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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Free pattern - Small long-legged cat

I took my bunny pattern and turned it into this little cat. The body pattern is the same, I only changed the ears and tail. I think it would also work as a teddy bear, so keep an eye out for another pattern in a couple of weeks.

Free crochet pattern: Small long-legged cat // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

This is a great pattern to try if you are new to toy making - it's not difficult to crochet and doesn't take too long, but does include a few different techniques, so you can learn all the basics of amigurumi making.

 

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Stripy cat pattern

I made a yellow and orange stripy kitty for my niece four years ago, one of my very first toys. That little cat quickly became her favorite toy and she wouldn't leave the house or go to bed without it. So, as you can imagine, after all these adventures the kitty started to look a bit tired. And this spring I made her a new one, so the old cat could retire before it fell apart completely (although, as I hear, my niece and her mom still have arguments almost daily whether or not the old kitty has to stay at home or not). 

Crochet pattern: Stripy amigurumi cat // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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Pattern bundle

Amigurumi crochet patterns // Kristi Tullus (sidrun.spire.ee)

I love mixing patterns and when I was working on these four, I thought why not make them the same size so you can too. Four different animals with four different outfits so you can mix and match ...

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Yarn addict in rehab

I just love all kinds of yarn, from humble rustic wool to luxurious silk, from traditional flax to acrylic and nylon, not to mention exotic fibers like milk protein. There's no better way to spend an afternoon than going to yarn stores and looking and feeling and oohing and aahing and, more often than not, bringing home bags full of beautiful yarn. Although I  usually have no clear picture in mind what projects I am going to use it for. And as you may have guessed, my yarn stash pretty quickly grew out of its designated storage area. 

Which lead to a new rule - no new yarn will be bought until I can fit it all back in the boxes. I could have gone around it by just getting more boxes and taking over the living room or giving away some of the yarn, but the sensible thing was to use it up. And the sensible route I went.

Amigurumi toys by Kristi Tullus

Going through it I found quite a large collection of fingering weight cotton yarn, which is a bit too fine to use when taking photos for patterns, but perfect for making really cute and small, but detailed toys - my favorite kind. It was quite relaxing mixing patterns and  just crocheting and not having to think about explaining each detail, although I found myself doing it anyway.

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Long-Legged Cat in Shorts

After quite a long break I am so excited to publish a new pattern! 

Crochet pattern: Long-legged cat in shorts // Kristi Tullus (sidrun.spire.ee)

I used sport weight cotton and acrylic blend (114m = 50g, 5 ply, 12 wpi) with a 2,50mm crochet hook (US size 1/B) and my kitty came out about 25cm (10") tall. But you can always pick something bulkier or finer and make a larger or a smaller version.

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