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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Nessie, completed


I finished Nessie a few days ago, and mailed her off to my friend who requested her. It was a little hard to part with her - my very first, from-scratch amigurumi! Plus, since I crocheted it all in one piece, I had to put the eyes in very early on. The eyes are what turns crocheted shapes into something alive and adorable, and Nessie had eyes almost the whole time I worked on her. Very hard not to fall in love.


I wrote down the pattern as I went along, so I'm planning to crochet it again, both to test my pattern and to make myself my own Nessie. It's been very rewarding to discover that I can, after all, make my own successful amigurumi without a pattern. Since I like following directions and was pretty unsure of my design skills, I've been happy using patterns, but I've always had the sense that I should at least try to do something on my own. Now that Nessie is done, I feel more confident about trying a few ideas I've been sitting on for a while.


UPDATE, February 2015: I have decided to make my design available, free of charge, as a PDF download. You can get it on Ravelry, or download it right here! Please note that this pattern has not been tested or tech edited. It is intended for crocheters who already have some experience making amigurumi. If you have any questions, suggestions, or corrections, please contact me!

20 comments:

  1. Hello :-) I found your blog when looking for crocheted Nessies and I LOVE your Nessie. A friend of mine would like me to make one for her wedding as a ring cushion. I came up with some pattern of my own, too, following a picture she had sent me. But I like yours far better! Would you consider sharing your pattern with me? Or maybe you could give me at least a hint as to how you did the ears and how you got the neck to stick up? Thank you in advance and really really great work :-)

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    1. Hi Angelika! I'm so glad you like my Nessie. I've been meaning to make the pattern available, but I haven't gotten around to testing and rewriting it. I also am not sure yet whether I want to make it available for free or for purchase. But, I am happy to give you a few tips!

      For the ears/horns:
      1. Sc around as normal, until you get to where you want the first one to be.
      2. Chain 5.
      3. In the second chain from the hook, make a 3-stitch bobble.
      4. Sc in each of the rest of the chains.
      5. Sc in the same sc stitch that you started the chain from.
      6. Sc around as normal until you get to where you want the second ear to be, then repeat the steps above. Then finish the round as normal with sc.

      For the neck, I twisted together three pieces of pipe cleaner. Then when I was stuffing Nessie, I worked the pipe cleaners into the neck along with the stuffing.

      I hope this is clear! Please let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck :)

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  2. would love pattern if you still have it

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  3. Hi there!! I just love your Nessie! My son has been asking for one for a while now and yours is by far the best I've found!!
    is your pattern available for sharing or purchase now?

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    1. Hi Michelle, thank you for reminding me about this pattern! I do have a draft version available, but have not gotten around to proofreading or testing it. I'm willing to share it with you if you don't mind that. If you'd like, send an email to 26donuts@gmail.com and I'll give you a copy.

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  4. Oh please send me a copy of the pattern! Our wine logo has the nessie on it and my son's would each love one! flospot@gmail.com soooooo appreciate it!

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  5. I love it!!! I would like make the nessie, please if you can send me the pattern I really thank you, because my best friend loves that monster and i like reward for his birthday... my email clautorrent@gmail.com thanks you so much, its really cute...

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  6. Could you please send me the pattern too? My friend saw the picture of your doll on the Internet and fell absolutely in love with it. Akizuno@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Dulliante! I'm sorry for the delay in getting back to you. If you're still interested in the Nessie pattern, I've decided to make it available for download, free of charge - the link has been added to the bottom of this post. Please let me know if you have any questions!

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  7. Ohh so cute! If possible i would realy like the pattren so i can make this little monster for my son :-)
    Katrien.peirtsegaele@gmail.com
    Thank you so much!

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  8. I LOVE your little Nessie. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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  9. I love it too, I've grown very keen on crocheting since I started in March, I definitely want to give a try to your pattern! Thanks for making it available for free. I'll let you know once I have made it :)

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  10. I love this pattern so much! Growing up with the nickname Nessie ( short for Vanessa) I was always called the loch Ness monster. So I made one for myself! I love it!! It was very simple for me to follow and was my first amigurimi, it made me fall in love with making amigurimis!! Wonderful pattern!

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  11. Do you crochet in front loop only throughout?

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    1. No, for most of the pattern you'll crochet through both loops, except where it says otherwise.

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  12. Thank you for the great pattern. I have made one for me when I went to Scotland last year and took pictures with Nessie all around Scotland. Then my two years old niece saw Nessie and I had to make one for her too. She love it and it is now her favourite soft toy. For her I stitched the eyes with black and with yarn at the head to make it childproof.

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  13. Hi!
    I tried to do it, but I dont know why, when I started the body part, the increasing van uneven, it stayed on one side... I counted the stiches, and do the increases at other places, but I was wondering, did I do something wrong somewhere... I noticed, that at the neck, the first stich is going around, maybe I didn't twist it good, but if I would twist more, the neck-body meeting part would be bad :( I hope it's not that chaotic, and you can understand, what was my problem

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    1. Hi! I have exactly the same problem. Ive started the body three times now and cant decide where the increase should start. I have a feeling it should be on the sight hand side so that the increases are running over each side of the top of the body but when i did it like that it didnt look right so I stopped. Have you worked it out?

      I think how one joins each row probably makes a difference to where you end the neck i.e. if you ss then start the next row in the same stitch seems to be the neatest way to do it but that might not be how the pattern is written? I suspect Ive made a mistake somewhere in the neck and I need to go back a bit further to work out the problem.

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