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Look at these two adorable polymer keycharms made especially for me by the talented ladies of “Momomints”!  Click on the picture to take a closer look!  Does anyone recognize who these two are?
I will be featuring “Momomints" this week in a new series called "Craft Chat" in which we will get to know crafters from all over the world who are passionate about what they do!  Stay tuned!

Look at these two adorable polymer keycharms made especially for me by the talented ladies of “Momomints”!  Click on the picture to take a closer look!  Does anyone recognize who these two are?

I will be featuring “Momomints" this week in a new series called "Craft Chat" in which we will get to know crafters from all over the world who are passionate about what they do!  Stay tuned!

Pattern: the Fluff Bears

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These little fluff bears are warm, fuzzy, and oh so sweet!  Coco and Mochi are made of a special novelty yarn called eyelash yarn that is more difficult to work with than your typical acrylic or cotton yarn, so embark on this project if you are up for a challenge!  Even though the individual stitches are difficult to see when working with eyelash yarn, this also means that it is more forgiving since it is harder to see mistakes!

These teddies would make wonderful gifts this winter, and why not personalize them by having them hold or wear different objects (e.g. guitar, book, hat, ballerina tutu) based on your interests or the interests of the person you are gifting them to! 

Materials:

  • Eyelash yarn: (1) for Mochi: white bulky (5) yarn [I used Patons Allure in “Diamond”]; (2) for Coco: beige medium (4) yarn [I used Loops & Threads Luxurious Fur in “Lynx”]
  • Beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton yarn [I used Patons Grace in “Natural”]
  • Embroidery floss: brown for Mochi’s nose, light pink for Coco’s nose, deep pink for Mochi’s yarn ball and Coco’s scarf
  • 2.00 mm and 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Fiberfill
  • 9 mm safety eyes
  • Beige felt for noses
  • Glue gun
  • Wire (for crochet hook) and scrapbook flower

Important Notes:

  • I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds).  Feel free to follow along with my blog post HERE to see step-by-step photos.
  • I used a 3.5 mm crochet hook when working with the eyelash yarn and a 2.00 mm crochet hook when working with the lightweight yarn and embroidery floss (for Coco’s scarf).
  • When working with the eyelash yarn, be sure that the “wrong side" is facing outwards as it is fluffier than the "right side" (read about "The Right Side of Amigurumi" HERE).

MOCHI [male bear made of bulky yarn]

HEAD

Using white bulky (5) yarn,

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)

R4-7: Sc 18

Place safety eyes and begin stuffing head.

R8: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)

Finish stuffing head.

R9: *Dec 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in end.  Cut circle out of beige felt and embroider nose using brown embroidery floss.  Glue onto head.

BODY

Using white bulky (5) yarn,

R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)

R2-4: Sc 6 (6 sts)

Stuff firmly.  Sew open end together.  Sew body to head.

EARS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 3 sc in magic ring. (3 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (6 sts)

R3: Sc 6 (6 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew open end together.  Sew ontop of head.  

ARMS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

R2-7: Sc 4. (4 sts)

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

LEGS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

R2-5: Sc 4. (4 sts)

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

Mochi’s Details: 

  • Using embroidery floss, tie several knots to form base of yarn ball.  Continue wrapping embroidery floss around base of knots, adding glue from glue gun periodically to help floss stay in place.  Once desired size is achieved, cut off.
  • Shape wire to form crochet hook (I used wire that is used to hang our ornaments to our Christmas tree).

COCO [female bear made of medium yarn]

HEAD

Using beige medium (4) yarn,

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)

R5-6: Sc 24

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

R8-12: Sc 18

Place safety eyes and begin stuffing head.

R13: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)

Finish stuffing head.

R14: *Dec 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in end.  Cut circle out of beige felt and embroider nose using pink embroidery floss.  Glue onto head.

BODY

Using beige medium (4) yarn,

R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)

R2-9: Sc 6 (6 sts)

Stuff firmly.  Sew open end together.  Sew body to head.

EARS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (8 sts)

R3-4: Sc 8 (8 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew open end together.  Sew ontop of head.  

ARMS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

R2-7: Sc 4. (4 sts)

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

LEGS (make 2)

Using beige lightweight (3) mercerized cotton,

R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

R2-5: Sc 4. (4 sts)

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

Coco’s Scarf 

Using deep pink embroidery floss,

Chain 31

R1: Sc in second chain from hook and in each chain across (30 sc)

R2-3: Ch 1.  Turn.  Sc in second chain from hook and in each st across. (30 sts)

Fasten off.  Add fringe to edges of scarf (see photos here or video here).  Trim fringe to desired length.  Tie scarf around Coco.  Place flower or other object on Coco’s hand for her to hold :)

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Now your sweet teddies are complete and ready to be snuggled :)  I would love to see your finished fluff bears!  You can e-mail your pics to me at all_about_ami@hotmail.com, upload them to my Facebook page, Tweet me, or tag me on Instagram (@AllAboutAmi).  

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This pattern is an original pattern by Stephanie of All About Ami (November 2013).  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.

The Fluff Bears: Coco & Mochi

Two years ago Ryan and I came across some white eyelash yarn while shopping at Michaels, and we decided to pick it up along with some other yarn since we thought it would be so cute to make a fluffy bear!  I’m embarrassed to admit that this white eyelash yarn remained in a Michaels bag on a shelf in my desk as months and months went by.  I continued to work on other projects and once in a while Ryan would say, “Hey, weren’t we going to work on that bear with that special yarn we bought a while ago?”  It wasn’t until this past summer that we decided to finally pull out this yarn and use it to make an amigurumi!

This was my very first time working with eyelash yarn which is a type of novelty yarn that “appears as a thread base with several long strands spaced at even intervals that jut out at an angle from the main strand” (according to Wikipedia).  The particular brand that we had purchased two years ago was “Patons Allure" in "Diamond" and more recently we purchased "Loops & Threads Luxurious Fur" in "Lynx" to make a second bear!  It’s interesting because both eyelash yarns are made of 100% nylon whereas previous yarns I’ve worked with are typically cotton or acrylic.

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As you can see, eyelash yarn is very fuzzy!  The white yarn had a more scraggly look to it…

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The beige yarn was less scraggly and actually had a beautiful shimmer to it!  It’s neat how various eyelash yarns have different looks to them which help give the resulting amigurumi different looks too!

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I was unaware of this at the time of purchasing the yarns, but they were of different thicknesses.  And so, I ended up not being able to use the same pattern when making both bears because of this.  As shown in the picture below, the white yarn ontop was bulky (5) while the beige yarn underneath was medium (4).  

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I started off making the white bear and since the white yarn was bulky, the whole pattern worked up very quickly!  I began by working on his head…

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When working with fluffy yarn, it is important to leave the “wrong side" of amigurumi on the outside as it is actually fluffier than the "right side" (read about "The RIght Side of Amigurumi" in my blog post HERE).

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I must also warn you that working with eyelash yarn is not for the faint of heart or for beginners as it is extremely difficult/nearly impossible to see the individual stitches.  Using a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round is imperative!  I used a bobby pin before purchasing actual stitch markers as you can see in this picture below.  If the next round was supposed to have 12 stitches, I knew that directly across from the bobby pin I should be at around 6 stitches and so a quarter of the way around the circle I should have about 3 stitches.  This is how I estimated where to stick my crochet hook round by round :)  Working with this yarn is also very forgiving, so even if you miss a stitch here or there or make a couple of mistakes along the way, it will not be visible!

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When I was about to close up the ball we added our safety eyes!  He looked so cute, and kind of reminded me of a soot sprite from Totoro!

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Ryan then embroidered this sweet little nose on felt and glued it onto his face.  I love how different noses can give amigurumi various expressions and character.  Ryan always does a great job with the noses, and here he is showing off his handiwork!

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I crocheted these tiny ears and then sewed them onto the teddy’s head!

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Next came the fluffy body!

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For the limbs and the ears I used a lightweight (3) mercerized cotton (“Patons Grace”).  This type of yarn contrasts nicely against the fluffy eyelash yarn and really helps the limbs and ears stand out!  The arms are actually longer than the legs which gives a really cute look!

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We knew we wanted to have this teddy hold something and we brainstormed different ideas….  I thought it would be SO cute if he was a crocheting bear so we quickly made some accessories for him with items we already had around the house!  For the crochet hook we used some wire that we use to hang our Christmas ornaments onto our tree- Ryan cut and shaped the tip to make it look like a hook!  And for the yarn, we used embroidery floss: Ryan tied many knots to form the base and then wrapped the embroidery floss around the knots while adding glue from a glue gun along the way so the floss would remain in place.  To give you some perspective on how tiny his accessories are, this next photo shows a comparison of the yarn and hook with a Canadian penny:

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Once we placed the yarn and hook into the teddy’s hands he was all finished, and I absolutely fell in love with him!  I love his sweet face and how fluffy he is, and of course I adore how he’s doing my favourite hobby…crocheting!  I decided to name him “Mochi" with the help of "artsysketchpaper" on Instagram!  Mochi is one of my favourite foods and it is chewy and fluffy….I thought it would be the perfect name for this little cutie!

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Here is a side view of Mochi!  

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As soon as we finished Mochi we knew we wanted to crochet him a little companion.  Ryan came up with the idea of having a second female bear wearing a scarf using the same embroidery floss that Mochi was holding!  Mochi would express his love by crocheting a scarf for his sweetie!  And so, I quickly whipped up a second bear using the beige medium (4) yarn and adapted my pattern along the way.  We gave her a pink nose and had her hold a flower for Mochi so that she could give him a gift too (the flower is from one of those scrapbook accessory kits)!

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We decided to name the girl bear “Coco" which is short for coconut since it’s fluffy and continues with the food theme :)  Thank you to Betty, both Emmas, Kim and "disqus_bqN3KZ6mig" (I don’t know why your name didn’t appear, sorry!) through the blog comments and "iamanhera" on Instagram for helping me name her (as you can see, this was a popular name choice)!  Here is a side view of Coco- I love how fluffy she is!

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And here is a pic of Coco and Mochi together!  I really appreciate your help in naming these two…. I could not think of any creative names for them and I am SO GLAD I could draw upon the collective minds of my blog readers!!!  So many of you suggested very cute and meaningful names- I hope you’ll use them for your own bears!  I decided to call these two “The Fluff Bears" as a set!  Who knows…maybe we’ll be adding more bears to the Fluff Family in the future :)

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To give you some more perspective on just how tiny these two are, here’s a picture of me holding them!  They fit nicely in the palm of my hand!

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Aww, Coco and Mochi are so very much in love :)

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[Arrow x Heart Flowy Tank Top by “The Steppie; Necklaces by “Loft 82]

Here is one last picture of the two Fluff Bears Coco and Mochi lounging in my crocheted basket (check out the blog post for the basket HERE).  Aren’t they just adorable?

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Ryan and I wanted to show Coco and Mochi in action so we shot this little stop motion video for you to enjoy!

Prior to making Coco and Mochi, the only fuzzy amigurumi I had made were “Valentine Teddy" and "Fuzzy White Bear”.  The fuzzy look for these two was achieved by using a dog slicker brush to fuzz up the yarn.  Using eyelash yarn gives a very different look as the individual stitches are not visible at all.  This results in a very plush and furry amigurumi that does not even look crocheted!  I really enjoyed working with eyelash yarn and I am excited to work with it again :)  

I think it would be so cute to personalize these teddies by having them hold or wear different objects (e.g. guitar, book, hat, ballerina tutu) based on your own interests or the interests of the person you are gifting them to!  The free pattern for these two teddies can be found HERE!!!  Follow me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to get my updates :)  Thanks for reading the story behind Coco and Mochi and I hope you’re excited to make your very own fluff bears!  

Thank you so much for all your support and warm wishes in response to our exciting news, everyone :)  Ryan and I feel incredibly blessed and loved by you all!
I wanted to share these pics I snapped on my iPhone while vacationing in Tokyo!  I was excited to see these cute little amigurumi teddies holding crochet letters on the very first day while exploring Ginza!  It’s such a great idea to personalize your teddies, especially for gifts.  They also had crochet letters and hearts attached to scrunchies for you to wear in your hair!
The next day I found these beautiful necklaces in a jewelry store in Harajuku.  I love the incorporation of crochet into jewelry by crocheting around beads and hoops to add some wonderful texture.  I just might have to try this out in the future!

Thank you so much for all your support and warm wishes in response to our exciting news, everyone :)  Ryan and I feel incredibly blessed and loved by you all!

I wanted to share these pics I snapped on my iPhone while vacationing in Tokyo!  I was excited to see these cute little amigurumi teddies holding crochet letters on the very first day while exploring Ginza!  It’s such a great idea to personalize your teddies, especially for gifts.  They also had crochet letters and hearts attached to scrunchies for you to wear in your hair!

The next day I found these beautiful necklaces in a jewelry store in Harajuku.  I love the incorporation of crochet into jewelry by crocheting around beads and hoops to add some wonderful texture.  I just might have to try this out in the future!

Pattern: Teddy Ornaments

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Get ready to “amigurumi-fy” your Christmas trees with these adorable round teddies all bundled up in their colourful scarves!  Whether you prefer pandas, koalas or ordinary teddies, they’re sure to add a touch of cuteness and craftiness to your trees this season!

Materials:

  • Lightweight yarn (3): brown for the teddy, grey for the koala, black and white for the panda; turquoise, pink, green and white for the scarves (I used Patons Grace mercerized cotton all throughout except for the brown) 
  •  2.00 mm crochet hook
  •  Yarn needle
  • Fiberfill
  • Black felt (around eyes of panda and koala’s nose) and white felt (around eyes of koala)
  • 6 mm safety eyes (for brown teddy) and 7.5 mm safety eyes (for koala and panda)
  • Black cord
  • Black embroidery floss (for brown teddy and panda nose)
  • Metal ornament hooks

Note:  I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds). 

***Please follow along with MY BLOG POST HERE to see step-by-step photos.***  If you are new to crochet, please see my "Amigurumi for Beginners" and "How to Read Amigurumi Patterns" blog posts :) 

HEAD/BODY

Using desired colour,

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 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)

R9-20: Sc 48  ***For Panda, change to black yarn after finishing Row 11.  Then switch to white yarn after finishing Row 19.

R21: *Sc 6, dec 1*, rep 6 times (42 sts)

R22: *Sc 5, dec 1*, rep 6 times (36 sts)

R23: *Sc 4, dec 1*, rep 6 times (30 sts)

Attach safety eyes (for panda and koala, cut eye roundies from felt, make a small x, and place safety eyes through before attaching).  Embroider nose and smile with embroidery floss.  Begin stuffing head.

R24: *Sc 3, dec 1* rep 6 times (24 sts)

R25: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)

R26: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)

R27: *Dec 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in end. 

(For Panda, R1-11 are white, R12-19 are black, and R20-27 are white).

 

SCARF

Using desired colour,

Ch 62

R1: Starting in third chain from hook, half double crochet (hdc) 60.  Fasten off.

R2: Join middle colour (white for my scarves) with sl stitch in first stitch.  Ch 1.  Sc 59. Fasten off.

R3: Join original colour (from Row 1) with slip slitch in first stitch.  Ch 2.  Hdc 59.  Fasten off.

Add fringe.  See my photos here or video here on how to do this.  Trim fringe to desired length.  Glue or sew scarf around bear just below mouth to make them cozy and snug.

TEDDY & PANDA EARS (make 2)

Using brown or black yarn,

R1: 5 sc in Magic Ring.

R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (10 sts)

R3-4: Sc 10.

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew open end together.  Sew ontop of head.  

KOALA EARS (make 2) 

Using gray yarn,

 R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring.

R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sts)

R3-5: Sc 12.

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew open end together.  Sew ontop of head.  

* Loop black cord through top of teddy’s head.  Tie the ends in a knot and hide it in teddy’s head.  Attach teddy ornament to tree with ornament hooks.

* Or, make a series of chain stitches and use it to attach teddy to the tree.

Have a very blessed and Merry Christmas, everyone :)  May these teddies bring some warmth, joy and love into your homes this season!  I would love to see your versions of these teddies on your tree, so please send me photos of your work through my e-mail (all_about_ami@hotmail.com), facebook page or twitter!

[Update #1: People have been sending me photos of their own teddy ornaments, and I’ve compiled them all in a Crochet Corner post!  Check out everyone’s own rendition of my teddy ornaments here.]

[Update #2: Anne of “A Gamer’s Wife" has modified my pattern using thicker, worsted weight yarn.  She has clearly laid out her edits in her blog post here.  Check it out if you want your ornaments to remain the original size but you want to use thicker yarn!]

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This pattern is an original pattern by Stephanie of All About Ami (December 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.

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