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[NOTICE:] As of 27 May 2012, I have an updated, better version of this pattern posted. It can be found here. I will be leaving this version of the pattern up in case anyone likes it better. [/NOTICE]

Here it is, folks, your free Perry the Inaction Figure (crochet version) pattern! For an excellent (also free!) tutorial on crochet and amigurumi, please go here. For a look at roughly how the pattern should turn out, as well as reference while you make your own, there are images at the end of this post.

Please note that this is my first pattern, and I will have likely made many mistakes. As such, if you find them, or figure something out that makes the pattern look better to you, please feel free to let me know/do that/otherwise disregard explicit directions here. It is certainly not perfect, and I am much too lazy to actually go through and find out the number of rows required for a number of measurements, etc. Thank you, and I hope your project goes well!


Perry the Platypus (Pet Mode) Free Crochet Pattern

Shorthand:
sc = single crochet
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch

Gauge: My gauge is approximately 4dc/inch(2.5cm); I used a 5mm hook to get it, but am a tight crocheter, so you may need a smaller hook.

Conversion rate: I crochet approximately 5 rows of sc for every 3 rows of dc. To calculate the number of rows you need for sc of something, multiply [# of rows of dc] x 3, then divide the product by 5. While this may not be much help in places you increase, particularly for parts that have slow increases (front legs, back legs, tail, beak parts), it can give you a final number to aim for if you're tweaking the pattern from dc to sc.

Body
Perry's body is a rectangular prism (like a stretched cube) approximately twice as long as it is high/wide. As such, you may find it easier to crochet individual squares and rectangles and sew them together, than to crochet in a "spiral" as with most amigurumi. For all sewing/non-crochet-stitching purposes in amigurumi, I use a yarn needle, and usually the "tails" of pieces of the project (cut them long).


If you choose the individual polygons method, these are the types and dimensions you will need:
* Two (2) squares, approximately 4"/10cm on a side
* EITHER (A) four (4) rectangles, 4"x8"/10cm x 20cm, OR (B) one rectangle, 8"x16"/20cm x 40cm

Stitch the squares and rectangles together to form your rectangular prism. Before closing completely, stuff.


Here's the row count version, for those who prefer that method:

1) Begin with 6 sc in a ring
2) Increase to 12 sc
3) (Sc 2, sc 1 + dc 1 + sc 1 in one stitch) four times
4) (Sc 4, sc 1 + dc 1 + sc 1 in one stitch) four times
5) (Sc 6, sc 1 + dc 1 + sc 1 in one stitch) four times
6) (Sc 8, dc 3 in one stitch) four times
7) (Sc 10, dc 3 in one stitch) four times
8) Quarter round; sc 9, sl st 3 to "finish" square
9) Fl sc (front loop single crochet) all around the square (see third part of tutorial to learn how to front loop crochet)
10) Single or double crochet rows until "box" is aprx. twice as long as it is high/wide; dc should be about 19 rows
11) Fl sc 12, skip 2; repeat three times
12) Continue in single crochets, skipping two at each corner
13) When you have only a few rows left, stuff
14) Continue sc until you close


Eyes
1) Begin with 6 sc in a ring
2) Increase to 12 sc (sc 2 in each st)
3) Increase to 18 sc (sc 2 in one st, every other st)
4) Sc 18 for three rows (sc 1 per st)
5) Finish

Add a pupil, stuff lightly, and stitch to what you have decided is the front of the body. They should be aprx 2/3 of the way up the body, on parallel edges, even with one another. Pupils should point in different directions.


Tail
1) Chain a length aprx 4.5"/11cm; chain one more to start the next row
2) Sc in each st
3) Stitch two rows, skip one stitch at the end of the next two rows
4) Repeat 3 until the tail has reached about 5"/13cm in length and/or is 4"/10cm at the smaller end
5) Finish
6) Stitch criss-cross pattern in tail
7) Sew 4"/10cm base to bottom of Perry's back (opposite end from eyes, lower end)


Hair
1) Cut three pieces of black yarn, at least 2"/5cm in length
2) Tie together at one end (single knot best)
3) Pull hairs through top/front of Perry's body (center, about 1"/2.5cm from his face) so the knot is underneath a stitch, and the hairs come out around it
4) Knot the hairs together again; trim if needed
5) OPTIONAL: coat hairs in white glue to stiffen; glue should be invisible when dry


Front Legs:
1) Begin with 6 sc in a ring
2) Increase to 12 sc
3) Continue to crochet 1 st/st until leg is aprx 2.5"/6cm long
4) Tie off
5) Take closed end, and tie tail to/through leg so it forms a fold (the "foot")
6) Stuff leg, attach to body (bottom side) within 1"/2.5cm of Perry's face


Back Legs
1) Begin with 6 sc in a ring
2) Increase to 12 sc
3) Scone in one for three rows
4) Sc 5, (Sc 2 in 1)x2, sc 5
5) Sc 6, (Sc 2 in 1)x2, sc 6
6) Sc 6, (Sc 2 in 1)x4, sc 6
7) Sc 8, (Sc 2 in 1)x2, sc 8
8) [OPTIONAL: stuff, close off at the top. Otherwise, stuff before attaching to body.] Tie off. Attach to bottom side, at the back.


Feet
1) Ch 8
2) Sc 7
3) Sc 5, ch 3
4) Sc 7
5) Sc 5, ch 3
6) Sc 7
7) Tie off; attach rounded end to bottom of back legs.


Beak (Nose)
For this piece, chain 2 to start a new row rather than 1.

1) Ch 12
2) Sc 10
3) Sc 8
4) Sc 6
5) Sc 4
6) Sc 2; tie off
7) Attach bottom (hypotenuse) of triangle to bottom of face; stuff lightly; attach sides to close.


Beak (Top)
1) Ch 13
2) Sc 12
3) Sc eight rows, or until aprx 1.75"/4.5cm long
4) Tie off
(See bottom half for attachment instructions)


Beak (Bottom)
1) Ch 11
2) Sc 10
3) Sc six rows, or until aprx 1.5"/4cm long
4) Tie off
5) Option one:
-- Attach to bottom of Nose
-- Attach Top right on top of, only to the Nose
Option two:
-- Attach back end to back end of Top
-- Attach both at the same time (closed end) to bottom of nose
Top beak should curl slightly around bottom beak's edges










TA-DAH! Your Perry the Platypus Inaction Figure (crochet version) is now complete! You may now play with him however you like :)


Once more, if you find any problems with this pattern, or have any difficulty with it, feel free to contact me, and I'll do my best to correct the problems/help you out. Happy stitching!

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Perry Pattern

Date: 2011-01-05 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Perry is very cute. Nice job. What size hook did you use for this pattern?

Date: 2011-03-12 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Awesome pattern! I can't wait to try it out :)

One thing I could suggest is to say the number of stitches that each row has - it makes it much easier to keep count!

Thanks! :>

Feet

Date: 2011-04-04 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I am currently making this as a surprise for my twin sister but I am having the hardest time trying to figure out "The feet"

Chain 8 then single crochet 7, do I turn? Go around? Skip stitches? I'm getting a blob :

Re: Feet

Date: 2011-04-06 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Ok, ok, ok. I figured it out! You crochet back down the chain, that makes much more sense.

Thanks for your time and this pattern! My sister will love it!
<3

Date: 2011-05-09 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi :) I love your Perry... I'm just going to try it out but i am a bit confused with some of the pattern. I'm fairly new to crocheting.

When you say to skip stitches, like for instance, in the body... 11) Fl sc 12, skip 2 .... does that mean to slip stitch the two or just jump over the 2 stitches??? Wouldn't there be a hole if you just skipped over stitches??

Thanks so much for your help and for the pattern. I cant wait to get one made up for my little boy :)

Date: 2011-05-10 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thanks so much :)

And i'm sorry for being a pain...but just to make sure that i got it.... so when you say in the pattern to skip 2, you literally skip over the 2 next stitches? Then instead of just skipping the two stitches, i could just decrease once. I think that i get it now :)

Oh and in row 7... should i do the sc 10, dc3 into 1 stitch 3 times and then the last quarter turn, sc 9 and then sl st 3 to finish it off the square?? The pattern reads four times and then do a quarter round.... but when i did the four and then the quarter row, i end up with one side slightly bigger. I found (with a couple tries) that doing the three and then that quarter row made it more square :) But then i dont know what it is suppose to do, so i thought to ask too :)

Thanks again for all your help. I'll have to post the finished result for you! Its a surprise present for my youngest son :) Cant wait to get it finished.

Date: 2011-05-16 12:52 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thanks! You're going to regret telling me to ask more questions :)

I'm running into issues with decreasing. When i was finished that last row before going into just sc ( the fl sc row), I ended up with 51 stitches. But when i get to the front loop stitches to start decreasing, to do the fl cs 12, skip 2 three times, that is only 48 stitches... and if i do it 4 times, it would be 56 stitches.

So yet another question... do i do the fl cs 12, sk2.. the three times and then sc the rest to finish the row?? I ended up ripping out the body until that last row before the first fl sc and even when i do the sc10, dc3 four times and then do that quarter round, i end up with only 53 stitches... not the 56. So, i'm confuzzled :D

Thanks again for everything!

Date: 2011-05-16 05:40 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
LOL!! Me again :) I ripped it all out and then started fresh and it is working for me now and the quarter round makes so much sense now looking at it. I must of added a stitch somewhere along the line.

Thanks for your help!

Perry pattern!!

Date: 2011-08-22 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I made this for my Niece Tessa for her birthday this past June and she loved it!! thanks so much for sharing this pattern i've got people asking me to make them one for their birthdays now!!

Quarter Round?

Date: 2011-09-02 03:11 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Um... sorry I don't understand what you mean by quarter round?

Re: Quarter Round?

Date: 2011-09-04 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
In step 8 of the body.

help please!!!!

Date: 2012-01-20 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I don't understand how to make a rectangle out of the start circle.... And what does the " sc 2, sc 1 + dc 1 + sc 1 in one stich " mean??? You do all that in one stich?!? Please help me!!! Or can you make a simple example.... Or make a video of it so it is easy to follow..... Please make a video!!!!!
Thanks!!!!

perry the platypus

Date: 2012-03-15 02:50 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
hi i am jay perry is the BEST ever thxs for the instructions my mom is going to make it for me brbrbrbrbbrbrbrbrbbrbrbrbrbrbrbbrbrb


love jay

Thank you!

Date: 2012-05-27 07:46 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thank you for posting this! I am about to start this now!

I hope you do not mind but I have posted a link to this pattern on my blog.

http://cuteandcrazycrafts.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/perry-the-platypus-inaction-figure/

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