amigurumi

Making Things for Babies

I am nowhere near understanding babies. I find them fascinating and terrifying in equal measure. How can I manage my torrent of mixed emotions while showing appreciation for a new little life? Oh wait…it’s crochet isn’t it. Lovely, soft, friendly crochet. That will compensate for any potential fear or alienation.

So, as a friendly first birthday present for a baby I hadn’t met before, I made an amigurumi Diplodocus, which turned out exceedingly cute, even though his legs were too short for his huge belly.

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Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Lipstick (body) and Meadow (humps)

Hook: Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hook, 3mm (DK yarn + 3mm hook = ideal for amigurumi)

Pattern: From Dinosaur Trio by Linda Potts (Ravelry)

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I knew the yarn would be a pleasure to work with, having made a number of other projects with it before now. The hook was a new acquisition as I had wanted to try something with a handle to see if it could save my wrists on crochet heavy days. I’m not entirely sure it made a huge difference, but the matte finish of the hook is nice to use and the handle is certainly comfortable in my hand.

Usually I look for free patterns online (or wing the design based on some images) but this time I thought I’d do things right and shell out for something really cute. In this PDF, Linda Potts shares three different designs, all of which are lovely. They are clear and easy to follow. My only minor criticism is the relative lack of assembly instructions. I see why they are minimal – presumably so you can give your creation a bit of character – but I generally struggle with getting limbs in the right places and could have done with some guidance in this area. Overall I recommend this pattern if you fancy making your own adorable Dino-babies. One year old or no, I will definitely be making the full set! The Triceratops is already on its way to completion. I’m just waiting for a new colour to make his little horns.

I have another baby project on the way too – it’s super stripy!

Meat Boy and Bandage Girl

Ever play Super Meat Boy? It’s only an amazingly fun, fast platformer with lots of danger and repeated, hilarious deaths. Released around 2010, it isn’t new but it is excellent. We got a good couple of months worth of game play out of it – and as more of a watcher than a player I can confirm it’s pretty good for that purpose too (I get bored of playing too easily and just give up – those around me tend to be more tenacious when it comes to video games).

In classic, Mario-esque style, Meat Boy is destined to save his female counterpart Bandage Girl in order to complete each level, via cutty blades, broken glass, and other materials which are good at destroying fast moving bits of meat. The soundtrack and aesthetics really appeal to me, as does any meat based humour, really. Even though it isn’t the purpose of this post and I have already blithered on for two paragraphs about it – I urge you to play it.

Given my evident enthusiasm, I decided to make some Amigurumi figures of Meat Boy and Bandage Girl. A fairly rigorous online search yielded no pattern and so I endeavoured to create my own. There aren’t so many ami designs that are made up of squarish shapes. Many of them seem to be more rounded, probably because it’s cuter – but I wanted my figures to look blocky and pixellated.

So here are the finished figures, hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them! And now I need your help. What should I put on my Folksy shop? The patterns for the figures or the items themselves? Vote below and the most popular option will be listed soon!

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I think he won

I think he won

 

Snorlax Amigurumi

While we were back in Cumbria enjoying the sunshine and general ease, I was practicing my crochet with this fun project. I worked through the pattern pretty slowly and there were times of unravelling due to incompetence, but I am fairly pleased with the result – although I will tweak the dimensions of the body slightly if I make another. I found the rhythmic nature of the single crochet very soothing and I have to say I got rather addicted – working on it so much during one day that my hand resembled a wizened claw by tea time. Clearly however, he was worth the effort, so very squishy and adorable, little Snorlax is about the height of a mug and always looks like he wants a cuddle. He is definitely one of my favourite Pokemon, we share a love of sleeping and eating – and just look at that face! wpid-img_20140619_175832.jpg Amigurumi is a nice way of practicing basic crochet and has the added bonus of producing adorable soft toys and figures. These designs are mostly made up of single crochet stitches, and generally worked in the round, which is easy with a bit of practice. The first round is generally worked in a magic loop (tutorial here), a technique which is super flexible and gives a great finish with no gaps in the work. Due to my love of cute, huggable things, I am trawling the internets for further Amigurumi patterns to experiment with before perhaps designing a few of my own. And much as I love Pokemon, there are limits to how many I want in my house – especially the really lame ones (Butterfree, I’m looking at you).  This Snorlax pattern I found on a Blog called Ah Creations (here), which has a fairly astonishing range of figures to try. What could be next? A Peppermint Butler? A few different shapes of kodama? The geeky possibilities are endless. You could always have a look at my Pinterest board for a little inspiration. Which Amigurumi character would you make?