Door 18: Poppy the piglet

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I don’t know about you but I squealed when I finished Poppy.
Isn’t she adorable, she looks like she wants to jump around all day.

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Today you will chestnut and tiny bits of beige and dark brown 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
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.

Begin by making a magic ring with chestnut yarn.
Round 1
6 sc into the magic ring, pull ring closed (6 sts).
Round 2
1 sc in the next st, 1 sc in blp only in the next four sts, 1 sc in the next st (6 sts).
Round 3
Inc, 1 sc in the next five sts (6 sts).
Round 4
(Inc, 1 sc in the next st) x 3, 1 sc in the next st (10 sts).
Round 5
1 sc in the next four sts, (ch2, 2 sc in the second bump from the chain), 1 sc in the next two sts, (ch2, 2 sc in the second bump from the chain), 1 sc in the next three sts (10 sts).
Round 6
1 sc in each st around (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 7
Inc x3, 1 sc in the next st, dec x2, 1 sc in the next to sts ( 11 sts).
Round 8
1 sc in each st around (11 sts).
Round 9
1 sc in the next two sts, ch7, slst in the back bump of each chain starting with the second st from hook,  1 sc in the next two sts, slst in the back bump of each chain starting with the second st from hook, 1 sc in the next seven sts ( 11 sts).
Round 10
1 sc in each st around (11 sts).
Round 11
1 sc in each st around (11 sts).
Round 12
1 sc in each st around (11 sts).
Round 13
1 sc in the next two sts, ch7, slst in the back bump of each chain starting with the second st from hook,  1 sc in the next two sts, slst in the back bump of each chain starting with the second st from hook, 1 sc in the next seven sts ( 11 sts).
Round 14
1 sc in the next five sts, dec, 1 sc in the next four sts (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
Dec x 5 (5 sts).
Cut the yarn and close the opening as explained in Part 3 of Amigurumi Basics.

To make the tail insert your hook through the side of any stitch on the closing round, pull up a loop and chain 8.
Pull the yarn end through the last chain to create a knot and cut the yarn close to the knot.

For the eyes and nostrils:
Thread a length of chestnut yarn onto your needle and make a double knot on the other end. Insert under the head (use a crochet hook to push the knot to the inside if necessary) exit in front of the one ear. embroider a tiny eye. Repeat in front of other ear.
Move the needle to the inside of the ridge formed by the stitches you made only into the back loop and embroider two little nostrils.

For the stripes:
Thread a long length of beige yarn onto your needle, make a double knot on the other end and insert on the underside of the body (use a crochet hook to push the knot to the inside if necessary). Exit the needle on any stitch on the side of the body at the head end and make long stitches stretching to the back of the body, creating the stripes across the back and to the other side of the body. Position the stripes as you see fit.

Have fun with little Poppy.
Please share her on Instagram with #adventmysterycal2015 so that I can see your creation.

One a side note: there was a small error with Brad the badger but it’s fixed now.

I’ll see you tomorrow to reveal what’s behind Door 19.

18. December 2015 by Stephanie Davies
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Door 17: Matt and Milly the mushrooms

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Matt and Milly are pretty attached to each other.
Aren’t they adorable?

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Today you will need light grey and dark brown 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:
bl – back loop
ch-2-sp – chain 2 space
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.

For the stems
Begin by making a magic ring with light grey yarn.
Round 1
6 sc into the magic ring, slst round closed, pull ring closed (6 sts).
Round 2
Sc-inc in next st, 1dc-inc in the next two sts, 1 sc inc in the next st, 1 dc-inc in the next two sts (12 sts).
Round 3
1 sc in the next st, ch2, sk 8 sts, 1 sc in the next five sts (6 sts).
Round 4
1 sc in the next st, 2 sc around the ch-2-sp, 1 sc in the next five sts (8 sts).
Round 5
Dec x 4 (4 sts).
Round 6
1 sc in the next four sts (4 sts).
Cut the yarn with a long tail and use your needle to move it to the inside of the stem.
Attach the light grey yarn to the next unused st of Round 2 with a slst.

Round 3
1 sc in the next eight sts, ch2 (8 sts).
Round 4
1 sc in each of the next eight sts, 2 sc around the ch-2-sp (10 sts).
At this point you want to stuff the stem quite firmly.
Use the back of your crochet hook, or a pencil to pack the stuffing in tightly.
Round 5
Dec x 1, 1 sc in the next eight sts (9 sts).
Round 6
Dec x 1, 1 sc in the next seven sts (8 sts).
Round 7
Dec x 1, 1 sc in the next six sts (7 sts).
Round 8
Dec x 1, 1 sc in the next five sts (6 sts).
Round 9
Dec x 1, 1 sc in the next four sts (5 sts).
Cut the yarn with a long tail thread the end onto your needle and move the yarn to the inside. Use the yarn end to  sew up the gap between the two stems.

For the small cap
Make a magic ring with dark brown yarn.
Round 1
Ch3, 11 dc, close the ring, finish the round with an invisible join as follows:
Leave the hook in the loop made by the last stitch. Cut the yarn with enough length. Now pull the loop which is on the hook up by moving the hook away from the work. This will pull the yarn end out of the stitch. Don’t worry the work will not unravel!
Thread the yarn end onto the tapestry needle. Insert the needle through the first stitch of the round, from the front of the stitch to the back. Finally, insert the needle between the two loops of the last stitch made. You should now have something that looks like a proper crochet stitch.
To attach the cap to the shorter
 stem weave the yarn end into the centre of the cap, on the wrong side, then use the whip stitch to sew the cap to the stem. Weave the end in on the bottom of the stem.

For the big cap
Make a magic ring with dark brown yarn.
Round 1
5 sc into the magic ring, slst round closed, close the ring (5 sts).
Round 2
Ch3, dc in the same st as the slst, dc-inc x 4, slst round closed ( 10 sts).
(Ch3, dc-inc) x 5, finish the round with an invisible join as described above.
To attach the cap to the taller stem weave the yarn end into the centre of the cap, on the wrong side, then use the whip stitch to sew the cap to the stem. Weave the end in on the bottom of the stem.

Well done!
Matt and Milly are complete.
Please share them on Instagram with #adventmysterycal2015 so that I can see your creation.

I’ll see you tomorrow to reveal what’s behind Door 18.

17. December 2015 by Stephanie Davies
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Door 16: Bert the bear

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Bert is a very chilled out bear and cute as a button, don’t you think?

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Today you will need dark brown and 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
dc – double crochet
dec – decrease
inc – increase
sc – single crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)

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

The head and body: starting at the head
Begin by making a magic ring with dark brown yarn.
Round 1
5 sc into the magic ring, pull ring closed (5 sts).
Round 2
Inc x5 (10 sts).
Round 3
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 4
(1 sc in the next st, inc) x 5 (15 sts).
Round 5
1 sc in each st around (15 sts).
Round 6
1 sc in each st around (15 sts).
Round 7
1 sc in the next three sts, (ch2, 2 sc in the second chain from hook, using the back bump), 1 sc in the next three sts, (ch2, 2 sc in the second chain from hook, using the back bump), 1 sc in the next nine sts (15 sts).
Round 8
1 sc in each st around (15 sts).
Round 9
(1 sc in the next st, dec) x 5 (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 10
(1 sc in the next st, inc) x 5 (15 sts).
Round 11
(1 sc in the next two sts, inc) x 5 (20 sts).
Round 12
(1 sc in the next three sts, inc) x 5 (25 sts).
Round 13
1 sc in each st around (25 sts).
Round 14
1 sc in each st around (25 sts).
Round 15
1 sc in each st around (25 sts).
Round 16
1 sc in each st around (25 sts).
Round 17
1 sc in each st around (25 sts).
Round 18
(1 sc in the next three sts, dec) x 5 (20 sts).
Round 19
1 sc in each st around (20 sts).
Round 20
(1 sc in the next two sts, dec) x 5 (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 21
(1 sc in the next st, dec) x 5 (10 sts).
Round 22
Dec x 5 (5 sts).
Round 23
1 sc in each st around (5 sts).
Round 24
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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The front legs
Leg one

Begin by making a magic ring with dark brown yarn.
Round 1
6 sc into the magic ring, pull ring closed (6 sts).
Round 2
1 sc in each st around (6 sts).
Round 3
1 sc in each st around (6 sts).
Round 4
1 dc in the next three sts, 1 sc in the next three sts (6 sts).
Round 5
Inc, 1 sc in the next five sts (7 sts).
Round 6
1 sc in the next st, inc, 1 sc in the next five sts (8 sts).
Round 7
1 sc in the next two sts, inc, 1 sc in the next five sts (9 sts).
Round 8
1 dc in the next four sts, 1 sc in the next st (5 sts).
Cut the yarn with enough length to sew the leg to the body.

Leg two
Begin by making a magic ring with dark brown yarn.
Round 1
6 sc into the magic ring, pull ring closed (6 sts).
Round 2
1 sc in each st around (6 sts).
Round 3
1 sc in each st around (6 sts).
Round 4
1 sc in the next three sts, 1 dc in the next three sts (6 sts).
NOTE: this round is different to the first leg!
Round 5
Inc, 1 sc in the next five sts (7 sts).
Round 6
1 sc in the next st, inc, 1 sc in the next five sts (8 sts).
Round 7
1 sc in the next two sts, inc, 1 sc in the next five sts (9 sts).
Round 8
1 dc in the next four sts, 1 sc in the next st (5 sts).
Cut the yarn with enough length to sew the leg to the body.

The back legs
Leg one

Begin by making a magic ring with dark brown yarn.
Round 1
6 sc into the magic ring, pull ring closed (6 sts).
Round 2
1 sc in each st around (6 sts).
Round 3
1 sc in each st around (6 sts).
Round 4
1 dc in the next three sts, 1 sc in the next three sts (6 sts).
Round 5
(Inc, 1 sc in the next st) x 2, 1 sc in next two sts (8 sts).
Round 6
1 sc in next st, inc, 1 sc in the next two sts, inc, 1 sc in next two sts (10 sts).
Round 7
1 sc in the next two sts, inc, 1 sc in the next three sts, inc, 1 sc in next two sts (12 sts).
Round 8
1 dc-inc in the next four sts, 1 sc in the next three sts (11 sts).
Cut the yarn with enough length to sew the leg to the body.

Leg two
Begin by making a magic ring with dark brown yarn.
Round 1
6 sc into the magic ring, pull ring closed (6 sts).
Round 2
1 sc in each st around (6 sts).
Round 3
1 sc in each st around (6 sts).
Round 4
1 sc in the next three sts, 1 dc in the next three sts (6 sts).
NOTE: this round is different to the first leg!
Round 5
(Inc, 1 sc in the next st) x 2, 1 sc in next two sts (8 sts).
Round 6
1 sc in next st, inc, 1 sc in the next two sts, inc, 1 sc in next two sts (10 sts).
Round 7
1 sc in the next two sts, inc, 1 sc in the next three sts, inc, 1 sc in next two sts (12 sts).
Round 8
1 dc-inc in the next four sts, 1 sc in the next three sts (11 sts).
Cut the yarn with enough length to sew the leg to the body.

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To attach the legs to the body begin with the back legs.
Thread a one of the yarn tails onto your needle and attach the yarn to the side of the body so that the dc-inc sts face to the outside. Use whip stitches to sew the leg to the body. Weave the yarn end into the foot and shape the foot by sewing the top and bottom together, being careful to hide the stitches under the ‘v’s of the stitches.
Repeat withe the other back leg, as well as the front legs (dc sts facing out), leaving two rounds of stitches between the bakc and front legs.

For the face
Cut a length of black yarn, double knot one end and thread the other onto your needle. Insert the needle into the underside of the head and pull the knot so it is on the inside (you may need to use your crochet hook to push it in).
Exit the needle through the magic ring and embroider a ‘v’ for the nose. Move the needle further back and embroider an eye in front of each ear and across the stitch.

To embroider the claws cut a length of black yarn, knot one end and thread the other onto your needle.Insert the needle into one of the legs and pull the knot so it is on the inside (you may need to use your crochet hook to push it in). Exit the needle through the magic ring and embroider three claws always reinserting the needle into the magic ring.
Repeat for each foot.

And there you have it! Bert is complete!
Please share him on Instagram with #adventmysterycal2015 so that I can see your creation.

I’ll see you again tomorrow for Door 17.

16. December 2015 by Stephanie Davies
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Door 15: Paul the pine tree

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You can’t have a woodland with just one pine tree, right?
So here’s Paul, he’s Peter’s taller cousin.

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Today you will need dark green and dark brown 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
hdc – half double crochet
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.

Begin by making a magic ring with dark green yarn.
Round 1
5 sc into the magic ring, slst round closed, pull ring closed (5 sts).
Round 2
1 sc in each st around (5 sts).
Round 3
(Ch 3, slst in each back bump starting at second bump from hook, 1 sc in next st) x 5 (5 sts and 5 branches).
Round 4
Hdc-inc, 1 hdc in the next four sts (6 sts).
Round 5
(Ch 5, slst in each back bump starting at second bump from hook, 1 sc in next st) x 6 (6 sts and 6 branches).
Round 6
Hdc-inc, 1 hdc in the next five sts (7 sts).
Round 7
(Ch 7, slst in each back bump starting at second bump from hook, 1 sc in next st) x 7 (7 sts and 7 branches).
Round 8
Hdc-inc, 1 hdc in the next six sts (8 sts).
Round 9
(Ch 8, slst in each back bump starting at second bump from hook, 1 sc in next st) x 8 (8 sts and 8 branches).
Round 10
Hdc-inc, 1 hdc in the next seven sts (9 sts).
Round 11
[1 sc in the next two sts, (4ch, slst in each back bump starting at second bump from hook)] x 3, 1 sc in the next three sts, (4ch, slst in each back bump starting at second bump from hook) (8 sts and 4 branches).
Round 12
1 sc in each st around (9 sts).
At this point you want to stuff the tree quite firmly.
Use the back of your crochet hook, or a pencil to pack the stuffing in tightly.
Change to dark brown.
Round 13
1 sc in each st around (9 sts).
Round 14
1 sc in each st around (9 sts).
Round 15
1 sc in each st around (9 sts).
Round 16
1 sc in each st around (9 sts).
Round 17
Dec x 4 (8 sts).Cut the yarn with a length to weave in the end.
Close the bottom off so that it is flat, not using the amigurumi closing method.

Well done!
Paul is ready to join Peter and everyone else.
Please share him on Instagram with #adventmysterycal2015 so that I can see your creation.

I’ll see you again tomorrow for Door 16.

15. December 2015 by Stephanie Davies
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Door 14: Tina the toadstool

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Toby is getting a big sister today because you can’t just have one toadstool, right?
They are just such happy looking mushrooms. Let’s forget that they are actually poisonous, well, in real life, not these cute ones 😉

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Today you will need red and light grey or white 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
dc – double crochet
dec – decrease
fpdc – front post double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
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.

Begin by making a magic ring with red yarn.
Round 1
Ch 3 (or use a chainless double crochet), 11 dc into ring, close ring and slst closed (into 3rd st of starting chain or into the top of the chainless dc) (12 sts).
Round 2
Dc-inc in each st around (12 sts) finish with an invisible join as follows:
Leave the hook in the loop made by the last stitch. Cut the yarn with enough length. Now pull the loop which is on the hook up by moving the hook away from the work. This will pull the yarn end out of the stitch. Don’t worry the work will not unravel!
Thread the yarn end onto the tapestry needle. Insert the needle through the first stitch of the round, from the front of the stitch to the back. Finally, insert the needle between the two loops of the last stitch made. You should now have something that looks like a proper crochet stitch.


Make a magic ring with light grey/white yarn.

Round 1
Ch 3 (or use a chainless double crochet), 11 dc into ring, close ring and slst closed (into 3rd st of starting chain or into the top of the chainless dc) (12 sts).
Round 2
Ch 2, 1 fpdc around ch3, (1 hdc in next st, 1 fpdc around post of same st) x 11 (24 sts) finish with an invisible join as follows:
Leave the hook in the loop made by the last stitch. Cut the yarn with a very long end. Now pull the loop which is on the hook up by moving the hook away from the work. This will pull the yarn end out of the stitch. Don’t worry the work will not unravel!
Thread the yarn end onto the tapestry needle. Insert the needle through the first stitch of the round, from the front of the stitch to the back. Finally, insert the needle between the two loops of the last stitch made. You should now have something that looks like a proper crochet stitch.
Now weave this piece to the underside of the red piece. Insert the needle through the bump situated under the back loop of the red piece.
Once the underside is connected embroider specks on the top of the toadstool in a haphazard manner.

Make a magic ring with light grey/white yarn.
Round 1
Ch2, 9 hdc, close ring and close with slst into 2nd ch of ch2 (10 sts).
Round 2
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 3
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).
At this point you want to stuff the stem quite firmly.
Use the back of your crochet hook, or a pencil to pack the stuffing in tightly.
Round 4
Dec x 5 (5 sts).
Cut the yarn with a good length and whip stitch the stem to the underside (light grey/white piece) of the cap and weave in the end.

You’ve just created Tina 🙂
Please share her on Instagram with #adventmysterycal2015 so that I can see your creation.

I’ll see you again tomorrow for Door 15.

14. December 2015 by Stephanie Davies
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Door 13: Brad the badger

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Brad is a sweet fellow, who is actually related to Felix. Did you know that?

It’s best to try and work on Brad during the daytime, or with really good lighting because you will be using black yarn, combined with the 2mm hook this might be a little tricky in low light conditions.

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Today you will need light grey and black, as well as a tiny bit of dark grey 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
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.

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 inc x5 (10sts).
Round 3
1 sc in the next four sts, 1 sc in same st to complete inc, inc, 1 sc in next two sts inc, 1 sc in the next three sts (13 sts).
Round 4
1 sc in the next five sts, 1 sc in same st to complete inc, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in same st to complete inc, 1 sc in next st, inc, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in the next three sts (16 sts).
Round 5
1 sc in the next five sts, 1 sc in next st, ch2 2 sc in the back bump of the second ch from hook, 1 sc in next two sts, 1 sc in next two sts, 1 sc in next two sts, ch2 2 sc in the back bump of the second ch from hook, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in the next three sts (16 sts).
You’ve just created the ears with the ch2, 2scs.
Round 6
1 sc in the next three sts, dec, 1 sc in next st, dec, 1 sc in the next two sts, dec, 1 sc in next st, dec, 1 sc in the next two sts (12 sts)
Make sure you pin the ears forward so that they pop up once the round is complete.
Round 7
1 sc in the next three sts, 1 sc in the next six sts, 1 sc in the next three sts (12 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.

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Round 8
1 sc in the next two sts, inc, 1 sc in the next six sts, inc, 1 sc in the next two sts (14 sts).
Round 9
1 sc in the next st, inc, 1 sc in the next two sts, inc, 1 sc in the next four sts, inc, 1 sc in the next two sts, inc, 1 sc in the next st (18 sts).
Round 10
1 sc in the next two sts, ch 5, 1 sc in the four back bumps of the ch starting at second ch from hook, inc, 1 sc in the next two sts, inc, 1 sc in next six sts, inc, 1 sc in the next two sts, inc, ch 5, 1 sc in the four back bumps of the ch starting at second ch from hook, 1 sc in the next two sts (22 sts).
Round 11
1 sc in the next four sts, dec, inc, 1 sc in the next eight sts, inc, dec, 1 sc in the next four sts (22 sts).
Round 12
1 sc in each st around (22 sts).
Round 13
1 sc in each st around (22 sts).
Round 14
1 sc in each st around (22 sts).
Round 15
1 sc in the next two sts, ch 5, 1 sc in the four back bumps of the ch starting at second ch from hook,1 sc in the next eighteen sts, ch 5, 1 sc in the four back bumps of the ch starting at second ch from hook, 1 sc in the next two sts (22 sts).
Round 16
1 sc in the next two sts, dec, 1 sc in the next fourteen sts, dec, 1 sc in the next two sts (20 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 17
Dec x 10 (10 sts).
Round 18
Dec x 5 (5 sts).
If you are finding it difficult to insert your hook through both loops for the remaining rounds you can just insert it through the front loop only.
Round 19
1 sc in the next five sts (5 sts).
Round 20
1 sc in the next five sts (5 sts).
Round 21
1 sc in the next five sts (5 sts).
Round 22
sk 1 st, sc in the next four sts (4 sts).
Round 23
sk 1 st, sc in the next three sts (3 sts).
Round 24
Sk 1 st, sc in the next two sts (2 sts).
Cut the yarn and weave the end in up the tail being careful of not pulling too tightly as that will crinkle the tail.

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To embroider the eyes cut a length of dark grey yarn. Double knot one end and thread onto your needle. Insert the needle on the belly side and use your crochet hook to push the knot into the body. Move the needle to the head and exit in front of one of the ears. Embroider an eye across the stitch before the ear and repeat for the second eye and carefully weave the end in on the belly.

To create the accent on the ears thread a length of light grey yarn onto your needle. Double knot the other end and insert through the bottom of the head, using a crochet hook to push the knot to the inside if need be. Exit the needle on the outside of one of the ears and whip stitch around the loops formed by the stitches to create light grey rim. You will need to whip stitch around each loop a few times to cover all the black. Once done pull the ears into shape.

There you go, Brad the badger is ready to join his friends.
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 14.

13. December 2015 by Stephanie Davies
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Door 12: Felix the ferret

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Can you believe we are half way through the CAL already?
Time flies when you’re having fun, right?

Felix is a friendly and lovable little guy.
I think he’s super cute… that pink nose. I love it 🙂

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Today you will need light grey and dark grey yarn, as well as a tiny bit of black and 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:
ch – chain
dec – decrease
inc – increase
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.

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

Begin by making a magic ring with light grey yarn.
Round 1
5 sc into the magic ring, pull ring closed (5 sts).
Round 2
Inc x 1, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in same st to complete inc, inc x 1, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in same st to complete inc, inc x 1 (10 sts).
Round 3
1 sc in the next four sts, (ch 2, 2 sc into the back bump of the second ch), 1 sc in next two sts, (ch 2, 2 sc into the back bump of the second ch), 1 sc in the next four sts (10 sts).
You’ve just created the ears with the ch2, 2scs.
Round 4
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).
Make sure you pin the ears forward so that they pop up once the round is complete.
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
Dec x 5 (5 sts).

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Change to dark grey yarn until told otherwise.
Round 6
Inc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 7
1 sc in next st, (ch4, 1 sc in back bump of second ch form hook, slst in next to back bumps of ch), 1 sc in the next eight sts, (ch4, 1 sc in back bump of second ch form hook, slst in next to back bumps of ch), 1 sc in next st (10 sts).
You’ve just created the front legs.
Round 8
1 sc in each st around (10 sts). Make sure you pin the legs forward so that they pop up once the round is complete.
Change to light grey yarn until told otherwise.
Round 9
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 10
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 11
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 12
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).
Change to dark grey yarn until told otherwise.
Round 13
(ch4, 1 sc in back bump of second ch form hook, slst in next to back bumps of ch), 1 sc in the next eight sts, (ch4, 1 sc in back bump of second ch form hook, slst in next to back bumps of ch), 1 sc in next two sts (10 sts).
You’ve just created the back legs.
Round 14
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).Make sure you pin the legs forward so that they pop up once the round is complete.
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
Dec x 5 (5 sts).
Round 16
1 sc in each st around (5 sts).
Round 17
1 sc in each st around (5 sts).
If you are finding it difficult to insert your hook through both loops for the remaining rounds you can just insert it through the front loop only.
Round 18
Dec x 1, 1 sc in the next three sts (4 sts).
Round 19
1 sc in next st, dec x 1, 1 sc in the next st (3 sts).
Round 20
1 sc in the next st, sk 1 (2 sts).
Round 21
1 sc in next st (1 st).
Cut the yarn and weave the end in up the tail being careful of not pulling too tightly as that will crinkle the tail.

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To embroider the face cut a length of black yarn for the eyes. Double knot one end and thread onto your needle. Insert the needle on the belly side and use your crochet hook to push the knot into the body. Move the needle to the head and exit in front of one of the ears. Embroider an eye across the stitch before the ear and repeat for the second eye and carefully weave the end in on the belly.

For the nose cut a length of pink yarn, double knot and thread on your needle. Insert as above and exit through the magic ring. Embroider a ‘v’ to create the nose and carefully weave the end in on the belly.

Well done you’ve just completed Felix the ferret .
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 13.

12. December 2015 by Stephanie Davies
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Door 11: Robyn the rabbit

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Robyn is a sweet, quick little rabbit, so she’ll be able to join the rest of the woodland creatures very soon.

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Today you will need beige and chestnut 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
hdc – half double crochet
inc – increase
puff – puff stitch (insert hook, yo, draw up loop) x2 in same stitch, yo, pull through all loops on hook.
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.

For the head and body:
Begin by making a magic ring with beige yarn.
Round 1
5 sc into the magic ring, slst round closed, pull ring closed (5 sts).
Round 2
Inc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 3
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 4
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 5
1 sc in the next two sts, dec x3, 1 sc in the next two sts (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 6
1 sc in the next two sts, inc x 3, 1 sc in the next two sts (10 sts).
Round 7
1 sc in each of the next three sts, inc x 4, 1 sc in each of the next three sts (14 sts).
Round 8
1 sc in each st around (14 sts).
Round 9
1 sc in each st around (14 sts).
Round 10
1 sc in each st around (14 sts).
Round 11
1 sc in each st around (14 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.
Dec x 7 (7 sts).
Cut the yarn and close the opening as explained in Part 3 of Amigurumi Basics.

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For the tail:
Make a magic ring with beige yarn.
3 puff sts into the magic ring, pull ring closed.
Cut the yarn with enough length to attach the tail to the body.
Thread the yarn end onto your needle and thread through the first puff stitch. Now knot both yarn ends together and sew the tail to the closing, weaving in the ends carefully.

For the ears:
Using beige yarn ch 6, 1 hdc in each back bump of the ch starting with the second bump (5 sts).
Make two and leave long ends for attaching the ears to the head.
Sew the ears to the third round of stitches on the head leaving two stitches between the ears.

For the eyes and nose:
Cut a length of chestnut yarn, make a double knot on one end and thread the other end onto your needle.
Insert the needle into the body on the underside. Use your crochet hook to push the knot to the inside of the body if necessary.
Maneuver the needle to the head and embroider an eye across the stitch in front of each ear.
Now move the needle to the magic ring and exit through the ring. Make a ‘v’ shaped nose and carefully weave the yarn in on the underside of the body.

And your Robyn is complete.
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 12.

11. December 2015 by Stephanie Davies
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Door 10: Sally the squirrel

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Sally is a sweet little forager, who’s fairly quick to make.

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Today you will need brick red, or chestnut, as well as a tiny bit of dark brown and 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
hdc – half double crochet
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.

Begin by making a magic ring with brick red/chestnut yarn.
Round 1
5 sc into the magic ring, pull ring closed (5 sts).
Round 2
Inc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 3
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 4
1 sc in each st around (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 5
Dec x 5 (5 sts).
Round 6
Inc in each st around (10 sts).
1 sc in the next three sts, (ch5, slst down the back bumps of the chain starting at second ch from hook), 1 st in the next two sts, (ch5, slst down the back bumps of the chain starting at second ch from hook), 1 sc in the next five sts (10 sts).
Round 7
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 8
1 sc in each st around (10sts).
Round 9
1 sc in the next st, hdc-inc in the next two sts, 1 sc in the next three sts, hdc-inc in the next two sts, 1 sc in the next three sts (14 sts).
Round 10
1 sc in each st around (14 sts).
Round 11
1 sc in the next st, hdc-dec x 2, 1 sc in the next three sts, hdc-dec x 2, 1 sc in the next three sts (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 12
Dec x 5 (5 sts).
Cut the yarn with a long tail and close the head using the closing method I explained in the Amigurumi basics series.

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To make the ears:
Ch 3 using light grey yarn. Make 2.
Cut the yarn with a long tail. Fold the chain over and thread both yarn ends onto a needle.
Attach the ears on either side of the head one row down from the magic ring.

To make the nut:
Cut a length of dark brown yarn and make a large knot in the centre of the yarn. Thread the yarn onto your needle and insert the needle through one of the loops of yarn at the top of the paw. Insert the needle into the lower part of the head and weave the tail end into the body. Do this on the back, since the tail will cover that part.
Repeat with the other yarn end on the other paw.

To make the feet:
Make four of the following in brick red/chestnut yarn.
Ch 4, 1 sc into each chain starting with the second ch from the hook, using the back bumps of the chain (3 sts).
Sew the feet together as follows.
Step 1
Thread one of the tail ends, attached to the last stitch made, onto a tapestry needle.
Step 2
Hold two of the 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 piece not attached to the needle.
Step 4
Insert the needle through the first stitch of the piece attached to the needle.
Repeat Step 3 and 4 until the foot is sewn up.
Repeat with for the second foot.
Cut the yarn leaving a long length to attach the feet to the body in line with the hdc stitches and facing to the front of the body.

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To make the tail:

Make a magic ring with brick red/chestnut yarn.
Round 1
5 sc into the magic ring, pull ring closed (5 sts).
Round 2
1 sc in each st around (5 sts).
Round 3
Inc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 4
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 5
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 6
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 7
Dec x 1, 1 sc in next eight sts (9 sts).
Round 8
Dec x 1, 1 sc in next seven sts (8 sts).
Round 9
Dec x 1, 1 sc in next six sts (7 sts).
Round 10
Dec x 1, 1 sc in next five sts (6 sts).
Round 11
Dec x 1, 1 sc in next four sts (5 sts).
Cut the yarn with enough length to sew the tail to the body.

To attach the yarn to the body:

Thread the yarn end onto the needle and whip stitch the tail to the bottom on the squirrel’s back.
Insert the needle into the body and exit it about halfway up the back.
Insert the needle through the adjacent stitch on the tail and exit through the stitch directly next to it.
Reinsert the needle back into the same stitch on the back and exit again.
Make sure you pull the yarn really tight, so that the tail sits flush against the body.
Once more insert the needle into the tail but this time exit on the other side of the tail, weave the yarn end through the stitch you exited next to and reinsert through the tail and then back into the body.
Again pull the yarn really tight and weave the end into the body.
You may need to tug on the tail  a bit to create the ‘S’ shape.

Well done, you’ve just created your very own Sally the squirrel.

Please share her on Instagram with #adventmysterycal2015 so that I can see your creation.

I’ll see you again tomorrow for Door 11.

10. December 2015 by Stephanie Davies
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Door 9: Stephan the stag

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

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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.

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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.

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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
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