May 24, 2012

Stegosaurus Amigurumi



MATERIALS:
Lion Brand Jiffy, 1 skein (A) "Apple Green" & partial skeins (B) "Grass Green" & (C) "Dark Grey Heather"
size I or J crochet hook
9mm black safety eyes (or black yarn)
stuffing
yarn needle

Some stitches/abbreviations used in this pattern:

Dec1 = Insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook). Now, insert hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook. [1 stitch has been decreased]

PATTERN:

SHAPE HEAD:
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring and A, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Rounds 3-4: Sc in each st around.
Round 5: *(2 sc in next st, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Rounds 6-8: Sc in each st around.

SHAPE BODY & TAIL:
Round 9: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * to last 3 sts, sc in each of last 3 sts. (23 sts)
Round 10: 2 sc in next st, sc in ea st around to end of round. (24 sts)
Round 11: [Sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] twice, *(sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * to last 2 sts, sc in each of last 2 sts. (30 sts)
Round 12: *(2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts), repeat from * around. (36 sts)
Secure safety eyes in place on head. Stuff head.
Rounds 13-20: Sc in each st around.
Round 21: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 4 sts), repeat from * around. (30 sts)
Rounds 22-23: Sc in each st around.
Round 24: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 3 sts), repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 25: Sc in each st around.
Round 26: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 2 sts), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Rounds 27-29: Sc in each st around.
Begin stuffing and continue until fastening off.
Round 30: *(Dec 1, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (12 sts)
Rounds 31-33: Sc in each st around.
Round 34: *(Dec 1, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (8 sts)
Rounds 35-36: Sc in each st around.
Round 37: Dec 1 around. (4 sts)
Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining stitches.

SPIKES:
(Sew the spikes to the top of the body segment in the following order: small spike, medium spike, large spike, large spike, medium spike, small spike.)

SMALL SPIKES:
Make 2.
Starting with a magic ring and B, 6 sc into ring.
Round 1: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

MEDIUM SPIKES:
Make 2.
Starting with a magic ring and B, 6 sc into ring.
Rounds 1-2: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

LARGE SPIKES:
Make 2.
Starting with a magic ring and B, 6 sc into ring.
Rounds 1-2: Sc in each st around.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

FRONT LEGS:
Make 2.
Starting with a magic ring and A, 6 sc into ring.
Rounds 1-2: Sc in each st around.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)
Rounds 4-5: Sc in each st around.
Round 6: 2 sc in next st, sc in each st around to end of round. (9 sts)
Round 7: [Sc in next st, dec 1] three times. (6 sts)
Round 8: Dec 1 around. (3 sts)
Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining stitches, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

BACK LEGS:
Make 2.
Starting with a magic ring and A, 6 sc into ring.
Rounds 1-2: Sc in each st around.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)
Round 4: Sc in each st around.
Round 5: [Sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] twice. (10 sts)
Round 6: Sc in each st around.
Round 7: [Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st] twice. (12 sts)
Round 8: Sc in each st around.
Round 9: *(Sc in next st, dec 1), repeat from * around. (8 sts)
Round 10: Dec 1 around. (4 sts)
Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining stitches, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

TAIL SPIKES:
Make 4.
Starting with a magic ring and C, 4 sc into ring.
Rounds 1-3: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.




May 3, 2012

Hannah's Red Dragon

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MATERIALS:
Lion Brand Jiffy, 1 skein "True Red"
small amount of black yarn
size G crochet hook (or size needed to ensure a tight gauge)
stuffing
yarn needle
12mm black safety eyes (or use the black yarn to embroider eyes)


FINISHED SIZE: Approx. 5 inches tall

PATTERN:
(NOTE: This pattern is based on a cartoon-y dragon I used to draw frequently as a kid.)



Red Dragon Wings Add-On

WINGS:
Make 2.

With red yarn, ch 2. 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1, turn.
Row 1: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, dec1 over last 2 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Sc in each of next 7 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 5: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 6: (Sc in first sc, ch 2, sl st in same sc), sl st in each of next 4 sc, (sc in next sc, ch 2, sl st in same sc) twice, sl st in each of next 4 sc, (sc in next sc, ch 2, sl st in same st).
Sl st approx. 8 sts down the side of the wing to meet up with the other tail of yarn.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing, and sew to back of dragon's body.
If desired, embroider black lines to accentuate the look of the wings, as shown in the photo.



BODY:
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in ea st around. (12 sts)
Round 3: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Round 4: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 5: *(Sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (30 sts)
Round 6: *(Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (36 sts)
Rounds 7-11: Sc in each st around.
Round 12: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 4 sts), repeat from * around. (30 sts)
Rounds 13-14: Sc in each st around.
Round 15: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 3 sts), repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 16: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, dec 1), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Round 17: *(Dec 1, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (12 sts)
Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Fill with stuffing.

HEAD:
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Rounds 3-5: Sc in each st around.
Round 6: *(2 sc in next st, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Round 7: Sc in each st around.
Round 8: Sc in next st, *(2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts), repeat from * to last 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st. (24 sts)
Rounds 9-11: Sc in each st around.
Round 12: Sc in each of next 7 sts, 2 sc in each of next 3 sts, sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in each of next 3 sts, sc in each of next 7 sts. (30 sts)
Round 13: Sc in each of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 8 sts. (34 sts)
Rounds 14-18: Sc in each st around.
Round 19: [Sc in each of next 3 sts, dec 1] twice, [Sc in each of next 2 sts, dec 1] four times, sc in each of next 3 sts, dec 1, sc in each of next 3 sts. (27 sts)
Round 20: Sc in each st around.
Round 21: Sc in each of next 8 sts, dec 1, sc in each of next 7 sts, dec 1, sc in each of next 6 sts, dec 1. (24 sts)
Round 22: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, dec 1), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
At this point, secure the safety eyes in place and begin stuffing.
Continue stuffing until fastening off.
Round 23: *(Sc in next st, dec 1), repeat from * around. (12 sts)
Rounds 24-25: Dec 1 around.
(1/31/13: Alternately, you can omit Round 25, and then fasten off and thread yarn through remaining stitches.)
Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining stitches.
Sew head to body, using the length of yarn from the body segment.

ARMS:
Make 2.
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: Sc in each st around.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)
Rounds 4-5: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Sew arms to body just beneath head.

LEGS:

HAUNCHES:
Make 2.
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Round 3: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Rounds 4-5: Sc in each st around.
Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Lightly stuff and sew haunches to body just beneath arms.

FEET:
Make 2.
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Rounds 2-5: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Sew feet to haunches/body near the base of the amigurumi.

EARS:
Make 2.
Ch 2, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1, turn.
Row 1: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in each stitch across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in last st. Ch 2, turn.
Row 5: Sl st in first st and in next 3 sts, ch 2, sl st in same st, sl st in each st across, ch 2, sl st in same st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Sew ears to head.

TAIL:
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 4 sc into ring.
Round 2: Sc in each st around.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] twice. (6 sts)
Round 4: Sc in each st around.
Round 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)
Rounds 6-7: Sc in each st around.
Round 8: [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts] twice. (10 sts)
Round 9: Sc in each st around.
Round 10: [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts] twice. (12 sts)
Round 11: Sc in each st around.
Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Fill with stuffing.
Sew tail to body.


With black yarn, embroider details. Use the photos as a guide, if needed.



Enjoy! =)




January 23, 2013:

I just made another dragon in blue (Lion Brand Jiffy "Aqua") and added "fins" to the tail to make it a "water" dragon (or sea serpent). The fins are just another set of crocheted "ears" from the red dragon pattern. However, these, you obviously sew to the tail instead of the head.

The only thing I did differently for making the fins was to slip stitch down the side of the fins to meet up with the other end of yarn before fastening off.

I also did the stitching/embroidering on the wings, ears and tail fins with Lion Brand Jiffy "Grass Green" and then stitched the hands and feet in black.

One other thing - I used a size G hook and didn't change the yarn type, so I guess just use whatever size hook works for you to achieve the tightest gauge (for keeping in stuffing).