Monday, 26 May 2014

Moggy

Hello, you lovely lot!
As you know, things have been a bit busy here, but I thought it was about time for a free pattern.
So here's Moggy.
She's my new doorstop. 


And why would I want to make a new doorstop, you wonder?
Well, I have this little dog called Lola. She is a year old now and very, very cute.


But Lola can be a bad doggy.


See? That's my old doorstop.
Anyhoos, I thought I'd reuse the filling and the bag of sand to make another.



This is an easy project; Moggy is crocheted in continuous rounds of single crochet (UK doubles) in amigurumi-style. I used some leftover chunky yarn from my stash, so she worked up quickly, too. 


You could use any yarn to make yours.
Moggy Doorstop

You'll need:
Yarn and hook to match (I used Sublime Chunky Merino x2 50g balls and a 6.5mm hook)
Polyester toy filling/ a bag of sand/ rice to add weight
Stitch marker
2x 13mm safety eyes
Length of contrasting yarn for nose
Ribbon

Stitches and Abbreviations:
I use US terms, so single crochet= same as UK double crochet here.
Chain (ch)
Single crochet (sc)
Stitches (sts)
Single Crochet 2 Together (sc2tog)

To single crochet 2 together:
Insert hook into next stitch.
Yarn over, pull up a loop. (2 loops on hook)
Insert hook into next stitch.
Yarn over, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook)
Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.

Pattern
Starting from the bottom and working up
Make 6 sc in magic ring OR
ch2, 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook.

1. 2sc in each sc (12 sts)
2. 2sc in each sc (24)
3. Sc 24

4. (Sc 1, 2scs in next st) repeat around (36)
5. Sc 36

6. (Sc 3, 2scs in next st) repeat around (45)
7. (Sc 2, 2scs in next st) repeat around (60)

8-21. Sc 60

22. (Sc 2, sc2tog) repeat around (45) 



Begin stuffing /add your bag of sand

23. (Sc 3, sc2tog) repeat around (36)
24. (Sc 1, sc2tog) repeat around (24)
25. Sc 24

26. (Sc 1, 2scs in next st) repeat around (36)
27-28. Sc 36

29. (Sc 5, 2scs in next st) repeat around (42)
30-33. Sc 42

34. (Sc 5, sc2tog) repeat around (36)
35-36. Sc 36

Ear 1
To make the ears, you will work both 'halves' of the head separately
37. Sc 9, make 1 sc stitch across to the other side (see photo), then sc 8  back to the stitch marker 18)



Add eyes and stitch nose. 
Stuff as you go.

38. Sc2tog, sc 5, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc 5, sc2tog (14)
39. Sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog, sc 6 (12)
40. Sc2tog, sc 3, sc2tog, sc 5 (10)
41. Sc2tog around (5)

Sew closed.




Ear 2
Repeat rows 37-41
You will have a slight gap between the ears, which can be sewn closed at the end.



Tail

Make 6 sc in magic ring OR
ch2, 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook.

1. (Sc 1, 2scs in next st) repeat around (9)
2. Sc 9
3. (Sc 2, 2scs in next st) repeat around (12)
4. Sc 12
5. (Sc 1, 2scs in next st) repeat around (18)
6-9. Sc18
10. (Sc 1, sc2tog) repeat around (12)
11. Sc 12
12. (Sc2, sc2tog) repeat around (9)
13-14. Sc9

Fasten off, leaving 30cm tail for sewing on later.
Stuff





Finishing off
Sew the tail to the side of the body.
Add a ribbon to your Moggy's neck.
Sew the gap between the ears closed.

There you go- your very own Moggy doorstop.



Mine will have a new home upstairs, well away from the bad doggy...

Have a great week, everyone xx