Shop update!
PlanetJune Blog
by June
1w ago
For the past few months, I’ve been working on a behind-the-scenes project to update the PlanetJune online store to improve your experience and to streamline future updates. This was a massive project: I first built the shop in 2009, and the software and plugins I use have been upgraded multiple times since then, leaving me with thousands of messy files of patched and re-patched code. I decided that the only way to clean things up was to start again from scratch, so I’ve rebuilt the entire shop using the latest codebase, and incorporated all the hundreds of customizations I’ve coded and built i ..read more
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PlanetJune Stories: Susan’s Tiered Succulent Display
PlanetJune Blog
by June
1M ago
Today’s PlanetJune Story comes from Susan McCarthy from Norfolk MA. I always love to see people using my potted plant crochet patterns in new and creative ways, and Susan’s fabulous multi-tier succulent display definitely fits that bill! I’ll let Susan explain: I belong to the Garden Club of Norfolk (Massachusetts) and each month someone signs up to do a display for our town’s library. I decided to crochet a succulent display for the month of June. And for a week in June 2023, the Garden Club and Library cohosted Books in Bloom, where a dozen designers from the Club made floral displays inspir ..read more
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Ducklings and Goslings crochet pattern
PlanetJune Blog
by June
2M ago
After finishing my Duck and Goose pattern, I couldn’t resist a little seasonally-appropriate addition to the families, so here’s my new pattern: Ducklings and Goslings! About the Pattern My goal for this design was the simplicity of a rubber ducky combined with the realistic shape and markings of real baby ducks and geese. As a result, the assembly is super-simple – you only need to stitch the bill to the head, and the head to the body, and your adorable palm-sized baby bird is finished! This pattern includes three mix-and-match options. By swapping the duckling and gosling bill shapes and ..read more
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How to Make Tiny Yarn Eyes for Amigurumi [video tutorial]
PlanetJune Blog
by June
3M ago
If there are other crochet techniques you’d like me to cover in future videos, please leave a comment below, or email me (june@planetjune.com) with your suggestions! If you’ve ever struggled to find the perfect eyes for your smaller amigurumi, you’ll love my technique for making tiny yarn eyes. In my latest video, I’ll show you my foolproof method for making a pair of perfectly matched tiny child-safe yarn eyes with a lifelike sparkle. This technique is an embroidery-free foolproof method for making tiny yarn eyes, spots and dots for amigurumi. It works especially well for amigurumi that are ..read more
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Duck and Goose crochet pattern
PlanetJune Blog
by June
4M ago
I’m so excited to have a new design to share with you today! I was a little worried that my amigurumi design mojo would be gone forever after pouring everything I had into The Essential Guide to Amigurumi, but, after a little time off after Christmas, it all came flooding back and I’m so happy to be able to present the first new PlanetJune pattern of 2024: Duck and Goose! Duck and Goose Fun Facts Ducks and geese are both members of the family Anatidae (together with swans). They have a similar appearance and features, including webbed feet for swimming and waterproof feathers. But look close ..read more
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Temperature Snake CAL 2023 Gallery
PlanetJune Blog
by June
5M ago
Throughout 2023, over 800 people from all over the world crocheted along with me to create vibrantly striped Temperature Snakes, with one round of the body crocheted per day in a colour that represented the day’s temperature wherever they live. We’ve waited and watched all year long as the snakes grew in length and became more and more colourful, and now they’re finally finished! Enter the Temperature Snake Gallery >> I’ve set up this CAL gallery to showcase and celebrate our year-long crochet journey. You can view all the snakes together, or click into each project to see more about th ..read more
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Reindeer Games 2023 roundup
PlanetJune Blog
by June
5M ago
The third annual PlanetJune Reindeer Games crochet-along has just wrapped up, and it was a huge success! (The Reindeer Games is a relaxed end-of-year CAL where you can participate by crocheting projects from any PlanetJune patterns or any of my books.) For 2023, I changed the way the CAL runs so it’s not limited to Ravelry any more. Over the 2 month CAL, we had 60 projects submitted through the PJ Ravelry group and an additional 50 projects from the PJ Discord group, making a total of 110 completed projects: Aren’t they great? All the projects, together with the CAL statistics, are on display ..read more
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2023: year in review
PlanetJune Blog
by June
5M ago
Writing my Year in Review post every year helps me to see what I’ve accomplished, think about what I’ve learnt, and decide what I’d like to do differently in the following year. 2023 has been a unique year for me. I usually start these reports with a summary of all the new crochet patterns, tutorials and craft projects I’ve completed over the year, but I had two major achievements this year, and these basically tell the entire story of my year, with little time remaining for anything else. My biggest accomplishment was to write and publish my comprehensive amigurumi reference book, The Essenti ..read more
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Temperature Snake crochet pattern and workbook
PlanetJune Blog
by June
6M ago
After an amazing year-long CAL, with colourful snakes being crocheted all over the world, I’m delighted to announce that the Temperature Snake instructions are now available as a stand-alone crochet pattern and workbook. Pick up the pattern now, and crochet your own Temperature Snake in 2024! Temperature Snake is an amigurumi-style riff on the temperature blanket/scarf, where you crochet one row per day to represent the maximum temperature that day. The Temperature Snake crochet pattern includes all the crochet instructions needed to crochet a snake in your choice of two sizes (Large and Smal ..read more
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The Essential Guide to Amigurumi is here!
PlanetJune Blog
by June
6M ago
I can hardly believe I finally get to say this, but, after a year of dedicated work, The Essential Guide to Amigurumi: Crochet Toy Techniques from Basics to Advanced, the amigurumi reference book that I’ve been dreaming of and planning for years, is here! I didn’t think I could be more proud of a book than I am of my beautiful Everyday Crochet, but The Essential Guide to Amigurumi is truly unique. This is the book that only I could write, and I’m so happy to have brought the vision I had for my legacy book to life. About the Book I’ve condensed all my expertise gained from 17 years of amiguru ..read more
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