Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Goodbye Cricket Class!


Each class in my school is named after a mini-beast. The really nice thing is the children take that name up with them as they progress through the school. So most children will be in that class for seven years. Last year I was in Caterpillar Class, so you can probably imagine what I gave them as an end of year gift. I also gave them the butterfly to go with their caterpillar.



So it has been worrying me a bit, as this year I have been working in Cricket Class. Not an easy job to make a cricket. There are a few crochet patterns available for crickets and grasshoppers, but I couldn't find any knitting patterns. Perhaps I have been watching too much Apprentice, but clearly there is a gap in the market!


So last night I sat down and set about making Charlie the Cricket. I decided to just go for it, so I have made this first little fellow without making many notes. Really speeds up the process, and although he is going to be wrapped up, I had then to make a duplicate, this time writing down exactly what I did for the pattern. 


I will probably make a few more. I've knitted him in a traditional cricket green, but a bit of reseach shows crickets come in many different shades. 

Will anyone want to knit a cricket? He can be a pal for my stag beetle, which seems to appeal to certain type of small boy. 


And for a sneak clue to the class I will be helping in September Click Here.

42 comments:

  1. That is absolutely the cutest darn critter i've seen in forever!!!!! Love him!

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  2. That is amazing. i am in awe.

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  3. i can't believe you just made that up - you have amazing skills!! :o) you need to write a critters knitting book!

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  4. fantastic!!! yes! a critter knitting book!

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  5. I never thought I'd use the word 'cute' to describe a cricket but he is. Well done for coming up with a pattern. You're one talented lady xx

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  6. Amazing - he's absolutely wonderful. Well done.

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  7. Wow, you are capable to create anything, it is an amazing cricket!

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  8. Oh this Cricket is adorable! I might want to make one to sit on my Cricket loom.

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  9. I cannot believe you just made that pattern up, amazing!

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  10. Amazing cricket! He has so many details, congrats!

    Here's my FO: http://mibruno.com/terminado-micha/

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  11. Charlie the Cricket is cute!

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  12. LOL...from your blog title I was expecting to see a post about a cricket loom. Imagine my surprise when I opened your post and saw this adorable little cricket. As WonderWhyGal said....I'm sure there will be many "cricket" owners who would love one for display with their loom.

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  13. Wow! Your cricket and the other insects are really amazing! Love all!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  14. That turned out awesome! The caterpillar and the butterfly are cool, but the cricket looks fabulous.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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  15. oooo he's absolutely wonderful! You're so clever, he's fab!

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  16. Your knitting is so incredible! So much detail from a simple string of yarn, genius!
    ~ joey ~

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  17. Hi Ginny! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I LOVE your creations! You are so talented. What fun to look at all your pictures. Blessings from Alaska, Jackie

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  18. Your crickets are amazing. I love the details and marvel at the thought and care that has obviously gone into both creating your cricket and finding the perfect parting gift for your class.

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  19. Super cute! I know my boys would love it :)

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  20. The cricket is an amazing work! You are so talented!!

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  21. Your powers of knitting any bug going is amazing, I bow to your knowledge of how to do that! Well done, he is a cute critter.

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  22. What a fantastic idea to give to the children - and I can see that Charlie is a very handsome cricket. It must take you ages to design and create them.

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  23. He is amazing! Do you make one for each child? The work you put in is above beyond I think!

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  24. He is truly amazing!! It makes me wish I could knit!

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  25. I am amazed that you can remember what you did - I would never manage!

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  26. Amazing - my girls would love it. They're forever trying to catch grasshoppers (and sometimes hopgrassers!) at our allotment. Pity it surpasses my knitting skills!

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  27. He looks amazing. I am so impressed that you just came up with your own design.
    Ali x

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  28. Great work and so realistic looking! I google +'d it.

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  29. Never seen a crocheted cricket before, so there is definitely a gap in the market. Love the detail that's gone into the stitching.

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  30. soooo cute! you have such a knack with these things! I'm sure you're right and there is a gap in the market... i could see you doing well selling a whole host of knitted creepy crawlies - either made up or the patterns. I can't wait to see what you tackle next! x

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  31. I love your wee cricket, and the butterfly too, so lovely. My daughter would LOVE those!

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  32. I was wondering if I could enroll in your class? totally gorgeous!

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    1. Only if you promise to be well-behaved!

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  33. Love those little critters! Adorable!

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  34. What a wonderful thing to do for your class! Those knits will be remembered forever x

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  35. Oh! I love all your little knit insects. Wonderful!

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  36. I usually don't like insects, but these are cute! I really like the caterpillars! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

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  37. I'm so amazed at your knitting skills, each time I visit your blog. What a fabulous knit!

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  38. So cute!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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