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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Noob Here, could use some help please? (in search of simple ami pattern) on: April 27, 2013 02:22:28 PM
I've been working on amigurumi for about three years now, and I started with WolfDreamer's Mew. It was interesting. My tips:

1) Look up invisible decreasing. It makes your patterns look so much nicer. It generally goes something like this for single crochet - sc2tog: IN FRONT LOOP ONLY insert hook in front loop of 1st stitch, insert hook in front loop of second stitch, yo, draw through two loops on hook, yo, draw through last two loops on hook. Work regular sc in other stitches (aka through front and back loop) until next sc2tog. Repeat.

2) Stuff VERY firmly unless your amigurumi has a great shape on its own. Even though it isn't as squishy and cuddly, it will keep its shape better.

3) Keep your gauge/tension steady. In most amigurumi, unless you are trying to get the exact same size as the pattern, it doesn't matter what your gauge is as long as it is constant.

Feel free to message me if you have more questions! I'm also on Ravelry as Komekoro
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie with a joining problem :) on: April 27, 2013 02:10:19 PM
I always work in a spiral unless the pattern specifies otherwise. I find this a lot easier and neater looking (I crochet really tightly, so I always end up with holes in my pattern where I join rounds if I don't use the spiral method.). Really, though, it is whatever works best for you if there is no specification!
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Minion From Despicable Me with Free Pattern link! on: June 14, 2012 05:04:52 PM
So cute! (I love the hat, too!) How did you make Filet so big? Did you start off with a small pattern and modify it? Or did you crochet it without a pattern? (if so, bravo! I'm no where near doing anything like that!) I'm asking because I'm trying to make a "life sized" Umbreon... not the easiest task!
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stuffie/Amigurumi makers - which way do you crochet? on: June 14, 2012 04:59:54 PM
Most of the time I crochet along the outside. There was one project - a large bag - that it was easier to put the yarn in the bag and crochet along the inside! On Amigurumis I always crochet on the outside, especially on legs/arms/tails where I put my pinkie inside the shape I am crocheting so that it is easier to find each st!
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using Dark Colored Yarn on: June 14, 2012 04:45:09 PM
I recently made a project that was made entirely of black yarn, except for three tiny stripes of yellow, and it was really hard! What I found worked best was having a desk lamp over one shoulder or at one elbow and having another light on (like the overhead light, or in my case, in a college dorm, the light over my roomate's bed and desk). That way, the highlights and shadows of the black yarn were more easily seen. Working with dark yarn takes practice, but after a while, it gets easier! I promise! Good lighting and a bright colored hook are your friend in this case!
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Any tips on how to increase size of a small Amigurumi from 7 inches to 3 feet? on: June 14, 2012 04:29:08 PM
I was thinking about making a 'life size' version of this pattern here http://wolfdreamer-oth.blogspot.com/2010/08/umbreon-plushie.html (WolfDreamer's Umbreon) as a surprise gift for a friend.

The original pattern version I made is 7 inches tall at the tail, 6 1/2 inches at the ear, and 3 3/4 inches at the shoulder.

The 'life size' Umbreon should be about 3 feet 3 inches at the tallest point - which in official pictures looks about the tip of the ear...

I have no idea on where to start - hook size? bulkier yarn? massive increases and decreases?

7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet for Men with Thick hands/skulls/browlines on: June 14, 2012 03:38:15 PM
I know that when I started crocheting, it was hard for me! I taught myself using a book for kids, and worked with scarves and other little things before attempting amigurumi. Don't be afraid to take something out and redo it if you don't think it looks right, and if one tutorial doesn't work, find another!

Best of luck!
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Help modifying one pattern to work for another character! on: June 12, 2012 09:23:08 PM
I want to make a Teto amigurumi for a Nausicaa cosplay I hope to do soon. I made Umbreon according to WolfDreamer's Umbreon (http://wolfdreamer-oth.blogspot.com/2010/08/umbreon-plushie.html) and noticed that it was really close to what I needed for Teto -including the size. Does anyone have any hints on how to modify the umbreon pattern into Teto? This is the first time I've wanted to do something like this, so advice from experienced amigurumi crafters would be really helpful! Especially on how to do the stripes!

Teto size and character reference:

See the Umbreon pattern for pictures!
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wobbuffet Pattern? on: June 12, 2012 09:00:51 PM
Just incase someone else is looking for a wobbeffet, here is Shedko's free pattern!

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