Grahame the Badger by Brenda K. B. Anderson

Grahame the Badger

August 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
Head rnds 1-5 = 2'' in diameter.
3.5 mm (E)
409 yards (374 m)
12" tall, excluding ears.
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Grahame the Badger is in good company with his deer and squirrel pals. Like his buddies, this animal is crocheted in a durable wool/acrylic blend using a smaller-than-usual hook to make the pieces firm. Easy “furry” embroidery done after assembly adds an amount of believability to this little guy.

Difficulty Easy

Yarn Weight 4

Finished Size 12” tall, excluding ears.

Yarn Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted (75% acrylic, 25% wool; 200 yd 183 m/3½ oz 100 g): #0389 grayfrost (MC), #0146 winter white (CC1), #1317 vacation blues (CC2), 1 ball each; #0217 black (CC3), 9 yd.

Hook Size E/4 (3.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions Stitch markers (m); fiberfill; 3⁄8” black shank buttons, 2; sewing needle and black thread; quilter’s pins; yarn needle.

Gauge Head rnds 1–5 = 2” in diameter. Gauge is not important for this project.

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  • Project uses nearly entire ball of main color (MC). Consider purchasing an extra ball as insurance.

  • Head is worked in the round from the back of the head to the front of the nose.

  • Body is worked from the bottom up, skipping stitches for leg openings at bottom of body then continuing up through the torso and ending at neck. Arms and legs are worked from the top down, ending with a different color for the mittens/boots, and then stitched to body. Legs include a longer extension at the top that is inserted into the body.

  • Ears and tail are worked separately in the round and stitched to head and body respectively.

  • White markings are made as two separate pieces, each worked in turned rows, and stitched to head/body. Short vertical stitches overlap the edges of the white markings to make the ends blend into the main color (MC) and look more “fur-like.”

  • Space decreases and increases evenly by placing them in a different location on each round.

  • Place marker at beginning of each round and move up as work progresses.

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