Free Pattern: Zombie Bunny

Do you guys still remember this zombie bunny? I meant to publish the pattern here over a year ago, sorted through the photos and everything, and then comlpetely forgot about it. But then I got a message on Ravelry a few days ago, reminding me I need to actually write down and publish it, seeing as it's useless sitting in a folder on my computer somewhere.

I am making an effort to be better at this organizing thing, I promise, but I don't think I'll ever be brilliant at it :) My brain just doesn't want to hold on to little details like stuff that needs to get done or deadlines or names or my anniversary. But enough rambling, here's the pattern:

Free pattern: Zombie Bunny // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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One pattern, different yarns

One great thing about crocheting toys is that the exact size is rarely important, which gives you the opportunity to experiment with all kinds of different yarns - use bulkier yarn (or crochet holding multiple strands of yarn together) and you'll get a larger toy, use finer yarn and you'll get a smaller toy, pick eyelash yarn for a fuzzy look, cotton or viscose for a nice smooth surface, alpaca or wool for a more natural and rustic feel. With just one pattern you can create so many different looks.

Amigurumi tutorial: Using different yarns to size amigurumi up or down // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

If you pick a yarn that is significantly lighter or heavier (i.e. finer or thicker) than the one listed in the pattern, you'll also need to adjust the size of the crochet hook and eyes, noses, joints or any other details you want to use, more about it below.

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Small teddy bear

A few weeks back, I published a pattern for a smaller version of my bobble sheep. I enjoyed working on the smaller sheep so much, I decided to make smaller versions of some of my other patterns as well, starting with the classic teddy bear.

Crochet pattern: Small amigurumi teddy bear // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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Simple embroidered nose

There are so many beautiful techniques for embroidering noses on your teddy bears, just do a Google search for "artist teddy" and you'll see what I mean. But most of them take quite a bit of time and effort - all stitches really need to be very precise. It's not easy with fabric toys, but almost impossible to get a nice result on crocheted toys.

When working with bumpy crochet surface, I think it's best to keep things simple. In this post I will show you how I usually embroider noses on my teddy bears, cats and bunnies - it's very quick and easy and as long as you keep your stitches straight, it's going to look great. 

Amigurumi tutorial: Embroidering teddy bear, bunny and cat nose // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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Smaller version of the sheep pattern

When I first published my sheep pattern, it quickly became (and still is) the most popular one. It's one of my all time favorites as well – I love the textured and fluffy fabric the bobble stitches create. But it does take a long time to make. So, when you guys suggested I make a smaller version, I immediately thought it was a great idea and now I finally found the time to actually finish writing the pattern.

Crochet pattern: Small amigurumi sheep // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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Leaving holes for safety eyes

Have you ever finished your crochet piece just to discover your stitches are just too tight to push the safety eyes or joints through? It's happened to me a few times. And no matter how much you try to stretch the stitches, you just can't get the eye through them.

It's usually not a problem with softer and more flexible yarns like wool or acrylic, but if you are using tougher yarns like cotton, linen or hemp or plan to use oversized eyes, it may be worth to think ahead and leave little holes in the fabric for your eyes, nose or joints.

Amigurumi tutorial: Leaving holes for safety eyes and joints // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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