This month’s Mini Tier pattern release is Emperor Zurg.
Crocheting Zurg was not as complicated or laborious as I thought he would be. Once I sat down, broke the image down and planned how to approach this pattern, I realised that it would be the customisation that would bring him to life. His torso was similar to that of Buzz, I followed the same method only this time as a continuous piece. The legs are essentially just a cylinder that flares out at the end. I think that I could have flared out the legs a bit more but by the time I realised I just couldn’t bring myself to frog all those rows and start over. Fortunately, Zurg still looks recognisable so all was not lost.
The silhouette was so basic. As I mentioned before the head and body were crocheted as one piece then I added the arms and headpiece. That was it. The rest was all down to the customisation which was done using felt and felt glue. I have included a PDF template for the facial details, chest plate and cape. If you make changes to the yarn weight and/or hook size you will need to scale the template up or down accordingly.
Some cardboard went into the top and bottom of the torso for added structure. I did not use any wire however this can be added if you prefer some added strength to the waist. You could also add some wire to the arms as I did with Buzz to make his arms positionable.
Emperor Zurg stands at approximately 10 inches/25.5cm tall (to the top of his head not including the horns) and 4.5 inches/11.5cm wide (shoulder to shoulder).
- DK yarn (purple, black, grey and red)
- 2.5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Fire retardant Fibrefill
- Black, red, white grey and yellow felt
- Felt glue
- Pins (optional)
- Stitch marker (optional)
Abbreviations used 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 the end and beginning of the row
- 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.
You may want to starch the fingers to stop them from curling. I have not done it yet but I do plan to. As I mentioned earlier in the post it is the customisation that really brings it all together.
April’s Mini Tier pattern is Jessie. My Toy Story series is really starting to come together even though there are still so many characters left to do.
Until the next post, happy crocheting!