Friday, February 4, 2011

Amigurumi Resources

So did I get you anxious to try some amigurumi? The patterns are simple and take only a few hours for experienced crocheters. For beginners wanting to try dolls and stuff animals, these are great starter projects.

If you want to try out a pattern or two, but don't necessarily want to invest in pattern books, there are lots of great free resources online. Here are just a few or the ones I really like:

Lion Brand Yarns: While it requires a free registration, you will have access to loads of patterns. There are lots of adorable amigurumi patterns, along with afghans, clothing, accessories and home decor items. This is Tamie Snow's home on the web. You can find both crochet and knit patterns, her blog, and patterns for sale.

Free Amigurumi Crochet Patterns: This is a great resource blog for patterns scattered all around the web. There are more than just adorable animals, there are also patterns for food, dolls and other toys.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pretty Penguin

This rolly-polly penguin was super easy and took around four hours from start to finish. The pattern was a free download off the Lion Brand website. While the Lion Brand amigurumi patterns generally call for Vanna's Choice yarn or Lion Wool, I used what I had on hand - Red Heart worsted weight yarn - and it worked out perfectly.

Happy Crafting All!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Unbelievably Cute Beaver

Yet another adorable pattern from Tamie Snow's "Tiny Yarn Animals" that I couldn't resist making. He was a little more intricate to make simply because of all the little pieces that had to be made. Each tooth and cheek was individually crocheted. Even with the extra pieces, I was still able to finish this little guy in an afternoon.

Even his little tail is adorable.

I would suggest using embroidery on this little guy for the facial features. Otherwise you will need three 6mm doll eyes, which will leave you with an odd number left over in your stash. Unless you plan on making at least two of these little guys.

Happy Crafting All!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Cute Koala

Once the little lemur was finished, I just couldn't help myself. I had to make a couple more of the adorable little animals. So I flipped through my copy of "Tiny Yarn Animals" and decided on this cute little koala bear.

He took me all of an afternoon to complete. The best part about the patterns in this book is the materials are fairly inexpensive. I used Red Heart worsted weight yarn, and was able to make several of the little toys with each skein. If you don't want to invest in the snap-on doll eyes, you can opt to embroider the eyes, and on some the nose and mouth.

Happy Crafting All!