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

4 Dec

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!

 

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Free amigurumi pattern: Sarah and Duck

21 Nov

 

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

28 Jul

Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo doo, baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo doo, baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo doo, baby shark, doo doo doo doo…

Do you know this song? My boys loves this Super Simple Songs favourite and I can’t get it out of my head!

So when my older boy, Jacob, started saying “baby” and “shark” and tried to sing along to the song, I just knew I had to make him a baby shark!

Please meet Master Aoi, who is in search of a great big adventure!

You can purchase the PDF pattern to make your own baby shark here!

I didn’t realise it was Shark Week over at Super Simple Songs, and am super honoured that they featured Master Aoi in their Instagram! Thank you so much Super Simple!

The tune is too catchy so I’ll leave you with the song — you’ll probably be singing it all day too!


CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE MY BABY SHARK AMIGURUMI PATTERN

Free amigurumi pattern: Doraemon

6 Jul

Hello my dear friends!

I’m back again with another brand new amigurumi pattern. Behold, the mystical blue cat with an infinity pocket: Doraemon!

I had to re-do the head a few times as I was using a darker blue earlier but ran out of yarn before I could finish! And I thought I had it covered 😉

I never thought that I would make Doraemon so soon (it has always been in my to-do list!) but a family member hinted at wanting one and I just couldn’t resist!

I must be honest: I don’t own anything Doraemon so this doll is really the only thing I have and eeps! I’ll have to give it away soon! I grew up watching bits and pieces of the show — never really a full episode I think! Making this doll has really made me wonder why I never did! (Catch-up time now!)

I really hope you’ll enjoy this pattern!

Let’s get started, shall we?

Doraemon amigurumi pattern 

by amiguruMEI
Skill level: Easy
Duration: About 6 hours

Materials & Tools
2.3mm hook
Acrylic yarn in white, light blue, red and pink
Black crochet thread/embroidery floss
8mm oval doll’s eyes x 2
7mm red brad x 1
Small gold bell
Darning needle
Polyester fiberfill
Craft glue

Head

With white 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}.
Change to light blue yarn.
Round 10: [Inc, sc 8] around {60}.
Round 11: [Inc, sc 9] around {66}.
Round 12: [Inc, sc 10] around {72}.
Rounds 12-23 (12 rounds altogether): Sc around {72}.
Round 24: [Inv dec, sc 10] around {66}.
Round 25: [Inv dec, sc 9] around {60}.
Round 26: [Inv dec, sc 8] around {54}.
Round 27: [Inv dec, sc 7] around {48}.
Round 28: [Inv dec, sc 6] around {42}.
Round 29: [Inv dec, sc 5] around {36}.
Round 30: [Inv dec, sc 4] around {30}.
Round 31: [Inv dec, sc 3] around {24}.
Round 32: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {18}.
Stuff head. Mould and shape the piece to ensure that the front of the head (the white part) is flat.
Round 33: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {12}.
Round 34: [Inv dec] around {6}.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

(The side view of the head turned out a little flatter than I would’ve liked. If you want a rounder version, you can definitely add a few more rounds after Round 23).


Body

With light blue 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}.
Rounds 5-12 (8 rounds altogether): Sc around {24}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.
Stuff body.

Eyes (Make 2)

With white yarn:
Round 1: Sc 8 in magic ring {8}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {16}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. Pull on the piece to stretch it into an oval shape.


Arms (Make 2)
With white yarn:
Round 1: Sc 7 in magic ring {7}.
Rounds 2-3: Sc around {7}.
Change to light blue yarn.
Rounds 4-7: Sc around {7}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. You can shape the white end by pressing on it to give it a balled-up look.

Feet (Make 2)

With white yarn:
Round 1: Sc 5 in magic ring {5}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {10}.
Round 3: [Inc, sc 1] around {15}.
Rounds 4-5: Sc around {15}.
Round 6: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {10}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. Stuff feet.

Tummy

With white yarn:
Round 1: Sc 8 in magic ring {8}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {16}.
Round 3: [Inc, sc 1] around {24}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. Pull on the piece to stretch it into an oval shape.

Pocket
With white yarn:
Row 1: Sc 4 in magic ring {4}. Ch 1, turn work.
Row 2: [Inc] around {8}. Ch 1, turn work.
Row 3: [Inc, sc 1] around {12}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Tail

With red yarn:
Round 1: Sc 5 in magic ring {5}.
Round 2: Sc around {5}.
Fasten off, weave in ends and leave a long end for sewing.

Collar
With red yarn:
Row 1: Ch 30, turn work.
Row 2: Sc in each st across. {29}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. (You can add or reduce stitches; just check to see if the collar fits all the way around Doraemon’s body + arms).

Cheeks (White, make 2)
With white yarn:
Round 1: Sc 5 in magic ring {5}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {10}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Cheeks (Pink, make 2)
With white yarn:
Round 1: Sc 5 in magic ring {5}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Designing the face

1. Pop the oval doll’s eyes into the white crochet eye pieces.
2. Deciding where Doraemon’s face is: The white part of the head should be facing towards you. Make sure the colour jog that happened during the colour switch is positioned at the bottom of the head. Stitch the eyes in the centre, approximately onto Round 7 to 11 of the head.
3. Pop in the red brad for the nose (mine falls on Round 6).
4. I used black crochet thread to sew on the whiskers and lips: the nose line should extend from Round 6 (at the bottom of the nose) vertically all the way to Round 5 at the bottom. I used a little craft glue to hold the lips in shape.
5. Sew on the white and pink cheeks.

Assembly
1. Stitch head and body together.
2. Stitch tummy onto the body.
3. Stitch pocket onto the tummy.
4. Stitch arms onto the sides of the body.
5. Stitch on the collar.
6. Attach the bell.
7. Stitch on the feet.
8. End with the tail at the back.

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 Doraemon and I’ll share it here! 🙂

 

 

The one you’ve been waiting for: Free Cinnamoroll amigurumi pattern

25 May

The long-awaited Cinnamoroll pattern is here!

Many of you have asked about this character, which made an appearance in the Welcome to Sanrio Land! page in the Hello Kitty Crochet book.

Cinnamoroll was originally cast as one of the many stars of the book, but was later left out so that we could make space for his other friends. Poor pup! But everything is better now as you can finally make your own crochet Cinnamoroll!

I first created this pattern when I was writing the Hello Kitty Crochet book in 2013. If I remember correctly, it was one of the first few designs that turned out looking ok! Sharing this pattern brings back loads of memories. I remember taking one whole month off work just to design all the patterns for the book. I had to organize my time well so I only had about one day to finish up on each character. Which wasn’t a whole lot since I had to design from scratch. I remember having Naoki Urasawa’s Monster anime to keep me company while I crocheted. Not a cutesy anime at all but it kept me going! It has been a great honour working with Quirk Books and also with Sanrio and I really hope you can make the complete set of characters now with the inclusion of Cinnamoroll 🙂

I have been wanting to share this pattern since a long time ago but so many things happened I never got around to it. I hope you will enjoy Cinnamoroll as it’s the sweetest character ever. You can also try giving him a more kawaii floppy head by using thicker yarn and a larger hook size.

Now let’s make Cinnamoroll!


Cinnamoroll amigurumi pattern 
by amiguruMEI
Skill level: Easy
Duration: About 4 hours

Abbreviations

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

Materials & Tools

2.3mm hook
Acrylic yarn in white
Light blue embroidery floss
Dark brown embroidery floss
Pink felt
Darning needle
Polyester fiberfill
Craft glue


Head
With white 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}.
Rounds 8-11 (4 rounds altogether): Sc around {42}.
Round 12: [Inv dec, sc 5] around {36}.
Round 13: [Inv dec, sc 4] around {30}.
Round 14: [Inv dec, sc 3] around {24}.
Round 15: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {18}.
Stuff head.
Round 16: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {12}.
Round 17: [Inv dec] around {6}.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Body
With white 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}.
Rounds 5-8 (4 rounds altogether): Sc around {24}.
Round 9: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {18}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.
Stuff body.

Ears
Make 2 with white yarn.
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.
Round 3: [Inc, sc 1] around {18}.
Rounds 4-5: Sc around {18}.
Round 6: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {12}.
Rounds 7-14 (8 rounds altogether): Sc around {12}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. Flatten piece.

Arms
Make 2 with white yarn.
Round 1: Sc 5 in magic ring {5}.
Rounds 2-4: Sc around {5}.

Feet
Make 2 with white yarn.
Round 1: Sc 8 in magic ring {8}.
Rounds 2-3: Sc around {8}.
Fasten off and weave in ends but leave a long tail for sewing.
Flatten piece and thread the long tail through the centre of the foot.


Tail
With white yarn:
Round 1: Sc 5 in magic ring {5}.
Rounds 2-12 (11 rounds altogether): Sc around {5}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Designing the face
1. With blue embroidery floss: Sew eyes below Round 9, by making 12 vertical backstitches (going back and forth in the same two stitches from Round 9 to Round 10). There should be six stitches between the eyes.
2. With dark brown embroidery floss: Sew lips below Round 10, between the eyes. Make a loose backstitch four stitches long. Bring your needle back to the centre of this stitch and make a small backstitch to hold the lips in a “W” shape. Add two more small backstitches (near Round 11) to hold the left and right curves together.

Assembly
1. Stitch head and body together.
2. Stitch arms onto the sides of the body.
3. Stitch feet onto the bottom front of the body.
4. Stitch ears in place. They should fall below Round 5 of the head.
5. Stitch tail on at the back. Roll up the tip of the tail until the midway point and stitch it in place.
6. Cut two pink felt ovals and glue onto the cheeks.

P/S At the moment, I’ve been using my iPhone 6 to capture the photos as I only have a makeshift ‘studio’ (which consists of the top of a diaper table, a few planks of wood and a reflector) and 10 minutes a day to come up with the pictures you see here (before I have to bathe my boys, feed them etc etc). I promise that I’ll take better photos soon and go back to my beloved Nikon D5100 DSLR 🙂

Free amigurumi pattern: Anpanman アンパンマンのあみぐるみ

18 May

As promised, it’s finally here!

To all Anpanman fans, thank you for being patient with me. You can now make your own Anpanman amigurumi with my free pattern. Yay!

If you don’t already know who Anpanman is, you must, must watch the Sore ike! Anpanman series! I recently watched the Sore Ike! Anpanman: Ruby no Negai movie here, if you’re interested!

Anpanman is a superhero with an anpan (Japanese bean jam-filled pastry) for a head. It’s a strange sight, but Anpanman doesn’t mind sharing a bit of his head with the hungry children that he comes across during his adventures.

I first made an Anpanman for my boys when they were still snug in my belly. You can see what it looks like here, along with some Anpanman buns that I baked 🙂

I decided to make another cuter version after seeing all the wonderful Anpanman cookies and buns on Instagrammer @sachi ina’s feed! Her makes are incredibly awesome! I’ve been trying my hand at making cute chigiripan and illust pan (bread rolls with cute prints in them) but I am yet to be satisfied with the results. As I type this, I have a loaf of panda illust pan that I baked this evening, waiting to be sliced and discovered. If you see a picture of it on my Instagram, it means it was a success!

But for now, onto the free Anpanman amigurumi pattern! Sore ike!

Anpanman amigurumi pattern
 by amiguruMEI

アンパンマンのあみぐるみ
Skill level: Intermediate
Duration: About 6 hours
Description: Anpanman is a popular Japanese character from a picture book series written by Takashi Yanase. I first fell in love with the strangely-cute superhero when I chanced upon its anime series and saw Anpanman pull off a piece of anpan from his head (which is literally an anpan, or bean jam-filled pastry) to feed a hungry child! The series comes with its host of colourful characters and I hope to be able to crochet the rest of them soon!
Abbreviations

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

Materials & Tools

2.5mm hook
Acrylic yarn in skin colour, orange, red, yellow and black
Black crochet thread
Darning needle
Polyester fiberfill

Head
With skin colour 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}.
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}.
Fill with stuffing. The shape of the head should be spherical.
Round 26: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {12}.
Round 27: [Inv dec] around {6}.
Fasten off and weave in ends.


Nose and cheeks (Make 3)
With orange yarn:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.
Rounds 3-4: Sc around {12}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.
Fill with a tiny bit of stuffing.

Body
With red yarn:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.
Round 3: [Inc, sc 1] around {18}.
Rounds 4-5: Sc around {18}.
Change to yellow yarn.
Round 6: Sc around {18}.
Switch back to red yarn.
Round 7-10 (4 rounds altogether): Sc around {18}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.
Fill with stuffing.

Cape
With black yarn:
Row 1: Ch 10. Turn work.
Rows 2-14 (13 rows altogether): Sc 9, Ch 1. Turn work.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Arms (Make 2)
With yellow yarn:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2: Sc around {6}.
Change to red yarn.
Rounds 3-6 (4 rounds altogether): Sc around {6}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Legs (Make 2)
With yellow yarn:
Round 1: Sc 7 in magic ring {7}.
Rounds 2-3: Sc around {7}.
Change to red yarn.
Rounds 4-5: Sc around {7}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Assembly
1. Sew nose and cheeks onto the head. They should fall below Round 13.
2. Sew on the eyes, eyebrows and mouth (please see tips on **Designing the face below)
3. Sew body onto head.
4. Sew on arms. You can position them however you like. I gave mine an “Anpunch!” pose.
5. Sew on the legs.
6. Sew on the cape. I just looped the cape around Anpanman’s neck and weaved in the ends.

**Designing the face
Eyes
1. The eyes are sewn below Round 11 of the head, using black crochet thread
2. Each eye is sewn with 12 vertical backstitches that are 2 stitches long.
3. There should be a space of 3 stitches in between each eye.

Eyebrows
1. Instead of rounded eyebrows, I gave my Anpanman “L” shaped ones.
2. I made a loose diagonal stitch that is 3 stitches long and then made a smaller stitch to hold the corners together. Alternatively, you can try making 2 backstitches in the shape of an L (I think the effect would be quite the same!)

Mouth
1. Just one vertical backstitch, 2 stitches long.

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 Anpanman 🙂

Free Pan-san the Panda amigurumi pattern

20 Mar

Who would’ve thought?

I’ve been baking bread.

Loads of it.

Bread is パン (pan) in Japanese. Which brings me to my brand new free amigurumi pattern:

Pan-san the cho-kawaii Panda! Tada!

He’s not your usual Panda of course, since he loves bread and butter and buns and brioche…

…and also anything remotely sweet and scrumptious.

He also has a secret love for unicorns.

And selfies.

Zen = Matcha = Pan-san.

Empty pantry = Not-so-zen Pan-san.

“Bake me something, okaasan!”

Find the FREE PATTERN designed in collaboration with Craft Passion here!

A glimpse of the tool I used:

I love this Marvel 8ply yarn from Spotlight!

Daiso has a great range of fluffy yarns!

Please enjoy making Pan-san as much as I enjoyed designing him for you 🙂

FREE PAN-SAN AMIGURUMI PATTERN BY AMIGURUMEI FOR CRAFT PASSION

 

 

 

A closer look at mama hen and baby chicks…

3 Feb

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Amidst the yarn, hooks and baskets of crafting tools, this is what my life looks like now.

Christmas morning, every day!

These pictures were taken by my dear friend Samuel Ong about a week before Christmas 2016. Every year, Sam goes around looking for cute and cuddly talents to pose for his Christmas project and I made it to the list thanks to the twins!

I just realised I haven’t had the time to share updated photos of my growing-too-fast boys, who just turned one last month!

So before I forget to make another post, here are more photos of us 🙂

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No Jacob, don’t eat the giftwrap!

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Jacob is still trying to eat the giftwrap…

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No Joshua, don’t tear the gift!

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🙂

jacob-n-joshua-8Quiet at last…

jacob-n-joshua-2I said NO….

jacob-n-joshua-1I give up…

*The top photo made it into The Star main news page on Christmas Day 2016. The boys were also baptised on the same day! Double blessings, for sure 🙂

FREE HEN & CHICKS AMIGURUMI PATTERN: TORI & TAMA-GO

2 Feb

Hello!

It’s been too long, too long! A big hug to everyone who’s been following my posts and waiting for more amiguruMEI adventures to come.

Being a first-time mom and to twins has been a roller coaster ride…sweet, exciting, frightful with a tang of adrenaline rush. My boys have finally turned a year old! So mommy thinks it’s time that she gave some loving back to her blog as well…

Chinese New Year has just begun and to celebrate this special occasion, I’d like to share an absolutely free, super-kawaii amigurumi pattern right here, right now!

Please meet Tori:

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Yes, the two little cuties behind are her twin boys, Tama and Go.

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Who absolutely love following Mama wherever she goes.

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There are times when Tori feels overstretched.

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And then there are times she wished she had a few more tako hands to get the boys out of (more) mischief.

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And more mischief.

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But Tori knows to take things slow. And to enjoy every moment before the boys are grown up all too fast!

That being said, if she ever needs a break…

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She knows there’s always another Mama willing to take over, if only for just a little while.

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Bet the boys would behave after that.

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I hope you’ll enjoy the pattern! Tori and Tama-Go were designed in collaboration with Craft Passion, who spent the past year knitting awesome Fair Isle beanies, pullovers, leg warmers–the whole works!

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE HEN & CHICKS AMIGURUMI PATTERN: TORI AND TAMA-GO

Send me a picture of your finished Tori and Tama-Go. Don’t forget to hashtag #amigurumei!

Gong Xi Fa Cai everyone!

XOXO

Mei

Happy Mother’s Day: Free Amigurumi Pattern for Risa-chan the bunny mommy

8 May

Oh gosh, hello everyone!

It’s been such a long, long time! I must apologise for the long absence!

If you’ve been following my Instagram, you would know why I’ve been missing from the amigurumi scene: I just became a mom to two lovely twin boys (and boy, do they keep my two hands full!)

Jacob and Joshua are now almost four months old and till this day, it still seems surreal that I have two babies to call my own 🙂

And since it’s Mother’s Day today, which of course is an extra-special event for me this year as a first-time mom, I’d like to share a free amigurumi pattern with all my favourite crafters…yes you, whom I have not been in touch with for aeons!

Oh and please do head on over to @simplycrochetmag as I’ve been given the wonderful opportunity to work on an Instagram takeover for the magazine, just for this weekend. The free pattern for Risa-chan is an added bonus to mark this amazing collaboration 🙂

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Please meet Risa-chan, the bunny mommy I made over a year ago when I first found out that I was going to be a mom 🙂 She’s this sweet little thing who has stuck by me through my morning sickness and stayed quiet and calm when I was hospitalised for preterm labour, on Christmas! Thankfully, her presence kept my jitters at bay and my boys managed to hang on for three more weeks before their scheduled due dates 😉

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I must say that I never imagined that it would be this though to be a mother, and to this I would like to send my love and a great big hug to all mothers on this special day. Please enjoy the free amigurumi pattern for Risa-chan, which I hurriedly wrote with one hand rocking my two boys in their bouncers (they can only nap with constant rocking, sigh!)

Here’s a first look at my boys! Jacob was born two minutes earlier than lil’ Joshua.

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Yep, they sure do seem to love mama’s Risa-chan! Well, at least they didn’t complain! (By the way, I made a bunch of baby-friendly amigurumi that I’d love to show you guys soon! Like the two little rattle piglets that Risa-chan is seen cosying up to below)

I hope to be able to share more of my work and also some free patterns in the coming months; I’m still trying to find a balance between getting enough sleep and pumping for milk for now, so please do bear with me! I hope everyone has been well! Please do drop me a line and continue sending me wonderful pictures of your work! (don’t mind me if I reply your mail in the wee hours of the morning; my boys still wake up to nurse 2 to 3 times throughout the night and that’s when you’d find me fiddling with my iPhone in the dark 🙂

XOXO

Mei

RIsa-chan amigurumi free pattern

FREE AMIGURUMI PATTERN: RISA-CHAN THE BUNNY MOMMY

Abbreviations

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

Materials

  • 2.5 mm hook
  • 2mm hook
  • Yarn in taupe (greyish-brown) and pink
  • Embroidery floss in black (I used black crochet thread, which gives a neater finish)
  • Darning needle
  • Polyester fiberfill

Head

With taupe 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: 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 head. Mould head with your hands — flatten the front where you intend the face to be.

Round 22: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {12}.

Round 23: [Inv dec] around {6}.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Leg A

With taupe yarn:

Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.

Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.

Round 3-9: Sc around {12}.

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

 

Leg B (joins with Leg A and continues onto body)

With taupe yarn:

Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.

Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.

Round 3-9: Sc around {12}.

Round 10: Sc in the next 6 sts. Join to Leg A by making the next sc in Leg A. Continue for 11 more sts. Make the next 6 sc in Leg B {24}.

Round 11: [Inc, sc 2] around {30}.

Round 12: [Inc, sc 3] around {36}.

Round 13-16: Sc around {36}.

Round 17: [Inv dec, sc 3] around { 30}.

Round 18: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {24}.

Stuff body.

Round 19: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {18}.

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

 

Ears (make 2)

With taupe yarn:

Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.

Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.

Round 3-17: Sc around {12}.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Do not stuff with polyfill so it will have a floppy look.

 

Arms (make 2)

With taupe yarn:

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

Round 2: [Inc] around {10}.

Round 3-10: Sc around {10}.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Optional to stuff with polyfill. I left mine without any 🙂

 

Cheeks (make 2)

With pink yarn:

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

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

 

Bow

With black embroidery floss and 2mm hook:

Row 1: Ch 5, sc 3, inc in last st. Rotate work.

Row 2: inc, sc 6, inc. Rotate work.

Row 3. inc, sc 8, inc. Fasten off. thread tail end through to the centre of the bow. use the same tail end to make 3 loops over the bow and secure at the back by knotting it with the starting tail.

 

Facial Details

1. With black embroidery thread, sew eyes below Round 13. For each eye, you will be making a diagonal backstitch that is 3 sts long. There should be 6 sts in between each eye.

2. For the nose and lips, you will be sewing on an upside-down “Y”, starting from below Round 11 straight on till below Round 15 and branching out to two points below Round 16.

 

Assembly

1. Sew cheeks onto face.
2. Sew body onto head.
3. Sew on ears.
4. Sew on arms.
5. Sew on bow tie.
6. Sew an “X” on the belly.

RIsa-chan amigurumi pattern

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 Risa-chan with us!

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