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Monday, 14 December 2015

MINION CASE



MINION CASE

Minions.. who doesn’t love them?  I was asked to create a minion bag, so here’s what I’ve come up with.

This case is multipurpose – from pencils, to make-up / cosmetics, travel, a First aid kit, and if you add on a strap, then a cute little bag for a little girl as well.  So have fun.. let’s create.

As usual, I’m using yarns available locally in India, and here I’ve used our lovely polyester purse yarns.
We will do the basic case in yellow for the Minion body, and then give it a nice 3D effect by adding the clothing and eyes + spectacles on top.  Excited.. well, I am too.. so let’s move on.

Materials used : Polyester purse yarn,  with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ; embroidery needle.
 
Skill level : Easy to Intermediate with basic sewing skills.

Stitches used : (Using U.S terminology)
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

How to do a sc-blo or Single crochet back loop only : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phf7Nj0_LJg  OR

How to line your bag : Check this link below

How to attach a zipper on your bag : Two self-explanatory links for you here http://www.liz-makes.com/2014/01/liz-makes-crocheted-clutch-with-zipper.html?m=1rochet

 Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                               sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                     ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                     sl-st : Slip stitch
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                            hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                            dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-together
sc-blo : Single crochet back loop only
           
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
We start on our little Minion from the base up to his rounded head.  We will start with blue and continue using blue till there is a change of colour needed.

Now rather than mar this really cute Minion face, I've decided to 'divide' for the zipper just around the neck portion from around the back.  My daughter did say that we could have it all around the front as well, and the mouth portion could be the zipper.. well, I didn't want to mar the face, but there's an idea for you to try out..

Start (using blue) with a magic circle and 12 sc in that circle. Pull lightly to close circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 1 : 2 dc in the 1st sc ; 2 dc in each sc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; *2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc* ; rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; *2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 2 dc* ; rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

As I’m happy with the base diameter of 3.5” for my case, I’m going to start working on the sides here. 
IF you want a wider base, then pl do Optional Round below, else continue with Round 4.

Optional Round : dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the each dc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

To get a nice edge for the bottom of our bag, we’ll use the sc-blo st all around.
Round 4 : ch 1 and sc-blo in the 1st dc ; sc-blo in the each dc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 5 : dc in the 1st sc ; dc in the each sc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 6 - 9 : Rep Round 5


We are now about 2.5” from the bottom of our minion, and we’ll now introduce the yellow bit in.  So let’s now visualise what we’re going to do here.  The part you’re starting at is the back of your minion. We will work in rounds, dividing the blue for the overalls and then with the yellow of the minion body also coming along – so from this round on, we’re going to use both yellow and blue yarn and carry along the un-used yarn(s).
(For a “how to” on carrying two yarns along, please head on to the top of this blog for stitch information)

So 12 sts on either side of  the centre back and centre front will be in blue.  The side 12 sts will be in yellow.

Attach your yellow yarn.  When not in use, the yarn will be carried along.

Round 10 : (Using blue) dc in the 1st 6 dc ; (Using yellow) dc in the next 12 dc ; (Using blue) dc in the next 12 dc ; (Using yellow) dc in the last 6 dc. Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 11 - 14 : Rep Round 10

Round 15 : (Using blue) dc in the 1st 6 dc  and in each dc till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 16 : Rep Round 15

Fasten off blue yarn.

Round 17 - 19 : (Using yellow) Rep Round 15. 

Fasten off yellow yarn. 

We’ve completed the lower half of our little Minion body.

We will make the face of our Minion from the top of the head and then work down to this part we’ve just made.

The part where we join the top and bottom halves of our little Minion will be his mouth.

As we work the face of the Minion, I am going to restart numbering.  Please note that all instructions below are for the top part of the face, and do not refer to any notes before this.

Minion face :


Start (using yellow) with a magic circle and 12 sc in that circle. Pull lightly to close circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 1 : 2 dc in the 1st sc ; 2 dc in each sc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; *2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc* ; rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; *2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next 2 dc* ; rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Now depending on how much more you’ve increased for the base, do the same for this part, ensuring that you have the same number of sts for this top bit as you have for the bottom.  The stitch number should be equal to that on the round before the sc-blo round for the lower part.

Round 4 : dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the each dc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Now I’ve decided to make the top portion the same height as the bottom half.. so I’m going to work the same number of rounds.  You see what works for you, and work that top repeat accordingly.

Round 5 - 18 : Rep Round 4.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Eyes  : (Make two)
For our eyes, we’ll use a black centre, followed by a white round and then silver (or grey) for the rims of the spectacles.  So get your yarns ready and let’s start.

Start (using black) with a magic circle and 6 sc in that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Fasten off black.  Attach white yarn

Round 1 : (using white) 2 hdc in the 1st fsc and in each fsc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : sc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Fasten off white.  Attach silver / grey yarn

Round 3 : (using silver) : hdc in the 1st fsc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ; (hdc in the next hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc) ; rep (to) till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

We will now make the little ear-strips for our spectacles, so we will continue with dc’s

Row 4 : (using silver) : dc in the 1st 3 hdc.  Turn

Row 5 : (using silver) : dc in the 1st 3 dc.  Turn

Row 6 : (using silver) : Rep Row 5.

Rep all of this for the second part of our spectacles.
Then join our two spectacle bits at the centre, and join them to the top of the face.

Fasten off yarn and leave a long tail to sew it on. 


Little pocket on the front of dungaree


Start (using blue) with 3 fsc.  Turn.

Row 1 : 2 sc in the 1st fsc ; sc in the next fsc ; 2 fsc in the next fsc.  Turn.

Row 2 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till end.  Turn.

Row 3 - 4 : Rep Row 2. 

Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew it in.


Finishing :
1.       Attach the eyes.
2.      Embroider the mouth with black yarn.
3.      Attach two buttons (if desired) at the top of dungarees.
4.      Fold the yarn a few times (about 3” length) and push it into the centre of the head as hair
5.      Attach the front half of the two pieces together – so that the zipper opening will be around the back of the case – and the ‘join’ line is along the back.
6.      Weave in all ends for each colour from the inside of your pouch. 
7.      Attach a lining and zipper (“How to” links provided above)

And wow.. just look at what you’ve created.  One little kiddo is going to be mighty  pleased

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