10/01/2017

Tassels in amigurumi crocheting - hair, clothes, tails, feathers

In the previous post I Have showed how to attach tassels.But what are tassels for in amigurumi crocheting apart from the well known hair making? If you are a clothes crocheter you usually use tassels to make different sorts of fringe decoration. But with crocheted toys, tassels can be almost anything!

1. Hair. Of course, you can just attach pieces of yarn to the head and the hair is made. But if you want the hair to be thick and nice you should either attach really lots of tassels or:
  • Attach a few strands of thin yarn at one go (more hair less work)
  • Attach thick yarn tassels but then separate each piece to strands (you’ll get thick, beautiful curly hair)
  • Comb the tassels till they are evenly fluffy (my favorite dolls’ hair! looks like wool for felting)

9/23/2017

How to attach tassels - tutorial (Toy's hair or decor)

One of the most common ways to make hair to your crocheted doll is to attach separate pieces of yarn as tassels. Here I'll show you how to attach tassels to a crocheted detail and in a next post I'll demonstrate how I use them in quite a creative way 😊 You can also download this tutorial as one jpg file.

4/07/2017

American Indian and Leprechaun - new patterns are already in my shop

I'm happy to introduce you my new penguins patterns. Now they are the American Indian Penguin and Leprechaun Penguin. You can find these patterns in my Patterns section. And here I want to tell you how they where created.

I had wanted to make a Leprechaun Penguin for a long time. Since I saw how cute he looked in the violet Halloween Hat I had been thinking how to design the one in green. But couldn't figure out what else to add into the pattern.

And then suddenly I bump into some photos from old crocheting magazines with free form patterns. And they include this rounded shape suggested to be a firm button. Perfect for golden coins! And as it is the middle of February all social medias are full with hearts (oh! they remind me of a lucky clover!). And in just a few days I have this cute green guy! :) (and a bunch of thrown away green hats, and a lot of different 'tries' for clover, and some cool ideas what else I could do with this amazing coin shape)

9/12/2016

How to attach thread to a crocheted surface

When you are crocheting an amigurumi toy you almost always need to attach a decorative or strong thread to embroider some face features, tighten fingers or a mouth and so on. Many patterns instruct, "attach thread to the middle of the face and backstitch the mouth", or something like that. But it is not always obvious what "attach" means and how you are supposed to do in neatly. 

Download the photo tutorial for 3 simple ways to attach thread to a crocheted piece. Use and share.

3/12/2016

Tiny the Monkey - FREE pdf amigurumi pattern


I'm happy to introduce you my Tiny the Monkey free amigurumi crochet toy pattern!

 It is a perfect company to the Tiny the Sheep that I posted earlier in my blog :)

They are both of the same style with wooden beads for legs. And the size is just cool for fast presents.

The pattern includes:


  • Monkey text and photo instructions 
  • tutorial on small details sewing
  • how to tighten beads to make eyes
  • how to make face  

6/11/2015

How to tighten a round opening - tutorial



So, you have finished crocheting your last stitch on one of the details. What now?

You are looking at a strange phrase «Fasten off, stuff and tighten the opening». Or maybe there is nothing at all instructed in your pattern. 

Does the designer suppose you know what to do with this loop you are now having on your hook? Does it obvious how to stuff, fasten off and so on? – Not always.

Especially if you are just learning how to crochet toys such simple things that are “supposed to be known” may totally frustrate you all the time. I crocheted for a few months before it occurred to me that I’m crocheting wrong side out.

So. Here it is :) (how I sew long openings I will show a little later)

 A detailed tutorial about round finishing