Sunday, March 11, 2012
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!