Anime Expo 2017

Hey everyone, here’s my chronicle of my Anime Expo 2017 adventure!  This year’s attendance numbers broke records again with over 115,000 unique attendees across 5 days including pre-show night.  That’s a lot of people!

I was in Artist Alley at Kentia Hall.  This is the 2nd year that we’ve been moved to Kentia Hall separate from the regular Exhibit Hall.  There had been some issues last year with traffic control and overheating, and I was pleased this year that air circulation was much cooler and widened aisle-ways between the tables helped with the crush of attendees.

I set up on Day 0 for the first time which was a great help as you don’t have to maneuver through throngs of people with heavy luggage.  Here are some pics from Day 0 or what I like to call “the calm before the storm.”

Exhibit Hall got some spiffy new lit up signs!

The lobby in which cosplayers shall converge upon later.

Here you can see how wide the walkways between the artist table alleys are, but it gets crowded quick!  That’s some of my display setup supplies there.

A bit of a wider look of Artist Alley in Kentia Hall, which is often used as a parking lot space as well as an exhibit space.

Day 1 arrived as well as the horde!  This is everyone waiting to get in.  Usually this is also when someone will cosplay Waldo and do a “Where’s Waldo” gag :D.

Here’s my table setup.  I’ve been changing up my setup and trying out different crates and boxes instead of wired cubes for a more crafty feel.  I still had to use some wired cubes because though the crates are good for display aesthetics, they don’t fit quite as many amigurumis inside them. One new addition I made to my display setup was this keychain display rack seen in the bottom corner above.  It also spins around! It’s a good showcase for my smaller amigurumis.  The castle display with amigurumis is always fun to play around with as well and people seem to get a kick out of it.

Totoros, Soot Sprites, Calcifer, No Face, Duck Spirit, Pachimari, Eevee, and Brain Slug 😀

Day 1 was on a Saturday so it was pretty much known as line-con.  I’ve heard some stories of attendees waiting to get in for 3 hours or more and that the line snaked around to be even 2 miles long at one point.  If you want to visit Anime Expo, I don’t really recommend ever going on a Saturday.  Weekdays are usually best or Sundays are not that bad either.  I had people tell me on Sunday the wait to get in was only about 30 min long.  Next year, Anime Expo is planning on mailing out the registration badges so hopefully that will cut down waiting times by a lot!

Day 2 was my cosplay day.  I had my miko outfit or shrine priestress costume ready to go and decided to do double duty.  There was an Inuyasha cosplay gathering I wanted to go to. Here I am as Kikyo with my soul collector.

One of my fav photos from the Inuyasha cosplay gathering.  “Sit, boy!”

Here I am with Inuyasha.

I also ran into some awesome Full Metal Alchemist cosplayersI also made a few changes to my costume and got some new props and then transformed into Sailor Mars or Rei Hino in her shrine temple outfit.  Here I am with some of my other fellow Sailor Mars.

This Sailor Venus and Sailor Moon is too cute!

Amigurumis were well represented at AX this year.

Here’s Noelistuff with her amigurumis.  Her table was actually almost right behind me.  We’re Instagram friends too so it was great to be neighbors!  I adore her Haku scarf.

These bear ice cream cones are so adorable.  This is by Chasing the Frill.

This is Amigurumi Man.  I actually know Stanley because back in San Diego when I used to host crochet meetups, I taught him to crochet.  And now he has his very own table at Anime Expo!  He called me “senpai” XD.  So it was nice to catch up with him and see how he’s doing!

It was really fun to catch up with old friends and make some new friends as well! Thank you all for the support and hope to catch you at the next show! 😀

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Titan Con 2017

Titan Con was held on the campus of California State of University, Fullerton and was for one day only.  This was only its 2nd year and my first time attending.   It’s a small but growing con. It had about 5000+ attendees this year.  I loved the youthful vibe of the crowd and how it was busy but not too overwhelming (like how some big cons can be).  Best of all the event was free to the public and there was also free parking!

They had the artists and vendors setup early by 8am in the morning (although the con started at 11am) because there was also a race going on that morning.  And luckily I lived near enough to the venue that I was able to just drop off my display structures and then go home to get cosplay ready.  Because there’s nothing fun about being in costume and then having to huff and puff bringing in all your artist supplies and inventory :P.

So after putting on my cosplay and picking up my sister, we trekked on back to campus and set up our display complete with all the amigurumis I had created.  Here’s a look below at some of the creatures!

If you’ve seen me display at cons before, you’ll notice that the setup is a bit different!  I got a bit tired of using my white wire cubes and thought it would be fun to try a different sort of setup.  I wanted to go for a more cottage chic aesthetic so I got some off white  and neutral wooden crates.  I like the more crafty feel it gives off.  Plus it was so much easier for setup as the cubes take forever to setup.  Here I just set one down and voilà, finished!  Plus it’s a bit like Tetris and I can stack them or flip them in whatever various ways that fits my mood or ambience :D.

I really love this piece that I found recently too.  It’s actually a castle that closes like a briefcase, but it opens up like a dollhouse and I like to put in various chibi size amigurumis for some fun playful action.  You can’t see it here, but it even has a drawbridge on the other side.  If I were a kid, I would have totally loved to play with this.  Who am I kidding, I still would play with it now =P.

Artist Alley was pretty packed throughout the day, but luckily with my sis there, I was able to get away with my friend, Sarah, for a bit and take in some time for a quick photo shoot of my cosplay.  It was the debut of Kikyo from Inuyasha.  She’s dressed as a miko (shrine maiden) and is in a red hakama (wide legged pants like culottes) and a white haori on top.  She’s an archer, and so also carries a bow.  Here’s my favorite shot below.  I loved that the campus has a lot of greenery and so many good spots for cosplay photo opportunities.

There were actually surprisingly, quite a few Kikyos at the con, maybe even up to 4!  For an older anime, that’s pretty amazing.  I also found some more of the Inuyasha crew back at Artist Alley and we stuck a pose.

I’m always so glad to meet new people at the cons and see the amazing costumes that people come up with.  Here are a few of my favorites interacting with some of my amigurumis.

No Face:  “Hmmm… Now which one of you shall I eat first?”

Cute Kiki twins with Jiji

Saitama the One Punch Man: “I, 100% endorse these amigurumis”

Lucario: “I’ve found my Mini Me! I’m never letting go!”

Another highlight of the con was when I ran into one of my favorite cosplayers, hendoart.  How good is her Raven Teen Titans cosplay?

And last but not least, look at this adorable dog in a Ghostbusters Marshmallow cosplay. He’s so huge (could be a direwolf!).  He’s a Great Pyrenees dog breed, 5 years old, and weighs 150 lbs!

All in all, fun times at Titan Con. Hope to see you next time!

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Stan Lee Comic Con 2016

The last time I was in Stan Lee Los Angeles Comic Con 2016 Artist Alley was 2 years ago when it went by the name Comikaze.  It was fun to be back!  Setting up on the first day as I walked on over to Artist Alley I was greeted by this Hulkbuster display!

hulkbusterlacomiccon It was a nice welcome! I enjoyed the setup for Artist Alley. I loved the long tables they gave us.  They were 8ft long which was a nice luxury.  I’m used to only having real estate about 6ft long.  It came with 2 chairs, a black skirt table and your very own paper trash can box.  This is super handy when you’re like me and sometimes still crafting till the last moment! Here’s my table setup below.

amiamourtable01amiamourtable02This artist alley I wanted to change my setup a little bit so I added this cute shelf drawer as seen in the photo below.  It was the perfect size to display my chibi Pokemon amigurumis.

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First day was interesting because it was from 5pm to 9pm so mostly evening time on a Friday and I don’t think I’ve ever been in an artist alley open that late!  Usually I find the first day to be the most chill so it’s nice to walk around when it’s a bit less crowded and check out your fellow artist’s art!  Here’s a few of my fav:

comikazeartistalley06This was my neighbor in the back, Steve with Succulent Heaven.  He had succulents in the cutest pots!  I had to snag one and you’ll see later if you follow me on Instagram which one I chose 😀

pokeballchargerI choose you, Pikachu! Another item I just had to get.  It’s a lightup Pokeball phone charger.  I got this Pokeball version because I liked how it lit up the best, but they had all the different Pokeballs, including the Classic Red one and Great Pokeball.  I loved the box packaging it came with too!  I have fun playing with it and pretending to catch my Pokemon amigurumi XD It works as a perfect cosplay accessory as well!

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Speaking of Pokemon art, here’s an adorable Mimikyu Plush doll.  And above you can see the cosmic birds for whatever team you may be on!

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For Harry Potter fans, there were even custom woodcarved wands to be found!  Your wandmaker can be found here at Central Curios.  He even has holster vests so you have a place holster your wand.  Pretty nifty!

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This next artist, Eddy Lee Art,  really stood out to me.  He paints on wood panels and I love the attitude and style of his women.

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And as a crazy cat lady, I had to post this awesome kitty print dress by KiraKiraDoodles.

And of course a con is never complete without cosplayers.

jackskellingtoncosplayJack Skellington and Joker Mashup. It works really well!

disneycosplayArmored Disney Princesses.  Looking fly but ready to kick ass!

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Calvin and Hobbes.  Apparently he had gotten this Hobbes 5 years earlier from me!  It makes me glad to hear that my dolls still get around!  I’m sure they’ve seen many adventures together since then 😀

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On Saturday I cosplayed as Agent Carter and met up with my twin!  Here we are fawning over our bae, Captain America <3 <3

And last but not least, here’s a cute photo of these Pokemon kids adopting my chibi Pokemon!

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It really warms my heart when kids especially enjoy my amigurumis.  One of my customers from 2 years ago came by and visited me on Sunday with her daughter.  They had previously adopted a kitty amigurumi from me at my last Comikaze show.  She told me the story of how her daughter could not go to sleep unless she has her amigurumi kitty with her and that it’s become a bedtime ritual for them.  I really find it so special when something that I’ve made becomes magically infused into someone’s childhood memories.  It’s truly stories like these that makes everything worthwhile and gives me new life and energy!

Thanks to old friends who came to visit and to new friends I’ve made!  Hope to see you soon again!

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Anime Expo 2016 Day 2 – Make Mine Marvel

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Saturday was Day 2, of Anime Expo.  It was the most crowded day of the whole 4 days.  I actually think crowded was an understatement.  It really felt like full capacity and then some.  We were like packed sardines in a can.  Especially the lobby and even the aisles of artist alley were squeezed to the very brim of bursting.  So if you’re ever thinking of coming out for 1 day only, I would say avoid Saturday!  All the other days were crowded as well, but I feel at least a lot more doable in terms of maneuvering around and getting to places.

That day I dressed as Agent Carter because there was a Marvel Cosplay Gathering I wanted to attend.  It’s one of my favorite cosplays because I really love vintage fashion and Peggy Carter has such an independent spirit.

Here I am with my bae, Captain America 😉

AgentCarterwithCapAnd although some of you may be thinking Marvel isn’t anime, but, really, there’s such a variety of cosplay at Anime Expo.  If it’s anything to do with pop culture, you’ll see it there!

So my whole objective of the day was to hunt down Captain America and take a picture with him (well besides, selling my amis in artist alley haha).  I went off to the Marvel Cosplay Gathering and there, I found my target.  So I’m happy to say Mission Accomplished! It was funny because he said his goal was to also take a pic with Peggy Carter, so I guess you can say it worked out!  The man in the suit himself is by a talented cosplayer by the instagram name of @captaindandyandy .

CaptainandPeggyI was also able to take a shot with the Agents of Shield Crew.  (Hey, oh, it’s a pun! :p)  I love how everyone captured their character!

AgentsofShieldCosplayAnd here’s some other highlights from the cosplay gathering.  There were tons of humorous incidents like this one here: Loki for President!

LokiforPresidentYes, I’d vote for you, Loki!  And also, well, Deadpool is being Deadpool.

DeadpoolCosplayGuardians of the Galaxy.  That Deadpool sure gets around!

GuardiansoftheGalaxycosplayHere’s the Marvel Villains gallery:

MarvelVillainsCosplayI’d say though my favorite photo moment was this right here.  The X-Men fangirl in me can’t help but geek out. I love how colorful and dynamic it is.  Did I just step into a comicbook or what?

IMG_2068I love how Jubilee has sparks in her hand, just like her pyrotechnic power.  This was a lucky camera fluke because she had a button on top of her glove and the sun caught the reflection and it gave off a spark.

The day flew by fast and I was happy to meet and make new friends.  On the way home, I also got to randomly run into the talented @jasondarkly  whom I’d been following on Instagram as well.  He’s the genius behind the levitating Tardis that actually spins around.  He’s putting it together here, and as you can see, yes, it is bigger on the inside!

TardisPoliceBoxIt was a great way to wrap up the day!

Stay tuned for my final recap of Day 3 and 4 of Anime Expo.  If you haven’t read it already, you can also read about Day 1 of Anime Expo 2016.

 

 

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Anime Expo 2016 Day 1 – a Studio Ghibli kinda day

Hey all, I just came back from 4 days of Anime Expo, which is the largest anime convention in North America, and it was a blast.  I’m a bit tired now and still in recuperation but every day was filled with awesome artists, cosplays, and events!

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Can you believe that there were about 600 artists just in the Artist Alley section itself? It’s a bit overwhelming thinking about it.  They actually moved us to a different hall this year from the Dealers for the expansion into Kentia Hall, which they used in prior years for parking.  I was a bit worried about foot traffic, but I shouldn’t have feared.  In fact it was quite the opposite, people literally sometimes had to squeeze through the different aisles because it was much too crowded.  It also was a bit too hot at times and people had to use fans to cool themselves down.

Here’s a look at the crowds on Day 1.  Looks like a scene out of “Where’s Waldo?” It got even more packed throughout the rest of the con.

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Day 1, Friday, I got in and setup my table.

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I decided to go as Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service for that day because there was a Studio Ghibli Cosplay gathering happening and I needed to be there with my people!  I was also able to rope my friend, Vincent, into cosplaying Tombo with me.  As a rule, for cosplay, the more the merrier!  He made such a cute Tombo.  For my outfit Kiki, I was able to crochet my own red bow headband and my cat Jiji.

Here’s me with my mini-me!  She was so cute and she told me she liked my bow.

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These next photos we were able to take in the Entertainment Hall of Anime Expo which contains various scene setups just for photo taking.  Here’s one of us in a forest like setting.  And another in a Sakura Tree park.  They had tons more as well with all sorts of different ambiences and atmospheric scene settings, such as apocalyptic, gothic, classroom, urban, and even one to do with outer-space.  I’ll have to try and remember next year to take a photo of all the setups so you can see.  This year they even added 2 or 3 new sceneries which was nice to see!  It’s always good to change things up and keep things new.

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The Studio Ghibli cosplay gathering had many cosplayers attending with almost all the various anime movies represented.  Here’s some of the highlights from below.  They’re all so wonderful and I feel like I’ve been transported right into a Studio Ghibli movie.

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PrincessMononokeCosplayLupinIIICosplayHowlsMovingCastleCosplayFavTotoroPhotoIt makes me just happy looking at the photos.  All in all it was a very productive and fun filled day.  Stay tuned for Day 2 recap and more of Anime Expo!

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Yarn Yoshi Amigurumi Pattern

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Yoshi has always been cute, but he’s super-duper cute in his yarn yoshi form!  Here’s a chibi yoshi amigurumi that I designed using Yoshi’s Wooly World as my inspiration.  I hope you enjoy making him!

Yarn Yoshi Amigurumi Pattern

SKILL LEVEL: Easy
CROCHET HOOK: Size H-8 (5 mm)
YARN:
Red Heart Super Saver – worsted weight, acrylic yarn
#672 Spring Green
#311 White
#319 Cherry Red
#235 Lemon
#256 Carrot
NOTIONS:
Polyester Fiberfill, Black Felt, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker, Fabri-tac Glue
ABBREVIATIONS:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sc2tog – single crochet 2 together (sc dec)
st – stitch
APPROXIMATE SIZE:
Sits at 6in/15cm
Stands at 7in/18cm tall from head to feet

HEAD
Round 1:    With green 5 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2:    2 sc in each st around – 10 sc.
Round 3-5:    Sc in each st around.
Fasten off. Cut the yarn. You have just created Part A.
Repeat Rounds 1-5 to create Part B. Do not fasten off or cut off. Join Part A and Part B together across 4 stitches using sc. See photos below.

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You should now have 12 st around. (Do not count the stitches that are joined). Continue onto Round 6, you will be working the circumference as seen in the last photo.

Round 6:    2 sc in each st around – 24 sc.
Round 7-9:    Sc in each st around.
Round 10:    [Sc2tog, sc in next 2 st] around – 18 sc.
Round 11:    [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 12 sc.
Round 12:    [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 8 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

NOSE
Round 1:    With green, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2:    2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] around – 15 sc.
Round 4:    Sc in each st around.
Round 5:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st] around – 18 sc.
Round 6:    Sc in each st around.
Round 7:    [Sc2tog, sc in next 4 st] around – 15 sc.
Round 8:    [Sc2tog, sc in next 3 st] around – 12 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

CHEEK/MOUTH PATCHES (make 3)
Round 1:    With white, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2:    2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] around – 15 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

EYE PATCH
Row 1:    With white, Ch 7, sc into 2nd ch from hook, and sc in each st across – 6 sc.
Row 2:    Ch 1, turn, (hdc, dc) in first st, hdc in next st, sl st in next st, hdc in next st, (dc, hdc) in next st, sl st in last st. Fasten off leaving a long tail.

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BODY
Note: Pay attention to the increases and decreases in this section!
Round 1:    With green, 4 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2:   2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 2 st – 6 sc.
Round 3:   [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 2 times, sc in next 2 st  – 8 sc.
Round 4:   2 sc in next 4 st, sc in next 4 st – 12 sc.
Round 5:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, sc in next 6 st – 15 sc.
Round 6:    [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] 3 times, sc in next 6 st – 18 sc.
Round 7:    Sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next 6 st, sc in next 8 st – 24 sc.
Round 8:    Sc in each st around.
Round 9:    Sc in next 16 st, sc2tog 4 times  – 20 sc.
Round 10:    Sc2tog 2 times, sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next 6 st, sc in next 7 st – 24 sc.
Round 11-12:    Sc in each st around.
Round 13:    [Sc2tog, sc in next 2 st] around – 18 sc.
Round 14:    [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 12 sc.
Note: Begin stuffing and stuff as you go.
Round 15:    Sc2tog around – 6 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Stuff and sew closed.

BELLY PATCH
Row 1:        With white, Ch 2, sc into 2nd ch from hook – 1 sc.
Row 2 :       Ch 1, turn, sc in first st – 1 sc.
Row 3:        Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st – 2 sc.
Row 4:        Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across – 2 sc.
Row 5:        Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st – 3 sc.
Row 6:        Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across – 3 sc.
Row 7:        Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st, 2 sc in last st – 5 sc.
Row 8-10:    Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across – 5 sc.
Row 11:    Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in last st – 7 sc.
Row 12:    Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across – 7 sc.
Row 13:    Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 3 st, sc2tog – 5 sc.
Row 14-17:    Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across – 5 sc.
Row 18:    Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog – 3 sc.
Row 19-20:    Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across – 3 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

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ARM (make 2)
Round 1:    With green, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2-6:    Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.  Do not stuff (or you can stuff very lightly).

SPIKES
Row 1:        With red, Ch 7, sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st across – 6 sc.
Row 2 :       Ch 1, turn, (in front loop only) sc in each st across – 6 sc.
Note: Fold fabric in half so row 1 lines up with row 2. We will do the next sts through both rows. See photo below for reference
Row 3:        Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next st, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next st, sl st in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

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FEET (make 2)
Round 1:    With yellow yarn,  ch 5, sc into 2nd ch from hook and in each st across. Continue on other side of ch with sc in each ch across – 8 sc.
Round 2:    [2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 2 st] 2 times – 12 sc.
Round 3:    With orange yarn and in back loop only, sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 4:    Sc in each st around.
**Round 5:    Sc2tog 3 times, sc in next 4 st, sc2tog – 8 sc.
Round 6a:    In front loop only, [2 sc next st, sc in next 3 st] around – 10 sc.
Round 6b:    In back loop only of Round 5**, join with green yarn.  Sc in each st around – 8 sc.
Round 7-8:    Sc in each st around – 8 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

SHELL
Round 1:   With red, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2:   2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3:   Sc in each st around.
Round 4:   With white, sl st around.
Round 5:   In back loop only, sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

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ASSEMBLY
1. Stuff neccessary parts.
2. Sew Eye Patch on Head
3. Sew 3 circles on the bottom of the face. One in the middle first and then on both sides of cheeks. See photos above for reference.
4. Sew Nose on Face.  It should be over the middle circle.  The top circle should be covered by nose, with the bottom portion of circle peeking out.
5. Sew Head on Body
6. Sew Belly Patch on Body
7. Sew Arms on Body.
8. Sew Legs on bottom part of Body.
9. Sew Spike on back of Head.
10. Sew Shell on back of Body.
11. Cut 2 small oval shapes from black felt and glue/stitch on Eye Patch.
12. Hide and cut all ends.

Be sure to let me know how yours turned out! Make them in all different colors.  You can share with me on my Instagram or Facebook.

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Pikachu and Pokeball Pod pattern

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What better way to catch a Pikachu, but with a functional Pokeball! The origin of this amigurumi pattern began when one day my friend, Tina, asked me regarding another crochet Pokeball I had made, “Does it open?” And that one, at the time, did not. BUT… that question got the gears rolling in my head, and I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be crazy if I did make a Pokeball that opened and closed and could capture whatever Pokemon was out there to be found?!”

And thus was born, the Pokeball Pod, quite the magical form. It’s a tool that every Pokemon trainer must carry, and also functions as quite a lovely and comfy home for your Pokemon. I only know how to create the Pokeball, but alas, the actual mechanics of how a Pokeball works is beyond me!

So anyways, let’s get to the pattern so you can continue to collect and train your Pokemon! Please enjoy and do let me know how your crochet and Pokemon adventure turns out. Don’t forget to share with me on my Facebook and Instagram!

Pikachu and Pokeball Pod Crochet Pattern

SKILL LEVEL: Easy
CROCHET HOOK: Size H-8 (5 mm)
YARN:
Red Heart Super Saver – worsted weight, acrylic yarn
#319 Cherry Red
#311 White
#312 Black
#336 Warm Brown (very small amount)
#235 Lemon
NOTIONS:
Polyester Fiberfill, Black Felt (or safety eyes), Red Felt, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker, Fabri-tac Glue, 22mm button
ABBREVIATIONS:
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sc2tog – single crochet 2 together (sc dec)
st – stitch
APPROXIMATE SIZE:
Pokeball – 4in/10cm wide, 4in/10cm tall
Pikachu – 4in/10cm tall

POKEBALL TOP
Round 1: With red, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] around – 24 sc.
Round 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] around – 30 sc.
Round 6-9: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off and cut.
You have just created Part A. Repeat Rounds 1-8 only to create Part B. (The Part B will be one round less than Part A) Do not fasten or cut off yarn on Part B. Now, stack Part B on top of Part A (see photo).
Round 10: Join the two layers with sc around (to get started, insert hook though sts of both Part A and Part B) – 30 sc. (See photo)
Round 11: With black, sl st around.
Round 12: Hdc in each ch around. Sl st to join to first hdc made. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

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POKEBALL BOTTOM
Round 1: With white, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] around – 24 sc.
Round 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st] around – 28 sc.
Round 6-9: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off and cut.
You have just created Part A. Repeat Rounds 1-8 only to create Part B. (The Part B will be one round less than Part A).  Do not fasten or cut off yarn. Stack Part B on top of Part A.
Round 10: Join the two layers with sc around – 28 sc. Sl st to first sc made.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

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CIRCLE BUTTON
Round 1:    With white, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2:    2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3:    (In back loop only) Sc in each st around.
Round 4:    Sc2tog around – 6 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Insert 22mm button inside circle and sew closed.

LATCH
With black, ch 12, sl st to first ch.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

ASSEMBLY
1. Use the white tail end of the Pokeball Bottom to sew to the Pokeball top.  Sew into the red stitches and back into the white stitches.   You will only need to sew across 4 sts.  See photos below.
2. Hide and cut all ends.
3. Sew Circle Button to Pokeball Top. Placement: In between the red and black band in center of Pokeball.
4. Sew Latch onto Pokeball bottom.  Placement: One row down from top.
5. Hide and cut all ends.
6. Now you’ve finished your Pokeball. You can use the latch to hook around the circle button to close the Pokeball. Give it a try!

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PIKACHU AMIGURUMI
Round 1: With yellow, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 st] around – 20 sc.
Round 5-6: Sc in each st around.
Round 7: [Sc2tog, sc in next 8 st] around – 18 sc. Note: If you use safety eyes, place them now in between the 6th and the 7th round. There should be spaced 4 sts apart.
Round 8: [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 12 sc.
Round 9: [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 8 sc.
Round 10: [Sc2tog, sc in next 2 st] around – 6 sc.
Round 11: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
Round 12: Sc in each st around.
Round 13: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st] around – 14 sc.
Round 14-15: Sc in each st around.
Round 16: (In back loop only) Sc2tog around – 7 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Stuff and sew closed.

EAR (make 2)
Round 1: With black, 4 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: Sc in each st around.
Round 3: With yellow, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st – 5 sc.
Round 4-5: Sc in each st around.
Round 6: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st – 6 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

LIMB (make 4)
Round 1: With yellow, 4 sc into adjustable ring.
Round 2: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

TAIL
Row 1: With yellow, ch 5, sc into 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across – 4 sc.
Row 2-3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across – 4 sc.
Row 4: Ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 st – 3 sc.
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sl st in next 3 st – 3 sl st.
Row 6-7: Ch 1, turn, sc into next st – 1 sc.
Row 8: Ch 3, turn, sc into 2nd ch from hook and in each st across – 3 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

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PIKACHU ASSEMBLY
1. Stuff Body and sew closed. Other parts are not stuffed.
2. Sew ears to head
3. Sew limbs to body
4. Sew Tail to back of body
5. Use brown yarn to embroider 2 lines on the back.
6. For felt eyes, you can cut 2 small circles. Eye Placement: Between 6th and 7th round from top down. Eyes should be placed about 4 sts apart. Stitch or glue on.
7. Cut 2 small red ovals for the blush for Pikachu’s cheek. Stitch or glue on.
8. Cut and hide all ends.

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Kitty Mods traveling in “stacks”

Here’s a crochet stop motion animation showing how Kitty Mods like to travel. This was my very first attempt at Stop Motion animation and was pretty fun to do. I created it using imovies on my Mac. I tried to use a music that seemed a little humorous and portray the Kitty Mods traveling across a wide expanse.

Music credit:
Imitation Flamenco by NoiseCollector

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Kitty Mod Tutorial – S’mores and Strawberry Kitty

"I'll share mine if you share yours"
“I’ll share mine if you share yours”

It’s quite easy to transform my Kitty Mod pattern into something a little bit more special. Just use your imagination! Treats and fruits are a fun place to start. And that’s what I did in the case of my S’mores and Strawberry Kitty Mods.

You can find the base for my Kitty Mod pattern here on my website.

For the S’mores Kitty, it’s really quick to just add some chocolate and some graham crackers to transform it into something really tasty!

S’mores Kitty Mod

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First make the Kitty Mod Pattern in a white color for the marshmallow.

Chocolate
With dark brown yarn
Row 1: ch 10, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and in each sl st across – 9 sl st
Row 2-7: ch 1, sl st in each st across – 9 sl st
Fasten off leaving a long tail

Graham Crackers (make 2)
With warm brown yarn
Row 1: ch 9, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and in each sl st across – 8 sl st
Row 2-7: ch 1, sl st in each st across – 8 sl st
Fasten off leaving a long tail

Assembly
Sew the Chocolate on top of the white body. Then sandwich the Graham Crackers with one on top of the body and one on the bottom and sew them down as well.

Strawberry Kitty Mod

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First create the Kitty Mod in a strawberrish color (pink, red).

Leafy Part
With green yarn
Ch 6, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, sl st in next 2 st,
*ch 5, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, sl st in next ch, sl st to join to previous leaf* (repeat 4x)
Total leaves = 5
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Sew onto the back of Kitty Mod.
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Now all that’s left is to create the little dots on the Strawberry. Here you can get creative. What I did is to use cotton thread (size 10) to create little French knots and sew them down. If you don’t like French knots, just do Ch 2, sc into first ch to create the little dots.

You can also use beads or rhinestones to give it an extra sparkle. I just glued down some acrylic rhinestones using Fabri-tac. What’s nice about doing this is there are no ends to hide! Anyways, there’s really no wrong way to do this!
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Happy crocheting! Be sure to share your project with me through my social media. I’d love to see!

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