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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Itty Bitty Bat - free pattern! on: October 17, 2014 01:37:21 AM
Ever since October started I've been feeling more and more autumnal, and when I looked out the window one evening and saw a bat flying overhead (something I've never seen in the 17 years of living in this house) I was instantly in the mood for Halloween. With that in mind I decided to work on a pattern for a small bat.

 

Itty Bitty Bat

This tiny little bat, depending on the yarn you use, will end up about 2” tall, with a wingspan of about 5”. The feet are actually small loops, so your bat can hang upside down from a small stick or length of yarn or cord. The loops are large enough to fit the crochet hook you are using through, so you can use that to pull yarn or cord through. You could make several bats and hang them up on a length of chained yarn as decorations, or just wear one as a cute Halloween necklace! If you want to hang your bat on something thicker, just do more chain stitches when you make the feet in round 13.

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
st = stitch or stitches
ss = slipstitch
sc = single crochet (US), double crochet (UK)
dc = double crochet (US), treble crochet (UK)
tog = together
sc2tog = decrease by working two sc together
FLO = work in front loop only
FO = fasten off

General instructions:
Work in rounds unless otherwise stated and do not join rounds unless told to. Use a stitch marker to mark the start of a round - a small piece of different coloured yarn placed under the stitch at the start of the round will do. To start a round, you can use the magic ring method, but I prefer (ch 2, work 6 sc into 1st ch). If you work the 6 sc over the tail of yarn as well you can use that to pull the hole tight.

Work through both loops of stitches unless otherwise indicated.

You will need:
Small amount of black, purple or light and dark brown yarn, double knitting or worsted weight.
1 Pair of 7.5mm brown safety eyes, or 6mm black safety eyes, or yarn to embroider them.
Small amount of stuffing.
3.5mm (E) hook.
Tapestry needle.

Special stitch instructions:
5 dc pop: popcorn stitch for ears. Work 5 dc into 1 st, take hook out leaving loop, put hook through 1st dc & pull loop through.



Body:
Start at top of head.
Round 1: Ch 2, work 6 sc into 1st ch - 6 st.
Round 2: [2 sc in next st, (sc and 5 dc pop in next st), 2 sc in next st] 2 times – 12 st.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times - 18 st.
Round 4 - 6: (3 rounds) Sc in each st around – 18 st.

If using safety eyes, fit them now between rounds 4 and 5, four stitches apart.

Round 7: [Sc2tog] 9 times – 9 st.
Round 8: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] 3 times – 12 st.
Round 9 - 10: (2 rounds) Sc in each st around – 12 st.
Round 11: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] 3 times – 15 st.
Round 12: Sc in each st around – 15 st.
Round 13: Sc in next 8 st, [foot: ss in next st, ch 4, ss back into same st], sc in next 5 st, [foot: ss in next st, ch 4, ss back into same st] – 15 st (the first ss used to make each foot counts as a stitch, the second one doesn’t).
Round 14: [Sc2tog, sc in next 3 st] 3 times – 12 st.
Ss in next st then FO, leaving a length of yarn. Embroider eyes if you haven't used safety eyes. Stuff and use yarn to sew up the bottom in a line between the two feet.

Wings (make 2):
Ch 15, turn.
Row 1: Ss in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 6 ch, miss next ch, sc in next 6 ch, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 10 st, turn.
Row 3: Miss 1st st, ss in next st, sc in next 3 st, miss next st, sc in next 4 st, turn.
Row 4: Miss 1st st, ss in next st, sc in next 2 st, miss next st, sc in next 3 st, turn.
Row 5: Ch 2, sc in next st, ss in next 4 st, ch 2, ss in next st.
FO, leaving a length of yarn. Work this yarn through to the end of the wing and use it to sew the wing to the body.







2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Roman Soldier on: September 24, 2014 11:58:04 AM
It's been ages since I posted new projects here,  but I've still made lots of amigurumi over the last few months. I thought I'd start with the project I've completed most recently, a set of three Roman soldiers. From the same basic pattern they have three different types of armour, two different helmets, a sword and a cloak.







I've always liked Roman history - I live in Britain so evidence of the Romans is all around, not least in the only straight roads around here! I also live quite close to a couple of Roman villas (with beautiful mosaic floors), and I've enjoyed visiting them with my kids, especially when they have re-enactors in great costumes to chat to. I was also inspired to make these because I'm a fan of Doctor Who, and I really liked the storyline with Rory, who, for timey-wimey reasons, ended up being an immortal Roman, called the Last Centurion.



3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Tiny Easter Bunnies and Mini Teddies - free patterns! on: April 11, 2014 02:59:01 AM


Over the years I've made lots of tiny amigurumi animals for the Christmas Bazaar at my boys' junior school. I've posted lots of the patterns for them on Craftster, including one for a Tiny Teddy: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289504.msg3296032#msg3296032

What normally happens is that I make something a few times, then I think of ways to change it, to make it better, or turn it into another animal. In this case another Craftster member, Wayuki, did just that: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298179.msg3398743#msg3398743

I really liked the way the teddies looked with larger heads, so I tried her pattern, then altered it a bit to suit myself, and made lots of larger teddies (not that large, they're still only 1.75" tall!) for the Bazaar.



Now, I've been meaning to post a few more of the little patterns I've made, and while I was testing these patterns I realised it would be very easy to turn the teddy pattern into a rabbit, just in time for Easter. So, I made some bunnies and teddies in a pastel self-striping yarn, which looked nice and spring-like to me. Then I made the two different sizes of teddy in natural colours, and I made a bunny in brown yarn to look like a little chocolate bunny. All the patterns are below, in their most updated form, I hope you enjoy them.


Tiny Teddy and Little Teddy

 
Chocolate Bunny

Pattern Info

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
st = stitch or stitches
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet (US), double crochet (UK)
dc = double crochet (US), treble crochet (UK)
tog = together
sc2tog = decrease by working two sc together
bob = bobble (see special stitch instructions)
pop = popcorn (see special stitch instructions)
FO = fasten off

General instructions:
Work in rounds unless otherwise stated and do not join rounds unless told to. Use a stitch marker to mark the start of a round - a small piece of different coloured yarn placed under the stitch at the start of the round will do. To start a round, you can use the magic ring method, but I prefer (ch 2, work 6 sc into 1st ch). The first ch is a slip knot so it will expand and if you work the 6 sc over the tail of yarn as well you can use that to pull the hole tight.

When changing colour for the tail of the bunny work the sc before the change until there are two loops left on the hook. Then use the new colour for the final yarn over hook and pull through. When changing back to the main colour after doing a 3dc pop work the last dc of the popcorn until there are two loops left on the hook. Then use the main colour for the final yarn over hook and pull through. Finish making the popcorn st and you will have the main colour on your hook for the next stitch.

Work through both loops of stitches unless otherwise indicated.


Special stitch instructions:
3 dc bob: bobble stitch. YOH (yarn over hook), insert hook into next stitch, YOH and pull through loop, YOH, pull through 2 loops, *YOH, insert hook into same stitch, YOH and pull through loop, YOH, pull through 2 loops, repeat once from*, YOH, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

3 dc pop: popcorn stitch. Work 3 dc into 1 st, take hook out leaving loop, put hook through 1st dc & pull loop through.

4 dc pop: popcorn stitch. Work 4 dc into 1 st, take hook out leaving loop, put hook through 1st dc & pull loop through.

You will need:
Small amount of yarn, any colour you like, in double knitting or worsted weight.
Small amount of white or cream yarn for bunny's tail.
Small amount of yarn for embroidering features.
Small amount of stuffing.
3.5mm (E) hook.
Tapestry needle.


The teddy in the middle is a Little Teddy, the two on the outside are Tiny Teddies.


Tiny Teddy

These teddies really are tiny - depending on the yarn you use they'll be about 3.5 cm/1.5" tall.

Round 1: Ch 2, work 6 sc into 1st ch - 6 st.
Round 2: [2 sc in next st, (3dc bob and sc in next st), 2 sc in next st] 2 times - 12 st.
Round 3 - 4: (2 rounds) Sc in each st around - 12 st.
Round 5: [Sc2tog, sc in next st] 4 times – 8 st.
Round 6: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] 2 times – 10 st.
Round 7: Sc in next 4 st, 4dc pop, sc in next 3 st, 4dc pop, sc in next st - 10 st.
Round 8: Sc in each st around - 10 st.
Round 9: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 st – 12 st.
Round 10: Sc in each st around - 12 st.
Round 11: Sc in next 7 st, 4dc pop, sc in next 3 st, 4dc pop - 12 st.
Round 12: [Sc2tog] 6 times – 6 sc. FO, leaving a length of yarn.

Stuff head and body. Push the bobbles on the head outwards and embroider features using black yarn. Use length of yarn to sew up hole at bottom, pulling yarn upwards through body to make sure the bottom is flat.



Little Teddy

These cute little teddies will end up about 4.5 cm/1.75" tall, depending on the yarn you use.

Round 1: Ch 2, work 6 sc into 1st ch - 6 st.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around - 12 st.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 3dc pop in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 2 times - 18 st.
Round 4 - 6: (3 rounds) Sc in each st around - 18 st.
Round 7: [Sc2tog, sc in next st] 6 times – 12 st.
Round 8: [Sc2tog, sc in next 2 st] 3 times – 9 st.
Round 9: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] 3 times – 12 st.
Round 10: Sc in next 5 st, 4dc pop, sc in next 4 st, 4dc pop, sc in next st - 12 st.
Round 11 - 12: (2 rounds) Sc in each st around - 12 st.
Round 13: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] 3 times – 15 st.
Round 14: Sc in next 9 st, 4dc pop, sc in next 3 st, 4dc pop, sc in next st - 15 st.
Round 15: [Sc2tog, sc in next 3 st] 3 times – 12 st.
Round 16: [Sc2tog] 6 times – 6 sc. FO, leaving a length of yarn.

Stuff head and body and embroider features using black yarn. Use length of yarn to sew up hole at bottom, pulling yarn upwards through body to make sure the bottom is flat.



Easter Bunny

This little bunny will end up about 4.5 cm/1.75" tall, not including ears, depending on the yarn you use.

Round 1: Ch 2, work 6 sc into 1st ch - 6 st.
Round 2: [2 sc in next st, (sc and ss into next st, (ear) ch 6, sc into 2nd ch from hook, dc into next 3 ch, sc into next ch, ss back into original st), 2 sc in next st] 2 times - 12 st (the ss used to start the ear counts as a st, and you will work into it on the next round).
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times – 18 st.
Round 4 - 6: (3 rounds) Sc in each st around - 18 st.
Round 7: [Sc2tog, sc in next st] 6 times – 12 st.
Round 8: [Sc2tog, sc in next 2 st] 3 times – 9 st.
Round 9: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] 3 times – 12 st.
Round 10: Sc in next 5 st, 4dc pop, sc in next 4 st, 4dc pop, sc in next st - 12 st.
Round 11 - 12: Sc in each st around - 12 st.
Round 13: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] 3 times – 15 st.
Round 14: Sc in next 4 st, change to tail colour yarn, 3dc pop, change back to main yarn, sc in next 4 st, 4dc pop, sc in next 3 st, 4dc pop, sc in next st - 15 st.
Round 15: [Sc2tog, sc in next 3 st] 3 times – 12 st.
Round 16: [Sc2tog] 6 times – 6 sc. FO, leaving a length of yarn.

Stuff head and body and embroider features. Use length of yarn to sew up hole at bottom, pulling yarn upwards through body to make sure the bottom is flat. You can also use this yarn to sew a stitch or two at the bottom of each ear to make sure they're pointing forwards.







4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Special Star Wars commission on: February 10, 2014 07:05:46 AM
Last year I was asked to make a Star Wars amigurumi figure - I don't normally do commissions, but this was for the lady who actually played the character! Pam Rose appeared in the background of the Cantina in Star Wars as a beautiful, large-headed alien called Leesub Sirln. Here on her website you can see photos of the character, including one of her relaxing behind the scenes doing a bit of knitting: http://www.pamroseleesubsirln.com/star-wars---leesub-sirln.html





I made the figure in the same style as my other Star Wars amigurumis, so she's only 4 inches tall. It was interesting making the unusual head shape and hairstyle, and a bit fiddly trying to get some detail into the very skimpy costume. The mini Leesub was given to Pam at Christmas, and apparently she was very pleased with it!



5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Jabba the Hutt and Slave Leia on: January 12, 2014 08:43:21 AM


Ever since I first started making Star Wars amigurumi, my husband has been asking, "When are you going to make Leia in a bikini?"
Well, now I have. I must admit I wasn't sure if it would work in such a small scale (she's only 3.25" tall), but I'm happy with the way she turned out.

 

Once I made her I had to make Jabba. He's a pretty simple shape already, so it was hard to decide how much detail to include to keep the style similar to Leia, but I think I got it right. I don't really like Jabba, he's pretty disgusting in the film, but I find him quite cute in cuddly toy form!





I felt Jabba wasn't quite complete without Salacious Crumb, so I made him too. It was a bit fiddly to get him small enough so he's quite simple, but I think it worked.



 

I hope you like them, any comments or criticism welcome!
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Chubby Santa and Christmas Elf on: December 16, 2013 07:01:41 AM


I was looking at the Chubby Gnomes (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=377623.msg4458475#msg4458475) I made a couple of years ago, and I realised that it would be easy to adapt the pattern to make a chubby little Santa. Once I'd made him I had to make him a little chubby elf to help him out, and now I have a cute pair of additions to my Christmas decorations. I hope you like them!



7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Elves on: September 30, 2013 10:09:16 AM
I'm working on various fantasy amigurumi characters, and this is the second set, Elves. I made four different Elves, with different looks to reflect the different kinds of Elves that appear in fantasy books, films and games, but with a simple amigurumi feel:

A warrior with long blond hair, a sword and a hooded cloak.





A sorceress with her magical staff.



An archer with a bow and a quiver full of arrows, and a cloak.





A princess with a long dress and tiara.



They're all about 6.5" tall and match with my previous Halfling characters (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423398.msg5032086#msg5032086). The main thing I had to work on was the hair - I didn't want to do separate strands as they just seemed too big compared to the scale of the figures, so I crocheted the shape of the hair instead. Two of the elves have long hair pulled back at the top and the others have medium length slightly shaggy-looking hair. I also had fun making all the accessories - they seemed to take on a life of their own when I posed them with their weapons!

I hope you like them, I'd love any feedback.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Halfling - Fantasy Amigurumi on: May 07, 2013 03:38:00 AM
I'm currently trying to work on some patterns of all sorts of fantasy races and creatures, and I've started with Halflings. Halfing is a fairly generic name for small (half-sized) humanoid creatures from various books, films and games which have their origins in folklore. Stories from many cultures feature the 'little people', such as hobs and brownies, who keep themselves hidden from humans but sometimes help with chores or play tricks on them.



I've made male and female Halflings - the male ones all have curly hair and two of them are wearing waistcoats. One has a jacket (see top photo) and the other has a hooded cloak. I made one with just a shirt and he has a little hat and scarf to wear.

   

 

One of the female Halflings is wearing a bodice and skirt, and has a hooded cloak as well. The other is in steampunk-inspired gear - I imagine she's an engineer or adventurer - with spiky purple hair and goggles.





I hope you like them, please let me know what you think!
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mini Monkeys and Frog - free patterns on: April 16, 2013 02:23:43 AM
In the past I've posted pictures of all sorts of mini amigurumi that I've made for the Christmas Bazaar at my son's school. I've been a bit lax over the last couple of years - I've got lots more photos ready to post, but I'll start with a couple of free patterns for things I've posted previously: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337120.msg3898960#msg3898960



Every year I've made slightly different versions of a mini monkey, but these ones from last year are the ones I'm happiest with. There's a little variation - you can make them long legs or use the alternative instructions to have them sitting down with their little feet sticking out. Either way they're about 2"/5.5mm tall, not including legs.

Long legs:

 

 

Sitting down:

 

The little frog is made in a fairly similar way, but is even smaller, just 1.5"/4 cm tall.

 

Both patterns are pretty simple to make - there are no parts to sew on, you just have to embroider their eyes and mouths to finish them off. Click at the bottom of this post to download the patterns, and have fun with them!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Wee Mousies on: March 25, 2013 03:41:12 AM
I've been busy over the last few months crocheting all sorts of things, but not quite finishing a lot of them. Here's a couple of cute little mice that I've finally got round to photographing. They're pretty small, just 3.5" tall, the perfect size to fit in your pocket.







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