Amigurumi · Crochet · K-Pop · Matoki

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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Crochet

Diamond Trellis Basket

20170212_171828Hey, short post today. I made a basket! It’s proven useful at holding some of my yarn. I found the pattern here, and if you would like to make one of your own, or just check out another nifty crafting blog, I would highly suggest checking it out. My basket is wider and taller than the one on the site, as it was originally meant to be a laundry basket. However, after not working on it for nearly six months, laziness won out and it became simply another nifty storage container.

Amigurumi · Crochet · K-Pop · Matoki

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.

Crochet · Wearable

Candy Color Hat and Gloves

 

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Incidentally, that’s me in the picture. This is what I look like.

Hello all! It’s mid January, and as it happens, today is the first day of a brand new semester. So, naturally, I’m sharing something that I made back in December that is only tangentially related to my college experience.

 

I go to school in New Orleans, which doesn’t normally get very cold, even in winter (right now, for instance, it’s a comfortable 77 degrees outside). However, in December this year the temperature dipped down into the 30s and stayed there for an unusually long length of time. I, not expecting the cold, did not actually own a hat or gloves at the time, but I did have a large supply of yarn (as always). So, I found a pattern and set to work.

The patterns I found came from the Moogly blog and are here and here for the hat and gloves respectively. They are called the Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie and Fingerless Gloves. Go check them out, they’re pretty neat. I especially like the raised braids around the rim of the hat and the base of the gloves.102_8654

The yarn I used was from Red Heart Boutique’s Unforgettable series, which is arguably my favorite selection of yarn of all time ever. The color I used is called Candied, and I love how the soft, pastel colors lazily melt into one another. I love when multicolored yarns have long, individual patches of colors so the resulting pieces end up striped instead of covered in chaotic speckles. I also like that, by a happy accident, the gloves ended up with opposite colors on the top and bottom. In all, this was a fun pattern to make, and I successfully found a way to keep warm in the unusually cold winter.

Amigurumi · Crochet

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!

Amigurumi · Crochet · Patterns

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!

Crochet · Keychain

Coffee Mug Keychain

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December is finally upon us, and with finals one week away, I have been doing schoolwork…and not much else. Any free time I have had during the past few weeks has been spent either sleeping or making Christmas presents, the first of which I can’t actually show off for another two weeks. Oh yeah, and I made this adorable coffee mug key chain that’s chilling out with the hot chocolate in the photo above. That’s pretty relevant.

I genuinely have no idea how I first discovered the pattern for this, but it made a20161204_144142n impression, since I purposefully googled it months later when I was looking for something quick and easy to do with the safety eyes and key chains I had just purchased. The original pattern was made by Sarah Zimmerman at Repeat Crafter Me as part of a series of Starbucks themed goodies (link to pattern). While I’m not partial to Starbucks myself, as a college student, I do tend to start my mornings with an offering to the coffee gods—and a french press of Folgers—so this was a craft that really resonated with me.

…That’s just about everything I had to say about this. I’m going to go pour myself another mug of coffee and get back to studying for those finals!

Crochet · Wearable

Partly Cloudy Super Scarf

So, after a particularly hot October, New Orleans weather has finally decided to get colder and, as the winter months descend upon us, I felt it thematically appropriate to share a particularly cozy scarf.

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My friend, Jessie Conrad, modeling her new scarf

Now, normally I don’t make scarves, because I’m impatient and scarves take forever. However, I have been wanting to make something using super bulky yarn for a while, and I found a scarf pattern from Cre8tion Crochet that is absolutely gorgeous (Pattern link here).

The scarf worked up really fast—as I imagine scarves made of super bulky blanket yarn often do—and as an added bonus, it’s super cozy. In the future, I’d like to experiment more with super bulky yarn, but until then, I’m really happy with this scarf.

Amigurumi · Crochet · K-Pop · Matoki

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.

Amigurumi · Crochet · K-Pop · Patterns

Voodoo Doll

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Happy Halloween week everyone! I absolutely love Halloween and the spooky aesthetic that comes with it. This year, I decided to kick off my celebration with a creepy crochet voodoo doll.

This particular voodoo doll is based off the ones used by K-pop group VIXX in the promotions for their song, “Voodoo Doll.” If you’ve never heard of VIXX and/or feel like having nightmares tonight, I’d highly suggest checking out the music video here (WARNING: The video contains blood, gore, and a LOT of gruesome imagery. If any of this is objectionable to you, or you don’t feel like having nightmares tonight, maybe watch this version instead.)  My voodoo doll is specifically based on the one in this picture (image credit: weheartit.com):

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Nailed it

I made this voodoo doll because I wanted to make something related to K-pop that wasn’t the matoki, and I really like its design. Some parts were tricky to design—it took three tries to figure out that the body would be significantly easier to work in rows rather than rounds—but I really like the way it turned out. I’m especially fond of the way the black and red contra20161024_121630st
with the white.

This is also the first project I’ve really enjoyed embroidering. Normally, I dread sewing designs/embroidery onto a piece, because of the care it takes to make sure it doesn’t look wrong or messed up. However, the stitching on this is SUPPOSED to look messed up and haphazard, so it wasn’t nearly as frustrating.

This pattern is available online for free! You can access it here: vixx-voodoo-doll-pattern