Friday, July 15, 2016

Ace the Tiny Squirrel


Ace the tiny Squirrel,

Ace is actually a member of the Lil' Trouble Teddy gang, the only difference is the head shape and the tail. Aside from those two things the pattern is the same.

I decided to make the squirrel its own pattern page,  this way you don't have to flip back and forth between patterns.
I also made a full video tutorial for the squirrel. You'll find the links to part one and
part two of the video in the written pattern below.


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  any color

3.75mm hook for head and body
4.5mm hook for limbs *this is optional, you can use the same hook for the entire project. If you want the ami to be the same size as mine then use what I used. 
blunt end yarn needle for sewing
scissors

polyester stuffing
yarn for eyes and mouth *instructions under the assembly section
steel pet brush for brushing out tail


Abbreviations:

st = stitch
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch

hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet

FLO = front loops only
ch = chain
f/o = finish off
*have troubles understanding the rows, scroll up and look in the1st "Read Me" section
With 3.75mm hook. Starting a
t the top of the head:
There is a full video tutorial for the head and body here

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4-5) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
6) 2hdc in the next 3st, 1sc in next 15st (21)
7
) 1hdc in next 6st, 1sc in next 15st (21)

8) (2tog 3 times) then (1sc in next 3st then 2tog, repeat to marker) (15)
9) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (12)
10) 1sc then 2tog (8)
11) 2sc in each st (16)
12) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (20)

*stuff head firmly and full. Shape as you stuff, make sure to shape the muzzle too. See video for tips on stuffing and shaping
13) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (25)

14) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (20)
15) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (16)
16) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (12)
sl st next st and f/o leaving a tail long enough to sew up the gap. Weave in and out of the FLO of the  remaining st, stuff the rest of the body firmly and full, shape as you stuff. Use a stuffing stick or the back end of a pencil to push the stuffing into the right spots. If unsure how to shape please view part one of the video tutorial Pull the yarn tail to close up the gap. Knot off and hide yarn tail inside body.


If you have any troubles with the next part of the pattern please view part two of the video tutorial.
Part two is in the following order: Tail, limbs, ears. Then we add the face details. We sew the tail on last. Use what you need in the video and skip over parts you don't need. Video is here

With 4.5mm hook
Arms and Legs: Make 4
1) ch 8

2) starting with 2nd ch, 1sc in each ch (7)
f/o. Fold chain and sew the edges closed, going through one visible loop only of each side. Hide the starting yarn tail inside limb and use the finishing yarn tail to sew the limbs to the body.


Tail:
with 4.5mm hook
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2)
1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (8)
3) 1sc in each st for 1 row

4
) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (10)

5) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (12)
6-7) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
8) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (9)
9-10) 1sc in each st for 2 rows 
f/o leaving a tail for sewing.
Do not stuff. brush out tail if you have a pet brush handy. 


 Tip: I would sew the limbs on before crocheting the ears, (instructions for ears is in assembly section), onto the body. I used the arms as a guide, making sure the ears are in line with the arms. 


ASSEMBLY:
1) Sew the arms just under the neck. Hide the yarn tails inside the body.
2) pin the legs in place, they should be more towards the front so the body doesn't flop over. Sit it down on a flat surface to make sure it will sit up on its own. Sew in place and hide yarn tails in the body.
3)
Ears:
with 4.5mm hook

insert yarn in between the 2nd and 3rd row,
ch1 then
make 3dc in same space, sl st in the same space or just in front of the last dc you put in. f/o and shape the ear, stretch them out. Hide yarn tails in the head.
4) Sew the tail in place. If you are brushing the tail, do that first before sewing to the body.  A
dd a holding st or 2 around the middle of the tail to the back of the body to hold the tail in an upright position

Face:
feel free to play around with different styles and looks. I kept it very simple with black yarn inserted and wrapped in between the 5th and 6th row. I added some white on each side, inserted the same way. See video if you need help. The nose is any color inserted and wrapped around the 6th row and finished off with a vertical line. If you don't have embroidery thread you can split yarn, that's what I did for the eyes. If you need help, see part two of the video tutorial for this part, fast forward closer to the end.


If you want to make a skunk using this same pattern you can do just that! You'll need to make just 3 small modifications. You'll find the link to the skunk below

  • Lil' Oak Hiding Tree ~  click here
  • Lil' Trouble Teddy (includes, koala, bear and frog) ~ click here
  • Stinky, The Tiny Skunk ~ click here
  • Sly the Lil' Fox ~ click here
  • Nugget the Lil' Owl ~ click here
  • Lil' Acorn ~ to be added


And now you're done. I hope you enjoyed the pattern Post pictures on my facebook page Amigurumi Freely. Or post them on instagram with the hashtag Sharon_Ojala.

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Many Blessings to you!


Copyright 2016 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved 
 You may sell finished products. Do not reprint this pattern. If you'd like to share this pattern please link back to it. 


7 comments:

  1. This is such a sweet litttle squirrel. His beautiful tail makes him special.

    Thanks, Margaret

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  2. So cute !!!! Thanks !!!

    Greetings, Tinne

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  3. Love love love your patterns! Collecting all of them. Made a bunch of them wish I could send u a picture. Just don't know the computer too well so don't know how. Your amazing and very talented. You have so much patience and your videos are the best.

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  4. What is that brush that you use on the tail?

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    1. a steel pet brush,
      it's in the supplies list along with hook size and all the stuff to make him.

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  5. Am a totalbeginner and your projects and videos make me want to have a go at making them they are just too sweet and cute many thanks for all you do please keep up the great work xx

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