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« on: September 26, 2009 11:41:27 AM »



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So I was asked by another craftster to knit an alien face-hugger for her BF. Always up to a challenge I whipped up this baby. The pattern was jotted down while I knit, so if you try to make this and have an issue, do not hesitate to email me or ravelry-message me. I will do the best to decode my pattern!

ingredients:
YARN:I used two different, worsted weight acrylic yarns. The red was red heart and the tan was caron simply soft. You can use any worsted weight yarn you have lying about. This pattern doesn't use much yarn.
NEEDLE: like most stuffed animal patterns gauge doesn't really matter, as long as the fabric you create isn't full of holes. I used a size 6 needle and it make a nice, soft fabric without being too loose or holey.
OTHER STUFF: a tiny amount of fiberfill, yarn needle, basic knowledge of short rows,picking up stitches, knitting in the round, and i-cord. there is not much in the way of seaming, except the legs. wahoo!
I would still say this is a pretty piquant little pattern, especially if you have never knit stuffed animals before.

START!
form carapace:
-CO 4648 onto size 6 dpns (12 on each needle) in tan, place stitch marker to indicated beginning of row
-knit 4 rows 4x4 rib

short rows:
-knit 9, p 6, k8, w&t
-purl 8, k 6, purl 7, w&t
-knit 7, p 6, knit6, w&t
keep on in this fashion, knitting knits, purling purls and wrapping and turning stitches right before the last wrapped stitch until 3 unwrapped stitches flank the 6st reverse garter section
-k3tog, p6, knit till end of row.

start decreasing top carapace:
-knit 3, k2tog, knit to reverse garter section, purl that section, knit to end of row
-knit 6, p3tog, p3tog, knit to end of row
-k2,k2tog,k1, k2tog, ssp, p2tog, *k2, k2tog* rep ** to end of row
-k4, p2, k to end of row
-k1, k2tog, k1, p2tog,k2tog, *k1,k2tog* rep ** to end of row
-k3,p1, k to end of row
-*k2tog* repeat ** to end of row
-graft last 8 st tog using kitchener stitch

bottom carapace:
PU 40 st around bottom edge of carapace in burnt red leaving a 2st border overlapping on the front of the carapace and picking up right along the edge at the back (the back is the area where the short rows are)
-ktbl around
-k3, k2tog around
-p around
-p2, p2tog around
-k around
-k1, k2tog around
-p around
-p2tog around
-k2tog around
lightly stuff before drawing yarn through remaining stitches.

do a bit of sewing:
a few well-placed stitches will aid in the shaping of the carapace. run yarn needle threaded with tan yarn through the center of the back, reverse garter section leaving a longtail as pictured.


tie tail end to needle and and cinch the up to cause a dent to form between the two lobes of the back of the carapace. sew ends into the body of the face hugger and up through the top, as pictured.

using a loose running stitch sew from the top of the shell through to the bottom of the body following the natural curve of the stitches . use a moderate tension so as to not create bug puffs on the back of the body, but rather to just shape the lobes slightly





legs(make Cool:
-CO 3st leaving a long tail to sew legs to body
-i-cord for 2.5"
-kfb 3times (6 stitches)
-i-cord one row
-k2tog 3 times (3 stitches)
-i-cord for 2.5"
-kfb 3times (6 stitches)
-i-cord one row
-k2tog 3 times (3 stitches)
-i-cord for 3 rows
-draw yarn through stitches
sew onto body as shown in the picture


tail:
-CO 12 st onto 2 dpns (6 on each needle)
*-k5 rds
-p1 rnd*
rep **3 times
-k 3 rnds
dec rds:
-knit to last stitch of next row, slip, slip the 1st st of the next rnd, and knit tog
-knit to end of needle, slip, slip the next stitch on the other needle, and knit together. (10 st)
-p a row
keep on in this manner (k5 rows, purl 1 row for 3 repeats, decrease rows) until there are only 2 st on each needle
-k 5 more rows. draw yarn though remaining stitches and turn entire tail inside out
sew tail on as pictured


YAY!




NOTE: make sure to keep him away from your other stuffed animals as he may lay wooly eggs in their bellies.


OH NO!

erratta in red added october 8th, 2009. sorry guys!
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2009 12:12:07 PM »

 Grin Seriously awesome! Great job  Kiss
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2009 12:19:59 PM »

Ha, good to see some more facehugger love on Craftster!  Great job on this guy, its fun that he's floppy so you can pose him  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2009 12:44:54 PM »

i wanted to stick pipe cleaners down his leg and tail so he was posable, but i ran out of time Smiley
maybe next time.
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2009 01:04:36 PM »

Hehe I love him so much and I don't even have him yet! I'm so excited!!!
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2009 01:08:05 PM »

That's brilliant!  The last picture made me giggle Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2009 11:19:44 AM »

This is so cool! I know what I'm making for Christmas!
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« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2009 12:22:19 AM »

That is startlingly true to the original. I'd be scared to come upon that at night.
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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2009 12:02:00 PM »

THIS IS SO COOL!!! Those movies are like my favorites of all time and o, my gosh, I think you just made my day!!!
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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2009 06:01:26 PM »

Scary-awesome!
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« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2009 09:48:19 PM »

You are the bomb lxm!  I am amazed by your knitting skillz.   Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2009 11:45:08 PM »

haha. thanks guys!
I just want to see some other knit face-huggers

It was about a 3 hour project including all the seaming. go, go, go!!!
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« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2009 08:34:41 AM »

So ingenious and scary! It's great. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2009 04:13:43 PM »

I agree, ingenuous and scary. Nice job, especially that you did it without a pattern.

Aliens is one of my favorite movies too!

I'd think about accepting your challenge, loudxmouse, but still haven't made a Dalek, or Snow Bunny, or Gir....
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« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2009 11:46:57 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: October 05, 2009 08:14:19 AM »

that is so awesome! thanks for including a pattern! my cousin just had a baby, and i am totally going to knit this for baby's first hand-made toy.
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« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2009 05:00:25 PM »

This is SO unbelievably awesome. I am not particularly good at knitting (I do a mean... garter stitch) but this means I *have* to get better. I must have a knitted facehugger. :O Thank you so much for posting the pattern.

So cute!
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« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2009 10:50:36 PM »

velvet dragon-- the novelty of circular knitting is that you get the look of stockinette stitch by just knitting the rounds!

make some hats or socks if you have not knit in the round before. super fun!
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« Reply #18 on: October 14, 2009 04:20:01 PM »

That is freaking awesome!!  Perfectly creepy, yet somehow cute..
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