Amigurumi Guy!

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I had a lot of fun making this character and learned even more techniques with this pattern!  It is for my friend, David!

It took me a while to find this pattern.  I saw a picture Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 5.20.28 PMof this monster on Pinterest and searched the author’s name (Allison Hoffman) until a PDF file came up! You can find it here.  Instead of making a monster, I made mine into more of a character because David loves the theatre and I felt that it needed a top hat instead of horns!

The pattern was fairly easy to follow.  There are a few errors in the “arms” section regarding colour changes but it’s easy to figure out if you follow the same stripe pattern as the body.  I really like how the legs blend into the body so he can stand.  It was my first time doing the body and legs as one piece.  I’m used to making the legs separately.

If you look at his feet he has toes!  They were made doing a “bobble stitch” which was also new to me.  I had to look it up on youtube – this video by allfreecrochet.com was great!

I looked up how to make the top hat on crafty keg’s blog. Thanks!

I noticed as I was crocheting the stripes that they didn’t line up at the back.  😦  This awesome video called “crochet jobless photo 1stripes” on needlenoodles.com was really helpful.  I had already completed the body when I came across the video so I was only able to try the technique on the second arm.  It worked so I know for next time.

For his face I used a 8mm safety eye with a felt star behind it and a 12mm safety eye.  I put pipe cleaners in the arms for posing and used a 5mm hook this time to crochet all the parts.

The bow tie is a JHB button called “beau” style #25222photo 3

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Valentine’s Day Amigurumi Dog!

20140206-105532.jpgSince 1998, I have been exchanging Valentine’s with my best friend, Andrea. When we were 14, we didn’t have boyfriends so we made a pact to always be each other’s Valentine. Now we’re both happily married but continue to send little gifts near and far. This year, she is in Toronto, Canada and I’m currently in Florida. I’m giving away my first “amigurumi gift” and it’s flying to her internationally! I hope she likes it – it is my most intricate project to date.

Andrea loves dogs so I searched online for a cute pattern. I came across “Buffy The Dog” at www.LittleOwlsHut.com , the site has a lot of really cute patterns and this pattern, to my surprise, was FREE!  (“THANKYOU, Little Owl’s Hut!”)  I saw that the author posted this pattern on Craftsy as well.

I really enjoyed this pattern because it had a few new challenges but they were easy to conquer because well written instructions and pictures were included.  I really liked how I could attach the ears and legs to the dog as I was crocheting versus stitching them onto the head and body later on.  To make all the parts, I used a 3.5mm hook.

image♥  Here I’m stitching through the leg and into the round so that it attaches to the body as I stitch rather than completing the body and then sewing the leg on afterward.  The pattern demonstrates this as well.

To make it extra special, I inserted pipe cleaners into the ears and arms for support/mobility, I inserted safety eyes (8mm) instead of beads for eyes, I filled the bottom of the body with poly-fil beads for weight, AND…I stitched on a heart that says “made with love.”  (The little hearts came in a package of 10 from Michaels by “Bead Landing – Specialty findings.”)

image (3) image (4)♥  When ordering safety eyes, order them with the washers.  They go into your project like a set of earrings.  I ordered mine online from “Lisa and Ed’s eyes and more.” (8mm)

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♥  Before closing the body, I cut the foot off of a pair of nylons, filled it with poly-fil beads, then stuffed it into the dog.  Next time, I’ll put the nylon in first, then fill it with beads – I think that will be a little easier.

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♥    While completing the body, I stitched on a red heart button and then the “made with love” charm on top.”