This month’s Mini tier pattern is Bullseye from Toy Story.
I have been so excited about making this pattern, I’m looking forward to taking a group picture with Bullseye, Woody, Buzz and Jessie.
Once again, I ran out of yarn during this project. This is what happens when you “freestyle” crochet. I need to start putting a bit more planning into my projects before I begin.
To make Bullseye I used the same techniques that I used for Woody and Jessie’s arms and legs. Surprisingly, once I had done the first leg that was the hardest part over. After I made three more, all that remained was the body, neck and head – all of which are simple uncomplicated shapes. This is probably why I was able to complete the body pattern in 2 weeks.
The saddle was another story because the twins got sick and then the following week, I got sick, and everything had to go on the back burner for nearly two weeks. I originally wanted to crochet the saddle but due to all the time that I lost I decided to go the quickest route and make it out of felt. I then had the idea of using my leather scraps to make the saddle but right now I have no idea where they are, but I will be doing that when I eventually get round to making my 4ply version of Bullseye.
Something that I didn’t do with Bullseye is wire his legs. It just didn’t occur to me at the time but once he was assembled and I tried to position him to take a picture, I realised that he just flopped into a heap! So, he will need some sort of stand to take some decent pictures. Next time I make him, I will be sure to add wire to the legs and the head for some manoeuvrability.
Most of this project is crocheted but the mane, tail, eyebrows and saddle are made of out felt and the eyes and mouth detail are needle felted on. I also made the metal foot loops out of gold polymer clay.
You don’t have to needle felt the eyes on, but I wanted to keep that raised dome effect that Bullseye’s eyes have. It’s a small feature but I feel that it makes a big impact on the finished outcome.
Bullseye’s overall dimensions are 9.5 inches long (including the tail), 10 inches tall and 2.25 inches wide (the body).
- DK yarn (dark brown, medium brown and beige)
- 2.5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Fire retardant Fibrefill
- 3mm thick dark brown felt
- Beige and black felt
- White, black and red wool roving (for the eyes and mouth detail, optional)
- Needle felting needle (optional)
- Felt glue
- Gold polymer clay
- Pins (optional)
- Stitch marker (optional)
A list of the 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
- #in1 – the specified number of SC in the same stitch (i.e. 3in1)
- #DCin1 – the specified number of DC in the same stitch (i.e. 3DCin1)
- #HDCin1 – the specified number of HDC in the same stitch (i.e. 3HDCin1)
- hdcINC – half double crochet increase
- dcINC – double crochet increase
- DEC – invisible decrease (if it is a DEC in BLO I tend to use the 2TOG decrease method)
- 2TOG – two stitches together decrease (non-invisible) method
- *_______* X# – repeat sequence within the asterisks the specified number of times e.g. *SC, INC* x6)
- FLO – front loop only
- BLO – back loop only
- CH – chain stitches
- CC – colour change
- CH1T – chain a stitch then turn your work
- SS – slip stitch
- ST/STS – stitch/stitches
- OFFSET – a term I use when adding or taking away additional stitches in order to line up or get the right placement
- = # ROWS – repeat the stitch sequence for the row the specified number of times e.g. 32SC (32) = 5 ROWS
- FO – fasten off
You are now complete!
How did it go? Was it surprisingly straightforward for you too? I hope that you are happy with the way that you Bullseye has turned out. Please send pictures!
As I have mentioned previously, this is the last Patreon pattern that I will be releasing until September due to a planned hiatus. I will still be busy crocheting and working on my projects behind the scenes.
Until the next post – Happy crocheting.