Funmigurumi Poochie Dog No. 9: Cheeks

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This is a female pup to make. Sweet and cute, ideal for a gift to any child or Ami lover of any age. She would also look lovable as a decoration in a nursery! She would also look just lovable on top any little girl's bed.
Her nickname, cheeks, came naturally as I was making her, the idea came to my mind, to give her cheeks, and the name "stuck". After a little bit of needle sculpting brought out a cutsy little rosy race with "real" cheeks, not other name was good enough!



Materials:
Red Heart worsted weight yarn (Economy Size) Pretty ’n Pink
Red Heart worsted weight yarn (Economy size) Shocking Pink
Red Heart worsted weight yarn (Economy size) Baby Pink
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Hot Red (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Black (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn White (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Delft Blue, Blue or Light Blue (scraps)
Crochet hook size H
Scissors
Blunt needle
Measuring tape
Fiberfill
Pink sewing thread
Sewing needle
Pink satin ribbon 3/4" wide or thickness of your choice for bows (optional)

Body (Make 2)- With Pretty ’n Pink, ch 31.
Row 1- 1 sc in 3rd sc from hook and in each sc across. Ch 1 turn.
Row 2 to 15- 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Rows 16 to 30- With Baby Pink, make 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Place both sides of body with right sides facing and using tails left over, sew sides and bottom. Turn inside out.
Legs- With Shocking Pink and H hook, ch 2. Rnd 1- Make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, slip st to close rnd. Rnd 2- Make 2 sc in each sc around.
Rnd 3- 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. Fasten off Shocking Pink. Rnds 4 to 13- Join Pretty 'n Pink. 1 sc in each of first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around.
Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with. Stuff legs with Fiberfill and sew to bottom of body as seen in photos.
Arms- With Shocking Pink, and H hook, Ch 2. Rnd 1- Make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, slip st to close round. Rnd 2- Make 2 sc in each sc around.
Rnd 3- Make 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. Fasten off Shocking pink. Rnd 4- Join Baby Pink. Make 1 sc in each of first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. Fasten off.
Rnds 5 to 11- Make 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with. Stuff arms and attach to body as seen in photos (about half way down to give some room to fluffy ears).
Stuff legs and sew in place. Fasten off. Stuff arms and sew in place. Fasten off.
Tail- With Pretty 'n Pink, ch 2.
Rnd 1- 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to join rnd. Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around.
Rnd 3- 1 sc in each sc around. Rnd 4 to 9- Rep rnd 3. Fasten off, leaving long tail
to sew with. Measure back, stuff tail lightly, center in back. Pin and sew. Fasten off.
Ears- (make 4)- With Shocking Pink, ch 11.
Row 1- 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 2 to 5- 1 sc in each sc across. Row 6- Sc 2 tog over first 2 sc of row, 1 sc in each sc till last 2 sc, sc2tog over last 2 sc of row.
Row 7- Rep row 6. Rows 8 to 10- 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Once you have completed the 4 pieces, place two of them, with wrong sides facing, and stitch them together, leaving top open to sew ear onto head.
Repeat with pieces for other ear.
Muzzle- (Make 2): With Shocking Pink, ch 2. Rnd 1- 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, slip st to join rnd. Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around. Rnd 3- 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around.
Rnd 4- 1 sc in each of first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, *1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next, rep from * around. Rnd 5- 1 sc in each sc around. Sl st to join rnd. Fastn off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Mouth- Part 1- With Hot Red, ch 2. Rnd 1- Make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, slip st to join rnd. Rned 2- 2 sc in each sc around. Slip st to join rnd. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Part 2- With Shocking Pink, ch 2. Row 1- Make 1 sc in end ch from hook. Look at the piece you have, notice the two loops naturally formed on the side, insert hook into those loops and pull up yarn, yo, make sc.
Row 2- Insert hook into side loops, pull up yarn, yo, make sc. Rep this last row until your I-Cord measures 3 inches. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Face Features: Measure front of body and pin mouth in center, right above the last row of Pretty 'n Pink stitches. Sew in place. Fasten off.
Place mouth I-cord on the lower portion of mouth, edging it, and curve ends upwards, making sure they reach the same height. Pin in place. Sew. Fasten off.
Note- Sew both ends in place, then sew the uppwer and lower part of the I-cord in place using the side loops of the cord.
Lightly stuff both pieces of muzzle, "squish" them together a bit so that they will not pread widely, as you pin them in place on top of the mouth. Sew all around. Fasten off.
Nose- With Black, ch 2.
Rnd 1- Make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, slip st to join rnd. Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around. Rnd 3- 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew with. Thread a blunt needle with a short piece of white yarn and make a white stitch on the uppoer part of the nose to serve as a "shine" spot. Fasten off. Stuff lightly and pin nose in place. Sew as seen in photos. Also, embroider with Black down the middle of the muzzle, using photos as your guide. Fasten off.
Cheek Pouches (make 2)- With Baby Pink, ch 2.
Rnd 1- Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st to join round. Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around. Rnd 3- 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around.
Rnd 4- Make 1 sc in each of first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
How to create "cheeks": Thread the tail of one cheek pouch into a blunt needle. Stuff, cheek pouch lightly with fiberfill, then position it inside the funmigurumi doggie right beside the muzzle, 1 row above the start of the Baby Pink color section. Now, working ont he inside of the toy, "trap" the stuffing into the pouch as you stitch and form the curve of the "cheek at the same time by working in the following manner: Insert the needle on the bottom edge of the pouch, taking a bit of the chrocheted fabric of the face also (the stitch right below the edge of the pouch you just stabbed with your needle), pull gently up. Stitch on the top edge of the pouch, taking a stitch right above it, pull gently down. Go all around the "cheek" pouch doing this, as you go, pull gently, making sure you do not deform the crocheted fabric, until you see a soft "cheek" bulge out and at the same time, inside, the stuffing will be caught and kept in place by a web of crisscrossing yarn as your stitches go all around the pouch. Fasten off. Repeat on the opposite side.
Eyes- White of the Eyes (Make 2)- With White, ch 2. Rnd 1- Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook and slip st to join rnd. Rnd 2- Make 2 sc in each sc around. Sl st to join rnd. Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew with. Pin the two white circles in place at both sides of nose as ween in photos and sew. Fasten off.
Blue Part of the Eye (Make 2)- With scraps of Chosen shade of blue yarn, ch 2. Rnd 1- Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st to join rnd. Rnd 2- Make 2 sc in each of first 4 sc, sl st in 5th sc. Fasten off, leaving hte rest of the sts unworked. Also, leave a long tail to sew with. Pin in place with the side that has the half row of 2 scs-each towards the bottom and the unworked sts to the top. Sew as seen in photos. Fasten off.
Black Part of Eye (Make 2)- With Black scraps, ch 2.
Rnd 1- Make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, slip st to join rnd. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with. Before you pin and sew it to the toy, thread a blunt needle with White and make a couple of small stitches on the upper part of each pupil, fasten off. Pin in place as seen in photos and sew. Stitch eyelashes as seen in photos. Fasten off.
Stuff body and sew top. Place ears on both sides of head. Sew. Fasten off.
Bows (optional)- Make 2 bows. Sew one on top of each ear. Fasten off.


You're done!



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