Festival Amigurumi with Maja the Forest Fairy

Festival Amigurumi with Maja the Forest Fairy

My dearest friends…do you believe in fairies?

I must admit, I was a curious child, a fairy-seeking type of child, if you must. Always on the lookout for a little tiny door etched ever so faintly on a tree trunk, or by the hidden side of the walls.

I believe in fairies, and I love bringing the magic of fairies to “life”.

If you’re anything like me, perhaps you might be delighted to meet my newest friend, Maja the Forest Fairy.

Maja is my contribution to the #FestivalAmigurumi organized by The Sewing Box Magazine and @gallimelmas.

The festival starts today!

For the first time this year, the magazine is bringing together all my favourite designers from around the world, and together we’ve each worked on a pattern to be included in the Festival Amigurumi digital pattern bundle.

This very special bundle is now on sale, and will only be available for purchase from July 5th till July 10th.

One price, over 30 patterns all in one go. For a limited time only.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE #FESTIVALAMIGURUMI PATTERN BUNDLE

If you believe in fairies, I would like to invite you along on a magical journey…a path that leads to the realm of Maja the forest fairy. Along the way you will come across talking cats (@anniegurumi), a penguin with a hat (@lemonyarncreations , a girl with the heart of a cherry (@kurumitoys) and so many more!

I am so excited to be a part of this amazing event! For more details, you can see my Instagram stories and my Instagram posts. I will be sharing more on what other exciting patterns are included in the bundle.

A warm thank you to my friends at Hobium Yarns for sponsoring the lovely La Mia Linen Cotton for this project!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE #FESTIVALAMIGURUMI PATTERN BUNDLE

maja the forest fairy by amigurumei

*A portion of the price paid for the bundle will go back to all the designers who participated in this event. Thank you so much for your love and support!

FREE amigurumi pattern: Soot Sprite / Susuwatari / Makkuro Kurosuke

FREE amigurumi pattern: Soot Sprite / Susuwatari / Makkuro Kurosuke

Today is a good day. And I have good news for you. A FREE pattern finally!

It’s been a while. I hope everyone is safe at home!

I’m gearing up to participate in @Airaligray’s #amigurumay (although I’m already a little late to the game), and I knew I just had to make some of these little guys to fit into the theme of “Crochet & Netflix”. Because yay! We now have Studio Ghibli shows on Netflix! I’m sorry if it’s not available in your region! I hope it will be soon.

Have you ever tried using a pet slicker to fuzz up your amigurumi? These little soot sprites are made for the pet slicker. They are so quick to make, and so fun to fuzz up. Great stress-busters! And also if you’re stuck on designing your next amigurumi, you could take a little break to make these little soot soldiers.

I’ve only had time to make 3 but please go ahead to make more!

Fuzzy amigurumi works best when you’re using acrylic yarn. I used Hobium Yarn’s La Mia Baby Cotton which is 50% cotton and 50% acrylic, and it still fuzzes up well. For the eyes, I chose to use something a little thinner and also with a thinner hook, for more definition.

I like to use scrapbooking brads for eyes — I didn’t have any small black ones left, but I did have white ones, so I coloured over them with a black marker 🙂

Important tip: Make sure to crochet tightly for this project, or your stuffing will show through when you start fuzzing up the soot sprite. Use a tweezer to remove any stray stuffing that peeks through.

See this video on how to use the pet slicker on your amigurumi!

FREE Pattern for Soot Sprites or Susuwatari/Makkuro Kurosuke ススワタリ/ まっくろくろすけ

Skill Level: Easy!

 

Size: 5-cm tall

 

Materials

3mm & 2.5mm crochet hook

Aran-weight yarn in black (I used La Mia Baby Cotton from Hobium)

DK-weight yarn in white (I used Kartopu Organic Cotton from Hobium)

2 x black brads (4mm)

2 x pink brads (4mm)

Craft glue

Darning needle

Scissors

Stitch markers

Polyester stuffing

Pet slicker

 

Abbreviations

Ch: chain

Sc: single crochet

Inc: increase

Inv dec: invisible decrease

Sts: stitches

*This pattern is written in US crochet terms.

 

Body

With aran-weight black 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}.

Rounds 6-10 (5 rounds altogether): Sc around {30}.

Round 11: [Inv dec, sc 3] around {24}.

Round 12: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {18}.

Stuff body firmly. Use your hands to gently squeeze and mould the head into an oval-like shape.

Round 13: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {12}.

Round 14: [Inv dec] around {6}.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Eyes

For this, you will be crocheting in an oval around both sides of the foundation chain.

Make 2 with DK-weight white yarn & 2.5mm hook:

Row 1: Ch 4. Starting from the second ch from hook, sc in the

next 2 ch then make 3sc in the final ch {5}.

You will now be crocheting on the other side of the chain, and continuing till the end in an oval.

Sc in the next ch, then inc in the final ch {5+3=8}.

Clean fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

 

Assembly

  1. Start fuzzing up your soot sprite – use your pet slicker to brush all over the main black body. Remember to do this before you attach the eyes (so you won’t fuzz up the eyes too!)
  2. I find that it is easier to brush only in one direction for the sides. For the center of the soot sprite (where you will be sewing on the eyes later), you can try scrubbing back and forth with your pet slicker.
  3. After you’ve achieved the “desired” fuzziness, sew on the eyes, with a small gap in between the two.
  4. Add glue to your black brads and pop them in the eyes. They should have a cross-eyed look.
  5. Add glue to your pink brads and pop them in to where you want the cheeks to be.
  6. Gently squeeze the soot sprite to flatten the face (this makes for better photo-taking).
  7. You can continue to add more fuzz by brushing with your pet slicker, but do so carefully so you don’t end up picking out the eyes!
  8. Make a bunch — the more the merrier! Tag me on Instagram @amigurumei when you do!

Book Review: Sweet Crochet Friends by @lespetitesmainsdekhuccay

Book Review: Sweet Crochet Friends by @lespetitesmainsdekhuccay

This is my second time taking part in an amigurumi “book tour”, and I’m so honoured that Ngoc Anh, also known as Khuc Cay, of @lespetitesmainsdekhuccay, reached out to me a few months back to see if her wonderful book could hop over to my world and hang about for a bit.

If you haven’t already heard, Sweet Crochet Friends is the latest must-have amigurumi book from Tuva Publishing (I love how thick and beautifully-printed all their books are).

Featuring the sweetest designs from amigurumi artist Ngoc Anh of Bordeaux, France, the pages inside this book will have you thinking and re-thinking over which project you’d jump onboard with first. Simply because — you’re spoilt for choice!

sweet crochet friends

Can you see what I mean?

It was love at first sight with the koala. And then I thought, hmm maybe a lamb would be even cuter! I picked out some yarn, and then started making the first few rounds…of a girl head — because I couldn’t stop looking at Nana the Fall girl. I had to change my mind again. Finally, I settled on…

lily the lamb by amigurumei

Lily the lamb! I made slight changes to her boots and gave her a little bag to frolic around with. I love her so much! The only thing was, I couldn’t get my bobble stitches to look as bobbly as Ngoc Ahn’s!

lily the lamb by amigurumei

Lily the lamb was a joy to make. And I love her customisable she is! I gave her yellow rain boots, just in case, you know, there are puddles to plod around in.

lily the lamb by amigurumei

I also love how she blends in perfectly with my newly handpainted split-colour background. So sweet! (If you want to see how I painted this background, find me on TikTok @amigurumei — I have a tutorial video uploaded!)

lily the lamb by amigurumei

Lily the lamb in all her 2.5mm crochet hook goodness. I love how she is almost the same size as the rest of my daydreamers! I used a combination of Kartopu Organica Yarn, SMC Catania, Gazzal Organic Cotton and La Mia Mercerized Cotton from Hobium Yarns. I was actually running out of Kartopu Organica shades, but miraculously found some in our local Spotlight store! Hurrah!

By the way, this is sweet Anna, Ngoc Ahn’s lovely little daughter. She is featured prominently in the book, and for good reason too! She is so, so adorable and looks very much loved. Plus, she looks like she loves amigurumi! It is certainly a dream if I could ever get my boys to sit still for a photography session with my dolls!

Here are some close-ups of my favourite other characters from Sweet Crochet Friends:

Which would you make first? You can ORDER SWEET CROCHET FRIENDS HERE ON AMAZON. 

The book would make a lovely Christmas gift for a budding amigurumi enthusiast — there’s more than enough step-by-step photos to help you if you’re new to some of the stitches/instructions.

lily the lamb by amigurumei

Thank you so much dearest Ngoc Anh (did you know? Her nickname Khuc Cay, in Vietnamese, translates to Buche de Noel — Yule Log Cake!) for hanging about with me here. I am so happy to be a part of this circle of wonderful amigurumi artists, and I’m so happy to have found a new friend!

Please check out more of her wonderful work @lespetitesmaindekhuccay on Instagram (make sure you spell that right!) I can type it in one go now…but I don’t think I’ve got the pronounciation down right just yet! Ngoc Anh also has a collection of other beautiful patterns on her Etsy store, under the name TitesMainsdeKhuccay. I remember first discovering her work through the Amigurumipatterns.net Prehistoric-themed amigurumi design contest. I couldn’t take my eyes of her lovely little baby triceratops!

Congratulations Ngoc Anh on publishing your first crochet book and making it the sweetest thing ever!

P/S If anyone has any tips on how to make my bobble stitches bobbly, please, please let me know!

Shoutaro the sleepy sloth FREE amigurumi pattern

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!

Happy 1st ever International Amigurumi Day!

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

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

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

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

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Little Twin Stars: Lala’s Hair Tutorial

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!

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!