I need to stop with the Bob’s love……

……even I know it, don’t worry! But she’s the last one I promise.

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Seriously though, how can a yarn crafter NOT make Gayle?! Unfortunately I’m not skilled enough to knit her like Mr. Frond, so here’s my crochet version.

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Gotta love her no matter what ๐Ÿ˜‚
Ok, all done with my Bob’s Burgers kick. On to something else!!

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Bakeneko ( Louise Belchers amazing toys

Yet again Bobs Burgers has infiltrated my crochet world. Louise has the best toys in her room and all I ever want to do is make real versions of them! Bakeneko has always been my favorite of her collection and after catching “Flu-ouise” on repeat again the other evening I knew I had to just do it.
My main criteria for him was that he had to be true to size. Best way to do that, blanket yarn! It made him super soft and squishy as well. I decided to go darker in his color and followed the triangle pattern from the actual episode as opposed to when he’s just lying around her room.
I have to say, blanket yarn is a bit trying to work with when you’re intentionally making tight stitches!! He took a bit longer than I expected to work out, however I’m very pleased with him now that he’s done. Now, whenever I walk into my living room, this 19inch Bakeneko stares at me from the corner. All I can hear is him singing! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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He’s oh so cute!

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Tiny bendable monkey

I’ve been having fun playing around with different techniques lately. First with making something glow in the dark and now with making bendable limbs. After messing around with a few different approaches, it seems the simplest way is the best way!
So here’s how I made a little monkey that can grab at fingers!
Supplies:

* F – hook ( 3.75mm )
* Worsted weight yarn in two colors ( main color, second color for details )
* Small amounts of poly-fil stuffing
* Pipe cleaners ( 2 per animal )
* scissors ( no need for super special sharp ones )
* Yarn needle
* Black yarn for eyes
* Stuffing tool ( not 100% necessary, however I find it extremely helpful. My favorite is the one that comes in the bag of poly-fil )

Terms used:

* ch – chain
* sc – single crochet
* inc – increase
* dec – decrease

These require following the pattern in perfect order.

We’re going to start by preparing the pipe cleaners.
Using one ( the average sized ones you can purchase at Walmart, Michaels, etc. I believe they are 12inches in length ):

* Fold the pipe cleaner in half
* Cut right at the bend

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* Repeat on second pipe cleaner
* You now have four 6 inch pieces

Body/Head:

The head and body are one piece worked from the body up.

Ch2 in main color
1. 5sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st – around
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. sc around – 15
5. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
6. sc around – 10
7. sc around – 10

* Insert pipe cleaner for legs ( see end of pattern for instructions )
* Stuff the body halfway

8. dec, sc, dec, sc, dec, sc, sc – 7

* Insert pipe cleaner for arms ( see end of pattern for instructions )
* Continue stuffing body ( this where the stuffing tool can come in handy, it will help to make sure your stuffing under and around the pipe cleaner, not just above )

9. inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, sc – 10
10. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
11. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
12. sc around – 20
13. sc around – 20
14. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
15. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
16. dec 5
Fasten off, weave in ends.

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Arms: ( make two )

Ch 2 in second color
1. sc 4 in second ch from hook – 4
2. sc around – 4

* Switch to main color

3 – 10. sc around – 4 ( each row )
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. Do not stuff.

* Another good use for the stuffing tool, every few rows, insert the thinner end into the arm ( legs and tail ) it will open up the piece and help you see your stitches.

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Legs: ( make two )

Ch 2 in second color
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. sc around – 5

* Switch to main color

3 – 9. sc around – 5 ( each row )
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. Do not stuff.

Tail:

Ch 2
1. sc 4 in second ch from hk – 4
2 – 12. so around – 4 ( each row )
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. Do not stuff.

Ears: ( make two )

Ch 2 using second color
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5

* Switch to main color

2. 2sc in each st around – 10
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Muzzle:

Using second color:
4sc in a magic circle.
Pull circle tight and slip stitch into the first sc.
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Inserting the pipe cleaners for arms and legs:

* The process for setting up the bendable arms and legs can be a bit trying. It will take some practice and patience to line them up the way you’d like.

* Use your finger to hold open the body while inserting the first side. You’re going to go from the outside in, then run the pipe cleaner through the body coming out the second leg location.
* My example has the legs set up at just above row #3.
* The arms are set one row below the neckline.
* I find when pulling the second side through, it’s helpful to insert your hk where you’d like the pipe cleaner to exit the body. It will open up the stitch a bit making it easier to find.

Legs:

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Arms:

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Construction:

* Sew muzzle onto head. It can face any direction you’d like.
* Sew on eyes
* Sew on ears
* We’re now going to add limbs and tail:

1. Make sure the pipe cleaners are as even as possible on each side of body.
2. Line up one arm to the pipe cleaner, fold over at the end. You want it as close as possible to the length of the arm, however shorter is better than longer here!
3. Wrap the excess around itself, leaving a small loop at the end.

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4. Run yarn through the loop, thread BOTH ends of the yarn through the needle.

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5. Insert the needle through the arm, making sure to come through the center of the arm.

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6. Use the yarn ( threaded through the pipe cleaner loop ) to pull the pipe cleaner up, while pulling the arm down.
7. Sew the arm into place before moving into the next one.
8. Repeat the process for both legs.
9. For the tail, take a piece of pipe cleaner, make the loop on the end and loop yarn through for helping to place in tail. Fold any excess length ( after sizing against your tail ) and wrap ALL of it around itself. I like the tail to have the extra thickness and stability. Sew in place.

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Kuchi Kopi!

One of my favorite shows on t.v. right now is Bobs Burgers. We don’t really watch shows, mainly the television is just on for background noise, but come Sunday nights the yarn gets put aside, my guy puts down his drawings and all attention goes to Bobs. There’s just something about this show….. We see ourselves in the characters a little too easily!! Linda is my spirit animal, my guy is Bob ( the amount of times a day he says “oh my god” in response to something myself or offspring has said or done ๐Ÿ˜‚ ) and somehow offspring is all three of the kids rolled into one!
And then there’s kuchi kopi. My guy loves the episodes where he “comes to life”, so I knew I had to make him. My problem was I wanted him to glow. Looking online I only found glow in the dark yarn that was white and we all know that wouldn’t do! So after many trial and error prototypes and I found what I think is the best solution. ( cats not complaining, he has quite a few little crocheted balls that glow in dark to bat around the house now ๐Ÿ˜ƒ )
Here he is in all his glowing happiness, hope you like him.

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Kuchi Kopi:

Supplies:

* Cotton yarn, I prefer the cotton for this project due to its absorbent qualities. ( I used Lily Sugar’n Cream Hot Green ) one skein is plenty.
* G – hook ( 4mm )
* Poly-fil stuffing
* Yarn needle
* Small amount of white ( again I used cotton, for eyes )
* 1 can of Tulip Color Shot glow in the dark fabric spray ( I purchased this at Michaels )
* Black craft paint for pupils
* Gloves ( either disposable or dish, doesn’t matter, but make sure to wear gloves! )
* Circle of cardboard ( optional. The circle will need to be big enough to fit in the bottom of the body. Do not use cardboard if you intend on having to wash him )

Terms:

* Ch – chain
* Hk – hook
* St – stitch
* Sc – single crochet
* Inc – increase
* Dec – decrease

Eyes: make two

* We’re going to work eyes first.

Using white: ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3. ( sc, inc )4x – 12

* Slip stitch into next st, fasten off, leave long tail for sewing
* Set aside

Body/Head:

* The body is worked from bottom up

Ch 2
1. 5sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
6. ( sc 4, inc )5x – 30
7. ( sc 5, inc )5x – 35

* If using cardboard, trace the base now and cut out. Put the cardboard circle aside for now.

8. *in back loops only* ( sc 6, inc )5x – 40
9. sc around – 40 each row
10. ( sc 7, inc )5x – 45
11. ( sc 8, inc )5x – 50
12 – 18. sc around – 50 each row
19. ( sc 8, dec )5x – 45
20. sc around – 45
21. ( sc 7, dec )5x – 40
22. sc around – 40
23. ( sc 6, dec )5x – 35
24. sc around – 35

* Insert cardboard now

25. ( sc 5, dec )5x – 30
26. sc around – 30

* Begin stuffing, make sure to stuff firmly throughout.

27. ( sc 5, inc )5x – 35
28. ( sc 6, inc )5x – 40
29. ( sc 7, inc )5x – 45
30 – 37. sc around – 45 each row
38. ( sc 7, dec )5x – 40
39. ( sc 6, dec )5x – 35
40. ( sc 5, dec )5x – 30
41. ( sc 4, dec )5x – 25
42. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
43. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
44. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
45. dec 5
Fasten off, sew shut, weave in ends.

Arms: ( make two )

Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3 – 7. sc around – 10 each row
Stuff just the bottom lightly, fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Ears: ( make two )

Ch 2
1. 3sc in the second ch from hk – 3
2. ch1, turn, inc, sc, inc
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

* Sew arms, ears, and eye whites onto body
* In a well ventilated area, evenly coat the entire piece with glow spray. I can’t stress enough how important gloves are right now, my hands were glowing for days…..
* Set aside to dry.
* I strongly suggest going for it in one go. I had issues with this spray, it works amazing the first time but gets a little difficult when you try to use it again. So to combat struggling, I used the entire can in one sitting. Just try to keep it as even as possible. ( it is worth the effort! )
* Repeat if necessary as many times as you’d like.
* Add the pupils to the eyes once the piece has dried. Set under a light, let charge up and enjoy!

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Rick and Morty

My daughter and guy are obsessed with Rick and Morty. Which means of course that I have to sit through it whenever it’s on. There’s only so much of watching something I can handle before my brain goes “psst, you can make that”. Fought the urge for weeks, finally gave in.
I also tried something new and used puff paint for detail work on these. Very pleased with the outcome and my Rick and Morty fans are in love. So, win win for all!

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They ended up larger than I anticipated, Rick is 18 inches and Morty 13.5! But that’s what happens when you just free hand…

The Dobby inspired Huggable House Elf

A little over a year ago I joined a Halloween Gift Swap. My recipient was a Harry Potter loving soul and also requested something handmade. Being who I am, that obviously meant an Amigurumi of some kind, after days of character image searching ( I’ll admit, I’m not really a fan of Harry Potter, had to look up the movies ), I settled on making her a Dobby. Everyone else seemed a bit to bland and I was looking to make something in a larger size. Little bit of drawing, little bit of frustration, and a lot of “does this look right” texts to my sister ( she loves that series! ) Dobby was born.
Fast forward to now and I finally decided to clean up his pattern to share with everyone else. It’s only been a year after all!!
I think he’s an easy pattern to follow, you’ll need basic stitch knowledge, no fancy stitches used! And I’m always here to help and answer questions. I also teach how I connect fingers and toes in this pattern ( always a good technique to know for Amigurumi makers ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
He is available for purchase in my Ravelry store:
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/huggable-house-elf

Hope you enjoy!!

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“Jowls!” A dog toy

Mister calls Louis “jowls” all the time. He’s got some loose lips on him and my all time favorite movie is Jaws, so in my household it’s the best knick name. ๐Ÿ˜
Louis is a crazy little beast who adores toys and sits ever so sweetly in my lap as I crochet, so I thought it was about time to make him something.
I present to you:
JOWLS!!!

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Supplies:

* G-hook
* Worsted weight yarn
* Yarn needle
* Poly-fill stuffing
* Squeaker ( optional )

Terms:

* ch – chain
* sc – single crochet
* inc – increase
* dec – decrease
* slp st – slip stitch
* hdc – half double crochet

Special Notes:

* Make sure to pull your stitches tight! It will make the toy stronger and keep your stuffing in.
* If your dog is a destroyer, I suggest using a cotton yarn. Thankfully Louis does not eat his toys so we don’t have to worry about him swallowing acrylic yarn.
* If you’re going to use a squeaker, stuff the shark halfway, insert the squeaker, and stuff the sides around it firmly.

Pattern:
Body:
Ch 2
1. 5sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. sc around – 20
6. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
7. sc around – 25
8. ( sc 4, inc )5x – 30
9. sc around – 30
10. ( sc 5, inc )5x – 35
11. sc around – 35
12. sc around – 35
13. ( sc 6, inc )5x – 40
14. sc around – 40
15. sc around- 40
16. ( sc 7, inc )5x – 45
17. sc around – 45
18. ( sc 8, inc )5x – 50
19-26. sc around – 50 each row
27. ( sc 8, dec )5x – 45
28-29. sc around – 45
30. ( sc 7, dec )5x – 40
31. sc around – 40
32. ( sc 6, dec )5x – 35
33-34. sc around – 35
35. ( sc 5, dec )5x – 30
36. sc around – 30
Start Stuffing
37. ( sc 4, dec )5x – 25
38. sc around – 25
39. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
40. sc around – 20
41. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
42-46. sc around – 15
Sew tail end shut flat. Weave in ends.

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Side Fins: make two
Ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3. sc around – 8
4. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
5. sc around – 12
6. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 16
7. sc around – 16
8. dec 2, sc 12 – 14
9. dec, sc 12 – 13
10. slp st 7, hdc 2, slp st 4, fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Dorsel fin:
ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3. sc around – 8
4. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
5. sc around – 12
6. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 16
7. sc around – 16
8. sc around – 16
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Tail Fin: make two
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. sc around – 6
3. inc, inc, sc 4 – 8
4. sc around – 8
5. sc 2, inc, inc, sc 4 – 10
6. sc around – 10
7. sc 4, inc, inc, sc 4 – 12
8. sc 5, inc, sc 6 – 13
9. sc around – 13
Fasten off, sew the ends shut flat, leave long tail for sewing to body.

โ€œTail Centerโ€
Holding two strands of yarn together,
Ch 7
1. starting in second ch from hk: sc across – 6
2. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 2, dec – 4
3. ch 1, turn, dec, dec – 2
4. ch 1, turn, dec
5. ch 1, turn, sc
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Tail Assembly:
Line up edges as shown, sew together.

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Sew the tail onto the body. I doubled my yarn and ran it a few times to make it strong.
Being that it is for a dog, I used embroidery floss for the eyes, no risking him swallowing plastic safety eyes.
Finished size 9 1/2 inches long from tip of nose to tail.

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As you can see, someone knew it was his and was not feeling the photo shoot.

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Taxidermy Rudolph!!

Ok, this guy cracks me up! I know he’s not for everyone, but come on, how cute and funny is he!! He’s on the small side so you can make him as a stocking stuffer or just some silly holiday decor.

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**_Terms:_**
ch – chain
hk – hook
sc – single crochet
inc – increase
dec – decrease

**_Supplies:_**

* G hook
* Two shades of yarn in medium weight 4 for the head and antlers
* Red yarn in medium weight 4
* Poly fil stuffing
* Safety eyes or embroidery floss
* Yarn needle
* Wooden plaque for mounting ( optional )
* Green yarn in medium weight 4 for holly leaves ( optional )

**_Head:_**
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5-7. sc around – 20
8. dec 3, sc 5, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc 4 – 20
9. inc 2, sc, inc 2, sc 6, inc, sc 8 – 25
10. inc 2, sc 6, inc 2, sc 6, inc, sc 8 – 30
11. sc 3, inc 5, sc 22 – 35
12 – 16. sc around – 35
17. ( sc 5, dec )5x – 30
18. sc around – 30
Attach eyes now if using safety eyes, begin stuffing.
19. ( sc 4, dec )5x – 25
20. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
Do remaining rows in back loops only to help keep the back of the head flat.
21. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
22. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
23. dec 5
Sew shut, leave long tail for attaching to board.

**_Nose:_**
Using red, ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. sc around – 10
4. ( sc, dec )3x, sc
Fasten off, stuff lightly, leave long tail for sewing.

_**Ears:**_ make two
Using head color ch 2
1. 5 sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. sc around – 15
5. ( sc 3, dec )3x – 12
7. sc around – 12
8. ( sc 4, dec )2x – 10
9-10. sc around – 10 each row
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.
**Inside: **make two ( optional )
Using lighter color ch 3
1. starting in 2nd ch from hk, sc across – 2
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 2
3. ch 1, turn, inc, sc – 3
4. ch 1, turn, sc across – 3
5. ch 1, turn, sc, inc, sc – 4
Sc around whole piece to clean up edges.
Fasten off, leave long tail, sew into ear.
Do not stuff

**_Antlers:_**
Ch 2
1. 6sc in the second ch from hk – 6
2-4. sc around – 24
Fasten off, stuff lightly, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Holly leaves:_**
I used the awesome pattern by this lovely lady:

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/holly-leaves.html

I used three different hook sizes when making my leaves in order to have three different sized leaves.

**_Assembly:_**
_Sew head together first in this order:_

* Ears
* Antlers
* Nose

_If using holly leaves and board:_

* Make sure to attach hanger to back of board or drill holes for hanging first
* Drill two holes completely through to tie the head on

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* Run yarn from the back of head through the two holes and knot securely to the back of board.
* I added a couple of small stitches to the leaves to make them one piece
* Then used three small dabs of hot glue to the two ends and bottom to glue on
* Finished size: Head – 2 1/2 inches not counting antlers

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Mini tree topper Carol-er

My love of vintage and mid-century shows its head with this one. I recently acquired some of my grandmothers paper angel and carolers. You know the ones I mean, with the paper cone bases and plastic heads. Well as I was gently trying to clean them up it struck me how fun they could be to make!
So here she is. She sits perfectly on a mini table top tree ( used my grandmas for the photo, it only seemed fitting ) or make a bunch in different colors and line them up on a mantle.

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_**Supplies:**_
F – hook
G – hook
Yarn : any worsted weight. skin tone, white, any color for dress, bonnet, and hair
Poly-fil stuffing
Yarn needle
Embroidery floss for eyes and mouth
Ribbon ( optional )

_**Terms:**_
ch – chain
hk – hook
st – stitch
sc – single crochet
inc – increase ( two sc in the same stitch )
dec – decrease ( single crochet two sts together )

_**Head/Base:**_
Using the F hook and skin tone, ch 2
1. 5sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
6 – 10. sc around – 25 each row
11. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
12. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
Begin stuffing, stuff firmly.
13. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
14. dec 5 – 5
15. In front loops only: 2sc in each st around – 10
16. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
17-18. sc around – 15
19. ( sc 2, inches )5x – 20
20. sc around – 20
21. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
22. sc around – 25
23. ( sc 4, inc )5x – 30
24. sc around – 30
25. ( sc 5, inc )5x – 35
26. sc around – 35
27. ( sc 6, inc )5x – 40
28-35. sc around – 40
Fasten off, weave in ends.

**_Arms:_ make two**
Using F hook and skin tone
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. sc around – 6
3. sc around – 6
Switch to dress color
4. sc around – 6
5-12. sc around – each row
Fasten off, do not stuff, leave long tail for sewing.

_**Hair:**_
Using F hook, Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
6-10. sc around – 25 each row
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.
**_Bun:_**
Using hair color, ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3-4. sc around – 10 each row
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Dress:_**
Using G hook and dress color
Ch 24 ( leave a long tail at end of ch, we’ll use it later )Slip at the first ch to the last ch to form a ring.
1. Being careful not to twist your chain, sc around – 24
2-3. sc around -24 each row
4. ( sc 5, inc )4x – 28
5. sc around – 28
6. ( sc 6, inc )4x – 32
7. sc around – 32
8. ( sc 7, inc )4x – 36
9. sc around – 36
10. ( sc 8, inc )4x – 40
11. sc around – 40
12. ( sc 9, inc )4x – 44
13. sc around – 44
14. ( sc 10, inc )4x – 48
15-16. sc around – 48
Fasten off, weave in end.

**_Bonnet:_**
Using G hook and dress color
Ch 4
1. starting in second ch from hk, sc – 3
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 3
3. ch 1, turn, sc across – 3
4. ch 1, turn, sc, inc, sc – 4
5. ch 1, turn, sc across – 4
6. ch 1, turn, sc, inc, sc, inc – 6
7. ch 1, turn, sc across – 6
8. ch 1, turn, sc 5, inc – 7
9-22. ch 1, turn, sc across – 7 each row
23. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 5 – 6
24. ch 1, turn, sc across – 6
25. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 2, dec – 4
26. ch 1, turn, sc across – 4
27. ch 1, turn, sc, dec, sc – 3
28. ch 1, turn, sc across – 3
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing on.

**_Collar:_**
Using G hook and color of choice
Ch 24
1. starting in second ch from hk, across – 23
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 23
3. ch 1, turn, sc 7, slp st 9, sc 7 – 23
Fasten off, leave tail for sewing.

**_Assembly:_**
-Sew on hair base, add bun wherever you’d like, stuff it lightly as you sew on.
-Add face details.
-Weave the long tail on the top of the dress loosely through the first row. It is going to act like a drawstring to tighten the neck.
-If you’re going to decorate the dress, it’s best to do it now while the dress is flat.
-Slide the base through the neck of the dress and pull the โ€œdrawstringโ€, the neck will cinch up tightly. Tie off.
-Sew the arms to the dress.
-Sew the collar in place.
-Sew the bonnet on.
– Finished size: 5 1/2 inches.

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