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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Iron Man - with removable helmet! on: July 19, 2012 08:20:43 AM
Next in my Avengers series (Captain America and Thor already done) and was the most challenging so far, the visor gave me a lot of problems and I'm still not 100% happy with it, I think it looks a bit like a duck/piece of toast, but this can be Mk 1 .







Hope you like him!

2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Captain America: The First Avenger on: June 08, 2012 12:57:03 AM
Some of you might remember the Thor I posted a couple of weeks back, well, the next in my series of Avengers amigurumi is now complete! I present to you, Captain America!

I had a lot of trouble with the stripes on his body, no matter what technique I tried they always ended up veering off to one side, maybe I was doing something wrong, but hey ho, I gave up and embroidered them on in the end and I think it looks pretty good!


You can see the detail on the side of his helmet here.

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=533515&ppuser=261023 here he is hanging out with Thor.

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=533516&ppuser=261023 I made the helmet so it is attached at the back but it can be lowered!

Hope you guys like it!  Grin next on the list, Iron Man! Stay tuned...

3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / The Mighty THOR! on: May 27, 2012 01:35:45 AM
This is the first in my series of Avengers amigurumi I am making



I kinda kept a track of the pattern as I was going along, although just for the basic doll shape so I can make more characters, everything else I kind of made up as I went along but there was nothing horribly complicated.



Here he is just chilling out with Deadpool in my living room, I haven't made Thors hammer yet, planning on making it from sculpey clay, which I have bought so I'm part-way there!



Some close-ups on the detail of the helmet.
I'll add some pictures of the hammer as soon as it's ready

4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Wooly Mammoth with free pattern in this post! on: May 19, 2012 09:58:13 AM
Hi everyone! I've not posted here in an awfully long time, but I am back with a free pattern.

Like so many people, Skyrim kinda took over my life for a time (I've weaned myself off it for a while now) and during one of many occasions where I was chased over the tundra by an angry mammoth I thought to myself, gee, I should really crochet one of those.

So I did.







I have decided to post the pattern in the actual post now, just to make it a bit easier for people to find :-)

I use a chunky weight alpaca wool and a 5mm crochet hook, then brush all the head and body all over when Im done to make him extra fluffy.

Note, all the pieces are designed to be used right-side facing out, I do this by turning the pieces inside out about 2 rounds before the end, and then stuffing them, then finishing off.

Head
R1: Ch 2, 6 SC in 2nd ch frm hk
R2: Sc in each st around (6)
R3: Sc 2 in each st around (12)
R4: Sc in 1st st, Sc 2 in next st, rpt rnd (18)
R5: Sc 1 in first 2 st, Sc 2 in next st, rpt rnd (24)
R6: Sc 1 in first 3 st, Sc 2 in next st, rpt rnd (30)
R7: Sc 1 in first 4 st, Sc 2 in next st, rpt rnd (36)
R8-13: Sc in each st around
R14: Sc in first 4 st, Decrease over next 2 st, rpt rnd (30)
R15: Sc in first 3 st, Decrease over next 2 st, rpt rnd (24)
R16: Sc in first 2 st, Decrease over next 2 st, rpt rnd (18)
Insert safety eyes here and begin to stuff firmly
R17: Sc in first st, Decrease over next 2 st, rpt rnd (12)
Finish stuffing
R16: Decrease over each st around (6)
Use invisible close method to finish piece

Body
R1: Ch 2, 6 SC in 2nd ch frm hk
R2: Sc in each st around (6)
R3: Sc 2 in each st around (12)
R4: Sc in 1st st, Sc 2 in next st, rpt rnd (18)
R5: Sc 1 in first 2 st, Sc 2 in next st, rpt rnd (24)
R6: Sc 1 in first 3 st, Sc 2 in next st, rpt rnd (30)
R7: Sc 1 in first 4 st, Sc 2 in next st, rpt rnd (36)
R8: Sc 1 in first 5 st, Sc 2 in next st, rpt rnd (42)
R9-11: Sc all around
R12: Sc in first 5 st, decrease over next 2 st rpt rnd (36)
R13-15: Sc all around
R16: Sc in first 4 st, decrease over next 2 st, rpt rnd (30)
R17-18: Sc all around
R19: Sc in first  st, decrease over next 2 st, rpt rnd (24)
R20-21: Sc all around
R21: Sc in first 2 st, decrease over next 2 st, rpt rnd (18)
Stuff firmly
R22: Sc in first st, decrease over next 2 st, rpt rnd (12)
R23: Decrease in each st (6)
Use invisible decrease method to close.

You should end up with an acorn shape, attach the head to the larger end!

Feet (make 4)
R1: Ch2, 4 sc in 2nd ch frm hk (4)
R2: Sc 2 in each st around (Cool
R3: Sc in first st, 2 Sc in next st, rpt rnd (12)
R4: Sc in first 2 st, 2 sc in next st, rpt rnd (16)
R5-6: Sc in each st around
Fasten off, leaving a long tail, stuff and attach to base of body using tail.

Trunk
Start by leaving a long tail, to attach the trunk to the head when finished.
Ch 16, attach into a loop with a slip stitch
R1: sc all around
R2: Sc in first 2 st, sc 2 in next st, rpt rnd (20)
R3-4: Sc all around
R5: Sc in first 3 st, decrease over next 2 st, rpt rnd (16)
R6-7: Sc all around
R8: Sc in first 2 st, decrease over next st, rpt rnd (12)
R9-11: Sc all around
R12: Sc in first st, decrease over next st, rpt rnd (Cool
R13-18: Sc all around
R-19: Decrease in each st around (4)
R20-22: sc all around
Fasten off, stuff and attach to head, just below eyes so the trunk points downwards

Ears (make 2)
R1: Ch2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hk
R2: 2 sc in each st around (Cool
R3: Sc in first st, 2 sc in 2nd st (12)
R4: Ch 1, turn back on yourself, sc 2 st in next 10 st
Fasten off leaving a long tail, attach to sides of head with the larger rim facing outwards.

Tail
R1: Ch 2, sc 6 in 2nd ch from hk
R2-7: sc all around
Fasten off an attach to back of body.

Tusks make 2 in cream DK wool, use a smaller hook (I use 3.5mm)
Leave a long tail at the start to attach to head.
R1: Ch 2, sc 4 in snd ch frm hk
R2-4: Sc all around
R5: Sc in first st, 2 sc in 2nd st, sc in 3rd st, decrease in last st (should still be 4 stitches)
R6: repeat round 5
R7-11: sc all around
R12: repeat round 5
R13-14: sc around
R15: repeat round 5
fasten off and close using invisible close method.

Sew all the pieces together as you go along, or assemble it all together at the end!

I hope you enjoy it, please let me know if you find any errors and I would love to see photos of any finished ones if any of you decide you'd like a mammoth in your life!

Thanks  Grin
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Metal Gear Solid/Solid Snake ami on: December 07, 2011 10:20:50 AM
Snake? Snake! SNAAAAAAAAAKE!



Made this for my boyfriend's birthday which is next week! I made him up as I went along and I'm pretty pleased with how the results came out.



You can just about see under his arm here he has a little pouch for keeping thing in, like health packs and spare ammo.
All the bits of harness were chained as individual pieces and then sewed on separately. It's also the first time I've ever had to crochet a mullet or embroider on a beard!



Back view so you can see the bandana.

He is all my own original work, I didn't write down a pattern as there are so many small and fiddly parts, but I might be persuaded to write some kind of tutorial in the New Year if anyone really wants to make their own Snake.

Right, now I'm off to make him a cardboard box to hide in!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fox Hat on: December 03, 2011 02:20:15 AM
Made this fox hat as a secret Santa gift for a work friend, it's my first attempt at a hat without a pattern, and also my first try at making pom poms. Pretty pleased with how it came out. It's modeled by my partner in the photos.





Might write up a pattern at some point seeing as I couldn't find any free ones online!
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Bartimus the Bat **NOW WITH PATTERN** on: October 16, 2011 08:35:10 AM
As Halloween is fast approaching I thought I'd make myself a few little decorations! This is the first, Bartimus the bat!



His hobbies include flapping, being upside-down, and miniature golf  Cheesy



I've been asked to make another one for a customer on my facebook page so if anyone is interested in a pattern I will write it down.

As some people expressed interest (thank you!) here is the pattern! Feel free to make as many as these as you like to give to friends or family or to sell locally, but please don't sell them online as I plan on doing this myself when I get around to setting up my Etsy :-)

Materials
A small amount of black yarn
4mm crochet hook
2 safety eyes (I use 9mm)
Tiny amount of grey yarn for the nose
Darning needle.

Head
R1. Ch2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch frm hk
R2. Inc all round (12)
R3. Sc in first st, inc in 2nd, rpt rnd. (18)
R4. Sc in first 2 st, inc in next, rpt rnd (24)
R5: Sc in first 3 st, inc in next, rpt rnd (30)
R6: Sc in first 4 st, inc in next, rpt rnd (36)
R7-11: Sc all round
R12: Sc in first 4st, dec over next 2 st, rtpt rnd (30)
R13: Sc in first 3st, dec over next 2 st, rpt rnd (24)
R14: Sc in first 2st, dec over next 2 st, rpt rnd (18)
R15: Sc in first st, dec over next 2 st, rpt rnd (12)
Turn the crochet piece inside out, Insert safety eyes and stuff firmly
R16: Dec all round (6)
Dec around until hole is closed, weave in any ends.

Body
R1. Ch2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hk.
R2. Inc all round (12)
R3. Sc in first st, inc in 2nd, rpt rnd (18)
R4. Sc in first 2st, inc in next, rpt rnd (24)
R5-11. Sc all round
Fasten off, leaving a long tail to attach to head, turn the piece inside out then stuff.

Ears (make 2)
R1. Ch 2, Sc 4 in 2nd ch from hk
R2. Sc in first st, 2 sc in next, repeat once (6)
R3. Sc around
R4. Sc in first 2 st, 2 sc in next, repeat once (Cool
R5. Sc around
R6. Sc in first 3 st, 2 sc in next, repeat once (10)
R7&8. Sc all around
Fasten off leaving a long tail to attach to head, turn inside out, do not stuff, just squish flat.

Wings (make 2)
ch 6, work sc in 2nd ch from hook and the one after it, sc 3 in next ch, sc 1 in each of the next 2 chs; ch1 and turn (7 sc)
sc in first 3 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; ch1 and turn (9 sc)
sc in first 4 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts; ch2 and turn (11 sc)
sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 5 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts, 3 foundation sc; (16 sc)
ch 1, and turn
sc in next 9 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 7 sts; fasten off leaving long tail to fasten to body(19 sc)

To put together, first attach the body to the head. Next, attach the ears and then the wings (attach the wings by sewing the end you fastened off onto the body, should be like a short nub shape! Next, use a small amount of grey (or whatever colour you desire!) yarn to embroider a triangle shape nose!
And there you have your own little bat.
Please let me know if you find any mistakes or if there is anything missing, or anything you don't understand! And please post photos if you make one, I'd love to see!
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / First Amigurumi of my own design, a little lion! Now with Pattern!!! (IMG heavy) on: August 21, 2011 09:12:56 AM
Hello! A friend of mine wanted me to make her a little lion for a her birthday however none of the patterns I found online or in my books looked quite how I pictured him in my head, so I decided to have a go at making one myself.



I'm pretty pleased with him! The legs, ears and body came together really easily, I had to try and couple of different things with the tail and head before I was happy with them. The nose is my first proper attempt at embroidering too.



here's the back view so you can see the tail! The only thing I'm not so pleased with is my stitching abilities! Some of the joins look quite lumpy, also my decreases aren't as neat as they should be!

(09/09/11) Right, well this is the first time I have ever written down a pattern so please let me know if there is anything you don't understand, or if you have found a mistake anywhere so I can try and put it right! Here goes!

Materials

4mm crochet hook
Approx 50g DK yarn for main Lion body ( I used Jarols Heritage brand in a nice tawny colour)
A small amount of white DK for muzzle
Small amount of black DK for embroidering nose
Small amount of brown DK for ears, mane and tail.
One pair brown safety eyes (or you could embroider them if it was for a child)
Long needle for sewing parts together
Your choice of stuffing (I used polyester fibre)

Head
Starting with white wool
Round one: Ch 2, 2c 6 into 2nd chain from hook (6)
Round two: 2sc in each st around (12)
Round three: 1sc in next st, 2sc in 2nd st, repeat around (18)
Round four: 1sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st, repeat around (24)
Round five: 1sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st, repeat around (30)
Switch to lion body colour
Rounds 6-9: Sc 30 around
Round 10: sc in first 3st, decrease over next 2st, repeat around (24) (I use the invisible decrease method)
Rounds 11-13 sc 24 around
Round 14: Sc in next 3st, 2sc in next st, repeat around (30)
Round 15: sc around
Round 16: Sc in next 4st, 2sc in next st, repeat around (36)
Rounds 17-20: sc around
Round 21: Sc in next 4st, Decrease over next 2st, repeat around (30)
Round 22: Sc in next 3st, decrease over next 2st, repeat around (24)
Round 23: Sc in next 2st, decrease over next 2st, repeat around (18)
About now you may want to insert you safety eyes if using and stuff firmly. Use your own judgement when placing the eyes, but I like to place them around about round 14ish.
Round 24: Sc in next st, decrease over next 2st, repeat around (12)
Round 25: Keep decreasing until the hole is closed! Leave a long tail of yarn for sewing on to body.

Body
Round one: Ch 2, sc 6 into 2nd chain from hook (6)
Round two: 2sc in each st around (12)
Round three: 1sc in next st, 2sc in 2nd st, repeat around (18)
Round four: 1sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st, repeat around (24)
Round five: 1sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st, repeat around (30)
Round six: 1 sc in next 4 st, 2sc in next st, repeat around (36)
Round seven: 1 sc in next 5 st, 2sc in next st, repeat around (42)
Round eight: 1 sc in next 6 st, 2sc in next st, repeat around (48)
Rounds nine-twenty five: sc 48 all around
Round twenty-six: 1sc in next 6st, decrease over the next 2 st, repeat around (42)
Round twenty-seven: 1sc in next 5st, decrease over the next 2 st, repeat around (36)
Round twenty-eight: 1sc in next 4st, decrease over the next 2 st, repeat around (30)
Round twenty-nine: 1sc in next 3st, decrease over the next 2 st, repeat around (24)
Round thirty: 1sc in next 2st, decrease over the next 2 st, repeat around (18)
Round thirty-one: Sc around (18)
Stuff firmly
Round thirty-two: 1sc in next st, decrease over the next 2 st, repeat around (12)
Round thirty-three: decrease until the hole is closed.

*Toes: To make a toe, HDC 5 in the same st. When you finish the 5th HDC, remove hook from loop (keeping it nice and loose so you can get back in again) and reinsert into the first HDC, insert hook back into loop you left empty and pull through the first HDC as if it were a slip stitch, then continue on as normal.

Front Feet (make two)
Round one: Ch2, sc 6 into 2nd ch from hk
Round two: 2sc in each sc around(12)
Round three: 1sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat around (18)
Round four: In BLO (except for the toes), sc 4 (make toe* sc2) until you have 4 toes with 2sc's between, sc4 (18)
Round five: Sc 18 around. You should still have 18st after making the toes although as the toes take up a lot of space you may have to pull them to one side to find the stitches!
Round 6: Sc 7, dec 1 2 times around (16)
Round 7: Sc all around (16)
Round 8: Sc 6, dec 1 2 times around (14)
Round 9: Sc 5, dec 1, 2 times around (12)
Round 10-12: Sc around
Round 13: Sc 4, dec 1, 2 times around (10)
Stuff firmly
Round 14: Sc 3, dec 1, 2 times around (Cool
Round 15: Sc2, dec 1, 2 times around (6)
FO leaving long tail of yarn for attaching to body

Back Legs (make 2)
Follow same instructions as front leg up until Round 8.
Rounds 9-10: Sc around (14)
Round 11: Sc in next 4st, 2sc in next 6 st, 4sc in next 4 st (20)
Rounds 12-14: Sc crochet all around
Round 15: Sc in next 3st, dec 1 4 times around (16)
Round 16: Sc in next 2st, dec 1, 4 times around (12)
Stuff firmly
Round 17: Sc in next st, dec 1, repeat 6 times around (6)
Decrease around until hole is closed, FO, leaving long tail for attaching to body

Ears (make 2)
Start with brown wool
Round 1: Ch2, Sc 4 into 2nd ch from hk (4)
Round 2: 2st in each sc all around (Cool
Switch to lion body colour
Round 3: Sc 1 in next st, sc 2 into 2nd st, repeat around (12)
Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing on to head.

Tail (make 1)
For the tail, make 6 in a round using either the Ch2 method or magic circle, and then just keep going round and round not increasing or decreasing until you have a tail that is the length you desire! Do not stuff, to finish, pinch the ends of the tail together so the stitches lie on top of each other and sc them together to make a row of 3. Ch1 turn, sc 3 x 2 to make a sort of flat lip, then leave a long tail of yarn for sewing onto the body.

Assembly!
The way I generally do it is to attach the head to the body first



Then attach the back legs, these are attached with the toes facing upwards and the bump of the haunch facing upwards, pin them so they lie flat against the body and line up with the bottom of the body.



To attach the front legs I pinch together the tops and attach them slightly higher than halfway up the body on the front, but so the feet can touch the ground at the front and support the lion so he can sit upright.



Then the ears, equally spaced on the sides of the head behind the eyes.




Then the tail! Use the flat lip to attach to the base of the lion.

(bottom view)


Next comes adding the mane, add it just like you would add the tassels on a scarf, cut a piece of yarn to twice your required length, fold in half and hook the loop end under a stitch then pull the ends through the loop, pulling tight. I usually add the hair line first, starting with a kinda V shape at the top of the forehead and working back around the head. When I have added all of that I add some more in front of the ears so they are poking out of the mane, and then a bit more down the sides as well! Basically, it's up to you how long/short you want it or even what colours you want to make it!
Use the same method of adding "hair" to add a tuft to the tip of the tail.

Embroider on the nose...

And ROOOOAAAARRRRR! Your lion should now be complete!


I'd love to see any pics if any of you guys decide to use my pattern to make your own lion! Feel free to give them as gifts or even sell locally if you think they look good enough, but please don't sell them on Etsy as I plan on doing this myself :-)
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Badger bride and groom! on: August 12, 2011 03:56:18 AM
These are a wedding present for my best friend Kathryn who I have known since primary school, she is getting married tomorrow (I'm maid of honor ^_^) to a lovely guy called Nick and I wish them all the best.
Badgers have been a bit of a running gag with us for a long time, I forget why!





I took my inspiration for the badger pattern from a pattern sold by Limecat Crafts on Etsy although the pattern doesn't seem to be available anymore, it was good but not quite the size I wanted so I increased the increases and rounds, as well as tweaking the head to make it larger for the groom and smaller for the bride.
The flower pattern came from here http://mycrochetstuff.blogspot.com/2008/05/little-flowers-with-leaves-free-crochet.html and the veil and top-hat I made up as I went along!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Eric Canto-yarn.... on: July 14, 2011 01:20:58 AM
....or Crochet-na if you prefer! For those of you not familiar with English football (i.e soccer) Eric Cantona is a famous footballer! This was a request from my friend Tim, it was meant to be a birthday present but he ended up having it early as a kinda moving-in-to-a-new-house present instead.



I'm pretty pleased with how he came out, the hair wasn't quite right and in the end I wished I'd just changed to brown wool half-way around the head. The way I did it, it ended up taking 3 hours! But hey-ho you live and learn.



here is the back view. I used the Amigurumi Dude pattern for this one, I think if I use this pattern again I'll alter it slightly to make the head a little smaller, as I get that over-sized heads are meant to make it look more doll-like and cute but this one is just a bit too gigantic for my liking!

Thanks  Cheesy
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