Thursday, 27 April 2017

Alpaca

This Alpaca is mostly one piece. The ears are separate.



You will need:
  • 3mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle 
  • Yarn (approx 40g or 120m)
  • Black embroidery thread or 3mm safety eyes.
  • Soft toy filling
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 
  • Inc - Increase stitch (2 single crochets into one stitch)
  • Dec - Decrease stitch (single crochet 2 stitches together)
  • ST - Stitch 
  • FLO - Front loop only 
  • BLO - Back loop only 
  • SLST - Slip stitch 
  • FO - finish off
  • WS – Wrong side
  • RS – Right side   
  • PC - Popcorn stitch        
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
  • Stitches in [ ]  are worked into one stitch
  • Stuff as you work, little and often. 

Rounds 1-4 of body 

Legs x4
1. MC (6)
2. *1sc, inc* (9)
3-5. 9sc (9) (for 3 rounds)
6. *2sc, inc* (12)
7-12. 12sc (12) (for 6 rounds)
13. 1sc into the first 11 stitches, 1sc and 1slst into the last sc 
     FO leaving hole open. 

Body
1. ch 9, turn 
2. 1sc in the 3rd chain from the hook, 1sc into the next 5 chains, 3sc into the last chain, 1sc into the back of each 6 chains, 3sc into the space between the skipped chains 1 and 2. (18) - put stitch marker in the last stitch and work in rounds. 
3. 6sc, inc x3, 6sc, inc x3 (24)
4. 6sc, *1sc, inc* x3, 6sc, *1sc, inc* x3 (30)
st 21 of round 5
st 10 of round 5 
5. 9sc, join 1st leg, inc, join 2nd leg, 10sc, join 3rd leg, inc, join 4th leg, 1sc (72) - Join leg1sc through the WS of body and RS of leg, 1sc into the RS of the next 10 stitches around the leg (skipping the slst). 1sc through the WS of leg and RS of the next available stitch in the round of the body. Use the yarn tails left over from the legs to close any gaps if needed and tie off for extra security
6-7. 72sc (72) (for 2 rounds)
8. *10sc, dec* (66)
9. 66sc (66)
10. *9sc, dec* (60)
11. 60sc (60)
Round 15a, st 14
12. *8sc, dec* (54)
13-14. 54sc (54) (for 2 rounds)


In rounds 16a and 15b, choose either the orange method for both rounds of the yellow method for the both rounds. Complete all non highlighted stitches. Both give the same finish.

15a. 3sc, ch 10, skip the next 32st, 1sc into the next 19 stitches
16a. 3sc, 14sc around the chain (not through the loops of the chain) OR sc, inc, sc, inc, sc x2, inc, sc, inc, sc, 19sc (36)
17a. 4sc, dec x6, 20sc (30)
18a. 4sc, dec x3, 11sc, *inc, sc* x3, 3sc (30)
19a. 30sc (30)
20a. *3sc, dec* (24)
21a. *2sc, dec* (18)
22a. *4sc, dec* (15) - do not finish off, but cut yarn loose as you will need to rejoin it later, as you would a colour change, to finish this part (unless you have two yarn balls of the same colour)


Round 15b, st 33
15b. join yarn on st 4 of round 15 (The first unworked stitch of the body when the neck is facing to your right). 32sc, 10sc spread evenly where the chain was in round 16a, OR 1sc through each of the 10 back loops of the chain  (42)
16b. *5sc, dec* (36)
17b. *4sc, dec* (30)
18b. *3sc, dec* (24)
19b. *2sc, dec* (18)
20b. *1sc, dec* (12)
21b. *dec* (6)
FO and close hole


23a. rejoin yarn, 15sc (15)
24a-31a. 15sc (15) (for 8 rounds)
32a. inc x2 in FLO, 12sc, inc in FLO (18)
33a. inc x3 in FLO, 15sc (21)
34a. inc x7 in FLO, 14sc (28)
35a-38a. 28sc (28) (for 4 rounds)
39a. 5sc, dec x4, 15sc (24)
40a. 3sc, dec x4, 13sc (20)
41a. 1sc, dec x4, 11sc (16)
42a. dec x4, 8sc (12)
43a. dec x6 (6)
FO and close hole. 

Ears x2
1. MC (6)
2-5. sc (6) (for 4 rounds)
FO and close hole leaving it in a peak as this will be the tip of the ear


Cut some strands of yarn and attach them on the head in the space between the ears. Use a crochet hook to help pull them through between two stitches. 
The alpaca on the left has less strands and shorter strands than the one on the right. You can add as many as you want. Then fray the yarn by running your yarn needle through each strand. 


Tail
(once body is fully made) Attach and secure yarn to desired place. Do a PC stitch on the surface (made up of 5dc) and then secure the yarn tail into place. 

Any questions or corrections please comment :)

24 comments:

  1. Boy, are they cute! If I ever come around do doing them, I'll be sure to link to your blog! Many thanks!

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  2. Gorgeous! I'm going to make some! Question, is it okay to sell the finished alpaca if I credit your pattern?

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    1. You are welcome to sell the alpaca once you have made it, as long as it is credited to my pattern here. Thanks you! :)

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  3. on the list to make. thank you

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  4. Pattern doesn't tell how many oz. or g. Of yarn is needed to make Item?

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    1. For this pattern it is approximately 40g or 120m

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  5. Maybe I missed it but about how tall does this cute guy stand?

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    1. He is approx 17cm tall (that is from feet to afro!). I neglected to include the measurements. By accidentally mainly however I then realised that most people are not from the UK like myself and therefore use thicker than DK yarn as their standard to measurements may be different. Just a heads up for you there. Hope this helps. Any issues, lets me know

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    2. Thank you so much! I am familiar with UK yarn v US yarn differences so this really helps! I am actually going to size down in weight and hook to make him a little smaller. Your pattern reads really well. Thank you so much for sharing it and all the help. :)

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  7. great easy to follow pattern. Just an fyi your count on 41a is wrong. It should be 16 not 14

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    1. Thank you. I have just had a check through and you are correct. Thank you very much for the correction

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  8. I LOVE your patterns however, when printing them there is a lot of ink used due to the non "white" background. :/

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    1. Thank you for your feedback. I did not realise this. I am adding a print friendly button. It may take a few days for it to appear and be of use.

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    2. Hi Amy, I have to first say I absolutely LOVE your amazing patterns, they’re all soo adorable.

      Ok now why I’m replying... I don’t see the Printer Friendly link anywhere. I have to say that it really, really does suck up the ink with the tan colored background. I even tried switching to black & white (ink) thinking (or hoping) the background might be white, but it made it a dark gray color so ohh yea it sucked up a LOT of ink again. ��

      I printed out a pattern from someone else a couple weeks ago and I had just got my new whole colored cartridge two days before that and I didn’t pay attention that her background was ALL in blue so it sucked up the whole complete cartridge of blue and then somehow I still don’t understand how or why but it switched over to my pink ink and ohh yea you guessed it ALL my pink was gone too, ughhhhh and it was 15 pages!!!! �� I just wanted to cry or scream!! And I just printed out your Alpaca pattern and yep again it turned the background to dark gray even changing it to black and white again. �� I’ll sure be glad when your Printer Friendly link works! ��

      Hope you understand and don’t think l’m a whiny baby or a complainer. Have a wonderful weekend! ��
      (BlondeeinNV from Ravelry)

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    3. Can you see the link and press it? When I do that, the only colour used is the pictures. The text and background is black and while. Is the button just not there for you as I can only see the button on web view not mobile view.
      Let me know if not and I’ll get it sorted. Sorry for steeling your ink. So annoying when that unexpectedly happens

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    4. The link is at the bottom of the each pattern before the comments section.

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  9. Hallo ihr Lieben, ich bin erst Anfänger und kann mit den Runden 15a und folgend nichts anfangen. Ist der Körper unterteilt?
    Vielen Dank für eure Hilfe.
    Lg

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    1. From this point, the body is divided into two sections. Section A makes up the neck part and section B closes up the back of the body.

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  10. I'm confused when it comes to attaching the legs. Is the another way it could be explained please?

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    1. No none underlined parts of round 5 of the body are worked solely onto the body. The underlined parts are worked using the 'joining leg' instructions.

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