Category Archives: Crochet and Knitting

Meet Kevin the crochet minion

In the film Despicable Me 2 some of the minions got names:

Kevin the minion Despicable Me 2 poster

Since my dad is called Kevin and I was looking for a new crochet project after the monster amigurumi, I decided to have a go at making a Kevin crochet minion.

Kevin the crochet minion

I can be a bit of a perfectionist at times and was enjoying experimenting with different crochet shapes to get just the right look.  There were quite a few tries before I was happy with the final look:

Minion pieces

A bonus was that when put together little Kevin was able to stand up on his own.

Kevin the crochet minion

This wasn’t a quick project as there was lots of undoing and redoing and working on small details, but I really enjoyed the process and am very happy with the finished character.

Here are some photos of Kevin exploring his new home:

Kevin the crochet minion with a bunch of bananas
Banana!
Kevin the crochet minion looking at stairs
Those stairs look pretty big…
Kevin the minion at computer
Hmm, what does this do…
Kevin the crochet minion with a tin of chocolates
Mmm, chocolates

 

Amigurumi monsters

I’ve made knitted toys before, but after seeing some crochet amigurumi online I wanted to give that a try – I love the texture that using crochet gives.  So after only a little bit of previous dabbling in crochet years ago, I picked up a hook again.

crochet monster

After a fair bit of time browsing the many delightful patterns on Etsy, I settled on these bug eyed monsters by Moji-Moji Design as I thought my young cousins would like them.

Crochet monster

I would absolutely recommend Moji-Moji’s patterns as I found the instructions very clear.  In fact, now that I’ve also used and read some other amigurumi patterns, I’d definitely say this is the most accessible one I’ve come across so far.

Crochet monster

The monsters are pretty simple to make as they only use one basic stitch and you work in a spiral, so you don’t have a seam to sew up at the end.  The eyes and tops of arms could be a little fiddly because the spirals were narrow, but just a tad more concentration and they weren’t a problem.

crochet monster

These don’t need much yarn, hence a great way to use up oddments and there are so many possibilities for different colour combinations.  You could add various embellishments if you fancy, but I liked these just as they are with the bright colours.  Instead of safety eyes for the pupils I made french knots out of black yarn (tied securely inside to make them child safe).

Amigurumi monsters

I really enjoyed making these little monsters but had to stop myself after four as I didn’t think the boys’ parents would appreciate a whole army of monsters!