The blog will be quiet for a while as we travel to Tokyo, Japan! Thank you so much to everyone who gave such thoughtful tips and recommendations for our trip! Hopefully we’ll be able to get lots of inspiration for future projects, and we can’t wait to share our adventures with you when we get back :)
Hmmm…what are Ryan and I reading?
Some super awesome magazines we’ve been featured in! I was thrilled when Anna M. Park, the editor-in-chief of Audrey Magazine contacted me, saying that she loved my crochet designs and wanted to include some of them in their upcoming spring issue! Audrey is the “Asian American Women’s Lifestyle Magazine”, and I was so excited when my hard copies came in the mail. Growing up, I used to read magazines such as “Cosmo Girl”, “Seventeen" and "Teen Vogue”, and I would get very excited whenever I saw an Asian face on a page, which of course was rare. Audrey highlights Asian-Americans in entertainment, sports, and pop culture in general, and they also feature Asian-American models in their beauty and fashion sections. I think it’s exciting where the Asian-American community is headed as the cultural landscape diversifies and more Asian-Americans are visible in the media!
Hannah Simone, of Indian and German-Italian-Greek-Cypriot descent and co-star of New Girl is on the cover of the Spring issue! Previous stars who have graced the cover of Audrey include Jenna Ushkowitz of Glee, Jamie Chung, Freida Pinto, Tia Carrere, Mindy Kaling and Olivia Munn :)
My feature is on the very last page! They included a large picture of my Dragon as well as a picture of my Spring Bunnies in the corner. The feature also includes a little bit about me, including my inspiration, my blog name and how I got started in crocheting. I am so thrilled and honoured to be featured in this great pioneering magazine!
My brother Corey is a big Nintendo fan (I’ve crocheted a Bob-omb and Luigi amiguurmi for him as well as a Pokemon cell phone cozy) and he’s always loved reading Nintendo Power. I used to flip through his magazines as we played our fair share of Nintendo games together growing up (e.g. Super Mario 64, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Luigi’s Mansion, etc). Corey told me about the “Community" section at the back of every issue of the magazine which features fanwork from all around the world. I thought I would submit the amiugurumi Link I made since I was so proud of how my Hylian shield and accessories turned out! I was thrilled when I heard back from Nintendo Power as they were very interested in my amigurumi! Freelance writer and game journalist Nathan Meunier asked me some questions and began writing his article.
I quickly went out to the store and bought myself a hard copy! I love the title of our feature: “Lover’s Link" with the description, "This Zelda-inspired amigurumi makes for matrimonial harmony”. The article highlights how we work as a great husband and wife team and how we wanted to create our own accessories after following Japanese artist Becchin’s original design. It’s so exciting being featured in a magazine that we used to read growing up!
Lastly, I was contacted by the wonderful people over at Craftgawker. Craftgawker was being featured in a crafts magazine in the UK called “Crafts Beautiful Magazine" (haha I’ve probably never used the word "crafts" so many times in one sentence before :P). This magazine wanted to use some images from Craftgawker, so Craftgawker asked if they could have my permission to send them the photo of my amigurumi Dragon! Of course, I happily obliged and was excited that such an awesome site with so many beautiful images wanted to use one of mine! Craftgawker has been very instrumental in introducing people to my blog, and I highly recommend you check out their site if you haven’t so already: there are so many gorgeous images of inspiration for free tutorials and wonderful craft ideas. You can see my Dragon featured on the page that appeared in the magazine!
We are so thankful to be featured in these wonderful magazines, particularly since Nintendo Power and Audrey Magazine are not targeted towards craft or crochet audiences. They are mainstream magazines that can be bought in stores! Hopefully some new people will be introduced to the wonderful world of amigurumi and crochet! Thank you so much for all your continued support, everyone :)
I’m so glad I started my "All About Ami" facebook page shortly after I started my blog. It’s been a great way to connect with people from all around the world as it’s so easy to share photos, ask questions and comment on each other’s work! I love seeing the work of other amigurumi artists, and one day back in October, I was browing through an album by Sharon Ojala of “Amigurumi Freely”. What caught my eye was a photo of two beautifully-made Mario brothers: Mario and Luigi! Sharon linked to the original pattern by Nikki or “FullMetalPiglet”, and I was blown away by her awesome patterns which she also provides for free. Her work ranges from anime and video game dolls to awesome sackboy patterns, most of which are accompanied by videos!
My brother Corey is a BIG Luigi fan…whenever we play Mario Kart, Mario Party or any other Nintendo game that requires you to choose a character, he always chooses Luigi. He collects Luigi memorabilia, from shirts to figurines, so when I saw such an amazing Luigi amigurumi, I knew I had to make it for him!
I started off by crocheting his head and then working on his body. It’s such a great idea to crochet in the back loops only for a couple of rows (near top of head) so it’s later easier to attach his hair. I also love how the body continues from the head so you do not need to sew them together later on.
Next I crocheted more of Luigi’s body, leaving an opening in the front.
Then we sewed a zipper in this opening, which is characteristic of the Sackboys (Sackboy is a character from the game LittleBigPlanet- see what he looks like here if you’ve never seen him before).
Next up was his round nose which we then sewed onto his face…
Then we sewed on his flat button eyes which we got from Walmart (see how Nikki attaches them here towards the end of the video). I’ve only ever used beads and safety eyes for the eyes of my amigurumi, but I love the look of these buttons! They give a very doll-like effect :)
Our bald Luigi then needed some hair! The hair was crocheted row by row as a separate piece with some picots added at the end for a wavy look. The hair piece was then attached to the back of Luigi’s head.
Next we crocheted some semi-circles for his ears and attached them on the sides of his head where his hair ended.
On the other side of his ears we added his sideburns! Hee hee…Luigi looks like an aging man with no hair ontop- only on the sides and at the back!
Next up came a very defining feature of Luigi’s face: his mustache! He looks very distinguished now :)
I then worked on Luigi’s green hat with a brim…
But we couldn’t forget to personalize his hat! We embroidered a green “L” onto a white oval and then sewed it onto the green hat. See the making of Luigi’s hat in this video here.
We were so excited to have Luigi try on his hat! It really helps complete his look :)
Haha, but of course Luigi was still missing his limbs! His legs were crocheted by picking up stitches on the lower part of the body and crocheting downwards- once again, I love this technique since you do not have to attach the legs separately later on. We switched from blue to brown yarn towards the bottom so that Luigi could have some brown shoes to wear! See how Nikki picks up stitches in her videos here and here.
His arms were crocheted in a similar fashion by picking up stitches in the upper part of the body. I then switched from green yarn to white yarn to get ready for the gloves.
I really love her technique of making fingers for the gloves. See how she makes them in this video here. Each finger is a little tube branching out from the glove base. Once again, I love how you do not need to make each finger separately and individually attach them later on.
I then crocheted a white band, folded it, sewed the ends together and then wrapped it around the glove base to give the gloves a more finished look.
Then we added Luigi’s blue overall straps and yellow buttons to complete his clothing!
And voilà, our Luigi Sackboy is finally complete with all of his wonderful details!
Here’s a top-down view:
And a side-view…hee hee, I really love his nose!
Love his shiny button eyes, mustache and sideburns too :)
I think having the zipper adds such a neat, unexpected look to this Luigi doll. What a great idea to make different characters into Sackboys (Nikki has patterns for a Link, Mario and Sonic sackboy too)!
In this back view of Luigi you can get a better view of his hair: the picots add such a lovely effect to give Luigi wavy hair on the bottom!
Even though I love designing my own amigurumi patterns, I still enjoy trying out and following other people’s designs, particularly when I learn new techniques or when I feel like they are taking my amigurumi-making to another level. I felt this way when I made my Link doll (original pattern by Becchin, translated by Tanoshimou) since he had a pivoting head around a ball joint and I learned how to attach hair in a different method.
With this wonderful Luigi pattern, I learned how to pick up stitches, how to incorporate buttons and zippers into amigurumi, how to use picots for a wavy look in crochet and how to make fingers in such an ingenious way. I’m so proud of these two amigurumi dolls and how they expanded my horizons in amigurumi technique. Here you can see they’re having a heart to heart :) Link is a curious little one and Luigi is more than happy to impart some wisdom on him!
As I mentioned in the sneak peek, they have some things in common: striving to save princesses and defeat bad guys, as well as their love of green and brown :)
Luig is one of the biggest amigurumi I’ve ever made (the biggest being my Despicable Me Minion), and I am so proud of how he turned out! My brother Corey, who is a regular reader and supporter of my blog, was so surprised when I presented him with his very own crocheted Luigi! He sits proudly in his room with the rest of Corey’s Nintendo collection. I was very happy that I could make something so meaningful and special for my brother! Just a couple weeks ago we were playing the new “Mario Party 9" on the Wii as a family, and we had such a blast with all the incredibly fun mini-games! It brought back so many memories from when we used to play growing up. As always, Corey chose to be Luigi :)
If you have any Nintendo lovers in your life, this would be such an awesome gift! Be sure to check out FullMetalPiglet's site here for her other sackboy, video game and anime doll patterns which she generously provides for free! The Luigi Sackboy pattern can be found HERE. I hope my step-by-step photos can help you along the way as I know many of you found the step-by-step photos for Link to be very helpful! Keep in mind that I made this Luigi more than half a year ago back in October, but I will try my best to answer any questions that you may have…of course, you can always ask the original artist as well! Keep challenging yourselves in trying new techniques and expanding your horizons about amigurumi! And as always, feel free to contact me through my facebook page, twitter and e-mail!
Look what got released over the weekend: “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" for the Nintendo 3DS!!! Ryan’s excited to play the game for the first time, and I’m pretty excited to relive some childhood memories :) Gotta love the storyline and the music!
Link was crocheted using an original pattern by Becchin, translated by Tanoshimou. Check out the following links (haha, no pun intended) to help you make your own hero of Hyrule:
I followed Tanoshimou’s pattern except for the hat, as I found the pattern written out produced a hat that was far too big for Link. I kept single crocheting 42 all the way around from rows 12-18, went counter-clockwise for row 15, and then went around clockwise for rows 16-18 (I did not take it past row 18).
Now onto my pattern for Link’s Hylian Shield, Sword, and Sheath!
Note: I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds).
The shield consists of the (1) front part, (2) back part, and (3) strap.
(1) Front part
Using blue yarn,
R1: Ch 2, 2 sc in second ch from hook, turn. (2)
R2: Ch 1, *sc 2 in next sc*, rep 2 times, turn. (4)
R3: Ch 1 *sc 2 in next sc*, rep 4 times, turn. (8)
R4-6: Ch 1, sc 8, turn. (8)
R7: Ch 1, sc 3, *sc 2 in next sc*, rep 2 times, sc 3, turn. (10)
R8-10: Ch 1, sc 10, turn. (10)
R11: Ch 1, sc 1, dc 1, dc 1, tr 1, tr 1, ch 1, tr 1, tr 1, dc 1, dc 1, sc 1.
Fasten off and weave in end.
Resulting shape should look like this:
Using grey yarn, single crochet around the border of the shield. Chain 2 at bottom corner. Chain 3 at top corners (see below diagram).
Result after single crocheting around border:
Using grey yarn, embroider the following design along the edges with a yarn hook:
Using yellow yarn, embroider the Triforce and a triangle.
Using red yarn, embroider the Eagle design.
(2) Back part
To make back of shield, follow same pattern above (i.e. Rows 1-11) using blue yarn. Do not use grey yarn to single crochet around the edge and do not embroider any designs.
Using blue yarn,
R1: Sc 2, starting in second ch from hook, turn.
R2-12: Ch 1, sc 2, turn.
Attach strap onto back of shield (NOT the embroidered one).
Glue gun (or sew) front of shield to back of shield.
Hylian shield attaches to Link’s arm like so:
The sword consists of the (1) blade and (2) cross-guard.
Cut off tip of chopstick (blade should be about 2.5 inches or 7 cm). Using scissors, carve notches into the chopstick.
(2) Cross-guard (make 2)
Using grey yarn,
R1: Sc 1, starting in second ch from hook, turn.
R2-8: Ch 1, sc 1, turn.
Finish off, weave in ends.
Glue gun 2 cross-guards together around the blade.
The sheath consists of the (1) tube and (2) handle.
Using dark brown yarn,
R1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook.
R2-13: Ch 6.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Using dark brown yarn,
R1: Sc 1, starting in second ch from hook, turn.
R2-19: Ch 1, sc 1, turn.
Finish off, leave long end for sewing.
Sew both ends of handle to tube.
Place sword in sheath to see if it fits.
Now you’re made a Hylian shield, sword, and sheath for Link!
Now Link is prepared for battle!!! If you have any questions or find any errors, feel free to contact me. Thanks and good luck!
This pattern is an original pattern by Stephanie of All About Ami (May 2011). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern.
I have so many fond memories of playing “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" on the N64 back in the day (in 1998 to be exact!!!). Time sure flies by. I remember staying up late during the summer nights as my brother and sister led me with the player’s guide, instructing me on where I should go and what I should do. We loved the storyline and the music, and we shrieked with excitement as we fought bosses together and became annoyed at Navi the fairy whenever she told us to "Listen!".
When I first became interested in amigurumi, I scoured the internet for pictures and ideas for my first projects. Ryan stumbled upon an amigurumi Link which we both thought was absolutely adorable. The original pattern was by Becchin (found here), an incredible Japanese amigurumi artist with beautiful, intricate work. Tanoshimou kindly translated the pattern (found here) so the rest of us could make our very own Link’s!
When I first looked at the pattern, I knew it looked somewhat complicated, so I decided to put it on the back-burner as I tried my hand at more simple projects (e.g. Jigglypuff) since I was a beginner at amigurumi. I am so glad this Link project was not my first. I probably would’ve become very frustrated and possibly might’ve given up. I knew I could tackle this project now since I had quite a few amigurumi projects under my belt. And so, I excitedly began this project which had been on my to-do list for months!
This Link is unique because his head can pivot and rotate. The head is actually removable and pivots around a ball joint, which I thought was such a brilliant idea. Thus, I first started by crocheting the ball joint and upper body.
Next, I worked on Link’s brown boots, comprised of two parts: the soles and the tops. They had to be sturdy enough so that Link could stand upright in them!
Next, I crocheted two legs and joined them together, switching to green yarn in the last row.
Then, I attached the legs to the ball joint/upper body.
Next up was the cool part: the removable head! At first, I was a little confused about how this all worked, but as you can see in the pictures below, the part that flares out (in the second pic) flips upwards and wraps around the ball that is ontop of it.
And so, adding the eyes and stuffing the head was a little bit different than normal since the base was hollow.
Once his head was complete, I worked on making the top part of his hair and also attached some ears.
This is what I had completed so far…
Now with his head on the ball joint! It looks like Link has a buzz cut…
Next up were his arms.
Now with his arms attached! It’s funny how he actually looks proportional here (with the ball joint being a proportional head). But of course amigurumi are characterized by their oversized heads!
Then came a challenging part: the hair! I used double crochets to go down the back of his head.
For the front part, I chained long strands on either side of his face (in front of the ears) for his sideburns.
Ryan helped me with the bangs and did an absolutely fantastic job stitching them on with a yarn needle. Here are some different angles showing his bangs. I think attaching hair with this method is such a great idea as it gives a very clean-cut look.
I thought the pattern for the pointy hat was clever since you increase the stitches on certain sides (I’m so used to increasing evenly around a circle). However, for some reason, I found that the hat pattern that was written out produced a hat that was way too big (see hat on the left below). Someone also commented about this, so I’m glad I’m not the only one! Thus, I had to modify the pattern (see hat on the right), otherwise it looked like Link was absolutely swimming in his hat. I talk about how I modified the hat in my accessories pattern post here (right before the materials section).
I was so excited to see if this hat fit. Here he is!
A few more pics from various angles…
I knew Link the warrior wouldn’t be complete without his accessories….like his Hylian shield and his sword! And so, we made up our own patterns to create them. Ryan was the one who actually embroidered the designs onto the Hylian shield for me, and I was blown away by how accurate and intricate it turned out! To check out step-by-step photos and patterns of how I made each accessory, click HERE. Here’s a pic of Link with them!
Now with sword in hand!
From more angles…
From behind you can get a better view of his sword and sheath, and how his shield attaches to his arm.
Since Link’s head is pivotable, it’s fun to pose him just like our old action figurines :) For example…
"Oh no! What’s going on over there?!?"
"Zelda’s been captured by Ganondorf. *Sigh*."
"Have no fear! Link is here! Ganondorf’s no match for me!"
Haha, you get the point. Here are a few pics showing Link’s relative size in case you’re curious.
Here he is on guard at the corner of my desk.
I am so happy with how Link turned out. Becchin’s pattern is very intricate, from his pivotable head to his removable boots. Link is incredibly sturdy as it amazes me how he can stand all by himself. If you are or know of any Legend of Zelda fans, you should definitely give this pattern a try. Once again, the pattern for the Hylian shield, sword and sheath can be found HERE. Let me know what you think of this Link and if you played “Ocarina of Time" back in the day too! What are some of your favourite video games?
Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: my favourite video game character….Link!!! Link original pattern by Becchin, translated by Tanoshimou. Hylian shield, sword and sheath pattern by me :) Full blog post with plenty of pics to come!