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Pattern: Elephant

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Crochet these absolutely adorable, whimsical elephants with a brilliant amigurumi technique that requires minimal attaching.   Make them in a multitude of colours and add some fabric lining to the ears as a pretty touch!  This elephant is an original design by Japanese artist Chisachi Kushima.  For the Spanish translation, see Rani’s post HERE on “Amigurumies”, and for the French translation, see Fannie’s post HERE on “Petite Maille”.  Below is the English pattern that I have translated!  [Don’t forget to click the “Print" button at the bottom of this blog post right above the comments for a printer-friendly version of this pattern!]

Materials:

  • grey or pink yarn (I used Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice in “Pink and Silver Grey”) 
  • 2.5 mm or 2.75 mm crochet hook (I used a 2.75 mm hook)
  • yarn needle
  • fiberfill
  • 6 mm or 9 mm safety eyes (I used 9 mm)
  • fabric for lining of ears
  • white felt for tusks

Note: I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds).  ***PLEASE follow along with my blog post HERE to see many more step-by-step photos.  It is also VERY IMPORTANT that the "right" side of amigurumi is facing outwards for this project, otherwise the stitches of the body and the legs will look different.  Please read about the “Right Side of Amigurumi" HERE to learn more!

Body:

Ch 9 ( this is the foundation chain),

R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 7 in back loops of foundation chain.  3 sc in last stitch.  Turn the chain, Sc 6 in front loops of foundation chain, then 1 inc in next front loop [we are making an oval by crocheting around the chain].  (18 sts)

R2: 1 inc, 6 sc, 3 inc, 6 sc, 2 inc (24)

R3: 8 sc, 1 inc, 1 sc, 1 inc, 1 sc, 1 inc, 11 sc (27)

R4: 1 inc, 9 sc, 1 inc, 2 sc, 1 inc, 2 sc, 1 inc, 6 sc, 1 inc, 1 sc, 1 inc, 1 sc (33)

R5: 2 sc, 1 inc, 6 sc, 1 inc, 3 sc, 1 inc, 3 sc, 1 inc, 11 sc, 1 inc, 2 sc, 1 inc (39)

R6: 1 inc, 11 sc, 1 inc, 4 sc, 1 inc, 4 sc, 1 inc, 8 sc, 1 inc, 3 sc, 1 inc, 3 sc (45)

R7: 15 sc, 1 inc, 5 sc, 1 inc, 5 sc, 1 inc, 17 sc (48)

R8: 2 sc, 1 inc, 14 sc, 1 inc, 6 sc, 1 inc, 6 sc, 1 inc, 8 sc, 1 inc, 4 sc, 1 inc, 2 sc (54)

R9: 4 sc, 1 inc, 7 sc, 1 inc, 7 sc, 1 inc, 7 sc, 1 inc, 17 sc, 1 inc, 5 sc, 1 inc, 1 sc (60)

R10: 6 sc, 1 inc, 8 sc, 1 inc, 8 sc, 1 inc, 8 sc, 1 inc, 18 sc, 1 inc, 6 sc, 1 inc (66)

R11: 1 sc in each sc (66)

R12: 1 inc, 17 sc, 1 inc, 9 sc, 1 inc, 9 sc, 1 inc, 11 sc, 1 inc, 7 sc, 1 inc, 7 sc (72)

R13: 1 sc in each sc (72)

R14: 2 sc, 1 inc, 18 sc, 1 inc, 10 sc, 1 inc, 10 sc, 1 inc, 12 sc, 1 inc, 8 sc, 1 inc, 6 sc (78)

R15: 1 sc in each sc (78)

R16: 4 sc, 1 inc, 19 sc, 1 inc, 11 sc, 1 inc, 11 sc, 1 inc, 13 sc, 1 inc, 9 sc, 1 inc, 5 sc (84)

R17: 1 sc in each sc (84)

R18: 6 sc, 1 inc, 20 sc, 1 inc, 12 sc, 1 inc, 12 sc, 1 inc, 14 sc, 1 inc, 10 sc, 1 inc, 4 sc (90)

R19-22: 1 sc in each sc (90)

R23: 39 sc, chain 6 (skip 12 sc to create the hole for the trunk), 39 sc (84)

R24: 37 sc, 1 dec, 6 sc, 1 dec, 37 sc (82)

R25: 1 sc in each sc (82)

Cut the yarn.  Leave a marker in the last sc of Row 25.  Work by rows for the next part.  We will now be crocheting the tab that falls below the trunk.

R26: Skip 37 sc.  Rejoin yarn and make 8 sc (8)

R27: Ch 1, turn, 1 sc in each sc (8)

R28: Ch 1, turn, 1 dec, 4 sc, 1 dec  (6)

R29: Ch 1, turn, 1 dec, 2 sc, 1 dec (4)

R30: Ch 1, turn, 2 dec (2)

We have now created a tab that falls below the trunk. 

Place safety eyes between Rounds 16-17.

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Legs:

In order to create the legs, we will divide the body into leg chains.  Each leg chain consists of 6 chains and we will be making 4 leg chains (A-D) in total.  

Leg Chain A: Join to one end of the last sc of R25 (see pic below), chain 6, count 21 sc, join with sl st to this end.image

Leg Chain B: Continuing on from Leg Chain A, Ch 6.  Sl stitch to last stitch of Row 30 of the tab. 

Leg Chain C: Continuing on from Leg Chain B (the first end is in the last stitch of Row 30), chain 6, then count 15 sc from the beginning of the base of the tab of R25 and join with sl st..

Leg Chain D: Continuing on from Leg Chain C, Chain 6 then join with sl stitch to last stitch of R25 (where your stitch marker is).  Do not cut yarn.

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We will now be working on each individual leg, crocheting around the body and the leg chains that we have just created.

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Leg  A:

Starting from last stitch of Row 25 (so where the marker was, i.e. no need to cut the yarn from before, simply continue working):

R1: 21 sc (of the body), 6 sc (of the leg chain A) (27)

R2: 1 sc in each sc (27)

R3: 5 sc, 1 dec, 12 sc, 1 dec, 6 sc (25)

R4: 17 sc, 1 dec, 6 sc (24)

R5: *2 sc, 1 dec* repeat around (18)

R6: *1 sc, 1 dec*, repeat around (12)

R7: 6 dec

Fasten off and weave in end.

Leg B:

Count 23 stitches from where marker was in Row 25 (or as indicated in diagram above) and rejoin yarn.

R1: 15 sc (of the body), 6 sc (along the edge of the tab), 6 sc (of the leg chain B) (27)

R2: 1 sc in each sc (27)

R3: 1 dec, 12 sc, 1 dec, 11 sc (25)

R4: 1 dec, 23 sc (24)

R5: *2 sc, 1 dec*, rep around (18)

R6: *1 sc, 1 dec*, rep around (12)

R7: 6 dec

Fasten off and weave in end.

Leg C:

Begin in the last stitch of Row 30 (the tab) or as indicated in diagram above and rejoin yarn.

R1: 6 sc (along the edge of the tab), 15 sc (of the body), 6 sc (of the chain C) (27)

R2: 1 sc in each sc (27)

R3: 5 sc, 1 dec, 12 sc, 1 dec, 6 sc (25)

R4: 17 sc, 1 dec, 6 sc (24)

R5: *2 sc, 1 dec*, rep around (18)

R6: *1 sc, 1 dec*, rep around (12)

R7: 6 dec

Fasten off and weave in end.

Leg D:

Rejoin yarn in the body in the stitch next to Leg C (as indicated in diagram above).

R1: 21 sc (of the body), 6 sc (of the leg chain C) (27)

R2: 1 sc in each sc (27)

R3: 1 dec, 12 sc, 1 dec, 11 sc (25)

R4: 1 dec, 23 sc (24)

R5: *2 sc, 1 dec*, rep around (18)

R6: *1 sc, 1 dec*, rep around (12)

R7: 6 dec

Fasten off and weave in end.

Trunk:

Rejoin yarn in the hole left for the trunk.  Rejoin in stitch in the middle of the tab (tab edge consists of 6 sts).

R1: 3 sc (half of the tab), 12 sc (of the body), 3 sc (other half of the tab) (18)

R2: 1 sc in each sc (18)

R3: *1 dec, 4 sc*, rep 3 times (15)

R4-5: 1 sc in each sc (15)

R6: *1 dec, 3 sc*, rep 3 times (12)

R7-8: 1 sc in each sc (12)

R9: *1 dec, 2 sc*, rep 3 times (9)

R10: 1 sc in each sc (9)

R11: *1 dec, 1 sc*, rep 3 times (6)

Fasten off and weave in end.

Belly:

R1: 6 sc in the MR (6)

R2: 6 inc (12)

R3: *1 inc, 1 sc*, rep around (18)

R4: *1 inc, 2 sc*, rep around (24)

Stuff body and trunk firmly.  To close the belly, attach the crocheted belly piece to the edges of the four leg chains.  The belly piece should fit in perfectly since it consists of 24 stitches while the leg chains each consist of 6 chains (i.e. four leg chains x 6 chains = 24 stitches).

Ears (make 2):

Ch 7 ( this is the foundation chain),

R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 5 in back loops of foundation chain.  3 sc in last stitch.  Turn the chain, Sc 4 in front loops of foundation chain, then 1 inc in next front loop [we are making an oval by crocheting around the chain].  (14 sts)

R2: 1 inc, 4 sc, 3 inc, 4 sc, 2 inc (20)

R3: 1 sc, 1 inc, 5 sc, 1 inc, 1 sc, 1 inc, 1 sc, 1 inc, 5 sc, 1 inc, 1 sc, 1 inc (26)

R4: 1 sc, 1 inc, 8 sc, 1 inc, 1 sc, 1 inc, 1 sc, 1 inc, 8 sc, 1 inc, 1 sc, 1 inc (32)

R5-6: 2 hdc, 9 sc, 7 hdc, 9 sc, 5 hdc (32)

R7: *1 dec, 8 sc, 1 dec, 4 sc*, rep twice (28)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Fold crocheted piece in half so that it curves inwards.  Sew fabric onto inner part of ears.  Sew open piece shut.  Attach ears to body.

Tail:

R1: 4 sc in the MR (4)

R2: 1 sc in each sc (4)

R3: *1 inc, 1 sc*, rep twice (6)

R4: 1 sc in each sc (6)

R5: *1 inc, 2 sc*, rep twice (8)

R6-7: 1 sc in each sc (8)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Attach to body.

Tusks (optional):

Cut tusks out of white felt.  Attach with glue gun with tusks pointing upwards or downwards.

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Now you’re done!  Enjoy your sweet elephants and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more crafty and crochet updates!

This pattern is an English translation by Stephanie of All About Ami (April 2014).  Please do not reprint this translation on your site. 

Elephant

Do you remember the “Amigurumi & Crochet Blog Directory" that I compiled last year in August?  I really enjoyed visiting blogs from around the world and seeing what projects different crochet artists were working on.  When I clicked on "Petite Maille”, a French blog by Fannie, I was greeted with some pictures of an absolutely adorable elephant (see here).  I was immediately intrigued by the construction and shaping of this amigurumi as it looked very different from the traditional method of crocheting individual limbs and then attaching them altogether.  I was delighted to see that Fannie provided the free French pattern on her blog.  Fannie had translated a Spanish pattern that she herself had discovered on a blog called “Amigurumies" by Rani.  I mistakenly thought that Rani was the originally designer behind this elephant, but Rani herself and some Facebook followers pointed out that the original pattern was Japanese, and that Rani had translated this pattern found in a Japanese pamphlet into Spanish for her blog.  

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Rani showed me what the original Japanese pattern looked like, and after some sleuthing and help from my Japanese friend (thanks Saho!!!), we believe that the artist who designed this elephant in the above pamphlet is Chisachi Kushima (久嶋千幸).

I was so incredibly excited to try crocheting this elephant and learn some new amigurumi techniques along the way!  Armed with Fannie’s French pattern and Rani’s Spanish pattern, I began translating the pattern into English which turned out to be not too bad at all since I had previously studied both French and Spanish in school.  It also made it easier since I had two patterns in two different languages to cross-reference in case I wasn’t sure about a particular phrase or the wording of something.  I used this chart here to reference what the crochet terms were in different languages (e.g. “punto bajo” is “single crochet” in Spanish) and sought to make the pattern as clear as possible in English.  After I had translated the pattern into English, I began following it to make my very own elephant!

The top part began with crocheting around a foundation chain to create this oval shape.  Then the elephant’s body began to expand!

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A hole was left where the trunk of the elephant would be added later on.  A tab was then crocheted under the hole to help connect the front part to the rest of the body and legs.

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I thought that the next part was incredibly genius: leg chains are created to divide up the underside of the body.  This creates little “compartments” where we can crochet directly onto the body without having to crochet the legs separately and then attach them later on.  Here is a visual showing where each leg chain is created and how many stitches are in between.  Don’t worry, the pattern will explain this more clearly!

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Here is a picture of the elephant-in-progress with the hole, tab and leg chains created!  Isn’t it neat?

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This next visual shows where each leg will be:

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And this visual shows where you rejoin your yarn for each leg and in which direction to crochet.  Remember that if the right side of amigurumi is facing outwards (see post HERE if you don’t know what I’m referring to), you should always be crocheting clockwise!  I tried to add more visuals to make the pattern as clear as possible :)

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And so, referencing the visuals that I created, I crocheted Leg A, Leg B, Leg C, and then Leg D!

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We then added the safety eyes!  Hehe, doesn’t he look funny without his ears and trunk…like some sort of weird lumpy creature?

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I then crocheted the trunk in the hole that was left for it.  To close up the belly, a circle was created and then sewed onto the underside!

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Next up was the ears!  We did a little modification to the ears and added fabric lining, just like we did with the Spring Bunnies :)  I think mixing fabric with crochet adds such a beautiful touch, and you can add so much character and variation by choosing different fabrics.  We thought that this red fabric contrasted nicely against the grey yarn.  As a tip, sew the lining onto the ear with small back stitches before you sew the ears shut.  

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Here is our little round elephant with his ears attached!  The fabric definitely adds a nice pop of colour, don’t you think?

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The last part to crochet was the little tail which I then attached to the back!

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And now may we present to you our sweet little elephant!!!

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We added some tusks made out of white felt which we glued onto either side of his trunk!

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Isn’t the shaping and design of this elephant absolutely brilliant?  I love the smooth contours and how the upper body becomes the legs and the trunk seamlessly.  There is minimal attaching (which is my least favourite part of making amigurumi) as you only need to attach the ears, belly and tail!

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I actually crocheted this little guy for a silent auction that my friend was organizing to raise money for an orphanage in Taiwan.  I was delighted to find out that a couple who was planning on adopting a child from the orphanage ended up with the winning bid as they were purchasing it for their future child- isn’t that so special?

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Of course, that also meant I HAD to crochet another elephant for us to keep since I loved the design so much!  I ended up crocheting a pretty pink elephant for Myla using the same fabric lining that I used for the Spring Bunnies.  For both elephants I used Lion Brand Yarn’s Vanna’s Choice (in Pink & Silver Grey).

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I named these two “Rosie" and "Gris" since "rose" is pink and "gris” is grey in French!  I think these elephants would look adorable using any colour…you could crochet an army of elephants in a rainbow of colours!  

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You may notice that Rosie has tusks pointing upwards while Gris has tusks pointing downwards for some variation!  You can choose which way you’d like them to point.

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A number of you mentioned on Facebook and on Instagram that this elephant looks like “Olli”, a popular Dutch character who is apparently the symbol of the Rotterdam Zoo and a professional football club!  I love our international community and how we can learn interesting tidbits of information that I otherwise wouldn’t have known :)

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Don’t you think these elephants would make an adorable and whimsical addition to any baby nursery or child’s room?  Hehe…they’d also be great desk buddies- judging from the response already, it seems that many of you love elephants!  

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Here is a short video I posted on Instagram showing Gris and Rosie in action!  You can follow me on Instagram (@AllAboutAmi) for more photos of my crocheted creations and day-to-day life…I really love my Instagram community and all the support and lovely feedback I always get on there!

I am just so impressed with this pattern and design and I love learning new techniques and skills to bring my amigurumi to the next level.  I find that Japanese artists are so creative and ingenioius in the way they design their amigurumi (e.g. the ball joint of Link here and the leg chains of this elephant).  I hope that I can incorporate some of these techniques into my future designs and keep expanding my repertoire of crochet skills as I continue making my own and trying other people’s patterns.  Thank you to Rani and Fannie who translated the original Japanese pattern into Spanish and French respectively and greatly helped me in my task to bring this amazing pattern to an English audience!  I hope that you enjoyed reading about and seeing the making of Gris and Rosie :)  ***The free English translation can now be found on my blog HERE***!!!

Here is a sneak peek of the latest amigurumi that I will be blogging about!  Isn’t this elephant absolutely adorable?  It’s a Japanese pattern that I first discovered on ”Amigurumies”, a blog by Rani who translated the pattern into Spanish!  
Stay tuned for the full step-by-step blog post and the free English pattern coming this week!  I absolutely love how this amigurumi elephant is constructed!

Here is a sneak peek of the latest amigurumi that I will be blogging about!  Isn’t this elephant absolutely adorable?  It’s a Japanese pattern that I first discovered on ”Amigurumies”, a blog by Rani who translated the pattern into Spanish!  

Stay tuned for the full step-by-step blog post and the free English pattern coming this week!  I absolutely love how this amigurumi elephant is constructed!

Fox Basket/Pillow

This past weekend I attended a good friend’s baby shower, and I was so happy to gift her with some crocheted goodies!  A while back, I came across a really cute pattern for a “Foxy Stash Basket” on the “Yarnspirations" website HERE.  I thought it would be a wonderful gift as it would not only make an adorable addition to the baby’s nursery, but also have the functional ability of storing items such as little hats, socks or towels!  I had a lot of fun crocheting baskets in the past (see posts HERE and HERE), so I was very excited to make a cute animal basket!  

I went out and looked for red and beige cotton yarn: I ended up purchasing “Bernat Handicrafter Cotton" yarn in "Off White" and "Country Red”.  You need to hold two strands of yarn together when crocheting this basket.  I did not buy enough skeins of yarn during my first shopping trip- in total, I used 4 skeins of the beige yarn and 2 skeins of the red yarn!  Some black yarn is also needed for the eyes and nose, but I simply used some black acrylic worsted weight yarn that I already had in my stash.  

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I began by working on the base of the basket with the beige yarn.  I loved the look and feel of it already!  I used a 6 mm crochet hook for the basket and a 4 mm crochet hook for the ears and eyes as recommended in the pattern.

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After crocheting the base, the basket started to build upwards…

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Then after all the increase rounds, it was time to build up the height of the basket!

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Next, I added the nose with some black yarn!

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I was excited to begin working with the red yarn!  Rather than cutting the yarn every time you need to switch colours, this basket is worked with the tapestry method of crochet in which you hold both colours at the same time, carrying and crocheting around the strands that are not currently in use.  If you are unfamiliar with this technique, check out this video HERE to see it in action!  Since you are working with two colours in the round, that essentially means that you are working with two strands of one colour while carrying along two strands of the other colour (thus four strands going at once)!

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As I was following the pattern exactly and building up the red in subsequent rounds, I noticed that the red appeared to be going lopsided upwards.  Even in the photo provided in the pattern (appearing below), I thought that the face looked crooked or lopsided.  When I read the pattern through, I thought it made sense in theory if each stitch were placed exactly ontop of one another round after round.  However, as you can see, stitches are not exactly aligned ontop of each other (e.g. third stitch of Round 3 will not be perfectly below third stitch of Round 4), as they tend to build up at an angle.  Thus, I tried to make some modifications and eyeballed it as I went along, trying to make the face as symmetrical as I could!

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This is what I came up with as I crocheted more and more of the face…

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Then it was time to cut off the beige yarn and continue working only with the red yarn!

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I tried my best, but I admit that I did not do a perfect job of making the face exactly symmetrical.  As you can see in the image below, the sides are not identical (left side curves more at an angle while right side falls more steeply).  I did not have the patience to undo my work and start that part over again, but you can always give it a try yourself and see what you come up with!

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After some decrease rounds, the last round was given a nice finishing touch as it was worked with the reverse single crochet.  I absolutely love the beautiful roped and textured feel that the reverse single crochet gives to the basket!

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The basket was not as sturdy as I expected it to be (compared to the other baskets which I had crocheted using two strands of super bulky yarn and using an 8 mm crochet hook).  Thus, we thought it would be neat to give this basket another function: by adding buttons to the top, the basket could be closed up to be a pillow or cushion!

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I enjoyed crocheting the ears as they were worked from the bottom to the top which is opposite to how I usually make my ears.  The shape turned out beautifully, and I love the pointed tips!  To give a bit more shaping and dimension, we pinched the ears in the middle and sewed the back, giving them a creased look.

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The eyes were simple to crochet as they were simply black circles with some white strands of yarn added!

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After attaching the ears and eyes, here was our finished product!

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These are the modifications I made to the original “Foxy Stash Basket" pattern by Yarnspirations (all modifications made to the FACE part, not the base):

  • 3rd rnd: With A, 1 hdc in each of next 6 hdc.  
  • 4th rnd: With A, 1 hdc in each of next 9 hdc.
  • 5th rnd: …………..Do not break MC.  With A, 1 hdc in each of next 12 hdc…………..
  • 6th rnd: With A, ch 2, 1 hdc in each of next 21 hdc……….With MC, 1 hdc in each of next 7 hdc…With A„ 1 hdc in each of next 13 hdc………
  • 7th rnd: WIth A, ch 2.  1 hdc in each of next 22 hdc…..Do not break MC.  WIth A, 1 hdc in each of next 14 hdc…….
  • 8th rnd: With A, ch 2.  1 hdc in each of next 24 hdc…..With A, 1 hdc in each of next 15 hdc………….

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I presented this Fox Basket packed with some goodies to my friend during her baby shower, and it was a hit!  I think it look so cute, don’t you?

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It would be such a beautiful and whimsical addition to the nursery of any baby boy or girl!  Here it is pictured with some of the steel bins from Myla’s nursery (purchased from Ikea and Home Sense).  Most of Myla’s stuffies in her nursery were actually my previous stuffies that I brought from home….that goes to show how much stuffies can be loved and cherished and passed down the generations, amigurumi included :)

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Here is the Fox Basket serving its dual purpose as a cushion or pillow!  Doesn’t it look so huggable?  And how adorable would this fox pillow look on any sofa or bed?

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Thus, if you don’t feel like using the basket as storage anymore or if a cute pillow is needed for a big boy or girl bed, it can be converted easily into a cushion or pillow simply by closing up the top with the buttons!

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We used fiberfill to show what it looked like stuffed as a cushion, but we would not recommend using it as the actual stuffing unless you sewed the top shut (hazardous for children as they might remove it, play with it or eat it)!  You could try finding a small pillow or cushion that would fit inside to keep the button closure and to easily switch from using this as a basket or a pillow!

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And here’s a third use for the basket….as a Fox Mask!  Haha all joking aside, I thought it was funny how this basket was pretty much head size!

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If you liked this basket, check out these baskets pictured below that I crocheted HERE.  I still use them to this day in Myla’s nursery and my workspace as they hold so much and look so beautiful.

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If you’re interested in crocheting a matching amigurumi fox, here’s a round-up of some cute FREE fox patterns that I found on-line:

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{1. “Cute Amigurumi Fox" by Anna S. of "Spool of Sunshine”,  2. “Amigurumi Fox" by Timea Venter of "Timic’s Home”, 3. “Fox Amigurumi" by Nimoe Galad of "Nimoe’s Blog”, 4. “Mother Fox and Baby Fox" by Allison Hoffman}

As I mentioned above, I think this Fox Basket would be so cute in a nursery, particularly if it had a “Woodland Forest Theme”.  I enjoy looking through the beautiful handiwork of different artists on Etsy, and I found the following items that would go perfectly in such a themed nursery!

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{"Charlie the Fox Baby Toddler Onesie by Le Trango, “Teacup Fox Original Watercolor Painting" by Alisa Belzil of Sweet Afternoons, "Organic Kawaii Fox Baby Swaddle Blanket" by Simply Boco Baby, "Mini Plush Woodland Animal Set" by A Little Bit of Joy }

Hope you enjoyed reading about the making of this fun project and how we made some modifications to the original pattern and made it convertible from a basket to a pillow!  Keep in mind that the Yarnspirations website gives it a 3 out of 4 “Intermediate” difficulty level as it does involve switching yarn colours using tapestry crochet.  To access the free pattern, click HERE and download it!  I love this idea of making baskets into animals- you could add bunny ears, cat ears, bear ears…the sky’s the limit!  Thank you for reading, and don’t forget to stay updated with my work by following me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Crochet Corner: Pony

Hey everyone!  It’s time for another “Crochet Corner" post in which we showcase the beautiful amigurumi that have been made all over the world!  This edition will be starring Pony, our latest amigurumi design who was made to help celebrate the “Year of the Horse" for Chinese New Year!  Let’s dive right in and see how others have interpreted our pattern :)

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Kim-Hoa from California made this horse for her husband since he was born in the Year of the Horse!  He chose out the colours himself and loved how he turned out.  I think it’s incredibly sweet how Kim-Hoa made this adorable Pony for her husband!

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Ana of “Mis PequiCosas”, who is originally from Spain but is now living in Switzerland, made this gorgeous pony using fine yarn.  She named him “Johnny” and blogged about him HERE.  She says that he is indeed a baby pony because he is just learning how to stand on his 4 legs!  Ana writes that it was a challenge using fine yarn but that she is very happy with how he turned out :)  I think her work looks impeccable as always!

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Amanda of “Crystal Panda" from California has three friends who are having their first babies this year during the "Year of the Horse"!  She made this pony below for the first horse baby and even personalized it with her info including her name, date of birthday and birth weight!  How incredibly meaningful and special!  You can read Amanda’s blog post about her pony HERE.

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Ania of “Szydetkowe AnWool" from Poland made a blue and white pony with big blue eyes!  She blogged about her version HERE.  I’ve really enjoyed seeing the different colour combinations that people have used!  

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Jenna from Saskatchewan, Canada made this golden-maned pony for her sweet little girl who declared, “It’s for me!” as soon as she saw it :)  Jenna and I were actually grad school classmates, and it’s sooo neat whenever I see someone I know personally crocheting and following one of my patterns!  Jenna actually started crocheting when she was very young at the age of 6, but she took a big break and picked it up again a couple of years ago.  I am so glad that we both rediscovered our love of crochet!    

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Jenni decided to make this pretty pony for herself after having made so many toys for other people!  Love her purple mane and double lashes! 

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Roseanne from Uruguay made this little beauty for her 11 year old daughter who was born in the Year of the Horse!  Roseanne said that she really enjoyed making this pony and that both her and daughter fell in love with it!

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Teresa from Canada also decided to use red and white for her very first horse and had a lot of fun making this cutie!  I’ve loved seeing how you all put together the mane for your horses, and this one looks particularly spunky and mohawk-like!  

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Trish from California is rounding out the red and white ponies with this little horse that she made for herself!  Her daughter is jealous as she wants one too, and Trish writes that she needs to get a shelf in her kitchen to display all her little stuffies!

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Belén from Italy used my pattern and added a horn to make her unicorn!  Love this very simple modification to make such a whimsical creature :)  

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Jenny from Wisconsin just learned how to crochet a couple months ago and has already made many amigurumi using my patterns such as Dragon and Snake!  She made this absolutely beautiful pony as a gift for her husband for Valentine’s Day.  I adore the lustrous yarn she used as well as the swirly scarf accessory that looks like it’s blowing in the wind!

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Makayla of Planet Yarn from Illinois also made an exquisite accessory for her beautiful pony!  She crocheted this blanket and posted the pattern on her blog HERE so you can make one for yours too!

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I’ve absolutely loved seeing all your ponies and these are only a dozen of them as I didn’t want to cram too many into one post!  And so, if you didn’t see your pony in this post, do not fret as I am already compiling pictures for the second Crochet Corner post featuring Pony!  Hope you feel inspired to create your own Pony after seeing these pics- the free pattern can be found HERE and the step-by-step blog post can be found HERE.  Thank you for bringing our pony pattern to life with all your beautiful renditions!  To check out more “Crochet Corner" posts, visit this page HERE!

Two weeks ago Dendennis and I invited you to let your amigurumi take over your phones and capture photos of themselves using the hashtag #amiselfie !  Here is a sampling of some of the amiselfie awesomeness from Instagram!  I love how you can see the phones in some of these selfies :)  It’s been great seeing so many different amigurumi from around the world and the creative poses they find themselves in!  
Row 1: Dendennis, Jennw26, Rachchua
Row 2: Miahandcrafter, AllAboutAmi, Iamjoanna
Row 3: Samtronika, Aimeehno, Jennykoo82
Check out #amiselfie on Instagram for yourself to see more photos and feel free to continue letting our crocheted friends take more selfies!

Two weeks ago Dendennis and I invited you to let your amigurumi take over your phones and capture photos of themselves using the hashtag #amiselfie !  Here is a sampling of some of the amiselfie awesomeness from Instagram!  I love how you can see the phones in some of these selfies :)  It’s been great seeing so many different amigurumi from around the world and the creative poses they find themselves in!  

Row 1: Dendennis, Jennw26, Rachchua

Row 2: Miahandcrafter, AllAboutAmi, Iamjoanna

Row 3: Samtronika, Aimeehno, Jennykoo82

Check out #amiselfie on Instagram for yourself to see more photos and feel free to continue letting our crocheted friends take more selfies!

Pattern: Spring Bunnies

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Spring has arrived!  It’s been 3 years since I designed the Spring Bunnies and I know that this pattern has been dearly loved and used many times all over the world since then.  If you never jumped on the bunny bandwagon, now’s your chance to join in on the fun and make your own Spring Bunny as the weather warms up and Easter approaches!  This pattern originally appeared on Craftzine HERE and it is my pleasure bringing it to you on my blog for the very first time!

Materials:

  • Yarn [beige or white medium weight (4) yarn for the body; pink lightweight yarn (3) for the flower]
  • 2.00 mm crochet hook and 1.25 mm crochet hook (for the carrot)
  • Yarn needle
  • Fiberfill
  • Brown or pink felt (for the feet)
  • Patterned fabric (for lining of the ears)
  • 12 mm safety eyes
  • Embroidery floss (brown or beige for the nose and to attach felt for the feet; orange and green for the carrot)
  • [For new bunny: 9 mm safety eyes, yellow embroidery floss for flower, pink embroidery floss for nose, beige felt for feet]

Note:  I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds).  ***Please follow along with my blog post HERE to see step-by-step photos!   

HEAD

Using beige or white yarn,

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring. (6 sts)

R2: Sc 2 in each sc around. (12 sts)

R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)

R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times. (24 sts)

R5: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (30 sts)

R6: *Sc 4, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (36 sts)

R7: *Sc 5, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (42 sts)

R8: *Sc 6, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (48 sts)

R9-13: Sc 48

R14: *Sc 6, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (42 sts)

R15: *Sc 5, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (36 sts)

R16: *Sc 4, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (30 sts)

R17: *Sc 3, dec 1* rep 6 times. (24 sts)

Place 12 mm safety eyes towards bottom half of head.  Begin stuffing head. 

R18: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)

R19: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)

Continue stuffing head firmly.

R20: *Dec 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in end.

Using brown or beige embroidery floss, sew nose onto head using following tutorial:

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For new bunny nose variation:

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EARS (make 2)

Using beige or white yarn,

R1: 5 sc in Magic Ring (5 sts)

R2: Sc 2 in each sc around. (10 sts)

R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 5 times. (15 sts)

R4-8: Sc 15.

R9: *Sc 3, dec1*, rep 3 times.  (12 sts)

R10-11: Sc 12.

R12: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 3 times (9 sts)

R13-15: Sc 9.

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew open end together.  Cut fabric lining in shape of ears.  Sew fabric lining onto ears.  Attach ears either on top of head pointing up or towards back of head pointing down.

BODY

Using beige or white yarn,

R1: 7 sc in Magic Ring. (7 sts)

R2: Sc 2 in each sc around. (14 sts)

R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (21 sts)

R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (28 sts)

R5-8: Sc 28

R9: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 7 times. (21 sts)

R10: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 7 times. (14 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Stuff body firmly.  Sew body to head.

ARMS(make 2)

Using beige or white yarn,

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring. (6 sts)

R2: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 3 times.  (9 sts)

R3: Sc 9.

R4: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 3 times.  (6 sts)

R5-7: Sc 6.

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Attach to sides of body.

LEGS (make 2)

Using beige or white yarn,

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring. (6 sts)

R2: Sc 2 in each sc around. (12 sts)

R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)

R4-6: Sc 18 sts.

Begin stuffing legs.

R7: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)

Continue stuffing firmly.

R8: *Dec 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)

R9: Sc 6.

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Cut ovals out of brown or pink felt.  Sew oval pieces onto feet using embroidery floss.  Attach legs to bottom of body.

TAIL

Using beige or white yarn,

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring. (6 sts)

R2: Sc 2 in each sc around. (12 sts)

R3: Sc 12

R4: *Dec 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew onto bottom-back of body to give the bunny balance. 

ACCESSORIES

  • CARROT:

Using orange embroidery floss,

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring. (6 sts)

R2: *Sc 2, 2 sc in nex st*, rep 2 times. (8 sts)

R3-7: Sc 8.

Fasten off and sew open end together.  Tuck ends in.

Using green embroidery floss,

Ch 3, sl st to any middle stitch on top of carrot, ch 3.  Fasten off.  Sew ends back into chains.

  • FLOWER

Using pink yarn,

Ch 21.

R1: *Dc, ch1, dc* in fifth ch from hook.  *Ch1, sk1. Dc, ch 1, dc in next stitch* till the end (repeat 8 times).  [Result is 9 sets of double crochet ‘V’s.]  Ch 3 and turn.

R2: In first ch1 space between the double crochet V’s, dc 4 times.  *Sl st in next ch1 space between the double crochet v’s.  Dc 5 times* till the end (repeat 9 times).  Sl st in last stitch in row.  Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  With long end on the right side, roll the flower inwards (clockwise motion), placing the petals how you would like.  Use yarn needle to sew the long end through the layers of the flower to fasten them in place.  Attach the flower to the side of the bunny’s head.

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 This pattern is an original pattern by Stephanie of All About Ami (April 2011) and originally first appeared on Craftzine.  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.  You may sell items made from this pattern but please give credit or link back to “All About Ami” as the original designer!

Whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, selfies are all the rage these days!  Dendennis and I thought that it was time to let our amigurumi take the spotlight and let THEM take some selfies too!  Post your amis’ selfies on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or Facebook using the hashtag “#amiselfie”.  It’s fun participating in events like these that bring the whole amigurumi community together and let us show each other our creations in creative ways!   Can’t wait to see what mischief our crocheted friends get themselves into!

Whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, selfies are all the rage these days!  Dendennis and I thought that it was time to let our amigurumi take the spotlight and let THEM take some selfies too!  Post your amis’ selfies on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or Facebook using the hashtag “#amiselfie”.  It’s fun participating in events like these that bring the whole amigurumi community together and let us show each other our creations in creative ways!   Can’t wait to see what mischief our crocheted friends get themselves into!

Pattern: Pony

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Celebrate the “Year of the Horse" this Chinese New Year with this sweet little Pony, complete with a whimsical, puffy mane and tail!  Make her in a rainbow of colours for all the horse, unicorn and pony-lovers in your life and those born in the Year of the Horse!  

Materials:

  • white yarn (I used “Patons Canadiana in White”) and coral yarn (I used “Loops & Threads Impeccable in Rouge”)
  • 2.00 mm crochet hook 
  • yarn needle
  • fiberfill
  • 12 mm safety eyes
  • black embroidery floss

Note: I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds).  ***PLEASE follow along with my blog post HERE to see step-by-step photos.

HEAD

Using white yarn,

R1: 5 sc in Magic Ring (5 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around (10 sts)

R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 5 times (15 sts)

R4: Sc 15

R5: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 5 times (20 sts)

R6: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 5 times (25 sts)

R7: Sc 25

R8: *Sc 4, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 5 times (30 sts)

R9-10: Sc 30

R11: *Sc 5, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 5 times (35 sts)

R12-17: Sc 35

R18: *Sc 5, dec 1*, rep 5 times (30 sts)

R19: Sc 30

R20: *Sc 4, dec 1*, rep 5 times (25 sts)

Add safety eyes between Rows 9 and 10 below midline for doe-eyed effect (see more photos here).  Embroider eyelashes with black embroidery floss.  Begin stuffing head.  Ensure that the “snout/nose” is at the beginning where the magic circle is and the back of the head will be where you do your decreases, fasten off and weave in end over the next couple of rounds.

R21: *Sc 3, dec 1*, rep 5 times (20 sts)

R22: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 5 times (15 sts)

R23: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 5 times (10 sts)

Finish stuffing head.

R24: *Dec 1*, rep 5 times (5 sts)

Fasten off and weave in end.  

MANE (divided into 5 parts from front of head to back of head)

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Using coral yarn for all the parts

Mane Part 1 (curled tip):

R1: 4 sc in Magic Ring (4 sts)

R2: Sc 4

R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 2 times (6 sts)

R4: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 3 times (9 sts)

R5: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 3 times (12 sts)

R6: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (18 sts)

R7-8: Sc 18

Fasten off and leave long end for attaching.

Mane Part 2:

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)

R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (18 sts)

R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (24 sts)

R5: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (30 sts)

R6: *Sc 3, dec 1*, rep 6 times (24 sts)

R7: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 6 times (18 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for attaching.

Mane Part 3:

Chain 8 (this is the foundation chain)

R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 7 in back loops of foundation chain.  Turn and Sc 7 in front loops of the foundation chain [we are making an oval by crocheting around the chain].  (14 sts)

R2: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 7 times. (21 sts)

R3: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 7 times. (14 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for attaching.

Mane Part 4:

Chain 6 (this is the foundation chain)

R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 5 in back loops of foundation chain.  Turn and Sc 5 in front loops of the foundation chain [we are making an oval by crocheting around the chain].  (10 sts)

R2: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 5 times. (15 sts)

R3: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 5 times. (10 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for attaching.

Mane Part 5: 

Chain 4 (this is the foundation chain)

R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 3 in back loops of foundation chain.  Turn and Sc 3 in front loops of the foundation chain [we are making an oval by crocheting around the chain].  (6 sts)

R2: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 3 times. (9 sts)

R3: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 3 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for attaching.

Arrange Mane Parts 1-5 together and attach each part to the next using long ends of yarn left.  Once all the parts have been attached together, drape the whole piece across Pony’s head from front to back.  Sew Mane Part 1 into place.  Secure rest of mane onto head (note that it’s only necessary to sew portions of the mane to the head [the middle parts where each piece is joined to the next] as you don’t need to sew the whole way around each piece (i.e. you don’t have to attach the sides).  No need to stuff the mane.  Hide yarn ends into mane. PLEASE see step-by-step blog post HERE for more detailed pictures.

EARS (make 2)

Using white yarn, 

R1: 5 sc in Magic Ring (5 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around (10 sts)

R3-4: Sc 10

R5: *Sc 3, dec 1*, rep 2 times (8 sts)

R6: Sc 8

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew onto head on either side of mane between Mane Parts 2 and 3.  

BODY

Using white yarn,

Chain 4 (this is the foundation chain)

R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 3 in back loops of foundation chain.  Turn and Sc 3 in front loops of the foundation chain [we are making an oval by crocheting around the chain].  (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in next sc, Sc 1, *2 sc in next sc*, rep 2 times, Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc (10 sts)

R3: Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc, Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc, Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc, Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc, Sc 1 (14 sts)

R4: Sc 14

Next, we will be shaping the belly:

R5: *2 sc in next sc*, rep 3 times, Sc 11 (17 sts)

R6: Sc 1, *2 sc in next sc*, rep 3 times, Sc 13 (20 sts)

R7-8: Sc 20

R9: *Sc 3, dec 1*, rep 4 times (16 sts)

R10-11: Sc 16

Next, we will be shaping the neck so it curves upwards:

R12-14: Sl stitch across next 2 stitches.  Hdc 8.  Sl stitch across next 6 sts (16 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Stuff body and attach onto head.

LEGS

Note: We will be making 2 back legs and 2 front legs.  The only difference between the back legs and the front legs are Rounds 9-11 when we begin to curve the legs.  They are different so that the colour change from coral to white is hidden from view when attaching to the body.

BACK LEGS (make 2)

Each back leg consists of the hoof (coral yarn) and the upper leg (white).

Using coral yarn,

Chain 4 (this is the foundation chain)

R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 3 in back loops of foundation chain.  Turn and Sc 3 in front loops of the foundation chain [we are making an oval by crocheting around the chain].  (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)

R3: In back loops only, Sc 12.

R4: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 3 times (9 sts)

R5: Sc 9

Begin stuffing hoof.  Switch to white yarn,

R6: Sc 9.

R7-8: Sc 9.

We will begin to curve the leg.  Continue stuffing along the way.

R9: Dec 1, Sc 3, 2 sc in next sc, Sc 3 (9 sts)

R10: Dec 1, Sc 3, 2 sc in next sc, Sc 3 (9 sts)

R11: Dec 2, Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc, Sc 3 (8 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Finish stuffing back leg.  Sew open ends together.  Attach to body.

FRONT LEGS (make 2)

Each front leg consists of the hoof (coral yarn) and the upper leg (white).

Using coral yarn,

Chain 4 (this is the foundation chain)

R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 3 in back loops of foundation chain.  Turn and Sc 3 in front loops of the foundation chain [we are making an oval by crocheting around the chain].  (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)

R3: In back loops only, Sc 12.

R4: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 3 times (9 sts)

R5: Sc 9

Begin stuffing hoof.  Switch to white yarn,

R6: Sc 9.

R7-8: Sc 9.

We will begin to curve the leg.  Continue stuffing along the way.

R9: 2 sc in next sc, Sc 3, Dec 1, Sc 3 (9 sts) 

R10: 2 sc in next sc, Sc 3, Dec 1, Sc 3 (9 sts) 

R11: 2 sc in next sc, Sc 3, Dec 2, Sc 1 (8 sts) 

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. Finish stuffing front leg.  Sew open ends together.  Attach to body.

TAIL

Using coral yarn,

R1: 4 sc in Magic Ring (4 sts)

R2: Sc 4

R3: *2 sc in next sc*, rep twice.  Sc 2.  (6 sts)

R4: Sc 1, *2 sc in next sc*, rep 4 times, Sc 1.  (10 sts)

R5: Sc 3, * 2 sc in next sc*, rep 4 times.  Sc 3.  (14 sts)

R6: *Dec 1*, rep 7 times. (7 sts)

R7: Sc 2, Dec 2, Sc 1 (5 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  No need to stuff tail.  Attach to end of body.

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We hope you enjoy working through this pattern and crocheting these unique shapes to create your own little Pony!  We would love to see your finished products- please post them on my Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram (use the hashtag #AllAboutAmi so everyone can see them too!) or e-mail me (all_about_ami@hotmail.com)!  Happy Chinese New Year!

This pattern is an original pattern by Stephanie of All About Ami (January 2014). 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.

Year of the Horse: Pony

Another Chinese New Year is upon us and this year is the “Year of the Horse”!  As long time followers know, it’s been a tradition of ours to make an amigurumi of the zodiac animal of that particular year!  Last year I remember looking up 2014 and thinking that a horse would be a daunting task.  As we were brainstorming ideas over the past couple of weeks, I thought that designing and crocheting a pony would be a cute interpretation of a horse as ponies are simply smaller horses that often “exhibit thicker manes, tails and proportionally shorter legs”.  With the popularity of “My Little Pony" and unicorns, I thought this would be a great amigurumi project!  Ryan did the sketch below as we loosely based our design on some "Tokidoki ponies" that we saw on-line:

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This project was an interesting and welcome challenge for me as I had to crochet some unconventional shapes compared to what I was used to.  The head was an egg shape vs. the typical round or oval shape!

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The tip of the egg (where the magic circle is) served as the snout or nose!  After placing the safety eyes, Ryan embroidered these pretty eyelashes and then we stuffed and closed up the piece.  Notice that the eyes are placed below midline (when looking straight at the pony) to give her a cuter, doe-eyed look!

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The mane was quite the topic of discussion!  We talked about attaching strands of yarn or possibly using the loop stitch for the mane.  However, Ryan thought that crocheting individual pieces to create a puffy mane was the way to go, and he was definitely right!  We ended up crocheting five separate pieces (Mane Parts 1-5), each of varying sizes.  Mane Part 1 had a tip which would serve as the cute curl!

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Instead of attaching each separate piece to the head, we decided that attaching the individual pieces together first and THEN attaching the whole piece to the head would be easier.  Ryan flipped the pieces over and used the long ends of yarn left from each piece to attach them together.   

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He then draped the mane across the egg-shaped head and used the long strands of yarn to attach them in place.  Don’t I have the best hubby in the world?  Attaching amigurumi pieces together is my least favourite part of the process, and Ryan did this for me while I was figuring out the shapes for the other pieces!  Note that after sewing on Mane Part 1, it’s only necessary to sew portions of the mane to the head (the middle parts as shown below, not the sides) as you don’t need to sew the whole way around each piece.

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After the mane was secured on the head, we then attached these ears that I crocheted!

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Next up was the body!  This was another unconventional shape as we wanted the pony to have a little belly and a neck that curved upwards.  To shape the belly, I increased more on one side.  To make the neck, I did slip stitches on one side and half double crochets on the other side to build up height.  Because of these uneven increases and various stitches, it was VERY important that I not make a mistake and record my work very carefully!

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We then attached the body to the head!

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Next up were the hooves and the legs!  I started off with the coral yarn and then switched to white for the upper legs.  I decreased on one side while increasing on the other side to get this curved effect.  I did the opposite for the other two legs so that they would curve in the other direction in order to conceal the colour change better.  You can push the hooves inwards so that your pony will have more stability when standing too!

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After attaching the legs, our pony was almost complete!

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The tail was the last challenge!  We wanted her tail to curve almost like a flame and it took me a couple tries before we achieved the shape that we liked after some uneven increasing and decreasing!

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Now may we present to you our little amigurumi Pony in honour of the Year of the Horse!  I think she looks absolutely adorable sitting down!

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And the great thing is that she can stand up too!

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We decided to name her…..RUBY!  This was one of the names I thought of myself after completing her, and many readers suggested it too due to her beautiful red mane.  It holds special meaning for me because my birthstone is ruby too!  Other names that I was strongly considering were “Pippi the Pony" (named after "Pippi Longstocking”, the fiery red-headed little girl who could easily lift a horse with one hand) or “Poppy the Pony" (fitting since poppies are beautiful red flowers), and I really liked the alliteration.  Thank you for all your wonderful name suggestions- I was unaware that this year in particular was the year of the wooden horse, so all the names associated with wood were really meaningful!  I can’t wait for you to make your own ponies and name them all the creative and thoughtful names you came up with!

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Ruby looks so sweet when you look at her head on and you see her doe-eyes, little snout and cute curl atop her head!  

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We loved using fun, bright colours for our pony!  We knew that coral and white would be a great combo, particularly since red is commonly associated with Chinese New Year.  We had this beautiful coral yarn in my stash as it was left over from Myla’s Granny Square Baby Blanket (see here)!  For those interested, the exact yarns we used were “Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn in Rouge" and "Patons Canadiana in White”. 

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Here is a back view of Ruby the pony!  I really love how her puffy mane and cute tail came out!

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It boggles my mind that we have been through FOUR Chinese New Years together, dear readers!  In 2011 when we first started the blog, we made “Chinese New Year Doll" holding a tiny bunny, and she will always hold a special place in our hearts as she was our first original design.  In 2012 we made Dragon and in 2013 we made Snake.  This year is all about the Horse/Pony!  Don’t you love our ever-expanding collection of zodiac animals?

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We are sooo excited to see your ponies and what colours you will use!  Does anyone already have some colour combos in mind?  You could also easily make her into a unicorn too by adding a horn and some wings :)

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Myla LOVED Ruby the Pony as soon as she saw her and she couldn’t stop smiling!  It’s really sweet because Myla loves choosing her favourites from my amigurumi shelf and taking them down to play.  Whereas before when my amigurumi would simply sit on my shelf, they are now getting new life as our little toddler plays with them (haha kinda reminds me of “Toy Story”)!

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Myla gave some kisses to Ruby the Pony too :)  Don’t you love her Chinese New Year outfit?

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I hope you love this sweet little pony as much as we do!  Her puffy mane, curved pony tail, pretty lashes, tiny belly and little legs make her oh so sweet!  What do you love about Ruby most?

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We strive to do better and learn new techniques with each project and design.  I am very proud of how she turned out and the different shapes that we were able to create!  I know many of you have asked me advice on “How to Design Your Own Amigurumi”- I will try and put together a post when I have the time and walk you through the process that we go through!  Perhaps I can use Ruby the Pony as one of the examples!

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The free pattern for Ruby the Pony can now be found HERE!  She would make the perfect gift for horse-lovers, “My Little Pony”-lovers, people who are the Year of the Horse and expectant/new moms with babies who will be born in the Year of the Horse!  I hope you enjoyed reading about the making of Ruby the Pony and are excited to make your very own :)  We thank you for all the wonderful feedback we’ve received about her from the sneak peek and are so delighted to hear that she is already so loved!

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