Friday, March 30, 2018

Happy Easter/Spring

Spring is definitely waking up in New England.  After an incredibly difficult March, full of Nor'easters which have wreaked havoc recently.. it was so wonderful to sit outside last night in the cool air and hear the song of the Spring Peepers (frogs).
I am definitely ready for Spring and new life.  The birds will soon be laying their eggs and chicks hatching - filling the air with their song as they learn to fly.

And it's no surprise that chicks and Easter go hand in hand as well.  So, a FREE pattern for you to create a doodle for either occasion.
Spring - the Happy Baby Chick  or Easter - the large Plush Egg  (just omit all the color changes and extras)

I hope you enjoy the pattern and have fun creating your own doodles.




Pattern:
Easy

Materials Used in Model:
Red Heart® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0235 Lemon, 0256 Carrot, 0321 Gold, 0311 White and 0312 Black
Size G/6-4.00mm Crochet Hook (US)
Filling for Plushies (fiberfil or similar)
Tapestry/Yarn Needle for sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning


Commonly Used Terms & their Meanings:
ch - chain
slst - slip stitch
Dec - decrease
Inc - increase
sc - single crochet
hdc - half-double crochet
hdc-Inc - half-double crochet increase
DC - double crochet
st/sts -  stitch(es)
ea -  each
tog -  together
nxt - next
skp - skip
lps - loops
M/M - Move Marker/Marker Moved



Head/Body : (Make 1)
with White,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st (6 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 6 times (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (18 sts)
___ Rnd 4: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (24 sts)
___ Rnd 5: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times (28 sts)
___ Rnd 6: [sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times (32 sts)
___ Rnd 7: [sc in ea of nxt 7 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times (36 sts)
___ Rnd 8: [sc in ea of nxt 8 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times (40 sts)
___ Rnd 9: [sc in ea of nxt 9 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times (44 sts)
___ Rnd 10: [sc in ea of nxt 10 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times (48 sts)
___ Rnd 11: sc in ea st around (48 sts)
___ Rnd 12: [sc in ea of nxt 11 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times (52 sts)
___ Rnd 13: [sc in ea of nxt 12 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times (56 sts)
___ Rnd 14: [sc in ea of nxt 13 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times (60 sts)
___ Rnd 15: sc in ea st around, changing to Lemon on lst st (60 sts)

with Lemon,
___ Rnd 16: [sc in ea of nxt 29 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice (62 sts)
___ Rnd 17: sc in ea st around (62 sts)
___ Rnd 18: [sc in ea of nxt 30 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice (64 sts)
___ Rnd 19: sc in ea st around (64 sts)
___ Rnd 20: [sc in ea of nxt 31 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice (66 sts)
___ Rnd 21: sc in ea st around (66 sts)
___ Rnd 22: [sc in ea of nxt 32 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice (68 sts)
___ Rnd 23: sc in ea st around (68 sts)
___ Rnd 24: [sc in ea of nxt 33 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice (70 sts)
___ Rnd 25: sc in ea st around (70 sts)
___ Rnd 26: [sc in ea of nxt 34 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice (72 sts)
___ Rnds 27-29: sc in ea st around (72 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 30: [sc in ea of nxt 10 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times (66 sts)
___ Rnd 31: sc in ea st around (66 sts)
___ Rnd 32: [sc in ea of nxt 9 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times (60 sts)
___ Rnd 33: sc in ea st around (60 sts)
___ Rnd 34: [sc in ea of nxt 8 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times (54 sts)
___ Rnd 35: sc in ea st around, changing to White on lst st (54 sts)

with White, 
___ Rnd 36: [sc in ea of nxt 7 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times (48 sts)
___ Rnd 37: sc in ea st around (48 sts)
___ Rnd 38: [sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times (42 sts)
___ Rnd 39: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times (36 sts)
___ Rnd 40: [sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 12 times (24 sts)
___ Rnd 41: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 12 times (12 sts)
___ Rnd 42: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times (6 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of Rnd 42 to close opening so that no stuffing can escape. Secure and weave in remaining tail to hide.


Top Egg Shell Ridge : (Make 1)
with White, Chain 51,
___ ROW 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 49 sts, TURN (50 sts) 
___ ROW 2: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, (skp ea of nxt 2 sts, (3 DC, TC, 3 DC) in nxt st, skp ea of nxt 2 sts, slst in nxt st) 8 times
Finish off. Leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure to top of Body slightly above color change.

Bottom Egg Shell Ridge : (Make 1)
with White, Chain 33, skp 1st st, (3 hdc, DC, 3 hdc) in nxt st, skp nxt st, slst in nxt st, skp nxt st) 7 times, (3 hdc, DC, 3 hdc) in nxt st, skp nxt st, slst in nxt st Finish off. Leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure to bottom of Body at color change.



Eyeball : (Make 1)
with White, Chain 9,
___ Rnd 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, 3 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Inc in last st (18 sts)
___ Rnd 2: Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 3 sts, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts (24 sts)
___ Rnd 3: sc in ea st around (24 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Eyeball to Head/Body. Model's Eyes are placed centered evenly on Head approximately between Rnds 22 through 26. With Black, and using a whip or "long" stitch; create a break in the center of the Eyeball, giving the appearance of two (2) separate eyes.


Pupil : (Make 2)
with Black, 
Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 s in st (6 sts) 
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Pupil to Eyeball. You can add some color by using embroidery around the Pupil and using White, add a point(s) of light to the Pupil.


Eyelid : (Make 1)
with Lemon, 
Chain 20, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 2 chs, hdc in nxt st, hdc-Inc in nxt st, hdc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, slst in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, hdc in nxt st, hdc-Inc in nxt st, hdc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts (21 sts) Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Eyelid over Eyeball(s).


Beak/Bill : (Make 1)
with Carrot,
Chain 2, (2 hdc, DC, 2 hdc) in 2nd ch from hook
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Beak centered to front of Head just under Eye(s).


Wing : (Make 2) Wing is UNSTUFFED
with Lemon,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st (6 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 3 times (9 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times (12 sts)
___ Rnd 4: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (18 sts)
___ Rnd 5: sc in ea st around (18 sts)
___ Rnd 6: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times (21 sts)
___ Rnd 7: [sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times (24 sts)
___ Rnds 8-10: sc in ea st around (24 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 11/ROW: Squeeze front and back pieces flat together - working through both thicknesses (4 lps total) sc across, closing the opening for a count of 12 sc. TURN (12 sts)
___ ROW 2: {(sc, hdc, 2 DC, hdc, sc) in nxt st, skp nxt st, slst in nxt st, skp nxt st} 3 times
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Wing to side of Body. (pinch end of Wing to give appearance of flight)


Foot : (Make 2/complete)
with Gold, 
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st (6 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 6 times (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 6 times (18 sts)
___ Rnds 4-5: sc in ea st around (18 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 6: [sc in ea of nxt 7 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] twice (16 sts)
___ Rnd 7: sc in ea st around (16 sts)
___ Rnd 8: [sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] twice (14 sts)
___ Rnd 9: sc in ea st around (14 sts)
___ Rnd 10: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] twice (12 sts)
___ Rnds 11-17: sc in ea st around (12 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 18: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times (6 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of Rnd 18 to close opening so that no stuffing can escape. After joining Toe, secure Foot to Body.


Toe : (Make 2)
with Gold,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st (6 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 6 times (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times (15 sts)
___ Rnds 4-5: sc in ea st around (15 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 6: sc in ea of nxt 13 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog (14 sts)
___ Rnd 7: sc in ea st around (14 sts)
___ Rnd 8: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] twice (12 sts) 
___ Rnd 9: sc in ea st around (12 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Toe to Foot.





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