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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A Freehanded Octopus Blanket on: March 02, 2011 06:48:48 PM
I made this for a friend's baby shower using super bulky yarn and a 10mm hook for the base and the seaweed and worsted weight yarn with a 5mm hook for the octopus. I had an idea of what I wanted, so I just went for it. I am pleased with the results; though, if I had to do it over, I would have added some bubbles.


In progress

I used the application of the pieces to the base to better define curves in the tentacles and seaweed. I was careful to sew through the stitches, so the back is solid blue.
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Nightcrawler Amigurumi on: July 11, 2009 02:59:20 PM
Done for an amigurumi swap, it's my favorite character from X-men, Nightcrawler. I used a new technique I learned from my last project for the gloves and boots. I also adjusted my regular amigurumi person pattern to have thinner legs. I think it looks better. I'm especially proud of the ears on this guy. They came out exactly how I envisioned. Also, the prehensile tail came out really well. I used dark blue 16 gauge copper wire to give it a poseable quality. I like this little mutant so much, I'm almost sad I had to give him away. Ficklepegasus liked him though, so it was totally worth it.

Front View:

Back View:

Close up of ear:

Here's a picture of the original comic book art for those who are unfamiliar with this character:

I kept really good track of what I did this time because I want to share his pattern. But unfortunately my pattern looks like this right now:

Keep an eye out for when I eventually translate it.  Grin
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Basic Humanoid Amigurumi Pattern on: July 09, 2009 10:58:35 PM
When I first started to make amigurumi dolls, I had a very difficult time finding exactly what I was looking for, a basic pattern of the person/human/humanoid shape that I could freestyle details on. After I got the hang of amigurumi, I decided to make my own basic person pattern to work from. It has been very successful for me, and I have used it many times. So, I am finally confident enough to share my pattern with all of you. I normally use a 3.5mm or 4mm hook, but it should work with any small size.

Basic Person Pattern

Head & Body

Head & Neck
Ch 2 (or use magic ring)
Rnd 1 In 2nd ch, 6sc
Rnd 2 2sc in each sc
Rnd 3 & 4 2sc in first sc, sc in next sc, repeat
Rnd 5-8 sc around
Rnd 9-10 sc next 2sc tog, sc in next 2 sc, repeat
Rnd 11 sc next 2sc tog, sc in next sc, repeat
Rnd 12&13 sc around

Body (continue without finishing off)
Rnd 14 2sc in each sc
Rnd 15 2sc in first sc, sc in next sc, repeat
Rnd 16-30 sc around
Rnd 31 sc next 2sc tog, sc in next 2 sc, repeat
Rnd 32&33 sc next 2sc tog, sc in next sc, repeat
Finish off. Leave length.

(make 2)

Ch 2 (or use magic ring)
Rnd 1 In 2nd ch, 6sc
Rnd 2 2sc in each sc
Rnd 3 2sc in first sc, sc in next sc, repeat
Rnd 4-5 sc around
Rnd 6 sc next 2sc tog, sc in next sc, repeat
Rnd 7-21 sc around
Finish off. Leave length.

(make 2)

Ch 2 (or use magic ring)
Rnd 1 In 2nd ch, 6sc
Rnd 2 2sc in each sc
Rnd 3 2sc in first sc, sc in next sc, repeat
Rnd 4 2sc in first sc, sc in next 2sc, repeat
Rnd 5-7 sc around
Rnd 8 sc next 2sc tog, sc in next 2 sc, repeat
Rnd 9 sc next 2sc tog, sc in next sc, repeat
Rnd 10-26 sc around
Finish off. Leave length.

[Note: the above is for the skinnier leg I used for Nightcrawler. I like it better and am going to use it from now on. For a fatter leg, use the changes below]

Rnd 8 sc next 2sc tog, sc in next sc, repeat
Rnd 9-26 sc around
Finish off. Leave length.

Then, you just sew it all together with a yarn needle. You can change your yarn colors however you want and add whatever extras you'd like onto your completed doll. Personally, I like to use embroidery floss for hair and beads for eyes.

Here's some of the completed amis I've made using this basic pattern.

I hope that this helps someone out there. I'd love to see any finished products made using this pattern. Happy crafting!  Grin
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Legend of Zelda Fairy in a Bottle on: July 02, 2009 07:45:34 AM
I made this as part of my Geek Chic swap for oddacity. It is a fairy in a bottle from the Super Nintendo game, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I was worried that she would be too big for the bottle, but she came out just small enough to fit. It was kind of hard working from a 16bit screenshot, so I took a little liberty with her.

I used this pattern that I bought on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25100988

I changed it a little so that it went along with my ami style, embroidery floss for hair and beads for eyes. The bottle I found at a thrift store after scouring the city for a corked bottle and coming up with nothing. The tag says, "In case of emergency," because in the game, the fairy is used for health and if you should die, the fairy will automatically bring you back to life.

Fairy in her bottle:

Fairy front view outside of bottle:

Fairy back view outside of bottle:

And this is the picture that I worked from:

On a side note, I originally planned to make a fairy in a bottle from the more recent Zelda games (Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess). I have this type of fairy tattooed to my ankle, but it didn't work out. I couldn't figure out how to get a glowy effect.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / UF Scarf on: June 01, 2009 06:14:08 PM
Just a quick commission for a UF scarf. The pattern was inspired by the Harry Potter scarves. I thought the stripes were classy. All done in 5mm half double crochet.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Through Any Window Baby Blanket on: May 11, 2009 12:53:20 AM
My friend is having a baby girl. This is half of her shower gift. I don't make many blankets, so I'm glad this one came out pretty well. I changed the pattern a little by using a simple shell border instead of an extended picot. I also only used two colors.

Pattern: http://thekidneybean.wordpress.com/crochet-patterns/through-any-window-baby-blanket-coming-soon/


I'm going to make this little sleeper to match: http://www.geocities.com/Crotiques/bgs.htm I hope she likes it!
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Piranha Plant on: May 10, 2009 12:48:48 AM
This was a gift for my friend who is visiting from Pennsylvania. We met at a Nine Inch Nails show earlier tonight, and I was frantically working on this up to a half hour before I left for the concert. It is a Piranha Plant from the Mario series of Nintendo games.

Bought the pattern on Etsy and edited it a little mostly because the pattern wanted me to do way too much math. I flattened the pipe a little on the bottom and made a flat pipe rim instead of a tubular one. I also crocheted the spots instead of using felt. It is weighted down with rocks and glass beads leftover from my wedding. The neck has pipe cleaners in it. I also had to add a piece of wire hanger after sewing on the lips to keep it upright. The whole project was done with a 4.5mm hook and Vanna's Choice yarn.

Completed project:

Front view:

Right side:

Left side:

Let me know what you think!
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Shikamaru Nara Amigurumi from Naruto Shippuden[Image Heavy] on: April 28, 2009 10:41:11 AM
My good friend requested this for Christmas. It's a little late, but it was worth it. This is the fifth ami I have created from my basic people pattern. Personally, I think he is the best. He is based on a ninja from the show, Naruto Shippuden. I used Simply Soft yarn instead of the Vanna's Choice I usually use to get the color green I wanted. Honestly, I didn't really like working with it very much and will probably not use it in this kind of project again. As usual, his hair is embroidery thread. On to the pictures! Please excuse the quality. The only camera I have is on my iPhone.

Shikamaru has the power to manipulate shadows, so this display embellishment is a felt interpretation of that:

Here is a front view without the shadows:

Here is the back view:

This is his right side. It's hard to see in the picture because it's black on black, but his leg has a kunai pouch on it.

The left side includes the Konoha ninja plate with a leaf insignia. It was the most difficult and least successful part of the project for me.

The vest came out much better than expected even with a slightly wonky zipper. Front view:

The little silver embellishments are just knots:

Here is a close up of the fishnet. It's size 5 crochet thread sewed directly into the arms and legs. I tried to crochet mesh, but it ended terribly. I'm actually pretty pleased this experiment worked out nicely.

This is the first of my amis that actually got ears. It's just yarn sewed through the same stitch over an over until it bulked up enough to be considered earlike.

Here is a picture of the original character for those who are unfamiliar with him:

I wrote out a pattern while I was making him, but it is mostly tally marks and shorthand at this point. All the little embellishments are undocumented, so I'm not sure whether or not I should share it. Hope you like him! Let me know what you think!
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Soul Eater Amigurumi on: March 25, 2009 10:11:28 PM
My fourth Amigurumi. Soul Eater from the anime Soul Eater. I'm very pleased with how he came out. I feel like each ami is getting better. Let me know what you think of him. Smiley

Here is Soul from the front. (The stand kinda makes him look skinnier in the middle than he actually is.):

Here is the back:

Here is a close up of his shoes. I was worried about them because Soul's shoes are pretty intricate. They came out alright though.

This is the character my ami is based on in case you haven't seen the show.

Thanks for looking!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Amigurumi on: February 24, 2009 02:14:51 PM
I made this for Kerallyn in our Crafty Teachers Swap. I wanted to post some more detailed pictures of him.

Here he is from the front:

And from behind:

Here is a close up of his face:

A close up of his vest and tie:

And a close up of the little cuffs I made to go under his robe sleeves:

He definitely took a little time. As usual, his hair took the longest since I fringed each individual strand of embroidery thread. I made his basic form from a pattern I wrote while making my first two amigurumi people dolls. I made the embellishments (the robe, sleeves, vest, tie, etc.) as I went. I'm going to make one more doll from the pattern before I share it. I want to make sure there are no mistakes. Let me know if you like him. Smiley
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