Friday, 31 August 2012

Shrunken Head Guy


Here is the pattern for the Shrunken Head Guy from Beetlejuice and the bride I made for him. 

Don't worry about getting things exactly right with this pattern. Any mistakes you make will most likely benefit the appearance of your Shrunken Head person. Have fun with it, be creative and make some truly ghoulish characters. 

Let me know if you need any help or if you run into any mistakes.
Edit: I forgot to add the ears to the pattern section! They have now been added to the end of the pattern section. I've specified which hook to use in brackets next to section headings.









Shrunken Head Guy

Size
15cm/6in tall

Skill Level
Hard. The pattern requires you to crochet in a continuous spiral and rows. Some of the joining is quite complicated.

Materials
Yarn (DK/8ply)
Tan for the head
Pink or Red for the eye socket
White for the eyes
Brown or Grey for the mouth stitches
Whatever colour you like for the hair

Crochet Hook – 3.0mm and 4.5mm
Filling
Black Felt
Needle and thread
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Fabric Stiffener (optional)

Terminology
***This pattern is written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
sc – Single crochet
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.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, dc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together
Turn – Turn work around to start a new row in the opposite direction
Make a ring – Indicates the start of a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer to start the spiral. Method I use: chain 3 then slip stitch in first chain made to make ring.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that rounds instructions.
* *  – Repeat instructions within asterisks as directed. 

Instructions

Head (in Tan using 3.0mm)
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 7-8: sc in each st around
Rnd 9: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (42)
Rnd 10-12: sc in each st around
Rnd 13: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (48)
Rnd 14-15: sc in each st around
Rnd 16: *sc in next 10 st, sc2tog*  around (44)
Rnd 17-22: sc in each st around
Rnd 23: *sc in next 9 st, sc2tog*  around (40)
Rnd 24-25: sc in each st around
Rnd 26: *sc in next 8 st, sc2tog*  around (36)
Rnd 27: sc in each st around
Rnd 28: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog*  around (30)
Rnd 29: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Start stuffing.
Rnd 30: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Rnd 31-37: sc in each st around
Rnd 38: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 39: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (30)
Rnd 40: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (36)
Rnd 41: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (42)
Rnd 42: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (48)
Rnd 43: *sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (54)
Rnd 44: *sc in next 8 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (60)
Rnd 45: *sc in next 9 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (66)
Rnd 46: *sc in next 10 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (72)
Rnd 47: *sc in next 11 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (78)
Finish stuffing firmly. Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in ends.

Head Base (in Tan using 3.0mm)
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: *sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (54)
Rnd 10: *sc in next 8 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (60)
Rnd 11: *sc in next 9 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (66)
Rnd 12: *sc in next 10 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (72)
Rnd 13: *sc in next 11 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (78)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of yarn. Join the base to the head using the tail of yarn.
















Nose (in Tan using 3.0mm)
Chain 21.
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of yarn.

Upper Mouth (in Tan using 3.0mm)
If you are unsure of how to work in the back hump of a chain, check out this tutorial on Stitch Diva.

Chain 16.
Row 1: Working in the back humps of the chains, sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in each chain to the end, turn (15)
Row 2: sl st in next 4 st, sc in next st, hdc in next 5 st, sc in next st, sl st in next 4 st (15)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of yarn.

Lower Mouth (in Tan using 3.0mm)
Chain 16.
Row 1: Working in the back humps of the chains, sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in each chain to the end, turn (15)
Row 2: sl st in next 2 st, sc in next st, hdc in next 9 st, sc in next st, sl st in next 2 st
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of yarn.

Eye Socket (in Red or Pink using 3.0mm)
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)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn. Make two.

Right Brow (in Tan using 3.0mm)
Chain 17.
Row 1: Right Side, working in the back humps of the chains, sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 3 st, hdc in next 6 st, sc in next 6 st (16)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of yarn.

Left Brow (in Tan using 3.0mm)
This is a mirror image of the right brow.
Chain 17.
Row 1: Right Side, working in the back humps of the chains, sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 5 st, hdc in next 6 st, sc in next 4 st (16)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of yarn.

Cheekbones (in Tan using 3.0mm)
Chain 4.
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in each st to the end, turn (3)
Row 2: sc in each st to the end, turn (3)
Row 3: sc in next st, sc2tog, turn (2)
Row 4-5: sc in each st to the end, turn
Row 6: sc2tog, turn (1)
Row 7: sc in next st (1)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn. Make two.

Eyes (in White using 3.0mm)
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 each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn. Make two.

Hair Cap (same colour as the hair using 4.5mm)
I add the hair cap so that if there are any gaps when the hair is added to the Shrunken Head, the skin colour won't show through. It is an optional part of the pattern.

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 21 st, leaving the rest of the stitches in the round unworked, turn your work, working in the single crochets you have just made. Sc in 2nd st from the hook, sc in next 19 st.
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of yarn.

Ears (in Tan using 3.0mm)
Chain 7.
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in each st to the end, turn (6)
Row 2: 2 sc in each st to the end, turn (12)
Row 3: sc2tog six times (6)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn. Make two.

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

Add the nose to the head. First you need to cut out a triangle of black felt. The triangle should be about 6 chains high and 5 chains wide. Use the chain you have crocheted for the nose to measure it out. Using black thread, stitch the felt triangle to the middle of the head. Pin the nose to the head over the felt as shown in the photos and stitch on using the tail of yarn left on the nose.





































































Add the mouth to the head. Cut out a rectangle of black felt a little smaller than the lower mouth. Stitch the rectangle on about a finger width below the nose. Pin the upper mouth and lower mouth in position over the felt rectangle. Join to the head by stitching around the outside of the upper and lower mouth. Don’t stitch the lips down. Use the tails of yarn left on the mouth sections to join them to the head.


















Join the eye sockets to the head. Pin on either side of the nose and join to the head using the tails of yarn left on the sockets.


 Join the brows to the head. The important thing to note with the two brow pieces is that each one has an end with 4 slip stitches and an end with 6 slip stitches. The 4 slip stitch end should sit in between the eye sockets and 6 slip stitch end should sit on the outside of the eye socket. Pin the brows over the eye sockets and stitch on using the tails of yarn left on the brows.
















Join the cheekbones to the head. Pin the cheekbones under the eye sockets as shown in the photo and stitch on using the tail of yarn left on the cheekbones.
















Join the hair cap onto the head. The narrower section of the cap sits on the forehead, the wider section sits on the back of the neck. Stitch on to the top of the head using the tail of yarn left on the hair cap.































Add hair.There are different methods for adding hair to crocheted toys. One method is to take strands of yarn and loop them through the stitches of the head of the toy as shown in this tutorial on esshaych.blogspot.com. This is a simple method but the hairline of your shrunken head will be a little knotty. 

















Another method is to stitch each strand of hair on using cotton thread. I used this method for my first Shrunken Head Guy. It’s a slow process and there are faster and better ways to add hair … but there is something relaxing and enjoyable about adding hair a single strand at a time. Only recommended if you want to spend as much time as possible with your creation.















For this project, I recommend making a yarn fringe then attaching it to the Shrunken Head.  Here is a tutorial on how to make a yarn fringe. Stitch the yarn fringe on using cotton thread the same colour as the yarn.The shrunken head guy and gal have their hair tied up so they only need to have hair around the edge of the hair cap. If you wish to have the hair hanging loose, then you will need to zigzag the fringe over the head to avoid a bald spot. 






























Making the hair stick up. I used fabric stiffener to make the Shrunken Head Guy’s hair stick up. I tied the hair into the shape I wanted, saturated it in watered down fabric stiffener then let it dry for a few days. It worked quite well and is still holding its shape.

Join eyes to head. Stuff the eyes and pin to the eye sockets. Stitch on using the tails of yarn left on the eyes. Cut out a small circle of black felt for the pupil and stitch it onto the centre of the eye.
















Don’t forget the ears! I always forget the ears. Pin the ears to the side of the head and stitch on.
















 And finally, add mouth stitches. Using brown or grey yarn, add ghoulish stitches to the mouth.
















And you are done! If you do make a Shrunken Head Person, please, please, please send me a photo. 






Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2012

Making Hair: How to Make a Yarn Fringe


I’ve created this tutorial to help you when you’re ready to add hair to your Shrunken Head guy.


Over on needlenoodles.com there is an excellent tutorial on how to add hair to an amigurumi/crocheted toy using a yarn fringe. The fringe is made by crocheting together loops of yarn with cotton thread. It is a very efficient and elegant way to make a yarn fringe but it’s a technique I’m not very good at. I instead knot my yarn fringe together using cotton. The following tutorial shows you how to do this. NB: I’ve used cotton a different colour to my yarn to make it more visible. You would use cotton the same colour as your yarn.


Start by wrapping yarn around a clipboard. Alternatively you could use a folded piece of cardboard. You can stick the end of the yarn to the board with adhesive tape to hold it in place as you wrap it around. The length of your fringe will be determined by the width of your clipboard. You will be knotting the loops together with cotton along the spine of the clipboard.




Using a needle, thread a length of cotton under the first loop. Pull through until there is an equal length of cotton on either side of the loop. Tie the cotton into a knot around the first loop. Leave the needle on the cotton.




On either side of the knot you have two lengths of cotton, one threaded through the needle and one hanging loose. Thread the needle end of the cotton underneath the next loop.



Wrap the loose end of the cotton twice around the needle and pull through to make the second knot.



 Repeat for all the loops of yarn wrapped around the board.



When you have finished knotting the loops together, take a pair of scissors and cut the loops along the open side of the clipboard.




 Your fringe is now finished and ready to attach to your toy.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Here Comes the Shrunken Head Bride …


Yes, I have finished the Shrunken Head Bride. 


 As you can see, the groom, Shrunken Head Guy, adores her.


My niece, Abi, adores them both.


Her dress, cape and earrings were supplied by my sister (it was the outfit she wore to her Year 12 Ball).

I've written up most of the pattern. Be warned – it is a complicated pattern. I know, I have a bad habit of going the long way around. In any case, I think the best way to approach it, if you are planning to make a Shrunken Head person, is to use the pattern as a guide and have fun experimenting and creating your own unique creature. I would love to see Shrunken Head people popping up all over the place.

The pattern will be posted tomorrow.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Testers Have Been Chosen


******The testers for this pattern have been chosen.******



This pattern can now be found in my Etsy Store.









A shiny red apple from the Big Bad Wolf. Gift or threat? Whichever it might be, Priscilla was unimpressed.

Priscilla the Unimpressed Pig is ready for testing! I need 2 to 3 testers. To be a tester I would need from you a link to Ravelry, Flickr or some site where I could see some of your crocheted work. Alternatively, you could send me photos of your work in an email. This is just to check that you do crochet not to assess your skill. All skill levels are welcome!

What would be required of you?
·      To finish the pattern within a month
·      To email me photos of the finished toy
·      To complete an 11 question survey after you have finished

If you are interested in testing, email me at woollytoons@gmail.com (places will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis). Pattern details are listed below.

Thanks for taking a look.

Size
16cm/6 ½ in tall when sitting

Difficulty
High. This pattern requires you to crochet in a spiral. Stitches used are chains, slip stitches, single crochets, double crochets and half double crochets. There are 16 parts that need to be joined. To make the snout you are required to crochet around a chain.

Time
14-16 hours

Materials
Yarn (8ply/DK)
Pink (Approx. 300metres, 328yards)
Dark Pink (140metres, 153yards)
Purple (Small amount)
Black yarn (Small amount, optional)

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Tapestry needle
Black felt
White felt
Scissors
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt

Friday, 17 August 2012

Projects Made During the Games


Here are the photos of the projects I finished during the Olympic Games as part of the Ravellenic Games over on Ravelry.


This is my first ever jumper! Yay! It is also the first adult garment I have ever made.  The pattern is from Panda’s pattern book 228 – Crochet Modern Vintage.


I used a skein of Cleckheaton California to make these Fingerless Mittens. They are warm and fuzzy and a mishmash of colour. They were inspired by the pattern I used for my Blah-buster sock. I worked double crochets in rows for the wrist/forearm section. For the hand I worked in single crochets in a spiral. Where the wrist/forearm section was slip stitched together, I added decorative stitches.


Finally, this is Quasi. He was modelled after Fatso the Wombat, an unofficial mascot for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. He was supposed to be felted but the felting process didn’t take. (I think he probably needed a bit more time in the tub.) He has been named Quasi because the poor guy has a bit of a back hump. My sister could not stop laughing at him. So, he’s not the prettiest wombat out there and, yes, he looks a little crazy but I love him. I’ll be refining his pattern and putting him up on the blog after I’ve finished the Shrunken Head Guy pattern.

So after all that crocheting, I now have a mild RSI. Does anybody else suffer from this? I get it every now and then. The tip of my middle finger goes numb, my arm feels a little weak and the lower back of my fingers ache. I’m now wearing my trusty wrist brace and will be taking a break from the hooking for a couple of days. Learn from my mistake people! Take regular breaks and stretch out your hands, wrists, neck, arms, legs, ears … okay, not your ears but you get my point.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Saturday, 11 August 2012

An Update and One Great Idea


Can you believe the Olympics are nearly over? Or that it’s August already? This year seems to be going very fast. Almost time to start thinking about Christmas Projects.

I’ve been taking part in the Ravellenic games, a crochet challenge over on knitting/crochet/social site Ravelry. I set out to complete three crochet projects during the Olympics - a jumper, some fingerless mittens and a felted toy. I’ve completed the first two and when the third is finished I’ll share some photos.

I’ve fallen behind with some other projects. I don’t expect to have the Shrunken Head Guy's Gal and pattern done until late August. I’m hoping Priscilla the Unimpressed Pig will be ready for testing some time this week.

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you this photo sent to me by Debi. She has put a brilliant twist on The Toilet pattern –


It's a Toilet Toilet Roll Cover!! I love it. Great idea, Debi! Thanks for letting me share it.
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