How to add details to your amigurumi

During a craft fair earlier this year I got a question about adding details to your amigurumi. What is the best way to do that? How do you secure your thread nicely? There are multiple way to add details. In the video below I will show you how I embroider faces to these cute little cacti.

What do you need

  • Crocheted amigurumi
  • Thread in the right color
  • Scissors
  • Needle with a blund end

In this tutorial I use a thread that is a little bit thinner than the yarn I used to crochet the cacti with. These cacti are crocheted with Yarn and Colors Super and the faces are stitched with Yarn and Colors Must Have. The thinner you thread, the more precise you can work. Just try different threads and see what works best for you.

The pattern for the little cacti can be found over here: Cactus Cloe, Cactus Casper, Cactus Cooper

Thanks for watching! If you have any questions, just let me know in the comments.

Love,
Irene

 

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Make it happen! I quit my job, choosing happy

A year ago I quit my job. A really nice job with fun colleagues. A job as an engineer for which I studied quite long. A field of work that I still really like. But yet, I quit my job to start doing something else. For my parents, and many colleagues and friends this wasn’t a logical decision at the time. But for me it has been one of the best choices I made over the last years.

“Choosing happiness has to do with following your passions and prioritizing the things that just make you very happy.”

I believe you can create you own happiness. That has to do with making choices, with following your passion and prioritizing the things that just make you very happy.

A year ago we celebrated that I quit my job. Cheers!

What my biggest passion is, I discovered when I first had a stand at a craft fair in February last year. During a day at the office I made a spur of the moment decision to ask the organization of a large craft fair if there was a tiny stand available for me. And a few months later I was standing behind some tables with my freshly printed crochet patterns, yarn from my own stash and quilting fabrics that I bought during an online black Friday sale from the US.

“Working with all those pretty materials and sharing that passion with others, that makes me so very happy!”

During that fair I talked to so many lovely people. Of course it’s nice to hear that people like your designs and patterns. But at the same time I discovered how much I liked to explain to a newbie sewer what she would need to get started with quilting. Or to help someone find the perfect yarn colors for her next project. Working with those pretty materials and sharing that passion with others made me so very happy. I was bouncing all day long behind my stand.

The first craft fair I attended with Sugaridoo

That craft fair made me think. If my hobbies made me so happy, shouldn’t I do something with that? It wasn’t that I was unhappy with my job. (I still get super excited by a nicely coded simulation in Matlab.) But the idea that I could build something for myself. A business where I can decide what I work on, what I do each day and how much time I take for friends and family is really something special.

So that is what I did. I started working full-time on Sugaridoo, on July the first 2017 I changed from being employed to being a entrepreneur. Now a year has passed, and in that year so many things happened. I attended a lot of craft fairs, published my first book the Sugaridoo Sampler, launched the Sugaridoo Webshop and started working from my own studio in March this year. Crazy to take a look back in time and see how Sugaridoo grew over a year. Maybe it’s my pregnancy hormones, but I’m having happy tears right now realizing that I can do all of this. Every day.

Art quote by Miekinvorm.nl

Your own business is something that is always changing and growing I think. Sugaridoo didn’t became as it is now over night. On March the 25th 2013 I soled my very first crochet pattern. That is already 4.5 years ago. By giving it time and attention it grew slowly to what it is today. And there is still so much room for change and improvement. But that’s totally okey. I took the first step to ‘Make it Happen’. Awesome to work on that everyday!

Thank you so much for being a part of my Sugaridoo journey.

Love,
Irene

 

Charlie the Cat [You should try yoga they said]

Charlie was a pretty happy kitten. Spend his days chilling in the sun, snoozing from meal to meal. Saving energy during the day to have dance parties on his humans beds in the middle of the night. Nothing strange so far. Until one day he was introduced to yoga. Really something for you Charlie they said.

“You should try yoga”, they said. “It’ll be fun”, they said..

Well, Charlie wasn’t so sure when he took his first steps into the yoga classroom.

How could yoga be better than taking a nap in a basket of freshly washed clothes? But he gave it a try. And turned out, he kind of liked it!

Downward facing cat. By far Charlies most favorite yoga pose!

[ Download your copy of the pattern now! ]

You can crochet your own Charlie with this pattern: Crochet Pattern Charlie EN. Or you could order the right materials with the pattern and choose with the complete kit: Crochet Kit Charlie.

In the mean time Charlie will keep on practicing his Forward Fold. Nose to your toes and keep breathing Charlie!

Whith what color are you going to make Charlie?

Love,
Irene (and a paw from Charlie)

 

Puck the Penguin – Giveaway

And? Did you finish you Puck the Penguin yet? So excited that you crocheted along! (If you have no idea what we are talking about, hop over to the first lesson to get started!)

I already received a few awesome pictures of Puck in all rainbow colors. You can link up your version of Puck below to have a change to win three balls of Phildar cotton 3 yarn and a clover amour crochet hook. My favorite hook of all times :)

To participate your picture doesn’t have to be on a blog or anything, just click on ‘Add you link’ and click on ‘Upload’ to get your picture in there.


Link your Puck the Penguin
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I extended the deadline to Sunday October the 2nd so everyone has enough time to finish Puck.

And we have a winner! Inges Puck won, I’ll contact you via email. Thank you all so much for participating!

Love,
Irene

Puck The Penguin – CAL lesson 5

You made it to the final lesson! By now you have made all the parts for Puck the Penguin. Today we will learn how to sew an amigurumi together.


These are all the lessons in this series:

  • Materials: Here you can find all the materials you need to start with your first crochet lesson.
  • Lesson 1: Making your first stitches (called ‘single crochet’) in a magic loop. Really magical I promise ;)
  • Lesson 2: You will learn about eyes, making decreases, stuffing and closing your amigurumi.
  • Lesson 3: Time for tiny parts, they are fiddly, but I’m sure you can do it!
  • Lesson 4: Oval shapes, you will learn to make ‘chain stitches’ and crochet around them.
  • Lesson 5: Finally you will assemble your amigurumi like a pro.

Let’s assemble Puck.

Thank you so much for crocheting Puck with me. I hope you had a lot of fun making him. I sure had while making these videos ;) Don’t forget to check back in tomorrow to show me your Puck and get a chance to win the Phildar yarn and crochet hook!

Love,
Irene

Puck The Penguin – CAL lesson 4

Lesson 4 today! It’s time for the last parts of Puck the Penguin. We will learn how to make chain stitches so we can make oval shapes. Whoop whoop! excited much? Haha I sure am :)


These are all the lessons in this series:

  • Materials: Here you can find all the materials you need to start with your first crochet lesson.
  • Lesson 1: Making your first stitches (called ‘single crochet’) in a magic loop. Really magical I promise ;)
  • Lesson 2: You will learn about eyes, making decreases, stuffing and closing your amigurumi.
  • Lesson 3: Time for tiny parts, they are fiddly, but I’m sure you can do it!
  • Lesson 4: Oval shapes, you will learn to make ‘chain stitches’ and crochet around them.
  • Lesson 5: Finally you will assemble your amigurumi like a pro.

The pattern for today:

Belly

Make 6 chain stitches. Crochet around this row of chain stitches, start from the second chain stitch from your hook. Check the video for details.

R1: {4 sc, 1 x inc.} x 2            (12)
R2: {1 sc, 1 x inc.} x 6            (18)
R3: {2 sc, 1 x inc.} x 6            (24)

Fasten off and leave a tail to sew the belly to the body tomorrow.

Beak

Make 4 chain stitches. Crochet around this row of chain stitches, start from the second chain stitch from your hook.

R1: {2 sc, 1 x inc.} x 2            (8)
R2: 8 sc

Fasten off and leave a tail to sew the beak to the body tomorrow.

 

That’s it already! Did you manage to make the chain stitches? Easy peasy right? ;) If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below!

Love,
Irene

 

Puck The Penguin – CAL lesson 3

Yayy you’re still here! That is so awesome, you get a gold star ;)

Or maybe you landed on this page and have no idea whats going on, then check out this page first.


These are all the lessons in this series:

  • Materials: Here you can find all the materials you need to start with your first crochet lesson.
  • Lesson 1: Making your first stitches (called ‘single crochet’) in a magic loop. Really magical I promise ;)
  • Lesson 2: You will learn about eyes, making decreases, stuffing and closing your amigurumi.
  • Lesson 3: Time for tiny parts, they are fiddly, but I’m sure you can do it!
  • Lesson 4: Oval shapes, you will learn to make ‘chain stitches’ and crochet around them.
  • Lesson 5: Finally you will assemble your amigurumi like a pro.

Today it’s time for tiny pieces. I think this was the hardest part for me when I started crocheting. 4 single crochet in a magic loop doesn’t give much room to see what you are doing. Just be persistent, don’t panic, take a sip of your tea, you will get there! (If you’re like me, you will never have hot tea when crocheting because you just want to finish one more round.)

The pattern for the feet and the wings is as follows:

Feet (make two)

R1: 4sc in a magic loop          (4)
R2: {1sc, 1 x inc. } x 2            (6)
R3: {1sc, 1 x inc. } x 3            (9)
R4: {2sc, 1 x inc. } x 3           (12)

Press the foot flat. Crochet the edges together with 5 sc. Check the video for all the details. Fasten off and leave a tail to later sew the foot to the body.

Wings (make two)

R1: 4sc in a magic loop          (4)
R2: {1sc, 1 x inc. } x 2            (6)
R3: {1sc, 1 x inc. } x 3            (9)
R4: {2sc, 1 x inc. } x 3           (12)
R5: 12 sc
R6: 12 sc
R7 6 x dec.                            (6)

Close the last round and fasten off. Leave a tail to later sew the wing to the body.

When you have made two feet and two wings you are all ready for today! Did you manage to make the fiddly small pieces? It takes a bit of patience to learn doesn’t it? But you will see you will get better with every stitch.

How are you liking this crochet project so far? (Are you using as many fingers on your hook as I am? Looks a bit silly I noticed in the videos. haha!)

Love,
Irene

Puck The Penguin – CAL lesson 2

And? How did it go yesterday? So great you’re crocheting along. Today will be about filling and finishing off the body. We will also give Puck some safety eyes.


These are all the lessons in this series:

  • Materials: Here you can find all the materials you need to start with your first crochet lesson.
  • Lesson 1: Making your first stitches (called ‘single crochet’) in a magic loop. Really magical I promise ;)
  • Lesson 2: You will learn about eyes, making decreases, stuffing and closing your amigurumi.
  • Lesson 3: Time for tiny parts, they are fiddly, but I’m sure you can do it!
  • Lesson 4: Oval shapes, you will learn to make ‘chain stitches’ and crochet around them.
  • Lesson 5: Finally you will assemble your amigurumi like a pro.

Ready for some more crochet? Let’s get started!

The eyes

First we can place the eyes. Take a safety eye and place it in the center of the magic loop of one of the white circles you made yesterday. Then push it through the body on one of the BLO stitches in the 6th round. You recognize them by a small horizontal stitch. Do the same for the other eye. Secure the saftey eyes by placing the washers inside of the body.

Leave all the tails of the eyes where they are. We will sew the white part of the eyes to the body on the last day.

The body, continued

R13: { 4sc, 1 x dec. } x 6          (30)

dec. means decrease. To make a decrease you will crochet two single crochets together.

R14: { 3sc, 1 x dec. } x 6          (24)
R15: { 2sc, 1 x dec. } x 6          (18)
R16: { 1sc, 1 x dec. } x 6           (12)

Now you can stuff the body of the penguin. Use a pencil or the back of your crochet hook to get the stuffing in easily.

R17: 6 x dec.                            (6)

Close the small hole that is left in your final round. Fasten off the thread.

And we’re ready for today :)

I think I’m going to start another Puck in a multi color yarn. What color are you using for Puck?

Love,
Irene