Bestie Bee Baby

Meet the fourth Bestie, the Bee Baby! Since we’re having so much fun with the three Besties over at AmigurumiPatterns Ami-Along, we decided to surprise you with one more little friend to add to your Besties collection. Participants of the Ami-Along can download this Bestie Bee Baby pattern from the “Pattern Add-On” thread in the forum. What’s more, by making this Bestie Bee Baby, you also stand a chance to win a package of 50 Colors Must-Have Mini Yarn by Yarn and Colors! 🏆🎁🧶

The Bee Baby is based on one of my closest friends, Jarina. We went from being arch nemesis in primary school to hanging out together in college. The “bee” costume alludes to a private joke, which I won’t be sharing here. Because I value my life. Very much. 🤪 Just know that it’s a very funny joke. Very very funny. 😋

We still have 23 more days to go before this Ami-Along concludes. So if you want to join us and make some Besties, you can sign up here.

Stay home, stay safe, stay crafty. ❤️

Besties Forever Ami-Along

We all love our friends, right? Some of us have friends we have known since our childhood, some we met along the way as we navigated our way through adulthood. Old friends or new, they have all enriched our lives in some way. But with the lockdown imposed in so many countries around the world, many of us haven’t been able to see our friends, at least not physically.

So, to tell our friends how much we love and value them, we are having an Ami-Along at AmigurumiPatterns.net where we will bring out our hooks and yarn—those two magical ingredients!—and make cute amigurumi versions of our besties. Once we finish making our amigurumi Besties, we can surprise our friends with their amigurumi lookalikes (but please meet them only after the lockdown is lifted!). If this sounds like a fun idea, you can head over to AmigurumiPatterns.net and sign up for this month’s Ami-Along, which will run from April 8 to May 13.

Over the course of the next five weeks, we will use this base pattern to create three separate looks. You can get creative and customize the color of their hair and costumes to make the ami resemble your bestie. By the way, did I tell you that the Besties are based on real people? Alright peeps, meet Agnes, Kavita (which means “poetry” in Nepali) & Pema (Tibetan for “lotus”). They have been my friends since first grade and helped me survive school, break-ups and life in general. And even though we are all currently based in different cities, we still keep in touch through text messages and meet whenever we happen to be in the same city. So, in a nutshell, this month’s Ami-Along is an ode to friendship.

As a part of this fun crocheting event, AmigurumiPatterns will also be giving away tons of prizes, ranging from amigurumi paperbacks and e-books to Yarns and Colors yarn packages and Clover crochet hook sets. How amazing is that! Also, for the duration of the Ami-Along, participants can grab my other patterns at a 30% discount.

Left to right: Kavita, Agnes, Pema

I hope you will come join us. You can click here to sign up.

Stay home, stay safe, stay crafty. ❤️

It’s Banana O’clock

You know it’s banana o’clock when crafters go crazy and challenge each other to post a craft photo with a banana in it. This slightly weird idea first struck our fellow designer Dendennis who not only posted stylized banana pics on his social media accounts, he also challenged others to do the same. The idea is to create a stylized craft photo and include a banana in it. 🍌

Another designer friend AmiFan slipped right into the challenge, banana peel and all, and then challenged me to participate. There was only one itty-bitty problem: there were no bananas at home (there were three left but I’d used them to bake a banana bread that very day)! When I used that bit of information to wiggle out of the challenge, AmiFan challenged me to be creative and figure out a way. So I did exactly that and created this little amigurumi Banana Boy—which I’m posting here as a free pattern—and bam! I had a banana for the challenge. 😎

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If you’re going bananas because of social distancing and want to join the banana wagon, take a picture of your craft alongside a banana and post it using the hashtag #craftandabanana (how bananas it this hashtag!). 🤪And in case you have run out of bananas, I guess you can bend the rules a little bit and substitute it with this little Banana Boy.

Stay home, stay safe, stay crafty.

Happy hookin’! ❤️

The Witcher & A Holiday Wish

If you love reading, playing or watching The Witcher and (like me) have been obsessing over the new Netflix series, you’re going to like this quick post. Because what can be more awesome than an amigurumi version of our favorite monster hunter! 😁

So yes, this is what I have been working on this month. A little Geralt of Rivia fan art. Isn’t he adorable!

Making the entire body in black—with several tiny pieces of the armor to boot—was definitely not a sane thing to do [fellow crocheters will understand why] but I guess I was “living da vida loca”. 😉 After five days of working primarily with black yarn, I was nearly blind and my hands were terribly sore but it was so worth it! I absolutely love how little amigurumi Geralt turned out and I hope you like him too. 😁

Before the day is done, my little amigurumi Witcher and I wish you love, peace, joy, and all the best this wonderful holiday has to offer. May everything on your wishlist come true.

Wishing you a magical and blissful holiday! See you next year! ❤

Santa Paws & Frosty Nose

Santa Paws and Frosty Nose are brothers. But do you know how they got their names? Like all Shiba Inus, Pawsy and Nosey are “spirited’ and loyal, with a tendency to guard their humans. But there’s one thing that sets these brothers apart: every winter, the brothers give away their treats, old toys and spare blankets to the less fortunate dogs in the neighborhood. The brothers—both of whom were adopted from an animal shelter by their human parents—know that winters are harsh for those who are homeless and every single act of kindness, no matter how small, helps. And because they have such big hearts, they are known as Santa Paws and Frosty Nose.

On cold winter nights, the brothers put on their Christmassy capes and hats and leave the warmth of their home; they go around the neighborhood carrying gifts, blankets and warm food, looking for their street dwelling canine friends. And every time they come across a cold and hungry animal, the brothers make sure he has a belly full of warm food and a warm blanket to keep away the cold. ❤️

Now, a bit about the pattern. Santa Paws & Frosty Nose stand 12cm without the hat—and 16cm with the hat—when made with sock weight yarn and a 2.5mm hook. The difficulty level for making the dog is “Easy”; for the accessory [i.e. the gift box], the level is “Intermediate”.

If you are looking for a cute, quick and easy Christmas themed amigurumi pattern that can be finished in a couple of evenings, and can be used either as decorative pieces or made as gifts, this is the pattern for you. 🎄

I hope you enjoy making Santa Paws and his brother Frosty Nose. Their pattern is available in my Ravelry shop.

Happy hookin’! ❤️

P.S. Thanks to these amazing hook ninjas for testing this pattern: Crystal Thompson, Jessica Sherman, Frances Metallo, Fiona McQueen, Véronique Flawine & Kim Coomans.

Halloween Ami-Along

I’m so excited to tell you that I’m hosting the Halloween Special edition of Ami-Along over at AmigurumiPatterns.net this month and it’s going to be so much fun! Besides getting a brand-new Halloween themed two-in-one amigurumi pattern at the price of one and access to the members forum, you also stand a chance to win a ton of crochet related goodies! Doesn’t that sound amazing!

We will be hooking up one of these spooktacular Halloween Kids during this Ami-Along, which will run from October 9 to November 11. And you get to decide which one of these cute little trick-or-treaters do you want to make—batty little Wanda or her catty little friend Hazel. Or if you are feeling super adventurous, you can even make both of them! Both Wanda and Hazel stand 24cm tall without their accessories.

If you’re hearing about this event for the first time, the AmigurumiPatterns.net Ami-Along is a fun monthly event where a large group of crocheters work on the same amigurumi project during a limited time, share photos of their work in progress and their finished amigurumi, ask questions and find inspiration in what others are making. During the event, the designer of the project will also be available for advice and some friendly chitchat. You can join the Ami-Along here.

Oh, by the way, if you’re wondering about Wanda and Hazel’s costume choice, I have the scoop for you.

Little Wanda has been dressing up as a witch for Halloween for as long as she can remember. But this year she wants to dress up as a vampire bat because bats are cool and they don’t need a broom to fly.

Her bestie Hazel, on the other hand, will be trick-or-treating as a cat because she loves singing and dancing and is a huge fan of the musical named after these felines.

The Halloween Kids is an intermediate level pattern. However, the pattern contains additional instructions on how to make some not-so-basic stitches, like the 4-dc bobble stitch and back post crochet stitch. It also contains over 30 step-by-step photos to help you through the difficult bits.

Though the pattern calls for sock weight yarn, you can use any yarn that’s already in your stash. Just make sure you adjust the hook size[s] accordingly. And there is absolutely no need to stick to the yarn colors recommended in the pattern. Feel free to experiment with colors—and have fun!

I’ll be looking forward to see your Wanda/Hazel over at the Ami-Along.

Update [November 13, 2019]: The pattern is now available for download at my Ravelry shop.

Happy hookin’! ❤️

Baby Phoenix

What does Marvel Comics and this blog post have in common? I can give you a hint if you want. It can rise from the dead and fly. Quick, anyone? No? Alright then—ahem!—“Behold, the Phoenix!” [To be read in Alan Rickman’s voice, à la the Metatron in Dogma] 😁

Baby Phoenix is the first bird amigurumi I’ve designed. Yes, you read that right. And why not! After all, no bird [at least from the mythological variety] has captured our imagination the way this fiery bundle of feathers has. So if you’re feeling inspired to make a phoenix yourself, all you need to do is grab your yarn, hook, and this pattern.

This little magical baby bird will make a perfect gift for mythology buffs, fantasy fans, and lovers of all things kawaii. Easy to make, this project requires small amounts of yarn and can be completed in a couple of evenings [or an evening if you are a fast crocheter!].

The amigurumi pattern for Baby Phoenix is available in my Ravelry shop.

Happy hookin’! ❤️

P.S. Thanks to these amazing ladies for testing this pattern: Mia [check out her Etsy store for awesome crocheted goodies!], Fiona McQueen, Veronique Flawine, Crystal Thompson, Jessica Sherman, Reina A and Amifan. I’m so grateful for this bunch!

50% Off on New Pattern

To celebrate the release of “Violet, the Pom Pom Girl” as a single pattern on my Ravelry shop, I’m offering a 50% discount on her pattern. Use the code TWISTED50 during checkout and grab this pattern for just $3! This introductory offer is valid only till July 4, 2019, 23:59 Pacific Time. Get the pattern here.

How to use the coupon code on Ravelry:

1. Add the pattern to cart. Click “Use a Coupon Code”.

2. Type TWISTED50 in the box and click “Apply”

3. The cart will show a 50% deduction on your total amount. Click “Checkout Now” to make the purchase at the introductory price of $3.

Happy Hookin’! ❤️