I love teaching middle schoolers crochet. They are still cute but already pretty capable AND they keep me busy with pattern requests. Then I get to invent new things and share them here too, so everybody wins 🙂
My new project was probably my favorite (but I think that every week). The girls wanted a penguin and I can share a little bit about how I start to make up a new pattern for an amigurumi animal or an applique.
How I design an animal crochet pattern
I literally made hundreds of these little cupcakes last year! I sold them at a café and people special ordered them by the dozen. They are so much fun to make and I always love a project you can finish in an hour. Don’t get me wrong, I have several Afghans waiting for me in my “unfinished drawer” and it is extremely rewarding when you complete a long time project, but there is nothing like filling up a box of these sweet things within a few days. They are a lot of fun to make, but ultimately the time and effort you put in is more like a labor of love than anything you could support your family with 😉
I think I will make a bunch for my family this Christmas, though because they make sweet ornaments and doesn’t a crochet filled Christmas tree sound super?
Make this easy cheeky crochet monkey
I have recently begun teaching a class at the local middle school and one of the girls asked to make a crochet monkey. After fussing around and overthinking/ overcomplicating I have finally come up with a sweet little and simple amigurumi monkey that is ideal for a beginner.
Free amigurumi monkey pattern after the tag