Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Favourite Cartoons: Crochet Pattern Links

A couple of weeks ago I had a giveaway and I asked you guys who your favourite cartoon characters were. I did some pattern browsing and found patterns for some of the cartoon characters that came up. (There were a few I couldn't find - Tweety, Ziggy, Woody Woodpecker, Minah Bird - if anybody knows of a pattern for these guys, let me know.) Click on the pattern names or pictures to be taken to the pattern or pattern store. An asterix (*) next to the name means the patterns is free!

So here they are, in alphabetical order, your favourite cartoon characters ...

Alice in Wonderland by Loly Fuertes
I know, she's not a toy but I couldn't not include her. She's gorgeous! Don't be fooled. The photos are of the original knit version of the tea cosy but the pattern is for a crocheted tea cosy. Pattern can be purchased and downloaded from Ravelry.



Dumbo from cheerymarjo
Isn't he perfect? You can buy this pattern from the Etsy store cheerymarjo.



Felix the Cat by Luisa Contreras
An oldie but a goodie. Pattern can be purchased and downloaded from Ravelry.



Mickey Mouse Gang from Chonticha
These guys are giant! They are 30 inches plus in size. Check out the rest of this Etsy store. There are some great cartoon character patterns in there.



* Perry the Platypus, a. k. a. Agent P, by Kody May Kline 
That silent international platypus of mystery. Only found out about this character a few days ago. He is awesome! Free pattern from the blog Kody May Knits.



Pooh Bear from MuffaMiniatures 
I love the tiny crocheted creations of Mariella Vitale. Her tiny Pooh Bear is absolutely adorable. You can buy the pattern from her Etsy store. 



Popeye - Vintage Doll Pattern from dianeh5091
On Facebook, I originally posted a link to a Popeye pattern by Maijo Blanco but unfortunately it doesn't look like that pattern is available anymore. Not to worry. This vintage pattern on Etsy looks like it will do the trick. In the same store there is also a vintage pattern for the lovely Olive Oyl.



Powerpuff Girls from gurumiorama
Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup. They're too cute to resist! This is a pattern for all three and can be purchased from Etsy.



* Ruby Gloom by Me!
Couldn't find a pattern for her so I made one myself :)





Sammy Skunk from ErinScullsToyStore
Sammy remind you of anyone? ;) This Etsy store is full of great cartoon characters: a green helmeted martian, a lisping black duck, a loudmouthed rooster ... and there's a snork!
 


* Snoopy and Woodstock by Bethany Scofield
I love these guys to bits. This will take you to the Woodstock pattern - the link to the Snoopy pattern is at the top of the page.



* Spongebob Squarepants by Sabrina Boscolo
It's a Holy Spongebob! You can download this for free from Ravelry. 



* Tuxedo Sam by Amigurumei
The sweet little Penguin friend of Hello Kitty. This is a free pattern from the talented Amigurumei.


Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Ruby Gloom Pattern

I've been using your answers to last weeks Giveaway question to compile a short list of links to patterns of your favourite cartoon characters. I wasn't able to find a pattern for a few of the characters, Ruby Gloom being one of them. 

www.rubygloomtv.com

Ruby Gloom is a sweet little redhead from a a Canadian children's cartoon. She is  so cute I thought I'd try to make her myself. Here's the result. I hope you like her and the pattern.

 

Ruby Gloom

 


Size
11cm/4.3in tall

Skill Level
Moderate. Ruby is a small doll so she is a little fiddly to make. Her legs require frequent colour changes - if you're not confident at changing yarn colour, take a look at these tutorials by June Gilbank and by NeedleNoodles: Colour Changes in Amigurumi, Crocheted Jogless Stripe.

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
Yarn
White
Black
Red
Yellow

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Tapestry needle
Black felt
White Felt
Black cotton or embroidery floss
White cotton
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

Head and Body (in White and Black)
Start with White
Make a ring.
Row 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Row 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (30)
Rnd 6-11: sc in each st around
Rnd 12: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Rnd 13: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Rnd 14: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Start stuffing. Continue to stuff the doll as you go.
Rnd 15: sc2tog around (6)
Rnd 16: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 17-20: sc in each st around
Change to Black yarn.
Rnd 21-22: sc in each st around
Finish stuffing firmly.
Rnd 23: sc2tog around (6)
Weave yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight to close up hole. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Dress (in Black)
Chain 12. Leave a tail of yarn at the beginning of the chain. This will be used to attach the dress to the body.
















Sl st in 1st chain made to make a ring.
Rnd 1: sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 2: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (16)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around
Rnd 4: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (20)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 6-7: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in end (remember to leave the tail of yarn at the top of the dress to use when joining later.)

Arms (in White and Black)
The arms are small, only 6 st around. You may find it easier to crochet them if you switch to a smaller hook.

Start with White.
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring
Rnd 2-4: sc in each st around
Change to Black.
Rnd 5: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail to use when joining the arms to the body. Weave in all other loose ends. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Legs (in Black, Yellow and Red)
Again, you may wish to use a smaller hook to make the legs.

Start with Black.
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring
Rnd 2: sc in each st around
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 3: sc in each st around
Change to Red.
Rnd 4: sc in each st around
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 5: sc in each st around
Change to Red.
Rnd 6: sc in each st around
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 7: sc in each st around
Change to Red.
Rnd 8: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail to use when joining the legs to the body. Weave in all other loose ends. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Hair (in Red)
Make a ring.
Row 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Row 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 4: turn your work as you do when working in rows, sc in last sc made and in the next 17 sc around (18)
Rnd 5: turn, *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 6: turn, *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (30)
Rnd 7: turn, *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (36)
Rnd 8-10: turn, sc in next 36 st around
Rnd 11: turn, chain 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in next 3 ch, sc in next sc (this is the sc at the base of the chain 6 and would have been the last sc you made in Rnd 10), *chain 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in next 2 ch, sc in next sc* twice, chain 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, sc in next 29 sc, chain 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, sc in next sc, *chain 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in next 2 ch, sc in next sc* twice, chain 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in next 3 ch, sc in next sc
If you survived Rnd 11, cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the hair to the head.

Assembly
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eye at all times.***

Join the legs to the body. Use the tail of yarns left on the legs to stitch them to the bottom of the body (the black section). I recommend pinning them to the body as shown in the photo but be careful not to hurt yourself on the pins as they may poke through the body.


Join the dress to the body. Slide the dress over the legs and body. You may need to twist it a bit to get it on. Use the tail of yarn left on the dress to secure it to the body.




Join the arms to the body. Pin the arms so that the tops (the black bits) sit on the collar of the dress. Stitch on using the tail of yarns left on the arms.


Making and attaching the eyes.
Ruby's eyes are quite detailed and very distinctive (have a look at her picture at the top of the page). I used felt to make the eyes but some of you might find embroidering the eyes or even painting/drawing the eyes an easier and better way to do it. Here is an interesting tutorial by the Amigurumi Girl on how to make eyes using cotton cloth, pencil and sharpie pens. Take your time and choose the method you're most comfortable with.

First, cut out three circles from your black and white felt.


Glue or stitch the circles together as shown in the picture.


Use white cotton to stitch in three dots on the black section of the eye.


Pin the eyes to the head and then, using black cotton or embroidery floss, stitch the eyes onto the head. You want the stitches to be visible to match the lines around the cartoon Ruby's eyes. If you would prefer to avoid stitching, you could glue the eyes to the head then you use fabric paint to paint in the black stitches around the eyes.


Adding the mouth, eyelashes and eyebrows.
Use black cotton or embroidery floss to stitch in the eyelashes and eyebrows. Again, fabric paint could be used instead. Use black yarn to stitch in Ruby's mouth.

Join the hair to the head. Pin the hair to the head. Don't worry if the hair covers the eyes and eyebrows a little bit. The section with the tendrils is pinched so that they flare out from the side of the head. Stitch to the head using the tail of yarn left on the hair. Use the photos below as a guide.


That's it! I hope you like your new little Ruby.

The Ruby Gloom character is not my creation so I would ask you not to sell any dolls you make from this pattern. Thank you!

Friday, 18 January 2013

And the winner is ...

And the winner is …



Lane Lynn, you won!!! The Moustache bag and Monstro the tape measure are yours. Email your details to woollytoons@gmail.com and I will send them on their way.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered. I had lots of fun reading about your favourite cartoon characters. I've been gathering links to patterns for some of these toons and I will share them in my next post.

The next giveaway is planned for March when Woolly Toons will celebrate its one year anniversary (wahoo!!). I'm thinking about making a toilet as one of the giveaway prizes. What do you think? If you have any other ideas, leave me a comment and I will see what I can do.

Thanks, everyone! Have a great weekend!

Friday, 11 January 2013

Thankyou Giveaway

***** The Giveaway is now closed. The winner will be announced shortly (yay!!). *****




This is Woolly Toons first giveaway!! I've been planning it for the last few days and I'm school-girl excited about it.

The reason for the giveaway? I reached 300 likes on Facebook and I wanted to celebrate it. I also want to say thank you to all of you who have supported me, the blog and my toons. I have so much fun doing this - really, it would be embarrassing for you and for me if you saw the way I giggle and grin and clap my hands when I'm making and photographing my crochet creations. So thank you for all the positive comments and thank you so very much for letting me share this all with you.

Okay, enough of that. Giveaway time!

Up for Grabs
A whale tape measure (I call him Monstro) and a moustache print project bag. The retractable, imperial/metric tape measure is 150cm/59in long. The drawstring project bag is 50cm/19.7in wide and 46cm/18in deep. I've added little crocheted moustaches to the ends of the drawstring. The bag was sewn together by my brilliant on-hand seamstress (Thanks, Mum!). I attempted to sew one for you but, trust me, this one is better :D








How to Enter
To participate in the giveaway you must either be a follower of my blog or a liker of my Facebook page. To enter answer this question in the comment section of this post:

  • Who is your favourite cartoon character?

The names of all those who enter will be placed in a hat, so make sure you leave your name in the comment (first name and initial will be fine), and the winners name will be drawn from the hat on Saturday 19 January 2013, 10am Perth time :)

I hope you like the prizes :) Cheers, guys!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year!!




The toons and I want to wish you all the best for the New Year! May it be filled with many a fun and exciting crafty project.

A special thanks goes out to all those who purchased a Biff the Angry Bear pattern during December. I donated the proceeds from the pattern to the World Food Programme this evening. It was a very nice way to start 2013. Thank you, guys!


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