I have always loved amigurumi and as someone who always loves a crafty challenge, I’ve been toying with the idea of designing my own amigurumi ever since I started making Nerdy Knitters My Little Pony patterns. The opportunity arose then when a customer asked me to make a black bunny as her daughter is a big Bing fan so I decided to take it a step further and give designing one a go.
I began my design “education” with a search online for books and articles on amigurumi design and I can tell you that’s a lot harder than it sounds. There are oodles of amigurumi pattern books and online patterns but very little when it comes to the actual design process. I did find a couple of articles though and an online Craftsy workshop in designing your own monster. I’m already a big Craftsy fan so was happy to pay for the workshop (especially because it was on sale :)) I won’t go into a review of the workshop right now but I will say that it’s a brilliant class and even if you just want to learn a bit more about amigurumi, or simply learn how to make it, definitely check it out!
So armed with my new knowledge, paper, pencils, yarn and a crochet hook I got stuck into designing my very own little Bing Bunny.The first thing that struck me about Bing is the shape of his head (not sure if that’s a compliment or not for poor ol’ Bing :?) It isn’t a simple spherical head, it’s more like a squashed and elongated egg. Knowing this was going to be the trickiest to design, I started there. First I tried an oval shape with a seperate hair and egg shaped bit. The hair looked a more than a bit creepy so that was the end of that. But, now I knew how to create the longer top bit and bring it smoothly into the rounder shape. And if I do say so myself, I’m pretty impressed with the result :). After all that his body was a piece of cake 🙂
Next on the list were his little legs. I had the option of just doing plain cylindrical legs but I wanted to get the shape as close to the “real” Bing and I’m quite fond of his little shoes so I decided to do a little bit of shaping to to get a “foot” shape, and I threw in a couple of color changes for his little shoes.
His arms were easy peasy to work out, (I even added a little thumb 🙂 ) as was his tail. His ears took a few goes but I got there in the end.
He’s nearly all finished now, all his little bits are attached, I just need to add his facial features, his little ear design and his button. I’ve decided to make his facial features and ear design out of felt (inspired by Nerdy Knitter’s eyes). I have to say,I’m pretty happy with how he’s turning out! there’s a couple of little bits I’d probably change if I were to make him again, but for my first ever venture in amigurumi design, I have to say I’m pretty chuffed with my results!
He’ll hopefully be all ready for his new home by the weekend, and the pattern for him will be up for sale soon afterwards! I’ve also decided to do a series of amigurumi tutorials to be released with my patterns, check out this Magic Ring tutorial for a taster of what to expect. The pattern will also include little mini tutorials. So watch this space for the finished product, the finished pattern AND some tutorials 🙂