May 11, 2014

Pocket Kitty Doll: Free Crochet Amigurumi Pattern




Been crocheting amigurumi toys nonstop for the last couple of months, so it was inevitable I'd start making toys for my toys.

Whether you wanna make a wee dolly for your own wee dolly (Symptom 27 you have a toy addiction problem) or a stinkin' cute keychain for the cat-lover in your life, I hope this pocket kitty satisfies!


You will need:

Size 8 crochet thread in color of your choice

2mm crochet hook, or any hook size that will give you a tight gauge

toy stuffing

needle & thread for face embroidery


Guide:

st - stitch

ch - chain stitch

sl st - slip stitch

sc - single crochet

inc - increase (2 sc in one st)

invdec - invisible decrease (see here)

MR - Magic ring (see here)

** - repeat action within asterisks


Pattern:

The cat is crocheted from top to bottom (bottom limbs to head). Tail and legs are crocheted separately first, then joined as you go as you crochet the body. Ears are sewn on last, followed by the face embroidery.


See here to learn more about crocheting on limbs as you go.



Tail


MR 4 st


sc 9 rounds


Fasten off.



Legs (make 4)


MR 6


sc 6 rounds


Fasten off. Don't cut thread on last leg.



Body and Head


sc 3 on current leg, ch 2, sc 6 around on second leg, sc on each ch, sc 3 on first leg (16 st in round)


Inc, sc 7, inc, sc 2, sc on other side of each ch, sc 3 (18)


sc 13, attach tail in next 2 sc, sc 3


sc 7 rounds


sc 2, attach third leg in next 3 sc, sc 2, attach last leg in next 3 sc, sc to end of round. Stuff body lightly.


invdec around (9)


inc around (18)


*sc, inc* 6 times, 6 sc (24)


*inc, sc 2* 6 times, 6 sc (30)


sc 6 rounds


*sc 3, invdec* around (24)


*sc 2, invdec* around (18)


Start stuffing head.


*sc, invdec* around (12)


invdec around, finish off by drawing thread through all 6 front loops to close hole. (See here for other finishing alternatives.)



Ears (make 2)


ch 2, 2 sc in second ch from hook.


ch 1, turn, inc, sc (3)


ch 1, turn, inc, sc 2  (4)


ch 1, sl st around ear, cut long tail for sewing.



Finishing


Sew on ears. Embroider face and other embellishments (e.g. spots, stripes, key ring).




Leave a comment for any questions, suggestions and other feedback.


February 14, 2013

The Massive Lalaloopsy Dollbox Update Noone Asked For

Dollbox, the display shelf

By the time this post comes up, I'll have yet another brand-new batch of Mini Lalaloopsy girls in need of doll housing. Seriously, MGAE, I have to echo the sentiments of every Lalaloopsy fan over the age of ten here: you're releasing too many of these things for mere mortals to keep up!

Not that I'm complaining. It gives me an excuse to let my not-so-inner child run amok and take pictures of toys, after all.

Dollbox, kitchen

January 23, 2013

The Word "Futurism"

Five years from now, we will talk on phones shaped like squirming tadpole men

For a moment there I misread that headline as "... we will talk about phones shaped like squirming tadpole men."

our Globelines handset

Futurism is a loaded word. I get that now, especially after getting mildly bombarded the moment I opened Wikipedia's comprehensive disambiguation page for the word "futurism." There's an art movement, a slightly unrelated social movement, a scientific line of thought, and the odd inevitable pretentiously-titled rock album. You'd imagine that any artist would love to corner the market on the use of the word "futurism." Or "future," for that matter.