Monday, 31 March 2014

Darwin

And here is the pattern for Darwin. He's a talking, walking goldfish from the cartoon The Amazing World of Gumball. I posted the pattern for his best friend Gumball a week or so ago.

Let me know if you have any problems or if you find any mistakes. Cheers, guys. Enjoy!

Darwin 


Size
14cm/5.5in tall

Skill Level
Advanced. This pattern requires that you crochet in a spiral and in rows. The head and the tail require you to crochet around a chain. Some parts are quite small. There are several colour changes in the pattern. I recommend these two tutorials on changing yarn colour for beginners: Colour Changes in Amigurumi by June Gilbank and Crocheted Jogless Stripe by NeedleNoodles. I’ve included lots of photos and if you need any help with the pattern, please feel free to contact me.

Note on yarn and hook size
I used DK weight yarn and a 2.75mm hook (US size C, UK size 11) for this pattern. 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
Orange
White
Green
Black

Crochet Hook – 2.75mm
Filling
Tapestry needle
White and Black felt for the eyes and eyebrows
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt
Pins
Scissors

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
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. There are several methods. If you’ve never crocheted in a spiral before, Google crochet magic ring and this will lead you to some tutorials on how to get started.
* * - 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

Head (in Orange)
Instead of crocheting in a ring, the tail is made by crocheting around a chain.



When crocheting around a chain, you work in the loops of the chain. These are highlighted in purple in the photo above. The crosses show where you'll place the single crochets and the oval shows where you’ll make a chain in the first round. If you're having difficulty, this tutorial I made a while back may help you out.

Chain 6.
Rnd 1: Working in the back loops of the chain, sc in second st from the hook, sc in next 4 st, chain 1, turn the work around 180 degrees so that you can work in the unworked loops of the stitches, sc in next 6 st (12)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st (16)
Rnd 3: 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next 4 st, sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next 2 st (24)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (30)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (36)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (42)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (48)
Rnd 8-12: sc in each st around
Rnd 13: sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next 6 st, sc in next 28 st, 2 sc in next 6 st, sc in next 4 st (60)
Rnd 14-18: sc in each st around
Rnd 19: sc in next 4 st, sc2tog six times, sc in next 28 st, sc2tog six times, sc in next 4 st (48)
Rnd 20: *sc in next 6 st, sc2tog*  around (42)
Rnd 21: *sc in next 5 st, sc2tog*  around (36)
Rnd 22: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog*  around (30)
Start stuffing.
Rnd 23: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Rnd 24: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Rnd 25: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Finish stuffing firmly.
Rnd 26: sc2tog around (6)
Cut yarn and weave end through remaining stitches. Pull tight to close up hole. Weave in yarn end.

Arms (in Orange)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 7 sc in ring
Rnd 2-6: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when attaching the arms to the body. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Legs (in White, Green and Orange)
Stuff the legs as you go but leave the top part unstuffed.


Start with 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 around
Change to Green
Rnd 5-7: sc in each st around
Four short rows are now worked to make a flap which will form the heel of the foot.
Turn your work, sc in the last 6 st made in rnd 7
Turn, sc in next 6 st
Turn, sc in next 6 st
Turn, sc in next 6 st
The foot should now look like this.

The white yarn marks the first stitch made in rnd 7.


Rnd 8: Insert the hook into the middle of the side of the flap (marked by the cross on the right in picture below) and pull up a loop, insert hook into the next sc at the bottom of the flap (marked by the cross on the left) and pull up a loop, pull yarn through all three loops on the hook to make first st of the round.




"Pull yarn through all three loops on the hook to make first stitch of the round."



Sc in next 4 st. Insert hook in next st (marked by cross on the right in picture below), pull up a loop, insert hook into the middle of the side of the flap (marked by cross on the left in picture below) and pull up a loop, pull yarn through all three loops on the hook to complete the stitch.



Sc in next 6 st (12)

Rnd 9: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog*  twice (10)
Rnd 10-11: sc in each st around
Change to White.
Rnd 12-13: sc in each st around
Change to Orange
Rnd 14-21: sc in each st around
Rnd 22: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  twice (8)
Rnd 23-25: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when attaching the legs to the body. Make two.

Tail (in Orange)
Like the head, the tail is made by working around a chain.

Chain 7.
Rnd 1: Working in the back loops of the chain, sc in second st from the hook, sc in next 5 st, chain 1, turn the work around 180 degrees so that you can work in the unworked loops of the stitches, sc in next 7 st (14)
Rnd 2-3: sc in each st around
Rnd 4: *sc in next 5 st, sc2tog*  twice (12)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when attaching the tail to the body. Leave unstuffed.

Now is a good time to stitch in the black lines on the tail. Take a length of Black yarn and thread it through from the inside of the tail to the outside, as shown below.


When you’ve finished stitching in the lines, thread the yarn back through the tail. Tie the two yarns ends together to secure them. Trim the ends and hide inside the tail.




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

Join the legs to the body. Darwin’s legs come together with the toes of his shoes turned out. I find the easiest way to join them to the body is to pin them on as though Darwin is sitting down, doing the splits. Use the yarn ends on the legs to stitch them to the head.



Join the arms to the body. Stitch on using the yarn ends left on the arms.



Join the tail to the head. Pin the tail onto the head as shown below and stitch on using the yarn end left on the tail.




Make and attach the eyes. I like using felt and for me it was the easiest way to make the eyes. If you don’t like using felt, you could try crocheting the eyes. I would recommend using a thinner yarn and smaller hook than used for the body. Also, if you’re comfortable with using fabric paint, I think it would work really well with this project, not only for the eyes but also for the eyebrows.

Darwins eyes are rounded rectangles and are quite thin. Cut out two large rounded rectangles from white felt. Mine were about seven rows tall but cut them to a size that feels right to you. The cartoon uses different eye shapes for Darwin and Gumball, so don’t be afraid to play around with the shape a bit. You can cut out a paper template first to help you out. Cut two slightly smaller and thinner rounded rectangles from black felt for the pupils. Attach the pupils onto the white rectangles using black thread and a needle or glue.


Pin the eyes close together ono the head and use white thread and a needle or glue to attach them.



Make and attach the eyebrows. Cut two small curved oblong shapes from black felt. Glue or stitch on above the eyes. If you prefer you could use black yarn to stitch in the eyebrows instead of making them out of felt.



Stitch on mouth. Use black yarn to make a line underneath the eyes.


Use pins to position the yarn into a smile.


Use black thread and a needle to stitch the yarn into place.


Use the same method to make the smile lines at the side of Darwin’s mouth.



Stitch in the eyelashes. Use black yarns to stitch in three short lines near the top of the eyes. If you have it on hand, you might like to use embroidery thread instead of yarn.



Stitch in the sneaker highlights. Stitch the highlights onto the side of Darwin’s shoes using white yarn.



Now you have your own Darwin! Did you make Gumball as well? Have fun with them, guys!






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