Friday, 5 July 2019

Bertie Mouse the Ami

This cute character has given me the opportunity to try out my latest finding in the Amigurumi World in order to create a project with minimal sewing. Bertie is crocheted as one piece, from feet up to the head, just ears, muzzle, nose and tail are sewn on.

The challenge has been to find a way to add whiskers, in the past I used threads from my broom, this time I used fishing line which I think gives it a nice touch.

Bertie Mouse was featured in Simply Crochet Issue 79, December 2018

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Thomas Cat the Ami

I’m a cat lover and so I thought it was time for me to spend some time to create a cheerful character. That is all I had in mind when I drew Thomas’ sketch.

It was a surprisingly easy exercise and in a matter of few minutes a cat was looking at me from my drawing pad with his funny expression.
I remade Thomas a few times as I wanted him to be as close as possible to the sketch and at the same time I wanted to create an easy, straightforward pattern.

I loved every single moment I worked on him and I’m so pleased to have added a blue cat to my Amiland. Is he not irresistible with those eyes?

Friday, 8 March 2019

Johnny Bear the Ami

Every now and again I reward myself by designing a bear. It is the most beloved subject in the world and it is very difficult to be original. I thought to combine shapes and techniques to make my bear stand out in the Amigurumi World.

When Johnny was all done I realized something was missing so I crocheted him a pair of pants and a mesh bag with a fish in. He is back home from a day out with his friends by the lake, you can tell from his happy smile that he had a good time.

Johnny Bear was featured in Simply Crochet Issue 73, July 2018

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Carm Girl Bear the Ami

I thought to bring some of the learning of these years into this pattern. As I revised each section of the pattern I took special care not to change the original character, hoping you would love her new look.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Amber Snail the Ami

Not sure where Amber came from, I wanted to explore shapes as the character of this snail came along.

She was perfect to experiment with. For the body I adopted a technique to shape it so the surface is smooth and you cannot see what happened “behind the scenes”. For the shell I had fun combining different colors. I was surprised at how the spiral effect worked in multiple colors.

I hope you will enjoy making this little friend, is she not adorable?

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Basket of Fruit - eBook

It has been on my mind for a while to make a series of cute fruit amigurumi. The Japanese term, in case you are not familiar with it, refers to the art of making small-scale knitted or crocheted toys.
In Spring 2017 I started creating the patterns and thus embarked on a delicious journey that lasted several months, while I chose the perfect fruits to capture in crocheted form and figured out the best way to make the appealing rounded shapes, and the neat little stalks and leaves. When I felt I had enough fruits I created a simple country basket to keep them all in, and it seemed natural to offer this series of designs in a book.

With basic crochet knowledge you will find the majority of the patterns easy, and some will require little experience because of the variety of stitches used. They are fun and quick projects to make – it will take you on average just an hour or two to complete one.

All the fruits in this book have been created with cotton fingering (4-ply) yarn. In each pattern you will find information about the materials required and the dimensions of the finished fruit. If you use the same yarn that I did to make the fruits, they will turn out life-size.
The basket has been designed to be made with cotton bulky (chunky) yarn, worked with two strands. However, you can choose a different weight of cotton, acrylic or wool yarn as long as you also select an appropriate crochet hook. Whatever your choice, I recommend that you use the same yarn weight for all the fruits so that the finished items are in proportion, and use a yarn for the basket that will give you a nice rigid crochet fabric.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Lisa Whale the Ami

I had been working on arched shapes suitable for sea world characters for a while. I collected a large number of failures so I put the idea aside until I made a sketch of a whale on a rainy afternoon.
That was Lisa, she was adorable and I could not try and make her straightaway. I was so happy with her curved body and smiling face at the end. Is she not the cutest whale in the Amigurumi World?