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We Bare Squares

Story time!

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Okay, so it was near the end of my first day at the Farmer’s Market, and I was chilling at my booth. At the time, I had two square bears for sale—a brown bear and a panda. So this little kid and his mom walked up to my booth and started looking at the bears. After a minute, his mom asked, more to him than me, “Where is Ice Bear?” in reference to We Bare Bears, a cartoon featuring a grizzly bear, a panda, and a polar bear. I, of course, immediately responded by saying that I simply hadn’t made him yet. To be honest, I made the square bears before I knew We Bare Bears existed, and didn’t make the connection between the show and my bears until they pointed it out. So naturally, I decided to make a square polar bear to complete the set.

 

Now might be a good time to mention that I’ve never actually seen any episodes of We Bare Bears…. I should probably go watch some of the show, so I know what I’m talking about. Be right back.

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All screencaps from imdb.com

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……………………..What the heck did I just watch? That was strangely endearing…

Yeah, so anyway, I made Ice Bear. Here’s a picture:

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Isn’t he cute?

If you want to make your own square bear, I used a pattern by Lion Brand Yarn, which you can find here. The bears are super easy to make, and if you’re new to amigurumi, it’s definitely a pattern I’d suggest checking out.

So…yeah. That’s about it. I leave you with this picture of all three square bears hanging out by the log in my backyard.

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Matoki Part VII or How NOT to Write a Pattern

So it’s been, what, two months since I finished Keke? I should probably address this whole pattern nonsense. Yeah….

Okay, so, I know I’ve written a few patterns before, and generally the design process (the part where I figure out how to make the thing) is the hardest part, with the actual writing of the pattern being relatively easy. However, the matoki pattern has two things my previous patterns did not. The first is pattern pieces for the mask and several of the markings. The second is assembly instructions. Let’s address them one at a time.

The pattern pieces were relatively easy to make. I’ve been saving the paper versions of all the pieces, and it was a simple matter of scanning them into the computer and using Gimp (like Photoshop, but free and harder to use) to outline them. This was easy. And boring. So I put it off for a few weeks. But I got it done. Two weeks ago.

Writing assembly instructions, however, proved to be much harder. More specifically, I found it difficult to explain how to assemble any specific matoki without relying heavily on pictures. So I decided to add pictures. The only problem was that, while I was designing the matoki, I neglected to take pictures.

Yeah.

So, long story short, I decided to make a new set of matoki, explicitly for the purpose of taking pictures. I will be finishing one every week starting two weeks ago, and as soon as I finish each matoki, I will be posting their individual pattern to Ravelry. If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that I just implied that two of the individual patterns are already on Ravelry. You would be correct. Here are links to the patterns for Shishi and Tats.

Thank you all for your patience, and for following me through this project. I’ll have one more post on this when all of the patterns are up.

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Tiny Kitties

So I adore cats. I think they’re awesome and I want one. Unfortunately, I’m not in a position to adopt one right now….So I made one three.

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They’re like chess pieces with tails!

I really like the sleek, minimalist design. It has just enough elements to make clear that they are cats, while still being small and quick enough to make that I can easily create a small army.

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The octopus is a size reference.

Not only are these kitties adorable, I actually designed them myself! They were relatively easy and fun to design, although there were a few challenges. The tail especially gave me a lot of trouble. I originally tried to make it a thin tube, but that wound up looking really weird, and a little too fat for cats this tiny. Ultimately, I made the tails just one long row of single crochet, which had the added bonus of naturally curling around itself, giving the tail a little more character.

 

The other problem was in trying to get them to stand up. The proto-cat I made (no pictures, sorry) didn’t stand on it’s own very well, and I didn’t want them to be restricted to lying down or leaning on other, sturdier things. The obvious solution was to give them a flat base—which is how they got their cone-shaped bodies—but that wasn’t quite enough. To make it work, I had to stuff the bodies very loosely, so that the base would lay flat.102_8828

Anyway, here is a PDF of the pattern: Tiny Kitty. If you choose to make one yourself, send me a picture. I’d love to see it! For those that aren’t craft inclined but still want one, you can buy them here. Enjoy!

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Matoki Part VI: Kekemato

Guys, guys, I did it! I finished Kekemato! I can’t wait to show him to you. Wait…where did he go? Keke?

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Gah!

Darn it, Keke! Come out and sit properly so I can take pictures of you.

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Thank you.

Yeah, so Kekemato is the last of the matoki, and he’s a ninja. He’s also bright pink, has really nice eyelashes, and always wears a black full body suit (pictured on the left) because he thinks he’s too pretty to be a warrior. Also, being pastel pink probably isn’t super conducive to being a ninja.

Tragically, I did not make Keke a full body suit because I’m not, you know, insane. I did, however, use actual zippers in his construction, and make a fully functional hood that—when you unzip the mask—reveals Keke’s pretty pink head. Because apparently I’m a masochist.20170508_200838

Naturally, creating what essentially amounted to an entire second head but this time hollow and able to perfectly encompass the first head came with its own set of problems. The biggest challenge I faced when designing Keke’s hood was what to do about his ears. I originally wanted to work some sort of crochet magic to make a special hood that had hollow ears and holes inside the mask for said ears. However, not only would that be horrible to try to engineer, it would mean I would have to wrestle Keke’s ears into the ear holes every single time I wanted to put his hood on. As such, I scrapped the idea as needlessly complicated.

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Obligatory family picture is higher up this time. For reasons.

Instead, Keke’s mask is basically a second, slightly larger head, complete with it’s own ears, and it’s own pipe cleaners within those ears. When putting his mask on, I just need to fold Keke’s ears down and shove his head violently through the hole created by the zipper. This model is still hard, but at least it’s actually, you know, possible.

The other major problem I had was with the sheer amount of embroidery involved in his design. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not particularly good at sewing, and unlike with all the other matoki, I couldn’t just make a pattern to either trace or cut out of felt, so I had to eyeball everything. I wound up redoing a bunch of it, but overall I think it turned out really cool.

So that’s it. I’m done. I have finished making every single matoki. Yay! But, while Keke is the last of the matoki, in a weird way, he was also the first. See, I first got the idea to make one of these back in December 2015 as a Christmas present for my friend Dani. At the time, I knew that she was a big fan of B.A.P. (the k-pop group), and that the matoki were not only B.A.P.’s mascots, but also possibly the single most plushable thing in k-pop. So, I asked one of our mutual friends who Dani’s favorite member was, with the intention of making his associated matoki. She said her favorite was Daehyun. That’s this one, incidently:

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Image courtesy of allkpop.com

Armed with this knowledge and a naive confidence that surely it couldn’t be that hard, I set about searching for a pattern and found, to my surprise, that there were no crochet patterns for matoki. So, armed with even more naive confidence, I set about to make my own. And was shocked to discover that it was, in fact, really hard. But I did it! Here’s a picture of the two Kekes together:

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Ta-dah!

Yeah…the pattern has evolved a lot over the years. Keke-prime’s mask also goes on his head:

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Ta-dah!

Aren’t they cute?

So, this is the last matoki post, right? I’m done now. Right?

Well, there’s actually going to be one more. See, since I made Keke prime, I wanted to release the pattern on the internet so other people could use it. However, even though the matoki are done, the pattern still needs to be tested (for typos and errors in the instructions) and polished. So there will be one more matoki post when the pattern is ready to be released to the world. See you then!

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Bye!
Amigurumi · Crochet · Marvel · Superheroes

Deadpool

Oh, curse word. Today’s a blog post day, isn’t it. Um…what do I have that I can complete in like two hours? Uh…Deadpool?

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Deadpool!

Yeah…Deadpool’s been sitting in a mostly finished state since, like, January. All I really had to do today was make his accessories and embroider his eyes. It took, like an hour and a half. No idea why I didn’t finish him earlier. But, hey, it worked out in the end.

Deadpool was made using a pattern I found on Ravelry (obligatory link). I fo20170424_202206und the pattern a little hard to follow at times, and there are almost no assembly instructions, but the end product is pretty adorable. And he has katanas. I love katanas.

…Yeah, that’s all I really have to say about Deadpool. I’m honestly a little swamped with schoolwork right now, as the end of the semester’s almost here, but I do have a few larger projects in the works that I can’t wait to share with you all. With any luck, I’ll have at least one of them done for my next post.

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Matoki Part V: Jokomato

So, I go to school in New Orle20170227_174542ans,  and it’s Mardi Gras, and I have spent the past two days hiding in my room because I’m a recluse and don’t really like large crowds of drunk people all that much. And while I was hiding in my room, I made another matoki! His name is Jokomato, and his design fits absurdly well with the theme of the current holiday.

Seriously, if he was purple and green it would have been the perfect tie in.

Honestly, making Joko was a lot easier and less stressful than certain previous matoki (*cough* Toto *cough*). The only somewhat difficult part was making his full-face mask, and that was only really difficult because I originally attempted to cut his eyes out of the white part of the mask, so they would be black because he literally had no eyes. But the results were terrifying and lopsided, so I scrapped that idea and made them out of black felt.

Otherwise, he was relatively easy to put together, and it was a nice change of pace to make a matoki whose basic mask was so fundamentally different from any of the others.

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Matoki Pt IV: Totomato

102_8694I finally made the next matoki! His name is Totomato, and he is a robot. And a baby. He is a baby robot. I wish I was making this up.

Toto is a robot created by Shishimato to aid in the Matoki’s conquest of Earth. Additionally, while the rest of the Matoki are over 2000 years old, Toto is only one year old, which apparently means baby, even when you are a robot.

Toto’s backstory might be absurd, but it lends itself to a visually interesting and unique design. It also meant I had to make a lot of changes to my original des102_86971ign. Most notably, Toto’s ears are wider set than those of the other Matoki, to make room for the winding key in the center of his head. As such, I wound up making the winding key first, to use as a guide for where to place the ears. I thought this would be difficult, but it actually wound up being relatively easy once I had designed the winding key.

That said, putting Toto together was a nightmare. In my post about Dadamato, I explained that making Dada’s tire treads was frustrating because there were just so many pieces that had to be accounted for. Comparatively, Toto has very few pieces—the drool marks under his winding key and head, and the horizontal stripes on his arms. However, while everything on his head came together easily, his body—and especially the drool mark on his chest—was another story entirely.

While the drool marks look really good in two dimensional images, they are remarkably hard to transfer to a round, three dimensional pear shaped thing, especially when you have to account for the fact that the top of the drool should be right under his head. I had not considered that I would have to take the shape of Toto’s body into account when making this piece until I actually tried to make the piece. What followed was an incredibly frustrating day and a half in which I went through four sheets of paper trying to figure out how to make it look right. Fortunately, now I have a pattern, so any attempts to replicate it will be easy102_8700—as long as he’s sitting down….

Speaking of which, I also wanted Totomato to be in a seated position, because he’s usually sitting down when he appears in promotional images or Matoki Earthventure. (The comic starring the Matoki. Yes, there’s a comic.)  Making it so Toto was perpetually seated was not nearly as difficult as making the drool marks, but it did provide a challenge. That said, he is the only Matoki so far who can sit up on his own (without leaning on anything), and I do like the way he turned out.

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Jellyfish

I don’t have much to say this week. I’ve been working on a couple of larger projects, and neither of them is ready to show off yet. So here’s a jellyfish I made.

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Isn’t it adorable? Although sometimes it feels like the eyes are staring into my soul….

I made this for a white elephant I did with my K-pop dance cover group, HYPED. (Yes, I am in a k-pop dance cover group called HYPED.) It was pretty fun and quick to make. I especially enjoyed making the curlicues for the tentacles. I used a pattern from a blog called One Dog Woof (link to pattern), and if you crochet and haven’t already seen this, I’d highly suggest checking it out.

That’s really all I have to say about this. Thank you for reading, and have a happy new year!

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Tiny Octopi Wearing Tiny Hats

Merry Christmas everyone! I come bearing tiny octopi.

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Are they not adorable? I made these as Christmas presents for a couple friends of mine (pictured above holding their octopi), and we were all instantly enamored by how utterly cute they are. I was so enamored, in fact, that I made a third one, for myself. Her name is Midnight.

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That’s Midnight on top of Takoya, who is also an octopus, but is certainly not tiny

 

 

I used this pattern which you should definitely go check out, because it’s awesome. But, I feel like I talk a lot about other people’s patterns on this blog, so I wanted to focus on my personal contribution to these octopi—their tiny, tiny hats.

I don’t make hats very often, because I tend to focus more on amigurumi than wearables, but I think these turned out really cool. I think the tiny hats give the octopi more character, and I’m kind of proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone and making three different types of hats. And, in the spirit of Christmas, I thought I’d share the hat patterns with the world, because they’re adorable and can totally probably be used with other tiny amigurumi (I haven’t actually checked yet).

EDIT: Want one of your very own? They’re on my Etsy store (link).

 

Things you need to make the hats:

  • Size E crochet hook
  • Weight 3 yarn in a color of your choice. You need two colors for the top hat.
  • Darning needle for finishing

 

Abbreviations:

  • Mc – magic circle
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Sl – slip stitch
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Hdc 2 tog – half double crochet two together

 

Myungho’s Top Hat:

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Note: This is the one that uses two colors. I will call them Color A and Color B. Start with Color A.

  1. In mc, sc 6. Sl in first sc.
  2. Ch 1. Sc 2 in each sc around. Sl in first sc.
  3. Ch 1. (Sc 2 in next sc. Sc in next sc) around. Sl in first sc.
  4. Working in back posts: Ch 1. Sc in each sc around. Sl in first sc. Ch 1. Sc in each sc around. Sl in first sc.

5-8. Ch 1. Sc in each sc around. Sl in first sc.

9. Ch 1. Sc in each sc around. Sl in first sc. Switch to color B.

10. Ch 1. Sc in each sc around. Sl in first sc. Switch to color A.

11. Working in front loops: Ch 1. (Sc 2 in next sc. Sc in next sc) around. Sl in first sc

12. Ch 1. (Sc 2 in next sc. Sc in next 2 sc.) around. Sl in first sc.

Fasten off. Leave long end for sewing. Sew to octopus (or whatever you’re making the top hat for).

 

Chimchim’s pageboy cap:

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  1. In Mc, hdc 8. Sl in first hdc
  2. Ch 2. Hdc 2 in each hdc around. Sl in first hdc
  3. Ch 2. (Hdc 2 in next hdc. Hdc in next hdc.) around. Sl in first hdc
  4. Ch 2. (Hdc 2 in next hdc. Hdc in next 2 hdc) around. Sl in first hdc

5-6. Ch 2. Hdc in every hdc around. Sl in first hdc.

  1. Ch 1. Sc in first hdc. Sc 2 in next hdc. Hdc 2 in next 5 hdc. Sc 2 in next hdc. Sc in next hdc. Fasten off.
  2. Skip 11 stitches and join yarn. Ch 1. Sc in next 10 stitches. Hdc in next 16 stitches. Sc in next 11 stitches. Sl in first sc. Fasten off. Sew to octopus.

 

Midnight’s Beret:

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  1. In mc, sc 12. Sl in first sc.
  2. Ch 1. sc 2 in each sc around. Sl in first sc.
  3. Ch 1. (sc 2 in next sc. Sc in next sc) around. Sl in first sc.
  4. Ch 1. (Sc 2 in next Sc. Sc in next 2 sc) around. Sl in first sc.

5-6.       Ch 1. sc in each sc around. Sl in first sc.

  1. Ch 1. (sc 2 tog. sc in next 2 sc) around. Sl in first sc.

Fasten off. Leave long end for sewing. Sew to octopus.

 

And that’s it! Happy holidays, and I’ll see you in 2017!

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Matoki Pt III: Shishimato

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Shishi before I taped his ears to the chair

Hello, and welcome to the third post in the matoki series, this time featuring a healthy dose of coincidence. B.A.P’s newest album—Noir—dropped yesterday, along with the M/V for the title track—Skydive—and I swear I didn’t plan this. This also casts a bittersweet overtone on today’s post, as Bang Young Guk, the member Shishimato represents, will unfortunately not be promoting this album with the rest of the group, as he has been diagnosed with anxiety and is currently being treated. (Get well soon, Yongguk. We love you.)

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Shishi after I taped his ears to the chair

Making Shishi provided it’s own unique set of challenges, most stemming from the fact that he’s camouflage instead of black. I found the right yarn to compensate for this easily enough, but it turned out to be slightly thinner than the yarn I use for the other ones, which made the initial prototype significantly smaller than I like them to be. Not to be deterred, I upped the size of my crochet hook, which made him slightly bigger than the other two—and significantly squishier.

I also discovered that a significant factor in getting Dada’s ears to stay up when I put pipe cleaners in them was that they were stiff to begin with, due to the tightness of the stitches. Shishi’s ears, being significantly looser to begin with, refused to stay up with the same trick. I attempted to fix this by reinforcing the pipe cleaners, but when that proved futile I cut my losses and let his ears droop.

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Shishi next to Dada (for size comparison)

The other major challenge in making Shishimato was his mask (it’s a gas mask, in case you couldn’t tell). It turns out, felt doesn’t particularly like being placed at 90 degree angles from other pieces of felt, and won’t stay that way without reinforcement. As such, Shishi’s mask is primarily held together with hot glue. A LOT of hot glue. It kind of turned into a gluey mess, and if I ever get the chance, I’d like to see if I can make a better one, but overall I think it looks alright.

In sum, making Shishi taught me that all yarns are not created equal, and that hot glue dries really, really fast. I do like the way he turned out, and his squishyness makes him the most huggable of the matoki so far, which is a plus in my opinion.