Say hello to Amineko (“crocheted cat” in Japanese)

I have just discovered the wonder of Amineko Crocheted Cats.  Firstly I must give credit to Else’s Bellas Arteswhere I kindly borrowed the Amineko cat picture.  You can visit her blog at http://bellasartes.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/my-first-amineko.html.

It seems that most of the styles of these cats originate from the book Hello My Name is Amineko: The Story of a Crafty Crochet Cat 

The thing I love most about these cute crochet cats is their wonderful arms and legs which make them pose-able in almost any position or situation.  For me the key to creating a successful crochet project is about breathing a life and personality into a character, with carefully position facial features and other embellishments.

I understand that Amineko literally means cat, so I would love to see if there are other styles and variations of cats.

I have seen patterns where people use rice and other things to weigh down limbs so that they can be positioned.  I think my next project will definitely be a take on the Amineko cat with pose-able arms and legs.  If anyone can recommend a patterns where rice is used I would love to see it.

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Rosemary the Rabbit

Say hello to my latest amigurumi creation, Rosemary.   This is my second ‘freetstyled’ project, and I am pleased to say that this time I managed to take note and write the pattern down. This little cutey is for sale in my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Crochetandteauk or you can download the pattern for free at https://crochetandtea.co.uk/patterns-2/ As this is my first pattern I would appreciate any feedback.  Happy hooking…

Tip of the Week #1 – Joining Amigurumi

Some people say that the assembly is the best part of amigurumi…some would say the worst!  I personally adore the assembly part, especially when you get on to the embellishment side of things.  It’s the finer details  that can really transform your crochet into the cutest little creature!

The first thing to consider is attaching your parts together.  If you’ve left a long enough ‘tail’ piece on each of your pieces then you simply need to thread this onto a darning needle and get stitching.

Below is a link to one of the best tutorials on attaching items by Planet June.

http://www.planetjune.com/blog/joining-amigurumi/

Happy Assembly 🙂

Cute Amigurumi Bear

Say hello to Cornelius.  He’s a cheeky blue bear that like me simply adores a good brew.

I’m very excited about this one as it’s the first amigurumi project which I ‘freestyled’ into creation.  I usually follow Ana Paula’s patterns as her Amigurumi World – Seriously Cute Crochet book  is one of the best I have seen for beginners.

The head followed the standard increase patterns of 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42 with 5 central rows (one row less than increases, which is a good rule of thumb) then decrease the same. The body I worked u to 24.

Shamefully I didn’t take too much notice on the  legs and and arms 😦  The ears are simple 12 stitch circles.

My plan it to take notes next time and look at working my own pattern, which of course will be puplished here for all to see – so for those of you keen to learn how to crochet be sure to check back soon.

If you would like to take Cornelius home then visit my Etsy shop at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Crochetandteauk