Saturday, July 18, 2015

To all the Crochet LOVERS... FREE Amigurumi Patterns...

It is funny you know many of us who love sewing, stitching, embroidery, knitting and crochet.
And all of these I have embraced except for crochet. I have always admired every thing crochet, even had some of you make me things because I had no idea how to start ...

Well recently a sweet lady friend of mine began stitching up crochet things, I have fallen head over heels in love with them...this wee cat that now sits on my dashboard is a constant reminder, that if she can do it so can I .... even though she has 30 years experience on me...I don't have that much time, so I best get at it lol






She made this wee sea creature the other day..look at all those pearls lol



So I called some local shops that specialize in Yarn, and I have a class scheduled this week and some classes in the fall with a British crochet teacher..

I went out the other day and purchased some hooks and last night I looked at something I liked on Pinterest...a doily...and I knew how to make a chain ...I practised tension and consistency-- for let me say a few yards and then I tackled this...I had no idea what I was really doing, but I just kept doing the same thing over and over again...4 chains, and some single stitches and look at this...I made a doily or something that resembles a doily...I am sure there are all kinds of mistakes many of you will be able to note, but I am actually pleased I actually made something that resembles something CROCHET.  ( and it looks like ruffles)   I made it from a ball of alpaca yarn...possibly not the best choice..but it is so soft...

I will be placing this under glass somewhere so I can chuckle some day at my feeble attempt at crochet.... We have to start somewhere right? 


When I spoke to the lady who will be providing me private classes this week she mentioned
  1. Amigurumi (編みぐるみ ?, lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll.
Of course this had me spinning because that is exactly what I want to learn along with some edgings for some hankies..


I don't even have a poodle. but I just fell madly in love with this..


HERE are some FREE Patterns that I gathered ..

LINK HERE for patterns for Amigurumi...


When I saw this one, I fell for her too...
I asked Cori, who has been crochet these wee designs
with all of her hankie keepers..
"please please please make me her"  lol
and I even sent her a donation of appreciation 
as I was so moved by her unique designs...

Now I have no idea how to read a pattern YET, but I will ...




Isn't this delightful...the things you can do with crochet...?



Here are some edging booklets I found dated back to 1951, 10c a piece, made by Coats threads..
Now I will be taking this along to my classes so I can learn at least one edging...


So I think I am ready, well if nothing else totally INSPIRED....Are you , will you be learning a new skill soon...Do you Crochet? what have you made?




You Matter...



59 comments:

  1. How beautiful !! You are so creative !!
    Greteings

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    1. well there are many much more creative than I which constantly inspires me to do better too...so thank you sweet lady

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  2. Already in the works Samm. She will be coming home to you before you know it. x You really amaze me with your determination and skill. After one day, just look at you already....a doily. You are such an incredible lady. Anyone can learn if they wish to, you are proving that. YOU inspire so many by just being you. xx

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    1. I know but I have no idea what I am doing..imagine when I do lol I think I see a new collection in the works...I am loving this miniature everything ... I have been inspired by so many of you...so I am not sure how much I inspire anyone....but maybe I will lol

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  3. AAAHHH! I have spotted those poodles and many others. I do not crochet. But I have two toy poodles. ;)

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    1. you have real toys...oh my ....are they PINK with bows? lol

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  4. You did great work on your doily. What fun. The little creatures are adorable. I can see a few of those in your future as well. Sew sweet. Have a wonderful day.

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    1. I certainly surprised myself.....and yes I am hoping I will be able to read the patterns, something I don’t usually do lol

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  5. Samm these little animals are just adorable! I used to crochet years ago - loved doing baby blankets for gifts. There's something very soothing about crochet. Have a great weekend! blessings, marlene

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    1. so glad you like...I thought it was just me who thought they were just darn adorable..soothing, well I am not there yet lol...x

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  6. You did great work on your doily. What fun. The little creatures are adorable. I can see a few of those in your future as well. Sew sweet. Have a wonderful day.

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    1. you think so? lol I am not feeling too confident just yet..

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  7. Sew very sweet! I love your determination and desire. I will be checking out these uber adorable patterns. Thank you for another day of inspirations. I do crochet and will dust off my hooks. Summer Smiles...

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    1. ahhhhh inspiration is there to be taken....don’t you just love when that happens...it puts a smile on my heart....x

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  8. I used to crochet all the time and was drawn back in for a bit last year creating Disney Christmas ornies. What fun it was... There are some fabulous Amigurumi patterns out there! Love the swimming lady!
    LOL!!

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    1. I was thinking of you when I added that one..your pom pom lady that you and your sister if I remember correctly was part of lol...

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  9. Oooo very cute, I love amigurumi they are just so adorable!

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  10. YOu have excellent taste Lynn...so I am not surprised at all

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  11. Bravo Samm, what a wonderful job on your first crochet piece. I can just see you looking at the patterns for edgings, and recognizing them in your hankie collection. Enjoy your doily.

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    1. it is a start....now edgings I am very interested in....I always liked them on my peter pan collars as a child...My Nanny used to that to all my blouses in diff't colours...

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  12. Love the amigurumi that you posted. I've been crocheting since I was in my early twenties. Taught by a very young (7ish) cousin. Was heavy into baby blankets and afghans and shawls. Did make crocheted christening gown for my Goddaughter and even attempted an evening gown. It was beautiful but it grew the entire evening that I wore it. Thankfully the bodice stayed put because it was embellished with ribbons that tied in the front. I stopped the big crocheting because I found myself trying to best my own time on long rows. Talk about making something restful into something stressful. I now use my crochet talents mostly to make hats for a local pediatric cancer group. You will love it. I can see ruffled edges on everything you do. Like on the seams of your little purses, oh yes, you will have fun.

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    1. I love your story of your dress and how it grew...I can see that lol. and yes I am not easing any stress at the moment either...I keep wanting to find that comfort feeling.....I love that you are making hats now that is just the sweetest thing....all my kids had them when we were in the hospital...especially the twins as they were born in december and it was very cold that year...

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  13. I remember mom making me work on chains(what seemed like for years) until the stitches passed her inspection. As an adult when I started making doilies, she admitted do a pattern if someone showed her how. She also had my sisters and I embroidering our own pillow cases before we started kindergarten. May times after an afternoon of stitching, she would have to cut our dresses away from our pillow cases. What some fond memories. I miss her so much at times like these.

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    1. what a lovely memory Bobbie....thank you for sharing it ....makes me smile actually...I can see you doing all that crochet....place your hand on your heart...she is always there...x

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  14. I am crocheting a Christmas Rose Hot Pad I got from a FREE PATTERN SITE for vintage patterns: http://freevintagecrochet.com/print/989 I have been searching for it for years. I have the Edging book in the lower left corner that my Mom handed down to me. I have about 10 little booklets she bought for 10 cents each. I think you did exceptionally well considering that most people start with a scarf or something simple that uses worsted weight yarn. After Mom taught me the basics with WW yarn she taught me to do the Crochet Irish Rose which I love-I've made hundreds! It also happens to be the same rose in the middle of the hot pad and I'm sure that's why I wanted that pattern. I love to do it all and wish I could find a place that taught China Painting flowers and birds on porcelain plates, etc now that I retired and have the time to learn. I haven't found anyone yet. Also, don't forget YOU TUBE! One of my favorite techniques is called Crocodile Stitch because it's 3 dimensional and I learned from YT because the instructions are a bit confusing. I have two quilt tops under construction also. Mom also has a plastic shoe form that she crochets little high heels from and I think you would gasp to see how lovely they are. I have never found any forms on ebay or anywhere else so when it came apart in the center, I glued it back. I have the pattern but my first attempt didn't fit the form so I will try again this fall maybe.

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    1. ohhhh this sounds wonderful, thanks for the link and you tube very good

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  15. I've been crocheting on and off for over 40 years when my older sister taught me the basic stitches now and even I still find something new to work on, one of these being amigurmi which I'm very interested in trying out soon.....my first attempt at crochet was a very long scarf using up every available scrap piece of wool I could find and it's just snowballed from there. Keep it up and you'll soon get it down pat with the terminology and correct tension and which hand holding position suits you best with time and lots of practice :) Barb.

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    1. ohh so good to hear of your successes and yes practice

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    2. Barb, I also learned to crochet about 40 years ago. If you don't already know how to do the "Magic Ring" or magic circle, it's a very different and important part of most Amigurumi patterns because they start with a circle with NO hole in the center . I find the illustrations in most books hard to follow. I found this You Tube that was easy to follow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLUaywX0-WE

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    3. ohhh this is wonderful....you ladies are pretty amazing...especially when new crochet peeps are so long in the yarn balls lol

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  16. Very-very nice toys! I've got an archive of free paterns too, but the only things I crocheted were baby boots and a beach tunic. Good luck, Samm, with crocheting, I believe the results will be amazing! :)

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  17. So cute , I know with your talent you would soon be making loads of things.

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  18. Cute !!!!
    And your blog, lovely...
    Thanks for the visit !
    Have a nice Sunday !
    Anna

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  19. Very cute...
    Every visit with you is a surprise.
    Magic crochet works.
    Have a wonderful sunday..
    Many greetings
    Swaani

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  20. isn’t that nice to see loll I surprise myself each day lol...

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  21. I was just admiring my sis' crocheted bears, they are darling! Enjoy the new journey!

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    1. you must crochet don't you Corrie? love to see her bears.... the journey is filled with adventure..

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  22. I love amigurumi, too! Tried to make some when I was 8 years old and attended crochet classes :) I found so many beautiful crochet and amigurumi patterns on Etsy, add them all to my favourites, maybe some day I will start to crochet again...

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    1. Maria, I need you to inspire me, get hour crochet hook out , we need you lol.
      8...mmmm at 8 I was sewing nuns habits lol

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  23. Your first crochet is pretty good. I Love crochet. It was the second art I learned, a 9yrs old. First was drawing. I much, much better at crochet. Trying for fit it in with every thing is hard. There was a very long time that was all I did. Love the patterns you found. Making stuffed toys is so much fun.

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    1. thanks for that Theresa...funny isn't it how we think we can do anything lol. I certainly have many of you to guide me lol I have been so inspired at all you can make

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  24. I have made the pink poodle for my grand daughter. It's really quite easy and adorable. I did learn you have to stuff the neck tightly tho, she ends up with whip lash if not stuffed enough ;)

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    1. oh yet another crochet champion....great note thank you

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  25. Samm, I think you wil be surprised at your first effort at crochet if you take the basic finishing steps of blocking and drying it. It's amazing how a sort of crumpled up cluster of thread loops can become an ornate doily once it is blocked and starched. The threads then take the shapes that you want them to (or that the pattern dictates) instead of retaining the curling shape they've assumed from being in a Tightly wound ball from so long. Try it and you will be amazed. Go to your nearest shop for help if you are uncertain about the process.
    b/

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    1. Thanks Brenda..my first class is this Wed, so I am excited at understanding the basics...thanks for the lovely note..

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  26. Thanks for the great links, Samm. I'm sure you will crochet mastered in no time at all.

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    1. welll I am trying ...LORD knows I love a challenge

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  27. Heavens... you came out of the starting gate at a gallop! ;o) Your doily looks fab to me. Love the ruffled edge. For a first project I think it's pretty darned amazing. You are way braver than me. Pretty soon you'll be making super cute bears of your own... and rabbits... and kittens... better make more room on your dashboard. Have fun...xxx

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    1. HI Josie...well I have been practising and my oh my I have certainly been challenging..I think the hardest for me is just holding it comfortably lol..and yes my dashboard may get a bit crowded lol. but thank goodness I have nice window sills that could use some company

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  28. Of course, I love the poodle. I made two of them, but I should make a couple of those adorable kitties. Too cute. Your crochet is looking good. After you figure out how to hold your hook and your yarn, it will be a lot easier. Can't wait to see what you work up.

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    1. and I have to say that poodle is sitll one of my fav I have seen..and of course the kitties..today is my class, so I am ready...thanks for the inspiration

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  29. What great designs! Yes, there are some pretty amazing things made with crochet. A group I know crochets sleeping mats for the homeless out of plastic grocery bags!

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