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« on: June 18, 2007 09:10:40 PM »

The perfect challenge to get rid of the awful green eyelash yarn abandoned so sadly in my stash.  Here is Oscar! He is rather grouchy...





Here's how to make your very own Oscar!

Yarn
2 balls of Salsa/ Brazilian in Lime Green (I dont know if this is still available, but youll find something that will work, Im sure)
1-2 hank of Cascade 220 in Grey Tweed
1 ball of Lion Brand Microspun in Black
1 ball of Lion Brand Microspun in Fuschia
1 ball of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Grey (if you dont want to get two of Cascade 220)
A bit of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Taupe

Needles
Size 10.5 (6.5 mm) straight needles
Size 10.5 (6.5 mm) double pointed needles (4 or 5)
Size 15 (10 mm) circular needle (16)
Size 6 (4 mm) straight needles
Size H (5 mm) crochet hook

Notions
Googly eyes
Tapestry needle
Glue
Grey sewing thread and needle
Polyester fiberfill

Pattern

Head

Work back and forth with 2 strands of Salsa held together, using 10.5 straight needles.

CO 20
Work 8 rows of garter st.

Increase section (work increases by knitting into each strand of the stitch)
R1: *K2, K both strands. Repeat from * across. (26 st)
R2: K
R3: *K2, K both strands. Repeat from * across. (35 st)
R4: K
R5: *K4, K both strands. Repeat from * across. (42 st)
R6: K
R7: (Mouth opening) K13, BO 16, K13.
R8: K13, CO 16, K13.
R9-12: K
R13: (eye indent decreases) K16, K3tog, K4, K3tog, K16.
R14-16: K
R17: (eye indent increases) K16, K 1st strand of next st f&b, K 2nd strand of st, K4, K 1st strand of next st, K 2nd strand of st f&b, K16.
R18: K
R19: *K4, K2tog. Repeat from * across. (35 st)
R20: K
R21: *K2, K2tog. Repeat from * across. (27 st)
R22: K
R23: *K2, K2tog. Repeat from * across. (21 st)
R24: K
R25: *K1, K2tog. Repeat from * across. (14 st)
R26: *K2tog. Repeat from * across. (7 st)
R27: *K2tog. Repeat from * across. K1. (4 st)

Break yarn, thread needle, draw yarn through last 4 st.  Use the tail of the yarn to sew up the back of the head, leaving the neck open to attach to body.

Mouth

Work back and forth following chart in st st using Lion Brand Microspun in black and fuschia with size 6 needles.


With black: CO 8
R1: Kf&b, P6, Kf&b. (10 st)
R2: Kf&b, K8, Kf&b. (12 st)
R3: Kf&b, P10, Kf&b. (14 st)
R4: Kf&b, K12, Kf&b. (16 st)
R5: Kf&b, P14, Kf&b. (18 st)
R6: Kf&b, K16, Kf&b. (20 st)
R7: P across.
R8: Kf&b, K18, Kf&b. (22 st)
R9: P across.
R10: Kf&b, K20, Kf&b. (24 st)
R11: P across.
R12 (middle row): K across.
R13 (begin following color chart): P across.
R14: K2tog, K20, K2tog. (22 st)
R15: P across.
R16: K2tog, K18, K2tog. (20 st)
R17: P across.
R18: K2tog, K16, K2tog. (18 st)
R19: P2tog, P14, P2tog. (16 st)
R20: K2tog, K12, K2tog. (14 st)
R21: P2tog, P10, P2tog. (12 st)
R22: K2tog, K8, K2tog. (10 st)
R23: P2tog, P6, P2tog. (8 st)
BO.

Break yarn, weave in ends.  With black end nearest bottom of tongue, weave up the center of tongue to create a line.

Using one strand of Salsa, whipstitch the mouth into the hole in the head.



Body
Work in the round in st st using 2 strands of Salsa held together with 10.5 dpns.

CO 20, join to work in the round.  
K around for 2 inches (I did 3 and its just too long).
Next row: *Kf&b. Repeat from * across.
Next row: K around.
Next row: *K2, Kf&b. Repeat from * across.
K around until almost out of yarn, leaving enough to bind off and sew any remaining seams.
BO.

Head finishing
Lightly stuff the head to see how it will be shaped.  Glue googly eyes into the indented place above the mouth.  Let dry completely. If you are giving this to kids, use eyes that you can sew on tightly instead of gluing.


To make eyebrows, cut about a 1 strand of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.  Pull the two plies of the yarn apart.  Gently pull each of these plies apart.  Hold all four pieces together, and thread the tapestry needle.  Beginning at the outer corner of one eye, leave a few-inch-long tail and loosely whipstitch across the top of the eye to create an eyebrow.  End in between the eyes.  Pull the end of the yarn back through all stitches created.  Do the same with the tail at the beginning.  Repeat for the other eye.  Fluff up the eyebrows by pulling the wool apart a bit more.  Make sure to place the eyebrows correctly or they look ridiculous, as I found out. ?

Sew the head to the body at the neck parts of each.


The head is shaped in three places: 1) to pull the eyes into the head to make him look grumpier. 2) to pull the back of the mouth in so it doesnt pop out when stuffed. 3) to pull the chin down on the neck so he isnt looking upward.  To do each of these shapings, thread a tapestry needle with about a foot of one strand of Salsa for 1 and 3, or with grey wool-ease for 2.  For shaping 1) stab the bottom of the head leaving a tail, push it through to where the nose would be, grab a couple of stitches, and push it back down to the starting place.  Pull until the eyes are as far into the head as you like, tie a knot, weave in the ends.  For shaping 2) stab the back of the head in the same way, grab a strand of mouth yarn, stab it back out and tie a knot.  For shaping 3) grab a couple of stitches from both the chin and the neck and tie them together.  These instructions probably dont make sense, but it will be ok if you dont do them.  


Arms (make 2)

Work back and forth in St st with 2 strands of Salsa held together using size 10.5 straight needles.

CO 20
R1: BO 5, P15.
R2: K15, CO5.
Repeat rows 1&2 four more times.
BO 20.

Break yarn. With the yarn end nearest the fingers, weave through a finger until yarn is at the wrist.  Draw the end through both sides of the wrist to make a cylinder with the purl side out. Tie a knot. Finish weaving in ends.


Garbage Can


Work in the round in K4 P4 rib using Cascade 220 with size 15 circular needles.

CO 48, join to work in the round.
K 2 rounds.
Next row: *K5, Kf&b. Repeat from * across. (56 st)
Next row: *K5, P2, K1. Repeat from * across.
Next row: *K4, P4. Repeat from * across.
Repeat this row until garbage can measures about 11.
Next row: *K5, P2, K1. Repeat from * across.
K 2 rounds.
BO.

Put in a zippered pillowcase. Throw in the washing machine with some jeans to felt it.  (Dont over-felt or he wont fit inside!) Pull to shape, let dry.

Garbage Can Bottom

Use grey Wool-Ease and a size H crochet hook.  You can use Cascade 220 if youd like.  

Make a loop of yarn.  
Sc 6 stitches into the loop, sl st to join in the round.  Pull the loop to get rid of the hole.  
*Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around.
*Sc in next two sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around.
Continue crocheting around like this, increasing by sc 2 st in a stitch to keep it flat, until the circle is the same size as the bottom of the garbage can.

Using one strand of whatever yarn used to crochet it, whipstitch to the bottom of the can.

Finishing

Stuff the head, body and garbage can.  Using the sewing needle and thread, sew the body to the inside of the can. Using one strand of Salsa, sew the arms to the sides of the body.  Shape, and enjoy!


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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2007 09:14:14 PM »

Oh. My. God. You rock! I love Oscar and you gave the pattern too!

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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2007 09:15:58 PM »

That. is. SO COOL!

I used to watch Sesame Street all the time and Oscar was my favorite  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2007 09:18:28 PM »

you're one of my new favoritist people in the world. i love it. i'm making one.
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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2007 09:23:15 PM »

Oh wow, you guys are fast! Thanks so much!! I had a blast making him  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2007 09:24:36 PM »

I love this! How awesome is that?? AmAzInG job!!!
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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2007 09:25:35 PM »

wow, he's awesome! thanks for sharing the pattern.  I hope some others will have a try at making him!
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« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2007 10:37:49 PM »

This seriously rocks... how adorable!
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« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2007 11:07:38 PM »

hes soo cute!
i just dont have the patience to knit him =[
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« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2007 02:10:39 AM »

That is just great.  I loved Sesame Street when I was a kid.
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« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2007 02:46:21 AM »

THis is amazing!  You are my new hero!  Great Job.  I'm going to try this, but I will probably fail, since I am a knitting noob.
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« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2007 03:41:18 AM »

The tongue and the eyebrows is what really makes it. Pure brilliance.  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2007 03:58:02 AM »

AWESOME
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« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2007 05:35:43 AM »

This frickin' rocks!  I <3 Oscar and yours is superb!  Thanks for sharing the pattern!  I'm adding that to my list of things to knit in this lifetime Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2007 06:05:28 AM »

That is fantastic, thank you very much. it was really kind of you to post a tute aswell. Did you find it easy to do? i'm a beginner knitter and wanted to give it a go  Smiley

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That is fantastic, thank you very much. it was really kind of you to post a tute aswell. Did you find it easy to do? i'm a beginner knitter and wanted to give it a go  Smiley

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THis is amazing!  You are my new hero!  Great Job.  I'm going to try this, but I will probably fail, since I am a knitting noob.

Even though the pattern looks long, it was really pretty easy to knit.  The fuzziness of the green yarn pretty much ensures that as long as you have some sort of blob shape with a mouth and arms, it will look ok.  The garbage can is just a circle.  You could eliminate the ribbing from the garbage can, make a garter stitch mouth, and do the whole darn thing in knit stitch if you want.  The crochet on the bottom of the garbage can is optional if you don't feel the need to move him or give him to a kid.  Anyone can do it! Woo!
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« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2007 09:08:36 AM »

Very cute!  My nephew would go crazy over this.
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« Reply #17 on: June 19, 2007 09:47:45 AM »

Dude, I looooove your oscar!  Great job!  And thanks for the tut as well!  I know my little one would LOVE one!
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« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2007 10:02:51 AM »

This is too cute and brings back some great memories ... my little brother was absolutely obsessed with Oscar the Grouch when he was little. If I had any aptitude for working with yarn, I would SO make one of these for my nephew. Sadly, it's all I can do to crochet a little fluff onto a pair of flip-flops, so I guess I'll just have to sit here and admire your Grouch from afar. Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: June 19, 2007 10:17:56 AM »

I love it!  It really looks just like him and I love when people find a use for eyelash yarn that doesn't involve using it to trim your jeans (I'm looking at you, Lion Brand).   
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« Reply #20 on: June 19, 2007 12:01:30 PM »

This is amazing.  Your Oscar looks so realistic.  I can't get over how creative and generous you are.  You found a use for the yarn made the pattern and shared it with you.  Thanks Smiley Cool!
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« Reply #21 on: June 19, 2007 02:08:34 PM »

omg this is amazing! i don't even like oscar but i really want one now. thanks for the pattern. hopefully one day I will have the patience to try this.  Grin this rocks!
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« Reply #22 on: June 19, 2007 06:50:12 PM »

That is too cool! he is totally wisted! Im going to have to make me anoscar oneday
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« Reply #23 on: June 20, 2007 06:41:19 AM »

This is so adorable! You are generous to give the pattern, too. Wink
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« Reply #24 on: June 20, 2007 07:07:48 AM »

Your pattern of Oscar is awesome. Grin  You did an excellent job on your pattern.   Oscar was one of my favorite characters of the 1970's Sesame Street.  Thanks a bunch, you brought back alot of good memories.

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« Reply #25 on: June 20, 2007 08:50:20 AM »

Freaking awesome.
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awww! he's great!
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« Reply #27 on: June 22, 2007 09:31:16 AM »

This is so cool!  Thank you for posting the pattern!  Are thinking about doing any other characters?
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« Reply #28 on: June 22, 2007 12:20:43 PM »

It hadn't occurred to me to make any other characters, since this was mostly stash busting and I don't have much else in the way of goofy eyelash yarn.  If I did though, I'd start with those goofy alien things that go "yep-yep-yep-yep-yep-yep uh-huh uh-huh..." haha I loved those when I was little!
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It hadn't occurred to me to make any other characters, since this was mostly stash busting and I don't have much else in the way of goofy eyelash yarn.  If I did though, I'd start with those goofy alien things that go "yep-yep-yep-yep-yep-yep uh-huh uh-huh..." haha I loved those when I was little!

Those are the ones that hang out with the honkers right?  I could see that being really fun to knit.   My nephew would go crazy.
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« Reply #30 on: June 25, 2007 10:31:16 AM »

AHAHAHAH I love Oscar the Grouch! Yours is so cute!
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« Reply #31 on: June 25, 2007 07:32:52 PM »

Words cannot describe how totally rad this is.
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« Reply #32 on: June 25, 2007 08:11:47 PM »

This is the coolest thing EVER! I'm tempted to break my destashing and buy some green eyelash yarn just to make this!
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« Reply #33 on: June 27, 2007 05:00:47 AM »

He is adorable! You are so creative.
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« Reply #34 on: June 27, 2007 10:35:07 AM »

Oh My Gosh!!! This Oscar is so freaking cute! You did a great job! And thanks for sharing the pattern.
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« Reply #35 on: June 27, 2007 11:54:46 AM »

Oscar is so cute! Thanks so much for the pattern! Great job!
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« Reply #36 on: June 27, 2007 12:12:13 PM »

haha! This is awesome! Nice job. The real Oscar would be proud or in love....
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« Reply #37 on: June 27, 2007 01:40:12 PM »

I had to clink on "this rocks" when I saw this!  That is sooooooo awesome!  I love it!  And what a great way to use that eyelash up!
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« Reply #38 on: June 27, 2007 02:41:24 PM »

I love Craftster!!! You guys are so great! Thanks for all the wonderful, sweet (ego-boosting) compliments  Cheesy
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« Reply #39 on: September 27, 2007 09:28:36 AM »

Just wanted to let you know that I am in the process of making my very own Oscar.  Not only did I love Sesame Street (oh what I would give for a Grover pattern!) but my grandfather's name was Oscar!  As soon as he's done, I'll post pics!
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« Reply #40 on: September 28, 2007 06:48:34 AM »

I love it, well done.

ps I love the picture with the cat.
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« Reply #41 on: October 01, 2007 12:07:35 PM »

Just wanted to let you know that I am in the process of making my very own Oscar.  Not only did I love Sesame Street (oh what I would give for a Grover pattern!) but my grandfather's name was Oscar!  As soon as he's done, I'll post pics!

Oh wow! I am very excited to see how it turns out! Good luck!
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I love him! You did a great job!!
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