I'm finding various online "design your own figure"-type sites and trying to design figures that look as close to me as possible for a self-portrait collage project. This is surprisingly tricky when one (a) wears glasses, which aren't always offered, and (b) normally has blonde/brown hair and currently dyes it vaguely-reddish/blonde. What hair color to pick?
Of course, I wanted one, but the guy said he only had one. And he only ever wore it for ten minutes because it was "too hot." (It has some kind of weird fuzz for the fur.) I wanted my own, dammit. So I went looking for Hawaiian Christmas fabric, and bought some fringe to layer in lieu of the "too hot" fuzz, and found a pattern off the Inernet. Here is my friend modeling it.
Then I added a crocheted bleeding heart flower lei and hand sewed it around the edge as well. And crocheted a hibiscus ball for the end and sewed it on too.
So this is my stuffed Gavle goat. I found a good stuffed goat pattern on the Internet here and used it to make the body (though in a bigger needle size--size 6), so follow the body instructions for knitting and sewing to do that part. (Except I didn't do the body in 2 colors, obviously.)
Here's the parts of the pattern that I made up myself: It's all done all in tan or red worsted weight yarn with size 6 needles. Everything else after that is my own adaptation to look more Gavle-ish. Beard, horns, and red trim are all crocheted with a G hook, or whatever you have around the house, really.
Neck: CO 5 sts. Knit one row. Purl next row. At the start and end of the row, purl back and front (pb&f), (7 sts.) On next row, kf&b, knit to last st, kf&b (9 sts). Pb&f, purl to last st, pb&f (11 sts). kf&b, k to last st, kf&b (13 sts). Knit in stockinette for 5 rows. AT the end of the last row, cast on 5 more stitches. On the next row, purl the row and at the end, cast on 5 more stitches. Knit in stockinette stitch for 6 rows. Bind off. Sew seam together at smallest end of piece (where the CO stitches go). Should be 22 stitches around. Sew neck on to body of goat.
Head: CO 20 sts. Knit in stockinette stitch for 18 rows, bind off, sew together at the long end. Head ends (make 2): CO 6 sts. Knit one row. Continue in stockinette stitch. On next row, pb&f, p to 1 stitch before end, pb&f (8 sts). Knit in stockinette stitch for 3 rows. On next row, p2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog (6 sts). Bind off. Sew end to open hole. Stuff head and then sew other end on.
Tail: CO 4 stitches, knit in stockinette for 13 rows, bind off. Sew seam at short end of tail to make a circle, sew to butt end of goat. Use 3 sts to close the top of the tail, kind of sew them in a triangular fashion to pinch at the top.
Beard: Crochet with a G hook. Ch 5, single crochet in 4 of them. Tie end of beard onto chin of head.
Stuff the body and neck. Sew head to top of neck. Seams are all sewn on outside with the stockinette side facing out, so yes, the seams show.
Horns (make 2): These require 22 gauge craft wire (or whatever you have around the house that's similar, really). Crochet with a G hook. Chain 30 sts. Cut a length of 22 gauge craft wire the same length as the chain, and hold it next to the chain. Single crochet along the chain and over the wire. Cut thread. Make a second horn to match the first.
Note for all trims: if your trim doesn't come out the same lengths as mine, feel free to shorten or lengthen as you must.
Red Horn Trim (make 10 in red yarn): Chain 6 stitches, slip stitch to make circle, tie off, leaving a tail to sew the trim on. Position 5 red circles, spaced apart, over the horns. Use the long tail to tie the trim on and anchor it in place. When all trims are put on, sew horns to the back of the head.
Nose Trim (in red yarn): chain 20 sts, slip stitch at end to make a circle and leave a long tail if you wish to sew it in place. Position it around the end of the nose and sew on to anchor it if you wish. (Note: thanks to how the nose is sewn on, this can pretty much stay in place on its own if you wish.)
Tail Trim (in red yarn): chain 13 sts, slip stitch at end, leave a long tail if you wish to sew it in place. Position it around the end of the tail and sew on to anchor it if you wish. (Note: thanks to how the tail is sewn on, this can pretty much stay in place on its own if you wish.)
Leg Trim (make 4 in red yarn): chain 20 sts, slip stich at end to make a circle, leave a long tail to sew it in place. Position trim around edges of feet. These pretty much need to be sewn on to stay on. Sew trim to feet.
Middle Trim: chain 22. DC along the entire chain, starting with the second chain. Fit the trim around the goat's middle and crochet together along the end to finish it off. (Probably don't need to anchor this in place so well either.)
I can't post pics where I am now, but the knitting of the vine legwarmers and the Gavle Goat (toy version) are about done! The goat is done, I just want to make another one. The legwarmers have the knitting work done, but I want to add some decorations before I sew up the seams.
I'm pretty proud of my knitting work today while on vacation :)
So, I have decided that I will make a holiday sweater, EVEN IF it will definitely not be done by Christmas. I have decided to make a sweater about the Gavle goat, specifically commemorating the picturesque burning of the goat in 2005 by Santa and a gingerbread man with flaming crossbows. BECAUSE HOW CAN I RESIST?
Just to keep track of the things I want to do on this sweater, I'm going to make a checklist.
My thinking on this is that it will be some kind of basic sweater pattern--either crocheted or knitted. Crocheting would be faster and would provide more holes in the sweater for design purposes, and I did dig up a couple of crochet patterns...but I'm not sure if they'll be TOO holey. So we'll see. Because I am not super good at fair isle stuff, I think I will make designs that will be sewn onto the sweater later.
On the back of the sweater....well, I think this is gonna need an explanation. So I have written up an explanation of the goat, complete with "before and after" pics. I have some of that paper where you can print it out and then iron it onto fabric around still (left over from this project), and then I think I will iron it onto some fabric and then hand or machine sew the fabric onto the back of the sweater.
On the front of the sweater...I'm debating knitting/crocheting a Santa and gingerbread man, or possibly felting them because I know someone who is making felted ornament-type things this year and they looked adorable. She said she was using cookie cutters and having a hard time finding tiny ones, and then I proceeded to find some tiny ones, so...that's an option. I also found some pasable flat knitted patterns that might work too? It may depend on the sizing of how these things come out, as the cookie cutters are about maybe 1.5 inches high or so. The goat needs to be pretty big by comparison.
I can't find much in the way of goats that are online...I found one stuffed goat pattern but it doesn't look quite right...I think I may have to just make up my own, somehow. I've decided to make one as a present/ornament thing for the friend that I was going on to this project about in great detail--as well as her Swedish-speaking mom-- and she was all, "Don't use straw, that'll be too messy." True, though I wish I could just get one of the little goats from IKEA and attach it on. I can't find any I can get ahold of IRL, though.
The fire will be felted on. I think I will need to knit a feltable backdrop for the piece and then sew on or felt the decorations to it, since I could not find enough feltable yarn in a holiday color at ye olde Joann's at the time of shopping.
I got as far as crocheting four snowflakes and knitting four Santa hat ornaments on this quickie ugly sweater idea. Then I got busy and got sick, and I couldn't find any thrift store sweaters worth buying or decorating, and finally I just pinned the little ornaments to my sweater and it came out like this.
This is just sad. Not even funny sad. Scratch this idea. Did not wear this in public today.
Still wore this hat, though, which five people claim they want or wanted to steal during the stealing game today.