Deramores | Free Amigurumi Poodle Pattern

Guess what! I’ve got double exciting news to tell you all! The first is that I’ve partnered up with fabbo yarn house Deramores and we’ve got some fun amigurumi patterns coming this way! Today I’d like to introduce you to the first one – here’s Poppy the Poodle!

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If you are a toy knitter then you may have already come across the classic knitted Dera-Dog family by designer Amanda Berry. Deramores asked me if I’d like to have a go at creating a crochet version of the Deradogs for them and of course I jumped at the chance of such an exciting challenge.

It was an interesting challenge as knitted toys are totally different from crocheted toys. Most knitted toys are worked flat and then seamed together which is totally different from working in rounds like you do when you work in the usual amigurumi style. Both crafts create different textures and different shapes which was something I had to consider before I started.

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It was important to me to try and capture the essence of the classic knitted Dera-dog but to also make the crocheted version my own. It also hopefully shows that crochet is just as versatile (if not more so in my opinion) to create great shapes that can become terrific little characters.

For Poppy I used Deramores Studio Anti-Piling DK which is a 100% acrylic yarn that is super soft and has been developed with anti-pilling technology. In a nutshell this just means that any fabric you make with this yarn, whether it’s a garment or a toy, should avoid going bobbly or thinner over time.

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It was my first time using this yarn, and I think the first time I’ve used an anti-piling yarn, and I have to say I LOVE it! It really is just nice to work with; very soft on the fingers and it comes in 48 different shades so there’s a nice variety to choose from – I’m definitely going to be using it in future projects.

And now I’m going to share with you the second bit of exciting news! You can get Poppy the Poodle pattern for FREE right now in my very own Deramores Designer Shop!

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I’m so excited to say that I’ve joined a wonderful group of knit and crochet designers from across the globe who have shared some of there favourite patterns via a Deramores Designer Shop.

The great thing about the designer shops with Deramores is that you can choose whether you just want the pattern, or if you want the pattern + yarn! Cool right? Takes away the chore of sorting out buying stuff as you can just get what you need to get started on your next project.

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Deramores have shops for the US and Australia as well as the UK which you can check out and add to your favourites at the links below:

If you want to you can also add Poppy to your favourites or save her for later on Ravelry too as they are all linked up.

SAVE POPPY THE POODLE ON RAVELRY HERE

The shop is brand new so will be growing all the time so be sure to check back occasionally to see what’s new – though of course I’ll let you know if I add anything new here on the blog too (so if you haven’t already you might want to subscribe to the blog so you get all the news).

If you hook up Poppy the Poodle I hope you’ll tag kcaco.uk on Instagram or share your projects in my Facebook group as I love to see your finished work! 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Deramores Blog Competition 2015

Have you heard about the Deramores Blog Competition 2015? Well its a fabulous competition open to all crochet (and knitting) bloggers worldwide about how we draw inspiration from the latest trends or favourite themes. Deramores have teamed up with six seriously brilliant bloggers who all have all blogged about their favourite trends; and all I had to do to enter (eek!) is to blog about my unique take on any of these trends.

The trend I most identified with and have already been completely inspired by is Large Motifs which was predicted as a trend by Dedri Uys from Look What I Made. You can read her full post about the trend here

I think there has been a definite surge in the popularity of larger motifs/squares recently and the trend for squares certainly appears to be for 12 inches and upwards!  I’ve been using 12 inch squares in the CAL and I’ve noticed that there are now more blocks available for this size (or larger) as talented designers supply to the demand of a captive audience of which I am most definitely one!  

As a designer I think you can’t fail to be inspired by some of the larger motifs that have been released recently. Numerous colours, multi-stitch details – it’s a crocheters / designers dream!  Just looking at designs like Sophie’s Garden (above) Sophie’s Universe, Mandala Blanket, CAL-Crochet Club 2013 and Rings of Change completely start an internal war inside me…I want to make that versus I want to design something like that!  So this competition was the perfect excuse for me to try to design a square larger, more intricate, include more stitches and colours then I ever have before…

Are you ready for the big reveal?  I’ve been working on this little project for about a month and it’s been the most fun / challenging things I have EVER tried to do but I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out.  I’m proud to introduce my Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Square (and yes I have been singing the song in my head the whole time I’ve been making it)!  

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This block 20 x 20 inch block WAS inspired by The Beatles song of the same name and I’ve tried to incorporate parts of the lyrics into the pattern (see how many bits you can spot!)

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I deliberated for ages about the colours; I knew that I had to have a marmalade and tangerine orangy colour at least and some yellow… I then wanted to get a blue in for the river so the blues, greens and white came next.  I did try a greener green but that didn’t seem to work as well as the teal green.  

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The seven colours and yarn I used are; Sirdar Hayfield Bonus Double Knit in White, Primrose, Pumpkin, Spearmint, Azure, Rusty and Pine all from my stash.

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The most painful part was once I thought I had finished only to realise I had missed a diamond off one side so I had to pull it back and redo it!

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And the pattern…well let me work on it, but I’ll be sure to let you know once it’s ready!  

This post is my submission to the Deramores Craft Blog Competition 2015. Deramores is the UK’s number one online retailer of knitting and crochet supplies. Visit www.deramores.com for more details.