Hogwarts Trunk

I was vacuuming my room when I noticed an abandoned tack box from my Schleich stable, and it popped into my head that that tack box could be a wizarding trunk instead of languishing in a dusty corner.

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The Hogwarts logo is very basic, as animals are very hard to draw at this size.

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It’s lined with pretty paper, and it’s beginning to be filled with lots of cool wizarding things.

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Like a cauldron! You can also see rolls of parchment and an unfinished essay in the picture above.

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The struggles of a booklover. “If I’m taking everything on the top shelf, and only one of these will fit, which one do I take?”

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The cauldron and parchment also look good in Newt’s office, don’t you think?

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic

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Crochet Occamy Pattern Part 2

The second half is here! This half of the pattern is going to cover making the wings, as well as finishing your new friend.

Part 1 is here, and covers Materials, Abbreviations and the body/head of the Occamy. As before, please don’t sell this pattern or make things to sell from it, it’s just for fun. Thank you!

Method continued
Wings
Using 2mm hook, ch 10 in lightest purple, then *ch 6 in next lightest purple.

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Sl st into 2nd ch from hook, and into next 4ch. Sl st into closest ch of foundation 10.

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Repeat from * once more, then continue down foundation ch, decreasing the number of chs out in following pattern:

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Change colours as you go down the wing, putting the darkest colour at the base of the wing. After the last sl st, fasten off and sew the sl st strips together. Weave in ends and repeat for the other wing.

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Sew them onto the Occamy approximately 7cm from the base of the head. Weave in ends after sewing to body, as well as any ends you may have forgotten, and you’re done!

A word of advice: If this is the first time you’re making this pattern, you may want to do a practice piece before making the final wings, especially if the wings are very small.

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And your Occamy is complete! Sit him/her on a bookshelf or in a nest and admire your handiwork!

I’d love to see your creations, and if you have questions about the pattern, let me know!

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic

Crochet Occamy Pattern – Part 1

As requested, this is the first part of the crochet pattern for the Occamy from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’m splitting the pattern in half as there are a few fiddly bits that deserve their own posts.

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NB. This is a small and fiddly pattern, so if you are eyeing this up as a first crochet project, I would suggest you find a few larger projects to do first before coming back to this.

Materials
– 2mm crochet hook
– Thin yarn in light blue, cream, gold, various shades of green and various shades of purple
– Stitch marker
– Pipe cleaner (any colour, but fold the ends down so they aren’t sharp)
– Small amount of stuffing
– Very small piece of black felt
– Glue

Abbreviations
dc = double crochet
rnd = round
inc = increase
st/s = stitch/es
FPtr = front-post treble crochet
dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain

Notes
This project is made using the amigurumi technique, crocheting in a continuous spiral instead of joining at the end of each row. It is also in UK crochet terms, and a quick Google search can find a conversion table for UK/US terms.

Method
Head
With cream yarn, 4dc into magic ring.
Rnd 1: 1dc, inc into next 2dc, 1dc. (6 sts)
Rnd 2: 2dc, inc into next 2dc, 2dc. (8 sts)
Rnd 3: 3dc, inc into next 2dc, 3dc. (10 sts)
Rnd 4: 1dc into each st around. Join in palest green. (10 sts)
Rnd 5: 1dc into 1st 2 sts, FPtr into next st, skip next stitch, inc into next stitch, FPtr into next st, 1dc into each st to end. (10 sts)
Rnd 6: 1dc, inc into next st, FPtr, 2dc, FPtr, inc into next st, 1dc into each st to end. (12 sts)
Rnd 7: 2dc, inc into next st, FPtr, 2dc, FPtr, inc into next st, 1dc into each st to end. (14 sts)
Rnd 8: 3dc, inc into next st, FPtr, inc into next st, 1dc, FPtr, inc into next st, 1dc into each st to end. (17 sts)
Rnd 9: 5dc, FPtr, 1dc, inc into next st, 1dc, FPtr, 1dc into each st to end. (18 sts)
Rnd 10: 5dc, FPtr, 1dc, increase changing to light blue for the second increase st, change back to green and 2dc, FPtr, 1dc into each st to end. (19 sts)
Rnd 11: 3dc, dc2tog, FPtr, 2dc, increase into blue st from previous row with blue, 2dc in green, FPtr, 1dc, dc2tog, 1dc into each st to end. (18 sts)
Rnd 12: 2dc, dc2tog, FPtr, 2dc, increase into second blue st from previous row with blue, 2dc in green, FPtr, dc2tog, 1dc into each st to end. Fasten off green. (17 sts)
Rnd 13: Using blue, *2dc, dc2tog* to last st, 1dc. (13 sts)
Put the head on the end of the pipe cleaner and stuff lightly.
Rnd 14: *1dc, dc2tog* to last st, 1dc. Fasten off. (9 sts)

Eyes (make 2)
With gold yarn, 6dc into magic ring. Sl st into 1st st and fasten off. Sew to side of head just under ridge with tail of yarn. Cut very small circle of black felt and glue in centre of eye.

Body
Using blue, 6dc into magic ring.
Rnd 1: *1dc, inc into next st* around. (9 sts)
Rnd 2: 1dc into each st around. (9 sts)
Repeat rnd 2 working up the pipe cleaner, changing between blue and the various shades of green randomly to create green ‘sheen’. Stop at base of head with blue and sl st to base of head.

Crest and Tail
Cut 5 9cm lengths of yarn in blue, dark green and dark purple. Use your hook to pull the lengths through the blue sts on top of the head, securing in place by putting the ends through the loops you pull through. Trim along line below:

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Repeat for tail, working around and up the tip slowly. Use the tail of the magic ring in the tail.

You can also tease the yarn if you like, as I’ve done here, but it’s not necessary.

Part 1 complete! If you have any questions about the pattern, or parts that don’t make sense, or you’ve made your own Occamy using this, please comment, I’d love to hear feedback. Please don’t sell this pattern or make Occamies from this to sell, it’s just for fun – and a beautiful friend for your shelves. Part 2 will cover making the wings and general finishing.

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic

 

Lola’s Rug

It’s been a while since I’ve made anything for a model horse – mostly because it wasn’t necessary. However, Lola needed a rug, so I spent this morning at the sewing machine.

 

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I experimented with making the back of the rug contour to her back. It’s a bit rudimentary, but it’s a start.

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It’s got all the usual buckles, and the white straps go well with the red.

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I think this is the brightest Traditional rug I’ve made, because even Fawkes’ yellow one is a pale yellow, and Empress’ is also pale pink. Good thing Lola’s not afraid of bright colours.

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic

Crochet Occamy

Ever since seeing Fantastic Beasts, I’ve seen an array of crocheted Bowtruckles and Nifflers out on the Internet, but never an Occamy. Until now, however!

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Isn’t it adorable?

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I crocheted it around a pipe cleaner, which simultaneously provided a wire to make it pose-able, and the stuffing in the form of the fluff.

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I teased out the threads on the crest and tail to see what it’d look like, and I like the effect.

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Cute little wings. You can see the different colours in them in this picture.

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BB8 is still slightly unsure of the intentions of our new friend.

While I was crocheting the Occamy, I wrote a pattern for it. If I get more requests, I may write up and post the pattern here. I’m also taking name suggestions, as I don’t think we got any of the names of Newt’s Occamys. (Is it Occamies for plural?)

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic