Hobbes Crochet Amigurumi Doll

January 28, 2021

Calvin and Hobbes is a daily American comic strip created by cartoonist Bill Watterson that was syndicated from November 18, 1985 to December 31, 1995. Commonly cited as “the last great newspaper comic”, Calvin and Hobbes has enjoyed broad and enduring popularity, influence, and academic and philosophical interest. Calvin and Hobbes follows the humorous antics of the title characters: Calvin, a precocious, mischievous and adventurous six-year-old boy; and Hobbes, his sardonicstuffed tiger. Set in the contemporary suburban United States, the strip depicts Calvin’s frequent flights of fancy and friendship with Hobbes. It also examines Calvin’s relationships with family and classmates, especially the love/hate relationship between him and his classmate Susie Derkins. Hobbes’ dual nature is a defining motif for the strip: to Calvin, Hobbes is a living anthropomorphic tiger, while all the other characters see Hobbes as an inanimate stuffed toy. Though the series does not frequently mention specific political figures or contemporary events, it does explore broad issues like environmentalism, public education, philosophical quandaries and the flaws of opinion polls. At the height of its popularity, Calvin and Hobbeswas featured in over 2,400 newspapers worldwide. In 2010, reruns of the strip appeared in more than 50 countries, and nearly 45 million copies of the Calvin and Hobbes books had been sold worldwide.en.m.Wikipedia.org

CREATOR:


William Boyd Watterson II (July 5, 1958 to present) is a retired American cartoonist and the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, which was syndicated from 1985 to 1995. He married Melissa Richmond in 1983, and had a daughter Violet Watterson. He is said to have been Influenced by: Charles M. Schulz, George Herriman, and Winsor McCay.

WATTERSON’S AWARDS:

  • 1986: Reuben Award, Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year
  • 1988: Reuben Award, Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year
  • 1988: National Cartoonists Society, Newspaper Comic Strips Humor Award
  • 1988: Sproing Award, for Tommy og Tigern(Calvin and Hobbes)
  • 1989: Harvey Award, Special Award for Humor, for Calvin and Hobbes
  • 1990: Harvey Award, Best Syndicated Comic Strip, for Calvin and Hobbes
  • 1990: Max & Moritz Prize, Best Comic Strip, for Calvin and Hobbes
  • 1991: Harvey Award, Best Syndicated Comic Strip, for Calvin and Hobbes
  • 1991: Adamson Award, for Kalle och Hobbe(Calvin and Hobbes)
  • 1992: Harvey Award, Best Syndicated Comic Strip, for Calvin and Hobbes
  • 1992: Eisner Award, Best Comic Strip Collection, for The Revenge of the Baby-Sat
  • 1992: Angoulême International Comics Festival, Prize for Best Foreign Comic Book, for En avant tête de thon!
  • 1992: Eisner Award, Best Comic Strip Collection, for Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons
  • 1993: Harvey Award, Best Syndicated Comic Strip, for Calvin and Hobbes
  • 1994: Harvey Award, Best Syndicated Comic Strip, for Calvin and Hobbes
  • 1995: Harvey Award, Best Syndicated Comic Strip, for Calvin and Hobbes
  • 1996: Harvey Award, Best Syndicated Comic Strip, for Calvin and Hobbes
  • 2014: Grand Prix, Angoulême International Comics Festival[49]
  • 2020: Inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of FameHistory
”H” is for….HOBBES!

Hobbes, named for philosopher Thomas Hobbes, is the deuteragonist of the comics. He is Calvin’s stuffed tiger and best friend, who, from Calvin’s perspective, is a live tiger and real as anyone else in the comic strip.

This pattern was written by sukigirl74’s blog at Ravelry.com.

HOBBES CROCHET AMIGURUMI DOLL


This is my first Amigurumi doll. I am making it for my daughter-in-law’s birthday. She is a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, and her favorite charecter is HOBBES.

HOBBES CROCHET PATTERN:

Resources:

There are a lot of sites that have tutorials for making jogless stripes.

Hooks and Needles…. color stripe tutorial NeedleNoodles…….jogless stripes

Pattern notes:

MATERIALS you will need:

• Hook size: 4.5mm

• Worsted weight yarn in orange, black and white (less than a 100 g ball each).

• Black felt for eyes, nose and 2 stripes

• A small strand of black embroidery

• Darning needle

• stuffing

All stripes (except 2 on top of head) are made by changing colors in the pattern.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

• Please note that you will be working in the round.

• Also note that at the end of each round you will slip stitch to join and chain 1. This will minimize jogless stripes (see above resources).

This shows the final head.

These photos show the process, or different stages of finalizing the features for the head (placement of muzzle, nose, mouth, eyes, and ears). I chose to embroider these elements ontothe head, from the same black yarn.

Head:


Using orange yarn (1) 6 sc into magic loop, tighten loop (6 st)

(2) [2 sc in each stitch ] (12 st)

(3) [1sc into the 1st sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (18 st)

(4) [1sc into each of next 2 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (24 st)

(5) [1sc into each of next 3 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (30 st)

(6) [1sc into each of next 4 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (36st)

(7) [1sc into each of next 5 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (42 st)

(8) [1sc into each of next 6 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (48st)

(9) Work even (48 st)


Now you start on the black stripes at the back of his head.When you switch back and forth between black and orange you will have to fastenoff each color. This will result in a lot of ends…I didn’t weave them in since they are tucked inside his cute head, but that decision is up to you. But don’t worry…this is the only part of the pattern where this happens.

(10-11) make 16 sc in orange then 32 sc in black (48 st)

(12) work even in orange

(13-15) Same as rows (10-12)

(16-17) make 16 sc in orange then 32 sc in black

(48 st) The rest of the head is worked in orange only. (18-21) work even (48 st)

(22) [1sc into each of next 6 sc, 2sc decrease] 6 times (42st)

(23) [1sc into each of next 5 sc, 2sc decrease] 6 times (36 st)

(24) Work even

(25) [1sc into each of next 4 sc, 2sc decrease] 6 times (30st)

(26) Work even

(27) [1sc into each of next 3 sc, 2sc decrease] 6 times (24 st)

(28-30) Work even, fasten off leaving long yarn to sew head on.

• Stuff head

Muzzle:


Do not stuff!

In white

(1) 6 sc into magic loop, tighten loop (6 st)

(2) [2 sc in each stitch ] (12 st)

(3) [1sc into the 1st sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (18 st)

(4) [ 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 5 stiches] 3 times (21 st)

(5-18) work even

(19) [2sc decrease , 1 sc in next 5 st] 3 times (18st)

(20) [1 sc in next st, 2sc decrease] (12 st)

(21) decrease in every stitch (6st) (22) decrease in every stitch (3 st).

• If you rather you can skip this last row and sew the hole up with yarn instead.

• Fasten off leaving enough yarn to sew muzzle to head.

Ears:


(Make two)

These are just 2 triangles In black


(1) 4sc into magic loop (4 st)

(2) increase in every st (8 st)

(3) [1sc into each of next 3sc, 2sc into the next sc] (10 st)

(4) [1sc into each of next 4sc, 2sc into the next sc] (12 st)

(5) [1sc into each of next 5sc, 2sc into the next sc] (14 st)(6) work even


• Fasten off and leave enough yarn to sew to head.


• Hand press them to look like ears

Putting the details on:


The eyes, nose and stripes on the top of his head are all made of felt.


Use the picture for placement…pin everything on first so you can make sure that it all looks good. Take your time with this part!


IMPORTANT:


• This is the most important part of the whole pattern…it’s what makes your stuffed toy become Hobbes.


• You may wish to refer to the Hobbe’s comic pictures above for reference. You may also take pictures of your placement, and analyze those to guide your placement.


• All the felt pieces are hand sewn on with thread, the muzzle is sewn on with yarn.


• Sew the nose onto the muzzle and add a couple of embroidery lines below the nose.


• Put some stuffing behind the muzzle piece and sew onto head.


• Sew the eyes on about the same level as the bottom stripe.


• Sew on ears and 2 stripes using picture as help.

Body:

Starting from bottom up. In orange

(1) 6 sc into magic loop, tighten loop (6 st)

(2) [2 sc in each stitch ] (12 st)

(3) [1sc into the next first sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (18 st)

(4) [1sc into each of next 2 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (24 st)

(5) [1sc into each of next 3 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (30 st)

(6) [1sc into each of next 4 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (36st)

(7) [1sc into each of next 5 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 6 times (42 st)

(8) work even

(9-10) using black work even

(11-12) using orange work even Continue working rows 9-12 until you have a total of 6 stripes of each colour.

(33) in black [1 sc in next 5 st, 2sc decrease] 6 times (36 st)

(34) work even

(35) in orange work even

(36) [1 sc in each of next 4 st, 2sc decrease] 6 times (30 st)

(37-38) in black work even

(39) In orange [1 sc in each of next 3 st, 2sc decrease] 6 times (24 st)

Fasten off

Legs (Make 2)

In white

(1) 6 sc into magic loop, tighten loop (6 st)

(2) [2 sc in each stitch ] (12 st)

(3) [1sc into the next first sc, 2sc into the next sc] 6 times (18 st)

(4) [1sc into each of next 2sc, 2sc into the next sc] 6 times (24 st)

(5-9) work even

(10-11) in black work even

(12-13) in orange work even Repeat rows 10-13 until you have 4 stripes of each color.

Fasten off leaving enough orange yarn to attach to body.

Arms:

Make 2 Work the same as the legs but skip row 9.

Also at the end, do another row of 10 and 11 of black.

Fasten off and leave enough black yarn to sew arms onto body.

Tail:

starting from the tip of the tail In black

(1) 6 sc into magic loop, tighten loop (6 st)

(2) [2 sc in each stitch ] (12 st)

(3) [1sc into each of next 5 sc, 2 sc into the next sc] 2 times (14 st)

(4-5) work even in orange

(6-7) work even in black Repeat Rows 4-7 until you have 13 orange stripes and 13 black stripes

Then add another stripe of orange (rows 4-5)

Fasten off and leave enough orange yarn to sew to body.

Belly Band (oval)

Don’t get scared off this section!

His tummy patch is simply an oval.

If you know how to make one, then just skip this section totally. In reality ovals are very simple…(it’s the written instructions that make them seem complicated to make specially as you add new rounds).

All the increases in an oval are at the ends.

The straight sides have no increases.

I’ll give you written instructions for the first round since it is easy, then I’ll show you visually where the increases go for the next rounds

Ch 16 in white Round 1: Remember to mark your first stitch with marker Starting in 2nd chain from hook sc 14, 3sc in last st. Rotate work around and start working on other side of chain. Sc 13, make 2sc in last st.

Now look at this drawing:

I’ve drawn out 4 ovals that represent the four rounds. The red arrows represent where the increases occur.

You should note 2 things:

1-The number of increases stay the same during each round (3 extra increases at each end for a total of 6 increases).

2- There is one increase that always stays in the same place and the other two take ‘steps’ away from this centre increase. It’s like they are getting mad at the bossman and the longer they are with him the further they want to be from him.

In Round 1 all three increases were in the same stitch. (at each end) They were friends. Now for the rest of the rounds.

Round 2: Notice that the two side increases have moved away from the centre increase. They now are 2 stitches down from it (separated by a sc) So what you are going to do is first mark the centre stitch at both ends. Just do it by eye. Now count down 2 stitches on both sides and that is where your side increases will go. Do that also for the other end.

Now crochet that row putting increases only in those places. (6 in total) Every other stitch will be worked evenly..don’t forget to put a sc in between those increases.

Round 3: Again mark your two centre stitches…count down 3 stitches on both side…that is where your increases go. Every other place gets a sc.

Round 4; Mark your two centre stitches…count down 4 stitches on both side…that is where your increases go. Every other place gets a sc

For me 4 rounds fit Hobbes nicely but if you want it larger just continue moving those side increases down a stitch for each round.

Putting the body together:

• Stuff the body and sew on the belly band.

• Stuff the arms and legs but only stuff the joint area lightly as you want to make him bendable.

• Use yarn to sew on the appendages.

• Sew the head onto body adding stuffing if needed.

Pick him up, give him a hug!


How did you modify this pattern? Please share in the comments. Thank you for sharing!

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