Door 9: Stephan the stag

AdventMysteryCal
Say hello to Dotty’s friend Stephan the stag.
Quite a handsome fellow, don’t you think?

08AdventAmigurumi_StephenTheStag

Today you will need beige, chestnut (red-brown) and a little bit of dark-brown as well as black yarn.
Stephan is going to take a little bit more time like Dotty but he’s not much different from Dotty, so he should be a little easier to make.
Remember to just take it slow and rest your hands if they get sore.

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
dc – double crochet
dec – decrease
hdc – half double crochet
inc – increase
picot – picot (ch3, slst to 3rd ch from hook)
sc – single crochet
slst – slip stitch
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.
Crochet all body parts before assembling.

The head

Round 1
Using colour chestnut make a magic ring and crochet 5 sc into the ring. Pull the ring closed (5 sts).
Round 2
1 sc in each of the next two sts, inc, 1 sc in  each of the next two sts (6 sts).
Round 3
1 sc in each of the next two sts, inc x 2, 1 sc in each of the next two sts (8 sts).
Round 4
1 sc in each stitch around (8 sts)
Round 5
1sc in each stitch around (8 sts)
Round 6
1sc in each stitch around (8 sts)
Round 7
1 sc in each of the next two sts, 1 hdc in the next st, hdc-inc x 2, 1 hdc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next two sts (10 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 8
Dec x5 (5 sts)
Cut the yarn with a long tail and close the head using the closing method I explained in the Amigurumi basics series.

The ears

Make a magic ring with colour chestnut.
Ch 2, 1 dc, picot, ch2, slst to magic ring. Yo the tail end and pull it through the loop on your hook, now pull the magic ring closed. Cut the yarn leaving a long tail to attach the ear to the head.

To make the ears symmetrical make the second ear as follows:
Make a magic ring with colour chestnut.
Ch 2, picot, 1 dc, ch2, slst to magic ring. Yo the tail end and pull it through the loop on your hook, now pull the magic ring closed. Cut the yarn leaving a long tail to attach the ear to the head.

The antlers
Using dark brown yarn:
Ch7, slst into back bumps x 2, ch4, slst into the back bumps x 7 for the first antler.
Ch7, slst into the back bumps x 3, ch3, slst into the back bumps x6 for the second antler.
Make sure both your ends are long enough to attach the antlers to the head.

08AdventAmigurumi_StephenTheStag1

The body

Use of the second colour (chestnut) is signified in bold.

Make a magic ring with beige.
Round 1
Crochet 5 sc into the magic ring and pull it closed (5 sts).
Round 2
Inc, sc in next st, sc in same st to complete inc, inc x 2, sc, sc in same st to complete inc (10 sts).
Round 3
Sc in next st, inc, sc in next st (inc, sc in next st) x 3, inc (15 sts).
Round 4
1 sc in each of the next four sts, 1 sc in each of the next nine sts, 1 sc in each of the next two sts (15 sts).
Round 5
1 sc in each of the next four sts, 1 sc in each of the next nine sts, 1 sc in each of the next two sts (15 sts).
Round 6
1 sc in each of the next four sts, 1 sc in each of the next nine sts, 1 sc in each of the next two sts (15 sts).
Round 7
1 sc in each of the next four sts, 1 sc in each of the next nine sts, 1 sc in each of the next two sts (15 sts).
Round 8
1 sc in each of the next four sts, 1 sc in each of the next nine sts, 1 sc in each of the next two sts (15 sts).
Round 9
1 sc in next st, dec, 1 sc in next st, dec, 1 sc in each of the next four sts, dec, 1 sc in next st, dec (11 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 10
1 hdc in each of the next two sts, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next seven sts, 1 sc in next st (11 sts).
Round 11
1 hdc in each of the next three sts,  dec, 1 sc in each of the next three sts, dec, 1 hdc in next st (9 sts).
Round 11
1 hdc in each of the next three sts, 1 sc in each of the next five sts (8 sts).
Cut both yarns with long tails. Weave the beige yarn into the body and leave the chestnut for sewing on the head. Add more stuffing to the body up to the opening.

The tail
Make one of the following in beige and chestnut.
Ch 6, 1 sc into each chain starting with the second ch from the hook (5 sts)
TIP:
Work the scs into the back bump of the chain, instead of the front loops, this will give a better finish, with front and back loops running along the entire outer edge of the fabric.

Cut the yarn leaving a long length (especially on the chestnut piece) to attach the tail to the body and for sewing the two parts of the tail together.

08AdventAmigurumi_StephenTheStag0
Front legs x 2

Make a magic ring using dark brown yarn.
Round 1
Crochet 5 sc into the ring (5 sts).
TIP:
It is easier to change colours if you close the magic ring before completing the colour change.
Change to colour chestnut.
Round 2-10
1 sc in each st around (5sts).

Back legs x 2

Begin as with front legs and continue up to round 7 (6 rounds of chestnut).
Round 8
1 sc in each of the next to sts, inc, 1 sc in each of the next two sts (6 sts).
Round 9
1 sc in each of the next two sts, inc x2, 1 sc in each of the next two sts (8 sts).
Round 10
(1 sc in each of the next two sts, inc) x 2, 1 sc in each of the next two sts (10 sts).

The legs are not stuffed.

To assemble Stephan:

Start by sewing the two pieces of the tail together.
Step 1
Thread the chestnut tail end, attached to the last stitch made, onto a tapestry needle.
Step 2
Hold the two pieces with right sides facing out (the right side is the one where the stitches look like ‘v’s).
Step 3
Using whip stitch insert the needle into the first available stitch of the beige piece.
Step 4
Insert the needle through the first stitch of the chestnut piece.
Repeat Step 3 and 4 until the tail is sewn up.

Now sew the tail to the body on the side with the magic ring.
Make sure that the chestnut colour is at the top and position the tail centrally. Use the whip stitch with matching yarn so that the join looks neat.
I sewed the beige part down the side a little to make the tail lie against the body a bit.

Now attach the legs.
Start with the back legs.
Thread the yarn end onto the tapestry needle and use whip stitch to sew the leg to the body right next to the tail. There should not be a gap between the tail and the leg.
The back legs should sit along the first four rounds of the body (from the magic ring end).
You may notice that the legs stick out to the sides quite a bit, correct this by sewing the top inside part of the leg to the belly, about one stitch in from the colour change.

To attach the front legs move forward by two rounds and sew them onto the next 7th round, this should also be the first round you made hdcs on, so it should be fairly easy to spot.
Remember to use whip stitch and add a little extra stitch on the belly to keep the legs from spreading out.

To attach the head find the four hdcs you made and make sure they are situated on top.
Now line the head up with the body and whip stitch the two together along the second and third last rounds of the head.

Attach the ears along the back of the head next to the hdc stitches. Use both of the yarn ends, one on either side of the stitch in order to position the ears properly. weave the tail ends into the body making sure they are secure.

The antlers are attached in the same manner as the ears but in the space between the ears.

Lastly, take a length of black yarn. Make a double knot on the one end and thread the other end onto a needle. Insert into the head from underneath. You may need to use a crochet hook to push the knot to the inside. Exit the head in front of one of the eyes and embroider an eye over the crochet stitch (the ‘v’ part). I did two stitches around the same stitch.
Repeat for the second eye. Do not exit the needle but instead move it to the magic ring and exit through the ring. Embroider a V-shaped nose and carefully weave in the black tail end.

You have just completed your very own Dotty.
Please share her on Instagram with #adventmysterycal2015 so that I can see your creation.

I’ll see you tomorrow to reveal what’s behind door 10.

09. December 2015 by Stephanie Davies
Categories: Tutorials | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *