23 June 2010

Jen the Travelling Bunny

From Jen the Bunny


Jen the Travelling Bunny was found on Jen's doorstep with a mysterious note. Since then she has travelled around the world, looking slightly concerned.

This is not the pattern for Jen the Travelling Bunny - I did not make her! It is just a tribute (also, I haven't tested it. Let me know if it works!).

3mm hook, DK yarn (I used black acrylic and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK)
Worked in rounds so the stripes look better, so you'll need to add a ch1 at the beginning of each round and join with a slip stitch at the end of each round. You can work it in a spiral if you are opposed to rounds though (use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of rounds).
All terms are US terms, sorry. Assumes basic amigurumi knowledge (that you know how to increase, decrease and single crochet)

Body
(you're starting at the bottom of the body and working up)
SC 6 into magic ring
inc around (12 sts)
*1sc, inc* around (18 sts)
*2sc, inc* around (24 sts)
*3sc, inc* around (30 sts)
sc around in back loop
sc around for 2 rows
change colour
sc around for three rows
change colour
sc around for 3 rows
change colour
sc around
*sc, dec* around
sc around
change colour
sc around
stuff body (Jen has grit in her bottom to help her stand up)
*sc, dec* around
sc around

(thus ends the body and begins the head)

*sc, inc* around
sc around
*2sc, inc* around
sc around for four rows

(If you're using safety eyes you'll want to attach them now. Jen's bigger eye is a button with a hole drilled in it, with a safety eye through the hole)

*sc3, dec* around
*sc2, dec* around
*sc, dec* around
keep dec-ing until the hole is closed up.

ears (make 2!)
sc 6 into magic ring
inc around (12 sts)
*sc1, inc* around
sc around for two rounds
*sc1, dec* around
sc around for four rounds

(stuff ear)
*sc1, dec* around
sc around
fasten off

Sew on ears, you're done!


From Jen the Bunny

Let me know if you're interested in selling items made from my pattern, I'll probably say yes in exchange for a credit and a linkback.

Amigurumi tips

I've got a few amigurumi patterns I've been working on, but find myself rewriting the same general advice over and over, so I thought I'd collate my general advice here so I can link to it :)

Helen's tips for successful crochet amigurumi:

1. Eyes (and mouths)

I've found that toys usually look better if you use safety eyes, rather than sewing them on. I tend to buy the little black plastic ones by the bucketload. Button eyes are only really good if you're going for ultracrafty/shabby chic/vintage, otherwise they tend to look a bit amateurish. I've never felt the need to give my amigurumi mouths. This is probably psychologically indicative of something.

2. Eye placement

This is probably the most important tip. Take time with eye placement, it is the number 1 thing that defines the personality of your amigurumi. Howie Woo has written a great article on this: Fundamentals of Cuteness 101 . As a general rule, I tend to favour widely spaced eyes about halfway up the head (depending on the physiology of the animal in question, of course).

3. Stuffing

Second most important tip! Take time with stuffing. Make sure any small appendages are stuffed first, using a crochet hook or DPN or barbeque skewer or whatever is to hand (lick the barbeque sauce off first). Make sure each part is firmly stuffed (but not so stuffed it starts to poke through the crochet!) so it is nicely rounded. As with people, if your amigurumi is nicely rounded it will be more pleasing.

4. Yarn

You can amigurumi with anything. Seriously. The cheapest, nastiest acrylic you can find will provide just as good a finished product (although the squeaking on the crochet hook may drive you mad).

5. Hooks

My gauge is screwed (I crochet pretty loosely). But as a rule of thumb, you should be using a crochet hook that gives you a fabric that is nicely floofy but tight enough to not have gaps when slightly stretched.

6. Approximate is OK

Amigurumi is forgiving with errors, mathematical inconsistencies and, um, design innovations. Because stuffing is so important, if your stitch counts don't add up, don't worry. Chances are everything will look fine at the end, even though it may not correlate exactly with the pattern.

7. Abbreviations

I'm a lazy, lazy pattern writer. Here are the abbreviations I use:
sc: single crochet (in American, double crochet in UKese.) It's the awesome little square stitch with only two loops, anyway.
inc: sc twice in the same stitch
dec: one of these
fo: fasten off
magic ring: nifty way of beginning without leaving a hole. Instructions here
*things in asterisks* - repeat until end of round/row
Pick up / pick up and sc - To avoid sewing on, I often crochet small extremities directly onto the amigurumi. Just stick your hook through a stitch and pull up a loop, ch1 and sc in same stitch, and then carrying on scing into as many stitches as you need.

I'm sure I'll add to this in the future!

09 June 2010

Mini Me


Mini Me, originally uploaded by blackic.

Mini Me for the Stitch Yourself project.

A little fat gothy lush, accompanied by a fluffy rabbit. Fairly accurate, I reckon.