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Bat Finger Puppet

mclbatfingerpuppetfinallogoThis pattern came about as a result of my Mental Health Experiment which you can read more about here.  My free Easy Amigurumi Peanut pattern was used as a basis for it.  With a few modifications and the addition of wings, we were able to create this cute little bat.  So whether you’re nutty or batty, you can enjoy this easy and quick to make treat!  U.S. Crochet terms used throughout.

Bat Finger Puppet

This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted. It should remain free and finished objects made from it may be sold. Credit must be given to me as the designer.

Copyright 2013 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved

Skills Necessary to Complete Experiment

Working in Rounds, Adjustable Ring, SC, DEC, INV DEC, HDC, DC

Materials for this Experiment

Size F Hook (3.75 mm)

Small amount Polyester Fiberfill

Small amount of Worsted Weight Tan or Brown Yarn

Small amount of Worsted Weight Black Yarn

Stitch Marker

Tapestry Needle

Optional 9mm safety eyes or use wiggle eyes, felt, embroidery thread, or fabric paint

Optional Felt, Fabric Paint, Embroidery Thread to Finish as Desired

Directions

Head and Body

With F (3.75mm) hook and worsted weight tan or brown colored yarn, starting at head, and working in rounds,

Rnd 1 – Make 5 SC in Adjustable Ring

Rnd 2 – Increase in each stitch around = 10

Rnd 3 – *SC in next stitch and increase in next (repeat from * around) = 15 (If work starts to turn, be sure the side facing out is the one that does not have the little horizontal lines.  The outside of this bat should be the smooth V-only side)

Rnds 4-6 – SC in each stitch around = 15.

Rnd 7 – *SC in next stitch and decrease in next using an INV DEC   (repeat from * around) = 10.  Place safety eyes if using.

Rnd 8 – SC in each stitch around (10).  Stuff head. *

Rnd 9 – *INC, SC 4, repeat from * = 12

Rnds 10-14 – SC in each stitch around (12).

Rnd 15 – *INV DEC, SC 4, repeat from * = 10  (take another INV DEC if it’s not tight enough on the finger.  Finish off.

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Wings (Make 2)

Note:  Wings are designed to create a slight arch while making – allow the yarn to lay that way.  The arch is meant to define the top part of the wings.  Several of my testers attached the wings upside-down, with the arch on the bottom – so it’s totally your preference as to the look you like best when attaching to the bat.

With F hook and darker brown or black yarn, and leaving a length for sewing, working flat,

Row 1 – CH 8, SC in 2nd CH from hook and in next.  SC next 2 together, SC in last 3.  CH 1 and turn.

Row 2 – SC in next 3 SC, skip one and SC in next, and SS in last.  Finish off, hiding tail in wing.

Thread yarn tail into tapestry needle, pin and sew to sides of bat.  One will be facing wrong way.  This is okay.  Just give it to a kid and see if they mind.  😉

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Ears (Make 2)

You may use either the darker color or lighter color for your ears, depending on how you would like your bat to look.

1. In an adjustable ring, and leaving a tail for sewing, make SC, HDC, DC, HDC, SC.  Pull tight, slip stitch, finish off, leaving additional tail for sewing.

Use both tails to sew ears onto head after pinning in place.

Finishing

Use embroidery floss, fabric paint, or felt to make facial details, as desired.  Don’t forget nose and fangs if you like.  Make as cute or scary as you like!  🙂

Note – Embroider all details for child-safe version.

 

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Yarndango Projects 33 and 34 – Nuts and Cats

It’s been mad crazy busy as usual here around the Mad Crochet Lab.  Yes, I realize I say that often.  Because it’s true.  But I also realize it must be getting boring to hear that so let me just tell you that a wild screaming horde of elephants stampeded through the lab this past week.  That really ISN’T true, but if you could see the lab right now, you’d probably be inclined to believe me.  So anyway, I had one of those days when pressure and stress was building up so I had to just sweep all my projects aside in rebellion and work on something totally new and unrelated.  I came up with this hungry little cat.  There is no longer a pattern available out of respect for the owner of the license of this character.

 

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Peanuts

I came up with this pattern a long time ago as a simple little stuffed animal for my great nephew.  When he was at the age where he was no longer putting any old thing into his mouth, this made a perfect sized plaything for him that he could grip in his hand and carry around with him.  He would walk around muttering “peanut” or “mister peanut” and it was the cutest thing ever.  Anyway, I digress.  The fact is that this is a super-easy project and a great one for a beginner to amigurumis.  It’s good practice for increasing and decreasing and it’s one of the few items that I actually prefer the “wrong” side of because it has more texture and resembles a peanut shell just a bit more than the “right” side would.  Go ahead and make a bunch of these using a smaller hook and yarn.  Fill a recycled pill bottle with them so you can send “nutty” pills to your friends.  Disclaimer:  I don’t know if the pills cure or cause nuttiness, but they usually bring smiles to the recipient.

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Some older, well-loved and worn peanuts that my great niece helped “decorate.”

Before I write the pattern out, I wanted to share what Laura made on her blog.  Apparently she’s gone a little batty!  But I like that!  And you will too!  Check it out here.

 

Peanut

This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted. It should remain free and finished objects made from it may be sold. Credit must be given to me as the designer.

Copyright 2013 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved

Materials for this Cro-ation

Size F Hook (3.75 mm)

Small amount Polyester Fiberfill

Small amount of Worsted Weight Tan Yarn

Optional Felt, Fabric Paint, Embroidery Thread to Finish as Desired

Note

Directions are for child-safe size (about 3-1/2″ tall) – use a smaller hook and yarn or thread, if smaller size is desired.

Directions

With F (3.75mm) hook and worsted weight tan colored yarn:

Rnd 1 – Make 5 SC in Magic Circle

Rnd 2 – Increase in each stitch around = 10

Rnd 3 – *SC in next stitch and increase in next (repeat from * around) = 15

Rnds 4-8 – SC in each stitch around = 10 15.

Rnd 9 – *SC in next stitch and decrease in next using a normal decrease, not an invisible one  (repeat from * around) = 10

Rnd 10 – SC in each stitch around (10)

Rnd 11 – *SC in next stitch and increase in next (repeat from * around) = 15

Rnds 12-16 – SC in each stitch around (15).  Decide which side you’d like for the outside and turn the work inside out if you need to now.

Rnd 17 – *SC in next stitch, decrease in next (repeat from * around) = 10, stuff

Rnd 18 – Decrease around = 5, finish off, leaving a long tail for gathering and sewing opening closed.  Embroider all details for child-safe version.  Otherwise, decorate as desired.

 

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Side 1

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Side 2

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Finished peanut



Ant Option

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Ant Option – photo courtesy of Denise Niemann

To make Ant:  Use appropriate color yarn (red or black)

Do NOT turn work inside out after Rnd 16.

After Rnd 17, repeat Rnds 11-17 again and continue with pattern.

For eyes  (make 2)

Rnd 1 – 6 SC in Magic Circle

Rnd 2 – SC around = 6.  Slip stitch in next stitch and finish off.  Stuff with a scrap of yarn and sew on to face.

For Mandibles (make 2) with yarn split into 2 plies and 2.25mm Hook

1 – 4 SC in Magic Circle

2 – SC around, INC in last =5

3 – SC around, INC in last = 6

4 – SC around, slip stitch in next and finish off, leaving a tail to sew.  Stuff with yarn scraps.  Attach to mouth area.

For Antennae and Legs

Insert pipe cleaners and turn ends so sharp edges do not injure anyone

Dancing Peanut Option

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Dancing Peanut – photo courtesy of Denise Niemann

Use pipe cleaners for arms and legs, turn ends so sharp edges do not injure anyone

For Top Hat

With black and F Hook

1 – 6 SC in Magic Circle
2 – INC around = 12
3 – SC in back loop only around = 12
4-6 – SC in both loops around = 12
7 – *SC in next, INC in next (repeat from * around) = 18
8 – INC in each stitch around = 36. Slip stitch in next and finish off. Weave in end.

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