Camilla’s crochet creatures

by kath_red on 21/10/2006

in Toys+Plush

Camilla wrote in with a how-to make one of her quirky, gorgeous original characters. Thank you Camilla.

I will try to guide you in how to do one of my crochet characters without making a pattern. I hope it will work. Once you’ve understood the basic they are so easy to make. I will have to start with admitting I’m not a very good crocheter, I’m good at undo, redo, undo and redo. And maybe I have a good eye for what’s cute.

The best part is to choose some wonderful yarn. A smooth ordinary knitting yarn for the face, a thicker and maybe furry yarn for the rest of the head and the body, and last a thick but not furry yarn for some trousers.

Often I crochet the whole creature in Slip Stiches, but if your “body yarn” is very thick or very furry you can change it to ordinary Single crochet. I used the hooks I had at home, a 3,5 mm for the thinner yarn (face) and 6 mm for the thicker yarn (body, head). It’s important that it gets “tight”, that you can’t see the filling in the end.

Undo, redo, undo, redo.

I always start with the head. The part of the head you are crocheting first is the nose. Start with 3 Chain Stiches, join in the first chain with a Slip Stich. Crochet 2 Slip Stiches in each chain in about 2 rounds (increase). You don’t have to think about the rounds so much. Then you start to increase, or not, to shape the nose. Undo, redo :)

You’ll soon get the hang of it.

After some crocheting the nose turns into the face. If you’ll like a flat face you’ll have to increase a lot from the start. If you’ll like the face to be more pointy, you’ll have to increase slowly. When the face is finished you’ll make one last round without increasing.

When you increase (or decrease) try to make it evenly spaced.

Change yarn to the thicker yarn, but use the same hook the first round. You’ll have to decrease a lot (make it evenly spread) this first yarn with thicker yarn, to keep the shape. Change to the bigger hook. Probably you’ll have to do some decreasing this round to, but not to
much. Now you’ll just have to crochet along for a while.

Now you start to decrease, slowly the first rounds, more after some rounds. Before you’ve crochet it all you’ll have to attache the eyes and fill the head. Fasten off.

Then I usually contiues with the body. It’s just to crochet in the same way as the head but you use the thicker yarn and the bigger hook from the beginning. Now you’ll just have to find the shape.


Leave it open and save a sewing length.


The proportion between the head and the body is important.

Fill the body and sew the head on.

Now we will make the ears. Experiment with different shapes. The round “bear” ear is crocheted as the beginning of the face, with a lot of
increasing to make it flat. The “bunny” ears is made like this – you increase the first rounds then you crochet along to as long ears as you wish. Fasten off and save a sewing length. Sew the ears on to the head. Try different placement to get the look you want. I tend to place mine almost on the behind of the head.

Arms and legs – Crochet like the round ears. Like medallions. Using the thinner yarn and the smaller hook. When you’ve done a medallion, change to the thicker yarn, still using the smaller hook. Crochet one Slip Stich in every chain, first round. Second round, change to the bigger hook. Decrease every two stiches all way round. After that just crochet along until you have a arm or a leg as long or short as you wish. Fasten off and save a sewing length.

Attach them to the body. The legs so that your creature can sit up straight.
Make your nose, maybe a mouth and why not some eyebrows. TA DA!

Good luck!
Camilla

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 kelly October 21, 2006 at 8:41 pm

Wow- thanks so much for putting this out there. I love your creatures and have not ever tried crochet but now have some incintive!

2 WayOutWear October 21, 2006 at 10:06 pm

Yay! Super fabulous instructions! Thank you for all the detail! Your creations are wonderful!

3 sooz October 21, 2006 at 10:43 pm

These are wonderful! I can’t wait to have a go! Thank you :)

4 Kate October 22, 2006 at 6:36 am

Thankyou so much – it is very generous of you. Your creatures are just adorable – you definitely have an eye for what is cute.

5 filambulle October 23, 2006 at 4:43 am

MMmmmm… I should try this. do undo redo, I can do this! ;-) thank you very much for the great tutorial.

6 yl December 19, 2006 at 7:47 am

Just FYI…there is also a pattern in the Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller (eek! am i not supposed to plug another book? – sorry!). I have on many occasions tried to buy one from her but they are always sold out!

7 Barb.Canaan December 23, 2006 at 11:17 am

Your work is so wonderful! And very insperational too!!!!!!!!! Sorry I can’t spell!!!!!!!
Thank you,
Barb.

8 Iheartamigurumi January 27, 2007 at 12:01 am

Wow, I was wondering how you highly talented people do it! I mean make your OWN amigurumi’s without a pattern! U R really good. Thanks for sharing your techniques!

9 mojosmama April 10, 2007 at 5:09 am

I made one of your critters using the pattern from the Happy Hooker crochet book. I did have to modify it and used the single crochet. I messed up a bit here and there and did alot of ribbeting…ended up with LONG legs and high pants. hahahaha….. He turned out SOOOOO cute. I named him Reginald….don’t know why but it seemed to ‘fit’ him. My daughter wants me to make her one next….thought I’d make her a horse! thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!

10 Allison Stephanie September 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Wonderful! Can I buy one of these from you? I have never crocheted in my life, and i don’t even know what a slip stitch is! :) these are beautiful! Beautiful job!

11 kath_red September 12, 2010 at 1:55 am

please contact the designer by clicking on the blog link

12 Victoria September 27, 2011 at 5:50 am

I love these creatures and started making one of my own yesterday, but boy it takes ages with all the slipstitches… I think I might do it with normal ones next time ;) but they are incredibly cute =)

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