Monday, September 30, 2019

CP63 - An 8 Legged Little Nope

My daughter has a love of nearly all creatures, INCLUDING 'nopes'. 
For those who are unfamiliar with the term Nope in relation to a creature.. there are quite a few....


a Fuzzy Flying Nope - is a honey bee
there's the Fluffy Fat Nope - a bumble bee..

But a NOPE can be any bug really!!  Why call it a nope?.. well, because when you go to reach for something and you see a certain bug(s) in the general area - most people yank their hand back and say "nope!"

And then there are, 'cute' little nopes...  like this guy who wants to help celebrate Halloween with you this year!




Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner
Measurements: 4 inches long (approx.)
                          


General Notes:
- This pattern is worked in continuous spiral rounds unless otherwise noted.
- This pattern utilizes standard US Crochet Terms.
- Any changes in materials to this pattern, (hook size/yarn weight) will not produce the measurements above.



Materials Used in Model: 
Red Heart® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 4321 Spa Blue Fleck, 0311 White and 0312 Black
Size F/5-3.75mm Crochet Hook (US)
Filling for Plushies (fiberfil or similar)
Tapestry/Yarn Needle for sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning



 An 8 Legged Little Nope

Head: (Make 1)
with Spa Blue Fleck,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st (6 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 6 times (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (18 sts)
___ Rnd 4: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (24 sts)
___ Rnds 5-7: sc in ea st around (24 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 8: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (18 sts)
___ Rnd 9: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 9 times (9 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of Rnd 9 to close opening so that no stuffing can escape and secure Head to Body. 



Body: (Make 1)
with Spa Blue Fleck,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st (6 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 6 times (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (18 sts)
___ Rnd 4: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (24 sts)
___ Rnd 5: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (30 sts)
___ Rnds 6-9: sc in ea st around (30 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 10: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (24 sts)
___ Rnd 11: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (18 sts)
___ Rnd 12: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 9 times (9 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of Rnd 12 to close opening so that no stuffing can escape. Secure and weave in remaining tail to hide.



Leg: (Make 8)
with Spa Blue Fleck,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st (6 sts)
___ Rnds 2-9: sc in ea st around (6 sts/ea rnd)   
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of Rnd 9 to close opening and to secure Leg to Body. I did NOT stuff the model's Legs.



Eye: (Make 2)
with Black,
Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st (6 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of round to close opening creating a small bobble - and secure to Head.
OR you can use embroidery or plastic buttons to create eyes.





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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Tips & Tricks : Head Hack

Another Amigurumi TIP to share with you.

It's been a while since I've put up an Amigurumi Tips and Tricks.  So tonight, while I was working on a new project - I thought it would be a perfect time to put up another little tip to help make your Amigurumi Making a little easier.

There is little doubt that in 99% of amigurumi projects you take on, you are going to spend the most amount of time on the HEAD.

There's indentations to be made, eyes to sew on, ears, perhaps even mouths, eyelids, spots, freckles.. whatever!!  

There's so much to do with the Head - and let's face it, it's one of the most critical parts of the entire project.  But in creating the face, there is plenty of room for error and stuffing bunchup - which can change the over all appearance of your final project - and not always for the better.


What I like to do is save the 'finishing' ("Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of Rnd XX to close opening") for the very end, when I am completely done with the Head and all it's parts.  



The Head has a natural 'hiding spot' that you don't have to worry about snagging any stitches while putting those loose ends to bed!
Just save that final step of the finishing until you are all done!!  This also helps when you have the stuffing 'shift' or bunch up, due to it being pulled tight in some areas while sewing.
With the opening in the back (or bottom of head), you have some 'wiggle room' to make corrections.  You can add more stuffing to help balance out any spots that are lacking or just have a safe spot to tie all those loose ends!

I hope this tip helps you in your next Amigurumi Project!
Happy Crocheting
~K