sábado, 31 de diciembre de 2016

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Despedimos un año y recibimos otro, y como siempre, esperamos que sea mejor que el anterior. Ójala sea así y que el mundo "se arregle un poco", que buena falta le hace al pobre. Un gran abrazo para tod@s y gracias por seguir ahí.


Os dejo una preciosa ilustración de Nerina Canzi, vía Pinzellades al mon.

viernes, 23 de diciembre de 2016

¡Feliz Navidad!

Hay un blog de ilustración que os he mencionado ya en ocasiones anteriores, Pincellades al mon. En él, Salvia (su creadora) ha publicado cientos de entradas donde nos da a conocer a otros tantos ilustradores de gran talento. 
No hace mucho publicó varias tarjetas navideñas de Juan Ferrándiz, y no pude por menos que poner una gran sonrisa en mi cara, porque esas imágenes yo ya las conocía... ¡desde mi infancia!.


Aunque en aquel momento yo ni sabía cómo se llamaba el ilustrador, recuerdo que me quedaba absorta contemplando esos dibujos de los cuentos troquelados, de las postales... Estaban siempre llenos de "algo" especial, que ni antes ni ahora sé muy bien describir; "algo" que me sigue gustando y que inevitablemente vuelve a llevarme a mi niñez.
Eran años en los que las felicitaciones de Navidad se escribían en esas preciosas tarjetitas; en los que era ilusionante elegir las más bonitas, buscar palabras bellas e ir con tus padres (porque aún eramos pequeños) al buzón más cercano para "echarlas al correo"; y si el buzón era muy alto no importaba, porque papá te aupaba...
Esa ilusión de la Navidad se ha ido perdiendo poco a poco... las circunstancias y la vida te van llevando y, al menos yo, creo que la dejé hace mucho guardada en el fondo de un cajón.
Pero éstas ilustraciones me han traído recuerdos, y creo que si busco un poco puedo llegar a encontrar entre todas la cosas viejas que guardo, alguna de aquellas tarjetas y, quien sabe, a lo mejor con un poco de suerte, queda todavía una pizca de ilusión...
Para tod@s aquellos de vosotros que vivís la Navidad con toda la ilusión del mundo os deseo, de corazón, lo mejor. ¡Feliz Navidad!.

jueves, 1 de diciembre de 2016

"Hanako", my little kokeshi. English amigurumi pattern

When I published the Spanish pattern of my little kokeshi "Hanako" in May of this year, I never imagined that it would like you so much. I don't speak English well, and this is the reason because I have not published the translated pattern until now. But my little kokeshi "Hanako" has had thousands of visits both in this blog and social networks, a lot of positive commentaries and many requests for translation. Therefore, I'm going to try to translate it. If you speak English and notice any error, please send me a message and I'll try to correct it.
You can find the original spanish pattern, more photos and a video-tutorial to made the "obi" here.
There is so a German translation here (thank you very much, Daph).
And now...


"HANAKO", my little kokeshi. English amigurumi pattern

This is an original design by "La calle de la abuela". It's a free amigurumi pattern. You may not sell this pattern. You are allowed to sell the finished product handmade by you if the item description states it's based on "La calle de la abuela" pattern. Thank you.


Materials
  • Yarn (cotton, acrylic, wool...) in colour A (for skin tone), B (pink, fuchsia...), C (green, aqua...) and D (black)... or the colours you prefer.
  • Crochet hook in accordance with the yarn you use.
  • Stitch marker.
  • Fiberfill for stuffing.
  • Buttons or beads to decorate.
  • Yarn needle.
Abbreviations
  • mr: magic ring
  • ch: chain
  • sc: single crochet
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • st(s): stitch (es)
  • rep: repeat
  • inc: increase
  • dec: decrease (sc2tog)
  • flo: front loops only
  • blo: back loops only
  • Rnd: round
About the pattern
My kokeshi is woven with an acrylic yarn and I have used a needle suitable for the thread (in this case is 2 mm). With this thread, my kokeshi measures 10 cm. high. Remember that with another thread and hook, it will resize.
In this pattern we work in spiral (continuous rounds). Every detail in this pattern begins with a “magic ring”.
At the end of each line you will find the number of stitches you should have in brackets, for example (6).
We only work in rows in some parts of the "obi" and hair. When working in rows, you make a turning chain and turn the piece and the end of each row. Skip the turning chain and start the next row in the next stitch.
 
PATTERN
The head and body (kimono) are crocheted in one piece

Head 
In colour A (skin tone) 
Rnd 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: inc 6 times (12)
Rnd 3: (sc in next stitch, inc in next stitch) repeat 6 times (18)
Rnd 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (24)
Rnd 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (30)
Rnd 6: (sc in next 4 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (36)
Rnd 7: (sc in next 5 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (42)
Rnd 8. sc in all 42 st (42)
Rnd 9: (sc in next 6 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (48)
Rnd 10-15: sc in all 48 st (48)
Rnd 16: (sc in next 6 st, dec ) repeat 6 times (42)
Rnd 17: sc in all 42 st (42)
Rnd 18: (sc in next 5 st, dec ) repeat 6 times (36)
Rnd 19: (sc in next 4 st, dec ) repeat 6 times (30)
Rnd 20: (sc in next 3 st, dec ) repeat 6 times (24)
Rnd 21: (sc in next 2 st, dec ) repeat 6 times (18)
Rnd 22: (sc in next 1 st, dec ) repeat 6 times (12)

Stuff the head with fiberfill and change the colour (B) to continue to the body (kimono).

Body (kimono)
In colour B.
Rnd 23: (sc in next stitch, inc in next stitch) repeat 6 times (18)
Rnd 24: (sc in next stitch, inc in next stitch) repeat 9 times (27).  
Note that in this round we have increased 9 stitches, not 6.
Rnd 25-33: sc in all 27 st (27)
Rnd 34: (sc in next 7 st, dec ) repeat 3 times (24)
Rnd 35: sc in all 24 st, but blo: back loops only. (24)
Rnd 36: (sc in next 2 st, dec ) repeat 6 times (18)
Rnd 37: (sc in next 1 st, dec ) repeat 6 times (12)
Stuff, and continue to finish the body.
Rnd 38: dec 6 times (6)
Fasten off and hide the thread on body.

Arms (kimono sleeves)(x2)
With the same colour used in the body.
Rnd 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: inc 6 times (12)
Rnd 3: (sc in next stitch, inc in next stitch) repeat 6 times (18)
Rnd 4: sc in all 18 st (18)
Rnd 5: (sc in next 2 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (24)
Rnd 6-9: sc in all 24 st (24)
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.
Don't stuff the sleeves. Sew them to the body.
Note: In round number 9 we use a different colour than the previous ones. We'll use this second colour (C) later, in the "obi" .

Hair
In colour D (black). We start in continuous rounds
Rnd 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: inc 6 times (12)
Rnd 3: (sc in next stitch, inc in next stitch) repeat 6 times (18)
Rnd 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (24)
Rnd 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (30)
Rnd 6: (sc in next 4 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (36)
Rnd 7: (sc in next 5 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (42)
Rnd 8. sc in all 42 st (42)
Rnd 9: (sc in next 6 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (48)
Rnd 10-15: sc in all 48 st (48)
From here we'll work in rows. And so, at the end of round number 15 you'll make a turning chain and turn the piece to follow... Remember to make a turning chain at the end of each the next rounds.
Rnd 16: (sc in next 6 st, dec ) repeat 4 times (28)
Rnd 17: sc in all 28 st (28)
Rnd 18: (sc in next 5 st, dec ) repeat 4 times (24)
Rnd 19: sc in all 24 st (24)
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Hair bun (x2)
In colour D (black). We work in spiral (continous rounds). 
Rnd 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: inc 6 times (12)
Rnd 3: (sc in next stitch, inc in next stitch) repeat 6 times (18)
Rnd 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (24)
Rnd 5-8: sc in all 24 st (24)
Rnd 9: (sc in next 2 st, dec ) repeat 6 times (18)
Rnd 10: (sc in next 1 st, dec ) repeat 6 times (12).
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff the two hair buns and sew them on the top of the hair. Then, sew the hair in the head. To decorate the hair buns, sew a pair of buttons who match well with the clothes colours and surrounded the junction area of the hair bun with the hair, with several turns of thread in the kimono's colour. Embroider kokeshi's eyes and mouth.

Obi
In colour C (green, aqua... remember it's the same colour of the last row of the sleeves).
We work in rows. 
Row 1: Start with 7 chain (6+1turning ch). Skip the last chain and start the next row on the second chain from the hook.
Row 2: sc in next 6 chains. (6). Remember to make a turning chain at the end of each the next rounds.
Row 3-12: sc in all 6 st. (6).
Fasten off leaving a long tail.
To how to finish the "obi", you can see several photos here, and you can also watch this video. Finally sew the "Obi" at the body.


Here is your Hanako. ¡SAYONARA!