Saturday, August 19, 2017

S'mores the Horse


Introduction & SIZE:
Meet S'mores the Little Bigfoot Horse. He is about 7 inches tall.
Date of birth: August 19th 2017
The Little Bigfoot series was first designed in 2012. I have started revising all those original patterns, however, the horse was never part of the originals, actually, this is the first horse pattern I've ever designed! I'm quite happy with how it  turned out. I hope you are too.

A Happy Little Bigfoot Farm
I now have 3 patterns available that are considered Farm Animals in this LBF series. They are:
Temple the Cow ~ pattern here
The OG LBF Pig ~ pattern here
S'mores the Horse ~ scroll down this page
A goat pattern is in the works (not pictured, watch my fb page for a sneak peek later tonight or tomorrow)


Copyright 2017 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved
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Supplies:
Basic OG LBF body pattern found here
same yarn and hook you used to make the body with

blunt end yarn needle for sewing
scissors
polyester stuffing

Red Heart Comfort Yarn Color codes for S'mores:
White 3130 ~ strip of color on head

Mocha 3191 ~ hooves, mane (and alternate color for mane highlights)
Tan 3167 ~ front part of muzzle

Off White 3132 ~
head, body, arms, legs, and ears
Eyes: Feel free to play around with placements. The horse  you see pictured has 7mm safety eyes in between the 6th and 7th row with 5 visible stitch holes between them.
I glued a small piece of white felt behind the eyes
Options for eyes: buttons, felt, paint, safety eyes, wrap yarn, or crochet them.


Abbreviations:
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
ch1 = chain one
sl st = slip stitch
2tog = crochet 2 stitches together
BLO = back loops only
hdc = half double crochet
f/o = finish off

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.

I gave the color codes for S'mores in the supplies list above. You can use colors of your choice, of course!


Muzzle: starting with alternate color
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc in first 2st, 2sc in next 2st, 1sc in next 4st, 2sc in next 2st, 1sc in next 2st (16) 

4) 1sc in first 3st, 2sc in next 2st, 1sc in next 6st, 2sc in next 2st, 1sc in next 3st (20)

5) 1sc in each st for 1 row, switch to body color on last st (20) 
6-8) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
9) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (16)
sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing.


Strip of color over nose: 
1) ch7
2) starting in 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in each ch (6) ch1 and turn
3) skip ch, 1sc in each st, ch1 and turn (6)
4) skip ch, 1sc in next 2st then 2tog then 1sc in next 2st (5)
ch1 and turn
5) skip ch, 1sc in each st (5) ch1 and turn
6) skip ch, 1sc in each of the BLO (5) ch1 and turn
7) skip ch, 1sc then 2tog then 1sc in next 2st (4) ch1 and turn
8) skip ch, 1sc in each st (4) ch1 and turn
9) skip ch, 1sc then 2tog then 1sc in next st (3) ch1 and turn
10) skip ch, 1sc in each st (3) ch1 and turn
11) skip ch, 2tog then 1sc in next st (2) ch1 and turn
12) 1sc in each st
f/o leaving a long tail for sewing



  • Stretch the muzzle out, stretch it out side to side. The finishing yarn tail should be center at the bottom. I stuffed mine before the next step but do as you feel to
  •  Before sewing the muzzle to the face sew the strip of color over the muzzle. Notice how the one section folds upward where you crocheted in the BLO. 
  • Place the strip, wide end over the muzzle, with row 1 of the strip right in front of the color change of the muzzle. 
  • Sew around the 3 sides then knot off. Stuff a tiny amount of stuffing inside, in between the muzzle and the strip.



  • Whip stitch 2 nostrils in between the 2nd and 3rd row. Knot yarn tails inside muzzle when done.
  • The top of the muzzle is sewn on or about row 8 and the bottom on or about row 12. Pin muzzle in  place before sewing, use lots of pins. 
  • Take your time and be sure it stays centered as you sew.
  • Leave a little gap for stuffing more in if needed. Use a stuffing stick and push the stuffing to the sides of the muzzle so it maintains its shape. Then close up the gap, knot off and hide yarn tail inside the head. 
  • Sew the remaining section of the strip to the head, make sure it stays centered as you sew. Sew on the inside edge, don't bring the stitches to the outside. This will give you a clean edge around the strip. Don't pull any stitches so tight that you alter the shape of the strip. Knot off when done and hide yarn tail inside head.

  
Ears: you can use an alternate color or the same color as the body.
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 1sc then 2sc in the next st (9) 

3) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (12)

4-6) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
7) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (9)
f/o leaving a tail for sewing
.
Do not stuff ears. 
Sew ears on before adding the mane. Top corner sewn in between 2nd and 3rd row and the bottom corner in between the 6th and 7th row. I forgot to add this next step until after I finished the horse, but you can make the tip of the ears pointy by pinching the tip then sewing the edges together to hold that shape.





Base of Mane:
Use the same color you will be using for the mane
1) insert your hook through the top of the head, just behind the ears and in front of the strip of color, pull the yarn through and ch1 then in the same space add 1hdc, then 1hdc in the next 9 spaces down the back of the head, then 1sc in the next space and f/o. Keep your line centered, it's very easy to go off center.
Knot the starting yarn tail off as well when you're done.

 
Mane:
Cut a bundle of yarn as pictured. Starting at the bottom of the base, pull each strand through a space in the base and knot each one, make 2 knots and pull tight each time you make a knot.


  • You can make the mane as full as you want to, I found pulling 2 strands through each space, one at a time, (double knot each one), was full enough.
  • After I was done, I pulled through a few strands of a darker color. Try the same, or try a lighter color. Play around with it as much as you want to!
  • Also be sure to fill in the area around the very top of the head. You will have to pull strands through the head itself.  Double knot each one.
  • When you trim the mane, trim just a little bit at a time. Take your time! It's better to cut just a little than a lot and ending up regretting that you took too much off.


Tail: with same color as body, 
1) hold 2 strands of yarn together, ch3 then f/o (pull tight when you f/o).
*begin the chain with long yarn tails that you can use to sew the tail to the body.
  • Cut a bundle of yarn strands, same way you did the mane. Pull each one through the end of the tail and knot off, double knot each strand.
  • You can sew the tail in place and leave it to hang down or you can do what I did to get the tail to stand away from the body.
  • Pull the tail through a stitch hole by pulling one of the yarn tails though a stitch hole and pull it tight, wiggle the tail a bit to get it to push through the stitch hole. Once it's part way through a stitch hole, sew it in place. Trim tail to desired length.


You can flatten out the horse's feet by pulling a strand of yarn through the bottom of the foot, up through the top, wrap over a stitch or 2, then  back down into the foot and out beside where you first went in. Knot off, pull the yarn tails to suck the foot in then knot off again to hold that shape. Hide yarn tails inside foot when done.
*My horse does stand on its own. Most of my amigurumi do not stand without using pins or props but I found these LBF animals, the ones with the flatter feet or cloven hooves, will stand on their own. I can't guarantee yours will though, it will depend on how much you stuffed the foot and how you shape it.


And you're done. Please post pictures on my facebook page, Amigurumi Freely, I'd love to see it!



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Copyright 2017 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. 




4 comments:

  1. This little horse is just so cute! I have been following your blog for a few years now. I just wanted to thank you for getting me into crochet. It was your little Bigfoot bear that got me started. That was my very first project and I watched your video on YouTube probably a dozen times getting it right. I now crochet almost every pattern that you put out and many others as well. People actually call me a pro at crochet now. It all started with your tutorial. Thank you so much!

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  2. He is so adorable!! I love your patterns! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Hi:) Can I put your pattern on my blog szydlakicudaki.blogspot.com on Polish Language? I linked your website and this pattern?:) This horse is so cute:)

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    1. yes, you can. Put the link where it can be clearly seen back to the original. Thank you :)

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