Have you ever loved a pattern, but didn’t love its size? Easy! Use a different yarn weight and hook!
With almost any pattern, you can switch out the yarn listed for a thinner or thicker yarn with a corresponding hook and change its size completely. Such a simple switch makes a BIG difference. The Cheese Puffs above are all made using the same pattern, but with different yarn and hook combinations.
My Monsieur Bear pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn and a size C hook (2.75mm). For the yellow Monsieur Bear, I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran and a Clover Amour C Hook for a finished height of 11 inches. But look how much smaller the blue Monsieur Bear is because I made him with a DK yarn (Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK) and size B hook (2.25mm)!! He only measures 8 inches in height. Isn’t that awesome!
For the Cheese puffs I used the following yarn and hook combos (circumference in parentheses):
Small Puff (6 inches) – DK weight yarn + 2.25 mm hook
Medium Puff (8.5 inches) – Worsted weight yarn + 3.25 mm hook
Large Puff (12.5 inches) – 2 strands of worsted weight held together (to mimic bulky yarn) + 5.5 mm hook
If you’d like to make your own Cheese Puff, I’ve written up the pattern below. It’s really just a simple ball with a cute face!
CHEESE BALL PATTERN (or a simple ball pattern)
MATERIALS (what I used in parentheses)
- Orange yarn (see above yarn + hook combos)
- Crochet hook (see above yarn + hook combos)
- Toy stuffing (Fairfield Poly-Fil)
- Stitch marker (Tulip Heart Stitch Markers)
- 9mm safety eyes for Medium and Large Puffs
- Black worsted weight yarn for Medium and Large Puff face detail
- Embroidery floss for Small Puff face
- Embroidery/sewing needle (DMC Embroidery Needle)
- Tapestry needle (DMC Tapestry Needle Size 16)
- Scissors (Gingher Stork Scissors)
- Magic ring – Watch tutorial here.
- Invisible decrease – Watch tutorial here.
- Finish off – Watch tutorial here.
- All sections are worked in a continuous round, unless otherwise specified.
- Mark the beginning of each round with a stitch marker.
rnd 1: Start with a mr, sc 7 into ring (7 sts)
rnd 2: Inc 7x (14 sts)
rnd 3: [sc 1, inc] 7x (21 sts)
rnd 4: [sc 2, inc] 7x (28 sts)
rnd 5: [sc 3, inc] 7x (35 sts)
rnd 6: Sc around (35 sts)
rnd 7: [sc 4, inc] 7x (42 sts)
rnds 8-14: Sc around (42 sts for 7 rnds)
– – – STOP AND MAKE FACE NOW. Insert safety eyes or embroider eyes between rnds 9 and 10. Embroider mouth under and between eyes. – – –
rnd 15: [sc 4, inv dec] 7x (35 sts)
rnd 16: Sc around (35 sts)
rnd 17: [sc 3, inv dec] 7x (28 sts)
– – – BEGIN STUFFING AND CONTINUE STUFFING UNTIL YOU CLOSE THE BODY. – – –
rnd 18: [sc 2, inv dec] 7x (21 sts)
rnd 19: [sc 1, inv dec] 7x (14 sts)
rnd 20: Inv dec 7x (7 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a 8-inch yarn tail. Finish off and weave in tails.
I hope this posts helps expand your amigurumi horizons. A fun way to check this out would be to dive into your pattern library and pick a pattern to make tiny or big!