The reason amigurumi is such an awesome form of crochet is that it gives the crocheter an opportunity to make something with character. I’m not saying all other crochet projects don’t have character – believe me, there are some scarves and hats that have plenty of character – but with amigurumi you can give your creations facial expressions that bring emotional responses. For example, the expression on the grey alien I made ages ago always makes me want to giggle and the facial detail on Tree Trunks makes me go “Awww!” For the most part I’ve only made happy or excited features but there are so many other expressions you can make, don’t feel limited to making a content-looking Eeyore 🙂
Now, the details!
For the head details you will need:
- size 3.00mm and 3.50mm(4/E) crochet hooks
- small amount of worsted weight yarn such as Red Heart Super Saver in Windsor Blue or Bernat Super Value in Medium Navy
- 10-12 strips of black yarn, each strip about 4”/10cm in length
- yarn needle to attach ears
- black embroidery thread and needle
Stitches & Abbreviations (US terms)
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- dc – double crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
Ears, make 2
With Medium navy and 3.50mm hook
Ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2ch, hdc in next 2ch, 2 dc in next ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next 2ch, sc in next ch, sl st in next 2ch, ch 1, continuing on bottom of foundation chain: sl st in next 2 sps, sc in next sp, hdc in next 2 sps, dc in next 2 sps, hdc in next 2 sps, sc in next 3 sps
Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.
It doesn’t really matter in which order you do the mouth, the ears, or the hair but in my example, I made the mouth first.
I used stitch markers to guide me in making the mouth. Embroidery was a bit daunting for me at first so if you get lost this is the video, on Nerdigurumi, that helped me out when I was first learning how to embroider details on amigurumi.
With a knotted double strand of embroidery thread, insert needle through a somewhat large opening ( large enough for the knot to fit through) and pull the needle out just above the first marker, through a tighter space where the knot won’t fit. You can tug on the thread to make sure the knot is secure then insert the needle through a stitch above the next marker.
Insert needle through a stitch above the last marker. Working backwards, pull the needle under the recently added strand and repeat with the first strand. Basically, you are wrapping the thread around the first two strands to make them thicker and to shape the mouth.
Insert the needle back through the beginning space and secure using the same method used for fastening off and weaving the ends for the head.
To make the ears, you’ll be starting with a foundation chain and making stitches across it. In a lot of crochet patterns you would normally turn and work back across the row but the same way we made the limbs, we’ll be working on the bottom of the foundation chain:
With size 3.00mm hook (or smaller if you have one) pull each strand into top of head: make a loop with the strip, insert the hook in chosen space, then pull loop through but not all the way, wrap remaining two strands around hook and pull them through the loop. Pull tight and repeat until there are enough strands to make a cute tuft of hair. Trim strands to give shape.
Finally, with a yarn needle sew the ears to the top sides of the head.
Our little Eeyore is coming along and now he just needs a body!