Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Percy Pattern!

Hey, folks! If you have a train loving kiddo like I do, today's pattern is for you. Max is a Thomas the Train fanatic, but Thomas has never really been his favorite. For a long time it was Gordan, then James, but never really Thomas. And Thomas is kind of The Train when it comes to merchandizing. It's hard to find non-Thomas train stuffies, for instance. There are some, but not many. When Max was really little I crocheted him a giant stuffed Gordan (craftster post here) which he still sleeps with in his bed. A bit down the line I made a Percy for another little train fan. This year I made another one for a special little guy's Christmas present, and thought I'd share the pattern with you! If Percy isn't your little one's favorite you can simple change colors and details to match the train in question.

I won't lie to you: this is not a quick project. There are probably faster and easier train patterns out there, but I was going for detail here. The end product s pretty great, though!



Materials
1 skein Red Heart Soft in Guacamole (or similar) - this is the best Percy color I found.
            - The turquoise  is a great Thomas color, too.
1 skein black worsted weight
1 skein gray worsted weight
1 skein red worsted weight
small amounts of yellow and white yarn for embroidering details
size H (5.00 mm) crochet hook
polyfil stuffing
tapestry needle
safety eyes (optional)
small amount of felt (optional)

Abbreviations
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
ss - slip stich
st - stitch
tblo - through back loops only
sc2tog - single crochet next 2 stitches together: insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, draw up loop, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, draw up loop, yarn over, draw through all loops on hook
magic ring - this is a starting technique for crocheting in the round, wonderfully explained here. You could also ch 2, then sc the correct number of stitches into the first ch st.

Instructions
Main body - The main body is worked in the round in a spiral. Mark the end of a round with a marker or scrap of yarn, but just keep working instead of joining and chaining.
With gray yarn
Magic ring 7
1) (sc 2 in next st) x7 - 14 
2) (sc 2 in next st, sc 1) x7 - 21
3) (sc 2 in next st, sc 2) x7 - 28
4) (sc 2 in next st, sc 3) x7 - 35
5) (sc 2 in next st, sc 4) x7 - 42
Switch to black
6) sc tblo around - 42
7-11) sc around - 42
If you're using safety eyes, now is a good time to place them.
Switch to green
12) (sc 2 in next st, sc 5) x7 - 49
13) (sc 2 in next st, sc 6) x7 - 56
Switch to red
14) sc tblo around - 56
*Switch to green
15 - 20) sc around - 56
Switch to red
21) sc around - 56*
22 - 28) repeat between *, including color switches
29 - 35) repeat between *, including color switches
Switch to green
36) tblo: (sc2tog, sc 6) x7 - 49
37) (sc2tog, sc 5) x7 - 42
38) (sc2tog, sc 4) x7 - 35
Begin to stuff
39) (sc2tog, sc 3) x7 - 28
40) (sc2tog, sc 2) x7 - 21
41) (sc2tog, sc 1) x7 - 14
42) (sc2tog) x7 - 7
Fasten off, finish stuffing, close off

Cabin - The cabin is made in 4 separate pieces, each worked back and forth in rows, then stitched together.
Back - make 2 in green
Ch 19
1) Skip first ch, sc 18, ch 1, turn - 18
2 - 22) sc 18, ch 1, turn - 18
23) Skip 1, ss1, sc 14, ss 1, turn - 16
24) Skip 1, ss1, sc 12, ss 1, turn - 14
25) Skip 1, ss1, sc 10, ss 1, turn - 12
26) Skip 1, ss1, sc 8, ss1, turn - 10
27) Skip 1, ss1, sc 6, ss1 - 8
Fasten off

Sides and bottom - in green
Ch 13
1) Skip first ch, sc 12, ch 1, turn - 12
2 - 21) sc 12, ch 1, turn - 12
22) tblo: sc 12, ch 1, turn - 12
23 - 39) sc 12, ch 1, turn - 12
40) tblo: sc 12, ch 1, turn - 12
41 - 61) sc 12 - 12
Fasten off

Top - in black
Ch 13
1) Skip first ch, sc 12, ch 1, turn - 12
2 - 23) sc 12, ch 1, turn - 12
24) sc 12 - 12
Fasten off

Sew sides and bottom to the back pieces. Stuff, then sew on the top. You can take a couple of stitches front to back and side to side and tighten them to help it hold its shape. Then sew the cabin to the main body so that the body and cabin lie flat along the bottom.

Platform - The platform is what attaches under the whole body and cabin sections. You will also attach the wheels to it.
Top - in green
Ch 16
1) Skip first ch, sc 15, ch 1, turn - 15 
2 - 51) sc 15, ch 1, turn - 15
52) sc 15 - 15
Fasten off
Attach red
sc around, 3 sc in each corner, ss to first sc
Fasten off
Bottom - in black
Ch 12
1) Skip first ch, sc 11, ch 1, turn - 11
2 - 41) sc 11, ch 1, turn - 11
42) sc 11 - 11
Fasten off

Sides - in black
Ch 11
1) Skip first ch, sc 10, ch 1, turn - 10
2 - 41) sc 10, ch 1, turn - 10
42) tblo: sc 10, ch 1, turn - 10
43 - 53) sc 10, ch 1, turn - 10
54) tblo: sc 10, ch 1, turn - 10
55 - 95) sc 10, ch 1, turn - 10 
96) tblo: sc 10, ch 1, turn - 10
97 - 107) sc 10, ch 1, turn - 10
108) tblo: sc 10, ch 1, turn - 10
109) sc 10, ch 1, turn - 10
110) sc 10 - 10
Fasten off

Stitch the sides piece into a loop, so the two long sides match. Stitch the bottom on all the way around.
Wheels - make 4 in green
Magic ring 7
1) (sc 2 in next st) x7 - 14 
2) (sc 2 in next st, sc 1) x7 - 21
3) (sc 2 in next st, sc 2) x7 - 28
4) (sc 2 in next st, sc 3) x7 - 35
Fasten off

Stitch wheels onto platform sides. Stitch platform top on (it will overhang the edges). Stuff before fastening off. Stitch body and cabin onto platform all the way around.

Dome - in green
Magic ring 6
1) (Sc 2 in next st) x6 - 12
2 - 3) Sc around - 12
Fasten off

Funnel - in black
Magic ring 6
1) (sc 2 in next, sc 2 in next, sc ) x2 - 10
2) tblo: sc around - 10
3 - 6) sc around - 10
Fasten off
Stuff and stitch dome and funnel into place. Embroider details like facial features and cabin number. If using felt for eyes, stitch those on. 

Whew! A long pattern, but sure to make your train fan swoon. I hope you enjoy!

TTFN!
Cady








6 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this pattern. I began crocheting Percy over this long weekend snowed in. I am enjoying this project so much! My little grandson Jonathan, age 3, is a train lover. I was inspired by your pictures of Percy, and I completely understood all the directions.

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    1. Yay! I love hearing that! We'd love to see pictures when you're all done too! You can find us over at https://www.facebook.com/TansyDollsPage
      <3

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  2. I MAde it. It took me almost 6 monthes, but it was worth of it :-) My 3years old son love it :-)
    Thanks for this pattern :-)
    http://sretybzdety.blox.pl/2014/11/Tomek.html

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  3. Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern.

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  4. I was wondering if I would be allowed to sell the finished product? I would represent you as the pattern creator of course.

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    1. As long as you credit the pattern, I think you can do whatever you like with it. Enjoy!
      I will caution you that I don't own the rights to the Percy character, so beware selling products that are based on him without the actual owners' permission.

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