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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

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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.

RIsa-chan amigurumi free pattern

RIsa-chan amigurumi free pattern

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!

Happy New Year + Free Daikichi the fortune monkey amigurumi pattern

6 Jan

Hello 2016!

A Happy New Year to all my fellow crafters!

I know it’s been forever since I updated…if you’ve been following my Instagram…you’d probably know what I’ve been busy with for the most part of the year…

I’m currently just four days away from delivering my twin baby boys! Things have been hectic what with organising work and my pregnancy symptoms (which was OK, right up until about a month ago!). These past few weeks I’ve barely been able to move because of the extra weight I’ve been lugging around…but all good things come to those who wait!

I was planning to share a Christmas post on all the cute little things I made for my family…but I suddenly had to be hospitalised for preterm labour! I promise I’ll definitely share when everything’s back to normal..which may be a while!

To usher in the brand new year though, I’ve teamed up with Craft Passion once again to share a free amigurumi pattern…and it happens to be a monkey to usher in the Lunar New Year!

Please meet Daikichi the fortune monkey!

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A little cheeky…a little innocent…that’s who Daikichi is on most days. His name means “big fortune” in Japanese…and I expect him to bring everyone prosperity and wellbeing in 2016!

Check out the Daikichi free amigurumi pattern here.

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I may not be able to update my blog for a while but please do hang in there! Do follow my continued amigurumi adventures on my Instagram @amigurumei as I will surely be updating more through that channel. I’ve made some cute baby rattles and baby hats that I can’t wait to bestow upon my boys!

I’m currently working on a sleeping baby dinosaur amigurumi…I guess it’ll probably be my last amigurumi project before I become a mommy!

Wish me luck! 🙂

I hope you’ll enjoy the free Daikichi monkey amigurumi pattern. May 2016 be a year full of happy monkey businesses and quirkiness for all those who believe in the energy of the cheeky creature! 🙂

XOXO

Mei

Here’s another link to help you find the Daikichi free amigurumi pattern.

Hello Kitty Crochet stop-motion animation!

9 Nov

Today is the day!

As I pack up now for my first Hello Kitty Crochet Author Showcase and Signing appearance at Kinokuniya, Suria KLCC, I would like to share an exciting stop-motion animation featuring the stars of my first book.

Do enjoy!

Hello Kitty Crochet Showcase and Signing appearance at Kinokuniya, Suria KLCC

8 Nov

Konnichiwa!

My Hello Kitty Crochet Showcase and Signing appearance will be happening tomorrow!

Venue: Main Entrance, Kinokuniya Bookstores, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

Date: Sunday, Nov 9

Time: 2pm

Description: I’ll be sharing an amigurumi demo at 2pm, and then proceed on with the book signing and some photo opportunities if time permits!

Psst: Come in your Hello Kitty gear or bring along your amigurumi softies and we’ll take a few selfies together!

It’s been a fun and at times, crazy, adventure prepping for this day. I spent a lot of time remaking some of the Sanrio pals and also a 7-inch tall Hello Kitty so that everyone can take a selfie with it! 🙂

Hello Kitty by amigurumei

So many people have been asking about where they can buy my book, so I’ll be addressing that here:

WHERE TO BUY MY BOOK:

1) In the US & European regions, my book can be found in all major bookstores.

2) For the rest of the world, you can purchase via Amazon.com, or at any Kinokuniya bookstore in your country (and yes, that includes Malaysia).

Here’s a glimpse of my book and amigurumi on display at Kinokuniya, Suria KLCC, for those who haven’t been to visit yet 🙂 It was a hurried picture taken after the guard (not a Hello Kitty fan for sure!) said “No photos! And no moving the books!”, after my husband attempted to “organise” some books that were blocking my dolls, haha!

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And here’s a closer look:

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My kind editor also did a full-page write-up of my amigurumi adventures in our national newspaper (I work there as a features journalist). You can read the full article here: Malaysian crafter crochets her way into the pages of Hello Kitty

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And then there’s the super-sweet feature in SuperCuteKawaii.com! Now I’m officially a Super Cute Creator! Read more here.

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Come find me tomorrow at Kinokuniya, Suria KLCC (2pm) and we’ll chat more! I can’t wait!

 

 

Exclusive Hello Kitty Crochet Tip#2: It’s in the eyes, nose and whiskers

27 Sep

Hello again!

I hope you found the last post, where we talked about the unique Sanrio head-molding exercise, helpful!

Today, we’ll be bringing out the sewing kit, for we will be learning how to sew, or much rather, embroider on the face of sweet Miss Kitty White!

You will find that this technique is used for some other Sanrio characters as well, like the Little Twin Stars, Tuxedosam, The Sugarbunnies and of course My Melody and her goth but cherry-loving rival, Kuromi.

Let’s get started!

Exclusive Hello Kitty Crochet Tip#2: It’s in the eyes, nose and whiskers

Hello Kitty Crochet by amigurumei

As mentioned in “Basic Body Parts” (pg 93), you simply have to sew on the facial details using embroidery floss and a series of vertical or horizontal backstitches. Some of the patterns include specific instructions on where to sew the nose/eyes, and also how many stitches are needed.

Hello Kitty and her daffodil-coloured nose:

Step 1: Hold the head piece so that the flattened part of the face faces you.

Step 2: Count to Round 12.

Step 3: Start sewing directly below this round. The idea is for the nose to run from the start of Round 13. You can add on more or less stitches — mine usually consists of about six to eight horizontal backstitches.

Psst: You will find that the positioning of the nose/eyes can drastically change the look of your Hello Kitty. The best way to go about it is to ensure that the line of the nose falls directly below the eyes 🙂

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Back and forth…back and forth…

Hello Kitty and her brownie fudge eyes:

Step 1: Visually zone in on the third stitch away from the left/right hand side of the nose.

Step 2: Move this point two rows above to Round 11. This is where you should start sewing on the eyes.

Step 3: Simply embroider from Round 11 to Round 12 using vertical backstitches. I used 12 backstitches for each eye.

Step 4. After knotting off the ends at the bottom of the head, give the embroidered eyes a light pinch to make them slimmer and more oval-shaped.

Step 5: You can also gently press the eyes in to create a 3-dimensional kawaii look.

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Up and down…

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Just a pinch…

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It’s a pressing matter I tell you…

Do note that My Melody, and also Kuromi, have bigger winks than the rest of the gang 🙂

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My…what big eyes you have!

Hello Kitty and her chocolate-straw whiskers:

Step 1: Zone in on Round 11, on the third stitch away from each eye.

Step 2: Make a horizontal backstitch, which is two-stitches long.

Step 3: Repeat process to make the top and bottom whiskers, which should fall below Round 10 and Round 12.

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Easy…

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…peasy!

And there you have it. Enjoy!

P/S Up next, we’ll talk about jazzing up the basic hood 🙂

Tuxedosam and his tiny hat!

25 Sep

Happy Thursday!

Have you started on making your own Tuxedosam from our all-new pattern in Hello Kitty Crochet?

Tell me how you like the updated design!

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If you’re finding it a tad challenging to make the tubby guy’s hat, please do refer to this pattern instead:

 

Tuxedosam’s hat:

With white yarn:

Round 1: 5 sc in magic circle {5}.

Round 2: Inc each sc around {10}.

Round 3: *2 sc, sc in next sc*, repeat 5 times {15}.

Round 4 – 6: Sc in each sc around {15}.

Round 7: Inc in each sc around {30}.

Round 8: Inv dec all around {15}.

Change yarn colour to navy. Leave a long white yarn end for sewing later.

Round 8: Inc in each sc around {30}.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Tuxedosam by amiguruMEI

Yay!

Exclusive Hello Kitty Crochet Tip #1: The head-molding exercise

20 Sep

Konnichiwa! 

It still feels like a dream…it’s been barely a week since the release of my book, Hello Kitty Crochet and the love has been steadily pouring in nonetheless!

I’m very excited for all those who have yet to receive your books, I’m sure you’ll love the 25 patterns that I’ve lovingly put together for you. Write in and tell me which is the first pattern you went for and why! I’d love to see your work and share it here on my blog 🙂

In the next few posts, I hope to share a series of exclusive Hello Kitty Crochet tips, to help you make Miss Kitty White and the rest of her pals as picture-perfect as possible!

Ready? Let’s go!

Exclusive Hello Kitty Crochet Tip #1: The ever-important head-molding exercise

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As mentioned in the “Special Techniques” part of the book (pg 11), most of the head patterns require a good squeeze to mold them into shape.

Step 1: Crochet as normal.

Step 2: When it’s time for stuffing, simply shape and squeeze the head piece so that the front (where the face will be) has a flattened appearance.

Step 3: Stuff with polyfill fibre according to this newly-shaped shape.

Step 4: If necessary, give it a few more squeezes after you fastening off.

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Squeeze…

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…and squeeze…

Tada! There you have it! Unique Sanrio character-shaped heads! Try it and let me know what you think 🙂

P/S Next up will be all about giving Miss Kitty White a sweet and cute face! Plus, don’t forget to send in a picture of yourself and where the Hello Kitty Crochet books can be found at your local bookstores to join my exclusive amiguruMEI giveaway contest!

amiguruMEI Contest Giveaway: Hello Kitty Crochet Snap & Share

16 Sep
amiguruMEI author of Hello Kitty Crochet

Photo courtesy of @peyday 🙂

Ohayou! Today marks the release of my book, Hello Kitty Crochet! Woohoo!

I would like to give myself a huge pat on the back for surviving the wait…and to you too, if I could!

Please allow me to say a big “THANK YOU VERY MUCH” (本当にありがとうございました) for all your love, patience and support — I couldn’t have done it without your constant encouragement and sweet words, raring me on to continue crocheting even through the most impossible of days.

As a tribute to this very special day, I would like to announce an exclusive…

 

AMIGURUMEI CONTEST GIVEAWAY: HELLO KITTY CROCHET SNAP & SHARE!

What do you have to do?

1) Go to a bookstore anywhere in the United States.

2) Snap a picture of yourself posing with the Hello Kitty Crochet books on display in-store.

3) E-mail the picture over to me at amigurumei[@]gmail[dot]com

 

The prize?

A surprise amiguruMEI handmade crochet doll sent to your doorstep!

 

Okay, so how to win?

1) Be the first three to send in a clear and pretty picture of the above. Yes, three lucky winners!

2) Be my Twitter follower @amigurumei and fellow Pinterest pinner @amigurumei or Mei Li Lee.

3) Help spread the word!

 

And if you don’t win…

I’ll still share your pictures on my blog and give you a nice, neat shoutout for your kind effort!

 

Contest deadline: 

Oct 1, 2014.

 

Questions, questions

1. Don’t worry! Photos can be from your phone, tablet or camera. I would prefer clear, sharp pictures but if shaky hands are your thing, send them over anyway!

2. Eligible participants can be from anywhere around the world. If you can’t be in the United States for now, why not get a friend from there to snap a picture for you?

3. Availability of the book — For now, my publishers at Quirk Books only have word that the book will be available in the United States bookstores. For my United Kingdom friends, the books will arrive in-store Oct 9. Yay!

4. For fellow Hello Kitty Crochet fans outside of the United States, please bear with us as we wait for upcoming news on the availability of the book elsewhere. In the mean-time, you can still order online via the book cover link on the top right sidebar of this page. For e-books, you can try here.

Best wishes!

XOXOXO

Mei

P/S And now I leave you with a fancy-schmancy photo taken by my good friend @peyday 🙂

amiguruMEI author of Hello Kitty Crochet

A first look at my book: Hello Kitty Crochet

2 Sep

Hello Kitty Crochet by amiguruMEI

Are you guys excited? It’s about 15 days till the release of Hello Kitty Crochet!

I just received my advanced copies and I’m so pleased with them! I’m sure you will be too when your copy arrives!

If you still haven’t purchased a copy, you can do so by clicking on the book cover on the top right sidebar of this blog 🙂

Hello Kitty Crochet by amiguruMEI

Many have been asking me about the contents of the book. All I can say is: everybody loves a good surprise! Here you can see Chococat, My Melody, Hello Kitty, Keroppi and Badtz Maru. Just who else have made it into the book? Let me know your guesses!

Hello Kitty Crochet by amiguruMEI

I hope you like Miss Kitty White’s pattern! 🙂

Hello Kitty Crochet by amiguruMEI

I love how cute yet sturdy the book is! I had a great time working with senior designer Amanda Richmond of Quirk Books, who have been ever so accommodating with my still-developing photography skills. I think she did a fabulous job with the design!

Hello Kitty Crochet by amiguruMEI

It still feels like a dream that I have a book to my name, and one that is attached to Sanrio and Hello Kitty too!

P/S Please do let me confirm on the availability of the book in Asia, particularly in Malaysia and Singapore. If all goes well, I may just get to meet all you Hello Kitty fans at a book-signing event! Stay tuned 🙂

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