Huggy Gator *Pattern*

-Huggy Gator-

Supplies (information in parentheses is what was used for the example pictures):
– Main color yarn (less than 2 skeins Järbo Garn Nova, color: 48010)
– Secondary color yarn (less than 1 skein Järbo Garn Nova, color: 48009)
– White yarn (less than 1 skein Järbo 8/4)
– Black yarn or thread for detail ( Järbo 8/4)
– Crochet hook to gauge with your yarn ( D/3-3.25MM)
– Pins
– Yarn needle
– Scissors
– Buttons (optional)
The alligator in this pattern (using the specific yarn mentioned above) came out to be 7.5in (19cm) tall.

Abbreviations:
R – Round/Row
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single crochet
Dc – Double crochet
Sl st – Slip stitch
St – Stitch

Make the following pieces…

Head (make 1):
Using your main color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6 sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts (12)
R3 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (18)
R4 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (24)
R5 – [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (30)
R6 – [1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (36)
R7 – [1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (42)
R8 – [1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (48)
R9 – [1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (54)
R10 – [1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (60)
R11 – R23 – 1 sc in each of the next 60 sts (60)
R24 – [1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (54)
R25 – [1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (48)
R26 – [1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (42)
R27 – [1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (36)
R28 – [1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (30)
R29 – [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (24)
R30 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (18)
R31 – [1 sc in the next st, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (12)
Stuff the head while the opening is still big enough.
R32 – [sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around (6)
Sew the opening closed and finish off the tail.

Nose Top Piece (make 1):
Using your main color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6 sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts (12)
R3 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (18)
R4 – 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts (18)
R5 – [1 sc in the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (24)
R6 – 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (18)
R7 – R9 – 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (18)
R10 – [1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times across. Ch 1 and turn. (21)
R11 & R12 – 1 sc in each of the next 24 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (21)
Finish, leaving a long tail.
Nose Bottom Piece (make 1):
Using your secondary color…
R1 – Ch. 7 and turn.
R2 – 1 sc in second ch from the hook, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (6)
R3 – 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (6)
R4 – 2 sc in the next st. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. 2 sc in the next st. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R5 – 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R6 – 2 sc in the next st. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. 2 sc in the next st. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R7 & R8 – 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
Finish, leaving a long tail.


Cheeks
(make 2):
Using your secondary color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6 sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts (12)
R3 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (18)
R4 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (24)
R5 – [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (30)
R6 & R7 – 1 sc in each of the next 30 sts. (30)
Finish, leaving a long tail.

Eyes (optional, make 2):
With black, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. (12)

Eye Lids
(make 2):
Using your secondary color.
Leave a long tail to start with (this will make it easier to sew on later).
R1 – Ch 6 and turn.
R2 – 1 sc in the second ch from the hook. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. (5)
R3 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in the next st. Sc the next 2 sts together. (3)
R4 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in the next st. Sl st and finish. (2)


Body
(make 1):
Using your main color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6 sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts. (12)
R3 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around. (18)
R4 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around. (24)
R5 – [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around. (30)
R6 – [1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around. (36)
R7 – [1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around. (42)
R8 – [1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around. (48)
R9 – [1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around. (54)
R10 – [1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around. (60)
R11 – R14 – 1 sc in each of the next 60 sts. (60)
R15 – [1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around. (54)
R16 – R20 – 1 sc in each of the next 54 sts. (54)
R21 – [1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around. (48)
R22 – 1 sc in each of the next 48 sts. (48)
R23 – [1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around. (42)
R24 – 1 sc in each of the next 42 sts. (42)
R25 – [1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around. (36)
R26 – 1 sc in each of the next 36 sts. (36)
R27 – [1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*6 times around. (30)
R28 – 1 sc in each of the next 30 sts. Finish, leaving a long tail. (30)


Back Ridge
(make 1):
Using your main color…
R1 – Ch 41 and turn.
R2 – Starting in the second ch from the hook, [1 sl st in the next ch, 1 dc in each of the next 3 chs, 1 sl st in the next ch]*8 times across. Finish and leave an extra long tail. (40)


Tail
(make 1):
Using your main color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 3 sc inside the magic ring. (3)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts. (6)
R3 – 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. (6)
R4 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (9)
R5 – 1 sc in each of the next 9 sts. (9)
R6 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (12)
R7 – 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. (12)
R8 – [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (15)
R9 – 1 sc in each of the next 15 sts. (15)
R10 – [1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (18)
R11 – 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts. (18)
R12 – [1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (21)
R13 – 1 sc in each of the next 21 sts. (21)
R14 – [1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (24)
R15 – 1 sc in each of the next 24 sts. (24)
R16 – [1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (27)
R17 – 1 sc in each of the next 27 sts. (27)
R18 – [1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (30)
R19 – 1 sc in each of the next 30 sts. (30)
R20 – [1 sc in each of the next 9 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (33)
R21 – 1 sc in each of the next 33 sts. (33)
R22 – [1 sc in each of the next 10 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times around. (36)
R23 & R24 – 1 sc in each of the next 36 sts. (36)
R25 – 1 sc in each of the next 17 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (18)
R24 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (16)
R25 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R26 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R27 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R28 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R29 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (6)
R30 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. Finish, leaving a long tail. (4)


Right Leg
(make 1):
Using your main color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6 sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts (12)
R3 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (18)
R4 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (24)
R5 – [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (30)
R6 – In this round, work in the back loop only. 1 sc in each of the next 30 sts. (30)
R7 – 1 sc in each of the next 30 sts. (30)
R8 – [1 sc in each the next 3 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*3 times. 1 sc in each of the next 15 sts. (27)
R9 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*3 times. 1 sc in each of the next 15 sts. (24)
R10 – R12 – 1 sc in each of the next 24 sts. (24)
R13 – 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (20)
R14 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 16 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (18)
R15 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (16)
R16 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R17 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R18 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R19 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R20 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Finish, leaving a long tail. (6)


Left Leg
(make 1):
Using your main color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6 sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts (12)
R3 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (18)
R4 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (24)
R5 – [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (30)
R6 – In this round, work in the back loop only. 1 sc in each of the next 30 sts. (30)
R7 – 1 sc in each of the next 30 sts. (30)
R8 – [1 sc in each the next 3 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*3 times. 1 sc in each of the next 15 sts. (27)
R9 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*3 times. 1 sc in each of the next 15 sts. (24)
R10 – R12 – 1 sc in each of the next 24 sts. (24)
R13 – 1 sc in each of the next 13 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. (14)
R14 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 16 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (18)
R15 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (16)
R16 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R17 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R18 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R19 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R20 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Finish, leaving a long tail. (6)


Toes
(make 6):
Using white, make a magic ring.
R1 – 3 sc inside the magic ring. (3)
R2 – 2 sc in the next 3 sts. (6)
R3 – 1 sc in the next 6 sts. Finish, leaving a long tail. (6)


Left Arm
(make 1):
Using your main color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6 sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts (12)
R3 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (18)
R4 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (24)
R5 – R7 – 1 sc in each of the next 24 sts. (24)
R8 – [1 sc in each the next 2 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*3 times. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. (21)
R9 – [1 sc in the next st, sc the next 2 sts together]*3 times. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. (18)
R10 – 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times. (21)
R11 – 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. [1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times. (24)
R12 & R13 – 1 sc in each of the next 24 sts. (24)
R14 – 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (20)
R15 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 16 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (18)
R16 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (16)
R17 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R18 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R19 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R20 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R21 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch1 and turn. (6)
R22 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Finish, leaving and long tail. (4)


Right Arm
(make 1):
Using your main color, make a magic ring.
R1 – 6 sc inside the magic ring (6)
R2 – 2 sc in each of the next 6 sts (12)
R3 – [1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (18)
R4 – [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*6 times around (24)
R5 – R7 – 1 sc in each of the next 24 sts. (24)
R8 – 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. [1 sc in each the next 2 sts, sc the next 2 sts together]*3 times. (21)
R9 – 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. [1 sc in the next st, sc the next 2 sts together]*3 times. (18)
R10 – [1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. (21)
R11 – [1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st]*3 times . 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. (24)
R12 & R13 – 1 sc in each of the next 24 sts. (24)
R14 – 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (20)
R15 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 16 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (18)
R16 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (16)
R17 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R18 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R19 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R20 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R21 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Finish, leaving a long tail. (6)


Underbelly
(make 1)
In odd number rows, crochet in the back loops only.
With your secondary color:
R1 – Ch 7 and turn.
R2 – 1 sc in the second chain from the hook. 1 sc in the next 5 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (6)
R3 – 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (6)
R4 – 2 sc in the next st. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. 2 sc in the next st. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R5 – 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R6 – 2 sc in the next st. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. 2 sc in the next st. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R7 – 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R8 – 2 sc in the next st. 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. 2 sc in the next st. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R9 – 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R10 – 2 sc in the next st. 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. 2 sc in the next st. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R11 – 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R12 – 2 sc in the next st. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. 2 sc in the next st. Ch 1 and turn. (16)
R13 – R23 – 1 sc in each of the next 16 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (16)
R24 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R25 – 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (14)
R26 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R27 – 1 sc in each of the next 12 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (12)
R28 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R29 – 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (10)
R30 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch1 and turn. (8)
R31 – 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (8)
R32 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (6)
R33 – R35 – 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (6)
R36 – Sc the next 2 sts together. 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts. Sc the next 2 sts together. Ch 1 and turn. (4)
R37 – 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. (4)
R38 – [Sc the next 2 sts together.]*2 times. Ch 1 and turn. (2)
R39 – 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (2)
R40 – Sc the next 2 sts together. Sl st to finish. Leave an extra long tail. (1)

You should now have the following pieces.

Assembly:

  • Pin the nose top piece and the nose bottom piece together as shown and sew where pinned, using the tail of the nose bottom piece.
  • Pin the, now assembled, nose piece to the head. I pinned mine starting about 13 rounds away from R1 of the head piece. Using the tail of the nose top piece, sew around where pinned. Stuff the nose piece before you’ve sewn all the way around.
  • Pin the cheek pieces to both sides of the nose piece (touching the nose) as shown and sew around. Stuff the cheeks before you’ve finished sewing to give them some fullness.
  • If you are using button eyes, now is a good time to sew them on so that you can use the bottom if the head to anchor the thread. If you are using crocheted eyes, you can sew them on at any time. Position the eyes between the V shape that connects the nose and cheek (as shown).
  • Pin and sew on the eyelids, partially covering the eyes. You can experiment with the angles of the eyelids to give your alligator unique expressions.
  • Pin the opening of the body piece to the bottom of the head and sew around (I did this before I sewed on the eyes). I like to stuff the body a little bit before pinning and finish stuffing before I’m done sewing.
  • Looking at your alligator from the top of the head and the bottom of the body to help position it, pin the tail to the body. The tail should follow along the same line as the nose. The longer side of the tail opening should be pinned under the body. Sew around, stuffing the tail as you go.
  • Pin the short, flat end of the underbelly to the top of the body, directly under the nose. Stretch the underbelly over the body, continuing down over the tail. Sew all the way around. Do not stuff.
  • Use the images below to help position the legs. The legs should curve upward a bit at the feet. “Left“ and “right” should be according to the alligator’s perspective. Sew around, stuffing as you go.
  • Use the images below to help position the arms. The arms should curve downward a bit at the hands. “Left” and “right” should be according to the alligator’s perspective. Sew around, stuffing as you go.
  • Pin both of the ends of the back ridge to point where the body connects to the head (backside). Pull the middle of the ridge down to the tail and pin, creating a V shape. Pin along the way to anchor it while you sew all the way around.
  • Evenly space the toes directly behind the line going around the foot and sew on 3 toes per foot.
  • Using your black and white yarns/threads, embroider on the fingers, nostrils, and teeth. The teeth should be in a triangular shape. If you made crochet eyes, you can add a little bit of white yarn to them to imitate reflecting light.

Now give your finished alligator a hug!

How to Wind a Center-Pull Yarn Ball

Have you ever gotten a good deal into a project and then realized you made a big error and had to scrap the whole thing? Well, that just happened to me with the project I’m currently working on. I know it can be really frustrating when you start to pull apart all of your stitches. Your work may have been wasted, but you can easily salvage your yarn back into an easy to use center-pull ball like the one you started with.

All you will need is the yarn you want to wind back up and your crochet hook. If you’re trying to wind up a very large amount of yarn, you will need a longer object like a knitting needle. The numbers below go along with the pictures.

1. Put the end of your yarn along the length of your crochet hook.
2. Fold the yarn back over and wrap it around both the hook and yarn towards the end of the yarn. Leave some of the yarn end sticking out the entire time. This is going to be your center-pull in the end.
3.-4. Turn again and start wrapping your yarn diagonally in the other direction. Repeat this process over and over until you’ve gotten a good bit of thickness to it.
5. Using the crochet hook to anchor your yarn, start wrapping long-ways, spinning the hook as you go along so that you’re not just wrapping in the same spot the entire time.
6. After you’ve gotten more thickness to it, start wrapping short-ways again. Repeat this process of alternating long-ways and short-ways wrapping until you’re almost out of yarn.
7. I always like to finish off with a bit of short-ways wrapping to hold everything together. Tuck the end of your yarn under some of the strands.
8. Now you’re done and can pull the crochet hook out of your yarn ball. If you wrapped it tight, this may need a bit of work (you can attach something to the end of your hook to help pull it out). Start crocheting again using the yarn end you left sticking out as your center-pull.

 

 

Bunny *Pattern*

This bunny has already been featured in two of my posts, so now it’s time to show how to make him!

What you will need:
-Yarn (any color. I used red.)
-Yarn (black)
-Yarn (white)
-Crochet hook
-Stuffing
-Yarn needle
-Scissors

You can choose whatever brand of yarn you’d like. I chose Marks & Kattens Flox  yarn with a size D/3-3.25mm Boye hook.

Abbreviations:
R – round(s)
ch – chain(s)
sc – single crochet(s)
st – stitch(es)

1 – Head (make 1)

R1: Make a magic ring and sc 6 inside. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
R2: Make 2 sc in the next 6 st. Skip over the chain of R1. (12st)
R3: [Make 1 sc in the next st. Make 2 sc in the next stitch.]*6 total times around. (18st)
R4: [Make 1 sc in the next 2 st. Make 2 sc in the next stitch.]*6 total times around. (24st)
R5: [Make 1 sc in the next 3 st. Make 2 sc in the next stitch.]*6 total times around. (30st)
R6: [Make 1 sc in the next 4 st. Make 2 sc in the next stitch.]*6 total times around. (36st)
R7 – R12: Make 1 sc in the next 36 st. (36st)
R13: [Make 1 sc in the next 4 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (30st)
R14: [Make 1 sc in the next 3 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (24st)
R15: [Make 1 sc in the next 2 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (18st)
R16: [Make 1 sc in the next st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (12st)
R17: [Sc the next two st together.]*6 total times around. (6st)
Stuff the head and sew the opening closed. Finish off  the tail.

2 – Body (make 1)

R1: Make a magic ring and sc 6 inside. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
R2: Make 2 sc in the next 6 st. Skip over the chain of R1. (12st)
R3: [Make 1 sc in the next st. Make 2 sc in the next stitch.]*6 total times around. (18st)
R4: [Make 1 sc in the next 2 st. Make 2 sc in the next stitch.]*6 total times around. (24st)
R5: [Make 1 sc in the next 3 st. Make 2 sc in the next stitch.]*6 total times around. (30st)
R6 – R13: Make 1 sc in the next 30 st. (30st)
R14: [Make 1 sc in the next 3 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (24st)
R15: Make 1 sc in the next 24 st. (24st)
R16: [Make 1 sc in the next 2 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (18st)
R17: Make 1 sc in the next 18 st. (18st)
R18: [Make 1 sc in the next st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (12st)
R19: [Sc the next two st together.]*6 total times around. (6st)
Stuff the body and sew the opening closed. Leave a long tail to help attach the head later.

3 – Legs/Arms (make 4)

R1: Make a magic ring and sc 6 inside. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
R2: Make 2 sc in the next 6 st. Skip over the chain of R1. (12st)
R3: [Make 1 sc in the next st. Make 2 sc in the next stitch.]*6 total times around. (18st)
R4 – R8: Make 1 sc in the next 18 st. (18st)
R9: [Make 1 sc in the next 4 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*3 total times around. (15st)
R10 & R11: Make 1 sc in the next 15 st. (15st)
R12: [Make 1 sc in the next 3 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*3 total times around. (12st)
R13 & R14: Make 1 sc in the next 12 st. (12st)
R15: [Make 1 sc in the next 2 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*3 total times around. (9st)
R16: Make 1 sc in the next 9 st. (9st)
Stuff the leg/arm. Pinch the opening closed so that it’s flat and sew closed across. Leave a long tail.

4 – Ears (make 2)

R1: Make a magic ring and sc 3 inside. Join. Ch 1. (3st)
R2: Make 2 sc in the next 3 st. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
R3: [Make 1 sc in the next st. Make 2 sc in the next st.]*3 total times around. Skip over the chain of R2. (9st)
R4: Make 1 sc in the next 9 st. (9st)
R5: [Make 1 sc in the next 2 st. Make 2 sc in the next st.]*3 total times around. (12st)
R6: Make 1 sc in the next 12 st. (12st)
R7: [Make 1 sc in the next 3 st. Make 2 sc in the next st.]*3 total times around. (15st)
R8 – R13: Make 1 sc in the next 15 st. (15st)
R14: [Make 1 sc in the next 3 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*3 total times around. (12st)
R15 & R16: Make 1 sc in the next 12 st. (12st)
R17: [Make 1 sc in the next 2 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*3 total times around. (9st)
R18: Make 1 sc in the next 9 st. (9st)
Do not stuff the ear. Press it flat. Pinch the opening closed so that it’s flat and sew closed across. Leave a long tail.

5 – Tail (make 1)

R1: With white yarn, make a magic ring and sc 6 inside. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
R2: Make 2 sc in the next 6 st. (12st)
R3 & R4: Make 1 sc in the next 12 st. (12st)
R5: [Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (6st)
Don’t sew closed. Leave a long tail.

6 – Eyes (make 2)

With black yarn, make a magic ring and sc 6 inside. Join. (6st)
Leave a long tail.

Using the long tails of the pieces you made, begin attaching them together.
Attach the head to the body using the tail you left on the body (with sc rounds going horizontally).
Attach the legs and arms along the bottom and side of the body with the flat end traveling along a sc round of the body. Try to attach the two legs to the same round to make them even (same with the arms).
Attach the ears to the top of the head a little closer to the back of the head than the front.
Attach the bunny tail onto the lower part of the back.
Attach the eyes to the lower half of the face. Using some white yarn, sew on a small white dot to each eye.
With black yarn, sew on an x-shape for the nose and mouth.
Finish off any leftover tails.

Carrot *Pattern*

Most of the crochet work I do is freehand, but I figured, why not write down a few patterns and share them from time to time? You can never have enough free patterns, right? Before I started this blog, I made a mermaid pattern and posted it to Instructables ( here ). I thought I’d share something a bit more simple today though.

So we have…. a carrot! I know. Exciting, right?

What you will need:
-Orange yarn

-Green yarn
-Brown yarn (optional)
-Crochet hook
-Stuffing
-Yarn needle
-Scissors

You can choose whatever brand of yarn you’d like. My orange yarn is Marks & Kattens Flox with a size D/3-3.25mm Boye hook.

Abbreviations:
R – round(s)
ch – chain(s)
sc – single crochet(s)
slst – slip stitch(es)
st – stitch(es)

With orange…
R1:
Make a magic ring and make 3 sc inside. Pull the tail to close the ring. Join. Ch 1. (3st)
R2: Make 2 sc in the next 3 st. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
R3: Make 1 sc in the next 6 st. (6st)
-I would like to note that at this point, I stop joining and chaining at the end of each round. This helps to avoid a seam in the finished product. The only downside is that you have to be more careful with keeping count since the beginning of the next round is not as visible (using a marker helps). If you want to continue with the “Join. Ch1.” then feel free. If not, then just start each new round directly into the next stitch (you’re going to skip over the chain of R2).
R4: [Make 1 sc in the next st. Make 2 sc in the next st.]*3 total times around. (9st)
R5 & R6: Make 1 sc in the next 9 sc. (9st)
R7: [Make 1 sc in the next 2 st. Make 2 sc in the next st.]*3 total times around. (12st)
R8 & R9: Make 1 sc in the next 12 sc. (12st)
R10: [Make 1 sc in the next 3 st. Make 2 sc in the next st.]*3 total times around. (15st)
R11 – R13: Make 1 sc in the next 15 st. (15st)
R14: [Make 1 sc in the next 4 st. Make 2 sc in the next st.]*3 total times around. (18st)
R15 – R18: Make 1 sc in the next 18 st. (18st)
R19: [Make 1 sc in the next 5 st. Make 2 sc in the next st.]*3 total times around. (21st)
R20 – R29: Make 1 sc in the next 21 st. (21st)
R30: [Make 1 sc in the next 5 st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*3 total times around. (18st)
R31: [Make 1sc in the next st. Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (12st)
R32: [Sc the next 2 st together.]*6 total times around. (6st)

Using the small opening you now have, stuff the carrot. Sew the opening closed and finish off the tail.

With green…

Using the posts of the last round you crocheted, sc 6 in a circle into the top of your carrot. Join. Ch1.
Make 1 sc in each st around for 2 rounds (6st).
[Sc in the next stitch. Ch 9. Turn. Skip the first ch and make one sc in the next 8 ch. Slst into the same st as your last sc.]*repeat this in each st around. You should end up with 6 protruding pieces. Finish off your tail.

You now have a carrot! You can choose to stop here or you can choose add the brown scratchy, stripey details that I did. What are those called on a carrot anyway?

For this, you will need your brown yarn and yarn needle.
Starting anywhere on the orange part of your carrot, thread the yarn in an over-under pattern across a few posts of a crocheted round (as shown in the picture above). Pull the yarn through and, along the same round, thread over-under the opposite posts than before to create the appearance of a solid brown line. Do this several times in different spots on the carrot (varying the length of the line). Finish off your tail.

Done and done!