I got heaps of questions regarding the fluffy yarns I used, so here in this project I’m gonna use the chance to answer most of the frequently asked ones, while adding tips and trick as bonus.
1. What is the brand of the fluffy yarn you use?
Actually, I frequently use the Schachenmayr brand from the Baby Smiles series. But sometimes I do try out other brands that I can get a hand of. For example the sale yarns I found at Herkules (a German supermarket chain) or such as this one, which I recently found in the yarn shop in the town nearby. The brand is called Linie400 and its pretty much as soft as the Schachenmayr, only thicker.
2. Which needle size you use often for them?
For the Schachenmayr ones I usually use a size 4, however since the Linie400 is thicker I used a size 6. The suggested size is 6 or 7. When making amigurumi I always tend to pick the smaller number so the holes in the stitches are smaller. This also helps to cover up your mistakes if you are a beginner, since it take a little time to get those even, tight stitches. If you’re making a hat you might tend to not pick the smaller number suggested because the texture won’t look so nice, though it would be rather warmer to wear.
3. They’re soft and fluffy, but I can’t see the stitches while working on them. Any tips?
I heard most people simply count the stitches. I do too, but not always (it depends on the design I’m making etc). What I do is, I usually use a small safety pin as a stitch marker. It’s nothing new, but it works. But, the most useful tip would be using your fingers to sense the stitches instead of trying to recognize them with your eyes. Each chain where you were supposed to stitch in would be smooth, but in between there should be something like a knot so I think this method is quite effective in comparison to trying to see them.
Oh, one more thing. It’s actually not that hard to recognize the stitches if you use lighter color ones or a swirl color like the one I’m using for this tutorial. The reason is that each stitches would probably lined up in different colors, so they’re quite easy to notice, especially if the yarn is thick (means you will be using a bigger needle, ergo the stitches are bigger as well).
4. Are they safe for babies and children?
Absolutely. Actually, all the yarns I used are hand picked with this criteria in mind. Even the fluffy ones are actually manufactured to be made into baby blankets. Therefore the fluff does not shed easily and it will not irritate the skin. I have very sensitive skin myself and never had a problem with them.
Alright, now here is the pattern I promised. I hope you guys enjoy making them! I would love to see any creations you made from my patterns so please tag me in your photos when you uplod them 🙂
5. Can you please make more fluffy creations?
I do plan to 🙂 Which is one reason I provided you with a fluffy critter pattern this time. You can make it with any yarn with suggested size 4 (means needle size 4 and above) or bigger. Of course the needle size needs to correspond with the yarn size and this will influence the size of the project, but I mentioned this because I am aware that fluffy yarns availibility varies through countries, and even shops that has them sometimes only sells one or two sizes.
So, since I answered all the questions (I think) you can go on making your fluffy sea bunny/sea slug/nudibranch^^
- Linie400 fluffy polyester yarn 50 g/85 m in party (white/salmon/vanilla mix)
- Rico Baby cotton yarn 50 g/125 m in thoska green
- 6 mm crochet hook
- 3 mm crochet hook
- Polyester fiberfill
- A pair of 12 mm black craft eyes
- Craft glue
sl st: slip stitch
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
tc: triple crochet
FO: Fasten off
(Head and Body)
Using fluffy yarn and size 6 needle
R1: MR (6)
R2: inc (12)
R3: inc in the first 3, sc in the next 6, inc in the last 3 (18)
R4: inc in the first 3, sc in the next 12, inc in the last 3 (24)
R5-7: sc around (24)
R8: 2 sc, dec (18)
R9-14: sc around (18)
R15: sc, dec (12)
R16: dec (6)
Sl st to the sc across to close the opening. FO and weave in.
Using regular cotton yarn and size 3 needle
R1: MR (6)
R2: inc (12)
R3: sc, inc (18)
R4: *ch 7, then sc from the 2nd ch from hook until the bottom of the chain. Sl st to the next ch. Sl st in the next ch. Repeat from * four times.
R5: Sl st around
FO and leave long tail for sewing.
ch 12. Sc back to where you begin, starting from the second ch from hook. Turn around, sl st in the next 3 ch, sc in the next 2 ch, hdc in the next 2, dc in the next, dc and tc in the next, turn around.
Dc in the next ch, hdc in the next 2, sc in the next 3, sl slt in the last 3 ch.
Place the eyes and glue. Sew on the back tentacles in the back part nearly on the tip of the edge of the tail (if you could name it that way). It should be visible from the front in between the eyes. Sew only the middle part (inner circle) so the outer part could curl more naturally with the tentacles. Sew on the antennae and you are done!