Thursday, 27 April 2017

Alpaca

This Alpaca is mostly one piece. The ears are separate.



You will need:
  • 3mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle 
  • Yarn (approx 40g or 120m)
  • Black embroidery thread or 3mm safety eyes.
  • Soft toy filling
Stitches and abbreviations used:
(I am from England but use US crochet terms)
  • MC - Magic circle/ring (sc unless otherwise specified)
  • Ch - Chain 
  • SC - Single crochet 
  • Inc - Increase stitch (2 single crochets into one stitch)
  • Dec - Decrease stitch (single crochet 2 stitches together)
  • ST - Stitch 
  • FLO - Front loop only 
  • BLO - Back loop only 
  • SLST - Slip stitch 
  • FO - finish off
  • WS – Wrong side
  • RS – Right side   
  • PC - Popcorn stitch        
Other things to note....
  • This is worked in continuous rounds. It is helpful to use a stitch marker to keep track
  • The number in ( ) at the end of each round indicates the total stitch count for that round
  • *  * indicates repeated series of stitches
  • Use invisible decreases for a neater finished product
  • Stitches in [ ]  are worked into one stitch
  • Stuff as you work, little and often. 

Rounds 1-4 of body 

Legs x4
1. MC (6)
2. *1sc, inc* (9)
3-5. 9sc (9) (for 3 rounds)
6. *2sc, inc* (12)
7-12. 12sc (12) (for 6 rounds)
13. 1sc into the first 11 stitches, 1sc and 1slst into the last sc 
     FO leaving hole open. 

Body
1. ch 9, turn 
2. 1sc in the 3rd chain from the hook, 1sc into the next 5 chains, 3sc into the last chain, 1sc into the back of each 6 chains, 3sc into the space between the skipped chains 1 and 2. (18) - put stitch marker in the last stitch and work in rounds. 
3. 6sc, inc x3, 6sc, inc x3 (24)
4. 6sc, *1sc, inc* x3, 6sc, *1sc, inc* x3 (30)
st 21 of round 5
st 10 of round 5 
5. 9sc, join 1st leg, inc, join 2nd leg, 10sc, join 3rd leg, inc, join 4th leg, 1sc (72) - Join leg1sc through the WS of body and RS of leg, 1sc into the RS of the next 10 stitches around the leg (skipping the slst). 1sc through the WS of leg and RS of the next available stitch in the round of the body. Use the yarn tails left over from the legs to close any gaps if needed and tie off for extra security
6-7. 72sc (72) (for 2 rounds)
8. *10sc, dec* (66)
9. 66sc (66)
10. *9sc, dec* (60)
11. 60sc (60)
Round 15a, st 14
12. *8sc, dec* (54)
13-14. 54sc (54) (for 2 rounds)


In rounds 16a and 15b, choose either the orange method for both rounds of the yellow method for the both rounds. Complete all non highlighted stitches. Both give the same finish.

15a. 3sc, ch 10, skip the next 32st, 1sc into the next 19 stitches
16a. 3sc, 14sc around the chain (not through the loops of the chain) OR sc, inc, sc, inc, sc x2, inc, sc, inc, sc, 19sc (36)
17a. 4sc, dec x6, 20sc (30)
18a. 4sc, dec x3, 11sc, *inc, sc* x3, 3sc (30)
19a. 30sc (30)
20a. *3sc, dec* (24)
21a. *2sc, dec* (18)
22a. *4sc, dec* (15) - do not finish off, but cut yarn loose as you will need to rejoin it later, as you would a colour change, to finish this part (unless you have two yarn balls of the same colour)


Round 15b, st 33
15b. join yarn on st 4 of round 15 (The first unworked stitch of the body when the neck is facing to your right). 32sc, 10sc spread evenly where the chain was in round 16a, OR 1sc through each of the 10 back loops of the chain  (42)
16b. *5sc, dec* (36)
17b. *4sc, dec* (30)
18b. *3sc, dec* (24)
19b. *2sc, dec* (18)
20b. *1sc, dec* (12)
21b. *dec* (6)
FO and close hole


23a. rejoin yarn, 15sc (15)
24a-31a. 15sc (15) (for 8 rounds)
32a. inc x2 in FLO, 12sc, inc in FLO (18)
33a. inc x3 in FLO, 15sc (21)
34a. inc x7 in FLO, 14sc (28)
35a-38a. 28sc (28) (for 4 rounds)
39a. 5sc, dec x4, 15sc (24)
40a. 3sc, dec x4, 13sc (20)
41a. 1sc, dec x4, 11sc (16)
42a. dec x4, 8sc (12)
43a. dec x6 (6)
FO and close hole. 

Ears x2
1. MC (6)
2-5. sc (6) (for 4 rounds)
FO and close hole leaving it in a peak as this will be the tip of the ear


Cut some strands of yarn and attach them on the head in the space between the ears. Use a crochet hook to help pull them through between two stitches. 
The alpaca on the left has less strands and shorter strands than the one on the right. You can add as many as you want. Then fray the yarn by running your yarn needle through each strand. 


Tail
(once body is fully made) Attach and secure yarn to desired place. Do a PC stitch on the surface (made up of 5dc) and then secure the yarn tail into place. 

Any questions of corrections please comment :)

14 comments:

  1. Boy, are they cute! If I ever come around do doing them, I'll be sure to link to your blog! Many thanks!

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  2. Gorgeous! I'm going to make some! Question, is it okay to sell the finished alpaca if I credit your pattern?

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    1. You are welcome to sell the alpaca once you have made it, as long as it is credited to my pattern here. Thanks you! :)

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  3. on the list to make. thank you

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  4. Pattern doesn't tell how many oz. or g. Of yarn is needed to make Item?

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    1. For this pattern it is approximately 40g or 120m

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  5. Maybe I missed it but about how tall does this cute guy stand?

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    1. He is approx 17cm tall (that is from feet to afro!). I neglected to include the measurements. By accidentally mainly however I then realised that most people are not from the UK like myself and therefore use thicker than DK yarn as their standard to measurements may be different. Just a heads up for you there. Hope this helps. Any issues, lets me know

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    2. Thank you so much! I am familiar with UK yarn v US yarn differences so this really helps! I am actually going to size down in weight and hook to make him a little smaller. Your pattern reads really well. Thank you so much for sharing it and all the help. :)

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  7. great easy to follow pattern. Just an fyi your count on 41a is wrong. It should be 16 not 14

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    1. Thank you. I have just had a check through and you are correct. Thank you very much for the correction

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