As you know, I am inspired by Emily Estrada’s podcast FibreTown. In a recent podcast, she showed an adorable knit tulip fairyshe made based on a whimsical and imaginative book by Susan B. Anderson, called Topsy Turvy Inside-Out Toys.
Emily’s work was adorable and I decided instantly to make one as a birthday present for our little Sprite. Trouble is, I can’t knit like that, at least not in 3-D shapes. Rectangles and triangles are about my skill level in knitting, so I decided to see if I could crochet one of these little fairies.
I started foraging for yarn ends to use and found that I did not have the colors that were in my imagination. I also wanted to make her with some sparkle and definition. I settled on crochet lace thread and sequins. Here she is, finished just in time for our own little fairy’s birthday.
I started at the crown of her head and worked single crochets down with gradual increases. Her “nose” is two double crochets joined liked a popcorn stitch.
I liked Emily’s idea of adding wings. I made these by modifying an Irish crochet lace pattern. They have the Irish rose in the middle, and arches and picots that are so abundant in Irish lace.
I attached over 300 pieces of “hair” hooking them like a rug through her crocheted “scalp.” This will hold them tightly for a child’s use.
Since the theme of the book is Topsy Turvy, I also made this fairy to be flipped over, her dress becoming the petals of a flower. I made the stem into a loop so that the fairy can be carried over a wrist.
I recommend this book even if you crochet. It is filled with creative ideas that can be converted from knitting to crochet. And, these are excellent gifts and provide a terrific way to use up ends of yarn from other projects. I am placing the book in Meduseld’s Amazon Store.