BURGER BOY

Get the ketchup out – Emma Lyons' cro­chet build-a-burger is here just in time for BBQ sea­son

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

Style­craft Clas­sique Cot­ton DK, 100% cot­ton, 100g/184m per ball, one ball each in Ivory (3665) (Yarn A), Sun­flower (3662) (Yarn B), Trop­i­cal Jade (3676) (Yarn C), Poppy (3672) (Yarn D), White (3660) (Yarn E), Laven­der (3673) (Yarn F) Drops Muskat, 100% cot­ton, 50g/100m per ball, one ball each in Dark Brown (75) (Yarn G), Beige (23) (Yarn H)

QOd­dments of black yarn for mouth. Q 3.5mm (UK 9, US E/4) cro­chet hook Q Two 7.5mm safety eyes Q Soft toy stuff­ing Q Yarn nee­dle Q Stitch mark­ers Q Scis­sors

TEN­SION

Ten­sion isn’t im­por­tant for this pro­ject but make sure your stitches are dense enough to en­sure the stuff­ing is not vis­i­ble

AB­BRE­VI­A­TIONS (UK)

st(s) stitch(es) ch chain ss slip stitch dc dou­ble cro­chet htr half tre­ble tr tre­ble inc in­crease by work­ing 2dc into same st Magic ring Hold thread in your hand and wrap work­ing yarn around fore­fin­ger twice to cre­ate a ring, slip the ring off your fin­ger and insert hook to pick up the first st, ch1, then work the nec­es­sary sts for Round 1 and close the ring tightly by pulling the loose end.

FIN­ISHED SIZE

Your fin­ished burger will mea­sure ap­prox. 10cm (4") tall and 10cm (4") wide Whether you like them meat or veg­gie; stacked up with top­pings or sim­ple and clas­sic, this smi­ley build-your-own burger can cater to any taste. Ours comes with let­tuce, tomato, onion and cheese (our favourites), but you could also make ex­tras out of felt – we’re think­ing ba­con and av­o­cado. Sew him to­gether for a cute kawai­i­in­spired dec­o­ra­tion, or keep him cu­tomis­able – kids will love tak­ing him apart and putting him back to­gether. He’s def­i­nitely the tasti­est treat on our BBQ spread this year.

In­struc­tions

This amigu­rumi burger is made mostly in con­tin­u­ous spiral rounds (do not join at the end of each round). Place a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round to help you keep track of the where each round starts and ends. This pat­tern uses con­cise cro­chet style – so for ex­am­ple, 2dc means work 1dc into each of the next 2 sts, 6dc means work 1dc in each of the next 6 sts and so on.

In­ner bun cir­cle (make two)

Us­ing Yarn A, make a magic ring, then work as fol­lows: Round 1 6dc into ring, pull ring tight [6sts] Round 2 inc 6 times [12sts] Round 3 (inc, 1dc) 6 times [18sts] Round 4 (1dc, inc, 1dc) 6 times [24sts] Round 5 (inc, 3dc) 6 times [30sts] Round 6 (2dc, inc, 2dc) 6 times [36sts] Round 7 (inc, 5dc) 6 times [42sts] Round 8 (3dc, inc, 3dc) 6 times [48sts] Round 9 (inc, 7dc) 6 times [54sts] Round 10 (4dc, inc, 4dc) 6 times [60sts] Cut yarn, fas­ten off and sew in yarn tail.

Top bun

Rounds 1-10 Us­ing Yarn H, fol­low Rounds 1-10 given in Step 1 Rounds 11-15 1dc in each st around [60sts]

Top bun edge

Round 16 ss into each st around [60sts] This ss round creates a neat bor­der edge. Insert stitch marker in loop on hook and do not cut yarn, you will carry on work­ing this yarn at Step 6.

Top bun eyes and mouth

At­tach a pair of safety eyes be­tween Rounds 11 and 12, spaced ap­prox­i­mately 6 sts apart. Us­ing black yarn, em­broi­der a smi­ley mouth over Round 14 of the top bun, us­ing the im­age as a guide. Make sure it stays in place by adding a tiny stitch at the bot­tom.

Top bun sesame seeds Se­cure a long strand of Yarn A (about 2m long) on the in­side of the top bun. Start­ing in the cen­tre and work­ing in a spiral, em­broi­der sesame seeds all over it, us­ing the im­age as a guide.

Top bun fin­ish­ing

Round 17 Re­move the stitch marker and con­tinue work­ing with Yarn H from Step 3, join top bun to in­ner bun cir­cle (made in Step 1). Do this by in­sert­ing hook into the back loops of last dc round worked (Round 15, you can see th­ese dc stitches sat just be­hind the ss round) and also into both loops of the last round of your com­pleted in­ner bun cir­cle (Round 10). Work 1dc all around, fill with toy stuff­ing as you go. Don’t stuff too firmly – your burger won’t bal­ance if he’s too full! Cut yarn, fas­ten off and sew in yarn tail.

Bot­tom bun Rounds 1-10 Us­ing Yarn H, fol­low Rounds 1-10 given in Step 1. Rounds 11-12 1dc in each st around [60sts] Round 13 ss into each st around [60sts] Round 14 Join bot­tom bun to in­ner bun cir­cle (us­ing the same method as for the top bun, as de­tailed in Round 17 of Step 6 and stuff­ing the bun as you go). Cut yarn, fas­ten off and sew in yarn tail.

Burger cir­cle (make two)

Rounds 1-10 Us­ing Yarn G, fol­low Rounds 1-10 given in Step 1. Cut yarn, fas­ten off and sew in yarn tail on first burger cir­cle. Make se­cond burger cir­cle but leave yarn at­tached. Join the two burger cir­cles to­gether (wrong sides fac­ing each other) by in­sert­ing the hook into both dc

stitches of each cir­cle (4 loops) and work 1dc all around. Cut yarn, fas­ten off and sew in yarn tail.

Cheese

To make the cheese square you need to work in a con­tin­u­ous spiral, but you will cre­ate the cor­ners by work­ing 3 stitches (1dc, 1htr, 1dc) into each of the 4 cor­ners each round. Us­ing Yarn B, make a magic ring, then work as fol­lows: Round 1 6dc into ring, pull ring tight [6sts] Round 2 (inc) 6 times [12sts] Round 3 (1dc, (1dc, 1htr, 1dc) in next st, 1dc) 4 times [20sts] Round 4 (2dc, (1dc, 1htr, 1dc) in next st, 2dc) 4 times [28sts] Round 5 (3dc, (1dc, 1htr, 1dc) in next st, 3dc) 4 times [36sts] Round 6 (4dc, (1dc, 1htr, 1dc) in next st, 4dc) 4 times [44sts] Round 7 (5dc, (1dc, 1htr, 1dc) in next st, 5dc) 4 times [52sts] Round 8 (6dc, (1dc, 1htr, 1dc) in next st, 6dc) 4 times [60sts] Round 9 (7dc, (1dc, 1htr, 1dc) in next st, 7dc) 4 times [68sts] Round 10 (8dc, (1dc, 1htr, 1dc) in next st, 8dc) 4 times [76sts] Round 11 (9dc, (1dc, 1htr, 1dc) in next st, 9dc) 4 times [84sts] Cut yarn, fas­ten off and sew in tail.

Let­tuce

Us­ing Yarn C, fol­low Rounds 1-10 given in Step 1. Round 11 Work 3dc into each st around [180sts] Cut yarn, fas­ten off and sew in yarn tail.

Rounds 1-10

Tomato (make two)

Us­ing Yarn D, make a magic ring, then work as fol­lows: Round 1 9dc into ring [9sts] Round 2 (inc) 9 times [18sts] Round 3 ch3 (counts as 1tr), 1tr in next st, (ch4, miss next st, 1tr into each of next 2 sts) 5 times, ch4, ss into 3rd ch of orig­i­nal ch3 [36sts] Round 4 Work 1dc all around (into each ch and also into tops of tr sts from pre­vi­ous round) [36sts] Cut yarn, fas­ten off and sew in yarn tail.

Onion rings (make two)

Round 1 Us­ing Yarn E, ch32, ss into first ch to form ring [32sts] Round 2 (inc, 4dc) 6 times, inc, dc [39sts] Round 3 Change to Yarn F and work 1dc in each stitch around. Cut yarn, fas­ten off and sew in tail.

Fin­ish­ing

Assem­ble your burger, us­ing the im­age as a guide. You may sew the pieces to­gether if you wish, or leave it so you can stack and un-stack them.

Emma Lyons Emma be­came to­tally hooked on cro­chet af­ter dis­cov­er­ing the world of amigu­rumi, and now she can’t stop cre­at­ing cute crea­tures, dolls and an­i­mals. When not cro­chet­ing, she also loves knit­ting and cre­at­ing fancy dress cos­tumes for her two kids. www.amiemma.etsy.com

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