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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Amigurumi Pattern: Blue Badger from Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney

"Wriggling piece of plywood"
After I've crocheted some stuff for myself, I wanted to make something for my husband as a surprise. I had to secretly work on it for weeks. I told him I was crocheting something for him, but he couldn't quite figure out what. Success.
And here he is: Blue Badger!
My husband loves his video games, and he'll often attach himself to these weird but cute characters in them. Blue Badger is one of his favourites. Blue Badger is the mascot of the police department from the DS game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and all his fans know the tune to his little dance.

Not sure how many people are going to make their very own Blue Badger, but I thought I'd put the pattern down anyway.  Hope you like it!  Sorry I don't have any more pictures of the individual pieces. I always forget to take pics during crocheting.

Yarn, Hook and Other Materials:
(feel free to substitute with your favourite worsted weight yarn and hook size)
E hook / 3.5mm hook
Light blue yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Light Blue
White yarn: Red Heart Soft Touch White
Yellow yarn: Red Heart Kids Yellow
Small amount of red yarn: Red Heart Soft Touch Really Red
Small amount of grey yarn: Red Heart Soft Touch Pewter
Small amount of black yarn: Red Heart Soft Touch Black
Yarn needle to weave in ends and sew mouth
Grey and black embroidery thread
Small piece of white and black felt
Polyester fiberfill stuffing
A toothpick and black felt pen

Dimensions / Gauge:
Blue Badger is approximately 7" tall and 4" wide (measuring from crown).
Exact gauge is not important, but as with all amigurumi, crochet tightly to make sure no stuffing will be seen between stitches.

Abbreviations used: (US terms)
rnd round
sc single crochet
st stitch
sl st         slip stitch
inv dec    invisible decrease
ch chain
Number in ( ) at the end of each round: total number of stitches you should have by the end of the round.

Head (without the crown)
Using white yarn
Rnd 1Make a magic ring with 7 sc in it (7).
Rnd 22 sc in each st (14)
Rnd 3*1 sc in next st, then 2 sc in the next* repeat 7 times (21)
Rnd 4*1 sc in next 2 st, then 2 sc in the next* repeat 7 times (28) 
Rnd 5*1 sc in next 3 st, then 2 sc in the next* repeat 7 times (35)
Rnd 6*1 sc in next 4 st, then 2 sc in the next* repeat 7 times (42)
Rnd 7*1 sc in next 5 st, then 2 sc in the next* repeat 7 times (49)
Rnd 8-141 sc in each st around (49)
Rnd 15*1 sc in next 5 st, then 1 inv dec* repeat 7 times (42)
Rnd 16*1 sc in next 4 st, then 1 inv dec* repeat 7 times (35)
Start stuffing
Rnd 17*1 sc in next 3 st, then 1 inv dec* repeat 7 times (28)
Rnd 18*1 sc in next 2 st, then 1 inv dec* repeat 7 times (21)
Rnd 19*1 sc in next st, then 1 inv dec* repeat 7 times (14)
Rnd 20Inv dec in each st around (7)
Finish stuffing and close the hole (may I suggest PlanetJune's Ultimate Finish method?) and hide the tail inside the head. 

Body
Using light blue yarn. We're working from the bottom to the top.
Rnd 1Make a magic ring with 6 sc in it (6)
Rnd 22 sc in each st (12)
Rnd 3*1 sc in next st, then 2 sc in the next* repeat 6 times (18)
Rnd 4*1 sc in next st, then 2 sc in the next* repeat 6 times (24)
Rnd 5-111 sc in each st around (24)
Rnd 12*1 sc in next 10 st, then inv dec * repeat 2 times (22)
Rnd 13*1 sc in next 4 st, then inv dec * repeat 3 times, then 1 sc in the last 4 st (19)
Rnd 14*1 sc in next 3 st, then inv dec * repeat 3 times, then 1 sc in the next 2 st, then inv dec (15) 
Stuff the body. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

White Patch on Tummy
Using white yarn: I worked this one in joined rounds (instructional video link), instead of continuous or spiral, to ensure that the shape turns out circular (so you'll begin with ch 1 and end with sl st in every round)
Rnd 1Make a magic ring with 6 sc in it (6). 
Rnd 22 sc in each st (12). 
Rnd 3*1 sc in next st, then 2 sc in the next* repeat 6 times (18). 
Rnd 4*1 sc in next st, then 2 sc in the next* repeat 6 times (24). 
Fasten off, and leave a tail for sewing to body.

Arms (Make 2)
Using light blue yarn. We're working from the hand to the arm
Rnd 1Make a magic ring with 5 sc in it (5)
Rnd 22 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3*1 sc in next st, then 2 sc in the next* repeat 5 times (15) 
Rnd 4-51 sc in each st around (15)
Start stuffing
Rnd 6*1 sc in next st, then inv dec* repeat 5 times (10) 
Rnd 7*1 sc in next 2 st, then inv dec * repeat 2 times, then 1 sc in the last 2 st (8) 
Rnd 8-91 sc in each st around (8)
Rnd 10-111 sc in each st around in the front loop only (8)
Fasten off.  To make it look nicer, you may want to try this invisible join method.
Add more stuffing.
Rnd 12With a new light blue yarn, work in the back loops of Rnd 10, do *1 sc in the next 2 st, then inv dec* 2 times. (6)
Rnd 13-161 sc in each st around in both loops (6)
Finish stuffing, and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Legs (Make 2)
Using light blue yarn
Rnd 1Ch 5. 1 sc in the 2nd ch from hook, then 1 sc in the remaining 2 st.  Rotate your piece, and do 1 sc in each loop of the other side of the chain (8)
Rnd 2-61 sc in each st around
Stuff. Fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing.

"Crown"
This part was a little complicated to figure out, so if you can think of any alternative techniques to make this, I'd really like to hear it.
Hopefully the instructions make sense.
We're going to start with the middle triangle.
Rnd 1Make a magic ring with 4 sc in it (4)
Rnd 2*1 sc in next st, then 2 sc in the next* repeat 2 times (6) 
Rnd 3*1 sc in next 2 st, then 2 sc in the next* repeat 2 times (8) 
Rnd 4*1 sc in next st, then 2 sc in the next* repeat 4 times (12) 
Rnd 5*1 sc in next st, then 2 sc in the next* repeat 6 times (18)
Rnd 6*1 sc in next 2 st, then 2 sc in the next * repeat 6 times (24) 
Rnd 7Now we're going to work on the triangular tips on both sides. 
1 sc in the next 11 st. Ch 12, and sl st into the next st (of the middle triangle)
1 sc in the next 11 st. Ch 12, and sl st into the next st to finish the round.


 
Rnd 81 sc in the next 11 st. Moving onto the chain, 1 sc in the bottom loop of the chain (12 sc all together), 1 sc in the next 11 st, then when you reach the chain, 1 sc in the bottom loop of the 12 chains. (46)
Rnd 91 sc in the next 16 st, (you should have reach the tip of farthest left or right point) 1 inv dec, 1 sc in the next 20 st (reach the other tip), 1 inv dec, 1 sc in the last 6 st.
Rnd 10Now we're going to add the triangular flap that goes on the front of the head between the eyes.
Sl st into the next 2 st. Ch 1. 1 sc in the next 7 st. Ch 1. Turn. (7 for the flap)
Rnd 11Inv dec, 1 sc in the next 3 st, 1 inv dec (5)
Rnd 12Inv dec, 1 sc in the next 2 st (4)
Rnd 13Inv dec, 1 sc in the next st (3)
Rnd 14Inv dec (1)
Fasten off. If you don't like the "rugged" edges on the two sides of your triangle, you can do a single crochet around that border to make it look nicer.

Now we're going to complete the other two "cones" on the top.  
To determine where to start, just remember that if you're right handed, you are crocheting right to left and clockwise, and the opposite for left-handed.

Rnd 1 Insert hook into the top of the first ch. Draw up a loop with the new yarn and ch 1. 1 sc into the same st, then 1 sc in the remaining 11 st. Connect to the middle triangle by doing 1 sc into one of the stitches there. (13)
Rnd 2*1 sc in the next st, 1 inv dec* repeat 4 times, 1 sc (9)
Rnd 31 sc in each st around (9)
Rnd 4Dec all around (repeat 4 times), then 1 sc (5)
Fasten off and hide the tail inside.
Do the same for the cone on other side.

Balls on the "Crown" (Make 3)
Using yellow yarn
Rnd 1Make a magic ring with 6 sc in it (6)
Rnd 22 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3-41 sc in each st around (12)
Start stuffing
Rnd 5*1 sc in the next st, then inv dec* repeat 6 times (6)
Finish stuffing. You can close the hole (for example with the Ultimate Finish method?) and leave the tail for sewing.

Red Baton
Using red yarn. Lightly stuff.
Rnd 1Make a magic ring with 3 sc in it (3)
Rnd 22 sc in each st around (6)
Rnd 3-61 sc in each st around (6)
Start light stuffing
Rnd 7*1 sc in the next st, then inv dec* repeat 2 times (4)
Rnd 81 sc in each st around (4)
Fasten off, and use the tail to sew to hand.

Yellow Flag
Using yellow yarn.
Rnd 1Ch 9. Turn. 
Rnd 2Staring from 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each (8). Ch 1. Turn.
Rnd 3-51 sc in each st (8) Ch 1. Turn

Cut toothpick to your desired length (should be longer than what's showing to account for the bit you've poked into the hand). Paint it black (is the song stuck in your head?) with a permanent black felt or whatever you can find.  When it's dry, poke it through the side of the flag. 

Belt, Sash and Duct Tape on His Crown
For the next three parts: Because your Blue Badger's body may be bigger or smaller (depending on what hook you use / how tight you crochet), it's not really possible to give the number of chains you need for these three parts. 
I recommend wrapping the chain around yours frequently to see how many more chains you have to make.  
Another cool technique you may want to try that allows you to add length to a chain easily is doing a foundation single crochet, instead of a foundation chain. Check out the detailed photo & video tutorial from futuregirl blog.


Belt
Using black yarn
Rnd 1Make a chain of ___ to fit your Blue Badger's body (I did around 26). 
Rnd 2Starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in each ch. 
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sash
Using grey yarn
Rnd 1Make a chain of ___ to fit your Blue Badger's body (I did around 39). 
Rnd 2Starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in each ch. 
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Duct Tape
Using grey yarn
Rnd 1Make a chain of ___ to fit your Blue Badger's body (I did around 18). 
Rnd 2Starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in each ch. 
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Notes for Assembly:
-White tummy patch should go on before the belt, then the sash.
-For the belt buckle, I just take sew a rectangular shape over the belt using grey yarn.
-The triangular flap between the eyes may look like it's too big, but it will get smaller once you sew it onto the head.
-Eyes are made from a small white and a small black oval shaped piece of felt.

There you go. Have fun making your own Blue Badger! Blue is not your colour? There is a pink badger!

Pattern is for personal use only. Please do not sell items made from it (charity okay). Please do not reproduce the pattern anywhere, but link to this post.  Thanks!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY. I finally found a pattern for The Blue Badgeeer! Thankyou Thankyou!

Virginia said...

:) I'm so glad you like it. Thanks for letting me know.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much, my daughter loves Ace Attorney

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