Calliope Cow Part 6
BRINGING YOUR MELLY TEDDY RAGDOLL TO LIFE
You have made all the different body parts and motifs, now to bring your Melly Teddy Ragdoll to life. You do not need to follow these instructions exactly, this is just the way I like to put mine together, so is a suggestion only – the idea is to have FUN with the design, use your imagination and make yours unique.
ATTACHING THE FORELEGS
Place the body flat, making sure that the increase stitches are on either side, then using the tail end from the foreleg, whip stitch the foreleg to the body starting at round 2 of the body over the next 3 – 4 rounds – I sew the front and the back of the leg to make it more stable, through a loop on the body and the FLO of the last round of the front leg. The seam should be at the bottom of the “leg” section of the foreleg. Weave in end.
Repeat to attach second front leg.
FINISHING THE BODY
Using the starting tail, whip stitch the opening between the legs of the body. Weave in end.
ATTACHING THE HINDLEGS
Helpful hint: there are 20 stitches on the bottom of each “leg” section of the body and 20 FLO single crochet stitches on each hindleg to join them together.
Using the tail end of the body leg, whip stitch the hindleg to the body using the 20 FLO single crochet stitches on the hindleg to the 20 FLO single crochet stitches of the body. Weave in end.
Repeat to attach second leg.
ATTACHING THE HEART
Place the heart onto the body over rows 5 – 7 and sew onto the body using the tail end. Weave in ends.
ATTACHING THE HORNS
Pin the horns to the top of the head approximately 15 visible stitches apart, over rounds 23 – 28 (counting from the magic circle). Add a very small amount of stuffing and then sew the horns to the head using the tail end, when you get about halfway, you can add more stuffing (should be firm but not overstuffed – if you can see the stuffing through the stitches, you have added too much stuffing), finish sewing the horn. Weave in end. Repeat with other horn.
ATTACHING THE EARS
Pin the ears into place, just below the horns, sew the ears to the head using the tail ends, weave in ends.
ATTACHING THE TAIL
Insert your hook into the middle stitch of row 6 (counting from the bottom/area between the legs). Using colour (ANTIQUE) yarn cut 8 pieces approximately 20 cm long, fold in half and insert your hook into the middle stitch of round 6 (counting from the bottom/area between the legs), weave one side of the yarn through. Divide the yarn into 3 parts and make a short plait (braid), then using a short piece of yarn the same colour making a tight knot at the end of the plait (braid). Cut ends the same length.
ATTACHING THE SPOTS
Place the spots anywhere you like, then using the tail ends whip stitch to them onto the body. Weave in ends. I placed one on the leg, three on the front of the body and two on the back of the body.
ATTACHING THE EYES AND NOSTRILS
Pin the eyes to either side of the head 2 rows above the end of the (PRINCESS PINK) yarn nose, about 9 – 10 visible stitches apart. Using the tail end whip stitch the eyes to the head. Weave in end of one eye. After you have attached the second eye use the tail end and thread through the eye directly to the other eye (across the bridge of the nose area), pull needle through, and then tread the yarn back the same way and pull gently. This will “pull” the eyes together slightly. Weave in end.
Cut a 25 cm piece of (ANTIQUE) yarn and make two small stitches over 3 rounds (rounds 5 – 7) on the nose, at a slight angle. Weave in ends.
ATTACHING THE HEAD
This is my favourite part! I like to add the head last, because this is the most important join, and the last thing you do before your Melly Teddy Ragdoll comes to life.
I use a disappearing ink marker to mark where I want my head to be placed, you can use stitch markers or pins to help you. Lay your body flat, and make sure that the middle of the head is joined exactly to the middle of the body, otherwise it will look funny and lie askew. So, you are working “over” the centre of the bottom of the head, then using the tail end from the neck, whip stitch the body to the head using the FLO of the last round of the neck on both sides. Weave in end.
ATTACHING THE LEAF AND THE ROSE
Using the tail end sew the leaf to the top of the head, just above the right horn. Place the rose over the bottom part of the leaf, using the tail end sew the rose onto the top of the head. Weave in ends.
Now you have made your beautiful Melly Teddy Ragdoll for that special someone. You can print out his/her very own unique Birth Certificate.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
I hope that you enjoy making this pattern as much as I did during the design process.
Click HERE to go to the Melly Teddy Ragdoll Calliope Cow Preamble for abbreviations, notes and pattern tips.
HOW A FREE CROCHET ALONG WORKS
- The pattern is released in 6 parts over 3 weeks.
- You get each part separately on my blog.
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Preamble – 11 March 2022
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