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Monday, June 1, 2009

Drifloon Plushie


This was another requested plushie. I'm considering also making the evolved form of Drifloon - Drifblim, but haven't gotten around to that yet. I'm sorry I don't have a picture of the back of him, but there's really nothing to show and my camera memory was full. *sigh*

The pattern is mostly an easy one, the one major difference is the sculpting part. It's not hard, it's just to add some 'puffs' to the cloud cap, but it IS a nice and easy introduction to soft sculpting other things, like faces in dolls, etc. If you have ever sewn on a plushie and accidently pulled the thread too tight and created a 'dent', you've already done some 'sculpting' LOL

If you find any problems, please let me know I'll fix them ASAP. :)

DRIFLOON

Materials:

WW yarn in purple and small amounts in white, gold and black
G Hook
Fiberfill
Yarn needle
Sewing thread in black, white and gold and sewing needle

NOTES:
Gauge isn't important, just ensure that your hook and yarn sizes result in a fairly tight stitch that won't allow the fiberfil to show thru.

Numbers at the end of rounds/rows indicate the total number of stitches that should be in the round/row.

This pattern includes a little bit of 'sculpting' of the pieces. This is done by using a sewing thread that matches the piece you're working on and sewing through the piece indicated to create shapes and forms. (see the cloud cap on the drifloon, the puffs of the cloud are sculpted using sewing thread). Use a single strand of sewing thread when sculpting, and try to keep your stitches buried in creases of the crochet to make them mostly invisible. By pulling your stitches gently tighter, it creates the shapes in the piece. It's not necessary to be precise in this particular sculpting application, because there are never any two clouds exactly alike.


BODY:

Using purple:

Rnd 1: 8 sc in magic ring (8)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (16)
Rnd 3: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (24)
Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (32)
Rnd 5: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (40)
Rnd 6: sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (48)
Rnd 7: sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (56)
Rnd 8: sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (64)
Rnd 9-15: sc in each sc around (64)
Rnd 16: sc in next 6 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (56)
Rnd 17: sc in next 5 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (48)
Rnd 18: sc in next 4 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (40)
Rnd 19: sc in next 3 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (32)

Being stuffing at this point and continue as you go along.

Rnd 20: sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (24)
Rnd 21: sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc around (16)
Rnd 22: dec over next 2 sc around (8)

F/O leaving a tail and then using chopstick or back of crochet hook, finish adding any stuffing you made need and shape to a ball. Weave in the tail and pull to close.

NECK (flair at bottom of 'head/body'):

Using purple:

Rnd 1: Ch 16 sl st to form a ring, make sure not to twist the chain. Sc in each ch around (16)
Rnd 2: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (24)
Rnd 3: *Ch 4. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch dc in next ch. Sk 2 of rnd 1 and sl st in next sc.* repeat from * to * to end of rnd. Sl st to base of first ch 4. F/O weave in the ends and sew the 'neck' to the center of the bottom of the head/body (center the closing 'circle' in the middle of the neck for best placement)


CLOUD CAP:

Using white:

Rnd 1: 8 sc in MR (8)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (16)
Rnd 3: sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, sc next 6 sc, 2 sc in last 2 sc (20)
Rnd 4: sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next 3 sc, sc next 7 sc, 2 sc in last 3 sc (26)
Rnd 5: sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in next 4 sc, sc next 9 sc, 2 sc in last 4 sc (34)
Rnd 6: sc in next 16 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc next 16 sc, 2 sc in last sc (36)
Rnd 7 sc in next 4 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (30)


F/0 and stuff MODERATELY (you need some play in the firmness for the sculpting). Sew the 'cap' to the top of the head, using photo for placement help.

TAIL OF CAP:

Using white:

Rnd 1: 4 sc in MR (4)
Rnd 2: Sc in each sc around (4)
Rnd 3: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (6)
Rnd 4: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (9)
Rnd 5: sc in each sc around (9)

F/O stuff VERY lightly and sew tail to side of cloud cap at the base, to one side (see photo)

Using sewing thread and needle, stitch random patterns in cloud cap using a running stitch, gently pull the stitch line to create 'random puffs' in the cloud. (make sure you like the puff before you fasten off the sewing the thread, if you don't like it, pull it out gently and redo it)

NOSE:

With gold: (make 2)

Ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each chain across (10)
Work one row even (10)

F/O and weave in ends. Cross the two pieces and sew in the middle, then add to the 'face' of the drifloon. (see photo)

EYES:

Using black make 2:

Rnd 1: 6 sc in MR (6)

F/O and sew to face on either side of the 'nose'


LEGS AND FEET:

Feet (with gold make 2 ):

Rnd 1: 6 sc in MR (6)
Rnd 2: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (8)
Rnd 3: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (10)
Rnd 4: sc in each sc around (10)
Row 5: Flatten the 'foot' and working through both 'sides' work 5 sc across . turn (5)
Row 6: sc in first sc, in next sc work the following: dc, tr, dc, sl st next sc, in next sc work dc, tr, dc, sc in last sc.

F/O

String Legs:

Using black ww yarn, ch 35, sl st in 'top' of foot (see photo) Ch 1 and sl st in each ch to end. Attach each leg to the side of the 'neck' (see photo for placement help)


Finishing:

I also added a hanger by attaching fishing line to the top of the cap and an old earring hook so that he would hang neatly. I kinda like how he gently moves and turns in the draft of the room, it gives him a little life.


Drifloon and Pokemon are copyright Nintendo.

This pattern is an original pattern by Linda Potts (June 2009). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern.
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