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« on: February 24, 2011 10:26:31 AM »

I'm working at a day care and at each birthday, a child gets to select a small gift out of a box. Since we decided the plastic knick knacks we were using are impersonal, I promised to make some mini amigurumi for the kids instead that have more value and that they can enjoy as they grow older too. I make these on my own time of materials I have at hand, I was told not to buy anything but I can get the day care to reimburse me (which I don't think I will because I'm just doing this to make the kids happy).

Now, my issue is I'm having trouble finding patterns for tiny amigurumi. I need small things and preferably things that aren't too hard because I have 22 kids in the group and I'm not super good yet Smiley

Can anyone help me out? I was thinking I could make doubles of some things in different colors but I'm not sure anymore... I don't want it to take away from any of the gifts. I want each child to feel special, as they deserve.

I've found so many lovely things here because all of you are amazing crocheters and I get so inspired by this website! Please, if you have any ideas, help me!
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2011 12:31:27 PM »

I find that the tiny tiny amigurumi consume lotsa time, because they are so fiddly. So that's not something I would personally recommend.

Something I made a few days ago is a little sun:
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sun-3
blog: http://imaginarywardrobe.blogspot.com/2008/09/amigurumi-sun.html
(there are clouds available as well!!)
It took me about 1 hour to complete the body. So you probably finish one (sewn and all) in about 1,5 hour??

Another nice straightforward pattern are these monsters:
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-monster-beginner-amigurumi
blog (with tutorial): http://craftyiscool.blogspot.com/2011/01/wanna-make-monster.html

a slightly longer pattern (but versatile and terribly cute) would be Esshaych's monsties:
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-monsties---amigurumi-mini-monsters
blog: http://esshaych.blogspot.com/2009/08/free-pattern-monsties.html

Perhaps you could get one of your coworkers to help you out with the crocheting, if they're interested. Especially the second link is a very good beginners pattern (it's how my niece learned the craft Grin): only some chaining and single crochet (and increasing and decreasing of course), a quick and relatively easy pattern. (although the magic ring might be a bit tricky at first).

Hope that helped you a little! Good luck.
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2011 03:19:49 PM »

You could always opt to just crochet a ton of little spheres, and decorate them with felt ears to create different animals. It would probably be very fast, and you could customize each one using different colors. You could make rabbits, cats, dogs, birds (make a felt beak instead of ears), pandas... pretty much anything. Depending on the size range, you could make them either beanbags or keychains.
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2011 09:31:15 AM »

THANK YOU so much both, those are wonderful ideas! I'll get right on it, maybe I can get one of the pre school kids into crocheting or activate our ladies a little  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2011 02:11:13 AM »

You're very welcome!
Let us know how you get on with it, would love to see how they turn out Wink
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2011 09:27:21 AM »

I absolutely will! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2011 09:44:32 AM »

I'd like to share my own little pattern, the Nutty Bunnies! - http://peardream.com/nonaptime/archives/10

You should probably do without the safety eyes and either embroider the face or glue felt features on. If you plan to use one uniform color for the bunnies, you can almost mass produce them. They're about the size of Calico Critters if you use Size 10 crochet thread.

I actually do like making small amigurumi. I find it easier for myself even though it's more challenging to insert detail.

If you want to start small though, as Stoeptegel points, you should start with simple shapes like spheres and cubes. You've already got instant amigurumi with those shapes because just a few details will turn them into dices, balls, or boxes. Add googly eyes and some pipe cleaner, and you can make very simple monsters.
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2011 11:54:33 AM »

when i want to make a miniature of a larger pattern, i follow the pattern in its entirety and just substitute with a tiny hook and thread.
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2011 03:24:09 AM »

This book http://www.amazon.com/Amigurumi-World-Seriously-Cute-Crochet/dp/1564778479has a section for mini amigurumis. They're pretty easy and mostly the same pattern with modifications for different animals; I've made a couple and they've come out well. And there are a lot of good normal sized patterns as well.
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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2011 08:33:54 AM »

if you want tiny amigurumi why not try to make AngryAngel's mini amis.
They can be found in the Craftster crochet tutorial. Scroll down to amigurumis.
She made awesomely cute bears, caterpillars and birds! With the pattern
If they are too small, you might consider using a bigger hook and yarn.
Hope to have helped! Cheesy
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