Tag Archive: Amigurumi

This week’s geek craft is a Crocheted Bowser Pattern by the immensely talented Shelly Hedko of AH-Creations.

Holy monkey is that some detailed crochet!

This is certainly not a pattern for the faint of heart; an expert level pattern for those who really want to test themselves for sure. Lots of little pieces to sew together to get the finished product, but wholly worth it I think.

While you’re oggling this wonderful work of crochet art, you might as well go over to AH-Creations and take a look at all the other mind-bogglingly well done crochet projects that Shelly has not only taken the time to do, but taken the time to write patterns for and distribute freely.

I wonder if I could convince her to do a MegaMan pattern… I have yet to find a really great amigurumi pattern for the little Blue Bomber.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

This week’s geek craft is Amigurumi Soot Sprites!

Cute as the dickens.

Now, there are actually a fair number of patterns for these, both for free and for purchase; however, they really don’t require a pattern to make. Actually I think it’s silly that people are actually selling patterns for these. 

A soot sprite is basically just a black sphere with some eyes on it.   Making a sphere in crochet is pretty simple, you create a base circle of n stitches in a magic ring, and then every row you add n stitches to the round until you have as many stitches as you want. Once you have it as big as you want, you decrease by n stitches every row until you reach the original number of stitches. Weave around, pull tight, and bind off. I’ll put a more specific pattern below.

Once you have your black sphere, you just need some eyes. Soot sprites have over-large eyes, so off-the shelf googly eyes or black iris safety eyes don’t look quite right. Of the sprites I’ve seen online, the ones that use a large white felt eye with a small black safety eye or bead tend to be my favorites. Alternately, you could crochet a tight white oval and sew a bead in the center for an iris and then sew them onto the sprite.

For more of the “hairy” look of the soot sprite, you can add a strand of black fun fur or eyelash yarn and then tease the strands out a bit.

Untested Soot Sprite Pattern:

Yarn: Black fine worsted or sock yarn. Optional:Black Fun fur/Eyelash yarn crocheted at the same time.
Hook: Fairly small, depending on desired size of sprite: D, E, or F would work well.

Row 1 6 sc in a magic ring and pull tight.
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)
Row 3: *2 sc in next sc and then 1 sc in next sc* repeat between * around (18 sc)
Row 4: *2 sc in next sc and then 1 sc in next 2 sc* repeat between * around (24 sc)
Row 5: *2 sc in next sc and then 1 sc in next 3 sc* repeat between * around (30 sc)
Row 6*2 sc in next sc and then 1 sc in next 4 sc* repeat between * around (36 sc)
Row 7-9: 1 sc in each sc around (36 sc)
Row 10: *sc2tog and then 1 sc in next 4 sc* repeat between * around (30 sc)
Row 11: *sc2tog and then 1 sc in next 3 sc* repeat between * around (24 SC)
Row 12: *sc2tog and then 1 sc in next 2 sc* repeat between * around (18 sc)
Row 13: *sc2tog and then 1 sc in next sc* repeat between * around (12 sc)
Row 14: sc2tog around (6 sc). Bind off, weave end around opening and pull closed. Weave in remaining end.

Eyes: Make 2
Yarn: White yarn of a similar weight to the body.
Hook: Again, similar size hook as used for the body or a size smaller.

Row 1: Ch 4
Row 2: 1 sc in second chain from hook, 1 sc in next 2 stitches, 3 sc in starting loop of chain.
Row 3: Continuing around to the bottom of the starting chain, 1 sc in next 2 stitches, 3 sc in last chain loop. Sl-st to first sc of previous row.
Row 4: 2sc in each sc around, sl-st to first sc of the row, bind off leaving a long tail.

Use tail to sew the white ovals onto the body using the long tail of yarn and a yarn needle. Using white thread, sew a black bead just below center of each eye for an iris.

This is an untested pattern, but I’ll give it a go over the next few days and post any corrections I feel are required.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

This week’s geek craft is the Tiny Chulhu crochet pattern by Amber.

The cutest little evil elder god you'll ever see.

This is one of my favorite crochet patters and, thus far, I’ve made three of these little guys. They don’t take very long to make; about 6-8 hours at my speed, though probably 2-4 for those who are fast hookers. The pattern is pretty straight forward, it’s two spherical orbs with one of them having tentacles built into it. From there you make two wings and two arms and sew them on. And presto, you’re done.

Though the original author of the pattern, Amber, favors the cat eyes, I find that I like the look of plain black safety eyes much better; as evidenced in the three I made:

The first Cthulhu I made. A trained eye will notice that he was done inside out. At the time I didn't know any better.

Camothulhu, the second one I build. He was later shipped off to am e-friend cthulhu enthusiast.

The most recent Cthulhu I've put together. He was made with lion brand homespun yarn "Lagoon". I made the tentacles 20% longer and added an extra row to the wings. I really like how he turned out, though his picture doesn't really do him justice.

It’s just above what I would consider a beginner pattern. Once you’ve got the basic single stitch down, know how to do good increases and decreases, and can sew parts together you’re petty well ready to tackle a Cthulhu. The first Cthulhu I made was roughly the 5th thing I’d ever crocheted, and only the second amigurumi. Even inside-out I think it turned out rather well. If you’ve never done one before, I highly recommend that you also check out Amber’s wing tutorial (linked on the pattern page). This helps a LOT when doing the first one, as just reading the directions for it is a bit tricky for a newbie like myself.

Tron was not as big a fan of it as we hoped. He couldn't seem to figure out how it was supposed to work.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

This week’s geek craft is a pattern set for Crocheted Star Wars Characters.

What? No Jabba?

While the pattern for the 12 figures (10 of which are shown above) is not free, it IS awesome. For $31 you can have the patterns for all 12, or you can mix and match two figure patterns for $6, all available at Lucy Ravenscar’s Etsy shop

She also has an amazing dragon pattern that I intend to buy some day.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

Well, it appears I’m going to be doing two amigurumi in a row.  This weeks geek craft is the crocheted Bob-omb (or bombomb as the pattern designer calls it) from the Super Mario series of games. The pattern was put together by the hugely talented Linda Potts otherwise known as Wolfdreamer.

This is another project that I’ve had the opportunity to try my hand at.  I was surprised to find that the results of the pattern were much smaller than I anticipated; a little smaller than a baseball when finished.

Small but powerful… *ahem*
The only little woops was that small missed stitch you can see near the transition to the cap.  I went back with a sharpie marker and dyed the fiber-fill black so it’s much less noticable now.  I also opted to do yarn eyes rather than the felt for the project.  Both because I prefer the “slit” eyes that go back to the earlier Super Mario days, and because I dislike using felt in general.  The slit eyes would probably be easier to pull off if I joined my rounds rather than spiraling, so it’s a catch 22.  I’ve heard there is a better joining method that I can use to make a more invisible seam when joining, so I may give that a go on my next little bomb.
-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

On Wednesdays I shall be highlighting a weekly craft project of a geek related theme.  Generally it’ll be something I scavenge off the Net, but follower submissions are always welcome (hint hint).  Also, if I’ve done the particular craft project, I’ll post my results and any changes that I think are worth doing.

This week it’s PlanetJune’s (The talented June Gilbank’s blog) Lemmings! pattern. Also known as the Mop Top Mascot pattern as linked on the Lemmings page.

Onward to Glory!

It’s a wonderfully easy pattern for the novice Amigurumi maker to do, and even better for the veteran who’s looking for a quick, small project.  You can toss one of these little guys (without accessories) together in about 4-6 hours with only a small amount of yarn needed.  If you’re really good, I could see putting one together in as little as two hours, but I’m not that good.  I’ve got one sitting on my monitor staring at me as I type.

Here’s the small troupe I’ve made thus far:

With the exception of the fellow on the left, they were made exactly as directed by June’s pattern.  The lemming on the left (dubbed “Lemthulhu”) had 3 tentacles added to the head portion but otherwise was made as the pattern directed.  I think my next Cthulhu themed lemming will have better tentacles and be green to more compliment the theme.  This version looks too much like LemRabbi for my taste.

Also, I found adding flower wire through the arms and across the body helped a lot so far as making them more poseable.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?