This month’s mini tier pattern is Billy, Goat and Gruff from Toy Story (otherwise known as Bo Peep’s sheep).
Billy, Goat and Gruff were another fairly easy pattern to make. Various parts have to be crocheted multiple times (for example you need 12 legs) so it can be a bit repetitive. Also, these repetitive parts are quite small so it also gets a bit fiddly – especially when attaching!
When assembling the sheep I decided to use craft wire for some stability and a bit of manoeuvrability in the heads, however this is not mandatory. NOTE: I did not stuff the legs because I was using wire.
There is not a lot of mixed media in this pattern because the character design is simple and straightforward. However, I did get the chance to use felt for the ears and polymer clay for the eyes which I secured with felt glue. The eyes are not secure enough for play but this is not an issue for me because my dolls are used for display purposes only. If you are making this project as a gift for a child then I would recommend crocheting the eyes. You could use the same pattern for the hair buns but crochet them in the light apricot nude yarn and use black and white felt to finish the eye detail.
At first I was not happy with the beige colour that I used for Billy, Goat and Gruff but I was determined to use what was in my stash. Once I finished I was very pleased with the overall look. I feel a bit more confident about not being such a stickler when it comes to the colours because the project still comes out looking good. Keeping this in mind will save me a lot of money and space on yarn in the future.
Billy, Goat and Gruff are approximately 4.5 inches tall, wide and long.
- DK yarn (cream/beige, light apricot nude, brown and black)
- 2.5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Fire retardant Fibrefill
- Apricot coloured felt
- Felt glue
- Red blush
- Craft wire (optional)
- Pliers (optional)
- White and light apricot nude polymer clay (optional)
- Black sharpie (optional)
- Stitch marker
A full 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!
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. It can be a bit fiddly at times and if you are using wires can be a bit confusing. I am here to offer assistance if need be.
Sheep should not be without their shepherd so next month’s mini tier pattern will be Bo Peep – so stay tuned!
Until the next post – HAPPY CROCHETING!