The Amigurumi attempt...

I'm currently on the train on the way to the store to start my day's work, two weeks since my birthday... I was very much spoilt. My parents have purchased slabs for my garden for my birthday present, (When did I become so practical) so I'll be able to knit out in the summer months now. We’ve been wanting to do the garden for over a year now and we’ve finally decided what we're going to do, so it's all go!

We've got the classes rolling again and I'm teaching a beginners crochet granny square workshop this Saturday which is fully booked. Boom! Many more to come over the coming months. Note to self: Stop biting nails as people don't want to be taught by someone with stubby toe fingers.

Recently, I’ve decided to perfect my Amigurumi (crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) skills as I want to teach this to the people of our county. My first task was to find a project and so I decided on a toy monkey. Now I’m not normally one for knitting or crocheting toys, but it is adorable (Pattern link). 

(Click on the image below to be directed to the pattern page)

Sirdar crochet pattern 
It recommends a 3mm hook. Obviously I didn’t follow this and thought a 4mm would work. Well it's doesn't, it looks more like a upside down miniature tea cosy than a monkey.
Amigurimi Blog
  so I’ve put this too the side and started again.
Now I would say Amigurumi is pretty simple, after all it's just double crochets going around and around. What is really difficult is the flaming start. A Magic ring? Well it's not actually that magical if you can't master it. I started off using a white double knit cotton and after 25 million attempts of this magic ring. It turned a lovely shade of grey. Sweaty stubby fingers!  

I decided to trawl the internet to find the best tutorial to create this mystical magic ring. I found a few but I must say that some of the phrasing used is questionable: “Take two fingers and slip them into the magic ring”. Wouldn't it be better to say "Wrap yarn around your hand, insert your crochet hook and then make slip stitch"? Maybe it's me with my wandering mind? Or maybe they're saying it for effect of euphemism? Either way it worked a treat! I think I may have mastered the magic ring technique but will be testing my teaching methods out on a couple of regular customers. The plan is to put on a few Amigurumi workshops over the next few months so sign up to our newsletter to be kept in the loop. Here's where I'm up to right now...

Body monkey
This is the Monkey's body. I'll put the finished article on our social media @emmshaberdashery and @themaleknitter 
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  • Looks fab Sam, looking forward to your amigurumi workshops …. the pattern for the monkey is great and easy to follow (my first attempt at a crochet toy) All my pieces are made …. now for the sewing up 😫🐵

    Debbie Holt

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