Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Crochet Monsters - Frank the Imaginary Monster & Quince the Mini Monster

 

Frank the Crochet Monster

This week monsters are coming to Cosy Crochet.   The whole monsters theme has been in the pipeline for a little while.   Around Christmas time Lily's imagination really started to take off, she was about 2 and half at the time.   She would walk around saying her monster was coming, or he was coming to play with her or to stay for dinner.    This went on for a few weeks.   The monster would come everywhere with us and one time she got really upset when she thought we were going home without him.   Seeing this I decided to see if I could get enough information from her to be able to make her monster, so he could come with us.



It turned out she could describe her monster pretty well.   She knew he was red, with 3 green arms, legs, hairs, fingers, mouths plus a green nose and 5 green eyes.   I went home and drew a few sketches of how a monster could look with that description and the following morning she was excited to show me her monster, called Frank.   Apparently Frank is a girl monster and Lily was  very excited to have Mummy make her.   Whilst I was in the process of making her she decided to tell me this monster also had 2 wings, so of course I added in the wings too.

Frank ended up being made larger than I anticipated, he is over 12" tall not including his limbs or hair and about 8" round again no including limbs.   In fact he is so huge that Lily has trouble carrying for any length of time.    He took about 4 100g balls of yarn (I used Paintbox Simply Aran *) and about 2 250g bags of stuffing I think (maybe a little more).   It was quite a length process too, but I did write down what I did so the pattern for Frank is available.   This pattern, however, I have not tested, its quite a huge project and not one I need multiple of around the house, especially as I don't know anyone else who wants a huge monster!)   Please bear this in mind if you undertake this project.   That said if you have any issues with it, I would be more than happy to help, you can as always drop me a message or email and I'll be happy to help.

If you want to make your own Frank then the pattern for it is below.



Quince the Mini Monster

Given how large Frank was, which makes him quite impractical to take out or for Lily to sleep with (she does try!) I decided to use some of my Aldi baby yarn and make some smaller more cuddle sized monsters.   My initial idea was to make other crochet monsters similar to Frank, with a couple of variations (less eyes, mouths and no fingers or hair) I created a pink and mint version who was perhaps more like a baby to Frank.   Lily was very excited to see this monster in the morning and immediately carried is around with her.   She decided he was to be called Quince.

Quince uses join as you go limbs (Franks are sewn on due to the size) as well as ears.   Only the wings are sewn on.   The wings are a slightly different shape, but seeing as I was on holiday when I made them I didn't have the original pattern notes to work off of.   However, I just imagine that Quince has a Dad who looks somewhat different to Frank which made the variation.   The combination of parents has also made other variations and I will share the other 3 mini monsters over the next few weeks.  Perhaps one day I will make the Dad monster.

The pattern for Quince (and the other mini monsters) has been tested and I have created a video tutorial for him too, using different colours.   You can find the written pattern and the video tutorial here.  Please do remember to subscribe to my You Tube channel, it really will help me to continue making these tutorials for you.

I hope that you love the new monsters as much as my children do.   If you make Frank or Quince then please do share them on any of my social media channels.    See you next week with the second of the mini monsters.

Vicky x

 

Quince the Mini Monster


 1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this hat

·        Aldi So Crafty Baby Yarn– 100g balls in any colours you choose – I used the following colours;

o   Pink

o   Mint Green

·        6mm hook

·        Stuffing

·        3 15mm safety eyes

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        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.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Sc dec – sc decrease

·        Hdc – half double crochet

·        Dc – double crochet

·        Trc – treble crochet

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

·        b/l – back loops

  

3.  Notes

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

·        There is no specific gauge for this monster, just work as tightly as possible.

·       The monster is made using join as you go techniques.  (See You Tube Video for more information)

 

 Pattern

Arms – work in green (make 3)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

( sc, sc inc) x 3

9

3-10

Sc around

9

11

(sc, sc dec) x 3

6

 

Sl st and cast off, stuff arm

 

 

Legs – work in green (make 3)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

In b/l sc around

12

4

Sc around

12

5

4 sc, (sc dec) x 3, 2 sc

9

6

2 sc, (sc dec) x 3, sc

6

7

Sc around

6

8

(sc, sc inc) x 3

9

9

Sc around

9

10

(2 sc, sc inc) x 3

12

11-12

Sc around

12

13

(2 sc, sc dec) x 3

9

14

Sc around

9

15

(sc, sc dec) x 6

6

16

Sc around

6

 

Sl st, cast off and stuff legs

 

 

 

Ears – work in green (make 3)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2-3

Sc around

6

4

(sc inc) x 6

12

 

Sl st and cast off, sew in ends

 

 

Wings – work in green (make 2)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 2

 

2

3 sc in 1st ch, ch 1, turn

3

3

(sc inc) x 3, ch 1, turn

6

4

Sc inc, sc, (sc inc) x 2, sc, sc inc, ch 1, turn

10

5

Sc inc, 3 sc, (sc inc) x 2, 3 sc, sc inc, ch 1 turn

14

6

Sl st, (sc hdc, dc trc, trc dc, hdc, sc) x 3, sl st do not turn

 

 

Sl along base edge of wing, cast off and leave a long tail for sewing

 

 

Body – work in pink

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc, 2 sc, attach ear with sc inc) x 3

24

5

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

6

(4 sc, sc inc ) x 6

36

7-10

Sc around

 

11

13 sc, attach arm with 3 sc, 17 sc, attach arm with 3 sc

36

12-13

Sc around

36

14

33 sc, attach arm with 3 sc

36

15-20

Sc around

36

21

13 sc, attach leg with 3 sc, 7 sc, attach leg with 3 sc, 7 sc, attach leg with 2 sc

36

 

Add eyes between rows 7 &8 centrally between 2 ears with 2 stitches between each eye

 

22

(4 sc, sc dec) x 6

30

23

(3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

24

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

 

Stuff monster

 

25

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

26

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Sl st and cast off and sew in ends

 

 

·        Sew wings centrally on the back

·        Sew mouth & nose on the monster


Frank the Monster

 

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this hat

·        Painbox Simply Aran – 100g balls in any colours you choose – I used the following colours;

o   Rose Red (213) (4 balls)

o   Grass Green (229) (4 balls)

·        6mm & 4mm hook

·        Stuffing (Quite a lot)

·        5 Green Saftey Eyes

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        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.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Sc dec – sc decrease

·        Hdc – half double crochet

·        Dc – double crochet

·        Trc – treble crochet

·        Dtrc – double treble crochet

·        Romanian Point Lace Cord (see YouTube video)

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

 

 

3.  Notes

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

·        There is no specific gauge for this monster, just work as tightly as possible.

·        The monster is made using join as you go techniques for his hair and ears.   (see You Tube Video for more information)

·        The monster is made holding 2 strands of yarn held together 

4.  Pattern

Hair & fingers – work with 2 strands of green in 6mm hook (make 6)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Make Romanian Point Lace Cord 2” long.

 

 

End cord by pulling up a loop in each of the 3 sc and then sc them together.

 

 

Sew end through lace cord so both start and finishing ends of yarn are together.   Tie these in a knot and set aside.

 

 

Hands – work in green with 2 strands together and 4mm hook (make 3)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c  (do not close fully)

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

 

Insert finger through the centre of the magic circle and then close circle tightly.   Tie end of m/c and finger together and sew in place with ends as necessary

 

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

47

(2 sc, sc inc ) x 6

24

5-7

Sc around

24

8

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

9

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

 

Continue straight on to arm

 

 

 

 

Arms – work in green with 2 strands together and 4mm hook (make 3)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

10

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

11

Sc around

18

12

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

13-21

Sc around

24

22

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

23

Sc around

18

24

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

 

Stuff arm

 

25

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Sl st and cast off, sew arm shut leaving a long tail to sew to monster later.

 

 

Ears  – work in green with 2 strands together and 4mm hook (make 3)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

Sc around

6

3

(2 sc, sc inc) x 2

8

4

(3 sc, sc inc) x 2

10

5

(sc inc) x 10

20

 

Sl st and sew in ends

 

 

Nose – work in green with 2 strands together and 4mm hook (make 1)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3-4

Sc around

12

5

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Stuff, sl st and cast off leave a long tail for sewing on to monster.

 

 

Legs – work in green with 2 strands together and 4mm hook (make 3)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

5

6 sc, (sc inc) x 6, 12 sc

30

6-8

Sc around

30

9

6 sc, (sc dec) x 6, 12 sc

24

10

6 sc, 6 hdc, 12 sc

24

11-28

Sc around

24

29

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

 

Stuff leg

 

30

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

31

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Sl st, cast off and sew shut, leave a long tail to sew to monster.

 

 

Left Wings – work in green with 2 strands together and 4mm hook (make 2)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in /c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

Sc, hdc, ch 2, hdc, sc, 3 sc, ch 6, sk 1st ch, sc, hdc, dc, trc, dtrc, sk 2, sc, hdc, dc, trc, dtrc, trc, dc, gdc, sc, ch 9, sk 1st ch, sc, sc, hdc, hdc, dc, dc, trc, trc, sk 3, sc, sl st, cast off (leave last stitch unworked)

 

 

Right Wings – work in green with 2 strands together and 4mm hook (make 2)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in /c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

Sc, ch 9, sk st, sc, sc, hdc, hdc, dc, dc, trc, trc, sk 3, sc, hdc dc, trc dtrc trc, hd hdc, sc, ch 6, sk st, sc, hdc, dc, trc, dtrc, sk 2, 3 sc, sc hdc, ch 2, hdc sc, sl st cast off

 

 

Hold a two wing pieces together and sc around the outside to create the 2 wings.   Leave a long tail for sewing to the monster.

 

Monster Body – work in red with 2 strands together and 4mm hook (make 1)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc ) x 6

18

4

(2 sc inc ) x 6

24

5

(3 sc, sc inc ) x 6

30

6

(4 sc, attach hair strand with sc inc, 4 sc, sc inc ) x 3

36

7

(5 sc, sc inc) x 6

42

8

(6 sc, sc inc) x 6

48

9

(7 sc, sc inc) x 6

54

10

(8 sc, sc inc) x 6

60

11

(9 sc, sc inc ) x 6

66

12

(10 sc, sc inc) x 6

72

13

(11 sc, sc inc ) x 6

78

14

(12 sc, sc inc) x 6

84

15

(13 sc, sc inc) x 6

90

16

(14 sc, sc inc) x 6

96

17

46 sc, attach ear with 2 sc, 14 sc, attach ear with 2 sc, 14 sc attach ear with 2 sc, 16 sc

96

18-32

Sc around

96

 

Insert eyes between row 25 & 26, 1 under each ear and 1 in between the gaps of the eyes

 

33

Sc around (note that this is where the nose will be sewn on later underneath the 3rd eye)

96

34-55

Sc around

96

56

(14 sc, sc dec) x 6

90

57

(13 sc, sc dec) x 6

84

58

(12 sc, sc dec) x 6

78

59

(11 sc, sc dec) x 6

72

60

(10 sc, sc dec) x 6

66

61

(9 sc, sc dec) x 6

60

62

(8 sc, sc dec) x 6

54

63

(7 sc, sc dec) x 6

48

64

(6 sc, sc dec) x 6

42

65

(5 sc, sc dec) x 6

36

66

(4 sc, sc dec) x 6

30

67

(3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

 

Stuff monster

 

68

(2 sc, sc dec ) x 6

18

69

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

70

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Sl st and sew monster shut

 

·        Attach arms 1 & 2 between rows 27-33 just outside of the ears

·        Attach arm 3 directly under arm 1

·        Attach leg 1 and 2 under the arms between rows 51 and 58

·        Attach leg 3 at the back of the monster directly between legs 1 & 2

·        Attach the wings on the back above the middle leg around row 31

·        3 on 3 mouths – mouth 1 &2 above 4 rows below the nose on either side and mouth 3 directly under the first 2 mouths centrally below the nose.  

·        Sew in all ends


   

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