I took a stab at Amigurumi over the weekend.
Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features, as is typical in Japanese culture.
And here is what I created...
As you can see... It's a snake. I made it for my friends son. He's turning 2 in May (flashback to baby pictures!) and this was part of his gift. I had previously made a snake for him out of fabric, but it didn't past the toddler test and ripped open. So this Amigurumi snake is its replacement.
I was actually surprised how easy this was to do. Basically the only stitch you need to know is the single crochet. There is a little bit of increasing and decreasing - which isn't as hard as it might seem. In fact, the video I watched for the tutorial explains how to do it!
Snake Video Tutorial
SSSSsssSSssssss.... He is a little on the short side, but perfect for a 2 year old!
I also made a little Moose stuffed animal/pillow thing. For anyone without kids... this is Moose from NickJr..... Though NickJr. fired him and his pal Zee.
I kind of wish I would have just made this a rectangle pillow... but this works too!
What was your favorite stuffed animal as a kid?