Thursday, May 1, 2014

FREE Pattern! Pull and Grow Amigurumi Plant





This sweet little potted plant is a fun and easy interactive toy to crochet! Pulling on the leaves makes him grow from a little seedling to a tall proud plant. With a new beginning each time he grows, he'll inspire smiles and giggles from children and adults alike!

Materials List:
Lion Brand Yarn "Vanna's Choice" – Honey (A, 1 skein), Fern (C, 1 skein), and Kelly Green (D, 1 skein)
Loops & Threads "Charisma" – Espresso (B, 1 skein)
Crochet Hook, Size 3.5mm (US E/4) 
Tapestry Needle
Polyester fiber-fill
Wooden 1/8" dowel, cut to approximately 6" long 
Black DMC Embroidery Floss (1 skein)
2 Black 1/2" buttons with shank
Embroidery Needle 
Pink polyester felt
Craft glue






Notes:
The pieces are all crocheted in the round in unjoined spirals (except Leaves). Use a locking stitch marker if necessary to mark the beginning of each round. When you complete a round, move the marker to the loop on your hook and continue crocheting. 

Pot
With yarn A and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 2 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 4: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 3 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (30 sts)
Rnd 5: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 4 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (36 sts)
Rnd 6: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (42 sts)
Rnd 7: Working in Back Loops Only (BLO) of each st, sc into each st (42 sts)
Rnds 8-9: Working into both loops, sc into each st (42 sts)
Rnd 10: 2 Sc into next st, sc into each st around (43 sts)
Rnds 11-12: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 13: 2 Sc into next st, sc into each st around (44 sts)
Rnds 14-15: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 16: Working in Front Loops Only (FLO) of each st, sc into next 21 st, 2 sc into next st, sc into next 22 sts (45 sts)
Rnds 17-18: Working into both loops, sc into each st (45 sts)
Rnd 19: Ch 1, turn, sc into BLO of each st around (45 sts)
Rnds 20-21: Working into both loops, sc into each st around (45 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Fold down top edge of Pot along Rnd 19. Use tail to stitch down edge all the way around. Weave in ends.




Dirt
With yarn B and E hook, ch 8, join to first ch with a sl st to make a ring.
Rnd 1: Sc 12 into ring (12 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 2 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 4: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 3 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (30 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Set Dirt aside.



Stem
With yarn C and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, and sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnds 1-14: Sc into each st around (6 sts)
Rnd 15: 2 Sc into each st (12 sts)
Fasten off and leave a long tail. Insert the cut dowel into the Stem. Thread tapestry needle with yarn tail and weave into Rnd 14. Weave tail all the way around Rnd 14 and pull tightly to encapsulate the dowel inside the Stem. Knot the yarn tail to secure, and weave in the end.

Leaves
Make three or more leaves, using yarns C and D.
With C or D and E hook, ch 8.
Row 1: Work 2 dc into 3rd ch from the hook, dc into next ch, hdc into next 2 ch, sc into next ch, sl st into next ch.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.



Assembly
Thread the tail from the Dirt piece onto your tapestry needle. Sew Dirt into Pot along unused back loops of Rnd 16, leaving a 2-3" opening. Insert polyester fiber-fill stuffing into the pot, small pieces at a time, filling in the outer area and leaving the middle of the pot less filled in. Insert the Stem from the inside of the hole in the center of the Dirt, out through the top. Push it down into the Pot, clearing a path through the stuffing so it will rise and lower easily. Finish closing the opening you left while sewing in the Dirt.






Sew Leaves to the Stem using the yarn tails. Weave in the ends.

Thread the embroidery needle with embroidery floss, knotting one end. Insert the needle into the Pot between stitches, come up where you want your first "eye", through the yarn, and sew on a button, pulling the thread tightly. Pull up needle in the second eye location and sew on the second button. Insert needle back into the Pot's "face", and come back up at one side of the mouth. Make a "v" with the embroidery thread, keeping the stitches loose to round out the smile. Bring needle back up to the surface between stitches and knot the thread close to the fabric. Insert needle back into Pot and out through a stitch, clipping it close to the surface so that it retracts back inside.






Cut two 1/4" circles from pink felt and glue onto Pot.


Abbreviations:
Ch: Chain
Sc: Single Crochet
Hdc: Half Double Crochet
Dc: Double Crochet
St: Stitch
Rnd: Round
Rep: Repeat

Techniques:
Adjustable ring: Make a ring with yarn. Insert hook into ring, yarn over and draw up a loop. Ch 1, as directed in pattern. Work the stitches required in pattern into the ring. When complete gently, but firmly, pull tail to close up the ring.

BLO (Back Loops Only): Instead of inserting hook under both loops of the next stitch, insert hook under only the back loop of the stitch. This leaves an unworked loop in the front.

FLO (Front Loops Only): Instead of inserting hook under both loops of the next stitch, insert hook under only the front loop of the stitch. This leaves an unworked loop in the back.

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8 comments :

  1. Oh, oh, oh so cute!! Thank you for such a wonderful pattern! My kids will love this one. What a talent you have!

    Stephanie

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    1. Thank you so much Stephanie!! Yes, perfect for kids :) I always liked interactive stuffed toys like this!

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  2. I love it! :)
    Brilliant idea and gorgeous photos :)

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  3. How creative and so cute! Thank you for sharing :)

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  4. This is absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for sharing it.

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  5. This pattern is so cute and perfect for birthday presents!!!

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