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Crochet Throw Complete!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was going back to the crochet hook to work on an afghan for my living room. Well, it’s finally done! It only took 3 weeks. 😉 Part of the reason why I enjoy sewing so much is because it doesn’t take long to complete a project. However, the satisfaction of finishing a knit or crochet project is just so much greater.

The design for the throw was inspired by log cabin afghans. I really liked the geometric design, but my living room is limited to 3 colors–black, white and gray. Although I’m open to the idea of introducing splashes of color to the room, I really didn’t want to commit to a bright pop of color in something that would take me so long to make. Most log cabin afghan designs are for 4+ colors, so I had to sketch my own design.

Here’s the original sketch, drawn on construction paper with crayons because honestly, that’s all I could find!

Once I had the design thought out, I really had to decide whether I was going to knit or crochet this. And after about 10 seconds of genuine consideration, I decided to crochet it. Considering how impatient I am with my knitting/crocheting (which is why I tend to stick to pint-sized projects), I didn’t think I could keep it together long enough to knit this thing, so I grabbed the crochet hook and got started.

Here’s the finished throw–I love it! And I think it looks great in the room. I finished it just in time too because my 17 month old daughter recently took a blue ballpoint pen and drew on my pristine white couch. My afghan can now cover it up. :-/

I’m about mid-way through the process of writing the pattern down, so hopefully in the next few days, I’ll have a free pattern to share! Stay tuned!

Little Gamers Ninja Pattern

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The Cute Ninja from Little Gamers (Crochet)

I used a worsted-weight yarn (I think it was Red Heart Super Saver, but I can’t be sure. It was just some black scrap yarn that was floating around the house) and a 4.0mm crochet hook. My little guy is about 6 inches tall.

Each piece is worked in the round without joining rows. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the row in order to keep track of your rows.

HEAD:
Starting chain: Ch 2.
Row 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc – 12 sc.
Row 3: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc* – 18 sc.
Row 4: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc* – 24 sc.
Row 5: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc* – 30 sc.
Row 6-11: Sc around.
Row 12: *Sc2tog in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc* – 24 sc.
Row 13: *Sc2tog in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc* – 18 sc.
Row 14: *Sc2tog in next sc, 1 sc in next sc* – 12 sc. Bind off. There will be a small opening to allow stuffing.

FACE:
Using white or flesh colored yarn, ch 5.
Row 1: 2 sc in back loop of 2nd ch from hook. Sc in back look of next 2 sc. 2 sc in back loop of next sc. 2 sc in front loop of next sc. Sc in front loop of next 2 sc. 2 sc in front loop of next sc. 12 sc.
Row 2: 2 sc in next 2 sc. Sc in next 4 sc. 2 sc in next 2 sc. Sc in next 4 sc. 2 sc in next 2 sc. 16 sc. Bind off.
*With black yarn, sew eyes onto the ninja mask. You can make the eyes normal circles. I made mine in a “fighting stance” mode, but he looks more constipated than anything else! See samples.

BODY:
Starting chain: Ch 18 and join last ch to first chain with sl st, being careful not to twist.
Row 1: Sc around.
Row 2: *2sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 8 sc* – 20 sc.
Row 3: Sc around.
Row 4: *2sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 9 sc* – 22 sc.
Row 5-10: Sc around. Bind off.

ARMS (Make 2):
Starting chain: Ch 2.
Row 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc – 12 sc.
Row 3: Sc around.
Row 4: Sc2tog around – 6 sc.
Row 5-6: Sc around.
Row 7: Sc in next 3 sc.
Row 8-10: TURN. Sc in each sc – 3 sc.
Row 11: TURN. Sc in each sc. Bind off.

FEET (Make 2):
Starting chain: Ch 5.
Row 1: 2 sc in back loop of 2nd ch from hook. Sc in back look of next 2 sc. 2 sc in back loop of next sc. 2 sc in front loop of next sc. Sc in front loop of next 2 sc. 2 sc in front loop of next sc. 12 sc.
Row 2: 2 sc in next 2 sc. Sc in next 4 sc. 2 sc in next 2 sc. Sc in next 4 sc. 2 sc in next 2 sc. 16 sc.
Row 3: Sc around in back loop only.
Row 4: Sc2tog. Sc in next 4 sc. Sc2tog twice. Sc in next 6 sc. 13 sc.
Row 5: Sc2tog. Sc in next 3 sc. Sc2tog twice. Sc in next 4 sc. 10 sc.
Row 6-7: Sc around. Bind off, leaving a long tail to sew foot to body.

FINISHING:
Sew pieces together. You may want to sew the mask portion onto the head before stuffing the head. You may leave the arms unstuffed or stuff them for more definition. When you sew the feet on, sew the bottom row of the body onto the second or third row of the feet, shoving the feet into the body cavity a bit to create a bit of distinction between the body and the feet. In order to hide the last bit of stuffing that will peek through between the legs, sew the front of that area to the back.

Finally, for the little “notch” on the top of the ninja’s head, ch 2 and 2 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Bind off and tie the little notch to the top of the ninja. This also helps to conceal the little hole you may have at the top.