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Subject: Amigurumi
Date Posted: 2/25/2008 3:57 AM ET
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I've been seeing adorable amigurumi figures everywhere and decided I'd try my hand at it since I'm a pretty confident crocheter. In an evening I created my very first ami bunni!  I was going to post a pic but my camera is being persnickety and not letting me take one...  :-<

Does anyone else make amigurumi? Have patterns you'd be willing to share?

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 1:45 PM ET
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I'm in the process of doing a penguin!  first one so we'll see how it goes. I'll try to post a picture if I can.

Subject: Definition, please!
Date Posted: 4/2/2008 12:12 AM ET
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Hi there!  I am very new to PBS.  I have made felt  characters that are of this type.  I am a doll-maker generally, trying various  patterns plus my own designs.   Can you define the parameters of this style?  I do not have the book (or books).     rockymtngal



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Date Posted: 4/2/2008 12:23 AM ET
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Amigurumi is knit or crocheted in circles. It's really easy to do a basic design because you just go 'round and 'round and 'round, increasing and decreasing to get the shape desired. I've done 6 bunnis so far, they're fun! I'm going to try to get some pics up one of these days...

Sheila I love your screen name!  I was phenomenally uncreative when I chose my screen name because I didn't realiz that: A) I'd be unable to change it, and B) I'd become addicted to this place and spend so much time with that name!

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 5:26 PM ET
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although I have never done it, gourmetcrochet.com has really pretty amigurumi patterns.

Subject: Crocheting only, huh ???
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 3:35 PM ET
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Gosh, I really thought it was a style of  "cuteness" - with the large face & short legs, etc... I make the FELT characters, so I don't know about crochet.  ERG!! Plus I do not know Japanese... (= language, word meanings!!)   THANKS for adding the info!

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 10:08 PM ET
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Amigurumi can be knit or crochet, the idea is that it's made with yarn in a circular pattern. The felt characters are really cute, too! I think the large face and short legs is the "anime" style, which is Japanese cartooning.

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 1:46 PM ET
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I was making tons of different amigurumi animals & other little crochet goodies last summer when I was heavily involved over at Swapbot.   I think I made enough crochet cupcakes to fill a bakery, so many people wanted them! LOL!   One buddy dearly loved elephants & I couldn't find an elephant pattern that I liked, so I made up my own.

You can see a photo of him at

http://dtrh.com/crafts/uploads/Alexander1.jpg

If you would like the pattern, PM me & I'll email it to you.   I was selling it in my Etsy shop, but the shop is pretty much dead & I don't mind sharing it with you guys.

 

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 10:26 PM ET
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Oh, he's adorable!

Date Posted: 5/18/2008 7:16 PM ET
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Thanks Rachel :)  When my son was little he said "Mommy your name should be oops because you drop stuff all the time!"    I would always have my arms/hands full of clothes/toys/dishes/ picking up whatever...trying to do it all at once! 

 

Ok I had to put the yarn away for a bit because of the new puppies...but time to get it back out and work on my penguin some more.  there are a ton of websites out there with a lot of cool ami's that people have made. 

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 10:33 PM ET
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I've does a few things. a chick and an egg with a face are the two I can think of off the top of my haed...they are fun!

Date Posted: 7/4/2008 1:27 AM ET
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Hi.  I haven't tried these yet, but if you go to www.lionbrand.com , they have LOTS of patterns you may like.  I've seen birds, doughnuts, chocolate bunnies, gnomes, lions, etc, etc, etc.

Date Posted: 7/4/2008 4:51 AM ET
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I ended up getting a ravelry account, and there are tons of patterns there! I've made a fox, an acorn, several turtles and bunnies, mice, I have a cat in progress. Amigurumi is easy and really fun! I love that they work up so quickly, the acorn only took and hour from start to finish.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 3:39 PM ET
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I made my neice a couple of little amigurumi ladybugs for her birthday.  I was able to make I think 3 of them in just under an hour.  And there are tons of free patterns out there that are really cute.

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 6:47 PM ET
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I love craftster.org, they have a TON of stuff! About anything you can think of. And lots of patterns, swaps, and just general boasting/ideas.

http://www.craftster.org   good patterns, good people. :D

I've made GIR from Invader Zim, cthulhu, Totoro (from My Neighbor Totoro)... Really, it's just a lot of things. I love weird amigurumi and REALLY want the Creepy Cute Crochet book.

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 7:53 AM ET
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I have Totoro on my Ravelry queue- we watched the movie in my Japanese class in high school, ages ago. I'll have to check out craftster, I've found some awesome free patterns on Ravelry.

I'm actually designing and selling my own ami's now! Not bad, considering I made my first bunni just 6 months ago...

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Date Posted: 9/19/2008 10:09 AM ET
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I just made the "Best Bunny" from the Lionbrand website-- I used cotton worsted weight in white & pastel variegated. It came out great and was an excellent addition to a baby shower gift for a friend!

I'm currently making this monkey for DH. He's almost done and then it's time for some Halloween crochet!



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Date Posted: 9/21/2008 12:39 AM ET
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He's adorable! I made the Lion Brand bunny too, but I used a mohair blend yarn that made the ears really stiff, so I ended up having to sew them on so they stuck up instead of floppy. It was still really cute, though.

I just started a blog for my amigurumi, and even posted a free original pattern: http://chibiami.wordpress.com/

Date Posted: 9/25/2008 7:20 AM ET
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Rachell, I posted to your blog and I love all of your designs. Can I add you to my blogroll?

Subject: Amis
Date Posted: 9/25/2008 1:40 PM ET
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You should check out

http://www.hookandneedles.com/2008/03/22/amigurumi-tutorial-1/   for a tutorial

 

 

 

Subject: Amigurumi
Date Posted: 10/5/2008 11:37 PM ET
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Hello, everyone.  There is a yahoo group that is nothing but amis.  You need to have an account it but it is easy to access - and very active with links to patterns, photos and blogs.  I could spend hours on it. I have crocheted hedghogs, owls, bunnies, and a "creature" of my own design (that is really too high-fallootin' a word for what I did - it just sort of took on a life of its own). I gave them away before taking photos - must rmember to do that. Rachel, thanks for starting this discussion.