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?

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Samuel Owl the Ami

One day I saw a plushie with striped paws in a shop and I got in love with that idea.
Samuel was the perfect character to bring those stripes into one of my projects. I started off with a sketch that resembled a real owl, but as I crocheted him I let my creativeness to be free and do what it wanted.

I was so pleased to find myself with such a cutie at the end, he has a sweet shy glance that immediately wins your heart. I love his big feet …with a talon less!

 Samuel Owl pattern was featured in Love Crochet Issue 52, October 2017

Sunday, 4 February 2018

George Lizard the Ami

When I drew the sketch of this lizard the character I had in mind was not captured at all, it had been the worst drawing I had ever made until then.
By the time I completed the head and the body my inspiration was gone, George stood in my project bag for several months until suddenly I completed him in a matter of few days.
I made a phenomenal amount of mistakes, all key to lead me to this super cute guy. I’m so happy with the way he turned out, is he not cool with his orange tie with the little ladybug on it?

Sunday, 24 December 2017

2018 Greetings

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy 2018 to you all, see you next year!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Pine Cone Elves

This year I wanted to make something with the pine cones in my garden. I thought pine cone elves were perfect to decorate my house for Christmas.
They are quite fun and quick to make. You can make them in different colors as you wish.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Happy 4th Birthday Mary's Amiland

Mary’s Amiland celebrates its fourth birthday!
I cannot believe another year has gone by and I’m still as passionate about amigurumi as I was at the start.
This year has been a year of consolidation of the know-how built in the past years. I have become more demanding with my patterns and started some challenging projects that will come into life next year.
Yes, the beauty of this art is the opportunity to expand into new venues and learn something new every day.
Thank you all for your support!