Size: Poodle measures 13” tall x 12” from nose to end (excluding tail).
RED HEART® “Super Saver®”: 1 skein each 373 Petal Pink A, 316 Soft White B, and 312 Black C.
RED HEART® “Pomp-a-Doodle™”: 1 ball 9785 Cotton Candy Pink D.
Crochet Hooks: 3.75mm [US F-5], 5mm [US H-8].
black embroidery floss,
strong hand-sewing thread and needle
buttons* or plastic safety eyes*
(Optional) plastic pellets and knee-high hose for making pellet packet.
* Do not use buttons or safety eyes for children under 2 years of age, embroider eyes instead.
GAUGE: 20 sc = 4”; 16 rounds = 4” in sc. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
inc (increase) = 2 sc in next sc.
dec (decrease) = [draw up a loop in next st] twice, yo and
draw through all 3 loops on hook.
POODLE Head (Begin at nose)
Work in continuous rounds without joining. Mark beginning of round. Move marker up each round. Round 1: With C and smaller hook, ch 2; 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Round 2: [Inc] 6 times – 12 sc. Rounds 3 and 4: Sc in each sc around. Round 5: Dec, sc in next 9 sc, slip st in next sc – 11 sts.
Fasten off. Stuff with black yarn remnants to prevent stuffing show-through. Round 6: Join B in any st; ch 1, [inc, sc in next sc] 5 times, inc – 17 sc. Round 7: Sc in each sc around. Round 8: Inc, sc in next 8 sc, inc, sc in next 7 sc – 19 sc. Round 9: Inc, sc in next 9 sc, inc, sc in next 8 sc – 21 sc. Round 10: Inc, sc in next 10 sc, inc, sc in next 9 sc – 23 sc. Round 11: Inc, sc in next 11 sc, inc, sc in next 10 sc – 25 sc. Round 12: [Inc, sc in next 4 sc] 5 times – 30 sc. Round 13: [Inc, sc in next 4 sc] 6 times – 36 sc. Round 14: Sc in each sc around. Round 15: [Inc, sc in next 5 sc] 6 times – 42 sc. Round 16: [Inc, sc in next 6 sc] 6 times – 48 sc. Round 17: [Inc, sc in next 7 sc] 6 times – 54 sc. Rounds 18-23: Sc in each sc around. Round 24: [Inc, sc in next 8 sc] 6 times – 60 sc. Round 25: Sc in each sc around. Round 26: [Dec, sc in next 4 sc] 10 times – 50 sc. Round 27: [Dec, sc in next 3 sc] 10 times – 40 sc. Round 28: [Dec, sc in next 2 sc] 10 times – 30 sc. Stuff head firmly, continuing as rounds are worked. Round 29: [Dec, sc in next sc] 10 times – 20 sc. Round 30: Sc in each sc around. Finish stuffing head. Round 31: [Dec] 10 times – 10 sc. Round 32: [Dec] 5 times – 5 sc. Fasten off, weaving yarn tail through sc to close hole.
Body (Beginning at rear end) Round 1: Using A and smaller hook, ch 2; 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Round 2: [Inc] 6 times – 12 sc. Round 3: [Inc, sc in next sc] 6 times – 18 sc. Round 4: [Inc, sc in next 2 sc] 6 times – 24 sc. Round 5: [Inc, sc in next 3 sc] 6 times – 30 sc. Round 6: [Inc, sc in next 4 sc] 6 times – 36 sc. Round 7: [Inc, sc in next 5 sc] 6 times – 42 sc. Round 8: [Inc, sc in next 6 sc] 6 times – 48 sc. Round 9: Sc in each sc around. Round 10: [Inc, sc in next 7 sc] 6 times – 54 sc. Round 11: [Inc, sc in next 8 sc] 6 times – 60 sc. Rounds 12 and 13: Sc in each sc around. Round 14-Back Leg Openings: Sc in next 3 sc, ch 8, skip 10 sc, sc in next 2 sc, ch 8, skip 10 sc, sc in next 35 sc –56 sts. Rounds 15-23: Sc in each ch and sc around – 56 sc. Round 24-Front Leg Openings: Sc in next 3 sc, ch 8, skip 10 sc, sc in next 2 sc, ch 8, skip 10 sc, sc in next 31 sc – 54 sts. Round 25: Inc, sc in next 24 sts, inc, sc in next 28 sts – 56 sc. Rounds 26 and 27: Sc in each sc around. Round 28-Neck Opening: Sc in next 39 sc, ch 10, skip 10 sc, sc in next 7 sc – 56 sts. Round 29: Sc in each ch and sc around – 56 sc. Stuff poodle body as rounds are worked. Round 30: [Sc in next 6 sc, dec] 7 times – 49 sc. Round 31: Sc in next sc, [dec, sc in next 4 sc] 8 times – 41 sc. Round 32: Sc in next sc, [dec] 20 times – 21 sc. Continue to stuff body. Round 33: Sc in next sc, [dec] 10 times – 11 sc. Round 34: Sc in next sc, [dec] 5 times – 6 sc. Round 35: [Dec] 3 times – 3 sc.
Fasten off, weaving yarn tail through sc to close hole.
Legs (Make 4) Round 1: Join B to any st in leg opening; ch 1, sc in each ch and sc around inc 3 sts evenly spaced – 21 sc. Rounds 2-14: Sc in each sc around, changing to A in the last st of the last round. Fasten off B. Round 15: With A, slip st loosely at base of each sc around (this will be the foundation for applying leg pouf). Round 16: Sc in each sc of Round 14 around – 21 sc. Stuff upper section of leg. If using plastic pellets to add weight to poodle, place about ¼ cup in the toe of a kneehigh stocking, cut and tightly knot. Stuff this into bottommost parts needing extra weight, finish stuffing with polyester filler. Round 17: Sc in next sc, [inc, sc in next 4 sc] 4 times – 25 sc. Round 18: Sc in each sc around. Round 19: [Inc, sc in next 4 sc] 5 times – 30 sc. Round 20: [Inc, sc in next 5 sc] 5 times – 35 sc. Round 21: [Dec, sc in next 5 sc] 5 times – 30 sc. Round 22: [Dec] 15 times – 15 sc.
Finish stuffing. Round 23: [Dec] 7 times, sc in next sc – 8 sc. Round 24: [Dec] 4 times – 4 sc.
Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing. Repeat for other legs.
Leg Pouf Round 1: Join D in any slip st of Round 15; sc in each slip st around leg. Round 2: Sc in each sc around. Fasten off.
Neck Round 1: Attach A to any sc in neck opening; ch 1, sc in each ch and sc around inc 6 sts evenly spaced – 26 sc. Rounds 2-7: Sc in each sc around. Fasten off leaving yarn tail for attaching head.
Ribbed Sweater Collar Row 1: Ch 7; sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 6 sc. Rows 2-21: Ch 1, sc in back loops only in each sc across;
turn. Fasten off leaving long tail for attaching to neck.
Edging: Join D in end of any row of collar; slip st evenly across row ends (about 12 pompoms). Fasten off.
With smaller hook and A, ch 4; join with a slip st to form a ring. Round 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring; do not join; work in continuous rounds. Rounds 2-12: Work even in sc. Fasten off A in last sc. Round 13: Join D in any sc; slip st (1 pompom per slip st) in each sc around. Round 14: * 2 Slip sts in next slip st, slip st in next slip st; repeat from * around. Round 15: Slip st in every other st around. Fasten off.
Ears (Make 2)
With smaller hook and B, ch 12; join with a slip st to form a ring. Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each ch around; do not join – 12 sc. Rounds 2-6: Sc in each sc around. Round 7: [Inc, sc in next 5 sc] twice – 14 sc. Rounds 8 and 9: Sc in each sc around. Round 10: [Inc, sc in next 6 sc] twice – 16 sc. Round 11: Sc in each sc around. Round 12: [Inc, sc in next 7 sc] twice – 18 sc. Round 13: [Inc, sc in next 8 sc] twice – 20 sc. Round 14: Sc in each sc around. Round 15: [Inc, sc in next 9 sc] twice – 22 sc. Rounds 16 and 17: Sc in each sc around. Round 18: [Dec, sc in next sc] 7 times, sc in next sc – 15 sc. Round 19: [Dec, sc in next sc] 5 times – 10 sc. Round 20: [Dec] 5 times – 5 sc. Fasten off, using long tail to close hole.
Ear Pouf Round 1: Starting at the tip of the ear at Round 18, slip st D into stitches around the ear tip. Round 2: Slip st in each slip st around. Fill in bare spots with D as needed. Fasten off.
Sew head, tail, and sweater collar to body as in photo, using long yarn tails. Make certain parts are securely attached. Sew ears to head leaving approximately 4” diameter circle free between ears at top of head.
Locate eye placement. Using black embroidery thread, sew 3 lines for eyelashes as shown. Attach buttons securely, overlapping the eyelashes a little OR embroider eyes if toy is to be used for children under 2 years of age.
Add after ears have been attached and head has been sewn to neck. Round 1: Beginning at the crown of the head where the ears are attached, with larger hook and B, loosely work 25 slip sts into the sts of the Head in a circle about 4” diameter. This circle should be placed directly on top of the head, evenly spaced in conjunction with the ears. Round 2: With e and larger hook, sc in each st around. Round 3: Inc, [sc in next sc, inc] 12 times – 38 sc. Round 4: Sc in next 2 sc, [dec, sc in next 2 sc] 9 times – 29 sc. Round 5: [Dec, sc in next 3 sc] 5 times, dec, sc in last 2 sc – 23 sc. Round 6: Sc in next sc, [dec] 11 times – 12 sc. Round 7: [Dec] 6 times – 6 sc. Round 8: [Dec] 3 times – 3 sc. Fasten off.
Ribbon is attached by weaving the tip of the ribbon between a few D sts, pulling through with even lengths and tying into a bow. Tighten and trim ends.
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