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Here’s the second of my crocheted dog patterns – there’s still plenty more to come! This time, in case you hadn’t already spotted, it’s a Dalmatian. I’ve made this using two separate yarns James C. Brett Top Value DK (8430 & 8428) but if you can find a white yarn with black speckles that would probably work great.

As you crochet, you will add in random patches of black which means your finished Dalmatian wont look exactly the same as the one in the picture, each one will be unique. You could make 101 different Dalmatians if you wanted!

As with all the stuffed toys I make I used The Craft Factory Toy Eyes Solid Black – 9mm for the eyes. I normally suggested that you can use some black yarn to sew on eyes if you prefer but, I’m not sure it would work so well with this pattern given that there are already lots of black patches.

You can get started with the pattern below and once you’re finished remember to upload it to the Ravelry project page

Materials

Main colour: James C. Brett Top Value DK – 8428

Secondary colour: James C. Brett Top Value DK – 8430

Eyes: The Craft Factory Toy Eyes Solid Black – 9mm (you may use yarn to sew on eyes if you prefer)

Stuffing

Hook

3.5mm (E USA)

Abbreviations

US Terms

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

trc – treble crochet

ch – chain

dec – single crochet 2 together

inc – 2 single crochet in one stitch

st/s – stitch/es

With the exception of the ears and nose, each piece should be made using the white yarn adding in random patches of black as you go. You should vary the size of the patches but I would recommend not making them any bigger than roughly 2×2 sc.

Body

Round 1: 6 sc into a magic ring. (6)

Round 2: 6 inc (12)

Round 3: *1 sc, inc* Repeat to end of round (18)

Round 4: *2 sc, inc* Repeat to end of round (24)

Round 5: *3 sc, inc* Repeat to end of round (30)

Round 6: *4 sc, inc* Repeat to end of round (36)

Sc for the next 5 rounds

Round 7: *4 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (30)

Round 8: *3 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (24)

Stuff body

Round 9: *2 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (18)

Round 10: *1 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (12)

Add more stuffing

Round 11: dec to end of round

Fasten off and sew the hole closed

Head

Round 1: 6 sc into magic ring

Round 2: 6 inc (12)

Round 3: *1 sc, inc* Repeat to end of round (18)

Round 4: *2 sc, inc* Repeat to end of round (24)

Sc for the next 4 rounds

Round 5: *3 sc, inc* Repeat to end of round (30

Round 6: *4 sc, inc* twice, 10 sc, *4sc, inc* twice (34)

Round 7: 5 sc, inc, 27 sc, inc (36)

Round 8: 6 sc, inc, 28 sc, inc (38)

Round 9: 7 sc, inc, 29 sc, inc (40)

Sc for the next 3 rounds

Round 10: *8 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (36)

Round 11: *7 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (32)

Round 12: *6 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (28)

Round 13: *5 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (24)

Round 14: *4 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (20)

Round 15: *3 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (16)

Stuff the head

Round 16: *2 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (10)

Round 17: *1 sc, dec* Repeat to end of round (6)

Round 18: dec to end of round

Fasten off and sew the hole closed

Legs

Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring

Round 2: 6 inc (12)

Round 3: 5 sc, inc, 5 sc, inc (14)

Round 4: 6 sc, inc, 6 sc, inc (16)

Round 5: 6 sc, dec, 6 sc, dec (14)

Round 6: 5 sc, dec, 5 sc, dec (12)

Sc for next 13 rounds

Stuff the paw but leave the legs flat then sc across the top of the leg to close

Ears

Round 1: In black 6 sc in magic circle

Round 2: 6 inc (12)

Round 3: *5 sc, inc* repeat (14)

Round 4: *6 sc, inc* repeat (16)

Sc for 7 rounds

Fold flat and sc across the shut to close.

Nose

Row 1: in black yarn ch 2, inc in the 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn (2)

Row 2: 2 sc, ch 1, turn (2)Row 3: 2 inc, ch 1, do not turn, sc across edge to end, 2 sc in the tip of the nose then continue sc down the other edge to end. Fasten off.

Tail

Round 1: In 6 sc in magic ring

sc for next 10 rounds. Fasten off.

Use a yarn needle to sew all the parts together. I would recommend starting by adding the nose to the face followed by the ears. Then sew the legs, head and tail onto the body (the picture below may help show you where the pieces should go). Finally, add the eyes.

Now you’ve finished your Dalmatian, take some photos and share them on the Ravelry project page

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