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Pecosa, the craftswoman who gives work to Peruvian women

In my previous post I talked about the different physical and emotional benefits that crocheting amigurumis gives us.

This time I want to talk about how amigurumi can open new horizons in the professional field and how great things can be achieved with effort and perseverance.

This is the example of Katia Horbatiuk and “Pecosa” the amigurumis brand that she has created in Peru.

This young Ukrainian girl, passionate on crochet since she was a little girl, has turned her passion into a way of life and an entrepreneurial project that provides work for dozens of Peruvian women with difficulties accessing the labor market.

Proud to be a weaver, Katia began her project in 2013 through Facebook. Overwhelmed by the increasing number of requests she received, she sought help from other women, thus initiating an important training and employment program: “Pecosa en casa”.

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Crochet and amigurumis as therapy

Sometimes we forget that on the other side of a message there is a real person, of flesh and blood, with problems, concerns, in short, a life.

Through this passion that joins us, I have discovered that crocheting amigurumis is more than making a doll with yarn, hook and fiberfill.

Starting with myself, the amigurumis have helped me to improve my self-esteem and to cope with moments of great sadness or worry. They have been a distraction, a relief and on many occasions the necessary push that has prevented me from falling into discouragement.

Since I started this adventure, there have been many messages that I have received. Messages of all kinds, from daily consultations related to patterns, to thanks or congratulations, but without a doubt, the messages that move me most are those in which you make me a participant in the reasons that have led you to crochet amigurumis:

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Practice the reversible color change by crocheting this nice butterfly

Sometimes we find the difficulty of crocheting a flat piece that has successive color changes having the need that the transition between colors will be good on both sides, by the right and also by the reverse that will remain visible.

To achieve that the changes of color do not alter the reverse of our fabric keeping the same drawing as the right, what we do is crochet with the two threads, one main and another hidden, so that we can alternate between them without affecting the design.

Let’s see how to do it in our case:

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How to crochet a magic ring Step by step (Beginner’s Guide)

The magic ring Is the stitch that allows us to begin crocheting in the round and therefore most of amigurumis.

It consists of forming a sliding circle that we will close after crocheting on it the beginning stitches of our fabric.

Being a basic element, it is also the first great difficulty with which you find yourself when starting to crochet the amigurumis, even becoming a cause of frustration and abandonment before you start.

There are different ways to make the magic ring, adjustable ring or magic circle.

Next I will show you mine and you can check with this simple step by step that it is not as difficult as you thought.

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Amigurumi challenge: Little animals Baby

Sueños Blanditos is 1 year old!

I am very happy to have my own website from 1 year now and be able to share all my work from this “home” that I hope you also consider yours.

Don´t think it has been a simple path. More than 5 years ago I started the adventure of designing amigurumi patterns, that’s why I have so many …

I started with a small blog and the truth is that I did not expect to get liked by anyone… I have never had too much confidence in myself. However, I was wrong and there were many who showed me.

Especially you, all of you. Those who follow me, those who buy, those who visit the web, crochet my patterns, send a photo, give me a “like” on the social networks or make a comment.

If it were not for your support, I would not have gotten that far.

That’s why I want to celebrate this first anniversary with a fun challenge so that we can all enjoy weaving these animal babies.

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Are there holes in the fabric? Try this…

A very common problem  that we have when crocheting amigurumis is that sometimes the stitches open and you see the filling inside, which is not very aesthetic.

This can happen for several reasons:

1.- Size of the needle:

It is possible that the needle is not the most suitable for the thickness of yarn that you use and crocheting with it, the stitches remain more separated than they should.

Try crocheting with a smaller needle.

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Colors Spaceship Pattern

I like the idea of traveling through space, discover other planets, think that there are wonderful worlds inhabited by extraordinary beings … let the imagination fly …

But don’t you think the spaceships are a bit boring?

Are we going to travel through the universe on a sad gray spaceship?

Of course not!

I show you a new pattern: This fun colors spaceship that will be the envy of most intrepid captains.

With the one-piece crocheted hull and big other pieces, it´s the perfect toy for kids.

As in all my designs is completely soft and also, when using bright colors and highlighting the elements in black, we give it the appearance of a cartoon.

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Dolphin Keychain Amigurumi Pattern

Hello!

They say “A friend is a treasure” and what a better show of affection towards our loved ones than giving them a piece of love crocheted with our own hands.

If it´s also cute, simple and soft, better than better.

I show you my new work, an ebook with which you will enjoy crocheting nothing less than 50 small size amigurumis suitable for all tastes and crochet skills:

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