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

25 May

The long-awaited Cinnamoroll pattern is here!

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

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

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

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

Now let’s make Cinnamoroll!


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

Abbreviations

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

Materials & Tools

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


Head
With white yarn:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.
Round 3: [Inc, sc 1] around {18}.
Round 4: [Inc, sc 2] around {24}.
Round 5: [Inc, sc 3] around {30}.
Round 6: [Inc, sc 4] around {36}.
Round 7: [Inc, sc 5] around {42}.
Rounds 8-11 (4 rounds altogether): Sc around {42}.
Round 12: [Inv dec, sc 5] around {36}.
Round 13: [Inv dec, sc 4] around {30}.
Round 14: [Inv dec, sc 3] around {24}.
Round 15: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {18}.
Stuff head.
Round 16: [Inv dec, sc 1] around {12}.
Round 17: [Inv dec] around {6}.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Body
With white yarn:
Round 1: Sc 6 in magic ring {6}.
Round 2: [Inc] around {12}.
Round 3: [Inc, sc 1] around {18}.
Round 4: [Inc, sc 2] around {24}.
Rounds 5-8 (4 rounds altogether): Sc around {24}.
Round 9: [Inv dec, sc 2] around {18}.
Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.
Stuff body.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Hello Kitty Crochet wins 2015 Family Choice Awards

5 Feb

It’s been too long everyone…Happy New Year! How has everyone been??

I’ve been really looking forward to 2015, hoping that it will bring about some fun changes to my personal life. Work has been busier than usual, so I do apologise for my absence here!

I hope to be able to share more patterns and videos this year. In the next couple of weeks, I hope to share more information on an upcoming workshop as well! Please stay tuned 🙂

Hello Kitty Crochet spotted in Kinokuniya, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles!

Hello Kitty Crochet spotted in Kinokuniya, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles!

In the mean time, I’d like to share some great news: my book, Hello Kitty Crochet, has just won the 2015 Family Choice Awards! やった!

Here’s my shameless snapshot of the win!

hello kitty crochet wins the 2015 Family Choice Award

Now, the Family Choice Awards recognise the best in children’s and parenting products. Now in its 19th year, the awards programme is one of the most coveted, family-friendly consumer award programs in the United States! What’s more, bestselling author Nicholas Sparks won in 2013…to be put alongside the ranks of Nicholas Sparks…(I suppose I can daydream a little, can’t I?)…I can’t help but say what a great honour that is.

If you had asked me three years ago, I would’ve had no idea that I would be publishing a book, much less winning an award for it! Thank you, thank you to everyone who have supported me thus far and for those who have been relentless in giving me your love!

I hope to be able to do more to share the amigurumi love. Please wait for more great things to come!

Click here to read more about Hello Kitty Crochet and the 2015 Family Choice Awards. 

Thank you to all who came for my book signing!

14 Nov

Yay! My Hello Kitty Crochet Author Showcase and Signing appearance at Kinokuniya, Suria KLCC was a tremendous success! My books were all sold out that day, and I got to meet so many new friends, and also had a mini reunion with some of my relatives, ex-colleagues and high school mates (and even my bosses from work)!

Here’s a snapshot of my mom, sis and little niece before the people started streaming in! The event was supposed to start at 2pm, but when I began setting up at 12.45pm, I suddenly had Hello Kitty enthusiasts coming up to the table to enquire about the book! (some tiny fans even took to “re-arranging” my dolls for me!)

hello kitty crochet book signing

A big thank you to Kinokuniya for allowing me to run the show, and even put up a TV to play my stop-motion animation on loop! I got my good friend Kenneth to help with “hosting” the session to make things more interesting from a non-crafter point of view 🙂

hello kitty crochet book signing at kinokuniya

hello kitty crochet book signing at kinokuniya

A friend also came in full Hello Kitty gear (aprons, bows and stuff) and everyone thought she was the “mascot”! Thank you so much to Joyce for spicing things up for all those who came!

hello kitty crochet book signing

hello kitty crochet book signing at kinokuniya

I really didn’t expect that so many people would show up! It really made me feel like a celebrity for the day, and I even received a small gift (a sweet needle-felted bunny) from a fellow crafter!

hello kitty crochet book signing at kinokuniya

I only wished I had more time to speak to everyone. The line was really long (a good thing that is!) during the book signing so it was all I could do to speed things along. Hopefully, I managed to spend an equal amount of time with everyone. Send me a mail if you want to continue talking! 🙂

hello kitty crochet book signing at kinokuniya

hello kitty crochet book signing at kinokuniya

amigurumei

To those who took the time to come meet me on this special day, thank you so much! I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I did 🙂

hello kitty crochet book signing at kinokuniya

hello kitty crochet book signing at kinokuniya

It’s been a dream come true for so many people around the world to own a piece of my work. My book is now Number 1 on Kinokuniya’s Bestseller list, so technically, I’m a bestselling author!

やった! Here’s to greater things to come!

amigurumei

P/S These pictures were generously taken by my friends Raymond Ooi, Evonne Loh and my hubby too 🙂

 

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!

amigurumei at kinokuniya

And here’s a closer look:

amigurumei at kinokuniya

 

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

lee mei li hello kitty crochet

 

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

amigurumei on super cute kawaii

 

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

 

 

Hello Kitty Crochet Author Showcase & Signing

21 Oct

It’s finally happening!

Here are the details of my Hello Kitty Crochet Author Showcase and Signing event!

amigurumei mei li lee

If you happen to be in Kuala Lumpur Nov 9, stop by the Kinokuniya Bookstore at 2pm to catch me in action – I’ll be doing a light and breezy tutorial, and there’ll be photo taking opportunities too!

For the first time ever, the original dolls from Hello Kitty Crochet will be displayed at Kinokuniya alongside my books in conjunction with Hello Kitty Reading Day this Saturday, Oct 25. Come by to grab a photo with them! They will be at the bookstore till Nov 14 🙂

Do drop me a line if you’re planning to stop by; I’d love to look out for you!

I’d really like to thank everyone for being so supportive of my book and I really do love seeing your photos of Hello Kitty and the rest of her amigurumi pals. Keep ’em coming!

XOXOXO

Mei 🙂

P/S The post has been updated as I’m no longer making an appearance at Hello Kitty Town, Johor Bahru. Instead, I’ll be heading to Singapore at a later date! Stay tuned for more updates!

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!

The Hello Kitty Baking Book

20 Sep

I wish I could bake!

If you’re a noob in the kitchen like I am, I strongly suggest you visit Michele Chen Chock’s wonderful blog, I Heart Baking! It’s filled with the yummiest and cutest Hello Kitty baked goodies!

Her book, the decadent Hello Kitty Baking Book, is so scrumptious-looking that I might just head out to get myself some flour and thingamajigs for baking!

I’m so glad that my Hello Kitty Crochet book is paired up alongside hers in conjunction with Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary.

Click on the book cover below to purchase a copy!

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!

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