Friday, 9 October 2015

PATTERN: Tumbling Blocks Baby Afghan

What a great blog birthday week we have had so far!! 

The giveaway is still open for another 24 hours or so, so head over there to enter (don't forget, you can enter every day!) - or  

My special announcement for this week is my brand new pattern :D 

The Tumbling Blocks Baby Afghan is now available for purchase on Ravelry! It's an adaption of the well-known quilt pattern, Tumbling Blocks, but made with Diagonal Half Solid Granny Squares (only 4 ends per square!) and the Join-As-You-Go technique. So, no mountains of squares or diamonds to sew together at the end! This was definitely my favourite part.

The 3D effect comes from the colour placement. By putting the light shade of one colour on the left "face" of the block, and the dark shade on the right "face" of the block, it looks like the blocks (with white tops) are sitting on top of each other in a pyramid.  

For the next week, we have a special offer for blog readers - 
50% off with the code JAYGTUMBLE !!

You can also use this super fancy direct link: 

If the idea of a whole baby afghan is too much for you, it also makes a pretty excellent cushion cover :) Just do fewer squares to get the size that you want!

I have absolutely loved putting this pattern together, and I hope you enjoy making it. 

Thank you again for helping us celebrate our second blog birthday - and here's to many more years to come! 

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

FREE PATTERN: Heart Teddy Bear

Good Morning from Germany!

As you might have guessed from my last posts, I am really busy making Teddy Bears these days. I tried some patterns from the Internet but most them them involved so much sewing on! And I am very bad with sewing the parts together. Very, very bad.

So I decided to make up a pattern for a Teddy Bear which involves as little sewing as possible. The following pattern only requires the ears and the snout to be sewn on. The rest is crochet in one piece/crochet together.

I am publishing the pattern for free and hope you enjoy making Teddy Bears from it. Should you like the pattern, I am asking you to donate a Teddy to a refugee child (or send some money donation to a charity which helps refugees). Thank you!

Oh and I would simply LOVE to see your finished Teddy Bear! Send us a pic, share it on our Facebook or on Instagram (hashtag #crochetbetweenworlds ! :)

Please drop me a note, if you find any mistakes in the pattern. You can also contact me via if you need help with the pattern.

Take care

Heart Teddy Bear

You will need:
ca. 100gr Aran Yarn (or any other yarn you like)
4,5 mm hook (use at least half a hook size smaller than you would usually use for the chosen yarn)
Stitch Counter
Safety Eyes



Arm (Make 2)

1) Magic Ring with 6st (6)
2) 2sc into each stitch around (12)
3) *1sc into the next stitch, 2sc into the next stitch* 6 times (18)
4-6) 1sc into each st around (18)
7) *1sc into the next stitch, sc2tog* 6 times (12)
8) *1sc into the next 4 stitches, sc2tog* 2 times (10)
Fill the hand.
9-23) 1sc into each st around (10)
Do not fill the arm.

Leg (Make 2)

1)    magic ring with 6st (6)
2)    2sc in each stitch (12)
3)    *1sc in the next stitch, 2sc in the next st* repeat 6 times (18)
4)    *1sc in the next 2st, 2sc in the next st* repeat 6 times (24)
5)    *1sc in the next 3st, 2sc in the next st* repeat 6 times (30)
6)    – 8) 1sc in each st around (30)
9) *1sc in the next 3st, sc2tog* repeat 6 times (24)
10) *sc2tog* 6 times, 1sc in the remaining 12 st (18)
Stuff the foot
11) *sc2tog* 4 times, 1sc in the remaining 10 st (14)
12) *sc2tog* 2 times, 1sc in the remaining 10 st (12)
13-22) 1sc in each st around

Leg 1: Sl into first st of row 22, finish off, weave in ends

Continue with leg 2. You are now moving to the body part


23) 1st into the next 9st, *ch1, turn, 1st into the next 4 st* repeat 3 times, ch1, turn. With the next four stitches crochet the second leg to the just made „bridge“, 1sc into the next 8st, evenly place 4st into the „bridge“ between the legs, 1sc into the next 3st (24)

24) *1sc in the next 3st, 2sc in the next st* repeat 6 times (30) Note: The bridge between the two legs equals 4st
25) *1sc into the next 4st, 2sc into the next st* repeat 6 times (36)
26) *1sc into the next 5st, 2sc into the next st* repeat 6 times (42)
Fill the legs.
27) *1sc into the next 6st, 2sc into the next st* repeat 6 times (48)
28)-37) 1sc into each st around (48)
38) *1sc in the next 6st, sc2tog* repeat 6 times (42)
39) *1sc in the next 5st, sc2tog* repeat 6 times (36)
40-42) 1sc into each st around (36)
43) *1sc in the next 4st, sc2tog* repeat 6 times (30)
44) *1sc in the next 3st, sc2tog* repeat 6 times (24)
45) 1sc into each st around (24)
You will now attach the arms. Flatten the arms so that you have 5st on each side
46) 1sc into the next stitch, with the next 5sc crochet the first arm to the body, 1sc into the next 8st, with the next 5st crochet the second arm to the body, 1st into the next 5sc (24)
47) 1sc into the next 2sc, with the next 5st crochet the first arm to the body, 1sc into the next 8sc, with the next 5sc crochet the second arm to the body, 1sc into the next 6st (24)
Stuff the Body.
48) *1sc in the next 2st, sc2tog* repeat 6 times (18)
49) *1sc in the next 1st, sc2tog* repeat 6 times (12)

You will now move onto the head


50) *1sc in the next 1st, 2sc in the next st* repeat 6 times (18)
51) *1sc in the next 2st, 2sc in the next st* repeat 6 times (24)
52) *1sc in the next 3st, 2sc in the next st* repeat 6 times (30)
53) *1sc into the next 4st, 2sc into the next st* repeat 6 times (36)
54) *1sc into the next 5st, 2sc into the next st* repeat 6 times (42)
55-64) 1sc into each st around

Place eyes between rd61 and rd62 with 8st between the eyes.

65) *1sc in the next 5st, sc2tog* repeat 6 times (36)
66) *1sc in the next 4st, sc2tog* repeat 6 times (30)
67) *1sc in the next 3st, sc2tog* repeat 6 times (24)
Stuff the head.
68) *1sc in the next 2st, sc2tog* repeat 6 times (18)
69) *1sc in the next 1st, sc2tog* repeat 6 times (12)
Stuff the rest of the head.
70) *sc2tog* repeat 6 times (6)
Sl into the first st of rd 70, finish of. Weave the tail through 6st of row 70 and pull tight to close the hole. Weave in the tail.

Ear (make 2)

1) magic ring with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each stitch around (12)
3) *1sc into the next st, 2sc into the next st* repeat 6 times (18)
4) *1sc into the next 5st, 2sc in next st* repeat 3 times (21)
5) *1sc into the next 5st, sc2tog* repeat 3 times (18)
6) *1sc in next 4st, sc2tog* repeat 3 times (15)
7) 1sc in each st around (15)
Sl into first st of round 7, finish off, leave long tail for sewing the ear onto the head


1) Magic Ring with 6st (6)
2) 2sc into each stitch around (12)
3) *1sc into the next stitch, 2sc into the next stitch* 6 times (18)
4-6) 1sc into each stitch around
Sl into first stitch of round 6

Embroider nose onto the snout, sew snout to the head. Make sure that the nose is curved, so that you can stuff the nose while sewing it on.

Sew the ears to the head.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Happy 2nd Birthday, Crochet Between Worlds!

Hello ladies and gents!

Our blog is two years old and thus we decided to have a bit of a celebration!

Two years - wow! So much happened since our first blog post! We got tons of lovely comments and likes, made new friends and even got to meet some of our blog readers in person! The world of crochet blogs is such  wonderful place and we are really lucky to be a part of it.

In the last two years both of us expanded our crochet skills a lot - many new stitches, many new patterns and oh my, so many new ideas. Man, the more one sees and makes, the more ideas come up. It would be awesome to have more hours a day for crochet. And other creative things of course.

Because we are so happy and thankful for each and everyone of our followers, we decided to have a little give away. It runs til this Friday and we ship world wide. So what can you win?

1st Place: A parcel which includes all the necessary items (yarn, safety eyes and stuffing) to make a teddy from Anne's newest pattern which will released this Wednesday

2nd Place: Choose three from our paid patterns

3rd Place: Choose two of our paid patterns

4th Place: Chose one of our paid patterns

If we get more than 100 entires, I (Anne) will also throw a surprise yarn package in!

The winners will be announced on the 11th of October 2015. The winners need to contact us via within four days after the announcement. If a prize isn't claimed we will  draw a runner up. 

Take care
Michelle & Anne

P.S. You can enter daily!

Friday, 2 October 2015

A Bunch of Teddy Bears!


How are you today? :) 

Days here in Germany are pretty busy but I have two weeks of holidays ahead of me starting today. Wohoo! Of course there are lots of plans but I also plan to catch up on sleep. And of course crochet.

If I have time these days, I usually crochet teddy bears. I finished three more since my last post! The yellow and the blue one are made from my own pattern which I plan to publish for free here next week. :)

The colorful teddy bear arrived from Sharon from Creativity and Family. Isn't the teddy a real cutie??

All the teddies will go to refugee children and I really hope it warms their hearts and gives them some hope.

Next week will be a special week for our blog as it turns two years old! Prepare for new patterns and a give away! Also, is there anything you would like to know about Michelle and me?

Take care

P.S. For those who worried about the bombs: There are quite a few bombs in the ground in most towns in Germany, I remember at least 5 evacuations near my house over the last 1-2 years. Those are  undetonated bombs from World War II. Whenever a bomb is located a team of specialists heads out to diffuse the bomb. Of course that includes a lot of evacuation work but as far as I know, no bomb went off for a long time. A real nuisance!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Crafternoons - Chatter, Craft and Company!

Hi everyone!

Today we had one of our (very irregular) Crafternoons - an opportunity for friends to come, share some afternoon tea, and have some quiet social time for craft or even learn a new one :) 

I had two projects on the go today. First, I finished off my little kangaroo and joey! This pattern was super cute and much easier on the ol' fingers than Captain America was :) 

Zara the cat was highly suspicious though...

I also finished another project - a scarf using this glorious merino mohair yarn that my mum bought for me in New Zealand last year. It's been waiting around for the perfect project, but since I am somewhat allergic to wool (not really allergic, but it makes me very itchy to have it on my skin), it was always going to be a gift for someone else.

I found (and was also linked to by the lovely Anneke of Crochet in Paternoster) this Starwirbel pattern for a cowl or capelet. I loved the stitch pattern, but wasn't confident enough in sizing to make a cowl. So, I adapted the pattern a bit and made long rows of stars! 

A lovely friend on Instagram said it reminded her of Monet, so I have named it my Impressionist Scarf :) It will keep my sister lovely and toasty warm in her early mornings and late nights at work! 

There were 10 of us at Crafternoons today, sitting around and chatting together while working on a variety of different crafts. We had cutting out for Days for Girls shields... 

...and cooking - these were delicious Strawberry Tarts from a recipe by Heston Blumenthal! 

There was also a fair bit of crochet, including: 

Thor's legs! 

A Corner-to-Corner blanket! 

A small mountain of granny squares! 

We had lots of fun, as much with the company and chatter (and delicious afternoon tea) as the relaxing time crafting. I'm looking forward to the next one - a Christmas Crafternoon in December! 

Do you crochet/craft with others? 

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

My first Heart Teddy Bear

Hey there!

How are you today? My life is incredible busy at the moment and sometimes I have the feeling my life is a mile ahead of me and I am trying to catch up. Oh well. It shall get better I guess!

I finished my first Heart Teddy Bear yesterday. :) He turned out quite big: about 30 cm in height I would guess. Very huggable! It didn't take too long to complete the teddy. I started on the 12th of September and finished it last night. With lots of crochet breaks in-between that is - I would say in total the teddy took about 3-4 nights. I used this pattern by the way.

The sewing together was a bit of a pain in the butt. I am not very good with the fiddly thing but I think it turned out alright (I had to undo one of the legs though... sewed it on the wrong way. ooppss). Practice, practice... I love making amigurumi but the sewing... Eeek. I wish I was better at it!

The teddy went into a box with lots of sweets and shall be delivered tomorrow. It will go to an organization which will hand out the gifts to refugee children this weekend. It is the biggest family celebration of the Muslim calendar (Eid-ul-Adha) and traditionally children get gifts on this day. I hope it will lighten up a little one's day!!

The new refugee home near out house will open next month. I hope to finish more teddies by then. :) Fingers crossed everything goes as planned... This week they found some old world war II bombs in the ground next to the new home. They were deactivated by specialist. There are so many bombs in the ground here in Dortmund! They are left overs from World War II and as Dortmund was one of the major industrial towns a lot of bombs fell down here. 

What is on your hook at the moment?

Take care

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Captain America - "Avengers, Assemble!"

Hello everyone!

We've had a pretty busy week here at Casa del Westlund. We have been back and forth to the lake to help out our neighbours, and it was monthly Committee Meeting week for Rotary Youth Exchange. Fortunately I can type fast enough to take the minutes during the meeting, and was able to send them out without much more effort. 

This week I managed to finished off one of my greatest crochet achievements so far - Patriotic Buddy (Captain America) Kid Hero by Made By Mary! Amigurumi is not my favourite style of crochet, as I find it very hard on my hands. Plus, all that counting...

I won't lie, this doll took me several weeks to complete. It was my first time working with worsted weight yarn. The pattern is so incredibly detailed, and there were so many pieces to be made separately and then stitched together! His mask/helmet and shield can be removed (and he has lovely blond hair underneath)...

...there is a tiny button for securing his mask/helmet...

...the shield helpfully has a strap for ease of positioning and removal...

...the belt pockets even have buttons, so secret things can be stored in them (!!)...

... and he has proper 5-fingered hands!

Captain America came out so very cute, and he is about 18" tall. He will be off to his forever-home next month sometime :) 

Thank you to Mary Smith for such an incredible pattern! I highly recommend Mary's patterns - you can find them all on Ravelry here

Do you love working amigurumi creatures? What are your favourite patterns? Link them in the comments!