AMIGU­RUMI DON­KEY

Giddy up and get your cro­chet hook into this hand­some fella, de­signed by Ilaria Caliri.

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YOU WILL NEED

Phildar Phil Co­ton 3 (100% cot­ton, 50g/121m), 2 balls of: Yarn A Mer­cure Gray (0008) 1 ball of each: Yarn B Piscine (0042) Yarn C Soleil (0045) Yarn D Clematite (0061) Yarn E Faience (0039) Yarn F Cerise (0050) Yarn G Vi­ta­mine (0006) A 2.5mm (US B/1 or C/2) hook 1 pair of 9mm safety eyes Black em­broi­dery yarn Polyester toy fill­ing Stitch mark­ers Ta­pes­try nee­dle

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MEA­SURE­MENTS

17x22cm (6 3/4 x 8 3/4 in)

AB­BRE­VI­A­TIONS

Spike st Work a stan­dard dc stitch into the cor­re­spond­ing stitch that is 2 rows be­low For a full list, see page 92

Fancy a stately trot along the seafront? Pe­dro’s your guy. Decked out in his full re­galia, he’ll get you from the ice cream stand to the Punch and Judy show lick­ety-split. That’s the way to do it!

NOTES

The pat­tern is worked us­ing the amigu­rumi method. Work in a con­tin­u­ous spi­ral with­out clos­ing off the round with a ss. It may help to use a stitch marker in the last stitch of each round, mov­ing it up as you work. Body and Legs are worked in one piece start­ing from the Neck. Head, Ears, Tail and all the dec­o­ra­tions are sewn to the main part.

HEAD

Us­ing Yarn A, make a magic loop.

Round 1 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as st), 6dc into the loop. [6 sts] Round 2 2dc in each st around. [12 sts] Round 3 (2dc in next st, dc in next st) 6 times. [18 sts]

Round 4 (2dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts) 6 times. [24 sts]

Round 5 (2dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts) 6 times. [30 sts]

Rounds 6-11 Dc in each st around. Round 12 (2dc in next st, dc in each of next 4 sts) 6 times. [36 sts]

Round 13 (2dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts) 6 times. [42 sts] Round 14 Dc in each st around. Round 15 (2dc in next st, dc in each of next 6 sts) 6 times. [48 sts]

Rounds 16-26 Dc in each st around. Round 27 (Dc2­tog, dc in each of next 6 sts) 6 times. [42 sts]

Round 28 (Dc2­tog, dc in each of next 5 sts) 6 times. [36 sts] Place the eyes be­tween Rounds 15 and 16 of the Head, ap­prox 16 sts apart. Stuff the Head with toy fill­ing and con­tinue to stuff as you cro­chet.

Round 29 (Dc2­tog, dc in each of next 4 sts) 6 times. [30 sts]

Round 30 (Dc2­tog, dc in each of next 3 sts) 6 times. [24 sts]

Round 31 (Dc2­tog, dc in each of next 2 sts) 6 times. [18 sts]

Round 32 (Dc2­tog, dc in next st) 6 times. [12 sts] Round 33 (Dc2­tog) 6 times. [6 sts] Fas­ten off. Thread tail end of yarn onto a ta­pes­try nee­dle; in­sert the nee­dle into each front loop of the last round, pull tight to close the hole.

Fas­ten off and weave in end. Em­broi­der the nose with 2 long stitches across Round 5 of the head.

EARS !MAKE 2"

Us­ing Yarn A, make a magic loop.

Round 1 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as st), 6dc into the loop. [6 sts]

Round 2 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts. [7 sts]

Round 3 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 6 sts. [8 sts] Round 4 Dc in each st around. Round 5 (2dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts) twice. [10 sts] Round 6 Dc in each st around. Round 7 (2dc in next st, dc in each of next 4 sts) twice. [12 sts] Round 8 Dc in each st around. Round 9 (2dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts) twice. [14 sts]

Rounds 10-15 Dc in each st around. Round 16 (Dc2­tog, dc in each of next 5 sts) twice. [12 sts]

Round 17 (Dc2­tog, dc in each of next 4 sts) twice. [10 sts]

Fas­ten off leav­ing a long tail for sewing the Ears to the Head. Do not stuff. Flat­ten the Ear and sew to Head be­tween Rounds 25 and 27. BODY !START­ING FROM NECK" Leave a long piece of yarn be­fore start­ing ch – you’ll need it for sewing to Head later. Us­ing Yarn A, ch7.

Row 1 (RS) 2dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in each of next 4 ch, 2dc in next ch, turn. [8 sts]

Row 2 Ch1 (does not count as st), 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 6 sts, 2dc in next st, ch8. [10 sts, 8 ch] Ss to first dc of Row 2 to join into a ring.

Rounds 1-2 Dc in each st and in each ch around. [18 sts]

Round 3 Dc in each of next 6 sts (these are not in­cluded in the stitch count), ch19 (this is the spine of the don­key), 2dc in sec­ond ch from hook, dc in each of next 17 ch, dc in each of next 18 sts of the neck, con­tinue work­ing on the op­po­site side of the spine ch, dc in each of next 18 sts, place a stitch marker to in­di­cate the end of the round. [55 sts] Round 4 2dc in each of next 2 sts, dc in each of next 52 sts, 2dc in next st. [58 sts]

Round 5 (Dc in next st, 2dc in next st) twice, dc in each of next 24 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 24 sts, 2dc in next st. [63 sts]

Round 6 (Dc in each of next 2 sts, 2dc in next st) twice, dc in each of next 56 sts, 2dc in last st. [66 sts]

Round 7 (Dc in each of next 3 sts, 2dc in next st) twice, dc in each of next 24 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 26 sts, 2dc in next st. [71 sts]

Round 8 (Dc in each of next 4 sts, 2dc in next st) twice, dc in each of next 61 sts. [73 sts] Round 9 Dc in each of next 36 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 7 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 28 sts. [75 sts]

Rounds 10-18 Dc in each st around. Round 19 (Dc in each of next 4 sts, dc2­tog) twice, dc in each of next 23 sts, dc2­tog, dc in each of next 11 sts, dc2­tog, dc in each of next 23 sts, dc2­tog. [70 sts]

Rounds 20 Dc in each st around. Next, work a dc into each st un­til you reach the mid­dle back of the don­key (this is ap­prox 4dc), dc in each of next 3 sts. Con­tinue with Leg 1.

LEG 1

Round 1 (RS) Dc in each of next 9 sts of the Body, ch9, ss into the first dc on the leg to join into a ring. [9 sts, 9 ch]

Round 2 Dc in each of next 9 sts, dc in each of next 9 ch. [18 sts] Round 3 Dc in each st around. Round 4 (Dc2­tog, dc in each of next 7 sts) twice. [16 sts]

Rounds 5- 6 Dc in each st around. Round 7 (Dc2­tog, dc in each of next 6 sts) twice. [14 sts] Rounds 8-9 Dc in each st around. Round 10 (Dc2­tog, dc in each of next 5 sts) twice. [12 sts] Rounds 11-12 Dc in each st around. Round 13 (Dc2­tog) 6 times. [6 sts] Fas­ten off. Thread tail end of yarn onto a ta­pes­try nee­dle; in­sert the nee­dle into each front loop of the last round, pull tight to close the hole. Fas­ten off and weave in end. Stuff the Leg from the open end.

LEG 2

Skip next 12 sts on Round 20 of the Body after Leg 1. Start the sec­ond leg fol­low­ing the same in­struc­tions as Leg 1.

LEG 3

Skip next 5 sts on Round 20 of the Body after Leg 2. Start the third leg fol­low­ing the same in­struc­tions as Leg 1.

LEG 4

Skip next 12 sts on Round 20 of the Body after Leg 3. Start the fourth leg fol­low­ing the same in­struc­tions as Leg 1.

BELLY

Join Yarn A to Round 20, on the right-hand side of the 12 st space be­tween Leg 1 and Leg 2. Rows 1-5 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as st through­out), dc in each st to end, turn. [12 sts]

Row 6 Ch6, dc in sec­ond ch from hook, dc in each of next 4 ch, dc in each of next 12 sts, turn. [17 sts]

Row 7 Ch6, dc in sec­ond ch from hook, dc in each of next 4 ch, dc in each of next 17 sts, turn. [22 sts]

Rows 8-10 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn. Row 11 (par­tial row) Ch1, dc in each of next 17 sts, turn leav­ing the re­main­ing sts un­worked. [17 sts]

Row 12 (par­tial row) Ch1, dc in each of next 12 sts, turn leav­ing the re­main­ing sts un­worked. [12 sts]

Rows 13-16 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn. Fas­ten off leav­ing a long tail for sewing. Pin the Belly piece to Round 20 of the Body; sew it all around the Body and the Legs. Stuff the Body a few cm be­fore end­ing the seam. Con­tinue stuff­ing the Body from the Neck un­til it stands firm. Place the Head on Rounds 16 to 22 of the Neck and sew all around.

TAIL

Us­ing Yarn A, ch17.

Row 1 (RS) Htr in third ch from hook, htr in each of next 9 ch, dc in each of next 4 ch, ss in last ch. [15 sts]

Fas­ten off and tie a short piece of Yarn A to the end of the tail.

MANE

Cut lots of small strands of Yarn A by wind­ing the yarn around a piece of card­board ap­prox 3.5cm tall to get strands of 7cm. Fold the strands in half and tie each one (as

if you are mak­ing a fringe for a scarf), one by one, onto the head, start­ing from the mid­dle of the fore­head.

BLAN­KET

Each row of the blan­ket starts with a new colour, do not turn the work, in­stead join the new yarn on top of the first st of the pre­vi­ous row. Leave a tail of yarn at the be­gin­ning and the end of every row for the tas­sels. Us­ing Yarn B, ch28.

Row 1 (RS) Skip the first ch from the hook, (dc in next ch, ch1, skip next ch) 13 times, dc in last ch. [27 sts] Fas­ten off. Row 2 Join Yarn C to first dc of pre­vi­ous row, ch1, dc in same st, (dc into next ch-1 sp, ch1, skip next st) 12 times, dc in each of next 2 sts. Fas­ten off. Row 3 Join Yarn D to first dc of pre­vi­ous row, ch1, dc in same st, (ch1, skip next st, dc in next ch-1 sp) 13 times. Fas­ten off. Re­peat (Rows 2 and 3) an­other 6 times, end­ing in Yarn B. Make a tas­sel at the be­gin­ning and the end of each row. Us­ing the cro­chet hook, in­sert a strand of yarn into the edge sts of each row and make a loop. Make a knot close to the edge of the blan­ket, in­sert­ing the tail of yarn into the loop made. Trim the tas­sels at the same lengths.

SAD­DLE

Us­ing Yarn G, ch11, leav­ing a long tail of yarn be­fore start­ing, to tie up the Sad­dle on the Don­key later.

Round 1 (RS) Dc in sec­ond ch from hook and in each of next 8 ch, 5dc in last ch, ro­tate to work along the op­po­site side of the foun­da­tion ch, dc in each of next 8 sts, 4dc in last st. [26 sts]

Round 2 (Dc in each of next 10 sts, 2dc in each of next 3 sts) twice. [32 sts]

Round 3 *Dc in each of next 10 sts, (2dc in next st, dc in next st) 3 times; rep from * once more. [38 sts]

Round 4 *Dc in each of next 10 sts, (2dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts) 3 times; rep from * once more. [44 sts]

Round 5 Ss in next st, dc in front loop only of each dc around, ss to top of first dc.

Round 6 Ch1, spike st, in­sert­ing the hook 1 row be­low in each dc around, ss to top of the first st. Fas­ten off and weave in ends.

STRAP

Us­ing Yarn G, ch36, dc in sec­ond ch from hook, dc in each of next 33 ch, 4dc in last ch, ro­tate to work along the op­po­site side of the foun­da­tion ch, dc in each of next 34 sts, ss to first st. [72 sts]

Fas­ten off. Sew the strap to the mid­dle sts of the round side of the Sad­dle, op­po­site the be­gin­ning of the Sad­dle with the tail of yarn. Fas­ten off leav­ing a long tail of yarn. Use the tails of yarn at the end of the Strap and un­der­neath the Sad­dle to tie the Sad­dle onto the Don­key.

NOSEBAND

Us­ing Yarn F, ch30, ss into the first ch to join into a ring. Round 1 (RS) Ch1, dc in same st, dc in each st around. [30 sts] Fas­ten off and weave in ends.

REINS

Us­ing Yarn B, ch37.

Row 1 (RS) Dc in sec­ond ch from hook, dc in next ch, htr in next ch, (ch3, ss into the third ch from hook) un­til last 2 ch, htr in next ch, dc in last ch. [36 sts] Fas­ten off. Em­broi­der the Rein us­ing Yarn C, D and F us­ing long stitches and French knots. Place the noseband on the muz­zle, pin the Rein on both sides un­der the eyes, and sew it in place with a sin­gle stitch.

BROWBAND

Us­ing Yarn G, ch50, ss into the first ch to join into a ring.

Round 1 Ch1, dc in same st, dc in each of next 24 ch, ch6, ss in sec­ond ch from hook, dc in next ch, htr in each of next 3 ch, con­tinue along the main ch, dc in each of next 25 ch, ss to top of the first dc.

Fas­ten off and weave in ends. Em­broi­der the Browband us­ing straight stitches in Yarn D and French knots in Yarn E, us­ing the im­age as a guide.

Pe­dro’s a real cutie, but it’s his colour­ful em­broi­dered tack that makes him stand out.

Re­fer to this im­age when you’re em­broi­der­ing.

Pe­dro’s bright blan­ket is worked in rows of dc and fin­ished off with lit­tle tas­sels.

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