Tuesday, January 11, 2011

All You'll Need Is Some Beets and Some Battlestar Galactica to Watch


In September, I made a Dwight Schrute amigurumi, in the style of Creepy Cute Crochet, only larger. "The Office" is my favorite show and thanks to the DV-R, I never miss an episode. My husband and I add, "That's what she said," to as many conversations as we can, and since I was seeing so many little handcrafted Dwights, I figured it was time to make my own.

"Schrute Farms, Guten Tag! How can I help you? Yes, we have availability on those nights. How many in your party? Oh, no, I'm sorry; no king beds. No queen either. Well, we make our own mattresses that don't conform to the traditional sizes."
―Dwight Schrute

Materials Needed
  • E sized hook
  • F sized hook
  • H sized hook
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Fiber fill
  • Brown felt
  • 2 small brown buttons
  • Yarn needle
  • Brown sewing thread and needle
  • A standard sized matchbook
  • 1 skein of silver DMC Precious Metals embroidery floss in silver (#E168) for his glasses
  • ½ skein of Caron Natura in Espresso (#0208) for his pants
  • ½ skein of Caron Natura (Worsted Weight) in Lemon (#0076) for his shirt
  • ½ skein of Premier Yarns Merit (100% Wool) in Camel (#35-103) or Caron Simply Soft Eco in Wheat (003) for his skin
  • ½ skein of Lion Brand Wool Ease Worsted Weight in Mushroom (#403) for his hair
  • A couple inches of plain worsted weight black yarn

Finished height is about 7”.

Body
Working with the H sized hook, crochet the body with 2 strands of the Espresso (pull the ends from the inside and the outside simultaneously). The body will be crocheted from the bottom up.

Row 1: Start with a magic circle of 1 CH and 6 SC. Pull tight and join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 2: Chain 1 and work 2 SC in each stitch around. Join ends with a slip stitch.
Row 3: Chain 1. Around the entire row, repeat the following sequence: 2 SC in previous stitch (2 times), 1 SC in previous stitch. Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 4: Chain 1. Around the entire row, repeat the following sequence: 2 SC in previous stitch, 1 SC in previous stitch. Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Rows 5-9: Chain 1. Work 1 SC in each previous stitch. Join the ends with a slip stitch.

Switch to the Lemon and continue working with 2 strands.

Rows 10-12: Repeat row 5.
Row 13: Chain 1. Around the entire row, work the following sequence twice: 1 SC (13 times), 2 SCtog. Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 14: Chain 1. Around the entire row, work the following sequence: 1 SC (5 times), 2 SCtog. Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 15: Chain 1 and work 1 SC in each stitch around. Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 16: Chain 1. Around the entire row, work the following sequence: 1 SC (4 times), 2 SC tog. Join the ends with a slip stitch.

Begin stuffing the body.

Row 17: Chain 1. Around the entire row, work the following sequence: 1 SC (8 times), 2 SCtog. Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Rows 18-20: Chain 1 and work 1 SC in each stitch around. Join the ends with a slip stitch. At the end of row 20, finish off the yarn with a slip stitch.

Head
Working with the H sized hook, work with 2 strands of the Camel or the Wheat.
Row 1: Start with a magic circle of 1 CH and 6 SC. Pull tight and join the ends with a slip stitch. (6 SC)
Row 2: Chain 1 and work 2 SC in each stitch around. Join ends with a slip stitch. Row 3: Chain 1. Around the entire row, work the following sequence: 2 SC in the previous stitch (2 times), 1 SC (3 times). Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 4: Chain 1. Around the entire row, work the following sequence: 1 SC in the previous stitch (4 times), 2 SC in the previous stitch. Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Rows 5-9: Chain 1 and work 1 SC in each stitch around. Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 10: Chain 1. Around the entire row, work the following sequence: 2 SCtog (2 times), 1 SC (3 times). Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 11: Chain 1. Around the entire row, work the following sequence: 2 SCtog (2 times), 1 SC (6 times). Join the ends with a slip stitch.
Row 12: Repeat row 10.

Start stuffing the head.

Row 13: Chain 1. Work 2 SCtog all the way around. Finish off the yarn with a slip stitch.

Optional: Thread the yarn needle with a length of the flesh colored yarn and weave it in and out through the stitches of row 13 (like you’re sewing a loose hem). When complete, pull the yarn tight like a drawstring and secure the yarn.

Arms (Make 2)
Working with the H sized hook, work with 2 strands of the Camel or the Wheat.
Row 1: Start with a magic circle of 1 CH and 4 SC. Pull tight and join the ends with a slip stitch. (4 SC)
Rnd 2: Chain 1. Work 2 SC in each stitch around, including the joining slip stitch, and join the ends with a slip stitch. (10 SC)
Rnds 3-7: Chain 1. Work 1 SC in each stitch around and join the ends with a slip stitch. (10 SC)
Rnds 8-12: Switch to the Lemon yarn and repeat row 3. At the end of row 12, work 1 slip stitch and finish off the yarn. (10 SC)

Stuff the arms. Using the F hook and 1 strand of the Lemon, start work a series of SC around the bottom of the sleeve (Dwight wears short sleeved dress shirts). Finish off with a slip stitch in the first SC and weave in any unfinished threads. The finished arms are almost 3” long. Sew the finished arms onto the body.

Assembling the Body
Decide which will be the front of the body and head. Using the flesh toned yarn, sew the head and body together, securing the head to the last row of the body. Weave in any unfinished threads.

Using the F hook and 1 strand of the Espresso, start in the front and work a series of SC around the Espresso (second row down from the Lemon) to give him a little belt. Finish off with a slip stitch in the first SC and weave in any unfinished threads.

Because this little Dwight has a flat enough bottom, he will stand on his own.

Glasses and Face
Do not separate the floss into individual threads. Thread a yarn needle with a length of floss. Find the horizontal center of the face and go 1 row up, working the stitches in 2 SC lengths. This will be the top of the frames. Work the bows of the frames around the head to where they would sit over the tops of his ears (if he had any).

Using this image of Dwight as a reference, embroider the glasses onto the face, work these stitches in lengths of 1 SC at a time. Weave in any unfinished threads.

Using the thread and needle, sew the brown buttons in the center of each section of frame for his eyes.

Thread the yarn needle with the black yarn and embroider on his mouth in 5 stitches that are each 1 SC wide. Weave in any unfinished ends.

Tie
Cut a small tie out of the brown felt. It can be as simple as a little square above a tapered rectangle with a point on the end. It should be 2 ½ - 3” long. For added detail, I did a quick and dirty series of stripes on the tie with some regular markers. Before going on to the next step, make sure the tie is completely dry.

Shirt Collar
On the front of Dwight’s shirt, use the brown thread and needle, sew along the top of the tie, attaching it to his neck, 1 row below where the shirt starts.

Working with the H sized hook, work with 2 strands of the Lemon.

Row 1: Leave a length of several inches and chain 24. (6 SC)
Row 2: Working in the second chain from the hook, work 1 SC, 1 DC, 1 CH, 1 slip stitch in the front loops of the DC you just worked, 1 slip stitch in the original chain, and fasten off the yarn.
Row 3: Flip the piece over and repeat row 2 on the other end. Before starting this end, make sure the previous point of the collar is pointing up. Weave in any loose ends.

Wrap the shirt collar around the neck so the points almost meet in the front where the tie is sewn on. Use the Lemon yarn to sew it to the body. Weave in any unfinished threads.

Hair
Loosely wrap the Mushroom yarn around the longer side of the matchbook 20 times. Cut on the same side of the book you started winding from.

Lay the hair together in a loose grouping. It doesn’t have to be neat, just close to being even. With the brown thread, run the sewing needle through the middle of the grouping, perpendicular to how the yarn pieces are laying. Do not pull the thread too tight. This thread in the center will be Dwight’s part in his hair. Continue working the thread back and forth a few more times.

Note: if you’ve pulled the thread too tight and made his hair a smaller clump than you want, leave the thread in it, and repeat the wrapping and cutting. Continue sewing on more yarn for hair until you’re happy with the amount.

Lay the hair on top of his head and use the thread and needle to attach it down the part. You can pull the hair together on the back of his head to cover it more, just by smoothing it out. If you aren’t happy with the edges, this is when you would trim them.

Briefcase
For the briefcase, use whatever kind of lightweight yarn you wish. The yarn for this piece is not listed in the “Materials Needed” list. (Mine was worked with a lightweight gold chenille yarn that I had leftover from an earlier project.)

Row 1: Working with the E sized hook, chain 15.
Row 2: Working in the second chain from the hook, work 1 SC in each stitch across. (14 SC)
Rows 3-11: Chain 1 and turn. Continue working SC across the row. Fasten off the yarn at the end of row 11. (14 SC) The piece should measure 2 ½” x 3”.

Fold the piece in half so that it measures 2 ½” wide and 1 ½” tall. Do not stuff it with Fiber Fill. Using a contrasting color of yarn, work a series of SC around the 3 unworked edges, finishing off with a slip stitch. Fasten off the yarn and weave in any loose ends.

For the handle, leave a length of a couple of inches, and chain 6 with the contrasting color on the E hook. Finish off the yarn with a slip stitch and leave a couple of inches. Sew it on the briefcase along the matching contrasting long edge. Using the thread and needle, use a couple of small stitches to attach it to one of Dwight’s hands.

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