Bartholomew the lamb

Meet Bartholomew the lamb! An ideal cuddly toy for baby.

Bartholomew the lambYou will need

  • Vinnis Colours Bambi (50g balls): 1 ball each in Clouds(839) and Slate(840)
  • 2 black 6mm safety eyes
  • fibrefill, or the stuffing from an old pillow
  • stitch marker
  • 4mm crochet hook
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors

NOTE If the holes between decreases are very noticeable, change to a hook half a size smaller to close the gaps. A stitch marker placed at the end of the round will help keep track of rounds and stitches. Simply move it up each round as you work. The entire lamb is made in the round using spirals and is worked in one piece from the head down to the legs. Only the arms, ears, tail and bow tie are made separately.

ABBREVIATIONS FOR BARTHOLOMEW THE LAMB
alt – alternate(ing); beg – begin(ning); betw – between; blp – back loop; blp-htr – back loop half treble crochet; ch – chain; ch-sp – chain space; crab st – crab stitch; col – colour; cont – continue; dc – double crochet; dtr – double treble; ea – each; fdc – foundationless double crochet; foll(s)ing – follow(s)ing; htr – half treble; inc – increase; invd – invisible decrease; lp(s) – loop(s); pop – popcorn stitch; prev – previous; rem – remain(ing); rep – repeat; sk – skip; slst – slip stitch; st(s) – stitch(es); tr – treble crochet; yoh – yarn over hook

SPECIAL STITCHES

MAGIC RING
Make a large lp with the end of the yarn lying under the working yarn. Hold the lp with your thumb and forefinger, insert the hook under the yarn end and pull the working yarn through to create a lp. Slst 1 to lock the lp. Treat the looped yarn as a closed chain and work the required number of sts into the lp. Once you have completed the sts pull the yarn end to tighten the lp thus closing the hole.

FAKE STITCH
A fake st creates a neater end than fastening off with a slst. Leave the hook in the lp made with the last st. Cut the yarn with enough length for sewing in the end. Now pull the lp, which is on the hook up but moving the hook away from the work. This will pull the yarn end out of the stitch. Don’t worry, the work won’t unravel. Thread the yarn end onto the tapestry needle. Insert the needle through the first stitch of the round, from the front of the stitch to the back. Lastly, insert the needle between the two lps of the last st made. You should now have something that looks like a proper crochet st.

FOUNDATIONLESS DOUBLE CROCHET
2ch, insert hook in second ch from hook, pull up lp, yoh, draw through 2 lps. *Insert hook under 2 lps of last st and pull up lp, yoh and draw through 2 lps; rep from * for length of foundation. Note that this foundationless dc row is slightly different to the one we have used previously. This method creates a narrower row with a less defined ‘chain’.

INVISIBLE DECREASE
Working with the next two available sts, insert hook through front lp of 1st st; don’t draw up a lp. Insert hook through front lp of 2nd st (3 lps on hook). Yarn over hook. Pull through both front lps (2 lps on hook). Yarn over hook, pull through both lps on hook. Invisible decrease made.

POPCORN STITCH
Work 5tr in st indicated, remove hook, insert hook into 1st tr (from front to back) place free lp back onto hook and pull through 1st st.

CRAB STITCH
Insert hook back into previous st, yoh and pull up a lp. Twist the hook upward and yoh, pull through both lps on hook. This stitch is also called a reverse double crochet stitch and is worked backwards, as the name suggests. It’s important to keep a looser tension or completing the stitch becomes difficult.

DOUBLE CROCHET
Yoh twice, insert hook into the st, yoh and draw up a lp (4 lps on hook). Yoh and draw through 2 lps, yoh and draw through next 2 lps, yoh and draw through remaining 2 lps on hook.

HALF TREBLE
Yoh, insert hook into the st, yoh and draw up a lp (3 lps on hook), yoh and draw through all 3 lps on hook.

BACK LOOP
Crochet sts are made up of a front and back loop. The front lp being the lp facing towards you as you work. The blp is the one that is facing away from you.

BACK LOOP HALF TREBLE
This st is completed in the same manner as a normal half treble, except that the hook is only inserted into the blp, instead of through both.

INCREASE
Work two sts into the same st.

PICOT STITCH
3ch, slst in 3rd ch.

Closing body parts
Cut the yarn with enough length to weave in the end. Using the tapestry needle, insert through the front lps of ea rem st. Pull the opening tight and weave in the end, varying the direction so that it doesn’t unravel.

To make Bartholomew the lambBartholomew the lamb

HEAD, BODY AND LEGS (STARTING AT HEAD)
Make a magic ring with col Clouds.
1st round: 6dc in ring – 6 sts.

NOTE Before pulling the ring closed insert the hair by cutting six 10cm lengths of yarn in col Slate. Using two strands at a time, fold them in half and knot the folded end. Insert the knotted end into the magic ring, making sure the dcs are facing right side out. Hold the knots and the dcs in one hand and pull the magic ring tight. You may have to pull on the magic ring thread more a few rounds further down. Cut the yarn ends to a length of about 1cm and split the yarn by running the tapestry needle through the yarn, thus separating the fibres.

2nd round: inc each st – 12 sts.
3rd round: (1dc,inc)6 times – 18 sts.

4th round: 7dc, 4slst, 7dc – 18 sts.
5th round: 7dc, (inc) 4 times, 7dc – 22 sts.
Insert safety eyes into first and last slst on 4th round.
Turn the head inside out and sew the magic ring thread into the head making sure it is as tight as possible so that the hair is not able to fall out.
6th round: 9dc, (inc)4 times, 9dc – 26 sts.
7th round: 11dc, (inc)4 times, 11dc – 30 sts.
8th round: 1dc in ea st around – 30 sts.
9th round: 11dc, (invd)4 times, 11dc – 26 sts.
10th round: 11dc,(invd)2 times, 11dc – 24 sts.
11th round: (2dc,invd)6 times – 18 sts.
12th round: (1dc,invd)6 times – 12 sts.
13th round: 4dc, (invd)2 times, 4dc – 10 sts.

NECK
14th round: 1dc in ea st around – 10 sts.
Stuff the head so that it has a little bit of squish.

BODY
15th round: [1dc,(inc)4 times]2 times – 18 sts.
16th round: 1dc in ea st around – 18 sts.
17th round: (2dc,inc)6 times – 24 sts.
18th round: (3dc,inc)6 times – 30 sts.
19th round: (4dc,inc)6 times – 36 sts.
20th – 22nd round (3 rounds): 1dc in ea st around – 36 sts.
23rd round: (4dc,invd)6 times – 30 sts.
24th round: (3dc,invd)6 times – 24 sts.
25th round: (2dc,invd)6 times – 18 sts.
Stuff the body so that it has a little bit of squish.

BEGIN THE FIRST LEG
Make 4dc, sk 9 sts.
26th round: 9dc, slst to first dc of round – 9 sts.
27th – 51st rounds (24 rounds): 1dc in ea st around – 9 sts.
Slst to the 1st st of 51st round to complete the leg.
Cut yarn with enough yarn to sew in loose end.

HOOF
Using col Slate, slst yarn to last dc of previous round.
52nd – 55th round (4 rounds): 1dc in ea st around, slst round closed – 9 sts.
Insert just enough fibrefill into the leg so that the hoof is stuffed. Once you have closed the hoof you may need to use the tapestry needle, or crochet hook, to move the stuffing into the hoof.
56th round: sk 1st dc, (invd)4 times – 4 sts.
Cut yarn with enough length to sew in loose end and close off hoof.

TO MAKE THE SECOND LEG
Using col Clouds, attach yarn to 1st skipped st of 25th round using slst.
Make 9dc and join with slst to fisrt dc made.
Cont from 27th round as for first leg.

THE ARMS (MAKE 2)
Using col Clouds make 3fdc.
1st round: 1dc, inc, 2dc, (inc)2 times, 1dc around the fdc – 8 sts.
2nd – 20th rounds: 1dc in ea st around – 8 sts.
Slst to the 1st st of 2th round to complete the arm.
Cut yarn with enough yarn to sew in loose end.

HOOF
Using col Slate, slst yarn to last dc of previous round.
21st – 25th round (4 rounds): 1dc in ea st around, slst round closed – 8 sts.
Insert just enough fibrefill into the leg so that the hoof is stuffed. Once you have closed the hoof you may need to use the tapestry needle, or crochet hook, to move the stuffing into the hoof.
26th round: (invd)4 times – 4 sts.
Cut yarn with enough length to sew in loose end and close off hoof.

THE EARS (MAKE 2) Bartholomew the lamb_ear
Make a magic ring with col Clouds.
1st round: 5dc in ring, pull closed – 5 sts.
2nd round: inc in ea st – 10 sts.
3rd – 8th rounds (6 rounds): 1dc in ea st around – 10 sts.
9th – 11th round: place 1invd in any st per round – 9(8,7) sts.
Cut yarn with enough length to attach ears to side of head.

THE TAIL Bartholomew the lamb_tail
Make a magic ring with col Clouds.
1st round: 6dc in ring, pull closed – 6 sts.
2nd – 4th round: 1dc in ea st around – 6 sts.
Cut yarn with enough length to attach tail to body.

THE BOW TIE (MAKE 2) Bartholomew the lamb_the-bow-tie
Worked in two parts from the outside to the centre.
Make two of the following using col Slate make 4ch.
1st round: starting with 2nd ch from hook, make 1 dc in ea ch across. Turn the ch so the bottom faces up and cont by making 3 more dc into ea ch across. Slst closed – 6 sts.
2nd round: 1ch, 1dc in ea st around, slst closed – 6 sts.
3rd round: 1ch, 1dc, sk1, 2dc, sk1, 1dc, slst closed – 6 sts.
Cut yarn with enough length to sew the two halves of the bowtie together. Carefully sew the halves together by weaving the yarn ends through the sts alt betw the two halves. Do not sew in rem ends yet. Make 12ch and use the rem ends on the bowtie to attach the ch to the bowtie.
Sew in all ends, except for yarn end at the unattached end of the ch. Wrap the ch around the lamb’s neck and sew to bowtie.

ATTACHING ARMS AND TAIL
Arms: Cut a length of col Clouds, making a double knot on one end, insert needle into the top of one of the arms, pulling the knot to the inside. Sew the arm to the side of the body, in line with the leg on the 15th round from the centre of the head. Rep for the other arm.

Ears: Using the tail end of yarn on the ears and the tapestry needle attach the ears on either side of the head and in line with the arms on the 3rd round from the centre of the head.

Tail: Attach the tail to the back of the body, placing centrally between the legs and four rows above them.

THE FACE AND HAIR Bartholomew lamb_face-and-hair
Nostrils and mouth:
Cut a length of col Slate and tie a double knot on one end. Using the tapestry needle insert the yarn into the face, two rows below one of the eyes. Make two or three ss around the post of the st directly below the eye.
Rep under the other eye. Move the needle out one row further down and 1st to the outside of the nostrils.
Move down one more row and reinsert the needle into the centre most st, bringing the needle out one row higher up and 1st further out from the other nostril.
Now inserting the needle betw the st and the face weaving the yarn around the sts already made, do this once on ea side of the mouth and reinsert the needle to sew in the rem end. Twisting the yarn in this manner will give the mouth a better shape.

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Magazine issue date: November, 2016

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