Door 20: Simon the skunk

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Can you believe there are only four days left of the CAL?
Thank you for all your lovely comments about the cal and to those of you who are taking part.

Now, lets make Simon the skunk.

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You will need black and light grey/white yarn, as well as little bits of dark grey and red/pink yarn.

Don’t forget your 2mm hook, fibrefill, a tapestry needle and scissors, and, if you battle finding the end of the round, a stitch marker. If you don’t have a stitch marker you can use a paper clip or safety-pin instead.

All the CAL tutorials  are written in US terminology, if you need to convert to UK terminology please look at my Stitch Index.

Today’s abbreviations are:
blp – back loop
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
dec – decrease
inc – increase
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)

It is advisable to read the directions before starting, just so you have an overview of what’s happening.

Use of the second colour (light grey) is signified in bold.
For the head and body:
Begin by making a magic ring with black yarn.
Round 1
5 sc into the magic ring, pull ring closed (5 sts).
Round 2
(1 sc in the next st, 1 inc in the next st) x 2, 1 sc in the next st (7 sts).
Round 3
1 sc in the next st, 1 inc in the next st, 1 sc in the next three sts, 1 sc in the next st, 1 inc in the next st (9 sts).
Round 4
(1 sc in the next three sts, ch2, slst in second ch from hook using the back bump) x 2, 1 sc in the next three sts (9 sts).
Round 5
1 sc in the next st, dec, 1 sc in the next three sts, dec, 1 sc in the next st (7 sts).
At this point you want to stuff the head quite firmly.
Use the back of your crochet hook, or a pencil to pack the stuffing in tightly.
Round 5
Inc x 2, 1 sc in the next three sts, inc 2 (11 sts).
Round 5
1 sc in the next three sts, 1 sc i nthe next five sts, 1 sc in the next three sts (11 sts).
Round 8
1 sc in the next st, ch 5, slst in each back bump of chain starting with second chain from hook, 1 sc in the next two sts, 1 sc in the next five sts, 1 sc in the next two sts, ch 5, slst in each back bump of chain starting with second chain from hook, 1 sc in the next st (11 sts).
Round 9
1 sc in the next two sts, 1 sc in the next two sts, 1 sc in the next three sts, 1 sc in the next two sts, 1 sc in the next two sts (11 sts).
Round 10
1 sc in the next two sts, 1 sc in the next two sts, 1 sc in the next st, inc, 1 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next two sts, 1 sc in the next two sts (12 sts).
Round 11
1 sc in the next st, inc, 1 sc in the next two sts, inc, 1 sc in the next three sts, inc, 1 sc in the next two sts, inc, 1 sc in the next st (16 sts).
Round 12
1 sc in the next st, ch 5, slst in each back bump of chain starting with second chain from hook, 1 sc in the next two sts, 1 sc in the next st, inc, 1 sc in the next three sts, inc, 1 sc in the next two sts, inc1 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next two sts, ch 5, slst in each back bump of chain starting with second chain from hook, 1 sc in the next st (19 sts).
Round 13
1 sc in the next three sts, (sk 1, 1 sc in the next two sts, dec), 1 sc in the next three sts, (sk 1, 1 sc in the next three sts) sk 1, 1 sc in the next three sts (15 sts).
Round 14
1 sc in the next st, dec, 1 sc in the next st, dec, (1 sc in the next st, dec) x 2, 1 sc in the next st, dec (10 sts).
At this point you want to stuff the body quite firmly.
Use the back of your crochet hook, or a pencil to pack the stuffing in tightly.
Round 15
Dc-dec, 1 dc in the next st, (sc-dec) x 2, 1 dc in the next st, dc-dec (6 sts).
Round 16
Dc-inc, 1 dc in the next st, (sc-inc) x 2, 1 sc in the next st, inc (9 sts).
Round 17
1 sc in the next three sts, inc, 1 sc in the next four sts, inc, 1 sc in the next three sts (11 sts).
Round 18
Dec, 1 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next six sts, 1 sc in the next st, dec (9 sts).
Round 19
1 sc in the next two sts, 1 dc in the next six sts, 1 sc in the next two sts (9 sts).
Round 20
1 sc in the next two sts, 1 dc in the next six sts, 1 sc in the next two sts (9 sts).
Round 21
Dec, 1 sc in the next two sts, dec, 1 sc in the next two sts, dec (6 sts).
Round 22
1 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st, dec, 1 sc in the next two sts, sc (5 sts).
Round 23
1 sc in each st around (5 sts).
Cut the yarn and close the opening as explained in Part 3 of Amigurumi Basics.

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For the eyes
Cut a length of dark grey yarn and thread it onto your needle. Make a double knot on the other end and insert the needle into the head from the underside. Use a crochet hook to push the knot to the inside, if need be.
Embroider two tiny eyes in front of the ears.

For the nose
Cut a length of red/pink yarn and thread it onto your needle. Make a double knot on the other end and insert the needle into the head from the underside. Use a crochet hook to push the knot to the inside, if need be.
Exit the needle through the magic ring and embroider a ‘v’ onto the upper part of the face to make the nose.

For the stripe on the head
Cut a length of light grey yarn and thread it onto your needle. Make a double knot on the other end and insert the needle into the light grey part of the body. Use a crochet hook to push the knot to the inside, if need be. Exit the needle between the ears, making sure its central, make a long stitch down the middle of the face covering two rounds. Repeat, if need be make a small stitch around the top part of the two stitches to keep the ends together. That way it looks like one stitch instead of a long ‘v’.

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And you have finished your Simon.
Please share him on Instagram with #adventmysterycal2015 so that I can see your creation.

I’ll see you tomorrow to reveal what’s behind Door 21.

20. December 2015 by Stephanie Davies
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