The Lin Lin Beanie

Hello, friends!

So, I made a thing.

Well, that’s nothing out of the ordinary – I make a lot of things! But this time I made a beanie with more than just the usual single crochet and double crochet. I even used a stitch that I didn’t know the name of but had used in another pattern once upon a time (I have since found out that it is called “crossed double crochet” or “XDC” thanks to @acassafrass on Instagram)!

The Lin Lin Beanie

First off, grab your tools.

Oh… Uh. Not those tools (although that ruler could be useful). These tools:

You will need:

  • Yarn of your choice (I used Impeccable Loops & Threads in “Butterscotch“)
  • Size H (5mm) hook (I got this one from Daiso and I love it!)
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

Special Stitches:

Crossed Double Crochet (XDC) – skip the first stitch, DC into the next, then DC into the skipped stitch. This makes an “X.” Click the link mentioned above for visual instructions or view photos included in the pattern.

Let’s begin!

With yarn of your choice, start with the magic ring and chain (ch) 2 – ch 2 counts as the first double crochet (dc).

Row 1: Double crochet 9 stitches, attach with a slip stitch (sl st) to the starting chain, and chain 2 – 10

Row 2: DC into the same stitch as the chain 2 (counts as the first increase), increase (inc) around, attach with sl st, and chain 2 – 20

Row 3: DC into same st as chain 2, DC into the next st. (Inc, DC 1) around. Join and chain 2 – 30

Row 4: DC into same st as chain 2, DC into the next 2 sts. (Inc, DC 2) around. Join and chain 2 – 40

Row 5: DC into same st as chain 2, DC into the next 3 sts. (Inc, DC 3) around. Join and chain 2 – 50

Row 6: DC into same st as ch 2, DC into the next 4 sts. (Inc, DC 4) around. Join and chain 2 – 60

Row 7: DC into same st as ch 2, DC into the next 5 sts. (Inc, DC 5) around. Join – 70

You may need to add another row to your base – my head is on the smaller side so this fits me fine. If you need to size up, repeat the above step but change the DC 5 to DC 6 making it a total of 80 stitches.

Now that we’ve finished the base of the beanie, we’ll start with the main part of the pattern. The next two rows will be repeated until your desired length.

Row 8: Chain 2 (this does not count as a stitch). Work XDC throughout the row (see note above).

(Note: for the very first row of XDC, you’ll skip the stitch with the join and DC in the next stitch. Then DC in the joined stitch.This is the only row you’ll do this). Join with sl st to the starting chain. – 70

Row 9: Chain 1 and work half double crochet (HDC) throughout the row. Attach with a sl st to the chain 1. – 70

Repeat Rows 8 & 9 until you reach your desired length. When you reach that point, you will add 3 additional rows of HDC for your brim.

For this beanie, I repeated the rows 5 more times.


For the slouchy beanie I made previously, I repeated the rows 9 times.

You can make this as long/short as you want! Also, if you don’t care for the HDC brim, you can use another method (ribbed brims seem to be popular right now). If you have any questions, or find a mistake, feel free to contact me!

If you happen to make one of these beanies, I’d love to see it! Please link back to my blog or tag me on Instagram @pleasantplushies. I’ve also added this pattern to my Ravelry page.




A Pokeball

I finally made something new!

That recent stash busting post I did motivated me to start working on some of the things I have been meaning to make. One of the first things on my list was this:


A Pokeball!

I’ve been meaning to make a quick and easy plushie to add to my Etsy inventory and this is it. (I’ll be adding it shortly – just need to take a few pictures!)

Edit: Pokeball listing can be found here. Price has been recently reduced! Please check out my other Pokémon plushies while you’re there.

It also makes the perfect add-on item to my Jigglypuff plushie! 😀

But, because I love you, I am also making this pattern available to you.

(Plus, there are a million different Pokeball patterns out there so why keep mine a secret?)



If you’re a Ravelry user and have finished a Pokeball, I’d love to feature your finished item! Project page can be found here.

Pokeball Pattern

This quick and easy Pokeball pattern uses minimal resources and takes only an hour or two of your time (depending on your experience). The finished Pokeball is roughly the size of a softball.

You will need:

  • Size 5.00mm (H, 8) crochet hook
  • Yarn in Red Heart “Cherry Red,” white, and black.
  • Stuffing of your choice
  • Yarn needle


In red, make MR.

Row 1: Single crochet (sc) 6 in MR – 6

Row 2: Increase (inc) around – 12

Row 3: (Inc, sc 1) around – 18

Row 4: (Inc, sc 2) around – 24

Row 5: (Inc, sc 3) around – 30

Row 6: (Inc, sc 4) around – 36

Row 7: (Inc, sc 5) – 42

Rows 8-9: sc around

Switch to black.

Rows 10-11: sc around

Switch to white.

Rows 12-14: sc around

Begin stuffing as you go.

Row 15: (Decrease, sc 5) around – 36

Row 16: (Dec, sc 4) around – 30

Row 17: (dec, sc 3) around – 24

Row 18: (dec, sc 2) around – 18

Row 19: (dec, sc 1) around – 12

Row 20: dec around – 6

FO, stuff firmly, and sew ball shut.


In white, make MR.

Row 1: sc 6 – 6

Row 2: Inc around – 12

Switch to black.

Row 3: (inc, sc 1) aorund – 18

FO, attach in the center of the Pokeball where the changing of colors is most obvious.

And that’s it!

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you find any mistakes or typos.

Jigglypuff & Pokeball

Side note: This Jigglypuff is not the one listed in my Etsy shop. This is a smaller version I made for my husband a few years ago. 🙂

Gelatinoid Pattern

The other day, my husband started playing a game called “Vay” on the Sega CD. One of the very first monsters you encounter is a little, squishy, blob-like creature called a “Gelatinoid.”


Click image for source

He said to me, “Once you finish my Gaw, you should make this for me!”

Well, I don’t even want to think about Gaw…I haven’t touched it since the last update. Still no legs and no wings. I really just have no idea how to go about finishing it! GAW!

Instead, when I had a break between homework assignments, I whipped up this Gelatinoid really quick.


A “Gelatinoid”

It’s great for those small balls of yarn you have left! A stash-buster I guess you’d call it in the yarn world?

It’s not quite a slime and it’s not quite an octopus. Perhaps a hybrid? I dunno… it’s a blob with legs/tentacles.

Anywho, I wrote out a very quick pattern for anyone who’s interested in using up those random pieces of yarn that just sit around. I don’t know about you, but I have a ton of random colors leftover from larger projects that I just can’t seem to get rid of!




To make the “Vay” inspired Gelatinoid, you will need:

  • light/pale blue, black, and pink yarn
  • Size 5.00 (H) hook
  • Fiberfill/stuffing
  • Yarn needle


With light blue (or color of your choice!), start with the Magic Ring.

Row 1: Single crochet (sc) 6 – 6

Row 2: Increase (Inc) in each stitch (St) – 12

Row 3: (Inc, sc 1) around – 18

Row 4: (Inc, sc 2) around – 24

Row 5: (inc, sc 3) around – 30

Row 6: (Inc, sc 4) around – 36

Rows 7-9: Sc around

Row 10: (Decrease, sc 4) – 30

Row 11: (Dec, sc 3) – 24

Row 12: (Dec, sc 2) – 18

Row 13: (Dec, sc 1) – 12

Row 14: Dec around – 6

Finish off (FO), stuff, and sew shut.

Legs/Tentacles (Make 5)

With blue, chain 12.

FO leaving tail to attach.

After making 5, attach to the bottom of the body (I attach mine close to the center).


Embroider eyes and mouth with black (or use felt).

Use pink yarn to embroider cheeks/blush (or use fabric paint/felt).

See photo for details/placement.

All done! A quick and simple pattern great for that extra yarn!

“Tarakotchi” Tamagotchi

Happy Thursday!

As mentioned in my last post, I was thinking about sharing one of my Tamagotchi patterns.

Well, today is the day, my friends!

The pattern I want to share with you, my dear readers, is my “Tarakotchi” pattern.

There are many different variations of this little guy, but the one that I was inspired by was the one from the original handheld Tamagotchis.



This is what I came up with:

Tarakotchi 1

I hope you like it! Enjoy!

“Tarakotchi” Tamagotchi

You will need:
• Yarn in Vanna’s Choice “Pink Poodle,” Craftsmart Value “Purple,” and black.
• Size 5.00mm (H) hook
• Yarn needle
• Polyester Fiberfill

With pink make Magic Ring (MR)
Row 1: Sc 6 – 6
Row 2: Increase around – 12
Row 3: (Inc, sc 1) around – 18
Row 4: (Inc, sc 2) around – 24
Row 5: (Inc, sc 3) around – 30
Row 6: (Inc, sc 4) around – 36
Rows 7-21: Sc around
Begin stuffing as you go.
Row 22: (decrease, sc 4) around – 30
Row 23: (dec, sc 3) around – 24
Row 24: (dec, sc 2) around – 18
Row 25: (dec, sc 1) around – 12
Finish stuffing.
Row 26: Dec around – 6
FO, sew shut.

Mouth/Lips (Make 2)
With purple make MR
Row 1: sc 6 – 6
Rows 2-8: Sc around
Row 9: Dec around – 3
FO and attach to face with one “lip” further to the right than the other (see photo for reference).

With black, embroider eyes onto face.

With black, attach yarn to the bottom of the body and chain 11.
Slip stitch (sl st) in first 4 stitches, ch 5, sl st back 4, and then sl st up the rest of the leg (last 6 chains)

And you’re done!

If you see any typos or something doesn’t make sense, let me know! I’d like to hear from you!

Interested in purchasing this Tarakotchi or seeing my other Tamagotchi creations? Visit my Etsy shop!

Sampson the Bear

Hello! Hope y’all are having a nice weekend so far!

Today, I have a special treat for you. Well, I like to consider it a treat… Yesterday, I made a new amigurumi that I want to share with you.

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Hello there!



His name is Sampson. He’s a bear. But he wasn’t always going to be a bear!

When I began working on this project, he was meant to be a rabbit. I was going to make an Animal Crossing character named O’Hare (one of my favorites) but after I finished off the main part of the head and an arm I realized that the color was wrong – it was much too dark! (I might as well mention that I was working on it in a semi-dark room) So, I decided to change a rabbit to a bear. If you have ever looked at my shop before, you may have noticed that I mostly make video game related items. Sampson was a nice little change because I could make him look any way that I wanted and I didn’t have to continuously stare at a photo to make sure the details were accurate.

Personally, I think he’s pretty adorable. At least now he is. When I first finished him he looked like this:

Those eyes! Ugh…

Not as cute. Each time I looked at him it bothered me because I knew that it looked terrible. Thus, the first thing I did this morning when I woke up was to cut off those hideous eyes and try to attach some safety eyes. I don’t know if you have ever tried to attach those eyes to an already finished item but let me tell you… it is a real hassle. There is not quite enough space between the stitches to squeeze the back clasp of the eye (I call it a washer because it looks kind of like one) back into the head so I had to stretch the stitches out a bit. Luckily, I was able to get it back in there without too much stretching which means it doesn’t look like there are holes in it! Yay!

Time to relax!

Time to relax!

If you would like to make your own Sampson, you will need:


With dark brown make a Magic Ring (MR).

Row 1: Single crochet (sc) 6 – 6

Row 2: Increase (inc) around – 12

Row 3: (Inc, sc 1) around – 18

Row 4: (Inc, sc 2) around – 24

Row 5: (Inc, sc 3) around – 30

Row 6: (Inc, sc 4) around – 36

Row 7: (Inc, sc 5) around – 42

Rows 8-14: Sc around

Note: If attaching safety eyes, place them on row 10 about 5-6 stitches apart. Begin stuffing as you go.

Row 15: (Decrease, sc 5) around – 36

Row 16: (Dec, sc 4) around – 30

Row 17: (Dec, sc 3) around – 24

Row 18: (Dec, sc 2) around – 18

Row 19: (Dec, sc 1) around – 12

Row 20: Decrease around – 6

Finish stuffing, finish off (FO), and sew closed.


With dark brown make a MR.

Row 1: Sc 6 – 6

Row 2: Inc around – 12

Row 3: (Inc, sc 1) around – 18

Row 4: (Inc, sc 2) around – 24

Row 5: (Inc, sc 3) around – 30

Rows 6-14: Sc around

Begin stuffing as you go.

Row 15: (Dec, sc 3) – 24

Row 16: (Dec, sc 2) – 18

Row 17: (Dec, sc 1) – 12

Row 18: Decrease around – 6

Finish stuffing, FO, and sew shut.

Arms & Legs (Make 4)

With dark brown make a MR. (If preferred, you can begin with off-white and switch to dark brown after the first row.)

Row 1: Sc 6

Row 2: (Inc, sc 1) around – 9

Rows 3-8: Sc around

FO, stuff, and attach to body.

Ears (Make 2)

With dark brown make a MR.

Row 1: Sc 6 – 6

Row 2: Inc around – 12

Row 3: (Inc, sc 1) around – 18

Fold in half and single crochet closed. Attach ears to head slightly curved (mine reach from row 2 to row 8).

Tummy Patch

In off-white make MR.

Row 1: Sc 6 – 6

Row 2: Inc around – 12

Row 3: (Inc, sc 1) around – 18

FO and attach to body (The bottom of the tummy patch should hit around row 6 on the body).


In off-white make MR.

Row 1: Sc 6 – 6

Row 2: Inc around – 12

Row 3: (Inc, sc 1) around – 18

FO, embroider mouth and nose w/ black yarn, and attach to the head. This should be placed about 1 row below the eyes.

And that’s it! Your very own Sampson. If you see any errors in the pattern, or have any questions or suggestions, please let me know!


**This pattern is for personal use only. Finished products may be given as gifts but, please, do not sell them.**

Post Number 2 already? That was quick! (Minecraft Ghast Pattern)

Welcome to post 2! Yay!

(I like to imagine a crowd cheering in the background)

As mentioned previously, I have been attempting to crochet a ghast from the game Minecraft. Last night was spent making panels and part of today was spent making tentacles (I haven’t yet mastered the art of crocheting “in the square”). After I completed all of the pieces and sewed them all together I ended up with this:


Not too bad… I’m pretty pleased with it for such a quick project!

I know, I know… ghasts have grey spots and the like. But that stuff is tedious! Alternating between grey, white, black… it’s too much (plus, the last thing I made which involved that ended up looking pretty funky)! So, solid white with embroidered eyes it is.

Interested in seeing the play-by-play?

Well, if you insist. **If you want to see the pattern, scroll down to the bottom!**

I began by crocheting six (6) 16×16 panels.


After that, I made nine (9) tentacles which were made by crocheting in the round.  These are the finished pieces:


When I finished with all of the pieces, I began to sew the panels together into a box shape.

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Before sewing it up completely I stuffed it with polyester fiberfill. Then, I finished sewing the last open edge and began to attach the tentacles. There are 9 tentacles all together so I attached them in 3 rows of 3. I don’t think they need to be symmetrical… but that is more or less how I attached them (I have a thing about order/neatness).


And here it is! The finished ghast (doesn’t it kind of look like it’s smiling?)


Huzzah! A completed ghast! Now I just need some clear thread/wire/anything so I can attach it to something to make it float! Nice.

Thank you for joining me this fine evening. I hope you all have a terrific weekend!



Minecraft Ghast “Pattern” (written by ME!)

You will need:

Body Panels (Make 6)

Chain 17

Rows 1-16: single crochet 16 across

Finish off leaving a long tail and set aside.

Tentacles (Make 9)

Start with a Magic Ring (or a chain 2).

Row 1: single crochet 6 in the ring. Since we are crocheting in the round, do NOT join to first stitch.

Rows 2-10: single crochet around

Finish off leaving a long tail.


After all pieces are completed, begin sewing the edges of the panels together with the “tails” in order to make a box. Before sewing it up completely, stuff with fiberfill (or other stuffing) and sew it shut.

Attach the legs to the bottom of the box/body. Tentacles can be stuffed with fiberfill if you’d like, but it is not necessary – I didn’t stuff mine.

Embroider eyes onto the face with black yarn. The eyes should cover 4 stitches and should be about 3 stitches apart from each other (see photos for placement).

Embroider the mouth, also with black yarn, about 5-6 rows beneath the eyes (mine covers about 5 stitches).

You’re all done! Simple as that.


Have you made one of my ghasts? I’d love to see it! Link back to this post or post a link in the comments to share!

Check out my ghast project page on Ravelry and feel free to give it a rating or leave a comment. If you link back to it, I can add it to my featured photos! 🙂

**Please do not share/replicate this pattern in its entirety – link back to this post/blog when sharing. While I cannot prevent you from selling completed items, please give credit where credit is due by linking to my blog. Thank you!**