Saturday, April 6, 2013
My First Amigurumi: Gator Bird
(The nest is made from a scarf my very talented sister in law made.)
I was originally planing on revealing the lamp I am recovering, but I got distracted as usual by another craft. I have been seeing lots of cool amigurumi animals and dolls on Pinterest and Ravelry, and then I saw Stacey Trock's amigurumi class on sale at Craftsy, so I got it. I was a little bit worried that this project would be another fail like last week's Sock Fail, but I am very happy with how it turned out. I learned to crochet as a child, but I never learned stitch names, pattern reading, or more than 1 type of stitch, so I was definitely a beginner when it came to crocheting. However, while this bird was challenging for a beginner, it was actually pretty manageable and fun to make using the videos. Now, I know how to read patterns, single crochet, crochet in the round, increase & decrease, and attach limbs.
The bird pattern is available though Craftsy and Ravelry by Stacey Trock.
--2 colors of worsted weight yarn
--2 animal eyes (99 cents for 6 at Hobby Lobby)
--tapestry needle (mine is plastic)
--locking stitch marker (I use colorful paperclips)
The parts of this piece include 2 wings, 1 beak, and 1 body. It's all done using single crochet in the round using the back loops. Here is a photo of the crocheted parts ready for stuffing.
Once the beak, wings, and most of the body were crocheted, I attached the wings and beak by sewing them onto the body. Then, I added the eyes. Next, I added the stuffing. Finally, I crocheted the last few rounds to close up the bird.
Tah dah!!!!! I created a Gator Bird:
This project was a lot of fun and surprisingly easy. I feel much more comfortable with crocheting now, and I have already started another amigurumi project--blue mario mushroom. There are so many fun and cute free patterns available on Ravelry and blogs, such as dolls, stuffed animals, and foods. I look forward to trying more of them.