Fun with Emojis


amigurumi-emojisThis weekend I will resume selling at the local Farmer’s Market. My space is usually filled with wearables and accessories for adults. The colors often attract the little ones, though. Because of this, I wanted to include something small, cute, and appropriate for kids of all ages to the table this year. Add to this, I had just purchased a new die cut machine and was itching to put it to work. Sounds like a perfect recipe for emoji keychains.

A simple yellow ball, made using a worsted weight yarn, forms the foundation for three emoji styles (love, winky, and smiley). A bit more complex is a brown spiral for the poo emoji. Next, I whipped together some basic shapes on the die cut machine for the faces. It took many online tutorials, tips and tricks, and several tries to get the felt to cut cleanly. In the end, I used a deep-cut blade, thermo bond iron-on adhesive, and an extra-sticky mat to get the job done. Alternately, the faces could be hand cut from felt, crocheted appliques, or embroidered. Or you can buy pre-cut felt faces here.

These are roughly 2.5″ (63.5 mm) x 2.5″ (63.5 mm) minus the keychain. You could make them larger or smaller by adjusting the fiber weight and/or hook size.


Stitches:

    • MC (magic circle)
    • sc = single crochet
    • sc dec = single crochet decrease (aka sc2tog)
    • sc inc = single crochet increase (aka 2sc)
    • sc3tog = single crochet 3 together

Materials:

    • Worsted weight yarn (Weight 4), yellow for face emojis and brown for poo emoji, approximately 26 yards (~24 meters) for one (1) emoji.
    • Size E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook
    • Tapestry Needle for weaving ends
    • Keychain
    • Materials to make face

Gauge: 

Gauge is not critical for this project.

Emoji Head

Worked continuously.

Round 1: Sc 8 in MC. [8 sc]

Round 2: Sc inc 8 times. [16 sc]

Round 3: (Sc, sc inc) 8 times. [24 sc]

Round 4: Sc 24. [24 sc]

Round 5: (Sc 2, sc inc) 8 times. [32 sc]

Rounds 6-12: Sc 32. [32 sc]

Round 13: (Sc 2, sc dec) 8 times. [24 sc]

Round 14: Sc 24. [24 sc]

Now is a good time to add stuffing.

Round 15: (Sc, sc dec) 8 times. [16 sc]

Round 16: (Sc dc) 8 times. [8 sc]

Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Top off with enough stuffing for a firm fill, but not so much it shows through the stitching. Weave tail through stitches and pull tight to close. Weave tail through top row once more to further secure. Use remaining tail to attach keychain. Weave in ends. Add face.

Emoji Poo

This one is worked in a continuous spiral. Instruction is given in overlapping pattern rounds.

Round 1: Sc 8 in MC. [8 sc]

Round 2: Sc inc 8 times. [16 sc]

Round 3: (Sc, sc inc) 8 times. [24 sc]

Round 4: (Sc 2, sc inc) 8 times. [32 sc]

Round 5: Sc 32. [32 sc]

Round 6: (Sc3tog) twice, sc 26, sc inc. [30 sc] ***Rounds begin to overlap at this point, creating a spiral pattern***

Round 7: (Sc3tog) twice, sc 23, sc inc. [27 sc]

Round 8: (Sc3tog) twice, sc 20, sc inc. [24 sc]

Round 9: (Sc3tog) twice, sc 17, sc inc. [21 sc]

Round 10: (Sc3tog) twice, sc 14, sc inc. [18 sc]

Now is a good time to add stuffing.

Round 11: (Sc3tog) twice, sc 11, sc inc. [15 sc]

Round 12: (Sc3tog) twice, sc 8, sc inc. [12 sc]

Go ahead and add a bit more stuffing.

Round 13: (Sc3tog) twice, sc 5, sc inc. [9 sc]

Round 14: (Sc3tog) twice, sc 2, sc inc. [6 sc]

Round 15: (Sc dec) 3 times.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Top off with enough stuffing for a firm fill, but not so much it shows through the stitching. Weave tail through stitches and pull tight to close. Weave tail through top row once more to further secure. Use remaining tail to attach keychain. Weave in ends. Add face.


I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did. Please don’t forget to tag #JartaJasmine on your photos in social media! I adore seeing what everyone has made. It makes my heart sing.

 

 

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