Sunday, March 13, 2011

Lil Uglee-Free pattern


Original pattern by Caroline Chrisco
Half the original, all the uglee!

Materials:
WW yarn
G hook
Safety eyes
Assorted pieces of felt
Polyester stuffing
Embroidery needle/thread
Yarn needle

Make 2
Chain 14
Row 1 sc in second chain from hook, the sc in each remaining chain, turn; ch.1
Row 2-13 sc in each stitch, turn; ch 1 at the end of every row.

Divide for legs:
Row 14a sc in second chain from hook and sc in next 5 stitches, turn; ch.1
Row 15a-26a repeat row 14a
Fasten off

Attach yarn to opposite, unworked side of row 14, ch.1
14b sc in second chain from hook and in next 5 stitches turn; ch.1 (you will share the middle stitch with row 14a.)
Row 15b-26b repeat row 14b
Fasten off

Match the two sides of triangle together, slipstitch around the outer edge. (you can also whip-stitch the sides together, but I like the finish the slip-stitch gives it.) I work until I have about 2 inches left to stitch together and then I work on the facial features before stuffing and I can easily embroider with my hand inside the “body”.

Design face:
Eyes:
Since this pattern can fashion more than one particular looking “Uglee” You need to decide how ugly it should be. I choose from a whole host of combinations for eyes.

*2 mis-matched somewhat circular or oblong eyes. I use quarters for larger circles and dimes for smaller. I free hand football-shaped eyes.)
*1 funny shaped eye
*A giant X for one or both eyes.

If I am working on 2 mis-matched circular eyes. I trace the pattern onto the felt. Cut it out, also cut a small notch out of the center of the piece of felt so you can slip the safety eye easily through the felt Attach the safety eye and felt. Using white embroidery floss, I fasten the felt with very fine stitches all around the edges of the felt to secure it in place. Repeat with your second eye.

Mouth:
The same “eye” philosophy applies for deciding the personality of the mouth of your Uglee. I choose from these basic mouth styles:

A “V” shaped smile
A crooked smile
A straight line

I choose to use a WW weight black yarn (RHSS) in a large eye yarn needle and stitch in the mouth.

Teeth/Tongue:
I choose from these basic teeth styles:

1,2, or 3 small square teeth
1 fang
Tongue sticking out

I fashion these the same way I do the background for the eyes. I cut out the desired shape from the felt, place it in the desired location, then stitch around the edges to fasten it securely in place.

Hair: I use two methods to design hair, you can decide which one fits your “Uglee” personality.
#1 I cut several lengths of yarn and fold them in half one at a time. Next I insert my hook to the desired location of the hair , catch the folded end of the yarn and pull through. I then slip the loose ends of yarn through the folded end and pull tight to secure in place.

#2 Curly Q’s-These can be made as long or short as you want, just adjust the length by adding or subtracting the number of chains you begin with. The three lengths I like are:
Short: chain 10; turn then 3sc in each chain until done.
Medium: chain 12; turn, then 3sc in each chain.
Long: chain 15; turn, then 3sc in each chain
Attach hair with a yarn needle to desired position on your Uglee. (Odd number of locks work best!)

Assembly:
Stuff body of Lil Uglee, I use the eraser end of a pencil to make sure the stuffing gets into the sharp angles so, your Uglee will have a nice sharp shape. Finish slip-stitching the final seam. Weave in all ends.

3 comments:

Sara said...

These are so Ugly ---they are CUTE!
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PaisleyJade said...

She is so cute!!!

Clara said...

Another great pattern...thanks!