Thursday, 28 June 2018

JULY MCAL!

Following the fun from the February MCAL, I have created another one. Again it will be free to take part. The clues will be posted here, on my blog in sections. I will announce on ravelry, instagram and facebook when I release each clue.
It will be an amigurumi MCAL.

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This is the information you will need and to take part:
You will need:
Yarn needle
Soft toy filling
9mm safety eyes (Or a size that is appropriate for your project).
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. (Note that you may need more or less yarn if you are using a different weight than DK).
o Colour One - (C1) Approx. 140m
o Colour Two - (C2) Approx. 30m
Colour choice: This MCAL can be made in any colour combinations. I have made one with c1 in purple and c2 in pink and another with c1 in dark blue and c2 in light blue.

Stitches and abbreviations used: (US terminology is used)
MR - Magic 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)
FLO – Front Loop Only
WS – Wrong Sides
YO – Yarn Over
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.

Clue 1 - Friday 6th July 
Clue 2 - Sunday 8th July 
Clue 3 - Tuesday 10th July 
Clue 4 - Thursday 12th July  
Clue 5 - Saturday 14th July  
Clue 6 - Monday 16th July   
Assembly instructions - Wednesday 18th July


Clue 1
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.  


Clue 2. Make 2
Starting in Colour 2   
1.
6sc into MR (6)
2.
*Inc * x6 (12)
3.
*1sc, inc * x6 (18)
4.
*2sc, inc * x6 (24)
5.
*3sc, inc * x6 (30)
6-8.
Change to C1 – SC (30) – (3 rounds)
9.
7sc,* dec, 1sc * x6, 5sc (24) 
10.
7sc, *dec, 1sc * x4, 5sc (20)
11.
6sc, dec, 3sc, dec, 7sc (18)
12-22.
Sc (18) – (11 rounds) - Stuff the piece and continue stuffing to end.
23.
*1sc, dec * x6 (12)
24.
*dec * x6 (6)

FO – Close hole, leaving yarn tail. 


Clue 3. Make 2 
Starting in Colour 2
1.
6sc into MR (6)
2.
*Inc * x6 (12)
3.
*1sc, inc * x6 (18)
4.
*2sc, inc * x6 (24)
5-6.
Change to C1 – sc (24) – (2 rounds)
7.
*4sc, dec * x4 (20)
8.
*3sc, dec * x4 (16)
9.
*6sc, dec * x2 (14)
10-24.
Sc (14) – (15 rounds) Stuff the start of the piece firmly and the end of the piece lightly.
25.
*dec * x7 (7)

FO – Close hole, leaving yarn tail. 


Clue 4 
In Colour 1   
1.
4sc into MR (4)
2.
*Inc * x4 (8)
3-13.
Sc (8) - (11 rounds) - Stuff the piece and continue stuffing to end.

FO – leaving yarn tail.


Clue 5. Make 2. 
In Colour 2  
1.
6sc into MR (6)
2.
*Inc * x6 (12)
3.
*1sc, inc * x6 (18)
4.
Change to C1 – SC (18) during this round, crochet over the yarn tails of both colours to hide them. 

FO – leaving long yarn tail. 


Clue 6
In Colour 1    
1.
CH 7.
2.
1sc in the 3rd chain from the hook, 1sc into the next 3 chains, 3sc into the last chain, 1sc into the back of each 4 chains, 3sc into the space between the skipped chains 1 and 2. (14)
3.
4sc, inc x3, 4sc, inc x3 (20)
4.
4sc, *1sc, inc *x3, 4sc, *1sc, inc *x3 (26)
5.
4sc, *2sc, inc *x3, 4sc, *2sc, inc *x3 (32)
6.
Sc (32)
7.
*7sc, inc * x4 (36)
8.
Sc (36)
9.
*5sc, inc * x6 (42)
10-16.
Sc (42) – (7 rounds) Stuff the the piece and continue stuffing until closing. 
17.
*5sc, dec * x6 (36)
18.
*4sc, dec * x6 (30)
19.
*3sc, dec * x6 (24)
20.
*3sc, inc * x6 (30)
21.
*4sc, inc * x6 (36)
22. 
*5sc, inc * x6 (42)
23.
*6sc, inc * x6 (48)
24-29.
Sc (48) – (6 rounds) – Place safety eyes between R22-23 approx. 10st apart. (see graphic below for placement.)
30.
*6sc, dec * x6 (42) 
31.
*5sc, dec * x6 (36) 
32.
*4sc, dec * x6 (30)
33.
*3sc, dec * x6 (24)
34.
*2sc, dec * x6 (18)
35.
*1sc, dec * x6 (12)
36.
*dec * x6 (6) 

FO – Close hole. 


Clue 7 - Assembly:
Using the yarn tail left from clue 1 (the body), sew to clue 6 (the head) between approx. R 22-28 of clue 6 (the head) with the eyes at the top. If you would like a shorter, fatter snout, lightly push the start and end rounds of the head towards each other to compact it. 

Sew clue 3 (the arms) to front sides of clue 1 (the body). There should be approx. 5st between the two. 

Sew clue 2 (the legs) to either side of clue 1 (the body) between R 6-9 in a seated position with the and the toes (decrease stitches of the feet) pointing up. They are angled out so that clue 3 (the arms) sit between them and rest on the ground. 

Pinch clue 5 (the ears) in half at the bottom with the WS together. Sew approx. two stitches to keep the curved/folded shape. 

Sew clue 5 (the ears) to approx. R 29-31 of clue 6 (the head). Spread them approx. 13 stitches apart. 

Sew clue 4 (the tail) to the bottom back of clue 1 (the body). Cut approx. 12 strands of C2 approx. 10cm (4”) long and attach them to the first two rounds of clue 4 (the tail). Fold the yarn strands in half then use a crochet hook to pull the loop between two stitches and pull the ends through the loop to secure in place. Trim to size. You can also run a blunt needle through the strands to give them a fuzzy appearance. 


To make the nostrils:
On R 7 of clue 6 (the head), join C1yarn in line with the safety eyes (starting from the right of the eye for right handed people). 1sc into the first st, 1dc into the next 2 stitches on R 8, 1sc into the 4thst in R 7. 
FO. Weave in yarn tails
Repeat this on the other side in line with the other eye. 

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