Of all my crafts the one I turn to time and time again is crochet.
I think that the reason I like it so much is the ease at which you can put it down, bundle it in a bag and pick it up again. It is so simple to undo and restart a faulty section. There are no huge number of stitches to pick up and no catastrophe when a hook becomes separated from a piece of work.
However, I don’t particularly like crocheted garments. Except for scarves and wraps, I’m yet to find a pattern that I would be confident that once finished, I would actually wear.
I love seeing the crochet blankets (or afghans) across other’s blogs and on pinterest but they are a huge commitment.
But the one thing that really tickles my crochet fingers is a great amigurumi pattern.
Just so you know, ‘Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and fantasy creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll.’
One of my favourite makes of last year was my Gecko. Remember him?
He was quite an undertaking but worth every stitch. The original post can be found here.
It is with this in mind that I have decided to set my self a challenge of crocheting an amigurumi for every small member of the family. I plan to give them away at Christmas (aaaaargh!) so I have plenty of time.
I’ve started pinning my favourites on Pinterest.
If you click on the photo it’ll take you directly to the pattern source.
This one was crocheted by Clairette Tricote. She recently ran a Laylala CAL on her blog here.
The meerkat will be for my dad. He has that same sort of look in the eyes!
I could go on and on and on!
First I need to work out what to make for whom.
There is also a strippy giraffe pattern I want to find.
If anyone has used a successful amigurumi pattern that you think I would like, please leave me a link.
I’m off to check on my stash of colourful crochet cotton.
Love, Lucie xx