Monday, November 22, 2010

Robots Can Be Cuddly


Christmas is soon so I am making presents for my boys. Here is the first. I am thinking of making a car for him to drive around in. He seems like he needs a car even though he does have rocket shoes.

Use an f hook throughout.

Head: (blue)
Rnd 1: 5 sc in a circle
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (10)
Rnd 3: *sc 1 then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (15)
Rnd 4: *sc 2 then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (20)
Rnd 5: *sc 3 then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (25)
Rnd 6: *sc 4 then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (30)
Rnd 7: *sc 5 then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (35)
Rnd 8: *sc 6 then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (40)
Rnd 9: *sc 7 then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (45)
Rnd 10-16: sc around (45) sl st last st, cut off thread leave a tail to sew.

Bottom of head: (blue)
Do same as for head but stop at round 9. cut thread.

Bobin:
Start with red thread
Rnd 1: 5 sc in a circle
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (10)
Rnd 3-5: sc around (10)
Rnd 6: decrease around (5) switch to grey
Rnd 7-9: sc around
Cut thread and leave tail to sew on head.

Body: (blue)
Same as for head do rounds 1-9
Rnd 10-29: sc around (45)
Cut thread and leave a tail to sew bottom on.

Bottom of body: (grey)
Same as for bottom of head. do rounds 1-9 from head.

Neck: (grey)
Rnd 1: 6 sc in a circle
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc 1 then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (18)
Rnd 4: *sc 2 then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (24)
Rnd 5-9: sc around (24) cut thread and leave tail for sewing.

Arms: (make 2)
Start with grey
Rnd 1: 5 sc in a circle
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (10)
Rnd 3: *sc 1 then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (15)
Rnd 4-6: sc around (15)
Rnd 7: *decrease, then sc 1* repeat around (10) Switch to blue
Rnd 8-15: sc around (10)

Feet: (make 2 blue, 2 grey)
Rnd 1: 5 sc in a circle
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (10)
Rnd 3: *sc 1 then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (15)
Rnd 4: *sc 2 then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (20)
Rnd 5: *sc 3 then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (25)
Rnd 6-10: sc around (25)
sl st last st and cut thread and leave tail for sewing.

Fire (bottom of feet): (make 2)
Rnd 1: 8 sc in a circle
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (16)
Rnd 3: 2 dc in each sc around (32)
Rnd 4: 1 sc, sl st next st. cut thread.

Buttons: (make 6)
Rnd 1: 4 sc in a circle
Rnd 2: sl st. cut thread, leave a tail for sewing.

Directions:
Sew the bobin to the head. Put eyes in the head and stuff the head lightly. Sew bottom onto the head.
Sew buttons on the body. Sew arms on the body. Squash the top of the body down and tack it in place. Sew rounded end of neck to the body. Stuff neck and sew head on.
Lightly stuff grey feet. Sew in red bottoms. Stretch blue feet over grey feet and tack them to it. Sew feet to grey bottom of the body. Stuff body. Sew bottom of the body to the body. I inset the bottom a few rows so it sinks in a bit.

If there are any problems with the pattern please let me know through the comments so I can fix them.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Colorful Tribbles







I purchased a bag of miscellaneous yarn awhile back and in it was a bunch of fur yarn. I don't usually use it because it is so hard to work with. It ends up making big fuzzy knots and seems unusable for anything small. I have figured out a way to use it though that doesn't test my sanity. I am glad because it is such fun and interesting yarn I would hate for it to go to waste. The only way to use it for amigurumi is as a coat over something else so the stuffing doesn't end up falling out. You see the thing is to use fun fur you have to use a big hook to make it work and even then you still miss stitches. It is usually okay to miss stitches though because the nature of the fur hides them. So here is my version of a tribble or as my children call them fuzzies.

Body (use an f hook)

Rnd 1: 5 sc in a circle
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (10)
Rnd 3: *1 sc then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (15)
Rnd 4: *2 sc then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (20)
Rnd 5-7: sc around (20)
Rnd 8: *2 sc, decrease* repeat around (15)
Rnd 9: *1 sc, decrease* repeat around (10)
Put in eyes and stuff. I like to stuff them with beans for weight.
Rnd 10: decrease around (5)
Cut thread. Weave through and close hole. Hide ends.

Fun Fur Coat (I used a K hook and crocheted very loosely)

Rnd 1: 5 sc in a circle
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (10)
Rnd 3: 2 dc in each sc around (20)
Rnd 4: 17 dc, sc 2 and sl st last st
Cut thread and leave a long end to sew the fur coat onto the body.

Wrap the fur coat over the body and pull it up and just leave a little space for the eyes and sew it on. I use the fluffiest side since you can't see the stitches.
The first few I made I decided to give them feet and ears and tails. Be creative and make strange fluffy animals, or just leave them as a simple ball.