Thursday, 16 October 2014

Itty Bitty Bat - free amigurumi pattern




Well, Halloween is nearly upon us, so here is a tiny little bat pattern for you to have fun with. It's quick and simple to make and, depending on the yarn you use, will end up about 2” tall, with a wingspan of about 5”. The feet are actually small loops, so your bat can hang upside down from a small stick or length of yarn or cord. The loops are large enough to fit the crochet hook you are using through, so you can use that to pull yarn or cord through. You could make several bats and hang them up on a length of chained yarn as decorations, or just wear one as a cute Halloween necklace! If you want to hang your bat on something thicker, just do more chain stitches when you make the feet in round 13.

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
st = stitch or stitches
ss = slipstitch
sc = single crochet (US), double crochet (UK)
dc = double crochet (US), treble crochet (UK)
tog = together
sc2tog = decrease by working two sc together
FLO = work in front loop only
FO = fasten off

General instructions:
Work in rounds unless otherwise stated and do not join rounds unless told to. Use a stitch marker to mark the start of a round - a small piece of different coloured yarn placed under the stitch at the start of the round will do. To start a round, you can use the magic ring method, but I prefer (ch 2, work 6 sc into 1st ch). If you work the 6 sc over the tail of yarn as well you can use that to pull the hole tight.

Work through both loops of stitches unless otherwise indicated.

You will need:
Small amount of black, purple or light and dark brown yarn, double knitting or worsted weight.
1 Pair of 7.5mm brown safety eyes, or 6mm black safety eyes, or yarn to embroider them.
Small amount of stuffing.
3.5mm (E) hook.
Tapestry needle.

Special stitch instructions:
5 dc pop: popcorn stitch for ears. Work 5 dc into 1 st, take hook out leaving loop, put hook through 1st dc & pull loop through.



Body:
Start at top of head.
Round 1: Ch 2, work 6 sc into 1st ch - 6 st.
Round 2: [2 sc in next st, (sc and 5 dc pop in next st), 2 sc in next st] 2 times – 12 st.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times - 18 st.
Round 4 - 6: (3 rounds) Sc in each st around – 18 st.

If using safety eyes, fit them now between rounds 4 and 5, four stitches apart.

Round 7: [Sc2tog] 9 times – 9 st.
Round 8: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] 3 times – 12 st.
Round 9 - 10: (2 rounds) Sc in each st around – 12 st.
Round 11: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] 3 times – 15 st.
Round 12: Sc in each st around – 15 st.
Round 13: Sc in next 8 st, [foot: ss in next st, ch 4, ss back into same st], sc in next 5 st, [foot: ss in next st, ch 4, ss back into same st] – 15 st (the first ss used to make each foot counts as a stitch, the second one doesn’t).
Round 14: [Sc2tog, sc in next 3 st] 3 times – 12 st.
Ss in next st then FO, leaving a length of yarn. Embroider eyes if you haven't used safety eyes. Stuff and use yarn to sew up the bottom in a line between the two feet.

Wings (make 2):
Ch 15, turn.
Row 1: Ss in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 6 ch, miss next ch, sc in next 6 ch, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 10 st, turn.
Row 3: Miss 1st st, ss in next st, sc in next 3 st, miss next st, sc in next 4 st, turn.
Row 4: Miss 1st st, ss in next st, sc in next 2 st, miss next st, sc in next 3 st, turn.
Row 5: Ch 2, sc in next st, ss in next 4 st, ch 2, ss in next st.
FO, leaving a length of yarn. Work this yarn through to the end of the wing and use it to sew the wing to the body.





Edit: here is the German version of this pattern:

Fledermaus

Übersetzt von Anett Tafelski.

Abkürzungen
LfM = Luftmasche
M = Masche
KM = Kettmasche
FM = feste Masche
ST = Stäbchen

Generelle Hinweise
Es wird so lange in Runden gearbeitet, bis etwas anderes in der Beschreibung steht, es werden auch keine Runden mit einer KM beendet, es sei denn es ist so beschrieben.. Es empfiehlt sich, die Runden mit einem Marker, einem andersfarbigen Faden oder eine Büroklammer zu markieren.
Um zu beginnen gibt es zwei Methoden: Den Magischen Ring oder 2 LfM anschlagen und in die erste LfM 6 FM einstechen.

Immer durch beide Maschenglieder arbeiten.

Das Material:
Wolle in den gewünschten Farben. Schwarzen Sticktwist für die Augen und eventuellen Mund oder Nase
1 Paar 7.5mm oder 6mm Sicherheitsaugen/Puppenaugen (Anmerkg. der Übersetzerin: Ich habe für die Augen einen französischen Knoten gemacht oder man stickt die Augen einfach auf. Kleine Knöpfe gehen auch.)
Etwas Füllwatte oder Wollreste zum Ausstopfen
Häkelnadel je nach Woll- oder Garnstärke
Stopfnadel, um die Flügel anzunähen und die Fledermaus zu schließen.
Nähnadel oder Puppennähnadel, um Augen, Mund, Nase aufzusticken.

Popcornstich/popcorn stitch
5 ST pop: Popcornstich für die Ohren. Nach dem 5ten Stäbchen des Popcorns wird die Häkelnadel aus der Schlaufe genommen, dabei die Schlaufe etwas größer ziehen, damit sie nicht wieder raus rutscht und man somit die Maschen verlieren würde. Jetzt wird die Häkelnadel in beide obere Maschenglieder des ersten Stäbchens des Popcorns eingestochen und die Schlaufe des 5ten Stäbchens mit einer KM durchgezogen.


Körper:

Beginn ist oben am Kopf
R 1: Magischer Ring mit 6 FM oder 2LfM mit 6FM in 1te LfM                                               (6)
R 2: [2 FM in die erste M, (1 FM und 5 ST pop in nächste M), 2 FM in nächste M] 2x          (12)
R 3: [2 FM in erste M, 1 FM in zweite M] 6x                                                                          (18)
R 4 - 6: (3 Runden) 1 FM in jede M                                                                                        (18)

Wenn Puppenaugen/Sicherheitsaugen verwendet werden, komme diese zwischen Runde 4 und 5;
Vier Maschen voneinander entfernt.

R 7: [immer 2 M mit FM zusammen abnehmen] 9x                                                                 (9)
R 8: [2 FM in nächste M, 1 FM in die nächsten 2 M] 3x                                                         (12)
R 9 - 10: (2 Runden) 1 FM in jede M                                                                                       (12)
R 11: [2 FM in nächste M, 1 FM in die nächsten 3 M] 3x                                                        (15)
R 12: 1 FM in jede M                                                                                                               (15)

R 13: 1 FM in die nächsten 8 M, [Fuß: KM in die nächste M, 4 LM, mit KM zurück in die selbe Masche stechen], 1 FM in die nächsten 5 M, [Fuß: KM in die nächste M, 4 LM, mit KM zurück in die selbe Masche stechen]                                                                                                                       (15)
15 M (Die erste KM, die den Fuß beginnt zählt als eine Masche, die zweite KM jedoch nicht!)

R 14: [2 M mit FM zusammen abnehmen, 1 FM in nächsten 3 M] 3x                                     (12)
KM in die nächste Masche, ein längeres Ende am Faden lassen und abschneiden, anschließend durchziehen. Jetzt die Augen austicken, wenn keine Puppenaugen verwendet wurden und wenn gewünscht den Rest des Gesichts aufnähen/aufsticken. Mit Füllwatte oder Wollresten füllen und dann die Fledermaus am Boden, zwischen den beiden Füßen zusammennähen oder zusammenhäkeln.


Flügel (2x):

Eine Kette mit 15 LF
Reihe 1: KM in 2te LF vom Haken aus gezählt, 1 FM in die nächsten 6 M, eine LM auslassen,
1 FM in die nächsten 6 M, 1 LM (Wendeluftmasche), wenden.

Reihe 2: 2 FM in die nächste M, 1 FM in die nächsten 10 M, wenden. (KEINE Wendeluftmasche)

Reihe 3: erste M auslassen, KM in die nächste M, FM in die nächsten 3 M, eine M auslassen, 1 FM in die nächsten 4 M, wenden. (KEINE Wendeluftmasche)

Reihe 4: erste M auslassen, KM in die nächste M, FM in die nächsten 2 M, eine M auslassen, 1 FM in die nächsten 3 M, wenden. (KEINE Wendeluftmasche)

Reihe 5: 2 SteigeLM, 1 FM in die nächste M, jeweils eine KM in die nächsten 4 M, 2 SteigeLM, KM in die nächste M.

Den Faden mit längerem Ende abschneiden und durch die letzte KM ziehen. Das Ende der Wolle durch das Häkelstück zum Flügelende arbeiten, damit der Faden zum Annähen genutzt werden kann.



41 comments:

Sarah Shrimpton said...

These are just the sweetest!
Love them.

LucyRavenscar said...

Thank you!

Zoë Rose said...

Amazing! So adorable! I will have to have a go :) x

LucyRavenscar said...

Thanks!

KHines said...

These are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

LucyRavenscar said...

Thank you! I hope everyone had a good Halloween, with lots of bats!

Alena said...

Moc pěkní

LucyRavenscar said...

Thank you - děkuji!

Angelica said...

These are so cute! Thanks for the pattern!

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Ruth Nicholls said...

These are great, I'm making loads and hanging them like batty bunting! Thanks x

LucyRavenscar said...

Thanks, I'm glad you're enjoying them!

June Bean said...

Love your critters! On the bat wing pattern: When I turn my work for the next row should I make a turning chain? Also, my wing came out very short compared to yours.

LucyRavenscar said...

Thanks! Don't do a turning chain unless it says so, sometimes you don't want them to create the shape. I'm not sure why your wings are turning out smaller - maybe try working a bit less tightly? Or, if they seem really out of proportion to the body, try making a wing with double strands of yarn.

Andromeda Kerova said...

You could also go for a thicker hook. I tend to use 4.0mm for most stuff unless I use a yarn that I know isn't going to make it come out too small.

Nett Chen said...

Hello and greetings from Germany.
I have got a question. I'm a member of a crochet group on facebook and I did this lovely bats and showed them to the group. Now, the members want to crochet them, too. But most of them don't understand English.
My question is: Am I allowed to translate your pattern into German an afterwards post it to the group so that the members there can crochet the bats.
Thanks for your answer.
Greetings
Anett. :-)

LucyRavenscar said...

Hello Anett, yes, that would be great! Let me know when you do it, and I will include the link to your translation on here and Ravelry.

Nett Chen said...

That's so great. Thank you very much. I postet the translation to the facebook group, but I'm afraid non-members can't see the translation because it's a closed group. But it'll be great if you include the link to the translation.
Here it is:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/289230461185078/

Or is it possible to contact you via E-Mail, perhaps? So I could send you the pdf with the translatiion for uploading it here and Ravelry because the link only works for members of the group on facebook. :-)

LucyRavenscar said...

That's a good idea, send me a personal message on Facebook so I can give you my email addres: https://www.facebook.com/pages/LucyRavenscar-Crochet-Creatures/136334913081192

Nett Chen said...

I sent you a message on Facebook including the the pdf and word document with the translation. :-)

LucyRavenscar said...

Thanks, I've got the files.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

I hope you see it :)

I have a little Question :)
Your bats are great, I found them today ;)

But a few weeks ago I made some bats, too and wanted to sell some of them (not many). Now I´m afraid you could think I steal yout pattern for commercial use D:

I simply wanted to ask you if its okay if I said the similarity is a random fact. And I don´t going to post the pattern somewhere.

If you want du write with me about it, you can mail me

selivra@online.de

or about facebook

Selivra's Häkelkunst

And at this point I want to thank you to give youre pattern free away :)

Cheerz~
(really sorry for my bad english, I´m german and not sooo good xDD)

LucyRavenscar said...

I'm happy for people to make and sell items from my patterns, so don't worry. Also, this is quite a simple pattern, so if you came up with something very similar, that's not surprising.

Kwilt Krazy said...

Thanks for sharing this pattern. I recently made a whole bat family. Daddy, Mama, and baby :) It is a quick and easy pattern. Just right for me!

LucyRavenscar said...

That sounds cute, I'm glad you're enjoying the pattern!

Emelire said...

to have wings that look like yours, I simple chain 16 (instead of 15)
and I start Row 1 with Ss in 2nd ch from hook AND Ss in 3rd ch from hook...

Thank you for the pattern, I'm doing it for my daughter, Halloween is coming ;o)

Kirsten said...

Do you have a german translation for these cute bats?

LucyRavenscar said...

Emelire - good tip. Everyone crochets slightly differently, and the look of the wings might change depending on how you work into the chain.

Kirsten - no German translation I'm afraid. I'm very happy if anyone wants to translate any of my free patterns into any language. If they do, I put the details on the Ravelry page for the pattern so you can see if there's a translation.

Cazzy said...

Thank you, made a bat at the weekend after finding it on my mobile for my little grandson. He loves it!

ike said...

Oh, how super sweet they are :-) THANK YOU very much for your generosity :-)

IKE xx

Kareema Griest said...

Omg...these are adorable!! I can't wait to make some for Halloween! :). Thank you for sharing your pattern with us!

LucyRavenscar said...

Thank you - have fun with them!

DraGunnTiss said...

Just curious, on round 7, it ends up being a round and a half, if we're to dec every other stitch. I'm on my third one, a brown one, the first two were an almost black with sparkle yarn. Between myself, daughter, and about three friends, we all love bats! And why wait til closer to Halloween to start making them?! I'm having fun now! Thank you so much for this pattern. This is the size bat I've been looking for, PLUS he(she) looks realistic, not the round ball ones that I've seen. (Yes, those are cute, but I want real) Thank you again!!

DraGunnTiss said...

My bad! I read row 7 wrong, thought it said (sc, dec) 9x, but I see now it's (sc dec) 9 x... Oopsie!

LucyRavenscar said...

I'm glad it makes sense now, and so pleased that you're enjoying the pattern. I think bats are lovely creatures, so they're fun all year round, not just Halloween!

wildfrieda said...

I would understand the German pattern better than English, is it possible for you to post it here?

LucyRavenscar said...

I have just added the German translation, thanks for reminding me to do it.

wildfrieda said...

Thank you so much, amazing :)

ANGE32 said...

Merci cela faisait un moment que je recherchai des chauves-souris. Elles sont mignonnes. :))

LucyRavenscar said...

Merci!

Emily said...

Love these. Just made 4 because they're quick and easy. Thanks for the pattern.