Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Zoo Animal Softies....

Here's another variation to my Fox Softie/Keyring - Zoo Animals Softies!!!  Here's what I've made so far:  lion, tiger, zebra, rhino, giraffe, polar bear and elephant. I will post the facial and head features soon.

Like the other Softies I've made so far, I think these are super cute, too. They are quick to make and require very little yarn.


Zoo Animal Softies
Zoo Animal Softies Pattern
Difficulty Level:  Easy

Size:  Approx 3" x 3"

Materials:
--2.0mm, 3.0mm & 4.0mm hook
--#4 worsted weight yarn in black, white, gray, light beige, gold, brown (I used Red Heart, I Love This Yarn and Lion Brand -- just yarn I have at the house)
--buttons/animal eyes (optional)
--very small amount of polyfil (I mean very little, unless you want yours to be round/puffy - mine are less than 1/2" in width)
--tapestry needle for weaving

Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off

Directions:
For the basic instructions to make the shape of each Zoo Animal, please click on the following link:

Below, you will find specific directions in making the additional features to create each zoo animal.

A.  Lion:
(Gold,black and brown tweed yarn)
Ears (make 2):
1. With 4.0mm hook and gold yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join.  FO and leave tail for attaching.  (6)

Nose:
1.  With 4.0mm hook and black yarn, Ch2.  SC in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn.  (1)
2.  2 SC in st.  FO and leave tail for attaching.

Mane:
1.  With 4.0mm hook and Brown Tweed yarn,  join yarn at center bottom.  Ch5 and sl st into the 2nd ch from hook and remaining 3 ch.  You will be repeating this around the perimeter of your softie to create the mane.  Note, however, between the ears, I used a Ch3 and sl st 2 times.  

For the mouth and eyes:
I used black yarn and embroidered.

Hanger:
1.  Join yarn in the back, top center and Ch10.  Sl st to join and FO.  Weave ends.

B.  Tiger:

(Gold, black, white and beige yarn)
 Ears (make 2):
1.  With 4.0mm hook and beige yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Pull to tighten but do not join.  FO.  Weave ends.  (6)
2.  Join Gold yarn and Ch1.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next.  Repeat across.  FO and leave tail for attaching.  (9)

Nose:
1.  With 4.0mm hook and white yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join.  Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in each st around.  Sl st join.  Ch1.  (12)
3.  1 SC in each st around.  Sl st to join and FO, leaving a tail for attaching.  (12)

Nose Tip/Mouth:
I embroidered with black yarn.  See pics.

Eyes and Stripes:
I embroidered with black yarn.  

Hanger:
1.  Join yarn in the back, top center and Ch10.  Sl st to join and FO.  Weave ends.

C.  Polar Bear:
(White and black yarn)

Ears (make 2):
1.  With 4.0mm hook and white yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in each st around.  Sl st join and FO, leaving a tail for attaching.

Nose:
1.  With 4.0mm hook and white yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join and Ch1.  (6)
2.  2 SC in 1st st, 1 SC in next st.  Repeat around.  Sl st join and FO, leaving a tail for attaching.

Nose Tip:
1.  With 2.0mm hook and black yarn, Ch2.  1 SC in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn.  (1)
2.  2 SC in st.  FO, leaving a tail for attaching. 

Eyes:
1.  I used black yarn and embroidered.  

Hanger:
1.  Join yarn in the back, top center and Ch10.  Sl st to join and FO.  Weave ends.

D.  Rhino:
(Gray and white yarn)
 
Ears (make 2):
1.  With 4.0mm hook and gray yarn, join yarn on each side of head.  Ch5.  Sl st into first ch to create a picot stitch.  FO and weave ends.  Repeat on other side.

Nose:
1.  With 4.0mm hook and gray yarn, Ch5.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 ch.  3 SC into the last ch.  Rotate to work on opposite side of base chain.  1 SC in next 2 ch.  2 SC in the last ch.  Sl st to first st and Ch1.
2.  1 SC in the first 4 st.  3 SC in the next st.  1 SC in the next 4 st.  2 SC in the last st.  Sl st join and Ch1.  
3.  1 SC in the first 5 st.  3 SC in the next st.  1 SC in the next 6 st.  2 SC in the last st.  Sl st join and Ch1.
4.  1 SC in the first 6 st.  3 SC in the next. 1 SC in the next 8 st.  2 SC in the last.  Sl st join and FO, leaving a tail for attaching.  
5.  Use white yarn and embroider nostrils before attaching nose to the Softie.  See pics for placement.

Eyes:
1.  With white yarn, embroider eyes.
 
Hanger:
1.  Join yarn in the back, top center and Ch10.  Sl st to join and FO.  Weave ends.

E.  Giraffe:
(Gold, brown, beige, black, and red yarn)
 Ears (make 2):
1.  With 4.0mm hook and gold yarn, join yarn on each side of head.  Ch5.  Sl st into first ch to create a picot stitch.  FO and weave ends.  Repeat on other side. 

Horns (make 2):
1.  With 4.0mm hook and brown yarn,  Ch5.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  FO, leaving a tail for attaching.  

Spots (make 2):
1.  With 2.0mm hook and brown yarn, Ch3.  Sl st into first ch.  FO, leaving a tail for attaching.

Nose:
1.  With 4.0mm hook and beige yarn, Ch4.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and next ch.  3 SC in last ch.  Rotate.  1 SC in next st.  2 SC in last st.  Sl st to first st.  Ch1.
2.  1 SC in first 3 st.  3 SC in next st.  1 SC in next 3 st.  2 SC in last st.  Sl st join and FO, leaving a tail for attaching.  With brown yarn, embroider nostrils and with red yarn, the mouth, before attaching nose to Softie.

Eyes:
Use black yarn to embroider eyes.

Hanger:
1.  Join yarn in the back, top center and Ch10.  Sl st to join and FO.  Weave ends.

F.  Elephant:
(Gray, white, black and red yarn)
Ears (make 2):
1.  With 4.0mm hook and white yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Pull to tighten but don't join.  Ch1 and turn.  (6)
2.  2 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)  
3.  2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Repeat across.  FO and weave ends.  (18)
4.  Join gray yarn and SC across.  FO, leaving a tail for attaching.

Eyes (make 2):
1.  With 2.0mm hook and black yarn, 4 SC into MR.  FO, leaving a tail for attaching. (4)
2.  Embroider pupils with white yarn.

Tusk:
1.  With 4.0mm hook and gray yarn, Ch11.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and next 8 ch.  4 SC in last ch.  FO, leaving a tail for attaching.

Mouth:
1.  With red yarn, embroider mouth.  

Hair:
1.  With gray yarn strands weave between ears.  Use tapestry needle to fray strands.  Add 4-6 strands.  
Hanger:
1.  Join yarn in the back, top center and Ch10.  Sl st to join and FO.  Weave ends.

See pic for help with placement. 

G.  Zebra:
(Black and white yarn)
For making the Softie:
1-2.  White yarn.
3.  Black yarn
4-6.  White yarn
7-8.  Black yarn
I added animal eyes after round 8.  I added the eyes between rounds 4 and 6.
9.  White yarn
10.  Black yarn
11.  White yarn.  

Hair/Spike:
1.  With 4.0mm hook and black yarn, 6 SC into MR.  Sl st join and ch1.  (6)
2.  1 SC in each st around.  FO, leaving a tail for attaching to top center.  

Ears (make 2):
1.  With 4.0mm hook and white yarn, Ch4.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
2.  1 SC in each st.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
3.  SC2tog, 1 SC.  FO white yarn.  (2)
4.  Join black yarn and SC around perimeter of ear.  FO, leaving a tail for attaching.

Hanger:
1.  Join yarn in the back, top center and Ch10.  Sl st to join and FO.  Weave ends.
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