Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Smiley Bone of Boneville (with Free Pattern)

A note about Smiley: In the comics Smiley is always wearing his vest, but only occasionally wears the bowler hat. In some issues the vest is black with brown trim, in others it is brown. Feel free to make your Smiley using whatever colours you like. I’ve crocheted both items of clothing, but I’m sure you could sew them from felt if you’re crafty in that way.

Materials

white worsted weight yarn (one skein or less)
brown worsted weight yarn (one skein or less)
blue worsted weight yarn (one skein or less)
yellow felt or yellow worsted weight yarn (a very small amount)
black embroidery thread
fiber fill or stuffing material of your choice
size G (4.25mm) Hook

Note: The head and nose pieces start separately and then are joined together later. I recommend starting with the nose, then stitching the head, and body. The body and head are all one piece. I find this helps prevent the head from flopping around too much.

Nose
5 sc into magic ring
RND 1: 2 sc into each st around. (10 sts)
RND 2: *sc in first st, 2 sc into next st* repeat around (15 sts)
RND 3: *sc in first 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (20 sts)
RND 4: *sc in first 3 sts, dec over next 2 sts* repeat around (16 sts)
RND 5: sc in each st around (16 sts)
RND 6: *sc in first 2 sts, dec over next 2 sts* repeat around (12 sts)
RND 7: sc in each st around (12 sts)
Finish off, leave long tail for sewing.

Head
5 sc into magic ring
RND 1: 2 sc into each st around (10 sts)
RND 2: *sc in first st, 2 sc into next st* repeat around (15 sts)
RND 3: *sc in first 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (20 sts)
RND 4: *sc in first 3 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (25 sts)
RND 5: *sc in first 4 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (30 sts)
RND 6: sc in each st around (30 sts)
RND 7: *sc in first 14 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (32 sts)
RND 8: 2 sc in first st, sc around (33 sts)
RND 9-10: sc in eac st around (33 sts)
Now we attach the nose and head pieces together.
RND 11: instead of crocheting into head piece, sc into the first 15 stitches of the nose piece, then skip 5 stitches on the head, sc into 6th st on the head and continue sc around the head. (35 sts) Use the long tail from the nose piece to whipstitch the 5 sts you didn’t stitch on the nose to the five stitches you skipped on the head piece. Also use this thread to tighten up any holes near the joined pieces that are too large.
RND 12-15: sc into each stitch around (35 sts)
RND 16: *sc into first 5 sts, dec over next 2 sts* repeat around (30 sts)
RND 17: *sc into first 4 sts, dec over next 2 sts* repeat around (25 sts)
RND 18: *sc into first 3 sts, dec over next 2 sts* repeat around (20 sts)
Place eyes and embroider mouth and eyebrows now.
RND 19: *sc into first 2 sts, dec over next 2 sts* repeat around (15 sts)
Now we start the body shape
RND 20: *sc in first 2 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (20 sts)
RND 21: *sc in first 3 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (25 sts)
RND 22-27: sc into each st around (25 sts)
RND 28: *sc in first 4 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (30 sts)
RND 29: *sc into first 2 st , 2 sc in next st* repeat around (40 sts)
RND 30-33: sc into each st around (40)
stuff head and nose section to your desired firmness level.
RND 34: *sc into first 6 sts, dec over next 2 sts* repeat around (35 sts)
RND 35: *sc into first 5 sts, dec over next 2 sts* repeat around (30 sts)
RND 36: *sc into first 4 sts, dec over next 2 sts* repeat around (25 sts)
RND 37: *sc into first 3 sts, dec over next 2 sts* repeat around (20 sts)
RND 38: *sc into first 2 sts, dec over next 2 sts* repeat around (15 sts)
stuff body
RND 39: *sc into first st, dec over next 2 sts* repeat around (10 sts)
RND 40: *dec over next 2 sts* repeat around (5 sts)
Finish off and sew shut.

Arms(make 2)
5 sc into magic ring
RND 1: 2 sc into each st around (10 sts)
RND 2: sc into each st around (10 sts)
RND 3: *sc in first 4 st, 2 sc into next st* repeat around (12 sts)
RND 3-4: sc into each st around (12 sts)
RND 5: *dec over next 2 sts* repeat around (6 sts)
RND 6-11: sc into each st around (6sts)
Finish off, leave long tail for sewing. Stuff only the widest part of arms.

Legs (make 2)
6 sc into magic ring
RND 1-11: sc into each st around (6)
Finish off, leave tail for sewing. Legs are not stuffed.

Feet (make 2)

4 sc into magic ring
RND 1: 3 sc into first st, 2 sc into each st around (9 sts)
RND 2: 2 sc into each st around (18 sts)
RND 3-5: sc into each st around (18 sts)
RND 6: *sc into first 7 sts, dec over next two sts* repeat around (16 sts)
RND 7: *sc into first 2 sts, dec over next two sts* repeat around (12 sts)
RND 8: *sc into first st, dec over next two sts* repeat around (8 sts)
stuff foot
RND 9: *dec over next two sts* repeat around (4 sts)
Finish off. sew shut.

Vest
This is a flat piece worked in rows, not rounds.

ch 22
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc in each chain space across, ch1, turn (21 sts)
Row 2-3: sc in each st across, ch1, turn (21 sts)
Row 4: in back loop only *sc in first 2 sts, 2 sc in next stitch* repeat across, ch1, turn (28 sts)
Row 5: *2 sc in first 6 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat across, ch1, turn (32 sts)
Row 6: sc in first 6 sts, ch 5, skip 5 sts, sc in next 10 sts, ch 5, skip 5 sts, sc in last 6 sts.
Row 7: sc in each st across, crocheting into chain spaces when necessary (32 sts)
Row 8-9: sc in each st across, (32 sts)
Row 10: *sc in first 7 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat across, ch1, turn (36 sts)
Row 11: *sc in first 8 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat across, ch1, turn (40 sts)
Row 12: sc in each st across, ch1, turn (40 sts)
Row 13: sc in each st across (40 sts), finish off, weave in tails on wrong side.

Hat

You can do the stripe on the hat in one of two ways, either cut a strip of felt out and glue it around the hat, or change to your stripe colour of yarn for Rows 5-7, and then go back to the main colour.

Note: The hat needs to be crocheted in circular rows, rather than spirals otherwise it will be crooked. To do this you need to slip stitch at the end of each row and make a chain.

5 sc in magic ring, but join end of ring with a slip stitch, then chain 1.
Row 1: 2 sc in each st around, slip stitch into first stitch (10 sts)
Row 2: ch1, *sc in first st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around, sl st into first stitch (15 sts)
Row 3: ch1, *sc in first 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around, sl st into first stitch (20 sts)
Row 4-7: ch1, sc into each st around, sl st into first st (20 sts)
Row 8: ch1 Front Loop Only *sc in first 3 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around, sl st into first st (25 sts)
Row 9: ch1, *sc in first 4 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around, sl st into first st (30 sts)
Row 10: ch1, sc in each sts around, sl st into first st (30 sts)
Finish off, weave in end on underside.

Assembly
Wrap the vest around Smiley’s body and use pins to hold it in place. Pin arms to body centering them in the arm holes of the vest. Whipstitch arms to body (you may need to remove the vest to do this. The holes in the vest should be large enough and should stretch enough that you can put the vest back on Smiley’s body after the arms are sewn on.)
Sew feet to legs and attach legs to body. Secure and hide all thread tails.

Use a glue gun or wool to attach the hat to Smiley’s head. You may also want to tack down the vest with glue or stitch it in a couple of places with yarn.

Enjoy!

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2 comments:

CCC (Crazy Cooking Camper) said...

What a cutie! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

Paulb said...

Liking the pattern. I think there's a typo in round 11 of the head. It says to sc into first 15 sts of the nose. Nose is only 12 sts around at the end. Should it be the first 7 sts?