Stella the Sun
On warm summer days, my pups love to take long naps in the sun. They are crazy maniacs 83 percent of the time, but when they’re sunbathing and their sleepy little eyes can hardly stay open, they are my little rays of sunshine. Stella the Sun is uniquely designed to cut down on time and work up quickly while you relax and lounge under the warm sun. The sun rays are made first, then they are worked into the center of the sun with no sewing necessary. Stella’s finished size is approximately 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter and 1½ inches (4 cm) thick.
- 0.5 oz Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran in Blood Orange (or similar worsted weight/aran yarn)
- 0.5 oz Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran in Buttercup Yellow (or similar worsted weight/aran yarn)
- Size E-4 (3.5-mm) crochet hook
- Stitch marker for marking the first st
- 2 (¼" [6-mm]) black plastic safety eyes
- Scrap piece of black yarn for embroidery
- Polyester fiberfill
- Tapestry needle
R1: row 1 or round 1
sc: single crochet
inc: single crochet increase
dec: invisible decrease
MR: magic ring
Sun Ray (x9)
This piece starts at the tip of each sunray, using Blood Orange yarn.
R1: 4 sc in MR (4)
R2: [1 sc, 1 inc] x2 (6)
R3: [2 sc, 1 inc] x2 (8)
R4: Ch 1, flatten the piece, then working through the front and backstitches together, 4 sc (4)
Ch 1 and fasten off. There is no need to weave in the ends; the yarn will end up inside the piece.
This piece starts at the center of the sun, using Buttercup Yellow yarn.
R1: 6 sc in MR (6)
R2: 1 inc in each st (12)
R3: [1 sc, 1 inc] x6 (18)
R4: [2 sc, 1 inc] x6 (24)
R5: [3 sc, 1 inc] x6 (30)
R6: [4 sc, 1 inc] x6 (36)
R7: 1 sc in each st (36)
R8: [working through each sun ray and the sun together, sc 4] x9 (36)
R9: 1 sc in each st (36)
Place the eyes between R3 and R4, about 4 stitches apart. Using black yarn, embroider the mouth onto the front of the face, just below the eyes, using the tapestry needle.
R10: [4 sc, 1 dec] x6 (30)
R11: [3 sc, 1 dec] x6 (24)
R12: [2 sc, 1 dec] x6 (18)
R13: [1 sc, 1 dec] x6 (12)
Stuff the piece with polyester fiberfill.
R14: 6 dec (6)
Close off, and then hide the yarn end with a tapestry needle.
Reprinted with permission from One-Hour Amigurumi by Melanie Morita-Hu. Page Street Publishing Co. 2022. Photo credit: Melanie Morita-Hu.
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