Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Polar Playmat Series - Naomi the Narwhal

 Given how the huge amount of snow we have been having recently in UK (I have never experienced this much in my life) the Polar Playmat Series seems quite appropriate.   Joining the Polar conditions this week is Naomi the Narwhal.



Whilst I say that Narwhals are one of my favourite Polar animals, I actually didn't really know all that much about them.   Therefore, before I created Naomi I actually did a bit of research.   It turns out that male Narwhals have the tusks (which are actually canine teeth) and females very rarely do.   In fact if a female does, its usually 2 twisted together and this was the basis of designing Naomi.      I also discovered that Narwhals change colour throughout their life, being born white, changing to a deep blue when they are youngsters and ended up a grey spotted colour as they grow into adulthood.   Their bellies are usually a lighter version of their top colour.  Its actually pretty hard to find a picture of a young Narwhal and so that sort of set my imagination off and as a result Naomi came to life.

Naomi is made using Paintbox Simply Aran* (I bought mine from Love Crochet) in Midnight blue and Seafoam blue, with a champagne white tusk.  Her tusk is made from Romanian Point Lace Cord and has a pipecleaner running through it to keep it rigid.   In addition Naomi is worked half in the round and half in rows going back and forth changing colour.   This has allowed me to create a clean colour change with minimal sewing and without continually cutting or carrying the yarn through her body.   Her tail and fins are made with 2 pieces each and joined together before being sewn on.

It only takes a couple of hours to make Naomi and I really love how she looks.   I have also made a more cuddly sized Naomi and she was very quickly claimed by Oliver who shares my love of whales.  The nice thing about her pattern is that all I needed to do to get the larger size was use blanket yarn (I used aldi's baby yarn in blue and white) and a 6mm hook.

The pattern for Naomi, like Penny can be found for FREE here.  If you would prefer to purchase the ad free, printable pdf pattern then it can be found in my Etsy store for a small price here.   Also watch out for the video tutorial for Naomi coming out next week.

As usual I would love to see any pictures of Naomi the Narwhal that you make, so please feel free to post them on my social media channels (you can find them in the buttons to the right.)   I hope that you enjoy making Naomi, and join me next time for the release of the Playmat, including igloo and storage bag.

Vicky x

Naomi the Narwhal

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make Naomi

·        Paintbox Simply Aran Yarn (although any aran/worsted weight will work) – 100g balls in the following colours

o   Midnight Blue (237)

o   Seafoam Blue (231)

o   Champagne White (202)

·        2 x 10mm black safety eyes (or you can sew them on in black)

·        Stuffing

·        Pipe cleaner

·        3 mm hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        Stitch marker

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

·        Sl st – slip stitch

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Sc inc – single crochet increase

·        Sc dec – single crochet decrease – I use the invisible decrease method

·        Ch – chain

·        Hdc – half double crochet

·        Dc – double crochet

·        Trc – treble crochet

·        Romanian point lace cord – see video tutorial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpVhvzOYoxE

 

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        There is no specific gauge for Naomi, however the tighter you crochet the fewer gaps will be available when stuffing.   My finished Naomi is 9” long (including tusk) and 5” wide (including flippers)

·        To make the colour change look better without carrying yarn through stitches the body of Naomi is made in rows turning as you go, this will leave an opening which will be closed when the tummy section is finished.

·        When changing colour, change on the final yarn over of the previous stitch.

·        All these patterns are worked in continuous rounds, do not sl st at the end of each round.   A stitch marker is essential for keeping track of the start of your rows.

 

4.  Pattern

 Tusk – In White

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

make Romanian Point Lace Cord 2.5” long and sc all 3 points together and cast off

Sew finishing thread through the cord and tie in a knot.

Then insert a pipecleaer folded in half into the tusk to give it some support

 

 Body – in Midnight Blue

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

Sc inc, attach tusk with sc inc, (sc inc) x 4

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

4 sc, (sc inc) x 4, 4 sc, ( sc, sc inc) x 2 , 2 sc

24

5

17 sc and change to Seafoam Blue (S), 7 sc, turn

24

6

7 sc in S, 17 sc in Midnight Blue (M), turn

24

7-10

Repeat rows 5 & 6 twice

24

11

(3 sc, sc inc) x 4, sc in M, 2 sc, sc inc, 3 sc, sc inc in S, turn

30

 

Add eyes between rows 7 & 8 4 stitches from the edge of the M section

 

12

9 sc in S, 21 sc in M, turn

30

13

21 sc in M, 9 sc in S, turn

30

14-21

Repeat rows 12 and 13, 4 times

30

22

9 sc in S, 21 sc in M, turn

30

23

(3 sc, sc dec) x 4, sc in M, 2 sc, sc dec, 3 sc, sc dec in S

24

24

7 sc in S, 17 sc in M, turn

24

25

(2 sc, sc dec) x 4, sc in M, sc, sc dec, 2 sc, sc dec in S, turn

18

26

5sc in S, 13 sc in M, turn

18

27

(sc, sc dec) x 4, sc in M, sc dec, sc, sc dec in S, turn

12

28

3 sc in S, 9 sc in M, turn

12

29

9 sc in M, 3 sc in S, cast off M and secure

12

 

Turn narwhal inside out and using S sc the opening shut and sl st and cast off

 

 

Turn Narwhal right way in and stuff.

 

30

Using M, sc around

12

31-32

Sc around

12

 

Stuff tail

 

33

(sc dec) x 6

6

34

Sc around

6

35

Fold tail in half and sc shut

3

 

Cast off and sew in tail

 

 Tail – Make 1 in Seafoam and 1 in Midnight

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 10, skip first chain by hook, then continuing down the chain, sc, hdc, 2 dc in same ch, hdc, sc, hdc, 2 dc in same ch, hdc, then 5 sc in end chain

15

 

Working up the other side, hdc, 2 dc in same chain, hdc, sc, hdc, 2 dc in same ch, hdc, 4 sc, sl st and cast off

28 total

2

Holding two pieces together and using M, insert hook where the sl st is and work as follows, sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, sl st, sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc x 4, sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, sl st, sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc x 4 , sl st ,cast off

28

 

Sew in ends and sew to end of narwhal tail

 

 Flippers – Make 2 in Seafoam and 2 in Midnight

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 5, skip first ch, and 3 sc down ch and 3 sc in end ch, then working up the other side, 3 sc and sc in skipped stitch, sl st and cast off

10

2

Match 2 flippers and sc together in midnight around the outside, sl st, cast off

10

 

Sew flippers across rows 10 to 13 2 stitches from the edge of the M section

 


 

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