Happy Monday lovelies!
Can you believe it’s already the end of 2018?! When you’re at the end of a journey it always feels like time went by so fast, but when you look back you realise how much you’ve accomplished in just a year.
My 2018 was filled with new experiences, like working at a restaurant and selling my plushies at a Christmas Market, but also lots of adventures! This year I visited Florida in the U.S. (let’s just say that the Wizarding World is the best place on Earth!), I stayed in Geneva, Switzerland for almost two months, I visited the beautiful city of Vienna in Austria, and finally I went to Disneyland Paris. I don’t think I’ve ever travelled that much in such a short period of time eheh.
What about crochet you ask? Well, this year I created some new designs that I’m really proud of and that you all loved. If you follow me on IG then you may remember my Fauna & Flora collection! After watching the movie Annihilation I came up with this idea of crocheting different animals merged with flowers, including a deer, a sloth, a narwhal and a toucan, which brings me back to the reason you’re all here.
One of my most popular designs of the year was the Hibiscus Sloth! She’s a cuddly and friendly little Sloth with a crown of hibiscus flowers, who likes to change a bit during the holidays.
For Christmas I had this idea of putting her in a cute Christmas sweater and giving her a Santa Claus hat as a final festive touch. If you already have the original pattern just make the changes that I’m about to show you to make your own Christmas Sloth!
If you’d like to purchase a finished Hibiscus Sloth made by me you have until the 9th of January to do so, after that I’ll be removing the listing indefinitely, plus she’s on Sale until the 5th of January! If you’d like to adopt my Christmas Sweater Sloth you can find her right here.
Christmas Sweater Sloth Add-On
To make the sweater you will have to change colour at the end of Round 19 of the body. The sweater uses 9 of the rounds of the body and arms, just follow the colour chart below to make the pattern, and remember to always change colours in the previous stitch of the actual new colour. For an extra sweater effect, on Round 29 of the body make Sc Blo instead of a simple sc. Continue the pattern of the body normally.
For the arms you will be following the same colour changing chart, starting at the end of Round 5.
The changes to the body will also affect the placement of the face and arms, so make the necessary adjustments. For the pattern of the sweater I have two possible options, just follow the one you like more. The difference is in the alignment of the contrasting dots in the stripes of the sweater. (If you notice in the picture of my Sloth I have a bit of both options… that’s why following charts can be helpful to avoid mistakes like mine ahah but I still love her very much)
(Tip: For this type of pattern you will need to carry both sweater colours at the same time to make the colour change easier)
Now time for the fluffy Santa Claus Hat Pattern!
- 3.5mm and 4.5mm crochet hook
- Any type of Worsted Weight Yarn in Red for the main part. For the pom-pom and brim I combined Bernat Pipsqueak Yarn in Whitey White (for that fluffy feel) with Rico Creative Bubble in White (for that extra sparkle)
- Tapestry Needle
Main part (starting with red and 3.5mm)
Rnd 1: 3 sc in MR (3)
Rnd 2: In around (6)
Rnd 3: [Sc, inc] around (9)
Rnd 4: [Sc 2, inc] around (12)
Rnd 5: [Sc 3, inc] around (15)
Rnd 6: [Sc 4, inc] around (18)
Rnd 7: [Sc 5, inc] around (21)
Rnd 8: [Sc 6, inc] around (24)
Rnd 9: [Sc 7, inc] around (27)
Rnd 10: [Sc 8, inc] around (30)
Rnd 11: [Sc 9, inc] around (33)
Rnd 12: [Sc 10, inc] around (36)
Rnd 13: [Sc 11, inc] around (39)
Rnd 14: [Sc 12, inc] around (42)
Rnd 15: [Sc 13, inc] around (45)
Rnd 16 : [Sc 14, inc] around (48)
Rnd 17-18: Sc around (48)
Switch to white (Bernat + Rico) using 4.5mm hook
Rnd 19: Sc around (48) Finish off and hide loose ends.
Pom pom (in white Bernat + Rico and 4.5mm)
Rnd 1: 6 sc in MR (6)
Rnd 2: Inc around (12)
Rnd 3: [Sc, inc] around (18)
Rnd 4: Sc around (18)
Rnd 5: [Sc, dec] around (12)
Rnd 6: Dec around (6) Finish off and leave long tail for sewing of both yarns. Add some stuffing inside the pom-pom.
Sew pom-pom to the top of the hat. Put the hat on the Sloth’s head and voilá! Your Sloth is ready for the holidays.
I hope you enjoyed this little end of the year kind of gift! And if you make your own Christmas Sweater Sloth, please share some pictures on social media and don’t forget to tag me. I would love to see what you made.
Happy New Year’s Eve and have a great 2019!