12 days of woodland creatures

Intro­duc­ing!! 12 Days of Wood­land Crea­tures (and Their Favourite Things)!

Hedgehog

You’re invit­ed to a cro­chet-along! :D

I’ve been plan­ning this for a while now. Every year I try to do a “dai­ly prac­tice” kind of project, where I make some­thing every­day, as a way of keep­ing cre­ativ­i­ty flow­ing, like the square-a-day project. This year I was asked by a good friend to make a forest-themed mobile for the newest mem­ber of her fam­i­ly (excit­ing!!). So, to hon­our my friend’s gen­er­ous spir­it I thought I would share how I make each crea­ture with every­one on this blog :D

And then I thought this would be a per­fect oppor­tu­ni­ty for a cro­chet-along! The crea­tures don’t only belong on a mobile, they can be used for a lot of dif­fer­ent things…

Brooches?

Applique?

Orna­ments? May­be for an advent cal­en­der like this? Or, by the end of the project you would have a set of wood­land orna­ments for the Christ­mas tree, just in time for the hol­i­day sea­son!

Char­ac­ters for felt sto­ry­boards, with vel­cro on the back?

Car­ry-along plush toys?

Pock­et pets?

Pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less :)

 

So! This is how it works: 

Every 2–3 days I will post a pat­tern for a cro­chet wood­land crea­ture (or its favourite things). And I won’t be pre-announc­ing what the crea­tures are, so it will be a sur­prise every time! At the end there will be 12 pat­terns. You can cro­chet along for all of the pat­terns, or just one, or pick the ones you like. And if you send me pic­tures or blog posts about what you have cre­at­ed, I will share it here, like our craft-along gallery a cou­ple of years ago (that was lots of fun! :D), then we can see all the dif­fer­ent and fun and cre­ative ways that every­one has used for the crea­tures!

I’d love to know if you’d like to join in the fun, please make a com­ment below! :D

AND!! Today we have our first crea­ture — yup, you guessed it. The hedge­hog!

hedgehog fuzzy

Love the fuzzy yarn on this one :)

I also learned the loop stitch in the mak­ing of the hedge­hog. There’s a great pho­to tuto­ri­al of it if you haven’t made it before.

I used:

Worsted weight yarn — one colour for the body and a con­trast­ing colour for the head.

4 mm hook

2 small black beads for eyes (just one if you’re mak­ing a brooch)

Needle and thread for sewing

Pink embroi­dery thread and brown yarn for embroi­der­ing rosy cheeks and nose

 

Note: the turn­ing ch 1 in this pat­tern does not count as a stitch. The pat­tern alter­nates between loop stitch (lp st) rows and sin­gle cro­chet (sc) rows, with the increas­es and decreas­es made in the sc rows and work­ing even in the lp st rows)

Pat­tern:

With body colour, ch 5

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn.

Row 2: ch 1, loop stitch (lp st) in each sc across (4 lp st), turn.

Row 3: ch 1, 1 sc in each of the next 2 lp st, 2 sc in each of the next 2 lp st, turn.

Row 4: ch 1, lp st in each sc across (6 lp st), turn.

Row 5: ch 1, 1 sc in each of the next 4 lp st, 2 sc in each of the remain­ing 2 lp st, turn.

Row 6: ch 1, lp st in each sc across (8 lp st), turn.

Row 7: ch 1, 1 sc in each lp st across, turn.

Row 8: ch 1, lp st in each sc across (8 lp st), turn.

Row 9 & 10: repeat rows 7 & 8 (8 lp st).

Row 11: ch 1, 1 sc in each of the next 2 lp st, *2 sc tog over next 2 lp st*, repeat from * to * twice, turn.

Row 12: ch 1, lp st in each sc across (5 lp st), turn.

Change to head colour, fas­ten off body colour.

Row 13: ch 1, sc in each lp st, turn.

Row 14: ch 1, 2 sc tog over first 2 sc, 1 sc in each remain­ing sc across, turn.

Row 15: ch 1, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, 2 sc tog over the remain­ing 2 sc, turn.

Row 16: 3 sc tog, fas­ten off.

If you’re mak­ing a dou­ble-sid­ed hedge­hog:

Make a mir­ror image of the above hedge­hog shape by revers­ing the increas­es and decrease in the pat­tern, i.e. if the row ends with increase/decrease stitch­es in the pat­tern, start with increase/decrease stitch­es when mak­ing a mir­ror image, and vice ver­sa. Leave a long tail for sewing when fas­ten­ing off both the body colour and the head colour. Sew on eyes, embroi­der nose and rosy cheeks, then sew the two hedge­hog shapes togeth­er, using the long tail of head colour when sewing the head sec­tion and the long tail of body colour when sewing the body sec­tion.

If you’re mak­ing a sin­gle-sid­ed hedge­hog, like a brooch:

Make a back piece for the hedge­hog using head colour fol­low­ing the pat­tern above, replac­ing all lp st rows with sc rows. Sew pin back to the back piece, sew on eye, nose and rosy cheek, then sew the back piece to the hedge­hog.

And that’s it! You have a new hedge­hog friend :D

Hope you like the pat­tern, and please drop me a note if you want to join me in cro­chet­ing along!

 

 

 

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12 thoughts on “12 days of woodland creatures

  1. I absolute­ly couldn’t resist mak­ing one of these—what a fun, quick lit­tle pat­tern (as always. you are awe­some at the cute-and-tiny!), and a great way to prac­tice loop stitch.

    Here’s my lit­tle hedgie: http://33.media.tumblr.com/538c0e928a2a33cc9f501ff839fc5a90/tumblr_nc6l2pUB2y1qg14njo1_500.jpg

    I’ll be keep­ing an eye out for (a) the pat­tern on Rav­el­ry so I can link this up! and (b) the oth­er eleven wood­land pat­terns. I can’t wait to make them.

    1. thanks so much for vis­it­ing, Sarah! the­se crea­tures take lit­tle time (and yarn) to make, and i’m slow­ing down a bit this week because of oth­er things going on, so i’m sure you’ll catch up in no time :)

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