Monday, October 10, 2011

Free Crochet Nibbler Pattern!

I promised before that since I can't sell this little guy anymore, I'd give the pattern away!  Here it is, Nibbler from Futurama:




nibbler!

Materials:

f or g hook
yarn needle
sewing needle
1-9mm safety eye
2-12mm safety eyes
skein of black yarn (I use caron or red heart)
small amount of yellow yarn
small amount of a tan/beige yarn
small amount of white yarn
Beige fabric for tummy
sheet of white felt
sheet of red felt
white thread
red thread



Head:
(with black yarn)

r1: ch 2 6 sc in second ch rom hook
r2: Sc 2 in each sc around (12sts)
r3: *Sc 1, 2sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (18sts)
r4: *Sc 2, 2sc in each sc*, repeat 6 times (24sts)
r5: *Sc 3, 2sc in each sc*, repeat 6 times (30sts)
r6: *sc 4, 2sc in each sc*, repeat 6 times (36sts)
r7: *sc 5, 2sc in each sc*, repeat 6 times (42sts)
r8: *Sc 6, 2sc in each sc*, repeat 6 times (48sts)
r9-20: Sc 48
r21: *Sc 6, dec 1*, repeat 6 times (42sts)
r22: *Sc 5, dec 1*, repeat 6 times (36sts)
r23: *Sc 4, dec 1*, repeat 6 times (30sts)
r24: *Sc 3, dec 1*, repeat 6 times (24sts)
r25: sc 24
As you finish stuff the head with polyfil
r26: *Sc 2, dec 1, rep 6 times (18sts)
r27: *Sc 1, dec 1, rep 6 times (12sts)
r28: *Skip 1 sc, sc 1, rep t times (6sts)
Fasten off and weave in end.

Body:
(with black)
r1: ch2, 6 sc in second chain
r2: Sc 2 in each sc around (12sts)
r3: *Sc 1, 2sc in next sc*, repeat 6 time(18sts)
r4: *Sc 2, 2sc in next sc*, (24sts)
r5: *Sc 3, 2sc in next sc*, (30sts)
r6: *sc 4, 2sc in next sc*, (36sts)
r7-14: Sc 36
r15: *Sc 4, dec 1*, rep 6 times (30sts)
r16-21: Sc 30

Arms:
(with black: make 2)
r1: ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook
r2: sc 2 in each sc around (12sts)
r3: *Sc 1, 2sc in next sc*, rep 6 times
r4-6: Sc 18
r7: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times, (12sts)
r8: Sc 12
Change to white
r9: BPsc 12
r10-21: Sc 12
leave long tail for sewing



legs:
(with yellow: make 2)
r1: ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook
r2: Sc 2 in each sc around (12sts)
r3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (18sts)
r4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (24sts)
r5: Sc 24
r6: Dc 6, sc 18
r7: Hdc 6, sc 18
r8: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 6 times (18sts)
r9: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 6 times (12sts)
Switch to yellow yarn
r10-18: Sc 12
Fasten off, leaving long enough tail for sewing.



sew body parts together.  use picture as a guide.


nibbler 3rd eye:
(with white)
r1: ch2, 5sc in second ch from hook
r2: 2sc in each sc around (10sc)
r3-4: sc in each sc around
put 9mm eye in the center, and fasten.
switch to black
5-11: sc around
fasten off, leave long enough tail for sewing


Eyes:
(with white: make 2)
r1: ch2, 5sc in second ch from hook
r2: 2sc in each sc around (10sc)
r3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 5 times (15sts)
r4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 5 times (20sts)
r5: sc around
place 1 12mm eye in the center of white of each
fasten off, leave long tail for sewing

Mouth:
(with tan/beige)

r1: ch 2 6 sc in second ch rom hook
r2: Sc 2 in each sc around (12sts)
r3: *Sc 1, 2sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (18sts)
r4: *Sc 2, 2sc in each sc*, repeat 6 times (24sts)
r5: *Sc 3, 2sc in each sc*, repeat 6 times (30sts)
r6-7: sc around
fasten off leave long enough tail for sewing

teeth:
(make 2)
r1: ch 2, flip piece so working over the same line
r2: sc 1 in second sc, ch 2, sc 1 in same sc
r3: 2sc in first sc, sc in next sc, ch 2, sc in same sc, 2 sc in last sc
fasten off, leaving long enough tail for sewing

Sew eyes, mouth, and teeth to face.

Using beige felt:

Cut oval to fit over stomach.  Sew/glue felt to stomach.

For diaper:

I don't have a pattern for this.  I just use the sheet of felt and cut the shape of a diaper, and sew it on

For cape:

This is also easy to free hand.  Using about half a sheet of red felt cut, and sew to fit on Nibbler allowing for some felt to tie at the front.

Owly!

So Finnegan (my ridiculously charming 3 1/2 year old) and I recently discovered Andy Runton's book Owly & Wormy Friends All Aflutter.



I have always been hesitant to get Finnegan books without words.  It requires a lot of storytelling ability on my part, and Finnegan's willingness to go along with what I say is going on in a picture, but we absolutely loved this book, and I really hope more full color Owly book are in the works.  The black and white volumes are great too, but 3 year olds love color, and Owly is so adorable in color.  That said, I love crocheting a good cuddly critter.  So, I give you Owly:







Wednesday, October 5, 2011

My birthday...and more giant robot gushing

So, it was my birthday...and I got loads of awesome gifts from awesome friends, but my awesome dear friend Tony d'Amato drew this crochet related comic for me.  It is officially a family treasure.


In other news, Giant Robot emailed me to let me know one of my little blue totoros had a wonky eye, so I drove by today to replace it, and found out they'd already sold out of the couple of grey totoros I'd given them, so that's terribly cool.  A picture of the dolls they had left in their new retail home:



I got the blue one back, and I might just keep him wonky in the eye because he's got that cool giant robot tag.  He's my little reject, and I shall love him forever.


Current Project:  A terribly elaborate birthday present, but it's hush hush you understand, and here's hoping it turns out.