Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Chewie

Everyone needs a little Chewbacca in their lives, from time to time.


I was struck when I came across this yarn, that it looked like a rolled up wookie on the shelf at JoAnn's. I figured I had to try it! It works up very quickly and is super soft, it's fun to work with...and much easier than some boucle yarns I've tried!
This is a modification I did to my bear pattern, as I figured I already had the template, just needed to take off the ears, add some length to the limbs, and voila! The finished Chewie is approximately 14" tall.
Note: This pattern uses US terminology.
Abbreviations used:
hdc - half double crochet
MR - magic ring (alternatively can use ch 2, sc # of stitches in 2nd ch from the hook)
rep - repeat
rd - round
sc - single crochet
sc2tog - decrease stitch
sc3tog - decrease stitch
sk - skip
st - stitch
TO - tie off/fasten off
Materials needed:
Stuffing
H hook (5.0mm)
2 skeins Jo-Ann's Sensations Angel Hair
2 safety eyes, 15mm (can alternatively embroider them)
Small amount of gray yarn
Small amount of red/brownish red yarn
Bristled hair brush to brush the yarn out a little
Yarn needle for sewing arms on
BODY
Starting from the top of the head, and working down:
Rd 1: MR – 9
Rd 2: 2sc in each – 18
Rd 3: sc in first, 2sc in next, rep around - 27
Rd 4: *sc in first, 2sc in next*, rep what's between * 13 times, 2sc in last - 42 
Rd 5-19 (15 rounds): Sc around – 42
Rd 20: Sc 28, ch 5, sk 5 st, sc 8 – 42 (these make the arm holes)
Rd 21: Sc 8, ch 5, sk 5 st, sc 28 – 42
Rd 22 - 32 (11 rounds): Sc around – 42
Add in the eyes. I placed the eyes around round 12. Place them where you think is best.
Now, we are going to start making one leg, and will attach the second one later. Looking at your work, you're going to have each leg with 21 stitches. Without breaking yarn, continue:
LEGS
Rd 1: sc in 21, leaving the other 21 stitches unworked for now.
Rd 2-19 (18 rounds): sc in each
Rd 20: sc, sc2tog, rep around - 14
Rd 21: sc2tog in each - 7
Rd 22: sc3tog three times to close. TO.
Begin stuffing. Attach your yarn back at the first stitch you left unworked. Sc in the unworked 21 to start the second leg. The crotch can either be sc2tog'd or you can sew it with a needle a little tighter to make sure there is no opening for stuffing to come through later.

Sorry for the crappy picture.
I didn't think about posting this,
was just showing a friend
the progress I'd made!
 If I make another, I'll try to
take a better picture of this step.
Ask me if you have questions on
this, though. Wasn't sure how to state it!


On to the arms!
ARMS
These will be worked up separately and then sewn on to the body:
Rd 1: MR – 6
Rd 2: 2sc in each – 12
Rd 3-15 (13 rounds): Sc around – 12
Rd 16: 2sc in 2, sc in 9 – 14
Rd 17: Sc around – 14
TO. Leaving a tail on each, sew onto body.
BANDOLIER/BELT:
This can probably be made several ways, using all sc, using the band as one solid color and then stitching on squares of gray, etc etc. I did some rudimentary color changes and did the gray stitches as hdc into the stitch below and only when working the right side (RS). That way all the yarn carry-overs don't show. There are rows of sc in red between each gray row.

To color change cleanly, you perform your stitch as usual, except before pulling your yarn through the working loops (either 2 in the sc stitch or 3 in the hdc stitch) to finish the stitch, you will do it with the secondary yarn, making sure the strand of the working yarn of the secondary color is draped OVER/ABOVE the primary yarn, to sort of "lock" the stitch. See YouTube for color changing techniques (I learned it from one lady that did a lot of Nintendo themed creations in Tunisian crochet).

I would make a video of this, except my camera takes crappy video, if anyone has seen the "squid hat" tutorial. Haha.

In maroon/red/brown:
Row 1: ch 4, + 1 to turn
Row 2-23 (24 rows): sc 4, ch1 to turn
Row 24: sc in first, switch to gray, hdc into stitch below twice, switch to red, sc in last, turn
Row 25: sc across (in red)
Row 26: sc in first, switch to gray, hdc into stitch below twice, switch to red, sc in last, turn

Continue on until you reach the desired length (mine was 52 rows).
Sc along the edge to give the bandolier a "finished" look, placing 2sc into each corner stitch to keep it square.

Either sew with a yarn needle or sc together to close the belt off.



Let me know if you have questions!!



3 comments:

  1. Oh I love this. He's fantastic! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I'm over in the UK and struggling to source this yarn. Can you recommend an alternative that you think might work well? Thank you, Hannah

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    1. Hello, if you use normal brown yarn, you can use a small metal pet brush to make him fuzzy looking. Just make sure to put the eyes at the very end to not scratch them. You can mark where they will go with a bit of yarn in different color...

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  2. Hello Hannah!

    I'm not really sure what to use as a substitute. Let me ask a few people I know from across the pond. Or maybe there's a site that will ship internationally. At that point it probably wouldn't be cost-effective though... Hmmm... If I find anything out, I'll reply back. :)

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