amigurumi

3 Simple Stuffings Which Make Your Amigurumi Special

The New Year has arrived! This is time of new ideas for us. If the cuteness of your amigurumi is not enough for you anymore and you are wondering how to make the figures really special and interesting, this post is for you.

Instead of stuffing amigurumi just with a fiberfill you can be a bit more creative and your amigurumi will be brought to live 🙂 Here are 3 simple tricks I use to add a cool function to amigurumi figures. I am sure everyone of you has all the supplies at home.

1) Dried peas or coffe beans

If you want to make somthing heavy and stable (like a door stopper, for example) or you want that your toy sits without loosing a balance, just put dried peas or beans instead of fiberfill (or partly). This trick is also helpful if you want to make a small antistress toy. I often use coffee beans for that, because of nice aroma 🙂

 

2) Wires

You want to make a flexible ballerina or a doll, whos arms position can be changed? Just put soft wires inside while stuffing. You should just take care that the sharp ends do not look out by making small circles on every end.

 

3) Noise makers

Amigurumi is a perfect gift for a kid, and we all know how much kids love noise 🙂 Good news: it is really easy to make and you do not need anything special for that. Just take a plastic egg from the Kinder surprise egg or any other small plastic container, fill it with dried beans. If you do not have a plstic container of a right size, use packages of candies. They make a lot of noise and you get some candies 🙂 Of course you could always buys a squeaker for toys, it would better fit for “flat” toys.

 

 

I hope this post has inspired you to play with amigurumi stuffing and see what happens!

Did you find the article helpful? Have a look at my other patterns, maybe you will find something you like there!

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Autumn Beanie for Children Free Pattern

The summer is over which means we need crochet more than ever! How to stay warm and stylish during the cold seasons? Here is my idea for a hat! Of course it can be made any size and colours, but let’s admit that the burning colours of autumn are magical!
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Materials:

  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • recommended for the hook yellow, orange and light brown yarn (I used an amazing yarn will all the colours coming one after another without a gradient (see the picture). 210 m = 85 g, I needed a little less than 85 g)
  • scissors
  • pompon (if you do not have one, just make it yourself using the tutorial)

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • dc – double crochet
  • dinc – in this case: 2 double crochet in 1 st
  • FPdc – front post double crochet
  • (…) X 10 – repeat “…” 10 times

The pattern is for a 2 years old child (50-52 cm head). If you use a yarn of a different sickness, the size of the hat might change!

The pattern:

Important: At the beginning of every round we make 3 ch which are counted as one dc in the pattern. At the end of every round the last dc is connected to the first one with one sl st.

Round 1: 10 dc in magic ring (10)
Round 2: dinc X 10 (20)
Round 3: (dc in next st, dinc) X 10 (30)
Round 4: (dc in next 2 st, dinc) X 10 (40)
Round 5: (dc in next 3 st, dinc) X 10 (50)
Round 6: (dc in next 4 st, dinc) X 10 (60)
Round 7: (dc in next 5 st, dinc) X 10 (70)
Round 8: (dc in next 6 st, dinc) X 10 (80)

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Round 9-18: dc in all st (80)

Now we start crocheting the ribbling (just go on further without cutting the yarn).
Round 19-21: FPdc in all dc of the prvious round (80) If you do not know the stitch, no worries, it is really easy! Just insert the hook into a double crochet of the round before (as it is shown on the picture below), the rest is the same as a regular dc.

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As you see, I made 3 rounds in the ribbling, but you can make more if you think, that the ribbling is too narrow. Perfect would be to let your child try it on. If you do not have the opportunity, just make 4 rounds to be sure that the hat is long enough!

Now you can fasten off, cut the yarn, weave in the end and sew the pompon to the hat. If you have do not have a pompon and you have never made it before, here is one of the method (the easiest) explained.

Yeeeey… the hat is ready!!!

My son loves his new autumn hat, he even wanted to wear it indoor 🙂

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I hope that a little owner of the hat you made will like it and stay warm!

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My Crochet Highlights of the Year

Hello Everybody!

Just two more days and we will welcome a New Year of adventures in the world of crochet! Well, it is a perfect timepoint to think back and remember the best moments of the current year. I have not been that active posting my patterns this year… Why? Actually, I was busy crocheting! And here are my crochet highlights 2019:

  • I have learned to crochet sweaters! I am very proud and excited about it! I have never thought that I can actually wear a crocheted sweater. But now I have learned an easy technique to make really fashionable designs! As always, my first attempt was for my son, and then I was so happy with the result and it motivated me to crochet my first adult sweater ever!!!

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  • 2. A while ago I saw a Seaside Stash Busting Blanket by Eleonora from Coastal Crochet. I was too late for taking part in the Crochet Along with Eleonora but the style of the blanket is sooo inspiring! So trying out the pattern became the Number 1 in my “Crochet To Do List”. And I ended up making accessories one after another using the stitches I have learned from Eleonora. Here are photos of some of the things I have made. Thank you Eleonora for showing the awesome stitches and inspiring me for creating these things!

And here is a flower pot decoration for our terrasse:

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I wish you all a great New Year full of ideas and inspiration! My New Year resolution is to share with you the patterns for all of the things mentioned in this post. I hope you are as excited as I am about crocheting new things and making your families and friends happy with your wonderful handmade gifts!

 

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Crochet Potholder Rudolph

Christmas is almost there! It’s time to create a special athmosphere of a miracle around. We exchange all home decorations with christmas specialities. Candels, Nutcrackers, angels and stars are everywhere. Kitchen towels of christmas colours, tablecloth with winter ornaments and a potholder with a funny Rudolph on it!

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You will need:

  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Green, red, brown and white yarn recommended for the hook
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • reverse sc – reverse single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase st number)
  • X 6 – repeat 6 times
  • number of st in every round is indicated in brackets at the end

Tips:

1. Do not crochet in spiral so the shapes of the nose and the head are clear. Make sl st and 1 ch at the end of every round instead.

2. The base of the pattern is that we have to add 6 st at every round. The inc stitches are over each other in the pattern (like that instructions look more understandable), but if you shift them a bit from each other, the round shapes will look more round and less hexagonal.

Instructions:

Round 1: Start with the red yarn. 6 sc in magic ring (6 )
Round 2: inc X 6 (12)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)
Round 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)
Round 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc) X 6 (30)
Round 6: Change to the brown yarn. (sc in next 4 st, inc) X 6 (36)
Round 7: (sc in next 5 st, inc) X 6 (42)
Round 8: (sc in next 6 st, inc) X 6 (48)
Round 9: (sc in next 7 st, inc) X 6 (54)
Round 10: (sc in next 8 st, inc) X 6 (60)
Round 11: (sc in next 9 st, inc) X 6 (66)
Round 12: Change to the green yarn. (sc in next 10 st, inc) X 6 (72)

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Round 13: (sc in next 11 st, inc) X 6 (78)
Round 14: (sc in next 12 st, inc) X 6 (84)
Round 15: (sc in next 13 st, inc) X 6 (90)
Round 16: (sc in next 14 st, inc) X 6 (96)
Round 17: (sc in next 15 st, inc) X 6 (102)
Round 18: (sc in next 16 st, inc) X 6 (108)
Round 19: (sc in next 17 st, inc) X 6 (114)
Round 20: (sc in next 18 st, inc) X 6 (120)
Round 21: (sc in next 19 st, inc) X 6 (126)
Round 22: Change to the white yarn. (sc in next 20 st, inc) X 6 (132)
Round 23: Make a hanging loop: 20 ch, (reverse sc in next 21 st, reverse inc) X 6 (138)
Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in the ends.

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Eyes:

Round 1: Start with the brown yarn. 6 sc in magic ring, sl st (6 )
Round 2: Change to the white yarn. 1 ch, inc X 6, sc through the center, sl st (12)
Fasten off, cut the yarn leaving tails for sewing (unfortunately, I forgot to do that :).

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Sew the eyes to the head. Embroider the mouth (between Rounds 7 and 8, 15 st long) and the horns, be creative 🙂

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The potholder is finished! Happy Christmas cooking! Ho Ho Ho!

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Crochet Warm Mittens Quickly

Are you looking for a quick crochet pattern to make a nice Christmas gift? Or do you just want to be prepared for the cold winter? In the both cases you are looking at the right article! I have crocheted the mittens for me and it took around 2 hours. It is not only quick but also easy to crochet: you need to know only a regular single stitch! Have fun following the instructions and keep your hands warm!

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You will need:

  • 6 mm crochet hook
  • Turcouise yarn recommended for the hook (generally it is a good idea to use a bigger hook but if we want to have warm mittens, the hook should match the yarn. Otherwise the crocheting will be not tight enough and the wind can come through!)
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase st number)
  • dec – 1 sc in two st (used to decrease st number)
  • X 6 – repeat 6 times
  • number of st in every round is indicated in brackets at the end

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Instructions:

We srart with making a ribbing: make 11 ch (the last, 11th ch is a turning ch)
Rounds 1-24: sc in all 10 st IN BACK LOOPS ONLY, 1 turning ch (10)
Round 25: now we are going to close the rubber. Insert the hook in the last st of the last and the first rounds at the same time, make sl st in next 10 st (10)

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Now we are crocheting the “body” of the mitten. So I start counting the rounds again.
Rounds 1-2: sc in all 24 st (24)
Round 3: sc in next 10 st, inc, sc in next st, inc, sc in next 11 st (26)
Round 4: sc in next 10 st, inc, sc in next 3 st, inc, sc in next 11 st (28)
Round 5: sc in all st (28)
Round 6: sc in next 10 st, inc, sc in next 5 st, inc, sc in next 11 st (30)
Round 7: sc in all st (30)
Round 8: sc in next 10 st, inc, sc in next 7 st, inc, sc in next 11 st (32)
Round 9: sc in next 11 st, 1 ch, skip 9 st, sc in next 12 st (24)
Rounds 10-21: sc in all st (24)

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Round 22: (sc in next 2 st, dec) X 6 (18)
Round 23: (sc in next st, dec) X 6 (12)
Round 24: (dec) X 6 (6)
Sew the next round. Fatsen off, cut the yarn and weave in the end.

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Thumb:
Round 1: Start crocheting in the ch of the Round 9. Insert there the hook, make 1 ch, dec, sc in next 7 st, dec (10)

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Rounds 2-12: sc in all 10 st (10)
Round 13: (dec) X 5 (5)
Sew the next round. Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in the end.

The first mitten is finished! Now follow the instructions again with one change – the Round 3 should look like that: sc in next 11 st, inc, sc in next st, inc, sc in next 10 st (26) and keep the order till the end of the mitten. It will be a right mitten!

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Now enjoy your new mittens and keep yourself warm!

Merry Christmas!

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