Archives for category: Amigurumi

Back in October of 2013 I posted a cute set of crocheted cowboy hat and boots that could be used as photo props (https://2littleredbirds.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/boot-scootin-baby/ )

Boots & Hat

Later I was asked to make a new set for another baby. After I was done, I thought…Every cowboy needs a horse!!!! So I set out to find one for him. I didn’t want to make just another stuffed animal, but something a baby could actually hold and play with.

Check out this cute little guy!!

He has the sweetest face. I found the pattern on Etsy, here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/76649754/crochet-zebrapony-rattle-pattern-pdf?ref=shop_home_active_41

      

Supplies:

  • Medium Worsted-weight Yarn White 1 Ball (A) – Caron Super Soft in Taupe
  • Medium Worsted-weight Yarn Black 1 Ball (B) – Caron Super Soft in Off-White
  • Crochet Hook – Size G-6
  • Stitch Markers – I rarely use these, but if your less experienced with amigurumi technique, you might need them
  • Large-Eyed Blunt Needles
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • 3- 9mm Jingle Bells – I used the rattle inserts mentioned below

Next time – I would have made the stitches smaller by using a hook one size smaller so the stuffing can’t be seen. I’d also probably make this into a teether using a wooden ring, with the head on one end and the tail on the other. I think I’ll have to make up a prototype J Don’t ever forget to use SAFETY eyes when working on children’s toys!!! Never create an unnecessary choking hazard! I recommend these rattle inserts: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SKLWG0S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I typically use 2 inside so that it made a loud enough rattle.

So, if you’re looking for a cute rattle/teether type toy in some form of horse, zebra, elephant, or many other animals, check out Yarnabees shop on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/yarnabees she has some really items and reasonably priced.


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Chandler box

To go with the Panda themed baby shower I made a collection of baby items for my friend’s baby Chandler.  I used a modern color palate of Cranberry, Light Pink, White, Gray and Lime.  I used a simple chevron pattern for the blanket.IMG_2874    The pattern is called Double Shell Ripple

I also made a few little toys and baubles for her.

The simply cute Panda bear I got from a pattern on Craftsy.

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I used this modified pattern from Ravelry for the Panda Rattle

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The super cute Panda lovey

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This was a really fun pattern I found on Pinterest.

http://amigurumies.blogspot.fr/2013/06/elefante.html

He’s super cute.  If you go down into the comments there are some links to the pattern in English.  It’s a really cool technique with very minimal attaching.  I decided to NOT add the tusks as she looked so cute without them.  I also added some fun fabric to the inside of the ears for a pop of color.  I had the metal Greek letters on hand to add to the butt for my friend.  She’s not very big and turned out as cute as can be.

Here is the pattern I used for the African Violets on the Elephant.  I used a couple of different shades of purple for fun.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/african-violet-saintpaulia-crochet-pattern

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I met this awesome woman via Faulkner County Circle of Friends.  She’s funny and smart and has a huge heart.   She recently joined Delta Sigma Theta.  Ella6The Delta mascot is the elephant and I found a really great free pattern on Pinterest that I wanted to make.

http://www.deramores.com/elephant-pattern/

It’s really important to pay attention to the fine print, however.  This little elephant ended up being twice the size she should have been because I didn’t pay attention to this little statement:

NOTE
Pattern uses UK terminology.

WHOOOOOPS!!!!!!  It’s important to note that UK and US terminology ARE different.  Thus why my elephant is bigger 😉

US UK
chain(ch) chain(ch)
single crochet (sc) double crochet (dc)
double crochet (dc) treble (tr)
half double crochet (hdc) half treble (htr)
triple crochet (trc) double treble (dtr)
slip stitch (sl st) slip stitch (sl st)

She turned out super cute though.  I did add a few of my own touches.   Some fun hair on her head, some special definition on her trunk and some African Violets the Delta’s flower on her booty just to make her super special.  I think she’ll be loved.

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I’m always looking for unique gifts for my kids teachers for the Holidays. I also try to make something handmade.  The mascot of my sons school is the bulldog.  I searched HIGH and LOW for a cute Amigurumi bulldog pattern and I finally found one that I fell in love with here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/88415398/baby-bulldog-puppy-pdf-tutorial-by-katja

I bit the bullet and bought the pattern.  Her pattern is easy to follow and very intricate.  It’s fantastic.  I highly recommend using them.

Here is a link to her site:

http://www.np-trade.de/ – It’s in German, but of course you can translate.

  The schools colors are Purple and Yellow and the mascot is grey.

I made 2 little bulldogs for his teachers.  I finished them off with little purple cat collars that I got at Petsmart.

I had personalized dog tags made at Petco on Purple hearts

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On the front of the tags I put his teachers names and on the back my son’s name and the year.

Additionally, since it’s a Catholic school — I added a very nice St. Joseph medal that I got from www.rosarymart.com

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I hope his teachers like the gift.  I think they came out adorable.  They are both very different even though from the same pattern.  Just like 2 dogs from the same litter don’t look the same.

I used I Love this Yarn from Hobby Lobby — each bulldog takes almost an entire skein.

I also used safety eyes and noses instead of crocheting them.

I saw this guy on Pinterest and he was just so stinkin’ cute!

This guy is an example of Kawaii Amigurmi or “Cute” Amigurumi

Kawaii,  pronounced kah-why-ee, (similar to Hawaii but with a K) kawaii is a rough Japanese translation of “cute”.   You see a lot of little characters, food with smiles — anything “Cutesy”  — a word we use here in the south!

 

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Check him out on Ravelry!!!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/distinctly-batty

I used 9 MM eyes, just because that’s what I already had on hand — I don’t think it makes that much of a difference.  I also sewed on the wings and the ears — just to make him a bit more sturdy!

I added the cute heart like an example I saw on Pinterest!  He’s darling!

 

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I baaaaaaaaaaack my little chirpers!

I has been a long, trying summer — but I’m back in the saddle again.  Work has been crazy, my personal life a mess, but now I’m back.  I have several projects in the hopper I hope to finish this little guy tomorrow — He’s already started out super cute and I can’t wait to see how he turns out!   Little Red is so excited!  I need a quick fix and this guy sure hits the mark!

http://ea1701.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/a-distinctly-batty-post/

Come back tomorrow to see my finished project!!!!!  Until then

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OMG how cute is she???

 

 

 

Lala Loopsy

I saw this pattern on Pinterest and I just knew I had to make 1….or 2 depending on how cute it actually turned out.

CUTE it is!  I’m making these for my nieces for Christmas!

http://stitch11.com/lalaloopsy-inspired-doll/

 

I didn’t like the yarn bows so much — so I embellished with buttons…which I think adds another great texture.  The author hit the nail on the head, the HAIR takes the longest.  There are a LOT of curls there required to get it to look just the way I wanted it to.

 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way she turned you!!!  I definitely recommend this one!

 

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Heya chirpers!!!

I’ve been working fast and furiously on a couple of birthday  presents for this sweet 4 year old that I know.  She is having a Hello Kitty party this year.  I found this cute pattern on Ravelry –

http://thesummeropossum.blogspot.com/2011/08/hello-kitty.html

The pattern is not very straight-forward to read, but if you are familiar with working on amigurmi, you should be able to figure it out pretty quickly.  There are several typos and issues with the pattern, but read the comments where author has fixed most of them — but most of all pay attention and use your best judgement.

Here’s mine.

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I think she turned out SUPER SUPER cute!  The dress is knitted – but if you don’t knit – you could probably crochet a dress just as easily.  I modified the dress a LOT — I did take the authors suggestion and made the dress a lot shorter and I added a cute white heart button for an embellishment!

Next, I made this cute little messenger bag for her as well.  I made up this pattern — It’s mostly HDC and DC in the round (I think 100 stitches in the round) — I worked it until it was the size I wanted.  Then I stopped working in the round for the flap (it’s about 48 or so stictches wide) and I worked the strap into the bag itself so it’s stable.

Then I used the KITTY FACE portion of this post —http://madebyk-tutorials.blogspot.com/2009/12/hello-kitty-granny-square-scarf-crochet.html

for the cute Kitty I put on the front.  I used a broken plastic pink hair clip of my daughters for the bow — which was the PERFECT size.

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I also used matching white heart buttons on the front.  The bag will have snap closures and has CUTE Hello Kitty material lining it!

Hope you like my 2 LIttle Redbirds Kitty gear!!!!

 

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