Mini Crochet Creatures by Lauren Bergstrom Book Review with Sloth amigurumi Pattern

Mini Crochet Creatures: 30 Amigurumi Animals to Make by Lauren Bergstrom via Underground CrafterDo you like to make quick, near-instant gratification crochet projects? Do you love adorable amigurumi? Then you’ll want to check out my review of a crochet pattern collection by Lauren Bergstrom, along with the excerpted crochet Sloth pattern!

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Book Review

Mini Crochet Creatures: 30 Amigurumi Animals to Make by Lauren Bergstrom is a crochet pattern collection of 30 simple animals. Each project uses a simple base with embroidered, crocheted, and sewn felt details to add character. Most of the projects are about 2” (5 cm) tall, though a few are a little bit shorter. In her introduction, Lauren explains that besides the cuteness factor, you can also find practical purposes for these little crochet animals as pin cushions, garlands, or on a baby mobile.

Sloth, free crochet pattern by Lauren Bergstrom via Underground Crafter | 3 crocheted sloths facing cameraThe patterns are arranged into 6 groups, each with 5 patterns: Farm, Pet, Sea, Little, Woodland, and Zoo. Each pattern includes the size (along with an “actual size” image to show the correct scale), a list of yarn and supplies, and the pattern in both international stitch symbols and U.K. pattern abbreviations.

Sloth, free crochet pattern by Lauren Bergstrom via Underground Crafter | 1 crochet sloth in profileAfter the patterns, there are several learning sections. Tools and Materials shares information about all the different materials you would need to crochet these little critters and also includes a photograph of all the supplies for crochet newbies. Techniques includes written and illustrated instructions for holding the hook and the yarn, making a yarn over, magic adjustable ring, slip knot, foundation chain, crocheting in the front and back loop, and determining which is the right (outside) and wrong (inside) side of your project when crocheting in the round. There are also instructions for 3 basic crochet stitches (U.K. slip stitch, double crochet, half treble crochet) and a decrease (U.K. dc2tog). This section also includes lots of finishing tips, such as how to join, make embellishments, and more. The book ends with a key to the U.K. pattern abbreviations used in this book, along with a U.K. to U.S. conversion chart, and a hook size and yarn weight chart.

Sloth, free crochet pattern by Lauren Bergstrom via Underground Crafter | 3 crocheted sloths from aboveThe book is filled with absurdly cute full page pictures. Since each project is so small, there are several versions of each with slightly different colors and embellishments. Mini Crochet Creatures: 30 Amigurumi Animals to Make has some great eye candy! Flipping through the pages, I was inspired to dig through my yarn scraps and get started. Every project is small enough to be finished quickly, even by a relative beginner. If you like to make cute projects, or fast projects, or stash buster projects, I think you will really enjoy this book. And, of course, if you know a child or teen who would be delighted by these little characters, you’ll be even more inspired to get crocheting.


Sloth

Crochet Pattern by Lauren Bergstrom

Published in Mini Crochet Creatures: 30 Amigurumi Animals to Make

Pattern Text, Charts, and Photos © 2018 Lauren Bergstrom and © 2018 GMC Publications Ltd. Shared with permission from GMC Publications Ltd.

Sloth, free crochet pattern by Lauren Bergstrom via Underground Crafter | 3 crocheted slothsNotes from Underground Crafter:

  • This pattern uses U.K. pattern abbreviations. The Craft Yarn Council has a full list of abbreviations here, including a conversion from U.S. terms.
  • This pattern uses U.K. dc2tog (U.S. sc2tog) as the decrease. New Stitch a Day has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
  • You can find helpful magic adjustable ring tutorials by Oombawka Design here (photo tutorial) and here (video tutorial).

An amigurumi sloth has a plump body and long crocheted limbs. The position of the arms and legs can be changed to give it different poses. A sloth face is made by sewing felt shapes onto the body, with an embroidered nose and mouth. This sloth is one of the calmest amigurumi creatures.

You will need

  • Medium-weight yarn in brown – approx 22yd (20m)
  • Crochet hook – 3.5mm (UK9:USE/4)
  • Toy stuffing
  • Yarn needle
  • Craft felt in off-white and dark brown
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery thread in off-white, dark brown and black

Size

  • Using the suggested yarn and hook, your sloth’s body will be about 2in (5cm) tall.

Sloth, free crochet pattern by Lauren Bergstrom via Underground Crafter | 1 crocheted sloth front viewBody

  • The sloth’s body is crocheted from top to bottom. Work in the round, without joining rounds. Using brown yarn, start with an adjustable ring.
  • 1 6 dc into ring.
  • 2 2 dc in each st around (12 dc).
  • 3 (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) 6 times (18 dc).
  • 4 (2 dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts) 3 times (21 dc).
  • 5–6 Dc in each st around, for 2 rounds (21 dc per round).
  • 7 (2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts) 3 times (24 dc).
  • 8–12 Dc in each st around, for 5 rounds (24 dc per round).
  • 13 (Dc2tog) 12 times (12 sts).
  • Stuff the body, making it nice and puffy.
  • 14 (Dc2tog) 6 times (6 sts).
  • Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing, and finish off. Add a little more stuffing if necessary, then sew the hole closed.

Arms and legs

  • (make 4)
  • Using brown yarn, ch 7.
  • 1 Htr in 2nd ch from hook, htr in next 5 ch (6 htr).
  • Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing, and finish off.

Sloth, free crochet pattern by Lauren Bergstrom via Underground Crafter | chart key Sloth, free crochet pattern by Lauren Bergstrom via Underground Crafter | crochet chartsFinishing

  • Using the templates, cut one off-white face and two dark brown eye shapes out of felt.
  • With off-white thread, sew the face shape onto your sloth’s head, in line with rounds 4 to 7 of the body. Use dark brown thread to sew the eye shapes onto the face.
  • With black thread, embroider a mouth and nose, using small, straight sts. Embroider some eyes onto the felt eye shapes. Sew the two arms in place, in line with rounds 8 and 9 of the body. Sew the two legs in line with rounds 11 and 12 of the body.

If you enjoyed this pattern, follow my Amigurumi – Crochet Pinterest Board for more inspiration!

Crochet Pattern: Slouchy Shells Hat in 5 Sizes

Free crochet pattern: Slouchy Shells Hat in Paintbox Cotton Aran yarn in 5 sizes by Underground Crafter | Stripes and shells keep things interesting in this slouchy hat.The Slouchy Shells Hat is a soft slouchy pattern available in 5 sizes. This hat would make a great gift or donation to a charity project, and, of course, you can also do a bit of “selfish” crocheting and keep it for yourself!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links.Yarn for the sample was generously provided by LoveCrochet.

I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran for this pattern. I love the coordinated colors and it’s a very soft cotton.

Free crochet pattern: Slouchy Shells Hat in Paintbox Cotton Aran yarn in 5 sizes by Underground Crafter | Stripes and shells keep things interesting in this slouchy hat.If you use Paintbox Cotton Aran for your Slouchy Shells Hat, keep in mind that cotton yarn can shrink when washed in the machine. You may want to make a larger size or handwash your hat for best results.

Free crochet pattern: Slouchy Shells Hat in Paintbox Cotton Aran yarn in 5 sizes by Underground Crafter | Stripes and shells keep things interesting in this slouchy hat.

I topped off my hat with a pom pom because something about fall says pom pom to me.

Free crochet pattern: Slouchy Shells Hat in Paintbox Cotton Aran yarn in 5 sizes by Underground Crafter | Stripes and shells keep things interesting in this slouchy hat.This pattern is another one of my contributions to the 2017 Holiday Blog Hop. You can learn more about the 2017 Holiday Blog Hop and get links to the other patterns here.

Free crochet pattern: Slouchy Shells Hat in Paintbox Cotton Aran yarn in 5 sizes by Underground Crafter | Stripes and shells keep things interesting in this slouchy hat.

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Slouchy Shells Hat

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free crochet pattern: Slouchy Shells Hat in Paintbox Cotton Aran yarn in 5 sizes by Underground Crafter | Stripes and shells keep things interesting in this slouchy hat.

Stripes and shells keep things interesting in this slouchy hat.

 

Finished Sizes

  • 3-6 months (2-3 years, 6-10 years, Teen/Adult Small, Adult Large). Photographed sample is Teen/Adult Small.
    • 3-6 months: 6.75” (17 cm) height x 14” (35.5 cm) hat circumference.
    • 2-3 years: 7.75” (19.5 cm) height x 17” (43 cm) hat circumference.
    • 6-10 years: 8.75” (22.5 cm) height x 19.75” (50 cm) hat circumference.
    • Teen/Adult Small: 9” (23 cm) height x 21.25” (54 cm) hat circumference.
    • Adult Large: 9.75” (25 cm) height x 22.5” (57 cm) hat circumference.

Materials

  • Paintbox Cotton Aran yarn (100% cotton, 1.75 oz/50 g/93 yd/85 m) – 1 skein each in 640 Sailor Blue (CA), 633 Washed Teal (CB), 604 Misty Gray (CC), and 601 Paper White (CD), or approximately 40 yd (55 yd, 72 yd, 75 yd, 93 yd)/ 36.5 m (50 m, 66 m, 68.5 m, 85 m) in each of 4 colors in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size G-6/4 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Clover Pom Pom Maker – Extra Large (optional).

Gauge

  • 17 sts = 4” (10 cm) in pattern. For best fit, always check your gauge.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • beg-fdc – beginning foundation double crochet – Ch 4, turn, sk 3 ch, yo, insert hook in next ch, yo and draw up a loop, yo and pull through 1 loop (counts as ch 1), [yo and draw through 2 loops] twice.
  • BPdc – back post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from back around front to back of st in previous round, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice. A video tutorial for this stitch is available here: How To Crochet Front and Back Post Double Crochet Stitches.
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • CD – Color D
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • fdc – foundation double crochet – Yo, insert hook in ch 1 from previous st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and pull through 1 loop (counts as ch 1), [yo and draw through 2 loops] twice. A video tutorial for this stitch by Kim Guzman is available here.
  • FPdc – front post double crochet – Yo, insert hook from front around back to front of st in previous round, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops) twice. A video tutorial for this stitch is available here: How To Crochet Front and Back Post Double Crochet Stitches.
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sc2tog – single crochet 2 sts together – (Insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop) twice, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook. A video tutorial for this stitch by New Stitch a Day is available here.
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Hat is crocheted in the round from band to crown.
  • Change color at the end of Round when joining with sl st.
  • Carry unworked yarn up inside of hat when changing colors.

Pattern Instructions

Hat

Ribbed band

  • With CA, beg-fdc, 59 (71, 83, 83, 95) fdc, join with sl st to top of beg-fdc. – 60 (72, 84, 84, 96) sts
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, starting in first st *FPdc in next 2 sts, BPdc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, join with sl st to first FPdc.
  • Rep Rnd 1 until band measures approximately 1.5” (4 cm). Change to CB with sl st join of last Rnd.

Establish shell pattern

  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, starting in first st, *sc in next st, sk 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk 2 sts; rep from * around, change to CC with sl st to first sc.
  • Rnd 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), 2 dc in same st, *sk 2 sts, sc in next st, sk 2 sts,** 5 dc in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at ** before first st, 2 dc in first st, change to CD with sl st to top of first ch 3.
  • Rep Rnds 2-3, changing color at the end of each Rnd and continuing the color sequence (CB, CC, CD) until hat measures approximately 4.75” (5.75”, 6.75”, 7”, 7.75”)/12 cm (14.5 cm, 17 cm, 18 cm, 19.5 cm) height, ending after a rep of Rnd 2.

Decrease to crown

  • Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in same st, *sk 2 sts, sc in next st, sk 2 sts,** 3 dc in next st, rep from * around, ending last rep at ** before first st, dc in first st, change to next color in sequence with sl st to top of first ch 3. – 40 (48, 56, 56, 64) sts
  • Rnd 5: Ch 1, starting in first st, *sc in next st, sk 1 st, dc in next st, sk 1 st; rep from * around, change to next color in sequence with sl st to first sc.
  • Rnd 6: Ch 3, *sk 1 st, sc in next st, sk 1 st,** dc in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at ** before first st, change to next color in sequence with sl st to first sc. –20 (24, 28, 28, 32) sts
  • Rnd 7: Ch 1, starting in first st, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, change to next color in sequence with sl st to first sc.
  • Rnd 8: Ch 1, starting in first st, sc2tog around, change to next color in sequence with sl st to first sc2tog. – 10 (12, 14, 14, 16) sts
  • Rnd 9: Ch 1, starting in first st, sc2tog around. Fasten off with long yarn tail. – 5 (6, 7, 7, 8) sts

Finishing

  • Thread yarn from Rnd 9 through yarn needle. Seam crown of hat closed.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions to create pom pom using Pom Pom Maker and CA.
  • With yarn needle and yarn tails from tying pom pom, secure pom pom to crown by weaving yarn tails in on inside of hat.
  • Use yarn needle to weave in ends on inside of hat.
© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/09/30/crochet-pattern-slouchy-shells-hat-in-5-sizes. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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