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.

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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…

New creatures…no names

Right, my last week at home has been quite productive in creature terms…

Firstly, I’ve made the rest of the sausage dog! It’s body has been waiting for me for quite a while now and finally has a head! The legs are a new pattern as well as the tail, I’m not quite sure on it – it’s a plait with threads dropped and a wire inside to make it stand out!

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Then I made a whole new set for a new creature. The legs are based on the sausage dog legs but a bit smaller. I love it’s little belly though!

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They became best of friends but when the sheep finally joined them…

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I’ve just realised that these lot don’t have names! I’m thinking Melvyn the mouse but anyone got any suggestions??

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In other news, Sally’s first test flight was a success! If not a little spin-ey.

Until the next one…

Productive day

Today has been brilliant. I’ve finished another animal…a pig, and a cape (mainly for Sheldon, but its on Sally the pig for now)

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I made some of the stitches a different colour to make an ‘s’ I think it’s really effective!

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Until the next one…hopefully a sheep!

Finished(?) my lion

I think I’ve finished the lion, I could do with opinions really…does the mane need to be a bit bigger? I was trying to make him look playful but I’m not exactly sure that it has worked completely! How could I make it better?

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Also, I’m planning on doing a pig next but has anyone got any new ideas? I did try a rabbit but it turned out more like a donkey! I think I’ll give it another go soon, maybe after the pig.

My latest crochet obsession

I’ve loved crochet ever since my partner taught me how to make a granny square about 4 years ago and, since then, I’ve hardly put my hook down. I have a year before I go on to my teacher training course, so I’ve decided to write my own book of crochet patterns.

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First I’ve created a dog, Sheldon, he looks a bit quizzical really. He got me thinking though, that I could make a range of creatures from the same rough shapes by changing the legs, ears or tail etc.

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After Sheldon, I made a cow, the only things I changed were the colours, ears, tail and made the feet flat. I also added nostrils, spots and an udder. It’s now been adopted by my step mum, keeping her company when she’s in the office.

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I’ll keep you updated when the next one comes along, I’m just finishing a lion at the moment. I’d love to hear any comments or improvements you can think of, just comment.