This is either Studio Ghibli or Pokémon, I’m not sure which

Another in-progress shot, this time of what will eventually be a giraffe but currently looks more like some weird sci-fi/fantasy creature. Probably from an anime, but if I ever decide to try and create an Andalite from the Animorphs series I will definitely repurpose that head shape.

Lions, Flame and Otherwise

One of the things I love about amigurumi is that they work up fast. I enjoy being able to say I’ve finished something relatively quickly, and also it prevents me from starting too many projects and never finishing any of them.

As I mentioned previously on this blog, my brother asked me to make him a lion based off his main character from the fighting game Rivals of Aether, Zetterburn, for his birthday. Specifically, he wanted his favorite alternate costume. Easy enough, though I obviously substituted a more taupe color rather than the olive-ish color for the face. While there is probably yarn in that color somewhere, it would be harder to find and does not particularly look all that good.

The pattern I used, which prompted this request in the first place, came from Vanna’s Choice Easy Crochet Critters by Leisure Arts. I got the book a couple weeks after I started crocheting and have been using it extensively since, because all of the animals are in fact that cute and they’re easy patterns for beginners.

Zetterburn was the first time I actually tried consciously modifying a pattern – not too significantly, just changing the colors and adding an extra color change, but modifying it all the same. The only issue was how large and wide-set I made his face, which meant there wasn’t a lot of space for his ears. Not super-thrilled with that one. On the other hand, I definitely felt like I had a better sense of how to space things when sewing his paws, so: progress. (The claws were also a request from my brother. Embroidering them looked better than trying to add the claws on like the mane on something so small.)

Also pictured, so that I have them, is Yellow Lion Who I Still Do Not Have A Name For, both in side-by-side with Zetterburn and in his early blob state.

Yarns used:

Yellow Lion- Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Mustard, Terracotta, and Lion Brand Heartland Yosemite

Zetterburn- Loops & Threads Impeccable Lavender, Soft Taupe, and Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice White

Gotta Crochet Em All!

Pikachu

Actually made this one months ago, for a friend of my dad’s who had a baby. Said friend enjoyed video games, including Pokemon Go with her older child, and my dad asked if I’d be interested and willing to make a baby hat for the new one.

I need very few excuses to make a Pikachu hat for a baby.

Pattern came from here, and is available for free. I modified it, as can be seen, because:

  1. I had perfectly good yarn in a more Pikachu color already (Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Mustard) and didn’t want to buy more,
  2. The hat pattern was written for a slightly loose gauge and I have an extremely tight gauge, which was okay because
  3. The hat pattern was also written for a 6-18 month old baby and said baby was about three months old when I was making it, and so
  4. A full Pikachu face wouldn’t have fit as well on such a small hat.

I also crocheted the cheek circles rather than work in felt because I had red yarn, I don’t have red felt, and I don’t really currently work in felt if I don’t have to. (At some point that will change, I am certain. But not right now.)

The hat’s been sent onward and the baby looks quite cute in it. And so another Pokemon Trainer is born…