Choly Knight

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Free Pattern Friday! Axolotl Plush

Hi everyone!
It’s difficult to gauge just what animal to tackle next sometimes, but in a poll I did on my DeviantArt last year, Axolotl won hands down 😀 I guess I shouldn’t be surprised! They’re very neat animals and their external gills are just the cutest ❤ I had a lot of fun figuring out what kind of shape to make for the body, but I settled on this laying belly down style (called kuttari I believe for Japanese toys).

It’s great because it puts the cute gills and tail on full display to see. My favorite part is that in the end I couldn’t decide on what kind of gills to do so the pattern includes both! There are short stubby gills (that remind me of flower petals, so that’s what I called them), and the longer curved ones are more animal accurate but still very cute 😀 It’s fun to mix up the colors on the gills.

It only has a few pattern pieces so it sews up very quickly, though attaching the head is a bit tricky. I ended up giving it a 3/10, though if you’re not used to attaching heads it might feel more like a 4.
This comes with embroidery files for the face, which is small enough for 4” x 4” embroidery machines! So with any luck nobody is excluded 🙂

And if you’d like to buy the fabric already pre-printed and ready to sew, 4 different designs are available on my Spoonflower page! No embroidery or applique (or even fabric hunting for that matter) needed <3. And for you frequent Spoonflower shoppers out there, I heard they now offer free US shipping for all orders over $75 😀 So that’s pretty great!


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Free (Crochet) Pattern Friday! Octopus Amigurumi

A little something different today ❤

I don’t make a big show of it, but I also love to crochet 😀 I find it’s a great relaxing activity, especially one to do while watching shows and movies. I’ve been trying to work through my yarn stash (without a lot of luck, haha!) by doing some simple and classic animals that come together quickly. I don’t think they’re terribly complex so why not share them with all of you? ❤
This one is for a very basic octopus, with a big round head and 8 stubby tentacles. My boyfriend and I actually designed this together (he actually taught me to crochet <3) so he had the pattern on his Etsy store for a little while. But he’s since decided to shift to other projects so he said I could do whatever I wanted with it – isn’t he sweet?

The pattern goes over some basic crochet stitches in case you need a refresher, but my favorite part is that it has both a written instructions and an illustrated chart. I love the charts used in Japanese amigurumi patterns so I had to try out making one of my own. The pattern also has some cute accessories for your octopus, including a bowler hat and a bow 😀

I think anyone who’s maybe done 1 or 2 crochet projects before could easily tackle this little guy ❤ I found with DK or light worsted yarn it makes a perfect hand-held size and it only needs about 100 yds.
Being my first crochet pattern, I really hope you all enjoy it and find it easy to follow!


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Free Pattern Friday! Sloth Plush

Hi everybody!
Throughout a lot of last year I had many requests for a sloth plush ❤ And I finally got the chance to make one! I had in my head the idea that it should have a round, bean-like body. But even more important than that, it should have Velcro in its claws so it can hang onto things! So in the end, I was so happy it worked out 😀 I had the prototype hanging in my work area all throughout the making of the pattern. My favorite part is that you can sew the head rotated so it looks like the sloth is turning to you while it hangs.
It has only 5 pattern pieces so it comes together really quickly. But I still rated it a 3/10 in difficulty because getting the neck seam is a little tricky because the arms are sooo long. But overall the pieces are very simple – I would have given it 2 stars if not for the neck.

And just like last month, this pattern also comes with the embroidery files needed for the face! The eye marking shape is slightly different to make it easier to stitch up, but for the most part it’s the same as the original. Do let me know if it gives you any problems so I can improve on future embroidery files!

P.S. If you’d like to see some behind-the-scenes work on the making of this plush, check out my Patreon! For just $1 a month, subscribers get behind-the-scenes posts and all of my free patterns 1 week early! And you have access to the posts from last month’s Love Dragon pattern to check if you like what you see!


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Free Pattern Friday! Love Dragon Plush

Hey everyone!
Being February you just know I had to do something themed for Valentine’s Day, but when I saw how close it was to the Chinese Lunar New Year I got especially excited! I tried to come up with a project that combined both ideas, and landed on a cute Eastern style dragon plush holding a tiny heart. Not too dissimilar from Valentine’s teddy bears, but I thought it was a cute twist 😀
The pattern also comes with templates to make it a Western style dragon as well, with wings and horns instead of antlers and whiskers. Either way, it’s slightly different from other dragons I’ve done because it has a more prominent snout and tiny little ears. All the small details do add up to a bit of hand sewing and careful stitching, so I’ve rated it 4/10 in difficulty.
I hope it will make a fun project for you all over this last weekend before V-day! ❤

And there’s a bonus! As some of you may know, I don’t usually do embroidery because my old machine was on the fritz for many years (and I just really love applique so much you guys, haha). Well, I finally got one this past Christmas so I’m ready to start sharing embroidery files to go with my patterns! I usually only made them for myself, so I hope they stitch out well for you. Do let me know if there are any issues so I can make them better for future projects!

P.S. If you’d like to see some behind-the-scenes work on the making of this plush, check out my Patreon! For just $1 a month, subscribers get all of my free patterns one week early. And the perks have been expanded so you’ll now get more behind-the-scenes posts as well 😀


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Free Pattern Friday! Eeveelution Blob Plush

Hi everybody!
I still hadn’t quite gotten over my Pokemon binge sewing from October so I had to delve into the Eeveelution pool just one more time with this new pattern 😀 It’s a simple blob-shaped style of plush, but I’ve dressed them up into all nine of the Eevee evolutions. Much like the previous eeveelution patterns I’ve done, these have a lot of little details to get through, but in the end they are so worth it!

All together they look like quite the set! They’re the perfect size for hanging around your desk and would make a great gift. But would look even better set up on a convention table. The base pattern itself would work well for lots of other animals, but because the eeveelutions have so many small details, I’ve set this one at 4/10 difficulty.
I hope you guys like it!


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2017 Year in Review!

Hi everyone! To those that celebrated, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! And I hope you all are looking forward to ringing in the new year as well ❤
2017 has been crazy fun for new patterns and projects 😀 We got to have 2 plush-making contests that were a blast, lots of giveaways and free promotions, and of course tons of free sewing patterns. I thought I’d make a top ten list of the most popular posts from this past year as a fun look back.


Of course Toothless makes it to #1 It was insanely popular thanks to all of you — and so much fun for me to make 😀

I had a lot of fun personally getting to do so many infographics, so I’m really happy one of them made it on the list 😀 My other favorite part of 2017 was planning so much stuff for Halloween season ❤ I’m sure other crafters & bloggers out there can agree that coming up with lots of content is tough, so I’m glad I got the chance to go all out during September and October. I hope to do the same again in 2018.
As for what else to expect in 2018? I’ve considered all the wonderful suggestions and ideas you all have sent me through the year and am excited to implement them 😀 These include at least one more infographic, more dragons, some foxes, axolotls, a Chocobo, and possibly ferrets/weasels. As always, I'm open to suggestions in the comments!

Thank you everyone so much for staying with my little blog up until now ❤ I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for all of you! I hope you enjoy what’s to come in 2018!


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Holiday Pattern Giveaway!

Hi everyone and happy holidays! I thought I’d offer a little winter treat to you all to celebrate the season, introduce a new shop pattern I have, and help those of you who weren’t able to get anything during my Black Friday sale 🙂
It’s just a quick and simple giveaway. The winners are chosen at random, entry only requires an email address, and there are 6 chances to win!
This giveaway features my new Standing Plush pattern! It has a sweet and classic look to it that makes it great for customization. The pattern comes with templates to make either a panda/bear, rabbit, or cat. But the most fun is that it comes with a pattern to make a matching hoodie — great for lots of winter dressing up. The pattern will launch when the giveaway ends, but if you win you’ll get a free copy! And everyone else who enters gets a $3 (USD) off coupon (from $9 down to $6).

UP FOR GRABS:
For this giveaway, you have 6 chances to win! Six different winners will be selected:

  • First place will get a free copy of my new standing plush pattern, as well as 5 different patterns from my shop (pattern compilations not included — everything through this link qualifies)
  • Second place will get a free copy of my new standing plush pattern, as well as 4 different patterns from my shop (pattern compilations not included — everything through this link qualifies)
  • Third place will get a free copy of my new standing plush pattern, as well as 3 different patterns from my shop (pattern compilations not included — everything through this link qualifies)
  • Fourth place will get a free copy of my new standing plush pattern, as well as 2 different patterns from my shop (pattern compilations not included — everything through this link qualifies)
  • Fifth place will get a free copy of my new standing plush pattern, as well as 1 pattern from my shop (pattern compilations not included — everything through this link qualifies)
  • And lastly, sixth place will get a free copy of my new standing plush pattern!

TO ENTER:
Fill out the form at the bottom of this post and submit! 😀

DEADLINE:
The giveaway will be active from Monday, December 11th through 11:59pm EST on Thursday, December 14th. The coupons will be sent out and winners contacted between 9am and 10am EST on Friday, December 15th.

CLAIMING YOUR PRIZE:

  • The winning entrants will be chosen at random from the list of submissions.
  • The winning entrants will be contacted via email about their win (so keep an eye on your email!).
  • The winner will then get to choose which pattern(s) they’d like for their prize.
  • I’ll respond back to the winner (via email) with their selected patterns.

OTHER DETAILS:

  • As a winner, I’ll announce your name and website (if applicable) on this page, so every entrant knows who the final winners were.
  • International entrants are more than welcome to enter!
  • Only one entry per person please; duplicate entries will not be counted.
  • By entering in this contest, you agree to these rules 🙂
  • No purchase is necessary for this giveaway

The contest is closed and the winners have been announced! Thank you everyone who entered!