Dastardly Crafty

Craft, Crochet and Cthulhu.


March 2013

Easter Project #2: Free Pattern for Minion and Ninja Egg Cozies

egg cozy

This project came from looking for a way to liven up the bag of chocolate eggs I had gathered up for my nephews for Easter.  The little one *loves* the minions from Despicable Me, whereas I needed something different for the older one, hence the ninja.

Both are made up from this simple pattern:

Row1: 4 dc in a magic ring, sl st to join row, ch1

Row2: 2dc inc in each stitch all around (8 stitches), sl st, ch1

Row 3: *1dc, 1dc, 2 dc inc* all around

Row4: *1dc, 2dc* all around

Row 5 -7:  1dc all around

Repeat until desired length then fasten off.

The googles for the minion were made from grey, black and white felt and were stitched on.  His cheeky smile is embroidered with black yarn.

The ninja’s eyes are embroidered onto white felt which was then stitched on.

The tie around his head is made as follows:

Row 1: ch 2, 1dc in 2nd chain from hook, 1 dc in same stitch,

Row 2: ch3, 1 dc in 2nd chain from hook, fasten off.

Sew to side of ninja’s head.



Easter Project: Fimo Creme Egg Keyring


My cousin is allergic to chocolate (poor thing) so I decided to make this cool non-edible creme egg keyring as an Easter gift.

The creme egg bead is made from fimo.  I bought this one, but they look easy enough to make yourself, just remember to etch the star shape on the egg and prick a tiny hole using a pin in the top of the egg before baking according to packet instructions (to screw your eyepin into when it is cool)  Then attach to a keyring finding.  I bought a packet of 3 for 99p at The Works.  To finish off I used 3mm ribbon in three colours, red, yellow and purple (like the creme egg wrapper) and tied a bow around the chain of the keyring.

I’m pretty pleased with the result.  But it makes me hungry looking at it 🙂

Video Game Crochet #1: Link


My partner is obsessed with video games and one cute character in particular…Link from the Legend Of Zelda games. This little guy was his request when I was stuck for a new project to make.

There are lots of patterns for Link available online but I couldn’t find any that I particularly liked.  Link has also had several incarnations so eventually I opted for Link from Wind Waker.  I learned a few new techniques but my favourite thing was using felt to make his hair and accessories.  I’ve always shied away from using felt extras as I’ve always felt it was somehow ‘cheating’ but thinking about how video game graphics look, in actual fact it helps to make them look more defined.

I also decided I wanted accessories that you can ‘pose’ and move around.  The shield has a little felt loop which enables you to do this.


I’ve enjoyed making him so much that I’m looking forward to designing and making plenty of other video game characters.  Watch this space…


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