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Amigurumi Elephant (In person)



WHAT IS AMIGURUMI?

WHAT IS AMIGURUMI?

Amigurumi, a popular type of crochet, is a portmanteau of two Japanese terms: ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, a stuffed doll. It often takes the form of an animal or fantastical creature with an aesthetic that is best described as kawaii or cute. This makes amigurumi ideal for kids or anyone that likes button noses and rosy cheeks.

Are you hooked but don’t know where to start? Then this class is for you!  Crochet this little elephant from an original pattern by Ivonne and learn the basics of amigurumi. You will learn how to shape little creatures, create different facial expressions, and dress up your creation with flowers and bows. By the end of the classes you will be able to go home with this cute elephant and the skills to crochet many more on your own.

PREREQUISITE SKILLS: 

Students should know how to crochet even, single stitches

AMIGURUMI SKILLS TO BE TAUGHT: 

  • pattern reading

  • magic loop

  • crocheting in a spiral 

  • working with multiples of six

  • using stitch markers to keep track of your rounds 

  • increasing stitches 

  • invisibly decreasing stitches

  • working with safety eyes

  • adding facial expressions (smirks, eyebrows, eyelids, frowns)

  • stuffing your amigurumi without lumps 

  • stitching together two- and three-dimensional pieces

MATERIALS:

  • Yarn: 1 skein of light worsted weight (DK/8 ply) yarn, (for example, Uptown Worsted) works great but you can use any weight yarn. (If you would like to make a very big elephant pick a thick yarn or double your strands). You can use whatever color your heart desires: solid colors, stripes, self-patterned. The thicker the yarn the bigger your amigurumi will be and the more yarn will be needed to complete the project. To avoid the heartbreak of running out of yarn halfway through, get some extra!

  • Hook:  size D (3.25mm) hook (The hook should be about 2 sizes smaller than the one recommended on the label of your yarn)

  • Suggested safety eye size - 12mm or pieces of felt if you choose to use felt for the eyes

  • Blunt tip sewing needle

  • A locking stitch marker (a paper clip will also do)

  • A few pins to secure your pieces while sewing them together

  • Scissors

  • Pencil or pen to scribble notes on your pattern

 

3 Classes, 2 hours each 

 

 

Skill Level:
beginner
Skill Details:
Students should know how to crochet even, single stitches AMIGURUMI SKILLS TO BE TAUGHT: pattern reading magic loop crocheting in a spiral working with multiples of six using stitch markers to keep track of your rounds (which are actually spirals) increasing stitches invisibly decreasing stitches working with safety eyes adding facial expressions (smirks, eyebrows, eyelids, frowns) stuffing your amigurumi without lumps stitching together two- and three-dimensional pieces
Requirements:
MATERIALS: Yarn: 1 skein of light worsted weight (DK/8 ply) yarn, (for example, Uptown Worsted) works great but you can use any weight yarn. (If you would like to make a very big elephant pick a thick yarn or double your strands). You can use whatever color your heart desires: solid colors, stripes, self-patterned. The thicker the yarn the bigger your amigurumi will be and the more yarn will be needed to complete the project. To avoid the heartbreak of running out of yarn halfway through, get some extra! Hook: size D (3.25mm) hook (The hook should be about 2 sizes smaller than the one recommended on the label of your yarn) Suggested safety eye size - 12mm or pieces of felt if you choose to use felt for the eyes Blunt tip sewing needle A locking stitch marker (a paper clip will also do) A few pins to secure your pieces while sewing them together Scissors Pencil or pen to scribble notes on your pattern
Instructor Name:
Ivonne Schuh
Instructor Bio:
Hi there, my name is Ivonne and I am a German expat currently living in Mechanicsville, VA. I have been knitting and crocheting since I was a child, taught by many talented women in my family and in school. I enjoy knitting and crocheting because I love to create. I am passionate about all the fiber arts but my favorite "child" is definitely amigurumi, which is the Japanese word for "crochet doll/creature". I love creating colorful, happy one-of-a-kind items because the world is already crowded with gray and dull off-the-conveyor-belt-monotony. I would love to share my knowledge with you. Let's make something vibrant and unique!

Amigurumi Elephant (In person)

Cost:
$ 65.00
Excludes materials and supplies
AmiElephantA:   Sat, Oct 9, 2021 at 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Sat, Oct 16, 2021 at 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Sat, Oct 23, 2021 at 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
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