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12 Amigurumi Patterns for the New Year

Amigurumi (pronounced am-ah-ga-roo-me) is a Japanese term meaning “crocheted or knitted stuffed doll”.  It may look challenging, but amigurumi is actually one of the easiest forms of crocheting, as it usually only involves single crochet stitches.

One search on Pinterest or Ravelry will give you a bizillion sweet and adorable amigurumi patterns that you can make in 2 to 5 hours.  Several traditional amigurumi patterns are very small, measuring about 5 inches max, and usually involve crocheting in the rounds, which you can easily do while binge-watching Stranger Things or Gossip Girl.

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Since 2017 has finally arrived, here are 12 adorable, easy and fun amigurumi patterns…one for each month of the year!  If you’re New Year’s resolution is to learn something new or finally pick up crocheting, amigurumi is a great place to start!

12 Amigurumi Patterns for the New Year

January
Sweet Snowman Amigurumi
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February
Love Bunny Amigurumi
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March
Pot of Gold Wreath
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April
Crocheted Easter Eggs
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May
Crocheted Lamb Amigurumi
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June
Shark Week Shark Amigurumi
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July
Crocheted Popsicles Amigurumi
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August
Pineapple Amigurumi
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September
Sweet Apple Amigurumi
apples

October
Pumpkin Amigurumi
pumpkins

November
Adorable Turkey Amigurumi
turkey

December
Crocheted Christmas Lights
christmaslights

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How to Make Thick and Chunky Yarn

Tis the season for thick and cozy yarn, but here’s the problem…that warm, thick, chunky blanket yarn can run you about 12 bucks a skein…and not only that, but you get WAY less than you think you do. So, here’s the simple solution – make your own!

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Yes, it does take some time, but with all the Christmas movies you have yet to watch, it can go a lot faster than you think.

For my chunky yarn, I used Lion Brand Homespun Thick and Quick Yarn (Tudor – #315), which was on sale at my local Hobby Lobby.

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Now all you do to turn this thin yarn into thick yarn is you start chaining, and then you keep going until you’re done. Yup, this thick and cozy yarn is just one super long chain!  For reference, here’s the comparison in thickness (chain on the left, yarn on the right):

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I bought four skeins and turned them all into thick yarn…then I think I’m going to braid them together and sew them into a big cozy blanket because – after all –

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You could also use an extra large crochet hook or big knitting needles to make something with your extra thick yarn.

Happy Crocheting!

 

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Mini Crocheted Granny Squares

When it comes to yarn, I’m all about a good stashbuster.  I know I’ve shared a few with you on this blog before, and I’m super excited to show you this one, too!

This cute crocheted square is a great way to use up any leftover yarn scraps that you may have laying around…and you can turn these little squares into anything you’d like.  Arrange them into a large blanket or tote bag…or you could even make a poncho or fun wall decoration out of them!

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They’re so addicting and fun to make and don’t be surprised if you’re fresh out of yarn in about an hour!

For these squares, I used leftover yarn from my crocheted unicorn project.  I’m hoping I’ll have enough to make a little matching baby blanket!

I use a 5.0 crochet hook to make my little squares, but you can really use any hook size you’d like.  Obviously larger hooks will equate to larger squares and visa versa.

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Mini Crochet Granny Squares

Materials:

  • Yarn
  • 5.0 crochet hook
  • Scissors

 

Instructions:

Round 1:  Start with a magic circle.  Chain 2.  Crochet 11 double crochets into the circle.  Pull to tighten.  Join with slip stitch into top stitch (going through both loops).
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Round 2:  Chain 2 (counts as first double crochet).  Crochet 2 double crochets in between each double crochet from the first round.  Crochet 1 double crochet into final stitch.  Join with slip stitch into top stitch (going through both loops).
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Round 3:  Chain 1.  *Crochet 1 single crochet into next three stitches.  Crochet 1 half-double crochet into next stitch.  Crochet 3 double crochets into next stitch.  Crochet 1 half-double crochet into next stitch.*  Repeat from * to * three more times.  Join with slip stitch into top stitch (going through both loops).
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Bind off, leaving 3 in. string.  Weave in ends.

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Mini Draw String Crocheted Bag

Ya’ll know I love me a good stash buster.  I have so much leftover yarn from various projects and I’m always looking for fun ways to use it up…even better if I can turn it into a gift and pass it along to someone else! 😉

And for those little gifts that are not made with yarn, you can always use yarn to make the gift wrap!  Cute and perfect for gifting everything from jewelry to small trinkets, this crocheted draw-string bag is an adorable stash buster that I’ll probably come back to again and again.

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I tried out this pattern using just one color of yarn, but you can easily switch between colors to create bags of all kinds.  The pattern can be found on Elisabeth Andree and she does a super cute job of mixing and matching colors!

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This is a particularly great pattern for using up, shall we say, cheaper, lower quality yarn that wouldn’t necessarily make the most comfortable clothing or accessories.

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A super quick and easy weekend project, my little bag worked up in about 2 hours and I already have started working on another one.

Keep in mind, if you use a thinner yarn, you’ll get larger holes in the bag, so you may want to line it with fabric or tissue paper before using it to wrap your gift.

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Crocheted Unicorn

What better way to spend an annoyingly hot summer than crocheting this cute pastel rainbow unicorn?  Made using a variety of pastel yarns (I used some I had in stock and some were Vanna’s Choice yarn), this adorable crocheted unicorn is ready for all the cuddles.

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Complete with a rainbow mane and a curly cue tail, this little guy will bring you instant happiness.

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I originally found this pattern on One Dog Woof and instantly dove in.  While her unicorn used bold colors, I was making mine for a baby shower, so I decided to opt for lighter, more pastel colors.

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If you browse through my other crochet projects, you know I love a good yarn buster, and this was one of the cutest ones I could find (among the crocheted jellyfish, of course!).

Like the pattern says, this unicorn turned out to be quite a bit bigger than I expected, but I’m not complaining!  It’s so cute and whimsical and anyone is sure to love it!Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 10.12.46 AM

You can find the crocheted unicorn pattern at One Dog Woof.

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Crocheted Shark Lap Blanket

I’m still celebrating the release of Jaws this week with this freaking amazing Crocheted Shark Lap Blanket. Cozy and snuggly, this blanket is seriously one of my favorite crochet projects to date!

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This pattern is actually quite easy to master, but it does take some serious commitment. You’ll have to watch Jaws at least 2 or 3 times, and maybe a few Shark Week episodes…and perhaps Jaws 2…and, why not, a little of Finding Nemo should help you finish it off.

But when you’re done and you can bask in the glory of your epic creation, you will know all that time will be worth it. I followed the pattern for the large blanket, which obviously had no trouble fitting my 5’2 self…but there are directions in the designers video for making the pattern bigger or smaller, should you need it.

This pattern is available for free at YARNutopia.

For my blanket, I decided to use Vanna’s Choice yarn in Silver Heather, as it’s much softer than Red Heart Yarn. It took about 8 or 9 skeins to make my shark, though this will depend on how long and wide you want your blanket to be.

While we’re on the subject of sharks, have ya’ll seen the preview for the new Blake Lively movie, The Shallows? HOW HORRIBLY AWESOME DOES THIS LOOK?!

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Crocheted Jellyfish

I’m always on the hunt for a good stash busting yarn project. I have huge plastic tub filled…FILLED…with yarn that I haven’t used and I’m constantly hunting for patterns to help me power through my stash. I usually default to afghans, but I almost never finish them. As a matter of fact, I probably have three half-done afghans just taking up room in my stash right now.

Then, on one rainy weekend afternoon, I spent a few hours pursuing Pinterest for stash busting ideas and almost just gave up…but then I found this:

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OMG. THE CUTENESS.

This crocheted jellyfish changed EVERYTHING.

  1. It’s the cutest thing ever.
  2. It’s an AMAZING stash buster.
  3. IT’S THE CUTEST THING EVER.
  4. BONUS! It’s killer easy to make!

Since finding this pattern, I’ve made three crocheted jellyfish of varying colors and sizes. Here’s one of them I made with some leftover shades of purple, blue, and white yarn:

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I left mine without a face, but you can easily add eyes and a mouth if you’d like. I kind of like the naked look, but I’m sure this little guy would look equally cute with little button eyes.

The thing I love about this pattern is that you can easily mix and match colors and all the tentacles can be different colors, if you so desire. The tentacles are so easy to make and you can make them in different lengths, depending on how big you want your jellyfish to be. You can also play around with yarn weights and hook sizes, making this the ultimate in yarn stash busting success!

You can find the full pattern for this jellyfish on Craftster.

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