patterns is very rewarding, there is also great satisfaction in working up my own designs.  I love making cute, whimsical little creatures that bring a smile to faces.  ‘Giggles’ is one of those creations, and I offer this free pattern to all my fellow crocheters.  This little creature is pretty simple and works up fairly quickly.    I think these would make an adorable addition to an Easter basket or any festive occasion.  I may decorate my tree with them this next Christmas.

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn
G crochet hook
fiberfill for stuffing
felt for eyes (or may use safety eyes if you like)
needle and thread to sew on eyes
yarn needle for weaving in ends

This pattern is worked in rounds and I used a running stitch marker to keep track.  An understanding of basic stitches and general crochet terms is helpful.

   If you are not familiar with how to make a magic ring, here is a great tutorial to explain it.

Rnd 1:  In a magic ring make 6 sc.
       2:  Make 2 sc in each st.  (12 sc)
       3: *Sc in next st., 2sc in next st.* Repeat to end of rnd.  (18 sc)
       4:*Sc in next 2 sts., 2 sc in next st.*  Repeat to end of rnd. (24 sc)
       5 *Sc in next 3 sts., 2 sc in next st.* Repeat to end of rnd.  (30 sc)
       6:*Sc in next 4 sts. 2 sc in next st.* Repeat to end of rnd.  (36 sc)
      Rounds 7 through 11, Sc in each stitch around.
Rnd 12: *Sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog*  Repeat to end of rnd.  (30 sc)
       13 and 14  Sc in each stitch around.
       15: *Sc in next 3 sts.,  sc2tog*   Repeat to end of rnd.  (24 sc)
       16 and 17  Sc in each stitch around.
       18: *Sc in next 2 sts., sc2tog*  Repeat to end of rnd. (18 sc)
        19: Sc in each stitch around.
        20: *Sc in next stitch, sc2tog*  Repeat to end of rnd. (12 sc)
        Stuff your ‘Giggle’ and then sc2tog around until opening is closed. 
        Fasten off and  weave in the yarn end.

To make the arms and legs visit this website  for a great pictorial tutorial. 

Attach your finished curlicues to the sides and bottoms of your ‘Giggle’ for arms and legs.

Now, let your creative juices flow as you envision and create unique facial expressions.  I used felt shapes for the eyes and stitched them securely onto the ‘Giggle’.  If you decide to use safety eyes, attach them before you stuff and finish off your ‘Giggle’.  I used yarn to embroider on the mouth.  You can make the face as simple or as detailed as you like. 

Tip: I have found it easier to sew on the face before stuffing the 'giggle'.

For the hair I attached strands of yarn as if attaching fringe.  This tutorial does a great job of showing how to do this.

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did!  I would love to see pics of your ‘Giggles’ in the comments below.

                                                                                    Blessings!

                                                                                       Reny

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