amigurumi, cats, gone wrong, grade D

The cluster of a cat pattern

This pattern, on instructables.com was a straight up mess. I’d give it about a D.

Here’s the pattern: http://www.instructables.com/id/Crochet-White-Kitten-Doll-Mao-Mao/

Granted, this little girl kitten wouldn’t look so awful without the wonky eyes. However, at most turns, this either didn’t look correct, or simply didn’t exist and I had to make it up as I went along. There’s even a comment that the same image attached to the pattern is from a book, which perhaps explains why it doesn’t come out looking much like the picture.

The cat’s neck is a bit long. There’s literally no instructions as to how the author expects one to make the arms fit the dress (they don’t, btw – you basically sew them on the arms and then sew them on the outside of the dress). The pattern ignores the headscarf altogether, and since I sewed the ears a wee bit too far back – nasty habit of mine – I just created holes in the headscarf I made in order to compensate. Also, the dress was far, far too short. It was like a shirt, and while little girls wear shirts as dresses all the time, it wasn’t going to fly unless I gave this poor cat a giraffe neck.

I think it’ll be fine once I remove and reattach some decent eyes, but right now it’s a mess. My handmade eyes don’t work this small.

Also, one assumes that the original pattern has you sew the hands together and make a little yarn ball with knitting needles for the basket — a bit silly considering that the whole thing is crocheted –but I skipped that bit. So, this turn out to be a bit of a cluster, but I think the results will be ok. I wouldn’t start out with a project like this, that’s for sure. Unless you want to curse a lot more than I did.

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container, gone wrong, Grade B

Lumpy teacup and saucer

This is cute and simple, but comes out pretty lumpy, as shown, so I call it a B+

Here’s the free Lion Brand pattern: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L10635.html  However, I think there are some better ones on Ravelry that can recommend some ways that these might keep their shapes better.

Still, it’s kind of cute. My son wasn’t that into it, but he’s a three year old boy who is into trucks. Tea parties aren’t his thing.

Not much to share about this one. There is a really good pattern for a basket that, if you used a thin yarn and teensy hooks, could probably be used to make a better cup, with a flatter bottom: https://www.e-patternscentral.com/detail.html?prod_id=7564&cat_id=780&criteria=  You’ll have to add it to cart as if you’re going to purchase it, but it’s still free. I’ve used it for a basket, and since the bottom is entirely flat, it tends to stand up better. I’d start with that and combine it with the first pattern for a good cup. I’ll try it again sometime, but I’m behind on posting, and working with a somewhat horrible pattern for a amigurumi cat, not to mention prepping for a new semester, so more very soon that doesn’t involve lumpy cups.

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Taken separately, they’re rather cute.

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