How to...Baby Safe Amigurumi Eyes

Lately I've been doing a lot of buddies for babies. The safety eyes used for amigurumi are hard and the baby can get hurt, these buddies need to be completely soft.

I tried out several ways of making baby safe amigurumi eyes. Some methods I didn't like the end result and others weren't consistent.

The following methods are what I came up with. =)

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1. The eyes for my buddies usually have a white background, but you can use the same techniques directly on your amigurumi. Make sure you are using yarn made specific for babies.

2. Insert the needle in a space on top of the first round of the white background. Secure the tail in the back.

3. Insert the needle, going to the back, in a space opposite to the first one.

4. Insert the needle, from the back, in the same space as in Step 2.

5. Insert the needle, to the back, in a spot a little bit to the side of the space you used in Step 3.

6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until a majority of the eye is covered.

7. Insert the needle, from the back, in a spot where the eye isn't covered already. Change directions, if before you were working vertically, now work horizontally. 

8. Insert the needle, to the back, into a space opposite to the one in Step 7.

9. Repeat Steps 4 to 6 until the center is completely covered.

10. Make small stitches around the black yarn to make it rounder.

11. With a fine weight white yarn, sew a few stitches on top of the black yarn to give more "life" to the eyes.

Baby safe crochet eyes

With this method I can have soft eyes that are around 9mm across which is the size that I use the most.

Baby safe oval eyes

Here I used the same technique off center of the white background. To give the pupil the oval shape I made vertical stitches only, with the one in the center being the taller one.

Crochet cat wallet

The second method I like to use is to simply crochet the pupil. I usually use this method for buddies that have bigger eyes.

Owl crochet wallet

And if you want you can make the pupil even bigger just by adding another round, like I did for Mr. Owl. =)

Hope you find these helpful! =D

How to... Customise Safety Eyes

Recently I've ordered some clear safety eyes, I wanted to play around with customizing them as I needed them instead of buying lots of eyes of different colours.

I ended up experimenting with nail polish, I have lots and lots of nail polish and I though some of them would make great eye colours for my amigurumi projects. First I used some I already had and then, when checking the results I bought some really cheap ones to experiment some more! =D

I just use the brush that comes with the nail polish to paint the back of the clear part of the eyes. Make sure you don't have to much polish on the brush or it will smudge the front of the eye.

Painting safety eyes amigurumi

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How to... Make Curly Hair with Acrylic Yarn

After the last Light Bulb edition I was left wondering about the people that, for some reason, don't use 100% wool yarn. 

The technique I talked about last time called for 100% wool yarn and so I set myself the goal to find a way to get the curly hair with acrylic yarn. =)

I tried out four new different ways and used the same technique as last time, now with acrylic yarn, as the control. Then I recorded the result, left it alone for 8 hours and took pictures once again for comparison.

All the needles used in the different experiments are 5,5mm (0,22 inches) knitting needles.

The Control: Wet Acrylic Yarn 

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How to... Make Amigurumi Eyes with Yarn

Today I wanted to show you that you don't need to use the safety eyes in your amigurumi, you can have fun and cute eyes with just a strand of yarn.

This is specially useful if you don't want round eyes in your amigurumi, if you are making the doll for a baby or small child, or simply because you like to try different things =)

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You can have him sick (1), happy (2), sleeping (3) or with its eyes shut (4). You can even embroider two French knots and you get two round eyes (5), or a French knot and a dash and you get a winking amigurumi!

All this with just a small strand of medium weight black yarn.

If you want something more elaborate you can give the eyes a background turning the black dot into the pupil of the eye.

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1 - Circle

          1: 6sc in Magic Ring and needle join to the first stitch. Attach to the main piece.

2 - Oval

          1: 2sc, 2dc, 2sc, 2dc in Magic Ring and needle join to the first stitch. Attach to the main piece.

3 - 3D

          1: 6sc in Magic Ring

          2: (inc 2) x 6

          3-4: 12sc

          5: (inv dec 2) x 6

          Embroider one French knot on each eye with a contrasting color. Attach the eye to the main piece.

4 - An extra detail for an amigurumi girl: Embroider lashes on the eyes, making it more feminine in one simple step.

And of course you can use what ever colors you prefer, it doesn't have to be black and white. =)

One more time it is confirmed: Yarn is our friend! =D

I hope these are helpful to you!

If you know more ways to use our yarn to make eyes please share!

Happy crocheting!

How to... Alter Zippers

I don't know about you but for me is hard to find haberdashery things in small sizes for my dolls. Of course with the internet, nowadays, it's much easier, but sometimes I can't wait for them to arrive, I want to finish the doll right away. =)

When I first made Gir with the Hood Down I knew the zipper might be a problem, but I didn't want to alter him because the proportion would not be right. So I bought the smallest zipper they had in the store and set out to alter the zipper instead. 

Keep reading and I'll show you how!


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How to... Custom Eyes

When I bought safety eyes for the first time I bought them all in black, but a problem rose when I wanted to use them in a black amigurumi. The eyes would get lost on the doll's face, I had to find a way for that not to happen. That's what I'm going to share with you: How to turn a black safety eye into a blue eye with black pupil using the French knot.

The doll I was working on was for my mother and I wanted to give it to her on her birthday. I didn't have time to order some more, and at the time I was going to place the eyes I only had with me my Crochet on the Go supplies. Fortunately I had a skein of a really bright blue with me and the idea came to me:

What if I made the eyes with the blue yarn using the French knot technique I used to use in my cross-stitch? The blue really popped against the black but still something was missing. That's when I decided to give the eyes pupils.

If you want to know how, check out the following tutorial:

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1. Insert the needle, from the inside of the doll to the outside, in the place where you want the eye to be. Pull the yarn to the front.

2. Grab the yarn and place the needle under it.

3. Wrap the yarn around the needle 2 to 3 times, always keeping the needle close to the doll.

4. Insert the needle into a different spot close to the one where the yarn came out.

5. Pull the yarn to the inside, without pulling it too tight. The French knot is now complete.

6. To create the pupil for the eye place a small safety eye in the center of the French knot and through the doll. Secure eye with washer.

7. A blue eye with pupil is created. For this eye I used a light weight yarn and a 4mm safety eye.

8. You can also create a bigger eye using a medium weight yarn and a 6mm safety eye (yellow eye). For this bigger eye I only wrapped the yarn 2 times around the needle.

Sorry for the delay in today's post but this was one of those days where everything seems upside down. =)

Happy I Love Yarn Day!!!!