Radish Spirit!! 

Here’s the last Studio Ghibli amigurumi I made. He’s been done for a bit but I’ve been holding onto him, he’s not for the faint of heart. While he’s done using the basic of crochet terms, he can get a bit tricky when it comes to his legs and face.  So, if you go for it and have any questions or issues with his pattern, please ask, I’m here to help.

  
Supplies:

* Yarn for body
* Red yarn 

* White/black embroidery floss or safety eyes

* Poly fil stuffing

* Yarn needle

* G hook

Terms:

* hk – hook

* ch – chain

* sc – single crochet

* skp – skip

* st – stitch

* inc – increase

* dec – decrease

* bls – back loops only

* slp st – slip stitch

* F/O – fasten off

Body:

Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6

2. 2sc in each st around – 12

3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18

4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24

5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30

6 – 10. ( sc 4, inc )6x – 36 each row

11. ( sc 5, inc )6x – 42

12. ( sc 6, inc )6x – 48

13 – 21. sc around – 48

22. ch 10, skp next 10 sts, sc 3 in front loops only, ch 10, skp next 10 sts, sc 24      -48

23. sc 10 ( on chain ), sc 3 ( using the back loops of row 22 ), sc 10 on chain,      sc 25 – 48

24. sc around – 48

25. ( sc 11, inc )2x, sc 24 – 50

26. ( sc 12, inc )2x, sc 24 – 52

27 – 28. around – 52 each row

29. inc, sc 26, inc, sc 24 – 54

30. sc around – 54

31. ( sc 14, inc )2x, sc 24 – 56

32 – 33. sc around – 56 each row

34. sc 4, ( sc 3, inc )7x, sc 24 – 63

35. sc around – 63

36. sc 4, ( inc, sc 3 )8x, sc 27 – 71

37 – 46. sc around – 71 each row

47. sc 10, ( sc 8, dec )4x, sc 21 – 67

48. sc 10, ( sc 7, dec )4x, sc 21 – 63

49. sc 10, ( sc 6, dec )4x, sc 21 – 59

50. sc 10, ( sc 5, dec )4x, sc 21 – 55

51. sc around – 55

52. sc 10, ( sc 4, dec )4x, sc 21 – 51

53. sc around – 51

* Make sure your last stitch is in the center of the back * 

 * Begin stuffing now, make sure to stuff well, it’s going to get very hard to stuff soon.

* Pinch the front me back together, insert the hook through the front center, yarn over pull through. This separates leg spaces. Try your best to have the same number of stitches on each side of the join.

 

* Continue crocheting to your left.

* Make sure to continue stuffing as you work up the legs.

54. sc around – 24
55 – 58. sc around – 24 each row

59. ( sc 4, dec )4x- 20

60. sc around – 20

61. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15

62. sc around – 15

63. ( sc, dec )5x – 10

64. Dec 5, fasten off, sew shut, weave in ends

* Slp st into the second leg spot.
* Repeat row #54 – 64.

* If your row number in the second leg doesn’t match, increase or decrease as needed. Make sure to do so within the first two rows otherwise the legs will not look even.

Mouth pieces:

Slp st into corner of right space from row 22. 

 

1. sc around in front loops only – 19

2 – 8. sc around – 19 each row 

9. sc 9, dec, sc 8 – 18

10. ( sc 4, dec )3x – 15

11. sc around – 15

12. ( sc, dec )5x – 10

13. sc around – 10

14. dec 5 – 5

Repeat on other side.

Arms: make two

Ch 2

1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4

2. 2sc in each st around – 8

3. sc around – 8

4. ( sc, inc )4x – 12

5 – 7. sc around – 12 each row

8. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 16

9 – 27. sc around – 16 each row

28. sc 8, ch 1, turn, sc 8

F/O, leave long tail for sewing.

Stuff lightly.

Chest piece:

Ch 16

Starting in 2nd ch from hk, sc across – 15

ch 1, turn, sc across – 15

ch 1, turn, sc across – 15

ch 1, turn, sc across – 15

ch 1, turn, sc across – 15

ch 1, turn, dec, hdc, dc 2, hdc, sc, slp st, sc, hdc, dc 2, hdc, dec

F/O, leave tail for sewing on.

Tail:

Ch 2
1. 4sc in 2nd ch from hk – 4

2. inc, sc 3 – 5

3. sc around – 5

4. inc, sc 4 – 6

5 – 6. sc around – 6 each row

F/O, leave tail for sewing

Towel:
Using white
Ch 13

1. Starting in second ch from hk, sc across – 12

2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 12

3 – 4. Repeat row #2 – 12 each row

F/O, weave in ends

Hat:
Ch 2 
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6

2. 2sc in each st around – 12

3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18

4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24

5. sc around in back loops only – 24

6. sc around – 24

7. ( sc 3, inc )6x in front loops only – 30

8. sc around – 30

9. ( sc 4, inc )6x – 36

10. sc around – 36

11. ( sc 5, inc )6x – 42

12. sc around – 42

13. ( sc 6, inc )6x – 48

14. ( sc 7, inc )6x – 54

15. ( sc 8, inc )6x – 60

Slp st around entire edge.

F/O, weave in all ends.

Apron:

Ch 10
1. Starting in 2nd ch from hk, sc across – 9

2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 9

3 – 8. Repeat row #2

F/O, weave in ends. Tie a long piece of string to top corners for tying on body. 

Assembly:
* Sew on tail

* Sew on chest piece, sew down tight

* Sew on arms

* Embroider on eyes

* Tie apron around body

* Attach hat with a few stitches

* Sew towel to hand

* Add any additional details you’d like 

P.s. He’s a big guy. I forgot to measure him but he’s the same size as huggable Totoro. Somewhere around 12 inches.

  

Up-cycle Journals 

I tend to come up with a lot of my crochet ideas as I lie in bed. I said to my mister a few nights ago that I should keep a notebook or journal next to the bed, he agreed, and the next day I set about finding one in my house. I knew we had one somewhere, I live with an artist for goodness sake, there had to be an unused book lying around! Well, turns out we had a ton, all used to some degree or another…. “mom, you live with two people who draw and paint all the time. Of course we’ve used them all.” Silly me….   Not wanting to spend any money ( surprise! ) or give up, I dove head first into the teenagers closet. Brave or stupid, your choice, it was worth it! I found one!! She completely forgot about it, must have been a gift YEARS ago and gave me the go ahead to “do what you do” as she turned up the music and dipped her brush into a pile of paint. ( I don’t get painters… ) So here we go, how to turn a boring old notebook/journal into something pretty!

Up cycled Journal:

Supplies:
* Old journal ( as you can see, this started as a Twilight abomination! )

* Some fabric

* Scissors

* Glue

* Pencil

* Iron ( optional )

  
Step one: place journal open on the backside of fabric about 1 1/2 inches from bottom. Fold over the front cover:  

Step two: shut the front cover and measure about 1 1/2 inch on the side of the shut book, and the same at the top. Cut out the square:

 
Step three: fold down the top and bottom to fit the length of your book. This is where the iron can come in, ironing them will help keep them folded neatly, but is not necessary.  

Step four: we are working on the back now. Spread a small amount of glue on the back cover and inside edge of back cover: ( not too much glue or it gets gooey! )

 
Step five: fold the back cover edge over pushing firmly onto the glue:  

Step six: repeat step four on the front:

 
Step seven: fold the front edge over as you shut the book. If you try to glue in place and then shut, it will be too tight. Make any adjustments to cover placement while the glue is still wet. Place something heavy on top and let dry. 

  
So much better looking now! And because she loves me, my daughter has allowed me to use a few pages of her journal for examples/ideas for you! She uses hers as a combination journal, sketchbook, scrap/smash book.

  
 

friends for Totoro! Chuu and Chibi Totoro.

This post is a tad long, however there are two patterns in it! One for Chuu Totoro and the other for Chibi Totoro. They are originally made as key chains, however it is not necessary to do so. So grab your hook and go make Totoro some friends!!

Chuu:

 

Supplies:

* Blue yarn

* Small amount of white yarn

* White felt

* Black yarn or safety eyes

* Poly fil stuffing

* Yarn needle

* Keychain hook ( optional )

* G hook

Terms:

hk – hook

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

inc – increase

dec – decrease

F/O – fasten off

Body:

Ch 6

1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6

2. 2sc in each st around – 12

3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18

* If making a keychain, I suggest attaching it now.

4 – 6. Sc around – 18 each row

7. ( sc 8, inc )2x – 20

8. sc around – 20

9. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25

10 – 14. sc around – 25 each row

15. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20

16. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15

Start stuffing

17. ( sc, dec )5x – 10

18. dec 5

F/O, sew shut, weave in ends. 

Ears: make two

Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5

2 – 4. sc around – 5 each row

F/O, leave tail for sewing.

Arms: make two

Ch 2

1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5

2. inc, sc 4 – 6

3. sc around – 6

4. inc, sc 5 – 7

5. sc around – 7

F/O, leave tail for sewing

Belly:
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6

2. 2sc in each st around – 12

3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18

4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24

F/O, leave long tail for sewing

Tail:
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 4

2. sc around – 4

3. ( inc, so )2x – 6

4. ( inc, sc 2 )2x – 8

F/O, leave tail for sewing

Assembly:
* Sew on belly
* Sew on arms

* Sew on ears

* Sew on tail

* Embroider on eyes

Chibi:

 

Supplies:

* White yarn

* Poly fil stuffing

* Yarn needle

* Black yarn or safety eyes

* F hook

Terms:
hk – hook
ch – chain
sc – single crochet

inc – increase

dec – decrease

F/O – fasten off

Body:
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6

2. 2sc in each st around – 12

3 – 5. sc around – 12 each row

6. ( sc 3, inc )3x – 15 (. If wanting to make him a keychain, attach it now )

7 – 8. sc around – 15 each row

9. ( sc, dec )5x – 10

* Stuff

10. dec 5, F/O, sew shut, weave in ends

Tail:

Ch 2
1. 3sc in second ch from hk – 3

2. sc around – 3

3. inc, sc 2 – 4

F/O, leave tail for sewing

Sew onto body.

Ears: make two

Ch 5

1. Starting in 2nd ch from hk, slp st, sc 3 

2. ch 1, turn, sc 2, slp st 

3. ch 1, turn, slp st, sc 2

F/O, roll in half, sew the two sides together, makes a tube shape

Sew onto head.

Embroider on eyes.