Mushu Crochet Pattern

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Happy September and WELCOME BACK!!!!

The Midi tier pattern for this month is Mushu the dragon from Mulan. I had a lot of fun with this pattern, and it was made easier and more enjoyable due to not having a time crunch to adhere to.

Deciding on the size wasn’t easy because I didn’t want Mushu to be taller than Mulan but at the same time, I didn’t want Cri-Kee to look too big. In the end I think that I chose correctly because he ties in well with the other characters. Also, a nice, pleasant surprise and additional bonus when I assembled this project was that Mushu can stand on his own – unaided! This makes posing him for pictures that much easier.

The majority of Mushu is crocheted with a few mixed media elements using felt sheet and some needle felting. I was going to also crochet his belly, but in the end, I thought it would be a nice touch if it felted because I could include the ridges in his belly.

I also went a step further and painted the tips of his fingers with nail varnish! I had originally tried to do a colour change for the fingertips, but it was just overly complicated. In the end I opted to crochet them in plain red and add the pop of colour afterwards, which I feel worked out very well – especially because I had the perfect shade of nail varnish.

This project does not take long to crochet (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes based on the speed that I crochet and not including the assembly and customisation). Mushu’s customisation probably took just as long as it did to crochet because of all the little details, some of which are needle felted.

Mushu measures 5.5 inches/14 cm tall and 2 inches/5 cm at the widest point.


MATERIALS
  • 4ply yarn (I used Scheepjes Catona in: 115 Hot Red, 192 Scarlet)
  • 2mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Fire retardant Fibrefill
  • 3mm craft wire
  • Pliers
  • Yellow, red, pink, dark red, purple, medium blue, black and white felt
  • Red, dark red and white wool roving
  • Needle felting needle
  • Yellow and black sewing thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Dark red nail varnish (*optional)
  • Felt glue
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Stitch marker
ABBREVIATIONS

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)
  • TC – treble crochet (double 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
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You are now complete.

How did you find the pattern? Did Mushu turn out how you expected? What types of media did you use to complete this project?

Due to next month being October, to keep in line with the spirit of Halloween, I chose for the mini tier pattern to be Benson from Toy Story and the villain Shan Yu from Mulan for the Midi tier pattern.

Until the next post, happy crocheting!

Chantelle X

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