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Friday, July 23, 2010

Despicable Minion


Minion army anyone?

I just had to.  I've not seen the movie yet,  but the little guys are just so charming.    This is only one of them of course,  but at the end of the pattern,  are some suggestions for making all different personalities of minions to create your very own Minion Army.  LOL  

As always,  if you have any questions or find a problem with the pattern,  just post here or email me,  and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!



Minion

Materials:
WW yarn in yellow, blue and small amounts of black, white and gray
G Hook
Fiberfill
Small amounts of felt in black and medium/light blue
Yarn Needle
Sewing needle and matching sewing threads

NOTES:

Gauge isn't terribly important to this project as long as your hook, yarn and individual tension result in a stitch that's tight enough that the stuffing won't come through.

Numbers in ( ) at the end of each round or row indicate the total number of stitches in that round or row.

Read the 'Fun Stuff' at the end of the pattern for suggestions on making many minions of different shapes and personalities.

HEAD/BODY:

Rnd 1: 7 sc in magic ring (7)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (14)
Rnd 3: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (21)
Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (28)
Rnd 5: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (35)
Rnd 6-31: sc in each sc around (35)
Begin stuffing at this point. Stuff moderately firmly while shaping. Continue to stuff as you progress.
Rnd 32: sc in next 3 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (28)
Rnd 33: sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (21)
Rnd 34: sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc around (14)
Rnd 35: dec over next 2 sc around (7)
F/O. Add any stuffing needed to finish out the shaping. Weave tail through final round and tug gently to close up. Secure ends, weave in.

OVERALLS:
Using blue

Rnd 1-5: same as for the Head/Body
Rnd 6-10: sc in each sc around (35)
Do not fasten off at end of round 10.

(now working in rows)

Row 1: Sc next 10 sc, ch 1 and turn (10)
Row 2-6: sc in each sc across, ch 1 and turn (10)
F/O. Weave in ends.

With the newly made panel facing you, from the left side of this panel, count 7 sc around (on row 10 of base of overalls) and attach yarn to the next sc.
Row 1: Sc in same sc as joining. Sc in next 10 sc, ch 1 and turn (11)
Row 2-6: sc in each sc across, ch1 and turn (11)
F/O. Weave in ends.

For the straps of the overalls, Ch 9, sc in second chain from hook and each remaining ch across, (8)
F/O. Weave in ends.

Fit the overalls over the bottom of the body section. Attach straps to the upper corners of each of the panels as shown. (Don't sew the overalls to the body just yet)

ARMS/HANDS:

Beginning at the hand using black yarn:

Rnd 1: 4 sc in magic ring (4)
Rnd 2: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc (6)
Rnd 3: sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next ch, sc in each of remaining 3 sc of round (6 sc and 1 'thumb')
Rnd 4: sc in each sc around (hold thumb down to to the front as you sc behind it) (6)
Rnd 5: working in front loops only, 2 sc in each sc around (12)
F/O and weave in ends.

Attach yellow to any free loop from round 5.

Rnd 1: sc in same free loop as joining. Sc in each of next 5 free loops around (6)
Rnd 2-12: sc in each sc around (6)

As you work, stuff the arm lightly to shape but don't overstuff. Continue to stuff as you progress. It's much easier to do this as you go than to try to stuff it after it's done, since the arms are so thin.

Flatten the last row of the arm so that the thumb of the hand will be facing towards the body and pin to body as shown.

FEET (make 2):
(using black)

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (9)
Rnd 3-5: sc in each sc around (9)
Rnd 6: sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc around (6)
F/O. Stuff foot lightly. You just want to give the some some substance and shape, without overstuffing, as you'll want to very slightly flatten the foot to more resemble shoes.

PANT LEGS (make 2):
(using blue)

Chain 11, join to form a ring.
Rnd 1-3: sc in each sc around (11)
F/O. Sew the bottom of the pant leg to the top of the foot/shoe as shown. Stuff the 'leg' moderately firm while shaping. Pin the upper portion of the leg to the bottom of the overalls as shown.

EYES/GOGGLES:

Eye ball (make 2):
Using white:

Rnd 1: 15 sc in magic ring, pull your 'draw string' very tightly to close up the ring (15)
Rnd 2: sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc around (10)
F/O. Tuck the loose yarn ends into the dome of the eyeball (add a tiny bit of stuffing if you want)



Goggle Rims (make 2):
Using gray:

Rnd 1: 8 sc in magic ring (8)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (16)
Rnd 3: working in back loops only, sc in each sc around (16)
Rnd 4: sc in each sc around (16)
F/O. Tuck the eyeball into the 'goggle' as shown. Once you're happy with the look, secure the eyball inside the goggle (I used a sewing needle and some gray sewing thread to do this, so as not to add any bulk to the outside of the goggle rims). Sew the two 'eyes' to each other in a figure 8 shape as shown (a few stitches with that gray sewing thread is good for that as well, as it won't add any unwanted bulk to the goggles)


GOGGLE STRAP:
Using black:

Row 1: chain 28 (check this to make sure it's the right length to go around the head and attach to each
side of the 'goggles', add or remove chains as needed).
DC in each chain across (again, check this for size before F/O, and adjust as needed)
F/O and weave in ends. Sew the strap to either side of the goggle rims as shown.

ASSEMBLY:

Fit the overalls over the body as shown and pin in place. Pin arms as shown (this minion's arms reach about to the bottoms of the feet). Once you're pleased with the positioning of the arms (thumbs to inside of each hand), sew in place. Sew overalls in place.

Attach legs to bottom of overalls, sew securely in place.

Place goggles over the top of the head and position as desired, once you're happy with the placement of the goggles/eyes, sew securely in place.

Cut two small circles of black felt and either sew or glue in place on the eyeballs.

For mouth: On this minion, I just used some of the yellow yarn, and whipstitched around one row of sc for a few scs to create the 'pouty' lower lip and then took a large stitch across the top and slightly below the 'lip' to create the shape. Tug very gently on this large stitch to create the look of the mouth.

Hair: I cut several strands of black, and tied in the middle with another strand. I folded the 'bundle' in half to create the 'shock' of hair and sewed this in place to the middle of the top of the head.

The insignia on the overalls is made by cutting a circle of black, and a square of the blue … the blue square is placed in the center of the black circle and glued in place then a smaller circle is glued to the center of the blue square and placed on the overalls in the center front as shown.

THE FUN STUFF:

This is just a base design for one minion. By removing rows of the body section (between rnd 6-31) you can create a shorter body.

Create different hair designs, make the eyes/goggles a little bigger, or just one very large eye/goggle.

Create different mouth shapes with felt.

Make many minions of different sizes, looks, and hair styles, you can have your own minion army! Make them so that no two are alike, or make them all the same... it's your army! :D

The Minions are copyright of the artists/makers of the Movie 'Despicable Me', but this crochet pattern is copyright of Linda Potts (July 2010). DO NOT reprint this pattern, or post it on any other website. You may make a copy of this pattern for your own personal use, but do not include it in any collections, website, or cds. You are welcome to link to this pattern and if you post your own pictures of the minions you create, please credit accordingly and include a link to this original pattern.







Monday, July 12, 2010

Chikorita Plushie


Well after many requests (and finally getting the yarn I needed) Chikorita has arrived.  LOL
The top picture shows the  colors closer to what they actually are,  the other two pictures for some reason turned out a bit on the 'bluish' side,  but hopefully will still at least give you an idea of how the doll is put together.  I'm really a much better designer than a photographer.  :D
The eye colors aren't exactly right either,  but that's purely because I simply didn't have the right two shades of red.  All I had was red and a brown color  (Walmart doesn't really have an extensive selection of felt shades  LOL)
As always,  if you have any troubles or questions about the pattern,  just post or email me,  and I'll answer you as quickly as I can. :D



CHIKORITA

MATERIALS:

WW yarn (medium) in Light sage, dark sage and white
G hook
Fiberfill
Yarn Needle
Small scraps of felt in desired colors for eyes (orange, red and white)

NOTES:

Gauge isn't important for this, as long as your yarn, hook and tension result in a fairly tight stitch that won't let the stuffing poke through.

Numbers in ( ) at the end of each round or row indicates the total number of stitches in that round or row.


HEAD:

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 7-16: sc in each sc around (36)
Rnd 17: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each sc around to last sc, 2 sc in last sc (38)
Rnd 18: sc in each sc around (38)
F/O. Stuff head moderately firmly while shaping.

BODY:

Rnd 1: 7 sc in magic ring (7)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (14)
Rnd 3: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (21)
Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (28)
Rnd 5: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (35)
Rnd 6: sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (42)
Rnd 7-25: sc in each sc around (42)
Rnd 26: sc in next 4 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (35)
Rnd 27: sc in next 3 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (28)
Begin stuffing at this point if you haven't already. Stuff moderately firmly while shaping. Continue to stuff as you progress.
Rnd 28: sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (21)
Rnd 29: sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc around (14)
Rnd 30: dec over next 2 sc around (7)
F/O. Leave tail. Weave tail through last round, tug to close up. Secure and weave in end.

FEET: (make 4)

Starting with white:

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring - change to light green in last sc. (6)
Rnd 2: sc in each sc around (6)
Rnd 3: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (9)
Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (12)
Rnd 5: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (15)
Rnd 6-7: sc in each sc around (15)
Rnd 8: sc in first 7 sc of round, leave remaining sc as is (7)
F/O. Stuff moderately firmly.

TAIL:

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in first sc, sc next 4 sc, 2 sc in last sc (8)
Rnd 3: 2 sc in first sc, sc next 6 sc, 2 sc in last sc (10)
Rnd 4: 2 sc in first sc, sc next 8 sc, 2 sc in last sc (12)
Rnd 5: 2 sc in first sc, sc next 10 sc, 2 sc in last sc (14)
Rnd 6: sc in each sc around (14)
F/O. Stuff moderately firmly. Weave in end.

BUDS:
(make 7)

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: sc in each sc around (6)
F/O. Stuff the 'bud' with the tails of yarn, that's probably all the stuffing you'll need in them.

LEAF:
(make 2)

Row 1: ch 2, sc in second chain from hook (1)
Row 2: 2 sc in sc (2)
Row 3: 2 sc in first sc, sc in last sc (3)
Row 4: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each remaining sc (4)
Row 5: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each remaining sc (5)
Row 6: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each remaining sc (6)
Row 7: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each remaining sc (7)
Row 8: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each remaining sc (8)
Row 9: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each remaining sc (9)
Row 10-20: sc in each sc around (9)
Row 21: dec over first 2 sc, sc in each remaining sc (8)
Row 22: dec over first 2 sc, sc in each remaining sc (7)
Row 23: dec over first 2 sc, sc in each remaining sc (6)
Row 24: dec over first 2 sc, sc in each remaining sc (5)
Row 25: dec over first 2 sc, sc in each remaining sc (4)
Row 26: dec over first 2 sc, sc in each remaining sc (3)
Row 27-30: sc in each sc across (3)
Row 31: 2 sc in each sc across (6)
F/O. Place the two leaves together and whip stitch around edges. At stem and base (rows 26-31) fold together and whip stitch, leaving the final row 'open'.

FINAL ASSEMBLY:

I highly recommend pinning all parts together before sewing to ensure you have everything made and that all the parts are positioned as you like.

Sew head to body positioned as shown. Leaf is sewn to top center of head as shown, you may wish to tack the leaf to one side of the head (optional). Buds are sewn around the neck at the point where the head joins the body. Position the first bud center of the front, and remaining buds evenly spaced around the neck.

Front legs are sewn slightly under the front of the body, while back legs are positioned slightly to each side (as shown). Legs should be positioned so that the last row of 7 sc is facing up and outward (giving the legs a light tilt).

Tail is sewn to the center of backside of body with 'longer' side facing down to give the tail a slight upsweep.

Face is pieces of felt cut into the correct shapes (as shown) and sewn on, while the mouth is simply embroidered as shown.


Chikorita and Pokemon are copyright of Nintendo.

This pattern is an original pattern by Linda Potts (July 2010).  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 print and 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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