Thursday, May 3, 2012

Remix: Miffy the Bunny

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Thank you so much to Sara Yip for her wonderful Miffy Amigurumi crochet pattern! Without it, I would still be struggling with a very sad, lumpy, knitted... not-Miffy. However, I did make a few edits here and there and, well, everywhere, so here's my slightly remixed version for your viewing pleasure.

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver (worsted)
Hook Size: 4.0 mm (US G)
US Abbreviations: CC = contrasting color (navy blue in my case), ch = chain, rnd = round, dc = double crochet, sc = single crochet, sc2tog = sc decrease, sl st = slip stitch, st = stitch

Tips:
  • My gauge is a little shorter than most people's so I added extra rows to make the proportions still fit. Feel free to skip 1-2 rows of "sc around" instructions if it looks better that way. 
  • Each piece is worked in continuous rounds; do not join or turn. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round. 
  • Useful reference links: Clay Miffy, Plush Miffy, Original 2D Miffy
HEAD
Note: I used the head “right side up” when sewing up Miffy, where the first round is the top of the head. That way I could sew on the face and ears while I was 2 rows from completing the head (through the “neck” hole).
  • Using the white yarn, 6 sc in a magic ring
  • Follow instructions as written. For the "Sc around x 6 rounds" step, I increased it to 8 rnds.
  • Pause two rows from the end, leaving an open hole. Create the ears, sew on the face and ears, stuff the head, and then continue with the rest of the head instructions.
  • After the last step, finish off and close the bottom of the head, sewing the yarn end through the head. Snip the yarn end close to the surface so that cut end will retract back inside the head.
EARS (make 2)
  • Using the white yarn, 5 sc in a magic ring. (I increased it to make the ears slightly "fatter")
  • Rnd 1: 2 sc in each sc around – 10 sc.
  • Rnd 2: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* repeat 5 times – 15 sc.
  • Rnd 3-9: Sc in each sc around – 15 sc. (I did 7 rnds of sc around, but you may just need 5-6 rnds)
  • Rnd 10: *Sc in next sc, sc2tog in next sc* repeat 5 times – 10 sc.
  • Rnd 11: Sc in each sc around – 10 sc. (Feel free to skip this row if it looks better)
  • Sl st into next st. Stuff the ear and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
    FACE
    • For the mouth, make a cross with black yarn or embroidery floss. I made the mouth around the beginning/top of the decrease rounds of the head.
    • For the eyes, I used yarn to make Miffy baby safe. For each eye, I made 4 vertical, parallel stitches through the same 2 holes (at the top and bottom of the eye) to create a mostly circular blob of black.
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    BODY
    • Follow instructions as directed using the CC. I increased the "sc around" rnds by two to compensate for my gauge and match the head.
    • Ignore the "sc around in top loop" step and just make it into another normal "sc around" rnd (through both loops).
    • After the last step, sl st into next st. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing the head to the body. Do not stuff until after you have attached the arms and legs.
    ARMS (make 2)
    Note: If you prefer, you can make the arms with joins at each rnd (instead of continuous rnds). Then you can skip my impromptu method (bullets #4-5) and use the more common color change technique.
    • Using the white yarn, 5 sc in a magic ring. (I increased it to make the arms slightly "fatter")
    • Rnd 1: 2 sc in each sc around – 10 sc.
    • Rnd 2-3: Sc in each sc around – 10 sc. (I did 2 rnds of sc around, but you may just need 1 rnd)
    • Sl st into next st. Fasten off the white yarn and weave in yarn tail.
    • Using the CC, join to any st on the existing work. I do this by bringing a loop of yarn through an existing st (back to front) and then making a chain st. The next sc should be created in the same st where you made the join.
    • Rnd 4: *Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc* repeat 2 times – 12 sc.
    • Rnd 5-7: Sc in each sc around – 12 sc. (I did 3 rnds of sc around, but you may only need 2 rnds)
    • Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff the arm lightly, sew the two sides of the opening together, and then sew the arm to the neck opening of the body.
    • Optional: if the arms stick out too much, try tacking them down to the body.
    FEET (make 2)
    Note: Rnd 3 will create a ridge to better define the bottom of the foot. If you prefer, you can make the feet with joins at each rnd (instead of continuous rnds) so that the ridge will look smoother.
    • Using the white yarn, 5 sc in a magic ring. (I increased it to make the feet slightly "fatter")
    • Rnd 1: 2 sc in each sc around – 10 sc. 
    • Rnd 2: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* repeat 4 times; *2 sc in next sc* repeat 2 times – 16 sc.
    • Rnd 3: Through back loops only, sc in each sc around – 16 sc.
    • Rnd 4: Sc in next 4 sc; *sc2tog* repeat 4 times; sc in next 4 sc – 12 sc. (This step and the rest are crocheted through both loops)
    • Rnd 5: Sc in next 4 sc; *sc2tog* repeat 2 times; sc in next 4 sc – 10 sc.
    • Sl st into next st. Lightly stuff and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
    COLLAR PIECE (make 2)
    • Using the CC, ch 5. 
    • Starting at the second ch from the hook, sl st, dc, dc, sl st.
    • Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
    BUTTON
    • Using the white yarn, 4 sc in a magic ring.
    • Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
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    FINISHING
    • If you have already attached the arms to the body, sew the feet onto the body next using a seamless join.
    • If you have already completed head (by sewing on the ears and face and stuffing it), stuff the body and then use the yarn tail from the body to attach the head.
    • Finally, sew the two collar pieces to the neck seam and then sew the button in between the collar pieces. 
    • All the yarn ends should be hidden by pulling them through the stuffed animal and cutting off the excess yarn. Enjoy your Miffy!
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    (click to enlarge)

    4 comments:

    Lilly said...

    omg that's so cute!!

    Anne G. White said...

    I know I know! The more I look at it, the more I think I have to make a Miffy for my own boy. O_O

    Anonymous said...

    thank you so much for your version of the pattern!! I had problems with the original artist's pattern and yours helped me out quite a bit :-)

    Anne G. White said...

    I'm glad my pattern changes helped someone out! Sometimes I wonder if it's even worth writing it all out, but at the very least, I can make a second one someday if I want. :)