Monday, October 28, 2019

More Halloween Amigurumi

Last week, I was having fun crocheting amigurumi Halloween decorations. I’m still at it!

Four amigurumi spiders lined up on a white background. Each has a different colored body - red, green, blue, purple - with black pipe cleaner legs and black crocheted web.

I started with the Sheep(ish) Spiders pattern by Allison Hoffman. For the bodies of the spiders, I used Lion Brand Bonbons from the colorway Crayons, held double, with a 3.5 mm (E) hook. For the web, I used some sport weight black yarn from my stash with a 5.0 mm (H) hook.

The web is a loosely crocheted chain; I attached a piece of black yarn to each spider then tied them onto the web. I left a long end where I connected the yarn onto the web, then wove and tied the yarn end at angles to make it more web-like.

Purple amigurumi spider with black pipe cleaner legs and loosely crocheted web on a white background.

I had a little trouble at first getting the pipe cleaner legs through the spider bodies. Maybe I stuffed them too firmly? What I found worked best was to poke the crochet hook through the spider, bend the end of the pipe cleaner over the tip of the hook, then pull the hook and pipe cleaner back through the spider.

As I was finishing up the spiders, my daughter requested a bat. She chose the Spooky Batty Bat pattern by Crafty Bunny Bun.

Amigurumi bat made from dark gray yarn with hints of metallic sparkle on a white background.

I used Red Heart Shimmer in Pewter, which has a hint of metallic sparkle, with a 2.75 mm (C) hook. And, oh, what a challenge! Between the subtle fuzziness of the yarn blurring the stitches and the dark gray seemingly absorbing all of the nearby light, I struggled to see the stitches.

While this was a simple pattern, it was the fussiest of the amigurumi patterns I crocheted because I had to make the ears and wings separately then sew them on. And totally worth it, based on my daughter’s reaction when it was done!

As I write this, there are a few days left until Halloween and I have one last spooky project on my crochet hook. Will it be finished in time? Stay tuned!

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