Friday, August 22, 2014

A Rainbow Dash For My Little Sister


After a year of crocheting, last spring I fell in love with a type of crochet called amigurumi, which is crocheted stuffed animals. They are so much fun to make. As I am crocheting these animals, they come to life. I know that what I’m making is something special for someone to love and cuddle. So when I started thinking of something to crochet my little sister for her 13th birthday, I knew I wanted to make her an amigurumi. But what? She has always loved collecting little figurines and one of her favorites to collect are the My Little Ponies. She even has her favorite pony, Rainbow Dash, as a mural on her wall. 



I found a really wonderful free pattern at:

There are free patterns for my little ponies and school age my little ponies with all the accessories. There is also a free pattern for Princess Celestia. I followed the pattern for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:http://knitoneawesome.blogspot.com/2012/11/my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic.html

The changes that I made were for the wings, the nose, and I came up with my own way to do the mane and tail. Also, a 3.00 mm hook and a DK yarn are suggested, with the pony being 7 inches tall. I used a chunkier yarn (3 skeins of Cascade 128 Superwash) and a 5.00 mm H hook, and my little pony turned out 12.5 inches tall. 
The changes and a tutorial on how to make the hair are below the pictures.










I used Cascade 128 Superwash for Rainbow Dash, and I got the yarn from my local yarn shop, Chix With Stix. I love their little shop, they are so friendly and they wind the yarn for free!



Abbreviations:
SC: single crochet
SCdec: single crochet decrease (I use the invisible decrease)

Rainbow Dash's Nose: Worked in a spiral, using a stitch marker.


R1: Make a loose slip knot, and put 5 SC into the slip knot. =5
R2: 2SC into each stitch. =10
R3: SC into each stitch. =10
R4: 2SC into each stitch. =20
R5-R7: SC into each stitch. =20
R8: SC into the next 10 stitches, slip stitch into the next stitch. Cut yarn leaving enough yarn to sew to the head.
     *R8 is the bottom of the nose.

Rainbow Dash's Wings:


I used the open wing pattern and made the following changes:

Larger Wing: Make 2

Feather 1: Follow the pattern.
Feather 2: Follow the pattern but end with Round 7.
Feather 3: Follow the pattern until:
                R3: 2SC into the next stitch, SC into the next 3 stitches. Repeat. =11
                R4-R9: SC into each stitch. =11
                R10: SCdec, SC into the next 3 stitches. Repeat. =9
Feather 4: Follow the pattern until:
                R3: 2SC into the next stitch, SC into the next 3 stitches. Repeat. =11
                R4: 2SC into the next stitch, SC into the next 4 stitches. Repeat. =14
                R5-R10: SC into each stitch. =14
                R11: SCdec, SC into the next 3 stitches. Repeat. =11
                R12: SCdec, SC into the next 4 stitches. Repeat. =9
                R13-R20: Follow the pattern.
                R21: SCdec, SCdec, SC into each stitch until the last 4 stitches. SCdec, SCdec into the last 4
                stitches. =19
                R22: Repeat R21. =15
                R23: Repeat R21. =11
                R24: SCdec around till the last stitch, SC into the last stitch. =6

Smaller wing: Make 2.

Outer Feather 1: Follow the pattern.
Outer Feather 2: Follow the pattern until:
                R3: 2SC into the next stitch, SC into the next stitch. Repeat. =9
                R4-R6: SC into each stitch. =9
                R7: SCdec, SC into the next stitch. Repeat. =6
Outer Feather 3: Follow the pattern until:
                R3: 2SC into the next stitch, SC into the next stitch. Repeat. =9
                R4-R7: SC into each stitch. =9
                R8: SCdec, SC into the next stitch. Repeat. =6
                R9-R11: Follow the pattern.
                R12: Follow the pattern for R13.
                R13: SC into each stitch around.
                R14: Follow the pattern for R14.

How to make the twisted cords and attach them, for the mane and tail:



I used 2 strands of yarn that were about 70 inches long to make the twisted cords. The yarn I used was Sugar n Cream and Peaches n Creme. They are both organic cotton. You can use as many strands as you need to make the cords as thick as you want.


Let's get started! 

Step 1: Cut a strand(s) of yarn and fold it in half.


Step 2: Using a crochet hook, pick up a stitch where you would like a strand of hair to go.


Step 3: Where the fold is in the yarn, loop the yarn over the hook.


Step 4: Pull the loop through the stitch until you have about a 1 inch loop on the hook.



Step 5: Yarn over the hook with the dangling yarn from back to front and pull through the loop on the hook.





Step 6: Slide the hook back through the top of the loop and pull on the dangling yarn tightening the loop on the hook. Leave the hook.


Step 7: Take the dangling yarn and twist it until it is very tight and you can barely twist it anymore.


Step 8: Fold the twisted yarn in half and let go.



Step 9: Take the ends of the twisted yarn and yarn over the hook and pull through the loop on the hook. 


Step 10: Pull on the twisted cord to tighten the loop around it.


Step 11: Take the dangling yarn ends and use a darning needle to sew through the body or head of the pony to hide the tail.




Step 12: Cut the yarn.


Step 13: Squeeze the pony so that the yarn is hidden.




That's it!!!



I hope you liked this picture tutorial and how I made Rainbow Dash.

Soft hugs <3 





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