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FO Friday: Chubby Sheep revealed

Yay, I can finally share the secret project I was working on because the pattern has been published!  (You can check out my free Chubby Sheep pattern here.)

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been collaborating with Galler Yarns, a family-run yarn importer in Monroe, New York.  I was asked to design some toys using Flore II, a kid mohair/wool/nylon blend yarn made in South Africa.

Strangely, when I saw the yarn, I didn’t think of a goat but rather a sheep.  (Yes, there is wool in the yarn, but it looks more “mohair-ish.”)  I kept the goat idea in the back of mind while designing, though.  I always imagine goats eating anything and everything.  (According to the British Goat Society, this is actually untrue and goats are quite particular about their eating habits.)

So I decided to make this sheep a very rotund,  non-stop eating machine.  Originally, I planned to add legs, but once I finished the body, I saw that the sheep was able to sit on his own and actually looked pretty cute that way.  I worked on the sample during the long Thanksgiving weekend.  That Sunday, MC and I went for a nice walk in Central Park.  It was a bit brisk out, but a beautiful day.  I took many great pictures of the sheep (and of another top secret project I can’t talk about yet!).

Chubby Sheep, enjoying the fall foliage while sitting on a park bench.

Cuter than a hacky sack.

Posing for the camera.

That weekend, the Christmas tree vendors were just setting up around our neighborhood.  With that inspiration, I decided to add the option to transform the Chubby Sheep into an ornament.  On Monday, on the way to the post office to mail the sample, I snuck behind one of the Christmas tree stands and captured a few pictures of the ornament version.

The ornament version.

My acrylic amigurumi critters always have very smooth, dull surfaces.  I like the way the mohair in the yarn makes Chubby Sheep look fuzzy.

For more finished objects, visit Tami’s Amis.

Free Pattern: Chubby Sheep

I’m excited to share my first free pattern on the blog, Chubby Sheep.

Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

 

This is one of the super secret projects I’ve been working on, in collaboration with Galler Yarns.

I made this using Flore II, an awesome blend of kid mohair, wool, and nylon.  The kid mohair really makes the difference in the final texture.

Just in time for the holidays, the pattern also includes (optional) instructions to transform Chubby Sheep into an ornament or hanging decoration.

Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Exact gauge is not critical for this project but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.  This pattern was tested by aimeefae, anamoji, ayoung, and ss9904 on Ravelry.  It takes about 5-6 hours to complete.  Enjoy!

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Chubby Sheep Crochet Pattern

by Underground Crafter

Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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This rotund sheep is fun to play with and simple to make. The shape and textured bottom allow it to “sit up” without legs.

Optional instructions are included to transform the sheep into an ornament or hanging decoration.

Finished Size: Approximately 3.75” tall (9.5 cm) from base of body to top of head.

Materials:

  • Galler Yarns Flore II yarn (1.75 oz/50 g/100 yds/91 m/75% kid mohair, 15% wool, 10% nylon/light weight) – 1 skein in each of two colors, or approximately in 100 yds in Main Color and 35 yds in Color B
  • Small amount of embroidery floss for eyes
  • E-4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook or any size needed to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Fiber filling

Gauge: Body through Round 12 = 3.75” (9.5 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • invdec – invisible decrease – Insert hook in front loop only of each of next 2 sts, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops. Planet June has a great tutorial here.
  • MC – Main Color
  • pop – 4-hdc popcorn – Hdc 4 times in same st, remove hook from loop and insert hook from front to back of first hdc in group, pick up dropped loop and pull through loop on hook. (See tutorial at end of pattern for details.)
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Rounds
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Repeat after asterisk as indicated.

Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Pattern Notes

The head and body are worked in spirals without joining. Place stitch marker in last st of each Rnd and move up at the end of each Rnd. Ears are worked in rows and ch 2 does not count as hdc.

Pattern Instructions

Head

  • Beginning at crown, with MC, start with magic adjustable ring. Planet June has a great magic ring tutorial here.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull the yarn tail tightly to close ring.
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnds 5 & 6: Rep Rnd 3 twice.
  • Rnd 7: Change to CB in last yo of next sc, sc in each st to marker.
  • Rnds 8 – 13: Rep Rnd 3 six times.
  • Rnd 14: *Invdec, sc; rep from * around. (12 sts) Do not fasten off.
  • Create eyes: Thread yarn needle with embroidery floss. Starting with floss inside of the head, stitch two eyes in third row of CB, using photos as a guide. Stuff head firmly with fiber filling.

Finish snout

  • Rnd 15: Invdec around. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 16: Invdec around. (3 sts).
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail. Using yarn needle, sew yarn tail through remaining sts to close snout. Weave in yarn tail through head before finishing off.

Ears (Make 2)

  • With CB, ch 3.
  • Row 1: Turn. 2 hdc in third ch from hook.
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 2 (see pattern notes), hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st. (3 sts)
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 2, hdc in each of next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st. (4 sts)
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 2, hdc in each of next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st. (5 sts)
  • Row 5: Turn ch 2, hdc in each of next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st. (6 sts) Do not fasten off. Fold ear in half across Row 5, so that first and last stitch of row are back to back, join with sl st to top of first hdc.
  • Row 6: Do not turn, ch 1, join edge of ear with sc in each of next 3 sts, working through both layers. Fasten off with a 9” yarn tail.
  • Join ears to head: Using yarn needle, join ears to second row of MC (Rnd 5 of head), using photos as a guide. Weave in yarn tail through head before finishing off.

Body

  • Beginning at bottom of body, with MC, start with magic adjustable ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull the yarn tail tightly to close ring.
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *Pop in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *Sc in each of next two sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 5: *Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 6: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 7: *(Sc in next st, pop in next st) twice, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (35 sts)
  • Rnd 8: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (40 sts)
  • Rnd 9: *(Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) twice, pop in next st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (45 sts)
  • Rnd 10: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 8 sts; rep from *  around. (50 sts)
  • Rnd 11: *(Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) 3 times, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (55 sts)
  • Rnd 12: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 10 sts; rep from * around. (60 sts)
  • Rnd 13: *Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts; rep from * around.
  • Rnd 14: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnds 15 & 16: Repeat Rnds 13 & 14 once.
  • Rnd 17: *(Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) 3 times, sc, invdec; rep from * around. (55 sts)
  • Rnd 18: *Invdec, sc in each of next 9 sts; rep from * around. (50 sts)
  • Rnd 19: *(Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) twice, pop in next st, sc in next st, invdec; rep from * 3 more times, pop in next st, sc in each of next 7 sts, invdec. (45 sts)
  • Rnd 20: *Invdec, sc in each of next 7 sts; rep from * around. (40 sts)
  • Rnd 21: *(Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) twice, invdec; rep from * 3 more times, sc in each of next 6 sts, invdec. (35 sts)
  • Rnd 22: *Invdec, sc in each of next 5 sts; rep from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 23: *Pop in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts; rep from * around.
  • Rnd 24: *Invdec, sc in each of next 3 sts; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 25: *Invdec, pop in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts) Do not fasten off.
  • Join head to body: Using yarn needle and a 9” strand of MC, join head to body in flat area with fewer popcorns (Rnds 18-22), using photos as guide. Stuff body firmly. Weave in yarn tail from joining into body.

Finish body

  • Rnd 26: *Invdec, sc; rep from * around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 27: *Invdec. pop; rep from * around. (8 sts).
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail. Using yarn needle, sew yarn tail through remaining sts to close body. Weave in yarn tail through body before finishing off.

Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Ornament/decorative hanging loop (optional)

  • To use Chubby Sheep as an ornament or decorative hanging, join MC with sl st to any st in center top after assembly.
  • Sc in same st, ch 25, sc to another nearby st in center top.
  • Fasten off. Weave in yarn tail through body before finishing off.

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Half Double Crochet Popcorn Tutorial

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Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

© 2011, 2012, 2013 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use it to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2011/12/05/free-pattern-chubby-sheep/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Handmade Gifts to Make

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Happy Thanksgiving!

In the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) signifies the official start of the holiday shopping season.  In the spirit of keeping the holidays a little more handmade and small business and a little less mass produced and corporate, I’m sharing several holiday gift guides today.

Handmade gifts to make

This time of year, many crafters are using every spare moment to make holiday gifts for their loved ones.  Tracie Barrett‘s Gift Giving Guide on the Fibers by Tracie blog gives some great suggestions for quick-to-make holiday gifts and Fearless Leader recently posted a teaser for the Crochet Liberation Front‘s upcoming Official Guide to Super Awesome Gift Giving.

My personal favorite last minute crochet gift projects are scarves made with bulky yarns (or multiple strands of yarn), hats, and cotton washcloths.

For scarves and washcloths, I turn to my stitch guides for inspiration.  Don’t have any stitch guides?

Not sure how many stitches to start with?  This post in my Crochet 101 CAL explains how to use your gauge to figure out how many stitches to start with if you want to make a project of a specific size.

Some of my holiday 2011 washcloths.

Hats make wonderful, quick holiday gifts.  Some of my favorite crochet hat patterns:

Stocking Caps. (Photo (c) House of White Birches.)

I just reviewed 60 More Quick Knits, which has some great knitted hat patterns, as well as patterns for mittens and scarfs.  My favorite crochet mitten pattern, amazingly available in 8 sizes from infant to XL adult, is Heart Strings by Cathy Pipinich.

Amigurumi can make a fun gift, too.

Filled with great gift ideas!

Speaking of books I haven’t had a chance to review yet, there are three great patterns in Little Crochet: Modern Designs for Babies and Toddlers by Linda Permann that would make speedy children’s gifts: Cozy Crawlers Leg Warmers (6 mo – 2 years, and available here as a free excerpt), Tiny Tee Appliques to add to store bought or hand sewn clothes, and Beanie and Bonnet (in baby, toddler, and child sizes).  (Beanie and Bonnet errata available here.)

handmade gift bag can be a wonderful addition to a handmade or store bought gift.  These bags can be also reused, unlike conventional wrapping paper, making them more eco-friendly.Kathryn from Crochet Concupiscence has a great list of crochet patterns for bags in this blog post.  The Mel Stampz blog has a list of 50 templates and patterns for papercrafts gift bags.

Deborah Atkinson from Snowcatcher has excellent crochet patterns and tutorials in her Snowflake Monday posts.   (It would be great if you could contribute to her charity of choice, Bike MS, so that she can send you a PDF of her 20 most popular designs.)  These snowflakes would make great holiday decorations or embellishments for gifts.  Some of the patterns would also work well as a set of holiday coasters.

With all of this holiday crocheting and knitting, you may be running low on yarn.  So why not stop by your Local Yarn Shop to celebrate Small Business Saturday?  You can even register your American Express card in advance to get a $25 credit on your statement if you spend at least $25 at a small business on Saturday, November 26.  Your LYS employees are guaranteed to have some additional project ideas and maybe even a few new patterns or yarns for you try out.  (If you’ll be yarn shopping in NYC, check out my Visitor’s Guide to New York City Yarn Shops.)

If you aren’t in the mood for knitting, crocheting, or papercrafting, handmade food gifts are another option.  I like to make jar mixes:  I don’t exhaust myself with last minute baking, the mixes last longer and can be used after the holidays end, and the jars can be reused in the kitchen or for craft storage.  Nestle‘s Very Best Baking is a good site for finding classic gift recipes.  My favorite jar mixes to give are the classic Toll House cookies mix, the chewie brownie mix, and the hot cocoa mix.  For those who don’t like chocolate (and there are some of them out there), I like the pumpkin cranberry bread mix or the oatmeal chip cookie mix (substituting butterscotch chips, raisins, or craisins for the chocolate chips).  You can also check out the Best Cookie Mix in a Jar Recipes and Dry Soup Mix Recipes pages at Allrecipes.com for more ideas.  If you can’t find canning jars in your area, there are many online options for ordering these days.  Just remember that if you are shipping jar mixes, you need to be careful about packaging.

Enjoy the first gift guide, and feel free to share your favorite gifts to make in the comments!