Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Valentine Puppy



The legs and arms of these puppies are worked directly from the body, so they don't need sewing. The only parts that need sewing are the ears to the head, the head to the body and the heart to the arms (optional). 

Materials needed

DK yarn in 
- main colour (cream in the picture), 
- black, 
- patch colour (black or brown) and 
- coat colour
- red or orange for the heart
3 mm crochet hook (or 2.50 mm for a smaller version)
1 pipe cleaner
Yarn needle
Polyfiber stuffing
6 mm black safety eyes
Stitch marker 


Note: The colours in some of the pictures might differ from the ones indicated in the pattern. I appologise for any confusion this might cause. The idea is to use contrasting colours for the body and the coat. Please feel free to use your imagination and experiment with your own combinations.

Patch

With patch colour, start with a MR. 
2 sc, 2 dc, 2 sc in MR
Ss to first sc.
Leave long tail for sewing. 
Insert safety eye through the center. 

Head

Start with black. 
R1: 4 sc in MR, CC to main colour (4)
R2: inc x 4 (8)
R3-4: sc in each (8)
R5: (inc, 1) x 4 (12)
R6: inc x 3, 9 (15)
R7: (inc, 1) x 3, 9 (18)
R8: 1, (inc, 2) x 3, 8 (21)
R9: 1, (inc, 3) x 3, 8 (24)
R10-11: sc in each (24)
Insert safety eyes btw R 6 and 7 about 6 sts apart (one with eyepatch, one without). Sew eyepatch to head. 
R12: (dec, 2) x 6 (18)
R13: sc in each (18)
R14: (dec, 1) x 6 (12)
Stuff head. 
R15: dec x 6 (6)
FO. 

First Ear (Option 1)

With main colour. 
R1: 4 sc in MR (4)
R2: sc in each (4)
R3: (inc, 1) x 2 (6)
R4: sc in each (6)
R5: (inc, 2) x 2 FLO (8)
R6-8: sc in each (8)
Ss in next. FO, leaving long tail for sewing. 

First Ear (Option 2)

With main colour. 
R1: 4 sc in MR (4)
R2: sc in each (4)
R3: (inc, 1) x 2 (6)
R4: sc in each (6)
R5: (inc, 2) x 2 FLO (8)
R6: ch 1, sc through both thicknesses (4)
R7: ch 1, turn, dec x 1, 2                         (3)
FO, leaving long tail for sewing. 

Second Ear (Option 1)

Start with patch colour. 
R1: 4 sc in MR (4)
R2: sc in each (4)
R3: (inc, 1) x 2 (6)
R4: sc in each, CC to main colour (6)
R5: (inc, 2) x 2 FLO (8)
R6-8: sc in each (8)
Ss in next. 
FO, leaving long tail for sewing. 

Second Ear (Option 2)

Start with patch colour. 
R1: 4 sc in MR (4)
R2: sc in each (4)
R3: (inc, 1) x 2 (6)
R4: sc in each, CC to main colour (6)
R5: (inc, 2) x 2 FLO (8)
R6: ch 1, sc through both thicknesses  (4)
R7: ch 1, turn, dec x 1, 2                          (3)
FO, leaving long tail for sewing. 

Sew ears to head. 

Body

Start with main colour. Ch 6, leaving long tail at the beginning.  (Keep this initial tail on the outside. You will use it to attach the head to the body. )
R1: sc in 2nd ch from the hook and in next 3 chs, 3 sc in last ch. Working on the opposite side, sc in next 3 chs, 2 sc in last ch (12)
R2-3: sc in each, CC to coat colour. (12)
R4: inc in each (24)
R5: sc in each (24)
R6: (inc, 3) x 6 (30)
R7: sk first 6 sts, sc in next 9, sk next 6 sts, sc in next 9 (18)
R8: (inc, 2) x 6 (24)
R9-10: sc in each (24)
R11: (dec, 2) x 6 (18)
R12: sc in each (18)
Stuff body. 
R13: sc in first st, ch 1, sc both sides together going through 4 loops at once. (9)
Don't FO. 


First leg

Continue from body in coat colour. 
R1: ch 1, turn, sc in front loops of first 4 sts, turn, sc in remaining loops of same 4 sts (8)
R2-10: sc in each, CC to main colour (8)
R11-12: sc in each (8)
R13: inc x 4, 4                (12)
Stuff leg. 
R14: dec x 6 (6)
FO. 

Second leg

R1: Go back to working on the remaining sts of last round of body (R13).  Sk next st (the fifth). Attach coat colour in the front loop of next st. Sc in same st and in next 3 (FLO), turn, sc in remaining loops of same 4 sts (8)
R2-10: sc in each, CC to patch colour         (8)
R11-12: sc in each (8)
R13: inc x 4, 4        (12)
Stuff leg. 
R14: dec x 6 (6)
FO. 

Arms

Work each arm in the 6 sts you skipped on R7 of body. 
R1: attach coat colour in the first st, sc in same st and in next 5, sc in the space after the 6 sts (see photo) (7)
R2-9: sc in each, CC to main colour for first arm / patch colour for second arm (7)
R10-11: sc in each (7)
Cut a quarter of a pipe cleaner. Fold in two and insert into arm. 
R12: dec x 2 (5)
FO. 

Sew head to body using the initial tail left at the beginning of the body. 

For heart pattern, click here

Using coat colour yarn, secure heart by sewing it to puppy arms (optional).

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