Showing posts with label Amigurumi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Amigurumi. Show all posts

Monday, April 7, 2014

Crochet Titanic

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Designing a vehicle is nothing like designing a hat or a scarf. It needs research and lot of planning. My son often points out that I don't make anything for him other than the occasional hats during winter. Please note that he still hasn't reached the stage where he thinks his mommy is crazy and makes some weird stuff using colourful yarns and hooks. I agree I don't make anything that he asks me to make for him which includes the likes of Panzer, battleships, trucks, etc. He would offer to draw out the designs and parts for me and would explain how to assemble them but I was not willing to take the risk. It seemed too much of a task for me. 

Anyhow, one day I said okay, I would make a ship for him but not a warship, maybe something easier. He asked me to make Titanic. He had always been fascinated by the ship's story, so I reluctantly agreed. I did some research and finally arrived at a plan and set about executing it. After lot of frogging and cursing, the ship's body took shape. The deck, chimneys and masts were made. When stuffing the ship I realized that the ship's sides, base and deck needed to be stiff to hold their shape. So I cut out the shapes using cardboards. I lined the ship with the cardboard pieces and then did the stuffing. Then I cross-stitched the windows. My son drew the flag. 


I can't say that I enjoyed making the ship. It was a huge headache for me. I even gave up midway and hid the pieces out of my son't eyes but he nagged me to start working on it again. Finally the ship is now ready for its maiden voyage. Phew! I can now breathe a sigh of relief. 

Saturday was his 10th birthday. I made this chocolate and vanilla layer cake for him. Though I can confidently bake cakes I am not that good at frosting. I can never manage to get a neat finish with my frostings. Anyway this one was better than my previous attempts and the cake tasted divine. I made 3 layers. The top and bottom layers were vanilla and the middle one was chocolate. I used whipped cream icing in between the layers and buttercream outside the cake. I wish I had clicked the layers before everyone started attacking the cake.

We went to the park yersterday and I regret not taking the camera along. There were plenty of beautiful flowers. Just look at these bunches of pretty pink roses that I clicked using my iphone. Don't they look gorgeous! Next time I should remember to take my camera along.

Wishing you all a wonderful, full filled week!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Panda

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I made him last month when I had this short-term amigurumi mania. He is not even with me anymore. He's gone off to a new home to befriend a little girl. Poor guy, he went off without a nose. I forgot to give him one.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A cute crochet bunny

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I saw the pattern for this cute bunny in a Japanese crochet magazine. It was in the chart form. I always preferred diagrams to written instructions when crocheting doilies, potholders, etc. but so far I had never tried making an amigurumi using a diagram. On the first glance they always seemed confusing but this one was too cute to give up. It was not as difficult as I had assumed but because of my poor sewing skills I had trouble making a dress for her. Somehow I managed to whip up one.



My scrap yarn rug is progressing beautifully. It is 36 inches wide and right now measures about 55 inches long. I am planning to make it 75" long. I was hoping that this rug would empty my scrap yarn reserve, but with the amount that is still left I think I would be able to do one more similar sized rug.

 
Have a nice day!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Stripy and Frankie saying hi

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How nice it is to be present again in one of my favourite places on Earth! I took a long break indeed. However, part of this nearly two-month break was unintended. My internet connection went Kaput at the very beginning of this year and it had taken those guys this long to rectify it. However, this long break from the net world gave me enough time to turn my attention towards a few tasks that I had been neglecting. One of them is organizing and decluttering my house. No, I can't say it is completely organized now but at least I made an attempt. I have made considerable progress with my scarp yarn rug that I talked about here. I will show it to you in another post.  


Also, meet these two new cuties basking in the winter sun. Aren't they adorable? I re-discovered my love for amigurumies. So you can expect to see more of them here soon. The pattern for the stripy giraffe is from here and the Frankie from here.
 

I hope the new year is rocking for you. Two years ago on the same day and around the same time I opened my Etsy shop. I was expecting to make a few sales, enough to spend on yarns without guilt but it has become more than that. I can't believe I have come this far. I hope this year as well as the coming years will be good for me and you. Bye! 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Bunny - Free pattern

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Excuse me, but I still haven't gotten over my rabbit mania. I don't seem to be blogging about anything else other than rabbits nowadays. Even when I am looking for craft ideas I end up looking at something with rabbits in them. I can't help it, sorry. I will try to overcome my obsession soon.

Anyway this bunny mania of mine has led me to create this cute bunny couple. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Bunny. Wouldn't they make a wonderful Easter project?

Here is the free pattern for Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Bunny

Skill Level
Easy

Materials
Heavy worsted/Aran weight yarn in tan or any other color and little amount of white for ears and tail
(I used two strands of sport weight yarns held together)
Little amount of sport weight yarns in red, black and pink
J/6 mm crochet hook
G/4 mm crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Buttons for eyes
Fiberfill
pompom maker (optional) for making tails

Abbreviations  
 [ ]                    work instructions within parenthesis as a set as many times as directed

ch                    chain
st/sts                stitch/stitches
sl st:                  slip stitch
sc:                    single crochet
dc:                    double crochet
sc2tog:             single crochet 2 stitches together
ch-sp:              chain space
Technique
sc2tog: [insert hook in next st, yarn over and draw yarn through st] 2 times, yarn over and draw through 3 loops on hook.

<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]-->Instructions  
(make 2 - one will be male and one female)
Round 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6).
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around (12).
Round 3: [Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (18).
Round 4: [Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (24).
Round 5: [Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times (30).


Round 6 to 15: Sc in each sc around (30).


This is how it will look at the end of round 15

Round 16: [Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts] 6 times (24).
Round 17: Sc in each sc around (24).
Round 18: [Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts] 6 times (18).
Round 19: Sc in each sc around (18).
Round 20: [Sc2tog, sc in next st] 6 times (12).
(At this stage you can fill with fiberfill)
Round 21: Sc in each sc around (12).
Round 22: Sc2tog 6 times (6).
(Fill with more fiberfill. Use a needle to push it all in)
Leave a long tail and fasten off. Using a tapestry needle weave the tail through the stitches in round 22 and close the circle.

Ears (make 4 - two for each bunny):
Round 1: Using white ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 ch, hdc in next 3 ch, dc in next 2 ch, 7 dc in last ch, dc in next 2 ch on the other side, hdc in next 3 ch, sc in last 3 ch. Join with a sl st and fasten off.
Round 2: Join tan and sc in each st around. Fasten off.


Tail
Using white make two small pompoms.

Flower
Round 1: Using pink and G/4 mm hook ch 4 and join to form a ring.
Round 2: [ch 2, sc into ring] 5 times (5 loops).
Round 3: [Sc, 3 dc, sc] into each loop. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Mustache
Using black and G/4.00 mm hook ch 15, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sl st into next ch, sc in next 3 ch, hdc in next 4 ch, sc in next 3 ch, sl st in last 2 ch. Fasten off and weave in the ends.


Finishing
Sew ears to the top of the body and tail to the back of the body. For Mrs. Bernard Bunny sew the flower below the left ear. Sew two buttons as eyes. For Mrs. Bernard Bunny stitch a cross about half inch below the eye level. For Mr. Bernard Bunny sew the mustache below the eyes. While sewing use tapestry needle and yarn of main color (tan) so that the stitches are not visible. Weave in all the loose ends.

If you want the pdf file you can download it from Ravelry or Craftsy.


I hope you enjoy making this adorable couple.

Have a great week ahead!


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Crochet cupcake

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Is there anyone out there who dosen't like cupcakes? I don't think so.
I am a huge fan of cupcakes. Although I have baked a few different varieties of cakes I haven't baked cupcakes, but I love cupcake patterns, I love to paint cupcakes, love to cross-stitch cupcakes and, of course, I loved crocheting this cute cupcake.


Can you see the ridges in the body of the cupcake as in real cupcake liners? I crocheted into the back loops of the stitches only to achieve this and I thought I might as well make a tutorial for those of you who are not familiar with this particular crocheting technique.

For this cupcake I first made a round to form the base. Then I made the sides separately and joined them together, stuffed the cupcake and finally sewed the top.

How to crochet into back loops only 

1. First make a number of chains according to the length that you desire. Then make a row of single crochet. (Please excuse the quality of photos).


2. If you are using different colours you can attach another colour. Then you have to work into the back loops of the stitches.

First let me show you what is a back loop and what is a front loop.


In this picture you can see clearly which is a back loop and which is a front loop. Normally we work into both the loops together but to form ridges you have to work into the back loops only.


You can see that I have worked the next row in white into the back loops only.



You can see how the pattern has formed. I made two rows using pink and one row using white and the white yarn was lot thicker than the pink yarn. The second row of each pink stripe was worked as a normal single crochet without working into the back loops.



After reaching the desired length to correspond to the circumference of the circle I sewed them both together as shown. 

  
Now the body of the cupcake is formed. Then I made the top.



To make the dome shaped top, make 4 ch and join to form a ring.
Make 3 ch and 11 dc into the ring.
3 ch, 1 dc in same place, 2 dc each in all the stitches (24 dc). Join.
3 ch, 1 dc in same place, *1 dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next. Repeat from *. Join.
3 ch, 1 dc in each stitch. Join.
3 ch, 1 dc in same place, *1 dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next. Repeat from *. Join.
3 ch, 1 dc in each dc. Join.


Make a shell edging by skipping 2 st, make 7 dc into next st, skip 2 st, make 7 dc into next stitch, repeat.  Do the stuffing and sew the top to the body of cupcake.



Make a small flower and sew it to the top of the cupcake. This serves as my pincushion now.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Chick

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I made this chick as an Easter special. Not a pretty chick though. Chiku dosen't look happy. Maybe he is not pleased with his hairstyle.

Click here for the pattern.

Happy Easter

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

School Bus Amigurumi

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My second attempt at making amigurumi has turned out pretty well. My son is crazy about vehicles. He is especially obsessed about trucks. When I started making the teddy he was not at all happy. He wanted me to do a truck for him. So I searched the internet but didn't find any pattern for trucks. Then I found this pattern for the school bus and decided to give it a try. You can click here for the pattern.

I used styrofoam for stuffing.


I started this quite some time back but did the stuffing and final sewing only two days ago as I wanted to give this to him on his birthday. So yesterday on his birthday I gave it to him. He was quite happy. He played with it, photographed it and, of course, made it so dirty that within a single day it has turned several shades darker.

And here is the huge mess of a cake that I made yesterday for his birthday, shaped like a van.


Definitely not a masterpiece but considering that it was my first attempt to bake and ice such a huge cake, I think it is OK. Blushing Smiley

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Amigurumi: Teddy

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Amigurumi is a Japanese art which refers to making stuffed toys using crochet or knitting. This is my first ever attempt to make a stuffed toy using crochet and I am happy with the result. Click here for the original pattern. I have slightly modified it and dressed it up with a pretty frilly frock.


The teddy is worked in rounds without joining.

Head:
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc.
Rnd 3: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) 6 times – 18 sc.
Rnd 4: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 6 times – 24 sc.
Rnd 5: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 6: (Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 6 times – 30 sc.
Rnd 7: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 8: (Sc in next 4 sc, 2 dc in next sc) 6 times – 36 sc.
Rnd 9 to 11: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 12: Sc in 15 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in last 20 sc –38 sc.
Rnd 13: Sc in 15 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 3 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last 20 sc –42 sc.
Rnd 14: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 15: Sc in 15 sc; (draw up a lp in each of next 2 sc, yo and draw through all three lps on hook)-dec formed.; draw up lp in each of next 3 sc, yo draw through all 4 lps on hook, dec over next 2 sc, sc in last 20 sc – 38 sc.
Rnd 16: Sc in 15 sc, draw up lp in next 3 sc, yo and draw through all 4 lps on hook, sc in last 20 sc – 36 sc.
  
Rnd 17: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 18: (Sc in 4 sc, dec) 6 times – 30 sc.
Rnd 19: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 20: (Sc in 3 sc, dec) 6 times –24 sc.

Neck
Rnd 21: (Dec) 12 times – 12 sc.
Rnd 22: Sc in each sc around.

Body
Rnd 23:  Sc in each sc around – 24 sc.
Rnd 24: (Sc in 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 6 times – 30 sc.
Rnd 25: (Sc in 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 6 times – 36 sc.
Rnd 26-34: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 35: (Sc in 4 sc, 2 dc in next sc) 6 times –30 sc.
Rnd 36:  Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 37: (Sc in 3 sc, dec) 6 times –24 sc.
Rnd 38: (Dec) 12 times – 12 sc.

Stuff the body and head.

Rnd 39: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 40: (Dec) 6 times – 6 sc.
Rnd 41: (Dec) 3 times – 3 sc.  Sew the edges tightly. Fasten off.

Leg (make 4)
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc.
Rnd 3: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 4: (Sc in 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 3 times – 15 sc.
Rnd 5 to 12: Sc in each sc around.  Fasten off.  Stuff and sew in place.
Ear (make 2)
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc.
Rnd 3: (Sc in 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 3 times – 15 sc.
Rnd 4 and 5: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 6: (Dec) 7 times, sl in last sc. Fasten off. Flatten ear and sew to head.

Dress
For the dress I used the pattern for making rose, wrapped it around the body of the teddy and sewed it in place.
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