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

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