Dumbo Octopus Crochet Pattern

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Marine creatures has been my favorite thing to make the past few weeks. Maybe cause they swim around in my head (oh the bad pun, lol). Anyway I do realize I need to start making other DIYs other than toys and perhaps even non-crochet ones, so I already prepared a few projects. The bad news is, the supplies came from overseas so it would take awhile before they get here and I can get started, but I’ll see if I could come up with something fun beforehand ^^;

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Making Sense of Amigurumi #2

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Yes fellas, we are dissecting pusheen! No, we are nut cutting down that chubby adorable cat. Rather, we are using the pusheen crochet pattern I have posted few weeks back to learn a little more, on how to make sense of crocheting cute critters. Please do keep in mind that the technique for crocheting animals and others like doilies quite differs.

I believe there is a theory for everything. Therefore I believe there is a theory to understand the basics of amigurumi in order to find a logical way to design items (although it might not work all the time, but for me it does work most of the time).

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Mermaid Pusheen Crochet Pattern

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Last time I did sort of a poll in instagram to see if you guys would be interested in having a pattern for a mermaid Pusheen, and the response was great! I love Pusheen myself (I’ve been dying to get a hand of a Pusheen Cafe mouse pad but still no luck yet) and mermaids are always my favorite (though pusheenicorn and pusheenosaurus are cute, too). So as promised, here is the pattern. I honestly already anticipated the response by taking pictures to help you with each steps, since it’s rather tricky compared to my previous patterns. I do think pictures helps for these ones so I included them.

The pattern provided here is only the pattern for the mermaid tail. The pusheen pattern is the same as the one I posted before here. The only difference I made was that I slip stitched the tc to the same place for the ear parts, which made the ears slightly pointier. For this pattern of course I would suggest you to make one Pusheen first before the mermaid tail 😀

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Mini Donut Crochet Pattern

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So finally the day has come where I (finally) release these critters to the world! I had a few setbacks and the previous goal in instagram was only almost reached, so instead of the kitty donut pattern I’m releasing a mini version of it which you can freely make into any character you like. Here I made a penguin one as an example, but of course you can make them into anyone, or anything.

Oh, speaking of goals, I’ve reached a small milestone in Instagram so I’m having a giveaway! just search my username @judithchenart or simply click the instagram button on the right side of this page 🙂

Tips: bouillon stitch embroidery technique is an easy way to make small, dainty sprinkles that actually pops out! The cream was basically the same pattern gone halfway, finished with random hdc to tc on chains (so they look like dripping cream) then sewn on. This pattern, however used the easiest version where you just switched colors. Cause as always, I really wish that everyone could try out my patterns. But of course, you may request on what free pattern should I share next (so far the highest request is Rilakkuma).

Oh by the way, if you scroll quite waaaaaay below you will find a German version of this pattern! I would still suggest to do invisible decrease instead of decrease in the German pattern version, however there is no such term in German, I think…(please do correct me if I’m wrong).

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Making Sense of Amigurumi #1

Many have asked how I managed to designed so many things just by the first few months of learning crochet. Here I am going to share with you my learning process, and how I managed to create many designs with simple modifications. Most beginners in amigurumi tend to rely on existing patterns, and feel intimidated to try creating their own.

Amigurumi or crochet stuffed animals actually often constructed of simply designed limbs that match each other. The real trick is to find your own formulation. In this part I will explain the basic form which technique is often used to make heads, and with a simple modification can also be used to create the body and limbs.

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Succulent Love

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Who isn’t in love with tiny succulents lately? I bet everyone you stumble across in any social media does. Well, this time I decided to crochet one because I decided to make something else once in awhile instead just toys. This won’t exactly be a tutorial but I will give you a detail, or rather, run down of the process. Let’s start with the larger pot.

Now I have been crocheting for a little over a year, so I wanted a little more challenge – which is why I’ve tried mixing different technique and methods. The pots, first of all were made of natural ingredients based air dry clay (I used fimo brand), cut round with a cutter then bent to form a bowl, dried for 48 hours and sanded. The yarns I used for the big cactus are regular sized (for 3 mm needle) yarns and regular sized eyelash mohair yarn to give the prickly effect. I crochet three yarns at once instead of one with a 5 mm needle. That said, there is nothing special about the pattern since I basically blind crochet both of the cactus. The flower on top is a simple pattern very similar to the one I have written before for the crystal doily tutorial here.

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