Wednesday, 23 May 2012

The Mallet, the Common Cold and the Splat


I want to share my cold with you (particularly with Dannie-K118 and CodyJunk) … but in the nicest, most hygienic way.

Here are the patterns for all the crocheted items that were featured in last week’s post. Have fun! 

Edit: Added note under Terminology section that the pattern is written using US terminology.



 
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.

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, pull through yarn, yarn over hook, pull yarn 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.


The Mallet




Size
14cm/5 ½ in long

Skill Level
Easy.

 Materials
Yarn
Dark Grey
Brown

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Tapestry needle

Instructions

Mallet Head (in Dark Grey)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 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
Rnd 10-30: sc in each st around
Rnd 31: Working in back loops only, sc in each st around
Rnd 32: *sc in next 6 st, sc2tog*  around (42)
Rnd 33: *sc in next 5 st, sc2tog*  around (36)
Rnd 34: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog*  around (30)
Start stuffing.
Rnd 35: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Rnd 36: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Rnd 37: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Finish stuffing firmly.
Rnd 38: sc2tog around (6)
Close up hole and fasten off. Weave in ends.

Mallet Handle (in Brown)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 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 6-9: sc in each st around
Rnd 10: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Rnd 11-21: sc in each st around
Rnd 22: *sc in next 6 st, sc2tog*  around (21)
Rnd 23: sc in each st around
Rnd 24: *sc in next 5 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Rnd 25: sc in each st around
Fasten off, leaving a tail to use for joining. Stuff firmly

Assembly
Join the Mallet Handle to the Head. Position the handle halfway down the length of the mallet head and stitch on.


The Common Cold

Size
5cm/2in high

Skill Level
Easy. The spikes are 4 single crochets around, so they are a little fiddly to crochet and join. Changing to a smaller hook for this part of the pattern may make it a little easier.

Materials
Yarn
Whatever colour you like. I recommend a sickly green.

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Tapestry needle
White and Black Felt
Needle and thread/Glue for attaching felt

Instructions

Body
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: sc in each st around
Rnd 3: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (8)
Rnd 4: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (12)
Rnd 5: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 7-9: sc in each st around
Rnd 10: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Start stuffing.
Rnd 11: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Rnd 12: sc2tog around (6)
Finish stuffing firmly. Close up hole and fasten off. Weave in ends.

Small Spike
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in ring
Rnd 2: sc in each st around
Fasten off, leaving a tail to use for joining. Leave unstuffed. Make three.

Large Spike
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in ring
Rnd 2-3: sc in each st around
Fasten off, leaving a tail to use for joining. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Assembly
Join spikes to body. The two large spikes go on either side of the pointy end of the body. They look a little like to arms raised in the air. The small spikes are arranged at the bottom of the body – two at the front, like two little stumpy legs, and one at the back, like a little tail.












Add eyes and eyebrows. The eyes are a tiny circle of black felt on a small circle of white. To make the eyebows cut out a v-shape from black felt. Attach to the body using needle and thread or glue. I like to use felt to make facial features on my toys (because I'm rubbish at embroidering), but it can be a bit tricky to cut and join felt especially when the toys are small like these guys are. If you’re good at embroidering on yarn features, then do this for the face. Here’s an example of what that may look like.












The Splat

Size
5cm/2in wide

Skill Level
Easy.

Material
Yarn
Again, whatever colour you like.

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Tapestry needle
White and Black Felt
Needle and thread/Glue for attaching felt

Instructions

Splat
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 4: 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next 2 st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next 2 st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next st (24)
Rnd 5: sl st in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next 4 st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next 4 st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next st (30)
Rnd 6: sl st in next st, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next 3 st, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next 4 st, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next 3 st, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next 4 st, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next 3 st, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st (36)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Droplet 1
Chain 8
Row 1: hdc in 2nd chain from hook, hdc in next st, slst in next 5 st (7)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Droplet 2
Chain 7
Row 1: hdc in 2nd chain from hook, hdc in next st, sl st in next 4 st (6)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Droplet 3
Chain 6
Row 1: hdc in 2nd chain from hook, sl st in next 4 st (5)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Droplet 4
Chain 5
Row 1: hdc in 2nd chain from hook, sl st in next 3 st (4)
Fasten off and weave in ends. Make two.

Assembly
Add eyes and eyebrows. Use the same method for making the eyes and eyebrows as you used for the Common Cold.

Arrange the droplets around the splat, putting the smaller droplets in between the larger ones.

And that’s it. Now you have a Common Cold. Start ker-splatting!
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