Door 22: Olly the otter

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Do you love otters too? I think they are adorable. This morning I saw a video of two otters holding on to each other while sleeping. So very cute!

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Today you will need dark brown and light grey yarn, as well as a tiny bit of black 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:
ch – chain
dec – decrease
inc – increase
sc – single crochet
slst – slip stitch
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.
Begin by making a magic ring with dark brown yarn.
Round 1
5 sc into the ring, close the ring (5 sts).
Round 2
1 sc in the next st, inc, 1 sc in the next st, inc, 1 sc in the next st (7 sts).
Round 3
1 sc in the next two sts, inc, inc, 1 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the same st to complete the inc, inc, 1 sc in the next st (11 sts).
Round 4
1 sc in the next three sts, 1 sc in the next st, ch2, slst in the second back bump of chain from hook, 1 sc in the next four sts, ch2, slst in the second back bump of chain from hook, 1 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next two sts (11 sts).
You’ve just created the ears. Make sure you pin them forward in the nest round so that they stand up on the outside.
Round 5
1 sc in the next st, dec, 1 sc in the next six sts, dec (9 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 6
Inc, 1 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next six sts, inc ( 11 sts).
Round 7
1 sc in the next two sts, inc, 1 sc in the next seven sts, 1 sc in the next st (12 sts).
Round 8
1 sc in the next four sts, 1 sc in the next eight sts (12 sts).
Round 9
1 sc in the next st, ch5, slst in each back bump of the chain starting from second chain, 1 sc in the next two sts, ch5, slst in each back bump of the chain starting from second chain, 1 sc in the next nine sts (12 sts).
Round 10
1 sc in each st around (12 sts).
Round 11
1 sc in each st around (12 sts).
Round 12
1 sc in each st around (12 sts).
Round 13
1 sc in each st around (12 sts).
Round 14
1 sc in each st around (12 sts).
Round 15
1 sc in each st around (12 sts).
Round 16
1 sc in each st around (12 sts).
Round 17
1 sc in the next three sts, ch5, slst in each back bump of the chain starting from second chain, 1 sc in the next two sts, ch5, slst in each back bump of the chain starting from second chain, 1 sc in the next seven sts (12 sts).

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Round 18
1 sc in the next eight sts, dec x2 (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 19
1 sc in the next three sts, dec, 1 sc in the next three sts, dec (8 sts).
Round 20
Dec, 1 sc in the next six sts (7 sts).
Round 21
Dec, 1 sc in the next five sts (6 sts).
Round 22
1 sc in each st around (6 sts).
Round 23
Dec, 1 sc in the next four sts (5 sts).
Round 24
Dec, 1 sc in the next three sts (4 sts).
Round 25
Dec x 2 (2 sts).
Cut yarn with enough length to weave in the end. Neaten up the closure and sew the end in.

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Thread a length of black yarn onto your needle and knot the other end. Insert the needle into the body and pull the yarn to the inside. Use a crochet hook to push the knot to the inside.
Manoeuvre the needle to the head and exit in front of an ear at the point where the two colours meet. Embroider a small eye in this spot and repeat on the other side. Carefully weave the end in on the underside of the body.

Tread a length of dark brown yarn onto your needle and knot the other end. Insert the needle into the body and pull the yarn to the inside. Use a crochet hook to push the knot to the inside.
Exit the needle through one of the stitches on either side of the magic ring in line with the eyes. Embroider a nose across the magic ring covering the stitches entirely. It should take three stitches.
Exit the needle through the magic ring and embroider a mouth in an inverted ‘v’ shape under the nose. Weave the end into the body.

And you’ve just created your very own Olly the otter! Well done!
Please share him on Instagram with #adventmysterycal2015 so that I can see your creation.

I’ll see you again tomorrow for Door 23.

22. December 2015 by Stephanie Davies
Categories: Tutorials | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 3 comments

Comments (3)

  1. Why are the ears brown in the picture and you are creating ears in your pattern with grey. What does inc mean: to complete the inc? I am increasing in the same stitch each time it says inc. My head does NOT look like yours and i did it twice. Any help?

    • I’ve corrected the colour error for the ears.
      ‘To complete the inc’ means, you begin the increase with one colour and change to the other colour to complete it.

      I don’t know why your head is different to mine, might be tension or the fact that you are right handed. Without a photo I can’t give any more details.

  2. Thikinng like that is really amazing

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