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!

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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