I haven't actually measured them. They're lap-sized, probably between 5-7 feet wide. The pattern is repetitive, so you can just stop when you feel it's big enough. With the rainbow one I had a specific stopping point in mind. For the other two, I just stopped when I ran out of wool.
This guy looks great! Did you follow a pattern or just make him up as you went? I've been wanting to make a Brain Slug since my boyfriend and I are currently obsessed with all things Futurama. I understand how to stitch the body, but how do you do the antenna at the top and the wavey part at the bottom? Are the antenna separate pieces that get sewn on later, or are they stitched right into the body.
I'm not sure if it will help with your other project or not, but I crocheted a Jayne Hat for an amigurumi snowman. You can have a look at it here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=208262.msg2228628#msg2228628 The one for your baby would obviously be bigger, but might work on the same principal. I started at the yellow center and worked my way outward. Then attached new pieces of wool single crocheting into the last row to make the ear flaps.
Anyways, great ideas for baby gifts! If any of my sci-fi loving friends spawn, I'll be keeping these in mind!
I got the last of these made just before Christmas, and didn't get around to photographing them until yesterday.
The Rainbow blanket was my first attempt, and it was made using a variety of Bernat Satins. I was hoping it would turn out looking more blended than it did. Oh well. The purple blanket was made using Bernat Masala in "Violet Veil" and I think it's my favorite right now. The camouflage blanket is Bernat Camouflage in "Outdoor." Can you tell my local craft store carries a lot of Bernat wool?
I just started crocheting a year ago, and the one resource I think is best is The Happy Hooker book by Debbie Stoller. I find that things are explained quite clearly here, and when I don't understand the text, I can usually rely on the pics to figure out what's going on. The book explains everything about crochet, numerous types of stitches, how to read charts, patterns, etc.
Most of the patterns in the book aren't to my taste, so I find free patterns online and then use the book as a resource to explain the thing I don't understand in the pattern.
I'd also recommend one large ball of a fairly cheap worsted weight yarn (Red Heart or Bernat Super Value). Use this yarn whenever you need to practice some new stitch. In general stitches show up better on a light colour than a dark, so pick something bright like a yellow, or pastel and you'll be able to see where to put your hook and be able to count your stitches more easily.
Also, I agree with the person up thread, don't waste time making something you don't want just for practice. Pick something you really want and try making it, even if you do a practice version first with your cheap yarn.
I would think that anything larger than a double crochet might make the afghan look too holey. How long it takes you to finish probably depends on how much time you spend working on it. I've finished starshaped afghans (similar to a circle cause you work in a round) in approx. 3 weeks using a double crochet and spending about 1-2 hours a day working on it.
I don't think bigger stitches throw off the geometry of a circle, as long as you're adding the right number of new stitches each round. For circles it's always a multiplication table. For example:
If you start with 5 stitches: Rnd 1: 2 stitches in each sc around (10 sts) Rnd 2: one sc, then inc in next stitch, around (15 sts) Rnd 3: two sc, then inc in next stitch, around (20 sts) Rnd 4: three sc, then inc in next stitch, around (25 sts)
You get the idea, as long as all your rounds are increased by a multiple of the first round, the circle should lie flat.
Just thought I'd post a suggestion to help you with those holes that occur when you're doing the decrease stitches. When doing decreases in amigurumi I like to use the invisible decrease method that was suggested on Quaking Aspen's blog http://falwyn.wordpress.com/2007/12/30/invdectutorial/ I still get holes when I use this, but they seem much smaller than what happens when I use more traditional decrease methods.
I have trouble sewing on face details too. My suggestion...avoid it I really like safety eyes, you can find them at most craft stores or through online retailers. Personally I think they give most animals a more realistic look. I've also used felt that's sticky on the back and cut out the shapes I want for noses, etc. As well, I've bought a bag full of googly eyes in various sizes. I usually don't use these as is, but rather cut the eyes open, take out the black circles in the size I need and glue them on my projects.
I just started crocheting last year, you can check out my blog to see some of the stuff I'm making now...practice and a few good techniques will go a long way, and be sure to have fun!
I've started a blog called Cthulhu Crochet and Cousins which can be found at cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/. The majority of my posts will be about crochet, cool project and how to make them, as well as crochet tips and tricks that I like. I want people to be able to make any of the things I show on the site, so I'll only be featuring projects that have a pattern easily available. I'm also hoping that the majority of these will be free patterns.
Looks good. I too have made this Totoro, and I used the crochet eyes in the pattern, yours look much better. You made the right choice Those feet look great...mine look a little odd. Maybe I turned it too much too. Not sure, there's three of them but their really curled up on themselves.
I didn't remember this book until I saw your post, and now it's all coming back to me. It was one of my favourites as well. I love your Grover, he's adorable. Now I'll have to start hunting through my local dollar stores for muppet wool!
Great idea for the arms, I wouldn't know from looking at the pic, that they weren't crochetted.