Another week, another plush; this week, I made an even smaller amigurumi pokemon – cutiefly! This little guy had some surprising challenges while I was making it.
I wanted to preserve three key features: the egg skirt body, the tiny face with beak, and the droopy pompom legs. A few of the pieces were so small that they only consist of one or two crochet chains!
Materials and Tools
- Crochet hook
- Black, yellow, white, tan, and brown yarn
- Black felt
- White acrylic paint
- Polyester filling
The egg-skirt body did not come out right on the first try; the first attempt seemed lacking in egg shape and was abandoned a bit late in the process.
It might have been that I was too hasty and didn’t want to wait until I had filling in the body before making all the other pieces. Luckily I could redo the body in no time, and thus a proper egg shape was made.
I tried a technique that I found on the website, Needle Noodles, to create a smoother colour transition; apparently it can be done by completing half a crochet in one colour and then finishing the crochet off with the new colour. It worked pretty nicely on the face.
I then added a skirt around the butt end of the egg; to keep a more spiky shape, each gap was stitched with a loop wrapped around it.
Next came the droopy legs, which were made as one piece. The challenge with this part was keeping the legs smooth when I went to stitch the loose yarn back into itself. Some of the legs look a little janky, but at least they are hidden by the skirt!
I did not think that the beak and antennae would require such small pieces! You can see on the older version that I tried making them by chaining a few crochets and crocheting one row back.
In the newer one, I only chained once or twice and broke the yarn off to stitch the piece together. It surprises me at how small it is, but somehow it makes a difference in the result.
The other pieces came out pretty straightforward; here’s the final result: