Pink Puppy

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Every now and then I’ll come across an amigurumi pattern that is so utterly adorable I have to make it for no particular reason. Tammy the Tiny Pup by AmiguruMEI was one such pattern – and you can totally understand why, right? :)

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One of the features of Tammy the Tiny Pup I really liked was the interchange of yarn colours to create a heart like shape around her eyes.

 

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I also liked that her eyes were made up of small, round black beads and her nose and mouth were sewn with embroidery thread. Delicate details for a tiny amigurumi!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What amigurumi have you been working on lately?

Rainbow Lorikeet Baby Mobile

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Late last year a friend of mine welcomed an adorable little boy. He is now not so little but still very adorable. In this post, I wanted to share with you something I crocheted for him when he was born – a baby mobile.

The pattern is by Ana Paula Rimoli and features in her book Amigurumi Two!

In the book Ana’s birds are a pastel blue. However, I wanted to make the birds on the mobile unique. So I drew inspiration from my neighbourhood where we are blessed to share with rainbow lorikeets (like the one in the picture below sitting on my clothes line) and crocheted my birds with their bright, vibrant colours.

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It was initially a challenge to work out how to convert all the bold colours of the real bird  onto an amigurumi bird. However, I approached this by first working out the rainbow lorikeet’s key colours – dark blue, lime green, dark green, yellow and red – and then working out how to allocate them in the stitches.

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For those with the pattern, this is how I distributed the stitch colouring (I only crocheted the little birds)-

HEAD: 

R1-11: Dark Blue

R 12-16: Lime Green

BODY:

R 1-5: Dark Blue

R6: 8 sts yellow, 4 sts red, 8 sts yellow

R7: 7 sts yellow, 6 sts red, 7 sts yellow

R8: 6 sts yellow, 8 sts red, 6 sts yellow

WINGS & TAIL:

All in Dark Green

 

 

 

 

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A detail I really liked in the pattern were the vines and flowers. They were tedious to sew together, but were a lovely, dainty way to tie the mobile together.

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What do you like to crochet for babies/young children? In the coming months, a few friends will be welcoming more little ones into their lives – so I’m keen to be the good “auntie” and get hooking on some gifts. :)

Drawn: Tools of an Amateur Floral Artist

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Way back in September when I renamed this blog “Drawn and Hooked” I promised that this blog would be a mix of my illustration and crochet – – only to still neglect my drawing (online at least). So here’s to putting my illustrating tardiness behind me – presenting, a little illustration I did earlier this week!

I drew this piece with an Artline Drawing System 0.3 pen and coloured it with Derwent Watercolour Pencils. The colours have been distorted a little through scanning and adjustments (something I need to work on!). I haven’t done much pen outline/watercoloured drawings – this illustration is not so much a reflection of my usual work but more so an experiment of mediums I’ve been meaning to experiment more with lately.

So why the flowers? Why the dustpan . . . and what is that green block? For this week’s illustration I thought I’d draw on (see the pun!) items from a new and recent hobby of mine – flower arranging!

About a month ago, a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to join her in signing up for a beginner Floral Art Class at our local community college. Without much hesitation I did – and now, almost half way through our “term” there have been no regrets.

On a weekly basis we now wrangle leafy branches of vibernum odoratissimum, wire Geberas with our fingers. crunch stems of  Lisianthus with our secateurs and press them firmly into floral foam (that’s the green block!).  It’s a fun yet challenging skill to be learning – I’m looking forward to when I can start putting my new skills to use for events like birthdays!

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed my first “drawn” post, as well as hearing a little about my newest hobby. What are your hobbies? How did you come across them?

Step-By-Step Tutorial: Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon

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As promised in my last blog post, here’s a visual step-by-step tutorial of how to crochet and assemble an Amigurumi Toothless.

You will find the pattern HERE on Sarselgurumi’s blog. This post is intended to compliment Sarselgurumi’s pattern with visuals. I hope you find it useful!

I used dark navy DK yarn and a 2.75mm hook.

TOOTHLESS’ PARTS

BODY

The body is started at the base and worked up to the neck. The decreases shape it into a “sitting” posed body.

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HEAD

The pattern calls for Toothless’ head to be “shaped” during the stuffing process. However, I found that the increased were sufficient in giving him a pointed snout. I think working with a smaller hook (a 2.75mm – which created tighter stitches) helped in giving Toothless’ head shape.

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CROCHETING TOOTHLESS’ TOES

1) As instructed, crochet the base of the foot. With the sole facing down, your foot base should look like this.

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2) I put a stitch marker at the beginning of the round. As per pattern, crochet in the first few front loops.

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3) Half double crochet into one stitch as instructed (I’ve traced the HDC stitches in red) and loosen the last loop as shown in the image below. Remove crochet hook.

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4) Insert hook into the first HDC and pick up the loosened loop. Then, as indicated by the red arrow, tighten the loose loop and pull through the first HDC.

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5) Then you will have your toe!

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6) Continue following the pattern. When you have finished the round, your “foot” should look like this.

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7) When you  sc the next round though, be careful to note that some of the stitches (especially around the toes) you crochet into will not be as obvious.

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FRONT LEGS

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BACK LEGS

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EARS

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MINI HORNS

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TAIL

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WINGS

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TAIL FINS (Part A and Part B)

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At the end of Row 3 on Part B of the wings the pattern says to slip stitch through the ends of the previous rows to create a curve. I understood this to mean slip stitching into the stitches marked in red.

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The end result creates a curve around the edge of the piece.

 

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Once you have completed all the parts of Toothless you should have something like this…!

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Which leads to…

ASSEMBLING TOOTHLESS

HEAD TO BODY

First of all, Toothless head is to be connected to his body. The pattern suggests skewering both parts onto a knitting needle – and this was a great way to keep both parts inline whilst sewing them together.

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LEGS TO BODY

I attached Toothless’ back legs to his rear at a 90 degree angle – sticking out to his left and right.

I attached his front legs pressed against the front of his body.

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EARS, MINI HORNS and EARS to HEAD

Toothless’ Mini Horns and Ears frame his face in the same way a mane frames a lion’s face. I attached the two mini horns on Toothless’ head first and then worked down his face. I positioned the first two horns a few rows behind the centre of his head as seen in the picture below.

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As I attached the ears and other mini horns, I positioned them a little closer to the front of his face. From the side you can see how the mini horns and ears tilt at an angle around Toothless’ face.

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TAIL AND WINGS TO BODY

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TAIL FINS AND TAIL

I struggled a little to understand how Toothless’ tail fins should attach to his tail. I looked at pictures of the animated Toothless for ideas and in the end settled for this arrangement.

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After all this you should finally have your very own Toothless!

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I hope this post has been of use to those of you who are making a Toothless on your own! It’s an amigurumi pattern more challenging than most, but very rewarding to complete!

 

Hooked: Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon

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Meet my latest amigurumi – Toothless the (Night Fury) Dragon from “How to Train Your Dragon”!

The pattern is from Sarselgurumi which you can find HERE. I first came across this pattern when I started crocheting, but didn’t attempt it as it seemed too complicated for my skill set at the time. However, attempting it again more recently, I was impressed to find it was a really well designed pattern and am really pleased with the results!

I crocheted Toothless with a dark navy DK yarn and my favourite 2.75mm hook.

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I was especially impressed with learning a technique to form Toothless toes. His feet were worked as single pieces – toes included! It would have been so tedious to sew on individual toes!

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As I made Toothless, I was careful to document all the different parts and techniques with my camera. I’m excited to say that in my next post I will be putting together a visual step-by-step tutorial for Sarselgurumi’s excellent pattern. So if you’re keen to make a Toothless too (especially with How to Train Your Dragon 2 being released in a few months time!) but need some images to help – stick around! :)

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Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter!

Its been a while since I crocheted amigurumi,  so I was more than happy to get back to it when I found this cute Ichigo-Chan Easter Bunny Pattern by Mei of AmiguruMEI.

This well written pattern was quick and easy to follow and in little time I had my very own bunny ready for Easter.

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The details of the bunny – its bow and popping cheeks as well as embroidered eyes were a different but delightful way to how I usually decorate my amigurumi.

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The only things I changed in this pattern were (apart from the colours and positioning of the arms) were crocheting a tail instead of using a pom pom. You can kind of see it in this picture – I forgot to get a proper shot!

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I hope you all enjoy your Easter weekend. I will be spending mine with this little rabbit, much chocolate (much of which I’ve already eaten!) but more importantly remembering how Jesus so generously, willingly and lovingly died for my (and your) sins so I/we will never have to.

Happy Easter!

FREE PATTERN: Kangaroo

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Last year I created an amigurumi Kangaroo to take with me while I traveled. I received a lovely email shortly after if I’d ever release the pattern for it. I promised I would, and finally (thanks for your patience Susana!) I’ve put together the pattern (after testing it by making another kangaroo!) and some instructions which I hope you’ll find useful.

Please let me know if you do end up making your own Kangaroo – I’d love to see it!

Materials:

-          Tan Yarn (for body)

-          Purple Yarn (for shirt)

-          9mm Safety Eyes

-          Fiber Fill

-          Darning Needle

-          Black Felt (for nose)

-          Black Thread (for mouth)

-          Scissors

-          3.75mm hook

 

MUZZLE

With tan yarn

R1: 6sc in Magic Ring (6sts)

R2: 2sc in each sc around (12sts)

R3: *Sc 1, 2sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (18sts)

R4: 18sc

 

Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing

Sew mouth features onto muzzle and glue/sew on nose

 

HEAD

With tan yarn

R1: 6sc in Magic Ring (6sts)

R2: 2sc in each sc around (12sts)

R3: *Sc 1, 2sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (18sts)

R4: *Sc 2, 2sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (24sts)

R5: *Sc 3, 2sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (30sts)

R6-13: 30sc

R14: *Sc 3, dec 1*, rep 6 times (24sts)

R15: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 6 times (18sts)

 

Insert 9mm safety eyes about half way of the kangaroo’s face. Keep in mind you need to leave space in between his eyes for his muzzle too.) Stuff head firmly.

 

R16: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times (12sts)

R17: *Dec 1*, rep 6 times (6sts)

 

Fasten off and weave in end.

 

EARS (Make 2)

With tan yarn

R1: 5sc in Magic Ring (5sts)

R2: 5sc

R3: *Sc 1, 2sc in next sc*, rep 2 times. 1sc (7sts)

R4: *Sc 1, 2sc in next sc*, rep 3 times. 1sc (10sts)

R5-7: 10sc

R8: *Sc 1, dec 2*, rep 3 times. 1sc (7sts)

R9: 7sts

 

Fasten off and leave tail for sewing

 

BODY

With tan yarn

R1: 6sc in Magic Ring (6sts)

R2: 2sc in each sc around (12sts)

R3: *Sc 1, 2sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (18sts)

R4: *Sc 2, 2sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (24sts)

R5: 24sc

R6: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 6 times (18sts)

 

Switch to purple yarn

 

R7-9: 18sc

 

Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing

 

TAIL

With tan yarn

R1: 6sc in Magic Ring (6sts)

R2-4: 6sc

R5: *Sc1, 2sc in next sc*, rep 3 times (9sts)

R6: *Sc 2, 2sc in next sc*, rep 3 times (12sts)

 

Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing

 

LEGS (Make 2 of each part)

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PART A

R1: 6sc in Magic Ring (6sts)

R2: 2sc in each sc around (12sts)

R3: 12sc

 

Fasten off and leave tail for sewing

 

PART B

R1: 6sc in Magic Ring (6sts)

R2-5: 6sc

 

Fasten off and leave tail for sewing

 

ARMS (Make 2)

With tan yarn

 

R1: 5sc in Magic Ring (5sts)

R2-4: 5sc

 

Fasten off and leave tail for sewing

 

ASSEMBLY

 

1)      Sew the body onto the head – this makes it easier to place remaing features.

2)      Sew onto the head the muzzle and ears.

3)      Sew the tail onto the back of the body

4)      Sew PART A of the leg to the body first. This makes placing PART B easier.

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5)      Sew arms onto the front of the body, just beneath the join of the head.

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6)      Done! You now have yourself a little kangaroo to take along with you for adventures! :)

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This pattern is an original pattern by Rachel of Drawn and Hooked (March 2014). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. You may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site, sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern. Thank you! :)

Coming Up: FREE Kangaroo Pattern

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Do you recognise the little guy in green? His name is Rory and I created him mid 2013 to take along on holidays. When I first posted him, I received a lovely email from a reader called Susana asking if his pattern was available. I promised Susana that I would eventually check and type up his pattern and I’ve finally got around to doing so (I’m sorry it’s taken so long Susana!).

I’ll be posting Rory’s pattern later this week! Stay tuned. :)

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Happy (Almost Belated) Chinese New Year! I think I can *just* get away with saying that seeing Chinese New Year celebrations last 15 days after the first day of the new Lunar month.. 

Apologies for not blogging much in the last month or so. I was busily preparing for my community college class (which sadly ended up getting cancelled) and finishing off my assignments for a class I’ve been taking online (more on that another time). 

When all the busyness started winding down, I managed to fit in this project – All About Ami’s annual Chinese New Year amigurumi. Stephanie has written a pattern for Chinese New Year for the last 4 years. This year, as it is the Chinese Year of the Horse.. the pattern was for a horse – which you can find HERE

Last year was the first I tried making one Steph’s CNY patterns. I made last year’s amigurumi snake using the traditional festive Chinese colours of red and gold (which I substituted with yellow.. because it’s pretty hard to find gold yarn!). When it came to making this year’s horse, I decided to stick with the same colour scheme.

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I’ve always been a big fan of Steph’s work (as anyone reading this blog can see… haha) but was even more so impressed with this horse pattern as it involved slightly more complex shaping methods. It was a welcome departure from the regular ball and sausage shapes of many amigurumi patterns and created a little horse that was delightfully original. 

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Given how well this horse pattern turned out I’m keen to try and apply My Little Pony colours to it sometime. I have friends who are big fans of Rainbow Dash (but how to make that rainbow mane and tail?!), Rarity and Princess Celestia (though she is an alicorn… and a rainbow maned/tailed one at that too!) so it may well be worth a shot. 

Did you make a little horse/pony for Chinese New Year too? Do you think you’d apply My Little Pony Colours to this pattern? 

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Happy 2014!

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Happy 2014 Everyone! I hope you all had a refreshing and enjoyable Christmas and New Years!

Have you made any new year’s resolutions? One of mine is to read more. I used to read continuously as a child – but as I’ve grown older and accumulated more digital devices (which are sometimes black holes of distraction/procrastination) I can barely remember the last book I’ve read. And I miss reading, as I remember how much sharper my brain felt when I was in the midst of a book. So to hopefully kick start my reading habit, I’ve set myself the task of reading at least 12 books this year. Hopefully I’ll read a lot more, but it’s a start. :)

Speaking of resolutions, if you are interested in learning to crochet amigurumi (for those of you in this lovely city of Sydney, Australia) next month I’ll be teaching a beginner’s class at  Sydney Community College. You can find out more about it HERE.

It will run for 5 weeks, on Saturdays from 10am-12:30pm starting the 1st of February, 2014 to the 1st of March, 2014.

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Designed for absolute beginners, the course will cover basic crochet stitches and amigurumi techniques. I’ve designed the patterns of the cat, rabbit and bear above especially for this course. My hope for this class is that by the end of the course all students will have the skill set to have created not only the amigurumi designed for class – but any amigurumi pattern they set their eyes on! Crocheting amigurumi is a fun, relaxing hobby, and one I hope to share!

So if you’re in Sydney and keen of learning how to crochet amigurumi with a hands on tutor and other like minded beginners, I hope you’ll consider joining Amigurumi for Beginners!

- Rach