Creativ Festival

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Do you know how to crochet but want to make something different? Are you new to crochet and want to see what it’s all about?

I’m excited to announce that I will be leading a seminar about Amigurumi at the upcoming Creativ Festival in Mississauga, ON, Canada.  Come learn about the tools of the trade and the endless possibilities of crochet.

Friday April 28th and Saturday April 29th from 12:30-1:30pm.  Check out www.csnf.com for more details!

See you there!

-AFriendLikeBen-

 

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Amigurumi Winter Kid

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This month marks 3 years since I learned how to crochet and I still LOVE it!  I’ve been experimenting a lot with different types of crochet styles but my all-time favourite is what I originally learned how to do…Amigurumi.

I purchased this pattern from “Bubbles and Bongo” on Etsy.  You can find it here.  The pattern was excellent!  I learned something new too.  On the hat, there’s “front and back post half double crochet” (ummm, what’s that you say?)  I wasn’t sure either so like always, I looked it up on YouTube!  You can find a video here.

The pattern included detailed instructions and I loved how I didn’t have to sew the legs on because it crocheted together as one piece.

I used Schachenmayr Catania Color Originals yarn #0218.  It was a great yarn to work with however, next time I’ll use a smaller hook.  I used 2.75mm – I’d like to try a 2.5mm or a 2mm hook with this yarn next time.

Overall, I love how it turned out.

Until next time,

-AFriendLikeBen-

Amigurumi Fruit

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I am loving the Boston Sun chunky yarn I’m using lately however, it’s limited in colour choices.  That’s ok, how cute are these fruity buddies?

They all came from different patterns.

Watermelon:  The watermelon is loosely based on a free pattern I found on Ravelry.  You can find it here.  If you’re familiar with crochet terms, the original pattern has you do a base chain of 31 stitches (which was HUGE with the yarn I was using.)  I am not great with sizing down patterns but I made this watermelon with a base chain of 15.  As you can see, it got a little wonky towards the top!  I also added in a row of white – the original pattern doesn’t have that.  So…not exactly my best piece but probably good enough for a baby to play with!  If anyone out there has any tutorials or tips on how to adjust patterns correctly, please send them my way.

Orange/Clementine:  To make this little clementine I used the same pattern that I used for the Two Peas in a Pod that I made recently.  I did the magic ring in green and the rest in orange.  Piece of cake.

Strawberry:  I got the free strawberry pattern from a blog with the address “moist crocheted vagina.”  HAHA!  Although the blog has a little potty mouth, I find it hilarious and the patterns are great!  She has a lot of free play food patterns.  You can find the strawberry pattern here.

To finish off all my projects I learned “the ultimate finish” technique from Planet June.  She also has a great tutorial with how to embroider on faces here.

Happy Crochet’ing

-AFriendLikeBen-

 

 

 

 

Amigurumi Carrot

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Continuing on with my fruit and veggie amigurumi trend that I’ve got going, I made a cheerful carrot!

I’m enjoying making fruits and veggies at the moment because they’re usually only one piece and I’m finding them easy to complete while also learning the ropes of being a new mom.  The best part is that my little one can safely play with them when I’m done.

I got this pattern for FREE from Kristi Tullus’ blog.  You can find it here. THANKYOU KRISTI!  She kindly included all different sizes to make and a great PDF file to refer to.  The pattern was clean looking, easy to follow and included nice photos of the details.  I used the small size pattern but it looks so big because I’m using chunky Boston Sun yarn in neon orange and a 4.5mm hook.  The bumps and texture of each crochet stitch makes it perfect for a teething baby to chew on.

I sewed on the face with black yarn.  You can find great tips on sewing faces from Planet June’s blog here.

I encourage you to check out all the tutorials on both blogs mentioned as I feel they’ve really helped my amigurumi skills.

Don’t forget to follow me on instagram @afriendlikeben – you can see my current photos on the left side bar of this blog.

Next up, some fruit!

Happy crochet’ing

-AFriendLikeBen-

 

Two Peas In a Pod Amigurumi

 

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TWIN GIRLS!  Yay, my friend recently had 2 beautiful twin girls and they’re sooo cute!  As a congratulatory gift, I made these 2 peas in a pod for her.  She really liked it!

I got the pattern for FREE here.  You can also find it on the Lion Brand website if you’re a member.

Lately, I’ve been enjoying crocheting with a larger 4.5mm hook opposed to my regular 3.5mm hook.  I used “myboshi” No 1 yarn.  I’m currently in Germany and purchased it at Müeller.

To make the bows (if you’re familiar with crochet terms) I chained 4, did 3 rows of 3sc then wrapped yarn around the centre a few times before sewing it to the pea.

I think I’ll continue with this Amigurumi food trend that I’ve started.

Until next time, Happy Crochet’ing!

-AFriendLikeBen-

 

 

 

Amigurumi Rabbit

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These amigurumi creations take a little longer for me to complete these days with a newborn but it’s been nice to have a few quiet moments here and there to work on them.

As usual, I’ve added a little scarf to make it a “winter themed” rabbit.  My intention is to have these winter creations as Christmas ornaments when we one day have Christmas at home.  (At the moment my husband’s career moves around.)  Amigurumi has been a great hobby for me because it calms my nerves and I can take it just about anywhere.  The finished products weigh nothing which makes them easy to bring home, they’re not breakable, and when I look at them, I like to remember where I was when I made them.

This was another great pattern from Son’s Popkes.  I love her patterns.  I didn’t have a soft contrasting colour on hand to follow the pattern exactly but I like how it turned out anyway.  The pattern also had great details on how to assemble it together.

For the scarf, I did a chain of white then single crocheted green on each side.  I tied the tails in a knot at the ends.

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Lastly, as I was googling amigurumi techniques recently, I came across a great page with some really clear tutorials.  You can find it here.  There are some free patterns and PDF pages to print as well – I love it!  Thanks Kristi!

Happy crochet’ing,

-AFriendLikeBen-

…ok…one more thing…I also made a Christmas Bat…learn more about it from my previous post here.

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Amigurumi Turtle

Okay…how cute did this little turtle turn out?!  I love that his little shell can come on and off.

I made this for my twin sister – our birthdays are coming up and I had yet to crochet something for her!  She loves turtles.

I used a pattern I purchased from Etsy a while ago by LuvlyGurumi.  I don’t know why I waited so long to make this because I LOVED the pattern.  It was super clear, easy to follow, there were large photos and the font was easy to read – I will definitely have to try another one of her patterns in the near future.

I think my sis will like it.

Happy Crochet’ing,

-AFriendLikeBen-