Saturday, 24 July 2010

Rollo the miserable monster

So this is Rollo

Rollo is a little miserable monster (a yeti in fact) made of snowflake dk yarn, dk yarn, safety eyes and a safety cats nose. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship when it comes to sirdars snowflake yarn because I love the effect you get using it but it often makes me lose the will to live as it is so difficult to use. Embroidering it as well causes problems but I think it was worth it. He has little feet and extra long arms. Finally for some finishing touches I added some blush because obviously he'd be cold being a yeti and also some nipples to give him that more monstery look (although maybe that's the reason he's blushing).

Saturday, 12 June 2010

By the Power of Greyskull Part 1

So this guy took me forever, I swear there were days I was losing the will to live staring at him. The biggest problem his head, the construction of it took me a week and then I destroyed it after I painted it and in my infinite wisdom tried to wash the aqua marker off too soon. Thankfully I had written down notes as I had been making it so a second took less than 30 mins to make, as opposed to the week that the original took..

The things that took the longest were his accessories, a little shoulder guard here, a belt there but now looking back at my notes you could probably whip him up in a day.
I think I'll have to make a He-Man to go along with him which should be fun and also it means I could easily make up Faker as well once I've worked out a pattern. That's why this post is a part one, I can see me making quite a few characters...

Monday, 19 April 2010

Sackboy with pattern

So the reason I learned to crochet was mainly because I wanted to make a sackboy, judging by a few other blogs and posts I've noticed that Little Big Planet seems to have created quite a few new crafters. I've used quite a few patterns but have always found that they're never quite what I wanted in terms of a sackboy. Having crocheted now for around six months I decided that it was time to finally design and pattern one myself. He took me approx. a week to finish but you could probably whip him up quicker, his head usually only takes a couple of hours at the most.

Sackboy Pattern (c) Mundy Morning 2010 (check out the annoying copyright info at bottom)

You will require

A pair of buttons for eyes (I used 15 mm shiny black buttons that you sew at the back)
A small zip ( I used a 5" one folded up, I also "painted" it using a silver pen)
A crochet hook (4mm in my case)
DK Yarn for sack colour
DK Yarn for stitching details
DK Yarn for mouth (or you could use felt)
Polyfill stuffing ( although you could use some beans/beads to weigh him down as well)

Head (The head is made in two parts, the best way to describe this is like a bin with lid)


Rnd 1 - 6 sts (I used the magic circle method but if you prefer otherwise)
Rnd 2 - Inc 2 (12)
Rnd 3 - Inc 2 + sc (18)
Rnd 4 - Inc 2 + sc (27)
Rnd 5 - Inc 2 + 2sc (36)
Rnd 6 - Inc 2 + 3sc (45)
Rnd 7 - sc(45)
Rnd 8 - 16sc now ch 13, missing the 13 stitches of Rnd 7, now sc the final 16 stitches
Rnd 9 - 3sc + Dec (36)
Rnd 10-15 - sc (36)
Rnd 16 - 2sc + Dec (27)
Finish off

Top of head

Rnd 1 - 6 st
Rnd 2 - Inc 2 (12)
Rnd 3 - Inc 2 + sc (18)
Rnd 4 - Inc 2 + sc (27)
Rnd 5 - sc (27)
Finish off


Rnd 1 - 6 sts
Rnd 2 - Inc 2 (12)
Rnd 3 - Inc 2 (24)
Rnd 4 - Inc 2, 22sc, Inc 2 (26)
Rnd 5 - sc (26)
Finish off

Take the mouth and fold in half, it's best to sew the edge of the fold with a whip stitch to keep it folded. Sew the mouth into the hole left in the main head, attach the eyes and then stuff the main head finally attach the top, then sew the stitching details.

Body (The body is made with a hole running down the centre so that you can easily slip and sew the zip in)

Rnd 1 - 6 sts
Rnd 2 - Inc 2 + 1 (9)
Rnd 3 - Inc 2 + 2 (12)
Rnd 4 - Inc 2 + 3 (15)
Rnd 5 - 14sc now ch 1 and turn essentially as you would for rows
Rnd 6-10 - Do as above, you should have a hole one stitch wide forming
Rnd 11 - 14sc and ch 1 as previous, don't turn just sc into next st this is the first st of rnd 12
Rnd 12 - 3sc + Dec (12)
Rnd 13 - 2sc + Dec (9)
Finish off

You should be able to sew the zip in now, you can either stuff the body before or after as you should still have enough space at the top. To stop the zip from moving you can either glue it shut or simply sew it shut. Sew on stitching details.

Legs (The legs are essentially like the head made in two pieces, make two pieces of each part)

Main leg

Rnd 1 - 3 sts
Rnd 2 - Inc 2 (6)
Rnd 3 - Inc 2 + 1 (9)
Rnd 4 - Inc 2 + 2 (12)
Rnd 5-9 - sc (12)
Finish off


Rnd 1 - 6 sts
Rnd 2 - Inc 2 + 1 (9)
Rnd 3 - Inc 2 + 2 (12)
Finish off

Stuff the leg then attach the foot pad to the bottom, sew on details then attach to body.

Arms (This piece uses not only sc but also half double crochet, double crochet and slip stitch to create the fingers)

Rnd 1 - 3 sts
Rnd 2 - Inc 2 (6)
Rnd 3 - sc (6)
Rnd 4 - Inc 2, 4sc, Inc 2(8)
Rnd 5-8 - sc (8)
Rnd 9 - Inc 2 + 1 (12)
Rnd 10 - sc (12)
Rnd 11 - Inc 2 + 2 (16)

Stuff the arm now fold the seam at the bottom together, going through both layers of fabric in the 1st st do as follows

1st finger (sc,hdc,dc,hdc,sc) ss into next st
2nd finger (sc,hdc,dc,hdc,sc) ss into next st
3rd finger (sc,hdc,dc,hdc,sc) ss into next st
4th finger (sc,hdc,dc,hdc,sc) now ss up approx 2 rows and (sc,hdc,dc,hdc,sc) then ss into a st nearby and finish off

For Sackboy's right arm do the same but finish off after the 4th finger, leave a very long tail, you can pull this through a point for where his thumb should be on the opposite side and then use the (sc,hdc,dc,hdc,sc) then ss as usual and finish off. Sew the finishing details and then then attach his arms to his body.

Any questions/problems just leave a comment and I'll see whether I can help.

Annoying copyright blurby stuff : Please do not sell any items created using this pattern, make as many as you want and feel free to share it with others so long as you link them to here.