Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Sam Hain


Trick ‘R Treat: Sam Hain
Design by Anna Novitzky

Sam Hain is the adorable, terrifying star of Hallowe’en-themed horror anthology Trick ‘R Treat. At first glance he appears to be a cute little trick or treater, with bag full of sweets and a pumpkin lollipop, but terror lurks beneath his sack mask and footy pyjamas. Dedicated to ensuring that the traditions of Hallowe’en are upheld, he stalks the streets doling out mayhem and mutilation to those who don’t respect the spookiest night of the year.

Now you can have your very own woollen guardian. He’ll make sure your night is all it should be, but don’t underestimate him, and don’t turn your back for too long – who knows what havoc he could wreak with a crochet hook.

This pattern is unofficial, and is in no way licensed or endorsed by Warner Bros. or Legendary Pictures.


Notes:
The pattern is fairly simple, with no advanced techniques, but I recommend reading it all the way through before starting. The head is worked first, then the body, arms and legs are worked in one piece to minimise sewing. Instructions for the feet are a little complicated, as exact stitch counts depend on where you have chosen to join the yarn, but they should make sense once you get there.

Yarn:
A: Wendy Pampas Mega Chunky (70% acrylic, 30% wool, 57m/100g): 2 skeins of 2224 Soft Brown
B: Lamb’s Pride Bulky (85% wool, 15% mohair, 114m/113g): 2 skeins of M-110 Orange You Glad

Gauge isn’t important for this project, but it must be tighter than is usually used for the yarn size, to prevent the stuffing showing through. Yarn B is worked held double.

Tools and notions:
6.5mm crochet hook
2x 15mm buttons
Stuffing or scrap yarn
Darning needle
Needle and thread
Short length of doweling
Scrap yarn in brown and black

Abbreviations:
Sc = single crochet (US); double crochet (UK)
Ss = slip stitch
Sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together (US); double crochet 2 stitches together (UK)
Sc3tog = single crochet 3 stitches together (US); double crochet 3 stitches together (UK)
St = stitch
Ch = chain
FO = fasten off

For instructions on how to make a magic ring, see Crochet Me.

Instructions:

Head:
With yarn A:
Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6st)
2: 2 sc in each st (12 st)
3: *1 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (18 st)
4: *2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (24 st)
5: *3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (30 st)
6: *4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (36 st)
7: *5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (42 st)
8: *6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (48 st)
9-12: sc in each st
13: *sc2tog, 6 sc, repeat from * around (42 st)
14: *sc2tog, 5 sc, repeat from * around (36 st)
15: *sc2tog, 4 sc, repeat from * around (30 st)
16: *sc2tog, 3 sc, repeat from * around (24 st)
17: *sc2tog, 2 sc, repeat from * around (18 st)
18: *sc2tog, 1 sc, repeat from * around (12 st)
19: In front loops only: *1 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (18 st)
20: In both loops: *2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (24 st)
21: *sc, 3 ch, sc in same st (picot made), 2 ss, repeat from * around
FO.
Stuff head.

Body:
With yarn B:
Round 1: working in exposed back loops from round 19 of head, join yarn and 12 sc (12 st)
2: *1 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (18 st)
3: *2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (24 st)
4: *3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (30 st)
5: *4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (36 st)
6: *5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (42 st)
7: 15 sc, skip 6 sc, 15 sc, skip 6sc (30 st active for body; 2 x 6 st resting to be picked up for arms)
8-13: sc in each st. Do not fasten off.
Stuff body.

Legs:
Note: adjust number of stitches worked either side of the skip in the first row, in order to ensure that the divide is in line with the centre of the body.
Round 1: Continuing from end of body, 7 sc, skip 15 st, 8 sc (15 st active for first leg; 15 st resting for second leg)
2-8: sc in each st
9: sc in each st except the 2 st at the front of the leg; in these, 2 sc (17 st)
10: sc in each st except the 4 st at the front of the leg; in these, 2 sc (21 st)
11: In back loops only: sc in each st. Cut yarn.
With yarn A:
12: sc to 7 centre front stitches, sc2tog, sc3tog, sc2tog, sc to 4 centre back stitches, sc2tog three times (15 st)
13: sc to 4 centre front stitches, sc2tog twice, sc to 3 centre back stitches, sc3tog (11 st)
Stuff leg
14: 1 sc, then, working in 2 stitches at a time, one from left side of foot and one from right, 5 ss to close up foot
FO.

Arms (make 2):
With yarn B:
Join yarn at armhole.
Round 1: 6 sc in armhole,
2 sc in body below armhole (8 st)
2-7: sc in each st.
Cut yarn.
With yarn A:
8-9: sc in each st
10: sc2tog 4 times (4 st)
Stuff arm.
11: sc2tog twice (2 st)
12: sc2tog once (1 st)
FO.

Sack:
With yarn A:
Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6st)
2: 2 sc in each st (12 st)
3: *1 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (18 st)
4: *2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (24 st)
5: *3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (30 st)
6: *4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (36 st)
7-8: sc in each st
9: *sc2tog, 7 sc, repeat from * around (32 st)
10: *sc2tog, 6 sc, repeat from * around (28 st)
11: *sc2tog, 5 sc, repeat from * around (24 st)
12: *sc2tog, 4 sc, repeat from * around (20 st)
13: *sc2tog, 3 sc, repeat from * around (16 st)
14: *sc2tog, 2 sc, repeat from * around (12 st)
15: *sc2tog, 1 sc, repeat from * around (8 st)
Stuff sack
16: sc2tog around (4 st)
17: 2 sc in each st (8 st)
18: *sc, 3 ch, sc in same st (picot made), 1 ss, repeat from * around
FO.

Lollipop:
With yarn B:
Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6st)
2: 2 sc in each st, ch 1, turn work (12 st)
3: *1 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around, ch 1, turn work (18 st)
4: *1 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (27 st)
FO.

Finishing:
Weave in all ends.
Tie a short length of yarn A around the neck of the sack, drawing it closed and trimming tails of knot. Sew sack to Sam’s hand.
With black yarn, embroider a pumpkin face on one side of the lollipop, as shown. Spear it on the length of dowelling, then attach to Sam’s other hand, either by sewing or by forcing it through the fabric.
Tie a short length of yarn A around Sam’s neck; trim tails of knot.
Sew on buttons for eyes, and use scrap dark brown yarn for the mouth and nose seams, as shown.

A PDF of this pattern is available on Ravelry.

3 comments:

  1. You are brilliant. Brilliant. That movie was so fun and fearful, as is your crochet version of Samhain. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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