Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Polar Playmat Series - Roxy the Rockhopper Penguin

 Today marks the final pattern in my Polar Playmat Series, and I am pleased to end this series with my overall favourite pattern.   Since I was a small girl I have loved penguins and my favourite of all the penguins is the Rockhopper Penguin.   In fact it was this penguin which inspired my whole Polar Playmat idea.   So please let me introduce you to Roxy the rockhopper Penguin



Not only is Roxy my favourite Penguin, but I actually think I like her pattern the best too.   There is pretty much only 1 end that needs sewing in her which is something that I am sure by now you know I love!   Roxy, like Penny the Polar Bear, features join as you go limbs, so her feet, wings (which are made of 2 parts joined together) and beak are all made in advance and are joined at the appropriate times.   Like Naomi the Narwhal, Roxy has a colour change where her belly is a lighter colour, so she also uses rows around her middle rather than carrying over or cutting the colours.

What is different about Roxy's pattern is I worked her from the bottom to the head, normally I would work in reverse, but she just seemed to need to be started at the bottom.   Finally once her head is finished she has the classic yellow feathers attached to the top of her head.   I have tried to match the colours I used as closely as possible to that of the Rockhopper, which is why she has pink feet, orange beak and red eyes.   Like her friends Roxy is worked in Paintbox Simply Aran Yarn* (purchase from Love Crochet) and a 3mm hook, although she is the only toy to use coloured safety eyes.

I have also made a cuddly version of Roxy using Aldi's baby yarn, although I couldn't get the colours to match as well, I used blue, white and yellow, and like this she reminds me of the little blue penguins, but with the feathers over her eyes still - maybe she is a mix breed like this!   I think it would therefore be easy to adapt her pattern to create most different types of penguin by changing colours and omitting the feathers if needed.   However, my favourite will always be the Rockhopper.

If you would like to make your own Roxy the Rockhopper Penguin (and why wouldn't you?) then you can find her FREE pattern below.   If you would prefer it to be an ad free, printable pdf, then it is available for a small fee in my Etsy store here.

I hope that you enjoy making Roxy and please feel free to show off any pictures of her (or anyone else from the Polar Playmat Series) on my social media channels.   Don't forget to look out for Roxy's video tutorial coming next week on my youtube channel.

Thankyou for joining my on my Polar journey and please do join me next week for something completely different.

Vicky x


Roxy the Rockhopper Penguin


1.  Materials and Resources

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

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

o   Pure Black (201)

o   Champagne White (202)

o   Blood Orange (219)

o   Buttercup Yellow (222)

o   Bubblegum Pink (250)

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

·        Stuffing

·        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

 

3.  Notes

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

·        There is no specific gauge for Roxy, however the tighter you crochet the fewer gaps will be available when stuffing.   My finished Roxy is 5” Tall and 3” wide.

·        The feet, wings and beak are all attached as you go and will need to be made first.

·        To make the colour change look better without carrying yarn through stitches the body of the penguin 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.

·        Roxy is made from the bottom up.

·        To join feet, wings and beak as you go, fold in half (beak only) and line it up with the edge of the body you are working on.   Then you need to sc through all of the wing/beak/foot and through the body using the number of stitches stated in the pattern.   (see video tutorial)

 4.  Pattern

Feet – Make 2 in Pink holding 2 strands together

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Make a magic circle and work 2 sc, ch3, sc, ch3, sc, ch3, 2sc and sl st to form a ring.

6 sc and 3 ch3

 

Cast off and tie both ends togther

 

 Wings – make 2 in white and 2 in black

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 9 and skip stitch closest to hook, then work 7 sc down the ch, 5 sc in final ch

Working up the opposite side, 7 sc and sc in ch skipped at the beginning

20 sc all the way round

2

Holding a white and a black wing together using black sc both pieces together.   Sl st to finish and cast off

20 sc

 eak – in orange

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

4 sc in magic circle

4

2-4

Sc around

4

 

Sl st and cast off

 

Body – in black

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc inc) x 6, 6 sc

18

4

3sc, (sc inc) x 4, 6 sc, sc inc, sc, sc inc, 2 sc

24

5

4 sc, (sc inc) x 3, 8 sc, attach foot with 2 sc, 2 sc, attach foot with 2 sc, 3 sc

27

6

16 sc and switch to white, 10 sc, DO NOT JOIN or CH 1, turn (leave last stitch unworked)

16 Black

10 White

7

10 sc in White, 17 sc in black, turn

27

8

17sc in black ,10 sc in white, turn

27

9

10 sc in white, 6 sc, (sc dec) x 3, 5 sc in black, turn

24

10

14 sc in black, 10 sc in white, turn

24

11

10 sc in white, 14 sc in black, turn

24

12

14 sc in black, 10 sc in white, turn

24

13-16

Repeat rows 11-12 twice

24

17

10 sc in white, 14 sc in black, turn

24

18

Sc, attach wing with 3 sc, 6 sc, attach wing with 3 sc, sc in black, 10 sc in white, turn

24

19-20

Repeat rows 11 and 12 once

24

21

(2 sc, sc dec) x 2, 2 sc in white, sc dec. (2sc, sc dec) x 3 in black, turn

18

22

(sc, sc dec) x 3, sc in black, (sc dec, sc) x 2, sc dec in white, (cut black at end of this row and secure end)

12

 

Turn penguin inside out and using the white sc the opening together, sl st and cast off with white

 

 

Turn penguin right way out and stuff

 

 Head – continuing straight on from body in black (where yarn already is)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

23

Sc around

12

24

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

25

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

26

3 sc, (sc inc) x 3, 18 sc

27

27

5 sc, attach beak with 2 sc, 20 sc

27

28

3 sc, (sc dec) x 3, 18 sc

24

29

Sc around

24

30

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

 

Insert safety eyes 3 stitches either side and 1 row above the beak

Stuff penguin head

 

31

(sc, sc, dec) x 6

12

32

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Sew shut and sew in ends

 

 

To make the feathers, cut 20 5” pieces of yellow yarn and fold in half and attach either side of the eyes over 2 rows.   Use 6 pieces above the eye and 4 pieces behind the eye.   Trim the yarn to get the effect you want.

 

  

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Polar Playmat Series - Sally the Seal

 In the penultimate release of the Polar Playmat Series, we welcome Sally the Seal to the group.   Sally, like her friends, is made from Paintbox Simple Aran Yarn* in Misty grey and a 3mm hook.



Sally is primarily made in one piece from her head down to her tail, although the actual tail flipper and side flippers are made separately from 2 pieces joined together and sewn on.   Her neck uses short row shaping to allow her to look more like a seal!   I have made Sally a couple of times, and in order to get her to stand up independently the placement and direction of the front flippers is key.   I would advise pinning them on and adjusting placement before sewing.  However, I did discover that you can counter any mistakes with a few stitches sewing the head to the back, although I prefer not to do this if at all possible.

I have actually made a couple of versions of Sally, Sally in Misty grey with darker grey spots, Sally in just the Misty grey and also a white Sally (the cuddly version) and I love her in all 3 forms.   I think she represents different variations of seals, and in the cuddle version in white she really reminds me of the fluffy baby seals.  The cuddle version was made using the Aldi baby yarn (although any blanket type yarn would work) in white and a 6mm hook.

If you would like to make your own Sally the Seal, then you can find her FREE pattern below and the video tutorial here  As with my other patterns, if you would prefer the ad free, printable pdf version, then you can find it in my Etsy store for a small fee here. 

I look forward to seeing any Sally's you decide to make, so please feel free to post them on my social media sites.   I hope you have enjoyed this post about Sally, and please join me next time for the final release of the Polar Playmat Series and my personal favourite - Roxy the Rockhopper Penguin!

Vicky x

Sally the Seal


 1.  Materials and Resources

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

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

o   Misty Grey (203)

o   Slate Grey (205)

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

·        Stuffing

·        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

·        Dc – double crochet

·        Trc – treble crochet

3.  Notes

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

·        There is no specific gauge for Sally, however the tighter you crochet the fewer gaps will be available when stuffing.   My finished Sally is 7” long and 5” wide (including flippers)

·        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.

·        The neck is shaped using short row shaping where short rows are worked by turning the work rather than completing each round.

 4.  Pattern

Body – in Misty Grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

Sc around

18

5

Sc, (sc inc) x 3, 14 sc

21

6

Sc around

21

7

Sc around

21

8

Sc, (sc dec) x 3, 14 sc

18

9

sc around

18

10

( sc, sc dec) x 6

12

11

Sc around

12

 

Add eyes between rows 4-5 either side of the ridge created by the (sc inc)x 3

Stuff

Sew nose between rows 6&7 and mouth just below

 

12

Short row shaping -

 

 

4 sc, sl st, turn

 

 

4 sc, sl st, turn

 

 

Sc in sl st, 4 sc, sc in sl st, sl st, turn

 

 

Sc in sl st, 5 sc, sc in sl st, sl st, turn

 

 

Sc in sl st, 6 sc, Sc in sl st and sc around until you get to the next sl st, sc in this stitch as well – this is now the start of the new row

 

13

Sc around (1 stitch is on side of short rows)

12

14

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

15

Sc around

18

16

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

17

Sc around

24

18

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

19-24

Sc around

30

25

(3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

26-27

Sc around

24

28

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

29-30

Sc around

18

31

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

 

Stuff

 

32

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Fold in half and sew shut

 

 Tail – Make 2 in Misty Grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

ch 4, skip 1st ch and sc down rest of chain, turn

3

2

Sc across, turn

3

3

Ch 6, skip first chain and then down the rest of the chain, dc, dc, trc, trc, trc, sl st in middle sc on row 2

5

4

Ch 6, skip first chain and then down the rest of the chain, dc, dc, trc, trc, trc, sl st in last sc on row 2, cast off

5

 

Holding 2 pieces sc together around the edge of tail then sew to seal.

 

 Flippers – Make 4 in Misty Grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 9, skip first ch, and 7 sc down ch and 3 sc in end ch, then working up the other side, 7 sc and sc in skipped stitch, sl st and cast off

18

2

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

18

 

Sew flippers either side of seal at the front

 

 

Sew a few spots randomly on the seal in Slate Grey.

Sew a few stitches in misty grey holding neck to the body to keep it more upright and balance the animal when sitting.


 

© All patterns on this page belong to www.cosycrochet.co.uk You may not sell this pattern. Please feel free to sell the items you make using this pattern, however please acknowledge me in your listing.