Lime Green Lady

Soldier Pattern

toy soldierA million years ago, I promised you fine people the pattern to a cute little project I designed for the boy.

At the time I promised this, I was unaware that said boy was about to embark upon an apparently unending stint of teething/rolling/growing induced sleepless nights.

Trying to write up a pattern whilst heavily sleep deprived was a challenge. So much so, the gibberish I generated has since been trashed. I thought about sharing it with you all, just for a laugh, but it made me cringe just a little bit too much for me to be comfortable doing it.

The boy, a few inches taller, a few pounds heavier and a few teeth greater (I exaggerate, he still has two, but you get the idea), is now sleeping.

Literally.

He is currently asleep.

Right now!

I’m now doing a little dance. You might not be able to see it, but be assured it is a most excellent dance. Heartfelt.

 

Soldier Pattern

 

Materials:

Double Knit wool in black, skin tone, red and white.

3mm hook, or any hook to create a finished work that will hold the filling well

Yarn needle

Fibre fill

Yarn Needle

 

Abbreviations (UK crochet terms)

rnd : round

dc : Double crochet

st : stitch

c : chain

dec : decrease

 

Head

Circle 6 in black

rnd 1                        dc 2 in each st (12)

rnd 2                        *dc 2 in 1 st, dc 1* 6 times (18)

rnd 3                        *dc 2 in 1 st, dc 2* 6 times (24)

rnd 4-9            dc 24

rnd 10                        *dec 1, dc 10* 2 times (22)

rnd 11                        *dec 1, dc 9* 2 times (20)

rnd 12                        *dec 1, dc 8* 2 times (18)

rnd 13                        change to skin tone, dc 18

rnd 14                        dc18

rnd 15                        *dec 1, dc 1* 2 times (12)

stuff

rnd 16                        *dec 1* 2 times (6)

rnd 17                        change to black, dc 6

sl st, break thread and pull through last st to finish.

 

Arms (make 2)

 

Circle 6 in skin tone

rnd 1                        dc 6

rnd 2                        change to black, dc 6

rnd 3                        change to red, dc 6

rnd 4-12            dc 6

break thread and pull through last st, using a yarn needle, sew up 6 st and pull to close. No need to stuff.

For the white decoration, surface crochet 3 ch from the black band up three rnds, then weave in ends using yarn needle. See photos for reference.

 

Body (worked bottom up)

In red, ch 24

rnd 1-2,             dc 24

rnd 3                        *dec 1, dc 10* 2 times (22)

rnd 4                        *dec 1, dc 9* 2 times (20)

rnd 5-6            dc 20 (this is the waist)

rnd 7                        *dc 2 in 1 st, dc 9* 2 times (22)

rnd 8                        *dc 2 in 1 st, dc 10* 2 times (24)

rnd 9-13            dc 24

break thread leaving a long tail and pull through last st. Close the top of the jacket, with the waist shaping placed at the sides, and using the long tail, over sew the 12 stitches. Weave in ends.

For the white decoration, surface crochet using a ch st between rnds 5 and 6, crossing over rnd 5 underneath and arm so you can join the white line in a relatively unobtrusive place. See photos for reference.

 

Trousers (worked bottom up)

For the base of the trousers, ch 6 in black, dc3 in 1st ch, dc 3 along one side of the chain, dc 3 in the last ch, dc 3 along the other side (12)

*dc 2 in next 3 st, dc 1 in next 3* 2 times (18)

turn work so the wrong side is facing you, then surface crochet using a dc rather than a ch st in a clockwise direction round the edge (18). This turns the corner and you are now working up the legs.

rnd 1-12            dc 18

break thread and pull through last st.

stuff

sew up from front to back in the centre of trousers, from rnd 1-7 and pull tight to define the two legs.

For the red decoration, surface crochet up both sides of the trousers using ch st, then weave in ends using yarn needle.

See photos for refernce.

 

Shoes (make 2)

These make the front toe section of the shoes which are sewn onto from of the trousers.

For the base, circle 4 in black, but only pull tight enough to for a ½ circle.

dc 2 in each st  (8)

turn work so the wrong side is facing you, then ch 1 and surface crochet using a dc rather than a ch st in a clockwise direction round the edge (8). This turns the corner and you are now working up the side of the shoe. ch 1 and turn.

½ rnd 1-2            dc 8, ch1 and turn

stuff

½ rnd 3            *dec 1* 4 times

break thread and pull through last st, using a yarn needle, sew up 4 st and pull to close.

Sew onto the front, bottom of the trousers.

 

Sew trousers inside the jacket section with a 1 st overlap.

 

Squeeze the jacket shoulders and hold the head and two arms in place (see photo for reference). Using red thread, sew through the top of the left arm, left shoulder, neck, right shoulder, top of right arm, and back again several times. This allows the arms and head to have movement. Ensure you have sewn this very securely, or even forgo the movement in preference of a more secure toy if giving to a young child.

 

There you have it, eventually J

Soldier on one and all!

LGL x

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