Design Philosophy

Animals at FreshStitches are created according to some simple principles of stuffed animal philosophy:

  • Adorableness should be accessible to beginning crocheters.
  • Crocheting shouldn’t hurt your hands.
  • Fancy embellishments (and sewing skills) need not apply.

In keeping with this philosophy, you’ll find that all FreshStitches animals are:

  • Crocheted using the back loop only. This method allows the crocheter to use a comfortable size hook, while still keeping the stuffing from showing through the stitches.
  • Mostly single crochet. You might see some other stitches appear, but these can easily be learned using our helpful crochet videos.
  • Crocheted in continuous spirals Chaining a stitch and slip stitching at the end of a round can be confusing and makes stitches hard to count. So why do it? We don’t!
  • Adorable without sparkles glued to the top of their head. Not everyone lives near a store with an assortment of beads, eyelash yarn and fancy embellishments. All you need to make these cuties is yarn, stuffing and 12mm plastic eyes that can be ordered online.

So… there! No matter what your excuse used to be, now you know that you can crochet an adorable stuffed animal! So get started!

Comments (6 Responses)

  1. Laura says:

    I love your patterns! They are so easy to understand. I’ve read other patterns, but none of them are as easy to read as yours! You’re great, Stacey!

  2. Mary says:

    I love the size of your animals. I think they are perfect. They don’t turn in a weeks long project so one can just make more and more. They are addictive. I find myself thinking about the next one all the time. If I want a long project, I will just do an afghan or something similar. Yours are perfect.
    I agree about the back loop crocheting. Especially since I figured it is the best way to count stitches for adding arms and legs. Thanks for all you do……….

  3. libbi says:

    hello, im hoping that you might be able to help me with something that is driving me completly crazy :)
    i have been trying to figure out how to achive an upturned nose on my crochet amigurami toys and as of yet have not been able to do it, iv searched for patterns and asked so many people but im still non the wiser on how do it
    if you have any advice i would be so greatfull
    i love your work

    thank you for your time


    • Stacey says:

      Hi Libbi-
      That’s a bit of a complicated question to answer without a full discussion of how to design amigurumi… most shaping is done by placing increases and decreases at various places to obtain the desired curving/shaping effect.
      Have you found any patterns which feature the upturned nose that you’re looking for? I would look on Ravelry, which has the largest database of amigurumi patterns that I know of. It often takes reading through a lot of patterns to learn different ways to do shaping techniques. You could also search the discussion boards for more specifics.
      A lot of designing is just trial and error… working on combinations of stitches until you get the look that you like.
      Sorry I can’t be more specific… but I hope it gets you off to a start :)

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