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I’ve lately gotten back into some more swap-bot pic swaps (click the icon to see my SB profile)- I just finished a swap for some kawaii sticker flakes, and got some really adorable stickers from my lovely partners. I had stopped swapping for a while, and am excited to be back and checking my mailbox looking for nice packages again! My next swaps coming up are:

  • Teeny Surprise Swap in Harajuku Lovers group
  • Private swap, where I am sending a surprise small amigurumi 🙂
  • Magic Yarn Ball swap in Crafting Queens group
  • 2 blog swaps

So, I’m trying to make extra special little cute amigurumis for my swap partners, since that is my favorite thing to make! Even though the swap says “tiny surprise” I’m sure most people will send really nice things, and I want to make sure I do too! Don’t tell my swap partners yet, but I designed a few new fun, cute amigurumis that I hope they really like. Here is the first one, which actually came out bigger than I was planning at first, perhaps I will make mini sized versions for everyone? I also wrote up the crochet pattern and have added it to my etsy shop…

Panda Amigurumi 1

I also finally found time (and a tiny brief moment of not-foggy-gloomy weather) to set up an “indoors beach mini photoshoot” with the panda amigurumi hehe. I set up a beach calendar as the background in front of a window, turned on all the lights in the room, and then placed 2 lights next to the panda (what a diva!). Overall, the design is pretty simple, only go-backs I had to do were making him shorter, since I first made the body too tall and he looked weird, not as fat and jolly as I wanted. I kind of always do the “happy” kawaii eyes like the emoticon: (^_^) but this time I had to figure out the black spots under eyes, so I used felt and wasn’t sure how the white eyes would work out, but I like it. Hope you like it too! Next time, more about the other ami(s) I’m making for swaps :).

Panda Amigurumi 2

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I’ve finished a dark-grey and dark-pink patterned ipod case which I think came out well :). It’s a simple design, so I’m posting the general pattern on my blog and selling the finished ipod case in my etsy shop. The knitted stitch pattern I used is based on the Slipped Rib 11 stitch in the book Knitting on the Edge by Nicky Epstein (modified for using 2 colors instead of 3, and added an extra stitch for the pattern to look better in the round).

Materials:

25 g yarn, I used 100% Peruvian highland Wool (50g/109 yds skein) from elann.com

Four Size 6 double-pointed needles

Button

Knitting Pattern:

You will have to check your gauge carefully for your case to fit the ipod.

Cast on 33 stitches (this was to make the pattern I chose look better in the round, and fitted for the ipod classic which is 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.41 inches).

Distribute the stitches evenly among three needles.

Knit 2 rows in the round of straight stockinette stitch.

Continue knitting in the round using your pattern of choice. Check out KnittingFool.com which has a large number of different patterns with illustrations and instructions to create a custom ipod case.

Once your knitting has reached a few rows past 4.1 inches, or the length of your ipod, bind off half of the stitches.

Continue knitting in pattern on the half of stitches remaining, using two needles and turning the work after each row, for 1.25 inches.

Knit in pattern (half-5) of the remaining stitches, bind off 5 stitches for a buttonhole, knit in pattern to the end of the row.

Purl in pattern to the beginning of the bound-off stitches, cast on 5 stitches, purl in pattern to end of the row.

Continue knitting in pattern for 1.25 inches.

Bind off.

Finishing:

To prevent the bind-off edges from turning up, join yarn at edge and do a Single Crochet border all the way around the flap and opening.

Turn the ipod case inside out, and crochet along the cast-on edge to make a seam that will be hidden when turned right side out.

Weave in all ends.

Place ipod in case and determine where button should be located under the buttonhole.

Sew button underneath where the buttonhole closes.

Hope you make good use of the pattern, or if you’d be interested in my etsy listing for the finished ipod case please check it out!

If you’d like to share any of your creations please send me pictures! chocololic.knits[at]gmail.com

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Here it is, the first thing I’m going to post for sale in my etsy shop!

I was kind of inspired to design this cute amigurumi from a recent trip to Hawaii, after eating lots of yummy yummy sushi (the creme sauce marinated salmon sashimi (or poke really?) at Poke Stop was amaaaaazing), and also partly just because I love sushi and remember a friend had a plushie sushi pillow that I thought was the coolest thing. I’m actually a pretty picky eater, and use to only eat the sushi rolls with vegetables not raw fish, but I finally tried nigiri sushi (the kind with the slice of raw fish on top) a few years ago and at first it took getting used to but now I love love love it ^_^. Favorites are tamago (egg omelet), spicy tuna, and salmon.

Crochet sushi amigurumi

Oh but anyway back to the knitting…the crochet sushi amigurumi uses basic beginner crochet stitches, mostly single crochets, and the pattern has full detailed instructions for each piece and how to assemble it (including notes about how I like to sew the pieces together and weave in the yarn tails). I’m listing the one sushi ami I crocheted while designing the pattern, but I think I will only resell the pattern not make more amis to sell since the actual ami takes longer than it looks to make (~4.5 hours just straight crochet+assembly) so I’m not sure I’d be able to sell it at a good price.

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