Ice Cream Rhino-corn

We all know unicorns are beautiful, magical creatures, worthy of praise and admiration.

And so are rhinos.

Rhinos are my absolute favourite animal. I love them because they’re big and lumbering, but if you see them up close they are actually super graceful and gentle. Also, they are discount unicorns.

And how do you make a unicorn from a rhino?

Just add ice cream!

 

Fact: Rhinos are Unicorns that ate a lot of Ice Cream. Make your own after the jump.

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Discworld (Free Pattern)

I first discovered the Discworld books when I was probably in my preteens, when my older brother left ‘Mort’ on the kitchen table and I was in need of something to read. I picked it up not really expecting much, and then spent the rest of the summer hungrily hunting down other books from the series. And I’ve been pretty much addicted ever since. My favourite books are the Watch books – there’s something about Sam Vimes, Captain Carrot and Sergeant Angua that really just grabs me. I don’t have a favourite book, I find it impossible to pick one. But when I have nothing to read, or when I don’t feel well, or when I just really fancy phasing out and losing myself in another world it’s always Discworld that I return to.

So when Terry Pratchett died back in March, I knew I needed – not wanted, needed – to pay tribute somehow. And I’ve finished in time to tie in nicely with the release of the final (sob) Discworld book ‘The Shepherd’s Crown‘ next month, so consider this free pattern my prerelease gift to you, in memory of a man whose creativity and writing genius far outstrips anyone else ever. You’re missed Sir Terry- RIP.

I present: The Discworld.

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The turtle, Great A’tuin, and the disc itself are my patterns, and the four elephants, Tubul, Jerakeen, Berilia and Great T’Phon, are made using Mad Crochet Lab’s Elephant pattern which you can buy for just $2 at the link. Patterns for my parts are available free after the jump.

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Rat Dissection (free pattern)

Allo! Amiguruthi is back! And with a disgusting but cute pattern for this little lab experiment:

Lab Rat (3)

I actually made this one back in August, when my sister requested him as a birthday present after she saw aKNITomy’s fabulous knitted version on Etsy. Then I got busy and promptly forgot to post his pattern. He came back to my memory thanks to my recent activity in a little show I wrote, directed and (due to last minute actor illness) performed in called ‘The Pied Piper’. For the last four months I’ve been off doing this show as a panto. For those non-UK readers, pantomime (commonly shortened to panto) is a children’s show with a dose of adult jokes, based on fairy tales and featuring large doses of slapstick humour. They’re generally performed around Christmas time, although since my group is amateur we push it back to February to avoid clashing with the big boys. It’s the first thing I’ve ever written or directed for stage and I could wax lyrical about how proud I am of it all, but this here blog is about crochet and you’re all here to learn how to make rat guts. So without any further ado, follow the pattern link after the jump.

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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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Unhappy Big Slug (Free Pattern Modification)

Remember Unhappy Lil’ Slug? He slimed up to me recently and pointed out a design contest going on at Amigurumi Patterns.net. You have to design an ami in a work outfit essentially.

“You’re too small,” I said, looking into his soulful eyes and feeling bad. “And unemployed.”

Which is when he introduced me to his big brother. Unhappy Big Slug.

 

Amiguruthi Unhappy Big Slug

 

Unhappy Big Slug is made out of Wendy Pampas Mega Chunky Yarn, to the exact same pattern as Unhappy Lil’ Slug. He’s huge. Giant.

A Slugzilla.

And also unemployed currently. But he’s open to trying out some options.

The butler uniform didn’t fit…

Amiguruthi Unhappy Big Slug

 

He couldn’t open the door so concierge is out…

Amiguruthi Unhappy Big Slug

Oven gloves baffled him too much to take up baking…

Amiguruthi Unhappy Big Slug

 

And something just felt wrong about being a chef…

Amiguruthi Unhappy Big Slug

In desperation we took to Facebook. So far the suggestions include:

Yellow Line road marker
Security guard
Junk collector
Politician
Vegetable farmer
Tax inspector
Traffic Warden
Accountant
HR Manager
Post Slug
Cog lubricator
Beautician
Nickelodian Slime Producer
Actor
Aquarium cleaner
Job in IT
Joke shop owner
Fast food worker
Doctor
Clothes Presser
Mechanic
Census taker
Custom carer at the German statutory pension insurance scheme
Salt tester
Scientist
Lollypop Slug for school children crossing the road

Lots of things for him to try out in the weeks before the competition closes. Well, maybe not salt tester…
Any more suggestions gratefully received!

 

Panda (Free Pattern)

Following my post last week, and the mention of there being thousands of owl patterns in the crochet world, Kim from KreepyKim’s Freak Boutique and I started discussing other animals we wanted to see rendered in yarn. I decided I wanted to see a realistic baby panda. There are some adorably cute cartoony panda patterns out there (special shout out to Pandapple by AmiguruMEI). There are a couple of realistic panda patterns I found too, but nothing that looked quite right to me. All a little old. I wanted these aged pandas:

How cute is silly panda?!

I’m not quite sure I managed to really babyficate my panda, but here’s the result (Yarndango 46):

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I was going for sorta slumped forward (because baby panda are apparently made from the same kind of fluid as cats). He’s not quite as slumpy as I’d intended, but he hit the cuteness factor I was looking for. Maybe he’s a teenager panda rather than a toddler panda?

Anyway, click through the jump for the free pattern.

Panda! Away!

Amiguruthi Panda

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Stripy Cat (Free pattern)

Following on from my Father’s Day Fat Gnome for my Daddy, here’s the present I’ll be giving my Mum for her birthday next week (it’s also my Dad’s birthday tomorrow – It’d be an expensive month June if I couldn’t crochet!). This amigurumi is based on my Mum’s cat Astra (long story there – basically my Dad, a fireman, rescued her from beneath the bonnet of an Astra car when she was a kitten).

Front view

Back view.

I learnt to crochet the right way round for this pattern – you’ll notice that my Gnome (and probably others I’ll post in the future) are wrong side out. I think it looks nice either way, but I especially wanted the Stripy Cat the right way out to give her that zigzag fur look.

Free pattern after the jump.

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