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Teapot Hermit Crab


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Traditionally, hermit crabs live out their days scuttling around in a discarded snail shell, filtering through grit for scraps. If they're lucky, they may happen upon a fisherman's boot nestled amongst some kelp and make a home of it, munching on the surrounding seaweed. In fact, most hermit crabs dream of such a life. But not Tetley. Tetley travelled to England when he was just a young crab and paddled up the River Thames to the Houses of Parliament. There he met Earl Grey, who took him in and gave him a home in a small milk jug. Tetley soon outgrew it, and Grey rehoused him in a teacup. Now an adult, he lives quite contently in his teapot, spending his days sipping on Chai and snipping custard creams with his claws. This listing is for the .PDF crochet pattern to make your own Teapot Hermit Crab. No advanced knowledge of stitches is required. All that you need is a 4mm (G/6) crochet hook, a large-eye sewing needle, DK weight yarn in three colours of your choice, toy stuffing and two safety eyes (approximately 15mm). The patten provides row-by-row, written guidance, alongside pictorial guidance for assembly. The finished toy measures approximately 25cm (10") along, and is fairly bulky. Please note that all patterns are for personal use only. You may NOT redistribute this pattern or patterns derived from it, or sell toys based on this pattern or patterns derived from it. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY single crochet double crochet work in the round SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 25cm across

Supplies Needed

  • safety eyes (15mm)
  • DK yarn in three colours
  • large-eye needle

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Hello, I'm Maffers. I've always loved soft toys and this continued beyond childhood. I'd find myself in antiques fairs snooping around for unusual toys to take home, with Friedrich Nietzsche (an angry lamb) and Quentin Breadmunch (an erudite duck) being my most prized finds. I crochet, by and large, to bring imagined toys into existence. I share some of my creations with close friends but I tend to form a steadfast bond with my toys as soon as they're finished and as such I generally can't bring myself to part with them.