CAL Episode 3

Right, I know you're itching to get on, so pros- your instructions are at the bottom, everyone else, read on.

Just to remind you, this pattern is worked in rounds in a continuous spiral of stitches. Use your stitch marker to mark where you began each round.

Stitches and abbreviations:
I use US crochet terms, so single crochet here is the SAME as UK double crochet.

Chain (ch)
Single crochet (sc) 
Stitches (sts)
Decrease (dec) 

Ok, so we left our heads with 5 scs.

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We are going to carry on from where we left off and work the body and one of the legs as one continuous piece.  

Round 1
2 sc in each sc (10 sts)

Remember what to do? 
Make 2 single crochets into each stitch around. Remember to move your stitch marker to show where the first stitch of the round is. 

Round 2
(1 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around (15 sts)

Make 1 single crochet in the first stitch (stitch marker in) and then make 2 single crochets in the following stitch. Repeat around.

Round 3
(2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around (20 sts)

Make 1 single crochet into the first stitch (stitch marker in). Make the 2nd single crochet into the next stitch and then make 2 single crochets into the 3rd stitch.
Repeat around.

Round 4
(4 sc , 2 sc in next sc) repeat around (24 sts)

A bigger increase here, so make 4 single crochets and then 2 into the 5th stitch. Repeat around.

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Rounds 5 - 12
Sc 24

NOTE: If you would like to add a little crochet skirt to your creation, then on round 8 you need to single crochet in the BACK LOOPS ONLY.
This will leave you with a round of loops in your work- see pic. 

Image from Fotolr Photo Studio HD!

We will use these loops later (trust me, this isn't any more difficult than anything else you have done so far)

Mouse

I also changed colour on round 9 to give my mouse some white underwear!! 
Optional, of course.
To change colour, make the beginnings of your next single crochet as usual, but stop when you have 2 loops on your hook. Leave a length of yarn and cut it. Now make a slip knot with your new coloured yarn, put it onto your hook and finish off your single crochet by pulling through a loop of new colour and completing the stitch. Carry on with the pattern.

Round 13
(4 sc, dec 1) repeat around (20 sts)

We just need to reduce the stitches a bit here, to shape the bottom of the body.
So make 4 single crochets and then squish the next 2 stitches together in a decrease. Here's a reminder: 

Insert hook into next stitch. 
Yarn over, pull up a loop. ( You will have 2 loops on your hook)
Insert hook into next stitch.
Yarn over, pull up another loop. ( You will have 3 loops on your hook)
Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops together.

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Ok. That is the body 'done'. You'll need to stuff it now. Make sure you push the stuffing into the neck too, otherwise you'll end up with a floppy head.

Next, you need to flatten it (squash between your fingers) and close it with 10 single crochets.
You need to make sure your stitches end up at the side of your Monk/Kat/Doll, or you'll end up with wonky legs.
See where my round has finished in the pic below?

Image from Fotolr Photo Studio HD!

I just did about 6 scs until I reached the side.
Do the same with yours and make a few more single crochets until you're at the side too.

See the stitches below?  

Image from Fotolr Photo Studio HD!

We just need to join the pairs with 10 single crochets (the first and last one are always a bit tricky, just do your best).

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Done? Now for the legs (don't cut the yarn yet!)

Have a look at your marvellous handiwork. We will be making the first leg by turning the work and single crocheting around the FRONT LOOPS only of the first 5 stitches.
Don't panic!!!!
T'is all easy.

Round 1

First, turn your work. You need to make 5 single crochets in each of the FRONT LOOPS of the first 5 stitches. You will be working from right to left.

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[Rather unhelpfully, I realised that this photo was taken before I had turned my work. Therefore the arrows are pointing at the back loops at the moment. Once I turn my work, these will become the front loops.]

This photo shows making the first sc in the front loop:

Image from Fotolr Photo Studio HD!

Ok. Now turn and make 5 more stitches in the new front loops.

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Image from Fotolr Photo Studio HD!

See? Easy!.

Rounds 2 - 25
Sc 10
Stuff as you go and remember to use your stitch marker.

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(if you are making a doll and want to change the yarn colour for shoes, then make your colour change at the beginning of round 25)

Round 26
(1 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around (15 sts)

Rounds 27 and 28
Sc 15

Round 29
(1 sc, dec 1) repeat around (10 sts)
Finish stuffing.

Round 30
(Dec 1) repeat around (5 sts)

Stitch closed. 

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I hide the thread end by poking the needle back up through the middle of the leg and snipping off. 

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End hidden.

Now for the other leg. You need to put a slip knot onto your hook and make your leg in exactly the same way as before. Just make sure you work across the front of your creation from right to left. This ensures you have the 'right' side of your work on the outside.

Follow the instructions as before and BINGO! - A 2-legged-creation all of your own. 

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You can hug him/her now and look forward to making arms, ears and all other bits very soon.

As before, PLEASE ask me any questions and let me know if something seems wrong.

And do join our Flickr group and post your pics.

Well done again and I'll see you in a week....!
Xx


Written Pattern:

Continue from the 5 stitches you have on the head.

Round 1 
2 sc in each sc (10 sts)

Round 2
(1 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around (15 sts)

Round 3
(2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around (20 sts)

Round 4
(4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around (24 sts)

Rounds 5-12 
Sc 24
If you want to make a crochet skirt for your creations then on Round 8 you need to single crochet in the BACK LOOPS ONLY.

Mouse

This will leave you with a round of loops in your work which we'll use later.
I also changed colour on round 9 to give my mouse some white underwear!! 
Optional, of course.

Round 13
(4 sc, dec 1) repeat around (20 sts)

Stuff

Next, you need to flatten it and close with 10 single crochets -make sure your stitches end up at the side of your Monk/Kat/Doll, or you'll end up with wonky legs. (Just make a few more single crochets until you're at the side.)
Don't cut the yarn- we will carry on from here.

LEGS.

Round 1
Turn your work. Make 5 single crochets in each of the FRONT LOOPS of the first 5 stitches.
Turn again and make 5 more stitches in the front loops again. 

Rounds 2-25
Sc 10
(Stuff as you go) 

Round 26 
(1 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around (15 sts)

Rounds 27 and 28
Sc 15

Round 29
(1 sc, dec 1) repeat around (10 sts)
Finish stuffing.

Round 30
(Dec 1) repeat around (5 sts)

Stitch closed.
Fasten off.

Repeat for leg 2.

CAL 2

As before, PLEASE ask me any questions and let me know if something seems wrong.

And do join our Flickr group and post your pics.

Well done again and I'll see you in a week....!
Xx

6 comments:

  1. Hello my dear,
    Thank you for posting this latest instalment of the CAL. Perfect timing for me! I'm off school with a crappy virus (sore throat/earache/etc). Am bored - and you're keeping me amused with my little monkey project! :-)
    Only..... I've come up against a little problem today. My head looked pretty good. I turned it inside out, and the crocheting looks okay. Then I carried on today, doing the body. Only the stitches look wrong - inside out??? I tried to upload some photos onto Flickr, but I've naughtily run out of my monthly thingy. So, I've put them on my FB page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Crafted-by-Carly/211327968881601). PLEASE could you take a quick look, and let me know what I'm doing wrong/ how I can fix it??? Just looks like a different 'fabric' on the head/body.
    Confused.....
    Carly
    x

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  2. Thank you! I have been anxiously waiting for the next episode...it is going to be a baby gift!

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  3. Hi, phew that was tougher. I have finished the body and legs. both the legs proved difficult for me. One of them is definitely inside out as it looks completely different to the other one. It took quite a few goes to get both legs started. His head doesn't have enough stuffing in to keep it up but he is still rather loveable and cute.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. I am going to try the dolls body and legs now. Have uploaded photo of monkey (try ot to laugh). You must be a very patient lady.
    Sorry for waffling. Famfa x

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  4. Finished dolls legs. This time much easier, however her legs are odd again, not inside out but one thinner than the other. Ah who's perfect? Look forward to carrying on x

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  5. I'm just in the 2nd leg,this is cool ....love them.

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  6. muchas gracias por ese tutorial muy bueno.bendiciones

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