Friday, September 18, 2020

Amigurumi Fun


Amigurumi Snails

How it all started. This is my very first amigurumi design. But to go even further. I used to paint and one of my favorite themes was to paint shells, all kinds. This painting for instance is from the year 2006. I don´t have many left, but luckily one is hanging on my wall. Took a photo with my amigurumi snails. Perfect match I guess :) This tiny amigurumi snail pattern was the first pattern that I uploaded on Etsy. And my first buyer was a lady from Australia. Greetings to Australia! :)

 
 


For me, amigurumi is one way to express myself. I like to take photos and make videos. God knows I have tons of them, I´m being more consistent with posting them for the past couple of months. :) Like many designers my mind works on another project when working on the current one. I´m more determined now and hopefully more proficient in posting them and inspiring somebody to start making toys. 

As said, this design is from the year 2010, in 2020 I also used poppers. 

Please have a look:

video Amigurumi snail when using poppers

Very cute I find

And the video how to coil up and amigurumi snail

One stitch away snail

You can see a lot more in one of my previous posts: amigurumi snails in process

This time I made 7 amigurumi snails in total.  What´s great about this pattern is that it is quite forgiving as to mistakes and you can use different colors, put your own creativity into work. They make such a lovely gift, children can play with them, they also make lovely decorations on your plants, etc. 

Amigurumi tiny snail is also available on my Ravely shop if you like to keep your patterns there. And it´s a plus, I can also see your projects. 


Using sew-on snap buttons gives the possibility to uncoil and coil them up again. I also show how to coil it up with yarn. 

And for fun:

When the snail fits it sits.


Instead of flowers maybe?!

And there is a thing that I haven´t mentioned before. You can just leave it like this. When a little break is needed at the office just coil it and let go of all the bad feelings. And then hop, it uncoils 


Thank you for stopping by

 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Teddy Bears - Expressing yourself through crochet

 Amigurumi Teddy Bears 

Welcome on board! 

Photos of teddy bears to brighten up your day. 

All made with the design: Teddy Marta
Making process in my previous post: making teddy bears

Amigurumi toys are one way to express my creativity. I have been making amigurumi toys on and off for 10 years. It has become more a form of art. Yarn is a medium. I have hand-painted all the safety eyes for these amigurumi teddy bear toys. I painted a lot, now concentrating more on designing. This is something I am signed up for. I live to create with my hook, my hands, my imagination, that sometimes makes my brain hurt - there´s so much inside. Won´t deny it anymore. If something is worth doing, do it! If I win somebody else also wins. If I create, somebody else can also create, following patterns, and making crocheted toys. It is not just crochet you discover a lot of things about you: everything really: what drives you, what´s easy for you, what´s difficult, colors, emotions, shapes etc. You can actually make a physical object - for me, it´s important in nowadays world. So just print out the pattern and disconnect :):)

Let the toys speak instead













You may also find this pattern in my Ravelry shop
also can be found in Amigurumipatterns.net: Teddy Marta

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Amigurumi Crochet Snail Pattern

Crochet Toys - Snail

Etsy: Crochet Snail Pattern

Ravelry: Amigurumi Snail Pattern

Nice to see your projects and have a look at what the other crocheters have done.

Amigurumipatterns.net: Tiny Amigurumi Snail

This is my very first amigurumi crochet toy pattern from years back, now with an updated version, DK weight included.

Crochet hook: 2,5mm
Size: approx. 10,5 cm/4,1 inc
Yarn: Ricorumi DK, DK weight /8 ply, on 10 pages! E
asy to follow pattern with lots of photos. I even included how to change the color, how to use poppers, and how to coil it up using the yarn, etc. 

I also made some videos: They can be found here: Amigurumi Video Tutorials

You can make these super cute snails including your own favorite colors. 

Why I like these crochet snails? I find them adorable, they are great toys for kids, they make nice gifts, and the end result gives such a great sense of achievement. Quite quick make as well. Also suitable for beginners - basic crochet stitches: single crochet, increasing and decreasing. 





You may want to add a little message while coiled up in one piece like seen here


Fun fact: it´s the same indoor plant I have had for a decade. Now slightly smaller. 

That´s an old photo of the year 2002 I believe :) 



And the process of making amigurumi toys

The process of making toys, actually designing them is a long process, but when you can hold it at the end and people get back you with their makes and positivity, it´s all worth it. And I will literally crochet for the rest of my life, hopefully. I was 6 years old when I understood that I like that world of toys, shapes, creativity, etc. My head is full of ideas, projects, etc. I see colors - I feel them. Crochet helps in so many ways. When your hands are working your brain is calmer. There´s so much noise around us, it helps to concentrate on yourself. 



There´s not much yarn needed for one crocheted snail. Cotton yarn is great, but why not to try with different yarns. As said. My pattern gives you at least two versions: how to work with fingering weight yarn (4 ply) and how to crochet your snail with DK weight yarn (8ply), Ricorumi DK here. 






Aren´t they just cute?

How can I see your makes with this pattern?

Please tag me on Instagram: @_happyamigurumi

Always happy to share!

And Ravelry: such a great place to upload your makes and tag it with the design. 

Thank you!

 


Friday, September 4, 2020

Teddy Marta - New Teddy Bear Pattern

At first, I have to go back to the year 2018

Then I came up with my very first jointed teddy bear pattern. I did both 4-way and 5-way crochet teddy bears: One name was Marta and another one was Villem. 

This is Villem that is 4-way jointed teddy bear and is waiting its turn to be published. I started off with Marta and it took incredible turns. 





And this is Marta from the year 2018



They made part of the same pdf pattern. This year I decided to make individual downloadable patterns (easily followed) for both designs and I started working. What actually happened is that the whole process took over and I came up with two versions of how to make a jointed teddy bear (also jointed at the neck) and not only. I did go even further. I continued to search ways how these TEDDY BEARS could be played in many years' time - meaning, how could they keep their shape and how to avoid the head to get floppy. As to the result, I was able to release the teddy bear pattern which is a very cute, simple design (wanted to keep that one) and could be used many times to crochet different teddy bears. And there is a very important thought behind this design - LESS SEWING - I know some crochet toymakers can´t stand that part at all. So this is something for them. Plastic joints are used and places, where to insert the ready-made body parts, are all marked in the pattern. 

And I must say I´m really proud of myself. Not because I did it but because I didn´t give up finding the best possible way for this cub like a teddy bear to be released as a pattern. It contains 25 pages and photos. Also videos on my Instagram, a short-cut to those: Crochet Video Tutorials to illustrate some steps and processes. Some crocheters are more visual and that´s why it´s useful to follow these as well. 

Some photos of the process itself (like 1%, hahaa).





Final Result. I have put a lot of time and testing into this design. Now you can purchase this pattern for a small thank you price

Fully Jointed Teddy Bear Pattern on Etsy

Teddy Marta Pattern on Amigurumipatterns

and 

Jointed Teddy Marta on Ravelry

You may use the pattern all over again. Start making these artists bear like toys for loved ones but why not to challenge yourself or to start a little side-hustle to earn from your ready-made crocheted teddy bear toys. Everything is done for you. You may even purchase joint sets and my hand-painted eyes for this particular design. And always tag! Why? I may be able to share your work as well on my Instagram, FB etc. 



And I´ll come back for more posts and amigurumi toys. photos, videos etc.
Meanwhile, happy crocheting, and don´t forget to follow me on Happyamigurumi on Instagram
Why? Pic or a video per day! 






Wednesday, August 12, 2020

How to mark a row in amigurumi crochet

You need to mark/count rows in amigurumi crochet to be able to follow a crochet toy pattern or crocheting in the rounds (spiral) in general.


Most common ways marking rows in amigurumi crochet.

1. Using yarn to mark rows. 

Personally, I don´t use any stitch markers or bobby pins, here you can see two methods I´m using to mark the beginning of a new row. And I use the same length of yarn left from the beginning. 
In short - I use yarn, sometimes a piece of contrasting yarn or just a scrap yarn. 


Moving the yarn marker along


I find it quite useful - you just carry your yarn along.
And it´s quite easy to go back if needed and to see exactly where you are. 
The downside for me is that you might miss the actual first stitch of the next round to work trough (has happened to me) when you fold the yarn over.


2. Bobby pin 

You may want to use a bobby pin to mark the first stitch of the new row in amigurumi crochet and just move it when you get back to the beginning. 



As I work very close to my crochet piece I find the bobby pin not so attractive to use - so long. It bends with my work but leaving a "baggy" stitch.
Bobby pin can be a little annoying on smaller sections as well. 


3. Stitch marker

Using a plastic stitch marker to mark the new row in amigurumi. One of the most common ways of making toys in the amigurumi style.



For me, it´s a bit annoying, the marker just gets in the way, and I have to remove it every row. Also, I find them hard to use in crocheting small amigurumi pieces. 


4. Other possible ways to mark rows in amigurumi crochet. 

I´ve seen other methods that I haven´t tried out myself like paper clips, a water-soluble pen, jewelry making stuff, etc.  

I dropped a question in a crochet group called Crochet Corner on Facebook.
and this is the top 4 ways that amigurumi crochet makers are using.
1. stitch marker
2. yarn
3. bobby pin
4. other ways

So the choice is yours. 

I suggest you try them all and find the best working solution for you or to change the previous method marking rows in amigurumi for the new technique. You may like different methods in crocheting different toys (size of your toy, yarn weight, your crochet hook, the color of your yarn, etc ) and I´m not talking about the garments, etc. 

You might start off with one method and change it when it seems it´s time to try something else. 
And the goal really is to make crocheting amigurumi toys more enjoyable and easy. 

And of course, what works best for you and why? Let me know in the comments! 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

New Jointed Teddy Bear Pattern - Amigurumi Crochet

I am so excited to share my newest and latest crochet teddy bear pattern - 5-way jointed teddy bear (also jointed at the neck) called Teddy Marta.

Actually, this teddy bear design is from the year 2018 Jointed Teddy Bears Villem and Marta I have worked hard on this design to provide a fun, enjoyable crochet teddy bear pattern. Now Teddy Marta is updated - upgraded - two in one - top-down version and down-up version. This crochet pattern has got 24 pages with guided photos, also related videos: Amigurumi crochet video tutorials



Jointed Crochet Amigurumi Teddy Bear

I got my head down for many weeks. I wanted to create an easy - enjoyable - always working - utterly cute - down to this point where nothing could be taken away - pure lines - minimum joining (only ears and a tail). This is a wonderful pattern for amigurumi crochet lovers who don´t like sewing body parts together. 

Personally, I´m drawn to simple and pure lines and it´s the most difficult thing in designing amigurumi toys. Taking everything away (at first, you can always add them, but they don´t make a part of the design): no bows, no ties, no ribbons, no booties etc. All can be added afterward though to make your teddy even more personal. I want to see the design working not the accessories. 

A jointed teddy bear is fun: all arms and legs are moving, also the head. 

You need safety joints to create this crochet teddy bear, but of course, buttons are also a way to go. 

You can also find the kit as to eyes and joints that fit perfectly for this crochet teddy bear in my shop: Safety joints and Eyes for Teddy Bears

This amigurumi design is designed in a way that all places where to insert the joints are marked in the pattern. I went even further: you´ll have two approaches to make the 5-way jointed teddy bear. I´ll give you both. I´ve created two ways: from top to bottom and from the bottom to the top. This is a matter of taste really. Some might find the first one more convenient and some the other approach.

I would suggest you try them both and then make a third bear in your preferred way. I like them both and what´s more important, they do give a slightly different shape to the body and how the head is positioned. 

I will add video tutorials as well as a supplementary to the pattern itself (even everything is described in a pattern, sometimes visual approach helps), so stay tuned. 

They will be listed here: happyamigurumi crochet video tutorials


Share your crochet projects and feedback 


Some additional information about the pattern:

it comes in 23 pages and is detailed with photos. I also offer a follow-up service if needed. Just send me a message and I´ll get back to you as soon as possible. Crocheting has to be fun!

Amigurumi Teddy Marta is crocheted in the round. Do not join the rounds.

Mark the beginning of your rounds with a stitch marker or safety pin. I use yarn

to mark the beginning of each row but you can choose whichever way works

best for you.

Size: with 2,5 mm crochet hook:

Approx. 22cm/8.7inc, 18cm/7.1inc, while sitting.

 

Tools and materials what you´ll need:

1. 2.5 mm crochet hook

2. Alpaka Premium, Schachenmayr smc, 100 g = 200m = 109 yds, DK or any other Alpaca yarn.

(also depends on the tension you use when pulling the stitches)

3. 8mm black or brown safety eyes (or whichever other color works for you)

4. For the filling: sheep wool or fiberfill or any other toy stuffing. Stuff gradually (I also mark places where I stuff in the pattern, you can take this as a guide).

5. Joints: 3 x 16mm joints for hands and head and 2 x 20mm joints for legs. 


Crochet skill level:

This pattern requires knowledge of basic crochet terms:

Crocheting in the round

forming a magic ring

single crochet stitch (sc)

single crochet increase(Inc)

single crochet invisible decrease (Invdec)

 

Terms:

“Magic ring”: an adjustable loop with 6 sc, pulled together tightly, there is no

hole left in the middle.

“Neat finish”: this is one of the methods used to finish toys in amigurumi.

I will describe it my pattern as well. 

 

Abbreviations used:

Sc – single crochet

Inc – increase

Invdec – invisible decrease

3 sc in one – 3 sc into 1 sc

Sl. st. – slip stitch

Ch. st. – chain Stitch

 

Thank you!

More lovely photos and posts to come with this crochet teddy bear pattern. 

 


Thursday, December 12, 2019

New Amigurumi Pattern: BABY BEE

Baby bee Pattern - step-by-step photos + helpful video tutorials

I have actually designed this crochet baby bee toy years ago, to be precise, in 2010
Now the Baby BEE pattern is available in my  Etsy shop and also in  Ravelry

A new amigurumi bee pattern is here to stay and there are plenty of amigurumi video tutorials I´ve created to help you to crochet this little toy.
The pattern also includes a template for the wings

You may easily turn your bee into hanging ornament or decoration, on your Christmas tree, as a spring decoration, as home decor etc.

There´s a video of how the  Baby Bee looks like! 








I´m going to make more baby bees as hanging ornaments. Actually working on one now. 


Thank you and stay tuned for more amigurumi crochet patterns.