all together now :D

All together now, plus bonus pattern!

A mosaic of the 12 Days of Woodland Creatures (and Their Favourite Things) project :D

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Don’t they look so festive together?

Actually, I’d like to feature your creations on this blog! Much like the photo gallery we created before with the weekend craft-along party. Feel free to send me pictures of everything you made from this project or just your favourites :) If you just found out about this project and want your picture to be featured, no worries about making the whole series — make your favourite creature and send me a picture :D

Many of us have shared pictures in the Ravelry group, but if you’re not on Ravelry or in the group you can also send me a link to pictures of your creations (if it’s posted online) in the comments below, or email pictures to me at genuinemudpie[at]gmail[dot]com. I will link your picture to your website or blog as well if you send me the URLs to them.

Please send links or pictures to me by November 12 :)

And I thought it would be fun to show you the “behind the scene” of all the written patterns — jumbled diagrams and notes on scrap pieces of paper on the coffee table. Not sure why I never use a proper piece of paper or a notebook. I always jot down ideas and stitch patterns on random pieces of paper I find around the house. So, sharing pattern here is also beneficial for me, because these scrap pieces of paper get thrown out. I just go back to my own blog posts to follow the patterns if I need to remake something.

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And finally, bonus pattern — a new and improved squirrel pattern :)

The white squirrel was one of the first creatures I made for this project, and since then I’ve developed a slightly different way to make animals, which makes the animal looks a bit more plump. And of course, the tail with loop stitch!

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I used:

Worsted weight yarn in grey and brown

Small black beads for eyes

Needle and thread for sewing and embroidering

3.5 mm hook

Pattern:

Head

Round 1: 5 sc in magic ring, sl st in first sc to join.

Round 2: ch 1, *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * once more, 2 sc in next sc, sl st in first sc to join (8 sc).

Round 3–4: ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc to join (8 sc).

Row 5 (ears): press head flat, with stitch on hook at the right top corner, crochet through both layers of head. ch 1, sc in same sc, ch 1, sl st in same sc, sl st in next 3 sc, ch 1, sc in same sc where last sl st was made, ch 1, sl st in same sc, fasten off, weave in ends.

Body

Round 1: 4 sc in magic ring, don’t join.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around, don’t join (8 sc).

1 sc in each sc around until piece is 3/4″ inches tall.

Decrease round: *sc in next sc, 2 sc tog in next sc* repeat from * to * two more times

1 sc in each sc around (6 sc), fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

Tail

The tail has quite a bit of shaping using increases (2 loop stitches in one stitch) and decreases (2 loop stitches together over 2 stitches).

This is what I mean by 2 loop stitch togeter (2 lp st tog): insert hook in next st, draw up a loop, insert hook in following stitch, make loop stitch as usual, and pull through all loops on the hook as you finish off the loop stitch.

Row 1: leaving a long tail for sewing, ch 2, 2 sc in second ch from hook, turn.

Row 2: ch 1, sk first sc, 2 lp st (loop stitch) in next sc, turn.

Row 3: ch 1, 2 lp st in first st, lp st in next st, turn.

Row 4: ch 1, 2 lp st in each of next 2 st, turn.

Row 5: ch 1, 2 lp in first st, lp st in next st, 2 lp st tog in next st, turn.

Row 6: ch 1, 2 lp st tog over next 2 st, lp st in 2nd st in the 2 lp st tog just made, 2 lp st tog over next 2 st, turn.

Row 7: ch 1, 2 lp st tog over next 2 st, 2 lp st in next st, turn.

Row 8: ch 1, lp st in first st, 2 lp st tog over next 2 st, turn.

Row 9: ch 1, 2 lp st tog over next 2 st, fasten off, weave in end.

Assembly

Sew on eyes and embroider nose with brown yarn. Sew head to body. Sew tail to body.

 

Wishing you a happy weekend! Looking forward to seeing creature pics from you! :D

 

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2 thoughts on “all together now :D

  1. I absolutely love all your critters! Do you have them published in a book? I would love to purchase the written instructions for ALL. please let me know I’m very interested.

    1. Hi Cathy, thanks so much for your interest in my patterns! I haven’t yet put them together in a book but that’s a good idea! I will definitely consider it for a summer project… in the meanwhile, if you click on the first link in the post you’ll see all the creature pattern posts grouped together.

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