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

TravelinginStacks

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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.
StrawberryLeavesSquare

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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Instagram: @ami_amour #kittymod #amiamour

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Kitty Mod Free Cat Amigurumi Pattern

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I love cats in general. Growing up, cats always seemed to naturally come into my life for one reason or another. Currently the cat in my life is a female cat named Hobbes, as seen in the above picture. When I created this pattern, I imagined a world run on Kitty Energy. Kitties would be the source of everything, pretty much from fruits, vegetables, desserts, random objects, transportation, weather, and so on. But before I could populate such a world with these different type of Kitties, I wanted to create a very simple basic cat amigurumi pattern, and so this is the result.

KittyModAmigurumi I call this crochet pattern “Kitty Mod” because I imagine all these different kitties with different mods (short for modifications) to them, and I see them all frolicking about in this wonderful universe. In the pictures, you can see Strawberry Kitty Mod, S’mores Kitty Mod, and Candy Corn Kitty Mod. I will blog very soon how to add on these simple customizations, but for now, please enjoy my Kitty Mod Pattern! Don’t forget to share them with me after you’ve finished your project. I’d love to see your version of Kitty Mod! My social media is listed below after the pattern.

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Supplies

  • Any color acrylic yarn, worsted weight
  • 5.0mm H Crochet Hook
  • Black Felt for eyes, or safety eyes
  • Yarn Needle, Stitch marker, Scissors
  • Abbreviations

    ch – chain
    hdc – half double crochet
    sc – single crochet
    sl st – slip stitch
    sc2tog – single crochet 2 together aka single crochet decrease

    PATTERN

    HEAD
    Round 1: 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 4-6: Sc in each st around.
    Note: We will now work in rows. If you’re using safety eyes, now is the time to put them in. I like to put them between the 4th and 5th round with 4 sts in between the eyes.
    Row 7: Stuff lightly and crochet shut with 8 sc across. See photos below for reference.
    Row 8: Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc into first sc, sl st in next 6 st, [2 hdc, sl st] into last st.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

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    BODY
    Round 1: 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.
    Round 8: [Sc2tog, sc in next 4 st] around – 15 sc.
    Round 9: [Sc2tog, sc in next 3 st] around – 12 sc.
    Round 17: Sc2tog around – 6 sc.
    Fasten off leaving a long tail.
    Stuff and sew closed.
    Note: Round 17 is the front of the cat.

    LEGS (make 4)
    Round 1: 6 sc into adjustable ring.
    Round 2-4: Sc in each st around.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

    TAIL (optional)
    Row 1: Ch 6, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and into each ch across – 5 sl st.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

    ASSEMBLY
    1. Sew Head to Body
    2. Sew 2 Legs to Front of Body
    3. Sew 2 Legs to Back of Body
    4. Sew Tail (optional)
    5. Make eyes for the cats. I like to cut 2 small black circles from felt and glue them on. You can also embroider the eyes or use safety eyes.
    6. Cut and hide all ends.

    KITTY MOD CUSTOMIZATIONS

    I’ll update as I keep adding different Kitty Mods.
    1. S’mores and Strawberry Kitty Mods (added Aug 14, 2014)

    SHARE YOUR PROJECTS WITH ME:

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amiamourfan
    Instagram: @ami_amour #amiamour #kittymod
    Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/ami-amour
    Email: amiamour@gmail.com

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    Crochet Sushi Magnet pattern and video tutorial

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    The Crochet Sushi Magnet is such a quick and fun pattern to do. And they have such endless uses you can come up with. If you add in a magnet, you can stick it on the fridge with notes attached. I like to use my sushi magnets to hang up my photos or postcards. If you don’t want to use magnets, you can just have them be play food items or decor. I even made one into a keychain. And they’d make great party favors, especially if they are Asian themed!

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    Alright so let’s get to it.

    Supplies

  • Red, White, and Black yarn, worsted weight (I used some Red Heart Super Saver and also some Vanna White yarn from Lionbrand)
  • 5.0mm H Crochet Hook
  • Neodymium Magnet aka Super Rare Earth Magnet.
  • Yarn Needle, Stitch marker, Scissors
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    Abbreviations

    Ch – chain
    Sc – single crochet
    Sl St – slip stitch
    Sc2tog – single crochet 2 together aka single crochet decrease

    PATTERN

    Round 1: With Red yarn, Ch 2, 6 sc into 2nd ch from hook.
    Round 2: With White yarn, 2 sc in each st around — 12 sc.
    Round 3: With Black yarn and in Back Loop, sl st in each st around.
    Round 4: In Back Loop [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st] around — 14 sc.
    Round 5: [Sc2tog, sc in next 5 st] around — 12 sc.
    Round 6: (with White yarn and in Back Loop) Sc2tog all around — 6 sc.
    Finish off leaving a long tail.
    Insert Neo-magnet and sew closed.

    Crochet Sushi Magnet Video Tutorial

    And finally for those visual learners out there, here’s a crochet tutorial video that takes you step by step through each Round in the pattern. It assumes you already know how to crochet! I plan on coming out with basic crochet video tutorials very soon, so I’ll keep you posted!

    Extra notes:
    You want to be sure to get the extra strong magnets or it won’t be able to be powerful to stick through the yarn. If you get a weaker magnet, I’d recommend glueing it to the outside of of the sushi. A good strong glue to use is E-6000.

    Let me know how yours turns out!

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    Ami Amour Video Interview

    The awesome guys over at Ktdata came to visit my table at Anime Expo and I was lucky enough to get interviewed by them. This was my first interview done on film and it was fun to do! You can catch me talking about the Giant Totoro and talking about crochet and amigurumis in general. Take a look!

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    Charming Chameleon Crochet Pattern


    The Charming Chameleon pattern is a lizard full of crochet fun. He has a long tail that curls into an elegant spiral and huge eyes that peers curiously out at the world. Using this pattern, you’ll learn the open mouth technique which gives the chameleon its cute and playful expression. There are many photos in the pattern that helps makes this pattern a pleasure to follow.

    Price: $5

    • Level: Intermediate
    • Approximate Size: 9 inches in length, 5 inches in height
    • Format:PD (5 pages) written in American Crochet Standard
    • Notable Features: Open Mouth Technique, Spiral tail, spikes on head and back
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    Pchan Pig Crochet Pattern


    You’ll squeal with cuteness at this little black pig that is very easy to crochet up. His name is P-chan and he’s from one of my favorite old school animes, Ranma 1/2. He’s a pig with a very terrible sense of direction. He’s forever getting hopelessly lost! He has a very dashing yellow bandana with slash marks all around.

    Price: $5

    • Level: Easy
    • Finished Size: Approximatly 10 inches wide and 7 inches tall
    • Format: PDF (4 pages long) in Amerian Crochet Standard
    • Notable Features: Pink little snout, large eyes, large ears, yellow bandana, and curly tail
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    Totoro Adventure AX 2012

    Hey guys, I just came back from Anime Expo and had such a blast! This year I didn’t have as much inventory as I would have liked (wedding planning sort of derailed it), but I did get to bring a Giant Totoro amigurumi crochet plush I made.

    It took me about a month working on and off on it. I would say a good weeks worth of crochet in terms of hours. He took about 30 pounds of polyfill stufffing and approximately 20 skeins of yarn (it may be more, I lost track after a bit!)

    Here’s a picture of our table at artist alley with my good friend Vincent.

    Something new for this year, I got a good turning display for my photo prints of my amis. It was a steal of $5 at a yard sale, score!

    I also got to cosplay as Miku again as well as Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. I definitely caught the cosplaying bug now!

    A customer commissioned me to make a Snorlax with an apple on its head for her hat.

    Some cool items at the expo:

    Avengers Assemble in Pillow Form!

    Alpacas were all the rage

    Hello Kitty glasses

    And finally here is Totoro on his adventure to Anime Expo where he met some wonderful friends along the way and saw some crazy sights!

    Can we take the carpool lane?

    In the parking lot, Vincent says “You need to go on a diet Totoro!”

    We have officially arrived at AX!

    Going up!

    Reunions with fellow Studio Ghibli friends and some fun conversations!

    “Hey Kiki, how’s JiJi doing?”

    “That sucks you got turned into a scarecrow”

    “If I shake you, will you rattle?”

    “Yeah I need to get my pilot license as well”

    And then somehow he got transported inside the new Studio Ghibli game.

    “Whoa this is crazy”

    He also ran into some new friends along the way.

    “Eye see you”

    “Kamehameha”

    “Congrats, I just heard your new movie came out”

    The paparazzi arrives

    You’re so fluffy!

    I wish we could stay like this forever

    And finally we say Goodbye to Anime Expo as Artist Alley closes and we pack up and head out.

    Thanks all for visiting my table! And thanks to Jamie and Eric for photos and taking Totoro on a tour. Thanks to Vincent, Hannah, David, and my sis for helping out with the table!

    If you have any cool photos of Totoro, please do send them my way at amiamour@gmail.com.

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    Onigiri Sushi free amigurumi pattern

    It’s been awhile since I’ve had a free crochet pattern on my website.  So let’s get to it!  I love all things wrapped in Nori (seaweed) aka Gim (Korean for seaweed).  Here’s an amigurumi onigiri I created.  Onigiri is basically a rice ball wrapped in seaweed paper.  They’re often triangular shaped.  This one has a cute face on it because… well aren’t food things so much cuter with faces on them? ^^

    Onigiri Sushi (Rice Ball) pattern is copyrighted under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. This pattern is for personal use only. Feel free to make this for yourself or to give as gifts to people. However any sale, reproduction, or distribution of the pattern and or dolls created from the pattern without permission is strictly prohibited.

    Onigiri Sushi (Rice Ball) pattern

    SKILL LEVEL: Easy
    CROCHET HOOK: Size H-8 (5 mm)
    YARN:
    Red Heart Super Saver
    #316 Soft White
    #312 Black (optional for Eyes)

    NOTIONS:

    Polyester Fiberfill
    Black and Pink Felt (for eyes and blush)
    Yarn Needle
    Felt Glue

    APPROXIMATE SIZE: 2.5 inches tall
    NOTES: Do not join rounds. Rounds are worked continuously in a spiral. Stuff as you go.
    TIPS:
    Use a bobby pin as a stitch marker to mark your rounds!

    Rice
    Round 1: With white, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
    Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
    Round 3: Sc in each st around.
    Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
    Round 5: Sc in each st around.
    Round 6: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] around – 24 sc.
    Round 7: Sc in each st around.
    Round 8: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] around – 30 sc.
    Round 9-11-: Sc in each st around.
    Round 11: (In Back loop) [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 24 sc. (Begin stuffing and stuff as you go)
    Round 12: [Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts] around – 18 sc.
    Round 13: [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 12 sc.
    Round 14: Sc2tog all around – 6 sc.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

    NORI (seaweed)
    With black, Ch 18.
    Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook. Sc in each ch across– 17 sc. Ch 1, turn.
    Row 2-7: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. When row 7 is completed, do not ch and turn, fasten off and leave a long tail.

    Assembly
    1. Finish stuffing Rice Ball and sew closed.
    2. Wrap the Nori (seaweed) around the bottom of the riceball and sew in place. See picture for placement.
    3. For eyes, cut small circles from black felt and glue on. You can also use safety eyes or embroider eyes on as well.
    4. For blush, cut pink oval shapes from pink felt and glue on. You can also use real blush instead as another option. Just rub on with a Q-tip.
    5. Embroider mouth with floss or yarn.

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