Kero-chan

Aug. 20th, 2010 06:23 pm
hooked_on_anime: Pink crochet hook directed by green arrow to pull light blue yarn through slip knot of same to make chain stitch. (Make your first stitch)
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Hey, five days! That's not bad.

Pictures of Kero-chan can be found here.

Here's the main pattern:

Things you need to know: Crocheting in the round (spiral), US stitch names, single crochet (sc), chain (ch), increasing ([stitch] 2 in 1), decreasing, slip stitch (sl st)

Head:
Round 1: Begin in a ring; sc 6; continue in a spiral
Round 2: sc 12 (sc 2 in 1 each stitch)
Round 3: sc 18 (sc 1, sc 2 in 1)
Round 4: sc 24 (sc 2, sc 2 in 1)
Round 5: sc 30 (sc 3, sc 2 in 1)
Round 6 thru 10: sc 30
Round 11: sc 24 (sc 2, decrease 1)
Round 12: sc 18 (sc 1, decrease 1)
Round 13: sc 12 (sc 1, decrease 1)
Round 14: sc 6 (sc 1, decrease 1)
Round 15: sc 3, finish

Body:
Round 1: Begin in a ring; sc 6; continue in a spiral
Round 2: sc 12 (sc 1, sc 2 in 1)
Round 3: sc 18 (sc 2, sc 2 in 1)
Round 4: sc 24 (sc 3, sc 2 in 1)
Round 5 thru 8: sc 24
Round 9: sc 21 (decrease 1, sc 6)
Round 10: sc 18 (decrease 1, sc 5)
Round 11: sc 15 (decrease 1, sc 4)
Round 12: sc 12 (decrease 1, sc 3)
Round 13: sc 6 (decrease 1, sc 1)
Round 14: sc 3, finish

Ears:
Round 1: Begin in a ring; sc 6; continue in a spiral
Round 2: sc 12 (sc 2 in 1 each stitch)
Round 3: sc 18 (sc 1, sc 2 in 1)
Round 4: sc 18

Front legs:
Round 1: Begin in a ring; sc 6; continue in a spiral
Round 2: sc 9 (sc 1, sc 2 in 1)
Round 3 thru 10: sc 9

Back legs:
Round 1: Begin in a ring; sc 6; continue in a spiral
Round 2: sc 9 (sc 1, sc 2 in 1)
Round 3 thru 8: sc 9
Round 9: sc 4, sc 2 in 1 x 2, sc 5 (total 11)
Round 10: sc 5, sc 2 in 1 x 2, sc 6 (total 13); finish

Tail:
Row 1: ch 12
Row 2: sl st 12
OPTIONAL: I stuck the tail poof yarn between the final ch and the first sl st; I found it worked pretty well to hold the yarn in place, though adding reinforcement is probably a good idea.



Wings:
While the rest of the amigurumi is in the beginner-to-intermediate range of toughness, the wings in particular are almost certainly in the "expert" range, and were a major pain in the butt to make. However, if you really want an all-crocheted look instead of making wings out of felt (my recommended alternative), these turned out darn well.

First, no matter how you start, make sure to leave a tail of at least 12"/30cm. You will need it.
Second, you can either make one wing with each hand (that is, one left-handed and one right-handed) and do front loop or back loop crochet for both in Row 2 and 3, or you make both with the same hand and do front loop crochet for one and back loop crochet for the other.

Round 1: Begin in a ring; sc 6; continue in a spiral
Round 2: flsc/blsc 12 (sc 2 in 1 each stitch)
Row 3a (first feather): Loop extra long "tail" thru f/b loop (as appropriate); sc 14 on tail; loop tail thru next f/b loop; sl st thru same.
Row 3b (second feather): sc 13 on "tail"; loop thru next f/b loop; sl st thru same
Row 3c (third feather): sc 12 on "tail"; loop thru next f/b loop; sl st thru same; finish
Use "tail" to stitch feather-loops together

If you decide to crochet the wings and have any trouble at all, feel free to drop me a comment or a PM and let me know, and I will do my best to help you sort things out.



I'll be making another post about something interesting later tonight, so be sure to look for that :)

Edit: [Dec 26, 2011] I've added "crocheting in the round (spiral)" to Things You Need To Know, changed all the Rows to Rounds where it's actually rounds instead of rows, and removed a copy-paste error/typo from the first round in the body that was pointed out to me by a kind commenter. (Thank you very much!) I hope this helps :)

Edit 2: [Jan 15, 2012] I removed most of the "Consider felt wings instead!" disclaimer from the top of the post, and put a much shorter one right before the pattern for the wings itself. I think it's more professional.

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Date: 2011-12-26 07:09 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi, I'm attempting to crochet this and was curious if I should be chaining stitches before starting the rows for the body, legs, head, ears and wings? I was also uncertain of how to start the first row of the body. Thanks for the pattern. I can't wait to finish it! :)

Date: 2012-08-31 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
How did you put on the ears?
I can see they are like half circles on yours, but when you make them they are round...

Date: 2013-02-20 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Okay I got the ears right now, but what do you mean by "Row 3a (first feather): Loop extra long "tail" thru f/b loop (as appropriate); sc 14 on tail; -->loop tail thru next f/b loop;<-- sl st thru same."?
which tail do you mean? the one with the 14 sc on it?

Having trouble with the legs

Date: 2013-03-23 03:04 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
what do i do for rounds 9 and 10 to add the extra stitches?
Round 9: sc 11
Round 10: sc 13; finish
you never explain how to do that...

Date: 2014-02-26 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I would like to crochet Kero, but do you have an image of how it looks like at the end? :) especially with the wings.

wings

Date: 2014-03-13 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hey! I got kero chan done...he's just wingless at the moment... I don't get them at all. I sc 6...and then I'm lost... I'd appreciate all the help you can give me! Thanks!

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