Amigirumi, easter, grade A, simple

A Peep Bunny

My son loves Peeps. I don’t much care for the taste, but anything that has sugar in it attracts my three year old. Naturally, a tiny, easy looking pattern for a Peep sounds perfect!

Pattern: http://whiskersandwool.blogspot.com/2011/04/easter-marshmallow-bunnies-free-pattern.html

I give this pattern an A. It’s simple, it’s easy, and if you have a tendency to make mistakes, it doesn’t take long to fix them. I vow to make more of them until I get them perfect in time for Easter, but right now I’m trying to conquer The Sweater (I’ve never done a sweater before, either in knit or crochet. I’ve tried and failed more than once, but I’ve never finished one. Naturally, I couldn’t pick a simple one.)

He lacks eyes. I know. I should finish it, but here’s the deal with this pattern: It’s WAY too easy to screw up. It’s really easy to screw up because if one stitch is off, you’ll screw it up. However, it’s small enough that ripping it out won’t break your heart. I made three bunny sides before I pulled it off, and as you can see, the ears are still a little sideways. As per my usual, I used a smaller needle than required and still ended up with gaping holes. I really need to work on that.

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Amigirumi, fantasy, lopsided, PITA

The Lopsided dragon

Here we have my little lopsided dragon. I’m tempted to call this little guy Quasimodo, because I can’t sew straight to save my life. Well, considering you’re looking at my second ever Amirugumi, I suppose it’s not the worst. I may break down and remove the forehead horn and place it a little closer to the top, like the one on the right, but that depends mostly on whether I intend to sell it (shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AddledMabs?ref=hdr_shop_menu ) or just give it away, or let my son claim it, as he tries to do with almost everything I make.

Anyway. here’s the pattern: http://sweetncutecreations.tumblr.com/post/15562379629/kawaii-amigurumi-dragon-free-pattern

I LOVE this site. She’s got tons of adorable creations, she has no qualms about letting the makers of her patterns sell them, there is lots of free ones, and her directions are beautifully specific. Nothing in her directions is vague. My sole complaint came from the wings, and this may be that I’m misreading her directions, but they came out looking like a pair of rhombuses. (That is the plural of rhombus; I checked!) Either way, I had to do some fiddling to fix that. Also, I would have liked to do the wings in the same color as the rest of the dragon, which is actually in a greener green than the picture appears (natural lighting isn’t as great as everyone says) but I ran pretty low on yarn towards the end.

The funniest part of this? There are SO.MANY.FRIGGIN.PIECES! I’m not joking. There are absolutely 20 pieces to this little bugger, and with sewing the body in two colors, and sewing every single piece on by hand, this took me well over two days, and that’s with me not working (I teach. I have Christmas break. I’m not jobless.) Anyway, I made the pupils of the eyes, too (I just made a magic circle of 6, and then two single crochets in each, and then fastened off. Super simple). I did that because I don’t want to buy safety eyes. They’re not that safe, anyway –my dog could’ve chewed those out in 11 seconds flat, and did several times.

One million pieces for my dragon. And my coffee.

One million pieces for my dragon. And my coffee.

What makes this awesome? I should’ve said it right off. She pays very close attention to detail, even listing carefully when each piece ought to be sewn on, and adding a decrease to indicate feet on the legs, when most people would’ve just made plain old posts for legs. It’s so adorable, and carefully crafted. However, I must warn makers of this dragon: if you are not a very, super, uber tight crocheter, learn to crochet tighter, because even a smaller needle may not save you with this one.

So, anyway, A+ for awesome, if quite challenging. I can do complicated lace, but I don’t know if I want to take this guy on again for awhile. The fact that he’s lopsided is entirely my own fault.

Side view. Loving the little ridge line on his back.

Side view. Loving the little ridge line on his back.

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Amigirumi, christmas, star, tree

Christmas tree star and a kitty cat

Patterns:

Star: A-           http://littlewoollie.blogspot.ca/2013/05/crochet-star-making-tutorial.html?spref=fb

Cat: A

Alrighty. The star was easy, and fast. All I really had to do was construct several diamonds and sew them together. If you don’t intend on sewing them together and stuffing them, they buckle very badly if the diamonds aren’t absolutely perfect (and nothing I do at this stage is perfect).

I half stuffed mine and then put in on the top of our tree. I used to use a Santa hat, but it didn’t turn up in the decorations this year. Also, I used Martha Stewart glitter eyelash yarn around the edges for some sparkle. It’s not hugely impressive – the eyelash yarn doesn’t come through the stitching as well as I’d hoped – but it’s cute and I can always improve it a little next year. (It’s exam week, so my posts are late and fewer.)

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However, the cat. The cat is, I admit, totally adorable. This is a Craftsy free pattern: http://tinyurl.com/mcolfpf

This was pretty simple and very well written, except for the tail. The tail was AWFUL. (as per usual, I have no idea what the beige is, as it’s hand-me-down yarn, but the orange is Brava Worsted weight yarn from Knitpicks. I’m really not a fan of the scratchy yarn that falls apart easily, and Brava is always my favorite.

Anyway, the tail. I made this tail probably eight times, and it always got so tiny that I couldn’t stuff it, unless I wanted top ull apart the stitches, and then I’d lose track of the stitches. I tried using a size G hook, all the way down to a D, just to see if smaller ones would make the stitches more distinctive, if I did them loosely. No dice. I did the best I could , and my three year old ran off with it in glee. You can already so evidence of the tail being pulled. *sigh* I guess I should be grateful he doesn’t pull the tail of real cats.

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Amigirumi, christmas, PITA

Unicorn amigurumi

Pattern grade: A-

This unicorn looked deceptively simple to me. I started to do the picture posted at the bottom of my 1500 odd pins, but it does not lead to a pattern, alas. So, I used this one: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/unicorn-8

That comes from Ravelry, and if you haven’t signed up for Ravelry and you like to knit or crochet, that’s simply a travesty. You MUST! There are bazillions of free patterns. Most of the cutest ones are not free, but this one is, and it’s pretty dang cute.

Small amigirumi stuff is a pain, and that Crayola brand yarn that I mentioned in the last post still frays like crazy. I’ve nearly used up the entire skein, though, so I’ll stop complaining about it soon, since Crayola doesn’t make it any more. I’ve used up antique yarn! Maybe I shouldn’t have done that. Oh well.

My primary complaints about this, aside from the cuteness that makes it nearly irresistible, are that 1 – I was under the delusion that somehow I wouldn’t have sew on every.single.piece. and that there are parts where the patterns says, “decrease” and gives no indication as to how to decrease. I know how, mercifully, but if one were reading this and didn’t, I could see that as frustrating. There is more than one way to decrease! It’s uncivilized to spike my anxiety by making me wonder if I’m doing the wrong one.

I sewed my own eyes rather than do what the directions said (sew on safety eyes) and once again, I used one size smaller hook than instructed, mostly because I cannot find my F hook, but using an E was a good idea for me, because I tend to work more loosely than average. My son wants one of these now, and I’d rather sew my own eyes with yarn onto my eyelids. It’s awfully cute, but it’s an abominable pain in the ass to stitch together (henceforward PITA for short and for the rare sensitive soul who might read. Or the rare soul in general!

The bottom of the hooves and the horn are in Martha Stewart Lemon Chiffon and the hair, while the original was each strand in a different color, I chose a multi colored baby yarn (the brand of which I no longer recall.)

I think I may post this one on my Etsy page!

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Amigirumi, blue, christmas, Uncategorized

Hot chocolate. MMMmmm.

Pattern grade: B
Here’s a super cute project! It’s a hot chocolate crocheted ornament. I admit, there are a lot of crochet projects out there that I think ought to be left alone. I have no desire to cover my toilet paper with a crocheted doily of some kind. However, when it’s so adorable that it simply can’t be resisted, well, I don’t!

This is what the project is supposed to look like:

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Cute, right? Here’s the pattern: http://www.imfrayedknot.com/2013/12/10/hot-cocoa-mug/

Here are my results: Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Still cute, but obviously not on the same level, the only part of this that was actually hard to understand was the handle, of all things! I thought that looked the simplest, but I was wrong. There’s a case where the pattern says “count back …and then slip stitch around that stitch” and that one line threw me. It may be an experience issue, but when I counted back I ended up with a circle, which clearly wasn’t correct.

The other problem is that my cup looks more bulbous than the original picture, which could be due to my rather loose crocheting. I actually used one size smaller hook than recommended in the pattern (which was an F hook, and I used an E) . Also, I forgot the shape of the “liquid” was curved upward, convex, rather than concave as mine appears. That was definitely my own fault.

Either way, I will attach a ribbon of some sort to the handle, and send this on as a gift to the intended person, and hope she likes it! Maybe I’ll try this again sometime when I get more normal brown yarn. The artisan yarn I had on hand was pretty odd to work with in this case, as the yarn width wasn’t at all consistent.

The white yarn is old Crayola brand yarn, which hasn’t been made in some time, as I can’t find any evidence that it exists online. I’m fairly sure my grandmother used it in the late 80s.

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Amigirumi, ball, christmas, Christmas tomato, ornament

Tiny Christmas Balls

Pattern Grade: A- because there’s no tips on how to make it larger, and I’m a follower, not a leader (yet) so I just follow patterns, so far. Otherwise, it was nice, clear and easy, and I love all that.

Yes, I meant balls. Crocheted, non-male anatomy related balls. You thought it, too!

So, here’s the pattern: http://www.eatdrinkchic.com/post.cfm/diy-colourful-crochet-balls

Cute little crochet balls, perfect for Christmas ornaments, right?

Well. They ARE pretty cute. I did these in probably an hour, with distractions.

The pattern is delightfully simple, which is nice. It’s also TINY, if you use the size F (5/3.75 millimeter) hook that I used. I have a lot of yarn that is not labelled lying around. Some of it is actually yarn I got from my grandmother, who hadn’t knit or crocheted since the 80’s.

This isn’t that yarn, so I’m digressing.

As you can see, they’re small. Very, very small. I put them next to my son’s Matchbox car to give you an idea of exactly how tiny they were. I didn’t have a quarter. I seriously don’t have a quarter.

Anyway, so the smaller one turned out nearly perfectly, except that when I stuffed it, you can see the stuffing through the sides, probably due to the stretchy yarn. I tried to expand the size by adding a row of expand and a row of crochet every two stitches together, but I ended up with more of a tomato then a ball. I should have added a row of repeated stitches in the “repeat single crochet same number of stitches around” rounds of the ball. I didn’t, so now I have a Christmas tomato.

ETA: I tried it again with a size G hook, too (4.5 MM) and it’s roughly the size of the Christmas tomato with no added rows. It’s still smaller than the palm of my hand, though.

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