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Animal Amigurumi to Crochet
     

Animal Amigurumi to Crochet

by Teri Crews
 

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The popular Japanese amigurumi style of adorable crochet animals is captured in this thorough how-to that features eight whimsical critters. Instructions on crocheting a bear, bunny, cat, dog, elephant, giraffe, hippo, and monkey delve into how to assemble the animals, and notes and tips on the crochet techniques used are included. These fun,

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The popular Japanese amigurumi style of adorable crochet animals is captured in this thorough how-to that features eight whimsical critters. Instructions on crocheting a bear, bunny, cat, dog, elephant, giraffe, hippo, and monkey delve into how to assemble the animals, and notes and tips on the crochet techniques used are included. These fun, intermediate-level projects are created with worsted-weight yarn and stuffed with fiberfill. The book details how to add finishing touches, such as 12- or 15-millimeter safety eyes, and the finished dolls range in size from 12 to 18 inches tall.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596357761
Publisher:
Annie's
Publication date:
03/01/2013
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
329,357
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.20(d)

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Animal Amigurumi to Crochet


By Teri Crews

Annie's

Copyright © 2013 Annie's
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-59635-777-8



CHAPTER 1

Simply Cute Elephant


SKILL LEVEL

INTERMEDIATE


Finished Size

11–12 inches tall, standing


Materials

4 MEDIUM

* Medium (worsted) weight yarn: 2 ½ oz/125 yds/71g gray ¼ oz/13 yds/7g each pale blue, red, teal, white Small amount black

* Size G/6/4mm crochet hook

* Tapestry needle

* Pair 12mm blue safety eyes

* Powder blush

* Cotton swab

* Small piece white felt

* Polyester fiberfill

* Stitch marker


Gauge

Gauge is not critical to this project.


PATTERN NOTES

Toy is not intended for children under 3 years of age.

Work in continuous rounds. Do not join or turn unless otherwise stated.

Mark first stitch of round. Move marker as work progresses.

Weave in ends as work progresses.


BODY

Rnd 1: With gray, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (18 sc)

Rnd 4: [Sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (24 sc)

Rnd 5: [Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (30 sc)

Rnds 6 & 7: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 8: [Sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (36 sc)

Rnds 9–11: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 12: [Sc in each of next 4 sc, sc dec(see Stitch Guide) in next 2 sc] around. (30 sc)

Rnds 13–15: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 16: [Sc in each of next 3 sc, sc dec in next 2 sc] around. (24 sc)

Rnds 17–21: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 22: [Sc in each of next 2 sc, sc dec in next 2 sc] around. (18 sc)

Rnd 23: Sc in each sc around.

Start to stuff with fiberfill and continue to stuff as you go.

Rnd 24: [Sc dec in next 2 sc] around. Leaving 5-inch end, fasten off. (9 sc)

Stuff.

Weave end through sts of last rnd; pull to gather top of Body closed. Secure end.


HEAD

Rnd 1: With gray, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (18 sc)

Rnd 4: [Sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (24 sc)

Rnd 5: Sc in each of next 6 sc, hdc in each of next 6 sc, sc in each of next 6 sc, hdc in each of next 6 sc. (12 sc, 12 hdc)

Rnd 6: [Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (30 sc)

Rnd 7: [Sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (36 sc)

Rnd 8: Sc in each of next 9 sc, hdc in each of next 9 sc, sc in each of next 9 sc, hdc in each of next 9 sc. (18 sc, 18 hdc)

Rnd 9: Sc in each st around. (36 sc)

Rnd 10: [Sc in each of next 4 sc, sc dec in next 2 sc] around. (30 sc)

Rnds 11 & 12: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 13: [Sc in each of next 3 sc, sc dec in next 2 sc] around. (24 sc)

Rnd 14: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 15: [Sc in each of next 2, sc dec in next 2 sc] around. (18 sc)

Rnd 16: [Sc in next sc, sc dec in next 2 sc] around. (12 sc)

Stuff firmly without stretching sts.

Cut 2 circles from felt just larger than eyes and cut a small slit in the center of each. Insert eye stems through the slits in the felt circles and then attach eyes to head following manufacturer's instructions.

Rnd 17: [Sc dec in next 2 sc] around. Leaving 5-inch end, fasten off. (6 sc)

Weave end through sts of last rnd; pull to gather top of Head closed. Secure end.


TRUNK

Rnd 1: With gray, ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (5 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (10 sc)

Rnd 3: Working in back lps(see Stitch Guide), sc in each sc around.

Rnds 4–13: Sc in each sc around. Leaving 5-inch end, fasten off. Stuff lightly. Do not sew closed.


FACE

Sew Trunk to rnd 1 of Head.

Embroider a straight stitch (see illustration) just above each eye with 2 plies black yarn, beg at each inside corner and pulling slightly on yarn to indent.

Referring to photo, embroider small straight stitches for eyebrows using 2 plies black yarn.

Sew Head to top of Body so trunk is slanting downward.


HAIR

Cut 2 to 3 pieces of gray yarn each 4 inches long. Separate each into 2 plies. Using tapestry needle, pull each length through and knot around a sc near the center top of head. Separate ends and trim as desired.


EAR

Make 2.

Rnd 1: With gray, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (18 sc)

Rnd 4: [Sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (24 sc)

Rnd 5: [Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (30 sc)

Rnd 6: [Sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (36 sc)

Rnd 7: Sl st in each sc around. Leaving 5-inch end, fasten off.

Weave end through 6 sts, pulling slightly to gather and indent ear slightly. Use rem end to sew each Ear to Head approximately 4 rnds from eyes.


LEG

Make 4.

Rnd 1: With pale blue, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around, changing color(see Stitch Guide) to gray in last st. (18 sc)

Rnd 4: Working in back lps, sc in each sc around.

Rnd 5: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 6: [Sc in next sc, sc dec in next 2 sc] around. (12 sc)

Rnds 7–14: Sc in each sc around.

Stuff bottom of Leg firmly without stretching sts. Lightly stuff upper portion.

Rnd 15: [Sc dec in next 2 sc] around. Leaving 5-inch end, fasten off. (6 sc)

Weave end through sts of last rnd; pull to gather top of Leg closed. Secure end.

Position Legs on Body to ensure they will be level when Elephant is sitting upright. With tapestry needle and yarn, make a st on 1 side of lower body to secure yarn (this will be concealed when leg is attached). Sew inside center of Leg to Body about 1 inch from the top of the Leg, then insert needle through Body to opposite side. Sew 2nd Leg to Body in same manner as first, and then insert needle back through Body to first side and make another st on inside Leg in same place as the first. Rep this back-and-forth process 3 or 4 times. Secure yarn and trim end.


COLLAR

CIRCLES

Make 5.

Rnd 1: With red, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, changing color(see Stitch Guide) to white in last st. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around, changing to teal in last st. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: (Sc, ch 2) in each sc around. Fasten off. (12 sc, 12 ch-2 sps)

After all Circles are complete, weave a 12-inch length of teal yarn through 3 ch-2 sps in each circle, spacing circles evenly. Tie ends of yarn around neck.


FINISHING

Using cotton swab, apply powder blush to cheeks and inside ears.

CHAPTER 2

Simply Sweet Bunny Rabbit


SKILL LEVEL

INTERMEDIATE


Finished Size

Approximately 13 inches tall, standing (excluding ears and hat)


Materials

4 MEDIUM

* Medium (worsted) weight yarn:
2 ½ oz/125 yds/71g tan
1 oz/50 yds/28g each dark pink, light pink, cream
Small amount black

* Size F/5/3.75mm crochet hook

* Tapestry needle

* Pair 12mm brown safety eyes

* Powder blush

* Cotton swab

* Small piece cream felt

* 2 chenille stems

* Polyester fiberfill

* Stitch marker


Gauge

Gauge is not critical to this project.


PATTERN NOTES

Toy is not intended for children under 3 years of age.

Work in continuous rounds throughout. Do not join or turn unless otherwise stated.

Mark first stitch of round. Move marker as work progresses.

Weave in ends as work progresses.


BODY

Rnd 1: With cream, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (18 sc)

Rnd 4: [Sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (24 sc)

Rnd 5: [Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (30 sc)

Rnds 6–10: Sc in each sc around, changing color(see Stitch Guide) to dark pink in last st of last rnd.

Rnds 11–14: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 15: [Sc in each of next 3 sc, sc dec(see Stitch Guide) in next 2 sc] around. (24 sc)

Rnds 16–20: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 21: [Sc in each of next 2 sc, sc dec in next 2 sc] around. (18 sc)

Rnds 22 & 23: Sc in each sc around.

Start to stuff with fiberfill and continue to stuff as you go.

Rnd 24: [Sc dec in next 2 sc] around. Leaving 5-inch end, fasten off. (9 sc)

Stuff.

Weave end through sts of last rnd; pull to gather top of Body closed. Secure end.


HEAD

Rnd 1: With tan, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 4: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (18 sc)

Rnd 5: [Sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (24 sc)

Rnd 6: [Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (30 sc)

Rnd 7: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 8: [Sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (36 sc)

Rnd 9: Sc in each of first 15 sc, hdc in each of next 6 sc, sc in each of last 15 sc. (6 hdc, 30 sc)

Rnds 10 & 11: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 12: [Sc in each of next 4 sc, sc dec in next 2 sc] around. (30 sc)

Rnd 13: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 14: [Sc in each of next 3 sc, sc dec in next 2 sc] around. (24 sc)

Rnd 15: [Sc in each of next 2, sc dec in next 2 sc] around. (18 sc)

Rnd 16: [Sc in next sc, sc dec in next 2 sc] around. (12 sc)

Stuff head firmly without stretching sts.

Cut 2 circles from felt just larger than eyes and cut a small slit in the center of each. Insert eye stems through the slits in the felt circles and then attach eyes to head following manufacturer's instructions.

Rnd 17: [Sc dec in next 2 sc] around. Leaving 5-inch end, fasten off. (6 sc)

Weave end through sts of last rnd; pull to gather top of Head closed. Secure end.


MUZZLE

Rnd 1: With cream, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around. (18 sc)

Rnd 4: Sc in each of the next 6 sc, hdc in each of next 3 sc, sc in each of next 6 sc, hdc in each of next 3 sc. (12 sc, 6 hdc)

Rnd 5: Sc in each st around. Fasten Off.


NOSE

Rnd 1: With light pink, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each of first 2 sts, sc in each rem st around. (8 sc)

Rnd 3: Sc dec in first 2 sts, sl st in next st, leaving rem sts unworked. Fasten off.


FACE

Referring to photo for placement, sew muzzle to head; sew nose to muzzle, shaping it as you sew.

For Eyelid, with tan, leaving 3-inch beg tail, ch 4. Leaving 3-inch end, fasten off. Thread tapestry needle with first tail. Insert needle in st directly above outside of eye, weave through several sts to secure. Fasten off. Thread other tail, insert thread at slight angle 3–4 sts over to other side of eye, weave through several sts to secure. Fasten off. Rep for other eye.

With straight stitch(see illustration) and 2 plies black yarn, embroider mouth, pulling slightly on yarn to shape muzzle.

Embroider a straight stitch just above each eye with 2 plies black yarn, beg at each inside corner and pulling slightly on yarn to indent.

Sew Head to top of Body.


WHISKERS

Cut a 4-inch length of cream yarn and separate into 2 plies. Using tapestry needle, pull one length through and knot around a sc on side of muzzle. Separate ends and trim as desired. Rep on opposite side to make 4 whiskers per side.


EAR

Make 2.

Rnd 1: With tan, ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (5 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (10 sc)

Rnds 3–14: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 15: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each rem sc around. (11 sc)

Rnds 16 & 17: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 18: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each rem sc around. Leaving 5-inch end, fasten off. (12 sc)

If desired, insert a chenille stem into each ear to shape. Flatten Ear and whipstitch(see illustration) through both thicknesses across bottom to close, securing chenille stem in place. Tug on yarn just a little for a slight indent and shape.

Referring to photo for placement, whipstitch ears to head.


LEG

Make 2.

Rnd 1: With dark pink, ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 3 chs, 3 sc in last ch, working in rem lps on opposite side of foundation ch, sc in each of next 3 chs, 2 sc in last ch. (12 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in each of next 3 sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc. (18 sc)

Rnd 3: 2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 6 sc, 2 sc in each of next 3 sc, sc in each of next 6 sc, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc. (24 sc)

Rnd 4: Sc in each of next 8 sc, 2 sc in each of next 3 sc, sc in each of next 9 sc, 2 sc in each of next 3 sc, sc in last sc. Fasten off. (30 sc)

Rnd 5: Working in back lps(see Stitch Guide), join dark pink with sl st in the 3rd sc to the right of the last st made (back of sole), sc in each sc around.

Rnd 6: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 7: Sc in each of next 9 sc, [sc dec in next 2 sc] 6 times, sc in each of next 9 sc. (24 sc)

Rnd 8: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 9: Sc in each of next 8 sc, [sc dec in next 2 sc] 4 times, sc in each of next 8 sc, join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (20 sc)

Rnd 10: Join cream with a sl st in same st as join, working in back lps, sc in each sc around.

Rnd 11: Sc in each of next 4 sc, [sc dec in next 2 sc] 6 times, sc in each of next 4 sc. (14 sc)

Stuff bottom of foot firmly without stretching sts.

Rnd 12: Sc in each of next 3 sc, [sc dec in next 2 sc] 4 times, sc in each of next 3 sc. (10 sc)

Rnd 13: Sc dec in next 2 sc, sc in each rem sc around. (9 sc)

Rnds 14–17: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 18: Working in front lps(see Stitch Guide), sc in each sc around.

Rnd 19: [Sc in next sc, ch 2] around. Fasten off.

Rnd 20: Join tan with sl st in back lp of any st in rnd 18, sc in each rem lp around. (9 sc)

Rnds 21–32: Sc in each sc around. At end of last rnd, fasten off, leaving 5-inch end.

Lightly stuff upper portion.

Weave end through sts of last rnd; pull to gather top of Leg closed. Secure end.

With dark pink, ch 9, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each rem ch for shoe strap. Fasten off.

Sew ends of strap to sides of shoe.

With light pink, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, [ch 4, sl st in center] 4 times around for shoe flower. Sew flower to end of strap on outside of foot.

Position Legs on Body to ensure they will be level when Bunny is sitting upright. With tapestry needle and yarn, make a st on 1 side of lower body to secure yarn (this will be concealed when leg is attached). Sew inside center of Leg to Body about 1 inch from the top of the Leg, then insert needle through Body to opposite side. Sew 2nd Leg to Body in same manner as first, and then insert needle back through Body to first side and make another st on inside Leg in same place as the first. Rep this back-and-forth process 3 or 4 times. Secure yarn and trim end.


ARM

Make 2.

Rnd 1: With tan, ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (5 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (10 sc)

Rnds 3–17: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 18: Sc dec in next 2 sc, sc in each rem sc around. (9 sc)

Rnd 19: Sc dec in next 2 sc, sc in each rem sc around, changing to dark pink in last st. (8 sc)

Rnd 20: Sc in each sc around.

Start to stuff with fiberfill.

Rnd 21: Working in back lps, sc in each sc around.

Rnds 22–25: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 26: [Sc dec in next 2 sc] around. Leaving 5-inch end, fasten off. (4 sc)

Stuff bottom of arm firmly without stretching sts. Lightly stuff upper portion.

Weave end through sts of last rnd; pull to gather top of Arm closed. Secure end.


ARM RUFFLE

Rnd 1: Join light pink with sl st to any rem lp on rnd 20 of Arm, sc in same st as join and in each rem st around. (8 sc)

Rnd 2: [Sc in next sc, ch 2] around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (8 sc, 8 ch-2 sps)

Attach Arms to Body in same manner as Legs.


HAT

Rnd 1: With light pink, ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (5 sc)

Rnd 2: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 3: 2 sc in each sc around. (10 sc)


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Animal Amigurumi to Crochet by Teri Crews. Copyright © 2013 Annie's. Excerpted by permission of Annie's.
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Meet the Author

Teri Crews is a crafter and designer with more than 15 years of experience and is known especially for her teddy bears. She lives in the Chicago area.

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