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Learn basic amigurumi shapes!


 It’s March – an International Crochet Month! I wouldn’t be myself if I haven’t encouraged everyone to start crocheting. And especially crocheting toys! For those of you who find amigurumi a bit intimidating, I prepared this series of short tutorials presenting a few basic shapes. It will help you practice working in spiral andunderstand how various shapes are achieved by increasing and decreasing in the right moment.

Circles, Spheres and Spheroids

Probably the most basic among all basic shapes. The usual amigurumi pattern will start from a circle than then evolve into some kind of a spheroid. You can start with a ch2 or a magic ring. I personally prefer the ch2 beginning, so that’s what I’ll use for the patterns, but you can start with a magic circle if you prefer.

Uses:
- heads
- ears
- bodies
- lollipops
- eyes
- cookies
and many, many more!

1. Circle 1
ch2
Rnd 1. 6sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (6)
Rnd 2. inc x6 (12)
Rnd 3. (1sc, inc) x6 (18)
Rnd 4. (2sc, inc) x6 (24)
Rnd 5. (3sc, inc) x6 (30)
and so on, adding an increase in every 5th, 6th, 7th… stitch. The finished shape will look like this:

circle - amigurumi shapes tutorialAs you can see, it’s a bit more of a hexagon than a circle and you can see that the increases being positioned one on the other form some slightly visible lines. It’s not a big deal, especially when you’ll move from the circle to a spheroid of some kind and especially when you’re making a small ami. But with bigger ones the lines might be more visible and you may want to try to get rid of them. The alternative would be to position the increases of one round in between the increases of the previous round. So the pattern would be more like this:

Circle 2
ch2
1. 6sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (6)
2. inc x6 (12)
3. (inc, 1sc) x6 (18)
4. (2sc, inc) x6 (24)
5. 1sc, (inc, 3sc) x5, inc, 2sc (30)
6. (4sc, inc) x6 (36)
7. 2sc, (inc, 5sc) x5, inc, 3sc (42)
8. (6sc, inc) x6 (48)
9. 3sc, (inc, 7sc) x5, inc, 4sc (54)

And the finished circle looks like this:
circle - amigurumi shapes tutorial
As you can see, the increases don’t form very visible lines and the shape is less hexagonal…

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Sphere
sphere - amigurumi shapes tutorial
It starts as a circle – you can decide which beginning you want (circle 1 or 2), then you work even for a few rounds and then you decrease. The bigger the sphere you want, the bigger the begininng circle should be and the more rounds should be worked even.

 

 


The pattern is as follows:
ch2
1. 6sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (6)
2. inc x6 (12)
3. (inc, 1sc) x6 (18)
4. (2sc, inc) x6 (24)
5. 1sc, (inc, 3sc) x5, inc, 2sc (30)
6. – 9. 30sc (30)
10. 2sc, (dec, 3sc) x5, dec, 1sc (24)
Here you can start stuffing. Remember to add more filling as you go.
11. (dec, 2sc ) x6 (18)
12. (1sc, dec) x6 (12)
13. dec x6 (6)
Fasten off, sew the opening closed. Secure and hide the ends.

Modifications:
If you stop at round 7. you’ll get a cup.
If you don’t stuff it, you can flatten it and get a double layered circle, perfect for e.g. mouse ears.

3. Spheroid
spheroid - amigurumi shapes tutorialIt starts just like a sphere, then, you simply work even for a few more rounds than for the sphere.

 

 

 

 Pattern will look like this:
ch2
1. 6sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (6)
2. inc x6 (12)
3. (inc, 1sc) x6 (18)
4. (2sc, inc) x6 (24)
5. 1sc, (inc, 3sc) x5, inc, 2sc (30)
6. – 15. 30sc (30)
16. 2sc, (dec, 3sc) x5, dec, 1sc (24)
Here you can start stuffing. Remember to add more filling as you go.
17. (dec, 2sc ) x6 (18)
18. (1sc, dec) x6 (12)
19. dec x6 (6)
Fasten off, sew the opening closed. Secure and hide the ends.

 Thanks it for today! Stay tuned for the next part of the shapes tutorial and, most importatntly for an upcoming CAL for March (International Crochet Month)!

Posted on : March 3, 2015 | No Comments



Happy Cat Day!


We’re celebrating a Cat Day today in Poland! I thought it’s a great reason to make yourself a cat, so I discounted my cat patterns. No coupon code needed – just add the patterns to your Ravelry cart and 30% discount will be applied automatically!
Box of Kittens
Shades of Black I – Cat
Swinging Kitty

Cat day sale http://www.ravelry.com/designers/justyna-kacprzak

Happy Cat Day!

 

Posted on : February 17, 2015 | No Comments



Crazy about cables… at night!


Crazy About Cables...

When you’re a mom of two, there are days when you’re longing for the day to start to close so that you can finally slip between the sheets and rest.
When you’re a craftoholic mom of two, there are days when you know you should go to sleep and rest, but instead you’re knitting. Cables. At 1 a.m…
I’m not sure how this happened, but I have now 3 WIPs that are all knitted and all involve cables (not to mention other WIPs that are crocheted, knitted, cross-stiched and involve all kinds of other techniques, sigh…). One is my cowl-wrap I started on my birthday and got distracted by other cables when I was more or less in the middle of it. The pattern is this one, designed by my fellow Polish deisgner and I love the look of it  lot.

Fisherman's cowl

Fisherman’s cowl

The second one is a vest I decided to test knit for Jen. It was just too cute to pass! And when you have two little gentlemen at home, a good vest pattern is what you’ll need for sure! Oh, by the way, if you’re into cables, Jen has a great post about knitting cables with no cable needle. I really recommend this technique – it’s the only one I’ve been using so far. In fact, I don’t use a cable needle for any of the three projects…

Eamon

Eamon

Finally, my third one is a mystery knit-a-long hosted (and designed of course) by Hania Maciejewska. I decided to make it although I didn’t have any aran weight yarn I could use and I’m working with worsted yarn and 4.5mm circs. Had to cast on more stitches and improvise the ribbing  a bit, but now I’m on the right track and I’m following the pattern to the letter. Not sure how long, though, as my row gauge is probably way off, too. But I’m having fun with it nonetheless!

Uszatka

Uszatka

I know I should probably be working on some new designs and believe me I do (some of the WIPs in my project bags are designs on different stages of development…), but I just can’t deny cables have my attention now. And what’s your current obsession?

P.S. Be sure to check our Double Free Fun crochet/knit along! Details here.

Posted on : January 24, 2015 | 2 Comments



Double Free Fun CKAL


Time for the first CKAL this year!

I called it double free fun as you’ll be working on a free pattern AND will get one paid pattern for free! The CKAL will be conducted on Ravlery, so if yo’re not there yet, I totally recommend joining. I promise there’s more fun than just the “alongs”. Detailed rules below :)

The rules:

1. Make one project from the Cute and Kaboodle’s free patterns eligible for the CKAL (details below). Create a project page and link it to the pattern.
2. Choose one pattern from the paid CKAL patterns list as your reward (details below) and make sure you start a project page for it and make it for the CKAL, too. You don’t have to finish the second project, but it needs to have a project page linked to the pattern, please. The reward pattern will be sent to your Ravelry library when you’re done making the free pattern project.
3 You can pick your reward only once, so you can make as many projects from free patterns as you wish, but you can choose only one paid pattern as a reward.
4. For your project pages, avatars and whatnot you can get the button below.

Cute and Kaboodle's Double Free Fun CKAL. Join us now!

Just right-click the image and save as ad then upload or right-click and copy the image link and use it in the “slurp from the web” option.
5. Time frame: We start  on Monday 19th 2015 and finish Feb 28th 2015.

Note!
Not all free patterns are eligible for the CKAL – only the ones in this bundle with “#1 Make me” caption.
Not all paid patterns can be chosen as a reward – only the ones in this bundle with “#2 Pick me as a reward” caption.
By taking part in the CKAL you agree for the rules seen above.

 

Have fun and invite your friends to join, too!

Posted on : January 20, 2015 | 1 Comment



New Year’s Resolutions


Yes, I’m one of those people who do make resolutions at the beginning of each year. And I like them. I usually don’t feel bad about not crossing them off my list, but every thing I manage to achieve is a great success. To be honest, I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t make one type of resolutions you know, those vague statements “I’ll be more…”, “I’ll spend less time…”. Because how do I check if I really succeded? But I end up with a few of them anyways. Oh, well. At least it’s a proof that I’m working on myself, right? Or it’s all only an outcome of my uncontrollable need to make lists. All kinds of lists! On every occasion! Yeah!

Anyways, here’s what I planned for this year:

1. Get rid of at least two boxes with yarn.
Now this doesn’t necessarily mean to use all the yarn that’s in random two (out of many) boxes hidden in my closet. It may as well mean to regroup and squeeze them so that they fit in fewer cartons… But that needs to be done!

 2. Take part in a fun book reading challenge.
I really like this one from Amelinowa’s blog.

Amelinowa’s Book Challenge


Sorry that it’s in Polish – here’s a short translation of the points for you. The challenge is to read a book: that has more than 215 pages, written by a woman, published in 2015, that has a sad ending (I’m going to either skip that or change to happy ending, I don’t like sad books), that has a city name in the title, with a movie based on it, older than 100 years, based on a real story, that has only one word in the title, whose author’s initials are the same as mine, published in the year I was born, with at least two authors, with a name in the title,  written by a man, assigned to be read at school but I somehow didn’t, whose author is younger than 30, with a color in the title, read in a weekend, with no people, a typical romance, a guide, historical or political one, in English :), epistolary, written under a pen name, whose story takes place during the war, whose main character’s name starts with the same letter as mine, whose story takes place outside Europe, that I started reading but haven’t finished.

The challenge is to have one book for each point, but I know I won’t have time for that, so in my version it’s ok when one book covers a few points. After all, it’s about pleasure, not getting stressed about it. If you’d like to take part in it more officially, here’s a Facebook event based on the list.

 3. Have a memory jar for little notes about happy things that happen during the year.
This New Year’s Eve I was surprised how little I could remember from 2014 and I thought there needs to be a way to recall more fun moments.

4. Publish at least one pattern a month.
This has been my resolution last year, too and it turned out great, so I’m hopeful :)

5. Publish at least 3 knitting patterns.
I’m often asked to rewrite my crochet patterns to knitting and I may try doing so, but I don’t think I’ll count these. I need 3 original knitting designs. I already have some ideas, so it should be easy peasy! Plus, I had so much fun with Oscar and Swinging Kitty that it’ll be a sheer pleasure!

6. Publish patterns that only need to be written down and tested (with samples and notes ready).
You wouldn’t believe how many of these I have…

One of my designs waiting for the pattern…

7. Blog more!
I really like it and the only reason while I don’t write often is a constant lack of time. But maybe I’ll try to change my less productive computer time to blogging and that will do. We’ll see…

8. Learn crochet/kntting vocabulary in a foreign language.
Now here’s my last (and a previous one) year’s failure. I did try a pattern in Spanish and I did great, but I don’t remember a word. So this year, I’ll try again!

Last year’s take on a Spanish pattern.

And finally number 9 that shouldn’t probably be on the list, but it is: Worry less.
I found myself constantly worried last year. About everything – important and not important at all. It had quite a bad effect on my health and overall well-being so I’ll try to relax more this year. I must say I’m doing great so far! (I was to write that post aboout a week ago and I’m not even a bit frustrated, see?)

 And how about you? Any resolutions, wishes, hopes?

New Year giveaway at Cute and Kaboodle's!

If you have any craft-wise plans including Cute and Kaboodle’s patterns share them on Ravelry or Facebook and take part in a giveaway. Hurry up, though, you can take part only till the end of this week (Sunday 11th of January 2015). Remember that every person that mentions your name in the Ravelry thread as well as every post share on Facebook gives you an additional chance to win!

Have a great 2015!

Posted on : January 10, 2015 | No Comments



Meeting gift-a-long designers IV


It’s time for our last designer meeting…

Today our guest is Michelle from Timeless Knits!

timeless knits

Patterns links for you:

Juniper Berries Footbrigde Haukea Petrichor If you’d like to check out all her patterns click here!

Posted on : January 7, 2015 | No Comments



Meeting gift-a-long designers III


Hope you’re ready for meeting another talented designer!

Today it’s Selina from Knotty Turtles!

Knotty Turtles

And if you’d like to investigate her designs further here are the links:

My Little Blowfish
My LittleSlug
rand()
Tiriaq Fingerlings

The whole catalog can be found here.

Posted on : January 7, 2015 | No Comments



Giveaway Winner(s)!


Thank you for taking part in the giveaway. Winners announced!Thank you for taking part in the giveaway! It’s time to announce the lucky winner! Or rather winners, as I decided to choose two people who’ll get the pattern they wished for. It was already VERY difficult as there were lots of entries on different platforms and many sweet and moving stories behind your choices. But with a bit of randomness and my husband’s help I can now say that:

Ann will receive a copy of Last Minute Christmas Decorations (with the Starlight Candle Holder she requested)
and
Kim will receive a copy of April the Bunny

Thanks again and stay tuned because we may have another giveaway soon… If you don’t want to miss it, sign up for a newsletter or follow me on Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook (all links in the right sidebar). Happy Christmas crafting!

 

Posted on : December 11, 2014 | No Comments



Meeting Gift-A-Long Designers II


Time to meet another talented designer…

Our guest today is Ashwini from Ashwini J Designs!

 ashwini j deisgns interview

 

It’s still time to join the gift-along and win some prizes. Maybe you’ll choose one of Ashwini’s patterns?

Here are the links to the presented ones:
Renesaince Sweater
Fountains and Cables Scarf
Cranberry Brioche

 And here you can see her whole catalog. Be sure to visit her website, too!

Posted on : December 11, 2014 | No Comments



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