fredag 5 maj 2017

The Yarn and so forth

The yarn "Tilda" from Svarta Fåret with the hook size 2,5 mm.
As you may know, how your amigurumi turns out is much depended upon the yarn you're using. I always go with the yarn "Tilda", from Svarta Fåret. I can't  see an amigurumi turning out better with any other yarn. The "secret" about this yarn is that it is 50% cotton and 50% acrylic, which makes it the Harry fucking Potter of amigurumi yarns - stretchable but still firm. This is a key stone to amigurumi making. You'll need a yarn that is bendibale, but firm, and a 50/50-yarn will do the trick. All of the amigurumis on this page are made with this yarn (and no, this is not a commercial - I really don't know the yarn-people, I just like the yarn!).

This is an image on how this particular yarn looks like in row 2 of all of my amigurumis (which mirrors row 2, after the magic circle): 2 sc in each st = 12 sts:


Hope this will guide you regarding the size of the yarn you're using. May the force be with you.

fredag 28 april 2017

The Just happy to be here Panda

So. If you made the Raccoon in my previous post, this one won't be so hard. It's kind of like the same, with some minor differences. This is the pattern for my design, the Just happy to be here Panda (it's very humble). If you use a thin yarn and needle size 2.5, the height of the panda will be about 18 cm sitting down, and 24 cm standing up. And yes, the yarn is  "Tilda" from Svarta Fåret again. (Safety eyes size: 12 mm.)





Part I. The Eyes (Black yarn and safety eyes)
1) Magic circle (6)
2) 2 sc in each st (12)
3) 3 sc in each of the next 2 sts then 1 sc in the remaining sts (16)
4) 3 sc in each of the next 3 sts then 1 sc in the remaining sts (22)
5) 3 sc in each of the next 4 sts then 1 sc in the remaining sts (30)
f/o, leave a thread for sewing

attach the safety eyes on the "plates", but do not lock them (lock them once you place them on the head.

Part II. The Head/body (Start with white)
1) Magic circle (6)
2) 2 sc in each st (12)
3) 1 sc then 2 in the next st (18)
4) 1 sc in the next 2 sts then 2 in the next st (24)
5) 1 sc in the next 3 sts then 2 in the next st (30)
6) 1 sc in the next 4 sts then 2 in the next st (36)
7) 1 sc in the next 5 sts then 2 in the next st (42)
8) 1 sc in the next 6 sts then 2 in the next st (48)
9) 1 sc in the next 7 sts then 2 in the next st (54)
10) 1 sc in the next 8 sts then 2 in the next st (60)
11) 1 sc in the next 9 sts then 2 in the next st (66)
12) 1 sc in the next 10 sts then 2 in the next st (72)
13-23) I sc st in each st for 11 rows
24) 1 sc in the next 10 sts then 2 tog (66)
25) 1 sc in the next 9 sts then 2 tog (60)
26) 1 sc in the next 8 sts then 2 tog (54) – attach the back of the eyes (with safety eyes) between rows 17-18. Now – lock them! I place them so it's 4 sts between them.
27) 1 sc in the next 7 sts then 2 tog (48)
28) 1 sc in the next 6 sts then 2 tog (42)
29) 1 sc in the next 5 sts then 2 tog (36)
30) 1 sc in the next 4 sts then 2 tog (30)
31) 1 sc in the next 3 sts then 2 tog (24) – stuff the head
32) 1 sc in the next 4 sts then 2 tog (20)
33) I sc in each st for 1 row – change colour on last st – black
34) 1 sc in the next 4 sts then 2 in the next (24)
35) 1 sc in the next 3 sts then 2 in the next (30)
36) 1 sc in the next 4 sts then 2 in the next (36) 
37) 1 sc in the next 5 sts then 2 in the next (42)
38-40) 1 sc in each st for 3 rows – change colour on last st – white
41- 45) 1 sc in each st for 5 rows (42)
46) I sc in the next 6 sts then 2 in the next st (48)
47-50) 1 sc in each st for 4 rows (48)
51) 1 sc in the next 6 sts then 2 tog (42)
52) 1 sc in the next 5 sts then 2 tog (36)
53) 1 sc in the next 4 sts then 2 tog (30)
54) 1 sc in the next 3 sts then 2 tog (24)
55) 1 sc in the next 2 sts then 2 tog (18) – stuff the body
56) 1 sc in the next st then 2 tog (12)
57) 1 sc in the next 2 st then 2 tog (9)
58) 2 tog x 3 times then f/o – weave in and out of the remaining stitches and close the gap.

Part III. The Feet (Black)
1) Magic circle (6) 
2) 2 sc in each st (12)
3) 1 sc then 2 in the next st (18)
4) 1 sc in the next 2 sts then 2 in the next st (24)
5) 1 sc in the next 3 sts then 2 in the next st (30)
6) 1 sc in the next 4 sts then 2 in the next st (36)
7) 1 sc in the next 5 sts then 2 in the next st (42)
8) 1 sc in the next 6 sts then 2 in the next st (48)
9-10) 1 sc in each st for 2 rows
11) 1 sc in the next 6 sts, then 2 tog (42)
12) 1 sc in the next 5 sts, then 2 tog (36)
13) 2 tog x 6, then 1 sc in each sc in each of the remaining sts (30)
14) 2 tog x 4, then 1 sc in each sc in each of the remaining sts (26)
15) 2 tog x 2, then 1 sc in each sc in each of the remaining sts (24)
16) 1 sc in the next 4 sts then 2 tog (20)
17-22) 1 sc in each st for 6 rows  
Crochet the sides of the leg together , f/o, and leave a thread for sewing

Part IV. The Arms (Black)
1) Magic circle (6)
2) 2 sc in each st (12)
3) 1 sc then 2 in the next st (18)
4) 1 sc in the next 2 sts then 2 in the next st (24)
5) 1 sc in the next 3 sts then 2 in the next st (30)
6-10) 1 sc in each st for 5 rows
11) 1 sc in the next 3 sts then 2 in the next (24)
12-13) 1 sc in each st for 2 rows 
14) 1 sc in the next 2 sts then 2 in the next st (18)
15-24) 1 sc in each st for 10 rows – stuff the arm lightly
f/o and leave a thread for sewing. 

Part V. The Ears (black)
1) Magic circle (6)
2) 2 sc in each st (12)
3) 1 sc then 2 in the next st (18)
4) 1 sc in the next 2 sts then 2 in the next st (24)
5) 1 sc in the next 3 sts then 2 in the next st (30)  
6-10) I sc in each st for 5 rows 
 f/o and leave a long thread for sewing.

Part VI. The Muzzle (white)
 1) Magic circle (6)
2) 2 sc in each st (12)
3) 1 sc then 2 in the next st (18)
4) 1 sc in the next 2 sts then 2 in the next st x 3, then 1 sc in the reamaing sts (21)
5) 1 sc in the next 3 sts then 2 in the next st x 3, then 1 sc in the reamaing sts (24)
6) 1 sc in the next 4 sts then 2 in the next st x 3, then 1 sc in the reamaing sts (27)
7) 1 sc in the next 5 sts then 2 in the next st x 3, then 1 sc in the reamaing sts (30)
f/o, leave a thread for sewing
- stuff the muzzle while you sew it on.
Sew 2 wide sts on the muzzle (black).

Part VII. Assemble the Panda!


Attaching the safety eyes.
Attaching the legs.
Attaching the arms.

Attaching the ears.
Attaching the muzzle (stuff it lightly while you sew it on).*
Done!
Profile pic.

*Stuf the muzzle while you sew it on.

With knitted scarf.

lördag 26 november 2016

The Silent Raccoon



So, this is the pattern for my design The Silent Raccoon. The raccoon doesn't say much, but if you make it, and use a thin yarn and needle size 2.5, the height will be about 17 cm if the raccoon sits down, and 23 cm if it decides to stand up. And yes, I use the yarn "Tilda" from SvartaFåret again. I always do. (Safety eyes size: 12 mm.)

For this particular racoon, you will have to start of sort of backways, making the eyes and back of the eyes first. This because you will have to attach those parts during the making of the skull and body. So first thing, you need to have the eye parts prepared - as "usual", you will find a sort-of-image-tutorial at the end of the pattern. Let's Raccoon away!

Part I. The Eyes (Black yarn and safety eyes)
1) Magic circle (6)
2) 2 sc in each st (12)
3) 1 sc in the next st,then 2 in the next st (18)
4) 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, then 1 sc in the remaining sts (21)
5) 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts then 1 sc in the remaining sts (24)
6) 3 sc in each of the next 3 sts then 1 sc in the remaining sts (27)
f/o, leave a thread for sewing

- attach the safety eyes on the "plates" (see image further down) - but do not lock them. Lock them after attaching them to the head.

Part II. The Head/body (Grey)
1) Magic circle (6)
2) 2 sc in each st (12)
3) 1 sc then 2 in the next st (18)
4) 1 sc in the next 2 sts then 2 in the next st (24)
5) 1 sc in the next 3 sts then 2 in the next st (30)
6) 1 sc in the next 4 sts then 2 in the next st (36)
7) 1 sc in the next 5 sts then 2 in the next st (42)
8) 1 sc in the next 6 sts then 2 in the next st (48)
9) 1 sc in the next 7 sts then 2 in the next st (54)
10) 1 sc in the next 8 sts then 2 in the next st (60)
11) 1 sc in the next 9 sts then 2 in the next st (66)
12) 1 sc in the next 10 sts then 2 in the next st (72)
13) 1 sc in the next 11 sts then 2 in the next st (78)
14) 1 sc in the next 12 sts then 2 in the next st (84)
15-23) I sc in each st for 9 rows
24) 1 sc in the next 12 sts then 2 tog (78)
25) 1 sc in the next 11 sts then 2 tog (72)
26) 1 sc in the next 10 sts then 2 tog (66)
27) 1 sc in the next 9 sts then 2 tog (60)
28) 1 sc in the next 8 sts then 2 tog (54)
29) 1 sc in the next 7 sts then 2 tog (48) – attach the back of the eyes with the safety eyes placed  between rows 20-21. I place them so it's 5 sts between the back of the eyes..
30) 1 sc in the next 6 sts then 2 tog (42)
31) 1 sc in the next 5 sts then 2 tog (36)
32) 1 sc in the next 4 sts then 2 tog (30)
33) 1 sc in the next 3 sts then 2 tog (24) – stuff the head
34) 1 sc in the next 2 sts then 2 tog (18)
35-36) I sc in each st for 2 rows
37) 1 sc in the next 2 sts then 2 in the next (24)
38) 1 sc in the next 3 sts then 2 in the next (30)
39) 1 sc in the next 4 sts then 2 in the next (36) 
40-48 ) I sc in each st for 9 rows     
49) 1 sc in the next 5 sts then 2 in the next (42)
50) I sc in each st for 1 row
51) 1 sc in the next 5 sts then 2 tog (36)
52) 1 sc in the next 4 sts then 2 tog (30)
53) 1 sc in the next 3 sts then 2 tog (24)
54) 1 sc in the next 2 sts then 2 tog (18) – stuff the body
55) 1 sc in the next st then 2 tog (12)
56) 1 sc in the next 2 st then 2 tog (9)
57) 1 sc in the next st then 2 tog (6)
f/o – weave in and out of the remaining stitches and close the gap.

Part III. The Feet (Start with black)
1) Magic circle (6) 
2) 2 sc in each st (12)
3) 1 sc then 2 in the next st (18)
4) 1 sc in the next 2 sts then 2 in the next st (24)
5) 1 sc in the next 3 sts then 2 in the next st (30)
6) 1 sc in the next 4 sts then 2 in the next st (36) – change colour on last st (light grey)
7) 1 sc in the next 5 sts then 2 in the next st (42)
8-9) 1 sc in each st for 2 rows
10) 1 sc in the next 5 sts, then 2 tog (36)
11) 1 sc in the next 4 sts, then 2 tog (30)
12) 2 tog x 6, then 1 sc in each sc in each of the remaining sts (24)
13) 2 tog x 4, then 1 sc in each sc in each of the remaining sts (20)
14) 2 tog x 2, then 1 sc in each sc in each of the remaining sts (18)
15) 1 sc in the next 4 sts, then  2 tog (15)
16-17) 1 sc in each st for 2 rows – change colour on last (grey)
18-23) I sc in each st for 6 rows – stuff the foot
Crochet the sides of the leg together , f/o, and leave a thread for sewing

Part IV. The Ears (start with light grey)
1) Magic circle (6) 
2) 1 sc in each st for 1 row
3) 2 sc in each st (12)
4) 1 sc in the next 3 st then 2 in the next st (15)
5) 1 sc in the next 4 st then 2 in the next st  (18)
6) 1 sc in the next 5 st then 2 in the next st  (21)
7) 1 sc in the next 6 st then 2 in the next st (24)
8) 1 sc in the next 7 st then 2 in the next st (27)
9) 1 sc in the next 8 st then 2 in the next st (30) – change colour on last st (grey)
10) 1 sc in the next 9 st then 2 in the next st (33)
11) 1 sc in the next 10 st then 2 in the next st (36)
12) 1 sc in the next 11 st then 2 in the next st (39)
13-15) 1 sc in each st for 3 rows
 f/o and leave a long thread for sewing.

Part V. The Arms (Start with black)
1) Magic circle (6)
2) 2 sc in each st (12)
3) 1 sc in the next  5 sts then 2 in the next st (14)
4) 1 sc in the next  6 sts then 2 in the next st (16)
5) 1 sc in the next  7 sts then 2 in the next st (18)
6) 1 sc in the next  8 sts then 2 in the next st (20)
7) 1 sc in each st for 1 row  – change colour on last st (grey)
8) 1 sc in the next 8 sts then 2 tog (18)
9) 1 sc in the next 7 sts then 2 tog (16)
10) 1 sc in the next 6 sts then 2 tog (14)
11-23) 1 sc in each st for 13 rows – stuff the arm
f/o and leave a long thread for sewing.

Part VI. The Tail (Start with black)
1) Magic circle (6) 
2) I sc then 2 sc in the next st (9)
3) 1 sc in the next 2 st then 2 in the next st (12)
4) 1 sc in each st for one row
5) 1 sc in the next 3 st then 2 in the next st (15)
6) 1 sc in the next 4 st then 2 in the next st (18)
7) 1 sc in each st for one row (18) – change colour on last st (continuing: 5 rows grey/3 rows black/ finish with 2 rows black and 2 rows grey )
8) 1 sc in the next 5 st then 2 in the next st (21)
9) 1 sc in the next 6 st then 2 in the next st (24)
10) 1 sc in each st for one row
11) 1 sc in the next 7 st then 2 in the next st (27)
12) 1 sc in the next 8 st then 2 in the next st (30)
13-24) 1 sc in each st for 12 rows
25) 1 sc in the next 8 st then 2 tog (27)
26) 1 sc in the next 7 st then 2 tog (24)
27) 1 sc in each st for one row 
28) 1 sc in the next 6 st then 2 tog (21)
29) 1 sc in the next 5 st then 2 tog (18)
30) 1 sc in each st for one row (stuff most of the tail)
31) 1 sc in the next 4 st then 2 tog (15)
32) 1 sc in the next 3 st then 2 tog (12)
33) 1 sc in each st for one row (stuff the rest of the tail)
f/o leaving a thread for sewing

Part VII. The Muzzle (start with light grey)
1) Magic circle (6)
2) 1 sc ín the next st, then 2 in the next (9)
3) 1 sc ín the next 2 sts, then 2 in the next (12)
4) I sc in each st for 1 row
5) 1 sc in the next 3 sts, then 2 in the next (15)
6) 1 sc in the next 4 sts, then 2 in the next (18)
7) 1 sc in the next 5 sts, then 2 in the next (21) – change colour on last st (grey)
8) 1 sc in the next 6 sts, then 2 in the next (24)
9) 1 sc in the next 7 sts, then 2 in the next (15)
f/o, leave a thread for sewing
- stuff the muzzle while you sew it on - see image below

Part VIII. Assemble the Raccoon!

Image tutorial (sort of):
The back of the eyes with safety eyes attached.
While making the head/body, attach the back of the eyes with the safety eyes while crocheting. Sew the edges after stuffing the head.

Placing the ears.
Body parts.
The attachement of the muzzle. Leave a small gap
when it's almost attached - stuff the muzzle
through that hole, then sew the rest of the sts. 

Hope you made it. Let me know if you found any problems with the pattern!