Here is the pattern I designed. This is a relatively easy pattern once you understand how to do a magic circle. I have detailed instructions in the pattern on how to make a magic circle, so don't be afraid to try it.
- Sport or baby weight yarn in purple (or black) and white
- Worsted weight yarn in orange
- Black embroidery thread
- C-2(2.75mm) hook
- Embroidery or tapestry needle with a large eye
- Flip Flops
Note: this pattern uses the Sc2tog (Single Crochet 2 stitches together) to do decreases. There are detailed instructions on how to do this stitch when it appears in the pattern. Insert hook in first sc, yo, draw up a loop, two loops on hook. Insert hook in next sc, draw up a loop, 3 loops on hook. Yo draw yarn through all three loops on hook, one sc2tog made.
Backing: With PURPLE(or black) YARN begin with a magic circle (sometimes called a sliding ring or a sliding circle). (Sorry my pictures start with white yarn, hope it doesn't confuse you.)
For video instructions on how to do a magic circle check out this video by Crochet Geek.
|Start by making a loop and inserting your hook|
|YO hook, pull up a loop|
|YO hook (hold on to magic circle with left hand)|
|pull up a loop|
|YO again and pull through two loops, first sc made|
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic circle. sl st in beginning sc, ch 1. (6 scs)
|6 scs made|
|Start to pull in magic circle by pulling on short tail end, making sure not to squeeze the scs so tightly you can't insert your hook|
|Before you tighten the circle all the way, insert hook in beginning sc|
|Sl st in beginning sc|
|Pull short end tail to make magic circle as tight as possible|
now the center is nice and tight
Rnd 2: Do 2 sc in each sc. ch 1. (12 scs)
Row 1: Do 3 scs, one per sc, ch 1, turn. (3 scs)
Row 2: Do 2 scs in first sc (inc), then 1 sc in each sc, to end, 2scs in last sc, ch 1, turn (5 scs)
Row 3: Repeat row 2 (7 scs)
|what your applique should look like so far|
Row 5: sc2tog (dec), 1 sc per sc, but one sc2tog in last sc, ch 1, turn (7 scs)
Row 6: repeat row 5 (5 scs)
|To do a sc2tog insert hook in first sc and pull up a loop, two loops on the hook|
|Then insert hook in next sc and pull up another loop, 3 loops on the hook|
|draw yarn through all three loops on the hook|
|one sc2tog made|
Row 6: repeat row 5 (5 scs)
Row 7: repeat row 5 (3scs). Fasten off.
Rnd 1: 5 scs in circle, sl st in beginning sc, ch 1 (5scs)
Rnd 2: 2 scs in each sc, sl st in beginning sc. Fasten off. Leave tail for sewing (10 scs)
Rnd 1: 5 scs in circle, sl st in beginning sc, ch 1 (5 scs)
Rnd 2: 2 scs per sc for 3 scs (6 scs), then sl st around in each sc til you reach the first sc made in this rnd. (3 sl sts), ch 1.
Rnd 3: skip 1st sc, 2 scs in each of next 3 scs (6 scs). Sl st in next st, fasten off. Leave tail for sewing.
Now you are ready to put the applique together. Start by sewing the face and body to the backing.
|The face and body should look like this on the backing|
|whip stitch the face on to the backing|
|whip stitch the body onto the backing, sewing a few extra stitches between the face and the body|
|weave in the ends|
Making the Beak and Feet
Sew a french knot in the middle of the face for a beak.
|Thread the needle with the orange yarn and tie a knot in the end. For instructions on an easier way to thread the needle, check out the end of the pattern|
|run the needle through the back of the applique in the middle of the face|
|Wrap the yarn twice around the needle and then run it back through the front of the face near wear you first pulled the orange yarn through. Make sure the yarn is wrapped fairly tightly around the needle.|
|Weave the orange yarn through the back of the applique and put it in position for the first foot|
|make a french knot again, but this time wrap the yarn once around the needle|
|after making the knot, pull the yarn through again on one side of the knot|
|bring the needle around the back of the applique and pull it through again on the other side of the knot|
|once the yarn is pulled all the way through put the needle through the loop formed with the orange yarn|
|weave the yarn through the back of the applique to form the other foot|
|repeat what you did with the first foot, leaving a yarn tail to use for sewing the applique onto the flip flop|
Next, sew the applique onto the flip flop.
Here's an easier way to thread the needle with worsted weight yarn
|Unroll the yarn|
|Press it flat around the eye of the needle|
|slide the flattened yarn off the needle, keeping it flat, then push it through the eye|
Sew the applique onto the flip flop.
Base (Make 2, one for each strap, base and other circles)
Start with a magic circle
Rnd 1: 6 scs in magic circle, sl st in first sc, ch 1 (6 scs)
Rnd 2: 2 scs per sc, sl st in first sc made (12 scs), ch 23 or as many needed to fit the length of the strap. fasten off leaving a tail for sewing.
Make 5 more circles (3 purple (black), 2 white), like the first one, but omit the ch 23. Instead fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.
Sew the other circles onto the base circle, alternating colors.
|weave the thread through to the end of the circle|
|Now it is ready to sew onto the strap|
|use the tails to secure each circle onto the strap|
|First attach the top circle to the penguin applique to anchor it|
|then secure the circle onto the strap|
|Secure each circle then weave in ends|
Hope you enjoy the pattern. I'd love to see pictures of what you've done with it.
sl st(s)--slip stitch(s)
sc2tog--single crochet 2 stitches together