Thursday, March 31, 2011

Crocheted radiolarians

1-2" in diameter, made with crochet thread stiffened with craft glue. The hardest part was finding appropriate stuffing material, but a shredded plastic bag works perfectly.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Narwhal pattern

I originally designed this guy for a larger project I'm working on, but something about the finished product made me want to share it here instead. Instructions (with chart!) are below.
Finished size: about 6" with tusk.
You'll need a size G hook, worsted weight yarn in two or three colors (not very much!) and a yarn needle for attaching the fins and eyes.
Tusk

The first step is to make the tusk. It's basically a short "spiral staircase" friendship bracelet. Make the first knot small so that the end of the tusk is somewhat pointed. Continue the tusk for 2", then finish off with a really big knot - you'll need it to be large to prevent the tusk from slipping out of the body.

Body
  1. Make a magic ring start with 6 stitches, tightening it around the tusk, and slip in the first stitch.
  2. Increase in every stitch (now you have 12 stitches)
  3. Single crochet in every stitch (12 stitches)
  4. Single crochet in every stitch (12)
  5. Increase in the next stitch, then single crochet. Repeat this process 6 times (18 stitches in this row)
  6. Single crochet in every stitch (18)
  7. Single crochet in every stitch (18)
  8. Decrease over the next two stitches, then single crochet in the next 7 stitches. Repeat. (16)
  9. Single crochet in the next 4 stitches, then decrease. Single crochet in the next 6 stitches, then decrease. Finally, single crochet in the last two stitches (14)
  10. Decrease, then single crochet 6. Decrease again, then single crochet 4. (12)
  11. Single crochet 10. Decrease. (11)
  12. Single crochet 4, decrease, single crochet 5 (10)
  13. Single crochet 5, decrease, single crochet 2 (9)
  14. Single crochet 1, decrease, single crochet 6 (8)
  15. Single crochet 4, decrease, single crochet 2 (7)
  16. Single crochet 2, decrease, single crochet 3 (6)
  17. Decrease, single crochet 4 (5)
  18. Single crochet 3, decrease. (4)
  19. Finish off.
Fins (make 4!)
  1. Chain 6
  2. Double crochet in 4th from hook (the third chain stitch you made)
  3. Single crochet
  4. Slip
  5. Finish off, leaving a tail of yarn to use to sew onto the body.
Now attach the fins to the body with your yarn needle. Sew the long edge of the fin to the body for the side fins, and the short end toward the body for the tail. Add eyes by making french knots or other embroidery stitches using a contrasting color.

Let me know how it turns out!

Creative Commons License
Narwhal crochet pattern by jpolka.blogspot.com is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.