Happy Little Rooster

My Mamaw’s birthday is coming up this month, and her favorite animal is the rooster. My mom found this picture on Pinterest and suggested I make her one for her birthday… I love the little party hat, but when I took a look at it, there was no link to the pattern, just this picture. I even did a Google search to try and find a pattern for it, but I had no luck there. I’m guessing whoever made this just uploaded the picture with no link (if anyone knows where I can find the original post, I’d love to be able to give them credit for the idea, so PLEASE let me know! 🙂  ). 

2013- A little Chicken with a party hat. Suitable for all sorts of occasions, from Birthdays to New years and much more :)  A tiny little pom pom has been sewn onto the top.  It is 5 and a 1/4 inches from the base to the top of the hat. without the hat, the chicken is 4 inches tall.  Only took 3 hours to make (including noting the pattern and having a tea break) :)

So I had to start from scratch for this one… The above picture is a chicken, but I really wanted to make Mamaw a rooster, so here’s what I ended up with when I finished.

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I felt like with the crest, the party hat was a bit much. I left that off, but I’m VERY happy with how the little guy turned out! 

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Here’s the pattern in case anyone wants to make their own happy rooster! Mine ended up about 4 1/2 or 5 inches tall, but I’m sure you could easily make him bigger if you wanted to. Have fun! 🙂

 

Materials

3.75 mm crochet hook

Tapestry needle for sewing

White, red, yellow, and black yarn (worsted weight)

Polyester fiberfill

 

Head (white)

Row 1: Sc 6 in Magic Circle

Row 2: Increase around (12)

Row 3: Sc, increase, repeat around (18)

Row 4: 2 sc, increase, repeat around (24)

Row 5: 3 sc, increase, repeat around (30)

Row 6: 4 sc, increase, repeat around (36)

Row 7: 5 sc, increase, repeat around (42)

Rows 8-16: sc around (42)

Row 17: 5 sc, decrease, repeat around (36)

Row 18: 4 sc, decrease, repeat around (30)

Row 19: 3 sc, decrease, repeat around (24)

Row 20: 2 sc, decrease, repeat around (18)

Row 21: sc, decrease, repeat around (12)

Stuff the head firmly then finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

Body (white)

Row 1: Sc 6 in Magic Circle

Row 2: Increase around (12)

Row 3: Sc, increase, repeat around (18)

Row 4: 2 sc, increase, repeat around (24)

Row 5: 3 sc, increase, repeat around (30)

Rows 6- 13: sc around (30)

Row 14: 3 sc, decrease, repeat around (24)

Row 15: 2 sc, decrease, repeat around (20)

Stuff firmly, finish off, but DO NOT close off the top. Stitch the open top to the bottom of the head.

 

Wings (white, make 2)

Row 1: Sc 6 in Magic Circle

Row 2: Increase around (12)

Row 3: Sc, increase, repeat around (18)

Row 4: Sc around (18)

FInish off with a sl st, then fold the circle in half and stitch the free edge together. Sew onto the sides of the body.

 

Beak/Tail (1 in yellow for beak, 1 in white for tail)

Row 1: Sc 4 in Magic Circle

Row 2: Increase around (8)

Row 3: Sc around (8)

Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

 

Waddle (red)

Row 1: Ch 5

Row 2: Skip first stitch, ch 4.

Finish off and sew to the bottom of the head. Leave the knotted end pointing towards the top of the head;  when you sew the beak on it will cover the knot. Once the waddle is attached, sew the beak to the head as well.

 

Crest (red yarn)

Row 1: Ch 8

Row 2: Skip first stitch, 1 sc, 1 double crochet (dc), 1 sc, 2 dc in next stitch, 1 sc, 1dc, 1 sc. 

Finish off and sew to the top of the head.

 

Feet (yellow, make 2)

Row 1: Sc 6 in magic circle

Row 2: Sc, increase, repeat around (9)

Finish off with a slip stitch and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew to the bottom of the body. Attach the tail to the lower back portion of the body. He should be able to stand up on his own now. Embroider 2 upside-down v’s to the head for the eyes with black yarn.

 

And there you go! A super easy pattern for an adorable little rooster. I hope you enjoy making him as much as I did! I can’t wait to give him to my Mamaw. 🙂

 

Gizmo

A friend of mine recently asked me to make Gizmo for him. I didn’t feel completely comfortable trying to come up with a pattern on my own, so I did some searching online to find a pattern to get started. I found a free pattern at Amiguruthi’s blog (http://amiguruthi.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/gizmo-free-pattern/) and  followed the pattern for all the crocheted parts exactly as they were written.

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Instead of using felt for the eyes, I decided to use the remaining buttons from the Pikachu I made… But when I went to sew them on, one eye stood out really well against the white, while the one over the brown fur didn’t stand out as well. To fix this, I sc 6 around a magic circle in white, then increased around so there were twelve sc around, then finished off. I then sewed each button eye to the small white circles before attaching them to the rest of the head. 

When I was finished making all the parts, the head was VERY heavy, and I was worried that he wouldn’t be able to stand up. So, instead of standing him up, I sewed his legs on so that  he was sitting down. 

I love how he turned out! The pattern was easy to read, but a word of warning- There are a lot of color changes in this pattern, so if you’re new to crocheting you may have some difficulty with it… I did! It’s a lot to keep track of for a beginner, but if you can get through the color changes in the head and body, it’s a really fun project! I had a great time making it, and my friend loved him… The picture of Gizmo above was sent to me by him, and I think he was just as happy with the results as I was! Now all he has to do I remember to not get Gizmo wet… or feed him after midnight… or let him get in the sun…. O_o

Big thanks to Amiguruthi for the AWESOME pattern! 

Pikachu!!!

I came across this pattern at http://wolfdreamer-oth.blogspot.com/2009/03/pikachu-plushie-pattern.html. My little sis loves Pokemon, and since her birthday was coming up I decided to surprise her with her own Pikachu doll! She was thrilled, and I had so much fun making him!

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Isn’t he adorable??? This was my first try at crocheting EVER, so I was a little worried I’d mess him up, but this turned out to be a much easier pattern than I thought! If you’re like me and new to crocheting, I’d recommend trying it out- the pattern is easy to read, and I learned a lot as I went. The majority of it starts as magic circles (Head/body, arms, and feet) and the tail and back stripes are nothing scary.

 

I think for future projects I’m going to need to invest in some safety eyes. I used buttons for eyes on this one, and I probably won’t be using them again… as tightly as I tried to sew them on, they still seemed to want to stand out from the rest of the head and wiggle around…

 

I’m also going to need to work on switching colors; I ended up with little” bumps” in the color of the ears where I switched from black to yellow. Does anyone with a little more experience have any tips for changing colors? Any comments or critiques are welcome in the comments below!

 

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Also, make sure to stop by WolfDreamer’s blog- she’s got a lot of great patterns for Pokemon, and they’re all very easy to understand! 🙂


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