We all know handmade gifts are priceless and meaningful to both the creator and the recipient. That’s why I love making amigurumi for my family and friends! What I love even more is if that family/friend I’m making the gift for has a cute pet that I can make an amigurumi of!! One of my friends has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I myself have a soft spot for this breed of dog too. My neighbors growing up were a kind and warm elderly couple, and they loved spoiling me and my siblings during our birthdays. I remember eagerly anticipating their visit every year to see what lovely gifts they would bring me, and one year they gifted me a plush toy of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. As a young kid (sorry, did I mention that I’m also kinda old now and have such foggy goldfish memory that I can’t even remember which birthday exactly that was…), that was my first encounter with this breed, and initially I didn’t know what to make of it. However, this plush toy slowly grew on me, and I started to love combing his soft, long-haired ears with a fine-toothed comb I stole from Barbie. It was also around the time that some movies with dogs started coming out, like Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey and The Great Mouse Detective (remember those?? wow…you’re old too…:P). My favorite dog characters in those movies were Chance and Toby, respectively. So of course I had to name my new plush Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: Mr. Chance Toby!
Sorry for the digression…back to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel amigurumi! So that’s why I was really excited to make a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel for my friend as a belated birthday present. I previously made one when I first started crocheting amigurumi back in 2011, and it didn’t turn out well at all. Went straight to the Pile of Failures. So I was a little nervous about attempting it again, but here it is!
I think it turned out well! The main trick for this Cavalier King Charles Spaniel amigurumi was using angel hair yarn instead of worsted weight yarn, and then combing out the angel hair until it was nice and fuzzy. It just so happens this friend of mine shares my favorite color, mint, so I was super ecstatic to give this puppy some mint colored bows and collar! I also used felt for the eyes where there are some characteristic brown patches on the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I didn’t dare use yarn for this part, since I think felt is much easier to work with than having to figure out exactly at which stitches I need to change color. The hairiness of the angel hair yarn is also more forgiving of the fact that I’m using felt, since it all sort of blends in somehow.
Hope you enjoyed this Cavalier King Charles Spaniel amigurumi! I was happy to hear my friend would seek solace in and cuddle with this little guy whenever she was stressed at work. Good thing I decided to use some soft angel hair for that soothing, cushiony effect! Now whose pet am I going to stalk and stare at for my next amigurumi?! >:D