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tennisgal86
« on: January 20, 2011 11:24:43 AM »

ok I am about to attempt my first Amigurumi.  I would like to make a little cactus for a friend for valentines day.  I always joke with him that he is my cactus because he's tall, thin, and very boney (his ribs poke me when i hug him too hard).  My question is what kind of yarn do I buy?  can I just use regular red heart or simply soft yarn? 
I am going to at least try to follow this pattern http://www.gleefulthings.com/blog/?p=471 as much as I can (I'm not very good with patterns I usually just get the idea going and then wing the rest of it) It looks like she just used regular yarn but I wanted to make sure, then I was planning on adding in some "spikes" with fun fur yarn weaved in.  I could use some advice before I get out of work so I can stop at joanns on the way home so I hope there are some workday lurkers like myself.
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kirsa
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2011 10:04:23 AM »

Regular Red Heart or Simply Soft should both work just fine for that pattern, they are both worsted weight, which is what the pattern calls for.
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neversaymichele
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2011 12:10:38 PM »

when making amigurumi, i always use a smaller hook than recommended. for red heart or most standard weight acrylic or cotton i use a 3.50 mm hook. it keeps the stitches tight, but not too tight. if the stitches aren't tight enough, the stitches will stretch and expose the polyfill/stuffing material, which i find unsightly.

good luck with your first project Smiley
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Foxy Dragon
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2011 07:37:41 AM »

when making amigurumi, i always use a smaller hook than recommended. for red heart or most standard weight acrylic or cotton i use a 3.50 mm hook. it keeps the stitches tight, but not too tight. if the stitches aren't tight enough, the stitches will stretch and expose the polyfill/stuffing material, which i find unsightly.

good luck with your first project Smiley

this is very true....but the yarns you mentioned will work fine...i ALWAYS use an acrylic yarn from ami's unless I need a different type to effects like fur, or feathers.

good luck!
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