Hot! Little Turtle Pincushion

As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Vanessa has generously provided this pincushion for one Sew Weekly reader to win! Instructions on how to win it can be found at the bottom of this post.

Turtle Name: Vanessa Chan
Shop name: The Pudgy Rabbit
Location: New York
How long on Etsy: About 6 months

Describe your aesthetic in three words: Clean, simple, fun

Any new projects you want to tackle? I would like to start crocheting clothes. I have a baby niece and I want make little cardigans and dresses for her! I'm a little nervous though because I mostly crochet animals. My one non-animal project was a blanket that turned out completely lopsided, but I'm up for a challenge!

Why do you craft? I craft because I've always enjoyed making things with my hands and it's a nice break from my day job. I graduated almost a year ago with a degree in animation and it has been tough trying to get in the field, but keeping busy with new crochet projects and working on my own stop motion animation keeps me sane and going creatively. I think it's really important to stay productive because even the smallest steps can lead to bigger and better ideas.

Thanks, Vanessa! Be sure to visit her Etsy shop and check out her other pincushions for sale!

Want to win this pincushion? You just have to answer the following question:

Do you crochet? Do you want to learn? For folks who know how to, any tips for beginners?

Each giveaway is open for twenty-four hours from the time of posting. Please only post one comment in each thread. Winners will be announced each Monday in April. Winners can only win once but are encouraged to answer all the questions! 



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Crochet was going to be my “on easter holiday project” – but all I managed was one granny square.
    I can crochet the basics, stuggle with reading the pattern and getting started, but then I’m ok. My mother & grandmother were fantastic at it – they taught me when I was young.

  2. that is too cute to stick pins into!
    Crochet for me is a bit like knitting. It takes too long to get a result, however with winter coming up, it may be nice to try something that I can just sit on the couch under a quilt to do while watching telly. (I can’t just sit and watch anymore).

  3. My “things to learn” list was knitting, sewing, then crochet. I can now knit and sew but haven’t gotten to crochet yet – though I definitely want to! Being left handed and a visual person, it has gotten down to having time to find left handed crochet video tutorials online (the book diagrams never make any sense to me…)

  4. I would like to learn! But my list of things to learn or do is much too long. I’m going to keep on doing sewing because I’ve been doing it for the last 8 years or so and doing well in it!

  5. margueritedesigns

    I’ve tried to but I’m really awkward at it because I’m left handed – just can’t seem to manipulate the hook properly. So, I resort to knitting, but I’ve seen so many lovely crocheted things, flowers, hats, amigurumi and I wish I could do something about it … that turtle is just way too cute!

  6. Cutest pincushion EVER! I really, really want to learn to crochet and knit. Though I hear crocheting is perhaps easier to pick up (and quicker–is that so??) There is a 1930’s crocheted hat pattern on etsy that I really want to try out. This little pincushion reminded me that I want to sign up for some crocheting classes in Edinburgh and May is the perfect month to do it! Thanks!

  7. Wow, such a cute pincushion!
    I learned the basic crochet stuff in primary school: we made pot handlers. I’m pretty sure I remember how to do squares, however, I’ve recently decided that I’d love to crochet a lace collar or yoke for a dress or sweater. I have no idea how to read pattern yet, though…

  8. How very cute! Reminds me of a much loved furry toy turtle I had as a child. I do crochet, as well as knit and will sometimes use crochet to finish a knitted piece, a shawl for example, as it gives a neater edge. My mum taught me to crochet as well as to knit when I was a child, and we also had to learn it at school in our handcraft classes (a long long time ago now). I also used to have a lot of fun sewing, knitting and crocheting outfits for my Barbie dolls as a child. My tip for beginners would be to start with something small so you see quick results – a pincushion made from two granny squares perhaps :-)

  9. I’ve been meaning to learn to crochet, as I want to make some of the ultra cute amigarumi creatures I see everywhere! I even bought a ‘learn to crochet’ book. One day I may open that book, and start to learn. One day…..

  10. Oh I really want to learn to crochet! “meet me at mikes” has some fab online tutorials, I haven’t found the time to give it a concentrated effort yet!

  11. I have a crochet book of funny little zombies. It’s definitely on the to-do list

  12. I love this pincushion. I do crochet but I am no very good at it. I struggle with tension.

  13. LOVE this adorable turtle because I’m a turtle nut! Can’t crochet to save my life, although I did finally learn to knit recently. :) Maybe crochet is next? ;)

  14. I learned to crochet at a young age, before any other craft. i still have the giant afghan i made when i was about 9 (in shades of yellow and orange, no less). I will admitt, though, it’s not my favorite craft. I much prefer knitting or sewing, but lately i was thinking about picking it back up to try some amigurimi.

  15. I have crocheted a few items and I love it! I basically taught myself by reading an easy book on the basics, and watching some videos on the internet. There is a yarn shop in my town. The woman who owns the shop has helped me with a few projects. My advice to beginners is to get some yarn and a crochet hook and just practice some stitches. It is easy. The more you crotchet, the more natural it will become.

  16. I don’t crochet, but I have relatives who crochet amazing things – hats, blankets, potpourri holders, etc! The detail astounds me and I’ve been thinking about trying. I’m left handed though and I read on someone’s blog (who is also left handed) that she tried crocheting but it was tricky because she had to hold everything backwards!

  17. I learned crochet first from my mother. Take heart all you left-handed learners, my mother is left handed and makes and designs fabulous crochet pieces. I’m actually a funny right-handed crocheter because I learned from my left-handed mother.
    My advice to those learning is to look for books that detail different ways of holding the hook. There are a couple of different schools of thought on the best way to hold it, and some people find one way easier than the other.

  18. I was about 7 years old when my mom taught me the single stitch. It was an early morning on the weekend, and I was driving her crazy because she wanted to go back to sleep. When she woke back up, I had single stitched the entire skein of yarn! She said, “Good job honey- now let’s teach you the next step”…
    And that is pretty much the end of my crochet career, as I could not flippin figure out where the hook needed to go through to make the second row! Also, I have terrible tension issues. I have since discovered knitting, which seems to work better for me.
    I love today’s pin cushion, especially since I could never make it for myself! If this is your aesthetic, I bet your graphic designs are just darling.

  19. I’ve just picked up knitting this year and I love it! Eventually I would like to pick up crocheting and make a cool blanket.

  20. I can crochet scarves…lots and lots of scarves, but my skill has not developed past that. I crocheted a Doctor Who scarf for my boyfriend and stopped when it reached 21 feet, 8 inches.

  21. I learned to crochet from my aunt when I was 12 or 13. Since then, I’ve picked up knitting, and like that a lot better. Though it has been helpful to know basic crochet stitches. :)

  22. Oh my gosh- that is the SWEETEST thing I have ever seen. Yes, I would love to learn how to crochet. I want a needle craft I can take with me and do while I am at meetings, etc. and I would love to be able to make an afghan and small stuffed toys for the local animal shelter. However, I feel like I have a zillion interests and to add one more would be insanity. But I keep REALLY wanting to crochet….

  23. I love the little pincushion! I have only recently picked up crocheting. I have been using different web sources to learn. I have two wash clothes started since they are a great way to learn the stitches and I have something functional afterwards.

  24. Oh I’m so all about learning to crochet! I like knitting but I think I might like crocheting even better. I love all the fun things you can make like your adorable turtle. And I agree, it’s nice to have a craft that can go anywhere and keep the happy hands occupied!
    Good luck with your animation career!

  25. I learned how to crochet a few years ago, but can only make simple items such as scarfs. I would love to learn different types of stitches and how to make more complicated pieces. Thanks!

  26. I just learned to crochet this past December! I had tried when I was younger but couldn’t get the hang of it. I found that now that I knit (Continental) it was a lot easier for me to finally understand crochet. As with any new hobby, the number one tip… patience!!!

  27. I don’t crochet, but I knit. I want to learn because some patterns use both.

  28. My mom, grandma and several aunts have all attempted to teach me to crochet at one point or another, but I’ve never been able to master anything more than a basic chain.

  29. I’ve got a crochet blanket that’s been a work in progress for 15years! It’s the only thing I’ve ever crocheted. It’s just one giant granny square (I wouldn’t know how to join little ones together… or how to start a new one for that matter.) It lay dormant for a few years.. my mum’s had a go at it to. The plan was for it to cover a queen bed and hit the floor. Any day now! lol. It’s so big now it takes me about a day to get one side done! My little bro was very good at crochet though (doubt he’d admit it now!) he could follow a pattern and crochet in roses etc. typical!)

  30. I’ve just read the rest of these answers and noticed all the lefties! yay. I’m a lefty too. (aren’t all good creative types. hee hee.) But thankfully when it comes to craft I’m pretty ambidextrous. My Grandmother couldn’t figure out how to teach me to knit or crochet left handed.. so I just learnt to do it right handed! I wonder if I’d be any better if someone could show me left handed. hmmm.