Thursday, 15 November 2012

Christmas Kangaroo



I've been working on a Christmas project inspired by Rolf Harris' song "Six White Boomers" (a Boomer is a male kangaroo). In the song, six kangaroos pull Santa's sleigh when the reindeer find it too hot to go on while traveling through Australia. I'm planning on making all six boomers - so far I've made three. I wanted to share this pattern with you as sort of an early Christmas present. I've included instructions for a pouch so your kangaroo doesn't have to be a boomer if you don't want it to be. There is also a pattern for a little joey. I figured you can't have a pattern of a Kangaroo without a joey. You can find a link to the pattern for the little Santa hat at the bottom of this post.

Enjoy, guys!


Christmas Kangaroo


Size
18cm/7in tall,

Skill Level
Moderate. Nothing too tricky with the Kangaroo. The legs require a few short rows to shape the foot and all up there are 8 pieces to join. The Joey, because he is so small, is quite fiddly. Felt could be used for some of his smaller features - his arms, ears and tail.

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
White - suggested alternatives: grey, brown, red
Black or Blue for the eyes
Grey for the nose - suggested alternatives: black, pink

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Tapestry needle

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
Rnd – A round of a continuous spiral
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 White)
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 8-9: sc in each st around
Rnd 10: sc in next 4 st, sc2tog, sc in next 6 st, sc2tog, sc in next 10 st, *sc in next st, sc2tog*  four times, sc in next 6 st (36)
Rnd 11-13: sc in each st around
Rnd 14: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  six times, sc in next 18 st (30)
Rnd 15-16: sc in each st around
Rnd 17: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  five times, sc in next 13 st, sc2tog (24)
Rnd 18-20: sc in each st around
Rnd 21: sc in next 2 st, *sc2tog* four times, sc in next 14 st (20)
Rnd 22: sc in each st around
Start stuffing.
Rnd 23: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (15)
Rnd 24-25: sc in each st around
Rnd 26: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (10)
Rnd 27-28: sc in each st around
Finish stuffing firmly. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the body to the head.

Head (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (9)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (12)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (15)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 8: sc in each st around
Rnd 9: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 10: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (30)
Rnd 11-12: sc in each st around
Rnd 13: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Rnd 14: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Start stuffing.
Rnd 15: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Rnd 16: sc2tog around
Finish stuffing firmly. Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches, pulling tight to close up hole. Weave in ends.

Tail (in White)
Remember to stuff the tail as you go.

Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in ring (4)
Rnd 2: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (6)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (8)
Rnd 5-6: sc in each st around
Rnd 7: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (10)
Rnd 8-11: sc in each st around
Rnd 12: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (12)
Rnd 13-20: sc in each st around
Rnd 21: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (14)
Rnd 22: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (16)
Rnd 23: sc in each st around
Finish stuffing firmly. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the tail to the body.

Legs (in White)
Before we start making the legs, I just want to mention how to stuff them. The legs become quite narrow and so you will have to stuff as you go. The top, rounded part of the leg, the part that will eventually be attached to the body, only needs to be stuffed lightly. Use the picture below as a guide. If it is stuffed too firmly, it will sit awkwardly on the body. The rest of the leg should be stuffed nice and firmly.


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 5-6: sc in each st around
Rnd 7: *sc2tog*  six times, sc in next 12 st (18)
Rnd 8: *sc2tog*  five times, sc in next 6 st, sc2tog (12)
Rnd 9: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (8)
Rnd 10-16: sc in each st around
Rnd 17: To make the heel of the foot you'll work three short rows. Sc in next 6 st. *Turn your work, sc in next 4 st* twice. You have now made a small flap. Insert your hook into the middle of the side of the flap, pull yarn through, insert hook into the next st, pull yarn through then pull yarn through all three loops on the hook. Sc in next st (8)

Small flap made after working three short rows in Rnd 17

Rnd 18: Sc in next st. Insert hook in next st, pull yarn through, insert hook into the middle of the side of the flap, pull yarn through then pull yarn through all three loops on the hook. Sc in next 6 st (8)
Rnd 19-20: sc in each st around
Rnd 21: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (10)
Rnd 22-23: sc in each st around
Rnd 24: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  twice (8)
Rnd 25: sc in each st around
Rnd 26: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  twice (6)
Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches, pulling tight to close up hole. Weave in ends. Make two.

Arms (in White)
The arms are left unstuffed.

Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in ring (4)
Rnd 2: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (6)
Rnd 3-9: sc in each st around
Rnd 10: 2 sc in next 3 st, sc in next 3 st (9)
Rnd 11: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  three times, sc in next 3 st (12)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the arms to the body. Make two.
Ears (in White)
When you make your foundation chain, leave a tail of yarn at the start of the chain to use when joining the ears to the head.

Chain 5
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in three chains, turn (4)
Row 2: sc in each st to the end, turn (4)
Row 3: sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next st, turn (3)
Row 4: sc in each st to the end, turn (3)
Row 5: sc2tog, sc in next st, turn (2)
Row 6: sc2tog (1)
To finish off, slip stitch evenly around the edges of the ear. Cut yarn and fasten off, weaving the end into the ear. Don't weave in the tail of yarn left at the beginning of the foundation chain. Make two.

Pouch (in White)
Chain 15.
Row 1: Working in the back loops only, sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 13 chains to the end, turn (14)
Row 2: sc2tog, sc in next 10 st, sc2tog, turn (12)
Row 3: sc in each st to the end, turn
Row 4: sc2tog, sc in next 8 st, sc2tog, turn (10)
Row 5-7: sc in each st to the end, turn
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the pouch to the body. Weave the tail of yarn up through the side of the pouch and out through the top corner (the top edge of the pouch is the widest edge.



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

Join the head to the body. Position the head on the open end of the body and pin into place. Use the tail of yarn on the body to sew the head on.


Join the legs to the body. There is an arch/bend in the body. This is the Kangaroo's back. Pin the legs to the body so that the toes face away from the arch/bend. Cut a length of yarn and attach to the body close to the edge of the leg and use this to stitch the leg to the body. Stitch all the way around the rounded part of the leg.



Join the tail to the body. You want the tail of the Kangaroo to touch the ground when the Kangaroo is standing on a flat surface. So when you pin the tail to the body, stand the Kangaroo up and make sure the tail is sitting in a nice position. Use the tail of yarn left on the tail to stitch it onto the body.


Join the arms to the body. One side of the opening of the arms flares out a little more than the other. This will be the top of the arm/shoulder. Flatten the opening, pin to the body and stitch on flat using the tails of yarn left on the arms.


Join the ears to the head. I find the easiest way to stitch on the ears is to pin them flat to the head with the points pointing towards the nose. Then use the tails of yarn on the ears to stitch the bottom edge to the head.


Join the pouch to the body. If you're making a female Kangaroo (called does, flyers or jills; I think I prefer the term jills) then you'll want to add a pouch. Pin the pouch to the tummy, between the legs. You'll want the top of the pouch to balloon out a little. Use the tail of yarn on the pouch to join it to the tummy. This should be obvious but just in case I'll say it anyway - remember not to sew down the top edge of the pouch or else your pouch will end up being just a patch.


Stitch on facial features. Using black or blue yarn, stitch in some eyes. Using grey yarn stitch in a triangular nose.

Okay, we've finished the Kangaroo. Let's start on the Joey. You'll be using the same yarn used to make the Kangaroo.

Joey


Okay, so I'll admit it, you can only tell this little guy is a joey when he's in his mum's pouch. When he's out of it, he looks a bit like a dodgy dog or a wolf or, if we're going to stick to the Australian theme, like a little white dingo. Still, his mum loves him and that's all that matters, right?

We'll join all the parts as we go so we don't lose any of them. Joining his arms, ears, tail and snout can be a bit of a pain because of his tiny size. If you think it will be easier, cut out these features from matching felt and glue to the body.

Alrighty, here we go ...

Size
4.5cm/ 1.8in long

Instructions

Body and Legs (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3-4: sc in each st aorund
Rnd 5: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (9)
Rnd 6-7: sc in each st around
You can start stuffing. Only the body needs to be stuffed and you don't need to stuff very firmly. When you start making the legs later, don't worry about stuffing them.
Rnd 8: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (12)

Start making First Leg.
Rnd 1: Skip the next 6 st, sc in next 6 st (6)
Rnd 2: sc in each of the 6 st you just made (6)
Rnd 3: sc2tog, sc in next 4 st (5)
Cut yarn and weave through last 4 st, pulling tight to close up hole. Fasten off.

Rnd 1: Skip 6 st, sc in next st

Start making Second leg.
Row 1: Attach yarn to one of the unworked st of Rnd 8 of the body. Sc in each of the unworked stitches (6)
Row 2: sc in each of the 6 st you just made (6)
Row 3: sc2tog, sc in next 4 st (5)
Cut yarn and weave through last 4 st, pulling tight to close up hole. Fasten off. Weave in yarn ends.

Row 1: Attach yarn to one of the unworked st of Rnd 8

Ears (in White)
Chain 3.
Row 1: Working in back loops only, sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next chain (2)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining to the head. Make two. Join the ears to the top of the head.


Arms (in White)
Chain 4.
Row 1: sl st in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next 2 chains (3)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining to the body. Make two. Join the arms to the body.


Tail (in White)
Chain 6.
Row 1: sl st in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next chain, sc in next 3 st (5)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining to the body. Join the tail to the back of the body, just above the legs.


Snout (in White)
Make a ring.
Row 1: 5 sc in ring
Sl st in next st, cut yarn and pull through. Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the the body. Join the snout to the middle of the head.


To finish off, stitch in some eyes with black or blue yarn just above the snout and a nose with grey yarn on the tip of the snout.

And that's it! Would you like to make a little Santa hat for your Kangaroo? Pop over here for a simple pattern.







Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2012

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