Crochet Llama Stitch Along: Tail, Ears and Legs


Welcome back to The Crochet Crowd as well as my friends over at yarnspiraions.com. Today we’re gonna do the tail, the legs and ears. So if the body hasn’t finished you off by now and you’re progressing to this video congratulations for you. Um, the last one the body is a lot of work as far as time consumption. It took me about honestly about eight hours to make everything complete as you saw on camera. So for some of us that’s a little too long on a project but ultimately, it’s awesome. Um, I did take some measurements of my particular llama so I am [chuckles], my llama is a little bloated if I have to tell you. So it’s actually 6″ taller than it should be and 6″ longer than it should be. So I have a big size of a dog [chuckles] for myself. So um, it’s kinda really cute I have to say I’m really loving this project but today we’re gonna move further into this project. Um, the hard part really pretty much is done but now it’s just a matter of just doing the smaller stuff in order to finish it off. So that’s what we’re gonna get ourselves involved with today. And that’s the story on stick with. [laughs] So as we get started today, we’re on page number three. We’re gonna be doing the legs, the tail and the ears today. And I’m gonna show you the legs have actually done three sets of the legs already, three sets. I’ve done three legs already I’m doing a fourth on camera. And so what you’re going to notice when we get to the fur there is four layers of fur, and that’s about it. So once we get to there I’m gonna tell you just to finish off and make sure that you see four layers and then you’re gonna need stuffing and then sew into the body when you’re ready. So I’ve already kinda demonstrated how I was sewing stuff so I’m going to leave that for you. Just look at the photograph in order to to do it. Now when I look at this photograph here it almost appears to me that this back leg here is a little bit more relaxed so that it will sit a little bit more upright. So you might wanna consider that so it’s not straight down like this. It could just be the photograph too, but that’s something you may wanna consider, but it’s pretty darn cute if you ask me. So let’s sound begin and let’s do the legs. You’ll need four legs for your particular llama. So let’s get started. We’re gonna do a magic circle or adjustable ring. I’ve already shown how to do that in video number one plus there’s also a step out video in the play list as well. So we’re gonna start off with that and don’t forget you’re gonna need your stitch marker for you to be able to keep count. So once you have your adjustable ring done then the starting of the leg, of the legs is going to be six single crochets in the ring. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. So once you get your six in there I would recommend just like I did before put in your stitch marker and then pull on that ring so that you can pull it shut and then use a tapestry needle to close it permanently. Like so, so just pulling on the string and then pull it nice and tight and then just using that same strand to secure it with the tapestry needle. So please do that now and meet me back here in just a moment. Okay, now that it’s all secured make sure you tighten everything back up. So the six there you just have to count it back if you don’t see it. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, the 6th one back is where we’re gonna start the first round. So it’s a continuous round and so in this round here number two is that there’s two single crochets in each of them and what you want to do is then move this stitch marker up then once you get to the final. So just do two single crochets in each of the stitches around. So as we then get to the last stitch here just move it on up, the stitch marker and let’s begin round number three. So round number three, we’re gonna progressively get bigger for a while and then we’re gonna narrow off and then do our our um, fur stitch after that. So round number three, here we go. We are doing one single crochet in the first one and then two single crochets into the next and I want you to repeat that going all the way around. So ending on the stitch marker and I’ll see you there. So there’s one in the next and then two in the next. So one and two. I’ll see at the end of this round. Okay, finished round number three let’s do number four. So then first two are by themselves, so 1 and 2 are by themselves and then the next one are two into the same one. So the repeat pattern for round number four is two by themselves and then two into the next. Please do that now. Round number four is complete. This is the final growth round that we’re about to do. So in round number five it’s gonna be three by themselves. So 1, 2 and 3 and then two into the next. Please do that. This is round number five. Okay, just finish round number five. So rounds number six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve and thirteen are all the same and it’s just one single crochet in each. So as you pass this stitch marker, just check it off on the list that you passed it so when I get to this first round, it’s number six and then continue around and then it’s seven and et cetera. So do please do now rounds number six through thirteen one single crochet into each going all the way around. Okay, so I just finished up to round number 13. So 14 through 25 is the fur stitch. Fur stitch is actually three different rounds. So it’s 1, 2 and 3. We’re gonna do all three and we need to do that a total of four times. So you’re going to see four different layers of fur stitch. So if you just peel it back you can see the one layer and then the second layer and the third and the fourth. So it’s easy to keep an eye on the counts. So I don’t really check it off as they go is all I’m saying. To do round one, one of the fur stitch you’re gonna immediately just chain ten. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10. Simply on the very next stitch in the front loop only okay, you just going to single crochet and then chain ten. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and again, the next stitch front loop only single crochet. So I want you to do that all the way around that’s around one of three for the fur stitch and I’ll see you back here in just a moment. Now that I’ve gone all the way around I’ve done the fur stitch and now I’m just gonna peel back the fur so I can see it. So where is the fur stitch? If you follow the first loop and land it that’s where the first stitch is in the circle. So if you just go through just look for the back loop of that last round we were just on and what I need you to do is just do one single crochet in each of those back loops. There should be a total count of 30. If you have like 31 or 29 just fudge it so make sure that you end up with 30. Because these fur stitches are right in front you’ll never see that you’ve had to impromize, improvise at all. So just make sure that you get 30 single crochets in the circle going all the way around and this round number two of the fur stitch. So I’m coming up all the way back around. I’m looking where that, where that stitch marker is and that’s the last one. So that gives me the count of 30. So before I move up any further I wanna move that stitch marker up now and when I do the third round of the fur stitch I’m just gonna use both loops then going in each around again making sure that you end up with the count of 30. So 30 is the magic number. So do that all the way around now. Okay, so I just finished it so it was one single crochet and the regular stitches and there is a count of 30. So I wanna repeat the fur stitch three more times. So I wanna start with the front loops Okay, so making the loops chain ten in the front loop only. Then I wanna go around and do the back loop only. Okay, the number is 30 stitches and then finally for the third round it’s in both of those strands which is a regular stitch and the count is 30. So I want you to repeat what we just learned now three more times so that you end up with four sets of these and you’ll end up on the last one as being the third round of the fur stitch and I’ll see you at the end of this round. So once you get the four sets done you should be able to peel back and see the layers. Now this tail I want you to leave it long enough so that you can sew it to the, to the llama after. So just leave a nice generous long tail. Also pull out your stitch marker and make sure that you do four um, legs here, so they’re all the same. So you start this part of the tutorial again if you need to follow that along other words, it’s pretty easy to go from this point. So let’s continue along and we’re gonna move on to the tail next. So let’s move on to the tail using the same size hook just keeping an extra long tail just in case I need it and I’m actually gonna make it a little bit longer now just case I have to sew it. You never know see how it goes right? So I want you to chain a total of seven. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. So second chain from the hook I want to put in here and I want to go one single crochet in each of the stitches. So each of the, so we’ll do the first one and then in the next four. So it’s one single crochet. So 1, 2, 3, and 4 which leaves one extra stitch that’s left in this chain and it states in there put two single crochets in the last one, 1 and 2. So it’s saying to go on the opposite side. So just continue to turn it over and you can go right up over top of this tail if you want to and starting on the very first one okay. So after this is the two singles so start in the first one and it states that you want to single crochet in uh, the next five. So we’re gonna do 1, 2. We’ll try two again, 2, 3, 4 and that takes you right to the last stitch and 5. So it wants us to work on this as a continuous revolution. So what you want to do is you wanna put in your stitch marker at this point in that last one and then that becomes the turning point very much like the legs and the body. So please do that now and then we’re gonna move up to round number two next. Round number two we’re gonna immediately just jump to the first one and just do one single crochet in each of the stitches all the way back to the stitch marker. So just follow it all the way around and one single crochet in each and I’ll see at the end of this round. This is round number two. Okay, just finished round number two and round number three it’s the fur stitch for the next three rounds. So it’s the chain ten, it’s the back loop and then regular um, stitch. So I want you to do that. I don’t need to show you that because we just did the legs in the beginning of this tutorial. So just continuing the round um just starting to do the fur stitch. Now that I’ve done the fur stitch 1, 2, and 3 that’s the fur stitch there I wanna do it three more times so that you end up with four layers. So it’s very much like we did with the, the, um, legs here. S 1, 2, 3, 4. So I want four layers of the fur stitch just continually going around the same circle. So please do that now. So repeat three more times this whole section. Okay, so now that I’ve completed rounds number all the way to 14 so you have the four sets of these that you can see hopefully and what we’re going to do now is that we’re gonna do rounds one and two just of the fur stitch only. So the chain ten and then the back loop only and then the next round and we’re going to do a dec, a changeover and then we’re gonna do a whack of fur stitching once again. So let’s get and do this now. Okay so we just finished two more rounds of the fur stitch. The third round we’re about to do which is gonna be a slight change. I think this is being put in because if you look at the tail it looks like it has a slight bend in it. I think this is the round that causes it to happen. That’s my educated guess after all. So we’re just gonna use both loops only and we’re gonna single crochet in the next stitch like that and then what we’re going to do then is single crochet the next two together twice. So the two together and then we do it again 1 and 2 just like that. And then it says single crochet in the next three stitches. So 1, 2 and 3 and then it says single crochet in the next or single crochet twice, two single crochets in the next two. So twice, so 1 and 2 into that one and then 1 and 2 into the next one, 1 and 2 and then single crochet in the final two. So it still gives you the stitch count of 12. So if you’re thinking you’re reducing stitches you’re not. So I think they’re having us do it to create a bend in the material. You kinda see how it’s kind of just wants to bend over so that’s kind of a neat thing, right. So let’s say continue now in to rounds number 18 through to 23. So let me just figure that out, 18, 19, 20, 21…, so it’s two more repeats of doing these. So what I would do if I were you just keep an eye on it and just do three more or six more rounds and it’s basically two each of the fur stitch. So please do that now and meet me back here in a moment. So it’ll be after round number 23. So I’m here right at the end of the tail and that’s it. So I’m just gonna leave this as a long one that I can sew on. Now when you go to sew this on remember that the base here has a flat so you kinda wanna follow that up and just make it so that when you go to sew it that these two would because they’re still open that you wanna kinda seal that. So you see it has a natural bend. That’s actually not me causing that it’s because of the thought process with the designer which I think is a really excellent touch of detail. So that’s kind of a neat concept if you want and that’s kind of neat. So when I, if I was to sew it to the actual character you wanna get it within a layer. So if I, let’s just say if I was gonna sew it to this leg, so when I was going to sew it I would separate two different um, um loops here and then so it right in between so that it just naturally looks like it belongs. That’s what I would do. So just keep that and just look at the photograph if you need to and then just make the decision and sew it to your character when you’re ready. So that long tail at the beginning we don’t need that so if you have it already secured you can get rid of that, too. And then that’s kind of a neat idea and you can just brush it downward too and that’s what we’re going to do. So make sure you sew it to your character and we’re gonna move on to the ears next. So we’re now gonna do the ears. They’re actually quite tall and uh, what’s happen is I have my stitch marker in. So you’ll need a stitch marker. Really quite an easy thing to be able to follow and um, there is no loops on this thing. Are you happy about that? I think I’ll never complain about another and amigurumi as far as how many rounds there are. Um, the fur stitch is quite a challenge in order to keep your um, level of interest going because it is a lot of work. So nobody’s gonna deny it. If you’re gonna charge somebody at least be a thousand dollars for your llama for sure just for the inconvenience. So it’s kind of a neat process and what we’re gonna do now is start the ears and we’re gonna use the same hook as ‘F’ a 3.75 mm hook and then we’re gonna get going. So get your stitch marker ready again. Let’s begin the starting in the ears. Cre, uh, create an extra long tail. You use that to sew and just create a slip knot to begin. We’re gonna form a large ring at this point. Well large more than just two. So here we go. So we’re gonna chain a total of 19. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19. So what I want you to do is that it says skip the join. So we’re just gonna join it to the first one like so and it says skip the join so we’re not gonna do the joining us a first stitch and then just simply go into the next stitch. So what I want you to do at this point is get your stitch marker up and might as well mark that first join spot so we know where it is. It’s easy to get lost on project like this if you don’t use stitch markers. I just like spare yarn cuz okay I have enough of it for sure. So we’re gonna begin to do that and all we’re just going to do then is that round number one we’re just gonna make sure that we have only 18 stitches. So starting in the next one we wanNA do a total of 18 in a row. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 16, 17 and 18 is where we’re gonna end up. So 18 is where we wanna go. Move that stitch marker up now on the 18th one and then we’re gonna begin and when we begin then we’re going to just jump immediately to the first stitch which is right here. Let’s begin round number two through six, which is a total of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. So five rounds. So two through six is going to be one um single crochet in each of the stitches going all the way around. So the total count is 18 if you wanna keep count. If you’re confident with what you just counted then you don’t need to bother. So just go now rounds number two, three, four, five and six is one single crochet into each going all the way around. So just mark it off as you hit the stitch marker and move it on up. Okay, rounds number two, through six are now complete and now we’re gonna start narrowing up as we hit the, going towards the top of the ear, I guess. So let’s begin. So we’re going to single crochet the next two together. So one and put two together and then the next seven are going to be um, on their own and you wanna do that total of twice. So once you get the seven in then do two together and then the next seven which will be the last and let’s do that then all the way around for round number seven. Okay, round number eight. We’re just gonna do one single crochet into each going all the way around to the stitch marker. So please do that round number eight. Okay, round number nine the first two are together and then the next six are by themselves. Do that twice. So two together and then six, two together and six. So please meet me at the end of round number nine. Okay, round number ten just one single crochet in each going all the way around. That’s round number ten, one single crochet in each. Okay, round number 11, 12, 13 and 14 are all reduction. So let’s start off in the first one. So round number 11 is just gonna be single crochet two together and then the next five by themselves two together and then five. Let’s begin round number 11. Round number 12. Here we go. It’s two together and then the next four are by themselves. Do that twice. So it’s two together and four by themselves. This is round number 12. Okay, let’s do number 13, 13 is two together and then the next three by themselves. So two together and then three by themselves do that twice. Okay, round number 14 it’s two together all the way round. So every two stitches become two and then I’ll meet you at the end of the this round and we’ll seal it up with the tapestry needle. So it’s two together all the way around. So once you have all the way around then just leave a little bit of a longer tail than normal and then just feed it through. It’s gonna be slightly opened at the top and what you wanna do with that tapestry needle is just close it. So just take out your stitch marker and let’s put this into a tapestry needle and just close it off and that will conclude your ears for the day. And what we’re going to do then is just sew it onto the character. I am going to show you, I have an idea on how to get those legs on. I’ve heard people complaining that the legs are quite difficult to get on. I’ve not tried it but I have a theory which I’m gonna test and then I’ll let you know how it’s gonna work out. So just stay with me for just a few more minutes here and I’ll show you how I’m gonna put on the legs. It just seems like it kind of makes sense to to do it the way that I’m thinking. But who knows and I’ll see you back here in just a few minutes and I should show you how to do the legs. Okay. So here’s my plan. What I’ve done is that I’ve taken this leg. I’ve stuffed it. I just laid it on top and then I just traced it where I think the opening is. So what we can just and then I cut it out and it should be pretty close to the where it is. What I’m going to do is that it’s really hard to be able to put this onto the body. So if I move the body closer see it’s just all just a layer of hair. So if you go to sew it, it’s it’s really difficult to get it right in there. So my goal is is that once I position it, I’m gonna turn it upside down on my lap. But I’m gonna position it and say, okay his is where I want a leg. So I’m gonna position where I want the leg and just put it in a stitch marker that is hanging out. So obviously four legs and I’m gonna lay this over top and I’m gonna pull through the fibers that make sense and like a ponytail I wanna put a strand around it of the same color and it will hold them all together and bunch it and this will end up in the inside of the leg giving me access to be able to get to the stitches that I need to get in order to put on the leg. So that’s what I’m gonna do and that’s how I’m gonna do the leg. I think it’ll work, [chuckle] wish me luck, but first of all I need to turn it upside down on my lap and get all the positioning done first and then figure out that from that point. Make sure that you do put enough stuffing in your legs to have a bit of kickback, so it will stand without collapsing. [music playing]

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