Friday, December 24, 2010
Narwhals, Star Trek, and Super Junior!
This post has something for everyone!  First of all, I made a narwhal for my friend Krista's birthday.  She loves narwhals, so naturally I had to make one for her.  I was short on time, so I used this pattern as the base and added a horn (made from a 5 sc circle, crocheted until I felt the length was good enough).



It's also Christmastime, so I sometimes make things for friends.  This year, I didn't have a lot of time because I was doing the Christmas cap project, so I only had time to make things for family and three of my closest friends.  One of them got a dragon and panda that were not of my design (so I didn't take pictures), but Erin and Elizabeth got customized dolls.  First of all, Elizabeth is a fan of Star Trek and had mentioned before that if I got inspired to make her some human amis, she would buy them.  So, I made her William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy (I am told that they are Kirk and Spock, respectively).  Since this is my own pattern, I have decided to post it online for your viewing/making pleasure.  If you make one of your own, please refer back to here when posting pictures and also let me see your creation!!

Star Trek Amigurumi Dolls

Materials
G hook
Flesh color worsted weight yarn
Black worsted weight yarn
Hair color worsted weight yarn
Shirt color worsted weight yarn
9mm eyes
Small piece of yellow felt
Head
G hook and flesh color
Magic circle 5
r1 - *sc inc* around (10)
r2 - *sc 1, inc 1* around (15)
r3 - *sc 2, inc 1* around (20)
r4 - *sc 3, inc 1* around (25)
r5-8 - sc around (25)
r9 - *sc 3, dec 1* around (20)
r10 - *sc 2, dec 1* around (15)
r11 - *sc 1, dec 1* around (10)
FO
Place 9mm eyes 5 stitches apart between r6 and 7
Stuff head and set aside

Hair
G hook and hair color
Magic circle 5
r1 - *sc inc* around (10)
r2 - *sc 1, inc 1* around (15)
r3 - *sc 2, inc 1* around (20)
r4 - *sc 3, inc 1* around (25)
r5-6 - sc around (25)
r7 - ch 5, turn, sl st into base of ch, sc 11, ch 5, turn (11)
r 8 - sl st in base of ch, sc 10, ch 1, turn (10)
r9 - sl st, sc 8, sl st (8)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Center on top of head and sew in place.

Ears (human) (make 2)
G hook and flesh color
Magic circle 3, pull tight, FO leaving a long tail on each side for attaching.
Sew to sides of head between sideburns and main hair section.

Ears (alien) (make 2)
G hook and flesh color
Magic circle - 2 sc, 1 dc, 1 tc
Pull tight, FO leaving a long tail on each side for attaching.
Sew to sides of head between sideburns and main hair section.

Body
G hook starting with black
Magic circle 5
r1 - *sc inc* around (10)
r2 - *sc 1, inc 1* around (15)
r3 - *sc 2, inc 1* around (20)
(switch to shirt color)
r4-7 - *sc around* (20)
r8 - *sc 2, dec 1* (15)
r9-12 - sc around (15)
r13 - *sc 1, dec 1* around (10)
r14 - sc around (10)
(switch to black)
r15 - sc around (10)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Stuff and sew to head.

Cut out the triangle patch from yellow felt.  Glue in place.

Arms (make 2)
G hook starting with flesh color
Magic circle 3
r1 - *sc inc* around (6)
(switch to shirt color)
r2-9 - sc around (6)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Do not stuff arms.  Sew ends shut, then sew to sides of doll.



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Erin is a fan of Korean pop, so I figured I'd do something for her related to her fandom, too.  Super Junior, one of her many loves, has animal representations of some (or all?) of the boys.  She had made felt versions of them before, but I decided to make her amigurumi versions.  The references I had were these pictures:


So, I set to work.  Again, here's the patterns and if you make your own, please refer people back here and show me your creations!!

Shindong Amigurumi Doll



Materials
G hook
Green and black worsted weight yarn
Felt in flesh and pink colors
9 mm eyes
Off-white and black embroidery floss

Head
Magic circle 6
r1 - *sc inc* around (12)
r2 - *sc 1, inc 1* around (18)
r3 - *sc 2, inc 1* around (24)
r4 - *sc 3, inc 1* around (30)
r5 - *sc 4, inc 1* around (36)
r6-10 - sc around (36)
r11 - *sc 4, dec 1* around (30)
r12 - *sc 3, dec 1* around (24)
r13 - *sc 2, dec 1* around (18)
r14 - *sc 1, dec 1* around (12)
FO
Stuff and set aside.

Cut out face pieces.  Cut slits for the eyes (9mm) to poke through. embroider white nostrils and black mouth.  Attach to face, securing in place with eyes.  Sew edges of face to head. 

Ears (make 2)
Magic circle - 1 sc, 2 dc, 2 tc, 1 dtc, tighten, FO, leaving long tails for sewing onto head.
Sew to sides of head at top.

Body
Magic circle 6
r1 - *sc inc* around (12)
r2 - *sc 1, inc 1* around (18)
r3 - *sc 2, inc 1* around (24)
r4-9 - sc around (24)
r10 - *sc 2, dec 1* around (18)
r11 - *sc 1, dec 1* around (12)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.  Sew to head.  

Cut out a bow in pink.  Paste or sew to neck.

Legs (make 2)
Magic circle 4
r1 - *sc inc* around (8)
r2-4 - sc around (8)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.  
Sew to bottom of doll.

Arms (make 2)
Magic circle 3
r1 - *sc inc* around (6)
r2-6  - sc around (6)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing. 
Do not stuff.  Stitch tops closed and sew to doll at sides.

Tail
With black yarn, put hook through a loop at the back of the doll, ch 6, FO.

Kyuhyun Amigurumi Doll



Materials
G hook
Brown worsted weight yarn
Felt in flesh, white, red and pink colors
9 mm eyes
Black embroidery floss

Head
Magic circle 6
r1 - *sc inc* around (12)
r2 - *sc 1, inc 1* around (18)
r3 - *sc 2, inc 1* around (24)
r4 - *sc 3, inc 1* around (30)
r5 - *sc 4, inc 1* around (36)
r6-9 - sc around (36)
r10 - *sc 4, dec 1* around (30)
r11 - sc around (30)
r12 - *sc 3, dec 1* around (24)
r13 - sc around (24)
r14 - *sc 2, dec 1* around (18)
r15 - sc around (18)
r16 - *sc 1, dec 1* around (12)
FO

Cut out face pieces.  Cut slits for the eyes (9mm) to poke through. Sew on pink nose and embroider black mouth.  Attach to face, securing in place with eyes.  Sew edges of face to head. 

Ears (make 2)
Magic circle 3
r1 - *sc inc* around (6)
r2 - inc 1, sc 2, inc 1, sc 2 (8)
r3 - inc 1, sc 3, inc 1, sc 3 (10)
r4 - sc around (10)
r5 - dec 1, sc 3, dec 1, sc 3 (8)
r6 - dec 1, sc 2, dec 1, sc 2 (6)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Press flat and sew opening together.  Sew on top of head.

Body
Magic circle 6
r1 - *sc inc* around (12)
r2 - *sc 1, inc 1* around (18)
r3 - *sc 2, inc 1* around (24)
r4-9 - sc around (24)
r10 - *sc 2, dec 1* around (18)
r11 - *sc 1, dec 1* around (12)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Cut out a flesh-colored patch for the stomach, sew onto stomach of doll before stuffing.
NOTE - it was brought to my attention after making this that the animal was supposed to be a kangaroo.  So, you may want to place the stomach patch lower as mine is more like a chest patch.

Sew body to head.  Cut out a red bow from felt.  Stitch or paste into place at neck.

Legs (make 2)
Magic circle 4
r1 - *sc inc* around (8)
r2-4 - sc around (8)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Sew to body.

Arms (make 2)
Magic circle 3
r1 - *sc inc* around (6)
r2-6  - sc around (6)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Do not stuff.  Sew to sides of body.

Tail
Magic circle 3
r1 - *sc inc* around (6)
r2 - inc 1, sc 2, inc 1, sc 2 (8)
r3 - inc 1, sc 3, inc 1, sc 3 (10)
r4-6 - sc around (10)
r7 - dec 1, sc 3, dec 1, sc 3 (8)
r8 - dec 1, sc 2, dec 1, sc 2 (6)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Press flat and sew opening together.  Sew vertically on butt.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Christmas Hat Project Creation #39-50 plus all of them together!
The project is complete!  I stayed up until 3am to finish it last night.  My room is a mess, but it's done!  I will be dropping them off tomorrow.  So, this time I'm posting the final hats as one picture and not on the Gloomys.  Sorry for lack of models!

 So, I will now talk about these from left to right, top to bottom.  They are all done free-style.

#39 is done in Caron One Pound in Deep Violet and Caron Simply Soft in White (100% acrylic).

#40 is done in a double strand using Caron Simply Soft in Pistachio and Orchid (100% acrylic).

#41 is done in a double strand using Caron Simply Soft in Off White and Orchid (100% acrylic).

#42 is done in Caron Simply Soft in White and Dark Country Blue (100% acrylic).

#43 is done in a double strand using Caron Simply Soft in Dark Sage and Orchid (100% acrylic).

#44 is done in Deborah Norville Collection Everyday Soft Worsted in Antique Lavender (100% acrylic).

#45 is done in Caron One Pound in Deep Violet and Caron Simply Soft in White (100% acrylic).

#46 is done in a double strand using Caron Simply Soft in White and Soft Blue (100% acrylic).

#47 is done in a double strand using Caron Simply Soft in Soft Pink and Pistachio (100% acrylic).

#48 is done in Deborah Norville Collection Everyday Soft Worsted in Antique Lavender (100% acrylic).

#49 is done in Sensations Rainbow Classic in Blue/Taupe Multi-Rainbow (100% acrylic).

Finally, #50 is done in Loops and Threads Country Loom in Solarium at the top and a double strand using Caron Simply Soft in Dark Country Blue and Dark Sage at the bottom (100% acrylic).

So, that's the end of this project, but more will start soon!  Christmas gifts are next!!!


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Friday, December 3, 2010
Christmas Hat Project Creation #35, 36, 37, and 38
So, November drew to a close and I have only finished 38 caps.  12 short of my goal.  But I'm going to the hospital on Tuesday, so I will keep making caps until then.  There's hope yet, albeit slim, of making it to 50.  Here's this round, all in one shot:


This is also all freestyle.  Blue and Black Gloomy are wearing hats made from Sensations Rainbow Classic Pattern, with Black Gloomy's in Berry/White Stripe and Blue Gloomy's in Green/White Stripe (100% acrylic).  Green Gloomy's is done in Sensations Rainbow Boucle Patterns, Pink/Grey (88% Acrylic, 12% Nylon).  Finally, Pink Gloomy's is done in two yarns: Loops and Threads Impeccable in Carlet and Bernat Satin in Ebony (each yarn 100% acrylic).

Also, in other news, I won a crochet contest, so I will have a design in a calendar for 2012.  Yay!  Then maybe some people will be reading this and I won't be talking to myself.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010
Christmas Hat Project Creation #24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34
Wow, lots to show this time.  It's coming down to the wire and I still have 16 more to go to reach my goal!  T___T  Well, let's take a look at this bunch!

 This first one has Green and Blue Gloomy in hats done using Loops & Threads Country Loom in Driftwood (100% acrylic).  The difference between the two is that Green Gloomy's is for a child and Blue Gloomy's is for an adult.  Next, Black and Pink Gloomy are wearing hats done in Sensations Rainbow Classic in Blue/Taupe Multi-Rainbow (100% acrylic).  It's difficult to see in the picture, but Black Gloomy's is textured with lines of front-post double crochet.  You can see the detail better in some of the hats below.

Next, Blue and Green Gloomy are wearing hats made out of  Loops & Thread Impeccable Holland Ombre (100% acrylic), but Green Gloomy's has the front post detail as well.  Similarly, Black and Pink Gloomy's hats are made from the same yarn, but Black Gloomy's has the ridges.  Their hats are made from Loops & Thread Impeccable Sage Butter Ombre (100% acrylic).


Finally, the last set of hats are here.  Blue Gloomy's hat is made from Bernat Soft Boucle in Earth Shades (97% acrylic, 3% polyester).  It's just a basic freestyle.  Black Gloomy and Pink Gloomy are wearing freestyle hats with the front post detail.  Black Gloomy's is made from Loops and Threads Impeccable in Neopolitan Ombre (100% acrylic) while Pink Gloomy's is made from Loops & Thread Impeccable Sage Butter Ombre (100% acrylic).

For anyone who may be wondering, my basic freestyle is to chain four, make a loop, do 10 dc in the loop, and then increase 10 each round until 40, 50, or 60, depending on the yarn.  Then I just dc around until it's the desired length.  Sometimes I'll make 45, 55, 65, but usually in increments of 10.  On some of the bulkier yarn, I will end up decreasing the rounds toward the brim to make a snugger fit.  To make the front post detail, I will start it on the 2nd round.  Instead of simply 2 dc in each dc, I will do 1 dc 1 fpdc in each dc around and then make sure that each subsequent fpdc has a fpdc done in it.

Okay, back to the hook!!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Christmas Hat Project Creation #18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23
 Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

This entry has 6 new caps.  We're getting down to the line and it doesn't look like I'm going to make it, but we'll see how many I can crank out before my birthday :D


To the left are two hats I free-styled.  Pink Gloomy's hat is done in Loops and Threads Impeccable in Neopolitan Ombre (100% acrylic) and Green Gloomy's is done in Loops and Threads Country Loom in Solarium (100% acrylic).





Next, Blue Gloomy and Black Gloomy are doing modified version of this pattern.  Black Gloomy's is done in Loops and Threads Impeccable in Earth Ombre (100% acrylic).  I modified the pattern to include a single crochet band at the bottom.  Blue Gloomy's, done in Bernat Satin in Ebony (100% acrylic) and Caron Simply Soft in Soft Pink and Grey Heather (100% Acrylic), was made slightly larger than the pattern intended and has a single row of single crochet along the bottom edge to tighten it.


Finally, Black Gloomy is wearing this pattern done with Loops & Threads Impeccable in Sage Butter Ombre (100% acrylic).  Green Gloomy's cap is this pattern in Caron Simply Soft Dk Sage (100% acrylic)
and Bernat Satin in Ebony (100% acrylic).

I think I will end up doing more free-style caps.  This is because it's quicker and so I can crank out more caps without having to bother with gauge.  Let's see how many I can do over this four-day weekend.

Until next time!!







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Saturday, November 20, 2010
Christmas Hat Project Creation #12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17

This time I did 6 different caps using the same pattern as I had used for #6 (pattern here) and they are all in Caron Simply Soft (100% acrylic).  In this picture, Black Gloomy is wearing one in White, Orchid, and Grey Heather.  Pink Gloomy's looks like Neapolitan ice cream~~  It's in Off White, Chocolate, and Soft Pink.

I really like the combination of white, pink, and green, so I did the other four caps using different variations of the striping in Off White, Soft Pink, and Pistachio. So, we get a family portrait of the Gloomy Bear models ^__^

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Sunday, November 14, 2010
Christmas Hat Project Creation #6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11!
It's been a while.  I've been rather busy with work and life, but I've cranked out 6 caps since the last post.  Here we go!

 Pink Gloomy is modeling this cap, done in Caron Simply Soft Off White, Soft Blue, and Grey Heather (100% acrylic).  I found this pattern nice to work with and I think I'll be doing a few more like this, but with different colors and stripe widths.  The only frustration is that it's in British terms, so I have to watch out to make sure that I'm using the correct stitch.

Black Gloomy is modeling this cap, also done in Caron Simply Soft, but in Soft Blue (stripes) and White.  I wouldn't recommend this yarn for this cap if you want a solid cap.  As you can see, there's holes, so it's not that great for coverage unless you use a smaller hook, but then you won't get the correct gauge for the pattern.  However, I like the way it turned out, so hopefully whoever gets it will, too.


Next, we have Black Gloomy again with Blue Gloomy.  Black Gloomy is now wearing a cap made from this pattern, though you can't see the texture of the brim due to the yarn.  It was a very simple pattern that I recommend for anyone trying to figure crochet out.  The yarn used was Sensations Rainbow Classic in Blue/Taupe (100% acrylic).

Blue Gloomy is wearing a cap that I just crocheted free-style.  It is done in Sensations Rainbow Classic Pattern, Berry/White Stripe (100% Acrylic).  Essentially, I just started with 10 sc in a circle and increased the circle to about 70 before continuing down.  When it looked about the size of the others, I fastened off.  In a self-striping pattern such as this, it works quite well to just free-style.

Finally, here we have Green Gloomy and Pink Gloomy.  Green Gloomy is wearing this pattern, made shorter for a child's fit.  It is done in Caron Simply Soft in Dark Country Blue (100% Acrylic).  I didn't really like this pattern.  It was a nice attempt to resemble a knit pattern, but I had to add a row of single crochet at the bottom to keep it from being super loose.

Pink Gloomy is wearing this (Just like Black Gloomy in the first picture), but in Bernat Satin in Ebony and Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heather (100% acrylic).

So, that brings my total so far to 11 (39 to go~).  I'm still trying to decide exactly how I will donate these, so if you have any suggestions, please send them my way.

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