After a winter of snowmen, winter hats, scarves and warm blanket crochet patterns, it’s time for spring crochet projects to shine! It seems like every spring there are so many new and fun crochet patterns, especially in the lead up to Easter. With Easter falling so late this year, it seems like the influx has been even larger than normal!
After making quite a few bunnies last year around Easter, I was on the hunt for another spring animal to go with them them. I was so excited to find out that the pattern designer/my friend Ragnhild, aka Yarnhild was going to release a two-part Easter CAL (crochet-a-long), and that they were chicks! Not only that, but because they were little, they would be the perfect project for my next ‘Just For Me Ami!’
Dixie and Charlie
Dixie and Charlie are posted on Yarnhild’s website as separate patterns (and are also for sale as ad-free PDF’s!). You can find Dixie here and Charlie here. Both patterns call for a sport weight yarn and use a 2.5 mm and 3.5 mm hook, but can easily be worked with smaller/larger hooks and yarn if that is your fancy. I used a worsted weight acrylic yarn and 2.75 mm hook (except for where it called for a 3.5 mm hook), and they turned out great!
The patterns themselves were very easy to follow, and a lot of fun and quick to make! Both are worked from the top down and the head and body are one piece-great for those who are not a fan of a lot of sewing! One of my favourite components is definitely Dixie’s bunny ears. They are so sweet, and the perfect costume for Easter. The bunny headband is tied on, so you can take it off if you so please after the holiday. (I’m leaving mine on though, she’s so cute with them on!)
A big component of Charlie’s pattern that I was excited (and a little bit nervous) about was getting to try Tunisian Crochet. Tunisian Crochet is a bit of a hybrid of crocheting and and knitting, where you carry more than one loop like in knitting, but on a crochet hook! It usually utilizes a specialized crochet hook that looks like a knitting needle, apart from the crochet-type hook at one end.
As the scarf is quite small, one can use a regular crochet hook to complete the Tunisian Crochet. What a great way to try this form of crochet before investing in new hooks. Tunisian Crochet can be challenging, but Ragnhild has made it so easy by providing instructions for this part in the form of a Youtube video. The video itself is very clear and easy to follow along with, perfect for a first timer at Tunisian Crochet!
I love the way that my Charlie’s scarf turned out, and it has made me want to try some more Tunisian Crochet in the future! You can check out both mine and Ragnhild’s Charlie below. You’ll note that the stitches of our respective scarves go in opposite directions-this is just because I am a leftie. I do love the way that the stitching really pops on Ragnhild’s scarf. She used a cotton yarn to make it, so if I try more Tunisian Crochet in the future I’ll use cotton as well.
While these are technically Easter patterns, these two little chicks would be perfect to make any time of year! Ragnhild has many other lovely patterns on her website, which is a mix of amigurumi, ragdolls patterns, and wearables! There are also tutorials on a a variety of stitches, including Tunisian Simple Stitch, which is used for Charlie’s scarf! She speaks English, Norwegian and German, and you can find patterns on her site in all three languages. How talented is that!
If you are interested in joining me in my ‘Just for Me Ami’ project, follow along with what I make, or are interested in finding well written free amigurumi patterns, consider following my Pinterest Board! If you have made or found any small amigurumi patterns that you think I should add to my list, please do not hesitate to contact me! I’m always on the hunt for new items to add!