Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sharing the "Monster" Crochet Pattern

Well, I'm finally getting around to sharing this crochet pattern for Sackboy from this last summer.This was the creation that Nicole's roommate's nephew thought was a monster so he ripped off the eyes.

Materials:
--1 CD or DVD, cut in half
--Black felt
--Fabric glue (You see, this is where I went wrong...some of this is for Sackboy's eyes. If you've got little kids in the house, maybe you should try Super Glue or sewing them on.)
--Masking tape
--F sized crochet hook
--H sized crochet hook
--J sized crochet hook
--Stitch markers (optional)
--Fiber fill
--Sewing needle and black thread
--Yarn needle
--2 large black buttons, 2 large plain black safety eyes, or 2 circles cut from black felt (1 ½” wide)
--1 metal zipper (8 ½” long)
--3 skeins of Caron Simply Soft Eco in Wheat (#0003)
--1 skein of 3-Strand Natural Hemp Yarn (800 ft spool)
--Small amount of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Antique Rose (#143)
--Small amount of Caron Natura in Espresso (#0208)

Note: Work all HDC’s in the inside loops of the previous round through the entire project. Chain 2 at the end of every round but do not turn.

Top of the Head
With the J sized hook, work with the Wheat and 1 strand of the hemp yarn together.

Rnd 1: Chain 4 and join into a loop with a slip stitch. Finish each round by joining it in a slip stitch.
Rnd 2: Work 8 HDC in the loop.
Rnd 3: Work 2 HDC in each stitch.
Rnd 4: Starting with 1 HDC in the first stitch and then 2 HDC in the next. Repeat the 1 HDC, 2 HDC pattern all the way around.
Rnd 5: Starting with 1 HDC in the first two stitches and then 2 HDC in the third. Repeat the 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 2 HDC pattern all the way around.
Rnds 6-7: Repeat round 5. Fasten off yarn at the end of round 7. Piece should be 5 ½” wide.

Head and Face
This will be worked from the top down to the neck. With the J sized hook, work with the Wheat and 1 strand of the hemp yarn together. Work all HDC’s in the inside loops of the previous round. Chain 2 at the end of every round but do not turn.

Rnd 1: Chain 70. Before joining it into a loop with a slip stitch, take the time to make sure the chain is straight and not twisted. Finish each round by joining it in a slip stitch) This loop is as big as the top of Sackboy’s head.

Rnd 2: Work 1 HDC in each SC around. Also take your time here as you work around to keep the row straight.
Rnds 3-4: Repeat round 2.
Rnds 5-9: Repeat round 2 and decrease it by 2 HDC: one at the beginning of the round and one at the end.
Rnds 10-11: Repeat round 2 but do not decrease.
Rnds 12-14: Repeat round 2 and decrease it by 3 HDC: one at the beginning of the round, one in the middle and one at the end.

At this point, I cut my yarn but left a good length of both strands attached. I turned the head inside out. Using the F sized hook and one strand of the hemp yarn, attach the top of the head to the second head piece with a series of SC around the edge. Once the two pieces have been attached, flip the head back right side out.

Mouth
Be careful when cutting your CD or DVD in half. Instead of using a new one, try to reuse an old one you don’t care about anymore. Lay the cut CD pieces on the black felt so the cut edges are almost touching (1/8” apart or so). You’re going to sew the felt (inside of his mouth) to his head. The cut edges will be the back “hinge” of his mouth.

Once you have the CD placed on the felt where you want it, glue the pieces down. Once the glue has dried and the pieces are secure, cut the felt around the CD, leaving ½” of excess around the edges. Make evenly spaced vertical cuts in the felt and tape those edges down on the opposite side of the CD. You don’t have to aim for neatness here.

Lay the CD and felt piece down on another piece of black felt and trace around it Cut on the inside of your tracing to cut a second piece of felt, slightly smaller than the already covered CD. You don’t need overlap here. Glue the second felt piece to the other side of the CD halves. Both sides should be covered in felt now.

Once the mouth has been sewn in and crocheted around, it will fall open some so it looks like Sackboy’s smiling.

Tongue
This will be worked from side to side. With the F sized hook, work with the pink yarn.
Rnd 1: Chain 10.
Rnd 2: Work 2 SC in the second chain from the hook and continue with 1 SC in the remaining chains (an increase of 1 SC for this row). Chain 1 and turn.
Rnd 3: Work 1 SC in all the stitches across and 2 SC in the last stitch (an increase of 1 SC for this row). Chain 1 and turn.
Rnd 4: Work 1 SC in all the stitches across (no increase). Chain 1 and turn.
Rnd 5: Work 1 SC in all the stitches across and work the last 2 stitches together (a decrease of 1 SC for this row). Chain 1 and turn.
Rnd 6: Work the first two stitches together and work 1 SC in all the remaining stitches (a decrease of 1 SC for this row). Fasten off yarn.

On the covered CD, find the open circle in the center. If you fold the piece slightly, you can feel it through the felt. Line up the straight edge of Sackboy’s tongue with that center crease in the CD. Using your black thread and needle, sew the tongue into place.

Lay the head piece as it is now flat and find the front. The seam of where the rows are being joined will become the back of Sackboy’s head. Squeeze the mouth closed slightly like you’re holding a taco and slide it into the head so the top part of the mouth is lined up with the front of his face and centered in the middle.

Start on one side and use tiny stitches along the upper edge of the felt to sew the mouth into the head. Imagine sewing upper dentures into a mouth and placing the stitches just inside the upper lip. If you use small enough stitches, you won’t go through the head completely. Fasten off the thread once you’re done with the upper part of the mouth.

With the J sized hook, pick up the Wheat and hemp loop from round 14 of the head. Work all HDC’s in the inside loops of the previous round. Chain 2 at the end of every round but do not turn.

Rnd 15: Work how ever many SC it takes to get you back over to one corner of the mouth. In my case, it was 24 SC from the back of Sackboy’s head to the corner.
Rnd 16: Chain 27 and attach with a slip stitch at the opposite corner of Sackboy’s mouth. If it helps, visualize Sackboy’s upside down head as a basket and the chain as the handle.
Rnd 17: Chain 2 and work 1 HDC in each stitch around. (On mine, I worked 54 HDC.) Join with a slip stitch. At this point, you can sew the bottom of the mouth to these two new rows the same way you sewed the top of the mouth.
Rnd 18: Chain 2 and work 1 HDC in each stitch around. This is going to start Sackboy’s chin.
Rnds 19-20: Repeat round 18 and decrease it by 4 HDC: 1 at the beginning of the round, 1 in the middle of the back, 1 in the middle of the chin, and 1 at the end.

At this point, start stuffing the head. Make sure to get the Fiber Fill in above the top part of his mouth.

Rnd 21: Cut off the yarn, leaving a couple inches of length. Chain 1 and work 1 slip stitch in the yarn. Thread both strands of yarn through your yarn needle, and weave the strands in and out of the last row of HDC like you were making a drawstring. Pull the strands tight to close off the head and fasten off yarn.

Attach whatever you are using for eyes now. Take one strand of the Caron Mushroom yarn, and using your yarn needle, work 17 evenly spaced stitches around the top of Sackboy’s head (“stitching” the top of his head to the rest of it). I spaced my stitches about 4 stitches apart, spanning about 3 rows in length. The head should be 9” tall. His mouth will most likely remain open.

Body
This will be worked from the bottom up.

Rnd 1: With the J sized hook and both strands of yarn, do a magic circle of ch 2 and 8 HDC.
Rnds 2-4: Start chaining 2 at the beginning of each row again but do not turn. Work 2 HDC in each stitch around.
Rnds 5-6: Work 2 HDC in each stitch around.
Rnd 7: Work 11 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC in the next stitch. Work 12 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC in the next stitch (twice). Work 12 HDC in the remaining 12 stitches.
Rnd 8: Work 12 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC in the next stitch. Work 13 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC in the next stitch (twice). Work 11 HDC in the remaining 11 stitches.
Rnds 9-12: Work 1 HDC in each stitch around.
Rnd 13: Work 12 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog. Work 13 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog (twice). Work 6 HDC in the remaining 6 stitches.
Rnd 14: Repeat row 9.
Rnd 15: Work 11 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog. Work 12 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog (twice). Work 4 HDC in the remaining 4 stitches.
Rnd 16: Repeat row 9.
Rnd 17: Work 10 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog. Work 11 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog (twice). Work 3 HDC in the remaining 3 stitches.
Rnd 18: Work 9 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog. Work 10 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog (twice). Work 2 HDC in the remaining 2 stitches.
>Rnd 19: Work 8 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog. Work 9 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog (twice). Work 1 HDC in the remaining 1 stitch.
Rnd 20: Work 7 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog. Work 8 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog (twice).

Start stuffing the body.

Rnd 21: Work 5 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog. Work 6 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog (twice). Work 2 HDC in the remaining 2 stitches.
Rnd 22: Work 4 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog. Work 5 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog (twice). Work 2 HDC in the remaining 2 stitches.

Continue stuffing the body.

Rnd 23: Work 3 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog. Work 4 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog (twice). Work 1 HDC in the remaining 1 stitch.
Rnd 24: Work 3 HDC in as many stitches, and then work 2 HDC tog (repeat 2 times).
Rnd 25: Cut off the yarn, leaving a couple inches of length. Chain 1 and work 1 slip stitch in the yarn. Thread both strands of yarn through your yarn needle, and weave the strands in and out of the last row of HDC like you were making a drawstring (just as you did for the base of the head). Pull the strands tight to close off the head and fasten off yarn.

If you made the body correctly, you should have a pear shaped piece once it is stuffed and sewn shut at the top. This will also make it so if you position the legs correctly, Sackboy will sit up by himself. Piece should be 8” tall.

Chest with Zipper
This will be worked from the top down. If it helps, keep Sackboy’s real body in front of you while working on the chest for sizing purposes. On my Sackboy, I made the back of the body be where the rounds joined together. If you look closely at your Sackboy’s body, you will see where your rounds joined together.

Rnd 1: With the J sized hook and both strands of yarn, chain 15.
Rnd 2: Since this piece will be worked flat, this
piece will have to turned over as you work the rows. Continue to chain 2 at the start of each new row
. Starting in the second chain from the hook, work 1 HDC in each stitch.
Rnd 3: Chain 2 and turn. Work 7 HDC in as many stitches.
Rnds 4-20: Chain 2 and turn. Work those same 7 HDC with the same again. The sides of the chest need to be worked separately for the zipper to be sewn in. This portion of the 7 HDC section will measure 7 ¼” long. Fasten off yarn. If you are using a shorter zipper, reduce the number of rows until you have the correct length.

With a slip stitch, reattach the yarn to the center of row 2. Chain 2 and work 6 HDC across row 2 to the end. The chain 2 counts as the first HDC in this row.

Repeat rnds 4-20 on the other side of the chest. At the end of row 20, you should end on the outside edge.

Rnd 21: Chain 2 and turn. Line up the bottom edges of both sides and work 15 HDC across all of them, like you did in row 2.
Rnd 22: Repeat row 21. Fasten off yarn.

Lay the chest face down with the zipper on top of it, also face down. Using your needle and thread, sew it to the chest. Neatness doesn’t really count here, since you’re sewing it from the backside.

Once completed, lay the chest over the body and position it in the front center. Make sure it’s placed so the zipper zips shut up and not down. Using one strand of the yarn (the hemp) and the yarn needle, sew the top edge of the chest at the neck. As you work around the edges, don’t try to keep the bottom edge tight against the body. If you pull it up a row, you’ll have a little room inside the faux “chest cavity” to store secrets behind the usable zipper.

Take one strand of the Caron Mushroom yarn, and using your yarn needle, work 10 evenly spaced stitches down each side of Sackboy’s body (“stitching” the front of his body to the back of it). I spaced my stitches about 3 stitches in length and about 3 rows apart.

Arms (make 2)
Chain 1 and turn at the beginning of each row.

Rnd 1: With the J sized hook and both strands of yarn, chain 20.
Rnd 2: Starting in the second chain from the hook, work 1 sc in each stitch across.
Rnds 3-15: Work 1 sc in each stitch across. At the end of row 15, fasten off the yarn.

Fold the piece in half lengthwise (piece should be 6” long and 4” wide) and use one strand of the hemp yarn to sew it into a tube. Once you’re done sewing it shut, use the Mushroom yarn and run a series of 10 stitches (about 1 ½ sc in length, spaced about 2 rows or so apart) up that same seam. This will become the inside of his arm.

After I got done making Sackboy's arms with the above pattern, I realized I should have made them just a tiny bit shorter.

Hands (make 2)
Rnd 1: With the H sized hook and both strands of yarn, chain 10.
Rnd 2: Fold the chain in half and attach the ends with a sc. (This creates the thumb.) Chain 17.
Rnd 3: Fold the chain in half and attach the end on the hook to the sc above row 2’s connecting sc with another sc. (This creates the index finger.) Chain 18.
Rnd 4: Fold the chain in half and attach the end on the hook to the sc above row 3’s connecting sc with another sc. (This creates the middle finger.) Chain 17.
Rnd 5: Fold the chain in half and attach the end on the hook to the sc above row 4’s connecting sc with another sc. (This creates the ring finger.) Chain 11.
Rnd 6: Fold the chain in half and attach the end on the hook to the sc above row 5’s connecting sc with another sc. (This creates the little finger.) Chain 1 and turn.
Rnd 7: Work a series of 9 sc along the ends of the fingers. Ignore how loopy the fingers are for right now. Chain 1 and turn.
Rnds 8-9: Work the first 2 sc tog, and then the last 2 sc tog. Work 1 sc in all other remaining stitches. Chain 1 and turn. At the end of row 9, fasten off yarn.

Using one strand of the hemp yarn and the yarn needle, run a couple of whip stitches on the fronts and backs of the fingers to flatten the loops.

Decide which end of the arm will be the armpit. Stuff the arm a little bit from the armpit end so you get a true round shape. Using one strand of the hemp yarn and the yarn needle, squeeze the wrist shut and sew a few whip stitches through that end to close it.

Continue stuffing the arm. Using one strand of the hemp yarn, sew the arms, seam sides down, onto the body. Continuing to use the hemp, sew the hands onto the arms.

Legs (make 2)
Chain 1 and turn at the beginning of each row.

Rnd 1: With the J sized hook and both strands of yarn, chain 14.
Rnd 2: Starting in the second chain from the hook, work 1 sc in each stitch across.
Rnds 3-17: Work 1 sc in each stitch across. At the end of row 17, fasten off the yarn.

Fold the piece in half lengthwise (piece should be 4 1/2” long and 4 1/2” wide) and use one strand of the hemp yarn to sew it into a tube. Once you’re done sewing it shut, use the Mushroom yarn and run a series of 7 stitches (about 1 ½ sc in length, spaced about 2 rows or so apart) up that same seam. This will become the back of his leg.

Feet (make 2)
Chain 2 but do not turn at the beginning of each row. Join the ends of the rows with a slip stitch.
Rnd 1: With the J sized hook and both strands of yarn, do a magic circle of ch 2 and 6 HDC. Join with a slip stitch.
Rnd 2: Work 2 HDC in each stitch around.
Rnd 3: Work 1 sc in each stitch around.

Decide which end of the leg will be the ankle. Stuff the leg a little bit from the ankle end so you get a true round shape. Lay the flat foot down on the ankle end of the leg and do a series of slip stitches around row 3 of the foot and the ankle.

Continue stuffing the leg.

Using one strand of the hemp yarn, sew the legs, seam sides down, onto the body.

Last but not least, sew the head onto the body.

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