Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Badger Pattern


Here's a fun badger pattern! This is for a tri-colored (realistic) badger, but if you don't want to bother with the brown back just ignore the color-changing instructions and continue crocheting with the black. Questions, comments, and suggestions are very welcome! :)

Supplies:
  • Crochet hook (Sample made using G hook)
  • Yarn (Black, White, and Brown if you're doing tri-colored)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Pellets or BBs or some kind of weight to stuff the feet with.
Key:
  • sc=single crochet
  • dc=double crochet
  • hdc=half-double crochet
  • inc=increase (sc 2 in same st)
  • dec=decrease (sc 2 together)
  • sl st=slip stitch
  • ch=chain
  • st=stitch
  • sk=skip a stitch
Pattern is worked in the round, except for the tail and ears.

HEAD (worked from snout to back of head)
Using white yarn.
R1: Ch 2. 6 sc in second ch from hook, inc around. (12 st)
R2-5: Sc around. (12 st)
R6: Sc 5, inc, sc rest. (13 st) This is the top of the head, so you might want to mark it.
R7: Sc around. (13 st)
R8: *Sc, inc, rep from * around. In last st, inc. (20 st)
R9: Sc around. (20 st)
R10: *Sc 3, inc, rep from * around. (25 st)
R11: Sc around. (25 st)
R12: *Sc 1, DEC, rep from * around. (17 st)
R13: *Sc 1, DEC, rep from * around. (12 st) STUFF and add face.
R14: *Sc 1, DEC, DEC, rep from * twice. DEC. (7 st)
R15: *Sk 1, sl st, rep from * three times. Sl st across. FO, weave in ends.


BODY (worked from top to bottom)
Start in black yarn (B)
R1: Ch 2. 6 sc in second ch from hook, inc around. (12 st)
R2: Sc 1, inc. (this should be repeated throughout. You might have to pay close attention and add a sc when switching colors, depending on your particular color changing method) Switch to Brown yarn (BR), inc, sc 1. Switch to B, inc, sc 1, inc. Repeat around. (18 sts altogether, 4 BR, 14 B)
R3-6: Sc around. Keep new BR sts over old BR sts, and B over B sts. (24 sts total. 5 BR, 19 B)
R7: *Sc 2, inc, rep from * around. Keep BR yarn over BR sts, B over B sts. ( 24 total. 5 BR, 19 B)
R9-11: Sc around, again keeping the pattern of color changing.
R12: Switch to BR a st earlier, and switch back to B a st later. Sc around. (24 sts, 7 BR, 17 B)
R13: *Sc 3, inc, rep from * around. Keep the color pattern. (30 sts total, 21 B, 9 BR)
R14-18: Sc around, keeping the pattern of color changing. (30 sts total, 21 B, 9 BR)
R19: Keep the pattern of color changing, but switch to BR a st earlier, and switch back to B a st later. Sc around. (30 sts total, 11 BR, 19 B)
R20: *Sc 4, inc, rep from * around. Keep the color pattern. (36 sts total, 23 B, 13 BR)
R 21-22: Sc around, keeping the color pattern. (36 sts total, 23 B, 13 BR)
R23: *Sc 4, DEC, rep from * around. Keep the color pattern. (30 sts total)
R24: *Sc 3, DEC, rep from * around. Keep the color pattern. (24 sts total)
R25: *Sc 2, DEC, rep from * around. Keep the color pattern. (18 sts total) STUFF firmly.
R26: *Sc 1, DEC, rep from * around. Keep the color pattern. (12 sts total)
R27: DEC around, using just black. (6 sts)
Sl st across hole, FO and weave in ends.

ARMS (Make 2) (worked from paw to shoulder)
Using black yarn.
R1: Ch 2, 5 sc in second ch from hook, inc around. (10 sts)
R2-4: Sc around.
R5: *Sc 1, DEC, rep from * around. Last st, just sc. (7 sts)
R6-12: Sc around.
Sl st to next st, FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Poke a tiny bit of stuffing, about twice the size of a quartor, down the arm into the paw. You may want to add a short length of pipe cleaner and stick it into the arm for fun with posing your badger. :)

FEET (Make 2) (worked from one end to the other
Using black yarn.
R1: Ch 2, 5 sc in second ch from hook, inc around. (10 sts)
R2-8: Sc around. (10 sts) STUFF firmly with BBs, pellets, or other weights. This is so he can stand up.
R9: DEC around. (5 sts)
R10: Sk 1, sl st across hole. FO, leaving long tail for sewing.

TAIL (worked from bottom to top)
Using brown yarn if you're doing tri-colored, if not then use black.
R1: Ch 6, hdc in second ch from hook, hdc rest. Ch 1, turn. (5 st)
R2: Sc back along row. (5 st)
When you get to the end of the following rows, there is a little loop on the very end of it. Do the last sts in the row in that little loop to get a smoother-looking tail.
<-- See the little loop on the end, here?
<-- Put the hook through it, like this. :)
R2: Sc back along row. (5 st)
R3: DEC, sc rest. Ch 1, turn. (4 st)
R4: Sc back. Ch 1, turn. (4 st)
R5: DEC, DEC (counting the loop as the last st in the second DEC). Ch 1, turn.
R6: Ignore the next st, hdc in other end loop. Ch 1, cut yarn and pull through, leaving a long tail for sewing.

EARS (Make 2)
With black yarn.
Ch 5.
R1: Hdc in second ch from hook, dc, dc, hdc in last ch. FO, leaving a long tail.

BLACK FACE STRIPES (worked from one end to the other)
With black yarn. ;)
Ch 27.
R1: Starting in second ch from hook. Sc 6, dc 2. Ch 3, (this will make the eyeholes), sk 1 ch, dc in next. Dc 2. 2 dc in next 4 ch. Dc, ch 3, sk 1 ch, dc in next 2, sc in last 5 ch. Sl st in last ch where you sc'd, FO, leaving an extra long tail.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
You now have a bunch of parts. Let's sew it up and make a badger! Remember to refer to the pictures if you're not sure where to place something.
1) Sew the facial stripes onto the head. This is kind of tricky, and you might need to pin it in place. (see picture) Bring the thin ends up underneath the chin, and start sewing around the edges. You'll have to pull the middle of the piece back behind the head a bit to make it all fit.

2) Sew the ears onto either side of the top of the head, on the black stripes.

3) Sew the arms on either side of the upper body. If you did it in tri-color, try to keep the brown stripe in the middle of the arms on the back.

4) Sew the feet on the bottom of the body. They should be resting horizontally on the ground when you stand him up.

5) Sew the tail on the lower back, almost at the bottom, of the body. You'll need to thread the long strand on the needle and go back to the corner where there wasn't any strands and start sewing there.

6) Cut a long length of black yarn and sew the head to the body.

Congratulations on your new badger! :)

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