Posts Tagged ‘kawaii’

During my current kitten obsession, I care across these gorgeous dumpling kitten patterns.

The pattern comes courtesy of Sarah Sloyer and can be be found on her Ravelry store here. They were recently featured on crochetnow.co.uk so you know they’re bound to be a big hit. I know my Ragdoll Poppet is going to love one.

Dumpling Kitty is a cute pudgy kitty whose pattern is available for free! Her body is crocheted with a flat base so she sits nicely wherever you place her, waiting patiently for treats.

Finished size: Approximately 4” tall when made with the indicated yarn and hook size, though your finished size may vary depending on your yarn brand and tension.

Difficulty level: Easy – Intermediate (Previous experience and familiarity with amigurumi recommended)

Time to finish: Approximately 3 hours

Materials:

• Approximately 42 yd of Color A (body)

• Approximately 4 yd of Color B (stripes)

• Polyester fiberfill

• 9 mm safety eyes (2)

• Embroidery floss

• Regular needle and yarn needle

Sarah is happy to offer email support if you need any help while working through my patterns, or notice any errors! This pattern is for personal use only.

They look super cute and a really quick project for any experienced crocheter.

Happy Hooking xoxo

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Ever since I first watched this amazing Studio Ghibli film, I’ve envisaged crafted a crochet Totoro. He’s possibly one of the cutest animated characters around. Who wouldn’t want this lovely creature to snuggle up with at night.

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This one was made for a who had recently moved into his own flat. As a hardcore Ghibli fan I knew it would take pride of place in his new abode.

Made from hard wearing synthetic yarn he’s guaranteed to keep his shape and also scrub up well, in case of any rogue drooling after you’ve fallen asleep…!

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If you fancy your hand at making your own you can find the pattern here.

The next mission has to be making his adorable blue and white friends.

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I’m slowly getting there..! Discovered graphic styles, clipping masks, offset paths and the wonderful blob brush!  A few more tutorials and then it’s time to look at creating some designs of my own…eeek! If you fancy a go you can find the tutorial here.  Enjoy

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For most crafters and bloggers, getting the right look and feel to their blog is often just as important as the content of the posts. However for some crafters, especially myself, delving into the world of digital design can be somewhat daunting and often produce unsatisfactory blog headers (certainly my own).  Luckily having a best friend as a graphic designer comes in rather handy (watch this space for my exciting re-brand).

This got me thinking, how fun would it be to have a bash at the digital arts and see if I can incorporate it into my crafting?  With the handy help of a tub of gel medium it’s pretty easy to transfer designs onto wood, material, stone etc…however up until now i’ve only used this for typeface and the odd image, shamefully ripped from google.

My adventures in Adobe Illustrator have got so far as completing a very basic tutorial as pictured below.

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Luckily the use of the ‘infamous’ pen tool was very limited, in fact the only part you use it for is the hair believe it or not!  I’ m certain there will be many more delightful creatures to come and I am excited to see how I can incorporate these into my crafty ideas.

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