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: