Crochet

The unexpected Christmas gift

Christmas can become a bit of a commercial holiday with mass produced gifts which are available everywhere you go. It can start to lose its meaning a bit. Which is why we started a thing a couples of years ago that has fast become one of our favourite Christmas rituals. As well as the store bought presents we try to set each other a present challenge. Last year we decided we each had a day to make a gift that we thought represented the other person. My hubby made me a spice rack as I love to cook. It was both pretty and practical and capable of holding together a multitude of things (which I thought was quite sweet). I decided to go with something a little less practical and made this…..

IMG-20151224-WA0001When deciding what I though would sum my beloved up perfectly and what he needed most in the world I knew it could only be one thing… a crochet festive Lobster bedecked in a tinsel scarf and a tiny Santa hat. After all who doesn’t need one of these little critters in their life!

I remembered the episode of friends where phoebe was talking about how lobsters mate for life and my husband is definitely my sole mate so I went for it and I’m so glad I did! Just like him my project turned out to be cheeky, full of joy and completely adorable.

I used A free Crochet lobster pattern from red heart which was actually part of a set including a mermaid. I adapted the pattern slightly in order to make it longer in the head and body. I used a 4mm hook instead of the recommended 3.75 and Marriner DK acrylic wool in claret to give him a deeper red colour. For stuffing I used an old pillow although any soft toy filling would work well. I gave him brown safety eyes used for soft toys and I sewed on a nice cheeky smile. This was a really cute little project which took on a personality all of its own. As you can see below it has definitely evolved from the original patterns picture but it is still just as cute.

 

Do you like to make gifts for loved ones?

I hope you had a very merry Christmas and have a happy 2017!

Till next time make something with love


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