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Laughing Cat
« on: April 18, 2007 09:16:11 PM »

And... I think... my first post that isn't a question? Maybe, maybe not? Huh

I used to crochet as a very young girl... learned the very basics, crocheted for a couple of visits at my grandmother's house and gave it up. I don't think that I ever actually finished making anything. Then I learned of arigurumi. It was so cute and adorable, and I procrastinated for a year before finally giving in and relearning how. This is the first thing I've crocheted. Grin The pattern comes from here, but I modified it slightly by tilting the head back and changing the arrangement of the face.

I'm thinking that even though I used an E needle and worsted-weight yarn, I either needed to use a smaller needle or larger yarn. Or should I have not pulled the yarn so tight? Huh Does anybody have any suggestions? I would love any help that I can have.

Yarn is Lion's Brand Wool-Ease, I think. Stuffed with fiberfill and with glass beads for eyes.

Edit: Ah... I am not allowed to post pictures. Instead I'm including links.


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Look, you can move my arms and legs!


*bows* Thank you for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2007 10:19:03 PM »

Aww very cute.
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2007 09:32:49 AM »

I'm thinking that even though I used an E needle and worsted-weight yarn, I either needed to use a smaller needle or larger yarn. Or should I have not pulled the yarn so tight? Huh Does anybody have any suggestions? I would love any help that I can have.

Yarn is Lion's Brand Wool-Ease, I think. Stuffed with fiberfill and with glass beads for eyes.
You can definitely go down a hook size or two. Just play with it and see what feels comfortable and what is too hard to fight with. It's also good not to pull the yarn too tight as it does stretch when stuffed. You can also put your stuffing in nylons that are a similar colors to what your pieces are and stuff the amigurumi with that. Smiley
I love the colors you used and you panda is adorable! Great job! And awesome for your first project for a long time!
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2007 10:50:24 AM »

I think she is cute!  With wool ease I think a C hook would be better, since its actually a thinner yarn, then say Red heart Acylic. With Red heart I use an F, but if I use other yarns I use smaller sized hookd. Caron simply soft is either a D or E for me. 
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2007 11:59:35 AM »

Your panda turned out adorable!

One tip I would pass along is to try stuffing your critter with the yarn you used.  That way if it does show through a bit it won't matter.   Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2007 12:28:17 PM »

Looks great!!! I finally get to see one of my patterns made by someone else.
In answer to your question, I no longer pull my yarn tight when I make amigurumi as my hands can't take it anymore. With that pattern it doesn't really matter if you use a smaller hook or a larger yarn. If you use a larger yarn the bear will just be a little bigger. There is no guage with this pattern, so you can do just about anything with it.
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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2007 07:08:10 PM »

Looks great!!! I finally get to see one of my patterns made by someone else.
In answer to your question, I no longer pull my yarn tight when I make amigurumi as my hands can't take it anymore. With that pattern it doesn't really matter if you use a smaller hook or a larger yarn. If you use a larger yarn the bear will just be a little bigger. There is no guage with this pattern, so you can do just about anything with it.


Oh, it's so wonderful to find out you're on this forum! I loved your pattern... it was the perfect reintroduction to crocheting and it was very well written. About the hook, I actually started out crocheting it on an F hook (misread the hook letter). I had finished over half of the panda when I realized that it probably shouldn't have a head the size of a softball with gaping holes in the stitches.

Thank you so much for posting your pattern on your blog! Grin I found it on a google search and love the patterns that you've posted.
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« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2007 08:23:12 PM »

Looks great!!! I finally get to see one of my patterns made by someone else.
In answer to your question, I no longer pull my yarn tight when I make amigurumi as my hands can't take it anymore. With that pattern it doesn't really matter if you use a smaller hook or a larger yarn. If you use a larger yarn the bear will just be a little bigger. There is no gauge with this pattern, so you can do just about anything with it.


Oh, it's so wonderful to find out you're on this forum! I loved your pattern... it was the perfect reintroduction to crocheting and it was very well written. About the hook, I actually started out crocheting it on an F hook (misread the hook letter). I had finished over half of the panda when I realized that it probably shouldn't have a head the size of a softball with gaping holes in the stitches.

Thank you so much for posting your pattern on your blog! Grin I found it on a google search and love the patterns that you've posted.

Aww.. Thank you Grin. I'm glad you liked it. I have done the same thing using the wrong hook. I use clover hooks and find that the letter doesn't always match the mm. Welcome back to the world of crochet!!! Come back and visit my blog anytime. A new free pattern is on it's way. Wink
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thischarmingmai
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2007 07:12:05 PM »

holy crap this is SUPER adorable!
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