Sunday, 8 March 2009

Crochet bunny for Easter

Here's my latest project... After a long break from amigurumi, Kerry set me the challenge of creating bunnies for Easter presents. It's the 1st ami that I've made that I've done from scratch without any kind of pattern, only a picture, as a guide. It was quite scary, and there was rather a lot of unravelling at first, but once I had an idea of how to make the shapes that I wanted to create, it wasn't too difficult.

The yarn is Sublime Organic Merino in shade called Chalk. Terrible name but great to crochet with, and it gives the finished bunny a lovely fluffy, furry quality. I was a bit stuck when it came to the features. I really hate sewing directly onto bumpy crochet because I can never get the stitches to go just where I want them to be. So I thought I'd sew them onto lovely woolly felt first & then sew the felt pieces on to the face. It was strange to do because it's quite hard to get a real idea of how the features will look once they're sewn on, but I hoped for the best & I'm quite pleased with the result. I'll definitely use this method again next time I'm doing an ami.

The other thing I learned whilst completing this project is how to do an invisible decrease in crochet. It has always bugged me that decreases, especially on little, tightly crocheted amigurumi, look so untidy and obvious (well on my crochet they do!). So I wondered if there was a better method than the one I had been using. After a brief look round I hit gold with this tutorial with brilliant photos. It is fantastically clear, and it really makes a difference to the finished article. It's made me much more enthusiastic to do more ami. But next on my list is a wallet for myself - I'm going to decide on the fabrics I'm going to use later - can't wait!

6 comments:

Primrose Corner said...

That is one lovely, cute bunny. All he needs is a basket and a few choccy eggs and he's ready for Easter...

Suzanne Vaughan said...

Really cute bunny! I love him.

Kitty Ballistic said...

Crochet bunny is so cute! I'm jealous, I can only crochet in straight lines, or make granny squares. :-)

Heather Happymaker said...

What an amazing bunny! I'm new to crochet and can't wait until the day comes when I can produce something like that for the kiddos.

Ann-Marie Dewhurst said...

I fell in love...ahem, my DS fell in love! :)

Lisa, F is for Fischer said...

Is there no end to your talents?? You are so amazing and each little crocheted critter is more adorable and filled with personality than the last!
I wish you could teach a class on crocheting... and send me a plane ticket so i can come! ;)