Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Free Crochet Pattern: de Blob x 2 and a paintbot!

de what??????

It's a character from the wii game of the same name. Beloved by Chicken, hence the request for a crocheted one!

 
 
He's a jumping, rolling, painting fella who has to save the whole of his world from the invading greyness to the accompaniment of increasingly groovy music!

 
He changes colour by splatting onto paintbots and turns more ball-like as he rolls and jumps along.
 
 


So we have...


a blue de Blob


and a red paintbot to jump on in order to become..




a purple rolling de Blob!


You will need:

blue, purple, red, grey, tan and white yarn.               
3.75mm hook                                                                 
3mm hook
yarn needle                                                                   (numbers in bold are for steps
stuffing                                                                               rather than round/row numbers)

Ready? let's go!

Blue de Blob

Body : 1: sc 6 into a magic ring
            2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
            3: (2 sc in next, sc in next) repeat around (18)
            4: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 2) repeat around (24)
            5: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 3) repeat around (30)
            6: sc in each sc (30) for 6 rounds (180 in total)
            7: chain 10, sc in each of next 20
            8: sc in each sc and chain (30)
            9: sc in each sc (30) for 4 rounds (120 in total)
            10: (sc in each of next 3, sc 2 together) repeat around (24)
            11: (sc in each of next 2, sc 2 together) repeat around (18)
            12: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 2) repeat around (24)
            13: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 3) repeat around (30)
            14: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 4) repeat around (36)
            15: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 5) repeat around (42)
             fasten off.

Bottom of body : 1: sc 6 into a magic ring
                            2:  2 sc in each sc (12)
                            3: (2 sc in next, sc in next) repeat around (18)
                            fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Ears x 2 : 1: sc 4 into a magic ring
                2: (2 sc in next, sc in next) x 2 (6)
                3: (sc in next, sc 2 together) x 2 (4)
                4: sc in each sc (4) for 2 rounds (8 in total)
               
Arms x 2 : 1: sc 6 into a magic ring
                  2: sc in each sc (6)
                  3: (2 sc in next , sc in next) x 3 (9)
                  4: sc in each sc (9) for 2 rounds (18 in total)
                  5: sc 2 together, sc in each of next 7  (8)
                  6: sc in each sc (8)
                  7: (sc 2 together, sc in each of next 2) x 2 (6)
                  8: sc in each sc (6)
                  9: (chain 4, slip stitch into opposite side of circle) x 4. This makes the fingers and is hopefully explained a little further by my handy diagram!?                


                   fasten off.


White

Eyes : (make one with 3mm and one with 3.75mm hook)
into a magic ring (sc x 2, dc, sc x 2, dc).
slip stitch into first stitch to join.


Tan

Mouth : 1: sc 7 into a magic ring
              2: 2 sc in each sc (14)
              3: (2 sc in next, sc in next) repeat around (21)
              fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sew the mouth into the gap left midway up the body, it is (almost) a stitch for stitch fit.
Push the mouth in if it's sticking out!
Stuff the body then sew the bottom on (at the 18 sc row, so you are left with a kind of flat skirt sticking out at the base).
Sew on the eyes, ears and arms using the photo as a guide.

Ta da! (let me know if it's not)



Purple rolling de Blob

This one is much easier!

1: sc 6 into a magic ring
2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
3: (2 sc in next, sc in next) repeat around (18)
4: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 2) repeat around (24)
5: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 3) repeat around (30)
6: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 4) repeat around (36)
7: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 5) repeat around (42)
8: sc in each sc (42) for 6 rounds (294 in total)
9: (sc 2 together, sc in each of next 5) repeat around (36)
10: (sc 2 together, sc in each of next 4) repeat around (30)
11: (sc 2 together, sc in each of next 3) repeat around (24)
Start stuffing and continue as the hole gets smaller!
12: (sc 2 together, sc in each of next 2) repeat around (18)
13: (sc 2 together, sc in next ) repeat around (12)
14: (sc 2 together) repeat around (6)
fasten off, closing hole as you do.

Eyes and ears as above.
Again, check the photo for positioning.



Paintbot
 
Here's the handy picture Chicken drew for me to refer to when he requested his paintbot!

With this clearly in mind...

Red

Body(?) : 1: sc 6 into a magic ring
                2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
                3: in back loops only, sc in each sc (12)
                4: sc in each sc (12) for 5 rounds (60 in total)


Grey

Base & legs : 1: sc 6 into a magic ring
                      2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
                      3: (2 sc in next, sc in each of next 3) x 3 (15)
                      4: in back loops only, sc in each sc (15)
                      5: [(chain 5, sc in 2nd ch and each of next 3 ch, slip stitch in chain base) slip stitch in each of next 4 sc]  x 4
                      fasten off.

Sew body to base. Stuff when there's a small hole remaining and then close up.



Now you're ready to play!




The picture everyone's standing on is one Chicken made by wax crayon rubbing various surfaces around the house and then adding his de Blob drawings onto.



Remember the rules!
Play nicely with my stuff, so I don't have to send the boys round!

Enjoy!

(enough exclamation marks???)
                      
Next pattern coming soon.


Friday, 21 September 2012

Free Crochet Pattern: Ladybird, ladybird.

So here it is!
 
 
 
 

 




 
 
 
 
 
 
A little ladybird with flappable wings!
 
Here we go... you will need black and red yarn, a 4mm crochet hook (or whatever size you want to achieve your desired size), yarn needle, tiny bit of toy stuffing.
 
I work in a continuous spiral but I don't suppose it would make too much difference if you joined and then chained 1 at the end of each round if that's the way you like to do things!
 
At the end of each piece fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing up.
 
I am assuming that you know how to single crochet, sc 2 together and make a magic ring! (you can always google or find youtube clips if not)
 
With black
 
Base:  1: sc 6 into magic ring
           2: 2sc in each sc (12)
           3: (sc in next, 2sc in next) repeat around (18)
 
Back:  1: sc 6 into magic ring
           2: 2sc in each sc (12)
           3: (sc in next, 2sc in next) repeat around (18)
           4: sc in each sc (18)
 
Head:  1: sc 5 into magic ring
           2: 2sc in each sc (10)
           3: sc in each sc (10)
           4: (sc 2 together) repeat around (5)
 
 
Legs x 6:  1: chain 5
 
 
With red
 
Wings x 2:  1: sc 3 into magic ring, chain 1, turn
                   2: 2sc in each sc, ch1, turn
                   3: (sc in next, 2sc in next) repeat across (9)
 
 
OK here's what you should have...
 
 
 
 let's get sewing!
 

First attach 6 legs to the base with a couple of stitches each,



tie all the loose ends together in the centre,



attach the back onto the base so all the ends are sandwiched inside and stuff to make a rounded body.



Sew the, lightly stuffed, head into position.



Take the yarn tail on ONE of the wings through to the other end of the semi circle (this just makes it easier to fasten both of your wings on the same way around ie you don't get one inside out)



and tie them together.



Add the wings to the body with a couple of small stitches where they join so they can still 'flap'


 
and finally give his toenails a clip!
 
Spot or not as you see fit, as you can see I did on the first but not on the second.
 
Ta da!
 
The little fella in the first pics has actually got thicker wings which were made thus:
 
1: sc6 into magic ring
2: 2sc in each sc (12)
3: (sc in next, 2sc in next) repeat around (18)
 
fold the completed wing in half and sew together to make a semi circle. Make another and attach them as above, without worrying about the inside outness!
 
Well there it is ... finally.
 
Another coming soon to a screen near you!
Have fun!
 
 
 
Play nice and don't nick my stuff please (or I'll have to send the boys round and they can't half make a mess!)
 
 
 


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Happy Blogiversary to me!

Wow! A whole year has passed since I first sounded the Octoalert on this blog.

As I've looked back through the posts I realise that I've been a bit (completely!) useless at getting in gear and writing up patterns for things. So for the next couple of weeks I intend to put up the patterns that I should have got around to before, and in future to put them up straight away, promise!





All three of my boys, Daddy, Chicken, and (for the first time) Pickle are now back at school so my mornings (Pickle does 3 hours at nursery) are theoretically free. Although I don't seem to have had time to do anything in the first "everyone back" week!


Our second trip away at the end of the holidays was mainly to celebrate Grandma (my Mum)'s 60th birthday. My contribution was to make an English afternoon tea for the assembled masses!





Cucumber, smoked salmon & cream cheese, cheddar & pickle and ham finger sandwiches. Scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, mini pastel cupcakes, mini battenbergs and "tea" biscuits.



The "tea" biscuits. You may have seen the practice version of these I made a while ago, and the pastel cupcakes come to think of it.

Let me introduce you to your waiters (having a well earned rest!)



During the week there was lots of celebrating and lots of champagne drinking!

A Bollywood evening...

 
..the girls..
 
 

..and the boys!

Lots of presents, lots of eating and lots of fun!

One of the things we made for her birthday was a plate showing the locations of the "Ten Best Restaurants in the World" as the following week Grandma, Grandad and a couple of friends were off to visit number 2 on the list in Spain!


There's a little box next to each name so she can tick off which ones she's eaten at!!
(We used printer friendly water-slide decals to make the plate and spray on crystal clear varnish).


When we got back, the vegetable garden was looking well,



except for Chicken's much requested brussels sprouts!


which had been munched to within an inch of their lives by..


hundreds of caterpillars. "Very Hungry Caterpillars" announced Pickle...indeed!
I flung them into the pond and the fish seemed very grateful.
I don't know if the sprouts will survive such an upset but I've left them in because I think if a 7 year old requests sprouts then I should try my best to fulfill that request!

Fortunately the new flower bed he had made was doing very well.



I feel that you are now updated on all things Chicken Pickle and hopefully normal service is set to resume!

Expect the first crochet pattern to appear in the next couple of days....

promise!