It looks like I’m coming back each April to make a post or two. Maybe it’s because the weather is finally starting to feel nice that I am happy enough to do one. I don’t know. There’s been a lot of excitement here lately. Today’s project is one that I had to wait to post. It was a gift for a baby shower, and I didn’t want the recipients to get to see pictures before they received it.
My little cousin is having her first baby soon! She decided to name him Calvin. I didn’t even have a choice what to make, did I? Every Calvin needs a Hobbes. I just happened to have already pinned a pattern for a Hobbes to my craft board and was so excited to have a reason to make it. The pattern I used is found here. I instantly fell in love not only with the pattern but with the writer of the blog. She shares her pattern for free and asks that no one sell her pattern or completed work from it in keeping with the wishes of Bill Watterson (the creator of Calvin and Hobbes) to not commercialize the comic.
I did make a few adjustments to the pattern for my Hobbes. In her pattern the eyes, nose, and stripes on top of his head are pieces of felt sewn to the crocheted head. My sewing skills are nonexistent, so I didn’t want to risk sewing parts on a baby gift that would probably fall off of it. I just used yarn to embroider the shapes onto the head. It’s not perfect, but it probably looks a lot better than if I had tried sewing.
In her pattern each part is crocheted from the end and then sewn together. Again, I didn’t want to show off my lack of talent, so I improvised. Instead of finishing off at the end of the head, I started the torso part from the end of its pattern and worked backward. Anywhere it said to increase, I decreased. Anywhere it said to decrease, I increased. For the arms, legs, (okay, all legs, since he’s a tiger) and tail I chained half of the end number of stitches and skipped the other half so I had perfect sized holes to start from for making those.
His tail is so long. I love it!
Here’s my finished Hobbes. He’s the perfect size for cuddling!
I know he looks different than he would if I had followed the pattern completely. This worked for me, and I feel better knowing little Calvin won’t be endangered by my gift.
For the final gift presentation I made a wagon. I put red felt around a box. I used diapers, snack cups, and ribbon for the wheels. Of course, I had to get him a Calvin and Hobbes book to go with it!
Now I just can’t wait to meet Calvin!