August 13, 2014

I am Groot.

So yeah, Guardians of the Galaxy was even cooler than the trailers suggested. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend it, if you have seen it, than you will recognize today's creation. Groot.

In full disclosure, I have not read any of the comics, however, I am a firm believer that a fan, is a fan, is a fan, regardless of "vetting". So, I loved Groot and felt it would be only right to make one of my own to hold me out until Marvel starts selling solar-powered dancing Groot toys.

I started him at about 11 in the morning and go through almost 3/4ths of this project by 4pm. So I am going to give him a clock time of about 8 hours total to make one. I used most of one skein of Sincerely by Purl Essence in Multi Naturals, which is a variegated yarn from a tan to a dark brown. All pieces are made in that yarn. I used 12mm black safety eyes.

I also gave Groot something new, a voice box! I ordered one off amazon and recorded myself saying I am Groot in my best Vin Diesel voice and added it to the insides. Since it is re-recordable I left a way to retrieve the voice box, should I be able to get a ringtone of the actual sentence from the film.

Once again I have to ask that since this is a licensed character, please do not sell this pattern or your creations... but if your friend wants one in exchange for a mix tape, go ahead. :)


Groot
Head: Round 1– 6SC in the magic ring (6)
Round 2– Inc in each stitch around (12)
Round 3– (Inc, SC) Repeat around (18)
Round 4– (Inc, SC x 2) Repeat around (24)
Round 5– sc around back loops only
Round 6-7–  sc around
Round 8– (Dec, SC x 2) Repeat around (18)
Round 9-11– sc around
Round 12– (Dec, SC ) Repeat around (12)
Round 13– sc around 12
Stop here and add safety eyes- then stuff
Round 14– decrease around 6
Round 15– decrease around to close
Once closed, embroider eye brows and mouth on in darker brown.

Big Head Horn (1)
Round 1– MC 5
Round 2– sc in each around
Round 3– inc in each stitch around (10)
Round 4-6– sc in each around (10)
Bind off, sew shut, leave tail to sew to head in front over left eye.

Medium Head Horn (1) Round 1– 4SC in the magic ring (4)
Round 2– Inc, sc x 3 (5)
Round 3– inc, sc x 4 (6)
Round 4–  inc, sc x 5 (7)
Round 5– inc, sc x 6 (8)
Round 6– SC in each stitch around (8)
Bind off, sew shut, leave tail and sew over right eye.
Head with only two horns, but embroidery done.
Small Head Horns (make 2) Round 1– 4SC in the magic ring (4)
Round 2– Inc, scx3 (5)
Round 3– inc, sc x4 (6)
Round 4– inc, sc x 5 (7)
Round 5– sc around (7)
Bind off, sew shut, leave tail and sew to head, back sides

Body to Knees Round 1– chain 6, form loop with slip stitch in first (6)
Round 2– sc around 6 for neck.
Round 3– Inc in each stitch around (12)
Round 4– (Inc, SC) Repeat around (18)
Round 5– (Inc, SC x 2) Repeat around (24)
Round 6– (Inc, SC x 3) Repeat around (30)
Round 7– (Inc, SC x 4 stitches) Repeat around (36)
Round 8-9–  sc around
Round 10– sc around if you just want to stuff and be done.
If adding voice box then do sc x 14, ch8, sc x 14. This leaves a hole to add and remove the box. You can either sew it up after inserting the voice box or add a zipper or laces to be able to open and close it.
Round 11– sc around 36
Round 12– sc 6, dec x 3, sc 12, dec x 3, sc 6 (30)
Round 13– sc around (30)
Round 14– sc 5, dec x 2, sc 5, dec, sc 5 , dec x2, sc 5 (25)
Round 15– sc around (25)
Round 16– sc 4, dec, sc 4, dec, sc 4 , dec , sc 4, dec, sc3tog (20)
Round 17-20– sc around (20)
Round 21– start legs: sc 4 or to center of body opposite opening, chain 4, sc around. Your legs will have a width of 14 stitches.
Round 22-36– 15 rows of sc around
Bind off , go back and do second leg. Leave open to stuff and sew foot on.
Finished head, body and feet.
Feet and shins (make 2)Round 1– 6SC in the magic ring (6)
Round 2– Inc each stitch around (12)
Round 3– (Inc, SC) Repeat around (18)
***For a toe: make 5 DC in the stitch. Remove the hook from its current place and move it back to the first DC. Join this DC with the last DC you made with a slip stitch. (aka Popcorn stitch)
Round 4– 1SC, *1 SC, 1 toe* repeat until you have 4 toes, sc 3, do tiny toe of 3dc popcorn, SC in 5 remaining stitches (18)
NOTE: For the second foot, you need to do the tiny toe first, so do the order of the toes backwards.
Round 5-6– SC in each stitch around (18)
Round 7– (Dec, SC x 7) Repeat around (16)
Round 8– (Dec, SC x 6) Repeat around (14)
Round 9-12– SC in each stitch around (14)
Stuff and sew to leg at the knee.

Arms (make 2) Round 1– 6SC in the magic ring (6)
Round 2– Inc each stitch around (12)
***For a finger: slip stitch into next sc, chain 5, turn and sc in first chain from hook back down to base of chain (4), slip stitch to same stitch you started in, continue to next
Round 4– 2SC, 1 finger, sc x 2, 3 more fingers, sc in 4 remaining stitches (12)
Round 5-8– SC in each stitch around (12)
Round 9– decrease, sc around (8)
Round 10-24– sc around (8)

Finishing
Sew head to body at neck. Sew arms closed and attach at shoulder height on the appropriate sides. Sew feet to legs, making sure that they are on the right sides. Be sure to stuff it all before you close it. I also embroidered some chest plates, elbow and knee plates and shoulder blades in the darker brown yarn like his mouth. Might add some green to the shoulders. Could add a flower to the palm... or a tiny Rocket Raccoon to the back......
Done.
Finished height is about 10 inches tall.
Time to compete: 8 hours
Difficulty: Easy. Pretty basic, can get elaborate as you like with the embroidery or leave it off.

2 comments:

Arina Wells said...

Does "Inc" mean increase? I see that in almost every row but I don't understand what stitch you're using. Thank you, this is adorable!

Angela Skees said...

Arina, Yes, anywhere you see "inc" you should do an increase. That being two single crochet in one stitch of the previous row. Similarly, if you see "dec" you should do a decrease. That is when you either skip one single crochet stitch or work two stitches together into one.