kumahachi amigurumi

kumahachi from Kyou Kara Maou ノギス~

Something about this little guy made me want to crochet him …

I really wanted to capture certain things (like the turned up nose & butt, and the shape/position of the arms & legs). Unfortunately the shapes turned out to be deceptively simple, and I had to rip everything out and start over soooo many times. I’m not sure what kept me at it, but I guess it was a good exercise in shaping, and by having an existing character that I was trying to replicate, it kept me from just saying, “eh, not what I was going for, but that works too …”

my amigurumi kumahachi

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how he turned out. He’s about 10″ tall (measuring to the tips of his ears), and, oddly enough, he turned out to be balanced enough to stand up on his own … cool bonus.

The head probably gave me the most trouble … I finally figured out that it worked better to start with an oval shape, rather than a standard circular magic ring. However, I didn’t like how beginning with a chain (because it’s a single strand of yarn) made it thinner at the top of the head. No matter how tight the chain, it still pulled apart slightly, leaving holes … and I didn’t want my kumahachi to have pattern baldness.

oval ring begun with double strand of yarn

What I ended up doing was to chain using a double strand (using both the tail and working yarn). The first stitch is a bit tricky, but once you’ve chained a few (I think I did 7 or so), then you just drop the tail and crochet all the way around the chain to form an oval. It worked great! I think I will be using this method a lot more ^-^

With the exception of the ears & tail (which were pretty straightforward), every other body part required some tedious shaping and a lot of trial and error. It was also tricky to get the right and left arms, legs & wings to match, since I couldn’t just use the same pattern for both sides … and the slight height difference on one side of the round (since it’s actually spiral) complicated matters. I’m not sure my efforts were worth it, but at the time I was determined to try and get things like shoulder/hip shaping, and to lengthen the upper/front part of the arms/legs (so the paw pads would be angled back a little).

It took some searching to find oval shaped eyes … I ended up finding some that were labeled as “noses.” For the antennae I used a single pipe cleaner and poked the two ends out from the inside (so that they wouldn’t be apt to fall out). I crocheted little antennae tips, and then wrapped black and yellow yarn around the outside.

So for those of you who are not hopeless nerds, and are wondering what a kumahachi is … it literally means “bearbee,” and they are from the manga/anime Kyou Kara Maou (also spelled Kyo Kara Maoh). In the story, they are an endangered species of sorts … they hatch out of cocoons, have an annoying habit of saying “nogisu~” and their crap is apparently used to make a high quality artist’s paint (that, not surprisingly, smells like crap). Kumahachi also come in yellow, so I am tempted to make another … everyone needs a buddy.

Gwendal knitting for “mental concentration”

Besides thinking kumahachi had a really cute shape and wanting to capture that, I also wanted to pay homage to Gwendal (a character from the same show) … because any guy who crochets and knits is pretty awesome in my book.

「趣味ではない。精神統一だ! こうしていると、邪念を払って無心になれる」

Anissina teaches young Gwendal how to crochet – 「そこ! 一目多い! 編み目の乱れは心の乱れ」

Gwendal’s amigurumi

Gwendal’s amigurumi

8 thoughts on “kumahachi amigurumi

  1. Woa I found this looking for kumahachi amigurumi pattern. You did very well, it’s like de original, but I hope it doesn’t have the size of the original pink one. Has you posted the pattern in some place? I’d really like have the pattern if possible (sorry about my bad english)

    • Thank you! Yes, I guess you could call this one a small version of the “real” thing 😉 Unfortunately I don’t have the pattern available right now … however, I did take notes while I was designing it, so if there was enough interest I would consider making it available. In order to do that I would probably have to test the pattern by making another one, so it’s also a matter of finding some free time!

      • What a pity, I’m trying to do a kumahachi, it’s not that difficult but I’m having problems to make the shape of the head like yours

  2. I’m confused on the oval. Do you have a tutorial for this? Or can you point me to one, thank you! Mr. Wang

    • I don’t have a tutorial for beginning an oval ring at this time, but I would like to add one at some point. There are other tutorials for an oval ring which begin with a chain (such as this one – http://esbelotta.blogspot.com/2012/02/tutorial-how-to-crochet-oval.html), and the technique I used is more or less the same. The main difference is that to eliminate the holes and thinner area you get where the beginning chain is, I began with a slip knot, then crocheted the chain using both the working yarn AND yarn tail. Because the yarn is doubled, the chain is much thicker and you won’t have any holes in the middle of the ring. As I mentioned in the post, making that first stitch in the chain is tricky since there’s not much to hold on to, but after that it’s fairly easy.

  3. How did you do to get that shape in the front of the nose but no in the back of the head? It would be nice if you can give me a little explanation, mine is more oval in both sidez

    • To get the shaping for the nose, you can use a small cluster of increase stitches. Increasing will cause that area to flare out slightly, creating a protrusion for the nose. You can then use decrease stitches to make that area cut back in. Depending on the number and placement of increases/decreases, you can adjust the shaping quite a bit. It took me quite a few tries to get the shape the way I wanted it. I would highly recommend using a stitch marker to mark the point where you want to create the nose … this keep you from losing track of where your increases & decreases should be centered around. Hope that helps 🙂

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