Pull and Grow Amigurumi Plant
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Pull and Grow Amigurumi Plant

This sweet little potted plant is a fun and easy interactive toy to crochet! Pulling on the leaves makes him grow from a little seedling to a tall proud plant. With a new beginning each time he grows, he'll inspire smiles and giggles from children and adults alike!

Allison Hoffman designs amigurumi with a pop culture twist. She loves to make fun toys with a little nostalgia and a lot of detail. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Conan, and Yo Gabba Gabba. She has been published in several magazines and her work has been featured in galleries in New York, Miami and LA. Her first book will be released in September of 2013 from Lark Crafts. 

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Material List

  • Lion Brand Yarn "Vanna's Choice" – Honey (A, 1 skein), Fern (C, 1 skein), and Kelly Green (D, 1 skein)
  • Loops & Threads "Charisma" – Espresso (B, 1 skein)
  • Crochet Hook, Size 3.5mm (US E/4)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Polyester fiber-fill
  • Wooden 1/8" dowel, cut to approximately 6" long
  • Black DMC Embroidery Floss (1 skein)
  • 2 Black 1/2" buttons with shank
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Pink polyester felt
  • Craft Glue
 

Project Instructions

The pieces are all crocheted in the round in unjoined spirals (except Leaves). Use a locking stitch marker if necessary to mark the beginning of each round. When you complete a round, move the marker to the loop on your hook and continue crocheting.

Pot

With yarn A and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.

Rnd 1:Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)

Rnd 2:*(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)

Rnd 3:*(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 2 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)

Rnd 4:*(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 3 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (30 sts)

Rnd 5:*(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 4 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (36 sts)

Rnd 6:*(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (42 sts)

Rnd 7: Working in Back Loops Only (BLO) of each st, sc into each st (42 sts)

Rnds8-9: Working into both loops, sc into each st (42 sts)

Rnd 10:2 Sc into next st, sc into each st around (43 sts)

Rnds11-12: Sc into each st around.

Rnd 13:2 Sc into next st, sc into each st around (44 sts)

Rnds14-15: Sc into each st around.

Rnd 16: Working in Front Loops Only (FLO) of each st, sc into next 21 st, 2 sc intonext st, sc into next 22 sts (45 sts)

Rnds17-18: Working into both loops, sc into each st (45 sts)

Rnd 19:Ch 1, turn, sc into BLO of each st around (45 sts)

Rnds20-21: Working into both loops, sc into each st around (45 sts)

Fastenoff, leaving a long tail for sewing. Fold down top edge of Pot along Rnd 19.Use tail to stitch down edge all the way around. Weave in ends.

 

Dirt

With yarn B and E hook, ch 8, join to first ch with a sl st to make a ring.

Rnd 1:Sc 12 into ring (12 sts)

Rnd 2:*(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)

Rnd 3:*(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 2 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)

Rnd 4:*(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 3 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (30 sts)

Fastenoff, leaving a long tail for sewing. Set Dirt aside.

 

Stem

With yarn C and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, and sc 6 into ring. Pull tailgently to close ring.

Rnds1-14: Sc into each st around (6 sts)

Rnd 15:2 Sc into each st (12 sts)

Fastenoff and leave a long tail. Insert the cut dowel into the Stem. Thread tapestry needle with yarn tail and weave into Rnd 14. Weave tail all the way around Rnd14 and pull tightly to encapsulate the dowel inside the Stem. Knot the yarn tail to secure, and weave in the end.

 

Leaves

Make three or more leaves, using yarns C and D.

With Cor D and E hook, ch 8.

Row 1: Work 2 dc into 3rd ch from the hook, dc into next ch, hdc into next 2 ch, scinto next ch, sl st into next ch.

Fastenoff and leave a long tail for sewing.

 

Assembly

Thread the tail from the Dirt piece onto your tapestry needle. Sew Dirt into Pot along unused back loops of Rnd 16, leaving a 2-3" opening. Insert polyesterfiber-fill stuffing into the pot, small pieces at a time, filling in the outer area and leaving the middle of the pot less filled in. Insert the Stem from the inside of the hole in the center of the Dirt, out through the top. Push it down into the Pot, clearing a path through the stuffing so it will rise and lower easily. Finish closing the opening you left while sewing in the Dirt.

 

Sew Leaves to the Stem using the yarn tails. Weave in the ends.

 

Thread the embroidery needle with embroidery floss, knotting one end. Insert the needle into the Pot between stitches, come up where you want your first"eye", through the yarn, and sew on a button, pulling the thread tightly. Pull up needle in the second eye location and sew on the second button. Insert needle back into the Pot's "face", and come back up at one side of the mouth. Make a "v" with the embroidery thread, keeping the stitches loose to round out the smile. Bring needle back up to the surface between stitches and knot the thread close to the fabric. Insert needle back into Pot and out through a stitch, clipping it close to the surface so that it retracts back inside.

 

Cut two1/4" circles from pink felt and glue onto Pot.

 

Abbreviations:

Ch:Chain

Sc:Single Crochet

Hdc:Half Double Crochet

Dc:Double Crochet

St:Stitch

Rnd:Round

Rep:Repeat

 

Techniques:

Adjustablering: Make a ring with yarn. Insert hook into ring, yarn over and draw up aloop. Ch 1, as directed in pattern. Work the stitches required in pattern into the ring. When complete gently, but firmly, pull tail to close up the ring.

 

BLO(Back Loops Only): Instead of inserting hook under both loops of the next stitch, insert hook under only the back loop of the stitch. This leaves an unworked loop in the front.

 

FLO(Front Loops Only): Instead of inserting hook under both loops of the next stitch, insert hook under only the front loop of the stitch. This leaves an unworked loop in the back.