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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Octo Pussy with free pattern link on: October 19, 2012 04:50:34 AM
A while ago, my oldest daughter requested me to find a pattern for an amigurumi octopus. But no matter where I looked for it, there just didnt seem to be a pattern that could please us both. Because of the rainy days lately, people are more or less stuck in their own homes, staring through the window and so I started to think : If we cant find a pattern, well, then we should just make one up ourselves

When you start to look for a pattern on the web, typing in words like squid or octopus or even cephalopod, will get you a truckload of patterns for amigurumifigures, but since Im not easy to please (and neither is my daughter), we found that one pattern wasnt cuddly enough, the other was disproportional and some others were just plain frightning. As always, I wanted to bring you a pattern that was simple to make, quite quick to do and above all, looked really really cute.

After having drawn multiple sketches and with some erasing and redrawing because of all the remarks of my oldest, bit by bit a little octo came to life. Completely in a kawaii-​like style, thanks to the little beady eyes and happy smile.

So go and get your best crochethook, gather your bags filled with yarn from the attic and go completely wild with a whole family of octopussies. Give them a flower or a crown to wear and make them even more original. And youve made an Octo, be sure to send us a pic or post one on facebook, well make sure it gets a nice spot in the showcase.

Materials used :

as always my trusty 3mm-crochet hook
yarn : annell rapido
a small string of black sewing thread for the mouth, but you could use yarn aswell (the mouth will be a little thicker)
and of course stuffing and 10.5mm safety eyes

It took me about one hour and a half to complete Octo.

you can find the free pattern on my blog : http://www.beestenbende.be/index.php/en/?option=com_content&view=article&id=39:amigurumi-octo-pussy-2&catid=10:patronen&Itemid=197
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Slimey and his mom plus free pattern link on: October 19, 2012 04:44:25 AM

If you don't really know what to do with those yarn leftovers, here's is a cute pattern, that does not take more than ten minutes to make and looks ok with whatever size hook you crochet it with...

After making a whole lot of patterns, I realized I was stuck with all these little bits of yarn, that were just too little to start a new project with, and too much to just discard of it, so I kept it tagging along in a bag, not knowing what to do. Until I saw the animated series Futurama and I was inspired by the brainslugs (If you know the series, you'll be familiar with this creature). So I tried to write down a pattern that is real easy and quick to make.

The materials I used (but you could use about any size) were these :

crochet hook : 3mm
yarn : most of it was Scheepjes-Roma, Annell Rapido or Katja Promo Fin which fitted perfectly with the 3mm-hook
safety eyes : you can choose between sizes, I used 8mm and 10.5mm safety eyes from Lisa & Ed's
Time to make a Slimey : 10 minutes for the small ones, and about 12 minutes for the larger ones.
If you leave the belly from mom's pattern, Slimey will fit perfectly in it Smiley

the free pattern can be found on my blog here : http://www.beestenbende.be/index.php/en/patterns/48-amigurumi-slimey-and-his-mom
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Tony Tiger with free pattern link on: October 18, 2012 07:57:39 AM

this is one my newest patterns. For easy reference I just called him Tony Tiger.
If you want to make one yourself, you can find the pattern on my blog : http://beestenbende.be/index.php/en/?option=com_content&view=article&id=52:amigurumi-tony-tiger&catid=10:patronen&Itemid=221
Right now I'm trying to make a female version....

Info :

The safety eyes were bought at Lisa and Ed's
The yarn used : Annell Rapido with a 3mm crochet hook.
this pattern will take an experienced crocheteer 2/3 hours to complete.

Sewing the nose : (this is not included in the pattern)
Just pull a thread from the middle of the nose/mouth-piece to the stitches a little above and come out throught the middle again (repeat several times to achief a cute pink nose)
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet Blogs - Add yours here! on: October 18, 2012 07:49:41 AM
My blog is mainly amigurumi with my own free patterns.
The blog is in english and dutch.

you can find it here : http://beestenbende.be/index.php/en/
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: ami eyes, where do you buy them? on: October 18, 2012 07:47:07 AM
I have to go with Lisa & Ed also. I have checked out different suppliers and they are by far the cheapest. Even with postal fees you can't get them any cheaper here. (I live in Belgium) And they are really fast in sending them. I ask for a paypal-request, and three days later they're in my mailbox. Smiley
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Delving in the world of ambigurumi on: October 18, 2012 07:40:02 AM
The best thing to do is to find yourself a brand that is affordable, and you like working with. The size of your crochet hook does not really matter, as long as you use the right size yarn for your crochethook. If you don't follow the exact same sizes that were asked for in a pattern, your amigurumi will be a little bigger or a little smaller, according to whatever hook you are using. But basicly this is not a problem.

I live in Belgium, so the yarns I use most are these :

Katia Promo Fin (a little thinner than the others)
Scheepjes Roma (the cheapest but kind of fuzzy finish)
Annell Rapido (not to fuzzy and still very cheap, clean finish)
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween - Creature from the Black Lagoon Ami! on: October 18, 2012 07:31:44 AM
I love amigurumi, I love monsters and I'm such a sucker for kawaii cuteness..... this will be on my top ten list now thanks for sharing your creation.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Wesley the Piglet in Panda Costume (with bamboo!) on: October 18, 2012 07:27:12 AM
I'll have a look on etsy for this one... nice combination Smiley
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Woolly Monkeys on: October 18, 2012 07:25:14 AM
I already saw a lot of your designs and I must say : super-cuties Smiley
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