Guest Feature: DIY Kamui Senketsu Shoes

Geek Fashion

I was delighted to receive a request to feature this DIY pattern from Lace and Lore for a pair of Kill La Kill inspired shoes. While wearing an actual Kamui Senketsu would be chilly (bordering on illegal depending on where you live), these Kamui Senketsu shoes are a nice way to pay homage to anime without going full cosplay. Not that there’s anything wrong with cosplay! I personally like blending little geeky touches into my everyday wardrobe without being too obvious, and these shoes would look great with jeans and a tee.

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Click the photo for a link to their tutorial. You’ll need shoes, fabric paint, and crafting supplies that you probably already own if you’re reading my blog (X-acto, masking tape etc.) I’m a big fan of all-black high-top Converse, and I’m wondering whether fabric paint works on rubber too…

While you’re at it, check out Lace and Lore’s site for more fabulous geek fashion.

Amigurumi No-Face (Kaonashi) from Spirited Away

Amigurumi Projects, Anime and Comics

I love Studio Ghibli movies: Spirited Away is my favourite.  I’ve never seen a pattern posted for No-Face, and thought he’d be easy to make since his body is a simple shape.  So here it is, my first pattern!  Of course, I don’t own the character or the movie: please feel free to use the pattern, but don’t sell the pattern or anything you make with it.

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I added a twist to make him more like the movie character…

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What you’ll need:

  • black yarn (I used cheapie Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight)
  • 3.75 mm (size F) crochet hook
  • white and pink felt
  • black and silver/gray embroidery floss
  • white and pink thread to attach face and mouth to body (you could also use glue)
  • stuffing (I used polyfill with a bit of unpopped popcorn in the base)

He’s worked entirely in the round with single crochet (sc), increase (inc), and invisible decrease (invdec) stitches.  Nothing tricky here if you’re a beginner.  Here are some closeups for embroidering the face — I’ve never embroidered before as you can tell :)

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Head and body (make 1):

  • 1) sc 6 in magic ring (6)
  • 2) inc2 x 6 (12)
  • 3) *sc, inc* x 6 (18)
  • 4) *sc x 2, inc* x 6 (24)
  • 5) *sc x 3, inc* x 6 (30)
  • 6 – 13) sc around for 8 rounds (30)
  • 14) *sc x 4, inc* x 6 (36)
  • 15) *sc x 5, inc* x 6 (42)
  • 16 – 17) sc around for 2 rounds (42)
  • 18) ch 28 then sc 14 starting in the 28th sc from round 17 (this makes the mouth opening)
  • 19 – 20) sc around for 2 rounds (42)
  • 21) *sc x 6, inc* x 6 (48)
  • 22-36) sc around for 14 rounds (48)
  • 37) *sc x 6, invdec* x 6 (42)
  • 38 – 42) sc around for 5 rounds (42)
  • 43) sc around but work in the back post only (42)
  • 44) *sc x 5, invdec* x 6 (36) (work in the inside loop of the previous round, this is a bit fiddly but rounds 43 and 44 will help make a flat bottom so he doesn’t tip over)
  • 45) *sc x 4, invdec* x 6 (30)
  • 46) *sc x 3, invdec* x 6 (24)
  • 47) *sc x 2, invdec* x 6 (18)
  • 48) *sc x 1, invdec* x 6 (12)
  • 49) invdec around until the hole can be covered over by the flap of your working yarn, weave in tail to close off bottom
  • You don’t need to stuff him yet because you’ve left an open mouth

Circles for top and bottom of mouth (make 2):

  • 1) sc 6 in magic ring (6)
  • 2) inc x 6 (12)
  • 3) *sc, inc* x 6 (18)
  • 4) *sc x 2, inc* x 6 (24)
  • 5) *sc x 3, inc* x 6 (30)
  • 6) *sc x 4, inc* x 6 (36)
  • 7) *sc x 5, inc* x 6 (42)
  • Finish off and leave a long tail to sew mouth to head/body

Felt pieces

  • Size of felt pieces will depend on the weight of your yarn and size of your hook
  • Face: cut out an oval of white felt and embroider on a face (or use felt, markers, etc. if you don’t like embroidery)
  • Mouth: fold your pink felt in half, put it inside No-Face’s mouth and trace the edges, then cut out the resultant figure-8 shape
  • Teeth: use scrap white felt to cut out little teeth; I deliberately made them irregular for a scarier effect

Assembly

Don’t like sewing?  Just replace ‘sew’ with ‘glue’ here, unless you’re really expecting a lot of wear and tear.

  • Sew face to front of head (over middle of mouth area)
  • Optional: stuff lower 1/3 of body with unpopped popcorn kernels or other heavier stuff (helps with stability)
  • Stuff remaining head and body with stuffing of choice (I used polyfill)
  • Use the long tail on your black yarn circles to sew them into head/body to form the roof and floor of No-Face’s mouth
  • Sew pink felt figure-8 into mouth (pink thread)
  • Sew teeth into mouth (white thread — it didn’t show through the black yarn if I pulled it tight)

Now have fun scaring people with this guy!  Or just use him to store your spare coins ;)

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