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Ammonite
by Russell Welch

With the wind pushing the waves against the shore, you wander along, searching amongst the pebbles. Finally, you see something. You've found an ammonite!

© Russell Welch, 2011

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Difficulty

You will need:
3.5 mm crochet hook Worsted yarn1 A little polyester stuffing (fibrefill) Tapestry needle For the yarn, a stony colour is best (if you’re going for realism!), and something that isn’t too fluffy. Greys or sandy colours are good, and you might want to use something with flecks of colour (Rowan Summer Tweed would work well, just be careful not to break it when you’re curling things up at the end).

Techniques and Abbreviations
Magic Circle (mc)2 Single Crochet (sc) SC decrease (sc2tog)3 Stitch (st) Basic sewing As with all amigurumi, your rounds are worked in a spiral – don’t join rounds or chain stitch between them. This is a good pattern for practicing increasingly small rounds – just go as small as you can!

Please note, I use American terms throughout (despite being English). If you are English, Single Crochet (SC) is Double Crochet (DC), and Worsted yarn is Double Knit yarn. Magic Circle (aka Magic Ring) tutorials can be found online, or you can just Ch 2 and SC 6 into the chain furthest from the hook (although this method is more likely to leave a hole).
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I recommend Invisible Decreases where-ever possible. Again, you can find tutorials for this online.

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Basically, you are making a long, thin cone, which you will then curl up and sew together. You will need to crochet quite tightly to stop the stuffing showing, and will need to stuff regularly all the way through. Be careful not to over-stuff, though, or you won’t be able to roll it up evenly. 1 2 3 MC 6 2 SC in each (12 ST) 1 SC in each (12 ST) Weave in the tail at this point, otherwise it will be more awkward later on! 4 5 6 7 8 9-15 16 17-22 23 24-28 29 30-33 34 35-37 SC2tog, then 1 SC in each (11 ST) SC2tog, then 1 SC in each (10 ST) SC2tog, then 1 SC in each (9 ST) 1 SC in each (9 ST) SC2tog, then 1 SC in each (8 ST) 1 SC in each (8 ST) x 7 SC2tog, then 1 SC in each (7 ST) 1 SC in each (7 ST) x 6 SC2tog, then 1 SC in each (6 ST) 1 SC in each (6 ST) x 5 SC2tog, then 1 SC in each (5 ST) 1 SC in each (5 ST) x 4 SC2tog, then 1 SC in each (4 ST) 1 SC in each (4 ST) x 3

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Or, more simply: MC 6, 12, 12, 11, 10, 9, 9, 8 x 8, 7 x 7, 6 x 6, 5 x 5, 4 x 4, 3 x 3, FO

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SC2tog, then 1 SC in each (3 ST) 1 SC in each (3 ST) x 2 (if possible) FO, leaving a tail about 3 times the length of your cone

Now you need to curl the ammonite up, sewing it together as you go. Start with the smallest end of the cone (which will be the middle of the finished ammonite), curl it over a little, and make a stitch. Then pull it tight and make a stitch in the other side. You will alternate between stitching into the part that’s already been curled, and the straight part (in a zig-zag; see fig. 1).

Fig 1. An illustration of how the stitches zig-zag back and forth. I wouldn’t do this many stitches at once, but it should give you the idea!

Fasten off when you get to the end, then sew through the body of the ammonite, pull the end tight, and snip it off. The end should pull back into the body and disappear. You’re done!
Email me with questions or feedback: ravenslane@yahoo.co.uk For more patterns, please visit my Etsy shop: http://ravenslane.etsy.com This pattern may be printed for your own use, but may not be copied, sold or distributed. You may not sell items made using this pattern. © Russell Welch, 2011

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