Happy Sunday! I have a small story to share today, and this is especially geared towards those of you with online stores or artisans who specialize in handmade items. Always take custom orders! I know they can sometimes be a pain in the butt. Every now and then though, you do come across a gem that is worth replicating. In all honesty, when I first opened my store I ONLY took custom orders. I had no idea what I was doing or what was popular, so I was basing it entirely on what people were ordering. That’s how I came up with this pattern.
A friend of mine desperately wanted a crocheted/amigurumi kitty to give to her mom, but I couldn’t find a pattern anywhere. I took on the job because she was a friend, but it took me a while to actually experiment and write the pattern. The first kitty I made took me about 3 or 4 hours to finish because I was fiddling with every little aspect of the pattern, trying to make it perfect. I posted a picture of it on my page, and was immediately swamped with orders. Apparently people like cats?! Now it takes me about 2 hours or less to complete one of these. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon!
I really like this pattern for a few reasons:
One: I wrote it. I have only ever published and shared a few of my patterns before, so whenever I do, it’s always very exciting!
Two: This pattern is totally customizable! Make a rainbow kitty. Make a striped kitty! Make a kitty with no tail! Do whatever you want!
Three: This pattern also serves as a great “basic body” pattern. Use the head/body and legs portions, and get creative. Change up the tail a little, make a round nose, and you’ve pretty much got a pig. Make rounded ears and a little bit of a thicker tail, and you’ve got a dog. The possibilities are endless.
This pattern can be purchased through either my Craftsy store or my Ravelry store. I know you don’t need a Ravelry account to purchase from there, but I believe you do need a Craftsy account to purchase from that particular platform.
Either way, it’s a great idea to make an account for one or both of these websites because there is a ton of free content available through other crafters. Another thing I love about them is that they track your pattern purchases and save them to an “online library” for you. You obviously are given the option to download the patterns directly to your personal computer, but if you ever get a new computer or it crashes or something, you still have your patterns! Technology is a blessed thing!
Share your finished products with me in the comments, or let me know if there are any issues with the pattern. I will be happy to assist! I can’t wait to see what you come up with. And feel free to follow me on either of my accounts. Let’s be friends!
Craftsy username: tiaoostenbrug
Ravelry username: Tia Oostenbrug/tiaamaee