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

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!

 

How to... Linked Half Double Crochet

Learn how to make this variation of the half double crochet: the linked half double crochet!

The linked half double crochet creates a denser fabric than one worked with half double crochets and it works up just as fast because the stitches are the same height.

The fabric has no gaps between the stitches, all the edges are neat and straight, and the horizontal bar along the rows give it extra texture and detail!

A great stitch to learn! =D

 

How to... Linked Double Crochet

Learn how to make one of my favorite stitches, the linked double crochet! =D

The fabric resulting from the linked double crochet isn't as loose as one worked with double crochets but it's still soft and not as stiff or bulky as one worked with single crochets.

The linked double crochet is the same height as a double crochet so it works up quickly!

 

A great stitch to know and to use! =D

 

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! =)

 

How to... Crochet a Pill Shaped Amigurumi Piece

The pill shaped amigurumi pieces are great to make arms, legs, tails, snakes or any elongated piece you would like! =)

Learn how to crochet a pill shaped amigurumi piece following these simple rules:

1. Start with a flat circle

Crochet a flat circle with the width you want your "pill" to have.

2. Work up

Work more rounds without increases or decreases than the ones where you increased. For example if you increased for 4 rounds work, at the very least, 5 rounds without decreasing or increasing. The more rounds you work this way the longer your "pill" will be.

3. Decrease to close

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

4. Close and finish off

Close the opening and finish off securing the yarn.

The "pill" is complete and ready to be used! =)

 

 

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!

In My Project Bag

No, I'm not making another amigurumi Diddle. This time I'm making Diddlina! =D

Diddlina crochet

I started with the feet and legs but realized that I hadn't chosen the colors for her clothes yet so I had to stop before joining the legs.

Amigurumi mouse

The body parts are crocheted the same way for Diddl and Diddlina so I started to make the snout before moving on to the clothes.

Amigurumi birds in nest

On the House in the Forest front almost all the pieces are ready. This time I made the birds in pink and purple as requested by the person who is going to get it! =)

House in the forest lawn

Now I'm starting to work on the lawn. I like the lawn to be soft and fluffy so I place t-shirt yarn on all spaces available. This one isn't ready yet and it's very clear that the area where all the spaces are used is much fluffier. =)

What's on your hooks? Share on BuddyRumi's Facebook page!!! =D

Off the Hook

This guy was requested by a friend and was a really fun amigurumi project to work on!

I love him! =D

Amigurumi Diddl crochet plush

Although he came out much bigger than I had anticipated at first, I really love him! It was one of those projects where you come up with new ways to do things, all comes together really well and the end result is gorgeous! ^^

Diddl crochet hand

I love his little hands! ^^

I can't wait to make the pattern so you can enjoy him too! Oh and he is not going to be alone!… ^^

Crochet owl wallet

Another crochet project I finished this week was Mr. Owl Buddy Wallet! He is going to be a birthday gift, hope the birthday girl will like him! =)

Have a lovely creative day! =D

Crochet Pattern: Kitty Crochet Hat

In 2014 I had crochet hat fever, and one of the designs I made was the Kitty Crochet Hat!

Cat crochet hat

This super cute kitty crochet hat is fast and easy to make! Perfect for those last minute gifts and stocking stuffers!

Perfect for kids or for your quirky friends! =D

Warm crochet cat hat

The pattern includes instructions to customize the hat for any size you want (newborn to adult).

The PDF pattern for the Kitty Crochet Hat has 16 pages with detailed step by step instructions with pictures to demonstrate assembly or any special techniques.

Cat Hat
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Second World Amigurumi Exhibition at RESOBOX Gallery

In October I was invited to participate in the Second World Amigurumi Exhibition by RESOBOX, which was a exciting and intimidating at the same time! =D

Amigurumi crochet bush basil

This year the artists must make at least one piece that represents their country in some way. I made a bush basil with a red carnation, and a sardine, both traditional symbols of the Popular Saints Festivities that take hold of Portugal in the summer! =D

Amigurumi fish sardine

Today I went to the post office to send them on their way! I felt anxtious, excited and a little sad to let them go...

Amigurumi for the World Amigurumi Exhibition 2015

I hope they make success at the exhibition and that they get adopted by a loving amigurumi fan! ^^

The exhibition is going to take place at the RESOBOX Gallery in Long Island City, between  the 11th of December and the 28th of February. If you can go say hello to these guys for me! ^^