Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Chocobo Pattern

Chocobo Pattern by Phantasmfreud (OCDrobot), character by Square Enix

Materials needed: 1) worsted weight yarn in 2-3 colors

A. orange for the beak

B. Brown for the legs (or orange can be used for this as well)

C. Main color (whatever you want, official varieties of chocobo include yellow, black, blue, brown, green, red, white, and gold.)

2) An f/5 crochet hook (3.75 mm) and a yarn needle

3) Black and white felt, nothing fancy, the 25 cent kind is what I used.

4) The reference photo to help with making the eyes. (http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/1/13/FFIX-Chocobo.jpg)

5) Fiberfill

Note: Entire pattern is worked in the round, no joining. Try to stuff parts as go along before the openings become too tight to fit the filling through. Don’t over stuff, just enough to fill the shapes is fine.

Body: Row1- Make a magic ring (or normal one, what have you) with 6 sc. (6) Use main color.

Row2- Sc then Inc around. (9)

Row3-Sc then Inc around. (13)

Row4-Sc then Inc around. (19)

Row5-6- work even. (19)

Row7- Sc then Inc around. (28)

Row8-Work even. (28)

Row9- Sc then Dec around. (19)

Row10-11- work even. (19) (Start stuffing soon if you haven’t been already.)

Row12- Sc then Dec around. (13)

Row13-Sc then Dec around. (9)

Row14-Dec around. (5) Now, Dec one more time to bring the stitch count down to (4) around and finish it by sewing the small opening shut with the yarn. You should have an egg shape. Hold it horizontally for correct position.

Neck: Ch6, join last ch to first ch to form a loop. Sc around. (5) Use main color.

Row2- Sc then Inc around. (7)

Row3-6- Work even. (7)

Now, make 4 sc, turn, ch1,and make 4 sc across. Cast off (or whatever you call it when you cut the yarn.) but leave a tail for sewing to the body. I sewed the smaller end shut with the yarn, lightly (as in hardly any so the neck will be a little flexible) stuffed the neck, and sewed the larger hole side of the neck to the front of the body with the 4sc lip falling over the tip of the egg shape.

Head: 6 sc in magic ring. (6) Use main color.

Row2- Inc around. (12)

Row3- Sc then Inc around. (18)

Row4- Sc then Inc around. (27)

Row5-Sc then Dec around. (18)

Row6-work even. (18)

Row7-Sc then Dec around. (12) Start stuffing soon.

Row8-Sc then Dec around (8)

Row9-Dec around. (4) Cast off and sew any opening shut with yarn tail.

Beak: 4 Sc in ring. (4) Use orange yarn.

Row2-Sc around. (4)

Row3-Inc around. (8)

Row4-Sc then Inc until you have 12 Sc around. (12)

Row5- 4 Sc then Sc followed by an Inc 4x’s. (16)

Row6- 4 Sc then Sc followed by a Dec until you have 12 Sc around. (12) Cast off. Stuff and use tail of yarn to hold the stuffing down by threading it across the opening. (DO NOT CLOSE, just use the tail like a seat belt, got the idea?) Note: The tip of the beak should be pointing down, if it is not, simply pull the tip down manually, it will stay in place itself. To be sure it does, don’t overstuff. The point should be downwards when attached to head.

Attach Beak to Head by sewing with orange yarn. (You can use the round on the head as an indicator of where the beak should go. One of the rows on the head was 12 sc and should line up perfectly with the opening of the beak.)

Attach the head to the neck with the main color yarn. I placed the head slightly off center towards the front of the tip of the neck instead of directly on top of it to create a sort of curved flamingo neck look.

Feet: 6 Sc in ring. (6) Use brown yarn.

Row2- Inc, 2 sc, Inc, 2 sc. (8)

Row3-work even. (8)

Row4-Sc then Dec around. (6) Maybe put a tiny bit of fiberfill in if needed.

Row5-Sc then Dec around. (4)

Row6-Work even. (4) Cast off. Sew any opening shut with yarn tail. Make 2.

Legs: 6 sc in ring. (6) Use brown yarn.

Row2-work even. (6)

Row3- 2 sc, Dec, 2 sc. (5)

Rows 4-5 - work even. (5) Cast off. Make 2. Lightly stuff legs at bottom, most of leg needs no filling.

Attach feet to legs by sewing the closed end of the leg to the middle of the foot. The open end of the leg can be closed shut and attached to the body at the same time. (brown yarn for both leg and foot sewing) Legs go on the bottom of the body towards the center. On mine I sewed them slanting slightly forward to create a reverse knee look. (like birds)

Now the crazy part. All the plumage and the wings. All of these pieces require the main color yarn.

Wings: These have three layers per wing. That makes 6 pieces total for both wings sized small to large.

Largest Wing piece: This is the base of the wing and is placed under the other two. As you make it, it will begin to curl like a flower petal, this is not a mistake in tension as its curve will make it conform to the shape of the body.

Row1- ch 4, 2 dc in chain. (2) turn, ch2.

Row2- 2 dc in first dc of row. Skip 1 dc, and make 2 dc in chain. (4) turn, ch2.

Row3- 3 dc in 1st dc of row, skip next dc, 2 dc in same dc space, skip dc, 1 dc, slip stitch to chain. (6) turn, ch2.

Row4- 2 dc, skip dc, 1 dc, skip dc, 1 dc, skip dc, 5 dc in last dc space. (9) Cast off. Make 2. The bases of the two wings are now complete. If you do not wish to layer the wings, you can stop here and sew one each to each side of the body.

Middle wing piece: this goes on top of the largest wing piece. Sew the two together when you complete it.

Row1- ch3, 2 sc in chain. (2)

Row2- work even. (2)

Row3- Inc, ch1, 3 dc. (5). Cast off. Make 2.

Smallest wing piece:

Row1- Ch4, 3 sc in chain. (3)

Row2- Dec, sc. (2)

Row3- work even. (2)

Row4- Dec. (1)

Row5- Work even. (1) Cast off.

This goes on the top of the other two pieces. Sew them all together at their bottoms to get a good volume effect. Once all three are together, attach the whole piece to the side of the body with the curve of the large wings facing inwards towards the body. Do this for the other side with the other wing as well.

Face Feather: This tiny feather goes along the line where the beak meets the head. It goes on top of the beak between the eyes. Sew it there with a little main color yarn.

Row1- ch3, 2 sc. (2)

Row2- dec. (1)

Row3- 1 sc. (1)Cast off, sew to head.

Next is the tail. There is one long feather, two medium, and two small feathers. They are sewn together in a fan shape, largest feather in the middle, with the other feathers branching out largest to smallest. The entire piece is then sewn to the back of the body.

Large back feather:

Row1- ch 4, 3 sc in chain. (3)

Rows2-7 – Work even. (3)

Row8- Dec, sc. (2)

Row9- work even. (2)

Row 10- Dec. (1)

Row11- work even (1). Cast off.

Medium back feather:

Row1- ch 4, 3 sc in chain. (3)

Rows2-6 – Work even. (3)

Row7- Dec, sc. (2)

Row8- work even. (2)

Row 9- Dec. (1)

Row10- work even (1). Cast off. Make 2.

Small back feather:

Row1- Ch4, 3 sc in chain. (3)

Row2- Dec, sc. (2)

Row3- work even. (2)

Row4- Dec. (1)

Row5- Work even. (1) Cast off. Make 2. Sew them as described above.

FINALLY, the head and chest feathers are the last pieces to crochet. The head pieces attach to the top-back of the head in a crown shape around from one side of the head to the other, the tips of the feathers pointing towards the back of the head. They are all the same size so there is no special order. Sew them down with the main color yarn. The single chest feather uses the same pattern as the crown feathers; it is placed along the seam between the bottom of the neck and the body. (If you want a bit more volume on the chest, crochet two face size feathers like the one that went above the nose. Place them along the sides of the chest feather in a fan shape. For example, you could use chest feathers to distinguish between male and female chocobo’s. Just a thought!)

Head and chest feathers:

For Head feathers, make 5.

Row1- ch 3, 2 sc in chain. (2)

Row2- work even. (2)

Row3- Dec. (1)

Row4- Work even. (1) Cast off. Attach to head as described above.

For chest feather, make 1 with same pattern as the head feathers. Attach as described above.

For the talons and the eyes, I just winged it using cheap felt. I cut out tiny little ovals and even smaller white dots and glued them to the head as shown. (You can do the white dot part with paint if you like.) As for the talons, they are made of two white triangles per talon, glued to the foot with one on bottom and one on top then pinched together. Two talons go in the front of the foot, one goes in the back.


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