February 25, 2014

Sitting Kodama Crochet Pattern (REVISED & IMPROVED)

KODAMA A.K.A. TREE SPIRIT CROCHET PATTERN (REVISED & IMPROVED)

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I was making one of these for my brother's friend and realized that my pattern could be a lot simpler and a lot better. So, here it is: the revised version of the Sitting Kodama crochet pattern.

>Click here for the ORIGINAL Sitting Kodama Tree Spirit pattern<

FINISHED SIZE:
~4 inches tall


MATERIALS:
Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in White and Black
(Any type of yarn will work, of course. Just remember to adjust the hook size accordingly, and that yarn weight will affect the finished size.)
Size G crochet hook
Size F crochet hook (for making the eyes - I used size G and they came out alright, but size F would be preferable to work with)
stuffing
poly-pellets (optional)
yarn needle

NOTES:
- Instead of crocheting the eyes, you may also use pieces of felt, if you choose (or if you simply don't have any black yarn available). Or, if you prefer, use 12mm (or even one 9mm eye and one 12mm eye for that "uneven" look that Kodama have) black safety eyes, place them off off-kilter and/or just omit the mouth altogether.
- I did not add stuffing to the arms or legs.
- Be proud of me, fellow crocheters! I timed myself and found out that this project takes approx. 3 hours of work. I figure that may be useful information for some of you. I don't often record the time it takes to make things.

INSTRUCTIONS:

EYE 1:
With black yarn and size F hook, ch 2.
6 sc in second ch from hook. Sl st in first sc, ch 1.
2 sc in ea sc around. Sl st in first sc.
Fasten off, leaving a length for sewing.

EYE 2:
With black yarn and size F hook, ch 2.
6 sc in second ch from hook. Sl st in first sc.
Fasten off, leaving a length for sewing.

HEAD & BODY:
With white yarn and size G hook, start with a magic ring.
5 sc into ring.
2 sc in ea sc around. (10)
(2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc)around. (15)
(2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc)around. (20)
(2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc)around. (25)
(2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc)around. (30)
Sc in ea sc around for 6 rounds.
(Dec1, sc in next 4 sc)around. (25)
Sc in ea sc around.
(Dec1, sc in next 3 sc)around. (20)
(Dec1, sc in next 2 sc)around. (15)
At this point, attach safety eyes (if you are using those) and begin to add stuffing.
Continue to add stuffing as you close up the head.
(Dec1, sc in next sc)around. (10)
Dec1 until 6 sts remain. (6)
2 sc in ea sc around. (12)
(Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc)around. (18)
(Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc)around. (24)
Sc in ea sc around for 9 rounds.
(Sc in next 2 sc, dec1)around. (18)
At this point, begin to add stuffing.
Continue to add stuffing throughout remaining rounds. (If available, you may want to add poly-pellets to help keep the Kodama from tipping over. The pellets will add weight to the base and help it sit upright.)
(Sc in next sc, dec1)around. (12)
Dec1 around. (6)
Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining sts.
 Pull tight and secure the yarn end.
ARMS:
Make 2.
Using white yarn and size G hook, start with a magic ring.
4 sc into ring.
2 sc in ea sc around. (8)
Sc in each sc around for 8 rounds. (8)
(Dec1, sc in next 2 sc)twice. (6)
Sl st in next sc.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.
LEGS:
Make 2.
Using white yarn and size G hook, start with a magic ring.
Ch 1, 5 sc into ring. (5)
2 sc in ea sc around. (10)
Sc in ea sc around for 3 rounds.
Dec1, sc in next 8 sc. (9)
Sc in ea sc around. (9)
Dec1, sc in next 7 sc. (8)
Dec1 around. (4)
Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining sts. 
Pull tight and secure the yarn end. 

FINISHING:
Sew the eyes to the head.
Embroider mouth over 1 sc space on the head.
Sew the arms to the sides of the body. (Use photos as a guide for placement.)
Sew the legs side by side to the front of the body, positioning them so that they help keep the Kodama sitting upright.
Enjoy!

February 24, 2014

Governor Lotso Pattern

Be advised! This pattern requires lotso work! I may pun you, but I kid you not! This was so much more time consuming than I had anticipated.

This pattern was inspired by the comparison between Pixar's Toy Story 1-3 and AMC's series The Walking Dead. 

This pattern is a bit difficult because of the type of yarn used. It is a challenge to work with Lion Brand Homespun. If you prefer to make it easier on yourself, you could double up on Vanna's Choice and forgo the Homespun.

Also, there is a lot of sewing required to assemble the parts and pieces. It may seem confusing. If you have trouble "keeping count" of the stitches, don't worry - so did I! I made a few small mistakes when creating Lotso, but those mistakes don't show because of the nature of the chunky Homespun yarn.

FINISHED SIZE:  approx. 13" tall x 12" across (including arms) x 7" deep (at the widest part, which was the head)

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MATERIALS:
Lion Brand Homespun “Claret” (2 skeins)
Lion Brand Vanna's Choice “Magenta” (2 skeins)
Lion Brand Vanna's Choice “Beige” (2 skeins) <-- I used Beige because I wanted Lotso to look as though he's been loved up one side and down the other. However, if you want Lotso to look new, you should use LB Vanna's Choice "White" instead.
Lion Brand Vanna's Choice “Eggplant” (1 skein)
Lion Brand Vanna's Choice “Black” (1 skein)
Patons Bohemian "Casual Cream" (1 skein)
size J/10 (6.00mm) crochet hook
size G/6 (4.00mm) crochet hook
stuffing
yarn needle
scraps of felt in white, black, and orange (or brown) OR 18mm animal eyes/safety eyes and Lion Brand Vanna's Choice "White" (or any white yarn) and work the included pattern for eye whites

INSTRUCTIONS:

EYE WHITES:
Make 2, if you aren't using felt for the eyes.
Use size G hook.
Ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook. Sl st in beginning sc, ch 1.
2 sc in each sc around. Sl st to beginning sc of round.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

HEAD (H):
Use size J hook. 
Work holding two strands of yarn together: one strand of LB Homespun Claret and one strand of LB Vanna's Choice Magenta.
Start with a magic ring and 6 sc into ring.
Round 1: 2 sc in each sc around.
Round 2: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc)around.
Round 3: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc.
Round 4: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc.
Round 5: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc)around.
Round 6: Sc in each sc around.
Round 7: Repeat Round 5.
Sc in each sc around until piece measures approx. 6 inches from top to edge of work.
(Dec1, sc in next 2 sc)around.
Sc in each sc around.
Fasten off.

EARS (E):
Make 4.
Use size J hook. 
Work holding two strands of yarn together: one strand of LB Homespun Claret and one strand of LB Vanna's Choice Magenta.
Ch 7, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 1-2: Skip first sc, sc in second sc and in each sc to last remaining sc, leave last sc of row unworked. Ch 1, turn.
Sc in next sc and down side of work. Ch 1, turn.
Sc in each sc and down side of work.
Fasten off.


BELLY (B):
Use size J hook.
Work holding two strands of yarn together: one strand of LB Homespun Claret and one strand of LB Vanna's Choice Magenta.
Ch 21, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 1-2: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 4-5: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 6: Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc.
Rows 7-10: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 11: Skip first sc, sc in second sc and in each sc to last remaining sc, leave last sc of row unworked. Ch 1, turn.
Row 12: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Repeat Rows 11 and 12 six more times.
Fasten off.

BACK (D):
Make 2.
Use size J hook. 
Work holding two strands of yarn together: one strand of LB Homespun Claret and one strand of LB Vanna's Choice Magenta.
Ch 16, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 1-5: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 6: Skip first sc, sc in second sc and in each sc to last remaining sc, leave last sc of row unworked. Ch 1, turn.
Row 7: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Repeat Rows 6 and 7 until about 6 or 7 sc remain.
Work 7 rows sc.
Fasten off.

ARMS (A):
Make 4.
Use size J hook. 
Work holding two strands of yarn together: one strand of LB Homespun Claret and one strand of LB Vanna's Choice Magenta.
Ch 11, sc in second sh from hook and in each remaining ch. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 1-2: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc in each sc across, ch 3, turn.
Row 4: Sc in second ch from hook and in next ch, sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 5-6: Repeat Rows 1-2.
Row 7: Sc in next 9 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 8-9: Repeat Rows 1-2.
Row 10: Sc in next 8 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 11-12: Repeat Rows 1-2.
Row 13: Sc in next 7 sc, Ch 1, turn.
Rows 14-17: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Fasten off.

EAR ACCENTS (F):
Make 2.
Use size J hook. 
With 2 strands of LB Vanna's Choice Beige (or White) held together, ch 7.
Sc in second ch from hook and in each remaining ch. Turn, but do not ch 1.
Skip first sc, sl st in second sc, sc next 2 sc, sl st in next 2 sc.
Fasten off.

MUZZLE (G):
Use size J hook. 
Round 1: (With Beige or White) Holding 2 strands together, start with a magic ring and 8 sc into ring. 
Round 2: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc) twice. 
Round 3: Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next 3 sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next 3 sc, sc in next sc. 
Round 4: Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next 4 sc, sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next 4 sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc. 
Round 5: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) four times, sc in next 11 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) three times, sc in next 2 sc. 
Round 6: Sc in each sc around. 
Round 7: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) twice, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 11 sc, 2 sc in next sc, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) twice. 
Rounds 8-9 (2 rounds): Sc in each sc around.
Round 10: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) to last 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc.
Round 11: Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, *(sc in next 4 sc, dec1), repeat from * to last 2 sc, dec1, sc in next sc. 
Round 12: Sc in next 3 sc, dec1, sc in each remaining sc of round.
Sc next 7 sc, sl st in next sc and fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

PAWS (P):
Make 2.
Use size J hook. 
With 2 strands of LB Vanna's Choice Beige (or White) held together, ch 11.
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each remaining ch. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sl st in first sc, sc in next 9 sc, sl st in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sl st in first sc, sc in next 6 sc, sl st in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Sl st in first sc, sc in next 4 sc, sl st in last sc.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

NOSE (N):
Use size G hook.
Round 1: (With Eggplant) Start with a magic ring and 8 sc into ring. 
Round 2: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc) twice. 
Round 3: Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next 3 sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next 3 sc, sc in next sc. 
Round 4: Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next 4 sc, sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next 4 sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc. 
Round 5: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) four times, sc in next 11 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) three times, sc in next 2 sc. 
Round 6: Sc in each sc around. 
Round 7: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) twice, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 11 sc, 2 sc in next sc, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) twice. 
Round 8: Sc in each sc around.
In next sc work (sc, dc), (dc, sc) in next sc, sc in next 5 sc, sl st in next sc.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

EYEBROWS (I):
With Lion Brand Vanna's Choice "Eggplant" ch 19.
Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each remaining ch. Ch 1, turn.
Hdc in FLO of each dc.
Turn and hdc in unworked loops.
Sl st to first hdc and fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

EYE PATCH (J):
Use size G hook.
With Black yarn, ch 11, leaving a long tail of yarn.
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each remaining ch. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3-6: Skip first sc, sc in next sc and in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 7: Skip first sc, sc in next sc and in each sc to last sc, sl st in last sc.
Make a chain about 6-8 inches long and fasten off.
With beginning tail of yarn, make another chain.


BELLY ACCENT (C):
Use size J hook. 
With 1 strand of LB Vanna's Choice Beige (or White) and 1 strand of Patons Bohemian "Casual Cream" held together, ch 2.
Round 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12)
Round 3: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc)around. (18)
Round 4: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc)around. (24)
Round 5: (Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc)around. (30)
Round 6: (Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc)around. (36)
Round 7: (Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc)around. (42)
Sc in next 18 sc, sl st in next sc. Ch 1, turn.
Sl st in first sc, sc in next 16 sc, sl st in next sc. Ch 1, turn.
Sl st in first sc, sc in next 14 sc, sl st in next sc.
Fasten off, leaving a length of Vanna's Choice yarn for sewing.

LEGS (L):
Make 2.
Use size J hook. 
With 1 strand of LB Vanna's Choice Beige (or White) and 1 strand of Patons Bohemian "Casual Cream" held together, ch 2.
Round 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12)
Round 3: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc)around. (18)
Round 4: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc)around. (24)
Round 5: (Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc)around. (30)
(Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc)twice. (32)
Fasten off LB Vanna's Choice Beige (or White) and Patons Bohemian "Casual Cream."
Hold together one strand of LB Homespun Claret and one strand of LB Vanna's Choice Magenta and attach to work by pulling up a loop through the last stitch worked.
Work 3 rounds sc.
Dec1.
Work 2 rounds sc.
Dec1. Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a length of Vanna's Choice yarn for sewing.

TAIL (T):
Start with a magic ring and 6 sc into ring.
Round 1: 2 sc in each sc around.
Rounds 2-3: Sc in each sc around.
Fasten off, leaving a length of Vanna's Choice yarn for sewing.



ASSEMBLY:
These diagrams show how the parts are meant to be sewn together to create this bear.
The letters correspond to the pattern pieces. (I forgot to mark an "H" on the head, but I figure you all know where the head goes.)
Gather up the base of Lotso with a running stitch and then sew the bottom closed. (This part turned out more awkward than I thought it would.)
If using felt, look up Lotso pictures online and cut felt to match eyes as well as possible. Glue felt to face in the proper position.
If using safety eyes, attach the eyes to the eye whites and sew them to the bear. (I think I sewed mine a little too far apart)
Tie eye patch around Lotso's head. You may want to sew it in place.



I hope you enjoy this pattern and have lotso fun crocheting! :)