I`m Mari-Liis and have been making amigurumi toys since 2008. lilleliis company is designing handmade toys and crochet patterns for moms to make special toys for their kids. Our toys are combining Japanese amigurumi technique with teddy bear tradition. Bigger than the classical amigurumis, they still are very simple to make. Our toys are inspired by children and meant for playing.
You probably know I´ve been book writing during the past year. Yes, a new book is coming in autumn :) Well, now the designing part is done and we`re working on the texts and photography. So that leaves me a little time to crochet something new. It’s been too long since I wrote a pattern for my online shop. I feel rusty. The work is progressing very slowly, but at least it does! So here`s the new amigurumi puppy dog I am currently making and writing a pattern of.
He is a cousin of Meow cat. Maybe you can see the similarity on the head shape. I´ve developed the body so it`s not that similar anymore, but for me they`re still the same family.
I decided to write the pattern with cotton yarn and I´m glad I did, because Rowan Handknit Cotton I am using brings every shape out so beautifully. It`s a really enjoyable yarn to work with. Holds a nice shape and is extremely durable.
My puppy is still missing the vest, but I promise he will get is soon and the pattern will be ready for testing.
It`s spring again and I decided to show you photos taken some time ago when I went on a walk with Mystique the Fox. To me it was like a challenge of photographing outside. It`s not often that I do this. Usually taking pictures inside seems much easier. However, I really enjoyed it. Nature as a background gives so much liveliness to the photos. It`s amazing how pretty a mossy tree or dried leaves and straws can be.
The design of my amigurumi fox is simple bringing out the beauty of pure wool. I used Drops Lima for making it. I really love the shape of his body, hand stitched face and brushed tail. This is the first time I´m using this technique on my toys.
Mystique the Fox is definitely one of my highlights from the previous years. I have made two animals of this type. The other one is a reindeer which can be found in the book “Cuddly Amigurumi Toys”. Fingers are itching for making some more…
In this tutorial I am showing you how to do back post single crochet (bpsc). I use this stitch mostly when making shoes for my amigurumis. After working the sole for the shoe you want to have a clear line and change of direction to give it a realistic shape. Here`s where you have two options. Either to work single crochet stitches in the back loops only or to use back post singe crochet which gives a more clear-cut result.
In my example I have crocheted a few rounds in spiral. Here`s how I work the first bpsc:
1. Starting from the back of the work, insert your hook on the right side of the post, from back to front. (The right side of the post is the space between the post of the current stitch and the post of the previous stitch)
2. Continue across the post, and insert your hook from front to back, to the left of the post. (The left side of the post is the space between the post of the current stitch, and the post of the next stitch)
3. Yarn over. Reverse steps 1 and 2, drawing the yarn forward, around the post, and through to the back of the work.
4. Yarn over. Draw the yarn through the two loops on the hook. You have now made one bpsc.
Consecutively worked back post single crochet stitches look like this:
If worked with a contrasting color it leaves a nice, almost like hand stitched line on the sole.
I´ve been wanting to crochet Hilda the Ragamuffin for a long time. So here she is, this time made using cotton yarn. I chose the shiny Drops Muskat for the main color, and matt Drops Cotton Light for the clothes and shoes. I really love this slight difference in the texture. It doesn`t show much on the photos, but it shows in real life. Working with these yarns is a pleasure, they`re my favourite cottons at the moment to be honest.
Hilda`s shoes have always been my favourite. I`ve used the same style in other designs as well, for example Doris the Old-fashioned teddy bear, but for Hilda I designed them more colorful and used those gorgeous big buttons.
I used 4 colors for the clothing just as indicated in the pattern, but as you can see I used them a little bit differently. It`s great to give each toy some variety and experiment with colors as you go.
I have only one more pair of those huge cat eyes left, in soft orange tone. It would be so exciting to make another color version of her, but my fingers are itching for new designs and pattern writing, so I´d better listen to them, hahaa!!! :)
In Estonia we are so waiting for the summer to arrive. There have been first warmer days, as if to remind us that summer still does exist. Estonians seem to be longing for summer all year round. There`s just too little time we have the sun shining, flowers blooming and sea warm enough to swim. We miss to wear our sundresses and flip flops :) Estonians tend to complain a lot about bad weather. And lots of us try to escape from here between October and February when it`s the coldest and darkest period of the year.
So this inspiration board definitely is dedicated to all Estonians who miss summer as much as I do!
More info about how and why we`re doing Treasure the Teddy CAL can be found here.
In April I had difficulties in finding time for my Treasure the Teddy making. So I finished my bear only a couple of days before the end of the month. Huuh!!!
Although the color scheme was in green and pink shades I decided to pick only green. He is green all over :) Like a lettuce!
This was my first experience with Alize Cotton Baby Soft. I loved the softness, but the yarn is a bit too thin for my taste. With 2.5 mm crochet hook my teddy is 19 cm tall. Because he came out much smaller than indicated in the pattern I had to use smaller eyes (10 mm) as well.
He is so cute! Just what I needed to feel the freshness of spring.
I made a group photo of the 4 teddy bears I´ve made this far. They are surprisingly different. But it`s great to see the collection growing.
Click here if you want to learn more about Treasure the Teddy crochet challenge or browse the gallery of what others have made.
I don`t know how it happened that I never showed this cute yellow puppy here in my blog. I made him already long time ago. My plan was to make all three Amigurumi Cuties once more, bunny and teddy too. And to take better sample photos for the pattern. But I only finished this puppy…
However, he came out super cute and sunny! I adore this shade of mustard yellow, and the combination with the blue fabric and eye patch is a top notch.
Those who doesn`t like to add fabric to the soles can use a contrasting color of yarn. If you`re simply not sure how to do this right then read my blog post about how to add fabric to amigurumi. Mixing yarn and fabric can give unexpectedly nice results!
This yellow puppy is made with Drops Merino Extra Fine (unicolour 30). A super soft and cozy merino wool in lots of beautiful shades.
Find puppy pattern in my “Amigurumi Cuties” together with the instructions for the bunny and teddy.
Let`s go more green!!! In April the main colors are pink and green. It`s a color combination that always works. I´ve also noticed that these are the colors that customers love, so that might be great for you if you plan on selling your April Treasure the Teddy :)
Some of you might say it`s girlish and doesn`t fit for you. But, as you can see there are quite a lot of brown and beige shades included, so this might be an idea for you if you want to make a male teddy bear.
Already looking forward to see what you create this month!!!
More info about how and why we`re doing Treasure the Teddy CAL can be found here.
This tutorial is about how to change yarn color in crochet. Changing yarn color is an essential skill when making amigurumi toys. It`s not often that you can work an entire toy in the same color. Even the easiest projects tend to have color change. Sometimes it`s the paws that are made in different shade, or pants. But you may struggle in a more serious color changing challenge when working on a striped sweater. So it`s important to know how to do this correctly.
The most important rule in this matter is that yarn color is always changed in the end of the previous stitch. For example if you want to use new color from the beginning of round 6, you have to change it on the last stitch of round 5. Or if you want to work the 3rd stitch of the round in a different color, then you need to change it in the end of the 2nd stitch.
In my example I have worked 5 rounds in beige yarn, now I want to switch to pink. Here`s how it should be done:
1. Start the last stitch as usual, but don`t pull the final loop through.
Instead, tie the new yarn color to the old one at the back of the work.
2. Wrap the new yarn color around your hook and pull through the two loops of the old color to finish the stitch.
Now you can start the first stitch of the next round with the new color. And you know hot to perfectly change yarn color in your next amigurumi project!
This tutorial teaches how to work single crochet stitch. All amigurumi toys are based on it, the simplest ones use ONLY that stitch. So if you`re planning to crochet any toys you definitely need to learn it.
Please note that crochet terms in US and UK are different. In US the stitch is called single crochet, however for British it`s double crochet.
Stitch name and abbreviation:
US – single crochet (sc)
UK – double crochet (dc)
So here we go.
1. Insert the hook through the next stitch, yarn over hook, and pull it through the stitch.
2. Yarn over hook and pull through both loops on the hook.
The first stitch is completed!
If you work them in a row your piece looks like this: