Door 6: Robert the raccoon

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First, let me say thank you to all of you who have joined in with this cal!
I love seeing your little woodland creatures. Well done 🙂

Robert the raccoon was hiding behind door 6 and he’s a real cutie, isn’t he?

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Today you will need light grey and dark brown yarn, as well as a remnant 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
sk – skip
sp – spike stitch (make a single crochet into the base of the stitch one round lower down)
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 magic ring, slst round closed, pull ring closed (5 sts).
Round 2
1 sc in next st, 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in next four sts (10 sts).
Round 3
(1sc, inc) x 6 (15 sts).
Round 4
1 sc in next three sts, 1 sc in next six sts, 1 sc in next six sts (15 sts).
Round 5
Dec x 2, 1 sc in the next st, 1 sp in each of the next two sts, 1 sc in next st, dec x 2, 1 sc in the next st, dec (10 sts)
Round 6
(Sc, inc) x 5 (15 sts)
Round 7
Ch 4, slst in each back bump of chain starting with second chain from hook, 1 sc in each of the next 13 sts, ch 4, slst in each back bump of chain starting with second chain from hook, 1 sc in each of the next two sts (15 sts).
Round 8
1 sc in each st round (15 sts).
Round 9
1 sc in each st round (15 sts).
Round 10
1 sc in each st round (15 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 11
Ch 4, slst in each back bump of chain starting with second chain from hook, 1 sc in each of the next 13 sts, ch 4, slst in each back bump of chain starting with second chain from hook, 1 sc in each of the next two sts (15 sts).
Round 12
(1 sc, dec) x 5 (10 sts).
Round 13
Dec x 5 (5 sts).
Round 14
1 sc in each of the next four sts, inc (6 sts).
Round 15
1 sc in each of the next five sts, inc 
(7 sts).
Round 16
1 sc in each of the next six sts, inc (8 sts).
Round 17
1 sc in each of the next eight sts (8 sts).
Round 18
1 sc in each of the next eight sts (8 sts).
Round 19
Dec x 4 (4 sts).
Cut the yarn with a very long tail and close the opening using the closing method I explained in the Amigurumi basics series.

To make the ears insert your hook into the base of the stitch behind the second round of contrast colour and exit through the next hole. Yo the dark brown yarn and pull the hook back out through the base of the stitch. Secure the yarn with a slip stitch. Now make 2 scs around the loop formed by the slip stitch.
Repeat the above behind the contrast colour on the other side.

Thread a length of black yarn onto your tapestry needle. Make a double knot at the other end and insert the needle into the body on the underside. Use a crochet hook to to push the knot to the inside if need be.
Manoeuvre the needle to the face area and exit through the base of the light grey stitch. Embroider an eye across the base of the stitch and repeat for the second eye.
Now exit the needle through the magic ring and embroider a triangular shape to for the nose.

Your Robert the raccoon is complete.
Please share him on Instagram with #adventmysterycal2015 so that I can see your creation.

I’ll see you again tomorrow for Door 7.

 

06. December 2015 by Stephanie Davies
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