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Magnificent!

Fun Fact: Christopher Columbus once claimed to have seen 3 mermaids. They were, in fact, manatees.

Guess six months at sea really took its toll on him.

Manatee Cover photo

In case you haven’t seen it yet, the Magnificent Manatee crochet pattern is available :)

NOW, GO FORTH, AND CREATE YOUR LEGION OF VEGGIE-EATING SEA COWS!

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Ducks in a Row

A little while back my mum asked me to make her an amigurumi duck. I, not being one to shy away from a creative challenge, gladly rose to the occasion. Not wanting to make just any old duck for her I decided to do something special. Naturally the first thing that came to mind was a superhero duck. And so, SUPER PLACEBO DUCK was born (complete with mild-mannered alter ego):

SUPER PLACEBO DUCK

Mild-mannered alter ego

(Font from dafont.com. Please forgive the lameoid pictures.)

Don’t asked me why I decided to name him Placebo Duck. For once, there was no logic behind my madness. Anyway, my mum, she absolutely loved her duck. I even gave her a list of his super powers and weakness, just in case she needed to know someday. Super Placebo Duck’s super powers include: Flight (has not figured out landing yet, though); Bread Vision (can turn anything into bread with his crusty gaze!); Super Duck Strength (7 times the strength of a normal cape-less duck); and Witty Comebacks (self-explanatory.) His only weakness: Pears.

Originally she had wanted a duck  for her desk at work, but once she saw SPD she decided to keep him home. Unfortunately, one of the other amis I had made for her, a little blue penguin, was recently stolen and she was afraid that would be the fate of this little guy. So for now Super Placebo Duck is safe in his lair, keeping an eye on those nasty super villains roaming the city streets, waiting to make his move…

With ducks on the brain (and just a touch of crazy) I thought it might be nice if I offered up a new free pattern. So I set out to make a little crochet cutie I could share with you all. And thus we have, Filbert!

Filbert 2014 1

Filbert, Super Placebo Duck’s younger cousin, doesn’t have any ducky super powers, unless you count the power of his cuteness.

Here’s how to make your own baby duck:

S U G G E S T E D M A T E R I A L S
• Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in two colors (main color for head, wings, tail; secondary color for beak and feet)
• G/7 4.50MM crochet hook
• One (1) pair of 6MM safety eyes
• Scissors
• Needle & thread
• Fiberfill stuffing

A B B R E V I A T I O N S (U.S.)
MC – magic circle (magic loop/magic ring)
RND – Round
sc – single crochet(s)
inc – increase
ibl – in back loops only
dec – decrease
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
trc – triple crochet
sl slt – slip stitch
*actions in asterisks should be repeated until round completion or to the indicated stopping point in the round*
(number in parentheses indicates total number of stitches after round/row completion)
FO – fasten off

This little duckling is pretty tiny. Finished size is just a few inches tall (so he crochets up super quick!). Given its size, it is not suggested that this toy be given to any very little ones.

Please contact me if you have any questions, or if you find any goofs :D

T H E  P A T T E R N

H E A D (x1)

MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RNDs 4-9) *sc*
RND 10) *sc, dec* (16)
FO

B O D Y (x1)
MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *ibl sc* (18)
RND 4) *2sc, inc* (24)
RNDs 5-7) *sc* (24)
RND 8) *2sc, dec* (18)
RND 9) *sc* (18)
FO

W I N G S (x2)
Chain 6, plus 1 for turning (chain 7 total). Make a single crochet in the second chain from hook. Next work two hdc, one after another. After that work one dc, one trc, and finally a hdc in the last stitch. FO. You should now have a sort of triangular piece of fabric. The thicker end (with the yarn tails hanging off it) will be sewn to the body. (Therefore, the smaller end opposite that is the bottom of the wing.) For a visual of this kind of technique check out my Confused Owl pattern.

B E A K (x1)
The beak is super simple. What we need to do is create a magic circle. Instead of working single crochets in our circle, though, we’re going to make half-double crochets. So to start make your magic circle. Slip stitch once. Then work 5 hdcs. Slip stitch once more, then fasten off. Don’t completely pull the yarn tail (thus closing the circle.) Just pull the yarn tail enough to make the beak look like a semi-circle. There’s your beak! You can sew it right to the head, weaving in the ends. You can attach your eyes after sewing the beak.

F E E T (x2)
The feet are made just the same as the beak, only instead of 5 hdcs, just work 3. Sew ’em to the body and weave in ends.

T A I L (x1)
The tail, as you might’ve maybe guessed, is worked just like the beak and feet. The difference this time is this: instead of working 5 hdsc, work 5 dcs. That’s it! Fasten off, sew it on your duck’s booty and weave in ends.

Okie doke. So here’s a top view of all the pieces you ought to have:

Flibert IN PIECES OMG

I had already sewn the beak to the head in this photo. Also, sorry for no sewing pics. I loathe the sewing part of amigurumi making, so I can’t really offer any useful tips or whatnot. I just fight and argue with my needle and thread until I say screw it, it’s good enough :P

Go ahead and sew everything where it needs to be, stuff the head and the body, and then sew those two together. Weave in ends and there’s you oh so adorable mini duck.

Please note: This is an original design and pattern. I do not grant permission to anyone to sell any products made as the result of this pattern and/or design. Please, if you do use this pattern or design direct others to this original posting so that they too can enjoy the super ducky cuteness.

I almost forgot: Some have asked if I’ll be posting the pattern for my manatee. Happy to say I do hope to release it sometime this spring/summer :)

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Like this post? Check out these other cute amigurumi patterns available from ea1701:

 Squid! the Confused Owl promo by Karissa ColeMelvin the Misunderstood Monster [Free Pattern] by Karissa Cole

For a full list of amigurumi-related posts visit the amigurumi page. Have fun!

For the Love of the Intelligent Sea Potatoes

Huzzah!

When I wrote my last post at the beginning of the month, I sort of recapped my activities of late and also hinted at a new amigurumi design I was working on. At the time of that post the design was very nearly finished, but since then I’ve been running around so crazy busy I haven’t had the chance to sit down and tie up all the loose ends (quite literally). This past weekend, mostly today really, I’ve been flat-out fried with a nightmarish cold (hoo-ray). We just had our 3rd or, I don’t know, 17th huge snowstorm (I’m losing track-also, I can’t see my mailbox anymore), so it’s no real surprise that I got slammed with what I’m pretty sure at this point must be a new plague. Seriously. I think I’m dying. It hurts to breathe. It should not hurt to breathe. Today’s been especially rough which has lead me to the discovery that I make a pretty lousy sick person. I cannot sit still. Thankfully I was off work today but this morning despite feeling like death I was hustling around the house trying to get stuff done. Eventually my head hurt so much and I got so dizzy every time I turned around I nearly fell over. I took that as a hint to put my things away and curl up in my chair, under my blanket and just watch TV (which, incidentally, I really haven’t done in a while). So far that’s really the only big upside to being sick: permission to sit around and watch television. That, and the really pretty orange tissue box I’ve got. Only, that’s really not that much of an upside since I have to use the damn thing every thirty seconds or so. One more sneeze and I think I’m going to cause brain damage. Anyway, long and completely TMI story short, thanks to being sick I finally had the chance to finish my latest crochet cutie.

Ta-da:

Manatee 2 by Karissa Cole 2014 Manatee by Karissa Cole 2014

In case it’s not already obvious this is my mini manatee amigurumi. I visited Seaworld last month and for some reason instantly fell in love with the manatees. How can something that looks just like a giant floating rock be SO DARN CUTE? I quite literally ran into the first shop I could to get my own mini sea cow to tote around (I’m such a kid at heart.) Honestly though, from the first moment I saw a manatee I was head over heals in like with these massive but marvelous creatures. Naturally I had to design an amigurumi after this one of my favorite marine animals. This cutie is my prototype, Phillip. He’s been sitting on my shelf just waiting for me to sew him up for the past two weeks. Pretty sad it took being home sick to get me to finally do it. I’m glad I did of course. This evening I put on some Stargate (LOVE that show) and sewed this little guy up. I think he actually came out pretty well. The photos don’t do him justice.

I’ve already had a request to make one or two more of these little fellas. My mother works as a secretary for a local school. She has a few of my amigurumi designs keeping her company at work around her desk. Apparently a student and his teacher caught sight of one of the penguins I’d made for her and the student just fell in love with it. The teacher asked if I would make some for her class, as rewards that could be given out for good behavior. (I said yes of course.) When she heard I was currently working on a manatee she said the students would probably love that too. So, (once I get a few more penguins done up) I’ll have the perfect chance to test out my pattern for clarity before I release it. Yay :D

 

 

{manatee photograph header courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com}

 

 

A Distinctly Batty Post

• I have good news my friends:
I’ve finally tied up the last of the loose ends.
My bat pattern is finally here!
(Even if it did take me over a year…)
But now I’m happy to say it’s officially done,
and I’m sharing it so you, too, can make one.
But then, I guess, why stop at just one?
An army of bats would be much more fun!
You could make one black, orange, or blue;
A yellow one, pink, and even green, too!
And in the end, whatever color you choose,
these guys are so cute, you just can’t lose!

• Now normally when I release a pattern, you see,
it comes with some kind of whimsical short story.
But I’m sorry to say, that try as I might,
I could think of no batty tale on this lonely night.
I sat and thought about it quite a lot.
But all my sitting and thinking was apparently for naught.
Lately I’ve just had no good ideas, no inspiration.
I think my mind just up and left, and took my motivation.
But even without the usual cute tale to boast,
I figured I could still at least try to make this post.
It just looked like without a story this time,
I’d have to settle instead for a silly little rhyme.
Of course, I can’t deny, I’m certainly no poet,
and now, thanks to this line, we definitely all know it.
But that’s okay, we’ll just never-mind that now;
‘Cause I’ve made a little bat and I’ll show you how.

• So go ahead and gather your supplies, get some yarn, take your pick.
And get ready to crochet some bitty bats, that work up super quick!

Batty! 3 by Karissa Cole 2013

Sebastian is this little guy’s name, and batty cuteness is quite clearly his game!

S U G G E S T E D M A T E R I A L S:
• Small amounts of worsted weight yarn
• G/7 4.50MM crochet hook
• One (1) pair of 8MM safety eyes
• Black felt
• Scissors
• Needle & thread (Substitution: Hot glue)
• Pins
• Fiberfill stuffing

A B B R E V I A T I O N S
MC – magic circle (magic loop/magic ring)
RND – Round
sc – single crochet(s)
inc – increase
ibl – in back loops only
dec – decrease
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sl slt – slip stitch
*actions in asterisks should be repeated until round completion or to the indicated stopping point in the round*
(number in parentheses indicates total number of stitches after round/row completion)
FO – fasten off

This little bat really is quite little! Finished size is just a few inches tall. Given that, it is not suggested that this toy be given to any very little ones. Also, please note that the basic ear and wing shapes shown in this pattern are merely references, and are not actual size. Everyone’s crochet style is different, so the wings/ears may not be a one size fits all situation. You will need to experiment to get a size that fits your bat.

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If you find any errors with this pattern, or have any questions or comments, please feel free to let me know! You can leave a comment below, or send a private message by using the form on the Contact page.

E A R S (make 2):
With your black felt cut out two tear-drop shapes, like the ones in the image below. You may wish wait and cut out the ears when you’re around round 9 or so of the head (directions for which follow). I had to experiment with the size of the ears until they looked like you see in the finished photos.

Batty ear shape

NOT TO SCALE – unless you want your bat to have REALLY abnormally sized ears :)

H E A D (make 1):
MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RNDs 4-7) *sc* (24)
RND 8) *ibl sc* (24)
RND 9) *2sc, dec* (18)
You can go ahead and place the eyes now. You may also want to pin on and sew the ears. (I really hate sewing and so waited to sew the ears on until the end, but it’s up to you). For my bat, before pinning the ears on, I rolled the felt a bit, almost making a funnel shape. Flattening that, I then pinned the ears on, making them look more rounded, as you see in the photos. Also start stuffing the head, firmly, and continue stuffing until you finish off.
RND 10) *sc, dec* (12)
RND 11) *dec* (6)
FO

B O D Y (make 1):
MC 6)
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *ibl sc* (18)
RNDs 4-6) *sc* (18)
RND 7) *sc, dec* (12)
FO

F E E T (make 2)
leaving a long tail, ch 4
work 3hdc in the 3rd ch from hook. sl st in the last chain. FO leaving a long tail.
Pull both the beginning and ending tails through the bottom part of the body where you want the first foot to go. Pull through enough so that that last sl st gets pulled right inside, leaving just the round little foot sticking out. Tie a few knots with the end tails (that have now been pulled inside the body) to secure the foot. Repeat for the second foot. (Placement is totally up to you. I think I might’ve liked to see what this little bat looked like with its feet wider apart…)

Sebastian1 by Karissa Cole

W I N G S (make 2):
With your black felt cut out two wings in whatever shape you find most batty. Below, number 1, is the basic shape I used. In hindsight, though, I think I should’ve gone with number 2. On my next bat that’s the one I’ll use :) 

I went ahead and redid the wings so they’re a bit more bat-ish, using design number two below. I added the finised photos to this post. Be forewarned: sewing the wings can be a bit fiddly, especially since this bat is so tiny. Patience will be needed, trust me xD

Batty wing shape ideas

(You may cut out two different wings, or cut them out as one piece to save some sewing if you’d like). Once your wings have been cut out, place, pin, and then sew them to the body. Stuff the body now, too. (If you’d like to sew the wings on after stuffing, that’s totally cool, too.)

You should now have your head, ears, body, feet, and wings all done. All that’s left is to sew the bat head to the body. (And do it quickly! A headless bat is just plain wrong…) Pin the two pieces together, and, once you’re satisfied with the placement, go ahead and sew. Weave in any loose ends.

Pinning things in place (Batty!)

pinning things in place – I saved all the sewing for last

Bitty Bats by Karissa Cole 2013

finished!

• There you go, you’re all done!
I hope you enjoyed this pattern, found it fun.

• Now this batty little post of mine is almost complete.
If you made it through all my cheesy rhymes, consider it quite a feat!

• Please have fun making your little bat,
just be sure to tell others where you got it at.
Share the amigurumi goodness, and send others this way
Give a bit of credit to this blog to help keep things free, okay?
And speaking of which, I’ve been meaning to tell:
whatever you make from this pattern, please don’t sell.
This design is a gift, free for all,
so anyone can have a their own baby bat this fall!

Okay, I’m done trying to rhyme.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in April of 2012 I made a bunch of little black amigurumi bats. At the time I just free-formed them, using the simple basics of amigurumi making (crochet an oval, crochet a tube, sew them together and poof! -a cutie appears). I used basically the same design as my little Skittles, which were, in fact, inspired by Skittles. I don’t know why it took me so darn long to finally sit down and figure out the exact pattern, but I hope it was worth the wait :)

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Like this post? Check out these other cute amigurumi patterns available from ea1701:

Sharkie! Free Pattern by Karissa Cole Squid! the Confused Owl promo by Karissa Cole

For a full list of amigurumi-related posts visit the amigurumi page. Have fun!

the Sad Cephalopod – pattern now available!

It might take me a while, but I get things done! I introduced my Sad Cephalopod amigurumi back in June, and now the crochet pattern is available in my etsy shop :)

To welcome this pattern, let me introduce to you Maestro, the newest squid to join the ranks:

Squid!

He’s the result of the final pattern test, to make sure the directions were all clear and accurate. Only took me about an hour to make. And I have to admit, I am completely in love with this color. It’s Loops & Threads Impeccable Brights: Sunny Day. I had to restrain myself from buying the entire stock last time I was at Michaels.

Anyway, I’m completely and totally new to this whole selling concept, so bear with me. It’ll take me a little while to get the hang of online shops and whatnot. But I’ll figure it out. (Thanks in advance for sticking with me :D). If you have any questions or comments please let me know!

Now, although I’ve finally got an Etsy shop, I want to make sure it’s clear that I will still be offering free patterns right here on this blog. Making some extra money by selling patterns is cool with me, but I still hope to make the majority of my patterns free for all you totally awesome ami makers out there :)

The Cephalopod is actually pretty simple to make, and the pattern has all the information you need to guide you through to making your very own lovable squid :)

the Sad Cephalopod amigurumi pattern etsy listing

Now, go snag your own copy and get to squid-making!

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