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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

 

 

 

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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!

Little My from The Moomins free amigurumi pattern

21 Apr

Free amigurumi pattern for Little My!

It’s finally here! AmiguruMEI is proud to present the Little My free amigurumi pattern!

If you don’t know already, I’ve always had an obsession with The Moomins and especially Little My, a cheeky character from the storybook characters created by the late Tove Jansson, a Swedish-speaking Finnish comic strip author.

The Moomins are a family of white, roundish hippopotamus-looking cuties who live in a quirky blue house with a red roof right in the heart of Moominvalley. The central character of the series (as told in books and animes) is a little boy named Moomintroll, who is ever the sweetheart. I’ve made two different Moomin amigurumis in the past, but none has quite captured the Moomintroll spirit yet (when I’ve mastered the Moomin pattern, I’ll definitely share it, of course!).

And so this brings me to Little My, who is known as a “small, determined and fiercely independent ‘Mymble’.” Being brash, aggressive and mischievous seems to be a natural trait for Mymbles, somehow. The strange obaachan-mitai girl starts out as a friend, but is later adopted by the Moomin family.

Can’t wait to make your own Little My? Look below for the instructions!

Little My from The Moomins Free Amigurumi Pattern

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

Materials
• 2.3mm hook
• Similar-sized yarn in beige, light orange, red, black and pink
• Crochet thread in black
• 2 x 6mm green brads
• White felt
• Craft glue
• Darning needle
• Polyester fiberfill

Head
With beige 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 (8 rounds altogether): 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.
Round 22: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {12}.
Round 23: [Inv dec] around {6}.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Body
With black yarn (I used a sparklyキラキラ yarn from Daiso):
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.
Round 3-12 (10 rounds altogether): Sc around {12}.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Dress
Turn the body that you just made upside down.
With red yarn:
1) Make a slipknot on your hook. Leave a long yarn end at this end for sewing the body + dress onto the head later.
2) Now, you’re going to surface crochet on the body – do this by inserting the hook into one stitch and bringing it out in the next, from right to left. Yarn over and bring the hook back to the first stitch. Yarn over again and bring the yarn through the loops to complete the stitch. Don’t worry!
It’s quite simple really; you’re basically single crocheting in the same way but on another piece of amigurumi 
Round 1: Sc in each st to end of the body, in the body’s first round {12}.
Round 2: Ss to the first st (counts as first stitch). Continue sc around {12}.
Round 3: Sc around {12}.
Round 4: [Inc, sc 1] around {18}.
Round 5: [Inc, sc 2] around {24}.
Round 6-12 (7 rounds altogether): Sc around {24}.
Clean fasten off and weave in ends (or if you’ve forgotten to leave a long yarn end at the beginning, you can always do that here and weave the ends through to the top and use it for attaching the dress onto the head).
Fold dress down to cover the body (if you haven’t already).
Stuff body.

Ears
Make 2 with beige yarn:
Round 1: Sc 5 in magic ring {5}.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Give the piece a slight nudge to turn it knob-like.

Cheeks
Make 2 with pink yarn:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Arms
Make 2. Start with black yarn:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2-3 (2 rounds altogether): Sc around {6}.
Change to red yarn.
Round 4-8 (5 rounds altogether): Sc around {6}.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Legs
Make 2 with black yarn:
Round 1: Sc 7 in magic ring {7}.
Round 2-5 (4 rounds altogether): Sc around {7}.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Stuff lightly.

Hair
This will be for the tail that juts out. With light orange yarn:
Round 1: Sc 5 in magic ring {5}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {10}.
Round 3-8 (6 rounds altogether): Sc around {10}.
Stuff.
Round 9: [Inv dec] around {5}.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Bow
With pink yarn:
Row 1: Ch 18 {17}.
Row 2: Sc in second chain from hook to the end {17}.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn work. Sc to the end {17}.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Fold the edges to meet in the centre. Make a few small backstitches to secure the shape (using the starting end of the tail).
Weave the long tail through to the centre of the piece. Loop it through this middle for about five times. Thread it through to the back and leave the long tail for sewing later on.

Designing the face
1) Cut out two eye whites from white felt, following the shape of Little My’s infamous “judging” eyes. They should be slightly crescent-looking. Match this to the size of the green brads.
2) Glue the eyes whites along with the brads below Round 12 of Little My’s head.
3) With black crochet thread, sew on Little My’s nose, frown and lips. You only need backstitches for these. The base of Little My’s nose should fall below Round 14 of the head.

Creating the hair
1) Little My’s crowning glory is made up of a series of vertical backstitches, which stem from the top centre of the head and down to the front, side and the back of the head accordingly.
2) Start by cutting a manageable length of light orange yarn. Thread it through your darning needle. Bring the yarn in through to the head anywhere near the top. Have it exit at a spot below Round 9 of the head. Then bring the yarn back up to the top near the centre. Continue in this manner till you’ve covered the front part of the head.
3) For the side part of the head, you may want to sew on Little My’s ears to gauge how you can create a lifelike hairstyle – which simply means making the hair slightly longer here. I gradually increased the length of the hair in a diagonal manner, and had the length stopped when I reached the stitches below Round 13 of the head. Repeat the same for the other side of the head.
4) The hair at the back part of the head would look just fine if it ends right below Round 13. You can also make the hair longer, if desired. Do note that if you’re crocheting in a spiral, the stitches won’t always match when you go around in a circle. To ensure that the back of your hair does not suddenly look like it’s descending/ascending in any manner, just make sure that you match the other length of the sideburns to the length of the hair at the back. But it’s really no biggie 🙂 

Little My from The Moomins. Free amigurumi pattern!

Little My from The Moomins. Free amigurumi pattern!

Little My from The Moomins. Free amigurumi pattern!

Little My from The Moomins. Free amigurumi pattern!

A peek at Little My while she’s napping…

Little My from The Moomins. Free amigurumi pattern!

Assembly
1. Sew the body/dress onto the head.
2. Sew on the ears if you haven’t already.
3. Sew on the bow.
4. Sew on the arms and legs.
5. Sew on the additional hair piece at the top of the head, making sure that it covers any bald spots that may still be lurking about there.
6. Sew on the cheeks. I liked mine a little pinker and a different colour from the bow, so I dabbed on some pink blush with a Q-tip 🙂 

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 versions of Little My with us once you’re done 🙂

Little My from The Moomins. Free amigurumi pattern!

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New Easter bunny amigurumi pattern: Ichigo-chan!

20 Mar

crochet pink rabbit amigurumei

Easter is just weeks away and we’re back with a brand new pattern for all you bunny lovers out there! 🙂
Please meet Ichigo-chan, an excitable little bunny who absolutely loves getting her pictures taken!
Her favourite treat is candy sours and she is known to charm the hearts off any honey-bunny she meets.
crochet pink rabbit amigurumei

I wonder if this tastes sour too?

crochet pink rabbit amigurumei

All set for the egg-hunt!

Sweet lil’ Ichigo-chan was designed in exclusive collaboration with Craft Passion.

Get the FREE amigurumi pattern here!

Little Red and Baby Wolf in Simply Crochet special booklet

2 Mar

Little Red and Baby Wolf by amiguruMEI

Hey there! I’ve gotten many queries over my Little Red and Baby Wolf amigurumi pattern. My apologies for putting this up a bit late!

Little Red and Baby Wolf was exclusively handpicked to appear in a special edition issue of Simply Crochet magazine. The patterns were included in a cute-as-a-button booklet, packaged along with Simply Crochet Issue 10. Find out more about it here.

I also shared the pattern with a group of crafters in Taoyuan County, Taiwan, who wanted to make the dolls to cheer up a group of cancer patients at a children’s hospital. (Headed by a lovely lady named Dena, the same group previously made over 100 dolls based on my Tuxedo Sam pattern for the children in June 2012. You can read more about it here on Dena’s blog, written in Chinese)

For those who’ve had the pleasure to make their very own Little Red and Baby Wolf, do send over some pictures so we can share them here!
Little Red and Baby Wolf by amiguruMEI
Little Red and Baby Wolf by amiguruMEI
Little Red and Baby Wolf by amiguruMEI
Little Red and Baby Wolf by amiguruMEI
Little Red and Baby Wolf by amiguruMEI

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