A Spectrum of Sizes
Welcome back for our second weekly tutorial for the Mini Mania Crochet-a-Long! All month long I am going to be posting tips to help us along as we make our minis together. Be sure to check out the CAL announcement for more information and head on over to the Monster's Toy Box Ravelry group to join in on the mini-making fun.
Today’s tutorial is going to be as little less of a how-to as we take a closer look at how yarn and hook size can affect the scale of finished amigurumi. Logically, a smaller hook/yarn combination will result in a smaller toy, but I decided to put together a side-by-side comparison of those various combinations stack up against each other in order to show off (almost) the entire spectrum of sizes that can be attained just by mixing things up a little.
For this demonstration, I will be using both the Mini and full-sized Monster in the Toy Box, crocheted up in various weights of yarn and with different hook sizes. I have recorded the brand of yarn, the size of the hook, and the number of yards I used for each monster, as well as the finished sized for each monster.
Please note: Everyone’s gauge is different and yardage use may vary. You might need to go up or down a hook size in order to achieve the same results.
Monster in the Toy Box: Worsted Weight Yarn
Our primary point of reference today is the full-sized Monster in the Toy Box made in worsted weight yarn. Big, snuggly, and takes a day or two to complete.
Yarn Used: Loops and Thread Impeccable Solids (approx. 240 yards used)
Hook Used: G/6 (4.00mm)
Finished Size: 12” Tall
Monster in the Toy Box: Sport Weight Yarn
Next on the list is the full-sized Monster in a smaller, sport-weight yarn. He is smaller than his worsted weight brother, but he isn’t quite Mini yet. He takes the same amount of time to make as the worsted-weight Monster, just is a slightly smaller package.
Yarn Used: Baby Bee Sweet Delights (approx. 160 yards used)
Hook Used: B/1 (2.25mm)
Finished Size: 8” Tall
Mini Monster in the Toy Box: Worsted Weight Yarn
At roughly half the size of the Monster in the Toy Box, the Mini Monster also takes about half the time to make. He can easily be whipped up in an afternoon of crocheting and is the perfect size for little hands to grab onto.
Yarn Used: Vanna’s Choice Solids (approx. 70 yards used)
Hook Used: G/6 (4.00mm)
Finished Size: 6 ½” Tall
Mini Monster in the Toy Box: Sport Weight Yarn
Smaller still is the sport-weight version of the Mini Monster. Like the other Monster I’ve shown in sport-weight yarn, he will take around the same time to make as the regular Mini Monster, but is even more cute and compact.
Yarn Used: Baby Bee Sweet Delights Solids (approx. 50 yards used)
Hook Used: B/1 (2.25mm)
Finished Size: 5” Tall
Mini Monster in the Toy Box: Size 5 Crochet Thread
Pushing the limits of tiny, the next monster was made using crochet thread and a steel crochet hook (these sorts of materials are commonly used for crocheting doilies and other dainty, lacy things).
Yarn Used: Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Thread—Size 5 (approx. 35 yards used)
Hook Used: Steel 6 (1.40mm)
Finished Size: 3 ½” Tall
Isn’t he tiny? I didn’t realize just how small he was going to turn out until he was done. It takes a little extra time to make a monster this small since you really need to pay attention to what you are doing. A mini this size would make a really great Christmas tree ornament (I know what I am making this year!).
Mini Monster in the Toy Box: Super-Bulky Weight Yarn
On the other hand, Mini is not always synonymous with small. Check out this guy I made in super-bulky yarn:
Yarn Used: Lion Brand Hometown USA (approx. 170 yards used)
Hook Used: K/10.5 (6.50mm)
Finished Height: 15” Tall
He is super-big and can be worked up in the same amount of time as any other Mini Monsters, but as you can see, he is quite the yarn hog! Super-bulky yarn tends to cost a little more compared to worsted weight, but the time saved crocheting a “smaller” project versus the price spent on yarn might make this a good option if you need a huggable monster in a jiffy.
Look at how he stands up against the full-sized Monster in the Toy Box. Believe is or not… the Mini Monster, when crocheted in super-bulky, is actually bigger than the regular Monster!
This is not a complete list, there are still a couple of gaps (namely, sock-weight, DK-weight, and bulky), but hopefully this will give a sense of how easily amigurumi can be scaled down (or up!) to suit your needs. Or because deep down, you know that you need a monster in every size under the sun… that works too!
That is all for this week’s Mini Mania Crochet-a-Long tutorial. Next week, I will be demonstrating how I make the embroidered eyes I use for my mini amigurumi. Making nice-looking embroidered eyes evaded me for a very long time, so I am really excited to share some of the techniques I use to do them.