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1  Amigurumi Penguin with Pattern! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by MsPremiseConclusion on: December 14, 2011 05:48:26 PM
So, I totally love penguins. They're so adorable and blorpy. These are some little guys that I made one day after having a major amigurumi craving (does anyone else experience these? I hope it's not just me.  Wink )


If you want this pattern as a pdf, it's here: http://mspremiseconclusion.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/amigurumi-penguin.pdf

What you will need to make these: Some worsted weight yarn in whatever colour you would like your penguin to be (Main Colour), as well as white yarn and orange/yellow yarn (Beak Colour). I used safety eyes as the eyeballs (but just embroider on the eyes if you plan on giving this to a little kid.) I used a 3.75mm hook. The abbreviations are: Ch = chain, Sc = single crochet, ScDec = single crochet decrease and Sl st = slip stitch.


BODY

In Main Colour, Ch 2.
Row 1: 6 Sc in second chain from hook. (6 St)
Row 2: 2 Sc in each stitch around. (12 St)
Row 3: (Sc in next stitch. 2 Sc in next stitch.) Repeat () around. (18 St)
Row 4: (Sc in next 2 stitches. 2 Sc in next stitch.) Repeat () around. (24 St)
Row 5: (Sc in next 3 stitches. 2 Sc in next stitch.) Repeat () around. (30 St)
Row 6-9: Sc in each stitch around. (30 St)
Row 10: (Sc in next 4 stitches. 2 Sc in next stitch.) Repeat () around. (36 St)
Row 11-15: Sc in each stitch around. (36 St)
Row 16: (Sc in next 4 stitches. ScDec.) Repeat () around. (30 St)
Row 17: (Sc in next 3 stitches. ScDec.) Repeat () around. (24 St)
Row 18: (Sc in next 2 stitches. ScDec.) Repeat () around. (18 St)
Row 19: (Sc in next stitch. ScDec.) Repeat () around. (12 St)
Turn the body inside out ('V' side out) and stuff it firmly. Continue the final row once the body is stuffed.
Row 20: ScDec in each stitch around. (6 St)
Fasten off yarn. Weave the loose end through each remaining stitch. Pull tightly to close.

FACE

In White, Ch 5.
Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook. Sc in next 2 stitches. 4 Sc in next chain stitch. Working on the back side of chain stitches, Sc in next two stitches. 3 Sc in first chain stitch. (12 St)
Row 2: 2 Sc in next stitch. Sc in next 2 stitches. 2 Sc in each of the next 4 stitches. Sc in next 2 stitches. 2 Sc in each of the next 3 stitches. (20 St)
Row 3: Sc in next stitch. 2 Sc in next stitch. Sc in next 2 stitches. (Sc in next stitch. 2 Sc in next stitch). Repeat () 3 more times. Sc in next 2 stitches. (Sc in next stitch. 2 Sc in next stitch). Repeat () 2 more times. (28 St)
Row 4: Sc in next 2 stitches. 2 Sc in next stitch. Sc in next 2 stitches. (Sc in next 2 stitches. 2 Sc in next stitch.) Repeat () 3 more times. Sc in next 2 stitches. (Sc in next 2 stitches. 2 Sc in next stitch.) Repeat () 2 more times. (36 St)
Row 5: Sc in next 26 stitches. Sl st to next stitch. (27 St)
Fasten off yarn. Leave a very long piece for sewing the face onto the body. Place stitch marker on last stitch made in Row 5. This will mark the bottom of the face.

WING

In Main Colour, Ch 2.
Row 1: 4 Sc in second chain from hook. (4 St)
Row 2: (Sc in next stitch. 2 Sc in next stitch.) Repeat () once more. (6 St)
Row 3: (Sc in next stitch. 2 Sc in next stitch.) Repeat () around. (9 St)
Row 4: (Sc in next 2 stitches. 2 Sc in next stitch.) Repeat () around. (12 St)
Row 5-6: Sc in each stitch around. (12 St)
Row 7: (Sc in next 2 stitches. ScDec.) Repeat () around. (9 St)
Fasten off yarn. Leave a long enough piece for sewing the wing onto the body.

BEAK

In Beak Colour, Ch 4.
Row 1: Sl st in third chain from hook. 3 Sc in next chain stitch. Working on the back side of the chain stitches, Sl st in next stitch. (5 St) Fasten off yarn. Leave a long enough piece for sewing the beak to the face. Weave in the other end.

FOOT

In Beak Colour, Ch 4.
Toe 1: Sl st in second chain from hook. Sl st in next 2 stitches. (3 St)
Toe 2: Ch 5. Sl st in second chain from hook. Sl st in next 3 stitches. (4 St)
Toe 3: Ch 4. Sl st in second chain from hook. Sl st in next 2 stitches. (3 St)
Row 1: Ch 1. Sc between Toe 3 and Toe 2. Sc between Toe 2 and Toe 1. (2 St)
Row 2: Ch 1. Turn. ScDec. (1 St) Fasten off yarn. Leave a long enough piece for sewing the foot to the body. Weave in the other end. Make 2 feet.


ASSEMBLY

With the 'V' side of the face facing you, sew the beak on to the top of the face (like in the picture). Attach the eyes to either side of the beak.
Sew the face onto the body starting at Rows 5 of the body. Stitch all around the perimeter of the face, using stitches on the back side of the face so that the stitches don't show from the front.
Turn each wing 'V' side out, press the wing flat and stitch the opening shut. Sew the wings onto either side of the body at Row 9.
Sew the feet onto the bottom of the penguin, so that they are roughly centered.

Ta da! You're done. You can also tweak this pattern to make a chick, too. Here's how:


Using the Penguin Pattern, make the penguin body in the colour you would like the chick to be (lets call it, the Chick Colour).

Before you begin stuffing the body, secure safety eyes between Rows 8-9, about 4-5 stitches apart. (If you are using beads for eyes, you can sew those on at the end.)

Make the penguin wings in Chick Colour.

Make the penguin feet in Beak Colour.

The chick beak is a in different style than the penguin beak. Here is how to make the chick beak:

In Beak Colour, Ch 2.
Row 1: 4 Sc in second chain from hook. (4 St)
Row 2: (Sc in next stitch. 2 Sc in next stitch.) Repeat () once more. (6 St)
Row 3: (Sc in next 2 stitches. 2 Sc in next stitch.) Repeat () once more. (8 St)
Sl st to next stitch. Fasten off yarn. Leave a long enough piece for sewing the beak onto the face.

Stuff the beak a tiny bit (itll be very small). Sew the beak onto the face, in between the eyes.

Sew the two feet onto the bottom of the body, just like in the penguin pattern.

Sew the two wings onto either side of the body, just like in the penguin pattern.

I hope you enjoy!
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2  It's a Pacman Ghost with a Pattern! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by MsPremiseConclusion on: July 09, 2010 11:06:28 AM
Here's a Pacman Ghost that I wrote up a pattern for! I originally made this little guy from a sketch I drew, and it wasn't until I showed the finished ami to by boyfriend that he said, 'Well, it looks just like a pacman ghost.' And it really did. So - design alteration - now he's a Pacman Ghost!



If you would like this as a pdf, it's free on my blog: http://mspremiseconclusion.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/pacman-ghost-pattern/

The Pacman Ghosts come in Red, Blue, Pink and Orange. You will need White for the eyes and a bit of Navy Blue for the pupils. The finished ghost is about 4 inches tall. The abbrviations are: Ch = chain, Sc = single crochet, ScDec = single crochet decrease and Sl st = slip stitch.

Head/Body:

In Ghost Colour, Ch 2.
Row 1: 6 Sc in second chain from hook. (6 St)
Row 2: 2 Sc in each stitch around. (12 St)
Row 3: (Sc in next stitch. 2 Sc in next stitch.) Repeat () around. (18 St)
Row 4: (Sc in next 2 stitches. 2 Sc in next stitch.) Repeat () around. (24 St)
Row 5: (Sc in next 3 stitches. 2 Sc in next stitch.) Repeat () around. (30 St)
Row 6: (Sc in next 4 stitches. 2 Sc in next stitch.) Repeat () around. (36 St)
Row 7-16: Sc in each stitch around. (36 St)
Place stitch marker on the final stitch of the last row. Do not fasten off yarn. Refer to Figure 1 for the following instructions on how to make the legs.


Figure 1

Leg A
Row 1: Following the blue numbers in Figure 1, Sc in next 6 stitches. Ch 11.
Row 2: Sc in first stitch of the last row. Sc in next 5 stitches. Sc in next 11 chain stitches.
Row 3: Sc in next 6 stitches. Sc in next 3 stitches. ScDec. Sc in next stitch. ScDec. Sc in next 3 stitches.
Row 4: (ScDec. Sc in next stitch.) Repeat () around.
Row 5: (ScDec.) Repeat () 3 times.
Fasten off yarn. Weave loose end through each remaining stitch. Pull tightly to close.

Leg B
Attach yarn in A6, leaving a long yarn end. Ch 1.
Row 1: Following the red numbers in Figure 1, Sc in next 6 stitches. Ch 11.
Row 2: Sc in first Sc of the last row. Sc in next 5 stitches. Sc in next 11 chain stitches.
Repeat Rows 3-5 from Leg A.

Leg C
Attach yarn in B6, leaving a long yarn end. Ch 1.
Row 1: Following the yellow numbers from Figure 1, Sc in next 6 stitches. Ch 11.
Row 2: Sc in first Sc of the last row. Sc in next 5 stitches. Sc in next 11 chain stitches.
Repeat Rows 3-5 from Leg A.

Leg D to F
Leg D: Attach yarn in C6. Leg E: Attach yarn in D6. Leg F: Attach yarn in E6. Always leave a long yarn end at the beginning. Continue the pattern established for each leg. Use Figure 1 as a guide.

Eyes

In White, Ch 2.
Row 1: 6 Sc in second chain from hook. (6 St)
Row 2: 2 Sc in each stitch around. (12 St)
Row 3: 2 Sc in next stitch. Sc in next stitch. 2 Sc in next stitch. Sl st in next 3 stitches. 2 Sc in next stitch. Sc in next stitch. 2 Sc in next stitch. Sl st in next 3 stitches.
Fasten off yarn. Leave a long enough piece for sewing the eye to the head. Make 2 of these.

Pupil

In Nv, Ch 2. 6 Sc in second chain from hook. Sl st to first stitch. Fasten off yarn. Leave a long enough piece for sewing the pupil to the eye. Make 2 of these.

Assembly

Using the long yarn ends from each of the legs, stitch the legs together using the back loops from all of the chain stitches (like in the next picture). Remember that the centre chain stitch of each leg should be sewn to the centre chain stitch of every other leg, as it is the centre of the bottom of the ghost. Before you have completed the sewing, stuff the ghost firmly.

Sew the pupil to each eye. Sew each eye to the head between Rows 9 and 15 with the 'V' side of each eye facing you. Darn in any remaining loose ends.



If you're not into pacman ghosts, the body shape is also cute for sewing on a silly little face ... like this:



I hope you enjoy!!
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3  Amigurumi Teddy Bear, Kitty and a Summery Big Foot in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by MsPremiseConclusion on: July 02, 2010 07:41:53 AM
I've been crocheting a bunch of stuff lately so I thought I'd share it all in one post! I've also been feeling rather summery lately, with all this lovely, sunny, warm weather, so some of my amis have been heavily influenced by that summer feelin'!

First up are my Teddies. I used a variegated yarn for the pink Teddy called Neapolitan - so, of course, she is Neapolitan ice cream flavoured! And the brown and aqua Teddy is Mint Chocolate flavour.



I was feeling like a Big Foot too - and aqua and yellow together makes me think of summery-ness!



And finally, here is a Silly Cat that I made a little while ago. He's got a giant head and I got the idea for the shape of it from a picture that my brother drew (he was drawing one of my cats). I loved the cartoony-ness of it so I had to crochet it.



Happy Summery Feeling, Everyone!!
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4  'Give me One Ping Only.' - A Crocheted Submarine! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by MsPremiseConclusion on: June 08, 2010 05:12:27 PM
Did anyone get my Sean Connery reference (from the Hunt for Red October)?? I understand if you didn't - it's hard to type in that Russian/Scottish accent. Wink

So, I really wanted to crochet a submarine and my Dad suggested that I should do the Red October since we both really love that movie. The problem is ... no one would particularly recognize the finished submarine seeing as that ship is somewhat fictional.

I love the idea of cute and cartoony things, so I decided to try a cutesy version of a sub instead. And, really, what colour could there possibly be for a cartoony submarine other than yellow?

Without further chit chat, here's my sub:







As you can see, I opted for a propellor, as opposed to a magnetohydrodynamic 'caterpillar' drive.
I hope you like it!

*ping*


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5  Baby Jackalope Ami in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by MsPremiseConclusion on: May 23, 2010 06:21:27 AM
A little while ago I decided (with, I'll admit, some heavy suggestion from my bf who LOVES the Boundin' short from Pixar) that I should make an Amigurumi Jackalope. I wasn't too keen on just recreating the one from the movie, so I decided to make a little baby one - with little baby antlers.



At first, he looked kind of plain, so I decided to make his tail super big and fluffy - and I added a little fluffy bib too! To fluff stuff up, I just use the picky side of velcro. I'm pleased with his fluffiness now!





He sits on my tv cabinet now and looks really quite cute there.



Jackalope!!
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6  Holy Grail tote and Hand Grenade from Monty Python Swap in Crochet: Completed Projects by MsPremiseConclusion on: April 23, 2010 05:22:18 AM
So I just recently participated in my first swap! I had a great partner and a great theme: Monty Python!

One of the things I set to work crocheting first was a Holy Grail tote. I winged the pattern for the tote as I went. Then I made a sort-of-applique style grail and sewed it on one side:



On the other side, I wanted to write 'What is your Quest?' - you know, the Bridge of Death scene?? *grins expectantly* (If you aren't aware of this, you really must must watch the Holy Grail movie!)

I am a bad embroiderer (I have no idea how to do it nicely on top of crochet stitches) so I decided to make the words by chaining some stitches and then sewing them to the bag to create each letter. This ended up taking much longer than I thought, but I like the way it looked in the end.



Oh yes, and I also made a Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch! How could I resist??



'Then lobbest thou, thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, towards thy foe, who, bring naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.'
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7  Re: Monty Python Swap Gallery - Sendouts April 7th in The Swap Gallery by MsPremiseConclusion on: April 13, 2010 05:04:12 AM
Lovely crafts, Retro_Rose!

I received! I received!
Here is my wonderful stash of goodies from aethelberga! (*so excited*)

First off, she made a beautiful fabric wall hanging! It says, in the background, 'Listen strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government'. This is from my favourite sketch of all time!!



(Boo was interested as well).



Next was a lovely fabric covered and embroidered box with - the airspeed velocity of an unladed swallow! Love eet!



Inside the box was a fantastic tote from the University of Wooloomooloo!



And on the back? A sign up sheet for the Philosophy Department's Drinking Team with all of the usual suspects already signed up!



And finally: a fantabulous Dead Parrot necklace, which I immediately put on.



When I showed my necklace to people yesterday, I kept saying, 'The Norwegian Blue prefers keeping on his back!'

Thanks so much, aethelberga!! I love it all!!
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8  Re: Monty Python Swap Gallery - Sendouts April 7th in The Swap Gallery by MsPremiseConclusion on: April 05, 2010 06:29:53 AM
OK, now that I'm intrigued by all these teasers, I'm jumping on the bandwagon.
Here's a teaser for aethelberga (with distortion, because Onyxnox's looks wonderfully psychedelic):


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9  Sally Halloween Costume and Wolverine too (with claws!) in Halloween Costumes by MsPremiseConclusion on: April 01, 2010 06:23:05 PM
My bf and I had a really crafty Halloween 2 Halloweens ago. I was Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas and he was Wolverine! We had a lot of fun making these!

Here is a rundown of my costume:
The dress: I used a simple shift pattern and cut out pieces of fabric and pinned them together on the pattern like a puzzle (this took a while). My Mom sewed all the pieces together since I possess neither the machine nor the skills (thanks Mom!) I added some black stitching with embroidery floss to give it the 'Sally' look.



The arms and legs: I bought some white opaque nylons and added some stitches with embroidery floss. For the arms, I just got a pair of kids' nylons and cut them so that it fit over my shoulders like a shrug. I added stitches to those too.



Now, on to Wolverine! Admittedly, no sewing was involved in this one but - and I remind my boyfriend of this - it was super crafty of him!

We found the Wolverine leather jacket from a thrift store (we just lucked out at how perfect it fit)! The facial hair was all him. The claws he cut out from some sheet aluminum and covered it with silver tape. They wrap around his hands so that the wrist attachments are hidden under his sleeves and from the front it looks like the blades are popping out from between his fingers!



Here's how the claws worked:



Thanks for looking!!


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10  Ideal Crochet Sphere (Mathematically!) with pattern in Crochet: Completed Projects by MsPremiseConclusion on: March 14, 2010 01:59:55 PM
Whenever I have to crochet a sphere, I always pull out the tried and true method: increase by the same number of stitches each row for a little while, work the rows even for the middle bit, then decrease by the same number of stitches each row until you're finished.

Once it's stuffed, this makes a decent sphere! Plus, it's a super easy pattern to remember. But it got me to thinking, how would I go about making an ideal sphere?

After I got bored asking google, I threw a little bit of math at it. Turns out the the number of stitches in each row should scale with sin(theta), where theta is the polar angle. (Things I neglected in my quickie model: stretching and spiralling.)

These are two spheres that I made this way:



I included the pattern for the 2 spheres at the end of this post. There are more on my blog, if you are interested.

I found it tricky to figure out how to squeeze a weird number of increases into a row where they in no way fit evenly, so let me know how these patterns work out for you if you try these!

My conclusion for this sphere method: it's really fun and it makes a pretty nice looking sphere, but the tried and true method is just waaay easier!  Wink

Also, math is fun!

The Patterns:

inc = 2 single crochet in next stitch.
dec = single crochet decrease.
These are worked in spiral rounds.

20 Row Sphere:

Row 1) Ch 2. 6 Sc in second Ch from hook. (6)
Row 2) inc in each stitch around. (12)
Row 3) (1, inc) repeat () around (18)
Row 4) 1, inc, 2, inc, 3, inc, 2, inc, 3, inc, 2 (23)
Row 5) inc, 4, inc, 3, inc, 4, inc, 3, inc, 4 (28)
Row 6) 3, inc, 6, inc, 6, inc, 6, inc, 3 (32)
Row 7) 5, inc, 9, inc, 9, inc, 6 (35)
Row 8 ) 3, inc, 10, inc, 11, inc, 8 (38)
Row 9) 12, inc, 25 (39)
Row 10) inc, 38 (40)
Row 11) even
Row 12) 38, dec (39)
Row 13) 25, dec, 12 (38)
Row 14) 8, dec, 11, dec, 10, dec, 3 (35)
Row 15) 6, dec, 9, dec, 9, dec, 5 (32)
Row 16) 3, dec, 6, dec, 6, dec, 6, dec, 3 (28)
Row 17) 4, dec, 3, dec, 4, dec, 3, dec, 4, dec (23)
Row 18) 2, dec, 3, dec, 2, dec, 3, dec, 2, dec, 1 (18)
Row 19) (dec, 1) repeat () around (12)
Row 20) 4 scdec. Fasten off. Weave loose end through each stitch in the opening. Pull tightly to close.

26 Row Sphere:

Row 1) Ch 2. 6 Sc in second Ch from hook. (6)
Row 2) inc in each stitch around. (12)
Row 3) (1, inc) repeat () around (18)
Row 4) 1, inc, 2, inc, 3, inc, 2, inc, 3, inc, 2 (23)
Row 5) 2, inc, 3, inc, 4, inc, 3, inc, 4, inc, 2 (28)
Row 6) 1, inc, 4, inc, 5, inc, 4, inc, 5, inc, 4 (33)
Row 7) 3, inc, 5, inc, 6, inc, 5, inc, 6, inc, 3 (38)
Row 8 ) 8, inc, 9, inc, 8, inc, 9, inc (42)
Row 9) 6, inc, 13, inc, 13, inc, 7 (45)
Row 10) 9, inc, 14, inc, 14, inc, 5 (48)
Row 11) 15, inc, 23, inc, 8 (50)
Row 12) 24, inc, 25 (51)
Row 13) inc, 50 (52)
Row 14) even (52)
Row 15) 50, dec (51)
Row 16) 25, dec, 24 (50)
Row 17) 8, dec, 23, dec, 15 (48)
Row 18) 5, dec, 14, dec, 14, dec, 9 (45)
Row 19) 7, dec, 13, dec, 13, dec, 6 (42)
Row 20) dec, 9, dec, 8, dec, 9, dec, 8 (38)
Row 21) 3, dec, 6, dec, 5, dec, 6, dec, 5, dec, 3 (33)
Row 22) 4, dec, 5, dec, 4, dec, 5, dec, 4, dec, 1 (28)
Row 23) 2, dec, 4, dec, 3, dec, 4, dec, 3, dec, 2 (23)
Row 24) 2, dec, 3, dec, 2, dec, 3, dec, 2, dec, 1 (18)
Row 25) (dec, 1) repeat () around (12)
Row 26)  4 scdec. Fasten off. Weave loose end through each stitch in the opening. Pull tightly to close.
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