Does this little kitty look familiar to you? Because she and her friends have been making appearances all over the place. I first saw one, going by the name of Florence over at Super Eggplant. Then Amanda posted about seeing a similar kitty named Matcha over at Amy's and another named Skimima over at Schmeebot. And just this morning I came across Citrine over at Half Baked Objects.
They are all from this book, 'Amineko no iru seikatsu' by Nekoyama (ISBN 4-391-13012-2)
Ever since I saw Florence, I kept thinking that I've seen her somewhere before. And then this morning I finally remembered. I came across this earlier this year when I was trying to learn how to crochet amigurumi. It's a website done by Nekoyama, the author of that very same Amineko book.
You can find the pattern for the amineko pictured above here (her name's Maido). Scroll all the way down to bottom and see the tables with the pink headers for the pattern. Unfortunately, it's all in Japanese, but if you're familiar with amigurumi charts and crochet in the round, it's not too hard to figure out.
(Added: The translation for the pattern table titles in order of appearance are: 1) head, 2) body, 3)arm, 4) leg, 5) tail, 6) ear, 7) mouth.)
There's also a pattern for a large size kitty named Amari-san, and patterns for a dog, tiny dog, bear, and elephant. Nekoyama-san also provides tons of step by step detailed photos which give many tips for crocheting amigurumi.
You can check out the gallery of photos of finished kitty's that people sent her here.
(I want to add that she does state on her site that all of her patterns are copyright protected and for personal use only, so please be respectful of that. Thanks!)