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Melly Teddy Ragdoll Zoey Zebra Crochet Along Part 1

Melly Teddy Ragdoll Zoey Zebra Crochet Along Part 1

Crochet Along – Free Crochet Pattern

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HOW A FREE CROCHET ALONG WORKS

PREAMBLE

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ZOEY ZEBRA – PART 1

IMPORTANT PATTERN NOTE

When working the stripes of the zebra, here and for the rest of the pattern, carry the yarn from one round to the next, do not cut the yarn unless told to do so.

HEAD
Make one. Using colour (BLACK), make a magic circle.

Helpful hint: we are working in the round.

Round 1 – nose

Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc 6 into mc, place st marker in 6th sc and continue to work in the round (6 sc).

Helpful hint: move the stitch marker (or use a running marker) and place in the last stitch of each round; this will help keep your stitch count correct and help with round counting. Because we are working quite tightly in the round, I weave my starting tail in whilst working round 2.

Round 2

*Sc 2 into next st*, rep *.* 5 more times (12 sc).

Round 3

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next st*, rep *.* 5 more times (18 sc).

Round 4

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 2 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (24 sc).

Round 5

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 3 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (30 sc).

Round 6

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 4 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (36 sc).

Rounds 7 – 8

Sc into next 36 sts (36 sc).

Round 9 – nostril placement

Helpful hint: for the next few rounds we are going to work some stitches into the back loop only (BLO) so read the instructions carefully. We will add the nostrils to the nose later in the pattern.
Sc into next 10 sts, sc into BLO of next st, sc into next 2 sts, sc into BLO of next st, sc into next 6 sts, sc into BLO of next st, sc into next 2 sts, sc into BLO of next st, sc into next 12 sts

(32 sc, 4 BLO sc).

Round 10 – nostril placement

Sc into next 11 sts, sc into BLO of next 2 sts, sc into next 8 sts, sc into BLO of next 2 sts, sc into next 13 sts (32 sc, 4 BLO sc).

Helpful hint: the placement of the nostrils is done. You can insert a stitch marker or small piece of contrast colour to mark the 4 sts for each nostril so that it is easier to see where the BLO are when we add the nostrils later in the pattern.

Round 11 – change colour at end of round

Helpful hint: refer to the Preamble about how to change colours.

Sc into next 36 sts, colour change to (WHITE) by finishing off the last st with the new colour (36 sc). Do not cut colour (BLACK).

Round 12

Helpful hint: make this round slightly loose or go up half a hook size if your tension is very tight, so that you do not struggle to make round 13.

Using colour (WHITE), ss into next 36 sts (36 ss).

Round 13 – working into round 11 and centre of slip stitches from round 12

Helpful hint: if you went up a hook size to make round 12 remember to go back to your original hook for the rest of the section.

Helpful hint: make the single crochet stitches for this round into the middle of the slip stitch from the previous round AND into the single crochet stitches from round 11.

Sc into next 36 sts (36 sc).

Round 14

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 5 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (42 sc).

Round 15 – change colour at end of round

Sc into next 42 sts, colour change to (BLACK) by finishing off the last st with the new colour (42 sc).

Round 16

Using colour (BLACK), *sc 2 into next st, sc into next 6 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (48 sc).

Round 17 – change colour at end of round

Sc into next 48 sts, colour change to (WHITE) by finishing off the last st with the new colour (48 sc).

Round 18

Using colour (WHITE), sc into next 48 sts (48 sc).

Round 19 – change colour at end of round

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 7 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times, colour change to (BLACK) by finishing off the last st with the new colour (54 sc).

Round 20

Using colour (BLACK), sc into next 54 sts (54 sc).

Round 21 – change colour at end of round

Sc into next 54 sts, colour change to (WHITE) by finishing off the last st with the new colour (54 sc).

Round 22

Using colour (WHITE), sc into next 54 sts (54 sc).

Round 23 – change colour at end of round

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 8 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times, colour change to (BLACK) by finishing off the last st with the new colour (60 sc).

Round 24

Using colour (BLACK), sc into next 60 sts (60 sc).

Round 25 – change colour at end of round

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 9 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times, colour change to (WHITE) by finishing off the last st with the new colour (66 sc).

Round 26

Using colour (WHITE), sc into next 66 sts (66 sc).

Round 27 – change colour at end of round

Sc into next 66 sts, colour change to (BLACK) (66 sc).

Round 28

Using colour (BLACK), sc into next 66 sts (66 sc).

Round 29 – change colour at end of round

Sc into next 66 sts, colour change to (WHITE) by finishing off the last st with the new colour (66 sc).

Helpful hint: we are going to make the nostrils now before continuing with the head. Place a stitch marker into the loop on your hook so that your work does not unravel whilst making the next section.

NOSTRILS

Using colour (BLACK), join into the 1st FLO from round 9 (on your right side).

Helpful hint: you will be working into both sets of four unworked FLO from rounds 9 and 10 for the nostrils, forming little crescent shapes using single crochet stitches. Work with the nose of the zebra facing you.

Row 1 – FLO

Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc into FLO of same sp, sc 2 into FLO of next st from round 10 (one round up), sc 2 into FLO of next st, sc into FLO of next st from round 9 (6 FLO sc). Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Repeat for second nostril.

CONTINUE WITH THE HEAD

Helpful hint: insert the safety eyes between rounds 17 and 18; about 11 visible stitches apart. If you prefer to embroider your eyes, you can do this when the head is finished.

Round 30

Helpful hint: I like to use the invisible single crochet decrease technique (inv sc2tog), but you can use whichever decrease technique you like. The instructions on how to do the invisible decrease will be found under abbreviations in the Preamble.

Using colour (WHITE), *inv sc2tog, sc into next 9 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (60 sc).

Round 31 – change colour at end of round

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 8 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times, colour change to (BLACK) by finishing off the last st with the new colour (54 sc).

Round 32

Using colour (BLACK), *inv sc2tog, sc into next 7 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (48 sc).

Round 33 – change colour at end of round

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 6 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times, colour change to (WHITE) by finishing off the last st with the new colour (42 sc).

Round 34

Using colour (WHITE), *inv sc2tog, sc into next 5 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (36 sc).

Round 35 – change colour at end of round

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 4 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times, colour change to (BLACK) by finishing off the last st with the new colour (30 sc).

Round 36

Using colour (BLACK), *inv sc2tog, sc into next 3 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (24 sc).

Helpful hint: you can stuff the head now, and then just add more stuffing in before you close off after the last round. The head should be firm, be careful not to overstuff.

Round 37 – change colour at end of round

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 2 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times, change colour to (WHITE) by finishing off the last st with the new colour (18 sc).

Round 38

Using colour (WHITE), *inv sc2tog, sc into next st*, rep *.* 5 more times (12 sc).

Round 39 – back of head

*Inv sc2tog*, rep *.* 5 more times (6 sc). Cut yarn, use a sewing needle to sew end through FLO of each st, pull tight and weave in end.

PATTERN SUPPORT

TEST TEAM

  • A big thank you to my amazing, patient test team – I could not do this without your help, encouragement, and hours of challenging work – you guys’ ROCK!

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