The tail is flat and almost round (more like ovaloid, really), and I'm not sure of how to make something like that. I figure after I make the magic circle, I could hdc on the sides, and sc on the top and bottom, on the inside loop. But I'm not experienced with using inside/outside loop and the effects that they have on the project. Could anybody help me?
Yeah, I finished it a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn't until now that I remembered I really should post it. It took me a while to do, since I didn't know how to do stitching, and so left it alone for a bit, but I finally got it done.
If you look carefully, you can see just below the eyes the body kind of curves. That was where I realised that I was supposed to crochet through both loops, and not just the back one.
Thanks! I think I got it; it was a little hard in the beginning, especially since I had to start with three sc in the magic ring. But I just halved everything - wasn't that hard, except I messed up a little when I had to do the sc all around. I thought of just halving the number of stitches (60sc for 10 rounds to 30sc for 10 rounds), but found out that it would just make the figure look a little stretched, so I had to halve the number of rounds (5 instead of 10), which made it look better.
There's still this pointed cone bit at the top where the magic ring was - in the finished photo of Totoro, the top is smooth. How do you get it to go that way? I thought that it was because I was only crocheting in the back loop, but I did it properly this time, and it's still there. Also, and this is more a problem for someone who's done Totoro, I got this curve where it should have just been smooth, after the 5 rounds going into the 8 rounds (10 into 16 in the original work). I think it's easier to visualize it if you had the link, anyway...
Thanks for the replies. I think I'll have to go with the math... would I have to adjust the number of stitches in the magic ring, too? I just want something half size (nothing too mathematically challenging!), so would I simply do 3sc in the ring, and follow the directions, only with half the stitches (example: 9: [7sc, inc 2] x 6 (54st), so I would change it to [7sc, inc 2] x 3 (27st)), right?
Or, um, something like that? I'm kind of restricted in terms of yarn and hook, and I'd like to do this faster than the 3 weeks it took me to do all the Totoro parts; I've still not put him all together yet. I'm leaving on vacation for the first time ever, and as much as it hurts my man-pride to say this, I think it would help if I had something to stave off the homesickness a little. Plus, it's going to kick ass.
As for the diagonal stitch, it might work, but I have no idea how to convert it to the round. I'm still relatively new at this (Totoro being my first project)
I'm thinking of doing a new design, using bits and pieces from things I've seen already done, and one of parts I'm using is from the Totoro amigurumi that I'm currently doing. The only thing is, I don't want to have to crochet that entire body full-size. Is there any method that's used to scale down (or up, I suppose, depending on your whim) a pattern, especially these amigurumi ones?
Also, would anyone have an idea of how to go about crocheting a rounded cone, with an opening on the side, instead of at the bottom?
:)I had the same thoughts when I first started as well. The gabu pattern goes pretty quickly, you can find it on roxycraft.com
Yes! I'm so totally modifying those into Loco Rocos!
I find I can usually do about 20 rounds (depending on how big the thing is) in one session; that is to say, one to two hours. You should be starting to get into the flow of things at one and a half weeks. When it just tells you to do x number of stitches for x number of rounds, set in a stitch marker, and let your mind go slack. I find that I can crochet a lot, and don't realize how much time passed. In that fashion, it'll go by a bit quicker.
I'm still on mine. The totoro that's mentioned a lot in this board. Then again, it wouldn't be something I'd teach to beginners - not because of its difficulty, but because it takes so long. I think I dived into the deep end a little early.