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31  Little Folk - fairy, imp, sprite, brownie and Dobby in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Angry Angel on: November 13, 2011 09:40:35 AM
Having made a Dobby amigurumi for my son (after the trauma that was the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I), I played with the pattern to make a variety of the 'little folk', friendly or mischievous creatures from folklore.



First I worked on this Fire Imp, altering the basic pattern so he had fingers and toes, and giving him brushed mohair for hair, along with a tail.



Then I wanted to make a Brownie. Brownies were considered to be helpful little folk who might do chores for you if you were lucky. Sometimes it was considered good to give them gifts, such as milk and other food; sometimes leaving them clothes was considered an insult and they would leave. I thought he should have brown skin and curly hair, and be a bit reminiscent of a Hobbit. I made him so he looks like he is wearing trousers and a shirt, and he has a separate waistcoat and little scarf.

 

In the past I made a Tree Sprite with a very similar pattern to this one, so with a few variations I made an Autumn Tree Sprite, with hair made from eyelash yarn and a scarf to keep him warm.

 

I decided I wanted to make one creature with long hair, and I thought a dryad-like creature would be interesting. Since she is small, she is actually a Forest Fairy, with antlers and a dress made from leaves.



I'd love to hear what you think of all my Little Folk!
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32  Re: Fierce Little dragon - free pattern link! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Angry Angel on: September 19, 2011 03:44:32 AM


Just to let you know, you can now download the PDF pattern right here on Craftster! Just go to the first post of this topic, and you'll see a link to click on at the end.
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33  Re: Wicket the Ewok - now with tutorial on p9! Update on p13. *PDF pattern attached* in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Angry Angel on: September 14, 2011 11:43:02 AM
I have now uploaded the PDF pattern for Wicket the Ewok to the first post on this thread. Enjoy!

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34  A Tower of Tooterphants! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Angry Angel on: September 09, 2011 07:00:11 AM


Recently I've been busy making these little Tooterphants - similar in shape to elephants, they have wide trunks which they use to make tooting noises and to suck up their food. They live in groups and enjoy playing together - they particularly enjoy climbing on each other and trying to make as tall a tower as possible. My Tooterphants managed a tower of four in my garden before the wind blew them over! Luckily they are quite bouncy and don't mind falling over.



I used King Cole Splash DK self-striping yarn to make these, which I loved, and I'm really happy with the way all the bright colours look together. I hope you like them too!

 

 
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35  What I've been up to: Spirits, Owls and Dobby in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Angry Angel on: August 17, 2011 03:01:59 PM
I've been making all sorts of things recently, but I've only just got round to taking photos of some of my completed projects.

Here are my Mother and Child Spirits, the blue ones are Water Spirits and the russet ones are Earth Spirits. They are little creatures of nature who look after the world and each other.



 



 

It was interesting to work with mohair yarns when I made them. It's not easy to work out the relative thickness of the yarns, and the Earth Spirits are quite a bit larger than the Water Spirits. The yarns are nice colours though, and I liked the way they looked when I brushed them up to be fluffy.

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I recently entered a competition to design an amigurumi for the UK crochet magazine, Inside Crochet, and I was delighted to win! My design was for a fairly chubby little owl wearing a stripy pullover.



Here's my first attempt, which my son named Flappy and promptly stole! I used spike stitch on the stripes which gave an interesting effect, but made the fabric too stiff. I wanted my owl to be a bit rounder in the middle, so I changed to more straightforward stripes. I also wanted his head to look more like it was only just peering over the top of his roll-neck, so I made his head a bit shorter.



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When we watched The Deathly Hallows part 1 again to prepare for part 2, my son got very upset over the death of Dobby. In fact, he was in floods of tears and kept saying "I hate J K Rowling!" So, I promised to make him his own little Dobby that he could cuddle and love forever, and I finally got it finished this week.







I'd love to hear what you think of all my latest efforts!
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36  Fierce Little dragon - free pattern link! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Angry Angel on: May 19, 2011 12:16:08 PM


I've been working on rewriting my 'fierce but friendly really' dragon pattern (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=175190.0) into a more standard format, and while I was doing that I tweaked it a bit and, I hope, improved it. Mostly it was just tiny details, but I redesigned the wings to make them stronger and less likely to go floppy (not a good look for any dragon!). The pattern in PDF format is now available to download here (click at the bottom of this post) or you can download the PDF at Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fierce-little-dragon



I really enjoyed making myself another dragon to guard my computer - this one seems especially fierce, although he's only 11" long! I think I might call him Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus), since he seems to enjoy posing next to it.






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37  Little Eggies and Tiny Chick - Free patterns! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Angry Angel on: April 13, 2011 11:48:29 AM
I made a few little things for my boys for Easter, they're nice and simple so I thought I'd share the patterns.

Little Eggie Amigurumi Pattern
He's about the same size as a hen's egg - use light brown or white yarn if you want him to look like one, or bright yarn if you want him to look like a decorated Easter egg.





Materials:
Small amount of yarn, any colour you like. Thickness is not too important - I used double knitting (dk) but a bit thicker would be fine too.
Black yarn to embroider the mouth.
One pair 6mm safety eyes.
3.5mm hook (US E hook).
Stuffing.
Tapestry needle.

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
st = stitch or stitches
sc = single crochet (US), double crochet (UK)
dc = double crochet (US), treble crochet (UK)
ss = slip stitch
tog = together
sc2tog = decrease by working two sc together
FO = fasten off

Special stitch instructions:
3 dc bob: bobble stitch for hands and feet. YOH (yarn over hook), insert hook into second ch from hook, YOH and pull through loop, YOH, pull through 2 loops, *YOH, insert hook into same stitch, YOH and pull through loop, YOH, pull through 2 loops, repeat once from*, YOH, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Little Eggie is made in rounds. Do not join rounds, use a stitch marker to mark the start of a round - a small piece of different coloured yarn placed under the stitch at the start of the round will do.

Round 1: Ch 2, work 6 sc into 1st ch - 6 st.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around - 12 st.
Round 3: [2sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] 3 times 15 st.
Round 4: [2sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] 5 times 20 st.
Round 5 6: (2 rounds) Sc in each st around 20 st.
Round 7: [2sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] 5 times 25 st.
Round 8 10: (3 rounds) Sc in each st around 25 st.
Round 11: Sc in next 6 st, [make arm: ss into next st, ch 7, 3 dc bob into 2nd ch from hook, ss into next 5 ch, ss back into original st], sc in next 11 st, [make arm as before], sc in next 6 st - 25 st.
Round 12: Sc in each st around 25 st (you sc into the first ss used to make each arm).

Fit eyes between rounds 9 and 10.

Round 13 15: (3 rounds) Sc in each st around 25 st.
Round 16: [Sc2tog, sc in next 3 st] 5 times 20 st.
Round 17: Sc2tog, sc in next 2 st, sc2tog, [make leg using the same method as the arm], sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 2 st, sc2tog, [make leg], sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 2 st 15 st.

Stuff Eggie and embroider mouth.

Round 18: [Sc2tog, sc in next st] 5 times 10 st.
Round 19: [Sc2tog] 5 times 5 sc. FO.
Complete stuffing and sew up hole neatly.



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Tiny Chick Amigurumi Pattern
This miniature chick is only 1.5" tall, so he'd make a cute little extra for Easter.



Materials:
Small amount of pale yellow yarn, double knitting (dk) weight.
Black yarn to embroider the eyes.
Dark yellow or orange yarn to embroider the beak.
3.5mm hook (US E hook).
Stuffing.
Tapestry needle.

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
st = stitch or stitches
sc = single crochet (US), double crochet (UK)
hdc = half double crochet (US), half treble crochet (UK)
ss = slip stitch
tog = together
sc2tog = decrease by working two sc together
FO = fasten off

This chick is made in rounds. Do not join rounds, use a stitch marker to mark the start of a round - a small piece of different coloured yarn placed under the stitch at the start of the round will do.

Round 1: Ch 2, work 6 sc into 1st ch - 6 st.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around - 12 st.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times 18 st.
Round 4 7: (4 rounds) Sc in each st around 18 st.
Round 8: Sc in next 4 st, [make wing: ss into next st, ch 4, hdc into 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next 2 ch, ss back into original st], sc in next 8 st, [make wing as before], sc in next 4 st - 18 st.
Round 9: Sc in each st around 18 st (you sc into the first ss used to make each wing).
Round 10: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st] 3 times 21 st.
Round 11: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 st] 3 times 24 st.
Round 12 13: (2 rounds) Sc in each st around 24 st.

Start to stuff. Embroider eyes and beak with French knots - wind the yarn round the needle twice for the eyes, and four or five times for the beak.

Round 14: [Sc2tog] 6 times 12 st.
Round 15: [Sc2tog] 6 times 6 sc. FO.
Complete stuffing and sew up hole neatly.
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I hope you have fun making them!
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38  Chubby Gnomes in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Angry Angel on: April 06, 2011 07:34:02 AM
I was asked to make some toys for our school's Easter raffle and I tried to think of something egg-shaped to fit in with the theme. Then I realised that gnomes, with big hats and short, dumpy bodies, are just perfect!



 I came up with a boy gnome with a little beard, and a girl gnome with cute pigtails. They're only 3.5" tall and look really cute sitting around the house, or the garden. My 10 year-old son even worked out that they're the perfect shape, if you spin them just right, to do a bit of break-dancing!





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39  Woolly Jumpers! Rabbit and Lamb amigurumis in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Angry Angel on: March 20, 2011 08:38:44 AM


I got asked to make some things for the Easter raffle at my sons' school, and I'd been wanting to make some cute animals, so I decided to make girl and boy rabbits and lambs. I'm calling them Woolly Jumpers because the lambs are woolly and the rabbits jump, and because the boys are wearing jumpers (in UK parlance anyway, sweaters for some of you elsewhere in the world). It was actually sunny enough to take photos of them outside, and though I'm not much of a gardener, at least I've got a few spring flowers to pose them in front of.







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40  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 3 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Angry Angel on: March 01, 2011 09:08:22 AM
I got my stuffie from FinRaziel today! He is the most original and cool little guy - an elf from the deep, dark woods. I took him outside to photograph, I thought he'd prefer it out there.





I told FinRaziel that I loved fantasy creatures, and that I'm really into the art of Brian Froud, and she came up with this amazing creature! I love him, he's got such personality, with all the details in his face, his ears, his cool cat eyes and his adorable little shoes and hat. He's completely the sort of little person I could imagine finding in the woods. I also love the fact that, despite the fact that we both crochet, she's used completely different techniques and shapes to make him, which I find really inspiring.

A big thank you to FinRaziel for organising this swap, choosing me to be her partner, and making me such a great stuffie!
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