From a disaster of running out of wool on one project bringing it to a grinding halt, to a success on another – hurray for Mike Wazowski you have made a bad day good! 

All was going nicely with my bobble jumper from issue 22 from Simply Crochet I mentioned in an earlier post, until I went for another ball of wool and to my horror there were no more left! I was sure I had bought the amount specified in the pattern so was a bit baffled as to why I had run out before finishing! So I dug out the wool label and checked it against that used in the original pattern and the problem came to light – the wool I was using did not have as much length on the ball as that used in the project. I really should have checked this before I started but I got a bit excited when I saw the wool I liked and got carried away buying it without checking!  Luckily the shop wasn’t too far away and I went and bought another 4 more balls – more than enough to finish it off, well I thought I had bought 4 more, again to my shock and horror I ran out of wool with only a few rows and a neck to do! I searched all over for the forth ball and finally checked my receipt to see how many I had got – in my hurried-ness to  get the wool and some other wool for another project I had only picked up three balls!! So that project has come to an abrupt end until I manage to get back to the shop and get the last ball!  On the positive side, it meant I could focus on another project I have been doing for a little while now and have been wanting to get finished – a Mike Wasowski from Monsters Inc.
I know a little one who isn’t just a bit fond of Mike Wazowski but absolutely obsessed! I decided I had to make him a crochet one and set about doing a pattern myself to make him.  As he basically only consists of a ball with arms and legs how hard can it be – well that’s what I thought! On a closer look at pictures of him he isn’t just a ball shaped monster, and those arms and legs have elbows and knee joints, not to mention the mouth and eye – with eye lid! So it was a little bit more complicated than I originally thought, and he had a lot more components than I had thought of to begin with! However, once I got going he came together quite easily it just took a while to get through all the separate bits to him especially with needling to do all the nails!, I think the mouth was the hardest part to get right.
I think he has come out really well, and I might venture into making him a baseball cap in the next few weeks!
I know someone will be over the moon when they see this! I can’t blame them, I was pretty excited when I finished it myself!
Pattern for Mike Wazowski;
I used 2 50g balls of wool in bright green, and leftovers of white, cream, black and blue/green.
Hook: 4.5mm
Mike wizoski

Body:
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each stitch
Round 3: 2dc into same stitch dc, repeat around
Round 4: 2dc into same stitch 2dc, repeat around
Round 5: 2dc into same stitch 3dc, repeat around
Round 6: 2dc into same stitch 4dc, repeat around
Round 7: 2dc into same stitch 5dc, repeat around
Round 8: 2dc into same stitch 6dc, repeat around
Round 9: 2dc into same stitch 7dc, repeat around
Round 10: 2dc into same stitch 8dc, repeat around
Round 11: 2dc into same stitch 9dc, repeat around
Round 12: 2dc into same stitch 10dc, repeat around
Round 13: 2dc into same stitch 11dc, repeat around
Round 14: 2dc into same stitch 12dc, repeat around
Round 15: 2dc into same stitch 13dc, repeat around
Round 16-30: dc around
Round 31: dc2tog 13dc, repeat around
Round 32: dc around
Round 33: dc2tog 12dc, repeat around
Round 34: dc around
Round 35: dc2tog 11dc, repeat around
Round 46: dc around
Round 47: dc2tog 5dc, repeat around until 4 stitches remain then; dc2tog 2dc
Round 48: dc2tog, 22dc, dc2tog twice, 23dc
Round 50: dc2tog 4dc, repeat around
Round 51: dc around
Round 52: dc2tog 3dc, repeat around
Round 53: dc around
Round 54: dc2tog 2dc, repeat around
Round 55: dc around
Round 56: dc2tog dc, repeat around
Round 57: dc around
Put in stuffing
Round 58: dc2tog, repeat around
Round 59: dc around
Round 60: dc2tog, repeat around
Legs – make two:
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 8dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into same stitch dc, repeat around
Round 3-21 dc around
Round 22: 2dc into same stitch dc, repeat around
Round 23-24: dc around
Round 25: dc2tog dc, repeat around
Stuff top part of leg
Round 26-44dc around
Stuff lower part of leg
Fasten off leaving long thread
Feet – make 2:
Make a magic ring ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into each stitch
Round 3: 2dc, 2dc into same stitch, 4dc, 2dc into same stitch, 2dc
Round 4: dc around
Round 5: 3dc, 2dc into same stitch, 4dc, 2dc into same stitch, 4dc
Round 6: 3dc, 2dc into same stitch, 6dc, 2dc into same stitch, 5dc
Round 7-8: dc around
Round 9: 3dc, 2dc into same stitch, 6dc, 2dc into same stitch, 7dc
Round 10: dc around
Round 11: 3dc, 2dc into same stitch, 9dc, 2dc into same stitch, 6dc
Round 12: dc around
Round 13: 3dc, 2dc into same stitch, 9dc, 2dc into same stitch, 8dc
Round 14: dc around
Round 15: 8dc, these 8dc form the basis for the first toe
Round 16-21: working on the previous rows 8dc only, complete 6 rounds of dc
Put stuffing into toe
Round 22: dc2tog dc twice, dc2tog
Fasten off
 
Picture 1: 8dc forming the basis for the first toe.
Middle toe:
Fasten on in the next dc after the first toe, 4dc, turn then complete the next 4dc on the opposite side, making a round of 8dc for the Middle toe.
Rounds 1-9: working on the 8dc created for the middle toe only complete 9 rounds of dc
Put stuffing into toe
Round 10: dc2tog dc twice, dc2tog
 
Picture 2: starting the second toe.
Final toe:
Stuff the foot
Fasten on in the next dc after the Middle toe, 8dc, these 8dc form the basis for the last toe
Round 1-6: working on the previous rounds 8dv only complete 6 rounds of dc
Put stuffing into toe
Round 7: dc2tog dc twice, dc2tog
Arms – make 2:
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 8dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into same stitch dc, repeat around
Round 3-11: dc around
Round 12: dc2tog 3dc three times, dc
Round 13-22 : dc around
Round 23: dc2tog 2dc three times, dc
Round 24-25: dc around
Round 26: 2dc into same stitch 2dc three times, dc
Round 27-43: dc around
Put stuffing into arm
Round 44: 2dc into next stitch dc six times, dc
Round 45-50 dc around
Round 51: 2dc into next stitch 2dc six times, dc
Thumb:
Round 52: 6dc, these 6dc are the basis for the round for the thumb
Round 53-57: working in the previous rounds 6dc only complete 5 rounds of dc
Put stuffing into thumb
Round 58: dc2tog three times
Fasten off
Round 59: Fasten on in dc next to thumb, and complete two rounds of dc excluding the thumb
 
Picture 3: after two rounds of dc have been completed after the thumb.
Fingers
Finger 1:
Round 1: 3dc, then turn and do 3dc into the opposite side making a round of 6dc for the finger
Round 2: working on the previous rounds 6dc only complete 7 rounds of dc
Put stuffing into toe
Round 3: dc2tog three times
Finger 2:
Fasten on in dc next to previous finger,
Round 1:  3dc, then turn and do 3dc into the opposite side making a round of 6dc for the finger
Round 2-11: working on the previous rounds 6dc only complete 9 rounds of dc
Round 12: dc2tog three times
Stuff finger and Palm of hand
Fasten off
Finger 3:
Fasten on in dc next to previous finger
Round 1: 3dc, dc2tog, 2dc making a round of 6dc for the finger
Round 2: working on the previous rounds 6dc only complete 7 rounds of dc
Put stuffing into finger
Round 3: dc2tog three times
Fasten off
Eye:
Starting in black,
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 6dc into ring
Round 2: 2dc into the same stitch, repeat around
Round 3: 2dc into same stitch dc, repeat around
Round 4: 2dc into same stitch 2dc, repeat around
Change to blue/green
Round 5: 2dc into same stitch 3dc, repeat around
Round 6-7: dc around
Change to white
Round 8: 2dc into same stitch 4dc, repeat around
Round 9: 2dc into next stitch 2dc, repeat around
Round 10: 2dc into next stitch 3dc, repeat around
Fasten off leaving a long tail for attaching
Eye lid:
Ch28
Row 1: dc across
Row 2-3: slip stitch into first two stitches dc across until last two stitches then leave last two stitches unworked
Fasten off
Fasten on at the first dc of the first row and complete a row of dc up and along the row and down the to the last dc in the first chain row
Fasten off leaving long tail for attaching
Mouth:
Starting in black
Ch18
Round 1: dc into second chain from hook, then dc along row of foundation chain, then go back along the other side of the foundation chain
Row 1: turn and dc along 17dc
Row 2: turn, dc2tog twice, 8dc, dc2tog twice
Row 3: turn, dc2tog twice, 4dc, dc2tog twice
Row 4: turn, dc2tog 4dc, dc2tog
Fasten off
Lips:
Ch 40
Row 1: dc into second chain from hook, dc along rest of the row
Row 2: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc 18
Row 3-5: turn, ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc 18
Fasten off leaving long thread to attach
Teeth:
In white
Big teeth:
Make 4
Ch4
Row 1: dc into second chain from hook, dc along rest of row
Fasten off leaving long thread to attach
Small teeth:
Make 4
Ch3
Row 1: dc into second chain from hook, dc along rest of row
Fasten off leaving long thread to attach
Horns – make two:
In cream, make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 5dc into ring
Round 2: dc around
Round 3: 2dc into same stitch dc twice, dc
Round 4: 2dc into the same stitch 2dc twice, dc
Round 5: 2dc into next stitch 3dc twice, 2dc into same stitch dc
Fasten off leaving long thread to attach
Nails – make 14;
In cream, ch3
Row 1: dc into second chain from hook, dc along row
Row 2: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog
To assemble:
Eye:
Fasten off loose ends, leaving white wool for attaching.  Place a small amount of stuffing behind eye and sew into place onto the body
 
Picture 4: placing stuffing behind the eye.

Picture 6: sewing on the eye.
Eyelid:
Fasten off all loose ends, leaving one for attaching.  Place around the edge of the top of the eye and sew to attach, then fold back the eyelid and see along the edge again to hold it back
 
Picture 7: placing the eyelid around the eye.

Picture 8: starting to see on the eyelid.
Picture 9: folding back the eyelid and sewing down.
Arms and legs:
Sew feet onto the base of the legs, and then sew into place at base of the body.  Sew arms onto the side of the body
Horns:
Place stuffing into horn then Sew onto head
Nails:
Sew into each finger and toe
Mouth:
Sew black part of the mouth onto the face with the longest edge at the top.
Then to sew the green area on; start with the wider section and place loosely along the bottom edge of the black mouth area and fold it in half so the folded edge is facing into the black mouth area creating a lip, then sew along the bottom edge of the green lip only, and then sew on the thinner green lip to along the top edge of the black mouth area.
 
Picture 10: sewing on the wider part of the lips to the bottom of the mouth.

Picture 11: placing the top lip along the top of the mouth ready for sewing.
Teeth:
Sew the 4 big teeth into the middle area of the mouth, 2 at the top, 2 at the bottom.  Then sew on the remaining 4 smaller teeth with one next to each of the bigger teeth so there is one on the top left and right and bottom left and right.
 

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