Mollie Makes

Amigurumi swan

Crochet Orsi Farkasvolg­yi’s cuddle-size fairytale plushie

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An elegant cuddle-size creation

HOW TO MAKE AN AMIGURUMI SWAN

MATERIALS

■ Phildar Rapido, 50% polyamide, 25% wool, 25% acrylic, 41m/45yd per 50g, three balls in Ecru (2109) (Yarn A)

■ Scheepjes Cahlista, 100% cotton, 85m/93yd per 50g, one ball each in Saffron (249) (Yarn B) and Old Rose (408) (Yarn C)

■ Phildar Phil Coton 3, 100% cotton, 50g/121m per 50g, one ball each in Roseau (0053) (Yarn D), Vieux Rose (0030) (Yarn E) and Rosewood (1460) (Yarn F)

■ Small amount of black embroidery thread

■ 2.5mm (UK 12, US C/2) crochet hook

■ 3.5mm (UK 9, US E/4) crochet hook

■ 4.5mm (UK 7, US 7) crochet hook

■ 5mm (UK 6, US H/8) crochet hook Q Soft toy stuffing Q Pet brush

■ Stitch marker Q Yarn needle

TENSION

Tension isn’t too important for this design, just ensure the stitches are tight enough so the stuffing doesn’t show through

ABBREVIATI­ONS (UK)

st(s) stitch(es) ch chain dc double crochet htr half treble tr treble ss slip stitch

BLO work st through back loop only

FLO work st through front loop only yrh yarn round hook inc increase by working 2dc in next st invdec invisible decrease – insert hook into the front loop of the next two sts in turn and pull a loop up through both, yrh and pull through both loops on hook picot ch3, ss to 3rd ch from hook magic ring hold yarn in your hand and wrap working yarn around forefinger twice to create ring, slip ring off your finger and insert hook to pick up first st, ch1, then work the necessary sts for Round 1 and close the ring tightly by pulling the loose end

FINISHED SIZE

Approx. 26cm (10 ") high You’re dreaming of super-sized amigurumi with luxe details, then along floats this regal beauty. Lily the swan is a precious specimen, all elegant neck with soft fluffy wings and a gleaming crown. She does have a taste for the finer things in life, but is no stranger to the great outdoors. Hook her a flower necklace for the summer, and find her a nest in your humble abode.

If you substitute Yarn A, ensure the yarn includes natural fibre such as wool or alpaca so it can be brushed out. You could brush the whole body, not just the wings, to have the ultimate feathery swan.

Instructio­ns

The swan and its parts are made in continuous rounds unless otherwise instructed. Do not join at the end of each round but continue to the next round. Use stitch marker or a piece of yarn to indicate the start of each round.

Body

Using Yarn A and 5mm crochet hook

Round 1 6dc in magic ring, pull ring tight [6 sts]

Round 2 inc in each st around [12 sts]

Round 3 (1dc, inc) 6 times [18 sts] Round 4 (2dc, inc) 6 times [24 sts] Round 5 (3dc, inc) 6 times [30 sts] Round 6 (4dc, inc) 6 times [36 sts] Round 7 (5dc, inc) 6 times [42 sts] Round 8 (6dc, inc) 6 times [48 sts] Round 9 (7dc, inc) 6 times [54 sts] Round 10 (8dc, inc) 6 times [60 sts]

Rounds 11-15 1dc in each st around [60 sts]

Round 16 28dc, 4htr, 28dc [60 sts]

Round 17 26dc, invdec 4 times, 26dc [56 sts]

Round 18 26dc, invdec 2 times, 24dc, invdec [53 sts]

Round 19 invdec, 22dc, invdec 3 times, 21dc, invdec [48 sts]

Round 20 invdec, 18dc, invdec 4 times, 18dc, invdec [42 sts] Form the neck:

Round 21 invdec, 7dc, ch2, miss 26 sts, 1dc into the next (27th) st Replace the stitch marker and continue crocheting the neck

Neck

Round 1 1dc in each of next 14 sts, 1dc into BLO of each of the 2ch, 1dc into the last st [17 sts]

Round 2 4dc, invdec 2 times, 9dc [15 sts]

Round 3 4dc, invdec, 7dc, inc, 1dc [15 sts]

Round 4 1dc in each st around [15 sts] Round 5 4dc, invdec, 6dc, inc, 2dc [15 sts]

Round 6 4dc, invdec, 9dc [14sts] Round 7 4dc, invdec, 5dc, inc, 2dc [14 sts]

Round 8 3dc, invdec, 9dc [13 sts] Round 9 3dc, invdec, 5dc, inc, 2dc [13 sts]

Round 10 3dc, invdec, 3dc, 5htr [12 sts]

1dc into next st, fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing

Finishing the body

Count back 6 sts on the body from the neck, join with a ss in this st and work 1dc into the same st, 5dc (you have now reached the neck with the front loops of ch2), invdec the 2 front loops, working continuous­ly on the other side of the body, 10dc, invdec 2 times, 5dc [25 sts] Fasten off and leave a long tail. Stuff the body and sew the sides together by inserting the needle into the front loops only on both sides, weave yarn tail into the body

Head

Using Yarn A and 5mm crochet hook

Round 1 6dc in magic ring, pull ring tight [6 sts] Round 2 inc in each st around [12 sts]

Round 3 (1dc, inc) 6 times [18 sts] Round 4 (2dc, inc) 6 times [24 sts] Round 5 (3dc, inc) 6 times [30 sts] Round 6 (4dc, inc) 6 times [36 sts] Rounds 7-11 1dc in each st around [36 sts]

Round 12 (4dc, invdec) 6 times [30 sts]

Round 13 (3dc, invdec) 6 times [24 sts]

Round 14 (2dc, invdec) 6 times [18 sts]

Round 15 (1dc, invdec) 6 times [12 sts]

Round 16 invdec each st around [6 sts]

Stuff the head firmly, fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Close the hole by sewing back and forth across the opening, weaving the yarn tail into the head

Beak

Using Yarn C and 3.5mm crochet hook

Round 1 6dc in magic ring, pull ring tight [6 sts]

Round 2 (1dc, inc) 3 times [9 sts] Round 3 1dc in each st around [9 sts]

Round 4 (2dc, inc) 3 times [12 sts] Fasten off and leave a long tail for

HOW TO MAKE AN AMIGURUMI SWAN

sewing. Place the beak onto the head below Round 9 and above Round 12, and sew onto the head

Eyes

Mark the eyes with two pins on Round 9, 2 sts apart. Embroider the eyes with black thread, using the image as a guide. Pin the head onto the neck and sew into place

Crown

Using Yarn B and 3.5mm hook Work in but finish each round with a sl st

Round 1 ch20 and ss to form a ring Round 2 ch1, 1dc in st at base of ch1, 1dc in each st around, join with ss to 1st dc [20 sts]

Round 3 repeat Round 2

Round 4 ch1, 1dc in st at base of ch1, *miss 1 st, (2tr, picot, 2tr) in next st, miss 1 st, 1dc in next st; repeat from * another 4 times but on the last repeat omit the last dc. Join with a ss to the 1st dc, fasten off. Sew it to the head of the swan

Wings (make two)

Using Yarn A and 4.5mm hook Round 1 6dc in magic ring, pull ring tight [6 sts]

Round 2 (1dc, inc) 3 times [9 sts] Round 3 inc, 3dc, invdec, 3dc [9 sts] Round 4 (2dc, inc) 3 times [12 sts] Round 5 inc, 4dc, invdec, 5dc [12 sts]

Round 6 (3dc, inc) 3 times [15 sts] Round 7 inc, 6dc, invdec, 6dc [15 sts]

Round 8 (2dc, inc) 5 times [20 sts] Round 9 inc, 8dc, invdec, 9dc [20 sts]

Round 10 (3dc, inc) 5 times [25 sts] Round 11 inc, 11dc, invdec, 11dc [25 sts]

Rounds 12-14 1dc in each st around [25 sts]

Round 15 (3dc, invdec) 5 times [20 sts]

Round 16 1dc in each st around [20 sts]

Round 17 (2dc, invdec) 5 times [15 sts]

Round 18 (1dc, invdec) 5 times [10 sts]

Round 19 invdec in each st around [5 sts]

Fasten off leaving a long tail. Use the yarn to close up the hole by sewing back and forth across the opening, weaving the yarn tail into the wing. Using the pet brush, brush both sides of the wings until fluffy – don’t be afraid to brush vigorously, until you can’t see the sts. Sew the wings onto the body.

Flower necklace Necklace

Cut a 15cm (6") length of Yarn D for the first tassel. Wrap Yarn D around a piece of paper approx. 3-4cm (1 -15/8") wide, about 10 times. Using 2.5mm hook and the working yarn, make the top of a tassel by making a slip knot on the hook and working a ss through the top loops. Wrap the 15cm (6") length around the tassel to form the tassel head, ch100, then break yarn and fasten off with a long tail.

To form the second tassel, wrap yarn around the piece of paper again about 10 times, and use the long tail to tie the top securely. Cut another 15cm (6") length of yarn and wrap around the tassel to finish it. Trim the tassel ends to neaten.

Flowers

Using 2.5mm hook, make one flower with Yarn E and two with Yarn F as follows:

Row 1 ch11, turn

Row 2 2htr into the 2nd ch from hook, and in each st along [20 sts] Fasten off and leave a long tail. Roll each flower into a rose shape and secure with a few sts. Sew them onto the middle of the necklace and tie around the swan’s neck.

MEET THE MAKER ORSI FARKASVOLG­YI

Orsi’s an amigurumi designer from Hungary, and the founder of Manuska. She designs crochet dolls and animals and has just fallen in love with designing tapestry crochet wall hangings. When she’s not busy working on her designs, she tries to keep up with her two kids, and her cat and dog. Orsi believes that a day without crocheting is not something worth waking up for. www.manuska.etsy.com

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