Category: Pattern review

The 5 most perfect patterns to learn Amigurumi crochet

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Who wouldn’t agree with me that these crocheted softies or Amigurumis are utterly adorable. You would love to make such cuteness yourself, but how does it work?  And won’t it be to difficult for me?

Absolutely not.  Actually there’s plenty of Amigurumi patterns for beginners.

I selected 5 of those beginner patterns for you.  Just go for it and before you know it you’ll be crocheting any amigurumi.

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Tutti Frutti CAL @Hookabee

the very berry trio

Yup, I joined another croche-along… the Tutti Frutti CAL from Hookabee.

I really love the patterns from Hookabee!  They are super cute, really original and a joy to make.

For this CAL I purchased the e-cook The very berry trio.  The e-cook concludes 3 lovely patterns of berries: a blueberry, a raspberry and a strawberry.

Here’s a small review on the patterns.

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Pattern: Dave, the blueberry
Designer: Hookabee
Difficulty: easy
The yarn I used: Schachenmayr catania and DMC creative world natura just cotton
Crochet hook size: 2 mm
Size finished item: 6 cm

REVIEW

This one is a really fast project and pretty easy to maken.  If it’s your first time to crochet an amigurumi, I’d say this one is a perfect project to start with.
The pattern suggests to use a worsted weight yarn, but I choose to use a fingering weight yarn.  This gives a really cute and tiny blueberry, that is also perfect for kids to play “little shop”.

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Pattern: Meg, the raspberry
Designer: Hookabee
Difficulty: intermediate
The yarn I used: DMC creative world natura just cotton
Crochet hook size: 2 mm
Size finished item: 9 cm

REVIEW

A tiny bit more challenging than the previous one, but if you tackled Dave,  than I’m sure this one will work out fine as well.  I think it’s a perfect project to work on your amigurumi skills.
What I really love about this pattern, is that you can remove the crown!  How awesome is that!  Extra cuteness!
Again, I worked with a fingering weight yarn, but I think this one will look fantastic in a worsted weight.  Be aware though… extremely cuddly when large…

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Pattern: Sandy, the strawberry
Designer: Hookabee
Difficulty: intermediate
The yarn I used: DMC creative world natura just cotton
Crochet hook size: 2 mm
Size finished item: 7 cm

REVIEW

Also a bit more challenging, but it should work out fine if you finished the blueberry and the raspberry.  It does require your attention a bit more, since Hookabee designed a special technique for the placement of the seeds.  Rather genius, I think, and the result is really beautiful.  My strawberry has the size of a real (large) strawberry.  So I think I might end up making more of these to use as a shopping-toy for kids.

CONCLUSIE

If you make all three the berries in the order suggested in the e-book, these berries are the perfect project to learn Amigurumi or to enhance your skills.
And if your using fingering weight yarn, they are also very fun for kids to play “shop” with.  However, if you choose to work with worsted weight yarn, you’ll get these utterly cute and large berries.  It’s up to you to decide.

A fun tip: why not make a basket as well to store them ?

I am really curious to see your versions of these berries!

 

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crafty greetings,
Wendy

Pattern review: Salty, the crocodile

pattern review salty the crocodile

Pattern: Salty, the crocodile

Designer: Stacey Trock van Freshstitches

Difficulty: gemiddeld

The yarn I used: Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted cotton

Crochet hook size: 4,5 mm

Size finished item: 48 cm van staart tot neus

REVIEW

This one has already been a while on my “must-make-someday”-list.  And I am so happy that I finally got the chance to make this cutie!  Not only is this the cutest crocodile crochet pattern that I’ve ever seen, he is also extremely cuddly.

Although the pattern states an intermedium difficulty-level, I believe that it is also suitable for a beginning crocheter. All the separate pieces are crochet using (almost) only basic stitches.  So you do need to know the basics of crochet, but besides that, you should be fine as a beginner.

Assembling the toy can be a tiny bit more tricky and you really need to keep an eye on what your doing here.  I find that you get the most beautiful result if you line out the bobbles from the head and back of the crocodile.  In the pattern itself it is suggested to first assemble the little pieces (limbs, eyes, nostrils, …), so you can tug away the yarn ends inside the body/head.  However, I find that this technique doesn’t quite work for me, but that’s just a personal thing.  I always start with the head and body and next attach the smaller pieces.  I love to hear from you guys, what’s your preferred technique to assemble an amigurumi.

salty the crocodilesalty the crocodile

I want to buy this pattern!

The pattern is published in a book called “Crocheted Softies” and available in printversion and e-book version.  And if you like, there’s even a German version available of the printed book.  I definitely recommend this book for any crocheter that loves to make cuddly cute crochet items.  This crocodile is only one of many super cute critters available in the book.

Have fun crocheting!

creative greetings,
Wendy

Designer discovery: Happy Patty crochet

Designer discovery Happy Patty Crochet
Whenever I discover a designer that really made me go “wow!”

This week I stumbled upon the website Happy Patty Crochet.  And I have to admit… I was blown away with the beautiful designs I saw!

Happy Patty Crochet sells crochet patterns for flowers.  But her designs are just so breathtakingly beautiful, that you just don’t know what you’re looking at if you go to her site for the first time.

What I really like is the option to buy a bundle to make a whole bouquet of flowers.  Yes, I know… it might be a little bit more expensive than a real bouquet, but hey… you can keep it for life!  While a real bouquet only last for an average of 2 weeks, this bouquet last forever.  Maybe a lovely idea to buy as a gift for yourself?  If you start now, you might end up with a beautiful bouquet of flowers on mothers day!

I bought the pattern of the Gerbera Daisy, the rose applique en for the rose bouquet.

The patterns come with a clear written instruction.  To obtain the lovely look, designer Patty has come up with a fun variation on the Tunisian Simple Stitch.

The pattern states that it has a difficulty level for the intermediate crocheter.  So, if your more a beginner level, it might be a bit of a challenge in the beginning, but if you’re all for challenges, I’d say go for it!

The yarn itself is also a bit more difficult to find. She used crochet thread no.20 and no.40.  lovecrochet.com has a lovely selection of this type of yarn in a variety of lovely colors.  For example Anchor en DMC have some really beautiful colors in their selection.

I am absolutely fan of her patterns.  I already ordered my yarn and hope to start my bouquet soon!

Creative greetings,
Wendy