A Fun Pattern Review

The inhabitants of the toybox heard a whisper that there were some new toys on their way to join them so they all got together to share the gossip and form a welcoming comittee.  The bears were excited because they'd heard there were to be some more bears and little Gulliver, the smallest pink elephant, heard there was someone just the right size for him to play with.

Here they are whispering among themselves.

Dermot the Frog was disappointed the newcomers weren't green but he got over it when he found there was a blue bear - his second favourite colour!

Gulliver was thrilled to meet his new tiny playmate and Microdot jumped for joy to meet another pink bear.  Heffalump, the big pink elephant found a soulmate in the white bear and they can often be found whispering together.  The floor of the nursery is busy with toys!

I often feel sad that I can't make enough crocheted things to share with everyone so it's been on my mind to buy some patterns and do a review so you can try to crochet some things too. 

kindly agreed to allow me to make a post about her patterns.

These are the ones I chose.  They are so cute!


Not wanting to add yet more thread to my already impressive thread stash I decided to go with what I had on hand.  That meant I had to use different hook sizes to the ones mentioned in the pattern but when you are making toys it isn't important to have exactly the same thread as long as the hook size suits your thread.  I used a 0.6mm hook for the bears and for the gingerbreadman a 0.4mm hook.  I'm a self taught crocheter and often have trouble understanding patterns but Mariella's patterns were very easy to understand.  As with all miniatures, it's the finishing touches that make all the difference.  By changing the position of the ears and muzzle the bears each have slightly different faces.  My gingerbreadman is precisely 12mm tall and the bears are 18mm.

Thanks Mariella, I had fun with your patterns!


  1. Aww heck, they're all so cute!!

  2. They are just gorgeous and your pink elephant reminded me so much of 'Johnson' from 'Johnson and Friends', an ABC children's show. :)

    I've emailed you re Sainsburys too, so you may need to check your junk mail. :)

  3. They are wonderful :) I wish I could crochet.. I do try... I just get in a mess!!!
    Julia xx

  4. Oh My Goodness! These toys are all so BEE-U-TEA-FULL! I just love them all! You've done an outstanding job! Carolyn

  5. I love them all! You are so talented! And I like Mariella´s crocheted items, too. Don´t know if I dare to try!

  6. Your crocheted toys are amazing and beautiful.

  7. Tus muñecos tejidos son una belleza y todo tu blog esta lleno de tesoros y buen gusto!

    Eres una gran artista.

    Un abrazo desde México

  8. Susan, I LOVE every one of them!!!! What a delightful group of toys for tiny hands to clutch!!!
    You have done so well being a self taught crochet master!!! They are wonderful!!

  9. Oh-my-GOODNESS!!! I can't believe how perfect they all are! How ADORABLE is that little sock monkey all dressed up!!!! I can't even begin to imagine how tiny they must be. I LOVE your work, Susan!! =)

  10. Thanks for such lovely comments from such lovely people. I hope to see some small crocheted toys showing up on your blogs sometime soon!

    The trouble with being self taught is, I don't do things the way other people do because I've invented my own methods. That means it's hard to describe how I work in writing for other people to follow. It also means I'm kinda dyslexic about following patterns.

  11. Woohooo Susan you did a wonderful job with those patterns because little ginger and bears are way too cute!
    Thank you so much for your nice compliments, you really did my day!


  12. You do such beautiful work - your toys are wonderful! You are very talented, and it is great to see you blogging again.
    Sandra (Snippets from my Studio)

  13. No me canso de admirar tus muñecos minis de ganchillo, son una preciosidad.
    Un abrazo

  14. Por Dios Susan!!!
    ¡Que maravillas!!! Cada uno con su encanto y perfectamente hecho O =
    ¡Felicidades por esas mano!!!!
    Un abrazo