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21  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / All The Totoros! PDF patterns attached on: March 16, 2012 03:59:15 AM
A few years back I made a blue and a white Totoro, and wrote up the patterns on my livejournal (White Totoro, Blue Totoro). Since then I've been wanting to make a grey one, and to perfect the original two patterns. In the end I did that, and also adapted the pattern for the white Totoro to make a small blue one to go with the grey one, and a tiny white one to complete the set.

This might be easier to explain in photos!

Here's the large grey Totoro, which is about 9" tall, with the small blue Totoro (4.25" tall) and the tiny white one (1.75"). To be honest, the two smaller ones aren't quite to scale with the grey one, but it would have been too difficult to make a white one small enough without changing the type of yarn, which I didn't want to do.



These are the updated blue and white Totoros. The blue one is about 8" tall and the white one is 4.25" tall. When I started remaking them I changed them quite a bit - I obviously crochet a lot tighter now that I did when I made them originally. The grey Totoro and this blue one have a similar pattern, the grey one is a bit taller but the ears are shorter.



The white Totoro and the small blue one are the same pattern, just with extra elements (tummy, arms) for the blue one.



Here you can see the two different sizes of blue and white Totoros, I'm happy that I got the scale pretty much right for both sets.



I also made a little leaf for the grey Totoro, to help keep off the rain. The tiny white Totoro seems to like sitting in it.





All the patterns are available to download at the bottom of this post, so please have fun making them.
22  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Flappy Owls in stripy tops! on: March 02, 2012 09:27:50 AM
I won a competition last year in Inside Crochet magazine, to have the pattern for this cuddly owl published. I've now made a couple more.



It's fun to try different colours for the stripy pullover - I thought the green and purple went nicely together.



Then I suddenly thought, what would Hedwig look like if Mrs Weasley made her a little sweater, and I had to try it out.



Here's the original one, back from his professional photo session at the magazine.

I hope you like them!
23  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Frodo and Rory the Roman on: January 04, 2012 09:22:38 AM


I hardly ever make anything for myself, but I've been wanting to make myself a little Frodo for ages, so a couple of months ago I finally did. I love The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and the Hobbits are my favourite characters. I might get round to making all of them, but for now I've just done Frodo. He's based more on the book character than the film one, though I did give him blue eyes like Elijah Wood. Actually, I think I set his eyes a bit too far apart, but never mind, I still love him. His cloak is removable and the hood fits over his head. I didn't make his feet hairy, I tried but it just didn't look right, but they are big enough for him to stand on his own.







After making Frodo I needed to make something for one of my nephews for Christmas. He's into Romans, so I thought I'd make him a cute little amigurumi one using the Frodo pattern as a base. As I'm a Doctor Who fan, I decided he would be Rory the Roman. He has a removable helmet which I'm especially pleased with, but it does mean he needs a bit more help standing up. Maybe I should have made a Pandorica for him to lean against?







I hope you like my little guys as much as I do!
24  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Anyone else remember Blake's 7? on: January 04, 2012 08:11:31 AM
I'm a big fan of Blake's 7, the classic BBC sci-fi show from the late 70s/early 80s, and it was my first fandom. If you've never heard of it, it was the story of Blake and his crew, a group of rebels fighting against the evil Federation, and it was created by Terry Nation, the man who also invented the Daleks. I went to a mini-convention for it last October, and since one of the guests was Gareth Thomas, who played Blake, I decided to make a little amigurumi Blake for the charity auction. I only finished him late the night before, so the only photo I have is of him leaning against a bottle of champagne at the convention. I've put up a couple of photos of the original - he tended to wear a variety of similar outfits, mostly in what has generally been termed goose-turd green.



 

I also made myself Og, a creature who appears in one of the worst episodes of Blake's 7. He's supposed to be a genetically engineered soldier, but I think he's kind of cute, and I and many other fans are rather fond of him.

 

 
25  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Little Folk - fairy, imp, sprite, brownie and Dobby 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!
26  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / A Tower of Tooterphants! 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!

 

 
27  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / What I've been up to: Spirits, Owls and Dobby 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!
28  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Fierce Little dragon - free pattern link! 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.






29  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Little Eggies and Tiny Chick - Free patterns! 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!
30  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Chubby Gnomes 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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