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AmiAlong 2018 is here! PART I

AmiAlong 2018 is already here!

Yet again, several amazing amigurumi designers teamed up to create a wonderful, full of fun and prizes event for all amigurumi lovers!

If you like crocheting or knitting toys, you should totally join us! There are tons of patterns to choose from, lots of chances to win great prizes, fun, chatter, games and whatnot :)

Here’s the first part of designers taking part this year:

ME! (duh!)

Amination profile and crochet patterns:
Amination group on Ravelry:
Instagram: @aminationblog
Amination Blog:


Yarn Society!
Designer Profile:
Website: (Sign up for my newsletter when I launch)
Designer Profile:
Instagram: @ami_amour

Ravelry Group:
Amigurumi Newsletter:

Melissa’s Crochet Patterns

Ravelry Profile:
Ravelry Group:
Instagram: @melissascrochetpatterns

Herter Crochet Designs!
Ravelry Designer Profile:
Ravelry Group:
Instagram: @ida_herter


Posted on : July 13, 2018 | No Comments

Gift-A-Long 2016

Whew! I’ve been so busy lately, that I’m totally late with the Gift-A-Long post! Fortunatley, it’s not too late to join the fun, at all, so if you’d like to play, jump right on it!

What is Gift-A-Long?

GAL (Gift-A-Long) is a huge event organized by indie designers, where you can play games, win prizes, discover new patterns and designers and, what’s most important, prepare for Christmas by making your gifts together with other Ravellers! All details can be found here:

How long does it last?

6 weeks, so there’s still plenty of time to join  – November 22nd at 8pm (US-EST) through December 31th at 11:59 pm (US-EST).

What patterns take part in the KAL/CALs?

All patterns by participating designers, so lots, lots, lots! Here’s the link to all of them:

Ok, so now, when you know more or less, what the GAL is, I’m ready to show you my choices for this year (i.e. patterns I’d love to work on, if I have enough time…).

Click the photos to go to the patterns :)

Lodgepole Pullover by Sara Gresbah
I fell in love with it last year and bought the pattern then, but, sadly, I had no time to make it. But this year will be different and my son will have a beautiful sweater!

Hoar Frost by Ranee Mueller

I alreday started this one in Santa colors – it’s turning out sooo cute!

The Secret Way of Patterns by Janelle Martin
This one stole my heart not only because of the beautiful stitches, but also by the story behind it. Be sure to read it on the pattern page!
I’m also eyeing Iced Experiment and Tablet Braid Scarf by the same deisgner. Ah, choices, choices…

Kyra Boatneck Pullover by Kelene Kinnersly
I love, love boatneck pullovers and cables, so, you know… I must knit this!

Chesterfield Neckwarmer by Nina Machlin Dayton
Not sure what color I’ll choose for this one, but I’ll be definitely making one for myself and maybe for someone else, too, after the GAL. I had a hard time choosing between this design and Strawberry Leaves Neckwarmer… Do you think I made the right choice?

Harvest Leaf Bag by ASimpleHomstead
One can never have too many bags and I could really use a pretty, autumn themed bag like this!

Gus by Jenny Wiebe
Jenny has so many beautiful classic (and classy!) boy patterns that I couldn’t resist one more (I knitted Calaway a while ago and my son looked supercute in it!).

Gwylan Bonnet by Emily Ringelman
I adore everything about this hat – the shape (I always knitted beanies only), the beautiful cabled pattern and the pompoms!

Now to find enough time for all this! Aaaand what are your choices for this GAL?

Posted on : November 30, 2016 | No Comments

Defeating Dr Hookenstein Mystery CAL – day VI and last… for now!

Ok, Agents, we’re almost done!


Remember that part from yesterday – the one made with MC? Make one more, will you? I suspect it may get handy…

Oh, and apart from that…
with MC, ch4
R1. 1sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the next 2sc, turn, ch1 (3)
R2. 3in1, dec, turn, ch1 (4)
R3. 3sc, inc, turn, ch1 (5)
R4. inc, 4sc, turn, ch1 (6)
R5. 2sc, inc, leave the rest unworked, turn, ch1 (4)
R6. 3in1, 3sc, turn, ch1 (6)
R7. 1sc, inc, leave the rest unworked, turn, ch1 (3)
R8. 3in1, dec, turn, ch1 (4)
R9. ch1 and make the edge (work in the sides of the rows now, on the upper part, which is straight, without): 1sc in the side of the st of row 8 and 7, ch2, 1sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1sc in the side of the st of row 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.
Fasten off, leaving a piece of yarn for sewing.

Now, let’s make this part again, but make row 8 as follows:
R8. inc, ch1, dec (4) – your button should fit through the little hole, if it doesn’t chain as many as needed.

Ok, now let’s put it all together!
The CC1 parts – sew them together – the smaller one close to the thinner end of the bigger one. Add some tiny CC2 parts to them – wherever you want…

The pointy parts from today and yesterday – they should go on both parts of the eyes & nose part. Oh, that would be the time to add the nose as well, if you haven’t! You can also add a smile, if you wish.

Today’s parts go on both sides of… Oh, I’m sure you know where, already, don’t you?! It’s up to you which one on which side (remember that one has a button hole). The idea is that when they are folded on the tummy, you can button them and they will stay folded – try this and mark the placement for the button, then sew it on.

The free loops at the bottom of the body turned out to be in front or in back – if in front, use them to attach the feet (I mean, attach the feet in front, at the bottom anyways…). The last part is to attach the MC parts to the CC1 part – if your free loops are at the back, they’ll make it easier for you to sew the two parts together.

Now place your bug mechanism somewhere inside the cover you just made and place it somewhere around Hookenstein’s house – under the windowsill, in the basement, in his backyard?…. And wait for further instructions!


Posted on : October 31, 2016 | No Comments

Defeating Dr Hookenstein Mystery CAL – day V


It’s a lazy Sunday evening at the Agency… The headquarters are empty and everyone is at home, enjoying their crafty projects, reading books and drinking tea… Dr Hookenstein is not plotting on Sudays anyways, right? WRONG! Are you kidding me? Get off your couch and start working NOW!


with CC2, ch3 (you may want to leave a piece of yarn at the beginning, so that you use it for sewing)

R1. working on both sides of the ch: inc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1sl st, ch1, 1 sl st on the other side of the last ch, in on the other side of the first ch of the round (7)

Fasten off, leaving a piece of yarn for sewing.

Make as many of these, as you want (just not too many because they won’t  fit,  1-3 is totally enough, unless you have some more scrap yarn that needs to be used…).


Oh, you did so great with double instructions yesterday that we decided to give you the double portion today as well! Yay, right?


with MC, ch7
R1. working on both sides of the chain: 2hdc in the 2nd ch from the chain, 1hdc, 3sc, 3sc in 1, 3sc, 1hdc, 2hdc in the last ch, turn, ch2  (15)
R2. 2dc, 2hdc, 3sc, [1sc, ch2, 1sc] in the next sc, 3sc, 2hdc, 2dc, join with a sl st to the top of ch2 (made at the beginning) of the round (17)

Fasten off, leaving a piece of yarn for sewing.

Posted on : October 30, 2016 | No Comments

Defeating Dr Hookenstein Mystery CAL – day IV

It was a busy day today, at the agency! So, for today, something short and sweet…



with CC1, ch2

R1. 3sc in the 2nd ch from the hook

R2. in FLO: 3sc (3)

R3. in FLO: inc, 2sc (4)

R4. in FLO: inc, 3sc (5)

Fasten off, leaving a piece of yarn for sewing.


No, that’s not all…


with MC, ch4

R1. inc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each of the next 2 ch, turn (6)

R2. *ch3, 1sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook, dec over the next ch and sc*, rep from * to * twice more, 1sl st in the next sc, ch3, 1sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook, dec over the ch and the sc you have made the sl st into, repeat instructions from * to * twice

Fasten off, leaving a piece of yarn for sewing.


Please remember that the first clue should get destroyed today… We’re about to check if it happened…

Posted on : October 29, 2016 | No Comments

Defeating Dr Hookenstein Mystery CAL – day III

Ok, Agents. We have some serious work to do today. Finish your coffee (tea? Or what are you drinking today? Where is this cup from? You sure it’s not wired?), get your spy gear ready and start hooking! I mean crocheting, crocheting… Of course…

DAY III instructions were here…

Posted on : October 28, 2016 | No Comments

Defeating Dr Hookenstein Mystery CAL – day II

I’m sure Day I was easy peasy for you, my dear Agents, so let’s try something more… Wait! Are you sure there’s nobody there with you? No one who may peek over your shoulder and read the super-secret instructions? Are you 100% sure? Look around… Slowly! No one there? Ok. You can now read the instructions, then.

Good luck!

Need help with working on both sides of the chain? Here’s the photo tutorial that may help you:

DAY II instructions were here…

Posted on : October 27, 2016 | No Comments

Defeating Dr Hookenstein Mystery CAL – day I

Allright, Agents. As you all know, Dr Hookenstein will not let anyone inside his house this time (which is a shame because we had brand new yarn ball costumes for you). Instead of watching him, we will try some eavesdropping. It’s very dangerous to stay close to his house, though, so each of you will try to place the bug inside – the more, the better, because even if he finds one and destroys it, there are always others left (so please ask your friends if they’re willing to help, too!). Agency will equip you with the mechanism, but we will need to create some kind of a cover for it (using your mad crochet skills).

Are you ready to begin?

Please remember that the list of necessary materials (together with the color info) has been published in the previous post.

Good luck!



P.S. Be sure to keep up with the everyday clues, due to safety reasons, each clue self-destructs after 3 days and will not be available…

Posted on : October 26, 2016 | No Comments

Dr Hookenstein’s Mystery CAL 2016

Are you ready for another secret mission?

Hello, Agent! We received some unsettling news – Dr Hookenstein is trying to take control over the world yet again! He’s much more dangerous than last year – he doubled the protection and not a soul can slip into his house this time. That’s why we’re hiring agents to help us place the bugs all around his place to hear what his plan is… Will you help us? We count on you, Agent!

To complete the intro mission and get the bug inside his house you’ll need:

  • yarn(duh!): DK weight, cotton and acrylic blend MC: black, gray, brown, etc. CC1: brown CC2: green, yellow, red, brown (different from CC1, though) – scrap yarn is enough here, really, can be lighter weight, as well, but rather not heavier than your CC1
  • hook: 3mm
  • stuffing
  • 8 mm safety eyes or 2 black beads, 9mm safety nose or thread to embroider it
  • one tiny button – 6 – 9mm (optional)
  • sewing needle
  • scissors
  • scrap yarn for embroidery – lighter weight than your main yarn, mine was light fingering (optional)
  • stitch marker (optional)

The pattern will be published in parts in my Ravelry group, Facebook group and official website.

Link to DAY I clue:

But THIS is just the beginning… The real fun starts when we discover what he’s up to this year!

Posted on : October 25, 2016 | 12 Comments

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