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{ Rita, the groundhog... }



Materials
- 3.00 mm crochet hook
- 100 % cotton yarn for a 3.00 mm hook
- A pair of 8 mm safety eyes
- Tapestry needle
- Polyfiber fill  

Colors
- One color for her fur
- Seven colors for her sweater. I used: pink, lilac, yellow, light green, dark green, light blue and blue.
- A tiny bit of black and white yarn to embroider the nose and teeth.

Abbreviations
st = stitch
ch = chain
slst = slip stitch
sc = single crochet



Shall we begin?


Head + Body
{Start with the color of her fur…}
1. Start with a magic ring of 6 sc
2. Crochet *2 sc in each st*, repeat * (12)
3. Crochet *1 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (18)
4. Crochet *2 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (24)
5. Crochet *3 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (30)
6. Crochet *4 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (36)
7. Crochet *5 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (42)
8. to 18. Crochet 42 sc
19. Crochet 10 sc, *1 decrease, 2 sc*, repeat * 5 times, 1 decrease and, finally, 10 sc (36)
20. Crochet 10 sc, *1 decrease, 1 sc*, repeat * 5 times, 1 decrease and, finally, 9 sc (30)
21. to 23. Crochet 30 sc
24. Crochet *4 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (36)
{Place the safety eyes between rounds 14 and 15 and embroider the nose and teeth between the eyes. With a bit of pink, embroider the cheeks below the eyes...}
25. Change to lilac and, only through back loops, crochet 36 sc
26. Crochet 36 sc
27. Change to yellow and crochet 36 sc
{Start stuffing the body and continue doing so as you go...}
28. Crochet *5 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (42)
29. Change to light green and crochet 42 sc
30. Crochet 42 sc
31. Change to dark green and crochet 42 sc
32. Crochet 42 sc
33. Change to light blue and crochet *6 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (48)
34. Crochet 48 sc
35. Change to blue and crochet 48 sc
36. Crochet 48 sc
37. Change to the color of her fur and, only through back loops, crochet 48 sc
38. to 43. Crochet 48 sc
44. Crochet *6 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (42)
45. Crochet *5 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (36)
46. Crochet *1 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (24)
47. Crochet *1 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (16)
48. Crochet 8 decreases (8)
49. Crochet 4 decreases (4)
Close and break the yarn. Weave in all ends.




Ears
{Make 2, using the color of her fur…}
1. Start with a magic ring of 6 sc
2. Crochet *2 sc in each st*, repeat * (12)
3. Crochet *1 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (18)
Close and break the yarn. leaving a long tail to sew to the head. 


Arms
(Make 2, using the color of her fur..)
1. Start with a magic ring of 6 sc
2. Crochet *2 sc in each st*, repeat * (12)
3. to 6. Crochet 17 sc
{No need to stuff the arms}
7. Press the opening with your fingers and single crochet together each pair of stitches to close the  opening (6). 
Close and break the yarn, leaving a long tail to sew to the body. 

Legs
(Make 2, using the color of her fur..)
1. Start with a magic ring of 6 sc
2. Crochet *2 sc in each st*, repeat * (12)
3. to 7. Crochet 17 sc
{No need to stuff the legs}
8. Press the opening with your fingers and single crochet together each pair of stitches to close the  opening (6). 
Close and break the yarn, leaving a long tail to sew to the body.

Tail
{Using the color of her fur…}
1. Start with a magic ring of 6 sc
2. Crochet *2 sc in each st*, repeat * (12)
3. Crochet *1 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (18)
4. to 8. Crochet 18 sc
9. Crochet *1 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (12)
10. to 13. Crochet 12 sc
{No need to stuff it}
14. Press the opening with your fingers and single crochet together each pair of stitches to close the  opening (6). 
Close and break the yarn, leaving a long tail to sew to the body.

Cowl
{Using pink...}
IMPORTANT! The cowl is not crocheted in round but in rows!
1. Chain 5 ch stitches. Starting from the second chain from hook, crochet 1 sc in each remaining ch stitch (4 sc)
2. to 22. Chain 1 and turn. ONLY THROUGH BACK LOOPS, crochet 4 sc
Check the length of the cowl against the neck of your Rita. If needed, add one or two more rows. Close and break the yarn, leaving a long tail to sew.

Armado
- Cose las orejitas a la cabeza.
- Cose los brazos al cuerpo, entre las rondas 28 y 29.
- Cose las patas a la base del cuerpo.
- Cose el rabo en la espalda de su marmota.
- Rodea el cuello de Rita con la bufanda y cósela por detrás.
- Entreteje todos los sobrantes dentro de tu muñeco.

Assembly
- Sew the ears to the head.
- Sew the arms to the body, between rounds 28 and 29.
- Sew legs to the base of the body.
- Sew the tail to the back of the body.
- Place the cowl around the neck of your Rita and sew the ends together.
- Weave in all ends inside your doll.


Done! Congratulations!



 © 2020 – “Rita” is a design by Carla Mitrani for {Amour Fou} – All rights reserved. This pattern is for personal use ONLY. This pattern or parts of it must not be reproduced or published (printed or online), altered, resold or used for commercial purposes without authorization. You can neither reproduce, publish, alter, sell or use for commercial purposes FINISHED RATTLES made with this pattern without authorization. Thank you!!