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:

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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.

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Readers Gallery 2

Hi everyone.

I was going to post what I’d made for my sister’s birthday tomorrow, but then I realised she might then see it before I give it her, so delay that one a week.

Instead, I’ve been collecting images of people’s versions of my patterns again. I love seeing photos of things you guys have made from my designs, so please if you have any you haven’t sent me or which haven’t been put on Ravelry do email me at amiguruthi@hotmail.co.uk. Especially if you’ve made something based on my Basic Amigurumi Human Base – I’m saving them for the next Readers Gallery.

First up is one of my favourite things I’ve been sent – a Giant Rubber Duck!

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pamvdz was incredibly helpful in testing this pattern and sent me quite a few corrections I had missed which I really appreciated. And look! Purple duck! I’m impressed.

I’ve been sent a few other cool things too – my Flail is pretty popular. I’ve been sent it in it’s classic form:

o0dove0o Ravelry Flail

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In bright pink girl form:

CharminglyWicked Ravelry Flail

CharminglyWicked

And in super upsized incredibly spiky form!:

jld2247 Ravelry Flail

jld2247. I don’t think I can take credit for this one, except in the form of inspiration. I love it though. EDIT: She’s just Ravelry messaged me and added: ‘The handle is 19.5 inches long. The ball is roughly 32 inches in circumference. And the spikes are 6.5 inches long.’
WOAH!

Also popular is my Batman Keyring. I’ve been sent them from S-Max Jewels:

S-Max Jewels Batman Facebook

And janiewaah, who made Robin and The Joker as well.

janiewaah Ravelry batman janiewaah Ravelry robin janiewaah Ravelry joker

(They’re posed in egg cups – I thought they were giant teeth).

A pattern still getting a lot of hits is Puppy Love. And manatina has used it for a lovely tribute to her friend’s dog MacArther, who is pictured in the background.  

manatina puppy love

A few months back now, the Treblemaking Hookers on Facebook had a Yarn Bombing day. I didn’t get my butt in gear in time to join in, but Denise Niemann chose my Unhappy Lil’ Slug to bomb her local Post Office with – hopefully he’s nicely happy with some mystery recipient!

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A little hint to the future now – I released my Cute Lil’ VooDoo Doll pattern last year when I was still learning to crochet. He’s been popular, but I’ve reworked him for a future post as a re-release, and he actually looks more like Jamie Lasher’s version here:

Jamie Lasher Voodoo doll email

You’ll also see my Fat Gnome re-jigged if you download my Guide to Crochet, but here’s Cmaizy’s version using the original pattern. I love the bird in the background!

Cmaizy Gnome

Another pattern I’ll be talking about in the near future is my Jellyfish. Here’s Laweinberger‘s version to remind you what it looks like – I like the stretched out tentacles on hers.

Laweinberger Jellyfish Ravelry

And lets end on the second biggest invaders of the crochet community behind the owl – Minions! I posted my pattern this time last year, and Tiverknitter sent me a few that she’d made.

Tiverknitter Minion Ravelry

That’s all for now – again, I LOVE seeing your stuff, so please do add them to my Ravelry, post them on my Facebook or drop me a photo by email as above. If I’ve included your project today and not credited you it’s because I don’t have a link to your internet presence, so just let me know and I’ll add it in 🙂

Shrunken Head (Free Pattern)

Howdy. A day later than usual I know, but forgive me – I was re-jigging a totally awesome pattern for you.

Earlier in the week, I was watching the ever fantastic QI, a British TV panel comedy show based around general knowledge and random facts, presented by the wonderful Stephen Fry. The episode featured shrunken heads, and Mr Fry gave out some genuine fake shrunken heads from Ecuador (I think – I may be wrong with the location!). They were made from goats skin, not humans, but straight away I wanted to crochet one.

Here’s the result:

Amiguruthi Shrunken Head (1)

 

Close up:

Amiguruthi Shrunken Head (36)

 

I played around with hook sizes a bit, so the one on the left is bigger since it’s made on a 3.5mm E hook and is more true to life, fills the palm of your hand size, whereas the one on the right uses a 2mm hook and is slightly smaller, so would be less distracting to say, hang from your car’s rear view mirror. Add a lavender sachet and it becomes a creepy air freshener.

I spent ages frogging and shaping them, only to remember near the end that Wooly Toons has an excellent pattern on her site too. But her’s are based on the Beetlejuice characters, whereas mine are more aimed towards the real ones. One can never have too many option when it comes to tiny noggings though, it must be said 😉

Free pattern for your own totem after the jump.

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Harley Quinn and The Joker (Free Pattern Edit)

As I type, my wrists are bloomin’ sore. This last fortnight has been one of neglecting my university studies to focus on my crochet. Meh – there’re other trainee teachers out there to meld the minds of the yoofs! If you’ve followed me on Facebook you’ll have seen a few bit – I’ve an Oogie Boogie that I’ve played about with, a mobile phone case, and I’ve also joined in with the Fairy themed CAL running over a Mad Crochet Lab.

So please bare with me this weekend for just posting a quicky pattern edit. Using my Basic Amigurumi Human Base, I made these for my little sister and her boyfriend for Christmas – Harley Quinn and The Joker.

Amiguruthi Harley Quinn Joker

 

It took a few edits to the patterns, the most notable being the head and body balls being turned on their ends, mainly so that I could do the coloured halves of Harley’s costume, and then I ended up doing the same on the Joker just so that they looked like a pair.

And the addition of boobs.

Close ups and discussion after the jump (not technically patterns, but I’ll describe the edits so you could feasibly attempt your own too).

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Jelly Tot Sprite (Free Pattern)

I am back in the time stream! By which I mean what you are reading is a post typed up and posted on the same day, not one of my scheduled posts from the past. My house move went ok, although we’ve been living here for six weeks and the spare rooms are still not unpacked because life happened. Me and the mister are involved with an amateur theatre group, who decided to do a challenge of putting on ‘How the Other Half Loves’ (a very complicated Alan Ayckbourn play) with only six weeks of rehearsals, which mean I haven’t had an evening free to unpack since roughly five weeks ago! But that goes on this week (wish me luck!) so after that I’ll be free to unpack and finally sort out my craft half room. I’m taking over half of one of the spare rooms, as much out of necessity as design. My wool stash is currently piled haphazardly in a corner and my amigurumi are in a box waiting to be displayed.

Anyway, enough waffle from me. On to the interesting stuff: a new pattern! Partial credit goes to Geek Girl Crochet who inadvertently helped me with the head when she was trying to help me with my Clanger. It’s not the exact pattern she helped me write, because I changed the last third while I was messing about, but I wouldn’t have concocted the rest of this creature without her input, so thank you!

Without further ado, here is the Jelly Tot Sprite:

The Jelly Tot Sprite is one of those creations which was never intended to be made, but which forced itself upon my hook and wouldn’t leave until she was created. She’s a little bit creepy like that. She’s bigger than anything I’ve designed before, standing a good six inches tall. The hypnotic eyes will make you feel slightly uncomfortable, but will burn into your soul and won’t let you leave her. But it’s ok, she can be easily appeased with chocolate milk.

I have no idea why she’s called the Jelly Tot Sprite. It just seemed to fit. She was going to be a mushroom…

Make your own after the jump.

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Keyring (Free Pattern Link/ edit)

I loooove ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’ (Pegasista for life!) and when my zip pull broke on my purse a few months back, I decided I wanted a pony on there. But I couldn’t decide which one out of the mane six I wanted, so I decided to make them all in miniature!

I found a pattern for Bertie Botts Every Flavoured Beans, and decided they’d be perfect bodies for some very little My Little Ponies. A few little additions like wings, horns, feet, hair, hats and cutie marks later and here they are! They’re not all perfect, but I love this.

 

The edits I made were very simple, and as after the jump.

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Midweek Squee: Base Edit

So here’s how I’ve so far customised my Basic Human Amigurumi Base which I posted at the weekend.

First up is Finnick Odair for the Hunger Games Trilogy (Books 2 and 3) which I made for my little sister’s birthday (I say little – she turned 20 on Sunday!).

For those of you not familiar with Finnick, he is a former Hunger Games champion from a water based District (District 4) and the ‘clothes’ (term used loosely!) I’ve made him in are from the opening ceremony where he wears just a net and carries a trident. Fisherman, gettit? He’s by far the funniest character in the book, and my sister and I both have a mini lit-crush on him. Even if you DON’T know who he is, after the jump I’ll go through how I made and attached his hair, the net and his trident which might be of use to you 🙂

The second edit I have made so far is Ajani Goldmane, a Planeswalker from the card game Magic: The Gathering.

Again, probably one most readers won’t know – he’s essentially a White Magic wielder that looks like a big albino lion. Again, after the jump I’ll tell you how I made his mane.

So, jump on in!

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Basic Amigurumi Human Base (free pattern)

Freebie pattern of the week, and Yarndango project number 4 – the Basic Amigurumi Human Base (also linked to Handmade Monday)

 

This is one of the two I’ve been excited about posting, not because I think it’s particularly awesome (that comes next week!) but because I’m pleased with how it turned out. I spent hours and hours doing trial and error to get this base sorted for the finalised, bits-added-to-it-to-make-a-specific-character project I’ll detail later in the week (it’s being used as a present that won’t get passed on in time and I’m not sure if the recipient reads my blog, so split post it is lol). I’m sure it’ll get used in a few of my projects in the future too, since I’ve already created a second character using it and have plans for a few more!

Anyway, for now, here’s how to make the base. Pattern and lotsa how to photos after the jump.

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