Amigurumi: Chibi Cat – WIP (Work in Progress)

Posted by on January 10, 2012 at 9:22 am.

Crochet Amigurumi Chibi Cat

Amigurumi: Crocheted chibi cat

Yesterday, I posted about my first amigurumi crocheted project. My daughter love cats, and so she asked me to make one for her.

Naturally I agreed, but was a bit puzzled on how I’d turn my first project into a kitty. Look at it, the head is oversized. It literally dwarfs the body. Last evening, I thought about this, while I was working on the arms and legs… Then it hit me! I could make a Chibi cat!

Chibi envy by nuhfanik d34ucmo

Because of this cats oversized head, it easily falls under the Chibi category. You’ll find Chibi’s in Manga (Japanese comics — which I absolutely adore!) Chibi’s are easily recognizable since their limbs are overly exaggerated. I wanted to make the arms and legs smaller, but my daughter wanted them to be ‘normal size’.

Finishing the crocheted amigurumi chibi cat

I still have a bit more to do on this Amigurumi chibi cat. A mouth needs to be added, I still need to crochet ears and a super long and skinny tail — but this being my first amigurumi project, I’m really pleased with how it’s progressing. Regarding the eyes, originally I was going to use buttons (or purchase eyes) for this project, but I opted to crochet the eyes instead. I made one slightly larger than the other, to add to its deformity.

There’s another reason I chose crocheted eyes… Remember when I wrote about The Mother Bear Project? Well… the more I thought about it, I realized that I don’t know how young some of the children might be that receive a hand crocheted or knitted bear. To be on the safe side, I think it’s wise for me to make the items out of fiber, so it won’t be a potential choking hazard. Some of the techniques I’m trying with this project (like the crocheted eyes) will be incorporated into the bears I crochet.

Crochet: No time for idle hands

Today, I’ll be volunteering at my daughters school. It’s open house, and so I’ll be greeting potential parents. I’ll be sure to bring along some yarn, crochet hooks, and perhaps a bit of fiberfill so I can create some more Chibi pets. I’m thinking I’ll make about 17. Once they’re completed, I’ll  hand them out to my daughters third grade class. Each school year I make some type of crafted item for her classmates.

My inspiration for this upcoming project comes from Nerdigurumi. I guess, you could say I’m already ahead of the game, since I’ve already made the heads. I made this this past weekend. I discovered her site this morning and have already liked her on Facebook. If you love Amigurumi, stop by the site and check out her adorable crocheted amigurumi critters.

Photo Source: Nuhfanik; Deviant Art

11 Comments

  • Jennifer says:

    Oops! Sorry! Works now! LOL – Was having troubles commenting earlier!

    I totally LOVE this! This is sooooo cute! Can’t wait to see the progress!

    I will be out of a few hours today! I will be speaking to a group of older ladies at a local Christian Women’s Association regarding our Wildtree Products 🙂

    Also…thanks for letting me know about the Feed! Glad it works!
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, I was able to complete the tail, while volunteering at my daughters school. I even began making another Chibi. I forgot that I said I’d make this one a companion.

    Oh that sounds like fun, you should post about the experience on your website.
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  • suituapui says:

    Looks like an alien to me… I’m sure kids would love it… Only problem is they get so attached to it and hang on to it right up to adulthood. You still have your “bantal busuk” (smelly pillow, we call it in Malay)? LOL!!!
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    Opal Reply:

    LOL @suituapui,
    I so wanted to make this into an alien, but my daughter was adamant about her kitty.

    If she does become attached to it, at least it’s washable. 😉
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  • Jennifer says:

    I have been pondering some Wildtree Radio Shows – I need to get my butt moving! LOL – Thanks for the push! I need it!

    Swing by my Blissful Place blog when you have time and see my thrifty purchases for today! Would LOVE comments!
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Jennifer,

    I’ll try to stop by there later today. I won’t be on the computer too much since my daughters best friend will be visiting. I’m also crocheting a bear for The Mother Bear Project.

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  • Anna says:

    For me, this looks like a snowman. Funny – my daughter just came in while reading this and guess what – we all want this little fellow for our next birthday:)
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    Opal Reply:

    @Anna, It’s starting to look more like a cat now, I’m hoping I get a chance to finish it this weekend. I got sidetracked when I started working on bears for The Mother Bear Project. 🙂

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  • Kate Brown Wilson says:

    I really like the ideas you are sharing Opal , it very cute, i am sure my young one will make this as a toy. can’t wait to see some of your home videos.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Kate Brown Wilson,
    I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands, so naturally I’m thrilled that I can create items for others. I’m so happy that I can use some of my talents for various charity organizations. There’s only so many places I can volunteer at physically, through crafts I’m able to extend my charity contributions.

    It’ll be a while, but eventually I’ll get around to posting some videos that I’ve done, until that time I’ll just post a few crafting videos that I enjoy.
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