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SPECIAL STITCHES Make bobble (MB): [Yoh, insert hook into the indicated stitch, yoh and pull loop through to front of work, yoh and pull through only two loops] six times. There are now seven loops on the hook. Yoh and pull through all seven loops. Use your finger to poke the roundness of the bobble toward the RS of work. PATTERN NOTES Work in a spiral. Do not join rnds. The strings that work the puppet come from his knees, wrists, and head. Each knee and wrist string is anchored with a button inside the puppet. The head string is anchored by stitching through a circular piece of plastic canvas in the head. The buttons and plastic canvas will keep the strings from pulling too hard on a single st in the crocheted fabric. If you would rather make Skip into a plain ol’ softie, give him a stronger, thicker neck so that he can hold up his head. To do this, work to rnd 22 as written in pattern, and then work a couple rnds of 1dc in each st, change to yarn B and work 1 rnd of sl sts, and then follow the pattern starting with rnd 29. Make sure you stuff his neck very firmly. This pattern uses the term “rotate work.” This is not the same as “turn work.” While keeping the same side (the RS) facing you at all times, rotate work 180 degrees, like turning a steering wheel. BUTTON ANCHORS Cut 4 pieces of the beading thread to about 1.83m/72in in length. Fold each piece in half. Push the folded loop down through one hole on the button, and up through another hole so that it sticks through the button about an inch or two. Open the folded loop and thread the cut ends of the thread through this loop. Pull the cut ends all the way through this loop until the button is anchored at the folded end of thread loop. Set aside. START

HEAD With yarn A, make an adjustable loop.

Rnd 1: 6dc into loop, pull yarn tail to close ring – 6 sts. Rnd 2: 2dc into each st around, place st marker in first st of rnd to keep track of beginning of rnds – 12 sts. Rnd 3: [1dc into next st, 2dc into following st] 6 times – 18 sts. Rnd 4: [1dc into each of the next 2 sts, 2dc into the following st] 6 times – 24 sts. Rnd 5: [1dc into the next st, 2dc into the following st, 1dc into each of the next 2 sts] 6 times – 30 sts. Rnd 6: [1dc into each of the next 4 sts, 2dc into the following st] 6 times – 36 sts. Rnd 7: [1dc into each of the next 2 sts, 2dc into the next st, dc into each of the next 3 sts] 6 times – 42 sts. Rnd 8: [1dc into each of the next 13 sts, 2dc into the next st] 3 times – 45 sts. At this point you should attach the plastic canvas reinforcement circle to the WS of the top of Head. Cut the plastic canvas down so that it will fit in the first 6 rnds of the head. Using a piece of yarn A and yarn needle, whip stitch around the edge of plastic canvas, sewing it to the WS of head. Make sure that these sts do not show on the RS of the head (just stitch through a part of each stitch). Rnd 9: [1dc into each of the next 4 sts, 2dc into the next st, dc into each of the next 10 sts] 3 times – 48 sts. Rnds 10–15: 1dc into each st – 48 sts. Rnd 16: [1dc into each of the next 10 sts, dc2tog, 1dc into each of the next 4 sts] 3 times – 45 sts. Rnd 17: [Dc2tog, 1dc into each of the next 13 sts] 3 times – 42 sts. Rnd 18: (mouth opening) 21ch, miss next 21 sts, [1dc into each of the next 5 sts, dc2tog] 3 times – 39 sts (21ch and 18 sts). Rnd 19: [1dc into each of the next 5 sts, dc2tog, 1dc into each of the next 6 sts] 3 times – 36 sts. Rnd 20: [1dc into each of the next 3 sts, dc2tog, 1dc into the next st] 6 times – 30 sts. Rnd 21: [1dc into the next st, dc2tog, 1dc into each of the next 2 sts] 6 times – 24 sts. Rnd 22: [1dc into each of the next 2 sts, dc2tog] 6 times – 18 sts. Rnd 23: [Dc2tog, 1dc into the

next st] 6 times – 12 sts. Rnds 24–26: 1dc into each st – 12 sts. Do not fasten off. TORSO Rnd 27: Insert hook into next st, yoh with yarn B (to change colour) and pull through to front of work, 1 sl st into each remaining st – 12 sts. Rnd 28: Working into the dc sts from rnd 26 (work behind the sl sts made in previous rnd), make 2dc into each st around – 24 sts. Rnd 29: 1dc into each st – 24 sts. Rnd 30: [1dc into each of the next 3 sts, 2dc into the next st] 6 times – 30 sts. Rnds 31–39: 1dc into each st – 30 sts. Rnd 40: 1sl st into each st – 30 sts. Remove hook from loop. Insert hook from WS to RS under first sl st of rnd, replace loop back on hook and pull loop through to WS of work, yoh with yarn C (to change colour) and pull through loop on hook. Rnds 41–45: 1dc into each st – 30 sts. Rnd 46: [1dc into each of the next 2 sts, dc2tog, 1dc into the next st] 6 times – 24 sts. Rnd 47: [Dc2tog, 1dc into each of

the next 2 sts] 6 times – 18 sts. Stuff body firmly with toy stuffing (head should not be stuffed yet). Rnd 48: [1dc into the next st, dc2tog] 6 times – 12 sts. Rnd 49: Dc2tog 6 times – 6 sts. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Using yarn needle, thread the yarn tail through the front loop of each of the remaining 6 sts and pull tight. Weave in ends securely. INNER MOUTH With yarn D, follow directions for rnds 1–9 of the head, omitting canvas attachment. SI st to fasten off. Work the following rnd into the back loops of rnd 9: Pull up a loop of yarn A in any st from rnd 9. 1ch, starting with same st, 1dc into each st around. Do not fasten off. Cut down plastic canvas so that it will fit within rnds 1–9 of Mouth. Cut this circle in half as evenly as possible. Pin each half of the circle to the WS of the Mouth. Orient the crack between semi-circles so that it is lined up with the last st you made. In other words, your hook and live loop is even with the crack between canvas pieces. It is okay

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