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Homespun Cover Siu Mai Amigurumi Feature

Remember the amigurumi siu mai I crocheted three years ago?  Recently they were featured in the July issue of “Homespun Magazine”, Australia’s leading monthly craft title!  Click on each pic above to get a closer look at each page :)  It’s neat how my little pork dumplings are getting some time to shine in the Land Down Under- have any of my Australian readers checked out “Homespun” before?  If you want to crochet your own expressive siu mai, be sure to visit the step-by-step blog post HERE and the very easy free pattern HERE!

Pattern: Siu Mai

Here is the pattern I made to crochet these popular dim sum staples: siu mai :)

Materials:

  • Yellow yarn, tan yarn and orange yarn
  •  2.00 mm crochet hook
  •  Yarn needle
  •  Fiberfill
  •  6 mm safety eyes
  •  Yellow sewing thread

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

 

WRAPPER

Using yellow yarn,

R1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook. (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)

R7-11: Sc 36 

Fasten off.  Using yellow yarn, run a needle through every two stitches (do this one row below the edge, or between row 10 and 11).  Once you’ve gone all the way around, pull the edges gently (not too tight) and tie a knot.  Hide the ends of the knot on the inside of the wrapper.   

FILLING

Using tan yarn,

R1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sts)

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

 Fasten off.

Note: The tan yarn I used was of a heavier weight (thicker) than the yellow yarn, so you may need tocrochet more rows to make the filling an appropriate size [e.g. R4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times. (24 sts)]

Work on the face: attach 6 mm eyes and use orange yarn to sew mouth onto center of filling.

Stuff wrapper with fiberfill and place filling ontop (but below crinkled edge of wrapper). Sew filling onto wrapper using yellow thread.  Hide ends of thread into wrapper.

Place siu mai’s in bamboo steamer, and voilà!  You’ve made yourself some gourmet cuties :D

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

Siu Mai

Over the weekend, our church held a benefit event for the “Girls at Risk" program in Niger.  This program is a 2 year apprenticeship that teaches girls aged 12-18 various life skills, such as nutrition, reading, sewing, and yes…crocheting!  Through this program, the girls’ risk of early marriage, childbirth complications and poverty are reduced.  You can read about this wonderful program on their blog here.  I was inspired that three young girls at our church organized this whole benefit event including a silent auction, a luncheon, a presentation and various performances, to help girls around the same age as them all the way in Niger.  I really wanted to help in some way, so I offered to crochet something for the silent auction. 

It was Ryan’s idea to make the siu mai for this event.  Siu mai are pork dumplings that are served during dim sum.  In case you’ve never seen them in real life, here’s a quick pic we snapped on our most recent dim sum trip:

We first had the idea to crochet siu mai as we flipped through “Yummi ‘Gurumi”. I made up my own pattern (which can be found here) and decided to personify them as well.  Doesn’t everything look cuter when you give it an expressive face?

These were pretty simple and easy to make (I’m sure you could easily figure out the pattern, but I will post the one I made up soon), particularly since they’re so small.  I crocheted a yellow wrapper and tan filling for each siu mai.

To give the edge of the wrapper a crinkled look, I ran a tapestry needle through every two stitches near the top.  I then pulled the ends like a drawstring bag.

Ryan helped me out with the various facial expressions.  We used orange yarn for the mouth and sewed it right in the centre of each face to represent the “roe” (fish eggs) commonly found on siu mai. 

Then we sewed the filling to the wrapper!  I love how each siu mai has a different expression, from being happy to being scared silly of being eaten…

We ventured out to Chinatown to search for a bamboo steamer to make the siu mai look as authentic as possible!  Here is a bamboo steamer that we purchased, complete with a cover!

And once you remove the cover…

Siu mai

Ta da!  Aren’t they so cute?

Siu mai

It was funny watching people’s expressions as they neared the silent auction table.  You don’t come across amigurumi siu mai’s everyday :)  Once again, the pattern to make these crocheted siu mai can be found HERE.

I feel very strongly about using your God-given skills and passions to help and love those in your life and around the world.  If you would like to help the “Girls at Risk" program, please click here to donate.  Scroll down and click “Donate Now”.  Under the “Fund/Designation" drop-down menu, choose "Other" and type in "Niger Vocational Training" in the message area.  I am trying to support this organization with any proceeds that may come from this blog, and I know it’s really making a diference in these girls’ lives in Niger!

Dim sum, anyone?  Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Siu Mai

Dim sum, anyone?  Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Siu Mai

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