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1  Happy Tales of the Abyss Day! (Plus Basic Doll Pattern!) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Drossy on: February 14, 2012 06:02:16 PM
What? Valentine's Day? I have no idea what you're talking about. Today is Tales of the Abyss Day, obviously. It's the day that my favorite game on the Playstaion 2 gets re-released on the Nintendo 3DS! And to celebrate, I just had to make plushies of all the main characters. :D (This picture is way too tiny. Click here for better results: http://www.deviantart.com/download/285023026/tota___amigurumi_party_by_miss_lanane-d4pp16a.jpg

From right to left, we have:
Jade Curtiss, Guy Cecil, Tear Grants, Luke fon Fabre, Asch the Bloody, Natalia Luzu Kimlasca Lanvaldear, Anise Tatlin, and Fon Master Ion.

And here's a picture of all the characters together.

How well did I do?

And finally, a silly shot of them posing with the game.

Ion didn't make it into the game's cover art, so he made sure to photobomb here. XD


Originally, I was going to hold onto this pattern and perhaps sell it, but Tales of the Abyss Day has filled my heart with so much love that I feel that I should share with all of you. So this is my basic doll pattern that I made up last summer. It was used as a base to make all of the dolls above, so it's fairly versatile.

Keep in mind that if you follow the pattern as it is, it will just make a solid color doll with nothing extra. If you want fancy outfits like my Abyss dolls, you're on your own. But hey, with just a few color switches, you can make someone wearing shoes, pants, and a t-shirt without having to do anything fancy!

This is worked in JOINED ROWS. That means that after each round, you sl to the first sc, turn, and then continue with the next round going in the opposite direction. I'm sure you can tweak the pattern so that you can use spiral or joined rounds, but don't blame me if it doesn't come out correctly.

I use a 3.50 mm (E/4) hook with worsted weight yarn, but use whatever you feel most comfortable with. I also keep pattern notes without numbering the rows, so I hope you don't mind if type up the pattern that way. Let me know if you have any questions, as this isn't a standard way of writing patterns. :)

Right leg
ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook (5)
2sc in each st around (10)
(2sc in first st, sc in next) x5 (15)
sc in each st around for 3 rows (15)
sc in first 5 st, 3 dec over next 6 st, sc in last 4 st (12)
sc in each st around for 6 rows (12)
fo and stuff

Left Leg, Body, and Head
(Same as right leg, but don't fo)
sc in first 10 sc
Now take the right leg and sc into the 4th st from the join where you fo'd. sc in remaining 11 sc in right leg. sc in last 2 st in left leg (24)
sc in each st around for 10 rows (24)
(sc in first 6 st, 3 dec over next 6 st) x2 (18)
(3 dec over next 6 st, sc in next 3 st) x2 (12)
sc in each st around for 1 row (12)
Begin stuffing body
2sc in each st around (24)
(2sc in first st, sc in next st) x12 (36)
sc in each st around for 8 rows (36)
(sc in next 4 st, dec over next 2 st) x6 (30)
(sc in next 3 st, dec over next 2 st) x6 (24)
(sc in next 2 st, dec over next 2 st) x6 (18)
Begin stuffing head
(sc in nest st, dec over next 2 st) x6 (12)
6 dec over 12 st
finish stuffing, fo, and sew closed.

Arms (make 2)
ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook (4)
2 sc in each st around (8)
(2sc in first st, sc in next st) x4 (12)
sc in each st around for 2 rows (12)
(sc in first st, dec over next 2 st) x4 (8)
sc in each st around for 5 rows (8)
stuff, but do not stuff so much that you can't flatten the open end. sew the opening closed so that the top is flattened rather than rounded. Do not cut off the tail after sewing closed.

pin the arms onto the body so that the hands point downward. use the tail that you used to sew the arms shut to sew them to the body.

You're done! Now you have a little chubby naked doll (unless you added your own embelishments of course). Again, let me know if you have any questions, and make sure to show me if you make anything with this pattern! :D
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2  Asches of the Sacred Flame in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Drossy on: October 20, 2011 05:05:03 PM
This is Asch the Bloody of the Six God Generals and Commander of the Special Ops Division of the Order of Lorelei's Oracle Knights...

...Also known as that grumpy seventeen-year-old that just needs a hug.  Cheesy

Anyway, Asch is from the game/anime/manga Tales of the Abyss. I used http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x73/Miss-Lanane/Tales%20of%20the%20Abyss/asch3uw.jpg as my reference while making him. How'd I do?

Asch with his sword drawn, ready to fight off some dreck!

Obligatory side view

This is the back of the tabard with the hair out of the way (his head's cut off 'cause the back looks really bad when the hair is pulled away) That design took quite a while to get right.

And this is what's under the tabard, gloves, and boots. I also removed the sword and scabbard. His hair is also able to go down into his "Loving Son" style

Asch's body was made with one of my own no-sew patterns, and the clothes and sword were all done free hand. It took me three or four months to finish everything. Which was waaaaaay too long for one amigurumi. .__. He's a little over 2 feet tall and slightly poseable. He's able to stand on his own, but only when he has all of his clothes on, as his hair is so heavy that he falls over. I'm not sure why the extra clothes make him more stable though.

Thanks for looking!  Grin
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3  Re: Three new doll prototypes! (pic heavy) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Drossy on: August 07, 2011 06:07:40 PM
Thanks for all the positive comments guys! Maybe I should post my WIPs more often.  Grin

And for those wondering about me releasing a pattern for the deluxe doll, well, as it is now, it's just a mess of notes that even I have a hard time making sense of. XD I'll try to get something typed up in the more standard way of writing patterns, but I'll probably need a few testers to make sure I didn't screw something up before releasing it. I have it in my head that I could get a book deal with the three patterns plus a female version of the deluxe doll, but I know that's a bit ambitious for someone who's only been crocheting for two and a half years...

sewhappysue: I might try that, if only to experiment with hdc's (I work almost exclusively with sc's, except when I'm following someone else's pattern). But would I be correct in assuming that If I made it the way you suggested, that the arm would only point downward? Because I made the deluxe doll with the intention of wiring the limbs so that it would be poseable (the prototype isn't wired, so it looks strange), if I made the arm the way you suggested, I don't know how well it would be able to lift its arm up. With a non-wired doll though, I'll try the hdc's and ss's.

This is what a wired doll looks like with one arm down and one arm up and out:

Does this look any better?

Kitiza: The nose was actually fairly simple. And strangely enough, I got the idea from a squid pattern: http://crochetme.com/media/p/94506.aspx The nose is done very similarly to the fins on the squid's head.

Again, thank you everyone! I'll post again when I have more of my first deluxe doll done. Smiley

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4  Three new doll prototypes! (pic heavy) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Drossy on: August 06, 2011 01:46:17 AM
I've been looking for doll patterns that were a little more realistic than the typical tubes and balls for pretty much the whole body, but I couldn't find any. So, I just made up my own!

Here's what I came up with:

I'm calling this one my "Deluxe" doll. It's about 22 inches tall, but the right footwear and hairstyle could put it over two feet!

It took me a while to figure out how to shape the face like that

You can't really tell, but it has butt cheeks! XD I don't know why, but I'm strangely proud of that fact.

All the dolls I make with this pattern will have completely removable clothing, so that I can make multiple outfits for one doll.

As much as I like this pattern, it's a pain in the butt to make because it's so big, especially if I wire it. Sad So I made two smaller, less complicated ones. Of course, they lose the realistic touch, but whatever.

This one's my "Spaghetti" doll, since the arms and legs are so thin and floppy. I'll probably make the head shorter next time I make this doll, though.

And this would be my "Chibi" doll. I don't plan on using this one that often, except maybe for gifts or commissions since it doesn't take long to make.
EDIT: Never mind, I'm having a lot of fun with this doll. Cheesy Also, I have the pattern up here if you want to try it: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403946.msg4754050#msg4754050

The best thing about all three is that I can crochet them all as one piece, no sewing parts on separately! This may not seem like such a perk, but I honestly hate sewing, and I never seem to be able to sew the legs and arms on completely symmetrically.

I'm currently turning my first Deluxe doll into this guy: http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x73/Miss-Lanane/Tales%20of%20the%20Abyss/asch3uw.jpg Because I am a masochist.

So what do you guys think? Do they need any improvements?
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5  "That's a very nice Creeper you have there..." in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Drossy on: July 13, 2011 05:13:37 PM
"...It'd be a shame if something were to happen to it. SSsssSSsssss."

Anyway, for those of you that aren't nerdy enough to know, this is a Creeper from the game Minecraft, the most horrifying creature known to man.

He's 7 inches tall and made with some kind of tweed yarn. It was really weird trying to make, since I'm so used to making round amigurumi and stuffing as I go. But since everything in Minecraft is a cube, that method doesn't really work. I had to crochet each panel separately and then sew it all together. And sewing is the part I like least when it comes to amigurumi. >.< Anyway, he didn't come out as blocky as I wanted, probably because I stuffed him too much. :/

Oh, and the face is my first attempt at needle felting. How'd I do?

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6  Sora from Kingdom Hearts! :D *image heavy* in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Drossy on: June 04, 2011 12:21:26 AM
Let me first say that THIS THING TOOK FOREVER. I started it back in February and didn't finish until about two weeks ago. I guess that's what I get for trying to free-hand something while having no idea what I'm doing. But he's done, and his new owner is very happy with him, despite the long wait. :D

This was also an experiment to see how close I could get to creating my ideal doll pattern - one that both has body proportions/anatomy (minus the naughty bits...) that are as close to realistic as possible, and is a "no-sew" pattern, where everything is crocheted as one piece. As far as the proportions go, the head needs a major overhaul, and I need to work on better shaping the arms, legs, and butt. In the no-sew department, I was a bit more successful, as only the head, ears, and fingers were crocheted separately and sewed on. The next doll I make should have all these things ironed out though, I hope.  Grin

He stands about 18 inches tall (20 inches with the hair), and every item of clothing is removable. I wanted to take a shot with him completely naked to demonstrate this, but taking some things off (like the gloves) is a bit difficult, and putting them back on is just a pain in the butt, so I didn't bother. You'll just have to take my word for it. ;P

There's a bamboo skewer through the keyblade to keep it stiff, and another one through Sora's head and torso to keep his head from flopping all over the place. Sora also has wire through his arms, fingers, legs, and feet to make him posable, but they really only help in adjusting how his ankles bend so you can get him to stand. :/ Next time, I'll have to make the limbs skinnier, or maybe use thicker wire.

I crocheted the hair spikes separately and sewed them onto the scalp. I also weaved thin wire through the front spikes that stick up and through the larger spikes on the sides and in the back to make them stick out and stay stiff. It was a lengthy process, but I really like how it turned out.

And here we have Sora facing up against an amigurumi Shadow! Who will win?

And Sora is victorious! The world is safe once more. Smiley

Thank you so much for looking!
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7  A year and a half of amigurumi *pic heavy* in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Drossy on: April 26, 2011 09:06:26 PM
Hi! I've been posting around a little now, but never properly introduced myself (or my projects). I started crocheting at the beginning of 2009, and discovered amigurumi around April of that year. I started free-handing my projects around that October, and haven't looked back since.  Grin Here are some of the things that I'm most proud of.

This is my very first free-handed project! And although I really want to remake a better one, I still love him and get compliments when I take him to conventions. His name is Burupya, and he's the head-pet from the manga/anime 07-GHOST.

I made this for my dad's birthday in January 2010 because he loves bald eagles. I'm in the process of making another eagle, this time a bit more realistic (and about double the size of this one).

I made this fennec fox for my friend's birthday at the end of March last year (And she forbade me from making her something for this year until she can repay me. XD)

This one is one of my favorites! (As can be seen by his appearance in my avatar Cheesy) He's also the last amigurumi that I crocheted using continuous rounds. With few exceptions, everything I make now is done in joined rounds. Anyway, this is a Kitty Kat, one of the monsters you can get in the video game Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

I made this guy sometime in the fall last year. He's three feet long and slightly posable. He's also a Dragonair, the first of many Pokemon I hope to make.

This was my second attempt at making a human doll. I made it for a Secret Santa on deviantART, and he's supposed to be the original character of the girl I got. I tried shaping the face to make it seem more realistic, but it ended up looking like an alien head.  Undecided

I actually started this doll way before the Secret Santa doll, and he's been mostly finished since last May. He just sat, bald, on my desk for nearly a year because I wasn't sure how to do the hair and I didn't want to mess it up. But when I had to do the Secret Santa, I was on a time crunch and just winged it. I liked the result, and used the same method on this doll. His name is Teito, and he's the main character of 07-GHOST (the same series that the pink bunny dragon thing is from).

And last but not least is a Shadow Heartless from the video game Kingdom Hearts. I made it for another friend's birthday, and he really liked it. So much, in fact, that he commissioned me to make a Sora doll (the main character from Kingdom Hearts)! And Sora should be done sometime in the next few weeks, so I'll post those pictures soon. Smiley

Everything here was made free hand without a pattern (but I did keep notes while making most of the Heartless, if anyone's interested). It's also all either crocheted or embroidered with acrylic yarn (with the occasional bit of embroidery floss), as I've given myself the challenge of "all yarn or go home!" Using felt, paint, or other materials is considered "cheating" in this challenge.   Wink (I allow embroidery floss though because technically you can still crochet with it.)

Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed my work. Grin
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8  Re: What's the biggest amigurumi you've made? in Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions by Drossy on: April 21, 2011 10:03:10 PM
Change of plans. I got almost midway through the main body of the dragon (I think?) when I decided it was going too slowly, and I was losing interest. I also worried that, if I found out I messed up somewhere, I would have to rip out hours upon hours of work in order to fix it. So, I put Giant Dragon on hiatus, took the notes I had been keeping while making it, and reduced the number of stitches and rows by half in order to start on a more reasonably sized dragon.

This is my progress on Dragon Attempt #2

As you can see, the smaller dragon is propped up against the monstrous first attempt, which I WILL eventually get done, after I work out the pattern on a smaller scale. The purple dragon measures 35 inches, and will probably be just over 3 feet after I finish all the detailing on the tail. And yes, I consider 3 feet to be a reasonable length for an amigurumi. Cheesy

But one of the things I'm worried about for when I start working on the white dragon again is how the weight of the stuffing would affect it. I'm concerned that the stitches around where the neck meets the body might tear under the weight of the elongated neck and head, or how the weight of the body would bear on where I sew the legs on. Sad

Yarn or Fabric: Oh believe me, I'm not being stingy on the stuffing, as can be seen from my concern about the weight. And concerning your dragon plans, I say go for it. Best case scenario, you have tons of people clamoring to try your pattern. Worst case scenario, you have an awesome hand made dragon all to yourself. Cheesy That's how I'm approaching the situation, anyway.
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