Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Easy Way To Enlarge Amigurumi Patterns



Ever look at an amigurumi you've made and wish it was bigger? I have.. and when I first learned to crochet I realized very quickly that if I held 2 strands of yarn together and use a larger hook that I would get a piece quite a bit larger than the original. And over the years I have often been asked how to enlarge amigurumi and I always reply with what I just said but I never actually showed anyone before the difference doubling the yarn can make. So here it is, a post that I can link to in the future when somebody asks! Yay!
For reference, view this Crochet Hook Conversion Chart
Up first is my latest bear pattern. Using worsted weight yarn and a 4mm hook we get the cute size of 6 inches tall in a sitting position. But double the yarn, (hold 2 strands together) and use a 5mm hook and look at the difference! The bear gained in height and in size and is almost 8.5 inches tall.



Then there's my Totoros. You get a 2 for 1 deal with this pattern! Using worsted weight yarn and a 3.75mm hook the blue Totoro is just 3 inches tall. So cute! But if

Monday, December 15, 2014

Totoro and Soot Sprites Free Pattern With Video



This is the written pattern for the Totoro and his brown sack,  the tiny White Totoro and the Soot Sprites that I designed for the Catbus.
The bus is already a free pattern and it comes with a video tutorial right here.

Here is the video tutorial for the Blue Totoro.

The video for the Soot Sprites, the White Totoro and the brown sack is not ready yet.

*Please
note this page will be updated once the next video is ready to view. You can now scroll down this page for the written patterns and don't forget to read the

Sunday, December 14, 2014

We Are Too Hard On Ourselves Lessons From A Tiny Bear


Awwww!!! I was going through some of my old photos, look how sweet! I remember this one and thinking it wasn't that good.. crazy! We are way to judgmental when it comes to our own work. I look at this now and wonder if I could make one as sweet again, lol See how a little time and experience can change the way we think! All I see now is the cutest, sweetest little guy I ever made! And I adore him.


And after this tiny bear I tried another with regular sewing thread and a tiny hook. I actually managed to make a teeny, jointed bear! And again, I thought it should be better! I remember when I shared him on facebook I felt anxiety about it. My

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Amigurumi Christmas Hat and Scarf Video Tutorial Now on Youtube

Hello Friends!

The Christmas hat and scarf video tutorial is now on youtube right here I also included instructions for the alternate white trim around the hat using just worsted weight yarn for those who don't have any of that fancy fur yarn on hand.  I'll get the written pattern updated with those instructions when I get a moment to do so. And I did a quick tutorial on the embroidery (I'm referring to the embroidered snowflake on the Christmas bear pictured in the written pattern here)  although I'm no expert in that area maybe it will be helpful even if you just wanted to add an initial. I hope

Monday, December 8, 2014

More Updates and Revisions

I revised my little Blue Totoro pattern!

As most of you know I've been busy this year revising some of my older patterns. And I have been trying my best to get through as many of them as I can before 2015 arrives without rushing through them, since the whole point of the revisions is to make them better so no point in rushing!
Anyway, about 2 weeks ago I decided I would get the Blue Totoro done since it's small and didn't need much work to revise it. And then I remembered I had promised to release the pattern for the tiny white one but I never did! Gasp, that was in February of 2013!! I completely forgot about that so no promises this time around, I already got a pattern hammered out and it's ready for posting! Yay! So I managed a 2 for 1 :)
I always wanted to make different colored Totoros and you can see I've made my own wishes come true, haha every night when I have a few moments to spare I have made a new Totoro. They are so much fun and quick to make!

So this week is full of releases.  I already got the Little Bigfoot Lion posted with a partial video. Tomorrow the Christmas Hat and Scarf video will be on youtube and the Totoros will be in the next couple days. I can see bunches of them in x-mas stockings already! I'm so excited to bring you this revision and also the never before released white Totoro!

I do have the pattern for the Catbus right here and it has a video too, unfortunately the video is poor quality. I don't know why it uploaded like that. I'd love to re-film it one day!

Well, that's my updates and it's time for me to get some sleep. Goodnight Friends!

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Little Bigfoot Lion 2014


Roar!!!
Meet the Little Bigfoot Lion 2014 edition!

He is handsome isn't he? I am pleased to have one more Little Bigfoot revised and posted, whew! I do have a partial video tutorial now on youtube that will show you how to sew the doll together plus how to stitch a nose to the muzzle, add in the end of the tail, root the mane plus a few options for the eyes.  If you need help with stuffing or even making some of the parts please see one of my other LBF patterns, they are all stuffed and shaped the same way. The legs and arms are mostly the same and the heads will all begin the same way so one of the other video tutorials will be very helpful in making the lion if needed.
Here is the list of Little Bigfoots that are available and all have video tutorials. Scroll

Monday, December 1, 2014

Lions and Updates


Popping in with an update!

The lion pattern is almost ready for posting. I went through it again and this time tried out a different way to attach the mane and I think it just took longer so the conclusion is, no matter how you do it, the mane will take a couple hours but the results are worth it!

I will have the pattern posted asap (I can't give a date, sorry) with a partial video. Right now time is an issue for me so I can't promise a complete video but it will for

Friday, November 28, 2014

So You Say They Must Have Stolen That Pattern?


Hello Friends!

I should start by saying nothing happened to me, nor did anyone call me a thief that I know of. But every once in a while I'll catch glimpses online of accusations being carelessly thrown around about other designers and it's so sad! It raises doubts about someone's ability to design without the aid of a cheat sheet. And I want to address that today with love and with good intentions so just hear me out for a few minutes.

We're talking about that designer who comes out with a cute but  maybe a common design. Being an amigurumi pattern promoter I say, "Wahoo, they contributed another pattern to our amigurumi world, yay! Now there's another amigurumi to be made and loved by someone." But no, just wait, there's another side, a dark side...
How dare they! How dare they make something similar to so and so. Clearly.. OH clearly they stole parts of that design. They cheated and took parts and changed parts and called it their own! It's despicable. How dare they.. thief.. liar!! I'll tell everyone I can, I'll facebook message everyone I know. And all my friends will agree how shameful that person is.. what a thief!
Sadly someone's reputation has just been tainted. Doubts raised about their designing ability. Simply put, it's slander. Ok. There it is. I said it so now let's look a

Thursday, November 27, 2014

One More Revised LBF On The Way!

Fresh off the hook!

Meet the newest member of the Little Bigfoots 2014 edition. You can see the 2012 edition right here. I'm not sure when I'll get this pattern posted. I might change the way I attach the mane first because this one took a couple hours. But maybe I was just moving slow since I should have been sleeping. It's 2:30am and I just finished him. Yup, another late night of amigurumi, it's a one woman party!

Even though it's way past my bedtime I'm so happy I got this guy done since the end of the year is fast approaching and I wanted all my older LBF's revised before 2015.. but yikes! I'm not sure I'll get that done.. there's still the hippo and the