Friday, March 17, 2017

Beast and Prince Adam -- FREE NOTES!

 
Here he is, the main event…Beast!  I know there are some people out there who really like him as Beast, and some people who really like him as Prince Adam so I made two versions.  I'll list the info as Beast first, then I'll do Prince Adam so hopefully it's not quite so confusing. 

He is made from my Crown Prince Blanket Buddy base pattern.  You can go here to get the pattern then use these FREE NOTES to work up either Beast or Adam.  The blanket is the trickiest part of this whole Blanket Buddy…it's worked in the round but has color changes in each row in order to make the cravat, vest, top coat and coat tails.  If you would rather make his a simple as possible, you can use just the colors listed and not change colors within each row.  But if you're feeling adventurous and want to try your hand at in-line color changes and carrying colors, here we go!

And again, both are just for my own collection…yours should be, too.  :)
 



Beast

Colors -- Blanket - RHSS in Blue (another old skein from an estate sale)
                             - RHSS in Navy
                             - RHSS in Gold
                             - RHWL in White
            -- Skin - RHSS in Buff
            -- Head/Hair - RHSS in Warm Brown and RHWL in Chocolate
            -- Beard - RHSS in Buff
            -- Horns - RHWL in Chocolate
            -- Collar - RHWL in White

Blanket
R1 - with White, as written
R2 - Switch to Blue (carrying white behind) work the first 7 sts, add Gold and work next st, with White work 1 5dc-bobble in next st, work 1 5-dc bobble in next st, with Gold work next st, with Blue work remaining sts in row.
R3 - With Blue (carrying Gold and White behind), work next 12 sts, sw to Gold and work next 2 sts, with White, work 1 5-dc bobble over next 2 sts, with Gold work next 2sts, with Blue work remaining sts.  FO White here.
R4 - With Blue (carrying Gold behind) work next 16 sts, sw to Gold and work next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, 1dc in next 3 sts, sw to Blue and work remaining sts.
R5 - With Blue (carrying Gold behind) work the next 16 sts, sw to Gold and work next 10 sts, sw to Blue and work remaining sts.  FO Gold here.
R6 - Add Navy and work 1 st, sw to Blue and work next 10 sts, sw to Navy and work next 38 sts, sw to Blue and work the next 10 sts, sw to Navy and work the last st.
R8 - With Navy work the next 3 sts, sw to Blue and work the next 8 sts, sw to Navy and work the next 48 sts, sw to Blue and work the next 8 sts, sw to Navy and work the remaining sts.
R9 - With Navy work the next 5 sts, sw to Blue and work the next 6 sts, sw to Navy and work the next 58 sts, sw to Blue and work the next 5 sts, sw to Navy and work remaining sts
                                          
R10 - With Navy work the next 7 sts, sw to Blue and work the next 4 sts, sw to Navy and work the next 68 sts, sw to Blue and work the next 7 sts, sw to Navy and work the remaining sts.
R11 - With Navy work the next 9 sts, sw to Blue and work the next 2 sts, sw to Navy and work the next 78sts, sw to Blue and work the next 2 sts, sw to Navy and work the remaining sts.  FO Blue here.
R12 through R7 - In Navy, work as written.

Collar - With White,
Attach yarn to R2 of Blanket right where the first Gold stitch is, surface crochet 1dc in next st, 1hdc in next, 1sc around R2 until you come to the last Gold st, 1hdc, 1dc over the Gold st.  FO and weave in ends.  Sew Head to R2 on top of this Collar.



Head - as written

Ears - make 2, in Buff
R1 - Ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook,
R2 - 2sc in ea st around, FO leaving a long tail for sewing, sew to sides of Head.

Horns - In Chocolate,
Ch5, 1dc in 2nd from hook, 1dc in next, 1hdc, 3sc, turn, working down the opposite side work 1hdc, 1dc in next 2 sts, FO leaving a long tail for sewing.  Fold in half and sew the long sides together, sew to Head.



Arms/Paws -
With Warm Brown,
R1— Ch5, 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in next 2 sts, 3sc in next st, 1 long dc bobble in same st, 1 long dc bobble in next 2 sts, 1 long dc bobble in next st, 2sc in next st.
R2— 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in nest st, 1sc in next 5 sts. 
R3 — 1sc in ea st around.
R4 —  1 long dc bobble into R2, 1sc in ea st around. 
R5 — Switch to White, 2sctog over next 2 sts, 1sc in next 5 sts, 2sctog over next 2 sts, 1sc in remaining 5 sts. 
R6 — Switch to Blue, 1sc in ea st around. 
R7 — 2sctog over next 2 sts, 1sc in next 3 sts, 2sctog over next 2 sts, 1sc in next 3 sts, 2sctog over next 2 sts. 
R8 through R19 — 1sc in ea st around.  FO. 

Hair -
Cut yarn pieces about 12 inches long, attach to Head behind Ears and Horns using the Latch Hook Method.  You'll need some in Warm Brown and some in Chocolate.  See photos for reference.  Pull back into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic band. Tie on the ribbon bow if desired.

Face -
Using the photos for reference, embroider on the facial features.  I used yarn but you can use embroidery floss if you like the look of that better.  For his Beard, I cut 16 yarn pieces in Buff and attached them to his chin using the Latch Hook Method.  Once all the pieces were attached, I trimmed them to a point. 



Prince Adam

 Blanket and Collar - same directions as listed above

Arms -
R1 through R4 - as written in Buff
R5 - Switch to White, as written
R6 through R19 - Switch to Blue, as written

Head -
In Buff, as written

Wig Cap -
In Warm Brown, as written

Hair -
Cut many yarn pieces about 12 inches long and attach all around the outer edge of the Wig Cap.  Pull back into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic band.  Tie on a ribbon bow if desired.


 The following photo shows the bottom points on his coat tails.
 

 You have my permission to do whatever with any blanket you make from this pattern (of course you can, it’s your blanket!). I’d love a link back to this pattern if you post a finished prince online. But PLEASE do not sell, distribute, or rewrite-and-call-your-own these FREE NOTES or any part of them to anyone at any time (of course you won’t, because they're mine). I spend a bunch of time making up and testing my patterns and getting them ready to share…please respect this so I can keep on doing it! Thanks!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

FREE NOTES -- A princess and 2 princes!



Whenever we watch a movie as a family, my kids love to get out a stuffed animal or two to enjoy the show with them.  Anybody will do in a pinch, but it's even better if they have a character from the movie we're watching...good thing I have an extensive plush collection that I've gotten over the years from the D Store and visiting D-land!  In honor of the much anticipated new live-action movie coming out this weekend, I decided to see if I could make up a buddy or two to take to the theater to see the show.  Here's the first in the series of three that I'll be posting today and tomorrow…Belle!
 

I realize I've worked her up before, but this new version is a bit more detailed and I like her even more than my first attempt.  Her base pattern is my Purty Girl Blanket Buddy pattern which you can get here (so that these FREE NOTES make sense!).  Otherwise, all her info is listed below…enjoy!  And I'd love to see your finished Belles if you make one…tag me on Facebook so I can see!

And as always, I made her for my own collection…you should probably do the same. 


  
Belle

Colors -- Dress - Yellow from Kmart (a REALLY old skein I got years ago from an estate sale - no label)
                         - RHSS in Gold
           --  Skin - RHSS in Buff
           --  Hair - RHWL in Chocolate

Blanket --
R1 - as written in Buff
R2 - as written in Buff, worked in hdc
R3 - Switch to Gold, as written, worked in hdc
R4 and R5 - work in dc, as written
R6 through R11 - Switch to Yellow, as written
R12 - Switch to Gold, as written
R13 - Switch to Yellow, work in Back Loops Only (BLO), as written
R14 through R17 - as written in dc (no picot stitch)

Arms --
R1 through R16 - work as written in Gold
R17 through R19 - work as written in Buff

Attach Arms as directed.

Shoulder Sash --
In Yellow, attach yarn to back of Dress.  Ch10, insert hook into one stitch at top of first Arm and work 1sc, ch10, insert hook into one stitch at front of Dress and work 1sc, ch10, insert hook into one stitch at top of second Arm and work 1sc, ch10, join to back of Dress where you first attached the yarn, FO.





Head --
Work as written in Buff.  For her eyelashes, I used brown embroidery floss and stitched the lashes on.  See photos for reference.

Wig Cap --
Worked as written in Chocolate

Bun -- In Chocolate,
Work a second Head pattern through R3, work 4 more Rows of *1sc in ea st around*, FO leaving a long tail for sewing, sew to Head.


Hair Decoration --
Ch 30, turn.
Work 1hdc in 2nd ch from hook, 1hdc in next 13sts, picot in next st, 1hdc in next 14sts, FO leaving a long tail for sewing, sew around Bun.

Curls --
In Chocolate,
Ch22, 3dc in 2nd ch from hook, 3dc in ea ch across. 
FO and sew to wig cap, placing them randomly around under the Decoration.  I made only 4 but you can add extra if you'd like.

 You have my permission to do whatever with any blanket you make from this pattern (of course you can, it’s your blanket!). I’d love a link back to this pattern if you post a finished prince online. But PLEASE do not sell, distribute, or rewrite-and-call-your-own these FREE NOTES or any part of them to anyone at any time (of course you won’t, because they're mine). I spend a bunch of time making up and testing my patterns and getting them ready to share…please respect this so I can keep on doing it! Thanks!