Crocheting a Mini Hoot!

Like all mums of young children, I quite enjoy watching Jimmy Giggles sing and dance, and my son quite enjoys watching Hoot. So it’s a nice match really.

Of course the minute I saw mini hoot I knew I had to make one. I saw this pattern but wasn’t prepared to double crochet the whole lot – it would take so long! I’ve been on a bit of a treble crochet bent lately – it’s slightly more interesting and it feels faster as the height of the stitch makes you feel like you’re progressing further. Plus, mini hoot actually is treble crocheted so I felt justified in doing it my way.

Unlike the six mice pattern, I started from the top, and here’s what I did as a guide.

Body

Using magic circle, 6 stitches.
r1: 12 tc in ring (12)
r2: ch3, then 2tc in each stitch (24)
r3: ch3, then *2tc in first stitch, 1tc in the next stitch * repeat, until there’s 1 stitch left and 2tc in it
r4: ch3, then *2tc in first stitch, 1tc in the next 2 stitches * repeat, until there are 2 stitches left – 2tc in the first stitch, and 1tc in the next stitch
r5: ch3, then *2tc in first stitch, 1tc in the next 3 stitches * repeat, until there are 3 stitches left – 2tc in the first stitch, and 1tc in the next 2 stitches
r6: ch3, then *2tc in first stitch, 1tc in the next 4 stitches * repeat, until there are 4 stitches left – 2tc in the first stitch, and 1tc in the next 3 stitches (60)

next 8 rows: tc each stitch

then start reducing for his lower body
ch3, then *tc 1, tc2tog* repeat until the end
tc for 6 rows
ch3, then *tc into next 7 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 6 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 5 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 4 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 3 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 2 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 1 stitch, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc2tog* repeat until end.
thread your tapestry needle and loop through remaining stitches, pulling tight. tie off.

The eyes I did as per the pattern and sewed on black felt circles for the pupils. The little heart I actually used this pattern.

Wings

I followed the pattern, but I found the eighth row didn’t really make any discerning curves for me, so here’s what I did instead:

ch 3, tc, htc, dc, sl st, dc, htc, tc, tc, htc

Feet

The feet I did flat rather than round, mainly because by this time I was just so over it and wanted to finish so I could get started on the next project. Story of my life really – no staying power and easily distracted by bright shiny things. So the feet are very very simple:

Chain 4, turn, dc into second loop, then 2 more dc (3).
Ch1, turn, dc into second loop, dc into next 2, x 4 rows
Ch 1, turn, into second loop, 2dc into each for row (6)

Now we’re splitting for the toes (which are 2 stitches each),
Ch1, turn, * dc into 2nd loop, dc into next loop, ch1, turn* repeat for 4 rows. Tie off.

Sew everything on, and breathe a sigh of relief that it’s over 🙂

Update:

After 2.5 months of loving from a small child, Hoot is a little worse for wear. While I preferred the treble crochet, it seems that a tighter stitch would keep his stuffing in. So unless you want to make a lining with muslin and the stuffing inside, then the double crochet stitch is probably the better one. Even though it takes so much longer!

NB: Something I learned at Spotlight the other day – what Australians call calico, Americans call muslin – I’m talking about the christmas pudding fabric. What Australians call muslin I’m not sure what the American name for it, but it’s the fabric used for baby wraps or for decorating weddings 🙂 The Spotlight lady had had a woman in who’d used an american pattern to make a rag doll from muslin.. it didn’t end well!

Pattern:
Hoot from Giggle and Hoot by Krystal Higgins
Hook:
5.0 mm
Yarn:
8 ply acrylic from Spotlight and Lincraft
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One response to “Crocheting a Mini Hoot!

  1. Your Minihoot is such a sweetie! I will have to check with my sister if my little nephew knows this thing too, as I am searching for the right toy to crochet for his Xmas present. Thank you for the inspiration and for the pattern!
    While I wait the reply from sister, I need to go on with making Christmas snowflake crochet for other gifts. But my fingers itch for toy crocheting 🙂

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