Completed: Amigurumi Amumu

I finished Amumu in time for Christmas! My husband found him in his stocking yesterday morning.

(See my previous post about making Amumu)

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Amigurumi Amumu is so cuddly. Maybe he won’t be sad anymore.

Happy Yarning!

In Progress: Amigurumi Amumu

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My husband plays League of Legends, and Amumu is his favorite champion, so I thought I’d whip up an amigurumi Amumu for him. Of course, as soon as I made the pieces and pinned them together, my water broke. So it’s still unfinished.

But I am determined to complete it before Christmas.

I tried something new with this amigurumi. I had a couple of good colors for it in my stash, and since I couldn’t decide which to use, I used both.

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I switched colors each round, just carrying them along the inside. It gives him a subtle striped look. (He is supposed to be a mummy after all.)

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Now I just need to sew him together and make him some big, sad, yellow eyes. I think I can do that before Christmas.

Happy Yarning!

Amigurumi: Clothes!

Here she is in a simple skirt and shirt.

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I made them both on her, just working in the round off the stitches at her waist and neck. I threw in color changes here and there to lend the outfit some style.

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The sleeves on the shirt were the only tricky part. I ended up skipping four stitches of the round at each shoulder, chaining four under each armpit, and continuing around and around the body of the shirt. Afterward, I worked the sleeves around her arms.

One tip I discovered about making clothes attached to dolls: do the hair after the clothes. Especially if your doll will have bushy hair. It really gets in the way sometimes.

I’ve learned a lot from fiddling around with this doll, which I’ll be able to apply to future dolls. But for now, I think it’s time to try amigurumi animals!

Happy Yarning.

Amigurumi: Facial Experiments

I looked about for different ways to do eyes and settled on one I could do without going out to buy more things. I crocheted them out of #10 crochet cotton and sewed them on. I think this method has a lot of potential for different shapes and colors and styles, all resulting in flat, secure eyes safe for anyone to chew on.

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Then I looked at hair. I loved one tutorial using yarn fringe (link), but I wanted to try out the look of crocheted locks. So I made lines of locks and sewed them on in four layers, starting at the bottom and working up to the part on top.

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Her hair is beautiful, but rather heavy. It’s certainly not for the faint of neck.

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Her mouth is just a wee line of embroidery with #10 crochet cotton. I’m not sure about the shape and may try again.

Next: to figure out some clothes!

Happy Yarning.

Amigurumi: Test Subject 1

Here’s my first stab at an amigurumi doll. I think she turned out fantastic!

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I did the head and torso in one piece and each of the limbs separately, because I wanted lots of flexibility in the shoulders and hips. I mostly made up the pattern as I went along, BUT I wrote it down so I could tweak it for future iterations. For example, with my next doll I’ll see how a more proportional head looks. Also, changing colors at different points would be an easy way to put clothes on her.

Next: to figure out who she is and give her a face, hair, and clothing! This will be a great way to use up stash scraps.

Happy Yarning!

Edit: I made a .pdf of her pattern: Basic Big-head Amigurumi Doll Pattern. It may be a bit slapdash, but I assure you it is more intelligible than the original version. Enjoy.

Learning Amigurumi

I tried amigurumi (the craft of crocheting stuffed toys) before I knew there was a term for it. In college I crocheted several dragons. Here are the two I still have: Stewart and St. Elmo. Poor St. Elmo spent a lot of time living on our car’s dashboard and got sunburned.

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Each of my dragons had shaping issues, probably because I tried to make them in one piece rather than sewing several pieces together. Now that I’ve seen so much adorable amigurumi online, I want to learn real techniques and give it another shot.

Yesterday I started with some basics. I found allaboutami.com, where I learned the magic circle starting method and the invisible decrease, and then I tried out a sphere (following one of the ideal sphere patterns found on mspremiseconclusion.wordpress.com).

Ta da!

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I can totally do this. The only question is what should I make first?

Happy Yarning.