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Anime Expo 2014

Hello, everyone!  I am very excited to share about our experience at Anime Expo 2014 in Los Angeles last month!  It’s been our dream to attend one of these big anime conventions, and we thought going to Anime Expo (AX) would be perfect since we could also visit Disneyland in Anaheim while we were in California :)  Anime Expo is the largest anime and manga convention in North America, and we excitedly bought our 4-day badge months in advance and were so excited to attend it!

As we drove up to the Los Angeles Convention Center, we saw a MASSIVE line-up that seemed never-ending as it winded its way around the building.  We hoped that this was not the line-up that we would have to wait in since we had already purchased our badges on-line, but sadly, it WAS the line-up to pick up our actual badges.  It was a scorching day as the sun beat down on us and we knew there was no way that Myla would be able to wait in this line-up.  Thankfully, the AX staff let Myla and I wait inside the convention center as Ryan and my brother Corey lined up to pick up our badges.  In total, they waited a whopping 3.5 HOURS!  Here is a glimpse of the line-up and all the people waiting to get inside…

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Many people were cosplaying in the line-up, such as this Wolverine Joker - this was Ryan’s favourite cosplay of the day! 

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Towards the end of the line, people were getting excited that they were finally approaching the entrance to the convention center, so they were giving each other high fives!

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Myla and I rewore our Mei and Totoro costumes from last year on Day 1 of AX!  Check out my blog post HERE to see how I put together this very simple costume and crocheted the cherry balls for my hair.  Last year Myla couldn’t even walk, so it was sooo sweet that I could hold my little Totoro’s hand and have her walk around in her cute costume complete with a leaf headband!  Just look at that adorable smile :)

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Now Myla actually knows who Totoro is as she enjoyed the movie and likes to play with the Totoro stuffies we have at home (last year she was oblivious to who Totoro was)!

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On Day 2 of AX we wore another matching mommy-baby cosplay outfit as we dressed up as Togepi and Misty!  I loved playing and watching Pokemon growing up, so it was fun dressing up as these two.  I bought this yellow tank and jean shorts from H&M and made the suspenders out of ribbon.  We bought Myla’s white dress from a gently used kids’ clothing store and glued these blue and red felt triangle shapes onto it.

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Notice the pokeball I’m holding in the picture above?  It was fun adding a touch of crochet to this costume by using Makayla’s free pokeball pattern found on her blog “Planet Yarn" HERE!  It was very quick and easy to work up, and Myla really enjoyed throwing it around!

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Myla was ecstatic to find this big Totoro!  Too bad we weren’t dressed in our Mei and Totoro costumes that day that we encountered this giant cutie :)  As you can see, Myla is clutching her pokeball as she stares at Totoro!

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On Day 3 of AX, Myla dressed up in her “Attack on Titan" Mikasa costume that we worked so hard on!  It was amazing seeing her wearing it after all the hours we put into this costume!

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To read more about how we made this costume and to see plenty of step-by-step pics, check out the blog post I wrote about it HERE!

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Here are a couple of other cosplay photos that Ryan snapped!  It truly was amazing seeing all the effort and love that people put into making their costumes and showing them off to everyone.  People spend the whole year working on them, and it was so neat seeing people’s creativity in their costumes.  

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Besides seeing all the cosplayers, I was VERY excited to explore the exhibit hall as it had the largest collection of Japanese culture goods in North America with over 240 vendors and exhibitors.  I knew I would be able to find tons of kawaii and unique items!  Check out these adorable panda, Ariel and bunny socks I picked up :)  I can’t wait to wear them and see Myla’s face when she sees my feet, hehe…

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I immediately fell in love with the adorable jewelry designs by Faheema of “Unicorn Crafts”.  For starters, check out this extremely cute packaging!

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I ended up buying these kawaii “Milk and Cookie Earrings”!  Faheema has other cute earring sets such as “Bacon & Egg” and “Mac & Cheese”, so be sure to check out her Etsy store HERE!

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I loved this Cat t-shirt by “Lokisa" when I first saw it!  It has so many cute cat expressions, and the colour is very vibrant.  Myla enjoys pointing to the different pictures as we talk about how each cat feels. Lokisa features originally designed and handmade items manufactured in the US- you can check out their site HERE!

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I connected with Stephanie of “The Steppie" last year when I discovered her extremely cute clothing line (see me wearing her "Arrow x Heart Flowy Tank Top" in my "Fluff Bears" blog post HERE).  Stephanie is a very talented designer and entrepreneur, and it was such a pleasure being able to meet her in person!  Her booth was packed full of panda and ninja goodies, from tote bags and onesies to tank tops and phone cases.

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I picked up this “Panda Bums Racerback Tank" and let me tell you, it is one of the comfiest tanks ever because of its very soft material.  The racerback and flowiness of the tank is very flattering, and I’ve already worn it many times!

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I was also really excited to pick up this “Nerdy Panda Gradient Tank Top”, Stephanie’s new summer tank!  The pretty rose pink to baby blue gradient is gorgeous, and I couldn’t resist the cute nerdy panda face too!

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The last Steppie item I brought home is this “Panda Face/Nerdy Panda Ceramic Soup Mug”!  I love how huge this mug is and how one side has the normal panda face while the other side has the nerdy panda face :)  I use this mug when I drink my milk tea in the mornings, and Myla loves seeing the different faces!

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As you may know, I am a huge “Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" fan (see the amigurumi Link I crocheted HERE), so I got really excited when I saw this “Triforce of Courage Tank Top" by Geeky U!  I had actually seen this shop on Etsy before, so I was really happy to see them in person since I wouldn’t have to pay for shipping.  Shipping to Canada on this tank would’ve been a whopping $15, almost as much as the tank itself!  Sigh…so sad when shipping costs are so high…

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One of my favourite items that I picked up from AX are these “Kawaii Star Wars Group Leggings" by "WeLoveFine”!  I used to watch the Star Wars trilogy a lot growing up, and these chibi Star Wars characters were too cute to resist!  I really can’t wait to wear these comfy leggings to an upcoming convention :)

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We had a blast exploring Artist Alley as there were so many incredibly talented artists showcasing their artwork and crafts.  I was very excited to meet Sharon of “Ami Amour”, a fellow amigurumi artist who is a staple at AX’s Artist Alley.  She started selling her plushies and patterns five years ago in her shop HERE.  Sharon is incredibly kind and gracious, and it was such a delight meeting and chatting with her.  She was the only amigurumi artist in the whole Artist Alley, and she gifted me with the cute amigurumi Soot Sprite that I’m holding in the picture below!  Be sure to check out Sharon’s facebook page and blog to see more of her work and access her free patterns as well!

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We purchased two prints from Artist Alley, the first being the gorgeous one below by Jo of “My Rolling Star”.  We immediately fell in love with all of her dreamy, whimsical, ethereal pieces, and it took us a while before we decided which one to take home.  I love this beautiful piece depicting a girl bringing her imagination and creativity to life through her artwork.  We can’t wait to frame it and find a place for it in our home!

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As soon as we saw this stunning piece showing Studio Ghibli characters on a trek through a mystical and mysterious forest, we knew we had to take it home!  Unfortunately, I put the artist’s business card in the pocket of my jean shorts- I then proceeded to wash said shorts at home forgetting that I had anything in the pocket.  Needless to say, her card has now disintegrated.  If you know who the artist of this piece is, please let me know so that I can give her credit and update this blog post!  Thank you to Christine who helped direct me to the artist!  This gorgeous piece is by Brigitte of “Relatively Serious" and you can see the process gif for this print HERE!

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Overall, we had a wonderful time at Anime Expo despite the rocky start during registration (I saw some people on Twitter calling AX “linecon” since so much of the convention was spent lining up!!!).  There is a certain camaraderie and spirit present during conventions such as these, and everyone was so friendly and kind.  The love of anime, manga, and Japanese culture was such a unifying factor in bringing people together from all different backgrounds and ages.  We really enjoyed seeing all the creative cosplayers, meeting all the exhibitors and artists of AX, and also preparing costumes and dressing up ourselves!  We hope you enjoyed reading about our experience there and seeing what we picked up (I thought that chances are if you like kawaii amigurumi, you’ll probably enjoy seeing some of the adorable items I picked up too :D).  Hopefully we can attend another Anime Expo in the future!  Let me know if you’ve ever attended an anime convention and if you like any of the items that we brought home with us :)

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Hey everyone!  Could you please do me a big favour and click on this link HERE to vote for me in the "Made in Blog" Awards?  All you have to do is click the “+1” as no registration is required and you can only vote once!  These special awards are promoting Canadian bloggers and the top ten blogs as voted by the readers will move onto the finale where a jury will choose the winners in each category!  I would really appreciate your support and I thank you in advance!
P.S.  We have been LOVING all the creative entries to help name our bears (click here to see their sneak peek)!  It’s going to be hard choosing their names!  Stay tuned next week to learn more about them and to make your very own :D

Hey everyone!  Could you please do me a big favour and click on this link HERE to vote for me in the "Made in Blog" Awards?  All you have to do is click the “+1” as no registration is required and you can only vote once!  These special awards are promoting Canadian bloggers and the top ten blogs as voted by the readers will move onto the finale where a jury will choose the winners in each category!  I would really appreciate your support and I thank you in advance!

P.S.  We have been LOVING all the creative entries to help name our bears (click here to see their sneak peek)!  It’s going to be hard choosing their names!  Stay tuned next week to learn more about them and to make your very own :D

Baby Panda Outfit

As you know, when I was pregnant I went on a crochet spree, trying to crochet as many cute items for our baby as I possibly could!  I knew we would be doing a newborn photoshoot, so I tried to crochet some special props for it (including this cute stork pouch).  While looking up crochet ideas for newborn shoots, I came across this adorable turtle outfit as well as this sweet ladybug outfit.  I wanted to make Myla a little outfit too, so we decided to go with a panda bear!

I had already made some owl hats using Sarah’s pattern on “Repeat Crafter Me”- I loved how the seam was hidden and how she had hat patterns for newborns all the way to adults!  And so, I followed her newborn pattern to make my panda hat.  I used Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend in “Bakery Boxy White" to crochet the hat and some black yarn for the braided tails.

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Next, I crocheted the ears using black yarn and Ryan cut these oval shapes out of black felt for the eyes. 

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We sewed the black ovals onto the white hat and then sewed these black buttons onto the black ovals.  Ryan then stitched on this sweet little nose consisting of an upside down triangle and an upside down “Y” (see my “Amigurumi Nose Tutorial" HERE for detailed instructions).

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Here are some more views of the face…

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I think this panda has such an adorable, tender face :)

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Then it was time to attach the ears…

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We looked for these specific buttons that had a smooth surface on one side and could be attached with little loops on the other side.  Typical buttons with holes in the center could work too but we wanted to go for this smooth look as they kind of look like amigurumi safety eyes!  We ended up buying these buttons in both black and white from Fabricland as we wanted to see how both would look for our panda hat!

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I followed this pattern to make a matching diaper cover!  It’s a great pattern as it consists of double crochets and the flaps on the sides can be attached onto the black button at various points, depending on how big your baby is, making it adjustable!  We used this diaper cover in Myla’s birth announcement HERE and I hinted how it was part of a special animal set that I had crocheted.  Haha, five months later we’re finally revealing that it’s a panda set!

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I made a black pom-pom using this tutorial HERE and added it to the diaper cover.  I did not secure it with a knot (I just tied the loose ends into a bow) so that the this pom-pom tail was easily removable.

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Here is our finished Panda set: an adorable panda earflap hat with a diaper cover!

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Here it is again with the diaper cover flipped so that you can see the cute black pom-pom tail!

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I was incredibly excited to see Myla wear this little outfit!  The hat was actually a little small for her, but the diaper cover fit well.  It’s hard knowing how big to make your hats since you never know how big your baby’s head will be!  We tried to get a cute sleeping shot but our little girl woke up, haha…  And so, we made the most of it by taking some shots while she was awake!  Doesn’t she look so adorable with her little tail and hat and her expression?  You can see her neck was already quite strong as she could lift her head up at less than a week old!  Myla was probably thinking, “Mom and Dad….how dare you disturb my slumber?  And why am I dressed like a panda?  Where are my clothes?!?

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We tried again another day, but this time with just the hat, making it easier…here you can see the face of the panda better!  Doesn’t Myla look so sweet?

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We made a bigger panda hat for our friends who were expecting a baby boy, this time using the white eyes!  You can see how using the black or white buttons gives the hat a different look :)

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Here are the patterns for the small and big panda hats:

Materials:

  • Black and white yarn
  • 5 mm crochet hook
  • Black felt
  • Black or white buttons (for eyes and diaper cover)
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Yarn needle

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Using white yarn, follow Sarah’s pattern to crochet the earflap hat with black braided tails.  Follow the newborn pattern HERE for the smaller panda hat and the 3-6 month pattern for the bigger panda hat HERE.  I know many of you are interested in making this panda hat in an ADULT size too!  Sarah offers these earflap hats from toddler to child to adult sizes as well, so check them out HERE!

EARS (make 2)

Smaller hat:

R1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)

R3-6: Sc 12

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

Bigger hat:

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

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

*** To make bigger ears, try increasing by intervals of 6 [e.g. R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (24 sts)].  If you need help figuring out how to keep increasing by 6, follow the pattern for Sweetheart Bunny’s head HERE

Adding details:

- Cut oval shapes out of black felt.  Sew onto white hat.

- Sew buttons towards top part of black ovals.

- Embroider nose (upside down triangle and upside down “Y”) with black embroidery floss (refer to my “Amigurumi Nose Tutorial" HERE).

DIAPER COVER WITH TAIL

Using white yarn, follow this pattern HERE to crochet the diaper cover using a black button for closure.

Make a pom pom with black yarn following this tutorial HERE and add to the diaper cover.

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Sarah of Repeat Crafter Me is the queen of cute hats, and she offers so many free patterns!  Check them all out HERE.  If you like my baby panda set, here are some other sets that Sarah has made, including this Mickey & Minnie Mouse set!  Some of you guessed that I was making a bunny set since Spring officially started this week- you can check out Sarah’s Bunny set here!

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I’m so glad we have Myla’s newborn photos to look back upon as time is flying by so quickly.  Myla turned 5 months old this week!  Here I am with our sweet, precious little strawberry :)

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Hope you like this little baby panda set we made!  They’d make a great gift for a baby boy or a baby girl, and you could even adapt this set to make different animals, like a koala bear too!  Who is going to try making an adult panda hat?  I’d love to see your pics!  Connect with me through e-mail (all_about_ami@hotmail.com), Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@AllAboutAmi).  If you absolutely love pandas, you could also try making our amigurumi Panda since his face looks very similar to this hat :)  You can get the free pattern HERE.  Happy crocheting, everyone!

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Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Baby Panda Hat & Diaper Cover

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Baby Panda Hat & Diaper Cover

We set up our Christmas tree a couple days ago, and as a final touch, we hung our Teddy Ornaments that we made last year!  I can’t believe it’s been one whole year since we designed, created and blogged about these three cuties, and it amazes me how popular they’ve become!  This year is extra special since it is Myla’s first Christmas :)  She watched with great interest as we were setting up the tree!
I thought I would do a round-up of some beautiful crocheted Christmas ornaments that I found in case you want to add some more crafty and crocheted goodness to your tree!  The free patterns are available for all of these ornaments (click through the links to access them!)!
Row 1: Teddies by me, Snowflowers by The Purl Bee, Christmas Trees by Annemaries Haakblog
Row 2: Scalloped Circle by Craft Snob, Baby Owls by A Morning Cup of Jo Creations, Sock Monkey by Linda Cyr
Row 3: Snowmen by Audra Brown, Snowflake by The New Crochet, Angels by Roswitha Mueller
I think the baby owls are absolutely adorable!  I’ve always greatly admired my friend Josephine Wu’s work as she is a very talented amigurumi designer.  If you haven’t seen her work already, go check out her blog “A Morning Cup of Jo Creations”.  I also think the “Scalloped Circle" would make a lovely frame for a picture or for another ornament as well- could you see a little snowman or angel in that circle? 
Will you be making any of these ornaments to add to your tree in the last days before Christmas?

We set up our Christmas tree a couple days ago, and as a final touch, we hung our Teddy Ornaments that we made last year!  I can’t believe it’s been one whole year since we designed, created and blogged about these three cuties, and it amazes me how popular they’ve become!  This year is extra special since it is Myla’s first Christmas :)  She watched with great interest as we were setting up the tree!

I thought I would do a round-up of some beautiful crocheted Christmas ornaments that I found in case you want to add some more crafty and crocheted goodness to your tree!  The free patterns are available for all of these ornaments (click through the links to access them!)!

Row 1: Teddies by me, Snowflowers by The Purl Bee, Christmas Trees by Annemaries Haakblog

Row 2: Scalloped Circle by Craft Snob, Baby Owls by A Morning Cup of Jo Creations, Sock Monkey by Linda Cyr

Row 3: Snowmen by Audra Brown, Snowflake by The New Crochet, Angels by Roswitha Mueller

I think the baby owls are absolutely adorable!  I’ve always greatly admired my friend Josephine Wu’s work as she is a very talented amigurumi designer.  If you haven’t seen her work already, go check out her blog “A Morning Cup of Jo Creations”.  I also think the “Scalloped Circle" would make a lovely frame for a picture or for another ornament as well- could you see a little snowman or angel in that circle? 

Will you be making any of these ornaments to add to your tree in the last days before Christmas?

Crochet Corner: Teddy Ornaments

Ryan and I have absolutely loved getting all your wonderful feedback about our Christmas teddy ornaments through our facebook page, twitter, tumblr and blog.  I’ve never received so many comments or tumblr hearts for a post before, and I want to thank each and every one of you who took the time to stop by and leave a kind message!  I know a lot of new people have been introduced to my blog through other sites and through Ravelry, so I would like to welcome you all here!  It’s wonderful seeing people explore all my previous projects and I really appreciate the support I’ve received for my blog overall :)

Within a day of my posting the pattern, people already started sending me photos of their own teddy ornaments!  We were absolutely blown away to see how popular they were!  It warms our hearts to know that these teddies are being made and hung on trees all around the world!  In this Crochet Corner post, we have a whopping twelve teddy ornaments to share with you :)

Catherine made her own rendition of the brown teddy complete with a festive red scarf and attached red bell!  He’s a perfect addition to her Christmas amigurumi set with her absolutely adorable snowman and penguin :)

Jill of Dapper Toad made a brown teddy for her tree as well!  See those cute little mini snowmen also hanging on her tree?  Jill provides a free crochet pattern for them here!  You can never have too much amigurumi for your tree, right? 

Grace also made a brown teddy for herself, and she might make some to give away as presents!  Cute brown and white loop to attach him to the tree! 

Emily made an adorable little matching hat for her brown teddy!  It’s cute how he’s posed with her cat :)  She says she’ll be making more for her co-workers as Christmas gifts!

Stephanie of the UK made her own panda ornament with a red scarf and has been requested to make another one for a friend’s tree!  These teddies are popping up everywhere :)

 

Camille said she saw my teddies and made her very own the same day!  Her panda has extra big eyes with her big eye roundies :)  I love how she positioned him next to an orange to show his relative size! 

Theaie of Micca Design from Germany also made a panda.  Doesn’t he look so sweet sitting in her mug?  Adorable!

Jourdan made both the brown teddy and the panda, and she tells me that the recipient of these teddies loves them both dearly!  Who wouldn’t?  Love their facial expressions with their cute smiles and big eyes.  I love how our teddies have similar scarf colours! 

Irina of the Ukraine made these teddies as presents for her friends.  Her teddies are so colourful with the variegated yarn and bright scarves!

Michelle's koala is very unique: instead of crocheting her koala, she knitted the body and then turned it inside out.  She then placed the knitted piece around an actual ornament ball instead of filling it will stuffing!  What an interesting idea! 

Nng House Adm of Malaysia posted this pic of a Snowman ornament she made using my pattern!  It’s neat how you can easily adapt my teddy ornament pattern to make many other ornaments :)  Love his carrot nose, wide smile, and red scarf!

And lastly, Bunny of Malaysia made this sweet brown teddy complete with a Santa hat!  Love his big eyes and how she positioned him atop her furry white carpet and in front of the Eiffel tower in this photo.  The Eiffel Tower is getting me excited for Paris!

Thank you for sending me all your photos and for posting them on Ravelry, everyone :)  I see that the brown teddy and panda are popular to make!  Are there any others out there who have tried to make the koala?

It still amazes me that something we’ve worked on in our home is spreading to homes all around the world, and that people are following the patterns I’ve written up!  We’re very thankful for all your support and encouragement and we can’t wait to share more projects with you all and see where this journey takes us.  Hopefully you’ve been inspired to make your own teddies after seeing all these cuties too!  I know some people have already made plans to make them for next Christmas!  Check out my step-by-step photos here and the free pattern here!  And keep sending us photos of your ornaments because we absolutely love seeing them :) 

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.

Amigurumi Teddy Ornaments

This was our first year setting up our Christmas tree in our new house.  We bought our tree last year at Walmart after Christmas when all the prices were heavily reduced, so we had to wait almost one whole year before we could set it up!  As we assembled our tree and placed the lights and ornaments upon the branches, Ryan and I thought how it’d be so adorable if we could somehow incorporate our love of amigurumi onto our tree.  I had been wanting to make some sort of Christmas-themed amigurumi, so we came up with the perfect solution: make amigurumi ornaments!  Our tree had round ball ornaments, so we thought of making round teddies- you all know how much I love my teddies!  To play up the Winter/Christmas theme, we talked about adding colourful scarves to show these teddies all bundled up!

Ryan did a preliminary sketch of our design.  I thought it was so cute how the scarf was positioned so high up!  We ended up omitting the arms since we thought they looked cuter without :)

I had ALWAYS been wanting to crochet a panda bear, so now was our chance!  I absolutely melted when Ryan sketched this little guy up!

And so we began!  I worked on crocheting a very round ball first starting with white, then switching to black, and then switching back to white. 

Ryan used his phenomenal attention to detail to help add the safety eyes by first placing them through oval pieces of black felt, and then stitching the nose and mouth.  Who could resist such a sweet face?  We then stuffed him up to give his full roundness :)

Next I worked on the scarf.  I started with a green row of half double crochets, a white row of single crochets, and then another green row of half double crochets.  These striped scarves add a nice pop of colour to the teddies!

I added some fringe to the ends of these scarves.  You can watch a video on how to do this here or follow this series of pictures below:

I added five strands of fringe on each side, alternating between green and white.  I then trimmed the strands to my desired length.

Then we wrapped the scarf around our panda, overlapping the ends and making sure it was positioned very close to his eyes, nose and mouth (adding to the snuggliness look)!  You can either sew or glue the scarf on.  It’s nice that the scarf covers the transition from the white to black yarn of the body.

I crocheted some ears and then sewed them onto his head.  We added the ears after the scarf to make the positioning easier.

Next we got ready to attach him to our tree!  We used this black cord and ornament hooks to do so…

We used a needle to thread the black cord through…

And tied a knot on the top.

We then hid the knot within the panda’s stuffing.  With this loop, he’s now ready to be attached to the tree with the ornament hook!  Of course, you could also attach these ornaments simply by looping some yarn through their heads or making a loop with a series of chain stitches.

Here are some step-by-step photos of the brown teddy.  I really like the colour of his scarf: it’s called “Aquifer”.

And here is the Koala ornament!  Ryan used white felt around his eyes, black felt for his nose, and also gave him a tiny smile.  Once again, I LOVE his scarf because pink is my favourite colour :)  Pink and grey make such a great colour combo!

Did any of you notice any differences in the quality of the sneak peek photos?  Up till now, I’ve been using my point and shoot camera to take photos for my blog.  But recently, Ryan and I got a digital SLR camera!  Ryan has taken a keen interest in photography and has been learning how to use it over these past few days, soaking up information like a sponge.  I have no doubts that he’ll be a great photographer as he is very creative and has a great eye.  He’ll have to teach me how to use it too!

Now, may I present to you these beautiful photos that Ryan graciously helped me take :)  First up, we have Panda!

Next is Brown Teddy!

And lastly we have Koala!  Koala has slightly bigger and more curved ears than the other two…

Here are my three teddy ornaments together!  I love their different facial expressions and their colourful scarves together! 

The actual ornaments from our tree are in the background.  Don’t you love the roundness of all these ornaments?

The overlapping scarf and fringe gives the side a cute look :)

This is one of my favourite shots.  I always try to take pictures of me holding my amigurumi so you can see the relative size.  I’m obsessed with this gold nail polish at the moment because it’s perfect for the Christmas season with its beautiful shimmeriness!

And now to finally hang our amigurumi teddy ornaments!

Using the black cord and ornament hooks adds a more discrete way of hanging them as the focus is more on the ornaments themselves (the cord and hook blend in).

They all stand out so nicely against our white tree!

Last week I tweeted a picture showing our very first Christmas tree, and now you can see it with our special additions!  Don’t the blue, silver and white ornaments + our new amigurumi teddies look stunning on our tree?

They all look so cute together!  Maybe we’ll have a new Christmas tradition where we design some new amigurumi ornaments every year :)  Then we’ll eventually have a fully “amigurumi-fied” tree!  How cute would that be?

I hope you all like these teddy ornaments we designed and created!  They’re relatively quick to make since you only have to attach ears and a scarf (no arms, legs or tails).  I wanted to post them in early December so you would all have enough time to make them for your own Christmas trees!  These crocheted ornaments would certainly add a splash of cuteness and craftiness to any tree.  They’d make pretty cute stocking stuffers as well!  ***The free pattern can be found HERE!***

 

I had to end off with a photo of me wearing a colourful scarf with these three cuties :)  Thanks for reading and for your wonderful response so far to these teddies!  Leave a comment below and let me know who your favourite teddy is and whether you’ll be making any for your own tree!  We love reading each and every single comment :)

[Update: 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.]

Sneak peek: Amigurumi Panda Ornament (Part 3 of 3)

Sneak peek: Amigurumi Panda Ornament (Part 3 of 3)

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