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Little My saves the day (or Moomin, to be exact)

22 Apr
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Help! Somebody!

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What would I ever do without you, Little My?

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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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