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Topic: Bartleby the Baby Rat Creature (with Free Pattern)  (Read 3014 times)
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amber555
« on: April 16, 2008 12:29:43 PM »

This is Bartleby the baby rat creature from Jeff Smith's wonderful comic series Bone. When I posted my Fone Bone here (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231839.0) a couple of months ago a lot of people were wondering if I was going going to make one of the rat creatures. Now that he's complete, I thought I'd share him as well as the pattern here.



I spent a lot of time doing google image searches so I could provide a reference point for those of you that aren't familiar with Bone. It's hard to find pics of Bartleby, but I think the best are this one http://www.boneville.com/2008/04/14/eisner-nomination-fordrumroll-please/ from the cover of the Rock Jaw graphic novel published by Scholastic. That's the reference picture I used when I was making the pattern. I also like this one from the cover of one of the single issue comics of Bone http://www.boneville.com/wp-gallery/ComicCovers/Cover%20Poster.32.jpg



Craftster Rio_Supreme gave me the idea of using these flat marbles to replicate the rat creature's shiny eyes. I just used a low temp glue gun to attach them to the face, holding them in place until the glue dried. (That sounds like a pain, but it wasn't. It only took about 30 seconds.) Bartleby isn't really child safe though because I'm pretty sure the eyes would come off if you gave them a good tug. Other than that they feel secure and my Bartlby is more of a display item than a toy, though he's soft and fun to squeeze!

I'm not completely happy with Bartleby's legs. I find I have to bend his front legs out a bit to make him stand on his own. If anyone makes their own Bartleby and finds a way to make him stand up better on his own, please share your method here on Craftster. I'm always open to new ideas  Smiley

And now one last pic, and the pattern:


Bartleby Pattern

Materials
size G (4.25mm) Crochet Hook
two flat red marbles for eyes
Pattons Decor Worsted Weight Wool in Pale Aubergine (one skein)
fiber fill or other stuffing material

Head
6 sc into a magic ring
RND 1: 2 sc in each st around (12 stitches)
RND 2: *1 sc in first st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (18 st)
RND 3: *1 sc in first 2 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (24 st)
RND 4: *1 sc in first 7 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (27 st)
RND 5: *1 sc in first 8 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (30 st)
For next 2 RNDs sc in each st around (30 st)
RND 8: 12 dec stitches then 6 sc around (18 st)
RND 9: *1 sc in first 4 st, dec over next two stitches* repeat around (15 st)
sl st into next stich, finish off. Leave long tail for sewing.

Body
6 sc into a magic ring
RND 1: 2 sc in each st around (12 stitches)
RND 2: *1 sc in first st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (18 st)
RND 3: *1 sc in first 2 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (24 st)
RND 4: *1 sc in first 7 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (27 st)
RND 5: *1 sc in first 8 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (30 st)
RND 6: *1 sc in first 9 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (33 st)
RND 7: *1 sc in first 10 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (36 st)
For next 4 RNDs sc in each st around (36 st)
RND 12: *1 sc in first 4 st, dec over next 2 st* repeat around (30 st)
RND 13: *1 sc in first 3 st, dec over next 2 st* repeat around (24 st)
RND 14: *1 sc in first 2 st, dec over next 2 st* repeat around (18 st)
RND 15: *1 sc in first 4 st, dec over next 2 st* repeat around (15 st)
sl st into next stitch, finish off.

Tail
6 sc into a magic ring.
For 3 RNDs sc in each st around (6 sts)
sl st into next st, finish off. Leave long tail for sewing.

Ears (make 2)
Note: hdc = half double crochet
Chain 3
RND 1: 2 sc in third ch from hook (forming a ring) then 2 hdc in next two st (6 sts)
RND 2: 2 sc over next 2 sts, *2 hdc in next st* 4 times (10 st)
*sl st into next st* 2 times, finish off. Leave tail for sewing.

Front Legs (make 2)
4 sc into magic ring
RND 1: 2 sc in each st around (8 sts)
For next 6 RNS sc into each st around (8 st)
sl st into next st, finish off. Leave long tail for sewing.

Back Legs(make 2)
4 sc into magic ring
RND 1: 2 sc into each st around (8 sts)
For next 3 RNDs sc in each st around (8 sts)
RND 5: 1 sc in first 3 st, 2 sc in each of next 4 st, one sc in next st (12 sts)
RND 6: sc in first 6 st, 2 sc in each of next 2 st, then sc in next 4 st (14 sts)
For next 3 RNDs sc in each st around (14 sts)
RND 10: sc in first 3 sts, *dec over next 2 sts* 5 times), 1 sc in next st (9 sts)
sl st into next st, finish off.

Assembly
Note: use photos as a guide when stitching together pieces.

Stuff head and body to desired level. Do not pull shut, just whip stitch the two openings together to connect body to head. Whip stitch ears and tail to body.

Stuff back legs firmly in the narrow section and very lightly in the hip section. Attach to body.

Stuff front legs firmly and attach to body.

Use hot glue gun or other crafting glue to attach flat marble eyes to head.

Enjoy!

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I've posted the pattern on my blog as well, along with a longer explanation of all the ideas I rejected/things that went wrong while I was developing the pattern. You can view it here, http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/2008/04/bartleby-baby-rat-creature-with-free_14.html and for all the Bone fans out there I also have Phoney Bone finished and the pattern posted here, http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/2008/04/phoney-bone-of-boneville-with-free.html

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2008 12:46:33 PM »

haha aww too cute!
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wawamommy
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2008 03:33:35 PM »

I have never heard of these guys, but your phoney boney guy cracked me up!  Thank you for sharing your patterns.  I'll have to see if my hubby knows who these guys are! Huh
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2008 08:15:30 PM »

AWESOME!  Stupid stupid rat creatures!  I love me some Bone...
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