It was finally time for me to make a Toy Story villain and first up from the “bad squad” is Stinky Pete. I knew I was going to have fun with this pattern because it is deceptively straightforward. The most complicated part was always going to be the head and thanks to all of that facial hair it didn’t turn out so complicated after all.
When it came time to do the face, I really wanted his face to resemble that of stinky Pete, So, I opted to thread contour the face just to give it a bit more structure. For those of you unfamiliar with this technique, it is where you strategically place the thread and pull to create dips and crevices. This allows for a less flat and more realistic face like structure. It is not a technique that I have used many times but is one that I would like to explore further in the future – especially when making faces!
As per usual, I used various different mediums to complete Stinky Pete. Aside from the main body being crocheted, I also needle felted the beard, used felt for the eyes and scarf and even some Fimo clay for the dungaree buckles. However, if making this pattern you can always use whichever medium you prefer (such as yarn for the beard by attaching it as you would hair on your dolls).
The neck for Stinky Pete was wide enough for the head to stand up unaided if stuffed firmly enough. If you would prefer the added security then you can always add some craft wire to the neck and even to the arms if you want some manoeuvrability.
Stinky Pete is top-heavy with little legs so he doesn’t stand up unaided. To give the appearance of seams on the dungaree, I just chained a length of yarn and glued it on using felt glue. To stop the fingers from curling, I put felt glue on them and let them dry straight. You could also starch them.
The total dimensions of Stinky Pete are 9 inches tall and 7 inches wide (11 inches with the arms extended).
- DK yarn (denim blue, red, nude, black and dark brown)
- 2.5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Fire retardant Fibrefill
- Black, white, red and yellow felt
- Red colouring pencil or fabric marker
- White wool roving
- Needle felting needle
- Felt glue
- Key chain ring (optional)
- Pins (optional)
- Stitch marker (optional)
Abbreviations that I use in my patterns:
- MR# – magic ring with the specified number of single crochets
- SC – single crochet (double crochet English)
- HDC – half double crochet (half treble English)
- DC – double crochet (treble English)
- INC – single crochet increase
- hdcINC – half double crochet increase (half treble increase English)
- dcINC – double crochet increase (treble increase English)
- #in1 – the specified number of SC in the same stitch (i.e. 3in1)
- DEC – invisible decrease
- 2TOG – two stitches together decrease (non-invisible) method (I tend to use this method when decreasing in the back loop)
- *_______* X# – repeat sequence within the asterisks the specified number of times e.g. *SC, INC* x6)
- FLO – front loop only
- BLO – back loop only
- CC – colour change
- CH – chain stitches
- CH1T – chain a stitch then turn your work
- SS – slip stitch
- SSJ – slip stitch join each row (used mainly when crocheting in the round)
- ST/STS – stitch/stitches
- OFFSET – a term I use when adding or taking away additional stitches to line up and get the right placement
- FO – fasten off
You are now complete. How did you find the pattern? Are you happy with how your Stinky Pete turned out? Don’t forget to send me pictures I love seeing your creations.
Next month’s Toy Story Pattern release will be Emperor Zurg. I am looking forward to it because the shape is simple and it is the smaller details that should bring him to life.
Until the next post, HAPPY CROCHETING!