Saturday, October 13, 2007

Meet Chauncey...

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Chauncey - He doesn't require much picking up after, nor does he keep you up all night with his snores. He's a gentleman afterall.

Finished size - approx. 6 3/4" tall, 4" or so wide

Materials:
Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky, approx. 60 yards of Oatmeal (MC)
Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky, approx. 12 yards of Onyx (CC)
US 15 DPNS, set of 5
stuffing of your choice (my current stuffing is wool batting from Peace Fleece, polyfill or others will work just as well)

Gauge pre-felting:
3 stitches/inch
4 rows/inch

Notes:
As this is a toy and is felted, your gauge really doesn't matter all that much, and the finished size will also vary based on your felting experience and the yarn used. Use worsted weight and smaller needles (around a US 10 would be good since you want your pre-felted piece loose so the fibers have room to shrink) and your finished piece will be significantly smaller.

For the CC, I used a technique somewhere between intarsia and fair isle, twisting my yarns at the color changes (and every few stitches for the longer mouth rows), you may find it easier to work the entire skull in the MC and duplicate stitch the CC before felting, or embroider the details after felting. Unless noted in the pattern, stitches are all in MC.

Abbreviations:
CO - cast on
KFB - knit into the front and back of the stitch (forms two stitches)
K2TOG - knit two stitches together (forms one stitch)
SSK - slip one stitch knit-wise, slip a second stitch knit-wise, knit both slipped stitches together through the back loops (forms one stitch)
P2TOG - purl two stitches together (forms one stitch)
P2TOGTBL - purl two stitches together through the back loops (forms one stitch)
BO - bind off

Pattern:
With MC, CO 8 stitches (using a long-tail cast-on), divide stitches evenly on 4 DPNS (2 per needle), and join to knit in the round, making sure not to twist. Place a marker at the beginning of the round.
1 - *KFB* around
2 through 12, even rounds - knit all stitches
3 - *KFB, K1* around
5 - *KFB, K2* around
7 - *KFB, K3* around
9 - *KFB, K4* around
11 - *KFB, K5* around
13 - knit all
14 - K22, K3 w/CC, K6, K3 w/CC, K22
15 - K21, K5 w/CC, K4, K5 w/CC, K21
rows 16, 17, 18 - same as 15
19 - *K2, K2TOG* repeat 3 times, K6, K3 w/CC, K6, K3 w/CC, K6, *SSK, K2* repeat 3 times
20 - K23, K2 w/CC, K23
21 - K1, *K2TOG, K2* repeat 2 times, K10, K2 w/CC, K10, *K2, SSK* repeat 2 times, K1
22 - K19, K4 w/CC, K19
23 - *K2TOG, K1* repeat 3 times, K7, K4 w/CC, K7, *K1, SSK* repeat 3 times
rows 24, 25, 26, 27 - knit all stitches
28 - K11, *K1 w/CC, K2 w/MC* repeat 4 times, K8
29 - K9, K17 w/CC, K8
30 - K1, K2TOG, K3, SSK, K1, K17 w/CC, K2TOG, K3, SSK, K1
31 - K9, *K1 w/CC, K2 w/MC* repeat 4 times, K6
rows 32, 33 - knit all stitches
34 - K3, K2TOG, K1, SSK, K14, K2TOG, K1, SSK, K3
35 - K2, K2TOG, K2, SSK, K10, K2TOG, K2, SSK, K2
36 - K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, SSK, SSK, K4, K2TOG, K2TOG, SSK, K1, SSK
37 and 38 - K11, BO6, K8
39 - P2TOG, P4, P2TOGTBL
40 - knit all stitches
41 - BO remaining stitches

(Errata... row 13 was written as an increase round but is supposed to be a knit only round, and I removed the last purl row before the final bind-off to reduce the amount of flap.)

Close up the hole at the CO stitches with the tail, weave in all ends, and toss in the wash with hot water (use a zippered pillowcase to keep fuzzies from clogging your washer hoses), a splash of detergent and some jeans or a towel for extra agitation. Once felted to your desired amount (mine went through twice and got some additional hand-felting in spots that didn't felt enough for my tastes), firmly stuff, tuck the flap into the hole, and stitch the opening closed with thread to match.

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As always, this pattern ©blackrayne.com. Use it for personal non-profit use only, do not redistribute without written permission, do not sell items made from this pattern, do not claim this pattern to be your own.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Micky said...

Too cute!

1:07 AM  
Anonymous Liz said...

I am in awe

7:43 AM  
Blogger del said...

I found your blog from Ravelry (and Chauncey being posted there). I just love it!

3:51 PM  
Blogger Melinda said...

What a great pattern!

1:44 PM  
Blogger Hippy Goodwife said...

He's gorgeous! and the perfect gift for my oldest boy!

Thanks for sharing your pattern.

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Couchgirl13 said...

I just love this guy! He's so cute! Saw him on skulladay. Thanks for sharing him. I'm a novice knitter, what does MC mean?

11:08 AM  
Blogger BlackRayne said...

couchgirl13... Thanks! MC is abbreviated for main color (and thus CC stands for contrast color).

3:41 PM  
Blogger Maryline said...

Any chance you could figure out how to add crossbones???? make it more piraty... arrrrrr!

~M

11:04 AM  

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