Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Italian



We love skinny Italian Greyhounds. They are great with their pencil-thin legs.




See them from the front.



See them from the side.



See them from the back.




See them together.


Greyhound Pattern
Use an E hook throughout
Head
Sc 5 in a circle
Rnd 1: 2sc in each sc around (10)
Rnd 2-3: sc around
Put in nose (I used a black eye for the nose)
Rnd 4-7: sc around
Stuff nose
Rnd 8: *sc1, 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (15)
Rnd 9-10: sc around
Put in eyes and stuff head
Rnd 11: *sc1, decrease* repeat around (10)
Rnd 12: decrease around (5)
Sew up hole

Ears (make 2)
ch4, turn, sc 3 starting in 2nd ch from hook
ch1, turn, sc 3 starting in 2nd ch from hook
turn, sc2, turn sc1, ch1, sc3 down the side of the triangle shape to end up where you began
Cut thread and fold in half and sew sides together and sew them to head.

Neck
5 sc in a circle
Rnd 1: 2 sc in each sc around (10)
Rnd 2-10: sc around
cut thread and stuff. Sew rounded top to head.

Body
6 sc in a circle
Rnd 1: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 2: *sc1, 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (18)
Rnd 3-4: sc around (18)
Start stuffing and stuff as you go.
Rnd 5: decrease next 5 stitches, sc8 (13)
Rnd 6: decrease next 3 stitches, sc7 (10)
Rnd 7: decrease next 2 stitches, sc6 (8)
Rnd 8: sc around
Rnd 9: 2 sc in next 5 stitches, sc 3 (13)
Rnd 10: *2 sc in next st, sc1* repeat 4 times, sc3 (18)
Rnd 11: *sc2, 2 sc in next st* repeat twice, sc9 (21)
Rnd 12-13: sc around (21)
Rnd 14: *decrease, sc2* repeat 3 times, decrease, sc1, decrease (15)
Rnd 15-16: sc around (15)
Rnd 17: *sc 1, decrease* repeat around (10)
Rnd 18: decrease around (5)
Sew up hole. Sew neck to body.

Tail
ch15, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc13.
Cut thread and sew to body.

Legs (make 4)
5 sc in a circle
Rnd 1-10: sc around (5)
Cut thread. Cut a pencil to the right length and slip it into the crochet case. Sew legs to body.

Update:
For those who had trouble with the ears I am adding a photo guide in the hopes that it will help you.
Here is the ear pattern again in photograph form:

Ears (make 2)
ch4


turn, sc 3 starting in 2nd ch from hook


ch1, turn, sc 3 starting in 2nd ch from hook


turn, sc2,


 turn sc1,


 ch1, sc3 down the side of the triangle shape to end up where you began


After doing a chain stitch make a sc stitch in each of these places I tried to mark with lines. Your thread will end up right next to where you began and you will have a neat triangle-like shape (at least as triangle as crochet can get this small)




Cut thread and fold in it half




 and sew sides together and sew them to head. I hope that helps you figure out how to make the ears.

14 comments:

  1. Awww How cute is this!
    Thank you so much for taking the time and creativity to put this together.
    Totally awesome of you!

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  2. Hey,
    Lovely pattern!
    I can't quite figure how to make the ears.
    Is it in rows or circles?
    Can you, please, explain it to me a bit?
    Thanks in advance!
    Kat aka AmiCrafter

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    1. I made corrections on the pattern wording and made a sample ear to make sure it was all okay.
      Sorry about the poor word choice.
      You fold the triangle-shape on one end and sew two of the points together. The third point in the triangle becomes the tip of the ear. I hope that helps.

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  3. I really wish the instructions on this pattern were more clear; after about 6 attempts, I've concluded the ears are basically impossible to make.

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    1. I added pictures. So sorry about the trouble.

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  4. Or even if there was a warning that said : Warning, our ears are impossible to make. You might want to try the ears first, and if you can't make em, don't bother with the rest of the pattern.

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    1. I added pictures to the pattern. I hope that helps.

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  5. Diane beaure: I am sorry you had so much trouble with the ears. I made some and added a photograph guide to the pattern. I hope that helps. If not maybe you could send me an e-mail and we could trouble-shoot together.

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    1. Hi,
      I finally got them - the pics helped big time. Sorry I was such a dick, I was totally furious with those ears!!! Hahahahaha! I guess I should just learn to be happy that people try to put things out there to help others at all; so sorry about that. He's looking great now!

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  6. I know you posted this ages ago, but I just wanted to say that I can't thank you enough for sharing this pattern! Things are tight for us this year financially, and this will be the perfect frugal Christmas gift for my mother, who's been rescuing ex-racing hounds for years. I had no problem whatsoever with the ears, but those itty bitty legs were a little difficult!

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    1. Thank you for the comment. We are in the same spot so
      I am glad I'm helping someone else with their Christmas lists.

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  7. Absolutely love it!!! Thank you for sharing

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