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Counting Sheep

Counting Sheep: a short story & Amigurumi Pattern by Karissa Cole

Pip (red 1) by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved

The story:

Nothing.

Well.

No.

Not “nothing”. Half a gallon of orange juice, a jar of pickles, leftover chicken from last night – the fridge wasn’t empty. There was just nothing in there that would cure my insomnia.  But for some reason I stood there staring into the cold, bright void anyway. Perhaps I was hoping I could will something useful into existence if I stood there long enough.

When after three minutes nothing with high amounts of tryptophan magically appeared, I swung the refrigerator door closed and glanced at the clock on the microwave. 3:07 AM.

I leaned back and shut my eyes. Letting loose an exasperated sigh, I tried to figure out why decent shuteye had been so elusive lately. My neighbors hardly ever made a sound, so they were not to blame. And I’d always been mostly healthy with no medical history of sleep-impairing dysfunctions. Things were the same as always. So maybe I just had a lot on my mind and with my head so preoccupied with keeping things sorted and straight, it had no time to shut down and sleep. I thought about that for a moment and decided it was highly unlikely. Lately my brain seemed to have about as much going on as a TV with no cable connection; every channel portrayed nothing but static.

On the third night of no sleep I’d said to myself I was tired of it, and chuckled at the silly little pun. I had figured it would pass soon enough and my REM state would again return to me.  But now on night number eight with sleep still not anywhere in sight, I was really starting to fall apart. I rubbed my forehead trying to get rid of the fuzzy little headache between my eyes. It was then that I heard a soft creak come from the far end of the kitchen. I felt a sudden spike in adrenaline but quickly tried to stamp it down. It was probably just the house settling and I just needed to chill. I had been on edge lately anyway. But still. . . I wearily opened my exhausted eyes and looked around the dimly lit room.

I saw nothing. . .  at least at first.

As I looked I suddenly saw something moving near the front door. Fiercely I rubbed my eyes, hoping that I could rub away this rather frightening delusion I must be having. Opening my eyes I looked around the room once more, and it again looked normal; the deep shadows cast by the kitchen table, the chairs, and the counter did nothing to create a calming atmosphere, but I could no longer see anything moving within them.

Sighing again I pushed myself off the fridge I had been leaning against and started back toward my bedroom. Hearing things, seeing things – clearly my sanity could not take many more nights without sleep. I’d crawl back into bed and try for the thousandth time to drift off to sleep.

But trudging down the hallway I thought I heard more noises, little tiny shuffling sounds or whispers. I started to walk faster, trying to outrun them, but the faster I went the louder the noises got. It was as if they were following me.

Completely unconcerned about how crazy I was most certainly becoming I whipped around as I got to my bedroom door and flicked on a light to confront these noises. But when I turned around I saw nothing. And now the only sound I heard was my own heart beating at much too fast a pace. Shaking my head and telling myself it was all just my imagination, the result of an overly tired little brain, I was about to turn the light back off and collapse into my bed when I heard:

“Ahem.”

Stunned, I slowly looked down to see standing just a few feet in front of me were three small, slightly anthropomorphic sheep. No more than a foot tall, they were all sorts of cute, with their big brown eyes and great fluffy bodies, standing up on their two back legs as easily as any biped.

“Pardon me,” the one sheep who had spoken before said. His little helium voice was just about the cutest thing I had ever heard, which I might have in other circumstances commented on. But right now as I stared at the three little home invaders, mouth agape, I had other things on my mind. How did three sheep get in my house being one of them.

I tried to talk but I couldn’t seem to get my mouth to form any words. It must not have gotten over the shock yet. Thankfully Sheep Number 1 had something to say anyway:

“You’ll have to forgive us. We didn’t mean to frighten you.” he said. “It’s just that we’ve been out of work for a long time now, and we were a bit nervous is all.”

It was then I noticed that the other two sheep were standing close together behind Sheep Number 1 with, for lack of a better word, sheepish little grins on their black faces.

“Out of work?” I asked, as my mouth had apparently gotten over itself and managed to say something.

“Oh yes. It’s been a terrible shame, really. Years ago people would always come to us when they needed to sleep. But since the advent of those darn sleep aids,” all three of them shuddered briefly at that before he continued, “or even worse, people just not wanting sleep at all, well, there’s been no need for us. Some in the family have had to seek other means of employment. Cameron, Al, and I were so glad to hear that someone needed us though! I do hope we’re not too late.”

“Too late. . . for what?” I couldn’t help but think that had my brain been firing on all synapses I wouldn’t be having such a hard time processing this. Then again, I thought, since this is clearly an hallucination, if my brain were firing on all synapses I wouldn’t be having a conversation with miniature sheep.

“Too late to count us!” he said cheerfully in his adorably squeaky little voice. The two other sheep behind him -Cameron and Al he had called them- seemed to be warming up and stepped out, beaming brightly.

“Counting sheep. . .” I muttered, finally wrapping my brain around things. Sort of. “But there are only three of you.” I said pointedly.

“Ah, yes.” Sheep Number 1 said. “It’s true in the past there would be more of us. We’ve figured out a way around this, though.” He held up a waiting hoof as he and the other two got down on all fours and formed a neat line. When they were all in formation the first sheep leapt quite gracefully across the hall, shouting out “One!” as he went. As soon as he landed he scurried back to the end of the line while at the same time the second sheep leapt and shouted out “Two!” and then also scurried back to the line. They did this a few more times: sheep three yelled out “Three!” moving sheep one back to the front of the line where he then leapt and shouted out “Four!” followed, of course, by sheep two who yelled out “Five!” and so on.

When done their demonstration they gathered back together in front of me, slightly out of breath. Still on all fours they all looked up at me expectantly.

I fumbled around a bit for something to say. This was ridiculous. Wasn’t it? There was no way counting three little sheep jumping on repeat would help me sleep. Then again. . . I thought back to early yesterday morning when, due to my lack of sleep, I had left the stove on after breakfast and nearly burned down the house. I also thought about the day before when, drowsy from being unfortunately wide awake all night, I had left my tea atop my car as I headed to work and had to face a chorus of angry commuters wailing on their car horns as they had white tea and lemon spritzed all over their windshields.

Eight days. No sleep. Maybe it was time to give ridiculous a shot.

“So you’re here. . . to help me fall asleep?” I said.

“Yep.” Sheep 1 replied matter-of-factly.

I shrugged. “All right. I’ll give it a shot.”

The sheep bounced with excitement and smiled widely to each other.

“I’m Ned.” Sheep 1 said lifting a hoof. I leaned down and shook it. “Pleased to meet you, Ned,” I replied, almost positive I meant it.

“Just so you know,” he started quietly, “we won’t be booked up for quite a long time. We’d be more than happy to stick around here so that whenever you need some shuteye you’ll always have three sheep ready to help you out.”

I looked at each of their sweet, hopeful faces in turn.

“Ned, Cameron, Al,” I said. “I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship.” I smiled at the gleaming little sheep, suddenly overcome with a great warm fuzzy feeling – that is, the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes with three little sheep bestowing happy hugs.

They could finally do the job they wanted to do. And I would finally get some sleep. All in all, a win-win.
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I have to admit I’ve been going crazy trying to get out a new amigurumi pattern this month. Originally I had planned to release a new pattern about three weeks ago, shortly after my Rescue Saturday post. Unfortunately I ran into several obstacles. At first my planned pattern was turning out too complicated so I moved onto another of my ami ideas but it came out. . .  wrong, so I moved onto another which irritated me so much (it was a bad week) I just wanted to frog it and all the icky irksome thoughts that had been entwined in the yarn. Thankfully I have an endless array of possible amigurumi ideas sitting patiently in my head, so I tried to start yet another project that I could post as a free pattern. It came out great! Being a freeformer though (I make things up as I go and write the pattern down afterward), I wanted to test the pattern to make sure it’d work okay. It did not. I haven’t given up on that pattern yet because it passed the “ooh-and-aww!” test, so it’s too cute to abandon. I’m sure I just need to tweak a few rounds here or there. But come to find out, I’m out of the 10mm eyes I like to use and they’re not in stock at my supplier. So I moved on to yet another amigurumi pattern. And that’s where we are today.

So finally, without further ranting, I present to you Counting Sheep: The Amigurumi Pattern:

PATTERN # 1 (this pattern has been designed with advanced amigurumi makers in mind)

Pip (5) by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved

M A T E R I A L S  U S E D:

• Bernat Pipsqueak (5/bulky weight) in Whitey White for body, tail and head [less than 1 skein used]
• Red Heart Super Saver (4/worsted-medium weight) in Black for arms and legs [less than 1 skein used]
• Black felt for ears & face
• 9mm safety eyes [1 pair]
• Fiberfill stuffing
• Sewing supplies (scissors, pins, needles, thread)
• White embroidery thread (or pink or black)
• H/8 5.50MM hook for body, tail and head
• F/5 3.75MM hook for arms and legs

S U G G E S T E D  C O L O R  C O M B I N A T I O N S:

Black face & arms/feet with White head, body & tail (what I used)
Grey face & arms/feet with Black head, body & tail
Tan face & arms/feet with White head, body & tail

A B B R E V I A T I O N S:

MC – magic circle (magic loop/magic ring)
sc – single crochet(s)
dc – double crochet
hdc – half-double crochet
sl st – slip stitch
inc – increase
dec – decrease
ch – chain
*actions in asterisks should be repeated until round completion or to the indicated stopping point in the round*
(number in parentheses indicates total number of stitches after round/row completion)
FO – fasten off
RND – Round

H E A D (x1)

MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 4) *3sc, inc* (30)
RND 5-9) *sc*
RND 10) *3sc, dec* (24)

At this point I recommend cutting out an oval from your felt for the face. Cut small slits in the felt for the eyes and insert. Stitch on mouth/nose. Also, cut out two triangles for the ears. Attach completed face (including eyes) & ears to head (sew or glue). You may wish to use hot/craft glue here, but I found by inserting the eyes into the felt and then into the head and securing with the washers the felt face stayed on fine. Also, if you haven’t already, begin stuffing now and continue to stuff during the last three rounds.

RND 11) *2sc, dec* (18)
RND 12) *sc, dec* (12)
RND 13) *dec* (6)
FO

B O D Y (x1) Stuff as you go.

MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RNDs 4-8) *sc*
RND 9) *2sc, dec* (18)
RNDs 10-11) *sc*
RND 12) *sc, dec* (12)
RND 13) *sc*
FO

A R M S (x2)

MC 9
RNDs 1-3) *sc*
RND 4) [decrease by 3 stitches] *sc, dec* (6)
RNDs 5-7) *sc*
FO

L E G S (x2)

MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 4-5) *sc*
RND 6) *2sc, dec* (18)
RNDs 7-8) *sc*
RND 9) *sc, dec* (12)
RNDs 10-11) *sc*

T A I L (x1)

CH 6
dc in 3rd ch from hook
hdc, sc, sl st
FO

See photos for suggested positioning of all pieces and attach accordingly.

ThreePip by Karissa Cole all rights reserved 2012

These pint-sized sheep work up fast and make great little companions. Whether you need a whole bunch to count on those nights when sleep seems out of reach or just one little sheep to keep you company, they’ll always be there for you!

Pipsqueak Sheep by Karissa Cole 2012 all rights reserved pattern pre 1

This is Pip, my little sheepy friend. He sits atop my desk reminding me that a good night’s sleep is never too far out of reach.
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PATTERN # 2
This was actually my first attempt at a sheep pattern. It is radically different than pattern 1 posted above. This sheep is made to stand on all fours. To be honest I wasn’t entirely thrilled with the turnout and on top of that, unfortunately I could get no good photos so I don’t know how much good this pattern will be to anyone. But I thought I’d post it anyway. I did, after all, take the time to write it down and everything. Personally I recommend sticking with patter 1 above, but this is for the daredevil crocheters out there.

M A T E R I A L S  U S E D:

• Red Heart Super Saver (4/worsted-medium weight) in Black for head and feet & White for body and tail [less than 1 skein used each]
• [1 pair] large google eyes
• Fiberfill stuffing
• Sewing supplies (scissors, pins, needles)
• Hot glue
• G/7 4.50 MM hook
• Pet brush

S U G G E S T E D  C O L O R  C O M B I N A T I O N S:

Black head & feet/White body
Grey head & feet/Black body
Tan head & feet/White body

A B B R E V I A T I O N S:

MC – magic circle (magic loop/magic ring)
sc – single crochet(s)
inc – increase
dec – decrease
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch – chain
*actions in asterisks should be repeated until round completion or to the indicated stopping point in the round*
(number in parentheses indicates total number of stitches after round/row completion)
FO – fasten off
RND – Round,, worked in a spiral
ROW – Row, worked back and forth

E A R S (x2)

MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) 4sc, turn
ROW 1) 3sc, turn
ROW 2) 2sc, ch1, turn
ROW 3) 2sc
FO

H E A D (x1) Worked from the bottom up

CH 6
starting in 2nd CH from hook, 5sc, CH 1, 5sc, CH 1 (12)
Work in the round from now on.
RND 1) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 2) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 3) *3sc, inc* (30)
RND 4) *4sc, inc* (36)
RNDs 5-10) *sc*
RND 11) *4sc, dec* (30)
RND 12-13) *sc*
RND 14) *3sc, dec* (24)
RND 15-16) *sc*
RND 17) *dec* (12)

Attach eyes and ears.

B O D Y (x1) Stuff as you go.

MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 4) *3sc, inc* (30)
RND 5) *4sc, inc* (36)
RND 6) *5sc, inc* (42)
RND 7) *6sc, inc* (48)
RND 8) *7sc, inc* (54)
RNDs 9-24) *sc*
RND 24) *7sc, dec* (48)
RND 25) *6sc, dec* (42)
RND 26) *5sc, dec* (36)
RND 27) *4sc, dec* (30)
RND 28) *3sc, dec* (24)
RND 29) *dec* (12)
RND 30) *dec* (6)
FO

Use the pet brush to “fuzz” the yarn. Simply brush (a lot) and watch your yarn turn into fuzzy, sheepy, goodness.

F E E T (x4)

MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RNDs 3-6) *sc*
FO

T A I L (x1)

MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RNDs 3-8) *sc*
FO. Flatten, fuzz, and attach to sheep.

** Please be sure to note that these are original designs and patterns. I believe in the free sharing of techniques and ideas. Please do not abuse my desire to share with others. You are not permitted to sell any products made as the result of these patterns and/or designs, nor are you permitted to sell the patterns or designs. Please, if you do use either of these patterns or designs in part or in whole, give credit where credit is due: direct others to this original posting so that they too can benefit.**

Pattern, design, photos, and story copyright Karissa Cole 2012. All rights reserved.

Shark Attack! – 5 Free Sea Life Amigurumi Patterns

Some stories are just too crazy to try to tell. Like that one with the underwater cave inhabited by the yellow-eyed octopus and the super heroes. Other stories, though, just have to be told, no matter how crazy.

This is one of those stories.

I was standing at my desk getting some papers ready for the FWF session next week when I heard a soft click come from behind me. Suddenly grand, dramatic music began playing, but at a rather subdued volume. I turned to see that a tiny white speaker hooked up to an even smaller media player had been propped up on the bookshelf at the other end of the room. And although this in itself was unusual, the thing next to the speaker on the bookshelf was what really threw me for a loop. There’s really no way to prepare yourself for this kind of thing either, I’ve found.

Sitting on the shelf was:

Sharkie! Free Pattern by Karissa Cole

He began singing and dancing to the music, with me as his sole audience. Surprisingly enough he could carry a tune, although his lyrics were a bit on the wonky side (but I was honestly too stunned to complain about such a triviality). When his short performance came to an end – with the lyric: Oh yes I am a shark, now you see/Please won’t you bring me some broccoli? – the dramatic music coming to a theatrical finish, he stared up at me expectantly, obviously waiting for some sort of response.

Well I’m sorry but I just don’t know the proper etiquette for this sort of thing. Which is something I suppose was blatantly obvious what with my just staring at him.

Finally he prompted, “What did you think?”

I groped around for the right thing to say, assuming “the right thing to say” even existed in a situation like this one. Eventually I settled on, “It was certainly interesting.” I attempted to smile politely, but I think it came off more as a grimace. The little shark didn’t seem to notice though; he just beamed brightly, pleased with the whole situation.

I knew I probably shouldn’t ask any questions. I mean, when a tiny shark comes into your house, sets up on your bookshelf and begins singing about broccoli, it’s probably just best to accept things the way they are and not probe too much. Leave well enough alone.

But I couldn’t help myself.

“Why are you signing?”

He smiled at me in that “duh” kind of way. “You know!” he guffawed. “Everyone knows sharks sing. Silly.” He shook his head, but in an amused, not perturbed way.

“Um,” I said tentatively. “I thought it was whales that sang.”

At that his little face twisted into the most peculiar combination of recognition and shock.

He slapped his fin to his head, muttering “Whales. Whales! Of COURSE, it’s WHALES that sing! Oh I knew that. Stupid, stupid. . .”

I smiled and tried to contain my giggling.

He looked up at me around his fin, a sheepish smile (if you can picture a shark smiling sheepishly) creeping onto his face. “So,” he started, brushing off his embarrassment. “Wanna play Monopoly? I’ll let you be the race car.” He lowered his fin and smiled up at me hopefully.

I couldn’t help but chuckle at the notion of playing a board game with a slightly confused but altogether pleasant mini shark, but I nodded readily.

I went off to get the game, stopping by the fridge for some broccoli on the way.

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My Sharkie pattern came about soon after my whale pattern. Check it out here if you haven’t already. With these two patterns you can make your own aquarium! As a plus, see below for ideas for making your own seal, dolphin, goldfish, or orca. But to start, here’s how to make your own shark:

S U G G E S T E D  M A T E R I A L S:

• Worsted weight yarn in two (2) colors such as:
* Red Heart Super Saver (1) Grey  [Main color] (2) White [Secondary color]
• G/7 4.50MM crochet hook
• One (1) pair of 6MM safety eyes (available in many craft stores or online at http://www.crscrafts.com)
• Scissors
• Needle & black embroidery thread
• Fiberfill stuffing

A B B R E V I A T I O N S:

MC – magic circle (magic loop/magic ring)
sc – single crochet(s)
inc – increase
dec – decrease
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch – chain
*actions in asterisks should be repeated until round completion or to the indicated stopping point in the round*
(number in parentheses indicates total number of stitches after round/row completion)
FO – fasten off
RND – Round
tc – triple crochet
dc –  double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

T H E  P A T T E R N:

B O D Y (x1)

MC 6 with main color
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 4-7) *sc* (24)
RND 8) switch to secondary color *sc* (24)
RND 9) *2sc, dec* (18) – Attach eyes. Stuff.
RND 10) *sc, dec* (12)
RND 11) *dec* (6)
FO

T A I L  F I N (x1)

ch 8
dc in third ch from hook, hdc, 2 sl st, hdc, dc in final ch, sc in same final chain. cut yarn and pull through. Shape and attach to back of shark (if you did not use a joggless color change method I suggest putting the tail were the colors change). As you can see I chose to put the tail on horizontally; this is not meant to be realistic, just cute in my opinion. Turn the tail and attach in so it’s more vertical if you prefer.

D O R S A L  F I N (x1)

Ch 8
tc in 4th ch from hook. dc in next ch. hdc in next ch. sc in next ch. sl st in last ch. FO. Attach.

F I N S (x2)

decide on placement and pick up a stitch on side of body. ch 4, sc in original pickup. FO. Repeat for other side of head/body.
ALTERNATIVE: If you’re not comfortable picking up and crocheting (or chaining in this case) simply ch 4 and sl st in last chain from hook. Attach to body.

Using the black thread, stitch on gills.

Shark Angles by Karissa Cole

 

You can use the base shark or whale pattern to make other sea critters. Just make the changes listed for each below:

 

To make an Orca: (1) Follow the same body, fin, dorsal fin, and tail pattern as shark using black instead of grey. (2) Instead of using black thread for gills, use white thread (or yarn) to stitch on eye patches.

Orca Free Amigurumi Pattern by Karissa Cole

To make a Dolphin: (1) Follow the same fin, dorsal fin, and tail pattern as shark using blue-grey instead of grey. MAKE THE FOLLOWING ADJUSTMENT TO THE BODY: Instead of changing to the secondary color in RND 8, wait and switch in RND 9 (a decrease row.) (2) To make the nose/snout:

With main dolphin color, MC 3
RND 1) *inc* (6)
RND 2) *sc* (6)
FO. Attach to head and adjust eyes accordingly.

Dolphin by Karissa Cole (2)

To make a Seal: (1) Follow the same body, fin, and tail pattern as shark using white instead of grey (skip the dorsal fin, just as in the original whale pattern). (2) Using black thread or yarn stitch on a nose.

Baby Seal by Karissa Cole

To make a Goldfish: (1) Follow the same body and tail pattern as shark using orange instead of grey. (2) Stitch the top fin as follows:

Ch 3
sl st in 2nd ch from hook.
dc, tr cr, & then dc all in next ch.
sl st in last ch. FO.

(3) Stitch the side fin the same way noted in the shark/whale base pattern but make the following changes: Pick up stitch on side of head/body, double up yarn, ch 3, sc in original pick up, FO.

Goldfish by Karissa Cole

** Please be sure to note, though, that these are original designs and patterns. I believe in the free sharing of techniques and ideas. Please do not abuse my desire to share with others. You are not permitted to sell any products made as the result of these patterns and/or designs, nor are you permitted to sell the patterns or designs. Please, if you do use the patterns or designs for either the shark, whale, orca, dolphin, or fish in any part, give credit where credit is due: direct others to this original posting so that they too can benefit.**

Pattern, design, photos, and story copyright Karissa Cole 2012. All rights reserved.

Can You Stare Like a Whale? – Free Pattern

Free Whale Amigurumi Pattern by Karissa Cole

On some sad, gloomy days I sometimes find myself wishing my life were a bit more interesting, with more excitement and surprises.

But then I inevitably come home from grocery shopping to find two blue whales staring intently at each other on my kitchen table and I realize I’m really quite full up in the interesting, exciting, surprise department.

Well, actually, today was the first time that exact scenario played out. But I’ve come to find there’s always something unusual lurking around the next corner in my week. This week it just happened to be whales.

It went like I said after running errands: Juggling two jumbo brown bags I fumbled with my keys and somehow managed to let myself in the front door without dropping anything. I walked in the house, kicked the door shut behind me, doing good maintaining my balance – at least until  I saw two miniscule sea creatures sitting right in front of my salt and pepper shakers. I didn’t bother to check to see if I broke the eggs or smushed the bread when I dropped my bags; I was too interested and spellbound by what I saw.

At first it looked like these two whales were kissing, and I almost thought to turn away and give them some privacy. When I made just the slightest mention of it, though, the whale on the left scoffed, and quickly explained that the two were immersed in a staring contest. I nodded thoughtfully at that notion, mulling it over, until I realized they were totally without water. Panicking I raced over to the sink, mumbling something about letting an endangered species suffocate in my own kitchen. Apparently these little guys have good hearing though, as the whale on the right – gaze never leaving his opponent –  politely explained that although whales live in the water, they breathe air and were perfectly fine. I could feel my face flush when I realized my silly mistake – “everyone knows how whales breathe doofus” – , and then flush even more when I thought about the fact that I was embarrassed in front of a whale in the first place.

A new set of questions and concerns hit me then – like, “how did you guys get on my table and how is it you can speak English?” – but I walked quietly back toward the table and, holding my breath, watched the staring match continue.

It felt like an eternity before another word was uttered. Finally, the whale on the left asked me what time it was. When I told him he let out a slow whistle. “Best time yet, Peapod!”  he exclaimed. At that both whales let each other out of their attention and turned toward me, with no apparent winner to their battle. When I questioned who had won, they simply stared at me with perplexed expressions. I explained that usually, in a staring contest, whomever blinks first is the loser, leaving the other player the winner. They both laughed lightly at that, saying something about how silly some bipeds can be.

I brushed it off and decided to see if I could get some answers to more pertinent questions. Before I managed to open my mouth, though, a third, darker colored whale came bounding – if you can say a whale can bound, that is – over to us. “Dudes!” he yelled in what I would have before today called a very unwhalelike manner. “The popcorn is getting cold. You coming?” He then turned to me directly, gave a quick, friendly wave of his fin, and told me that he already picked out a movie for all four of us to watch.

The first two whales sprung up and made their way to the next room where the TV had somehow been set up to play Finding Nemo.I hurried to put away my groceries as they called excitedly, imploring to me come watch. As I flopped down onto the couch the third whale gently nudged the remote to me as the other two made themselves totally comfortable on my lap, settling in for a nice evening.

Although I was still curious about how they got here and all that, I decided not to bother with trivialities. I figure why question a good thing? I mean, I had after all just gotten three new friends, who cares how?

Peapod, the lightest blue whale, is sweet and considerate; Park, the medium shade, is competitive but still caring. And Schmoo, the darkest of the whales, is an all around goofball. And apparently they have a thing for tennis, card games, and fondu. And they’ve also proven to be great at telling jokes and keeping things interesting.  So it looks like with these guys around I won’t need to be wishing for a more interesting life, with more excitement and more surprises. They’ll keep me covered for a bit.

Funny how things work out like that sometimes, huh?

2 Whales by Karissa Cole

I decided to make some little amigurumi whales because, after looking through all my designs thus far, I saw that I hadn’t used any of my blue yarn. So I grabbed my hook and a skein of blue and started crocheting. And the micro whale pattern was born! I kept it simple to pander to my own short attention span. With such an easy pattern I can start and finish one of these whales in about a half hour.

I’m not about to hog all the whale love though. Here’s how to make your own:

S U G G E S T E D  M A T E R I A L S:

• Worsted weight yarn in two (2) colors such as:
* Red Heart Super Saver (1) Blue  [Main color] (2) White [Secondary color]
• G/7 4.50MM crochet hook
• One (1) pair of 6MM safety eyes (available in many craft stores or online at http://www.crscrafts.com)
• Scissors
• Needle & thread
• Fiberfill stuffing

A B B R E V I A T I O N S:

MC – magic circle (magic loop/magic ring)
sc – single crochet(s)
inc – increase
dec – decrease
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch – chain
*actions in asterisks should be repeated until round completion or to the indicated stopping point in the round*
(number in parentheses indicates total number of stitches after round/row completion)
FO – fasten off
RND – Round
dc –  double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

T H E  P A T T E R N:

B O D Y (x1)

MC 6 with main color
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 4-7) *sc* (24)
RND 8) switch to secondary color *sc* (24)
RND 9) *2sc, dec* (18) – Attach eyes. Stuff.
RND 10) *sc, dec* (12)
RND 11) *dec* (6)
FO

T A I L  F I N (x1)

ch 8
dc in third ch from hook, hdc, 2 sl st, hdc, dc in final ch, sc in same final chain. cut yarn and pull through. Shape and attach to back of whale (if you did not use a joggless color change method I suggest putting the tail were the colors change)

F I N S (x2)

decide on placement and pick up a stitch on side of body. ch 4, sc in original pickup. FO. Repeat for other side of head.
ALTERNATIVE: If you’re not comfortable picking up and crocheting (or chaining in this case) simply ch 4 and sl st in last chain from hook. Attach to body.

2 (2) Whales by Karissa Cole

Also be sure to check out the Sharkie pattern!

** Please be sure to note, though, that these are original designs and patterns. I believe in the free sharing of techniques and ideas. Please do not abuse my desire to share with others. You are not permitted to sell any products made as the result of these patterns and/or designs, nor are you permitted to sell the patterns or designs. Please, if you do use the patterns or designs for either the shark, whale, orca, dolphin, or fish in any part, give credit where credit is due by directing others to this original post. **

 

Pattern, design, photos, and story copyright Karissa Cole 2012. All rights reserved.

Purploids, and Pinkloids, and Bloops (oh my) – 3 Free Patterns

Created somewhat on whim and without excess thought, these are my three simplest patterns. If you’re a speedy yarner you can easily get all three done in one afternoon.

Oh My! - 3 free patterns by Karissa Cole

These were all actually prototypes, but they’re still fun stash buster projects. Enjoy! ( And as always feel free to contact with any questions; I will throughout this week be retesting all three patterns and instructions to make sure they work as they should, but if you find something that doesn’t make sense, just let me know :] )

S U G G E S T E D  M A T E R I A L S:

• Worsted weight yarn
• G/7 4.50MM crochet hook
• Two pairs of 8MM safety eyes (One pair for the Bloop, one for the Pinkloid) & One pair of 9mm eyes (Purploid)
• Scissors
• Needle & thread AND/OR Hot glue
• Fiberfill stuffing

A B B R E V I A T I O N S:

MC – magic circle (magic loop/magic ring)
sc – single crochet(s)
hdc – half-double crochet(s)
inc – increase
dec – decrease
sl st –  slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch – chain
*actions in asterisks should be repeated until round completion or to the indicated stopping point in the round*
(number in parentheses indicates total number of stitches after round/row completion)
FO – fasten off
RND – Round
RW – Row
IBL – in back loops

P U R P L O I D  B A B Y  P A T T E R N

Purploid Baby Pattern by Karissa Cole

Often appearing out of nowhere, Purploids signal their startling arrival by staring intently at you – whether you know it or not. About a week ago I found this out, rather late at night. I soon realized this is just how they size a person up though. Once they’ve decided they like you they’re quite sweet, very protective and excellent sources of good advice. More people could do with a Purploid baby for a friend, but unfortunately so many people are too busy and serious they never even notice when a Purploid has come to visit them. Two Purploids showed up at my door yesterday after have been dejected and let me tell you, a sad Purploid is a heart-wrenching thing to witness.

Raise Purploid awareness: they have feelings too!

B O D Y (x1) (Follow this pattern for a baby Purploid [use 10mm eyes to really sell the itty bitty little one effect]. For a grown-up Purploid add a row between RNDs 7 & 8 and 11 & 12 and use the 9mm eyes.)

MC 6)
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 4-7) *sc* (24)
RND 8) *3sc, inc* (30)
RND 9) *4sc, inc* (36)
RND 10) *sc* (36)
RND 11) *4sc, dec* (30)
RND 12) *3sc, dec* (24)
RND 13) *2sc, dec* (18)
Attach eyes and antennae (to make antennae simply chain 4, cut yarn leaving long tail, and pull through. Attach to head and fray long yarn tail). Stuff.
RND 14) *sc, dec* (12)
RND 15) *dec* (6)
FO

 

***ALTERNATE*** Some pattern users have had trouble getting the Purploid shape to come out right. I’m not sure why this is, but I suspect there’s some difference in tensions and materials (I crochet very, very tightly sometimes >.<). Although I have not recently tested the following variation, for a shorter Purploid (such as the one pictured) you could try using this pattern instead:

MC 6)
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 4-5) *sc* (24)
RND 6) *3sc, inc* (30)
RND 7) *4sc, inc* (36)
RND 8) *sc* (36)
RND 9) *4sc, dec* (30)
RND 10) *3sc, dec* (24)
RND 11) *2sc, dec* (18)
Attach eyes and antennae (to make antennae simply chain 4, cut yarn leaving long tail, and pull through. Attach to head and fray long yarn tail). Stuff.
RND 12) *sc, dec* (12)
RND 13) *dec* (6)
FO

F E E T (x2)

MC 5
RND 1) *inc* (10)
RND 2-5) *sc* (10)
RND 6) *dec* (5)
FO

A R M S (x2)

(You may wish to try doubling your yarn for this, depending on the weight)
Ch 2
3 hdc in second ch from hook
FO
Attach to side of head

(For experienced ami makers I recommend simply picking up and crocheting this directly to the side of the head for that no-sew ease.)

I feel I should note these may not exactly look like “arms.” I’ve had ’em called gils or ears, but I figured arms was more descriptive for a pattern than “funny looking things on side of head.” :]

OPTIONAL:

The original Purploid was freeformed and gifted so this version is just slightly different. For instance, the first incarnation boasted a long tail with a pop-pom on the end. To make this for your Purploid: Ch 21, starting in second chain from hook sc 20; attach to body; make pop-pom (see Melvin post for brief written tutorial for pop-pom creation); attach pom to tail.

After you attach all the body parts (mainly the feet) your Purploid should be good to go!

P I N K L O I D  P O D L I N G  P A T T E R N

Pinkloid Podling Pattern by Karissa Cole 2

Pinkloid Podling Pattern by Karissa Cole

While most Pinkloids are pink (just as most Purploids are purple) this is not always the case. Red, orange, and even brown Pinkloids abound. Many people don’t realize this though, and usually assume Pinkloids are all pink. This is a common misconception, but Pinkloids tend to become very defensive about their color if they happen to exhibit a different hue than what their name suggests. I suppose this is why Pinkloids seem to relate to ladybugs quite well; ladybugs know all about being misjudged because of their name.

Still, Pinkloids don’t hold too much of a grudge. They’ll just brush it off and get straight back to work.

What is it Pinkloids do for work?

Well, they’re Word Sprites, of course. Have you ever been trying to say something, but you can’t find the right word, or it’s right on the tip of your tongue, you just can’t seem to get it out? Pinkloids are the ones who come along when this happens. They bring along the missing word and fling it into the conversation before it’s too late. Of course, occasionally a Pinkloid doesn’t make it in time, or perhaps they accidentally brought the wrong word, or maybe even too many Pinkloids converged at once and they all tried to use the word they each brought which causes things like “Haflapple” and “Splonge” to come tumbling out of a person’s mouth. But with all the people out there forgetting words – or worse, using the wrong words –  Pinkloids are kept very busy, so it’s no wonder they can’t always get it just right; they try their best though. And the funny thing is, thousands of people have encountered Pinkloids and didn’t even realize it.

To make your very own Pinkloid Podling:

B O D Y (x1)

MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 4) *3sc, inc* (30)
RND 5-9) *sc* (30)
RND 10) *3sc, dec* (24)
RND 11) *2sc, dec* (18)
RND 12) *sc, dec* (12)
Attach eyes. Stuff.
RND 13) *dec* (6)
FO

W I N G S (x2)
Worked back and  forth. Always start in second chain from hook.

Ch 6
RW 1) 5sc, turn, ch 1
RW 2) 5sc, turn, chain 5
RW 3) Including the 5 ch you just made and the 5sc you should be able to work 9sc in this row. So do that. Then turn and ch 1
RW 4) 9sc, turn, ch 4
RW 5) Working with the 9sc and the 4 ch, sc across (this should be 12 sts)
FO

With a contrasting color, crochet along the bottom edges of the wings. (I recommend going totally bananas with the color here; I only had pink on hand, but it’d be fun to make some really wild color combos here!)

F E E T (x2)

MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *2sc, inc* (16)
RND 3) *sc* (16)
RND 4) 6dec, 4sc (10)
RND 5) 3dec, 4sc (7)
RND 6-9) *sc* (7)
FO

A N T E N N A E (x2)

Ch 7
3hdc in second ch from hook
sl st in remainder of chains. cut yarn (leave long enough tail to sew to head).

See photos for suggested positioning and attach all the pieces. . . sort of like Mister Potato Head. . .

P O C K E T  B L O O P  P A T T E R N

Purploids are great to go to for advice, Pinkloids are masters of the Right Words, so what is it Bloops do, you may ask?

Typically they steal fresh laundry and try to nest in it.

Pocket Bloop Pattern by Karissa Cole

B O D Y (x1)

MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 4-6) *sc* (24)
RND 7) *3sc, inc* (30)
RND 8-9) *sc* (30)
RND 10) *3sc, dec* (24)
RND 11) *sc* (24)
RND 12) *IBL sc* (24)
RND 13) *2sc, dec* (18)
Attach eyes. Stuff.
RND 14) *sc, dec* (12)
RND 15) *dec* (6)
FO

F E E T (x2)

MC 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *IBL sc* (12)
FO

A N T E N N A E (x2)

Ch 10
RW 1) starting in second chain from hook, sc 9
FO

See photos for suggested positioning.

And there you go!

Simple though these are, they’re pretty fun and cute each in their own way.

**P L E A S E  N O T E** These are original designs and patterns. I believe in the free sharing of techniques and ideas. Please do not abuse my desire to share with others. You are not permitted to sell any products made as the result of these patterns (in part or in whole) and/or designs, nor are you permitted to sell the patterns or designs. Please, if you do use these patterns or designs, give credit where credit is due: direct others to this original posting so that they too can benefit.**

Purploid Baby

Ever get the feeling you’re being watched? I guess most people have. This strange and often unexplainable sensation could creep up on you when you’re hard at work on a project; or deep in thought; or maybe just doing the laundry. But have you ever felt like, whatever the situation, all of a sudden and maybe out of nowhere a little pair of eyes are staring directly at the back of your head, willing you to turn around so that these same little eyes can stare just as intently into your soul and quite possibly take over your brain?

Ever get that particular feeling?

Personally, I have yet to experience this exact thing (and I am in no rush to). But according to a friend of mine it could happen to anyone. Of course if I’m being honest, I stopped taking him at his word when he said a race of highly intelligent fruit bats stole his pizza that one time at the laundromat.

I did actually almost start to believe his story (the one about the eyes staring into your soul and taking over your brain; not the bat thieves with a taste for pizza) though. Go ahead and call me crazy, but at the time, it was all I could think about.

I was sitting at my desk, right where I am now as a matter of fact, quietly wrapped up in reorganizing some files when I felt a chill skitter down my spine; I was being watched. I’ll admit, it was quite late at night and my sudden spike in paranoia – feeling like I was being observed – could very well have been attributed to a severe lack of sleep. And that’s what I would’ve done, too, in any other case; brush off the feeling and move on. But I did have that eyes-boring-into-your-head-and-soul story fresh in my mind, ridiculous though I thought it was.

But unlike most times when that feeling turns out to be nothing, this time it turned out to be something. I was actually, honestly, and truly being watched.

I don’t know where she came from or how she got here. But as soon as I knew there was a gaze turned on me for real, slowly, timidly even, I turned around in my chair and saw two dark purple eyes staring at me:

Purploid Baby

To my great surprise these eyes did not belong to a creepy stalker or a soul-sucking alien being, but instead to a Purploid Baby. You can imagine my relief. Purploids are far more desirable than creepy stalkers and soul-sucking aliens, I can’t even tell you.

I still really don’t know where this little one came from. But there she was just sitting on the edge of the desk contently staring at my file organization prowess. She’s been quite a wonderful house guest since that night, for she doesn’t take up much space and is happy to eat whatever she finds (she does seem to have a fondness for donuts, though – eating them, sleeping on them, whatever. She just like donuts).

The little Purploid comes and goes as she pleases. But thankfully she no longer stares at someone unannounced; she’s kind enough to make sure we know she’s in the room before she stares.

Melvin the Misunderstood Monster – Free Pattern

Melvin the Misunderstood Monster by Karissa Cole (2012 all rights reserved)

Melvin the Misunderstood Monster [Free Pattern] by Karissa Cole

He’s a nice guy. Nicer than nice. He bakes cupcakes for everyone he knows, helps little old ladies cross the street, always says ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and is never one to make a fuss. He never says no to someone in need, and always has a smile and a cheerful thought from the bottom of his big ‘ol heart. Why, he’d even balance your checkbook if you asked! (He’s really quite good with numbers.)

But even given all this, everyone still calls Melvin a monster. And for the life of him, he can’t figure out why. He’s cute, he’s little, he’s sweet. So where do they get monster in that?

Perhaps Melvin will never know. But in the meantime he keeps his positive disposition, taking comfort in fresh coloring books, caramel apples and watching the Olympics.

Here’s how to make your very own misunderstood monster:

S U G G E S T E D  M A T E R I A L S:

• Worsted weight yarn in two (2) colors such as:
* Red Heart Super Saver (1) Red  [Main color] (2) Gold [Secondary color]
• G/7 4.50MM crochet hook
• One (1) pair of 10MM safety eyes (available in many craft stores or online at http://www.crscrafts.com)
• White felt
• Scissors
• Needle & thread AND/OR Hot glue
• Fiberfill stuffing

A B B R E V I A T I O N S:

MC – magic circle (magic loop/magic ring)
sc – single crochet(s)
inc – increase
dec – decrease
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch – chain
*actions in asterisks should be repeated until round completion or to the indicated stopping point in the round*
(number in parentheses indicates total number of stitches after round/row completion)
FO – fasten off
RND – Round
RW – Row

T H E  P A T T E R N

Please read through pattern before you start. In addition, the PDF version of the pattern (available below) contains extra photos for the body and head sections of the pattern. And also please note that while you may use any materials you like, just keep in mind other types of yarn or hook sizes have not been tested and thus your results may differ. Using suggested materials and keeping a tight tension, the pictured Melvin is approximately 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) tall.

(Click here for PDF Download with photo walkthroughs for head and body)

(Direct PDF URL: https://ea1701.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/melvin-the-misunderstood-monster-by-karissa-cole2.pdf)

Use main color unless otherwise indicated. For neater stitches I recommend staggering increases and decreases for the head.

E A R S (x2)

Worked back and forth
ch 5 (5th ch counts as turning chain; at the end of all future rows ch 1 to use as turning chain)
RW 1-3) *sc* (4)
RW 4) sc, 2inc, sc (6)
RW 5) 2sc, 2inc, 2sc (8)
RW 6) 3sc, 2inc, 3sc (10)
RW 7-21) *sc* (10)
RW 22) 3sc, 2dec, 3sc (8)
RW 23) *sc* (8)
RW 24) 2sc, 2 dec, 2sc (6)
RW 25) sc, 2dec, sc (4)
RW 26) 2dec (2)
RW 27) dec (1)
FO

Using the finished ear as a reference cut out an inner ear shape from felt. Attach to ear. Crochet around outside of ear to form a neat edge.

Melvin the Misunderstood Monster by Karissa Cole 4

H O R N S (x2) Use secondary color

MC 3
RND 1) *inc* (6)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (9)
RND 3) *sc* (9)
FO

H E A D (x1)

The head is started with a foundation chain, then worked in the round.

Ch 6
Working in the back loops of the ch and starting in second ch from hook sc 5, ch 1, working along the other side of the 5 sc just made, sc 5, ch 1. You should now have 12 sts (see PDF for photo walkthrough)
From now on work in the round. Do not join rounds.
RND 1) *sc, inc*  (18)
RND 2) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 3) *3sc, inc* (30)
RND 4) *4sc, inc* (36)
RND 5-9) *sc* (36)
RND 10) *5sc, inc* (42)
RND 11) *6sc, inc* (48)
RND 12) *7sc, inc* (54)
RND 13) *4sc, dec* (45)
RND 14) *3sc, dec* (36)
RND 15) *2sc, dec* (27)
Attach eyes, horns, and ears. See photos for suggested positioning.
RND 16) *sc, dec* (18)
Stuff firmly
RND 17) *dec* (9)
FO

A R M S (x2)

MC 3
RND 1) *inc* (6)
RND 2-4) *sc* (6)
FO

T A I  L (x1)

Create a pom-pom
Easy how-to: Wrap yarn of your choice around two of your fingers until you have a sizable bundle of yarn (be sure to wrap loose enough so as to not cut off circulation!). Cut yarn end. Remove wrapping of yarn from your fingers. Taking another piece of yarn (same color) tie a knot around the bundle. Cut off the edges (loops) or yarn until you have an almost pom-pom. Take a brush and brush out yarn until fluffy.  (See photos)

Melvin the Misunderstood Monster by Karissa Cole 5

B O D Y (x1)

The body and feet are worked as one piece, starting from the top (with a foundations chain that is joined once) and then worked down. Do not join rounds unless otherwise stated.

Ch 24, join and work in the round on 24 sts.
RND 1-3) *sc* (24)
RND 4) *5sc, inc* (28)
RND 5-6) *sc* (28)
RND 7) *6 sc, inc* (32)
RND 8-9) *sc* (32)
We will now start making the first leg by splitting our 32 sts into 2 sets of 16 stitches. Place a stitch marker at the beginning of the next round (I use the tail end of my piece)(note that this would be round 10 if we were continuing the body). Sc in the first 8 sts then, without breaking the yarn, skip all the way around to the first of the last 8 sts (see PDF for photo walkthrough)

RND 1-3) *sc* (16)
RND 4) *dec* (8)
RND 5) *dec* (4)
FO
Repeat these rounds for second leg by working the remaining 16 sts in the round (see PDF for photo walkthrough). Sew up hole between body/legs and at bottom of feet if necessary.

Cut out an egg shaped piece of felt and attach to the body. If attaching the tail via needle and thread, attach to the body now. If gluing the tail, I suggest first attaching the head to the body, then adding tail. See photos for suggested assemblage.

**Tip:If you want to soften up your Melvin try blocking the pieces; if your yarn type allows, I find running my crocheted pieces through the dryer with my laundry really softens up my amigurumi, evening out the stitches nicely. (I would recommend trying this on scraps to test first).

Melvin the Misunderstood Monster by Karissa Cole 3

Once complete, be sure to give your Melvin plenty of love! And crayons. Fresh crayons. They’re important too.

**P L E A S E  N O T E** This is an original design and pattern. I believe in the free sharing of techniques and ideas. Please do not abuse my desire to share with others. You are not permitted to sell any products made as the result of this pattern and/or design, nor are you permitted to sell the pattern or design. Please, if you do use this pattern or design, give credit where credit is due: direct others to this original posting so that they too can benefit.**

Pivot, the Good Gremlin – Free Pattern

Pivot (Free Pattern) by Karissa Cole

Pivot the Good Gremlin by Karissa Cole Free PDF Download

S U G G E S T E D  M A T E R I A L S:

• Worsted weight yarn in two (2) colors such as:
* Red Heart Super Saver (1) Thyme  [Main color] (2) Black [Secondary color]
• G/7 4.50MM crochet hook
• One (1) pair of 10MM saftey eyes (available in many craft stores or online at http://www.crscrafts.com)
• Black felt
• Scissors
• Needle & thread AND/OR Hot glue
• Fiberfill stuffing

A B B R E V I A T I O N S

M – magic circle (magic loop/magic ring)
CH – chain
IBL – in back loops
sc – single crochet(s)
inc – increase
dec – decrease
MC – Main color
CC – Secondary color
*actions in asterisks should be repeated until round completion or to the indicated stopping point in the round*
(number is parentheses indicate total number of stitches after round/row completion)
FO -fasten off

T H E  P A T T E R N

Use main color unless otherwise indicated

H E A D (x1)

M 6
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 4) *3sc, inc* (30)
RND 5) *4sc, inc* (36)
RND 6) *8sc, inc* (40)
RND 7-11) *sc* (40)
RND 12) *8sc, dec* (36)
RND 13) *4sc, dec* (30)
RND 14) *3sc, dec* (24)
RND 15) *2sc, dec* (18)
RND 16) *sc, dec* (12)
FO

Using black felt cut out two-four triangles for ears. Place and attach with needle/thread or hot glue. Attach eyes. Stuff head.

Pivot (Side1) by Karissa Cole1

A R M S (x2)
CH 30
FO
Simply shape the first little gremlin finger by folding the chain onto itself and then either sew or glue in place. Repeat for the second finger.

F E E T (x2)

M 6
RND 1) *sc, inc* (9)
RND 2) *inc* (18)
RND 3) *sc, inc* (27)
RND 4) *IBL sc* (27)
RND 5-6) *sc* (27)
RND 7) dec x10 (10 decreases, over 20 stitches, successively), sc 7 (17)
RND 8) dec x5 (5 decreases, over 10 stitches, successively), sc7 (12)
RND 9-10) *sc* (12)
FO
B O D Y (x1)

M 6
RND 1) *sc, inc* (9)
RND 2) *inc* (18)
RND 3) *sc, inc* (27)
RND 4) *8sc, inc* (30)

The basic body pattern is divided up into thirds, with two thirds MC and one third CC. The standard color blocking goes like this:

RND 5-9) 10(sc)MC, 10(sc)CC, 10(sc)MC (30)
RND 10) 11(sc)MC, 8(sc)CC, 11(sc)CC
RND 11) 12(sc)MC, 6(sc)CC, 12(sc)CC
RND 12) 13(sc)MC, 4(sc)CC, 13(sc)CC
RND 13) (in MC from now on) *sc* (30)
RND 14) *sc, dec* (20)
RND 15-16) *sc* (20)
RND 17) *dec* (10)
RND 18) *sc* (10)
RND 19) *dec* (5)
FO

Pivot (Side2) by Karissa Cole2

Once complete attach arm and feet. See photos for suggested positioning. Stuff firmly. Attach head.

**P L E A S E  N O T E** This is an original design and pattern. I believe in the free sharing of techniques and ideas. Please do not abuse my desire to share with others. You are not permitted to sell any products made as the result of this pattern and/or design, nor are you permitted to sell the pattern or design. Please, if you do use this pattern or design, give credit where credit is due: direct others to this original posting so that they too can benefit.**

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