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1  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


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)
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.

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
2  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...
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Asches of the Sacred Flame on: October 20, 2011 05:05:03 PM
This is Asch the Bloody of the Six God Generals and Commander of the Special Ops Division of the Order of Lorelei's Oracle Knights...

...Also known as that grumpy seventeen-year-old that just needs a hug.  Cheesy

Anyway, Asch is from the game/anime/manga Tales of the Abyss. I used http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x73/Miss-Lanane/Tales%20of%20the%20Abyss/asch3uw.jpg as my reference while making him. How'd I do?

Asch with his sword drawn, ready to fight off some dreck!

Obligatory side view

This is the back of the tabard with the hair out of the way (his head's cut off 'cause the back looks really bad when the hair is pulled away) That design took quite a while to get right.

And this is what's under the tabard, gloves, and boots. I also removed the sword and scabbard. His hair is also able to go down into his "Loving Son" style

Asch's body was made with one of my own no-sew patterns, and the clothes and sword were all done free hand. It took me three or four months to finish everything. Which was waaaaaay too long for one amigurumi. .__. He's a little over 2 feet tall and slightly poseable. He's able to stand on his own, but only when he has all of his clothes on, as his hair is so heavy that he falls over. I'm not sure why the extra clothes make him more stable though.

Thanks for looking!  Grin
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Three new doll prototypes! (pic heavy) on: August 06, 2011 01:46:17 AM
I've been looking for doll patterns that were a little more realistic than the typical tubes and balls for pretty much the whole body, but I couldn't find any. So, I just made up my own!

Here's what I came up with:

I'm calling this one my "Deluxe" doll. It's about 22 inches tall, but the right footwear and hairstyle could put it over two feet!

It took me a while to figure out how to shape the face like that

You can't really tell, but it has butt cheeks! XD I don't know why, but I'm strangely proud of that fact.

All the dolls I make with this pattern will have completely removable clothing, so that I can make multiple outfits for one doll.

As much as I like this pattern, it's a pain in the butt to make because it's so big, especially if I wire it. Sad So I made two smaller, less complicated ones. Of course, they lose the realistic touch, but whatever.

This one's my "Spaghetti" doll, since the arms and legs are so thin and floppy. I'll probably make the head shorter next time I make this doll, though.

And this would be my "Chibi" doll. I don't plan on using this one that often, except maybe for gifts or commissions since it doesn't take long to make.
EDIT: Never mind, I'm having a lot of fun with this doll. Cheesy Also, I have the pattern up here if you want to try it: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403946.msg4754050#msg4754050

The best thing about all three is that I can crochet them all as one piece, no sewing parts on separately! This may not seem like such a perk, but I honestly hate sewing, and I never seem to be able to sew the legs and arms on completely symmetrically.

I'm currently turning my first Deluxe doll into this guy: http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x73/Miss-Lanane/Tales%20of%20the%20Abyss/asch3uw.jpg Because I am a masochist.

So what do you guys think? Do they need any improvements?
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / "That's a very nice Creeper you have there..." on: July 13, 2011 05:13:37 PM
"...It'd be a shame if something were to happen to it. SSsssSSsssss."

Anyway, for those of you that aren't nerdy enough to know, this is a Creeper from the game Minecraft, the most horrifying creature known to man.

He's 7 inches tall and made with some kind of tweed yarn. It was really weird trying to make, since I'm so used to making round amigurumi and stuffing as I go. But since everything in Minecraft is a cube, that method doesn't really work. I had to crochet each panel separately and then sew it all together. And sewing is the part I like least when it comes to amigurumi. >.< Anyway, he didn't come out as blocky as I wanted, probably because I stuffed him too much. :/

Oh, and the face is my first attempt at needle felting. How'd I do?

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Patterns based on trademarked characters? on: June 15, 2011 10:12:54 PM
Hi, I'm an amigurumi artist, and much of what I like designing is based off of trademarked characters, like Pokemon or anime characters. I've gotten into the habit of making detailed notes as I crochet so I can later make a pattern, as I'd really like to start selling patterns in the near future. However, I don't know if it's "right" selling patterns based on characters that are not my own. I know a lot of people do it on etsy, but etsy has had many issues with copyright infringement, let alone with trademarks, so using etsy sellers isn't a good example. Besides, I find myself actually getting angry when I see sellers with their shops filled with nothing but Pokemon amigurumi patterns, and I know I would just be a hypocrite if I attempted to do the same.

I also had the idea to set up a blog and post some of my trademarked patterns for free while advertising my non-trademarked patterns for sale, in a similar manner to how grocery stores offer free food samples in order to draw you in and get you to buy something. However, I don't know how well this would work.

What are your thoughts and comments on this?
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Sora from Kingdom Hearts! :D *image heavy* on: June 04, 2011 12:21:26 AM
Let me first say that THIS THING TOOK FOREVER. I started it back in February and didn't finish until about two weeks ago. I guess that's what I get for trying to free-hand something while having no idea what I'm doing. But he's done, and his new owner is very happy with him, despite the long wait. :D

This was also an experiment to see how close I could get to creating my ideal doll pattern - one that both has body proportions/anatomy (minus the naughty bits...) that are as close to realistic as possible, and is a "no-sew" pattern, where everything is crocheted as one piece. As far as the proportions go, the head needs a major overhaul, and I need to work on better shaping the arms, legs, and butt. In the no-sew department, I was a bit more successful, as only the head, ears, and fingers were crocheted separately and sewed on. The next doll I make should have all these things ironed out though, I hope.  Grin

He stands about 18 inches tall (20 inches with the hair), and every item of clothing is removable. I wanted to take a shot with him completely naked to demonstrate this, but taking some things off (like the gloves) is a bit difficult, and putting them back on is just a pain in the butt, so I didn't bother. You'll just have to take my word for it. ;P

There's a bamboo skewer through the keyblade to keep it stiff, and another one through Sora's head and torso to keep his head from flopping all over the place. Sora also has wire through his arms, fingers, legs, and feet to make him posable, but they really only help in adjusting how his ankles bend so you can get him to stand. :/ Next time, I'll have to make the limbs skinnier, or maybe use thicker wire.

I crocheted the hair spikes separately and sewed them onto the scalp. I also weaved thin wire through the front spikes that stick up and through the larger spikes on the sides and in the back to make them stick out and stay stiff. It was a lengthy process, but I really like how it turned out.

And here we have Sora facing up against an amigurumi Shadow! Who will win?

And Sora is victorious! The world is safe once more. Smiley

Thank you so much for looking!
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / So it turns out I've been doing joined rounds incorrectly this entire time on: May 07, 2011 06:45:58 PM
Many of us know that there are two popular methods of crocheting amigurumi: The continuous rounds and the joined rounds. Of course, I'm probably the only one who thought that joined rounds necessitated turning. But it's just as well. Many of my free handed amigurumi require turning regardless (normally on flat parts, rather than on the parts that get stuffed), and the sudden change in texture would probably look odd.

So even though I now know my "mistake," I'm still probably going to keep using join-turn rounds on a lot of my dolls. Does anyone else turn between each round? Or am I alone in this?
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / A year and a half of amigurumi *pic heavy* on: April 26, 2011 09:06:26 PM
Hi! I've been posting around a little now, but never properly introduced myself (or my projects). I started crocheting at the beginning of 2009, and discovered amigurumi around April of that year. I started free-handing my projects around that October, and haven't looked back since.  Grin Here are some of the things that I'm most proud of.

This is my very first free-handed project! And although I really want to remake a better one, I still love him and get compliments when I take him to conventions. His name is Burupya, and he's the head-pet from the manga/anime 07-GHOST.

I made this for my dad's birthday in January 2010 because he loves bald eagles. I'm in the process of making another eagle, this time a bit more realistic (and about double the size of this one).

I made this fennec fox for my friend's birthday at the end of March last year (And she forbade me from making her something for this year until she can repay me. XD)

This one is one of my favorites! (As can be seen by his appearance in my avatar Cheesy) He's also the last amigurumi that I crocheted using continuous rounds. With few exceptions, everything I make now is done in joined rounds. Anyway, this is a Kitty Kat, one of the monsters you can get in the video game Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

I made this guy sometime in the fall last year. He's three feet long and slightly posable. He's also a Dragonair, the first of many Pokemon I hope to make.

This was my second attempt at making a human doll. I made it for a Secret Santa on deviantART, and he's supposed to be the original character of the girl I got. I tried shaping the face to make it seem more realistic, but it ended up looking like an alien head.  Undecided

I actually started this doll way before the Secret Santa doll, and he's been mostly finished since last May. He just sat, bald, on my desk for nearly a year because I wasn't sure how to do the hair and I didn't want to mess it up. But when I had to do the Secret Santa, I was on a time crunch and just winged it. I liked the result, and used the same method on this doll. His name is Teito, and he's the main character of 07-GHOST (the same series that the pink bunny dragon thing is from).

And last but not least is a Shadow Heartless from the video game Kingdom Hearts. I made it for another friend's birthday, and he really liked it. So much, in fact, that he commissioned me to make a Sora doll (the main character from Kingdom Hearts)! And Sora should be done sometime in the next few weeks, so I'll post those pictures soon. Smiley

Everything here was made free hand without a pattern (but I did keep notes while making most of the Heartless, if anyone's interested). It's also all either crocheted or embroidered with acrylic yarn (with the occasional bit of embroidery floss), as I've given myself the challenge of "all yarn or go home!" Using felt, paint, or other materials is considered "cheating" in this challenge.   Wink (I allow embroidery floss though because technically you can still crochet with it.)

Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed my work. Grin
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / What's the biggest amigurumi you've made? on: March 18, 2011 06:34:43 PM
I decided that I wanted to make a dragon (specifically this dragon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4GP8Mil_qY ). I'm making the snout, head, neck, body, and tail all as one piece, but since I wasn't paying attention to size when I made the snout, the head ended up being a lot bigger than I intended. So much so that the body is at 132 stitches around! At the rate I'm going, this thing will be over five feet long when it's done.

So has anyone else made a humongous amigurumi before? Any tips?
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