Ami-Me (Free Pattern and edit shots)

Hiya everyone. It’s Summer! And that means SUMMER HOLIDAYS! Yay! I now have six weeks off work (well, six weeks at home with a lot of stuff to do before I start the new school year but I’m not complaining). And that means I should have a bit more time to post things on here. Which I will start with now with my Ami-Me.

For anyone who doesn’t read Mad Crochet Lab, Ami-Me is a CAL she’s ran these last two years. The idea is you make up (or amend) a pattern for a mini you. She’s displaying all this year’s entry over at her blog so go check them out (Traces is my favourite!). I didn’t get to take part last year, so I made it a bit of a mission to manage it in 2014. And success! Meet my Ami-Me:

Amiguruthi Ami Me Amiguruthi Ami Me

My Ami-Me is all kitted up for Roller Derby (my skates, pads and helmet actually are those colours too). And she’s posable too, thanks to some concealed pipe cleaners. She’s made as a blank, naked body then I created clothes to sew her into plus removable equipment. Then I made her the best accessory ever – an Ami-Boyfriend!

Amiguruthi Ami Me Amiguruthi Ami Me

Based on my actual other half, again with (at the time!) accurate kit (yes he does have horns on his helmet – his Derby name is Lucky Devil (mine is Rainbow D45H). He bought red skates shortly after making but at the time they were correct).

Amiguruthi Ami Me

I liked this pair so much, I also recently Ami-fied my Mum and Dad for their birthdays, but I did theirs using colour changing while making the bodies to create the clothing, to make the process quicker.

Amiguruthi Ami Me Amiguruthi Ami Me

I plan to do the rest of my family as their birthdays (or possibly Christmas) happen.

Anyhoo – pattern! Free! After the jump.

The Essentials:

Hook: 2mm

Wool: Skin tone plus clothing tones.

Also needed: Felt in the appropriate hair colour, 6mm safety eyes, small bit of black embroidery thread or wool.

Finished Size: approx 4” tall.

Terms (US terminology):

CH = Chain

SC = Single Crochet

INC = Increase

DEC = Decrease

Head and Body

Magic ring in skin tone

Head
Round 1: 6sc into centre of the magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5: {3sc, INC} repeat around [30]
Round 6-9: Sc around [30]

If using safety eyes, insert these between round 7 and 8 at this point.

Round 10: {3sc, DEC} repeat around [24]
Round 11: {2sc, DEC} repeat around [18]
Round 12: {sc, DEC} repeat around [12]

Stuff firmly

Round 13: DEC around [6]

Body – continues from head without cutting the yarn. Crochet all in skin tone if creating clothes later, change to shirt colour around Round 16 and trouser colour around Round 20 if crocheting clothing at same time.

Round 14: INC around [12]
Round 15: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 16: Sc around [18]
Round 17: 7Sc, DEC four times, 3Sc [14]
Round 18: Sc around [14]
Round 19: DEC twice, 10Sc [12]
Round 20: Sc around [12]

Stuff firmly

Round 21: {1sc, DEC} around [9]
Round 22: {1Sc, DEC} around [6]

Finish off and weave in the ends. Rounds 17 and 19  should give a bit of shaping, neither male or female orientated, just giving a bit of chest and butt definition.

Amiguruthi Ami Me

 

 

Legs (x2)

If creating clothes later, crochet all in skin tone. If creating clothes as you crochet, start in shoe colour, then switch to trouser colour at Round 4, or skin colour if wearing shorts then switch to short colour whenever you like depending on how short your shorts are!).

Magic ring in skin tone

Round 1: 6sc into centre of the magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: Sc around [18]
Round 5: {sc, DEC} repeat around [12]

Stuff feet

Round 6: {Sc, DEC} repeat around [8]
Round 7-16: Sc around [8]

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. You’ll be stuffing the legs with a pipe cleaner like so:

Amiguruthi Ami Me

 

Except the orange bit will be going through the body. See my River Fairy post for full description of adding pipe cleaners.

Slot one leg onto the pipe cleaner, slip the pipe cleaner through the body and sew in place. Slip the other leg onto the protruding pipe cleaner and sew that one in place. (Look at the arms on the River Fairy post – there’s photos of the process there!)

Amiguruthi Ami Me

Arms (x2)

If creating clothes later or if making an Ami wearing a vest, crochet all in skin tone. If creating clothes as you crochet, switch to shirt colour when necessary – around Round 4 for long sleeves, around Round 8 for short sleeves.

Magic ring in skin tone

Round 1: 6sc into centre of the magic ring [6]
Round 2-10: Sc around [6]

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Amiguruthi Ami Me

Stuff a pipe cleaner in one arm, thread the pipe cleaner through the body and sew arm in place, then thread on the second arm and sew that in place.

Amiguruthi Ami Me

 

Stitch a smile in place and add your hair using your preferred method. I couldn’t be bothered with the latch hooking so I went for felt and it’s really effective.

Amiguruthi Ami Me

 

Oops – not sure I should share naked photos of my boyfriend on the internet!

 

The boyfriend above is made using short strips of felt triangles (kinda like crocodile teeth if you can imagine it) glue gunned on in layers. My hair was made by cutting two squares the length of my head from forehead to mid back (the length of my hair) and chopping it into strands held together by a thing strip at the top (like fringing). One either side of the head to form a centre parted hair style, plus a mini version for a fringe gave me my hair. I did my Dad’s similar to the spiky style, but used curves since his is curly, and my Mum’s was made same at mine but cut to a shorter length. I wish I’d photographed the processes but I was sort of improvising when I did it so didn’t think to.

I then added accessories (glasses made from jump rings in three cases!) and clothing. I wish I could tell you how I made mine and my boyfriends clothing but again it was improvised so try it yourself and have fun. For an experienced crocheter it should be a doddle, and for a newbie designer it’s a nice beginner project to work out – not too hard but something challenging to get your teeth into nevertheless. I can tell you I made shoes like this:

Shoes

Round 1: 6sc into centre of the magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5: Sc around [24]
Round 6: {2sc, DEC} repeat around [18]
round 7: Sc around [18]
Round 8: {sc, DEC} repeat around [12]

Please feel free to blog your own clothing – just don’t blog this pattern, and please do link back to me. I’ll add any links back to your blog to this post too if you send me them. Don’t forget to call into the Mad Crochet Lab too – the CAL  is ended but I’m sure she’d be interested in your version nevertheless.

 

Free Pattern: Guardian Bear

Has everyone seen this meme before?

The original image is from Begemott on DeviantArt. I love it – it totally describes what I feel about my bear Snuffy who I showed you all earlier in the week. And while idly flicking through the internet a couple of weeks back I got relinked to the meme and decided I HAD to make that bear.

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Yes he’s fighting a sheep in that last photo. I didn’t have any scary soft toy monsters!

I call him the Guardian Bear and he’d be a great make for anyone, but I think he’d be a particularly nice gift for a child who is struggling with nightmares. Or in my case an insomniac adult who’ll give anything a shot (I’m not sleeping because of monsters, sure – gimmie the Guardian Bear!).

Free pattern after the jump.

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Sneak Peek: Guess what’s coming?

Hiya everyone!

This weekend I hope to release a new pattern for a very special bear. So I want to see your very special bears!

This is Snuffy:

Amiguruthi Snuffy

I’m not releasing a pattern based on him, although one day I probably will make a crochet Snuffy, but the pattern I am releasing links into the childhood teddies we used to sleep with at night. And he’s mine. He is currently 26 years and 5 months old (that’s an old t-shirt he’s wearing) and needs to wear all those pieces of clothing because otherwise he will fall apart. He has more scars from being sewn up than any other teddy I’ve ever met. He got me through spider attacks, my little sister being born, appendicitis, going to uni and living alone for the first time, bad break ups, and everything in between – he only doesn’t still sleep in my bed because a) he’s incredibly delicate and b) I think my other half would find that a bit too weird. I do still get him down if I feel sick or have had a really bad day though. Because teddies don’t stop providing comfort just because you’re an adult!

I love my Snuffy.

Amiguruthi Snuffy

Show me your bears in the comments or on my Facebook page!

 

Roller Derby Ami (Free Pattern)

Guys, I have discovered a new obsession, nearly as life consuming as crochet.

Roller Derby.

For the uninitiated, Roller Derby is basically rugby (or american football) on roller skates, minus the ball. The idea is to get one player on a team of five past the other teams players to score points, and to do that you push the other team’s players out of the way or get in the way of them moving in order to let your jammer (the point scorer) through your wall of blockers. If you’ve ever seen ‘Whip It’ it’s that, only not actually quite as violent, and on a flat track in my case. I’m only very new new to the sport, so not at a game playing level yet until I pass some more minimum skills, but I am loving it.

And as is the case when you love something and also make ami’s, of course you crochet it!

Amiguruthi Derby Girl (2) Amiguruthi Derby Girl (1)

Meet Ami! On the left here she is skating on my boyfriend’s team’s floor. On the right she’s been expertly modelled by my team mate Ninja Nina* from the Halifax Bruising Banditas. Check us out if you’re UK based, we’re recruiting! Check us out if you’re not UK based too of course ;)

*Names are a thing in Derby, as are personalised numbers. Mine is Rainbow D45H, after the My Little Pony character. I’m cool…

Pattern for Roller Derby Ami after the jump.

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Sneak Peek: Dragon

Hi guys. You’ll have noticed the posts have been scaling back on their regularity recently. This looks like it’ll be an unfortunately regular trend due to work commitments – apparently when you become a teacher you sign all your free time away as well as a hefty down payment of your creative mojo.

Don’t worry, Amiguruthi isn’t going away, it isn’t even been put on hiatus, it’ll just become one of those blogs that update less frequently but with super awesome patterns when it does update! Hopefully when summer rolls round and I get six weeks off I can have a splurge and get lots of awesome things in the pipeline. I have plans, I just need time!

To tide you over, here’s something I’ve been making this week:

Dragon Amiguruthi (50) Dragon Amiguruthi (41) Dragon Amiguruthi (39) Dragon Amiguruthi (37)

He’s a dragon*! A Gingerbread dragon to be precise, made for a contest. I’ll be giving you the basic pattern next weekend (hopefully) or the weekend after, and showing you my edits and the original I was trying to imitate.

Bare with me folks! Thanks for sticking around.

*Yes, I’m aware he looks more like a Goblin from the angle of the first photo!

River Fairy (Free Pattern)

At Christmas my family have a tradition. Christmas Eve, we all get together, exchange presents from us kids (there’re three of us, all plus partners) and watch a film together. It’s probably the part of Christmas I look forward to the most. Christmas just gone, we watched ‘The Great and Powerful Oz’. It was ok, but mainly I like it because it inspired this weeks pattern, of a character who is on screen for no more than a couple of minutes – the River Fairy.

Original design at link below the photo. Credit to Michael Kutsche.

Original design at link below the photo. Credit to Michael Kutsche.

Make you own with the free pattern after the jump. Intermediate pattern – and the first time I’ve incorporated Double Crochet and Triple crochet into a pattern!

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