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Archive for July, 2007

crocheted seaturtle

I just finished testing this turtle pattern for Peggy. I stuck to the pattern and only modified the colours. Lots of detail in this one!

crocheted seaturtle

crocheted seaturtle

crocheted seaturtle

crocheted seaturtle

crocheted seaturtle

as seen on cuteable

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quick refashion of a top

original top (before refashioning)

I bought this top because I loved the colour and the print, and the 60% off price tag didn’t hurt either. But when I tried it on, it just looked wrong to me. The dark brown fabric was too prominent and the ribbons that go under the bust and tie at the back just didn’t look good on me.

I figured there had to be a simple way to modify it so it wouldn’t look so strange. A quick bit of refashioning was in order…

After unpicking the seam between the brown neckline piece and the ribbon at each side, I looped the two ribbons over each other at the front for a gathered knot effect and then fed them through the unpicked areas to the wrong side of the top. I re-sewed the seam, sewing through the ribbons as well to keep them in place, then trimmed the excess ribbon from the inside. Finally, I snipped off the belt loop from each side and here’s my finished result:

refashioned top

Not bad for half an hour’s work!

There are some more modifications I considered (shortening the length slightly and/or adding some beading over the brown neck area), but sometimes the hardest part is knowing when to stop, and I like it the way it is now, so I will call this project done.

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AmiDogs Set 1 has arrived!

AmiDogs by PlanetJune

AmiDogs Set 1 is here! Now you can make your own amigurumi doggies:

  • a shiba inu with a cute white nose and white paws
  • a yellow labrador, a chocolate labrador or even a black labrador
  • call it a wiener dog, weiner dog or sausage dog, it’s still a dachshund

The Shiba Inu, Labrador and Dachshund patterns are available individually, or buy the complete set for a special price.

Order your patterns directly from and the pdfs will be e-mailed to you.

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how to join amigurumi

To whet your appetite for my upcoming AmiDogs crochet patterns, I’ve just published the latest in my occasional series of crochet tutorials (Missed the earlier one? See my Fuzzy Yarn Tips).

To find out how to make a smooth neat join between pieces when finishing your amigurumi, take a look at my new tutorial: Joining Amigurumi.

how to join amigurumi

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introducing AmiDogs

Thanks to those of you who voted in my poll! As 78% of respondents said they would be interested in one or more doggy crochet patterns, I’ve been busy designing and now I’m ready to reveal my latest project: AmiDogs!

Press Release

AmiDogs by PlanetJune is a new range of amigurumi dog crochet patterns from the designer of the Fuzzy Friends collection. Each AmiDogs pattern is designed to capture a different breed of dog.

The patterns will be available individually and as value-priced sets of three. The initial release will include the first set of three patterns: Labrador, Dachshund and Shiba Inu. Suggestions and requests for future AmiDogs patterns are welcome!

AmiDogs - amigurumi crocheted dachshund, shiba inu and labrador dogs
L-R: Dachshund, Shiba Inu, Labrador – click picture for larger version

AmiDogs Set 1 will be available to purchase within the next few weeks – sign up for the mailing list to be notified when they are released.

UPDATE: Looking for the pattern? You can find the AmiDogs Set 1 crochet patterns in my shop.

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fuzzy kitten available

The Fuzzy Kitten pattern is now available! You can order it directly from and the pdf will be e-mailed to you.

Fuzzy Kitten crochet pattern by June Gilbank

Now you can make your own teeny tiny amigurumi kittens! The pattern includes full instructions to make a sitting up kitten and a lying down kitten.

If you haven’t bought Fuzzy Monkeys yet, why not pick up both while you’re shopping? 🙂

PS to all Canadians: Happy Canada Day!

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