Princess Tutu: Anteaterina

Apologies for the long absence, I was living in the woods for the summer. I have a few patterns to share. Anteaterina was made to serve as a reminder to never watch Princess Tutu again. Her arms are wired so she’s a bit poseable, and poly pellets give her legs and tail weight so she can stand. Because sometimes an anteater just wants to be the best ballerina she can be.

Anteaterina

Materials

  • AnteaterinaLoops & Thread Impeccable Yarn
    • Topaz (Topaz is discontinued, I think. I used Taupe the second time, but any light brownish colour will do.)
    • Black
    • Heather
  • Lion Brand Cotton Ease
    • colour 110 – Lake
  • 4.0 mm crochet hook
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Polyfil
  • Residential electrical wire
  • 10 mm black safety eyes
  • Poly pellets

Pattern

Head

Stuff as you go.

Round 1: With black and 4.0 mm hook, sc 6 in a magic circle. Cont. in a spiral.
Round 2: sc 2 in 1 x6 (12 sts)
Round 3: bl sc 12
Round 4: sc 12
Switch to topaz.
Round 5: sc 12
Round 6-8: dc 12
Round 9: [dc 2 in 1, dc 3] x3 (15 sts)
Round 10: [dc 2 in 1, dc 4] x3 (18 sts)
Round 11: [dc 2 in 1, dc 5] x3 (21 sts)
Round 12: [dc 2 in 1, dc 6] x3 (24 sts)
Round 13: [dc 2 in 1, dc 7] x3 (27 sts)
Round 14: [dc 2 in 1, dc 8] x3 (30 sts)
Round 15-16: dc 30
In approximately the 14th round, insert a set of 10 mm black safety eyes about six stitches apart.
Round 17: [dc 2 tog, dc 3] x6 (24 sts)
Round 18: [dc 2 tog, dc 2] x6 (18 sts)
Round 19: [dc 2 tog, dc 1] x6 (12 sts)
Round 20: sc 2 tog x6 (6 sts)
Finish.

Body

Round 1: with lake and 3.5 mm hook, sc 6 in a magic circle. Cont. in a spiral.
Round 2: dc 2 in 1 x6 (12 sts)
Round 3: [dc 2 in 1, dc 1] x6 (18 sts)
Round 4: [dc 2 in 1, dc 2] x6 (24 sts)
Round 5: [dc 2 in 1, dc 3] x6 (30 sts)
Round 6: [dc 2 in 1, dc 4] x6 (36 sts)
Round 7: [dc 2 in 1, dc 8] x4 (40 sts)
Round 8-16: dc 40
Round 17: [dc 2 tog, dc 8] x4 (36 sts)
Round 18: [dc 2 tog, dc 4] x6 (30 sts)
Round 19: [dc 2 tog, dc 1] x10 (20 sts)
Round 20: dc 2 tog x10 (10 sts)
Round 21: sc 2 tog x5 (5 sts)
Finish.

Neck

I didn’t want to fiddle with colour changes for the body, so I shaped the neck to also cover the area of the body that wouldn’t be covered by the bodysuit. It’s a bit fiddly, but if you sew it down smoothly, it looks quite good.

With topaz and 4.0 mm hook, ch 16, sl st to join. Continue in a spiral.
Round 1-4: sc 7, dc 8 (15 sts)
Round 5: fl dc 2 in 1 x3, fl dc 1, fl dc 2 in 1 x3, [fl dc 2, fl dc 2 in 1] x2, fl dc 2 (23 sts)
Round 6: dc 2 in 1, [dc 2, dc 2 in 1] x4, sc 10 (28 sts)
Round 7: sc 1, [dc 3, dc 2 in 1] x4, sc 1, sc 2 in 1, [sc 2, sc 2 in 1] x3 (36 sts)

Sew the neck to the body as in the picture. Stuff it before sewing to the head. Don’t stuff the chest area, but lightly stuff the back.

Ears (make 2)

With topaz and 4.0 mm hook, ch 5 (1 to turn)
Row 1: sc 2 tog x2 (2 sts)
Row 2: sc 2 tog (1 st)
Finish.

Sew in place on the head.

Left Leg

The feet are made by beginning with a chain, but working both sides of it to continue in a spiral. Put poly pellets in the bottom half or so of each leg then stuff the rest normally.

With topaz and 4.0 mm hook, ch 6 (1 to turn)
Round 1: sc 5, continue on to the other side of the chain, sc 5 (10 sts)
Round 2: sc 2 in 1, sc 3, sc 2 in 1 x2, sc 3, sc 2 in 1 (14 sts)
Round 3: bl sc 14
Round 3: sc 3, sc 2 tog x4, sc 3 (10 sts)
Round 4: sc 3, sc 2 tog x2, sc 3 (8 sts)
Round 5-8: sc 8
Round 9: bl sc 1, bl sc 2 in 1, bl sc 1, sc 1, fl sc 1, fl sc 2 in 1, fl s 1, sc 1 (10 sts)
Round 10: sc 6, sc 2 in 1 x2, sc 2 (12 sts)
Round 11: sc 7, sc 2 in 1 x2, sc 3 (14 sts)
Round 12: sc 8, sc 2 in 1 x2, sc 4 (16 sts)
Round 13-14: sc 2, dc 8, sc 6
Round 15: sc 1, dc 10, sc 5
Finish, leaving a long tail.

Right Leg

With topaz and 4.0 mm hook, ch 6 (1 to turn)
Round 1: sc 5, continue on to the other side of the chain, sc 5 (10 sts)
Round 2: sc 2 in 1, sc 3, sc 2 in 1 x2, sc 3, sc 2 in 1 (14 sts)
Round 3: bl sc 14
Round 3: sc 3, sc 2 tog x4, sc 3 (10 sts)
Round 4: sc 3, sc 2 tog x2, sc 3 (8 sts)
Round 5-8: sc 8
Round 9: bl sc 1, bl sc 2 in 1, bl sc 1, sc 1, fl sc 1, fl sc 2 in 1, fl s 1, sc 1 (10 sts)
Round 10: sc 6, sc 2 in 1 x2, sc 2 (12 sts)
Round 11: sc 7, sc 2 in 1 x2, sc 3 (14 sts)
Round 12: sc 8, sc 2 in 1 x2, sc 4 (16 sts)
Round 13-14: dc 2, sc 8, dc 6
Round 15: dc 3, sc 6, dc 7
Finish, leaving a long tail.

Sew the legs to the body so she’s in a standing position. Use the shaping on the legs and fold the fabric under if necessary to get them to lie nicely.

Toe Shoes (make 2)

With lake and 3.5 mm hook, ch 8 (1 to turn)
Round 1: sc 7, continue on to other side of the chain, sc 7 (14 sts)
Round 2: sc 2 in 1, sc 5, sc 2 in 1 x2, sc 5, sc 2 in 1 (18 sts)
Round 3: bl sc 18
Round 4: sc 18
Sc 4, sl st 1. Cut yarn and pull through. Put the shoe on her foot and wrap the yarn tail around her leg like a ballet slipper. Tie off on the other side.

Tail

Put poly pellets in the bottom half of her tail then stuff the rest normally. She needs to use her tail to balance, so make sure you place it so it can touch whatever she’s standing on.

Round 1: With topaz and 4.0 mm hook, sc 6 in a magic ring, continue in a spiral
Round 2: dc 6
Round 3: [dc 1 in 1, dc 2] x2 (8 sts)
Round 4: [dc 2 in 1, dc 1] x4 ( 12 sts)
Round 5: dc 12
Round 6: [dc 2 in 1, dc 2] x4 (16 sts)
Round 7-9: dc 8, sc 8
Round 10-13: sc 8, dc 8
Round 14: [dc 2 tog, dc 2] x4 (12 sts)
Round 15: dc 12
Round 16: [dc 2 tog, dc 1] x4 (8 sts)
Finish, but don’t close off the sts. Leave it open and finish stuffing, then stitch to the body.

Tutu

The tutu is made by crocheting into the fabric of the body. Pick the height that you would like the tutu at and work around in a circle. It’s a good idea to start at the back; since the fabric is spiralled, you will need to adjust your stitch placement in a few spots to make it join together.

With lake and 3.5 mm hook, insert your hook in your chosen spot near the back of the body. Ch 1.

*tc 5 in 1, skip next st, hdc 5 in 1, skip next st, repeat from * around. Sl st into top of first tc st to finish.

Arms (make 2)

Round 1: with topaz and 4.0 mm hook, sc 6 in a magic circle. Continue in a spiral.
Round 2-3: sc 6
Switch to heather.
Round 4: [fl sc 2 in 1, fl sc 2] x2 (8 sts)
Round 5: [fl sc 2 in 1, fl sc 3] x2 (10 sts)
Round 6: bl sc 10
Round 7-15: dc 10
Finish.

Wire the arms and attach to the body.

Hooray! Now in a few years, when you start thinking that Princess Tutu is really good, you’ll remember that it’s not really good until it’s over. Also, there’s an anteater ballerina.

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