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April--Crochet Horsie by MuseSusan April--Crochet Horsie by MuseSusan
Finally finished! I'd been wanting to make a horse plushie for a while, and now that I've improved my crocheting skills considerably, I decided to give it a try. I made up this pattern completely from scratch, and it wouldn't be easy to write it down--a lot of it was completely on the spot, deciding where to increase or decrease. As a result, the proportions are a bit odd, but I'm proud of it anyway!

I'm going to call her April, after a horse I used to ride back when I was taking riding lessons (which I hope to do again someday soon!) April was a really fun horse to work with, but more than a little nuts. She was about the same color as this, but with a coppery mane and tail, and ridiculously tall. She loved to jump and would nearly run away with you if you weren't careful, but I learned more from riding her than any other horse, and gained a lot of confidence, too! So I suppose a cuddly toy is a nice tribute, although she'd probably kill me if she knew she was being compared to something cute.

A few details: Made with a little more than one skein of Lion Brand Homespun, Sierra color (I was trying to use it up, but I had to get another ball, grrrr… ) and off-white Caron Simply Soft for the mane and tail. Oh, and the hooves are Homespun, but the Roccoco color. She's 11 inches tall, 16 inches from nose to tail, and stuffed pretty firmly, so she stands up pretty well although she's nice and squishy, too.

I'm now working on a mountain goat plushie, but work has stalled due to a major redesign of the pattern, which has resulted in me frogging a good chunk of the most recent work. Now I have to gather the courage to forge ahead…
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SandrasSunnyShoppe13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh she is lovely!!! I looked at her and seen hemp yarn at first, (which is something I might steal and try out lol) But really simple and really adorable! And I fund this in April LOL :)
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MartianRaindrop42 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i love it! ive been wanting to make a horse also...but am stuck trying to finish the dragon i started grrr...
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MidnightLycan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How exactly do you crochet soft toys? I have only ever been able to make granny squares and scarves...
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BeautifulHorses Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
DUDE! Sweet! She's so pretty :)
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Tapiku Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
It's fantastic-boombastic. 8D How did You do it?? O-O
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Teal-Guillemot Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
This is awesome, I love it!! <3
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khan-lovr Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Very lovely! I think your little mare is well-proportioned. I don't crochet, but I love to make my own plushie patterns. You did an excellent job!
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vivid-vulture Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
D'aw. C: It's so cute.

How'd you make that? :<
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electrokinetic Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Holy WOW. This is SEAMLESS. It's amazing!
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StarConfetti Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
featured [link] :heart:
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
Thanks!
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Tornaito Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
:love: featured [link]
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bitterforsweet92 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
awww
how cute
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
:D Thanks!
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bitterforsweet92 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
ur welcome
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number1loser Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful! reminds me of golden the pony boy from the science of sleep. i love it, i wish i were able to make this..i must improve my crochet skills!
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Thanks! It's a lot of fun--if you can just increase and decrease stitches, you can make anything!
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VasyaSolnyshko Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh i'm jelous!!this is too cool!!!
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Thank you! :-)
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VasyaSolnyshko Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're very welcome:bow:
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Troopic Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absoluylt lovely! :love:
makes me think of old-old stories of a family in an unknown land, where the mother would make toys for her children, with much love put to it :)
beautiful ! *_*
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
:-) Thanks!
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Katjakay Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so cute, great work.
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
Thanks! I had fun making it.
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edctpsu Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
:D wow
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
:-) Thanks!
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edctpsu Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
my pleasure :)
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not only is it a cute plush, the anatomy of his face is beautifully accurate. Well done!
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
:-) Thanks! Not easy with crochet, but I figured out how to do the slight taper of the face, which worked pretty well.
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Akai-Ink Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well worth the effort, I'd say. :)
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
WOW! you are so talented to be able to make up your own patterns. I admire that, as much as I do cooks, that don't use a recipe books. :D

You have presented this beautifully.
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007
:-) You've just got to be willing to take a chance, and have a reasonable knowledge of how the techniques you use affect the finished product (in the case of cooking, how adding cornstarch or salt will affect the taste/texture/whatever of the dish; with crocheting, how increasing the number of stitches at a particular point will affect the shape).
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AdamsWife Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
Yes you need confidence as well as know-how :-)
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Crisistudios Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
That's adorable! ^_^

Great job. Coming up with your own pattern and then having to edit on the go is tough.
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
Thanks! I wish I had written down the pattern, but it was kind of fun to make decisions as I went.
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flutterbyfae Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I hate it when you have to buy more yarn to finish a project intended to use up said yarn :shakefist:

Otherwise, though, excellent work as usual =D
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
Thanks!
Yeah, I'm desperately trying to get rid of yarn, but every project that uses up some of my stash just requires buying more to finish it.
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flutterbyfae Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Mind if I suggest a solution? I've been knitting/crocheting for <a href=
"[link]">Warm Up America to use up my excess yarn and do some good in the process. They take small (7"x9") sections which makes it easy to finish off the odd leftovers from a skein or two.
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007
Actually, I've heard of that and keep forgetting to do something for it. It's a great idea and I'll have to remember to do it!
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Karmicaze Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
wonderful^^
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Thank you--and thanks for the fav!
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Karmicaze Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
you're welcome!
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Firebird1999 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
That's so cute!
Make sure to write down the pattern next time so you can make more if you'd like to! ;)
I'd love to see a Pinto/Paint horse one but probably it would be a pain because of constant color change . ;)
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Hey, that's a great idea! I've never learned how to work multiple colors, but I want to. It might take quite a bit more planning ahead, but that would be good for me…
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Firebird1999 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Awesome. Can't wait to see something multicolored then. :)
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Hehe, might be a while…
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ThyTemplar Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
awww - so cute XD

almost as cute as mine :paranoid:
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
Oops, I meant to link to yours as an inspiration! I better go do that…

Actually, yours seems quite a bit more cuddly. But it was definitely the inspiration for me to try using Homespun for mine (I had wanted to make a horse for a while, but I didn't think Homespun would be very good for it--till I saw yours).
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ThyTemplar Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
lol - thanks - i love the way your came out - its so much cleaner looking than mine. and.. i think its bigger - 11 inches tall? mines only like 6 >..<

mm- the homespun makes it really cuddley XD
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MuseSusan Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Yes, I think I'm going to use Homespun for lots more toys--although it's a bit of a pain to crochet with, since it likes to split.
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