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Crochet Corner: Valentine Teddy

I’m so excited to begin my “Crochet Corner" series where I feature YOUR work using my crochet patterns and tutorials!  I put a lot of effort into trying to create the right shapes and meticulously writing down my patterns, and I always wonder if people will be able to follow them or if anyone will even try them at all!  And so, I’m always delighted to hear that people have indeed tried my patterns and I LOVE seeing pictures.  I think it’s wonderful how people can interpret the same pattern differently and how each crocheted creation looks unique since people put their own touches on them!

The very first Crochet Corner will feature none other than Valentine Teddy!  This is the second original pattern I made and it was very soon after I started my blog (I started my blog in January 2011 and posted him in February).  I loved using the dog slicker brush to fuzz this guy up, and I’m so happy that he was well-received :)  Many people fell in love with him… 

Kay of I’m Hooked was the very first person to show me her work using my patterns.  Since I had just recently started my blog, I was ecstatic that someone had actually used my pattern and was successful in creating their own teddy!  Kay had previous crochet experience making purses, clutches and mini makeup bags, but she had never made amigurumi before.  When she came across my pattern, she decided to try her hand at it with this teddy!  She even documented the whole process step-by-step in her blog post here which was also her first official tumblr post!  Kay was also the one who provided the pattern I used to make my Penguin here.  Kay has been on hiatus from her blog because she just gave birth to a baby girl in June- congrats, Kay!  I love the gray colour she used for this teddy since it’s different from the typical brown.  His huge eyes make him look super adorable :)

Irma of Our Useless Blog made her own rendition of Valentine Teddy all the way from Holland.  She used yarn that was fuzzy to begin with and in her blog post she talks about how challenging it was to use since it would frequently become tangled.  Despite having to make the body parts numerous times, she persevered and finished this super soft teddy!  I love how he turned out, Irma :)  He looks so cuddly!

Yolanda of Alberta, Canada wanted to crochet a teddy bear for her boyfriend when she stumbled upon my pattern.  This was the very first amigurumi she ever made!  I love how she even made the dapper red bowtie and red heart to accompany him :)  Yolanda said her boyfriend absolutely loved this teddy she made just for him!

Serena of Malaysia made these two adorable teddies named Lexie and Ace during the summer when she had no school.  I absolutely love how she made Lexie a girl by placing the bow on her head :)  Serena actually went and found the exact same yarn I used which is why they look so similar to mine!  It’s amazing because Serena had no previous crochet experience, but she watched many videos on youtube just so that she could learn to make these teddies!  Isn’t that remarkable?  When Serena left the country for school, her mom asked if she could keep the teddies since she loved them so much.  She tells Serena that everytime she sees these teddies, she’s reminded of her :)  Isn’t that sweet?  Lexie and Ace make such a cute pair!

I love hearing the stories behind all these teddies, from what it was like making them to who they were given to.  All of the people in this post had very limited amigurumi experience, but look what they accomplished!  I find that very inspirational, and I hope you do too :)  If you’ve been hesitant about starting or wondering if you could do it, I’d strongly encourage you to give it a try!  Be sure to check out my “Amigurumi for Beginners" blog post if you don’t know where to begin.  Making amigurumi is a fun hobby, and they make such great, personalized gifts.  Everyone’s creations turn out differently, and even people with no crochet experience can make such beautiful amigurumi! 

If you did not see your Valentine Teddy in this post, that means he’ll be featured in another upcoming post :)  Please feel free to keep sending me pictures and telling me the stories behind them (e-mail all_about_ami@hotmail.com, post on my facebook page or tweet me)!  Or, try making them for the very first time!  The pattern for my Valentine Teddy can be found here.  Happy crocheting, and thanks for sending in your pictures and sharing your stories, everyone! 

Pattern: Baby P.J. Teddy

Make a baby version of my P.J. Teddies if you’re looking for an extra cute, cuddly and petite amigurumi :)

Materials:

  • brown yarn (for head and arms), blue yarn (for pajama colour)
  • 2.00 mm crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • fiberfill
  • beige felt (for nose and ears) and pink felt (for cheeks)
  • 6 mm safety eyes
  • black embroidery floss (for nose)
  • small button
  • glue gun

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

HEAD

Using brown 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)

R5-10: Sc 24

R11: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)

Add safety eyes and stuff head firmly.

R12:  *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)

R13: *Sk 1 sc, sc 1*, rep 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in end.

EARS (make 2)

Using brown yarn,

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

R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (6 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew ontop of head.  Cut two semi-circles out of beige felt.  Glue/sew felt pieces onto ears. 

LEGS (make 2) + BODY

Using blue yarn,

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

R2-3: Sc 4 

For the first leg, fasten off (no need to leave long end for sewing).  For the second leg, DO NOT cut off the yarn.  Chain 3 and join with slip stitch through both loops of a sc on the first leg.  See diagram below:

Single crochet around first leg (3 sc), Sc across one side of three chains joining legs (3 sc), Sc around second leg (3 sc) and Sc across other side of three chains joining legs (3 sc).  There should be 12 sts in total.  What we just did will count as the first row of the body.  See diagram below (numbering of stitches in brackets): 

BODY

R1: 12 sc around

R2-8: 12 sc

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

ARMS (make 2)

Using brown yarn,

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

R2: Sc 4

Switching to blue yarn,

R3-4: Sc 4

Stuff firmly.

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

Adding details:

- Cut out oval using beige felt.  Using black embroidery floss, embroider nose onto beige oval as shown in picture.  Glue nose onto face.

- Cut two ovals out of pink felt.  Glue ovals underneath eyes as shown in picture.

Now you’ve made an adorable baby P.J. teddy to accompany the bigger ones.  Doesn’t he look so sweet wearing his onesie?  Click here to make the bigger versions of the P.J. Teddies.  If you have any questions or find any errors, feel free to contact me.  Thanks and good luck!

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

Pattern: P.J. Teddy

Make your own sweet P.J. teddies who are ready for bed!

Materials:

  • brown yarn (for head and arms), pink and blue yarn (for pajama colour)
  • 2.00 mm crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • fiberfill
  • beige felt (for nose and ears) and pink felt (for cheeks)
  • 6 mm safety eyes
  • black embroidery floss (for nose)
  • small buttons
  • glue gun

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

HEAD

Using brown 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: *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)

R8-14: Sc 42

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)

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

Add safety eyes and stuff head firmly.

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

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

Fasten off and weave in end.

EARS (make 2)

Using brown yarn,

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

R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (8 sts)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Sew ontop of head.  Cut two semi-circles out of beige felt.  Glue/sew felt pieces onto ears. 

LEGS (make 2) + BODY

Using pink or blue yarn,

Ch 3

 R1: To make an oval shape, Sc into the left side of the next three chains.  Sc into the right side of the same three chains. (6 sts)  See diagram below (stitch # in brackets):

R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sts)

R3: In back loops only, Sc 12. (12 sts)

R4: Sc 4, dec 1, dec 1, Sc 4. (10 sts)

R5: Sc 3, dec 1, dec 1, Sc 3.  (8 sts)

R6-8: Sc 8 (8 sts)

For the first leg, fasten off (no need to leave long end for sewing).  For the second leg, DO NOT cut off the yarn.  Go through both loops of a sc on the current leg (with yarn attached) and then both loops of a sc on the first leg (4 loops on hook together).  Sc all 4 loops together.  Sc around the legs (going around first leg and then second leg) working clockwise around the join.  There should be 14 stitches that we single crocheted normally with the join (connecting both legs) bringing the total to 15 stitches.  What we just did will count as the first row of the body: 

BODY

R1: 15 sc around (14 sts + 1 st for join.  From now on, we will ignore the join, only counting the 14 outside sts)

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

R3-5: Sc 21

R6: *Sc 5, dec 1*, rep 3 times (18 sts)

R7-11: *Sc 18. (18 sts)

R12: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times. (12 sts)

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

ARMS (make 2)

Using brown yarn,

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

R2: 2 sc in each sc around. (8 sts)

R3: Sc 8

Stuff firmly.

R4: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 2 times (6 sts)

Switching to pink or blue yarn,

R5-10: Sc 6

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

Adding details:

- Cut out oval using beige felt.  Using black embroidery floss, embroider nose onto beige oval as shown in picture.  Glue nose onto face.

- Cut two ovals out of pink felt.  Glue ovals underneath eyes as shown in picture.

Now you have a sweet P.J. teddy who is ready to accompany you to sleep as you dream away.  The sky’s the limit for the pajama colours- you can even make the teddies match your little ones or your own pajamas!  To complete the P.J. Teddy family, click here for the Baby P.J. Teddy patternIf you have any questions or find any errors, feel free to contact me.  Thanks and good luck!

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

It’s been a while since I posted an original amigurumi creation!  These are my P.J. Teddies, all ready for bed!  There’s also a surprise addition to these two, which I’ll reveal tomorrow.  Full blog post and pattern to come :)

It’s been a while since I posted an original amigurumi creation!  These are my P.J. Teddies, all ready for bed!  There’s also a surprise addition to these two, which I’ll reveal tomorrow.  Full blog post and pattern to come :)

Giveaway Winners!

The winners of my teddy bear keychain giveaway have been chosen!!!  Thank you all for entering :D  We had so much fun reading your comments and hearing which teddies were your favourite!  Using the random integer generator and with more than 300 entries in total, here are the winners:

Blog comments: LilWhee

Tumblr: kchunger

Facebook: Samantha Paige Howard

Congratulations!  Please send your mailing address to all_about_ami@hotmail.com (I will also try and message you if I have your contact information).  Ryan and I thought we would model these cuties to show what they look like adorning your purses or backpacks :)  These teddies can’t wait to find their new homes around the world! 

Stay tuned for some new original amigurumi designs and patterns this week!

GIVEAWAY!!!  [CLOSED]

I would like to thank all of my lovely and loyal readers and followers by hosting my very first giveaway!  Win one of these kawaii teddy bear keychains, each of a different colour with a different personality ;)  We have the grape bear, the blueberry bear, the lime bear and the cotton candy bear!  Whether you use them to hold your keys or adorn your purse or backpack, they’ll certainly brighten up your day!

There will be three winners chosen!  One winner will be randomly chosen from each of the following groups:

1)  Blog comments: Leave a comment on my blog, saying which teddy is your favourite.

2)  Tumblr: “Like" this post.  Reblog this post for an additional entry.  Optional: Reply to this post and say which teddy is your favourite.  Winner must be a follower on tumblr.

3)  Facebook: Leave a comment on the teddy keychain photo on my facebook page here, saying which teddy is your favourite.  You must “Like" the All About Ami facebook page in order to do this.

*Note: You may enter all three ways, but please only once within each category (excluding tumblr likes and reblogs).  Winners may not receive specific teddy requested.

This contest is open worldwide and will run until Saturday, August 20th at 11 PM, MST.  Winners will be announced on Sunday, August 21st.  Blog winner will be contacted by e-mail, and Tumblr and Facebook winners will be expected to contact me via e-mail. 

Thanks and good luck, everyone!!!

Pattern: Graduation Teddy

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Make this amigurumi Graduation Teddy to help those special graduates in your life commemorate their big milestone!  Personalize this teddy by using their favourite colour, year of graduation and school colours for the tassel!

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Graduation Teddy

My younger brother is finishing up his last year of high school, and our whole family attended his commencement and graduation banquet at the end of May.  Going to these events definitely made me feel nostalgic as I reflected back upon my years in high school.  I remember feeling both excited and scared leaving the comforts of a small, familiar school and going to university where thousands upon thousands of students explored their interests, met new people and joined clubs, and pursued studies that would lead to their future occupations.  Back then there was so much uncertainty as I did not know what I wanted to study and I had no idea where life would take me.  It amazes me that time passes by so quickly….I’ve now gone through two university convocations, got an awesome job, gotten married, moved into a new house and started my very own blog!!!

As my mom and I were shopping for my brother’s graduation presents at the mall, we stopped into Hallmark to see what graduation items they had.  Among the photo frames, cards, and mugs, I saw a teddy bear wearing a mortarboard.  That’s when I realized that I could try and make my brother his very own personalized graduation teddy since I was, after all, in the habit of crocheting stuffed animals!  I thought it would be so cute if this bear could hold a little diploma.  My brother’s favourite colour is blue, so I immediately began crocheting away to try and give it to him in time!

I first crocheted his round, wide head…

Then I crocheted his other body parts.  I love laying them all out as I get ready for assembly!

Ryan made a smiley nose for him and we glue gunned it it to his face.  The noses on amigurumi are so important- stay tuned for a nose tutorial that I’m currently working on!  I then attached his ears, body and legs.

I added a slight extra detail on the feet by crocheting in the back loops only for a certain row, thereby leaving the front loops out to give an edge, helping to define the feet more.

Once I added his arms, the teddy himself was complete!

Then I crocheted the pieces to make his mortarboard: the skull cap, the square piece, the centre circle, and a tassel.  My tutorial on how to make a tassel can be found here.  My brother’s school colours are purple and yellow, and the tassel on his own mortarboard consisted of these colours!  And so, you can personalize the tassel on this teddy by using the school colours of your graduate!

I attached the centre circle onto the square piece and then wrapped the tassel around the centre circle.

We then used some black cardboard or hard paper (the only thing I had lying around was a black duotang!) to cut a square.  We then glue gunned this paper piece to the crocheted square to prevent the edges from lifting up or waving.

Next, Ryan did a fabulous job embroidering “2011” onto the skull cap.  Ryan is so good at doing fine detailed work!

I sewed the skull cap onto teddy’s head, ensuring that the year of graduation was centered…

Then we used a glue gun to attach the square piece to the skull cap.

We rolled up a small piece of felt and used a glue gun to secure its shape.  Then we tied a ribbon around the scroll using red embroidery floss.

We then used a glue gun to attach the diploma scroll to his hand!  Here he is, all complete :)  Look at him proudly holding his diploma high!

Graduation Teddy from various angles:

A pic of me holding him to show relative size :)

Graduation Teddy surrounded by school supplies!  I ♥ my giant calculator :)

Here’s a close-up of the diploma scroll:

And a close-up of his mortarboard with tassel:

I couldn’t resist having Graduation Teddy take a picture with my brother’s *actual* mortarboard so you can see how they match!  My own tassels were always black, so I thought this one with its bright colours and “2011” was extra special!

The pattern for this Graduation Teddy can be found HERE so you can all make your own personalized teddies for those special graduates in your life!  T’is graduation season after all :)  I’m sure many people out there would be thrilled to receive a special teddy to commemorate this exciting time in their life, whether it be high school or university graduation, knowing a loved one made it just for them!  My brother loved his grad teddy, particularly since they had matching tassels.  I want to wish him a Happy Graduation- we’re all so proud of you and we’ll always support you 100%!!!

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Graduation Teddy, complete with mortarboard with tassel, diploma scroll and year of graduation!  Full blog post and pattern to come!

Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Graduation Teddy, complete with mortarboard with tassel, diploma scroll and year of graduation!  Full blog post and pattern to come!

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