Monday, January 21, 2019

A girl a sword and a large stone


Happy Monday everyone!
If you missed the last couple updates, I have released the pattern for the Knight. Coming up next is the pattern for the Princess and a surprise I haven't shown before today. There will also be a pattern for the stone that holds the sword! Stay tuned for these super fun patterns coming your way.

Free patterns already available from the photo are:

The Grey Wizard
Small But Mighty Dragon
Little Boy Knight
Sword For The Little Boy Knight







Saturday, January 19, 2019

Little Boy Knight Part Two - The Sword




A Sword For The Knight,
This sword was designed specifically for the Little Boy Knight, (also a free pattern here), but you can use this sword for any pattern or by itself.

Size,
You can make the sword longer by modifying the pattern. Using the pattern as

Friday, January 18, 2019

Little Boy Knight - Part One



Little Boy Knight,
This Knight is part of the Dragon story I released last year. You can get the story links and see the dragon here.

The only piece not included in this pattern is the sword.  The sword instructions are found in part two.

Untested!
If there are parts you find difficult to understand just do the parts you can, a video is on the way. ALSO keep in mind I have not thoroughly tested this pattern so if there are any mistakes do not hesitate to leave a comment and let me know. I'll be so grateful if you tell me.


Scroll down this page for the Little Boy Knight, his helmet and shield. Have fun!


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Supplies:
worsted weight acrylic yarn in cream, grey and any color for the hair
a small amount of yarn in red for adding decoration
4mm hook
blunt end yarn needle for sewing
scissors
polyester stuffing
black yarn for eyes or 6mm safety eyes
bobby pin - for shield

Abbreviations:
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
ch1 = chain one
FLO = front loops only
sl st = slip stitch
2tog = crochet 2 stitches together
f/o = finish off

How to read the rows:
Add a maker at the end of row 2 and move that marker each time you finish a row. Each row has a sequence. Example: 1sc then 2sc in next st means repeat that sequence 1sc then 2sc in next st followed by 1sc then 2sc in next st over and over to the end of that row. When you land on the marker you should be putting in 2sc. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.

Magic ring:
Many parts of this amigurumi begin with a magic ring. I have 2 short video tutorials that will show you 2 different methods of making a magic ring. Use the one that is easiest for you. View 1st method here and 2nd method here.

Head and Body: 
Starting at the top of the head with skin color
1) magic circle with 7sc (7)
2) 2sc in each st (14)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (21)
4-8) 1sc in each st for 5 rows
If you are using safety eyes, install them in between the 6th and 7th row with 3 visible stitch holes between them. Before you install them, turn the doll so the last st you put is in the center of the back of the head. That last st will also be the same side you finish off the body. You want the finishing side to be the back of the body. 
Instructions for yarn eyes, nose and mouth are in the assembly section and are done after the doll is stuffed and closed up.
9) 1sc in the first st then 2tog around (11)
10) 1sc in next 9st, change colors in 10th st, sl st the last st (11)
11) 2sc in each st for 1 row (22)
12-13) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
14) 1sc in next 9st then 2sc in next 2st, 1sc in next 9st then 2sc in last 2st (26)
15) 1sc in each st for 1 row
16) 1sc in the FLO for 1 row (26)
sl st next loop. f/o and weave in yarn tail
Stuff the head.

Pants and legs:
Turn the doll upside down and roll back row 16 to expose the loops inside the body. Look for  the area where you f/o row 16 with a sl st, insert yarn into a loop or 2 to the right of that sl st.
1) ch1, this ch counts as a st. 1sc in each loop (26)


Now you will create the leg holes.
If you have installed safety eyes then you need to 1sc in the next few st until you get centered with the eyes. Your last st should be in the center of the eyes.
Continue now with the legs, the pictures are numbered according to each step from 1-5.
Step 1) 1sc into the 13th st from the hook.
Step 2)  crocheting back towards yourself and to the left, 1sc in 13st for 2 rows. f/o and tuck yarn tail inside leg.


2nd leg, turn the doll upside down, with the back of the doll facing you and with the 1st leg to your left:
Step 3) Insert your hook through the 2 stitches that are the closet to the first leg.
Step 4) pull the yarn through
Step 5) turn the doll so the front side now faces you and the first leg now to your right.


Step 6) As pictured with the arrow, starting in the first st to your left, pull the starting yarn tail tight, (crocheting around the starting yarn tail to lock it in), 1sc in 13st for 2 rows. f/o and tuck yarn tail inside leg.
Stuff the body, shape as you stuff, stuff to the edge of the leg holes. If it's too difficult to keep the stuffing inside the leg, leave that part of the stuffing until you have the shoes partly sewn in place.

Shoes: make 2 with grey
1) magic circle with 7sc (7)
2) 2sc in each st (14)
sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing and shaping.


Shoe assembly:
Step 1: Place the wrong side of a shoe inside a leg hole, line up the stitches with the stitches of the leg, whip stitch around. Your needle should be going under the 2 loops of a stitch on the shoe and 2 loops of  the stitch on the leg, each time you go through. Leave a small gap for stuffing if needed then use a stuffing stick to push the stuffing in. Do not over stuff, you want the bottom of the shoe to be flat when you're done. When you make it around to where you started continue with step 2.

Step 2: To create the front of the shoe, wrap the yarn 5 times into one space then 5 times again in the next space and again in the next, around the front part of the shoe. Doing this creates a fat ridge which gives it shape and it will help the doll stand. Wrap the yarn in one direction. It doesn't matter if you wrap from top to bottom or from bottom to top but do the same direction for both shoes, otherwise they will look slightly different from each other. Once done, knot off and  hide remaining yarn tail inside the leg.


Hair Cap: with any color
1) magic circle with 7sc (7)
2) 2sc in each st (14)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (21)
4-7) 1sc in each st for 4 rows
sl st next and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing


Arms: make 2 with grey
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6sc (6)
2-4) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
sl st next st and f/o leaving a tail for sewing. Bring the finishing yarn tail up through the center hole of row 1, straighten out the arm, and knot off. You will use this yarn tail to sew the arm to the body.


Hands: with skin color
1) crocheting through both sides of the open part of the arm, insert skin color into the far right side, ch1 then 1sc in the same space. Working to the left,  2hdc in the next 2 spaces.
f/o  leaving a  tail to make a thumb. 
Thumbs: Wrap the yarn tail over a small section on one side of the hand and pull tight to create a separation in the hand. The small bump on one side of the separation is the thumb. When you sew the arms to the body be sure the thumbs are facing each other. The hands will have a slightly different look from each other but they are small so that's barely noticeable.





Helmet: with grey
1) magic circle with 6sc (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (28)
6) 1sc in each st for 1 row (28) ch1 and turn
7) skip ch, 1hdc in next 22st (22) ch1 and turn
8) skip ch, 1hdc in each st (22) ch1 and turn
9) skip ch, 1hdc in each st (22) ch1 and turn
10) skip ch,1hdc in each st (22) ch1 and turn
11) skip ch, 1hdc in each st (22) ch1 and turn
12) skip ch, 1sc in next 4st, 1hdc in next 6st, 2dc in next st, ch1, 2dc in next st, 1hdc in next 6st, 1sc in next 4st (25)
f/o and weave in yarn tail

Face Plate for Helmet: with grey make 1
1) ch13
2) starting in 2nd ch, 1sc in each ch (12) ch1 and turn
3) 1hdc in next 5st, 2dc in next st, ch1, 2dc in next st, 1hdc in next 5st (15)
f/o leaving a tail fore sewing


Decoration on top of helmet: With red
Flatten the helmet so that the open front sides line up.
1) insert red in between the 2nd and 3rd row, in the front, center of helmet and ch1(counts as a stitch) working towards the back of the helmet, 1sc in the next 6 spaces (7) ch1 and turn
2) starting in 2nd st, 1sc in each st (7) ch1 and turn
you can get creative with the 3rd row, For a couple of them I only used 3st then f/o.
To use all the stitches follow row 3.
3) 1hdc in next 3st, 1sc in next 2st then sl st last 2st
f/o. You could weave in the yarn tail or add a few strands to decorate this part further.


Face plate assembly:
Place the helmet on the head, be sure to pull the bottom of the 2 front edges in towards the face. Place the face plate over the face, take note on where the ends are sitting on the helmet, remove the helmet and sew each side to the helmet. Weave in yarn tails.



Shield: with grey make 2
1) magic circle with 6sc (6)
Pull the starting yarn tail tight to close up any center gap.
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5) 1sc in next 11st, 2hdc in next st, ch1, 2hdc in next st, 1sc in next 11st (27)
f/o leaving a tail for sewing.




Shield decoration and assembly:
Decorate the right side of one shield piece. If you like the decoration I made then using red yarn  make an X then add a short  red line in front of  each point of the X. Add 2 short red lines just above the sharper tip of the shield. Once done, knot the yarn tails and cut short. Place the wrong sides of the shield pieces together, making sure the pieces are lined up, then whip stitch around the edges. Knot off at the end and hide yarn tail inside shield.
Push a bobby pin from the front to the back. The bobby pin will hold up the shield for display.



 
Assembly: Follow the steps in the order they are given for best results.

1) Yarn eyes and mouth: Bring black yarn through the top of the head and out  in between the 6th and 7th row, wrap the yarn around the 6th row 2 or 3 times. Bring the yarn to the other side to make the other eye with 3 visible stitch holes between the eyes. Once done the eyes, bring the yarn in between the 8th and 9th row to make the mouth. Once done, bring the yarn back up through the head and out one stitch over from where you went in. Knot the yarn tails together and cut short.

2) Yarn nose and eyelids: Bring skin color yarn through the top of the head and out in between the 6th and 7th row, wrap the yarn around the 7th row a number of times until you have the size of nose you want. Once done the nose, bring the yarn tail out in between the 5th and 6th row, above each eye, and  wrap the yarn, horizontally over the top of the eyes 2 or 3 times. Once done, bring the yarn back up, a stitch over from where you went in, knot the yarn tails together and cut short.

3) Sew on the hair cap: First stretch out the cap so it fits easier on the head. Place it so the bottom of the back of the cap sits on row 10 of the head. You can whip stitch "hair strands" around the entire edge of the cap or do as I did and just add the bangs in the front, the part you see through the helmet. If you add only bangs, do add a few holding stitches in the back and sides of the cap to keep it held in place first.
3a) Bangs: wrap the yarn over the front of the cap, you can make long or short wraps, over and over again along the front, wrapping into the head just above the eyes. Do not pull tight or you will see holes in the head when you're done. Pull just enough to bring the yarn into place.Once done, knot off anywhere on the cap and hide yarn tail inside head.



4) Sew on the arms. The top of the arm should be on or about row 11, the first grey row of the body. 



To make the sword, go to part 2!
The Knight is almost  ready  for battle, he just needs his sword. That part is right here.





Copyright 2019 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved
 
 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

The Knight has won!

He finally won!
lol he was fighting for the Girl but that didn't go as he had hoped. But he did win the votes to be the next pattern I release on my blog. He will be the first pattern of 2019.. I do not have a release date but if you are on facebook, watch my page Amigurumi Freely. I keep that page updated on what's happening and when.

When was he made?
I made that little Knight last year and he became part of the Dragon story. If you like short stories, here's they are. I hope you enjoy!

1) The Wizard Makes a Promise
2) The Wizard Keeps His Promise
3)  A Girl and Her Dragon







Sunday, December 30, 2018

Goodbye 2018, you weren't the kindest lately

The struggle's been real,
The last few months of this year have been super hard, I was not only dealing with some emotional, financial, and physical things, I was working very long hours each day.  I support myself and my kids by designing and publishing free patterns and videos. They are free to you but by you visiting my blogs and my youtube channels I earn revenue. That's my way of sharing with you and spreading the love of my craft without having to charge you. The last few months of this year a 15 to 17 hour work day was not unusual. I was trying to catch up financially but I just kept getting hit with the unexpected.

I was still here,

For my online creative friends who felt I dropped off the face of the earth, my apologies, my days were long. I'm sorry I missed so much of everything you all have been creating. I love you guys, I really do and all the things you make, you all are so talented! I always want to support you and be here for you. I was working as much as I could in a short amount of time while dealing with a lot so I couldn't be as present as I used to be online. I appreciate your caring messages, you touched my heart. I don't want you to worry.

Side effects,
I was suddenly hit in 2016 with chronic illness and there are side effects of chronic illness that most people won't even think about unless it hits them personally. I never thought about any of this until it hit me. It effects all aspects of a life, even if a treatment is working and we have no symptoms right now we have to still deal with what it took away, what it robbed from us. Our ability to continue working is a huge thing! I'm self employed which means I'm pretty much on my own if I get ill and the world doesn't stop while I recover. The never ending catch up game hit me especially hard this year.  I'm slowly learning to accept it and deal with it.

Why such a personal post?

I normally don't publish these personal things but I felt today if I can say to somebody else, hey, I've been having a really rough time  and I'm one of those positive thinkers who sees a silver lining in all the dark clouds. Ya, one of those people, but even my days were filled with so many dark clouds it's been hard to see those silver linings. Maybe my post will touch somebody else, maybe it could help somebody not feel alone in their struggle. Maybe you just need to hear that I get it.


Compassion,

It's so important for all of us to show compassion and understanding for those who are dealing with stuff. Maybe an illness, or depression, or anxiety. Mental health issues are a very real thing! It can disable lives. It effects mine more than I will ever say. Anxiety hits at any time, even when life is good, but it really kicks into high gear when life is hard. Compassion and understanding is everything for those of us who struggle. I don't need you to fix my life but please don't judge what you don't understand, that just makes it worse. I have felt the sting of judgment for having anxiety, yup, I've heard it's not real.  Just because it doesn't happen to you doesn't mean it's not real. The wind can still blow the trees over even though you can't see the wind.

I get it!
If anybody reading this is struggling, I want you to know I totally understand. I may not know the depths of your struggle and I can't fix anything but I understand some days, weeks, months, are just freaking hard. Find whatever you can and hang onto that. Maybe it's this message today that I get it! And there's things that you can't even say out loud and can I tell you I so totally get that too. Can I tell you that I actually care about you and I want you to make it through this. I feel so much love for you while I'm writing this. Just get through today, don't worry about tomorrow.
If you are struggling with depression and can't shake it please go see a doctor! Don't let it take your life away, it might even be a chemical thing that you have no control over at all. That's not your fault. Help could be right there for you, just make that call.

Goodbye 2018!
For all my struggling friends let's say it together, goodbye 2018! We won't miss you so you can go now! 2019 we might just love you already.

Hope,
Last night I built the base for a new tree in my craft room. I haven't felt that feeling to build for a long time and there it was again, not a full on "LET'S BUILD!" but a little feeling and I ran with it. A crafty project that will bring my mind back to the magical places that I love and give me that bit of excitement for tomorrow. For tomorrow I will create the bark then the tree will need a little creature to live inside...
I don't know why I got that feeling to build, maybe it's because I took a break or maybe because I had an entire non-working week with my kids who refreshed my days. I don't know why it came back but it feels hopeful to me.
For some of you that might seem weird and that's okay but creativity gives me hope. Some of you will totally get that 💕

No more promises,
I have made promises to post this pattern or that video during 2018 and I do get them posted but it causes me anxiety if I can't get them posted within a certain time frame. It's not just a little anxiety either so the only promise I will make in 2019 is I will make no promises. This is also one of the things I have to accept with chronic illness, I have no idea what tomorrow looks like for me. It'll probably be a healthy day but I can't say for certain it will be because doctors visits, never ending blood tests, and treatments can also be exhausting. Sometimes I just need to do nothing.

I'll get through,

Just because I've just told you that life was hard for me lately doesn't mean I'm a different person. I'm still the same positive thinker who wants to spread joy and love to as many people as I can. It's been  hard to cope with everything, especially more so this year but I'll get there.

Thank you for sticking with me through these last couple of years, I appreciate you and love you all. I'm looking forward to seeing what jumps off the crochet hook in 2019. I have a few ideas and if I can design them and get them published it will be super exciting to share them with you.

I wish all of us a healthy and creative 2019!