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Beginner Amigurumi - Design and Crochet Your Own Character

Kristin Dragos, Artist, Crocheter, Software Engineer

Beginner Amigurumi - Design and Crochet Your Own Character

Kristin Dragos, Artist, Crocheter, Software Engineer

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15 Lessons (1h 3m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:47
    • 2. Project Overview and Materials

      1:57
    • 3. Character Design

      4:02
    • 4. Head - Our Basic Sphere Increase Rows

      3:32
    • 5. Head - Our Basic Sphere Maintenance Rows

      1:39
    • 6. Head - Our Basic Sphere Decrease Rows

      5:58
    • 7. Head - Our Basic Sphere Finishing

      3:02
    • 8. Body - Our First Modifications

      7:16
    • 9. Body - Design and Creation

      5:48
    • 10. Arms - Design and Creation

      7:42
    • 11. Legs - Design and Creation

      7:40
    • 12. Eye Options

      7:16
    • 13. Hair - Optional

      0:53
    • 14. Sewing Everything Together

      4:48
    • 15. Recap

      0:41
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About This Class

This class will teach you the essential skills you'll need to make your own amigurumi character. We'll go over materials, design, best practices, and tips that can be used in any amigurumi project. 

This class is suitable for beginners with a basic knowledge of crochet. If you already know how to hold your yarn and do a single crochet stitch, you're ready to take this class.

Materials Needed:

Crochet hook (I-9/5.50mm)
Yarn in a couple of colors (Size 4 medium weight)
Yarn needle
Poly-fill stuffing
Pen and paper
Scissors
Stitch marker

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Safety eyes or buttons (optional)

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Kristin Dragos

Artist, Crocheter, Software Engineer

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1. Introduction: Hi there. I'm Kristen, a full time artist, grocer and designer. I am a certified Cochet instructor through Craftsy Aaron Council. This class was designed for anyone who knows the base except rochet. If you know how to hold your yarn and do you a basic single crash a stitch, then you can succeed in this class. It's also for anyone interested in exploring amateur UMI techniques and crush a pattern defined will cover basic Am a Grammy knowledge like stuffing, finishing and assembling your peas. And by the end of this class, you'll be able Teoh, Understand, use and modify a basic spear pattern to create your very own character. Like this day. We've got a lot to cover, so let's get started. I can't wait to see what you 2. Project Overview and Materials: my goal for this classes to teach you to Cochet, an anagram me character. You'll also learn basic design skills like examining approach, a pattern for patterns and modifying an existing pattern. This will give you a great foundation as you begin to to design your own pieces. We'll start with a basic drawing of the character and make that character come to life through Cochet. And it all starts with a basic spear shaped. You can follow along with my pattern or modify the design. I'll be giving you tips and tricks along the way to make your project unique. You'll need a few materials for this class. The first is a crochet hook I'll be using in I nine or 5.5 millimeter hook, but you can use any size book that's appropriate for your young. You'll also need some size four yard. I'm going to be using four different colors. I'll use mostly blue and gray for the eyes. I'll be using black and white. We'll be working in rounds so you'll need a stitch marker to mark your place. Yarn needle. These will. Haven't I big enough to hold the arm without being too difficult? to thread the armed through stuffing. The stuffing I'll be using comes in a big bag like this. It's big enough to fill several Croce projects. You'll need scissors. Do you cut your yarn, a pen or pencil and paper to draw your character design? I'll be also using paper to keep track of how many rounds I've done, and this last one is optional. Safety eyes or buttons. You can use the's in place of the crash a eyes if you want, depending on the look you're going for with your character. So go ahead, gather your supplies and let's get started. 3. Character Design: now that we know what we're going to make and what we're going to need to make it. Let's talk about the design of our character, as I mentioned before. The goal of this course is not only to teach you how to make something, but also how to design something as well so that you're equipped to create your own patterns and designs. All I am eager, Roomy designs can be broken down into very basic shapes. The patterns that you've probably seen may seem complicated, but you can always break it down to the very basic shapes, and then you'll end up sewing those together at the end. Let's say we're going to crash a a starfish, kind of like this one. Um, this one we've broken down into a circle in the center with a few triangles for each of the legs. We could create a sphere for the center and kind of flatten that a little bit and then a few cones for each of legs. And we have an Amiga, any starfish. So from those basic shapes like our sphere are cube cone, we're going to create our pattern for our character for this class So let's start with our characters head. Our head will be a basic spear. Those will be the first part that we work on, and all of our other parts will expand on that sphere pattern. Our body, then, is kind of an elongated sphere or oval. We're just going to kind of stretch that sphere out so that it's more elongated and probably about twice the size of the height of the head or arm. Shapes are very similar to our body. They'll probably be a little bit more narrow than the body and the head, but ultimately also be kind of like the elongated oval shapes. From here. Things get a little more complex when we get started talking about the shape of our feet. So you can kind of think of them as two ovals that kind of connect on one side, and they kind of make this l shaped for hair. We're just going to use kind of these narrow ovals again. They'll be even more narrow than the arms and possibly a little longer, depending on how long you want to make your hip, and then we'll finish up by adding some eyes and sewing on some kind of facial expression to make our character a little more lively. So after looking at this, I'm probably going to change my characters hair just a little bit. Rather than doing the elongated circles, I might do a few little rectangles and kind of make those curl a little bit with some extra stitches. Um, and for a little added flare, I also think I'm gonna give our characters shirts. I'll probably just do some sort of something like Winnie the Pooh, where he has just a shirt on. Now we have a starting point for creating our character, so let's get started. 4. Head - Our Basic Sphere Increase Rows: I am using an I nine pro shehp. That's an I 5.5 millimeter hook. So to start our pattern, I am going to use the magic ring method. I find that this gives me a more solid start. We'll start by making a loop with our yarn. So the tales of my left hand and the other strand crosses over the tail will put our hook through the loop to grab the strand behind it and pull through. But that loop still on my hook, I'm gonna do chain Stitch to secure it blood money on over and pull through. Next will need to dio six single course a stitches into that giant ring. There, I'll put my hook into the center ring, pull a loop through yarn over again and then pull through the two loops and we'll do that five more times, All right, so now that we have our six single Cochet stitches 12345 and there's your last one. I'm adjusting my grip here to tighten the loop, so I'm holding onto my stitches and pulling the tail slightly. When we do, our next stitches will be holding the tail close to the previous work to essentially start hiding that tail. So we'll do two single Croce stitches in each of our six stitches. So after we do that first stitch, here we go. Uh, it will add our stitch marker. Um, and that's gonna attract where we start and end our rounds. So we're just going to continue working to single Cochet stitches in each stitch all the way around the end of our round will end up with 12 single Croce stitches. So if we really wanted to, we could count all the way around just to you double checking account for round two. Um, we're going Teoh, do a pattern where we have one stitch where we do too single Croce stitches Just did my first ones. I'm gonna put in my stitch marker and to another one in that same stitch making sure I'm holding on to that tale to hide it. And then in the next stitch, I'm only going to do one stitch. There we go. So it's going to continue in that same pattern. So this one I'm gonna do to single Croce stitches. The next one, I'll do one. So now you should be able to see that there's an increase in the diameter of our circle. It seems like it's going really slow, but we're getting there, so this pattern's gonna build on the last round. So in that first stitch we're going Teoh do are two stitches and a preacher sich marker in that first stitch. So two stitches in that first stitch, and then Tuesday the next two stitches were going to do one stitch each. So again, it's a pattern to 112 stitches in the next 11 in the next one in the next, and we're going to continue building on that pattern for the next few rows. 5. Head - Our Basic Sphere Maintenance Rows: So we have the diameter of our spear. Dunn's all of our increased reserve done. And now we need to work on our maintenance rose. So I maintenance Rose. We are just going Teoh go around our circle doing one single Croce stitch in each stitch. So again, I just did one mayor and adding my stitch marker to mark my rounds. We're gonna do one all the way around. I'm almost done here with rounds. Well, round one of our maintenance rounds and you could already see that it's just starting to curl. Not a whole lot yet. And I like Teoh track on just peaches Piece of scratch paper. How Maney rose I've completed. Um, this could be really useful when you're working with a large number of rows. So here I just marked that. I just completed round one or one round of six and ready to go on to the next round, so I'll see you at the end. All right, so we're just about done with our sixth maintenance round is the last one, and we could already see that it's got a nice kind of cup shape to it right now. Got some height and weaken. Mark that one off as we are done. Awesome. 6. Head - Our Basic Sphere Decrease Rows: All right, so now we're ready to start closing up our spear and actually make it look like a sphere. So this round, we're going, Teoh work a decrease over the 1st 2 stitches and our rounds. We're gonna go through, pull, loop up, go through the next one, pull a loop up. So we've got three loops on our hook, so we're gonna yarn over and pull through all three loops there and add in our stitch marker. And then in the next five single Croce stitches were going to do just one single pro Shea stitch in each one. And the reason that we're doing five here is because the very last increase row that we did , we left off with five. So we're just trying to maintain consistency. All rights were coming the end of that first decrease row and again, we're going to do a decrease over the 1st 2 stitches, and we did five the last row. So this time we're going to do one single Croce stitch in each of the next four single grocery stitches in our row. It's essentially the opposite pattern of what we were doing. Four are increase rose. All right. So I still have a few rows to g O. But I'm thinking that now is a good time. Teoh, start thinking about adding some stuffing to my spear. So I'm gonna grab an extra stitch marker and put it on my loop, Uh, as just kind of an extra security measure because I don't want to lose any of the work that I just did. So now you could see if I pull the yarn, it's still gonna hold my spot sums gonna kind of move that one and my orange one here, out of the way. And I'm gonna grab my poly fill fiber Phil stuffing. And I'm just going to start filling up my sphere. Um, it takes a lot of stuffing for these little saves. You wouldn't think so. But you can almost always fit more in there even when you think that it's full. So again, I'm just putting a handful in there, and then I'm kind of squishing my shape just to kind of feel, um, how much stuffing is in there if it's gonna be kind of the firmness or softness that I'm kind of looking for for my character's head, I think that's pretty good. So now I'm gonna continue working through the rest of my decrease rose, and the closer you get to the top of your spear, Um, sometimes it's kind of hard. Teoh, um, get in there just because of the shape. But we'll keep working, and ah, see you in a little bit when I get this closer to finished. All right? So I still have a little bit more to GOP. Think maybe one more row here. Um, but I'm feeling like I needed more stuffing. So I'm gonna use this opportunity before I close it up to add a bunch more stuffing already . I'm feeling like I think that's gonna be pretty good. It seems fairly solid. I'm not too worried about this little loop right there from original starting tale. I'll work that in when I dio my finishing touches here. So let's go ahead and you are last few stitches and finish up. All right, so I just did my very last decrease stitch. So I'm gonna take out my stitch marker here and to finish off. I am going to do one more chain stitch sodas, yarn over and pull through and then I'm gonna give myself kind of a long tail. Um, just so in later. And pull it all the way through and pull tight. All right. In the next video, I will show you how I'm going. Teoh, we've in my young ends. 7. Head - Our Basic Sphere Finishing: So now it's time to weave in the end that we have left over. So I'm using a yarn needle that's got a thicker organ, a wider I and I am essentially going Teoh. We've my end around that final circle and I'm going through each of the last six stitches. And when I get all the way around, I will kind of pull it a little bit tighter to seal up that remaining hole. Then all that's left is to kind of weave in, um, a couple of different directions to really secure that end from coming loose. All right, I'm gonna do you maybe one or two more and then I'm gonna take my your needle and kind of put it all the way through, um, to the opposite side of my sphere and I'm gonna pull just a little bit. And I'll cut off pretty close here and now that yarn end will basically be tucked all the way in the middle. And there's the starting loop there that we have. So let's go ahead and fix that. So we're going to do something very similar. We've been through one or two stitches here, and I'm gonna kind of position. It's that I can go all the way through just like I did before and kind of hold on to that end and you can see that there's a little bit of, ah, line there. That's kind of sticks out pretty noticeable. So I'm gonna fix that. When you do this, you wanna have your yarn needle pretty close to where the yarn is kind of sticking out, and that's gonna prevent those really obvious, um, places where your yarn waas and they get blend in a lot more easily. So there we have it. I think that's a pretty good size for our head, and now we can move on to our body. 8. Body - Our First Modifications: we have. Our characters had already crow shade, and we have some experience working with our spear Cochet pattern. So let's take a look at the pattern more in depth. Let's start by examining just the first few lines of this pattern. So what kinds of things do you notice? The goal here is to examine the pattern for patterns. For example, I can see that in round one, the pattern that goes around that round is to single Croce stitches and each stitch all the way around. For around two onward, we end up adding to that initial pattern. So not only are you doing to single Croce stitches in a stitch, but then we're also adding a single Croce stitch in a certain number of stitches in a repeating pattern. This ensures that the increased stitches are spread out evenly around the diameter of the sphere, making sure that our sphere is actually round and not lopsided. The other thing that I noticed here is the number of stitches in each round increases by the number of stitches that we put into our magic ring. In the very beginning, when we're done with round one, we'll have 12 single Cochet stitches all the way around. By the time I get around five, we have expanded that to be 36 single Croce stitches. So in this portion of our pattern, we are increasing the diameter of our spear. So if we wanted to make our spear bigger in diameter, we would add Rose following this same pattern. If we take a look at our pattern as a whole, there are three main sections. The portion of the sphere pattern that we just looked at is where we're increasing the number of stitches and increasing the diameter of our sphere. There's also a section weierman maintaining the number of stitches that we have. So we're not adding stitches and we're not decreasing stitches. We're just keeping the number of stitches the same. Lastly, we have our section where we're decreasing the number of stitches. So we're basically closing up our spear when we add some increase rose, just like we talked about doing earlier. We also need Teoh. Add decrease rose with well in order to accommodate. Otherwise, you'll end up with a hole in your sphere. However, we don't need to increase and decrease at the same rate in our pattern. For example, if we add it on maintenance row between each increase row, then we would end up with more of an elongated egg shape. This is because our increased section would have a much slower rate of increase in diameter , or decreased section is not going to shrink at the same speed. It'll go much faster. So let's take a second and do a little quiz. What do you think are based? Shape would look like if we added an extra maintenance row or those roads where we don't increase or decrease stitches between our decrease rose. Here's the image of our original spear graphic in case you you are more of a visual person like I am all right. If you said that it would end up looking like an upside down egg, you would be right. Slowing down the rate we remove. Stitches will bring that and mawr to a point, just like when we did the opposite earlier. There's one other section, though, that we really didn't talk about much, and that's our maintenance rose. So again, our maintenance rose are where we're not adding or removing stitches were just keeping the same number of stitches all the way around. What do you think? What happened if we added some extra maintenance rose in our pattern? The answer there is that our sphere would turn into more of an oval. It's essentially the process of stretching out our sphere. So this is a slightly different scenario than before. If we increase the number of maintenance rose, we do not need to modify any of the other sections because we're not changing. The number of stitches we have in a row were just maintaining our current stitch count and the progress in that section. So the next part of our project, we're going to be working on our body and our design. Earlier, we drew the body kind of like that egg shape. So in order to modify our pattern, we need to increase the number of our maintenance rose to add some height to our character . So I'm thinking that I'm probably going to add another 5 to 10 rows of our maintenance rose . Essentially, my goal is I want to double what we had before because I want my body to be about twice the height of my character's head again. You can choose here to add even more rows or fewer rows. If you want your head to be the same size as your body, you can keep the pattern the same. You can also modify how fast or slow you increase and decrease your stitches. If you slow down, you're increases. Your character will have kind of a narrow or neck. It's totally up to you. I am also going to be giving my character the illusion of clothes like I mentioned previously and thinking something similar to Winnie the Pooh, where he just has a shirt on. So I'm going to change colors, probably somewhere in the middle or towards the end of my increase rose section. And then I'm gonna change back to my original color toward the end of my maintenance rose to give, um, the illusion of the end of the shirt. If you wanted Teoh add pants. You could do that bottom section in a different color. All right, so let's get started and make a body 9. Body - Design and Creation: all right. Ready for our body. Just like we talked about earlier. We want Teoh. Add a couple of extra increasing decrease rose. We're gonna add some extra maintenance rose to add some height, and then we're gonna add a little bit more color by changing the colors during her increased rose and towards the end of our maintenance rose. So we're gonna get started the same way that we did before. All right, So I have a few of my increase rose. And like I said, I'm gonna add some color here, so I'm just gonna take this opportunity to change colors. And now that we've changed our colors, we can continue with our increase Rose here. I'm gonna check that off saying we've done it. Um, and I wanted Teoh add 2 to 3 extra increase rose, so that were a little bit brighter than the head. So I'll see you when those are done. So I've just completed my second row, my second extra increased road. I wanted to check to see if we're a little bit wider, and I think we are. So I think I'm gonna continue onto our maintenance Rose next, Um and just stick with the extra two rather than going on and adding mawr increase rose. So I'm gonna write that down just so that we can, um, remember it when we get to our decreased section. And now we can move on to our maintenance rose. So in our previous pattern, we had seven increased Rose. Actually, I lied. Those air maintenance rose, and that's what ended up giving us that sphere shape. So if I want my body to be twice the size, I'm going to double that and do 14 maintenance rose because that will give us double the height and create that oval. So 14 is going to be my goal. So I'm gonna creating area here where we can track our maintenance rose, because it can be very easy to forget where we are. All right, let's get started with those maintenance rose. All right, so I have about 10 of my maintenance rose completed, and I'm feeling like that's a decent size for my shirt. So I'm going Teoh change colors here before I go on Teoh the next row. All right, so I'm gonna finish my body using my original blue color, so I'm towards the end of a row 14. And I wanted Teoh see how we're doing in relation to our heads. Let's grab our head here. And you kind of see that we are about double the height, and we are a little bit wider. It's kinda hard with the no stuffing in the body there, but I think we're in pretty good shape. So I think I'm going. Teoh, stop our maintenance rose here at 14 and move onto our decrease. Rose. All right, so I have done a couple of the decrease, Rose, and I think I want Teoh start doing some stuffing. So let me grab some stuffing, and I've got a lot here, Um, and I'm just going Teoh stuff and then continue our decreased rose. And as I worked, I'm continuously checking each piece against the new pieces that I'm making. Because at this point, I could still, um, completely undo the body if I really wanted to. If I wasn't liking something about it or wanted the height to be bigger, now is the time to make that decision before we finish it off. All right, so let's do some more. Decrease, Rose. All right, so we're done. Other decrease, Rose. And you've already seen this. But I'm just gonna finish it up and speed this part of our video up. But overall, I think we have a very decent body and it actually looks proportionate to our head. So I think we're in good shape. Next, we will talk about designing our arms and how we're going to do that. I'll see you in the next video. 10. Arms - Design and Creation: All right, So let's talk about the arms of our body. So I know that I want my arms to kind of come out, down and around, kind of like that. And we're going to do the same thing on the other side, maybe with slightly less of a bend there. And I know that I want my character to have kind like a T shirt. So I'm gonna change colors. Maybe about right here. So that will be our gray. That will be our blue. And let's talk about our pattern. So we're going to start down here with our magic rain. And now we need to figure out our curve here. And you probably want to start a little bit lower than us. Maybe about right here on. And what we're gonna do is we're going to essentially work some taller stitches, specifically 1/2 double crash, a stitch around one side of our pattern. And together those taller stitches are going to give us that illusion of a curve in our arm . And then once we get around the curve, we can go back. Teoh are single. Croce stitches. Since we will no longer need that height And we could think about this from a top down view of our stitches as well. And we're gonna have probably about 1/4 of our round be are taller stitches and let's get started. All right, so we're going to start the same way that we did the other parts. So we're gonna do a magic ring, and then six single crush eight stitches in the middle of that ring, and we'll do one increase room, so we will end up with 12 stitches all the way around. And now that we have our twelves digits, we're going to do quite a few maintenance rose in this. Well, just you single Croce stitches for a while. And now that I have a few rows, I like to kind of compare it to the previous parts just for scale and reference. Here. It's still need quite a few rows, so I will work on that and see you in a couple minutes. Made a few more rose, and we're getting pretty close. Teoh, our rounds for our half double crochet a stitches. So I'm gonna do probably one more round and then we'll be ready for our taller stitches. All right. So I finished that row and one more check here, and yet we're pretty close. So let's figure out our pattern. So I know that I want about 1/4 of my road to be or half double crochet a stitches. So if we've got 12 stitches in a round, we're going to do some math here and divide by four, which gives us three. So for our rounds were going Teoh work 3/2 double crochet a stitches at the start of each round. So we're going Teoh yarn over. Go through, pull a loop through and then you run over again. Pull through all three. We're going to do that two more times and then finish off our round with single Croce stitches and we're gonna keep that pattern until get ready to change colors for our shirt. So I will see you then. So I worked a couple of rows with our taller stitches and I'm going Teoh now change colors here so that we can give our character some sleeves on his shirt and we're just gonna continue with that pattern for a while with our new color. I'll see you when we get closer to the end. So I've done a few rows on. I'm just gonna check here and I feel like we're getting close, but we still need probably a few more rose. I think so. I'm going to keep going. But you could already see that one side is just a little bit longer than the other. And you're starting to kind of see that that curve in our pattern, so we'll keep going. So I compared my arm with my body a few times, and I think I've got a good size for my arm. So my last row here is just a decrease row. So I'm gonna end with a total of six stitches all the way around and I'll do a chain, finish it off, and I'm gonna leave kind of a long tail because I want to use that tail. Later, Teoh attach the arm to the body and now we get to do the fun process of weaving in some ends and stuffing. So I'm going Teoh kind of speed this part up for you. So you don't have to watch this in real time. Sometimes it's easier with these little strands that you need to weave in to thread your needle through the work first and then thread the yarn through the eye and then pull it through. And that's what I'm doing here. All right, so my ends are weaved in, and now we have this little hole at the top. That's six stitches around. I'm going to grab my stuffing and start the process of stuffing. So let's feed this part up as well. And it can be hard. Teoh get the stuffing all the way down towards his hands. Sometimes the package of fiber Phil will come kind of with this wouldn't stick, and that is very useful when you're trying to get into these long areas like the end of the arm. Somebody just use that and kind of work the arm a little bit to manipulate that fluff all the way down to the bottom. And I think that is looking pretty good. So next steps are Teoh do that again to make a second arm on. I'll see you in the next video 11. Legs - Design and Creation: Now that we have our arms, we can start thinking about our legs. So just gonna draw some pretty basic legs here, just kind of come down and have a ob long shape down here at four feet. All right, so when we start, we're going Teoh, start at the toe here. And essentially what we're going to want to Dio is use are tall stitches to increase the size around their heel. And then right around the top of the foot there were going Teoh, decrease in size on. And that's what's going to give us kind of Ah, much sharper curve than when we did our arms. All right, so let me move this up a little bit so you can see it and let's get started. So we're going to start the same way that we did before with our magic ring, and we're gonna do an increase row. Teoh, get 12 stitches around, and then we're going to do a couple of maintenance Rose, and we're gonna pause here for a second to talk about the rotation of our pattern. If you look at our body, you'll notice that the stitches all kind of go in a slight diagonal, but we want our decrease in our increased itches to stay on the top and the bottom of our pattern, respectively. So if this is our round of stitches, let's put in our round of stitches were going to be doing and here noticed that we're starting with 1/2 double crochet a. The amount of stitches that are on the top and the amount of such that are on the bottom shift a little bit as we work around because of our increasing decreases. So because of that, we have to kind of off center our pattern and kind of shifted around the circle a little bit as we're working. So that's why the next couple of rows we work are going to be a little bit different then what we've done before. So Teoh start off. We're going to do to half double crochet A's and essentially create the bottom part of our foot. So then the next one, we're going to do an increase using Double Crow Shay's and were increasing with Double crow . Shay's here because when you use really tall stitches like the double Chris Shays, they tend to leave a bigger gap, but if you use them within an increase, it tends to not leave as much of a gap, so it won't be a problem. So after we do our two increases with our Double Christi's, let me go back to do 2/2 double crochet days, and that portion of our pattern is for the bottom part of our foot. The top part of our foot is going to have a single crow, she and then to decrease stitches and then another single croquet. And we're going to continue with that pattern for the next couple of rows. So for round six, um, we're going Teoh either work in the French Loop or the back loop, depending on which portion of the foot we're working on. When we're working on the part of our stitches that are going to be towards the top of our foot, we're going Teoh work in the back loop, and when we work on the part of our stitches that goes towards the bottom, we're going to work in the front loop, and the reason for this is Teoh. Give the material a little bit more flexibility, and actually it will help create a much sharper turn in the fabric than when we did our arms where it was more of a gradual change. So again, we're doing the top portion of the foot where we're doing. Our single Cochet are decreases and another single Cochet, Those all get worked in the back loop, and then all of the tall stitches get worked in the front loop. So now that I'm done with around six now we get to work on the leg portion rather than the shoe. So I'm going to do the same thing I normally do when I'm tracking our maintenance rose. And to keep track of how many I've completed, use a piece of scratch paper here and get to work on our maintenance rose. And these will be just maintenance Rose with single Croce stitches all the way around until my foot is a good size in comparison with the rest of my characters body. So I've still got a few rows to go, I think, but I'm gonna stop and add some stuffing. Um, this is going Teoh, help the situation where I can't get stuffing all the way down to my foot and I'm gonna compare it to my arms. So I think I want it to be about the same size. So I've still got a few more rose to Dio. Um, So I'm thinking maybe about five more rose. All right, We'll check in when I get closer to finished. So I did those five rows, and I'm just gonna compare. I think that's pretty good. Um, I think that's good compared to my body and my arms. So I'm gonna go ahead and finish this off. Um, and again, I'm gonna leave the top part open. Um, you could go through and close it if you'd like, but since we're just gonna be attaching it to the body, I'm not going to bother doing that. I'm just gonna finish it off and get started on another leg. 12. Eye Options: for eyes. We have a few options. Usually I start with black and white. Um, but for visibility, Emina, use this gray here instead. The first kind of eyes very similar to the 1st 2 rounds of our sphere pattern will do a magic ring. And then six single Croce stitches into the center, and I'm using Grey for the first round. And when I get to the second round, I'm going to switch to White. And this is going Teoh kind of simulate a people and the whites of the eye. And with that white, I'm just gonna go around and essentially work my second round. So that's two single Croce stitches all the way around. And when I get to the end of the rounds, I I am essentially going to do a slip stitch in the next, stitch their and fasten it off, and there's one I done for I, too. We're just going to do the six single Cochet stitches around the magic ring and do slip stitch, and fast enough. This is essentially the same thing as the previous one, but without the whites of the eyes. So you get a slightly different look for this next one. I'm gonna slow the video down a little bits that where you can kind of see what I'm doing here. Um, but essentially, I'm using white and I'm starting like I start everything with that magic ring and six single Croce stitches in the middle there. And when I get around to I'm going Teoh, do you? Ah, very similar increase row except three of the stitches. I'm going Teoh increase with taller stitches. So doing half double crochet a and then another half double crush a And essentially, my goal here is to make one side of that circle be a little bit more oval. Uh, so I dio a couple of double Crow Shays after those half double crew Shay's and then I do a slip stitch to connect it and fasten it off. So now I have kind of this overly shape, and I wanted Teoh kind of create an emoji kind of I with the heart. So grab some red yarn and I'm essentially going to use that to create my heart. So I'm gonna thread my my needle there. Here we go. Um and I'm gonna start at the bottom just below the center and I'm gonna go up and then back down to the bottom Teoh make public of D. And essentially, I'm kind of doing with same thing twice just to get a little bit of extra coverage there so it doesn't look like a V. I wanted it to look more like a heart. There's 1/3 time, and I'm feeling like that's pretty good that I is a little bit big for my character's head . But for illustrative purposes, I think it works. I'm just gonna tie the back off, and then I can cut off the remainder of my arm, and then I can use white to attach it. So that way it blends in with the white of my eye. The next one is similar to the heart. Uh, the only difference is that for that first round, I'm using grey or black. Um, and it will just have a circle in the middle as opposed Teoh. Ah, heart. So there I changed too white and again I'm going. Teoh, have one side of my round be just single Croce stitches. And then the other side is going Teoh be, uh, gradual arc of half double crochet a such double Croce stitch, half double crochet and then back to single. And the goal here is just to have one side of the I have a little bit more white to give the illusion that maybe the character is looking up or looking down. And there you can kind of see the comparison. Now we have four different eyes, the other one that we didn't really talk about. It all are these safety eyes, And I just picked up a kit of eyes Run Amazon on, and essentially the goal is to, um, put the front part of the eye through the material between the stitches. And then there's a small back piece that will be put behind the work to keep the I in place . So here I'm just trying Teoh, figure out my placement, Um, in a way that kind of makes sense in relation to my character there. And now I'm adding the that, and that's what's gonna keep our eye in place and prevent it from falling out. And you do want to make sure that if you're using safety eyes that they are big enough that they're not going to fall out between the stitches and there we have it 13. Hair - Optional: for hair. We're going to do something very similar to what we did. Teoh start our arms. We're going to do a magic ring again and then single crochet a six into that ring, and then we're just going to do several maintenance rose until it's as long as we want that strand of hair to be. So I think I'm going to do probably three strands of hair. Uh, you're more than welcome to do more than that or less. It's totally up to you when you feel like it's long enough, go ahead and fasten it off and leave a bit of a tail so that we could attach it later. 14. Sewing Everything Together: Now we get to assemble or character. Let's start with the arms. I'm going to use the tail to attach it. I am using the rows of stitches on the body to ensure my arm is straight. I want my sleeves to look like a shirt here, so I'm positioning mine a little bit below where my shirt starts on the body. I'm going through the top stitches of the arm and then, through a stitch on the body, finish it off by weaving the remainder of the ends in the gray area of the body. This will add some extra security to the arm and the piece as a whole. When we're done with this arm, we're going to do the same thing with the other arm, the legs and the hair. The eyes are a little different, sense their flat and they're going to lay along side of the head. I'm going to use the tail to go around the outer stitches of the eye, so go through a stitch of the eye and then through a stitch of the head, and I'll do that all the way around the perimeter of our If you have trouble keeping the eye and place. You could use stitch markers to hold it. While you're doing this, you could also use pins. When we've gone around the eye, we will hide the rest of that white tail in the whites of the eye to ensure that it's not obvious that that's our tail for the mouth. I'm going to slow the video down. That way you can see exactly what I'm doing here. I take some red yarn and thread it up through the bottom of the head. The tales that air down here at the bottom I will be covering up when I attached the body. So I'm going to Ugo up through the bottom to the upper corner of mine mouth and then I'm gonna come down a little bit to a lower corner to kind of create the side of his smile, and then I'm gonna go up, you create the other side, and then I'm gonna go all the way across and fill in that bottom line, and when I go in here, then I'm gonna come back out through the bottom, and that's just to ensure that all of the tales are going to be in one position that it will make it easier to hide those tales when we attach our body. And now that we have our own mouth done, I'm just going Teoh, tie a knot at the bottom to make sure that the mouth doesn't come out. And then I'll cut off the extra and will be ready to attach our head to our body with my blue color on going to go through a stitch or two of the head and then through where I want that spot to be attached to on my body. This part can be kind of tricky until the two are held in place with a couple of stitches. And I'm gonna go around this way probably two times just for my peace of mind. And I find that sometimes Onley going around once can leave the head a little more wobbly than I like. So going around more just gives it a little bit extra security when it comes to the ends Here, I'm going Teoh, take one of those ends and kind of we've it end to the body at the blue section of the body and then with other end, I'm going to leave that one in through the head. All right, on. I believe that we are completely done. All our ends have been well woven in, and we now have a completed character. 15. Recap: congratulations. You made it to the end of this class. I hope you've learned a lot in the process of making your own character. We have learned basic amateur UMI techniques like shaping, stuffing and assembling. We've discussed a variety of ways that we can modify a pattern. Specifically are spear pattern, including adding and omitting stitches and rows, changing colors and using taller stitches. Please share your final projects in the project section of this class. I'd love this year for a shape character and answer any questions you may have. If you've enjoyed this class, please be sure to leave a review and share the class of friends. The more people that find my classes, the more content I can create. I'll see you next time.