Sheldon, the first and mighty

Hi All, 

I thought it was about time that I posted a pattern, I’ve got quite a few sorted now and think that they make sense. If you do fancy giving Sheldon, the little creature that started this all off, a go then please do post photos and let us know how you get on!

Don’t be afraid to adapt and change the patterns, they are all there as starting points. Start by having a think about the position that you would like your creature to be in, for example if you create two flopsy legs for the back then he can sit down as Sheldon is (first picture) or you could attach the front legs a little further up the body as with Leon (the second picture) to give him a playful, about to pounce, look.

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I’ve included the neck pattern as well, this isn’t needed but does make posing and adding expression much easier. Give it a go and let me know if there’s anything that I’ve missed etc.

I’ve also added the face to my Octopus, I think he may need a top hat or something though..something is missing!

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Body

Foundation: create a loop, 6dc in loop (6)

Round 1: dc2 in each (12)

Round 2: *dc dc2 rep from* 5 times (18)

Round 3: *2dc dc2 rep from* 5 times (24)

Round 4: *3dc dc2 rep from* 5 times (30)

Round 5: *4dc dc2 rep from* 5 times (36)

Round 6: *5dc dc2 rep from* 5 times (42)

Round 7: *6dc dc2 rep from* 5 times (48)

Round 8: 5dc dc2 *15dc dc2 rep from* 10dc (51)

Round 9: 6dc dc2 *16dc dc2 rep from* 10dc (54)

Rounds 10-17: dc in each (54)

Round 18: *16dc sc2tog rep from* 2 times (51)

Round 19: *15dc sc2tog rep from* 2 times (48)

Round 20: *14dc sc2tog rep from* 2 times (45)

Round 21: *13dc sc2tog rep from* 2 times (42)

Rounds 22-23: dc in each (42)

Round 23: *13dc dc2 rep from* 2 times (45)

Round 24: *14dc dc2 rep from* 2 times (48)

Round 25: *15dc dc2 rep from* 2 times (51)

Round 26: *16dc dc2 rep from* 2 times (54)

Rounds 27-34: dc in each (54)

Round 35: 6dc sc2tog *16dc sc2tog rep from* 10dc (51)

Round 36: 5dc sc2tog *15dc sc2tog rep from* 10dc (48)

Round 37: *6dc sc2tog rep from* 5 times (42)

Round 38: *5dc sc2tog rep from* 5 times (36)

Round 39: *4dc sc2tog rep from* 5 times (30)

Round 40: *3dc sc2tog rep from* 5 times (24)

Round 41: *2dc sc2tog rep from* 5 times (18)

Round 42: *dc sc2tog rep from* 5 times (12)

Round 43: sc2tog in each and finish (6)

 

NB: to adapt this to the sausage dog shape, repeat rounds 22-23 for 15 rounds or until desired length, remembering that that the back is still to come.

 

Head

Foundation round: ch 8

Round 1: dc in 2nd from hook, 5dc dc3 (5dc dc2) in other side of foundation chain (16)

Round 2: *dc2 2dc dc2 2dc dc2 dc rep from* (22)

Round 3: *dc2 3dc dc2 3dc dc2 2dc rep from* (28)

Round 4: dc in each (28)

Round 5: *dc dc2 9dc dc2 2dc rep from* (32)

Round 6: dc in each (32)

Round 7: [C1] *dc2 13dc dc2 dc rep from*(36)

Rounds 8-13: dc in each (36)

Round 14: *7dc sc2tog rep from* 3 times (32)

Round 15: dc in each (32)

Round 16: *6dc sc2tog rep from* 3 times (28)

Round 17: dc in each (28)

Round 18: *3dc dc2 rep from* 2 times 4dc “sc2tog 2dc rep from” 2 times (28)

Round 19: dc in each (28)

Rounds 20-21: rep rounds 18-19

Round 22: *7dc dc2 rep from* 3 times 2dc (32)

Round 23: dc in each (32)

Round 24: *8dc dc2 rep from * 3 times 2dc (36)

Rounds 25-26: dc in each (36)

Round 27: *4dc sc2tog rep from* 6 times (30)

Round 28: *3dc sc2tog rep from* 6 times (24)

Round 29: *2dc sc2tog rep from* 6 times (18)

Round 30: *dc sc2tog rep from* 6 times (12)

Round 31: 6sc2tog, thread wool through remaining stitches and finish

 

Rounded Foot [I used two regular feet for the front and two flopsy feet for the back so that he would sit down nicely]

Foundation row: Create a loop

Round 1: 4sc into loop (4)

Round 2: 2sc in each (8)

Round 3: *sc, sc2, repeat 3 more times from *(12)

Round 4: *2sc, sc2, repeat 3 more times from * (16)

Round 5: *3sc, sc2, repeat 3 more times from * (20)

Round 6: *4sc, sc2, repeat 3 more times from * (24)

Round 7: *5sc, sc2, repeat 3 more times from * (28)

Round 8: *13sc, sc2, repeat 3 more times from *(30)

Round 9 – 10: sc in each (30)

Round 11:[C1] Sc in each (30)

Round 12: *6sc, sc2tog, repeat 3 more times from * (26)

Round 13: *5sc, sc2tog, repeat 3 more times from * (22)

Round 14: *9sc, sc2tog, repeat from * (20)

Round 15: *8sc, sc2tog, repeat from * (18)

Round 16 – 26: Sc in each (18) [if flopsy legs, do two more rounds of sc in each, finish here and sew onto body flat]

Round 27: *2sc sc2tog, repeat 3 more times from *, 2sc (14)

Round 28: *sc, sc2tog, repeat 4 more times from * (10)

Round 29: 5sc2tog, thread the wool through the remaining stitches and finish

 

Tail

Foundation row: Ch7

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each (6)

Row 2 – 3: ch, sc in each (6)

Row 4 – 5: ch, sc2tog, sc, repeat from * (4)

Row 5: ch, sc in each (4)

Row 6: ch, sc2tog, 2sc (3)

Row 7: ch, sc2tog, sc (2)

Row 8: ch, sc2tog, pull the wool through the remaining hook and finish

 

Ear

Foundation row: ch 5

Row 1: sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc in each (4)

Row 2: ch, 4sc (4)

Row 3: ch  sc2tog, 2sc (3)

Row 4: ch, sc2tog, sc (2)

Row 5: ch, sc2tog (1)

[Finish leaving a long tail, stitch back through to foundation chain, adding a kink if wanted]

 

Neck

Foundation row: create a loop

Round 1: 4sc in loop (4)

Round 2: Sc2 in each (8)

Round 3-6: sc in each (8)

Round 7: 2sc2tog, thread the wool through the remaining stitches and finish

NB. necks are good for posing heads.

Back with a sea creature!

Hello again,

I’ve had a bit of a break from work and slight medical issue with my arm but now that’s all fixed I’m back to crochet, with renewed love and ideas!

I’ve been investigating the idea of self publicising my book and started getting it all together in one place, amazon’s self publish company, CreateSpace.com, has some great templates. It has helped me organise my thoughts etc as well as collect it all together. You can sign up for free and, if you do upload your book onto the site, you can then request copies at cost price. They are then available on Amazon either as ebooks or physical prints.

This all seems rather good to me but my partner says I should investigate publishing with a company further before this. Does anyone have any advice for me? How do you get a book published, especially a crochet book? I’ve approached a few publishers but they have said that it’s not really their type of book, have I just got to ask around more?

Anyway, on to the crochet! I must admit, I got a HUGE case of second sock syndrome on this one, the first couple of legs went OK but then it just dragged, why ever did an octopus pop into my head?

So worth it though, what do you think?

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I’m not sure how to do the eyes though, I don’t think I’ll do any more of a face after them but eyes are definitely essential! Does anyone have any ideas? I was thinking about making some that stand out from the top of the head but it might be a little fussy!

Just ping me a message if you fancy the pattern for any of my creatures, the plan is to post them once I’ve sorted out the kinks!

Have a good’un

Advanced nesting

Ok, it’s hard to deny the fact that I’m seriously nesting in our flat now! The last couple of weekends have been entirely furniture focused.

Project 1:

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This is an old chair that my grandma gave me for the new flat. I started sanding it down by hand but after about 2 hours I decided enough was enough and went on a trip to B&Q! It still took another couple of hours to sand down the rest of it with my new precision machine sander! I know, I hear your ‘oohhs’ and ‘ahhs’ from here! Anyway, I’m undecided if I like the fact that the varnish took a bit of my paint off or if I’m annoyed by it…I definitely like the birds anyhow!

Project 2:

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I would love to tell you that I did all of this myself, spent hours concentrating on minute details and finally realised this wonderful creation but, unfortunately, my better half reads my blog and he might not be impressed! – you won’t like him when he’s mildly un-impressed…ye, I know not even a minor link really, I’ve just been watching too many movies!!

Anyway, the point is that my partner printed out a risk board map, scalpeled it into the table then spent most of last weekend, his week nights and today painstakingly painting each country on to our wonderful table. Now this table has been passed down from my step mum who was passed it from here mum so…I hope that they like risk! We were going to play on it tonight but the attraction of Mario party 8 is way to much for mere crafters such as us to escape!

Project 3:

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I think that my partner is exceptionally happy that this one is finally finished, since the day we moved in I’ve been saying that we need bookshelves. Even with a big box full of books, he disputed this as a requirement. Now, I will agree that food is mildly more important week by week but who can live without neatly stacked books and trinkets on display?? Not me, I can tell you that!

We saw a billy bookcase a while ago at ikea that had a really funky design on the back and was going to get that on our latest reccie but it wasn’t there, the next best thing just didn’t quite cut it so, we snuck into B&Q like the crafty ninjas that we are and found these amazing samples of wallpaper just jumping into our arms! A bit of PVA later and a lot of pushing to get the back in place and you have a wallpapered bookshelf! I love them and can finally display my essentials!

All of these were way easier than I thought they would be, I can’t speak for the risk table of course! So if you are hesitant I would say just go for it, most things can be sanded, stripped or hidden if they don’t work!

Until the next one…

I’ve got the knitting bug

Being a crocheter at heart, picking up a couple of needles and learning to knit was something I saw as a bit of a chore, to only be used when I found an amazing pattern and couldn’t work out how to crochet it instead!

How wrong could I be!! I’ve not only carried on with my purple knit and crochet top, it is coming along…i swear, but I’ve also (started) a new sock

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And it looks like pacman!! Hehe

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I also started another top, trying circular needles!! Not exactly sure how it’ll turn out but It’s really loose to knit and relaxing!

eBay gave me this wonderful machine, it’s for making knitted cords. Started this poof too, kind of prefer it on the back actually…

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Ooh, also the lilies have also bloomed, they’re beautiful!!

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A lot on the go…share all of your half finished projects!!

Until the next one…

Birthday dress and a couple of home comforts

Right, I am officially employed! Woop! It is, again only temporary but much longer term than the last one…just not sure quite how long yet! I’m settling in alright, getting to grips with the systems and my tasks so all good news there!

I do have some crafty news too!

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Unfortunately this isn’t one that I’ve made, I’ve not built up the courage to yet! This one is from Primark, for my baby sister’s birthday! 3 guesses on her name! It was really quick and easy, just being a simple name, and has got me looking at all of my clothes with an ‘if I just…’ attitude.

In the vast time since my last post, I have sold an item on Etsy!!- to my mum, but it still counts!

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Had a bit more progress with the front of my knit and crochet top

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Bought a new cushion!!

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And finally got some pictures up in our bedroom! Our contract says no picture hangers/nails without specific permission! This has lead to a canvas above the cupboard door and these photos hooked on to the ledge on the wardrobe! I do love ribbon everywhere though! I think it looks better than if I just hung them!

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Do you have any great work-a-rounds? I do love them…post them and then send us a link and we’ll have a showcase!

Until the next one…

Etsy and book pages

Ok, really I knew that I’d get too excited and do this post tonight but, what can I say? – I’m a tease!

My first announcement is that I have an Etsy shop! Ta-dah! It’s only got one item on it at the moment but I can easily put more on later. It’s really quite easy to set up, not the mammoth task that I had assumed it was! Check it out here!

Also, the long awaited book pages…not much text really but this is what I want them to look like! – at the moment anyway!

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Sorry about the pictures, ended up having to take a photo of my screen!

Let me know what you think of the pages, could do with all the feedback you have to give!

Until the next one…

Flowering garden and a new job!

Right… For the last couple of weeks, my only project on the go has been the knit and crochet top because I had a couple of weeks temping work, all very exciting but straying, slightly, from the book and creatures that I set up this blog for! I would like to say that this post is completely about my creatures but, alas, I’m on a stray again! I noticed today that the snakes heads that I planted a few weeks ago have opened, and they’re so pretty!

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My daffodils are up too! I’ll have to cut some for the house…or just bring the pot inside!!

I have much news today, I’ve been offered a job! Temporary again but longer term and they seem to keep employees and move them about so it could lead on…

The only problem is that I’m going to have less time for my creatures and blog! 😦 but I’m sure I’ll squeeze in time!

Anyway, look out for my next post…going to be pics of my book pages! I might get too excited and post them tonight too but you’ll just have to wait and see!

Until the next one…

Almost done the back

So I’m nearly done with the back of my top but I get the feeling that I’m going to have to start another ball to do it…

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It needs to be 61 cm and its sort of there…if I stretch it! Best just finish this ball and hope for the best!

Until the next one…