Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A little jelly please....


I am in a swap right now and came up with this little surprise for my partner........hope she isn't peeking!

I've included the pattern for anyone interested. I tested it twice but, alas, I am not perfect so please forgive me if you find an error.

The good thing about these little jellyfish is that don't sting you!

To make one:

you will need one type of varigated yarn and one solid color yarn that coordinate...small amounts, no full skeins needed here!
G size crochet hook.
blunt tapestry needle for hiding ends and sewing on tentacles
polyfil or something to stuff the little critters with
large seed bead or small safety eyes
row marker

For main body:

Using main color sc 6 into a magic ring. set row marker, begin moving up with each subsequent row made.
Row 1: sc 2 into each sc around = 12 sc
Row 2: 1 sc into next sc, then 2 sc in next sc, around = 18 sc
Row 3: 1 sc in next 2 sc, then 2 sc in next sc, around = 24 sc
Row 4: 1 sc in next 3 sc, then 2 sc in next sc, around = 30 sc
Row 5: 1 sc in next 4 sc, then 2 sc in next sc, around = 36 sc
Rows 6-8 : 36 sc around

Begin decreases....this is sort of doing the above in reverse.....
When working a decrease, you work 2 sc together as 1 unit.

Row 9: 1 sc in next 3 sc, then work 1 dec, around (30 sc )
Row 10: 1 sc in next 2 sc, then work 1 dec, around
Row 11: sc around

At this point, add eyes and stuff firm but not over full.

Rows 12-15: work 1 sc in next sc, then work 1 dec , around until hole gets small enough to slipstitch closed. Fasten off and sew in tail.

Ruffle:

I don't have ANY idea what that part of the jelly is called.....it looks like a ruffle....

I made mine 2 rows but you could make yours bigger.

Attach body color yarn with a slip stitch low on the body, pull through and chain 3. If you don't work over the tail, plan to sew it in later.

Insert hook in little gap between stitches under belly and slipstitch, chain 3 again, insert hook in next little gap....do this around the body.

When you come back to the beginning, slipstitch to the middle or 2nd chain in the little row. Do another row of these. (they are actually called picot.) When you reach the end a second time, fasten off and sew in tails.

Tentacles:

You'll make a total of 6 tentacles. The varigated tentacles will naturally spiral as you work it.
On all the tentacles, you'll need to either 'work over' your beginning tail or sew them in later.
Be sure to leave a long tail at the end of each tentacle to sew to the body.

Make 2 : using varigated yarn, chain 80. Turn, sc in 2 ch from hook and across to end. Fasten off, leaving tail to sew to body.

Make 2: using varigated yarn, chain 55. Turn, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across to end. Fasten off, leaving tail to sew to body.

Make 2: using body color, chain 50. Fasten off, leaving tail to sew to body.


To assemble:

Attach all tentacles where the belly would be inside the little ruffle.
Attach the 2 body color chains toward the front of the body
Attach the longest varigated tentacles toward the back of the body.
Attach the short varigated tentacles in between the other two.

Attach a little loop of thread at the top to hang your new pal.

9 comments:

IdaDown said...

You a Nemo fan? "way cool, Jelly Man!!"

planetjune said...

Love them! Especially the variegated twirly tentacles. Lucky swap partner!

Crafty Carolinagirl said...

So cute! I love the spiral tentacles.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

I love those Jelly Fish - they are so effective - especially the tentacles!!

Kellie said...

Your jellies are sooo cute, Val! I believe the scientific term for the "ruffle" is: jellicocious ruffleietcium but that's just a wild guess, really.

C. said...

I make kitty toys for all the fur balls in the family. This would be great to hook on a chair and let them play.

Beckaboo said...

Thank you! I'm making a doll for my 2 YO girl for chirstmas & my 4 YO boy keeps asking me to make him jellyfish(and is asking santa for a shark... so random!) He'll love these. :)

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.

Charlotte said...

I fell in love with these straight away. I have made one, but think I have to do more. I adapted the pattern slightly, but it looks great. I posted a picture in my blog and linked back to you. Thank you for the awesome jellyfish!

Charlotte/paafunnogpaafugler.blogspot.com

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