It’s finally here! The pattern for my Claptrap amigurumi is an intermediate pattern not recommended for those just starting with crochet. He is made with a 3.5mm hook and reinforced with plastic canvas to keep a cornered and symmetrical shape. I used copper electrical wiring to attach his wheel and reinforce his arms. The more minor body details are painted felt glued on with fabric glue. This amigurumi is a fitting way for a fearsome minion to pay tribute to their stair-challenged master, and would be a good gift for any Borderlands/Borderlands 2 fan.
Borderlands 2 has been seriously cutting into my crochet time since it’s release. I’ve got a Gunzerker and a Siren all the way through the story and have really enjoyed playing it with friends and exploring Pandora. My favorite character from the whole game is Claptrap, who I have planned to crochet ever since he called me minion.
He was a fair bit of a challenge, as are most things that are cube shaped or have angles, and was ripped out and redone several times. The body is reinforced with plastic canvas and the arms and wheel are attached with electrical copper wiring so he is poseable. I will be publishing the pattern once it’s all written out, formatted and checked for sanity, so you can all make your own… but I was too jazzed to wait so the teaser images are all you get for now.
I haven’t had a pattern for a while so here is another multi-purpose pattern that can be used to make several different types of animals in similar styles. They are chubby little short cuties around 2 inches tall and could make fun little playsets for children, xmas tree ornaments, catnip toys or just cute plushies for decoration or gifts. The pattern is worked in a spiral and is fairly simple, well suited to all abilities. Ear and tail patterns from my other multi-purpose patterns could likely be adapted to fit these if you wanted to make a different kind of animal.
This amigurumi was made with my usual worsted weight yarn and a 3.5mm hook. It works up to around 6 inches tall and is fairly quick to complete because of it’s size. The ears can be turned down to make a dog or if you would like to do another animal, the bear and kitty ears from this pattern could easily be used to change this amigurumi into another animal. The basic body shapes are quite different but the sizes are similar enough for the ears to be interchangeable. If you wish to complete this without the sweater, ignore the colour change instructions. Thanks to an awesome photographer for the great pictures!
I bought some Briggs Little Regal yarn in Gold to experiment with cold pour over-dye. It’s a pretty affordable, moderately scratchy Canadian wool from New Brunswick that is often found in local LYS. I figured it would be a worth a try at $5.99 for 250 m and surprisingly it softened up considerably once out of the dye pot and the colours came out so much more vibrant than I imagined. I’m not sure what I’ll make with it but it will surely pair nicely with the skein of Brown Heather I picked up on the same trip.