Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Fluffy Tribble!

Port Wine-Swiss Alm TribbleI crocheted a tribble today. What did you do?

Yes, that's right. For reasons I can't even begin to explain, I decided to crochet a tribble. Finally a use for that eyelash yarn I bought in a fit of insanity last winter!

Anyway, if you want your own tribble, it's a very simple pattern. I'm only posting it because a friend wants it.


Supplies
Yarn Bee Wild Child, Port Wine (one half skein)
Yarn Bee Wild Child, Swiss Alm (one half skein)

K hook
Yarn needle

Three handfuls of polyester stuffing

Hold two strands together throughout. It can be the same yarn, or two different ones.

Top half
Round 1: Using the magic adjustable ring, ch 1, then sc 8. Join.

Round 2: Ch 1 for the turning ch, then sc 2 in ea sc. (16 st)

Round 3: Ch 1 for turning ch, *sc 2 in next sc, sc 1 in next sc* repeat 7 more times, then join. (24 st)

Round 4: Ch 1 for turning ch, *sc 1 in next 2 sc, sc 2 in next sc* repeat 7 more times, then join. (32 st)

Round 5: Ch 1 for turning ch, *sc 2 in first sc, sc 1 in next 7 sc* repeat 3 more times, then join. (36 st)

Round 6: Ch 1 for turning ch, sc 1 in ea sc, join. (36 st)

Round 7: repeat

Round 8: repeat

Round 9: repeat

Leave a very long tail on this, three to four times the circumference of the piece; you'll use it to sew the pieces together.


Bottom Half
Round 1: Using the magic adjustable ring, ch 1, then sc 8. Join.

Round 2: Ch 1 for the turning ch, then sc 2 in ea sc. (16 st)

Round 3: Ch 1 for turning ch, *sc 2 in next sc, sc 1 in next sc* repeat 7 more times, then join. (24 st)

Round 4: Ch 1 for turning ch, *sc 1 in 5 next sc, sc 2 in next sc* repeat 3 more times, then join. (28 st)

Round 5: Ch 1 for turning ch, *sc 2 in next sc, sc 1 in next 6 sc*, repeat 3 more times, then join. (32 st)

Round 6: Ch 1 for turning ch, *sc 1 in next 7 sc, sc 2 in next sc* repeat 3 more times, then join. (36 st)

Round 7: Ch 1 for turning ch, sc 1 in ea sc. (36 st)


Assembly
I won't even pretend this is the best way to sew together a tribble; but it worked.

First, look at your tribble pieces and decide which side you want to be on the outside. It's quite possible that the wrong side will be fluffier; it was on mine. If necessary, use a yarn needle to pull the tails from the adjustable ring to the inside.

Place the wrong sides together. Thread your yarn needle with the long tails from the top half. Line up the stitches, and whipstitch the two pieces together using one or two stitches per pair of single crochet stitches. (Your two halves will probably have slightly different diameters, but both have the exact same number of stitches. As long as you line up the stitches, it will all work out.) Leave enough of a gap to turn your tribble right side out.

Once you've turned the tribble, stuff it. You don't want it packed firm, but you will probably need more stuffing that you think. (Unless you've made lots of stuffed toys.) Once you like your results, stitch the opening shut.

Knot the ends, then thread the needle with only one strand of the yarn. Squeeze the tribble flat, then push the needle into the seam near the knot and pull it out through the top or bottom of the tribble. Still squeezing the tribble, trim the end close to the piece. Once you let it go, the end will disappear into the body. Repeat with the other strand of yarn.

The seam will probably be very visible, but you can fix that. The long fluffy pieces will be stuck in the seam. Use your needle or fingers to pull the fibers loose, and the stitching will disappear. Take care, though, that you don't snag the body of the yarn (the thick part you crocheted with.)


And that's it. This is my first time writing out a pattern, so I hope it makes sense.

7 comments:

Kiba said...

I love your tribble! I posted about it at my blog:

http://jossisahottie.com/kibathediva/?p=43

Anonymous said...

Hi just found your tribble and love it. However, you listed 2 yarn colours did you use one for bottom, one for top or did you use it double. I want to make a lot for stocking stuffers for all the trekies I know thanks for any help
Gwen

Mirawyn said...

Oh wow, I didn't explain that, did I?

Hold the two together. It gives a more realistic effect, since real hair and fur usually has an undercoat or different tones.

You can, of course, use two strands of the same color.

Michelle said...

Brilliant! Love it!! :-D

Sarah said...

I really want to make this for my Star Trek obsessed friend...but I'm finding it extremely hard to crochet with the yarn. I can't find the places to put the hook and I just keep getting everything tangled. I'm still a bit of a beginner at crocheting though. Do you have any tips?

Mirawyn said...

Eyelash yarn is a pain, but the tribbles are worth it to me!

You may find it easier to work by feel. Usually I can't actually see my stitches clearly, except around the edges of the outside round. But if you rely on your sense of touch, it usually goes much more smoothly.

Rose de Noire said...

*lol*
I searched the net up and down for a usefull Tribble-tutorial.
Found none...
startetd out of desperation to knit and then it hits me:
Why not use a hook (is this english?)?
And when I was looking out for references, I found the picture of your tribble!
And the best simple pattern I could wish for!
Thanks a lot!

Rose