Little Black Cat – Translated Amineko Pattern

February 28, 2006 at 7:07 pm (Crochet & Crafts)

Oh man. I’ve done it. I’ve actually found a free pattern of a Amineko. But, the problem was, it was in Japanese. Bablefish to the rescue! But, if you’ve used online translators before, you know that you get a rather amusing version of English.

So, I put on my thinking cap, and asked around the sites I lurk at, and was able to get some help deciphering this pattern. Special thanks to yarndiva at crochetville for her extra special help, and Sushi Mifune and squambo on craftster for their initial translation help.


Update! (6/11/06) The author of the Japanese pattern has posted her own 10-page translated version in English! It is different than what I have here, but that’s Babelfish for ya! I would link to it directly, but per the instructions of the designer:

“DO NOT link to the patterns or images on this web page directly, using my server. If you would like your visitors to see my patterns or images, please link to http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~mite/index.html.”

Just click on the link that says “pattern of crocheted Cat with diagram (Amineko)”

Happy crocheting!

Amineko (Crocheted Cat)

No needle size is given, so just use whatever the yarn calls for. As far as yarn goes, I’ve heard a lot of people are using Red Heart Super Saver…nice and cheap! Make sure that your crochets are tight, too. Someone suggested using a needle that is one sized smaller than called for, to make the stitches even tighter. Stuff each part as it’s completed.

Head
Row 1: Sc 6 times into a ring (6)
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
Row 3: *2 sc in one stitch, then 1 sc* all the way around (18)
Row 4: *2 sc in one stitch, then 2 sc* all the way around (24)
Row 5: *2 sc in one stitch, then 3 sc* all the way around (30)
Row 6: *2 sc in one stitch, then 4 sc* all the way around (36)
Row 7: *2 sc in one stitch, then 5 sc* all the way around (42)
Row 8: *2 sc in one stitch, then 6 sc* all the way around (48)
Rows 9 – 15: Work even for rows 9-15 (48 each round)
Row 16: *sc dec, then 6 sc* all the way around (42)
Row 17: *sc dec, then 5 sc* all the way around (36)
Row 18: *sc dec, then 4 sc* all the way around (30)
Row 19: *sc dec, then 3sc* all the way around (24)
Row 20: *sc dec, then 2 sc* all the way around (18)
Leave a 12″ tail and fasten off.

Torso
Row 1: Sc 6 times into a ring (6)
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
Row 3: *2 sc in one stitch, then 1 sc* all the way around (18)
Row 4: *2 sc in one stitch, then 2 sc* all the way around (24)
Row 5: *2 sc in one stitch, then 3 sc* all the way around (30)
Row 6: *2 sc in one stitch, then 4 sc* all the way around (36)
Rows 7 – 23: Work even for rows 7-23 (36 each round)
Row 24: *sc dec, then 4 sc* all the way around (30)
Row 25 & 26: Work even all the way around (30)
Row 27: *sc dec, then 3 sc* all the way around (24)
Row 28 & 29: Work even for rows 28 & 29 (24 each round)
Row 30: *sc dec, then 2 sc* all the way around (18)
Rows 31 & 32: Work even for rows 31 & 32 (18 each round)
Leave a 12″ tail and fasten off.

Arm & Hand (make 2)
Row 1: Sc 6 times into a ring (6)
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
Rows 3 – 6: Work even (12 each round)
Row 7: *sc dec, then 1 sc* all the way around (8)
Rows 8 – 28: Work even (8 each round)
Leave a 12″ tail and fasten off.

Leg & Foot (make 2)
Row 1: Sc 6 times into a ring (6)
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
Row 3: *2 sc in one stitch, then 3 sc* all the way around (15)
Rows 4-7: Work even (15 each round)
Row 8: *sc dec, then 1 sc* all the way around (10)
Rows 9-24: Work even (10 each round)
Leave a 12″ tail and fasten off.

Tail
Row 1: Sc 6 times into a ring (6)
Row 2: *2 sc in one stitch, then 2 sc* all the way around (8)
Rows 3-22: Work even
Leave a 12″ tail and fasten off.

Ear (make 2)
Row 1: Sc 4 times into a ring (4)
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc (8)
Row 3: *2 sc in one stitch, then 3 sc* all the way around (10)
Row 4: *2 sc in one stitch, then 4 sc* all the way around (12)
Row 5: *2 sc in one stitch, then 5 sc* all the way around (14)
Leave a 12″ tail and fasten off.

Mouth
Row 1: Sc 7 times into a ring (7)
Row 2: *2 sc in one stitch, then 7 sc* all the way around (14)
Rows 3-10: Work even
Row 11: Make 4 decreases, but instead of making a “two stitches decrease”, you pick up 3 stitches, then 4, then 4, then 3. (end up with 4 stitches in the end)
Leave a 12″ tail and fasten off.

Assembly

Attaching Head to Body:
Partially stuff the head and the body, leaving some wiggle room around the neck area. Stitch the sc’s of the head opening to the sc’s of the body opening, leaving enough room to poke through the last of the stuffing. When stuffed, stitch the opening shut.

Attaching Arms to Body:
I attach the tops of the Arms right underneith the Head. Join the Arm to the Body by stitching the Arm shut flat (not rounded), then attaching this flattened part to the Body.

Attaching Legs to Body / Tail to Body:
These I stitched to the Body as I did the Head – not flattened, but round. I made the initial mistake of stitching the Legs in too high…be sure of where you want it placed before you begin stitching.

Attaching Ears to Head:
This was pretty straight-forward. I just made sure that the ears had a bit of a curve to them before I stitched them in place, simmilar to a real cat’s ears.

Attaching Muzzle to Head:
Again, pretty simple and straight forward. I added embelishments after it was stitched to the head – not before.

If you have any suggestions about altering the pattern. I’ll post up completed pics of any completed projects on my blog.

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Black eye for camera thief!

February 26, 2006 at 3:32 pm (Uncategorized)

Man, my parent borrowed the digi cam, and it got stolen out of their RV over their vacation. Boo. So now I have to figure out a way to get pics up without a replacement.

As far as crochet goes, I’ve started piecing together my granny square afghan, and gotten rather far on my Cathedral Rose afghan. I’d say pics are to come, but I’m not sure when. Maybe I can borrow lil bro’s camera phone to take some piccys.

I joined 25 Things for Charity, as well.

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Olympic Victory!

February 20, 2006 at 6:19 pm (Uncategorized)

Yay, vacation. I’ve completed my Olympics goal of 40 squares, and moving on to getting my total of 96 done. It’s my first attempt at sewing blocks together, and it’s not coming out that bad. It was kind of depressing seeing that 40 blocks only took up a few rows of my afghan. But, onward!

Adding to my list of WIPs, I’ve started the Cathedral Window afghan. Man, this is a bitch of a project. It’s my new Everest. I’m playing tag between it, and my granny squares.

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Vacation begins in Little Black Pajamas

February 17, 2006 at 12:09 pm (Uncategorized)

Oh man. It’s vacation time. One of the rewards of being a teacher – February break! I get a whole week to sit on my tookus and crochet! I will meet my Crochet Olympics goal for sure, and maybe (just maybe) I can make the 96 I need to complete my afghan. I’d post pictures of what I’ve been up to, but the ‘rents went to Vegas and borrowed my digi cam. Maybe I can borrow my brother’s cell phone to take pics from.

I’ve spent a lot of time over at the Crochetville Forums, and save for one over-zealous poster, all the folks there are extremely helpful and friendly. I’ve already stumbled upon two future projects – 63 Easy-To-Crochet Pattern Stitches Combine to Make an Heirloom Afghan and an unbelievably gorgeous Cathedral Window afghan. Man, my list of wanna-do-s is growing!

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No one gets black hearts for Valentines day.

February 14, 2006 at 3:58 pm (Uncategorized)

Happy Valentines day everyone! I got pressies from Girlfriend. Among the candies and ring, was a new crochet book. I won’t be beginning any new projects until the Olympics are done.

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Spending money takes me out of the Black.

February 13, 2006 at 3:19 pm (Uncategorized)

I really, really want to go yarn shopping. But, I don’t have any money, I don’t get paid until Friday, and my bills are due this week as well.

I have cravings for Red Heart Super Savers. It’s so inexpensive for so much. I don’t need any yarn at all, but it calls to me.

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Olympians and the Little Black Medal

February 10, 2006 at 7:30 am (Uncategorized)

I’m competing in the Olympics this year…The Crochet Olympics! When I thought about what I’d do, I tried to pick something challenging, but not too out of this world. I mean, come on….I work full time, and go to sleep at an ungodly early hour. I settled on creating 40 4×4 Granny Squares. My keen math skills figure that’s about three a day. So I registered for crochet-a-long, then looked at the list to see what others are doing.

Yeah, color me inadequate. One lady’s doing 75 squares, another doing 100! Yeah, I suck. But then I realized…One of the weeks during the Olympics, I have off for February break! I could easily do 75! What I figure is that I’ll have no problems getting the 40 done, and I’ll just see what I end up with. Maybe I can squeeze out the 75 so I can hang with the cool “hookers”.

If I were smart, I would have stumbled upon this crochet-a-long a week ago, and would have been able to do some prep-work before hand. But, as it is now, it officially starts at 2pm EST – when I’m still at work with 2 hours to go. It would have been nice if I could have rolled my skeins into balls. I’ve been having such a horrid time with snags lately.

Instead of noting my day-to-day progress on this section, you can keep up with my activities here.

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Penguins and Chapstick

February 8, 2006 at 9:38 am (Uncategorized)

To work, or to crochet? That’s not really a question, since I have to work to earn money, but a few times this week I turned to Girlfriend and said, “I wish I could just stay at home and crochet all day.” Unfortunately, that won’t bring in the bacon. Sure, there are some hard-core crocheters out there that must surely earn a living through their craft, but I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Maybe I’m just suffering from hook-withdrawal, since I haven’t been able to pick up a skein of yarn since Sunday. Between work, meetings, soccer practice (no, not kids’ – none here-, Girlfriend’s) and having the narcoleptic desire to go to sleep at 8:30pm, I haven’t got much time to be crafty. Hell, I haven’t had the closest thing to energy to be crafty.

I’ve found a model for my ever-continuing search for a penguin to crochet. Now, if I can only convince this ingenious hook-er to give me her pattern!

This is probably one of the cooler things I’ve seen in a bit…chapstick holder pattern by vigilant20 . I’m SO making this when I get home. Or, while I watch the Girlfriend’s soccer game tonight.

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Punk Gloves and Mega Granny Squares

February 4, 2006 at 9:45 pm (Uncategorized)

Going to Joann Fabric to me is like any normal 20-something year old girl going to a shoe store…you know you really don’t need anything, but you end up buying $60 worth of stuff anyway. That’s what happened to me Saturday. My girlfriend wanted to go to get some yarn for her mother, and I tagged along. I ended up buying 4 skeins of yarn, a pack of hooks, a yarn-organizing drawer, a pair of scissors, and a really cool yarn-tubey thing.

I began two projects this weeking. Yes, I know I said I really should not start anything new, but I did. I tried to get going on Midnight Knitter’s Punk Gloves, and it was going good. I completed one glove, but soon realized that the tops were too big for my hands, so I pulled out the top part. Here’s where I’m at now. Paige isn’t too impressed. The next day I ended up forgetting about the bobbled top, and just went for straight cuffs all the way up. The pattern, as well as pics of the finished product are here.

I also decided I’m making an afghan of large granny squares with the new yarn I bought. Here’s the beginning of it, with the yarn-tubey thing I bought as well. Next weekend I’ll have to go back to the store to get some coordinating yarn. It would be boring all the same yarn-pattern, right? At the very least, I’ll need some matching light and dark blue for the borders.

Girlfriend got sick of the pile of yarn and whatnot in our room, so she organized it all into the shelving unit I bought, and stuck it in the closet. I must admit, it looks much better now. At least the cat and dog won’t get into it.

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My Little Black Puppy

February 3, 2006 at 10:23 am (Uncategorized)

Wow, two posts in two days. Doubt that’ll happen again.

TGIF…Friday’s are my easy day at work. I just spend most of the day giving tests. That, and whenever my students play hookie, it’s on a Friday. So I either have no students, or very quiet students. It’s dress-down day at work, which means the kiddos get out of their usual polo-shirt and khaki uniform and get to wear something of the day’s theme. Today, being the Friday before the Super Bowl, is NFL day. Seeing middle-school aged kids in football jerseys is rather amusing, since most the tops fit like dresses on these kids. I’m not much of a football fan (other than a fair-weather Patriots supporter), so I asked one of my larger students to bring me a top. He did, so I’m spending the day sporting a Miami Dolphin’s jersey. Not sure who’s it is, though. I guess I could always look on the back, but that requires me taking off the shirt. At any rate, it’s #34.

So I think my next project will be Midnight Knitter’s Punk Gloves. She’s got quite a few funky patters on her blog, and a cute dog to boot. But not as cute as mine. Although, I really should complete the two projects I’ve got going on.

That’s Paige. And that’s my girlfriend’s shoe she’s chewing. Isn’t she cute? She’s my miniature black lab, or at least that’s what the breeder calls them. I’m not quite how that works genetically, but she’s about 13 months old, and less than 40lbs. This was taken when she was a wee pup of 8 weeks. I would crochet her something to wear, but it will probably end up like that shoe did.

Anyway, I spent the day in between math and history tests creating a linked page with my Completed Creations. Clicky the linky.

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