Playful Crochet: Creating Cute Amigurumi Jellyfish | Christiana Odum | Skillshare

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Playful Crochet: Creating Cute Amigurumi Jellyfish

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Gathering Supplies


    • 3.

      Getting Started


    • 4.

      Shaping the Body


    • 5.

      Stuffing the Body


    • 6.

      Making Tentacles/Final Touches


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This class will teach you the essential skills you'll need to make your own amigurumi jellyfish. We'll go over a variety of materials and best practices to give your jellyfish a polished look, and will cover some useful tips that can be used in any amigurumi project. This class is suitable for beginners with a basic knowledge of crochet. If you're new to crochet, I recommend you review how to hold your yarn and do a single crochet stitch before taking this class.

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Christiana Odum

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I'm a visual artist and crochet enthusiast from Nashville, TN. Let's create something awesome!

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1. Introduction: Hi, guys. Welcome to my class today. We're gonna learn how to make this cute little jellyfish. But before we get started, let me introduce myself. My name is Cristiana. I'm an artist and Crafter base out of Nashville, Tennessee. I've been crushing for most of my life. It's a skill that my grandmother taught me when I was seven years old and I absolutely fell in love with it and never looked back. Over the last few years, I've taken my love of kirsch A and mix it with my childhood obsession with stuffed animals in the form of Almeida Rumi Amiga. Rumi is the Japanese art of creating cute crow Shia toys. They could be anything from food to animals to people to rhythm, office supplies, anything you can imagine. But today we're gonna focus on a jellyfish. This class is suitable for beginners with a basic knowledge of crow Shea. So if you've never kirsch eight before, I first recommend that you learn how to hold the yarn and do a single crochet a stitch. Then the class will be suitable for you. We're gonna have a lot of fun today and I hope you'll join us. Let's get started 2. Gathering Supplies: Hello there. Thank you for enrolling in my class. I'm so happy that you're here, and I'm excited to teach you how to make your very own jellyfish. This class is designed to be interactive, so please keep track of your progress in the class project section and ask for help. If you get stuck, I'm here to answer your questions. To begin. Let's go over some of the supplies that you'll need for your project. You will need to different colors of worsted weight yarn, a pair of nine millimeter safety eyes. Ah, yarn needle for sowing your tails, a size F crash, a hug, a stitch marker or piece of yarn, a pair of scissors and some fiber. Phil for stuffing your jellyfish. I prefer this cluster style toy stuffing. It holds its shape very well, and it won't clump after machine washing. I've included a list of shopping supplies in the class materials for your convenience. When choosing your yarn, I recommend that you select the highest quality yarn for your budget. I prefer to work with natural fibers such as Woeller cotton and if had great results with wool acrylic blends. I've also found that the cheaper acrylic yarns can be difficult to work with and have a tendency to split, so I would avoid them of possible choosing. A good quality yarn is the first step in creating a polish look for your completed project for Army Grew me, I recommend the your crash. A hook is two sizes smaller than the recommended size for your yarn. This will create a tight we've so that you can stuff your toy and not have to worry about the stuffing falling out. Most worsted weight yard will recommend a size H kirsch a hug. So for this project will be using a size off. We'll be working in a spiral, so you'll need either stitch marker or a contrast ing piece of yarn to keep track of your rounds. I prefer to use the piece of yarn. This prevents me from having to move my such marker at the beginning of each round and allows me to more easily locate mistakes that I may have made. Now that you know how to choose the best materials for your jellyfish, this is a great time to start your class project. Your assignment for this lesson is to introduce yourself and upload a photo of your gathered supplies and love to know what inspired the color choices for your jellyfish. And your fellow classmates will be looking at your project for their own inspiration. In the next lesson, we'll learn how to begin with the magic ring and create the first few rows of increases. See you then. 3. Getting Started: Hey there. Welcome back. Now that you've gathered your supplies and started your class project, it's time to begin creating your jellyfish. Something to keep in mind for the duration of this class. I am right handed, so I will be demonstrating how to create the Shelley fish for a right handed person. If you're a left handed, you will simply modified to suit your needs, and you will work in the opposite direction. We're going to start our jellyfish with a magic ring. Simply create a loop in the yard where the tail goes behind the working on and hangs down blue. Grasp the place where the yarn meets with your thumb and middle finger. Next, insert your hook in the loop of yarn, yarn over and pull through the loop. A gesture grasp to pinch the two strands close to the hook. Chain one, and from here you'll begin your first round of stitches single crow shea into the loop, making sure to go around both strands that create the loop and the tail. After you've completed your first round of stretches, simply hold the work flat, grasped the tail end and gently tug. This will close the loop. Now it's time to place you're stuck markers so that you can begin the second round and closed the circle. I like to use a piece of contrast ing yard for mice Touch marker. I trade the yarn over the work, leaving a long tail in both the front and back of the work. Then I continue to work around it for the next stitch. For the second round, you'll increase each stitch. This means that you will do to single crow, shays and each stitch until you reach your yard or stitch marker. If using yarn. When you reach the end of your round, take the detail of yarn behind the work and move it to the front. Then start your next round and continue working the pattern. When you reach the end of this round, you'll move your stitch marker yarn to the back of the work, and you'll continue in this fashion, moving it back to front at the end of each round. Continue working your pattern until you're ready to change colors. In the next lesson, I will teach you how to join the yarn to create a smooth stripe without a visible seem. See Ethan 4. Shaping the Body: Hi. Welcome back. At this point, you should have a great start on your jellyfish. Now it's time to change colors and add some shrimps. There are several ways of doing this, but I'm going to show you my favorite method. I joined my yarn in this way to create a smooth transition between colors so that there's no visible seem to join your yarn. Insert your hook in the next stitch norn over and pull through the stitch. Next, take the tail of the second color that you're joining and create a slip knot. Add this to your hook and complete the stitch with the second color. This creates a single Cochet. To secure this newly joined color in place, gently tug on the working yard of the first color. For the next step, she'll do a slips touch and then you'll continue a single crow shea for the rest of the round. This slips touch is the secret to creating a solid strike without a seam. When you're working in a spiral such as we are for this pattern, you'll continue. Your pattern is normal until you're ready to change colors again. When you've reached the part of the pattern that ask you to use the back loop single pro. Shea notice how each such has a loop in the front and the back. Typically for a single crow. Shea, you go underneath both. But for this round Onley, we're going to use just the back loop by skipping over the front group were creating a reg on this row. This ridge serves as a guideline and will later be used to attach the ruffle on your jellyfish. When you complete a round of back loops touches. This is a great time to insert your safety eyes. Pull up on your working yard and remove the hook. This extra yarn will prevent your stitches from being pulled out while you're inserting your eyes flat in your work and choose a spot where you would like your eyes to go. I typically like my jellyfish eyes to be a bit lower, close to the ruffle. Keep in mind you're jellyfish will get bigger as you stuff it, so that's something to think about when you choose your spacing between your eyes. For this size jellyfish, I typically choose to leave 8 to 10 stitches between after your eyes replaced your satisfaction snapped the washers on to secure them in place. Safety eyes were designed to stay put when the washers air snapped in place. That's why it's important to choose where to put your eyes before securing them. After securing your safety eyes, you'll want to create a few rows of decreases before you begin stuffing. Add your work back onto the hook and tug the working guard until your Lupus. Snug. The most common method for decreasing leaves small, uneven holes in your army. Rumi. So I'm going to show you a better method to create an invisible decrease. You'll go underneath the front loop on Lee of the 1st 2 stitches yarn over and pull this through the 1st 2 loops on your hook darn over again and pull it through the remaining two loops. You've just created the decrease that looks like a normal single crow. Shea. How cool is that? Continue working. Your pattern decreasing, we're indicated and the next lesson will go over stuffing or jellyfish. And so we get shut before you begin the next lesson. Update your class project, showing a photo of where you've placed your eyes. This way, you can compare it to the ice basing on your completed jellyfish, and it will give you a better idea of how to make adjustments for a different look. I'll see you in the next one. 5. Stuffing the Body: Hi. Welcome back. It's time to begin stuffing your jellyfish. This step is super simple. Just grab little clumps of stuffing and push it. And with your fingers and thumbs, you may be surprised by exactly how much stuffing fits in this jellyfish. Just keep going, began forming your jellyfish into a smooth shape as your stuff it learning how much stuffing to use takes a bit of practice. You want to stuff it somewhat firmly so that it can withstand multiple washes. However, you want to be mindful of over stuffing so that your jellyfish eyes aren't bulging out and there's no white showing through the stitches. When you've reached the point that you're jellyfish will hold its shape, you can proceed with the remaining decrease rose after the last round. You can stuff your jellyfish with a bit more fiber Phil, using a chopstick or other small tool, and you're certain you're jellyfish has enough stuffing. You can proceed with sewing and your tail weave in and out of the stitches of the last round. Pull the tail firmly to close a small hole in the center. Next, leave the yard back and forth across the bottom of the jellyfish. Your goal is to make this tale well hidden while also being secure. After weaving back and forth a few times, you can pull firmly on the tail and cut the yarn. You're jellyfish is ready for a ruffle. You'll be working along the edge that was earlier created with their back loop single Crow Shay's. Make a slip knot in your yard and insert your hook underneath one of these loops at your slip, not to the hook, and pull it through the loop. Chain one and begin working your ruffle pattern. When you reach the end, complete the round with a slip stitch and that very first loop. Cut your yarn and weave in the tell in the same fashion that you did for the body of the jellyfish. In the next lesson will go over some different styles for jellyfish tentacles. You've done a great job so far. Now we just seen are finishing touches. See in the next one 6. Making Tentacles/Final Touches: Hi. Welcome back. Let's add the finishing touches on your jellyfish by creating a variety of tentacles. Create them at any length or style that you like, mix it up and have fun with it. Here, the three styles I most commonly use shorter, curly tentacles and longer tentacles in two different wets. You're whiter. Technical should have some structure to it so it can be twisted into a loose curl. The longer tentacles air pretty straight forward. So I'm going to teach you how to make the curly one. Begin with this, live not in your yarn and create a foundation row of chain stitches. You can make this any length you like. I typically do between 35 50 chain surges, depending on how long I want my tentacle to be. When you've reached the link that you like Crow Shay in the second chain from the hook, I typically prefer half double Cochet for my curls, but you can use single crow shea or double anything you like. Really. The important thing here is that you do a number of stitches and the same stitch followed by a single stitch. So, for example, I like to do 5/2 double crochet stitches and one step, and then the next stitch, I'll do a single half double crash a the falling one. I'll do five more, followed by a single. This pattern of creating clusters of stitches separated by a single stitch is what creates the curl and your technical. Occasionally, you want to stop crushing and give your work a little twist. To help the girls form, continue working in the same pattern until you reach the end of the foundation. Row thin. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. When you're ready to assemble your tentacles, choose a spot on the bottom of the jellyfish where you'd like your tentacle to be. Thread the needle with the long tail of yard that you left on your technical, and so the technical to the body of the jellyfish, so around the entire edge of the technical to make sure its super secure. Then hide the excess yard by leaving it across the body of the jellyfish a few times, then tug firmly and step the armed. Repeat the process to hide the second year entail. Add more tentacles until you're satisfied with the way your jellyfish looks. Congratulations. You've created your first army to Rumi jellyfish. Make sure to upload a photo in your class projects that we can also your wonderful result.