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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Mario Brothers Goomba



Well, after many requests for this fella, here he is. Goomba from Mario Brothers.
He's kinda cute for a grumpy guy. LOL

My girls have already laid claim to him, altho now they're arguing over who gets to keep him in their room.

As always, the pattern is here, and if you have any questions or problems, let me know I'll try to answer as quickly as I can.


Goomba

MATERIALS:

WW yarn in warm (medium) brown and light brown
G hook
Felt pieces in white and black
Yarn Needle
Fiberfill
material for weighting down the plush, like unpopped popcorn or the plastic pellets they sell at craft stores

NOTES:

This doll really needs weight in the base due to it's naturally top-heavy design. I used unpopped popcorn (it's a bit heavier than dried beans) or you can use the plastic pellets they sell at craft stores specifically for this purpose.

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


HEAD/BODY:

Using warm brown:

Rnd 1: 6 sc in Magic Ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (18)
Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (24)
Rnd 5: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (30)
Rnd 6: sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (36)
Rnd 7-8: sc in each sc around (36)
Rnd 9: sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (42)
Rnd 10-12: sc in each sc around (42)
Rnd 13: sc next 13 sc, 2 sc next sc (three times) (45)
Rnd 14-15: sc in each sc around (45)
Rnd 16: sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc next sc around (50)
Rnd 17: sc in each sc around (50)
Rnd 18: sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (55)
Rnd 19: repeat rnd 17 (55)
Rnd 20: sc in next 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (60)
Rnd 21-24: repeat round 17 (60)
Rnd 25: sc in next 4 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (50)
Rnd 26: sc in next 3 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (40)

Begin stuffing and shaping the mushroom body here and continue stuffing and shaping as you progress. The body should be stuffed fairly firmly to help maintain the desired shape.

Rnd 27: sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (30)
Rnd 28: sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc around (20)
Rnd 29: dec over next 2 sc around (10)

F/O leaving long tail. Finish adding any stuffing needed to finalize the shape and weave in the tail, pull closed and tie off


BASE/STEM:

Using light brown:

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: Working in Back Loops Only for this round, sc in each sc around (32)
Rnd 6-11: (working in both loops again) sc in each sc around (32)

F/O leaving long tail. Fill 3/4 full with weighted material (pellets, popcorn, beans, etc) Stuff the remained with fiberfill firmly sew to the bottom of the body (using the rounds of crochet on the body to help center the stem) using the long tail and add any more stuffing that may be needed to shape the base and hold the weighting material firmly in place. You may find you need to flatten the very bottom of the of the stem a little, but this shouldn't be too difficult as the weighting materials are much more forgiving than fiberfill.

FEET:

Using warm brown, make 2:

Rnd 1: sc 8 in magic ring (8)
Rnd 2: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc (twice) (10)
Rnd 3: sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc (twice) (12)
Rnd 4: sc next 3 sc, 2 sc next sc around (15)
Rnd 5: sc next 4 sc, 2 sc next sc around (18)
Rnd 6-9: sc in each sc around (18)

Stuff fairly firmly, flatten the open end and match up the stitches. Sc thru both layers (closing the foot as you go) for a total of 9 sc. TURN

Next row: sk the first sc, sc in each sc to the last two sc, dec over the last two sc, (7)

F/O leaving long tail. Sew this 'tab' to the bottom of the stem, and tacking the foot to the stem side as needed to get the desired positioning of the feet. (see picture for placement help)

I highly recommend that you cut out paper 'pieces' for the face features before cutting out the felt and pin the paper pieces to the doll to make sure you have the shape and size you want. Before sewing on the felt pieces, pin them all in position to double check your sizes and shapes before sewing. (it seems like extra work, but it's less than having to take it apart and resew it later. :D)

Embroider the mouth as shown using a small amt of WW black yarn and yarn needle. From white felt, cut two small 'fangs' and place as shown. From black cut the eye 'pupils' and eyebrows and place as shown. Sew the eyebrows so that the upper ends are extending off of the face about 3/4 of an inch or so. Add two very smal circles of white to the black pupils at the positions shown for catch-lights in the eyes if desired.


Mario Brothers and the Goomba Mushroom character is copyright Nintendo.

This crochet 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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