Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Little Black Cat - Translated Amineko Pattern

Oh man. I've done it. I've actually found a free pattern of a Amineko. But, the problem was, it was in Japanese. Bablefish to the rescue! But, if you've used online translators before, you know that you get a rather amusing version of English. So, I put on my thinking cap, and asked around the sites I lurk at, and was able to get some help deciphering this pattern. Special thanks to yarndiva at crochetville for her extra special help, and Sushi Mifune and squambo on craftster for their initial translation help. Update! (6/11/06) The author of the Japanese pattern has posted her own 10-page translated version in English! It is different than what I have here, but that's Babelfish for ya! I would link to it directly, but per the instructions of the designer: "DO NOT link to the patterns or images on this web page directly, using my server. If you would like your visitors to see my patterns or images, please link to http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~mite/index.html." Just click on the link that says "pattern of crocheted Cat with diagram (Amineko)" Happy crocheting!

Amineko (Crocheted Cat)

No needle size is given, so just use whatever the yarn calls for. As far as yarn goes, I've heard a lot of people are using Red Heart Super Saver...nice and cheap! Make sure that your crochets are tight, too. Someone suggested using a needle that is one sized smaller than called for, to make the stitches even tighter. Stuff each part as it's completed. Head Row 1: Sc 6 times into a ring (6) Row 2: 2 sc in each sc (12) Row 3: *2 sc in one stitch, then 1 sc* all the way around (18) Row 4: *2 sc in one stitch, then 2 sc* all the way around (24) Row 5: *2 sc in one stitch, then 3 sc* all the way around (30) Row 6: *2 sc in one stitch, then 4 sc* all the way around (36) Row 7: *2 sc in one stitch, then 5 sc* all the way around (42) Row 8: *2 sc in one stitch, then 6 sc* all the way around (48) Rows 9 – 15: Work even for rows 9-15 (48 each round) Row 16: *sc dec, then 6 sc* all the way around (42) Row 17: *sc dec, then 5 sc* all the way around (36) Row 18: *sc dec, then 4 sc* all the way around (30) Row 19: *sc dec, then 3sc* all the way around (24) Row 20: *sc dec, then 2 sc* all the way around (18) Leave a 12" tail and fasten off. Torso Row 1: Sc 6 times into a ring (6) Row 2: 2 sc in each sc (12) Row 3: *2 sc in one stitch, then 1 sc* all the way around (18) Row 4: *2 sc in one stitch, then 2 sc* all the way around (24) Row 5: *2 sc in one stitch, then 3 sc* all the way around (30) Row 6: *2 sc in one stitch, then 4 sc* all the way around (36) Rows 7 – 23: Work even for rows 7-23 (36 each round) Row 24: *sc dec, then 4 sc* all the way around (30) Row 25 & 26: Work even all the way around (30) Row 27: *sc dec, then 3 sc* all the way around (24) Row 28 & 29: Work even for rows 28 & 29 (24 each round) Row 30: *sc dec, then 2 sc* all the way around (18) Rows 31 & 32: Work even for rows 31 & 32 (18 each round) Leave a 12" tail and fasten off. Arm & Hand (make 2) Row 1: Sc 6 times into a ring (6) Row 2: 2 sc in each sc (12) Rows 3 – 6: Work even (12 each round) Row 7: *sc dec, then 1 sc* all the way around (8) Rows 8 – 28: Work even (8 each round) Leave a 12" tail and fasten off. Leg & Foot (make 2) Row 1: Sc 6 times into a ring (6) Row 2: 2 sc in each sc (12) Row 3: *2 sc in one stitch, then 3 sc* all the way around (15) Rows 4-7: Work even (15 each round) Row 8: *sc dec, then 1 sc* all the way around (10) Rows 9-24: Work even (10 each round) Leave a 12" tail and fasten off. Tail Row 1: Sc 6 times into a ring (6) Row 2: *2 sc in one stitch, then 2 sc* all the way around (8) Rows 3-22: Work even Leave a 12" tail and fasten off. Ear (make 2) Row 1: Sc 4 times into a ring (4) Row 2: 2 sc in each sc (8) Row 3: *2 sc in one stitch, then 3 sc* all the way around (10) Row 4: *2 sc in one stitch, then 4 sc* all the way around (12) Row 5: *2 sc in one stitch, then 5 sc* all the way around (14) Leave a 12" tail and fasten off. Mouth Row 1: Sc 7 times into a ring (7) Row 2: *2 sc in one stitch, then 7 sc* all the way around (14) Rows 3-10: Work even Row 11: Make 4 decreases, but instead of making a "two stitches decrease", you pick up 3 stitches, then 4, then 4, then 3. (end up with 4 stitches in the end) Leave a 12" tail and fasten off.

Assembly

Attaching Head to Body: Partially stuff the head and the body, leaving some wiggle room around the neck area. Stitch the sc's of the head opening to the sc's of the body opening, leaving enough room to poke through the last of the stuffing. When stuffed, stitch the opening shut. Attaching Arms to Body: I attach the tops of the Arms right underneith the Head. Join the Arm to the Body by stitching the Arm shut flat (not rounded), then attaching this flattened part to the Body. Attaching Legs to Body / Tail to Body: These I stitched to the Body as I did the Head - not flattened, but round. I made the initial mistake of stitching the Legs in too high...be sure of where you want it placed before you begin stitching. Attaching Ears to Head: This was pretty straight-forward. I just made sure that the ears had a bit of a curve to them before I stitched them in place, simmilar to a real cat's ears. Attaching Muzzle to Head: Again, pretty simple and straight forward. I added embelishments after it was stitched to the head - not before.

If you have any suggestions about altering the pattern. I'll post up completed pics of any completed projects on my blog.



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