Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bó Finn - The Irish White Cow

Perhaps you know, perhaps you don't - but Irish legend tells of a tale of the "white cow" (as well as a black and red cow/Bo-Ruadh, and Bo-Dhu) who were destined to fill the Ireland country-side with the most splendid cattle, so that the people should never know want.

In honor of Cluny's pre-release date, I will share with you his little cousin, Bo Clu.
I hope you enjoy :)
 
 
Bo Clu
Pattern:
Beginner/Advanced Beginner


Materials Used in Model:
Small amounts of Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in White, Coffee, and Aran
poly-fil fiberfill
Size US F5/3.75mm crochet hook
Crochet Needle for sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning for sewing
4mm plastic beads for eyes

Terms Used and their Meanings:
ch - chain
slst - slip stitch
Dec - Decrease
Inc - Increase
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
nxt - next
st or sts - stitch(s)
ea - each
tog - together

** all Inc and Dec are single crochet unless indicated otherwise. Pattern is worked in rounds through both front and back loops, without joining; unless otherwise noted.
If you need assistance with any of these stitches, please view stitch guide at
http://www.anniesattic.com/crochet/content.html?type_id=S  for further assistance and visual aides.



Head (Make 1)
with White

Chain 4,
___ Rnd 1: Inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in nxt st, 4 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of  original beg chain (as if a flat round), sc in nxt st, Inc in last st. (10 sts)
___ Rnd 2: sc in ea st around  (10 sts)
___ Rnd 3: (sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts  (8 sts)
___ Rnd 4: sc in nxt st, (Inc in nxt st) 3 times, sc in nxt nxt, slst (losely) in ea of nxt 3 sts  (11 sts)
___ Rnd 5: sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st, (hdc-Inc in nxt st) twice, sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt  4 sts  (15 sts)
___ Rnd 6: sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 7: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (20 sts)
___ Rnd 8: sc in ea st around  (20 sts)
___ Rnd 9: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts] 4 times  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 10: hdc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in ea of nxt 9 sts, hdc in ea of nxt 5 sts  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 11: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (12 sts)
Stuff head - do not overstuff

___ Rnd 12: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (6 sts)
Finish off and bury tail inside head to hide.


Ear (Make 2):
With Color of choice

Chain 4,
slst in 2nd chain from hook, sc in nxt st, (2 hdc, ch-1, 2 hdc) in end/turning stitch - working up other side, as if a flat round, sc in nxt st, slst in last st
Finish off leaving tail to sew ear to head.


Horn (Make 2):
with Aran

Chain 3,
slst in 2nd chain from hook and in nxt st
Finish off leaving tail to sew horn to head.


Body (Make 1):
with White

Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 4 sc in st.
___ Rnd 2: [3 sc in nxt st] 4 times  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in nxt st, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in nxt st, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in nxt st  (20 sts)
___ Rnd 4: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, (sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 3 times, sc in nxt st (16 sts)
___ Rnds 5-6: sc in ea st around  (16 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 7: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (12 sts)
___ Rnds 8-9: sc in ea st around  (12 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 10: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (6 sts)
Finish off leaving tail for sewing head to body.


Hand/Arm (Make 2):
with Coffee

Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st.
___ Rnd 2: [3 sc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts] twice  (10 sts)
___ Rnd 3: sc in ea st around  (10 sts)
Stuff lightly - just enough to maintain shape

___ Rnd 4: [Dec in nxt st] 5 times  (5 sts)
___ Rnd 5: Dec in nxt st - UNFINISHED rnd  (4 sts)
Finish off with coffee and bury tail inside hand

Arm-
with White

in center of last rnd and working through BOTH thicknesses (front & back) join with sc, sc in same st, chain 11 -
working in back 'bump' of foundation chain, Inc in ea of nxt 10 sts, join in 1st sc made with a slst and finish off.


Feet/Leg  (Make 2):
with Coffee

Chain 4,
___ Rnd 1: Inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in nxt st, 4 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of

original beg chain (as if a flat round), sc in nxt st, Inc in last st. (10 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts] twice  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: sc in ea st around  (12 sts)
Stuff lightly - just enough to maintain shape

___ Rnd 4: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (6 sts)
___ Rnd 5: sc in ea st around (6 sts)
___ Rnd 6: [Dec nxt 2 st tog, sc in nxt st] twice  (4 sts)
Finish off with coffee and bury inside foot

Leg-
with White

in center of last rnd and working through BOTH thicknesses (front & back) join with sc, sc in same st, chain 11 -
working in back 'bump' of foundation chain, Inc in ea of nxt 10 sts, join in 1st sc made with a slst and finish off.


Tail (Make 1):
Chain 6,
slst in 2nd chain from hook and in ea of nxt 4 sts
Finish off leaving tail to sew to body. 
Add 2 or 3 scraps of yarn to tip of tail - separate the 4-ply into single strands and trim.

Assemble your cow by sewing head to body; arms and legs to body - ears, horns and eyes to head.  Using coffee or other contrasting color, embroider some spots on your cow using long and short stitches.






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3 comments:

Goldibug said...

My mother will love this! She has a thing for collecting cows. Thanks so much for the pattern!

Kurio said...

very cute! I love your blog ;d

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the pattern. Its sooooooo cute.I am making this for a baby shower gift the mother to-be theme is cows.

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