Saturday, November 13, 2010

Free Pattern: Muta

Free Pattern: Muta (from "Whisper of the Heart" And "The Cat Returns")

What you Need:
About an ounce of white worsted weight yarn
A very small ammount each of black and brown worsted weight yarn
A 5.00 mm hook
Safety Eyes/ Buttons

Sc- single crochet
Dec- 2 single crochet together
Inc- 2 single crochet in same stitch
Ch- chain stitch

Muta Pattern:

With White yarn,
1. Ch 2, work 8 sc in first ch
2. (1 sc, inc) around
3. (2 sc, inc) around
4. (3 sc, inc)
5-19. (15 rows) Sc around
20. (sc 3, dec) around
21. (2 sc, dec) around
22-26. (5 rows) Sc around
If you are using safety eyes, now would be a good time to put them on.
27. (sc 1, dec) around
28. dec around
29. Dec until hole closes up
fasten off

Arms (make 2):
With White yarn,
1. ch 2, 6 sc in first ch
2-5. (4 rows) sc around
6. (dec, sc 2) x2
7-15. (7 rows) Sc around
Fasten off

Sew to body at hand and shoulder (no need to stuff), making sure not to lay it flat, but leaving the elbow sticking out a little bit, so it looks like he has his hands on his hips. Use the picture above for reference.

Ears (make 2, one with brown and one with white worsted weight yarn):
1. Ch 3
2-3. (2 rows) Sc across
4. Dec
Fasten off
Sew to head

Feet (make 2):
With white worsted weight yarn,
1. Sc 2, 8 sc in first ch
2. 2 sc around
3-4. (2 rows) Sc around
5. Dec around
6. Sc around
Stuff, and sew to body.

Embroider the face, using a picture of Muta or my picture above as a guide. 

If you make something using my pattern, I'd love to see it!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Free Pattern: Howl!!

What You Need:

~One or two ounces each of flesh color, black, white, and pink worsted weight yarn.
~Less than one ounce each of yellow and royal blue worsted weight yarn
~A very small amount of gold thread and blue sport weight yarn
~One or two ounces of yellow yarn (this will be his hair, so you can use whatever weight you want.)

Hooks and Notions:
~A 5.00 mm hook (size H) (note- this is a smaller size than what they call for on worsted weight yarns, but I like it to keep my stitches smaller so stuffing doesn’t show through later. If you crochet really tight, go ahead and use a 5.5)
~A 3 mm hook
~A 4 mm hook
~5.5 mm straight knitting needles
~Safety eyes or a hot glue gun (tutorial below)
~Yarn needle


Co- cast on
Sc- single crochet
BLO- back loop only
Inc- increase
Dec- decrease

Other notes:

~If you don’t know how to knit, don‘t worry about it- the coat pattern can easily be converted to crochet.
~At the ends of rows when working in the round, do not ch 1, turn.
~When switching colors (while crocheting) fasten off with the first color, and join the new color at the beginning of the round.
~When you crochet around the hips/waist, if you have a couple of stitches left over at the ends of rows, don’t worry- everyone will have a different number of stitches after the legs.

Howl Pattern:

Legs: Make 2 

With Black,
1. Ch 2, 6 sc in first ch.
2. 2 sc in each sc around
3. (1 sc, inc) around
4. (2 sc, inc) around
5-8. Sc around
9. (2 sc, dec) around
10. (5 sc, dec) around
11-30. Sc around
Sl st, fasten off

Stuff legs


Sew together the centers of both legs, crochet around leaving the middle stitches unworked.

31. Sc around
32. (Sc 6, inc) around
33. Sc 12, inc, sc to end
34-35. Sc around
36. (Sc 7, inc) around
37-38. Sc around
Switch to White
39. Sc around
40. Sc 15, dec, sc to end
41-59. Sc around
60. (sc 3, dec) around
61. (sc 2, dec) around
62. (sc 1, dec) around

Stuff Body


Switch to flesh color
63. (Sc 2, dec) around, BLO
64. (sc, inc) around
65. (sc, inc) around
66-67. Sc around
68. (sc 2, inc) around
69. (sc 2, inc) around
70. Sc around
71. (sc 4, inc) around
72. (sc 4, inc) around
73-75. Sc around
76. (sc 4, dec) around
77. (sc 4, dec) around
78. Sc around
79. 91 sc, dec) around
80. Dec around
Stuff Head
81. Dec around
Fasten off and sew opening shut.

Arms and Hands:

With flesh colored yarn,
1. Ch 2, 8 sc in first chain
2. 2 sc in ea. around
3-4. Sc around
5. Sc 2, dc5tog in next st, sc to the end of row
6-7. Sc around
8. (sc 6, dec) around
9. (sc 6, dec) around
10-12. Sc around
Switch to White,
13. Sc in BLO around
14-25. Sc around
26. (sc 5, inc) around
27-30. Sc around
31. Sc, hdc, hdc, dc, dc, dc, hdc, hdc, sc
Sew to body.

Sleeve Cuffs:

Sc around in leftover loops from row 13. Start and end in the back so that the join is not visible.


With Flesh color, ch 2
1. Sc in next sc, ch 1, turn.
2. 2 sc in next sc, ch 1, turn
3. Sc across. Ch 1, turn
4. 2 sc in each sc across, ch 1 turn
5. Sc across
Fasten off. Sew to front top center edge of Howl’s “shirt”

Attach white to back of shirt top edge in the leftover loops from row 63. Sc until you get to the little triangle we made earlier. Sc around lower edges, and continue around to where you started. Fasten off.

Reattach white to top right corner of the little flesh colored triangle we made earlier.
Sc, sc, hdc, hdc, sc, sc. On bottom tip, work 3 sc. Sc, sc, hdc, hdc, sc, sc. This creates the collar.

Weave in all your tails!


For the eyes, you could just use safety eyes, but this is what I did:
Put 2 dollops of glue, the same size (this could take some practice) on a piece of wax paper. Once they’ve cooled and hardened, peel them off and color them in with a black sharpie. Once it’s dried, put on another coat of black. After a little while, put two coats of clear nail polish on them to make them look more professional. When you’re ready to attach them, carefully hot glue them on. Make sure none of the glue shows on the doll.


Wrap your yellow yarn widthwise around a book (mind was 6 inches across) until it is about 2.5 inches across and ¾ inches deep. Sew a seam up and down the yarn (lengthwise on the book) making sure to include every piece. Flip the book over and cut the yarn (lengthwise on the book again) so that you have the seam in the middle of two longer side pieces. Sew it on to the doll (the seam is his part) and give him a haircut!

Howl’s Coat:

Body of Coat(knit):

With 5.5 mm knitting needles and pink yarn, co 43 stitches. Work in straight stitch for 24 rows.
25. K2tog, k to last 2 stitches, k2tog
26. P
27. K2tog, k to last 2 stitches, k2tog
28. P
Bind off

With a 5 mm crochet hook and yellow yarn, sc all the way around the body of the coat. At the corners, work 3 sc.

Diamonds (make 2):
Ch 1, turn at end of each row

With 5 mm crochet hook and royal blue yarn, ch 3
1. Sc across
2. 2 sc in each st
3. Sc across
(2 sc in next st, sc to last 2 stitches, 2 sc in next st)
(Sc across)
Until you have 10 stitches

Sc across
(Dec, sc to last 2 stitches, dec)
Sc across
Until you have 2 stitches
Dec, sc
Fasten off

Sew diamonds onto sides of coat.
I secured the coat with a few stitches in the front of Howl’s shirt.


With yellow worsted weight yarn, cast on 20 st
1. K
Attach white
2. P
3. K
4. P
Attach yellow
5. K
Attach pink
Work in st st for 20 rows

Sew to body of coat with stripes at the bottom.

Howl’s Necklace:

With a 3.5 mm hook and gold thread, ch 60, hold it around Howl’s neck, and sl st in first ch.
With a 4 mm hook and blue sport weight yarn, Ch 2
Sc around for 2 rows
Attach to gold ch

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. :) Also, if you make something using my pattern, I'd love to see it!