Monday, September 15, 2014

Labrador Girl (aka 'brog')

So... I had started this project up back in early spring, and it languished in a bag, forgotten, joining the ranks of dust bunnies and such... And then I rediscovered it recently. So, I set out to finish.

I started her up in some cotton that I was trying to use up. Probably not the best choice for a doll, for as I continue to make such things over the years, I get more picky about the stuffing showing through/the stitches not being tight. You can see in the pictures that she's a little 'holey'. That's ok.

The other thing about this is that she was supposed to be a yellow labrador retriever. ...She ended up looking like a rehash of Whinnie the Poo. But that's ok. She can be a bear...or dog... or both? Brog? Anyone? ...Bueller?

Anyway, hope you enjoy it, if you've come across this blog and she caught your eye. :)






Materials needed:

o   C hook (2.75mm)

o   DK weight yarn in three colors (yellow, blue, and white)

o   Berocco Pure Pima DK was used in this project
o   You can really use whatever yarn you want, worsted with the same size hook would make it look ‘neater’ and probably what I’d do if I made her all over again!

o   Scrap black yarn

o   Yarn needle

o   4 buttons (1/2”)

 

Abbreviations used:

o   Ch – chain

o   Hdc – half double crochet

o   MR – magic ring

o   Sc – single crochet

o   Sl st – slip stitch

o   Ssc – shallow single crochet

o   Instead of placing your stitch as normal, go into the vertical bars between the stitches. This stitch can be found on youtube, in stitch dictionaries, and also on this blog where she has conveniently posted pictures regarding this: http://knotsewcute.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-to-do-shallow-single-crochet.html

o   Rep – repeat

o   Sc2tog – decrease stitch

o   Shallow sc – a shallow version of single crochet, as defined in “crochet stitches” book

o   Sk – skip a stitch

o   TO – tie off

 

Pattern notes:

o   This pattern is written in US terms.

o   The body of the puppy is worked in the round; don’t join or turn. The only things worked flat are the dress and the ears.

o   If you have any questions, feel free to contact me! Username is Malkyra on Ravelry.com! For other free patterns, check out my patterns, or take a gander at my blog, cantoocrochet.blogspot.com.

 


 

Body

Beginning with the head,

In yellow,

Rd 1: MR 8 – 8

Rd 2: sc, 2sc, rep around – 12

Rd 3: sc in 2, 2sc, rep around – 16

Rd 4: sc in 3, 2sc, rep around – 20

Rd 5: sc in 4, 2sc, rep around – 24

Rd 6: sc in 5, 2sc, rep around – 28

Rd 7: sc in 6, 2sc, rep around – 32

Rd 8-9: sc in each – 32

Rd 10: sc in 7, 2sc, rep around – 36

Rd 11-14 (4 rounds): sc in each – 36

Rd 15: sc in 7, sc2tog, rep around – 32

Rd 16: sc in 6, sc2tog, rep around - 28

Rd 17: sc in 5, sc2tog, rep around – 24

Rd 18: sc in 4, sc2tog, rep around – 20

Rd 19: sc in 3, sc2tog, rep around – 16

Rd 20: sc in each – 16

Rd 21: sc in 3, 2sc, rep around – 20

Rd 22: sc in each – 20

Rd 23: sc in 4, 2sc, rep around – 24

Rd 24: sc in each – 24

Rd 25: sc in 5, 2sc, rep around – 28

Rd 26: sc in each – 28

Rd 27: sc in 6, 2sc, rep around – 32

Rd 28: sc in each – 32

Rd 29: sc in 7, 2sc, rep around – 36

Rd 30: sc in each – 36

Rd 31: sc in 8, rep around – 40

Rd 32: sc in 9, rep around – 44

Rd 33: Sc in 10, rep around – 48

Change to blue,

Rd 34-37 (4 rounds): sc in each – 48

Rd 38: sc in 10, sc2tog, rep around – 44

Rd 39: sc in 9, sc2tog, rep around – 40

Rd 40: sc in 8, sc2tog, rep around – 36

Rd 41: sc, sc2tog, rep around – 24

Place a marker here to help you visualize the rounds. You are going to make the two legs now, one leg at a time. The legs will be 12 inches around.

Rd 42: sk 12, sc in 13th and on around – 12

Now just work these 12 stitches for the leg, leaving the rest unworked. We’ll come back to it later.

Rd 43-47 (5 rounds): sc in each – 12

Change to yellow,

Rd 48-57 (10 rounds): sc in each – 12

Now to shape the foot,

Rd 58: sc, sc2tog twice, sc twice, 2sc in 4, sc in last – 14

Rd 59: sc in 2, sc2tog twice, sc twice, sc 2sc in 4, sc in last – 16

Rd 60: sc in each – 16

Rd 61: sc in 2, 2sc in 4, sc in 4, sc2tog twice, sc in 2 – 14

Rd 62: sc, 2sc in 6, sc in 3, sc2tog twice, sc in 2 – 20

Rd 63: sc in each – 20

Rd 64: [sc, sc2tog] six times, sc in last two – 14

Rd 65: [sc, sc2tog] twice, sc around – 12

Rd 66: sc, 2sctog, rep around – 8

Rd 67: sc2tog around – 4

Rd 68: sc2tog twice – 2

Rd 69: sk 1, sl st in next to close. TO. Tuck in tail.

 

Now, to go back to the second leg. Reattach in blue at the crotch stitch (the front of the doll is facing you).

Continue from Rd 43 to end at Rd 60.

 

Arms (make 2)

Rd 1: MR 4 – 4

Rd 2: 2sc in each – 8

Rd 3: sc, 2sc, rep around – 12

Rd 4-23 (20 rounds): sc in each – 12

Pinch the top together like a seam, and sc 6 stitches across to close it. Leave a tail to attach it to the body. Attach the arms at Round 21 of the body. I attached mine with 3 stitches between the arms on the front side.

 

Nose

Rd 1: MR 4 – 4

Rd 2: 2sc in each – 8

Rd 3: sc, 2sc, rep around – 12

Rd 4: sc in each – 12

Rd 5: sc in 7, 2sc in 4 – 16

Rd 6-7: sc in each – 16

Attach at rows 12-13. This can be tricky for a beginner to get the attachment to look ‘neat’ around the edge of the nose/as you stitch it to the face. Planet June has some good instructions and videos on how to attach pieces neatly. Might want to check this link out: http://www.planetjune.com/blog/joining-amigurumi/

 

Ears (make 2)

Ch 1 + 1 to turn

From here on out, chain 1 to turn after each row.

Row 1: 2sc  - 2

Row 2: 2sc in 2 – 4

Row 3-5 (3 rows): sc in each – 4

Row 6: 2sc, sc in 2, 2sc – 6

Row 7: sc in each – 6

The ear is now shaped. To give it a finished look, sc around the edge in each stitch, placing 3sc in the ‘tip’ of the ear (the row 1 stitch).

TO. Attach to head. I pinned the tip of the ear down to get it to ‘flop’.

 

Tail

Rd 1: MR 5 – 5

Rd 2: [sc, 2sc] twice, sc in last – 7

Rd 3-7 (5 rounds): sc in each – 7

Rd 8: [sc in 2, 2sc] twice, sc in last – 9

Rd 9: [sc in 3, 2sc] twice, sc in last – 11

Rd 10-18 (9 rounds): sc in each – 11

TO. Attach to body.

 

Dress

Note: This dress uses a shallow single crochet stitch (ssc). See Notes on first page for description.

In blue,

Ch 24 + 1 to turn,

Row 1: sc in each – 24

Row 2: ch 3, sk 3, sc in 21 (this makes a button hole) – 21 + 3 ch

Row 3: [sc in 4, 2sc in next] four times, sc in 4 – 28

Row 4: sc in 6, 2sc, rep around – 32

Row 5: sc in 7, 2sc, rep around – 36

Row 6: sc in 8, 2sc, rep around – 40

Row 7: sc in 9, 2sc, rep around – 44

Row 8: [sc in 7, 2sc] five times, sc in 4 – 48

Row 9: sc in each – 48

Switch to white,

Row 10-13 (4 rows): ssc in each – 48

Switch to blue,

Row 14: ssc in 4, ssc2tog, rep around – 40

Row 15: ssc in each – 40

Switch to white,

Row 16-19 (4 rows): ssc in each – 40

Row 20: [sc, hdc] in first stitch, [hdc, sc] in next stitch. Repeat this across. TO. Tuck in all tails.

 

Shoulder Straps (make 2)

In blue,

Ch 15 + 1 to turn

Row 1: sc in each – 15

Row 2: sc, ch 2, sk 2, sc in 12. TO.

Attach white at the beginning chain. Hdc in each, placing 2hdc in corner edges. Be careful to hdc in the ch’s made for the button hole. Tuck in all tails.
 
Attach straps to dress, pinning them in place the dress is on the doll to know where to place your buttons.
 
Using black yarn, embroider on the nose and eyes. I used a 'satin stitch' for the nose, although maybe a heart shape would look more doggy. Whatever! Here's a link, in case you aren't sure what I'm talking about or haven't done this before: http://sublimestitching.com/pages/how-to-satin-stitch
 
Enjoy!
 

 
 
 

 

 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Witchy Hat (for pets)

Halloween is almost here! Woo!! I am going to be portraying a witchy type character at the Texas Renaissance Festival this year, and I'm pretty stoked about it. So witches have been on my mind a lot this time around!

This is something I worked up really quick yesterday night. I air popped some popcorn (Kipp's favorite) and used it as bribery so he would let me place it on his head and take a picture of him. Like the Santa hat I made, it doesn't really get used, just kind of funny (and fun) to make stuff up sometimes. Hope you enjoy. :)





Materials:
Black, purple, and gold worsted weight yarn
Yarn needle
Stitch markers (recommended)
Size E hook (3.5mm)

Abbreviations:
MR – magic ring
Sc – single crochet
TO – tie off/fasten off
Flo – front loop only. This is the loop that is on the outside of your work
Sl st – slip stitch
Rep – repeat
Ch - chain

Pattern Notes:
This pattern is written in U.S. terms.
The hat is worked in the round. Do not join on this part of the pattern.
Gauge is not critical in this pattern.


Now, on to the pattern!




Hat:
In black,
Rd 1: MR 8 – 8
Rd 2-4 (3 rounds): sc in each – 8
Rd 5: 2sc in each – 16
Rd 6: sc in each – 16
Rd 7: sc, 2sc in next, rep around – 24
Rd 8-11 (4 rounds): sc in each – 24
Rd 12: sc in 2, 2sc in next, rep around – 32
Rd 13-14: sc in each – 32
Rd 15: sc in 3, 2sc in next, rep around – 40
Rd 16-25 (10 rounds): sc in each – 40
Rd 26: in flo, sc in each - 40
Rd 27: sc in each – 40
Rd 28: sc in 3, 2sc in next, rep around – 50
Rd 29: sc in 4, 2sc in next, rep around – 60
Rd 30: sc in 5, 2sc in next, rep around – 70
Rd 31: sc in 6, 2sc in next, rep around – 80
Rd 32: sc in 7, 2sc in next, rep around – 90
Rd 33: sc in 8, 2sc in next, rep around – 100
Sl st to first stitch of previous round, TO. Hide tail.

Hat band:
In purple,
Ch 40 + 1 to turn
For two rows, sc in each stitch. TO. Leave a long tail. Attach to base of hat.

Buckle:
In gold,
Ch 20, TO. Leave a long tail. Attach to front of hat, over the purple band.

Chin straps:
Leave a bit of a tail at the beginning. Ch 40 +1 to turn. Sc in 40. TO, leaving a little tail. Using both tails, attach it to the sides of the hat. Depending on the size of your dog’s head, may want to adjust and chain more or less.

Place on dog’s head. Reward profusely with treats!





Any questions, feel free to contact me on my blog at cantoocrochet.blogspot.com, or on Ravelry. My user name is Malkyra! (This pattern is also available in pdf form on Ravelry, by the way.)