Doodle Zoo No. 9: Rory the Lion | Free Pattern


Ooops first I need to apologise for my lateness with my next Doodle animal. You may have noticed I’ve been a tad absent lately on the blog apart from CAL postings.  Well it’s pretty much just a case of life just getting in the way of things at the moment…I’m hoping they will improve shortly so I can get back on track with more regular postings.

But any way right now it’s time for Doodle Zoo character no. 9! Let me introduce to you Rory the Lion! Tah-dah!

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If you haven’t heard about Doodle Zoo it’s my mini challenge to myself this year to design 12 free little animals built on one simple base design so they all look related. For details about the other Doodle Zoo characters; see my posts about Doodle DuckRowan RabbitFinlay Frog, Ezra Elephant, Peggy PandaPetunia Pig, Ruby the Dragon and Kimberlie Koala

I’m still planning on 12 little characters to form the eclectic menagerie that is our Doodle zoo so watch this space for future additions!  

All the Doodle Zoo animals are designed to work up in about an hour and because they are just the right hand size they become very steal-able so be prepared to make a few! Furthermore Rory is a great little stash buster only using about 30g / 90 yards of yarn. Rory would also make a cute additional gift for family and friends or an quick addition to a craft stall.

This is an easy pattern suitable for beginners looking to learn some new crochet techniques. Click here to add this pattern to your favourites / queue on Ravelry or click here to access on Craftsy or scroll down for the pattern.

Rory the Lion

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Yarn: (8ply / yarn weight #3 or #4)

  • 30g / 90 yards of any tan/yellow double knit yarn
  • 2g of rust / orange yarn
  • Scraps of black and white yarn

Hook:

4mm (US size G)

You will also need:

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • 2 x 9mm black safety eyes
  • Polyester toy stuffing

Gauge:

4 dc/sc = 1 inch / 2.5 cm

Size:

Finished lion measures (from bottom to top of mane) = 4 inches / 10.5 cm

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Treble / Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet 2 sts together (dc/sc2tog): Insert hook in st  indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook in next st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.

Pattern Guidance:

All the parts of the lion are worked without   joining using a stitch marker to keep track of the rounds. Place the stitch marker in the top of the first st to mark start of round.

Pattern:

Body:

Rnd 1: With tan/yellow yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnd 3: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *   repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 4: * 1 dc/sc in next 2 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (24 sts).

Rnd 5: * 1 dc/sc in next 3 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (30 sts).  

Rnd 6 – 12: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

  • Add your safety eyes in between rows 7 and 8 about 8 stitches apart.

Rnd 13: * 1 dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of rnd, begin to stuff your lion (24 sts).

Rnd 14: *1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 15: *1 dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (12 sts).

  • Finish off stuffing the body

Rnd 16: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd, cut thread leaving a long tail (6 sts)

  • Using your tail end and using your yarn needle sew the last 6 stitches closed, finish off and weave in ends.

Muzzle:

Rnd 1: With white yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: * 3 dc/sc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts * repeat from * to * once more (10 sts).

Rnd 3: 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 3 dc/sc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 4 sts, 3 dc/sc in the next st 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts (14 sts).

Rnd 4: 1 dc/sc in each st around until end, finish off but leave a long tail for joining (14sts)

  • With black yarn embroider a nose and whiskers onto the muzzle (see photo below).
  • Sew nose into place between the eyes with the top edge of the nose just below row 9.

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 Mane:

Rnd 1: With rust / orange yarn 32 ch, sl st to join, ch 1 (doesn’t count as first dc/sc), 1 dc/sc in the same st as beginning 1 ch and in each st around until end, sl st the top of the first dc/sc to join (32 sts)

Rnd 2: *miss 1 st, 5 tr/dc in next, miss 1st, sl st to next st * repeat until you reach the last 8 sts., finish off but leave a long yarn tail for joining.

  • Sew main into place; about 1/4 inch apart from bottom of nose and edges of eyes. The 8 remaining sts should be placed at the bottom of your lion.

Feet (Make 2)

Rnd 1: With tan/yellow yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *   repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (9 sts).

Rnd 3-5: 1 dc/sc in each st around until end, finish off but leave a yarn tail for joining (9 sts).

  • Sew the sides of the feet together then sew onto the front of your lion on rnd 13   approximately 0.25 inch / 1.5 cm apart.

And that’s it! Simple, cute and addictive!

Doodle Zoo No. 8: Kimberlie the Koala | Free Pattern


Wow how time flies… it’s time for Doodle Zoo character no. 8 already! Let me introduce to you Kimberlie the Koala!  Tah-dah!

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If you haven’t heard about Doodle Zoo it’s my mini challenge to myself this year to design 12 free little animals built on one simple base design so they all look related. For details about the other Doodle Zoo characters; see my posts about Doodle DuckRowan RabbitFinlay Frog, Ezra Elephant, Peggy PandaPetunia Pig and Ruby the DragonDon’t forget to look out for the next addition to the Doodle Zoo next month! You know what I just realised! I’ve missed out January so look out for an extra Doodle animal in the next few months so we have 12 little characters to form the eclectic menagerie that is our Doodle zoo.

Making good on an old promise and named after a good friend of mine; Kimberlie the Koala is a great little stash buster using roughly 30g / 90 yards of yarn. All the Doodle Zoo animals are designed to work up in less than an hour and because they are just the right hand size they become very steal-able so be prepared to make a few!  Kimberlie would make a cute additional gift for family and friends or an quick addition to a craft stall.

This is an easy pattern suitable for beginners looking to learn some new crochet techniques. Click here to add this pattern to your favourites / queue on Ravelry or click here to access on Craftsy or scroll down for the pattern.

Kimberlie the Koala

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Yarn: 8ply / yarn weight #3 or #4

  • 30g / 90 yards of any grey double knit yarn
  • Scraps if black and white yarn

Hook: 4mm (US size G)

You will also need:

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • 2 x 9mm black safety eyes
  • Polyester toy stuffing
  • A pet brush or some velcro

Gauge: 4 dc/sc = 1 inch / 2.5 cm

Size: Finished koala measures = 3.25 inches / 8.3 cm

These measurements are approximated, and actual subjects may vary. Pattern will work in other yarns though gauge/size will be different.

Stitch Guidance:

Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.

Double Crochet/Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.

Treble / Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

Popcorn Stitch (PC): Work 5 tr/dc in st  indicated, remove hook completely, insert hook in 1st tr/dc (1st tr/dc of the 5), insert hook in loop that you just removed your hook from (5th tr/dc of the 5), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.

Double Crochet/Single Crochet 2 sts together (dc/sc2tog): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook in next st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.

Pattern Guidance:

Working without joining:

All the parts of the koala are worked without   joining using a stitch marker to keep track of the rounds.  Place the stitch marker in the top of the first st to mark start of round.

Pattern:

Nose:

Rnd 1: With black yarn ch 4, 3 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc/sc in the next st, 3 dc/sc in the next st then working down the other side of your beginning ch 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts (9 sts).

Rnd 2: * 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc/sc in the next st * repeat from * to * around, finish off but leave a yarn tail for sewing nose onto the body (12 sts).

Body:

Rnd 1: With grey yarn either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnd 3: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *    repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 4: * 1 dc/sc in next 2 sts,  2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to *  until the end of the rnd(24 sts).

Rnd 5: * 1 dc/sc in next 3 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (30 sts).

Rnd 6 – 10: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

Rnd 11- Arms: PC in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 14 sts, PC in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the in each of the remaining sts (30 sts).

Rnd 12: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

  • Add your safety eyes in between rows 7 and 8 about 1.25 inches/ 3.3cm apart and in-between the PC arms.
  • Sew the nose into place centrally just below the eyes.

Rnd 13: * 1 dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of rnd, begin to stuff your koala (24 sts).

Rnd 14: *1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 15: *1 dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (12 sts).

  • Finish off stuffing the body

Rnd 16: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd, cut thread         leaving a long tail (6 sts).

  • Using your tail end and using your yarn needle sew the last 6 stitches closed, finish off and weave in ends.

Ears (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With white yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary body (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnds 3-4: 1 dc/sc in each st around; on the last rnd sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing (12 sts).

  • Using either a pet brush or the rough part of a strip of Velcro either brush or rub the Velcro on the ears to make them fluffy.
  • Fold ear in half (so it forms a semi circle)then sew the sides together with tail end of yarn. Then sew ears into place on top of your koala’s head.

Feet (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With grey yarn; ch 6, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end (5 sts), then working down the other side of your sts work 1 dc/sc in each st until end (10sts).

Rnd 2 – 3: 1 dc/sc in each st around, on the last row sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing (10 sts).

And that’s it!  Simple, cute and addictive!

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Doodle Zoo No. 7: Ruby the Dragon | Free Pattern


My next Doodle Zoo animal was made and named by my Train Your Dragon obsessed daughter!  I can’t tell you how many times she has watched those movies, and whilst watching the movie (again) I decided to add a dragon to the Doodle Zoo menagerie and so Ruby (or Ruben) the Dragon was born!

If you haven’t heard about Doodle Zoo it’s my mini challenge to myself this year to design 12 free little animals built on one simple base design so they all look related. For details about the other Doodle Zoo characters; see my posts about Doodle DuckRowan RabbitFinlay Frog, Ezra Elephant, Peggy Panda and Petunia PigDon’t forget to look out for the next addition to the Doodle Zoo next month!

So without further ado let me introduce you to my little dragon.

Doodle Zoo | Ruby the Dragon

Ruby is a great little stash buster using roughly 30g / 90 yards of yarn. All the Doodle Zoo animals are designed to work up in less than an hour and because they are just the right hand size they become very steal-able so be prepared to make a few!  Ruby would make a cute additional gift for family and friends or an quick addition to a craft stall.

This is an easy pattern suitable for beginners looking to learn some new crochet techniques. Click here to add this pattern to your favourites / queue on Ravelry or click here to access on Craftsy or scroll down for the pattern.

Ruby the Dragon

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Yarn: 8ply / yarn weight #3 or #4

30g / 90 yards of any colour double knit yarn

Hook: 4mm (US size G)

You will also need:

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • 2 x 12mm cat safety eyes or 2 x black safety eyes
  • Polyester toy stuffing

Gauge:

4 dc/sc = 1 inch / 2.5 cm

Size:

Finished dragon measures = 3.25 inches / 8.3 cm

These measurements are approximated, and actual subjects may vary. Pattern will work in other yarns though gauge/size will be different.

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half Double Treble / Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, draw through all three loops on hook.
  • Treble / Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Popcorn Stitch (PC): Work 5 tr/dc in st indicated, remove hook completely, insert hook in 1st tr/dc (1st tr/dc of the 5), insert hook in loop that you just removed your hook from (5th tr/dc of the 5), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet 2 sts together (dc/sc2tog): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), insert hook in next st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.
  • Bobble (bo): Yarn over; (as you would with a tr/dc) not too tightly and draw up a loop 3 times in the st where your bobble is to be. Yarn over and draw through 6 loops. Yarn over and draw through last 2 loops on hook – bobble made.

Pattern Guidance:

Working without joining: All the parts of the dragon are worked without  joining using a stitch marker to keep track of the rounds.  Place the stitch marker in the top of the first st to mark start of round.

Pattern:

Body:

Rnd 1: Either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnd 3: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *    repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 4: * 1 dc/sc in next 2 sts,  2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to *  until the end of the rnd(24 sts).

Rnd 5: * 1 dc/sc in next 3 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (30 sts).

Rnd 6 – 10: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

Rnd 11- Arms: PC in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 14 sts, PC in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the in each of the remaining sts (30 sts).

Rnd 12: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

  • Add your safety eyes in between rows 7 and 8 about 1.25 inches/ 3.3cm apart and in-between the PC arms.

Rnd 13: * 1 dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of rnd, begin to stuff your dragon (24 sts).

Rnd 14: *1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 15: *1 dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (12 sts).

  • Finish off stuffing the body

Rnd 16: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd, cut thread         leaving a long tail (6 sts).

  • Using your tail end and using your yarn needle sew the last 6 stitches closed, finish off and weave in ends.

Snout:

Rnd 1: Ch 4, 3 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc/sc in the next st, 3 dc/sc in the next st then working down the other side of your beginning ch 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts (9 sts).

Rnd 2: * 1 dc/sc in the next st, 2 dc/sc in the next st * repeat from * to * around (12 sts).

Rnd 3: 1 dc/sc in the next st, 2 dc/sc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc/sc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 2 dc/sc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc/sc in the next st (16 sts).

Rnd 4: 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, bo in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 10 sts, bo in the next, 1 dc/sc in the last 2 sts (16 sts).

Rnd 5: 1 dc/sc in each st around, finish off but leave a long yarn tail to sew snout to body (16 sts).

  • Lightly stuff snout and using your tail end sew the snout to the body in-between the eyes.

Tail:

Rnd 1: Either make a magic ring (adjustable ring)

to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnds 2-3: 1 dc/sc in each st around (6 sts).

Rnd 4: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *    repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (9 sts).

Rnd 5: 1 dc/sc in each st around (9 sts).

Rnd 6: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *    repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (13 sts).

Rnds 7-8: 1 dc/sc in each st around, on the last st of rnd 7 finish off but leave a long yarn end to sew tail to body (13 sts).

  • Lightly stuff tail and using your yarn end sew the tail on the rear of the body.

Spikes: 

Although I make my spikes a little differently the following link is an excellent video by Friendly Nettle to show you how to crochet a chain of  triangles: https://youtu.be/M_V13M2owHc

Row 1: * Ch 4, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 htr/hdc in next st, 1 tr/dc in the next st * repeat from * to * five times (6 spikes in total), finish off but leave a yarn tail for sewing to the body.

  • Sew spikes to the middle of the head (on rnd 1) running down the back and onto the tail (as photo below)
Photo courtesy of GrammyJo’s Lids

Photo courtesy of GrammyJo’s Lids

Feet (Make 2): 

Rnd 1: Ch 6, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end (5 sts), then working down the other side of your sts work 1 dc/sc until end (10sts).

Rnd 2 – 6: 1 dc/sc in each st around, sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing. (10 sts).

  • Sew the sides of the feet together then sew onto the front of your dragon on rnd 13 approximately 0.25 inch / 1.5 cm apart.

And that’s it!  Simple, cute and addictive!

 

 

 

Doodle Zoo No. 6: Petunia the Pig | Free Pattern


I think it’s time for a new little Doodle Zoo animal don’t you.  This next little gal is the sixth animal I’ve made this year.  For details about the other Doodle Zoo characters; see my posts about Doodle DuckRowan RabbitFinlay Frog, Ezra Elephant and Peggy Panda. If you haven’t heard about Doodle Zoo it’s my mini challenge to myself this year to design 12 free little animals for you all built on one simple base design so they all look related.

So without further ado let me introduce Petunia the Pig!

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Petunia is a great little stash buster using roughly 30g / 90 yards of light pink and dark pink yarn. All the Doodle Zoo animals are designed to work up in less than an hour and because they are just the right hand size they become very steal-able so be prepared to make a few!  Petunia the Pig would make a cute additional gift for family and friends or an quick addition to a craft stall.

This is an easy pattern suitable for beginners looking to learn some new crochet techniques. Click here to add this pattern to your favourites / queue on Ravelry or click here to access on Craftsy or scroll down for the pattern.

Don’t forget to look out for the next addition to the Doodle Zoo next month!

Petunia the Pig

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Yarn: (8ply / yarn weight #3 or #4)

  • 25g / 85 yards of light pink double knit yarn
  • 5g / 15 yards of dark pink double knit
  • Scraps of white and yellow yarn

Hook: 4mm (US size G)

You will also need:

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • 2 x 9mm blue or black safety eyes
  • Polyester toy stuffing

Gauge: 4 dc/sc = 1 inch / 2.5 cm

Size: Finished pig measures = 3.25 inches / 8.3 cm

These measurements are approximated, and actual subjects may vary. Pattern will work in other yarns though gauge/size will be  different.

Abbreviations:

  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch(s) = chain  
  • dc/sc = UK double / US single crochet
  • dc/sc2tog = UK double Crochet / US Single Crochet 2 sts together
  • popcorn (PC) = see specialist stitch guidance

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half Double Treble / Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Treble / Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Popcorn Stitch (PC): Work 5 tr/dc in st indicated, remove hook completely, insert hook in 1st tr/dc (1st tr/dc of the 5), insert hook in loop that you just removed your hook from (5th tr/dc of the 5), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet 2 sts together (dc/sc2tog): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), Insert hook in next st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.

Pattern Guidance:

Working without joining:

All the parts of Petunia are worked without  joining using a stitch marker to keep track of the rounds.  Place the stitch marker in the top of the first st to mark start of round.

Pattern:

Tail:

With dark pink yarn ch 5, 3 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end, the tail should curl up on it’s own, finish off and weave in ends but leave a length of yarn for sewing.

Ears (Make 2):

  • The ch 1 does not count as a st

Row 1: Using darker pink yarn ch 2 then work 2 dc/sc in the 2nd ch from hook, turn (2 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 dc/sc in the same ch as ch 1, 2 dc/sc in the next st, turn (4 sts)

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 dc/sc in the same ch as ch 1, 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc/sc in the next st, turn (6 sts)

Row 4: Ch 1, 1 dc/sc in each st until end, finish off and weave in ends but leave a length of yarn for sewing (6 sts)

Nose: 

Rnd 1: With darker pink yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: * 3 dc/sc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts * repeat from * to * once more (10 sts).

Rnd 3: 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 3 dc/sc in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 4 sts, 3 dc/sc in the

next st 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, sl st to the next st to join, finish off but leave a long tail to sew your nose into place (14 sts).

Mini Flower:

With white yarn ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring, then work * ch 2, 1 tr/dc, 1 htr/hdc, sl st * into the ring 5 times to make 5 petals, finish off and weave in ends but leave a length of yarn for sewing; add some yellow embroidered lines to the centre of your flower with a scrap of yellow yarn and your yarn needle.

Body:

Rnd 1: With light pink yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnd 3: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *    repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 4: * 1 dc/sc in next 2 sts,  2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to *  until the end of the rnd (24 sts).

Rnd 5: * 1 dc/sc in next 3 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (30 sts).

Rnd 6 – 12: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

  • Add your safety eyes in between rows 7 and 8 about 8 stitches apart.
  • Sew ears onto the top of the body on either side of the head, curve them slightly as you attach. The top corner of each ear should start on row 2.
  • Sew your mini flower into place beside one ear.

Rnd 13: * 1 dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of rnd, begin to stuff your pig (24 sts).

Rnd 14: *1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (18 sts).

  • Sew nose into place between the eyes with the top edge of the nose just below row 9.
  • Sew the curly tail onto the rear of Petunia

Rnd 15: *1 dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (12 sts).

  • Finish off stuffing the body

Rnd 16: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat

from * to * until end of the rnd, cut thread leaving a long tail (6 sts).

  • Using your tail end and using your yarn needle sew the last 6 stitches closed, finish off and weave in ends.

Feet (Make 4):

Rnd 1: With darker pink yarn; ch 6, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end (5 sts), then working down the other side of your sts work 1 dc/sc until end (10sts).

Rnd 2: 1 dc/sc in each st around (10 sts).

Rnds  3-5: Change colour to lighter pink yarn (finish off the darker pink yarn), 1 dc/sc in each st around, sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing. (10 sts).

  • Sew the sides of the feet together then sew onto the front of your pig on rnd 13 approximately 0.25 inch / 1.5 cm apart.

And that’s it!  Simple, cute and addictive! 

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Doodle Zoo No. 5: Peggy the Panda | Free Pattern


So it’s time to introduce the newest Doodle Zoo critter for everyone that’s enjoying making these little guys.

If you haven’t heard about Doodle Zoo it’s my mini challenge to myself this year to design 12 free little animals for you all built on one simple base design so they all look related.

So without further ado let me introduce Peggy the Panda!

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Peggy is a great little stash buster using roughly 30g / 90 yards of black and white yarn.  All the Doodle Zoo animals are designed to work up in less than an hour and because they are just the right hand size they become very steal-able so be prepared to make a few!  Peggy the Panda would make a cute additional gift for family and friends or an quick addition to a craft stall.

This is an easy pattern suitable for beginners looking to learn some new crochet techniques. Click here to add this pattern to your favourites / queue on Ravelry or click here to access on Craftsy or scroll down for the pattern.

For details about the other Doodle Zoo characters; see my posts about Doodle DuckRowan RabbitFinlay Frog and Ezra Elephant.

Don’t forget to look out for the next addition to the Doodle Zoo next month!

Peggy the Panda

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Yarn: (8ply / yarn weight #3 or #4)

  • 25g / 85 yards of white double knit yarn
  • 5g / 15 yards of black double knit

Hook: 4mm (US size G)

You will also need:

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • 2 x 9mm blue or black safety eyes
  • Polyester toy stuffing

Gauge: 4 dc/sc = 1 inch / 2.5 cm

Size: Finished panda measures = 3.25 inches / 8.3 cm

These measurements are approximated, and actual subjects may vary. Pattern will work in other yarns though gauge/size will be  different.

Abbreviations:

  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch(s) = chain  
  • dc/sc = UK double / US single crochet
  • dc/sc2tog = UK double Crochet / US Single Crochet 2 sts together
  • popcorn (PC) = see specialist stitch guidance

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half Double Treble / Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Treble / Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Popcorn Stitch (PC): Work 5 tr/dc in st indicated, remove hook completely, insert hook in 1st tr/dc (1st tr/dc of the 5), insert hook in loop that you just removed your hook from (5th tr/dc of the 5), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet 2 sts together (dc/sc2tog): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), Insert hook in next st, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.

Pattern Guidance:

Working without joining:

All the parts of the panda are worked without  joining using a stitch marker to keep track of the rounds.  Place the stitch marker in the top of the first st to mark start of round.

Pattern:

Eye Spots (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With black yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 8 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary, on the last rnd sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing eyes to body (8 sts).

Snout:

Rnd 1: With white yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary body (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around, on the last rnd sl st to the next st to join but leave the tail for sewing the snout to body (12 sts).

  • With black yarn embroider a black nose and mouth onto the snout (see photos)

Ears (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With black yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary body (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnds 3-4: 1 dc/sc in each st around; on the last rnd sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing (12 sts).

Feet (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With black yarn; ch 6, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end (5 sts), then working down the other side of your sts work 1 dc/sc until end (10sts).

Rnd 2 – 3: 1 dc/sc in each st around, on the last row sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing. (10 sts).

Body:

Rnd 1: With white yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnd 3: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *    repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 4: * 1 dc/sc in next 2 sts,  2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to *  until the end of the rnd(24 sts).

Rnd 5: * 1 dc/sc in next 3 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (30 sts).

Rnd 6 – 8: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

Rnds 9-10: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

Rnd 11- Arms: PC in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 14 sts, PC in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the in each of the remaining sts (30 sts).

Rnd 12: Change colour back to white; 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

  • Add your safety eyes to the middle of each black eye spot and then attach to the body in between rows 7 and 8 about 1.25 inches/ 3.3cm apart and in-between the PC arms and sew securely into place.
  • Sew on the snout in-between the eyes.

Rnd 13: * 1 dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of rnd, begin to stuff your panda (24 sts).

Rnd 14: *1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 15: *1 dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (12 sts).

  • Finish off stuffing the body

Rnd 16: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd, cut thread         leaving a long tail (6 sts).

  • Using your tail end and using your yarn needle sew the last 6 stitches closed, finish off and weave in ends.
  • Sew ears into place on top of your pandas head with tail end of yarn.
  • Sew the sides of the feet together then sew onto the front of your panda on rnd 13 approximately 0.25 inch / 1.5 cm apart.

And that’s it!  Simple, cute and addictive!

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Doodle Zoo – No. 4: Ezra the Elephant (Free Pattern)


For all the elephant fans let me introduce Ezra!  I can’t take credit for the fabulous name which came from my fabulous 11 year old nephew (thanks again Master T!).  

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Ezra is a great little stash buster using only 30g / 90 yards of blue yarn and some scraps of pink.  All the Doodle Zoo animals are designed to work up in less than an hour and because they are just the right hand size they become very steal-able so be prepared to make a few!  Ezra the Elephant would make a cute additional gift for family and friends or an quick addition to a craft stall.

This is an easy pattern suitable for beginners looking to learn some new crochet techniques. Click here to add this pattern to your favourites / queue on Ravelry or click here to access on Craftsy or scroll down for the pattern.

For details about the other Doodle Zoo characters; see my posts about Doodle DuckRowan Rabbit and Finlay Frog

Don’t forget to look out for the next addition to the Doodle Zoo next month! 

Ezra the Elephant

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Yarn:

(8ply / yarn weight #3 or #4)

  • 30g / 90 yards of blue (or alternative) double knit yarn
  • Scraps of pink yarn

Hook: 4mm (US size G)

You will also need:

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • 2 x 9mm black safety eyes
  • Polyester toy stuffing

Gauge:

4 dc/sc = 1 inch / 2.5 cm

Size:

Finished elephant measures = 3 inches high / 8 cm high

These measurements are approximated, and actual subjects may vary. Pattern will work in other yarns though gauge/size will be different.

Abbreviations:

  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch(s) = chain  
  • dc/sc = UK double / US single crochet
  • dc/sc2tog = UK double Crochet / US Single Crochet 2 sts together

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet (dc/sc):           Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Half Double Treble / Half Double Crochet (htr/hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Treble / Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet 2 sts together (dc/sc2tog): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), Insert hook in next st, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.

Pattern Guidance:

Working without joining:

All the parts of the elephant are worked without  joining using a stitch marker to keep track of the rounds.  Place the stitch marker in the top of the first st to mark start of round.

Pattern:

Body:

Rnd 1: With blue yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnd 3: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *    repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 4: * 1 dc/sc in next 2 sts,  2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to *  until the end of the rnd (24 sts).

Rnd 5: * 1 dc/sc in next 3 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (30 sts).

Rnd 6 – 12: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

  • Add your safety eyes in between rows 7 and 8 about 1.25 inches/ 3.3cm apart.

Rnd 13: * 1 dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of rnd, begin to stuff your elephant (24 sts).

Rnd 14: *1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 1dc/sc2tog

over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 15: *1 dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (12 sts).

  • Finish off stuffing the body

Rnd 16: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd, cut thread         leaving a long tail (6 sts).

  • Using your tail end and using your yarn needle sew the last 6 stitches, finish off and weave in ends.

Ear Outer (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With blue yarn, either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in next 4 sts, sl st to the next st, turn, ch 1 (8 sts)

Rnd 3: 1 dc/sc in the next st, 2 dc/sc in the next st, repeat from * to * until end, sl st to the next st, turn, ch 1 (12 sts)

Rnd 4: 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc/sc in the next st, repeat from * to * until end, sl st to the next st, turn, finish off but leave a long tail for sewing (16 sts)

Ear Inners (Make 2):

  • With pink yarn repeat rnds 1-3 of the outer ears.
  • Sew together inner ear and outer ear parts and then attach to either side of your elephant.

Trunk:

Row 1: With blue yarn ch 6, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end, turn (5 sts)

Row 2-5:  Ch 1, 1 dc/sc in the same st as the ch 1 and in each st along until end, turn (5 sts)

Row 6: Ch 1, 2 dc/sc in the same st as the ch 1 and in each st along until end, finish off but leave a long tail for sewing together and joining (10 sts)

  • Sew down the length of the trunk to make a tube shape.
  • Sew into place in-between the eyes (about rnd 9 – but position where happy with it); row 6 (the larger end) should be the end that is sewn onto the elephant’s face.

Legs (Make 4):

Rnd 1: With blue yarn; ch 6, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end (5 sts), then working down the other side of your sts work 1 dc/sc until end (10sts).

Rnd 2 – 3: 1 dc/sc in each st around, sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing. (10 sts).

Rnd 4: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd, finish off but leave a long tail for sewing feet to the body (5 sts).

  • Sew the top of the legs together then sew two legs onto the front of Ezra and two onto the back of Ezra on rnd 13 (as photo below).

And that’s it!  Simple, cute and addictive!

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Doodle Zoo – No. 3: Finlay the Frog (Free Pattern)


So who here likes frogs?  Well my next little amigurumi is just for you! Continuing my mini challenge to myself, it’s time for Doodle Zoo character number 3 – Finlay the Frog. 

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Finlay is a great little stash buster using only 30g / 90 yards of yarn.  All the Doodle Zoo animals are designed to work up in less than an hour and because they are just the right hand size they become very steal-able so be prepared to make a few!  Finlay the Frog would make a cute additional gift for family and friends or an quick addition to a craft stall.

This is an easy pattern suitable for beginners looking to learn some new crochet techniques. Click here to add this pattern to your favourites / queue on Ravelry or click here to access on Craftsy or scroll down for the pattern.

For details about the other Doodle Zoo characters; see my posts about Doodle Duck and Rowan Rabbit

Don’t forget to look out for the next Doodle Animal; Ezra Elephant coming next month! 

Finlay the Frog

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Materials:

(8ply / yarn weight #3 or #4)

  • 30g / 90 yards of green double knit yarn
  • Scraps of white yarn
  • Scraps of red yarn

Hook: 4mm (US size G)

You will also need:

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • 2 x 9mm black safety eyes
  • Polyester toy stuffing

Gauge:  4 dc/sc = 1 inch / 2.5 cm

Size:  Finished frog measures = 3.25 inches / 8.3 cm

Abbreviations:

  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch(s) = chain  
  • dc/sc = UK double / US single crochet
  • dc/sc2tog = UK double Crochet / US Single Crochet 2 sts together

Working without joining:

All the parts of the frog are worked without  joining using a stitch marker to keep track of the rounds.  Place the stitch marker in the top of the first st to mark start of round.

Body:

Rnd 1: With green yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnd 3: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *    repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 4: * 1 dc/sc in next 2 sts,  2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to *  until the end of the rnd(24 sts).

Rnd 5: * 1 dc/sc in next 3 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (30 sts).

Rnd 6 – 12: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

Rnd 13: * 1 dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of rnd, begin to stuff your frog (24 sts).

Rnd 14: *1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 15: *1 dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (12 sts).

  • With red yarn embroider a mouth for your frog (over rnds 13-14).
  • Finish off stuffing the body

Rnd 16: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd, cut thread         leaving a long tail (6 sts).

  • Using your tail end and using your yarn needle sew the last 6 stitches, finish off and weave in ends.

Eye inner (Make 2): 

Rnd 1: With white yarn, either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook (6 sts).

Rnd 2: *1 dc/sc in next 2 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st *    repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (8 sts).

Rnd 3-4: 1 dc/sc in each st around, finish off on the last rnd and weave in ends (8 sts).

Eye outer (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With green yarn, either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 8 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook (8 sts).

Rnd 2: *1 dc/sc in next st, 2 dc/sc in next st * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (12 sts).

Rnd 3-4: 1 dc/sc in each st around, finish off on the last rnd and weave in ends (12 sts).

  • Secure each safety eye to the middle of the white inner eye.
  • Lightly stuff around the eye stalk and then insert the inner eye into the outer eye and with green yarn sew them securely together.
  • Sew each eye onto the top of your frog body.

Legs (Make 2):

Row 1: With green yarn; ch 11, sl st into second ch from hook and in each st along until end.

  • Sew legs onto each side of your frog with the top part on rnd 9 and the bottom part on rnd 12.

Feet (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With green yarn; ch 6, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end (5 sts), then working down the other side of your sts work 1 dc/sc until end (10sts).

Rnd 2 – 4: 1 dc/sc in each st around, sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing. (10 sts).

  • Sew the sides of the feet together then sew onto the sides of your frog on rnd 13.

And that’s it!  Simple, cute and addictive!

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Doodle Zoo – No. 2: Rowan the Rabbit (Free Pattern)


So continuing my mini challenge to myself this year, it’s time for Doodle Zoo character number 2; Rowan the Rabbit – just in time for Easter!  A great little stash buster the Doodle Zoo animals are designed to work up in less than an hour and because they are just the right hand size they become very steal-able so be prepared to make a few!  Rowan the Rabbit would make a cute additional gift for family and friends or an quick addition to a craft stall.

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This is an easy pattern suitable for beginners looking to learn some new crochet techniques. Click here to add this pattern to your favourites / queue on Ravelry or click here to access on Craftsy or scroll down for the pattern.

For details about Doodle Zoo’s first character; see my post about Doodle Duck.  Don’t forget to look out for the next Doodle Animal; Finley Frog coming next month! 

Rowan the Rabbit

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Materials:

 (8ply / yarn weight #3 or #4)

  • 30g / 90 yards of white double knit yarn
  • Scraps of pink yarn

Hook: 4mm (US size G)

You will also need:

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • 2 x 9mm pink / black safety eyes
  • Polyester toy stuffing

Gauge:

4 dc/sc = 1 inch / 2.5 cm

Size: Finished rabbit measures = 4.5 inches high / 11.4 cm high

These measurements are approximated, and actual subjects may vary. Pattern will work in other yarns though gauge/size will be different.

Abbreviations:

  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch(s) = chain  
  • dc/sc = UK double / US single crochet
  • dc/sc2tog = UK double Crochet / US Single Crochet 2 sts together
  • popcorn (PC) = Work 5 tr/dc in st indicated, remove hook completely, insert hook in 1st tr/dc (1st tr/dc of the 5), insert hook in loop that you just removed your hook from (5th tr/dc of the 5), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.

Working without joining:

All the parts of the rabbit are worked without  joining using a stitch marker to keep track of the rounds.  Place the stitch marker in the top of the first st to mark start of round.

Pattern:

Body:

Rnd 1: With white yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnd 3: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st *    repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 4: * 1 dc/sc in next 2 sts,  2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to *  until the end of the rnd(24 sts).

Rnd 5: * 1 dc/sc in next 3 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (30 sts).

Rnd 6 – 10: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

Rnd 11- Arms and Tail: PC in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 7 sts, PC in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 6, PC in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the remaining sts (30 sts).

Rnd 12: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

  • Add your safety eyes in between rows 7 and 8 about 1.25 inches/ 3.3cm apart and in-between the PC arms.

Rnd 13: * 1 dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of rnd, begin to stuff your rabbit (24 sts).

Rnd 14: *1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 15: *1 dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (12 sts).

  • With pink yarn embroider a nose for your rabbit in a triangle shape (over rnds 13-14); adding a line underneath for the mouth
  • Finish off stuffing the body

Rnd 16: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd, cut thread         leaving a long tail (6 sts).

  • Using your tail end and using your yarn needle sew the last 6 stitches, finish off and weave in ends.

Ears (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With white yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnd 3 – 7: 1 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnd 8: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd, cut thread leaving a long tail (6 sts).

  • Sew ears into place on top of your rabbits head with tail end of yarn.

Feet (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With white yarn; ch 6, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end (5 sts), then working down the other side of your sts work 1 dc/sc until end (10sts).

Rnd 2 – 6: 1 dc/sc in each st around, sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing. (10 sts).

  • Sew the sides of the feet together then sew onto the front of your rabbit on rnd 13 approximately 0.25 inch / 1.5 cm apart.

And that’s it!  Simple, cute and addictive!

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Old and new mini-crochet challenges


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If you’ve been following my blog then you will know that I set myself a mini challenge last year to design a new 6 inch Afghan square for each month…now I may have accidentally missed out May, July & September but I did finally finish off 3 more designs at the end of 2014 to bring my total up to 12 blocks – phew!  

This was a super fun and challenging process and it has brought to life some of my personal favourite square designs.  So to recap each design…

  • January Midnight Eagle Owl Afghan Square
  • FebruaryShy Violet Afghan Square
  • March – Solomon’s Cross Afghan Square
  • April – Mini Filet Cross Afghan Square
  • May – Humming Bird /Dove Afghan Square (really finished in December!)
  • June – ‘Jolly Clown’ Afghan Square
  • July – Blooming Flower Afghan Square (also finished in December!)
  • August – Octagon Garden Afghan Square
  • September – Gingerbread Man Afghan Square (finished in November!)
  • October – Jack O Lantern / Pumpkin Afghan Square
  • November – Thanksgiving / Xmas Turkey Afghan Square
  • December – Christmas Bauble Afghan Square

And my mini challenge to myself this year…well it’s all about the amigurumis!  After creating Doodle Duck my testers suggested I should make some other animals and so the idea for ‘Doodle Zoo’ was born.  Through out the year I’m planning to design 12 free little animals for you all. Look out for the next Doodle Animal just in time for Easter – Rowan Rabbit coming soon! 

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Little Yellow Duck Project (Part 2) / Doodle Zoo No.1 Doodle Duck


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Let me introduce to you Doodle the Duckling. Created especially for the Little Yellow Duck Project he’s a duckling that likes to get out and about and meet new people. Or you can just use the pattern to make some cute gifts for family and friends.

A great little stash buster you can work up a Doodle in less than an hour and he is oh-so-addictive to make – before you know it you will have oodles of Doodles!

This is an easy pattern suitable for beginners looking to learn some new crochet techniques. 

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Yarn:

Double Knit (8ply / Yarn Weight #3 / Light #4)
30g / 90 yards of yellow double knit yarn
10g / 40 yards of orange double knit yarn

Hook: 4mm (US size G)

You will also need:

  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • 2 x 9mm black safety eyes
  • Polyester toy stuffing

Gauge:
4 dc/sc = 1 inch / 2.5 cm

Size:

Finished duckling measures = 3 inches high /8 cm high

These measurements are approximated, and actual subjects may vary. Pattern will work in other yarns though gauge/size will be different.

Abbreviations:

Pattern is written in UK and US terms.

st(s) = stitch(es)
sp = space
sl st = slip stitch
ch(s) = chain
dc/sc = UK double / US single crochet
dc/sc2tog = UK double Crochet / US Single Crochet 2 sts together
popcorn (PC) = see specialist stitch guidance (below)

Popcorn Stitch (PC): Work 5 tr/dc in st indicated, remove hook completely, insert hook in 1st tr/dc (1st tr/dc of the 5), insert hook in loop that you just removed your hook from (5th tr/dc of the 5), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.

Pattern Guidance:

Working without joining:
All the parts of the duckling are worked without joining using a stitch marker to keep track of the rounds. Place the stitch marker in the top of the first st to mark start of round.

Pattern:

Body:

Rnd 1: With yellow yarn; either make a magic ring (adjustable ring) to start or ch 2, crochet 6 dc/sc into the ring / 2nd ch from hook, use tail yarn to tighten centre ring closed if necessary (6 sts).

Rnd 2: 2 dc/sc in each st around (12 sts).

Rnd 3: *1 dc/sc in next, 2 dc/sc in next st * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 4: * 1 dc/sc in next 2 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd(24 sts).

Rnd 5: * 1 dc/sc in next 3 sts, 2 dc/sc in next st, * repeat from * to * until the end of the rnd (30 sts).

Rnd 6 – 10: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

Rnd 11: PC in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the next 14 sts, PC in the next st, 1 dc/sc in the remaining sts (30 sts).

Rnd 12: 1 dc/sc in each st around (30 sts).

  • Add your safety eyes in between rows 7 and 8 about 1.25 inches/ 3.3cm apart and in-between the PC wings.

Rnd 13: * 1 dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of rnd, begin to stuff your Doodle (24 sts).

Rnd 14: *1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 15: *1 dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd (12 sts).

Rnd 16: *1dc/sc2tog over next 2 sts * repeat from * to * until end of the rnd, cut thread leaving a long tail (6 sts).

  • Using your tail end and using your yarn needle sew the last 6 stitches, finish off and weave in ends.

Beak:

Rnd 1: With orange yarn; ch 6, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end (5 sts), then working down the other side of your sts work 1 dc/sc until end (10sts).

Rnd 2 – 3: 1 dc/sc in each st around (10 sts).

Rnd 4: 1 dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 1 htr/hdc in the next st, 1 tr/dc in the next 2 sts, sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing.

  • Lightly stuff the beak and sew into place; in-between the eyes with the top of the beak on rnd 8 and the bottom of the beak on rnd 10.

Feet (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With orange yarn; ch 6, 1 dc/sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st along until end (5 sts), then working down the other side of your sts work 1 dc/sc until end (10sts).

Rnd 2 – 3: 1 dc/sc in each st around, sl st to the next st to join but leave a long tail for sewing. (10 sts).

  • Sew the sides of the feet together then sew onto the front of your duckling on rnd 13 approximately 0.25 inch / 1.5 cm apart.

And that’s it! Simple and addictive! Can’t wait to see some photos of your finished Doodles.

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