I have had a little bit of down time with routines finally settled into the lockdown here in Ireland, so I have been taking the opportunity to do some experimentation and learn some new crochet skills. What I am doing most of you probably learned these skills on day 3 of “learning how to crochet” but since I am self taught and long before I had access to the greatest learning tool in the world, YouTube, I am still getting my head around actually using this brilliant resource to fill in the holes in my crochet knowledge.

After making 2 of the amigurumi Frontline Hero Bears I decided it was time to bite the bullet and learn how do these properly. In particular I needed to learn how to embroider the faces properly and learn how to finish off the threads so that they didn’t unravel. Safety eyes are great and all but they don’t have the same effect that and embroidered eye have or even give the doll the personality that it should have.

After going through a gazillon videos on youtube, most of the best ones were in Russian, Note to self: learn Russian! I eventually stumbled across one channel that I found really interesting and helpful. Kindabam crochet is a woman based in Australia and while she hasn’t got alot of videos posted yet her video content is extremely educational and definitely worth checking out. I learned alot in just 20 mins of one of her videos.

I bought myself a generic doll pattern from Etsy store Egyptian Crafter Shop and if you are a beginner with amigurumi dolls then its a pattern worth purchasing. It was a very enjoyable make. It was also my first time working with wire so that was a fun experience. I did have to make some pattern adjustments when it came to making the knees and later again when it came to adding on the arms but it was in no way difficult to do this. I made mine in Double knit. It was all I have in my stash at the moment and I figured I had a better chance with a larger doll than a smaller one.

Of course I, as is tradition, took way too many photos of my progress but it was just awesome to see it all coming together. Even my husband was impressed with the shaping details of the legs. I personally loved that I didn’t have to sew any of the limbs on to the body. Its something that always put me off making doll and teddy patterns. The particular pattern that I have used is all crocheted as one piece.

Now that I have the doll finished I need to take some time to figure out what I am going to do with him. I have been learning embroidery facial features so I want to give that technique a try. All that is left to do is give him life and a personality. Stay tuned!

Who are your favourite amigurumi youtubers?

Are you learning new skills during lockdown, refining old skills or just taking the opportunity to have some rest and relaxation?