27 October 2017

Axolotl


A couple of years ago, I was chatting with some friends asking them what to make for another friend who was having a baby. Pernille suggested making an axolotl stuffed animal. Not knowing what they were, I had to look up pictures of the cute pink salamander. While I thought they were cute, it wasn't quite right for that friend. Fast forward to this summer when I found out Pernille was having her own baby, I knew just what to make for her: an axolotl!


So, here is the pattern for the axolotl that I made for Pernille to complement her baby blanket.


     The axolotl is made in 4 parts: the body, fins, legs, and gills. I used worsted weight yarn (Knitpicks Mighty Stitch in blush, and conch) with a 3.5mm hook. All parts were made in blush (light pink) except for the gills.
     The finished salamander measures about 10 inches long and 2 inches wide.



Special stitches:

    half-treble crochet (htc): yarn over 2 times, pull a loop through the indicated stitch (you now have 4 loops on the hook), pull a loop through the first 2 loops on the hook, then pull a loop through the final 3 loops on the hook (like a hdc).
    half-double treble crochet (hdtc): yarn over 3 times, pull a loop through the indicated stitch (you now have 5 loops on the hook), pull a loop through the first 2 loops on the hook, pull a loop through the 2 more loops on the hook, then pull a loop through the final 3 loops on the hook (like a hdc).




Body:

Row 1:  Ch 3.
     Starting in the 2nd ch from the hook:
     Sc, 3 sc in the next st, working down the other side of the ch: 2 sc in the last ch, sl st to join. (6 sts)

     Working in rounds:
Row 2:  Ch, sc 2, 3 sc in the next st, sc 2, 3 sc in the last st, sl st to join. (10 sts)
Row 3:  Ch, sc 3, 3 sc in the next st, sc 4, 3 sc in the next st, sc 1, sl st to join. (14 sts)
Row 4:  Ch, sc 4, 3 sc in the next st, sc 6, 3 sc in the next st, sc 2, sl st to join. (18 sts)
Row 5:  Ch, sc 5, 3 sc in the next st, sc 8, 3 sc in the next st, sc 3, sl st to join. (22 sts)
Row 6:  Ch, sc 5, 2 sc in the next st, sc, 2 sc in the next st, sc 8, 2 sc in the next st, sc, 2 sc in the next st, sc 3, sl st to join. (26 sts)
Row 7:  Ch, sc 9, 2 sc in the next st, sc 8, 2 sc in the next st, sc 7, sl st to join. (28 sts)
Row 8:  Ch, sc 10, 2 sc in the next st, sc 8, 2 sc in the next st, sc 8, sl st to join. (30 sts)
Row 9:  Ch, sc 11, 2 sc in the next st, sc 8, 2 sc in the next st, sc 9, sl st to join. (32 sts)
Row 10-13:  Sc in each st around, sl st to join. (32 sts)
Row 11:  Ch, sc 4, sc3tog 3 times, sc 8, sc3tog 3 times, sc 2, sl st to join. (20 sts)
Row 12:  Ch, sc 3, sc3tog twice, sc 4, sc3tog twice, sc, sl st to join. (12 sts)
Row 13:  Ch, sc in each st around. (12 sts)
     Stuff the head.
Row 14:  Ch, 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, (sc, 2 sc in the next st) repeat 4 times, sl st to join. (19 sts)
Row 15-16:  Ch, sc in each st around, sl st to join. (19 sts)
Row 17:  Ch, (sc, 2 sc in he next st) repeat 4 times, sc 12, sl st to join. (23 sts)
Row 18-20:  Ch, sc in each st around, sl st to join. (23 sts)
Row 21:  Ch, sc, (2 sc in the next st, sc 2) repeat 4 times, sc 11, sl st to join. (27 sts)
Row 22-28:  Ch, sc in each st around, sl st to join. (27 sts)
Row 29:  Ch, sc 4, (sc, sc2tog) repeat 4 times, sc 5, sc2tog, sc 3, sc2tog, sl st to join. (21 sts)
Row 30:  Ch, sc in each st around, sl st to join. (21 sts)
Row 31:  Ch, sc 2, (sc2tog, sc) repeat 4 times, sc 5, sl st to join. (17 sts)
Row 32:  Ch, (sc 2, sc2tog) repeat 4 times, sc, sl st to join. (13 sts
     Stuff the body.
Row 33-36:  Ch, sc in each st around, sl st to join. (13 sts)
Row 37:  Ch, sc 5, sc2tog, sc 6, sl st to join. (12 sts)
Row 38-39:  Ch, sc in each st around, sl st to join. (12 sts)
Row 40:  Ch, sc 5, sc2tog, sc 5, sl st to join. (11 sts)
Row 41-42:  Ch, sc in each st around, sl st to join. (11 sts)
Row 43:  Ch, sc 5, sc2tog, sc 4, sl st to join. (10 sts)
Row 44-45:  Ch, sc in each st around, sl st to join. (10 sts)
Row 46:  Ch, sc 6, sc2tog, sc 2, sl st to join. (9 sts)
Row 47-48:  Ch, sc in each st around, sl st to join. (9 sts)
Row 49:  Ch, sc 6, sc2tog, sc, sl st to join. (8 sts)
Row 50:  Ch, sc in each st around, sl st to join. (8 sts)
Row 51:  Ch, sc 6, sc2tog, sl st to join. (7 sts)
Row 52:  Ch, sc in each st around, sl st to join. (7 sts)
Row 53:  Ch, sc 5, sc2tog, sl st to join. (6 sts)
Row 54:  Ch, sc in each st around, sl st to join. (6 sts)
Row 55:  Ch, sc 4, sc2tog, sl st to join. (5 sts)
Row 56:  Ch, sc in each st around, sl st to join. (5 sts)
Row 57:  Ch, sc 3, sc2tog, sl st to join. (4 sts)
Row 57:  Ch, sc 2, sc2tog, sl st to join. (3 sts)
Row 57:  Ch, sc, sc2tog, sl st to join. (2 sts)

Tie off.


Top Fin:
Working along the top center of the body, from the tail to the head:
Ch, sl st, sc 2, hdc 3, dc 3, htc 3, tc 3, hdtc 3, dtc 5, hdtc 2, tc, htc 2, dc 2, hdc 3, sc 3, sl st 5. Tie off.

Tie off.


Bottom Fin:
Working along the bottom center of the body, from the tail to the head:
Ch, sl st, sc 2, hdc 3, dc 5, htc 3, tc 5, htc 3, dc 3, hdc 2, sc 2, sl st 2. Tie off.

Tie off.


Here's a video to show how to stitch the fins:




Legs (make 4):
Start with a long end for sewing.
Row 1:  Ch 9. Turn.
Starting with the 2nd ch from the hook:
Row 2:  sc 8. Turn.
Row 3:  Ch, sc 8. Turn.
Row 4:  Ch, (pull up a loop in the first st, insert your hook in the first ch of the starting ch, pull up a loop and pull that loop through 2 loops on the hook) repeat 8 times.
Row 5:  Working along one end of the tube just created:
     (Picot, sl st in the top of the tube) repeat 4 times.

Tie off.
Sew to body.


Gills:
Ch 7, starting from the 2nd ch from the hook: sl at 3, sc 3) repeat 3 times.

Tie off leaving a long tail for sewing.
Sew to either side of the head at its widest point.


Use black thread to embroider eyes onto the head.



This pattern was extensively corrected on March 13, 2018.






Fig. 1:   Finished Body.



Fig. 2:   Ready to sew on gills.



Fig. 3:   Front view.



Fig. 4:   Top view.



Fig. 5:   Side view.


I hope you enjoyed this free crochet amigurumi salamander pattern!