Friday, June 30, 2017

Praying Mantis

There are over thousands of varieties of Mantids found in temperate and tropical climates of the world.  Its unusual posture, stealth, and sometimes savage mating practices led some ancient cultures to believe it was a supernatural being. The earliest known mention of a mantis is in a Chinese poem from the 3rd century A.D. It has since been the subject of works of literature, film, and art, and the inspiration for Martial Arts and robotics. To top it off, the mantis is also really good at pest control.   

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Crochet Terms: American
Language: English
Finished Size: 29 inches long
In-line color changes: none
Skill Level: Novice Crochet, Advanced Assembly
Shaping: involved
Sewing: involved
No. of Pages: 16
No. of Images: 51

Friday, May 26, 2017

Beagle Blankie Buddy

The 32nd Dog Breed Blankie Buddy is this pint-sized tenacious hunter. They are about 13-15 inches tall and a very old breed. Beagles, in their very early form, came to England with William the Conqueror. The first mention of the Beagle by name in English literature dates from c. 1475. The name Beagle is believed to be a mix of the Gaelic word beag meaning “small,” and the French word beugler, meaning, “to bellow.” A ‘Small Bellower’ is a pretty accurate description for these cute little guys. They may be small, but they can make themselves heard like any Hound.

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Crochet Terms: American
Language: English
Finished Size: 21 inches tall
In-line color changes: none
Skill Level: novice
Shaping: minimal
Sewing: average
No. of Pages: 11
No. of Images: 24
Also includes: - Option to make some parts crocheted or Felt. Detailed color-suggestion list that explains what colors to substitute where for 6 different marking patterns of Beagles.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Honey Bee: A Buggable

Make a Honey Bee that is 20x its natural size! Great as a toy or an educational tool. Easy crocheting, detailed and simple assembly instructions.

This is the 4th Buggable pattern by Jenna Wingate Designs. Buggables: Bugs big enough to hug.

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Crochet Terms: American
Language: English
Finished Size: 20 inches long
Skill Level: Novice
In-Line Color Changes: no
Shaping: yes
Sewing: yes
No. of Pages: 12
No. of Images: 24
Other: Includes printable Wing Pattern, diagrams, and material suggestions for non-yarny parts.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Leaded Lotus

Designed after a stained glass window, the Lotus Baby Blanket is an interesting play of light and shadow. The Lotus flower has been a symbol in various ancient cultures, based on color, representing birth, purity, love, fertility, or peace.  Whatever colors you choose, it is a perfect blessing for a new life. 

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Crochet Terms: American
Language: English
Finished Size: 42-44inches,
In-line color changes: yes
Skill Level: Advanced
Shaping: blocking recommended
Sewing: average
No. of Pages: 10
No. of Images: 16
Also includes: Extensive Notes. Extensive yardage/weights to allow you to plan number of colors used. Minimal ends to sew in, depending on colors used.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Shih Tzu Blankie Buddies

With one surprisingly easy pattern, you can make Shih Tzus in a variety of coats and patterns from fun and playful pet to elegant and graceful show dog. Includes color suggestions and very detailed finishing instructions.

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Crochet Terms: American
Language: English
Finished Size: 22 inches tall
In-line color changes: none
Skill Level: Intermediate
Shaping: minimal
Sewing: average
No. of Pages: 10
No. of Images: 31
Also includes: Color suggestions and explanations that will allow you to make a variety of dogs in either a pet cut or a show dog.