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Itty Bitty, Teeny Weeny Crochet

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A recent invitation to participate in a charm exchange has brought me the opportunity to explore the wonderful world of miniature amigurumi. An exchange like this brings artists together to collaborate in the making of each other’s charm necklace or bracelet. Our group includes artists in a variety of mediums: ceramic, mixed media, felt, beads, metal, and found objects. And I get to contribute crochet to the mix! Each of us gets to pick a theme for our jewelry piece, and I chose coral reefs. Imagine all the colorful things we could do with that! But first I have to make a charm myself to get my bracelet started. What reef creature could I make?

crochet-picnic-basket1First things first, I’ve never crocheted anything this small. I think the smallest piece I’ve done is the picnic basket that is about 2” tall. Just to practice, I tried making an urchin, thinking it was a simple shape… but it was too simple and it just looked like a ball. After trying a few more sea creatures, I decided to make a starfish. First I attempted to convert a life-sized starfish pattern to this scale by using DMC floss and the smallest size hook I could find. But no matter what I tried I couldn’t get it small enough. It made me realize that miniature crochet has its own tricks and rules! I do have a lot to learn.

I needed extra-small materials and extra-small patterns. I went to my local craft store with all my crochet hooks in hand to try to complete my set of steel hooks. I love how inexpensive steel hooks are! For under $20 I was able to get all the hooks I needed, from size 00 to size 14. I was also able to find crochet thread and 100% Pearl Cotton Thread in Size 5. My friend Annie let me borrow her Size 8 thread to try. Now I feel sufficiently equipped for this challenge.

Itty Bitty Crocheted Critters by Erin ClarkMini Amigurumi  by Sara ScalesI also found some books about miniature crochet that are bound to help. Mini Amigurumi by Sara Scales includes patterns for a wide variety of cute little gems from birds to babies to fruits and vegetables. Some are as small as 1/2”! Itty Bitty Crocheted Critters by Erin Clark includes patterns for some really interesting creatures like a flamingo, gecko, and crocodile. I’ve seen works from fellow crocheters done from these patterns and I can’t wait to try them out too.

We’ll be making charms for this exchange and meeting every other month over the next year. It will be exciting to see if I can improve my skills over this time. And I can’t wait to see what everyone else makes too!

I’ll share with you more in the coming week about how the charm exchange works. Until then, here’s the crochet pattern for the starfish I made for my own bracelet. I’m wondering if any of you have tried miniature amigurumi. What’s the smallest thing you’ve ever crocheted?

Starfish Charm

Starfish Charm Crochet Pattern

(Inspired by the work of Julia Kolbaskina)

Difficulty rating 1

Starfish Charm with BeadsMaterials

Coral Red DMC 3801 100% Pearl Cotton Thread, Size 5
Size 1 (2.75 mm) steel crochet hook
Size 6/0 “E” beads in cream
Bead for center (about ¼” wide)
Needle and thread

Instructions

Ch 4, join with slst to 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: 20 sc into the ring, join with slst to 1st st, ch 1. (20)

Rnd 2: * Sc, ch 6. Working back into those chains, sc, hdc, dc, htr, tr. Sk next 3 sts, rep from * 4 more times. FO and weave in ends.

Embellish with seed beads for the arms and a larger bead for the center.

 

See a mistake or something I overlooked, please let me know in the comments or at squirrelpicnic{at}gmail{dot}com. Thanks!

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12 thoughts on “Itty Bitty, Teeny Weeny Crochet

  1. Is that a penguin on the cover! Oh, adorable! 🙂

  2. That is so darling! When I was a teen I attempted to crochet. I made an elf. Nobody knew what it was. I do believe I could crochet this starfish! My mother and siblings crochet so I will be forwarding your more advanced patterns to them. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. The tiny starfish is great! I think you could make a jellyfish and maybe a sea slug too 🙂 I made something with sewing thread and a tiny crochet hook but I just can’t remember WHAT 🙂 That was nearly thirty years ago!

    • I like the idea of a jellyfish and a sea slug! Too cool! Wow, sewing thread would be very tiny. It’s hard for me to imagine it. Perhaps you’ve given me something to aspire to. 🙂

  4. Wow, I admire your patience in working on such small pieces! They’re so adorable! 🙂

  5. Starfish charm is beautiful. Loved your post on miniature amigurumis, and as you said, it does require little bit different approach than “normal” crocheted toy. Personally, I love to crochet miniatures. Not just because I find the challenging (and I like to challenge myself 🙂 ) but they also relax me more. And are so rewarded once done. Just recently, two weeks ago ended up making one tiny teddy bear with 0,75 mm hook and crochet thread No30. That was the hardest miniature I’ve done. Send it to Scotland for swap we are having in the group and now waiting for reaction 😀 (this miniature teddy was teddy toy to mini doll I made-so they went in pair). I have many patterns for miniature toys and doll, and will be glad to share them with you. Just say yes and I will forward them to you 😉
    Thank you for this beautiful strafish pattern and looking forward to see what you will make next.

    • Thanks, Vanja! Your teddy bear sounds amazing. I hope I will get to see it. I’m still tinkering with ideas for the first 2 charms, but I will let you know if I need patterns. You will be a great resource (as always)!

    • Hello I am reading this reply and it touches my heart. I adore miniature crochet. If it is not to bold I would love to try your patterns. I too love to see how small I can make things. I have followed you for so long I do not remember when I started. I am making my Christmas gifts now. Mostly crochet and lots of little dolls and critters. Alisa

      • Hi Alisa! It’s nice to meet another fan of AmigurumiBB and miniature crochet. I will let her know of your interest in her patterns for miniature crochet. Perhaps if we’re lucky she will publish some on her website. 🙂