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Topic: Any tips on how to increase size of a small Amigurumi from 7 inches to 3 feet?  (Read 3363 times)
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« 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?

« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2012 02:40:04 AM »

I just upsized a mlp for my daughter and I found it helped to make a small part like a leg for sizing judge but I added increased evenly into every row and for every row I added an extra 3 rows and she came out about 18 in and the original pattern was for 3 in. The bulkier yarn I tried and it was hard to do small stitches and she just looked funny.
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2012 01:12:44 PM »

Hm... I usually go the other way and make patterns smaller Wink
But my thoughts on this...
I think it would help to have a sketch or drawing of Umbreon in the size you want to make so you can always compare your crochet piece and see if you got the size right.
Then, a bigger plushie might need a wire skeleton to stand upright.
Bigger yarn and hook, I'd definitely try that. If that leaves you with not-so-tight stitches, you could use black stuffing (some shredded thrift store garments or so) and it won't be apparent.
Most important if you want to get a certain exact size: gauge! Make trial body parts in different sizes and see which one is the one you need. It's time-cnosuming, but certainly less than finding out you need to redo a whole number of body parts when you have already progressed far.
Some pragmatic thought: Make a small Umbreon first. That way, you'll learn a lot about how it's made AND you have a default present to fall back on if the big one gives you trouble. Wink
Please post your Umbreon when it's done! I'd love to see how it turns out!
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