Amigurumi: First attempt; The making of cats

When it comes to art creation, my main form of creativity is fiber; cloth, yarn, natural and synthetic fibers…

Crochet Brian Crane Amigurumi (pronounced ah-mee-goo-roo-mee) has been occupying most of my weekend crochet time. This is fueled by my daughter’s love of stuffed animals, She’s requested that my first amigurumi project be a cat, and so I’ve managed to squeeze hours throughout this weekend to focus on it. I’ve decided to devote some of my crochet time into making amigurumi creatures for my daughter, and some others…

Amigurumi

The word Amigurumi is Japanese, it means “stuffed toy.” The toys are crocheted or knitted. Pretty clever, right?

Crochet Amigurumi Cat 1

Making daughters amigurumi cat

As you can see from the above picture, my daughters amigurumi cat isn’t complete. Actually, I’ll be making two. The second will be smaller than this one. I didn’t follow a pattern, I just picked up a size G crochet hook, and started doing my own thing. No surprise, since when it comes to crafts (or cooking) I rarely follow directions.

I found the head and body was easy to make, although in hindsight I should have made the body more cylindrical in appearance. When I attempted to correct that ‘flaw’ my daughter told me, No! It appears she loves the round body.  I’ll make sure I do make corrections with some of my upcoming projects. My daughter is happy with how her kitty is progressing and is clamoring for me to finish.

The legs and arms were a bit of a challenge, until I started using a stitch marker (strip of yarn in another color) to make off my starting point. I believe I’ll remake the tail, since I think it should be slimmer than the legs. I still need to complete the arms.

Perfect timing: 12 for 12 in 2012; Charity

My interest in Amigurumi comes at an excellent time. I’ve mentioned The Mother Bear Project in a few posts, the crocheted and knitted bears that are created and sent to children in underdeveloped countries. My local yarn store, Lovely Yarns, supplies a pattern, but I’ve decided to make my own. I’ve already sketched out the design for that amigurumi bear, the only thing left is to make it. I’m getting my feet wet with the amigurumi cat, once that’s completed I’ll start working on the bear. I’ll be sure to post pictures of both completed projects.

This post should have been posted yesterday, since I’m participating in the 12 for 12 in 2012 Charity Crochet project. Head on over to Kathryn’s crochet blog, to see who else is participating in this project.  This weekend, I haven’t been online as much. I’ve been spending time with my daughter, and working on the above amigurumi project.

I realize that everyone isn’t like myself, and might want instructions before they attempt to dive into Amigurumi, and so I’ve included a few links below, enjoy!

Amigurumi Resources

  1. Amigurumi tutorial
  2. Amigurumi: How to make fuzzy amigurumi

Photo Source: Crochet Spot

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10 Responses to Amigurumi: First attempt; The making of cats

  1. Cindy says:

    WowI haven’t heard about amigurumi yet, but it seems to be a very nice and funny thing! I like the cat you have started with, it looks very nice! I can’t wait to give it a try and do some tutorials! Thanks for the inspiration!
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Cindy,
    Thanks,

    I like Amigurumi, I just never made them before. I’ve made plenty of stuffed toys, they just weren’t knitted or crocheted. This kitty will resemble a Chibi cat. I was able to complete the arms yesterday, only thing left is another tail, and the facial expressions.
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  2. Jennifer says:

    This is so interesting! I must admit I know very little about this…so I am interested in your future projects for sure!!!!
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Jennifer, Initially I was puzzled, since I was unsure how I was going to turn this into a cat, but last night it dawned on me, Chibi! I love those critters, overly deformed heads and limbs. This morning, I’ll post an update on what I’ve done. :)
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  3. Jennifer says:

    PS:
    I ***THINK*** I changed the comment setting on my Blissful Journey Blog – let me know if you are still having problems :)
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, No problem commenting, your post just popped up in my RSS feed reader. :)
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