Little Raccoon Squares
by Elizabeth Mareno
Continuing with my current theme, I expanded the little squares once more. This is the Little Raccoon Square. The finished size is roughly 3.5-4", so it's not very big at all, and it won't take up all your patience with detailing, either!
Scrap amounts WW (about 1/2 oz each) of raccoon color (a medium gray tone), secondary color, and edge color. About 3yds of thin black yarn (I used Scheepjes Color Crafter DK) for the eyes.
Large eye needle for weaving in ends.
Abbreviations US terms:
MR- magic ring
SC- single crochet
HDC- half double crochet
DC- double crochet
SL ST- slip stitch
Pattern US terms:
with raccoon color
R1- MR, 8 sc in magic ring. (8) pull center tight and join with first sc.
R2- ch1, 2sc in each sc around. (16) join with first sc.
R3- ch2 (does not count as hdc), hdc in same stitch as join, 2hdc in next, (hdc in next st, 2hdc in next) around to the end. (24hdc) join with first hdc, not the ch2. Cut and change color to secondary color.
R4- with secondary color, join in the join space with a ch3 (counts as a dc), (dc, ch2, 2dc) in the same join space, [*dc in 5sc,* (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner] 3x, repeat * to * once. join with first dc. (36) cut color.
R5- with edge color, join with a ch3 in a corner space, (dc, ch2, 2dc) in the same space, [*dc in 9*, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner] 3x, repeat * to * once. (54) join. cut color.
Raccoon Ears (identical to the Little Bear ears): The stitches that you need to find to make sure your ears are centered are marked in blue. On the right side join with a sl st around the post of the stitch with the arrow. Put 2dc around each of the next two posts (they are marked with a "2"). Sl st around the next four posts (these are marked with a dot). Put 2dc around the next 2 posts (also marked with a "2"). Sl st around the last post marked with a dot and cut your yarn and tuck ends.
Raccoon Eyes: with the smaller hook and thin black yarn, ch2, 5sc in the second ch from the hook, ch6, 5sc in the second ch from the hook, sl st in the remaining four ch's. sl st to the other "eye" and cut leaving a long end for placement. Make sure when you are attaching the eye mask to the face that it curves upward in the center to give the illusion of a "nose".
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