Little My saves the day (or Moomin, to be exact)

22 Apr
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Help! Somebody!

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*grunt*

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What would I ever do without you, Little My?

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Little My from The Moomins free amigurumi pattern

21 Apr

Free amigurumi pattern for Little My!

It’s finally here! AmiguruMEI is proud to present the Little My free amigurumi pattern!

If you don’t know already, I’ve always had an obsession with The Moomins and especially Little My, a cheeky character from the storybook characters created by the late Tove Jansson, a Swedish-speaking Finnish comic strip author.

The Moomins are a family of white, roundish hippopotamus-looking cuties who live in a quirky blue house with a red roof right in the heart of Moominvalley. The central character of the series (as told in books and animes) is a little boy named Moomintroll, who is ever the sweetheart. I’ve made two different Moomin amigurumis in the past, but none has quite captured the Moomintroll spirit yet (when I’ve mastered the Moomin pattern, I’ll definitely share it, of course!).

And so this brings me to Little My, who is known as a “small, determined and fiercely independent ‘Mymble’.” Being brash, aggressive and mischievous seems to be a natural trait for Mymbles, somehow. The strange obaachan-mitai girl starts out as a friend, but is later adopted by the Moomin family.

Can’t wait to make your own Little My? Look below for the instructions!

Little My from The Moomins Free Amigurumi Pattern

Abbreviations
• Ch: chain
• Sc: single crochet
• Dc: double crochet
• Inv dec: invisible decrease

Materials
• 2.3mm hook
• Similar-sized yarn in beige, light orange, red, black and pink
• Crochet thread in black
• 2 x 6mm green brads
• White felt
• Craft glue
• Darning needle
• Polyester fiberfill

Head
With beige yarn:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.
Round 3: [Inc, sc 1] around {18}.
Round 4: [Inc, sc 2] around {24}.
Round 5: [Inc, sc 3] around {30}.
Round 6: [Inc, sc 4] around {36}.
Round 7: [Inc, sc 5] around {42}.
Round 8: [Inc, sc 6] around {48}.
Round 9-16 (8 rounds altogether): Sc around {48}.
Round 17: [Inv dec, sc 6] around {42}.
Round 18: [Inv dec, sc 5] around {36}.
Round 19: [Inv dec, sc 4] around {30}.
Round 20: [Inv dec, sc 3] around {24}.
Round 21: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {18}.
Stuff.
Round 22: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {12}.
Round 23: [Inv dec] around {6}.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Body
With black yarn (I used a sparklyキラキラ yarn from Daiso):
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.
Round 3-12 (10 rounds altogether): Sc around {12}.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Dress
Turn the body that you just made upside down.
With red yarn:
1) Make a slipknot on your hook. Leave a long yarn end at this end for sewing the body + dress onto the head later.
2) Now, you’re going to surface crochet on the body – do this by inserting the hook into one stitch and bringing it out in the next, from right to left. Yarn over and bring the hook back to the first stitch. Yarn over again and bring the yarn through the loops to complete the stitch. Don’t worry!
It’s quite simple really; you’re basically single crocheting in the same way but on another piece of amigurumi 
Round 1: Sc in each st to end of the body, in the body’s first round {12}.
Round 2: Ss to the first st (counts as first stitch). Continue sc around {12}.
Round 3: Sc around {12}.
Round 4: [Inc, sc 1] around {18}.
Round 5: [Inc, sc 2] around {24}.
Round 6-12 (7 rounds altogether): Sc around {24}.
Clean fasten off and weave in ends (or if you’ve forgotten to leave a long yarn end at the beginning, you can always do that here and weave the ends through to the top and use it for attaching the dress onto the head).
Fold dress down to cover the body (if you haven’t already).
Stuff body.

Ears
Make 2 with beige yarn:
Round 1: Sc 5 in magic ring {5}.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Give the piece a slight nudge to turn it knob-like.

Cheeks
Make 2 with pink yarn:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Arms
Make 2. Start with black yarn:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2-3 (2 rounds altogether): Sc around {6}.
Change to red yarn.
Round 4-8 (5 rounds altogether): Sc around {6}.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Legs
Make 2 with black yarn:
Round 1: Sc 7 in magic ring {7}.
Round 2-5 (4 rounds altogether): Sc around {7}.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Stuff lightly.

Hair
This will be for the tail that juts out. With light orange yarn:
Round 1: Sc 5 in magic ring {5}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {10}.
Round 3-8 (6 rounds altogether): Sc around {10}.
Stuff.
Round 9: [Inv dec] around {5}.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Bow
With pink yarn:
Row 1: Ch 18 {17}.
Row 2: Sc in second chain from hook to the end {17}.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn work. Sc to the end {17}.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Fold the edges to meet in the centre. Make a few small backstitches to secure the shape (using the starting end of the tail).
Weave the long tail through to the centre of the piece. Loop it through this middle for about five times. Thread it through to the back and leave the long tail for sewing later on.

Designing the face
1) Cut out two eye whites from white felt, following the shape of Little My’s infamous “judging” eyes. They should be slightly crescent-looking. Match this to the size of the green brads.
2) Glue the eyes whites along with the brads below Round 12 of Little My’s head.
3) With black crochet thread, sew on Little My’s nose, frown and lips. You only need backstitches for these. The base of Little My’s nose should fall below Round 14 of the head.

Creating the hair
1) Little My’s crowning glory is made up of a series of vertical backstitches, which stem from the top centre of the head and down to the front, side and the back of the head accordingly.
2) Start by cutting a manageable length of light orange yarn. Thread it through your darning needle. Bring the yarn in through to the head anywhere near the top. Have it exit at a spot below Round 9 of the head. Then bring the yarn back up to the top near the centre. Continue in this manner till you’ve covered the front part of the head.
3) For the side part of the head, you may want to sew on Little My’s ears to gauge how you can create a lifelike hairstyle – which simply means making the hair slightly longer here. I gradually increased the length of the hair in a diagonal manner, and had the length stopped when I reached the stitches below Round 13 of the head. Repeat the same for the other side of the head.
4) The hair at the back part of the head would look just fine if it ends right below Round 13. You can also make the hair longer, if desired. Do note that if you’re crocheting in a spiral, the stitches won’t always match when you go around in a circle. To ensure that the back of your hair does not suddenly look like it’s descending/ascending in any manner, just make sure that you match the other length of the sideburns to the length of the hair at the back. But it’s really no biggie :) 

Little My from The Moomins. Free amigurumi pattern!

Little My from The Moomins. Free amigurumi pattern!

Little My from The Moomins. Free amigurumi pattern!

Little My from The Moomins. Free amigurumi pattern!

A peek at Little My while she’s napping…

Little My from The Moomins. Free amigurumi pattern!

Assembly
1. Sew the body/dress onto the head.
2. Sew on the ears if you haven’t already.
3. Sew on the bow.
4. Sew on the arms and legs.
5. Sew on the additional hair piece at the top of the head, making sure that it covers any bald spots that may still be lurking about there.
6. Sew on the cheeks. I liked mine a little pinker and a different colour from the bow, so I dabbed on some pink blush with a Q-tip :) 

As this is an original amiguruMEI pattern, kindly do not claim it as your own. You may place a link to this pattern from your site, but please do not repost it onto your page. Remember to share a picture of your own kawaii versions of Little My with us once you’re done :)

Little My from The Moomins. Free amigurumi pattern!

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New Easter bunny amigurumi pattern: Ichigo-chan!

20 Mar

crochet pink rabbit amigurumei

Easter is just weeks away and we’re back with a brand new pattern for all you bunny lovers out there! :)
Please meet Ichigo-chan, an excitable little bunny who absolutely loves getting her pictures taken!
Her favourite treat is candy sours and she is known to charm the hearts off any honey-bunny she meets.
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I wonder if this tastes sour too?

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All set for the egg-hunt!

Sweet lil’ Ichigo-chan was designed in exclusive collaboration with Craft Passion.

Get the FREE amigurumi pattern here!

Rory’s fantabulous magic trick

4 Mar

 

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Behold my most famous magical attempt! I call it the quick-as-lightning invisible Rory trick!

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Rory…I can still see you.

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Ah hah! I was so quick that you didn’t even notice that I was invisible! And now I’m back!

 

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Right…

 

 

Rory the circus lion

3 Mar

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Hullo there! Can you guess who this is?

Why, it’s Rory the circus lion, who deems himself the greatest magician on Earth!

Tune in to our next post to see Rory’s first ever magic trick!

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A magician’s gotta always look his best!

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So pleased to meet you.

Little Red and Baby Wolf in Simply Crochet special booklet

2 Mar

Little Red and Baby Wolf by amiguruMEI

Hey there! I’ve gotten many queries over my Little Red and Baby Wolf amigurumi pattern. My apologies for putting this up a bit late!

Little Red and Baby Wolf was exclusively handpicked to appear in a special edition issue of Simply Crochet magazine. The patterns were included in a cute-as-a-button booklet, packaged along with Simply Crochet Issue 10. Find out more about it here.

I also shared the pattern with a group of crafters in Taoyuan County, Taiwan, who wanted to make the dolls to cheer up a group of cancer patients at a children’s hospital. (Headed by a lovely lady named Dena, the same group previously made over 100 dolls based on my Tuxedo Sam pattern for the children in June 2012. You can read more about it here on Dena’s blog, written in Chinese)

For those who’ve had the pleasure to make their very own Little Red and Baby Wolf, do send over some pictures so we can share them here!
Little Red and Baby Wolf by amiguruMEI
Little Red and Baby Wolf by amiguruMEI
Little Red and Baby Wolf by amiguruMEI
Little Red and Baby Wolf by amiguruMEI
Little Red and Baby Wolf by amiguruMEI

Amigurumei’s Top 13 Anime series

17 Feb
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Here’s Mei-chan with my prized Shirokuma Café manga!

A very lovely day to you all! As some of you might know, my amigurumi sessions aren’t ever quite complete without an anime series playing in front of me (and now that I know a teensy bit of Japanese, I can skip reading a few subtitled sentences and still get by alright).

Below, I’ve compiled a list of all the anime series that have tugged at my heartstrings. I’ve always wanted to share what I’ve watched so far and hopefully through this, I’ll get to hear a bit about what you’ve been watching yourself!

Ready? Let’s go!

#1: Nana

nana

Awesome. Astounding. Unparalleled. Definitely my Number One.

#2: Bokura ga ita

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Heartwrenching to bits!

#3: Honey & Clover

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Beautiful visuals. Classic theme. A lovely watch!

#4: Kimi ni todoke

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Sweet. Charming. Romantic. Hits all the right spots!

#5: Lovely Complex

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Funny, in a Kansai dialect kind of way!

#6: Paradise Kiss

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Detailed visuals. Superb soundbites. Downright cool!

#7: Kuragehime

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A pleasant colourful watch full of nerdy-fun!

#8: Skip Beat!

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Clever acting scenes!

#9: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (Anohana)

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Tissue alert!

#10: Another

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A real shocker! Kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

#11: Monster

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One of the smartest series’ around. Love the book that was supposedly created for the anime. Read more here!

#12: Shirokuma Café

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Must. Give. In. To. The Kawaii-ness.

#13: True Tears

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A refreshing take on the teen angst tale!

P/S I hope to add more in time to come! Would sure love to know about the kind of anime that has gotten you hooked!

Note: Anime stills were taken from various sources online.

Free Valentine amigurumi pattern: Tammy the tiny pup

11 Feb
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Ruff!

Have you met tiny Tammy?

The little pup is super shy when it comes to strangers but once she warms up to you, there’s no running away!

Her name is really short for Tamura and to her family members, she is Tamura-chan.

Like most Japanese, she can’t pronounce the “L” letter very well.

Her favourite phrase?

“I ruff you.”

Click here for the free pattern, designed in collaboration with Craft Passion.

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Ruff you!

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Ruff ruff!

P/S There’s still a few days more to go but anyhow, Happy Valentine’s everyone! Hope you’ll be kind enough to adopt tiny Tammy into your loving home. May your hearts be filled with love and joy on this spectacular day :)

Welcome, 2014!

10 Feb
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Konnichiwa!

Come March, it’ll be two years since amiguruMEI first made its appearance in the blogosphere!

Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone for being so patient. It’s been a while since I last updated my posts but I’ve still been receiving encouraging comments from my fellow amigurumi lovers and crafters!

2013 was an exciting year for amiguruMEI – I took on several new projects and collaborations and that took up a lot of time. Hopefully, in the coming months, I will be able to share even more exciting news with everyone (and that includes free patterns, of course).

Secondly, let me share with you Mei-chan’s new look. For a long time now, I’ve been wanting to give her a new hat and so here it is! I must admit though that she doesn’t look too different, but it’s a good change nonetheless. Mei-chan, contrary to popular belief, isn’t a bear or a bunny. She is a cute little pink fox (though no one could ever say that they’ve seen her real ears) who is still a big fan of Totoro and anything Studio Ghibli-related.

In the following picture, we have Mei-chan and an image from her past – the beautiful crochet hook pouch was made by a dear friend of mine, Lynn, who had gone on a sewing frenzy not too long ago.

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It even has our name(s) on the back!

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With Mei-chan as the leader of the pack, I hope to share more exciting characters and stories with you, as they are told in the world of amiguruMEI.

Stay tuned!

Paw Paw the toy horse

7 Feb
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This sure is shaped like a genie’s lamp…

 

In light of Chinese New Year, I’d like to wish everyone Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Please meet Paw Paw, a squishy-soft toy horse who dreams of becoming a real horse one day.

Longing to have a bite out of an apple, or perhaps a juicy bit of carrot, Paw Paw believes that if you wished for something hard enough, it may just come true.

One day.

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Will all the money and gold in the world help make Paw Paw’s wish come true?

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Until that day comes…

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