Soft Hearted (amigurumi)
In my first attempt at amigurumi, I made a little stuffed heart for my niece’s 8th birthday.
I used the Tree Hearts pattern by Linda Cyr for Red Heart (Ravelry link, Free pdf of pattern link). Her original pattern called for a worsted weight yarn but I used a bulky one. So my heart was just over 5 inches across. A good size for a snuggle toy for an 8 year old, I think. I used Shepherd Colour4me Twist yarn, 100% Australian Merino Wool, in The Sick Chick signature colours, of course
I had a bit of a problem on the first half: when I turned around to crochet into the unworked loops on the back of the foundation chain, I managed to get a bit of a hole forming right where I turned around. I fixed this on the second half by tugging and pulling at the yarn til the hole closed, but on the first side it was too late to fix it. (Or at least all efforts failed ). So I hit upon the idea of the felt hearts! As you can see my blanket stitching is more suitable for Frankenstein than nice presents but it did the job. I cheated and just glued on the smaller one. And it gave me a way to personalize the gift so I thought it was a nice touch and no one but you and me need to know that it was done to cover a problem. Shhhh!
In all, I think it’s not bad for my first time! I thought the pattern was very easy to follow, except for that strange hole but even then once I worked out that it was happening I was able to work around it. I also really liked the yarn. I was afraid it was going to be scratchy but really it worked up just fine! Wish I had more, I love seeing my three colours all twisted together like that