Crochet Sushi Magnet pattern and video tutorial

CrochetSushi

The Crochet Sushi Magnet is such a quick and fun pattern to do. And they have such endless uses you can come up with. If you add in a magnet, you can stick it on the fridge with notes attached. I like to use my sushi magnets to hang up my photos or postcards. If you don’t want to use magnets, you can just have them be play food items or decor. I even made one into a keychain. And they’d make great party favors, especially if they are Asian themed!

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Alright so let’s get to it.

Supplies

  • Red, White, and Black yarn, worsted weight (I used some Red Heart Super Saver and also some Vanna White yarn from Lionbrand)
  • 5.0mm H Crochet Hook
  • Neodymium Magnet aka Super Rare Earth Magnet.
  • Yarn Needle, Stitch marker, Scissors
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    Abbreviations

    Ch – chain
    Sc – single crochet
    Sl St – slip stitch
    Sc2tog – single crochet 2 together aka single crochet decrease

    PATTERN

    Round 1: With Red yarn, Ch 2, 6 sc into 2nd ch from hook.
    Round 2: With White yarn, 2 sc in each st around — 12 sc.
    Round 3: With Black yarn and in Back Loop, sl st in each st around.
    Round 4: In Back Loop [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st] around — 14 sc.
    Round 5: [Sc2tog, sc in next 5 st] around — 12 sc.
    Round 6: (with White yarn and in Back Loop) Sc2tog all around — 6 sc.
    Finish off leaving a long tail.
    Insert Neo-magnet and sew closed.

    Crochet Sushi Magnet Video Tutorial

    And finally for those visual learners out there, here’s a crochet tutorial video that takes you step by step through each Round in the pattern. It assumes you already know how to crochet! I plan on coming out with basic crochet video tutorials very soon, so I’ll keep you posted!

    Extra notes:
    You want to be sure to get the extra strong magnets or it won’t be able to be powerful to stick through the yarn. If you get a weaker magnet, I’d recommend glueing it to the outside of of the sushi. A good strong glue to use is E-6000.

    Let me know how yours turns out!

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    Ami Amour Video Interview

    The awesome guys over at Ktdata came to visit my table at Anime Expo and I was lucky enough to get interviewed by them. This was my first interview done on film and it was fun to do! You can catch me talking about the Giant Totoro and talking about crochet and amigurumis in general. Take a look!

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    Charming Chameleon Crochet Pattern


    The Charming Chameleon pattern is a lizard full of crochet fun. He has a long tail that curls into an elegant spiral and huge eyes that peers curiously out at the world. Using this pattern, you’ll learn the open mouth technique which gives the chameleon its cute and playful expression. There are many photos in the pattern that helps makes this pattern a pleasure to follow.

    Price: $5

    • Level: Intermediate
    • Approximate Size: 9 inches in length, 5 inches in height
    • Format:PD (5 pages) written in American Crochet Standard
    • Notable Features: Open Mouth Technique, Spiral tail, spikes on head and back
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    Pchan Pig Crochet Pattern


    You’ll squeal with cuteness at this little black pig that is very easy to crochet up. His name is P-chan and he’s from one of my favorite old school animes, Ranma 1/2. He’s a pig with a very terrible sense of direction. He’s forever getting hopelessly lost! He has a very dashing yellow bandana with slash marks all around.

    Price: $5

    • Level: Easy
    • Finished Size: Approximatly 10 inches wide and 7 inches tall
    • Format: PDF (4 pages long) in Amerian Crochet Standard
    • Notable Features: Pink little snout, large eyes, large ears, yellow bandana, and curly tail
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    Totoro Adventure AX 2012

    Hey guys, I just came back from Anime Expo and had such a blast! This year I didn’t have as much inventory as I would have liked (wedding planning sort of derailed it), but I did get to bring a Giant Totoro amigurumi crochet plush I made.

    It took me about a month working on and off on it. I would say a good weeks worth of crochet in terms of hours. He took about 30 pounds of polyfill stufffing and approximately 20 skeins of yarn (it may be more, I lost track after a bit!)

    Here’s a picture of our table at artist alley with my good friend Vincent.

    Something new for this year, I got a good turning display for my photo prints of my amis. It was a steal of $5 at a yard sale, score!

    I also got to cosplay as Miku again as well as Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. I definitely caught the cosplaying bug now!

    A customer commissioned me to make a Snorlax with an apple on its head for her hat.

    Some cool items at the expo:

    Avengers Assemble in Pillow Form!

    Alpacas were all the rage

    Hello Kitty glasses

    And finally here is Totoro on his adventure to Anime Expo where he met some wonderful friends along the way and saw some crazy sights!

    Can we take the carpool lane?

    In the parking lot, Vincent says “You need to go on a diet Totoro!”

    We have officially arrived at AX!

    Going up!

    Reunions with fellow Studio Ghibli friends and some fun conversations!

    “Hey Kiki, how’s JiJi doing?”

    “That sucks you got turned into a scarecrow”

    “If I shake you, will you rattle?”

    “Yeah I need to get my pilot license as well”

    And then somehow he got transported inside the new Studio Ghibli game.

    “Whoa this is crazy”

    He also ran into some new friends along the way.

    “Eye see you”

    “Kamehameha”

    “Congrats, I just heard your new movie came out”

    The paparazzi arrives

    You’re so fluffy!

    I wish we could stay like this forever

    And finally we say Goodbye to Anime Expo as Artist Alley closes and we pack up and head out.

    Thanks all for visiting my table! And thanks to Jamie and Eric for photos and taking Totoro on a tour. Thanks to Vincent, Hannah, David, and my sis for helping out with the table!

    If you have any cool photos of Totoro, please do send them my way at amiamour@gmail.com.

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    Onigiri Sushi free amigurumi pattern

    It’s been awhile since I’ve had a free crochet pattern on my website.  So let’s get to it!  I love all things wrapped in Nori (seaweed) aka Gim (Korean for seaweed).  Here’s an amigurumi onigiri I created.  Onigiri is basically a rice ball wrapped in seaweed paper.  They’re often triangular shaped.  This one has a cute face on it because… well aren’t food things so much cuter with faces on them? ^^

    Onigiri Sushi (Rice Ball) pattern is copyrighted under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. This pattern is for personal use only. Feel free to make this for yourself or to give as gifts to people. However any sale, reproduction, or distribution of the pattern and or dolls created from the pattern without permission is strictly prohibited.

    Onigiri Sushi (Rice Ball) pattern

    SKILL LEVEL: Easy
    CROCHET HOOK: Size H-8 (5 mm)
    YARN:
    Red Heart Super Saver
    #316 Soft White
    #312 Black (optional for Eyes)

    NOTIONS:

    Polyester Fiberfill
    Black and Pink Felt (for eyes and blush)
    Yarn Needle
    Felt Glue

    APPROXIMATE SIZE: 2.5 inches tall
    NOTES: Do not join rounds. Rounds are worked continuously in a spiral. Stuff as you go.
    TIPS:
    Use a bobby pin as a stitch marker to mark your rounds!

    Rice
    Round 1: With white, 6 sc into adjustable ring.
    Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sc.
    Round 3: Sc in each st around.
    Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around – 18 sc.
    Round 5: Sc in each st around.
    Round 6: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] around – 24 sc.
    Round 7: Sc in each st around.
    Round 8: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] around – 30 sc.
    Round 9-11-: Sc in each st around.
    Round 11: (In Back loop) [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 24 sc. (Begin stuffing and stuff as you go)
    Round 12: [Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts] around – 18 sc.
    Round 13: [Sc2tog, sc in next st] around – 12 sc.
    Round 14: Sc2tog all around – 6 sc.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

    NORI (seaweed)
    With black, Ch 18.
    Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook. Sc in each ch across– 17 sc. Ch 1, turn.
    Row 2-7: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. When row 7 is completed, do not ch and turn, fasten off and leave a long tail.

    Assembly
    1. Finish stuffing Rice Ball and sew closed.
    2. Wrap the Nori (seaweed) around the bottom of the riceball and sew in place. See picture for placement.
    3. For eyes, cut small circles from black felt and glue on. You can also use safety eyes or embroider eyes on as well.
    4. For blush, cut pink oval shapes from pink felt and glue on. You can also use real blush instead as another option. Just rub on with a Q-tip.
    5. Embroider mouth with floss or yarn.

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    Gotta catch ‘em all, Pokemon Amigurumi Edition!

    Well it’s been awhile since I’ve updated– a horrible habit that I must try and fix.  I’ve done so many things that I don’t even know where to update and it’s a bit overwhelming, but I thought it’d be fun to show the past Pokemon amigurumis I’ve crocheted (some recent, some old).

    First up, the Pokemon I was most proud of – Totodile plush.  I love his colors and he totally reminds me of a dinosaur somehow although he’s supposed to be more crocodile.  The most difficult construction was it’s mouth.  But I’m glad I managed to pull off the open mouthed look.  I’m tempted to create one for myself.


    Having fun at the Pond.


    So you can see him in proportion to a human.

    Next up we have, Dratini crochet plush, whom I did a commission for the lovely Yumehi.

    Side profile of Dratini:

    She later commissioned me to do Dragonair which I actually loved more.  Dragonair is so elegant and I hoped to try and capture that same sleekness.  She reminds me of a dragon/serpent.  I need to get a shot of Dragonair and Dratini together so we can see the maternal instincts in action.

    Close-up of her face:

    Here’s Marill plush which some of you guys might have seen already as he’s available for purchase in my shop.  I love his tail!  Hey, I’m noticing a trend here with all the blue colors.

    And finally something to break the blue trend, here’s the Combee plush.  She’s like a little honeycomb bee flying around.  The expressions on the faces are just too cute.  This plush’s difficulty was getting the structure of the hexagon shape.  But it was fun to do and I got to do something new.  Colors like these make me happy

    Back of Combee:

    Our Pokemon Friends together along with the Adipose from Doctor Who.

    And finally we wouldn’t be Pokemon complete without a Pokeball to capture all these lovely critters.  And note to self: I really need to write out the pattern for the Pokeball.

    This episode of Pokemon has been brought to you by Ami Amour!  I hope you enjoyed!

     

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    Anime Expo 2011 and Miku Madness

    Wow I can’t believe AX 2011 just flew by like that. I’ve been pretty bad with blogging while preparing for Fanime and Anime Expo this year, but hopefully this summer I can remedy that.

    This year at AX it was all about Miku Hatsune of Vocaloid. My only regret this year (well in addition to not stockpiling enough amigurumis) is that I didn’t make a Miku doll this year to add to craze of Mikunopolis. For those of you who don’t know, Miku is an idol from Japan, except for that she’s not real. She’ll hold concerts but she’s like a hologram, but everyone acts like she’s real and she dances and sings like a real idol. You can check out one of her live videos here where she’s singing her famous song: World Is Mine. I was lucky enough to snag a Miku Concert ticket thanks to a friend of mine (thanks, James!).

    I will say though that I did cosplay for the very first time. It came sort of as a random accident. I was listening to a Miku playlist on YouTube when a thought came to me, “hmm her outfit doesn’t look that difficult, I have a black short skirt and a vest already,” I also thought madly to myself, “And I’ll just crochet my blue wig!”

    And I did. Which you can see here along with free anime eyes from JList, haha. Thanks for posing in it for me, Jamie.

    Crochet Blue Wig

    Unfortunately I only had 2 skeins of yarn and ran out so her long hair was cut short. My sister complained so much about that and would not allow me to wear my crochet wig. She actually thought the wig was so bad that at AX she bought me a real Miku wig! Thanks Sis, I owe you one! You can see my new wig here, big improvement ^^.

    Cosplaying as Miku

    While at artist alley too, there was a cool balloon guy and on my way back from the bathroom, I saw his booth. He had just completed creating a Miku balloon and they asked me to pose with it! They asked me what I thought of it and I replied jokingly, “It looks like me. Great job!”

    Miku balloon

    Anyways onto my plushies, the real reason you read my blogs ^^. We had the debut of Henry’s Onigiri Bandits! Aren’t they adorable? I also had some Pokeballs that sold out real quick (wish I had made some more!). It was also most difficult to part with Jiji as it was my first sample.

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    I’ve had an unfinished Squirtle for a while. A girl came up and said I’ll buy it if you put eyes on it. Done! And so I said good bye to Squirtle.

    Someone also purchased some “hentai” from me as seen below. More on that story later.

    When all was done, we had to pack up and go. Luckily setting up and tearing down was an easy go this year thanks to the wagon I purchased.

    Anyways, check out some of my swag I got. A lot of Kitty love.
    Got a huge Hello Kitty bag for free. I’ll figure out how to use it later.
    Hello Kitty humongous bag from AX
    Signed Miku poster by talented artist Henry Liao.
    Miku Poster signed by artist Henry Liao
    And finally one of my purchases at AX, a Nyan cat T-shirt! My cat Mikey seems to like it too!
    Nyan Cat with Mikey
    Thanks goes out to my sis, Jamie, Vincent, missy42 for helping me man the booth! Also more thanks to Sandy and Jamie my makeup stylist for the Miku look. Love you guys!

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    1000 Amigurumi Crane Project

    I came across a fantastic idea for fundraising for the Japan earthquake tsunami relief. Claire over at Curiously Crafty Creations developed an amigurumi crochet crane pattern to help fundraise for Japan. All donations from the patterns go directly towards the American Red Cross. We’re trying to get 1000 patterns sold as well as create 1000 amigurumi cranes to sell. You can read more about the story here.

    I’ve already purchased the pattern and I’ve created my amigurumi crane which I’m putting up for sale on my Etsy shop. It’s not much, but hopefully with the combined efforts of everyone in the project, together we will be able to make a sizeable donation to help out Japan.

    If you crochet, you can help out in the effort by purchasing the pattern from here, and blogging about it:

    Crane Amigurumi Pattern

    There’s also a very cute knit pattern available from Survival Knitting, which is also part of the 1000 Amigurumi Crane Movement. It’s even stackable!

    Knitted Amigurumi Crane Pattern

    Everybody else can help out by purchasing a crane.

    Here’s my crane in the making and finally the finished product.

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    You can purchase mine at my Etsy Shop to help out Japan. It’s available for $15. All proceeds will go directly to Japan Red Cross and I’ll even throw in a free gift – one of my small slimes ^^. Drop me a line and let me know how you guys are helping out.

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    Miyazaki Gallery

    I’m a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki films and Studio Ghibli. Here’s a gallery of all amigurumi related things to Studio Ghibli I’ve made so far. I hope to keep adding to the mix. Some of your favorites can be found from My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke all in cute plushie form.

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