Crochet pattern for Innocent Big Knit 2011

This is the first ever crochet pattern I've written up, so let me know if it doesn't flow or I've missed something out.

You will need a 4mm hook and some dk wool (this is a great way to use up any leftovers)

Start using a magic adjustable ring

Rnd 1: Work 6 sc into the centre of the ring. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: Sc 2 in each sc. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Sc 2 in next sc, sc in next 1 - repeat around (18 sc)
Rnd 4: Sc 2 in next sc, sc in next 2 - repeat around (24 sc)
Rnd 5: Sc 2 in next sc, sc in next 3 - repeat around (30 sc)
Rnd 6, 7, 8: Sc in each sc. (30 sc)

Change wool colour here.

Rnd 9, 10, 11: Sc in each sc, (30 sc) holding the wool more taut than before (this allows it to grip onto the bottle top)
Now finish off the end of the wool, and stitch in any stray strands. If you want to add a bobble you can follow a general pom pom tutorial like this one at thingstomake.com. I used a circle of card which was approximately 3cm diameter for the size of the bobble in the picture.

Stitch the bobble onto the top of the hat with the same colour wool and voila, one hat complete.

This pattern could be adjusted to fit dolls too, I think the one I made might actually fit my vintage Sindy!

Doughnut Pincushion Tutorial

Ok guys, here it is, my first tutorial. I'll probably ramble on too much or be a bit incoherent, but please let me know if you have any trouble following it. Print out the template from the link below on an A4 sheet. You'll have to click 'Download the Large size of this photo'
Doughnut template

Apologies for the crudeness of this image! never used my scanner before, lol!

1. Cut out the shapes on the template, also cutting out the inner circles. Use the doughnut shape to trace around on your doughnut coloured felt, do this for two doughnut shapes.

2. Thread your sewing needle and tie a large knot at the end so that it won't pass through the felt. Place one felt shape on top on the other so that they are aligned with each other and start sewing the centre circle together:

I use a blanket stitch on these but use whichever stitch you feel comfortable with. Don't make the stitches too large though, as you won't want the stuffing showing through the finished piece.

3. Continue all the way around the inner circle until both pieces are sewn together

4. Now, using the same method of stitching, start sewing the outer circle together along the edge until you reach half way round. At this point, its good to start stuffing your doughnut with the toy filling:

The doughnut will start to take shape now

5. Continue sewing around the edge, stuffing as you go, until you have about an inch left to sew. Now you need to stuff it completely until you are happy with the shape:

6. Once happy with the stuffing and shape, continue to close up the doughnut and fasten off.

7. Now for the icing ans sprinkles. Using the second shape in the template, trace around once and cut on your icing coloured felt. Get your beads ready and thread your beading needle, tying a knot at the end.

8. Start sewing from the wrong side of your icing through to the front, where you will thread a bead onto the needle. Pass the needle back through the same place and back up where you want to place the next bead.

9. Continue this process until you have beads where you want them on the icing. You could space them further apart, or closer together depending on the style you want. Bugle beads also look great as sprinkles.

10. Place the finished icing over the finished doughnut and sew the inner circle of icing to the inner circle of the doughnut, using the same stitch as before (see pic below)

11. Continue around until the inner circle is sewn on completely and start sewing on the outer circle.

12. Continue around until the outer circle of icing is fully sewn onto the doughnut. Finish off the thread and voila!!! Your doughnut is complete!

Let me know how you get on with this also if I've missed something out or if whats here doesn't make sense. I'd love to see pics of your finished doughnuts too!