Basics

These are some of the methods I use for my work.

I use U.S. terms in all of my patterns, but metric sizing (ah, Canada). I will do my best to explain everything, but a lot of the smaller details are very much a matter of what looks good to you. Be flexible and willing to fiddle with things. I work mainly in double crochet, which is odd for stuffed items, I’m aware, but I crochet quite tightly. If you find that you’re seeing noticeable gaps in your work, try moving down a hook size.

Abbreviations

ch chain stitch
sc single crochet
hdc half double crochet
dc double crochet
tc triple crochet
pop popcorn stitch
tog together
sl st slip stitch
bl back loop
fl front loop
sts stitches
SR short row
cont continue
prev previous stitch
(#) stitch count
[ ] work instructions within brackets as many times as indicated

Turning Chains

I don’t usually do proper numbers of turning chains when working in rows. I do one for sc, two for hdc, and one very loose one for dc. I am aware that this is wrong, but prefer the way the finished item looks. Please make as many turning chains as you feel appropriate. In the patterns, I will make a note of how many turning chain sts are included in the chain count so you can adjust to suit your own style.

Magic Ring

When doing a dc magic ring, do your chain stitch, then begin to dc. This will force the first stitch to be a little bit shorter, making it spiral nicely.

If you can’t get the hang of the magic ring, you can chain 3 and join in a circle, then crochet into the circle, but it doesn’t look as nice.

Popcorn Stitch

This is how I do popcorn stitches. You want the popcorn to puff out on the front of your work unless otherwise noted.

Hair, Manes & Tails

I highly recommend ironing the yarn you’re using for hair to get the kinks out. This is especially important with long hair. I cut the yarn for the hair/mane, then iron on the synthetic setting with lots of steam, then attach. Press lightly and don’t leave the iron sitting on the yarn; you don’t want it to be flat, just straight. For tails, I iron after cutting the strands in half, before attaching it to the pony.

I attach hair using EssHaych’s method of hair attachment. For manes, I usually do three columns per row of hair along the neck, and I make it very thick, since a mane sits differently than hair. I always end up cutting the strands longer than they need to be so I can style it the way I want. 60 strands is usually enough for most manes.

This works really well for short hair, but a smarter person than me would just learn to make a fringe for long hair.

I make tails by wrapping the yarn around an appropriately-sized hardcover book about 60 times, then tying it off in the middle. Cut the yarn at the midway point from where you tied it, then sew it as securely as you can to the pony’s butt. Style away.

Colour Changes

I use NeedleNoodles’s method of creating jogless stripes in a spiral. It’s really important that these colour changes be done in sc to minimize the jog. I still recommend trying to hide colour changes in less visible areas.

Eyes & Other Details

I mostly make the eyes by drawing a pattern onto a piece of paper, cutting it out, and tracing it onto white felt. Then I paint the felt and cut it out, then glue it in place with fabric glue. For smaller eyes, I’ll sometimes use safety eyes or make them out of polymer clay. It all depends on the finished look you’re going for.

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