Saturday, 24 September 2016

Amigurumi Crochet Elephant

Well, following on from my last post... I've ended up making another amigurumi animal!  This is a birthday present for my Mum.  She loves elephants and lilac, so I decided to combine the two!

A little lilac crochet elephant!  With some pretty tilda fabric on the ears...

I used this pattern which is a translation into English of a Japanese pattern.  I liked the cute design, and also the minimal sewing on of limbs appealed greatly to me!  The way the legs are crocheted onto the body is a method I've never seen or tried before, but I love the seamless finish it gives.  It also means there is no having to try to line and match them up evenly, which you'd have to do if sewing on.  As it was, sewing the tail and ears onto the elephant gave me enough trouble - I do hate that bit!!

I found it a bit fiddly in places, and I don't deny some cursing and angry words towards the end!  But, as is most often the case, I'm glad I made it (now it's done)!

Now I'm just off for my Mum's birthday celebration... I hope she likes her little elephant!

[Edited to add: My Mum loved it - makes it all worthwhile!!]

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Friday, 9 September 2016

Five on Friday: Crochet Amigurumi

I thought I'd share five things with you today... five crochet amigurumi projects I've made.  Amigurumi is not my favourite form of crochet at all, and yet I always love what I make when I do give it a go!

1)  Penguin - I made this when I first started crocheting, a few years ago now, once I'd mastered the granny square.  It was the first time it clicked how to crochet into stitches (with the granny you crochet into the gaps) and it was surprising how long it took me to figure it out - hard to imagine now!

The pattern I used for this was actually a crochet egg pattern, which I then embellished with felt and a couple of beads to create the penguin.

2)  Owl - This came shortly after, using the same egg pattern and same idea...

I love these little guys - so cute and dinky!

3)  Pink Monkey - This was a little more tricky and a definite favourite of mine.  I just had to have a pink monkey!

You can find the pattern here.

4)  Blue Monkey - Fast forward a couple of years and I made one for my nephew, in a top with his initial on...

5)  Snail - Then more recently, you will have seen the crochet snail I made for my sister-in-law...

More details and pattern here.

The last two are with their new owners, but the first three hang out with me at home...

What do you think?  Is amigurumi something you enjoy?

I'm linking up with Love Made My Home's Five on Friday - thanks to Amy for hosting it!

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