Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hello again!

I hope everyone had a great summer! :) Mine was a busy one full of trips, the huge family birthday season, and a bit of a break from crochet. But with the cooler weather AmiRedwall is picking up again, and as I get back into the swing of things I'll be posting more patterns. Sorry for the long wait!

Quite a bit of work has been put into the technical plans+supplies for the actual abbey in the past few months. WIP pictures will be posted as I start cutting the thing out and putting it together, and possibly a PDF of the plans themselves will be available to hopefully help anyone who wants to make their own version. :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Guosim Shrew Mod Pattern



You will need to have PlanetJune's Woodland Creatures Pattern handy when making the shrew, as the head/body and limbs are part of the pattern. (Just $4.50 for a fantastic pattern! Totally worth it!) Feel free to ask questions and make suggestions!

Supplies:
  • Crochet hook (F) (the size is important here if you want him to turn out smaller than a mouse, as it is in the books)
  • Gray Yarn for shrew, and a scrap of colorful yarn for the headband (As always, worsted weight yarn, like Red Heart)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Eyes (I used 6mm here)

  • sc=single crochet
  • dc=double crochet
  • hdc=half-double crochet
  • inc=increase (sc 2 in same st)
  • dec=decrease (sc 2 together)
  • sl st=slip stitch
  • ch=chain
  • st=stitch
Pattern is worked in the round, except for the tail and ears.

HEAD AND BODY
Follow the Woodland Creatures pattern for the head and body and set aside.
Stuffing note: I recommend weighting the bottom of the body just a little bit, to help it stay it on it's feet.

SNOUT
R1: Ch 2, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (3 st)
R2: Sc, inc, sc. (4 st)
R3: Sc, inc, sc, sc. (5 st)
R4: Sc, sc, inc, sc, sc. (6 st)
Sl st to next st and FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

LIMBS
Follow the Woodland Creatures pattern for the limbs.

EARS (Make 2)
R1: Ch 2, hdc in 2nd ch from hook.
Cut string and pull through, leaving a long tail for sewing.

TAIL
Ch 8.
Sl st back along starting in 2nd ch from hook. (7 st)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

HEADBAND
What's a Guosim shrew without one of their trademark headbands? ;)
R1: Ch 18.
Check to make sure that it is the length you want. (the ends should meet)
Sl st ends together and FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Thread long end through needle and go back and forth between a couple of stitches with the needle. Cut yarn, leaving just a little bit so it looks like it was tied on.
Do the same with the other end.


SEWING INSTRUCTIONS
Sew the limbs on according to original pattern.
Place the ears on the top of the head and to the side (see pictures) and sew on.
Position the snout to the middle front of the head (see pictures) and sew on.
Sew the tail on to the bottom of the body.
You might want to sew on the headband, or you can just slide it on the shrew.

Ta-dah! You've just finished a member of the Guerrilla Union of Shrews in Mossflower of your very own!

Original pattern copyright June Gilbank, modifications copyright Hannah Gettig.

Mouse Mod Pattern


You will need to have PlanetJune's Woodland Creatures Pattern handy when making the mouse, as the head/body and limbs are part of the pattern. (I can't recommend June's stuff enough! The patterns are very low-priced for such high-quality items!) Feel free to ask questions and make suggestions!

Supplies:
  • Crochet hook (G)
  • Yarn (As always, worsted weight yarn, like Red Heart)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Eyes (I used 6mm here)

  • sc=single crochet
  • dc=double crochet
  • hdc=half-double crochet
  • inc=increase (sc 2 in same st)
  • dec=decrease (sc 2 together)
  • sl st=slip stitch
  • ch=chain
  • st=stitch
Pattern is worked in the round, except for the tail and ears. The mouse turns out about 3 1/2 inches tall.

HEAD AND BODY
Follow the Woodland Creatures pattern for the head and body and set aside.
Stuffing note: I recommend weighting the bottom of the body just a little bit, to help it stay it on it's feet.

EARS (Make 2)
R1: Ch 2, 5sc in 2nd ch from hook. (5 st)
R2: Inc around. (10 st)
R3: *Sc 1, inc, rep from * around. (15 st)
Sl st to next st and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

LIMBS
Follow the Woodland Creatures pattern for the limbs.

TAIL
Ch 8.
Sl st back along starting in 2nd ch from hook. (7 st)
FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

SEWING INSTRUCTIONS
Sew the limbs on according to original pattern.
Position the ears on the top of the head and to the side (see pictures) and sew on.
Sew the tail on to the bottom of the body.
Congrats! You've just made your own warrior mouse. :)

Original pattern copyright June Gilbank, modifications copyright Hannah Gettig.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Badger Pattern


Here's the badger pattern I'll be using! This is for a tri-colored (realistic) badger, but if you don't want to bother with the brown back just ignore the color-changing instructions and continue crocheting with the black. Questions, comments, and suggestions are very welcome! :)

Supplies:
  • Crochet hook (Sample made using G hook)
  • Yarn (Black, White, and Brown if you're doing tri-colored)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Pellets or BBs or some kind of weight to stuff the feet with.
Key:
  • sc=single crochet
  • dc=double crochet
  • hdc=half-double crochet
  • inc=increase (sc 2 in same st)
  • dec=decrease (sc 2 together)
  • sl st=slip stitch
  • ch=chain
  • st=stitch
  • sk=skip a stitch
Pattern is worked in the round, except for the tail and ears.

HEAD (worked from snout to back of head)
Using white yarn.
R1: Ch 2. 6 sc in second ch from hook, inc around. (12 st)
R2-5: Sc around. (12 st)
R6: Sc 5, inc, sc rest. (13 st) This is the top of the head, so you might want to mark it.
R7: Sc around. (13 st)
R8: *Sc, inc, rep from * around. In last st, inc. (20 st)
R9: Sc around. (20 st)
R10: *Sc 3, inc, rep from * around. (25 st)
R11: Sc around. (25 st)
R12: *Sc 1, DEC, rep from * around. (17 st)
R13: *Sc 1, DEC, rep from * around. (12 st) STUFF and add face.
R14: *Sc 1, DEC, DEC, rep from * twice. DEC. (7 st)
R15: *Sk 1, sl st, rep from * three times. Sl st across. FO, weave in ends.


BODY (worked from top to bottom)
Start in black yarn (B)
R1: Ch 2. 6 sc in second ch from hook, inc around. (12 st)
R2: Sc 1, inc. (this should be repeated throughout. You might have to pay close attention and add a sc when switching colors, depending on your particular color changing method) Switch to Brown yarn (BR), inc, sc 1. Switch to B, inc, sc 1, inc. Repeat around. (18 sts altogether, 4 BR, 14 B)
R3-6: Sc around. Keep new BR sts over old BR sts, and B over B sts. (24 sts total. 5 BR, 19 B)
R7: *Sc 2, inc, rep from * around. Keep BR yarn over BR sts, B over B sts. ( 24 total. 5 BR, 19 B)
R9-11: Sc around, again keeping the pattern of color changing.
R12: Switch to BR a st earlier, and switch back to B a st later. Sc around. (24 sts, 7 BR, 17 B)
R13: *Sc 3, inc, rep from * around. Keep the color pattern. (30 sts total, 21 B, 9 BR)
R14-18: Sc around, keeping the pattern of color changing. (30 sts total, 21 B, 9 BR)
R19: Keep the pattern of color changing, but switch to BR a st earlier, and switch back to B a st later. Sc around. (30 sts total, 11 BR, 19 B)
R20: *Sc 4, inc, rep from * around. Keep the color pattern. (36 sts total, 23 B, 13 BR)
R 21-22: Sc around, keeping the color pattern. (36 sts total, 23 B, 13 BR)
R23: *Sc 4, DEC, rep from * around. Keep the color pattern. (30 sts total)
R24: *Sc 3, DEC, rep from * around. Keep the color pattern. (24 sts total)
R25: *Sc 2, DEC, rep from * around. Keep the color pattern. (18 sts total) STUFF firmly.
R26: *Sc 1, DEC, rep from * around. Keep the color pattern. (12 sts total)
R27: DEC around, using just black. (6 sts)
Sl st across hole, FO and weave in ends.

ARMS (Make 2) (worked from paw to shoulder)
Using black yarn.
R1: Ch 2, 5 sc in second ch from hook, inc around. (10 sts)
R2-4: Sc around.
R5: *Sc 1, DEC, rep from * around. Last st, just sc. (7 sts)
R6-12: Sc around.
Sl st to next st, FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Poke a tiny bit of stuffing, about twice the size of a quartor, down the arm into the paw. You may want to add a short length of pipe cleaner and stick it into the arm for fun with posing your badger. :)

FEET (Make 2) (worked from one end to the other
Using black yarn.
R1: Ch 2, 5 sc in second ch from hook, inc around. (10 sts)
R2-8: Sc around. (10 sts) STUFF firmly with BBs, pellets, or other weights. This is so he can stand up.
R9: DEC around. (5 sts)
R10: Sk 1, sl st across hole. FO, leaving long tail for sewing.

TAIL (worked from bottom to top)
Using brown yarn if you're doing tri-colored, if not then use black.
R1: Ch 6, hdc in second ch from hook, hdc rest. Ch 1, turn. (5 st)
R2: Sc back along row. (5 st)
When you get to the end of the following rows, there is a little loop on the very end of it. Do the last sts in the row in that little loop to get a smoother-looking tail.
<-- See the little loop on the end, here?
<-- Put the hook through it, like this. :)
R3: DEC, sc rest. Ch 1, turn. (4 st)
R4: Sc back. Ch 1, turn. (4 st)
R5: DEC, DEC (counting the loop as the last st in the second DEC). Ch 1, turn.
R6: Ignore the next st, hdc in other end loop. Ch 1, cut yarn and pull through, leaving a long tail for sewing.

EARS (Make 2)
With black yarn.
Ch 5.
R1: Hdc in second ch from hook, dc, dc, hdc in last ch. FO, leaving a long tail.

BLACK FACE STRIPES (worked from one end to the other)
With black yarn. ;)
Ch 27.
R1: Starting in second ch from hook. Sc 6, dc 2. Ch 3, (this will make the eyeholes), sk 1 ch, dc in next. Dc 2. 2 dc in next 4 ch. Dc, ch 3, sk 1 ch, dc in next 2, sc in last 5 ch. Sl st in last ch where you sc'd, FO, leaving an extra long tail.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
You now have a bunch of parts. Let's sew it up and make a badger! Remember to refer to the pictures if you're not sure where to place something.
1) Sew the facial stripes onto the head. This is kind of tricky, and you might need to pin it in place. (see picture) Bring the thin ends up underneath the chin, and start sewing around the edges. You'll have to pull the middle of the piece back behind the head a bit to make it all fit.

2) Sew the ears onto either side of the top of the head, on the black stripes.

3) Sew the arms on either side of the upper body. If you did it in tri-color, try to keep the brown stripe in the middle of the arms on the back.

4) Sew the feet on the bottom of the body. They should be resting horizontally on the ground when you stand him up.

5) Sew the tail on the lower back, almost at the bottom, of the body. You'll need to thread the long strand on the needle and go back to the corner where there wasn't any strands and start sewing there.

6) Cut a long length of black yarn and sew the head to the body.

Congratulations on your new badger! :)

This pattern is for personal use only, please. Copyright Hannah Gettig, 2009.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Otter Mod Pattern


You will need to have PlanetJune's Woodland Creatures Pattern handy when making the otter, as the head, ears, and most of the body are part of the pattern. (Plus PJune's patterns are just awesome in general. Fun, simple, and easy to modify if you want to! Totally worth the $4.50! :D ) Feel free to ask questions and make suggestions!

Supplies:
  • Crochet hook (You'll need a J or I hook if you want it to turn out the size pictured)
  • Yarn
  • Yarn Needle
  • Eyes (I used 9mm here)

  • sc=single crochet
  • dc=double crochet
  • hdc=half-double crochet
  • inc=increase (sc 2 in same st)
  • dec=decrease (sc 2 together)
  • sl st=slip stitch
  • ch=chain
  • st=stitch
Pattern is worked in the round, except for the tail, ears, and nose.

HEAD AND BODY
Follow the Woodland Creatures pattern until you come to sc around for the body. (Now is a great time to add the eyes, by the way) Then:
R11-15: Sc around.
R16: *Sc 2, inc, rep from * around.
R17-21: Sc around.
R22: *Sc 2, dec, rep from * around.
Follow the rest of the directions on finishing the body, and set it aside.
Stuffing note: I recommend weighting the bottom of the body just a little bit, to help it stay it it's feet.

MUZZLE
R1: With dark brown yarn(DB) (if your otter's body color is different, replace DB with that), ch 2. Sc 4 in second ch from hook
R2: With light brown yarn (LB), inc in next 2 sts. Inc with DB in last 2 sts.
R3: Ch 1 while still in DB. Sc with LB, ch 1, repeat until you come to the end of the LB sts. Sc DB sts regularly with DB.
Sl st into last DB st, FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

NOSE
Ch 4, sc 1 into 4th ch from hook. FO and sew to muzzle, trying to keep the triangular shape. Set muzzle aside.


EARS (Make 2)
Make the ones from the Squirrel pattern and set aside.

ARMS (Make 2)
R1: Ch 2, sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook. (6 st)
R2-8: Sc around.
FO, leaving long tail for sewing. Stuff lightly.

If you want to be able to pose the arms, slide a length of pipe cleaner (the same length as the arm after folding down the end you want to go in the paw) in the arm after stuffing.

FEET (Make 2)
Ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
R1: Sc around. (4 st)
R2: Sc, inc. twice. (6 st)
R3-6: Sc around. (If you're using a hook size smaller then I or J, you might want to do only 3 rows of sc here)
Stuff, preferably with weight. (BBs or pellets work perfectly!)
R7: Sc, dec, repeat once. Sl st across hole, pull yarn through. Leave a long tail for sewing.

TAIL
This is adjustable, depending on your hook size.
Ch 12.
Starting in second ch from hook, hdc 8, dc in last 3 sts. Sl st in last st you worked and FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

SEWING INSTRUCTIONS
You should have a decent pile of odd pieces, now it's time to put 'em together and make yourself an otter! Refer to pictures as needed.
First, position the feet so they lie flat underneath the body, and sew them on.
Next sew the arms on, placing them on either side of the upper body.
Then sew the muzzle on to the front of the head. Use the light brown yarn to sew in the LB sts, and dark brown to sew in the DB sts.
Sew the ears on the top sides of the head.
Sew the tail on the bottom back of the body.

An' there y'have it, mates! You've just made your very own swashbuckling otter! :D

Original pattern copyright June Gilbank, modifications copyright Amigal of Ravelry and Hannah Gettig.

Size comparison, next to one of the CD audiobook cases:

Monday, March 16, 2009

Hare Pattern


Here's the first original pattern I've made for this project. :) If you have any questions just let me know!

Hare Pattern



Supplies Needed:
  • Tan yarn(Red Heart works perfectly)
  • Crochet Hook (example made using size G)
  • Stitch Marker, a scrap of contrasting yarn in the first stitch is fine
  • 6mm eyes if you're using a G hook (Hare pictured doesn't have eyes because he's a test)
  • Yarn needle

Pattern is worked in the round, except for the ears and feet.

  • sc=single crochet
  • ch=chain
  • dec=single crochet decrease
  • inc=single crochet increase
  • sl st=slip stitch
  • hdc=half double crochet
  • st=stitch
  • FO=fasten off

NOSE
Ch. 2, 5 sc in second ch from hook.
Inc around (10 st)
Sl st to next st. FO, leaving long tail for sewing.

HEAD
R1: Ch. 2, 5 sc in second ch from hook.
R2: Inc. around (10 st)
R3: *Sc, inc. rep from * around. (15 st)
R4: *Sc 2, inc. rep from * around (20 st)
R5-8: Sc around.
R9: *Sc 2, dec. rep from * around. (15 st)
R10: *Sc 1, dec. rep from * around. (10 st)

Sew nose on and add the eyes.

R11: Dec around. STUFF. (5 st)
Sl st across the hole twice, then FO, leaving long tail for sewing.

EARS (Make 2)
Ch 10.
Row 1: Hdc in second ch from hook. Hdc in next 6, sc in last 3 ch.
Row 2: Ch 1, go into next st (the next one if you were in the round) and sc in next 10. You should be at one end of the ear now. Sc in next 9 sts, and FO, leaving long tail for sewing.

BODY
R1: Ch 2, sc 5 in second ch from hook. Inc around. (10 st)
R2: *Sc 1, inc. rep from * around. (15 st)
R3-8: Sc around.
R9: *Sc 2, inc. rep from * around. (20 st)
R10: Sc around.
R11: *Sc 3, inc. rep from * around. (25 st)
R12-15: Sc around.
R16: *Sc 3, dec. rep from * around. (20 st)
R17: *Sc 2, dec. rep from * around. (15 st)
R18: *Sc 1, dec. rep from * around. (10 st)
STUFF.
R19: Dec 5 times. (5 st)
Sl st across hole twice. FO, weave in ends.

ARMS (Make 2)
R1: Ch 2, 3sc in second ch from hook. Inc around. (6 st)
R2: Sc around.
R3: *Sc, inc. rep from * around. (9 st)
R4: *Dec, sc 1. rep from * until you have 6 st. (6 st) This makes the paw.
R5-10: Sc around. FO, leaving a long tail.

Note: Arm does not need to be stuffed. If you want to be able to pose it, cut a short length of pipe cleaner, wrap a thin layer of stuffing around it, and stick it in the arm before sewing.

LEGS (Make 2)
Note: DO NOT stuff legs. Worked from top to bottom.
R1: Ch 5, sc in second ch from hook. Sc rest. (4 st) Ch 1.
R2: In st you just went in, sc again. Sc 3. You are now working in the round.
R3: Sc 1. You should have 9 sts.
R4: Sc around.
R5: Inc, sc rest. (10 st)
R6: Inc, sc rest. (11 st)
R7-8: Sc around.
R9: Dec, sc 3, dec, sc rest. (9 st)
R10: Dec 4 times, sc in last st. Sl st across twice, FO.

FEET (Make 2)
Ch 10.
Row 1: Hdc in second ch from hook. Hdc in next 6, sc in last 3 ch.
Row 2: Ch 1, go into next st (the next one if you were in the round) and sc in next 10. You should be at one end of the foot now. Sl st to next st, FO with a long tail for sewing.

TAIL
Ch 6, sc in second ch from hook, hdc rest. FO with long yarn end for sewing.


Sewing it all together:
You've got a lot of randomly-shaped pieces, now it's time to put 'em together and make a hare! Refer to picture to tell exactly where to place each item.

First use the tail of the foot and sew the back end to the bottom of the leg. Do this with both legs/feet. Then position them so the sides of the legs are against the side of the bottom half of the body and the feet are level with the bottom of the body (see photo), and sew them on.
Next, sew the ears to the top of the head, with a little space between them.
Sew the arms to the top sides of the body.
Sew the head on.
Take a moment and sew the tail on.

Ta-da! You're done! Congrats on your brilliant new hare, wot wot! :)


For personal use only, please. :) Pattern copyright Hannah Gettig, 2009.

He ends up about as tall as the smallest paperbacks, as you can see here:

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Patterns List

There's oh-so-many different creatures in the Redwall series. So here's a compiled list of all the patterns I'm using for each species. If there isn't a link, then I'm still figuring it out.

Woodlanders:
Moles: PlanetJune's Woodland Creatures (With G hook)
Squirrels: PlanetJune's Woodland Creatures (with a H or I hook)
Mice: Modified Woodland Creatures (Found here)
Hedgehogs: PlanetJune's Woodland Creatures (with H or I hook)
Otters: Modified Woodland Creatures (Found here)
Badgers: My own pattern. (Posted here)
Hares: My own pattern. (Posted here)
Shrews: Modified Woodland Creatures (Found here)


'Vermin:

Foxes: My own pattern, coming soon!
Ferrets: My own basic ermine pattern (to be made and then posted in full)
Stoats: My own basic ermine pattern (to be made and then posted in full)
Searats: ?
Weasels: My own basic ermine pattern (to be made and then posted in full)
Rats: Smaller version of searat pattern
Pine Martens: My own basic ermine pattern (to be made and then posted in full)



Birds:
Goshawk: ?
Golden Eagle: ?
Robin: Robin Pattern from Roman Sock
Goose: ?
Short-Eared Brown Owl: Ana Paula Rimoli's Little Owl pattern
Grey Heron: ?
General Little Bird (Dipper, from Martin the Warrior): This Pattern

Other:
Dolphin: Dolphin Pattern
Bat: Townie the Bat
Toad: Roman Sock Toads
Wildcat: Probably a slightly tweaked version of the kitty here. Or maybe my own.
Eel: ?
Giant Pike: ?
Newt: This pattern
Bankvole: Modified version of PlanetJune's Woodland Creatures basic pattern.
Rabbits (Not the same as hares!): Probably a modified version of the hare pattern.
Snakes: A tube from my knitting machine, plus lots of sewing to make the shape exactly right.

Various Tribes to Sort Out:
Flitchaye - Runty weasels
Gawtrybe - Squirrels
Pygmy Rats - Self-explanatory.
Painted Ones - Tree rats
Highbeasts - Pygmy shrews

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Mission

First off, welcome to the blog! :)

I suppose I should introduce myself. I'm a crafty teenage bookworm, with a special geeky interest in crochet. Feel free to call me Mae. :)

The purpose of this blog is to chronicle the crafty journey I've taken up. Specifically, making an amigurumi version of Redwall.

This includes:

-Nearly every named character in the Redwall book series.
-Personal accessories if they have them.
-Redwall Abbey, complete in all it's glory (with furnishings, food, a tapestry, and more!)
-Other major buildings and landmarks in the series.

List of possibilies:
-Ships, with sections of the various parts of the sea/rivers they sailed on.

First set will be when Martin the Warrior is still alive: Legend of Luke, Martin the Warrior, and Mossflower.

There will be pictures, patterns (both links to the patterns I found and used, and also the ones I had to create myself), general updates and lists. I hope you'll find this project as interesting and fun as I do! :)

The Redwall Series and all it includes is copyright Brian Jacques. This blog and crochet project is purely for a fan's personal enjoyment, and the author of this blog is not profiting in any way.