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Cotton Candy Pandas

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Last December, a very close friend of mine asked me to make him an amigurumi of a big and small panda.

So I used the TarePanda pattern which I posted last year. And as promised, I fixed the pattern for the tiny version. 


TINY TAREPANDA
Materials:
Monaco Yarn Shade #100 - Raven (1 skein)
Monaco Yarn Shade #1 - Snow (1-2 skeins)
Crochet Hook - E4 (3.5 mm)

Felt cloth:
        - Black

        - White
Fiberfill stuffing

*hdcinc = 2hdc in 1st
*1hdc1sc = 1hdc then 1sc in same st
*1sc1hdc = 1sc then 1hdc in same st

HEAD

(Snow)
6ch
Rnd 1: sc on 2nd ch from hook, 4sc, 3sc1, 4sc, inc (14)
Rnd 2: inc, 4sc, 3inc, 4sc, 2inc (20)
Rnd 3: inc, 5sc, [inc-1sc] 2x, inc, 5sc, [inc-1sc] 2x (26)
Rnd 4: 2sc, inc, 6sc, [inc-2sc] 2x, inc, 6sc, inc, 2sc, inc (32)
Rnd 5: sc around (32)
Rnd 6: inc, 7sc, [inc-3sc] 2x, inc, 7sc, [inc-3sc] 2x (38)
Rnd 7-9: sc around (38)
Rnd 10: 3sc, dec, 7sc, [dec-3sc] 2x, dec, 7sc, dec, 3 sc, dec (32)
Rnd 11: 2sc, dec, 6sc, [dec-2sc] 2x, dec, 6sc, dec, 2sc, dec (26)
Rnd 12: 1sc, dec, 5sc, [dec-1sc] 2x, dec, 5sc, dec, 1sc, dec (20)
Rnd 13: dec, 6sc, 2dec, 6sc, dec (16)
*Stitch the gap closed
FO, weave in ends
*Cut out black and white felt for facial features

BODY
(Snow)
6ch
Rnd 1: sc on 2nd ch from hook, 4sc, 3sc1, 4sc, inc (14)
Rnd 2: inc, 4sc, 3inc, 4sc, 2inc (20)
Rnd 3: hdcinc, 6hdc, 3hdcinc, 1hdc1sc, 6sc, 1sc1hdc, 2dcinc (28)
Rnd 4: hdcinc, 8hdc, 2hdcinc, 2sc, inc, 10sc, inc, 2sc, hdcinc (34)
Rnd 5-7: sc around (34)
Rnd 8: 2sc, dec, 8sc, dec, 5sc, dec, 8sc, dec, 3sc (30)
Rnd 9: sc around (30)
Rnd 10: (White) [3sc-dec] 4x, (Raven) 3 sc, dec, (White) 3 sc, dec (24)
Rnd 11: (Raven) sc around (24)
FO, leave tail for sewing

EARS (2x)

(Raven)
Rnd 1: 6sc in mr (6)
Rnd 2: 2sc-inc (8)
FO, leave tail for sewing

ARMS (2x)

(Raven)
Rnd 1: 7sc in mr (7)
Rnd 2-4: sc around (7)
FO, leave tail for sewing

LEGS (2x)

(Raven)
Rnd 1: 6sc in mr (6)
Rnd 2: inc-1sc (9)
Rnd 3-4: sc around (9)
FO, leave tail for sewing

TAIL
(Raven)
Rnd 1: 6sc in mr (6)
Rnd 2: inc-1sc (9)  
FO, leave tail for sewing

The pandas took me less than a month to make, which is a tad longer than I estimated. But in fairness to me, the time frame wasn't all that bad considering I have work and constantly have to fight battles against the monster called "procrastination". That fiend! Hehehe! Well, it may have taken a while but at least the pandas turned out great and my friend couldn't care less how much time it took. He said they were so cute and beyond adorable. Aww! Shucks! -^^-


With that project done, It made me realize one thing... Black and White pandas are boring. -_- I mean don't get me wrong, they're as cute as hell but making the TarePanda thrice and the tiny version twice... Yah, it has its limits. But I still love pandas and I want to have my own amigurumi since I gave mine to my toddler cousin. Kids! They're so hard to resist... -3-


So what do you do if black and white suddenly seems boring? Splash some color of course! ^v^


I didn't want my pandas to be too loud so I chose a lighter and more subtle color palette... Cotton Candy! A sweet family of Cotton Candy Pandas. ^^

Kawaii!!! They're so cute I could die!!! OvO
You may notice that I didn't use felt for the eye patches... Well, I thought to make it more unique so I crocheted my own. ^^

EYE PATCHES-BIG PANDA (2x)
(Raven)
Rnd 1: 8sc in mr (8)
Rnd 2: 2inc,  4hdcinc, 2inc (16)
Rnd 3: 3sc, 3hdc, 4dc, 3hdc, 3sc (16)
FO, leave tail for sewing

EYE PATCHES-TINY PANDA (2x)
(Raven)
Rnd 1: 8sc in mr (8)
Rnd 2: inc,  hdcinc, 4dc,  hdcinc, inc (12)
FO, leave tail for sewing

Pusheenicorn

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Recently I've been invited to join a group of crocheters in DeviantArt called Amigurumi-Challenge and of course, I was more than happy to oblige. Honestly, I didn't think that my amigurumis would gain this much recognition so I was really quite surprised.
They see me...
Like the name of the group suggests, Amigurumi-Challenge holds amigurumi-making contests every month for their members. So this January, they held the Strawberry Moshi Contest where the bunny pattern from Amigurumi To Go was used as base. The rule was to make something different out of the pattern without completely changing it. 

(Click for Pattern)

So after psyching myself with one of Barney Stinson's words of wisdom: "CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!!", I went on to figuring out what I wanted to do with the bunny pattern.

Initially, I wanted to make 3 little pigs like the ones in Disney but immediately dismissed the idea after realizing that would be flat out boring. I mean, piggies are cute but I don't think it would cut it especially after someone submitted chibi My Little Ponies. Seriously! What could be better than the Mane 6? That idea was right on the money and I wouldn't be surprised if it won. Who could beat its cuteness?


I was already rethinking of joining when suddenly... Light bulb!!! 

The popular cartoon gif "Pusheen the Cat", came into mind. But it gets better... After checking out its website: Pusheen the Cat, I saw one of the most majestic things to ever exist on earth. It's not a cat, not a unicorn... It's a PUSHEENICORN!

Is there anything more beautiful? Sob! Oh damn! Now it's making me cry. T3T

So that was it... That's how I got my entry . ^^


PUSHEENICORN
Materials:
Monaco Yarn Shade #99 - Fossil (1-2 skeins)
Monaco Yarn Shade #1 - Snow (1 skein)
Monaco Yarn Shade #47 - Deep Sky (1 skein)
Monaco Yarn Shade #13 - Honey (1 skein)
Monaco Yarn Shade #30 - Ballet Slipper (1 skein)
Monaco Yarn Shade #26 - Periwinkle (1 skein)
Monaco Yarn Shade #242 - Mint (1 skein)
Crochet Hook - F5 (3.75 mm)
Black thread
Black beads #08
Fiberfill stuffing

HEAD/BODY
(Fossil)
Rnd 1: 6sc in mr (6)
Rnd 2: inc around (12)
Rnd 3: 1sc-inc (18)
Rnd 4: 2sc-inc (24)
Rnd 5: 3sc-inc (30)
Rnd 6-21: sc around (30)
Rnd 22: 3sc-dec (24)
Rnd 23: 2sc-dec (18)
Rnd 24: 1sc-dec (12)
Rnd 25: 1sc-dec (8)
FO, weave in ends
*With black yarn, embroider facial details and the markings on the forehead and back

EARS (2x)
(Fossil)
Rnd 1: 4sc in mr (4)
Rnd 2: 1sc-inc (6)
Rnd 3: 2sc-inc (8)
Rnd 4: 3sc-inc (10)
FO, leave tail for sewing

LEGS (4x)
(Fossil)
Rnd 1: 4sc in mr (4)
Rnd 2: sc around (4)
FO, leave tail for sewing

HORN
(Snow)
Rnd 1: 3sc in mr (3)
Rnd 2: sc around (3)
Rnd 3: 1sc, inc, 1sc (4)
Rnd 4: 1sc-inc (6)
Rnd 5: sc around (6)
Rnd 6: 2sc-inc (8)
FO, leave tail for sewing

MANE/TAIL
*Use Deep SkyHoney, and Ballet Slipper for the mane and attach to the back
*Trim uneven or out of place strands
*For the tail, cut 4 strands each of PeriwinkleMint, and Ballet Slipper that measures about 4-5 inches 
*Put the strands together and secure in the middle, then stitch at Pusheenicorn's bottom
Win or lose, I'm just happy that I joined... Okay, maybe for a teeny-tiny bit I wish that I'd win. What? I'm just human. ^^ Ooh! Can't wait for the results. O_O

===> So the contest ended Jan. 31 and the winners were announced I think Feb. 1 or 2...  Anyway, I didn't win. Aww! X_X It sucks but hey, I did have fun and I'm glad that I did the contest otherwise I wouldn't have Pusheenicorn. And with that... I feel like I've won. Aww! It's the little things. Hehehe -^.^- 
    


Copyright: Pusheenicorn is an original pattern written by Duchess Gala with adaptation from Amigurumi To Go's Strawberry Moshi pattern. You may do whatever you want with the finished product but please do not sell or claim the pattern as your own. Also, do not post the pattern directly to your website. Just link it to this blog. ^^ 


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