I decided to post my first pattern… I’ve only made it once. Methinks it needs some *slight* tweaking, but I like the way it came out on the first try… hopefully you will too 🙂
I made it for my boyfriend, who calls me his little empanada (excuse me, his SEXY little empanada. But whatever). I am all about the cheese, so what better than to give him a little amigurumi that would remind him of me? Or so I thought. [Was it too cheesy?? :/]
- Size F (3.75mm) Hook
- Golden brown worsted weight yarn (I used TMA’s Easy Craft; Red Heart Super Saver or some frou frou wool yarn would suffice. I chose a golden-y brown to make a *fried* empanada. You can use a paler color for an uncooked one, or a lighter bown for a baked one. I was even thinking to make a whole wheat one for the health conscious! Heh)
- stitch marker (one for crochet, like the ones I have at my shop *shameless plug* or even a safety pin would work… as long as you can remove it as you go along. You don’t wanna use a knitting one. Just trust me on this one.)
- Polyfill stuffing (or cotton, or yarn scraps…)
- 8mm safety eyes with washers (optional; you can embroider the eyes if you don’t have any)
- Embroidery thread (I used bright pink for the mouth, and used pale pink to sew on the cheeks. If you want to embroider the eyes, black will be needed as well)
- light pink felt (optional if you don’t want cheeks)
- about an hour of your time and a comfy place to sit 🙂
- Using the magic circle technique (you can look this up on YouTube for a great visual tutorial; it’s where I learned it! Easy peasy!), ch 7, tighten circle. (7)
- Increase in all st around (14)
- *SC 1, inc 1* around (21)
- *SC 2, inc 1* around (28)
- *SC 3, inc 1* around (35)
- *SC 4, inc 1* around (42)
- *SC 5, inc 1* around (49)
- *SC 1, inc 1* around (73)
- SC all around (73); when you get back to the round, fold the circle in half (make sure the right side of the work is on the outside of the fold!) and ch 1, then sc through both thicknesses of the fold once in the corner.
- Continuing with the circle folded in half, hdc shell in same space as the sc we did in part one.
- Skip 1 st, sl st in next st, *hdc shell, skip 1 st, sl st* 5 more times; stop here and liberally stuff your little guy. No one likes an empanada that’s cheap on the filling, so STUFF!! Take care not to overstuff; you’ll know you’ve done exactly that when little pieces of stuffing is visible through the crocheting/is squeezing out the fabric. [This is the half way point of the hdc shells :)]
- Continue the established pattern (*hdc shell, skip 1 st, sl st*) until you have three more repeats to the end. Finish the stuffing now.
- *hdc shell, skip 1 st, sl st* twice more. If you can squeeze a bit more stuffing in, do so. hdc shell, skip 1 st, sl st and fasten off. Weave in the end, and shazaam! You’re all done 😀
I tried to write this as I’ve seen zillions of crochet patterns written. If it’s not clear enough/you get stuck, please feel free to email me: tastee.chaos @ gmail.com [no spaces]
Little Empanada by Deena White is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.