Amigurumi

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Amigurumi

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?

My crochet gecko

My crochet gecko

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.

Amineko Crocheted Cat

Amineko Crocheted Cat by Nekoyama on Ravelry

Dinosaur by DioneDesign on etsy

Dinosaur by DioneDesign on etsy

Dirk Lalylala

Dirk Laylala by Lydia Tresselt on Ravelry

This one was crocheted by Clairette Tricote. She recently ran a Laylala CAL on her blog here.

This is Lottie, an adorable puppy. Found on Ravelry by Gadgetville

 

 

dog

Another crochet puppy, this time by K4TT on Ravelry

hippo

A perfect hippo again by DioneDesign on Esty

 

lion

Roarin Roland. He looks great fun. There are so many more great patterns from his makers, K4TT, on Ravelry

meerkat

Meerkat by June Gilbank on Ravelry

The meerkat will be for my dad. He has that same sort of look in ย the eyes!

 

Mia_Elephant

One of my favourites. Mia elephant by Laura Sillar on Ravelry

Rabbit

And finally, this bunny and many others like her have been made by Justyna. Click the image for the link to her blog.

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

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About lovelucie1

I cannot sit without something in my hands to sew, crochet, sketch etc. This becoming something of an addiction. In fact, I start to get twitchy if I am stationary somewhere, waiting for an appointment, waiting for my daughter, away with work, without some project to keep my hands busy. Minutes wasted make me anxious. This blog logs my progress to raise funds through my creations to feed my textile habbit.

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  1. What a great idea! Crocheted Christmas creatures. I have just finished a green amineko cat. So pleased how it turned out and the facial stitching gives them so much personality. Looking forward to seeing what you decide to make. Love Lottie and yes love the strippy giraffe you pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. How do I get into your family – I’m quite small – in order to get you to make me one of these for Christmas? ๐Ÿ™‚
    These cute amigurami beasties are one of the reasons I wish I could persevere with crochet – like you, I don’t find many crochet patterns I would wear – but time and patience prevents me’

    I look forward to enviously eyeing up all the creatures you make between now and then.

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  3. I love amigurami too.. I think they are so cute for gifts and decorations.. ๐Ÿ˜€ I usually find them on books rather than internet.. so your links are very valuable resources for me to explore.. appreciate all these sharing.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. You gecko was definitely worth the work : )

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  5. Imagine finding one of these adorable animals in your Christmas stocking – adult and child alike would be delighted ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Well I think so but then I love my crochet. My daughter’s friends all took home a crochet cat or owl key ring after the party. They loved them so may be it’s not just us.

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  6. I agree with you about crochet and how it is less good for clothes. I love all the amigurumi patterns you have found. One day I want to make lots of amigurumi but I spend so much time making blankets!

    This is something in my ‘to make’ list. http://squirrelpicnic.com/2013/08/31/make-it-challenge-7-rainbow-donkey/
    and this http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fierce-little-dragon.

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  7. Those are super cute examples. Good luck.

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  8. very cute, i have made a few things for my grand daughter which she loves!

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  9. I’ve made the strippy giraffe!
    The link to the pattern I used is here…
    http://ilovebuttonsbyemma.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/crochet-giraffe-pattern.html?m=1
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  10. ooohh!! they’re all so pretty! but the bunny and the gecko are my favourites! what a great job! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. I love these – especially the hippo and elephant. I’m going to bookmark this post to remind me to get a pattern or two so I can make some myself! Thanks for sharing, and be sure to show us your finished products!

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  12. Thank you for sharing some gorgeous patterns, I love them all, we must have similar taste, I already have 4 of them in my pattern to do store would you believe. I have also made a few bits from here http://mojimojidesign.com.

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  13. These are stunning! Superb craftmanship, better than any shop version ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. These are simply ADORABLE!!! Beautiful work!

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