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Reversible Easter chick – crochet pattern

16 March, 2014

My mother sent me a pic, and asked me if I could make some of these for Easter…

Reversible chick amigurumi

This is the pattern I’ve come up with – feel free to use and adapt it. I’m already thinking of a few variations (would make a good penguin, methinks) – if you come up with any interesting ones, or improvements, I’d love to hear.

Ingredients:

  • Body: 4-ply yarn – light yellow
  • Shell: 4-ply yarn  – white through to light brown
  • Beak and feet – small amount of 4-ply yarn – orange
  • Small safety eyes x 2
  • 2.5mm or 3mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle

The yarn I’m using for body and shell is Regia “4-fädig” sock wool – a wool/nylon mix that has a little stretch in it. I haven’t worked out exactly how much yarn is needed for each chick, but one 50g ball of body colour should do you for 3 or 4 (and less is needed of the other colours). NB it is very important that both body and shell are worked in yarn of the same weight (I recommend using the same brand), as otherwise they will end up being different sizes. The orange yarn I used for the chick in the pictures is really a little too heavy, as I was having trouble finding proper 4-ply in the right colour (I may try going lighter at some point, and doing beak and feet in embroidery thread).

I’m using a 3mm hook, but I do tend to crochet tight and others may prefer a slightly smaller one. The chick does not want to be crocheted as tightly as most amigurumi, though, as otherwise it can be difficult to get her to come out of her shell.

Body and Shell (make 1 in each colour)

Work in single (US) / double (UK) crochet throughout, and join each round with a slip stitch.

1. 6 stitches into magic ring (6)
2. 2 stitches into each stitch round (12)
3. 1 stitch into first 3, 2 into next, repeat round (15)
4. 1 stitch into first 4, 2 into next, repeat round (18)
5. 1 stitch into first 5, 2 into next, repeat round (21)
6. 1 stitch into first 6, 2 into next, repeat round (24)
7. 1 stitch into first 7, 2 into next, repeat round (27)
8. 1 stitch into first 8, 2 into next, repeat round (30)
9. 1 stitch into first 9, 2 into next, repeat round (33)
10. 1 stitch into first 10, 2 into next, repeat round (36)
11 – 18. 1 stitch into each round (36)
19. 1 stitch into first 4, decrease over next 2 (30)
20. 1 stitch into first 3, decrease over next 2 (24)

Finish off, leaving a long tail for joining (at least 30 cm)

Head

1. 6 stitches into magic ring (6)
2. 2 stitches into each round (12)
3. 1 stitch into first 2, 2 into next, repeat round (16)
4. 1 stitch into first 3, 2 into next, repeat round (20)
5. 1 stitch into first 4, 2 into next, repeat round (24)
6 – 10. 1 stitch into each round (24)
11. 1 stitch into first 2, decrease over next 2, repeat round (18)
11a. place eyes, start to stuff head (push a small amount of stuffing in above the eye stems first, to avoid a “bug-eyed” look).
12. 1 stitch into first, decrease over next 2, repeat round (12)
Finish off, leaving a tail for joining. Stuff the rest of head (fairly loosely)

Wings

1. 6 stitches into magic ring (6)
2. 1 stitch into first, 2 into next, repeat round (9)
3. 1 stitch into first 2, 2 into next, repeat round (12)
4. 1 stitch into first 3, 2 into next, repeat round (15)
5 – 10. 1 stitch into each round (15)
11. 1 stitch into first 3, decrease over next 2, repeat round (12)
12. 1 stitch into first 6
Finish off, leaving a tail for joining.

Beak

1. 3 stitches into magic ring (3) – not too tight, or the next round gets very difficult
2. 2 stitches into each round (6)
3. 1 stitch into first, 2 into next, repeat round (9)
Finish off, leaving a tail for joining.

Feet

1. 6 stitches into magic ring (6)2. 2 stitches into each round (12)3 – 4. 1 stitch into each round (12)Finish off, leaving a tail for joining

Making up

Body and shell:

The next one I make, I will try to remember to get some photos of this part of making up

Turn shell inside out, pull end from magic ring through, and sew through to make a loop on the inside of the apex, tie off end to secure. Pull end from magic ring through body, and sew through this loop, so body and shell are joined on the inside at the apex (without having sewed through either using the opposite colour).

Pull the shell over the body and line up the edges. Using the long tails you left, crochet the edges together – start by pulling a loop of shell colour through the first stitch on the shell. Now, pull a loop of body colour through the first stitch on the body, so that you have 2 loops on the hook, and  pull a loop of shell colour through the same stitch on the shell, and through both loops on the hook, so you are left with 1 stitch of shell colour on hook. Continue to work in this fashion into each stitch round. NB do not stitch too tight, and stretch out the edges ever 2 or 3 stitches, so that the opening retains some stretchiness.

Reverse the piece, so that the body colour is outwards.

Head and beak

Tidy away end from magic ring. Position against body (lining up seams at back), and sew through final row around, using tail (take care not to sew through shell). Pull end from magic ring through, and stuff into beak. Position on face and sew through using tail.

Feet

Tidy the end from the magic ring (pull through, and stuff into foot). Squash the feet so that they make a double-layered semicircle, and sew through both layers onto the bottom row of the body.

Wings

Flatten the wing, with the six stitches from the final half-row all on one side, and use the end from the magic ring to put a few tacks through to keep flat. Tidy away. Position with the final half-row on top, and stitch through “shoulder” using the the tail, then lift wing and stitch “armpit” to body.

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The cute of Cthulhu

9 July, 2011

Recently, for the first time, I read some of the stories of H.P. Lovecraft. Many writers have been influenced by him, and thought I should give the original a go. If you’re looking for visceral horror of the modern sort, they will probably disappoint. However, I found them to be very well written and intelligent, particularly in the treatment of the Elder Things and their city in At the Mountains of Madness.

At more or less the same time, I decided to give crochet another go. I was taught to knit by my aunt, over 25 years ago, and then taught myself to crochet. I was pleased, therefore, to find a way of combining geeky interests and needlecraft, when I stumbled across the Cthulhu Crochet blog. This site has a number of excellent and free patterns, including several versions of amigurumi Cthulhus, as well as the Bone cousins from Jeff Smith’s comic series of the same name.

So, here is my first attempt at a crocheted homage to the High Priest of the Elder Ones and master of the dark city of R’lyeh:

Cthulhu amigurumi