This is my last Midi tier pattern until September, and it is Little Brother the dog from Mulan.
In my opinion, Little Brother does not get enough love. I think that I only saw two crochet patterns for him whilst browsing online. He is such a fun and crazy character, and my Mulan set just wouldn’t be complete without him.
That being said, my motivation was very low during the creation of this project. The twins have not been sleeping properly at night and have been glued to me during the day – which made finding time to do anything let alone crochet very difficult. The time that I did manage to find to crochet was never uninterrupted, which just messes with my creative flow. So, like I said, my motivation was low, and I really had to push myself to complete this project. Fortunately, I got there in the end and even got a burst of energy towards the end once I had pinned the parts in place and was able to see that I would be happy with the outcome. Needless to say, I think my hiatus has arrived at the perfect time as I really need a rest and recharge.
I tend to get carried away with size and sometimes make things bigger than they need to be. However, with this project I kept this fact in mind, and he turned out the perfect size. Below is a picture of Little Brother with Mulan and Cri-Kee.
The only thing that I would make a change to are the paws. This is because the toes were a bit spread out which meant that I had to stitch them together one I had finished crocheting them. I just didn’t feel it was worth wasting the little time I had to crochet the leg again so just continued with the other legs in the same way.
There is not a lot of mixed media in this project, all I used was a little felt for some finishing touches. Luckily, the felt that was used was enough to give Little Brother enough of a pop to stand out.
Little Brother’s approximate overall measurements are a height of 6 inches/15cm (to the tips of the ears), width of 3.25 inches/8.5 cm and a depth of 4 inches/10cm.
- 4ply yarn (I used Scheepjes Catona in: 505 Linen, 110 Jet Black and 507 Chocolate)
- 2mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Fire retardant Fibrefill
- Brown, Pink, Black, Turquoise, white and dark red felt (you can also just use safety eyes instead of black felt)
- Felt glue
- 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!
How did your Little Brother turn out? Are you happy with the final result? I hope that you are.
Now it is time for me to officially begin my much-needed hiatus which I hope to be both relaxing and productive – fingers crossed! When I return the Midi tier pattern will be Mushu the Dragon from Mulan. If you haven’t already why not check out some of the other patterns that are available in my Mulan series HERE.
Until September – HAPPY CROCHETING!