Thursday, June 11, 2015

Medium Sized Totoro Pattern Two of Three for Stacking Set


 

This is the medium sized or Blue Totoro that is part of the set of 3 stacking Totoros. Small, medium and large. This medium one will fit inside the large (grey) one which is not released yet. The smallest one (white) has already been released and that pattern
is here.


I will release the grey one asap. Scroll down this page for the medium sized Blue Totoro pattern. Please read over the instructions and important notes that will help you assemble the doll.

Please note if you'd prefer Totoro without the egg I do have a few patterns available including the Cat bus. Use the search bar in the upper right corner of this blog.

There is a print friendly button at the bottom of this pattern. If you would like to leave a donation please do so by using the donation button also located at the bottom of this pattern. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and do help me to keep on providing free patterns!

Thank you so much and enjoy!

Read me ~> How to read the rows: Each row has a sequence as given below. Example: 1sc then 2sc in next st means repeat that sequence 1sc then 2sc in next st followed by 1sc then 2sc in next st over and over to the end of that particular row. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.
Read me ~>  Add in a marker at the end of row 2 and move that marker at the end of every row. I just use a short length of yarn and pull it through the last stitch I put in at the end of every row. Work in continuous rounds, do not join. Have any questions or if you come across a mistake in the pattern please leave a message in the comment section below.

Supplies:
Red Heart Comfort yarn in Blue or in any color of your choosing
plus a small amount of white for the tummy patch
4.0 mm hook *use a smaller hook if you crochet fairly loose
blunt end yarn needle for sewing
scissors
pieces of felt or paint for the eyes

1 plastic Easter egg similar in color to the yarn used to make the body (C = 5.5" or see size pictured below)
emery board or sand paper
fabric fusion or tacky glue

Abbreviations:

st = stitch
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
f/o = finish off
*IMPORTANT - The limbs, tummy patch and tail need to be sewn on before the egg is glued in place. See the assembly instructions at the bottom of the page and follow them in order they are given for the best results. Using the emery board or sand paper rough up the entire egg, making sure you rough up all around the edges.
click on photos to enlarge them

I used green as I went through this pattern. You can use any color you'd like. The one from the original story is blue.

MEDIUM SIZE TOTORO:

Ears:

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2-4) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
sl st next st and f/o leaving a tail for sewing. Do not stuff

Arms:
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 1sc in next 2 st then 2sc in next st (8)
3-4) 1sc in each st for 2 rows

 sl st next st and f/o leaving a tail for sewing. Do not stuff

Tail:

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 1sc then 2sc in next st (9)
3) 1sc in each st for 1 row
 
sl st next st and f/o leaving a tail for sewing. Do not stuff

Feet:

these are optional but will help your doll stand. With no feet it rolls over.
1)
magic circle or adjustable loop with 5st and f/o leaving a short tail for sewing. You will have 4 yarn tails, just hide them inside the body when you're done sewing.

White Tummy Patch:

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12) *work the starting yarn tail into this row or cut it and tuck it behind the patch when you sew it to the body
3) 1sc  then 2sc in next st (18)

 sl st next st and f/o leaving a tail for sewing. Add in tummy markings with thread, yarn or paint.
 

Bottom Half of Body:
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc  then 2sc in next st (18)
4-7) 1sc in each st for 4 rows

sl st next st and f/o. Weave in the yarn tail

Note: For a slightly lighter weight yarn you might need to add more rows after row 7. Place the the egg inside the body when you have finished row 7. If the bottom edge of row 7 reaches the line as pictured in assembly photos below then you can stop. you might have to stretch it a bit for it to reach
 

Top Half of Body:
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc  then 2sc in next st (18)
4-8) 1sc in each st for 5 rows
 
sl st next st and f/o. Weave in the yarn tail
Note: For a slightly lighter weight yarn you might need to add more rows after row 8. Place the the egg inside the body when you have finished row 8. If the bottom edge of row 8 reaches the edge of the egg then you can stop. you might have to stretch it a bit for it to reach.
 

ASSEMBLY: for best results please assemble the doll in the order given

1) sew the ears onto the top half of the body. The loop that you started the body with should be in the middle of the ears.


2) sew the arms onto the top half of body in line with the ears. The top edge of the arms should be sitting on the 2nd last row of the top half.


3) Sew the tail onto the bottom half. The tail should be sitting over top the 3rd, 4th and 5th row.



4) Sew the tummy patch on. Put the top half and bottom half of the body together, place the patch over, make sure everything is centered and the tail is right in the middle of the backside. Remove the top half now and hold the patch in place over the bottom half while you sew it to the body. Once the bottom of the patch is sewn in then place the top half of the body back on and continue sewing. Make sure the top and bottom half edges are snug, you don't want any gaps. This part can be a bit tricky so take your time. It's not hard just awkward to hold while sewing.


5) sew or glue the feet on. I sewed the feet sides together before sewing them to the doll. Place the egg inside just so it fills out the body so you know exactly where the feet should go. If you have all the parts centered then the feet should go right in front of the loop you started the bottom half of the body with. If it's all a little off center, no worries just do your best to center the feet so the dolls stands straight up.


6) add the eyes now. You can use anything you'd like for eyes such as felt, plastic, paint, buttons. I used 2 rubbery pieces that I cut into round shapes and painted. I then glued them in place one row above the top edge of the tummy patch. Use a tiny amount of hot glue or fabric glue. Be careful not to use so much glue that it oozes out onto the doll.

7) Glue the top half of egg in. Do not have any glue puddles or the glue will seep through the yarn and be visible. Instead spread the glue around evenly, making sure to also get the glue right around the edge but not over the edge. The top half should go all the way inside the body. You might have to stretch the body a bit to ensure that the bottom edge is completely in line with the top edge of the egg.

8) Glue the bottom half of the egg in. The bottom half of the egg has a ridge, make sure this ridge is completely visible as pictured below and the crochet edge is below that ridge line or the egg will not close properly. Test the egg first to see how it opens and closes.
Leave the egg halves apart and check on them after 10 minutes to see if the all the edges are still as they should be and haven't drifted up or down. Let the glue completely dry before putting the halves together.




And you're done!
Come back soon for the final pattern in this set, the larger Grey Totoro.

I do have more of the Easter Egg amigurumis. Each one listed below also has instructions to make them without the egg inside.
  1. Frog Catches Flies
  2. Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
  3. Fly
  4. Rosey The Monkey
  5. Browning The Bear


  Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and help keep the patterns free. If you do give a donation, please except this note as my sincere thanks and know that you have helped a great deal.
Many Blessings to you!



3 comments:

  1. Hello, I love your idea of using Totoro for the egg. Can I ask you which kind of egg did you use?
    Thank you for sharing and congratulations!!

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    1. You're welcome and thank you :)

      They are plastic Easter eggs. the measurements are in the pattern.

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  2. Thank you so much for the pattern!!!

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