Crocheting an Amigurumi: Sir Stephen the Bunny
With the warmer temperatures and sudden ability to open all of the windows in the house, I have been bitten by the spring cleaning bug. And the room that needs the most attention is my craft room. But there is a distinct obstacle to spring cleaning my craft room. I was surrounded by hundreds of skeins of luscious yarn making it almost impossible to concentrate on the boring task of cleaning and organizing.
So I decided to dive into my yarn stash for the Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton I needed for my Sir Stephen the Bunny crochet-along. I have a very large stash of cotton, so I knew I would be able to find a couple of bunny colored skeins. After shifting through beautiful skeins of bulky purple, green, and bright yellow yarn (great spring colors that others have used for fun versions of Sir Stephen, but maybe not so great for my vintage bunny), I located two skeins in the #83 sage called for in the pattern.
Several crocheters have already talked about substitute yarns they are using. If you decide to substitute the bulky yarn suggested with a DK or lighter-weight yarn, simply decrease your hook size. You may need to do a bit of swatching to find the perfect hook size. Continue to use a smaller hook until your swatch is solid enough to keep the stuffing from escaping. And feel free to have fun with your color choice. A few years ago a friend of mine created her bunny, Henry, from a fun green novelty yarn.
I have my bunny's head finished (at right), and I can't wait to start his body this evening. If you haven't yet started crocheting the head, let me point out a little pattern design quirk. The directions for the end of Rnd 1 as well as Rnds 2–9 are on page 19 of the free eBook, 8 Free Crochet Amigurumi Patterns, in the first column, under the photograph of Sir Stephen's side.
I can't wait to get home and crochet this evening. Sir Stephen is quickly becoming one of my favorite patterns, which is a good thing because I need several baby shower gifts in the next couple of months.
Have you started your Sir Stephen yet?