Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Zombie Bear MCAL




Once there was a bear, he was a very cute and cuddly bear. He went to the Halloween shop to find the perfect costume. He decided he really wanted to be a zombie this year. At the Halloween shop, there was an old lady bear, she brought him to the back of the shop to try on his costume. When the old lady bear closed the door, she began chanting words that he didn’t understand. He saw a blinding white light, then she was gone. When he looked in the mirror he screamed, this was not just a Halloween costume, the old lady bear turned him into a ZOMBIE!

The finished size of your Zombie Bear will be about 11 inches. Your size will vary depending on the yarn you choose, the crochet hook you choose, and your tension while crocheting. I used worsted weight yarn and a size D hook to get my Zombie Bear to 11 inches.

I will post clues on Ravelry in pdf form, in my Ravelry Group, on my blog, and on my Facebook page in the notes.

Clues for this mystery will be given every other day as listed below…

Clue #1 - Friday, October 7th, 2016
Clue #2 - Sunday, October 9th, 2016
Clue #3 - Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Clue #4 - Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Clue #5 - Saturday, October 15th, 2016
Assembly - Monday, October 17th, 2016

Come join the fun of the MCAL in my Ravelry Group! Different threads will be opened to go along with the mystery in my Ravelry group - a spoilers thread to share pictures, a question thread for anyone with questions, a regular thread to talk with others about the mystery, and a thread with all the clues.
Here are some helpful tutorials on my blog to help you with some parts of the mystery.

Crocheting through both sides of an arm/leg/ear/tail together

How I embroider animal noses and mouths

You will need…
  • Yarn Color A - 190 yards (the main color of your Zombie Bear)
  • Yarn Color B - 40 yards (the secondary color of your Zombie)
  • Yarn Color C - 5 yards (any shade of pink or red)
  • Yarn Color D - 5 yards (white or off white)
  • Yarn Color E - 5 yards (purple or bluish color)
  • Yarn Color F - 5 yards (darker than Yarn Color A)
  • Yarn Color G - 5 yards (desired nose color)
  • 12mm-15mm safety eye, or two (how many eyes will your Zombie Bear have?)
  • 3.25mm crochet hook (Size D), or desired crochet hook
  • Fiberfill Stuffing
  • Yarn Needle
  • Sewing Pins to hold pieces in place before sewing (optional)
  • Stitch Markers
Stitches and Abbreviations used…
  • Ch - chain
  • Sl st - slip stitch
  • Sc - single crochet
  • Hdc - half double crochet
  • Dc - double crochet
  • St - stitch
  • Sts - stitches
  • Rpt - repeat
  • Inc - increase, 2 sc in the same space
  • Dec - decrease or sc2tog (single crochet 2 together)

Feel free to contact me throughout the mystery if you have any questions.
MelissasCrochetPatterns@gmail.com
Ravelry ~ MelissaTrenado



Legs (make 2)
  • Using Yarn Color B
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 6 sc into the magic ring (6 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ inc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ sc in the next st, inc / rpt around (18 sc)
Rnd 4 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, inc / rpt around (24 sc)
Rnd 5 ~ sc in the next 3 sts,
(Change to Yarn Color A - sc in 3 sts, Change to Yarn Color B - sc in 3 sts) 3 times
Change to Yarn Color A - sc in the last 3 sts
(24 sc)
  • Fasten off Yarn Color B
Rnd 6 ~ continuing with Yarn Color A - sc around (24 sc)
Rnd 7 ~ sc around (24 sc)
Rnd 8 ~ sc in the next 4 sts, dec / rpt around (20 sc)
Rnds 9-10 ~ sc around (20 sc)
Rnd 11 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, dec / rpt around (16 sc)
Rnds 12-13 ~ sc around (16 sc)
Rnd 14 ~ sc in the next 6 sts, dec / rpt (14 sc)
Rnds 15-16 ~ sc around (14 sc)
  • Stuff leg, stuffing the end of the leg very lightly.
Rnd 17 ~ sc in the next 5 sts, dec / rpt (12 sc)
Rnds 18-19 ~ sc around (12 sc)
Rnd 20 ~  ch 1, fold in half, crocheting through both sides at the same time, sc across (6 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.


You are all done with your first clue!
Your next clue will be on Sunday, October 9th, 2016.


Feel free to contact me throughout the mystery, if you have any questions through email, Ravelry, or Facebook page. I will have a thread in my Ravelry Group - Melissa's Crochet Patterns for discussion with others about the mystery.
Ravelry - MelissaTrenado





Body
  • Using Yarn Color A
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 6 sc into the magic ring (6 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ inc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ sc in the next st, inc / rpt around (18 sc)
Rnd 4 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, inc / rpt around (24 sc)
Rnd 5 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, inc / rpt around (30 sc)
Rnd 6 ~ sc in the next 4 sts, inc / rpt around (36 sc)
Rnd 7 ~ sc in the next 5 sts, inc / rpt around (42 sc)
Rnd 8 ~ sc in the next 6 sts, inc / rpt around (48 sc)
Rnds 9-14 ~ sc around (48 sc)
Rnd 15 ~ sc in the next 6 sts, dec / rpt around (42 sc)
Rnds 16-17 ~ sc around (42 sc)
Rnd 18 ~ sc in the next 5 sts, dec / rpt around (36 sc)
Rnds 19-20 ~ sc around (36 sc)
Rnd 21 ~ sc in the next 4 sts, dec / rpt around (30 sc)
Rnds 22-26 ~ sc around (30 sc)
Rnd 27 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, dec / rpt around (24 sc)
Rnd 28 ~ sc around (24 sc)
  • Stuff body, add more stuffing as needed.
Rnd 29 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, dec / rpt around (18 sc)
Rnd 30 ~ sc around (18 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

You are all done with your second clue!
Your next clue will be on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016.







Eye Piece
  • Using Yarn Color D
Leaving a beginning tail, chain 4, join with a sl st in the first ch made, ch 1, place 8 sc in the ring, changing to Yarn Color E on the last sc. Sl st in the first sc made to join, inc in each of the next 2 sc sts,
sl in the next st.
  • Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.


Ear #1
  • Using Yarn Color A
  • Do not stuff
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 6 sc into the magic ring (6 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ inc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, inc / rpt around (15 sc)
Rnd 4 ~ sc around (15 sc)
Rnd 5 ~ sc in the next 13 sts, dec (14 sc)
Rnd 6 ~ ch 1, fold in half, crocheting through both sides at the same time, sc across (7 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.


Ear #2
  • Using Yarn Color B
  • Do not stuff
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 6 sc into the magic ring (6 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ inc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ sc in the next 2 sts,
Change to Yarn Color A - sc, inc, sc
Change to Yarn Color B - sc in the next 2 sts, inc
Change to Yarn Color A - sc in the next 3 sts, inc
(15 sc)
  • Fasten off Yarn Color B
Rnd 4 ~ continuing with Yarn Color A, sc around (15 sc)
Rnd 5 ~ sc in the next 13 sts, dec (14 sc)
Rnd 6 ~ ch 1, fold in half, crocheting through both sides at the same time, sc across (7 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.


Tail
  • Using Yarn Color A
  • Do not stuff
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 5 sc into the magic ring (5 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ inc around (10 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ sc in the next st, inc / rpt around (15 sc)
Rnd 4 ~ sc around (15 sc)
Rnd 5 ~ sc in the next st, dec / rpt around (10 sc)
Rnd 6 ~ ch 1, fold in half, crocheting through both sides at the same time, sc across (5 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.


Heart
  • Using Yarn Color C
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 7 sc into the magic ring (7 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ in the same st (sc, ch 2, sc), inc with 2 hdc in the next st, inc with 3 dc in the next st,
Ch 2, sl st in the next st, ch 2, inc with 3 dc in the next st, inc with 2 hdc in the next st,
sl st in the last st.
(20 sts including the chs)
  • Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

Belly
  • Using Yarn Color B
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 6 sc into the magic ring (6 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ inc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, inc with 3 sc in the next st / 4 times (20 sc)
Rnd 4 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, inc with 3 sc in the next st,
(sc in the next 4 sts, inc with 3 sc in the next st) 3 times
Sc in the last st (28 sc)
Rnd 5 ~ sc in the next 4 sts, inc with 3 sc in the next st,
(sc in the next 6 sts, inc with 3 sc in the next st) 3 times
Sc in the last 2 sts (36 sc)
Rnd 6 ~ sc in the next 5 sts, inc in the next st,
(sc in the next 8 sts, inc in the next st) 3 times
Sc in the last 3 sts (40 sc)
Rnd 7 ~ sl st around (40 sl sts)
  • Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.


You are all done with your third clue!
Your next clue will be on Thursday, October 13th, 2016.








Arms (make 2)
  • Using Yarn Color A
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 6 sc into the magic ring (6 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ inc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ sc in the next st, inc / rpt around (18 sc)
Rnds 4-5 ~ sc around (18 sc)
Rnd 6 ~ sc in the next 7 sts, dec / rpt (16 sc)
Rnds 7-8 ~ sc around (16 sc)
Rnd 9 ~ sc in the next 6 sts, dec / rpt (14 sc)
Rnds 10-12 ~ sc around (14 sc)
  • Start stuffing, stuff the rest of the arm very lightly.
Rnd 13 ~ sc in the next 5 sts, dec / rpt (12 sc)
Rnds 14-15 ~ sc around (12 sc)
Rnd 16 ~ sc in the next 4 sts, dec / rpt (10 sc)
Rnds 17-23 ~ sc around (10 sc)
Rnd 24 ~ ch 1, fold in half, crocheting through both sides at the same time, sc across (5 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

You are all done with your fourth clue!
Your next clue will be on Saturday, October 15th, 2016.

Feel free to contact me throughout the mystery, if you have any questions through email, Ravelry, or Facebook page. I will have a thread in my Ravelry Group - Melissa's Crochet Patterns for discussion with others about the mystery.
Ravelry - MelissaTrenado
Facebook Page - Melissa’s Crochet Patterns




Head ● Using Yarn Color A Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 6 sc into the magic ring (6 sc) Rnd 2 ~ inc around (12 sc) Rnd 3 ~ sc in the next st, inc / rpt around (18 sc) Rnd 4 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, inc / rpt around (24 sc) Rnds 5-9 ~ sc around (24 sc) Rnd 10 ~ sc in the next 9 sts, inc in the next 6 sts, sc in the last 9 sts (30 sc) Rnd 11 ~ sc in the next 8 sts, (sc in one st, inc in the next st) 7 times, sc in the last 8 sts (37 sc) Rnd 12 ~ sc in the next 36 sts, inc in the last st (38 sc) Rnds 13-20 ~ sc around (38 sc) Rnd 21 ~ sc in the next 17 sts, dec / rpt (36 sc) Rnd 22 ~ sc in the next 4 sts, dec / rpt around (30 sc) Rnd 23 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, dec / rpt around (24 sc) ● Insert safety eye through the center of the eye piece, the white yarn should be at the top. Then insert through the head between Rnds 11 & 12. Push on the back piece of the eye as you usually would. ● To see a picture of the head to help with eye placement click HERE . ● It is up to you if you would like your zombie to have one eye, or two. You can make an X in place of the other eye using Yarn Color F. ● Stuff head, add more stuffing as needed. Rnd 24 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, dec / rpt around (18 sc) Rnd 25 ~ sc in the next st, dec / rpt around (12 sc) Rnd 26 ~ dec around (6 sc) ● Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.
Using the desired color, embroider your bear’s nose and mouth. You can click the link above to see how I made my bear’s nose and mouth. You can also see a photo tutorial of how I make my animal’s noses and mouths HERE.

You are all done with your fifth clue! Assembly Instructions will be on Monday, October 17th, 2016.




It is finally time to assemble your Zombie Bear!



Step 1 - With your yarn needle, sew the remaining hole in the head closed.


Step 2 ~ With your yarn needle, and tails left from the eye piece, sew the eye piece into place (the white should be at the top).


Step 3 ~ With your yarn needle and the tail of the body, sew the head and body together.
Make sure your eye(s) is facing the right direction before sewing. You can use pins to hold the head and body in place while you sew.



Step 4 ~ With your yarn needle and the tail from each arm, sew the arms onto the side of the body, 2-3 rounds below the last round of the body.


Step 5 ~ With your yarn needle and the tail from each leg, sew legs into place, on the bottom of the body. I sewed the legs pointing away from the nose (as pictured).


Step 6 ~ With your yarn needle and the remaining tail from the belly piece, sew into place.


Step 7 ~ With your yarn needle and the remaining tail from the heart, sew onto the top side of the body - part over the body and part over the belly piece.  


Step 8 ~ With your yarn needle and the tail from each ear, sew onto the top of the bear’s head. My bear’s ears are sewn between Rnds 17 & 18.

Step 9 ~ With your yarn needle, sew the tail
onto the bottom/back of the bear’s body.


Step 10 ~ With Yarn Color F and your yarn needle,
make stitches going through the bear’s heart and body.


Step 11 ~ With Yarn Color F and your yarn needle, make stitches in random places on your bear.
     
I hope you enjoyed this mystery crochet along!
Post a picture of your finished Zombie Bear in my Ravelry Group in the “My Finished Zombie Bear!” thread and make a project page linked to the Zombie Bear MCAL for your chance to win $5 in my Ravelry Store. There will be 5 winners announced Sunday, October 30th.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at any time! Please do not claim this pattern as your own, I do not mind if you sell the finished product, but do not sell this pattern as your own.
Ravelry - MelissaTrenado