Monday, 22 October 2012

The Oddball Little Devil

Some people were having trouble viewing the Oddball Little Devil pattern (sorry about that) so I'm posting it again. I'm hoping this will solve the problem. Let me know if you're still having problems.




This is Buddy. He's such a nice little fellow he's in danger of being a bad little devil. Buddy has been preparing for Halloween. Scroll down past the pattern to have a peek at his costume.

If you need any help or if you come across any mistakes, please let me know.

Oddball Little Devil

Size
8cm/3in tall, 7cm/2 ¾in wide

Skill Level
Moderate. The pitchfork/prong section is a little tricky. I recommend you read through that section before you start.

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
Yarn
Red
Black
White

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Plastic pellets or dried beans and stocking (optional)
Tapestry needle
Black felt
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
hdc – Half double crochet. Yarn over hook, insert hook in stitch, yarn over hook and pull through stitch. Yarn over hook and pull through all three loops on hook.
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

Body (in Red)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (30)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (36)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (42)
Rnd 8: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (48)
Rnd 9-10: sc in each st  around
Rnd 11: *sc in next 6 st, sc2tog*  around (42)
Rnd 12: *sc in next 5 st, sc2tog*  around (36)
Rnd 13-14: sc in each st  around
Rnd 15: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog*  around (30)
Rnd 16: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Rnd 17: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st* around (28)
Can start lightly stuffing now. Plastic pellets or dried beans tied in a stocking can be placed at the bottom of the body to give it a bit of weight.
Rnd 18: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (32)
Rnd 19: *sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (36)
Rnd 20: sc in each st around
Rnd 21: *sc in next 7 st, sc2tog*  around (32)
Rnd 22: *sc in next 6 st, sc2tog*  around (28)
Rnd 23: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (21)
Rnd 24: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (14)
Finish stuffing firmly.
Rnd 25: sc2tog  around (7)
Weave yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight to close up hole. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Horns (in Red)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in ring (4)
Rnd 2: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next*  twice (6)
Rnd 3: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next*  twice (8)
Rnd 4: sc in each st around
Rnd 5: sl st in next 3 st, sc in next 5 st (8)
Rnd 6: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn. Stuff firmly. Make two.

Arms (in Red)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 7 sc in ring (7)
Rnd 2-6: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Big Eye (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Sl st in next st and pull through yarn. Leave a tail for joining to the body.

Small Eye (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Sl st in next st and pull through yarn. Leave a tail for joining to the body.

You can now attach a small circle of black felt to each eye to make the pupils, using needle and thread or glue. They should sit off-centre, close to the edge of the eye.




Make point
In the instructions for the prongs of the pitchfork and the tail I’ll use the term ‘make point’. Below I describe how to do that. It’s a little tricky and it will look a bit messy while you’re doing it but it should come together in the end.

You start with a chain, then sl st in the 2nd chain from the hook.




Chain 2. Sc in the 2nd chain from the hook.



Chain 2 again. Sl st in 2nd chain from the hook.



To finish the point off, sl st in the chain that the first sl st was made. Now you should have a nice triangular point.


If you’re not comfortable with crocheting the points, you could replace them with triangles of felt. Also, there will be a non-point option for the prongs.

Tail (in Red)
Chain 22, make point, sl st in the remaining 20 chains (20 st and 1 point)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn.

Prongs (in Black)
The three prongs are made as one whole part.

First Prong: Chain 8, make point, sl st in remaining 6 chains.
Second Prong: Continuing on from this first prong, make another 8 chains, make a point and sl st in the next 6 chains. You now have the two outside prongs.
Third Prong: Continuing on, chain 9, make point, sl st in remaining 7 chains. You now have all three prongs.
To finish off, sl st  around point where the three prongs meet. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn.




Alternative Prongs with no points (in Black)
First Prong: Chain 7, sl st in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next 5 chains.
Second Prong: Chain 7, sl st in  2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next 5 chains.
Third Prong: Chain 8, sl st in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next 6 chains.
To finish off sl st around point where the three prongs meet. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn.

Pitchfork Handle (in Black)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 5 sc in ring
Rnd 2-12: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in ends. Leave unstuffed. Join the prongs to the open end of the pitchfork handle.

Assembly
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eye at all times.***

Join the arms to the body.
Attach the arms just below the neck, the narrowest part of the body, using the tails of yarn left on the arms.





Join the horns to the body. The horns are slightly curved. Pin the horns on top of the head, curved sides facing each other. They should line up with the arms. Use the tails of yarn left on the horns to attach them to the head.





Join the tail to the body. Use the tail of yarn left on the tail to stitch it on to the middle bottom of the back of the body.




Join the eyes to the body. The eyes sit close together just below the horns. Position the eyes so that the pupils are close together. Use the tails of yarn left on the eyes to stitch them on to the body.





Stitch in mouth. Use black yarn to stitch in his little mouth.

And you're done. I hope you like your new little devil.

What does a sweet little devil wear for Halloween?




If he keeps it up, who knows where he'll be headed next ... cue the trumpets and strings ...



The pattern for Buddy's angel costume can now be found here! And check out his friend the Cranky Angel here.

Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2012

The Cranky Angel

This is the pattern for Buddy's nemesis/best friend, the Cranky Angel. Scroll down past the pattern for a short Cranky Angel comic.


The Cranky Angel


Size
8cm/3in tall, 7cm/2 ¾in wide

Skill Level
Easy.

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
Yarn
Cream
Yellow
White

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Plastic pellets or dried beans and stocking (optional)
Tapestry needle
Black felt
Black cotton or embroidery floss to use for the mouth
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

Body (in Cream)

Make a ring.
Row 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Row 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (30)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (36)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (42)
Rnd 8: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (48)
Rnd 9: Working in back loops only. Sc in each st around (48)
Rnd 10-11: sc in each st around
Rnd 12: *sc in next 6 st, sc2tog*  around (42)
Rnd 13: *sc in next 5 st, sc2tog*  around (36)
Rnd 14-15: sc in each st around
Rnd 16: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog*  around (30)
Rnd 17: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Can start lightly stuffing now. Plastic pellets or dried beans tied in a stocking can be placed at the bottom of the body to give it a bit of weight.
Rnd 18: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (28)
Rnd 19: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (32)
Rnd 20: *sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (36)
Rnd 21: sc in each st around
Rnd 22: *sc in next 7 st, sc2tog*  around (32)
Rnd 23: *sc in next 6 st, sc2tog*  around (28)
Rnd 24: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (21)
Rnd 25: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (14)
Finish stuffing firmly.
Rnd 26: sc2tog  around (7)
Weave yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight to close up hole. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Arms (in Cream)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 7 sc in ring (7)
Rnd 2-6: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Halo (in Yellow)
Chain 20. Sl st in 1st chain made to make a ring.
Rnd 1: sc in each chain around (19)
Sl st in next st, cut yarn and pull through. Leave a tail of yarn to use for joining.

Wings (in Yellow)
The wings are identical to those made for Buddy’s Angel Costume. Follow those instructions to make two wings in yellow for the Cranky Angel.

Big Eye ( in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Sl st in next st and pull through yarn. Leave a tail for joining to the body.

Small Eye (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Sl st in next st and pull through yarn. Leave a tail for joining to the body.

You can now attach a small circle of black felt to each eye to make the pupils, using needle and thread or glue. They should sit off-centre, close to the edge of the eye.


Assembly
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eyes at all times.***

Join the arms to the body. Attach the arms just below the neck, the narrowest part of the body, using the tails of yarn left on the arms.





Join the wings to the body. 





Join the halo to the body. 




Join the eyes to the body.  The eyes sit close together just below the horns. Position the eyes so that the pupils are close together. Use the tails of yarn left on the eyes to stitch them on to the body.




Make him cranky! Cut out a ‘v’ shape from black felt for the brows of the angel. Attach above the eyes using needle and thread or glue.




Give him a mouth. Use black sewing cotton or embroidery floss to stitch in a mouth. You could use black yarn but I think it looks a little too bold against the cream of the angel.


Yay! Your Cranky Angel is now complete. Treat him well - even a cranky angel needs a hug now and then ;)

Are you curious to know what happens when you mess with the Cranky Angel? Take a look at what happened to poor Buddy ...



Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2012

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Buddy's Angel Costume


 
Here is the pattern for Buddy's angel costume. I used a fuzzy white yarn (wool, acrylic blend) to make the wings. The yarn was quite soft and so the wings were a little twisted when they were finished. I used some fabric stiffener to make them sit the way I wanted. If your wings turn out a little twisty then you might want to take a look at this site: crochet.tangleweeds.com/stiffeners.html. It discusses a few techniques for stiffening crochet work.

Good luck with the costume. If you need any help or if I've left anything out, let me know.

Buddy’s Angel Costume




Materials
Yarn
Yellow
White
Fuzzy White

Crochet Hook 3.00mm preferred size
Tapestry Needle

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round/row are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s/row’s instructions.

Instructions

Harness (in Yellow)
Make sure you leave a tail of yarn when you start the chain. This will be used to join the arm strap to the back of the harness later on.

Leave a tail


You’ll need to use Buddy (or the toy the costume is for) to determine how many chains you need to start with. First, chain five. Pin this chain to the middle of the back of Buddy, one pin in the first chain, one pin in the fifth chain.



Continue the chain until it can wrap around the arm of the toy and reach around the back, stopping under the pin in the fifth chain.




Count the number of chains you’ve added to the first five chains and note it down. This will be the length of the harness’s arm straps. Add one more chain. This is the turning chain.

Now you’ll start to make the back of the harness.
Row 1: Sc in the 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 4 chains, chain 1, turn (5 sc, the unworked chains make up the first arm strap)
Row 2: sc in each sc, chain 1, turn (5)
Row 3: sc in each sc, chain 1, turn (5)
Row 4: sc in each sc (5)
Remember that number you noted down? Add that number of chains to row 4 to make your second arm strap. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining.

Your harness should look like this:




To finish off, attach the ends of the arm straps to a corner of the back of the harness as shown in the photos below.







Halo Support (in Yellow)
The halo support is what the halo sits on. It’s attached to the back of the harness.

Place the harness on your toy. Attach yarn to the middle of the back of the harness. Make a chain that rises over the head of the toy.



Sl st in the 2nd chain from the hook and in all the remaining chains until you’re back where you started. Cut yarn and pull through. Weave the halo support’s yarn ends into the back of the harness.




Halo (in White)
Chain 20 then sl st in 1st chain made to make a ring.
Rnd 1: Sl st in each chain around
Sl st in next st, cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining. Use the tail of yarn left on the halo to attach it to the halo support.





Wings (in Fluffy White)
I've used yellow yarn in the photos because I think the stitches are a little easier to see in yellow rather than in fluffy white :)

Chain 5
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 3 chains, chain 1, turn (4)
Row 2-5: sc in each sc, chain 1, turn (4)
Row 6: sc in next 4 sc, then continue to crochet down the side of the piece, making 5 sc evenly spaced down the rows, then chain 5, turn (14)

Crochet evenly down the side of the rows making 5 sc



How your wing should look after row 6 is completed


Row 7: sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 12 st, chain 1, turn (13)
Row 8: sc2tog, sc in next 11 sc, chain 3, turn (15)
Row 9: sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 11 st, sc2tog, chain 1 turn (13)
Row 10: sc in next 13 sc, chain 3, turn (16)
Row 11: sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 12 st, sc2tog, then sl st evenly down the side of the rows.





Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use for joining.
Attach the wings to the back of the harness.






Your little angel costume is complete. Not only will it fit an Oddball Little Devil but it will also fit an Oddball Mouse and the Easter Bunny.





Hope your toys enjoy the outfit!

Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2012

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

This little Piggy went to market …




Priscilla the Unimpressed Pig is now for sale on Etsy and on Ravelry. Yay! Biff is no longer alone in the store!

A huge thank you to my incredibly talented testers:
Annerose
Claudia (She named her pig Spamela!!)

They did a great job. Thank you guys!

So what’s next? I’m a bit scattered at the moment, working on multiple projects, trying to stop myself from starting more. I do want to have a couple of Christmas themed patterns up on the blog by the end of October/beginning of November. Possibly a Big White Boomer (Christmas Kangaroo) and definitely some mini stockings. I’ve started my next pattern for Etsy. It’s going to be quite a big toy. I’m hoping to get that finished by November but I’m not sure if that will happen. I’ve been ordered by my mother to make a giant penguin for her Christmas raffle. Hmm. So much crocheting so little time …
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