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.

  

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.

Chihiro ( free pattern )

My favorite Studio Ghibli movie, Spirited Away!! I can watch this movie over and over and still not be bored by it. So here’s the newest in the Studio Ghibli series: Chihiro. Or to be proper, based on her outfit let’s call her Sen!

  
Supplies:

G hook
Skin tone yarn
Any color yarn for clothing
Brown yarn for hair
Small amount of white yarn and a dark red yarn
Poly fil stuffing
Yarn needle
Safety eyes or black embroidery floss

Terms:

sc – single crochet

ch – chain

hk – hook

inc – increase

dec – decrease

slp st – slip stitch
F/O – fasten off

Head:

Ch 2
1. 6sc in 2nd 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 – 14. sc around – 30 each row

  • Start stuffing
  • If using safety eyes, attach now

15. ( sc 3, dec )6x – 24
16. ( sc 2, dec )6x – 18
17. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
18. dec 6
F/O, sew shut, weave in ends.

Body:

The body will start at the feet and go up.

Feet/legs: ( make two )

Starting in skin tone:
Start with a magic circle
1. 4sc in magic circle – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3 – 5. sc around – 8 each row
6. sc, ch 3, skp next 2 sts, sc 5 – 9
7. dec 5, F/O, sew heel shut. Lightly stuff foot.

  • slp st into ch, sc front loops only around – 7
  • Stuff the leg as you go.

8 – 14. sc around – 7 each row
15. sc 2, inc, sc 2, dec – 7
16 – 17. sc around – 7 each row

  • switch to clothing color

18. 2sc in each st around in front loops only – 14
19. ( sc 2, inc )7x – 21
20 – 21. sc around – 21 each row
22. ( sc 5, dec )3x – 18
23. sc around – 18
24. ( sc 4, dec )3x – 15
25. sc around – 15
F/O, weave in ends.

  • Line up legs side by side and crochet the top together using 2 sts.
  • Slide the hook through the top of both legs, yarn over the hk, pull through both legs, crochet as usual.

 

  • Now we’re going to crochet around both legs to start the body:

  

Body:
1. Crochet around both legs, you should have 27 total, increase or decrease if needed to get that number – 27
2 – 4. sc around – 27 each row

5. sc around in back loops only – 27
6. ( sc 3, inc )9x in front loops only – 36
7. ( sc 4, dec )6x – 30
8. sc around – 30

  • Begin stuffing here

    9. ( sc 3, dec )6x – 24
    10 – 11. sc around – 24 each row
    12. ( sc 2, dec )6x – 18
    13 – 14. sc around – 18 each row
    15. ( sc 2, dec )3x – 15

    • Switch to skin tone

    16. ( sc, dec )5x, in back loops only – 10
    17. dec 5 – 5 Sew remaining shut.

    • F/O, leave long tail for sewing.
    • Slp st with clothes color into the front loops of row #16, sc around. ( collar made )
    • Placing the doll on her side, try to slp st into the direct middle of row #5 front loops:

      

    1. sc across the front loops – 13 ( your number may not be the same. You want to cover the front of her legs )
    2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 13
    3 – 8. ch 1, turn, so across – 13 each row
    F/O, weave in all ends.

    Arms: make two

    Starting in skin tone, ch 2
    1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
    2 – 3. sc around – 6 each row
    4. insert hk through next st, yarn over, pull through, two loops on hk
    Yarn over hk, insert through same st, yarn over, pull through, four loops on hk
    Yarn over hk, pull through all four loops.
    Sc 5
    5 – 11. sc around – 6 each row

    • switch to clothing color.
    • Begin stuffing now.

    12. 2sc in each st around in front loops only – 12
    13 – 14. sc around -12 each row
    15. ( sc, dec ) 4x – 8
    16. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
    17 – 19. sc around – 12
    20. ( sc 4, dec )2x – 10
    21. sc around – 10
    22. dec 6, F/O, sew shut.
    Leave long tail for sewing.

    Ears: make two

    Ch 3
    1. Starting in second ch from hk, 2sc in each st
    F/O, leave tail for sewing.

    Belt:
    Ch 30, F/O, sew onto waist

    White sash:

    Ch 85, fasten off.

    Assembly order:

    1. Embroider on eyes if not using safety eyes
    2. Sew on ears
    3. Sew head firmly to body
    4. Sew on arms
    5. Sew belt to waistline
    6. Attach sash
    7. Add hair

      

    Jiji ( free pattern )

    ***UPDATE: thank you to a lovely reader, it was brought to my attention there was some confusion going on. I have hopefully fixed this for you all and my deepest apologizes for spazzing out!!***

    Kiki’s Delivery Service….so cute!! My daughters favorite character, Jiji the cat of course! So, I whipped up a very quick, basic cat for her and you. Here’s the newest in the Studio Ghibli collection:

    Jiji

      

    Supplies:

    • G hook
    • Black yarn
    • Purple yarn
    • Small amount of pink yarn
    • Yarn needle
    • Poly fil stuffing
    • White felt

    Terms:

    ch – chain
    hk – hook
    sc – single crochet
    inc – increase
    dec – decrease
    F/O – fasten off

    Head:

    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 – 24
    6. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
    7.sc around – 30
    8. ( inc, sc 14 )2x – 32
    9 – 11. sc around – 32 each row
    12. ( sc 6, dec )4x – 28
    13. ( sc 5, dec )4x – 24
    14. ( sc 4, dec )4x – 20
    15. ( sc 3, dec )4x – 16
    16. ( sc 6, dec )2x – 14
    – stuff head firmly and continue stuffing as you crochet.

    Body:

    17. in front loops only: sc around – 14
    18. sc 3, inc, sc 10 – 15
    19. ( sc, inc )3x, sc 9 – 18
    20. ( sc, inc )4x, sc 10 – 22
    21. ( sc 6, inc )3x, sc 4 – 25
    22. sc around – 25
    23. ( sc 5, inc )5x – 35
    24 – 28. sc around – 35 each row
    29. ( sc 4, inc )6x – 36
    30. ( sc, dec )6x, sc 9, inc, sc 10 – 31
    31. sc around – 31
    32. sc 10, inc, ( sc 4, inc )4x – 36
    33 – 39. sc around – 36
    40. ( sc 4, dec )6x – 30
    41. ( sc 3, dec )6x – 24
    42. ( sc 2, dec )6x – 18

    • Remaining rows will all be done in the back loops only.

    43. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
    44. dec 6
    F/O, sew shut, weave in ends.

    Legs: make two

    Ch 2
    1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
    2. 2sc in each st around – 10
    3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
    4. sc around – 15
    5. dec 3, sc 9 – 12
    6. sc 2, dec, sc 8 – 11
    7 – 11. sc around – 11
    12. sc 9, dec – 10
    13. sc around – 10
    14. dec, sc 8 – 9
    15. sc around – 9
    16. dec, sc 7 – 8
    F/O, leave tail for sewing.
    Stuff up to the last 3 rows, keep them flat.

    Tail:

    • Stuff as you go, I would add a bit of stuffing every ten rows. When finished, roll the tail between your hands to even out stuffing.

    Ch 2
    1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
    2. 2sc in each st around – 8
    3 – 12. sc around – 8
    13. dec, sc 3, inc, sc 2 – 8
    14 – 35. sc around – 8
    F/O, leave tail for sewing. Leave last few rows unstuffed for sewing on.

    Ears: make four, 2 in black, 2 in purple

    Ch 10
    1. Starting in 2nd ch from hk, sc across – 9
    2. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 5, dec – 7
    3. ch 1, turn, sc across – 7
    4. ch 1, turn, sc 3, dec, sc 2 – 6
    5. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 4 – 5
    6. ch 1, turn, sc across – 5
    7. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 3 – 4
    8. ch 1, turn, sc across – 4
    9. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 2 – 3
    10. ch 1, turn, sc, dec – 2
    11. ch 1, turn, dec.
    F/O.

    Assembly:

    • Sew the purple ear piece onto the back ear piece and sew onto head. Turn one sideof the ear in as you sew it down.
    • Sew the legs, tops flat onto the body onto row 29. Just at the chest spot where it decreased in.
    • Sew the tail on base flat to the back.
    • For the eyes, I used pieces of white felt and simply ran black yarn once for a pupil.

      

    Car shows and crochet

    So I spent this past Saturday at a local car show with my cousin. He was showing his 1963 Falcon. While I love all things vintage ( cars included ) there’s only so much sitting one can do and walking through the cars loses interest quickly. What’s one to do?? Bring yarn and hooks of course!

    Look at his pretty! 😀

      
    Being a car show, I decided a keychain was in order. And being on a Studio Ghibli kick, it was only logical that I make a Chuu Totoro for said keychain. So I sat on the ground and whipped him up in about an hour.  

     

    Ahhh, he’s so cute, I love him!! ( ugh, please disregard my beat/dirty car, thank you )

    Stay tuned, his pattern as well as Chibi Totoro are coming soon!