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Minecraft Baby Pig Amigurumi

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It’s been a while since my boyfriend first suggested that we play Minecraft together. I’ve had a go on my own, but, I spent most of my time getting lost and not knowing what I’m supposed to do. ‘Anything!’ My boyfriend would say. It is a pretty cool game where you can pretty much build anything and do whatever you want. I just run out of ideas pretty quickly.

We had a go playing multiplayer in Minecraft last week and it’s much more fun than playing it on your own; at least for me. I get to spend more time on things I like, like my crop farm and breeding animals, while my boyfriend travel to faraway caves for minerals and had to fight hostile mobs! I think he’s starting to see the unfairness in this arrangement as he kept telling me to come to caves with him… I really don’t want to but I guess I’m gonna have to for equality’s sake.

Anyway, breeding is my recent project in Minecraft and I’ve been having lots of fun with it. I love the little baby animals with their disproportionately big heads and high-pitched squeaks! Because they are so cute, I decided to crochet one for myself. I chose the baby pig as it was the first baby born in my farm 🙂

A comparison between Minecraft baby pig and the amigurumi I made

My baby!

They took longer than I thought to make, mostly because I’ve never made square-shaped amigurumi before. I didn’t write out the pattern, but what I basically did was to make a square and then continue to single crochet around the square until I get the size I wanted. At every corner, I will make a turning stitch (which is basically a chain stitch), skip a stitch and single crochet the next. I would also make a slip stitch at the end of every row, make a chain stitch and continue to single crochet around.

As for dimensions of the starting square, I used 5 chain stitches for the head and made about 6 rows of single crochet. The snout and the body used 4 chain stitches which I made into 2 rows and 3 rows of single crochet respectively. The limbs used 2 chain stitches made into 2 rows of single crochet.

If you want to make your shapes more pronounced, you can always sew an outline using the same yarn with an overcast stitch. That’s what I did with the head, body and snout.

I might make more minecraft mobs, but not just now as I have work that needs to be done… If you have any suggestions and/or requests as to which mob I should try out next, do leave me a comment!

Ram

A Ladybird Amigurumi Pattern to Try

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A few days ago, while I was on the train, I found a little ladybird crawling on my dress. I don’t usually like creepy crawlies, but, that particular one didn’t feel as creepy – that is, until it went into a ‘lil crazy dance, flickered its wings open and closed and flew past me at high speed. When I told the boyfriend about this incident, he was more concerned about its colour than anything else. Apparently, there are orange ones around with bites some people are allergic too. My visitor though was your typical British red with black spots.

Because I was feeling particularly distracted, I decided to try and crochet my own little ladybird – and actually write down the pattern for once. The finished size of the ladybird amigurumi is an adorable 1 1/2 inch.

I'm a seven spot ladybird!

Yummy fruits 🙂

To make this, you would need:

  • red (or orange for the toxic Harlequin lady bettle) and black yarn for the body and head.
  • white and pink yarn to embroider eyes and mouth (or you can use 6mm plastic toy eyes).
  • G/6 crochet hook.
  • Tapestry needle.
  • Stuffing.

Wings

R1 = Using red yarn: ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook.

R2 = Sc 2 in each sc around.

R3 = *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc* repeat 6 times

R4-5 = Sc 18.

R6 = Sc 18 through front loops only.

To embroider spots: Using a tapestry needle and black yarn, bring the needle out at point 1 and insert the needle at point 2. Similarly, bring the needle at point 3 and insert at point 4. As the diagram shows, we are essentially making a box and filling it with a cross.

Bottom

R1 = Ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook.

R2 = Sc 2 in each sc around.

R3 = *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times.

Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing.

Stuff wings and sew the bottom to inside of wing (where the back loop is).

Head

R1 = Using black yarn, Ch2, 4 sc in second chain from hook.

R2 = Sc 2 in each sc around.

R3 = Sc 8

Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing.

To embroider eyes: Bring the needle out through a point and insert it to a point directly up or under it. Repeat once.

To embroider mouth: Bring the needle out through point 1 and insert at point 2. Pull the thread down to form a mouth shape and secure by bringing needle out through point 3 and inserting at point 4.

Stuff head and sew to the rest of the body. Using the tapestry needle, insert a thread on top of the head and tie off to make the antennae.

This is my first time sharing a pattern with people. If you do give it a try and are experiencing problems, let me know. Enjoy!

Ram

Pet Amigurumi

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For Christmas, I received gifts, not only from my boyfriend, but also his mother and sister. This came as a pleasant surprise to me ‘cos I didn’t even know that they knew I existed! (I wish my boyfriend had told me though, then I would have prepared presents for them too). My boyfriend has told me countless stories about his family pets: his mom has a budgie and a dog, and his sister also keeps her own dog. I thought making them something would be a nice gesture, so, I asked him for pictures of their pet and tried to make an amigurumi version of them.

Jenny the Budgie

Ozzy the Dog

I had so much fun making these!

My boyfriend doesn’t keep a pet at his place but he does have a potted plant. He’s also received a thank-you amigurumi in the shape of his house plant 🙂

I’m a house plant!

The budgie and house plant are both based on Ana Paula Rimoli’s pattern, but, I changed the size and colour a bit. I also added the cheek marks on the budgie amigurumi to imitate the real thing. As for the dog, that is my own pattern 🙂 It would’ve looked better if I had brown toy eyes with me at the time, but I didn’t have any. I had to make a pair using felt instead. Didn’t turn out too bad though.

Ram

But, I want a bird…

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While his siblings were looking through Ana’s book deciding which pattern they liked most, one of my nephews told me that he wanted a dinosaur amigurumi. Of course, I told him that I was just a beginner and I can’t make things without a pattern. To which he defeatedly said, ‘Fine, make me a bird then.’

There were no bird patterns in Ana’s first book but he didn’t want to settle for anything less. So, I promised him I would give it a try… Because I’ve knitted a toy dolphin before, I decided to try and crochet a similar shape, add a beak, legs and wings and hope for the best. It turned out way better than I expected!

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My only regret is that I didn’t write down my first own pattern… Again, this amigurumi was so precious that I was quite reluctant to give it away. But, a promise is a promise and I told my nephew to be nice to it. He said he will, and a year later, I found out that he lost it when his family moved to a new house.

‘No, I didn’t lose it… It’s still in our old house. I was playing with it and threw it so it would fly, ‘cos it’s a bird. Then, it got stuck high up between the top stairs. And I couldn’t reach to get it. But, it’s there. I didn’t lose it.’ – was his story.

I’m not too bothered though. I was already aware of that risk when I gave it away. It didn’t change the fact that I successfully made an amigurumi from scratch! And, I have pictures to prove it 🙂

Ram