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386 Day Project: Why am I doing it?

Prescilla Fajardo

Over the holidays, I overworked myself like crazy to get orders out & to their recipients safely. After Christmas, I didn’t get a break since we had an anime convention two weeks later. So, once both the holidays and after the convention were over- I didn’t have the motivation or inspiration to create (burnout).

I learned about burnout in a Psychology Class I took a few years back and how it affects the brain and body. I tend to experience it after the holidays or after a long stretch of con prep. It’s frustrating because I get it in my head that I need to make but at the same time am conflicted because I have no will to create.. It’s a vicious mind trick, if you can imagine.

It became halfway into January and I rarely touched my crochet hook. The only thing I honestly got around to making was a baby blanket at that point, which was a great change of pace & now I really want to make more blankets this year..

Don’t get me wrong, the blanket turned out AMAZING but. I still felt a bit out of place because I still wasn’t creating as much as I was use too. Crochet is a great outlet for me and not creating truly made me feel a bit crazy.. Weird how you can be burntout by doing something but want to do it at the same time, huh? Kinda like Art Block, I guess you can say.

The end of January was coming near & throughout the month I continued to do some soul searching. I kept trying to figure out within myself what is it that I want to do and how do I want to better my business in 2019. I did one of those “write down your thoughts” sessions to hash out my goals and the main 3 reoccurring things that I want to work on in 2019 are:

  1. Create more of what I want & get more personal with my business.

  2. Do more shows & share my creativity with others.

  3. Teach more classes, write more patterns, & share my knowledge.

Sounds like great goals to strive for, right? Now, how in the world was I going to achieve this throughout the year? Well, I thought long and hard about it and a “make something everyday” project came to mind. It would get me out of the uninspired rut I was in and at the same time allow me to be creative since “making something” is open to any type of making, not just crochet if I ever choose to add in another craft.

And so, the 365 Project was born! Throughout the year, I will be making something everyday. Whether that be a new crochet project, a felt brooch, maybe even more surprise boxes? Anything really goes! This project has really inspired me to create different items and I have a huge list of possible amigurumi that i could make throughout the year! Sometimes it just takes a bit of thinking and shifting your mindset to get yourself back into the swing of things.

Day 1/365: Matty Mallard

Day 1/365: Matty Mallard

With that, I have also decided to make a watercolor doodle with every original creation I make. Throughout the year, I would like to take every painting and create prints or stickers out of them! I also had the idea of taking them all and turning them into a book along with the patterns for each creation at the end of the 365 days but.. we’ll see!

Anyway, thanks so much for reading this crazy long post! Please let me know what you think about our new project & if you’re interested in a possible pattern book at the end of it all? You can continue to follow our makes throughout the year through Instagram! If you have a suggestion for somthing you’d like to see us make- let us know! We are open to both original and fan art!

Free Pattern: Baby Kraken

Prescilla Fajardo

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One of my favorite makes are our Kraken Babes! I wanted to share my love for their squiggly tentacles with a free pattern! It is a very easy pattern for those who know the basics of Amigurumi and works up very quickly.

I also want to show ya’ll what tools I enjoy using on a daily basis. None of the links I provide in this post are affiliate links (lol, I’m not popular enough.. sorry!). I just wanted to show you where you can easily see/get it.

 

Materials:

Worsted Weight Yarn - Any kind is fine, I use Acrylic Yarn.

G Hook or F Hook - My favorite are the Clover Soft Touch Hooks.

Small amounts of Polyfil

8mm Safety Eyes - I get mine from Glass Eyes Online.

Yarn Needle - My Favorite are the Jumbo Darning Needles from Clover.

OPTIONAL: Safety Eye Insertion Tool, you can get one at Glass Eyes Online.

Abbreviations:

MC = Magic Circle

SC = Single Crochet

HDC = Half Double Crochet

DC = Double Crochet

INC = Increase

BLO = Back Loops Only

DEC = Decrease

 Body:

Row 1: MC (6)

Row 2: INC x 6 (12)

Row 3: SC, INC (18)

Row 4-6: SC x 18 (18

Row 7: SC, DEC (12)

Row 8: SC x 12 (12)

Row 9: SC  x 12 (12)

Add eyes between Row 8 & 9 with 2 stitches apart

 

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I turned my piece inside out to use my insert tool. These washers are SUPER tiny, so this totally helps.

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Turn outside back out & stuff.

Row 10: SC x 12 in BLO (12)

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Row 11: DEC all the way around (6)

FO, leaving a long tail for weaving in the hole.

Tentacle (6 in Total): 

Hook up in one of the Back Loops (I usually start in the back) 

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Chain 10

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On the chain, SC x 3, HDC x 3, DC x3

 

You just finished your first tentacle!

From here, Skip the next BLO on the body and then Single Crochet into the next stitch. This will anchor your tentacle back to the body.

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From here, you'll repeat the above steps.

Chain 10, SC x 3, HDC x 3, DC x 3, skip next BLO & SC.

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You will end up with 6 leggies.

You will end up with 6 leggies.

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On your last tenticle, slpstch back to the first BLO.


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You can now Finish off & Weave in your Ends.

OPTIONAL: You can take about 10ish inches of yarn & your yarn needle to really secure the tentacles to the body. You don’t have to do this, it’s all preference!

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And.. That’s it! You’re done!

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These little guys are super easy to workup and you can use an array of colors to get a cool effect. I love using multicolored yarns with these guys because each one turns out differently.

If you make one (or many) of your own, I would LOVE to see them! Please tag me on Instagram or Facebook so I can share your work too!

If you would like to continue to support us & want more free patterns, feel free to donate to our tip jar

This pattern, including text and photos, are copyright to Yarn Circus & www.yarncircus.com. Do not redistribute, repost, or resell this pattern in any type of way as it is against the law. Please feel free to sell your finished items in a small scale as long as you credit back to Yarn Circus as the original designer on your online listings and tags at in-person shows. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me through the CONTACT page.