Shoutaro the sleepy sloth FREE amigurumi pattern

If I could sleep a thousand sleeps, I would.

But life is too precious to just let it pass on by, with my eyes closed.

It’s raining again though — my favourite kind that just drizzles and tinkle and slip softly off the leaves on the tree.

Perhaps I’ll snooze for a little while more.

If anyone sees me, maybe, just maybe, they’ll call me a dreamer.

~ Shoutaro, the sleepy pocket sloth

I know you have been waiting for this! My most heartfelt thank you for all 40k of my followers on Instagram! The FREE pattern is right below!

Shoutaro the Sleepy Pocket Sloth FREE Amigurumi Pattern
by amiguruMEI
Skill level: Intermediate

Materials & Tools
2.5mm hook (I like to use these ones)
Dk-weight cotton yarn in teal, white, khaki, light pink and black
Black crochet thread
Darning needle
Polyester fiberfill

Yarn note: I used Kartopu Organica Pastel Green, Gazzal Organic Baby Cotton White, Schachenmayr Catania Lilac and La Mia Pastel Cotton Black. All are available at Hobium Yarns with 2-day DHL delivery worldwide! I’m still trying to work through all the yarn Hobium sent me as a part of their Hobium Yarns Ambassador Programme!

Are you ready? Let’s get making!

Head
/Body

With teal 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: [Inc, sc 7] around {54}.
Round 10-27 (18 rounds altogether): Sc around {54}.
Round 28: [Inv dec, sc 7] around {48}.
Round 29: [Inv dec, sc 6] around {42}.
Round 30: [Inv dec, sc 5] around {36}.
Round 31: [Inv dec, sc 4] around {30}.
Round 32: [Inv dec, sc 3] around {24}.
Round 33: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {18}.
Stuff piece firmly.
Round 34: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {12}.
Round 35: [Inv dec] around {6}.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Face
For this, you will be crocheting in an oval around both sides of the foundation chain.
With white yarn:
Row 1: Ch 14. Starting from the second ch from hook, sc in the next 12 ch then make 3sc in the final ch {15}.
You will now be crocheting on the other side of the chain, and continuing till the end in an oval.
Sc in the next 11 ch then make 2sc in the final ch {15+13=28}.
Round 2: Inc, sc in the next 13 sts, inc, inc, sc in the next 11 sts, inc {32}.
Round 3: Inc, sc in the next 13 sts, inc, inc, sc in the next 15 sts, inc {36}.
Round 4: Inc, sc in the next 15 sts, inc, inc, sc in the next 17 sts, inc {40}.
Clean fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. 

Eyes (Make 2)
You will also be crocheting in an oval around both sides of the foundation chain.
With khaki yarn:
Row 1: Ch 7. Starting from the second ch from hook, sc in the next 5 ch then make 3sc in the final ch.
You will now be crocheting on the other side of the chain, and continuing till the end in an oval.
Sc in the next 4 ch then make 2sc in the final ch {14}.
Round 2: Inc, sc in the next 5 sts, inc, inc, sc in the next 5 sts, inc {18}.
Clean fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. 

Nose
With black yarn:
Round 1: Sc 7 in magic ring {7}.

Clean fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. 

Cheeks (Make 2)
With light pink yarn:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.

Clean fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. 

Arms (Make 2)
With teal yarn:
Round 1: Sc 5 in magic ring {5}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {10}.
Rounds 3-17 (15 rounds altogether): Sc around {10}. ** For second arm, shorten this by two rounds.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.
Flatten piece.

Legs (Make 2)

With teal yarn:
Round 1: Sc 8 in magic ring {8}.
Rounds 2-7 (6 rounds altogether): Sc around {8}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for
sewing.
* No stuffing required for the arms and legs.

Assembly
1. Sew the face piece on Round 9 onwards of the head/body. I like to use backstitches to make it look neat.

2. Sew nose in the center of the face piece.

3. Sew on eye pieces, positioned diogonally downwards about 2 stitches away from the nose.

4. Sew on cheeks below the eyes.

5. With black crochet thread, sew on the sleepy eyelids, with a diagonal backstitch about 2 stitches long.

6. Sew on the eyebrows above the eyes, also with a diagonal backstitch about 2 stitches long.

7. Sew a “v” shape for the lips.

8. Position the longer arm below the right eye. Whipstitch on.

9. Position the shorter arm slightly higher, next to the left eye. Whipstitch on. You can also position the arms any way you like! The cutest way is to ensure they look like they can “grab” onto something.

10. Sew on the legs near Round 27 of the head/body. They should have a smaller gap as compared to the arms, and should be positioned within the space between the arms.

11. For the hair at the top, you will surface crochet onto the head/body. With Shoutaro facing you, find the top-center of the head. Attach yarn and ch 4. Starting from the second ch from hook, sc in the next 3. Slip stitch back onto the head. Repeat 2 more times and fasten off.

And there you go! Your very own sleepy pocket sloth! If you manage to try it in another colour way, I’d love to see (I’m thinking lavender in place of teal would be lovely too)!

Designer’s note: Yes you can make Shoutaros from this pattern and sell it in your Etsy shop or at your local craft fair 🙂 But 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 tag me @amigurumei on Instagram and share a picture of your little Shoutaro once you’re done 🙂

Also, as this is a FREE pattern, I hope it can remain free (please alert me if you do come across anyone trying to sell the pattern online). Let us be kind my dear friends!

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Happy 1st ever International Amigurumi Day!

Who would’ve thought, after all this time, that amigurumi had yet to have its very own special day?

The thought never even crossed my mind until I saw a message in my Facebook inbox from fellow crafters Marcia Scarpelli of Ami Arts and Bianca of Two Bee, inviting me to join them on this special adventure to mark April 25th as International Amigurumi Day! How wonderful and so, so exciting!

I immediately went on to pass the message on to some of my favourite crochet friends, (Annie of @anniegurumi, being the first), and I think we have more than enough people to be seriously excited about this event!

I hope you can celebrate this day with me too as the word “amigurumi” brings together so many memories and emotions — it has really changed my life ever since I started, I think almost 8 years ago!

And of course, I have to have a free pattern for you!

Please meet Strawberry-san, the berry-special girl with a surprise center that belies her squishiness!

The pattern will be shared for FREE on the Hobium blog, so please head over HERE to taste the cuteness!

The anthropomorphism feature in amigurumi has always kept me enthralled with the art and so I had to make my favourite fruit complete with a cute face!

I can’t quite remember now, but I’m pretty sure one of the main reasons I stuck with learning how to crochet and making amigurumi because I wanted to make a bunch of happy food plushies with cute faces and have them all sit on my desk. That, and a bunch of other Ghibli characters, of course (which I still haven’t gotten around to making, apart from Totoro and Kaonashi).

One of my favourite parts of making amigurumi is actually the “adrenaline-rush” I always feel whenever I get inspired and am about to start on a project. The yarn-choosing, the colour-picking — those give me the fuzziest feelings and it’s so, so addictive!

I wish to give a shout out also to all my fellow crafters and friends who have supported me so much over the years with your sweet words and encouragement, without you guys, I wouldn’t even dream of writing patterns and curating an instagram account dedicated just to the amigurumi craft!

Indeed, this is a very special day for me and I hope it is for you too! Happy 1st ever International Amigurumi Day!

And don’t forget to adopt little Miss Strawberry-san into your home to meet your other amazing amigurumi!

GET THE FREE PATTERN HERE.

Nobu the pocket piglet free amigurumi pattern

Happy 2019!

To mark this as my first post of the year, I have a special surprise for everyone!

Yes, you guessed it right: a free pattern, of course!

And since I was born in the year of the pig, I had to make a cute little piggy just for the lunar New Year.

Please meet my pocket piglet, Nobu — the cutest and easiest amigurumi piglet that you’ll make all year!

crochet pig

You can make a few of them and stack them up.

free crochet pig pattern

Or just have them kiss each other for fun.

free crochet pig pattern

And if you like making tiny little pocket amigurumis, you must check out my Kirika the pocket unicorn pattern, available for FREE on the Hobium Yarns blog.

unicorn free pattern crochet

But let’s not get sidetracked now 🙂 Chinese new year is barely a week away and if you’re like me, you’ll want to hurry and make a few of these pocket piglets as a heartwarming gift for someone extra special whom you’re visiting then!

Please tag me on Instagram @amigurumei #amigurumei #pocketpiglet and let me know how your pocket piglets turned out!

Happy Chinese New Year to all my dearest friends! (I’m actually a little nervous about this year as we’ll be bringing the boys to a trip back to our hometown for the very first time! It’ll be their first time on an airplane and a no-cots sleeping arrangement. Wish me luck!)

free crochet pig pattern

Nobu the pocket piglet amigurumi pattern 

by amiguruMEI
Skill level: Easy

Materials & Tools
2.5mm hook
3mm hook
Dk weight cotton yarn in flesh, peach-orange, pink and dark blue.
Darning needle
Polyester fiberfill
Craft glue (Important: use one that dries clear)

Yarn note: I used Kartopu Love Cotton in pink K1873, Schachenmayr Catania in Light PinkKartopu Organica in Blue, La Mia Pastel Cotton in Flamingo. All available at Hobium Yarns with 2-day DHL delivery worldwide! Hobium sends me a box of yarn monthly as a part of their Hobium Yarns Ambassador Programme and I’m still swooning that I’m a part of it at all! So far, I’ve been in love with all of the cotton yarn that they’ve sent. For this project, the cotton yarn is a bit on the mercerized side (shiny) and they didn’t split up at all — perfect

Head
/Body
With flesh yarn and 3mm hook:
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 7-16 (10 rounds altogether): Sc around {36}.
Round 17: [Inv dec, sc 4] around {30}.
Round 18: [Inv dec, sc 3] around {24}.
Round 19: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {18}.
Stuff piece firmly.
Round 20: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {12}.
Round 21: [Inv dec] around {6}.
Fasten off and weave in ends. Leave a long end for making eye indentations.

free crochet pig pattern

Eye Indentations
1. With a darning needle, bring the remaining yarn from the bottom of the head/body through to the left side of the piece, positioning it at a stitch on Round 10.
2. Make one horizontal stitch and bring the thread back down to the bottom of the head. Gently tug on the yarn to create a slight indentation.
3. Now repeat the above on the right side of the head — there should be about 5 stitches in between the indentations. Trim off excess yarn.

Nose
For this, you will be crocheting in an oval around both sides of the foundation chain.
With peace-orange yarn and 2.5mm hook:
Row 1: Ch 6. Starting from the second ch from hook, sc in the next 4 ch then make 2sc in the final ch {6}.
You will now be crocheting on the other side of the chain, and continuing till the end in an oval.
Round 2: Sc in the next 8 sts {8}.
Clean fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

free crochet pig pattern

Ears
Make 2 with peach-orange yarn and 2.5mm hook:
Round 1: Sc 3 in magic ring {3}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {6}.
Round 3: [Inc, sc 1] around {9}.
Round 4: [Inc, sc 2] around {12}.
Round 5: Sc around {12}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.
Flatten piece.

free crochet pig pattern

Legs
Make 4 with flesh yarn and 3mm hook:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Rounds 2: Sc around {6}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for
sewing.
* No stuffing required for the legs.

Assembly
1. Sew nose at the center (between the eye indentations) below Round 8 of the head/body.
2. Sew ears onto the left and right top-side of the head, near Round 5.
3. With dark blue yarn and your darning needle, make a vertical backstitch for the eyes, on Round 10 near the eye indentations. If you prefer to have thicker-looking eyes, you may repeat the backstitches several more times.
4. For the cheeks, use pink yarn and darning needle and make a horizontal backstitch below Round 11, to the sides of the eyes.
5. Attach all four legs below the body piece. Do pin them together first to see if the position of the legs will help your piglet stand well on its own.
6. Important!** When you’re sewing on the final leg, don’t trim the excess yarn. Instead, bring it out to below Round 15 at the back-center of your piglet to make the tail. All you have to do is apply some craft glue (that dries clear), make the yarn curl up into a curly tail and leave to dry.

free crochet pig pattern

 

CatBee collection for kids x amigurumei collaboration

A couple of months ago, I was given the wonderful opportunity to collaborate on a dream project.

The Catbee collection for kids launches today in Singapore and if you’ve been following my Instagram @amigurumei, you would’ve caught buzz of the teensy little Catbee amigurumi dolls I made for them!

Over 10 years ago, when I was a copywriter finding my way in the advertising world, I was fortunate enough to have met Sa’ad Hussein.

He’s the amazing dad behind the Catbee brand, which features the 100% special artwork of his youngest daughter, Aisha.

I can’t begin to express how happy I am that he has included me and the boys in this magical journey.

Here are my little Sosukes, modelling their top picks! (Don’t you just love our au naturale wall?)

If you’re in Singapore, please head over to this place!

And if you want to make a little amigurumi Catbee of your own, here’s the FREE pattern: iamcatbee.pdf

Our warmest hugs and love to the Catbee brand and Sa’ad’s family — wish we could be there to witness the launch of a beautiful family adventure. For now I shall have to contend with running after my boys across the shores in KL!

Xoxoxoxoxo

Cutest Crochet Creations – a book review/blog tour

Hello my dearest friends! It’s been a while!

Have you heard of Alison North (@kornflake_stew on Instagram) and her book, Cutest Crochet Creations?

It’s an absolute darling of an amigurumi book and I’m so honoured to have been asked by Alison herself to take part in her blog tour to share a review of her book!

When I first heard about Cutest Crochet Creations, I fell absolutely in love with the bunny on the cover — isn’t she the cutest?

Rhiannon is her name and I couldn’t help but make one of her for myself!

And because the book has amazingly cute patterns for 16 characters in all, I actually went back and forth for a while to decide on which one I would make first!

I started on the head for Luka the Lion, and then decided, hmm, I kinda like Frankie the Bunny too, and then at the last minute I switched to Rhiannon the Bunny! So if you look carefully enough, you’d notice that her head looks a little bigger than it should be! (I was already halfway through making Frankie the Bunny, and I felt it was too much of a waste to start frogging everything!)

I am absolutely in love with the pattern and I love how Alison has made the bunny ears — too cute, really! The floral headband is a stroke of genius and I picked all my favourite colours for it.

 

I was also really excited to try using the Drops Muskat yarn that was delivered a week ago (I waited for a whole month to have it delivered from The Wool Warehouse!). I used that for the body and it was a dream to work with! I tried DMC Natura Yummy for the first time and with mint being my favourite colour, the dress had to in mint for sure!

The pattern was very easy to follow and I love how Alison has included all these tutorial pics for each and every project. I really enjoyed making the floral headband and seeing it all come together so prettily.

Thank you to Tuva Publishing for producing such a beautiful book and also for sending me a copy for the review!

If I could pick some of my favourite designs in the book, it would have to be Otis the Donkey, Frankie the Bunny, Luka the Lion, Kobi the Crocodile, Nutmeg the Squirrel and dear Scarlett, the pretty girl in pink!

I think Rhiannon would make a great gift for my mom, who has a thing for tiny cute animals dressed up in pretty clothes! And yay! Her birthday is coming up 😉 Now that I think about it, I think it was my mom who nurtured the soft spot in me for all things cute and kawaii 🙂

Please go check out Alison’s instagram @Kornflake_stew  to see all of her amazing work! Thank you Alison for having me join you on this super fun blog tour. I can’t wait to see more beautiful work from you 🙂

Here are other amazing fellow makers who participated in the Cutest Crochet Creations blog tour. Click on the names to see their Kornflake_stew makes!

Lilleliis_official

AnnMarie’s Haakblog

Renkli_ilmekler

Annaboo’s House

Cypress Textiles 

A Menagerie of Stitches

Runebrurun

Kedito

Elff.krcc

_mari_trini

nina.hookcreations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Crochet Car Bag Pattern for Toddlers

Konnichiwa my dearest friends!

If you’ve been following me on instagram @amigurumei, you’d remember that I made some shark bags for my boys using this amazing pattern by The Cookie Snob. My boys loved it to bits and would wear it whenever we took them out. Which also meant it got worn out very quickly because they would sometimes step on it and grab it with their grease-filled hands after a meal :> I also used acrylic yarn, so it fuzzed up quite a bit.

And so I decided to make them new bags and I thought, oh wow, why not bags in the shape of a car since they loved cars so much. And I came across this amazing amigurumi car pattern by Nephithyrion!

And here are the results!

I absolutely love how cute these turned out — almost like a child’s drawing!

I made some modifications to the pattern to turn them into bags. And I know you’d maybe want to make one too for a car-crazy kid you know, so here’s a pattern reference for you!

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CROCHET CAR BAG PATTERN (based on the Crochet Toy Car pattern by Nephithyrion)

Materials:

1.5 skeins of main colour yarn for one toddler-sized bag (I used Paintbox cotton aran in grass green and kingfisher blue)

White, black and yellow yarn

3.5mm crochet hook (I used Clover Amour)

Darning needle

Scissors

 

Car body (Make 2)

Kindly refer to Nephithyrion’s pattern here for the main car body.

**Do note that there are certain rows that do not require a CH 1 before turning so watch out for those. I’m not sure if it was a mistake but I chained 29 at the start.

Windows (Make 4)
With white yarn:
Ch 8.
Rows 1-2: Sc across, ch 1, turn {7}.
Row 3: Sc2together, sc in the next 5, ch 1, turn {6}.
Row 4: Sc across, ch 1, turn {6}.
Row 5: Sc2together, sc in the next 4, ch 1, turn {5}.
Row 6: 
Sc across, ch 1, turn {6}.
Row 7: Sc2together, sc in the next 3, ch 1, turn {4}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. 

Bottom of the car
With main colour yarn:
Ch 4.
Rows 1-29: Sc across, ch 1, turn {3}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Side (back) of the car
With main colour yarn:
Ch 4.
Rows 1-18: Sc across, ch 1, turn {3}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Side (front) of the car
With main colour yarn:
Ch 4.
Rows 1-22: Sc across, ch 1, turn {3}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Wheels (slight modifications from Nephithyrion’s pattern)
Make 4 with white yarn:
Round 1: Sc 7 in magic ring {7}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {14}.
Change to black yarn.
Round 3: [Inc, sc 1] around {21}.
Round 4: [Inc, sc 2] around {28}.
Round 5: Sc around {28}.
Round 6: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {21}.
Round 7: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {14}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.
Stuff lightly.

Lights
Make 2 with yellow yarn:
Round 1: Sc 5 in magic ring {5}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {10}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Strap
Ch 5.
Rows 1-122: Sc across, Ch 1, turn {4}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.
** You can definitely add more rows if you need the strap to be longer, or change the colour too.

Assembly
1. Sew on the windows and lights on the car body piece.
2. I had windows, lights and wheels on both sides of the bags, but you can choose to only do them on one side.
3. Start sewing on the bottom panel and the front side panel onto one of the car body pieces (with whipstitch).
4. Then connect the other car body piece to the panels. I found myself using different yarn ends to attach the pieces — if you find that the yarn ends are too short, you can definitely use a new strand of yarn and whipstitch them together.
5. Before sewing on the back side strip of the car, it would be easier to start attaching your wheels first onto the main body pieces.
6. Once that’s done you can attach on the back side strip of the car.
7. Then attach on the strap.
8. I knotted all my ends inside the bag so it can look a little messy.
9. I plan to sew on a zip and inner lining (but have yet found time to buy some zippers!) So definitely add those and the bags would look seamless 🙂

**Important: If you find that the bottom and side panels of the cars are a tad short/long, you can definitely adjust it or adjust it while you’re whipstitching it together, tug at it to make it fit etc 🙂 This pattern is quite forgiving!

Here are some tutorial photos for your reference:

And there you have it! I hope you’ll enjoy making this crochet car bag pattern for your little ones! My boys are absolutely in love with them and it doubles up as a toy as well.

Thank you Nephithyrion for inspiring me to make this cute little car bag!

Do tag me and let me see how your car bags turned out! @amigurumei #amigurumei

Have a lovely rest of the week ahead my dearest friends!

 

P/S I almost forgot! I also found this lovely crochet car bag picture on Pinterest while doing my research and it played a big part in inspiring the modifications! It seems like a pattern from a Japanese craft book (the pattern in chart is included in this page!) but since I’m just so bad with crochet charts I had to just forego the pattern and come up with my own! I had initially showed this picture to my boys and asked them if they wanted car bags like these and they want crayyyyzy :’)

Little Twin Stars: Lala’s Hair Tutorial

Hello my dear friends!

If you’ve been following along my adventures on Instagram via @amigurumei, you’ll remember that I promised to make a quick post on some tips for making the Little Twin Stars. And so here it is!

I must apologise that there seems to be a mistake printed for Lala’s Hair. You can find the rest of the pattern for Kiki and Lala in my book, Hello Kitty Crochet, but I will share the corrected Hair pattern for Lala here. I’m so sorry it took me this long to make this post!

Lala’s Hair

Use pink 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 8-12: Sc around {42}.

Round 13: *5hdc, skip 1, sl st in next st, repeat from * 3 more times (total of 4 “waves”), sc 30 to end.

From here onwards, you will be working in rows.

Rows 14-16: Ch 1, turn work. Sc across {30}.

Rows 17: Ch 1, turn work. *5hdc, skip 1, sl st in next st, repeat from * 9 more times (total of 10 “waves”), sl st in last st.

Fasten off and secure hair to head with backstitches all around.

And I just realised that I may have used the wrong crochet terms for the Star Wands! Instead of triple crochet, I used dtr, and wasn’t clear that the sl st should be made in the same st. Here’s the correct one!

Star Wands

Make 2 with lemon yarn.

Round 1: Sc 5 in magic ring {5}.

Round 2: Triple crochet in the first st, ch 1, sl st in the same st.

Repeat 4 more times.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

For making the dresses, here’s a photo tutorial to show you how it should look before you flip the finished dress over the body piece.

Here’s a closer look at Kiki’s Hair. I like using the colour mint, but baby blue would look just as good 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this quick post! I post more often on Instagram so be sure to find me there @amigurumei 🙂

Here are the links to my other Hello Kitty Crochet tutorials:

Hello Kitty Crochet Tip#1: Head-molding exercise

Hello Kitty Crochet: Tuxedosam and his tiny hat

Hello Kitty Crochet: It’s in the eyes, nose and whiskers

Hello Kitty Crochet: Bow tutorial

You can find some of my latest patterns in my new Etsy shop and also at Amigurumipatterns.net!

Giveaway alert: Help me win the fantasy design contest by Amigurumipatterns.net and you win too!

It’s a special occasion and ONE lucky winner will get to win one of my original Amigurumei dolls! Yes a real doll — not a pattern!

I’ll tell you why:

I recently participated in my first ever amigurumi design contest (the fantasy-themed amigurumi design contest hosted by Amigurumipatterns.net) and the voting is now open (till Dec 10th) to see who comes out tops!

I’ll definitely need your help to win! All you need to do is vote for my entries and you’ll be eligible for this giveaway!

To enter:

  1. Vote for my six entries HERE:
  2. Send me a screen capture that showcases the votes you’ve just made. (The pop-up after you’ve voted for 10 designs.)
  3. Tell me which doll (as shown in this post) you would like to win in a comment on my Instagram @amigurumei and tag a friend whom you think would like to win too!

Winners will be selected at random.

Contest closes on Dec 11 2017.

The giveaway is open internationally!

For the full details, please refer to my Instagram @amigurumei

Here are my six entries:

Mori the bee fairy

 

Suzue the narwhal princess

Yoshi the abominable snowbaby

Aya the baby angel

Haruka the magical unicorn

Nori the merbaby

 

Please help me win by voting here!

 

Free amigurumi pattern: Sarah and Duck

 

Sarah and Duck, quack!

Sarah and Duck, quack!

Sarah and Duck, quack!

Hello my dear friends! It’s been so long since I’ve updated my blog with a free amigurumi pattern and since Christmas is just around the corner, I thought you might like a little gift from me to you!

Sarah and Duck has been a family favourite ever since my boys started paying special attention to the cartoon when it came on TV. I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist making a Sarah and Duck doll…I’m so glad I did!

I wish I could’ve been there to catch the Sarah and Duck live stage show this year. I guess having their dolls with me would have to be the second best thing!

It has taken me a long time to sit down and write this pattern (it’s quite a difficult pattern to write!), I hope you will enjoy it!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Please do follow me on instagram @amigurumei for weekly updates!

Sarah amigurumi pattern 

by amiguruMEI
Skill level: Intermediate

Materials & Tools
2mm hook
2.3mm hook
2.5mm hook
Dk weight cotton yarn in flesh, white, blush pink, candyfloss pink, red, dark brown, black and spearmint green.
Black crochet thread
6mm black brads x 2
Darning needle
Polyester fiberfill
Craft glue (Important: use one that dries clear)

Yarn note: I used Paintbox yarns Cotton DK and Marvel 4 Seasons for this project. 

Head

With flesh yarn and 2.5mm hook:
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: [Inc, sc 7] around {54}.
Rounds 10-19 (10 rounds altogether): Sc around {54}.
Round 20: [Inv dec, sc 7] around {48}.
Round 21: [Inv dec, sc 6] around {42}.
Round 22: [Inv dec, sc 5] around {36}.
Round 23: [Inv dec, sc 4] around {30}.
Round 24: [Inv dec, sc 3] around {24}.
Round 25: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {18}.
Stuff head.
Round 26: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {12}.
Round 27: [Inv dec] around {6}.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Hair (Make 2)
With black yarn and 2.5mm hook:
Row 1: Ch 10, turn work.
Rows 2-5 (4 rows altogether): Sc in each st across, ch1 and turn {9}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Eyes (Make 2)
With white yarn and 2.5mm hook:
Round 1: Sc 9 in magic ring {9}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {18}.
Round 3: Inc in next 4 sts, leave the rest unworked {22}.
Clean fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Outlining the eyes:
With black crochet thread and a darning needle, bring the thread up near the edge of the eyes and make a loose loop circling the eye, then bring the thread back down. Dab on some craft glue to secure the shape in place. You may use some pins to hold it in place first while it dries.

Cheeks (make 2)
With blush pink yarn and 2.3mm hook:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Beanie
With spearmint green yarn and 2.3mm hook:
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: [Inc, sc 7] around {54}.
Round 10: [Inc, sc 8] around {60}.
Rounds 11-26 (16 rounds altogether): Sc around {60}.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
The beanie should fit over Sarah’s head with a little left over to be folded up.

Body
With blush pink yarn and 2.5mm hook:
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}.
Rounds 5-12 (8 rounds altogether): Sc around {24}.
Round 13: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {18}.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Dress
With blush pink yarn, you will surface crochet Round 1 (counter-clockwise) onto the body.
To start, turn the body upside down.
Round 1: Sc 18. Ss to first stitch {19}.
From the next round onwards, you will be crocheting only on the dress (as opposed to on the body).
Change to candyfloss pink yarn.
Round 2: [Inc, sc 1] around {29}. (You may have an inc in the last st but that’s ok)
Change to blush pink yarn.
Round 3: Sc around {29}.
Change to candyfloss pink yarn.
Round 4: Sc around {29}.
Change to blush pink yarn.
Round 5: Sc around {29}.
Change to candyfloss pink yarn.
Round 6: Sc around {29}.
Change to blush pink yarn.
Round 7: Sc around {29}.
Change to candyfloss pink yarn.
Round 8: Sc around {29}.
Change to blush pink yarn.
Round 9: Sc around {29}.
Change to candyfloss pink yarn.
Round 10: Sc around {29}.
Change to blush pink yarn.
Round 11: Sc around {29}.
Clean fasten off and weave in ends.
Leave a long end for sewing. Thread the tail back up to the body’s opening.

Zip
With red yarn and 2.5mm hook:
Row 1: Ch 4, turn work.
Row 2: Sc in each st across {3}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Arms (Make 2)
With flesh yarn and 2.5mm hook:
Round 1: Sc 7 in magic ring {7}.
Round 2: Sc around {7}.
Change to blush pink yarn.
Round 3: Sc around {7}.
Change to candyfloss pink yarn.
Round 4: Sc around {7}.
Change to blush pink yarn.
Round 5: Sc around {7}.
Change to candyfloss pink yarn.
Round 6: Sc around {7}.
Change to blush pink yarn.
Round 7: Sc around {7}.
Change to candyfloss pink yarn.
Round 8: Sc around {7}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Legs (Make 2)
With black crochet thread and 2mm hook:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Rounds 2-7 (6 rounds altogether): Sc around {6}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Shoes (Make 2)
With dark brown yarn and 2.3mm hook:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2: Sc around {6}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Assembly

  1. Sew the eyes below Round 12 of the head. There should be about 6 sts in between each eye. Pop in the black brads.
  2. Use black crochet thread to make a loose backstitch for the lips, below Round 20 of the head. It should be centred between the eyes.
  3. Sew on the cheeks.
  4. Attach the hair pieces onto the head — sew only at the top.
  5. Fit on the beanie and roll up the edges.
  6. Sew body/dress onto head.
  7. Sew on the zip.
  8. Sew on the arms.
  9. Sew on the legs
  10. Add the shoes (they should be sewn on horizontally.

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Duck amigurumi pattern 

by amiguruMEI
Skill level: Intermediate

Materials & Tools
2.3mm hook
3 mm hook
DK weight cotton yarn in spearmint green, daffodil yellow, blush pink, light caramel and white.
Aran weight yarn in white (for the body)
Black crochet thread
6mm black brads x 2
Darning needle
Polyester fiberfill
Craft glue (Important: use one that dries clear)

Head

With spearmint green yarn and 2.3mm hook:
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}.
Rounds 7-15 (9 rounds altogether): Sc around {36}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Body
With aran weight white yarn and 3mm hook:
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: [Inc, sc 7] around {54}.
Rounds 10-16 (7 rounds altogether): Sc around {54}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Assembling the head and body:
1. Flatten the body piece.
2. Whipstitch the head onto one end of the body’s opening, matching stitch to stitch.
3. Pinch the remaining body together to form Duck’s tail part of the body and whipstitch to close.

Eyes (Make 2)
With Dk weight white yarn and 2.3mm hook:
Row 1: Ch 6, turn work.
Row 2: Sc in next 4 sts, 3 sc in the last {7}.
Rotate work (as you would to crochet an oval piece).
Row 3: Sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in the last {12}.
Rotate work.
Row 4: Sc in next 12 sts {12}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Beak
With daffodil yellow yarn and 2.3mm hook:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.
Rounds 3-5 (3 rounds altogether): Sc around {12}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Cheeks (make 2)
With blush pink yarn and 2.3mm hook:
Round 1: Sc 5 in magic ring {5}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Feet (Make 2)
With light caramel yarn and 2.3mm hook:
Round 1: Sc 8 in magic ring {8}.
Rounds 2-3: Sc around {8}.
Round 3: Inv dec in next 2 sts, sc in remaining sts {6}.
Rounds 4-5: Sc around {6}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Final Assembly
1. Pop the brads into the eyes.
2. Sew the eyes on the sides of the head. They should fall below Round 6.
3. Outlining the eyes: With black crochet thread and a darning needle, bring the thread up near the edge of the eyes and make a loose loop circling the eye, then bring the thread back down. Dab on some craft glue to secure the shape in place. You may use some pins to hold it in place first while it dries.
4. Sew on the beak below Round 10 of the head.
5. Sew on the cheeks.
6. Sew on the feet near Rounds 3 and 4 of the body.

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. Send me a picture or tag me on Instagram @amigurumei when you’ve made your own Sarah and Duck and I’ll share it here! 🙂

 

Master Aoi the Baby Shark amigurumi pattern

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