Off the Hook: Kasey Golden's Hatch

The guys have reached their destination and I can finally reveal the identity of Robber Ant’s friend! ^^

Crochet amigurumi blue creature Hatch


It’s none other than Hatch, of course! =D The little fella is one of my favorite characters by Kasey Golden!

Kasey Golden Hatch amigurumified
Hatch key chain amigurumi

The little guy is so cute and sweet that I couldn’t resit but to amigurumify him as well! ^^

On top of all he is blue, my favorite color! ^^

Blue amigurumi Hatch

I wanted to have him with me all the time so I turned him into a keychain!

With Kasey’s permission I’m in the process of writing the pattern for Hatch and Robber Ant! =D

Hatch watercolour illustration by Kasey Golden

Hatch watercolour illustration by Kasey Golden

Here’s the beautiful creature that inspired this amigurumification! Visit Kasey and show her some love! ^^

In My Project Bag: Ants and Mini Me

Time to see what’s hiding among yarns and hooks in my project bag! ^^

Robber ant amigurumi

First up is this little guy that might be familiar to some of you! He is the amigurumification of Kasey Golden’s Robber Ant! =D

Kasey is an amazing illustrator and one of my favorites on YouTube! I love her style and all her illustrations but my favorites are definitely the ants illustrations!

Mini Me amigurumi

And now is time to update you on the progress of Mini Me 2.0. As you can see the lower part of the body is done! She’s growing slowly but growing! ^^

Can’t wait to have the body done so I can chose her clothes! ^^

This time my crochet project bag isn’t too full but it has two exiting projects that I’m loving working on!

How to... Make a Square in Continuous Rounds

A crochet square can be used as an accessory or an aplique but most useful in amigurumi it can be used as the base for a cube or other cuboid shapes.

As my preferred way of making amigurumi is in continuous rounds or spirals I also prefer to make squares, that are going to be turned into 3d shapes, in the round.

To learn how to make a square working in spirals watch the video below!

To crochet a square in the round:

- Work 4 single crochets into the Magic Ring;

- Work 3 single crochets on all stitches of the previous round;

- Keep working up to the desired size always keeping in mind the 2 rules:

  1. Always work the corners in the middle stitch of the corner of the previous round, and
  2. The stitches between the corners always increase by 2 from round to round.

Next week I'll turn this square into a cube! Make sure you don't miss it!

How to... Join with a Double Crochet

Learn how to join a new yarn to your crochet work using the double crochet stitch.

With this technique you can add the new yarn in any stitch of your work and you don't need to chain to do it!

How to... Slip Stitch All Around

How to work all around the edges with the slip stitch on a crochet piece that was worked in rows.

I use this technique on crochet pieces that are going to be attached to other crochet works or amigurumi. It gives me a tidy edge and a way to make my sewing stitches without being messy.

In the next video I will share how to attach a flat crochet piece that was worked in rows to another. Stay tuned!

Studio Stories: Queen of the Castle House Pattern Finished

Accompany me while I finish the Queen of the Castle House! 

I've been working on this pattern since 2016 and this day was hard to come, but it finally came and I wanted to share it with you! =D

In My Project Bag: Mini Amigurumi and Hats

What new things does my project bag hold? Lets take a look! =)

Crochet cat keychain

I decided to bring together all the ami keychain I made so far in an awesome bundle and add two more little friends to the group! So far you know Mini Peny, Mini Pony and Stitch! Of course I had to add a Kitty but for the last one I'm divided between a racoon and a hegehog! What do you think? 

Mini crochet girl

I decided it was time to update my own amigurumi version so I'm making the same body I made for mini Leslie! I also wanted to make a different outfit for myself and want to make it possible to dress and undress so I can change it when I want! =D

Pilot crochet hat

Also in my project bag is the third version of the aviator hat! I'm really liking it how it's coming out and I think this will be the final version! ^^

What's on your project bag?

Off the Hook: Mini Rarefolk Amigurumification Part V

Last but not least to be amigurumified was Leslie, the violin player! =D

Amigurumi girl doll

I wanted Mini Leslie to have more delicate features and wanted her to show off Human Leslie's femininity and elegance! 

I thought Leslie's red dress with the tutu was really fun and colorful, making her stand out from the boys, I knew I had to make it! =D

To make her hair I mixed several techniques for making wigs and doll hair and I really really like the result!!! Maybe I'll make a tutorial one day... say yes if you agree! =D

Crochet violin

The violin was challenging to make, it's all so tiny! But in the end I really like it! =)

Mini doll sandals

For her sandals I had to go a different direction, they were too tiny and delicate to crochet! I think they came out really cute! ^^

Amigurumi band

Of course, before they left they threw a special concert live from BuddyRumi's living room! =D 

Crochet band

But after they saw the Queen of the Castle House they had to throw yet another spectacular concert!!! =D

Kitty house crochet band

With a very special whiskered star! Rock on Leeloo!!! =D

Leslie Ann Jordan, Rarefolk

Human Leslie in concert!

Leslie was the last of the Rarefolk members to be amigurumified! This was a very challenging project but fun at the same time! I came up with new ways of doing things and improving on old techniques and that's what makes making things from scratch so fun and addicting! That, seeing our projects come to life and, of course, seeing people react to our creations! =D

Thank you to Sardinha de Papel for the opportunity to make this wonderful project! =D 

Off the Hook: Mini Rarefolk Amigurumification Part IV

Marcos, the guitar player was my next amigurumification target! =)

Crochet guitar player

Love all the little details on Mini Marcos! The hairdo, the stick in the hair, the earring, and the details in the shirt and pants! =D 

Crochet guitar

Marcos' guitar has a sunburst effect that at first I was afraid I would not be able to capture but I think it came out quite good! =D

Crochet boots

This mini ami prefers boots!

Mini amigurumi rocking

Mini Marcos at a very special concert! =D

Marcos Munné, Rarefolk.jpg
Marcos Munné, Rarefolk

Human Marcos rocking on his guitar! =)

Tomorrow the last on the amigurumification list will be revealed! Don't miss it, it's a very special one! =)

Off the Hook: Mini Rarefolk Amigurumification Part III

Next on the amigurumification list: Mangu, the double neck guitar player!

Two arms amigurumi guitar

I had so much fun making his guitar! I ended up coming up with a new way of making them sturdier! =D At first it looked like a cookie, but once I added the details a crochet guitar was born! ^^

Crochet shoes

One more mini ami that likes to keep his feet comfy! =)

Amigurumi guitar player

I really liked adding his piercings but I completlly forgot to take close up pictures of them! *slaps on forehead and shakes head slowly*  He has four earrings on his left ear and one on the right, and a piercing on his nose! =D

Photography by Flora Salamanca

Photography by Flora Salamanca

Mangu Diaz, Rarefolk

Human Mangu and his unique guitar! =D

Monday find out who was next on my hook on Part IV of the amigurumification of Rarefolk! =)

Off the Hook: Mini Rarefolk Amigurumification Part II

The second victim of amigurumification was Ruben, the flute player! =D

Crochet flute player

Here he is trying out is flute! Can you hear it? Sounds lovely! =)

Amigurumi kicks

For enduring the long concerts with maximum energy you need to have high quality sneakers! =D

Amigurumi concert

In concert with his fellow mini ami musicians!

This was the first time I made a mini shirt, I think it came out alright!

Ruben Rarefolk

Human Ruben jamming on his flute! =D

Want to know who was my next victim? Don't miss Part III of the amigurumification of Rarefolk! =D

Off the Hook: Mini Rarefolk Amigurumification Part I

These guys have been off the hook for some time now but only now they have met their human counterparts and I can finally show them to you!!! =D

This was a project made in partnership with Sardinha de Papel, a local community store. The band is the spanish band Rarefolk!

Rarefolk mini amigurumi

You already know Oscar, the bass player! He was my first subject of amigurumification! Well, he was feeling lonely and asked me to amigurumify the rest of the band! =D

I said yes to the challenge and the first victim was Rafael, the drummer!

Mini amigurumi drummer

It was so much fun to make him and his drum set! =D

I really wanted to make his drums justice so I tried to add as much detail as I could! =D

Crochet drums
Amigurumi drum set

I tried to replicate all his drums and cymbals and I think it turned out really cool! =D

Crochet drummer and drum set

Here he is trying out his drum set for the first time! =D Will he like it?

Crochet mini amigurumi drummer

I think he likes it! =D

Have you checked out his cool tattoo? 

Photography by  Alejandro de Larriva

Photography by Alejandro de Larriva

Photography by  Alejandro de Larriva

Photography by Alejandro de Larriva

The human version of the drummer and his drum set! ^_^ 

Stay tuned for Part II of the amigurumification of Rarefolk tomorrow! 

Amigurumi Tutorial: Zombie Finger

Autumn is here, the leaves are changing, the air is humid and fresh, and all the fun holidays are coming! =D

The first one to sneak up on us is Halloween! (Boo!) If you're plotting a party you know you need one of these: a spooky fun amigurumi zombie finger!

Follow along the video tutorial below and make your own! =D

On the next video we'll attach the nail to the finger, shape the finger and add a little detail to make it even more ghoulish! =D  

Don't forget to share your creations!

 

Off the Hook: Into the Woodland House

The Into the Woodland House is done and Ferdy is ready to move in! =D

Crochet cat bed

The lawn was the final touch and I think it came out really cute! ^^ 

Amigurumi caterpilar

I promised Ferdy a new home and I think he is happy with this one! He's already checking out the roof! =)

I'm already working on the pattern and I hope to have it ready next month! Ferdy will be included, of course! =D

Amigurumi Pattern: Diddlina

The pattern for Diddlina is ready!!! =D

Diddlina amigurumi pattern

I had so much fun making her! She's so sweet and cute! ^^

Diddlina stuffed doll

She's soft, with no hard parts, a truly huggable friend!

White mouse amigurumi plush

She's 44cm (17.32 inches) tall!  You can use chenille or her tail and hair so they can be posable!

She has shorts is the same color as the bow! ^^

Diddlina crochet softie

Have I told you lately that I love Diddl's and Diddlinas hands! ^^

The pattern has 35 pages with detailed step by step instructions with pictures to demonstrate assembly or any special techniques! You can get the pattern below:

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How to... Crochet an Amigurumi Cylinder

The cylinder is very useful when you want to make shapes that stand on its own. You can use it to make feet, legs, long bodies, hats, barrels, cups... 

Learn how to crochet a cylinder by using these simple rules:

1. Start with a flat circle

Crochet a flat circle with the diameter you want your cylinder to have.

2. Work up and on the back loop

Work without increases or decreases into the back loops only.

3. Increase height

Work without increases or increases until you reach the height you want for your cylinder.

4. Decrease to close

Decrease evenly around on all rounds until you have 8 to 6 stitches.

Important: the first round of decreases must be worked into the back loops.

5. Close and finish off

Close the opening and finish off securing the yarn.

The cylinder is complete and ready to be used! =)

 

Off the Hook

As you may know I started working on the second volume of Gardening with Crochet!

This volume is going to have new cactus and succulents and some fun pots too!

First to be finished was the saguaro cactus! =)

Amigurumi Saguaro cactus

The Saguaro cactus was a custom request and made me think that was time for another Gardening with Crochet bundle! =D

I love receiving requests that challenge my skills and with this one the bent arms were a must! I think it came out well! I really like it and the person who requested it liked it too! =)

I'm already working on the next cactus and having lots of fun doing it! I think you are going to like it! =D 

How to... Crochet a Flat Circle

Learn how to crochet a flat circle using these simple rules! 

All you need to do is follow this simple rules:

1. Start with the right number of stitches

If you start with too many stitches your work will become wavy, and if you start with too few your work will bunch up into a cup.

The taller the stitch you're using the more stitches you need to start with:

- If you're crocheting with single crochet start with 6 to 8 stitches.

- If you're crocheting with half double crochet start with 8 to 10 stitches.

- If you're crocheting with double crochet start with 12 to 14 stitches.

The number of stitches you start with may vary depending on your tension and the yarn you're using.

2. Increase evenly on all rounds

Increase the same amount of times as the number of stitches in your first round.

Have the same number of stitches between the increases throughout the round.

For example, if you're working with single crochet and started with 6 stitches your work will look like this:

Round 1: 6 single crochets into the Magic Ring (6st)

Round 2: increase on all stitches (12st)

Round 3: (1 single crochet, 1 increase) x 6 (18st)

Round 4: (2 single crochet, 1 increase) x 6 (24st)

...

Notice how on every round there's one more stitch between the increases, and how the total number of stitches at the end of each round keeps increasing in multiples of 6.

And that's all you need to know to crochet a flat circle with single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet! Use this technique when you want to make crochet flowers, bags, bowls, mandalas and even some amigurumi pieces where you want the finished project to stand upright!