It’s Knitting/Crocheting Season!!

Hi!  I don’t know if anyone really visits this page outside of looking at the Link amigurumi pattern, but I actually haven’t fallen off the face of the earth.  School has started up again and I’m busy with it, but in my spare time I’ve been looking at knitting patterns.  I’m knitting a scarf for my boyfriend right now, and that got me interested in knitting again.  For the longest time I’ve been into crocheting and kind of gave up knitting, but I think I will be picking it back up again.  Sometimes it’s hard to find time to do that as a student…  Even so, I think it’s a good way to relax and I could use some stress relief.

I’m so excited about the Gosyo Company Site (in Japanese) because they have really awesome patterns for free (they call ’em “samples”).  I’m even more excited that I rediscovered The ABCs of Knitting, a site with English info about Japanese knitting patterns that is unparalleled.  (Oh, if only I had seen this before I tried to figure out what マリヤス stitch was–through roundabout ways I found out it’s just plain ol’ stockinette.)

Oh, and I know some good sites for crocheters too…Snuffykin of LiveJournal posted this nifty little guide for converting Japanese crochet hook sizes.  Purlyshells at blogspot has this guide on how to read a Japanese crochet pattern chart.

Some of the symbols used in crochet/knitting charts are explained if you buy a Japanese pattern book, which I have a few of, but in lieu of that if you’re just looking at internet patterns this crochet legend is great(English–these symbols are the same everywhere pretty much, though I’m fairly certain it’s in Australia and the UK that the names of stitches are slightly different) and the Tezukuri Town knitting page (Japanese) shows knitting symbols in Japanese charts.  Even if you can’t read Japanese the diagrams are pretty helpful.

Oh, I can’t forget to mention the Clover.jp site.  There are tons of patterns here, also for free.  Both the aforementioned Gosyo site and the Clover.jp site have patterns for knitters and crocheters, and they’re free, so please check them out no matter what you enjoy!

If you’re hunting for pattern books, Amazon Japan is a great place to check out what’s available.  After that, if you feel confident ordering in Japanese, bk1 is a great resource for actually buying stuff that is based in Japan but ships abroad and not for exorbitant fees–you can choose from about 5 different shipping options.  I’d recommend EMS if you can afford it since it has tracking, but it’s kind of steep ($13 and up, depending on weight of package in grams).  Otherwise, Kinokuniya (US page, though there are branches elsewhere in the world) is great too.  Either way, if you get an ISBN number for a book from Amazon Japan you should be able to search for the book in both of the buying sites I’ve mentioned.

Happy crafting!  I will try to post pictures later on when I start making the project I’ve selected.  🙂

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October 11, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Sweet Accessories

I just discovered the site Must Have Cute, which is really right up my alley since I’m such a sucker for all kinds of adorable things.  Seriously, I spent time going through all existing pages just looking at the fantastic stuff they have there.  I was really surprised when I found out that someone else had discovered the Mousse-chan paperclay kits available from jbox.com, and had written a tutorial about it.  A long time ago, when I bought the same kind of kit I translated the directions for myself painstakingly using my lovely electronic Canon Wordtank dictionary.  However, this post is much prettier than the sheet of notebook paper I wrote on for personal use.  🙂

Hmm, well, other than that, I’ve been really interested in learning how to sew recently and I have a ton of crochet projects I’m aching to do.  Because of that, I’ve been looking through craft blogs pretty intensely.  Amy Karol’s blog is incredible and I found so many good ideas there that I know I’ll just have to use.  But I still have to learn how to sew first…haha.  I suppose next time I can I will be going to the giant library in my town and bringing home a canvas bag full of books (because it’s not like I have 20+ already checked out…).

I’ve been so much more interested in crafts lately and now that I have free time it’s really lovely to be able to work on them.  I have been thinking about maybe making scarves and selling them for inexpensive prices since it’d be nice to have some pocket money (all of it is going to craft supplies anyway…) but I’m not sure whether it’d be worth the time or not.  Anyway, I have ~5 projects I wanna do before that that are all crochet.  Not to mention that new Japanese crochet book about making dresses and accessories with wool is begging to be used…  :<

Oh well.  Sometime I will be getting to that, you bet.

June 3, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Link (Legend of Zelda) Amigurumi free pattern

On my journeys across the world of the web, I ran into a Japanese language pattern for the most adorable little Link I’ve ever seen!  Of course, I had to make a little Link for myself, so I printed out the pattern and set out to work.  When I was done and I shared it with my friends, they were all astounded.  Even my mom is thinking about making one, and so I am bringing the pattern to you in English for what is to my knowledge the first time.  The author, Becchin, has graciously allowed me to do so.  Because this is his pattern built from the ground up, I ask that you please respect his rights as the creator and do not sell the pattern or the finished product, especially since this falls under the category of fanart.  Furthermore, please do not repost the pattern anywhere (feel free to link me or Becchin’s page if you want!).  I don’t claim ownership over the pattern or Link; I’m just translating it so you can make a Link and take him on your own adventures!  (I am the original translator though.)  If you want to visit Becchin’s page to see some pictures of the process, click here.  This page is the “person core” page which Link’s pattern is based on.  Pictures of Link are here, and his hat pattern is hereUpdate 6/13/11: I’m overwhelmed by the response I’ve gotten for this translation!  I’m so happy that other people enjoy this pattern 🙂  Stephanie at All About Ami created some accessories for Link from her own patterns, so please check them out here; they’re fantastic!  As always, if you have any corrections please let me know; I’ve already been made aware of a few but I want to make sure that the pattern will yield the results I said it will.  Thanks!

This is the Link amigurumi I made myself!

Well then, let’s get started~!  By the way, it took me 2 days to make Link, just like Becchin said in his 【ニコニコ動画】【あみぐるみ】リンクを編んでみた【ゼルダの伝説】”>video (but I think you’ll need a NicoNico Douga account to see it…sorry :< )

Materials: E/4 crochet hook (3.50mm), 2 eyes (I used safety eyes, but I’m sure if you’re willing to use buttons or embroider eyes that would also work), White, Aran (I used this for Link’s skin color), Green, Yellow, and Brown yarn (all worsted weight; I just used Red Heart brand), and polyester stuffing such as Polyfil.

It’s important to note that all parts will be worked in rows rather than a spiral, so don’t forget to do a sl st to close each row!

By the way, I’m an American so I’m using the terminology associated with being on this side of the pond among English speakers.  🙂

Ball Joint & Upper Body (this will later become the base that the head will turn on–it’s a removable pivoting head)

Row 1: Crochet 6 sc into the middle of a magic ring with Aran colored yarn. (6)

Row 2: Inc all the way around (12)

Row 3: [sc, inc]* Repeat * all the way around (18)

Row 4: sc all the way around (18)

Row 5: [sc, dec]* Repeat * all the way around (12)

Row 6: [sc, dec]* Repeat * all the way around (8)

Row 7: sc all the way around (8)

Row 8: [sc, inc]* Repeat * all the way around (12) On the very last stitch of this row, switch colors from Aran to Green.  This marks the beginning of the upper body.

Row 9: [sc, inc]* Repeat * all the way around (18)

Rows 10-13: sc all the way around.  On the last sc of Row 12, change colors to Brown. (18)

Shoes (Make 2)

Shoe tops

To begin, ch 10 and then sl st to connect the loop on your hook and the first ch you made with Brown yarn.  (In effect, you are creating a ring out of these 10 sts.)

Row 1: sc around (10)

Row 2: sc around (10)

Row 3: sc 4, inc 2, sc 4 (12)

Row 4: sc 5, inc 2, sc 5 (14)

Row 5: sc 6, inc 2, sc 6 (16)

Shoe soles (Brown yarn)

Row 1: Ch 4. Skipping the ch closest to but not on the hook, sc into the next chain on the left side of the v made. Then, sc into the next chain on the left side.  You should be left with a single chain at this point.  Sc twice into the left side of the chain and then once into the right side.  Then, moving towards your starting point, sc into the next chain on the right side and then the last chain twice.  Sl st to close row. (8)

Row 2: Inc all the way around.  Sl st to close row. (16)

Attaching the top and sole

Take a length of yarn and go through both loops of an sc on the wider end of the shoe top and both loops of an sc on the sole.  Sc these together and repeat all the way around.  Then, do the same on the other shoe.

Leg (Make 2)

Row 1: Sc 5 into magic ring with white yarn. (5)

Row 2: Sc 1, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 1 (7)

Row 3: Sc all the way around (7)

Row 4: Repeat Row 3. (7)

Row 5: Sc 1, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 1 (10)

Row 6: Sc around (10)

Once you’ve finished the first leg and cut the yarn at a suitable location, repeat for the second leg.  This time, after finishing the leg, don’t cut the yarn off.  Instead, go through both loops of an sc on either side of the ending point and then both loops of an sc on the other leg. Sc all 4 loops together.  From there, sc around the legs as you would usually do, moving clockwise from the join all the way around.  There should be 18 sts that you will sc normally and the join should count for 1 bringing you to a total of 19.  Change to green yarn on the last sc of the row. Sc around, ignoring the join (18).  Do not cut off the yarn when you have closed this row.

Next, you are going to be attaching the ball joint/upper body to the legs, so please stuff these to your liking at this point.  After that, sc the two parts together (same as you did for the shoes, except one sc of the upper body and one sc of the legs in this case) using the green yarn attached to the legs.  After that, sc around counterclockwise for one row and then as you would normally for another row.  Finish the row and cut the yarn.

Head

Row 1: Sc 8 into magic ring using Aran yarn. (8)

Row 2: Inc all the way around (16)

Row 3: [sc, inc]* Repeat * all the way around (24)

Row 4: sc all the way around. (24)

Row 5: Repeat row 4. (24)

Row 6: Repeat row 4. (24)

Row 7: [sc, dec] Repeat * all the way around (16)

Row 8: sc all the way around (16)

Row 9: [sc, inc] Repeat * all the way around (24)

Row 10: Sc counterclockwise all the way around (24) What this technique will do is make it so the “right side” of the crochet switches sides.  The rows you made so far will actually be on the inside of the head and function as a place for the body joint to go into, thus making the head pivotable.

Row 11: (go back to crocheting clockwise) [sc 2, inc]* Repeat * all the way around (32)

Row 12: sc all the way around (32)

Row 13: Repeat row 12 (32)

Row 14: Sc 7, dec 4, sc 2, dec 4, sc 7 (24)

Row 15: Sc 6, inc 12, sc 6 (36)

Row 16: Sc all the way around (36)

Row 17: [sc 4, dec]* Repeat * all the way around (30)

Row 18: [sc 3, dec]* Repeat * all the way around (24)

At this point, I’d recommend stuffing the head and placing eyes if you’re going to do safety eyes.

Row 19: [sc 2, dec]* Repeat * all the way around (18)

Row 20: [sc, dec]* Repeat * all the way around (12)

Row 21: dec all the way around (6)

Arms (Make 2)

Row 1: Sc 6 into magic ring with Brown yarn. (6)

Row 2: inc all the way around (12)

Row 3: dec, sc 8, dec (10)

Row 4: dec, sc 6, dec (8)

Row 5: dec, sc 4, dec (6) Switch to White yarn on the last st of this row.

Rows 6-8: sc all the way around (6)

Sleeve (make 2)

Row 1: sc 6 into one arm where you want the bottom of the sleeve to start.  Start so that the proper part of the arm you want facing out will be covered by the sts of the sleeve. Then ch 1 and turn for the next row. (6)

Row 2: sc 6.  Ch 1 and turn. (6)

Row 3: sc, dec, dec, sc (4)

Row 4: dec, dec (2)

Bind off and sew each arm to body.

Hair

Row 1: sc 6 into magic ring with Yellow. (6)

Row 2: inc all the way around. (12)

Row 3: [sc, inc]* Repeat * all the way around (18)

Row 4: [sc 2, inc]* Repeat * all the way around (24)

Using sc, attach to the head in yellow yarn.  From this point, choose a point where you want Link’s hair to start on the side of his head and sc around to the point where you think it should stop on the other side (as for me, I did about 14 sc).  Then, do a turning chain and sc back (if you want, ch 2 and do double crochet instead to make it easier on yourself.)  Repeat until you get his hair to the desired length.  For the longer bang (fringe) pieces I went a little farther forward on his head and chained about 8 sts going away from his scalp from one of the sc sts created when I attached the hair to his scalp, then considered one a turning chain and did sc all the way back so there were 7 sc sts.  I then went forward to the next sc and went through it, and did sc all the way to the bottom.  Becchin didn’t give instructions for this, so this is all my fiddling around.  To make Link’s short bangs, I threaded a yarn needle with yellow yarn and stitched it on as I saw fit.

Ears (Make 2)

Sc 5 into magic ring and arrange in half-circle shape.  Attach to side of head.

Pointy Hat

Row 1: Sc 6 into magic ring with Green yarn (6)

Row 2: inc, dec, dec, inc (6)

Row 3: Repeat row 2 (6)

Row 4: inc 2, sc 2, inc 2 (10)

Row 5: inc 2, sc 6, inc 2 (16)

Row 6: inc 2, sc 10, inc 2 (18)

Row 7: inc 4, sc 10, inc 4 (26)

Row 8: inc 4, sc 18, inc 4 (34)

Row 9: sc all the way around (34)

Row 10: inc 4, sc 26, inc 4 (42)

Row 11: sc all the way around (42)

Row 12: inc 2, sc 38, inc 2 (46)

Row 13: sc all the way around (46)

Row 14: dec 2, sc 40, dec 2 (42)

Rows 15-19: sc all the way around (42)

Row 20: sc all the way around counterclockwise (42)

Row 21: sc all the way around clockwise (42)

You’ve finished!  LINK GET!!  Well, I hope you enjoyed it.  Comment if you used it (pictures are love!) or if there’s anything that needs to be changed about the pattern.

May 27, 2010. Uncategorized. 35 comments.

Hi there!

Hi, this is tanoshimou.  I am an American student studying the Japanese language.  For a long time now, an interest in Japan has been a big part of my life.  I inherited my love of crafts from my mom, and I crochet, knit, use paperclay, bead…I’m always looking for new projects and new patterns!  This blog will be about the things that I am making, and hopefully some useful tips for crafting things yourself, among other things.  I hope that you enjoy it!

May 27, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.