amigurumi bunny

I’ve been hooking rather than knitting these past few days as we’re having something of a heat wave.  Tackling another pattern from the first in the “Zoomigurumi” series.

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Working on this pattern.

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Pattern called “Wasabi the bunny” by Little Muggles.   Is made up of 9 parts.  I used Stylecraft Special DK yarn in Duck Egg and Sage.  And a 3mm hook for this project because I felt tension could have been tighter on my tiger.

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This is the final result – bunny measures 15cm high, in this sitting position to the tips of his ears.

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His nose didn’t turn out quite as I’d hoped  and ended up looking more like a koala nose than a bunny nose . . . not to worry.  He’s still presentable.

And, just for fun, because I wanted to see the progress I have made since beginning this amigurumi crochet lark in February . . . a group photo of some of the critters I’ve made.   These are the ones which haven’t been given away (yet).amigurumi group

I will now be flicking through the pages of my book . . . wondering which critter to make next.  It could be the monkey (of the cover photo) next.

“weekend” beanies x2

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Do you remember my mad yarn buying of April?  And how I immediately hooked up a beanie in that lovely Katia yarn on the left?   Well, I got out my hook and used the colour in the centre to hook up not one, but two, new beanies!  I have to say that I did grab another 2 balls of that particular colour on a return trip to the shop lol.  So I used approx 120g per beanie.

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And here’s what that centre yarn looks like when crocheted.  Label said to use a size 7mm hook.  Beanie on the left was therefore done with a 7mm hook.  I started off with my circle, hooking in a spiral with half treble stitches until I had the correct diameter for head circumference.  Carried on with half treble until I had the required depth . . . and then did about 5 rounds in double crochet to make a “cuff”.

For the second beanie, on the right, I used an 8mm hook and simply did half treble all the time.

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Here they are with the one I made in the more blue/purple yarn (also “Katia – weekend”). With the cuff folded, and then opened out to show difference in depth.

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And modelled on two of my dummy heads.

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I think I prefer this finish with a “cuff”.  It gives the beanie a much better shape and makes them look less like a skull-cap.   

amigurumi – Roary the tiger

A while back, I showed you a crochet project in progress

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And am now very proud to show you the finish . . .

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There he is . . . very well camouflaged, and hiding in the wild poppies . . .

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I used Stylecraft Special DK yarn, and a 3.5mm hook.  On hindsight, I could have used a 3mm hook for a tighter weave, but I am rather pleased with my little tiger.  He sits up nicely, all by himself, just like he’s supposed to, with the rear legs & tail to make sure he doesn’t topple over.  While making him, his head seemed HUGE, which it is, but . . . that’s all part of his charm.  He measures 15cm high, in this sitting position.

Anyway, in case you’re interested, this pattern is by A Morning Cup of Jo and is one of the 15 designs in the book “Zoomigurumi” (the first in the series).

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such fun!

Since I discovered the joys of crochet, only very recently . . . I’m spending lots of time, having fun with my hook.  I think it’s like with any new thing – I’m feeling so enthusiastic, and I would hook all day if I could!

This post is going to be very full of photos . . . so make yourself a cuppa and continue scrolling.

First of all . . . a photo of the finished owl purses I made just before Easter, using a free tutorial by Moji-Moji Designs.

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I had shown you the purple one finished – he was my first attempt.  I then hooked up two more (on a smaller hook) which were gifted (filled with chocolate coins) as Easter presents.

As with any craft, I am always on the lookout for new supplies . . . and jumped for joy the other week while shopping in our local Noz.  They had a wonderful supply of yarn in.  Noz is a shop where, if you don’t grab it when you see it, it won’t be there next time.  So . . .

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And, of course, I had to prove to hubbie that all of this was absolutely necessary, and not just an excuse to over-shop . . . so . . .

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This beanie is for me.  I followed the myboshi pattern and it literally only took a couple of hours to make.  I love the way the yarn changes colour so subtly.

Something less subtle . . .

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This was just a practice swatch to see how colours changed with this yarn, and to mess around practicing different stitches.  I reckon it’ll look a lot nicer when hooked in the round, and colour changes will give a more striped effect rather than splodges . . . so more beanies to come.  No idea if anyone would actually wear a beanie in this yarn, but what the heck!  I’m having fun.

And . . . even though chunky yarn is fun, and quick to work with . . . I haven’t forgotten why I wanted to learn to crochet in the first place.

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Am busy working on this project, using Stylecraft DK yarn.  He looks a little spooky at the moment, with a massive head, but I’m confident I’ll end up with something that ressembles the photo.  Roary the Tiger is by A Morning Cup of Jo, and is one of the designs in “Zoomigurumi”.

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striped myboshi beanie

After the success of crocheting a red slouchy beanie . . . I set to work on the second myboshi kit I had bought.

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A grey & pink striped beanie.  Kit reference CR067K.

Whereas I had worked the red slouchy in spirals, I felt I really needed to follow instructions and hook this in the round because of the colour changes and stripes.  Instructions weren’t a great help and my first attempt looked very messy at the back

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I had a vague idea what I’d done wrong, so got confirmation from Avis, and tackled it again.

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Still doesn’t look very good to me, but I’m not frogging again.  It looks fine from the front and sides.  

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This is GI-Jane modelling the new beanie.  You may have noticed, I’ve only got 3 pink stripes, not 4.  This is because  I decided the beanie was getting too big.  This is the second myboshi pattern I’ve followed, and the second time I’ve had to alter the number of rounds.  They really work up too big length-ways not width-ways.

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Here they are side-by side.  One normal beanie on left and one slouchy on the right.

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And modelled on plastic heads.  As mentioned in previous article on myboshi . . . the yarn is lovely to work with, but I’m not happy with their instructions and feel the kits are over-priced for what you get.   Now I know what I’m doing, I’ll rely on patterns and ideas I find on the internet.  I’ve understood how to calculate hat size using some simple maths and head circumference.  The world of beanie hooking opens up before me!

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Having mastered the art of following a basic crochet pattern, hooking in the round, and managing not to drop or add stitches willy nilly . . . I splashed out and bought a couple of crochet kits.  Splashed out isn’t quite the word, because I snapped up two kits, that were in the Sales half price.  My motto – never pay full price when you can get a bargain.

One of the kits bought was this.  I suspect it was reduced because of the colour, rather than the style.  It’s very red!

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Ref: CR063K.  Kit comes with pattern (in English, French & Italian), 3 x 50g of myboshi yarn, a myboshi label and a 6mm hook.  First impressions . . . hook & yarn are excellent quality.  The pattern . . . claims on the packaging that this is suitable for beginners (of which I am one)  but I felt it could have been written more clearly.

Pattern called for (UK terms) double crochet and half treble.  Also recommended stitching in round, using slip stitch and chain at the end of each round, but I chose to crochet in a spiral (as I’ve learned to do with amigurumi). 

After many false starts (during which I tried to get to grips with the instructions, and then just decided to do it my way) . . . I ended up with

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A slouchy beanie . . .

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which, in my opinion, looked absolutely HUGE.  I’d followed instructions and crocheted the correct number of rounds.  Beanie was quite a good fit around the head (so I don’t think it was a problem of tension), but there was just too much “slouching” going on.

After modelling on eldest son, who came up for Easter . . . I therefore unravelled 5 rounds and the slouch now looks like this

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Probably a little less of a slouch than in the kit photo . . . but eldest son said this was more like it. You will notice, this isn’t eldest son modelling the beanie.  A shame, because it looked rather good on him.  No, I’ve acquired a head . . . actually a couple of heads lol.

I mentioned to my brother-in-law that I was going to be hooking beanies, and asked if he happened to have a spare dummy head in his garage.  If you knew my brother-in-law, you’d know this request is not strange at all.  He has the wierdest of things in his garage . . . and he just happened to have a head. 

Head which was originally a practice head for apprentice hairdressers . . . but had obviously seen better days because hair was hacked off unevenly.  I got out the electric clippers and shaved everything off.

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And GI-Jane is therefore the one to be modelling the slouchy.

However . . . I had also seen some cheap plastic heads on sale on the internet.  Bought one . . . and got a huge surprise when my parcel arrived because seller sent me two for the price of one!

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Two heads are better than one, as they say . . . and three are even better – yay.

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I’m rather pleased with this trio.  They don’t all have the same head circumference.  I’ve placed them in order of size (left to right) so all will come in useful at some point as models.  Yep, you’ve guessed . . . I’m suddenly enthusiastic about beanies!  Adult kids and partners have already been warned (after the Adopt-a-chick scheme) . . . they’ll all be getting beanies for Christmas lol.

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I had so much fun, earlier this month, hooking up a whole batch of chicks.  I know . . . little things . . .  Anyway, after my first little amigurumi chick, in March, I decided that my adult off-spring (and partners) would get a laugh if I sent them one for Easter . . . so I did.

The “Adopt-a-chick” scheme began to take shape in my head and here’s what I got up to.

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This photo, just for fun . . . but the following photo is an example of what was sent

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Each chick was boxed up with enough chocolate money to stop them from starving to death during transportation . . . and, as you can see, they all hatched before Easter Sunday.  Each chick was also posted with an adoption certificate – duly filled out with the name of adoptive parent and name of chick.

And I tried to personalise each chick, for the person I was sending to.

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Here is the batch I hooked . . . short hair for the men, long hair for the gals, except for that one with a mane of red hair . . . that’s a boy chick, called Rufus, and he was made for second son.  If I show you the following photo, you’ll understand why.

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