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Twist-Trim Baby Blanket crochet pattern

Twist-Trim Baby Blanket crochet pattern by PlanetJune

Twist-Trim Baby Blanket is the latest addition to my PlanetJune Accessories pattern range.

Twist-Trim Baby Blanket crochet pattern by PlanetJune

Twist-Trim Baby Blanket crochet pattern by PlanetJune

An easy-to-memorise 2-row repeating pattern with a subtle texture and no large holes make this blanket fast to work up as a baby blanket (or use the provided tips to enlarge it to any size). Choose two contrasting colours to crochet the eye-catching twisted edging (or omit the final row of the border for a faster finish).

Twist-Trim Baby Blanket will become your go-to pattern for baby shower gifts. It’s so easy to personalise by choosing different pairs of colours for the edging:

Twist-Trim Baby Blanket crochet pattern by PlanetJune

And of course you don’t only have to make a baby blanket with this pattern – it includes instructions so you can easily make an afghan of any size.

Twist-Trim Baby Blanket crochet pattern by PlanetJune

Here’s an update photo: Baby T – no longer a newborn! – can confirm that his blanket still looks as good as new after a few months of use and many washes 🙂

Twist-Trim Baby Blanket crochet pattern by PlanetJune
Smiley baby not included with this pattern!

About the Pattern

This detailed pattern includes full written instructions, clear charted stitch diagrams, a two-page step-by-step appendix for the special twisted edging (included separately both for right- and left-handers), and bonus instructions for fixing the edging if you made a mistake anywhere earlier, so the edging colours will always match up seamlessly.

To save on paper and ink, you can print just the written pattern (2 pages) and/or the charts (2 pages) and view the photos, tutorials and other supporting content on-screen.

About PlanetJune Accessories

Twist-Trim Baby Blanket is the latest addition to my PlanetJune Accessories pattern range, which helps you to crochet elegant and useful accessories for yourself (scarves, shawls, hats, etc) and for your home (blankets, rugs, containers, etc).

PlanetJune Accessories crochet patterns: 2010-2016 designs

Don’t be afraid to try something new in crochet – PlanetJune Accessories patterns include detailed instructions for all the techniques you’ll need in order to complete them!

Links & Launch Discount

If you’re ready to try crocheting your own Twist-Trim Baby Blanket, you can buy it individually from my shop, or as part of a Custom Set of any 3 PlanetJune Accessories patterns of your choice.

And, for this week only, save 50c on the baby blanket pattern by using discount code SNUGGLY at checkout. (Valid until Sunday 23rd July 2017.)

Tip: The discount is valid on the blanket pattern alone and the Custom Set including the blanket – so you can save even more by buying the multipack deal with this discount!

Or, if you’re not ready to buy just yet, please heart or queue it on Ravelry so you don’t forget about it:

Twist-Trim Baby Blanket crochet pattern by PlanetJune

I hope you’ll enjoy making this afghan for all the little ones in your life – and maybe sizing it up to make a lovely throw for yourself too?!

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Owl Collection crochet pattern

Owl Collection amigurumi crochet pattern by PlanetJune - a clever low-sew pattern with endless customisation options

Are you ready for a pattern that’ll give you a spectacular result thanks to some clever new techniques and tricks? In that case, I think you’ll love my new design: the Owl Collection:

Owl Collection crochet pattern by PlanetJune
Owl Collection is a clever low-sew design: the head, body, legs and wings are all crocheted as one piece, giving you an elegant bird silhouette with the perfect owl posture and an effortlessly smooth result! This concept has been over a year in the making, and I hope you’ll agree it was worth the wait…

Owl Collection crochet pattern by PlanetJune

About the Designs

Fun Fact: Owls’ eyes are fixed in their sockets, so they have to turn their entire head to look in a different direction!

I’ve used that fact in my design to let you choose any direction for your owl’s head to be facing: to the left, right, or straight ahead. Don’t you think a pair of matching owls, facing in opposite directions, would make a lovely bookcase or mantelpiece ornament?

I’ve designed the pattern to give you endless options: by varying the colours, the direction the head is looking, and the facial embellishments, you can make your own customised owls! Although I used black eyes for my sample owls – it fits better with the PlanetJune style – you can use coloured eyes (try any shade of orange or yellow) to give yours an unblinking owlish stare.

Owl Collection crochet pattern by PlanetJune

Make them to match a real breed of owl, or more cartoony with brighter colours and oversized eyes – it’s up to you. My samples are loosely based on real types of owls, and you can switch out the colours or add more detail if you want to represent a specific species more closely. A flecked yarn (for example I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Grey Marble for my grey owl) is an easy way to give a realistic mottled result.

Fun Fact: Owls are divided into two families: Strigidae (typical owls) and Tytonidae (barn owls). With this pattern, you can choose appropriate colours to make any of the typical (true) owls.

Note: I’d love to design a barn owl too, but to make it look right it’d need lots of colour changes and special shaping to make the distinctive heart-shaped face, so that’s a challenge I’ll have to save for some future point in time!

Here are a few examples to get you started, if you want to base your owls on real species:

  • Round head (my white owl): e.g. Snowy Owl, Fishing Owl, Hawk Owl
  • Facial disks or ‘eyebrows’ (my brown owl): e.g. Tawny Owl, Wood Owl, Little Owl
  • Ear tufts or ‘horns’ (my grey owl): e.g. Horned Owl, Eagle Owl, Scops Owl

About the Pattern

This pattern includes several new techniques and tricks, but you can rest assured that I’ll walk you through each stage with clear explanations and a massive 45 step-by-step photos. But please don’t be intimidated – once you’ve made one owl, you’ll understand how the construction works and it’ll be fast and easy to make more owls!

As all these photos make for a long, photo-heavy pattern, with several photos on every page, I’ve also reformatted just the written crochet instructions (without the photos, notes or assembly instructions) as an Appendix to the patten. If you like to work from a printout while you crochet, you can save paper and ink by printing just the 4 text-only pages of the Appendix, and referring to the full pattern onscreen if/when you need to look at the photos.

Buy Now & Launch Discount

Ready to get owling? You can pick up the entire Owl Collection from my shop right now for only $7.50!

If you’re not ready to buy just yet (or even if you are!), please remember to heart and queue it on Ravelry:

But let’s make that deal even better: for one week only, you can buy the Owl Collection for the extra-special low price of $7. To take advantage of this deal, add the Owl Collection to your shopping cart, and enter the discount code HEDWIG at checkout! (Offer ends Thursday 29 June, 2017.)

Owl Collection crochet pattern by PlanetJune

Wings & Things Crochet-Along

And, from today until the end of August, join us in the PlanetJune Ravelry group for the summer CAL, where you can make and share any PlanetJune designs with wings (all kinds of birds, winged dinosaurs, fruit bat, dragonfly, pegasus…) – including the new Owls, of course!

PlanetJune Wings & Things CAL crochet pattern options

I hope you’ll share your projects with us there – I’d love to see them…

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Capybara crochet pattern

As part of the new-and-improved Commissions process, I’ve added a 2-week exclusivity period for all new commissions, so, if you didn’t pledge towards the capy, you may have been waiting (im)patiently for this announcement: the Capybara crochet pattern is finally available to purchase!

I’ll definitely be giving early access to all commissioned patterns in future – it’s a nice extra reward to those who choose to pledge towards my pattern commissions, and it’s fun seeing projects pop up on Ravelry before the pattern is even officially available 🙂

Capybara crochet pattern by PlanetJune

Capybara Fun Facts

  • The Capybara is the largest rodent in the world, and can reach up to 150lbs in weight.
  • Its closest relative is the guinea pig.
  • Capybara come from South America and their Latin name Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris means ‘Water Pig’.
  • They are semiaquatic herbivores and live in environments that include both forest and rivers, lakes or swamps.
  • They have slightly webbed feet, and eat, swim and even sleep partially submerged in water!

Capybara crochet pattern by PlanetJune

About the Pattern

The Capyabara pattern is nice and chunky, at about 8″ (20cm) long. Despite the size, he’s pretty quick to crochet: he’s made in a single colour; his head and body are crocheted as one piece, and capys don’t have tails! He has magical shaping built in, and the perfect snooty Capybara nose.

As always, the pattern includes full instructions and plenty of step-by-step assembly photos so you can make a perfect Capybara of your own!

Capybara crochet pattern by PlanetJune

Ready to Crochet?

If you were one of the Capybara commissioners, I hope you’ve been enjoying your early access to the pattern over the past few weeks!

If you’ve been waiting for the capy pattern, you can pick it up from my shop right now – and then join our Sight-C-ing CrochetAlong (making anything that starts with the letter ‘C’!) in the PlanetJune Ravelry group 🙂

Or, if you’re not ready to buy just yet, please add my Capybara to your queue or favourites on Ravelry, so you don’t forget about it:

I hope you’ll enjoy my Capy pattern! It was a fun one to design, especially with that very distinctive body shape 🙂

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free crochet pattern: Carnations

It’s Donationware time again! Put a smile on someone’s face with my new Carnations pattern:

Carnations crochet pattern by PlanetJune

Beautiful, realistic, and so easy, you can crochet a pretty one-piece carnation in minutes – and I bet you won’t be able to stop at one!

Carnations crochet pattern by PlanetJune

Here are some ideas for use:

  • Use the optional stem instructions to create a bouquet or vase of carnations
  • Stitch a pin to the back of a carnation to make a pretty brooch or buttonhole
  • Accessorize a bag by sewing on a couple of carnations
  • Sew or glue one or more carnations to a hair clip or plastic hairband

As I like to reward people who chose to donate for my donationware patterns, the PDF version of this pattern includes additional assembly photos and a special technique for fastening off the yarn neatly at the base of the stem. As always, the pattern is free for you to use, and you need only donate if you’d like to thank me for my time in creating it, or if you’d like the easy-to-print PDF version.

Carnations crochet pattern by PlanetJune

I hope you enjoy my pretty Carnations pattern!

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Mini Mammals 2 Expansion Pack crochet pattern

Mini Mammals crochet pattern by PlanetJune - crochet an adorable Sengi, Jerboa and Mouse

There’s a little story behind this Expansion Pack. When I originally came up with the idea for Mini Mammals, I had 6 species planned. I didn’t think anyone would want a huge set of six, though, so I chose Sengi, Jerboa and Mouse for my set, but as soon as I released the pattern, I had requests for all of the other three I’d left out!

Now, if that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is…

So here’s Mini Mammals 2: an Expansion Pack for my Mini Mammals pattern. It includes all the modifications you need to convert your Mini Mammals into a Hamster, Gerbil or Kangaroo Rat.

Mini Mammals 2 crochet expansion pack pattern by PlanetJune - crochet an adorable Hamster, Gerbil and Kangaroo Rat

Meet the newest Mini Mammals!

Hamster:
Mini Mammals 2 crochet expansion pack by PlanetJune - Hamster

  • Hamsters are crepuscular seed-eating rodents (crepuscular means they are most active around dawn and dusk).
  • There are many species of hamster, but the most common domesticated type is the Syrian (Golden) Hamster.
  • Hamsters hoard food and have expandable cheek pouches inside their mouths so they can carry food to store.
  • Wild Syrian Hamsters hibernate during the winter, but pet hamsters won’t hibernate (unless they get too cold!)

Gerbil:

Mini Mammals 2 crochet expansion pack by PlanetJune - Gerbil

  • Gerbils are burrowing seed-eating rodents from the deserts of Asia and Africa.
  • There are over 100 species of gerbil, but the most common domesticated type is the Mongolian Gerbil.
  • Gerbils are highly social animals and need to be kept in pairs or groups.
  • They are diurnal (active in the daytime) and love to dig tunnels.

Kangaroo Rat:
Mini Mammals 2 crochet expansion pack by PlanetJune - Kangaroo Rat

  • Kangaroo Rats are seed-eating rodents from the deserts of North America.
  • Like Jerboas, they hop along on their long back legs, using their long tails for balance.
  • They get all the moisture they need from seeds, and can survive without drinking any water.
  • Kangaroo Rats harvest seeds by collecting them in their pouches and storing them in caches for times when there is no other food available.
  • Unlike Hamsters, though, Kangaroo Rat cheek pouches are fur-lined and are located outside their mouths!

Mini Mammals 2 crochet pattern by PlanetJune

What is an Expansion Pack?

Expansion Packs by PlanetJune

  • An Expansion Pack is an add-on to an existing PlanetJune pattern.
  • The Expansion Pack lets you modify or add to the original pattern to create something else.
  • You cannot use the Expansion Pack alone – you must also purchase the original pattern in order to be able to complete the pictured items in the Expansion Pack pattern.

You can buy the Mini Mammals 2 Expansion Pack for only $3.50 individually from the shop, or, if you haven’t yet bought the original Mini Mammals pattern, you can buy the multipack of both sets, and save 50c on the pair.

Launch Discount

If you’ve already bought the original Mini Mammals set, you won’t be able to save that 50c. But, for 7 days only, add the Mini Mammals 2 Expansion Pack pattern to your shopping cart, together with anything else (totalling $5 or more), then use the code SQUEAK at checkout and you’ll still get your discount! (Valid until next Wednesday: 22nd March 2017.)

Note: If you don’t need anything else right now, this also applies to Gift Certificate purchases, so you can pick up a $5 gift certificate now, get your discount, and have $5 in your PlanetJune account ready for your next purchase, or to send to a crocheting friend!


Aww, a family portrait! Don’t they look super-cute all together like this?

Mini Mammals 1 & 2 crochet patterns by PlanetJune
Clockwise from bottom left: Sengi, Jerboa, Mouse, Kangaroo Rat, Hamster, Gerbil

If you’re not ready to buy just yet, please remember to heart or queue them on Ravelry so you don’t forget about them!

Mini Mammals:

Mini Mammals 2:

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