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« on: January 31, 2010 04:55:23 AM »

Last week I started working on a critter with a very elongated body. I was planning on long thin arms as well, but then I started running out of yarn. I had no choice but to do short stubby limbs, which ended up looking pretty funny! So that's how I came up with these two little guys.  

After that, I figured it would be cute to make some crocheted food to go with them. My first thought was fish, because both cats and bears love to eat fish. But that was just a little too obvious, I wanted something more sophisticated. So I made... sushi!  





Sushi friends

Materials:

For the critters:
- One skein of yarn in the body color of your choice.
- An oddment of off-white yarn.
- Black and pink embroidery floss for the face.
- Hook appropriate to the weight of the yarn. I personally used fingering weight yarn and a 2 mm hook.
- Yarn needle.
- Polyfill.
- Plastic pellets.

For the sushi:
- Scraps of yarn in black, white, yellow, pink, peach, orange, red and green.
- A bigger hook for when you use two strands of yarn at the same time. I used a 3 mm hook for this.
- Yarn needle.
- Polyfill.

Note: When switching colors, the last loop you pull through the last sc of the previous round already has to be in the new color.

Critters

Head
The head is worked in the round in rows, not a spiral. This is to make sure the color change for the muzzle lines up neatly.

R1: With off-white yarn, make 6 sc into a ring, sl st to close.
R2: ch 1, sc inc in next st, around, sl st to close (12)
R3: ch 1, sc inc in next st, sc in next st, around, sl st to close (18)
R4: ch 1, sc inc in next st, sc in next 2 st, around, sl st to close (24) Change to the body color.
R5: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (24)
R6: ch 1, sc inc in next st, sc in next 3 st, around, sl st to close (30)
R7: ch 1, sc inc in next st, sc in next 4 st, around, sl st to close (36)
R8: ch 1, sc inc in next st, sc in next 5 st, around, sl st to close (42)
R9: ch 1, sc inc in next st, sc in next 6 st, around, sl st to close (48)
R10: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (48)
R11: ch 1, sc inc in next st, sc in next 7 st, around, sl st to close (54) This is a good time to embroider the face.
R12-R19: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (54)
R20: ch 1, sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 7 st, around, sl st to close (48)
R21: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (48)
R22: ch 1, sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 6 st, around, sl st to close (42)
R23: ch 1, sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 5 st, around, sl st to close (36)
R24: ch 1, sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 4 st, around, sl st to close (30)
R25: ch 1, sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 3 st, around, sl st to close (24)
R26: ch 1, sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 2 st, around, sl st to close (18) Stuff firmly.
R27: ch 1, sc next 2 st tog, sc in next st, around, sl st to close (12) Stuff more.
R28: ch 1, sc next 2 st tog, around, sl st to close (6) Fasten off, sew up the remaining hole and weave in the end.

Torso
The body is worked in the round in rows, not a spiral. This is to make sure the color change for all the stripes line up neatly.

R1: With the body color of your choice, make 6 sc into a ring, sl st to close.
R2: ch 1, sc inc in next st, around, sl st to close (12)
R3: ch 1, sc inc in next st, sc in next st, around, sl st to close (18)
R4: ch 1, sc inc in next st, sc in next 2 st, around, sl st to close (24)
R5: ch 1, sc inc in next st, sc in next 3 st, around, sl st to close (30)
R6: ch 1, sc inc in next st, sc in next 4 st, around, sl st to close (36)
R7: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (36)
R8: ch 1, sc inc in next st, sc in next 5 st, around, sl st to close (42) Change to off-white yarn.
R9-R10: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (42) Change to the body color.
R11: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (42) Change to off-white yarn.
R12: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (42) Change to the body color.
R13: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (42)
R14: ch 1, sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 12 st, around, sl st to close (39)
R15-R16: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (39) Change to off-white yarn.
R17: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (39) Change to the body color.
R18: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (39)
R19: ch 1, sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 11 st, around, sl st to close (36)
R20: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (36) Change to off-white yarn.
R21: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (36) Change to the body color.
R22: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (36) Change to off-white yarn.
R23: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (36)
R24: ch 1, sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 10 st, around, sl st to close (33) Change to the body color.
R25-R27: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (33)
R28: ch 1, sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 9 st, around, sl st to close (30) Change to off-white yarn.
R29-R30: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (30) Change to the body color.
R31: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (30) Change to off-white yarn.
R32: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (30) Change to the body color.
R33: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (30)
R34: ch 1, sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 13 st, around, sl st to close (28)
R35-R36: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (28) Fasten off.

Fill the bottom part with plastic pellets and the rest with polyfill. Sew the head to the body.

Arms (make two)
R1: With off-white yarn, make 6 sc into a ring.
R2: sc inc in next st, around (12)
R3: sc inc in next st, sc in next st, around (18)
R4: Work even (18) Change to the body color.
R5-R6: Work even (18)
R7: sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 7 st, around (16)
R8: Work even (16)
R9: sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 6 st, around (14)
R10: Work even (14)
R11: sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 5 st, around (12)
R12: Work even (12)
R13: sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 4 st, around (10)
R14: Work even (10) Fasten off.

Stuff lightly, with most of the stuffing at the bottom. Fold the tops flat and sew them to R25-R28 of the body, aimed foward a bit so the hands rest on the belly.

Legs (make two)
Start just like the arms, but fasten off after R8. Stuff the legs semi-firmly, flatten them a bit at the top and sew them to R5-R8 of the body, just below the first off-white stripe.

Bear ears (make two)
R1: With the body color of your choice, make 6 sc into a ring.
R2: sc inc in next st, around (12)
R3: sc inc in next st, sc in next st, around (18)
R4-R6: Work even (18)
R7: sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 7 st, around (16) Fasten off.

Don't stuff the ears, but fold them flat. Sew them to the head at a slight curve, so they are nicely cupped.

Bear tail
R1: With the body color of your choice, make 6 sc into a ring.
R2: sc inc in next st, around (12)
R3-R4: Work even (12). Fasten off.

Stuff the the tail and sew it to R4-R8 of the body, just below the first off-white stripe.

Cat ears (make two)
R1: With the body color of your choice, make 4 sc into a ring.
R2: sc inc in next st, sc in next st, around (6)
R3: sc inc in next st, sc in next st, around (9)
R4: sc inc in next st, sc in next 2 st, around (12)
R5: sc inc in next st, sc in next 3 st, around (15)
R6: sc inc in next st, sc in next 4 st, around (18)
R7: sc inc in next st, sc in next 5 st, around (21)
R8: sc inc in next st, sc in next 6 st, around (24) Fasten off.

Don't stuff the ears, but fold them flat. Sew them to the head at a slight curve, so they are nicely cupped.

Cat tail
R1: With the body color of your choice, make 6 sc into a ring.
R2: sc inc in next st, around (12)
R3-R5: Work even (12)
R6: sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 7 st (11)
R7-R8: Work even (11)
R9: sc in next 6 st, sc next 2 st tog , sc in next 3 st (10)
R10-R11: Work even (10) Stuff the tip of the tail.
R12: sc in next 4 st, sc next 2 st tog , sc in next 4 st (9)
R13-R14: Work even (9) Stuff more.
R15: sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 7 st (8)
R16-R17: Work even (8) Fasten off and lightly stuff the remainder of the tail.

Sew the tail to R4-R8 of the body, just below the first off-white stripe.

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Makizushi (sushi roll)

R1: With green or pink yarn, make 6 sc into a ring, sl st to close. Switch to white.
R2: ch 1, sc inc in next st, around, sl st to close (12)
R3: ch 1, sc inc in next 2 st, sc in next st, around, sl st to close (20) Switch to black.
R4-R8: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (20) Switch to white.
R9: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (20)
R10: (sc next 2 st tog) twice, sc in next st, around, sl st to close (12) Switch back to green or pink. Stuff firmly.
R11: sc next 2 st tog, around (6). Fasten off, sew up the remaining hole and weave in the end.

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Tobiko sushi (sushi roll with flying fish roe)

R1: With orange yarn, make 6 sc into a ring, sl st to close.
R2: ch 1, sc inc in next st, around, sl st to close (12)
R3: ch 1, sc inc in next 2 st, sc in next st, around, sl st to close (20) Switch to black.
R4-R8: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (20) Switch to white.
R9: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (20)
R10: (sc next 2 st tog) twice, sc in next st, around, sl st to close (12) Stuff firmly.
R11: sc next 2 st tog, around (6). Fasten off, sew up the remaining hole and weave in the end.

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Nigirizushi (hand-formed rice mounts with toppings)

Rice mount
R1: With white yarn, ch 5, turn, sc inc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in next 2 ch, sc inc in next ch, continue to work along the bottom of the starting chain: sc inc in next ch, sc in next 2 ch, sc inc in next chain. Continue working in the round. (12)
R2: sc in next st, (sc inc in next st, sc in next 2 st) three times, sc inc in next st, sc in next st (16)
R3-R10: Work even (16)
R11: sc in next 2 st, sc next 2 st tog, around (12) Stuff firmly.
R12: (sc next 2 st tog, sc next 2 st tog, sc in next 2 st) twice (8) Stuff some more. Fold the top flat and whip stitch together. Weave in the end.

Shrimp topping
R1: Using two strands of yarn (one orange, one peach) and the bigger hook, ch 4, turn, sc into the 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 2 st (3)
R2-R6: ch, turn, sc in next 3 st (3)

Fasten off, leaving a very long tail for the orange strand (the peach one can be clipped shorter).

R7: To start the tail, do not turn, but insert the smaller hook into the first stitch of R6 (in other words, the opposite side from where you fastened off). Pick up the orange strand of yarn, pull through tightly and make a sl st. By doing this, you will have cinched the tail at the bottom. Continue to crochet with the orange strand of yarn to make the fins.

To make the first fin, ch 5, turn, sl st into the 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st. After that, work a sc into the second stitch of R6, then a sl st into the third stitch of R6.

To make the second fin, ch 5, turn, sl st into the 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st. To finish, sl again in the third stitch of R6, then fasten off. Use the remaining orange tail to sew the shrimp to a rice mount. Put in a small amount of stuffing as you sew on the shrimp, so it gets a bit of volume.

Tuna topping
R1: With red yarn, ch 5, turn, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in next 3 st (4)
R2-R7: ch, turn, sc in next 4 st (4)
R8: ch, turn, sc in next 4 st, continue sc-ing down the side, bottom, and finally back up the other side again. Fasten off. Use the remaining yarn tail to sew the tuna slice to a rice mount.

Omelet topping
R1: With yellow yarn, ch 5, turn, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in next 3 st (4)
R2-R9: ch, turn, sc in next 4 st (4)
R10: ch, turn, sc in next 4 st, continue sc-ing down the side, bottom, and finally back up the other side again. Fasten off. Use the remaining yarn tail to sew the omelet slice to a rice mount. For this type of sushi, you also have to make the nori wrapper.

Nori (seaweed) wrapper
R1: With black yarn, ch 20, sl st to close, ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (20)
R2: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close (20) Fasten off and weave in the ends. Put the wrapper around the sushi.
« Last Edit: June 25, 2013 04:12:29 AM by Wayuki » THIS ROCKS   Logged
teachingjonah
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2010 05:29:57 AM »

I just love your little critters.  Your stitches are so nice and tight too.  Well done.
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2010 05:40:17 AM »

These guys are so adorable! And thank you for posting the wonderful pattern!
Sometimes fate deals us cute in mysterious ways ... like running out of yarn and having to make sweet little stubby limbs!
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2010 06:20:33 AM »

So awesome. Thanks for the pattern too.
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2010 06:30:05 AM »

Those are awesome!  They are just adorable!!!  Thanks so much for posting the pattern!
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2010 08:55:36 AM »

They are too cute! I love the stripes.
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2010 09:27:47 AM »

I keep finding myself stopping at all of your posts! Cheesy  I just really love your designs and like everyone else says, your stitch work is so tight and neat.  I am immediately going to print this out!   Thank you for your generosity in giving out these free patterns!  I find I need more time in my days just so I can crochet! This is now going to the top of my list. I think I will start it today.  (I feel like I am in the school of Wayuki.  Grin)
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2010 10:05:23 AM »

Aaawww they're so cute! Grin Thank you very much for posting the patterns too! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2010 10:13:03 AM »

I really like these.  When I clicked on your post and seen the pictures.  They look like pictures right out of a amigurumi book because they are so nice, clean and neat.  Great job!  Also thanks for sharing the pattern.
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adorable!!! you are so talented!
my daughter has been wanting us to start a project like this & it's perfect for her.
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