Friday, 9 February 2018

February MCAL

February MCAL



This Mystery Crochet Along pattern has been rated advanced beginner and is free to take part in. Ensure you are happy with all the stitches and equipment to avoid disappointment. 

To join in chat and info about the test with others join this group. There is a general thread for this MCAL and a spoiler thread where you can share you pictures as you make each clue and guess what you think you are making. 

Get picking your yarn! It looks good in any colour. Mix and match as you like. Use green and red to clash or a light and dark version of the same colour. 

You will need:
  • Yarn needle 
  • Soft toy filling
  • 8mm safety eyes
  • Pipe cleaner
  • 3mm crochet hook (This pattern can be made with any size yarn and hook. I recommend using a hook 1 size smaller than suggested on the yarn)
  • DK Yarn – This pattern suits many colours.
    • Colour One - (C1) Approx. 130m
    • Colour Two - (C2) Approx. 15m
Stitches and abbreviations used: (US terminology is used)
  • MR - Magic ring (sc unless otherwise specified)
  • Ch - Chain 
  • SC - Single crochet 
  • DC – Double crochet
  • Inc - Increase stitch (2 single crochets into one stitch)
  • Dec - Decrease stitch (single crochet 2 stitches together)
  • BLO – Back Loop Only
  • YO – Yarn Over
  • Dc2tog – work up a dc stopping at the last YO that would normally complete the stitch (this is an incomplete dc). This will leave 2 loops on your hook. Keeping that on your hook, work another incomplete dc into the next st. There will now be 3 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all 3 loops.
  • Dc3tog – work up a dc stopping at the last YO that would normally complete the stitch (this is an incomplete dc). This will leave 2 loops on your hook. Keeping that on your hook, work an incomplete dc into the next 2st. There will now be 4 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all 4 loops.
  • ST - Stitch                               
  • SLST - Slip stitch 
  • R – Round or Row
  • FO - Finish Off
Other things to note....
  • This is worked in continuous rounds. It is helpful to use a stitch marker to keep track.
  • The number in ( ) at the end of each round indicates the total stitch count for that round.
  • *  * indicates repeated series of stitches.
  • Use invisible decreases for a neater finished product. This is done by using the FLO of the stitches while making the decrease.
  • Changing colour - complete the stitch before the colour change by working the last yarn over of the stitch with the new colour. 
  • Stitches in [ ]  are worked into one stitch.
  • Remember to stuff the product little and often as you work.



Dates!


Clue 1 - Friday 16th February 

Clue 2 - Sunday 18th February 

Clue 3 - Tuesday 20th February 

Clue 4 - Thursday 22nd February 

Clue 5 - Saturday 24th February 

Clue 6 - Monday 26th February 

Assembly instructions - Wednesday 28th February





Clue 1.  – 16th Feb
In Colour 1   
1.
6sc into MR (6)
2.
*Inc * x6 (12)
3.
*1sc, inc * x6 (18)
4.
*2sc, inc * x6 (24)
5.
*3sc, inc * x6 (30)
6.
*4sc, inc * x6 (36)
7.
*8sc, inc * x4 (40)
8-18.
Sc (40) – (11 rounds)
19.
*8sc, dec * x4 (36)
20.
sc (36)
21.
*7sc, dec * x4 (32) - Stuff the piece and continue stuffing until end.
22.
*6sc, dec * x4 (28)
23.
*5sc, dec * x4 (24)
24.
*4sc, dec * x4 (20)
25.
*3sc, dec * x4 (16)

FO – Leaving long yarn tail. 

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Amigurumi Dragon

Meet Dewi The Dragon! 




You will need:
  • Yarn needle 
  • Soft toy filling
  • 3mm crochet hook
  • 4mm safety eyes
  • DK Yarn
    • Approx. 150m
Stitches and abbreviations used:
(I am from England but use US crochet terms)
  • MC - Magic circle/ring (sc unless otherwise specified)
  • Ch - Chain 
  • SC - Single crochet 
  • HDC – Half double crochet
  • DC – Double crochet
  • Inc - Increase stitch (2 single crochets into one stitch)
  • Dec - Decrease stitch (single crochet 2 stitches together)
  • BLO – Back Loop Only
  • FLO – Front Loop Only
  • PC – Popcorn Stitch – (3hdc pc stitches are used in this pattern for the toes)
  • ST - Stitch                               
  • SLST - Slip stitch 
  • R – Round or Row
  • FO - Finish Off
Other things to note....
  • This is worked in continuous rounds. It is helpful to use a stitch marker to keep track.
  • The number in ( ) at the end of each round indicates the total stitch count for that round.
  • *  * indicates repeated series of stitches.
  • Use invisible decreases for a neater finished product. This is done by using the FLO of the stitches while making the decrease.
  • Stitches in [ ]  are worked into one stitch.
  • Remember to stuff the product little and often as you work.




Head – Red 
1.
MC (6)
2.
*INC * (12)
3.
*1sc, inc * (18)
4.
*2sc, inc * (24)
5.
*3sc, inc * (30)
6-9.
Sc (30)
10.
*3sc, dec * (24)
11.
Sc (24)
12.
*4sc, dec * (20)
13.
7sc, FLO – Inc x6, both loops – 7sc (26) – mark the front loops in this row for future reference as they will make the top of the head.
14.
10sc, inc x6, 10sc (32)
15.
7sc, *1sc, inc * x4, 1sc, *1sc, inc *x4, 8sc (40)
16.
Sc (40)
17.
10sc, dec x10, 10sc (30)
18-20.
Sc (30) – start stuffing. Place eyes approx. between rounds 15-16 using the marked section from R13 to aid in placement.
21.
*3sc, dec * (24)
22.
*2sc, dec * (18)
23.
*1sc, dec * (12)
24.
*dec * (6)

FO – add any extra stuffing needed. Close hole.


Body – Red 
1.
MC (6)
2.
*INC * (12)
3.
1sc, inc x3, 3sc, inc x3, 2sc (18) – mark the increase sections on this round as they will become the sides of the body.
4.
2sc, inc x3, 6sc, inc x3, 4sc (24)
5.
*3sc, inc * (30)
6.
*4sc, inc * (36)
7.
*8sc, inc * (40)
8-10.
Sc (40)
11.
*8sc, dec * (36)
12-13.
Sc (36) - Stuff the piece and continue stuffing to end.
14.
*7sc, dec * (32)
15.
Sc (32)
16.
*6sc, dec * (28)
17.
Sc (28)
18.
*5sc, dec * (24)
19.
Sc (24)
20.
*4sc, dec * (20)
21.
Sc (20)
22.
*3sc, dec * (16)
23.
Sc (16)

FO – leaving yarn tail to sew to head.




Belly patch – Maroon
1.
CH 4.
2.
Turn, starting in 2nd ch from hook, inc, 1sc, inc
3.
Ch1, turn, inc, 3sc, inc
4.
Ch1, turn, 7sc
5.
Ch1, turn, inc, 5sc, inc
6.
Ch1, turn, inc, 7sc, inc
7-15.
Ch1, turn, 11sc
16.
Ch1, turn, dec, 7sc, dec
17.
Ch1, turn, dec, 5sc, dec
18.
Ch1, turn, dec, 3sc, dec
19.
Ch1, turn, dec, 1sc, dec

FO – Leaving very long yarn tail to whipstitch to the body. R1 is positioned at the last round of the body where the head is joined.


Legs x2 – Red 
1.
MC (6)
2.
*Inc * (12)
3.
*1sc, inc * (18)
4.
BLO – 5sc, *pc, sc * x4,  5sc (18)
5.
Sc, skipping over the pc stitches from the above round (14)
6.
4sc, dec, 2sc, dec, 4sc (12)
7-9.
Sc (12) – Start stuffing the piece. 

FO Leaving yarn tail to sew the legs to the bottom of the body.


Arms x2 – Red 
1.
MC (6)
2.
*Inc * (12)
3-11.
Sc (12) - Stuff the piece and continue stuffing until closing.





Refer to this chart to make the fingers
1st finger - A. 12
2nd finger - B. 12
3rd finger - C. 12



A.    12.
1sc into stitches 1, 2, 11 & 12 (4)

FO – leaving yarn tail to close hole and close up any gaps left in between the fingers.
B.    12.
1sc into stitches 3, 4, 9 & 10 (4)

FO – leaving yarn tail to close hole and close up any gaps left in between the fingers.
C.    12.
1sc into stitches 5, 6, 7 & 8 (4)

FO – leaving extra long yarn tail to close hole and close up any gaps left in between the fingers. Thread the yarn to R1 of the limb and sew to body.


Tail – Red  
1.
MC (4)
2.
*Inc, 1sc * (6)
3.
Inc, 5sc (7)
4.
Inc, 6sc (8)
5.
Inc, 7sc (9)
6.
Inc, 8sc (10)
7.
Inc, 9sc (11)
8.
Inc, 10sc (12)
9.
Inc, 1sc, inc, 9sc (14)
10.
1sc, inc, 1sc, inc, 10sc (16)
11.
2sc, inc, 1sc, inc, 11sc (18)
12.
3sc, inc, 1sc, inc, 12sc (20)
13.
*4sc, inc * (24)
14.
*5sc, inc * (28)

FO – leaving yarn tail to sew to body. Stuff lightly and place with the increase sections from R9-12 facing upwards.


Ears x2 – Red
1.
MC (4)
2.
*Inc * (8)
3.
1sc, inc x2, 2sc, inc x2, 1sc (12)

FO – Leaving yarn tail to sew to the head. Pinch bottom together and sew into shape.


Nostrils x2 – Red

At approx. R5-6, join yarn into desired position. 1sc into the first st, [2dc] into the next st, 1sc into the 3rd st. To get a more rounded effect, make the 2dc on the round behind where you have made the sc.


Spine – Maroon

Join yarn into the center tip of the tail. *slst, [3dc] * repeat this sequence until you reach the top of the head.


Wings x2 - Red
1.
CH 15
2.
Turn, starting in the 3rd ch from hook, 13hdc
3.
Ch2, turn, 10hdc
4.
Ch2, turn, 6hdc, 2sc, sc2tog
5.
Ch1, turn, 2sc, 4hdc
6.
Ch2, turn, 3hdc, 1sc, sc2tog
7.
Ch1, turn, 3sc

FO

·       Attach Maroon to the edge of the wing and sc around evenly. Working [2sc] in the corners. work the edging of the second wing in the opposite direction to what you worked the first.
FO – leaving yarn tail to sew wings to the back of the body. 
(You may wish to starch spray them to make them firmer).



Sew pieces together in the order they were made.