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Farmyard Finger Puppets

This pattern uses single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet. No attempt is made to explain how to do these stitches as it is assumed the crafter is experienced. However, should you need help there are many sites on the web with detailed stitch instructions.

Materials:
      Crochet hook size G
      Small amount stuffing
      Scraps of worsted weight yarn in appropriate colors.

Abbreviations:
      Ch = chain
      Dc = double crochet
      Hdc = half double crochet
      Sc = single crochet
      St/s = stitch/es
      Tog = together

General Instructions:

Directions will not indicate the color of yarn used as that is up to the crafter. Using different yarns will mean some puppets will be somewhat smaller than others but all should fit an adult finger as well as that of a child.

Eyes: Eyes are made the same for each puppet. Cut a strand of yarn about 8 inches long. Begin to tie a knot in the center of yarn. Do not pull tight. Put yarn end through circle a second and third time. Now pull ends gently until you have a knot in the center of the strand. To attach to puppet, put one yarn end through to inside at the selected position for eye. Put the other end through to inside one stitch down from first end. (If you put them both through the same hole the knot will pull through to inside when you tie off.) Turn puppet inside out and tie yarn in a secure knot and trim.

Note: All pieces are finished off on the inside of puppet. This requires turning the puppet inside out. To avoid doing this over and over, it is suggested you just put ends through to inside and leave them dangling. Then you can turn puppet and ties off several pieces at one time.

Basic body: Ch 2.

Row 1: 8 sc in second ch from hook Join to first sc. Ch 1 (8 sc)

Row 2: 2 sc in every sc. Join to first sc. Ch 1 (16 sc) Note: At this point pull yarn tail to close hole. Work end through several stitches on the wrong side to hold. Trim.

Row 3: Sc in every stitch around. Join to first sc. Ch 1 (16 sc).

Rows 4 to 15: Repeat Row 3.

Fasten off and work end through stitches on wrong side.

Rooster: Make basic body to row 7.

Row 7: Sc in first 6 stitches, sc in back loope only for the next 3 stitches, sc to end of row. Join. Ch 1

Rows 8 to 15: Repeat row 3. Fasten off.

Bill: Hold rooster body with open end pointing away from you. Attach yarn with slip stitch to first unworked loop on row 7. Ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc in remaining 2 loops. Ch 1 and turn. Sc in center stitch, slip stitch in end stitch. Cut yarn leaving end about 5 inches long. Put yarn ends through to inside. Pull gently to shape bill and tie ends in secure knot. Trim.

Eyes: Refer to general instructions.

Comb: Ch 9, slip stitch in 3rd ch from hook, (ch 3, slip stitch in next ch) Repeat to last stitch. Sc in last stitch. Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew on rooster.. Position comb on rooster's head. Sew in place. Put ends through to inside. Finish off.

Tail: Hold puppet with open end facing away from you. Attach yarn with slip st to center back of puppet about 2 rows up from bottom. Ch 5, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 3 stitches, slip st in same stitch in which yarn was attached. Repeat 2 times making 3 "plumes". Fasten off. Put yarn through to inside and finish off.

Pig: Make basic body.

Snout: Ch 2. 6 sc in second ch from hook Join (6sc)

Ch 1, sc in back loops only of each stitch around. (6sc) Finish off. Sew on pig about 5 rows down from top. Before finishing seam tuck a bit of stuffing into nose.. Put ends through body to inside and finish off. Using black yarn take 2 little stitches in snout for nostrils.

Ears: (Make 2) Ch 6, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1. Turn .(5sc)

Next Row: Sc 2 tog, sc next stitch, sc 2 tog. Ch 1. Turn. (3 sc).

Next Row: Sc 3 tog. Fasten off. Sew beginning chain stitch row on pig curving slightly. Ears should be about 1/4 inch apart. Put ends through to inside and finish off.

Eyes: Refer to general instructions.

Tail: Ch 5, 3 sc in second ch fron hook, 3 sc in each ch to end. Finish off. Fasten to center back of pig in second row from bottom.

Dog: Make basic body.

Muzzle: Ch 2, 10 sc in second ch from hook Join to first sc. Ch 1 (10 sc)

Next row. Sc in every sc. Join. Ch 1 Repeat this row one time. Fasten off. Sew to center of dog's head about 5 rows down from top. Before closing seam tuck a little stuffing into muzzle. Finish seam and .put end through to inside of puppet and fasten off. Finish muzzle by satin stitching a V shape at top of muzzle to represent nose. (See picture).

Ears: (Make 2) Ch 3.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in next ch. (2 sc) Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2: 2 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next stitch. Ch 1 and turn (4 sc).

Rows 3-5: Sc in each st, ch 1 and turn.

Row 6: Sc 2 tog, sc 2 tog. (2 sc) Fasten off. Sew to sides of dog's head. about an inch and 1/4 apart.

Tail: Ch 7. Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch to end. Fasten off. Attach to center back of body in second row from bottom.

Cow: Make basic body.

Muzzle: Ch 5, 2 sc in second ch from hook. Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in last stitch. Ch 1 and turn. (6 sc)

Sc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn.

Sc 2 tog, sc in next 2 stitches, sc 2 tog.. (4 sc) Finish off. Sew on center of face having the top of the muzzle on the sixth row down from top of puppet. Leave a little slack for stuffing. Before closing seam tuck a bit of stuffing into muzzle. Finish seam. Put ends through to inside and finish off. Take two small stitches with black to represent nostrils. (See picture)

Eyes: Refer to general instructions.

Ears: Make 2 Ch 4, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 2 stitches. Ch 1 and turn (3 sc)

Next Row: Sc in first stitch, (1 hdc, 3 dc, 1 hdc) in next stitch, sc in last stitch. Fasten off. Fold base of ear in half and take a couple of stitches to hold in place., Sew ear to side of head leaving room for horns. (See picture) Put ends through to inside and finish off.

Horns: Attach yarn with a slip knot to stitch on top of head that is closest to ear. Ch 4, sc in second ch from hook and in remaining 2 stitches. Fasten off. Put ends through to inside and Finish off. Repeat for second horn. Note: So that horms will curl to the inside be sure the wrong side of horn is to the outside, facing the ear.

Tail: Ch 10. Fasten off leaving a tail of about 5 inches. Cut 4 strands of yarn about 8 inches long. Fold in half. Use hook to pull center of strands through last stitch in tail making a loop.. Put ends, including tail left when finishing chain, through loop and pull tight. You are just putting a little fringe on end of tail. Trim to desired length.

Duck: Make rooster body.

Bill: Make rooster bill.

Eyes: Refer to general intructions.

Tail: Holding puppet with open end toward you attach yarn with a slip stitch to center stitch in back about 2 rows up from bottom. Ch 4. Sc in second ch from hook sc in next 2 stitches, slip st in same st in which yarn was attached. Ch 4, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 2 stitches, slip st in same stitch in which yarn was attached. Finish off. Put yarn ends through to inside and tie off. Trim.

Crest: Thread a needle with duck color yarn. Take a st on top of head leaving a loop. Take a st to secure. Repeat until there are 3 loope on top of head. Finish off. Put yarn through to inside and fasten off.

© Copyright 2006 Yvonne Boucher
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