I didn't follow a pattern, I just made it up as I went along. I started with learning a couple of basics and thought I would make a ball as practice. This then turned into - I might as well make something - and the daschund was born. He certainly amuses the Husband I. Me because he isn't perfect, he because I made a soft toy at all.
I used this video to learn the basic spiral and ball technique, and this video to give me an idea about making ears, which is essentially the same for basic legs and arms I realised.
The grooviest part was learning to crochet in a circle (or spiral to be exact). I can see how easy it could be to make a simple hat. For amigurumi, once you know how to do this, you know how to do amigurumi!
This spiral is about 2cm across.
I love the 2nd (ear) video's technique of starting the circle, very easy and efficient.
Then I learnt how to increase and decrease to make shapes.
Took me forever to find my weaving beads. A lot of our belongings are still boxed up and I hadn't thought that the beads were going to be needed. I liked the idea of using beads for eyes and noses. Makes things very easy. Although this one's eyes turned out weird.
Yes, I know he's creepy. He improves a bit.
The stuffing was from bits and pieces I saved.
I have an unfounded aversion to sewing, so was anxious about putting the limbs togetehr. It turns out it's very easy. Firstly, you're darning more than sewing, so it's yarn (nice and thick) and it's haphazard, just my style!
Considering he was not only my first ever amigurumi, but also my first ever crocheted toy, and without practice as he was my practice, and I've only been crocheting a couple of weeks, not too bad really. Just goes to show how easy this technique is and I can tell ya that i'm totally hooked on amigurumi.