Pattern of the Week: My Little Pony Pattern by Knit One Awe Some

A HUGE thanks to the crafty over at Knit One Awe Some for their My Little Pony: Friendship is Magical pattern. I’m not sure if the creator is active anymore or not, but regardless I want to always, always give credit for this pattern. But unless I’m needled for not giving credit every time, it goes without saying whenever I make an MLP style pony, its likely made from this pattern.

Every pony I’ve ever done comes from Knit One Awe Some. I even designed my crochet sheep off a modified version of this pattern. People love them.

This is the first I crocheted a few years ago. My skills have improved since then as you can see in my most recent work above and below ^_^;

I typically use Red Heart yarn and Caron Simply Soft (sometimes for the mane and tail).

The hook I typically use is a Boye H hook. Sometimes the stitches gape a little or look too spacey and I don’t notice until after assembly so it might be wise to use a small hook depending on the consistency of the yarn.

Agonizing over the face and attaching limbs and eyes just right is always a thing for me. I don’t like cutting felt and I still haven’t learned to use or be comfortable with applying puff paint.

I wrote the pattern I use for the eye pieces myself and they are sewed on. I cut felt for appliques/decoration like stars and hearts and use hot glue to apply them, along with rhinestones. Or I crochet the appliques and sew them on.

I may have to do a tutorial to explain how I do the mane and tail; there are two methods for the tail and I pretty much do the mane the same way every time.

This free pattern for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magical can be found over Knit One Awesome, a blog for free knitting and crochet patterns. This pattern really is pretty awesome.

These are more examples of my ponies, old and new.

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For the sake of updating and Autumn Leaves Afghan

Dear me, I’ve been doing a poor job of updating recently, mostly because I’ve been working on so many projects. And as for my poorly trafficked Etsy store, I never get seasonal stuff done to sell before the season arrives T__T.  Hopefully, I can post about one of my latest finished projects soon.

Today I’m working on the final set of motifs for my Autumn Leaves Afghan, a pattern from Caron.

Stacks, my Autumn Leaves Afghan pieces to be assembled

Stacks, my Autumn Leaves Afghan pieces to be assembled

Instead of using four colors, I used 7, including the main color. I also used a size smaller hook (H instead of J) to avoid spacey stitches and Red Heart yarn in buff (main color), redwood (new color, I like it, very autumn), dark orchid, cafe latte, gold, paddy green, and pumpkin.  I wanted it to be more red but still colorful by decided representing each color evenly was better so there are two leaves of each color. Red Heart in paddy green is very coarse and thick and I had an older skein of it that I had to split the ply and modify the square motif for; when I brought a new one skein because I ran out of the thicker, coarser one I had and worked the stitches with a tighter tension, the squares came out about the right size compared to the others.

I’m almost done, one more gold set, then I can assemble the afghan. I thought about giving it a border using every color but I’m not sure I have enough of each color yarn left to do that.

Wanting to Go International on Etsy

Most crafts for my store are done for customers offline. My online store is kind of sitting there and I want more customers but I’m not confident enough to seek them out. Its ironic that I have a store because I don’t like hawking my wares in people’s faces for money. I just want to offer people cute, unique things in the hopes that they might want to buy it so I can add the money to my savings and walk away feeling like they got something nice and handmade because they really like it or know someone who will love and cherish it. Not very business savvy. To me, crafting is not a hobby, its an art. Having a store to sell people stuff is the hobby.

Still…

One plan is to go international by offering international shipping on Etsy. This appears to be an option only people who have an established customer base or people who have the money to attract customers by covering the costs of shipping outside of their country.

My plan is to get an average shipping price from every place Etsy can ship to and list my items between the U.S. shipping price and the highest shipping price. Which I haven’t done because IT WILL TAKE FOREVER.

So I thought Plan B:

For the time being, start small. One or two places like China and Canada or the U.K. That will require way less tedium.

 

The Ever Clever Miss Stitch’s New Blog

Feel Free to Visit My Etsy Store

Feel Free to Visit My Etsy Store (Previously Realm of the Heart)

I thought of making a new blog for a long time but am still trying to cut down on how many blogs I have.

I have a crafty blog on tumblr but I don’t want to use it anymore. I have also had a blog on WP for craftiness before but deleted it. New camera, new understanding of the importance of lighting, new concept of just how dark it is in my apartment–NEW BLOG. And, besides, so much of the tumblr community is such a bother. Additionally, most of my other blogs are on WordPress anyway.

This is personal blog for archiving my experiences and projects as a creative person and textile artist, otherwise known as a crafty. I hope other people find something useful or unique here.

–TECMS