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GUITAR

Your doll may be a rocker or a singer/songwriter. Shes in a band. He plays country music on the weekends. A tiny crocheted guitar will add the perfect touch. An included guitar strap enables your doll to carry around her instrument everywhere. The body of the guitar is made up of four crocheted circles, sewn together to make two gure-eight shapes, and stacked together with trim and stuffed. A separate neck is crocheted and sewn in. The guitar uses simple construction techniques, with the option of using plastic canvas for stability. Metallic silver thread makes perfect guitar strings.

Materials and Tools


WORSTED wEIGHT YARN IN COLORS OF YOUR CHOICE FOR BODY OF GUITAR (A), HOLE (B), NECK/TRIM (C), AND STRAP (D) 4 CROCHET HOOK: 3.5MM (SIZE E-4 U.S.) CROCHET HOOK STITCH MARKER YARN NEEDLE PLASTIC CANVAS POLYESTER FIBERFILL STUFFING SILVER EMBROIDERY FLOSS EMBROIDERY NEEDLE

Stitches and Techniques Used


ADJUSTABLE RING CHAIN (CH) SINGLE CROCHET (SC)

GUITAR BODY SMALLER CIRcLE (MAKE 2): Rnd 1: With A, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, work 6 sc into the ring. Pull closed6 sts. Rnd 2: Work 2 sc into each st around12 sts. Rnd 3: *2 sc into next st, sc into next st; rep from * to end of rnd 18 sts. Rnd 4: *2 sc into next st, sc into next 2 sts; rep from * to end of rnd24 sts. Rnd 5: *2 sc into next st, sc into next 3 sts; rep from * to end of rnd30 sts. Fasten off and cut tail short to be tucked inside guitar.

INSTRUCTiONS

GUITAR BODY LARgER CIRcLE (MAKE 2): Rnd 1: With A, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, work 6 sc into the ring. Pull closed6 sts. Rnd 2: Work 2 sc into each st around12 sts. Rnd 3: *2 sc into next st, sc into next st; rep from * to end of rnd 18 sts. Rnd 4: *2 sc into next st, sc into next 2 sts; rep from * to end of rnd24 sts. Rnd 5: *2 sc into next st, sc into next 3 sts; rep from * to end of rnd30 sts. Rnd 6: *2 sc into next st, sc into next 4 sts; rep from * to end of rnd36 sts. Fasten off and leave tail long for sewing. Sew one larger circle to a smaller circle at the edge, stitching 10 stitches together. Weave in ends. One guitar body piece made. Repeat for second set of circles. Set aside for now. HOLE: Rnd 1: With B, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, work 6 sc into the ring. Pull closed6 sts. Rnd 2: Work 2 sc into each st 12 sts. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Use yarn tail to sew hole to one guitar body piece, positioned between the two circles that make up the guitar body piece. NEcK:
Row 1: With C, ch 16, sc into 2nd

ch from hook and each remaining ch across15 sts.

Rows 26: Ch 1, turn, sc into each

st across. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Fold this piece in half lengthwise, and use to measure the plastic canvas. Cut a piece of plastic canvas to t inside the piece you just crocheted (when folded), and 1/2.5cm longer (to t inside the guitar body). Wrap neck piece around strip of plastic canvas and stitch around the edge to close. Set aside. EDgE:
Row 1: With C, ch 59, sc into 2nd

STRIngs: Use silver embroidery thread and an embroidery needle to make 6 long stitches from below the hole in the guitar to the base of the neck, then back up to the top of the neck. Use silver embroidery thread to make 6 French knots on either side of the neck. Make a long stitch below the hole over the ends of the strings rst with black yarn and then another stitch with brown yarn. STRAP: For a striped strap, make the foundation chain and each row of sts different colors. Row 1: With D, ch 39, sc into 2nd ch from hook and next 37 ch38 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc into each

st across. Fasten off and leave a long tail. Use yarn tail to sew strap to back of guitar. Make sure you position the strap with enough room to t over your dolls head. ChILDs STRAP: Row 1: With D, ch 33, sc into 2nd ch from hook and next 31 ch32 sts. Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc into each st across. Fasten off and leave a long tail. Use yarn tail to sew strap to back of guitar. Make sure you position the strap with enough room to t over your dolls head.

ch from hook and each additional ch across58 sts. Rows 2 and 3: Ch 1, turn, sc into each st across. Fasten off and leave a very long tail for sewing. Align the long edge along the edge of back (without the hole) guitar body piece. Sew all the way around, ending where you began. Sew short ends of the edge piece together. For added stability, I recommend using plastic canvas inside the guitar body. Using front guitar body piece as a template, cut two pieces of plastic canvas to t inside. Insert one piece in the back guitar body piece with the attached edge you just completed. Sew the edge to the front guitar body piece. Insert the other plastic canvas piece as you go and stuff between the layers of plastic canvas. At the top of the guitar, insert the neck. As you sew the edge to the front guitar body piece, sew through the plastic canvas inside the neck to secure it. Continue around, stufng as you go. Fasten off and weave in ends.

ADJustaBLE RING MEtHOD


A B C D

Making an adjustable ring only requires a few extra steps and will give yourin-the-round projects a smooth start. There are alternative ways to start crocheting in the round, but other methods leave tiny holes. The chain stitch you just learned will be used only once, in the very beginning, but is a key element. Begin by making a small ring or loop with the yarn, crossing the end of the yarn over the front of the working yarn, leaving a 6"/15cm tail. This ring will be closed in the last step. (A)

where both strands of 2 Hold yarn overlap along the ring, keeping the working yarn behind the ring. Moving from front to back, insert your crochet hook into the ring (B) and pull up a loop from the working yarn. (C) Make one chain stitch (ch) by yarning over from back to front and pulling through the loop on your hook. There will be one loop on your hook. (D, E)

there are two loops 4 Now on your crochet hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops, completing a single crochet stitch (sc). (H, I) Continue crocheting around both the tail and the ring, repeating steps 3 and 4, until you have the desired number of single crochet stitches. (J) When you do, gently pull on the yarn tail to close up the ring. The ring of stitches you have just created will be the base for all of the rest of your stitches and counts as the rst round.

Insert your crochet hook back into the ring. (F) Pull a loop of working yarn through the center of the ring. (G)

CHaIN StItcH (ch)


A B C

The chain stitch is used as a foundation stitch, especially when crocheting something at in rows. It is also used at the end of rows for turning. make a chain stitch, 1 To 1 begin with a slip knot on your hook. This knot does not count as a stitch, but is simply holding the yarn on your hook for you to do the rst stitch. (A, B, C) Holding your hook in one hand and the yarn coming from the ball in the other hand,

bring the yarn over the hook (yarn over). It will look like there are two loops of yarn lying over the top of your hook. (D) the yarn that you 3 Catch just wrapped and pull it through the rst loop on your hook. One loop will remain on your hook and youve just completed one chain stitch! (E) Repeat steps 2 and 3 for as many chains as the pattern calls for. (F) Each stitch will be a v shape. Keep that in mind as you start counting your stitches. The slip

2 2

knot we started with will not look like a v and will not be counted as a stitch. The chain will have a v on the front and a little bump on the back. When you start crocheting into a chain, your goal will be to insert your hook between the v on top and the bump on the back. This is challenging, even for experienced crocheters, and many people (ahem!) cheat a little and insert the hook into the middle of the v for that rst row of stitches, or even into the back bar or bump of the chain. It leaves a nice lower edge. Try it several ways and see what is most comfortable for you.

SINGLE CrOcHEt (sc)


G H I J

Lets go over the stitch youll need for all of the patterns in this book. Its pretty much the easiest stitch in crochet, and the good news is that if you can learn this stitch, youll have no trouble mastering any other crochet stitch, because all of the others are basically variations on this one. Almost all amigurumi is done in single crochet. It produces a tight, stiff fabric that is excellent for stuffed animals and toys. The instructions

below address crocheting into stitches. Of course, when you start, you will crochet into a chain (for rows in at projects) or a ring (for rounds). Try out a few rows of single crochet just to get a feel for it. Youll be an expert in no time. Insert your hook into the front of the fabric (or chain), under both loops of the stitch (or chain), (G) and pull a loop through to the front. Two loops are on your hook. (H)

Wrap the working yarn around your hook. There are three loops on your hook. (I) Pull the last loop through the rst two loops. Only one loop remains on the hook. This is one single crochet stitch. (J)

DEcrEasING
G H Invisible Decrease (Invdec)
Another method of decreasing is the invisible decrease. This creates a less noticeable stitch and is a favorite of amigurumi lovers. Moving your hook from the front to the back of each stitch, insert your hook into the front loop only of the next two stitches (G) and pull a loop up through both (H). Two loops are on your hook. Yarn over (I) and pull through both loops. One loop remains on your hook and you have made one invdec. (J)

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