Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The Oddball Mummy

First pattern for the new blog! Wahoo!

Let me introduce you to Karl the Oddball Mummy. Karl hates sand, small spaces and museums. That's an unfortunate list of pet peeves for a mummy. It's no wonder he's groaning all the time. He tries to ease his woes by perusing magazines, cutting out examples of haute couture and saving them in his scrapbook. He yearns for a new outfit but has yet to figure out how to remove his bandages without his body falling apart.


The Oddball Mummy




Size
8cm/3in tall, 7cm/2 ¾in wide

Skill Level
Intermediate. This pattern requires that you crochet in a spiral and in rows. It is quite a straightforward pattern but some rounds are worked in the back loops and there are colour changes.

Note on yarn and hook size
I used DK weight yarn and a 3.0mm hook for this pattern. For those using US hooks, I recommend a size C or D, for those using UK hooks, I recommend a size 11. You can use a different weight yarn than DK but it will change the size of your toy. Remember to use the same weight yarn for all parts so that your toy is in proportion. Choose a hook size that will give you a nice tight stitch.

Materials
Yarn
White
Light Green

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Plastic pellets or dried beans and stocking (optional)
Tapestry needle
Black felt for the eyes
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt
Pins
Scissors
Used teabag and some cool water

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 (White and Light Green)
Some of the rounds are worked in the back loops to create lines around the body and make it look like Karl is wrapped in bandages. If you're not familiar with back loops, I recommend looking at this tutorial on Stitch Diva Studios.

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: Working in the back loops only, *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: Working in the back loops only, *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: Working in the back loops only, *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (48)
Rnd 9: sc in each st  around
Rnd 10: Working in the back loops only, sc in each st  around
Rnd 11: *sc in next 6 st, sc2tog*  around (42)
Rnd 12: Working in the back loops only, *sc in next 5 st, sc2tog*  around (36)
Rnd 13: sc in each st  around
Rnd 14: Working in the back loops only, sc in each st  around
Rnd 15: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog*  around (30)
Rnd 16: Working in the back loops only, *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. This will also give your toy a bit more stability when you stand it up.
Rnd 18: Working in the back loops only, *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)
Change to Light Green yarn.
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)
Change to White yarn.
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)
Cut yarn and weave end through remaining stitches. Pull tight to close up hole. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Arms (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 7 sc in ring (7)
Rnd 2: sc in each st around
Rnd 3: Working in the back loops only, sc in each st around
Rnd 4: sc in each st around
Rnd 5: Working in the back loops only, sc in each st around
Rnd 6: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Bandage (in White)
Chain 3.
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next chain (2)
Row 2-13: chain 1, turn, sc in next two sc (2)
Row 14: chain 1, turn, sc2tog (1)
Row 15-16: chain 1, turn, sc in next sc (1)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn. Weave in other yarn ends.

Mouth (in White)
Chain 6.
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 4 chains (5)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn. Weave in other yarn ends.

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. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn.

Small Eye (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Sl st in next st and pull through yarn. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn.

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 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 eyes to the body. The eyes sit close together on the green section of the body (the green section being his mouldy face). 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.



 Join the bandage to the head. The narrow section of the bandage sits above the eyes and the bandage should sweep to the side, as if blowing in a desert breeze. Stitch on using the tail of yarn left on the bandage.


Join the mouth to the face. Don't stitch down the upper edge of the mouth. Let it gape open a little in a grimace. Stitch on using the tail of yarn on the mouth.



Stain the bandages. Make a cup of tea and place the teabag aside. Use a black tea. I used English Breakfast. Make sure to set aside the teabag before adding any milk.


Run a little cool water over the teabag so that it's not too hot to handle. Give the teabag a squeeze so that it's not too wet - it should be damp but not dripping. Have a little water sitting by in a bowl. Now dab your Mummy with the bag to stain his bandages. This will leave quite dark stains. To soften them, wet your finger in the bowl of water and then run it over the stains. Try to keep his eyes stain free.



Your Oddball Mummy is now complete. If his groaning starts to bother you, give him a magazine and that should keep him quiet for a while.

Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2012
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