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21  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Espeon Amigurumi **with pattern modifications** on: August 31, 2010 05:47:09 PM
I'm pretty proud of this one ^_^ I used this pattern by WolfDreamer:
http://wolfdreamer-oth.blogspot.com/2010/08/umbreon-plushie.html
...and modified it to make my hubby an Espeon plushie for his birthday. It's finally finished -- ten days late, but hey, at least it's done. Wink

I really don't think my execution does her justice, but the Umbreon pattern is absolutely fantastic, with beautiful face and body shaping. I always mess up the legs somehow, so she looks a little bowlegged. And of course a TRUE Espeon is sitting, not standing. But who cares?? Here she is!



Here's a close-up on her face. The eyes and "jewel" are just bits of felt. I couldn't find a deep purple felt for her eyes, so I improvised by embroidering around the eye-shines in purple. My embroidery skills are somewhat less than stellar. *lol*



Would you like to make an Espeon plushie, too? Wolfdreamer has given me permission to post my modifications here so you can make one for yourself!

ESPEON DIRECTIONS:
For Head, Body, and Legs, follow Umbreon pattern. You can find it here:
http://wolfdreamer-oth.blogspot.com/2010/08/umbreon-plushie.html

EARS:
Make magic ring and join yarn into it as usual (preparing to sc). [Ch3 and then sl.st into first ch] forming sl.st picot. Work 3 sc in magic ring. Skip over sl.st picot to begin Rnd 2 in first sc, pushing picot to outside.

Rnds 2-10: Work from Umbreon pattern, ignoring directions to change colors.
Rnd 11: sc in next 2 sc, dec, around (9)
Rnd 12: sc around
Rnd 13: sc in next sc, dec around (6)
Rnd 14: sc around
Flatten ears with your sl.st picot pointing up (it will naturally curl in one direction or another) and sew to head.
**NOTE: I realized after the fact that my Espeon's ears taper a bit more than they should to be true to character. If you feel this is so, go ahead and just sc around for rounds 12-14, skipping the last round of decreases.***

EAR/WHISKER TUFTS:
Ch 8.
Sl.st in second ch from hook. Sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, sl.st in last 2 sts.
Ch 5.
sl.st in second ch from hook and in each ch back to beginning. FO.

TAIL:
(You'll make two separate tips, then join them together. Sorry if it's confusing!)
R1: 5 sc in ring
R2-5: 5 sc,
FO. Leave a long tail for later.

Repeat R1-5 again. Do not FO.
R6: SC into first stitch of R5 on first tail tip. sc around. When you run out of stitches, pick up the first st in R5 of second tip and continue around. (10)
R7: [sc into next 3 sts, sc2tog] two times.(Cool
R8: sc, dec, sc, sc, dec (6)
With a yarn needle, use yarn tail from tip #1 to close the small hole between the two tips. Weave in tail. Stuff joined area lightly.
R9-?: remove stitch marker and continue to sc around until tail is desired length. If desired, insert a blunted pipecleaner or wire to make the tail poseable. (I recommend this if you're not making this for a little child. Since Espeon is standing, her tail gets pretty floppy without a wire.)

FINISHING:
Follow most steps as in the Umbreon instructions. Sew the tail on nice and high, sew the ears on (a little further back than I did, and be careful, they're hard to fix if they're in the wrong spot!) and sew the tufts just in front of the ears, overlapping just a little bit. They should not have any space between the ears and tufts. Embroider a little tiny nose and use felt shapes to form the eyes and forehead jewel. I recommend googling "espeon" under Images to get a good idea of how she looks before putting the head together.

I hope that helps!! Smiley And I hope you like her!
22  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Umbreon Plushie on: August 05, 2010 09:40:53 AM
This is amazing. I love watching your Pokemon patterns just get better and better. I wonder if it's possible to modify this pattern to make the other Eeveelutions? My hubby's birthday is next week and he loves Espeon best. Hmm.
23  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Ruby and Sapphire Dragonets on: August 03, 2010 08:47:19 AM
YAY, you have a pattern for sale now! I've been drooling over your Golden dragonet for aaaaaages. So glad I found this thread! I know where my next stash of fun-money is going. Wink
24  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: How Bazaar! Mini Animals on: February 08, 2010 08:03:04 AM
Angry Angel, you are amazing!! These little patterns are awesome!! I adapted the kitty one from a few posts back to make a teeny Pikachu for my sons, and still have the rest bookmarked to play with. ^_^ Can't wait to make a few more!!

Thank you! Did you ever post a photo of the Pikachu,I'd love to see it, it sounds adorable!
*lol* My pattern needs some serious tweaking; the stripes were off-center and I forgot to put eyes on it before the boys swiped it. Once I make another one, I'll post it and link you up. Cheesy
25  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: How Bazaar! Mini Animals on: February 07, 2010 05:50:32 PM
Angry Angel, you are amazing!! These little patterns are awesome!! I adapted the kitty one from a few posts back to make a teeny Pikachu for my sons, and still have the rest bookmarked to play with. ^_^ Can't wait to make a few more!!
26  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Golden Dragonet on: January 31, 2010 01:50:35 PM
^ LOL, I'm stalking the thread too just in case! Cheesy
27  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Golden Dragonet on: January 14, 2010 11:33:28 PM
In case you come slogging through the many many pages that will be in this thread, after you've made a pattern --- I would LOVE love to purchase a copy of this pattern from you. If you are so inclined, please feel free to send me a nudge towards Etsy Smiley

She is absolutely adorable.
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: 5 quilts- christmas presents on: December 26, 2009 11:28:39 PM
How sad that someone didn't want theirs. What a meanie Sad Turning down a handmade quilt is like turning down love. Their loss! It's wonderful!!
29  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet jellyfishie + tutorial! on: December 20, 2009 11:49:15 PM
Thank you very much ^_^ The friend I made him for received him tonight and loved him!  Grin
30  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Crochet baby jellyfish + tutorial! on: December 20, 2009 09:14:48 AM
I can't believe I've never posted any of my crochet projects here! I've learned so much from Craftster. Time to come out of the shell a bit and give something back. Smiley

I made this little guy last night whilst putting kids to bed and watching Star Trek: TOS. All told, about 2 hours. (Pardon the iPhone pic and plaid jammies.)

The technical info:
I used a size F hook (3.75mm) and Sugar n' Creme 4-ply cotton yarn. He has 8mm black safety eyes from PlanetJune.com. I saw a somewhat larger jelly on Etsy which brought it to mind, but I did not eyeball any specific pictures closely nor use a pattern to create him. I went based on memory of things I've made in the past. His body is about 1.5" tall, and with the tentacles he's about 4.5" long.

I'm sure there are patterns aplenty for jellyfish, but here's roughly how I made him. (This is a rough pattern which assumes you already sort of know how to make amigurumi -- my first tutorial, so be kind!)

Baby Jellyfish Tutorial
Rnd 1: Magic loop with 6 sc. (6)
  --alternatively: ch 2; 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: sc in next st; 2 sc in next sc; repeat all around. (18)
Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sts; 2 sc in next sc; repeat. (24)
Rnd 5-6: sc in each sc around. (24)
Rnd 7: sc in next 2 sts; sc2tog (18)
Rnd 8: sc in next st; sc2tog (12)
**Add safety eyes and stuff firmly! At this point, if you wish to make an ornament loop, you can pull the starting tail through the magic-loop and tie it. I chained mine and tied it very clumsily. You might wish to use a cute ribbon or something instead.
Rnd 9: sc2tog all around (6).

At this point, I sort of slip-stitched each 2 stitches together until the hole was closed. Tie off, leaving the thread to dangle.

This is probably not the right way to do it, but after the ball was complete I realized my jelly had no ruffle! Unacceptable!

RUFFLE:
Step 1: sl-st to attach yarn to one of the posts (I picked one that was front-and-center. Not recommended. Start in the back if you can!). You'll bury the tail later.
Step 2: ch 2
Step 3: dc twice on same post.
Step 4: sc on next post.
--repeat rnds 2-4 all around, then sl.st and tie off. Leave a long tail, then use a yarn needle to pull it into the body and down through the bottom somewhere. You'll see why.


CURLY TENTACLES (make 2-4, I was lazy and made 2 of these):
-ch 16 (roughly; you can make longer legs if you wish)
-hdc twice in each ch for 11 ch's (until 4 remain)
-hdc in next 2 ch
-sc in final 2 ch and tie off, leaving a long tail to attach to body

Less-curly tentacle for dangle-length variation (I made 1):
-made as above, but only hdc twice in the first 4-5 ch's. Thereafter, hdc once in each st, sc in last 2 sts.

FINISHING:
-Use a yarn needle to attach each leg. Jellyfish are very imprecise, so don't worry too much about spacing them evenly, just try to fill up the empty spaces on his bottom. If your tails were long enough, you can simply leave them to dangle as shown in the pic, or bury them inside the body if they're too short.
-Once all 3 legs are attached, if he still looks a little uneven or unfinished, take longish strands of yarn, fold them in half and hook them through onto the posts (like latch-hooking, but without the latch).
-Trim up the dangly pieces of yarn so they're even (or sort of uneven) and you have some trailing man o' war-style tentacles!

And you're done! Use him as a keychain, an ornament, or a decoration! Smiley
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