Like most amigurumi, this was crochet in the round without joining. First I made a matching front and back piece. Then, I joined them while adding the points.
My original inspiration was this pattern:
But I've made some changes so it is truly amigurumi and more paopu-like.
Here's what you'll need:
Yellow worsted weight yarn (you won't need a whole skein, unless you decide you make it super big)
Green worsted weight yarn (you don't need much, just enough to make the leaf)
crochet hook (D/2.25mm hook works well, if you want to make it the size I did, you crochet with 2 strands of yarn as if they where one and go up to an I/5.50mm hook)
1 yarn needle.
You should also know how to:
use a magic ring, here's a good example : http://www.instructables.com/id/Amigurumi-Cherry/
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet (double crochet in Europe)
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
dtr = double treble crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
Step 1: Front/Back
WireMySoul has a great video demonstrating this technique, here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Amigurumi-Cherry/ .
1: Make a magic ring, pull a loop through the center, 2ch. Then inside the starting ring, you are going to sc5.
******DON"T JOIN WITH A SLIP STITCH!!! This would make this pattern not amigurumi, not to mention it leaves a noticeable seam-- not pretty. We like pretty.******
2: In your first sc of the starting 5sc(don't count the pseudo-stitch you made by 2ch in the magic circle at the beginning, this stitch will end up shrunken when you close the circle) , 2sc (This is where I pull my tail to close the magic ring) and in each stitch around. (10)
---------You can begin using a stitch marker here, I usually find a scrap piece of yarn. It will be pulled out later----------
3: 1sc in the next stitch, 2sc the stitch after (repeat 4 more times)(15)
4: 1sc in the next 2 stitches, 2sc the stitch after (repeat 4 more times)(20)
5: 1sc in the next stitch, 2sc int stitch after (repeat 9 more times)(30)
---------Make 2 of these, without fastening off. Leave a tail about a yard long and detach the piece from the skein. You will be using these tails to begin a point, one each.---------