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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Three new doll prototypes! (pic heavy) on: February 15, 2012 06:27:36 PM
Hey guys!  Grin Sorry for taking so long getting back to you. Unfortunately, after I finished my Deluxe Asch doll (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=393128.msg4659146#msg4659146 if you missed it), I kind of lost interest in it since it takes soooooo long to make a fully clothed doll with it, so my pattern notes are still kind of scrambled (I was going to organize them when/if I made another doll). It may still take quite a while before I'm ready to decode it for you all. Sad

However! I decided to have some fun with the Chibi doll design and ended up making eight dolls with the pattern. And, I decided to just go ahead and release the pattern without using a tester first (but if you want to test it yourself and give me feedback, I'd more than appreciate it!) You can find the pattern (and the dolls I made with it) here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403946.msg4754050#msg4754050 Oh, and I have a bit of a confession to make. I've been touting "No Sew!" with these patterns, and while it is possible to make the chibi doll without sewing anything on, I found that it was ultimately easier (and looks better) to make the arms separate and sew them on. I hope I haven't disappointed you.

@Fringey: Well, the proportions are the way they are due to a mix of "I give up, it's close enough!" and trying to keep it at a size that was still somewhat manageable (Also, he's cute as a midget <3). However, I might still rework the design (and try to make it smaller @_@), and I'm trying to get better at drawing, so I would still appreciate the anatomy references. Smiley And yes, there is shaping in the calf. XD There's also a bit in the elbow too, but it's barely noticeable, even in person.
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Happy Tales of the Abyss Day! (Plus Basic Doll Pattern!) on: February 14, 2012 06:30:22 PM
who is this Natalia person and why does she have such a ridiculous name??

XD Perhaps I should have said "Princess" Natalia Luzu Kimlasca Lanvaldear. Kimlasca-Lanvaldear is her home country, and I think it's customary for royalty to take the name of their nation as their surname or something. I think "Luzu" is just a nobility thing, like how Luke, the Duke's son, has "fon" in his name. None of the other characters have anything between their first and last names.

And thank you for your comments. Cheesy I love doing super detailed stuff. Otherwise, I'd probably get bored. XD
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Happy Tales of the Abyss Day! (Plus Basic Doll Pattern!) on: February 14, 2012 06:02:16 PM
What? Valentine's Day? I have no idea what you're talking about. Today is Tales of the Abyss Day, obviously. It's the day that my favorite game on the Playstaion 2 gets re-released on the Nintendo 3DS! And to celebrate, I just had to make plushies of all the main characters. :D (This picture is way too tiny. Click here for better results: http://www.deviantart.com/download/285023026/tota___amigurumi_party_by_miss_lanane-d4pp16a.jpg



From right to left, we have:
Jade Curtiss, Guy Cecil, Tear Grants, Luke fon Fabre, Asch the Bloody, Natalia Luzu Kimlasca Lanvaldear, Anise Tatlin, and Fon Master Ion.


And here's a picture of all the characters together.



How well did I do?


And finally, a silly shot of them posing with the game.



Ion didn't make it into the game's cover art, so he made sure to photobomb here. XD


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Originally, I was going to hold onto this pattern and perhaps sell it, but Tales of the Abyss Day has filled my heart with so much love that I feel that I should share with all of you. So this is my basic doll pattern that I made up last summer. It was used as a base to make all of the dolls above, so it's fairly versatile.



Keep in mind that if you follow the pattern as it is, it will just make a solid color doll with nothing extra. If you want fancy outfits like my Abyss dolls, you're on your own. But hey, with just a few color switches, you can make someone wearing shoes, pants, and a t-shirt without having to do anything fancy!

This is worked in JOINED ROWS. That means that after each round, you sl to the first sc, turn, and then continue with the next round going in the opposite direction. I'm sure you can tweak the pattern so that you can use spiral or joined rounds, but don't blame me if it doesn't come out correctly.

I use a 3.50 mm (E/4) hook with worsted weight yarn, but use whatever you feel most comfortable with. I also keep pattern notes without numbering the rows, so I hope you don't mind if type up the pattern that way. Let me know if you have any questions, as this isn't a standard way of writing patterns. :)

Right leg
ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook (5)
2sc in each st around (10)
(2sc in first st, sc in next) x5 (15)
sc in each st around for 3 rows (15)
sc in first 5 st, 3 dec over next 6 st, sc in last 4 st (12)
sc in each st around for 6 rows (12)
fo and stuff

Left Leg, Body, and Head
(Same as right leg, but don't fo)
sc in first 10 sc
Now take the right leg and sc into the 4th st from the join where you fo'd. sc in remaining 11 sc in right leg. sc in last 2 st in left leg (24)
sc in each st around for 10 rows (24)
(sc in first 6 st, 3 dec over next 6 st) x2 (18)
(3 dec over next 6 st, sc in next 3 st) x2 (12)
sc in each st around for 1 row (12)
Begin stuffing body
2sc in each st around (24)
(2sc in first st, sc in next st) x12 (36)
sc in each st around for 8 rows (36)
(sc in next 4 st, dec over next 2 st) x6 (30)
(sc in next 3 st, dec over next 2 st) x6 (24)
(sc in next 2 st, dec over next 2 st) x6 (18)
Begin stuffing head
(sc in nest st, dec over next 2 st) x6 (12)
6 dec over 12 st
finish stuffing, fo, and sew closed.

Arms (make 2)
ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook (4)
2 sc in each st around (8)
(2sc in first st, sc in next st) x4 (12)
sc in each st around for 2 rows (12)
(sc in first st, dec over next 2 st) x4 (8)
sc in each st around for 5 rows (8)
fo
stuff, but do not stuff so much that you can't flatten the open end. sew the opening closed so that the top is flattened rather than rounded. Do not cut off the tail after sewing closed.

Assembly
pin the arms onto the body so that the hands point downward. use the tail that you used to sew the arms shut to sew them to the body.

You're done! Now you have a little chubby naked doll (unless you added your own embelishments of course). Again, let me know if you have any questions, and make sure to show me if you make anything with this pattern! :D
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Some Cosplay costumes that I made. on: November 29, 2011 11:00:43 AM
:D Wow, you did a great job on these! I really wish I could sew like that.

The characters in the first picture are Kyoko and Homura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Sayaka (from the same series) is in the second picture. I'm not sure about the others, though.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Asches of the Sacred Flame on: November 25, 2011 11:11:10 AM
Thanks for your continued support guys! I'm just a little sad that no one seems to know the series... Even if it is a bit obscure.

I am amazed more than anything by his face. Did you really manage to make his nose 3D?

Wow, just wow.  Where is more of your work?

Thank you! The head shape was the part I spent the most time trying to perfect in my pattern, so I'm glad that it worked out. And yes, the nose is "3D" in the sense that it sticks out from his face, but it's flat rather than rounded.

And you can find more of my work here: http://miss-lanane.deviantart.com/gallery/28148570 and here: http://s181.photobucket.com/albums/x73/Miss-Lanane/Amigurumi/#!cpZZ1QQtppZZ20
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Best yarn material for a bag? on: November 02, 2011 03:50:28 PM
I was wondering what the best yarn material for a bag would be. I wanted to make a fairly big bag (like a school bag rather than just a purse), so I want something strong enough to hold the weight of all the crap I'll be filling it with. I also don't want to get super expensive yarn because I'm limited on funds.

Or does the material type not really matter so much if you line it well? It'd be great if I could just use some cheap acrylic yarn and line it with fabric...
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Common Crochet Hook for Amis? on: October 30, 2011 03:18:13 PM
J or I? As in 5.50 mm and 6.00 mm? That's huge!

Haha, I typically just use an E/3.50 with worsted weight (I Love This Yarn acrylic, if it makes a difference) as anything bigger tends to make the spaces between stitches too big and the stuffing shows through. I use a G/4.25 mm for clothes/things that don't need to be stuffed though.

Most patterns I've seen seem to call for G hooks for the whole project though, so I imagine that Gs may be the most popular choice.

And what kind of convention are you going to, and how do you plan to set the panel up? I've entertained the idea of doing an amigurumi panel at an anime convention myself, but I'm not sure how to go about doing it.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Super Inspiration + Questions?? on: October 30, 2011 02:57:10 PM
Wow! And here I thought that I was fairly decent at shaping...

Was there anything in particular that you wanted to try and figure out how to do? For instance, if you wanted to make a crazy structure like http://www.flickr.com/photos/m19680621/6207288766/in/photostream , all it seems to be is a series of interconnected tubes stuffed with wire to give them shape. So for starters, just try making a long tube that's 12 sc around and put a bunch of pipe cleaners in it and bend it into random shapes.

If you're looking at trying to make something like http://www.flickr.com/photos/m19680621/4804302863/ , well, that's a little more involved. Lets say he started at the bottom of the foot. It increases in size at the base, and then decreases toward the ankle, then increases again at the back of the calf, and then decreases behind the knee, etc. You would have to experiment a little with where you would put the increases and decrease, when you would put them, and how many you would use per row, but you could eventually get something like this. Just remember that if you only put increases or decreases on one side of what you're working on, only that side will bulge out or come in, rather than if you spread the increases and decreases evenly around the row.

I hope that might have helped. Did you have any other questions?
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Asches of the Sacred Flame on: October 21, 2011 06:14:09 PM
Thanks everyone! Grin

sakuracat23: For the hair, the short answer would be that I used embroidery floss to sew each strand on in pairs. I'm not sure how to give the long version without pictures though...
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Harry Potter! on: October 21, 2011 05:35:21 PM
He's adorable! I love his cute little tie.
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