Mystery Crochet Along with Mikey Who’s in Your Closet: Week 1

Back by popular demand is another mystery challenge hosted by Mikey of The Crochet Crowd. Crocheters loved the Crochet Mystery Adventure which ended up being Love My Giraffe Toy. Crocheters from around the world created over 550 giraffes and were encouraging each other during the mystery. It was a lot of fun to watch crocheters try to guess and crochet something without knowing the final results.

Beginning today, a new mystery begins. Just for fun, it’s called Who’s in Your Closet. We’ve teamed up with Stacey Trock, famous Amigurumi Designer and author, to bring you a creature that is going to have your kids/grand kids bouncing off the walls. Who are we kidding, some adults are going to go crazy too.

This creature is perfect for Christmas gift giving, amazing birthday gifts, charity donations and just crocheting to make a child feel overwhelmingly special. You are going to love it!

So let the mystery begin July 1st and see how long it takes you to figure out who is in your closet. Mystery pattern clues will be released July 1st, 8th and 15th. Crocheters will have until July 29th to submit their finished photographs to qualify for an amazing Fully Loaded Red Yarn Bag and Crochet Crowd Gifts.

Don’t be shy to post pictures of your finished creatures on Red Heart’s Facebook, we love to see your creativity!

PS…. Don’t forget we have the Where In the World Are You With Your Red Heart Yarn contest. Once you get your character done, take it out in public and snap a photo of yourself with it and submit to this contest! Not only can you try to win The Crochet Crowd’s Gift Package but you can double your chances to win by submitting to ours too! Good Luck!

Clue: I’m super adorable and ready to be your best friend. Today, we are going to get you started on the right foot!

Need to Know Details
Abbreviations
ch: chain, sc: single crochet, sc2tog: single crochet 2 stitches together, st(s): stitch(es)
Materials
•    Size H (5.0mm) crochet hook
•    Tapestry Needle
•    Polyester stuffing
•    Locking stitch marker (for counting rounds, optional)
•    Small amounts of felt: black, white, grey and blue
•    Craft glue
Yarn
1 – 7 oz Red Heart Super Saver Skein
1 – Scrap Yarn for Minor Accents for the Character

Important Pattern Info

Gauge Notes
This pattern doesn’t specify a gauge. It’s a stuffed animal, and you don’t need to be too picky about exact sizing. The most important thing is that you use a hook size that creates a nice looking fabric for your yarn. If you use the recommended hook size, and your fabric looks very loose (so that stuffing would show through), then you will want to use a smaller hook. Other than that, no measuring required!
In case you’re curious about getting the exact gauge I do, it’s 5 rounds=2.25 inches.

Stitch into the back
All stitches in this pattern (that are worked in the round) are worked through the back loop only, unless otherwise directed. Look at picture below, and see how one loop is highlighted in black? This is the back loop, and it’s what you’ll stitch into. Stitching into the back loop creates ridges on the right side of the piece.
For pieces worked in rows, you will stitch into the front loop only, unless otherwise directed. You can stitch into both loops if you desire, but this will change the look of the final product.

Refer to Video Tutorial as this is explained.

Week 1: Toes, Feet and Legs (Make 2)
Today’s pattern, we will be focused on the legs. You need to crochet two legs for your character. Remember, keep your stitches into the back loops only unless I tell you otherwise.

Begin with Toes – Make 3 (each foot has 3 toes)
•    With MC, ch 2. Round 1: Sc 6 times in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
•    Round 2: Sc twice in each st. (12)
•    Rounds 3-4: Sc in each st. (12, 2 rounds) For two of the toes, fasten off. For the third toe, do not fasten off! You will continue to work this toe to join all three together for the foot.

Begin Forming The Foot

•    Round 4: Sc in first 6 sts of the toe you are working on. Then, sc in 6 sts of round 4 of the second wing toe, then sc in all 12 sts in round 4 of the third toe. Sc in the remaining 6 sts on the second toe, then the final 6 sts of the first toe. (36)
•    Rounds 5-6: Sc in each st. (36, 2 rounds)
•    Round 7: *Sc2tog in next st, sc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (30)
•    Rounds 8-9: Sc in each st. (30, 2 rounds)
•    Round 10: *Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (24)
•    Rounds 11-12: Sc in each st. (24, 2 rounds)
•    Round 13: *Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (18)
•    Rounds 14-15: Sc in each st. (18, 2 rounds) Remove hook, but do not fasten off…
•    Assembly Instruction You may notice holes in between where the toes are joined. Use a scrap of MC and a tapestry needle to close up the gaps.
•    Stuff the foot.
•    Round 16: *Sc2tog, sc in next st. Repeat from * 5 times. (12)
•    Round 17: *Sc2tog. Repeat from * 5 times. (6) Round
•    18: Sc next and 4th st together. (1) Fasten off, pulling knot to inside.

Legs – Make 2
•    Make 2. With MC, make a slip knot. Attach with a sc to the front loop of a stitch on round 13 of the foot (first stitch is marked with a red arrow in photo to the right.) Using the front loops of stitches on rounds 10-13, sc a total of 12 stitches in a circle shape, as pictured.
•    Rounds 1-17: Sc in each st. (12, 17 rounds) Fasten off with long tail.

Join us again next week as we explore week 2 of this 3 week crochet mystery! When you get this done, don’t be shy and post a photograph of your finished feet and legs for us to ooooh and ahhhh over your creativity! See you next week.

Video Tutorial to Follow

Disclaimer
Stacey Trock has received special permission to design this licensed and trademarked character. The permission has been extended to The Crochet Crowd to teach her pattern for educational purposes only. You may not sell these tutorials and/or the free pattern. It has been designed with the understanding that the pattern remain free to all.

This pattern’s creation is for personal use which includes something for yourself and/or giving away as a gift. You may not sell your finished creatures under any circumstances. Copyright, trademark and licensing of this character remains in full effect.