December 16, 2011

Sturdy Little Trinket Pouch




 
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Materials:


  • size F (3.75mm) and G (4mm) crochet hooks

  • 2 skeins sock yarn (2 full skeins are not needed, but two strands are used throughout the pattern)
  • beads (optional)


Instructions:

Round 1: Starting with a magic ring and size G hook, sc 6 sts into ring.

Round 2: 2 sc in ea st around (12 sts).

Round 3: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around (18 sts).

Round 4: Sc in next st, *(2 sc in next st, sc in ea of next 2 sts), repeat from * to last st, sc last st (24 sts).

Round 5: *(2 sc in next st, sc in ea of next 5 sts), repeat from * around (28 sts).

Round 6: Sc in ea st around.

Round 7: *(Sc in st beneath next st, sc in next st), repeat from * around.

Rounds 8-10: Hdc in ea st around.

Rounds 11-14: Dc in ea st around.

Round 15: *(Ch 2, skip next 2 sts, dc in ea of next 3 sts), repeat from * 4 times. (Ch 2, dc in ea of next 2 sts) twice.

Round 16: Dc in ea st around, working 3 dc in ea ch 2 space, to last 2 sts. Hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in beginning dc. 

Fasten off and weave in ends.



To make the cord, you can either crochet a length of chain with the size F hook, or use the twisted cord technique, if you prefer. 

Add beads to finished cord, if desired.

December 10, 2011

Square-Bellied Teddy Bear


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Materials:
  • size J (6mm) crochet hook
  • 2 balls wool/acrylic mix (I used something called "Plassard: Rhapsodie," which is composed of 72% merino wool and 28% acrylic, about 50g per skein. However, an easier-to-find substitution might include "Lion Brand: Landscapes.")
  • safety eyes (or black yarn)
  • stuffing

Instructions:

BODY
Ch 16.
Round 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, working on opposite side of ch sc across (30 sts). Round 2: Place marker. Sc in beginning sc and in each sc across. Repeat round 2 until piece resembles a square shape. Stuff. Sc across the top of the piece (15 sts). Do not fasten off or cut yarn. Ch 1, turn.

HEAD
Round 1: Working through back loops only, sc in ea st across, then working through unworked front loops sc in ea st across (30 sts).
Round 2: Place marker. Sc in beginning sc and in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, *(sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat from * to last 2 sts, sc in ea of last 2 sts. (37 sts).
Round 3: Sc in each sc around.
Round 4: *(2 sc in next sc, sc in ea of next 2 sc), repeat from * to last 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc (50 sts).
Rounds 5-9: Sc in each sc around.
Round 10: *(Sc2tog through back loops, sc in ea of next 9 sc), repeat from * to last 6 sts, sc2tog through back loops, sc in ea of next 4 sts (45 sts).
Rounds 11-12: Sc in ea sc around.
Round 13: *(Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog through back loops), repeat from * around (36 sts).
Rounds 14-15: Sc in ea st around.
Round 16: *(Sc2tog through back loops, sc in ea of next 4 sts), repeat from * around (30 sts).
Round 17: *(Sc in ea of next 3 sts, sc2tog through back loops), repeat from * around (24 sts).
Round 18: *(Sc2tog through back loops, sc in ea of next 2 sc), repeat from * around (18 sts).
Round 19: *(Sc in next sc, sc2tog through back loops), repeat from * around (12 sts). Attach safety eyes and begin stuffing. Continue stuffing as you go from this point on.
Round 20: Sc2tog through back loops only around (6 sts).
Cut yarn and thread through remaining sts.

ARMS
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, sc 6 sts into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in ea sc around (12 sts).
Rounds 3-7: Sc in ea sc around.
Fasten off and cut yarn, leaving a tail long enough to sew arm in place on bear's body.
Stuff arms lightly and sew to bear's body.

LEGS
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, sc 5 sts into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in ea sc around (10 sts).
Round 3: *(Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc), repeat from * around (15 sts). Rounds 4-9: Sc in ea sc around.
Fasten off and cut yarn, leaving a tail long enough to sew leg in place on bear's body.
Stuff legs lightly and sew to bear's body.

EARS
Ch 8.
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in ea ch across (6 sts).
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Hdc in ea st across (6 sts).
Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Skip first st, hdc in ea st across (5 sts).
Row 4: Repeat row 3 (4 sts).
Row 5: Repeat row 3 (3 sts). Do not turn. Sc down the side of the ear.
Fasten off and cut yarn, leaving a tail long enough to sew the ear to the head.

MUZZLE
Round 1: Ch 2. 10 hdc in first ch.
Round 2: 2 sc in ea hdc around (20 sts). Sl st in next st.
Fasten off and cut yarn, leaving a tail long enough to sew the muzzle to the head. Sew muzzle to bear's head.


December 3, 2011

Textured Table Rug


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Materials:

  • size F (3.75mm) crochet hook
  • 2 skeins sock yarn

Instructions:


Ch 42.

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 3, turn (counts as first dc of next row).

Row 2: Skip first st. Dc in each st across. Ch 4, turn (counts as first tr of next row).

Row 3: Skip first st. Tr in each st across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 5: *(Sc in next 4 sts, sc in st beneath next st), repeat from * to last 4 sts, sc remaining sts. Ch 4, turn (counts as first tr of next row).

Row 6: Skip first st. Tr in each st across. Ch 3, turn (counts as first dc of next row).

Row 7: Skip first st. Dc in each st across. Ch 3, turn (counts as first dc of next row).


Repeat rows 2-7 until piece measures near to desired length.

Repeat rows 7 and 2 before fastening off.

Add fringe.


(Additional Note: The coasters that are inside the bowl in the photo were knitted using this awesome pattern: Drip Mug Rug)

July 18, 2011

Small Ox Amigurumi





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Materials:
  • Lion Brand Jiffy; Country Green (A), Silver Heather (B), Denim (C)
  • size I (5.5mm) crochet hook (or whichever size results in stitches tight enough to prevent stuffing from showing through)
  • 9mm safety eyes
  • stuffing
  • yarn needle

Instructions:

HEAD
Using A, start with a magic ring.
Ch 1, 6 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (12)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)around. (18)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts)around. (24)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts)around. (30)
Sc in ea st around for 5 rounds.
(Dec, sc in next 3 sts)around. (24)
(Dec, sc in next 2 sts)around. (18)
(Dec, sc in next st)around. (12)
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off.

BODY
Using A, start with a magic ring.
Ch 1, 6 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (12)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)around. (18)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts)around. (24)
Sc in ea st around for 6 rounds.
(Dec, sc in next 10 sts)twice. (22)
(Dec, sc in next 9 sts)twice. (20)
(Dec, sc in next 8 sts)twice. (18)
(Dec, sc in next st)around. (12)
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

ARMS
Make 2.
Using B, start with a magic ring.
Ch 1, 5 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (10)
Sc in BLO of ea st around.
Fasten off B and attach A by pulling up a loop through the last two loops worked with B.
Sc in ea st around for 4 rounds.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

LEGS
Make 2.
Using B, start with a magic ring.
Ch 1, 6 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (12)
Sc in BLO of ea st around.
Sc in ea st around.
Fasten off B and attach A by pulling up a loop through the last two loops worked with B.
Sc in ea st around for 2 rounds.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

HORNS
Make 2.
Using B, start with a magic ring.
Ch 1, 4 sc in ring.
Sc in ea st around.
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)twice. (6)
Sc in ea st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

EARS
Make 2.
Using A, ch 4.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next st, sl st in last st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

SNOUT
Using C, start with a magic ring.
Ch 1, 5 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (10)
Sc in BLO of ea st around.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.
With A, embroider nostrils.

MOHAWK/MANE
With C, *ch 4.
Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in ea remaining ch.
Repeat from * 4 more times.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

TAIL
With A, ch 5.
Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in ea remaining ch.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Attach 2 small scraps of C to end of tail by drawing them through and knotting them.

ASSEMBLY
Sew arms and legs to body. (I did not stuff the arms or legs, but they might benefit from a little stuffing.)
Sew tail to rear of body.
Stuff snout with the stray ends of yarn and sew to head.
Place safety eyes on either side of snout.
Sew mohawk/mane to top of head.
Sew horns to sides of head and sew the ears just below the horns.

July 17, 2011

Shark Amigurumi





Finished Size: approx. 4 in / 10 cm

Materials: 

Lion Brand Jiffy; Silver Heather (A), White (B)
small amount of black yarn for embroidering

size J (6mm) crochet hook
9mm black safety eyes

yarn needle

stuffing

Instructions:



BODY

Top
Using A, start with a magic ring. 
Ch 1, 5 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (10)

(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)around. (15)

(2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts)around. (20)

(2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts)around. (25)

(2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts)around. (30)

Sc in ea st around for 5 rounds.

Sl st in next st.

Fasten off.



Base
Using B, start with a magic ring. 
Ch 1, 5 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (10)

(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)around. (15)

(2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts)around. (20)

(2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts)around. (25)

(2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts)around. (30)

Sc in ea st around.

Sl st in next st.

Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.


FINS
Make 5.

Using A, start with a magic ring. 
Ch 1, 4 sc in ring.

Sc in ea st around.

(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)twice. (6)

Sc in ea st around for 3 rounds.

Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

ASSEMBLY
With black yarn, embroider gills on sides of Body Top.

Place safety eyes just in front of gills and secure.

With white yarn, sew Body Top to Body Base, adding stuffing throughout this process.

Sew one fin to top of shark.

Sew one fin to either side of shark, beneath gills.

Sew two fins (vertically) to the rear of the shark to create the tail.

With white yarn, embroider teeth (just vertical lines in the example) somewhat randomly.

July 16, 2011

Bunny Amigurumi





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Materials:
  • worsted weight yarn
  • small amount of black yarn for embroidering
  • size G (4mm) crochet hook
  • 12mm black safety eyes (optional)
  • yarn needle
  • stuffing

Instructions:

HEAD
Using A, start with a magic ring.
Ch 1, 5 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (10)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)around. (15)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts)around. (20)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts)around. (25)
Sc in ea st around for 5 rounds.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

BODY
Using B, start with a magic ring.
Ch 1, 5 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (10)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)around. (15)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts)around. (20)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts)around. (25)
Sc in BLO of ea st around.
Sc in ea st around for 5 rounds.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off.


ARMS & LEGS
Make 4.
Using B, start with a magic ring.
Ch 1, 5 sc in ring.
Sc in ea st around.
2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts.
2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

EARS
Make 2.
Using A, start with a magic ring.
Ch 1, 4 sc in ring.
Sc in ea st around.
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)twice. (6)
Sc in ea st around for 4 rounds.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

ASSEMBLY
Attach safety eyes and embroider mouth.
Sew ears to top of head.
Sew arms and legs to body.
Stuff head and body.
Sew head to body while adding stuffing.

July 1, 2011

Teddy Amigurumi


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Materials:

  • worsted weight yarn: Bear Color (A), Shirt Color (B), Pants Color (C)
  • size G (4mm) crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • stuffing


Instructions:

T-SHIRT TEDDY

HEAD
Using A, start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 5 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (10)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)around. (15)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts)around. (20)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts)around. (25)
Sc in ea st around for 3 rounds.
(Dec, sc in next 3 sts)around. (20)
(Dec, sc in next 2 sts)around. (15)
(Dec, sc in next st)around. (10)
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.
Embroider face.
Add stuffing.

BODY
Using C, start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 5 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (10)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)around. (15)
Sc in BLO of ea st around.
Fasten off C and switch to B.
Sc in ea st around for 3 rounds.
(Dec, sc in next st)around. (10)
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off.
Add stuffing.

ARMS
Make 2.
Using A, start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 5 sc in ring.
Fasten off A and switch to B.
Sc in ea st around for 2 rounds.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

LEGS
Make 2.
Using C, start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 4 sc in ring.
Sc in ea st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

EARS
Make 2.
Using A, start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 4 sc in ring.
Sc in ea st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.






PJ TEDDY

Work same as for T-shirt teddy. Use one and only one color when crocheting the following segments: arms, legs, body, nightcap. Also, only make one ear, as the cap will sit tilted a little to one side.

NIGHTCAP
Start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 4 sc in ring.
Sc in ea st around for 2 rounds.
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)twice. (6)
Sc in ea st around.
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts)twice. (8)
Sc in ea st around.
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts)twice. (10)
Sc in ea st around.
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts)twice. (12)
Sc in ea st around.
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)around. (18)
Sc in ea st around.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Using another piece of scrap yarn in the same color used to crochet the pajamas, fold down and sew the corner of the nightcap to itself.






FARMER TEDDY

Work same as for T-shirt teddy and embroider overalls on the finished bear. Also, make only one ear, as the straw hat will list a little to one side.

STRAW HAT
Start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 5 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (10)
Sc in BLO of ea st around.
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)around. (15)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts)around. (20)
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off.
Fold up the edges of hat around the center.









SANTA TEDDY

Work same as for T-shirt teddy.
Work body using Red.
To make the boots, use Black and work same as for legs.
To make the Santa cap, work same as for the nightcap pattern; use White for the first 2 rounds and for the last round of cap, use Red for the rounds in between. (folding down the cap and sewing it to itself is optional)
Make only one ear, as the cap will sit tilted a little to one side.
The arms will be worked mostly the same, but with one additional color change and an additional round.

ARMS
Make 2.
Using A, start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 5 sc in ring.
Fasten off A and switch to White.
Sc in ea st around.
Fasten off White and switch to Red.
Sc in ea st around for 2 rounds.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.





WALDO TEDDY

Work same as for T-shirt teddy.
Work pants using blue yarn, and work shirt alternating between red and white yarn.

ARMS
Make 2.
Using A, start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 5 sc in ring.
Fasten off A.
Attach Red by pulling up loop of red yarn through last two loops that were worked.
Sc in ea st around.
Fasten off Red and attach White.
Sc in ea st around.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

WALDO HAT
Using Red, start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 6 sc in ring.
Sc in ea st around for 2 rounds.
Fasten off Red and attach White.
2 sc in ea st around. (12)
Sc in ea st around.
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)around. (18)
Fasten off White and attach Red.
Sc in ea st around.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.




COLA TEDDY

Work same as for T-shirt teddy, except work the entire teddy in white yarn only.

COLA CAN
*Using Grey, start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 8 sc in ring.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off.
Repeat from * once more.
Attach Red.
Sc in BLO of ea st around.
Sc in ea st around for 3 rounds.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Stuff the yarn ends inside the can and sew the 2nd lid to the open end.
With white yarn, embroider a bit of handwriting-like "scribble" on the red part of the can.
 


June 25, 2011

Ox Amigurumi



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Materials:
  • Lion Brand Jiffy
  • Colors used for examples:
    Blue Long-horned Ox = Country Green(main color), Navy(accent color, hoof color), Camel(horn color), Black & White
    Tan Short-horned Ox = Camel(main color), Cafe(accent color), Black(hoof color, horn color), & White
  • size I (5.5mm) crochet hook (or any size hook that results in a stitch tight enough that stuffing won't show through)
  • stuffing
  • yarn needle

Instructions:

HEAD
Using main color, start with a magic ring. Ch1, 6 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (12)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)around. (18)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts)around. (24)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts)around. (30)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts)around. (36)
Sc in ea st around for 8 rounds.
(Dec, sc in next 4 sts)around. (30)
(Dec, sc in next 3 sts)around. (24)
(Dec, sc in next 2 sts)around. (18)
(Dec, sc in next st)around. (12)
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

BODY
Using main color, start with a magic ring. Ch1, 6 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (12)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)around. (18)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts)around. (24)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts)around. (30)
Sc in ea st around for 6 rounds.
Dec, sc in ea of next 11 sts, (dec)twice, sc in ea of next 11 sts, dec. (26)
Sc in ea st around.
Dec, sc in next 9 sts, (dec)twice, sc in ea of next 9 sts, dec. (22)
Sc in ea st around.
Dec, sc in next 7 sts, (dec)twice, sc in next 7 sts, dec. (18)
(Dec, sc in next st)around. (12)
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off.

ARMS
Make 2.
Using hoof color, start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 5 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (10)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)around. (15)
Fasten off hoof color.
Attach main color (body & head color).
Sc in ea st around for 3 rounds.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

LEGS
Make 2.
Using hoof color, start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 6 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (12)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)around. (18)
Sc in ea st around.
Fasten off hoof color.
Attach main color.
Sc in ea st around for 4 rounds.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.

MUZZLE
Using accent or hoof color, start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 6 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (12)
Sc in BLO of ea st around.
Sc in ea st around.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing.
Embroider nostrils in the shape of an equal sign (=) using main color or color of your choice.

EARS
Make 2.
Using main color, start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 4 sc in ring.
Sc in ea st around.
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)twice. (6)
Sc in ea st around for 2 rounds.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

TAIL
Using main color, ch7.
Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in remaining 5 chains.
Fasten off, leaving a short tail of yarn for sewing.
Thread 2 short strands of the accent or hoof color (hint: reuse scraps) through the end of the tail where the 2nd ch was skipped and knot to create tail tuft.

MANE/MOHAWK
Using accent or hoof color, *ch5.
Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in remaining 3 chains.
Repeat from * 4 times.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

LONG HORNS
Make 2.
Using horn color of your choice, start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 4 sc in ring.
Sc in ea st around.
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)twice. (6)
Sc in ea st around for 3 rounds.
Sc in next 3 sts, sl st in next st, ch1, turn.
Sc in next 3 sc, sl st in next st, ch1, turn.
Sc in ea st around.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

SHORT HORNS
(worked same as for ears with one extra round)
Make 2.
Using horn color of your choice, start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 4 sc in ring.
Sc in ea st around.
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)twice. (6)
Sc in ea st around for 3 rounds.
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

EYE WHITES
Make 2.
Using white, ch2.
5 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
2 sc in ea st around. (10)
(2 sc in next st, sc in next st)around. (15)
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

PUPILS
Make 2.
Using black, start with a magic ring.
Ch1, 5 sc in ring.
2 sc in ea st around. (10)
Sl st in next st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.

ASSEMBLY
Sew pupils to center of eye whites.
Sew head to body, and use additional stuffing as needed.
Sew legs and arms to body, stuffing lightly.
Sew tail to rear of body.
Stuff muzzle with the stray ends of yarn and sew to head.
Sew eyes to head, on either side of muzzle.
Sew mohawk/mane to top of head.
Sew horns to sides of head and sew the ears just below the horns.