When I asked my little niece in what colors she would like her dragon to be in she told me red and pink. I was a bit worried about this color combo but the bright red and the light pink work great together. While working on Red I made some slight improvements in the pattern. Toby and Red make a lovely pair don’t you think?
What colors would you choose for your baby dragon?
I don’t know about you, but there is one thing I don’t like about doing amigurumi and that is sewing all the body parts together at the end. So for this new design of Toby the dragon I am challenging myself to create a pattern that needs minimal sewing. Now that I designed and wrote out the pattern for the shape of the head, I am now working on the tail and the body. I start at the tip of the tail and then move on to the lower part of the body and work up to the top of the body. Now doesn’t that sound easy? Well honestly, it’s not! There is a reason that most designers write patterns for separate body parts. It’s simply easier to design it in that way. But it’s by no means impossible and I am always up for a challenge. So here are some progress pictures. I may still make some adjustments here and there but I have the basic shape and pattern down.
His tail is small cause he is just a baby dragon and it will take at least 10 years for his tail to grow out into a big mature dragon tail. Until then he got a lot of learning to do at the school of young dragons 😊
Before I start working on a new design I usually have a picture in my head of the amigurumi. I will first try drawing it. Then I will start staring at it and thinking about the best way to execute it. Here is my design.
As you can see, drawing is not one of my talents 😄 The feet and wings look ridiculous so I may have to draw them again separately. For now it does not matter yet. The face is the most important part of the ami(amigurumi).
I have started with the head and I just passed the hardest part of it: his chubby cheeks. Last night I was at a point of desperation at which I wasn’t sure I could pull it off. For me crocheting is partly an intuitive undertaking and you have to push on sometimes to see if your intuition was right. That is scary cause if you are wrong you have wasted a lot of time going into the wrong direction and you have to unravel and start over 😒 But it worked out well and I had what I call a happy accident cause my total stitch count ended up being a multiple of 6 stitches so now I can decrease in a regular way to finish the back of the head. To be continued my crochet buddies (and other buddies)😋
Still busy crocheting amigurumi animals. Since my first ami animal I have learned so much more about crocheting and designing. I recently put up my fifth designed pattern on Ravelry (see pic). It’s getting a lot of positive feedback. My next project will be to design a little baby dragon inspired on the character “Zwelgje” from the animated movie “Als je begrijpt wat ik bedoel” based on the cartoon character Ollie B. Bommel. I have seen that movie so many times in my childhood. I will keep you updated on my progress and I will posts some progress pics. Bye for now!