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Free Crochet Pattern – Baby Platypus

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Free Crochet Pattern – Baby Platypus

I’ve been working on my crocheted microbes. I haven’t had a chance to type up the pattern yet, but meet Clint and Lydia. They are based on microscopic version of Chlamydia.

Crocheted Chlamydia

The beer koozies were taking up a bit of my time, but I have still been weaving.

Check out this twisted fringe.

Handwoven scarf - twisted fringe

I used the Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball. It created a wonderful ombre effect with very little work on my part.

I also like to make sure I try patterns by other designers to give me ideas for shaping, structure and texture.

This little porg is about 3″ tall. The pattern is available on Ravelry from Geeky Hooker. It turned out super cute.

Amigurumi Porg

On to your free pattern. Remember for tested patterns that have lots of pictures check out my Etsy or Ravelry pages. I entered a contest for amigurumi parents and babies. Here is my baby Platypus. His name is Gus. He is super cute and waiting to grow into a full-fledged platypus. If you make him, post a picture with #drunkenauntwendy so I can find it and give you lots of love.

Gus the baby platypus

Materials
Worsted Weight Yarn
I love this yarn – Yellow [A] 30 yds
I love this yarn – White [B] 3 yds
I love this yarn – Greymist [C] 10 yds
Sheepish – Teal(ish) [D] 102 yds
Size E crochet hook
Polyfiberfill
Large Eye Needle
Size 12 mm safety eyes

Abbreviations
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
CH- Chain
FO – Fasten Off
SL ST – Slip Stitch
INC – Make two Single Crochet in Same Stitch
DEC – Single Crochet two stitches together
BLO – Back Loops Only
FLO – Front Loops Only

Note: Almost the entire project is worked in the round. Use a stitch marker or a scrap piece of yarn to mark the beginning of each row. Then you don’t have to count every row. Do not join unless instructed to.

Parentheses indicate a repeat. Repeat the stitches in the parentheses for the number of times indicated.

The bracketed number [] is the number of stitches at the end of each row.

I spread my increases out so there isn’t a seam on the finished piece. If you do not like this method, you can do regular increases.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at drunkenauntwendy@gmail.com.

 

EYES (make 2)

In B, Ch 2

8 SC in 2nd CH from hook [8].

Join with a slip stitch, fasten off and set aside to attach to the body.

BODY

In D, CH 2
Round 1: 6 SC in 2nd CH from hook [6].
Round 2: (INC) 6 times [12].

Round 3: (SC, INC) 6 times [18].
Round 4: (SC, INC, SC) 6 times [24].
Round 5: (3 SC, INC) 6 times [30].
Round 6: (2 SC, INC, 2 SC) 6 times [36].
Round 7: (5 SC, INC) 6 times [42].
Round 8: (3 SC, INC, 3 SC) 6 times [48].
Rounds 9 – 20: SC in each stitch for 12 rows [48 stitches per row].
Round 21: (DEC, 6 SC) 6 times [42]
Round 22: (DEC, 5 SC) 6 times [36]
Round 23: (DEC, 4 SC) 6 times [30]

Place safety eyes in the center of the white eye patches. Pull the eye patches in a slight oval shape. Attach the eyes between rows 11-12. Use the pictures for guidance. The posts are approximately 8 stitches apart. I recommend placing the eyes, but not securing them until you figure out exactly where you like them.

Start stuffing here. Stuff firmly.
Round 24: (DEC, 3 SC) 6 times [24]
Round 25: (DEC, 2 SC) 6 times [18]
Round 26: (DEC, 1 SC) 6 times [12]
Round 27: (DEC) 6 times [6]

FO leaving a long tail. Thread tail through last 6 stitches and pull up tight to close hole.

BILL

Note: Bill and Tail are worked in an oval increase. Ovals are worked in the round. Just note that the first row is worked on both sides of the starting chain. See pictures for help.

In A, Ch 8

Round 1: SC in 2nd Ch, SC in next 5 stitches. 3 SC in last stitch. Working in the unused loops from the chain, SC 6, 3 SC in last chain. [18]
Round 2: [6 SC, (INC) 3 times] repeat bracket one more time [24]
Rounds 3-4: SC in each stitch for two rows. [24 stitches in each row].

Fasten off. Fold in half and sew to body under eyes, curving slightly. The top of the bill is one row under the bottom of the eye patches.

FLIPPERS (make 4)

In A, Ch 2
Round 1: 6 SC in 2nd CH from hook [6].
Round 2: (INC) 6 times [12].
Rounds 3-4: SC in each stitch for two rows. [12 stitches in each row].
Round 5: Fold in half and SC the open end together. Ch 1, turn [6]
Round 6: (3 DC in next stitch, Sl stitch in next stitch) repeat 2 more times for 3 toes.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew two flippers to the bottom of the body at an angle between rows 24-26. Flippers are approximately 5 stitches apart. Sew the other two flippers to the side of the body also at an angle. You want them to stick out. Mine are sewn on between rows 14-16. They are about 5 stitches from the bill.

TAIL

Note: Bill and Tail are worked in an oval increase. Ovals are worked in the round. Just note that the first row is worked on both sides of the starting chain. See pictures for help.

In C, Ch 8

Round 1: SC in 2nd Ch, SC in next 5 stitches. 3 SC in last stitch. Working in the unused loops from the chain, SC 6, 3 SC in last chain. [18]
Round 2: [6 SC, (INC) 3 times] repeat bracket one more time [24]
Rounds 3-4: SC in each stitch for two rows. Change color to D in last stitch [24 stitches in each row].
Rounds 5-12: SC in each stitch for eight rows [24 stitches in each row].

Fasten off. Fold flat and sew to back of body across row 20.

FINISHING

Cut a piece of D approximately 5 inches long. Fold in half and join it to the top of the head with a slip stitch. Pull tight. Trim to the height you like.

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Mystery Crochet Along

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Mystery Crochet Along

I am so sorry. This was supposed to be up over a week ago, but I got sick, then my husband got sick. Basically, we have been a walking plague these past two weeks.

I reworked the Champagne Cork Ornaments for Easter.

 

One chick and his hoppers!

Look at those tails!

Sheldon was finally tested and typed.

Sheldon assembled!

He even got new colors. I’m also working on more kits.

Sheldon in kit form.

I don’t like having to buy a ton of yarn just to make one little thing. Kits are perfect so I have just enough. I simply can’t throw away unused yarn. I have little fiddly bits all over the place.

Cecilia has been reworked and will soon be available as a pattern.

All eyelashes and charm.

She’s part of my cuddly aquarium series.

Oh Mystery Crochet A-long, Ha! This pattern has been posted, but it has not been tested. There were some great guesses on Facebook. I’m excited to try a lot of the suggestions, especially Bob Ross. He just would be a fun little plushie to sit on my desk and mellow me out.

Here’s how this will work. Today I’ll post the materials and on Friday I’ll post the first part of the pattern. It might be super obvious who we are making as soon as I tell the materials, but I hope this will be fun.

Materials

I love this yarn – Orange Neon
I love this yarn – White
10.5 m Safety eyes
Size E crochet hook
Large eye blunt needle
Polyfiberfill

Max the Mantis Shrimp

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Max the Mantis Shrimp

2014-02-05 08.52.36 Max - The Mantis Shrimp

Meet Max. I put him on Facebook before I had made him twice to make sure there were no kinks in the pattern.

Max has been tested and is now ready for purchase. I really enjoyed making this aquatic creature. It was a lot of fun to play with his color combinations. I really find him to be bright and cheery. I’m ready for spring I think. Too much winter.

He is up on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy.

There is more to come. I am working daily on testing patterns, resizing hats, and free patterns.

Sheldon the Crab – free crochet pattern

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Sheldon the Crab – free crochet pattern

I’ve decided this year to start blogging my patterns. They will be available free in the untested version. If you would like the tested .pdf version with no ads, visit my etsy shop Drunken Aunt Wendy. I also have kits available to make Sheldon in his alternate light blue and purple color scheme. This is my Cuddly Aquarium series. Other in this series include Puck the Seal, Max the Mantis Shrimp, Lennie the Jellyfish, Silas the Snail, Cecilia the Narwhal, and Lucy the Lobster. All are available in my Etsy Shop. I have a few more to design and print and I will issue an ebook.

Sheldon started out as a way for me to figure out how to make claws and then moved on from there.

The pattern is below. As most crocheters say, please provide a link back to me so that I can get credit for this design.

SHELDON the Crab

Created in Vanna’s Choice Sapphire (A) and Vanna’s Choice Baby Little Boy Blue (B)

CLAW (make 2 in A)

Claw is initially made in two parts and then single crocheted together before you finish the base

Large part of claw.

  1. 2sc into magic ring
  2. inc in each stitch (4)-
  3. inc, 3sc (5)
  4. inc, 4sc (6)
  5. inc, 5sc (7)
  6. inc, 6sc (8)
  7. inc, 7sc (9)
  8. inc, 8 sc (10)
  9. inc, 9 sc (11)
  10. inc, 10 sc (12)
  11. inc, 11 sc (13)
  12. inc, 12 sc (14)
  13. inc, 13 sc (15)
  14. inc, 14 sc (16)
  15. inc, 15 sc (17)

fasten off

small part of claw

  1. 2sc into magic ring
  2. inc in each stitch (4)-
  3. inc, 3sc (5)
  4. inc, 4sc (6)
  5. inc, 5sc (7)
  6. inc, 6sc (8)
  7. inc, 7sc (9)
  8. inc, 8 sc (10)
  9. inc, 9 sc (11)

do not fasten off.

Base

  1. Single crochet join with one stitch to side of big claw, continue sc row around claw to other side, single crochet join on far side (should be a two stitch gap) finish the row in single crochet (27 stitches)
  2. SC Row, sew gap between two parts of claw together, start stuffing
  3. *3sc, dec* around, sc remaining stitches (should be 3)
  4. SC row
  5. *2sc, dec* around sc remaining stitches
  6. SC row
  7. *1sc, dec* around, sc remaining stitches
  8. SC row
  9. dec around

fasten off and sew up opening.

BOTTOM (B)

  1. 6 in magic ring
  2. inc each stitch (12)
  3. *1sc, inc* 6 times (18)
  4. *2sc, inc* 6 times (24)
  5. *3sc, inc* 6 times (30)
  6. *4sc, inc* 6 times (36)
  7. *5sc, inc* 6 times (42)
  8. *6sc, inc* 6 times (48)
  9. *7sc, inc* 6 times (54)
  10. *8sc, inc* 6 times (60)
  11. *9sc, inc* 3 times, sc remaining stitched (63)
  12. SC Row
  13. *10 sc, inc* 3 times, sc around (66)
  14. SC ROW
  15. *11 sc, inc * 3 times, sc around (69)
  16. *12 sc, Inc* 3 times, SC Around (72)
  17. *13 sc, inc* 3 times, SC Around (75)
  18. *14 Sc, inc* 3 times, SC Around (78)
  19. *15 sc, inc * 3 times, SC Around (81)
  20. *16 sc, inc* 3 times, SC around (84)

Fasten Off

TOP (A)

  1. 6 in magic ring
  2. inc each stitch (12)
  3. *1sc, inc* 6 times (18)
  4. *2sc, inc* 6 times (24)
  5. *3sc, inc* 6 times (30)
  6. *4sc, inc* 6 times (36)
  7. *5sc, inc* 6 times (42)
  8. *6sc, inc* 6 times (48)
  9. *7sc, inc* 6 times (54)
  10. *8sc, inc* 6 times (60)
  11. *9sc, inc* 6 times (66)
  12. *10 sc, inc * 6 times (72)
  13. *11sc, inc * 6 times (78)
  14. *12 sc, inc * 6 times (84)

15.-16  SC rows

17.        SC top to bottom

18-20    SC Rows

LEGS (make 8 in B)

  1. 4sc in magic ring
  2. inc in each stitch around
  3. single crochet through BLO

4-7               SC

8                    2 dec, sc, 2 inc, sc

9                    SC row

10-13      repeat 8 and 9, twice

14-15      SC rows

Fasten off and join to side of body under top overlap four on each side.

Antennae (make 2 in B)

  1. 4sc in magic ring
  2. inc around (8)
  3. *1sc, inc* 4 times (12)
  4. sc row
  5. *1sc, dec* 4 times (8)
  6. 4 dec (4)

7-8              SC rows

Fasten off and sew to top as in photo

Connectors between claw and body (make 2 in A)

  1. Chain 8 and joins with a slip stitch to make a ring

2-6              Single Crochet

  1. 2 dec, sc, 2 inc, sc
  2. 2 dec, sc, 2 inc, sc

9-10          Single crochet

Join with slip stitch

Sew to claw, stuff arm and sew to front of crab, just outside the antennae line (as in photo)

EYES (White make two)

  1. 6 sc in magic ring
  2. 2 inc, 2 hdc inc, 2 inc

Fasten off. Sew to front of body in between antennae under the top overhang

PUPILS (black make two)

  1. 4sc in magic ring, fasten off, sew to bottom of eyes as in photo