Monday, 25 December 2017

MR. BIG EARS

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MR. BIG EARS 


Dumbo has always been among my favourite characters, and to get to make an amigurumi toy inspired by this adorable creature is a *Yaay* for me. 
Thank you for joining me in our fun creativity session today.

Materials used : Today I’ve used our Indian Oswal  4-ply acylic yarns with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ; embroidery needle

Size : About 6”
Skill level : Advanced.  Basic sewing skills needed.

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Single crochet 2-together : Sc 2-tog : Insert hk into st, yo and pull up a lp (2 lps on hk) ; insert hk into next sc, yo and pull up a lp (3 lps on hk); yo and draw through all 3 lps.  One sc 2-tog complete.

Half double crochet 2-together : hdc 2-tog :
[yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp] (3 lps on hk) ; insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp (4 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all 4 lps on hk.  One hdc 2-tog made.

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/




Instruction information
For this darling Dumbo elephant amigurumi, I referred to the pattern at http://crocherdamoda.blogspot.in/2015/08/elefante-dumbo-em-croche.html#.Wi4TPEqWZPZ

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This pattern is not in English and even with Google translate, it does not really pan out well… so here’s what I’ve done.  Please check the link above, and choose whichever works best for you.
If you choose my instructions, please credit my blog when you share your creation. Thanks.

I do not claim this as my pattern – this is my original project and these are my notes as I make my own project that I share freely with you.

I have decided to use grey for the body ; grey + pink for ears ; red + yellow for scarf and yellow for the little cap.

Choose whatever colours you’d like and work accordingly.

I have decided to use sc all through as I want a small project.  Choose sc or hdc (half double crochet) for your project.  Use the same stitch (i.e either sc or hdc) throughout though.  Obviously, in case you choose to work with hdc, you will replace the word sc with hdc in the pattern instructions below.

I have decided to use stuffing balls (as I plan on calling this genius idea) for stuffing my little toy.  So first off, what is this genius stuffing ball?
This is not my idea, but sadly, I can’t find the original link for this idea.
So what you do is use a stocking net to stuff your toy – basically sew one end of your stocking net, fill it with poly fill stuffing, and when you have a ball of the size you need, sew the other end of the stocking too.  All this does is enclose the poly fill neatly within the stocking net – so not only does it seal in the poly fill during washing, but also prevents it from seeping out of the small holes in our crochet.

Remember if you are using this idea, you will need to stuff before you reach the end of your decrease sections.
As we are all advanced crocheters here, do work out when you need to stuff your toy.

Come along then.. Dumbo calls..

PART 1 : BODY

Start Round 1 : (using body colour) : with a magic circle and 6 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (6 sts)

Round 2 : (using body colour) : 2 sc in the 1st and in each sc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (12 sts)

Round 3 : (using body colour) : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next sc ;
(2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next sc ) ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (18 sts)

Round 4 : (using body colour) : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 2 sc ;
(2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next 2 sc ) ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (24 sts)

Round 5 : (using body colour) : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 3 sc ;
(2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next 3 sc ) ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (30 sts)

Round 6 : (using body colour) : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 4 sc ;
(2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next 4 sc ) ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (36 sts)

Round 7 : (using body colour) : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 5 sc ;
(2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next 5 sc ) ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (42 sts)

Round 8 : (using body colour) : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 6 sc ;
(2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next 6 sc ) ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (48 sts)

Rounds 9 - 11 : (using body colour) : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (48 sts)

In the following round, we will decrease using a sc 2-tog. In case you have worked with hdc so far, you will decrease with hdc 2-tog.
Check the top of this blog for a “how to”

Round 12 : (Decrease round using body colour) :
sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ; sc in the next 6 sc ;
(sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc ; sc in the next 6 sc) ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (42 sts)

Round 13 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (42 sts)

Round 14 : (Decrease round using body colour) :
sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ; sc in the next 5 sc ;
(sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc ; sc in the next 5 sc) ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (36 sts)

Rounds  15 & 16 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (36 sts)
Round 17 : (Decrease round using body colour) :
sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ; sc in the next 4 sc ;
(sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc ; sc in the next 4 sc) ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (30 sts)

Rounds  18 & 19 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (30 sts)
Fasten off. Leave a long tail to sew on other body parts.


PART 2 : HEAD & TRUNK
For this section, we will start with the trunk and work up to the head.

Start Round 1 : (using body colour) with a magic circle and 4 sc in the circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (4 sts)

Round 2 : 2 sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (8 sts)

Rounds 3 & 4 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (8 sts)

Round 5 : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 3 sc ;
2 sc in the next sc ; sc in each sc till end.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (10 sts)

Round 6 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (10 sts)

Round 7 : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 4 sc ;
2 sc in the next sc ; sc in each sc till end.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (12 sts)

Round 8 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (12 sts)

Round 9 : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 5 sc ;
2 sc in the next sc ; sc in each sc till end.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (14 sts)

Round 10 : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next sc ;
(2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next sc) ;
rep (to) till end.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (21 sts)

Now for the next 4 rows, we are going to create the top of the snout / trunk. 
So we will work in rows for the next 4 rows, and then we will join back to work in rounds. Got it?
So for convenience, and so that we do not lose round count, I am going to call these rows A,B,C and D

Rows A & B : sc in the 1st  7 sc and Turn.
Row C : sk the 1st sc ; sc in the next 5 sc and Turn.
Row D : sc in the 1st 5 sc and Turn.

We’ve now created the top of the trunk.. so we will join all our sts again and work in rounds again. We are at one end, and we will need to pick up sts along the side of the trunk to get a finished even look

So we have 5 sc along the top of Row D, and 15 sc along the back (Round 10).
We have worked 4 rows (A to D).
So we will now work along the 5 sc ; down the sides of Rows A to D ; along the 15 sc of the back and then up the sides of Rows A to D.  Got it?

Round 10 : sc in the 1st 5 sc ;
(work down along the sides of Row A-D) work 7 sc evenly spaced out ;
sc in the next 15 sc ;
(work up along the sides of Row A-D) work 7 sc evenly spaced out ;
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (33 sts)

Great job! We are now back to working in rounds.

Round 11 : sc in the 1st 5 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ;
[sc in the next 3 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc] ;
(sc in the next 4 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc) ;
rep (to) 2 times ;
rep [to] once ;
sc in the last 3 sc ;
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (39 sts)

Round 12 : sc in the 1st 9 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ;
(sc in the next 9 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc) ;
rep (to) once ;
sc in the last 9 sts.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (42 sts)

Rounds 13 - 21 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (42 sts)

Round 22 : (Decrease round) : sc 2-tog over the in the 1st 2 sc ; sc in the next 5 sc ;
(sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc ; sc in the next 5 sc) ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (36 sts)

Round 23 : (Decrease round) : sc 2-tog over the in the 1st 2 sc ; sc in the next 4 sc ;
(sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc ; sc in the next 4 sc) ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (30 sts)

Round 24 : (Decrease round) : sc 2-tog over the in the 1st 2 sc ; sc in the next 3 sc ;
(sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc ; sc in the next 3 sc) ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (24 sts)

Round 25 : (Decrease round) : sc 2-tog over the in the 1st 2 sc ; sc in the next 2 sc ;
(sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc ; sc in the next 2 sc) ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (18 sts)

You could start stuffing now.

Round 26 : (Decrease round) : sc 2-tog over the in the 1st 2 sc ; sc in the next sc ;
(sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc ; sc in the next sc) ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (12 sts)

Round 27 : (Decrease round) : sc 2-tog over the in the 1st 2 sc ;
(sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc) ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (6 sts)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for attachment.


PART 3 : EARS
Make two
For this section, we will work with 2 colours, one each for the front and back of ear. I have chosen to use pink for the inside and the body grey for the ouside of the ear.
We will work in rounds, changing yarn (and carrying your unused yarn) every round throughout.

The other (simpler) way to get this done is work one side with grey yarn and one side in pink yarn, and then join the two ear parts together.

Remember to work a mirror image for the 2nd ear.

Start : (with body colour) : with 5 fsc. Turn.

From now on, we will work 2 colours and turn at the end of the row /round.

Round 1 : Join colour for inner ear / pink colour :
2 sc in the 1st fsc ; sc in the next 3 fsc ; 2 sc in the last fsc.
Change to body / grey colour :
2 sc in the next fsc ; sc in the next 3 fsc ; 2 sc in the last fsc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (14 sts)

Round 2 : Working with grey colour :
2 sc in the 1st (grey) sc ; sc in the next 5 sc ; 2 sc in the last sc.
Working with pink colour :
2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next 5 sc ; 2 sc in the last sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (18 sts)

Round 3 : Working with grey colour :
sc in the 1st (grey) 9 sc.
Working with pink colour :
sc in the 1st (pink) 9 sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (18 sts)

Round 4 : Working with grey colour :
2 sc in the 1st (grey) sc ; sc in the next 7 sc ; 2 sc in the last sc.
Working with pink colour :
2 sc in the next (pink) sc ; sc in the next 7 sc ; 2 sc in the last sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (22 sts)

Round 5 : Working with grey colour :
sc in the 1st (grey) 11 sc.
Working with pink colour :
sc in the 1st (pink) next 11 sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (22 sts)

Round 6 : Working with grey colour :
2 sc in the 1st (grey) sc ; sc in the next 9 sc ; 2 sc in the last sc.
Working with pink colour :
2 sc in the next (pink) sc ; sc in the next 9 sc ; 2 sc in the last sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (26 sts)

Rounds 7 - 10 : Working with grey colour :
sc in the 1st (grey) sc and in the next 11 (grey) sc.
Working with pink colour :
sc in the 1st (pink) sc and in the next 11 sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (26 sts)

Round 11 : Working with grey colour :
2 sc in the 1st (grey) sc ; sc in the next 11 sc ; 2 sc in the last sc.
Working with pink colour :
2 sc in the next (pink) sc ; sc in the next 11 sc ; 2 sc in the last sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (30 sts)

Round 12 : Working with grey colour :
sc in the 1st (grey) 13 sc and 2 sc in the next sc.
Working with pink colour :
2 sc in the 1st (pink) sc and in the next 13 sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (30 sts)

Round 13 : Working with grey colour :
2 sc in the 1st (grey) sc ; sc in the next 14 sc ; 2 sc in the last sc.
Working with pink colour :
2 sc in the next (pink) sc ; sc in the next 14 sc ; 2 sc in the last sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (36 sts)

Round 14 : Working with grey colour :
sc in the 1st 17 (grey) sc and 2 sc in the next sc.
Working with pink colour :
2 sc in the 1st (pink) sc and in the next 17 sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (38 sts)

Round 15 : Working with grey colour :
sc in the 1st (grey) 19 sc.
Working with pink colour :
sc in the 1st (pink) next 19 sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (38 sts)

Round 16 : Working with grey colour :
sc in the 1st 18 (grey) sc and 2 sc in the next sc.
Working with pink colour :
2 sc in the 1st (pink) sc and in the next 18 sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (40 sts)

Rounds 17 – 21 : Working with grey colour :
sc in the 1st (grey) 18 sc and sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc.
Working with pink colour :
sc 2-tog over the next (pink) 2 sc and in the next 18 sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (40 sts)

Round 22 : Working with grey colour :
sc in the 1st 19 (grey) sc ;
Working with pink colour :
sc in the next (pink) 19 sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (38 sts)

Round 23 : Working with grey colour :
sc in the 1st (grey) 19 sc.
Working with pink colour :
sc in the 1st (pink) next 19 sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (38 sts)

Round 24 : Working with grey colour :
sc in the 1st (grey) 17 sc ; sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc ;
Working with pink colour :
sc 2-tog over the next 2 (pink) sc and sc in the next 17 sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (36 sts)

Round 25 : Working with grey colour :
sc in the 1st (grey) 16 sc ; sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc ;
Working with pink colour :
sc 2-tog over the next 2 (pink) sc and sc in the next 16 sc.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (34 sts)

Round 26 : Working with grey colour :
Sl-st over the 1st (grey) 5 sc ; sc in the next 10 sc ;
Working with pink colour :
sc in the next 10 (pink) sc.
Fasten off. 

Work a mirror image for the 2nd ear.


PART 4 : TAIL
Make one
We will use the body colour to make our tail.

Start Round 1 :  with a magic circle and 3 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : sc in all 3 sc. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (3 sts)

Round 3 : 2 sc in all 3 sc. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (6 sts)

Rounds 4 & 5 : sc in all 6 sc. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (6 sts)

Round 6 : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next sc ;
(2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next sc) ;
rep (to) once. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (9 sts)

Round 7 : sc in all 9 sc. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (9 sts)

Fasten off and leave a bit of yarn to affix tail onto body.



PART 5 : LEGS
Make four
We will use the body colour to make our legs.

Start Round 1 :  with a magic circle and 6 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : 2 sc in all 6 sc. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (12 sts)

Round 3 : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next sc ;
(2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next sc) ;
rep (to) all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (18 sts)

Round 4 : sc in all 18 sc. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (18 sts)

Round 5 : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ; sc in the next 4 sc ;
(sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc ; sc in the next 4 sc) ;
rep (to) once.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (15 sts)

Rounds 6 - 11 : sc in all 15 sc. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (15 sts)

Round 12 : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ; sc in the next 3 sc ;
(sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc ; sc in the next 3 sc) ;
rep (to) once.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (12 sts)

Round 13 : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ;
(sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc) ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (6 sts)

Fasten off and leave a bit of yarn to affix tail onto body.


PART 6 : SCARF
Make one
We will use two colours here – you could make it all in one colour too, but going by the photograph, I chose to work with red n yellow.

Depending on the thickness of your yarn and how wide you want your scarf, choose to work with either sc or hdc (half double crochet)

Start Row / Round 1 :  (using red) : with 30 fsc.  Keeping the fsc chain flat, join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Check out this video on how to keep your chain flat without twisting when working with a longer chain length

Round 2 :  (using red) : 2 sc in each of the 30 fsc. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (60 sts)

Round 3 :  (using yellow) : sc in each of the 60 sc. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (60 sts)

Round 4 :  (using red) : sc in the 1st sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ;
(sc in the next sc ; 2 sc in the next sc) ;
rep (to) all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (90 sts)

Fasten off.


PART 7 : TINY CAP
Make one
Going by the photograph again, I chose to work with yellow.

Start Round 1 :  with a magic circle and 6 sc in the circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 :  2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next sc ;
(2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next sc) ;
rep (to) all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (9 sts)

Rounds 3 & 4 :  sc in each of the 9 sc. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (9 sts)

Round 5 :  2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 2 sc ;
(2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next 2 sc) ;
rep (to) all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (12 sts)

Rounds 6 - 8 :  sc in each of the 12 sc. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (12 sts)

Round 9 :  2 sc in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 3 sc ;
(2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next 3 sc) ;
rep (to) all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (15 sts)

Round 10 :  sc in each of the 15 sc. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (15 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.
Fold the last row over to create a folded edge to your cap.  Do not stuff.


PART 8 : ASSEMBLY
Going by the photograph again, start putting the body parts together. In case you are making the stocking net balls, keep them all ready before you start stuffing.  Needless to say, ensure that your stocking net is the same / similar colour as your yarn.

A)   Stuff the face, push a little into the snout to get it standing up a bit
B)   Attach on the over-large ears.
C)   Attach the eyes – use either readymade eyes or small pieces of felt in white and black like I did.
D)  Using an embroidery needle and some black yarn, make two cute eyebrows for your lil Dumbo.
E)    Stuff the body.
F)    Attach on the legs and arms.  Keep the legs such that when you place Dumbo down, he sits.
G)  Now attach the tail – centre back.  The tail will also give Dumbo a little stability – so ensure he is able to lean back on it.
H)  Place head on body and approximately mark / see where you need to place the scarf.
I)      Place the scarf and stitch it down lightly.
J)      Attach the head onto the body and before you tie it all down, ensure that the scarf is neatly tucked in to your satisfaction.  Neatly attach head and scarf to body.
K)   Attach the tiny yellow cap at a cocky angle on one side of the head.  Even when Dumbo is sitting flat, the cap will give his head a cute cocked angle.
L)    The designer has managed to attach on nails onto the arms and feet of Dumbo.  I did not find anything suitable and preferred to keep this ‘kid-safe’ – but do go ahead and add on nails if you can.
M)  Fasten off and glue in all ends.

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