Monday, October 14, 2013

Here's another free Hobbes crochet pattern

A few weeks back I was lucky enough to meet a fellow
Ravelry member who goes by the username
Miahandcrafter.
The more we spoke the more I realized
how kind and talented she is.

Out of this meeting came a variation of my Hobbes pattern
which was co-created by myself and Mia
which we'd like to share with you.

So you now you have 2 patterns to choose from.
Our new version posted below
and my Original Hobbes pattern here

Finished Hobbes

 But before we get to our pattern
here is a bit about Mia:

When did you first start crocheting? 
''I think I started crocheting in January of 2010.
I went to my grandma’s house to have some crochet lessons with her.
So, she helped me out with my first project, 
which was an awesome Kero pattern
created by Ournew from Craftster.''

Why did you choose to make amigurumi?
''Well, I’ve always been a lover of plushes.
Being more realistic, I’m an addicted to plushies, lol.
My room is full of them in any size you can imagine.
So, when I discovered that I could do my own plushies with crochet, I went crazy! 
That’s when I decided to learn crochet and make every plush I desire.''

Who inspired and supported you?
''The person who inspired me to crochet is my Grandma,
because she does lovely works, which I’ve always been a fan.
It was also her, my boyfriend and my parents
who gave me support to start learning crochet."
Why did you decide to start your blog?
  ''I decided to create a blog in order to share my amigurumi patterns 
and help other crocheters with some tutorials. 
The urge to create my blog came from my admiration 
of all crocheters who share their patterns for free, 
especially WolfDreamer. 
I think there’s nothing better than 
to find the desired pattern for free!''
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 Check out Mia's wonderful site called
 Mia's Atelier
It's full of great free designs like
Gengar, R2D2, Charizard, Majin Buu, Princess Lumpy Space 
and my personal favourite Jake the Dog!!!!


You can also find her
So without further delay here is our pattern.

 Hobbes Crochet Pattern 
by sukigirl and miahandcrafter



hobbes reading
Materials:
- Black, Orange, Red and White yarn;
- Black Felt;
- Fiberfill;
- G (4mm) Crochet Hook;
- Tapestry Needle;
- Contact Glue or Fabric Glue.

Notes:
1. This pattern uses 100% acrylic yarn. Thickness is 3/6 Nm (Don’t know “Nm”? Click here).
(Yarn used was Le Mont by Circulo.....you can substitute a DK weight)
2. Hobbes measures 21 inches (53cm) from ears to feet.
3. In this pattern it is necessary to join the rounds, because of Haroldo’s stripes (black tiger stripes)! If you don’t do that, the stripes will be irregular and won’t look good, so, I recommend you to join the rounds! (If you don’t know how to join rounds, watch this video)
4. For sewing the pieces together you will use the tapestry needle.
5. His eyes, nose, mouth and head stripes will be made of felt.
Any doubts feel free to leave a comment on our blogs. You may also e-mail us.

Pattern:
- Body
Start using the orange yarn.
Round 1: 6 Sc in MR. (6)
Round 2: 2 Sc in each Sc (12)
Round 3: sc, 2 Sc in next Sc (18)
Now, before starting the round 4, change to the black yarn.
Round 4: sc 2, 2 sc in next sc (24)
Round 5: sc 3, 2 sc in next sc (30)
Round 6: sc 4, 2 sc in next sc (36)
Now, before starting the round 7, change to the orange yarn.
Round 7: sc 5, 2 sc in next sc (42)
Round 8: sc 6, 2 sc in next sc (48)
Round 9: sc 7, 2 sc in next sc (54)
Now, before starting the round 10, change to the black yarn.
Round 10: sc 8, 2 sc in next sc (60)
Round 11-12: sc in each sc (60)
Now, before starting the round 13, change to the orange yarn.
Round 13-15: Sc in each Sc (60)
Now, before starting the round 16, change to the black yarn.
Round 16-18: Sc in each Sc (60)
Now, before starting the round 19, change to the orange yarn.
Round 19-21: Sc in each Sc (60)
Now, before starting the round 22, change to the black yarn.
Round 22-24: Sc in each Sc (60)
Now, before starting the round 25, change to the orange yarn.
Round 25-27: Sc in each Sc (60)
Now, before starting the round 28, change to the black yarn.
Round 28-30: Sc in each Sc (60)
Now, before starting the round 31, change to the orange yarn.
Round 31-33: Sc in each Sc (60)
Now, before starting the round 34, change to the black yarn.
Round 34-36: Sc in each Sc (60)
Now, before starting the round 37, change to the orange yarn.
Round 37-39: Sc in each Sc (60)
Now, before starting the round 40, change to the black yarn.
Round 40-42: Sc in each Sc (60)
Now, before starting the round 43, change to the orange yarn.
Round 43: Sc 8, dec (54)
Round 44-45: sc in each sc (54)
Now, before starting the round 46, change to the black yarn.
Round 46: Sc 7, dec (48)
Round 47-48: sc in each sc (48)
Now, before starting the round 49, change to the orange yarn.
Round 49: Sc 6, dec (42)
Round 50: sc in each sc (42)
Round 51: sc 5, dec (36)
Now, before starting the round 52, change to the black yarn.
Round 52: sc in each sc (36)
Round 53: sc 4, dec (30)
Finish off.

- Head
Make it using just the orange yarn. (Then, we will do the head stripes with black felt)
Round 1: 6 Sc in MR. (6)
Round 2: 2 Sc in each Sc (12)
Round 3: sc, 2 Sc in next Sc (18)
Round 4: sc 2, 2 sc in next sc (24)
Round 5: sc 3, 2 sc in next sc (30)
Round 6: sc 4, 2 sc in next sc (36)
Round 7: sc 5, 2 sc in next sc (42)
Round 8: sc 6, 2 sc in next sc (48)
Round 9: sc 7, 2 sc in next sc (54)
Round 10-12: sc in each sc (54)
Round 13: sc 8, 2 sc in next sc (60)
Round 14-31: sc on each sc (60)
Round 32: sc 8, dec (54)
Round 33: sc 7, dec (48)
Round 34: sc 6, dec (42)
Round 35: sc 5, dec (36)
Round 36: sc 4, dec (30)
Finish off and leave a long tail to sew the head to the body.

- Muzzle
Make it using white yarn.
Row 1: ch 17, then sc 16 from the second ch from hook (16)
Row 2: inc, sc 14, inc (18)
Row 3:inc, sc 16, inc (20)
Row 4: inc, sc 18, inc (22)
Row 5: inc, sc 20, inc (24)
Row 6: sc in each sc (24)
Row 7: sc in each sc (24)
Row 8: sc in each sc (24)
Row 9: dec, sc 20, dec (22)
Row 10: dec, sc 18, dec (20)
Row 11: dec, sc 16, dec (18)
Row 12: dec, sc 14, dec (16)
Now, crochet sc’s around the muzzle to give it an edge and then finish off, leaving a long tail to sew it to the head.

- Ears
Make it using black yarn.
Round 1: 6 sc into MR (6 sts)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
Round 3: Sc in each Sc (12)
Round 4: sc, 2 sc in next sc (18)
Round 5: sc in each sc (18)
Round 6: sc 2, 2 sc in next sc (24)
Round 7-9: sc in each sc (24)
Finish off and leave a long tail to sew it to the head.

- Legs
Start using the White yarn.
Round 1: 6 Sc in MR (6)
Round 2: 2 Sc in each Sc (12)
Round 3: Sc, 2 Sc in next (18)
Round 4: Sc 2, 2 Sc in next (24)
Round 5: Sc 3, 2 Sc in next (30)
Round 6-9: Sc in each Sc (30)
Now, before starting the round 10, change to the black yarn.
Round 10-12: Sc in each Sc (30)
Now, before starting the round 13, change to the orange yarn.
Round 13-15: Sc in each Sc (30)
Now, before starting the round 16, change to the black yarn.
Round 16-18: Sc in each Sc (30)
Now, before starting the round 19, change to the orange yarn.
Round 19-21: Sc in each Sc (30)
Now, before starting the round 22, change to the black yarn.
Round 22-24: Sc in each Sc (30)
Now, before starting the round 25, change to the orange yarn.
Round 25-27: Sc in each Sc (30)

- Arms
Start using White yarn.
Round 1: 6 Sc in MR (6)
Round 2: 2 Sc in each Sc (12)
Round 3: Sc, 2 Sc in next (18)
Round 4: Sc 2, 2 Sc in next (24)
Round 5: Sc 11, inc (26)
Round 6-9: sc in each sc (26)
Now, before starting the round 10, change to the black yarn.
Round 10-12: sc in each sc (26)
Now, before starting the round 13, change to the orange yarn.
Round 13-15: sc in each sc (26)
Now, before starting the round 16, change to the black yarn.
Round 16-18: sc in each sc (26)
Now, before starting start the round 19, change to the orange yarn.
Round 19-21: sc in each sc (26)
Now, before starting the round 22, change to the black yarn.
Round 22-24: sc in each sc (26)
Now, before starting the round 25, change to the orange yarn.
Round 25-27: sc in each sc (26)
Now, we will work in rows, before we start we should change our yarn to the black one.
Row 28: 13 sc (13)
Row 29: 11 sc (11)
Row 30: 9 sc (9)
Finish off and leave a long tail to sew the arm to the body.

- Underbelly
Make it using white yarn.
Chain 9
Row 1: sc 8 (8)
Row 2: inc , sc 6, inc (10)
Row 3: inc, sc 8, inc (12)
Row 4: inc, sc 10, inc (14)
Row 5: inc, sc 12, inc (16)
Row 6: inc, sc 14, inc (18)
Row 7-35: sc in each sc (18)
Row 36: dec, sc 14, dec (16)
Row 37-47: sc in each sc (16)
Now, crochet sc’s around the underbelly to give it an edge and then finish off, leaving a long tail to sew it to the body.

- Tail
Start the tail using black yarn.
Round 1: 6 Sc in MR (6)
Round 2: 2 Sc in each Sc (12)
Round 3-7: sc in each sc (12)
Now, before starting the round 8, change to the orange yarn.
Round 8-10: sc in each sc (12)
Now, before starting the round 11, change to the black yarn.
Round 11-13: sc in each sc (12)
Now, before starting the round 14, change to the orange yarn.
Round 14-16: sc in each sc (12)
Now, before starting the round 17, change to the black yarn.
Round 17-19: sc in each sc (12)
Now, before starting the round 20, change to the orange yarn.
Round 20-22: sc in each sc (12)
Now, before starting the round 23, change to the black yarn.
Round 23-25: sc in each sc (12)
Now, before starting the round 26, change to the orange yarn.
Round 26-28: sc in each sc (12)
Now, before starting the round 29, change to the black yarn.
Round 29-31: sc in each sc (12)
Now, before starting the round 31, change to the orange yarn.
Round 31-33: sc in each sc (12)
Now, before starting the round 34, change to the black yarn.
Round 34-36: sc in each sc (12)
Now, before starting the round 37, change to the orange yarn.
Round 37-39: sc in each sc (12)
Now, before starting the round 40, change to the black yarn.
Round 40-42: sc in each sc (12)

- Scarf
Make it using red yarn.
Row 1: ch 9, then sc 8 from the second ch from hook (8)
Row 2-125: sc in each sc (8)
Finish off. At the end my scarf was measuring about 69cm.
Now, let’s do the scarf details. It is simple, you just have to cut some pieces of yarn and then tie these pieces on the two tips of the scarf.

Assembly:
First, stuff the head, body, arms, legs and tail. Then you should sew the muzzle and ears to the head (if you want, you can put some fiber between the muzzle and the head). Then, you should sew the underbelly to the body. After this, sew the head, legs and tail to the body.
Finally, sew his arms to his body. To do this,  you will place his arms with the Rows up. They should be placed up in order to make his arms be closest to his body. If you do not do that, the arms will make 90 degrees with the body. Take a look in the photo bellow:
Arm side view
The black rows are placed up.
arm
The black rows are placed up.
arm2
As you can see, in the bottom are placed the last Rounds.
Now, we need to do the back head stripes. For this, cut 4 pieces of black felt and glue this four pieces in the back. Then, cut two more pieces and glue them between the ears. (Use the pictures as reference)
Finally, make the eyes, nose and mouth froom black felt. Cut the pieces and glue them to the face. (Use the pictures as reference)
That’s it! Now you may hug your Hobbes plush a lot!!


We did not create this character, Hobbes is copyright of Bill Watterson!!
This Pattern was created by Ann Stiver-Balla and Ana Amélia Mendes Galvão. Please do not claim our pattern as yours; If you use this pattern, give us the credits; If you wish to share this pattern, you may create a link to our blogs, but please do not post it on your site; You may not sell this pattern; As well, respect Bill Watterson copyright and do not sell any items made from this pattern.

28 comments:

Slowplum said...

This is fabulous! One question though (and forgive me if it sounds stupid...) how many balls/skeins of yarn did you use for each colour? You don't really specify...

Anonymous said...

Slowplum,
I'm using Plymouth Yarn "Dreambaby" (DK acrylic) with a size F crochet hook. Not quite finished yet, but it looks like 1 50gram ball of each color will do. May be close on the orange, tho. Would suggest having extra of it to be sure.
Hope this info is helpful.

Regina said...

Hi Sukigirl,
My oldest daughter loves Hobbes and wants me to make him but I'm not sure if I can. For example, how many beginning chains do I start with? Do the 6 sc go into the chains then get joined with a slp st? I'm a USA crocheter so perhaps the terms are different?
Please help! Thank you in advance.

sukigirl said...

Slowplum, Mia, my co-creator, didn't keep track of her yarn when she made him up. Sorry, I'm guilty of doing the same thing...could you buy extra and then return any extra yarn?

sukigirl said...

Regina, MR means magic ring...you crochet into the ring then pull it tight so that you don't get a hole. If you haven't used this before then check out the tutorials online. You tube has some good videos explaining the technique.

Slowplum said...

Hey sukigirl, I managed to find a bulk bag of orange yarn on sale and I always have a ton of black and white so I'm set! I figure whatever I have left over I can use to make Jayne hats so it's ok. I just wondered if you knew how much was used. I'll see if I can keep track and let you know for sure!

Anonymous said...

I love this post! I'm completely new to crocheting, and have been sticking to simple things like scarves, it is time for a new challenge. I am trying to learn new abbreviations to crocheting, so I am quite confused with a lot of the terminology that applies to this project. Can you recommend a link, or some sort of glossary page that can help me out?

Much appreciated! Thanks!

sukigirl said...

Thanks Slowplum, that would be so helpful!
I know when I came up with my original version I really only made it for my son so I didn't keep track of how much yarn I used.
cheers suki

sukigirl said...

Anon,
Here is a link that gives the abbreviations.
http://crochet.about.com/od/crochetabbreviations/a/Crochet_Abbreviations.htm

I noticed they didn't include MR which is magic ring.
For that go to youtube and do a search. There are tons of videos so if you don't like one then just check another one out.
Hope that helps...cheers suki

Slowplum said...

I used worsted yarn, which made Hobbes' noggin rather long but it is cute anyway! I think if I did the project again using worsted I'd shorten the amount of rows used to make the head as well as the body, but otherwise it worked out ok. Got away with using only 1 50g ball of black and white, and 1-1/8 balls of orange (could probably get away with only 1 ball if I shorten the noggin as mentioned above). I think if I were going to use DK I'd go with 2 balls orange, 2 balls black (to be safe) and 1 ball white. Of course scrap yarn for the scarf - barely touched a ball! Hope this helps...

sukigirl said...

Thanks for that feedback Slowplum...I know that when I make a project I always check the comments since they are always so helpful...cheers suki

Sweet Lover said...

Hi sukigril:

My 24th year old son just showed me this website yesterday and wanted to see if I can make him a hobbes. His name is Calvin and we named him because of "Calvin and the Hobbes". How funny that I read your blog and found that you have a 23 years old boy as well. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern and I will let you know if it is a success!! Merry Xmas!!

Coastalgrannie said...

Love the pattern, but I have a couple questions about using it = legal-wise. Someone sent me a link to your blog and a link to an instructable site which had instructions for a plushie Hobbs.

I make Amineko amigurumi cats and I kind of combined the two pattern concepts into my version of a Hobbs-type tiger. I made the first one as a gift for a new grandma - but now that it has been seen by others, I am getting requests for more. Can I sell what I make - without copyright issues? It is neither your pattern nor the Amineko pattern - but my adaptation of both. I am not selling the pattern - just the tiger I made. Would appreciate any advice on this. I don't call him Hobbs.

I frequently use "free" patterns as a jumping off point. I don't write my own patterns, but I use free patterns and adapt/mutate, or generally make them my way. Am I being kosher to sell the finished product as mine?

sukigirl said...

Hi Costalgrannie,
I'm glad you asked this question because there are a lot of people who think that copyright does not apply to patterns that are free or adapted...but that is not true. It can be complicated but here is the simple version.

You can't adapt/mutate other people's patterns and sell the finished objects unless you get permission to do so by the original creators. Even if you change them up you are still deriving it from their work. You can make something for your own personal use but you can't profit from it...it isn't yours to do so.

My pattern is derived from Mr. Watterson's Hobbes so I can't sell my pattern or any finished product from it. Anyone who uses my pattern can't sell my pattern or any finished products made from it.
Anyone who adapts/mutates my pattern can't sell the pattern or any finished products from it because it was derived from my pattern which was derived from Mr. Watterson's creation.

This version you see here is a collaboration between my co-creator Mia and myself.
You'll notice that we still state in the pattern that it was adapted from Mr. Watterson's creation.

I almost always adapt other people's patterns when I make them. I made a bunny that really didn't end up looking like the original one because I changed it so much. But I made my changes from that pattern...I didn't sit down and come up with the ideas that went into it. I used it as a guideline even if I changed it up to give it my own unique take on it. So I really had no rights to it other than being proud of the changes and work that went into it.
Even if I gave it another name it would not be mine to sell.

I hope this helps you.
take care...suki

Diane Klimek said...

I stumbled across this pattern from you last week. I was so excited I ran out and got the supplies to stitch Hobbes up. Just finished him today and I'm so proud with how awesome he turned out! I'm still a newbie to crocheting and this has taught me so many new skills. Thanks for sharing the pattern!!

Anonymous said...

I am currently working on Hobbes. Youtube has been very helpful with some of the terms I was stuck on. I do have a question when it comes to the arms. Work in rows, I started to make a chain & realized to still work the rows into the round, but do I do for example 11 ch, then another & turn to go on to the next row or just 11 & then the next row using the ch next to hook?

sukigirl said...

Hi Diane,
I'm so glad that you were happy with how your Hobbes turned out!
I'm impressed that, as a newbie, you didn't have a lot of problems with him. I think you might be new to crochet but you are no longer a newbie :-)
cheers suki

sukigirl said...

Hi Anon,
I am assuming that you are asking about Rows 28 to 30 in the arms?

At the end of row 27 you change to black.

In Rows 28 to 30 you will now be making a little flap that will help you join the arms to the body.
You do NOT break the yarn and make a separate piece.
You do NOT make a chain.
You just continue working on that arm but you will not be working rounds anymore...you will be working 3 short rows instead.
At the end of each row you will turn your work and then work the next row.
It sounds complicated but it's not.
I hope this helps you...suki

Renee Sherwood said...

I love that you have this pattern available online. However, I have a question regarding the underbelly: The first row says to single crochet 8, but is that after chaining 8/9 or are you supposed to single crochet 8 ONTO the body? I'm sorry if this seems a stupid inquiry.

sukigirl said...

Hi Renee,
That's not a silly question at all.
You do first chain 9...sorry for omitting that.
Thanks for catching that...I'll add that right away.
cheers suki

Anonymous said...

Hi, my 9 year old daughter is all about Calvin & Hobbes. She's thrilled that I'm gonna try my hand at Hobbes. I have a question about the muzzle. I see it's worked in rows; do I chain 1, turn, then work a sc in that same st? Chain 1 counts as a st? Thanks for the pattern, it's great! Needless to say, as soon as she gets home from school she's on me about it. She's really excited, but I've got a ways to go yet, hahaha. Anna

sukigirl said...

Hi Anon,
I think you are asking about the first row of the muzzle? If so..you chain 17, then turn your work and make 16 single crochets starting from the second chain. You will end up at the end of the row with 16 stitches.
If I misunderstood you I'm sorry and please let me know if this helps.
cheers suki

Oceanphobia said...

How do you sew the ears on? Could you post a picture of the back of his head? I'm not sure how to go about it without making them look funny. Any chance you could post some more detail pics of the whole thing?

Anonymous said...

Hi .
Can you make a smaller version of Hobbes ? Im not sure if I managed to finish your pattern . Maybe you could create something like keychain of Hobbes ?

sukigirl said...

Hi Anon, that sounds like a nice idea but unfortunately I'm so busy these days. Maybe someday, when my to-do list gets a lot shorter.
cheers suki

Anonymous said...

Hey! I'm making this guy (and he's totally awesome) but i have a question. Could you post pictures of the back of his head so to better know what kind of felt arrangements you'd recommend? I can't really see it from the ones you've posted thus far.

Anonymous said...

yes, back of head pictures would be helpful

sukigirl said...

Sorry guys...I don't have a Hobbes to take more pics of....suki

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