Pennywise the Dancing Clown

It is probably one of my favorite books.  I do love the Gunslinger series, but I have read It a couple times now.  Of course I had to make the updated Pennywise for my next Norbert calendar. I tried to keep him mostly basic without losing too much detail, but he is still a bit more complicated than some of my others. I choose not to use more than yarn and basic safety eyes on purpose… though that has a lot to do with my promise not to buy more yarn or supplies for a bit until I use up with I have with my husband.

Also keep in mind he ended up being about 14 inches tall without including his hair. I used a light gray for the suit because I didn’t have a closer silver color.  Looking back, I wish I would have used an off white for the neck ruffles.

Worsted weight yarn in colors of choice
G size hook
9mm Safety eyes
Poly-fil

Legs(make two) with light gray
4 sc in magic circle
*inc, sc, dec* around for 2 rounds
*inc, sc* around for 5 rounds
inc, sc in next 2, hdc in rest
inc, sc in next 3, hdc in rest
sc in next 2, inc, sc in next 2, hdc in rest
sc in next 3, inc, sc in next 2, hdc in rest
sc around for 5 rounds
sc in BLO around
Stuff foot and continue to stuff as you go.
sc around for 8 rounds
*inc, sc in next* around
*inc, sc in next 2* around
sc around for 4 rounds
Bind off, but no need to leave a long tail for sewing.

Now turn the leg with the shoe side up and attach to the FLO that you left unworked on the leg. Do NOT join each round, work in a spiral.
*inc, sc in next* around
*inc, sc in next 2* around
*inc, sc in next 3* around
sc around, bind off and weave in end.
Now about joining the legs, what you need to do is hold the legs together and sl st through both the legs five times in the middle where they meet, from the front of the legs to the back (I made sure mine were facing slightly different directions because that’s the picture I was duplicating). Then continue around the legs. You should end with 5 sl st and 46 sc. Moving on to the body you will forgo the sl st and only work in the sc.

Body continuing with light gray
sc around for 5 rounds
sc in next 8, dec x2, sc in next 22, dec x2, sc in next 8
*dec, sc in next 4* around
*dec, sc in next 3* around
sc around
sc in BLO around (waist BLO)
sc around for 3 rounds
sc in next 5, inc x2, sc in next 14, inc x 2, sc in next 5
sc around for 10 rounds
*dec, sc in next 2* around
*dec, sc in next* around
sc in BLO around (shoulder BLO)
*dec, sc in next 2* around
sc in BLO around (neck BLO)
sc around (make sure to finish stuffing)
dec around and bind off, leave a long end to sew head on

Now turn the leg with the shoes up and attach your yarn to the FLO of the waist BLO. Do NOT join after each round, work in a spiral.
*inc, sc in next 2* around, inc in last st
*inc, sc in next 3* around, in the last 2 st do inc, sc
sc around for 3 rounds, bind off and weave in end.
Now turn the leg with the shoes up and attach your yarn to the FLO of the shoulder BLO. Do NOT join after each round, work in a spiral.
inc around
*inc, sc in next* around
*inc, sc in next 2* around
sc around, bind off and weave in end.
Now turn the leg with the shoes up and attach your yarn to the FLO of the neck BLO. Do NOT join after each round, work in a spiral.
inc around
*inc, sc in next* around
*inc, sc in next 2* around
sc around, bind off and weave in end.

Head in white
6 sc in magic circle
*inc, sc in next* around
sc around
*inc, sc in next 2* around
*inc, sc in next 3* around
*inc, sc in next 4* around
sc around for 3 rounds
inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, then sc in remaining
sc around for 5 rounds
Insert the safety eyes between rounds 8-9 (6sc in mc counts as round 1) and 2 sc in between. Make sure the last inc are facing out as the forehead. Go ahead and start to stuff the head, continuing as you close up.
*dec, sc in next 5* around
*dec, sc in next* around
dec around, bind off and close up hole. Go ahead and sew the head on the body holding the chin down against the ruffles.

Eyebrow in white
ch 9, using the back ridges (if you feel comfortable doing so if not, just sc normally) sc in 2nd ch from hook and across. Bind off, leave a tail to sew onto the head above the eyes.

Nose, mouth and face detail are stitched onto the head directly though you could make the mouth out of felt if you wanted. Felt and me are not typically good bedfellows, so I avoid it. The nose was made by 3 horizontal stitches 2 rounds below the eyes 2 stitches apart. The mouth was 2 rounds below that, 3 stitches apart with 5 horizontal stitches with oe vertical in the middle to bring the lips together. The lines up the face were just running stitch.

It will be easier to go ahead and make a running stitch in red right on top of the waist ruffle and both the leg ruffles.

Arms (make two) start with white
6 sc in magic circle
sc around
inc around
sc around for 3 rounds
*dec, sc in next 2* switch to gray
sc around in BLO, make sure to stuff lightly as you go for the arm part.
sc around for 13 rounds
*inc, sc in next 2* around, when stuffing these next parts, stuff a bit firmer than the arm.
sc around for 3 rounds
*dec, sc in next 2* around
*inc, sc in next 2* around
*inc, sc in next* around
sc around for 3 rounds
*dec, sc in next* around
*dec, sc in next 2* around
sc then dec around, bind off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Finish ruffle as flows, then sew onto the sides of the body immediately under the shoulder ruffle.

Now turn arm hand side up and attach gray yarn the the FLO of the BLO round. Do NOT join after each round, work in a spiral.
*inc, sc in next 2* around
*inc, sc in next* around
*inc, sc in next 2* around
sc around, bind off and sew in end.
Sew onto the sides of the body immediately under the shoulder ruffle. Then take more red yarn and stitch lines above the ruffle, twice on the arms and around the shoulders. I also made little bows above the ruffles as well.

Now make 3 small pom poms in red (gah! I know, in the book he has orange, but to match the updated Pennywise I went with the red ones) to attach to the front or if you have those small already made felt type pom pom (like they use for making the candy cane Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer) you can sew those on.

For the hair I used orange strands of yarn and hooked them directly on to the head. I then split the yarn and lightly finger brushed out the yarn to get the desired effect.

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Sour Patch Kid Ragdoll

I have to say, I so enjoy these little challenges I get to see if I can create something and the pattern for it!  Please, keep them coming! This one works up pretty quickly and both my kids and their friends instantly knew what it was! I was kinda worried for a moment there because my husband didn’t, but then again he doesn’t care for sweets…

G Hook

164 yds worsted weight yarn (I had a new skein of Caron Simply Soft Party yarn on hand that has some glitter aspect to it and used that since that made me think of the sugar on the candies. I used almost all of it with just a little scrap ball left over)

Body Panel, make 2

Row 1: ch 6, sc in 2nd chain from hook and across, ch 1 and turn (5 sts)

Row 2: inc, sc3, inc, ch 1 and turn (7 sts)

Row 3-9: sc across, ch 1 and turn (7 sts)

Row 10: inc, sc 5, inc (9 sts)

Row 11: sc across (9 sts)

Tie off.

Repeat the rows 1-11 but do not tie off, ch 1 and turn

Row 12: inc, sc 8 across of 1st leg, now continue on the 2nd leg and make sc 8 , inc in last st, ch 1 and turn (20 sts)

Row 13-25: sc across, ch 1 and turn (20 sts)

Row 26: dec, sc 16, dec , ch 1 and turn (18 sts)

Row 27: sc across , ch 1 and turn (18 sts)

Row 28: dec, sc 14, dec , ch 1 and turn (16 sts)

Row 29: dec, sc 12, dec , ch 1 and turn (14 sts)

Row 30: dec, sc 10, dec , ch 1 and turn (12 sts)

Row 31: sc across , ch 1 and turn (12 sts)

Now we will start the head..

Row 32: Ch 2, inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 12 along prev row , ch 2 and turn (14 sts)

Row 33: inc in 2nd ch from hook, inc, sc 10, inc, inc in last st , ch 1 and turn (18 sts)

Row 34: inc, inc, sc 14, inc, inc , ch 1 and turn (22 sts)

Row 35: inc, sc 20, inc, ch 1 and turn (24 sts)

Row 36-46: sc across , ch 1 and turn (24 sts)

Row 47: dec, sc 20, dec , ch 1 and turn (22 sts)

Row 48-49: sc across , ch 1 and turn (22 sts)

Row 50: dec, sc 18, dec , ch 1 and turn (20 sts)

Row 51: sc across , ch 1 and turn (20 sts)

Row 52: dec, sc 16, dec , ch 1 and turn (18 sts)

Row 53: inc, sc 16, inc , ch 1 and turn (20 sts)

Row 54: inc, sc 18, inc , ch 1 and turn (22 sts)

Row 55-56: sc, *sc in next 2, hdc, sc in next 2* 4 times, sc, ch 1 and turn (22 sts)

Row 57: sc, *sc, hdc, 2 hdc, hdc, sc* 4 times, sc, ch 1 and turn (26 sts)

Row 58: sc, *sc, hdc, dc, dc, hdc, sc* 4 times, sc then bind off.

Hands : ( make 2 in sets )

Row 1: ch 6, sc in 2nd chain from hook and across, ch 1 and turn (5 sts)

Row 2: inc, sc 3, inc, ch 1 and turn (7 sts)

Row 3-15: sc across, ch 1 and bind off for the first panel only, second panel continue (7 sts)

Do NOT bind off second panel.

Simple (and what I did for the left arm): Pair up with first and sc around through both, placing 2 sc in the corners, making sure to stuff before closing up and leave a tail for sewing. Make sure to keep row 1 lined up since this is the “finger” side.

Optional (for the right arm): I wanted mine to have a wave going and not just flat. Now, above works and you can have a bit of movement due to the stuffing, but I wanted a more pronounced bend in the arm. This is what I did, making sure to keep the row 1 lined up. Pair up the second panel with the first and make sure to crochet down the long side. Place sc then dec until the corner of the “finger”. Place 2 sc in corner, sc down the short finger end, 2 sc in the corner. Now down this long side inc the whole way to the corner, making sure to stuff as you go. Place 2 sc in corner, sc down the short finger end, sl st to the first then bind off leaving a tail for sewing. Now I did help this along a little bit to accentuate the curve with the stuffing.

Attach your yarn with a sc at the top side of its head and crochet through both thickness going down, but stop before you get to the spot where the arm goes. Sew the arm into place going through panel, arm, panel then bind off. Continue to crochet, but only crochet through the first panel across the arm. Continue around the body, making sure to stuff as you go. Make sure to put 2 sc in the corners of the feet and alson 2 sc in the head’s dcs. When you get to the next arm stop duplicate what you did for the other. When you get back to the start, sl st and bind off, weaving in your end.

Eyes (make 2)

Rnd 1: ch 15, sc in first ch and around (15 sts)

Rnd 2-3: sc around, at the end of round 3 sl st in next then bind off, leave a long chain for sewing (15 sts)
Whip stitch round one and three together then sew onto head whip stitch side down.

 

Mouth

Row 1: ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across (12 sts)

Row 2-3: sc across, at the end of round 3, bind off, leave a long chain for sewing (12 sts)
Whip stitch round one and three together then sew onto head whip stitch side down.

Now you can pose him however you like!

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Tonsils

Admittedly this seems a bit odd, I know. However, I was contacted again by Kaila (the wonderful lady who gave me the challenge to make the flasher banana) to make a pattern for tonsils because her son was having his removed. I still remember having mine removed and I can only imagine how cute it will be to give these to him since he is losing his. Truthfully, it just makes my day that I was asked to come up with something else… that people enjoy my work and believe that I can do it…

This pattern should be quick and easy to make up. I decided to make these a little bigger because I imagine giving them to younglings and I didn’t want to make them too small. I’m also making two, since when you get them removed it is both…

Worsted weight yarn in colors of choice
G size hook
9mm safety eyes
Poly-fil

Make two for the pair
6 sc in magic circle
*inc* around
*inc, sc in next* around
*inc, sc in next2* around
*inc, sc in next 3* around
*inc, sc in next 4* around
*inc, sc in next 5* around
sc around
*bobble (3dc tog in same st making sure to push the bundle of st to the front as you work), sc in next 6* around
sc around for 2 rounds
*sc in next 3, bobble, sc in next 3* around
sc around for 2 rounds
*sc, bobble, sc in next 5* around
sc around
*dec, sc in next 5* around
sc around, go ahead and attach the safety eyes. I placed them on the row between the 2nd row of bobbles and the sc above with about 2 st in between. It amused me to put them above a bobble making the bobble look like a nose. The top of the tonsils will lean toward the side so for the first I put the eyes over the 3rd bobble over and for the other on the 6th bobble over.
*dec, sc in next 4* around
*sc in next 2, bobble, sc in next 2* around
dec x6, sc in the rest (this makes the top lean toward the side a bit)
sc around
dec x6, sc in rest, make sure to stuff and continue to stuff as you go
sc around
dec x6, sc in rest
sc around
dec around, bind off and close up hole.

To finish up sew on a cute little mouth and you’re done!

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Rubeus Hagrid

After making the trio I of course had to make Rubeus Hagrid for Norbert’s picture! Since Hagrid is half giant, he is going to be basically double the height and width of the kids. So the kids end up being about 8.5″, Hagrid is 13.5 making him a loveable, huggable giant!

Harry and Ron pattern can be found here: https://www.madhooker.com/harry-potter-and-ron-weasley/
Hermione pattern can be found here: https://www.madhooker.com/hermione-granger/

Worsted weight yarn in colors of choice
G size hook
Safety eyes
Poly-fil

Legs(make two) start with dark brown
8 sc in magic circle
inc around
*inc, sc* around
*inc, sc in next 2* around
sc around for 4 rounds
dec x8, sc x16
dec x4, sc x16
sc around for 4 rounds, switch to medium brown. Stuff foot and continue to stuff as you go.
sc around for 16 rounds. Bind off, but no need to leave a long tail for sewing.
Now about joining the legs, what you need to do is hold the legs together and sl st through both the legs four times in the middle where they meet, from the front of the legs to the back. Then continue around the legs. You should end with 4 sl st and 32 sc (16 sc around each leg). Moving on to the body you will forgo the sl st and only work in the sc.

Body continuing with medium brown
sc around for 3 rounds and switch to reddish brown
sc around for 20 rounds
*dec, sc in next 3* around
*dec, sc in next 2* around
*dec, sc* around
dec around, Bind off both, but no need to leave a long tail for sewing.

Arms (make two) start with skin color
6 sc in magic circle
inc around
*inc, sc in next* around
*inc, sc in next 2* around
sc around for 4 rounds
*dec, sc in next 2*
*dec, sc in next 7* around, make sure to stuff lightly as you go and switch to reddish brown/shirt color
sc around for 20 rounds. Bind off, leaving a tail to go ahead and sew onto the sides of the body.

Head in skin color
6 sc in magic circle
inc around
*inc, sc* around
*inc, sc in next 2* around
*inc, sc in next 3* around
*inc, sc in next 4* around
sc around for 10 rounds, insert safety eyes between rounds 8 and 9 (not counting the magic circle as a round), leaving about 6 sc in between
*dec, sc in next 4* around
*dec, sc in next 3* around
*dec, sc in next 2* around
*dec, sc* around, be sure to stuff
dec around, bind off, leaving a tail to go ahead and sew on

Vest in light brown
ch 26, turn and sc in each across
*inc, sc in next 4* across, ch 1 and turn
*inc, sc in next 5* across, ch 1 and turn
sc in next 3, ch 6 and skip the next 10, sc in next 7, ch 6 and skip the next 10, sc in next 3, ch 1 and turn
working in the sc and ch, *inc, sc in next 4* across, ch1 and turn
*inc, sc in next 5* across, ch 2 and turn
dc across, ch 2 and turn for 6 rows then sc around, bind off and weave in ends
Also be sure to sc around each arm opening, bind off and weave in ends. Then go ahead and put the vest on Hagrid.

Belt in black
ch 42, dc in 3rd ch from hook and across, bind off and weave in end.
Attach grey/silver yarn in the back loop of the 38th ch, ch 1 and sc in same ch. Sc in next 2 ch then place 3 sc along the side of the belt then 3 more sc in the dcs. Bind off and weave in ends. Taking a black piece of yarn sew belt into place, a little higher than middle, making sure to leave the vest open a little in the front.

Lastly is just the fine touches. I embroidered some eyebrows and a moustache. Then cut some roughly 8″ pieces of yarn and hook into place where the beard would be. I only did 3 rows on the face. For the hair I cut roughly 10-12″ pieces and hooked those onto the head. Lastly, I took my needle and split the yarn completely to give him a very frizzy hair. Trim as needed to shape it up.

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Hermione Granger

Of course I needed to make Hermoine to complete the trio! She is essentially the same as Harry and Ron except her longer hair and skirt…

Harry and Ron can be found here: https://www.madhooker.com/harry-potter-and-ron-weasley/

Worsted weight yarn (or any weight of your choosing)
Size G hook (or whatever hook to make a tight crochet with your yarn)
Safety eyes, 9mm
Poly-fil for stuffing

Legs(make two) start with black
8 sc in magic circle
inc around
sc around for 2 rounds
dec x4, sc x8
dec x2, sc x8 (by this round it should be 10sc) Stuff foot and continue to stuff as you go and then change to gray
sc around for 10 rounds. Bind off, but no need to leave a long tail for sewing.

Now about joining the legs, what you need to do is hold the legs together and sl st through both the legs twice in the middle where they meet, from the front of the legs to the back. Then continue around the legs. You should end with 2 sl st and 16 sc (8 sc around each leg). Moving on to the body you will forgo the sl st and only work in the sc.

Body continuing with gray
sc around for 3 rounds
*dec, 3* x3, sc, make sure to continue to stuff as you go and switch to white
sc around in back loop only just for this round
sc around for 7 rounds
sc, dec, dec, 2 sec, dec, dec
dec around, Bind off both, but no need to leave a long tail for sewing.

Skirt in black
Attach yarn in the front loops of the back loop only row with the legs facing up
sc around and do not sl st to join, just keep going to start a spiral
sc around for 3 rounds
*inc, sc* around
sc around for 6 rounds, bind off and weave in end

Arms (make two) start with skin color
6 sc in magic circle
inc around
sc around for 2 rounds
*dec, sc in next 2* around, make sure to stuff lightly as you go and switch to white
sc around for 10 rounds. Bind off, leaving a tail to go ahead and sew onto the sides of the body.

Head
6 sc in magic circle
inc around
*inc, sc* around
*inc, sc in next 2* around
sc around for 6 rounds, insert safety eyes between rounds 5 and 6 (not counting the magic circle as a round), leaving about 3 sc in between.
*dec, sc in next 2* around
*dec, sc* around, be sure to stuff
dec around, bind off, leaving a tail to go ahead and sew on

Tie
So, I played around with quite a few ideas to make this happen… more than I would like to admit for a tie. Now if you would like another way than what I am about to describe, then in one color just ch 21, sc across then use the other color to sew in the stripes. If you want another way, here’s what I did.
Essentially you are going to be doing a foundation sc row. On every third sc, change to the next color. Make sure you crochet over the end and carry the unused yarn by crocheting over it. Make 30 foundation sc then just bind off and weave in the ends. Tie it around the neck flipping both ends down. The vest will hold the tie down.

Vest in gray
ch 18 (make sure this goes around the doll’s waist)
sl st to first sc, making sure not to twist, ch 2 (does not count as a st) dc around, sl st to the beginning
ch 2, dc around for 3 rounds, for a total of 4 rounds
ch 11, turn and hdc in the 2nd ch and across (10 hdc) then sc in the first dc. Sc in next 3 dc. ch 11, turn and hdc in the 2nd ch and across (10hdc) then sc in next unused dc. Bind off and leave a long end. Slide vest onto the body then sew the vest straps to the vest. Make sure to position the tie inside the vest how you want it to look.

Cloak in black
ch 21, turn and sc in each ch, ch 1 and turn
*inc, sc* across, ch 1 and turn
*inc, sc in next 2, ch 1 and turn
sc in next 3, ch 6 and skip 12 sc, sc in next 10, ch 6 and skip 12 sc, sc in next 3, ch 1 and turn
sc across in all sc and ch, ch 2 (does not count as stitch) and turn
*dc inc, dc in next 3* dc in last, ch 2 and turn
dc across for 8 rows
ch 1 and sc around the opening and bottom of the cloak, sl st to the first and weave in end
Cloak sleeves, repeat on each arm
Join the yarn in one of the corners of the sleeve opening. Ch 1 and sc around the opening, sl st to beginning, ch 2 (does not count as stitch)
Dc around, sl st to beginning and ch 2. Repeat for a total of 4 rounds. Ch 1 and then sc around, sl st to beginning, bind off and weave in the ends.

Hair in brown
I cut about 12″ strands and hooked them onto the head. Then I split the strands apart with the help of a needle to help give that busy effect.

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Harry Potter and Ron Weasley

My next picture with my lovely model Norbert I choose to do how she got her name. Of course I couldn’t find suitable patterns, so here I go making my own. For Harry and Ron the only differences are the fine touches really. Harry gets black hair, glasses and the lightning bolt scar. Ron gets red hair. That’s about it.

Hermione can be found here: https://www.madhooker.com/hermione-granger/

Worsted weight yarn (or any weight of your choosing)
Size G hook (or whatever hook to make a tight crochet with your yarn)
Safety eyes, 9mm
Poly-fil for stuffing

Legs(make two) start with black
8 sc in magic circle
inc around
sc around for 2 rounds
dec x4, sc x8
dec x2, sc x8 (by this round it should be 10sc) Stuff foot and continue to stuff as you go and then change to grey (don’t bind off, just carry behind)
Now, if you like the color change you see in Harry:
sc around for 2 rounds, switch back to black
sc around for 8 rounds. Bind off both, but no need to leave a long tail for sewing.
If you prefer Ron’s leg color change:
sc around, switch back to black
sc around for 9 rounds. Bind off both, but no need to leave a long tail for sewing.

Now about joining the legs, what you need to do is hold the legs together and sl st through both the legs twice in the middle where they meet, from the front of the legs to the back. Then continue around the legs. You should end with 2 sl st and 16 sc (8 sc around each leg). Moving on to the body you will forgo the sl st and only work in the sc.

Body continuing with black
sc around for 3 rounds
*dec, 3* x3, sc, make sure to continue to stuff as you go and switch to white
sc around for 8 rounds
sc, dec, dec, 2 sec, dec, dec
dec around, Bind off both, but no need to leave a long tail for sewing.

Arms (make two) start with skin color
6 sc in magic circle
inc around
sc around for 2 rounds
*dec, sc in next 2* around, make sure to stuff lightly as you go and switch to white
sc around for 10 rounds. Bind off, leaving a tail to go ahead and sew onto the sides of the body.

Head
6 sc in magic circle
inc around
*inc, sc* around
*inc, sc in next 2* around
sc around for 6 rounds, insert safety eyes between rounds 5 and 6 (not counting the magic circle as a round), leaving about 3 sc in between.
*dec, sc in next 2* around
*dec, sc* around, be sure to stuff
dec around, bind off, leaving a tail to go ahead and sew on

Ears (optional)
What you’re going to do now is to work the ears right onto the head. Go roughly 5 stitches to the side of the eyes and insert your hook between rounds 8 and 9 and coming up round 8.

Now yo, pull through, yo, pull through the loop, do sc in the same spot, do sc in the next 3 spots moving up the head. Ch 1, turn, sc in each of the 3st, finish off and weave in the tails. Use the ends to help shape the ear a bit. Repeat for the other side of the head.

Tie
So, I played around with quite a few ideas to make this happen… more than I would like to admit for a tie. Now if you would like another way than what I am about to describe, then in one color just ch 21, sc across then use the other color to sew in the stripes. If you want another way, here’s what I did.
Essentially you are going to be doing a foundation sc row. On every third sc, change to the next color. Make sure you crochet over the end and carry the unused yarn by crocheting over it. Make 30 foundation sc then just bind off and weave in the ends. Tie it around the neck flipping both ends down. The vest will hold the tie down

Vest in gray
ch 18 (make sure this goes around the doll’s waist)
sl st to first sc, making sure not to twist, ch 2 (does not count as a st) dc around, sl st to the beginning
ch 2, dc around for 3 rounds, for a total of 4 rounds
ch 11, turn and hdc in the 2nd ch and across (10 hdc) then sc in the first dc. Sc in next 3 dc. ch 11, turn and hdc in the 2nd ch and across (10hdc) then sc in next unused dc. Bind off and leave a long end. Slide vest onto the body then sew the vest straps to the vest. Make sure to position the tie inside the vest how you want it to look.

Cloak in black
ch 21, turn and sc in each ch, ch 1 and turn
*inc, sc* across, ch 1 and turn
*inc, sc in next 2, ch 1 and turn
sc in next 3, ch 6 and skip 12 sc, sc in next 10, ch 6 and skip 12 sc, sc in next 3, ch 1 and turn
sc across in all sc and ch, ch 2 (does not count as stitch) and turn
*dc inc, dc in next 3* dc in last, ch 2 and turn
dc across for 8 rows
ch 1 and sc around the opening and bottom of the cloak, sl st to the first and weave in end
Cloak sleeves, repeat on each arm
Join the yarn in one of the corners of the sleeve opening. Ch 1 and sc around the opening, sl st to beginning, ch 2 (does not count as stitch)
Dc around, sl st to beginning and ch 2. Repeat for a total of 4 rounds. Ch 1 and then sc around, sl st to beginning, bind off and weave in the ends.

The rest is really just fine touches. For Harry, sew a lightening bolt on the forehead and sew the glasses on. For both add some hair onto the top. For Harry I took about 5″ pieces of yarn to hook them onto the head then I split the 4ply yarn into half using a needle to help. I then gave him a hair cuto to style the hair a bit. For Ron I actually just embroidered the hair on just because when I pose them all together I wanted them to look different.  Personally, I am partial to how Harry’s hair turned out.

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Storm Trooper

Of course after making Darth Vader, I had to make the Storm Trooper pattern to go with my Norbert (who will of course be dressed as Princess Leia). They are such bad shots anyway so I’m not going to have them holding their weapons…

 

Worsted weight yarn (or any weight of your choosing) in black and white
Size G hook (or whatever hook to make a tight crochet with your yarn)
Safety eyes, 12mm
Poly-fil for stuffing

Legs(make two) start in black
8 sc in magic circle
inc around
sc around for 2 rounds and switch to white
dec x4, sc x8
dec x2, sc x8 (by this round it should be 10sc) Stuff foot and continue to stuff as you go.
sc around for 8 rounds. Bind off both, but no need to leave a long tail for sewing.

Now about joining the legs, what you need to do is hold the legs together and sl st through both the legs twice in the middle where they meet, from the front of the legs to the back. Then continue around the legs. You should end with 2 sl st and 16 sc (8 sc around each leg). Moving on to the body you will forgo the sl st and only work in the sc.

Body
sc around for 2 rounds and switch to black
sc around for 1 round and switch back to white
*dec, 3* x3, sc, make sure to continue to stuff as you go
sc around for 2 rounds
sc, *dc tog (dc 2tog), sc, sc* x3, dc tog, sc
sc around for 5 rounds and switch to black
sc, dec, dec, 2 sec, dec, dec
dec around, Bind off both, but no need to leave a long tail for sewing.

Arms (make two) start with black
6 sc in magic circle
inc around and switch to white
sc around for 2 rounds
*dec, sc in next 2* around, make sure to stuff lightly as you go and switch to black
sc around and switch to white
sc around for 7 rounds and switch to black
sc around for 2 rounds. Bind off, leaving a tail to go ahead and sew onto the sides of the body.

Head start with white
6 sc in magic circle
inc around
*inc, sc* around switch to black
sc around and switch to white
sc around for 4 round, insert safety eyes between rounds 4 and 5, leaving about 3 sc in between.
*inc, 2 sc* around
sc around
*dec, 2 sc* around and switch to black
*dec, sc* around, be sure to stuff
dec around, bind off, leaving a tail to go ahead and make an upside down ‘v’ for the mouth then sew it onto the body.

Mad Hooking!

Darth Vader

Again I find myself in need of a pattern and not a free suitable one in sight. My original Norbert Calendar was a hit that I didn’t realize that so many people liked. We didn’t make one this year and had many people inquire about it… so here I go again.

I wanted to make a roughly 6″ Darth Vader and Storm Troopers. I do have a long standing grump about paying for patterns, so I’ve decided to pay homage to these iconic characters in yarm. I freely give this pattern out for others to celebrate them as well.

Worsted weight yarn i(or any weight of your choosing) n black, dark grey, red and green
Size G hook (or whatever hook to make a tight crochet with your yarn)
Safety eyes, 12mm
Poly-fil for stuffing

Legs(make two)
8 sc in magic circle
inc around
sc around for 2 rounds
dec x4, sc x8
dec x2, sc x8 (by this round it should be 10sc) Stuff foot and continue to stuff as you go.
sc around for 8 rounds. Bind off both, but no need to leave a long tail for sewing.

Now about joining the legs, what you need to do is hold the legs together and sl st through both the legs twice in the middle where they meet, from the front of the legs to the back. Then continue around the legs. You should end with 2 sl st and 16 sc (8 sc around each leg). Moving on to the body you will forgo the sl st and only work in the sc.

Body
sc around for 3 rounds
*dec, 3* x3, sc, make sure to continue to stuff as you go
sc around for 8 rounds
sc, dec, dec, 2 sec, dec, dec
dec around, Bind off both, but no need to leave a long tail for sewing.

Arms (make two)
6 sc in magic circle
inc around
sc around for 2 rounds
*dec, sc in next 2* around, make sure to stuff lightly as you go
sc around for 10 rounds. Bind off, leaving a tail to go ahead and sew onto the sides of the body.

Upper body armor
4 sc in magic circle, ch 1 and turn
*inc, sc* across, ch 1 and turn
sc across, switch colors to dark grey, ch 1 and turn
sc across, switch back to black, ch 1 and turn
sc across for 3 round, switch colors to dark grey, ch 1 and turn
sc across, switch back to black, ch 1 and turn
*dec, sc* across, ch 1 and turn
dec x2, ch 1 and sc around the armor
sl, ,st to first sc of the round going around the armor, bind off and leave a long tail. Sew this to the top of the body (no need to stuff, just push the ends under as you sew), the sides hanging down over the ‘shoulders’.

Head
6 sc in magic circle
inc around
*inc, sc* around
sc around for 5 round, insert safety eyes between rounds 4 and 5, leaving about 3 sc in between.
*dec, sc* around, be sure to stuff
dec around, bind off, leaving a tail to go ahead and sew in the middle of the upper body armor.

Mouth
ch 2, ,3 sc in first ch, ch 1 and turn
sc across, ch 1 and turn
sc, sc inc, sc, bind off, leave a tail and sew to face. Stuff the end behind as you sew. Sew two vertical lines in grey for accent markings.

Helmet
6 sc in magic circle
inc around
*inc, sc* around
sc in next 2, hdc and dc in next, dc and hdc in next, sc in the rest. Ch 1 and turn
sc in the next 12, ch 1 and turn. Repeat this for 6 rows. Ch 1 and sc around the helmet, put 3 sc in the bottom points/corners of the back of the helmet (the sc rows). Bind off, leave a tail and sew onto the head.
Ch 18 and bind off, leave a tail and sew down the middle of the helmet starting between the eyes.

Belt
Start with black and ch 19. Sc in second chain from hook and across. Ch 1 and turn
sc across, bind off with a long tail to sew around his middle.
In grey, for the buckle, ch 5, sc in the second chain from hook and across. Ch 1 and turn
sc across, bind off with a long tail to sew to the front of the belt.

Abdomen light box
ch 6, sc in second chain from hook, ch 1 and turn
sc across, ch 1 and turn. Repeat for a total of 4 rows. Bind off with a long tail to sew on the abdomen. Before you sew though, use the blue, red and grey to add some accent lines.

Cape
Now, with the cape you can attach some felt or cloth if you prefer. I went ahead and crocheted one up so I could include it in these instructions and as a matter of preference as well.
ch 27, dc in the third chain from hook and across, ch 2 (does not count as a st) and turn
dc across, ch 2 and turn for total of 12 rows. Sc around it all, putting 3 sc in each corner. When you get back to the beginning of the sc around, sl st to the first one and tie a little knot leaving a long tail for sewing.
Now to make your life easier to make the gathered look of the top of the cape use your needle to help weave the end in about every 2-3 stitches along the top. When you get to the end, gently pull and compare it to where you will sew the cape to the upper body armor then sew it on. 

And that’s all there is!
Mad Hooking!

Flasher Banana (slightly NSFW)

This pattern began as someone messaging me on Facebook.  They couldn’t find the pattern anywhere and wanted to make it for a friend of theirs that has cancer.  I’ve been wanting to write more patterns of my own up and I loved this idea and reasons!  Not to mention this is right up my alley….

This is worked in the round as typical for amigurumi.  Mine turned out to be about 10″ tall.  I choose to make it a little larger and not use wire for the arms and legs.  This way it is washable!

G hook
12mm safety eyes
worsted weight yarn in yellow, white and black
polyfill for stuffing
Start with black
6 sc in magic circle
*inc, sc* around
sc around then change to yellow (leave a long end of black here on the outside to make sewing the eyebrows and mouth a little easier on yourself if you want)
In back loops only (just for this round) sc around
*inc, sc in next 2* around
sc around for 2 rounds
*inc, sc in next 3* around
sc around for 3 rounds
*inc, sc in next 4* around
sc around for 3 rounds
*inc, sc in next 5* around
sc around for 3 rounds
*inc, sc in next 6* around
sc around for 3 rounds then change to white
in back loops only (just for this round) sc around
Take a moment to insert the safety eyes before moving on.  Count down 11/12 rounds of yellow and place them with 4 stitches in between. Also, stuff the head at least to eye level to make your life easier and then keep stuffing as you go. Keep in mind that as you stuff you are also giving it that slightly curved shape as well.  This is the easiest way since it is just a slight curve than to get fancy with the stitches I have found.
sc around for 6 rounds
*dec, sc in next 6* around
sc around for 3 rounds
*dec, sc in next 5* around
sc around for 3 rounds
*dec, sc in next 4* around
sc around for 3 rounds
*dec, sc in next 3* around
sc around for the next 3 rounds
*dec, sc in next 2* around
sc around for the next 2 rounds
*dec, sc* around
dec around then bind off and weave in the end
Now, turn your banana upside down with the yellow end facing down.  Locate the approximate middle of the back where you did the round of back loop only in yellow before changing to white.  This may or may not be the beginning of the round, but it doesn’t matter.  (Also, you may be off a stitch or two.  It’ll be fine.  I’m not one for counting exactly as you may have noticed from my patterns.  I like stress free as possible.) Join your yellow yarn here and continue as follows:
ch 1 and sc around in the front loops only then sl st to beginning (ch does not count as a stitch)
ch 1 and then sc around to the front stopping about halfway, in the middle,  Leave the rest of this round unworked for now and turn.
ch 1 and sc back to where you started then turn
ch 1, sc across then turn for 3 rows
ch 1, dec, sc across then dec over the last 2 stitches
ch 1, sc across then turn for 4 rows
ch 1, dec, sc across then dec over the last 2 stitches
ch 1, sc across then turn for 4 rows
ch 1, dec, sc across then dec over the last 2 stitches
ch 1, sc across then turn for 4 rows
ch 1, dec, sc across then dec over the last 2 stitches
ch 1, sc across then turn for 4 rows
ch 1, dec, sc across then dec over the last 2 stitches (it really is a dec, dec basically since you should be down to 4 or 5 stitches.
ch 1, sc across then turn for 2 rows
ch 1, then dec across the last stitches, cut and bind off yarn.
Now, join yarn in the last sc you worked before turning (yeah, the same, not the next one).
ch 1 and then sc around to the back stopping at the last stitch before the peal you just made.
ch 1 and sc back to where you started then turn
ch 1, sc across then turn for 3 rows
ch 1, dec, sc across then dec over the last 2 stitches
ch 1, sc across then turn for 4 rows
ch 1, dec, sc across then dec over the last 2 stitches
ch 1, sc across then turn for 4 rows
ch 1, dec, sc across then dec over the last 2 stitches
ch 1, sc across then turn for 4 rows
ch 1, dec, sc across then dec over the last 2 stitches
ch 1, sc across then turn for 4 rows
ch 1, dec, sc across then dec over the last 2 stitches (it really is a dec, sc, dec basically since you should be down to 3 stitches. At least I was.. if you aren’t it should be close and it will be fine.
ch 1, sc across then turn for 2 rows
ch 1, then dec across the last stitches.  It was a dec over 3 for me.
ch 1, turn then sc evenly up and down both sides of the peals. Place 2 sc at the tips of the peals. Sl st then bind off and weave in ends.
Legs, make two and make them both before sewing as it makes it easier to get an even amount of stuffing in each.
start with black
6 sc in magic circle
*inc* around
*inc, sc* around
sc around
6 dec, 6sc
sc around, change to white and making sure to stuff as you go.  Keep it stuffed pretty tightly as it will help him stand, but try to keep the bottom fairly flat.
sc around for 12 rounds, bind off leaving a long tail to sew.
To sew on, keep in mind that the legs go down with the bottom of the banana facing out.  I found it best to turn the banana to the side, count down about 10-12 white rows, pinch the top of the legs closed and then sew onto the banana. Some people find it easier to pin in place before sewing and it might make it easier to line them up better.
Arms, make two and make them both before sewing as it makes it easier to get an even amount of stuffing in each.
with yellow
6 sc in magic circle
*inc* around
sc around
8 sc, 3 dc in same st, 3 sc (make sure to push the dc outwards to create a thumb)
8 sc, dec over the next 3 dc, 3 sc
*dec, sc* around and stuff the hand to hold shape and stuff very lightly as you go so it bends easily
sc around for 10 rounds.
To sew on, pinch the top of the arms closed and sew it onto the yellow part of the banana about 3-4 rows above the peal.  Make sure to have the thumbs facing up.  I did sew at a slight slant from back to front, but that’s me.  I then ran the yarn on the inside of the arms to the hands to sew the peal into place so it look like he is holding open the peals.
Finally take the black yarn and sew on the face and eyebrows and you’re done!
Mad Hooking!

Snowman Boot Cuffs

 

 

 

 

As you may have noticed boot cuffs seem to be everywhere.  I personally don’t know the purpose except looks, but that’s just how my mind works.  They are quite adorable though… Anywho, I got a request for the Santa boot cuffs (want a great free pattern that’s easy to read and follow, go here: http://www.cuppastitches.com/2017/08/santa-boot-cuffs.html) and I made them up.  My problem, I HATE working in the back stitch.  I don’t know why as the look is great, but I feel like I’m working forever and going nowhere.  So during all the time it took me to make the cuffs I was thinking about a different way to make them… and that’s how I came to make these.  Plus, I like snowmen better and it seems to me you could wear them longer in the winter season than Santa ones, but that’s my practical mind again…

Note: Keep in mind, I tend to crochet tightly as I have been told.  I have included measurements so you can adjust as needed if you want.
Typical measurements for sizing:  Small 13 inches, Medium 15 inches, Large 17 inches.  These boot cuffs allow for a decent stretch as well.
I Hook
Red Heart with Love yarn in white, black and red (or contrasting color for scarf)
4 total black buttons (I used 3/4 inch)
black thread to sew on the eyes
Make 2, obviously for a pair, with the ends of the scarf facing different directions as mentioned later
Ch an even amount of stitches, I did 52 for the medium size
ch 2 (beginning ch never count as a st) dc in each st around, sl st to beginning
ch 2 *fpdc (front post double crochet) for 2 st, bpdc (back post double crochet) for 2 st* sl st to beginning fpdc (not the ch 2)
ch 2 fpdc in fpdc and bpdc in bpdc from previous round. Repeat this round 5 more times.  This gave me a height of roughly 3 inches.
switch to red or scarf color then ch 1 and fpsc (front post single crochet) in each st around, sl st to beginning
ch 1, hdc in each st, sl st to beginning
ch 1, sc in each st, sl st to beginning change back to white (red part here is 3/4 inch)
ch 1 and fpsc (front post single crochet) in each st around, sl st to beginning
ch 1, hdc in each st, sl st to beginning
ch 1, hdc in each st, sl st to beginning
ch 1, sc in each st, sl st to beginning change to black (white part is just over an inch)
ch 1 and fpsc (front post single crochet) in each st around, sl st to beginning
ch 1, sc in each st, sl st to beginning and bind off (black part here is half an inch)
turn upside down and sc in white around the “bottom” of the cuff, sl st to beginning and bind off.
Weave in all ends.
Sew on the two button eyes in the top white space about 3-4 stitches apart.
To make the rest of the scarf:
In red or scarf color, ch 31 turn and sc in each st for a total of 30 and turn
ch 1, sc in each st for 2 rows, bind off.  Don’t worry about weaving in these ends.
Now cut 6 lengths of about 6 inches in the scarf color.  Tie or hook in like you do with crochet hair to the two ends of the scarf.  Fold in half and sew onto your cuff, slightly to the side of where you put the eyes.  Keep in mind that on one cuff should have the scarf ends to the left and one to the right.
Mad Hooking!