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Topic: Pete's Magic Stress Dragon (plus pseudo pattern) slightly image heavy  (Read 1993 times)
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« on: April 23, 2012 08:34:26 PM »

So I made a stress ball for my partner to take to work with him. He came out kinda wonky, because I made the head and tail waiting for the stressball part that ended up WAY smaller than expected. So he kinda looks like a snake more than a dragon but oh well it happens Smiley

I don't know how I made the head,  Huh I just kinda started and that's what I ended up with, same with the tail...but apart from being disproportionate I think he came out pretty good.

I realised when I was all done that there was a missing stitch in the general area of his eye so I made an eye patch for him instead of an eye on the one side, which makes him that much cooler.

So you'll have to forgive me I've never actually written a pattern down before but here's how I made the stress ball part.
So you're on your own for anything like a head and tail but as for the stress ball, cause lets face it thats the important bit, I can share that.

So first you need a balloon, just any latex balloon will do, we got ours for 50 cents from the craft store, fill it up with sand, if youre going to take some off the beach be very careful not to get twigs or pointy stones in there as theyll pop the balloon and get sand everywhere, you could also use a normal stress ball, but where's the fun in that. Youll also need some soft yarn, he picked his out after I made him wander around the store petting the skeins.

Ch 4

sl st into the first chain to form a ring

into the first stitch 1dc, ch 2, 1dc into same stitch, do this in every base chain stitch.

(from here on its the basic boxes from filet crochet, just make sure you size it up periodically to the sand filled balloon, you will need to add boxes depending on the balloon size and keep your thread loose so itll stretch with the balloon when squeezed.)

In the second and second to last rounds I also popcorn stitched in his arms/feet, they ended up soft enough to not interfere and out of the way enough not to really matter.

decrease it slowly about halfway until you get to the top of the balloon, fo and attach a head or tail or both if you want.

I found the easiest thing to do was to play with the balloon while I was going to see how it stretched with the yarn and also made my partner squeeze it to see where his hands fell.

Hope you like him!
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