Getting into Amigurumis…

Filed under: amigurumis,Crochet,workshop — December 17, 2014 @ 11:02 am

Because I teach workshops locally, students have asked about an Amigurumi workshop.
Well I did crochet a couple amigurumis ages ago, but not that many. Totally needed to refresh my skills in that area.

I started looking around, and collecting ideas and techniques into an Amigurumi Pinterest board.
Here are some of the creatures that emerged from those weeks of brainstorming and crocheting to prepare the workshop:

This one has to be my favorite. The original Lamb had a fluffy pink fleece but I used bouclą© pure wool that I dyed years ago in shades of green.

My lamb is way bigger (and heavier) than the original, measuring about 30 cm (12 in). I love that it will sit somewhere and not budge… Can already picture it on my stand during wool festivals !

Pattern: Amigurumi Pinky lamb
Yarn & hooks: bulky bouclą© pure wool + bulky acrylic blend (french brand) and 6.5 mm (K) hook
Mods: larger hook, and modified the “hat” which came out much too large for my taste. (+ was short on yarn)

This little owlet was free-styled to use as my main workshop project. Easy enough yet it features the first basic techniques to make amigurumis: start with magic ring, make a flat circle in sc, work straight in a tube, use safety eyes ect, sew limbs onto body…. I just looked at the gazillion Owl crochet patterns online and chose my favorite features: 2 colors, little rounded wings, and fluffly feathers on top of each “ear”…

Pattern: my own, written to use during Amigurumi workshops
Yarn & hooks: 5 mm (H) and various worsted weight acrylic yarns from stash

Aaah, and this one is just so cute ! Totally inspired by a pattern, but I wanted to do it my way so I could use it for my workshop if we had enough time (which we totally didn’t !) as it includes more of the basic shapes used to make amigurumis: flat circle, sphere, tube and cone…

Pattern: totally inspired by this snowman pattern (although I used my own instructions)
Yarn & hooks: 5 mm (H) and various dk weight acrylic yarns from stash

As for the workshop ?
It was great, and each student made their own Owlet. Full story and more pictures on my Workshop blog (in french)

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