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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

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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! 🙂

 

 

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

 

 

 

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.

New amigurumi pattern: Mimi-chan the hedgehog

25 Aug

Hello! I’m sure everyone’s really excited about the release of Hello Kitty Crochet.

Before Sept 16 comes around though, how about I interest you in something else first, say, a cute little hedgehog named Mimi?

Hedgehog amigurumi

Hi!

Mimi-chan (short for Ayumi) is a baby hedgehog who loves watching the autumn leaves fall.

Her weakness? Sweet, ripe apples.

Hedgehog amigurumi

Apple!

Hedgehog amigurumi

*bari, bari* (the sound of munching in Japanese)

She enjoys clambering from tree to tree (when she’s not too heavy, that is).

Hedgehog amigurumi

Help!

No one has yet dared to tell her this: that her dreams of growing up to become a bushy-tailed squirrel is just that — a dream.

Hedgehog amigurumi

Ja ne! (See you!)

P/S

I had the pleasure of working with Craft Passion again to design this lovely hedgehog amigurumi pattern. (By the way, have you checked out Craft Passion’s hedgehog coin purse pattern? Totally adorable!)

The pattern is a fantabulous way to use up any fuzzy yarn that you have at home. Since you will be surface-crocheting directly onto the body piece that already has all the single crochets laid out for you, you should be able to see where you’re going 🙂

Feel free to give Mimi-chan a splash of colour! And when you do, send me a picture! 🙂

To make your own Mimi-chan, head on over to the fabulous Craft Passion for the FREE amigurumi pattern!

Pola and Tux in Simply Crochet Issue 20

5 Aug

A few months back, amiguruMEI was asked to design a special amigurumi pair for Simply Crochet Issue 20’s summer booklet.

We came up with Pola and Tux, the winter pals who just can’t get enough of the sun. Don’t you just love their sunburnt cheeks?

polar bear and penguin amigurumi

Hola!

polar bear and penguin amigurumi

I…need…more…sunblock…

 

polar bear and penguin amigurumi

You dive first!

I haven’t gotten my copy yet, but the duo made their debut in the inside back cover of Simply Crochet Issue 19. Woohoo!

polar bear and penguin amigurumi

Have you made your own Pola and Tux? Do share your amigurumi pair with us!

XOXO

amiguruMEI’s Butterfly Girl in Simply Crochet Issue 19

26 Jun

amigurumei butterfly girl in Simply Crochet

We’re in Simply Crochet Issue 19!

Several months ago, I was asked to design a sweet butterfly girl for the magazine and boy, was I excited to start!

The pattern took several weeks to perfect — I had originally made the wings in black and blue (pretty like the Blue Morpho butterfly) but had to change them to lighter colours so that they would stand out a little more.

Cho-Cho (蝶 or Chō is butterfly in Japanese) can be seen on the cover and also on the mag’s web. I was delighted to find it hovering here at this page!

amigurumei butterfly girl amigurumi in Simply Crochet

Here’s a closer look at Cho-Cho, the tiniest queen of the garden:

amigurumei butterfly girl in Simply Crochet

amigurumei butterfly girl amigurumi in Simply Crochet

amigurumei butterfly girl amigurumi in Simply Crochet

Here’s what Cho-Cho looked like from before. What do you think?

amigurumei butterly girl

P/S Grab a copy of Simply Crochet Issue 19 to make your own Cho-Cho! 🙂

Free amigurumi pattern: Princess P

8 Jun

pig piglet crochet kawaii

Sweet and well-mannered, Princess P (P for Peanut) loves all things sweet and yummy.

Unfortunately, mommy has just put her on a month-long diet.

How nice it would be if she could just have a lick of ice cream…or two…

Shared in collaboration with Craft Passion, you can find the FREE AMIGURUMI PATTERN HERE.

pig piglet crochet kawaii

I promise I won’t eat the whole cone…

pig piglet crochet kawaii

After just an hour (of dieting), I feel lighter already!

Happy Sunday! 🙂

amiguruMEI patterns in Hand Made Toys bookazine

7 May

I have good news everyone!

Three of amiguruMEI’s patterns can now be found in Hand Made Toys! (The cover below should give you a hint as to which ones!)

Hand Made Toys by Future Publishing

Hand Made Toys is a special publication brought to you by the brilliant team behind Future publishing, the publishers of craft wonders Mollie Makes and Simply Crochet magazine. It’s packed with 40 super-cute toy designs that you can crochet, knit or sew together on your own.

The bookazine will be going on sale Thursday, May 8 (tomorrow!), and will be available worldwide by mail order from My Favourite Magazines. It will also be sold in WH Smith stores and leading newsagents in the UK, and in Barnes & Noble stores in the USA.

I’ve also been told that the Apple Newsstand will feature a digital version for the iPad — simply go HERE to download the free Simply Crochet container app, and the digital version of Hand Made Toys will be available there.

And now, for the big reveal: Hand Made Toys features not only our ever-popular Chiyo-chan and Tako-Yaki bear brothers patterns, but also the Little Red & Baby Wolf amigurumi pattern that everyone has been asking about! (The fairytale-ish pattern was earlier featured in a special booklet attached to Simply Crochet Issue 10, which has since been sold out.)

Here’s a glimpse of the amiguruMEI pattern pages in Hand Made Toys:

amigurumei's Little Red & Baby Wolf pattern in Hand Made Toys

amigurumei's Chiyo-chan pattaern in Hand Made Toys

amigurumei's Tako-Yaki bear brothers pattern in Hand Made Toys

I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Hand Made Toys for sure!

If you do want to know amiguruMEI a little more, go grab a copy because we have a special page dedicated to answering some personal questions about the whole business with amigurumi and how I first fell in love with the craft.

Check out the picture below for a sneak peek!

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We’re super excited about this and I hope you are too! Please grab yourself a copy (or two) of Hand Made Toys before it’s all sold out!

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