Thursday, March 3, 2011

Free Hobbes Crochet Pattern

I've finally decided to write up my Hobbes pattern
and instead of selling it 
I'd like to give it to you for free.

Finished Hobbes
The reason he is free is because
the creator of Calvin and Hobbes,
Bill Watterson
did not want to commercialize his work
so keeping that in mind
Please don't sell this pattern
and don't sell the completed work.
 I feel that part of enjoying Calvin and Hobbes
is also respecting the man who created it.
So this pattern is offered to people
who want to make Hobbes for themselves 
or a loved one.
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I originally made this up for my son because
of his love for Hobbes (he's 23 now)

I armed myself with Watterson's brilliant
drawings as a reference.
I made this pattern to look as close 
as possible to the Hobbes' drawings .

I realized that Hobbes could be
broken down into basic shapes.
His head is really just a fat cylinder,
his arms, legs and body are really
just cylinders with stripes on them.

He also had the muzzle of a cat
so I looked to the famous Amineko cat.
And despite what it looks like
that muzzle is just an unstuffed, flattened
cylinder too.

 Once I got the shapes down  I worked on size.
I had to make sure that each part was
in the right proportion to each other.
It was actually quite fun and challenging
to create a 3D yarn toy
from a 2D drawing.
 Until I started making him I never realized how different
Hobbes looks from a regular cat.
His head and body are a lot longer than
an normal cat plus
 he has the shortest fattest legs.
That caused me problems since
tubular legs and arms don't want to bend.
And if he can't bend then he can't sit
which means he couldn't sit under 
trees waiting for Calvin to bring him to life.
So I compromised a bit by not stuffing
the upper parts of his arms and legs.
Not exactly perfect but the best that I could do.
 I hope you enjoy making him
and I'd love if you left comments!
If you do  make him please let me know.
Also please credit me as designer and
include a link to this post
when you do post pictures.




Resources:
There are a lot of sites that have tutorials for making jogless stripes.
Hooks and Needles.... color stripe tutorial
NeedleNoodles.......jogless stripes

Pattern notes 
You will need:
Hook size: 4.5mm
Worsted weight yarn in orange, black and white (less than a 100 g ball each).
Black felt for eyes, nose and 2 stripes
A small strand of embroidery 
Darning needle
stuffing

All stripes (except 2 on top of head) are made by changing
colours in the pattern.

Please note that you will be working in the round.
Also note that
 at the end of each round you will slip stitch to join and chain 1.
This will minimize jogless stripes (see above resources).
Head:
Using orange yarn
(1)  6 sc into magic loop, tighten loop (6 st)
(2)  [2 sc  in each stitch ]         (12 st)
(3) [1sc into the 1st sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (18 st)
(4) [1sc into each of next 2 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (24 st)
(5)  [1sc into each of next 3 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (30 st)
(6) [1sc into each of next 4 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (36st)
(7) [1sc into each of next 5 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (42 st)
(8) [1sc into each of next 6 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (48st)
(9) Work even             (48 st)

Now you start on the black stripes at the back of his head.
When you switch back and forth between black and orange you will have to fasten
off each colour. This will result in a  lot of ends...I didn't weave them in since they 
are tucked inside his cute head but that decision is up to you.
But don't worry...this is the only part of the pattern where this happens.

(10-11) make 16 sc in orange then 32 sc in black (48 st)
(12) work even in orange
(13-15) Same as  rows (10-12)
(16-17) make 16 sc in orange then 32 sc in black (48 st)
The rest of the head is worked in orange only.
(18-21) work even   (48 st)
(22) [1sc into each of next 6 sc, 2sc decrease] 6 times (42st)
(23) [1sc into each of next 5 sc, 2sc decrease] 6 times (36 st)
(24) Work even
(25) [1sc into each of next 4 sc, 2sc decrease] 6 times (30st)
(26) Work even
(27) [1sc into each of next 3 sc, 2sc decrease] 6 times (24 st)
(28-30) Work even, fasten off leaving long yarn to sew head on.
Stuff head

Muzzle: Do not stuff!
 In white
(1)  6 sc into magic loop, tighten loop (6 st)
(2)  [2 sc  in each stitch ]         (12 st)
(3) [1sc into the 1st sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (18 st)
(4) [ 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 5 stiches]  3 times   (21 st)
(5-18) work even
(19) [2sc decrease , 1 sc in next 5 st] 3 times   (18st)
(20) [1 sc in next st, 2sc decrease]          (12 st)
(21) decrease in every stitch   (6st)
(22) decrease in every stitch (3 st).
If you rather you can skip this last row and sew the hole up with yarn instead.
Fasten off leaving enough yarn to sew muzzle to head.


Ears (Make two)
These are just 2 triangles
In black
(1) 4sc into magic loop (4 st)
(2) increase in every st  (8 st)
(3) [1sc into each of next 3sc, 2sc into the next sc] (10 st)
(4) [1sc into each of next 4sc, 2sc into the next sc] (12 st)
(5) [1sc into each of next 5sc, 2sc into the next sc]  (14 st)
(6) work even
Fasten off and leave enough yarn to sew to head.
Hand press them to look like ears

Putting the details on.

The eyes, nose and stripes on the top of his head are all made of felt.
Use the picture for placement...pin everything on first so you can make
sure that it all looks good. Take your time with this part.
This is the most important part of the whole pattern...it's what makes
your stuffed toy become Hobbes.
I take a picture of it ...that helps me a lot.

All the felt pieces are hand sewn on with thread, the muzzle is sew on with yarn.
Sew the nose onto the muzzle and add a couple of embroidery lines below the nose,
Put some stuffing behind the muzzle piece and sew onto head.
Sew the eyes on about the same level as the bottom stripe.
Sew on ears and 2 stripes using picture as help.

putting him together

Body:
Starting from bottom up.
In orange
(1)  6 sc into magic loop, tighten loop (6 st)
(2)  [2 sc  in each stitch ]         (12 st)
(3) [1sc into the next first sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (18 st)
(4) [1sc into each of next 2 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (24 st)
(5)  [1sc into each of next 3 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (30 st)
(6) [1sc into each of next 4 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (36st)
(7) [1sc into each of next 5 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (42 st)
(8) work even
(9-10) using black work even
(11-12) using orange work even
Continue working rows 9-12 until you have a total of 6 stripes of each colour.
(33) in black [1 sc in next 5 st, 2sc decrease] 6 times (36 st)
(34) work even
(35) in orange work even
(36) [1 sc in each of next 4 st, 2sc decrease] 6 times   (30 st)
(37-38) in black work even
(39) In orange  [1 sc in each of next 3 st, 2sc decrease] 6 times (24 st)
 Fasten off

 
Legs (Make 2)

In white
 (1)  6 sc into magic loop, tighten loop (6 st)
(2)  [2 sc  in each stitch ]         (12 st)
(3) [1sc into the next first sc, 2sc into the next sc] 6 times (18 st)
(4) [1sc into each of next 2sc, 2sc into the next sc] 6 times (24 st)
(5-9) work even
(10-11) in black work even
(12-13) in orange work even
Repeat  rows 10-13 until you have 4 stripes of each colour
Fasten off leaving enough orange yarn to attach to body.


Arms  Make 2

Work the same as the legs but skip row 9.
Also at the end, do another row of 10 and 11 of black.
Fasten off and leave enough black yarn to sew arms onto body.

Tail:
starting from the tip of the tail
In black
(1)  6 sc into magic loop, tighten loop (6 st)
(2)  [2 sc  in each stitch ]         (12 st)
(3) [1sc into each of next 5 sc, 2 sc into the next sc]  2 times   (14 st)
(4-5) work even in orange
(6-7) work even in black
Repeat Rows 4-7 until you have 13 orange stripes and 13 black stripes
Then add another stripe of orange (rows 4-5)
Fasten off and leave enough orange yarn to sew to body.

Belly Band (oval)
Don't get scared off this section
His tummy patch is simply an oval.
If you know how to make one then just skip this section totally.
In reality ovals are very simple...(it's the written instructions that make them seem complicated
to make especially as you add new rounds.)
All the increases in an oval are at the ends.
The straight sides have no increases.

I'll give you written instructions for the first round since it is easy,
then I'll show you visually where the increases go for the next rounds

Ch 16 in white
Round 1:
Remember to mark your first stitch with marker
Starting in 2nd chain from hook sc 14, 3sc in last st.
Rotate work around and start working on other side of chain.
Sc 13, make 2sc in last st.


Now look at this drawing:
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I've drawn out 4 ovals that represent the four rounds
The red arrows represent where the increases occur.

You should note 2 things
1-The number of increases stay the same during each round
            (3 extra increases at each end for a total of 6 increases)
2- There is one increase that always stays in the same place and the other two take
'steps' away from this centre increase. It's like they are getting mad at the bossman
and the longer they are with him the further they want to be from him.

In Round 1 all three increases were in the same stitch. (at each end)
They were friends.
Now for the rest of the rounds

Round 2:
Notice that the two side increases have moved away from the centre increase.
They now are 2 stitches down from it (separated by a sc)
So what you are going to do is first mark the centre stitch at both ends.
Just do it by eye.
Now count down 2 stitches on both sides and that is where your side increases will go.
Do that also for the other end.

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Now crochet that row putting increases only in those places. (6 in total)
Every other stitch will be worked evenly..don't forget to put a sc in between those increases.

Round 3: Again mark your two centre stitches...count down 3 stitches on both side...that is where your increases go.
Every other place gets a sc.
round 3



Round 4;  Mark your two centre stitches...count down 4 stitches on both side...that is where your increases go. Every other place gets a sc
Round 4
For me 4 rounds fit Hobbes nicely but if you want it larger just 
continue moving those side increases down a stitch for each round.

Putting the body together
Stuff the body and sew on the belly band.
Stuff the arms and legs but only stuff the joint area lightly as 
you want to make him bendable.
Use yarn to sew on the appendages.
Sew head onto body adding stuffing if needed.

Pick him up, give him a hug!

316 comments:

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Tiffany Ma said...

Hi! I used your pattern as a template and then made changes to make my Hobbes my own special version :) Thank you so much for posting the pattern up for free! It is much appreciated.

Here's mine:

http://xtsma.tumblr.com/post/36418630446/i-made-a-hobbes-i-used-this-pattern-thats-been

sukigirl said...

Thanks guys...I'm glad you like my pattern!

Mewtopia, thanks for sending me a link to your very cute Hobbes!

Tiffany Ma, not sure what changes you made other than changing the stripes but your Hobbes looks great.

Anonymous said...

My brother and sister in law just named their new baby Calvin. Guess who's getting this for Christmas! Thanks for making the pattern easy to follow (or at least look that way! I'm on the hunt for orange yarn!)

Sarah said...

and here is a link to my finished project! Thanks again! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.816272601806.2139204.80501465&type=1#!/photo.php?fbid=816272736536&set=a.816272601806.2139204.80501465&type=3&theater

sukigirl said...

Your welcome Mackena and Foxycrafts!

mewtopia...I love your Hobbes...he's very cute!

Anonymous said...

I just finished this pattern for my 5 year old granddaughter.. She has been asking me for a crocheted tiger but I was unable to find a decent pattern until I stubbled on yours. It was very easy to make and I know she will be very excited when she opens it at Christmas

Patty Higgs said...

I made four of these for my cousin's four grandkids. The came out so cute! Thanks for the wonderful pattern. They will be family heirlooms!
Patty

casaloco19 said...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/casaloco19/8255706806/in/photostream

I just finished my Hobbes made from your fantastic pattern. Thanks so much for sharing your talent. I hope this is the link to the photo.
I love my Hobbes!!

Shannon said...

I'm making this for a friend to give to her sister for Christmas but I have a question. Is it worked in continuous rounds or so I ch 1 at the start and sl st at the end of each round?

sukigirl said...

Shannon, I've worked them both ways and found that the stripes come out nicer if you work a slip st and then 1 ch but see which way works better for you?

Anonymous, It's nice to see the younger generation being introduced to Hobbes : -)

sukigirl said...

casaloco!
Oh he came out so great. You did a wonderful job crocheting him!

sukigirl said...

Patty, I am so impressed that you made 4 Hobbes!!
That is such a feat!

Jessa said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I make my daughter an amiguri animal each year for Christmas and was having a hard time finding one for the stocking this year. She's only 3, but she already loves looking through her daddy's C&H books. This will be perfect! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

hi! Thanks for the pattern and here is my Hobbes!

http://imgur.com/3ZnyA

Lolita Wong said...

Hi! Creating Hobbes has been a year long project for me as I started it then stopped, and now I have completed it. I was super excited to finally put all of the pieces together but then I realize the black stripes on Hobbes' head are not aligned in the same rows. Each of the black stripe on the right side are lower than the left side's stripes by at least one row. I thought of evening out the stripes with the black felt strips but they are not working out to well. What suggestions do you have to fix this? Or should I redo the head all in orange and add the black felt as the main black stripes? Please answer soon. I hope to complete this project before Christmas.

Thank you very much! :)

sukigirl said...

Sorry that this has to be short but I am taking care of my mother after her surgery. You can try making the head in rounds instead of spirals. Take care...suki

Lolita Wong said...

Hi Suki. Thank you for your fast response. I didn't know I have been crocheting in spirals but now I know. Thank you! I'll look into learning how to make the head in rounds and hopefully that will fix the stripes issue.

I hope your mom will recover soon to fully enjoy the holidays :)

Take care! And Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

I made a Hobbes of my own! Thank you so much for your helpful instructions! Not bad for the first thing I have ever crocheted :)

http://imgur.com/a/cT5XV

Thanks again!

Luluizm said...

My son loves loves loves his Hobbes! Such a joy to see his eyes light up while playing with it! He's been reading all the Calvin & Hobbes comics and drawing them over and over again. My deep deep deepest thanks for providing this pattern for free...

I'm new to crocheting amigurumi, but your instruction is really easy to follow. I really appreciate it!

http://longwinterhobby.blogspot.ca/2012/12/amigurumi-hobbes.html

Alyssa Mackenzie said...

Hi! Thank you so much for this pattern! I just finished making one for my boyfriend. The pattern was so easy to follow, but you're right he does take some time to make :) Mine looks a little different than yours (just in the finishing details), but I still think he's super cute. Thank you again!

Lilly said...

http://fav.me/d5o1t1z

I made it!
Thanks for this, it was the perfect pattern, had no issues.

MrsAmyS said...

Sukigirl, thank you SO MUCH for this free pattern! I made it for my husband, who is a huge Calvin and Hobbes fan, and managed to surprise him with it this Christmas! I had shown him the pattern ages ago and he told me I should make it someday...well someday finally came and his face on Christmas was classic! I appreciate all the time you put into creating and sharing this pattern. You've made one more grown up "Calvin" very happy :)

I included a link to the pictures! http://ravel.me/MrsAmyS/2dmwp

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I made a Hobbes for my girlfriend for our anniversary and she really loved it. It was a lot of fun to make.

I had some trouble with the belly so I'm still working on it and I will add it later, but it was really easy to make thanks to your instructions. I really appreciate your help!

redphonedeb said...

Hello there,
I have already tried to post this, so I apologise if I'm repeating myself. I have just finished crocheting all the parts for my Hobbes following your pattern and have sewn all the details onto the head, and all the parts are stuffed. Although I have been crocheting for quite a few years I have never made an animal before and have now hit a problem, I'm not sure how or where to position the legs and arms. The legs even seem a little bit too big to fit on the bottom of the body although my tension is the same on all parts. I have been looking at loads of images to try and work it out but am stumped! I would really appreciate your help in getting over his hurdle. Thank you for your time.

sukigirl said...

Lovely to see more Hobbes being created!!
Redphonedeb, if the legs seem too big you may be over stuffing them. I under stuffed mine, especially where they are joined to the body, so that they could move.
As far as attaching them....check out Planet June's tutorials for joining.
http://www.planetjune.com/blog/tutorials/crochet-tutorials/
I think if you use her method and take your time you should be happy with the result.

maelbo said...

Just wanted to thank you SO VERY MUCH for the Hobbes free pattern. My son's bday is coming up & he had asked years ago if I could sew him a Hobbes for him. Now mind you he will be 31 yrs old!!! Since I love crochet so much decided to make him one. I started about 3 wks ago & just finished Hobbes. He came out beautiful. It takes times but quite easy. I would enclose a picture but don't know how. Again, THANK YOU, THANK YOU & THANK YOU!!!

Tina said...

I can't wait to make this for my nephew. He currently sleeps with a stuffed cat but he would be so adorable holding his very own Hobbes. He is as mischievous as Calvin.

marzstuff said...

Hi there!

I recently attempted to make this Hobbes, and even though I didn't manage to make it look as great as yours, it doesn't look too bad. I gave it as a present to my friend, who has just had a baby, and they loved it!

http://marzstuff.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/hobbes-crocheted-toy/

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I am trying to knit my own Hobbes and I really like the one you've done in crochet.
I was wondering if you may post the dimension of each part (in cm or in inch) so I could use them.

Thank a lot
Yielle

sukigirl said...

Your welcome Maelbo!
So glad that your Hobbes worked out for you!

Tina, it sounds like Hobbes would be a perfect fit for your nephew!

Marzstuff, I checked put your Hobbes and he is great...each one is always unique!

Anonymous...I'm sorry but I don't actually have Hobbes living at my house so I can't give you a breakdown.

cheers everyone...suki

JoyJonne said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely pattern! I made such a Hobbes as well and post the result of it on my blog: http://bit.ly/WXMEAi
JoyJonne Hooks

Norah said...

He is wonderful! I am not a big crochet fan but am thinking of adapting your design ideas to the medium I prefer which is knitting... A friend of mine fell in love with your pictures of hobbes and I would like to make one as a gift for her

Brenda's Page said...

Thank you for sharing. I have been crocheting since I was 12 (now 58) I just began to write down and make patterns. A friend is going to help me set up a blog page so I can post my creations and share them with others for free. I love crochet! And love how people share their patterns. Thank you much! ~ Brenda

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Anonymous said...

Hi I just love him ,but I can't crochet is there any way I can have it translated to knitting . Would dearly love to make him louise
Louiseywilliams@gmail.com
Thank you

sukigirl said...

JoyJonne, thanks for sharing your Hobbes with me and also for linking the pattern. You did a great job on him!

Norah, I would love to see your knitted version when you make him.
I"m not a very good knitter so it would be interesting to see how he comes out!

Brenda..you're very welcome...I hope you end up making him and please send me a link if you do!

Anonymous...I'm sorry but I don't knit well...you might want to check with Norah(3 comments above yours) as she may be working on a pattern.
cheers suki

Danielle Eisenbacher said...

Your Hobbes is perfection! I cried when I first saw him - Hobbes looks just as he should be.

I am not a proficient crochet-er, but my mother is and we are so excited to start working on this very early present for my future children!

Have you ever sent Mr.Watterson one? You should...

Thank you so so much!
love,
Danielle

Rebecca Jackson said...

I love Calvin and Hobbes!

I finally had a go your Hobbes pattern and am really pleased with it! Thanks for posting it! xxx

http://bumblebecca.blogspot.co.uk/

Katie said...

Finally finished him tonight! I'm so glad you shared this, he's perfect for my nephew.

http://imgur.com/gallery/8bjJh

Anonymous said...

FYI, I used less than 116 yards/ 106 meters for each colour, even for the orange yarn. But, I should warn that the amount of orange yarn used was very close to the hole ball of 116yd yarn, so depending on the tension, I would recommend to buy a little more for the orange yarn.

Kisses from Brazil!

Chad Gilbert said...

Your Hobbes pattern inspired me to learn how to crochet so I could make one for my new daughter. Thanks a ton! This is my first time crocheting and while it took me a few months, it was well worth it!

Here he is!

Anonymous said...

My son is 26. He's going to love this.......
Thank you for the pattern.

sukigirl said...

First of all thanks for all the lovely comments.
I also want to say how much I love seeing your pics of all the Hobbes. I especially like it when the recipient is also in the pics. Chad...I love your daughter's reaction, I hope they have become friends now : )
cheers suki

Glenda Purvis said...

Absolutely adorable! I have several young nieces who will appreciate it. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern.

Dena Ann said...

Thank you for this pattern! My husband has been dying for a Hobbes doll so I made him one for his birthday! I will link and credit when I post pictures! Thank you again!

Anonymous said...

Wow thank you so much for sharing this pattern with everyone!
I have just finished his head and am already in love with him. The one I am making now is a gift for someone but I think I may have to make another for myself!
When I have him done I will post a link to my finished toy :)

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to make him. I'll be doing one for me. lol I Love Calvin and Hobbes. I'll being making 2 for baby shower gifts along with the Amish puzzle ball.

Anonymous said...

I finally finished Hobbes for my little boy Ambrose. And I'm happy to say that he's taken to him like a Calvin. My daughter left Hobbes against her brother's door tonight and whispered, "You stay right there, Hobbes." :) Here's a picture:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=686149191238&set=pcb.686149715188&type=1&theater

Kirstie C said...

I love your pattern! And i have all the parts. I just have some trouble putting it together..
When you say putting polyfil behind the muzzle do you mean inside it? or literally behind it? Also, is supposed to look like a deflated oval?
Did you stuff the head before sewing on the ears and the muzzle or before?
Did you sew on the arms/legs/tail/white belly before or after stuffing the body?
How did you make sure everything was centered?
Can I just buy the regular felt sheets you buy at your local arts and crafts store to sew on the eyes and nose? Or is there a particular kind of felt I need.
Lastly, for the mouth, did you use black yarn or thread?

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh, this is amazing! I can't wake to make this for my husband and son!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I stumbled across your pattern for Hobbs on Ravelry and now I know I have to make two of them! Both my sons (now 30 and 28) are huge fans of Calvin & Hobbs so I know they will be thrilled to have one of their own. Both are married and are hoping to have families so I suspect their Hobbs will be shared with their own kids. Thanks so much for the great pattern!

Yvette Barncastle said...

OMG! My 15 year-old son adores Calvin and Hobbes. I am a knitter, and frankly don't like to crochet at all, but you've inspired me to make my own knit pattern. If it works out, I'll send you a pic. My Thad would go through the roof if he got a stuffed Hobbes for Christmas. And we also greatly respect the author's choice not to commerialize. Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

My son & his wife are having their first baby and painted the nursery "Calvin& Hobbes". They asked me to make a Hobbes and I was so excited when I found your pattern. I would love to send you a picture of the Nursery and the Hobbes doll I made. My email is llaurask@aol.com. You can email your email address to me. Thank you so much for sharing.

sukigirl said...

Thanks everyone for your nice comments.
As usual some I answered here and others by email.
cheers suki

KnittedLilyCreations said...

Suki,

Hi! I've been knitted and crocheting for a long time but have never made any toys using crochet before. A friend inspired me to give it a try and while looking for a little quick pattern to try out, I stumbled upon your Hobbes! My boyfriend is a HUGE Calvin and Hobbes fan and is the one who got me into them! His birthday is at the end of October so I decided to give your Hobbes a try as my first ever stuffed toy attempt for his birthday. Thank you so much for providing this pattern! I can't wait to see how he turns out!

Always,
Melissa

Betty Saleh said...

I made Hobbes for my daughter who is away at school in Santa Barbara. I brought him with me when I went to visit her and sat him in the front seat so she saw him when she got in the car. Boy was she excited. Your instructions were so easy to follow. Thanks for creating the pattern.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=716361195044034&set=a.236004006413091.77302.100000104808756&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf

Arianna said...

Hey there, I love this pattern. I'm attempting to make this little guy for my sister. I am just starting the pattern and have a few questions.
1. the head is turning out to have more of a point at the beginning rather than a flat cylinder like yours is, any ideas on why that is or how i can fix it?
2. When the head is done do I have to close it up or is it left open to sew onto the body later?

Thank you so much,
Arianna

sukigirl said...

Melissa, make sure you give yourself lots of time to work on him and you're welcome!

Betty, you did a wonderful job on Hobbes, thanks for letting me see him!

Arianna, I'm not sure why his head would end up being pointy...this is the first time anyone has had this problem.
I like to close the head completely before sewing it on to the body. I find it helps me to keep him from having a wobbly neck. But if you feel you can keep his head stable by leaving it open and then attaching, then by all means do it.

cheers everybody...suki

Lisa said...

I just finished Hobbes today for my son. In his words "I love it!" Thank you so much for the pattern, it was easy to follow and went together quick. I made a few modifications, I thought he needed whiskers. I posted him on my blog: http://thecanonfamily.blogspot.com/2013/10/hobbes.html

Corrina said...

A friend asked that I make a Hobbes for her son who wants to be Calvin for Halloween. I found your pattern and made him. Your pattern was super easy to follow, and he turned out perfectly! Thank you for sharing and making lots of little boys out there so happy! I have emailed you a picture. Feel free to post it, if you like.

Walk a mile... said...

Question, I just started this and am slightly confused. In the head when you do a color change do you join the yarns? The reason I ask is because doing it the way I think it reads there's gaps between the color changes! Or do I start the new yarn in the ending st?

sukigirl said...

Lisa and Corrina, thank you both for showing me your Hobbes...they are wonderful!

Walkamile,
To make clean lines between colour changes I suggest you use the link I included in the pattern...she does a great job and it is cleaner than making stripes working spirals.
http://www.hookandneedles.com/2008/04/amigurumi-tutorial-3/

Anonymous said...

Thank you Sukigirl for sharing this pattern. I'm 37 weeks pregnant and thought I'd make my husband his very own Hobbes before our own lil Calvin shows up and thanks to you, he's thrilled and and happy with not just Hobbes but the attention too :-)
Hugs,
San

pworsi said...

I've just finished my Hobbes (Huba in Hungarian) for a friend, I wrote about it here: http://kavicscukor.blogspot.hu/2013/12/kazmer-nelkuli-huba.html
Thanks a lot for the pattern, it was easy to follow!

Lucy Freeman said...

Thanks for posting such an awesome pattern...making this for my friend. Both of us love Calvin and Hobbes...sure she'll be happy to get this for Xmas! Thanks again!

Regina said...

Sukigirl,
My 19 year old daughter adore Hobbes and has begged me to make him. So I have started Hobbes. I'm still new at many techiniques so when I saw Hobbes I'm like thinking no way I can make it.
Anyway, the project is coming around slowly but I hope I have it done by the end of January. I crochet slow.

sukigirl said...

Hi Anon...so glad your hubby has his own Hobbes...I hope he shares it with the baby when he arrives :-)

Hi pworski, thanks for the link to your Hobbes..he looks great! And I love that Hobbes is Huba in Hungarian... My hubby is also Hungarian :-)

Hey Lucy, I appreciate that you took the time to stop by and thank me....have a great Xmas!

Hi Regina, I crochet so slowly too and I don't have a good reason for it like you do. Hobbes is not a fast project so I woulldn't worry about it. Let me know when you finish even if it takes you a lot longer.

Cheers everybody and have a great Christmas!

Anonymous said...

i've recently started to crochet and this will be the 3rd thing im crotcheting when you say work even what do you mean? i tried to google it on the internet and it says to repeat the previous step so i did but i ended up with more stitches then there should be. im stuck on the 9th row on the head.

sukigirl said...

Hi Anon,
to work even means you don't do any decreases or increases. So for the ninth row you will work 1sc into each stitch. You will end up with the same number of stitches at the end of this row as the row before(in this case that is 48).

Hope that helps you...cheers suki

Ruth Emerick said...

I just finished the Hobbes pattern for my husband for Christmas. Here's my completed project: https://plus.google.com/photos/105380381805350897687/albums/5962923831291984049?authkey=CPvFq-yE28a7mgE

Thanks so much for sharing this pattern!

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Boo Boo Kitty said...

Thank you so much for writing this up and for sharing! He is just gorgeous!

Regina said...

Hobbes is so cute! I'm in the middle of making him. I must admit I had some trouble since I had never tried some of the stitches needed to make him before. Also I had never heard of a magic loop before. My daughter found instructions on how to do that since she is the one I'm making Hobbes for.
So anyway, when I finish Hobbes and if I'm not too embarrassed I will post a link to my blog so you can see a picture of him.
Thank you for providing directions for making him.

Evelyn Wallat said...

Thank you for the pattern I will be make Hobbs too.. he was my favourite critter miss reading all the stories about him and Calvin. I will post my Hobbs when I am finished.

sukigirl said...

Thanks everyone,
It's so wonderful to hear that both beginners and experienced crocheters are tackling him!
cheers

Anonymous said...

Thank you SO MUCH for this pattern. I am making Hobbes for my 10 yr old son who is a Calvin and Hobbes fanatic! It started out with my love for Calvin and Hobbes and had got al the boks and my now 21 yr old and 20 yr old grew up loving him as well(and stole my books) LOL when my now 10 yr old was born, he grew to love him as well(and has all the books himself now). Hobbes is almost complete. Just have the arms to finish and attach and the white belly to do. I will try to attach a pic if i can here. Only thing i changed with the pattern is made Hobbes' nose oval like in the comics. Love the patern! So easy to follow as i am a fairy new crocheter. This is actually the 1st pattern i have been able to do as all else was done by watching videos.

sukigirl said...

Hi anon,
It sounds like you've done really well especially for a beginner crocheter! I don't think learned as quickly as you have so I'm thinking you'll probably be developing your own patterns in the not so distant future.
Thanks for taking the time to comment...you take care...suki

twenty six letters said...

Oh, he's lovely! I definitely want to try and make him :D

Libby Goldstein said...

Here is my attempt at your awesome pattern! Thanks so much!
http://instagram.com/p/qyBgo-rYf4/

Jonathan andMegan said...

Just finished Hobbes as an anniversary gift for my husband. First thing I've ever crocheted...besides an unfinished blanket.

Anyway, thanks so much for the awesome pattern. I changed the face a little to look more like live Hobbes. But here was my go...http://i.imgur.com/ligoOGw.jpg

TiffNorth said...

Thank you for posting your Hobbes pattern! I'm finally attempting him, and if all goes well, a new baby in the family AND my brother will have their sidekicks in time for Christmas.

That being said, are there any pointers you can give on getting the stripes even on the head? I ripped out almost all of my work last night because they didn't line up. They were slanted and just wrong. I tried again today, made sure I was counting correctly, but no luck.

TiffNorth said...

I got the stripes on the head figured out! I couldn't see the videos on the link you posted, but I'm making progress now :) just wanted you to know before you went to the trouble to talk me through it.

sukigirl said...

More great pictures of Hobbes...
I love them!!

Tiff...You can try working them in rounds instead of spiral. That will also give you that little jig but it isn't quite as prominent.
suki

Fernanda Candeo said...

Hello! I loved your pattern and I found it just in time for Christmas. My 1 year old nephew will love, I'm sure! Thank you very very much. If you want to see, here is my Hobbes.
http://teiadecarinhos.blogspot.com.br/2014/11/hobbes-melhor-amigo-do-calvin.html
I put a link to your blog there, thank you again.

J. Svensson said...

I am so grateful for this pattern. My oldest son (29) is going through a hard time right now. He's been a fan of Calvin and Hobbes since he was a toddler. I made Hobbes to try and help him feel better. I'd share a pic with you but I don't know how.
Thank you again!!

sukigirl said...

Fernanda and J.Svensson,
Thank you both for your comments. You've both made Hobbes for people that you love AND are from totally different age groups...how cool is that!! That's why Hobbes is such a wonderful creation..his adventures with Calvin have meaning for all ages.

J.Svensson, I'm so glad that making Hobbes helped your son.<3

Caitlin said...

Hi !
You posted this years ago but I am trying it now for a friend and I am new to this so i have a dumb question. When it says work even what exactly does that mean? ive read so any different definitions only and I am not sure!

sukigirl said...

Hi Caitlin,
Work even means that you don't increase or decrease.

So for the Hobbes pattern you will see "work even" mentioned first in round 9 of the head. So for that round you would work one single crochet into each stitch. When you are finished that round you will have the same number of stitches as you did the previous round.
So at the end of round 9 you will have 48 stitches which is the same number of stitches you had at the end of round 8.

Just a word of warning...Hobbes is not a beginner project. So you will notice that I don't spell out everything. You will find it difficult if this is the first stuffed toy that you've made. If you find you are running into a lot of problems I would suggest that you put Hobbes aside for a bit and get some experience in making simple stuff toys so that you become familiar with techniques like working in the round, changing colours without a bump. That will help you a lot.
Good luck!...suki

Kathrine said...

I just found this in Pinterest, and it is the cutest thing of the day! I'm making it for my friend, who's having her first child i a month or so!
BTW your pattern is really easy to understand and follow (my mothertongue isn't english :) ) *much appreciation*

sukigirl said...

Hi Kathrine...glad that you came across my pattern.
I love it when someone makes Hobbes for a friend or family member.I hope you enjoy making him.
Thanks so much for your kind words...suki

Natalie MacFarlane said...

I just finished line 9 of the head, but now I have a question. I am about 6 stitches short of completing the row. I have 48 stitches, bit the rows done match up. Are they supposed to be matching up ? I am fairly new to complex crochet patterns so I assume the term work even means you repeat the previous row? Meaning I crocheted 6 SC and then 2 SC in the next stitch

sukigirl said...

Hi Natalie....no the term 'work even' doesn't mean repeat the last row.
It means that you make one stitch in each stitch; there are no increases or decreases.
That should make everything right!

Jenna Boden said...

How big is the finished product when using worsted yarn?

sukigirl said...

Hi Jenna,
Hobbes measures 16 inches, not including his tail.
I'd be really interested in hearing what size a lighter yarn would produce.
cheers suki

Anonymous said...

I hope you are still answering comments! I'm making Hobbes from my nephew (who has a Hobbes tattoo) and his up coming baby. My question is your pattern for the arms says to do "another round of 10&11 in black and leave enough black yarn to sew to body". However, your picture shows an orange stripe last. Do I add another set of black stripes?
Thanks for the pattern, Elana

sukigirl said...

Sorry for the delay Anonymous.
I don't seem to be able to get to my blog as often as I'd like to due
to other commitments.
You've caught something that others (including myself) hadn't noticed.
That I added a set of black stripes after taking that picture.

I realized when I went to join the arms to the body that I would have an orange stripe of the arm hitting a black stripe of the body. So I added another set of black stripes.
But if you did end up attaching the arm to an orange stripe part of the body you might not want to add those extra black stripes.
It's up to you what you think looks best.
cheers suki

Lara said...

Thanks for the pattern! My husband is very chuffed with his Hobbes :)

Finished version (apart from stripes on the head):
https://instagram.com/p/92mDmmMvlZ

sukigirl said...

Hi Lara...so glad your husband was happy with his Hobbes.
I'm not surprised since you did a great job making him.
Thanks for sharing your pic.
Take care ...suki

Anonymous said...

Oooh, I found Hobbes while searching for a cat pattern for my son.
A friend absolutely LOVES Hobbes, so I will give it a try for her sake. (After Christmas ;-)

Thank you very much for this pattern.

Petra

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I made one of these for my boyfriend when he moved in with me 2 years ago and he loved it! He says it's the most special soft toy he's ever had. It's so special to us that a few weeks ago he used it as part of an elaborate treasure hunt, at the end of which he proposed! Now we have Hobbes in all our proposal pics.

Thanks so much for this pattern!

Kaasmuis said...

Thanks for your pattern. I used it to make a giant Hobbes (http://kaasmetgaten.blogspot.be/2016/01/reuze-hobbes-giant-hobbes.html). I'm planning on making a smaller one soon.

Thanks again!!

sukigirl said...

Thanks guys for sharing your stories and pics of Hobbes..it means a lot to me!

P. itpit said...

Hi,
I want to thank you for the pattern. I finished my Hobbes today, it is a gift for a friend who loves the comics.
I would like to share a photo but don't know how to do it :-(

Pit

sukigirl said...

Hi Pit, Do you have a site where you have posted your picture of Hobbes?
I'd love to see him!

P. itpit said...

Hi Sukigirl,
I shared it on Pinterest:
https://de.pinterest.com/pin/202169470750970485/
and put a link to your blog there.

Hope you like him :-)

sukigirl said...

Thanks Pit...he's adorable....
Thanks for sharing!

Lorena Lorena said...

Hi! I did it for my boyfriend , he is a long time fan of calvin & hobbes, I have enjoyed making it a lot. Thank you very much for your pattern, I leave you the link to my facebook post

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1302970073051740&id=100000162785274

♡ byeeee ♡

sukigirl said...

Hi Lorena,
I love your Hobbes.
It looks likes he is having fun reading about all his mischievous adventures with his best buddy Calvin.
It's sweet you made it for your boyfriend.
Thanks for sharing your pics.....take care suki

Sarah said...

Just wanted to thank you for this excellent pattern. I made one full sized Hobbes and one mini-travel Hobbes from your brilliant pattern :) thank you so much.

sukigirl said...

Hi Sarah...Your welcome...
I can only imagine how adorable your travel-sized Hobbes must be.
I want one now!!

Anonymous said...

Adding my thanks. I started by making a hobbes for my first niece, and have made one for each of my cousin's children since then. He is now treasured family tradition.

sukigirl said...

I love the idea that Hobbes has become part of your family tradition....it makes me very happy!!!

Peggy Danson said...

Working on this right now to take in to the children's hospital. Looks cute so far!

sukigirl said...

What a great idea...I'm sure kids will appreciate him even if they have never heard of Hobbes. He will be a loyal friend :-)

Unknown said...

Hi! Thanks for sharing. I will make one for my boyfriend and I will put it on instagram with your link and stuff. It will take time cause I have no idea how to do it all but I will let you know when it is done! It is amazing. Really good job! :)

sukigirl said...

Thanks so much Unknown
...take your time with each part and you should be all right.
Good luck...suki

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