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1  A Freehanded Octopus Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by Salo on: March 02, 2011 06:48:48 PM
I made this for a friend's baby shower using super bulky yarn and a 10mm hook for the base and the seaweed and worsted weight yarn with a 5mm hook for the octopus. I had an idea of what I wanted, so I just went for it. I am pleased with the results; though, if I had to do it over, I would have added some bubbles.


Complete


In progress

I used the application of the pieces to the base to better define curves in the tentacles and seaweed. I was careful to sew through the stitches, so the back is solid blue.
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2  Re: Post Secret 9 (Send-Outs 7/10) in The Swap Gallery by Salo on: July 20, 2009 08:05:37 AM


Text: I think Twilight is useless and boring.
Back: I'm tired of hearing about it, seeing it everywhere.




Text: If I could do nothing but take pictures for the rest of my life, I could die happy! I'd even give up sex.
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3  Re: Anything Amigurumi Swap II GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Salo on: July 11, 2009 07:39:18 PM
I came home from working a double today and was rewarded with ariaya's package. It's an amazing Mario! I love him so much. He is so adorable.

Here's the front view:


And the back:


And here is a sweet action shot:


Huzzah! Thank you ariaya! He's fantastic!
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4  Nightcrawler Amigurumi in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Salo on: July 11, 2009 02:59:20 PM
Done for an amigurumi swap, it's my favorite character from X-men, Nightcrawler. I used a new technique I learned from my last project for the gloves and boots. I also adjusted my regular amigurumi person pattern to have thinner legs. I think it looks better. I'm especially proud of the ears on this guy. They came out exactly how I envisioned. Also, the prehensile tail came out really well. I used dark blue 16 gauge copper wire to give it a poseable quality. I like this little mutant so much, I'm almost sad I had to give him away. Ficklepegasus liked him though, so it was totally worth it.

Front View:


Back View:


Close up of ear:


Here's a picture of the original comic book art for those who are unfamiliar with this character:
http://api.ning.com/files/oam9ckbm2SDQPcX15yZI4VS6gBQx8UyAz7REOdOSRtc_/Nightcrawler6.jpg

I kept really good track of what I did this time because I want to share his pattern. But unfortunately my pattern looks like this right now:


Keep an eye out for when I eventually translate it.  Grin
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5  Re: Post Secret 9 (Send-Outs 7/10) in The Swap Gallery by Salo on: July 11, 2009 12:11:23 PM


Text: I am a HOPEFUL Romantic.
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6  Re: Basic Humanoid Amigurumi Pattern in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Salo on: July 11, 2009 10:02:03 AM
How did you make the boots and the arms n the blue one?

I am going to write a complete pattern for Nightcrawler soon. Basically, the last row of sc before I started increasing to make the boots/gloves flair out, I did a row of sc that was FLO. After I finished the boots, I went back to the FLO row with the leg/arm color and did a row of BLO. Then I just continued the pattern.

BONUS!

Making Nightcrawler, I stumbled upon the easiest best pointed ears ever. Check out this simple awesomeness:

Ch 4
In 2nd ch, sl st
In 3rd ch, sc
In 4th ch, hdc
Tie the ends together and Voila!



This pointy ear is definitely going to go on a Spock and a Link in the future.
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7  Re: Basic Humanoid Amigurumi Pattern in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Salo on: July 11, 2009 09:40:20 AM
Do you have a pattern for Harry Potter's robe?
I love the dolls you have made I wish I could get that Harry Potter doll!

I don't have a pattern for him. He was one of my first amis. I do remember approximately what I did though. I chained until I liked the length it was around his neck for the top of the robe. Then I added 2sc to the second and second to last sc of every other row until it was long enough. Near the end, I may have added it to every third row. I can't really remember. For the burgundy lining, I just sc all the way around. I recommend making the body and legs first, then continually wrapping the robe around every so often to make sure you are getting the right size and shape. If it starts to get too wide, just add an extra row of sc between increasing rows.

For the sleeves of the robe, I did the same exact thing, then whip stitched the sides together to give it a wide pointed sleeve at the end.

I sewed the arms into the sleeves, then sewed the sleeves directly onto the robe. For a little added touch, I did a few rows of sc in white and sewed it to his wrist to make it look like there was a cuffed shirt underneath.


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8  Basic Humanoid Amigurumi Pattern in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Salo on: July 09, 2009 10:58:35 PM
When I first started to make amigurumi dolls, I had a very difficult time finding exactly what I was looking for, a basic pattern of the person/human/humanoid shape that I could freestyle details on. After I got the hang of amigurumi, I decided to make my own basic person pattern to work from. It has been very successful for me, and I have used it many times. So, I am finally confident enough to share my pattern with all of you. I normally use a 3.5mm or 4mm hook, but it should work with any small size.

Basic Person Pattern

Head & Body

Head & Neck
Ch 2 (or use magic ring)
Rnd 1 In 2nd ch, 6sc
Rnd 2 2sc in each sc
Rnd 3 & 4 2sc in first sc, sc in next sc, repeat
Rnd 5-8 sc around
Rnd 9-10 sc next 2sc tog, sc in next 2 sc, repeat
Rnd 11 sc next 2sc tog, sc in next sc, repeat
Rnd 12&13 sc around

Body (continue without finishing off)
Rnd 14 2sc in each sc
Rnd 15 2sc in first sc, sc in next sc, repeat
Rnd 16-30 sc around
Rnd 31 sc next 2sc tog, sc in next 2 sc, repeat
Rnd 32&33 sc next 2sc tog, sc in next sc, repeat
Finish off. Leave length.

Arms
(make 2)

Ch 2 (or use magic ring)
Rnd 1 In 2nd ch, 6sc
Rnd 2 2sc in each sc
Rnd 3 2sc in first sc, sc in next sc, repeat
Rnd 4-5 sc around
Rnd 6 sc next 2sc tog, sc in next sc, repeat
Rnd 7-21 sc around
Finish off. Leave length.

Legs
(make 2)

Ch 2 (or use magic ring)
Rnd 1 In 2nd ch, 6sc
Rnd 2 2sc in each sc
Rnd 3 2sc in first sc, sc in next sc, repeat
Rnd 4 2sc in first sc, sc in next 2sc, repeat
Rnd 5-7 sc around
Rnd 8 sc next 2sc tog, sc in next 2 sc, repeat
Rnd 9 sc next 2sc tog, sc in next sc, repeat
Rnd 10-26 sc around
Finish off. Leave length.

[Note: the above is for the skinnier leg I used for Nightcrawler. I like it better and am going to use it from now on. For a fatter leg, use the changes below]

Rnd 8 sc next 2sc tog, sc in next sc, repeat
Rnd 9-26 sc around
Finish off. Leave length.

Then, you just sew it all together with a yarn needle. You can change your yarn colors however you want and add whatever extras you'd like onto your completed doll. Personally, I like to use embroidery floss for hair and beads for eyes.

Here's some of the completed amis I've made using this basic pattern.



I hope that this helps someone out there. I'd love to see any finished products made using this pattern. Happy crafting!  Grin
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9  Re: Anything Amigurumi Swap II GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Salo on: July 08, 2009 04:12:51 PM
I'm glad you like him, Ficklepegasus! Here's a quick pic of him in front of my tea machine until you can find your camera.



Check out those sweet ears!
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10  Re: Post Secret 9 (Send-Outs 7/10) in The Swap Gallery by Salo on: July 07, 2009 10:07:45 AM


Text: I am bisexual. My friends and boyfriend know, but I'll probably never tell my family.
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