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Defeating Dr Hookenstein Mystery CAL – day III

Ok, Agents. We have some serious work to do today. Finish your coffee (tea? Or waht are you drinking today? Where is this cup from? You sure it’s not wired?), get your spy gear ready and start hooking! I mean crocheting, crocheting… Of course…

Install safety eyes and safety nose between rounds 6 & 7, all in one line, in the front of the piece.
R13. (2sc, dec) x6 (18)

R14. (1sc, dec) x6 (12)

Stuff and continue adding more as you go.

R15. work in front loops only: (2sc, inc) x4 (16)

R16. 1sc, inc, 7sc, inc, 6sc (18)

R17. 18sc (18)

R18. (5sc, inc) x3 (21)

R19. – 21. 21sc (21)

R22. (1sc, dec) x7 (14)

R23. dec, in BLO: dec x3, in both loops again: dec x3 (7)

Fasten off, leaving a piece of yarn for sewing the opening closed.

Posted on : October 28, 2016 | No Comments

Defeating Dr Hookenstein Mystery CAL – day II

I’m sure Day I was easy peasy for you, my dear Agents, so let’s try something more… Wait! Are you sure there’s nobody there with you? No one who may peek over your shoulder and read the super-secret instructions? Are you 100% sure? Look around… Slowly! No one there? Ok. You can now read the instructions, then.

Good luck!

Need help with working on both sides of the chain? Here’s the photo tutorial that may help you:

with MC, ch4
R1. working on both sides of the chain: inc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1sc, 4sc in the next ch, 1sc, inc (10)
R2. inc x2, 1sc, inc x4, 1sc, inc x2 (18)
R3. (2sc, inc) x6 (24)
R4. (3sc, inc) x6 (30)
R5. 2sc, (inc, 4sc) x5, inc, 2sc (36)
The beginning of the round is on the side of the piece, the first 18sts are in the front, the other 18 are at the back. Please mark the front with a marker or a piece of yarn.

R6. – 10. 36sc (36)
R11. (4sc, dec) x6 (30)
R12. 1sc, (dec, 3sc) x5, dec, 2sc (24)

Don’t fasten off, yet! And see you tomorrow!

Posted on : October 27, 2016 | No Comments

Defeating Dr Hookenstein Mystery CAL – day I

Allright, Agents. As you all know, Dr Hookenstein will not let anyone inside his house this time (which is a shame because we had brand new yarn ball costumes for you). Instead of watching him, we will try some eavesdropping. It’s very dangerous to stay close to his house, though, so each of you will try to place the bug inside – the more, the better, because even if he finds one and destroys it, there are always others left (so please ask your friends if they’re willing to help, too!). Agency will equip you with the mechanism, but we will need to create some kind of a cover for it (using your mad crochet skills).

Are you ready to begin?

Please remember that the list of necessary materials (together with the color info) has been published in the previous post.

Good luck!


With CC1, ch12 and join with a sl st to the first ch to form a ring, then see if it’s enough to put your finger through the ring. If not, add 6 more chains to the beginning ring (remember that you need to have some space, so if it’s tight, it’s better to add these few chains).

R1. 1sc in each ch (12)

R2 – 11. 12sc (12)

R12. (2sc, dec) x3 (9)

R 13 – 14. 9sc (9)

R15. (1sc, dec) x3 (6)

R16. 6sc (6)

R17. (1sc, dec) x2 (4) – you may want to work the stitches in front loops only from now on

R18. dec, 2sc (3)

Fasten off, sew the opening closed.


If you start with 18:

R1. 1sc in each ch (18)

R2. – 11. 18sc (18)

R12. (4sc, dec) x3 (15)

R13. 15sc (15)

R14. (3sc, dec) x3 (12)

R15. 12sc (12)

R16. (2sc, dec) x3 (9)

R 17 – 18. 9sc (9)

R19. (1sc, dec) x3 (6)

R20. 6sc (6)

R21. (1sc, dec) x2 (4) – you may want to work the stitches in front loops only from now on

R22. dec, 2sc (3)

Fasten off, sew the opening closed.


See you tomorrow!


P.S. Be sure to keep up with the everyday clues, due to safety reasons, each clue self-destructs after 3 days and will not be available…

Posted on : October 26, 2016 | No Comments

Dr Hookenstein’s Mystery CAL 2016

Are you ready for another secret mission?

Hello, Agent! We received some unsettling news – Dr Hookenstein is trying to take control over the world yet again! He’s much more dangerous than last year – he doubled the protection and not a soul can slip into his house this time. That’s why we’re hiring agents to help us place the bugs all around his place to hear what his plan is… Will you help us? We count on you, Agent!

To complete the intro mission and get the bug inside his house you’ll need:

  • yarn(duh!): DK weight, cotton and acrylic blend MC: black, gray, brown, etc. CC1: brown CC2: green, yellow, red, brown (different from CC1, though) – scrap yarn is enough here, really, can be lighter weight, as well, but rather not heavier than your CC1
  • hook: 3mm
  • stuffing
  • 8 mm safety eyes or 2 black beads, 9mm safety nose or thread to embroider it
  • one tiny button – 6 – 9mm (optional)
  • sewing needle
  • scissors
  • scrap yarn for embroidery – lighter weight than your main yarn, mine was light fingering (optional)
  • stitch marker (optional)

The pattern will be published in parts in my Ravelry group, Facebook group and official website.

Link to DAY I clue:

But THIS is just the beginning… The real fun starts when we discover what he’s up to this year!

Posted on : October 25, 2016 | 12 Comments

Ami-Along 2016

It’s time for AmiAlong 2016!

Several amazing amigurumi designers teamed up to create a wonderful event for all ami lovers! There’s a huge 25% sale on all eligible patterns, lots of chances to win great prizes, fun, chatter, games and whatnot :) So if you like making amigurumi, or you’d like to make your first toy, feel free to join us!

Here’s the list of all designers taking part this year:


Adorably Kawaii!





Forever Stitchin!

Melissa’s Crochet Patterns

Made by Mary Crochet Designs!

Herter Crochet Designs!

Adrialys Designs!

Monster’s Toy


Primarily Patterns!

JS Patterns!

Lovely Baby Gift!

Silverdragon Crafts and Critters!
Yarn Society!
Franciscangypsy Designs!
Mumpitz Design!
Patchwork Moose!
Stana’s critters etc!

Posted on : June 30, 2016 | No Comments

National Crochet Month – celebrating crochet!

March always excites me, being a crochet month :)

If you’d like to celebrate with me, please join a miniCAL (with prizes!) I’m hosting in my Ravelry group ( I also opened an even on my Facebook page, if you’d prefer to join this way (

At the end of the month, I’ll ranomly pick one winner to get a prize (a physical, crochet/craft-related one!), so it’ll be worth to be chatty! ;)

A few words about the CAL:

The gauge is not important, so it can be any hook and yarn (but they need to math each other amigurumi-wise, if you know what I mean) and we’d need two colors. One suitable for an animal, and the second one that will nicely come with the first one. It’ll be a variation about an already published pattern of mine, so it’ll be only semi-mystery, because if you know my patterns, you’ll be able to recognize it quickly. Still, there’ll be something new to it, so I hope you’ll decide to join.

Before the CAL starts, let’s get in the mood: Why do you crochet? Can you knit as well? If yes, do you prefer crochet?

Posted on : March 2, 2016 | 1 Comment

FREE PATTERNS – the Heart Collection is all done!

Yep, that’s right. The hearts I presented to you are now all ready and published!

Free Hearts Patterns by Cute and Kaboodle

Here you can find all the patterns:
1. Almost Rainbow Heart (lower left corner)

2. Simple 3D Heart (upper left corner)

3. Swirl Heart (lower right corner)

4. Outline Heart (upper right corner)

Enjoy! :)

Posted on : February 8, 2016 | No Comments

Simple Hearts Collection – part IV

Aaaand the last one! It would be easy to make two hearts joined together. Just make one heart, and while making the other, put the chain through the center of the first heart, then join and finish the other heart.


Outline heart:

I used 1,75mm hook and fingering yarn.

ch36, join with a lst st to for a circle, being careful not to twist, ch1

1. 1sc in the next 8sc, 2sc in the next 5sc, sc2tog x2, sc3tog, sc2tog x2, 2sc in the next 5sc, 1sc in the next 7sc, 2sc in the st where the first sc was made. join.

Fasten off, weave in the ends. Block the heart (it’s very important!). If you made it from acrylic yarn, you will probably have to “kill” it. Look for the details here.

Posted on : February 8, 2016 | No Comments

Simple Hearts Collection – part III

Time for a superquick, 2 rounds heart!

A swirl heart:

This time I used 3.5mm hook and fingering yarn doubled (you can use worsetd or aran instead).

1. 9hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook
2. You’ll be working all stitches in the horizontal bars behind the hdc (also called the third loop): 4hdc in the first st (bar), 2hdc in the next 2 sts, [2hdc, ch1, 2hdc] in the next st, 2hdc in the next 2 sts, 4hdc in the next st, join with a sl st to the next st.

Easy peasy ;)

Posted on : February 3, 2016 | No Comments

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