Guest Blog for Sanrio: Get Crafty with My Melody
Sanrio approached me to help promote their character My Melody as their “Friend of the Month” for January 2017. I wrote a guest entry for their blog “Sweet Happy News” and included an exclusive My Melody crochet pattern.
The original entry can be found here, and the text I wrote is below.
Hi, I’m Twinkie Chan! I’m a crochet designer and author in San Francisco who specializes in cute and food-themed crochet. I have worked with Sanrio in the past with one-of-a-kind pieces for Hello Kitty’s 35thAnniversary fashion show, Sanrio’s 50th Anniversary art show, and limited edition scarf collaboration. You can find more about me at my website, www.TwinkieChan.com, check out free crochet patterns on my blog, and watch crochet tutorials on YouTube.
Let’s celebrate the New Year with our cute Sanrio friend of the month for January, My Melody! If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to be more crafty, My Melody is a perfectly pink muse for an adorable crochet project. I’ll show you how to make a My Melody applique that you can use to decorate many different parts of your life, like patches or pockets for your clothes, a small plush, pillow, or ornament, and you can also string a bunch together to make an amazing garland. I consider this a project that a beginner could handle, but if you are brand new to crochet, I suggest visiting some tutorials on YouTube first to learn some basic stitches and techniques.
What You’ll Need for 1 My Melody Applique
- approx. 15 yards of a worsted weight yarn in Pink, such as Red Heart Super Saver in Perfect Pink
- approx. 7 yards of a worsted weight yarn in White, such as Red Heart Super Saver in Soft White
- H8/5.00mm crochet hook
- small amount of black felt
- small amount of yellow felt
- tapestry needle
- fabric glue
Abbreviations in U.S. Crochet Terms
ch(s) – chain(s)
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
rnd(s) – round(s)
sc –single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
YO – yarn over
( ) – work everything inside the parentheses into the next stitch
[ ] –work everything inside the brackets the number of times indicated
sl st – slip stitch – insert hook into desired stitch, YO, pull through both loops on hook.
sc –single crochet – insert hook into desired stitch, YO, pull through 1 loop, YO pull through 2 remaining loops.
hdc – half double crochet – YO, insert hook into desired stitch, YO, pull through 1 loop, YO pull thought all 3 loops.
dc – double crochet – YO, insert hook into desired stitch, YO, pull through 1 loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] 2 times.
- You’ll be working with 2 colors at the same time. When dropping one color, you will carry it along while working the other color, unless instructed otherwise. Please make note of this, as I won’t instruct you to carry the alternate color along each time.
- The color changing in the head might seem a bit complicated, but trust the pattern, take it slow, and watch My Melody and her pink hood come to life!
– With Pink, ch 9.
Rnd 1: Sk 1st 2 chs, work 6 hdc, (2 hdc, drop Pink, join White, 3 hdc) in the last ch to turn corner. Now working in opposite side of foundation ch, 5 hdc, (2 hdc, drop White, pick up Pink, 2 hdc) in last st, sl st to 1st hdc to join. – 20 sts
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc) and hdc in same st, 5 hdc, (2 hdc) 3 times, drop Pink, pick up White, (2 hdc) times, 5 hdc, (2 hdc) 2 times, (hdc, drop White, pick up Pink, hdc), (2 hdc), sl st to top of ch 2 (1sthdc) to join. – 30 sts
Rnd 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc), (2 hdc) in next st, 6 hdc, [(2 hdc), 1 hdc] 3 times, (hdc, drop Pink, pick up White, hdc), hdc, (2 hdc), 6 hdc, (2 hdc), 1 hdc, (2 hdc), drop White, pick up Pink, hdc, (2 hdc), hdc, (2 hdc), sl st to top of ch 2 to join. – 40 sts
Rnd 4: Ch 2 (counts 1st hdc), hdc in next st, (2 hdc), 7 hdc, [(2 hdc), 2 hdc] 4 times, drop Pink, pick up White, (2 hdc), 7 hdc, (2 hdc), 2 hdc, break off White since you don’t need it anymore, pick up Pink, [(2 hdc), 2 hdc] 2 times, (2 hdc), sl st to top of ch 2 to join. Don’t break off yet. Now you’ll work on the ears. – 50 sts
Row 1: Continuing with Pink, 1 sl st each in next 2 sts. You are using these sl sts to position your hook into the correct place, so that you don’t have to break off and re-join. In the same st as the sl st you just worked, ch 2 (doesn’t count as first st) and hdc, 6 more hdc evenly. – 7 sts
Rows 2-5: Ch 2, turn. Work 7 hdc evenly across. (7 sts)
Row 6: Ch 1, turn. Sk 2 hdc, (2 dc) 3 times, sk next 1 st, sl st in last stitch. – 7 sts
- Break off and weave in ends.
In next free st on the Head to the left of Right Ear, re-join Pink.
Row 1: Ch 2 (doesn’t count as first st) and hdc, 6 more hdc evenly. – 7 sts
Rows 2-6: Repeat Rows 2-6 of Right Ear.
- Break off and weave in ends.
With White, make magic circle, OR, ch 3, sl st to 1stch to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 4 sc into ring. Sl st to 1st sc to join. – 4 sts
Rnd 2: Ch 1, and in same st, (2 hdc, ch 1, sl st) which is one petal, [in next st, work (sl st, ch 1, 2 hdc, ch 1, sl st] 3 times for 3 more petals.
- Break off leaving approx. 18 inches of yarn for sewing later.
- Weave in short end.
- Sew Flower to Head. Cut a small circle out of yellow felt and glue it to the center of the Flower.
- Cut 2 black ovals for eyes, a small black smile, and a small yellow oval nose. Arrange on face before gluing.
- If using My Melody as an applique, you can sew or glue to almost anything!
- If making a plush or pillow, make 2 My Melody appliques and sew or whipstitch them together with a little stuffing inside. While sewing, use Pink yarn on the Pink portions and White yarn on the White portions so that the stitching doesn’t stand out too much.
- If making a garland, make 5-7 My Melody appliques and string them together using any method you wish, such as mini clothes pins on a string, or crochet chains.