Archive | March, 2010

Sparky the Dog Pattern

24 Mar

As promised, although a little later than promised, here’s Sparky the Dog. He’s an adorable 5 inches tall when worked in worsted weight yarn (my preference is simply soft) and about 7 inches long. The color requirements for him are a lot of white yarn, a medium amount of brown, and a small amount of black for eyes and a nose. You’ll need a tapestry or yarn needle, some bobby pins, and your favorite medium-to-small sized hook.

I had a few issues with getting pictures from my phone to the computer and then into the right format, so the posting was delayed a day longer. But he has arrived. Next will be the Winnie the Pooh pattern I promised someone. But, I already gave my Winnie to its buyer, and am waiting at the moment for that person to send me a picture of him. In the mean time, you can have fun making Sparky, as inspired by this dog here:

Head (work in rounds: start with white)

make a magic circle.

1. sc 6 in mc (6)

2. sc 2 in eac sc  (12)

3. *sc, sc 2 in next sc* x6 (18)

4. *sc, sc, sc 2 in next sc* x6 (24)

5. *sc, sc, sc, sc 2 in next sc* x6 (30)

6. *sc, sc, sc, sc, sc 2 in next sc* x6 (36)

7-9. work even (36)

10. switch to brown *sc, sc, sc, sc, sc2tog* x6 (30)

11. *sc, sc, sc, sc2tog* x6 (24)

12. *sc, sc, sc2tog* x6 (18)

stuff

13. *sc, sc2tog* x6 (12)

14. sc2tog x6 (6)

fo, sew hole closed

nose (work in here is where my computer froze and consequently I was really grateful for automatic save-to-drafting rounds. This will be worked half a row brown, half a row white, with the exact color changes up to the crocheter’s discretion)

make a magic loop

1. sc 6 in mr (6)

2. 2 sc in each sc (12)

3. *sc, 2 sc in next sc* x6 (18)

4. *sc, sc, 2 sc in next sc* x6 (24)

5-9. work even (24)

fo leave reasonable length of tail of both brown and white for sewing. (you’ll need to sew with white on the white side and brown on the brown)

Ears (work in rows with brown) (make 2)

When starting the ears, leave a long piece of tail before the slip knot. The reason for this will be explained in the assembly section.

1. ch 7 (7)

2. sc in second chain from hook, 2 sc in next ch, sc in next 2 ch, 2 sc in next ch, sc in next ch. (8)

3. ch 1, turn. sc in firt sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc. (1o)

4. ch 1, turn. sc in each sc across. (10)

5. ch 1, turn. sc2tog, sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog (8)

6. ch 1, turn. sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog (6)

7. ch 1, turn. sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog (4)

8. ch 1, turn. sc2tog, sc2tog (2)

9. ch1, turn. sc2tog. (1)

fo, leave long tail for sewing. both tails will be used.

a little chart to help with the mass of words:

hopefully that makes it make more sense. it’s not the best of charts.

Body (work in rounds, and all white {unless there’s a particular dog you’re imitating, then feel free to add spots as you like. this particular dog just happens to be white on his body})(the side of the body with the decreases will be the belly and chest, and the side with none will be the back.)

magic ring

1. sc 6 in mr (6)

2. sc 2 in each sc  (12)

3. *sc, sc 2 in next sc* x6 (18)

4. *sc, sc, sc 2 in next sc* x6 (24)

5. *sc, sc, sc, sc 2 in next sc* x6 (30)

6. *sc, sc, sc, sc, sc 2 in next sc* x6 (36)

7-12. work even (36)

13. sc in next 14, dec, sc, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 14 (33)

14. sc in next 12, dec, sc, dec, sc, dec, sc in next 13 (30)

15-23. work even (30)

24. *sc, sc, sc, sc2tog* x6 (24)

25. *sc, sc, sc2tog* x6 (18)

stuff

26. *sc, sc2tog* x6 (12)

27. sc2tog x6 (6)

fo, sew hole closed

Front legs (worked in round, white, and with the same notions the body came with about color. in this case, the front of the legs will be where the decreases are.)

magic ring

1. sc 6 in mr (6)

2. sc 2 in eac sc  (12)

3. *sc, sc 2 in next sc* x6 (18)

4. work even. (18)

5. sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog x6, sc in next 3 sc (12)

6-15. work even (12)

Back legs (with the exact same notions as the front legs)

magic ring

1. sc 6 in mr (6)

2. sc 2 in eac sc  (12)

3. *sc, sc 2 in next sc* x6 (18)

4. work even. (18)

5. sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog x6, sc in next 3 sc (12)

6-13. work even (12)

14. *sc, sc, 2 sc in next sc* (18)

15-16. work even (18)

Tail (work in your own color choice — I chose white for this dog.)( rounds)

Magic ring

1. 4 sc in mr (4)

2. *sc, 2sc in next sc* x2 (6)

3. *sc, sc, 2sc in next sc* x2 (8)

4. *sc, sc, sc, 2 sc in next sc* x2 (10)

5. *sc, sc, sc, sc, 2 sc in next sc* x2 (12)

6-8. work even. (12)

9. dec, sc in next 8 sc, dec (10)

10. dec, sc in next 6 sc, dec (8)

fo. leave semi-long tail for sewing.

Assembly.

The assembly of this little critter is a little bit different from some other amigurumi. Let’s start with the head. You’ll notice this is a ball. Tilt the ball so that the spot sits at a pleasing angle. The spot should take up about three-fifths of the face. Put a wad of stuffing into the nose (I like to roll the stuffing into a little ball before putting it in so it stays together while sewing). Position the nose a little tiny bit below center of the face, and pin in place with 2-4 bobby pins to hold it nice and straight while sewing. Take the brown yarn end, and sew the brown side of the nose down, plus two or three stitches on the white half. Take the white yarn end, and sew the white side of the nose down, plus two or three stitches on the brown half. Take out bobby pins.

Now bobby-pin an ear on, at a slight angle. Look at a dog or picture of a dog if you’re having trouble with the angle. sew the ear on with the end closer to the base of the ear. With the end at the tip of the ear, weave the thread through the forward-most edge of the ear towards the bottom. Pull slightly to make the ear bend a bit forward, in a jack-russel like manner. Repeat with ear number two.

This is the last hard part: sewing the head onto the body. Pick up body. Situat body so the flat side is facing up, and the fatter chest end is towards you. Put head on top of body, and squish down so that enough of the head and body touch for a reasonable neck. Bobby-pin all the way around. While sewing, make sure to keep in mind that the head and body need to look like they’re connected. It’s alright if you sew around a couple of times, as I sure did.

That’s the last hard part of the dog. The rest is smooth sailing. Stuff and sew on legs and tail. Embroider face with black. Add a bit of liveliness by putting white dots in eyes to symbolize light reflecting. Have fun. It’s done and should look like this:

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