Panda Bear Mod

I started working on a panda bear, but then realized I already have a teddy bear pattern that would work great, all I needed to do is change the color scheme a bit and add patches around the eyes. So that's what I did. And if you want to make one yourself, keep reading, I will talk you through all the details.

But first, a few photos to show off mine.

Amigurumi panda bear pattern // 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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Tips for using fuzzy yarn

Finding fuzzy yarns that are suitable for crocheting amigurumi turned out to be a lot harder than I initially thought, so much so that I gave up on the idea after quite a few failed attempts. My local yarn stores do carry some fuzzy eyelash yarns, but they all have fur that is way too long for crocheting and don't create the nice faux fur effect they are supposed to - they just need a more relaxed fabric and looser stitches. But even if they did, I was looking for a different look - shorter fur that would give a more vintage look.

Tips for crocheting amigurumi with fuzzy yarns // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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Christmas Teddy Bear

I took my sleepy teddy pattern, chose some festive colors, made a few little changes and voila! - a really sweet Christmassy teddy bear was born. If you want to make one yourself then keep reading, I will talk you through all the details.

Teddy bear pattern // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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TUTORIAL: Sewing a Simple Fabric Dress.

I started making a bunny for a dress tutorial, but at some point realized I may not have enough yarn to finish her. After the body, head and limbs were done, I had just enough yarn left over to make teddy ears. So here she is - one sweet teddy girl.

If you want to make your own, use this pattern. Here's the pattern for the ears and muzzle:

Ears:

1: mr, sc 6 = (6)
2: inc x 6 = (12)
3: (inc, sc 5) x 2 = (14)
4: sc in each st = (14)

Muzzle:

1: mr, sc 6 = (6)
2: inc x 6 = (12)
3: (sc, inc) x 6 = (18)
4: sc in each st = (18)

 

amigurumi teddy bear

 

Because sewing clothes to tiny animals is a huge pain, I decided to use super bulky alpaca and wool blend (Katia “Peru”, 100g = 106m) and a 3,50 mm crochet hook (US size E). At about 46cm (18”) tall, she is big enough for cuddling.

And if you want to know how the dress is made, read on.

 

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