Funmigurumi Poochie Dog No. 6: Baxter

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Baxter is a different dog. True, he is a lovable mutt, with all the charm and ingenious appearance that only a mixed-breed can have, but there is more to Baxter.
Baxter will teach you how to make a needle sculptured expression! So this is a little more than just a pattern, this is a tutorial that I hope you will enjoy and at the same time teach you something you can use in other toys.




I suggest this pattern for intermediate crocheters. Although the basic pattern is very easy, there is a tiny bit of needle sculpting and a composite muzzle to make and that might be a little complicated for a beginner, otherwise, go for it,
it is a fun project and the result is a very nice Funmigurumi!
Materials:
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Gold
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Cafe (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight Coffee (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight Black (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Soft Brown
Red Heart worsted weight yarn White (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Linen

Crochet size H hook
Fiberfill
Scissors
Blunt needle
cardboard or ruler
Pins
measuring tape
Note: Baxter's muzzle is somewhat complex because it is is a composite, so please, read the instructions carefully so that you can follow them well and come up with a successful and satisfactory result!

Body- (Make 2): With Gold, ch 31. Row 1- 1 sc in third ch from hook and in each ch across (31 sc). Ch 1, turn. Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across.
Ch 1, turn. Row 3 to 15- Rep row 2. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Row 16- Join Cafe. Make 1 sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. Rows 17 to 30- Rep row 16. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Place both right sides of body facing, sew sides and bottom, leaving top open. Fasten off.
Eye Patch- With White, ch 11. Row 1- 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn (10 sc made). Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across.
Ch 1, turn. Row 3 to 7 Rep row 2. Fasten off. Join Black. Round 8- 1 sc in each sc across till you reach last sc, make 2 sc in last sc, turn the corner and work across the narrow end of patch, making 1 sc per row, make two sc in last row as you turn the corner, then make 1 sc in
each loop of foundation chain until you reach the end, make 2 sc in that last loop, turn the corner again and working on narrow end of patch, make 1 sc per row until you reach beginning sc, add 1 sc in that spot. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.

Brown Circle Spot- With Coffee, ch 24, sl st to join round. Rnd 1- Ch 1, 1 sc in first ch, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 6 ch, 2 sc in next ch, *1 sc in each of next 5 ch, 2 sc in next ch, rep from * around. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with. Sew this circle onto eye patch as seen in photos.
Muzzle- (Central piece) With Linen, ch 7. Row 1- 1 sc 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across (5 sc). Ch 1, turn. Row 2- 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, 1 sc in each of last 2 sc, turn around and make 2 sc in first
loop of foundation chain, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in last loop of foundation ch, sl st to join rnd. (14 sc)
Rnd 3- 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in first ch 1 sp, sl st to join rnd. (18 sc)
Row 4- 1 sc in each of first 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, 1 sc in front of brginning ch 1, sl st to join rnd. (20 sc)
Rnd 5- 1 sc in each of first 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc 1 sc jn front of beginning ch 1, sk st to join rnd. (23 sc)
Rnds 6 to 8- 1 sc in each sc around. Sl st to join rnd. (23 sc)
Semi Rnd 9- Ch 12 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 7 sc, 2 sc im next sc, sl st in next sc. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with. (The extra half rnd is to add height to the upper portion of the muzzle for additional cuteness.) Set aside center of muzzle.

Sides of Muzzle- (Make 2)- With Linen, ch 7.
Rnd 1- 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. (5 sc) Turn around, 2 sc in first loop of foundation chain, 1 sc in each loop of foundation chain to end of round, sl st to join rnd. (11 sc)
Rnd 2- 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next of 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in front of first ch 1, sl st to join rnd.(15 sc)
Rnd 3- 1 sc in each of first 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc 1 sc in front of beginning ch 1, sl st to join rnd.(18 sc)
Rnd 4- 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 1 sc in front of beginning ch 1, sl st to join rnd.(21 sc)
Rnd 5- 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in front of beginning ch 1, sl st to join rnd. (25 sc)
Rnd 6- 1 sc in each of 1st 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 1 sc in front of beginning ch 1, sl st to join rnd.(29 sc)
Rnd 7- Ch 1, 1 sc in each of next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 8 sc, 1 sc in front of brg ch 1, sl st to end of round. (33 sc) Fasten off leaving long tail to sew with.
Repeat on second one. Pin these two pieces to the sides of the main muzzle and sew. Stuff them firmly. follow photos to put muzzle together.

Nose- With Black, ch 6. Row 1- 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch to end of row. Ch 1, turn. Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. Row 3- 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Pin to muzzle and sew all around. Embroider mouth. Stuff lightly. Measure Baxter's face and center this composite muzzle to the dog's "face" as seen in photos, pin down and thread a blunt needle with the long tail left and begin to sew. As you sew, try to shape the "wrinkles" on both sides of the nose as the cute "drooping cheeks" form on both sides of the nose, stuff a little more if you have to and as you continue to sew, use your fingers to continue to shape the hanging "cheeks" and gently stitch the "wrinkles" in place with tiny stitches that will not pull on the sc stitches that form the fabric but will disappear into them.
Additional explanatory note- Please, look carefully at the pictures. They show that the hanging pouches are sewn in a vertical direction. You crochet the whole muzzle in sections, stuff it, and sew the individual pieces to each other before you pin it to the face and sew all around.
In comparison to the center of the muzzle, the side pouches hang vertically.
Eyes- (Make 2)- With Black, ch 2. Make 6 sc into 2nd ch from hook, sl st to join. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Measure where the eye should go within the eyepatch, pin in place and sew using the tail you left. Fasten off. Sew the other eye at same level on the other side of the one in the eyepatch.

Sculptured Eyebrow- With Gold, thread a blunt needle. With your fingers, create the "arched ridge" of the brow as seen in photos, then, inserting the needle from the top to the bottom, in a downward, vertical motion,
start stitching, go upwards and then again downwards, pulling ever so gently as you come in and out with your needle, until you finish going across and a protruding, somewhat arched eyebrow forms. Turn the top of the toy inside out, and stitch these eyebrow stitches together thus securing the "ridge" so that wear and handling of the toy will not break it up. Fasten off.
Second Eyebrow-
Thread a needle with Cafe, and stitch inside the white area of the eye patch, embroider an eyebrow. Fasten off.
Tail- With Warm Brown, ch 2.
Rnd 1- 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to join rnd. Rnd 2- 2 sc in each sc around. Rnds 3 to 8- 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Stuff lightly. Measure to center in the back of Baxter's body. Pin and sew in place. Fasten off.
Legs- With Soft 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. Rnds 4 to 7-1 sc in each of first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around.
Rnds 8 to 10- Make 1 sc in each sc around. Rnds 11 to 13- Make 1 sc in each sc around. Fastn off, leaving long tail to sew with. Stuff legs with Fiberfill and sew to bottom of body as seen in photos. Arms- With Soft Brown, 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. Rnd 4- Make 1 sc in each of first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. Fasten off.
Rnd 5- Make 1 sc in each sc around. Rnds 6 to 11- Join Gold. 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.
Ears- (Make 4 pieces)- First 2 pieces- With Soft Brown, ch 3. Row 1- 1 sc in 2nd ch from hk, ch 2, turn. Row 2- 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 2, turn.
Rows 3 to 9- Rep row 2. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Second 2 pieces- Repeat what you did for the first two pieces, but this time use Gold yarn.
Sew one Soft Brown piece to a Gold piece together, to make each ear.
As you are getting ready to sew ears tohead, stitch across ear, gathering a bit as you go to make the ear fit on the side of the head. Pin each ear in place and sew, one with Gold facing upwards and the other with Soft Brown facing upwards.
Stuff Baxter's body and sew top. Fasten off. Place ears at the sides of the head as seen in photos, pin down and sew in place. Fasten off.

You're done!
Not only do you have a pretty cute doggy, but you have learned how to make sculptured cheeks for your Amis!

Muzzle revised Nov. 2011.
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Funmigurumi Poochie Dog No. 5: Lollipop

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Okay, with a face like that one, who needs a lengthy introduction? Meet Lollipop, her big eyes, loopy ears, fluffy tail and candy colors make her a fun Ami to make and to share!
If you follow my style of making these toys (putting them together even as you crochet the different parts) you'll be done in no time at all. So, go ahead, make yourself a Lollipop!
Materials:

Red Heart worsted weight yarn Burgundy
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Hot Red
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Claret
Red Heart worsted weight Cherry Red
Red Heart worsted weight Black (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Soft Brown (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn White (scraps)
Crochet size H hook
Fiberfill
Scissors
Blunt needle
cardboard or ruler
Pins
measuring tape
Special Stitch: Loop Stitch- I find loop stitch easier to make with a piece of cardboard or a ruler.
You proceed as follows: With a ruler, measure a piece of cardboard 2 inches wide by 4 or 5 inches long.
Cut. And use it to make the loop stitch. To make the loop stitch, you wrap the yarn from front to back around the cardboard, while holding it in place, insert the hook in stitch you are about to make, going behind the cardboard and under the loop you are holding, pull up a loop and complete sc as usual, drop the loop from the cardboard.
There are other ways of making the loop stitch using your fingers, use the method that is easier for you.

Body- (Make 2): With Burgundy, ch 31. Row 1- 1 sc in third ch from hook and in each ch across (31 sc). Ch 1, turn. Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across.
Ch 1, turn. Row 3 to 15- Rep row 2. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Row 16- Join Hot Red. Make 1 sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. Rows 17 to 30- Rep row 16. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Place both right sides of body facing, sew sides and bottom, leaving top open. Fasten off.
Legs- With Claret 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. Rnds 4 to 7-1 sc in each of first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around.
Rnds 8 to 10- Make 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off. Rnds 11 to 13- Join Burgundy. Make 1 sc in each sc around. Fastn off, leaving long tail to sew with. Stuff legs with Fiberfill and sew to bottom of body as seen in photos.
Arms- With Cherry Red, 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. Rnd 4- Make 1 sc in each of first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. Fasten off.
Rnd 5- Join Hot Red. Make 1 sc in each sc around. Rnds 6 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.
Muzzle- With Cherry Red, ch 6.
Row 1- 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. Row 2- 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each sc across till you reach last sc, 2 sc in that sc. Turn around and make 2 sc in first loop of froundation chain, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in last loop of foundation chain. Sl st to join into a round. Rnd 3- 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, rep from *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 sc, rep from * around. Rnd 5- 1 sc in each of first 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, *1 sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around. Rnd 6- 1 sc in each of first 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, *1 sc in each of
next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around. End round with 1 sc in each of last 4 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew with.
Nose-With Black, ch 6. Row 1- 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook and in each chain across. Ch 1, turn. Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. Row 3-1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with. Pin nose to center of muzzle, sew in place. Embroider mouth as seen in photos.
Measure body to center muzzle. Stuff, pin in place and sew. Fasten off.
Eyes- (Make 2): With Black, ch 2. Rnd 1- Make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to join rnd. Fasten off. Rnd 2- Join Soft Brown. Working in back loops only, make 2 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sl st in next sc. Fasten off. Rnd 3- Join White. Working on back loops only,make 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, sl st in next sc. Fasten off. Pin eyes in place as seen in photos and sew. Fasten off.
Eyelids and eyelashes- With Cherry Red, ch 7. Row 1- 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with. Pin in place above eyes as seen in photos, sew. Optional- Eyelashes: Thread a blund needle with Black, embroider under eyelids and make long stitched lashes on the corner of the eyelids as seen in photos.
Ears- (Front--Make 2): With Claret, ch 13. Row 1- 1 sc in third ch from hook and in each
ch across (12 sc). Row 2- Ch 1, make 1 loop stitch, make 1 loop stitch in each sc across (12 loop sts). Fasten off. Join Burgundy. Rows 3 to 4- 1 loop stitch in each stitch across. Fasten off. Row 5- Join Cherry Red. Make 1 loop stitch in each stitch across.
Fasten off. Join Hot Red. Row 6- Make 1 loop stitch in each st across. Row 7- Sc 2 tog over first 2 sc, 1 sc in each sc till you reach the last two, sc2tog over the last 2 sc. Row 8- 1 loop st in each sc
across. Row 9- sc2tog over first 2 sc, 1 sc in each sc across till you reach last 2 sc, sc2tog over last 2 sc (7 sc).
Row 10- 1 loop st in each st across. Rows 11 to 12- Rep row 10. Fasten off.
Back- With Hot Red, ch 13. Row 1- 1 sc in third sc ch from hook and in each ch across (12 sc). Ch 1, turn. Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. Rows 3 to 7- 1 sc in each sc across. Row 8- Sc2tog over first 2 sc, 1 sc in each sc till you reach last 2 sc, sc2tog over last 2 sc. Row 9- 1 sc in each sc across. Row 10- sc2tog over first 2 sc, 1 sc in each sc till you reach
last 2 sc, sc2tog over last 2 sc. Rows 11 to 12- 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off.
Put together 1 loopy side and 1 plain sc side and sew together,leaving top open. Repeat with other ear.
Tail- With Claret, ch 2. Rnd 1- 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to join rnd. Rnd 2- Make 1 loop st in each sc around.
Rnd 3- 1 sc in each sc around. Rnd 4- 1 loop st in each sc around. Rnd 5- Make 1 sc in each sc around. Rnd 6- 1 loop st in each st around.
Rnd 7- 1 loop st in each st around. Fasten off. Join Hot Red. Rnd 8- With Hot red, make 1 loop st in each st around. Fasten off. Join Burgundy. Rnds 9 to 10- With Burgundy, make 1 loop st in each st around. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with. Measure back and sew tail well centered. Optional- Stuff tail lightly.
Stuff body. Sew top. Fasten off. Sew ears in place. Fasten off.

Done!
Wasn't that easy?












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