I love toys that help a child tell a story. I want to encourage and inspire creativity, and I hope that through my puppet collections I am able to do that! My Fairy Tale Puppet collection was made popular by Jessica at The Hook Nook, and I am so thankful for the opportunity she gave me to share my work on such a large platform! Now, I would like to continue with other sets to spark interest and creativity in many different children with different interests!
My next set is for those space lovers out there! Outer space is filled with imagination inspiring content and stories to be told! That is why so many writers and movie makers use it for inspiration. This week's pattern release is for the astronaut, stay tuned next week for his alien friend!
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Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, White - approximately 88 yds
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Linen - approximately 25 yds
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Scarlet - approximately 10 yds
Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in other shades. I used a dark and light gray.
Crochet hook size G - 4.25mm
Terms and abbreviations to know:
Rnd, rnds - round, rounds
St, sts - stitch, stitches
Ch, chs - chain, chains
Sl st - slip stitch
Sk - skip
Sc - single crochet
Dc - double crochet
Inc - increase, 2 sc sts in same st
Dec - decrease, combine 2 sc sts into 1 st
Invsc2tog - invisible single crochet 2 together; this is essentially a decrease, but done in such a way as to make the continuous stitching smoother, and the decrease not as noticeable.
Notes: The body is worked from the top down, in the rnd, with no joining. The arms, front of the mask, and chest panel are made separately and sewn on. Pictures below can give more details into the process.
Size: This is one size, fitting child through adult, but if you wish to make it smaller for a smaller child to play with, simply tighten gauge or go down a hook size.
Gauge: 7 sts across and 8 rnds down = approximately 2 inches
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Astronaut Hand Puppet
Body, Beginning with the head, in White
Begin with a magic ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts
Rnd 2: inc in each st around; 12 sts
Rnd 3: (inc, sc in next st)6x; 18 sts
Rnd 4: (inc, sc in next 2 sts)6x; 24 sts
Rnd 5: (inc, sc in next 3 sts)6x; 30 sts
Rnd 6: (inc, sc in next 4 sts)6x; 36 sts
Rnds 7-15: sc in each st around; 36 sts
Rnd 16: (invsc2tog, sc in next 4 sts)6x; 30 sts
Rnd 17: (invsc2tog, sc in next 3 sts)6x; 24 sts
Attach Linen for next rnd, but do not fasten off White.
Rnd 18: in Linen (inc, sc in next 3 sts)6x; 30 sts
Rnd 19: in Linen inc in first st, pulling white through to complete last st (fasten off Linen), continue in White, sc in next 4 sts, inc, ch 4, sk next 4 sts, (inc, sc in next 4 sts)2x, inc, ch 4, sk next 4 sts, inc, sc in next 4 sts; 28 sts and 2 ch-4 spaces for the arms
Rnd 20: sc in next 8 sts, sc in each of the 4 chs, sc in next 14 sts, sc in each of the 4 chs, sc in next 6 sts; 36 sts (see picture)
Rnds 21-30: sc in each st around; 36 sts
Change to Scarlet for next rnd.
Rnd 31: in Scarlett, sc in each st around; 36 sts
Change back to White and fasten off Scarlet.
Rnds 32-36: in White, sc in each st around; 36 sts
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Arms, beginning in Linen, make 2
Begin with magic ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts
Rnd 2: (inc, sc in next st)3x; 9 sts
Rnds 3-4: sc in each st around; 9 sts
Rnd 5: dc bobble, sc in next 8 sts; 9 sts (see pictures below, and description above, for dc bobble)
Rnd 6: sc in each st around; 9 sts
Attach Scarlet. Fasten off Linen.
Rnd 7: sc in each st around; 9 sts
Attach White. Fasten off Scarlet.
Rnd 8: (inc, sc in next 2 sts)3x; 12 sts
Rnds 9-13: sc in each st around; 12 sts
Attach Scarlet. Fasten off White.
Rnd 14: sc in each st around; 12 sts
Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.
Sew the arms onto the arm holes. I pulled the arms through from the inside of the body, with thumbs pointed toward the head, then sewed the sleeve INSIDE the body, to avoid seams.
Face Mask in Linen
Row 1: turn and sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across; 11 sts
Row 2: ch 1 and turn, inc, sc in next 9 sts, inc; 13 sts
Row 3: ch 1 and turn, inc, sc in next 11 sts, inc; 15 sts
Rows 4-6: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st across; 15 sts
Row 7: ch 1 and turn, dec, sc in next 11 sts, dec; 13 sts
Row 8: ch 1 and turn, dec, sc in next 9 sts, dec; 11 sts
Row 9: ch 1 and turn, dec, sc in next 7 sts, dec; 9 sts
Row 10: ch 1 and turn, dec, sc in next 5 sts, dec; 7 sts
Row 11: ch 1 and turn, dec, sc in next 3 sts, dec; 5 sts
Row 12: ch 1 and turn, dec, sc in next st, dec; 3 sts
Do not turn, but sc around the edges.
Rnd 1: 11 sc down the side, 11 sc across the bottom, 11 sc up the other side, and 3 sc
across the top; 36 sts
Attach White and fasten off Linen.
Rnd 2: (inc, sc in next 5 sts)6x; 42 sts
Rnd 3: sc in each st around; 42 sts
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew to the front of the face. Weave in ends.
Front Panel in White and Linen
Begin with White.
Row 1: sc 2nd ch from hook, and in each ch across; 10 sts
Rows 2-7: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st across; 10 sts
Do NOT turn.
Attach Linen and fasten off White. Sc Linen around the rectangle, putting (sc, ch 1, sc) in
each corner to maintain shape. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing, but do not sew on, until after attaching the other parts of the panel.
For the button, use 3 different colors (I used red, light gray, and dark gray), Sew them each around 2 sts, in 3 separate rows.
Oxygen tube in dark gray and Linen
*Note: I did not use a magic ring here, because it would have made the small number of sts too difficult. Also, do not crochet too tightly here, so as to make it easier on yourself.
Begin with dark gray.
Rnd 1: ch 2, 4 sc into 2nd ch from hook; 4 sts
Rnds 2-14: sc in each st around; 4 sts
Attach Linen and fasten off dark gray. Leave a long tail of dark grey for sewing later.
Rnd 15: inc in each st around; 8 sts
Rnd 16: (inc, sc in next st)4x; 12 sts
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.
Sew the widest end of the tube onto the chest panel. Then, sew the panel onto the front
of the puppet. Last, sew the dark gray end of the tube, back behind the arm of the puppet. (see picture below) Weave in all ends.
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