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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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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 🙂

My Hello Kitty cupcakes

23 Jul

I celebrated my 31st birthday last week!

My lovely colleagues, who have become a bunch of great friends, bought me these supercute Hello Kitty cupcakes.

It was too dark for a good photo but sweet baker @tinylikeme on Instagram took one right before delivery!

Aren’t they too fantabulous for words?

hello kitty cupcakes birthday

Photo courtesy of the super-talented @tinylikeme on Instagram.

Hello Kitty Crochet in The Star newspaper

7 Jul

Ohayou! It’s 72 days till the release of Hello Kitty Crochet. Have you pre-ordered yours yet?

On another note, the Sanrio bunch and I were in the news recently! We appeared in Page 6 of The Star Newspaper, Malaysia’s leading English daily.

My craft room was in a mess but that did not stop the photographer from taking some lovely shots for the story.

To read all about it, go HERE.

Yay!

amigurumei hello kitty crochet in the news

amigurumei hello kitty crochet in the news

Penguin-san, Penguin-san

19 Nov

Shirokuma-kun and Panda-kun’s close friend is Penguin-san, a black, white and yellow-tinted emperor penguin.

However, his whereabouts have yet to be sighted in the worlds of amiguruMEI.

{Shirokuma-kun and Tuxedo-san are having a chat about the weather}

Panda-kun: Penguin-san, Penguin-san!

Tuxedo-san: ???

Panda-kun: What are we having for lunch later?

Tuxedo-san & Shirokuma-kun: ???

Shirokuma-kun: Panda-kun, this is Tuxedo-san.

Panda-kun: Ehhhh?

Panda-kun: Why are you wearing a tuxedo today, Penguin-san?

Shirokuma-kun: Sigh…

 

Pandapple from Sanrio free amigurumi pattern

27 Aug
panda bear crochet japanese pink

Ringo!

Make your own special edition rainbow Pandapple-chan!

Materials

  • 2.50 mm hook
  • 1.75mm hook
  • Similar sized yarn in rose pink, white, black, apple green, pastel pink, pastel yellow, pastel green, pastel blue
  • Embroidery thread in black and white
  • Darning needle
  • Carpet needle (with large eye and sharp tip)
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • A small piece of pink felt

 

Eyes (make two)

With black embroidery floss and a 1.75mm hook:

Chain 4

Round 1: Starting in second chain from hook, sc in the next 2sc, 3sc in the last sc.

Round 2: Rotate the foundation row, don’t turn it. Sc in the next 2sc, 3sc in the last sc.

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. Weave in the shorter end of the thread to neaten any gaps.

With white embroidery floss and a darning needle, sew about 8 times over one of the stitches, near the top of each eye.

 

Head

With rose pink yarn:

Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle (6)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

Round 3: *2 sc, sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (18)

Round 4: *2sc, sc in next 2 sc*, repeat 6 times (24)

Round 5: *2 sc, sc in next 3 sc*, repeat 6 times (30)

Round 6: *2 sc, sc in next 4 sc*, repeat 6 times (36)

Round 7: *2 sc, sc in next 5 sc*, repeat 6 times (42)

Round 8: *2 sc, sc in next 6 sc*, repeat 6 times (48)

Round 9: *2 sc, sc in next 7 sc*, repeat 6 times (54)

Round 10: *2 sc, sc in next 8 sc*, repeat 6 times (60)

Round 11 – 12: Sc in each sc around (60)

Change colour to white, using the jogless crochet technique via Amigurumi To Go’s video tutorial here.

Round 13 – 20: Sc in each sc around (60)

Round 21: *Inv dec, sc in next 8 sc*, repeat 6 times (54)

Start sewing on the eyes – they should fall below Round 15. There should be 8 stitches between the eyes.

In the centre, sew on the nose and mouth. Use the carpet needle for this so you can go in-between stitches.

Round 22: *Inv dec, sc in next 7 sc*, repeat 6 times (48)

Round 23: * Inv dec, sc in next 6 sc*, repeat 6 times (42)

Round 24: * Inv dec, sc in next 5 sc*, repeat 6 times (36)

Round 25: * Inv dec, sc in next 4 sc*, repeat 6 times (30)

Round 26: *Inv dec, sc in next 3 sc*, repeat 6 times (24)

Round 27: *Inv dec, sc in next 2 sc*, repeat 6 times (18)

Begin stuffing the head.

Round 28: *Inv dec, sc in next 1 sc*, repeat 6 times (12)

Round 29: Inv dec all around (6)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Body

With white yarn:

Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle (6)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

Round 3: *2 sc, sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (18)

Round 4: *2sc, sc in next 2 sc*, repeat 6 times (24)

Round 5 – 9: Sc in each sc around (24)

Round 10: * Inv dec, sc in next 2 sc*, repeat 6 times (18)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Dress

With pastel pink yarn and a 1.75mm hook:

Chain 26. Depending on the type of yarn you’re using, you may have more or less chain stitches. Just remember to measure the length of the chain against Pandapple-chan’s body.

Slip stitch to first chain to form loop.

Round 1 – 2: Sc in each sc around (25).

Change colour to pastel yellow.

Round 3:  Sc in each sc around (25).

Round 4: *2 sc, sc in next sc*, repeat all around.  (It’s perfectly alright if your last stitch happen to be a 2sc)

Change colour to pastel green.

Round 5 – 6: Sc in each sc around.

Change colour to pastel blue.

Round 7 – 8: Sc in each sc around.

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

 

Arms (make 2)

With black yarn:

Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle (6)

Round 2 – 6: Sc in each sc around (6)

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

 

Legs (make 2)

With black yarn:

Round 1: 5 sc in magic circle (5)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (10)

Round 3 – 4: Sc in each sc around (10)

Round 5: Sc2together all around (5)

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

 

Ears (make two)

With black yarn:

Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle (6)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

Round 3: *2 sc, sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (18)

Round 4: Sc in each sc around (18)

Round 5: *Inv dec, sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (12)

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

 

Leaf

With apple green yarn:

Round 1: 3 sc in magic circle (3)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (6)

Round 3: *2 sc, sc in next sc*, repeat 3 times (9)

Round 4 – 5: Sc in each sc around (9)

Round 6: *Sc2together, sc in next 1 sc*, repeat 3 times (6)

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

 

Apple stem

With black yarn:

Chain 12.

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Weave the tail end of the yarn in between each chain to fill up any gaps.

 

Tail

With black yarn and a 1.75mm hook:

Round 1: 5 sc in magic circle (5)

Round 2: Sc in each sc around (5)

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

 

Apple indentation

Cut a piece of rose pink yarn, about 6 inches in length.

Thread the yarn through from the bottom part of Pandapple-chan’s head, to the top part of the head, in the centre.

Make one stitch and go back down to the bottom of  the head. Gently tug on the yarn to create a slight indentation.

Knot off ends.

Assembly

  • Sew the dress on the body.
  • Stuff the body and sew it onto the head.
  • Sew on the arms.
  • Sew on the legs.
  • Sew on the leaf.
  • Sew on the stem.
  • Sew on the ears.
  • Sew on the tail.
  • Cut two small pieces of pink felt and glue them on Pandapple-chan’s cheeks. Try needle-felting on some pink wool for a different effect.
  • Ta da!

As this is an original amiguruMEI pattern, kindly do not claim it as your own. If you plan to sell the amigurumi made from this pattern, I would be delighted to have you mention amiguruMEI as the pattern provider. 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 Pandapple-chan with amiguruMEI!

Eatzy Bitzy amiguruMEI picnic: Pandapple-chan!

21 Aug

Apple crisps, apple sorbet, apple pie and apple tini.

Pandapple-chan loves apples!

The りんご ringo lover is every doctor’s best spokesperson.

To commemorate the super cute かわいい kawaii character, Meimoirs recently teamed up with Samantha Lee for a marvellous Eatzy Bitzy amiguruMEI picnic adventure!

Check out the super-talented Samantha and her amazing world of charaben-making on her blog, Eatzy Bitzy. It was a real treat working with her!

More charaben-amigurumi collaborations coming soon!

crochet cute kawaii apple

Ichi, ni, san…

crochet cute japan kawaii apple

Ta da!

crochet cute kawaii apple

We love Pandapple!

cute kawaii food

Ja ne! (See you!)

Mad Tea Party

5 Jul

One day, Chiyo-chan got lost on her way back from school.

She walked and she wandered but her Granny’s home was nowhere in sight.

crochet kawaii child amigurumei

Chiyo-chan: This path looks familiar…

crochet penguin dog bear amigurumei

amigurumei penguin dog bear crochet

Tuxedo-san: Oh hullo little girl! Would you care to have some tea?

penguin crochet amigurumei

Chiyo-chan: Why sure! Do you have any?

penguin crochet amigurumei

Tuxedo-san: Erm…we have cake!

amigurumei crochet child

Chiyo-chan: Cake? What’s the occasion?

penguin crochet amigurumei

Tuxedo-san: Why it’s your un-birthday of course!

crochet penguin bear dog amigurumei

 A merry merry un-birthday, to you!

crochet amigurumei child

Chiyo-chan:…Where’s my cake?

penguin crochet dog bear amigurumei

Tuxedo-san: Erm…

penguin crochet dog bear amigurumei

Tuxedo-san: An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

japanese child crochet

???!

 

Free amigurumi pattern: Purin

10 Jun

Purin-chan is a custard-like golden retriever first created by Sanrio in 1996.

In Japanese, “purin” means “pudding”.

Like Tuxedo-san, Purin-chan loves to eat.

To curb his growing appetite, he occasionally exercises.

yellow dog crochet amigurumei

Cookie?

yellow dog amigurumei crochet

Cherries?

yellow dog crochet amigurumei

Exercise!

 

Make your own Purin-chan!

Materials

  • 2.50 mm hook
  • Similar sized yarn (lemon yellow and dark brown)
  • Embroidery floss (dark brown)
  • Darning needle
  • 2 x small 2.5mm round beads
  • Pink brads (optional)
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Small pebbles (to weigh Purin-chan down)

 

Body

With lemon yellow yarn:

Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle (6)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

Round 3: *2 sc, sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (18)

Round 4: *2sc, sc in next 2 sc*, repeat 6 times (24)

Round 5: *2 sc, sc in next 3 sc*, repeat 6 times (30)

Round 6: *2 sc, sc in next 4 sc*, repeat 6 times (36)

Round 7: *2 sc, sc in next 5 sc*, repeat 6 times (42)

Round 8: *2 sc, sc in next 6 sc*, repeat 6 times (48)

Round 9: *2 sc, sc in next 7 sc*, repeat 6 times (54)

Round 10 – 23: Sc in each sc around (54)

Sew on the small round beads as eyes – it should fall on round 12.

With dark brown embroidery floss, sew on the nose and mouth.

Pop in the pink brads (optional) for a blushing effect.

Round 24: *Inv dec, sc in next 7 sc*, repeat 6 times (48)

Round 25: * Inv dec, sc in next 6 sc*, repeat 6 times (42)

Round 26: * Inv dec, sc in next 5 sc*, repeat 6 times (36)

Round 27: * Inv dec, sc in next 4 sc*, repeat 6 times (30)

Round 28: *Inv dec, sc in next 3 sc*, repeat 6 times (24)

Round 29: *Inv dec, sc in next 2 sc*, repeat 6 times (18)

Begin stuffing the body. Add some small pebbles so Purin-chan will stand upright on its own. Top off with more stuffing.

Round 30: *Inv dec, sc in next 1 sc*, repeat 6 times (12)

Round 31: Inv dec all around (6)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Ears (make 2)

With lemon yellow yarn:

Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle (6)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

Round 3: *2 sc, sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (18)

Round 4 – 6: Sc in each sc around (18)

Round 7: *Sc2together, sc in next 2 sc*, repeat 6 times (12)

Round 8 – 12: Sc in each sc around (12)

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

 

Hands (make 2)

With lemon yellow yarn:

Round 1: 7 sc in magic circle (7)

Round 2 – 6: Sc in each sc around (7)

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

 

Tail

With lemon yellow yarn:

Round 1: 5 sc in magic circle (5)

Round 2 – 4: Sc in each sc around (5)

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

 

Feet (make 2)

With lemon yellow yarn:

Round 1: 7 sc in magic circle (7)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (14)

Round 3 – 5: Sc in each sc around (14)

Round 6: *Sc2together*, repeat 7 times (7)

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Weave the yarn to the centre back of the feet.

Pinch the piece slightly to give it shape.

 

Beret (base)

With dark brown yarn:

Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle (6)

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

Round 3: *2 sc, sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (18)

Round 4: *2sc, sc in next 2 sc*, repeat 6 times (24)

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing.

Please note: I used a thicker yarn for this. You may want to add another round if your yarn is slightly thinner.

 

Beret (tip)

With dark brown yarn:

Chain 4

Round 1: Starting in second chain from hook, sc in the next 2sc, slip stitch in the last sc.

Fold the piece in half and sew it (with a slight protrusion) onto the centre of the beret base.

 

Assembly

  • Sew on the ears, arms and feet.
  • Sew on the tiny tail.
  • Sew on the beret.
  • Ta da!

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 Purin-chan with amiguruMEI!

 

yellow dog amigurumei crochet

Hug!

 

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